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San Joaquin Memorial

Volume 7 Issue 8

Why is the tuition increasing? Kelsi Faulkner StaffWriter The Memorial Finance Committee and the Board of Directors have decided to increase the current tuition of $8,995 to $11,400 for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. “The tuition for the 20152016 school year is $8,995 but does not include the technology fee, registration, retreats, art fees, books, etc, and tuition for the 2016-2017 school year will be $11,400 which will include art fees, books, retreats, technology,

etc,” Director of Marketing and Admission Vanessa Gonzales said. “We have actually been referring to the tuition increase as “SMARTuition” because of its transparency of costs and fees and because it spreads all costs throughout the entire year.” The motive behind the tuition increase has been to improve the atmosphere and community of the school. With the school going through so many changes, it was also time to evaluate the effectiveness of the school tuition versus the actual cost of educating a student at Memorial.

“We have a 70-year-old campus and a ton of deferred maintenance because we budget so thin and cannot afford to put capital improvements into the operating budget,” member of the Finance Committee Robert del Pozo said. “The motive behind this increase is enhancing the student experience. We will be able to get caught up on maintenance and focus on facility improvements such as a new gym floor, AC in gym, etc, that make current students, faculty, staff, and alumni proud to be a part of this community.”

The decision on whether to raise the tuition was a long process which involved numerous meetings. It was a hard decision to make but the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee both agree that the increase needed to be made. “The board of directors has to approve pricing in January each year. Discussions on next year’s pricing started within a committee in November, was presented to the board in early December, giving them about two months to reflect on it before voting,” del Pozo said. This was not the first time

a tuition increase had been imposed on the families and students of the Memorial community. Although the jump in tuition is about $2,500 the faculty and staff want the families and students of the Memorial community to understand that this change in tuition is for the better. “Nobody likes a tuition increase, but I believe our families understand that we need to have more money to continue to compete at a high level,” Principal Stephanie Nitchals said.

Measles outbreaks increase in California Danielle Parra StaffWriter Nine out of ten doctors agree the current outbreak of measles is directly related to parents who do not vaccinate their kids, according to a recent poll. TIME magazine recently stated that the current outbreak is believed to have originated from a group of people, many unvaccinated, visiting Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim,

California. "Vaccinations are now the law,” Principal Stephanie Nitchals said. “Students are required in the state of California to have them and communicable diseases like measles spread quickly in environments like this." The physician social networking company SERMO, which has 300,000 medical members, polled over 3,000 doctors and found that the vast majority think the current measles outbreak—

which has infected over 80 people—is from unvaccinated kids. Over two-thirds (72%) of those surveyed believe that kids who are unvaccinated should not be allowed in public schools. "I think vaccinations are extremely important for children because if they are not vaccinated, not only do they have the potential to contract the measles, they also have the ability to affect others," Roxanne Rodgers said. Measles can be especially

severe in babies, toddlers and pregnant women, as well as other adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The growing anti-vaccination movement in the United States has been fueled by parents' fears that vaccines are not safe for every child. Some worry that the measles vaccine causes autism — a theory that has been thoroughly discredited by numerous scientific studies. According to the LA

Times, this is California's worst outbreak of measles in 15 years. Statewide, the number of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children has declined for the first time in a dozen years, according to a Times data analysis. “It's something we do for the community and the world to vaccinate our kids,” Nitchals said. As a school we support vaccinations to keep everyone healthy and safe."

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Farewell to standardized tests Several colleges begin making standardized tests optional for student applications. tiffany lee StaffWriter When a college admissions committee is deciding which prospective students to admit into their school, there are several factors that they reflect on. One of these components is standardized test scores. The SAT is a 3-hour test which consists of an essay and two sections of mathematics and critical reading and writing. The

