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Friday, December 20, 2013

Viewpoint School 23620 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302

Arts & Entertainment: 12


Common App Crisis News


Xbox One or PS4 Op/Ed


Holiday Overload Features


Viewpoint Records Sports

We Can Dig It: Girls Volleyball Wins First CIF Title By Tim Hoffmann News Editor

Photo Courtesy of Viewpoint School

Girls Varsity Volleyball celebrates its CIF win at Cerritos College.

On November 22, the Viewpoint Varsity Girls Volleyball Team won its first ever CIF title in front of over 100 Navy fans. The Viewpoint Patriots defeated the Windward Wildcats in four games. They lost the first game 16-25, but won the next three games 25-21, 25-20, and 25-19 to win the division IIIAA championship. “Right after game one, I was really scared that we weren’t going to pick up our energy and win the next game,” said setter Rachel Furash (’16). “But we really turned it around, and our passing in game two is what allowed us to get our energy back and win the game.” Every game was close, and the competition between the two

teams was fierce right up to the last point. “I was so scared near the end of game four, I didn’t think we were going to make it of there alive,” said setter and opposite Zel Fortson (’16). “But we picked up our passing and worked as a team right until the end.” Girls Volleyball Head Coach Frank Pontello, who has been coaching the team for years, was instrumental in getting the girls volleyball program its first division IIIAA championship title. “All year long, I talked to the team about the fight, and giving everything they have in each and every game,” said Pontello in an interview after the game. “I’m just so happy for the team, and I can’t wait to keep coaching them.” The Navy, led by Josh Ogner

(’14) Justin Levy (’14), Chris Moody (’14) and Matt Miller (’14), cheered in record-breaking numbers, with over 100 students attending the game. The huge crowd helped shut down Windward’s student section and give our Patriots the confidence to win the title. “The Navy support was incredible,” Fortson reported to The Patriot after the game. “We couldn’t have done it without them.” The team advanced to the state playoffs, and lost in the second round to Central Valley Christian. The record-breaking season has been one to remember, and has raised the bar for next year’s team.

Math Mentors Program Multiplies after 15 Years of Success By Darla Howell Staff Writer

For the past 15 years, Math Mentors has connected Viewpoint’s Upper and Middle School students through tutoring. Initially the program was designed to introduce Middle School girls to math and prepare them for difficult classes in high school. Mrs. Meriwether, Middle and Upper School math teacher, agrees that young girls should develop an interest in math. “We wanted to encourage our girls to challenge themselves and to realize that being good at math was cool,” said Mrs. Meriwether. In 1998, several female Upper School students set out to mentor Middle School girls.

In the past, Math Mentors was a program just for girls; recently however, boys have been added to the program. Viewpoint math teacher Kellie Sprague believes that this alteration has helped the program grow and change for the better. “The numbers of mentors and mentees has increased by at least 50% compared to when only girls were involved,” said Sprague. “This increase in numbers makes the events that we have more energized.” The only requirement for being a Math Mentor is the willingness to work with a younger student. Once they agree to be mentors, high school students are encouraged to meet with

their mentees once a week. As a group, however, Math Mentors meet three times a school year: students play games and share snacks. Haley Topper (‘14), current board member and mentor, reveals her experience when working with Middle School students. “We don’t just do math, we help them with anything they need,” said Topper. Viewpoint School’s Math Mentors program has helped many students with math, and as more students participate, the program will continue its positive effect on Upper and Middle School scholars.

Photo Courtesy of Viewpoint School

Senior Matthew Carieri works with Seventh Grader Cole Kaplan as part of Viewpoint’s Math Mentor Program.



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Return of the Verm

Editor: Tim Hoffmann

Human Development Seminar: What It Takes to Be Happy

On November 12, Viewpoint screened the documentary Happy to the sophomores, juniors and seniors. The film explores the different ways to achieve true happiness in the 21st century. the US placed 23rd in the world, satisfaction. By Maggie Bendersky despite its relative prosperity. The film highlights five keys to StaffWriter

On November 12, the sophomores, juniors, and seniors watched the documentary Happy. Happy focuses on positive psychology and is written, directed, and co-produced by Roko Belic. Belic was inspired to make the film when he found out that the happiness of United States citizens was ranked surprisingly low in an international survey:

Happy approaches the feeling we call “happiness” on both biological and spritual levels. The documentary chronicles life in many different nations and analyzes worldwide patterns to form a list of elements prevalent in the lives of the happy. The results were shocking as happiness did not seem to correspond with wealth but instead with emotional

happiness (flow, play, gratitude, connections, and community service) which Mrs. Dworkoski, Co-Coordinator of US Human Development Program, Teacher of US Psychology, and Dean of Ninth Grade uses as topics of discussion. “Finding those activities where they can find flow or where they can lose themselves in trying new

things, new experiences. Giving back, community service, getting out of oneself and focusing on others, and helping those that are in need [are important] actions,” Mrs. Dworkoski said. “There is also the importance of play. We are all too serious too much of the time and there is time—just time—to play and have fun and be light-hearted.” The film provided international examples of the practices in full effect. Okinawa is a Japanese island that has the highest number of inhabitants over 100 years of age. With a balance of labor, downtime, and community activities, the people of Okinawa are very happy. They care for their gardens in the morning; have some communal activity, whether it’s racing or tea with friends, during the afternoon; and relax in the evening. The islanders demonstrate the balance of having flow, being active, playing, giving back, and partaking in community life. This emphasizes the connection between happiness and health—and therefore longevity. “I liked that Happy made me think about how lucky I am to

have everything I have, like my family and friends, and activities that make me happy,” Kathy Cutler (’16) said. Happy followed the lives of people in many different countries ranging in development. People are happy in countries like India and Namibia, where many have few possessions, as well as developed countries like Denmark, where people have many personal belongings, but find happiness through communal living which fosters close relationships. This illustrates that happiness is not dependant on materialistic success, but instead on one’s emotional approach to life. As a result, appreciating what you have is a major component in becoming happy. “We are all very fortunate. [At] a school like Viewpoint we benefit from being around each other,” said Mrs. Dworkoski. “In our community [Viewpoint], the five keys to happiness: finding flow, playing, expressing gratitude, connecting to others, and participating in community service are important parts of life.”

