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The Rivalry Continues Feb. 14th


Rocklin High School

February 2007, Volume 13, Issue 2



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CAD takes gold

dealing with grief

new fiction feature

The Flash

February 2007

Rocklin High School

Volume 13, Issue 2

In this ISSUE

rivalry def: a constant hope to defeat or prove superior

In this issue we take a look at the roots of Rocklin High School's culture. In 'Rocklin High from way-back-when,' we examine the original geography and dynamics of RHS when it first opened back in 1993. We investigate the root of the Del OroRocklin rivalry in 'Thunder vs. Eagles.' For additional research we conducted an experience piece, 'Because I've been there,' where we spent a game day at Del Oro to examine the cultural differences. We also took this opportunity to examine the history of our students, from those who have moved here from Hawaii in 'From the tropics to suburbia' to how some have been forced to deal with the loss of a parent in 'Growing up too soon.' We hope to provide a deeper insight into what Rocklin High is, and how it became such.

February Contents February Contents February Contents February Contents


In the industry


'Growing up too soon'



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Heart of the rivalry

CAD/CAM students success

The Flash Staff

How students deal with the loss of loved ones Reviewing winter, previewing spring Spending game day behind enemy lines

Early RHS

A look back, from those who have been here from the beginning


Guest Fiction: The Flower Fields


'From the tropics to suburbia'


Post Secrets

Senior Jeff Moyers lets his creativity flow Moving from Hawaii to Rocklin Back by popular demand

Flashing weekly at:

The Flash is produced by students for students in attempt to educate, inform and entertain its audience. Journalism students have the final authority for any content found in the publication. The Flash staff encourages letters regarding content to constitute a constructive avenue for student opinion. Letters should be directed to the newspaper's email,

Editorial Board Audrey Burtner Co-Editor-in-Chief Nathalie Rayter Co-Editor-in-Chief Katie Kilbourne Web Editor Lexie Gibbs Opinion Editor Daniel Herberholz Sports/Photo Editor Lauren Coiner Design Editor Kyle Myers Entertainment Editor Kelsey Drake Advertising Editor Casey Nichols Adviser

Staff Writers

Evan Adams, Megan Cardona, Alexis Coopersmith, Casey Cutts, Amber Diller, Ashley Fowler, Joanna Graves, Andrew Morales, Courtney Morgan, Caitlin Reilly, Julie Ruocco, Cory Ruth, SMegan Taaffe, Ashley SorciMallory Valenzuela


Get aorjob create your own November 2006


3 Steps to starting a small business Organize yourself

• Set up a planning notebook to

keep track of appointments, things to do, calls to make, errands to run, shopping, etc.

gather information

• Spend a few weeks researching home-based businesses. A library or bookstore can provide numerous books on business basics, and on the specific type of business that interest you.

write a business plan

• A good business plan should

include a description of what you are selling, who the prospective customers are, how you plan to promote, and how much money is need for start-up costs Information from

Cory Ruth Staff writer

Maybe it’s your best friends’ birthday. Maybe it’s a week before Christmas. Or maybe it’s summer and you just have nothing better to do. No matter that time of year or what the occasion is, teenagers are always needing extra cash. While most invest their time in mediocre desk jobs, working retail, or waiting tables, few rise to the occasion of starting their own business. Making a name for yourself is tough, take it from sophomores Chris Africa and Matt Kilbourne, who started their own business “pimping people’s golf carts” by lifting them, painting them, putting bigger tires on them, installing lights, stereos, and backseats. The carts usually take

anywhere from three weeks to two months to construct and they sell at prices ranging from $1000 to $2600. They maintain their business through www.

Chris Carstens and Christian Savage, both seniors, film about two plays a month. They also do disk duplication and tape to DVD

transfers. They mostly film the plays at Rocklin but also do many at Fin Hall and other places. They have their own website, where they have coined themselves as the Theatre Video Guys at www. While some businesses boom such as Robbie Wannamakers’ computer building projects and Clifton Dudley’s lawn mowing services over the span of 6 years, some are not so lucky out there in the “corporate world.” Take it from sophomore Zach Ray who made an attempt to start his own T-Shirt business. He started by spray painting each shirt and unfortunately no one bought them. What did he do with all the leftover memoirs of his failed industry? He burned them. So take it from these students at Rocklin High, starting your own business may be grueling and tough work, but just look at the benefits. One day, you too could have your own website, start making a name for yourself (not to mention being placed in the The Flash...) and maybe make some money along the way.

As holidays end, so do seasonal jobs Caitlin Reilly Staff writer

‘Tis the season’? With all the holiday joy, employees frantically wanted to control the outrageous shoppers. Many stores put up the last resort for help, the “Now Hiring” sign in their window. Out of all the local stores, Crate & Barrel and KB Toys seem to have most interest among high school students. These seasonal jobs typically begin around Thanksgiving and finish toward the end of January. This is when the employee is laid off, although it is

rare if the employee is not already informed that their job will end once the mob scene quiets down. Junior Lona Iocano was recently hired at Crate & Barrel for the winter season. One reason why many teens are interested in this job opportunity is the high pay. Crate & Barrel pays $9 an hour which is very high compared to current minimum wage. “Its fun working there and plus I get discounts,” said Iocan0o. Stores will raise their hourly pay to attract more employees. Running a store is difficult without enough

helpers, so a higher pay solves the problem for some. Iocano also said, “Most get hired till the end of January but you can get hired on afterwards.” For the most part, seasonal jobs stop around January or early February, but many stores add in the possible factor of keeping employees after the season is over. KB Toys, another popular choice, interested one group of friends in particular. Andrew Garner, Rob Scherer, Janelle Lenhard, Collin Chavez, and many of their friends got jobs there for the season. “We get paid the regular

$7 an hour. And its fun selling toys,” said Garner. Junior Marissa Graves holds a seasonal job at Target. Graves says she works because "it's my favorite." No matter what the store is, all stores need extra help during this time of the year. Customers are coming and going like there is no tomorrow in a rush to return, exchange, buy.

20% of students polled held a seasonal job


November 2006


Gold medals

Success in the classroom, success in the future

Audrey Burtner Co-Editor-in-Chief

While many electives on campus will entertain you through your high school career, very few prepare you for an occupation afterwards. In this class, students work to prepare sketches and AutoCAD drawings, which leads to the machining of parts. Senior Rebecca Fahey who has been in the program four years feels that the best part is the “hands on training in technology.” The CAD/CAM program is taught by Ms.. Alison Cardona who promises that she can “turn you out of here in two to three years job-ready to make 10 to 20 dollars an hour.” Cardona is constantly receiving requests from employers for students who have taken her course. Kevin Hill, who graduated last year, has gone directly into industry. Senior Jason Bertels entered the program because he wants to be an engineer and is now working as an intern with the City of Roseville.This course also helps to ready students for engineering and drafting programs at state colleges which is evident by the dozen students that have gone into engineering at Cal Poly after taking these courses. In fact, professors at Cal Poly’s school of Engineering are teaching some of the curriculum Cardona created. If planning on attending Cal Poly’s engineering program, at least one year of high school drafting is required. In addition to applied science and third-year math credit, students enrolled in CAD 2 or above are eligible for Sacramento State credit for their Engineering 6

Top Left: Senior Danielle Steinmetz competing in the Technical Combination Drafting contest. Above: Spenser Estrada (06), Chris Ware (08), Jeff Diamond (08), Thor Kiessling (06), Becca Fahey (07), Jason Bertels (07), Tim Cardona (07) at the awards ceremony waiting for their contests to be called. Left: Chris Ware (Silver medalist), Becca Fahey (Gold medalist and reigning State Champion), Lodi HS student (bronze medalist), Gus Bernal (Engineer-Lawrence Livermore Labs, Contest coordinator) during award ceremony. Fahey is the reigning state champion in Techinal CAD until April. Photos Courtesy of Alison Cardona

or 7 classes. Thirty one students first semester received this credit. Rocklin also has articulations with Sierra College and American River College. Along with the course comes an optional co-curricular club, SkillsUSA. While all the training is done during class, this club competes in regional, state, and national competitions. Since 2001, Rocklin High School has won 192 medals, had eight state champions, one national champion, and had an additional four students who have placed in the top ten at nationals. While a common misconception may be that math and science knowledge is

necessary, such is not the case. “If you can add, subtract, and divide by two, I can teach you the rest,” says Cardona. “Whatever road block is preventing you [from taking this course], I can teach you,” Cardona said. After working in the engineering industry for thirteen years and hiring and firing people, Cardona decided to teach so that there would be more industry-prepared people. Last year, she won the State Adviser of the Year Award during the SkillsUSA state competition. The California Association of SkillsUSA has nominated her as this year’s National Adviser of the Year.

6 November 2006


Stages of Grief The Kübler-Ross Model of grieving was introduced by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969 in her book, "On Death and Dying."

1. Denial

2. Anger

Thoughts: "Why is this happening to me?" Anger at God, deceased, or oneself.