ACT is similar to the SAT, except with an additional science section. Usually when the admissions committee looks at these test scores, they scrutinize each section and point out a student’s strengths and weaknesses. However, some colleges, such as George Washington University, have decided to make it optional to submit standardized test scores for the admissions process. Senior Lara Moreno believes that a test like the SAT

felt more like a logical and critical thinking test than a typical achievement-based test taken at school. Moreno said that it is more difficult for students to study for this test since it does not cover subject matter discussed in a classroom environment. Some students believe that since this test requires a different objective towards studying for, colleges should not have to require it for admission. “I think that colleges

should focus more on the academic and personal level of a prospective student,” junior Aaron O’Day said. “There are other more important parts of a student that should be taken into consideration.” Although the standardized tests cover different material, other students believe that it should still be a key factor of the college application. “Every student is different, and I think tests like the SAT and the ACT are great ways to show someone’s

strengths,” sophomore Evenia DiCicco said. In the end, whether colleges keep or remove the need for standardized tests, students are still able to portray their strengths and weaknesses through extracurriculars and other components of their college application. “A score isn’t the only thing that judges who you are as a college applicant,” O’Day said.

SJM readies itself to welcome new Panthers Allison Saffold StaffWriter Following the recent Freshman Registration, our school is excited to welcome a new class of panthers to our community. Admissions coordinator, Patty Nuñez, is expecting an incoming class of 2020 of about 160 students.

“I think people have heard that our students [come out of high school being] more ready for college than students from other schools,” freshman counselor Dennis DuPertuis said. “People are realizing private school is the way to go, and I think the diversity next year’s freshman class will help our students.” The qualities that any class brings can have a signifi-

cant impact on the school. The class of 2020 is made up of students that will bring diversity and more variety to our SJM family. For many people, the tight knit community that SJM provides is one of the school’s best qualities, and possibly another reason why so many families are choosing our school. “The small community is the biggest thing for me. Me-

morial is a safe environment with teachers and students that care about you and your successes,” freshman Jessica Munoz said. Not only are the students for next year’s freshman class diverse, but also academically prepared. “I think we have a lot of bright students coming in next year, and they seem to be a very academically driv-

Don’t miss next issue highlighting where seniors are going next year.

en class. However, we also have a lot of athletes coming in which adds a nice balance, that will add to our school,” Nuñez said.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked liam martin StaffWriter Next month, the newest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, will hit theaters. In anticipation for this new move, I am counting down every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie from best to worst. 12.) Thor: The Dark World (2013): The most forgettable Marvel movie to date is not actually a bad film (none of the Marvel movies are), however its story and villain do not quite endure like most of Marvel’s other work. 11.) Iron Man 3 (2013): Iron Man 3 provides audiences with a much more character driven story about inner turmoils of Tony Stark, however a horrible plot twist combined with a lack of seeing the Iron Man suit in action made this film a decent, but fairly disappointing entry in the MCU. 10.) Iron Man 2 (2010): Iron Man 2 overall as a movie

serves its purpose. It is a solid action movie with loads of exposition to set up the eventual Avengers movie. 9.) The Incredible Hulk (2008): This movie is often forgotten amongst most of the general public, but The Incredible Hulk is actually a well made movie with both cool action and a great story. 8.) Thor (2011): Thor had to do couple of things to work. It had to make Norse god seem cool to an audience in 2011, and it had to set up one of Marvel Comics’ best villains. It somehow succeeded to do both of those things and leave the audience with an overall good movie. 7.) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): The second Avengers movie was fastpaced, rushed, and full of unneeded exposition, but overall it was good movie with one of the best MCU villains to date. 6.) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): The first Captain America movie took place mostly in World War II recreating some of Captain America’s most clas-

sic moments while maintaining to set the character up perfectly for his modern day role on the Avengers. 5.) Ant-Man (2015): AntMan might be the most surprising Marvel movie to date. It has great humor, funny and intriguing characters, and plays off a superpower that has never been done in a live action film. 4.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): The most grounded and thrilling Marvel film ever is a story of the dangers of the government and surveillance, and also an epic tale of friendship, loyalty, and trust. It also pushes the character of Captain America further from propaganda figurehead and more towards an idealistic hero who does what is right rather what he is told to do. 3.) Iron Man (2008): Iron Man is the movie that started the entire MCU aged the way for all of the films to come. It’s funny, dramatic, full of action, and gave the world one of the most perfect adaptations of any character from page to screen ever by casting Robert Downey Jr. as

drink instead of just going through the drive through. Monday April 25 from 5AM-10PM, Dutch will be opening for the first time. On this day you will be able to get 16oz for $1. Different from other locations, this new store will allow for a true sit down cafe experience. In this day and age where people don’t find the time to talk to each other face to face, Dutch Bros can offer a way to sit down and catch up with our friends. For those who are first-timers to Dutch Bros it helps

to go in prepared and with a plan. A refreshing drink to enjoy is a iced chocolate milk, this will make you feel nice and refreshed and it will make your taste buds happy. Another one of my favorite drinks is a blended rebel. With blended a rebel you can get any choice of flavor and they add ice and their energy drink to the flavor. They blend it up and make a delicious drink for you to enjoy. Help out our local coffee shop and go get Dutch today!