Common App Crisis Frustrates Stressed out Seniors

By Katie Kamins Editor-in-Chief

Adding on to the stress of senior year, the Common Application has decided to completely restructure its website for the fourth time in order to make each detail as technically advanced as possible. Allegedly, though, the changes were not tested before publishing to the public, which has resulted in many problems. These difficulties include logging on to the site, making payments, receiving confirmations, slow uploading, inaccurate word counts, and error pages after attempts to send documents. Over 500 schools are using the Common App as a way to help students send in as many applications as possible but with the same template. Miles Kilcourse (’14) is one amongst the thousands of students using this website who had trouble adjusting to the changes. “[As] someone who was applying early, it was very difficult to manage the Common App site and send my applications in on time,” Kilcourse said. “I had to see my college counselor basically every day in order to just reach the website; it certainly didn’t make first semester senior year any easier.” Other seniors have been able to work around the problems


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By Tim Hoffmann News Editor

In early November, one of Viewpoint’s favorite faculty members, Upper School English Teacher Ms. Stephanie Vermeychuk, returned from her maternity leave. Ms. Vermeychuk left three weeks before the end of last school year, and gave birth to baby boy Jackson Alexander Call on June 21. “So far I’m really enjoying being back at school,” said Ms. Vermeychuk. “My students are wonderful, and I’ve missed teaching.” Ms. Vermeychuk took the first quarter of this school year off to be with baby Jackson. At birth, he weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21.25 inches

long. Now, at five months, he weighs 20 pounds, and is 28 inches long. “He’s a big kid,” said Vermeychuk. “He’s also the best baby ever.” Ms. Vermeychuk has resumed teaching Upper School English classes, and plans to bring baby Jackson to school soon. “I hate having to leave Jackson every morning,” she remarked. “I would love to bring him to school with me, and I’m planning a ‘Bring Your Baby to Work Day’ sometime soon.” The Upper School students and faculty couldn’t be happier for Ms. Vermeychuk, and are excited to spend the rest of the year with her.

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Vermeychuk

Jackson Alexander Call, the newest member of the Viewpoint family.

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Dara Yui (‘14) hosting the Project Angel Food stand at the Community Service Fair lunch.

Viewpoint’s Community Service Day By Savanna Fields Editor-in-Chief On Wednesday, November 27, Viewpoint’s Upper School had its annual Community Service Day. Students gathered at various philanthropies to show a little Viewpoint love and give back to those less fortunate before the holiday season. Three of these projects focused on providing food to those in need. Project Angel Food is an organization that strives to nourish the bodies and spirits of people affected by fatal illnesses. Fifteen students made the trek down to West Hollywood and prepared some of the meals at the Angel Food Center. About twenty students participated in helping the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission by

preparing PB&J sack lunches and distributing them to over 500 of the homeless living in Van Nuys. They also helped run a booth for children. Some activities at the booth included face painting, coloring, and give aways. One of the most popular philanthropies students participated in is the West Valley Food Pantry. Students gathered the food collected from Viewpoint’s school-wide food drive to sort, package, and prepare for Thanksgiving Day at the food pantry. A beach clean-up took place in Santa Monica where students used supplies to rid the beach of litter. The MyStuff Bags Foundation had students assemble duffle bags for children who are transitioning into crisis centers and foster

British Exchange Students Take Viewpoint by Storm

Photo Courtesy of Honour Fottrell (‘16)

Drawing by Alyssa Gengos (‘16)

and managed to submit their applications without the added stress. “I was grateful to experience smooth sailing with the Common App,” Hannah Sprague (’14) said. “By going on the website right after school or other times when teenagers aren’t usually on their computers, I didn’t have to deal with the constant freezing and other difficulties.” Although problems with the Common App have overwhelmed students to a great

Difficulties include logging on to the site, making payments, recieving confirmations, slow uploading and innacurate word counts. extent, many colleges that offer Early Action or Early Decision application have extended their deadlines. They have reassured applicants through emails,

letters, and phone calls that they acknowledge the ‘Common App crisis’ and understand seniors’ dilemmas. In addition, the difficulties have decreased significantly since the month of September, which allows students who are applying Regular Decision to have a more efficient application process. In addition, college counselors have experienced difficulty with the website in submitting transcripts and recommendation letters. Nevertheless, College Counselor

Stephanie Shapiro reassures students that the Common App is continuously solving many of the technical challenges and the College Counseling Office is working diligently to help ease the stressful process. “At least 53 colleges postponed their Early Action and Early Decision deadlines,” Shapiro said. “Viewpoint Counselors are working with college admission offices to ensure that all student applications are complete.”

homes. Bags included toiletries, blankets, stuffed animals and games to help the children adjust to their new surroundings. At the Guadalupe Community Center, students helped the staff organize the food pantry and plant trees. They also helped clean many of the facilities. Some students helped Park Oaks tutoring program run a Thanksgiving Party for the winning team in an Elementary Read-A-Thon, complete with games, arts and crafts, and a seasonal meal. At the ONEgeneration Senior Center, volunteers painted classrooms and and a conference room. Community Service Day is a widely participated event that the Upper School students really enjoy.

Viewpoint hosted a total of 19 students from Taunton, England, giving them a look at what life in California is really like. By Zel Fortson weather—a huge contrast from Throughout their eleven-day as Beverly Hills and Santa StaffWriter rainy England,” said Alyssa visit, the British students had Monica—a few even making This October, Viewpoint Upper School had the rare opportunity of hosting 19 students from Taunton, England. From October 17 to October 27, these British students lived an everyday American lifestyle with Viewpoint host families. “It wasn’t very weird sharing a house with my British student. I already have two brothers so it was just like having another sibling around,” said Rachel Furash (’16).

the opportunity to experience the best Los Angeles had to offer, including a stroll around Universal Studios and a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. “They loved Disneyland and Universal. They never went to either before and enjoyed them more than they initially thought they would,” says Furash. In addition to their amusement park adventures, the British students also took a tour of Hollywood, as well

an appearance on the Jay Leno Show. By spending so much time with the British, our own students learned just how different life is here compared to England. “School is so different here than it is in England. They have an extra year of normal school, and most students have to take three years of standardized testing to get into university. Also, my student and all of her friends loved the warm October

Gengos (’16). During their trip, the students went on multiple outings and had the opportunity to attend Viewpoint for two days to learn about our everyday lives as Patriots. “My foreign exchange student told me how different it was from her school; the building was modern and the classes were structured differently, but it was just as they imagined an American high

school,” said Gengos. In addition, our own Viewpoint students will be given the same opportunity this summer, as they have the chance to visit the British students in their hometown of Taunton, England. The host students will be able to live a completely different lifestyle and take part in an experience similar to what the British went through this fall. Spending so much time with these foreign friends makes it difficult to say goodbye, especially when you realize just how far away they live. But while distance keeps us separate, the internet still allows us to keep in touch. “We still talk over Facebook and Snapchat a lot! I plan to keep in touch with my British student in the future and definitely visit her if I go to England,” says Furash. It’s clear that the British students formed many longlasting friendships while they were here, and they will be missed by many. It was a sad sight to watch all of our new friends go after what felt like such little time, but we will always remember the incredible memories we made throughout their stay.



