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BYTES

Meganȱ Houseȱ isȱ aȱ sophomoreȱ organizationalȱ PortlandȱandȱwasȱSt.ȱFrancis’’ȱvaledictorianȱforȱtheȱClassȱofȱ

communicationsȱ majorȱ atȱ Universityȱ ofȱ 2009.ȱȱSheȱisȱstudyingȱabroadȱthisȱyear.ȱ

 The Quarterly Newsletter of the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School Alumni Association 

Battle for the Paddle Itȱwasȱaȱnightȱ likeȱnoȱotherȱinȱtheȱ historyȱofȱSt.ȱFrancisȱ CentralȱCoastȱHighȱ School.ȱ OnȱThursday,ȱ Marchȱ10,ȱtheȱfirstȬ everȱBattleȱforȱtheȱ Paddleȱrockedȱtheȱ BorinaȱAthleticȱ Center.ȱȱStudentsȱ wereȱgroupedȱbyȱ classȱforȱaȱspiritedȱ competitionȱthatȱ beganȱwithȱeachȱ classȱperformingȱanȱ original,ȱfullyȬ choreographedȱ danceȱroutine,ȱ followedȱbyȱaȱseriesȱ ofȱoffbeatȱOlympicȱ styleȱevents.ȱ Classesȱeachȱ selectedȱaȱtheme:ȱ freshmenȱasȱ superheroes;ȱ sophomoresȱwithȱaȱ jungleȱtheme;ȱjuniorsȱ andȱtimeȬtravel;ȱandȱ seniorsȱMichaelȱ Jacksonȱandȱ ““Thriller.””ȱ Spring 2011

 Parentsȱpackedȱtheȱ bleachers,ȱdressedȱinȱ theȱappropriateȱthemeȱ colorȱforȱtheȱclassȱtheyȱ wereȱcheeringȱon.ȱȱ Judgingȱawardedȱ pointsȱforȱparentȱ participationȱandȱ enthusiasmȱasȱwell,ȱ andȱtheȱparentsȱdidȱ notȱdisappoint.ȱ Inȱtheȱendȱtheȱ seniorsȱtookȱtheȱ ceremonialȱpaddleȱ home.ȱ Beȱsureȱtoȱlookȱforȱ theȱBattleȱforȱtheȱ Paddleȱtoȱreturnȱnextȱ year.ȱ

 Photos by Alex Hernandez-Lopez

Top photo, Seniors lay into the rope during the interclass tug-o-war. Above, sophomore Dean Fryn limbos a little lower. See Page 3 for more photos

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Events on and around campus   





 Shark Bytes  Shark Bytes is published in electronic form each quarter by the St. Francis Central Coast CatholicHighSchoolDevelopmentOffice.  Have you moved?  Changed your eͲmail address?  Are you up to something interesting?Letusknowsowecanpassthe word along via this newsletter and the St. FrancisAlumniFacebookpage.  LaurenZachmeier, AssistantforAlumniRelations Zachmeier@stfrancishigh.net  MarkPaxton, DirectorofDevelopment paxton@stfrancsishigh.net   St.FrancisCentralCoastCatholicHighSchool 2400EastLakeAve. Watsonville,CA95076  KeithB.Mathews,PresidentandPrincipal FindusontheWebatwww.stfrancishigh.net.

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It’s been a full year, beginning with a celebration marking the arrival of the relics of St. John Bosco. Two horses visited campus for last fall’s Volunteer Fair. In April, students, parents, alumni and staff gathered at Kennedy Hall across East Lake for the annual Spring Festival. Junior Abigail Magno, above, toured the festival in style. Sumo wrestling and other games attracted large crowds. Below, honors Spanish students work with students from Lakeview in a continuing “Intercambio,” Spanish for “exchange.”

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Battle for the Paddle

Whatever you do, don’t call it a pep rally. The first St. Francis Battle for the Paddle rocked the BAC to the rafters last month, and students, staff and parents have already started talking about BFTP II. From five-legged races, to elaborate dance routines, to lots of spirited cheering the excitement built to make it a night to remember.









