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Football Coach Don Rutschman stepped in to take over the Grizzlies

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Camille LaRocca has inspired many by overcoming her struggles. During the summer she had a brain tumor and now, since she has recovered, seeks to motivate others struggling with illnesses like hers.

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t’s like varsity music, everybody wants to be here,” said senior Allyson Ulbricht. These people all share a passion and talent

they possess and treasure, being a part of the choir program and being Twilighter for McMinnville High School’s choir program. It’s also an honor to the Twilighters for having the last generation of the Humlies, Manny Humlie, be a part of the choir. He recently sang the national anthem at the Welcome Back assembly. “It’s an honor and a privilege, being a Twilighter. To me, it’s more experience on performing and blending with other people,” said Humlie. He’s following in his footsteps of his older brothers and has big dreams as far as being a musician. “It’s sometimes easy being the last Humlie because my brothers have paved a good path for me, yet sometimes I feel like I have a lot to live up to,” said Humlie.

He has taken an interest in music since he was extremely young, he has been singing before he could remember; he grew up singing. Humlie is not only musical vocally, but he has the talent of playing two instruments. He currently plays the guitar and trumpet. “When I’m about to perform, I’m always nervous right before I go on stage,” said Humlie. “Once I’m up there though, I feel very comfortable.” In Humlie’s future, he wants to continue performing but also become a music teacher. He would like to make performing and teaching music his future career. “The Humlies are very humble,” said Ulbricht. “They know they’re good musicians, but they’re more of the ‘I’m here to help you’ type of people.” The Humlies do a lot to help out the choir program. “They help repair some of our chords because a lot of us don’t know how to do that,” said Ulbricht. According to Ulbricht, the Humlies are very kind and helpful people. Manny Hummlie seems to follow in the footsteps of his brothers, from what his classmates say,

and he’s a very good student in choir. “He’s very productive in class,” said Ulbricht. “He has good work ethic, doesn’t talk very much, but he knows what he’s doing.” “Manny is very ambitious, motivated, and focused in choir,” said sophomore Audrey Pattishal. “He has a great voice along with great talents as a musician. And he’s also a very nice person but sort of quiet and shy like I can be. I definitely think he’ll go somewhere with his musical talents.” According to McMinnville High School choir students, the Humlies seem to have made a strong, positive impact on the choir program at MHS by being helpful, kind, and talented. “The Humlies have really brought a whole new meaning to being a Twighlighter,” said Pattishal. From the looks of it, it seems that the Humlies will be remembered deeply within the choir program and won’t be forgotten. Manny will continue to progress and grow with his music as a Twighlighter with his years at this school, being the last generation of the Humlies.

“It’s an honor and a privilege,

being a Twighlighter. To me, it’s more experience on performing and blending with other people.” MANNY HUMLIE, SOPHOMORE

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“I wanted to think of it as something good, because I learned a lot from it: I took being healthy for granted.”

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THROUGH TRIALS COMES TRIUMPH by Ben schieber Sophomore Camille LaRocca is a person to be admired. “Whenever she is around she has always got a smile on her face, and just that will brighten everyone’s mood,” said sophomore Joel Melara. But what may not be apparent is that all her positive spirit and over all spunk is in spite of an experience that would emotionally and physically cripple many of us. In sixth grade LaRocca began feeling sick, it began with headaches and nausea, every few weeks she would spend a morning throwing up. As she moved through school her headaches gradually got worse, and the intervals between days of illness got smaller and smaller. By eighth grade it was apparent something was wrong. At first LaRocca assumed the problem was with her stomach, but the gastroenterologist she went could find nothing wrong with her. LaRocca also visited an ENT doctor to check for issues in her inner ear, since vertigo often accompanied her headaches. By the end of freshman year Camille LaRocca got sick so severely and regularly she could no longer go to school. “It got so bad that I would throw up every single morning, and then I started getting migraines really badly, every single day as well. I started getting dizzy to the point where I couldn’t walk by myself, like vertigo, they took me out of school in April,” said LaRocca. She finished out the school year at home, doing her school work when she felt a bit better, but spending most of that time very sick. LaRocca remained ill for three more months, throwing up daily and having continuous headaches. “It was so painful having to watch her be very sick for four months and taking her to multiple doctors and not getting any answers or help.” said Sunday LaRocca, Camille LaRocca’s mother. On July 12, Camille LaRocca was with her mother’s parents; she had thrown up eight times the night before and was severely dehydrated. On her way to a doctor’s appointment in Portland, Camille LaRocca began losing feeling in her arms. “My arms started to get numb, like when

