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Half Moon Bay High School Vol II, No. 8

May 2014

Silvestri resigns as HMBHS principal By Porter Warrick Hess In August of 1909, Half Moon Bay High School opened its doors as an educational facility. With only fourteen students, HMBHS’s first principal, Mr. Anderson, patiently set out to encourage educational development, provide academic resources, and oversee the wellbeing of the student body. Over a hundred years later, with a host of different principals and an ever changing student body, Half Moon Bay High School continues to strive for the same goals. Our most recent principal, Allison Silvestri, has put in countless hours to ensure that Half Moon Bay High School academically excels. During her time at HMBHS (as both Assistant Principal and Principal), Silvestri has aided the school in creating a varied curriculum by creating new AP courses and electives. Under her tenure, Half Moon Bay High School received its first six-year accreditation from the Western Association

of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Clearly Silvestri is an ardent developer of positive academic development. When asked about her impact on HMBHS, Silvestri stated she is proud to have brought the AVID program to the school, with the help of counselor Ms. Buritica. “This program supports students who are first generation to college,” said Silvestri. “I am thrilled to know that this program will continue.” Next year, current Cunha counselor Ms. Olmstead is returning as a counselor to HMBHS and will serve as an AVID coordinator. In addition, math teacher Mr. Jones and English teacher Mr. Koehler will be teaching the expanding AVID courses. While Silvestri has had a great impact on our school and our community, she has decided to move on. Silvestri will be leaving HMBHS in order to become principal in the East Bay at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. “Change is fabulous and that is what I encourage students

Measure B will renew existing Measure E funding By Alondra Sahagun In 2010, the local community voted for Measure E, a parcel tax measure that supports key academic programs at our school. Measure E has provided schools in the Cabrillo Unified School District with a secure and stable source for funding for the past four years, but it is set to expire at the end of the following school year. Unless it is approved by the community on the June ballot, school funds will once again be cut. Measure E currently provides $1.7 million annually to coastside schools, covering costs for classroom teachers, counselors, librarians, classified staff (custodial, clerical, and technicians), funds for King's Mountain, and preserving key academic programs at schools such as reading, writing, math, and science. Without the renewal of the measure, known as Measure B, the district would need to make $1.7 million worth of cuts. Measure B is the renewal of the existing parcel tax Measure E, meaning that the measure would not increase taxes; it would maintain the existing $150 annual parcel tax, and would simply extend for five more years. The funding that the measure provides is critical to maintaining high quality education.

“Class size and money for books are the most affected areas when it comes to budget cuts,” said History teacher Andrew Hoskins when asked how cuts affect teachers and their curriculum. With the support of more funding sources, these areas would be affected less. (The Citizen’s Oversight Committee ensures that funds are being used as intended by the voters approval.) "The District has had to make cuts for several years," said superintendent Tony Roehrick. "This year we have not made any cuts and are able to keep the same programs and services." Underfunding schools is a serious issue in the state, and with $4 million less of state funding, districts need to have a secure funding source. Measure B is set to be on the June 3, 2014 ballot and according to the Cabrillo Unified School District website the Measure needs a 67% voter approval in order to be passed. The funding it provides is very important to coastside schools, therefore making every vote count. To find out more information on Measure B or volunteer visit - the campaign website- or go to www. - the district website.

to embrace when they contemplate life after HMBHS,” enthused Silvestri. “I will miss the students, teachers, staff, parents, guardians, coaches, mentors, and community members for whom I have come to know well over the past 5 years. Cougar Pride Always!” The students and faculty will miss Principal Silvestri and her passion for Half Moon Bay High School. They will miss her encouraging TV announcements, her ability to compromise and collaborate, her smiling face as she greets students in the morning, and her enthusiastic pride at Cougar sports games. As a principal and faculty member, she will be missed. The school district has posted a announcement stating that Silvestri’s job as HMBHS principal is now open to qualified applicants. Applicants will be interviewed and carefully considered by community stakeholders. The final decision will be made by the end of June and will be announced shortly thereafter. “I’m going to miss her commitment, as she is literally

Silvestri has been Principal of HMBHS for the past two years, and served as Assistant Principal prior to that. She will be moving on as Principal of Acalanes High School in Lafayette. everywhere and does everything for everybody… The next principal will hopefully be able to carry

on her legacy, since those are big shoes to fill,” reminisced current Assistant Principal Jarrett Dooley.

Where are seniors headed ?

Next year HMBHS seniors will spread out across the nation heading to colleges, trade schools, and even the Armed Forces. Out of 173 seniors polled, 72.7% reported that they would be heading to the destinations above. Larger dots on the map above represent a larger volume of students attending school in that area.

