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La Costa Canyon High School


June 2014

One Maverick Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Volume 8 Issue 6

Bryan Marcus Named Principal Amid Leadership Changes L

a Costa Canyon High School’s administration will see much change in the upcoming school year with the transfers of two prominent leaders, as Principal Kyle Ruggles accepts a new job as principal of Alamosa Park Elementary School in the Vista Unified School District, and Assistant Principal Bjorn Paige fills the role of principal of Diegueño Middle School’s principal. District Superintendent Rick Schmitt notified students, staff, parents and community members by email on April 18 that Bryan Marcus, current principal of Diegueño Middle School, had been appointed as LCC’s next principal.The district made an executive decision to appoint the ideal candidate for the position of principal, rather than completing a formal interview process. “We believed he was the right candidate, so we selected him and appointed him,” Associate Superintendent Michael Grove said. “It just depends on the needs of the particular school and what we feel the strengths are of the people that we have.” Many of Marcus’ characteristics made him a suitable candidate for the role, according to Grove. “One of the things that I have been most impressed with is his ability to pull people together and build strong relationships with them and then use those strong relationships to help improve the school and the services that we provide for kids,” Grove said. “We felt like his skill set matched what we felt like the needs were for the next steps where we would like to see La Costa Canyon grow.” With a modified administration team comes a new direction of leadership and a new set of goals. Some teachers hope the change will be an opportunity for growth and enhancement of school programs. “I would like him to take us in the direction of being just a powerhouse school with sports and academics and then also the arts too,” Spanish teacher Ryan Giusta said. “We have a really strong program here. It would be really cool to get more word out to the community about the cool things that are going on here.” Among Marcus’ preliminary goals is to improve communication. For example, Marcus hopes to continue to

host “Mornings with the Principal” meetings. But in comparison to previous formats he wants to “make those topical meetings where we concentrate on something that’s going to attract a community audience.” Marcus also emphasizes plans to solicit feedback from students, staff, parents and community members before making any decisive plans. “Ultimately I want to spend the first year really developing professional relationships with teachers and connecting with students and classified staff on the campus, really understanding what it is that is working for La Costa Canyon,” Marcus said. “I think once we understand that and we are all on the same page, that will really shape our vision and really shape our work.” Many teachers have already noticed Marcus’ attentiveness to staff input as he begins to weave himself into the fabric of LCC.


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“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde

Bryan Marcus will join La Costa Canyon as principal in the upcoming school year after five years at Diegueño Middle School.

District Solicits Community Opinion on School Funding in New Survey


n order to properly assess the best appropriation of funds, a new law called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) allows parents to have greater involvement in school planning. Unlike the old system of categorical funding—putting a certain amount of money in different categories depending on where the state thought districts needed money—the state has given districts more control of using their money in the most beneficial way. As part of the LCFF, school districts must solicit input from parents, students, staff and community members to develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). According to the California State Parent-Teacher Association, the LCAP “must focus on eight priority areas that help all

LCAP Survey: Parents and community members were asked to rank the following funding priorities from “extremely high” to “not a priority”: 1. Increase student achievement (test scores, college and career readiness, English Learner reclassification) 2. Increase student engagement (attendance rates) 3. Increase parental involvement and participation 4. Maintain a positive school climate (increase sense of safety and school connectedness and reduce suspension and expulsions)



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students succeed.” On April 14, Principal Kyle Ruggles emailed parents and students a four-question survey assessing student achievement, student engagement, parent involvement and school climate. “It’s to gauge from the community what are the most important things they want to see,” District Executive Director of Educational Services Jason Viloria said. “So far with the survey results there was a lot of interest in school safety as well as achievement. Those were two out of the four areas that we put there that were considered most important and needed to be at the forefront of our goal development.” In addition to the online survey, the district sought feedback from students, parents, faculty and community residents in a variety of ways in order to develop a comprehensive district-wide plan. “It started in January and we’ve had 19 parent meetings related to Common Core implementation and a lot feedback from parents; I think well over 1000 parents in our community” responded, Viloria said. The survey was kept short to give the district a broad sense of what the community found most important. “Our goal was just to find the priorities, and what was the highest priority,” Viloria said. “That’s the way the survey was formatted.” Even with a formal survey in place to receive feedback, some still question whether the survey results with ranked priorities can be accurately interpreted to make appropriate funding plans. “I think that they are using [funding] for stuff that is important, but I also think that there are more important things that they could spend it on,” freshman Bryn Middlebrook said. Parent advisory groups met periodically through March,



April and May to assess survey responses and develop the district LCAP. A presentation of the plan will be given to the district Board of Trustees for adoption this month. The plan will be updated annually and will persist for a period of three years. “It was community members, students and staff responding,” Viloria said. “We were able to gather information about our priorities from there. It will evolve over time and give us an opportunity to adjust to the changes of the next generation blooming in a couple of years and maybe put funding into that.” Devin Berry with reporting by Daniel Stuart Staff Writers




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Internships Prepare Students for College, Careers


o prepare for their futures in college and the workforce, a number of students have taken the initiative to find internships to gain work experience outside of school. Senior Madeline Uebelhor has interned for about two years in the engineering department at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company in Carlsbad, observing how golf clubs are produced. Balancing four AP classes and participating in girls golf each fall, Uebelhor is preparing for her future as well as learning about an activity she loves. “I wanted to possibly be an engineer, and I love golf, so the combination of my favorite golf company and golf was really attractive to me,” Uebelhor said. “I wanted to see that and possibly know if it was the right field I wanted to go into in college.” According to Uebelhor, internships offer students the chance to pursue their passions, while also providing benefits before college. “I think it really helps when applying to college and knowing what you want to do in life,” Uebelhor said. “I had an idea that I wanted to be an engineer, and once I went there I knew I wanted to be one.” Another student who balances an internship along with schoolwork and other commitments is junior Bree Westcott. She interns at El Camino Creek Elementary and works primarily in the office and classrooms. “I just help around the office, make copies, scan stuff,” Westcott said. “A lot of times I help in classes with a lot of the technological stuff. They all have iPads, so we help with that also.” While simultaneously participating in sports and working at another part-time

job, Westcott uses her internship as a way of exploring her interests while preparing for her future. “I thought it would be cool to have an off campus class, and ECC Education might be a career I want to go into,” Westcott said. Senior Fritz Eibel also holds an internship at Talon Ventures, a construction company that “builds and designs custom homes.” Having such a high-profile internship has taught Eibel lessons on how to act properly in the workforce. “Definitely be honest with what you do when it comes to a job,” Eibel said. “Show respect to everyone, because you never know who will be able to help you later on, or who you’ll have to interact with later. If you burn a bridge, it could hurt you later on.” According to Eibel, having an internship teaches students not only respect for others but also management of a variety of commitments. “I think it teaches you how to balance school and a job,” Eibel said. “Also, I feel like it makes you respect your teachers more because you realize they’re not doing it just because, they’re doing it because they care about teaching you.” Junior Sabrina Gust and senior Austin Davis both intern at the Bressi Ranch Pet Hospital in Carlsbad, and both see themselves working in the veterinary field in the future. “I want to be a veterinarian, and so I thought if I got an internship at a veterinary hospital, it’d help me get into college and learn more,” Gust said. “I would at least learn some things before my job.” Whereas Gust interns because she believes

to possibly be an engineer, and I love “ Igolfwanted so the combination was really attractive to me. I wanted to possibly know if it was the right field to go into in college.”

