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Sheldon High School 2455 willakenzie Rd., Eugene, Or 97401 vol. 42 Issue 8 June 6, 2007

Graduation requirements changing Classes graduating in 2009 or later must earn 24 credits, including an extra credit in both math and science by Jamie Burns reflections editor New graduation requirements set higher standards for sophomores and younger classes. On January 18, 2007 the State Board of Education voted and approved a new twenty-four credit graduation requirement for those who graduate high school in Oregon in the years 2009 and

later. The new requirements are made to help prepare students for college, work, and their lives after high school. Freshman Cody Lamb said, “The changes could help students because they are learning more. Students could also struggle because the increase of work.” In addition to more courses that students have to complete, there are other improvements made to better students’ learning. Students also have to pass reading, writing, social studies and math CIM tests in order to receive a certificate of advanced mastery. However, they can still graduate without doing well on the testing. High school requirements also try to help students connect to the outside world. In 2002, a new system was adopted in which students graduating 2006 or later have to be in career-related learning activities and meet a standard of sufficiency.

Increase in stamp price shocks most letter senders

The new changes will create fuller classes for students who will graduate in the future. Current sophomores and younger students must complete three credits in math and science, raising the amount from the former two credits. Classes of 2009 and 2010 must receive four language art credits, which are raised from the previous three credits required. For students graduating in the class of 2012 the graduation requirements in Oregon will be raised again. Freshman Sarah Sprague said, “I think the changes help students handle more responsibility. Some kids don’t know what to do with the new work, so it is good that they are making it harder gradually.” As the requirements continue to change, students alter their classes and work effort. All with hope that generations to come will continue to improve work ethics and intelligence.

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Good news for e-mail: As the price of stamps increased to 41 cents on May 14, 2007, letters may become less common in the mailbox by Jaime Fazio reflections editor Before putting mail in the mailbox, be sure there’s a stamp on it with the correct postage! U.S. postal customers now need more than just 39 cents to send a first-class piece of mail through the U.S. postal system. On May 14, 2007, the price of a stamp went up two cents, making the current price 41 cents. Nationwide, post offices are now selling the 41 cent stamps. They are also selling one and two cent stamps for those customers who have to use up their old 39 cent stamps. Freshman Erika Quiroz said, “I think that people may get upset due to the increase in the price of stamps because they are wasting precious money.” Just a year ago, there was another change in price of stamps, from 37 cents to 39 cents. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that in 10 years, the price to send a first-class piece of mail will cost up to a dollar just for the stamp. By increasing the price of the stamp now, the post office introduced a stamp called the “forever stamp.” This “forever stamp” is a stamp that, no matter if the price of the stamp increases, will be good forever. There will no longer be a need for those two or three cent additional postage stamps. Even with the new price on the stamp, people will still send mail, even if that means having to spend more money per stamp. Quiroz also stated, “No matter what, people are going to send mail, regardless of the price of stamp if it is for an important cause like paying bills or sending cards for special occasions.” The new stamp price may be shocking to the average mail-sender. Freshman Marlene Melendrez said, “I think that people may become annoyed with the new price because now they have to pay more money just to send mail. On the other hand, I think that it is both good and bad that they raised the price of stamps, because even though it may cost more to send mail, it allows the government to get more money.” Of course, for the average Sheldon mail-sender, the question still remains: Will the price of his or her necessary stamps ever stop rising?

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On the first sunny day of Springfest, senior Heidi Kamp (right) helps students enjoy and celebrate Springfest by painting faces for students such as sophomore Yana Perekrestova.

Senior Graduation Party Night Celebration at Camp Harlow by Amanda Kahl staff writer This year the seniors of Sheldon will be going to Camp Harlow once again for Senior Night, otherwise known as Graduation Night. Senior Night is a graduation party for seniors. It will happen on June 7 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. There is an entrance fee of $25 per ticket. Sorry, underclassmen, but seniors are the only ones who are allowed to attend. The activities that will be available are: go-carts, rock climbing, bumper boats, zip

line, photo booths, an inflatable obstacle course, heated outdoor pool, casino, Frank’s Place game room, basketball court, mini golf, and a caricaturist. There will also be a D.J., food, a free coffee cart, and chances to win great gift cards. To go to senior night you have to ride the bus from Sheldon to Camp Harlow. Senior Casey Jorgenson said, “I’m exited for the go-carts and bumper boats.” Jorgenson also said that most of the senior class will be attending senior night. Tickets will be on sale during lunch from May 10 to June 6. For more information, there are bright yellow flyers available in the front office. It is also possible to contact Judy Reneke at 345-8642 or Cheryl Konold at 3424819, to have any additional questions answered.

Springfest 2007 will be a celebration fondly remembered by participants Springfest brought fun to lunchtime by Jaime Burns centerspread editor Every year students look forward to the fun, fast pace, and exhilarating things that happen during the springtime, but most of all they look forward to Springfest. Springfest is a time for fun and games, and a time for students to

relax while winding down the school year. It was held May 30 through June 1 in the courtyard at lunch. During Springfest, lunches were extended to one hour instead of forty minutes. Extended lunches have proved to be the most exciting part of spring fest for students. Freshman Alisa Taylor said, “I love having extended lunches, it just gives you that extra few minutes to relax and have fun!” Some of the activities available were face painting, karaoke, pie-eating contest, and a battle of the bands. Battle of the Bands took place on the very last day of Springfest 2007. When asked what she thought of

the battle of the bands, freshman Rebekah Blake said, “It was so amazing; everybody was so good. I loved all of them; it was good to relax and listen to some good music!” Most of the music played at the battle of the bands was guitar and drums. Some of the songs were clearly heard through the roaring of the amplifier, while others were a melody of squeaks and squabbles. For the most part students enjoyed hearing the music. Springfest was a huge success this year, the weather was great, and the students loved it! It’s just too bad students have wait until next year to have Springfest again.

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Presidential Environmentalist to terrorist hopefuls start Oregon-grown eco-saboteurs campaign early separately tried and sentenced Obama, Clinton, McCain, Romney and Giuliani all get an early start on the campaign trail by Brad Morse staff writer Despite the election being almost a year and a half away, the presidential race for the white house has begun. There have already been debates, and the two major parties have ten main candidates. There are also many possible candidates that have not yet released statements regarding whether or not they will run. Fundraising too is well on its way. Interestingly, this race is said to likely be the most expensive yet. The amount of money spent on presidential elections has doubled in the last eight years. It is said that the race will cost a billion dollars in fund raising, and the major candidates will have raised at least 100 million dollars each by the end of 2007. Sophomore Andrew Sexton said, “People shouldn’t be campaigning so long before the actual election day.” Pundits and political experts have developed a list of what are called “battleground states”(states that could go either way), and the states that have been given that status are: Ohio, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. The most valuable of these states is Pennsylvania, which tends to swing to either of the parties. As for Ohio, no republican has taken the oval office without “The Buckeye State.” Another important state is Iowa, which went for the democrats in 2000 and the republicans in 2004 by a small margin both times. Sophomore Barry Peiskee said, “Oregon isn’t [going to be a battleground state]; it’s not like there’s a chance that Oregon will vote anything but democrat.” Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the leading Democrats, with Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani as the leading Republicans. Obama is the most inexperienced candidate, but he still has massive support. His early life may be a hindrance for him however, as he grew up in a Muslim environment. Hillary Clinton is currently the most popular democrat, but her refusal to apologize for voting for the Iraq war could damage her. It is unclear how her husband will affect her candidacy. Mitt Romney is very popular, but many are worried about him being a Mormon, which is a very conservative sect of Christianity that once supported polygamy and similar traditions. John McCain is the most well-known republican running, and has made many remarks criticizing the current administration (he still has made it clear that he supports the Iraq war however.) that may alienate him from other party members. Rudy Giuliani is famous for being the mayor of New York City during 9/11, although he has been criticized by some that view him as coasting on it without much else to his campaign. It’s sure to be an interesting race.

