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November 2014 - Volume 6 Issue 3

Get on the bus! New service oppotunity for students encourages giving back and class unity.

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Brenna Flynn News Editor For the benefit of Catholic Charities, 30 students completed 75 hours of service on Friday, Oct. 24 by distributing food to the less fortunate. “‘Fill the bus’ was an idea Mr. Gutierrez and I had

to get more kids involved in service and to have fun together in a big group. [It is for students] to have the opportunity to to do service together and get a ride there, especially for kids who can’t drive,” principal Stephanie Nitchals said. Facilitators agreed that a lot of work went into the behind-the-scenes planning

for this service event. “I made a lot of phone calls, at least four or five hours [went into planning the event],” Kathleen DeSantis said. Students received two and a half service hours, but the administers of this event had to work extra hours to make the event possible. “You’re looking at up-

wards of seven hours of other people’s time [put into this event] so students can get two and a half hours handed to them,” Clarissa Myers said. Also, Catholic Charities had to stay open late in order to accommodate the school’s service hour needs. “We were really lucky that Catholic Charities [was] able

to provide service for 30 kids,” DeSantis said. This event was such a success that the principals will be hosting more in the future. “It gets kids out into the community helping but doing it together,” Nitchals said. “It brings stronger community and it makes life-long servers.”

Ferd’s the word Stephen Ferdinandi returns to teach the Memorial family. Allison Yniguez & Mikaela HArris Opinion Editor Editor-in-Chief With the return of Stephen Ferdinandi from Clovis North High School, Memorial adds one more teacher to its family. When it was revealed last year that Ferdinandi would not be returning for the 2014-2015 school year, many of his students had feelings of sadness. “I was honestly disappointed,” Senior Lexi Fenster said. “I wanted to know what would make him leave. Was it something we said or did? I was heartbroken.” When Ferdinandi was asked why he decided to leave Memorial in the first place, his response was stated in a classic Stephen

Ferdinandi manner - ambiguous, yet philosophical. “Sometimes people have to try new things,” Ferdinandi said. “Going from Memorial to Clovis North was like going from a small pond to a vast ocean.” While teaching various math classes to students ranging from 8th-graders to seniors, as well as coaching freshmen football, Ferdinandi was able to observe the differences between Memorial students and those of Clovis North. “Both schools have good students, but SJM students have a closer bond with each other and with their teachers,” Ferdinandi said.

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Upon his return, it was clear that he was missed by his former students, due to the fact that students eagerly greeted him in the hallways, visited his classroom, and presented him with various baked goods and balloons. “It made me happy to see Mr. Ferd in the hallways again,” Senior Erin Polache said. “He’s one of my favorite teachers, so I’m excited that he’s back.” When asked about the response he got regarding his return, Ferdinandi said he had no idea he was so missed by his students. “I didn’t expect it at all, but it was the happiest feeling I’ve had in a long time,” Ferdinandi said. “Memorial is family. This is home and where I felt I truly wanted to be.”

Stephen Ferdinandi returns big smile.

Checkmate! Chess club on page 2

Eagle Scouts soar on page 4

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New club on campus dives into the world of Japanese animation and culture. zhuogu “Zac” yu StaffWriter One of the newly established clubs on campus, the Anime Club, has attracted vast popularity by introducing anime screening sessions and organizing weekend trips to anime conventions. Senior Lara Tadios, who recently entered the pumpkin carving contest representing Anime Club, is among the original organizers of the club. “We actually have had this idea since our sophomore year,” Tadios said, recounting their inauguration. “We wanted to start a club where everyone who was interested in anime could have one place to gather, make friends, and talk about [it].” However, things didn’t go as they expected. When Natalie Rodriguez, current president of the club, and Tadios

Anime Club members cosplaying in fan conventions.

talked to Director of Student Activities Kim Hodges, they were told that it had to be a part of the International Cultures Club (ICC) until getting enough members to make it separate. But when Tadios later talked to Hodges again,

she got a different response that it had to stay with the ICC “for now”, notwithstanding having over 40 students signed up during the club fair day. “It was in conflict with the [ICC],” adviser of the club,

Courtesy of Zhuogu “Zac” Yu

Kelley Robbins said, providing us with more insight. “they didn't want to take any members away from the [ICC]. So they didn't want it be its own separate club.” With the dissolution of the ICC, Anime Club finally

earned its place. They have been arranging a number of activities ever since. One of them is the periodic anime screening in Robbins’ classroom during lunch. “We instituted screening,” Robbins said, “so people like me that don't know anything about anime can actually find out about it.” Robbins claimed that the screening changed her view about anime. While she used to assume that anime were for much younger students, just like cartoons, she found the plot to be a lot more involved, and she really liked it. “I think it's a great club because it brings together a lot of different students that have the similar interest and I really hope that the group will be able to continue next year,” Robbins said.