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Junior Sabrina Gust (left) assists a veterinary technician in distracting black labrador, Sadie, as they prepare to perform a skin scraping to check for mites. Gust shadows Dr. Jonathan Lax at Bressi Ranch Pet Hospital, filling prescriptions, assisting with examinations and cleaning the veterinary office.

it will benefit her college applications, Davis interns at Bressi Ranch for technical reasons. “I want to be a veterinarian one day in the United States Army, so it’s a big deal for me to start getting in the hours,” Davis said. “To apply to vet school you need about 2,500 hours of being with a veterinarian, so internships are pretty much required.” On a daily basis, Gust and Davis gain hands-on experience by shadowing the veterinarians as they diagnose animals, write prescriptions, and perform surgeries. Both students have learned important skills through their internships. “I think it’s very important because it teaches responsibility, because you always have to show up on time and you have to stay a certain amount of hours,” Gust said. “It also teaches you how to balance your time. I have to know how to balance my internship, my horse and school.”

Both Gust and Davis feel confident that their experiences at the Bressi Ranch Pet Hospital will benefit them in their post-high school pursuits. “It’s given me a lot more experience instead of money,” Davis said. “It would be nice to have a little more money some days, but its better to have the experience. I feel internships look better on college resumes. They can help you a lot if you’re going into a certain field.” School counselors also recommend internships and jobs so that students can learn how to balance school and life while also strengthening their resumes for college. “It teaches them responsibility, and by having an internship and/or a job, it shows future employers or colleges that you’re able to balance working while still being a student,” counselor Brennan Dean said.

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Teachers Take on Additional Jobs Outside Classroom D

uring the summer months, some teachers take the opportunity to seek jobs outside of the classroom to pursue other interests and to gain additional income. AP Economics teacher Joe McCormick teaches a teacher technology course at UCSD to those needing to update their computer skills or hoping to get their “clear professional credential[s].” “I am a teacher to teachers,” McCormick said. “It’s just a class that teaches teachers to use [technology] in an educational way.” McCormick was hired after being referred by a colleague at San Dieguito Academy who knew of McCormick’s computer knowledge. AP Biology teacher Cindi Schildhouse also continues to teach on her time off; she works at the Safari Park informing visitors about animals. “I work in a camping program; we have a program called ‘Roar ‘n’ Snore’ where people come and spend the night and I give walking tours,” Schildhouse said. Schildhouse takes campers on tours to see

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Left to right: Academic Success and Earth and Space teacher Sara Gillette works for Global Works, a company that organizes teen “Community Service, Cultural Exchange, Adventure Travel and Language Immersion programs” in countries such as Costa Rica, New Zealand and Botswana. Economics teacher Joe McCormick teaches at UCSD, instructing other teachers how to use technology to their advantage in a classroom setting. AP Biology teacher Cindi Schildhouse leads walking tours to see the resident animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido.

the animals before the park opens and after it closes. She got the job while working for her teaching credential; this year will mark her eleventh year at ‘Roar ‘n’ Snore.’ Academic Success and Earth and Space teacher Sara Gillette works for a company that focuses on giving teenagers the opportunity to learn about other cultures. “I work for a company called Global Works,” Gillette said. “We take groups of teenagers abroad on trips so it’s cultural immersion [and] language immersion, kind of all over the world.”

Gillette has been to Fiji and Costa Rica, working on projects such as building an osario (which keeps and protects human remains) for a Costa Rican burial ground. Gillette was referred to the job after speaking with a colleague from a bilingual teaching program about Global Works. While students are often only aware of their teachers’ abilities to instruct in the classroom, a number of teachers have shown that their interests and abilities extend beyond the classroom. Kheresa Yeno Staff Writer

We have a program “called ‘Roar ‘n’

Snore’ where people spend the night and I give walking tours.” Cindi Schildhouse




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“He wants to understand what things are in place and get a good grasp of everything that’s going on before he really develops any sort of vision or dictates how things go,” Spanish teacher Jim Teague said. “He has seemed to be very receptive to input and to understanding what’s happening.” One of the ways Marcus will be seeking suggestions and commentary is to be “visible in the classrooms and also just outside of the classrooms talking to kids.” “I think my leadership style is just real transparent communication,” Marcus said. “I try to value what people are saying, even if you have to say no to certain things—which you have to in administration—that at least whoever you’re talking to feels heard and that they feel that their opinions have been validated.” Students who attended Diegueño Middle School prior to coming to LCC recall Marcus’ commitment to student interests as well as his fun personality. “He always seemed really interested in what the students wanted for the school and he was always willing to cooperate with us,” sophomore and previous Diegueño ASB President Zach Carter said. “He’s a leader in terms of an administration standpoint, but I think he’s also relatable to the kids.” With Marcus vacating the principal position at Diegueño Middle School, LCC’s Assistant Principal Bjorn Paige was selected to fill the post. “I think that Mr. Paige is a very bright, articulate, creative guy who really understands teaching and learning really well,” Grove said. “Those are the major things that made us feel that he was ready to take on that position.” Though Diegueño will receive a highly qualified and intelligent leader, LCC’s staff and students will lose a talented administrator, according to Teague. “It’s really bittersweet for us,” Teague said. “I have really enjoyed working with Mr. Paige. I don’t think most people understand how hard he works; how passionate he is about what he does; how diplomatic he is in dealing with very, very complex situations behind the scenes; how knowledgeable he is; how approachable he is; how humorous he can be. And he wears a lot of hats. We’re definitely at a big deficit losing him

next year.” Paige will begin his new position at Diegueño Middle School in mid-August and is looking forward to new opportunities with a new age group. “It feels like it’s a very natural transition to go to a school that’s close and familiar-ish, and even some teachers who are there are people who I’ve worked with in my five years here,” Paige said. “So I’m excited about that.” As the school year draws to a close, both Marcus and Paige are balancing involvement at both schools as they prepare for their different roles next year. The two have been collaborating on developing a “balanced and equitable” master schedule for next year, for example. “Right now we each have a foot in both worlds,” Paige said. “There’s that kind of overlap that will happen between now and the end of the year. So we find ourselves doing our jobs at our sites but also spending a lot of time after hours getting together and talking about how we’re going to transition smoothly.” In addition to meeting with staff members and department chairs, introducing himself to the parent foundation and working on the master schedule, Marcus is taking an active role in hiring an assistant principal to take Paige’s place, with the goal of choosing a candidate within the next few weeks. “We will fill his position with an amazing administrator who has the characteristics and things that we need as a school,” Marcus said. “I’m working with human resources to make sure we’ve got that hopefully taken care of before we break for summer so we have our tight knit team ready to go.” Though Marcus finds his transfer to be “bittersweet” as he leaves behind many connections and professional relationships with the families and teachers of Diegueño Middle School, he’s also celebrating his new endeavor. “It’s just such an honor to work at such a prestigious school,” Marcus said.

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Assistant Principal Bjorn Paige has served at La Costa Canyon since 2009, during which time he oversaw the athletic program, master schedule and campus supervision. He also served as an assistant principal at Terra Linda High School in the Bay Area and taught high school English and art for 13 years in California and Oregon.

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According to SDUHSD District Nurse MaryAnne Dittman (as of May 30), during the 2013-14 school year there were a total of 69 cases of whooping cough districtwide.The larger building icons represent high schools, while the smaller buildings represent middle schools.