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by Joe Roberts news editor In the late 1990’s there was a rash of “attacks” from an environmentalist movement which called itself the Earth Liberation Front; said organization goes by the acronym ELF and members refer to themselves as “the elves.” Ten members of this organization have been brought up on charges of arson. All have pleaded guilty to their involvement in multiple arsons and attempted arsons of federal and private institutions which have ecologically unfriendly policies. The debate is not over whether or not these people committed a crime, but rather the question is, “are these people terrorists?” Looking at the cold hard facts it is possible to quickly draw the conclusion that these people are indeed terrorists. By the newly made federal statute they qualify as terrorists. This is because they intentionally caused damage to private facilities and federal institutions which endangered the environment, in an effort to deter people from taking specific actions. Junior Ben Sundberg agrees, stating that, “[Terrorism is] any act which is intended to, through threat of physical, mental, or emotional harm, force another person or group into any state of being or to perform any action.” Judge Ann Aiken has ruled that the acts must be judged on a case to case basis, calling for the prosecution to provide

“clear and convincing evidence” that the acts were acts of terrorism. Clear and convincing evidence is a standard of evidence not commonly used in criminal law. For guilt or any decision to be made usually something must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, or in civil trials it must be proved that something is probably what happened. Clear and convincing evidence is the intermediate step; there may be some debate over the guilt/motivation though the reasonable dissenting voice must be in the vast minority. There is still the question, do the individual acts count as terrorism? According to history teacher Stan Washburn, “No, the attacks are not terrorism. The acts of the extremists, while damaging to the environmentalist cause and to the local economy, they do not directly threaten human life.” There have been several environmentalists who have said that the “eco-saboteurs” do not deserve prison time; the accused were doing what they believed was right for the environment and were simply taking a more hands-on approach. These people seem to subscribe to a portion of Henry David Thoreau’s belief which is explained in his essay, Civil Disobedience. However, Thoreau clearly says that if someone disagrees with the way things are, and he or she breaks the law as a form of protest, the person should be ready to pay the price. With the plea bargain which was already struck, the ten members of the ELF stand to spend between three and sixteen years in prison; if they are tagged as a terrorist syndicate there is no guarantee that Judge Aiken will extend the sentences nor is there any guarantee that the plea bargain will even be acknowledged by anti-terrorist legislation passed under the Clinton administration.

Cal Young subject of threats in May On two separate occasions Cal Young Middle School was struck by bomb threats by Peyton Brazell staff writer

Cal Young middle school has recently had problems with bomb threats. Sometime around May 11, 2007, in one of the school’s bathrooms a threat was found stating that a bomb was to go off somewhere in the school the next day around noon. Authorities were immediately called and searched the school. Freshman Jana Whisler stated, “They should have had more publicity and closed the school. People should know their family and friends are safe in school.” The next day school was not canceled, but the entire school was surrounded by police. No bomb ever went off so students and staff began to relax. Freshman Kaylee Nelson said, “I think the culprit sent out this threat just to get school canceled and scare the staff and students. It also could have been a dare. With the Virginia Tech Massacre just happening, students and staff should have

been more prepared for any school bomb or gun threats.” Less than a week later, on May 15, another threat was found in one of the girls bathrooms. Wednesday night was the first time that the news gave any information on the threats. All that was said was that at Cal Young Middle School two threats had been made in less than one week, and there was a reward for any information given to authorities. Nelson stated, “There should have been more publicity on Cal Young, but it also should have been made clear that they are not considered a major threat.” Although there hasn’t been much publicity on the threats, people are still hearing things. There is now a rumor going around Cal Young that the threats have been written in blood, one in the girl’s bathroom and the other in the boys. Whisler said, “My sister is a seventh grader at Cal Young Middle School, and even though there wasn’t a news report on the threats right away my family knew about them. The school did send home calls to the guardians of all the students from Cal Young.” Both Nelson and Whisler agreed that school should have been canceled after the first threat, but after the second threat school should have been optional. Security is becoming stricter so that the school doesn’t have to deal with yet another threat. Many people believe that if the Virginia Tech massacre had not just happened, authorities would not have taken so much caution with their actions.

IHS government elections canceled Reorganization leads to cancelation of IHS officer elections by Alicia Luck staff writer This year the IHS student government didn’t have elections. This was because the student government itself decided this after a vote and the need to reorganize the program. The IHS student government has many students from all over the Eugene area working together to the help this international

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program reach new goals and expectations. The group of students are picked by their peers from all four campuses: Sheldon, North Eugene, South Eugene, and Churchill. Every grade has three representatives. The IHS student government helps to organize the IHS carnival, which helps raise money for the program. The students help organize other events such as the Eurasian conference for the sophomores in IHS. They also helped organize the African Celebration for the freshman who just entered the program. The IHS program is open to any student that is willing to join; there are no grade limitations. The IHS student government helps their entire student body in any way they can. The IHS student government has forty-eight members. The students that represent the school take pride in their program and the school they go to. The International program has been in the Eugene schools for years. Sheldon’s International High Schools Secretary Peggy Farris said, “The first actually graduating class of the International High school program was in 1989. That graduating class was split in between Sheldon and South Eugene. Classes were added to that until the International High school program was offered to freshmen through seniors.” North Eugene recently added this program to their school. These schools have students meet to discuss issues involving the whole program. President of IHS student government Katherine Kahl said, “We decided not to hold elections this spring because the group is reorganizing right now. This year’s members are re-building student government by looking at the aspects that work best and the events that are more successful. As soon as the group thinks they have everything ready, elections will be held. Students submit a paragraph explaining why they want to be in SG, and the paragraphs are shown to the IHS student government who vote on three representatives.”


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Retiring teachers are approaching their last days at Sheldon High Four Sheldon staff members are packing their belongings at school and getting ready for a life after work by Coleton Carpenter staff writer One of the things that must be accepted after becoming a teacher is the possibility of spending the rest of one’s working days wallowing through the same double doors that that teacher has walked through for decades. The amazing thing about teachers though, is that they have the exclusive and well-sought after ability to sit through unsettling events, choosing not to wince during the inevitably unexciting outcomes of a normal school day. There is a shining light at the end of the tunnel, something that all teachers daydream of while they are watching students hastily try to finish last night’s homework.

Retirement: the day when teachers can all finally leave the school and not have to pretend they know the student’s names without looking at the seating chart. Fortunately for them, a few teachers at Sheldon High School are retiring this year, and it can be considered obvious that they have been pondering what it would be like to up and leave the little concrete walled, windowless room they have lovingly called their classrooms. The one place where “young people” walk in, sit down, and understand that the balance of power has shifted the moment they crossed the threshold between the teen world and the adult world. The teachers who are retiring are: Mrs. Boles, Mr. Roth, Mrs. VanRysselberghe, and Mr. Zwettler. Junior Daniel Bodily said he imagined teachers “buying a beach-house in Florida and waiting until the sun sets on their lives” when they retire. There is no doubt that Sheldon High School will miss their now-liberated teachers, but there is also no doubt that the teachers themselves will miss Sheldon (before their long-overdue vacation, of course.)

International high school IHS classes differ from regular and honors classes in subject and in text by Garet Gray staff writer During this school year IHS students from different grade levels have been partaking in different activities that study the world and its history. For students who don’t know about IHS, the program consists of three classes in two class periods. Morning IHS means that on alpha days, students show up for school at 7:28; the first class is geography, then cultural aesthetics. Cultural aesthetics is a year-long class that changes focus each term. The four different rotations are: physical education, art, drama and health. The next day is an Omega day, where school starts at the regular time (8:56), with literature being the first period of the day. Literature and geography have large projects due periodically through-

out the year. Freshmen students read books throughout the year, and then have major projects at the end. The books freshmen students read are Rabbit Proof Fence,The River Between, Night, and The Samurai’s Garden. The Rabbit Proof Fence is a story about the persecution of Australian aborigines. The story is of three girls surviving the British occupation. The River Between is a story about a young boy named Waiyaki and his struggles to fulfill the prophecy of him uniting two feuding villages and keeping them from the new religion, Christianity, all the while struggling to keep his relationship afloat with an aborigine who has converted to Christianity. Night is a book about World War II, mainly the holocaust. The author, Elie Wiesel, was a survivor of the Holocaust and wrote about his experiences. The story began when Elie was 13, and his hopes and dreams involved the Jewish faith. The Samurai’s Garden is still being read in freshman IHS literature Students work throughout the school year on tedious projects only to have a slight break for the summer. For freshmen, sophomores and juniors, the work will continue next year. For seniors, the work is just beginning.

Are SparkNotes just a helpful advantage for students or an easy way to cheat? Students often use SparkNotes to supplement reading, but sometimes replace it altogether

titles or key phrases depending on the user’s interest. Although this website can be helpful when used appropriately, many people see SparkNotes as a shortcut or cheat sheet for reading assignments. SparkNotes breaks down books chapter by chapter in short summaries, lists characters with detailed descriptions, shows key by Caroline Hanson facts, gives plot overviews, and describes any possible then and now editor symbols, motifs and themes used throughout the book. It is clear why students use this website: it is easy to SparkNotes receives over eight hundred million hits per use and detailed. But in some eyes, the accessibility year. This useful, yet frequently abused, website allows shouldn’t replace reading assignments. Junior Ashley stressed and procrastinating students and avid readers to Pinkham said, “I don’t use SparkNotes because I research a wide selection of novels and short stories. The like to read and I usually make time to read books.” SparkNotes homepage opens to a series of tabs that read: Summaries and plot details provided by SparkNotes are SparkNotes, no fear Shakespeare, test prep, college search, often abused by students, yet this website also includes and Spark Life. Each tab opens to the selected section and study questions, practice essay topics, quizzes, and within that section users narrow their searches. The initial suggestions for further reading. These helpful sections home page also provides users with a quick search bar supply users with easy, prearranged methods to prepare in the upper right hand corner that is intended for book for tests. Some people have difficulty with study habits or finding the time to organize a method that works for them. English teacher Mr. Cabrera said, “Although SparkNotes may seem to be a helpful resource, students can just as easily get burned for relying on it. The practice quizzes consist of very lowlevel thinking questions and since teachers are well aware of the site it is easy for us to track students who have “borrowed” ideas for essays and projects.” Cabrera also said, “If a suspicious essay lands on my desk SparkNotes is the first place I look.” The internet will always provide students with outside information and answers, whether they are right Lizzy Morris photo or wrong. It is up to students to Senior Annie Cuff researches her book on choose if, how, and when to use them.