Prom goers suit up for the big night By Brooke Williams With prom less than a month away, students hurry to find the perfect dress for a night they will never forget. Many students have resorted to the “Dibs” Facebook page where you can claim a dress so that others do not buy the same one. Other than finding a dress, teens have to worry about finding transportation and asking that special someone to be their date. Some students have been thinking outside the box when it comes to making the “prom-posal”. From spelling “Prom?” out on pepperoni pizza to witty sayings on a poster board, students go all out when it comes

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to prom. The theme of the dance is “A Night in Paris” which Prom Committee has been working extremely hard on to make as authentic as possible. “We have been working hard to get everything done,” said senior and Prom Committee member Alix Lemke, “but it has been hard since there isn’t very many people buying tickets.” In order to fund the school function, Prom Committee has been asking for donations from Half Moon Bay community members along with the selling of tickets. “One of our main fundraising events for prom is our

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Spaghetti Feed,” said Mr. Jones, the main supervisor of Prom Committee. “So far we have been able to sell 140 Prom tickets.” Prom will take place on May 31 at the Maritime Museum on Pier 27 in San Francisco from 6pm until 10pm “Tickets cost $95 for singles and $170 for couples,” said Lemke. When asked about prom, junior Stephanie Perez gave her input on what she looks forward to about having prom at the Maritime Museum. “I think it is going to pretty cool,” said Perez. “I’m excited to see how they decorate the venue according to the theme.”

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May 2014

Hair-Pulling Difficulty: AP Exams come to a close after year of preparation

AP exams took place May 5-16. Nearly one-third of the student body was enrolled in AP courses this year. By Taylor King AP students who took college level courses which are more rigorous than regular classes, spent the majority of the year preparing for the infamous AP exams to see if their studying and hard work would earn them credits for college. Though the classes are difficult, nearly one third of the school's student body is involved in a minimum of one AP course. "We have 365 kids taking at least one AP class," said counselor Mandi Robertson, "and 306 students taking at least one AP exam." These college-level courses require much more involvement and effort than a regular class would. Claudia Lunstroth, AP Literature and Composition teacher for the past ten years, understands the difficulty of AP courses and how much effort must be put in to pass both her class and the test. "Students are expected to be highly motivated on their own and they are expected to have higher skills already,” said Lunstroth. “There's a lot more reading and writing essays, and the tests and essays are the biggest part of the grade; they are much more important than the homework.” Students prepared rigorously for these tests, especially those who are taking more than one like junior Ana Morales-Galvan who is taking the AP US History, AP Biology, and AP Language and Composition exams. "For AP Biology and AP USH, I'm studying the AP books," said Morales-Galvan. "Most of what I'm reading is Five Steps to a Five, which is very helpful." Once the test is taken and scored by professionals, the scores

are available to students, and eventually to colleges. "The individual university or college that you actually enroll in,” said Robertson, “you'll send your AP scores to them and then it's up to them to determine what kind of credits and if they'll give you credits.” The college or university you plan on attending has the ability to choose whether or not your AP scores will count as credits for that particular course or courses. “A lot of schools will give you credits if you get an AP score of 3 or higher,” said Robertson, “but some schools require a score of 4 or 5, and some schools won't accept certain AP credits because they really want you to take their class, so it's totally dependent on the school." With the added pressure of not only passing the class and the AP exam, but whether or not the course will count in college, students are beginning to collapse under the pressure. "I wouldn't say I'm very confident because I'm not," said Morales. "I'm really scared actually." AP courses attempt to simulate the college experience, sometimes being even more difficult than a class in college would be. "In terms of what material you have to know, I think [high school AP courses] would be roughly equivalent or more so to college courses," said first year AP US History teacher James Barnes. "This course is more intense than a history course I took in college." Students take a huge sigh of relief once AP exams come to a close each year, as they prepare to put more study time into their other classes as finals draw near.

Coastside Youth Council to take over coast By Leticia Jarquin-Sanchez Rising above and taking action is what members of the Youth Leadership Institute are about. YLI is an organization where youth gather under supervision, work on projects and discuss ways to make the communities they live in a better and more suitable environment for themselves as well as for the other civilians. Through this organization, youth and their advisors work on ways to prevent the consumption or use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Members promote a better and healthier living style as well. YLI helps young people develop skills that they will need in the future, such as speaking skills. “Being a part of the Coastside Youth Council has helped me be more aware of the problems in our community and how there might be a possibility that i might part take in a positive impact on our community,” said junior Margarita Vasquez. YLI is full of vitality and energy. During Half Moon Bay High’s spring break, members from the Coastside Youth Council, also

part of YLI, attended an award ceremony that recognized young people who made an effort to make change amongst their community and themselves. It was a great experience to expose the CYC group to the other members of YLI. Fahad Qurashi, the senior director for YLI, was a former member of the organization as well. “YLI has developed my skills and political education to take on significant community change,” said Quarashi. “I started as a youth in the program and through coaching, mentorship and hard work, I am now the Senior Director and support a team of four organizers that work throughout the

county.” Qurashi works with the CYC group, which consists of four students from Half Moon Bay High. Members of the group believe that it is a great way to break out of their shell and it allows them to have a voice, as well as express their opinions. They believe they can develop speaking skills they felt that they lacked. Members find it as a new and fun way to develop skills as well in addition to being led into making positive changes in their community. The CYC group plan to work on future projects to help out their own community. “There are many projects that we have in the future to work on,” said sophomore Jorge Aguilar. “I have worked on a project in the past called Photo Voice. It was a project where photographs spoke louder than words.” Aguilar has been with the group for 3 ½ years. CYC hopes to grow more and have a positive effect on their community. Members will still continue to dedicate their own time to contribute to the group once the school year ends.