3. Bargaining

Thoughts: "Just let my mother live through my graduation."

4. Depression

Thoughts: "I can't bear all this pain and stress. I can't let my family go through this. It hurts too much."


Thoughts: "I am ready to accept this. I can deal with my father's death now without bitterness." Source: Wikipedia

The Flash

Growing Up Too Soon Nathalie Rayter & Courtney Morgan Co-Editor-in-Chief & Staff Writer

High school at best is difficult for many. But when home life drastically changes, coping with the obstacles confronted as a teenager can be arduous and bittersweet. A significant amount of students at Rocklin High School have lost parents, and are left reeling from the aftershock of loss. “On August 22 [of 2006], two minutes after I finished school, my dad died,” said freshman Lauren Bloemker. “He had met his goal, though, of making it through my first day of high school.” Lauren’s dad was diagnosed with colon cancer six years earlier, but he reached remission. Sadly, in April 2004, he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancers. “He went through chemo and radiation and had two surgeries on the lesion in his brain,” Lauren explained. “The doctors were going to remove the lung that was infected by the tumor, but the other lung was too infected and weak to support him.” “It’s hard because parents are supposed to take care of you, but I had to take care of him a lot. I had to feed him and give him his medications. I wound up staying with him overnight a lot.” Time has made it a little easier to deal with, but Lauren’s coping process has still been trying. “[Coping has been okay,] because in eighth grade, I had more homework, but this year there is not so much. I ended up lying around a lot and I used to go to the gym once a week, but I stopped. Now I am starting to go back.” Her father’s death has taught her a few things she says she’ll keep with her. “I have more patience, more understanding. I’m more

sensitive now. If people say things like, ‘My dad is so stupid!’ I just say, ‘Well, at least you have a dad.’ I’ve learned just to appreciate everything you have and not to take things for granted.” Senior Erika Sword has also dealt with a longterm

Photo illustration by Janine Morton.

Thoughts: "This can't be real. There must be a mistake."


illness in her family. “One and a half years ago in February, my sophomore year, right after we moved here, my stepdad, Mike, got sick two weeks before my birthday. He had a brain tumor.” Erika’s life over the next few months was tumultuous and difficult. Mike was hospitalized in Los Angeles, from which area they had moved to Rocklin. Her mom spent a lot of time at his side, and was not home for stretches of time. “My mom’s cousin Frank came and lived with us; I had never really known him before. I have a brother and a sister, and I had to step up to take care of them. I had to sacrifice a successful transition and my social life.” “Senior year’s been really tough. Mike was a politician, a business man, and the mayor of our town. Since he died, he’s not been there to help me with all the connections he had and the things he knew. Applying for college and scholarships and all of that has been really hard because I don’t have him to help,” Erika


The loss of a parent has robbed some RHS students of childhood's twilight said, tears welling up in her eyes. The absence of her stepfather still affects Erika’s life, even in small ways: “One time in yearbook, a song came on the radio that played at [Mike’s] funeral. I couldn’t take it, so I just got up and walked out of the room. I sat [at the top of the amphitheater] and just bawled. Ana Ford came out and asked me if I was OK. Ana is one person who is always there for me and she is so supportive.” But, she says, she’s really bonded with her mother in the process. “My mom and I are a lot closer. She’s is such a huge inspiration for me. She would randomly get in the car and drive for six hours just to see us. She is a really strong person, so it was hard to see her cry so much. But it makes me realize that I have the best mom ever.” Yet not every loss occurs over a prolonged period of time; some are sudden. “My dad died when I was going into my freshman year,” said junior Rob Scherer. “We were in Santa Cruz on a family vacation and he had to get up early one morning because he was meeting someone. He got out of the shower and said he felt like he had heartburn, but it turned out to be heart attack. [My brother] Reed and I performed CPR on him immediately.” Like Lauren and Erika, Rob had to deal with loss while adjusting to a new school “[Coping] was hard because I already had that to deal with. Kids started finding out and that was hard too,” he explained. “Life’s different because of the maturity factor – I felt like I was growing up too fast for being such a young kid. I have more respect and sympathy for people who are going through the same thing. In a positive way, it’s helped a lot. It’s shown me something that’s real.” Time is fleeting, and, said Rob, “I need to get the most out of life and I’m thankful for what I have everyday. I appreciate the people that are with me today because you never know what tomorrow will bring. Mandie Martinez, a junior at RHS, has lost two parents in her 17 years. “I was seven when I lost my mom to diabetes,” she said. “But it really didn’t hit me until I was older. Losing my mom so early, I didn’t know how to relate to my stepmom. I pulled more toward my dad. But we got really close around when she got sick.” “When I was 15, my stepmom got sick. She

had a brain tumor, a glioblastoma, so it was cancer,” Mandie explained, drawing her breath in. “It was different than if, say, she got in a car accident or something because I had to watch her suffer with all that cancer brings. I helped with her care, but that was hard because I had no social life and it was difficult to handle everything else in my life.” Shortly after, her stepmom passed away. “I found out in psychology, which was kind of ironic, and I got home at about 10 that day. I had to say goodbye there. At 16, I was already writing a eulogy and obituary for the paper. That’s something that I didn’t think I’d be doing for a long time from now. I helped my dad plan everything for the funeral and the gravestone.” Mandie says that the most important thing to do is to not agonize over the little things. “There are bigger things in life. I’m still grieving for [my stepmom] and my first mom. I’ll never get motherly advice. She’ll never be there for the monumental stuff like graduation or my wedding; she won’t be there to give me advice on girl stuff.” Mandie is now thinking of starting a support group for teens who have lost loved ones. “I want to do it because sometimes you can’t talk to your therapist or your parents about the situations you’re in. I think a support group would touch on these emotions without people who might not understand.” Tim Wirth, counselor for the Class of 2010, said that when a student suffers a loss, “We [the counselors] are here for students to help with traumatic events in life. Most of the time, students have outside help and we try not to step on that.” According to Wirth, “Students usually don’t come to us, but we hear about a loss through email, or information is tipped off to us, or someone will say “Did you hear about….” We will take the steps to contact that student to make sure they are okay.” “As a kid, your parents are always supposed to be there for you. It’s natural for them to die before you, but it’s not something you expect until you’re an adult. One thing some students don’t realize is that grieving is a long process. It takes long time to get through, but I think it’s reassuring to some students to know that people are willing to give them a break.”

November 2006


What You Should Say to Someone who is Grieving "I'm sorry for your loss." "I'm here to listen whenever you need to talk." "What can I do to help you right now?" "How is your family managing?" "It's okay if you don't want to talk to me about this."

What You Shouldn't Say to Someone who is Grieving "You'll get over it with time." "I know how you feel." "It's God's will. This was supposed to happen." "Keep your chin up." "You know they're in a better place now." Source: funeral-poems. com



February 2007

The Flash


an organization ready to make poverty history Katie Kilbourne

Web editor

If squeezed, it will fold in your hand. If pulled, it will stretch until it snaps. If thrown on the ground, it will stay in one piece and bounce. No, it isn’t a bouncy ball. It is a plastic white bracelet and it represents a brand new kind of organization ready to save hundreds of lives suffering from AIDS and poverty. This organization is ONE and it is ready to “Make Poverty History” by rallying supporters one person at a time. “Over three million Americans and millions of people around the world are wearing the white band, the international symbol of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty,” according to ONE ( ONE also believes that, “allocation another ONE percent of the US budget [approximately two billion dollars] toward providing basic needs l i k e health, education, clean water, and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world’s poorest countries.” So why don’t more Americans know more about this life saving organization? How has the “white band” not become a symbol of teenagers daily lives like the “Livestrong” bracelets were not too long ago?

“I joined because of the cause,” said senior Haylee Groves who originally heard about ONE on the television. “All of the money from the products will help with the poverty in Africa and all over the world. Overall, I think my peers are just uninformed [for not knowing about ONE].”

photo courtesy of Another senior and ONE supporter, Alex Clundt, has her own personal reasons behind joining this organization, “I think that if the word got around and more people were to join, it would spread the word and we would be able to solve the problem,” said Clundt. “The media covers more national and local news. If media were to cover more, people would know more.” With the number of supporters increasing every minute, the website demonstrates through a electronic “toll” of how Americans and people all over the world are signing on to make a difference

The only group on campus with a "crown"

in the fight against poverty. Each time a person signs up with their first name, last name, and email address on, they are adding their voice to the “fight against poverty.” With almost two and a half million supporters, their voices are not being unrecognized. Recently, Congress took action and passed a trade legislation which is one step in the right direction for ONE’s cause. By renewing the “third country fabric” provision, Americans are stepping up in the fabric industry by saving 150,000 jobs. This allows African apparel factories to import fabric and then export clothes to the United States. By doing this, it creates a way for people to work themselves out of their impoverished lives. This would not have been possible without the number of ONE supporters making their voices heard everyday. Many people want to find a way to help the world in some way: This organization allows people world-wide to voice their concerns on their fellow human beings. By joining, you are creating a voice to be heard to stop poverty. By joining, people are able to live without fear, without anxiety, and without doubt that people truly care about human kind.

