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Raven Report Sequoia High School

Volume V, Issue 8

1201 Brewster Ave. Redwood City, CA 94062

june 1, 2012

Senior receives Gates Millenium Scholarship

By SARINA GROSS Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Kim Vinh

The Raven Report was awarded a tenth place Best of Show award in the eight page tabloid category this April at the JEA/NSPA national journalism convention in Seattle.

Cañas cheerleads for a change By ARACELI EFIGENIO Staff Reporter

In the beginning of the season, he could not complete a cartwheel, but by the end, he could single-handedly toss spirited cheerleaders at heights that made onlookers hold their breaths. Senior Alexis Cañas’ position as the only male cheerleader on the team broke down barriers and created new opportunities for future pom pom wielders.

During his first and only season this year it was not all baked goods and cheerful facial expressions; Cañas faced criticism for his decision to be the only male cheerleader. “When we went to tournaments girls would be like ‘Is he gay?’” said Cañas. “I didn’t really care; you just have to be very secure of yourself.” All of those thoughtless comments made will not be in vain because of Cañas involvement in cheer; more male stu-

dents were inspired to try out for next year. “Now that people can see that it’s not bad for boys to be a cheerleader; people won’t judge them like they thought. They would be more secure with themselves,” said Cañas. “It just takes one person to try out.” Through the cheer team’s first place win in the Bay and their eighth place Go to CHEER page 3

Senior Roberto Pablo Pimienta received the prestigious 2012 Gates Millenium Scholarship April 17, which will fully fund his tuition and expenses at Stanford University. The scholarship, awarded to only 1,000 of 24,000 national applicants, also pays for Pimienta’s graduate school tuition and provides mentorship and career guidance. Pimienta said the Canada College TriO Upward Bound Program and the International Baccalaureate Program greatly helped him throughout high school and the college admission process. In addition to being an IB Diploma candidate and a part of Upward Bound since his sophomore year, Pimienta has also spent much of his time doing community service for the local immigrant community. Pimienta is the co-president of the DREAM club and an active member of the Immigrant Youth Ac-

tion Team. He has tutored ESL students in English. “Senior year it struck me,” Pimienta said. “As the college news kept coming, I was like, ‘I need to find a way to pay for college,’ so I applied to as many scholarships as I could.” Although he received several other scholarships, Pimienta said he will decline some of these offers. Pimienta said he has lost count of the number of scholarships he applied to, but he estimates the number is around 30 to 40. Pimienta said he chose to attend Stanford University because he already knew a small network of people there. He spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 as well as five months his senior year conducting research about the toxicity of nanoparticles at Stanford. Pimienta said he plans to major in either chemistry or bioengineering and eventually earn a postgraduate degree. “Take advantage of opportunities that are offered here, or seek your own opportunities,” Pimienta said.

Badminton goes undefeated in Ocean Division By PETER BUGOS and JARRETT CROWELL Staff Reporters

While some kids cannot wait to leave the hot and smelly gym after practice, the badminton team is happy to stay after hours working on their game. Thanks to the hard work, the team is on the cusp of a CCS playoff appearance after an astounding 14-0 season. “This is the best badminton team I have ever coached at Sequoia,” said head coach Steven Wong. “We have great individuals, but also get great help from coach Du (Nguyen),” said


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Wong. Wong has been coaching the badminton team at Sequoia on and off for seven years, and he knows what makes a great team. “This season has been special because of our team unity, because people actually want to be a part of the badminton team.” said Wong. “The dedication of the team is reflected by the record.” Sophomore Nick Chang has also been one of the benefactors of Wong’s great coaching. “Mr. Wong has been playing against our doubles team, which has helped by improving our shoots to


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get the other team off balance,” said Chang. Senior Kevin Hill, a four year badminton player has been working on improving his game. “This year I got a lot better because I worked on footwork and form instead of just playing,” said Hill. Apparently, that was the cause of the success this year. “This team has been special because everyone actually cares about winning and improving,” said Hill. Junior team captain Cinthia Segovia also agrees. “We have come together as a team, and there is a sense of friendship. Ev-

erybody supports each other. That is what makes us better players,” said Segovia, who plays the number one position on the girls team. Though there is friendly encouragement, every point a team gets adds up. “It gives you responsibility because the game is on you, you carry on a lot of the weight, and you are always important to the team. Every person plays their part,” said Segovia. “Being undefeated gives us lots of confidence going into each game. It gives the team as a whole a positive atmosphere and that is what leads us to success,” said Hill.

