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Changes in preparations for Winter Formal prove to be a success at “The Snow Ball”. By Peijie Li ’14


in my house. Celebrity pictures and pinterest help me decide my hairstyle,” says Jessica Gooding ’13. The combination of new activities, intricate decorations, and great music made for an unforgettable evening. “The atmosphere was great; We brought in a photo booth for the first time. Unlike last year when students had to pay for a professional photographer, this year the photo booth was free and efficient,” says Rohlfing. With the combined efforts of the whole student body, this year’s “Snow Ball” created memories for all students. COURTESY OF ALLY CURRY ’13

As the second semester arrived, many students prepared for this year’s winter formal. The student body chose the theme for winter formal through their homeroom representatives. “Student council collectively voted for the top five theme ideas. Finally, we gave those ideas back to the homeroom reps to discuss and vote on. Students chose a winter wonderland/ forest theme, “The Snow Ball,” says Bailey Rohlfing ’13, student body president. Preparation for the dance was challenging; Student council worked hard to strike the right balance between all aspects of the dance. “Revamping the entire event was the most challenging part. This year we wanted to go back to how many of the older dances were with lots and lots of decorations, but we also wanted to add some new features,” says Rohlfing.

While student council worked hard to produce the best winter formal yet, so too did the student body, taking care of all the responsibilities that come with attending a dance. Students are encouraged to invite boys to come to the Winter Formal. However, a date was not required to attend. After shopping for hours and spending all savings for the perfect dress and shoes, it was difficult to find a cheap way to get pampered. For makeup, hair, and nail makeovers, students looked to websites and magazines for inspiration. “For Winter Formal, I always do my own hair

Seniors have fun in the photo booth at “The Snow Ball”.


Snow Ball-ing the Night Away

Juniors Brooke Stuart, Grace Camenker, Melissa Pearson, Rachel Swanson, and Delaney Niehoff show off their class rings.

Juniors Put a Ring On It The Junior Ring ceremony marks the official induction of becoming upperclasswomen for the class of 2014.

On Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, the junior class of 2014 had their Junior Ring Ceremony at St. Paschal Baylon Church. The ring ceremony symbolizes the junior class becoming upperclasswomen. The Junior Ring Ceremony began at 6:30 p.m. Under the sight of countless friends and family, each girl gets h e r r i n g , a n d re c e i v e s congratulations from family, friends and teachers including Mrs. Adams, Mr.

Hirsch, Dr. Gomez, Mrs. Green, and Sister Rebekah. The rings remind students of their accomplishments as upperclasswomen. Of course singing is the best way to express girls’ happiness and thanks. Because this year ’s theme for junior ring ceremony was friends are always in your heart, “I will be there for you” by the Rembrandts was the theme song. The friendship among girls is to form a round circle, having no end, like the rings they have on their hands. After singing “I will be there for you,” girls also sang the La Reina alma matter to express their gratitude for their experience at La Reina High school.

By Peijie Li ’14





Freshmen have fun at Father Daughter Bowling(pg. 2).

Students are movie extras in “Pass the Light”(pg. 4).

#lareinaproblems (pg. 7)

Sisters bond during soccer season(pg. 12).

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Juniors Walk Towards Freedom COURTESY OF ALYSSA FRANK ‘14

On January 18th, Juniors participated in the Los Angeles Freedom Walk to oppose Human Trafficking. Catie Brown ‘16 January is Human Tr a f f i c k i n g Aw a r e n e s s Month. While it’s a little known fact, human trafficking is an intensifying issue. Up to 2.4 million humans are in forced slavery at any given moment, 80% of them abused sexually. Traffickers often crudely claim ownership over their slaves by tattooing their names into their skin. The average human slave costs $90. $90 being placed on a life; the price of freedom to make even the simplest of choices for yourself. Junior religion class

Megan O’Toole ’14, Kennedy Rose ’14, Molly Dunn ’14, Julia Shao ’14, and Alyssa Frank ’14 rally to oppose human trafficking.

studies social injustices such as human trafficking. The class inspired six eleventh grade girls to participate in an anti-human trafficking movement. Juniors Jamie Freeland, Julia Shao, Molly Dunn, Alyssa Frank, Megan O’Toole, and Kennedy Rose all marched in Slavery No More’s Los Angeles Freedom

Walk on January 19. “We would have never heard about it if it wasn’t for the religion class, and I probably wouldn’t have even known about human trafficking if it wasn’t for the class,” says Molly Dunn ’14. Slavery No More is a collection of efficient organizations that work

to end human trafficking. Based out of Los Angeles and Washington D.C., Slavery No More is a resource for those who have suffered under human trafficking and those willing to donate and help in the United States and globally. The organization re c e i v e s d o n a t i o n s f o r various projects, including “UnBranded,” which pays to have victim’s ‘ownership’ tattoos removed. It also arranges yearly events such as the L.A. Freedom Walk to increase the public’s awareness of human trafficking. “It made me realize how big of a deal it really is and how it is everywhere, including places near us,” says Alyssa Frank ’14. Marching through the city, the girls and other volunteers advertised their purpose with banners and signs. They looped around Los Angeles,

starting and ending at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre. When possible, the girls and other volunteers would pass out fliers and talk to passersby about their cause. “A lot of people commented that we were doing very good things, what we were doing interested them,” says Jamie Freeland ’14. The event as a whole has increased the girl’s awareness of the horror that human trafficking brings upon its victims. The girls plan to partake in the walk again next year. “Participating in the Freedom Walk made the plight of victims of human trafficking seem much more personal, and has made me want to become more active in -ending the suffering of victims around the world,” says Megan O’Toole ’14, after her experience in the L. A. Freedom Walk.

Father-Daughter Bowling is Success The La Reina Herald HANNAH ROSS ‘16

On January 27th, students spent quality time with their fathers while also fundraising for their class. Hannah Ross ’16

Haley Martin,Tanya Soni, and Annemarie Meloni ‘16 enjoy Father-Daughter bowling. Not only was this event for Annemarie Meloni ’16. There was excitement bonding time, it was also an t h r o u g h o u t t h e e n t i r e opportunity to raise money building as music played and for the ninth grade and their future events, such as junior friends spent time together. “I really liked hanging ring and prom. The ninth graders hard out with my friends and my dad, I also liked getting all w o r k p a i d o f f . F a t h e r of my strikes,” says Allison daughter bowling was an experience to remember. Mitchell ’16. HANNAH ROSS ‘16

Harley’s Simi bowling alley was packed on Sunday as a flock of fathers and their daughters crowded the room. From twelve o’clock to two, the La Reina family dominated the lanes. Mrs. Szabo, moderator for this event, said, ”I think it went really well and it looked like everybody had a goodtime.” Father daughter bowling was a huge success this year. Experienced bowlers flaunted their moves while those new to the game enjoyed a challenge. Fathers showed their daughters a trick or two as friendly competition arose. “It was really fun getting to be with all my friends and spend time with my dad, he really surprised me with his bowling skills,” says Jacqueline White ’16. Students, with their fathers, from every grade were represented. “I thought it was very successful because there were a lot of people, not just ninth graders.” says

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Hannah Ross

A La Reina father bowls for a strike at Harley’s bowling alley.