the titular character. 2.) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Guardians is without a doubt the most hilarious, unique, and inspired Marvel movie to ever hit cinemas. It features a brilliant ensemble cast who play off of each other so perfectly that this outlandish group made up of a human, some aliens, a raccoon, and a tree seems to have found more love by audiences everywhere than many of Marvel’s other characters. 1.)The Avengers (2012): When Marvel studios released Iron Man in 2008, the goal was create not just a single great film, but a universe in which these larger than life characters could interact on screen just as they did in the comic books. This plan ultimately resulted in The Avengers, Marvel’s greatest achievement yet that has set the standard for not only what most comic book movies should be, but also what most summer action movies should be.

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Dutch explodes to new locations Danielle Roznovsky

StaffWriter For many students Dutch Bros is something that gets them through the day. Once the bell rings signifying the end of the day students can’t get out of here fast enough to line up at the Dutch Bros to get their favorite drink. The location of the one down on McKinley is convenient for our students. But with the new location on Shaw and West, students will be able to sit down and enjoy their

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April 22, 2016

Health Corner:

Practice Preventative Care victoria vidales

StaffWriter The Zika virus is a disease transmitted to people through the bite of a mosquito. Common symptoms of the virus include a rash, fever, red coloring of the eyes, and joint discomfort, although some people never receive any symptoms. Since 2015 Latin America countries have experienced an outbreak of Zika cases, making the risk of contact high for travelers to countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean. According to the Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947, and was named after the Zika forest

where it was discovered. The virus is spread by mosquitos, most notably, the Aedes aegypti, a female mosquito, with a purpose to lay eggs. However, there are cases where the virus can be transmitted sexually, and the real fear is that it is known to have an effect on newborn babies whose mother had the disease while she was pregnant. The babies develop a condition called microcephaly where the infant develops a small head and brain. Although there are no known cures for the disease if infected the Center for Disease Control recommends that a patient drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, and to avoid aspirins which can

worsen symptoms. The spread of the Zika virus is believed to be spreading quickly to the United States from citizens returning from trips in infected areas. While the CDC highly recommends for people to avoid travel to Central and South America for the time being, if students are planning on traveling this summer there are several suggested precautions to take to prevent getting the virus. Wear long sleeved shirts and pants Stay in rooms with air conditioning or a wire screen to prevent mosquitoes from getting in If sleeping outdoors snooze under a mosquito net Avoid puddles of stagnant


Staff Box: Editors-in-Chief of Design: Scott Farrow Turner Christensen Editors-in-Chief of Content: Madison Laval Steffani Gaona

GEMS brings glitz to local students GEMS Club donates and helps underprivileged teens pick out Prom dresses. madison laval Editor-in-Chief On April 8, the GEMS Club went to Kerman to help style Prom dresses for teens who couldn’t afford them. The girls were set up at stations where they would help with makeup and hair, etiquette, styling, walking in heels, jewelry, and restocking dresses. “I helped style some of the girls,” senior Danielle Parra said. “It was a great feeling knowing that I was a part of someone’s Prom experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Girls from as far as Kingsburg took advantage of this opportunity to experience the traditional, formal dance that all girls dream of attending. “The Cinderella Project was an experience of a lifetime,” senior Kelsi Faulkner said. “Prom season can get

really expensive and it gave me the best feeling knowing that each girl was going to be able to afford a dress for Prom and have the opportunity to feel like the belle of the ball for their special night.” GEMS plan to continue such projects for years to come. Service to underprivileged students is a main focus of the club. “One of the girls being styled came up to me at the end of her session and with a tear in her eye said, ‘you guys truly made me feel like Cinderella,’” moderator Cindy Campbell said.

