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The Squire


Summer 2018


SF Supervisors vote to rename Phelan Avenue By Adrian Gonzales

St. Philip School, Grade 7 In June, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to change the name of Phelan Avenue, where Archbishop Riordan High School is located, to Frida Kahlo Way, despite opposition from neighbors. The reason behind the name change is that the son of the man the street is named after, James D. Phelan (San Francisco Mayor from 1897-1902), was a known racist, especially toward people of Asian descent. Those who wanted the name changed said that James Phelan was the father of a racist, and lost respect because of his son. Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for a style called surrealism. She was married to the artist Diego Rivera, who was famous for his murals. The Pan American Unity Mural is displayed in the Diego Rivera Theater at City College and includes Kahlo. Although the supervisors voted unanimously to change the name, some residents do not agree. In the May issue of The Crusader, Phelan Avenue resident Bonnie White said, “I left the meeting feeling like what the residents wanted didn’t matter. It was a done deal, and Frida Kahlo was the new name.”

Photo by Steven Rissotto ’20 Phelan Avenue will soon be renamed Frida Kahlo Way. Riordan Principal Tim Reardon late to change, saying, “The San is opposed to the change, and Francisco Board of Supervisors said, “It would have been really and the activists they represent cool to have the street named are a powerful monoculture when after a Riordan man like Tyrone it comes to an issue like this. It’s McGraw (an alumnus who died hard to win a fight like that.” last year) or Bob Dalton ’61 (an Also in The Crusader, Tomi English teacher who recently Cunningham, a resident in favor retired.) of the name change, said, “It’s At the meeting, President important that names that have Andrew Currier spoke on behalf been attached to buildings, streets, of the Riordan Community and sports teams be re-examined as the neighbors on Phelan, who did we culturally/historically become not want the change. more aware of any racist legacy Like some residents, Reardon attached to them.” does not believe the voting process Reardon does not want a name was fair. “The Riordan community change at all. “If we start looking should have been allowed to make into the sins of everyone’s suggestions for names to be on offspring, we better be ready to the slate of choices,” he said. “We tear down a lot of statues and were not given that opportunity.” signs and murals. It’s a slippery But, he believes it is too slope.”


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Staff members of The Squire consisted of sixth and seventh grade students as reporters, and members of The Crusader as editors and photographers.

The Squire Staff Reporters Marcus Bast Adrian Gonzales Benjamin Ha Finnbarr Harrington Padma Ignatius Harmony McClain Andres Peña Editors Ian Martin ’20 Eddie Monares ’19 Steven Rissotto ’20 Adviser Susan Sutton, CJE Note: The name of the Camp Crusader newspaper was changed from The Crusader Junior to The Squire this summer. A squire is “an attendant to a knight before becoming a knight.”


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Disney Pixar releases incredible sequel By Harmony McClain

Anthony David Middle School (Houston, TX), Grade 7 After 14 years, the heroes came out of hiding with a wonderful movie, “Incredibles 2.” The producers apologized for the long wait, but they did come through with a successful film. The funniest part is when Jack Jack, one of the characters, was fighting with a raccoon. This was really funny because a baby and a raccoon fighting each other is beyond my imagination. When they were fighting, the whole theater was laughing so hard, including me. The movie, which was released 14 years after the original, starts where the original movie ended, with the Underminer appearing, and continues from there. There were several reasons for the long pause between the original and the sequel, including complicated animations, producers wanting the movie to be perfect, and producers becoming busy with other movies, such as “Ratatouille” and other opportunities. One thing that would have made the movie better is that the length could have been a little shorter. I say this because the movie was two hours and five minutes long, and people tend to get bored and tired of sitting in one place for too long. Isabella Torrea agreed, saying, “I enjoyed the movie, but I think it did take too long.” Another problem was the

flashing lights, which some people found distracting. At some theaters, employees alerted theater goers about this special effect, as it could cause headaches and even seizures for people with certain medical conditions. Math Department Chair Mary Ann Datoc said, “In one of the fighting scenes, when Elastic Girl was fighting in a small space with the villain, the lighting was flashing off and on like a strobe light. It gave me a headache.

