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Canned Food Drive Recap
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The MHS annual canned food drive was quite the success yet again BY ISABELLE HOOVER writer The 2018 Canned Food Drive has come to a close, and the results you’ve been waiting for are finally in. This year, we were hoping to donate 20,000 cans with a super goal of 25,000. In money alone, however, we brought in $11,252.12 and the students here at Mac High have surpassed both of our goals raising a grand total of 27,969.74 of cans. This year’s grand winner of the annual YCAP fundraiser is Erin Brisbin. Her students brought in a total of 7,132.64 cans. Coming in second place was Sarah Matlack with 5,543 cans, third place being Darcy Houston, fourth is Erik Knoedler and fifth is Krista Carpino. To kick off the canned food drive, students may remember the virtual assembly ASB made for us so we knew everything we needed to know about the
fundraiser. During this assembly, we were presented with six incentives and one super incentive (which we reached). Our first incentive was stickers reading “Love CAN Conquer.” The second was extended lunches every Friday for the whole month of January, and the third was a pajama day on Jan. 22 which is during finals week so students can come to school feeling relaxed and cozy. A Hat Day on Jan. 25 was the fourth incentive. The fifth was a free admission for all students to the home basketball game vs. Newberg in February. Finally, our sixth incentive was a free growl towel to the first 100 students to arrive at the basketball game mentioned previously, and our super incentive was a school dance for Unity week.
Often, we hear of seniors not graduating in a timely manner and failing to gain their diplomas due to missing credits. Some seniors, however, are in the exact opposite situation and are graduating a semester early. One of those seniors, Julianna Leonard, spoke to the Bruin about the reasoning behind her early graduation and her plans post-MHS. Seniors may decide to graduate early for a number of reasons. Often it is simply a matter of having the necessary credits completed before an eighth semester of high school. This is the case for Leonard, who explained her situation and reason for pursuing an early graduation. She said, “Last year, I had a house fire and I felt so stressed that my life felt like it was falling apart. I switched to online school and was able to complete as many credits as I could, giving me the opportunity to graduate early since I had enough credits.” Once a student decides to leave MHS a semester early, the question of “what next?” often arises. For Leonard, this is not a difficult question. She hopes to enter the medical field and work with women after her higher education, which starts as soon as she leaves MHS. She said, “I’m hoping to get my Certified Medical Assistant License through the program at Chemeketa in about a year. I want to become a Registered Nurse (RN) as my Bachelor’s Degree and then become a Certified Nurse Midwife through a Master’s program. Basically I want to be a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. I could do anything that an OBGYN could do, except for surgery. I could do deliver babies, be the primary routine care provider at a Women’s Health Clinic or OBGYN office, prescribe medicine, and conduct physical examinations.” Graduating early will allow her to get a jump on all her postgrad plans and a head start towards her future as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
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First Baptist Fire BY MOLLY BEYER writer
On Nov. 24 there was a fire at The First Baptist Church, located on Second Street. It was only a small fire caused by someone lighting a sweatshirt on fire. McMinnville Fire Department responded and the fire was put out quickly. No one was hurt. The exterior of the building was barely harmed because the sprinkler system quickly put out the fire. Erika Marksbury, a pastor at the church said, “It was unsettling, I was glad our sprinklers worked.” She was also surprised by the help and support they got from
both the community and the firefighters who responded. “A lot of people care about this place.” Emma Linder, a freshman who attends the church said, “It was really sad to hear that someone would do that.” Another member of the church, Francis Huff, said, “The fire was unsettling and I’m glad the fire was quickly put out. I don’t know why someone would purposely set a fire at our church.” Huff added that everything is back to normal and hopes there are no more incidences.
Mac Madness Moves to Linfield College SAM BEYER
A small fire recently gave a good scare to members of a local church
The former Fuel the Furnace was renamed to Mac Madness and moved to Linfield College while the new gym is being built. The marketing class at MHS planned the event which included games, giveaways and a magician Jan. 19. Hunter Nicoli participates in the Human Bowling Event.
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Washington Post Journalist murdered at Saudi Consulate The alleged killing of Saudi-American journalist has raised concerns regarding US-Saudi relations BY ISABELLE HOOVER writer
On Oct.2 a prominent Saudi-American reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, walked into the country’s consulate in Istanbul where he would later be murdered. Khashoggi is well known for covering many “The President Recep controversial stories, like the has exclaimed that Russian invasion into Afghanistan. there is evidence He even had that his murder written a story was ‘savage’ and about his fear of being arrested ‘planned out days in by the Saudi advance.’” Prince due to becoming, “First in line to succeed his father, King Salman,” according to BBC News. According to records, he was, “at the consulate to
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obtain documents that would allow him to remarry.” The Crown Prince even insisted during an interview with Bloomberg News that Khashoggi left the consulate, “After a few minutes, or an hour.” A few weeks late, however, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor came out and said that the journalist was “killed inside the building on the instructions of a rogue intelligence officer”, as explained on BBC News. BBC News, however, also states that according to Turkish Officials, they “Have evidence, including gruesome audio that the journalist was killed by a team of Saudi agents on orders that came from the highest level.” Moving forward his body is yet to be found. Saudi officials have given out various conflicting statements on what happened that day. For example, that, “Khashoggi had died in a chokehold after resisting attempts to return him to Saudi Arabia”. A few months later they said, “Khashoggi was given a lethal injection after a struggle and his body was dismembered inside the consulate after his death. The body parts were then handed over
to a local ‘collaborator’ outside the grounds.” Turkish government officials, however, have different thoughts on what happened. The President Recep has exclaimed that there is evidence his murder was “savage” and “planned out days in advance.” They have also told press that Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was an order from the highest powers, but it is very unlikely that King Salman gave them. With all of the conflicting statements and various accusations it’s hard to know what really happened Khashoggi JAMAL KHASHOGGI surrounding hismurder. He was, however, an honest and well respected reporter who will be missed.