GEMS students help distribute dresses.

Out of Uniform Editor: Victoria Vidales & Allison Saffold Sports Editor: Danielle Roznovsky Opinion Editor: Kelsi Faulkner News Editor: Tiffany Lee

Designers: Sean Hickey Liam Martin

Staff Writers: Kelsi Faulkner Catherine Otero Danielle Parra Giordano Primavera Francis Roque Danielle Roznovsky Allison Saffold Victoria Vidales

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Garabedian says goodbye Turner Christensen Bruce Garabedian is on his last year at San Joaquin Memorial. He has served 37 years teaching social science classes and creating memorable times in the classroom- whether it be engaging students in discussions or a lecture on why none of us should ever support a republican candidate in any election, whatsoever. Garabedian did not only force students to think critically, but he also made them exhaust all options when it comes to identifying oneself with a particular political party. I have had the honor of having Mr. Garabedian as a teacher for the past three years. I have been so blessed to have a teacher that is

Artwork from one of Mr. Garabedian’s fomrer students

not afraid to criticize me on my weaknesses, but also help me to fix and ensure that I understand what is right and wrong in this world. His retirement is not just a big loss to students, but a loss to San Joaquin Memorial’s future.

Teachers like him are a real asset who make ordinary students grow up into outstanding citizens. On behalf of the Pride Staff and the Memorial student body, we wish him a happy retirement. As we get ready to say goodbye, and recall the countless memories we have had in Garabedian’s classroom, one thing we can all share if you have ever had him as a teacher, is his passionate political prowess and his sarcastic personality. I am sure at one point every student that has had him as a teacher can attest to his talents and his humor. The best part of his class is that he taught every student out of love and in the hopes of helping him or her grow.


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New tuition makes things easy Franko Roque

StaffWritter As this school year slowly comes to an end, we look forward to the next school year. The 2016-2017 tuition will be rising by about $3,000. However, before jumping to conclusions, let’s explain. In the past families have been having to pay fees and tuition ranging from all prices such as the iPad fee, retreat

fees, Registration fee and so on. Now, all of these fees will have the option to be made with one payment at the beginning of the year. This new tuition system will require less fundraising, increased cash flow for the school throughout the year, and less need for parents to continuously cut checks for fees. Some may argue that it might be difficult for families to come up with the $11,000 all at once. This new system might detract possible enrollees by seeing the big tuition cost up front, but

it is because they are not familiar with the old tuition system-paying $8,400 but then paying additional fees throughout the school year while also donating during events such as the auction and the golf tournament. The new tuition system will make it easier on parents because they will be paying all of the fees at once instead of throughout the year. The rationale behind this change creates a better framework for the operational budgeting of the school.


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Staff Editorial In 2013 the Treasury Department announced a possible redesign of the $20 dollar bill which since 1928 has featured the face of Andrew Jackson. The Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew declared that in 2020 the new face of the dollar would feature a woman. Some have argued that the wait until 2020 would be too long, however the Treasury announced that it is to commemorate the ratification of the 19th amendment 100 years ago. Although the unveiling of the new note will not occur for four more years, there has been a

lot of controversy in the media, including online polls, debating which woman should be the new face of change. Some of the women nominated to be on the note were Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and many more. Through polls the Treasury gave the public an option to vote for the woman who would replace Jackson. Harriet Tubman would beat Eleanor Roosevelt by 7,000 votes as the new face of the note. Although the announce-

ment of Tubman has already been made, the debate over the dollar bill is one that can still be seen around campus as many students disagree with the choice of Tubman over Anthony. Anthony is especially favored in this commemoration of the 19th amendment in consideration that she was a women’s rights activist and fought for the suffrage of women. Nonetheless a woman’s face on the bill is refreshing and a giant step towards equality in society.