Check t out, mate SJM Chess club puts in many hours of practice in antisipation for the first year of compition in Fresno. Steffani Gaona StaffWriter The chess club at Memorial is due to enter into competition against non-SJM students for the first time in history this year. “We have some good players, they are really top notch” chess club moderator Henry Gutierrez said. Lately, students have been trying to get in extra practice time, before school, at break, at lunch, or after school. “We are having an upcoming tournament to see who will compete” club president Carlos Ruiz said. Students like Jie Nixion, Nathaniel Schultz, Jordan Diaz and, and Shawn Grewal are just few of the many club members who have been

putting in many extra practicing their chess skills in preparation for this competition in Fresno. “I expect big things for them” Carlos Ruiz said. Students practice as much as possible against others in their level rigor; some students used to be in competitions as well. “We have possible school matches later on in the year,” Gutierrez said. Chess club will have competitions within the school and hopes to compete against other high schools in the near future. Ruiz hopes to set up teams to compete, inspired by a team from Mendota that won national championships. “I’m pretty excited to see what we can accomplish” Ruiz said.

Intense game between Nick Dybas and Shawn Grewal.

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What the Pho?! Hole-in-the-wall Vietmanese restaurant brings a unique cultural aspect to Fresno. Samantha Jones Out of Uniform Editor It has been my experience that some of the best places to try new food come from little ‘hole in the wall’ places and the Pho on Mckinley is no exception. These little Vietnamese restaurants have popped up all over Fresno, bringing with them a unique culture. The intrigue of the restaurant is that the owners kept the interior simple. Unlike some ethnic eateries, the walls are not covered in cultural decor. White walls and basic tables give a relaxed vibe. Sometimes trying something new can be intimidating but the restaurant does a good job

of downplaying the differing cultures while still bringing a new eating experience. This keeps the emphasis is on the food and allows you to really focus on what you’re eating. The famed Pho itself didn’t exactly live up to the hype surrounding it. The broth, while tasty was not as warm as it should have been and the noodles felt a little undercooked. Traditionally, other toppings are added on a basis of preference before eating, which may have enhanced the flavors of the soup, but these were not offered to me. This was likely no fault of Pho #99 itself, as the waitress was new. My experience this time has in no way created a negative impression on the restaurant. I think the ambi-

Pho 99 advertises the “Best Vietnamese Soup in Town.“

ance and food add cultural variety to Fresno without

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being over the top and I look forward to going again.

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Three senior boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Scott Farrow StaffWriter After 120 hours of community service, SJM seniors Evan Cameron, Grant Der Manouel, and Timothy O’Rourke, earned their Eagle Scout awards, within the last three months, with Troop 223. Only five percent of Boy Scouts make Eagle Scout. “[By becoming an Eagle Scout, I] learned what it means to be a role model and to have true character,” Cameron said. All three of the Scouts did

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their Eagle projects at St. Anthony’s or Memorial. These three students have worked to help Memorial through service, leadership, academic, and athletic excellence. Only five percent of Boy Scouts make Eagle Scout, Der Manouel, Cameron, and O’Rourke have all joined this small percent of boys. “I am proud to be a part of such a distinguished group of people and that I was able to persevere and gain the rank of Eagle Scout,” Der Manouel said. Cameron has worked to develop his leadership skills through many extracurricu-

lar activities. Cameron is the President of the CSF Club, along with a board member of S-Club, and National Honor Society. “I learned how to be a leader, and how to be an active member in my community,” Cameron said. As an Eagle Scout, a young man must demonstrate leadership, and service. Along with normal service hours, O’Rourke, Der Manouel, and Cameron do service hours for their home parish, St. Anthony’s, by serving doughnut, and altar serving. This service was not just at their church, but also during flag

