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Half Moon Bay High School Vol II, No. 2 October 2013

Challenge Day Brings New Perspective

By Haley James I’m really excited,” said junior Marriann Rodgers. “I want to meet new people. I think it will be a really fun experience.” Rodgers, along with 120 other students eagerly waited outside the multipurpose room at Half Moon Bay high school on the morning of September 23rd to participate in the third annual Challenge Day. It was Rodgers’ first year participating in Challenge Day. “I would like to come away with a bigger perspective on people that I didn’t have Challenge Day participants gather together a week after the event to show their unity. before,” Rodgers said. This is The hand signal means “love” in sign language. the mindset that most students have going in to the event. Challenge Day is a as well as the adult supervisors includ- anything but alone. daylong event devoted to strengthing Mr. Ferdinand and Mr. Strong. Another key event, known as ening the community by promoting The ice breakers went on and “Cross the Line,” required everyone acceptance and friendship, as well as soon enough it seemed that everyone to line up on one side of the room addressing the negative consequences in the room was completely comfortand cross the line of tape when they of bullying and stereotyping. able with each other. heard a statement that applied to them. Students entered the multi “We had to hook arms back Jolana read aloud a number of expepurpose room by walking through a to back and dance and then we had to riences including, “Cross the line if tunnel of high fives and smiling faces share our most embarrassing moment you’ve ever been told you will not be given by teachers, staff members, with the person,” senior Joaquin Jime- successful” and “Cross the line if you parents, adult guests, and teen leaders. nez described. “It was weird, but I felt know someone who has attempted or This enthusiastic welcoming is a key really comfortable after that”. succeeded in committing suicide.” As part of the Challenge Day experience. Jolana and Chris, the directors the questions went on, students and “It felt kind of strange… of Challenge Day then told the crowd adults both crossed the line together. when I first went in,” said freshman their own stories. Students and adults After this, no one felt alone. Who ever participant Corey O’Driscoll. “It sat teary eyed as they listened to the did not cross would stay standing and seemed really cool to see so many harsh past these two seemingly happy raise their hands showing the internapeople getting along.” and cheerful adults had. tional sign language sign for love. Once all of the students were Students and adults were then Challenge Day was a day full inside, the doors were locked and directed into small “family groups” of emotion, but no student or adult remained shut for the rest of the day. where they each received two minutes walked away feeling down about Then the festivities began. to tell their own stories. The room fell themselves. A woman over a microphone silent as people patiently listened to “Going in to Challenge Day named Jolana ordered for everyone one another, patting them on the back for the second year in a row, I helped to run around and give as many high and allowing for them to get grief off try and consult with my fellow peers fives as they could. On point, the stutheir chests. People who had never about what they were going through,” dents and adults shot up from where talked to each other in their entire said teen leader Jake Salinero. “Being they were sitting and ran all across lives embraced in hugs. a teen leader, I knew that I could help the room smiling from cheek to cheek “I just learned a lot about them maybe get through it.” high fiving anyone near them. how other people go through the same According to Jolana, the things,” said sophomore Molly Pome- The real challenge was for average person needs about twelve roy. people to let down their walls and hugs just to get by each day. There A big problem that many open up to their peers. Challenge Day fore, participants were asked to hug students faced was feeling like they helps people understand each other as many people as they could. Soon were alone and isolated, but at Chaland in that way take another step enough, students were hugging fellow lenge Day they learned that they were towards eliminating bullying. students they’d never talked to before

WHAT’S INSIDE? Homecoming Nominees

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Miss Homecoming or Miscount? By Sarah Applegate and Emma Alaimo After Homecoming nominees were announced at the Welcome Back Assembly, students raised concern that not all winners were included in the final count. This was brought to Principal Silvestri’s attention and she conducted a recount, finding that mistakes were made in the original tally of the votes. "I personally went through with three other students and recounted all of the votes,” Silvestri said. “And based on the numbers, we expanded to make sure it was even, because being even is important.” Six new members were added to the Homecoming Court, including Edgar Becerra, Chet Silveria, Corey Cilia, Isabella Valencia, Soleil Spigelmen, and Dalia Juarez. They were accompanied by the original nominees Micaela White, Kyleen Freeburg, Sarah Lococo, Sydney Royce, Dominique Peranich, Jordan Cariaga, Ej Madriaga, Kenny Pelikan, Logan Marshall, and Jonathan Bali. Brenda DeJesus, junior class president, explained that many students who were instructed to vote for only five nominees actually voted for eight. These ballots should have been invalid, however the original counter was unaware of this fact and simply took the top five nominees for those invalid ballots. This resulted in a faulty committee. “The next time votes need to be counted I think that the teachers should do it, so this doesn’t happen every year,” said senior and Leadership student Alix Lemke. In order to avoid future mishaps, Silvestri has explained that a clear set of procedures will be determined and followed in the years to come. Also, to avoid accusations of favoritism towards the members of the Homecoming Court, Silvestri suggested that staff members be the ones to count the votes. She has assured that every member of the Homecoming Court was nominated by fellow teachers, and all members of the court have a well earned spot.