Rocklin High's yearbook has earned a Crown Nomination for the fifth straight year from Columbia Scholastic Press Asssociation. This places the book in the top five percent in the nation. Plus, 10 students won state awards!

Got yours? Yearbooks are now $65 for everyone, and they will be $70 at distribution. A limited number have been ordered. Don't be left out May 31 when books are distributed. Check in M-5 for info.

Caitlin Mitchell

Kyle D'Amico

The Flash

three shots Kyle D'Amico

Caitlin Mitchell

Daniel Herberholz


Monica Chazen

Caitlin Mitchell

Monica Chazen


three sports

Caitlin Mitchell



February 2007


Staff writer


Casey Cutts

ith all of the pressure put on cut sport athletes and coaches, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have all of the rewards from a cut-sport without the pressure of being cut from the team or concerns of playing time? Enter in RHS Track Coach Matt Bumgardner. Student athletes gain a lot from sports in high school, developing qualities that will help to make them more successful later on in life. Yet, some kids just aren’t driven enough to partake in a sport such as basketball that trains eleven months out of the year. That and making a team with such few spots available make roster spots a scarcity. Enter in the Rocklin high school track program.


Jesse Deaver

of the

The Flash


Track is a no-cut sport meaning that by filing the proper paper work, paying a transportation fee, and keeping yourself academically eligible you get to compete and practice. One of the great advantages of a sport like Track or swimming is that there is “less pressure to ‘win.’" Pressure comes from the athlete, peer expectations, and parents but less from coaches.” said Bumgardner. “Track is not a sport that athletes regularly grow up participating in, so it is exciting to see athletes


frosh boys basketball

leadership: captain "I help start practice going, call out the runs, and lead the stretches; favorite part: "leaving it all out on the mat"; history: "I started in 7th grade, and I've done it every year. Wrestling is really important to me"; motto: "seize the day"

frosh girls basketball

position: post; history: "I've played since 2nd grade, with a lot of the same girls"; favorite moment this season:“one player always falls, so we laugh with her about getting hurt"


Staff writer


Isabella Lopez

Aaron Fortier


position: center; # and why: 50, after David Hansborough and David Robinson; athletic history: soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball; motto: “don't worry about what everyone else thinks, it's just you”

Jordyn Willie

find out that they are capable of doing things that they never have done before.” Without constant pressure to win track creates a much more relaxed teaching based, learning oriented atmosphere both in practice and at meets. “Athletes come out less polished then sports like basketball” which creates more of a challenge for coaches then what ‘cut-sport’ coaches face. Track helps to balance out the gap between those who live for sports and those who are just looking for a good time while still competing, and seeing just how far they can jump, run, or throw.

ick Schafer stands a mere 4’11” inches tall, but that doesn’t stop him from playing golf with fervor. It all started at the age of two when his great-grandmother gave him a cut down seven-iron. Nick joined the golf club and practiced hitting plastic golf balls several hours a day. For golf and Nick, it was the beginning of a new love affair. Nick is a freshman and plans to try out for the school golf team this month. He travels around the greater Sacramento a area to practice, as well as for tournaments. On occasion, he travels even further, to places such as Miami, Florida. This year the Rocklin High golf team should be strong. Mr. Dave Stewart, the boy’s golf coach said that “there are many good teams from other schools but we’re 2006 going to have a good team this year. I’m excited for the possibilities.” Section One transition that new players on the team Finish: will have to make is playing golf for their school and team. “It is a big change playing for your team instead of yourself when you’ve been playing for yourself for your whole life, prior to


being on the team,” Mr.. Stewart said. Nick is just one who will have to make that change. “I like Nick’s chances for making the team. He’s definitely played a lot of golf in his life and he seems determined and cool-headed, which are good characteristics for a golfer,” Stewart said. However, golf is not Nick’s top priority. “Academics are most important,” he said. “If you do well in school, you have better chance of doing well in life.” Nick’s long-term golf plan is to become a Returnees: t o u r i n g Phil Johnson, Sr. professional golfer. Bryan Trimble, Sr. Sam Joslin, Sr. Kevin Turner, Sr. Kyle Chatelain, Jr. Nick Brown, Jr. Skyler Mills, So.

February 2007


Constructive Criticism Evan Adams


The girls’ basketball season is heading down the home stretch. Somehow, Rocklin High’s team has not been doing as well as they wanted. After reaching playoffs for 10 straight years, the girls are not winning as expected this year and in jeopardy of ending that streak. The team started out quite slow, losing a lot of close games. In fact, Rocklin lost the first two games of the season by one point each. Coach Frank Shields sees the positives in the situation though. “The team is playing better and better as the year goes on.” This year’s team is very young, feeling the loss of six seniors from the ‘06 squad. The team needs time to develop and adjust to playing with one another. The team consists of three sophomores and three juniors who over this season will grow and learn, improving greatly for next year. The star

they win. But if the defense isn’t meshing on a given night, they will almost surely lose. For example, earlier this season, Rocklin’s defense held Encina High to only 15 points. Hopefully, Rocklin can finish the season strong with both their offense and defense among the younger players is definitely junior Kelsey Elston, who is carrying Rocklin on her shoulders. She is scoring and rebounding with ease, often achieving double-doubles. Early in the season sophomore Emily Shields stepped up, leading the team in assist. The team has been improving offensively as the season proceeds with seniors Billie Roberts and Alisha Scott stepping up in scoring. Although the offense is improving, the defense needs to return to its early season form. The Thunder seem to win and lose with their defense, not their offense. If the girls are able to hold the opponent to under or around 40 points,

playing at top form. The pressure for this to happen will ride with the seniors, who will need to lead the team not only on but also off the court. We’ll just have to wait and see if Coach Shields early season prediction will pan out.

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boys basketball: Feb 2 @ Oakmont, Feb 9 vs Nevada Union, Feb 14 @ Del Oro, Feb 16 @ Woodcreek; girls basketball: Feb 8 @ Nevada Union, Feb 13 vs Del Oro, Feb 15 vs Woodcreek; wrestling: Feb 3 dual @ Folsom, Feb 10 dual @ Roseville, divisionals Feb 16-17 @ Ponderosa, Masters Tournament Feb 23-24 @ Stockton

G r i d Culture


asking Rocklin High athletes

the questions that matter

TV show addicted to

Favorite shoe brand

2007 will be...

favorite NBA team

Most visited website

Karl Cannon

I don't watch TV during the week

anyone who can make a shoe that fits my foot

the best year of all time

Los Angeles Lakers


Caitlyn Dow jv girls basketball

Grey's Anatomy


one word? great



Mikey Lang

Law & Order


one of the best years of my life

Kings. No, wait, I don't do basketball

The California Wrestler's website

jv boys basketball


Last movie watched

the question I would ask in this survey

Pirates 2. It was Why do we take alright, but I still English as a class? had some questions Lakehouse. It I don't know. Favorite was good, but board game. I would confusing say Monopoly Lady In The Water. It was really weird

What person in your sport do you idolize? For me, it's Dan Gable

12February 2007


Thunder Vs. Eagles

an up close and personal look at the legendary rivalry

Casey Cutts

Staff writer

Just six miles separate one of the biggest rivalries in the San Joaquin Section. Whether it’s football, tennis, basketball; even API scores are a source of tension between Rocklin and Del Oro. Del Oro comes from a rich history of sports dating back to the 50’s. Meanwhile Rocklin is a relatively new school that recently has challenged the prestige and history of the Golden Eagles. Every great rivalry shares several main trends; location, history, and one main meeting or event that sets in stone a heated rivalry. For example, the trading of Babe Ruth from Boston to New York back in the early part of the 20th century set the stage for ‘the curse’ and the hatred of the two cities. It never seems to matter what kind of year either team is having. If it’s a rivalry game, the intensity, passion, and tension are always there. The feud first began back when Rocklin first had varsity sports, 1997. There wasn’t balance to the rivalry then. In ‘98 Rocklin and Del Oro met three times during the boy’s basketball season. The first two in the usual SFL fashion, with the third at ARCO Arena for the Division III section championship. The stage, as well as the stakes, made that one of the most intense games the rivalry has seen. The Eagles took down the Thunder, and were crowned champions. More recently, the Thunder and Golden Eagles faced each other in another section championship. The 2005 regular season football match up drew an estimated 6,000 people, and the Eagles took the game and eventually the SFL title. Soon after, the two met for yet another section championship game, this time in football. After the Thunder seemingly had taken control of the game in the first half, a determined Eagle squad eventually took the game late in the fourth quarter. Yet again Thunder fans were sent home, let down and disappointed at the hands of the Golden Eagles. Perhaps the most interesting part of this rivalry is the amount of crossover there is between schools. Current Del Oro head varsity football Coach Casey Taylor coached football at Rocklin prior to his acceptance of the Del Oro job. Rocklin loses students to

Rocklin boys basketball @ Del Oro Feb. 14 7 p.m.

