Junior Keelie Roberts lines up to bat during an away game. BHS Lady Longhorns ﬁ nish off the season stronger than ever, after attending states.
Sophomore Brooklyn Kos- ki writes and publishes her ﬁ rst novel, “The Weath- erman” on Amazon.com, after overcoming epileptic seizures. See page 5
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Basalt soccer player, Ivano Del Piccolo, squares up to make a pass in the game against Roaring Fork on Sept. 25. See page 12
NOVEMBER 2013 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1
Basalt Senior Takes State Golf Championship Genevieve Lawry, Co-Editor Standing on the ﬁ nal tee at Pueblo Country Club, Coach Al Rakowski knew that senior Tristan Rohrbaugh had the golf state championship in the bag. Upon completing his ﬁ nal 5 par on the 18th hole, Rohrbaugh did exactly that. Rohrbaugh scored four birdies, three bo- geys, and the rest pars on the 6,500 yard course over the course of two days, mak- ing him the only golfer to ﬁ nish under par at state, and ultimately winning the individual championship for the Class 3A State Golf Championships. “When I ﬁ rst realized that I had won I couldn’t believe it was real. I was in shock. I am just now starting to believe it,” Tristan Rohrbaugh said. However, Rakowski believes other- wise. “He played an excellent game. All of his emotions were in check and he had the game under complete control,” Ra- kowski said. Although Rohrbaugh stated that he came out rocky on his ﬁ rst day, scoring shot 71, along with two bogeys and two
birdies, he quickly picked his conﬁ dence back up on the second day and began sinking the putts. “The second day I wasn’t nearly as nervous, and I think that’s why my per- formance showed it,” Rohrbaugh said. Rohrbaugh scored shot 70 on the sec- ond day of the tournament, scoring one bogey and two birdies. His two birdies were on the 5th and 12th hole, both 5-pars. “Unfortunately on the 5th the ball was short 35 yards. But then I hit within 6 feet and made the putt,” Rohrbaugh said. “The second birdie was again just a bit short;; it fell on the front edge of the fringe, but I managed to tap it within the 3 feet and made the birdie.” Unfortunately his bogey followed on the 12th hole. “I just struggled to get it in and make par, I wish I could have redone that putt,” Rohrbaugh said . Overall, Rohrbaugh followed a close game plan on the second day and made the putts when presented to him.
Photo: Doug Rohrbaugh Senior Tristan Rohrbaugh ﬁ nds time to play golf everyday while keeping up with his grades. Here, he is perfecting his swing.
“I didn’t even realize that I was in the lead until my dad told me on the 17th hole,” said Rohrbaugh. “I was a little nervous when I found out, but I just tried to stay focused and con- ﬁ dent and tried not to worry about messing up.” And it worked;; Rohrbaugh ﬁ n- ished in the lead, posting the only
under par score, triumphing over com- petitors Cole Folwell and Cameron Connor from Alexander Dawson High School. “We are so proud to have a state championship winner at our school,” Athletic Director Ben Blaeser said. “Tristan put so much time and effort into it, he truly deserves this.”
Keeping BHS Students Alive at 25
Genevieve Lawry, Co-Editor On June 18, 2013, Glenwood Springs High School junior, Emma Tordoff, had no idea that everything would change in a blink of an eye;; that her 2000 Toy- ota Tacoma would lose control on the backroads behind Willits, ﬂ inging her truck over and leaving her helpless in the driver’s seat. “It was the most terrifying experi- ence of my life,” Tordoff said. “I lost control of the wheel, the truck ﬂ ipped over and began spinning to the side of the cliff. I thought I was going to die.” Unfourtunately, Tordoff’s story is fairly common among many other teen- age drivers across the nation, some end- ing more tragically than others. To reduce the number of casualties amongst teenage drivers, BHS has re-
quired all students- licensed and soon- to-be to take “Alive at 25.” This class is dedicated to educating drivers be- tween the ages of 15 and 24 in order to promote good decision making while driving and reduce the amount of au- tomobile accidents responsible for the deaths of so many people within that age group. Students must also take the class in order to park on campus. This new requirement, however, has caused some disgruntled conver- sation amongst students. “If students are angry that they must sit through a four-and-a-half hour class, that could possibly save their lives, so be it,” Principal David Schmid said. “We want to help in any- way to prevent our students from be- coming a part of the statistics.”
“It was the most terrify- ing experience of my life,” Tordoff said. “I lost con- trol of the wheel, the truck ﬂ ipped over and began spinning to the side of the cliff. I thought I was going to die.” In the United States, the number one leading cause of teenage deaths happen due to motor vehicle accidents. Accounting for over 5,458 deaths per year, motor accidents make up one third of all teenage deaths, killing over ﬁ ve times as many teens than cancer and other poisons. Overall these statis-
tics put teen drivers at the highest risk of getting into an accident than any other age group. “Driving can be dangerous,” Schmid said. “We want our students to be safe and therefore I believe that Alive at 25 can help make students be more aware of the consequences of driving.” However, many students are appre- hensive on the newly required class, some viewing it as beneﬁ ciary while others ﬁ nd it a waste of time. “I expected the class to be awful, however it was pretty interesting. The images that played deﬁ nitely affected me,” senior Sidney Csotty said. So will Alive at 25 ensure student’s driving safety and perceive its reputa- tion? Only time will tell.
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New Electric Marquee In addition to counseling seniors, meetings are held to keep parents up- Installed
dated and involved in their child’s A new light shines upon the school, application process. Students say the literally. A new electric sign was in- bootcamps have been very effective stalled at the entrance of school, list- and helpful in completing the process. ing important dates, sports events, "It's a long process, dedicated to student-based information, fun events, time, and work," says college counselor and much more. The sign was funded Carolyn Williams. She says the process by Taste of Basalt, along with BHS is almost like a research project, trying Boosters Club. The key people who to get a better understanding of it. made the electric sign possible include: Linda and Bill Reynolds, Dan Erickson JAS Aspen Makes Donation to BHS Chamber Choir for the concrete and construction work, Tom Banc for the excavation and Mike JAS Aspen donated free tickets to Hoffman for the electrical work. BHS chamber choir members to attend the Labor Day Sunday show featuring Paper Bird, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Journey. Director Katie Hone Wiltgen secured the free tickets.
