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Stalk a famous person.

3 Start a tradition.

Ride a camel.

Give to charity.

Go to an Ellen Degeneres show

Donate hair to Locks-of-Love.

Travel to at least ďŹ ve different countries.

Go skydiving.

Go cow tipping. Sneak out of a bedroom window.

Be in two places at once.

Start a dance in a public place.

Date a famous person.

Plant a tree.

Donate your organs. Carve your name into a tree. Shoot a gun.

Ride a hot air balloon.

Basketball 31 Save a cat from a tree.





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table of contents

Epic | photos



Community’s input on financial crisis

Capturing Eagles in action

4-8 Registration What happens after you apply

9 Word



Welcoming the interim principal and preparing for a permanent replacement


The life and achievements of senior Kate Koch

Editorial 10

The debate: should marijuana be legal?

Student experiences about using the drug: facts from experts about what weed can do to you

18-21 Critique

A look at what students are saying in Vista’s hallways

22 Gossip 16 How the rumors you

Bucket | list


What you should do before you kick it

24-25 Foreign | trips

Dealing with the consequences and the potential risks involved

29 Pulse

Vista students who travel the world

26-27 Hope | reigns

Four girls trying to save the world: Haiti earthquake relief


Reviewing the Colorado sports teams

30 Basketball

Breaking down the team stat by stat


hear travel through the Vista grapevine


Illustration by Trevor Zalkind



The Joy of Giving

Jacob Large, junior smiles at Brady O’Donnell

during the Hero Week assembly Jan. 31. He gave a dollar to Roses of Charity in order to support orphans with AIDS in Zimbabwe. “I think it is great for students to give back to people since we are in a position to do so,” Large said.

Photo by Amy Markowski


Layin’ It Up

Jordan Anner, senior, attempts a last-second

layup in the men’s basketball game against Regis Jan. 25. Vista’s 83-61 loss against the number-four-Massey-ranked team provided a preview of the hardship the Golden Eagles face in the state tournament. “If we play the way we’re capable of, we can win. If we play good defense, we’re sure to upset some teams,” Anner said.

Photo by Trevor Zalkind


Belting the Last Chance

Caleb Smith, senior, auditions Jan. 26 for Vista Idol

with his guitar, hoping to carry out the tradition of performing in the annual talent show as he did the year before. Smith said he is inspired by Thomas Ewing, his church worship pastor, who plays guitar upside down. Smith did not make it onto the final performer list. “It was a bad song choice. The competition is really good this year. There are a lot of talented performers,� Smith said.

Photo by Sierra Thornley


Mitch Sedlmayr, senior, holds a paper

towel to his nose after it began to bleed during his match against the Regis Raiders Feb. 4. “This was my ‘first blood’ of the season, but I normally get scratches on my face and black eyes,” Sedlmayr said.

Photo by Amy Markowski

Blood, sweat and no tears



The After Process Assistant Principal Alan Long and counselor Aaron Ragon explain the administrative side of registration

Jack | Reeves Pamela | Shapiro

Photo by Cody Enboden

To Do List for Mr. Long Make sure every student registers on Infinite Campus and drops off his or her registration forms at the counseling office Jan. 28.

Get the registration forms from the counselors for each grade. Upload the information into a program on his computer called Wizard. Evaluate each student’s class choices. Look to see if a class is overcrowded and check the availability of classes. Once done evaluating, make sure each counselor goes over the class choices selected by the Wizard and make sure that everything is correctly in place for each student’s first and second semester schedules. Make it a priority for schedules to come out before school starts on Infinite Campus in July.


Mountain Vista students, nervous and excited, completed the registration process for classes next year Jan. 28. Many students have signed up for new and more challenging courses. However, several students often wonder what happens after the registration process is complete. Eagle Eye looked into the process after registration. After the student turns in their schedule requests, counselors and other administrators place the request into a whiteboard program or “Wizard” on Infinite Campus. In the whiteboard program students are assigned their classes based on number of requests and behavioral reasons. For example, the “Wizard” balances out students that have had a history of disciplinary problems, making it easier for teachers teachers to teach, and students to learn. “Everyone is placed by hand,” said Alan Long, the assistant principal in charge of scheduling. “It’s like a big puzzle. Where students are placed is balanced by lots of different things.” The new Advanced Placement system of getting signatures from teachers for next year is because of the whiteboard “Wizard.” This past year, many students dropped out of an Advanced Placement class over the summer for different reasons. But doing so had consequences, increasing some class sizes and shrinking others. “It’s unfair to the students and very unfair to the teacher,” counselor Aaron Ragon said. If some class sizes were to be larger than others. This would result in teachers being able to spend more time with the students in a smaller class, making students in bigger classes have an unfair learning experience.

Despite the learning experience being unfair, Peter Kilbane, sophomore thinks that students should still be able to switch out of harder classes. “If I don’t understand the material, I don’t want to have a failing grade on my GPA.” Students often complain they do not have the elective they signed up for. This is because the entire schedule is based off of “singletons” — one semester elective courses. “Singletons drive the schedule,” Long said. When students register, both on the computer and on the registration forms, the Wizard, as well as the counselors, take the priority of registered classes into consideration. For example, alternate courses require students to pick an elective for each semester that they would be interested in. The reason for this is so that if students do not get their three elective choices they register for, they have a back-up class to enroll. It is also important to do this on the computer when registering because the Wizard builds a student’s schedule based on the order of electives not only on his or her registration sheet, but on the computer as well. Students have heard much about budget cuts the past two years. Despite those significant cuts, Vista still has been able to offer new courses including Advanced Placement Art History, Archaeology, Marine Biology. Ragon said the reason for the new classes despite the budget crises is “based on student interest.” If there are not enough people who request a class, then it will not be offered that year. So as students wait for their schedules, the “Wizard,” incessantly processing students requests, Alan Long and every counselor is hard at work.