Bring Your Pet To College Furry friends are finally allowed to join their humans in college BY MICAH PORTER features editor
allowing pets on campus is negligence of animals, hygienic issues, and of course, the noise. Macmurray claimed, “I, for one, would be a little bit nervous staying in the Jane Failing hall. I would be worried that my roommate’s dog would keep me up all night.” But for students willing to substitute a good night’s sleep for a fluffy dorm friend, the pet dorm CAROLINE MCMURRAY
They’re fuzzy, fun and full of energy. And for Linfield College, cats and dogs play a crucial role in shaping the relaxed environment that the campus strives to promote. For years, our furry friends have been rejected from residing in the dorms, due to obviously primitive hygiene methods. Linfield College , however, has recently announced that the long upheld policy of no pets will be rectified, allowing owners and pets to live in harmonious accord within the confines of the Jane Failing Residence Hall. The only stipulation to the recent policy is that all pets must be at least six months old and weigh under forty pounds. This unconventional policy derives from the college’s initiative to create a more welcoming, comfortable learning environment for students. Caroline McMurray, a Linfield junior is excited about the prospects that this new policy holds. MacMurray said, “I am a big fan of the new pet policy. It’s cool how they are letting pet owners bring their pets to college, it really contributes to the comfortable environment that Linfield strives for.” The students, as a collective, are excited that the administrators are taking steps to improve the climate, and they are curious what new policies are soon to arrive. The only foreseeable issue with
might be the right choice. This year will act as a trial to see how dogs and cats do on campus, and if all goes well, we may see an influx of a variety of critters patrolling Linfield’s greenway. MacMurray, and many other Linfield students, simply hope to have graduated by the time the college decides to grant access to reptiles. The Bruin January 23, 2019 mhsbruin.com 5
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A Growing Desensitization to Gun Violence School shootings have become normalized in recent years, we need to draw attention to these tragedies
BY ANNIE CHRISTMAN writer
According to recent data from the US Naval Postgraduate School, there were 94 school gun violence incidents in 2018. How many were publicized to the students that could be at risk? It might seem like 2018 was a pretty peaceful year compared to recent years. On the contrary in fact, 2018 was the worst year on record for gun violence in schools. Fifty five innocent people lost their lives due to gun violence in schools this year, breaking the record of 1993 which was 40 deaths. (Vox 18) Yet, the media and the general public seem to be harboring a strange silence, or even total ignorance to this epidemic, which is a matter of national crisis. Of course, the issue gained fair attention back in February following the deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gun debate mounted the national stage again and with even more fervor during the March For Our Lives. The march is a movement motivated by young people who were directly impacted by the culture of the gun
particular issue following the Parkland shooting. The other 93 school gun violence incidents completely evaded the attention of the public for the better part of the year. America experienced the highest rates of gun violence in schools in history in 2018, yet it seems to me that Americans have satiated their taste for violence, and have exhausted themselves into apathy. Americans have become disgustingly desensitized to the issue of gun violence. Those other lives that were lost due to gun violence in
“How can these horrors be taking place en masse in our country and we look the other way? How have we let this become the new normal?” violence threatening the sanctity and safety of educational spaces across the country. Despite the initial attention paid to the march and other protests, the discussion lost momentum and fizzled out fast with little to no resolve or address. It seems that the public was quick to lose interest in this
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schools this year were no less valuable or tragic than those lost in high-profile shootings such as Sandy Hook or Parkland. Highly publicized shootings were no more indicative of a social epidemic that demands solvency in the interest of this generation, and future generations of school-aged
children. So why is it that the shootings that took place this year failed to motivate actual change, and increasingly reasonable outrage? Have we really become so gorged on this violence that our hearts are hardened against the tragedy? The innocent child, murdered whilst trying to learn. The mother and father whose broken hearts will never be healed. The student who will never view the halls of their school the same way because of the violence they witnessed there. How can these horrors be taking place en masse in our country and we look the other way? How have we let this become the new normal? Critics of the March for Our Lives movement claimed that the students who helped to organize it were “seeking attention,” as if attention wasn’t due. These critics, as well as an increasingly-passive public, were motivated by an implicit wish to not have to hear about the gross realities that their neighbors faced. Hearing the stories of horrific tragedy just might disrupt their blissful ignorance and demand them to embrace their human drives to empathy, and maybe even do something about it. I agree that the organizers of the movement were in fact seeking attention. But I also believe that they were justified in doing so. Whenever an innocent child is murdered in cold blood while trying to receive an education, I believe attention, national attention, attention that fuels a discussion, fuels change, is warranted. No matter which side of the gun debate you stand on, every time someone dies due to gun violence in schools, for the sake of our country, our children, our future, and our humanity, it deserves our attention.
How is Construction Impacting You? Students share their thoughts on the continued construction
To The Hague with Trump Brady Shields addresses recent actions of President Trump by looking at the potentially criminal implications
BY SAMANTHA FLORES-RAMIREZ AND ANNA DOWNS writers and photographers
“The construction impacts me as a wrestler because practicing in the field house with the middle schoolers gets crowded.” TAYLOR SILVUS, 11
“In drama, the construction can make it hard to hear people’s lines. We did, however, get a new space and some new props through the renovation.”