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esearchers at the county Health and Human Services Agency have found that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases so far in 2014 has doubled since last year, with over 200 reported cases. From January 1 to April 14 there were 4,838 cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 24 percent increase compared with the same time period in 2013. While the SDUHSD requires that each student receive the vaccination before entering seventh grade, the number of cases this year alone continues to grow. “We have had about 60 cases in our district, and almost everyone that has gotten it has had the immunization before,” District Nurse MaryAnne Dittman said. The spike in diagnoses is due to the mutations of the bacteria that causes whooping cough. These mutations have caused the effectiveness of the vaccine to dramatically decrease. “[The spread of whooping cough] is what’s called a ‘breakthrough’ when the virus progresses and becomes more virulent or more severe,” Dittman said. “It becomes more resistant to the immunization.” The CDC describes whooping cough as a “highly contagious respiratory tract infection.” Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough poses a more serious infection as it progresses. The especially contagious nature of the illness, coupled with less effective vaccinations, is particularly concerning for high school administrators. “Any time a student gets sick at this school I am concerned,”


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Principal Kyle Ruggles said. “It is alarming when we see a huge increase in the number of cases.” After two weeks with whooping cough, symptoms— including runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, red and watery eyes, fever and a dry cough—worsen and thick mucus accumulates, resulting in a whooping sound with an intake of breath. Football coach Sean Sovacool had two boys in his football PE class experience these symptoms firsthand. “The freshman football team had a little bit of an outbreak,” Sovacool said. “There were a couple kids who were severely affected. They were both out for a long time and it had a huge impact on their success.” One of the players, freshman player Jonah Podgurski, developed whooping cough during the end of the first semester, despite having received the whooping cough vaccine as a seventh grader. “I got very sick and it was extremely painful,” Podgurski said. “It took 110 days for me to fully recover, so I couldn’t go back to playing football during any of that time.” Until a more successful way to immunize against the infection is developed, there are a few precautions that can be taken to prevent the infection from spreading. Dittman recommends washing your hands, staying home from school if suspicious of possible whooping cough symptoms and not sharing food and drinks with friends.

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Editorial: Media Center Renovation Plans Leave Students With Limited Resources

Feature Editor: Molly Mineiro News Editor: Cassandra Cyphers Sports Editor: Jackson Cowart Opinion Editor: Claudia Mathews Entertainment Editor: Jessica Woods Head Photographer: Molly Naudi Web Manager: Keith Demolder


The ratio of accessible printers to students will not meet students’ needs.”

roposition AA has provided our school with funds to renovate the media center this summer. While the MavLife Editorial Board anticipates these updates to improve the learning environment on campus, we have noticed that certain features of the plans may not best meet students’ current needs. The planned renovations remove the media center floor lab and computer lab with desktop computers in favor of the flexibility of Chromebooks. Currently, the plans only

Editor-at-Large: Jennie Barnes

Staff Writers: Devin Berry, Clayton Brown, Lucy Bruemmer, Michael Casinelli, Stihl Coleman, Hannah Flowers, Ryan Fox, Aneleise Frandsen, Anna Gardiner-Feldman, Soren Gregory, Jade Harabedian, Sophia Ilas, Danielle Lee, Sierra Lyle, Dana McConnell, Molly Naudi, Kasandra Rezler, Michael Rice, David Shuman, Quinn Smith, Daniel Stuart, Alexa Szabo, Cameron VanBrabant, Kheresa Yeno Business Manager: Devon Whitlam Adviser: Suzi Van Steenbergen

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Senior Staff Writer


he administration has attempted to prevent juniors from going off campus at lunch, causing students to try to sneak off and creating a potentially dangerous situation. But why shouldn’t juniors be allowed off campus? They have their licenses and a maturity level that is similar, if not the same, as the seniors. All upperclassmen should have the right to go off campus. The fact that only seniors are able to go off campus to grab a bite to eat at lunch is absurd. When rules like this only

to a printer” as “very important” or “most important.” However, two printing stations will not meet students’ needs. One printing station to every 1000 students (approximately) simply will not suffice. We suggest two possible solutions. First, the renovation plans could include printers that would accommodate Chromebooks. Chromebooks cannot plug into printers, but Google Cloud Print can connect printers to the web. This would allow students to print from phones, tablets, Chromebooks, PC and any other web-connected device. Second, the plan could simply incorporate more desktop computers, along with additional printers. Either solution, or a combination of both, would provide a compromise between promoting flexible technology and still meeting students’ needs.

achieve a sense of distrust between the faculty and the students. Not to mention that many of the food options on campus are limited and oftentimes unhealthy or overpriced. I am not proposing that everyone should be able to go off campus, but I do believe a fair rule would entail all upperclassmen being able to leave campus. As students take on more responsibility and become more mature, there should be more privileges presented to them. While doubling the amount of students able to leave campus might create a more crowded parking lot as students exit at lunch, it should be kept in mind that many juniors are already risking the consequences in order to leave. Even if juniors were only allowed off campus a few days out of the week this would prevent them from choosing to sneak off. While some may argue that juniors are being disrespectful by sneaking off campus, many do so out of frustration with what they believe to be a seemingly useless rule.

If juniors are not responsible with the privilege of going of campus then it can be taken away. But for now, the right to leave campus should be given to all upperclassmen. Giving juniors the opportunity to prove their level of maturity and their ability to handle more responsibilities is a crucial life lessons students should be learning throughout high school.

Rules like this only achieve a sense of distrust between the faculty and the students.”

Students Speak Up: How are students responding to the parking lot rules?

“The structure of the parking lot hinders juniors from being able to leave, because there’s only one exit.” -Max Eibel, 10

“Juniors have a desire to go off campus, just because the seniors have the privilege to do so.” -Kendel Chelberg, 11

Opinion Follow Up: Students Should Respect Their Teachers


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include two desktop computers connectected to printers that will function as “printing stations.” Before school and between classes, students regularly use the 25 desktop computers in the floor lab to finish and print assignments. At times, even these 25 do not meet students’ needs as they hurry to print before class. While we appreciate the need to eventually transition to more technologybased learning tools, the school must communicate with students about these plans and invite students’ input. The reality is that many teachers still require hard copy assignments and many students do not have printer access at home, while others simply learn better on paper instead of off a screen. In a MavLife Survey from October 2013, 99 percent of students ranked “student access

All Upperclassmen Should Have the Right to Leave Campus at Lunch

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ast month I wrote a piece on how some teachers are bullies to their students. After a lot of great feedback, I got to thinking about what made people so able to relate to the subject. It’s the idea that the elders you’re forced to respect aren’t respecting you back, making you feel the need to counter a rude remark with something of equal or more disrespect. What I failed to address was that students

can be equally as disrespectful to teachers. It is not right for a teacher to bring your personal life to the class dynamic in any way. But next time that happens, look at yourself first and think about what you did to make that teacher think of you in that light. Instead of saying something inappropriate back to your teacher, ask them in private what you did to make them feel the need to bring your personal life into the discussion. It’s usually an accident, because even experienced adults can slip up and say things they don’t necessarily mean. If they truly mean it, then it’s probably pretty clear that they don’t approve of your choices. However, personal preferences shouldn’t factor into class discussions anyway. It is not cool in any way to try to “show up” your teacher to make yourself

feel empowered. Bold statements meant to embarrass your teacher make you look dumb, no matter what your friends tell you. While interacting with teachers, it is key to keep in mind that respect is a two-way street.

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Opinion Stay Healthy Over Summer Vacation MAVLIFENEWS.COM

Kasandra Rezler


Staff Writer

une through August marks summer break for most high school students, and before summer, we spend a couple of months eating healthy and working out. Then when summer finally comes, our beach-ready bodies tend to turn into couch-ready bodies. This happens because teens gravitate to relaxation and junk food over summer. When the weather is hot, most people really don’t want to do anything, so they cool down at the pool or beach and sip their icecold beverage. The strange thing is that they don’t actually go in the water, they just fry

their skin near the pool. Swimming is an aerobic exercise that works out every part of your body. It can be even more effective than running because water is 12 times denser than air which causes every move in the water to be more difficult and restrained, which improves muscle tone. Swimming is one of the biggest calorie burners around, and it’s great for keeping weight under control. With that said, I recommend that you give it a try instead of trying to achieve a “summer glow.” Other great activities include stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, bicycle rides and long walks. These are all activities that are perfect for the warm summer weather and are even better with a friend. Along with physical activities, what foods you eat also have an impact on your body. Try substituting items in your diet for healthier foods and beverages! Instead of consuming your Coca-Cola that strips the calcium off your bones, give a nutritious fruit smoothie a try.

