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Vol. VI, Issue IV

December 16, 2011

How Will Open Enrollment Affect Students at AHS? How will open enrollment affect class size?

Class sizes will depend on how many students are admitted to the school district, which is hard to determine. The committee doesn’t want to increase class size. They will either fill in space they already have, or hire new staff. If a large enough amount of students are accepted, there is the option to bring back an eight period schedule.

by Emily Bestor

Ashland School District has not decided whether they will bring open enrollment to the district. A committee has been meeting to make a decision, and possibly create a policy regarding open enrollment. Open enrollment can affect you in many ways if you are a transfer student or not, but the whole ordeal is still in question.

A benefit of open enrollment is more revenue for AHS. This means programs students enjoy at AHS such as Foods and Fiber Arts won’t be removed through budget cuts. More electives could also be added with an increase in the number of students. Director of Student Services, Samuel Bogdanove said, “Open enrollment gives families choices about where they want to send their kids to school, and that’s the right thing to do.”

Eight period schedule?

The State of Oregon supports AHS with approximately $6000 per student. If eight periods were part of our schedule again, there would be a need for 30 more sections or classes. That means five or more new teachers will need to be hired. To receive enough money from the state to pay the new teachers, AHS would need to get 70 more students through open enrollment. An eight period day would give students more opportunities for interesting and new electives.

What are the downsides of open enrollment?

Bogdanove said, “It is hard to know the number of students that want to come [to the Ashland School District], therefore it is hard to plan ahead.” With open enrollment, the ability to look at a student’s grades and records has been taken away so administrators can’t decide if a student is “right” for the school district, it is first come first serve admission.

How will open enrollment affect sports?

OSAA rules regarding open enrollment state that if a student comes to AHS starting in ninth grade, they are eligible to play on a sports team. If they come to AHS starting in any other grade, they must wait one school year to play for an AHS sports team. A ‘pay to play’ fee has yet to be determined by the committee. Club sports are not included in this rule.

illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty

“We will open our doors conservatively at first, we can always take more students the next year.” -Juli DiChiro, Superintendent of Ashland School District

What is Open Enrollment?

This question has been circulating the minds of students and parents alike, without an explanation of what it truly is. Open enrollment is a recently passed law that provides additional educational choices for students in Oregon. This law will take effect on January 1, 2012, for districts that choose to participate. Although all schools may not be accepting all (or any) incoming transfer students, with this law enacted, students no longer have to go through the process of requesting and receiving permission from the district where they currently reside to transfer to a different district.

How does it work?

Participating districts decide the number of spots available for incoming transfers of each grade for the next school year, which will be announced on March 1. From March 1, until April 1, families will apply

What are the benefits of open enrollment?

to transfer from their current district to their desired school. By May 1, the student’s new district will have notified the previous district that they have accepted the transfer.

Who can transfer? If the district receives more requests than they have available space for, an “equitable lottery” will be held. This is a selection process that provides the students an equal chance of attending the school. This method provides equal opportunity, and prevents students of any certain race, gender, disability, religion or the like from receiving priority on their transfer. This is different from the previous process of transferring because the receiving schools can no longer screen applied transfer students to determine if their attendance, grades and behavior are appropriate for the school’s environment. Participating districts have the freedom to

The illustration (left) represents all schools in the district and their mascots joining together to create one giant mascot of combined districts.

by Hanna Greenberg determine many of the details regarding open enrollment within their schools. Districts give priority to students already attending a school on an inter-district transfer, decide the amount of inter-district transfers they will be taking, and decide whether transfer siblings will obtain a guaranteed admission are some of the examples of the choices that districts can make. These decisions are made on the basis that these students do not get priority over a student who already resides in that district. In addition, districts have the responsibility to provide transportation throughout their district boundaries, but it is their choice whether additional transportation of students under open enrollment will be provided. Please visit the Ashland School District website to take a survey on open enrollment. For more information regarding the formalities of open enrollment, visit the Oregon Department of Education.

