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What sort   of   effect   does   media   and   societal   ex-­ pectations   have   on   how     attractive   we   fi  nd   our-­ selves?

The Roundup  takes  a  look   into  the  inner  workings  of   the  teenage  brain  and  the   toll   stress   takes   on   high   schoolers

Sophomore Hailey  Swirbul   celebrates  after  a  victory  in  one   of  her  many  Nordic  skiing  com-­ petitions

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MARCH 2014                                                                                                                    VOLUME  3                                                                                                                                      ISSUE  3

Debate Takes  State:  Aidan  Adams Arielle  Lyons,  Staff  Reporter            Basalt  takes  home  yet  another  state  champion-­ ship.   This   time,   in   a   not   as   well   known   Colorado   High   School  Athletic  Association   (CHSAA)   sport:   Speech   and   Debate.   Junior   Aidan   Adams   partici-­ pated  in  One-­on-­One  Value  Debate  and  Impromptu   Speaking,  ranking  superior  and  winning  the  3A  state   championship.                “I  have  an  irrational  fear  of  failing  at  something   I  consider  myself  good  at,”  said  Adams  having  only   been   a   part   of   Speech   and   Debate   for   one   season.   “However  I  managed  to  do  better  than  I  expected.”   Coming  from  a  family  that  is  good  at  public  speak-­ ing,  Adams  fi  nally  decided  to  join  Speech  and  De-­ bate   and   show   what   he’s   made   of.  When   it   comes   to   preparation,   Speech   and   Debate   meets   every   Thursday  to  run  practices  for  each  event.  Coached   by  Language  Arts  teacher,  Mr.  Howard,  Speech  and   Debate  was  lucky  enough  to  add  Adams  to  the  team   of   2013-­2014.   Since   both   of   Adams’   events   have   minimal  prep  time,  he  has  had  to  learn  how  to  think   on  his  feet  -­  which  he  believes  he  is  quite  good  at.   He  shared  that  “I  have  somewhat  of  a  photographic   memory  for  important  things.  I  like  to  spend  some  

of my  time  reading  the  news  and  just  learning  about   history  and  important  things.  Everytime  I  read  these,   I  can  remember  it  and  can  reference  it  in  a  debate  or   casual  conversation.”              Adams  chose  Impromptu  as  an  event  because  he   likes  to  think  on  his  feet.            “Less  prep  time  generally  stresses  people  out”.  In   impromptu,  the  participant  gets  fi  ve  minutes  of  prep   time  after  receiving  a  topic  to  speak  on.  There  isn’t   much  in  terms  of  prep  that  one  can  do  for  an  event   that  solely  revolves  on  thinking  on  your  feet.  In  One   on  One  Value  Debate,  two  people  are  given  a  topic   -­sometimes  controversial-­  and  have  thirty  minutes   to   prepare   both   sides   of   the   argument.  At   the   end   of   this   time,   a   coin   is   tossed   and   the   winner   gets   to  choose  whether  to  be  on  the  affi  rmative  side  or   negative  side.  Then,  the  debate  begins.              This  year’s  State  Speech  and  Debate  meet  was   hosted   by   Heritage   High   School   in   Denver   on   January  25  with  close  to  400  people  in  attendance;;   around  40  of  them  in  Adams’s  category.            “Preparation  for  the  night  before  was  what  one   would  expect  for  preparing  for  anything  important:  

Photo: Mark  Howard Aiden  Adams  stands  with  his  newly  won  award  from  state.

eat good  food  and  have  a  good  night’s  rest,”  Adams   said.   Adams  traveled  to  State  with  members  of  Roaring  


Schedule Changes  Coming  Soon  to  a  High  School  Near  You Katie  Hankinson,  Co-­Editor

     Recent  rumors  have  been  circulat-­ ing    around  BHS    the  past  few  weeks   about   the   schedule   reform   occurring   next  year.  Although  scheduling  is  still   up  for  discussion  amongst  administra-­ tors,  a  recent  interview  with  BHS  Vice   Principal,  Adriana  Hire,  helped  to  an-­ swer  about  scheduling  next  year.          “Right  now  we’re  in  the  planning   stage   still,”   Hire   said.   “We   need   to   think  about  “What  are  the  needs  of  the   students.    What  are  the  needs  that  we   have?   Who’s   below   profi  cient?   Who   needs  more  time  to  fi  nish  tasks?  How   many  students  are  advanced  that  need   to  be  challenged?  Based  on  that,  if  the   student   is   profi  cient   or   advanced,   do   they   need   to   have   a   class   every   day?   The   parameters   we   have   to   consider   though  are  time,  which  we  measure  as   credit;;   graduation   requirements,   and   profi  ciencies  data.”

       Right  now  the  school  has  parameters   that   need   following,   such   as:   time,   or   credit    a  student  earns  per  year  in  order   to  proceed  to  their  next  year  of  school-­ ing;;   what   classes   they   need   to   take   in   order   to   graduate;;   and   measuring   which   students   are   profi  cient   or   not.   As  well  as  see  what  the  school  needs  to   improve,  keep  the  same,  or  change  al-­ together.  In  the  2013-­2014  BHS  school   year   students   presently   attend   four   classes  per  day,  alternating  on  a  block   schedule.   Only   math   at   the   freshman   and  sophomore  level  is  attended  daily.           Due   to   recent   analysis   using   pro-­ fi  ciencies  as  data  and  evidence,  scores   are  declining  primarily    in  reading  and   writing  subjects.  Due  to  the  scores  con-­ tinuing  to  drop  over  the  years,  adminis-­ trators  have  elected  to  initiate  reform  in   scheduling  for  next  year.          “This  year  we  increment  415  minutes  

for classes   for   two   weeks,”   Hire   con-­ tinues.  “If  we  were  to  have  a  60-­minute   class  every  day  for  English,  math,  and   social  studies  we  would  have  600  min-­ utes   for   those   classes   per   two   weeks,   which   is   a   signifi  cant   increase   toward   a  student’s  learning.  One  hundred  and   eighty-­fi  ve  additional  minutes  per  two   weeks   would   be   essential   in   the   long   run.  Not  to  mention  students  would  be   earning   7.2   credits   per   semester,   in-­ stead  of  fi  ve.”             In   order   to   add   time   though,   the   school   has   to   extend   the   amount   of   time  students  attend  school.  Next  year,   school   will   start   at   8   a.m.   and   end   at   3:30  p.m.  The  schedule  will  consist  of   English,  math,  and  social  studies  every   day  for  the  fi  rst  three  hours  of  school.           After   the   core   classes,   two   90   minute   classes   will   take   place   after.   The   two   classes   in   the   afternoon   will   alternate  

each day   like   the   block   schedule   we   have  now.          Mainly  what  administrators  are  tak-­ ing  into  consideration  is  the  effect  in-­ creased  time  in  classes  would  have  on   students  ACT  scores.          “The  ACT  is  very,  very  important   for   high   schools,   because   all   students   use  it  for  college,  so  we  want  to  make   sure  every  student  has  the  best  oppor-­ tunity  they  can  get,”  Hire  said.  “What   we’ve  noticed  on  the  ACT  is  that  stu-­ dents  who  are  profi  cient  or  above  don’t   have  the  highest  scores  on  the  ACT.  So   by   having   it   every   day,   we   think   we   can   not   only   up   the   scores,   but   their   achievement   in   work   ethic   and   effort   for  the  future.”            Although   nothing   is   set   in   stone   yet,  administrators  are  confi  dent  in  the   positive   affect   this   new   schedule   will   have  next  years  and  for  years  to  come.  