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Homecoming Nominees Kenny Pelikan and Soleil Spigelman Kenny’s Fun Fact: Likes Kiwi birds Soleil’s Fun fact: Enjoys long walks on the beach and narwhal watching, similar to bird watching, but involving narwhals

Corey Cilia and Miceala White Corey’s Fun Fact: Loves Bella Micaela’s Fun Fact: Has twin brothers

Logan Marshall and Kyleen Freeburg Logan’s Fun Fact: Favorite Halloween costume ever was when he was a Power Ranger at age five

EJ Madriaga and Sarah LoCoco

Kyleen’s Fun Fact: Favorite movie is The Notebook

EJ’s Fun Fact: Has girly handwriting

Piet Shafer and Sydney Royce Piet’s Fun Fact: Born in Amsterdam Sydney’s Fun Fact: Likes unicorns

Edgar Becerra and Dalia Juarez Edgar’s Fun Fact: Favorite movie is American Me Dalia’s Fun Fact: Favorite animal is a pig

John Bali and Isabella Valencia John’s Fun fact: Favorite hero is his Gramps Fun fact: Loves Corey

Chet’s Fun fact: Can quote every Spongebob episode Dominique Fun fact: Has alien fingers and her 14 year old molars haven’t grown in yet

By Maddy Croke and Dayna Serxner Now is the time when our favorite Fall festivities come around, from pumpkin spice lattes to the sunny days we have had at school. One favorite Fall tradition we have here at Half Moon Bay High School is Homecoming and this is going to be one to remember. Half Moon Bay is one of the few schools that has kept the long lasting tradition of dressing up in different themes, practicing skits, and competing in a giant relay where each grade gets to fight for the title of victory. This year will be the first year in Half Moon Bay High School history that Lip Sync will be incorporated into the mix of Homecoming traditions. What is Lip Sync? Lip Sync

New Technology Infuses Classroom Learning By Taylor King and Emily Payne

Sarah’s Fun Fact: Has a pig and a goat

Chet Silvera and Dominique Paranich

Lip Sync Hits the High School

Half Moon Bay High School has received new technology this year that benefits the students and teachers by furthering the traditional learning experience. Slowly, teachers have been integrating new technologies such as Smart Boards and personal tablets into everyday lessons to keep up with the rapidly changing world. This equipment is being used by both students and teachers to aid in researching, writing, and teaching. The tablets benefit the environment because teachers do not have to print as many papers. Teachers can download them straight to Google Drive, which students can access through a school-provided account. Junior Patricia Lockwood believes that tablets are a great addition to the high school. “I like them because it’s easier to take better notes,” Lockwood said. SMART Boards make learning easier due to the fact that there are practically no visible cords, and you are able to put presentations on the board that are maneuverable and easily editable. They require no

is when a group of students pretends to sing to a variety of songs while dressed in the spirit of their Homecoming theme. “Leadership has worked hard to make Homecoming fun this year, so when they added Lip Sync I was super stoked,” senior Soleil Spigelman said. Lip Sync was incorporated into the mix of Homecoming fun to improve school spirit. “Its a substitute for skits and will be longer,” senior Gabbi Covarrubias said. “It will take place during the Homecoming assembly.” Covarrubias does not plan on participating in Lip Sync but she is excited to help with the mural. Spigelman reminisced about participating in the La Honda Elementary Lip Sync every year. “I hope to bring some of the La Honda spirit to Half Moon Bay’s Lip Sync,” Spigelman concluded. Despite the numerous changes being made to the traditional Homecoming week, there is no doubt that it will remain full of energy and Cougar pride.

markers or erasers, and do not need to be cleaned, unlike traditional whiteboards. Math teacher, David Jones has both a SMART Board and tablets. Jones has found various ways to learn to use the new technology. “I got help from other teachers, I used YouTube and online tutorials. It’s not that hard to learn and doesn’t take that long” said Jones. Document cameras, which most classrooms have already been given the past year or so, project the images of whatever the camera is facing onto a larger screen for everyone to see. The students are able to follow along with the teacher as they read or explain certain items. English teacher, Claudia Lunstroth, has a document camera that helps her teach her class. “I like it because I dont have to turn on the whole computer and I can write directly on the same paper that the kids have” said Lunstroth. Not all classrooms have SMART boards or tablets, but hopefully in the near future each room will become fully equipped with these new technological advances.