Congratulations Seniors! The Raven Report wishes the senior class of 2012 good luck with their next steps in life. Congrats graduates!



Hard-hitting Lauese leaves Terremere for Hornet Stadium per carry, Lauese understands the value of teamwork. “Without the team you ain’t nothAt six feet tall, his jersey number ing. Without your linebacker you ain’t 36 strikes fear in his opponents as he nothing. Without the coach you ain’t towers over them, long hair extended nothing,” said Lauese. “Every player from under his helmet. At over 200 on the team counts.” pounds he totaled 14 touchdowns Coach Rob Poulos has made sure this season and won the PAL Ocean that Lauese maintains high quality Division’s Utility Player of the Year work on and off the field. honors. “He’s like my parent on campus,” Varsity football player Josh Lauese said Lauese. “Honestly, I will miss will be greatly missed next season. Coach Poulos and his way of coachAlthough he averages 7.86 yards ing. He gets down to what we need. By ARACELI EFIGENIO Staff Reporter

your classes. He is just a good coach overall.” Despite his evident determination on the football field, many may not know his true hopes that stem from playing the game. “I hate school, the only reason I’m in school is to play football, to get my family out of the ghetto, to go to college and hopefully make it somewhere,” said Lauese. With big dreams of going to the NFL, Lauese will attend Sacramento State in the fall.

Photo by Anna Dagum

Lauese was a two-way starter, and he earned the PAL Ocean Division’s Utility Player of the Year.

Five stellar seniors earn valedictorian title

Connor Wake

Future plans: UC Berkeley, math and computer science major Known for: Robotics, crazy math skills, recreational tennis. Most embarrassing memory: “I was at a big robotics competition. The team decided to make it my birthday. So they sang me happy birthday in front of an entire auditorium of people.”

Sarah Singh

Future plans: UC Berkeley, social science major Known for: Human trafficking club, owning at softball, soccer, basketball, artistic abilities. Proudest high school accomplishment: “Starting my tutoring club at McKinley and my work with the anti-human trafficking club.”

Kinsey Dittmar

Matt Elliott

Future plans: Rice University, undecided Known for: Africause club, bumpin’ volleyball, artistic endeavors. Most embarrassing high school memory: “My mom proctored the IB test and decided to do a cartwheel. It was...really special.”

Future plans: UC Davis, potential environmental science major Known for: Varsity basketball captain, baseball, ripping on the sax. Proudest high school moment: “Being compared to Dave Franco.”

Sarah Barnes

Future plans: Scripps College, undecided major Known for: Best dancer on campus, rescuing bunnies, Key Club. Most embarrassing high school moment: “I don’t have an embarrassing moment.”

Interviews by Lauren Kirkpatrick and Caroline Lempert Illustration by Lauren Kirkpatrick

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Feature Sequoia Says:

Sequoia’s Report Card

What is your best Sequoia experience? “I would say my sophomore year. You learn who your true friends are and your true friends aren’t. You decide who you want to be.”

— Senior Danisha Banks

“The school provided a few opportunities for me. Without Sequoia, I wouldn’t of gotten into Summer Search where I went to Utah, Wyoming, and Costa Rica for free.”

—Senior Lonnie Gardner

“Being part of the cheer team and getting a whole new family out of it.”

—Senior Chelsea Gilmer

“When I met new people and the teachers. They teach me a lot of stuff and they’re always there for me and support me.”