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longhorn  roundup                          March  2014

Theatre Masters  Perform   Student  Plays

Poetry Slam   is   a   Smash,   Brings  in  Large  Crowd

       After   submitting   their   plays   to   a   young   local’s   playwright   competi-­ tion,   three   students   from   BHS   were   selected  to  have  their  plays  performed   by  a  small  group  of  professional  actors   from  the  local  theatre  troupe,  Theatre   Masters.   Among   the   88   high   school   participants   from   all   over   the   valley   who  submitted  their  works,  two  of  the   students-­  sophomore,  Brooklyn  Koski   and   senior,   Katie   Hankinson-­   were   finalists,   while   the   third,   Josh   Sarver,   was   listed   as   an   Honorable   Mention.   The   small   group   of   actors   held   non-­ staged   performances   of   “Bloop”   by   Koski,   “Poetry   Slam”   by   Hankinson,   and   “The   Marriage   Counselor”   by   Sarver  in  the  BHS  Cafetorium.           “It’s   so   cool   to   see   your   writing   right   before   your   eyes,”   Koski   said   about  seeing  her  play  performed.  “It’s   so   surreal,   but   amazing   at   the   same   time.”

       BHS  freshman  Karyme  Lara,  se-­ nior,   Katie   Hankinson,   and   junior,   Nikole  Simecek  qualified  to  perform   spoken   word   “slam”   poetry   at   the   Wheeler   Opera   House   last   month.   They  qualified  through  a  youth  poetry   slam   competition   on   February   10   at   the  PAC3  Center  in  Carbondale,  lead   by   Arizona   poets   Myrlin   Hepworth   and   Logan   Philips.   Due   to   other   ob-­ ligations,   Simecek   and   Hankinson   were   not   able   to   attend,   while   Lara   was  able  to  perform  her  poem  at  the   Wheeler.            “During  Lara’s  poem  at  the  PAC3   everybody   was   dead   silent.   Nobody   wanted   to   miss   a   word,”   Hankinson   said.  “She  got  such  a  huge  response  at   the  end  in  terms  of  applause.”   Competitor   and   BHS   student   Katie   Hankinson   had   a   fun   experience   in   the   PAC3   slam   and   placed   second   in  the  competition.  Lara  placed  sixth   overall,  and  Simecek  came  in  seventh   out  of  the  32  middle  and  high  school   aged  poets  that  participated.              The   top   five   competitors   at   the   end   of   the   slam   were   automatically   invited  to  perform  at  the  Wheeler,  but   all  three  BHS  students  that  competed   were  invited  because  of  their  gripping   poems.              “The  slam  was  really  supportive,”  

Photo: Katie  Hankinson

March 2014,  Volume  3,  Issue  3 Co-­Editor   Co-­  Editor  

 Genevieve  Lawry Katie  Hankinson

Business Manager  

Oriah Clarke

Staff Arielle Lyons, Oriah  Clarke, Genevieve  Lawry,

Hankinson said.  “Everyone  was  root-­ ing   for   the   poets   to   do   well   and   feel   comfortable   performing   their   work,   I  think  we  could  and  should  do  more   events   like   that   in   the   valley.   I   think   that  it  brings  people  together.”  

Photo: Katie  Hankinson

Freashman Karyme   Lara   performing   her  poem  at  the  Youth  Slam.

College Brochures  Needed  at  Basalt  Middle  School            Everybody  knows  that  college  is   an  option  after  high  school.    Not  many   know   that   it   is   actually   achievable.     Basalt   Middle   School   is   requesting   any  high  schoolers  who  have  college   brochures  they  no  longer  need,  to  do-­ nate  them  to  the  middle  school.           BMS   now   has   a   map   case   in   the   front   foyer   showing   where   BMS/ BHS  graduates  have  gone  to  college.     Underneath  the  map  case,  there  is  go-­ ing   to   be   a   bookshelf   full   of   college   brochures   and   materials   that   will   be   available   to   students   and   parents   to   browse  through.             BMS   administration   encourages   students   to   have   a   growth   mindset   early  on  to  help  them  be  more  excited   about   looking   at   colleges   and   what   options   they   have   after   high   school.     There   are   growth   mindset   quotes   all   over   the   school   to   help   the   middle   schoolers   develop   positive   attitudes   towards  high  school  and  even  college   in  their  futures.            To  help  contribute,  students  may   drop   off   their   brochures   in   the   front   office  with  Karen  or  Laurie.

Katie Hankinson, Kaity  Johnson, Hailey  Swirbul, Adviser Sheryl  Barto, Mission The  Longhorn  Roundup  is  committed  to  bring  the  BHS  student   body  and  administration  newsworthy  articles  that  will  inform,   educate,  and  entertain  in  a  reliable  and  timely  fashion  while   maintaining  the  district  wide  core  values  and  contributing  to   the  overall  pride  of  our  school. Letters  to  the  Editor We  welcome  letters  to  the  editor.    Please  email  one  of  our  Co-­ Editors;;  Genevieve  Lawry  at or  Katie  Hankinson  at Advertising Please  contact  Oriah  Clarke  at

(Wicked) tells  the  story  of  family  ties   and   children   growing   up   through   this   intensive   musical   composition.   Directed   by   Micha   Shope   and   Paul   Dankers,  the  BHS  cast  and  crew  ask   you  to  join  them  March  13,  14,  and  15   at  7pm  at  Basalt  Middle  School,  and   March   16   at   2pm   at   the   Snowmass   Chapel.   Tickets   are   $8   for   students   and  $12  for  adults.

Photo: Allison  Johnson

“Children of  Eden”   Coming  to    BHS            The  BHS  Spring  Musical  “Chil-­ dren  of  Eden,”  is  coming  soon  to  the-­ atres  near  you.  Based  loosely  on  the   book   of   Genesis,   Stephen   Schwartz  

Photo: Katie  Hankinson

Project Graduation   Needs  Volunteers           Volunteers   are   needed   for   this   year’s   Project   Graduation   to   help   plan   and   pull   off   the   party   the   night   of   graduation   on   Saturday,   May   31.   Project  Graduation  is  a  safe  fun  night   for   graduating   seniors   which   takes   place  in  the  BHS  Cafeteria.  The  cost   is  $100  to  participate.    This  fee  goes   toward   many   exciting   prizes   that   all   graduates  are  eligible  to  win,  includ-­ ing   TVs,   lap   tops,   iPads   and   more.     For   more   information,   please   con-­ tact   Dawn   Ogren   970-­948-­5125   or

CONTINUED PAGE  1          Adams  traveled  to  state  with  mem-­ bers   of   Roaring   Fork’s   Speech   and   Debate   team   and   also   shared   a   ho-­ tel   room.   Although   his   roommates   stayed  up  quite  late  before  the  meet,   Adams   knew   how   important   a   good   night’s  rest  was  and  opted  to  go  to  bed   around   10pm.   Preparation   for   most   Speech  and  Debate  events  is  usually  a   mental  game  of  not  psyching  yourself   out.   This   applies   to   the   events   that   Adams  participated  in.   When  it  comes  to  Speech  and  Debate,   asking   “how   did   you   do”   is   a   point-­ less   question.  A   competitors’   score   -­   30  to  50  -­  is  determined  by  the  judges   in   the   room,   and   each   judge   judges   differently.            “I  just  assumed  that  I  would  move   forward   in   Value   debate,   but   I   was   pleasantly  shocked  to  see  I  was  a  fi-­ nalist   in   Impromptu   speaking,   I   was   even  more  shocked  to  discover  I  had   won  first  place”  said  Adams.  “Overall   I   was   very   pleased   with   my   results,   and   plan   to   continue   speech   and   de-­ bate  until  I  graduate.”  