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Xbox One vs P S4 : Whic h On e Sho u ld Yo u B u y?

Editor: Zach Dyne

Ask Patriot Poppins Q Q Q A A A In a Pickle asks:

My best friend and my my boyfriend don’t like each other. And they aren’t going to change, but I don’t want to have to choose between them! This is quite the situation, and I know these things are never easy. You might consider talking to both your boyfriend and your friend to figure out why they don’t like each other; get to the bottom of the issue and see what you can do to help. Remind them that they are important to you and explain how difficult it is for you to be in this situation.They may resolve or set aside their differences. Hang in there.


Flustered Feaster asks:

My mom makes her “famous” turkey every year during the holiday season. I hate turkey, but I don’t want to hurt her feelings and criticize her cooking. Please help me enjoy my holiday food. Turkey is a staple of the holidays, which will make it difficult to really enjoy your dinner, but the way I see it, you have two options: either respectfully and kindly talk to your mom about changing up her menu, or just avoid the turkey all together. Good luck and gobble gobble!


Befudled Buyer asks:

How do I pick out the best gifts for my friends and family? Please help. My rule of thumb when shopping for gifts is always go for the sentimental gift as opposed to trying to decipher what your friends and family want. Keep in mind there is no need to spend a lot of money. Remember, it’s the thought that counts! Happy shopping!


Vexed Vegan asks:

How do I have a vegan holdiay? Considering turkey, ham, brisket, pumpkin pie, and gingerbread men are classic holiday plates that are not-so vegan-friendly, I completely understand your struggle. However, there are now many popular vegan and vegetarian options that can be found on websites and restaurants to help you make the perfect holiday plate. Some websites to check out are www. which has a vegan pumpkin pie recipe; also, believe it or not, www. has several viable options for appetizers, entres, and desserts. Good luck!

Flustered Feaster asks: I am worried I will not have a New Year’s kiss. This could be an embarissing situation for me.

Despite what your friends and peers may say, the kiss at the stroke of midnight is not the most important part of NewYear’s celebrations. Perhaps instead of focusing on the kiss, you should just try and have a good time with your friends and family, and think about what your New Year’s resolutions will be.


Puzzled Par tner asks:

What should I get my significant other for the holidays? If you can’t find a solid store-bought item, you’re always safe with something sentimental or handmade. For boys shopping for their ladies, you can always fall back on the classic stuffed animal and some sort of sweet. And for girls shopping for their hunk, you might consider getting them some sort of memorobilia from their favorite sports team or band. Either way, I’m sure your signifcant other will love any gift. Again, it’s the thought that counts so always include a heart-felt card (and don’t be afraid to get too mushy).

Current Event Rant with Tim Hoffmann: NSA Scrutinized

By Tim Hoffmann News Editor

Recently, times have been tough for the National Security Agency. Earlier this year, former NSA employee Edward Snowden published top secret documents concerning NSA surveillance and defected to Russia. The documents revealed that the NSA has been spying on the American people, and has the ability to go through people’s emails, phones and social media accounts to prevent terrorism. The NSA has been doing this for years, and is facing criticism from both liberals and conservatives. In late October, the scandal went global when more leaks showed that the NSA has also been spying on over 40 other countries, many of which are our allies. This includes going through innocent citizens’ phones and

emails, and even wire tapping other world leaders’ personal cellphones. In fact, it was recently discovered that the NSA has been wire tapping the phone of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. Many of America’s allies, most notably Germany and France, are outraged at the NSA and the American government. The scariest part of this whole debacle is that the NSA has a complete legal basis for its actions. All of its surveillance activities are completely legal, mainly because of laws like the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Sureveillance Act (giving the NSA the power to collect information from the big internet companies), which were passed after the 9/11 attacks. So while the actions of the NSA may be extreme, it has not technically done anything illegal. Now that the NSA’s secrets

are out, America must answer some important questions. How far are we willing to go to prevent terrorism? Is the threat of terrorism as prevalent as it was when the laws giving the NSA these powers were passed? How many of our freedoms are we willing to sacrifice to keep America safe? Personally, I am thrilled that America finally has an important and complicated issue to debate. The situation is tricky because both sides have very valid arguments. On one hand, the NSA has prevented many terrorist attacks, and should be allowed to take certain steps to protect American lives on American soil. But it is also time to face reality. It’s not the early 2000s anymore. Osama bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda has been significantly weakened, and

homegrown terrorism is on the decline. Furthermore, the countries that have an abundance of terrorist groups are much more politically stable than they used to be. Countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq have had significant success in eradicating dangerous terrorist groups. American drone strikes have also helped reduce the threats in the Middle East. Therefore, because the War on Terror is going so well, many of the NSA’s surveillance programs are largely unnecessary. While laws such as the Patriot Act and FISA may have been useful in the years following 9/11, they simply aren’t as neccesary as they used to be. There should, however, be no debate over some of the NSA’s actions. No matter what the circumstances, the NSA has no right to go through a person’s



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private information if it does not have strong evidence indicating that the person is involved in a terrorist threat. Furthermore, there is absolutely zero need to spy on our allies. This behavior is an inexcusable breach of trust. In this case, the NSA has been abusing its power. The appropriate steps should be taken to limit these powers to simply protecting Americans, nothing further. In conclusion, the NSA should be allowed to protect Americans and national security interests. Many of its surveillance programs not only infringe upon the basic rights of citizens around the world, but are also completely unnecessary. Perhaps it is time to reevaluate the War on Terror, and keep the NSA from harming the national government’s relations with the American people and other countries.

