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May 2, 2011

Editorial Iliad

Poway High School 15500 Espola Road Poway, CA 92064

Editors-in-Chief....................Jimmy Cunningham and Sydney Lustig Associate Editors.................Tosten Burks and Madison Hewett Editorial Editors....................Gabriella Kitch and Chelsey Young Entertainment Editor...........Daniel Pasenelli Feature Editors.....................Norah Cunningham, Emily James and Sanoma Jean

News Editors........................Sara Pfeiffer and Rachel Pham Sports Editors.......................Alejandro Berry, Rachael Lackner, Leah Sarnoff and Cassandra Vick

Assistant Online Editor........Nick Campolito, Brea Young Copy Editors.......................Natasha Oraha, Chase Pado and Skylar Slotter

Photographers....................London Detrick and Neel Doppalapudi Business Manager...............Andrew Lessig Adviser.................................TeriAnne Libby Staff Writers: Erik Anderson, Thomas Baker, Alison Bakke, Elena Chintala, Lauren Koller, Kyle Marsh, Brigid McCarthy, Jennifer Pons, Salem Samson and Haley Steele

Mission Statement The Iliad strives for excellence in providing accurate and interesting information in an unbiased and timely manner. As a diverse and opinionated group, we aim to represent the Poway High student body with professional and ethical coverage by interviewing relevant sources and presenting multiple stances on important issues. The Iliad is a publication of Poway High School. Columns and signed editorials do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial board, Poway High School, or its affiliates. The editorial board is written by the Editor-in-Chief and represents the opinion of The Iliad staff. The Iliad welcomes letters to the editor; e-mail them to or bring them to J-6, complete with name and phone number. Phone numbers will not be printed. Limit all letters to 250 words. Letters may be subject to editing. For advertising, call (858) 748-0245, ext. 5228. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

TESTING OVERLOAD CST and AP testing overlap

P S sells out Potential sponsorship muddles Titan pride CHASE PADO SKYLAR SLOTTER

The concept of selling out for the simple opportunity to possibly receive the $25,000 is frustrating. Currently, Hurley is offering $500 per video entry, a rather insignificant amount in comparison to the grand prize. And although higher payouts will be available if the school progresses further into the competition, will any amount be worth our sacrifice? We do not need to be exposed to such extreme and all-out advertising on campus, especially when that advertising fails to provide real financial security to our campus. It’s not to say that Poway High is wrong to seek funding from sources other than taxpayer dollars; clearly that method has not met our needs. However, there are other ways that our school can take advantage of corporate advertisements and their interest in reaching the teen population. Perhaps Poway High, like many schools across the country who are accepting applications from corporate sponsors, could sell real ads, sport banners behind stadium bleachers, or the naming rights of our fields, and terminate these desperate ploys. If we are willing to degrade our campus without significant returns, why not go all out with real ads and stop settling for handouts that aren’t enough to make a dent in our budget crunch? Regardless, it is indisputable that the current system is ineffective, and the attempt to camouflage these desperate efforts is disappointing. Poway High students deserve better.

ASB, among others, has repeatedly assured us over these past few weeks that our school is worth $25,000. But isn’t Poway High School worth a lot more? Poway is considered home by 2,536 students. That’s 2,536 potential consumers just waiting for companies to reach out and sell to them. So, why should Poway High limit itself to Hurley and K-5? There must be plenty of donut shops, department stores and small businesses that are more than ready to plaster their names across our campus. Why shouldn’t Poway High cash in on them too? We could easily change our giant “Home of the Poway Titans” sign to “Home of McMuffin-Loving, Rubio’s-Desiring, Gotta Have My Cold Stone Poway Titans.” What could possibly result from an act as simple as this? Perhaps we would receive millions of dollars in advertising contracts to put towards our deteriorating programs. Perhaps we would save ASB from further desperation. Who needs school pride or beliefs in the aesthetic beauty of our campus? We can make money. The fact is, selling out Poway High is desperate. Converting the H of PHS to emulate that of Hurley’s as a means of encouraging us to support our school is disturbing. If Hurley was offering large payments for the giant banners across our school, it would be somewhat reasonable. But we’re hardly making anything.

Does club carnival pay off? Club presidents hesitate to participate

causes unnecessary stress

GABRIELLA KITCH Editorial Editor

Three weeks of CST testing. Three weeks of getting out of school at 2:30. Three weeks of two-hour classes. Oh, and the first week of AP testing layered on top just in case the rest was not overwhelming enough. For seniors, the fact that the last week of CST testing falls on the first week of AP testing is irrelevant, as they don’t have to take the former and are therefore less stressed about the latter, but such is not the case for other grades. CST tests this year inconvenience hundreds of sophomores and juniors partaking in AP exams. Those who will be missing school to take their respective AP tests will be forced to take more time out of their schedules to participate in the makeup-CSTs, which causes an undue amount of stress on the already-stressed students. According to the California Department of Education, CST testing must occur within ten days of 85 percent of the instructional school year’s completion. The tests, which must be taken by all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, have restrictions on when they must be administered, and those restrictions are a nuisance to the majority of high school students. The CollegeBoard sets the date of AP exams as the first two weeks of May, and these dates have been unchanging for years. The two testing dates should not coincide, yet they do this year, and have in the past. The most viable solutions to this problem are to either reschedule the CST testing dates to avoid AP testing, compress the entirety of CST testing into one week rather than spreading them out over three, have the state change its rule, or have the school year start earlier to make it so that the testing falls earlier than the start of May. The current system is unfair and adds an unnecessary burden of stress onto sophomores and juniors.