Cheaters never prosper By Jasmine Shaff What is cheating? Some students do not even consider copying a little homework to be cheating, while others still avoid it, feeling it is not worth the detention or the zero on the assignment if they get caught. Half Moon Bay High School states that ANY work that is turned in representing someone else's work as your own is considered academic dishonesty, or cheating. According to the school handbook, students receive a detention and a zero on the assignment for their first offense, and a suspension and an 'F' on the 6-week report card for their second offense. On a third offense students receive an 'F' in the class and the class is dropped. This also includes collaborating on a test, having access to a test before the test is given, and using a phone or calculator on a test to access answers. Students have many reasons for cheating, whether it's an assignment they didn't quite understand, an absence that resulted in tons of makeup work, or just plain laziness. But many have learned the hard way that cheating is not worth the consequences. “I see a lot of people

copying work for classes, but I rarely see anyone cheating on tests,” said junior Justin Winslow. Teachers are responsible for using their best judgement when it comes to punishments. "We've had very few cases of cheating this year actually be processed through the office," said Principal Silvestri. When it comes to copying versus cheating on a test, Silvestri said, "Cheating is cheating." Mr. Putnam has the same beliefs about copying being cheating. “I don’t catch a lot of people cheating in class, but I do think it’s an issue at our school,” said Putnam. Silvestri said that living

in a time with, she believes that plagiarism has gone down in recent years. “I don’t believe that the school is getting more strict about cheating issues because there wasn’t a lot of cheating going on in the first place. We’ve only had about three instances of cheating go through the office this year. Teachers usually handle cheating issues on their own,” said Silvestri. Whether you’re copying someone’s 5 point homework assignment or a final exam, there are serious consequences for cheating at HMBHS.

New pyschology/sociology elective met with anticipation

By Emily Payne The counseling department has selected to add a new course to next year’s elective offerings: a college level psychology/ sociology course that will be taught by a CSM community college professor. “We feel our students deserve to have opportunities that

kids in larger high schools have,” said counselor Mandi Robertson, “and a lot of our kids are interested in sociology and psychology.” Sociology is a study where students learn the similarities and differences between different cultural groups throughout the world, while psychology focuses on the human brain and how we think, act, and feel. Students will learn about

how personality development is shaped by customs, attitudes, and values in different cultures. “I have heard of sociology in passing but have never actually looked into it,” said junior Taylor King. “I’m excited to learn about what it is and how it has affected us as people throughout the years.” “I am looking forward to the class because I want to be a

psychologist,” said junior Anjelica Haro, “so it will give me an insight on what I’m looking forward to do when I grow up.” The students who are already informed of their enrollment in the course are delighted to have the opportunity to be taught by a college professor of two subjects in which they would like to know more about.

“I hope to gain a lot of knowledge about the class because I don’t know much about it,” said junior Sabrina Nava. The class will allow students to get a head start on their college credits and will give them new knowledge of what they would study if they pursued either course as a career.

May 2014

FFA Goes to State

FFA members, led by teacher Javier Gutierrez, make their way to the arena where the sessions were held. By Jenna Baxter Four days, five thousand members, tons of selfies and lasting memories are all part of the state experience. On Saturday, April 12th, 23 Half Moon Bay Future Farmers of America members departed from Half Moon Bay and headed to Fresno, where the 86th Annual California State Leadership Conference awaited them. State Conference is a four day event providing many opportunities for students to listen to key speakers, witness State Officer retiring addresses, celebrate the accomplishments of other FFA members, and enjoy themselves at the Monday night concert. The four days are full of excitement, lack of sleep, and new friendships. Freshman Kimo Zonge attended the conference for the first time this year, and had "a lot of fun and met a lot of new people." Zonge explained that he felt part of something larger. "It was pretty dang awesome,” said Zonge. “I felt accepted into the FFA family." After attending State, Zonge hopes to attend more of the leadership conferences that are hosted by the FFA Organization. “I would like to attend more conferences to meet more FFA chapters and develop stronger bonds with other members,” he said. Junior Kennedy Arnold also had a great time. "I thought it was a great experience. There were a lot of motivational speakers and it made me happy.” Arnold attended State for

the second time in her high school career. Arnold thought the highlight of the conference was the officers retiring addresses. During the conference members say good bye to the State Officers who are in charge of overseeing all of the chapters in California, as well as put on the many conferences that are hosted throughout the year. “It offers an educational experience and a way to experience leadership and how to become a leader,” said Arnold. Junior Margarita Vasquez attended the state conference for the first time.“I am very glad [I got to go]. I got to meet new people and I got to experience what it’s like to be in that environment.” Vasquez, along with others, had a firsthand account of the energetic and enthusiastic atmosphere this year. Along with the environment, Vasquez also enjoyed the key and motivational speakers.“They were really good and motivating. I learned that no one is going to accomplish your goals for you. You have to do it by yourself.” Overall, the State Conference offers students the chance to create lasting memories, form new friendships and enhance their leadership skills. It marks the end of the year for FFA members, but also introduces new State Officers and opens the door to another promising year. Next year will be the 87th annual California State FFA Leadership Conference. Have you made your reservation yet?

