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Still Life - Pictured left, seniors Jennifer Lakeman, Leslie Yeh, and Nick Carillo pose as various characters on the stage in the quad. Below, Blake Barr and Samantha Guhan characterize Brutus and Ceasar. Left, Catherine Perl raises controversy as an occupy protester.

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English IB 12 students caught the attention of passersby on campus and in Borchard Park during lunch on May 23, as they participated in Human Statues. Each of the seniors posed motionless in a public area in order to portray a different theme or character. This annual senior project was first organized by English teachers Chris Thompson and Janet Connor four years ago. “We just got the idea from a short story that we read. Seems like at the end of all of this reading and thinking about literature we can think about how characters can be portrayed,” Thompson said. “That’s the theme of the story as well, which is called The End of the Game.” Statue day emphasizes ideas discussed yearlong in these classes’ curriculum, such as characterization and imagery in literature. “It’s a little bit of a cross between an analytical assignment and then also doing something that involves creating a character, imagining it,” Thompson said. Lauren Mason, senior, chose to represent J.K. Rowling’s Dumbledore for her statue. “I had a really good time. I didn’t know how people were going to react to it,” Mason said. “When we actually embodied the characters and we all stood really still, people were actually noticing us and asking what it was about which was the point.”

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program awards money to seniors who are graduating from high schools in Ventura County. The money is rewarded to students who display academic excellence, leadership qualities, commitment to the county, and character. A collective total of $50,000 is awarded every year. The winners were chosen based off of an extensive application process which asked about GPA, different activities, and service. Two additional essays were required, as well as three recommendations from teachers and community leaders. Seniors Sneha Paranandi, Jake Kohlhepp, and Sophie Li won this year. Paranandi won $2000 dollars, Kohlhepp won $5000, and Li won $10000 as well as an additional

Teachers Brad Nelson and Christine Thompson, attendance clerk Toni Ihle, student resources officer Deputy Mike Purnell, and cafeteria worker Connie Finely are retiring this year. The staff members have chosen to retire for different reasons, such as to spend more time with their families or to pursue other interests. Thompson, English 12 IB and philosophy teacher, has been teaching since 1973. “It’s time for me to spend more time and energy with my family, and for me to make room for the young teachers who are anxious to share this wonderful profession,” she said. Thompson will continue to work on campus through her new position as the International Baccalaureate coordinator. The IB coordinator takes care of the administrative requirements of the IB such as registration, test administration and score reporting, among other responsibilities. Retiring staff members said that they have enjoyed interacting with the students and faculty on campus. $500 to give to a teacher of her choice. She chose to give the additional money to Michelle Saremi, English teacher and journalism adviser. “I feel proud and honored to receive the scholarship. Reagan is one of my favorite presidents, and to receive a scholarship in his name means the world to me. The money will help me pay for tuition and focus more on my studies in college,” Kohlhepp said. Kohlhepp believes that his award is due to his ability to, “balance my time between physical, social, and academic activities,” which “has kept me sane and helped me to become successful.” He is also thankful to those in his life that have encouraged him. “My family has always told me never to step away from a challenge and to do my best. I was also blessed with eye opening opportunities and amazing friendships along the way,” he said.

“My best experiences are the interactions with the thousands of students, the hundreds of teachers, and the many administrations that have been through NPHS,” Nelson said. During her time teaching, Thompson has been a part of many student activities. “I advised the Equestrian Club, the Academic Decathlon, the Poetry Club, the Milk and Cookies Club, and an assortment of others,” she said. Nelson has also been involved with many student clubs and sports on campus. “Over the years I’ve been the advisor for the junior class, CSF, Interact, Surf club, and a couple of others I can’t remember,” Nelson said. “I’ve coached girls’ volleyball and softball, baseball, wrestling, and tennis during 31 years of coaching high school sports.” Nelson, who has taught basic math to precalculus, has been teaching for 39 years. Ihle has been working in the district for 22 years and is looking forward to embarking on a new chapter in her life. “It’s time to turn the next page in my life,” she said. She plans to spend her new free time by spending time with family, traveling with friends, as well as other things. “I’ll take my new puppy on walks,” she said. Ihle says that she will miss interacting with the students because they make her laugh.

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June 7 Grad Night will be at Dave and Buster’s. Meet in gym at 9 p.m.

Youth Recognition Awards Read about students who were rewarded for their volunteer service - by Courtney Brousseau.

Read about Interact and the Threads for Red Fashion Show they organized to support AIDS relief - by Sravya Singampalli.

High school graduation rehearsal will take place from 8:15 a.m .to 12:30 p.m. Report to designated area.

The Choir Awards Banquet will be held after the concert, on June 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.

May 30

Senior Baccalaureate night will take place in the Performing Arts Center.

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May 25-26

Orchestra concert was held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

The Choir Concert was held on May 25 and 26 in the Performing Arts Center from 7 to 9:45 p.m.

The National Honor Society welcomed new members at its annual Induction Ceremony held in the Performing Arts Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Eight teachers also received Teaching with Honor awards.

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June 2

Senior Scholarship Night will take place on May 30 in the Performing Arts Center.

May 21

High school graduation rehearsal will take place from 8:15 a.m .to 12:30 p.m. Report to designated area.

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Threads for Red Fashion Show

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May 22 Senior Recognition Night, held in the Performing Arts Center, celebrated senior achievements.

May 12 Interact’s Threads for Red Fashion Show was hosted in the gym to raise money for AIDS relief.

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Ekphrastic poetry winners announced

The winners of the Ekphrastic Contest, held last month, have been announced. All poems were based on the art show held April 10 through April 13. Senior Nick Carillo won fourth place with “The Brightest of Lamposts,” while senior Tanessa De Leon took third with “Her Savior.” Sophomore Kenna Reed won second with “Better than Rainbows,” and junior Rachel Phillips received first place for “Greyscale Now.”

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Homosexual marriage debate heats up

A few weeks ago in an ABC News interview, President Barack Obama made history when he became the first sitting president to support samesex marriage. Not only was this a watershed moment for the presidency, but it was also a defining moment for American citizens and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) community. Now, major celebrities and even the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have come out in support of same-sex marriage. This outpouring of support comes on the heels of an anti-gay-marriage amendment passed in North Carolina, which amends the state’s constitution to state that marriage - and marriage only - is between a man and a woman. Legalizing same-sex marriage is good for many reasons, primarily because it will grant many benefits to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) citizens. It is a fact that in many states gay couples do not get the same rights as heterosexuals do. Same-sex marriages will provide homosexuals with veterans’ benefits, 401(k) plans for retirement, joint insurance policies and more. It also provides gay and lesbian partners with peace of mind, knowing that if one of them is hurt or injured, the other is legally allowed to make medical decisions for them. Additionally, it will allow for greater acceptance of homosexuality. Bullying of LGBT teens is all too common, and these actions can lead to self-hatred and pain for the victims, possibly even driving them to commit suicide. In recent weeks, shocking anti-gay statements by conservative church pastors have come to light, including those of Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina, who suggested that homosexuals could be successfully dealt with by trapping them inside a fence and electrifying it. By legalizing same-sex marriage, we can increase tolerance, hopefully dispel such rhetoric and

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prevent tragedy within the LGBT community. Gays and lesbians will also be able to display their love for each other without feeling pressured or judged, or at least less than they probably currently do. Opponents of same-sex marriage oftentimes state that it is wrong to redefine traditional values. However, same-sex marriage is already legal in many states, so the definition has already been changed - if only by a small amount. Besides, if society does not redefine things, no innovations can be made. Another argument the opposition makes is that children need both a mother and a father in order to understand gender differences. This argument is supported by evidence from the Cornerstone Family Council, which states that children as early as eight weeks old can differentiate between the interactions of males and females. This is a notable argument, but if we were to deny parenting rights simply based on a requirement of different genders, we would have to also deny single parents these rights in order to remain as consistent as possible. Additionally, although some religious institutions may not support homosexuality, it is important to note that not everyone is

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religious, or carries the same beliefs. Other arguments the opposition tends to bring up are the fact that gay males have a higher chance of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS. While statistics support this, it is no real reason to deny them marriage rights. Gays and lesbians must simply use good judgment and get tested for these diseases. An interesting thing to note about many of the opposition’s arguments and studies is that they all cite organizations with their same ideology, so they are very biased. The Cornerstone Family Council is an extremely anti-gay organization with ties to other organizations that share its beliefs, such as Focus on the Family, which has often been accused of misrepresenting its research, and the Family Research Council, which in winter of 2010 was labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Council. Given the number of LGBT people in America and the fact that teenagers who identify as gay or lesbian can face oppression and bullying in school, it is important to legalize same-sex marriage efficiently, so as to give those in the LGBT community equal rights.