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Franko’s Fable Franko Roque

StaffWritter One day when Franko was taking out his trash cans early Thursday morning he noticed something was a little bit different about his neighbor’s yard. He went over to check it out because the sun had not yet risen, and Franko found something that had long made him happy-a little bunny rabbit. Franko was speechless because

since birth he loved rabbits, but the rabbit was scared of Franko. “What’s wrong little guy?” Franko said. “Please don’t hurt me sir, I promise I did nothing wrong,” the rabbit said. “I’m not going to hurt you. I just want to hold you,” Franko said. When Franko picked up the bunny rabbit he noticed how most of his fur was gone. “Oh my Lord, Mr. Rabbit what happened to you?” “Well I ended up in this lawn because my last own-

Franko taps Mr. Rabbit

er thought it was funny to abuse me, so most of my fur

was taken off of me,” said Mr. Rabbit. “What kind of sick person would do that to a nice, cute creature like you?” “Franko you would be surprised on how often animals are abused in modern society,” “That is so wrong Mr. Rabbit, is there anything I can do to prevent so many cases of animal abuse?” “Franko the only thing you can do is tell people how cute animals are and how innocent they are. Another way to keep animals safe is

keeping them from roaming the streets by spaying and neutering them to prevent more helpless animals.” “Okay Mr. Rabbit. I will do all I can do to help your fellow animals and why don’t you come into my house for some tea?” “I would enjoy that Franko. Thanks for all your help.”

Vaccinations help keep us all healthy Steffani Gaona Editor-in-Chief Though, in the year 2000 measles was declared eliminated, 1,416 cases have been reported in the United States according to the CDC. More than half of these cases reported have been due to people who have failed to vaccinate their children.

The problem is when these unvaccinated children go to school, they raise the potential of other kids getting sick even if they have been vaccinated. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can survive in an airborne room and infect someone in two hours without showing immediate symptoms. Although it may be understandable to assume that children do not need a vaccination for a dis-

ease that has been “declared eliminated,” children and everyone else is still susceptible to catching the measles, even if they have been vaccinated. It seems as though our country is facing a problem of selfish ignorance, of not wanting to vaccinate children for personal reasons, whether it be parents not wanting to see their child face the side effects of the vaccine that may seem painful, or

parents still believing proven false claims of the vaccine causing defects such as autism. More importantly, this is become a problem as it has begun to endanger the right to get an education, when a child is able to catch the measles in school because someone else’s parent decided they didn’t want to get their child vaccinated. Parents ought to enhance their worldview considering they now must care for another

person, and not only care about their individual child, but their child’s livelihood including how they affect the health of their peers. Education should not be something that has the ability to be taken away by one’s peers. If you value education, your life, or the lives of your peers please make sure that you and your family are vaccinated.

The 2nd murial commishioned by the school is completed in the gym. The school extends a heartfelt thank you to the seniors who have worked on this murial and the one in the 50’s arcade. Great jod Brittany Loughney, Kayla Cipriani, Gianna Cardella, and Brendan Warmerdam!

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Campbell makes a splash Molly Campbell leads her team to the CMAC Championship. victoria vidales

StaffWriter A two year varsity member and a long time veteran of the sport, junior Molly Campbell has become a standout on the swim team. Campbell competes in several races, her most notable are the 500 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly where she makes competitive times. With the CMAC Championship beginning in the first week of May, Campbell continues to train at weekly practices hoping to have a successful competition which could land her in Valleys. “I am so excited to go to practice everyday and have

fun with my teammates, who are so supportive and dedicated, and hear what great advice my coaches have to offer,” Campbell said. Campbell has been swimming for 11 years and began competing at the club level when she was in 4th grade. As a result of her dedication and talent Campbell was placed on Varsity as a freshman. During her sophomore year she took a hiatus from the team to focus on her other sport passion, cross country running. Campbell attributes much of her desire to return to the team to her teammates. “This team has reminded me why I love swimming,” Campbell said. As a freshman Campbell

found herself swimming in the Valley Championship, racing in the 100 butterfly. Although Campbell swam against very experienced varsity members she dropped 4 seconds off her time and qualified for the consolation heat. She hopes to not only redeem her time made but set any even faster time. “I was a little overwhelmed as a freshman racing against upperclassmen because I was used to club where I race against kids my own age,” Campbell said. Campbell has already had a successful season so far swimming in the 200 medley and 4x100 freestyle relay. She has even made a Valley time in her 100 butterfly,

Molly Campbell swims the 100 butterfly.

which she believes she has a chance to medal in. “There is such a positive atmosphere surrounding our team that just puts me in

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such a good mood whenever I walk out on the pool deck,” Campbell said.