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Sending Toys to Newell

December 16, 2011

Jenna Walsh incorporates the spirit of giving into her senior project.

by Molly Cochrane Over the summer, Jenna Walsh and other mem- Each advisory class has been asked to collectively bers of First Baptist Church went to Newell, Cali- raise $20 to purchase a toy for the child they are fornia, as counselors of a Vacation Bible School assigned to sponsor. The event does not solely insummer camp. Following their efforts, the church clude the high school advisory classes, but select group decided to organize a food and toy drive clubs and the Ashland Middle School have also for the underprivileged families of Newell, Tule taken on the responsibility of sponsoring a child. Lake and Malin. However, First Baptist Church did not have the means to fund this event along with others that they had chosen to take on. When Walsh heard this, she decided to take the challenge upon herself, making it her senior project. While the counselors were at the camp, the idea of the fundraiser began to form, so the counselors asked the participating children to fill out cards giving details of their names and addresses. Walsh took her proposal to Michelle Zundel, who then presented it to Ashland High School Leadership, Illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty and together, the three parties formed the “AdoptA-Kid” fundraiser which became school-wide.

No-Shave November Champion

After 30 grueling days of testosterone-filled competition, a true champion has emerged from the facial hair of our student body. Senior Garrett Johnson was one of the few burley men who was able to bare the burden of 30 days without shaving. Because of his dedication to the competition and god given manhood, The Rogue News has decided to crown him the victor of our first annual No-Shave November Competition!

The last day to donate to the toy drive was November 22, since then, the money has been counted and the goal of 120 toys has been exceeded. Because of this, Walsh decided to use the left-over money to buy a board game for each of the families of the sponsored children. On December 17, Walsh and select volunteers will make a day-trip down to the three cities to deliver not only the toys and board games, as well as food baskets for the families. “These towns are the poorest of the poor. The parents are mostly immigrants and they work in the fields, and so they could use all the help they can get,” Walsh said. $1,000 has been donated by the First Baptist Church towards funding the food baskets, and $200 more has presented to the fundraiser by the Ashland Community. “In the spirit of giving, never put yourself first, and think about what you have and don’t take it for granted,” Walsh said.

Colossal Collections by Haley Petersen

It’s well known that Ashland is different; that’s what makes it special. The people of the community display quirks of all sorts, and a few teachers at Ashland High School are well known for theirs. Mrs. Wallace and Sra. Contreras leave students wondering about their colossal collections. This is the inside scoop on the many pigs and Pez.

Wallace and her pigs

Pez Galore

Congratulations Garrett!

Venturing into Sra. Contreras’ classroom, you will see an astonishing collection that will most likely make you hungry. Pez dispensers display the faces of many cartoon characters and adorn her room with a touch of silliness. “My classroom is your pop-culture. A lot of you identify yourselves with the characters,” Contreras said. Many years ago, her daughter’s babysitter gave her daughter a Miss Piggy Pez dispenser. The act of kindness rekindled Contreras’ love for the Pez recieved on Easter during her visit to the U. S.. She now has a grand total of 432 dispensers and has been collecting for 16 years. When grocery shopping, Contreras always buys a new Pez dispenser. Ironically, her favorite candy- Jelly Beans.

Illustrations by Amelia O’Dougherty

Pigs of all shapes and sizes dominate Mrs. Wallace’s classroom, a lively place on the top floor of the library building. It is mistaken that she is a diehard fan of pigs. Back in 1981, Wallace had a conflict with a student who lost their temper and came up with the best insult they could; “Y-you’re a pig!” Unfazed, Wallace began to laugh, leaving the student red-faced and embarrassed. A few days after the pig incident, Wallace’s student brought her a small pig, as a way of apologizing. Her one pig has multiplied, and she now has more than 193. “You can see a pig and think of me, but please don’t bring it to me,” Wallace said.