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Mrs. VanRysselberghe, a French and Spanish teacher, plans to retire at the end of this year.

Top colleges for graduates Most seniors plan to attend local schools, while some venture further by Kaisha Gauderman staff writer Many Sheldon students are often wondering what colleges our graduating seniors plan to attend next year. Top colleges are a must-know for incoming juniors and seniors great for the rest of the school to know as well. Many try for Ivy League colleges including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, but few make it as all of them are private and very selective. Harvard, for example, accepted 9.8 percent of its applicants last year. Although Sheldon’s class of 2007 doesn’t have any students that plan to attend an Ivy League college, many are planning on staying local. The top Sheldon colleges include Lane Community College, Oregon State, and various Seattle and Portland colleges. The plus side of attending these schools is that they will be close to home and family. About fifty-eight students have indicated that they plan to attend Lane because it is both local and low on cost. Senior Hannah Harris said, “It’s close in town--I like that.” University of Oregon is highly rated and has about forty-three new students from Sheldon. This college is especially known for it’s study abroad program which allows students to travel the world while still getting a good education. It seems that most students are choosing to stay near Oregon, however about nine students are planning on attending east coast schools such as in New York and Florida. Senior Mike Kingsly said he’s attending Boston University to study business because, “It opens the most doors for you.” As more companies go international there is a rising need for business men and woman. Out of a total of about 374 students only 205 have indicated the college they plan to attend in the Career Center. Another option many are choosing is taking a year off before going to college. Many believe it will give them a sense of reality and encourage college as an option.Still others just want a break from school. After twelve or more years of school, they deserve it. Although this alternative is highly considered it only works for certain individuals- a large percentage are resistant to go back to school after the year-long break. It is common knowledge that getting back into the game can be difficult. Still, it is something to be considered. Graduating seniors will be missed at Sheldon High School, but it is good to know that the majority of them will still be in or close to Eugene. One of the positive aspects of college is the sense of independence it gives it’s students. College is one of the major steps to being on your own. LANE TUTORING SERVICE, INC. PRESENTS:

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Staying safe this summer season Heat-related ailments, drownings, and car accidents are just a few of the summer season’s risks by Woohyun Kweon contributing writer With summer approaching quickly, students are busy planning vacations or preparing for their freshman year in college. Many are looking forward to the numerous activities they will participate in, ranging from hiking up a mountain to attending a concert with others. With such a wide range of activities for the summer, safety is particularly an issue this time of year. From simple sunburns to serious accidents such as drowning, anyone is susceptible to physical injuries. The sun plays a big factor in summer accidents. Sunburn, sunstroke, dehydration, and even skin cancer are illnesses that can be prevented. Applying sunscreen every couple of

hours and staying out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day are easy ways to prevent sunburn and sunstroke. Sunscreen not only prevents sunburn, but it also protects one’s skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, reducing the chance of having dermatological problems or a type of skin cancer such as melanoma. Staying well-hydrated is essential to one’s health. To avoid becoming dehydrated, keeping bottles of water nearby can serve as a reminder to drink fluids often. Food poisoning may be caused by improper storage of foods, especially in the summer heat. Refrigerating foods and keeping them from directly receiving sunlight are ways to reduce spoiling food. Camping is a leisure activity that many in Oregon enjoy. “There’s the possibility of a forest fire,” said sophomore Chen-yun Yang. Dry areas of the forest with scorching temperatures bring about the possibility of a forest fire. Properly disposing matches and making sure that gas burners are turned off while camping reduces the chance of forest fires. As Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” The percentage of car accidents remains high throughout the year. “I think there are more car accidents in the summer

because more students are free to drive around,” sophomore Andrew Kang said. This may be true as many teenagers attend sporting events or concerts with their friends and take vacations where long distances of travel are required. Another serious accident that occurs during the summer is drowning, whether it is in a community swimming pool or the ocean. Knowing how to swim before jumping into the deep end of any body of water is vital. CPR training may also prove to be very useful in saving someone’s life. Drowning may also occur on a boating trip; therefore, remember to keep a lifejacket on and have a radio or cell phone nearby. In both car accidents and drowning incidents, alcohol may possibly be a factor. Underage drinking and drunk driving will only increase the chance of these types of accidents. Although diving accidents do not occur as often as others, improper diving can damage a person’s spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis and damage a person’s upper or lower body structure. Thus, diving headfirst into the shallow end of the pool is not the best idea. As the school year comes to an end, prepare for the warm nights and vacation trips. Keep in mind, however, the safety issues and enjoy the summer vacation.

Vacation spots Finding the right first car vacation spots include requires research and patience Popular Maui, California, and Florida by Kaylee Wolf then and now editor

Safety, reliability, and fuel-efficiency are important aspects to consider when shopping for a car by Dusty Beckett staff writer

The greatest joy to having a driver’s license is all the freedom; however, a student who has to use his or her parent’s car quickly loses some of that freedom. It’s time to stop using the parent’s car and get a first car. Choosing a first car can be tough. The first tip to buying a car is to not get in a rush. Running out and buying the first car at a used car lot is a gamble and it might end up being a car that isn’t what the buyer wants. Unfortunately, a new car owner often finds this out only after the purchase is complete. Also remember that there is no grace period after buying a car. Once a car is purchased the sale is final, and there is no going back. When a car purchase is finalized, don’t continue to shop for a car. Next, find a car that is appealing, or think of features or qualities of cars that are important. For a new driver, safety is important, as is reliability, and fuel-efficiency. When buying a car, find out if the car has standard safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes. If a student wants to buy a car and has to take out a loan for it, steer clear from a loan that is more than 48 months. Paying off a car for five or more years is not in the best interest of a car owner. Buying a cheap used car doesn’t have to mean buying a used car that’s barely running. The cars suggested here should not be looked at as the only cars

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Honda Civics are a popular first car for new, young drivers

worth buying. Research is important when buying a car. When one goes out to buy, other than knowing exactly what car is wanted, know what other dealers and online car lots price the car at. Also know the Kelly Blue Book value of a car. Kelly Blue Book can be found online at Because insurance is so expensive for single men under 25, men should avoid two door cars. Cars with turbo chargers will make insurance premiums go up (even turbo diesel.) Some insurance company’s drop the price of insurance if a car alarm is installed, the car has airbags, anti-lock brakes, or if the car is kept in a garage. Car makers like Toyota, and especially Honda are good cars with great low- maintenance engines. Smaller engine sizes 1.3L to 1.9L will always get better gas mileage than larger engines. Keep in mind that many Japanese cars like Toyota and Honda are well-built and parts are cheap. German cars like Volkswagen are practical, cheap, and trunk and interior spaces are larger than average. American cars are best to avoid because of expensive parts, and unreliable engine life. South-Pacific cars like Kia are good to avoid as well. Hyundai has a 100,000 mile warranty which is one of the best warranties; however, older Hyundais are unreliable. Newer Hyundais are a safe bet for a first car, though. Finally, Volvo is generally the safest car maker and can be found with a diesel engine. A good used car will save a new car owner from some of the hassles that come with buying a used car. If a student takes time to research and find the right car, any student can find a great car for himself or herself.

Summer is almost here and the warm weather is approaching. With no homework or tests to occupy students, the big questions are: What are students going to do? And where are they going to go? The hot spots to visit over the summer have always been warm, tropical locations such as Maui, California, and Florida. However, some people are taking the trip less traveled to experience less popular locations. Junior Kylia Dow said, “My friend is going on a cruise to Alaska. I wouldn’t want to go there because it’s cold and I like to tan during the summer.” Europe is a popular place to go during spring break, but can also be enjoyed during the summer. Milan, Paris and London are renowned for their clothing boutiques and art galleries and would be the ideal place to go fall school clothes shopping. Europe offers tours of museums that are filled with world famous paintings and sculptures. Europe is a large tourist attraction, but would not be as crowed as the beaches of Miami and Florida. Maui, California and Florida are famous for their beaches. Places such as West Palm Beach, Florida, and Hana Bay in Maui have crystal clear water and lots of hot places to surf. Junior Ashley Johnson said, “I flew to Mexico and stayed at a resort. There was a lot of clear warm water, and I saw an eel while I was scuba diving. I really liked being in a different country.” Whether you want museums and gelato or sun rays and surf, websites like and can help make the decision easier by showing vacation spots by popularity or price range. It’s important to shop around for the best deal on plane tickets, and also keep shopping and food expenses in mind. It may be a good idea to get money saved up during the first half of summer, and splurge on souvenirs during the second half.