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Snowcoming  Brings   Snowday  to  BHS

Photo:  Madie  Bailey Senior  girls  showed  their  Snowcoming  support  as  they  modeled  olympic  athlete  type  clothing  on   Thursday’s  theme  day.

Kaity  Johnson  and  Hailey  Swirbul,  Staff  Reporters          As  the  winter  season  peaked,  BHS  Stu-­ dent   Leadership   designed   a   new   school-­ wide   activity   called   Snowcoming   Week,   which   unexpectedly,   and   ironically,   brought  a  snow  day  to  all  students  in  the   Roaring  Fork  Valley.           This   week–long   event   included   fun   theme  days  and  other  activities  such  as  the   ever-­popular  What  Would  You   Do   For  A   Klondike  Bar  game.  Other  weekly  activi-­ ties  included  a  snowman  building  contest,   winter   bingo,   guess   the   song,   and   movie   night.           “It’s   kind   of   about   creating   a   fun   at-­ mosphere  to  get  people  excited  about  win-­ ter   sports   and   winter   activities,â€?   Student   Leadership   Council   teacher   Katie   Hone   Wiltgen   said.   “It’s   essentially   just   de-­ signed   as   a   way   to   do   Homecoming-­like   activities  during  the  winter  when  we Â ď€ ďŹ nd   that  it’s  kind  of  a  dead  time  for  students.â€?             Snowcoming   has   happened   at   Basalt   High  School  in  the  past,  about  three  years   ago,  according  to  Wiltgen.  Jenna  Saleeby   and  Joel  Suarez  began  the  event  planning   and   the   Student   Leadership   Council   kids   picked  up  where  they  left  off.    This  year,   the   theme   days   were   Pajama   Day,  Aspen   Tourist   Day,   What   Not   To   Wear   Day,   Olympic  Athlete  Day  and  White  Out.          “I  didn’t  really  participate  in  the  themes,   mostly   because   I   thought   some   of   them   were  kind  of  hard  to  dress  up  for,â€?  fresh-­ man  Cheyenne  Myers  said.  “But  of  course   my  favorite  day  was  Pajama  Day.â€?                    The  celebration  of  winter  was  meant  

to  be    concluded  with  an  all  school  “White   Out�   dance   on   Friday   night   following   a   Basalt  vs.  Aspen  basketball  game,  but  due   to  an  unexpected  snow  day  the  dance  and   game  were  cancelled.            “It’s  ironic  that  we  had  a  snowday  on   the   Friday   of   Snowcoming.     The   dance   was   actually   going   to   be   really   fun...a   Friday   night,   after   the   game,   everybody   in   white.   We   had   a   DJ   lined   up;͞   we   had   a   bubble   machine   with   glow   in   the   dark   bubbles,   like   twenty   black   lights...that   was   meant   to   be   the   big   highlight   of   the   week,�  Wiltgen  said.                Some  students  hoped  that  the  dance   would   be   rescheduled,   but   for   now   they   will   have   to   wait   for   next   year’s   festivi-­ ties.            “I  was  planning  on  going  (to  the  dance)   and  was  disappointed  when  I  heard  that  it   wasn’t  going  to  get  rescheduled,�  sopho-­ more   Jake   Schiesser   said.   “I   think   we   should   do   another   dance   sometime   soon   to  make  up  for  it.�          Other  BHS  students  would  like  to  see   some  changes  for  this  event  in  the  future,   such   as   Myers   who   would   have   liked   if   “they  made  the  activities  at  lunch  a  little   bit  more  fun.�            “The  activities  I  thought  were  well  re-­ ceived–the   stuff   that   went   on   during   the   week,�  Wiltgen  said.                    Leadership  council  plans  to  improve   the  celebration  of  winter  next  year,  so  keep   an  eye  out  for  the  Snowcoming  festivities   for  many  years  to  come,  they  said.  


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The Deadliest  Country  for  Students Hailey  Swirbul,  Staff  Reporter

Photo: Hailey  Swirbul

       On  April  16,  2007,  Seung-­Hui  Cho   went  on  a  shooting  rampage  at  Virgin-­ ia  Tech  University  in  Blacksburg,  VA.   Killing   32   people,   this   was   the   most   deadly  school  shooting  in  U.S.  history.   This  shooting  occurred  in  the  midst  of   the   country’s   “shooting   era.”   Since   2005,  13  of  America’s  25  most  deadly   school   shootings   have   occurred.   The   earliest   shooting   in   this   rank   took   place   at   the   University   of   Texas   in   1966.  In  the  past  9  years,  however,  our   country  has  experienced  more  deadly   school  shootings  than  in  the  previous   40  years  combined.              The  worst  shooting  that  Colorado   has  experienced  in  the  past  was  in  Col-­ umbine   in   1999.   Two   teenage   males,   Eric   Harris,   18,   and   Dylan   Klebold,   17,   attempted   a   suicide   bombing   in  

Columbine High   School,   but   when   their  bombs  failed,  it  turned  into  a  49-­ minute   shooting   match.   The   students   killed  12  of  their  fellow  students  and   1  teacher,  as  well  as  injured  21  others,   before   killing   themselves.   According   to  further  investigations,  the  boys  had   no  apparent  incentive  to  kill.  They  had   planned  to  kill  everyone  with  bombs,   even   their   friends.   Investigators   be-­ lieve   that   the   boys   had   had   severe   physiological  problems.           In   2012,   the   second   most   deadly   school   shooting   in   U.S.   history   oc-­ curred   at   Sandy   Hook   Elementary   school   in   Newtown,   Connecticut.   Adam   Lanza   broke   into   the   school,   the  one  that  he  had  attended  when  he   was  a  child,  by  shooting  the  door  lock   open.  As  staff  began  to  hear  gun  fire,  

they placed   calls   to   police   and   ush-­ ered  students  into  bathrooms  and  back   rooms  to  hide  from  the  potential  harm.   However,   Lanza   killed   20   students   ages  6  and  7,  and  6  teachers  who  had   done  their  best  to  protect  their  helpless   students  before  committing  suicide  in   a  classroom.            What  is  the  cause  for  such  a  dra-­ matic  increase  in  school  killings  in  re-­ cent  years?  Some  channel  their  blame   toward  guns  and  believe  that  the  solu-­ tion  to  this  growing  issue  can  be  solved   with  increased  gun  control.  However,   others  may  argue  that  today’s  messed   up   society   produces   messed   up   teen-­ agers  with  incentive  to  kill.  Rebellion   is   typically   thought   of   as   “cool”   in   today’s  society,  and  what  better  way  to   rebel  than  to  bring  a  gun  to  school?    As  

families break   down,   so   do   the   emo-­ tional  statuses  of  teenagers.  Teens  need   some  way  to  channel  their  feelings  in   difficult  situations,  and  when  they  are   not  given  enough  of  what  they  feel  is   an  option,  they  will  fall  back  onto  last   resorts.  Teenagers  want  attention,  and   some  feel  that  the  only  way  to  get  that   is  to  kill  people.            In  2012,  ten  school  shootings  oc-­ curred   in   the   U.S.,   and   a   total   of   41   people   were   killed,   with   another   13   injured.   Although   2012   was   deadly,   2013   was   even   more   severe   with   32   shootings,   but   only   27   recorded   deaths.  In  January  of  2013,  there  were   eight  shootings  alone.            The  United  States  is  the  number  one   country  for  recorded  school  shootings   in  the  world.  