Photo: Basalt Chamber
A Chamber Choir member stated, “It was so special to be able to attend with the other members and share our love for music. I will always remember the great bonding experience with ev- eryone over the song Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.”
College Bootcamps Scheduled With college applications due right around the corner, BHS college coun- selors scheduled "senior bootcamps" which kicked off in June. The purpose is to help coach seniors through the ap- plication process, including manuever- ing around the Common App website, writing the required essays, and gath- ering together other needed college knowledge.
Photo: Nicolas Liuzzi
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New Community Meetings On Oct. 3, BHS held its ﬁrst ever community meeting. The meeting gathered the entire school together in the cafeteria, where the seniors stood in a circle around the outside of the room, and underclassmen sat inside of the circle. The purpose of the com- munity meeting was to bring the en- tire school together to discuss current issues and announcements, as well as honor and recognize individuals for their successes. At this meeting, the school’s police ofﬁcer, Ofﬁcer Lemke, spoke to the students about bullying in an attempt to raise awareness and put an end to bullying at BHS.
On October 24-26, 11 students from the leadership class traveled to Du- rango for the 2013 Fall CHSAA Lead- ership Conference, which was held at Durango High School. Over 500 stu- dent leaders from all over Colorado at- tended this conference. All of the stu- dents were split into “family groups” upon their arrival. Paired with students from various other high schools, the kids participated in multiple work- shops and team building activities to help shape and establish leadership building skills.
The conference wasn’t all just busi- ness and team building though;; the stu- dents had the oppurtunity to socialize with other kids, attend dinner, and even go to a pumpkin patch. On the Friday night of the conference, all participants attended “Prom-A-Rama,” an event that featured music by Sound of the Rockies. There the students were able to enjoy and dance to music and take photos in the nearby photo booth. The students that attended returned to BHS overﬂowing with positive reviews and In the future, Principal Schmid hopes enthusiam regarding the conference. to make these meetings consistent, so the students of BHS can develop a “I had so much fun this year!” said tight knit community and be involved. junior attendee Mackenzie Heard. “There was so much positivity and in current events within the school. enthusiasm among the groups. I can’t wait for next year’s conference!” Bullying Addressed via Seminars Another meeting took place on Fri- day, Oct. 25, where sports teams and individual athletes were wished luck at their upcoming competitions or games. BHS teen author Brooklyn Koski was also recognized for publishing her new novel, “The Weatherman.” After listening to the annoucements, the stu- dents ended the meeting by watching a video that was meant to promote a ‘never-give-up’ mindset.
"Sticks, and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" - a phrase often associated with bul- lying. Bullying continues to make national headlines with a recent story about two girls, ages twelve and four- teen, in Florida taunting and bullying another twelve-year-old girl until she committed suicide. At Basalt High School the topic of bullying has recently been directly addressed in a few different ways. Through enrichment class, juniors and seniors were given prompts to discuss the topic of bullying. Many of the stu- dents who participated in the discus- sion said that they wanted to maintain the positive space around the topic, as well as ensure that every student at BHS feels safe and comfortable while attending school. Following enrich- ment, and during the new school com- munity meeting in the cafeteria, Ofﬁ- cer Lemke, the school resource ofﬁcer, discussed the effects of bullying in an emotional, passionate style showing great sensitivity to the subject. He stressed mostly how broken bones can heal, but words don’t.
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Students Attend Fall CHSAA Leadership Conference
Photo: Sheryl Barto
Photo: Lucy Ugucconi
“Backstage” Going Onstage Fall Play is set to open the produc- tion of “Backstage” on Nov. 14 in the BHS Cafetorium. The show features a combination of Basalt and Aspen students in this witty production about the “backstage” of an ongoing high school show that is pos- sibly doomed due to lack of funding. In an attempt to save the show, stu- dents and teachers alike rush in a comi- cal blur, creating chaos and laughter amongst audience members to ensure that “the show will...um...” “Go on!” “Backstage” is directed by BHS English teacher, Tim McNulty, and student directed by BHS Alumni, Zac Hill. Due to its comedy and relevance to an ongoing high school production which reveals the madness of a show behind the scenes. The show features students of all personalities and ages from Basalt, including two students from Aspen High School. Dinner will be served prior to the show at 6 pm, followed by dessert dur- ing intermission. All students, fami- lies, and friends are welcome to attend. Show dates are November 14, 15, and 16.
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Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor The Roaring Fork School District has initiated a series of meetings open to both students and parents to improve the district. District ad- ministration wants to see what can “make us the best school system we can be,” Superintendent Diana Sirko said. On Sept. 26, 32 BHS students at- tended a meeting to add their input to model the development and out- come of schools in the valley. The three main questions used to mold this vision for the district are: “What is the purpose of edu- cation?” “What should the student outcome be?” and “What are the most important school characteris- tics?” To get a read on student opinion, polls were taken regarding what students thought were the most im- portant student goals and student characteristics: core academics, non-academic learning, extracur- ricular, community life, and school environment. Students were asked to answer a series of questions regarding what they wanted to see in a school set- ting. After voting, students were then asked to form a discussion regarding the results. One topic of discussion for students was to clari- fy why “knowledge is power”. “We need to put more focus into how well students know the sub-
ject, not how well they test,” ju- nior Nikole Simecek said. “There’s too much focus on what grade you get and how it affects your GPA. Grades are important, but if kids care more about grades than learn- ing, something’s wrong. No one is going to learn that way. The biggest focus needs to be making sure stu- dents are actually learning.” Contributing factors such as cur- riculum and learning environment were mentioned in the meeting as to how they might impact student learning. “The lack of “leveling” for students is difﬁcult,” sophomore Brooklyn Koski said. “The ‘lower’ students get lost or left behind and the advanced students are getting held back and not being challenged enough, and no one is learning what they need to. We need leveling so that way everyone is going far, no one is holding each other back.” Students recommended that schools should be sure to have courses suitable for each student to ensure their learning and a sense of challenge, like perhaps switching from Advance Placement courses to International Baccalaureate in- stead, along with increasing the amount of classes available since presently Basalt only has one A.P. course. Another signiﬁcant characteristic
that students believe makes a suc- cessful school is to provide a safe and comfortable environment. Re- cently, the crack down on bullying has been more stern than usual and students want to make sure those talks during Enrichment will no longer be needed. “I think it’s important to have a safe environment because students need to know they’re safe before they can learn,” junior Jhovani Car- rillo said. “We should make sure we have “safety” and not need to use it, rather than not have it and need it.” These are just a few of the many topics brought up at the meeting to see what needs to be reﬁned in the district. The main point of this meeting was to have that student voice incorporated into what this reform will look like. “It’s always such a privilege to speak to students,” Sirko said. “You guys are what make this school, so we want you to be involved as well. We want to hear what you want us to work on.” The district hosted community- wide meetings in the same format in Basalt, Carbondale and Glen- wood. Roaring Fork High School and Glenwood Springs High School also hosted student meetings. The results of the collective visioning process will be made available by the end of the year.