Once a semester, the scent of Poway’s beloved restaurants and fast food chains fill Poway’s halls. Once a semester, clubs on campus get the opportunity to sell food to the student body in hopes of raising money to fund their current mission. Once a semester, the ASB organized event of club carnival draws lines of students to the main quad. Once a semester, the campus-wide fundraiser causes clubs to stress over breaking even. Whether it is the unwillingness of local businesses to discount their food prices for clubs, or students just not wanting the food anymore, clubs are struggling to make a profit off of the once favored event. Although many students still crave the opportunity to stray from the ordinary lunch menu, is it worth the effort put in by Poway High clubs? Club presidents take the time out of their day

to sign up for, purchase and sell the food, yet the lines of hungry students keep getting shorter and shorter. With the diminishing demand, clubs are starting to disregard the carnival as a serious fundraiser due to the fact that they might, at the very most, make a few hundred dollars.

It’s all about selling the right kind of food.” //Ellen Handa

In a similar light, some clubs (especially those who are just getting off the ground) do not even try due to the severe risk of not making enough money to break even. “There is no guarantee that kids will actually buy the food that you choose to sell,” Chelsey Young, President of Peer Counseling said.

Recipe for success

College advice from Iliad seniors The transition from high school to college is not a simple process: it requires years of preparation and effort, and every year of high school goes toward the ultimate goal of heading off to a college. Out of courtesy and affection for our underclassmen, the Iliad seniors have provided a compilation of valuable tips we wish we would have known going into high school in an effort to help those who may be struggling or concerned about the future.

Pad your GPA as much as you can

Regardless of classes taken, be they AP classes or regular curriculum ones, they feed into a student’s GPA, and that tiny little number ranging from 0.04.0 (5.0, in some cases) should always remain high. It’s better to take easier classes and get As in them than to take several overwhelming APs and get lower grades. The option to take an AP class however, is not an all-or-nothing decision; it is still very possible to get into a great college even without the courses. GPA may not be everything, but it’s significant enough that sometimes it may mean more than test scores. Getting good grades in school is a predominant factor that most colleges will heavily take into account.

Take your SAT/ACT tests earlier instead of later

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“I cannot justify participating in an activity where you have to put out so much money to buy food, without any promise of breaking even, let alone making a profit.” Clubs are starting to focus their efforts on independent and original fundraisers, but should ASB pull the plug on club carnival? Currently ASB reports that only about 10 out of 50 clubs signed up for the last carnival, however these clubs do on make on average $100-200. Some experienced clubs use club carnival as a big money raiser. Ellen Handa, President of Key Club reports success, “It’s all about selling the right food,” Handa said. After many years of loss of profit from club carnival, Handa’s club has played the game and found the right food to sell. Club carnival does emanate success for some clubs, yet is the carnival worth putting on so that one-fifth of the club population, who are willing to take the fiscal risk, can participate?

Taking standardized tests is an essential part of the college application, and everyone must take either the SAT, or the ACT, or both, at some point within their high school career. Waiting until the last minute, however, is not the proper way to go about such important testing – in fact, the earlier the SAT is taken, the more opportunities to retake it and get a better score. Waiting until the end of one’s junior year to take the SAT for the first time is not wise; taking it once in sophomore year and twice in junior year is.

Junior year is not harder than senior year

Junior year of high school is very defining. It’s the year most looked at by college admission officers, and is often the year students choose to take AP classes. It’s a hard year that requires extreme dedication, and its difficulty should never be discounted. However, senior year is a lot harder than people make it seem. Senior year itself should never be considered “easy.” With the senior project, college applications, and classes themselves to worry about, the workload during the year is considerable.

Get involved

Clubs, sports, and extracurriculars are incredibly valuable ways to gain extra points on college applications, and they do make a difference. If a club on campus grabs your interest, don’t be afraid to pursue it. Afterschool sports also provide opportunities for scholarships and admission to select colleges and should always be taken advantage of. (There’s always the Iliad, too!)

Get a head-start on financial aid

Qualifying for financial aid at college is a vital part of paying one’s way through their higher education years, and it’s important to know the qualifications for monetary assistance. Tell parents to file their tax returns as early as possible so that the FAFSA and the CSS can be filled out. Apply for any and all scholarships, and don’t forget to ask a college (once accepted) if they can offer you any money. ~Compiled by Iliad seniors of ‘11

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