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Eighth graders showcase their science fair projects and prepare for the county fair. Catie Brown ’16

Experiments reflect personal interests in science.

Judges view eighth grader’s science fair projects.

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people locate sounds. I may do further research to see if age affects your hearing,” says Madison McIlwain ’17. Past La Reina students have earned first place in the County Fair, and moved onto the California State Science Fair; this year to be held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The County Fair includes a career expo along with the judging of projects. The expo gives students an opportunity to explore p ro f e s s i o n s i n s c i e n c e . Several statewide companies and organizations exhibit displays and experiments to participating students. “They really enjoy seeing other projects and taking part in the career expo, which is always full of interesting displays,” says Mrs. Marilyn Usher, eighth grade honors science teacher. This year ’s science fair included very unique projects; including projects about barrel horse racing, bioluminescence, wi-fi, and how carbon dioxide affects plant growth.

Courtesy of Mrs. neurgaonkar

Each year, as the weather warms up, La Reina’s eighth graders join thousands of others across the country in science fairs at school, county, state, and national levels. The theme of this year’s fair is, “Science Opens Doors”. La Reina’s science fair was held on January 23, 24, and 25, and now the students prepare for the Ventura County fair to be held on April 9 and 10 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “It was fun, there was a lot more to see at the County Fair,” says Alexandria Cerni ’17, who has been to the Ventura County Fair in the past. Students work on projects for months. After carefully researching their topic, students write a report on the science surrounding their experiment. The projects fall into either life or physical

science categories. Many students take interest in psychological projects, those involving human behaviors. “They most like psychology projects,” says Mr. John Dilworth, eighth grade science teacher. Many students base their projects on interests or hobbies they enjoy. “I tested impact angle; the amount of force that is given on an angle. I do martial arts, and knowing to kick at the correct angle helps a lot,” says Erin Carney ’17. The students aim to find results that affect or benefit their lives or the scientific community as a whole. “I read an article about how cell phones can be dangerous, and I’ve been interested in it ever since,” says Alanna Heard ’17, whose project involved the dangers of cell phone radiation. Students also develop new questions based on the data they gather while doing their experiment. Their science experiments lead to new questions and possibly expanding experiments. “I am testing how well

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Alexa Atkinson ’17 and Diana Lee ‘17 performed an experiment about dog interactions and reactions.

Sophomores becomeTeacher for a Day The sophomore class bonds with inner city children on their valuable retreat experience. Meghan Herlihy ’16

opportunity to talk to the kids and be involved with the activities. The projects helped the younger students learn how to cooperate in a group, as well as teaching the sophomores how to become a leader. “My favorite part about the retreat was bonding with the kids and growing a specific connection with each child,” says Nisha Srinivasa ’ 14 Courtesy of mrs. medlin

The February 5th sophomore retreat at St. Lawrence Brindisi, St. Aloysius and San Miguel School in Los Angles taught students many valuable moral lesons. The sophomore class had an opportunity to bond with any grade starting with kindergarten all the way through eighth grade and talk one on one with them. The sophomores grew in their ability to teach and respond in certain situations. “When I was a sophomore I learned that we, compared to 1st graders, are not that different even if we are not the same age. Every person can relate to one another,”

says Katriona Jackson’ 13 The sophomores were divided into groups of four and were assigned a grade level to teach for the morning. The sophomores led the activities, such as storytelling and discussion, freeze dancing, writing letters to their future selves, outside play time, prayer experience and arts and crafts. The students had the

Sophomore Bobbi Ellias ’15 talks to some of the children she worked with on the retreat.


Each sophomore group picked a God-centered theme that was carried throughout the whole day. Dominique Dollenmayer ’15, Emma Chisholm ’15, Katherine Shirley ’15, Marisa Interrante ’15, and Addy Beals ’15 chose ‘God is Out of this World’ for their theme. Francesca Cerri ’15, Evelina Godecki ’15, Lara Cabral ’15, and Whitney Hunter ’15 chose the theme, ‘Out of this Universe, Individuality.’ Students had the opportunity to reach out to other students through heart-filled actions. The sophomores learned valuable lessons through their servings to the students. They also had the opportunity to help the younger students get closer to God. “Students had the opportunity for an outreach experience of serving others through visiting an inner city

school,” says Mrs. Medlin, director of retreats and Religion 8 teacher. Many of the sophomores were very excited for their retreat coming up. They were all looking forward to helping younger students and creating a connection or bond between each student Francesca Cerri ’15 says before the retreat takes place, “I am super excited to work with kids and I hope the younger students have fun.” The sophomore class in the end had a great time helping students from ages five through thirteen. The class enjoyed having the opportunity to help others on their retreat and getting closer to students outside their grade instead of just bonding with their fellow classmates. Each student made a new friend that day, finding new ways to connect with inner city children.

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Behind the Scenes A few lucky students had the chance to act as movie extras in “Pass the Light,” a movie filmed on campus. Amy Gwon ’16

Some students had the chance to act as cheerleaders in the filming of the movie. COURTESY SIENNA PROVAT ’14

Students go behind the scenes filming “Pass the Light.”