On Feb. 4, counselors estimated 1,800 kids turned in their registration forms to the office and registered online. If you are one of the 200 kids who have not, turn in you r schedule as soon as Photo by Kyle Waters possible to your counselor for next year. Don’t be the one holding your class back.

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What do you call someone who gets a perfect on the ACT? An interview with captain of the 5A state champion girls field hockey team and academic scholar Katie Koch.


“This was such a rush of adrenaline winning the state championship.”



“I was so happy and proud to be one of the captains this year.”



teammates on the field are also my friends off the field.”

“This was the best snow man ever. My friend Nicole and I made it. It was taller than me!”


“It was great

that we won. Especially as the first start-up team to win the state title!”


“My mom has always supported me in everything I do. I think she was just as happy we won state as I was!”


“The celebration after we won went on forever. They turned off the stadium lights to make us leave!”


“I was the center back on the field hockey team.”


“Academics are really important to me.”


“I’m really close with my sister, I love hanging out with her and her horse PJ.”

Name: Katie Koch Age: 17 What’s Next?: Hopefully college Motto: Take advantage of opportunities, don’t stress because there is always tomorrow and there is always another chance at everything.


36 on the ACT


Field hockey player of the year


Katie Koch


All of the above

EE: How did you ace the ACT? Did you study or take prep classes? Katie Koch: I didn’t take any prep classes. In elementary school, in the sixth grade, there was a program that let you take all of those tests (ACT, SAT) early. So, by the time I took it last year it was my fourth or fifth time. It wasn’t really practicing for the tests when I was in that program, it was taking tests more than anything that helped me score well. Did you take the SAT four times as well? I probably took it about that many times. In sixth grade, the test was to get you into a summer program. Did anything inspire you to do well ? Originally, it was to get into a summer program at DU when I was little, but now I took these tests to get into college and hopefully get into a good school. Did you take the PSAT or the PLAN? Yeah, I took both of them sophomore and junior year and I think I did pretty well on both of them. Do you have a role model? My mom. She’s a pretty cool lady and my biggest hero.

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Do you have a favorite book? Right now it’s “The Book Thief ” by Markus Zusak Is it stressful taking these tests for the last time? Not really because if you have taken it before you know what to expect of the tests and you know that you can take the tests over if you do really badly on them. You also are captain of the field hockey team, do you play any offseason teams? I play field hockey in the off-season. I play on a club team and besides field hockey, I also work on the costume crew in the theater department. Were your parents proud of you when they heard the news that you did so well on the ACT? Yeah, they were really happy when they found out I got a perfect. What’s your favorite sports team? Well, of course I’d have to say my field hockey team because we won state, but professionally the Rockies is my favorite team. Joanie | Lyons Riley | McCloskey Photos courtesy of Katie Koch



Brighter Days Ahead

Douglas County residents weigh in on school district’s performance


Jack | Reeves

“All information points that (the budget issue) will get worse before it gets better.” | Interim Principal Edna Doherty Photo by Alex Hill

Over the past six months, Douglas County residents have completed a community survey, revealing important results of the Douglas County School District’s performance on a wide range of topics. A number of people in the community have answered the survey, including parents, teachers and students. They then responded to how they felt about certain topics; for example, the way the state spends its budget on schools. Students have not only heard, but seen the effects of the state taking back nearly $12 million this year alone. There has been a notice in larger class sizes (30-35 kids instead of 20-25), increases in athletic and transportation fees and a number of teachers losing their jobs and receiving pay cuts. Students gave input on highlighted issues within the survey. Out of the 195 high school students who responded, 76 percent were “concerned” with an increase in class sizes and 91 percent were “concerned” with losing class options. Despite increased fees in athletics and transportation, parents who answered the survey proved willing to pay the fees. Eighty-five percent of parents are willing to pay the $130 athletic fee of high schools students, and 51 percent are willing to pay a transportation fee, costing a student 50 cents per ride. But how long will parents tolerate the increase in fees? “The degree of concern will vary,” said Interim Principal Edna Doherty. “All information points that it will get worse before it gets better.” However, there were some positive results from the survey. The district does a “good” job in maintaining a socially and physically environment. “Douglas County is a wonderful district. There are so many possibilities for students and they need to take advantage of them,” Doherty said. As for now, students will have to cope with the budget cuts and new limitations of this year. “I’ve never seen it this bad,” said Doherty, “but there is always hope to turn it around.”

Community Results Sierra | Thornley

Pamela | Shapiro

Teachers’ Performance

Ellen Woon, sophomore “I would rate most teachers a ‘7’ for the way they teach. All of my teachers love teaching.”



No 15%

No 20%

Yes 80%

Yes 85%

Megan Rogers-Peckham, junior

“Budget cuts would cause people to pay more for athletics and afterschool activities. We probably wouldn’t get any new computers or become more advanced with technology.”

Class Sizes

Class Cuts

I Don’t Know

Not Concerned 7% I Don’t Know Very Concerned 2% 35% Somewhat Concerned 29% Somewhat Concerned Very Concerned 41% 62% Carl Suby, sophomore

Not Concerned 23%

“If class sizes went up it’d be a bit too clustered. There’d too many people and too many angles to learn from.”

Managing Tax Dollars Poor 17%

Excellent 11%

Fair 31%

Good 41%

Edna Doherty, interim principal “Last year, some Mountain Vista teachers lost their jobs due to budget cuts. We are waiting to see what effects our budget will have on us this year.”

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prin Teachers’ thoughts Brian | Wood

“I would like to work for another principal who I respect and I can honestly say is a good person. Steve Johnson was both of those things.”