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Athletes of the year recognized at annual ceremony Outstanding athletes were among the many students recognized at the Academy Awards on May 24 by Drew Miner staff writer This year, for the Irish, has been one for the books. Sheldon’s ability to adapt to change is impressive, as the Irish keep dominating in the new league as though we had been for many years. The football program advanced deep into the state playoffs, extending the team’s league winning streak of 51 games, and was champion of the new conference. The team was lead by seniors Bo Moos, Alex Besaw, Aaron Pflugrad, Matt Arbuckle, Aaron Dryden, Mario Escajeda, Kevin Roemer, and Jack Dukeminier. The volleyball team also advanced to the state play-offs lead by a talented group of seniors. But, don’t cut cross country short as it totes a senior state champion, Casey Masterson. Winter sports, however, did not take a backseat to fall, as they had their fair share of talented athletes as well. Both the boys and girls basketball teams had outstanding seasons as they ended up third and fourth in the state tournament, respectively. Also, girls swimming came together this year to win the district meet, and the boys came in second behind South Eugene. Last but definitely not least are the spring sports. Both baseball and softball had a shot this year at play-offs, yet did not prevail after losing close games. Nevertheless, these two teams must not go unrecognized. Kenny Niles pushed his team to league co-champions and in

doing so helped three of his senior leaders receive scholarships to Oregon State. Sheldon Softball also had a successful season as they were ranked on numerous occasions as the ninth-best team in the state. Although they have no senior leaders, younger players stepped up and lead them to a good year. Don’t count track or men’s lacrosse out yet. Casey Masterson appears again with a state title in the 1500 and the 3000. But, the real question being asked is who will be named the athlete of the year? Every year at the academy awards an award is given to the best senior male and female athlete. What does that mean to be an athlete, or even athlete of the year? Who was qualified? Who won? There are many types of athletes. There are team captains, who make big plays and do as the name implies, lead. Then there are athletes who are the backbone of the team; they are excellent in their own way, often resilient and determined. This year Sheldon has honored both styles of athletes. There were two potential awards a senior could have won for athletics: marine athlete, and army athlete. Two athletes were chosen for each award, one male, and one female athlete.This year’s winners for the army athletes were Rachael Horgan and Brent McKee. The qualities required for this award were leadership and a high GPA. The marine athlete required a different type of athlete. The marines asked for the athlete to have extreme determination and resilience. The winners were Jared Herr and Wendy Bryant. Sheldon respects and honors these athletes as they are true athletes. Each one of them is very special in his or her own way. Never giving up, these athletes knew the meaning of perseverance. We all hope to see great things from them in the future.

June 6, 2007


Boys golf ends season with heads held high The Irish guys golf team cap off an amazing season with a second place finish in the state tournament, falling behind only Jesuit High School by Ryan Pickens staff writer The Sheldon boys golf team went for the three-peat as state champions. Philip Bagdade had the first tee time for the Irish followed by Brent McKee, Nic Polski, Kyle Owen, and Joe McCall. Phil Bagdade led the Irish on day one with a +3. At the end of the first day the Irish were five strokes back of Jesuit heading into the final round. The Irish needed to come up with a very good second day to turn the outcome in their favor. They had good second round scores from the group; the big question was if they could overcome Jesuit. For day two, Sheldon, South Eugene and Jesuit all played together. Day two order was as follows: Brent McKee, Nic Polski, Kyle Owen, Joe McCall and Philip Bagdade. Sheldon’s first golfer of the day, McKee, ended up with a 76 on day two, while Polski carded a 77, Owen had an 86 and Joe McCall had a 74. While Jesuit’s day ended just the way day one finished with the lead and the OSAA Championship. The Irish ended up in second place. On the positive side, Phillip Bagdade finished first in 6A as a State Champion for the individuals. Both schools ended up playing very competitively at the difficult OGA course in Woodburn, Oregon.

Urban golfing the new trend around U.S. cities Can’t make it to the course? No problem! Golf anywhere around town, if you feel like breaking the law by Satchel Kornfeld staff writer The shout of “fore” rings out over the green, but this isn’t just any green. The green is in fact a concrete jungle and could also be described as an urban setting. Nevertheless, the “fore” is real and so is the golf game. You see, this can’t be described as your ordinary golf game. It is a

game of urban golf, and urban golf is a game of champions. The origins of urban golf are not completely known. What is known is that it can be classified as an underground sport. The people who play it must be willing to take the risks associated with any underground sport and know that they might bring forth the wrath of the authorities including the police. Senior Ryan Lytle stated, “Urban golf is a swell way to spend the afternoon.” A game of urban golf can take up many hours of the day, just like a regular game of golf can. The game of urban golf also has its origins in the sport of campus golf (a variation of golf that is played on college campuses.) The key places for a game of urban golf to take place are urban settings of course. This includes such places as abandoned construction sites, downtown

in various cities, as well as from rooftop to rooftop. The major disadvantage of urban golf is that it isn’t legal. Even though there are urban golf tournaments throughout the world, they still are not allowed. This fact makes some people sad. Senior Caitlin Cramer stated, “Urban golf is such an amazing sport and it gives me a huge adrenaline rush when I play it.” But what exactly is urban golf? It is golf but with variations of regular rules. Pretty much anything can disrupt a game of urban golf, from traffic to pedestrians. Luckily, this allows for the rules of urban golf to be much more lax. The course can range from any spot in town to another spot in town to act as the hole. It takes courage to play urban golf with all the dangers involved. The men and women who play it could best be described as danger seekers.

Middle schoolers vandalize pole vault equipment Two middle school students burned the shed used for storing pole vaulting equipment causing $15,000 in damages

were charged with reckless burning and criminal mischief. Hopefully the boys learned from their experience, but from the looks of things the two boys still need a lesson in fire safety.

by Cody Holman staff writer On April 28, 2007, the pole vaulting equipment shed at Sheldon High School was destroyed by two middle school boys. Police say they were using it as a fort for quite some time and burnt a piece of plastic which got out of hand. An eye witness saw smoke rising from the Sheldon High School area and then saw two boys running from the scene. They thought it was very suspicious so they dialed 911 right away. When the fire team arrived the equipment shed was already engulfed in flames. After the fire was put out it was clear that the shed and the pole vaulting mats were destroyed. The damage done to the shed and the pole vaulting mats amounted to a loss of about $15,000. It took roughly two days to clean up the mess the fire left behind, but the clean up still could not ease the hearts of the track team. “It is just truly devastating,” said sophomore high jumper Barry Peiskee. Even students that are not part of the track team were appalled. “It was a very bad experience for Sheldon and I wish anything like that never happens again,” said sophomore Andrew Sexton. The police arrested the two boys based on physical descriptions from eye witnesses. They were released to their parents after they

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The pole vaulting shed was vandalized in late April by two middle school students. The boys were caught, and the shed was repaired and is back to normal.