Below is a list of some of the results from the survey administered to students during the meeting, to see what they would like to see added or improved to their school system. 23% of students want to have a safe learning environment 21% of students want to develop strong criti- cal thinking skills 19% of students want to be prepared with the attitude and skill for a challenging college curriculum. 16% of students want to emphasize hands-on/ project-based/experiential learning 16% of students want to offer a strong educa- tion in life skills
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This year, Basalt High School has initiated a new program, called “Link Crew” a nation wide program that groups seniors and juniors with fresh- men. “It’s where incoming freshman get paired up with a senior to help mentor them,” Ralph Smalley, one of two Link Crew supervisors, said. Smalley and Ben Blaeser, introduced Link Crew to the school as a way to bring the school closer together. Besides expanding the school’s so- cial boundaries, though, upperclassmen act as mentors to the younger students to help them through their ﬁrst year of
high school, in order to prepare them for the years to come. “It gives freshman support and guidance for obstacles they may face in school,” Katherine Marquez said. Marquez, one of 24 seniors or juniors, is involved in Link Crew as a Link Leader. Marquez adds that “this pro- gram needs to be more involved with the students.” Apart from a welcome picnic at the beginning of the school year, though, not much has been seen from the Link Crew since. A meeting will be held however, on Nov. 7, for leaders and their kids to catch up.
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Kaity Johnson, Staff Reporter
Photo: Stina Peterson
Head girls, Lucy Uguccioni and Hunter Ash, pose together after Basalt Middle School pep rally. Instead of president and vice presi- dent this school year Basalt High School changed things up a bit. Now we have two Head Girls. This system began to- ward the end of last year when all of the students listened to speeches and voted for who they thought would be best to lead the school. Since only three juniors (now seniors) ran, it was clear to the stu- dent body who would make great lead- ers. Seniors Lucy Uguccioni and Hunter Ash were elected to represent BHS this year. As head girls, they want to make the school more of a community and in- crease school spirit and student involve- ment. They both would love to lead the school in a positive way and keep the student body moving in the right direc- tion. “I wanted to be a voice for the stu- dents and be able to relay that to the ad- ministration,” Ash said. “We’re here to make a difference.” After working at Aspen High School, Principal David Schmid thought that Basalt should start the same kind of leadership program. The difference be- ing that in Aspen there was a head boy and a head girl. “I think Hunter and Lucy work very well together and are very set in their ways. I want them to facilitate the lead- ership group, as well as the student body” Schmid said. Some beneﬁts about the head girl sys-
tem are that if students have concerns about anything they can go to the head girls and the conﬂicts can be changed. Also the head girls are a resource that students can give their input to if they don’t want to approach the principal right away. “I don’t like the pressure that is put on me as head girl, but I like leading events, like assemblies,” Uguccioni said. “The other students look up to us.” Another new system this school year is the class ofﬁcers. Each grade has a president, vice president, a secretary and a treasurer. “Having two head girls and the class ofﬁcers as well gives students more of a voice. But because the class ofﬁcers are new, it might take some time to develop and really integrate into our school,” said Ash. BHS is starting to have school meet- ings and the head girls are very excited to be working with Schmid to incorpo- rate those into the student involvement. “These meetings will give seniors a leadership role and everyone else a voice in the school,” Uguccioni said. The new leadership systems at Basalt High School are pulling the grades to- gether and uniting the school in a posi- tive way and clearly it is making a dif- ference in the way BHS functions. “I’m worried that I won’t make enough of a difference,” said Ash, “But at the same time it inspires and motivates me to be a better head girl.”