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“As a social studies teacher and sponsor of Student Leadership, I am looking for a principal that is supportive of the student culture here at Mountain Vista. A principal that is dedicated to maintaining our traditions, but open to the development of new ideas that will allow the spirit of MVHS to continue to grow would be ideal.”

“The next principal should be thoughtful about MVHS’s history of success. We have always been one of the top high schools in Colorado in athletics, academics and achievement. We should continue to head toward goals that promote this continued success.”

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Photos by Alex Hill




Eagle Eye: What do you think students and teachers are expecting of you as the interim principal? Edna Doherty: “Obviously, I’m only here for a certain period of time and I would think that they wouldn’t expect me to look around and make a lot of changes, because that not really what I’m here for. I’m really here to see that things run smoothly and to aid in the process of setting up the system that will be used to hire the new principal.”


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EE: Are you applying for the principal position here? ED: “No, I’m not. I’m retired and I have just come back to fill this position for the rest of the year. I have been a high school principal for the last 21 years.”


EE: What are you looking for in the new principal? ED: “I just would like the principal to be involved and not too strict and not too lenient so that we can continue the excellence at this school.”

Interim principal Edna Doherty

What qualities our next principal should have to ensure success Theland | Thomas In the wake of the departure of former principal Steve Johnson, Edna Doherty has stepped in as the interim principal until June. Although there is a lot of hubbub about the principal position at Mountain Vista, many students are not even sure what the principal does. “The principal is responsible for everything that goes on in school on a day-to-day basis,” Doherty explained. “(He/She) tries to assure everything runs smoothly and students are safe. Just the whole gamut of what it take to run a building.” Nonetheless, students want an experienced, involved principal — one who knows exactly what to do and is worthy of succeeding Johnson’s nine-year span as the leader of this school. To run a large school with 2,031 students, a principal must be a strong leader and be able to easily relate to students rather than being abstract and standoffish. Whomever becomes the new principal has the responsibility of learning to love Mountain Vista as

much, if not more, than the students within it, and to continue the trend of excellence. “I would hope that that person would kind of sit back for a while and, you know, get to know the students, study the environment...and not make any changes without the input of staff and students,” Doherty said. The principal must be passionate enough to push students and teachers to be the best they can be and dedicated enough to administrate properly. “I would hope that they have a great passion for students, for teachers, for the learning process (and) that they could make good decisions and have a whole lot of common sense,” Doherty said. He or she has to be able to connect well with everyone involved in the school. “I would hope it’s someone who’s very knowledgeable in the area of education.” Doherty said. “I would also hope that they could have a lot of fun doing their job.”




Eagle Eye staff


the debate

Although many people tend to turn a blind eye when it comes to the issue of medical marijuana, there are certain issues that should not be overlooked. The debate over whether the drug should be legal will continue long after the final vote went through. Last November, California’s Proposition 19 aimed to legalize marijuana use. The bill did not pass. According to the Associated Press, proponents of the bill argued that legalizing marijuana would bring tax dollars into a cash-strapped state, reduce drug violence in Mexico due to lowered pot prices and reduce the number of marijuana related arrests. The recent legalization of marijuana at the California and Colorado state levels for “medical” use has produced some disturbing results amongst high school students. According to a survey taken by the Los Angeles Times in December, 21.4 percent of high school seniors said they had used pot in the last 30 days. In fact, more seniors admitted in the survey to using marijuana than smoking cigarettes. According to an article in the Denver Post Jan. 1, substance abuse experts are concerned that the “increasingly permissive attitudes surrounding marijuana use might be leading to higher teenage drug use and addiction rates.” Thomas Crowley, the director of the University of Colorado’s Division of Substance Dependence, said in the article “the basic rule with any drug is if the drug becomes more available in the society, there will be more use of the drug, and as use expands, there will be


more people who have problems with the drug.” Those who use pot defend their actions by saying marijuana is not addictive. According to WebMD, marijuana is addictive, at least psychologically, contrary to what pot smokers may say. Weed can cause, among other things, increased blood pressure, aggression, depression and of course, lung cancer. Repeated use may additionally impair brain cells and affect the cognitive and memory centers of the brain. Another problem is that marijuana is widely considered a gateway to “hard” drugs: ultimately the high from marijuana is not great enough and the user turns to more potent drugs. By keeping marijuana illegal, judges are able to sentence offenders to treatment programs for addiction rather than jail, in the hopes of rehabilitating the user. This not only saves tax dollars incurred in incarceration, but also hopefully prevents the user from relapsing and progressing to harder drugs. So, should marijuana be legalized or not in Colorado? Do we want a person who is marijuana-impaired behind the wheel of a car? Is it OK for your boss or teacher to get high on his/her lunch hour? Do we want our pot-smoking friends to move on to heroin, cocaine or crack? We think not.

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Climbing out of the



Jane was able to get rid of her marijuana addiction Riley | Mccloskey

In eighth grade Jane, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of getting into trouble, took her first hit of marijuana. She was pressured by three friends, but she said she was also curious. She was bored and wanted to try something new and fun, and marijuana seemed to fit the bill. Soon after, she began smoking cigarettes and marijuana regularly. Though she didn’t buy it, she smoked marijuana whenever her friends had it, which was often. Her grades began to suffer because she didn’t turn in her homework. “I’d rather hang out with

my friends than do schoolwork,” said Jane, whose grades dropped due to “laziness.” “I didn’t want to quit, but soon I became bored with weed also,” said Jane. One year after trying marijuana, she experimented with psilocybin mushrooms. A few months after that, she took ecstasy pills for the first time. Jane and her friends became more involved with drugs and began to sell ecstasy, marijuana and mushrooms. They were often called to the office under suspicion of selling these drugs, but there was never any proof. Then someone hinted through Text a Tip that Jane and her friends were selling drugs during school. They were called to the office and Jane’s mom was informed about the administration’s suspicions. Jane’s mom then searched her room and found a pack of cigarettes. Her mom drug tested her and the test came back positive for ecstasy, marijuana and methamphetamine in the ecstasy pills. Jane’s mom grounded her for four months and wanted her to switch