It was early in the morning at 5:30 a.m., when Madeline Kuchan’ 16 woke up. She was not tired at all but excited, ready to go to school even though it was during Christmas break. She was ready to see lights, cameras, and actions on her day as an extra on the La Reina movie set. Students had many different roles. Students were either cheerleaders, in a classroom setting, or citizens of a town hall meeting. Each role required different responsibilities and cues, but all students were surprised at the process of being a movie extra. Even for the smallest details like out-of-focus background cheerleaders, a clapboard,

lights, camera, and yelling ‘actions’ were still necessary to get the perfect take. “I was surprised how nice they were to the extras, and how they showed compassion towards us. I was kind of like a leader of the cheerleader team. So they put some make up on me; it was really cool!” says Sienna Privat ’14. When the students came to school, they needed to wait until their turn of the scene. They were not bored, but they had fun watching the process of filming the movie. It was a new experience to see what happens behind the camera, instead of what happens in front of it. “Mrs. Privat e-mailed me, that’s how I got the opportunity to be a movie extra. Literally everything surprised me; the cameras, the lights, how many takes they took in each scene. I learned a lot about filming and met so many great people, too,” says Claire

Bishara ’14. The title of the movie is “Pass the Light.” The movie filming at La Reina was during Christmas break. It was from December 20th to January 5th. The movie is finished filming, and is now in the editing process until its release in the 2013-2014 school year. When watching the movie, the gym, cafeteria, and halls around campus can be seen. “The setting, takes, and how they quickly changed the lines in just a few minutes-everything was amazing. It was totally different than I used to think about movie filming. It was so much fun to be in front of cameras in a place so familiar to me,” says Jenna Wallace’ 14. Being a movie extra proved to be a memorable experience for everyone involved. “I loved being an extra. If given the chance, I would definitely participate again,” says Madeline Kuchan ’16.

Teachers discuss path to English Sam Jamieson ’17 “I literally used to round up kids in my neighborhood when I was eight. [I taught] all the little four and five yearolds and [made] worksheets for them,” says Mrs. Blake. She says she didn’t know why they did it, but when she grew up she was able to continue doing what she loved. Ms. Robbins had a love for English in college and decided teaching was a good way to sate it. Ms. Grey had a similar love of English and literature that she wanted to share with others, while Mrs. Adams found a love of English in the midst of becoming a science major. Mrs. Hirsh also had the English bug, while Mrs. Quist shares a story similar to Mrs. Blake. Mrs. Chisholm’s answer can be summed up in a word; Mrs. Potts. “I think that even way back then close reading and

critical writing elements set students up to be very successful in college,” says Mrs. Adams. Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Potts together brought and developed the TECC method for La Reina.TECC has been around now for about twenty-five years. Students learn the TECC formula from seventh to ninth grade. That formula transitions into different kinds of essays, such as explications and synthesis essays from tenth to twelfth grade. The TECC method prepares students for writing essays in college, where they will need to communicate ideas clearly with evidence and opinion. “I would say the most important thing in English is being able to communicate well, whether that is in speaking or in writing,” says Ms. Grey. Communication and comprehension are the most important thing they teach. Students will carry both these abilities throughout their lives.

“ I t h i n k t h e re w a s a great importance placed on writing, even before it was fashionable,” says Mrs. Quist. The English teachers of La Reina’s English teachers today really helped students develop the skills they use in everyday life. Many of the teachers thank their English teachers for giving them a good starting point to move forward from. Both Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Potts helped fashion the English program at La Reina and both taught part of La Reina’s English teacher’s today. “We talk about the different things we teach in our classes, we kind of share ideas,” says Mrs. Chisholm, about the English department. There is a lot of behind the scenes work as well, that students do not see. Every Wednesday, the English teachers discuss their course material, making sure there are no contradictions in the way the material is taught. They work as a team so that every meeting is cooperative


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Faculty members tell their own story in becoming English teachers.

English Department Chairperson and 8th grade English teacher Mrs. Blake grades a student’s essay. and cohesive. Teachers also discuss what new books they want to add to the curriculum. “I love British Literature and I want that love to extend to my students,” says Mrs. Hirsh. On the list of books teachers wish to teach, Mrs. Hirsh requests Frankenstein. Mrs. Chisholm professes her wish to teach more Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Mrs. Quist wishes she could teach more

novels and Mrs. Blake wants to teach books that have not yet entered the cinematic scene. We may see more of these books in the future, or maybe we will see new methods come to rise-- the possibilities are endless. Regardless, the English teachers provide us with a love for literature and the ability to communicate ideas clearly.

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February 2013


Students’ Music Preferences Extend Beyond “Top 40” Students have different and interesting tastes in music from all over the world that can be shared with others. Sam Jamieson ’17 Through La Reina halls, we often hear One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber. Many like these songs, but many students also favor the unheard of music—the music that you don’t see on the top 40 charts, or hear on the radio constantly. But what music do those who want to make their class happy like? That is the question and it has been

answered. “When I was little, my mom would listen to the radio and there was a song called “When you were Young” by The Killers and I really liked it,” says Rachael Castillo ’15, when asked how she found her favorite music group. The way most La Reina students find their different varieties of music is varied. The most common way that people at this school find their music is through Pandora or Spotify, their friends, the radio, or in the case of some students: researching the old bands they used to listen to when they were young

children. “The first song I listened to of Imagine Dragon’s was It’s Time, then I started listening to their other music and I found it very interesting,” says Olivia Aulicino ’14. The most common genre of music that La Reina students love is rock, with 44% of the bands in a survey of the music La Reina students like being rock bands/stars. Some of these bands include “The Scripts”, “Imagine Dragons” and “Pink Floyd”. Its close runner up is Pop with artists like Colbie Caillat and Katy Perry. “I only listen to old groups that I used to listen to when

I was younger,” says Mrs. Jennifer Ball, the eighth grade history teacher. The oldest music that was chosen by students would be their love of Disney Songs (dating from around 1927) and the “youngest” music would be Cider Sky, a band that formed just last year. The most uncommon music that was brought up in the survey were foreign bands such as Grimes, a Canadian music artist who frequently blends genres, and Maksim Mverica, a Croatian classical crossover artist. “I find my favorite groups through another group on Pandora,” says Rene

Apodaca ’16 on the topic of how she found her favorite music group. Most of the music that La Reina students like originates in the United States (Imagine Dragons) with many other bands being music that originated in the United Kingdom (Radiohead) and/ or Canada (Three Days Grace). With the music not originating in solely English speaking countries, there is an unique blend of music from pcountries such as Italy (Marina Restuccia), Japan (Kanon Wakeshima), Croatia (Maksim Mverica), Ireland (The Script) and South Africa (Die Antwoord).

Italy From the Eyes of La Reina Singers


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Valentine’s Crossword Smitten Strawberry Muffin Recipe A sweet Valentine’s Day muffin to get you through the season, single or taken.

