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Spring 2012 Vol. 3, Issue 3

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Oak Hillll High School’s very own female racecar driver shares her experiences of life on the track. Her story on page 7

Read about the incredible accomplishments and contributions made by the club, and cont hhow they’ve made Bulldog history. Page 3

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DRESS CODE:Vi t’s always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.” -Jean Paul Gaultier according to www.dresscodenormal.com. “I do believe half of the teachers and staff here at Oak Hills High School do feel uncomfortable when they’re talking to or when they’re around students that dress inappropriate,” stated Mike Stayton auto teacher at OHHS. “A lot of students get away with violating the dress code.” Some staff and administrators believe inappropriately dressed students may pay more attention to their appearance during school rather than learning, pulling the focus from the true purpose of being at school. Several staff members interviewed think that students should dress more proper for a learning environment. Several teachers say they feel uncomfortable around students that dress inappropriate at school. To be most effective, teachers should be able to educate their students without feeling uncomfortable. Many teachers also believe students get their trends from the television shows they watch and the magazines they read, but that some of these styles are not right for the campus. The teachers interviewed state that the dress code is being enforced, but it can be enforced a little bit better, because some teachers don’t pay attention to how their students are dressed or they just ignore the fact that they’re violating the dress code rule. “No, I don't think the dress code is enforced. I think much of the staff is unaware of what the dress code is. I think many staff members feel uncomfortable citing students, especially girls, who are dressed provocatively,” stated Ms.Sharky . ”The way I deal with it is by asking students if they're supposed to be wearing that? They usually reply sheepishly, "No," and then fix the problem accordingly. I do agree it should be enforced more though...” Students violate the dress code every day during school hours, and too many students are dressing inappropriate for a learning environment. By enforcing the dress code more often and being more strict about the students’s inappropriate appearance, it would make Oak Hills High School a better learning environment. Teachers also may feel more comfortable around their own students. Where is the line between appropriate and inappropriate to students? “Students should be able to dress how they want to... it’s who they are, but respect themselves .” said Leonard Rodriguez senior at OHHS...for more, see “Dress Code” on Page 2

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Utilizing the right tools for academic success at OHHS who wants to come in and benefit from it,” states Christina Maples, AVID teacher on our campus. In order to accommodate students, there are two rooms, D-16 and

“Our tutors are very knowledgeable,” said Ms. Maples. When the quarter roles around, it’s time for a checkup from these AVID teachers, and those students falling short from a C-average are signed up for mandatory tutoring after school. For any kids who have any questions about It may seem difficult to maintain their grades, but that’s why there are so tutoring schedules, times, feel free to come many opportunities to gain support from and talk to Mr. Capps, your counselor, or a community of staff that are advocates of visit the Career Center. student accomplishment. There are even mandatory CAHSEE preparatory classes for sophomores to ensure our Bulldogs are properly D-17, that have teachers/coordinaequipped to pass this high school exit exam. tors such as Ms. Bevans, Ms. Canchola, and Ms. Tutoring is more than just a mandatory after Maples, who are school duty, it’s a program where students are dedicated to assist- able to “communicate and learn from each other,” ing kids in need. Maples states. However, the For any kids who have any questions tutoring program about tutoring schedules, times, feel free to come is primarily run and talk to Mr. Capps, your counselor, visit the by previous AVID Career Center, or possibly even friends who achigh school gradu- tively participate in the program. Most of all, talk ates currently to your teachers. Many teachers provide tutoring attending colleges during lunch and after school. Also check the such as the Unilibrary for after school computer access. There versity of La Verne are many effective tutorial sites online for math, and Cal-State San science, English and even electives. Bernardino. So Bulldogs, the next time your grades They know exfall short of expected, always remember that actly what it’s like within our campus lies a plethora of tools for you trying to succeed to make the most of your academic career. At the in school and are end of the day, the ultimate goal for students is to there every session enable them to graduate high school with mateto be able to aid rial that has been instilled within them, so they kids that require may take their education to the next level of suctheir help in any cess. photo-JADE HOWE subject.

OHHS provides many tools for achieving academic success, including resources for tutoring, preparing for tests, and improving their grades.