These collections help make AHS the weird, wonderful school it is. Take a trip to these classrooms and see the wonders for yourself !

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Shopping: The meaty truth

by Sofia Harrison

There are few things I detest more in life than shopping in department stores. The thought of crowded malls and long lines literally make me sick to my stomach. I don’t know how many times I’ve spent hours at a store not only to come home empty handed, but flushed, angry and with a two-day migraine well on its way. I like to think of shopping in a store as a giant carcass of meat, where all the animals are fighting and competing for their wanted slice of flesh. In this situation, I’m the diseased, emaciated vulture trying to find what’s left of everybody’s scraps, but knowing that there is simply no hope. I remember one of my first shopping experiences; I was around the age of eight and just beginning to buy my own clothes. Of course, being the Rogue Valley Mall they had a slim selection, which leads me to what I hate

most about shopping, the fact that it takes place at the Rogue Valley Mall. The horrid smell of bad Chinese food and the perfectly positioned giant massage chairs outside of Victoria Secret are the thrones for creepers to watch you pick out your next pair of undies. This alone is enough to send me running for the doors. Not only do we have put up with this, but we must live with the poor selection of stores that don’t give us any kind of selection. This was my problem on my first shopping experience. After hours of searching, comparing prices and trying them on once or twice I had finally found the perfect pair of blue jeans. I set the pair of jeans down for a split second; and in the blink of an eye they were gone. Some girl that I suspect was stalking me and my pair of jeans, the same way a cheetah stocks a baby gnu, waiting for the opportune time to strike when its mother isn’t around had finally gotten her opportunity. Needless to say, the girl was already having her mom pay for them at checkout along with their other five bags of stuff. After I let the anger and frustration set in and gave the girl a long “stink eye” as she walked out of the store, I ended having to order the jeans online. To my pleasant surprise, they came within a week and were delivered

Ian the Impossible


Elias the Excellent

The holidays are among us once again, and so are the accompanying annual rituals; the ceremonial lighting of downtown, optional decorating of the home, collective increase in yuletide merriment and of course, the traditional assaulting of fellow Best Buy customers over the latest “it” toy. After all, nothing says “Happy Holidays!” more than a can of pepper spray when the woman in front of you buys the last copy of Justin Beiber’s new Christmas album. Perhaps this year another spontaneous stampede of eager suburban mothers will take out the local Walmart entrance and trample the employees to death, again. No one can deny that the traditional religious holidays of December have lost some of their piousness. Christmas no longer solely represents the birth of Christ, the miracle of Hanukkah is often lost in the commerciality of the event and Boxing Day is only celebrated because most Canadians are going to call in sick anyways. Thanksgiving is even under attack, as most parents choose to spend their evenings posted outside of a Toys R Us so they can be the first to receive the early bird special. The relentless and irreligious corporate battle for business has turned the holiday season into a war zone, where parents battle for low prices and risk their lives to get their children the material goods they desire for their year of good behavior. Year after year, stampedes on Black Friday and other major shopping holidays result in hospitalizing injuries after caffeine driven bargain-fiends fight like animals over Wii Dance. Some super store mishaps have even resulted in brutal deaths, where corporate employees have been trampled to death as mindless consumers struggle like wildebeests to enter the store. In contrast to the corporate mess of Medford, Ashland remains a winter wonderland of holiday celebration. Shoppers in downtown Ashland experience an authentic and warm holiday environment of cheer and community. Though prices may not be as low in our hometown, purchasing gifts from local retailers promotes the economic growth of our town rather than a multinational corporation and the taxes paid by retailers directly benefits our schools and roads. To combat the raising commercialism of Christmas, one can start by shopping locally for the gifts that their loved ones desire, at the very least, it saves them a trip to Medford when they choose to return it. photo by Willa Lineberger-Scholl