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Adelphi University Makenna Hale Cornell University Sarah Sohn Manhattenville College Kylie DeFrance New York University Sarah Beudert Parson’s Alan Lee

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Bucknell University Heidi Kamp

Middlebury, Vermont Michelle Spesser Emerson College, Mass. Teal Martin Gordon College, Mass. Matt Johnson

Duke University Jin Young Kim

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Armed Forces Jeffrey Fisher Community Living Program Sheri Clack Mission Work in India Michelle Plueard Returning to Finland Kaisu Tanskanen Returning to Germany Johanna Albrecht Oliver Jonnen Returning to Sweden Anna Meyer Traveling Matthew Ritzer Andrew Walton Working Tre’ Baxter Nicholas Boatwright Peter Boshart William Edwards Christopher Hubbard Trevin Jones Casey Jorgenson Terri Lewis Sunnie Major Adam Meltebeck Lindsey Rose Jennifer Smith

8 June 6, 2007 Tanner Alberts AP U.S. History Student of the Year Johanna Albreckt Female PE Student of the Year Athlete Scholar Matthew Alsin Athlete Scholar Rosa Anaya Eugene Rotary Club Outstanding Youth Recognition Amber Anderson Athlete Scholar Chiarra Arpaia AP European History Student of the Year Female PE Student of the Year Katherine Barnhart Athlete Scholar Andrew Barnum University of Oregon General Scholarship University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Science Achievement Award in Biology U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award 4.0 GPA Senior Susannah Bartel University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Jennifer Batson Seattle University Campion Scholarship Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year Gracie Beaver Science Achievement Award in Chemistry Stephanie Bellissimo Athlete Scholar Sarah Beadert OASSA Student of Merit Award in Performing Arts Performing Arts Student of Merit Alyssa Bierce Dance Student of the Year Daniel Bodily Outstanding Advanced Physics Student Alysa Brown Dance Student of the Year Lauren Bruni Athlete Scholar Paulina Bryant Activity Scholar Best Actress of the Year Wendy Bryant

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2007 Academy Awards

Western Oregon University Presidential Scholarship Western Oregon University Sustained Excellence Scholarship Athlete Scholar U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award 4.0 GPA Student Virginia Butt Athlete Scholar Amy Callison Athlete Scholar Outstanding Senior Young Woman of the Year Kristopher Cantrell ASB Officer Award Male PE Student of the Year Katherine Carlson Outstanding Japanese Student of the Year Derek Chan ASB Officer Award Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Outstanding Senior Young Man of the Year Outstanding Visual Arts Student of Merit Outstanding Yearbook Student of the Year Julia Chang Eugene Rotary Club Outstanding Youth Recognition Yuna Choe Outstanding Math Student of the Year Alexandra Clayworth Turnaround Student of the Year Trevor Clemo Academic Achievement Award Kelsey Clewett Eugene Masonic Lodge No.11 Scholarship Cortney Coke Kansas State University ROTC Full Ride Scholarship Fitness, Wellness, and Human Preformance CAM OASSA Student of Merit Award in Health and PE Anastasia Cuff Business and Management CAM

Kellan Davis University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Activity Scholar Oregon Society of CPAs Educational Foundation Scholarship Eugene Kiwanis Scholarship Outstanding Drama Student of the Year Outstanding Young Man Choral Student Sophia Davis Science Achievement Award in Chemistry Dezeray DeWall Business and Management CAM Aaron Dilger Athlete Scholar Activity Scholar Robert Dove Athlete Scholar Jack Dukeminier University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship University of Oregon Men’s Golf Scholarship Athlete Scholar OASSA Student of Merit Award in Science Erica Rae Dunn Northwest Christian College Academic Merit Scholarship Northwest Christian College Ethical Leadership Bonus Award Bradley Egbert University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Athlete Scholar Alexander Elliott University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Athlete Scholar Matthew Farmen University of Arizona Tennis Scholarship University of Arizona Excellence Award Rachel Favreau Biola University Academic Scholarship Biola University Alumni Scholarship Biola University Director’s Grant Athlete Scholar Stephanie Fraga Athlete Scholar Ashley Francis University of Arizona Excellence

Award Athlete Scholar Outstanding Social Studies Student of the Year 4.0 GPA Senior Brandon Freytag Athlete Scholar Jonathan Fryer Outstanding Photographer of the Year Kassia Galick Delta Rotary Scholarship University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Dara Halligan Outstanding French Student of the Year University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Michael Hanes Certificate of Advanced Mastery in Business & Management Daniel Hawkins Oregon State University Diversity Achievement Award Athlete Scholar Activity Scholar Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year Jared Herr Athlete Scholar Dr. Niles & Team Scholastic Achievement Award OASSA Student of Merit in Business/ Marketing OASSA Student of Merit Award in Social Science Oregon State University Diversity Achievement Award Outstanding Yearbook Photographer of the Year SELCO Credit Union Scholarship U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award Emily Higgins University of Oregon Dean’s Scholarship Outstanding Talisman Student of the Year SeongJun Hong Athlete Scholar Rachel Horgan University of San Diego Trustee/ Presidential Scholarship Athlete Scholar ASB Officer Award Oregon Army National Guard

“You Can” Award For Leadership Excellence U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award Marissa Houk ASB Officer Award Chloe Howard Greatest Contribution to Radio Production Sukauman IamUn Most Improved Senior of the Year Hannah Jarvis Athlete Scholar Lauren Joli Athlete Scholar Oliver Jonen Athlete Scholar Deidre Jones Outstanding Talisman Layout and Design Student of the Year Heidi Kamp Athlete Scholar OASSA Student of Merit Award in Visual Arts Kade Karren Male PE Student of the Year Jin Young Kim Activity Scholar Louis Armstrong Award Alexandra Klump Whitworth College Presidential Scholarship Elsa Klump Whitworth College Trustee Scholarship Gavin Koenig University of San Diego College of Honors Trustee Scholarship Athlete Scholar Sarah Konold Athlete Scholar Sheldon Booster Club Scholarship Sarah Krause Washington State University Freshman Merit Award Bryana Kropp Outstanding Advanced Chemistry Student Society of Women Engineers High Honor Merit Award Spencer Krum Outstanding French Student of the Year Willamette University Scholarship Sophia Larson Linfield College Trustee Scholarship Athlete Scholar

Pacific Northwest USTA Scholarship 4.0 GPA Student Peter Lauer Activity Scholar Patrick Gilmore Award U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence Nicholas Laszlo Certificate of Advanced Mastery in Business & Management Camila Ledford Seattle Pacific University Presidential Scholarship Seattle Pacific University Valedictorian Scholarship OASSA Student of Merit Award in Language Arts 4.0 GPA Senior Victoria Lee Athlete Scholar Activity Scholar Jacob Leighter Oregon State University Diversity Achievement Award Athlete Scholar Kurt C. Lorenzen Chick Evans Full Ride Caddie Scholarship Karla Luis Marcial Athlete Scholar Ryan Lytle Outstanding Language Arts Student of the Year Sunnie Major Outstanding Photographer of the Year Erin Malmgren University of Portland Arthur Schulte Scholarship Kirk Mann Best Actor of the Year Teal Martin Activity Scholar Outstanding Young Woman Choral Student Luciana Martinez Business & Management CAM Casey Masterson Athlete Scholar OASSA Student of Merit Award in Math 4.0 GPA Student Laurel McGinley Pacific Lutheran University Dean’s Scholarship Athlete Scholar Brent McKee

Athlete Scholar U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award Adam Meltebeke Louis Armstrong Award Bradley Merfeld Business & Management CAM Anna Meyer Athlete Scholar Christopher Miller Outstanding Technical Theatre Student of the Year Robert W.D. Moos Arizona State University Full Ride Athletic Scholarship Molly Neilan Athlete Scholar Amy Nelson ASB Officer Award Outstanding Ceramic Artist of the Year Lana O’Brien University of Oregon Resident Dean’s Scholarship Amanda Olson Oregon State University Merit Scholarship Oregon State University Diversity Achievement Award Brittany Osterhout ASB Officer Award Alexander Pappas OSAA Athlete Scholar Award Outstanding Social Studies Student of the Year Katie Pavlat Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Future First Citizen Award for Sheldon High School University of Puget Sound Wyatt Trustee Scholarship Dribble Drive Basketball Scholarship Athlete Scholar Activity Scholar Outstanding Advanced Biology Student 4.0 GPA Student Eric Petrie Athlete Scholar Aaron Pflugrad University of Oregon Athletic Scholarship Natalie Radich Oregon State University

Diversity Achievement Award Outstanding Advanced Biology Student 4.0 GPA Student Lindsay Randall High School Writer Award Madison K. Randall Lewis & Clark State College Athletic Scholarship Brian Reyneke Oregon State University Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Activity Scholar John Philip Sousa Award Noriko Rice University of British Columbia Track Athletics Scholarship Athlete Scholar Dance Student of the Year Troy Roberts Athlete Scholar Activity Scholar Reed Rosenburg Athlete Scholar California Lutheran College Merit Scholarship Morgan Sawyer Greatest Contribution to Video & Television Production Alexander Scarborough Arizona State University National Merit Finalist Scholarship Aaron Schmidt Activity Scholar John Philip Sousa Award Kristina Schmunk Bausch & Lomb Science Award Sarah Sellars Carthage College Merit Scholarship Carthage College Theater Scholarship Activity Scholar Whitney Simpson AP European History Student of the Year Sarah Sohn Athlete Scholar OASSA Student of Merit Award in Foreign Language Joshua Spicer Athlete Scholar Michelle Spresser Emerald Empire

Kiwanis Student Recognition Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Lane County Credit Association Scholarship Singer Foundation Scholarship Cassandra Sturgill Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship George Fox Presidential Scholarship James A. Rutledge 4-H Scholarship Delta Rotary Scholarship Eugene Kiwanis Scholarship Science Achievement Award in Physics SELCO Credit Union Scholarship Society of Women Engineers Highest Honor Merit Award 4.0 GPA Student Kaisu Tanskanen Athlete Scholar Megan Taylor Athlete Scholar Marta Tolmach Society of Women Engineers Honor Merit Award 4.0 GPA Student Dustin Vollstet Athlete Scholar Brittney Walker Athlete Scholar Lane Community College Wayne Shields High School Scholarship Dezeray Wall Certificate of Advanced Mastery in Business and Management Chelsea Welding-Stepp Dance Student of the Year Kayla Wheeler Liberty Bank Lane Community College Scholarship Rachel Whipple Athlete Scholar ASB Officer Bryce Wilson Athlete Scholar Melanie Wright Oregon State University Diversity Achievement Award Outstanding Visual Arts Student of Merit page design by Ashley Ruderman

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Good-byes/Then and Now

June, 6 2007


Farewell to the seniors Students submit their personal goodbyes to seniors, and reminisce on the good memories and experiences they’ve shared throughout the years.