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Smoothies contain a large variety of ingredients that range from strawberries, bananas and low-fat yogurt to kale, spinach and protein powder. All of these ingredients are healthy and perfect for smoothies. Instead of ordering a hamburger, get a sandwich or wrap with turkey, cheese, avocados and tomatoes. Instead of getting a 500 calorie burrito, order a fish taco with guacamole and salsa. You also need to remember that you can eat the things you like, but pay attention to your proportions.You can try to make your favorite dishes healthier, like pizza! Order a gluten-free or a whole-wheat pizza crust, and add a lot of vegetables with the right amount of cheese and meat. Have one slice with a side of salad instead of your usual amount. Staying healthy and in shape is not difficult if you eat right and stay active. The beach body will sustain itself and keep you looking and feeling fit.

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Celebrities Waste Their Wealth and Recognition

Reilly Tiglio


Senior Staff Writer

he question “What’s up with pop culture today?” is posed by comedians in their opening act. Everywhere you look, whether it’s in a magazine, or on the TV, there is a story about how one celebrity dissed another or how yet another celebrity could have a potential “baby-bump.” For whatever reason, our culture has unfortunately become obsessed with observing the senseless actions of celebrities of today. The word celebrity often brings to mind thoughts of the rich, famous and perfect.

Celebrities have the life that everyone wants. Who wouldn’t want to dine at the nicest restaurants, wear the nicest clothes, or do a photoshoot for Vogue Magazine at your Hollywood Hills mansion. But, unfortunately, some celebrities don’t go beyond this luxurious lifestyle to use their privileges to benefit others. Take the Kardashians, for example. Hollywood’s favorite family is known by all, but unfortunately not for the best reasons. In fact it seems that celebrities these days become famous not for being the best actor or actress or singer-song writer, but for having the worst fashion fail this fall or the biggest outburst against celebrities. The content of the show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is far from good television. During the 30 minute air time, the family completes the exhilarating tasks of going to lunch, visiting each others’ luxurious houses, shopping in the finest brand name stores, participating in photo shoots and

tearing up the occasional club scene. There is always an argument between the family members about an issue that, to those of us in the real world, seems completely materialistic, but to them it is a groundbreaking issue.Yet for some reason people, myself included, find themselves completely addicted to watching it. But the tragic existence of celebrities goes beyond their senseless day-to-day activities, and extends to their checkbooks. Nicolas Cage, for example, has acquired many seemingly useless items by blowing obscene amounts of money. Before his recent financial crisis, Cage bought a castle, a $1 million comic book collection, a jet, two yachts, around 50 cars, two king cobras, a collection of shrunken heads, and a dinosaur skull. None of those possessions serve any function and there are countless other ways to spend hard-earned money than blowing it all on artifacts that serve no purpose. Celebrities are becoming more and more

frivolous and need to be grounded. Their lifestyles are becoming more lavish and are not benefiting the society in any way. Rather than live seemingly meaningless lifestyles, wasting away their extensive funds and social recognition, they should find a way to use them in a positive way.

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Opinion JUNE 2014 Think Twice Before TP-ing and Egging

Cooper Gee

Senior Staff Writer


ummer is the one of the shimmering crown jewels of our teenage years. It’s a two-and-a-half month period of time with, usually, endless freedom. I have noticed that in difficult times of the school year, I always look to summer. It’s always, “just a couple months till summer!” and that somehow can always make things better. There’s a large flaw in that tactic though. It’s going to make time go by slower. According to, in times of high stress and tension, our perception of time is much slower because we are forced to think about more than we can handle, causing us to get overwhelmed. On the other hand, in times of routine, our perception of time is actually faster. So that’s just it. Embrace that daily routine. The sole purpose of summer is to be a break from routine. If summer was just another four-day weekend, would we put so much pressure on it? Time off is time off, no matter how you look at it or how long it is. Enjoy it while it lasts. That’s something that almost everyone, including me, has a problem with. It’s similar to that somber Sunday, where enjoying the day seems pointless simply because we have a set of five days of school to return to. Stop thinking like that. Stop watching the clock. If you focus on the passing time too intensely, your brain will literally trick you into thinking that the second hand will stop moving. It’s called the “Stopped Clock Illusion.” Do you really want to put yourself through that kind of torture? So here’s the deal. If summer is the glimmering light in the distance, then why would you make yourself run slower towards it? Keep up with your routine, work and pay attention to what you’re doing, and you know what? It will be here in seconds. Well maybe not that fast, but you get the idea. Claudia Mathews

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nown for being reckless and impulsive, teenagers today are becoming more and more caught up in what they want to do and not necessarily what they should be doing. They should be focusing on schoolwork, buckling down and planning ahead for their college years and ultimately their future. A healthy amount of legal fun is allowed and definitely encouraged as well. Now, I live in a nice neighborhood where many La Costa Canyon students reside. In no way have I ever expected acts of vandalism to occur in my neighborhood. On Wednesday, May 28, my car was egged. Once in awhile, I’ll notice the occasional toilet papering, and to me, that isn’t nearly as bad. Eggs, on the other hand, are a different story. Egging is absolutely unacceptable because it can cause damage to your car and is an absolute pain to clean up. It happens too often and those who participate in the act of egging are self-absorbed and oblivious to how others will react, especially if their victims are their own peers and close friends. Taking a step back, I realize how petty this argument sounds. Many people have been egged and fewer participate in the actual egging. The real issue at hand is respect, or the lack thereof.

Destroying or defacing someone’s property is blatantly disrespectful and no matter how seemingly trivial the act may seem, it shows how little you value the individual’s possessions. If you’ve ever been egged or toilet papered, you’re aware of how much time and effort it takes to clean up the mess. Those who commit these acts are not only disrespecting your possessions, but your time as well. In society, being comfortable with another person is characterized by how at ease you are with them. Lately, signs of affection are being shown through disrespect. Toilet papering your best friends house or egging their car is a terrible way to show how much you care. In the event of wanting revenge on someone or showing displeasure, vandalizing is also not a good way to express your anger. The consequences include a citation, a fine or even paying for damages. Instead, try talking it out. Or just mind your own business and let it go. If you’re a teenager and you want absolutely nothing more than to go out at 11 o’clock at night and toilet paper or egg someone’s house or car, go for it. But first, walk out your own front door and envision your own lawn covered in white streamers and clear goo. Then think twice about what you are about to do.

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To the east side of the media center will be two rooms intended for small groups that resemble similar features at libraries and universities. “We’ll have two individual rooms that could seat about eight that students could check out,”Van Over sad. “These could be spaces for students to use in a quieter group setting for a study session or something along those lines.” These rooms will be a useful addition to the media center. “Kids are just going to love it,” Prine said.

Flexible Classroom To support the emphasis on flexible learning, the area that is currently the assistant principals’ offices will now be a flexible classroom with Chromebooks and mobile furniture. “Part of that space is going to have a flexible use room,” Van Over said. “We call it a ‘flex lab.’ It could be used for different purposes. It will be tight, but there will be seating for about 40 in there.” The media center will no longer include the current computer lab or floor lab areas.

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he media center construction will begin June 16 and is scheduled for completion on August 22. Renovation plans include new features and the relocation of several rooms. Principal Kyle Ruggles, Media Center Technician Rosie Prine and Assistant Principal Mark Van Over provided MavLife with information on these updates.

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The area that is currently Speed Farris’ room (811) will now include a lounge, workroom and bathrooms for the staff. “We’ve never had that at LCC,” Ruggles said. “That’s going to be a major improvement because I think it’s important for the staff to be able to connect with each other.”

West Entrance There will be two additional sets of double doors, like the current entrance, that will lead out the west side of the media center to the grass field below.

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The plans currently include two desktop computers each with a printer that will function as “printing stations.” “Students will be doing their work however they choose—whether it’s in a flex space or classroom with a Chromebook or on their own device, or if they work in one of the hardwired labs which will remain in 820 and 821—they’ll still have the ability to print from the media center,” Prine said. This is part of an effort to transition to technology. “We’re trying to get away from things being printed up all the time,” Ruggles said. “We need to get to more of a paperless [system] where students are turning their homework in or turning their assignments in through wireless ways. That’s going to take awhile because some of our students are very reliant on printing things out.”

