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Hazing at HHS (P. 8) - C-Spread FCA sign altered (P. 2) - News Political awareness important (P. 4) - Opinion

Red Bull Crashed Ice comes to MN (P. 6) - Variety

Heather Anderson prepares for marriage (P. 10) - Feature Top colleges all want some Coffey (P. 13) - Sports

Viewpoint Disparate reactions to tragedies alarming

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Several HHS staff members have won awards this past year Jack Werner Staff Reporter When Mr. Nick Lovas, Hopkins girls track coach, got the phone call from the State Track and Field Coaches Association telling him he was the coach of the year, he was caught off-guard. “I wasn’t even familiar with the procedure. It was surprising,” Lovas said. Lovas (left of statue), who officially received the award at a banquet on Jan. 27, has led his teams to three of the past four Lake Conference championships, as well as a section championship in 2008 and a state championship last year. Lovas credits the team’s success to the superb “combination of student athletes and coaching staff [on the team.]” “I’ve had the opportunity to coach great students and athletes,” Lovas said. Lovas also gave much credit to his assistant coaches, who he said work more closely and directly with the athletes than he does. “My assistant coaching staff takes a big share of credit,” Lovas said. Lovas is just the latest of a number of Hopkins staff members this year to be recognized as outstanding in their respective fields.

Mr. Ken Novak, the Hopkins boys basketball coach, and Mr. Dan Johnson, the Hopkins activities director, were also recognized for their contributions to Hopkins sports. In May 2011, Novak (far left) was named ESPN’s National High School Basketball Coach of the Year for leading the Royals to multiple state championships. In December of the same year, Johnson (far right) won the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Distinguished service award for his contributions to the Hopkins athletic department as a whole. Hopkins staff members were recognized for more than just their athletic contributions this year, though. Ms. Jan Ormasa, a former Hopkins special services director, and Mr. Philip Brown, choir director, were also among those awarded. Ormasa was presented with the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Alumni award for her years of directing Hopkins’ special education program. Brown (right of statue) won the American Choral Director’s Association’s ‘Young Choral Director’ award. Despite all of the awarded faculty, Brown does not believe that staff members spend a lot of time thinking about awards. - AWARDS continued on page 3

Shots rang out on Colfax Avenue in North Minneapolis. This was nothing new for Terrell Mayes, age 3. As he had done multiple times before when gunfire was heard, he got up from the dinner table and began to follow his three brothers upstairs to hide in a bedroom closet, bringing his plate of spaghetti with him. Jason He didn’t make it there. A stray bullet Showers from an unidentified shooter pierced the wall of his home and entered the back of his skull. Mayes was pronounced dead at North Memorial Medical Center on Dec. 26. Four days later, Jack Jablonski, a sophomore at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, was checked from behind in a junior varsity hockey game and suffered a paralyzing spinal injury. The accidents occurred only four days apart. While both were horrible, one was suffered by an athlete in a voluntary contact sport, and one in a random violent act that left an innocent child dead. Each is an undeniable tragedy, but what is striking is the disparity in the media coverage and support from our communities and state as a whole. A website has been set up (jabby13.com) where one can read about, donate, or even purchase Jack Jablonski t-shirts produced by Sauce Hockey; a popular brand among players. A bank account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank called the “Jack Jablonski Fund” that is open for any type of donation. Applebee’s at Knollwood Mall hosted a pancake breakfast on Jan. 21 and Monticello Country Club has set up a golf tournament with proceeds going to Jablonski’s family. This response warms the heart, and reminds people of the essential value of community. Jack and his family have repeatedly publicly expressed their gratitude for the overwhelming response to his injury. In fact, Jack has lived up to his reputation as a respected athlete and student by avoiding self-pity and adopting a positive approach to what is undoubtedly a catastrophic change of course in his life. So, to be clear, I do not intend to take away from the tragedy suffered by Jablonski and his family, or speak negatively of the fundraising efforts and awareness surrounding his accident. I am all for the inherent good in human nature that has been demonstrated in response. But it does beg the question of what the family of Terrell Mayes has received? The only significant monetary support effort regarding Mayes’s murder has been through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota. This organization has solicited donations to increase the reward for information regarding the shooter, but that money would not go to the - JABLONSKI/MAYES continued on page 5


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State budget cuts hit public libraries hard

Alterations to the public library system may affect resource availability to students, HHS Taylor Lee Staff Reporter

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Students use the media center for a variety of resources at HHS. Items in the media center are linked to the Hennepin County Library in case the item is not available here, which will make items harder to retrieve if libraries shut down.

Many recent state budget cuts have named public libraries as their next victim, bringing upon the beginning of a “library-depression.” “It’s a short-sighted way to balance the budget in order to save money in a time when people could use as many free services as they can. Libraries can do so many things for people. You can check out books, videos, music, go on the Internet, all for free, and the budget cuts are shutting the doors on those opportunities,” said Victoria Wilson, library media specialist. The effects of these budget cuts are causing restrictions to sources of information for students. “In our media center, when you want to check out an item, we link the item to the Hennepin County Library just in case we don’t have it. If that library were to shut down or only be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, we would no longer have that resource for students,” Wilson said. “Kids, especially the younger ones, need to see the books and

interact with them,” Wilson said. “It’s a great place for parents to sit down and read with their children.” “In 2012, Hennepin County Library is facing a 25 percent reduction in our overall collection budget. All Hennepin County departments are required to make budget reductions for 2012 and beyond,” said Ms. Ali Turner, division manager at Ridgedale library, in an e-mail interview. “It is our strategy in the Library to focus reductions on the collection so we can maintain open hours and staffing this year.” The wake of the budget cuts do not only affect learning, but also families. “My sister, Sarah, loves the library; she is always amazed by all of the different choices she has,” said Mallory Embretson, sophomore. New technology has contributed to the decreased level of library use. “If the library were to close, [Sarah] would be forced to find books somewhere else, like on a Kindle. My family doesn’t have a Kindle, so that would be a major inconve-

nience,” Embretson said. “Hennepin County Library’s Collection Management staff is adding eBooks to the collection weekly, sometimes daily. Even with overall collection spending reduction, we are increasing the number of eBooks we are purchasing as well as the number of downloadable audio books. We will still be buying print, lots of print,” Turner said. On the social scene, some students are turning to coffee shops as a place to study, in place of the local library. “I use the school library everyday because I have study hall,” said Jaylene Wallick, senior, “but it is easier to sit down with your laptop at Caribou instead of researching in big groups at the library.” Of the fifteen libraries in the Hennepin County branch, there are three that have undergone changes. Among the libraries effected by the cuts are Webber Park and Roosevelt libraries, located in Minneapolis. They are now only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, as well as Central library, whose hours have been reduced as well.

Alterations of FCA club poster cause conflict Josh Gallop Staff Reporter Before winter break, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) had a poster hanging in the mall that read, “FCA Holiday Party.” The word “Holiday” was written on a separate piece of paper that was clearly covering something up; it was tacked over the word “Christmas.” The front office initially approved the Christmas sign, and FCA leaders claim the poster was taken down later that same day. After FCA members spoke with McDonald, the poster was hung back up with the word “Holiday” covering “Christmas.” McDonald said he had nothing to do with the poster being taken down, and does not know who was responsible. “A student came to me asking for my input, and I gave a sugges-

tion,” McDonald said. “I didn’t say, ‘if you don’t change it from Christmas to Holiday you can’t have it up;’ I just thought it was more politically correct that way.” Members of FCA said they felt calling it a Holiday Party instead of a Christmas Party was both unfair and inaccurate. “It’s not a Holiday Party, it’s a Christmas Party,” said Alex Hunter, senior and member of the FCA. McDonald was unsure about the permission process to get posters hung. McDonald said that Ms. Anne Campbell, assistant principal, was in charge of student groups. Campbell said she does not know who gave the orders to have the poster taken down. “By the time I’d heard about what was going on, the poster had already been taken down

and put back up,” Campbell said. “Calling it a holiday party instead of a Christmas party was the right thing to do. It’s politically correct, and Christmas makes it exclusive to other religions.” FCA members do not see it that way. “It was an open party, it’s not like it was exclusionary at all,” said Andy Wicklund, senior and member of the FCA. “It was a chance for Christians to be at a Christmas party, and people of other faiths to experience a Christmas party.” Although no staff member has claimed to be responsible for the poster being removed, HHS does have a district policy against such posters. District Policy 609 specifically states, “Schools shall not permit the advertising of religious activities or the distribution of religious

literature.” Ms. Teresa Nelson, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said as long as the school has a policy against posters similar to the one hung by the FCA, and the policy is upheld for religions across the board, the school is not in violation of the Equal Access Act. McDonald said the FCA poster was inappropriate regarding sensitivity toward religions. “When we talk about giving credence to certain holidays, we have to be conscious with that,” McDonald said. Hunter sees inconsistency. “We’ve had posters with the word Christian on it and [administrators] haven’t done squat, I just don’t see how this is any different,” Hunter said. “I feel like calling it the FCA is more controversial than calling it a Christmas Party.”

The FCA meets once a month at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Mr. John DenHartog, advisor of the FCA, said he had no knowledge of what happened with the poster. The FCA receives no school funding and all meetings, including the party, are held off school grounds. “If they’re going to let us put up a poster, they can’t censor it for religion; that’s the whole point of our group,” Wicklund said. Religious based groups and clubs are protected under the equal access act, so they can use building space. Other schools in the metro area have FCAs and/or other religious groups. “We do have religious-based clubs here [Eden Prairie High School]. I guess the best response to why is because whenever a school has created what

the law calls a ‘limited open forum’ (meaning the school allows clubs/groups to exist in the school) they can’t automatically block a club because it has a religious theme. However, because the club has a religious theme, the school can’t give the appearance that it “endorses” a particular religious belief by having the club meet during school time or pay an advisor to oversee the group” said Mr. Conn McCartan, principal of Eden Prairie High School.” Hopkins has a similar policy set by the school board which states, “The School Board has created a limited open forum for students enrolled in secondary schools during which noncurriculum-related student groups shall have equal access and a fair opportunity to conduct meetings during noninstructional time.”