—Senior Cristian Perdono Compiled by Cole Dunbar and Araceli Efigenio

Two IB graduates sail across sea for year abroad before college radical,” said Cohn. “Hopefully, doors will open for me.” Danielle Roof heads to Israel to Haley Cohn to spend a year explor- teach ing Belgium Ever wanted to switch places with Forget the typical week-long Eu- your teachers? Senior Danielle Roof rope tour after graduation. Senior is doing that on her gap year teaching Haley Cohn is spending ten months English in Israel. between high school and college liv“I grew up with an Israeli family, ing in Belgium through the program and I speak Hebrew. It’s a big part of Youth for Understanding. me,” said Roof. “I didn’t know where to go to colRoof will spend the year working lege or what to do,” said Cohn. at a boarding school for students who Last summer she travelled with her for some reason were not doing well at family to South their previous America and “It’s a mix of being really excited schools. made her want Six other to be on your own, but also ‘how to try someteachers her will I eat?’ and ‘what if I get sick?’” age from Israel thing new. —senior Danielle Roof will be there. “People we met talked Part of her about cool expejob will be to mentor students. riences they had travelling, and where “IB made me realize that the entire it led them. It’s going to be nerve- world doesn’t only exist in college,” wracking and exciting,” said Cohn. Roof said. “I need a year when I’m not She will live with a host family and in a self-serving and college-oriented attend high school there. environment.” Cohn applied to three schools this At Sequoia, Roof is an IB Diploma year: Oregon Institute of Technol- candidate, in Advanced Dance, the ogy, University of Canterbury in Africause Club, and involved in her New Zealand and Colorado School temple and Girl Scouts. of Mines. Roof will get to come home for two She has informed Oregon and Can- weeks during her stay in Israel to visit terbury that she may wait a year or re- family and friends. ject her spot. Cohn also plans to apply “It’s a mix of being really excited to schools in Europe while she is in to be on your own, but also ‘how will Belgium. I eat?’ and ‘what if I get sick?’” said Cohn is interested in energy solu- Roof. tions or engineering. Roof applied to several UCs but At Sequoia, Cohn is an IB Diploma decided on Tulane University in New candidate, and she has been involved Orleans. Roof plans to defer a year and in technical theater. attend in 2013. “I think IB taught me to be more “Taking a gap year won’t be easy, open and try something completely but it’s worth it,” said Roof. By LILY HARTZELL Staff Reporter

519 Sequoia students responded to a survey







Flush. Please.

Dance performances have continued their trend of entertaining both lowerclassmen and upperclassmen. Rally games have improved and are more varied, but they still lack pizzazz. Additionally, students have to cram in to be able to see anything.

Unless you don’t drive, you know the current state of parking. More parking permits are sold than parking spaces are available. If you get to school after 8:15, you won’t find parking at all. Mr. Dunbar’s opinion: Let’s all just get motorcycles.

Late start


Hallway traffic


This year’s new schedule has had mixed responses. For freshmen, the 2011-2012 schedule is all they’ve known. Other students enjoy getting in a half-hour later but resent the fact that everything ends 30 minutes later. Some students are unaffected by the change and continue their normal school routine.

“GET OUT DA WAY!!” This has been a very disappointing year for hallway traffic. According to our surveys, Sequoia’s freshmen do not realize that if they stand in the center of the hallway, they will create a traffic jam. If you want to talk to your friends, move to the side of the hallway and be conscious of other people around you.



Sporting events


This is school dances, not dance performances. Homecoming, the first dance of the year, brought in around 200 students. Winter Formal this year was off-campus at the Fox Theatre, providing originality to the traditional dance, which had been held on-campus before. Prom’s theme this year was “Once Upon A Time” and attracted 542 guests. Sporting events this year have been totally swank, with football games bringing in many people and swim meets having excellent attendance. Athletes have set many records. For example, cross country was the best in Sequoia history and the badminton team went undefeated.

Overall GPA: 2.35

Compiled by Erick Castro, Ty Dewes and Cole Dunbar

Courtesy of Berta Coronado

This year is Cañas’ first and last season with the Sequoia Cheer team.

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win at nationals, it is obvious how strong they were collectively. “We have been united as a family,” said senior cheerleader Berta Coronado, who was encouraged to learn her back handspring by Cañas. “We’re really close; he’s like a brother to us.” Although some aspects of cheering were difficult for Cañas, others were simple. “Screaming is easy; it comes natu-

rally,” said Cañas. Besides having cheer practice everyday, he has been a part of College Track, a nonprofit organization helping students with their college dreams that encouraged him to volunteer. Cheering at cancer walks, cleaning littered creeks, and translating in Spanish for parents were just some of his projects. “I learned a lot about myself. I became more confident, more of a leader,” said Cañas.