Well, I guess this is farewell at least for awhile. Love you lots, have a great time.

Lyddie: We cannot believe how amazingly awesome you are. One Act Week was really fun, and you were a fantastic groupie. Homecoming was infinitely more entertaining when we were all together. We even cheered up an emo kid. We hope that, even after graduation, you will continue to spread your amazing awesomeness throughout the world. From Lisa and Linda Gai, 9th grade

Lindsey Rose: Have a great time. Have lots of fun, but please behave. Have fun on your summer of fun. Bye. See you soon! From Chris Brumley, 11th grade

Deidre Jones:

From Chris Brumley, 11th grade

Emily Higgins: I will always remember going to the club with you. Without you, no one could ever possibly know just how much fun libraries can be. Remember the Dobo’s, remember fawkes and fox, and most of all remember the momos. Heckz Ya. From Alohilani Wright

JungHo: You are so cool! The homecoming dance reached new levels of amazing when we finally learned how to say your name, and even though you didn’t go with a date, you left it with four. That just means you win. And even though you forgot to fast-forward through that one part in Borat, we still like you. Stay awesome, and best of luck with everything! From Lisa and Linda Gai, 9th grade

2003 Then and now 2007 Trends, topics, and events that took place during our seniors’ freshman year Trucker hats UGGS SARS Abercrombie cargo pants Black Eyed Peas iPod Rubber bracelets Highlights Pucca shells and hemp The Simple Life debut Straight center-parted hair Justin Timberlake hosts MTV awards Monogram “Psych!” Seat belt buckle belts Kobe Bryant rape case Newlyweds Jessica and Nick Britney Spears In The Zone CD Best movie: Lord of the Rings

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Current trends, topics and events that are taking place as the seniors graduate Plastic, printed headbands Flats Global warming Tight skinny jeans Fergie Zune Live Strong Lowlights Plastic, bright jewelry Paris Hilton’s jail sentence Side-swept bangs Justin Timberlake owns record label Metallics “Noob!” High-waisted elastic belts A-Rod scandal Jessica and Nick divorce Britney Spears has a baby Best movie: Dead Man’s Chest

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10 June 6, 2007

Senior Reflections

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Senior reflection from AP/Honors program Stress, tests, and the daring escape from an institutionalized holding pen by Kate Carlson reflections editor There’s something to be said for senior year in high school; though it’s the year you have the most freedom, it’s also by far the most stressful. Fortunately, this makes it the most fun. Banding together with friends to defy the repressive burden of excess homework was really the only consolation to a DBQ (‘Document-Based Question’similar to a research paper, with the research provided), or an eight-page research paper. Though I’ve been a continual victim of ‘senioritis’ for the last three and a quarter years, this year’s affliction was exceptionally perverse. I was plagued with lethargy from day two and couldn’t wait for summer by the time Thanksgiving came about. Chafing against the rails of the institutionalized holding pen, I was eager to climb to the next rung of the ladder. At the same time though, it’s all gone by really quickly. I can remember the beginning of the year quite clearly, and I can’t believe I’m nearly free. Speaking of free, this was my first year in high school that I’ve not only had a zero period, but a free period as well. Oh, how little I knew of the glory of the heavenly free period! So beautiful, so shiny, I still have to restrain myself from falling into the enraptured glee of not being in class

fourth period. Apart from these discoveries, my friends and I set out upon many (mis)adventures, including but not limited to: dissecting pigs, juggling back-to-back AP tests, and acting out who was the better Enlightenment Thinker (which later turned into a rather nasty debate that included much name-calling and gnashing of teeth). The AP experience as a whole has been, if anything, interesting. Despite the sleep deprivation, stress and panicked rushes to turn assignments in by their deadlines, the year has been an enjoyable one. There’s something unique about the self-satisfaction of finally finishing your eight-page research paper on Edgar Allan Poe at 3 a.m. the morning it’s due or completing the term paper comparing Washington and Eisenhower’s farewell addresses the night before it’s due: miraculously getting passing grades. I even managed to clean up my room a few times (aptly named the “scary place” by my mother, who was nearly victim to a freak accident involving my dog and about 250 pounds of random junk on the floor). More than anything, this year helped me see the finer points of life. It made me care less about grades, and more about quality of life and education. I learned to focus more on the passing moments and enjoying myself than getting straight-A’s or earning a particular percentage, which somehow aided my GPA overall (I’m still not sure how). Being relaxed towards the end of the year was a wonderful thing, but reminiscing tends to camouflage reality into a “remember when…” façade. To be brutally honest, this year was terribly demanding

until May, requiring massive amounts of energy and attention to detail in college applications and work. Just researching different colleges to attend was a massive vortex of a project that sucked the life force out of me. Books upon books filled with vital information regarding college cost and quality formed a massive blockade to relaxation and tormented me even as I slept. Fortunately, it’s nearly over! As I write this reflection, I’ve only got one more day left to suffer--- er, I mean “enjoy”… The flaming torch of seniority will be passed once this is printed, and it will be up to you juniors to take over as the top dogs. I’ve got confidence in the next generation. Just be careful not to run too fast or not pay attention, because that torch you will receive is crazy hot. Don’t burn yourselves.

diploma candidacy for certificate candidacy. I am almost guaranteed to pass the IB HL A1 English and IB HL History exams, though. If I attend the University of Oregon this fall, I will surely be rewarded with college credit for all of my hard work in these subjects. I am already a second-term freshman at the UO, because I have transferred the credit I earned at LCC in chemistry and bowling (yes, bowling). Outside of school, I have discovered (or possibly rediscovered) an entirely new set of friends. We have an amazingly spectacular time together, but if it wasn’t for the fact that I will shove a copy of this paper into their hands, they would never read my praise for them. For the most part, they have already graduated from high school. It’s not strange that they are in college and I am in high school, because for the most part, I cannot reap the benefits of having older friends: they don’t drive and they don’t have their own homes. In fact, I am the one with the car and the apartment. I enjoy throwing random parties, which brings me to my favorite memory from this year: one of my friends was gone all winter break in California, and he returned the day before school started up again. We threw him a party that night, but he went home early (and by early I mean 2:00 A.M.) to be well-rested for the first day of school. Like a trooper, I stayed at the party, even finishing

a biology lab due the first day back. When I stumbled into IB Theory of Knowledge (ugh, 7:28 class), I collapsed at my desk. I was immediately confronted by my teacher. “I’m sorry, Mr. Knox. I came to class straight from a party,” I explained. That little shenanigan earned me a round of applause from my TOK class. After thirteen years of being institutionalized, I’m looking forward to at least eight more years of schooling to get my Ph.D. in…something. Well, I have enjoyed my time at Sheldon, and I hope to continue in my quest of knowledge, whether at the University of Oregon or Reed College.

learned this is a mistake. If anyone knows me, they are aware of the fact that I have a problem with people making my decisions for me, so when the “specialist” actually prescribed what changes needed to be made in my life and when, I was not pleased. I applied the appropriate biases and swore off that particular profession forever, claiming that psychiatrists and therapists were… well, a number of expletives. Creativity sprang forth from the caverns and other really impressive metaphorical places in my mind during my junior year. I was fortunate enough to get into (and pass with flying colours) Mrs. Merfeld’s photoshop class. I had previous experience, so it was a breeze (that’s about as close as it gets to gloating for me, bear with me here). The junior project was fairly simple, but time consuming and admittedly, it felt kind of pointless. Here, have a look at all this boring stuff that I’ve been writing. See how I’ve evolved? Yada yada, me, me, me. It’s all very exciting, I assure you. In Talisman, I began the infamous “Diary of a Rebel Mind,” which was to be a column (of sorts) for the next two years. I wrote under an anonymous profile up until the beginning of this year, which I felt was appropriate, because everyone wants to be noticed and everyone wants acclaim. Lucky for me, I actually got what I wanted. By far, senior year has been the best. Senior year is when you find out who your real friends are, where your true talents lie, and whether or not insomnia is right for you. See a doctor for more details. I was blessed enough to have room in my schedule for a free fourth year-round. This is partially due to the fact that I needed all but a credit and a half of actual work, so I was free to fill up my

time with classes I didn’t need and accept decent grades in a fashionably unproductive and leisurely manner. Amidst the struggles of a College Now! writing class (and transferring from there to an AP class), managing my social life, and being dragged around all of Oregon (and part of Washington), I somehow found time to laze around and successfully pull off a rather impressive bout of senioritis that infected me from term two on. I’m still under the influence as we speak. Despite my complaining, despite the failures, despite my cynicism and my insults, I really did enjoy my time here at Sheldon. I won’t say that the thought hasn’t crossed my mind to stay another year just so I can continue working for the Talisman, but that’s simply because I’ll miss the staff, the print nights, and especially my beloved backpage. Oh, I guess I’ll miss some of my teachers too. It’s a slight possibility. Don’t expect me to get sappy though. Okay… maybe a little.