Whenever a person brings up Oak Hills High School, it seems as though sports is often the first thing that comes to mind. “Oak Hills not only excels in sports, but academics as well,” says Mr. Capps, assistant principal at OHHS. Some students on campus constantly struggle with the pressure to keep up their grades, while receiving pressure from parents, teachers, and sometimes even their peers. It can be stressful trying to adequately find a way to stay on top of school work and maintain top scores, but luckily our school offers the perfect medium for students looking for that extra help. Every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., “tutoring is open for anyone

BY GENELLE WATKINS senior editor


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Accepted to College...Now What? just received my acceptance letter to college. Now what am I going to do when I get there? It’s definitely a step into the adult world, but if seniors are organized, and they remember all the things they learned at OHHS--hard work and determination--then they will succeed in life and college. For all of the college bound seniors, here’s a few tips from the staff. It’s important to live on campus if possible because students stay more connected to other students that are in the same majors. It also builds connections to clubs, organizations and makes the transition to college life easier. Some schools even require freshmen to live on campus to acclimate. Students should also make sure to stay on top of homework, reading, and studying before any finals or tests. “It is time to focus on college,” said Diana Rodriguez. “There is plenty of time to have fun.” However, college students will not have Power School to check or teachers pushing them. They have to become self-motivated. Sometimes there is no homework. Some professors will only give one test and that’s the grade for the entire class. Remember it’s the student’s responsibility to make the right choices. Besides, students are often paying for their college, so it’s a poor business decision to slack. Get involved! College is so much more than just the time you spend in class. Some of the things that will be the most life-altering won’t happen in a classroom. Most majors have clubs or an honor society students can join. This can even lead to internships and work opportunities after college. Despite the common stereotypes, social organizations provide much more than just an opportunity to go to parties. Students can get involved in leadership experience, community service, and networking with people in your future career. “College is expensive, and if you do the work that it takes from you to make it in college, do it,”said Genelle Watkins, senior. For a detailed survival guide to your first year of college, visit: http://well. blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/online-college-survival-guide/

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DRESS CODE cont. from page 1... Many students interviewed said that when they leave for school they do know when they are violating the dress code policy and when they are not. Some students think that there shouldn’t be a dress code policy, because students should be able to express there individuality by there appearance whether its appropriate or inappropriate. Other students believe that it’s a good thing that there is a dress code policy because if there wasn’t, students would dress way more inappropriate than they are already dressing. Several students also said they dress the way they do so they can fit in with their crowd of friends so they don’t feel left out. “The way I dress is a way to express who I am and how I feel about my self whether I fit in with the crowd or not,” stated a male freshman at OHHS. The school board’s motives for the dress code policy is to provide a safe, healthy and educationally motivating environment for students. In order to provide the best possible

learning environment the school board adopted a standard dress code policy for K-12. Violation of the dress code policy leads to clearly mandated consequences: 1st offense is ½ hour detention, 2nd offense is a hour detention on Wednesdays, 3rd offence or more leads to a 1 day suspension. A student’s lack of following the dress code policy creates a safety hazard for others students at school and can or maybe a serious unnecessary distraction to the learning environment. “We don’t dress code students to be mean, we do it to keep our school a safe environment,” stated Mr.Yancey. Students can still express individuality, find inclusion, and show style without violating the dress code. Appearance reflects not just on the students, but the entire school. Every Bulldog should strive to reflect an image that shows not just their individual class and style, but also a sense of dignity that reflects the true spirit of a Bulldog.

BY MONIQUE CORDOVA staff writer

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Nicole Olney, editor-in-chief.Genelle Watkins, assistant editor. Sahmahntha Salazar, assistant editor. Kyle Fulkerson, Haylee Carlos, Monique Cordova, Fernando Gomez, Priscilla Gutierrez, Davin Payne, Leonard Rodriguez, Alisha Tardiff, Sabrina Watson, Danielle D’Epifanio, Fernando Bedolla, Crisitan Rodriguez, Breeanna Manciocchi, Jade Howe , Samantha Horton, Marissa Henson, Michaela D’Epifanio.

The Paw Print is a nonprofit student publication published by Oak Hills High School’s Advanced Journalism class. All opinions expressed are those solely of the writers and do not represent those of the students or staff of OHHS or HUSD. Letters to the editor can be sent to Jason.kleber@hesperiausd.org

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Oh! The Places You’ll Go From Europe, to Egypt, to Hogmanay, Scotland. Petra, Jordan and Thailand, and all the birds in Brazil; he can spot them. Hot air balloon rides over Egyptian pyramids, Prickly-haired elephant rides and summer camps for kids. From riding camels and snorkeling with all types of fish, Floating in the Dead Sea, and mud body masks; the spagoers wish. David Boberg has been too many places and more. Forty-nine states and forty countries, He still has more places he wants to explore.