California Academy of Art University Bryan Madrigal

Art Institute of San Francisco Kelly Jo Linehan Cabrillo College Adriana Garza California State University, East Bay Marcial Barron-villa Cañada College Alex Young Ashley Ferreira Beatriz Gomez Beatriz Yepez Carlos Zea Christian Morales Daniel Guerrero Gabriela Villafuerte Jose Navarrete Laura Garduño Maria Malfabon Maria Nava Maria Raya Nagnesh Mani Roman Cendejas Sandra Vazquez Trevor Knynenburg Yolanda Orellana Megan Smith Vianey Barroso Jussell Sanchez Laura Posadas Christian Villaneva Sergio Aguilar Karen Rodriguez Yvette Arreola Alondra Ramirez Estefania Ortega Jenny Andrade Christopher Cisneros Elizabeth Padilla Maria Delgado Cruz Gabriela Robles Reuben Flores Morgan Watson Angel Alvarez Dolores Ontiveros Emily Robertson Carlos Ugarte Lane Viglienzoni Tarah Brunelle Eduardo Ochoa Liam O’Hara Andres Paredes Soana Teputepu Cristian Perdomo Susana Serrano Victoria Campbell California State University, Long Beach Francisco Gallardo Chapman University Anja Kruslin

City Berkeley Community College Ruth Benitez Chico State University Lawson Cook Kristina Razon Gomez Eric Avila Leonardo Alcala Hailey Carroll Manuel Avila

Notre Dame de Namur University Alexandra Cota Seema Chaudry Nathalie Irias Jessica Diaz Estevan Cisneros Veronica Nunez Yaritza Lara Alvarez Oaksterdam University Hector Robles

Cogswell College Vanessa Castellanos College of San Mateo Crystal Casillas Dalton Diaz Gloria Molina Jovany Almeda Katherine Zea Kenia Vargas Kevin San Juan Maria Torres Ruby Andrade Daniel Kim Avalos Carolina Herrera Marley Edwards Leyda Torres Ivette Perez Ariana Cudworth Hannah Carson Edwin Rosales Ofamooni Tuipulotu Monty Tandel Nicholas Mosqueda Cruz Josh Gialis Victor Espinoza Zach Dakin Olivia Devoto Bhavin Tandel Ashley Jenkins Will Bussing Bertha Coronado Oscar Tovar Tarah Brunelle Liza Osorio Foothill College Estephanie Santiago Jessica Reed Claudia De La Cruz Victor Meraz Jordan Lam Christine Vaughan David Hibbard Menlo College Baltazar Perez Modesto Junior College Mila Reyes



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Occidental College Brianna Carroll Sacramento State University Joshua Lauese San Diego State University Gianelly Prieto Hurtado Marco Cabrera Cassandra Ricks Jesse Boyle Cameron Satterlee Santa Clara University Itzel Diaz Carina Gleason San Jose State University Javier Guzman Hannah Holtzer Laura Robles San Francisco State University Ali Winnen Amanda Torres Salvador Barajas Kimberly Manzo Omar Montes Anthony Cabezon Alexander Schreiber Haley Scott- Skinner Sofia Sajuan Santa Barbara

Community College Shirley Cano Lupita Vega Santa Monica College Eric Watson Lonnie Gardner Scripps College Sarah Barnes Sonoma State University Savannah Rae Jake Mauldin Mimi Peterson Maia Hippard Miranda Regello Ada Medina- Tellez Jose Avalos Conor Park Nicole Kielty Nicole PrietoMacias Danielle Hogan

How many IB classes did they take?

Isabel Colin Walter Rivas Stanford University Alison Logia Roberto Pablo Pimienta Universal Technical Institute Brandon Teck University of California at Berkeley Bethany Landrum Sarina Gross Lisette Hamilton Connor Wake Sarah Singh Kishan Panchal Elise Levin-Guracar Laetitia Chatelain University of California at Davis James Beekley Santiago Ortega Matthew Elliott Paige Richards Paige Gilloolley Abhineet Ram Ryan Perkins Vinoj Govinthasamy Cameron Logie Bulou Mataitoga Kevin Hill Carl Wassermann Sean Parsons University of California at Irvine Paola Nunez University of

California at Los Angeles Lucia Bertero Manon Billaud Christina Dierolf Sam Goldberg Jonathan Saltzman Grace Collery Matt Lefkowitz Chloe Adler University of California at Merced Alexis Canas Hernand University of California at Santa Barbara Jovanny Avila University of California at Santa Cruz Adrian Esqueda Casey Kuhlow Emonni Alo Lauren Kirkpatrick Peter Johnston Kevin Jacobberger Adriana Cicciarelli Andrew Khiev Emerson Des Lauriers Tarah Haslett University of California at San Diego Phillip Barron Camille Erskine Robert Massingil University of the