Emily Castillo ’13

Across 2. A sweet treat that comes in the shape of hearts 3. The most popular flower to give 4. The country that declared Valentine’s Day a holiday 6. The gender that likes Valentine’s Day most 7. A common phrase on valentines used when asking someone to be yours (no spaces) 8. The man, whom Valentine’s Day is named for, is a.... 10. Beautiful plants put in bouquets 12. An English chocolate company that invented the

first candy box and is most well known for their eggs 13. The Roman goddess of love 14. A color of Valentine’s Day that is not well liked Down 1. Cards and gifts you give to friend and family 3. The color of Valentine’s Day and passion 5. This is a shape of love 9. The phrase you say to those you love (no spaces) 11. Someone sending you valentines but you do not know who (no spaces) 12. A flying baby that shoots love arrows

Ingredients: 2 cups and 2 tbsp of flour 2 eggs 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 2/3 cup of canola oil 3/4 cup of buttermilk 2/3 cup of white sugar 1 tbsp of brown sugar 3 tbsp of vanilla extract 1 cup of chocolate chips 6 strawberries Equipment: 1 12-muffin tin 12 paper muffin cups Large mixing bowl Small mixing bowl Wire rack A whisk and a spoon A toothpick Instructions: Preheat oven on 400°F. Place muffin cups into the

pan. Cut of the leaves of the strawberries and wash them, set to dry on a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Place the sugar, (2 cups of) flour, chocolate chips, baking soda, and baking powder in the large mixing bowl and whisk until blended together. In small mixing bowl mix the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix together. The batter should be mostly powder free but will still have small clumps. Dice the strawberries into small pieces, then coat the small pieces of fruit with the 2 tablespoons of flour. A d d t h e f l o u r- c o a t e d strawberries into the mixture. Whisk the batter once again, so that there are strawberry pieces evenly mixed throughout the batter. Use a spoon to fill each muffin cup in the pan to about three quarters full. If there is extra batter, put the batter into already the already filled cups. Place the pan into the oven and cook for 18 minutes. After 18 minutes, pull out

the pan to check to see if muffins are ready. Take a toothpick and stab it into the muffin. If the toothpick is mostly dry, the muffins are done. If not, put the pan back into the oven and cook for 2 more minutes. Then repeat the toothpick process. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. C a re f u l l y re m o v e t h e muffins from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool. Allow muffins to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. (Optional: Once cooled, refrigerate until chilled.) Eat and enjoy. Notes: Canola oil can be replaced with melted butter; however, if using melted butter be sure to stir in the butter after the wet and dry ingredients have been mixed and stir in extremely quickly because it will curdle the batter. Coating the strawberries with flour is super essential. If this is not done, the strawberries with sink to the bottom of the batter instead of staying even throughout the batter.

Celebrating Valentines Day, by Diana Lee ’17

Valentine, Schmalentine

Single ladies, have no fear-Valentine’s Day 2013 is nearly here. Korrin Alpers ’13

There is nothing more detrimental to the sanity of a single high-school girl than Valentine’s Day. Except, perhaps, a Taylor Swift love song. Yet alas, here I am, caught unaware, anxiously awaiting the big 2-14. I somehow overlooked the holiday while scouring the Academy Award nominations and eating froyo nonstop. But it has finally caught up to me: Valentine’s Day is approaching, and I have yet to marry Ryan Gosling yet. Let me take you back to childhood, where Valentine’s Day meant Sweetheart candies and homemade red construction paper hearts with flimsy doilies glued on them. A time in which every child received a Valentine card and, more importantly, the ever sought after candy. Those were the days: when you would praise and rejoice Chloe when she generously gifted you with Reese’s

Peanut Butter Cups and cursed Donny for dumping banana Laffy-Taffy upon your lap. Donny. That time will never return. We fixedly search for cute couple pictures on Facebook and wonder how our weird friend from sixth grade ended up with a hunk and a dozen roses. We wallow in self-pity, leaving Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” on repeat until the words lose their meaning. February 14th is a day of sorrow and fear for many. Enough is enough. I have plans for you, my friend. Many alternatives are available to you this Valentine’s Day (see cutout). Remember: you are strong, independent, and don’t need men to feel awesome: just your besties and some Thin Mints. I hope that on this Valentine’s Day you will find time to perform any one of these options. May your hearts be filled with joy and your stomachs bursting with chocolate and Nerds Ropes. This Valentine’s Day will be the best because you are the best…except for you. Yeah you. Get outta here.

How to Find Valentines, by Emily Castillo ’13

Valentine’s Day Fun Activities for Single Girls

1. Host a party at your house and bake cookies to look like real anatomical hearts and drop them off at the nearest hospital. 2. Learn the “Dirty Dancing” lift with your best friend and high-five each other one hundred times once you succeed. 3. Watch scary movies and eat like three gallons of ice cream without coming up for air. 4. Make facial masks for you and your dog. 5. Write five hundred fan letters to Kevin Jonas. 6. Watch the Notebook and cry at all the right times.


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Finals, Finals Everywhere ALLY ADAMS ’13

How I feel at a grocery store after school in my uniform.

The La Reina uniform is a great way to feel very isolated in grocery stores. Ally Adams ’13 Tell a stranger that you attend an all-girls private Catholic high school, and congratulations! You have yourself a conversation starter. Even mentioning to a newly introduced person that you wear a uniform results in double takes, looks of intrigue, questioning of your ability to socialize, and assumptions that a La Reina student has the most pristine moral compass in all of Thousand Oaks. But, among the best reactions is what I like to call the alien stare.

The alien stare is infamous in grocery stores suburbwide. Enter a grocery store, or any public place in your uniform, and it is basically guaranteed that society will view you in your plaid skirt as some kind of Scottish foreigner. So to cope with this La Reina problem, I have a few options for you. Number one: should a stranger stare at you, offer a hug and then sincerely say ”La Reina, where quality and the individual count.” Alien who? Alien what? They now will understand that La Reina students are not Scottish aliens, but in fact, modern day disciples of Jesus. Number two: Just to really throw them off and provide for some comic

relief, go ahead and fulfill their expectations. Attempt to resemble E.T. by pointing your finger at them, or, start speaking like the little green dudes from Toy Story. This option is the most risky (trust me I’ve tried it). Although it may be hilarious, you are sacrificing your reputation not only as a student of La Reina, but also as a human being in general. This leads me to the third and final option. Number 3: smile, wave, and everybody say it with me now, “Dude, it’s just a uniform.” Spice up option number three with a sign of the cross as you walk away from stranger. La Reina problems. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them—ya know?