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October 2013


Positive Impact: Summer Volunteer Stories By Porter Warrick Hess Summer is a time when many relax, hang out with friends, or travel, yet for some it is also an opportunity to give back. Three Half Moon Bay High School students did just that. Ranging from rebuilding houses, to helping at a local organization, to teaching autistic children to surf, these students dedicated their time to positively impact the community.

Aneesha Gharpurey (freshman) Worked on Native American lands, rebuilding houses What did you do over the summer? I went to oregon to help rebuild houses on Native American lands. How did your work impact the community? Just a lot of people were grateful because their houses aren’t the best and they needed help. They don’t have that much money so it helped them to have more confidence in their community. Why did you choose to rebuild houses? Mostly it was because I wanted to go to a fun camp with a lot of my friends. We also got to do something that gave back to the community. What lessons did you learn? I learned that I need to be grateful for what I have right now because there are people out there that don’t have as much as I do. How can people get involved? People can go to the website There are programs all over California that people can go to. 6. How many houses were you able to rebuild? Over the summer, we helped rebuild 5 houses. 7.What was your favorite moment? My favorite moment was being on the worksite and meeting people from different states who came to help.

Lena Nguyen (junior) Spent her summer at Coastside Hope doing administrative work What did you do over the summer? Over the summer I did filing and a lot of random stuff. They tell me what to do and i just do it. I do cleaning, filing, typing, organizing the pantry, and just doing anything they want me to. How many community service hours did you get over the summer? I now have 100 hours of community service, 90 of which came from Coastside Hope How did your work impact the community? We help the needy and the people who can’t afford food. so i just organize the pantry, and they get the food, and I just pack it for whereever they want

to go. We do a lot of drives. We just did a backpack drive where people we donated a lot of school supplies to people who needed them. Why did you choose to volunteer at Coastside Hope? I like to help the community, it was also partly just for graduation. I kinda wanted to go over 35 community service hours just because i really like helping others and it could go a long way for college. What made you choose Coastside Hope versus another organization? I choose Coastside Hope because I live right next to it, so I can go anytime I want. I filled out an application once, and then i started working. It was very easy to volunteer. What lessons did you learn? I learned to type faster and file faster (laughs). I learned a lot from the other workers. I also learned about what it takes to be a social worker. How can people get involved? Anyone can just go over to Coastside Hope and ask to volunteer. I’m grateful I was able to be a part of that.

Kyla Kemp (senior) Taught autistic children how to surf What did you do over the summer? I volunteered by teaching autistic children to surf. How did your work impact the community? It gave local autistic kids a chance to play at the beach for the day. Why did you choose to do what you did? I like helping people. What lesson did you learn? I learned how to be patient. How can people get involved? We don’t recommend people doing this unless they have tons of water experience. Want to get involved in the community? Do you need community service hours to graduate? Our counseling department offers a comprehensive list on what volunteer opportunities are available. To see this list go to, then click on the Department tab on the top navigation bar. Scroll down and click Counseling department. On the right hand side will be a link that says Community Service Opportunities.

Student Spotlight: Marcella Cordorva By Alondra Sahagun Half Moon Bay High School has many talented students from athletics to academics. One student who stands out of the many artistic students here is Marcela Cordova. Marcela Cordova is a senior at HMBHS who has an artistic talent, from drawing on a piece of paper to creating amazing body art pieces. When people think of art it is usually Picasso and Da’Vinci’s masterpieces, however paintings and drawings do not define what art is. “Art isn’t just about painting and drawing and whatever,” Cordova said. “Art can be theatre, dance, writing, anything artistic.” Cordova started face painting at the age of ten, doing small “gigs”face paintings- for her family. As time progressed so did Cordova’s skills, later going outside the family and doing face painting for other people. “What inspires me are experi-

Getting Acquainted with Koehler

ences, stories I hear from other people of their past experiences,” Cordova explained. “Usually I like to draw a lot of pain, I like to capture emotions of other people, and I love to make them feel with art.” For the past three years, Cordova has been volunteering at the face painting art booth in order to raise money for the Art Department during Pumpkin Festival in October. She plans to volunteer this year once again. Among being an amazing face painter, Cordova also participates in sports, within school and outside of school. Cordova does Cross Country in the fall, Wrestling in the winter, and Swim team in the spring. She also does martial arts, dance, and acrobatics outside of school. Each and every student at HMBHS has a talent; whether they have discovered it or not, it is never late to find it, it may just be hidden inside.