schools. She called Jane’s friends’ parents and told them about the results of the drug test. She even wanted Jane to live with her aunt and go to Ponderosa High School, but Jane persuaded her to let her remain at Vista. Jane’s mom called an administrator and told him about the drug test. Jane said the administrator called Jane into the office and tried to make her admit that she was selling drugs, but she wouldn’t. The administrator then gave her lunch detention every day for four months because he thought she was selling drugs during lunch. A year has passed since then and Jane says she is now drug-free, but everything is different. “My parents don’t trust me and I’m still kind of grounded,” she said. Jane also said that her study habits have not improved. She often doesn’t turn in her schoolwork and, when she is allowed, hangs out with friends instead of completing her homework. “(Smoking pot) wasn’t worth it,” said Jane, “because one year later I’m still dealing with the consequences.”

Photo illustration Hali Carter



Weeding Out No matter the consequences, Michael will not give up marijuana Valerie | Buccio Michael is addicted to marijuana. “I started because it was there and available,” Michael said, adding his drug use started in eighth grade and continues today. Michael, who asked that his name not be used in fear of retribution, said his older brother got involved with marijuana because it helped him cope with his loneliness. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) many younger people are introduced to marijuana by their peers including friends, sisters and brothers. Michael was caught by the police and given a DUI his junior year. After court he had to pay the consequences of being on parole, having his license revoked and paying a fine of $8,000. Even with the risk of being caught while on parole, he still continues to use marijuana. Michael said marijuana has affected his life positively for the most part. “I love people more, am more


relaxed and less stressed,” he said. He also said there are no affects on health. “They are non-existent.” However, according to NIDA, regular users of marijuana can become psychologically dependent. They may have a hard time limiting their use, need more of the drug to get the same effect and develop problems with their jobs and personal relationships. The drug can become the most important aspect of someone’s life. Michael said the only negative affect on his life from the use of marijuana is the financial issue. He said smoking two or three bowls every two days adds up. Michael said his job at a grocery store makes minimum wage. He said his parents pay

for most of the things he needs such as a cell phone and car. With not much else to pay for, it is affordable for him to spend $50-70 a week on marijuana. “I would rather smoke marijuana than drink alcohol,” Michael said. “I have never thought about quitting and do not want to.”

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possible jail sentences.

Cancer Marijuana smoke has been found to contain more cancer-causing agents than is found in tobacco smoke. Examination of human lung tissue that had been exposed to marijuana smoke over a long period of time in a laboratory showed cellular changes called metaplasia that are considered precancerous. In laboratory test, the tars from marijuana smoke have produced tumors when applied to animal skin. These studies suggest that it is likely that marijuana may cause cancer if used for a number of years.

Facts Facts

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Drug-related incidents up 23 percent from last year and a 52 percent increase over 2007-2008 school year.


What does marijuana use look like in Douglas County?

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Which states legalized medical marijuana? There are currently nine U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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When marijuana is inhaled or ingested in some other form, several short-term effects occur. Some of marijuana’s side effects are:

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| Health problems of tobacco smokers: Bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma. | Users often inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs as long as possible. The smoke then is in contact with lung tissues for long pe riods of time, which irritates the lungs and damages the way they work. Marijuana smoke contains some of the same ingredients in tobacco smoke that can cause emphysema and cancer.

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hallway talk

Bball, The Bachelor & Mr. Bob Ross


| Now, I can look at your face e’rrday.

I went to the girls basketball game and they made it look more fun than the gangly sweaty guys I saw play my freshman year. Then again, it might have been my 16-year-old point of view but anyways, these girls made me want to play, too! Even though they lost that night to Rock Canyon and there were some tense emotions after the game, I was still impressed by this team. They would fly across the court and I loved watching the hardcore falls. It looked like a lot of fun and I wanted to join in. Seniors Grace Shea and Lauren Dalton lead a team of promising underclassmen. Go girls basketball!

| Wow, this homework really put a rat trap between my legs. | Believe invalid truth. | Where’s the WiFi?! I need to download Oregon Trail! | You can choose the scenic route or the lust route. | It had one. I took it off.

Photo by Trevor Zalkind

The Bachelor


“I wish I had a ton of roses to give to every single one, but I just don’t.” This quote from this season’s bachelor, Brad Womack, shows his inner turmoil over his choice of future bride. This chump, while looking like the model he is, in the hot tub with his 20 lady prospects also seems to have difficulty forming multi-syllabic words. I would say the show itself is the most unrealistic, unpractical and unhealthy method to finding your soulmate but, despite this, I cannot stop watching. Even worse than Brad himself are the girls who sign up. I hope they do not seriously believe this show is anything more than entertainment for the masses. If you are willing to risk your own corruption and loss of brain cells, join me in watching this season. Putting yourself out there like Brad, might help you find bucket loads of amusement! I’ll leave you with my favorite quote of Brad’s: “I’m ready to open my heart to the women.”

Bob Ross


Bob Ross’ painting class is the best because he made painting a spectator sport. His soothing voice makes inanimate objects interesting because his trees are always happy or the bushes lonely. You never know what he is doing but he always has his end result in mind. Every seemingly random brushstroke ends up adding to the overall painting. I enjoy his eccentric look in addition to his impressive creations. He made the afro cool again for middle-aged white man. Some have even said he painted with brush strokes of joy. Photo by Amy Markowski


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| We should play telephone with toothpaste in our mouths.


| Interim Principal Edna Doherty for taking on the new job. | Steelers and Packers for going to the Super Bowl. | Math teacher Brian Wood for becoming a first-time father. | Seniors who have been accepted to college.


| AP meeting during SOAR for lacking information about the classes. | Marijuana being legalized. | Valentine’s Day | Leadership for doing a poor job of advertising Sadies. | The ladies’ restroom for not having toilet paper

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Soul Thor will replace Will Ferrel in the "Anchorman" sequel

Thor Andreassen underwent knee surgery.