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Perfect Standards  are  Flawed:   Freckles,  Photo  Shop  and  All people.  What   we   should   be   concerned   with              I  have  it  worked  out  in  my  head  lately  that   is   how   we   feel   about   ourselves   indepen-­ society’s   perception   of   physical   appearance   dently,   and   that   those   feelings   be   postitive.   is  flawed,  despite  efforts  to  be  defined  solely   You  might  be  someone’s  exact  ideal  of  what   as   “perfect.”   It’s   not   fair,   these   standards   to   is  perfect,  flaws  and  all,  but  because  of  me-­ which  we  have  come  to  apply  ourselves  and   dia,  you’re  taking  that  uniquity  away,  and  it’s   everyone  else  to,  considering  that  the  picture   shameful;;  shameful  of  the  media  for  skewing   we’re   looking   at   doesn’t   even   look   like   the   the   image   of   beauty   with   the   ideas   they’ve   same   person   in   said   photo.   Magazines   and   inflicted   upon   society,   and   shame   on   us   for   movies  have  altered  the  way  we  as  a  society   believing  them.   perceive   someone   as   attractive,   and   I   find   it                 Mostly   I   consider   the   “standards”   set   not  only  enraging,  but  horribly  sad. for  both  genders,  at  which  point  I  start  to  go            I  feel  like  the  whole  of  society  has  been   on   a   common   sense   tirade.   taught   that   ‘attractive’   ad-­ In  this  day  and  age,  some  of   jectives,   such   as   ‘beauti-­ the   standards   for   women’s   ful’   or   ‘handsome,’   appearances   are:   to   be   hair-­ can   only   be   found   in   less,   except   for   a   long,   vo-­ skinny  men  and  wom-­ luminous   mane   on   top   of   en  with  chiseled  phys-­ pretty   heads,   complete   with   ical   traits   and   makeup-­   but   not   too   much-­   glowing   skin;;   except   no   lipstick   or   foun-­ piercing   eyes   dation   because   girls   should   and   a   sharp   still   have   a   natural   look   to   nose;;  toned  abs   them.  A   large   chest,   butt   or   or   big   breasts.   both,  to  be  skinny-­  blah,  blah   I   just   get   the   blah.  While  men  on  the  other   sense   that   it’s   hand   are   preferred   to   have   Katie  Hankinson too   general-­ toned  abdominals  or  biceps,   ized   that   there   piercing   eyes,   a   nice   smile,   is   one   kind   of   “pretty.”   It’s   like   anyone   who   doesn’t   meet   soci-­ ety’s   expectations   may   start   to   think  that  since  they’re  not  all  the   things  the  men  and  women  are  in   the   magazine,   they   must   not   be   pretty,   and   that’s   a   lie.  The   pic-­ tures  in  magazines  are  lying.          When  it  comes  down  to  actu-­ ally  looking  at  the  pictures  in  the   magazines,  no  one  seems  to  real-­ ize  or  mind  that  PhotoShop  has   been  administered  to  trim  down   sides   of   stomachs   and   tan   skin   that’s  better  left  pale  and  a  little   curvy.  PhotoShop  is  used  to  “per-­ fect   flaws”   that   aren’t   flaws   at   all,   and   it’s  sending  the  wrong  message.  If  those   people  look  like  that,  why  can’t  we?                  And  I’ll  tell  you  why:  No  one  in  

Graphic: Arielle  Lyons

the entirety   of   this   planet’s   population   is   gorgeous  or  dashing  every  second  of  every   day.  We  kid  ourselves  into  thinking  that  we   have  to  look  like  that  in  order  to  be  found   amongst   the   ‘attractive’   adjectives.   Photo-­ Shop   is   a   load   of   bull   because   everyone   in   their   own   shape   and   form   is,   in   their   own   unique   way,   stunning.   So   can   everyone   get   on  my  same  page  here  when  I  say  it  bothers   me   we’re   practically   looking   people   in   the  face  and  saying,  “You’re  not  pretty   because  you  don’t  look  like  them?”          It’s  one  thing  to  want  to  change  some-­ thing  about  yourself  for  the  sake  of  your   own  happiness,  but  generally  we’re  told   what’s  attractive  in  order  to  attract    other  

clean shaved,   broad   shoulders,   be   six-­foot   something-­   if   they’re   lucky-­   I’m   just   going   to  stop  and  keep  going  with  my  article  here.             I   say   “common   sense   tirade,”   because   hasn’t   it   occurred   to   anyone   that   some   of   these   features   we   classify   as   attractive   are   out   of   our   control?   Which   makes   anyone   with   said   features   not   like   the   ones   listed   feel  awful.  It’s  not  healthy  to  be  told  that  be-­ cause   you   don’t   look   a   certain   way,   you’re   not  beautiful  or  handsome,  that  you  are  not   attractive.  It’s  just  downright  messed  up,  and   really  damaging  to  a   person’s   psyche.   How   many  things  can  we  list  that  we  love  until  we   finally  mention  ourselves?             I   get   this   seems   cheesy   considering   it   sounds   like   an   extended   inspirational   quote   boasting  how  you  should  love  yourself,  but   personally  I  find  it  necessary.  Required  even.   Especially  as  a  teenager.  We  have  enough  to   worry   about   and   appearance   should   not   be   one  of  them.  If  you  don’t  mind  that  you  can’t   wrap   your   hands   around   your   thigh   until   your  fingers  touch,  or  your  hair  doesn’t  fall   exactly  the  way  you  want  it  to  like  I  do,  then   don’t   worry   about   it.   Who   cares   if   you’re   not  out  of  a  magazine?  No  one  is.  Not  even   the  people  in  the  magazines!  If  you  want  to   change  something  about  yourself-­  your  hair   color,  the  blemishes  on  your  skin-­  then  do  it   because  you  truly  want  to  and  because  that  is   what  will  make  you  happy  at  the  end  of  the   day.  But  for  the  sake  of  sanity,  do  not  bother   with  these  screwed  up  ideals  set  by  some  guy   who  knows  how  to  use  PhotoShop,  because   that’s  not  fair.  Being  yourself  is  always  go-­ ing  to  be  more  beautiful  than  that  touched  up   picture  you  saw  in  that  magazine.  

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Which Fish   are  You?  

Graphics: Arielle  Lyons,   Genevieve  Lawry


*Need to  get  away  from  each  other *Have  a  lot  of  attitude *Good  people,  with  strong  indepen-­ dent  personalities *Ignorant  to  reality *Said  to  pursue  arts  careers *Seemed   clueless   as   freshman,   surprised   teachers   with   their   work   ethic *“May   God   have   mercy   on   their   souls.”


*Leadership Class *Disappering   gradually:   rapidly   moving  schools   *Involved  in  many  extracurriculars *Good  group  of  boys  and  girls *Destined  to  have  the  “senior”  atti-­ tude  next  year *1/2  wants  the  Limelight,  other  1/2   wants  to  steer  clear  of  attention *“Waiting  for  their  time  to  shine  and   rule  the  school.”