With finals week, the early bird definitely got the worm. Danya Carithers ’14 When I first found out about when the semester exams were to take place, I was not particularly happy. I was not ecstatic about the fact that the exams were to be taken place on December 17th- 20th, a whole three weeks earlier than past years. But of course I conformed to the new schedule and reluctantly prepared for my exams. But as I was preparing, my spirits slowly began to rise because I was looking forward to winter break. And that is when I came to the realization that the dates of the semester exams will never be more appealing than others merely because they are the semester exams, but the fact that we have winter break to look forward to, makes it much more bearable. However, having finals right before the break meant that my attention was split between studying and Christmas. Had finals been after the Christmas season, I would have had more time to watch holiday movies, wrap gifts, and truly get into the Christmas spirit. With finals in the middle of December, it’s difficult to focus on anything else but the anxiety of test week. As soon as winter break came along though, I was able to fully delve into the holiday season. It was a huge transition

in a very short amount of time, but it was much more beneficial to get exams over with and have a worry-free winter vacation than to have the Christmas spirit and a stressful vacation. The new school year schedule allows us to get out early in May, with the downside of returning to school mid-August, which is early compared to other schools. While, yes, this makes sense in accordance to our semesters and California weather, the disadvantage is that sometimes the schedule in inconvenient. For students with friends from schools that are released in June and return in September, this can be an unfortunate overlapping of vacation schedules. Not only was I pleased with the new dates of the semester exams, I was even m o re p l e a s e d w i t h t h e new dates of winter break. Previously, winter break took place before semester exams, causing students to stress to remember their studies for the exams after break. Now that winter break is placed directly after the exams, students can truly enjoy their break. With the high stress of our school, I find it easy to take advantage of this break as a time to unwind. When we got back from break, we have a fresh start with the new semester. The new dates of winter break provide an unrushed time for a student to prepare for the next semester.

College Corner: Elizabethtown College Ally Adams ’13 interviews alumnae Mary Clyne ’12 about her experiences at Elizabethtown College in Southeast Pennsylanina.

A - How was college different than you expected it to be? M - Coming from La Reina, I expected the workload to be similar, but college is definitely more work. However with most people regarding academics as a high priority you are surrounded by motivated people to work hard. I thought I was going to have a lot of free time, but instead I was constantly busy. Even though I only had two classes a day, there was also sports practices, long meals, group projects, and naps between everything. I would

start homework around 9 or 10 at night and be up until 3 am.

A - What is your favorite part and - if any - least favorite part about the east coast? M - I love the old buildings and being close to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, all of which I have visited before. The cities have so much more history than our own. Although I was looking forward to cold weather and snow, at first it was very difficult to get used to, especially running for track practice in the cold. However, after about a month I learned how to dress properly and began getting used to not being able to feel my fingers.

A - What was the biggest adjustment going from high school to college? M - I think the biggest adjustment was the social life. During high school you are surrounded by peers for 6-7 hours a day, but you still had time by yourself to unwind. In college, there is no alone time; in fact, you learn to dislike being alone because you are constantly surrounded by friends. It’s a very different atmosphere when the boys down the hall can just knock on your door and come in, while at La Reina it was lucky to talk to just one boy a day. It was different not having anyone looking over one’s shoulder to make sure you succeed. I am at a small school, a


majority of my classes have 10-15 students, the teachers want you to succeed but it is your job to put in the effort. I know that I missed my morning class a few times because I did not wake up my alarm and there was no one to blame except myself. A - What is college life compared to your high school years? If so, how? M - I found college life more relaxed than my high school years. You are always surrounded by people doing your same activities which makes it more fun. While I am just as busy, everything is in walking distance, taking away the constant driving. Also I did not have a job during this past semester

while I focused on sports; in high school I was working while playing two sports. In high school, everything seems to be on a tight schedule. But in college, you make your schedule. Often my friends and I take over an hour for lunch because we chose to spend more time together and do homework later. My track team also eat together everyday even if it meant being up past midnight for homework. A - Do you have any advice for the current seniors during their application process? M - My only advice is visit the school and if you like it and can see yourself there, make the decision based on what is best for you.

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February 2013


The Problem with Resolutions Resolutions are an exciting way to ring in the new year. But, are they really worth it?

ways setting new goals for ourselves. It only takes one event or experience for you to have a change of heart, and completely dispel your resolution. “I did a resolution one year to give up sushi, because I really liked it a lot. It felt good to accomplish something and not give up, but half way through the year I realized it was kind of silly and not worth my efforts,” says Tay-

lor Todd ’16. For others, a new year ’s resolution is a concrete way to achieve goals. Holding yourself to such a major responsibility year round can result in a greater sense of willpower, out of fear of failure. Then, at the end of the year, you are able to evaluate your performance with concrete results. This has worked for Marissa Laschi ‘14 in the past.

“I think it’s a good idea to set a goal for yourself. I’ve had New Year’s resolutions to get better grades and it worked every time. It was hard, but such a good feeling when I achieved it,” says Marissa Laschi ’14. New Year’s resolutions can seem counter-productive in that we are constantly making new goals for ourselves throughout our lives. When we set one big goal, we forget about the baby steps we take everyday in becoming our better selves. As a result, some do not prefer a drastic promise, but rather, many smaller undertakings. “I just never really follow through with resolutions very much. I forget about them and so I like setting more goals throughout the year,” says Olivia Sophos ’17. Also, if you are not careful, your resolution could just be a commercial ploy to give companies your money. For example, according to Men’s Health Magazine, gym memberships increase anywhere from 15% to 50% on January 1st, depending on the location of the gym. This surge of members with the aim to get fit in the new year

been tapping into many new places to find drinking water, such as the ocean coast, in hopes of keeping that supply steady. In the United States, 30% of drinking water is irrigated to promote the growth of grass. So instead of using that to help keep the declining level of drinking water stable, Americans are using a now limited resource to feed useless grass. Of course we can argue that grass is a plant, and like all pants it produces oxygen and feeds a majority of wildlife. But the fact of the matter is that when grass dies and decomposes, the sugars and starches that make up grass use a

lot of oxygen and in return release a surprisingly large amount of carbon dioxide, an amount that counteracts all the oxygen produced in its lifetime. Therefore, grass is an ineffective source of oxygen for the earth. Of course, we cannot rid the United States of all grass, because some of it is necessary for the standard of living we as a society have established for ourselves. What we need to do is use less potable water to feed it and, where we can, replace grass with vegetable or fruit gardens. The idea of communal gardens is especially beneficial to the school in several ways. The first of

which is that it would bring groups of girls together. Of course, the idea of a garden may seem boring at first, but gather a bunch of your closest friends and work in a garden together, and you’ll change your mind. The second is that it can be a learning experience for the biology classes. A part of Biology CP and Biology H is learning about the process of plants growing and the ecology of it. Working in a garden could be a class project that would give the girls hands on experience in the subject matter. Not only would the girls be able to work with the process, they would understand the process on a deeper and

Student poll: What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013?