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Analumnagainsnewperspectivesintohumanity Meganȱ Houseȱ isȱ aȱ sophomoreȱ organizationalȱ  communicationsȱ majorȱ atȱ Universityȱ ofȱ Portlandȱ andȱ wasȱ St.ȱ Francis’’ȱ valedictorianȱ forȱ theȱ Classȱ ofȱ 2009.ȱ ȱ Sheȱ isȱ studyingȱ abroadȱ thisȱ year.ȱThisȱarticleȱwasȱrecentlyȱpublishedȱinȱ““Theȱ Beacon,””ȱtheȱuniversity’’sȱstudentȱpaper.ȱ ȱ ByȱMeganȱHouseȱ Aȱ sunriseȱ overȱ theȱ Acropolis,ȱ artȱ atȱ theȱ Uffiziȱ Gallery,ȱ aȱ raceȱ inȱ theȱ originalȱ Olympicȱ stadiumȱ andȱ Libyanȱ refugeesȱ scramblingȱ toȱ stowȱ awayȱ underȱ ourȱ tourȱ busȱ asȱ weȱ waitedȱ toȱ loadȱ ontoȱ aȱ ferryȱ inȱ Greece.ȱ Whichȱofȱtheseȱeventsȱdoesȱnotȱbelong?ȱ AsȱweȱpulledȱintoȱPatras,ȱtheȱloiterersȱsetȱanȱ uneasyȱairȱaboutȱtheȱbus.ȱWhileȱweȱwereȱ40ȱ studentsȱconstantlyȱonȱtheȱmoveȱinȱourȱyearȱ abroad,ȱitȱwasȱevenȱmoreȱunusualȱforȱusȱtoȱ considerȱ peopleȱ whoȱ werenȇtȱ goingȱ anywhereȱatȱall.ȱ However,ȱasȱsoonȱasȱourȱbusȱcameȱtoȱaȱstop,ȱ theyȱ wereȱ onȱ theȱ move.ȱ Dozensȱ ofȱ scruffy,ȱ unwashedȱ menȱ wereȱ swarmingȱ ourȱ bus.ȱ Manyȱ ofȱ themȱ wereȱ crawlingȱ inȱ theȱ mereȱ footȱ ofȱ spaceȱ betweenȱ theȱ busȱ andȱ theȱ

ground.ȱ Unsurprisingly,ȱ everyone,ȱ myselfȱ included,ȱ wasȱ concerned.ȱ Noȱ oneȱhadȱaȱrightȱtoȱgetȱunderȱtheȱbusȱorȱ intoȱanyȱofȱourȱthings.ȱ Iȱdidnȇtȱhaveȱmuchȱtimeȱtoȱthinkȱaboutȱ this,ȱ asȱ allȱ aroundȱ meȱ peopleȱ wereȱ voicingȱtheirȱopinions:ȱȈRunȱthemȱover,ȱ Roland!Ȉȱ Thatȱ Ȉbadȱ manȈȱ canȇtȱ getȱ onȱ ourȱbusȱandȱȈtakeȱmyȱprettyȱthings.Ȉȱ Iȱwasȱastoundedȱthatȱsuchȱthingsȱcouldȱ issueȱ fromȱ theȱ mouthsȱ ofȱ worldȱ travelersȱ andȱ universityȱ students,ȱ studentsȱ ofȱ aȱ Catholicȱ universityȱ committedȱtoȱsocialȱjustice.ȱ Iȱ didnȇtȱ knowȱ muchȱ aboutȱ theȱ specificȱ situation,ȱ butȱ whatȱ Iȱ didȱ knowȱ wasȱ thatȱ theseȱ peopleȱ wereȱ puttingȱ themselvesȱ atȱ greatȱ riskȱ andȱ Iȱ highlyȱ doubtedȱthatȱtheyȱwouldȱdoȱsoȱwithoutȱ aȱ veryȱ goodȱ reason.ȱ Personally,ȱ Iȱ wouldnȇtȱthinkȱsomeȱcollegeȱkidsȇȱstuffȱ qualifiesȱsuchȱdesperation.ȱ Regardless,ȱ Iȱ wasȱ appalledȱ byȱ theȱ blatantȱ disregardȱ forȱ theȱ valueȱ ofȱ humanȱ life.ȱ Evenȱ asȱ perceivedȱ threats,ȱ theseȱ peopleȱ wereȱ stillȱ humanȱ andȱ



PhotobyAndrewDeVogelaere

St. Francis golfers (from left) Matthew DeVogelaere, Josh Boyles, Will Burkett and Noah Craney pose with Bishop Richard Garcia after the Bishop’’sGolfTournamentonMay6.Thefoursometookhomethetop prize in the 17th edition of the tournament at CarmelValley’’s Rancho Cañada with an 11ͲunderͲpar tally on the parͲ73 West course.  The tournamentisabenefitfortuitionassistanceatdiocesanschools.