*Quiet, until  gathered  in  groups *Nothing   noticabley   unique   about   them  YET *Super  girls,  spazzy  boys *On  their  way  to  do  great  things *Intelligent  class *Teacher   favorites   so   far   for   posi-­ tive  attitude  and  work  ethic *Not  fighting  for  attention *“The  grade  with  the  best  sense  of   humor”

FRESHMEN *One group  of  unideal  students  that   poorly   represents   the   grade,   hence   the  bad  reputation *Group  of  highly  intellectual  kids *Either   nproductive/highly   produc-­ tive *Alarming   rate   of   attitude   and   dis-­ interest *Very   respectful   to   upperclasmen   and  others   *“I  have  faith.”

Please note  that  the  views  expressed  above  are  those  of  teachers  at  BHS  who  have  taught  for  multiple  years.  They  wish  to  note  that  no  grade  is  “bad,”  and  that  each  student  matures  at  their  own   pace.  These  are  simply  observations  of  what  teachers  have  seen  throughout  the  year  or  years.

SeaWorld of  Hurt:  Where  Happiness  Tanks       SeaWorld,   where   “The  Voyage   Be-­ likum  was  rumored  to  attack  one  of  the   gins.”   Sounds   pretty   accurate   to   me.   trainers  during  a  short  show.  SeaWorld   Only,   I   wonder   which   voyage   they’re   bought   Tilikum,   knowing   this   dark   talking   about?   Is   it   the   voyage   in   history,   and   began   breeding   him   with   which   live   orcas   traumatically   experi-­ other  whales.  In  SeaWorld,  Tilikum  has   ence   when   they   are   ripped   from   their   killed  two  more  people;;  one  was  a  man   homes?  Or  is  it  the  voyage  some  young   who  snuck  into  his  tank  at  night.  Tili-­ calves   take   when   kum   ripped   him   to   shreds   they   are   torn   away   and  SeaWorld  tried  to  cover   from   their   mothers   the   story   up   by   saying   the   and   flown   across   man  most  likely  died  of  hy-­ the  country  to  a  dif-­ pothermia.   Evidence   proves   ferent  park?   differently.  A   few   years   lat-­        Orcas  have  been   er,  Tilikum  attacked  a  senior   SeaWorld’s   main   trainer   at   SeaWorld   named   attraction  for  years,   Dawn   Brancheau.   Again,   particularly   Shamu.   SeaWorld    tried  to  cover  the   Arielle  Lyons Every   orca   in   Sea-­ attack  by  blaming  Dawn  and   World   has   his   or   her   own   story.   One   in   particular,   that   saying  it  was  a  trainer’s  error. is  highlighted  in  the  movie  Blackfish,                 The   question   is:   who’s   fault   is   is   named   Tilikum.   At   a   very   young   it?  SeaWorld  blames  Dawn  and  other’s   age,  Tilikum  was  taken  away  from  his   blame   Tilikum.   I   blame   SeaWorld.   I   pod   and   made   to   live   in   a   small   orca   don’t   believe   that   we   should   exploit   aquarium  in  Canada.  In  this  aquarium,   large  marine  creatures  for  our  own  per-­ Tilikum   was   forced   to   live   in   a   small   sonal   enjoyment.   Tilikum   lived   a   life   dark  tank  all  night  long,  with  two  older   of   misery   in   SeaWorld.   In   the   wild,   female  orcas  that  constantly  picked  on   orcas   can   travel   up   to   100   miles   per   him.   day.   In   captivity,   these   animals   can            During  his  time  in  this  aquarium,  Ti-­ only  swim  along  the  sides  of  extremely  

small tanks.   SeaWorld   tells   its   visitors   that   a   flopped   over   dorsal   fin   is   common   in   one   quar-­ ter  of  wild  orcas  and  that   it   comes   with   old   age.   This  statistic  is  false.    A   flopped   over   dorsal   fin   is  in  less  than  1%  of  the   wild  orca  population.  In   captivity,   it   comes   from   the   orca’s   lack   of   exer-­ cise   in   the   small   con-­ fined  tank.            SeaWorld  is  far  from   being  the  only  aquarium/ marine   attraction   that   is   Photo:  Ruby  Lang exploiting   marine   ani-­ Local  students  in  the  valley  have  begun  efforts  by  creating   mals   for   entertainment.   stickers  and  a  Facebook  page  to  generate  awareness,  like   Many  others,  like  Miami   the  one  showed  above. Seaquarium  and  Georgia  Aquarium,  do   bass  would  do  to  their  senses.  Studies   this  as  well.  I  witnessed  this  first  hand   have  shown  that  many  animals  in  these   about  two  years  ago  when  I  visited  the   facilities  have  become  traumatized  and   Georgia  Aquarium.  While   sitting   in   a   even  had  psychotic  breakdowns.  There   dolphin   show,   my   heart   sunk   when   I   has  never  been  a  reported  death  due  to   heard   bass   pounding   through   the   au-­ an  orca  attack  in  the  wild...  but  a  plen-­ ditorium   with   lasers   and   strobe   lights   tiful  amount  in  captivity.  Let  that  sink   going   off   in   every   which   direction.   in.  Is  the  freedom  of  a  mammal  worth   Dolphins  rely  on  sonar  as  one  of  their   sacrificing  for  entertainment  and  incar-­ main  senses.  Imagine  what  thundering   ceration?  

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With the  alarming  increase  in  teenage  stress  levels  leading  to  depression  and  rigorous  case  studies  being  made,  the  Roundup  takes  a  look  into  what  stressors  are  having   an  affect  on  the  teenage  brain  and  what  all  the  stress  is  doing  to  kids  today

The “Stress”  Years  Of  Your  Life Katie  Hankinson,  Co-­Editor          A  recent  study  showing  an  increase  in  teen  stress   levels  for  today’s  generation  as  opposed  to  the  past,   might   be   seen   as   nothing   less   than   alarming.  With   one  in  five  teenagers  suffering  from  chronic  stress,   according   to   a   study   by   Stockholm   University,   it’s   fair  to  say  everyone  should  be  a  little  worried.            When  first  researching    statistics  online  using  the   key  phrase  “teen  stress,”  most  would  figure  like  any   other  14-­18  year  old,  high  schoolers  today  are  wor-­ ried  about  their  grades,  getting  a  boy/girl  friend,  and   wishing   Mom   and   Dad   would   get   off   their   backs-­   something  like  that.  Yet  as  years  pass,  and  the  aca-­ demic  rigour  required  of  high  school  students  esca-­ lates  more  and  more,  the  results  of  stress  induced  by   these   same   ol’   “teen   troubles,”   aren’t   as   simple   as   most  would  like  to  think.            Research  shows  that  one  in  three  teenagers  has   admitted  to  becoming  depressed  to  the  point  of  self   harm   and/or   suicide   because   of   their   “inability”   to   cope   with   the   amount   of   stress   they’re   undergoing   from  things  such  as  school,  in  terms  of  academics,   college   admittance;;   friends   regarding   topics   like   peer  pressure  and  need  for  acceptance,  and  figuring   out  how  to  impress  and  avoid  punishments  from  par-­ ents.  It’s  enough  to  take  one  question  into  account:   has  high  school  always  been  this  stressful?                  “I  don’t  remember  being  as  stressed  out  in  high   school  as  my  daughter  is  now,”  a  mother  of  a  junior  

“When I  was  a  senior  in  high  school,  I  was   really  stressed  with  the  amount  of  extra-­ curriculars  I  had  to  the  point  my  parents   thought  I  needed  to  slow  down.  Stress  didn’t   stop  me  though.”