By Ellie Henretty Kyle Koehler is one of Half Moon Bay High’s newest and coolest English teachers. Koehler is from Los angeles and attended California State University in Fullerton. He chose to come to HMB high because of its beauty. “This is one of the prettiest parts of the state and, if I’m honest, a part of me has always wanted to live here,” said Koehler. This is his first year teaching. Prior to teaching he tutored in London. He says his favorite subject in high school was language. “I think I always had my nose in a book, and it was the only class that gave me points for it,” said Koehler.

Besides teaching Koehler enjoys rock climbing. “Its something I never thought I’d do, but its a great way for me to clear my head, do something, and enjoy the scenery,” said Koehler. In addition to rock climbing, Koehler’s other hobbies include juggling and learning to play the banjo. Koehler is one of the great new editions to Half Moon Bay High and to the community.

4 STUDENT LIFE third out of thirteen because I have a Newark Band really cool uniform,” said Tyler. “But Hanging up the the band did pretty well." While the weather in Newark Review Ribbons is usually hot and sunny, this year By Shea Ugalde Each year the Half Moon Bay High School marching band participates in the Newark Days parade. The Newark Days band review is the first of the marching band season, and for many students, this band review was their very first band review ever. The band placed second in their division, and the drum major, Mike Tyler, placed third in his division. This is Tyler’s first year as a drum major. “I did pretty poorly compared to the other drum majors, but I got

Puente Club Starts the Year Off Strong

there was a thick blanket of clouds hanging over the parade, and just after the band finished marching, the whole celebration was drenched in rain. The festival and awards ceremony is all held outdoors, with no indoor options in the event of a rainstorm. Sophomore, Elle Janoe, was not very happy about the weather conditions. “The weather made everyone sick! It sucked,” said Janoe. The marching band’s next band review is in Santa Cruz on the same weekend of Pumpkin Festival. They are looking forward to a successful marching band season.

As the year begins Puente Club sets new goals to be achieved. The main objective for this year is to get the Latino community more involved in and out of school. The club is run by Spanish teacher Jill Lusear and counselor Kira Gangsei. “We want to have more recognition for our Latino community, and also celebrate the Latino culture here in town,” said Lusear. For the 4 years that Lusear has been administrator of the Club she has tried to give the rest of the school a taste of the Mexican culture. Even though the Club is open to everyone, Latinos make up most of the Club. Puente is a really important club on campus because they go above and beyond to show how beautiful Latino culture is. In the past they have had an annual Cinco de Mayo Festival that really brings the culture alive

but this year they are planning to do a Spring Festival. Senior and President Dalia Juarez has high hopes for this year. “I am hoping to get the latino culture more alive here,” Juarez said. “We are doing a Spring Festival and hope we can pull it off.” From campus beautification to ELAC meetings, Puente members are always there to help. Along with ELAC, Punete does fundraising for the Milagro Scholarship. The Milagro Scholarship is given to one or multiple seniors with plans on going to college. “Last year we gave two $300 scholarships, we hope to give two $500 scholarships this year,” Lusear said. Raising $100 for the scholarships will be difficult but Puente Club is ready for the challenge. They have started off the year by doing a Teacher Car Wash that last year brought in a lot of money. They also have taken over the role of organizing the Food Fair. The Food Fair will take place on Friday October 11th, it will be during lunch with the choice of many delicious foods. Puente has many activities planned on their agenda for this year, the school year is only starting and already there will be a lot to do.

Beach Bums: Konrads Wallace, Kyla Kemp Best Attitude: EJ Madriaga, Mackenzie Tjogas Best Body: Avery Calhoun, Mia Cline Best Dressed: Jose Garcia, Maddy Croke Best Eyes: Emilio Espinoza, Tiana Spano Best Friends - boy/boy: Sam Vaughn, Rico Nuno Best Friends - girl/boy: Brett Berghammer, Dominique Peranich Best Friends - girl/girl: Jessica Martinez, Carmen Contreras Best Hair : Marco George, Gaby Covarrubias Best Laugh: Dominic Pintarelli, Yordania Rico Best Personality :

Anthony Obester, Natalie Strohm Best Smile: Edwin Elizondo-Martinez, Sarah Lococo Biggest Drama King and Queen: Kyle Harwood, Soleil Spigelman Biggest Flirts: Jordan Cariaga, Micaela White Class Clown: Paulo De Pillo, Maritza Villegas Drop Dead Gorgeous: Kenny Pelikan, Isabella Valencia Future Farmers: Kevin Burns, Harlee Donovan Heart of Gold: Corey Cilia, Stephanie Rodrigues Heart Throb: Chet Silveria, Sydney Royce Innocent but..: Adrian Silveira, Angelica Covarrubias Most Artistic: Omar Zepada, Marcela Cordova