The wheelchair rugby scene in "Talledega Nights" is based off Thor

Thor is now a paraplegic


The we weave

The Telephone Game of Gossip Jack | Reeves

Gossip is everywhere. As a high school student, not a day goes by without somebody hearing something out of the ordinary — true or not. The constant contact of students — between texting and Facebook — makes it quite easy to find the latest “news.” | But why do people gossip? And why do people care about gossip? “People can gossip for a variety of reasons, but more often than not it is with real intent to demean or hurt someone,” said school psychologist Kim Frederics. “They like the idea of ‘stirring the pot.’” | Motives for gossip include jealousy or anger towards another person. “Anyone can have the nice car, or the newest shoes, but people who gossip have ownership of information, which they feel gives them power,” said Frederics. “It can be devastating, it can ruin lives.” | For students that have been affected or hurt by gossip, Frederics advises to “give it until next weekend, and something else will happen. Your story is going to be ‘old news’ and it’s all going to go away sooner rather than later.”

The bloody showdown left Claire's shoulder dislocated and Thor's knee shattered

Thor is related to Stephen Hawking

Thor Andreassen and Claire Miller were seen talking behind the school Claire Miller dislocated her shoulder A fight took place between the cheerleaders and DCTV

They started a secret romance that ended in an ugly fallout

Graphic by Jordan Heck | Skyler Moede

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Soul Save a life. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Send a message in a bottle out to sea. “Swim with a sea otter,” senior Jasmine Stamm said. Go on a police run. Help someone cross the street. Pay for someone’s groceries in front of you in line. Rescue an animal from a shelter. “Stalk a famous person,” freshman Tori Cull said. Give to charity. Be an organ donor. Carve your name into a tree. Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. “Go to an Ellen Degeneres show,” senior Emily Sherwood said. “Travel to at least five different countries,” junior Tracy Enders said. Ride a hot air balloon. Ride a camel. Donate hair to Locks of Love. Go skydiving. Be in two places at once (straddle the state line). “Date a famous person,” freshman Katie Fix said. Save a cat from a tree. Go cow tipping. Sneak out of a bedroom window. Start a dance in a public place. Plant a tree. Start a wave at a sports event. Walk up and kiss your crush. Learn how to play an instrument. Go on a blind date. Donate blood. Experience zero gravity. “Travel the world,” sophomore Keara Leahy said. Drop a penny off the Empire State Building. Win the lottery. Meet favorite singer or band.

“Buy an elephant,” senior Ashleigh Peluso said. Ride a mechanical bull. “Sleep on a roof,” senior Andi Patton said. “Kiss an Australian,” senior Natasha Johnson said. Be prom king or queen. Crush grapes in a vineyard with your feet. Take a picture of lightning. “Live in the Carribbean for a year,” sophomore Katlyn Enders said. Be a match maker “Deep sea fish in the Atlantic,” said senior Cody Corbin. “Live in Australia,” freshman Amanda Waterman said. Shake the President’s hand. Punch someone in the face. “Streak at a Super Bowl,” sophomore Chad Nesketh said. Get pilot license. Smash a guitar. “Run with the bulls wearing a snake skin banana hammock while eating a whole wheel of cheese,” senior Michael Hepp said. “Raise baby chicks,” freshman Andrew Walton said. “Climb Mount Everest,” sophomore Justin Miller said. “Swim with a shark,” freshman Alyssa Russo said. Be on a game show. “Get in a bar fight,” freshman Chase Geissler said. “Meet Prince William,” senior Bryce Cameron said. See the real Mona Lisa. Learn sign language. Barefoot water ski. Find your soul mate. “Hold my breath through the entire Eisenhower Tunnel,” junior Kelsey Cisarik said. “Scale a building,” junior Kailey Knigge said.

“Buy a cake from Charm City Cakes,” junior Katey Gooderham said. Learn to ballroom dance. “Go to outer space,” senior David Sorenson said. Trade lives with someone for a day. Jump in a pool with clothes on. Be an extra in a movie. Get locked in a store for the night. “Eat the hottest pepper in the world,” junior Tom Coates said. Eat octopus. Spend a night in a haunted house. Get a tattoo. Attempt the milk gallon challenge. “Ride a bull,” senior Morgan Wheeler said. Get a hat trick in a sport. “Go to watch the Olympics,” junior Jenna Jesse said. Shoot a gun. “Be in the NBA,” junior Drew Boeckman said. Start a tradition. “Go backpacking around Europe,” junior Zach Criner said. Ride a gondola in Venice. Watch an eclipse. “Heli ski in the Alps,” junior Nathan Patrick said. “Dock with the international space station,” junior Andie Friesen said. Run a marathon. Bail someone out of jail. Take up a new sport Forgive those who have hurt you in the past. “Climb a K2,” sophomore Noel Wagner said. Go to the airport and take the next flight out of state. Fly a kite. Try being a vegetarian. Hit bullseye on a dartboard. “Go to Jamaica,” senior Alex Shayler said. “Win a million dollars in Vegas,” junior Ben Navin said. Accept yourself for who you are.

