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Mountain Vista High School 10585 Mountain Vista Ridge Highlands Ranch, Colo. | 80126 Issue 3 | Vol. 11 | December 15, 2011

Leaping to victory Senior Stephen Chipman and junior Mitch Carter battle for a rebound against Rampart High School Nov. 30. The Golden Eagles won, 64-38.

Holiday light reviews and recipes

Winter sports: Player perspectives

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Wes Edwards Taylor Atlas

Marilyn Cosson

Jack Reeves

Kinsey McNevin partakes in Irish dancing


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December 2011

What you need to know right here right now






Senior Andres Loubriel sets the bar for student filmmaking in DCTV.

With three Vista programs with new leaders, this year presents change, transition and progress.


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Emily Schantz junior “Studying for finals bright and early at #mvhs. Let’s do this! #allAshopefully”

Eagle Eye supplement: DCTV videos (page 7)

Kayla Garfield junior “When I asked Siri who my real father was, a link to was not what I had in mind. #awk #mvhs”


JACOB LARGE “I’m going to Hawaii.”

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Block schedules are a possibility for next year.

Hannah White junior “Alright finals let’s do this! #MVHS #3days #soready”

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ONE HOUR | Try reporter Gabi Capocelli’s holiday cupcake recipe (page 20).

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Photos by Kyle Waters and Mike Collins. Cover photo by Cody Enboden.


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Juniors Conner McCasland and Ellen Hamilton practice in snow and ice.

Senior Alex Linares supports TOMS and Invisible Children through her choice of clothing.





MVHS students divulge a look into the minds of the opposite sex.






RAY WHITTIKER “I have a professional scooter demo.”

“Mormons Embrace Seminary” (Correction) Editors’ Note: After letters to the editors brought to our attention of some inaccuracies existing in a story from our last issue, the story has been revised and posted on vistanow. org.

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The Sound of Music 1. The choir sings Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus No. 44” with the orchestra and band at the winter concert Dec 6. 2. Taylor Flowers, senior, glances at conductor Darren Delaup in the midst of playing a song. Flowers is first chair in Chamber Orchestra. “I think (Delaup) has a lot of experience and he has brought some change in the program that will benefit in the long run,” Flowers said. 3. Austin Powell, freshman, demonstrates his holiday spirit by wearing a santa hat during his performance. “(Delaup) told us we could wear (holiday apparel). I accidentally told my parents and they made me wear it,” he said.

Photos by Trevor Zalkind and Cody Enboden




’Tis the Season to Give Lights, Camera, MVHS students work to give back this winter

Photos by Sarah Crabb, Jordan VanNote and Riley McCloskey

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Leadership contributes

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Key Club provides Jaffe and Cox plan a very special community service Traditionally we have always done community service projects to benefit people in need. Each month we reach out to the community in order to make a difference, and this month, the need struck very close to home. We have a special circumstance that we feel is important to help with. Unfortunately, one of our club members has experienced an unexpected loss of a parent. We are reaching out to the families in FCCLA and Link Crew to see if they want to join in our efforts to make this family’s holiday season a little bit more manageable and to show that as a school, MVHS cares about the families who make up our school community. We will be accepting any monetary donations in the form of cash or gift cards to help this family over the next few months. Gift cards to restaurants, grocery stores, and stores for holiday shopping would be great. Any amount will help. Please send your donation to school with your child to be delivered to either Ms. Cox in U503 or Ms. Jaffe in U501 by Friday, December 9th. We really appreciate being a part of such a giving school. Thanks so much for your support. Letter used with permission from a Facebook message sent to all Link Crew and FCCLA members by Lindsey Jaffe

NHS reaches out globally

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NHS’ winter community services benefited Tennyson Center, a home for abused children. Members made 22 blankets and collected toys to donate to the organization on Nov. 30. They brought the blankets and toys to Tennyson Center on Dec. 6. They also sold bracelets for “Bead for Life,” an organization that supports women in Uganda. NHS sold the jewelry for two weeks until today.


Key Club participated in three different community service projects this winter. Members hosted their annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction Nov. 18. The dinner benefited Children of Peace, a school in Vietnam sponsored by Key Club. The club worked hard and raised $800 for the organization. It also worked hard on Operation Christmas Child by preparing 15 boxes full of children’s toys. These boxes were sent across the world to children living in poverty and children who face a difficult holiday season. Lastly, Key Club held a blood drive that had over 40 people donate blood. The blood drive took place Sept. 21. “The support from our students and staff has been amazing!” Matt Miller, senior, President of Key Club, said. “All of our events have been great successes that have allowed us to contribute greatly to our community and to the world.”

Aubrey Waechter, 12, anxiously waits to get her blood

Leadership held a food drive from Nov. 21-30, in order to get classes to donate canned foods and packaged items to Food Bank of the Rockies. Each class was asked to bring in a particular item and the Junior Class, with the most donations, won the competition. “The food drive just ended and it was very successful,” Leadership sponsor Heidi Schuster said.