Pacific Roman Rosado University of San Francisco Tori Beene Martin Juarez University of Southern California Reni Carlson Whitman College Audrey Inglis David Burt


Lewis and Clark College Christopher McCreddin Oregon State University Anke Knauth Matt Dailey University of Oregon Laura van den Hout Elliot Stern Quinn Hopp Rachel Costantini University of Puget




Compiled and designed by Anna Dagum and Sarina Gross

How many schools did they apply to?

5% 40% 27% 25% 3%

0 1-5 6-10 11-15 16 or over

What are they majoring in? 34% undecided 36% science 24% humanities 6% engineering

New Mexico

Sound Gabriella Sanfilippo


University of Nevada at Reno Ryan Nakamura


Northern Arizona University Oliver Contento Lisa Weishaar


Colorado State University Spencer Downing Colorado University at Boulder Layne Diener Danielle Bergen Adriana Wenz


Boise State University Caitlin Fovenyessy


Utah State University Nicholas Blanck

Creighton University Jake Jagannathan

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Austin Mier



Rice University Kinsey Dittmar

Pennsylvania State University Kaito Streets


New York

Drexel University Zach Sahn

Columbia College Aidan Harr

Cornell University Julia Dagum

Northwestern University Daniel Jude

Rochester Institute of Technology Connor Reiss

Which regions are they going to? Florida

Embry- Riddle University Thaddeus Saldanha

New Jersey

3% midwest 11% northeast s 7% south a 79% west s

Rider University Daniel Gallegos


University of Vermont Natalie Lovelace

Massachusetts Boston College Lily Discher

Boston University Olivia Wade Brandeis University Jake Hurwitz Hampshire College Grace Willey Wellesley College Alessandra Saluti


Survey says 7 out of 12 graduates will be attending community college this fall, and 3 out of 12 graduates will be attending college out of California.



Seniors share the love By TY DEWES Staff Reporter Upperclassmen are portrayed in movies and TV shows as bullies who pick on the underclassmen, especially freshmen. “Family Guy” even has a whole episode that concerns Freshman Friday. Before the seniors leave Sequoia, I want to say something to you: thank you. Thank you for not doing what these movies and TV shows say you do. Thank you for making Sequoia a high school I want to go to. Before I met any seniors, I only knew four people going to Sequoia. Finding my friends during lunch was like a “Where’s Waldo?” and I felt pretty lost at a school of almost 2000 kids. I joined the cross country team and some of the first friends I made at Sequoia were juniors and seniors. I was not shunned or left out of groups by upperclassmen–instead, as fellow ravens, they took me under their wing, and helped me meet more and more people at Sequoia. Seniors can tell you the ups and

downs of high school and can give you warnings about future possible teachers (I got warnings and a lot of stories about Mr. Ton-Tho’s class from “Handsome Boy”). I’ve been warned of the massive amounts of IB homework in history and math and thanks to the seniors, I can start to freak out about it now. Talking about sophomore year though usually leads to stories about Mr. Bliss’ class and a laugh at how much “easier” it was as a sophomore. One more perk is the free rides. The juniors and seniors can drive, opening up so much room for activities to hang out with them and other friends. The juniors and seniors may be leaving soon, but they have made a huge impact on our school and on many of the other kids at Sequoia. Don’t be afraid to be friends with upperclassmen; it can make high school more enjoyable and can give you some embarrassing stories to remind your future teachers about (ask Ms. Chung about cartwheels). Manny Avila , Chris McCreddin, Kevin Hill, Pepiz Avalos, Nickie Pucel, and all the other juniors and seniors that have made me feel welcome at Sequoia, thank you. I hope I can help the incoming freshmen as the juniors and seniors have helped me. Once again, thank you seniors.