only a humbling experience, but a learning experience too. The kids make you realize how important life is; and they think you’re the ones helping them out, but they’re the ones helping you out.” The familial and close-knit ties from this life-changing camp prepared Boberg to be able to appreciate life even more, and progress through his travels with an even greater outlook on life. “Go off the beaten path,” Boberg recommended, “I’ve met some of the most interesting people and have had the most memorable experiences when I least expected it.” “The world is a book and those who do not Life is full of surprises, and after leaving the travel read only a page.” St. Augustine’s quote is by camp and traveling out of the country Boberg found far one of Mr. Boberg’s favorite mantras for travelthat when he threw out the maps and the guided ing. tours, the trip was that much more fun because he Mr. Boberg currently works as the freshman was able to discover places that may not have been counselor here at OHHS, but his dreams of seeing on the map in the first place. By the end of the trip, the world began at a young age. Instead of getting he ended up having more fun than if it would have a baseball bat or a bike for his be planned and organized, been birthday, “my mom would w which he thought, “turned out Go off the beaten path! buy me travel books and to be more interesting.” atlases when I was young,” “We are so fortunate that Boberg said. En English is a universal lanAs a residential assisguage,” he said. gu tant for his dorm at Cal-State When traveling to counStanislaus, Boberg’s buildtries like France, Israel, and ing housed many foreign Asia, there was always several exchange students that were people who were able to speak from Europe, Japan, and other English, so transitioning into a parts of Asia. His roommates unfamiliar culture was less of a were from Denmark, and the shock. extremely diverse environFor Boberg, going to Germent prompted him to remain curious about life many was an easier transition when traveling out of outside America. the country because he already speaks German. He This sparked his curiosity to want to travel was able to see the house of Anne Frank and even the world. His travels have given him the opportuthe infamous Jewish Concentration Camp known as nity to discover new cultures and experiences, but Auschwitz. his start involves a place that deals with kids with “It was rough,” he said. different types of illnesses. Walking through the pathways of history, Every time before he would travel to anoth- the concentration camp came accompanied with a er country, Boberg made it a point to volunteer at a heavy feeling as he saw where thousands of people camp for kids fighting against some form of illness. were brutally murdered. The surreal emotion of One of these camps was called Victory Junction, the camp was enough to give him that much more located in North Carolina. This was a summer camp respect to those who were victims of the slaughter. designed for children who were battling sicknesses “Most people think that traveling out of such as various cancers, Sickle-Cell Anemia, differthe country is expensive, but it’s really not,” Boberg ent types of blood deficiencies, and even burn vicstates. tims. His plans of volunteering for a week, would His powerful advice to those who want to sometimes turn into 3 weeks, or in many cases, the dive into new cultures and cultural understandings entire summer. Through this camp, he learned so is that he wants kids to realize anything is possible, much about himself, and how the small instances in and if you really want something, go for it. Boberg life, always have the greatest impact. realized that traveling gives a person a greater “I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “It’s not appreciation for the community, and how it’s true

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what they say: there’s no place like home. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, for most people are often wrong about countries they’ve never been to. Boberg urges students who think out of the country travel is impossible to follow their dreams because ultimately “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” -Mark Twain.

BY GENELLE WATKINS senior editor

CAFETERIA WORKERS PROFILE

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Our cafeteria workers work hard to provide nutrition and lunch for our students with little recognition for their efforts... so say “thank you” and show your appreciation for their dedication.

Hair up, Hands clean, and when that bell rings their ready to start that fast pace job with a smile on their face saying ‘What can I get you ?’. “One of the best things about this job is feeding the kids and having my crew. I love this job, and I enjoy it very much,” said Kathleen Lucas, cafeteria worker. Here at Oak Highs High School, we are honored to have ladies and some men that are willing to do one of the hardest jobs at a school. They love doing their job and putting food on the table for some kids that can’t get what they need at home. Being a Cafeteria worker is not as easy as people think. Starting at 6:00am in the morning they are up and ready to work. It’s a fast pace job, so there is no time for slacking. Having to cook for 2,300 students is not that easy. Breakfast starts right when they walk in that door and at 8:00am. As soon as breakfast is

over, they have to start cooking for lunch. Nutrition comes and they have only a little amount of time to get things done. By the time the lunch bell rings it’s game time. “They sure are a great group of ladies, led by one of the most amazing people here-- Kathleen Lucas,” said Mr.Porras It’s a demanding job, so there is no time for relaxing. The ladies at Oak Hills do a wonderful job at what they do and are an important piece to the success of the academics on this campus by providing the students the nutrition necessary to focus. Without them, Oak Hills just wouldn’t be the same. It only takes seconds to show you appreciate them, so let them know. Tell them they are important and how great of a job they are doing. Great Work Ladies.