By Porter Warrick Hess With summer around the corner, many students are anticipating a time for relaxation and fun. Although summer is a time for multiple opportunities, many students are at a loss for what to do. Instead of traveling, working, or volunteering, many students find themselves on the couch watching re-runs of The Walking Dead for the third week in a row . While relaxation is key to any summer, this is a guide for those of you who want to get the most out of your summer. In reality, one’s “endless summer” only lasts two and a half months. In order to take full advantage of this time, here are some researched options of what to do over the summer.


Caelin and Case Take Thailand By Dayna Serxner

hiking and swimming. Batstone said that one Over spring break, some of his favorite memostudents venture out of Half Moon ries of Thailand was Bay to take part in all sorts of when he and Dufrane life changing adventures; Caelin swam in the Makon Batstone and Case Dufrane’s trip to river with all the kids. Thailand was one of these. Dufrane agreed that As many locals know, this was one of the Caelin’s father, David Batstone best moments in Thaistarted an NGO (Non-Governland. The opening cermental Organization) called ‘Not emonies of camp were For Sale’ to raise awareness about also an experience human trafficking. Batstone and the he will never forget ‘Not For Sale’ team runs a camp in because that was when Chiang Saen, Thailand for children he was introduced to who are victims of human traffickthe camp itself. Dufrane and Batstone have laughs with the ing. Caelin has been going to Thai- “At first, com- Thai children at the camp. land every year since 2009 to help municating with the out at this camp, and this spring he children was difficult Dufrane concluded. brought his friend Dufrane along because they spoke a different lan Dufrane and Batstone are for the ride. guage,” Dufrane explained. “But an inspiration for the rest of the Although these children by the end of the camp, we found high school community to take part have been through more than any other ways in which to communiin service trips during their school students at the high school could cate with the kids.” break. Instead of spending hours on possibly imagine, the camp was When the time finally end at home watching Netflix marvery similar to a typical summer came for the boys to say goodbye, athons or road-tripping to Tahoe for camp; full of fun and games. “They they were sent off with a special a few days, take the time to make a have this game they made up that farewell. Dufrane and Batstone difference in the world. Whether it we played with them. It’s a mix went to the airport to depart and is in a foreign country or closer to between soccer and volleyball and found the children from the camp home, find a way to reach out, help it was so much fun,” Batstone said. waiting for them, giving them one others and have your own experi Dufrane and Batstone last goodbye. ence of a life time. took part in many games with the “It was an unforgettable children and even had some fun experience and I really hope that I adventures of their own such as will be lucky enough to go again,”

College or Nah?

By Kayla Lourenco There has been a lot of talk around campus about what colleges seniors are attending next year and where they got accepted, but what about the seniors who are not going to college? Out of the 173 students polled in the senior class, 43 said they were not attending college. Many of these students believe that International Travel There are many travel programs catering to high school students who wish to explore the world. These travel organizations generally boast a plethora of volunteer and/or adventure opportunities in various countries. Among these organizations include Rustic Pathways, a 32 year old high school travel organization that boasts programs in over 15 different countries. Sample Rustic Pathways programs include caring for asian elephants in Thailand, volunteering in the volta region in Ghana, and surfing in Australia. Similar programs include Cross- Cultural Solutions and Global Volunteers.

there are other options besides college. Some are seeking more hands on learning post-high school, while others are seeking a more direct pathway to an actual career where they can make money. One senior who is not taking the path of college is senior Garrett Kern, who is planning on attending the army after graduation. "I would rather just go straight into the army instead than

attend college for four years and then go into the army,” explained Kern. Another student taking the military route is senior Cassidy Brazil. "I'm going to the navy because it will give me the self discipline that college wouldn't really give me,” said Brazil. But after graduation, military is not the only option. Some students face financial issues that prevent them from attending college. Senior Jasmyn Luchetti hopes to go right into working for a hair salon owned by friend of a relative. "I feel like attending college right now will put a strain on the opportunity I have right now,” said Luchetti. “I’d rather just hit the ground running and start making some money.” Much of high school is focused on preparing students for college and most of the light and praise goes to the seniors on that track. However, many seniors have found their path aside from college and are happy with what they are pursuing.

Outdoor Adventure If you wish to explore the outdoors, look no further than these programs. With a general two to four week expedition, many organizations boast summer programs that include an array of outdoor activities. Outward Bound, known for it’s amazing outdoor leadership programs, offers a couple of programs for teens wanting to be outdoors. Such Outward Bound programs include sailing in Maine, kayaking and rafting in the southwest, and alpine backpacking in the Rockies. Similar programs include National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Moondance Adventures.