For some, they come under the Christmas tree. For others, they come each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. And for Dutch kids (like me), they come in our pairs of wooden clogs from the ever so gracious Sinterklaas. Wherever they may turn up, gifts have always been one of the most celebrated holiday traditions. For years, gift giving has been the centerpiece of American holiday business, thanks to big businesses that give out huge discounts the second Thanksgiving is over. Some feign commercialism, claiming that it kills small businesses during the time of the year that gives them plenty of business. However, the bigger businesses are the ones that allow such a large number of thoughtful and joy-bringing presents to be bought and given to loved ones. As much as we all would like to support local companies in our hunt for gifts, the smaller businesses simply are not designed for that kind of demand and cannot provide consumers with the dirt cheap prices that huge corporations can. Nobody should blame the big companies for offering top notch products for such low prices. photo by Willa Lineberger-Scholl Therefore, it is only logical that one should shop for their gifts at a chain store; their prices are lower. Some may complain that the consumerism surrounding the holidays detracts from the family spirit of the season, but this is not so. The rituals of gift-giving strengthen the family atmosphere by providing a time for people to receive presents from their loved ones that they would like as opposed to just buying for themselves. This new tradition is very expensive, and can only be supported by shopping at the lowest priced stores, i.e. the big chain stores. Lastly, let’s say you want to buy that special someone in your life a special something to show how much you care, or maybe you just want to start something special with someone equally as special. You’re probably going to want to get them a variety of things such as flowers, a nice card and of course an actual gift. If you choose to go the small store route you may have to go to a couple different shops to get all that you need; whereas, if you were to, say, go to Walmart, you could get everything you need in less than an hour. Any other time of year, it’s best for the local economy to shop locally, but in the holiday season, you will find it is better for your personal economy to shop at JC Penny’s instead of Hank’s Hemp Underwearhouse. Even if Hank is your next door neighbor.

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Rogue News is published by the newspaper classes of Ashland High School, 201 South Mountain Ave., Ashland, Oregon 97520. (541) 482-8771 ext. 195. The editorials written by the Rogue News express the opinions of the editorial staff on issues relevant to the staff, the school and the community. Personal columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire staff and are written as the opinion of the individual author. Letters to the editor, which should be under 250 words, are encouraged. They can be dropped off outside of Room 202, put in Mr. William Gabriel’s box in the main office or emailed to No letters will be printed without a verified signature. Letters received in the second week of production will not appear until the next issue. The Rogue News staff reserves the right to refuse to print any potentially libelous or obscene material, anything that would invade the privacy of others, or anything that could cause a disruption of the school environment.

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right to my doorstep. No longer was I the frail vulture searching for scraps, but I upgraded to the filet mignion of ways to shop. The beauty of online shopping is that you can do it at your own time, any time and even in the comfort of your PJ’s. You can compare prices and compare stores with a click of a mouse, which ensures maximum savings and selection. I am countlessly asked “Aren’t you afraid that it’s not going to fit?” and the answer is “No.” If you have a somewhat good idea of what looks good on your body, most all online stores have a sizing chart that gives you exact dimensions of the clothes. All you need to do is bust out a measuring tape! A complaint I always seem to hear is “it takes too long,” but I find this not to be true. Most standard shipping comes within a week and you can pay extra for next day shipping if wanted. Yes, most stores charge for shipping, but for me, it really is worth every penny. It saves me time, gas and the money I would save on several types of migraine relievers. So the next time you’re at the Rogue Valley Mall for a long period of time, frustrated and having your privacy slightly violated, Think, was this really worth it?