Editor’s Note Under my brilliant leadership the Raven Report has achieved greatness, winning tenth place in the nation for Best in Show (for high school papers that are 8 pages and tabloid size.) This statement – my attempt at humor – is a joke I make incessantly around my staff, who has learned by now not to take me or my sarcastic remarks too seriously. My staff knows that the Raven Report can only function and prosper as a team, and I cannot singlehandedly take credit for the amazing work they do. The past three years I have spent with this staff have been a great pleasure, and with graduation near, I can say they are what I will miss most about high school. Journalism was the best thing I did in high school. It taught me how to think critically about the world around me, allowed me to meet all kinds of interesting people at Sequoia, and got me into all school events for free with my shiny

press pass. Of course though, at times the Raven Report was also a source of agony – for some reason my adviser frequently pinned my headline ideas to the “wall of hilariously bad headlines” (what’s wrong with ‘AVP Priest answers Sequoia’s prayers for salvation’?), and my staff enjoyed uploading embarrassing photos of me on our twitter account (#ravenreportproblems). I have been with the Raven Report since its first year of publication, and since I have taken it under my wing, I have seen it grow and change over the course of 20 issues. With each progressive issue I see an improvement from the last, and I know its just going to keep getting better and better. I’m excited to see the progress the Raven Report will make in its future.


Sequoia High School

The Fledgling 2011-2012

Delegator-in-Chief Sarina “What’s my last name” Assistant-to-the-Editor Layne Bieber What News? Editor (Awk.) Reporter Girl Moocher Dearborn Infographic Editor Anna Smith Dagum II Awkward Turtles Lulu Lempert and Lauren Spears Cyrus Procrastination Editor Tiffany “Grocery Provider” Ah Tye Photo credit Zoe Kriegler-Wenk

Ty and some of his older freinds relax and have a great time after a cross country meet.

Ceramics elective turns into passion and college major By SOPHIE MILLER Staff Reporter Imagine one of your required classes turning into your passion. Something you had no idea about four years ago becoming your future profession. This is what happened to senior Lucia Bertero, who plans to study ceramics and marine biology at UCLA this fall. “I started [ceramics] sophomore year when I took Ceramics 1 for the fine art requirement,” said Bertero, “It changed my future. I would have never thought that I would be going to art school for ceramics,” said Bertero. “Everyone is an individual, but Lucia is willing to take risks,” said ceramics teacher Z Becker, “She came alive when introduced to the potter’s wheel.” One aspect of the fine arts that it often discourages students because they know that it is difficult to make a living off of one’s art. “I know that it’s hard to make a living as an artist,” said Bertero, “But I

know that I want [ceramics] to play a part in whatever I do end up doing.” Bertero sent in pictures of her works of pottery with her college application as well as an essay about her ceramics studies. “It helped because it was another opportunity for the admissions office to get to know me better,” said Bertero. Ceramics proves to be different from other subjects. Instead of having to give up or start over if a project goes wrong you can just mold what you are working on. “I just scrap what I’m working on and start fresh or just put it away and look at it with fresh eyes later,” said Bertero. “I do it because it’s a lot of fun for me, it’s a nice way to relieve stress.” Becker hopes that Bertero will pursue art as a career and become a ceramics teacher. “I encouraged her to be a teacher, not just an artist,” said Becker. “She [works] with both hands... she is happy by nature, a visionary.”

Sarina’s Kittens Ty Lover Boy Dewes Cheli “Stalker Extraordinaire” Efigenio Fidel Castro Death-Defying Dunbar Hagop “I aim to offend” Narkizian Princess Lily Fan-Taisha Alsace Capone Sophayphay from da baybay Bogus Peter Pan Smiling Boy Sassy Cat Matthew “Mr. Questions” Morrow Mama Kitten Diva Vinh YOLO Tenth To The Nation strives to provide Grammy winning band performances in the middle of journalism conferences. We rock out. Check out our latest single on iTunes soon. We like procrastinating. We like AP style too. Come to a Mariners game with us. Fan Mail Please don’t send us any complaints because we probably won’t read them over the summer. You can, however, send cookies, tubs of Nutella, crazy chia seed-filled drinks, pizza, and coffee to room 300. Follow us on Twitter @ravenreport(yup, we hopped on that bandwagon). Note: if you tweet your location when you’re supposed to be somewhere else, Ms. Vinh will find you. #ravenreportproblems #gettinglostinseattle #happysummer

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uoia spoR Q E T

Soccer: The girls soccer team was one game away from getting a shot at CCS. They ended their great season 11-4-2 The boys team had a 2-3-1 season ending their great season in the first round of CCS. Baseball: The baseball team did very well getting to the first round of CCS with a 16-9-1 Swimming: The fast girls swim team with a 5-2 season sent seven girl swimmers to CCS the boys swim team swam their hearts out against team that outnumbered them and ended with a 1-6. Softball:The spirited softball team went to the first round of CCS with their 21-4 season. Football: Although the football team had a very good season of 4-6, they did not make it to CCS. Lacrosse: The brand new boys lacrosse team ended with a record of 4-8; Girls lacrosse had a season of 0-9 with plenty of potential.