-­Katie Hone-­Wiltgen,   BHS  Choir  Director

at Basalt  said.  “She  asked  me  to  help  her  on  her  math   homework  once  and  I  looked  at  it  and  thought,  ‘Oh   my  God,  I  didn’t  work  on  this  until  I  was  a  sopho-­ more   in   college   at   least.’   It   scares   me   a   little   bit   –   how  much  more  advanced  the  work  is  now  –  that  I   sometimes  wonder  if  some  of  the  kids  at  school  can   even  do  any  of  this  stuff  on  their  own.”         Students   have   upped   their   academic   workloads   mostly   because   they   think   their   increasing   their   chances   for   college   admittance.   By   stocking   up   on   A.P.  classes  and  extracurriculars,  in  addition  to  a  job   to  help  pay  for  their  education,  it  can  be  a  lot  of  re-­ sponsibility  for  one  kid  to  handle.  It  might  not  be  the   workload  that’s  got  them  stressed  out  either,  it’s  the   idea  of  making  sure  they  have  a  stable  future  going   into  life  as  an  adult.        School  is  not  the  only  stressful  aspect  to  a  teenagers   life  though.  Peer  pressure  is  still  a  real  thing  as  most   adolescents  are  preoccupied  with  trying  to  figure  out   how   to   belong,   some   students   will   engage   in   sub-­ stance  use  or  sexual  relations  before  they’re  ready.   Or  even  taking  on  a  higher  amount  of  workload  so  as   to  stay  “caught”  up  with  their  friend  group.          However  there  is  one  aspect  past  generations  did   not  have  to  take  into  account  when  considering  teen-­ age   stress:   social   media.   Some   studies   have   been   introduced   recommending   the   affect   social   media   has  on  a  teen’s  stress  levels.  Social  media  sites  allow  

students to  stay  plugged  into  one  another  for  as  long   as  their  phones  are  up  and  running  and  their  notifi-­ cations  are  on.  So  at  the  end  of  the  day,  rather  than   having   a   nice   break   from   one   another   for   the   eve-­ ning,  scrolling  through  Facebook,  Twitter,  and  so  on,   might  cause  more  confrontational  attitudes  and  nega-­ tivity  toward  one  another.  Social  media  also  acts  as   an  easy  way  for  bullies  to  bully  away  from  in  person   encounters.   Not   to   mention   that   rather   than   some-­ one’s  embarrassment  making  its  way  around  school,   it  now  has  the  capability  to  become  world-­wide.                Overall,  these  are  valid  points  as  to  why  a  teen   might  be  stressed.  However  there  is  a  valid  point  to   be  made:  hard  workers  need  to  learn  to  work  under   stress.  One  BHS  teacher  said  when  she  was  stressed   out,  she  would  sometimes  “cry,  but  more  for  an  emo-­ tional  release.  Crying  may  be  a  necessary  release,  but   won’t  get  the  work  you  could  have  been  doing  in  that   time  done.”          Supposedly  there  is  a  lack  of  understanding  that   the   world   works   in   a   hierarchy   of   hard   workers   by   the  millennial  generation,  with  the  people  who  know   how   to   push   through   the   hard   times   with   persever-­ ance  at  the  top  and  the  people  who  shut  down  at  the   idea  of  any  sort  of  work  load  at  the  bottom.  Despite   the  insensitivity  of  it  all,  coping  mechanisms  need  to   be  developed  now  because  as  it’s  been  said,  “It  only   gets  more  stressful  from  here.”

“On my  18th  birthday,  I  was  in  Samala,  Australia,   carrying  a  rifle.  I  was  in  the  Marines  in  World   War  II.  We  (the  men)  all  felt  like  we  wanted  to  get   in  and  get  it  over  with.  But  after  you  get  into  the   fight,  you  wonder  “What  am  I  doing  here?” -­Albert  ‘Hank’  Hankinson,   WWII  Veteran

“I think  finals  are  the  most  stressful    thing  for  col-­ lege  students.  You  have  to  learn  “big”  subjects  in   a  short  amount  of  time.  It’s  stressul  to  study  and   mostly  you  just  pray  you  pass  that  final.” -­Zac  Hill, BHS  Alumnis  &  CMC  Student

“In school,  I’m  stressed  out  about   scholarships.  Outside  of  school  I’m   stressed  out  about  scholarships.”

-­Gus Anderson,   BHS  Senior  Class  of  2014


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Hailey Swirbul,  Staff  Reporter         Out   of   the   21   athletes   that   repre-­ sented   Colorado   in   the   Sochi   Winter   Olympics,  four  began  their  athletic  ca-­ reers  in  the  town  just  25  minutes  away   from  Basalt  High  School:  Aspen.  Fig-­ ure   skater   Jeremy   Abbott,   freestyle   skier   Torin   Yater-­Wallace,   and   cross   country   skiers     Noah   Hoffman   and   Simi  Hamilton  qualified  to  compete  in   the  2014  Olympic  Games  to  represent   not  only  their  country,  but  their  home   town  of  Aspen.                 For   veteran   Jeremy  Abbott,   28,   Sochi   was   his   second   Olympic   expe-­ rience.  In  the  2010  Winter  Olympics,   he  placed  9th  in  the  men’s  figure  skat-­ ing  event.  Abbott  began  skating  com-­ petitively   at   age   four,   and   has   never   stopped   improving.   Abbott   lived   in   Aspen   throughout   his   childhood,   but   after   completing   middle   school   there   he  moved  to  Colorado  Springs  in  order   to  pursue  his  skating  opportunities.            “Peggy  [Jeremy’s  childhood  coach]   felt   she   had   taken   him   as   far   as   she   could,”   Jeremy’s   mother,   Allison   Scott,   said   in   an   interview.   “She   was   the  one  in  1998  who  suggested  Jeremy   relocate  to  a  training  center  if  he  want-­ ed  to  keep  improving.”          Though  Abbott  left  Aspen  before   his  career  peaked,  Hoffman,  Hamilton   and   Yater-­Wallace   still   reside   in   the  

valley.          The  Aspen   athletes   enjoyed   their   experience   at   the   Olympic   venue   in   Sochi,   Russia.   In   the   Endurace   Vil-­ lage,   where   the   cross   country   skiers   were  housed  along  with  cross  country   biathletes,   they   all   praised   their   ac-­ commodations.          “At  the  venue,  the  Endurace  Village,   we  can  walk  up  to  the  dining  hall,  we   can  walk  to  the  trails,  we  can  walk  to   the  stadium,”  Hoffman  said  to  Ruptly   TV.   “Everything   is   so   smooth   and   so   easy,  I  have  absolutely  no  complaints.   We  love  being  here.”          Before  the  Games,  there  had  been   terrorist  attack  threats  from  a  woman’s   terrorist   group   called   the   Black   Wid-­ ows.   The   threats   turned   many   fans   away  from  the  Games  in  fear  of  actual   attack,  but  inside  the  Olympic  Village   there  appeared  to  be  no  actual  danger   or  threat.          “I  haven’t  seen  too  many  security   officers   inside   the   Olympic   Village,”   Hoffman  wrote  in  his  blog.        At  18  years  old,  Yater-­Wallace  was   very   excited   to   be   attending   his   first   Olympic   Games.   The   youngster   was   comforted   by   the   fact   that   so   many   Coloradans  would  be  experiencing  his   first  Games  with  him.          “I  couldn’t  imagine  a  better  situ-­

Olympic athlete  Torin  Yater  Wallace  

ation,” Yater-­Wallace   told   the   As-­ pen  Times.   “There’s   a   whole   crew   of   people   here   from   Colorado   that   I’ve   known  for  my  whole  life.”          Similar  to  Yater-­Wallace,  Simi  Ham-­ ilton,   26,   attending   his   second   Olym-­ pic   Games,   positively   reviewed   and   really  enjoyed  seeing  familiar  faces  in   the  Endurance  Village  of  cross  country   and  biathletes.