FCCLA’s “snowmen” each look slightly different with a special note wishing the patient a happy holiday.

FCCLA makes your day FCCLA worked on an in school project for Littleton Adventist Hospital. Members made and donated paper snowmen to the hospital. The snowmen were placed on patients’ food trays, along with a special note from FCCLA. “We made snowmen in hopes to brighten up their day and the note will be wishing them Happy Holidays,” FCCLA President, senior Kathryn Hardin, said. Members delivered the snowmen to the hospital Dec. 5.


A look at what DCTV has taught student film-maker Andres Loubriel

Editors’ Note: Story written by senior Andres Loubriel. Interviews conducted by Jack Reeves.


Ever since I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time in middle school, I have become very interested in film and film-making. I joined Douglas County Television (DCTV) last year so I could further my pursuit in film-making and share a creative outlet with some really awesome students. DCTV has taught me how much one can gain from your peers. I love being in a class with such talented and creative individuals and who have mutual interests, they are really great and there is so much potential in there. First semester is solo projects. Everyone’s thought process is different when making a movie, but basically you get an idea or general concept for a movie you want to make. Once the concept is well thought out enough, you write out a script. This is my favorite part because I like seeing the story come into its own, but it’s really rewarding to see a film come together in the directing and editing stages. Then you come up with a film schedule that

DCTV Films to Watch


Sober Nights | “Easily one of the best movies that I have ever seen,” said teacher Jeremy Goldson. A modern thriller led by detective “Cliff Conway,” this film is a must-see. Director | Nathan Crabb Actors | Arthur Cooke, Nathan Crabb, Sarah Crabb Wes Goodrum, WIll Mustin, Riley Wood The Putt-Putt Game | A comedy illustarting the unlikely competitive nature of a putt-putt match. Director | Austin Wood Actors | Nathan Crabb, Keenan Mueller, Will Mustin, Spencer Wood

Andres Loubriel (left) filming with juniors Calvin Lee and Eva Pavlakis for their upcoming film during in the “green room”. Photo by Cody Enboden. it anonymously. We then will work with all your deliberate on a select few actors and storyboards/ to be made. We then divide film schedule: these are ourselves into groups and in called deliverables. Once those groups each student your deliverables are all takes over a different role done you hand them into and go forth and film that Mr. (Jeremy) Goldson (the kitty cat. teacher of the class) and he I actually just completed a reads them and gives you stop-motion movie about the a grade. He will also edit unlikely friendship between a a few things and give you mouse and a USB drive. some feedback or questions Make sure to keep a look to clear up confusion. out for our class’s movies Once that is finished, on YouTube and Facebook, it’s up to you to check out a camera and film according to most of us have a YouTube channel. We appreciate anyyour schedule. You have one week to film, one week to edit one and anytime someone watches our movies. and a feww of days to finish DCTV is responsible up any last-minute things. for almost all of my skills. Once the movie is all I have been taught how done and exported, you share it with the entire class to use professional-level editing software and how and hope they don’t make to use a camera to the best fun of it. of my ability. It’s given me The second semester is so much experience and group films in which each taught me how balance the student again writes his or technical and creative sides her own script and submits

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The Last Cookie | A psychological thrill about two brothers and their epic struggle for the last cookie in the house. Director | Adam Snyder Actors | Jesse Masterson, Joey Tripple

A Common Confusion | A somber and well-produced film about the “Highlands Ranch business man” and his struggle against time. Director | Stephen Geisler Actors | Stephen Geisler, Nick Macias, Taylor McKelvey, Brooke Smetanka

of film-making. Some fun stuff about me: • I do plan to go to college for film. My first choice is New York University, the Tisch School of the Arts. • I have a plethora of favorite movies but if I had to only list a couple they would be: “Pulp Fiction,” “The Godfather” (Part 1

and 2), “Swingers” and “Midnight Cowboy.” • My favorite directors include: Quentin Tarantino, Aaron Sorkin, The Coen brothers and Woody Allen. DCTV has ultimately made me find a community of peers who love film and film-making as much as I do.

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I’m about to quote the show “Victorious,” and I am not at all ashamed. That’s right. “Talent has nothing to do with becoming famous.” Sure we all laugh and giggle at Tori’s superficial older sister in that moment, but with time, and heavy, in-depth analysis of Nickelodeon programming’s subtle undertones — what we all, of course, spend our free time looking for — one starts to pick up some real truth in her statement. I think by now I’ve just about perfected the prime formula for a number one single in today’s music market. 1. Spend 20 minutes on Garage Band making some overly repetitive beat. 2. Steal a generic ‘80s song for your chorus, may I suggest a dubsteppy tweak of the “Caddyshack” theme. 3. The verses can consist of about eight B.S. lines referring over and over to how “Shawty moves on da flo.” Upon asking any teenage girl why their favorite artist is Lil Weezy or Chris Brown or T-Pain, it’s the same response every time, “It’s got a great beat.” Sure, who cares if the lyrics themselves degrade your gender to nothing more than a mindless, intoxicated, scantily-clad sex doll. “I love it, because it’s our song!!” No, you love it because