Editorial/Designer Board

Editors-in-Chief.............................................Olivia Fidler/ Elias Opgenorth Front Page.........................................................Emily Bestor/ Megan Ganim News Page.........................................................Grace Rogan/ Dylan Molnar Opinion Page..............................................Hannah Bogerson / Emily Odion In-Depth page..........................Halie Haynes and Bryce Rogan/ Ian Smeenk Feature Page...............................................Delaney Swink/ Elias Opgenorth Sports Page..................................................................Ariel Clark/ Ian Wurfl Backpage..................................................Hayley Peterson/ Rhianna Terrien Online Editors..............................................Erin Keoppen/ Jasper Raynolds ............................................................................../Wyler McAninch-Ruenzi Managing Editor......................................................................Sofia Harrison Business Manager…….…..…....................................................Christa Tapp

by Sofia Harrison You might be surprised to know just how many homeless students there are not only at Ashland High School but also in the Rogue Valley. Glenna Stiles, Dean of Students at AHS, stated that “there are definitely more homeless kids than you would think at our school.” According to Stiles, every year at AHS there are 10-20 kids that fall into one the following categories. Categorizing homelessness “There are many degrees of homeless,” Stiles said. There are your typical homeless kids known as “couch hoppers” that have no sort of permanent residence. Another common situation is when kids have been abandoned by their parents and are forced to live on their own. In addition, there are the transitional living kids whose families are bouncing from place to place and have no permanent residence. Then there are the runaways, kids that have run away from their homes and are living on the streets. Under the McKinney Vento Act, the rights of these homeless kids are protected, so schools must enroll them although they don’t have the normal “proof of residency.” Help through Community Works In spite of these unfortunate circumstances, the community is fortunate to have several services and programs that address the needs of the homeless youth in Ashland and the surrounding areas. Transitional Living Program (TLP) through Community Works helps homeless kids get on their feet with resumes, job opportunities and even subsidized living expenses. The man in charge Aaron Reed, the Ashland Street Outreach Coordinator for Community Works, does a lot for the homeless in our community. “I go out on the streets two to three times a week and give out basic necessities like food, socks and condoms while also promoting alternative living situations,” Reed said. “I would like to see the amount of resources meet the demands of those in need.” There are also many other services provided by the community not solely for the youth, but for homeless people of all ages. Who’s there to help during the holiday season? United Congressional Church provides a shower program every Monday, while also hosting a free meal every Wednesday. The Presbyterian Church hosts overnight stay every Sunday night and when temperatures are predicted to be 20 degrees or below.

Illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty

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Hearts With a Mission is a child caring agency that provides services for homeless youth ages 10-17. The Medford based, non-profit organization, provides at-risk youth with shelter, education, mentoring and transition planning. The services that Hearts With a Mission provides are available to all qualified youth in Jackson County regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Although Hearts With A Mission was founded on the Judeo-Christian values, they are not a religious organization and they do not preach any particular faith. Hearts With A Mission is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Their shelter provides 16 beds with three separate quadrants to ensure safety. The organization utilizes 24-hour access and has a help line that you can reach at (541) 646-7385.

The Maslow Project provides the basic necessities for homeless teens, such as food, clothing and hygiene supplies. Also, after providing these things, the project is a resource to set goals, attain those goals and supply educational help. To get involved, one can make donations to the project, whether they are financial or of another type, or organize a fundraiser. These are just a few of the opportunities that are available. All the volunteer work that can be done is listed at The project’s office is located in Medford, Oregon, at 500 Monroe Street.

The Ashland High School Health Center’s nurse, Judy Blickenstaff, has teamed up with the Maslow Project to help students fight against homelessness. The Health Center has minor supplies such as tooth paste, tooth brushes, shampoo, rain jackets and first-aid kits available for students in need. Although there is no original program created by AHS, Blickenstaff works with homeless teens on a case-by-case basis. Blickenstaff helps with a multitude of things from finding a place for a student to stay to providing them with other essential resources. There isn’t a typical homeless student at AHS since each case has “nothing in common,” Blickenstaff said.