Along the south side of the media center will be a charging station for students’ electronic devices. “We’re going to have on the south side of the library what we’re calling playfully the ‘Genius Bar,’” Van Over said. “The Genius Bar will include counter seating with stools where there will be several outlets to charge devices. There will be charging capabilities at various locations in the media center as well.” This is part of the effort to renovate the media center to 21st century standards. “We don’t have a media center equipped for the technical needs of the current technology,” Van Over said. “This will make that a lot more flexible.”

Flooring The renovations will replace the current carpet with sturdier flooring. “It will be a new kind of a rubberized substance,” Van Over said. “It extends the ability to keep the floor clean and to be able to handle the kind of flexibility that is going to be needed as far as the furniture moving.”

Book Shelves Books will now be stored on the perimeter of the library. “We will be gaining more shelving along the perimeter of the room into where the computer lab currently is and then the wall space that will open up on the [south] side, along with a lot of free-standing shelves that will be sporadic throughout the entire space,” Prine said. In addition to the peripheral bookcases, there will also be a “central showcase bookcase,” according to Van Over. Van Over emphasizes that books are still important, despite the emphasis on technology such as Chromebooks. “Books will always have an importance no matter how much we digitize,” Van Over said. “There’s still a place for a book in the world, and there’s still a place for a book at LCC.” Many of the books that have been in circulation were very outdated and irrelevant having come from San Dieguito Academy, Oak Crest, and Diegueño when LCC opened. Prine hopes to update the book selection following the media center renovation. “You go to the book stacks and they’re dusty, the books look dingy, the book jackets are faded,” Prine said. “The idea is to bring the circulation more current and hopefully encourage students to read more.”

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roposition AA is a $449 million bond initiative passed by voters in November 2012 to finance school facilities projects in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD). On the La Costa Canyon High School campus, Prop AA has recently provided for fiberoptic technology to increase wireless capacity, as well as new projectors and boards. According to SDUHSD, the Prop AA Master Plans for LCC originally included a “videoconference center” that would provide “students and faculty a space for media presentations and distance learning.” This building, which was to be located in the Meadow between the 1300s quadrant and the theater, is no longer included in the planned projects. An Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC) monitors the bond expenditures. Clarke Caines, an LCC parent and former LCCHS Foundation President, is a member of the ICOC. “They had considered initially having a whole teleconferencing center that would have a lot of technology in it,” Caines said. “There was no justification for the conference center. They abandoned that and decided to go with upgrading the media center.” The process, from determining to not construct the videoconference center to planning media center renovations, has involved some difficulty in communication. “I didn’t do a good enough job communicating with all stakeholders,” Principal Kyle Ruggles said. “The communication got lost somewhere along the lines.” This has resulted in concern and confusion for many staff members.

“Anytime you’re not communicating as well as you can be, I think it promotes confusion,” Ruggles said. “Some people may feel a lack of respect because they’re not being communicated with and sometimes trust can be eroded.” Ruggles acknowledges that the media center renovations will not “make everybody happy.” “We all have different ideas of what a media center should look like,” Ruggles said. “Any time you do a large-scale construction effort like this, you’re going to make people mad because there’s going to be groups of people who don’t agree.” Many staff members were unaware of the extent of the media center renovations until coming back to school in fall 2013. “A lot of teachers were really angry and rightfully so because we had no idea what was going on as far as planning or at least what was clearly communicated as far as how far along the planning was,” Spanish teacher Jim Teague said. “Once that was communicated to us, we started to say, ‘Who asked us?’” At this point, teachers formed a task force to voice needs and concerns regarding media center plans. Although construction plans had already been submitted, teachers then had the opportunity to contribute their departments’ input, but primarily regarding only furniture use and other design elements. Ruggles currently is responsible for Proposition AA projects on campus. As current Diegueño Middle School Principal Bryan Marcus takes over as LCC’s principal, he plans to prioritize communication. “One of the things I really want to start doing with Prop AA is continue to keep people informed about what projects are happening,” Marcus said. “How they’re going to impact

students and help with instruction and technology, with overall preparing kids not only to finish out whatever academic year they’re in, but also prepare them for what’s next—whether it be college or a career. How are they going to utilize the things that they’re seeing in the classroom to use it in day-to-day life?”

One of the things I really want to start doing with Prop AA is continue to keep people informed about what projects are happening, how they’re going to impact students and help with instruction and technology.” Bryan Marcus

What do What will students get? students want? Percentage of students that ranked the following as very or most important: The media center plans include two desktop In October 2013, 148 LCC students filled out a MavLife survey about media center renovations.

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computers each with a printer. Currently, these will be the only desktop computers for student access in the media center. The plans instead emphasize Chromebooks. There will be two rooms for small groups to check out.

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edia center renovations are scheduled to begin June 16 and be completed August 22. The media center will be closed starting June 2 to prepare for construction. The vision of the renovations is to provide a learning environment that can “embrace variety in teaching and learning styles” and is “responsive to our rapidly changing world,” according to the LCC Master Plan. “The overall goal is to put in place a media center that is flexible for whatever the future could bring,” Assistant Principal Mark Van Over said. “This is something that says a lot about us adapting to how education changes and how technology changes. This is allowing that and is putting the attention and focus from our district level to start doing that.” This emphasis on “flexibility” equates to an open layout in the media center with Chromebooks replacing desktop computers. “It’s going to be more of an open learning environment,” Principal Kyle Ruggles said. “There’ll be really strong Internet capacity for students to use for students using Chromebooks or bringing in their own laptops.” The construction will remove or push back several walls to create this open environment. The furniture in the media center will be configured to create three zones varying in purpose, and will be mobile for flexilibity. The zone to the south side of the media center will be intended for louder activity. “There’s a zone where the furniture will be set up to where in non class situations—lunch time, after school, break—it’s an area that would be a little more conversational,” Van Over said. “People can group casually, or if a class moves in there it can be moved really easily to make that more of a class set up but it’s not traditional and formal.” The adjacent zone in the center of area will function as a “transitional zone.” “The transitional area will be set up where there is more

casual seating with tables interspersed throughout for students who want more formal but not just total study-study,” Van Over said. The third zone to the north side of the media center will resemble more of a traditional media center including table seating that can be easily rearranged into different configurations. With Chromebooks playing a key role in the concept of “flexibility,” there will no longer be hard-wired desktop computers, as there are currently in the media center floor lab and computer lab. The plans currently include two desktop computers each with a printer that will function as “printing stations.” This decrease in printer access will affect many students who use the computers in the floor lab before school and between classes to print assignments. “That makes me very nervous,” science department co-chair Schildhouse said. “I watch 30 something kids trying to print almost simultaneously now. Wow. I don’t know that that’s going to be sufficient. That will force kids to do things electronically if they can’t get it printed.” This change signifies the effort to transition to a more 21st century learning model with less paper. “Making that transition here is scary,” Schildhouse said. “It’s scary for [teachers] and it’s scary for [students] too because you’re still growing up on a fairly paper-filled existence.” As another feature to promote adaptable technology, there will be a “flexible classroom” with Chromebooks that teachers can use as a lab. Rooms 820 and 821 will remain

hardwired desktop computer labs for now, but at a later time may be converted to more flexible spaces. Students will have access to two small rooms that seat approximately eight people to work on group projects or for study sessions. Such changes will transform the media center into an area for more than just computers and books. “It can be a classroom space,” Van Over said. “It can be a widespread lecture space, it can be a place for students to sit and collaborate like the tutoring center or study sessions, or just to be able to congregate in a place and have a place to go where there is an environment that learning can promote it.” Of the SDUHSD schools, LCC is pioneering the concept of a “flexible” media center with an emphasis on wireless technology such as Chromebooks. “I think that’s a really honorable position for LCC to be in because we’re getting to set the standard for what the rest of our district is going to do,” Van Over said. “They’re going to look to us and look to our experiences so I think that gives us a responsibility to really be innovative and try new things.” LCC is fortunate to receive these upgrades, according to Van Over. “These are things that high school don’t normally get, at least in the past,” Van Over said. ‘It’s great that we are in that position where we get to be the first in our district to go with this kind of a model.” LCC looks to the future with current Diegueño principal Bryan Marcus as the new principal. “We as a school should celebrate this,” Marcus said. “We’re talking in the millions of dollars that’s being spent on this media center. It’s something that’s going to be really an exciting thing for us. I’m hoping that it’s going to become the heartbeat of the campus.”