By Robert Carieri StaffWriter The next generation of consoles offers great innovation in the gaming industry, and the community constantly debates which console is superior. Since the releases of the PS4 and Xbox One, people have made their own decisions based on loyalty or gaming needs. These decisions also often take into consideration the characteristics of the consoles each player prefers. As far as graphics go, people have always compared previous consoles, such as the PS3 and Xbox 360, to determine which has superior graphics, yet there is still much debate about this. The PS4 and Xbox One are still being compared based on the information released about next-gen games. In terms of system power, both will support 4K graphics. Some developers, however, stated that the PS4 will run almost twice as fast as the Xbox One. In addition, developers have also claimed that the PS4 will be able to run games natively at 1080p; while the Xbox One will only be able to run some games natively on 720. It could, however, potentially support HD in the future. The Xbox One’s graphics overall have been said to be more rigid and jagged, while the PS4’s graphics supposedly are smoother; yet this contrast is hardly noticable to many and is only a factor to those who are picky about visual quality. Despite these differences, the graphics and overall RAM of both consoles are a large improvement from the PS3 and Xbox 360, which is what most are looking forward to when purchasing the consoles. The next generation of consoles is much more advanced than the previous generation, yet many are unsure of which to purchase because of cost. The

Xbox One’s price as of now is $499 (as opposed to the cost of the Xbox 360, which was $399 upon release), while the PS4’s price is $399. The Xbox’s higher price is likely due to the inclusion of Xbox Kinect and many other accessories. The PS4 and Xbox One also have many new features added to improve the overall experience of the consoles’ use. The Xbox One supports a newly revamped version of the Kinect software that allows users to command the media interface using the Kinect. The Kinect is able to track the amount of force each user is exerting, use facial recognition to log a user into his/her account, monitor one’s mood and heart rate, and much more. (Microsoft has confirmed that the Kinect will no longer remain constantly on and watching, so users won’t have to be as paranoid about it.) The Xbox One will also

play CDs and MP3s. The PS4, however,will not. While the Xbox One supports the Kinect, the PS4 also supports a similar feature, the Playstation Eye. This utility supports 1280x800 resolution cameras, an 85-degree field of view, and support with Playstation Move controls. Although the PS4 supports the Playstation Eye and

has a few of the same features as the Kinect (such as facial recognition and voice controls), it lacks many of the other features that are utilized by the Kinect. From what has been released, the Xbox One has a wider variety of features within the console (as well as the Kinect feature) compared to the PS4.

Console Quick Facts

$499 Retail 8GB of RAM 720p Graphics 500 GB of Storage

$399 Retail 8GB of RAM 1080p Graphics 500 GB of Storage

Welcome Hello Patriot Readers! We are pleased to present our second issue as Editors-In-Chief. Our staff is excited to show you what we can do and all the great material that you have to look forward to. We hope you enjoy our second issue of The Patriot, please share any feedback.

Editors-in-Chief Savanna Fields Katie Kamins Riley Waldman

Graphic by Robert Carieri (‘16)

The PS4 and Xbox One have sundry individual elements that make it difficult for people to decide which console is superior; yet picking a console really depends on what the user is looking for. If one is looking for a console with extra features and equipment to add to the experience, then the Xbox One is most likely the better choice for that person. If one is looking for a console that can support a higher quality experience just through the system itself, the PS4 is most likely what the person wants. The best way for one to decide which console to purchase is mainly by personal preference—as one console may better suit an individual than the other in terms of graphics and frame rate, price, online community, etc.

Editors-in-Chief 2013-2014 Savanna Fields Katie Kamins Riley Waldman

Editorial Board

News Opinion & Editorial Features Arts & Entertainment Editor Sports Editor Ryan Thompson (‘14) Grace Cornelius (‘14) Christiana Collins (‘15) Robert Carieri (‘16)


Tim Hoffmann (‘15) Zach Dyne (‘15) Staff Carly Price (‘16) Sam Howard (‘15)

Kiersten Crouse (‘16) Zel Forston (‘16) Darla Howell (‘16) Maggie Bendersky (‘16)

The Patriot is a student-run newspaper designed to bring the Viewpoint community interesting and informative news on a periodic basis. The paper is created by the Journalism class of Viewpoint School and is printed at News Publishers’ Press. The views presented on the Opinion and Editorial pages reflect the majority consensus of The Patriot Editorial Board and Staff and do not necessarily reflect those of Viewpoint School or the Viewpoint Educational Foundation. The presence of paid advertisements in The Patriot is not to be construed as an endorsement of the advertisers by the Editorial Board, Viewpoint School or the Viewpoint Educational Foundation. Letters to the Editors should be signed by the author and any other commentary may be sent via e-mail to The Editorial Board stipulates that letter may be edited for grammar and space limitations.



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Santa Hat Mittens Brownies

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D.I.Y. Holiday Guide

By Grace Cornelius Cute and simple holiday nails. Seasonal hazelnut hot chocolate recipe

“Chrstmas threw up on this sweater”

Make your own snow globe!

Fun and festive holiday popcorn Photos Courtesy of Pinterest Users

Teachers’ New Year’s Resolutions My resolutions are to write three times a week, do a better job of finding balance in my life, and learn how to say “tournament” with a California accent.

Spend more time with my family. Spend more time laughing with my family. Spend less time worrying about things that I have no control over.

I think I’ll resolve try and stay healthier though my habits (eating, flossing, working out) and to be more patient with my son (who’s only two and half). I’ll also resolve to be less selfish with my free time, and to be kinder to my parents.

I resolve to learn how to do the high jump (and I'm not kidding, even though it probably will not work!).

Enjoy my son Rein’s development from a helpless infant to an adventurous toddler; take time to play with him and teach him. Basically, enjoy life and watch him grow!

I'm going to start giving $100 to everyone who asks me for $10, but only in the imaginary bank in my brain.


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Ingredients: -½ cup of butter, chopped -1 1/3 cups Nestlé Dark Melts, plus ½ cup extra -½ cup granulated sugar -2 eggs lightly beaten -2 cups plain flour -3/4 cup Nestlé Mini Chocolate Chips -16 strawberries with the tops trimmed off -½ cup thickened cream, whipped Recipe: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line the base and sides of an 8x8 inch square cake pan. 2. Combine butter, Nestlé Dark Melts and sugar in large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave uncovered for about 1 minute. Stir and repeat the process in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Allow to cool for 2-5 minutes. 3. Stir in eggs, flour and Nestlé Mini Chocolate Bits. Stir mixture until smooth. Spoon mixture into cake pan and level the top. Bake for 25 minutes, or until mixture is just firm to touch and cool in pan. After the brownies are cool, take the entire square piece out of the pan and use a 2-inch round cutter to cut 16 circular brownie bites. 4. Place the extra ½ cup of Nestlé Dark Melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave uncovered for about 1 minute and stir. Again, repeat this process in 30-second intervals until melted. Place a little melted chocolate on the cut-side of each strawberry and stick it to the brownie bites. 5. Transfer whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle, and pipe cream on strawberries to decorate Santa hat pom poms and trimming.