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In about a month summer will be upon us, opening up countless possibilities in terms of fashion and travel. Fashion and travel tend to go together during the summer months, which is the perfect time to express style.

Destination 1: Beach/Coastal Areas. Beaches are the epitome of summer and, especially in California, people never cease to impress. Continuing the colored bottom trend, colored shorts are going to be an essential for summer. Tank tops in different styles are a necessity, as well as floral prints paired with washed out denim. Fedoras are

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I remember going places as a child. My sense of direction and location could be summed up with photographs – trees, cross roads, gates, houses… anything else that helped mark directions. Life was so much easier. Everything was more about observing and taking in the peculiar details that stood out. Today, going places entails using strict directions. Left on Reino. Right on Borchard. U-turn on Old Conejo. There’s no time to be as observant, because being independent means there is often less time to take in your surroundings. Something changes as you grow and mature. Everything starts out with these images, because, early on, stuff like street names and directions are not really important to us. We didn’t think in a series of strict steps because these arrays of photos

were our way to interpret the world around us. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, think back to car rides when you were in elementary school. Maybe some car rides you had conversations, but there must have been at least one day where you stared out the window and just took in the view. However, as you grow older, you gradually lose this appreciation for your environment. Suddenly, knowing the exact directions to get somewhere becomes a priority. Simply put, we lose time for wondering and letting our brain explore our surroundings as time goes on. That’s why it’s up to us to make time. Everyone needs to set aside time to sit outside or go for a hike and just observe. Take in your surroundings and regain some appreciation just for life. I know this sounds corny, but that’s nothing new, coming from me. It’s good to be busy, but if you don’t set aside that time life might become

overwhelming. Even if you think you need the pressure to focus, you will be surprised as to how easy it is to crash and burn. Being a child was great; we didn’t have so many priorities. But now that we are older, life can be a bit stressful. Even nearing the end of the school year, projects and finals start to accumulate. Whether life seems to be too much currently or later, just adhere to this advice: take a sentimental break, maybe with a friend or two, and just take in life.

into learning how to style hair, nails and makeup. Similarly, internships are another form of education that don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve. People that get internships right out of high school are put smack dab in the middle of their career of choice and are taught by people who live the life the students are aiming for. I don’t know how you can get any better training than that. Yet, when people compare an intern to a Harvard student I bet you can guess which on looks better. Personally I don’t even think the two forms of education can be compared; they are completely different experiences. Some people can learn a lot from books and a teacher, but school simply doesn’t work for others. It’s hard to say one is better than the other

because it depends on each student. I’m not giving an opinion on which form of education is better because I don’t have one; I just think some people need to be a little more open minded about alternative ways to get an education besides college. Also, understand that I’m not saying college is a bad idea or a waste of time. I myself plan on attending college after finishing high school. I think people can learn a great deal of life lessons throughout a college experience. All I’m trying to do with this article is shed a little light on those students that are often over looked that are still worthy of a congratulation of their own. Every student has a different goal therefore we all have to take different paths to achieve them; this doesn’t mean any route in particular is wrong, they’re all different.

out at late night with them, and the tips and pointers they gave for classes was really insightful. They were funny, friendly, and awesome, all the things that I’ve come to see in seniors. I wish them luck at whatever colleges they are heading to because I know they are going places. Also, to the seniors in orchestra, I want to say good luck. First of all, violas rule. We can all agree on that, even the violinists. Seriously though, this year was awesome. We went from a small startup group to a pretty skilled, small orchestra. While we don’t have a lot of people, the level of difficulty of the music we are playing has improved significantly. Have fun at college and keep up the music, because even if being a concert player isn’t a career choice, playing is a good hobby. Best wishes. Track seniors that are graduating, just keep running, because you have a talent. I felt faster just standing next to you guys. Run fast wherever you go. Finally, to AcaDeca, good luck to

those leaving. It will be a shame to lose such talented individuals, but you are going off into the world and I know you will be awesome. And really, that extends to all of you, because you’re probably wondering why I started this article with YOLO. After watching a bunch of you seniors, this year and last, I find it so cool to watch you guys go out into the world. You are the next generation, and while we lose you, I know that the world is getting awesome people. This is why I say YOLO. You guys rock. Go out there and live life. Do what you love, and go places you love to go. I know that the staff may think this is weird advice from the cookie cutter, but go out there, use your talents, and be awesome. Two years from now, it’ll be my turn, and I’ll have to go out into the big, wide world. But that’s two years from now. Your time is now. So go out there and grab life by the horns, embrace it, and make the most of what you have, because you are the future. YOLO.

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College isn’t the only path in life Rachel Cross

Prowler Entertainment Editor

It’s that time of year again, when we send off the seniors with heartfelt goodbyes and share congratulations to the ones who got into the college of their dreams. But what about those students looking for success in places other than college? Why does no one ever congratulate the kids that get a job right out of high school or an internship for a future career? With all the pressure to go to college nowadays, sometimes it feels like it’s the only option. College is a way for people to further their education and gain knowledge in their field of interest, but it’s not the only way to get a career. Students that go to beauty school are learning more about their field without going to college. They put hard work and time

You only live ... well, you know Justin Buchanan

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YOLO. I’m on my second year of watching some of my senior friends head off to college, and there’s always that farewell party where everyone is hugging good-bye and crying and hugging and crying some more … yeah, I’m not a big fan. It’s not that I won’t miss them, I just don’t like hugging and crying. So, rather than wait until then to say all my goodbyes, I’m going to do that now. When I was a freshman, I was freaked out by seniors because somebody told me they “can” you, or something like that. So, when I joined the orchestra, it was a little bit shocking when the seniors in my section took me under their wing, so to speak. This year, I want to start by thanking those seniors I know on the staff that helped me get acclimated. I know that I wasn’t the most amiable person to be around, and they still worked with me and helped me out. It was fun hanging

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It was approximately 2:07p.m. The bell had just rung and while on my way to my Civic in the parking lot, my mind wandered to the usual things. Why is it so freaking hot? How many donuts can I fit in my mouth? I really hope that couple doesn’t… too late, they already showed me their saliva swap. But then, something hit me. I have told the Newbury population just a few of my personal pet peeves; winking, seagulls, PDA, and cracking knuckles, but while walking to my Civic this one fine day nothing had been bugging me to the point where I just wanted to belch into someone’s face. That is, until I reached the marshmallow known as my vehicle. What was adorning the beauty and grace of the driver side window? The absolutely nice gift of an obnoxious orange sticker that said, “Warning, this vehicle is in violation of current parking policy.” Okay, now I was always the child that wore solid color shorts while everyone else was wearing flowered skirts. So when everyone’s favorite color was blue, mine was orange. Dare to be different, right? Well, that was in the third grade and frankly, I’ve realized orange is possibly one of the ugliest colors ever created. My apologies to all you orange lovers out there, but whatever makes your jello jiggle. Needless to say, as soon as my eyes traveled to this horrid color of a sticker I felt like I could be cast in the Avengers as the Hulk. In attempt to lower my anger level, I proceeded to enter my car and roll down my window because if my gaze came in line with that demon I would surely find the nearest cliff and just end it all. Sadly, this did not help. You know those days when you are so terribly infuriated that you cannot even muster a sound and refuse to turn on the music? That was the definition of my Tuesday, Panthers. Sad. Day. These disgusting orange creatures known as “parking violations” are also booby-trapped. Beware of their exterior because everyone and their mothers are already aware that they do not easily remove from your window. *coughvandalismcough* However, did you also know that these mutated weapons flake off and inhabit the crevices of your car? I didn’t think so. And guess what part of it flakes off ; yes, you are right. The freaking orange color, which is brighter than Superman’s underpants. If that wasn’t enough, the worst part is where my lovely little Honda was located. Contrary to popular belief, it was not occupying a teacher’s reserved space, but something reserved for a “star student”. First of all, I have my faults and flaws but I think I could be considered a “star” along with basically every other person on this campus, but rules are rules. However, I did follow the rules. The sign read as follows, “Reserved for star student until 8 a.m.” Well folks, it was definitely 12:26 p.m. when I rolled up and if my first grade teacher taught me anything, 12:26 p.m. is well after 8 a.m. Oh but with NPHS, there’s always a catch. Apparently after 8am, this parking space was now reserved for teachers only. How lovely. I must say, these grotesque orange hobbits may in hindsight seem effective because, who would want to go through this torture twice? But seeing as how I am a special case, I would park in this star student space everyday out of spite. I refuse to be the victim of an unlawful crime. So just remember panthers: roses are red, violets are blue, if I see that orange again I will come find you.