BY BRADY SHIELDS news editor Donald Trump has taken atrocious measures against the refugee caravans from Central America. He has allowed for the release of tear gas into crowds of mothers and children, detained children without trial, separated families, and failed to take action against Border Patrol’s failure to provide water to a child in custody. All of these atrocities are crimes against humanity and require action in an international court of law, specifically in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The United States, however, never became a party to the International Criminal Court. It was created during the George W. Bush administration, and at that time, Bush was waging an imperialistic and unruly war against Iraq for the purpose of strengthening defense contractors, oil companies, and most importantly, the fascist and authoritarian agenda of the United States. Bush’s reasoning was that it would allow the international community to unjustly prosecute U.S. Citizens. However, Bush was ultimately afraid of the hindrance of his fascist and imperialist agenda in the name of national security. During the Obama administration, the U.S. became an observer, which is a step forward, but it is not enough to hold atrocious people accountable. Regardless of the United States’ status at the International Criminal Court, Trump ought to be held accountable for his atrocities and crimes against humanity. We prosecuted and convicted the Nazis at Nuremberg, and we ought to finally hold American dictators accountable. If there is one thing to take away from this message, it would be: To The Hague with Trump!
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“As a cheerleader, we practice in the food court instead of the gym now. It’s different, but it’s not a huge deal for me.” MASON PARK, 9
HALLIE SIMMONS, 10
“Having volleyball practices and games at Patton was tough to get used to. It’s hard to get the most out of practice when we have to drive to the middle school.”
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Ping Pong Party
Ping pong should make a comeback as a lunchtime activity
BY MICAH POR TER features editor would need to step up to assume the role of mediator during lunch, to prevent misuse of equipment. The promise of a new ping pong table will bring forth a plethora
After all, ping pong is not a mere skill acquired through practice; very few are born with the gift. With the introduction of a new library, the promise of ping pong grows ever brighter. . . now all we need is a referee.
“Either way, the downfall of lunchtime ping pong has been a trying time for all lovers of the national sport.”
Ping Pong at McMinnville High School has long stood as the apex lunch activity for numerous students from all grade levels. In years past, the ping pong tables would be housed in the commons, and students had free reign to use the tables at will. For the past several years, McMinnville High School has made strives to promote the spirit of inclusivity and progress within our four walls, yet somehow in the process, our beloved ping pong tables went missing. Perhaps it was the irresponsible behavior that students demonstrated by losing or breaking the ping pong equipment, or perhaps the scrupulous laws prohibiting ping pong were established to ensure that passerbyers could walk around without fear of being impaled in the eye with a rogue ball. Either way, the downfall of lunchtime ping pong has been a trying time for all lovers of the national sport. To reignite the fires of MHS ping pong, an advisor
of opportunities for aspiring athletes. For one, it allows students to exercise their muscles, as they react to the quick retaliation of the ball. Beyond mechanical exercise, ping pong offers an avenue for students to advance their mental strength, allowing athletes to analyze their opponents moves and prepare for a return. Proposal for a ping pong club may be the most effective way to bring forth the hidden students at MHS with talent and quick reflexes. For those brave enough to pick up the paddle, opportunities to compete at an elite, national level also hold weight.
Lillie Spencer raises awareness of the growing wealth gap in McMinnville as well as across the nation
BY LILLIE SPENCER writer
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Wealth inequality is defined as the unequal distribution of assets among residents of a country, state, or city. According to information in a CNBC article, wealth inequality is a persistent problem and a growing trend since 1973. Cities like Dallas, Chicago, and Charlotte struggle with soaring rates of economic disparity, and although a much smaller city with lower rates of inequality, McMinnville is no exception to the trend. World Population states, “The medium income for households in McMinnville Oregon is $47,460, while the mean household income is $64,567.” That is a $17,107 difference between the median and mean, and it indicates that the majority of McMinnville population is making less, while only a handful of the community is making a lot more. How does this wage gap affect McMinnville High School? It has been proven again and again that lower income correlates with lower attendance rates, GPAs, and test scores. A student whose home life is unstable may have to work to help support their family, instead of doing homework, studying for a test, or being involved after school, as opposed to a student whose family can afford to provide them opportunities both in and out of school. Society seems
to be promoting a constant cycle where the poor stay poor and the rich get richer. School sports are also affected, and lower income students can be put at a major disadvantage. For example, to play one season of MHS softball, it can cost $550 for gear and $150 just to play, adding up to a total of $700. What if a student wants to make varsity? To continue practicing after the season ends often means joining a club, where membership is $500 a year or more, cleats are $100, and paying for food, a hotel room, and gas for far away tournaments is around $400. Also, investing in high-tech gear improves
performance, but means spending even more money. This means that athletes from low income families, if they are able to join school sports at all, most likely do not have the resources to become as successful as those who do. McMinnville High School tries to make accommodations for students whose families struggle financially, but the problem ultimately is larger than MHS alone. This is a town, city, and state-wide problem that continues getting worse over time, regardless of how many free and reduced lunches are given out. These perspectives raise questions about how the average income of our varsity sports teams, ASB members, or our National Honors Society compares to the average of the school as a whole. Certain clubs and groups are made up of mostly people from specific demographic and socioeconomic groups, which is not a coincidence. The separation between those who can afford it and those who can’t has become a real barrier in McMinnville that will only continue to increase. Is MHS set up to be fair and equal to all students, regardless of family stability? Is there a way to prevent the growing problem of wealth disparity in McMinnville and across the nation? These are important questions to ask, if equal opportunity is important to us as a school and a community.
Green Plans from Congress News Editor Brady Shields comments on the new deal
being made in hopes of a greener future
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UNITY WEEK ON THE HORIZON
BY BRADY SHIELDS news editor
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As we wrap up the annual struggle of January, we can look forward to the activities planned for Unity Week in February. This week is chockfull of plans from ASB to ensure a smooth and successful Unity Week that will bring together our student body.