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Upcoming Writer Publishes Novel on Amazon.com Genevieve Lawry, Co-Editor “Writing is a passion of mine, I have always loved doing it, and so I have always made time for it,” said Koski. “I don’t plan to ever stop.” erman’ sizes up to approximately 179 pages on the Kindle and is available for just $3.97 as an ebook on Amazon. com. Koski began writing in the fourth grade, and admits that she has never stopped. “Writing is a passion of mine, I have always loved doing it, and so I have al- ways made time for it,” said Koski. “I don’t plan to ever stop.” She’s deﬁnitely proved her love for writing, since she has not only overcome writer’s block, but perserved through epileptic seizures when she was in elementary and middle school. “I would be walking in the street, or writing during class and all of a sudden I would just zone out for an extended period of time, then snap back into con- sciousness,” said Koski. Koski suffered from absence sei- zures, a form of epilepsy that causes the victim to lose their sense of awareness and responsiveness. Those who expe- rience them tend to not realize when
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As many 15 year olds generally focus their time on their upcoming li- cense date and what essay is due next, sophomore Brooklyn Koski had anoth- er idea in mind: writing and publishing her ﬁrst novel on Amazon.com. A writer since the age of seven, Kos- ki’s ﬁrst novel ‘The Weatherman’ is the ninth novel that she has written, but the ﬁrst she has chosen to publish. “After my nine other novels – bring- ing my word count up to about half a million – I ﬁnally felt that I had something to share,” said Koski. ‘The Weatherman’ was my longest story, and I had spent the most time editing it, so it just seemed like the right one.” Although the story is set in medi- eval times, it offers a strong fantasy twist that helps to give the plot direc- tion and purpose. The story follows the main character Sibyl, as she attempts to cope with a series of issues includ- ing the loss of her father, an evolving friendship with an unlikely character, and a strange presence that remains ubiquitous throughout the story. “I think “The Weatherman’ deﬁ- nitely keeps readers on their toes;; it has plenty of twists and turns that always keeps the reader guessing,” Koski said. After over a year of writing and an- other to edit and publish, ‘The Weath-
Photo: Genevieve Lawry
Sophomore Brooklyn Koski reads a book in BHS library. they’ve had one, as they are completely alert following the seizure. Koski would experience up to 100 seizures a day until her parents began looking to the Modiﬁed Atkins Diet for Seizures. The specially modiﬁed diet allowed Koski to stop the use of all of her medications by 2004 and helped to subdue and slowly put an end to her seizures. “They just eventually stopped, and I no longer had to be on medication,” said Koski. “My last seizure to date
was on January 11, 2012.” Following the family’s new libera- tion to Koski’s medical issues, her fa- ther, Michael, wrote a book discussing the success they had found through the diet. Koski claims that through seeing her father write a book, it sparked her moti- vation to begin writing novels herself. “I don’t know where my writing will take me,” said Koski, “I just know that I want to be an author and I will do anything to make it happen.”
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Welcome to the Longhorn Family
As the new school year rolled around, new faces appeared all throughout BHS. Each of the new faculty members brings something new to the table, but all share the same goal in hoping to make Basalt High School an even better institution. Teaches: Chemistry, Earth Science
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What She Plans to Bring to BHS: “I plan to help students see that they are more capable than they think they are.” Best Childhood Memory: “My old- er brother teaching me how to ride a bike.” Hobbies: Mountain biking, reading and poetry.
What He Plans to Bring to BHS: “I want to help the students out as best as I possibly can.” Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Phish Food by Ben & Jerry’s. One Thing He Couldn’t Live With- out: “My dog;; he’s half German Shep- herd, half Akita.” High School Mascot: The Iron Men.
What She Plans to Bring to BHS: “I want to help students ﬁnd success in math.” Best Childhood Memory: “I rode 36 miles in a bikeathon when I was in fourth grade. I won a trophy that was bigger than me!” One Thing She Couldn’t Live With- out: Family.
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Students ﬂood down the hallway to the gym, nearly thrown back as they enter through the double doors b Students take their seats, school spirit pulsing as class cheers are shouted in a lasting echo around the gym. The c babies and Cyndi Lauper’s alike, saunter down to Photo:Stina Peterson
What did you think of the Homecoming Dance?
Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor
Homecoming ﬁnished off with a ﬂare, ending in the traditional Sat- urday night dance. Students arrived dressed to the nines- ladies in shim- mering dresses, the men mostly in dress shirts, perhaps the occasional tie. Despite the ﬁery protest against the No Grinding policy put into ef- fect last year, no trouble occurred anywhere on the dance ﬂoor. In fact, most students agree, “it would have been more awkward to grind than to not.” There was a bit of dis- appointment regarding the music closer to the end of the night, but overall, the dance was considered a success. The ﬁrst ever balloon drop took place this year and the music toward the beginning of the night was highly praised in a sur- vey administered by the newspaper regarding Homecoming. “I know how hard the leadership class works to pull this off, and it’s cool to see when it all comes togeth- er,” Principal Dave Schmid said. “It was neat to see everyone dancing and trying a variety of things. Even
though the DJ wasn’t playing, you know, ‘typical high school’ music- I mean he would play country music- and it was cool to see everyone line dancing. The whole dance ﬂoor was line dancing and I thought that was cool! There were some parts of the dance people would stand on the side, but when those songs started playing, that was when everyone would rush in and those were the songs everyone was dancing to.” For some unknown reason,
though, DJ Power Surge switched up the mix toward the end of the night to the more ‘modern’ style music, consisting of house music and dubstep. “I’m not sure why he chose to do what he did,” leadership teacher Ka- tie Hone Wiltgen said. “I know that students and teachers didn’t like that he chose to play what he did, and I guess the way to express we didn’t like it is to ﬁnd someone else who will play what we ask him to play.”
“I thought it was fun, but I didn’t understand what was going on with the music.” Emmaline Schweis, sophomore
“It was good overall, but a little slow. The music was good, but I think we should have had it in the gym.” Nicolas Liuzzi, senior
“The music was awesome, and it was stuff we could dance and sing to. I’m excited for next year! Amanda McComb, sophomore
“It was alright, but honestly, I thought it could have been a lot better. It was still fun though!” Ricky Perez, freshman
“I had a lot of fun! I thought the balloon drop was really cool, and I loved the decorations.” Mackenzie Heard, junior
“It was kind of boring music wise, so I think that it could have been better.” Cade Erickson, freshman
Student Weigh In
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by music being blasted. The only sight visible up front is a stage, decorated in all the magniﬁ cent, cheesy glory that makes the pep rally all the more worthwhile. curtains to the stage part, and a ﬂ urry of students of every grade and “age” strut in costume down the catwalk to show off their digs for Theme Week. Twins and cowgirls, o get their fellow Longhorns pumped up for the most anticipated week of the school year: Homecoming.