By Stephanie Perez

October 2013

By: Jenna Baxter and Leticia Jarquin Waking up when its still dark, driving over the hill, walking into a loud barn and starting your day by mucking out pens is not typical activities for a student to complete for school .The San Mateo County Fair is not only about the ferris wheel and the funnel cakes. The youth livestock portion of the fair plays a big part in the atmosphere of the fair grounds. To prepare for the fair, students from the Half Moon Bay FFA chapter purchase an animal, raise it, care for it and then show off the finished product at the fair in June. The students who participate in the showmanship classes are judged on their knowledge and ability to raise their animal to their best potential. If students are raising market animals, their animals are judged on their conditioning and basically how eye appealing the animals are. The last class is a breeding class where students can show off their breeding stock and are judged based on their potential to produce show quality livestock. Last year, junior and fair veteran Ashley Utz showed a lamb and three chickens. " I liked showing my animals at the fair," said Utz. Utz, like the other students who showed at the fair, had to juggle being present at and preparing for the final week of fair. "I disliked having school and fair at the same time," said Utz. However when Utz was asked if she would

Jonny Cozzolino posing in front of the FFA board, which has pictures from fair in it. show again she enthusiastically said, ”Yes I will.” Junior, Britta Stretch who also showed at fair for the first time raised and showed a pig, and a lamb. “I liked seeing all my friends that I don't normally see and getting out of school,” Stretch said about the experience. Overall Stretch enjoyed her experience and called it “memorable". Johnny Cozzolino, a junior, has been showing livestock at the San Mateo County Fair for two years now. "I showed a hog,” said Cozzolino about last year. “His name was Larry.” Cozzolino placed very well in the classes he competed in, placing second in junior showmanship and third place in market. To sum up the overall fair and Half Moon Bay FFA chapter, Cozzolino replied, ” I think Half Moon Bay FFA did very well at the San Mateo County Fair, and how they participated and helped other exhibitors. Half Moon Bay donated a lot of their time.” Showing at the San Mateo County Fair is a lot of work for students, but also a rewarding experience at the same time.

Senior Poll Results

Britta Stretch and Ashley Utz smile as they recall the memories of fair. Most Athletic: Logan Marshall, Kylie Freeburg Most Changed: Harry Zaidain, Jazz Shaff Most Gullible: Tucker Perkins, Janel Sanchez Most Likely to be Famous: Damien Adams, Veronica Gallegos Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Class: Alex Doncov, Eli Sencion Most Likely to Stay in HMB: Joaquin Jimenez, Olivia Smith Most Likely to Succeed: Eric Dasmalchi, Dalia Juarez-Orozco Most Original: Clancy Craig, Cynthia Figueroa

Most Sarcastic: John Sorfleet, Amy Francis Most Socially Wired: Jose Ayon, Dayna Serxner Most Soft Spoken: Adam Humphrey, Fiona Kohlman Most Spirited : Raul Hernandez, Erica Sarabia Most Talkative: Nathan Hagarty, Grace Thompson Worst Case of Senioritis: Adam Bloomer, Sarah Crosland Worst Driver: Jack Fritz, Julia Floyd Young at Heart: Steven Islander, Kelly Allen


October 2013

Advanced Placement: Is It Worth It? By Kristen Kinzie

High school is a time when students become more independent and are given the freedom to choose between regular and A.P. classes. However, we are often blind in our decision between the two. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could have someone tell us what we are getting into if we choose to take an A.P. class? I interviewed a wide array of students enrolled in both non-A.P. and A.P. classes to get a student’s perspective on the matter. Senior Avery Calhoun said, “A.P. classes are difficult but rewarding.” While A.P. classes can result in

stress, many students feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that they are being challenged. A.P. classes require a great deal of work, which some students might not be ready for. Senior Harry Zardain recommended that before signing up for an A.P. class, “you should know what you’re getting into.” What about the social part of high school? Does the time consuming work really pay off if you are missing out on the experiences of high school itself? Juniors Marco Ditullio, Samantha Arnett, and Tanner Rhodes, all agreed that students should be hav-

ing fun in high school, not being overwhelmed by work. Although socializing is a cultural norm within any high school, college is another determining factor when deciding upon taking an A.P. class. “If you want to get into a good college then A.P. classes are worth taking,” said senior Tanner Smith. A.P. classes are stressful, time-consuming, and overwhelming at times, but, when managed, can provide a deeper insight into subjects and will give you with the upper hand when applying to colleges.