Golf: The great golfers sent five players to the second round of CCS and one to the third round with a 10-2 season. Basketball: The boys basketball team took a 10-11 season enough to make it to the first round of PALs. Girls basketball team finished off their season in the first round of CCS with a record of 15-8. Cheer: The cheer team is number one in the Bay and number eight in the nation. Badminton: The undefeated badminton team ended their 14-0 season by sending two of their incredible players to CCS. Track and Field:The track and field team sent 14 kids to CCS with the girls finishing record of 5-1 and the boys ending 3-3 Cross Country: The cross country team set various school records and made it to the CCS final race. Water Polo: Went to CCS, lost in the first round. Volleyball: The team had a solid season of 12-16.

Complied by: Peter Pan, Ty Lover Boy Dewes, and Smiling Boy. With help from: LuLu Lempert, Alsace Capone, Bogus, Matthew “Mr. Questions” Morrow, Fan-Taisha, Cheli “Stalker Extraordinaire” Efigenio, Princess Lily, and Reporter Girl Moocher-Dearborn Special thank you to various people who donated photos. All photos are reprinted and are used by permission.

Raven Report

Summer Bucketlist! Rules: Complete THREE tasks from list 1, FIVE from list 2, and EVERYTHING on list 3. Take a picture of each event, and if you send them to by August 22, we’ll feature you on the new Sequoia High School Raven Report website! Note: The Raven Report does not endorse any dangerous actions; please be safe and make good choices while participating in these activities.

List 1

☐☐Try an exotic dish in Chinatown ($3-$15, San Francisco) ☐☐Go on Great America’s Dropzone ($46, Great America) ☐☐See the Spiderman movie on opening day ($11, Redwood City) ☐☐Go ice skating at the Belmont Iceland ($9, Belmont) ☐☐Have a picnic in Golden Gate Park ($20, San Francisco) ☐☐Ponder an exhibit in the SFMOMA for 15 minutes ($11, San Francisco) ☐☐Eat sushi at Miyaki’s (if you’re allergic to fish, buy a cucumber roll) ($5-$20, Palo Alto)

List 2 ☐☐Go to Pizza My Heart, get a Frisbee plate, and play with it in courthouse square ($7, Redwood City) ☐☐Go to the Hiller Aviation Museum ($7, San Carlos) ☐☐Go on the Sausalito Ferry ($4.25 - $4.50, Sausalito to San Francisco) ☐☐Run/walk in the Avon walk for breast cancer on (fundraiser, San Francisco) ☐☐Go to the San Francisco Maritime National Park on June 8th (get outdoors day!) (free, San Francisco) ☐☐Go to the pride parade in San Francisco in June (free, San Francisco)

List 3

☐☐Go to the San Mateo History Museum, and take a picture with an exhibit ($3, San Mateo) ☐☐Buy ice cream at Young’s Ice Cream ($3, Redwood City) ☐☐Hop on a bus without a plan; get off (at a safe place) 20 miles later($2, anywhere) ☐☐Wear a political button ($1, anywhere) ☐☐Bike across the golden gate bridge (free, San Francisco) ☐☐Go to a movie/ concert in the square in Redwood City (free, Redwood City) ☐☐Volunteer at a soup kitchen (free +moral points, anywhere) ☐☐Owl in a public library (free, any public library, see attached picture) ☐☐Volunteer at a pet center (free, +moral points, anywhere) ☐☐Walk up and down Lombard street (free, San Francisco) ☐☐Vintage shop in Haight (free, San Francisco) ☐☐Go to the San Carlos farmer’s market (free, San Carlos) ☐☐Go to the Lathrop House (free, Redwood City)

*Transportation costs not included

Raven Report Issue 8  

Sequoia High School Raven Report Issue 8

Raven Report Issue 8  

Sequoia High School Raven Report Issue 8