everyone else told you to. Additionally, Lil Wayne looks like Nightcrawler from “X2.” Just a thought. The point to all of these rantings being, there is a major lack of talent in the music business today. I find it kind of shocking that someone like Flo Rida can be throwing bundles of hundreds all over 12 half-naked women in a limousine, just for letting us in on everything some girl had in her wardrobe. Apple-bottom jeans, boots with fur, baggy sweat pants, Reeboks with straps. No wonder everyone in the club was looking at her, that is one unfortunately dressed club-goer. Meanwhile there are respectable musicians out there, playing local bars for crowds of nine people, playing their own original songs that they’ve written themselves, without the assistance of a pop artist from the ‘80s. People have got to learn to look past the Top 40 when it comes to music. Look past lyrical topics beyond that of getting wasted, glorified promiscuity (that means having lots of sex, everybody), and having no idea how you woke up where you did. Such behavior in no way contributes to society. Where can you expect to go in life if you just party for a living? What about the Kardashians? and the cast of “Jersey Shore?” and Pitbull? and Oh God, what is our country coming to?



Thoughts on Discrimination and Responsibility Photo by Taylor Atlas

Speaking Out


Macy Morgan |

I imagine that on a normal day, a teenager may have up to a hundred conversations or more. Hanging out with friends or chatting on Facebook, we may talk about hundreds of things; though we may discuss funny stories, deep ideas or just make small talk, how many times a day do we hear something that just isn’t right? And, how many times have we stood up to it? When I was 12 years old, I moved away from the town that fostered my Judaism. In Encino, Calif., about half of the people I knew attended Temple, observed Shabbat and celebrated Hanukkah. I grew up amongst people of my religion, of my tribe, yet at the same time, there would be an Armenian deli and an Asian diner right next to each other on Ventura Boulevard. Racism and anti-Semitism seemed unreal to me, for I had never been directly exposed to it before. Upon entering high school after moving to Colorado, I didn’t really expect to hear the things that I did. On numerous occasions, I felt my heart beat a little faster and my face grow a little warmer — to hear a joke about the





Jewish religion was a shock. I thought, what kind of a person would say that? How is such a degrading comment funny at all? They felt like an insult to my heritage: my family and where we have come from, the town in which I was born and the person that I am and hope to be. People may say they’re joking, but regardless, they are statements that insult the whole religion and all of its believers. I did not confront the anti-Semitism I heard when I was younger. I think I was simply scared of the reaction I would get; now I know that was a mistake. We are all one people, all seven billion of us — we are different, we are diverse, yet we are one. Our differences are something to be admired, not made fun of, for each person on this Earth has something to contribute to make it a better place, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, capability or gender. Why do we joke about putting other people down? Is that really worth hurting someone else? Why do we call things, rather than people, “gay” or “retarded” or “Jewish”? But the real question is, why, when we witness this happening, do we stand idly by?


I recently discovered an obligation. After noticing jokes about the Jewish religion on Facebook, I knew those comments were unkind and full of a hateful intent — it does not matter if they’re “jokes” or not. I took it upon myself as an obligation to stand up for my religion, for my heritage, and I did. I am no longer afraid to confront such things, because I know it is the right thing to do. One day I hope we can reach the point where people must no longer feel offended by such awful comments, but to get there, it must start with one person at a time. The next time you feel the compulsion to use words like “gay,” “retarded” or “Jewish” in a negative way, remember that those are words to describe groups of people, not things we find frustrating or upsetting. Consider it an obligation as a human being to make the world a better place, and standing idly by will contribute nothing. Take it upon yourself to not only set the example, but also to teach others to do the same. Every human being is a blessing to this Earth, so let us respect and embrace it through what we say and what we do, starting now.

Students and faculty explain their opinions on discrimination after reading quotes from famous people in history

What They Said How MV Feels “Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” | Yehuda Bauer “In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: antihumanism.” | Shirley Chisholm “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” | Abraham Lincoln “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” | Eleanor Roosevelt “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” | Samuel Johnson “If you believe that discrimination exists, it will.” | Anthony J. D’Angelo “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” | Henry David Thoreau

Heidi Schuster, teacher

“There’s a lot of discrimination in the world. It’s not just religion, it spreads throughout all parts of society. Education is really the answer. I’ve seen in my World Religions students that attitudes change when people learn more and examine the thing they’re prejudiced against.”