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More than just a PLAN Chandler Luhowskyj Staff Reporter Standardized tests, like the ACT and SAT, have become a large part of the college application process. As a result, the PLAN and PSAT tests have become an important tool for high school students planning to go to college. The PLAN test is a practice version of the ACT, which is given to sophomore students. Students are tested on English skills, mathematical equations, reading comprehension, as well as their knowledge in science. As a part of the PLAN test, students are also asked a series of questions to help steer them in the direction of a profession that might interest them the most. During an e-mail conversation, Sam Ruff, sophomore, said that he believes that his PLAN job results were quite off. “It [PLAN test] told me I could be one thing; and that’s an Interior Designer, because [there was] insufficient information in the interests area. I do not plan on becoming an

interior designer. I’m interested in the teaching field or psychology. Something with people,” Ruff said. Ruff isn’t the only one who felt this way about his results. Alex Rudelius, sophomore, felt the same way about her PLAN results. “[It suggested] some artsy stuff, working with people and ideas - applied arts, creative and performing arts, medical technologies, social science. I mean, it could be fun, but I think one test is too simple to decide what someone could do for a living.” For juniors who have yet to take the ACT or SAT, these tests provide a helpful barometer for their projected scores. “I was a little upset with my PSAT scores, but I’m feeling really confident about the SAT. I’ve been taking private one-onone tutoring for it, and I’ve been practicing everyday. I’ve already taken three practice tests,” said Billy Lewis, junior. Since the SAT and ACT are given several times throughout the year, students still have time to practice.

Ask a counselor: how to practice for the PLAN? - Check out the video about PLAN on the Guidance wesbite; find it by searching “PLAN Test” - Use test results to review questions missed on the test. This will also help prepare for the ACT and give hints about what kinds of classes to register for.

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- Visit www.planstudent.org for more information about how to use the test results.

HHS staff members receive prestigious awards AWARDS from page 1 “I don’t think a teacher or conductor goes through their day thinking, ‘I can’t wait [for an award],’” Brown said. As such, Brown was shocked when he was pulled aside at a state choir summit convention this past summer.

Brown’s award is for teachers with under 10 years of experience who push their choirs to high performance and literature standards. Brown attributes his success in this area to his insistence on learning in the classroom. “There’s always more to

learn... there’s more that I can learn,” Brown said. “There’s always more we can be doing, like executing a skill more constantly.” Brown, who also directs the youth singing organization, the Angelica Cantati, strives to perform pieces with many contrast-

ing styles. He believes performing all similar pieces gets boring for students and audiences alike. Lovas believes the true value of the award lies in what it means for the students. “As head coach, [the award] gets attached to my name,” Lovas said. “My success is my athlete’s success.”

Naviance helping students search for college scholarships Katie Cera Variety Editor “It is unfortunate that college is so expensive. I don’t want to get out of college having so much debt. It is impacting my decision of which college I choose,” said Zach Mekler, senior. On Feb. 2, T.A.S.C. will be used as an extended advisory period. While underclassmen will be presented with information about registering for next year’s courses, seniors will gain information about college scholarships and their availability on Naviance Family Connection. “There are as many different reasons for scholarships as people,” said Ms. Jean Davidson, Guidance Counselor. The scholarship section of Naviance has about 50 scholarships. “It is always being updated,” Davidson said. According to the guidance department’s website, scholarships are available at local, regional, and national levels. “They are all reliable scholarships so I know they are good options,” said Kelsey Dornfeld, senior. The local scholarships range from $250 to $2,000. Some are only available to HHS students. They are awarded by various individuals and organizations. “[Sponsors] want to support students going on to college,” Davidson said. “Need is something that they consider, but there are other factors they may also be looking for.”

Some scholarships are based off student’s interest where others are based upon the city the student lives in. Some scholarships are in memory of a passed loved one and choose the winner based off of the applicant’s similar interest with the individual. “The stories that go with the scholarships can be touching,” Davidson said. “Usually students are worried that if they get scholarships it would take away their financial aid,” Davidson said. This is not true. “The first thing that is reduced is their loan debt.” The website recommends students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the government’s website. The FAFSA is completely based off of need and is required before applying for scholarships. The guidance website suggests students to look at their college or university to see the opportunities the school has and also look at the scholarships available at the student’s or parent’s place of employment. Many scholarships look at the student’s activities and community service they were involved with. “They want to know that you have been involved in the school and community,” Davidson said. “You don’t really realize how expensive college can be until you get there,” Davidson said. “Any money you get is money that you don’t have to earn.”

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When Americans settle down at night to watch the news, more and more people are tuning in to watch Comedy Central’s Ryan Jon Stewart and SteLevi phen Colbert as opposed to traditional network anchors like NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’s Scott Pelley. Young people are especially enamored with Stewart’s satirical The Daily Show and Colbert’s cable news parody The Colbert Report. This has led some people to worry that we will become severely misinformed by mistaking what’s “reported” on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as actual news. But I disagree. In fact, I encourage all of my classmates to watch both programs. While their main goal is humor, both shows have evolved into something much more than a comedy show. Stewart and Colbert use incredibly funny and clever satire to point out the surreal nature of so much that goes on in our country, especially when it comes to politics. With an audience made up of so many young people, Stewart and Colbert are performing an invaluable service by educating our generation on how broken and ridiculous our political system is. At a time when so few people, especially young people, are watching network news,

Stewart and Colbert’s programs are like education as long as they don’t coordinate manna from heaven. The humorous appeal with any candidates or political parties. to the shows attracts young people and en- However, many Super PACs are run by courages them to take an interest in current close advisors and friends of the candidates making the “no coordination” claim seem events. Also, because they are entertainers and flimsy at best. While journalists can merely report not journalists, Stewart and Colbert are not bound by journalistic ethics. Whereas on the Super PACs, Colbert went out and a news network has to report objectively, started one and highlighted its operation Stewart and Colbert aren’t limited by objec- on his show. When he decided to run for tivity. When they see something they don’t the “President of the United States of South like going on, they can tell their viewers Carolina,” he transferred control of the Super PAC to his good friend Jon Stewart. what they think. In 2010, the political rhetoric in Ameri- Both men have dedicated large portions of ca was becoming increasingly negative, par- their shows to discussing the ridiculous rules tisan, and hateful. While news organizations of the Super PACs in a way that no objective could only report on the events taking place, journalist can. As “fake news anchors,” Stewart and Stewart and Colbert took action. They held a “Rally to Restore San- Colbert have a unique ability to educate ity and/or Fear” in Washington, D.C. with the public, and especially young Americans, the intention of providing an outlet for the about our political system. I would sugmajority of Americans who do not hold gest that all my classmates watch The Daily extreme political views and lack a voice in Show and The Colbert Report because of the the media. This type of event was especially invaluable lessons they teach that you can’t valuable to young Americans like us because get anywhere else. we have the ability to change the way poliRyan Benjamin Levi is the Editor-intics function in America. Chief for the Royal Page Stewart and Colbert have also taken jabs at the new prevelance of Super PACs in American campaigns. Thanks to a 2010 Supreme Court case, corporations can raise unlimited amounts of money for political

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Editorial: Changing poster, District policy takes religious sensitivity too far at HHS Running a public school cannot be easy. Finding ways to satisfy the educational and social needs of almost 2,000 teenagers is as difficult a task as there may be, and we believe that in most cases our administrative staff does an excellent job. However, a decision made prior to winter break to censor a student-group poster hanging in the Mall was unnecessary. As detailed on page two, the week before winter break, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) placed a poster in the Mall advertising their group Christmas party, which had been approved by the front office. During first block, the poster was removed. The poster was put back up later in the day, now advertising a “holiday” party. No one has claimed credit for removing the poster. According to Hopkins District Code: 609 which deals with religion in the schools, “Schools shall not permit the advertising of religious activities or the distributions of religious literature.” However, none of the administration officials we talked to mentioned this policy or any District policy as the reason for the poster being changed, instead emphasizing political correctness. Mr. Adam McDonald, associate principal, said he did not take the poster down, but he did say that, “a student came to me asking for my input and I gave a suggestion.” McDonald said he told the students that changing the poster to “holiday” would be more politically correct. Ms. Anne Campbell, assistant principal, said that even though she didn’t know who took down the poster, she agreed with the decision because, “Christmas makes it exclusive to other religions.” As an editorial board with more non-Christians than Christians, we can understand how the District and the administration believe that avoiding the “advertising or distribution of religious

material at school” is beneficial. However, we believe that in this case, the District policy and the decision to change the poster sent the wrong message about our school. Campbell believes that the word Christmas made the sign exclusive to other religions, but nowhere on the poster did it say that only Christians were invited. Also, why shouldn’t the Fellowship of Christian Athletes be able to advertise their Christmas party? The group’s goal is to bring together students of the Christian faith, many of whom celebrate Christmas. Calling it a holiday party would be misleading. Our school is blessed with an incredible amount of religious diversity. Having a policy in place that seems to place a blanket ban on any type of religious advertising, including a student poster, is unnecessary and contrary to the values of our school and community. We understand that the administration was trying to protect the interests of students who may not celebrate Christmas, but censoring the sign was the wrong way to go about it. Leaving the sign up would have shown that they support the rights of all students to worship as they please. The open and accepting environment combined with the incredible diversity at HHS is what makes our school such an exceptional place. Students learn to interact, tolerate, and learn from people of different faiths. Having a Christian group change their poster in the name of political correctness sends the message that diversity should be hidden, not celebrated. Editorials are the collective opinion of the Royal Page editorial board