In the May 4 issue, on page eight, a trivia question was asked about the number of films in the “Rocky” franchise. In reality, it was Jacob Wolf who answered “Three or four” and Aaron Ferguson actually answered “Six”. The point would then go to Ferguson. The score would remain a tie. On page 12, it was reported that the swimming team would be taking part in the League Finals swim competition on May 4. In reality, that meet actually took place on May 3. Additionally, it was reported that a swimmer would be competing in the “breath stroke” event. That technique is actually called the “breaststroke”. On page 11, it was reported that Kyle Wellman was a junior, when in fact he is a senior.

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ASL’s performance of “Phantom of the Opera” included five songs from the famous Broadway musical, including “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “All I Ask of You,” and “Past the Point of No Return,” as well as brief parts of commentary from the Broadway play. David Anderson, junior, was one of the performers who signed songs from the play. “I personally performed in point of no return,” he said. Anderson as well as the other performers believe that all of their hard work paid off. Shannon Demorest, junior, was surprised at how well the performance went. “I thought the performance went surprisingly well. We all put in a lot of time and effort outside of school to make it happen.” Anderson was also proud of the work put into the performance given by ASL, “I felt very happy about the performance. We did very well. I am very proud ... The time and effort we put into it definitely showed.” Demorest felt more uplifted by the songs in “Grease” because they were less dark than those in the “Phanton Of The Opera.” “The songs Strong - Nick Hollister and Alex Meyer, from ‘Phantom (of the Opera)’ are all very dark. It was more fun signing the more uplifting songs from ‘Grease.’” juniors, sign together as Phantom and However, Anderson, on the contrary, said, “I really enjoyed performing songs for ‘Phantom (of the Opera).’ It took a lot of practice to Christine during the last song perform well, but it paid off.” “Past the Point of no Return.”

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The play “Wicked” included “What is this Feeling?” “Dancing Through Life,” and “One Short Day.” Madison Lanson, senior, had a positive experience throughout the production and the performance of “Wicked.” Although she was “scared of making a mistake,” Lanson was still able to perform to the best of her ability, and enjoy herself at the same time. “All throughout the performance, I was thinking ‘Don’t mess up,’ but I also was just living in the moment and enjoying the songs. The audience’s reaction, especially when Paris (Elphaba) came out all green, was priceless,” Lanson said. Lanson was pleased with the final performance. “I felt ‘Wicked’ went really well and I am so proud of my group. We all worked extremely hard and I couldn’t be happier with how it went. We all had so much fun on the stage and I think that is what is most important.” “The performance benefited the class by allowing us to be creative and have fun performing in front of people,” Lanson said. “It also forced the class to be serious about signing and not let a wonderful opportunity slip away. I think the sign language community benefitted because nobody has really done something like this, and we showed how cool signing can be. So I think it will inspire more signing concerts and signing in general.”


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“Grease Lightning” (performed by the males), “Summer Nights,” and “You’re the One that I Want,” were three songs featured in the ASL classes’ adaptation of the play “Grease.” Niobi Christensen, junior, was nervous at first, but eventually got more comfortable performing in front of an audience. “Since it was my first performance with the school, I was so nervous to perform in front of all those people. But the crowd seemed to enjoy it, and by the time we got to the second song, the nerves were gone.” Christensen also believes that the final performance of “Grease” was certainly one to be proud of. “I was extremely satisfied with the end results in ‘Grease.’ I got a lot of positive feedback from family, friends, and even people I did not know. They said they loved the energy from ‘Grease’ and how passionate the ‘Grease’ performers got,” Christensen said. “I feel so privileged to have been a part of this play. We had all put in so much hard work, and I believe that it was well worth it in the end. I played the character Sandy from ‘Grease,’ and my boyfriend played Danny, so I thought it was cute.” She also believes that the ASL spring medley can help the sign language community and the deaf community. “I think this play A Kiss to End the Show - Niobi Christensen brought more awareness to ASL and their culture. It showed that, just because someone cannot hear, it does not mean they can’t and Ryan Miller, juniors, who play Sandy and Danny kiss at the end dance or sing (with their hands),” Christensen said. “It’s just interesting how different cultures do things, and Na of their performance. dia we tried to portray deaf culture through this play.” L yn n

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Along with “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” and “Grease,” the spring medley also performed songs from “The Lion King”. Solomon Gums, junior, was one of the performers who signed in “The Lion King.” The songs that were performed from the musical were “Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” “There were no speaking parts in the play unless it was dialogue included in one of the songs, or transition from one play to another,” Gums said. “I did enjoy the song choices from ‘The Lion King’ as we were able to convey both the upbeat and humorous side as well as the more serious-toned side with a message,” Gums said. King of the Lions - Hayden Exstrom, The American Sign Language students performed the songs in sign to entertain both hearing and deaf families. Gums described the sophomore, gets into the first process of rehearsing the spring medley as a new experience. “I felt that the performance was a good substitute to performing in the rally performance of the night “Just because all the students were able to contribute their ideas and merge from all of the classes to put on a show for both hearing and deaf Can’t Wait to be King.”

Lindsey Mayer auditions for “America’s Got Talent”

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On December 10, 2011, Lindsey Mayer auditioned for the popular television show “America’s Got Talent”. It took two auditions for her to get the opportunity to go on stage and stand in front of the panel of judges, consisting of Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Howard Stern. As an ex-competitive gymnast, Mayer was used to performing and could maintain the confidence she needed, although she said the pressure was tremendous. “Standing in front of Sharon, Howie and Howard ... felt scary at first because I was like, ‘Oh my

god, this is it’,” she said. Twenty-five million viewers tuned in as Mayer took the stage. She sang the song “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. “Once that music started, it felt like I was at home, like it was just me, the stage, and my voice, and there is nothing that can change that,” she said. Mayer was disappointed when Howie “X-ed” her during the performance. The other two judges also disapproved of her song choice and did not allow her to advance. “The experience gave me the confidence back that I had lost. When I got on that stage I knew I had regained my confidence and belief in myself,” she said. Mayer stated

that she would be more than willing to audition again next year if she was given the chance if she were partnered with one of her friends. Although she was dismissed from the show, she is thrilled to have gone through the experience. “I never knew the talent she had, and I’m glad I let her go because she did an amazing job,” Richard Mayer, Lindsey Mayer’s father, said. The opportunity to perform in front of millions of people was a dream come true for Mayer. “I hope this shows other people that if you set your mind to it, your dreams can come true,” she said.

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Breaking the “ I feel frustrated because

education should be free; knowledge is free.