A WIN FOR THE WINTER PLAY
Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a supporter of a select congressional committee for a Green New Deal, which Nancy Pelosi, the incoming speaker and leader of the Democratic Party, of which Ocasio-Cortez is a member, has not supported. Other members of congress have supported the Green New Deal, which would seek to transition to a renewable energy economy and create new jobs in the renewable energy sectors, such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, and hydroelectric power. In order to reduce carbon emissions, maintain sustainability, maximize energy efficiency, and provide a habitable planet for future generations, the Green New Deal is necessary to implement. However, Nancy Pelosi is a corporatist and seeks to compromise with the fossil fuel industry in the event of a transition to renewable energy. Along with Pelosi’s corporatism, there “The Green New Deal, which needs to be a renewable would seek to transition energy committee free to a renewable energy from fossil fuel industry interests. economy and create new Ocasio-Cortez has jobs in renewable energy been described as radical for seeking to implement a Green New Deal. However, it should be sectors, such as wind, solar, noted that it is a much more radical and insane geothermal, tidal, and idea to continue to burn and extract fossil fuels, which are altering the planet’s carbon cycle, thus hydroelectric power.” causing a dramatic increase in temperatures, which has led to rising sea levels, natural disasters, negatively impacted farming, disruption of ecosystems, and displacement of people from their homes. To make things worse, climate change will disproportionately affect impoverished, underserved, and underprivileged communities, for such communities will have less access to disaster preparedness resources, economic transitions, and financial security. Yet, the rich will be prepared for disasters and able to make economic transitions towards new industries. Climate change is a social justice issue and requires immediate action. Yamhill County’s US Representative, Suzanne Bonamici, has not yet supported the Green New Deal. If you are concerned about the future of our planet, social justice, and energy efficiency, then call her Beaverton Office at (503) 469-6010, along with her Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-0855. In order for the Green New Deal to be considered it needs support, so voice your support for our future by holding your representatives accountable.
This year’s drama classes unveiled their new production, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” on Jan. 11, putting on shows beginning that weekend and running throughout the month. The play ran smoothly and the cast and crew put on a spectacular show for all who attended. Thanks to the Drama department and everyone who took time out of their schedules to support our Grizzly thespians.
WINTER PERCUSSION Mac High sports a new activity this year: winter percussion. This group gets together and creates a show with percussion instruments only, affiliated with the Winter Guard International program, although it is completely different from the winter guard hat already exists at MHS.
PARKING LOT CRACKDOWN Starting recently, there has been an increase in management of the MHS parking lot. Students have taken to sitting in the lot during lunches and before/after school, an activity not approved by administration. The recent crackdown on parking lot loitering has meant a significant change for many students who went to their cars in their free time.
TARDY POLICY TAKES HOLD
In recent weeks, administration has implemented a new, stricter tardy policy for MHS students. This system dictates that students returning late after lunch will receive two tardies, a big step from admin towards cracking down on attendance. This policy change is difficult for many students to adjust to, especially mid-year. Following the changes made at the beginning of the year to check in with chronically absent students, it is clear that MHS administration is focusing on increasing attendance despite the challenge for students.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD), is a major mental illness that affects many high school students. This disorder makes it difficult to focus in school, find motivation to complete schoolwork and homework, and attend classes. This struggle is one faced by many MHS students, and it is an academic barrier which is often ignored. A main cause of SAD in the winter time is the lack of sunlight. Sunlight delivers Vitamin D to our systems as well as serotonin, which is a chemical produced in your body that affects your mood. Because of the important role sunlight plays in our bodies and mood regulation in particular, countries that are closer to the equator tend to have less people with winter SAD. Oregon experiences long, overcast, rainy winters, which is non-ideal for those who are susceptible to SAD due to the extended period without direct sunlight. SAD seems to be hitting students a little later than normal this year because of how much longer we had the bright sunny days. Winter SAD tends to start in the early fall (around October timing, when the leaves start to change color, sunlight shows a little less, and it’s a bit colder), and go through the winter months. Sufferers often begin to find relief in February or March, when the winter clouds begin to part and the sun peeks through again. Around three million cases are confirmed in the United States, including many teenagers and students. Some symptoms experienced through the darker months include loss of energy, trouble concentrating, fatigue, increase in appetite, increased desire to be alone, greater need for sleep, and weight gain. These symptoms are particularly problematic for students who are “Self care is an important responsible for continuing to attend school through their affected months, as it is difficult part of life for everyone, for them to find motivation and focus while dealing with SAD. Although this disorder is but is particularly more common in women, the men who do experience SAD have been seen to present more critical for students severe symptoms. and those experiencing One treatment that has been seen as a way to help with SAD is light therapy. Research seasonal affective has shown that natural or “full spectrum” light disorder.” can have an antidepressant effect. Light bulbs typically found in houses, businesses, and schools give off only certain wavelengths of light on the color spectrum, focusing on yellows. The sun,however, produces blue and green light as well, wavelengths that help ease feelings of helplessness and depression due to increased vitamin D delivery. Full spectrum lights provide all wavelengths, including blue and greens, explaining why they have been seen to help SAD. Purchasing a full spectrum light bulb may help those suffering from SAD gain the wavelengths of light that they’ve been lacking and ease the symptoms of the disorder. While winter SAD is much more commonly known, some people also suffer from summer SAD. Summer SAD has been seen to occur when somebody gets too much sun in their life, overwhelming their body of the chemicals missing in the winter. Symptoms of SAD in summer include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and weight loss and present overall similar symptoms to the winter version, although it tends to affect students less as there is not the stress of school at the same time.
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For someone who suffers from SAD, there are several ways to counteract the symptoms and help them continue living their life like normal. Self care is an important part of life for everyone, but is particularly critical for students and those experiencing SAD. Yoga can be an exceptional way to improve mood and help manage the difficulties of SAD. Yoga helps with lowering stress levels, improving daily energy level, and helping clear the mind. Simply slowing down can be an extremely useful tool in coping with SAD or even just stress from school. Put away technology for a while, take out those earbuds and just breathe as you take a walk. Play with animals or do something creative, such as writing a story or drawing. Take a nap (if you are doing something big right after your nap, studies suggest a 20-30 minute nap. If not, then take a longer nap, about 90 minutes). Even though you may not like doing it, clean your room, or do some laundry to try and have a clutter free space. Put on a face mask, paint your nails, or take a bubble bath. Drink some water (dehydration makes every situation worse!). Try talking out loud, whether to yourself or to some of your favorite people, or even to your pets. Read a book, try something new, or even just watch a movie. Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people, including tons of high school students amidst the stress and challenges of difficult classes. There is always someone nearby who can commiserate, and learning self care strategies and activities can be vital in making it through the season. SAD is a common and treatable disorder, whether through medication, a change in lighting, or an effort to work more self care into the week.