Del Oro all the time, as well as the other way around, adding to the fuel on the fire. Last year the ‘Thunderdome’ was filled to capacity and turned away some 200 people who were waiting to see the rivalry go to the hardwood as the boy’s basketball teams battled for first place in the SFL. The gym was abuzz of anticipation as the D.O football team brought along they’re section title banner, while Andrew Dean set up camp in the middle of the D.O. cheering section. A clash of ‘Stick Rocklin’ and ‘Stick With Rocklin’ shirts didn’t help to ease the tensions created by the rivalry. Prior to last year the rivalry had almost been forgotten as Rocklin had been down in football and D.O had been down in basketball, two of the main sports featured in the heart of the rivalry. But, with both school competing for league titles in both sports the rivalry was back in full force. While the rivalry was still present, and both schools always had extra motivation every time they met, there was never that added enthusiasm from the students and fans like there was back in 1998 when it all began; the same enthusiasm that was rekindled last year. Now once again basketball season has brought one of the last great rivalries in Northern California back to the fore front of high school sports, and we are all witnesses to the drama that will soon ensue.


February 2007


Because I've been there... Del Oro High School

Lauren Coiner

Design Editor And I took Audrey Burtner with me. The day started out normally enough, other than me being out of bed at 5:50 instead of the normal 6:45. It was game day, and I was going way, way behind enemy lines. Built in 1959, Del Oro High School has been a longtime rival of the blue and white. From the football section championship game against the Eagles to last year's insane basketball win at Rocklin, games against Del Oro have always had record breaking fan turnouts. So, 7:25 a.m. comes around, and I’m trying to peel the RHS parking permit off my car windshield without anyone around seeing, and really wishing I had sprung for that vanilla latte on the way to Del Oro High School, home of the Eagles. Audrey and I have our mouths hung halfway open as we count the “Stick Rocklin” shirts that walk past, and I’m really beginning to think we picked the WORST day to come play friendly ambassador. We were instructed by administration the day before to report to the leadership classroom when school starts, and that the activities director would help us from there. Trouble was, neither Audrey nor I had any idea where the leadership classroom was. So we wandered onto campus, sticking out like sore thumbs, feeling like the only kids on campus not wearing yellow and gold. We went to the cafeteria, the theatre, a random hallway, and finally a janitor showed us the way to the attendance office, and in turn, the kind lady in the attendance office pointed us to the leadership classroom. We still felt lost, but not nearly as confused as we had before. At least we had gotten the exploring out of the way. Because it’s me, I wasn’t at all surprised when of course we walked into an extremely serious meeting in the leadership classroom. We then had to walk past all the people sitting around a long table talking in grave voices, noisily take down chairs from on top of the table

and take a seat. When I finally got a chance to look around, the colors hit me in the face. Lime green and orange walls with teal chairs, made this the brightest classroom I had ever walked into at 7:45 in the morning. The mix of getting up an hour earlier than usual, being intimidated, being lost, and interrupting a serious procession hit me just about then, and all I had left in me was enough energy to lean over and put my head in my hands. And it was only 7:45 a.m. After the meeting was adjourned, Audrey and I introduced ourselves to the

Mr. Thompson of Del Oro, Mr. Barker. Barker, in turn, introduced us to block ones leadership class. We seemed to get nothing but blank stares from the class, until the phrase “They’re from Rocklin,” came up. Then slowly nervous giggles came from the table in front of us, and three girls slowly started zipping up their jackets to cover the infamous “Stick Rocklin” shirts. That reaction wasn’t exactly typical. In the second block algebra 2 class we walked into, upon hearing that we were from Rocklin High School, one boy actually opened up his jacket and shoved his chest out like a male gorilla claiming his territory. “Stick Rocklin” was shoved into my face and I took a step back, clearly submissive. I was on their turf, and not looking to get into a fist fight with a sophomore boy. When these shirts first came out, there

was a lot of controversy. Feeling the need to explain the friendly intentions behind the shirts, Mr. Barker sat Audrey and I down and explained the story behind the shirt. Del Oro was longtime rivals with Placer High School until a few years back when Placer sports started going down hill, and the realization that Placer would be leaving the league hit Del Oro. Rocklin had become the Eagles biggest rival, and something had to be done to pump up the school against this new opponent. One of the Eagle football coaches not only graduated with the first graduating class at Del Oro, but even scored the Eagles their very first touchdown. About 17 years ago, said football coach came up with the phrase “Stick Placer,” referring to a particularly good football tackle. When Placer left the league, Rocklin became the only rival, and an “insert name here” attitude ensued. Rocklin replaced Placer, and “Stick Rocklin” became the new phrase to scream, write on your car, and even print on shirts. “The rivalry is fun for me,” said Vice Principal and Ex Athletic Director Dan Gayaldo, “I was Mr. Benzel's high school football coach. At the end of the day, most of the players are lifelong friends.” With such a friendly administration, and mostly tolerant smiles coming from most of the students, I have only good things to say about the day I spent at Del Oro, and can’t wait for the basketball game, on Eagles turf. Did I decide as a whole, I like Del Oro High School? Yes. Does this mean I won’t be screaming my lungs out, and joining in on the “Start The Tractor!” cheers when w e ’ r e winning by twenty at the end of the game? No way. It’s all in the name of rivalry. Stick Del Oro.

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APs have been at Rocklin HS since its opening Nathalie Rayter & Daniel Herberholz Co-Editor-in-Chief & Sports Editor

Mr. Douglas was right. “The opening line of this article is going to be, ‘So they really are demented!’” Assistant Principals Mark Douglas and Mary Anne Knox have been at Rocklin High since its commencement in the autumn of 1993. Interestingly, though, their roles have changed significantly. “I taught English at Springview [Middle School]. I actually taught Officer Osborne seventh grade English!” Knox explains. “I became the district librarian.” Knox started off in the library at RHS. “I was on the Speculation Committee for RHS. In the planning, we started with senior year and worked backward, figuring out how to get there,” she said. Douglas had taught and coached football in Santa Ana for five years prior to arriving at Rocklin. He came to RHS in the first year for a triad of reasons: to coach football, to teach science, and to direct student activities. Douglas became an Assistant Principal in the third year RHS was open. Before this, however, he held the position of Activities Director, currently occupied by math teacher John Thompson. “A lot of people don’t know that! I trained him,” says Douglas. “You’d never see me do what Thompson does at rallies.” However, Knox sees their differences as superficial. “Thompson and he are actually clones.” On a walking tour of the campus, Knox and Douglas are relaxed and nostalgic. Despite interruptions by the walkie-talkies they always carry at their sides, the APs are articulate in their recollections of Rocklin’s earlier days. “I remember my first suspension. It was my first administration day…[they] had told me it would be uneventful, and I had nothing to worry about. A kid had pantsed a girl in the library, and [principal’s secretary] Mrs. Dyer, who’s still here, said, ‘Who pantses a girl?’”

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Rocklin High from way-back-when The floor of the gym used to have male and female figures similar to those on the mosaic over the library. Douglas said, “The female character has never been as popular.”

In the spring of 1994, a bomb scare was called in, and a swim team tournament had to be cancelled. The student who was responsible for the call was expelled.

The stadium was sodded in the spring of 1994. Prior, football games were at Sierra College.

When RHS opened, cows grazed on the ridge above the football stadium, where the Whitney Oaks development is now. Assistant Principal Mark Douglas's mug photo from the 1994-1995 yearbook, when he taught Science and ASB.

Aerial view of Rocklin High circa 1994. Image provided by principal's secretary Ellen Dyer.

Five senior classes paid for the Senior Lawn: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. The amphitheater (which at the time had no picnic tables) didn't hold everyone, and Rocklin was growing by the hundreds every year. Seniors wanted a place of their own.


The Flash takes a look back at the early years at Rocklin High School, from cows grazing to an academy system to the paths of our assistant principals. Originally, Victory High School was just a couple of temporary buildings in the parking lot, known affectionately as "Parking Lot High."

The Vbuildings were not put in until later.


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Rocklin High dynamics have evolved much since 1993 Nathalie Rayter & Daniel Herberholz

A barbed-wire fence bounded the campus. One of the original discipline techs would chase truant students thought the burrs and mud beyond the fence in hot pursuit that often failed.

The J, K, and L buildings were not built until a couple of years after the school opened. nothing was back here but dirt.