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theirȱlivesȱhaveȱvalue.ȱ Iȱamȱallȱforȱlighteningȱaȱscaryȱsituationȱ withȱ humor,ȱ butȱ itȱ wasȱ utterlyȱ inappropriateȱ toȱ makeȱ commentsȱ ofȱ thisȱnature.ȱ Theȱironyȱwasȱpainful;ȱtheseȱpeopleȱfeltȱ desperateȱenoughȱtoȱriskȱtheirȱlivesȱonȱ theȱ threadȱ ofȱ hopeȱ thatȱ itȱ wouldȱ takeȱ themȱ somewhereȱ better.ȱ Theirȱ livesȱ hadȱ alreadyȱ takenȱ onȱ aȱ lowerȱ valueȱ inȱ theirȱ ownȱ eyesȱ andȱ hereȱ weȱ wereȱ strippingȱthemȱofȱtheȱdignityȱtheyȱhadȱ leftȱwithȱourȱjudgment.ȱ Weȱquicklyȱdisembarkedȱandȱwereȱnotȱ furtherȱ hassled,ȱ butȱ notȱ withoutȱ manyȱ commentsȱ thatȱ madeȱ myȱ gutȱ wrench.ȱ Later,ȱ Iȱ watchedȱ theȱ Greekȱ newsȱ andȱ learnedȱ thatȱ thoseȱ swarmingȱ theȱ portsȱ wereȱ refugeesȱ ofȱ theȱ quicklyȱ deterioratingȱ situationsȱ inȱ Libyaȱ andȱ Northȱ Africa.ȱ Thoughȱ Iȱ couldnȇtȱ understandȱ mostȱ ofȱ whatȱ wasȱ beingȱ said,ȱ theȱ footageȱ aloneȱ madeȱ meȱ nauseated.ȱ Travelingȱ isȱ notȱ aboutȱ locationȱ orȱ theȱ milesȱ yourȱ feetȱ haveȱ tread.ȱ Merelyȱ experiencingȱ anotherȱ cultureȱ doesȱ notȱ makeȱ oneȱ moreȱ aware.ȱ Itȱ requiresȱ aȱ personalȱ responsibilityȱ toȱ activelyȱ putȱ yourȬȱselfȱinȱtheȱshoesȱofȱothers.ȱ Weȱoftenȱtravelȱtheȱworldȱlikeȱkidsȱinȱaȱ candyȱ store:ȱ Weȱ ogle,ȱ weȱ eagerlyȱ sampleȱ andȱ sometimesȱ weȱ mightȱ spitȱ outȱsomethingȱthatȇsȱnotȱtoȱourȱliking.ȱ Butȱ toȱ travelȱ categoricallyȱ judgingȱ otherȇsȱcultures,ȱcitiesȱandȱtreasuresȱbyȱ whatȱ pleasureȱ itȱ givesȱ youȱ personallyȱ isȱ notȱ reallyȱ travelingȱ atȱ all.ȱ Whyȱ notȱ justȱ watchȱ theȱ Discoveryȱ channel,ȱ aȱ convenientȱ distanceȱ fromȱ yourȱ veryȱ ownȱ bedȱ andȱ aȱ refrigeratorȱ fullȱ ofȱ thingsȱyouȱknowȱyouȱlikeȱtoȱeat?ȱ Theȱ trueȱ valueȱ ofȱ travelingȱ isȱ toȱ delveȱ intoȱ theȱ culture,ȱ theȱ livesȱ andȱ theȱ reasonsȱofȱtheȱother.ȱManyȱtimesȱthisȱisȱ uncomfortableȱ orȱ awkward,ȱ butȱ itȱ isȱ theȱ wayȱ thatȱ weȱ findȱ unityȱ withinȱ diversity.ȱ Theȱ answerȱ toȱ ȈWhichȱ ofȱ theseȱ experiencesȱ doesȱ notȱ belong?Ȉȱ isȱ noneȱ ofȱ theȱ above,ȱ becauseȱ eachȱ experienceȱ providesȱ usȱ withȱ criticalȱ perspectiveȱ whenȱ weȱ openȱ ourȱ eyesȱ toȱ theȱ bigȱ picture.ȱ ȱ

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