Britta Stretch, Sophie Sadeghi, Evan Impink, and Brett Berghammer enjoy socializing with the extra time remaining after finishing an assignment in a nonA.P. class.

Your Instagram is Terrible Give Me a Break

By Connor Whitt As a user of instagram, I enjoy it most of the time, but there are way too many people who just post a bunch of junk. Most of these people fall into certain categories, which I am about to go over. First, are the shoutouters. These are people who do nothing with their instagram but give shoutouts to their stupid friends or whatever, as if we’d want to follow them. “DURR HURR OMG FOLLOW MY FRIEND SHES SO CUTE” “HUHU FOLLOW THIS GUY HES RLY COOL” “FOLLOW MY MOM BECAUSE YOU SHOULD TOTALLY BE INTERESTED IN WHAT MY MOM IS DOING”. If you want to just give shoutouts, just rename your account to “Shoutouts” or something, instead of acting like you’re a real person who likes to take pictures. The next worst group of people are the selfie-ers. Ok, we get it, you think you’re attractive, but try to limit your selfies to one every once in

awhile. And if you do feel inclined to take a selfie, at least admit that it’s a selfie instead of putting some arbitrary quote. The third group I’d like to complain about are the food-ers. We all like food, but that doesn’t mean that we need to see every meal you eat. Unless it’s some sort of really cool/weird food, or something that tastes really good, no one needs to see it. Some of the very worst people on Instagram are the tags-for-likes-ers. They put around 400 hashtags on their pictures, and 99% of them have nothing to do with the picture. The only people worse than the people who put all those hashtags on their pictures are the people who actually search those hashtags and like those pictures. Finally, the very worst Instagrammers in existence, the scum to end all scum, the people who should just throw their phone off a cliff, are the people who post memes and other stupid stuff that they stole off of the internet. Look, that meme wasn’t funny to begin with, so why would you want to post it on your Instagram? You aren’t original, you aren’t funny because that is not your picture (not that it was funny to begin with), and no one with half of a brain would want to like one of those memes anyways. Instagram can be great if you use it correctly, but if you manage to fall into any of these categories, just give up on Instagram, forever, please.

By Kaelyn Sattie There has always been an issue with locker room thefts, especially in a high school setting. People see something that they want and decide that they would like to have it. While everyone is taught at one point or another that stealing is wrong, this still happens more often than it should on our campus. On the second week of school someone decided it would be a great idea to snag my makeup bag. Why would you steal someone’s makeup? I just don’t understand. My life revolves around how I look and if you’re going to take my makeup bag my life is pretty much going to end. With the temper that I have, it was obviously an issue. Flipping out was necessary in this situation, I mean wouldn’t you? With everything I had

in there it was catastrophic. From Urban Decay makeup to the tons of miscellaneous items that I’ve acquired over time it really sucks. Don’t take my stuff and we won’t have an issue. For starters, its probably not even your shade. If you really want makeup go buy some yourself; it’s that simple. There is no need to take someone elses and make them go through all sorts of stress about not having something that they rely on. You never know just how valuable something might be to the person you are stealing from. I realize the opportunity might have been up for the taking, but its just not right. It’s all about morals. You have to think, would you like it if somebody stole your belongings? I want to be able to leave something in the locker room and trust that if I go back to get it its still going to be there. Think about it before you take anything from someone else, put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel? Pretty crummy huh. Have you had something stolen from you on campus? Tell the Paw Print about it by submitting an email on

How to A-C-E your S-A-T By Brooke Williams With the 2013-2014 school year up and running, many students are already starting to prepare for the PSAT tests in October. What exactly is the right amount of time to study? What should you be studying? How can you break up the information and be successful? So what is the right amount of time to study? Is there any right way to study information? According to counselor Sayuri Buritica, students should start studying for the exams six months before

taking them. The satisfaction and reward of successfully passing the SAT exams with a high score is determined by a combination of effort and technique. The effort required for success is based on the students ability to commit and focus on studying for the test on a consistent basis. “Review sheets from past classes work great as study materials,” said Junior Heather Therdorff. Many students use flashcards to help remember key words and phrases. Practice tests are a poplar way to study and come particularly

handy because you can get a large variety of questions with relative information and you also get them in the format the real tests come in. Also that the practice tests are available at most bookstores. “ I love flash cards. They help me alot,” said sophmore Serena Manfro who plans on taking the PSAT a year early. The test results have a huge impact on a students college choices. The test results are one factor universities use to grade the acceptance or refusal of a potential student. A good result could be the deciding factor

between two equal applicants. If you have a low score on the SAT’s you may limit the group of colleges you apply to because you may not be confident they will accept you. “The SAT results are one of many factors universities consider. Since college has gotten so competitive every factor is important,” said Buritica. The PSAT test is in October and students can officially start signing up on October 2nd. Spots fill up quickly, so make sure to sign up as early as possible.