- Axel Ramos, senior

students forced to attend community college because of finances

On March 29, senior Axel Ramos’ dream came true when he was accepted to his top choice college, New York University. Yet, on National College Decision Day on May 1, Ramos did not accept his offer to the university. Instead, he has decided to attend Moorpark College in the fall in order to lessen the financial burden that would come with taking out student loans. Along with his acceptance letter, Ramos received a financial aid package which included an offer based on his family’s financial need. Unfortunately, the aid offer was less than a third of what he needed. “I feel frustrated because education should be free; knowledge is free. I don’t understand why I need to pay $61,000 to get an education. But I’ll get there eventually, even without money I know I’ll get there,” he said. This decision was especially difficult for Ramos, who was not admitted to a less expensive university. In addition, he is planning on pursuing a career based on passion and not profit. “I’m concerned in the future that I won’t be generating enough money to pay my loans because in reality, I don’t need that much money. The only money I need is that to pay for college; after that, I can manage on my own,” he said. “I’m going to go to college go get an education, not just to get a job.” Ideally, after a year at community college, Ramos will transfer to a private college, or after two years, to a University of California school. Although currently undeclared, he plans on pursuing a career in linguistics, biology, or international relations. “In the big spectrum of life, I’m still too young to know where I’m headed but I don’t intend to devote myself to getting money … for right now, I want to kind of go with the flow,” he said. After volunteering with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society this year, Ramos plans on continuing

his work during his first years of college and on collaborating with the AIDS Organization in Ventura. “My plan to go to community college and just wait for one or two years (before I can transfer) feels so hollow ... I just feel like I need to fill it in with something else that’s meaningful. I just don’t want to waste time … we already have so little of it,” he said. “I’m looking forward for the opportunity to continue my education, although it’s in not in way what I would have hoped for. I just need to make the best out of it.”

Samuel Richesson When Samuel Richesson, a 2011 alumnus, was accepted to the University of California, Santa Barbara and waitlisted to the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, he felt like all his hard work had finally paid off. However, due to financial hardships and insufficient financial aid, Richesson was not able to attend these schools and instead, decided to enroll at Moorpark College. After taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes throughout his high school career and graduating with a 4.5 Grade Point Average, “the classes and people at Moorpark are going at a much slower pace,” Richesson said. “The summer classes are being cut along with other departments during spring and fall. Classes are harder and harder to get into every semester.” In the fall of 2014 he plans to transfer to UC Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, UCSB, or Cal Poly to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Due to hard times, Richesson believes that the inability to afford college is common among families. “Prices are just going to get worse. The cuts are going to get worse,” he said. In order to change this situation, Richesson believes that loans should be made more available for students. Currently, he works at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 Movie Theater and at a car dealership in order to save money for future years. He said, “I wish my 4.5 high school GPA could carry

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more weight. Now I have to earn all A’s again and this time with up to 38 hours a week of working.”

Cassandra Galang

As a communications major, Cassandra Galang, senior, hoped to attend her top choice college in the fall, Ithaca College in New York – an “up and coming” school in the industry. After receiving her financial aid information however, Galang decided to choose a more affordable option and will instead be attending Moorpark College next year. “Everyone knows college is getting more expensive every year and less financial aid is being given out. Since my sister Samantha and I are twins, it would’ve been difficult to take out two sets of student loans at the same time, so it seemed more sensible to go to community college for General Ed classes and transfer later,” she said. For Galang, each semester at community college will approximately cost anywhere between $500 and $700 compared to Ithaca College’s estimated cost of $25,000. “As I was going into college application season, I knew my parents were leaning towards community college, but I thought if I found a college that was cheap enough in my mind, I could possibly go there,” she said. “I was looking at nearby Cal states and private schools that would give me good financial aid and scholarships, but it still wasn’t low enough.” In the future, Galang is planning on saving money and transferring after finishing her General Education requirements as a Television/Radio and Marketing double major. Currently, she works at the White House Black Market and plans on continuing her job and possibly coaching volleyball next year. “It’s definitely disappointing … I was researching (Ithaca College) more and I even met with the dean of the communications school and a couple of alumni,” she said. “But they’ve been really helpful in explaining in how I should prepare to transfer in, so I’m pretty hopeful for the future.”

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

- Walt Disney



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Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan Lourdes Delgado Kyron Foo

ASK (Denmark) Emma Olsson

Paul Anderson

Morgan Brown

Academy of Art University San Francisco State University Michael Falzone Ryan Kim Nicholas Perroni Rebecca Seifert

University of San Francisco Stefani Robnett

Alia Haddad Daniel Kimmelmann Veronica LaPerche Ryan Luchs Jacob Schroeder Ian Seebach James Webster

Nathaniel Fox Jared Hobbs Benjamin Katz Julie Schneider Jared Spadaro Taylor Zander

UC Merced

Allan Hancock College

Bryan Avendano Nicole Kabey Katie Wright

Ashley Brown

Sean Lipsett Eyder Lopez Jacob Lorimer Georgina Magana Carly Magnuson Anthony Marino Sean Mayer Kassandra Sanchez Natalie Sanchez

Ventura Technical Developmental School

Azusa Pacific University Lindsay Burton Emily Green Nicole Haggard Marisa Macri-Mortimer Jessikah Morales Megan Telfer Erika Tramonti

CSU Los Angeles Luke Eubank

Merin Alvarez Guzman Nicholas Carrillo Shibo He Aaron Morefield Joanne Park

Claremont Mckenna College Allison Moors

College of the Canyons

Anasha Ahmad Kayla Alvarez Ashkan Ameri Colby Buffo Hannah Degani Morgan DiLallo Zachary Ferell Emily Kerper Holly King Paige Kubela Austin Lasater Rachel Liang Kailee McMaster Lidia Perez Mia Pesonen Cameron Reilly Shana Sobel Francheska Usares

Santa Barbara City College Maria Botello Marissa Deluca Kalie Huebner Karrie Lopshire Katherine Moreno Jordan Mortimer

Kumail Ali Jessica Curtis Jackson Luper Daniel Ramos Eugene Ruddy III Brandon Seitz

USC Sneha Paranandi

University of the Pacific Shayda Ansari

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising LiAnne Budy

Loyola Marymount University Matthew Coccia Catherine Perl

Edge Dance Company Jessica Steinkamp

Abigail Schneider

Irvine Valley College Samantha Galang

Chapman University

Eric Malvar Taryn Reid Ruella Ruiz Chaitra Setty Madeleine Surjani

Los Angeles Recording School Raul Garcia

Harvey Mudd College Casey Cannon Kirklann Lau

Pepperdine University Adrianna Audenino Clinton Cockrill Amber Escudero

Occidental College Cristina Checa Trevor Lecka Lauren Rewers Carolina Vargas

San Diego City College

Santa Monica College Tania Hernandez Aryshia Kusumo True O’Brien

UCLA Joshua Adler Victoria Benson Jacob Kohlhepp Nicholas Lamia Eunice Ng Sandra Suttiratana Sarah Suttiratana Leslie Yeh

Elaine Dumford

Jason Sciamanna

American University Malina Munshi

Georgetown University

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Norma Hutchinson

Connor Reed

Corcoran College of Art and Design

Kurt Garifo

Madison Richeson

University of Alabama

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Florida Institute of Technology George Randel

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Madeleine Reeves

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Matthew Haskins

Pennsylvania State University

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Scott Caligiuri Ariel Martino Kelly Wilson

Saint Joseph’s University

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Mesa College

CSU San Marcos

Michelle Stratton

Kartik Sawant

Texas Technical University

Eric Crandall Luke Crandall Marcus Stewart

Angela Hook

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Nicole Tinglof

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Jamie Samel

Joseph Christian Miles Glick Alexander Katz Garrett LaBar Hannah Taylor David Wolfe

UC Santa Barbara

Fabian Baez Jake Larson Brittni Roberts Amy Zeller

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Cara Blaxton Beth Ellis Paige Lorentzen Kevin Macy Amber Scardina Jeremy Seiden

Samantha Guhan

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Northern Arizona University

CSU Fullerton

Nicole Escandon Connor Simmons

Eli Mogel

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Viridiana Chavez Michael Jacobs Lauren Lindsey

UC Riverside

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Arizona State University

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Ivan Beltran Jessica Checkie Kailani Fabiculanan Victoria Flores Madison Gitz Emily Hudson Joseph Kinberg

Amy Tobias

Boston College

U.S. Military Academy at College of the West Point Holy Cross

Autin Ebner

Caitlyn Blickenstaff Daniel Ehlen Jessica Everett Rita Likovich Shanti de Ruyter Abigail Simmons