Now I know why the movie started with a warning about the lights.” She added, “Besides the lighting, it was worth the wait.” The plot twist was really unexpected and it surprised a lot of people. Gavin Coyne ’19 said, “There is an unexpected plot twist … great movie!” The plot twist keeps the audience engaged, and adds to the suspense of the storyline, but revealing the twist here would ruin the movie, so go see it!


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3D Printing pops up as summer favorite By Finnbarr Harrington

St. Stephen School, Grade 7 Returning to Camp Crusader in 2018 is the 3D art class. The class explores the creative side of many students while boosting their work ethic as well. The students have been working hard to make items using the programs created by Adobe and Tinkercad. For four weeks, the students worked on designing 3D items such as flashlights and working traffic lights, but started off with a small chess piece, then went on to more difficult tasks. “I liked making the flashlight,” said Thomas Slattery, a seventh grader at St. Stephen School. While some students were working on a flashlight, others were using a laser printer to etch images into wood. The class is always actively working, and has inspired students to learn about new things. “I wanted to take this class because of the 3D printing and other things you can do in the class,” said Colum Slattery, Thomas’ twin brother. 3D printing may be the new way of manufacturing items for school projects, learning new things, and bringing joy to the common citizen. 3D printers are available at most public libraries, for those who cannot afford the $1,000 printer. “I like seeing kids use their hands to make amazing things,” said the instructor, William Marafao.

Photos by Ian Martin ’20 Teacher William Marrafao monitors students’ design progress.

Students used a laser to etch words and images onto wood. Marafao said he became interested in 3D printing when he was in college, when it became popular, and he even built his own! The 3D printer was invented in 1983.

The community of 3D printing has expanded greatly, and at Riordan’s Camp Crusader, the class is expected to continue, considering the popular demand by students.


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Science class builds lasting connections By Padma Ignatius

St. Brendan School, Grade 6 Students in science class participated in an experiment the week of July 9, using paper mache, newspaper, and tape to make a bridge that can withstand a 5-pound rock and the height of a 5-inch “ship.” The reason for experimenting, Mr. Patrick Calma stated, is, “For lab activities and because the class is learning about earthquakes.” The class started working in groups to complete the project. The experiment is important so that they learn measurements and balance skills related to Above, students construct their bridge using cardboard, duct tape, and newspapers. At left, teacher Patrick Calma tests one bridge to see if a “ship” can pass under it successfully.

engineering. The next part was experimenting. Every group had different strategies for making their bridges. So, some bridge builders already knew they would pass the experiment. During the experiment, many

groups passed both tests. Other groups got through one test, and failed the other. But none of the groups failed both of the tests. A student in the class, Isabella Torrea, said, “The reason is for answering questions and learning balance, height, and weight.”

There were many creative ideas, such as taping the entire bridge with duct tape, and using a cardboard box held up by tape and newspapers! Another student in class, Cassie Doerner, said, “I like that I got to work with other students in the class and enjoyed only getting to use tape and newspapers to be more creative.”



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Rookies ready for NBA stage By Marcus Bast

St. Cecilia School, Grade 7 The 2018 NBA Draft occurred on June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The top five draft picks of this year’s NBA draft were DeAndre Ayton (Arizona), Luka Doncic (Real Madrid, Spain), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State), and Trae Young (Oklahoma). The Golden State Warriors picked Jacob Evans as the 28th pick; he came from Cincinnati College, where he graduated, unlike other college basketball players. Many compare him to NBA player Trevor Ariza, who just signed with the Phoenix Suns. Irman Arcibal, the art teacher

at Riordan High School and Camp Crusader, said, “Marvin Bagley is my favorite player that got drafted, because he will make an immediate impact with all of his skills.” He also went on to say, “The Phoenix Suns could be a playoff contender since they re-signed

Devin Booker. I also think that the addition of Trevor Ariza will help all of their young players become ready to play in very close games that would make players nervous or scared.” (The Phoenix Suns acquired two very high picks in the 2018 NBA draft, DeAndre Ayton and Mikal