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Political participation for a better tomorrow Depending on your lifestyle and personal interests, the importance of politics is either apolitical or admired. Often times, there is no middle ground; students will reside on either ends of the spectrum. Mona In high school, I notice that many of my peers Omar support a politician due to his or her character rather than their ideologies. When election season comes, for the large majority of high school students its about how cool our candidates are. An image of President Obama playing basketball with elite basketball players is often more appealing to us than George Bush going hunting. Though I do respect your personal preference, don’t you think we should know a little bit about politics in general? I understand that the large majority of us aren’t even eligible to vote yet, but that is not an excuse to stay uninformed. I’m not asking you to know how your representative voted on every single bill. I’m not asking you to know word for word their platform. What I am asking of you is to have some idea of the political culture of America and to a degree, the world. Politics has always existed and will continue to play a role on our day to day human interactions. That being said, instead of detesting the idea of politics and rationally being ignorant we should educate ourselves because politics is a powerful tool. The problem with high school students today isn’t that they aren’t interested in politics, but that they failed to understand the severity of politics. A lot of my peers are unhappy with SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), PIPA (Protect IP Act), multinational corporations, gay rights, and a number of other issues. We need to keep in mind that engaging in politics is the only route to changing policies. If you fail to participate in politics, that automatically entitles someone else to choose for you. A lot of us claim that no one is willing to listen, but the truth is we often settle to emotional rants when we discuss policies and politicians we aren’t happy with. We must engage politics with an open and rational mindset. If you still believe that the youth can’t make changes to government, remember the Arab Spring? We have the potential to offer fresh ideas, innovation, and enthusiasm in a way that could refresh politics. Rather than disengaging in politics, how about we make a comeback in politics? During the course of our adolescence years, we all remember that awkward conversation we had with our parents regarding alcohol, drugs, and safe sex. Either based on cultural beliefs or the simple code of human nature, society expects our parents to inform us about those topics, however, I don’t remember the talk about being a responsible Democratic Citizen. The only way to change policies is to vote, and that can only happen if you are informed, committed, and passionate about the issues in hand. Even though the person I vote for might not always win, its nice to know that at least I voted the right way. Mona Abdulle Omar is the Opinion Editor of the Royal Page

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RP Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 opinion 5 Jablonski, Mayes tragedies deserve equal attention JABLONSKI/MAYES from page 1 Mayes family. It would not go towards schooling for the three remaining boys, or be given to Marsha Mayes, the boy’s mother, who is the single parent in the household. Sure, online news stories reporting the death included comments professing love and support for the family. There was a vigil in North Minneapolis in remembrance of Terrell and community members have tried to help the family in ways that they could. But where are the statewide, even nationwide, fundraising campaigns? When you step back from the media frenzy and survey the situation from an analytical point of view, it shouldn’t make sense, but the lack of response following Terrell’s death is indicative of a modern day society that has become overly accustomed to “click or flip.” The ability to “click” to a new website or “flip” to a new television channel has desensitized modern culture; if we don’t like the reality with which we are faced, we can simply push a button and view a different one. We can ignore what we don’t want to see, and in the case of Terrell Mayes; that’s happening right around us. In an online ABC News article Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak called the Mayes shooting “one of the most heinous things that could happen to this community” and declared, “We can’t look away, we have to look it

right in the eye.” Looking away is exactly what the rest of Minnesota has been doing. Benilde-St. Margaret’s is a Roman-Catholic private school in a financially stable area of St. Louis Park. The majority of its student body is made up of white students from upper-middle class families with upper-middle class parents. A Benilde player suffered an awful injury, and all the upper-middle class parents who could relate Jablonski to their children immediately did so, and the support came in droves - again, a deserved and powerful response. Yet, how many times does Kare 11 or the Star Tribune seem to report another crime in North Minneapolis? It seems to me as if members of many upper-middle class families in suburbia have learned to “click or flip” in order to control their chosen method of receiving daily news and have become numb to the everyday violence, allowing comfortable families to quickly forget about it, if it registers at all. Both of these individual tragedies deserve our attention, our compassion, and our help. Crime-heavy areas and rough neighborhoods could be made safer, welcoming, and productive areas of the community if the same people who have been donating to Jablonski’s cause brought the same resources to bear for Terrell. In this day and age, news and resources are at our fingertips, but still we choose not to see what really happens on streets like Colfax Avenue.

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to embrace our Royal pride We at HHS are more spoiled than I imagine Beyoncé and Jayz’s new love child Blue Ivy will be. We are surrounded by first class Charles athletics, a fantastic learning Bank atmosphere, and the occasional celebrity cameo inside of our building. Our school has a history of achievement in athletics. Since 1990 alone, we had six men’s Basketball Championships, three Girls Basketball Championships, four boys Nordic, and four girls Nordic Championships, four wrestling championship, three dance state championships, four boys cross country, and two girls cross country state championships as well as many others, under our belt. Due to the acumen that our school has for winning athletics we were placed in the Lake Conference in 2009 and an essentially super conference was formed. And yet, at the majority of sporting events I attend at HHS, there are parents of the athletes and not many others in attendance. Be proud of the athletics at HHS. Aside from the stellar athletics and dozens of clubs here at HHS, we have above average academics at HHS. HHS was the first National School of Excellence in Minnesota and continues to live up to that name to this day with over 141 Commended Scholars, and 84 National Merit Scholars since 1998, one of which being my newspaper editor Ryan Levi. Along with HHS’s National Merit Scholars we have a very high passing rate on our Advance Placement or “AP” exams. 77 percent to be exact. Also, the average ACT scores at HHS are light-years beyond the national average, further cementing the outstanding academics at HHS.

There is one factor, however, that puts our school above the rest, and that’s the star power at HHS. We have multiple notable graduates, some who like to come back to help out or just to visit HHS. One of whom being Kris Humphries, who almost caused a riot in the mall when he came back to visit Mr. Ken Novak, Social Studies. Another notable graduate, Garrott Kuzzy, who Cross Country skied in the 2010 Winter Olympics, gets so much Cross Country Skiing gear from sponsors that the Nordic Ski Team actually has a box of gear called the Kuzzy Box that anybody can use or borrow from. I can guarantee you that this is not common occurrence at most high schools across America. Not to mention, among these notables we have a bevy of talent at HHS that will go on to do great things that will change the future of mankind. Our own Siyani Chambers might be the first NBA player with a Harvard Degree. Sreyas Chintapalli might become a world class geneticist who discovers the cure for cancer. Maybe Sarah Benton will become an Olympic Class athlete. The world may never know, but chances are HHS graduates will let the world know loud and clear. There are students that had the choice to attend any of the public schools in the metro area, and because of all of the aforementioned things, they chose HHS. They chose to take part in world class athletics and phenomenal academics. They chose to be associated with the many notable graduates from HHS. So be appreciative of all that HHS has to offer but also be proud of HHS. Charles Isaac Bank is a staff reporter for the Royal Page

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Jablonski’s injury was the unintended result of a freak accident. The shock value caused people to be appropriately taken aback, and question the level of violence in youth sports. Conversely, if you read the headline “3 Year Old Dead after Being Shot by Stray Bullet in North Minneapolis,” how surprised would you really be? To me, that headline seems far too mundane. I understand that it may be easier for some to identify with Jablonski as an athlete, or as a result of social status, but the easy way is not always the best way. Jason Cleveland Sbowers is a Sports Editor for the Royal Page

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‘Red Bull Crashed Ice’ races into the Twin Cities Taylor Lee Staff Reporter The very first and only stop in the United States for the Red Bull Crashed Ice world tour this year was in St. Paul. Over 200 athletes came from all around the world to the United States to give it their all to defeat the competition. Crashed Ice is a newer sport, consisting of various pieces taken from other sports such as Hockey and Bobsled racing. It takes place on an intense course, where racers speed to the finish on hockey skates. Four athletes race at a time, the first two to cross the finish line move on to the next round. Typically, Hockey, Football, and Baseballs players participate. On Jan. 14, over 8,000 fans came out to see the phenomenon. “It was really inspiring to see [the athletes’] reactions, win or lose, everyone congratulated each other,” said Sawyer Merry, junior. “It was a display of true sportsman-

ship.” Over the course of four days, the competition narrowed down. At the finals, 64 athletes fought to move on to the tour’s next stop located in Valkenburg, Netherlands. The Canadians were a clear crowd favorite. “They were the most fun to watch because they won the majority of the races,” Merry said. “One of the guys also had a feathered helmet, so that was fun.” The course began with a 3-story ramp, including a 20-foot high wall ride, and tested the athletes with sharp, slippery turns. The course added the element of danger to the sport. “It was cool to see them crash because once they hit the ground, they slid and got up as fast as they could to regain lost ground,” said Bjorn Leach, junior. Leach had heard about the race and thought it sounded appealing. “The race had a really big appeal for me. I had already seen videos on it, so when I found out it was

being held here I wanted to go,” said Andy Wicklund, senior. “I would love to be able to do something like that if I weren’t so busy.” Hours before the first race, the event staff had already began to redirect fans who were desperate to find a good spot to watch the action. “Even though we got there four hours early, it was still really hard to find a decent place to stand,” said Daniel Gummerson, senior. “You’d be surprised at how aggressive people got over a spot.” “It was crazy to see world champions compete,” said Allison Schaefer, senior. “The whole crowd ‘ooed’ and ‘ahhed’ with every new round of skaters.” Schaefer decided to check out the race after hearing about it from foreign friends. The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Tour will continue on to the Netherlands, Sweden, and then have it’s final stop in Quebec, crowning the world champion in March.