University of Nevada, Reno

Alexander Bugaisky Chad Perdue

Blake Barr

Dallas Bean Tsuyoshi Schaefer Sage Wengler Kyle Wellman

BYU Provo

Christina Bornhoeft Thomas Robinson

Michelle Moss

California Maritime Academy

Westmont College

University of Utah

Joshua Wilderness Institute

Cornell University


Stephen Barrus Lynnsie Albers

Joshua Clark Steven Serrano Gaige Strong

Sanjay Siddhanti

California Lutheran CSU Channel University Islands

Ventura College

BYU Idaho

CSU Monterey Bay

Creighton McAfee

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Connor Jewett

Devin Fountain

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UC Davis

Stanford University

Xavier Castellanos Michael Davis Jacob Hathaway Caden Malpasuto Kevin Mouneu Jean Portillo Nathan Robertson-Domke Javier Ruiz Joel Stanley

Montana State University, Bozeman

Lily Ben Avi

Universal Technical Institute

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Marine Corps

Reed College

Maia Laabs

Anna Torraca Catherine Van Brande Ashleigh Venezio

UC Santa Cruz

Tyler Budnik

Hannah Burdick Kevin Castillo Lauren Mason Cheyenne Savoie Lauren Shane

Kelly Willmont

San Jose State University

Cameron McCarthy

University of Oregon

CSU Sacramento

Cassidy Abbitt Matthew Baum Lauryn De La Torre

Coast Guard

Jennifer Lakeman

Emily Meryett

CSU Chico

Spencer Devins

Lewis and Clark College

Cornish College of the Arts

Morgan Fischer Kathryn Schmidt Darian Tapia

Jonghyun Ahn Jaskirat Bhatia Morgan Ebbert Eduardo Faroni Vitor Faroni Lucy Hu Sophia Li Sara Messina Liam Powers



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Where are we headed?

Singaporean Army

Sonoma State University

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Brenda Barillas

San Diego State University Sabrina Blaustein Emily Christensen Madison Lanson Torrie McSkimming Christopher Murphree Jaclyn Murray Rachel Richman McKenna Sheehan Sarah Siros

UC San Diego Shannon Frick Kathryn Messing Istvan Pallai

University of San Diego Brandon Holm Michelle Human Rayna Liscki Kendall Resnick

Declined to Respond BYU Hawaii Vance Exstrom

Ashley Aaland Andrew Clark Sayde Christ Tanya Estrada Elizabeth Kuge Nesmary Laguna Manuel Soriano Sarit Soto Bryce Swanson

Post-Secondary Program Morgan Marquez Rejaa Sheikh

Cosmetology School Nicole Hofhine Megan Valdez

Work Ali Adarbeh Caitlyn Benon Henry Diaz Katelyn Glass Gilda Hall Matthew Haw Tomas Hernandez Joel Herrera Dylan Huerta Jonathan Kavanagh Woosung Kim

Zachary Orozco Heidi Richards Jose Salgado Daniel Schmidt Lance Sterling

Christopher Sullivan Kaitlynn Thurlkill Elias Vasquez

Travel Dylan King

Undecided Gabriela Blanco Sebastian Burnham Michael DiFronzo Edward Dziedzic Joseph Faragher Geoffrey Frank Mitch Graves Jan-Philip Hererra


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MOORPARK COLLEGE Alamillo, Cindy Albright, Jacob Alcala, Marco Alizedeh, Sheena Alvarenga, Carlos Anderson, Amber Anderson, Brandon Andrews, Breanna Avery, Luke Baldazzi, Brandon Banos, Walter Bantle, Kevin Bautista, Anisa Bill, Erin Black, Amber Blaich, Reid Boswell, Austin Bowden, Kai Bray, Matthew Brunk, Andie Cady, Connor Canacoo, Tetteh Carlson, Devon Carr, Devon Carrico, Steven Ceco, Daniel Chismar, Kiara Choi, Alex

Civita, Lucas Cook, Makenna Cook, Stormy Coppersmith, Chad Covington, Joshua Cross, Tammy Curbelo, Maria Curran, Matthew Davis, Cameron De La Rosa, Matthew Delgado, Mauricio Dennis, Stephanie DeVetis, Anthony Dietrich, Griffen Ditto, Joshua Dobner, Alison Dowis, Christopher Drewniany, David Duarte, Estefan Earle, Jaclyn Ekblad, Brandon Estrada, Oscar Ethier, Christopher Everett, Jordan Fairhurst, Tarice Fenstermacher, Katelyn Ferguson, McKenzie Figueroa, Patricia

Flores, Oscar Fought, Sean Franck, Justin Fritz, Cody Galang, Cassandra Garcia, Juan Garcia, Keilani Garciduenas, Ricardo Geoffrion, Louis Gonzalez, Cheyenne Goodwin, Danielle Green, Amanda Greenberg, Nicole Hairabedian, Ayden Henjum, Ashley Hill, Brandon Hillard, Ryan Hooper, Caden Horton, Ashton Hutson, Torrianne Igel, Aaron Ing, Hunter Jaeger, Curran James, Alexander Johnson, Chase Kang, Yu Chen Kaleimamahu, Matthew King, Harrison

Kistler, Keila Knight, Ronald Kol, David Landyn, Megan Ledesma, Manuel Levin, Mara Lin, Donald Lopez, Jacquelyn Lopez, Zachary Lovitt, Reezin Lubka, Henry Lujan, Vanessa Lukiewski, Nathan Mc Alister, Cheyenne Macias, Brian Maddens, Yolanda Manders, Ryley Marijne, Kevin McGee, Alexa McQueen, Michael Meder, Michaela Mejia, Jason Mellem, Mason Mendoza, Delaney Merrill, Braedon Mesko, Lindsey Miller, Christopher Miner, Thomas

Moncourtois, Jenna Moran, Christopher Morris, Jake Munoz, Karen Narvaez, Joelly Nuyn, Alexander O Gorman, Olivia Ongania, Kiaya Osbakken, Andrew Page, Connor Palmer, Christian Parkes, Jocelyn Payind, Gazelle Perham, Jessica Phillips, Michael Pope, Alejandro Potter, Riley Prince, John Quintana, Maria Rains-Turk, Grace Ramirez, Cristian Ramirez, Edvin Ramirez, Evon Ramos, Axel Reese, Timothy Reeves, Kristine Revolorio, Emely Reynolds, David

Rice, Sammuel Rivero, Aubrianna Rodriguez, Adner Rodriguez, Julio Rojas, Kendall Ropa, Kelsey Rose, Nicholas Rosen, Michelle Rossini, Milton Rush, Donovan Salas, April Santana, Marciano Schwartz, Amanda Sellner, Samantha Shepard, Breanna Sine, Lindsey Spalinger, Daniel Speckman, Trevor Springer, Ciera Still, Adam Stratford, Justin Strauser, Alexa Strawmyer, Clinton Suarez, Jennifer Suit, Mariah Sutherland, Aubrey Swartz, Kristen Sydiongco, Celena

Ta, Timothy Taing, Brenda Takeguma, Matthew Torchon, Nicholas Torres, Laura Van De Vegt, Nick Van Geem, Mary Van Loo, Emily Van Winkle, Jessica Vance, Mackenzie Vilchis, Stephanie Vilela, Dave Walker, Jonae Wallace, Richard Waller, Andrew Warfield, Matthew Weinstock, Mitchel West, Ashley Wolfe, Richard Wonders, Lauren Young, Wesley Zand, Ava Zandt, Kasey

To our 2012 Prowler seniors:

Dear Maddy, Lauren, Norma, Bethany, George, Sophie, and Maia,

This senior letter has, so far, been the most difficult to write. You all possess such admirable qualities that have shaped our staff this year and have maintained integrity, professionalism, and maturity through numerous sensitive issues. It will be difficult not to hold next year’s seniors to the high bar that each of you have set. Maddy, you tackled several complex topics this year and your subjects were always portrayed with the upmost respect and humility. Your photos are more than just a picture; you capture what your subject is feeling/ experiencing, and I wish my photos possessed such a fresh perspective and artistic talent. I can’t wait to see what you produce at Corcoran College. Laurma and Noren, you two remind me of my best friend and I—fiercely loyal to each other, constantly bantering, joking, and helping each other, and covering for one another when you’re on “my list.” Norma, I’m going to miss your nagging and spurts of “false” profanity toward our archaic computers. Know that you have forever paved the way for copy and design

editors combined, and for pushing Sports 12 to its fullest capacity. Lauren, you increased our revenue by 150% and made so many improvements financially possible this year and remain gracious when praised. That, in itself, is refreshing. You’ve also become our personal AP Stylebook, which is quite impressive. Nevertheless, I have two words for you—Geeky Love. Yup, I went there. BethANY, because Beth sounds too sweet; you are bold, witty, opinionated, and have been since day one in my Journalism 1 class with your bangs and braces. All hail our fearless 360-degree reporter! I love that you are willing to tackle any issue, regardless of the politics, because it’s important. I look forward to your autographed column in the L.A. Times. George, you took Lennie’s George in stride and rocked that ELSR presentation four years ago, which was one of the many reasons I recruited you. You have probably worn every hat there is in journalism—techy, staff writer, design and website editor, and the rational thinker who can usually find a solution to any problem. You started the website trend that progressed to second place in the STAR awards, and I can never thank you enough.