IN SCHOOL: MHS Support Center in room 27: • mental health and behavior support • safe space to take a break if needed MHS Counseling Center in room 14: • academic/mental health resources AT HOME: Yamhill County Family and Youth: (503) 434-7462 National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK YouthLine: (877) 968-8491
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“To Protect and Serve.” This motto, initially adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1963, embodies the mission of many great policemen and women across the country, and in Yamhill County -- specifically at McMinnville High School -- the staff and students have indeed been honorably protected and served over the last four years by School Resource Officer (SRO) Toby Carver. Unfortunately, as another saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and at the end of this school year, Carver will retire from his position in the McMinnville School District. The legacy of Toby Carver begins long before his assignment with McMinnville Schools, in fact, Carver’s law enforcement career began 28 years ago. In 1990, Carver began his career as an officer with the Glendale Police Department in California where he would serve for 15 years. It was there, in 1994, that Carver got his start working in schools where he served as a D.A.R.E. Officer, then a middle school SRO, and finally as the supervisor of the Police Activities League. After his 15 years with the Glendale PD, Carver moved to McMinnville in 2005 where he joined the McMinnville Police Department, and 10 years after that, he would be assigned as the SRO to the McMinnville School District. As an SRO, Carver stated that his “foremost duty as an SRO is to help establish a safe and secure campus experience for students and staff alike.” Carver maintains this environment by not only working an 8-4 workday, 5 days each week in the school district, but also by SAM HELLER being present in the community. Carver is fast to point out that keeping students safe, “involves being visible on foot and in my patrol car on campus and in the [neighborhood]. I must be in good communication with our district Security Manager, administrators, deans, and campus monitors to maintain that high level of safety and security.” As part of the community, Carver would occasionally work with the patrol squad in McMinnville, filling in as needed over the summer holiday, but he added, “I always look forward to returning to the school atmosphere where my heart really resides.” The joy of working with kids is not without its challenges though, and Carver admitted that this workload can be tough to balance. Carver said, “I have come to learn quickly that this assignment involves a whole bunch of multi-tasking skills.” These multi-tasking skills can involve discipline including making arrests and issuing citations; but equally as important, Carver stands out as a role model, teacher and leader. Carver said, “My role also should be heavy on the proactive piece [such as] teaching, giving presentations, meetings with staff, students, and parents, etc. That is actually my favorite part of this assignment. I love to interact with people of all ages and hopefully make a
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positive impression on them. I want to convey to people that I’m a regular guy doing a job that can be very rewarding. A job that involves a lot of serving and being transparent and real.” For Carver, it is after these 28 years of being transparent and real as a police officer, that he is able to retire and move onto a new chapter in his life. Although his official retirement plans are up in the air, he is certain that he wants to “retire healthy and move into that next season with a passion.” Luckily for Carver, he has received new help this year as he prepares for retirement. This new assistance comes in the form of a new, second SRO with the McMinnville School District, Officer Greg Park. Carver said, “This year, Officer Park, has been a great addition to the SRO team! His commitment to this assignment allows the two of us to maintain a better focus and be more available for requests.” Like Carver, Park has had a seasoned career in Law Enforcement. This is Park’s seventh year as an officer where has served for both the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the McMinnville Police Department. Park, like Carver before him, has embraced the school environment as he said, “The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is that I now have the ability to take my time and really get at the root cause of a particular issue. When you’re on the road you don’t have a lot of time to do that. It’s a nice change.” Park is a self proclaimed “laid back person with a sarcastic sense of humor” who likes building relationships with those he encounters. Park added, “I am a people person. I like talking to people and learning about their lives or opinions on various topics. Since there are over 2,000 students at MHS there should be plenty to talk about. I’m excited to help students navigate the stressful and potentially overwhelming phase of life [they’re] in.” As a brand new SRO, there are bound to be struggles, and as Park acknowledged, “The hardest part has been getting to know the students and building trust between us. It will come with time.” However, Park also recognizes the ability he has, as an SRO, to make a profound impact in people’s lives.” As Park transitions in and builds new relationships within the school district, Carver is prepared to transition out and strengthen the already tight-knit relationships that he has with his family. Carver said, “I really enjoy hanging out with my family for sure. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 26 years. We have three children. It looks a bit different today than in years past since they are older now, but we try hard to stay connected as much as possible. My middle daughter is married. My son is a Western Oregon University graduate and my other daughter is about to transfer to WOU as well from Chemeketa. We enjoy camping, family gatherings, playing games, listening to music, and watching movies… Our church family is a huge part of our lives as well.”