Softball hopes for a promising season Kelsi Faulkner StaffWriter The softball season started with the girls’ first preseason game on Feb. 26 and their first league game Mar. 12. The team is looking forward to a successful season and are hoping that they can live up to past year’s expectations such as Valleys on the softball field. “I hope the girls bring it this season! I hope they bring good energy every-

day to both practice and the games and always stay positive,” Captain Elizabeth Santoyo said. “I want the girls to always give it their best on the field; I can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us.” The team is a majority of underclassmen leaving more weight on the younger girls’ shoulders. The team is still struggling with commitment as they are trying to make up for a small roster. “As we are a young team, there are still many places we need to improve on. We

can barely get people out here as we’re also a team with low numbers,” freshman Mikaela Polache said. “Even with these major setbacks, we are still trying to make this season work, but we first have to have players who want to be out here and play.” According to freshman Faith Hernandez, the team is looking good out on the field and with the help of their coaches, the team will strive for a successful season this year. “We look good and

organized out on the field. Although, we still have a lot of room for learning, development, and improvement,” Hernandez said. “With the help of our coaches, I am absolutely confident that their help will help us grow both physically and mentally as a team.” Commitment and dedication are the main goals of the girls this season along with growth and strength. Although the girls have started out the season hitting some bumpy roads, they can’t wait to show everyone their hard

work and dedication to being the best on the field. “I can’t wait to see the difference between how we play now and later on during the season; we are a very young team that has a lot of room for potential,” Polache said. “In the beginning, preseason was tough, but it just shows us what we need to do together as a team and also individually to achieve our goals.”



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New sport attracts new aficionado watching the games,” junior Josiah Alfaro said. The notable rough nature of the sport seems to have drawn students to watch and play the intense sport. Rugby brings the opportunity for students to try a whole new sport. “It’s an exciting and new experience and it’s cool being the first team in the school’s history,” senior David Marquez said.

Edward Medina StaffWriter The Memorial rugby team kicks off its first season this year. The team has played seven games with a record of two wins and five losses. They are building a solid foundation for the years to come. “I love it so far and see a lot of potential in my teammates,” junior Kevin Wiseman said. The sport is one of the lesser known and played sports in the country compared to sports such as football or soccer. It is less watched, but certainly not less intense as there is more contact than in football. “It is rough out there, but it’s even more exciting to be out on the field,” senior Alexander Lopez said. Despite the small size of the team, they have competed against some notable schools in the valley includ-

Matthew Haines is lifted by teammates in attempt to catch the ball.

ing Buchanan and Clovis High. The lack of people on the team has not deterred the players’ spirit. “It can get real tiring without any subs during games, but I enjoy the intensity,” senior Zack Liles said.

This sport is not only new to the school, but it is new to many of the players as well. “This is my first time playing rugby, but I love it,” senior Luke Pimentel said. “Hopefully more people come out and see how fun it

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is for themselves.” Despite its relative novelty to the school, rugby has gained popularity among students and has brought people out to watch the sport. “I love going out and

Lacrosse comes to Memorial giordano primavera

StaffWriter This year marks the introduction of Memorial’s lacrosse program, which is filled with potential due to the number of new players. Lacrosse has been a de-

sired sport for some time and it was not until this year that the program was established. After students responded to a survey last year listing their desired sports and activities, the administration added it to this year’s roster of sports teams. The program is ran by head coach Jade Jones who has experience in the sport. “I’ve always thought that

lacrosse was a fun sport that I would like to play and I’m excited to play this year,” junior Kerri Weisert said. Though lacrosse may not seem like a popular sport, the team has plenty of eager players looking to win and develop their own abilities. “Everyone on the team is working really hard to get better so that we can win

games this season,” sophomore Ellie Dalena said. Dalena is a first year player and is currently out on injury and is not expected to come back until next season. Most of the players on the team have not played lacrosse before but are willing to put in the work necessary to win. Many of the team’s players hope to do well this

season and hopefully move on to playoffs. “This is my first year playing lacrosse, but I have high hopes for the team and think that we can manage to win a few games and go to playoffs,” Ally Martin said.

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