Maia and Sophie, you seamlessly picked up where our 2011 editors-in-chief left off, and although our recent Prowler cub sometimes diverts my attention, you continued to superbly lead our young staff to tenth place in the nation and first place in the STAR high school journalism competition. I am so proud of you, and I appreciate your trustworthiness, honest and open communication, and your ability to keep this staff drama free. Sophie, I will miss your mothering and calm nononsense demeanor. It’s funny how I knew, four years ago, that you would make a great editor-in-chief. Thank you for the Reagan Scholarship gift. The Prowler will put it to good use. Maia (the first), you write beautifully, but I can understand why you want to be a veterinarian because you have such a gentle nature with animals despite your fiery personality. It’s no coincidence that my daughter’s name is spelled like yours. That probably says it all. Seniors, you will be missed. I wish you all the best. Sincerely,


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Maia Laabs & Sophie Li

Michelle Saremi

Maia Laabs and Sophie Li, seniors, and Michelle Saremi, journalism adviser, test their trivia skills. Preston Hill


Prowler Staff Writer


What nut is one of the ingredients found in dynamite?

What is Batman’s real name?

Editors: Can we just say Wayne? Saremi: Something Clark Stunned is the only word to describe my feelings right now. That something Clark would be Clark Kent as in Superman, Saremi, and the real answer is Bruce Wayne. Shame on you all.

Editors: “What are grapenuts?” Li said. “We’re going with walnuts,” Laabs said. Saremi: Almonds? I think I’ve already lost at this point anyway. The correct answer is peanuts, folks, and Sophie Li, grapenuts are a cereal.



What bird is the only one who can see the color blue?

What is the only continent without reptiles or snakes?

Editors: What kind of a bird is tweety-bird? No wait, eagle sounds right. Eagle. Saremi: Pelican The light at the end of the tunnel is becoming dimmer, guys. The answer is the owl. The score stays at a boring 3-1.

Editors: Antarctica Saremi: Australia Sad day Saremi, looks like the chiefs take the lead with a dazzling 1-0.



When did the Hunger Games movie release in the United States?

Which famous author did not graduate elementary school?

Editors: March 23, or was it the 26? No, the 23 … yes, the 23. Saremi: Pretty sure it was March 23. I am pretty impressed, gold stars for all three of you trivia players. The game heats up as the score rises to 2-1.


In what country do they have square watermelons because they stack better? Editors: Japan Saremi: China So close, yet so far Saremi. The chiefs gain a distant lead with a score of 3-1.

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Final Score: Editors win!

Editors: Edgar Allen Poe Saremi: Mark Twain Good guess chiefs, but the answer we are looking for is Mark Twain. Saremi gains another point, but remains behind at 3-2.


How many insect legs are in the average chocolate bar? Editors: Eight Saremi: Eight Way to end on a good note! The three of you are undoubtedly correct and end the game with a score of 4-3. Better luck next time, Saremi.

National Honor Society: Creating online Books of Hope Cassie Stephenson and Sabrina Cook Prowler Sports Editor and Staff Writer

The annual “Books of Hope” drive is taking on a new name and a paperless outlook this year. According to president Lucy Hu, senior, the National Honor Society club has held the Books of Hope drive for about five years. Each year, every member is expected to create a short, educational book that the group sends to Africa. “There’s a whole range of different topics that you can do,” Brianna Lindberg, junior and first-year member, said. “It’s really cool how you can zero in on a specific subject and teach it to kids who don’t have the opportunity to learn (these things).” Whereas Hu has chosen art history as her subject for the past two years, Lindberg

has turned her focus to math. Other NHS members will present books on a slew of other topics, all 10 to 15 pages long. Last year the club began to submit books electronically. In the past, physical books were sent to their destination through mail. “It cost us a lot of money,” adviser Anne Alvarez, special education teacher, said. This year, however, the Books of Hope program is taking on a new format. Now entirely electronic, the program runs through an organization called E-Luminate that takes the “books” made by NHS members from various schools and brings them, on flash drives, to the Kabala Library in Sierra Leone, Africa.

PowerPoint books had been incorporated into the program in past years, but the new E-book format is relatively new. Students in Sierra Leone will be able to access the books and the Kabala Library’s multimedia center. For Hu, the most important part of Books of Hope is spreading knowledge, whether it is tangible or electronic. “We’re so privileged to have access to all of these academic resources,” she said. Something as simple as creating a few pages about all of the

knowledge that’s available to us and making it available to them … it shows what position we’re in to help.” In addition to Books of Hope, NHS orchestrates and participates in a number of different school events, including service events such as the STAR testing In n’ Out lunch and Students of Character, as well as the Teaching of Honor awards. “(The overall goal of NHS is) to promote leadership and service.” According to Lindberg, “It’s really to show appreciation and to reward those who work hard.” Alvarez, however, also stresses character as an important part of an NHS member’s qualifications. “You are not doing it for you. You’re doing it for other people,” she said. Cassie Stephenson/ Prowler

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Liam’s Review Corner The Avengers: A little long with a familiar plot but still a lot of fun

Liam Brown

Prowler Opinion Editor

With a record $200 million made on its opening weekend, “The Avengers” definitely packs a punch economically, and, thankfully, it did so cinematically as well. Your move, DC Comics. The movie, directed by Joss Whedon, brings back everyone’s favorite Marvel superheroes for another shot at saving the world, this time together. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are all here and ready for action. Gathered together by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a secret law-enforcement agency, they must protect Earth from the demigod Loki (Tom Hiddleston, who steals almost every scene he’s in). Loki has control of a powerful cube called the Tesseract, and plans to destroy humanity with it (of course). Whedon is mostly famous for TV hits “Buff y the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” but he’s also been involved with more obscure works such as the online “Dr. Horrible’s SingAlong Blog.” I’m not that familiar with Whedon’s work (I’ve only seen half of an episode of “Buff y” on a cousin’s computer a few years ago), and I know he has a particular comic book/cult fanbase that can easily understand some of the eclectic references he’s known to make. Luckily for the uninitiated like me, Whedon, who also wrote the movie, keeps things simple and knows how to do his stuff. He is a noted comic book geek, and the viewer can visualize his enthusiasm in bringing the story to life on the screen. In addition, Whedon can tone down the comedy when he needs it and make things light when things are getting too

Summer Concerts


He Is We – Troubadour – 3rd Lana Del Rey – El Rey Theater – 3rd-5th LMFAO – Staples Center – 5th

Legend of Zelda Symphony – Greek Theater – 6th

CocoRosie – Luckman Fine Arts Complex – 9th Chickenfoot – Greek theater – 10th

Walk Off the Earth – El Rey Theater – 14th

Nickelback – Staples Center – 15th

The Temper Trap – Hollywood Palladium – 15th Indigo Girls – The Wiltern – 16th

Scorpions – Staples Center – 22nd Meat Loaf – the Wiltern – 27th

Maia Labbs

Prowler Editor-in-Chief


Van Halen – Staples Center – 1st-9th Beach Boys – Hollywood Bowl – 2nd

Keane – Orpheum Theater – 29th

heavy. Downey Jr. gets most of the comic relief lines, which are pretty funny and don’t make him come off as too much of a high-larious I’m-just-hereto-be-funny guy. I usually like Samuel L. Jackson but here I just felt like he was playing his usual character. I also like how not all of the superheroes are super-friendly towards each other when they first meet, which provides an interesting dynamic that explores some of the heroes’ angrier sides. (Speaking of angry, Whedon also scores points for not making Ruffalo repeat that same tired line about not liking him when he’s angry before he becomes the Hulk.) Additionally, Marvel newbies need not worry about having seen any of these heroes’ other films (“Captain America”, “Thor”, “The Incredible Hulk”). It wasn’t too hard to figure out what was going on. If there is one problem with the movie, it’s that I saw it in 3D. I’m not a big fan of the 3D technology; it makes the movie look dark and murky (take off the glasses the next time you see a 3D film and witness the Cassie Stephenson / Prowler difference) and almost takes away from the experience. While some of the 3D effects were cool, they were few and far between - sometimes it felt like as if there was no 3D at all. It was a bit of a distraction to have to adjust the glasses all the time, especially since this is a 2 ½ hour movie. This is where Christopher Nolan (of “The Dark Knight” fame) and his team have an edge because they can still create cool visuals without using annoying 3D. While “The Avengers” is a little long and a bit familiar, it was fun to see some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes all in one movie without making it feel like four separate films. Just see it in 2D and you’ll be fine. (And stay after the credits -- always.)