Fruit Salad and Crazy “Rain?” Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor For this year’s themes, the Student Leadership Council came up with several unique ideas to grab the attention of the student body. “Mackenzie Heard attended the CHSSA sum- mer leadership conference in Fort Collins this past summer,” said Leadership teacher Katie Hone Wiltgen. “It was a fantastic experience and she got tons of new ideas from high schools all over the state, and one of the ideas she learned was “Salad Day.” And when she ﬁ rst pitched it to us, the name was almost so shocking that we were like, “What? Salad Day?” and there’s, of course, some connota- tions that might make you think other things. She explained it though of course, and it turned out to be “Caesar Salad, seniors wear togas;; Hidden Valley, cowboys and cowgirls.” It was brilliant be- cause if you can shock people at ﬁ rst into thinking “Wait a minute, that sounds weird, what do you mean?” then the students start to pay attention.” It certainly worked out well, as the themes this year sparked the most participation amongst classes to dress up, making Theme Week an overall success. In addition to this year’s unique themes, Home- coming was ﬁ lled with its usual traditions, such as lunch and after-school activities that only added to the action. The seniors dominated overall in Tug O’ War, Powder Puff, and Brute Volleyball, marking their four-peat win throughout their time in high school.
As freshman they beat the seniors, in an uncommon victory amongst under classmen. The bon ﬁ re also showed a high attendance rate as students gathered even in chilly conditions to celebrate Homecom- ing and get pumped up for the following night’s big game. The excitement never stopped there though, and this year was no exception. This year’s Home- coming was graced with the most “wild weather” Basalt has ever seen during this most anticipated week: the parade Friday was very down cast in comparison to past years, and the tailgate- though just as successful to the year’s prior- had no other choice but to move inside to the cafeteria. Despite this change in atmosphere, kids went wild compet- ing against one another in the newly added relay bouncy house. High school kids were just as excit- ed to race each other as the younger kids present, and cheerful banter was exchanged before the game over Smoke’s pulled pork and mac n’ cheese. Cramming a bouncy house wasn’t the crazi- est scene of the week though: sometime during the second half of the football game against Gun- nison, sleet from out of no where furiously beat down upon the viewing audience, causing most to run for cover inside the school. Although the Longhorns lost, it was certainly one of the more memorable Homecoming sights Basalt has ever seen. The Longhorns unfortunately lost against the Cowboys, 20-9.
The key players who worked hard to make Homecoming week happen: Genevieve Lawry, Tailgate Coordinator Rebecca Maniscalchi and Megan Sherry, Middle School Pep Rally Coordinators Mackenzie Heard and Jamie Briscoe, Parade Coordinators Meztly Esparza, Dance Coordinator Mr. Smalley and Mr. Blaeser, the Balloon Drop Cody Hoffman, Bon Fire Coordinator Jesus ‘YoYo’ Ceja, Athletics Coordinator (Brute Volleyball, Powder Puff, Dodgeball) Katherine Marquez, Kick-Off Assembly Coordinator.
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“Forget the Haters”...Oh Wait...
More child stars are showing up in yond madness that on the crazy scale headline news again, except this time the spectrum now reads “On a scale it’s for all the wrong reasons. Whether from 1 to Miley.” it’s announcing they’ve entered rehab or It is of course arguable “who are we it’s a scandalous event seen nationwide to judge her for what she does, it’s her (Longhorns you know exactly what body, her choices.” But no one seemed I’m talking about here), the media has to take up arms that Miley was just “do- allowed viewers access into previous ing her thing” this time.” That she’s child stars’ lives. The question “just growing up” and to keep in mind here, though, “ﬁnding out who she is whether they’ve maintained is.” Viewers seemed a proper role model status in pretty alarmed by children’s lives, and how their what had so suddenly actions affect the youth of to- popped up on their day. TVs, while shots of To get straight to the point: shocked audience Miley Cyrus’s performance at members were left the VMAs. Cyrus walked on uncomfortably star- stage, sporting a costume re- Katie Hankinson ing at the ﬂoor or sembling a “teddy bear”, only ceiling trying their to rip it off to reveal a nude bikini that best not to watch. People everywhere was just as, if not more, mortifying. She are in an outrage for the most part by then proceeded to “twerk” and dance the publicity she’s getting because it’s with some very promiscuous teddy bear almost encouraging her. It’s a worry dancers. Later on in the performance, mostly because Miley still has a cer- she would act out some very alarming tain impact as a role model for children and inappropriate (that’s not even the from her Hannah Montana days. But right word to describe it) gestures using for the most part? I think everyone is a foam ﬁnger and grinding on pop sen- a little surprised by how “much” Mi- sation, Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines), ley popped up on their TVs that night. who is presently married with children. I understand that skin is skin, every- Lately Miley’s been on the radar for one’s born with it. But Miley doesn’t her very non-Disney behavior, and this exactly carry on with the classiest of stunt at the VMA’s really took the cake. intentions. Hepburn made history too, To think viewers were alarmed when Miley, can’t you take a page out of her she pole danced at the Teen Choice book? awards;; this performance was so be- Mind, Miley’s not the ﬁrst to rebel
Cyrus before and after wild child transformation. her fame from a young age and rip society a new one. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan was charged with two drunk driving misdemeanors, cocaine use, stealing which reulted in three trips to rehab (CNN);; Demi Lovato checked herself into treatment for Bulimia and cutting after striking a backup dancer due to self-medication and lack of eat- ing (ABC News);; Amanda Bynes has approached her mental illness by lash- ing out against celebrities, and admit- ting her love for Drake, over Twitter (in quite a vulgar manner) (Hufﬁng- ton Post). Although you have to admit: 19 million hits on YouTube for Wrecking Ball in 24 hours- which if you haven’t seen it, consists of Miley swinging na-
ked from said wrecking ball and get- ting frisky with a sledge hammer- is probably not something society had in mind when it comes to a previous Dis- ney sensation. The fact her tongue is the most photographed piece of anato- my right now in the USA, according to Rolling Stone magazine, should mean something, don’t you think? To summarize: props to Miley for coming out of the shell created for her and being who she wants to be, but if she could do so with a little less middle ﬁnger to the world, and her tongue in her mouth, that would be great. I’m asking for a little decorum. Because apparently it’s not just “God who can judge you”, but close to everyone world wide as well.