Photos by Taylor Lee

Above left: The first four racers of the night speed down on the course. A total of 16 races occured with 32 athletes moving on to the next race in the Netherlands. Top right: The Red Bull sign is hung over the starting gate. Red Bull has been the sponsors of the event since it originated in 2001. Bottom right: Fans watch in anticipation as the racers groove around the first turn. In total over 20,000 fans attended the event throughout the four days.

Music department celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Pops’ Meme Halpern Staff Reporter “It’s my favorite concert of the year. The main reason I joined drum line was to be able to be a part of Pops,” said Jessica Levens, senior. The two night, band variety show features wind symphony and wind ensemble, LMPM, Jazz One, and Jazz Too, as well as individual and group acts. Both music and entertainment acts are interspersed throughout the three hour concert, including an original piano solo, rock band routine, and an LED light show gloves performance. For John Narum, senior, this will be his third year experiencing the Pops concert as a performer. He will be performing an original never-before-seen yoyo routine. “I can’t give you

specifics about what I’m doing, because it’s going to be a surprise for everyone, including the band teachers,” Narum said. Students went through a try out process, hosted by directors Mr. William Bell and Mr. Kyle Miller with the help of the band counsel. The counsel is a group of elected students from each of the bands, who meet regularly to give input on ways to improve the music department. Around 20 students auditioned for the concert, and that list was narrowed down to the top 12, which will be featured in Pops. “LMPM is going to perform our version of Cee Lo Green’s song Forget You. It’s a lot of work getting our music and our moves together,” Levens said. Preparing an all new

repertoire after the winter concert in December, the bands have been putting in a lot of practice to perfect their music. As well as rehearsing throughout the week, there will be at least two scheduled evening rehearsals the week prior to the concert, as well as preparation the night of. “Pops is definitely my favorite concert of the year. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so fun and the students really enjoy themselves. For a lot of people, me included, [Pops] is the highlight of the year,” Bell said. The night of the concert, students are required to arrive one hour before the show starts. After announcements, students are free to practice their routines, while the seniors take a group photo on stage, which they will receive a copy of in the spring at the

awards ceremony. Saturday night after the last concert, one band member’s family hosts an after-concert party where more than 200 people celebrate the success of Pops. Performing students are required to dress in dark slacks, socks, shoes, and the Pops t-shirt. Every year, students brainstorm ideas for the complementary shirt and Bell approves of the final logo. This year’s Pops logo incorporates a Facebook theme, as well as illustrating that this is the 40th anniversary of the concert. The Pops concerts will be held in the HHS auditorium tomorrow and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved online to ensure availability. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors or students.

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The trombone section practicing for pops during wind symphony on Jan. 23. The band meets every other day during second block.


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Denim Matriarch rocking out to unique sounds Ursula Arhart Staff Reporter HHS has a wide variety of talents within its music scene, but the band Denim Matriarch is bringing that talent to another level. With influences like Owen (one of the band member’s cat), aloe vera plants, the Sculpture Garden, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age, Denim Matriarch isn’t the average high school band. The band is made up of Nathan Levin (guitar/vocals/bass), Sam Ruff (bass/guitar/vocals), Nick Kolasa-Lenarz (keyboard) and Jon Lindquist (drums), sophomores. Denim Matriarch could be considered a traditional fourpiece rock band, but their sound is quite unique. “We’re not even really a genre,” Lindquist said. With such a varied list of influences, it’s not easy to depict one clear genre for such a band. It’s easy to see the talent and chemistry that happens in this band, being that they’ve been together only a few months and already have eight or nine origi-

nal songs. The band members are all very communicative and collaborative throughout practices and the writing process. “The nice thing [is that] we’re just all friends,” Kolasa-Lenarz said. “We don’t think about [song writing], we just do it,” Ruff said. According to the band members, Ruff, Levin and Kolasa-Lenarz are the songwriters. The writing tends to happen inadvertently “in [my] room late at night” or “pounding on the keyboard”, Ruff and KolasaLenarz said, respectively. They’ll write their own instrumentals, bring it in, add it to the mix and see what they like. “[We’ll say], ‘let’s jam in this key’,” Lindquist said. Although it may seem unorthodox, this process works well for Denim Matriarch. The instrumentals come before the lyrics even though the lyrics are just as creative as the sound. One of the originals, “Drifting Away,” describes how humanity is just watching society go by and ‘nothing is happening.’ Similar to the playful lyrics, the name Denim Matri-

Photo by Ursula Arhart

Denim Matriarch’s band (from left to right) Nick Kolasa-Lennarz, Sam Ruff, Jon Linquist, and Nathan Levin, sophomores, during a typical rehearsal.

arch illustrates major originality, meaning ‘a female leader wearing overalls.’ The band has played a few shows at the Depot Coffee House located in Hopkins to an audience of mainly HHS students. “They don’t try to be like anything else. They’re all really talented musicians, and they do their own thing,” said Max

Ostenso, junior. Ostenso, also a talented musician involved in a high school band, has attended more than one of Denim Matriarch’s shows and has become a fan. It’s also clear that music is extremely meaningful and influential to the band, many of them having played for the majority of their lives. “When I’m

playing, [it’s] a feeling you can’t explain,” Levin said. Agreeing with Levin, “[I can] express everything with just hitting things,” Lindquist said. Denim Matriarch’s chemistry comes from spending a lot of time together. They like to go on nature walks, explore and take pictures together. “We’re usually really happy together,”

Levin said. For 15 and 16 year-olds, this band has an unusual amount of eccentricity and originality. Their music is so obviously their own, with a blended sound that reflects how focused and comfortable each member is as a whole. Simply put, “We like playing music,” Kolasa-Lenarz said.

Battle of the frozen yogurt Gaming with the stock market Sonja Muus Web Czar Along with the growing health trends, frozen yogurt’s popularity has exploded. In the metro area, there are two main frozen yogurt shops: the classic, Freeziac, and the newly opened, Yogurt Lab. Both restaurants have the same set up. The customer chooses the flavor and amount of yogurt they want, adds the toppings of his/her choice, and pays by the ounce. Freeziac costs $0.47 per ounce while Yogurt Lab costs slightly more, $0.48 per ounce. The average customer pays between $4 and $5 per cup. Freeziac, located in Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and Bloomington, offers 10 yogurt flavors varying from traditional vanilla to the more unique peanut butter and yellow cake batter. Freeziac also offers 38 topppings including fruit, nuts, sauces, candy, cookies, and more. The original Freeziac was

the Eden Prairie location, and there are plans to open new locations in Maple Grove and Burnsville. Yogurt Lab, located on Excelsior Blvd in Uptown, markets similar yogurt and topping choices, however has some unique aspects. It features dark chocolate and cupcake, both flavors not featured at Freeziac. Additionally, Yogurt Lab offers more exotic toppings for the consumers looking to try something new. For those interested in the sweet and salty taste, it offers olive oil and salt on top of classic pretzels. However they still offer the old fashioned toppings, similar to those of Freeziac, for those a little less adventurous. Yogurt Lab and Freeziac are mostly white on the interior. Freeziac has pink accent colors, while Yogurt Lab is white and green. Both places have simple, modern decor with bright lighting. Although both yogurt shops have similar decoration, Yogurt

Lab has a distinct theme. True to its name, Yogurt Lab is designed to look like a scientific laboratory with beakers on the wall and the employees wearing lab coats. Although the employees at Freeziac don’t dress like scientists, they do have an employee from HHS: Laurice Reed, senior. “I think Freeziac would be better [than Yogurt Lab] but I can’t say for sure because I haven’t actually been to Yogurt Lab yet,” Reed said. Although Reed might feel that Freeziac would be better, Liz Burke, senior, has a newfound love for Yogurt Lab. “I love Freeziac, so when I heard about Yogurt Lab’s opening I wanted to try it and I ended up loving it,” Burke said, “It’s my new favorite [frozen yogurt place].” Despite their slight differences, both Freeziac and Yogurt Lab would be great places to go for anyone looking to enjoy a custom dish of frozen yogurt.

Caroline Ravits Staff Reporter As part of the Your Money Your Life program, Seth Gellman, senior, and Chandler Luhowskyj, junior, have brought BestPrep’s “The Stock Market Game” to HHS. Students will be taught the benefits of investing in the actual stock market and get a hands on experience with trading stocks. In a chapter event for DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Gellman and Luhowskyj developed Your Money Your Life. It is a K-12 financial literacy promotion project to teach students how to save money, create and manage a budget, and the basics of investing. “The Stock Market value is based on public opinion,” Gellman said. “In essence, the stock market is based on what the public eye thinks of companies and how successful they currently and will be in the future.” BestPrep is a non-profit or-

ganization based out of Minnesota. Their intended goals are to teach students about financial literacy through power point presentations and hands on interactions. In the Stock Market Game, each team is given $100,000 to invest in a stimulation of the stock market. It helps show what are some good areas to invest in when buying and selling. It teaches students how to properly and smartly invest in the stock market by checking updates on the internet and researching the stocks. In the game, teams are not allowed to purchase penny stocks (stocks under a dollar.) This allows a team to buy large quantities and sell as soon as they go up slightly to increase the amount of money they are making quickly. There are two sessions of the Stock Market Game. The fall session, September through December, and the spring session this year, Jan. 17 to Apr. 20. During the fall, it was only of-

fered for students in DECA but as it progressed, other students became interested in the program. They became interested in the benefits of being knowledgeable in the stock market and potential success. “The expected turnout for the spring session is about 20 students. Half will be DECA and half HHS students. It is welcome to any students who are interested,” Gellman said. “I want to help students learn more by opening up the activity and prepare for their future lives.” Meetings are held every Tuesday to learn various tips and strategies about the stock market. They are held in the business wing for roughly 20 minutes and led by Gellman and Luhowskyj. At the end of the Stock Market Game sessions, there will be a banquet held where prizes and scholarships will be awarded to participants. The winning team is awarded $1,000 for their school’s administration.