October 2013

6 SPORTS Nazar Running With Their Heads Up Stands Out On and Off the Field By Grace Thompson

Seniors Logan Marshall and John Sorfleet are excited for a good season. By Marco George A wave of confidence spread through the Cross Country team as they won first place in the PAL meet on September 18th. The team thrived in this event due to the rigorous training they have been doing in order to prepare for the annual Artichoke Run, held at HMBHS on October 5th.. “We run eight miles every practice, but less on days before we have a meet,” said Logan Marshall, senior captain and 1st place winner in the PAL meet. Their hard work is paying off. The Cross Country team has exhibited great form and high levels of confidence. “We feel prepared after this last meet,” said junior Brandon Capers after their success at PAL. Senior John Sorfleet predicts that the team will make it to CCS and even to statewide competition. All in all the Cross Country team’s season is shaping up for a great turn out. With hard work, determination and an optimistic view for the future, the Cross Country team is sure to do great.

Half Moon Bay High has a long standing tradition of hard working, determined football players. Nobody embodies that sense of dedication more than senior Derek Nazar. This year is his fourth year playing High School football and his second year on Varsity. Nazar scored his first ever Varsity touchdown earlier this season against the SSFHS Warriors. Though that was his first touchdown, he has made many impressive contributions to the team this year so far, including many tackles and a fumble recovery. Varsity cheerleader and junior Darragh White said, “Derek is really fun to watch. He always looks like hes having a great time on the field, which is nice to see.” Nazar maintains a 3.5 GPA while also focusing on athletics, missing only a few summer practices and participating in every team bonding

Captains Share Successes By Jasmine Shaff Fall sports are in full swing and league play has started. The Varsity captains share their insight on how the sports season is progressing. Here is what they said: What has been the highlight to the season so far? Natalie Strohm (Cross Country): “The new team and all of the new girls on the team this year.”

Cross Country Captain Kyleen Freeburg

Soleil Spigelman (Cheer): “It was awesome to cheer at the South City game because we won.”

Senior Derek Nazar shows passion for his sport. Photo Courtesy of Derek Nazar. experience. “Running is definitely the hardest part of practice,” Nazar confessed, but he maintains that all the hard work has been worth it. Nazar is the Varsity team’s starting defensive back and can also be seen playing the position of wide receiver every now and then.

Following his senior year, Nazar hopes to go to Sonoma State. After college he wishes to become a firefighter. Nazar is seen on Fridays sporting the number four on his jersey. If you see him around campus be sure to congratulate him for a job well done!

love each other.” Natalie Strohm: “We’re working really well together, and running as a team. It’s different this year because there are so many new runners on the team.” What are your goals for the season? Avery Calhoun: “We want to win league and hopefully we can if we continue to work hard.” Beau Hamada: “To keep improving and working well as a team.”

Volleyball Captain Beau Hamada with players Dayna Serxner, and Maddy Croke

Kyleen Freeburg: “Our goals for the season is to beat Menlo Atherton and win league, go to CCS again, and make it to the state meet.”

Mario Sarabia (Football): “Winning against South City.” How is the team working together so far this season?

Cross Country Captain Logan Marshall

Avery Calhoun (Water Polo): “We are working really well together, everyone's trying hard and listening to the coach.” Beau Hamada (Volleyball): “Great, we

Cross Country Captain Natalie Strohm

Football Captain Mario Sarabia

October 2013


Apple’s Fresh New Look Cougar Pride By Katharine Bell and Kayla Lourenco Apple recently released the new update- iOS-7 to iPhones everywhere. Many have been waiting for the iOS 7, and you can’t really blame them. Apple’s new look is both fresh and shocking. The layout has bright new colors, and clean new lines making the appearance more organized and sharp. The apps have far less shadows and textures, which may be a problem for Apple users who have grown to love the original look of the iPhone. The appearance of the iPhone has changed drastically which will either make or break a consumer’s choice on upgrading to the new update. “I hate the iOS 7 layout and it needs to die,” expressed senior Jasmyn Luchetti. “I wish I had never updated it but now i can’t take it back.” Surprisingly, the iOS 7 has also changed the way consumers view the original iPhone’s technology. The iOS 7 has made it so even iPhone 4’s have the access to Siri, which makes the difference between iPhone4 and 4s very slim. The iOS 7 has a new feature known as The Control Panel. This allows users to access WiFi, Bluetooth, Rotation Lock, and Do Not Disturb easily. Apple’s multitasking hasn’t