It’s Off To Work They Go Working students discuss the challenge of balancing finances when working and attending school
BY ISABELLE HOOVER art focus editor
For some people, having a job at an early age is a necessity. Whether it’s to help out at home, save for college or to simply have financial freedom, it doesn’t change the stress having a job while still in high school can add to everyday life. During an interview with Iliana llerenas, she stated that she sometimes has struggles balancing her schoolwork from her actual work. She also mentioned “We are that she works in order to pay for her own things so she doesn’t have to be grateful to so “dependent on her parents.” Iliana is a sandwich artist at our local sub have a staff shop Sandwich Express and advises like the one any students looking for a job to, “put yourself out there. If you have to get a at Mac High job at McDonalds it’s okay. You do what because most you have to do.” In contrast, for some students like teachers are Seth Robertson, he balances school understanding and work differently. For example when faced with the choice of doing when it schoolwork and work, he chooses work. The reasoning for this choice is comes to work that, If I don’t go to work I’ll get fired. If I and outside don’t do my schoolwork the worst that life.” will happen is I fail the class.” He also explains that he decided to get a job while in high school to get “Real-world experiences” as a teenager to help him in his adult life. His advice to students looking for a job is to apply everywhere and call back a few days later to check in on your application. This technique is what landed Robertson his first job at the WinCo Foods Pizza Department. For Areliz Acevedo who works at the McMinnville Cinema, she finds it necessary to work in order to prepare herself for college by giving herself real world experiences and the ability to start saving up. She also states that she has, “Difficulty balancing both of
my workloads because it’s hard to find time to always get everything done.” However, she is very, “grateful for programs like AVID,” which help her find more of a balance in both of her work loads. Acevedo advises any student looking for a job to apply everywhere and see what happens. One trend throughout all of the interviews is
when asked if they think teachers should give working students more slack, the all said that teachers should “cut more slack for everyone in general.” They justified this by explaining that teachers have no idea what goes on in students’ day to day lives.
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Winter Sports Update
Hudson and Fox Sign Seniors Payton Hudson and Tori Fox commit to laying at the collegiate level next year
BY HAYDEN ABELN sports editor SAM BEYER
BY TOMMY DOUGLASS managing editor
The New Year brings a new chapter of hope for many seniors, with college commitments right around the corner. For some athletes, the journey began even sooner, as they signed to play collegiate sports in late 2018. At MHS, two talented seniors, Payton Hudson and Tori Fox, fulfilled every athlete’s dream by signing to play their sports in college.
hopefully I’ll come on and make a positive difference, be a good teammate, and help the program” Fox, who anticipates playing midfield or forward in college, never planned on going to Northwest Nazarene until this summer when they impressed her with scholarships and an opportunity to contribute to the
Hudson, the standout softball pitcher, recently signed to pitch for Louisville in college. Hudson said, “Once I visited Louisville, I knew it was a place I could call home”. Hudson added, “When I recognized that a big D1 school was looking at me, I had to go.” Hudson has had a seasoned career with the Grizzlies, and looks to continue that progress at Louisville. Hudson said, “I want to be a very versatile player so I have a spot in the lineup… I’d say my role as a player for the Louisville softball team would be hitting. I hit for power and my coaches see that and really like it.” Tori Fox, another standout athlete, has signed with Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho to play soccer. Like Hudson, Fox looks forward to making an impact right away, and she said, “They told me [that] I’d come on and get a lot of playing time, so
team. Fox also added that she wanted to leave Oregon for college, so Northwest Nazarene fit that bill. Despite their extremely successful high school careers, both Fox and Hudson have a lot of reverence for the collegiate game. Fox said that the biggest change would be “the level of play and how much more intense every practice and game are.” Hudson added, “The biggest difference between high school ball and college will most definitely be the coaching and competition. My old teammates that are currently in college right now say that collegiate athletes are much better than club ball, so the level of competition is definitely up there. And most definitely, my college coaches are going to be very experienced, especially since my head coach was the ACC coach of the year.”
About half way through the winter sports season and the Grizzlies are doing great. The boys’ and girls’ basketball team got off to a great start, both swim teams are on fire right now, and the wrestling team is slamming opponents. The boys’ basketball team started off the season riddled by suspensions, but have had a better season than expected. Kris Renshaw said, I’m doing good and trying to get in the groove, and the team chemistry together. We have six or seven good players that will step it up to win league title.” Kris said the team’s main goal is to, “make playoffs, battle and see where we go.”
“I think we will get to Districts and I feel state is not far away either. I want to do my job and help the team to bring the trophy home.” -Caetano Santos
The girls currently sit at .500 and are coming off of a loss against Forest Grove at Mac Madness. Sophomore Kylee Arzner said, “The first couple of games we were still trying to figure out how everyone plays as a team, as the season is going the whole vibe is changing and we’re finally clicking.” Arzner said, “the team wants to finish as league champs, and make our coaches proud of of and what we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve gone.” In the pool, the boys’ swim team is hot right now, and look to continue that as the season goes on. When asked how the season is going, Brazilian exchange student Caetano Santos said, “I feel we are a pretty good and consistent team. I think we will get to Districts and I feel state is not far away either. I want to do my job and help the team to bring home the trophy home.” Sophomore Grace Lane said, “the team is doing pretty good, as the season goes on you’ll get better.” Lane’s goals this season are to personally make state and have the team finish top three in state. Senior wrestler Jacob Barnes said, “I feel like I am doing ok, and could be doing better. I think I have seen a lot of good things from the team but also things we can work on.” Barnes also pointed out that, “lots of younger guys are stepping up helping the team out, like Tony Johnson had a couple pins and really showed up.” The Bruin January 23, 2019
Marshall, Navari Play at Elite Hockey Level Two MHS students have found success in the Winterhawks Junior Program
BY HAYDEN ABELN sports editor
Above: Senior Brenden Marshall plays for the Deadmarsh Winterhawks Varsity Hockey team. Below: Freshman Luke Navari plays for the Junior Winterhawk team as a right wing. Navari played this past weekend at the Sherwood Ice Arena.