Public Education: No Longer Free? The deﬁnition of public education is School and Roaring Fork High School. as follows: a school in the United States “I don’t think having to pay for CMC supported by public funds and providing classes is fair to the individual families free education for children of a com- that are already paying taxes to sup- munity or district. But is public educa- port our school system,” a parent with tion still free like it is said to be? Not a sophomore in precalculus said. “It is a big burden for the families who are al- at BHS. At the beginning of the year, all stu- ready saddled with other fees they need to pay for.” dents had to pay a basic fee In the past, BHS has had of $40 to help the school one or two sophomores cover copying, paper, Na- wishing to take precalcu- viance and school planner lus, but this year about one costs, which is expected in tenth of the sophomore most schools. But the more population is enrolled in the involved and the harder a CMC class. Schmid says student pushes himself/her- that historically they have self to excel in advanced not had to consider offer- classes, the greater their ing a precalculus class that fees become. For example, Hailey Swirbul is taught by BHS teachers sophomores taking CMC to cater to advanced sopho- precalculus are required to mores’ needs. pay $550. “The law says they [the district] can “We felt like advanced algebra and only pay for CMC classes when you’re a precalc were similar, we would be du- junior or senior,” Principal Dave Schmid plicating that class– by adding precalcu- lus to the existing curriculum,” Schmid said. What doesn’t make sense, however, is said. “Also, if we ask for another precalc that precalculus is a free class given by class we would have to cut out something full time teachers at other schools in our else.” district, such as Glenwood Springs High Other school fees include those for
art classes, woodshop, and sports, whose costs add up for many fami- lies. “I had to spend over $700 in school fees this year,” the parent said. “It’s burdensome.” On the contrary, the initial $40 of fees paid by students included tu- ition to unlimited high school sport- ing events. Ten dollars of the $40 were to pay for students’ exclusive sports tickets to enter high school sporting events.
“Every kid could go to every sport, and they wouldn’t have to pay,” Schmid explained about the unlimited sporting game entries for students. In the end, Schmid has no power over the prices of school fees, and he can only wish for them to be relieved in the future. “I wish there weren’t any fees,” Schmid said. “There are some fami- lies that can’t afford them. I wish we could pay for it all.”
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iOS 7’s Redesigned Interface Steers Apple in a New Direction Genevieve Lawry, Co-Editor After months of hype and specu- lation preceding a June preview, Apple’s newest mobile operating system, i0S 7, became available to the public on Sept. 18. Following a line of gradual overdue upgrades that left plenty to be desired, i0S 7 is the boldest mobile software redesign in Apple’s history. The layout of the lock screen and spring board has been altered dra- matically, being the ﬁrst change of its kind since the iPhone’s original design. The relocation of various features such as the lock screen and spotlight search, allows for cleaner functionality. Also, the much needed control center, which provides access to music, brightness, WiFi and other controls, provides a much more con- venient way to access much needed I0S 7 Update...
smartphone necessities. Apple has yet to introduce something “I loved that the new update al- truly original or dazzling. While i0S lowed easy access to the ﬂashlight 7 is a huge step in the right direction, most app,” said junior Mackenzie Heard. of the improvements are brought upon by Another home run Apple achieved years of customer complaints, sugges- is iTunes Radio, an internet radio plat- tions, and wishes along with concepts sim- form similar to other large music pro- ilar to those of iPhone apps, including the viders. iTunes Radio is built into the ﬂashlight app. Improvements also need to Music application, and offers a seam- be made in order to make the update more less “star” system that allows users to desirable, including lengthening the bat- say whether a song should never be tery life, and possibly changing the look played again, ﬁts their preferences or back to the prior design as the new could should be added to their iTunes wish possibly be mistaken for an Android. list. What sets iTunes Radio apart is “I hate how much the new update looks the integrations with iTunes music like an a Window’s phone, it took me a database and personal preferences, while to ﬁnally download it just because along with less-frequent appearances of that reason,” said Heard. of ads. The radio also includes a slid- Apple is on the right track to bringing ing scale of song preference from back Jobs-style innovation, but i0S 7 is not Photo: Apple.com “hits to “discovery.” quite the mind-shattering revolution Apple IPhone interface: before and after I0S 7 installation. However, on a more negative note users wanted.
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Basalt Volleyball ‘Sets’ Sights On Future Kaity Johnson, Staff Reporter
‘Bump, set, spike it, that’s the way we like it,’ is a very popular cheer for volleyball teams, but the Lady Long- horn Volleyball team did not like the way their season turned out. With a record of 0-8, the Longhorns are looking forward to next season in hopes of improving the overall atti- tude and work ethic of the team. “I like seeing girls that put the extra time in,” Head Coach Brittany Span- gler said.“The best part of coaching is when I get to see girls that love the sport and be able to work with them.” Spangler has been coaching at BHS for two years and hopes to keep coach- ing for as long as she can. She played volleyball in high school and college and her mom played as well, so that inspired her to start coaching. “The team this year was more of a team than last year,” Spangler said. There were positives and nega- tives of this season for the Longhorns.
Some of the players didn’t feel like everyone was be- ing treated fairly, pointing out instances of favorit- ism and special treatment towards certain skill lev- els. But overall, the girls enjoyed being able to play and support everyone else on the team. “We had a great year,” se- nior Maggie Morlind said. “There were some ups and downs, but all teams have them.” The girls were disappoint- Photo: Cheyenne Myers ed that they didn’t do as The varsity girls join together as the national anthem plays before a game against Olathe. well as they wanted to, but they still had fun together as That might have made a difference in a team. The seniors would Overall, the team stuck it out. have rather seen more individualized their season. “Reminiscing on senior year of vol- “There is some disappointment that team practices, like Varsity, JV and C leyball has really awakened my ap- we lost every game, but there’s still team split up so they could experience preciation of BHS and will be dearly enthusiasm within the team,” senio- how the separate teams work together. missed,” senior Carolyn Devan said. Lainey Chadbourne said.