Ally Adams ‘13

It is New Year’s Eve. You watch Ryan Seacrest countdown to the balldrop, sipping your cider and wondering exactly what his job title is. Host? Celebrity? Professional fun person? The world may never know. Before you know it, it’s 3..2..1…HAPPY NEW YEAR. Couples kiss, poppers are popped, silly string is strung. After all the excitement that is the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you are (most likely) left alone to think about your new year’s resolution. For many people, a New Year’s resolution is a way to do away with the past and bring in the new. Whatever happened in 2012 is over! It’s time to look ahead, never back! 2013 is your time to think on the future and set new goals. The problem with this is that we are al-

is followed by a 60% dropout rate during the year. The deals given in the new year for gym memberships, diets, tutoring, hobbies, what have you, end up being a waste of time and money when it is all given up. However, a resolution can be cheap and accomplishing when the right measures are taken. Mary Tielman ‘14 has found a way to keep her resolution in a cheerful, simple way. “This year I am keeping a little jar and I put something good that happens each day in it. I thought it was a good idea to be happy for all the things that happen throughout the year,” says Mary Tieman ’14. Resolutions can be made easier and more efficient if you remember to focus on the manageable goals; the baby steps towards a New Year ’s Resolution-worthy goal. So next year, when you find yourself counting down to 2014 with Ryan Seacrest, you don’t have to dread making your resolution if you just focus on the small goals. Instead, we can all finally concentrate on figuring out his actual job description.

more personal level. The third reason is that if we could grow enough good vegetables or fruits, we could take some home to use for ourselves or donate them to soup kitchens. Any parent would be gleefully proud to use fresh fruits and veggies grown by their own daughter. Likewise, any student would be happy to help by donating the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor to those in need. Now, we realize it would be highly impractical to rid La Reina of all turf grass. But taking out some of the more unnecessary grass to put in vegetable gardens would be an easy fix to an environmental problem.

Grass: What’s the Point?

We all seem to think grass helps the environment, but all it really does is harm.

Emily Castillo ’13

As the amount of environmental problems increase, we become more and more worried about the issue of water scarcity. As a developed country, we have been blessed with running potable (drinkable) water, but as we have heard, that seemingly endless supply is wavering. Water supply companies have


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February 2013


Fun Facts of the Academy Awards Filmmaker who has won the most academy awards: Walt Disney, 26 awards and 59 nominations.

Youngest person to be nominated for an academy award: Quvenzhane Wallis at nine years old for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Youngest person to win an academy award: Tatum O’Neal at 10 years old for her role in Paper Moon.

Why “Oscar”? Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the award is more known by its nickname, Oscar. Academy library Margaret Herrick said that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. It wasn’t until 1939 that the Academy adopted the nickname, but it was so widely known in 1934, a columnist referred to it on a piece about Katharine Hepburn’s first Actress win.

The Best Dressed List

Favorite gowns from the Golden Globes 2013 are chosen in this poll of 53 students.

The only film to win every Oscar it was nominated is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The only woman to win for best director in Oscar history is Katherine Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

The Oscar statuette is 13 ½ inches tall and weighs about 8 ½ pounds. The film reel it stands on has a film reel which has five spokes. These spokes signify the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.

Winners from the 2013 Grammy Awards Best Pop Solo Performance

Record of the Year

1. Megan Fox (45%)

2. Amanda Seyfried (23%)

3. Taylor Swift (11%)

Lonely Boy “Set Fire to the Rain”(Live) The Black Keys Adele Stronger “Stronger” Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson We are Young “Call me Maybe” Fun ft. Janelle Monae Carly Rae Jepsen Somebody that I used to “Wide Awake” know Katy Perry Gotye ft. Kimbra “Where Have You Been” Thinkin Bout You Rihanna Frank Ocean We are never ever getting Best New Artist back together Alabama Shakes Taylor Swift Fun. Hunter Hayes The Lumineers Frank Ocean

Album of the year

4. Anne Hathaway (9%)

5. Sofia Vergara (8%)

People’s Choice Awards: January 9: Award show dedicated to recognizing individuals of pop culture. The winners are voted on by the general public.

6. Jessica Chastain (4%)

Screen Actors Guild Award: January 19th: Awards presented to actors by the Screen Actors Guild, the official labor union of film and television performers.

The Golden Globes: January 13: Awards granted to excellence in both American and International film and television. The winners are selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Song of the Year

El Camino The Black Keys Some Nights Fun Babel Mumford & Sons Channel Orange Frank Ocean Blunderbluss Jack White

“The A Team” by Ed Sheeran “Adorn” by Miguel Pimentel “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson “We Are Young” by Fun. Academy Awards: Febuary 24th: This award, also known as the Oscars, is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to the most outstanding cinematic performances of the year.

Grammy’s: Feburary 10th: This award is the music industries highest achievement. Given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Grammys are presented to the best performers of the year.


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February 2013


Royal Regent Entertainment “Monthly dose of all things current”

App of the Month: Foodspotting

Movie Review: Warm Bodies The moive adaption of the book Warm Bodies lives up to literary fans expectations.

The app of the month, Foodspotting, is an interactive visual guide for the best dishes and restaurants in your area.

Catie Brown ’16

restaurant. Visual photos of dishes are accessible from Foodspotting, helping customers to see what dishes looks like. Furthermore, since Foodspotting’s is to help “cover the earth with amazing food sighting”, there are all foods people love included, thus no negative commentaries of foods will be seen in Foodspotting. In January 2010, Foodspotting launched the first mobile app. Since this, it is more convenient for customers to find and rate dishes. To find great Do you ever feel like dishes with Foodspotting, eating a delicious stack of you only need to find your pancakes but don’t know favorite restaurant, if you where to get some in your have one, to see what is area? Or what about a juicy highly recommended by hamburger? The mobile app experts and others. Or you Foodspotting is excellent can search for a particular application to assist you in dish that you are looking for. your search to satisfy your Foodspotting will offer you strongest cravings. a list of restaurants in which Foodspotting is all you can enjoy the particular about dishes, not just dish you search for.