BY BREEANNA MANCIOCCHI staff writer

JROTC SHINES JROTC is more than just a class, they have many events to participate in throughout the year that have a positive impact on the students, OHHS, and the community. JROTC has a formal inspection once every four years. After the inspection, people rank the program on how well that they did. Freshmen in JROTC this year who stay in the program until their senior year will get to do it again. “They asked us general knowledge questions based on how many years we have been in the program,” said Alexander Barker. “I was personally nervous about it.” JROTC was awarded a gold star which is, Honor Unit with Distinction. They received this for doing so well in their formal inspection.“It makes us look very good. A gold star is the highest achievement that you can get. It’s better than the white or the blue star. We are all very proud,” said 1st Sgt Williams. The gold star is just part of the impact that JROTC makes on the community and on the school. During winter break, the cadets took part in a toy drive to help under-privileged youth. “It really brings everyone together, and we rely on each other,” said Barker, freshman. Cadets had a chance to help out the community and had fun doing it. “After we did our couple hours of work collecting toys for Toys For Tots, we would get our free tickets to go into Knott’s Berry Farm and enjoy the rides

for the rest of the day,” said Barker. Another extremely important event for JROTC is the Military Ball. At the Military Ball, students practice their etiquette and get to mingle socially with all of the other cadets. “Because we are separated into different periods, we don’t get to see a lot of what is going on with all of the other students that are enrolled in JROTC,” said Barker. “It’s a little bit better than prom,” said photo-JROTC 1st Sgt Williams. The Military Ball is not just a social event, but also a JROTC Cadets hand out toys during a toy drive at Christmas. They not only mandatory part of the program. work hard at OHHS to earn their gold-star distinction, but also serve the JROTC’s leadership team communities outside our school as well. composed of Peter Camba, Leonel Gonzalez, Jered Miller, and William Essex will compete in the final cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership Championship round of the 2012 Army JROTC and academic abilities. Leadership Symposium in Washington D.C. During JROTC also offers camps that can attend to two rounds of competitive online play, Oak Hills’ practice skills and have fun. JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,345 JROTC is a great program that earns many teams that competed from across the world. awards. “I think that this is a wonderful program,” The cadets were tested on their knowledge said Brittany Lopez, Freshman. of leadership values and skills. This team is one of only forty leadership teams in the nation to advance to the finals. By participating in this competition, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. This competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC staff writer

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Canyon Ridge High School... a Second Chance Low grades. . . Down in credits. . .in need of a second chance? Don’t give up. Canyon Ridge has been taking a stand, not allowing teenagers to give up, giving every student hope, and a chance to fix their wrongs, since their opening in the year 2007. “Our school benefits students because it actually gives them a second chance to get the credits that are required to graduate,” said Mary Porras principal of Canyon Ridge High School and Shadow Ridge High School. “I wasn’t super far behind, but. . . I was far enough behind that I wasn’t going to be able to graduate,” said senior Gerson Caceres at OHHS. Leaving here during his second semester to attend Canyon Ridge during his junior year, Gerson Caceres returned and walked back through the gates of Oak Hills High School; as a senior, gaining a total of 43 credits at Canyon and being back on track with graduating. Not every student that attends Canyon Ridge is behind in credits. They will accept any student as long as you’re 16 years of age, or older. In special cases they will allow 15 year

olds to come join them. Any student can enroll by setting up a meeting with their counselor. Once students catch up with their credits they have the option to stay and earn their diploma at Canyon Ridge or return to their high school. “We really try to make it a family atmosphere. Our students have a real feeling, like they’re not missing out on anything it’s just a smaller environment,” explains Marry Porras. “We try to do everything every school does.” Matthew Faust, a 16 year-old senior of Oak Hills High School, attended one semester at Canyon Ridge, and is now graduating in the year of 2012. “Canyon Ridge helped me skip a grade and catch up.” “Canyon Ridge is: Helpful, really small, and like one big family. Everyone there just knows each other and everyone is just really close,” stated Gerson Caceres, senior at OHHS. Canyon Ridge, a place for students to turn to for a second chance.