Photo:Jim Ryan

       “You  get  to  know  a  lot  of  great  peo-­ ple  from  just  being  on  the  World  Cup   all   year,”   Hamilton   wrote   in   his   blog.   “It’s  fun  to  hook  up  with  friends  around   here  for  a  quick  game  of  pool  or  a  train-­ ing  lap  around  the  racecourse”        Overall,  Aspen’s  Olympians  claimed   to  have  had  an  exciting  experience  rep-­ resenting   their   home   town   in   Sochi,   Russia  in  the  Olympic  Games.

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Kaity Johnson,  Staff  Reporter          You  may  have  seen  the  tall,  blonde   girl   roaming   the   halls   or   exercising   in  the  community.  This  would  be  Ba-­ salt  High  School’s  sophomore  Hailey   Swirbul,   who   is   constantly   training   for  her  winter  sport,  Nordic  skiing.         Swirbul   started   Nordic   skiing   in   fifth   grade   after   making   the   decision   between   AVSC’s   freestyle   ski   team   and  their  Nordic  program.        “I  started  because  my  brother  want-­ ed   to   join   Nordic   skiing   as   winter   training  for  summer  mountain  biking   and  that  inspired  me,”  Swirbul  said.            Along  with  plenty  of  other  achieve-­ ments,   her   greatest   achievement   was   winning   third   place   in   the   5k   classic   mass   start   in   Fairbanks,   Alaska   in   2013.   When   she   crossed   the   finish   line  she  felt  rewarded;;  all  of  the  hard   work  had  paid  off.            Training  is  a  huge  part  of  Nordic   skiing  because  you  have  to  be  in  real-­ ly  great  shape,  physically  and  mental-­ ly.  Swirbul  spends  an  average  of  two   hours  a  day,  six  days  a  week,  training.   A   high   hour   week   is   about   22   hours   and  a  low  hour  week  is  about  nine.

Swirbul (left)  posing  on  the  podium  with  some  Steamboat  buds.

       “I  love  the  training  aspect  of  Nordic   because  I  know  that  the  results  I  achieve   in   races   depends   on   the   quality   of   my   training   and   the   time   I   put   into   it.   It’s   time  consuming  and  takes  a  lot  of  moti-­ vation  to  put  in  up  to  20+  hours  a  week  

Photo: Hailey  Swirbul

of training,”  Swirbul  said.             Swirbul   missed   a   total   of   four   weeks  this  school  year  to  travel  around   the  world  for  her  ski  races.  She  stayed   organized  as  best  she  could  to  keep  up   with  her  schoolwork  and  also  talked  to  

her teachers  ahead  of  time  to  get  the   work  she  was  missing.            “The  most  stressful  thing  about  ski-­ ing  is  missing  long  periods  of  school.   It  is  difficult  to  stay  on  top  of  missing   so   many   classes   and   so   much   work,   but  I  manage  to  stay  organized  and  get   everything  done,”  Swirbul  said.           Another   interesting   thing   about   Nordic   skiing   is   that   you   meet   so   many   new   people   when   you   travel   and   you   get   to   know   their   stories   about   why   they   are   Nordic   skiing   as   well.   Swirbul   has   met   a   lot   of   new   people  at  ski  races  that  she  still  keeps   in  touch  with.          “One  of  the  coolest  things  about   skiing  is  maintaining  friendships  with   people   around   the   country   that   I’ve   met  at  races  or  summer  camps.  I  have   made   really   good   friends,”   Swirbul   said.          Her  short-­term  goal  is  to  win  the   National  title  in  Stowe,  Vermont,  this   upcoming   March.   As   for   her   long-­ term  goals:            “I’ll  see  where  my  short-­term  goals   take  me,”  Swirbul  said.  

Basalt Basketball  Finishes  Out  Season  Strong

Although it  was  a  tough  season  for  the  Basalt  Longhorns  they  managed  to  persevere  ending  on  an  overall  highspirited  note.

Photos:Jim Ryan

Katie Hankinson,  Co-­Editor          The  BHS  Longhorn  Basketball  teams   finished  off  their  season  this  week,  each   team  walking  away  with  a  fair  share  of   wins,  losses,  and  experiences.          This  season,  the  boys  were  led  by   newly   hired   coach,   Danny   Martinez,   a   local   police   officer   for   the   town   of   Basalt.  He  only  had  kind  words  for  his   team  and  the  season.         “The   season’s   been   pretty   good,”   Martinez  said.  “The  boys  have  worked  

really hard,  and  it’s  been  really  great  to   see  them  give  it  their  all.  It’s  been  full   of   ups   and   downs,   but   it’s   been   great   seeing  the  boys  bring  all  their  heart  to   the  court  every  day  to  practice  and  to   games.”         When   asked   about   what   he   plans   to  bring  to  the  basketball  program  for   years  to  come,  Martinez  said,  “I  want   to   get   this   program   to   be   competitive   and   fun,   but   be   able   to   teach   funda-­

mentals. Building   a   strong   program,   that’s  my  thing.”        The  girls’  head  coach,  Tiffany  Ro-­ bison,   was   not   available   for   an   inter-­ view.  Senior  Cira  Mylott  was  available   to   comment   on   the   team’s   season   in-­ stead.          “Even  though  we  had  a  rough  sea-­ son,”   Mylott   said.   “I’m   glad   we   had   the  team  we  had.”          The  final  records  for  the  regular  sea-­

son were  girls,  1-­17;;  boys,  3-­16.          The  girls  team  played  Aspen  Mon-­ day,  February  24th  in  a  game  to  see  if   they  qualified  for  playoffs,  but  lost  28   to  27.  The  boys  went  on  to  the  District   Tournament,   winning   against   Olathe,   44-­25,   but   ultimately   losing   against   Aspen,  51-­28,  and  Roaring  Fork  High   School,  52-­30,  and  finishing  their  sea-­ son.  Coach  Martinez,  though,  has  high   hopes  for  next  year’s  season.

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BHS Senior   Went   To   State  For  Wrestling

Not Your   Average   Sport:   Figure  Skating Oriah  Clark,  Staff  Reporter

Katie Hankinson,  Co-­Editor

Photo: Xavier  Portillo

       Recently  BHS  Senior,  Xavier  Portillo,  attended  state’s  for  wrestling.   When  asked  about  his  experience  at  state  and  during  the  season  overall,   Portillo  took  on  a  heavy  set  look  about  the  work  needed  to  wrestle.          “It’s  the  toughest  sport  I’ve  played  because  its  physically  and  men-­ tally  hard,”  Portillo  said.  “You  have  to  have  the  mental  strength  to  get  the   physical  strength  you  need  to  compete.  You  have  to  be  mentally  strong   to  tell  yourself  to  not  give  up.  I  went  to  watch  last  year  and  I  promised   myself  this  year  that  I  was  going  to  go.  It’s  a  tough  sport,  but  hard  work   pays  off.”