Materials: -Old Sweater -Pins -Scissors -Needle -Thread -Pen -Cardboard -Buttons (2) -Ribbon By Maggie Bendersky Steps: 1. Cut the following shapes out from the cardboard:

2. Use the cardboard pieces to trace the shapes into the sweater. 3. Cut the pieces out. 4. Pin the cuff to the main glove and hem, using a straight stich. Bind the edges with zigzagged stitching. 5. Fold the glove in half and pin the seam over the top of the thumb. 6. Lay the glove flat and pin the thumb on so the center of the thumb lines up with the seam you just made. 7. Fold the glove in half again and pin it from the top of the thumb to the bottom of the cuff. Sew along this line. 8. Zigzag around the raw edge at the top of the glove. Turn it over to the inside and pin in place. Sew all around with a straight stitch. 9. Pin together the mitten tops, one cable piece, and one plain piece for each glove. Hem as you did for the top part of the glove. 10. Pin the mitten top to the glove approximately 1.5 cm from the hem. Sew in place with a straight stitch. 11. Put the glove on your hand to figure out the placement of the button. Sew the button in place and use the ribbon to make a button lace. 12. Sew the looped ribbon to the reverse of the mitten, right at the top.

Holiday Ornaments

By Kiersten Crouse Glitter Pear

Materials -Papier-mache pear (found at Michael’s) -Metallic acrylic paint -Bottle of glitter -Glittering glue -Hot glue gun -Bow -Small amount of string to hang the ornament

Steps 1. Paint the pear with the metallic paint. Let it dry completely. 2. Paint the pear with glittering glue. 3. While still wet, roll the pear in glitter, or just dust it on. 4. With your hot glue gun, glue the bow onto the top of the pear. Tie string to the core of the pear, and hang it on your tree! Simple Ornament

Materials -Glass ball ornaments (you can find these at Michael’s, or any craft store.) -Gold, silver, or patterned washi tape

Peppermint Bark

By Robert Carieri Ingredients: -12oz dark chocolate chips -12oz white chocolate chips -12 tbsp milk -Bag of peppermint (preferably mints) Recipe: 1.Smash peppermints until crushed into bits. 2.Pour 6 tbsp of milk and dark chocolate into one saucepan, and the other 6 tbsp and white chocolate in another. 3.Heat until chocolate is smooth (approximately 4-6 minutes). 4.Place wax over baking sheet. 5.Pour dark chocolate on bak-

ing sheet & spread evenly. 6.Pour white chocolate over dark chocolate and spread to line up with bottom layer. 7.Sprinkle crushed peppermint over white chocolate layer. 8.Chill 20-30 minutes until firm, (no more or the candy will soften). 9.Smash chilled bark into pieces.

Snow Globe

By Zel Fortson Materials -One one-pint mason jar -1-3 “thumb-sized” Christmas tree figure(s) -Waterproof superglue -Glitter -Glycerin -Water Steps: 1.Use super glue to glue the Christmas trees to Mason jar top (bottom side up) in any formation you. Set aside to dry. 2.Fill jar, nearly to the top, with water. Next, add a couple drops of glycerin and as much glitter as you want. 3.Screw lid onto the jar tightly and apply glue around the jar’s seal to keep it from leaking. -Tinsel (preferably gold or silver) -Small bells Steps Apply the washi tape to the outside of the ornament.You can either follow the picture, or try your own patterns. Wrapping Paper Stars

Materials -Wrapping paper -Scissors -Tape -Hole Punch -String Steps 1. Cut eight 5x5”. squares from the wrapping paper

2. Fold each square in half and fold in half again. 3. Cut into the first fold about ¾” down from the top. Make a similar cut ¾” down from the first. 4. Open the square and bring up the 2 inside points to form a roll. Tape the points together. 5. Flip the square over and tape the middle points together. Flip the square again and tape the outer points together. 6. Tape all the sections together, taping the middle ring of one to the outer ring of the next, forming a chain. Tape the first and last sections of the chain together to form a star. 7. Tape together the tips in the center of the star to secure it. Punch a hole at the top and pass a string through it to hang.

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Viewpoint Cheer Rocks with the Red and Rolls withWhite and Blue

Editor: Sam Howard

December 20, 2013

High Hopes for Boys Baskekball

By Zach Dyne Op-Ed Editor

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Quarterback Zach Chulack (‘16) (left), dropping back to pass behind runningback Spencer Bernstein (‘14) (right).

Fall of 2013 Brings Fall of Many Records By Sam Howard Sports Editor

This fall sports season for the Patriots has been a season to remember: blow out wins, championships, and records falling all around. Most of these records fell to players on the football team, which in and of itself set the record for most season wins by any eleven-man Viewpoint football team in history. The team earned eight wins in the regular season and was the first Viewpoint football team to place first in its respective league, beating Sierra Canyon 17-10 and Kilpatrick 46-14. “I am just incredibly proud of this group of players and especially our 14 seniors. They have earned this type of season with the commitment and dedication and I couldn’t be happier for them,” said Head Football Coach Chris Adamson. “I’m also thankful, because I have been around this game long enough to know that seasons like this don’t happen all the time, and it takes the support of a school community, the work of the players and coaches and the parents to produce something like we have this fall. It doesn’t happen on accident and it doesn’t happen without a lot of people working hard to create, maintain and support it,” A big part of these records was sophomore quarterback Zach Chulak; who broke the single season records for attempts (269), completions (150), completion percentage (55.8%), passing yards (1,869), passing yards per game (186.9), and for passing touchdowns (15). “The sky is still the limit for Zach. He is still building and expanding his football IQ,” Adamson said. “I think that a year of hard work, film study and throwing for him is going to allow him to play at a next level far

beyond the strong season he had this year.” Zach wasn’t the only player to break records: junior runningback Dominick Brown broke the single season record for rushing touchdowns with 14 despite only being able to play six games due to injury. Senior kicker Bobby Webster broke several records this season; he broke the seasonal records of most PATs (42), most field goals (9), most overall point from kicking (69) and the record of the longest field goal in Viewpoint history (41 yards). Noah Doneen, senior wide receiver, broke the record for receiving touchdowns in a season (10). The football players weren’t the only ones to break records: senior libero Lara Schwieger (’14) broke the record for most digs, set by Senior Starr Silver (’97) who had 47, with 52 digs in the game against Winward School of Santa Monica. This is the first time a Viewpoint Girls Volleyball Team won the CIF Championship Game, even with their move to the more difficult Division 2. The girls won the championship with a 3 games to 1 win over Windward School. As a historic season comes to an end, it just leaves on question, where do we go from here? “I think the true measure of a great program is consistency. Look at swimming at Viewpoint for example- they are consistently highly competitive. Both teams are winning championships or on the doorstep year in and year out now. That is the type of program we want to be with football. We have the structure in place and we have an understanding and appreciation for what it takes to highly competitive. We just need to show that we can do that year in and year out,” concluded Adamson.