been great in the past, but the new iOS 7 learns your habits and depending on your regular use of apps, they can help avoid burning energy and data. “The design is cool” said senior Veronica Antonelli. “I really love how the messaging looks.” Apple’s iOS 7 camera software is brand new, having filters and a new cropping system that allows you to crop a picture to fit an app such as Instagram. The only downside is the picture gallery does not have any obvious arrows or control panels. The new photo app applies some simple organization logic to your photos which is much easier than having the users do the work themselves. The app allows the user to both zoom in on photos and see when and where the photos were taken. The new Notification Center on the iOS 7 is a big change from the original layout. There is a new “Today” panel that allows the user to see events such as birthdays going on at any given day as well as weather conditions, stocks, and upcoming things to note for the next day, including alarms and calendar events. And last but not least the most exciting new feature, the ringtones. These new ringtones are magical and upbeat making it more enjoyable for the listener and more likely to attend to their missed calls and messages.

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Lost in the New Year By Estefhany Ruiz-Ortiz

The start of any kind of horrible dream begins in a dark room; cold and lost, fear and paranoia sets in and death is the closest thing to happiness, except, that’s not the situation I’m in. The hope that I need and once had, has all been


What’s your Cougar I.Q.? 1) Which varsity softball player hit eight home runs in the 2013 season? 2) In what year was Half Moon Bay High School established? 3) How many people graduated in the first class of HMBHS? 4) How long has Mrs. Silvestri been principal? 5) Who is the most recent football played to be inaugurated into the HMBHS hall of fame? 6) How many exchange students does Half Moon Bay High School have this year? 7) What two teachers went to HMBHS when they were in high school? 8) What is the name of the athletics conference HMBHS is apart of? 9) How many different sports does HMBHS offer? 10) Who was principal before Mrs. Silvestri? Take a pic of your completed quiz and upload it to your social media account. Tag it #hmbpawprint for a chance to win a prize.

Perfection Between Two Buns By Irma Acosta

fresh baked old world bread. It was was first established in 1905 and is located on Main Street in the heart of Half Moon Bay. One of the main attractions is the beautiful patio right next to the deli where you can enjoy your sandwich outside of the restaurant. Senior Lauren Barmore said, “I go there very often during lunch; I just love all their ingredients and stuff.” Many Half Moon Bay residents would agree that the best sandwiches in town are located in San Benito Deli Shop. Stop by anytime and try out these amazing sandwiches, and decide for yourself if these really are the best sandwiches in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay is a very small town with a large diversity of cultures, which means there is a lot of food to choose from. One of the most famous things about Half Moon Bay is the sandwiches, but the question is, what store has the best sandwich in Half Moon Bay? That is a very commonly asked question by tourist and the locals as well While there are a lot of sandwich shops here in Half Moon Bay, San Benito Deli is one that stands out. “I think the best sandwich in Half Moon Bay is in The San Benito Deli because they have a way of doing their sandwiches that they turn out very good, and plus they make their own bread,” said sophomore Diego Acosta. The San Benito Deli San Benito is regarded by many students is widely known as the best sandwich spot in HMB. for it’s famous sandwiches on

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but lost. This is something that I assumed would never happen after the war, and now that I look back, it was pretty stupid not to think that the win I got was not going to bite me back. The cause of my decision to not kill that man, could possibly cost me my life. Check out the new online short story series at

October 2013


Art 2 Perspective Project - Maia Buzbee - pencil

Art 3 Student Tags - Mary Hood

AP Studio Art - Elaine Yang - watercolor

AP Art Student Tags - Dominique Peranich and Elaine Yang

Meet the Staff Editors-in-Chief Stephanie Perez Haley James Copy Editors Kaelyn Sattie Maddy Croke Dayna Serxner Jazz Shaff Art 3 Charcoal Project - Ian Kairos

AP Studio Art - Lauren Barmore - ink

AP Studio Art - Fiona Shimeld - pastel

Art 3 Student Tags - Jesse Midkiff

Art 3 Charcoal Project - Shelly Schabinger

Designers Jeremy MacKinnon Estefhany Ruiz-Ortiz Staff Writers Irma Acosta Emma Alaimo Sarah Applegate Jenna Baxter Katharine Bell Amanda Berke Brenna Carroll Mia Cline Marco George Ellie Henretty Leticia Jarquin Taylor King Kristen Kinzie Kayla Lourenco Emily Payne Alondra Sahagun Lydia Tell Grace Thompson Shea Ugalde Porter Warrick Hess Emily Whitlatch Connor Whitt Brooke Williams Adviser Alyssa Neilson

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