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school board shall adopt a written policy governing student or staff hazing.” In compliance with the MN law, the Hopkins hazing policy says its purpose is to, “maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that is free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the School District and are prohibited at all times.” Mr. Dan Johnson, district director of student activities, has been working at Hopkins for 13 years. In that time, fewer than 10 total students have been suspended from athletic events for hazing, some of whom were suspended from school as well. Just this year, the HHS boy’s swim team has dealt with a hazing issue resulting in the suspension of five students. “There was a little separation after the event, but after we [the team] talked it over and cleared the air, everything was alright,” said Paddy Goeman, senior and a captain of the swim team. Alex Bonoff, senior and a captain of the swim team, believes the team has become stronger since the incident. Neither Goeman nor Bonoff were involved with the hazing. “Overall we’re a more cohesive group because of the incident and trials that came with it,” Bonoff said. “Nothing will ever happen again even close to this level. To say we learned our lesson would be an understatement.” Bonoff believes there are many positive reasons for joining swim team or any sport. “Swim team provides a sense of community, a high quality of exercise, a friendly-competitive atmosphere...structure, and great coaches. The relationship between the older and younger kids on the team is great. “They’re all really great guys. All the guys healed as a team pretty much right after it happened,” Bonoff said. Mr. Greg Bartz, boys swim and dive head coach, declined to comment for the article. To discourage hazing, Johnson addresses the issue at each of the preseason meetings with students, parents, and coaches. “I make it a point to talk about hazing and what the policies are, to ask each person to refrain from such activity, and to let them know that it is not something we take lightly,” Johnson said. Campbell, also head varsity softball coach, works to prevent hazing on her team. “As a coach, I try to be proactive and talk about issues as they come

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he ritual of senior girls TP’ing sophomore girls before school starts every year leaves varying damage: some girls’ yards are left with a few rolls of toilet paper and a “welcome to HHS!” sign while others receive threatening messages and more permanent vandalism. Regardless of the severity of the damage, these girls add to the 16 percent of students who said they’ve experienced class hazing (an initiation into the high school itself ) in a survey from the National Study on Student Hazing at the University of Maine. “When our house was TP’d, I actually got scared and called the police,” said a mom of a current sophomore girl that will be identified as Abby to protect her identity. “It was not the TP’ing that was frightening, it was all of the derogatory names written on the balloons (e.g., ‘bitch,’ ‘whore’) and the threatening tone of the messages (mostly making references to staying away from older boys).” “At the time, I didn’t know that this was a standard occurrence, being that [my sophomore daughter] is my first high schooler. So when I found out it was a back-to-school thing, I later did feel embarrassed by my reaction,” Abby said. “My daughter has now come to see it as having been a cool thing- that she was actually noticed by upperclassmen. But, that could have been accomplished without all of the swearing, name calling, and threatening remarks.” If hazing takes place in a way unrelated to school, it is difficult to be addressed as a school issue, although, if the effects of hazing interfere with school, it can become a school discipline issue. “If signs are thrown up in a yard and you don’t feel comfortable being in school because of it, it becomes a school issue,” said Officer Jason Tait, police liaison. “It is harder to apply consequences [for hazing] when HHS is not in session,” said Ms. Anne Campbell, assistant principal. “We absolutely do not condone [hazing]. We tell parents to call the police if they have been vandalized.” Hazing, as defined by Minnesota’s hazing policy, means, “committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization.” 44 states have hazing laws; part of Minnesota’s hazing law says, “Each

up. I try to promote other bonding ways that are “Communication with athletes is key. I rely check in with them almost on a daily basis. I as ing?’ You have to have trust between student a telling you something if something isn’t right,” C Tim Shannon, senior and captain of the ba hazing in his sport through his leadership role. feels welcome. I don’t give people special privil leges because of ability,” Shannon said. The threat of hazing may sometimes lead pa safety in an activity. “If it was a really dangerous I am the type of parent who would address co school staff and other parents,” the parent of th said. “If it is truly a danger, it is always safety fir actually prevent my child from being part of the is a decision that high schoolers can make for th Hazingprevention.org explains the idea of th This concept has to do with the fact that not always known. “Someone who has just joined a have a hidden background that would make the ous repercussions if hazed,” the website says. Campbell recognizes the dangers acknowled hazing. “You never know someone’s background and it’s [hazing] a funny joke, but there is harm yo said. “It [hazing] is all negative. Nothing good not appropriate.” “I think part of the issue is what exactly the potentially detrimental) and whether the hazin not,” Abby said. “I think it makes a difference a they are in for, to be able to prepare and effectiv Mr. Mike Harris, boy’s cross-country and tra people can interpret hazing in different ways. quote, ‘It’s not what you say it’s how you say it.’ are doing, but how you are doing it to a person

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and reacts to it,” Harris said. Especially with TP’ing, people hold varying opinions as whether it qualifies as hazing or not. “Runners in the past have TP’d as a tradition,” Harris said. “I think it has been interpreted as a form of congratulations...Usually, hazing is to lower classmen as a right of passage, but on track, they are TP’d as seniors and juniors as a congratulations. Friendly TP’ing is the distinction, and it is after the season is done.” In a survey of 164 HHS students, 31.71 percent did not consider TP’ing to be hazing. Campbell has a slightly different opinion. “TP’ing is vandalism,” Campbell said. “If they are targeting a certain student, whether from a certain club or activity, then I would say yes, that is hazing.” According to a study by Alfred University and the NCAA, 80 percent of college athletes have been hazed. This number does not account for the 95 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations that experience hazing but never report it, according to a 2008 study by researchers at the University of Maine. Hazing can bring much harm to its victims. “Hazing has a tendency to remove someone or make them feel different,” Harris said. “[It] brings descent; might put individuals or groups against each other. It creates division and alters the way you perceive a group or remember a group.” “[When I was in high school, I] witnessed [hazing] in wrestling when I was a wrestler. I was nervous going into the season knowing it was taking place,” Harris said. Nick Jorgensen, senior and member of the varsity basketball team, recognizes the dangers of hazing. “By not hazing the younger kids, they won’t haze the other kids when they are older and it stops the cycle,” Jorgensen said. “[Hazing] can be physically or mentally harmful to the victims,” Bonoff said. “Just because it has happened for years doesn’t make it o.k. Tradition doesn’t validate it.” Marlee Gotlieb is the Editor-in-Chief for the Royal Page

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Senior heads down a different aisle

Naomi Borowsky Staff Reporter Most seniors experience a hectic year filled with college applications, graduation parties, and planning for the future. On top of all that, Heather Anderson, senior, is planning her wedding. “He didn’t get down on one knee. We were at Centennial Lakes. He pulled out a box and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him, and I said yes,” Anderson said. Anderson met her fiancé, Blaine Stewart, 21 years old, in July on a trip to visit a friend in Wyoming. “It was love at first sight,” Anderson said. After seven months and ten trips to see each other, Stewart came to Minnesota and proposed. “I knew it was coming, but later I looked down at my hand, saw the ring and freaked out. It seems kinda weird that I’m gonna be married in less than three months,” Anderson said. “If I hadn’t met him, I would be going to school and graduating normally like everyone else,” Anderson said. “After a month of last summer, I was ready to go back to school. I’ve just always loved school,” Anderson said. If Anderson had not met Stewart, she planned to work for a year and then go to Normandale Community College. After first semester, Anderson will graduate early from HHS to plan the wedding. She will move to Wyoming after the wedding on March 24. “We’ll start a wonderful life together, raise a family and work,” Stewart said. “I’m excited to have her become my wife, but I’m

also really nervous because it’s a huge step I’m taking. It’s a once in a lifetime deal,” Stewart said. Anderson’s friends are sad that she will be moving, but supportive of her decision. “I thought she was joking. I didn’t believe her until she showed me the ring. I don’t know if we’ll stay as close since she’s moving to Wyoming to start a family,” said Najma Yusuf, senior. Janelle Marttinen, a close friend of Anderson’s from church, will be the maid of honor. “We have as much fun as we can together because once she’s married, I wont see much of her anymore,” Marttinen said. At Anderson’s Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, it is not uncommon for people to get married at a young age. “It is normal for people in our [church] community to get engaged typically around 18 or so,” said Annie Hervi, sophomore. The same weekend that Anderson was engaged, seven other 18 to 21-year-old members of her church also were engaged. “Some people are ready to get married at a younger age, while others, like me, wait until they are older. I know quite a few younger girls that are married now, and it’s considered normal, but it depends on the situation. Everyone is ready at a different time,” Marttinen said. Anderson is one of 14 children in her family. Her oldest sister got married at 18. “I don’t personally think I’ll get married at 18 now, but I doubt my sister did either,” said Mathew Anderson, sophomore, and Heather’s brother. Anderson and Stewart understand the risks of getting married at a young age. “My church frowns upon divorce, but I really feel like we’ll make it. I’ve never been this comfortable with anyone and he is like a best friend,” Anderson said. For now, Anderson is enjoying her remaining weeks at HHS and preparing for what is next. “It’s kind of weird that I’m planning my grad party and wedding Photo by Naomi Borowsky at the same time,” Anderson said.