Co-Editor-in-Chief The & Sports Editor darker half Rocklin High School has changed a lot of the parking since opening in 1993. lot was originally Upon its debut, RHS was split up into unpaved. four teaching teams, similar to the academy systems at Granite Oaks and Spring View Middle Schools. In keeping with the theme of “Thunder” and weather occurrences, the The four teams were called Cirrus, Cumulus, mosaic Stratus, and Nimbus, after different types of at the clouds. top of Mr. Douglas says, “Students didn’t mix the library except within their own team apart from in was a gift of PE and electives.” the classes In the second year, the school had a 10of 1998 and day rotating schedule; students could take a 1999. It was total of seven classes (there weren’t enough designed by Mr. students to have eight classes at this point), Knorzer and and there were five different types of days his students, that could be scheduled. In comparison, and features our current Blue-Silver schedule is much two characters simpler. that once Like now, there were two lunches in appeared the schedule. However, the lunches were on the gym split up by grade level. First lunch was for floor. freshmen and sophomores, and the second lunch was for juniors only (there were still no seniors at RHS). The original graduating class of 1997 “were upperclassmen for four years,” says Mrs. Knox. “There were some excellent students in this group, as well as some not so excellent students.” According to Douglas, “20% of the school was on the football team.” In the second year, the Associated Student Body constitution was penned. Excalibur, the lightning bolt used to direct spirit at rallies, was an idea stolen from another school, whose spirit stick was made Assistant Principal Mary out of an oak tree. The original Rocklin Anne Knox's mug photo Excalibur was actually made of wood and from the 1994-1995 painted silver, whereas now the stick is yearbook, when she was made of metal. a librarian for the district.

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The Flower Fields

Jeff Moyers

Guest Writer

I saw him standing on a beaten road, a solitary silhouette outlined against an ominous blue sky. Crows darted toward the tapered corners of the world, exhaling bittersweet melodies in salutation to my presence. Dark brown silk that alleged to be hair flowed like the mane of a man on a mission- permissively to the elements, only enough so that he could move forward in his own machinations. Dark brown eyes served the same purpose, narrowing in perception, continually making calculations that were as wild and wanton as opening the ancient jewel encrusted box of worldly plague. Never once did his gaze fall upon me; always, always to brink of heaven’s intersection with her mighty earth. “Hey,” I said pleadingly as I rapidly approached, a bit frantic in demeanor. “Hey, where am I?” I pulled only a portion of his attention, as when he turned, he was looking through me as if I were an open window. A moment passed in this fashion and his features took on a bearing of clarity. “Excuse me,” I repeated impatiently, “can you help me?” He waited a moment, and then replied with bitter resistance, “What do you want?” He maneuvered around the interruption, and his eyes began to wander, searching for some phantom haunting the threshold where the road met the sky. “I don’t know where I am. I’m lost.” “Look around,” He said curtly. I weighted my eyebrows toward him, but it was futile; I was trying to pierce a stone with a needle. In spite of my distaste of our exchange, the words he spoke echoed in my mind. Forfeiting nothing, I surveyed the world around me. The road havened only the two of us. The sky overhead was all encompassing and astoundingly blue, quilting the emerald world underneath like a smiling child beneath the touch of an urbane blanket. On either side of the road, for as far as my vision would permit, were lush green hills, rolling lazily into one another under a gentle sun. “This is incredible,” I said with wide eyes, awed. My wonder was met with silence, or, as I was beginning to perceive it, undeserved indifference. “Hey,” I flared, after I had composed myself. “Are you gonna help me or…” I could sense his irritation at the unwanted diversion that I had become. “Look.” He turned to face me, his brown hair gently lifted by a light, passing breeze, perhaps the finger of the phantom he was searching for. He shut his eyes and inhaled deeply, as if catching a scent. He then spoke, “I don’t have any of the

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Starting in this issue, The Flash will be serializing in three parts "The Flower Fields," a story written by RHS student Jeff Moyers. Look in our next two issues for the rest of the piece.

answers you’re looking for. Now you can come with me or stay here by yourself.” Clearly, he would not be detained any longer and he began to walk. Only I could see it. There was a man sitting cross-legged in nothingness. He, too, was nothing, a shadow in a world where minute details were meaningless. About his lap sat the pieces of a blue vase that lay in glorious ruins- with steady fingers, he pieced the object back together. The work was largely successful until he raised up a particular piece from the hundreds. It was white, irregular at the corners, and did not seem to belong; surely it would not fit. Nimble fingers asserted the piece amongst its dissimilar brethren. I knew I would follow. My hands were thrown up as I disgustedly conceded, “Fine. Who are you and what exactly are you looking for?” “The flower fields.” “The flower fields? What the f--are you talking about?” My patience had reached the breaking point. Nothing made sense. I couldn’t remember anything before seeing his outline on the road. He started walking, and he motioned for me to follow by lifting his right arm and beckoning to me by gently swaying his hand forward. Side by side we moved and he continued to trace the looming distance with his gaze. There was no measure of time, save for our footfalls on hard earth, and I asked tentatively through the silence, “So… flower fields? Any ideas? What do we know?” Speaking quelled the tension in my stomach. I felt his disposition grow warmer as he realized his goal had become my own. “I don’t know much,” he said, “except for the fact that I want to be in them. I can’t explain it, but I need to lay down in the flower fields. You’ll understand too, when you get there.” I nodded, appreciating the difference in reception. It made the air more bearable. “Ok, so how do we go about it?” He shrugged in reply, smiled mysteriously and proceeded to say, “I guess we’re doing all we can.” “What?” He was talking circles. “Well, what more can we do? We’re in the same boat; I don’t know any more than you.” I felt myself spark a little and I asked the question at the forefront of my mind, “Hey, what’s your name? Didn’t I ask you who you were?” “I’ve been thinking about that,” he responded, “and I can’t remember it.” I realized I was in the same dilemma. I couldn’t remember


my own name. “How strange. I can’t remember either. What the hell's going on here?” I echoed, frenzy rising anew. “Hey,” he said, catching my tone and stopping me before I went hysterical. “Relax. How important is a name in the grand scheme of things, anyways?” “How are you so at ease with any of this? It’s important- knowing these things is just... important.” People were supposed to have names and that was the way it was. We both stopped walking. I looked around, trying to find some indication of where we were. The surrounding country looked somewhat different. A measure of progress. “Fine,” I said, looking at the ground and spitting, “I’ll just call you Nobody.” So Nobody and I began down that dirt road that stretched ahead for as far as the eye could see, surrounded by a sea of rolling green hills, and without a single flower in sight. ---------He raised his head up from his desk. The smell of lavender was sweet, powerful and intoxicating. A slight pool of drool settled tranquilly on his exam, still incomplete. The walls were tan, the windows sparse. The clock was ticking above the whiteboard. Outside, he could hear birds chirping. He could see the sun shining. He took the jersey off his shoulders and set it on the corner of his desk. It had just been returned to him. He gave his characteristic half-smile to a girl tossing her golden-brown hair, shining like the thread of heaven in a ray of afternoon sun. The corner of the desk stood like the base of a monument. The jersey was white, with blue traces and a large print number ‘12’ in the middle. It was the source of the aroma in this instance, but he could swear he had detected it a million times before, and those experiences were just out of the reach of his memory, as if they had transpired somewhere else, a long time ago. He brought his mind into painful focus, greatly resenting the task at hand. Still, he pushed through. Poetry, he imagined, would be more enjoyable if it weren’t followed by an essay for which he would probably receive low marks. Besides, he was preoccupied in a more aesthetic sense. ---------As we walked, dust gently rolled off the road like mist over a cold bay. In the distance, I spied the smallest little dot of black moving left to right and back again. Nobody, or I should say my companion, lacked the presence of mind to notice it. He was staring off elsewhere, straining his eyes to see further. Time passed as distance did and the tiny dot grew more descript. It was a kitten, entirely black. It was playing on the road, and batting at a speck of purple pastel. A flower. “Here, kitty, kitty,” I called, with honey in my voice, eyeing the flower as if I had never seen one before. I understood the fickle nature of cats, and I figured it'd be a long shot even if the thing had known me its entire life. But, after


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a miniscule belch, it came trotting toward me. I kneeled down and outstretched my hand. Nobody stopped as well, and surveyed the surrounding fields. He had not noticed the flower in the kitten’s mouth. It dropped the thing just out of my reach, and looked up at me. I started to inch forward, careful not to startle it… “What?” I fell backward. “Well, what do you want?” “Holy s---!” I back-pedaled on my elbows, feeling the road wreak havoc on them. Nobody looked over at me on the ground, and then to the kitten, and finally to the flower, which prompted a fire in his eyes. Without tact, he stepped forward. “That purple flower… where did you get it?” he demanded sternly. The kitten looked at Nobody. “What, this?” It batted at the flower with a fuzzy paw, knocking it into a caressing breeze. What followed was nothing short of incredible. As if touched by an invisible partner, the flower danced, and beautifully so. It turned in beat to a long forgotten melody that haunted the soul because the mind simply could not perceive its inherent magnificence. Round the ballroom that was the wind the petals swayed, adhering to no structure but that of being, and being something intricate and of a grace that never existed but now existed eternally. I couldn’t say if Nobody heard it – or felt it, as the case may be- as I did. I couldn’t even pry my greedy gaze from it to see if he was watching. The flower landed gently and unceremoniously in the dirt, and the little black kitten looked up, slightly confused. He offered, “You can have this.” “No, no, no,” Nobody said, raising one hand to rub his temple, “where did you get it?” It was as if I were the only sane creation on this plane of existence. I said incredulously, “The f------ thing is talking!” “Shut up!” they said in unison. Nobody followed up fiercely, clearly ready to carry the banner, “Well?” The kitten sat down, as if it were about to recite a long story. “It came to me on a breeze blowing from…” he pointed to his right, or our left, “…over there.” Immediately, Nobody seized the flower and looked in the indicated direction. He brought it to his nose and inhaled, and then outstretched it to me. After all, I was still on the ground. “Doesn’t it smell like…” “Lavender?” The kitten nodded in agreement, “I wonder where it came from?” I rounded on Nobody, “How are you ok with this? The thing 'Flower Fields' continued on page 18.