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In Loving Memory of David Grubbs by Natalie Acheatel and Maya Terry-Shindelman

Loved by all, 23 year old David Michael Grubbs ful orchestra member and AHS graduate in the class was the victim of a brutal homicide on November 19, of 2006, Grubbs was known as an exceptional person 2011. At approximately 5:35 p.m., Grubbs was found and a beloved shining star for those who knew him. dead on the bike path near Hunter Park. As a success-

The Impact on AHS

Memories of a Short-Lived Life Throughout his many years working at Shop’n Kart, Grubbs gained close friends and was considered a brother to many. “[He was the kind of person that when] you’d be in a bad mood and he would walk in, you would smile,” Beau Hamer, Grubbs’ high school friend and coworker, said. “He always wanted to help, although he was one of the shyest people I have ever met.” Another coworker of Grubbs, Aaron Beckwich, stated that “he was always making a joke about everything, and he never seemed sad or upset.” Grubbs was an Earth Teach counselor and an involved member of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon as a stand-up bass player. Gerry Pare, AHS orchestra teacher, recalled the memory of Grubbs while in orchestra, saying “it makes you appreciate everything, which is what he did every day... [he was] just really sincere; a really nice person.”

How to cope

At the November 26 memorial for Grubbs, his friends and family spoke of his loving nature. “He was the son I always wanted,” Grubbs’ father said. Grubbs’ oldest sister gave a clear idea of his personality, adding, “I’m sure he would make a joke if he was here right now.” The crowded church was full of Grubbs’ childhood and high school friends, as well as his coworkers from Shop’n Kart. Many of his friends and family shared their fondest memories of their time with Grubbs.

photo by Natalie Acheatel

This memorial to David Grubbs was independently erected just days after his death by his friends and family.

A Loving Community

To honor Grubbs, his family and friends have established a memorial fund to be donated to another cause under Grubbs’ name. Within just a few days of its establishment on Monday, November 21, $10,000 were raised through Shop’n Karts’ donation boxes located at each checkout stand. The account is open to the community for donations (Rogue Valley Federal Credit Union Account Number 1515937).

Illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty

Former Chief of Police Mike Bianca gave tips for the community about safety: “[The murder was] highly disturbing and highly unusual. Everyone really needs to pay attention to get it solved... it’s not about being afraid, but about being safe,” Bianca said. He advises the community to be on the look out and pay attention to any possible clues. “At least in the short term, everyone needs to be extra careful. This may mean not walking in places you’re used to walking… a bit of a sacrifice of habits,” Bianca said. At the community forum on Tuesday, November 29, the Ashland Chief of Police Terry Holderness expressed his thoughts on the case and its effects on Ashland. “In a community like ours, it effects everyone...we’re putting extra patrol out there,” Holderness said. The detective work continues in the search for more evidence. “We’re hiring a special detective from Pennsylvania” Chief Holderness added.

Students and staff share their thoughts and grievances regarding Grubbs’ homicide and how it has effected the community. Foods and Yearbook teacher, Karen Green, remembers Grubbs as “just a sweet, good natured kid, he is going to be very missed”. Students have also become more aware of the severity of the situation. “People are more aware of danger now, even though it has always been here,” junior Katie Mallory said. These fears are felt throughout the AHS student body, as the subject of the murder is relevant to all. The atmosphere at AHS has become extremely tense, as our community and students have been placed in a situation of concern and increased awareness. “I was very surprised when I heard the news, and was cautious about walking around in that area,” freshman Jack Feinberg, a resident near Hunter Park, said. David Grubbs was a loved member of the AHS community, Grubbs’ senior photo, taken from The Rogue, 2006 whose story has greatly impacted students.

Grubbs’ was a dedicated bass player at AHS.