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Bolivia | Location: Central South America | Population: 9,947,418 | Literacy Rate: 86.7% | GDP per Capita: $4,800

Two Mountain Vista convey their wordly living in the southern

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Senior Ricardo Delius Cordova is not here on foreign exchange. Rather, he’s here for ggood. ood. Five weeks ago, Delius, a native of Bolivia, arrived in Miami, Fla. with his dad, mom and younger twin sisters. Two weeks later, he traveled to Colorado. It was in Colorado that he would start a new life, leaving old friends and an oppressive government behind. “In my country, when you are 16, 17, it is mandatory to serve one year in the army,” Delius, 18, said. The service included waking up at 6:45 a.m. on Saturdays and conditioning through 7 p.m. During any breaks throughout the school year, Delius would also be required to serve every weekday in Bolivia’s army. Delius added that residents of Bolivia have to successfully complete army service in order to obtain a driver’s license. Due to this, Delius said he learned how to shoot a gun. The government’s control, however, did not stop there. Bolivia’s government is in the process of nationalizing, which includes the takeover of private industries


throughout Bolivia. The government is also beginning to make it lawful for houses to be nationalized, which could have happened to the Delius family’s house. Delius said he and his family got fed up with Bolivia. In a choice between Germany and America, Delius and his family chose America to be the place where they would start again. As for Colorado, his family chose to live here for many reasons. He specifically cited two reasons, including the scenery of Colorado and the fact that Highlands Ranch is “not a vacation place like Miami.” By residing in Colorado, Delius would actually be able to get in his work and schooling. Additionally, Delius said he moved away from Bolivia because of Bolivia’s awful public schooling situation. “Public school in Bolivia is really bad,” he said. “Families that have money send their kids to private

institutions. I went to a private school with all boys from Monday to Friday every school day. For oneand-a-half hours at night, all we would do is learn English.” Delius said he was pleasantly surprised when he arrived at Mountain Vista High School. It was his first time he was able to practice his English skills, as well as his first time seeing girls of his age in the same school. “I like the girls here,”

Delius said. “They are more friendly than the boys.” However, Delius still prefers some things in Bolivia. “The food in Bolivia is much better. Whenever we ate in my country, we ate big portions. Here, people seem to eat in small quantities all through the day,” Delius said. He said his favorite food is a dish called picana, a soup containing many different types of meat that his family only consumes at Christmas. He does admit, though, that he loves to eat french fries. One thing that Delius did not have to do in Bolivia has become a problem for him in

Delius stands with others his age in the 1st Company of Infantry, while listening and awaiting instruction.

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America: chores. “I had a housekeeper in Bolivia. Now, I have to help with chores. I never did in my country,” Delius said, with a wry smile, “but I am learning.” Nevertheless, Delius said he is enjoying his time so far in Colorado. He went to see the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and the Denver aquarium already, and plans to get involved in several snow activities during Colorado’s long winter. And he has no plans of leaving anytime soon. “I want to stay here,” he said, “It is a very nice place to live.” Photos courtesy of Ricardo Delius Cordova

Delius enjoys a day in one of Bolivia’s forested areas with his dad, sisters and mom behind the camera.

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Australia | Location: Oceania, between Indian and South Pacific Ocean | Population: 21,515,754 | Literacy Rate: 99% | GDP per Capita: $41,3800

students experiences hemisphere


“I wanted to do something different with my life,” said Sarah Linder, who recently returned from an 11-month-long student exchange trip to Adelaide, Australia. The junior said she has been interested in going on the trip since she was in seventh grade. “I really love to travel,” Linder said. When she first arrived she said she was really excited, but it was also daunting. “Eventually, it caught up to me. It was very hard.” After struggling for the first two months from being homesick without her parents, she said she got over the “culture shock” that many travelers experience and adjusted to the seasons being swapped. Summer is in December, and winter is in July. The school year also goes from January to November. Linder, an only child, had to get used to the 9and 10-year-old boys in the host family. She said that they live on a big plot of land in the hills near the ocean. “It was really pretty,” she said. Linder said overall the host family was amazing and took her places all over Australia. “You have to be really gracious to let a stranger — a teenage stranger — into your home

for a year,” she said. The people are very nice, laid back and interested in the American culture, she said. “Everyone wants to be your friend.” Linder said they laughed at her for saying “trash can” because they say “rubbish bin.” They also say “petrol” (short for petroleum) instead of “gas.” Food there was also a different experience. “They don’t have Mexican food in Australia,” said Linder. “The family ate lots of steak and chips, and I’m more of a salad person. They also ate savory pies — pies with eggs and ground beef instead of our American fruit pies.” Linder said the best thing in the experience was the friends she made. They went to the beach, surfed after school, went to movies, went shopping and did normal teenage things. She said the guys there were really cute compared to back home in the United States. “The school there was much easier, like going back to kindergarten,” said Linder. “Coming back to school here was much harder.” In July, she also went

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to the city of Cairns with a student organization. They were able to visit the rain forest, go snorkeling and feed kangaroos. “I will always remember that,” said Linder. There were mixed emotions when December came and it was time for the 14-hour flight home. While she said she was excited to come back and eat Mexican food, she said it was really sad to leave. “It was my new home.” Linder said she would recommend doing an exchange program over three months, but a year is a really big commitment to make. “It was hard because they weren’t that religious, but I go to church all the time,” Linder said. Linder said the trip made her more independent as a person.“I’ve learned to respect other cultures more.”

Photos courtesy of Sarah Linder Source: CIA World Factbook


“tea” | dinner “bathers” | swimsuit “carpark” | parking lot “rubbish bin” | trash can “the boot” | car trunk

In March, Linder visited a wildlife park in Victor Harbor with her host family. She interacted with many animals in their natural habitat. While in Cairns, Linder went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef during July of last year. “I will always remember that. It was my new home,” she said.