ceremonies for BK Lighting Co. in memory of 9/11. “I learned about importance of service, faith, and my country,” Der Manouel said. Der Manouel is the Associated Student Body president. Cameron and O’Rourke are co-captains for the Mens Varsity Water Polo. “Evan and T.O. demonstrate service and leadership by leading through actions, and not by word,” coach John Vinuela said. “Evan demonstrates everything that young men should be, and exemplifies the scout oath and law in his

everyday life,” parent Brian Cameron said. At home, these boys have learned and demonstrated their Catholic values, and helped to keep their home a safe environment. These three young men have worked to help everyone in their community by organizing rallies, cheering for SJM sports, and welcoming people to Memorial. “The caliber of SJM student athletes is obvious when simply considering [three] of the newest Eagle Scouts; they’re leaders in the strongest sense,” Vinuela said.

respond.fm Q: “If an ‘A’ on a final demonstrates mastery of the course’s mate-

rial, why should I not receive an ‘A’ in the class, which would signify such mastery?” Editors-in-Chief Olivia Luchini Allison Yniguez Elise Lozano

Photo/Arts Editor Shaun Alsing Out of Uniform Editor Samantha Jones Sports Editor Maddy Laval

Opinion Editor Mikaela Harris News Editor Brenna Flynn

Web Master Zhuogu “Zac” Yu Designers Turner Christensen Steffani Gaola Staff Writers Donnie Gragnani III Dani Roznovsky Scott Farrow

A: I agree with you, pal. However, I also see the logic that the teachers are utilizing. If you were slacking all year and didn’t do your work, yet you know how to do the subject you should have done the work during the year to demonstrate mastery. Colleges question why your grade hops from a C to an A too. When they see your transcripts, they might notice a significant rise in grades at the final, and that expresses that you were lazy during the semester and then tried to cover your tracks.

Q: “Why do the speed bumps behind the cafeteria exist? Also, are you going to fix my ant hill which was damaged after driving over them last week?”

A: Look, bro, that sounds like a personal problem. We are the school paper, not the

speed-bump-police. We are just a bunch of students and we wouldn’t know about the origin of the 40-year-old speed bumps. In my opinion, I would infer that the bumps are there because of the flow of students that come out or go to the football field. I am not in the business of wanting to get splattered by some kid’s giant F9000 truck.

Q: “How does not rolling my shorts teach me about taxes?” A: Um…I think you are asking the wrong newspaper.


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He said, She said: Donnie Gragnani III

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what do you like in a member of the opposite sex?

like ‘Em….

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Dani Roznovsky StaffWriter

like ‘Em….

Face

Face

-blue eyes -small nose -light complexion -keep the eyebrows plucked

-mascara & eyeliner -makeup: less is more -light complexion -blue eyes -voluptuous lips (keep ‘em shiny) -tidy eyebrows

Clothes

-seasonal: if I can guess the month of the year by your outfit- you’re winning -hipster: anything from tie dye, headbands, band tees and crop tops to flannels, jeans and converse

-button up shirts; solid colored. please no designs (keep it classy) -nice designer jeans… nothing ratchet… no sagging -Converse -Sperry’s -khaki shorts and pants

Hair

Hair

Clothes

-no buns! -straight -shades lighter than black -longer -luscious

-straight -short -blonde -it better not be longer than any girl’s

Personality

Personality

The guy that will make time to come over on Sunday to watch some football with family and relax. Has to be good with kids, and close with his family. Someone who’s honest and I can trust. There’s a fine line between confident and cocky, and nice guys don’t finish last.

the best of both worlds: a girl who can be the sweetest, courteous and caring, most hard working girl Monday through Friday- but once the bell rings on Friday she leaves all of that at school. Never afraid to try new things or step out of her comfort zone. Basically the girl you introduce to your Uncle Jessie and Aunt Becky.

