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April 30, 2010



Skills for the future Wrestling center hosts special guests Five students earn awards in SkillsUSA event

John Loewenberg won bronze in Auto Refinishing, Will Golden won bronze in Marine Tech, Andrea Johnson won silver in Cosmetology, Keri Cavendar won silver in Diesel Tech, and Cameron Meyers won gold in Marine Tech. Daniel Passenelli All contestants had to take two STAFF WRITER written tests, one about general Five students from Poway High knowledge and safety and one fowere awarded with top honors cusing on aspects specific to their at the SkillsUSA competition, category. Then they were required which took to parplace April “It’s really a unique competi- t i c i p a t e 7 through tion... It covers a lot of different inonhandsApril 10. work “It was a fields and skills” for that nation-wide -John Loewenberg sT kh iel sl e. competition, and they included competed in the California State mixing paints for Auto Refinishing, Conference,” Automotive Tech- engine work for Diesel Tech, boat nology teacher Ken Faverty said. and trailer rigging for Marine Tech, The organization that runs the and hairstyling for Cosmetology, event, SkillsUSA, aims to create a among others. partnership between students and “It’s really a unique competiteachers, and the industry in order tion,” said Loewenberg. “It covers to create a skilled work force for a lot of different fields and skills.” the country. “Students who received gold The categories for the compe- move on to nationals, and students tition reflect this goal. There is who perform well there are eligible a wide array of contests for each for scholarships,” Faverty said. category. Poway students placed in Since Cameron Meyers won gold, Marine Service Technology, Cos- he will go on to compete in the metology, Diesel Technology, and Kansas City national competition Automotive Paint and Refinishing. this June.

Out of this world Dance team to perform annual concert in May

Also within the concert there will be comical skits, class dances, and individual performances. “All year we practice the different dances that we perform for the concert,” dancer Shay Little said. The concert is expected to be “fun Robin Nigro and interactive,” and according to BUSINESS MANAGER Cortez, “members of the audience will get to come on stage and learn With out of this world routines, a dance.” Drawings will allow the audience the annual Poway High dance conto win prizes, and the audience will cert is back again, this time with an be able to write notes to the dancers extraterrestrial theme. that will be sent to them while they The concert will be held on May are backstage. 12 and May 14 at 7p.m. Tickets will Also, the be sold the “The theme will be about] first 300 peoweek previple to attend ous to the space and aliens and things out each night concert at of this world” will receive a the finance coupon for office, $5 -Dean Cortez free Golden for student Spoon. tickets and Many Poway High students look $10 for adults. forward to the concert and are excited This year’s theme will be Planet to see the new routines. “I am very Dance, which is all about “space and excited for this year’s dance concert, aliens and things out of this world,” every year it seems to get better,” Jusaid dance coach Dean Cortez. nior Mackenzie Higgins stated. The concert will be composed of The dance concert is an annual dances from Poway High, Meadfundraiser to raise money for the owbrook, and Twin Peaks dancers. various competitions they will comThere will also be a special dance perpete in throughout the school year, formed by the critical skills students, so attendance will benefit the dance which is a part of Kaley Shultz’s seteam directly. nior project.

Robotics prevails

Club participates in international competition Chelsey Young COPY EDITOR

The Poway High Robotics Team competed in a three day competition in Atlanta starting April 15. This World Championship took place at the Georgia Dome and included some 340 high schools from across the nation and several other countries around the world. It also included middle schools that competed in the FTC, or First Tech Challenge, and elementary schools that competed in the FLL, or First Lego League. High school competitors were grouped into four different divisions, each named for a different scientist: Newton, Archimedes, Curie, and Galileo. Poway High competed in the Archimedes Division with their robot “For Sale,” defined by its reliability at the competition and consistent driving and design. “Our robot was innovative and well designed,” junior Elyse Cordeau said. Winners would be selected from each division depending on their performance in a designated game

designed to test each robot’s skills. They would then compete against other divisional winners for the top position at the competition. This year’s game was called Break Away, a robotic match of soccer on a field with two large mounds, tunnels and a seven foot tower used to test the robot’s different functions. For Sale reached the semi-finals for their division, a tremendous improvement from their elimination in the quarterfinals last year. “We are hoping that every time we go to Atlanta we improve,” junior Lizzie Small said. In addition, awards were granted within each division for categories such as safety, imagery, business, spirit, engineering inspiration, design, animation, and “coopertition” (a unique combination of cooperation and competition exclusive to the World Championship). At World’s, Small was recognized as Safety Star of the Day for her division. Although For Sale was not awarded in any of these categories, it was honored with the Safety Award in Las Vegas the previous week, and certainly improved at Atlanta. As third year competitors, Poway High hopes to continue their improvement and eventually reach the finals in the following years. “We keep getting closer,” advisor Roger Dohm said.