Out of the seven billion people on this earth, each is unique, each person has differences. In celebration of these differences, each person contributes something to this world. All too often we hear things that target these differences and portray them in a negative way. In reality, these varieties should be celebrated for the different contributions each person makes. Take for instance: Ellen DeGeneres, an influence on the TV industry and a special envoy for Global AIDS awareness; Muhammed Ali, a professional boxer often

referred to as “the greatest,” a cultural icon and a philanthropist; and Albert Einstein, a physicist who developed the theory of general relativity and is a Nobel Prize winner. These accomplished citizens embrace uniqueness: gay, black, Muslim, Jewish, dyslexic, men and women. Yes, these people have differences as they represent different groups in the world, but what they have done has made this world all the better. These differences do not matter, but still we witness and hear the slander and ridicule of these groups — groups that have influenced

our culture and the way we live life. We have the gift of free speech, so rather than using it as a form to express hatred, we should use it to celebrate the accomplishments of others. Embrace a world of culture and diversity, do not ridicule it. This holiday break, during a time of glorification and coming together, is also a time to celebrate differences in our cultures. Through Christmas, Hanukkah, Ashura, Kwanzaa, this season let us rejoice as one people. And, that is what we should really celebrate.

Photos by Taylor Atlas

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Michael Weaver, principal

“We need to teach students more about responsibility. It now extends beyond teaching kids about stranger danger in elementary school. They need to learn about being responsible with social media sites and thinking before they post something online.”

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“I think education is the best way to end discrimination and derogatory language. Helping others understand the beauty of the wide variety of people in the world can help open their eyes to a non-judgmental mindset.”

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Dear Editors: I would like to notify you of false content in the MVHS Newspaper on Page 9, titled “Mormons Embrace Seminary.” All of the LDS seminary students are very displeased with the false information given in the column. If you are going to have a column on LDS members, then please make the information correct. LDS members have enough rumors going around about our religion and we don’t need to have any more addressed! Thank You. | Haley Willardsen, 10

Dear Editors: I am writing to you regarding the seminary article. Although there were minor inaccuracies, the overall content and tone of the article were very informative and positive. I would like to thank you for including a column about seminary and our church. Yes, there were small discrepancies, but they didn’t shine a negative light on our church in any way. I completely understand these minor faults in the article, and I don’t think that they added negatively to the article in any way. Thank you again for taking the time to write a column about our church. Sincerely, | McKall Harris, 11

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MUSIC The year 2011 saw the loss of three teachers at Vista who, while leaving a legacy in the group they led, also left big shoes to fill. The band program, speech and debate team and wrestling team experienced great success with teachers Michael Wurst, Chris McCallum and Frank LaVoie, but new leaders Darren Delaup, Natalie Sprigg and Adam Bittler bring new changes to these programs this year.




New teacher Darren Delaup brings different methods to Vista’s music program Kyle | Waters


Replacing Mark Wurst as the new band and orchestra teacher is Darren Delaup, who brings a new style to the music program. Delaup has some big shoes to fill, and he knows it. “It’s hard to step into a new program that has been built up for years by Wurst, and I want to gain respect from my students,” he said. He is bringing a different method of teaching band and orchestra this year, said sophomore Mackenzie Landgrave. “He is really organized and gets straight down to the music,” she said. Although members of band and orchestra said they were sad to see Wurst leave, they are excited for Delaup’s new approach towards instructing. “(Delaup) pushes us re-

ally hard by making us play songs that might be out of our comfort zone, which really helps us grow as musicians,” Langrave said. Delaup said his goals for the future are to participate in competitions and be ranked on state and national levels. “Douglas County High School was very competitive,” he said, “and I wanted to bring that to the Mountain Vista music program.” “I think we definitely could (be state and nationally ranked),” senior Daniel Seter said. “I think (Delaup) is really involved, and he is getting us ready for college tryouts and festivals.” Delaup said he is determined to make the music program the best it can be, by making the students work hard. “He is serious,” Seter said. “He has us practice a lot, to make us the best we can be.”

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Teacher Darren Delaup conducts his first winter concert with the band and orchestra Dec. 6.



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Sophomores Sara Mottaghi Mazlaghani, Tom Place and Lindsey Reardon perform their speeches at practice Dec. 7 to prepare for an upcoming tournament. “Its really a lot of fun, you can do whatever you want. It’s really your own piece,” Reardon said.


After Chris McCallum’s leave, teacher Natalie Sprigg helps team continue success

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“I’m happy that Mac found a better job, but I’m sad to lose him as a debate coach,” said junior Matt Ballinger, a member of the speech a debate team since his freshman year. This school year is the first in four years that former English and public and competitive speaking teacher Christopher “Mac” McCallum will not be coaching the speech and debate team. McCallum left his teaching position in the English Department to pursue a new career at Kaiser