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"Flower Fields": cont. from page 17 is talking! It’s more articulate we are! It’s a f------ cat!” He narrowed his eyes in reaction, “All I care about is the flower fields. I’m willing to overlook everything else. You need to relax and just let things be.” The kitten considered these words, traced me with its eyes, and then nodded again. “He’s right, you know. Master Sun said…” I shook my head and sighed in disbelief. This was getting ridiculous. I sighed. “You can read, too.” He replied affirmatively, “Indeed…” He then cautiously added, “and in its original language, what’s more.” Round eyes looked at me apologetically. “Where did you come from, then? I assume you are a… boy kitten?” He rolled his eyes and spoke with condensation- just enough to be charming and not offensive. “Yes, I’m a ‘boy kitten’.” He glanced over his shoulder, “And I came from that way, in the same sense,” he raised a paw toward us, “that you came from that way.” “Great, I’m in the middle of nowhere with Nobody and his pet.” “I have a name, you know,” the kitten interceded. “And I have never seen that man before in my life.” He turned away and began bathing himself disinterestedly. “Wait,” I sighed in defeat, “I’m sorry. What’s your name?” “I am Toshiba.” “Toshiba…?” He was still looking to the direction from which the breeze had carried the flower. ---------Half time in the locker room and number twelve’s heart was beating like a war drum. He could feel it thumping beneath his shoulder pads and white jersey. In a swirl of light, time faltered and now he was kneeling on the field, after the battle is hard fought and lost. Two knees were down, and the lights were shining on him. It was cold out, but he couldn’t feel it. He was praying under those lights and on that fifty-yard line, in a way truly unique to his character- somber, earnest and rare in occurrence. He felt a touch and was brought back to earth. Someone was hugging him. “Jeff, you’re fun,” spoken lightly and with giggles. “Thanks,” is all he could think to say. The smell of lavender was fading, and fading fast. He felt a sense of urgency, but he didn’t know what to do. In the end zone sat another player. He glanced over at him, situated under the goal post. “What it is, Mo?” “Ah wutsup. What it is, Ro?” he answered in routine. He smiled at his good friend, number four, his brother in arms. “I ain’t leavin’, man!” said Ro smiling without his usual swagger- there was sadness, a gravity to his expression.. “I know,” said Mo. After a moment, he said with pristine clarity. “Come on, RJ, its time to get going.” Deeper truth rang like a bell in the air between them, for only a moment. He pulled

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his brother up; they hugged and proceeded to walk to the middle of the field. “J-Mo!” From across the hash mark, another brother called. They met somewhere in the middle. Number thirty three. He had to bend down to hug this one, pads and all. “I can’t believe this is it,” number thirty three said. “I know, bro…” is all twelve would say. “Night train,” he says to number seven, standing quietly to his right, hugging him as well. “Brother, teammate, friend.” Silence. He walked to and hugged number six, his wounded brother, injured from a previous battle. The crutches he was standing on had absorbed the cold from the night.. There were no words spoken. Reality was present. Reality was a blur. “Hey man,” is all he could hear as he hugged one of his friends who had made her way from the stands. She was toting a number four jersey and an air of understanding. No soul would reiterate the gravity of what had just taken place. “It’s just the way it goes…” Composure came so easily, and he doubted whether or not anyone had registered him as offbalance, if only for a passing moment. He had to believe God would take care of his creatures; he had believed it for so long before, those hot summer practices when he felt his body could go no longer, but somehow it had, often due in part to a well placed breeze passing by. War paint was made to be smeared with sweat. Finally, the comrades are done. Few words were exchanged in passing with coaches. The field was empty, the lights were shining and he was alone. He made sure he would be the last one off, in the same way he made sure he was the last one to call out the post-battle team break. He recognized the significance of this little game called football and how it had moved him, and he knew that, at last, his time had come. He stared at that empty field for what seemed like eternity. The lights began to shut off. “J-Mo!” called number thirty three from behind the chain link fence that separated the stadium from the rest of the school. Number four, standing next to him in the darkness, said as well, “Come on Jeff,” while waving him on. He felt the essence of life was speaking through two people on the same journey. He would answer their call, and walk with them not only to the locker room, but to the next stage of being a man- life after varsity football. But first, he would turn around and watch for a moment, the haunting image forever burned into the lens of his mind’s eye; as the infamous game lights were shutting off for him one last time, the haunting silhouette of a stat girl appeared, running across the field toward the sidelines to retrieve her clipboard, a wild phantasm drifting through an ethereal plane. There was only the faintest trace of sweet lavender in the cold air now.


From the tropics.... Mallory Valenzuela Staff writer

“I LOVE SUBURBIA!” Now, you wouldn’t expect this to come from Rocklin High School junior Asia Larkin. This vibrant and cultured teen from Hilo, Hawaiia small town with an annual “Merrie Monarch” festival and people celebrating ancient and modern h u l a

performances-can say she likes Rocklin and Hilo equally. Asia moved to Rocklin in August of 2006. “I moved to Rocklin because my grandma is sick. It was also because of my parents’ business, and to be closer to family.” As a past resident of Hawaii, which many of us envision being “paradise,” Asia says she misses the Hawaiian sun and culture the most. “When I was back in Hawaii, I would go down to

this river behind my school. It was just like a hobby of mine, since it was like a hangout spot. But tourists were dumb, since there was this one time a rescue helicopter came. Dumb tourists…” Adapting to suburban Rocklin has been a unique challenge for Asia, nonetheless. “There are a lot of white people here. There are like, only twenty white people back home, so it’s exactly opposite. So there’s a lack of diversity. And everyone thinks I’m Mexican!” “And the people in Rocklin are meaner. There are some

... to suburbia

Alexis Coopersmith

Staff writer

“I spent 14 completely beautiful years of my life there.” Kristine Tagorda is native born Hawaiian. She lived a laidback lifestyle full of snorkeling and hanging out on the beach for the majority of her life. Then she moved to Rocklin. Tagorda was born on the island of Maui, where most of her family still lives today. She had to move to Rocklin right before her freshman year of high school because her dad was offered a position in California. “I don’t really mind living here, but my sister and my

mom hate it. It is really different for my dad because he lived in Hawaii his whole life. We don’t really have any family here, so sometimes it’s hard. They’re really important to us and I miss them a lot,” said Tagorda. In Maui, Tagorda enjoyed most average Hawaiian activities. She was always at the beach and loved to snorkel. There are two malls on the island that people would meet up at every Friday and Saturday. “My best memory of Hawaii was when I went to the island Molokini. I went snorkeling and swam with turtles. I

wasn’t really scared but then I realized the ground was so far below me and I got really nervous. I just fainted right there in the water,” said Tagorda Moving from Hawaii to California has been a major change for Tagorda. “Hawaii is so


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really mean ones…” Oddly enough, Asia is also afraid of the ocean. Yes, a past Hawaiian resident, afraid of the ocean. However, there may be logic behind this fear-perhaps she has a fear of drowning and dying-but Asia explains… “So many people are stung by JELLYFISH!” Despite this being her first year at Rocklin High School, Asia comes to school with an enthusiastic attitude. With her past behind her and her Hawaiian spirit guiding her, she looks forward to this new beginning.

laidback. The environment and lifestyles are so different from California. School is a major change too. The education level here is so much more advanced. I like it though because living in Maui limits your chance of getting into a good college,” said Tagorda. After two years of living in California, Tagorda is finally getting used to the Cali lifestyle. Although she misses her home, she does not plan on ever moving back to Hawaii. Tagorda said, “It would be great to move back, but I doubt I ever will. I like California; I just really miss the weather!”


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Valentine's music: Is love in the air?