Football Falls Short of States Dented Dreams for Soccer Boys
Genevieve Lawry, Co-Editor With the descend of the football season, the Basalt Longhorns look back upon their previous games and look forward to the years ahead. Ending the season with a 2-8 record the boys- struggled to get the wins they needed, unfortunately eliminating going to state. “The team struggled to get their grasp at the be- ginning of the season, and suffered as a result. They ﬁnally started to get it to- gether towards the end, but unfortunately lost to Aspen in our ﬁnal game,” said head coach Carl Frerichs. With eight returning starters, including quarter- back Tim Johnson, running back Cody Banc, and wide receiver Oswaldo Olmeda the boys werehoping to get their record back up. “We all worked really hard in practice and in games, but we just couldn’t get the wins we wanted,” said junior captain Jake Levy. After triumphing over Coalridge, 28-6, on Oct. 18 the Longhorns took their second win of the season, and planed to keep it up by maintaining their good spirits and hard work eth- ic. “Our consecutive wins made us more optimis- tic and hopeful. We really wanted to win the game against Aspen, but it just didn’t happen,” said Levy. The team worked to use past experiences and over-
Hailey Swirbul, Staff Reporter
Photo: Jim Ryan
Senior Matt Williams readies to make a pass in a game against Roaring Fork. all improvement in condi- tioning and skill positions to try and reach what they fell short of in the begin- ning of the season. “Defense did awesome all season, and made sure to come out competitively strong every game. The of- fensive line struggled a bit more with adversaries and it took them a bit longer to get it together. However, I think both the offense, the team, and myself ﬁnally began to see what was working and what wasn’t,” said Frerichs. The Longhorns also had to face the loss of nine grad- uated seniors who made up a large fraction of the team, and whom helped support and hold up the team and
their spirits. “We did lose a large portion of our seniors last season, which I think has affected us a lot this year,” said Levy. The Longhorns plan to begin the next season strong, preparing both of- fense and defense to the best of the their abilities, all in hopes of getting wins early in the season, and ensuring their attendence at the state championship next year. “Overall, I am extremely proud of this team,” said Frerichs. “They all made sure to work hard and play hard. I know with the right mindset we can get the wins and make it to states next year.”
After coming into the season with two strong wins against Kent Denver and Denver Christian, the boys’ Basalt soccer team sudden- ly took a turn for the worse. Going into their ﬁrst game against Roaring Fork, the team was feeling conﬁdent from their wins against the two Denver teams, and they managed to walk away with a victory, leading the team to three major wins in the beginning of the season. A tough loss against Durango came next, followed by an unex- pected loss to CRMS, who Basalt has never lost to in the past. “They felt like they could win without even trying,” Coach Hayes said. “With this team it’s all mental.” Hayes, who has coached this team through thick and thin, real- ized what was standing between this team and a state champion- ship title. “We have more talent than we need,” Hayes said. “But there’s no mental toughness to the team.” Coach Hayes says he has tried talking to the team about improv- ing their ‘mental toughness’, tell- ing the team that in some cases, “they are their own worst en- emy.” According to Hayes, the team’s goals were focused in the same place, the players just did not pic- ture the same paths to victory. “They do work as a team,” Hayes said. “They all want to win. They all do work hard. It’s just the little things that add up.” Occasionally, teammates would yell at each other and wouldn’t concentrate on what
they should have been doing, but they instead thought about how other team members weren’t do- ing what they were supposed to do. Also, players being ineligible to play in games because of poor grades or skipping classes took a toll on the team. “Ditching classes, which makes you miss out on the next game, is not being a good team player,” Hayes said. This year, the captains of the team were Ivano Del Piccolo, Wil- ber Marquez, and Ivan Loya. “Everybody has their own idea of what a good game of soccer should look like,” Del Piccolo said. Often times, according to Del Piccolo, the players wouldn’t play well together the ﬁrst half, and then would panic the second half, resulting in a stressed out team. This panic often caused commu- nication issues amongst the team. “We made history after beating Kent Denver for the ﬁrst time,” varsity goalie, junior Adrian Lu- jan said. “Now we are not com- municating, and we’re having problems.” On Oct. 25, the team headed to playoffs in Colorado Springs. They were invited as an ‘extra team’, and were seeded 14th go- ing into the weekend of intense soccer games. They ended up los- ing their ﬁrst game against Den- ver Christian, and did not advance to play again. In the future, the coach and players of this team hope to re- build Basalt’s soccer dynasty. “As far as next year goes,” said Hayes,“You just never know.”
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Softball Girls Tough It Out Through It All Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor
Thank you, Coach Bruce! Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor Recently, after their loss against Du-
rango, softball coach, Bruce Matherly, an- nounced he would be retiring from coaching before the season was out, after coaching the Longhorns since 2006. “It’s my belief that one should decide for oneself when it’s time to end one’s stay.,” Matherly wrote in his retirement letter. “I be- lieve this to be the ideal time for me to move on since the softball program has never been stronger and it is poised for an outstanding season, perhaps the best year ever. The right people-coaches and parents- are in place to maintain and enhance what we have worked so hard to build.” Even though Matherly will no longer be coaching, he’s still going to show his pride for the Lady Longhorns. “I will always support Longhorn softball, but from the sidelines now,” Matherly said. “I wanted to wait until the right time came along: a time when the program was very strong with a successful season all but guar- anteed, a time when great coaches, parents and players were involved. I felt this was the perfect season to pass the program on and retire.” Although the team has handled Mather- ly’s retirement very well, many players were sad to see him go. “I think that Bruce retiring in the middle of the season was kind of shock for a lot of girls on the team,” senior Hunter Ash said. “I miss his coaching, his mentoring and the way he treated everyone on the team. I along with every other girl, respect Bruce a lot. He taught me how to play softball, but also how to be a good person.” Matherly plans on spending his free time to enjoy fall hiking, ﬁshing, and biking.