Work If you don’t quite have the means to travel internationally or venture on an outdoor program, you could always build up your resume by working. In order to score a job, students should look in their local newspapers classifieds (HMB Review Job Classifieds) and Craiglist. If you already have a place in mind, go in ASAP and request to fill out an application. Many large chains such as Jamba Juice, Target, and New Leaf have online applications that interested job seekers can fill out. Between the classifieds, Craigslist, and simply asking for a job application, you’re sure to score a job this summer.


May 2014

Changes for football field and track Tennis team goes in upcoming year undefeated By Shea Ugalde

After ten plus years of rigorous sporting events, the track and field are ready for renewal. Construction will take place this summer. By Sarah Applegate Over the summer, beginning immediately after the school year ends, improvements will be made to the football field and track, with new turf and specially designed areas for track and field. According to Assistant Principal Albert Strong, as of right now, the turf is visible over the fake grass, which should not be the case. This can reportedly cause injuries due to the athletes’ cleats becoming stuck on the turf that has risen to the surface. “The turf is to be redone every ten years and it is now time that this happens,” commented

Strong. “The new turf should be of higher quality and improve safety among our athletes.” It will cost roughly one million dollars and will be funded by various donations and Measure S funding, which is a bond that was passed by the Cabrillo Unified School District to place a small tax on the citizens that should raise roughly eighty million dollars over the next few years. The track will also gain additions. Events such as the long and high jump will now have a special area in the “D-zone” located in the unused area of the football field. The discus, triple jump, shot put, and pole vault will also have

an area specially made for each event. This has come to be exciting news for many students who feel that they have inadequate training for these events due to a lack of equipment and space. “It’s going to be nice to have all of these additions,” said junior and track team member David Corona. “It will be cool to finally be able to host meets and participate in all of the events.” These changes will be expected to be completed by the beginning of the upcoming school year and will prove to be a great benefit to Half Moon Bay High’s sporting activities and to the safety of the students.

Varsity softball season wraps up By Ellie Henretty Varsity girls softball is completing their PAL season and are making their way into the CCS Division 3 playoffs. They finished off their season with a 20-7 record after a win on Thursday night against Capuchino High School. Seniors Amy Francis and Harlee Donovan stepped onto the field for their last league game and stepped off the field with a 3-2 victory. “Yesterday’s game was another great example of the best part of our team, which is that we have won twenty games this year and no one person has been responsible for the win, there has been a different hero in every single game,” commented coach Bryce Hadley.

very hard toward their goals this season, but the hard work is not over yet. Students can see those who have hit home runs sporting wizard cloaks and hats around campus, as a new home run hitting tradition. There are more than a few “wizards” on the team and they hope to carry on this spirit through playoffs. The girls are spending time out on the field to prepare for their games in CCS. “I feel like most of us are prepared,” said sophomore Angela Brazil. “We work together really well,” said Brazil when asked about the team chemistry and feeling of this season. The girls have worked

Coach Hadley proudly poses with seniors Amy Francis and Harlee Donavon on Senior Night. Photos courtesy of Deanna RochaTower

Seniors hit home one last time By Grace Thomspon As the season wraps up and seniors hit the field for the last time, emotions have been running high and the bats have been hitting hard. The team has a record of 1214 and the varsity Cougar baseball team hope to finish their season strong. “I love watching the games! They are always so fun,” said one of the team’s biggest fans, senior Lauren Barmore. “The boys always give it their all. They always rep that Cougar pride.” At senior night, players showed their great appreciation for each other and their gratitude to have been part of such an amazing

team. “Its bittersweet playing baseball for the last time in my high school career, but its been a great four years,” said senior and varsity captain Brett Berghammer. Berghammer played an excellent game on senior night, pitching the game of his career though it was a tough loss. Berghammer has been a passionate and dedicated athlete throughout his high school career and well before. Other standout players of the season include senior Chet Silveria, who was named player of the game against Sacred Heart, and senior Mike Rupert, who was given the honor of Player of the Game against Menlo.

“It feels really good to be recognized for all the hard work,” said Rupert. “It makes it all worth it.”

“It’s bitterseet playing baseball for the last time in my high school career,” said senior and captain Brett Berghammer.

With a skilled team and a talented coach, boys tennis has done extremely well this year, going undefeated all season. The team’s coach, Carol Donahue, has been coaching both boys and girls tennis for four years, and plans to continue next year. “Coaching high school boys is super fun,” said Donahue. “Boys tend to love competition and are easily coached.” Donahue’s coaching went to a very successful end result. “Our team did so well this year for two reasons,” said Donahue. “The first reason is because we have Drew Davison and Gabe Pizzolato playing number one and number two singles, and they are both very accomplished tournament players. The other reason is because we had 6 seasoned seniors on the team this year.” Team Captain and Senior Steve Jacobsen has played tennis at the high school all four years. “I’ve been playing tennis for seven years,” said Jacobsen. “Four at the high school and three during middle school.” Jacobsen is proud that the team went undefeated, a significant achievement for the whole team.