Permanente as a business systems senior trainer. “(The club is) more frantic. Mac set up a system and left it,” said junior and captain of the speech and debate team, Jackson Laughlin, “but Ms. (Natalie) Sprigg has organized it a little bit.” Taking his place for the remainder of this year is McCallum’s assistant coach Sprigg, an algebra and geometry teacher. Michael Weldon, a longterm substitute for English teacher Meagan Oberle, has also been helping out with the class and expressed an interest in supporting the

team. Though dealing with the change is difficult for members, they remain positive due to Sprigg’s work ethic and leadership. “She is doing a really great job and has a lot of enthusiasm,” said Ballinger. “She stays up very late hours for (the team).” Sprigg said she and the team are doing their best to have a successful year. “I’d say it’d be a really tough transition, but the kids are working hard to make (McCallum) proud,” Sprigg said. The increase in the number of active members

has also proved to be a challenge. Three years ago the team was comprised of eight active members; this year, there are 30. “The trouble (with a large team) is that there is far less individual attention given to each student,” Sprigg said. “Students have to be self-motivated and have to work with their peers to rehearse.” However, the increase also can be seen as a great accomplishment for the team. “We have worked hard to recruit and retain members,” Sprigg said. Events for the team this year include a national

tournament in Cheyenne, Wyo local tournaments at George Washington High School and Overland High School and a showcase night for the community. Also, for the first time in years the team will be attending National Qualifications. Despite the transition, the speech and debate team is still bringing home many awards for their performances and placing in the top six at tournaments. “I think the team will be just fine,” said Laughlin.



Former assistant Adam Bittler steps in as new wrestilng coach


At this point last year, coach Adam Bittler did not imagine he would be in this situation. Bittler is this year’s wrestling coach who replaced Frank LaVoie, who coached Mountain Vista’s wrestling team for four years. “I was pretty surprised,” Bittler said. “I think it came as a shock to all of us. It is a very unfortunate situation altogether (that LaVoie left).” Bittler has been part of the coaching staff since 2006, and has devoted much time to the program and its wrestlers. “He is truly invested in the program and is passionate not only about wrestling, but also cares for the team members and staff,” assistant coach Zeric Martinez said. Bittler has not wasted time instituting new things this year to improve the wrestling program. “I have established a parent advisory board and really reached out to our youth club,” he said. “(I believe) a new approach to our technique and wrestling philosophy will help us become pretty successful this year.” After LaVoie’s departure from the team last year, the team wondered where the program would go in the future. Now the coaching

staff and wrestlers on the team have mixed emotions about this season. “We have some strong upper classmen, but we have a lot of depth in our younger wrestlers,” Martinez said. On the other hand, some other wrestlers are doubting the success of the wrestling team this year. “I believe it will be a rebuilding year for the team this year,” senior Dylan Bull said. “It will be interesting to see how the team performs with a new coach.” Bittler has high goals and standards for this year’s wrestling program. “My job as a coach is to equip and guide all of my wrestlers, whether first-year or varsity, to being the best they can possibly be,” he said. “I would really like to qualify at least three to the state tournament for varsity, and on the JV level, finishing (in the) top three at leagues would be great.” Ultimately, many of the wrestlers and coaching staff in the program are excited for this season and are looking forward to seeing where the wrestling program goes. “This isn’t something everyone can experience and be a part of. You have to be willing to work hard, focus and exhibit some serious toughness,” Bittler said. “I am confident we are headed in the right direction and believe that we are soon to be the premier wrestling program in the area.”


M “(My goal is to have) recognition in achieving superior performances on and off campus.” Darren Delaup, band and orchestra director



She Said

Mike | Collins





A look inside what guys and girls are thinking about each other What What What guys think girls think girls want in a guys guys want in a relationship relationship want I think girls want the same things that we would, strong connection from the beginning. They really want guy who has a sense of humor, a personality and athleticism. Chisled abs and being a vampire.

in a girl

I want someone who can be both a girlfriend and a best friend, someone who can come to me with their problems and I can do the same. I look for a connection right away.

Ashten Ritchko, 10

Photo by Cody Enboden

Senior Dylan Bull inverts an opponent at the Survivor Series Dec 2. “(Bittler) was the assistant coach last year, so it was a big role to step into for him, but I think he stepped in nicely and it’s going to be a good year,” Bull said.

Jake Meyer, 9



“(I would like to) put the captains in charge of more things. The school should also be more aware and supportive of the club.” Natalie Sprigg, speech and debate coach

“I think that it is important that every wrestler meets or exceeds his potential.” Adam Bittler, wrestling coach



UPCOMING EVENTS | Wrestling UNC Christmas tournament, Dec. 16-17 | Speech and Debate meet at Cheyenne East High School, Dec. 15-17

Girls with a good sense of humor, easy going and a unique personality I really look for a good sense of humor and just an all-around nice person; attractive, too.


Looks are always an important aspect for guys. They want someone who is simple and says what they mean.Girls are confusing enough. Guys seem to really just focus on looks and “willingness.” I think guys just want the physical aspect and someone they can show off to their friends.

Girls Want

in a guy

I look for someone who is sweet and sincere, has real goals for themself, is nice, attractive, athletic and smells good. Someone who is smart, funny, and really social. I want to have fun, have it be more than physical, and for us to be best friends too.