The sport of hockey is a very uncommon sport here at Mac High. Fortunately, we have two hockey players at our school. Freshman Luke Navari and senior Brenden Marshall both have a love for the sport. Navari plays for the Portland Junior Winterhawks where he practices in Beaverton. He practices three times a week and when he has a tournament he said, “I’m on the ice 7-8 times a week.” Luke plays the high scoring position of right wing and plans to continue that. Every season Luke sets his goals high. His goal this year is to be the captain of his team. He wants to wear the “C” on his chest. Navaris said, “I want to be the captain because I have good leadership skills, and I would hope to get noticed more if was the captain.” Navari wants to take his hockey career to the collegiate level. Brenden Marshall has been playing hockey for almost 10 years now and has enjoyed every moment of it. However, Brenden has been a hockey fan since the day he was born. His parents had season tickets to the Winterhawks before he was born and started going to games after a couple weeks of being born. Since then he has developed a love for the sport. Marshall plays in The Winterhawks Varsity Hockey League, on Team Deadmarsh. Marshall said hockey, “has allowed me the opportunity to make new friendships from different schools around Portland, compete against other teams from around the northwest and Canada. It has also allowed me start to pursue a career in officiating.” Brenden has the possibility of playing club hockey in college, but ultimately wants to be a referee for a high level of hockey.
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Gallery Theatre Lineup
Grammy Predictions BY TOMMY DOUGLASS managing editor
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Gallery Theatre recently celebrated its 50th anniversary where they announced their 2019 season. On the mainstage, they are showing some well known shows such as The Addams Family (showing March 2019), Newsies (showing September 2019), and Beauty and the Beast (November/December 2019). In the arena, you can catch It’s Only A Play (January/ February 2019, recommended for ages 17+), Peter and the Starcatcher ( April/May 2019), The Graduate (July/August 2019), and Swimming in the Shallows (October/ November 2019). So how does Gallery come up with such a great selection? Seth Renne, the theatre manager, said, “There is a play selection committee, and they WIKIPEDIA go through and read a bunch of plays. We like to choose shows that have a wide age range so we can get people of all ages involved, especially teenagers. They are the future of the theatre.” The first play is Peter and The Starcatcher. It’s about an orphan boy that turns into Peter Pan. This show is adapted from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s novels. This play, “playfully explores the depths of creed and despair…” as stated on the Gallery Theatre website. This is also a show about friendship and relying on
each other. The Graduate is a play about everyone’s nightmare: graduating and having no plan for what you want to do. Benjamin Braddock lives this for everyone, but ends up in a situation that none hope to encounter: having an affair with an older married women, and falling in love with her daughter. The show Swimming in the Shallows, which is a romantic comedy between a group of best friends. A character named Barb in the show finds out Buddhist Monks in Thailand own limited amount of things and wonders if she could do that. She trying to get rid of her stuff but her husband named Bob keeping giving her more stuff. A girl named Donna wants a character named Carla Carla to marry her, but Carla Carla has a problem with Donna smoking. Finally, in a confusing twist with a young gay man named Nick, who ends up dealing with a new, unexpected relationship. Finally the last show of the year is, Beauty and the Beast. It is about Belle, a book loving gal who ends up replacing her father in the hands of the beast.
We Three Worldwide
Local band We Three goes worldwide following America’s Got Talent BY CAROLINA ELIAS JUAREZ writer We Three, the well-known sibling trio from Oregon that made an appearance on Americas Got Talent, had announced the drop of their first debut album on Dec 14, 2018. On Nov. 29, they had an album launch party at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. The album consists of thirteen songs, the entire album lasting about forty seven minutes. Some of the songs include Lifeline, Heaven’s Not too Far, Fall For You, Makeup, and So They Say. With 134k followers on Instagram and 43,993 monthly listeners on Spotify, We Three fans all over the world are excited for their new debut album. Comments regarding the new debut album are very clearly present on their recent and newest posts. We Three takes time out of their day to respond to questions like when the album will be on Spotify and whether it’ll be sold in other parts of the world.
We Three mentioned being able to pre-order their album on their Instagram (@WeThreeMusic) and not doing physical copies of their album quite yet, as mentioned in a comment. Their album was released on Spotify Dec. 14 and is now available to stream or buy around the world. WIKIPEDIA
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Just Chillin’ Winter Week came pretty fast this year. With such days as “swinter” and “treat yo’self,” students and staff members alike could dress up after hitting a school record for cans brought in.
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Starbucks Holiday Drinks Review
24 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
BY EMMA SIEPMAN editor in chief MACKENZIE MARSHALL
BY LILLY MCCARTY who we are editor MACKENZIE MARSHALL Headed to Starbucks and not quite ready to give up the sweet taste of the holidays? Here is a comprehensive guide to the best wintertime drinks to enjoy.
1. Go to the local Yogurt Shop and get some froyo
14. Have a double date with another friend
2. Go ice skating or roller skating
15. Go on a shopping spree together at the mall
3. Go out to a fancy or cheap dinner 4. Have a movie marathon with some popcorn at home 5. Have a spa day; at home or at an actual spa 6. Hike somewhere that has a long or short trail 7. Set up a picnic surrounding yourself by nature 8. Watch the sunset or sunrise together
16. Take a drive and jam out to music in the car 17. Stargaze on the grass at night 18. Paint each other’s portraits on canvases 19. Go to a movie theatre or drive through movie 20. Walk on the beach and swim in the ocean
9. Attend a concert
21. Experience the Fondue restaurant in Portland (expensive)
10. Breakfast in bed
22. Visit the zoo for the day
11. Go out for coffee and/or breakfast
23. Have an arcade night; like going to Bullwinkle’s, Big AL’s
12. Spend the day at an Amusement park
24. Make a game night at home with a movie & popcorn (snacks in general)
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1. Peppermint Mocha—This drink sums up the holiday season perfectly. From the sweet minty flavor that screams winter to the warm chocolate base with a caffeinated kick, it is the ideal treat during the chillier months. Peppermint hot chocolate is a great option for the non-coffee minded folks, providing the same holiday feel without the caffeine boost. 2.Chestnut Praline Latte—An underrated member of the Starbucks holiday menu. The coffee and milk based drink brings nutty undertones and a warm caramel feel to the table, perfect for warming up after a cool day outside. 3.Black and White Mocha—A boujee upgrade to the average mocha. This drink has the typical coffee, milk and chocolate of a mocha, but steps it up by adding both dark chocolate and white chocolate to provide a deeper, richer flavor profile. 4.Toasted White Chocolate Mocha—The “C” of the Starbucks menu. An interesting concept that fell somewhat short in execution, the white chocolate mocha is very middle-of-the-road. The white chocolate failed to pack as powerful a punch as its milk or dark cousins, leaving this drink mostly tasting like a creamy latte. Not a fail, but a bit underwhelming. 5.Caramel Brulee Latte—This is just a latte with fun caramel sprinkles on top. The intriguing flavors of caramelized sugar and vanilla failed to deliver, and the result was a slightly over-sweetened latte. But, the sprinkles are kind-of fun. 6.Eggnog Latte—A drink for those with specific tastes. For a person that likes both eggnog and coffee, this drink sold both flavors short. Despite being two incredible drinks on their own, but the combination of the creamy holiday treat and the bitter coffee kick was suboptimal. 7. Juniper Latte—Whoever decided to invent this drink was sorely misled. A pine tree is not a flavor anyone wants in their coffee. It succeeds in tasting like a tree and is topped with green “pine-citrus sugar,” which is really just green sugar to make the drink look like a tree in case drinking one wasn’t enough. The concept was interesting but the drink should’ve been left in the flavor lab. Definitely not a drink to sell, and definitely not a drink to buy.