For more information on how to become a foreign exchange student, go to




Think back to the winter pep assembly a year ago — every person in the auditorium was on their feet, fishing in pockets and rifling through wallets to give what they could. Students eagerly passed donations from the top of the bleachers to the bottom, where cheerleaders stood with enormous bottles filling up faster by the second. That day, Mountain Vista High School raised over a $1,000 in a matter of minutes in wake of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12, 2010. Seven months later, every member of Hope Reigns had either graduated or did not return to the club — except two. Instead of 20 people coming together for a meeting, walking into Room U314 revealed only four girls, each with a heart brimming of dedication. Every Tuesday, sophomore and president Kelly Strife, senior Shannon Mayberry, sophomore Allie Elias and senior Kellen Turton meet with sponsor Meg Blaze in the hopes of planning a successful event as a small group. “Last year was different because there were more people involved in the club, and we could plan more events (and) we had more help,” said Strife, one of the returning members along with Mayberry. “I feel like we aren’t making much of an impact (this year)... with such few members, it is difficult to plan huge events.” Missing just one member in a meeting makes setting plans more difficult than before, Mayberry said. The lack of supplies and volunteers has not allowed for as many successful events as the club has wished. “These girls have a lot of ambition and passion for helping others,” said Blaze. “I respect their persistence considering how few members are in the group.” Although the people of Haiti are not on everyone’s minds right now, said Elias, they still need help. “(Haitians are) still struggling to get their homes rebuilt and get enough food and clean water around,” she


said. One full year of struggling to simply get their families fed, to find a place to spend the night — that is the reality of the country of Haiti, and these girls are perhaps the only ones doing something about it at Mountain Vista High School. “If you take your focus off of that new car you’re getting, or how you’re excited to watch the next episode of ‘Jersey Shore’ on your flat-screen (TV), you would realize that people around the world, for example (in) Haiti, don’t have cars, TVs and houses,” said Strife. “This club has opened my eyes to the poverty and problems, and it only gives me more of a passion to help make them better.” Upcoming plans include the return of last year’s Baby Bottle Drive, a CONNECT contest and a movie night in the auditorium in March. “I believe we need all the help we can get,” Elias said. The club would get much more done with more members to help out with events like these, she said, and students don’t have to join the club to help out with events and get community service. “One goal is to raise more money this year than we did last year,” Mayberry said. Hope Reigns raised $4,759.48 during the last school year. With less than four months left of this one, they wonder, is it possible? As a club, Hope Reigns proposes a challenge for Mountain Vista: to raise more than $4,759.48 before May 25. As Margaret Mead once said, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” The people of Haiti still need help getting back on their feet, said Elias. “It’s always the really small groups that try their hardest.”



Attend a Meeting

Sophomores Allie Elias and Kelly Strife and seniors Shannon Mayberry and Kellen Turton dedicate themselves to Hope Reigns every week.


Meetings are every Tuesday after school in Room U314.

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Macy | Morgan Maggie | Williams

Four Girls for the World

What you can do to contribute


Donations for Haiti may be given to club members or to nonprofit organiztions.


Spread the Word

Attend upcoming events like the movie night and bring your friends.

Feb. 18 March 18: Baby Bottle Drive March 4: Movie night in the school auditorium @ 6 p.m.

Homemade Unable to wait for the legal age, one Tattoos: student decides Using the to tattoo himself illegal needle


5 questions with tattoo artist Hugo Holguin Holguin is a tattoo artist at Phantom 8 in Englewood.

Eagle Eye: Do you have many minors asking to get a tattoo at Phantom 8? Hugo Holguin: Most kids call first and we just tell them that we don’t tattoo minors even with parental consent.

Graphic by Adaylia McDevitt and Jamie WoodErica | Rasquinha While in eighth grade sophomore John Smith,who asked that his name not be used in order to keep his experiences private from his peers and other adults, took an abstract path when getting his first tattoos. “I was really impatient to get a tattoo and thought I would be able to put them on myself,” he said. Homemade tattoos are done illegally without a proffesional tattoo artist. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in Colorado it is illegal to tattoo anyone under 18 without parental consent. Doing so without that consent results in a $250 fine for the person giving the tattoo. Smith said he tattooed different designs of his initials and last name on his ankle and calf. “I bought


the sewing needles and Indian ink at Michael’s,” said Smith. “To tattoo myself I basically just dipped the needle in the ink and poked my skin over and over again.” Even with the risk of using equipment that was not correctly sterilized Smith said he was not worried about infections. “At first my leg bled a little,” he said it really itched after it scabbed and finally the scars just faded away (leaving the tattoos). Smith said his parents are against him getting tattoos before he turns 18. “It makes sense to me because I know they just want me to really consider what I want to get done before I mark my body,” he said. He said he was afraid his parents would find out

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for some time, but when the tattoos started to fade he did not care about keeping it a secret. “I hid them with jeans and high socks,” Smith said. When thinking about the consequences he could have faced, Smith said his parents would be “irritated, but they know that they could not do much if I chose to mark my body.” He also said his dad now knows about the tattoos but that they have kept it a secret from his mom. Now, a couple years later Smith said he would never tattoo himself again and will wait for the legal age. “I think it’s better to wait and get a beautiful work of art rather than regretting it and being stuck with a horrible looking tattoo.”

EE: What is your response to those who ask to be tattooed underage? HH: I think it’s professional etiquette to explain that most kids under 18 are probably not too sure of the designs they want to get. When I was 15 my mom took me to a well-respected tattoo shop and they told me that any shop that tattoos minors is not a credible place. Originally, I thought that the response that they gave me was kind of rude but now I look back on it and know that they saved me from a big mistake. EE: What are the con-

sequences for tattooing minors? HH: It really varies from shop to shop and each city has different ordinances and rules. EE: To the minors who decide to go to a different shop, what words of advice and warning can you give them? HH: They should just ask a lot of questions about the sterilization process, how long they’ve been tattooing and what’s in their portfolio. EE: What do you think about homemade tattoos? HH: I don’t recommend it because it is dangerous with the risk of infections. Even though I did it when I was younger, I think it can't be avoided but people can be informed about the dangers.