The Viewpoint boys basketball team is on the rise and this season is expected to continue that trend. Last year was Viewpoint’s first season in the Alpha League, one of the most competitive conferences in the CIF Southern Section. The Team finished with an overall record of 11-16, and despite a 0-12 record in league play, the Patriots made the playoffs. Last year’s team was very young, with four freshmen, four sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors. This year, the Patriots look to build on their gained experience. “We were young last year,” said Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach JJ Prince. “We graduated eight seniors the year before. Now everyone has a better understanding of what is expected of them and a better idea of how to be as successful as we can be on a consistent basis.” The team has been through the off-season. The coaches put on an intense seven-week program during the summer, consisting of practice five to six days a week and 22 games during that time span. Then during the fall, the team practiced twice a week, lifted weights twice a week, and had games on Saturdays against other programs. Because of these programs, the team will have played in 36 games since the end of the last season. This hard work will certainly pay off once the regular season starts.

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Christian Juzang (‘16) dribbles past JuwanTrotter (‘15) of Sierra Canyon. “All of this training we have been doing during the offseason will definitely give us an edge,” forward Harrison Stutz (’15) said. “Spending all of this time during the summer really helped us establish great team chemistry, while also learning everyone’s strengths and weaknesses.” Viewpoint is expected to have one of the strongest backcourts in the league this season. Guards Tim Howell (’14) and Christian Juzang (’16) are both being recruited by various college programs. This kind of attention from colleges has been huge for the program. “This is a game changer for us,” Prince said. “Any time

you can have college coaches at practices and around your players is a great thing....Our players work so hard and deserve attention for their personal accolades.” The program has come so far in the five years that Head Coach Prince has been at the School, and this season hopes to add to this successs. The Patriots are off to a great start this season, beating the Crespi Celts 66-64 on November 30. “Where the program is right now honestly means everything,” Prince said. “The commitment we get from our players is second-to-none and we are really excited about what the future holds for us.”

The Patriot sat down with some Viewpoint cheerleaders to get the inside scoop on new moves, highlights, challenges, and more. Christiana Collins (’15), Hannah Smith (’14), Carly Price (’16), and Abby Rodgers (’16) provided information on this year’s cheer team. -Maggie Bendersky involved, including students and parents. P: Who is the most spirited/craziest girl on the team? HS: I am probably the craziest and most spirited on the team. P: What are some cheer traditions? HS: We always do a special chant called “Patriots on Patriot: What are some the Warpath” to get all of new moves the Team has us pumped up before big learned this year? performances or events. HS: We have been working on P: What is your favorite more difficult stunts including thing about being a kick-twist basket tosses, libs, cheerleader? and heel stretches. HS: My favorite part is P: What are some challenges performing challenging about being a cheerleader? stunts in front of the school HS: Getting the crowd and impressing everyone.

Hannah Smith

Photos By Christiana Collins and Courtesy of Viewpoint Cheer


Abby Rodgers

P: What are some cheer traditions? AR: Some cheer traditions that are a lot of fun are standing in a circle before a game and going "Patriots on the Warpath" and jumping around together, having team bonding time on the weekends and team lunches on game days. P: Who is the most spirited/craziest girl on the Team? AR: The most spirited crazy girl on the Team? That’s a hard question, but I would go with Zoe Glaser (‘15) because she is really funny and loves to joke around and have fun. P: What are some challenges about being a cheerleader? AR: It's pretty hard to safely execute stunts because Patriot: What is your favorite everyone has to work together to make it safe and still be Patriot: How many hours of thing about being a cheerleader? cool. cheer do you have a week? AR: I love how comfortable I am P: What are some new moves that the team has learned this CC: We have practice six hours a around my teammates, but more year? week and cheer at every football than anything, I love making new AR: The team has been working on toe-touch baskets and game. friendships while trying out new liberties, which is where the top girl is standing on one leg. P: What is the hardest part about stunts and dances together.

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The Boys Cross Countrt Team 15th in the CIF Leauge Finals. Kikugawa, Head Coach of the Girls By Savanna Fields Varsity Tennis Team. “Hopefully, Sports Editor This fall season, the Patriots had great success in sports. Girls varsity tennis finished its season with a record of 9-7, closing the season in early November with a Division I wildcard round. “The attitude, competitive spirit, and overall dynamic that existed within the team this season was an absolute pleasure to be around and we are only going to get better in the years to come,” said Travis

the girls can take a lot away from their experience on the team this past season and carry that over into their summer workouts.” The team consisted mostly of Ninth and Tenth Graders, with sophomores Lauren Angard, Andie Bieber, and Becky Woolf as captains. “With the whole team returning and the addition of some pretty good incoming freshmen, the

being a cheerleader? CC: Probably the stunts, because you can’t progress to harder ones until you’ve mastered the basics. So if one person in your stunt group isn’t working well, that makes it difficult.You have to cohesively work together to get the harder ones down. P: How are the bus rides? CC: It’s a blast! Even if we win or lose, the cheerleaders always find a way to make each other laugh and have fun. P: Who is the craziest person on the bus rides? CC: I feel like we’re all equally energized; we’re pumped after a game. P: Who has the highest kick? CC: Abby Rodgers (’16) or Maddy Johnson (’15), P: What is your favorite part about being a cheerleader? CC: Getting to know all of these new girls every year, working together, and having a support system.We’re all there for each other.

Athlete Profile: Sophomore Captain Woolf Leads the Pack

Viewpoint Patriots Playoff Wrap Up future looks bright for the girls tennis program,” Kikugawa said. This year’s boys cross country team finished off the season placing 15th in CIF League Finals.The team was competitive against the top teams in Division 5, placing mostly first and second in their races. “The boys team is lucky to have improved a lot, and it is a young team, so we can look forward to even more victories in the future,” said Kiersten Crouse, captain of the girls varsity cross country team. “I’m so proud of what they have accomplished.” Varsity football finished the season as Alpha League – West Champions, and made it to the first round of playoffs. “We did a lot of great things this year,” senior football player Tim McAloon said about the season. “Beating some of the best teams in Southern California has been an incredible experience to be a part of.”

Carly Price Patriot:What’s you favorite stunt? CP: I love doing baskets.We’ve done toe-touch baskets and pike-baskets. I also love libs and arabesques. I’m a base, so that means I’m lifting the flyer in the air. P: Could you explain how to do one of the stunts you just named? CP: A lib would be when the flyer is in the air and we are supporting them [while they’re standing] on one leg. P:What are your favorite games or P: What are some changes/ meets? improvements this year? CP: Homecoming is always a lot CP: Coach Lacey Schmidt and Coach of fun. Everyone is really spirited. Samone Rankins have a really great Another great game from the dynamic and both of them help the season was the game against Sierra Team progress and improve.They’re Canyon.The Navy came out and really great at what they do and we’ve supported the team and there improved at stunting, learning new was a great energy and spirit from cheers, and having creative dances. everyone there.