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Superior Fall Athletes


Boys Soccer

First Team All Conference Franklin Lime: Defensive line, Tight End, Punter Mason Montgomery: Inside Linebacker Sam Geisslinger: Defensive Back Ian Wurfl: Kicker

First Team All Conference Dylan Molnar Diego Harrison

Second Team All Conference Alec Ralston: D-line, Offensive line Austin Chandler: Outside Linebacker Sam Geisslinger: Outside Receiver RJ Atteberry: Defensive Back Andres Gutierrez: O-line Jon Volz: Running Back

Honorable Mention Imani Sharpe Vidal Reyes

Volleyball First Team All Conference Cassandra Hall: Setter Piper Cantrell: Defensive Player Second Team All Conference Shelby Minor: Hitter Joy Harpham: Hitter Girls Soccer Second Team All Conference Sarah Pavlich Rinchen Thomas Honorable Mention Faci Graham Taylor Zehren

Winter Sports Preview Here’s a glimpse at what is to come during the Winter Sports Season. Boys Swim Girls Swim Key Players: Kai Staal, Gus Simms, Forrest Kollar. Coach: Steve Mitzel Last Year’s Finish: Boys placed 3rd at districts, and sent 5 swimmers to state. Gus Simms took 2nd in the 100 Butterfly. What to Expect: Multiple athletes moving onto state from districts and competing at the state level for a top 3 overall finish at the state meet.

Second Team All Conf. Brenton Wileman Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine

Girls Basketball

Girls Water Polo

STATE RUNNER UP First Team All State Sarah Kasiah Molly Cochrane First Team All Conference Sarah Kasiah Molly Cochrane Ada Lawson Sadie Kasiah

Boys Basketball

Key Player: Billy Hansen Coaches: Freshman: Tito Soriano and Beau Lehnerz, Junior Varsity: Clint Bryan, Varsity: Larry Kellems, Tony Akpan and Jeff Schlecht. Last Year’s Finish: Southern Oregon Conference Champions, second round of playoffs. What to Expect: “We are a hard working team that will be exciting to watch play. We run and score in addition to playing great defense,” Kellems said.

All Conference MVP Sarah Kasiah Boys Water Polo

STATE CHAMPS All State MVP Forrest Kollar First Team All State Forrest Kollar Adam Good Miles Furuichi Evan Westhelle-Grant First Team All Conference Forrest Kollar Adam Good Miles Furuichi Second Team All Conf. Evan Westhelle-Grant

Key Players: Sheralyn Shumway, Maddy Longshore, Cassie Hall, Mandy Workman. Coach: Steve Mitzel Last Year’s Finish: Girls placed 4th at districts, and sent 4 swimmers to state. Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay took 5th. What to Expect: Good competition at districts and sending some athletes to the state meet to compete.

Key Players: Allison Shulenberger, Sarah Kasiah Coaches: Head: Emily Hesse, Assistant: Ashley Hafner, Junior Varsity 1: Antione Perry, Junior Varsity 2: Aaron Sturdevandt. Last Year’s Finish: “We continued to grow throughout the year, and built up our confidence by the end of the season,” said Hesse. What to Expect: “I expect us to do well. We are experienced and we have confidence in ourselves.,” Hesse said.

Illustrations by Amelia O’Dougherty

Honorable Mention Mason Montgomery: O-line Andrew Blocher: Inside Linebacker Logan Hartrick: O-line Conor Morrison: O-line Taylor Humphrey: Inside Receiver Quaid Walters: Outside Receiver Danial White: Quarterback Jordan Thompson: Special Teams

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Key Players: Will Small, Elias Opgenorth, Ila McTaggart Coaches: Matt Faurot, Alena Almquist-Heater, Galen Pritchard, Cody Morrison and Josh Jarmain. Last Year’s Finish: “Boys were second in Southern league, and placed a respectable 4th in the Individual Banked Slalom at State. Girls won the league and placed 3rd in the Half Pipe at State,” Faurot said. What to Expect: “I am really excited for the season. We have a huge team (53 riders with a grip of new freshmen),” Faurot said.


Key Players: Groups of 5 in stunts and groups of 3 in partner stunts Coach: Monika Ramirez Last Year’s Finish: Made it to the state competition and finished in the top 10. What to Expect: “This season we have changed from a cheerleading team to a dance and stunt team,” Ramirez said.