As tennis team captain, Steve Jacobsen led the team in an undefeated season. “We only had four teams last year, which means we had to win everything to win a game,” said Jacobsen. “That was pretty hard. The past two years have been kind of building years, so it feels good to go undefeated [this season].” There are also quite a few underclassmen on the 2014 tennis team. “We have a lot of new talent [this year],” continued Jacobsen. “Our number one singles player is Drew Davison, and he’s a freshman. He’s really good. The next best player is a sophomore, and our number five overall is a freshman.” The team’s success has brought pride to the high school and the widely talented boys tennis team of 2014.

Cheerleading? More like bootcamp By Grace Thompson The pain begins in May, tryouts begin in June, and what seemed like the worst of it seems like nothing once July comes. It is a common misconception that cheerleading is easy, but when your coaches are Kate White (a fitness instructor and retired professional ballerina) and Susan Royce (a fitness fanatic and former University of Oklahoma cheerleader), that misconception is proven extremely inaccurate. An intensive month long conditioning boot camp begins for the prospective cheerleaders on May 13th. “After 4 years of this conditioning I’m glad I don't have to do it anymore,” said last year’s varsity captain Soleil Spigelman. “As the team improves the workouts get harder.” These workouts include long distance running, push ups and sit ups that reach well into triple digits, core toning workouts, intense stretching and strength and endurance workouts. This year the perspective cheerleaders will be expected to be able to do the splits at least two ways and have above par jumps and kicks. “Sub par physical fitness is not acceptable. We are training these girls to be disciplined and in top physical fitness,” said head coach Kate White. “I would expect nothing less of these extraordinary young women.” Miles are expected to

improve by at least 30 seconds by the first day of July practice and anything under an 8:30 mile will result in four more laps around the track. Competition among teammates is fiercely applauded as the girls are often put in relay teams. The winning team gets the coveted prize of skipping the next workout series. “Its far from easy, but its worth it. We encourage anybody who wants to get a great workout and be a potential member of the HMBHS Cheer squad to come out and give it a shot,” said Varsity Coach Susan Royce. The intensive month long bootcamp is the best way to get prepared for the highly competitive tryouts and attendance is strongly recommended for those that have intentions of trying out.

Practice is no walk in the park for these athletes. The cheer coaches run an intensive boot camp to improve fitness for season.

May 2014

Letter from the Editors Dear readers, This year has been a huge success for The Paw Print. From getting our paper published in the Half Moon Bay Review and having our writers featured on our local radio station KHMB, we could not have gotten where we are today without the help and support from our community. Last year was the first year that a Journalism class had been brought back to the high school for 11 years, and it was not easy to pick things up from scratch. Since then we have grown from only printing two papers last year, to printing a paper every month this year, making 8 publications in total. With help from our sponsors Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay Brewery, and Miramar Farms, the Half Moon Bay Review generously gave our small high school paper the chance to be seen by everyone on the coast. We also want to thank the Half Moon Bay High School Foundation for helping us print our first three papers of the year. Most importantly, we want to thank our staff of 2014 and of course our teacher Ms. Neilson who made all of our plans of success a reality. Over the last year she has spent countless hours after school editing articles and helping with the layout of every printed paper. Ms. Neilson has made it her highest priority to teach all forms of journalism and help transform even the most unexperienced journalists into professional writers. Farewell for now, we look forward to providing the community with news from the high school in the 2014-15 school year. Sincerely, Haley James and Stephanie Perez Editors-in-Chief, 2013-2014

OPINION 5 "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Never give up." -Haley Boyajian "Take classes that will raise your GPA. It will be really beneficial because colleges are getting really competitive. But don't stress over the AP classes." -Grace Thompson

Dear underclassmen, As a freshman and sophomore, I was lucky enough to have an older brother to teach me the ropes of high school. He taught me to cut through the Peet's Coffee parking lot to beat traffic at the bottom of the hill and to always do your homework so the increasing number of zeros on Schoolloop don’t haunt you at night. Unfortunately, some of you aren't as lucky as I was to have such an amazing mentor, so I decided to step in and uncover myths that everyone tells you about high school. “Senior year is a breeze and you don’t have to try.” This is wrong. Between college applications, keeping your grades up so you don’t get onto the Senior Fail List, and deciding where you are going to go to college, senior year is actually somewhat stressful. Although, it is not any harder than your last three years as long as you are adequate at managing your time. Just remember, colleges do look at your last year in highschool as well, so keep up your grades. “If you don’t do well on your SATs you will die a bum and never get into a good college.” Okay, no. SAT is not the golden key to the gates of college and people with really high SAT scores but poor work ethic or lack passion don’t always get into their first choice. Buy a practice booklet, take a few practice exams, and don’t sweat it because studies have proven that standardized testing doesn’t measure any innate ability, but rather to an objective measure to even the differences in curriculum and grading across the country. “Everyone should work their butt off in high school because it defines the rest of your life.” This is wrong also. Yes, you should always try your hardest in a class because everyone that has continued their high school career after freshman year is very capable, but it does not define you. I believe the most important thing is to have fun and find what you love to do, because that is what you will succeed in later in life.