Peijie Lee ’14

Zombie movies seem to have a mold they are required to fit; scary, gory, and leaving you with nightmares. Warm Bodies from Summit Entertainment, based on the novel by Isaac Marion, breaks that mold; adding romance and comedy into the zombie movie field. In a post-apocalyptic world, R, a zombie who cannot remember his identity other than his first initial, is desperate to connect with others and escape his lonely, meaningless life. After saving Julie, a human survivor, from becoming a zombie’s lunch, R’s human emotions begin to remerge. His requited love for Julie leads to a domino affect amongst his fellow zombies as they too rediscover what it means to be alive. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, most known for his role as Beast in X-Men, First Class. As a makeup-covered zombie, his movements are

limited, but his charisma still shines through in his facial expressions and narrations by his character. Teresa Palmer, most famous for her role as Number Six in I am Number Four, plays Julie; R’s hot-blooded human love interest. Rob Corddry, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovitch, and Dave Franco fill out the supporting cast. The movie is directed by 50/50’s Jonathon Levine. The movie stretches over several genres; comedy, horror, and romance, and fans of any of those genres will be satisfied with this movie. Rob Corddry’s character acts as the witty comic relief, gaining the most laughs from the audience. While it includes some zombie violence, above all it is a touching

romance. I enjoyed every minute of the movie. R’s budding humanity as a result of Julie’s love highlights the strength of human emotions and gives the movie a sweet, loving message just in time for Valentine’s Day. I also especially loved that the names in the movie give an allusion to Romeo and Juliet. The film perfectly balances hilarious jokes with action and love. If you, like me, are a fan of the book on which it was based, be prepared for slight plot changes, but all together the message is the same. I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to see a great movie, however Warm Bodies has an MPAA rating of PG-13 so it may not be suitable for younger audiences.


Justin Timberlake Set to Release New Album: “The 20/20 Experience” Justin Timberlake releases his first album in 7 years, “The 20/20 Experience” which introduces a new sound for the former NSYNC member. Danya Carithers ’14 The new hit artists of 2013 are looking a little familiar. Of the most familiar is Justin Timberlake. After a

The Evolution of Justin: From Boy Band to Solo Act

7 year hiatus, Timberlake has released his new single featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie. This song will be part of his upcoming album, which comes later in 2013. Timberlake has comeback with a definite bang. Billboard predicts that his single will be downloaded 350,000 times, an amount that only 9 songs were able to reach last year. ‘Suit & Tie’ aims for an even bigger


Justin and Christina Aguilera on the Mickey Mouse Club.

debut than his previous single, ‘Sexy Back.’ ‘Suit & Tie’ was produced and cowritten by Timbaland and by the looks of the single, Timberlake continues to sing with an r&b and pop style that won the hearts of many fans in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Timberlake also brings the nostalgia a little to far by sharing his single on MySpace. ‘Suit & Tie’ was exceptionally appealing and


Justin during his early days with NSYNC.


had a particularly catchy beat, leaving me and many other fans impatient for the album to come out. M o r e o v e r, Ti m b e r l a k e posted an open letter to fans, revealing the title of his new upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience. Although the release date is unclear, the album will be released sometime this year on RCA Records. Timberlake explains that


Justin and then-girlfriend Britney Spears in matching denim outfits.

the inspiration for this album came out of the blue. He continues to explain that he was just playing around in the studio and creating songs with no rules or goals in mind. It seems the more I find out about his new album the more my expectations increase. Especially, because Timberlake describes that he had one of the best times in his career creating this album.


Justin new hit single “Suit and Tie” was recently released.

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Lance Armstrong: A Fallen Hero


Lance Armstong speaking to Oprah about his tainted career, which aired on OWN on January 17 and 18, 2013.


One of the most well received commercials was the tear-jerking Clydesdale Budweiser commerical that depicted the sweet relationship between a man and his horse.


It is undeniable that we all want to win. No one would rather have last place than first. For years, Lance Armstrong had been the epitome of success. He beat cancer and had seven Tour De France first place wins under his belt. Though he had been suspected of drug use for years, when it was definitively revealed that he used performanceenhancing drugs to win, what remained of his wholesome, respectable reputation crashed. Armstrong used drugs to win seven Tour De France races. He admitted to it on his interview with Oprah. However, Armstrong had not been the first or only contestant to dope. What made his drug use so unforgettable was that he was unforgettable. No one looks twice if some nameless contestant uses oxygenating drugs, but when it’s the World Record Winner who breaks the law, it turns into a crisis. For his misuse, Armstrong was stripped of his titles and bronze medal. It’s a perfectly acceptable response for breaking the law of the competition. But Armstrong’s biggest fault was not the fact that like several other cyclists, he doped before races to increase the amount of oxygen in his blood, but how he responded to those who tried to come clean and reveal the truth about drug use in the sport of cycling. Take Emma O’Reilly, for example. She worked for Armstrong’s cycling team as a masseuse, a job that included making trips to pick up what she suspected to be materials for PED.

When she attempted to reveal Armstrong as a doper, he sued her. His lawyers managed to cover up his lie, destroying the masseuse’s credibility until now and leaving her unable to find work. This did seem logical at the time though. Who would you believe: some random woman working as a masseuse or a respected athlete and founder of a multi-million dollar charity? Armstrong admits in his Oprah interview that he has a “ruthless desire to win”. This is a quality that simply cannot be looked at as black or white. It is what helped him pull through his ordeal with cancer and led him to form the Livestrong Foundation and be an inspiration to those stricken with cancer. On the other hand, that need for success was so great that he thought it was necessary to use drugs to gain an advantage, stating that he did not believe it possible to win without them. What’s ironic is that his “ruthless desire to win” blinded him to what is right from wrong and ultimately led to his downfall. The drugs gave him his fame. He embraced the doping culture within cycling rather than trying to reform it, managing to never fail a single drug test. He temporarily won. But now his legacy will be as a cheater, liar, and bully. His time of glory has ended. He is a man who loves to win, loves his sport, and loves his family, and wanted to help others. Like we all do, he made mistakes, and now is paying for them by being banned from professional cycling, stripped of his titles, and humiliated. It seems fitting. He made mistakes, but he also had good intentions. He is the living embodiment of a Greek tragedy, fatal flaw included.


Catie Brown ’16

Super Bowl 47 Highlights COURTESY OF TRIBUNE NEWS

A teen’s perspective on Lance Armstrong’s fall.

February 2013

Top Left: Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his win by holding the Lombardi up to the fans. Botton Right Graphic: The Superdome lost power for 34 minutes during the game. Bottom Left: Beyoncé stuns the nation with her half time performance.