Jake McManigle, 12


Mimi Le, 11

Maddie Malone, 11

Michaela Elson, 12 december.15.2011





Name | Alex Linares Favorite Brand |TOMS Favorite Store | Urban Outfitters

The Steps to Success

Regional champion Kinsey McNevin shares the culture of Irish dancing

Wes | Edwards Taylor | Atlas


TOMS | TOMS shoes is a company that will match every pair of shoes bought with a pair for a child in need | Giving a pair of shoes to a child in need can prevent soil-transmitted diseases from penetrating the skin | A pair of shoes can also allow children to attend schools that require footwear as a part of the uniform


Zane | Johnson

Alex Linares wears her beliefs on her sleeves — and her shoes. The senior can be seen in the halls clad in one of her Invisible Children shirts and wearing one of her pairs of TOMS shoes, showing her support for noble causes fighting for equality and world peace. Linares also champions civil rights and activism, making generous donations and getting involved with organizations and movements that will make the world a better place.


To read more about Linares’ thoughts on the charities she supports go to her blog at willthispass.tumblr. com

charitable fashion trends


Photo by Jordan VanNote




| Invisible Children gives communities and local enforcements warnings of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) activity | They operate a center in Dungu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that prepares children to go back to a normal life with their families | People can help by either donating money or hostng a screening party of any of the Invisible Children films

> Among Linares’

repertoire of supported causes are TOMS, Invisible Children, (RED) and the “99 percent” which she said advocates for the fair distribution of wealth in America. However, “the most important causes (to me) involve same-sex marriage and gay rights,” she said. “I have friends that have been affected by (discrimination),” Linares said. “I’ve seen what can happen firsthand.” She said the reason she got involved was to make a difference for those being discriminated against and those less fortunate. But not only does she participate in and support these causes, she actively spreads the word. She even attends gatherings and rallies promoting awareness.

“I went to something called ‘The Rescue,’ which was not really a protest, but a gathering to spread a lot of information on what (Invisible Children) is,” she said. Linares makes a lot of posts on social networking websites. “It’s so easy to share and get the message out through social networking,” she said. A less obvious way that information can be spread is through fashion. The original intent of the organizations making tshirts for their cause was to spread awareness and gain a following. But is fashion an effective way to do this? “For sure,” Linares said. “(The goal of it all) is to try and make a difference and get the message out. I have three Invisible Children shirts and a lot of people ask me about them.”

Photos courtesy of Kinsey McNevin Photo illustration by Taylor Atlas Sophomore Kinsey McNevin (right) won the Western United States Regional Irish Dancing Championships. Her friend from her dance school, Chelsea Hoy (left), placed second.



Irish dancing terms you should know

Front Click

Looks like a high scissor kick with a click of the hard heels of the shoe when the feet pass each other

Double Click

Dancer goes straight up while clicking her heels twice quickly


An Irish dancing competition Source: Irish Central

Two close friends shared the stage in Anaheim, Calif., knowing that one of them would take home first place for their dance school. “We were really happy because we knew that one of us would win,” sophomore Kinsey McNevin said. McNevin, an Irish step-dancer, shared a powerful moment with other members of her dance school, the Wick Irish Dance School in Denver on Nov. 20, winning the Western United States Region Irish Dancing Championships against 104 other participants from 12 states. “It was a tender mercy,” McNevin said. “It was really great to see all of my training and hard work pay off.” This year of the competition held special importance to McNevin. “Last year I was taking private lessons when the week before (the regional competition) I pulled my hip,” McNevin said. “This year I prepared more and all of my friends and family kept telling me, ‘This is your year.’” A cultural dance that started over a thousand years ago in Irish pubs has now become a competitive sport displaying the grace, skill and stamina of people who are honoring their traditions through this form of dance. “It’s a great way to show your culture, but there’s a lot of drama, too,” McN-

evin said. McNevin’s dancing career started at the age of four when her mother introduced her and all her siblings to the dance that had been passed down generation to generation through her family. After she began progressing, McNevin enrolled in the Wick Irish Dance School to continue her training and progress to competitions around the state and region. “It’s really cool because no one really knows about it and it’s fun to share,” McNevin said. On a very simple level, Irish step-dancing is basically a combination of clogging and tap dancing. It entails many specific moves such as leaps, troubles and clicks. This requires the dancers to stomp their feet in specific ways, jump into the air and make more moves while smiling for the judges. The dancers train at Irish dance schools which have their own experienced teachers who teach groups of dancers in order to prepare them to compete in state and national competitions. “It’s really tiring because it takes a lot of stamina,” McNevin said. In addition to elaborate attire, this dance requires two different types of shoes depending on what type of dance is taking place. Both

hard-soled and soft-soled shoes are used depending on the types of moves being performed by the dancers. “We have really fancy costumes that have their school’s colors or custom ones that can look like whatever you want,” McNevin said. “The more bling, the better.” McNevin took two to three classes, each 90 minutes long, every week at Wick Irish Dance School. “It definitely takes dedication,” McNevin said. “Homework is kind of not super important right now.” This amount of time does not include the numerous private lessons McNevin took in order to prepare for the regional competition. “A ton of people would kill to be in the top ten (at the regional competition),” McNevin said. “It’s really special because there’s a lot of people that take part.”