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Despite only being a sophomore Becky Woolf is the captain of the Girls Varsity Tennis Team. ‘80s clothes during practice. we were one united team,” said By Darla Howell Becky’s creation of the ‘80s Nicolette Alexander (‘16). Staff Writer

To keep the dynamic of the Viewpoint girls tennis team light and fun, Becky Woolf (‘16) and co-captain Molly Gross (‘17) thought of an ‘80s-themed workout in which the tennis team listened to ‘80s music and wore

workout is responsible for bringing the girls tennis team together. “There was just such a good energy and excitement for fitness that made everyone wants to be there and have fun. It felt like

Although this is her first year as captain, Becky leads her teammates with ease, and is extremely successful in creating a fun environment for the Team. In fact, tennis has been a part of Becky’s life for many years.

Becky first started tennis at age nine, and as a result of her hard work and talent, has developed a true love of the game. “I love the confidence you get after you hit a winner and the fact that even after you miss, there is always another opportunity to dig deep and accomplish your goal,” Becky said. Becky’s role on the tennis team has taught her many things on and off the court. “If there is one thing I have learned from tennis it is to always persevere and never give up. This is a lesson that I carry with me in everything I do, including my school work,” Becky said. During the Wild Card Matchup Tournament, Becky went two and one against Redondo High School. Along with her great success in the tournament, Becky also went to the individual CIFs for tennis. Girls Tennis Coach Travis Kikugawa believes Woolf is a great leader and has a ton of potential. “Becky has grown up tremendously on the court in

the last year and is only starting to scratch the surface of her potential,” Kikugawa said. “She brings an infectious energy and attitude to the Team dynamic and is going to be one of the names and faces of the tennis program for many years to come.” Teammates Porshia Adler (‘16) and Sydney Feyder (‘16) also enjoy Becky’s presence on the Tennis Team due to her bright personality. “I like her because she treats herself as an equal while also showing great leadership,” said Feyder. “She is an overall positive person, her positive attitude is contagious,” said Porshia Adler. Becky is an extremely friendly and approachable person. She is the perfect example of a great leader: she is a friend to everyone, even if they’re not on the tennis team. She represents Viewpoint with her stellar athletic talent, as well as her ability to brighten a room full of people with her optimism. Becky is a talented athlete who continues to thrive on and off the court.


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Arts and Entertainment Editor: Carly Price

December 20, 2013

Technology Takeover: Social Media Calls...Will You Answer? By Carly Price Arts and Entertainment Editor

You are working on your last few homework problems and suddenly a friend texts you in an ongoing group chat.You respond and continue working for a few minutes but you’re only half-focused because you keep thinking about checking your phone. Later, you receive another notification. This time, it’s a Facebook notification announcing a party that has just been scheduled. While you are on your computer you lose interest in the work you were doing and next thing you know, you are on Instagram checking out your favorite celebrity’s throw back Thursday picture and the notifications on your phone and/ or computer seem never-ending. Entertainment plays a large role in teenagers’ lives as it continues to keep flourishing as a distraction in society. There are pros and cons to having technology next to you when doing homework, but what is the price students pay when they lose a balance between entertainment and schoolwork? A recent controlled Stanford

Artwork by Alyssa Gengos (‘16)

study showed students who frequently multitask with social media receive worse grades on tests than students who multitask minimally. Social media managing techniques that are easily accessible can help students find the most productive balance between schoolwork and the appeal of entertainment. A technique that stands out to many Viewpoint students is utilizing sites such as SelfControl and StayFocused. Computers are one

of the most distracting sources of technology. SelfControl and StayFocused help students maintain concentration on schoolwork as the sites block certain distracting websites (Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) for set amounts of time. Senior Hannah Sprague agrees these monitoring sites are beneficial in helping students stay focused. “There are ways you can monitor how much you use social media that help you get your

homework done,” Sprague said. People need sites such as SelfControl and StayFocused in order to lessen their addiction to technology. Especially for teenagers, the fact that a click of a button opens up a world of distractions is a threat to schoolwork. Sophomore Makayla Ives agrees that not all students (herself included) use blocking sites because of the desire to take long breaks on phones and computers. “During homework I find that social media is very distracting because I’m on it 24/7. I’m addicted to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook,” Ives said. The Pomodoro technique is another beneficial mediator between homework and technology. Francesco Cirillo created the Pomodoro Technique in the 1980s: it provides a clear balance between breaks and homework. First, choose a task you would like to accomplish. Next, set a timer for 25 minutes and commit to the 25 minutes without any interruptions. It does not matter how big or small the assignment is, it just has to have your undivided attention. These 25-minute durations of work are known as

“Pomodoros.” When the timer is done, take a short 5-10 minute break that does not involve schoolwork. Every four Pomodoros, take a longer break that is 20-30 minutes. Studies of this technique have shown the longer breaks will give your brain time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoros. Upper School English teacher, Ms. Cait Hubbard, has been using the Pomodoro technique for two months. “What works well about it is that you always know you have a reward coming at the end of each session. The system helps me focus as it maintains a balance between work and breaks. It is easier to focus for a short period of time when I know that in a matter of minutes, I will be able to take a guilt-free break,” Hubbard said. If you find yourself easily distracted by the lure of your phone or computer, try a new technique in order to discover different results. Now that the ugly truths about distractions during work have been revealed, will you change your studying patterns?

Artist Profile: Drummer Jackson Price By Zel Fortson StaffWriter

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D.I.Y. Cake Pops

6) After taking the cake dough out of refrigerator, melt the candy coating. Add about 1 tsp. Directions for Cake Pops: of vegetable oil to the melts. 1) Follow the instructions on 7) Place the mixture in a the cake mix box. When the microwave-safe bowl or mug cake is completely cooked and to melt the dough. cooled, break 8) Dip a lolCake Pop Ingredients it into pieces lipop stick into -1 box of cake mix and put it the melted can-1 lb. of candy coating (melts) into a large dy mix, and then -Lollipop sticks bowl. insert it about -1 tsp. of vegetable oil 2) Follow the halfway into the Frosting Ingredients: directions be- -4 oz. unsalted butter, softened cake ball. low to make -4 oz. cream cheese, softened 9) Dip the cake the cream -2 cups powdered sugar ball into the cheese icing -1 tsp. vanilla extract candy icing. and add about 10) Once the 1-2 cups of coating on the pop is dry, start frosting into the bowl, workdecorating. ing it into the cake crumbs. 3) Blend the mixture until it Directions for Frosting: begins to stick together in the 1) In a large bowl, beat togethbowl and form clumps. er the butter and cream cheese 4) Scoop the dough into your with an electric mixer. hands and apply pressure to 2) Add the powdered sugar roll it into a ball. into the mixer a cup at a time 5) Put the cake dough into the until smooth and creamy. refrigerator for at least three 3) Beat in the vanilla extract. hours or overnight.