Super Bowl Means A Time to Celebrate Students weigh in on the and were cheering on their 47th annual Super Bowl favorite team, despite the strange blackout. and the traditions they “I enjoy watching Super celebrate it with. Callan Buechsenschuetz ‘16 2013 marked the 47-year anniversary of the Super Bowl. The kickoff took place at 6:30 p.m. on February 3rd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two teams that competed in the Super Bowl were the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. At the end of it all, the Ravens won 34-31 and walked away with the $25,000 Tiffany & Co. crafted Lombardi Trophy. One of the highlights of February 3rd game was the blackout. About two minutes into the second half of the Super Bowl, all of the lights on one half of the Superdome went out, internet connections were cut, and scoreboards went dark. This power outage lasted about 35 minutes and has contributed to suspicions of the Superdome being cursed. Some students were eager to watch the Super Bowl


Bowls because they are interesting to watch and they make people really enthusiastic. My family and I usually either host parties or go to parties to celebrate and watch the Super Bowl,” says Sucheta Kadaba ’14. Wa t c h i n g t h e S u p e r Bowl is just half of the fun. During football season and especially on the day of the Super Bowl, many fans hosted and attended parties or celebrated yearly family traditions. “Watching the Super Bowl is just something I do with my dad. We usually make nachos and hang out,” says Rachel Rodewald ’14. For many students, the Superbowl is its own American holiday, a way to bring family together. “Every year, we go to my grandparents’ house and have a big party to watch the Super Bowl. It’s one of the only times of the year that we know all of the family will be together,” says Deanna Rice ’17.

The actual game of football is exciting to watch for many fans, but some just watch the Super Bowl for halftime. The Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show is the most watched musical event of the year, with over 112.5 million views last year in the U.S. alone. This year, a performance from Beyoncé was the featured highlight of the show. Beyoncé teamed up with Pepsi and sponsored a contest for fans to be included in her introductory commercial. Fans were asked to send in clips of them dancing one of Beyoncé’s signature moves and the best ones were chosen to be in the video introduction to Beyoncé’s act. Despite all the excitement surrounding them, some students do not watch the Super Bowl or the halftime show. “I watched a Super Bowl one time but I wasn’t really paying attention to it. I just don’t understand football,” says Katie McGinley ’16. No matter if you are a fan of football or not, Super Bowl Sunday is always an exciting time.

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La Reina Varsity Basketball

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February 2013


Dancing in the Air A popular form of dance, aerial, has become more and more popular among students. Meghan Herlihy ’16


Students are involved with many different unusual sports and activities, and sports that someone wouldn’t think of. Aerial is one of those sports. The risky tricks and heights of the aerialists are unimaginable to those that watch. Aerial has become a popular form of dance that students are slowly but surely trying out. After a certain many years of the common ballet-tap-jazz curriculum, students take on aerial for a different dance challenge. “Aerial is a type of acrobatic dance that allows

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Girls attend the Varsity Basketball Senior Night to show their support for the team’s seniors, Rebecca Rivera and Tatum Koval.

you to express yourself through movement. In aerial, performers climb up silks, or tissues, that hang from the ceiling, and do tricks,” says Marlow Moser ’15. There is something unique about aerial that sparks the interest of many students. It has become a popular type of dance to join partly because it is a combination of ballet and jazz-- combining lyrical, technical movements, with the excitement and rhythms of jazz dance. Students may join aerial because they want to experience a new dance form and also want to perform exciting tricks on cloth hangings. “I started aerial because I’ve always loved dance. When people think of dance, they think of it as more grounded, but now with aerial you can be graceful like in dance, but also have the dimension of height. I got interested in aerial in eighth grade when I saw a cool

La Reina’s varsity soccer team includes sisters who share a love of the sport. Catie Brown ’16 Running down grassy fields, sweating and panting and thinking only about water as you play the sport you love, what, besides scoring a goal, could possibly make this experience better?

Your sister. Three pairs of sisters play on the varsity soccer team. Annie ‘15 and Meghan ’13 Ray, Jo ’15 and Bess ’13 Grode, and Bailey ’14 and Maddie ’13 Rohlfing have all been playing soccer for years and now, some for the first time, are on the team with their sister. While Annie and Meghan Ray have been playing soccer for ten and fourteen years NIKKI CRYSTAL ’13

Seniors Bess Grode, Brighid McEveety, Bailey Rohlfing , and Meghan Ray (not pictured) play their last season with Vasity Soccer coach Dylan Riley.

between teams at AYSO, u10, and club, they have never played on the same team before playing on La Reina’s varsity soccer team. Now, they enjoy having a family member with them through games and practices for encouragement and advice. “Having her presence is reassuring; I have someone I can ask questions to and count on,” says Annie. Jo and Bess Grode also have never played soccer on the same team before La Reina, though they played in Eagles Soccer Club for years. Now that they’re teammates, they are grateful for the suggestions their sister provides. They push each other to work harder and be their best. “She makes me work harder and she gives me a lot of constructive criticism,” says Jo. Maddie and Bailey



Soccer: The Sport of Sisters

video about it. Now I belong to the companies Talent Lab and Aerial Arts in Westlake,” says Moser. Talent Lab, one of the companies that performs at the Civic Arts Plaza, is dedicated to the creative growth and practical training of all devoted and skillfully intensive dancers in the corrections of ballet, contemporary and aerial works. There are many opportunities to join aerial. “I began aerial after observing a class at my dance studio, Talent Lab. I became fascinated with aerial because it was a brand new, unique form of dance I have never tried before. Plus the entire thought of being up in the air almost flying amazed me,” says Bailey Tait ’16. In La Reina, many people have really enjoyed their experiences with aerial and recommend it for others who follow the dream of dancing.

From left to right: Bess Grode ’13, Jo Grode ’15, Bailey Rohlfing ’13, Maddie Rohlfing ’14, Brighid McEveety ’13, and Annie Ray ’15. Rohlfing know what it’s like to have a family member with them in the sport. They played soccer together on their first AYSO team and during this past club season. They run together at home and count on other for feedback and advice. “I really enjoy playing with her, and she pushes me to try harder. She tells me when I’m doing something wrong, and then tells me how to play it better,” says Maddie.

As a whole, having a family member on the team gives the girls comfort and support through practices and games. When the sport becomes trying or difficult to endure, these girls know they can find encouragement through their sister. They are tied together not only by family bonds, but by the love of a sport. “It’s been a really good experience; being able to play a sport with your sister brings you closer,” says Jo.

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The February Issue of The Herald, Offical Newspaper of La Reina High School