Financial advisor firm encourages top employees Stanley Gonzalez PHOTOGRAPHER

AN INSPIRING ICON: 1980 Olympic Hockey team competitor Jim Craig

addresses the crowd with a message about the need to have dreams and aspirations in any career path. Craig spoke at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney meeting that was held in the wrestling room on April 13. STANLEY GONZALEZ / The Iliad

The Poway wrestling room has been the home of champions to its prestigious line of winners, familiar with the feeling of being on top. Therefore, it would only be fitting to host a meeting with the best employees from the financial advising firm, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a true testament to Poway High. The employees listened to speakers including Chief Staff Officer for Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Tom Chaby and Poway’s varsity wrestling coach Wayne Branstetter. Branstetter spoke about the skills that made him successful as a coach, skills applicable not only to the wrestling mat, but buisnesses as well. “Their clients, like my wrestlers, are my trophies, and they need to learn that their work cannot be self-serving. I really enjoyed having some smart men and women listening to a poor kid from Montana,” said Branstetter, referring to himself.

The last speaker to address the group was motivational speaker and goalie for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic Hockey Team, Jim Craig. Craig spoke about his experience with the 1980 Olympic team and how their success was due to effective leadership, cooperation with team members and having a goal to strive for. “If you don’t have a dream, what do you have? Nothing,” Craig said. He emphasized the importance of the employees’ duties to know the thoughts of their clients, as well as fellow peers. “They have to care about the people that they are in charge of leading,” Craig said. Regional Southern California Director for Morgan Stanley Smith Barnet, Jon Simmons, anticipated that having these speakers address his employees would create a better working environment. “I hope this has reenergized, refocused and recommited my employees in order to increase our business and make us better,” Simmons said. The Poway wrestling room epitomizes success, as it has achieved a multitude of CIF and State titles. The tribute to Poway High was greatly felt as these important speakers visited campus.

Special Ed Prom


students danced at the Special Ed Prom. The prom was organized by the Best Buddies club and held on April 17 in the gym. TOP LEFT: Sophomores Skylar Slotter and Aimee Sharpe enjoy themselves at the Prom.


RIGHT: Junior Lindsey Binkle dances with a member of Best Buddies. BOTTOM: Hayley IrvingRuffing, president of Best Buddies, poses for a quick picture with a Transition Program student from Abraxas.


A day of silence for GSA Participants stay silent for those without a voice Sydney Lustig EDITORIAL EDITOR

Many students woke up on Friday, April 16, and made a pledge to stay silent for the entire day as a peaceful protest. The Day of Silence was created in order to display the trials gays and lesbians face regularly – such as society’s subjugation of their sexual preferences to the extent that they are forced into silence. It occurs on college and high-school campuses as an

event to show support for the LG- Hibbert added. BTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, TransOn April 16, students picked up sexual, Questioning) community. buttons from Sarah Amberg’s room, Traci Barker-Ball, Student Services the meeting place of the GSA. They Coordinator, explained the day is had the option to choose between about “treating everybody with re- blue buttons that read, “Day of Sispect,” and that this was PHS’ tenth lence Participant,” or yellow ones year of participating. bearing the message, “Day of Silence Poway High added its own twist to Supporter.” Hundreds were spotthe Day of ted on the Silence this backpacks “I support equality for all indi- and year: “[We clothes altered it to] viduals… we are all essentially of students. include all Those who human” minorities,” opted to -David Hibbert senior Dastay silent vid Hibbert, were also president of given slips the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) said. of paper to give to friends and teach“People don’t really realize what mi- ers, enlightening them about their sitnorities go through on a daily basis,” uation and their decision to not speak

for the duration of the school day. Students generally felt that Poway’s Day of Silence was successful. “It was very peaceful, and showed the changing culture of our campus,” Hibbert said. Junior Corwin Bunzey, who participated in staying silent for the day, said that he thought it was triumphant “in a sense that a lot of people participated and supported, but I do know that there were also people who were not supportive” of what the day stood for. Day of Silence is a nation-wide annual event that advocates equal rights for all American citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation. “I support equality for all individuals… we’re all essentially human,” Hibbert said.

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