By Grace Cornelius and Christiana Collins StaffWriters

Senior Jackson Price’s passion for drumming started when he was just a toddler. When he was one year old, he would sit in the kitchen and bang on pots and pans with wooden spoons. “I always knew I wanted to play the drums,” Price said. “I think I was just naturally drawn to it.” Jackson has been taking drum lessons for 11 years and is currently in a jazz band at the Colbourn School of Music in Los Angeles. Price enjoys playing a wide variety of genres, including jazz, pop, funk, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban. But while his favorite type of music to play is pop/rock, he enjoys listening to many different genres, and consequently incorporates a variety of influences and elements into his own drumming. Jackson shared that the hardest part about drumming is using all four limbs at the same time. “It’s all about coordination and independence of limbs,” Price said. “People tend to naturally follow their dominant hand with the rest of their limbs. The key is separating those and letting the coordination become second nature.” Price has been given numerous opportunities to perform on

Photo By Carly Price (‘16)

Jackson Price (‘14) has been interested in drums since early childhood.

stage, playing in front of approximately 1,000 people on multiple occasions.Yet, while Jackson is a pro, he admits that even drummers get nervous every now and then. “The hardest part is waiting to play before I get on stage because I’m so anxious, but my nerves always go away after the first few seconds of playing. Performing live is one of the best feelings in the world for me.” It is very clear that Price is serious about his drumming and the potential career it offers. In fact, Jackson already has big plans

for the future. “I would like to either major or minor in music.” Price said, “Either way, I absolutely plan on playing music at a serious level in college and for the rest of my life.” Aside from his own drumming goals, Jackson encourages everyone to pursue what he/she is fond of, and offers a word of advice for young drummers. “Trust me. It doesn’t matter how simply you’re playing. If you can make the music feel good, then you’ve done your job,” Price said.


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Arts and Entertainment Editor: Carly Price

December 20, 2013

Art Revealed: Stories Behind Gallery Pieces

AdditionalWorks of Art:

In Viewpoint’s Art Gallery, students showcase works of ceramics, sculpture, photography, and drawing. Students not only demonstrate mastery of their artistic specialties – they also strive to incorporate conceptual ideas into their work, thus making the pieces we see in the gallery deeper than they appear.

By Aidan Hodgson (‘14)

Nathalie Elzayn (’14) is another sculptor who tackles society’s pressing issues in her work. Her sculpture is of the torso of a woman, grabbed on all sides by newspaper hands. The hands are covered in articles about the ongoing debate of women’s rights. “There are some really prominent politicians who said stuff [about women’s reproductive rights] that really bothered me, and I wanted to make something about that,” Elzayn said. She chose to express her opinion on this matter through sculpture by creating harsh imagery to portray the importance of the situation. “I started with a conceptual idea and then gathered the materials I needed to make it,” said Elzayn. Through her skillful artistry, Nathalie created a powerful piece worthy of admiration in Viewpoint’s art gallery.

Kate Roush (’15), a talented photographer, jumped outside the realm of academics. “I focus on problems that seem so simple, but obviously can have dire repercussions,” Roush said. Her photograph is simple: a round fishbowl with a fish in it, and a small drop of black ink. This photograph projects a simplistic, yet complicated aesthetic by turning an everyday object into captivating artwork. “I used this photo to capture a moment in time when an innocent animal is trapped by an inevitable fate, of no fault but man’s,” Roush said.

-Kiersten Crouse

Rachel Hsu (’15), a talented sculptor who does not dabble in the normal, considered themes of nudity in post-Renaissance art when creating her sculpture. This piece shows the body of a woman, unzipped at the chest to reveal an open birdcage in place of her lungs. “She was an outlet for expressing vulnerability –my own and what I see in others. However, as her creation went on, I think it is just as much about repression of one’s feelings” Hsu said. Rachel’s piece evolved quite a bit as she thought more about the concept she wished to express. “Originally, she was supposed to unzip and then her ribs and possibly her lungs would extrude from the board, but as I went on the project gained wings and I knew I needed there to be birds,” Hsu said. Rachel’s poignant sculpture both resembles the artistic process of creation, while successfully proving a point.

Who Inspires Our Art Teachers at Viewpoint? Ms. Rippee

Art Teacher Ms. Rippee’s inspiration is her students. She enjoys the ideas students give her with their art projects. Nature artists, Stephen Quiller, and John Singer Sargent also inspire her.

Stephen Quiller’s Transitional Burn Off Fern Creek Road

Mr. Sitzer

Photography Teacher Mr. Sitzer grew up surrounded by art and music. His mother was an artist and classical pianist and his father worked at an architectural firm. One of Mr. Sitzer’s inspirations is Robert Rauschenburg’s Booster Series. “His work spoke in a language that articulated and visually encapsulated everyday life,” Sitzer said.

Robert Rauschenburg’s Booster Series

Mrs. Kirchmann

Anne Hamilton’s Transitional Burn Off Fern Creek Road

Mr. McBean

Art Department Chair, Ceramics Teacher Mr. McBean is most inspired by artists who turn everyday objects into art. Some of these artists include: Claes Oldenburg, Jean Tinguely, Edward Kienholz, John Cage, and Salvador Dali.

By Briana Honkawa d’Estries (‘15)

By Zoe Glaser (‘15)

By Nik Larsson (‘14)

By Oliva Ratinoff (‘15)

and excitement when they’ve mastered a step,” Brown said. Photos Courtesy of Google Images and Carly Price

Sculpture Teacher A few artsists that inspire Mrs. Kirchmann include Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, and Bruce Nauman. Mrs. Kirchmann appreciates artists who can “utilize space in instillation work.”

Dr. DeSal Director of the Arts, Dance and Theater Teacher Dr. DeSal shared that her inspirations are from a variety of artists. Painters Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, poets Pablo Neruda and William Butler Yeats, and the Dalai Lama inspire her. Mrs. Brown Dance Teacher Mrs. Brown is inspired by her students. “They inspire me to see their enthusiasm

By Alex Gold (‘16)

Claes Oldenburg’s The Apple Core

Mrs. Rolniak

Music Teacher Mrs. Rolniak’s inspiration is choral conductor Robert Shaw. One of her favorite Shaw quotations is “If arts have a place in society, they must be a part of a community.To be an artist is not the privilege of a few, but the necessity of us all.”

By Tiffany Ong (‘15)

By Rachel Villeneuve (‘15)

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