Heather Anderson, senior, presents her wedding invatation.

It’s more than just the winter blues Madeline Rauma News Editor For some people, there are more things than just a heavy coat weighing them down during the winter. Changes and variations in people’s mental health have been seen during the winter months, too. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a disorder in which depression-like episodes and symptoms occur at a certain time of the year, usually winter. People who live in areas with elongated winters, such as Minnesota, may have a greater risk of having SAD. “It [SAD] is not infrequent at HHS,” said Ms. Bobbi Pointer, school nurse. Students with SAD may suffer from the same symptoms as depression. “Joy may lack in things a student once found fun,” Pointer said. Like many mental health disorders, variations in severity and symptoms occur in those who suffer from SAD. Symptoms seen in students with SAD may be minor or major, depending on the person. “An analogy could be ADHD... some children show more signs of having it, while others show significantly less,” Pointer said. These symptoms include fatigue, increased irritability, and loss of energy. To relieve these symptoms, people have a variety of resources. Ms. Marit Lee-Dohse, Health Science, has a son who suffers from SAD and uses a UV light to aid his symptoms. For the past two years, after guidance from his pe-

diatrician, he has been using it during the winter because the daylight changes altered his sleeping cycles and caused him to be more tired and anxious. “The exposure from the light box stops your body from releasing melatonin, which then in turn enhances your mood and gives you more energy,” Lee-Dohse said. “[For my son] less sun in the winter meant a circadian rhythm phase delay, which upset his sleep cycle.” UV light therapy is commonly used for SAD in addition to methods of treatment like medication, ionized-air administration, and careful supplementation of melatonin.

“It [UV light therapy] is a great way to deal with SAD, if used correctly and in the morning,” - Ms. Bobbi Pointer Light therapy is used to maintain needed exposure to vitamin D and other chemicals the body needs. Vitamin D, whose benefits range from maintaining mood and calcium balances to boosting the body’s immunity, decreases during the winter. This is due to diminished amounts of daylight and sunlight. Those who suffer from SAD must find other ways to maintain their vitamin

D intake. Ms. Bethany Ocar, language arts, uses UV light therapy, too. “Although I’m not diagnosed with SAD, I do have lowered levels of vitamin D in the winter months, resulting in mood swings and fatigue,” Ocar said. Although SAD and seasonal mood variations are related to decreased daylight levels and not temperature, the warmer winter has helped Ocar get outdoors and gain exposure to vitamin D. “I’ve been able to walk outside and expose my face and skin to the sunshine,” Ocar said. “My son’s SAD symptoms have diminished since using the light,” Lee-Dohse said. Ocar feels similarly. “To me, it [the UV light] is worth the money to have more energy and positivity,” Ocar said. “The only downside is the light itself is glaring, so my colleagues have been kind to put up with the intrusive beam of light in our office,” she said. Light therapy isn’t the only helpful resource. “[In addition to other methods] maintaining a healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise and sleep pattern can help people,” Pointer said. Before it was a common occurrence, SAD’s effects were questioned, but  it is now recognized. Still, some are skeptical saying SAD is “all in the head.” “It is all in the head...the biochemical head,” Pointer said. “Hopefully now, like everything that is better understood, SAD can be seen and treated.”


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ProPEL learns in a different environment Casey Pasko Staff Reporter Most students at HHS are focusing on preparing for their futures, but those participating in ProPEL are experiencing firsthand what their careers may be. ProPEL stands for Professionals Providing Experience for Life. It is a program that provides students with the chance to be mentored by an adult. Students select a professional to be their mentor during the course. “My relationship with my mentor is very good. She realizes that I’m learning and taking advantage of everything she is doing. She is there to help me and I really appreciate it,” said Dani Segelbaum, senior. Segelbaum is doing her mentorship with Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, interning with style editor Allison Kaplan, and participating in an array of activities during her time with Kaplan. “She [Allison Kaplan] realizees that I’m learning and taking in everything she is doing. She is there to help me and I really appreciate it,” Segelbaum said. “One day we are at her office researching stories for an article, the next day we are pulling clothes for a photo shoot at places like 50th and France and the Galleria,” Segelbaum said. Jacob Rabichev, senior, is spending his time at MAPS Medical Pain Clinics. His main mentor is Dr. David Schultz, founder and medical director of MAPS. Schultz is a board-certified anesthesi-

ologist. “Many hospitals decline high school students as interns, but Dr. Schultz was happy to have me interview him,” Rabichev said. In order to be able to intern at MAPS, Rabichev was required to get a few vaccinations since he would be around patients during surgery. “I had to sign a ton of papers of confidentiality, stacks on stacks on stacks,” Rabichev said. Allie Rosen, senior, also participates in the ProPEL program. Rosen interns at Birchview Elementary School with Special Education teacher Rachel Palmatier. Rosen works with fifth graders, helping out as a para one-on-one and is an assistant teacher in a math class of five students. “I really like working in the math class with the other special education teacher because I am learning a lot of valuable information about teaching and how to work with the students from her,” Rosen said. Special Education is a career Rosen wants to pursue in her future. “I love the feeling of helping others and it is extremely rewarding working with kids with special needs. It is really exciting seeing them master material and seeing their self-pride as they move towards reaching different goals,” Rosen said. Rosen works with special education kids from different grades, and they call her “Miss Allie” because they think she’s a teacher. The ProPEL mentorships are benefiting the students by giving them a sneak peek of the business world.

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Left: Ali Rolandelli, senior, works hard at Prior Lake Orthodontics with her mentor, Dr. Basile. “I would love to have the opportunity to create a beautiful smile,” Rolandelli said. Above: Dani Segelbaum, senior, at the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine offices selecting clothes for the color issue. “I love working at the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine because I’m very interested in journalism and fashion, and I know this internship will teach me many new skills for the future,” Segelbaum said.

Williams teaches in and out of the classroom Rachel Alter Staff Reporter Mr. David Williams, language arts, has played many roles in the Hopkins school district from teaching English to being master scheduler at HHS. Williams extends his teaching skills to WJH during fourth block, as well. Recently, Williams has acquired another position as he teaches students how to play roles in theater as HHS’ theater director. Mr. Dan Johnson, activities director, chose a committee that included students to help with the selection of the new theater director. “I was fortunate enough to be part of the long journey of reviewing and interviewing that ultimately led to our decision,” said Maureen O’Malley, junior.   Along with O’Malley, other students, several parents, and many faculty members were on the committee. “The process for becoming the theater director was not too difficult.  It was an open job so the job was posted. I applied, interview candidates were selected, I had an interview and I was offered the position,” Williams said. “I was really happy and excited for him when I found out about the selection results, but I was not very surprised because he has a lot of experience with play directing,” said Ellen Williams, junior

and his daughter. Although former theater director, Mark Hauck, left large shoes to fill in the eyes of many theater students, Williams has already made a positive impact on students. “I had never had a class with him or met him, so I had a pretty neutral reaction until a meeting shortly after his selection where he introduced himself, and I think he is a nice guy,” said Amy Mathews, senior. “I felt like our program had been put in capable hands, and I look forward to this new step in the development of the HHS theater program,” O’Malley said. For other students, however, the change in theater directors could not have come at a better time.  “The past director’s poor attitude and lack of commitment turned me off from doing theater last year, so I was hoping for someone who was genuinely excited to work with the students and give them the attention and dedication they deserve,” said Shelby Webb, senior. “I remember when I was younger and I became interested in theater, my dad was very supportive and encouraging,” Ellen said.  Williams’ positive attitude towards directing theater still stands true and is obvious to the students.   “I was looking for someone who is enthusiastic about high school theater, and Mr. Williams fits that bill,” said Jon Zierden, senior.

There have been a few theater club meetings already this year, which consisted of Williams talking about his ideas for the future of the theater program. During the first meeting, Williams announced his plans to have more student involvement by putting on an evening of one-act plays this winter, with some of the plays being directed by students.   Not only have students responded well to the change, but William’s family has reacted positively as well. “Let’s start with my wife. She has been very supportive.  I would like to believe that my kids are supportive, also, even though neither of them are involved in theater,” Williams said. “The impact on me has not been too big.  I think it mostly threw other people off. I was just unsure about how others, especially my friends in theater, were going to act, but when I walk into rehearsals or meetings, the group is really nice about it, even if I am talking to my dad about family things,” Ellen said. “When looking for a new theater director, we all wanted someone who would try to involve the students in all aspects of theatre, whether it be acting, building sets, running lights, costumes...whatever it may be. Someone with a passion for teaching and the art of storytelling that theatre is,” O’Malley said. William’s love for teaching and theater has reflected on the students greatly.