The overall goal is to put in place a media center that is flexible for whatever the future could bring.”

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consider. “They were close but not close enough,” Foutch said. “Still the air quality was a danger. If there was smoke in the air we should have been evacuated.” However, the choice to evacuate is not solely in the hands of the administration. “An evacuation would be in conjunction with law enforcement, even if the principal said that we wanted to get off campus,” Paige said. “Like a lock down, if it is something off campus, it’s coordinated with law enforcement usually.” How students would be evacuated and whether students who have cars on campus would be permitted to drive depends on the seriousness of the situation. “Generally if we have an evacuation that is going to be more long term then a majority of our students will need to have a parent come get them,” Paige said. “It depends again on the police or fire department. We are a public entity, but we are ultimately not in charge of that stuff. It would depend if there was a restriction in place on the roads.” In the case of an evacuation, there would be time to analyze the best possible means of bringing the students and Containm ent staff to a safer location. Brush Fir e “We would have had more warning,” Paige said. “We would need to clearly communicate with parents and students—some students take buses, some students drive. We need to make sure everyone is accounted for and everyone can Be a ns get home safely.” Jennie Barnes Editor-at-Large

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Woman of Troy Gets Set for Success Senior volleyball player Brittany Abercrombie commits to USC


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Senior volleyball player Brittany Abercrombie will attend the University of Southern California in the fall of 2014 on a full-ride scholarship.

enior volleyball player Brittany Abercrombie will be representing LCC in the PAC-12 next year as a part of the University of Southern California (USC) women’s volleyball team. Abercrombie’s versatility and skill has allowed her to play a variety of positions, however opposite is her best position. “She’s an opposite, so she plays front row on the right hand side,” junior Casey Jacobs said. “Being tall and being left-handed is always really great, because there’s not a lot of left-handed players and you can’t learn how to be tall.” Throughout her three-year Maverick career, Abercrombie has earned respect and admiration from her teammates. “She’s an incredible player, obviously,” junior Cady Francis said. “She’s really athletic, she hits straight down, she supports everyone. She has a lot of enthusiasm all the time. We all love Brittany. She’s the glue to our team.” Abercrombie has become a leader through her play and encouragement. “I love playing with her,” senior Paige Baker said. “I always know I have her behind me to set when I need someone to put the ball away. She is good at telling you what to do at things you need to work on.” After being one of the top recruited volleyball players in the nation, Abercrombie is looking forward to continuing her volleyball career as a Trojan. “I love the school without volleyball, so I knew I would love it even more with volleyball,” Abercrombie said. “I liked that it’s close to home. I liked downtown LA. I liked the academic challenge that it would have for me.” The process of ultimately choosing USC started long before an official commitment. “I started visiting schools my freshman year, and I just looked at five different schools and I liked USC the best,” Abercrombie said. “Once I was on their campus, I liked it and I talked to all of the coaches and the team.” Earning a full-ride scholarship, especially to a prestigious school like USC, is an achievement only bestowed upon a select few. “It’s really competitive nowadays,” Francis said. “You have to have good grades, you have to be really athletic, [you have to be] good at volleyball, and you have to be really consistent in what you do and what position you play.” Her career playing volleyball actually started at a YMCA camp with her sister. “I was tall and everyone just thought I should try it,” Abercrombie said. “I had a lot of fun and I wanted to continue

doing it so I started playing club after that.” Over the course of her career, Abercrombie has appreciated her parents’ constant support with her volleyball endeavors. “My parents wanted me to try [volleyball] but if I hadn’t liked volleyball they would have been completely fine,” Abercrombie said. “They’ve always been supportive and taught me how to be a team player.”

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Brittany Abercrombie Career Highlights Athletic Career Averages 106.3 sets played 358.3 kills 50.3 kill percentage 67.3 total blocks 97.6 digs per season since sophomore year

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Tennis Captains Ace Leadership Roles Seniors Philippe Rivard and NickyYamamoto assume greater responsibilities


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Senior tennis captain Nicky Yamamoto practices his serve prior to a match on April 29.

he boys tennis team is enjoying a successful 2014 season so far, with senior captains Philippe Rivard and Nicky Yamamoto leading the team. Losing seven seniors from the previous season and ushering in a new head coach, the tennis team dealt with much adversity to start the year. “We lost a lot of seniors last year so we are basically rebuilding,” Rivard said. “Our coach has done a great job rebuilding the team.” Head coach Donald Nann knows the importance of his co-captains’ leadership to the team’s success. “[Rivard and Yamamoto] have been on the team for four years and I really see the younger players really learning a lot from them,” Nann said. “Our co-captains have a done a really good job of leading.” Rivard and Yamamoto have willingly accepted the role of co-captains this year, assuming a new sense of control over the team. “Being a captain I feel like I have more responsibility than before and I really enjoy it,” Rivard said. “[We] work really hard to help the team in every way possible.” The co-captains have assumed the responsibility of bringing the team together this year and supporting one another. “Our team this year is less divided up and more integrated,”Yamamoto said. “Freshmen and seniors get along fine and I love the positivity of this team. I think that our support for each other is a huge factor for our success this season.” With CIF just around the corner, the tennis team has a

clear objective in mind. “We are going to keep doing our thing and win CIF this year,”Yamamoto said. “A team goal is to win CIF and go to the state playoffs and an individual goal is to win CIF Individuals in doubles.” Both co-captains have enjoyed the responsibilities and successes of their senior year. “We have been working hard on the tennis court and have been performing well along with the whole team,” Rivard said. “It’s been an awesome season so far and I am loving spending my last season as a senior with these guys.” Rivard will be attending McGill University in Canada, and Yamamoto will be attending UC Berkeley.

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I love the positivity of this team. I think that our support for each other is a huge factor for our success this season.” Nicky Yamamoto

Girls Beach Volleyball Team Claims Championship, Goes Undefeated

The freshmen this year are just as good as the seniors. I think we have a really good group.” Rachel Wilson


he Maverick girls beach volleyball team defeated Cathedral Catholic in the 2014 Division 1 Beach Volleyball championship on May 17 to conclude their undefeated season (10-0). “The freshmen this year are just as good as the seniors,” junior Rachel Wilson said. “I think we have a really good group.” The beach volleyball league restructured the way competition was organized this year, with schools playing against one another. “This year schools compete, last year it was teams,” head coach James Etheridge said. “[Last year] we had some good

teams from LCC who made it to the championship and we played ourselves.” Many of the girls on the beach volleyball team also played indoor volleyball in the fall. While they may seem similar, the two are very different. “Natural elements of wind, rain, sun and potentially warm or cold conditions really impact the game,” assistant coach and professional volleyball player Matt Olson said. “Couple all those with the fact that you need to perform while running around in the sand and it can be challenging.” The number of people playing together is also a significant difference between the two games. “Indoor you play with six people and beach you play with two, so I think beach is a lot harder,” Wilson said. “You connect more with your partner.” The relationship between partners can have a huge impact on the success of the team. “You can have a symbiotic relationship where average players together can play really good or you can have a relationship where you have two really good players get together and do not play very well,” Etheridge said. Because there are fewer players, both partners have to be versatile and multi-talented. “On the beach you really need to be able to perform

every skill in order to find success,” Olson said. Beach volleyball faces the challenge of limited practice time. Teams practice only once a week, with a game following two days later. “It might be helpful to have more practices,” freshman Jonny Baham said. “A lot of the girls play indoor too, which can get in the way.” While practice time may be an adversity, the facilities to practice on are not. The $11,000 in donations from parents and community members have granted beach volleyball players new sand courts and plans for a larger structure on campus. “[Community members] donated something we would never be able to afford, so that’s created just an incredible complex for these girls to get better,” Etheridge said. While the beach volleyball team has been enjoying success, the coaches haven’t forgotten what playing the game truly entails. “I’m more interested in the kids having a good time and learning the game and loving the game,” Etheridge said. “Winning is just a by-product of that.”