"Don't just go to classes; find what you are interested in and get involved, and it will make the four years go by much faster." - Eric Dasmalchi

"Have as much fun as you can since high school is a once in a lifetime experience." - Eduardo Perez

Sincerely, Madeleine Croke

By Marco George

The HMB Dance Experience

7:35pm -60 -people presentThe crowd Sparsely scattered around the MU. A beautiful light show covers the white floor. The smoke machine starts up next to the people dancing, whose number total 5. Senior Tomas Simons stars spinning Poi as a train of 5 begins to take off. - 2 songs laterThe 5 have now reduced to 2. some begin to speak of leaving soon. 8:16pm -50 people presentA change in the light to a purple haze draws the attendants to the center of the floor. A subtle sway begins but quickly dies. 8:44pm -37 people present37 left and they're all stuck to the wall. I pass a couple by the water fountain who's been standing there all night. Neither look eager to dance.

There is but one problem, a lack of people. I'm certain that everyone who attended Cunha remembers the dances. They remember how everyone was dancing, eating or playing video games. But not any more; no. No more dancing, no more eating and no more video games. That's what the dances at HMBHS are like now; very sad indeed.

that was as fun as a Cunha dance, but no, it all stopped once we got high school. I remember the first dance of freshman year. Before we had even gone to see what it was like, people began to talk about how bad the dances here were and how no one was going to go. Some of us went anyways, while others chose to listen to the upperclassmen.

I wish that in my four years of high school we would have had at least one dance

We all should have gone no matter what the upperclassmen said. We should have disregarded their

This isn’t the end By Estefhany Ruiz-Ortiz As we enter the end of the year, we enter the phase in which we realize that some of us won't be seen until the far future, yet we will always remember the impact we made as a student at Half Moon Bay High School. Whether you're a freshman, senior, or part of the staff, every year is different in its own way. In order for the legacy of all the great people that have set foot on the grounds of this school and all memories made to live on, we need to cherish them, and even on the saddest days, we can reflect on those that we made with old, long time friends. Never forget where you've come from because that's what influenced the creation of the person you are today; it's where you made close friends, short term enemies, and possibly fell in love for the first time. In order for us to move towards what we want, we need to think of the consequences that can affect us not only now, but in the greater future because what we do from here on out can either make us successful, or begin to slowly ruin our lives. The paths that we choose to take after high school will be part of the legacy we are. From here on out, we should remember that this isn’t the end, but only the beginning of many more things to come.

Marco George In my four years of high school I have heard the word "cool"about 5,872 times, but who's counting. What does it even even mean? According to the dictionary, "cool" means moderately free of heat. Yet as I walk/run down the halls I hear people use this word in reference to a hundred other things aside from heat. "Cool car." "Cool shirt." "He's cool." "Ohh coooooool." In regards to the actual definition of the word, none of

opinions and gone to the dance, and then it would have been a freshman dance. Then next year when the new freshmen came, it would have been a freshmen-sophomore dance and so on, until all classes attended the dances. So now that I am a senior and will no longer attend this school, I have a message to the youth: GO TO THE DANCE! You can make the dances fun again, but you have to go. So forget what you have heard about the dances and find out for yourselves. If YOU don’t go, no one will.

these phrases make sense unless they are speaking about the temperature. But they're not; no, today the word cool means something else. As a matter of fact it means a couple of things, both of which are slang. Now today, most do not use a traditional dictionary, but rely on what we call the Urban dictionary. It is by use of this urban dictionary that one may find the definition for words in their modern context. So by reading Urban Dictionary, I found the word "cool" to mean something “neat-o, awesome, swell or popular; like in a social hierarchy.” For the most part this definition makes sense except the last part: popular. Popular means someone or something that is liked, admired or enjoyed by many people. But this doesn't add up being as that the things we think are cool are not always popular. Sometimes the things we think are cool are popular, but popularity changes and isn’t

a consistent thing. For example, at some schools, to be a cheerleader or to play on the varsity football team makes you popular (no offense to those who participate in either of these practices, but I do not consider you popular because of it). Thats just my opinion that I also happen to share with alot of other people who may or may not go to this school. Now for the main point: cool is what you think of it. There is no set person or thing that is cool. Being as that we all have our own opinions towards various things what we perceive as cool varies greatly. If you find purple hats to be cool, cool. If you think wearing purple hats is cool, then wear one. Do not be swayed by others if they do not think as you do towards what is cool, that is their opinion and obviously you don't view what they view the same way. Cool is what you think is Cool.


May 2014

Then and Now

Junior year was terrible

By Mia Cline and Emily Whitlatch

The seniors of the 2014 graduating class have experienced High School in their own individual ways. From freshman to senior year, each student has accomplished different goals and battled a variety of challenges. Graduating seniors were asked to reflect on their high school careers. Each student was asked to think back to their freshman year and what they were most afraid or nervous for in high school as an incoming freshman. Now as seniors, they reflect on what they are most nervous for after entering the real world as a high school graduate.