To see Kinsey in action at the Taste of Colorado, visit







Making A yummy holiday recipe with a peppermint twist

Vanilla Peppermint Frosting: 2 sticks unsalted butter 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp peppermint extract 1/2 tsp milk Beat butter until light and fluffy in electric mixer. Reduce speed and gradually add confectioner’s sugar. Add extracts and vanilla, add teaspoons of milk until desired consistency is reached.

Photos courtesy of Christine Capocelli

Eagle Eye Staff Member and baker, Gabi Capocelli tries out this holiday recipe.



Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes: Makes 1 dozen 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 stick butter 1 egg 2 egg whites 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp peppermint extract 1/2 cup milk Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. Mix flour and baking powder. Cream butter on medium high in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add sugar until combined. Add egg and egg whites until just blended. Add half of the flour mixture. Add milk, vanilla and peppermint. Add remaining flour mixture. Pour batter into paper cups. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool. Frost.


New Year, New Take a look at four New Year’s resolutions from the Vista Community

My hopes for 2012 are to... | Brooke Barenberg, 12

| Dalton Lewis, 10

“Try not to procrastinate, even though it’s senior year.”

“Go to DECA Nationals.”

| Jenny Gogol, 11

| Kathy Reed, copy room

“Be more open-minded to other cultures.”

“Never stand outside in a suit of armour during a lightning storm.”

Let the games begin! hockey

men’s basketball

women’s basketball women’s swimming



QUICK NEWS | MVHS donated 764+ pounds of food to Food Bank of the Rockies

Winter Wishing Around the World A quick look at transglobal New Year’s traditions Gabi | Capocelli Pam | Shapiro 5. 4. 3. 2. 1 “Happy New Year!” January first is a time for elaborate celebrations, quality time with friends and family and a new beginning. Since ancient times, people have been rejoicing about the changes this date brings. In fact, Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor, first declared January first as New Years Day in 46 BCE. There are many people around the world who partake in different new years traditions.

graphic by David Orser

In China, this holiday is celebrated for a little over a month from January 17 to February 19 at the time of the new moon. They set off firecrackers and line the streets with lanterns to light the way for the new year. In Scotland, the new year is called Hogmanay. The Scots join together to light barrels of tar on fire and roll them down the streets. This blazing tradition symbolizes the

coming of a new year and the eradication of the old one. In Greece, small children place their shoes in front of a fire in hopes that St. Basil will come and fill their shoes with gifts. There are many different traditions and customs that take place throughout the world that make this holiday so distinct and lively.

Light the Lights in Highlands Ranch Where: 9271 Wheeler Court, Highlands Ranch

As you come around the corner, this house seems to light up the whole street with hundreds of white lights. Although there are no traditional colored lights or a blow-up Santa Claus, the sea of lights transforms the house into a snowy white wonderland. Photo by Trevor Zalkind Where: 1582 Meyerwood Circle, Highlands Ranch

Photo by Trevor Zalkind


From 5-10 p.m., 40,000 bright red, white and multicolored lights create a sea of holiday cheer. Not only do the lights dance along to the radio, but people can also donate to the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation in a collection box outside of the house. This house is truly a joy to see and a wonderful way to give back during the holidays. season.

Aksel Campbell

Amir Qadri

Amber Chisholm

Maggie MItchell

Dylan Formby Photos by Cody Enboden

“This is our first year (in CHSAA), so it’s really important that we have a good year to help promote ice hockey in the county.” |Mike Tantillo, 11 “Ice hockey is a fast and physical sport and we are hoping to use all of our size and speed as a factor to help us reach our goal of winning state playoffs.” |Zack Reinholtz, 11

“The team itself is only about half kids who actually go to Vista.” |Trevor Kim, 12

“The most important thing for men’s basketball is that the game is way different then perceived on TV. Basketball is a team sport and to be successful, the team needs to play as one.” |Mitch Carter, 11 “I think we will do pretty good this year because we have a lot of talent and we are very aggressive on defense.” |Marshall McDougal, 12 “Basketball is a game of momentum and crowds play a huge part in our games, so we need some big crowds.” |Chandler Wiscombe, 11

“Mountain Vista offers two hockey teams. There is a High Plains team in the spring and a brand new CHSAA team in the winter.”

“We are a small team, and may be less skilled than other teams, but we work harder than any of them.”

|Aksel Campbell, 12

|Amir Qadri, 11

“We have gone through a lot through the past couple of seasons with getting a new coach. It’s been a tough challenge.” |Jordan Wilmes, 12 “The majority of the team has played with one another for a couple years now, so we know who is best at what and our jobs within the team.” |Megan Whetstone, 12

“We are always bonding. Before every game, everyone hits up the local Noodles and Company to eat well for the pregame and to pump each other up.” |Kylie Klein, 10 “I think we’re going to have a better record than we’ve ahead in the past. We’ve been working a lot harder than we have in the past.”