Burger Boys: Nancy Jo’s BY ZANE FODGE writer & LUIS CORTES writers
Fodge and Cortes take a break from Sub Guys to take on the adventures of Burger Boys
ZANE FODGE AND LUIS CORTES
This issue, we took a break from the good old sub grind and decided to take a trip into the magical realm of burger joints. First up: Nancy Jo’s. More commonly put as “Nancy’s,” McMinnville’s very own has a reputation for sturdy burgers, fries, and shakes. The Burger Boys decided to put the rep to the test.
Luis (Hamburger + fries): Nothing special… but it was never meant to be. See, this burger reminded me of something you’d get at a family barbecue. It was very simple, yet something that I’d seek out when I’m looking for a classic American burger. The ratios of all the ingredients was perfect which helped make every bite enjoyable. For what it is, the burger is probably one of the best you will be able to find in town. Zane (Cheeseburger + fries): I may be a little predisposed, but the classic Nancy’s cheeseburger and fries combo is one of my all-time favorites, and this taste test did not fail to meet my expectations. The abundant serving of fries always seems to find the perfect balance between crisp and tender, with a delightful dose of salt sprinkled on top. The cheese in the burger melts in beautiful cheesy fashion that coincides with the juicy burger meat in the nicest way possible. I finished my meal and was already thinking of my next visit.
For the quality ingredients you receive in every Nancy’s product, the price is surprisingly agreeable. The loaded cheeseburger (with no additions) costed a simple $5.65 -- just $1 more than most burgers on the McDonald’s menu -- but the real kicker here is the fries. Nancy’s renowned fries are famous for two reasons: they are really good and they come in truckloads. One order of the “Regular” fries ran us $2.85 and the amount we received could’ve served a small village. If the relatively cheap burgers are still out of your range, opting for an order of regular fries wouldn’t be a bad option.
Despite coming at one of the slower times of the day, we received a longer service time than we expected. The cashier was a tad inattentive while taking our order due to being in charge of the drive-thru as well. This was likely a rare occasion though, as they are probably better staffed during their busier times; we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Overall though, the employees were very nice and respectful, even offering us a water cup when we didn’t ask for one. Their service is definitely not their selling point, but we didn’t have an issue with it.
The atmosphere left something to be desired. We could tell that the place was going for that classic diner look but ultimately it seems to have fallen short. Nancy’s has also continued to carry out a similar look and vibe as the previous burger joints in that location (Burgers & More and Arctic Circle) which is somewhat disappointing. Although nothing special, I wouldn’t mind eating here with my friends or family as the place is very well-kempt.
We had our differences when it came to the overall Nancy’s grade, but ultimately we settled on a B-. Although the wait times can be a little on the longer side, the joint offers decent service and an excellent bang for your buck
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Meet Will Gardner
BY HAYDEN ABELN sports editor
How many National titles do you have and what has been the hardest part to achieve them?
For my gold medal in 2016, the hardest part in the tournament was the gold medal match, it was very long and exhausting. My partner and I had to play smart and use different strategies for almost every point. My second gold in 2017, for Junior men’s doubles, was a cake-walk. My partner and I blew everyone out of the water. But, my singles gold in 2017 was exhausting. I had played against the person I played with in men’s doubles, and he was very quick and had amazing hand formations. I had barely won the gold medal match, because of how good he was. What has been the best moment of your Pickle ball career and why? The best moment of my Pickleball career was winning my bronze medal at the Timberhill winter tournament. I had the pleasure of competing against the Pickleball legend, Wes Gabrielsen, while almost beating him and his partner. The match went to three games and was incredibly intense. Wes and his partner Kurtis (who also is a top 20 player in the world), just barely beat us in the third game, the score was 11 - 7, but being able to stand up to the amazing competition. Also being able to play well enough to nearly beat two of the best players in the game, was extremely unforgettable.
Meet Wes Gabrielsen
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What is your favorite Pickle ball moment in your life, so far?
Winning the Men’s Open Doubles and Mixed Open Doubles title at the Tournament of Champions in 2016. I had not been able to play in the tournament for 3 years due to my teaching schedule. At that point in time Tournament of Champions was the toughest of the 3 to win with the deepest field. I will never forget winning both events and seeing my hard work over the years pay off.
How did you get introduced to the sport?
I played in PE class in middle school, high school, and audited a Pickleball class at Linfield College. After graduation I took 4 years off, and then was reintroduced into the sport by my mixed doubles partner in tennis in 2011. I have been hooked ever since and stopped competing in tennis tournaments in 2013 to focus on my Pickleball game.
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