Anna Gardiner-Feldman Staff Writer

June Athlete Q&A Michael Casinelli

Lauren Panetti (12) Girls Gymnastics

Jack McKeon (11) Boys Lacrosse

Maddy Belin (12) Girls Lacrosse

Chase Hansen (12) Track and Field

Carly Kunzik (11) Track and Field

My favorite athlete is...

Shawn Johnson

Tom Brady


Ashton Eaton

Allyson Felix

My biggest fear is...




Giant centipedes


My favorite TV show is...

“Teen Wolf ”


“House of Cards”

“Mad Men”

“American Horror Story”

My pump-up song is...

“Tip Toe” Imagine Dragons

“We Dem Boyz” Wiz Khalifa

“Rolling in the Deep”Adele

“War Pigs” Black Sabbath

“Tennis Court” Lorde (Flume remix)

My biggest pet peeve is...

Terrible drivers


People who chew with their mouths open

When people are late

The feeling when I draw with chalk

Staff Writer



Teacher vs. Student

Dress for the Summer Heat


ummer is a great season for fashion: bathing suits, tank tops, bright colors and floral prints.You’re lathered up in sunscreen and ready to enjoy your time off school, but what are you wearing? This is the only time of the year when you spend most of your days barefoot and in your bikini, but what about the days when you aren’t tanning at the beach? Summer days can be spent at the beach and a bonfire at night, an amusement park, a party, a concert or even on a date. These events require something other than your swimsuits. So, what do you choose? For casual nights like a bonfire where it might get a little cool, you can find thin, baggy long-sleeve shirts, so it’s not heavy like a sweater but something a little more than your tank top. As far as bathing suits go, high waisted bottoms are becoming more and more popular. Urban Outfitters, for example, has some great options and helps you create a vintage look even when tanning on the beach. Tank tops are still a must if you’re going somewhere in the day, like a fair or a park. But, to keep yourself cooler, try to find shirts that don’t require undershirts or choose a bandeau to cover up when needed. Shirts that have low-cut arm holes or lace can keep the air flowing. However if you’re tired of your jean shorts and tanks, try some overalls or a romper for your day at the fair. Dresses can also help you change it up but save those for summer nights. Floral dresses and skirts are perfect for a date or a nice dinner.You can dress it up with sandals and jewels. Parties and concerts are tougher because you want something fashionable, modest, but also cool because you will be dancing, singing and sweating a lot. Shorts and a tank top may be the way to go, but you could spice it up with some high waisted shorts and a colorful, loud top to be more fashionable for the big night. This summer will be a fantastic one if you feel confident and know you look great. With these tips, you can always dress smart for the weather and feel self-assured that you look fashionable. Enjoy your summer activities, Mavericks!

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Emily Longiaru

Zack Fernandez Molly Mineiro





1. What is the strongest muscle in the body in proportion to its size?



Though Longiaru’s guess was heartfelt, it was incorrect and Fernandez takes the first point. F: 1, L: 0

2. What daytime talk show host used to be the mayor of Cincinnati?

Jerry Springer

Dr. Phil

3. What is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country?



Known as the “South Pole,” Antarctica is its own independent land. Both competitors earn a point and the score remains tied. F: 2, L: 2

4. What is entomophobia?

Fear of words

Fear of being eaten

Being scared of cannibalism and having a conversation with somebody is not referred to as entomophobia; fear of insects is. No points are earned in this round. F: 2, L: 2


Unfortunately, the Hawaiian alphabet has 18 letters: Aa, Ee, Ii, Oo, Uu, Āā, Ēē, Īī, Ōō, Ū ū, Hh, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Pp, Ww and ‘okina. Fernandez and Longiaru end with a tie.


Jerry Springer

Dr. Phil is only known for his therapeutic talk show, not being a mayor. Longiaru gets back on her feet with a point. F: 1, L: 1


Fear of insects


5. How many letters does the Hawaiian alphabet have?


Sophia Ilas

FINAL SCORE = L: 2, F: 2

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Captains of Comedy Move On to New Playing Fields After two years of leadership in ComedySportz, the comedic quartet prepares to head to college


s graduation approaches, the time comes to say goodbye to the seniors on campus, including ComedySportz members Zach Lax, Johnny Visotcky, Hayden McDougall and Austin Mursinna. As the four lead boys leave La Costa Canyon and ComedySportz behind, they carry with them the memorable experiences and lessons learned after four years with the program. “ComedySportz made a huge difference for me,” senior and ComedySportz president Zach Lax said. “It’s helped me be more active on campus, and it’s made me a more outgoing person. I’ve got to take some risks and do some pretty neat things.” The boys also saw an improvement in life skills that they will carry with them into the future. “I’m more comfortable in front of people,” senior and ComedySportz vice president Johnny Visotcky said. “I’m also better in fast time situations and just talking to new people. I’m quick on my feet.” Being in ComedySportz also provided guidance to the four boys in determining their futures. “I don’t see myself doing anything else in life besides entertaining people or just making people laugh,” Visotcky said. “My favorite part of ComedySportz is that people walk in there, and they leave happier than when they originally walked in. It’s the most pure thing at LCC.” Aside from developing better life skills and having great opportunities, they’ve also had lots of fun, as ComedySportz opened the door to develop new friendships. “I definitely made lots of new friends, and made some great memories with them,” senior Austin Mursinna said. “I formed friendships that I don’t think I would have without ComedySportz.” But the relationship between the four leaders was unique in that the bond that grew after four years of practices and

My favorite part of ComedySportz is that people leave happier than when they originally walked in.”


Megan Mineiro

From left to right: Seniors Austin Mursinna, Hayden McDougall, vice president Johnny Visotcky and president Zach Lax played in their last ComedySportz game May 29. Mursinna and Lax attended ComedySportz games in middle school and joined their freshman year. Mursinna will be going to the University of Texas and Lax is heading to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where they will both be joining improv teams. Lax introduced McDougall to ComedySportz their freshman year. McDougall will be attending San Diego State University in the fall.Visotcky, who attended his first ComedySportz game in seventh grade, will be going to the University of Arizona.

competitions was particularly special. “Zach Lax is one of my best friends, and I love Hayden and Austin,” Visotcky said. All four seniors recommend that anyone interested in the program give it a shot, stating that it’s a great opportunity to take advantage. “I don’t even know what I would do if I didn’t have it,” McDougall said. “It’s been the best thing ever, and I can’t even imagine high school without it. If anyone is interested, they should definitely try it out.” Juniors Ryan Mitchell, Drew Anderson, Dylan HolmesHvesda and sophomore Kyle Whatnall have been selected by the outgoing seniors to be the four main performers in the upcoming ComedySportz season. “We have a good group of juniors taking over, and they’re really funny. They’re going to do a great job,” senior Hayden McDougall said. Being a part of the program has provided many

opportunities, allowing them to do what other students haven’t been able to. “I have been able to write about ComedySportz, and I also have won a few awards, like a leadership award after studentteaching an improv comedy class my junior year,” Lax said. As they each go their separate ways, each of the four ComedySportz members will carry with them the memory of their time as the face of improv comedy at La Costa Canyon.