your feet fall asleep,” said LaRocca.“Then I remember telling [my grandma]‘I don’t feel very well’, I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Then my eyesight started to go, like when you stand up too fast.” Her speech soon followed, she then blacked out. “I don’t really remember anything after that,” said LaRocca. “I remember we were in a parking garage all of a sudden; [my grandma] was getting a wheel chair for me… I remember being in a room and lying on a table and someone was saying my name, it was probably a doctor.” LaRocca found out later that she was taken to the Emergency Room (ER). At that time she had a temperature and was breaking out into rashes, she was also incredibly dehydrated.The ER gave her two litters of fluid and sent her to Emanuel Randall Children’s Hospital at around midnight. When she arrived her heart rate was around 97 beats per minute. She had two seizures and then was put in a CT scan, and a sizable mass was found at the back of her skull. A tube was drilled into Camille LaRocca’s skull to create a false flow for the liquid trapped there.Thepressurealleviated,manyofCamille LaRocca’s symptoms disappeared, but the mass in in the back of her head was still there. When she woke up she was put in a three hour MRI, after which a doctor explained that she had a tumor. “It didn’t really sink in until later, then it really hit me and I was freaking out,” said LaRocca. At six in the morning, on Thursday the 17th Camille LaRocca went in for surgery. “I was really scared for the surgery, but it wasn’t bad,” said LaRocca. “I don’t really remember anything… I woke up gradually after the surgery was done.Two days after that it was my birthday, I had my birthday in the hospital, which was pretty interesting.” “Legacy Emanuel staff and doctors were absolutely amazing.They really took care of us and made us as comfortable as possible,” said Sunday LaRocca. When Camille LaRocca got out of the hospital she was only ninety-five pounds. “I gradually got my strength back,” said LaRocca. “That is when I realized I kind of wanted to do something with this instead of having it just be something bad that had

happened to me, instead I wanted to think of it as something good, because I learned a lot from it how much being healthy I took for granted. “Even now I find myself taking for granted just waking up and being able to wake up and walk to school

Camille LaRocca wrote a blog on her experience and message and it has already inspired many. “Her experience with the tumor inspired me; I have type one diabetes and it made me want to raise more awareness for it. It inspired me and motivated me.” Melara said. Melara

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and being completely fine. I know bad things happen, but they are nothing compared to other things that happen, so I kind of wanted to share that with other people, you can live every single moment and actually live it,” said Camille LaRocca. “She amazes me every day with how compassionate, positive, and mature she is,” said Sunday LaRocca. “I was impressed that in the hospital Camille was not afraid to share with her friends what she was going through. She never once felt sorry for herself,neverhada‘poorme’attitude or used this tumor as a crutch.”

summedupCamille’smessagerather well, when he said“just live your life.” Severalmonthsafterhersurgery LaRocca is back on the dance team. “I can’t do spins or anything but it means the world to me, I’m not goingtolie,”saidLaRocca.“Itisamazing, to be able to dance and to actually eat, I’m gaining all my weight back, and even my muscle back.” LaRocca will have to return for an MRI every four months but feels confident the worst is behind her. To help pay off some of the medical expenses, Camille LaRocca sells bracelets for a dollar each.


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their technique? In practice we always try to perfect the technique because that makes a big difference, it is really important. And number four, their effort. That is the key to a successful game.” Out of those four areas, Rutschman thinks highly of his team this season. “I’d give them right now an ‘A’ on their alignment,” said Rutschman, “a ‘B’ on their assignments, their technique could be improved, but their effort is tremendously strong.” Rutschman’s inspiration comes from his father, Linfield College football coach legend, Ad Rutschman. Not only does Ad Rutschman inspire his son, but shows tremendous support. “He is coaching at Linfield for his 65th year and he still comes out and watches almost every practice that we have,” said Don Rutschman. “He and my mom come out and they sit at the top of the stands.” “There is no question about it that he has inspired me to become a coach and be all that I am today,” said Don Rutschman.


34-31 vs. GLENCOE 21-63 vs. JESUIT 24-43 vs. TIGARD 7-17 @ TUALATIN





ning and sometimes playing flash ball. “They are getting a cardio work out but they are having fun at the same time!” said Rutschman. Although the team does more fun things towards the end of the year, they will have to have the most focus as the season is coming to an end. Rutschman has a strategy on how to strive for perfection. “My theme is one play at a time, one game at a time, one week at a time,” said Rutschman. “Let’s not start looking at next week’s game or three weeks from now. Look at this one play and do the very best that you can on this one play, try to perfect this play. When the next play comes you will try to perfect it.” Rutschman factors in four different questions when trying to perfect a play. “A measuring tool I use during a game is this: I ask myself do we align properly?” said Rutschman. “Are they lining up correctly or are the running around not knowing where they are going? Two do they know their assignment or position? Third, how good is



any of McMinnivlle High School students may know the outgoing gym teacher, and recent MHS interim football coach, Don Rutschman. His joy and excitement about being hired as the head coach is expressed whenever the subject is brought up. “First of all I think we’re in the toughest part of our season,” said Rutschman. “We’ve faced two of three really tough teams: Tualatin and Glencoe and after them we have Century. Century’s averaging about 55 points per game.” Despite three difficult teams in a row to cap the season off, Rutschman is pretty enthusiastic about the competition. “We’ve played considerably well, considering that we lost one of the best players in the state, Spencer Payne, who is out for the season [who had an appendectomy last Wednesday],” said Rutschman. “So we have some revamping to do, we are playing our hardest schedule of the year without our best player so it will be quite a challenge. Regardless, we will be in some kind of a playoff.” The Grizzlies beat Glencoe High School 34-31 last week without Payne. Payne’s backup, senior Rylan Blair rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in MHS’s last home game of the season. With the long season starting in July, Rutschman does multiple things to keep players healthy and on task. “It’s been a long time that these guys have been with us, since July and August,” said Rutschman. “What I am trying to do the second half of the season is first, cut down on the practice time and get them off their feet and [second] try to make it fun for them during practice.” Rutschman keeps practices enjoyable by doing multiple things such as having music playing during practice, doing relays for conditioning and run-