Dream Theater – The Grove of Anaheim – 3rd

Aesop Rock – El Rey Theater – 13th


Demi Lovato and Hot Chelle Rae – Greek Theater – 18th Big Time Rush – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – 19th

Ringo Starr – Greek Theater – 21st

Young the Giant and The Steelwells – Pacific Amphitheater – 22nd

American Idols Live – Nokia Theatre – 23rd Aretha Franklin – Nokia Theatre – 25th-26th

Fiona Apple – Hollywood Palladium – 29th

Victoria Justice – Pacific Amphitheater – 2nd Aerosmith – Hollywood Bowl – 6th One Direction – Staples Center – 7th-8th

Iron Maiden – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – 10th Norah Jones – Hollywood Bowl – 10th Duran Duran – Pacific Amphitheater – 11th Red Hot Chili Peppers – Staples Center – 11th-12th

Weird Al Yankovic – Pacific Amphitheater – 12th KISS and Motley Crue – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – 14th

Enrique Iglesias – Staples Center – 16th-17th Fun. – The Wiltern – 17th Juanes – Hollywood Bowl – 17th-18th

Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw – Greek Theater – 19th 311 and Slightly Stoopid – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – 24th

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Everything falls together for Callie Holloway-Louch Prowler Staff Writer

Callie Holloway-Louch, senior, never thought she would become an author until she came up with the idea of writing a book of inspirational quotes titled “Everything is Falling Together–A Teenager’s Book of Inspiration”. The self-published book is a collection of quotes taken from a multitude of sources, and also includes many from the author herself. HollowayLouch was inspired to gather this collection of quotes because “my uncle died of a brain tumor … going through that was tough, it’s hard for people to go through rough times,” she said. “I was mainly inspired by him. I wanted to help other people (get through tough times) too.” The introduction of the book is about her uncle,and explains her motivation for making the book. The title of the book comes from something HollowayLouch’s uncle used to say. “He always said that ‘everything is falling together’ at the worst of times, instead of ‘everything is falling apart’, to say that good was still happening,” she said. Holloway-Louch started work in November and was finished by May, although she said at times it was hard to stay

inspired. “I had a lot of motivation to get it done fast. You have to be focused on that one thing,” she said. “Lots of books and internet sources inspired me.” The book includes upbeat and inspirational sayings by everyone from Winston Churchill to Albus Dumbledore. Fiona Bush, senior, was surprised when she found out her friend was writing a book. “I had absolutely no idea she was writing a book, so when she told me (about it) I was very excited and proud of her accomplishment,” she said. Bush now owns two copies of the book, and says she loves the inspirational quotes, as well as the story behind them. “Her book provides motivation to keep going. The quotations and her personal story show how hope and strength can get you through the toughest times in life,” Bush said. The books are ten dollars apiece, and can only be purchased through the author. “I plan to do one (book) for each year of college, and for my travels,” Holloway-Louch said. As Elbert Hubbard once said, and is again quoted in the young author’s new book: “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”

Grace O’Toole

You will never have this day again, so make the most of it. -Callie Holloway-Louch

Madison Richeson / Prowler

Getting Through the Tough Times - Callie Holloway-Louch, senior, put together a book of inspirational quotes to help others get through difficult moments in life.


Victoria Koi

Prowler Staff Writer

“Two of the things I love the most are music and technology. DJing combines the two and allows me to use my musicality and my ingenuity to produce a product that others can enjoy, and that I get gratification out of,” Griffen Dietrich, senior, said. Dietrich is pursuing his career as a disc jockey and has started his own company, Pathos Entertainment Services. “Within the past few months, I have developed a business plan, marketing campaign, and website-www.djpathos.comfor my DJ company,” he said. “I chose the name DJ Pathos, which is a method of persuasion that appeals to the audience’s emotions.” He plans to obtain more opportunities to DJ in order to finance his “not-very-cheap passion”. Dietrich credits his obsession with deadmau5 as his inspiration to go into DJing. “Despite the fact that he is not a DJ-he actually hates DJs-(deadmau5) was my motivation for taking my hobby to the next level,” Dietrich said. “Watching him play his music and people dance to it gave me the inspiration to

Lights, Lights, and More Lights - Crazy lighting throws shadows over senior Griffen Dietrich’s face at his latest DJ escapade.

achieve that goal, but on a smaller scale.” Dietrich’s stepfather has been in the sound engineering business for over 25 years. He has owned his own DJ company and worked at weddings and birthdays when Dietrich was young. “Now that he doesn’t really have time to DJ anymore, I upgraded his old gear and started DJing parties for my friends about two years ago, and have been actively doing it since then,” he said. According to Dietrich, he often wanted to give up because of financial issues or because his passion was getting in the way of other activities, but his supporters helped keep him going. “Every single person who has hired me have been my biggest supporters,” he said. “Without them, I would not have the financial ability or popularity to continue my art, thus crushing my dream.” Yet to him his biggest supporter is his girlfriend, Justina Del Duca, senior. “Justina has always been there for me and reminded me that nothing was too much for me to handle,” he said. The couple has been together for a little over two years. “Whenever he’s feeling discouraged about the progress of his business or is feeling like he’s ‘not good enough,’ I’m always there tell him otherwise,” Del Duca said. “I’m so proud of him, and I’ll be here supporting and rooting for him no matter what.” She also takes photographs and portraits of him and his lights for advertising. However, Dietrich has not been alone throughout this process; he works closely with his best friend, Jonathan Martin, sophomore, and his brother Spencer Dietrich, freshman. “Jonny and I have agreed to go into this investment together, purely out of our love for loud music. Spencer always helps me set up and tear down, as well as run our stage lights during events,” he said. “Griffin and I are a serious team,” Martin said. “I’ll make setlists for him or shoot him ideas during the party. But he does all the work; I focus more on advertisement.” According to Del Duca, Dietrich is passionate about his music and wants to show others the beauty of it. “I hope for my company to grow to the point where I will have to hire more DJs, simply because Pathos Entertainment Services has developed the reputation of excellence, and that everybody will want their event to be hosted by us,” Dietrich said. “I hope that my hobby will turn into a full-time career so that I will never have to work a day in my Justina Del Duca/With Permission life.”

Sports 11

The Prowler • May 30, 2012

Badminton club provides a social and competitive environment Kishen Majithia and Drew Andros Prowler Staff Writers

While most other sports on campus are coming to a close, the Badminton Club is still going strong and meeting on a regular basis. The sport became available at the school because Janice Crawford about three years ago. She had been the coach up until the beginning of this semester when she handed to coaching job over to Michael Giles, physical education teacher and swimming coach. It now has about 35 members. In the club, tournaments are set up against other schools in which all members of the club play. Giles appreciates that badminton can be played by people with various strengths. “Badminton is the great equalizer for guys and girls sports,” he said. “Even the strongest guys and the most petite girls can all hit the birdie at 200 mph.” When asked about the positives of badminton, Giles said, “It’s a lot of fu. It’s tactical, it’s in a gym, and you still get exercise, but you don’t run around a whole lot.” Adrian Zhao, junior, and president of the Badminton Club, takes the sport very seriously. He just played it as a hobby when he was a child, but then he started playing competitively during his teenage years.