Mr. Ahlgren, Mrs. Porras, and Mrs. Kleber-The welcoming administrators of Canyon Ridge

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Jack In The Box C Crunchiness: 40% F Freshness: 30% T Taste: 50% V Visual Appeal: 15%

Ba Bakers Cr Crunchiness: 50% Fr re Freshness: 40% Ta T Taste: 40% Vis Visual Appeal: 50%

Ta Taco Bell Cr Crunchiness: 50% Fr Freshness: 40% Ta Taste: 30% Vi Visual Appeal: 30%

BY NICOLE OLNEY

By SAHM SALAZAR & MICHAELA D’EPIFANIO ANIO staff writers

loco parentis, a Latin term literally meanIt’s an average, brisk March morning “in place of a parent”. This responsibiling at Oak Hills High School, and as the ity is legally granted to administrators and clock inches towards 7:29, more and more teachers; they are allowed as well as encourcars fill up the parking lots to unload stuaged to make decisions regarding issues of dents. It’s the beginning of just another day student safety in place of parents. at school. “I think sometimes there’s a misBut when we hurry through those conception among parents that they have to black gates to get to class on time, we, as compliant, public school-attending students, be present before we can interview and talk to their students,” says Mr. Johnson, vice jog into much more than a concrete strucprincipal of discipline at OHHS. In reality, ture. if administrators couldn’t Tagged make decisions with a along with the “The constitution trumps all,” sort of parental authorrights granted to students by the states David Olney, San Bernardino ity, they would have very U.S. constitution AVID Coordinator and experienced little power. Another reason itself is a rather school-site administrator. student rights are deemed long list of laws necessary to regulate is pertaining to Calito avoid the possibility of fornia public school education, known more disrupting the overall learncommonly as Ed Code. Although these laws ing environment. The point in no way defy the Constitution itself, it is of school above all else is to educate; any acevident that there are situations in which tion that a student may perform that could a student’s actions are limited, even when dealing with our most basic rights as Ameri- hinder this goal may, by law, be punished. Tinker v. De Moines continues to can citizens. insure that “[If] conduct by the student, “The rights of free speech, free in class or out of it, which for any reason-press, free association, and freedom from whether it stems from time, place, or type of unwarranted search and seizure are points of contention between school administrators behavior-- materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or the invaand students, and have been for decades,” says Steve Mount, author of “Constitutional sion of the rights of others is, of course, not immunized by the constitutional guarantee Topic: Students Rights.” of freedom of speech.” Administrators are given the right So where’s the line drawn? When to perform actions that some students, as do rules become oppressive and when does well as some outside observers, may infreedom become hostile? What environterpret as an inhibition to exercise natural ment should we strive to achieve? “Well, rights. But pay attention in U.S. History most people don’t like the word ‘rules’, class, because there are some important I’d much prefer to say there needs to be a structure. Like the rules of the road, the rules of society. Students need to feel like they are apart of that structure. When you’re sixteen you want to drive, so you learn the rules that guide you how. You understand the importance of driving photos-MICHAELA D”EPIFANIO on the right side of the road versus the left, “It is evident that there are situations in which a and stopping at stop student’s actions are limited, even when dealing signs. We don’t have with our most basic rights as American citizens.” a problem with those rules because we realize that there are hundreds of cars on the road and we know we want to be safe. The historical court cases that refer to this very same goes for school. Students don’t want subject. to feel oppressed, or untrusted, they need to Tinker vs. De Moines, a supreme court case that occurred in 1968, states that students do feel like they are apart of something,” said Olney. not “shed their constitutional rights when The structure students comply they enter the schoolhouse door.” “The constitution trumps all,” states to is ultimately protective in manner, not totalitarian. And between the hours of 7:30 David Olney, San Bernardino AVID Coorthrough 2:25, we at Oak Hills are a vital part dinator and experienced school-site adminof that structure. istrator. “You can’t create a state law that would violate the Constitution .” It isn’t that Ed Code overpowers the right for a student to express his or herself, more so, our rights are merely confined to a more appropriate editor-in-chief form of expression while in school. The reason partly has to do with In

BY DANIELLE D’EPIFANIO staff writer

There has been arguules ment amongst OHHS students over which taco co r would rule their Tuesh ta ay ? day? We picked the five Whic r tuesd closest fast-food restaurants that you serve tacos and asked six Bulldogs to try one taco from each. The competitors included Del Taco, Taco Bell, Albertos, Jack in the Box, and Bakers. The judges had to answer specific questions based on crunchiness, freshness, taste, and visual appeal and rank each taco in several categories using a scale of one through ten. Opinions varied, “I felt like [the Jack in the Box tacos] where the cheapest tacos, but out of all of them they tasted the best,” says Cody Spurlock, senior. Despite the lowest visual appeal, Jack’s Tacos ranked second in taste. “I thought Bakers tacos where the best tacos I’ve ever had. They scored perfect tens in all categories in my opinion.” said Matthew Faust, senior. Overall, Del taco scored the highest in all categories making it the Bulldogs favorite Tuesday taco tested. Disagree? Tweet your favorite taco at #bulldogtacos.