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Going the extra mile for super mileage This May, students are preparing to race to see how far their rediscovered super-mileage vehicle can go Emily Buck Staff Reporter Jason Herzog, senior, was looking around the wood-shop one day when he stumbled upon something surprising. A super-mileage vehicle from 10 years ago covered in a lot of dust. “We were looking for a project. We were in the wood-shop and it was sitting on top of a cabinet and we took it down. We didn’t have enough time to do it for the competition, so we figured we’d do it for next year,” Herzog said. Several technology education students will participate in a competition held by Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association at the Brainerd International Raceway in May. Along with other high schools across the state, they will see how far their design will go. The team with the most miles per gallon wins. The last time the super-mileage vehicle competed, the team earned 589.19 mpg, and last years winners from Grand Rapids earned 753.9 mpg. However, because this is a new experience for the students, they don’t expect to win. “I think we won’t crash and burn... Hopefully,” Herzog said. “We’re required to have a fire extinguisher.” With no gauge on the competition, predictions on their success vary. Chase Browdie, senior, is setting low expectations. “We’re hoping

that we’ll pass inspection because this is the first year we’re doing it,” Browdie said. However, Herzog and the students’ advisor, Mr. Robert Fuhr, Technology Education, are setting goals on the track. Fuhr expects the team to pass inspection and earn around 100 mpg. “If they finish, I’ll be really happy,” Fuhr said. “I think we’ll get at least 200 mpg. Based on the stats from last year, it really varies. Some teams get 80 mpg, some get 500 mpg, and there’s a lot in between. If we don’t get 200, I’ll be disappointed,” Herzog said. In preparation, the team has a lot left to do. “The car we have is pieces of a car from 10 years ago, so we have to build a car half from scratch,” Herzog said. Building the car isn’t the only challenge. “We have to submit what we are designing to make an energy-efficient vehicle. They want us to design it, not just build it, so it’s an engineering process,” Browdie said. The team also has to find a driver for the competition that is less than 130 lbs. and has a driver’s license. “The shorter the person the smaller you can make the car, and the less it will weigh. And the less the driver weighs, the less the car will weigh,” Herzog said. The students also received a sponsorship from Professional Instruments in St. Louis Park. “They’ll give us some resources, like materials. They also help us with fabrication, such as welding. and they have two professional engineers that will coach the design process,” Fuhr said.   

Operation Smile helps to create more smiles Lucy Orenstein Feature Editor Danielle Smith and Rachel Dieter are two students who want to make an impact on the world, one smile at a time. Smith and Dieter are the presidents of Operation Smile, and on Feb. 10, Operation Smile will be holding a charity event, Smile Fest, at the Depot Coffeehouse to raise money to help kids born with cleft pallets. The money raised during Smile Fest will go directly to the national organization that performs the procedures. Operation Smile sells bracelets and t-shirts year round to raise money but Smile Fest is their biggest fundraiser. “Tickets cost five dollars if you buy them during lunch and seven dollars at the door,” Dieter said. At the fall conferences, Operation Smile sold cookies and water for the parents and sold snow-grams for students to send to their friends as well. “It’s great to see how dedicated everyone is to the cause,” Smith said. Over the past few weeks, the club has been publicizing the event by putting up posters and making an event page on Facebook. “Everybody works together and brings their own strengths to create something bigger and better,” Dieter said. Ms. Bobby Pointer, school nurse, has been the advisor of Operation Smile for the past eight years. “I believe this club needs to be directed by the students.

I answer questions and give ideas, but Operation Smile is very student driven,” Pointer said. Fine details need to be arranged, however, to bring this event together. “We have asked four high school bands to perform at the event and this will hopefully bring more people,” Dieter said. The bands were more than happy to accept this invitation. “We haven’t played a live show since last June, so it is very exciting to play live again,” said Max Ostenso, junior and member of the Filthy Flamingos. Along with the Filthy Flamingos, Eden, Cloud 9, and Kids Like Us will be performing at Smile Fest. Chris Lovagnini, senior, played a large role in organizing the bands. “I talked to as many bands as I could to see if they were interested in helping raise money for Operation Smile,” Lovagnini said. “I love how enthusiastic everyone is to help out,” Smith said. There are over 30 active students in the club. “It’s always fun seeing all your friends come to support the group and the cause,” said Tess Stender, senior and vice president of Operation Smile. “The group is so open and welcoming.” “I especially like how Operation Smile doesn’t only affect third world countries, but also affects people here,” Pointer said. “It’s more significant this way because any person could be in that situation.”

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Jacob Bernstein, junior, doing a test of the new super-mileage vehicle.


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Coffey ‘highest profile recruit in history of program’ Eli Badower Staff Reporter The Hopkins girls basketball team is undefeated so far this year and heavily recruited Nia Coffey, junior, is one of the major reasons why. Coffey is ranked as the 43rd best prospect in the nation for the class of 2013 according to ESPN.com. She is also ranked as the 13th best forward for her class. Coffey has received interest from top schools across the nation. “It gets pretty hectic, I’m always on the phone with college coaches. It sometimes gets awkward and annoying with them always contacting me, but it’s also kind of fun,” said Coffey. The amount of mail Nia has collected is shocking, even to her sister Sydney, senior, who has signed to play basketball at Marist College in New York next year. “It’s been super crazy, I got some mail, but not like this,” Sydney said. Brian Cosgriff, girls head basketball coach, is confident in Nia’s ability to play at a higher level. “She gets better and stronger every day and she is just a great athlete. If she keeps improving, I think she has a shot at the WNBA,” Cosgriff said. Coffey has the support of her family to help make this tough decision. “My parents have helped plan visits, and they help me sort all the mail I get from schools. They don’t tell me what to do, but they helped me make a checklist that I use to look at colleges,” Coffey said. Nia’s college checklist cross-references schools based on her two main factors in deciding on a college; location and education. She is pursuing an engineering degree. Her father, Richard Coffey, went through the recruiting process before he played college basketball at the University of Minnesota and later went on to play in the NBA for one season with

the Minnesota Timberwolves. “My parents didn’t know about the process; but since I have already gone through it, I know what questions to ask the coaches. I’m looking for a coach that will take care of my daughter outside of just basketball,” Mr. Coffey said. Coffey has dynamic talents on the basketball court to match the dynamic nature of her recruiting process. “She has always been a great teammate and a good inside-outside player. She can guard anybody from the post to the point,” Cosgriff said. She admited the pressure from college scouts can be intense, but it has not caused her to change how she performs in games. Sydney has been through the recruiting process and has been able to offer Nia many pieces of advice. “I was there to talk to her when she didn’t want to talk to our parents. I helped her eliminate schools and view colleges from a different perspective,” said Sydney. While Nia has been impressing scouts with her athleticism, scoring, and defensive ability, Cosgriff thinks she could be even better statistically, at least. “She’s averaging 15 points per game, but she could be averaging 30 if she played more. We want her to remain injury-free,” Cosgriff said. Cosgriff attributed Nia’s success to more than just pure athleticism. “She’s always been focused, following her sister Sydney’s work ethic. Her dad won’t let her become unfocused,” Cosgriff said. “From day one, it takes dedication to be good at whatever you’re doing and within that there are sacrifices. I always told my children ‘average is your enemy,” said Mr. Coffey. HHS is known for having top basketball players, but Coffey is in a league of her own. “She’s the most heavily recruited player we’ve ever had,” Cosgriff said.

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Nia Coffey, junior, receives letters of interest from major college basketball programs by the stack. She is the most heavily recruited player in HHS girls basketball history, according to Brian Cosgriff, girls head basketball coach.

Nia Coffey’s top six schools: Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois Duke University Durham, North Carolina University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Nia Coffey, junior, with good form on her jump shot during a game at the Target Center last year. She helped lead the team to a state championship victory, another reason for interest from top college programs.

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Andre Mcdonald, senior, goes to the ground in an emotional moment after his trademark touchdown celebration. McDonald’s passionate playing style and high intensity helped pump up his teammates.

Sarah Ungerman Sports Editor After a long recruiting process, Andre McDonald, senior, has committed to the University of Minnesota. On Wednesday, McDonald signed his letter of intent to play for the Gophers. McDonald had previously committed to the University of Minnesota in Feb. 2011, but decommitted over the summer. “At first when I committed to Minnesota, I jumped the gun because it’s a great school but I made the decision based more on my family. When I decommitted, I wanted to evaluate other options and see what they had to offer,” McDon-

ald said. He became increasingly intrigued by Vanderbilt University, in Nashville,Tenn., and committed there this fall. Recently, though, McDonald decided to reopen his commitment when former Vanderbilt wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, who personally recruited McDonald, took a job at the University of Illinois. “We have a great relationship, but for coaches, this is life for them too. This was the best for his career, so I can completely understand,” McDonald said. “Recruiting can be confusing,” said John DenHartog, HHS head football coach. “Andre had a

good relationship with the Vanderbilt coach, and because of his leave, it was a good reason for Andre to take a step back.” After decommitting from Vanderbilt, McDonald again showed interest in Minnesota and also looked at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). “I have a friend, Justin Combs, P.Diddy’s son, who will be playing cornerback for UCLA. He really wanted me to go there,” McDonald said. “It is important for a player to evaluate all opportunities they have, the process is not as clear cut as some people think it is,” said a source within the University of Minnesota football program who asked to remain anonymous. “They must do what is right for them.” After analyzing his choices with great thought, McDonald re-commited to being a golden gopher. “I have always had such an amazing relationship with the coaches, they have kept with me and they have a very stable staff,” McDonald said. “They are like fathers to me.” “I think things happen for a reason, so I am not sad or mad about how this process has turned out, I am happy and very excited,” McDonald said. The 6 foot 3 inch receiver is one of Minnesota’s top recruits. The Star Tribune dubbed him “the most talented wide receiver prospect to come out of Minnesota since Michael Floyd.” Floyd went on to play for Notre Dame, was one of the top receivers in college football, and is a prospective first round NFL draft pick this April. McDonald received awards for the Kare 11 All-Metro first team (twice), Minnesota Vikings All-state team, and All-Lake Conference team (twice). He was also nominated for Mr. Football. He was nationally honored at the New Orleans-Minnesota NFL game on Dec. 18, and also

participated in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, on Jan. 3. The All-American Bowl consisted of 100 of the best high school football players. “I found out this summer I was going to play. It was such an honor, and I had a great time, and I was able to meet a lot of really cool people, McDonald said. McDonald was a starter in the game and was elected as a captain of his team as well. “It was really hectic on the field for the first three days, because we had so little time to learn and perfect our plays. I learned new techniques and ran new routes I never had before; It was a very rewarding experience,” McDonald said. McDonald was also recently picked to play on Team USA in the International Bowl to take place Feb. 1, in Austin Texas. “It’s a huge honor and I’m very excited to get the chance to represent my hometown and my country,” McDonald said. “I feel so blessed for all of the opportunities I have been given and am excited to see where the future takes me,” McDonald said. “I know that I have made the right decision; it’s a great time and feeling to be a Gopher.”