When asked what he enjoys most about badminton, Zhao said, “I like it because it enhances the camaraderie between my friends and I.” Zhao is very optimistic about the club’s current position. He also stresses the importance of having a good time while competing. “I think that the people in the club are eager to learn and to play, and it seems like they are enjoying the sport a lot. I expect that everyone will have a great time at the tournaments; however it is not just all about winning here. Although we would like to win, it is about having fun and enjoying each other’s company.” Franklin Yang, junior, is the vice-president of the Badminton Club. Unlike Zhao, he never played competitively. Yang enjoys helping others improve different aspects of their game while having fun at the same time. “My favorite part of the club was been teaching new members different tips and strategies on how to better win a game and then see them in action using those tips,” Yang said. I’ve met many new people through the club as people of all ethnicities, grades, education level, and religion come in to play badminton, and we all have a great time.”

It’s a lot of fun; it’s tactical, it’s in a gym, and you still get exercise, but you don’t run around a whole lot.

Softball players

reflect on the season

SAFE! - Junior varsity player Sierra Barnett, sophomore, slides home in a game against Calabasas High School at the beginning of the season, which ended with a Newbury Park High School win.

Preston Hill / Prowler

Just for the fun of it - Franklin Yang, junior, enjoys helping other members of the Badminton Club improve. Currently, Yang is the vice president of the club and has been playing for several years noncompetitively.

Anita Agopyan-Miu Prowler Staff Writer

Freshman Kaitlyn Dane, varsity pitcher and first and third baseman, jokingly summed up the girls softball season in one statement: “We had a perfect record of losing.” Dane believes that the softball team did not do as well as they could have because “some of us didn’t try as hard as we could, and we did not do a great job of working as a team. Also, we played against really hard teams.” Even so, she admitted “there were some really good moments when we had a rally going and were winning.

Freshman Aby Brambila, varsity catcher and shortstop, felt similarly. “(I was) frustrated and disappointed because our team had the talent to get further than we did.” In Brambila’s opinion, the season would have been better if the “team was more disciplined and had a coach who has knowledge of the game.” According to her, these problems caused a weak team work ethic. She also says that one thing that she would work on in the next season is “get(ting) my team mates to actually be able to work as a team and get further next season.” The most memorable moments for Brambila was the first game because “the season started” and the last game because “the season finally ended”. On the other hand, sophomore Megan McDevitt, junior varsity first baseman, thought that varsity “gave their best efforts, and through the whole season they kept their heads high”. She also believes that they could have improved the season by working together more, but that Matthew La Rocca, government teacher, did a great job stepping up and taking the head coach’s position and helping the girls improve. “If I was on varsity, I probably would’ve tried to get closer to the girls on that team and to unite the varsity and JV teams,” McDevitt said.

12 Sports The Prowler • May 30, 2012


Madison Richeson / Prowler

Victoria Koi

Prowler Staff Writer

Although most spring sports are winding down, the varsity baseball team is still working to succeed in the Southern Section playoffs. The whirlwind season started off on a good note. “In the second game against Loyola, Luke (Eubank) threw a no-hitter, which started off the season with a bang,” Joseph Christian, senior, said. “From there we didn’t stop and kept winning games.” Eubank, senior, made school history by throwing three no-hitters in the Southern Section Division 1, something that has not been done since the 1970’s, and drove the team to win numerous games that put them in the farthest position in playoffs since 1968. However, this year hasn’t been a complete success. “Our goal was to win (Marmonte) League and, for the second time in two years, we came one game away and couldn't win the final game,” Myles Harvey, senior, said. “After we lost the league championship game, practices weren’t any good and the coaches were disappointed,” Christian said. According to Christian, after their success on March 21 against Wilson Classical High School’s player Chance DeJong, a University of Southern California recruit, they saw what they could do and became more motivated. They then proceeded to win a game on Tuesday against El Toro High School, ranked third in state and thirtieth nationally. If the team wins two more games, they will have the opportunity to play at Dodger Stadium. “Our team is very close; we have 12 seniors, and we are all brothers. I can count on any one of them to have my back.” Harvey said. “We have a lot of senior leadership, and I really think that helps our maturity as a team.”

in one of their Heading home - Dominic Lovullo, senior, runs towards the home plate Saugus High against playoffs on’s Federati olastic Intersch ia Californ the in last games 7-3 and is winning up ended School which took place May 25. The varsity team currently ranked 24th in the state.

tennis NEW C COACH Sophie Li, Rachel Cross and Nadia Lynn

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100 Hurtles: FIRST: Savannah Sipes 14.96 110 Hurtles: EIGHTH: Shawn Gratland 15.31 200 Meters: FIRST: Terry Pagano 21.97


Brad Nelson’s planned retirement from coaching tennis will mean large changes for the NPHS tennis team. Though many expected William Mulligan, current assistant coach, to replace Nelson, Richard Kick was announced yesterday as the team’s new coach. “(Kick) comes in with a lot of experience… He’s been around the game a very long time,” Larry Berlin, assistant principle of athletics, said. Though Kick has not been involved with the NPHS tennis team, he has coached the sport previously. “I coached for 12 years in Illinois and was very happy coaching. I took a position that gave me the chance to become a department chair, which took me away from coaching temporarily,” Kick said. He continued, “now after five years… I knew this was time to try to get back into it, so I did apply. Luckily I got the job and am looking forward to doing it.” Jeff Wettstein, junior and varsity team member, says he looks forward to the change: “Mr. Nelson has been the coach for many years, so I think Mr. Kick will add new energy to the team… Coach Nelson, of course, will be missed, and he has provided invaluable opportunities for many people to play. He is one of the few people who followed a no-cut policy. He kept as many people as possible on the team to give as many people as possible the opportunity to play tennis.” Kick currently teaches Advanced Placement Statistics and AP Computer Science, but plans on adjusting his work schedule to include a first period to create more time for after-school coaching. “(Making the schedule work is) definitely going to be a team effort with the athletics department and the people making the master schedule,” he said. “I have, in the back of my mind, goals, that… I think will help the students and the school and the community get pride again in the tennis program. Team goals will be to make sure that students not only enjoy tennis, but find that they can excel beyond what they otherwise would. If I can somehow give them insights and give them experiences that will help them perform even better and enjoy their tennis experience, then I will be happy,” Kick said. “ Mulligan did not apply for the position of head coach because of the time commitment; he plans to continue working on getting his Master’s degree. “I would love to (continue working with the team) but I don’t know if my schedule will allow me to,” Mulligan said. As of now, no assistant coach has been announced for next year’s team. ¬

300 Hurtles: THIRD: Savannah Sipes 46.00 400 Meters: NINTH: Michela Tomlinson 60.42 800 Meters: FIFTH: Austin Lasater 1:56.69 EIGHTH: Kendall Esparza 1.57.24 1600 Meters: SIXTH: Jonny Byrne 4:24.07 EIGHTH: Sean Fought 4:25.15 TENTH: Kendall Ezparza 4:25.71

CROSS COUNTRY Jonny Byrne FOURTH: Agoura 16:05 EIGHTH: Lake Casitas 19:18 SEVENTH: Woodbridge 15:29 Kendall Esparza SIXTH: Agoura 16:14 TENTH: Woodbridge 15:35 Sammie Cox FIFTH: Agoura 19:08 SIXTH: Lake Casitas 19:46 NINTH: Woodbridge 19:03

3200 Meters: FOUTH: Jonny Byrne 9:30.42

Rachel Dean SIXTH: Agoura 19:25 SEVENTH: Lake Casitas 19:47 SEVENTH: Woodbridge 18:59

1600 Relay : THIRD, FIFTH, EIGHTH: Lasater, Pagano, Avendano, Fought 3:23.42

Natalie Cox NINTH: Agoura 19:26 TENTH: Woodbridge 19:06

Shot Put: FIRST: Kendall Mader 40-10

Keara Tuso SEVENTH: Agoura 19:34

Discus Throw: SECOND: Kenall Mader 129-00

Rachel Ranucci SIXTH: Woodbridge 18:58.

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