Alix Lemke Freshman: "I was very scared of the older girls." Senior: "Making new friends in college."

Jose Ayon Freshman: "Doing well in sports" Senior: "I want to do well in college wrestling."

Ej Madriaga Freshman: The upperclassmen. There rumors that they did mean things to the lower classmen so I was really scared." Senior: "The classes being more difficult."

Kenny Pelikan Freshman: "I was afraid of Mr. Carey when I first saw him." Senior: "Making my own food."

Olivia Smith Freshman: "Living in New York and trying to make friends." Senior: "Being financially stable and I'm nervous of having a roommate."

Tucker Perkins Freshman: "The college preparation was intimidating. I was nervous for the standardized testing and keeping up with my grades." Senior: "Leaving on my two year mission for my church."

What was your best memory going down the hill? “Talking to the lady at Popeyes and maintaining a steady relationship with her.”- Connor Pope

By Connor Whitt Look, I don’t really like any year of school, but junior year has to be the worst year of school out of every grade I’ve been in. The combination of tons of homework, AP classes, ridiculous amounts of unnecessary testing, and the SATs have turned my junior year into an academic nightmare. First off, I think the addition of the Common Core tests is ridiculous. The tests didn’t even count, but we still had to take them. I feel sorry for the kids who have to take them next year because your scores will supposedly actually count next year. I hope that we aren’t expected to be good at the math portion of the Common Core test because that stuff is stupidly hard. On top of having to do the Common Core test, this years’ juniors have also had to take the

CSTs, as well as the SATs (which I’ve already ranted about). The worst part about junior year was the first semester. Every day my teachers would give about 3 hours of homework a night, and on top of that, I had to do 3 hours of football practice every weekday. I'd come home tired enough to fall asleep, then I'd go on Schoolloop and, of course,

Isabel Lehane Congratutlations Izzy! Way to go! We are so very proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Jess and JT Ryan East Freshman: “I was mostly nervous for the pressure of all the classes. I thought it was going to be very difficult.” Senior: “I'm worried about failing my general education classes in the first semester.”

Carmen Contreras Freshman: "Getting to my classes. I got lost on my first day.” Senior: "I’m most nervous about making friends in college."

Who was your favorite high school teacher? “Mr. Carey because he has a good sense of humor and is really easy to get along with.” - Karina Lynch

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Steven and Christopher Jacobson Chris and Steve, We are so proud of your accomplishments thus far. Love, Mom and Dad. Go Blue!

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Tiana Spano and Steph Rodriguez Tiana and Steph, This year you guys are going away to college and we will miss you so much! Thanks for being great sisters! Love, Allegra and Megan Kyle Harwood Kyle, Congratulations! We are all so proud of what you have accomplished. You have grown up to be such an amazing young man and an inspiration to all of us. Go big! Love, Mom, Dad and Kevin Sam Vaughn “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” W.C. We are proud of you! Mom, Dad and Hannah

there's a 300,000 word essay due tomorrow. The thing I find weirdest about all the homework this year is that as soon as second semester came around, teachers basically stopped giving us any homework. I'm not complaining, but it just makes me wonder why they had to give us so much homework in the first semester. The final thing about junior year that I hated was AP testing. AP classes are hard on their own, but having to take a 3.5 hour test on them is just awful. After this year, I’m never taking another AP test again due to the fact that the tests don’t even help your grade, and they’re insanely difficult. All in all, I’m just glad that I’ll never have to take another SAT, CST, Common Core Test, or AP test again, and I pity the kids who will be juniors next year.

Prom vs. Prices By Brenna Carroll

High prices usually accompany Prom, but now there is a comparison of local salons to help you save while getting gorgeous! Out of the three salons located in Half Moon Bay, Harmony salon seems to be the most affordable option available, but make appointments soon. All salons are filling up for Prom!

Brett Berghammer Life is full of exciting adventures--Adventure on! We love you, congratulations! -The O’hana What was the funniest thing that has ever happened in class? “A dressed up bunny walked into class and got freaky to celebrate Easter”- Erick Perez

What was your worst memory going at lunch? “Being late back to class because we were stuck in traffic.” - Heather Claitor

Sarahi Ramirez I’m so happy for you, you’re finally graduating! I love you cousin!

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Meet the Staff Editors-in-Chief Stephanie Perez Haley James Designer Jeremy MacKinnon Staff Writers Irma Acosta Sarah Applegate Jenna Baxter Amanda Berke Brenna Carroll Mia Cline Maddy Croke Marco George Ellie Henretty Leticia Jarquin-Sanchez Taylor King

Kayla Lourenco Emily Payne Estefhany Ruiz-Ortiz Alondra Sahagun Kaelyn Sattie Dayna Serxner Jasmine Shaff Lydia Tell Grace Thompson Shea Ugalde Porter Warrick Hess Emily Whitlatch Connor Whitt Brooke Williams Adviser Alyssa Neilson

Paw Print Vol. 2, No. 8, May 2014