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FOUR GUYS...ONE MICROPHONE As the sound of their voice Barber Shop music anymore,” said along with their Barber Shop music, intensifies, the room goes silent. Dalton Hendrickson, baritone. With also sing in their own band named The Lead depends on the Barber Shop making its debut in the No Personal Boundaries, writing and Baritone...Blake depends on Dalton. 1920’s, the music is slowly losing its composing their own songs. Their The Base leans on the Tenor...Bryce audience. “The older people are really first CD comes out in April. leans on Wyatt, all coming together to just melted by these guys,” explains Between church choir, No create The Barbershop Quartet. Mr. Ackerman. “It’s the most amazPersonal Boundaries, and Barber Starting small in their local ing type of music that we’ve heard Shop, the boys still find time for other church, the four broke into music so far,” said Bryce Ackerman, base, interests. Dalton, Blake and Wyatt driven by their originality. Being describing why Barber Shop music wrestled in previous years at Oak “spirited” and “energetic” the boys stood out to them. Hills High School, and like any other stood out to not only friends and fam“Pretty much, go in and get teenage boy, the four find time for ily, but also at our own 2010 Bulldogs killed or go in and win,” explains video games and other fun activities. Talent Show. The boys rose Bryce. After leaving their first “We just have fun with whatever we above the standards and competition with unsatisfying do,” says Wyatt Hendrickson, Tenor. caught the eye of a local “We liked the idea of having Barber Shop Scout. Leading four said Blake AckerThey’ve brought tears to peoples’ eyes that man,parts,” to Blake Ackerman, Bryce lead, “not having to use all have been listening to Barber Shop their Ackerman, Wyatt Heninstruments, just going up with drickson, and Dalton Hena pitch-pipe and finding your whole lives. drickson’s involvement in the note.” However, the boys have a Barber Shop Society. natural talent with instruments, “We ended up going “any instrument they pick up, down to San Bernardino and they fit results, the boys are currently preparthey seem to be able to play.” deright in,” said Dale Ackerman, the ing for an October competition in scribes Mr. Ackerman. boys father. The Barber Shop HarSan Francisco, singing “A Wink and “They’ve brought tears to mony Society is a place for musically A Smile” along with “A Brand New peoples eyes that have been listening talented men to come together as four Day.” During competition season the to Barber Shop their whole lives,” and compete to be the best. The four intensity picks up, “Just a lot of pracsaid Mr. Ackerman. The boys have boys formed a group and now comtice; they get together everyday and at a unique voice that captures the true pete across the country against rival some point they practice for hours,” sound of Barber Shop music, they disquartets for the victory. Using each explains DeeDee Ackerman, the boys play an original vibe that gives hope others voices as instruments, the boys mother. to the future generation of Barber create the unique genre that is Barber “My life really kind of reShop. Shop Music. volves around music,” said Dalton, ”It’s rare that you hear about ”24/7 I’m doing music.” The boys

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Gay Straight Alliance promotes the equality of all Bulldogs here’s deep pain in the eyes of the young man. He feels alone and fears no one will ever accept him for who he is. Equality. Everyone wants it but, in reality, not everyone gives it. Why should someone change themselves just to fit in? “The hardest thing about being gay is that I have to keep it a secret from my family. My younger siblings and I have built up a bond through our lives and to break that bond because my mother taught them to hate gays and that homosexuality is a mental sickness causes me so much pain,” said I’brahn Mieth, a senior. Being the only male figure in his mom’s and his siblings’ lives, Mieth struggles to pull together. Figuring himself out in the eighth grade, Mieth felt insecure about himself. He didn’t come out to anyone. He felt he would be judged, and the friends and family he had wouldn’t accept him anymore. “A lot of the people I hung out with persecuted gays and I would stand up for them,” said Mieth. “I would face bullying for standing up for people I can relate to.” Even before he came out, he would still stand up for others, and still get put down. Rising from getting put down and not being able to be open, Mieth hopes that one day things will change for the better. “I am waiting for the day when they will open their eyes, ears, and