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Andre McDonald, senior, performs a pattern of high fives, salutes, jumps, spins, and chest bumps in celebration with Tavaughn Blair, senior, in front of the home bleachers.

Lack of fresh snow an obstacle for ski teams Sam Jacobwith Staff Reporter

It has been an interesting year for Minnesota; according to Kare 11, the total snowfall as of Friday, Jan. 20., amounted to 18 inches. The average is 49.9 inches. With little to no snow for most of this year the HHS Skiing teams, Alpine (downhill) and Nordic (cross country), have been forced to change their training habits to adjust to a difficult obstacle. Alpine has space to practice at Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area in Bloomington and race at Buck Hill, Burnsville; both places produce artificial snow. However, two of the Alpine captains, Matt Sinderson and Will Crandall, seniors, both agree that fake snow is less than ideal. “After a while fake snow just hardens and forms into moguls almost, then it turns into skidding down the hill rather than skiing down it,” Sinderson said. “The ice isn’t even the worst thing; skiing when its mid-40’s is what kills you,” Crandall said. With such high temperatures the skiers aren’t having trouble staying warm, but rather staying cool. “It makes you want to get out of Minnesota and get to places where it’s colder and they have the real fluff we’re looking for,” Sinderson said.

“When you’re just hanging out it’s not bad, but when you’re moving around you get warm really fast. When its 40 degrees or more outside, Alpine gets even harder,” Crandall said. The lack of snow presents a problem for Nordic skiers as well, and perhaps more so. Nordic is one of the most physically demanding winter sports, as it requires the skier to go down and also propel themselves up hills. Unlike Alpine, the Nordic ski team has been struggling simply to find somewhere to practice. Nordic isn’t based on one hill with one barren run; but in the woods, up and down hills, and in a course that varies its terrain at every turn. John Narum, senior and Nordic captain, said, “This actually hasn’t ever happened. We’ve never not had at least a little bit of snow.” The Nordic team has been forced to bus out to Trollhaugen in Wisconsin and Elm Creek in Maple Grove where recreational ski parks have set aside space for Nordic skiers on artificial snow. Coach Robert Fuhr, Tech Ed, said, “This hasn’t happened since my first year of coaching, which was 2001. Then, though, it was easy to get out with the team because it was 10 guys. “Having no snow doesn’t really affect the

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Nordic skiers have turned to different methods of practice because of the sparse snowfall this winter. Running is a common alternative workout because it is an extended aerobic activity and strengthens the legs.

varsity. They can get out and go places that big groups can’t go. The problem is the new skiers, who still are uncomfortable on skis and don’t know what they are doing; they are the ones that are suffering,” Fuhr said. Recently, meteorologists have predicted

heavier snow on the way, and skiers across the state are anticipating its long awaited arrival. Linette Maeder, senior, said, “As a new Nordic skier, the best I can hope for is that it snows and I can start practicing on this stuff rather than talking about it.”


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In front of a raucous Lindbergh Center crowd, Siyani Chambers, senior, goes to the bench for a breather after three long quarters of basketball. As he takes his seat, he puts his arm around Kamali Chambers, sophomore, to give him some last minute advice as he goes onto the court to take over his brother’s position. This has become a common sight for fans of HHS boys basketball. The two brothers grew up playing many different sports together, but found basketball to be their mutual favorite. Siyani has been playing on the HHS varsity team since he was an eighth grader. Kamali played on the sophomore team last year and is playing his first year on varsity. “It is kind of weird to finally get to play varsity with my brother for the first time. I always used to dream of this, but it hit me as soon as I was playing alongside him that this was the real deal,” Kamali said. While the pair excel in basketball, their academics remain equally important. “I have always told them that in order to participate in sports you need to have good grades. I have always been able to help academically, monitoring infinite campus, and asking more questions than they may want to hear, only for them to improve and stay strong throughout their high school and college careers,” said Elice Chambers, the boys’

mother. The whole family enjoys basketball, and the boys receive motivation and coaching at home as well as at practice. “My dad runs us through drills, shooting with us, trying to improve our game three times a week,” Siyani said. Siyani and Kamali spend time together often, whether playing video games, lifting weights, or on the court. The brothers have always been compared to one another, and the comparisons have increased now that they play on the same team. “Their similarities outweigh their difference,” said Ken Novak, Social Studies, and head basketball coach. “They have a team first kind of attitude, along with being very aggressive and playing with a lot of energy. At times Siyani can be more vocal, but as a senior, he takes more responsibility than Kamali, considering Kamali comes off the bench because they play the same position.” Kamali has a chance to take over the starting point guard role next year and become one of the key leaders. “I don’t think I put more pressure on Kamali knowing what his brother has done. I want Kamali to see the floor more, to make things happen, and keep improving. We all have to get better,” Coach Novak said. Siyani’s experience allows him to be critical and harder on his brother. “He knows how I play and when I am not playing at my best, so he will

Spotlight Athletes

Name: Allison Rollandelli

Name: Jordan Taylor

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Athletic Idol:

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Kamali Chambers, sophomore, enters the game to replace his brother Siyani, senior. The two exchange a hug and brief words before play resumes.

tell me and try to fix my mistakes so I can be able to play at that highest level,” Kamali said. Siyani has committed to play basketball at Harvard University next fall, and Kamali will soon be able to make his own college decisions.

“When I go off to play in college, it is my hope that Kamali will pursue whatever he wants to do, and he should have that opportunity to make his own choices and not follow exactly in my footsteps,” Siyani said.


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Team Shocker Tebowing For Comebacks The Bus Boys The Fab Five

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Int ramural Tradit ion

Team: Tebowing for Comebacks Years Played: 3rd year Looking Forward To: Getting to play the teachers

Sachin Rao, Junior Team: Nothing but Rim Years Played: 2nd Year “I think we’ll finish top three. i’m looking forward to winning a lot of games hopefully. ”

Andrew Friedman , Senior Team: Get Buck Years Played: 1st year “ Our team has a lot of people who have played basketball this year and good chemistry. ” Photos by Mike Newcomer and Andrew Hall

Scalabrines Senior Bitties

The J-Squad Percy Chism , Senior

Nothing But Rim

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The increasingly popular tradition of Intramural basketball at HHS has 13 teams facing off for a chance to play the teachers at the upcoming Spring pepfest

Varsity basketball seems to reign over all at HHS, but, for those of a lesser caliber, there is another option that has become very popular over the last few years. I know for many students, playing at the varsity level is out of the picture. It’s no surprise that intramural basketball has become so popular. “Hopkins has a reputation as a basketball school,” said Joe Perkl, Assistant Director of Athletics and Activities. The boys’ team has won three state titles in a row and the girls’ team won state last year. Perkl won back to back Intramural championships here at HHS in 2001 and 2002. Perkl attended HHS from 2000-2002. He was also the coordinator of Intramural here, from 2007-2010. “Anyone not involved in a sport who wants to get involved and show their stuff joins Intramural,” Perkl said. It has become so popular that even students with a winter sport sign up and try to make it to as many games as possible. I am on the nordic ski team, but I still find time for it because I enjoy playing basketball and being with my friends. Intramural Basketball has been around at HHS since the mid1990’s. It has become a tradition here. From last year’s 12 teams to this year’s 14 teams, it is only gaining popularity. “The cool part about it is that there is really good basketball being

played even though it is not at the varsity level. I think if they were to make an Intramural all-star team here at HHS, along with some coaching, the team could possibly win a class-A title,” Perkl said. Last year I played a few painful games with Team Shocker towards the end of the season, but this will be my first official year playing Intramural. I think what is so neat about it is the level of skill that many nonbasketball players actually have. Though there is a broader interest in intramural basketball this year, students’ reasons for joining vary from one to the next. “I am looking forward to being part of a new team and playing with people who are not as experienced,” said Mark Barry, senior, and member of the “J-Squad.” Many kids join for the social aspect of it. “I’m just looking forward to being with friends,” said Andrew Friedman, senior, and member of “Get Buck.” More competitive players may join looking to win and earn a chance to compete with the teachers squad at the upcoming spring pep-fest. For those of you that don’t know, each year the winning students play the teachers in a basketball game in front of the school, an honor given to the top intramural team. “My favorite part about intramural is the competitiveness. I am looking forward to winning it all and playing the teachers,” said Tim Shannon, senior and member of “The Fab Five.” Story by Andrew Hall

Becca Woodstra, Senior Team: Senior Bitties Years Played: 1st Year “I am not just a volleyball player. I am excited to show off my basketball skills. ”

Daniel Sheldon, Sophomore Team: Sophties Years Played: 1st year Looking Forward To: Playing basketball with a bunch of people that want to play

Andy Elmeer, Senior Team: Scalabrines Years Played: 2nd Year Looking Forward To: Playing with friends and making it a lot more hype than it actually is By Lydia Wilson Back Page Editor

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