The Lady Longhorns have found themselves in the spotlight once again this year with a record of 17-6, which led them to the Colorado State Champion- ships for the second year in a row. The Longhorns thrived, winning their ﬁrst state playoff game 15-1, but unfortunately getting knocked out of the running when they lost their sec- ond game 10-0. It hasn’t been all home runs and strikeouts, but the Longhorns have come a long way this season, making a name for themselves in Basalt athletics. Since Bruce Matherly’s retire- ment, coaching leadership has since been passed over to Coach Colin Young, which, as described by se- nior Gavin LaCroix, “was an adjustment to change from the coaching method that they were all used to, to something completely different.” Coach Young, who has been helping to coach the Longhorns for two years now, has taken over ﬁn- ishing out the Longhorn’s season with as much, if not more, dedication and determination to get the
girls somewhere they’ve never been before. “We were hoping to win states,” Young said. “That’s always our big- gest goal. I think it’s been a successful season- plen- ty of wins and losses. We do however want to beat our personal goals every
year in order to set higher ones.” This level of commit- ment and endurance does not come easily, especially to such a busy group of la- dies: facing the challenges of school work and hold- ing down a job, so long as they ‘don’t miss a prac- tice.’ Homecoming even took second to softball, as the girls left the Friday night game at halftime to play in Gunnison the next
day. “I think student athletes have to be both committed to sports and their class- es,” junior Bailey Strobel said. “‘Cause if you miss a class for a game then it’s all up to you to get caught up, which has been a chal- lenge for everyone on the
on the little things. From there, the big things will take care of themselves. We focus on hitting that one tough pitch, which will get us that hit, which will get us that run, which will take care of winning the game, which is the big thing here. But we al- ways focus on the little things, because it’s the little things that will make us better.” The girls, however, focus on more than just the ‘little things’ to get them to where they are today;; when it comes to the key to their success, what matters most seems to be acting as a family, not just a team. “I think that more than anything this season, our team has really become a fam- Photo: Susanne Shimp ily,” Hunter Ash said. team for sure.” “There have deﬁnitely Coach Colin has said been some rocky mo- that it is this kind of man- ments yet it has taught us agement he wants to aid a lot. Everything that has his players in gaining happened this season has through the sport. made us stick together and “We look at athletics as stand behind one another an extension of the class- through it all. The rela- room and building life tionships that have grown skills through a competi- through the sport is what tive environment,” Young I love the most. To know said. “Our goal of course that my friends have my is to always do our best to back is good to know es- win, but you have to prove pecially as our senior sea- as an individual, to focus son comes to an end.”
Basalt Cross Country Runners Climb Up the Rankings Hailey Swirbul, Staff Reporter
Photo: Maite Nieblas
The team ﬂashes their gang sign on top of Aspen Mountain.
Don’t be surprised to see the Longhorn’s cross country running stars leading the pack in next year’s season, as the run- ners on this year’s team have made their way up the Colorado rankings. As summer came to a close, the cross country runners began intensive training for their 5k running races throughout the fall, and every member of the team shaved off at least 1-2 minutes off their 5k times from the beginning of the season to the end. Head coach Ron Lund has coached the Basalt cross country team for many years, and he is
very proud of the runners’ performance overall this year. “I was pleased to see kids run to their potential by the end of the season,” Lund said. This year, the team had more than one dozen par- ticipants, including run- ners from Roaring Fork High School, as the two- mid-valley schools com- bine to create one team big enough for the district to support. Multiple inexpe- rienced runners decided to join the cross country team this year, but Coach Lund made the season memora- ble and fun for committed runners on the team.
“I’m real happy with the kids--especially since they’re such a young team,” Lund said. Next year, Lund hopes to “up the workload” for members of the team, since most of them now have ex- perience under their belts. The head coach is looking forward to getting athletes more “excited about run- ning prior to the season” in the future. On October 26, junior Zach Walsh and sophomore Hailey Swirbul competed at the cross country state championships and got 4th and 9th, repectively.
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Dan Levan: The Number One Fan! Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor
Many students might know Dan as the man who helps out Oliver, but who would have known he’s the Longhorn’s biggest fan? A mom to a senior football player said that at her son’s foot- ball games she always took no- tice to a man cheering louder than anyone in the stands. Curious as to who this mystery man was, the Roundup was surprised to ﬁnd it was none other than Dan Levan: bus driver and special ed teacher for Basalt. Knowing there must be more to him than that, the Longhorn Roundup conducted an interview with Mr. Dan Levan. Roundup: Were you ever in the military? We heard you were very loud at games and we won- dered if you had ever been in the military. Levan: Of course. I was in the Air Force for eight years and the Army National Guard for six years. RU: We can see where the
loud voice comes from now. What is your job at BHS? Levan: I’m a Special Ed help- er. RU: What is your dream job? Levan: This is my dream job: helping at Basalt High School. My school spirit comes from my passion for the school. Out of the multiple jobs I’ve had, this is my favorite. My love for helping started from a young age. Every- one in my life has always sup- ported me and that’s why I sup- port others. RU: What is it that you love about your job? Levan: Seeing the current se- niors grow up is what gives me inspiration. I’ve seen them de- velop so long that they feel like family to me. I love seeing them graduate. RU: Do you love sports in gen- eral or speciﬁcally school sports? Levan: I love school sports because I get to see students from
the class pour out their energy on the ﬁeld. I don’t have a passion for national sports, but I love to support the school. RU: What’s your goal as the Longhorn’s number one fan? Levan: I try to attend all the events I can but I’m unable to be- cause of how the sports are set up so I can’t make it to all the games. I try to go to as many football and volleyball games as I can. RU: What makes you the Longhorn’s number one fan? Levan: I have the spirit of a student because I never played sports at a young age. I was in choir. Maybe it’s because I nev- er played sports that I’m going through my sports stage now. RU: Anything you would like to add? Levan: I had so many people help me in life that I want to mo- Photo: Katie Hankinson tivate others. Dan Levan stands fully attired in homecoming RU: You are a motivator. themed clothing during the parade on Sept. 27. And he gave a giant smile.
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First issue of student newspaper at Basalt High School for the 2013/14 school year.