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hearts to those who have been ridiculed, rejected, and misused.” The Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSA) here at Oak Hills High School promotes equality for all “They’re not ashamed, they’re very brave. Its very sad what people give them when they’re already going through a lot,” said Nhi Nguyen, an Ally of the GSA club. “Whoever is being bullied for being themselves, we are there for them. If they’re not comfortable with talking to certain people, they can come in and talk to us”. Not only are they there to support homosexuals, straight people who call themselves the Allies come in and promote that they are there for who ever needs them. “I’ve had a lot of gay friends even before high school, and it made me realize everyone has the same values, no matter what, and they shouldn’t have different rights just because their sexuality,” said Tabetha Vian Heest. “They’re creative, open, and brave; they make the world what it is now. They’re so creative and add all the color to the world”. If you’re feeling like an outcast, lost, or if you just need someone to listen, the GSA club invites everyone. With ears to listen and arms wide open, they are there for you, for everyone.

BY BREEANNA MANCIOCCHI staff writer

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Teacher Profile:

A Man Of Many Talents “Promise yourself to live a life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution” -Anthony J. D’Angelo. Here at OHHS we have great teachers, ones that will do anything they can to help students succeed. One of those teachers here is our very own junior English teacher, Jesse Maust. “I love my job and I’m going to do it till I’m good at it. If there ever comes a point where I’m burnt out or don’t like it then I think its time to move on. I have the best job in the world,” said Mr. Maust. Mr. Maust is one of the English teachers on our campus. Not only is he a teacher, but he’s a baseball coach, a former band member, a father, and a friend. “All my responsibilities are my life; that’s just who I am,” said Mr. Maust. “What’s Right in the World Today” is one of the projects going on in his class right now. Students pick an organization that makes the world a better place and share it with the class. Some students do it based on a organization they were in. Many of the students impacted Mr. Maust with their presentations. “I’m always blown away to hear the trials and tribulations they had to go through at such a young age,” said Mr. Maust. The project also impacted the students as well, “it really opened my eyes to finding something good, rather than all the bad things that the news shows,” said Brittney Smerber, junior. High school can be difficult sometimes, and once in a while the teachers don’t make it any better. With teachers like Mr. Maust who try to relate what the kids like, it makes it much easier for some to learn and grow academically. “I choose high school cause kids are kind of coming into themselves. It’s a cool age with a lot of hope and ambition’” said Mr. Maust. Mr. Maust is one of those teachers students know will help them learn and become better, but also be a friend when they need him. He has a lot of advice and wisdom he can share with the world. “Life’s a journey not a destination. We don’t arrive, we’re constantly moving and changing. Just because you make mistakes in the past don’t mean that it has to define who you are in the future,” said Mr. Maust.

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Mr. Maust is a down to earth English Teacher here at Oak Hills, whose ambition leads his students on the road to greatness.


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nology, and less literary interaction. “We live in a world where everything is constantly competing for our attention,” says Ms. Sharky in reference to the options to simply reading a book on an e-Reader, such as apps, games, and movies, “I think it’s problematic, I think it makes us more scattered.” Indeed having the option at your

necessarily extinct, but printed books exceed it by far. Perhaps e-Readers are simply another step in the technological progression to make stories more available to people. There will always be a soft spot in reader’s hearts for opening a nice hard-cover book and smelling the pages as the years slowly tint them yellow, just as humans will always be fascinated by the art of oral presentation; therefore, it need not be feared that the popularity of e-readers will result in an apocalyptic Ray Bradbury-devised scenario. Indulge in the technology of today, but don’t forget your friend on the shelf.

his generation has become particularly apt to clicking...and paper cuts are much less abundant. The notion of turning a page is transforming into an archaic necessity with the continuous rise of e-Readers and tablets. According to Matthew Humphries, journalist, “As of April 2011, Amazon has stated that Kindle books are outselling printed books. For every 100 paper or hardbacks sold, Amazon sells 105 Kindle books.” Is it a bad thing? A nook allows a young scholar access to free sample books, and 2.5 million available books that hardly ever exceed the cost of 10 dollars, not to mention the endless access to popular magazines, newspapers, apps, and movies. All this fits in a backpack nicely with a pleasant weight of only 7.5 ounces. “In terms of how compact and purposeful they are, I think they’re awesome,” says Trisha Sharky, English III teacher. It’s a debate-able topic even so. The intention of creating easy access to eager readers might just be transforming into an excuse for more tech-