Megan Sherry  pictured  skating  on  a  local  pond  in  Aspen.

       In  the  simplest  of  terms,  figure  skat-­ ing   is   sliding   across   ice   while   throw-­ ing   some   jumps   and   twirls   into   it.  As   graceful  and  smooth  as  skaters  make  it   look,  though,  it  takes  years  of  commit-­ ment,  training,  and  hard  work.            Two  BHS  sophomores  Megan  Sher-­ ry  and  Karla  Ruiz  have  done  just  do  by   devoting   years   of   hard   work   into   this   incredible  sport.            Sherry  skates  with  the  Revolutions   Skating  club,  trained  by  Peggy  Behr  and   Michelle   Hocknell.   Ruiz   skates   with   Aspen   Figure   Skating   Club,   coached   by  Teri  Hopper  and  Jenny  Nelson.            Sherry  has  been  skating  for  about   eight  years,  and  Ruiz  has  been  skating   for  eleven.             “Right   now   I   skate   on   Mondays   from   4-­5,   Fridays   from   4-­5:30,   Satur-­ days   from   9:30-­11:30   and   sometimes   Wednesdays,”  says  Sherry.          With  a  schedule  like  that  it  sounds     difficult  to  balance  school  and  practice,   but  Sherry  disagrees.          “It’s  pretty  easy  most  of  the  time  to   balance  my  time,”  she  counters.  “It’s  a   rather  flexible  schedule  so  it’s  no  big-­ gie  if  I  miss  one  or  two  practices  here   and  there.”            Sherry  adds  that  although  the  glam-­ orous  outfits  are  fun,  her  favorite  part   of  the  sport  is  jumping,    a  big  jump  spe-­ cifically-­  even  though  jumps  and  spins   are  the  hardest  part.               With     many   years   of   dedication  

Photo: Megan  Sherry

to the  sport  Sherry  says  she’s  probably   won’t  be  giving  it  up.          “I  definitely  want  to  have  it  a  part  of   my  life  always,  whether  its  me  coach-­ ing  or  me  working  on  my  own  skills.”            On  a  completely  different  schdule   is  Karla  Ruiz,  who  skates  four  days  a   week   from   4-­6   and   has   a   harder   time   balancing  school.            “It  can  be  pretty  tough  sometimes,”   Ruiz  admits.  “I  come  home  tired  a  lot   and   I’m   not   motivated   to   study   or   do   my  homework.”  She  adds,  “especially   during   competition   season   because   I   can   stress   myself   out   but   overall   it’s   actually  pretty  balanced.”             Although   competition   season   is   stressful,  it  can  also  be  fun.            “It  can  be  really  nerve  wracking,  es-­ pecially  if  you  don’t  win  you  can  have   doubts   in   yourself.   ,”   Ruiz   says/   “But   it’s   exciting   to   show   the   judges   what   you’ve   got   and   how   much   you   have   progressed.  It’s  a  wonderful  yet  stress-­ ing  experience,  but  loads  of  fun  doing   something  I  love.”          Ruiz  finishes  off  her  interview  by   saying,  “I  love  figure  skating.  It  has  be-­ come   a   part   of   me.  The   minute   I   step   on  the  ice,  I  get  the  greatest  sensation.   It’s  filled  with  good  vibes  and  it  can  in-­ stantly   put   a   smile   on   my   face,”   says   Ruiz.            She  would  love  to  coach  one  day,   and  skate  as  long  as  she  can,  because  of   the  impact  it’s  had  on  her  life.

14                                  entertainment                                                       longhorn  roundup                        March  2014

A “Sure”  Way  to  Support  Local  Business   Arielle  Lyons,  Staff  Reporter          Whether  you’re  craving  salty  or   sweet,  Sure  Thing  Burger  will  satisfy   your  every  need:  for  a  pretty  penny  of   course.   Only   a   few   months   old,   this   banging   burger   joint   has   attracted   customers  of  all  ages  with  their  juicy   burgers   and   decadent   milk   shakes.   For   just   $6,   you   can   get   yourself   a   burger   made   with   local   beef,   fresh   veggies  and  some  special  sauce.  You   can   also   add   $1   additions   of   bacon   and  avocado  -­  which  I  always  do.             When   asked   why   they   chose   to   go   to   Sure   Thing,   many   people   re-­ sponded  with  “they  have  local  beef.”   Local   beef   has   become   increasingly   popular   in   the   past   few   years   and   although   these   burgers   may   be   ex-­ pensive,   it   may   be   worth   it   to   know   where  the  meat  is  coming  from,  un-­ like  Wendy’s©.   Sure   Thing   Burger   is   located   in   the  

Photo: Sure  Thing  Burger

relatively new   Willits   development   by   Mauka   Frozen   Yogurt,   Starbucks   and   Asiana   Fusion.   When   speak-­ ing   to   Sure   Thing   owner   Scott,   he   said  that  he  plans  to  make  a  profit  of   about  $100  a  day.  Not  a  bad  plan  for  a  

sprouting business.             Others   say   that   they   like   Sure   Thing,  but  are  turned  off  by  the  prices.   For  a  normal  burger,  fries  and  foun-­ tain  drink,  the  price  totals    $11.90.  In   comparison  to  Wendy’s©,  that’s  a  lot.  

When deciding  where  to  go,  you  can   weigh  what’s  more  important  to  you:   high  cost  of  a  meal  with  reliable  meat   or   a   lower   cost   meal   with   sketchy   meat.  You  make  the  decision.             The   only   suggestions   given   by   students   and   other   customers   is   that   Sure  Thing  expand  their  menu.  Any-­ body  can  get  an  expensive  burger  at   Smoke.  Several  high  school  students   and  local  community  members  com-­ mented  that  they  wanted  to  see  more   variety   and   growth   on   the   menu,   maybe  some  hot  dogs  or  sandwiches?   What  are  your  thoughts?  Clearly,  the   overall  verdict  on  Sure  Thing  though,   is  positive!           Longhorn  Roundup  Rating:  

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                                             entertainment                                      15       Valentine’s  Special:  Basalt’s  Happy  Couples Sorry  if  we  might  have  left  you  out.  There’s  a  lot  of  happy  people  to  keep  track  of!

Ashton Albright  & Katie  Hankinson

Libny Vega  & Viviana  Garcia

Coleman Kardoes  &   Sidney  Csotty

Ian Lumsden  &   Carsyn  Knotts

Shion Reilly  &   Daniella  Chissum

A.J. Thompson  & Atlanta  Ellison

Enrique Rodriquez  &   Yazmine  Ventura

Megan Sherry  & Tucker  Jenkins

Naomi Hennefeld  & Connor  Hiser

Julia Gutierrez  &   Andrew  Andrade

Ivan Loya  & Victoria  Silva

Jake Mitchell  & Kristin  Mason

Javier Huerta  & Izanami  Diaz

Mark Barto  &   Bailey  Strobel

Tim Johnson  & Hunter  Ash

Kris Krueger  & Savy  Cheatham

Morelia Bautista  &   Jayla  Ellis

Ana Morales  & Oswaldo  Olmedo

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The third issue of this year's Basalt Longhorn Roundup, the student newspaper from Basalt High School, March 2014


The third issue of this year's Basalt Longhorn Roundup, the student newspaper from Basalt High School, March 2014