Bridges.) Arcibal added, “Some of the smaller guards could still make an impact even though they are very small for an NBA player, Trae Young and Collin Sexton are both 6’1”, since they can finish around the basket and can dribble and shoot very well.” Brian Thompson, the coach of the Saint Ignatius basketball team, said, “Marvin Bagley is my favorite player because he is a big guy that can shoot and dribble, can lead a fast break like Draymond Green, and his athleticism can help him get easy dunks and layups.” He added, “The Phoenix Suns

The newest members of the NBA: DeAndre Ayton (Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), and Trae Young (Oklahoma). will not be a playoff contender because they don’t have a solid bench, which is a key factor if you are a team in the Western Conference.” Thompson also said, “The smaller guards should be fine because they can shoot well, and if you can shoot the ball well, you can get a spot on almost any team. But it may be a little harder for Trae Young because he is less physical than other guards when driving towards the basket.” Travis Benham ’18 said, “Marvin Bagley is my favorite player because he knows how to use his skills and plays wisely.” He also said, “The Phoenix Suns could be able to be a number 8 seed if all of their rookies and young players play very well, but it is very unlikely.” Benham added, “Trae Young should be fine since he can shoot from very far out and big men shouldn’t be able to guard him from all the way out there.”


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Nation’s capital hosts MLB All-Star Game

By Benjamin Ha

St. Cecilia School, Grade 7 On Tuesday, the top players from the American and National leagues will face off in Washington, D.C. at the mid-summer classic, also known as the All-Star Game. The National League starting infielders will be catcher Willson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs, first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, second baseman Javier Baez of the Cubs, shortstop Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants, and third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. The starting outfielders will be Nick Markakis of the Braves, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. The American League starting

infielders will be catcher Wilson Ramos of Tampa Bay Rays, first baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, second baseman José Altuve of the Houston Astros, shortstop Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles, third baseman José Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians. The starting outfielders will be Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox will be the designated hitter. The starting pitchers will be determined in a few days by each team’s manager. The American League team is heavily favored to win in the clash of all-stars because of different attributes this team has.

There have been 88 All-Star games played since 1933. Each team has won 43 times, so this game will determine the end of that tie. Twice, the game has ended in a tie, in 1961 and 2002. The game was not played in 1945 due to World War II. The Crusader sports editor Steven Rissotto ’20 said, “The American League will win because of the pitching staff and power in the lineup, and Jose Ramirez will win MVP because he is a good bat to ball hitter.” The annual Home Run Derby will take place Monday night. “Bryce Harper will win the Derby,” Rissotto said. “It’s in his hometown and he’s gonna have all the fans behind him. It will be awesome.”


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Crusaders join DiMaggio League for joltin’ summer By Andres Peña

St. Philip School, Grade 6 Crusader baseball is officially on vacation this summer, but the players are hitting the field as members of the Joe DiMaggio League, under the name of SF Trinity. In this league, the first game of the tournament was June 5, where they faced off against the Daly City team and won 1-0. They have competed against teams such as SF Cardinals, SF Barbarians, SF Wild Cats, and SF Irish. The team is coached by Coach Brandon Ramsey and Vherny Rustrian Sr. This a chance to stay fresh during the summer and showcase for varsity in the spring.

Stephen Blecha ’19 delivers a pitch at the Napa tournament.

Steven Elsner ’20 gets ready to hit in a game against Napa.

Photos by Raquel Elsner Anthony Andreatta ’19 said, it is a chance “to show the coach a reason to look at you and see you in the starting lineup for Varsity.” In the Yountville, Napa tournament at the Veterans Home, from July 4-7, the team went 1-3 with a win over South San Francisco. The team is led by seniors Jason Quinones, Gabe Wassmer, Stephen Blecha, Vherhy Rustrian, and Matt Yeung. Junior Steven Rissotto thinks that they will place in the top three in the tournament because of the personalities on the team that play clean and want to win. Andreatta said, “Playing is a lesson because you are playing against the best and if you outplay or outsmart the other team, you really achieve something.”

The Squire 2018  

Camp Crusader newspaper for middle school students.

The Squire 2018  

Camp Crusader newspaper for middle school students.