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Senior reflection from the IB/IHS program Productivity is limited with extended sleep deprivation by Emily Higgins editor-in-chief Planes, trains and automobiles. Well, at least for most seniors. We will soon be embarking on our own adventures, traversing the globe. I, on the other hand, while still unsure as to where I will go to college next year, know that I will remain in good ol’ Oregon. I have been in Oregon for the past 18 years, but the last year, my senior year, has been my favorite. At the beginning of the year, I paid my money to the almighty IB god, selling my soul. I was a full IB diploma candidate, and proud of it. I could work the fact that I was receiving three diplomas into any conversation. But then it hit me: this wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted a life that was comprised of more than writing essays non-stop, staying up late to study the latest science chapter, and pretending I was fluent in a foreign language, only to count down the days until the beginning of IB testing in May; and afterward, a countdown until the results come out in July. I gave up the fame and the glory of the IB diploma for a slightly-less shiny spot in the sun. I traded in my

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Senior reflection from comprehensive program Deidre Jones is working for the weekend... by Deidre Jones assistant editor

Four years. I’ve spent the last four years wasting my life in a productive fashion. The last four years, I’ve dedicated myself to getting by the best way possible. These last four years have been my whole life. So why am I just now realizing it? My freshman year was uneventful, in the big scheme of things. I took what classes were required and muscled my way through classes I couldn’t stand. The only class I felt was worth my time was the Talisman (though, it’s a possibility that I had such a notion at the time because of the hilarious and extremely opinionated Owen Lee, the closest I had ever seen to a rebel-without-a-cause in the 21st century). Sophomore year was much the same, only without the reincarnated James Dean to assist us. We all remember our sophomore counterparts (because I know at least I refuse to admit that I was once anything less than a junior), but more accurately, we feared it and that horrible, time-consuming, sleep-depriving, workof-the-devil research paper. I thought I had wanted to pursue a career in psychiatry and therapy, so I made my once-yearly achievement of defeating procrastination and got the interview with the school’s current “mental health specialist.” Given that he obviously couldn’t let me sit in on one of his sessions, I decided to schedule an appointment with him personally, to learn his technique and how he dealt with certain situations. I quickly

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June 6, 2007


More work and no play The third year of high school crashes down on junior student, demanding constant hard work and complete devotion to prepare for senior year by Ashley Ruderman awards page editor The eleventh grade has developed into the epitome of all high school horrors in many ways. Sure, being an upperclassman is fantastic, but as I look back on my junior year, I believe many from the class of 2008 can relate to my experience over the course of the year. As I entered high school, I was warned of the dangerous combination of grueling classes, endless extracurricular activities, sports injuries, college searches, and standardized tests. Alas, junior year is when all of the above combine into a 36-week period of life. Never before in high school have my days been so long and drawn out, and never before have I gotten so little sleep. However, there is a flipside to being overworked and

stressed. I’ve learned to truly value my time away from school, to relax, and to live for the weekends. Between school, sports, music and work, my time was constantly stretched out among various activities at all times. Occasionally my free time was limited, but I made it a point to de-stress and to have fun. The nights that I remember best were spent with my friends, freeing my head from thoughts of tests, papers, or any other concern that may have been occupying my mind at the time. Whether it be kidnapping friends for birthdays, playing powder puff football (6-0), or even just watching movies with a large group, I took every opportunity to pretend that I didn’t have a million things to do in a short amount of time. I can’t say I recommend mind games, but I know my year would have been impossible to go through without taking time to breath. Junior year is the time to figure out who your true friends are, have fun, and be happy. Life moves at warp speed, and before you know it, senior year is right around the corner. As the “beginning of the end” approaches, I am very excited to be finished with high school in less than a year. Yet in the meantime, I’ll

leave some advice for the next years’ junior class: be nice to everyone, make your memories worthwhile, and don’t take life too seriously. Remember that no matter what, you will survive and everything will be okay.

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Sophomore adapts to new duties Getting older brings new expectations and a change in the everyday life of this student

so far off. What college should I go to? Where should I live? What career should I enter? Once we’ve completed these plans we’ll merely start others, start planning for our kids, then our retirement. A life lived before the

by Jennifer Stephens summer editor English classes relentlessly hand out vocabulary books. Stressing the importance of these bigger words, words that are typically just variations of others. One can’t just be sad anymore; one must be dismal or lugubrious. Gone are the days of simplicity, when the only reason for tears would be a scraped knee, a physical hurt. Simplicity has been lost steadily as we grow up. It seems that as we get older, the less we live in the now and the more we live in the future. We are constantly planning for our futures, of which the 10th grade project is a prime example. A whole term class dedicated to our futures, the future that the grand majority of us at this age are still unsure of. It’s daunting to be confronted with the fact that this future is pressing, that it’s no longer

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moment’s come. It’s no longer a matter of waking up and deciding between Captain Crunch and Fruity Pebbles, then moseying through the day at any whim. The world won’t let us just drive; it demands a map. Sophomore year gives us our first taste of responsibility with licenses and part-time jobs. In another two short years, we’ll truly be trying ourselves out there, putting our plans into action. That isn’t to say that our paths are set; we’ll still wander off of our meagerly-planned routes, or choose different roads. We are still maturing, and despite how things like the 10th grade project try to prompt us to set our paths, the truth is it can’t be set until it’s been tread. A self-proclaimed psychic/witch friend of mine said he saw my future. According to him I’ll be living near the ocean as a business tycoon in 10 years. Right now that seems just as possible a path as the career I researched for countless weeks. I can’t be moved to decide on even the general direction of my path just yet. All I’m concerned with now is now. I’m a sophomore, a kid; I’m going to act as one for as long as I can. I don’t need an elaborate, prosperous future planned out. I don’t need to be exultant or mirthful; I just want to be happy.

New school, new friends, and new courses High school is a time when students are exposed to new experiences; one freshman gets ready to attack his sophomore year by Michael Chase sports editor Before this year, people kept telling me that my four years in high school would be the best and most memorable four years in my entire life. As my first year comes to an end, I can’t help but agree with that statement. I have kept old friends and gained new ones, and the experiences that I have shared with them will never be forgotten. Coming from Cal Young, I always hated anyone and everyone from Monroe because they were our middle school rivals. Pre-season football workouts changed my perspective. The guys I met (they know who they are) were such cool guys, and they made me regret hating them just because they went to a different school. One main thing I’ve realized was that middle school dances and high school dances are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum. I’ll let all the freshmen reading this guess why they are so different. I also found out that no matter how old someone is, they can be a pretty awesome friend. I have made friends with many people from all grades here at the school. You guys should know who you are, too. A big reason that I was able

to become friends with these guys was because of football. It’s basically the best sport on the planet. Football season was probably the best sport season I have ever had. Practices everyday after school until around six o’clock really made my school year feel like it was going by quickly. Before I knew it, the season was over. That was very depressing because I didn’t know what to do with myself after school. I was so used to having a clogged schedule everyday with practices and homework that I didn’t know what to do with myself. My parents forced me to be in IHS against my will, and it made me very mad. At first, I despised the lesson plans and thought that there would be no point in learning the material because I would never have to use it later on in life. For example, when am I ever going to have to write another paragraph in Arabic letters? I just didn’t get the point. But after a few months, I kind of warmed up to IHS and had a good rest of the year in it, mostly because of the fact that I had the coolest health/PE teacher on the face of the earth: Mr. Wade Powell. He thinks he is smarter and more cunning than I. He doesn’t know how wrong he is. Soon into the school year, I realized the best periods were free periods. They gave me time to do my homework and just chill with my friends. Free fourth periods were the best because I was able to go home for the day after third period. Looking back on the year, I realize that the reason it went by so quickly was because of sports. Fall was

quick because of football. I didn’t make the basketball team in the winter, but I went to all of the varsity games, and I must say, the student section is the coolest experience I have ever had. It gets crazy in there. My freshman year was full of both high and low points. There are so many memorable moments which I won’t ever forget. The people I met this year are part of the reason I am who I am today. I have three more years of this journey, and I will make the most of every minute of it.