It’s is a no-cut sport of varsity and junior varsity (no freshman/sophomore teams). This year we have a large dive team and the most competitive we have ever had. We also have a new assistant coach, Mr. (Kevin) Cary, who is a great addition to the team.” |Karissa Dahlquist, 11 “There are so many girls that come out for the team and have no experience, but at the end of the season they have gotten really good and found a sport they love!” |Kensie Cembalisty, 12 “Our 400-free relay should be really good this year and we are all hoping to break the school record and place top eight at state. Also a few of the girls could potentially place really well at state, too.” |Paula Stoddard, 12

“Wrestling is both a team and individual sport. It requires dedication and sacrifice and at many times makes you wish you could join badminton. The rules are you try to take a guy down, put him on his back for three seconds and pin him to get the win. Our team is doing great this year, we have only three remaining senior wrestlers on the team, but we get by well.” |Steve Lee, 10 “We have a lot of new incoming freshman and others that are not really familiar with wrestling. We’re a young team.” |AJ Sack, 12 We have only four upper classmen­—three seniors and one junior­—so are in a rebuilding process. In the next two years or so we should be really good.” |Dylan Formby, 10

|Jennifer Waleithner, 12






to learn how to ice climb in Ouray, check out

Ellen Hamilton at the Ouray Ice Park


Photo courtesy of Ellen Hamilton



Ellen Hamilton pushes herself as sole girl in the Climbing Club Photo by Joanie Lyons



Joanie | Lyons

Terms you should know about climbing

On Belay

Asking the person if their belay device is ready for them to start climbing.

Belay On

Confirming that the belay device is in tact for the person to begin climbing.

and explains his future endeavors in the extreme snow sport


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the Winter Park Snowboard Team (WPST)-this year is his sixth year snowboarding. The WPST has many snowboarding programs, but McCasland is part of the Park and Pipe Weekend Program. “(In the Park and Pipe Weekend Program)Usually we spend most of our days in the terrain parks, but I love back-country and sometimes we’ll go there


too.” Terrain parks will include rails, jumps and halfpipes on which people can do tricks. Most WPST members compete in events in a contest series put on by the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA). McCasland attends some of these USASA contests. “Usually my competitions are held at Copper

(Mountain), but sometimes they are in Winter Park and Breckenridge, too. I am decent (in competitions), but there are some kids that are already professionals who compete in the same series as me.” But despite his stiff competition, McCasland can still do interesting tricks. “I can do anything from 720’s on down.” A 720 is two full rotations


Lyndsey | Trujillo

A of snowBoarding Conner McCasland develops a life-long passion for snowboarding As the sun starts to rise, junior Conner McCasland moves off the hill and tries to accelerate, moving up to the jump in front of him. “Today is my first day back for the new season,” McCasland says. “Even though I’m not throwing too many tricks, it’s still been a pretty good day.” McCasland goes up snowboarding every weekend and is a part of

“(Ice climbing) was incredible. When this picture was taken, it was the first time I went (ice climbing). I never thought I could climb like I did. Climbing on ice was difficult. Of course I don’t have all the tactics down yet, but it’s something I can’t explain in words. Let’s just say you had to be there to experience it.”

in the air after going off a jump, rail or halfpipe “Even though I may not be the best one out there, when I get done with a run and I do really well, I


Climb On


Photo by Sammy Linares

Asking the person belaying if they are good to go as you begin to depart.

Your final confirmation, where you can start to climb. The process by which a climber may descend on a fixed rope using a friction device.

While other girls are going to soccer or cheer practice, Ellen Hamilton junior, takes on a new challenge: Rock Climbing Club. With a total of six members, including Hamilton, along with club sponsors Mark McConnell and Anthony Deets, the club meets once a month to go outdoor climbing. Every Monday, the club members get together to go indoor climbing at Rockin and Jammin in Centennial to practice. Although there aren’t a lot of students involved in the club, each member has a reason for being involved. Hamilton, who has been a part of the club since her sophomore year, making this year her second year in the club, had McConnell as her freshman science teacher. “We went on a field trip to this place with a ton of caves,” she said. “I know it’s a little different from climbing, but it made me want to do it more.” As students work on their skills, McConnell and Deets are always there to help them improve, as well as climb and have fun with them. “Ellen really sticks her neck out, being the only girl,” Deets said. “She’s the social butterfly of the group. She gets the more introverted guys out to have fun.” Deets said the club’s motto, “Challenge by choice,” allows members to go about climbing without competing against one another and allows each one to be challenged by personal choice. “A lot of the guys are more skilled and they’re a lot stronger and have more experience with climbing,” Hamilton said. “I’m not saying that boys do things better than girls, but I get challenged and I think there is nothing better in life than to get challenged.” “Climbing is a difficult task,” Hamilton said. “That initial moment when I climbed to the top for the first time, I felt so accomplished and I felt like I could do almost anything.”




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