35-12 vs. NEWBERG



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MONTANA GUBRUD HAS BEEN WORKING HARD to make an impact on her team and looks to improve by learning from coach Ben Patterson and her teammates

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by nick autencio Every year high school sports bring on a new competition. In almost all sport activities, teams lose seniors. This year’s girls’ volleyball team seems to be showing a little difference compared to last year, and that difference is freshman Montanna Gubrud. Gubrud is a Varsity setter who occasionally starts for the Grizzlies. “Montanna continues to get better. She has made a huge step from middle school to high school and has been handling it very well,” said varsity coach Ben Patterson. “Having a freshman isn’t something that is normally done and it takes a special athlete who is very talented as well as having the right attitude.” According to Gubrud, the transition from middle school to high school is a huge difference. “The competition is a lot harder, they hit harder and it’s a lot more difficult to get a kill because teams are able

to return better than before,” Gubrud said. Gubrud came into high school wanting to make the varsity volleyball squad. “I was looking at varsity,” said Gubrud. “I was thinking that it wasn’t a guarantee, that I would possibly be on JV, but I continuously worked at my game and achieved my goal.” Coaches eagerly look at incoming freshman hoping to see an athlete with the qualities of a varsity athlete and to Patterson; Gubrud sparked his interest. “Montanna showed a high talent level, of course, with a strong work ethic and a good teammate,” Patterson said. Freshman have the ability to see what their weak aspects of the game are and can help themselves get better in those areas as well. “I would like to get better in the setting area as well as digging and hitting too,” Gubrud said. “Also to help my team win.”

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he Happiest Homecoming on Earth has held up to its name. The school agrees that this year’s homecoming was among the best they’d attended. “It was great! I don’t think I ever realized how big of a deal it is.” said freshman Avery Schulze. “The student body’s energy was incredible!” said senior and homecoming queen Isamar Chavez. The theme was one of the most important parts of the week. “When we were brainstorming theme ideas, that was one of the ideas that someone threw out and that was the one we all voted on.” said sophomore class president Joe Stuart. “I thought it went really well.” Chavez agreed. “I love Disney.” she said. The week started off right with window painting on Sunday, then dress up days following on Monday. The dress-up day themes were: MondayPirates/Under the Sea, Tuesday- Classic Disney, Wednesday- Wilderness Day, Thursday- Fairytale Day, and Friday of course was Colors Day. Schulze was shocked by how much students got into their class colors. “It seems a lot of people don’t dress up until then,” she said. “More people need to dress up [throughout the week].” The fairytale continued with tapping and crowning assemblies later in the week. “[When they called my name] I was in shock!” said Chavez. There were also three LifeSkills students nominated: sophomores Juan Palacios and Quinn Pendleton, and senior Carolina Garcia. Of these three, Palacios and Garcia earned their place on the homecoming court. “It’s so cool how the school supported everyone.” said Chavez. “You could feel the love.” Junior prince Nathan Lausmann agreed. “It was really amazing how the school came together.”

“I think that this homecoming was the best because everyone came together with school spirit, while still showing support for their class. It really was the happiest homecoming on earth.”

-senior Isamar Chavez

The school carnival was another plus. “I thought the carnival went really well.” said Stuart. “If we could’ve done something differently we would’ve checked the weather forecast when planning it, but I think it went well anyway.” Students had the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull and roll around the gym in giant hamster balls. Movie night was another high point; the chosen movie was Pirates of the Caribbean. “I couldn’t find a way to attend the drive in seeing that I don’t have a car,” said Schulze. “That’s the only thing that kind if bugged me, freshmen can’t very easily go to a drive in because we can’t drive yet. But it gives me something to look forward to in the future.” “The movie night was fun, although it was hard to watch the movie,” said Chavez. Homecoming Friday is arguably the day students look forward to most out of the whole week because of the assembly, parade and football game. “The parade was cool.” said Chavez. “From where I sat it looked like a sea of black.” Mac celebrated a win at the homecoming football game against Glencoe, with a final score of 34-31. The yells of victory could be heard more than a block away. “The game was really fun,” said Schulze. “Go grizzlies!” The final homecoming event was the dance on Saturday. “I didn’t expect the dance to be that crazy, but it was fun.” Schulze agreed. “That was probably the best part for me.” Overall this was not a homecoming to forget. Seniors and underclassmen alike will cherish these memories for years to come.


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Clockwise from top left: sophomore Aaron Chon performing,senior Tre Ovalle performing, freshman Jonah Crown being kissed by his mother, senior Junior Lopez supporting the senior class, and freshman Camilla Sumnerbeingcovered with shaving cream. OCTOBER 26, 2012 PAGE 12

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