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Diary of a Rebel Mind

Assistant editor to the Talisman says her farewells in a not-so-sentimental manner by Deidre Jones assistant editor

Think about it. This is the last introduction I’ll be leaving you with. This is the last time I get to enchant you with my wit and sarcasm. This is the last time I will have the opportunity to enlighten and belittle you. This is my last moment to make you utterly loathe me. Almost makes you tear up. We finally come to it, Sheldon. A parting of the ways. A passing of the times. Shedding tears and saying goodbyes. It’s all so… mushy. You see it every year, don’t you? Last day of school, and everyone’s beet red and puffy-eyed with a fresh batch of WAH, I WON’T SEE YOU FOR A WHOLE THREE MONTHS. Granted, this is slightly different for seniors. But you know something? We don’t need Paul Revere to pass along our messages, we don’t use telegrams, and I can guarantee none of us have ever

sent letters via bottles in the ocean or well-trained birds. Why? Because we have these nice little conveniences called phones and computers and cars. Communication and contact aren’t that difficult anymore. Stop whining. I will say this. Friendships are hard, Sheldon. They’re hard to keep, and they’re hard to manage. Excessive drama has resulted in the death of every relationship I’ve ever had. No, not the cool theater-acting-sillypeoplebeingamazing drama. I mean the crying-lying-backstabbing-hatingpointless-screwingeverythingoverlikeamovieoftheweek drama. Example: Your best friend hates your other friend, so you have to pick sides, and then you realize the first friend wants the person you’re going out with, who you find out is actually related to a drug addict who’s friends with this one guy who got beat up by a bunch of people who know a person that you went to a party with that saw this one girl at a party that went to middle school with your cousin who secretly has a crush on your best friend who hates that other friend- it’s stupid, isn’t it? Seriously, I know I’m an overtly-pessimistic person, but come on, lighten up and love a little, will ya? What’s to be done with my time until college starts? This question is becoming evermore a problem. I would hang out with friends, but I’ve lost a few, and the ones that

I still have left don’t have cars of their own (except my darling Schnarf). I’d stay home and sit on my lazy butt all the time, but that’d quickly get boring (not to mention tiresome, because my mother would spend a great portion of her time yelling at me for my blatant uselessness). I’d get a job, but I have no car (or a license with which to drive it) and my only modes of transportation would either be at work (my mother) or would cost me money (the bus), money that I don’t have because I have no job. El círculo gigante de problemas estúpidas. I’m sure I’ll figure something out. Eventually. You know what, Sheldon? I am kinda’ sad that this is the end. I’m gonna’ miss being around my friends all the time. I’m kinda’ gonna’ miss walking these halls. I’m gonna’ miss openly insulting a large spectrum of people I don’t actually know in my modern authors class. I’m gonna’ miss torturing my fellow editors with my blather about how I feel the paper should be run (and accidentally calling Mr. Cantwell a woman). But most of all, I’m going to miss these monthly rants I get to share with you. This, our time together, has been and always will be a sacred thing in my heart… Or at least on paper. Love, hate, and indifference to you all, Sheldon. You will be (sort of) missed.

Commandos: Not just action figures anymore This new game/sport is catching the attention of teens everywhere by Cameron Wray staff writer Commandos can be considered a game and a sport. Commandos consist of two teams; taggers and runners. The game begins with both teams at one location. The runners are headed for a determined place and must get there within a certain time limit. The destination is usually about 1-2 miles from the starting point. The game is played

at night to make it involve being stealthy as well as being fast. The taggers goal is to find and tag the runners before they can get to the certain location. It’s a game that needs players to be fit enough to be able to keep on running, and requires a sharp eye. Commandos require people who can drive, and people who like to run. There are initially two or more people in a car, and more if someone gets tagged (they become a tagger and join those people in the car). Freshman class president Jackson Hoyt said, “I would really like to play commandos wearing a Chewbacca costume; no one would ever find me.” The runners usually get a head start. How far away the destination is determines how long the head start is. Once the head start is up, the taggers must start looking for the

We want YOU on the Talisman staff next year Upcoming editor-in-chief to the Talisman promotes and explains why you want to be a part of it all by Gracie Beaver contributing writer As an uneducated eight grader, I saw “Talisman 1” on my elective choice sheet and immediately assumed it was some sort of remedial class. Now, as a junior, I sit here exploding with excitement over my school paper, and fully understanding the internet definition of talisman: “something with magical powers.” Of course, I didn’t always feel this way about Talisman. I signed up for the class at the end of sophomore year with a bad bout of apathy, knowing nothing more about it than the amenities highlighted in Cantwell’s “join Talisman!” speech: an oversized green shirt and pizza one night a month. As cliché-teen-drama-flick as this may sound, I have completely transformed my attitude and am now poised and anxious to take over as editor-in-chief next year. Plus, I am now begging you (yes, you!) to join the staff. Why should you fill up that precious third period time slot with newspaper class? In a word: experience. First off, Talisman is 95% student-run. Staff members get to be jacks of all trades. We write, edit, and snap lots of (sometimes last minute) photos. If you feel motivated, you can do ad sales or page layout. Next year, we hope to have people working on publicity (yay posters!). Although working on the paper could be considered a “team sport,” it can also be all about you. You get to choose what amount of involvement you want in the class. If you want to get 0.25 credit, you don’t have to show up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You usually get to choose what to write about, too. Finally, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of seeing your name in print (and rubbing it in your friends’ faces, if that’s your thing). Talisman is for sure a positive activity, but don’t worry, nobody is going to run around saying “Talisman: my anti-drug.” School-related activities always look good when applying for jobs, college, or even an organization like National Honor Society. As an added bonus, activities also give an answer to Grandma’s awkward questions about school. “I’m on the school newspaper staff” is a great transition from “So, do you have a boyfriend yet?” So, all you wonderful writers, excellent editors, and fantastic photographers, and those of you who just want to get better while working with generally awesome people, please join the Talisman staff next year. If not for me, there is always the enormous T-shirt, and the cheesy goodness of monthly print night, both of which just might hold magical powers after all.

runners. It’s not as easy being a tagger as it sounds, since you can’t see anyone if they are hiding in a bush. Keeping up a good pace running while trying to stay hidden from cars passing by is hard for the runners. Sophomore Andrew Sexton said, “I like being a tagger more; I love riding in the cars and sticking my head out the window like a dog.” The game gets even more intense for both sides when it’s in the final 5-10 minutes; everyone knows that all the players have to be near the destination. The game has a point system usually decided by how many people are playing the game. The fewer taggers there are, the more points the taggers get for tagging someone. The fewer runners there are, the more points the runners get for reaching the destination.

Sheldon senior traditions Seniors know how to spend their last school year by Lizzy Morris features editor As students reach the point in their school careers where they move on to the freedom and experiences of high school, they are instantly overwhelmed with the surroundings and traditions of their particular school of choice. Sheldon has the long-lasting tradition of kissing the rock, learning the Sheldon fight song, senior sisters, and more, all of which take place the first day one steps onto campus. As four years go by rather quickly, the seniors take it upon themselves to leave their high school the same way they arrived, using senior skip day and senior pranks as their last tradition and chance at unity. Senior skip day and senior pranks have been around as long as Sheldon has, and although they are not formally organized, they are widely celebrated. Senior pranks have been portrayed in many different ways as the years have gone by. Some have been damaging or dangerous, but there is the occasional perfect prank. Campus Supervision Darin Henry commented, “A senior prank should not be expensive or damaging, but it should be clever and make people smile when they see it.” The most remembered prank at Sheldon seems to be when the seniors clogged the drains in the parking lot; after it flooded, they set sail to miniature boats with the names of graduates on them. Henry said, “The most damaging prank was probably when they sprayed everything in the school with fire extinguishers; there was a lot of clean up to pay for.” Sheldon authorities always anticipate a senior prank, but have never tried to stop one from occurring. Senior skip day is an occasion for all students to eventually look forward to, if they choose to celebrate it. This year, senior skip day was unofficially held on Friday, May 25, for most seniors at Sheldon. The Oregon coast is usually the place where most students migrate instead of sitting in a classroom all day. Although the date of this tradition is meant to be kept a secret from the staff of the school, they almost always find out through word of mouth. Some teachers plan an important test or exam on the anticipated day, to put senior’s grades in jeopardy and to force students to weigh the decision of whether to skip or not to skip. The last day of school for seniors has arrived, and although next year they will be gone, the traditions of senior pranks and senior skip day will remain at Sheldon for years to come.

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