Danielle Lee Staff Writer

Want more laughs from these silly seniors? Go to for a slideshow of the CSZ team’s hilarious photo shoot.

2014 Coachella Lineup Gives International Artists a Boost Musicians from Scotland, New Zealand and Guatemala gain a wider following


hvrches (pronounced “Churches”) is a new indie-pop, electronic band from Scotland. Forming in 2011, Chvrches began to set their foundation by opening up for popular bands such as Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club. The band has created their own name in the industry with songs such as “The Mother We Share” and “Gun,” which both have been top-rated. The lead singer’s unique voice combined with popular electronic beats makes it difficult to resist moving to the music. Band members Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty brought their spunk to Coachella this year to perform 11 of their best songs including “We Sink” and “Lies.” The band attracted a large crowd to the surround the stage and dance to some of their favorite songs.



he Naked and Famous is an alternative rock band from New Zealand featuring band members Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers, Aaron Short, Jesse Wood and David Beadle. With a five time award-winning album “Passive Me, Aggressive You,” the band set off for success with titles such as “Album of the Year” and “MAINZ Best Producers.” The Naked and Famous is most popularly known for their Single of the Year called, “Young Blood.” Wearing all black, the band members graced the stage at Coachella with confidence and rhythm. Their sleek, edgy fashion perfectly matched their alternative style music and adds a recognizable touch to their look. The band ended their Coachella performance with the upbeat and energetic “Young Blood” as the crowd sang along with the recognizable chorus.



arnage is a popular DJ who has performed at large music festivals such as Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. Representing a high-energy EDM style music, Carnage utilizes loud bass and electric rhythm. His hyper personality adds an intensified influence to the spin he puts on his music as he gets the crowd to go wild. The most recognizable songs that Carnage has are often festival remixes or songs featuring other artists like Borgore and G-Eazy. Carnage attracted a giant crowd during his performance at Coachella and was able to get them jumping the whole time as he played “Krakatoa.” Every single person was either dancing, on someone’s shoulders, or moving to the contagious beat. Alexa Szabo Staff Writer



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The Hungry Maverick


or that morning when there’s not enough milk in the refrigerator for a bowl of cereal and it takes just too much effort to put an entire breakfast together, a donut is a wonderful go-to option. For this month’s taste test, we compared the first place winner from the 2012 MavLife Hungry Maverick Donut taste test—Leucadia Donut Shoppe—to two other competitors, putting glazed donuts from each of three shops against each other. Jessica Woods Entertainment Editor


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1604 N. Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 942-8981

ocated on the ever popular Highway 101, Leucadia Donut Shoppe is the perfect place for a donut on-thego, seeing as it took first place once again.. “[The donut] had a good after-taste,” freshman Lucy Bruemmer said. Many students described the pastry as “soft” and “sweet,” proving that Leucadia knows how to create a truly authentic, American donut. “It’s the perfect texture,” sophomore Cooper Gee said. The balance of sugary sweetness and fluffy dough was equal so that the donut was neither overpowering nor bland. “The donut was not too sweet and had the perfect amount of sugar,” sophomore Reilly Tiglio said. Acquiring eight votes, Leucadia Donut Shoppe held its first place spot with the winning donut.

106 Aberdeen Dr. Cardiff By the Sea, CA 92007 (760) 753-2400 n contrast to the first Hungry Maverick taste test of the year (cinnamon buns, yum!) where VG placed first, this time the local favorite came in second. However, those who supported these donuts argued that the best was saved for last. “[The donut is] very sweet, Red Riding Hood would be jealous,” junior Keith Demolder said. Possessing a delicious scent, students soaked up the smell with great satisfaction. “[It] smells like cinnamon,” freshman Kasandra Rezler said. The “strong glaze” was the donut’s best aspect and won over those who voted for it. “[It has an] almost lemon flavor,” sophomore Kara Gibson said. While VGs will always be a favorite among students, this month it didn’t take the cake, with just six votes.


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lthough Super Donuts #2 is not as widely known, the little shop is definitely a hidden treasure that settled into our third place spot. “[The first bite was] sweet and light with just the right amount of glaze,” senior Taylor Burtch said. While some students believe that “not enough glaze” was present, others loved the overall “sugary” appeal. “It tastes like a sweetened croissant,” freshman Daniel Stuart said. The delectable donut rose to meet the initial expectations, having such an appealing appearance with a sweet fragrance and soft bread. “It has a very delicious smell and looks very fluffy,” freshman Jade Harabedian said. However, with just two votes, Super Donuts #2 came in last place. Maybe they’re not so super after all.

John Green’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ Inspired by a True Story, Transitions to the Screen The NewYork Times Best-Seller is popular among young readers

“The Fault in Our Stars” opens nationwide on June 6.


20th Century Fox

very once in a while, a book comes along that captures the hearts of millions and creates a fandom. “The Fault In Our Stars” is just that. From the moment the book was published by John Green in January of 2012, it has skyrocketed as one of teenagers’ favorite books. The book earned the spot as the #1 New York Times bestseller, and has been made into a movie. Before you

see it in theaters or read the book, there are some questions to may know Shailene from “The Secret Life of the American be asked. What exactly is “The Fault In Our Stars” about? And Teenager,” “The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now” and why is it so appealing to teens worldwide? “Divergent,” where she soared to new heights as a very diverse “The Fault In Our Stars” is set in Indianapolis, where and mature actress. Alongside her, Ansel made his debut as 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster is battling thyroid cancer. heartthrob Tommy Ross in the remake of the 80’s horror An ongoing patient at a children’s hospital, Hazel is just trying film “Carrie” and then went on to play Shailene’s brother in to live an as-close-to-normal life with cancer. With constant “Divergent.” Directed by Josh Boone, whose first film was persistence from her parents, Hazel reluctantly drags herself “Stuck in Love,” “The Fault In Our Stars” is destined for and her oxygen tank to a teen cancer support group, where greatness. she one day befriends Augustus Waters, an ex-cancer patient in Be sure to check out the movie on June 6. With an remission who goes to support his friend Isaac. amazing cast, a phenomenal director and a brilliant script, “The Hazel and Augustus teach each other valuable life lessons Fault In Our Stars” is sure to not leave a dry eye or a heart in the middle of uncertainty and chaos. And they rely on each unmelted as you fall in love with Hazel and Augustus. other when everything else seems hopeless. As Hazel and Devin Berry Gus fall head over heels for each other, they go through Staff Writer loss, love, anger and hope together. And as they experience all of these things, the reader feels John Green was among Time the same ways they do. Magazine’s Top 100 Most The story is based off of a major life event in author John Green’s life. As a student Influential People chaplain in a children’s hospital, Green was Ansel Elgort is a trained ballet dancer inspired by all of the young cancer patients and their lives. He noticed how much TFIOS Sold 150,000 copies strength and courage they had at such in the first printing a young age, and how short their lives were. Some of them would never go to Shailene Woodley was cast because she looks like prom, or get married, or have kids or see Esther, the girl who inspired the character Hazel their grandkids. He wanted to give them a full life without them having to live Title in spirat it, but he didn’t know how to. ion While working at the hospital, he met Esther Earl, a 16-yearThe old girl suffering from thyroid Can’t wait to see TFIOS? dear Brutus, is not in cancer. He saw how much Join the Night Before Our Stars, a cross-country life she had left in her, and event for the ultimate TFIOS fans, beginning at how unfair it was that it but in ourselves, that was taken away from her 5:30PM PST on June 5. Tickets sell for $25 and we are underlings. so quickly. After her death, include a charm bracelet, TFIOS poster and a he wanted to write something Julius Caesar “special surprise.” in honor of her. And so came Visit www.thefaultinourstaralong “The Fault In Our Stars.” for more The two lucky people information. starring in the film adaptation are Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus.You


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