Kyle Myers Entertainment

Among the greatest questions posed by the prospect of a Valentine’s date is not where to go, or who with. No, the true question is what music truly sets the Valentine’s Day mood. Spinning something by Slayer or Too Short, though stylish, often spoils the romantic ambience of the situation. So what songs are tailored for the romantic Valentines setting? All depends upon your date’s preference. Is your date more partial to When a Man Loves a Woman by Michael Bolton, or Lets get it On by Marvin Gaye? Lying is the Most Fun a Girl can Have

Without Taking her Clothes Off by Panic at the Disco, Suggested by Jessica Miller The Pokemon Theme Song, suggested by John Pal Knights in White Satin by Moody Blues, suggested by Jason Lester Low by Cracker, suggested by Wayne Inger Rock You Like a Hurricane by The Scorpions, suggested by Ian Adell Razor Blade Romance by Him, suggested by Cassy Bradburn Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy by Queen, suggested by Alex Giddings Smack That by Akon, suggested by Mrs. Ramos Baby It’s Cold Outside by Leon Redbones, suggested by Mr. Grace Tango de Roxanne of the Moulin Rouge

soundtrack, suggested by E. Hines You Got it Bad by Usher, suggested by Terrance Thomas Tainted Love by Soft Cell, suggested by John Felner

Suffice it to say that playing some of the suggestions have the potential to make your date’s day, or to inspire his or her wrath. Keep in mind the mood you want to set along with the personality of your date and you should do well. And unless you have a six pack, playing “I’m Too Sexy” may be a poor idea

RHS Students give their feelings on Valentine's Julie Ruocco Staff Writer

How do you choose to spend V-day?

offers hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards Lexie Gibbs Opinion Editor If you look at any basic calendar, it to give out. But if one does not have a seems that there is a holiday for almost significant other to swap presents with, anyone. There is Mother’s Day, Father’s the holiday is a total bust. Since there is Day, and there is even a Grandparent’s a holiday that celebrates couples, what Day (yep, that’s right), and, let’s face it, about the people who choose to remain available, or those who every other day of the have recently broken up? year is teenager day. Interested? Visit http:// For those who are Then, every year after the entire day, the holiday season, days/Valentines-Day/Brothere is optimism that there is that one day of ken-and-Bitter/ for gifts for comes with those feelings. the year that can make your friends! There are certain websites your heart melt, or it can that offer gift ideas to make you cringe. if you're interested distribute to those who Valentine’s Day can have recently broken up. be considered the most romantic day of the year. With the steady They offer “creative gift ideas for the flow of flowers, chocolates, and stuffed broken and bitter” ( Ideas bears with hearts on them, what’s not to include almost everything from a “manlove? That is, of course, unless you don’t bashing” punching bag to a “You Go Girl” have a love to share it with. Over the encouragement bracelet. Avoiding Valentine’s Day is almost years, V-Day has become the epitome of a Hallmark holiday, and has also been inevitable, but why not support the name branded as “Single Awareness Day” by of St. Valentine and try to enjoy yourself? With the gift ideas for girls, do a mini gift those who do not have a Valentine. The gift exchange is to support exchange between friends, go out, and the name of St. Valentine, and showing take lots of pictures. Who knows? This affection for a loved one. Hallmark also could be the best Valentine’s Day ever.

What is your favorite part of Valentines Day? “Love is in the air,” Cameron Brown, 12 “The Hearts-a-Fire dance,” Brittany Lewis, 10 What is your least favorite part? “Not having a boyfriend,” Andra Stetson, 11 “Not being in a relationship and being able to share the holiday, Tanya Sukkari, 9. What is the best gift you have gotten/given? “My favorite gift was three silver rings that were given to me by my boyfriend,” Tanya Sukkari, 9 What would be your perfect Valentine’ date? “A trip to Disneyland!” Andra Stetson, 11 “Dinner and a movie,” Cameron Brown, 12 If you don’t have a valentine how do you celebrate the holiday? “With my friends or family,” Hedi Siler, 9 “Sit at home and watch movies with friends,” Brittany Lewis, 10


Students building up anticipation for Megan Cardona Staff writer

This is the time of the year that should be known as “The most wonderful time of the year”. Well, maybe not for all of us. Others may see this time of the school year as nerve-racking, maybe even nauseating. Yes, Hearts-a-Fire is around the corner and everyone is gearing up for this special evening. What many students are awaiting is one of the biggest aspects of this dance, a date. Girls asking guys to the Hearts-A-Fire 2007 dance seems out of the question. “I don’t really have a plan for Hearts-aFire just yet. I would like to be asked in a somewhat romantic way. I don’t think I would want to be the one asking though.” Sophomore Stephanie Fitzugh explains. Every Hearts-a-Fire dance is planned around couples, and romantic, formal evenings. Of course, single students

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might feel a little out of the feeling of midnight. Pinks and place at this dance. “I don’t reds are just too predictable for 25% have a date know if I want to go to the this dance. The song of the dance 60% of students dance without a date, that will be “Weak,” by SWV. unsure of 10% in might be a little awkward.” “Planning the dance is plans groups 5% Amanda Bruns says. definitely more stressful than o n te da On the other hand, making plans for my personal some singles don’t let the agenda.” Junior Marissa Graves, theme of this dance ruin who helps plan details of the their fun. “I don’t see why people don’t go dance, said. just because they don’t have a date. They The backdrop for the pictures will lose out on their high school memories be a beautiful secret garden. There will that they will never get back,” Junior be a water fountain filled with flowers Austin Rocha expresses. floating on top of the water. Some other People planning the dance, and their decorations students will see in their personal plans, have the most stress. picture background are step stones, a “Thoughts of Loving You,” is the theme bench, trees, and a gate. The lobby will of this 2007 Hearts-a-Fire dance. The be dolled up with candles and flowers, color schemes for the dance are ivory giving the atmosphere a very romantic and purple, which is supposed to have and calm feel. T

Live performance scheduled for Hearts-a-Fire

Mallory Valenzuela

Staff writer

With the next semi-formal dance, “Thoughts of Loving You” Hearts-A-Fire 2007 on Feb. 10, sophomore class officers and the Activities Committee in ASB have been in full force planning for this event. There has been a brand-new addition to this dance and it is, beyond doubt, bringing the aspect of a “live performance” many have been anticipating for quite some time. With no precedence and making Rocklin High School history, sophomores Jeremy Crooks and Josh Ramos, and seniors Angelo Maniego and Michael Felias have been chosen to perform the theme song “Weak” by SWV. Pressure has been put on all four to make this performance a success, as this will not only be the last slow song, but also the final song of the night.

“[The song] is about someone that you love, like you get weak in the knees and you get shy,” says Maniego. Felias adds, “Yeah, [it’s like suddenly] you’re shy, so in order to get in the mood while practicing, we tried thinking of our dream girl. But we were like, forget this! WE’RE ALL SINGLE! WE ALL NEED DATES!” Practicing day and night to master “Weak” has been on Maniego’s mind for weeks. Preparation has been of paramount importance to the group’s success.“I’ve been listening to the song over and over, and I sing in the shower all the time,” says Maniego. “I’ve gone to all our practices, and we’ve been practicing everyday since we’ve been told, just to beat it in. And it’s important to listen to

each other. Half of singing is a bass. I want to see everyreally being able to under- one’s reaction, and if we’re stand, because anyone can good, have that impact.” sing. So the other half is [beManiego adds, “It’s a way ing] really able to express it,” for me to show my Filipino Felias says. pride! To end senior year with The group has faced chal- my mark, like, Angelo was lenges and struggled at times. here! It’s more for tradition Nonetheless, they have been though, and since it’s never able to pull through.“We didn’t been done in Rocklin High have any sheet music, so School history.” we had to sing and hear the With the dance not far song only by ear. It was sort away, Maniego and Felias of short notice, and we had hold their heads up high. As problems with harmonizing an opportunity to showcase and the tempo,” says Felias. their talent, they hope to enDespite the pressure and courage others who can sing work being put on the group’s to continue on with this new shoulders, Maniego and Fe- tradition. lias both feel that performing Maniego says, “I don’t at Hearts-A-Fire was not just have any regrets [by agree10% about being asked to sing, ing to sing]. Man, it was fun but to leave a lasting impres- and cool.” sion as seniors. Felias agrees. “No regrets. Felias says, “I did it to sing, That’s kind of how I live my it’s what I do. And they needed life, with no regrets."