What is really in tattoo ink?

| Black- Carbon (Indian ink), iron oxide, logwood | Blue- Cobalt aluminate | Green- Chromic Oxide, lead chromate, phthalocyanine dyes | Purple- Manganese, aluminum | Red- Mercuric sulfide (cinnabar), sienna (ferric hydrate), sandalwood, brazilwood, organic pigments | Yellow- Cadmium Sulfide

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2010: The Year in Colorado Sports Who is your favorite Colorado athlete?

Poll conducted of 100 MVHS students.

Tebow Time!

The future of the Broncos organization is now in the hands of young Timothy Richard Tebow. Only time will tell if Tebow’s game can make the transition from college to pro. Right now, Tebow doesn’t have the accuracy or to compete at a high level in the NFL, but what rookie does? You can teach a quarterback to throw a perfect spiral, take a snap under center or take a five-step drop, but you can’t teach heart like Tebow has. In three games as a starter this season, Tebow went 1-2, but showed significant signs of promise. He scored eight touchdowns, turned Photo courtesty of Anda Chu/MCT the ball over only four times, and wracked up 881 total yard. Most importantly, while Tebow was under center, the Broncos averaged 25 points per game. With all of the controversy surrounding star quarterbacks, such as Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre and Michael Vick, Tebow’s humbling personality is certainly a breath of fresh air. Player behavior has never been more important in Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow finally the NFL than it is today, which only got his opportunity to start late in the 2010 adds to Tebow’s value. Photos courtesy MCT Campus season.

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Although the Rockies did not make the playoffs in 2010, they easily had their best offseason in franchise history. Resigning Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to long-term deals makes the Rockies playoff contenders for the foreseeable future. However, if the Rockies are going to win it all, guys like Chris Ianetta, Ian Stewart and Seth Smith are going to have to swing the bat better than they did in 2010.


The Nuggets made the playoffs in 2010, losing 4-2 in a best-of-seven series versus the Utah Jazz. However, the franchise is currently in a state of turmoil with Carmelo’s status uncertain. Before the franchise can move forward, they need to take a step back. My advice: Trade Melo and start preparing for the future. Don’t become the laughing stocks of NBA like the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The Avalanche showed signs of life by making the playoffs last year as the No. 8 seed. Although they eventually lost to the No.1-seeded San Jose Sharks, the Avalanche are a young, scrappy team with a lot of upside. Forward Matt Duchene is the next big thing in Colorado hockey, and he’s only 20. The organization is going in the right direction, but can they put it all together and return the Stanley Cup to Colorado? The 2010 season for the Broncos was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The team finished 3-13 and took steps back in most major areas. However, the Josh McDaniels era is over in Denver, which is a positive going forward. With Elway at the helm and Tim Tebow under center, fans can begin to forgive the Broncos for the past two seasons. My advice: Trade down in the draft from the No.2 spot and draft for defense.


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Men’s Basketball RECORDS Overall Record: 14-3 League Record: 3-2 Non-League Record: 11-1 Home Record: 9-3 Away Record: 5-0 Continental League STANDINGS as of 1/31 1) Highlands Ranch 2) Regis Jesuit Highlands Ranch will push the Golden Eagles to the 3) Chaparral limit, said Coach Wood. 4) Mountain Vista “The biggest problem with Highlands Ranch for us 5) ThunderRidge is they’re huge,” Wood said. “They’ll be comically big- 6) Rock Canyon ger than us at every position, so we’ll have to run them 7) Legend and shoot them.” 8) Littleton Highlands Ranch has beat up on Vista in previous 9) Douglas County years, but Coach Wood said this is the first year in a 10) Ponderosa long time that the Golden Eagles have had a legitimate chance of beating the rival squad. “I would imagine that our preparation would be a Golden Eagles little bit different and I imagine that our guys would be UPCOMING GAMES a little bit more excited,” Wood said about the upcom- 02/11/11 Heritage ing game against the Falcons. (3-12) Although the Vista-Ranch game is always impor02/15/11 Legend (8-9) tant, Coach Wood says that the team’s goal is to win it 02/17/11 @Highlands all. Ranch (16-1) “I think we can make noise in the state tourna02/23/11 First Round ment,” Wood said. “I think the goal is to get into the State Playoffs final eight, and then anything can happen.” 02/25-26/11 Second Round State Playoffs

Boys’ basketball exceeds expectations Brad | Richardson Mountain Vista basketball is back! The Vista mens team sits at a surprising [14-3], which currently has them [fourth] in the 5A Continental Division. While the halls are buzzing with excitement over the team’s recent success, many wonder how the team turned it around so quickly after a below-average 2009 season. Assistant Coach Brian Wood says the turnaround is due to three primary reasons: the players understanding the system, a fully developed and experienced senior class and hard work in the gym. “It takes a little while as new coaches to put in your program and get guys to understand what you expect,” Wood said. “Our senior class has spent a lot of time in the gym so I think they’ve put the time in and understand what we expect.” Although they have done well so far, the team still has a lot to prove with many tough games remaining on their schedule. Going up against teams like rivaled

Starting Line-Up

Photos by Trevor Zalkind



Position: Small Forward

Position: Shooting Guard

Brings: Leader, manto-man defense

Brings: Lots of steals, speed, leading scorer

Coach: “He’s improved the most. Probably our best all-around player.”

Coach: “He’s never afraid to take the big shot.”



Position: Center

Position: Point Guard

Brings: Height, rebounder, runs the floor

Brings: Defense, good passer, sets offense

Coach: “He runs the floor like crazy and has an amazing motor.”

Coach: “He’s ultraaggressive and very physical.”

MITCH CARTER CARTER MITCH Position: Power Forward Brings: Defense, team player, potential Coach: “He’s one of those guys you never get mad at because he does everything right.”





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