Information collected by Logan Hartrick, Sondra Mayer and Ariel Clark.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is heaven for chocolate lovers! Stuff a stocking with any delicacy, or make someone’s day with a gift card so they can select from an assortment of treats.

The new store on the block, Papaya, has already worked up to be one of Ashland’s finest. Papaya has popular Votivo Candle Tins, each carrying a candle with a capturing aroma. More treasures are the thick and vibrant bangle bracelets for $6 each, or a set of eleven for $22.50.

Need gifts for the whole family? Soundpeace has something for everyone. They sell CDs, jewelry, books, journals and more. Some particular gems are the array of incense packs starting at $2.20, and Magic books starting at $7.

The Season of Giving by Haley Petersen Lights have been strung and mistletoe hung, but have you gotten your presents? Take a detour to downtown Ashland and find some of the best deals for holiday gifts in the Rogue Valley!

Well known for its athletic gear, Rogue Valley Runners supplies an athlete with all they need. Although mainly centered around active gear, the store also carries Smartwool socks (good for lounging by the fireplace or adventuring into the cold) as well as warm winter hats and gloves.

Prize supplies their shoppers with plenty of choices. For the writers, they sell Japanese notebooks, priced at $6. If you’re a reader, don’t fret; their international magazines cost just $9-$15. In addition, their variety of fancy candies come in high on the list of popular stocking stuffers!

Looking for some international pizzazz? Venture into Inti-Imports and check out the great selection of multi-colored and solid-colored Guatemalan Cotton scarves. They cost a mere $9 and are a wellsuited gift for virtually anyone.

Walking into Alchemy Botanicals alone makes customers want to stay forever, but you can take the marvelous scents home with you. Kuumba Perfume Oils cost $8 and offer a wide variety of spicy to sweet fragrances. Also under $10 are hand creams, teas and lip balms.

From gag gifts to clothing, Renaissance Rose has it all! Some highlights this season are their men’s fedoras and other unique hats, ranging from $10-$50. The store also carries a large selection of scarves, averaging from $14-$16.

Great Gifts That Won’t Empty Your Wallet by Allie Halprin

For those of you with creative minds, homemade gifts can be quite easy. One manageable and cheap gift is jewelry. Putting together a pair of earrings is simple. You can go downtown to the Bead Studio located on Main Street, to get tips on how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Making jewelry rather than buying it is not only cheaper but also more personal. A soothing smell is always welcome; lavender eye pillows are an enjoyable addition to resting. Find out tips on how to successfully make them at Another gift that will make noses tingle is a body scrub which can be made in just ten minutes. Go to beauty and search homemade body scrubs. It gives basic step by step instructions

to follow to create a body scrub. Scrapbooks are always a great gift for your mom, dad or grandparents. They love to fawn over you and show you off to all their friends. It’s a gift they can keep for a lifetime and a reminder of great memories. An alternative to a scrapbook is a CD with a slideshow on it. Put a bit of work into it and with the right pictures and some good background music this easy gift is a real crowd-pleaser. CD’s for photos can be found at most local stores such as Bi-Mart and Rite-Aid. If taking an art class, this is a great opportunity to give your art to someone. Drawings or paintings are

personal and free gifts. Marble Magnets are a very doable present for everyone. Get step-by-step directions at Baked goods are great to make with the whole family. If done well, holiday treats are the perfect topping to a wonderful season. You can pick from a selection of sweets anywhere from homemade sophisticated truffles, to the classic chocolate chip cookies. No one will be disappointed to see they have received something to eat! To top it all off, make a heartwarming card that expresses your gratitude for someone. This is the simplest gift but can be the most meaningful.

illlustrations by Amelia O’Doughetry

December 14, 2011  
December 14, 2011  

The Rogue News comes back with the final edition of 2011.