There will always be a soft spot in reader’s hearts for opening a nice hard-cover book and smelling the pages. fingertips to either read a book or see the movie on Netflix makes one more apt to wander, but having more books available at the click of a button could also make this generation more determined to read. Ms. Sharky points out that decades ago, before the printing press allowed books to populate shelves, stories would naturally be conveyed through oral presentation. This presentation is not

BY NICOLE OLNEY editor-in-chief

Speed...competition...affordablility...fun Tires squeak and skid across the floor. Electric engines are running fast. Supercross Riders, NASCAR Drivers, baseball players, football players, and some of the most famous bands around have all experienced the intensity that is Kart Racing. Starting in September of 2005, Pole Position Raceway has defeated the odds and has become known across the country. With their 18-horsepower karts that get up to 45 mph, Pole Position is loved by many professional sportsmen. About an hour away, Pole Position Raceway is located in Corona. As you walk through the doors, you’re welcomed into an all white hallway, with the bleeding theme of Supercross and the sound of electric karts racing around the track. The intensity is high, adrenaline pumping, but the first step to getting behind the wheel of the karts, you must sign in, which is no ordinary task with a series of iPad’s set up across the counters. The Arrive & Drive, no reservation necessary, costs $19.95 for non-members.

The average membership for Pole Position Raceway is $37.95 for two standard races, a standard race the month of your birthday and a free Pole Position T-Shirt, with additional race discounts. The track at Pole Position is a fast paced obstacle course. With constant turns, it is quite the arm workout. Most drivers with the mind-set of “pedal to the metal,” soon learn betterwhen hitting the safety barriers at full speed. Pole Position Raceway has many competitors in the in-door karting industry. With seven home tracks, ranging from Corona to Las Vegas, all the way to New York and Dallas, Pole Position conquers their competitors. A friendly competition to see who can be the fastest around the track, Pole Position offers a unique and fun way to have a good time with some friends.

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At Pole Position Raceway Corona, the competition kicks in as the drivers of the 18-horse power electric karts race around the 1/4 mile road course track at a speed of 45 mph.

Energy Drink Face-off: Gatorade Stands Tall 113 Bulldogs were surveyed and they picked Gatorade as their favorite energy drink.

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and Red Bull without the sketchy side effects and Find out what Oak Hills high price. “Gatorade has a High School students use better taste and it doesn’t to get energetic. The Paw affect you as much as Print conducted a poll to Monster and Red Bull.” said see which energy drink is Arthur Martinez, freshmen the Bulldog’s favorite. at OHHS. Stand aside Monster The results show that and Red Bull, the voting is Bulldogs picked Gatorade in and the records show that Gatorade was voted the as the most refreshing and appetizing energy drink. So most useful drink for Oak Hills High School students. whether it’s on the sideline of a game, during a workApproximately 113 out, or before class, Bullstudents were involved in this survey which was con- dogs are ditching the caffeine high for electrolytes ducted via random interand hydration. views at lunch. “ I think Gatorade is much more healthier than Monster and Red Bull, works better too,” said Sharcole Lenin, freshmen BY BRENDA MARTINEZ at OHHS. As for the students at OHHS, Gatorade staff writer works better than Monster

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CHEER TAKES STATE ...AGAIN! Nervous, anxious and their hearts start to beat faster as they wait quietly for the results to be announced...then an explosion of cheers. OHHS Cheerleaders are State Champions once again. Oak Hills High School Cheerleading, both varsity and junior varsity squads went to Sharp State Championships on Saturday February 25, 2012. Over 30 teams competed at The Sharp State Championships, but our cheerleaders took home first place at the championships for both varsity and junior varsity divisions. “It took Oak Hills cheerleaders lots of hard work...practice four hours a day, every day, so we can take the title of first place,” said John Garcia.

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For junior varsity, it was their first state title ever in school history, and for varsity it was a back to back State Championships; varsity had won the Sharp State Championships last year as well. Although the cheerleaders and the coaches took the trophies home, they faced many hurdles during the competition season. “I’m very proud of you guys and thanks for believing in the team, “ said Coach Dale Ford. Oak Hills is very proud of all the athletes in cheerleading for their strong finish to the season by bringing home two first place titles! Congratulations ladies and gentlemen.

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Both Varsity and JV won state titles this year for OHHS

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