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Winter Musical

Megan Taaffe

Staff writer

“It’s got a bit of romance, big jazzy numbers, big show stopping songs, and interesting characters!” That’s right, if you haven’t guessed by the description given by sophomore Kate Rose, she was talking about the upcoming RHS musical “42nd street”. “It’s about a bunch of performers on Broadway, and a new starlet comes about named Peggy,” said Rose. “There is usually practice almost everyday after school until five, although sometimes it depends on what your part is. I’m looking forward to being in musicals next year when I will be a junior because they always pick good musicals.” Seniors Ari Frink and Richie Ferris, who share the part of Julian, are looking forward to their last musical. “We both play the same part as director of the play within the play. We are

Sophomore Joe Lopez and Senior Ari Frink practicing their lines. Photo by Caitlin Perkins

excited to be the lead, but it’s also kinda depressing. It’s exciting because we get to leave our mark as seniors,” said both Ferris and Frink “Basses are best. Sopranos suck. I love alliterations!” adds Frink. Seniors leaving is always hard,

especially for their teachers. “The musical is going really well. It gets emotional because you get attached, especially to the students I’ve had for four years. I get to a point in the year where it’s like, oh no, slow down!” said theater teacher Cinny Toepke. “As the actors grow up they become more self confident, and as their self confidence grows, they can take risks, become more silly, and just cut loose. They also for the most part become more open minded, which leads to better actors. They’re not just in a balloon of a world. Overall, I really love the energy in this musical. Slow doesn’t even exist in this show, which I think the audience will love,” said Toepke. Silliness, constant excitement, jazzy numbers, interesting characters, and romance… this musical sounds like one

Two seniors graduate at semester

Joanna Graves

Staff writer

It’s a day most seniors dream of. The day where they can stand on stage in front of all their family and peers and hear their name announced over the loud speaker. The day they smile for the cameras, and show off the tiny piece of paper that sums up their whole high school existence. Their graduation day. Most seniors count down the days until they get to walk the stage. However, the countdown for two seniors from the class of 2007 is noticeably shorter due to their decision to graduate at semester. Both Elizabeth Barraco and Chad Fautt made the decision to move on from high school at the semester

and pursue other goals. According to Mrs. Cindy Cutts, the head career technician, graduating early usually implies the students know where they are heading. “Usually the students graduating early have specific goals and they are eager to move on and get started with there lives.” The choice to graduate early is different for each student. For Barraco it was just time to move on. “I want to move out into my Dad’s house and I want to get my life kick started. I figured it was just time for me to move on and getting on with life is the next step.” While graduating early

can be a great way for kids to get a jump start on their future, it also should not be taken lightly. There are some dangers which some students tend to overlook. “In making the decision to graduate early students should be sure to talk to the transfer counselors at different colleges and make sure they are still eligible to apply.” Cutts warned. “Some students go to Sierra for spring semester and expect to go to college that next fall, only to realize the colleges won’t accept them without sixty credits at Sierra which you can’t achieve in just one semester.” However, Barraco is convinced that graduating

early is the best decision she could make for herself. “You know when there is nothing left for you to conquer. That’s when you know it’s time to move forward.” For most seniors the last semester of high school is the greatest. The one in which the most memories are made, and the least school work is accomplished. It’s the time of reflection and fun. Most seniors wouldn’t trade it for the world, but Barraco feels she won’t be missing out. “I’ll be coming back for Senior Ball and all the activities. I just needed to get out of here early. It was just something I knew I needed to do.”

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Senior preparing to gradutate from ILS Alexis Coopersmith Staff writer

Taren sits sipping on hot chocolate as she thinks hard about the question. She looks around the room as if to find the answer. “I think Pam is my favorite teacher. I like her… sometimes,” Taren jokes. “She is my favorite and I love her.” “Do I smell pretty?’ wonders Pam Wentz. “Only in the mornings.” “Am I your favorite because I buy you things?” “Yep.” “Ha! I never buy you anything! You’re lying.” “Not true. You buy me Starbucks.” Taren Beamer is a senior at Rocklin High School. She is the average high school student that likes music, movies, football, and dance. Beamer does not let the fact that she has Down’s Syndrome get in the way of being a regular, independent senior at RHS. Beamer has been involved in the Independent Living Skills program all through her high school career. ILS is a program designed to fit student’s certain or special needs and focuses on teaching important life skills. Each student has an individual education plan with specific goals determined by the parents, general and special education teachers, the student, and the administration. All students are taught math, science, English, and social studies, as well as Community Based Instruction, cooking, pre-vocational skills, and social skills. “As a senior, Taren is more independent than many other ILS students. She is capable

Photo by Amanda Palm

of taking electives without ILS staff support,” said Wentz, Rocklin ILS teacher for four years. Beamer is also involved in a summer program called Camp Lotsafun. She spends her summers there doing various activities such as taking guitar and singing lessons. “I really like going to Camp Lotsafun. There is a water park; we watch movies, sing camp songs, and roast marshmallows,” said Beamer. Beamer has many hobbies that keep her busy outside of school. She plays on the computer, goes to basketball games and all football games. She has been in the RHS dance program since her sophomore year and takes part in the dance show every year. She loves Lindsay Lohan, going to the mall, and designing clothes and jewelry. Her family often goes boating and waterskiing.

Beamer also loves dances, especially Sadie’s and Hearts-a-Fire, and plans on attending Senior Ball this year. “The ILS teachers try to attend many major functions with our students, like football games, dances, plays, etc. It helps gives our students an opportunity to have all the high school experiences everyone else enjoys,” said Wentz She has two brothers, both of which graduated from Rocklin High. Brandon Beamer was ASB president in 2001, and both brothers have gone off to prestigious colleges. Her father also used to be the voice announcer for all RHS football games. Beamer also spends a lot of time at work. She has a job at Best Buy, where she does much of the organization and she helped people pick out Christmas gifts. Her dad also works there. She wants to soon work at a bookstore. “Taren having a job is part of the work ability program. It is like the ROP program, in that it pays to get a job somewhere such as the Dollar Tree or Ross,” said Wentz. After high school Beamer plans on moving out and living

in her own apartment. She looks forward to it because of her independent nature. She will also be attending Sierra College to study history. At Sierra College, there is a continuation of the ILS program that Beamer will be taking. They continue to teach functional academics as well as vocational skills that greatly promote independence. In addition to a campus classroom, the Sierra College program has an apartment they have turned into a classroom so the students can learn life skills in a natural setting. “Soon I will be going to college and living alone. I am very nervous and afraid, but I don’t care because I want to be alone,” said Beamer. Beamer believes that the most important thing to know to get through high school is to always be honest and friendly to everyone. “I don’t really like freshman, but I would still like to help them find good classes. And make new friends. They can’t be shy,” said Beamer. Wentz said it best when explaining how everyone should get to know her students and embrace the diversity of the RHS campus. “ILS students are just like everyone else. They may learn differently, but they have dreams and desires that are very similar to all other RHS students. Take the opportunity to get to know them and see for yourself.” Because, in the words of Taren Beamer, “I’m a superstar!”

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Amber Diller

The Flash

Fortunately, its so NOT the end of the world... Staff writer

Let’s face it, embarrassing moments are unavoidable. And there’s nothing we can do about it. It is easy for me to remember my most awkward moment. I was doing my cheer routine at the Homecoming Rally in front of the entire school, and I stood up a couple of counts too early. This may not seem like a big deal, but when the whole cheer squad was squatted down, and I stood up smiling, I wanted the gym floor to open up and swallow me. I felt like everyone was laughing, and yet if I stopped dancing to wallow in my misery, it would have made things even worse. At least I know that I’m not the only one at Rocklin High who has these moments. “I was sitting on the edge of a lunch table bench. It closed up and I fell on my face on the ground. I was wearing a short skirt and couldn’t figure out how to get back up.” –Alyssa Benny.

“I was cheering at a basketball game and Mikey Van Horne landed between my legs. I was in my skirt!” –Kelsey Smith. “I was at a choir concert and as I was walking, I tripped over a microphone wire and all of them fell down!” -Rosie Perrot. “I was in geography and somebody told me that my underwear was showing. I thought it was just my tights, and when I lifted my shirt to show them, my underwear WAS totally hanging out and everybody saw.” –Sarah Stinchfield.

“I was sitting in class and one of the ceiling tiles fell out and hit me on the head!” -Emmy Timpano “When I was just a young buck I bought some shorts that were kind of too big. I was walking around school and they just, you know, fell. Everybody saw.” –Zack Moss. “I was walking onto campus and security stopped me. Norm thought that I was a student.” -Sra. Sellers.

“I was looking at my cell phone and not paying attention to where I was going. I ran into a pole and dropped my phone.” –Amanda Kettenhofen.

“I had to go pee really bad, so I ran into the bathroom and went. When I walked out of the stall there were two girls staring at me, and I realized I was in the girls’!” –Tyler Garrison.

“While I was running down the track in the rain by the football players, I slipped and my sweats ripped.” -Whitley Locks.

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Updated every Sunday, is an amusing way to pass the time on a Sunday night when you really should be doing your homework. We like to think my version is equally enticing. Whether you spend the class period in chemistry daydreaming about what your secret is (or who), or whispering during that horrendously boring movie in English about who, exactly, you believe thinks Mr.. Sturgeon is, um, good-looking. We take delight in the fact that my page just might give you a reason to giggle for 5 or 10 minutes during the 7 hour school day. Without you, however, postsecret cannot exist. As 14-18 year olds, we all have secrets. It's time Rocklin High knew about them. So drop into M-5, grab a slip, and share away. Don’t put your name anywhere on it, we want these to remain completely anonymous. If they’re clearly obscene or untrue, I wont use them. So keep ‘em clean, keep ‘em juicy, and keep ‘em coming. Just drop the completed slips in my box in M-5. Can’t wait to hear the truth!



The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

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