Miscellaneous -designer glasses (Ray Ban) -nice wallet -designer watches -keep up on hygiene

Miscellaneous -black or aqua nails -designer glasses (preferably Ray Ban) -anything floral -keep up on hygiene -a sentimental necklace and/or bracelet

Bullard betta calm down Bullard’s attitudes at sporting events are continuously rude. Olivia Luchini Editor-in-Chief It is not an unknown fact that Bullard and SJM rival each other when it comes to sports. However, it has become apparent recently that Bullard has an abrasive attitude when it comes to our games against them. One of the most prevalent examples was at our home game against Bullard on October 24. Halftime

came around, and our SJM Supersquad assembled for their usual halftime routine. The Bullard squad, sat perched on the opposite sideline, waiting for the second that our squad exited the field so that they could do their routine. The SJM Supersquad ended up having to perform three different routines in order to prevent Bullard from invading the field, due to the fact that Bullard pulled this stunt at our last home game

against them when they ran on the field to perform immediately after SJM’s squad walked off. What? I’m sorry, but I have never been to a home game and watched the opposing squad perform at halftime. The school needs to understand the limitations of when you attend an away game. You cannot go around like you own the place, especially when you're valley-wide reputation is already pretty negative due to your sports-

manship. Even when it’s not a huge event like football, the Bullard sports teams typically have an air about them as if they are better than everyone else. Who can forget all of shenanigans that Bullard pulled after we beat them in boys basketball in 2012? If your ego is so big that losing a game that you aren’t even playing in leads you to vandalize another school’s property, you need to reevaluate your priorities.

Bullard needs to take it down a couple notches and realize that high school sports are not the sole purpose for living. Perhap if they started to act more humane and exhibit sportsmanship, I wouldn’t have to hear every team in the valley rant about how malicious and rude Bullard acts when they play them.


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Another day, another dollar Turner Christensen

StaffWriter Imagine if vending machines were outlawed in the state of California. Fortunately, that situation won't be actualized here at SJM. However, if you are a student here, it is as if vending machines

are outlawed because none of them work. “Those vending machines have been there for at least eight years, maybe even longer,” Head of Maintenance, John Hodges said. The worst part about these outdated machines, is whenever a student puts in a dollar, most of the time, it takes the dollar and does not dispense a drink in

Too bad about the iPad

The iPad program is taking away from educational values and damaging economic patterns. This year at Memorial, the introduction of the iPad Program has increased our technology usage. For some, it has been a benefit, while for others it’s been a distraction. Some teachers such as Bruce Garabedian have commented that technology is not always useful in the classroom. The iPad Program has promise. It makes learning engaging and saves paper. However, it has also had its issues. Media Center Coordinator and film teacher, Henry Gutierrez, mentioned that there have been issues with the network but these have been addressed and fixed. Many have been able to go on social media, play games, and take pictures during class, causing distractions. Sophomore Bella Bispo claimed to be distracted by freshmen playing games in class, resulting in the teacher getting off topic. In addition, students have been able to copy work from one tablet to the next easily, leading to plagiarism. This issue is very difficult to solve with the iPad in usage in classes for freshmen. According to the handbook, all students caught plagiarizing will receive a zero on their assignments. This could lead to further problems regarding student grades and challenges academic (and Christian) values such as integrity and honesty. The iPad program has also led to issues with internet and printing. Many students, including Junior Savannah Bennett, have tried to print at school and have found that since there are too many devices connected to the printer, this is not possible. Along with the printers, the school has had to spend more money on fixing the internet situation by adding more Wifi access points. This is just a small example of what is to come; with next year having three new classes utilizing iPads. iPads are fun and valuable tools, but Memorial should go back to how it has been, and use the normal hard copy books; iPads are more of an iFad.

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return. “It is easier to just struggle with the feeling of being thirsty rather than risking my dollar on a drink I probably will not get,” senior Lucia Damian said. It is inconsolable to think that our school would allow our students to thirst because they will not spend the money on functional vending machines

As you can see,the vending machines need to be either replaced with modern machines, or they need to be serviced to where they are at least functional. Maybe the school can replace the machines with all of the dollars that have been taken from us.

Staff Editorial: PLC is not for me! Mikaela HArris Opinion Editor This year, subject departments began meeting during collaboration. Each department has a scheduled day of the week to meet on a given red day. Some students, such as senior Michelle Paulson, are frustrated with the newly implemented system because teachers don’t have time to meet them. According to Principal Stephanie Nitchals, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) were intended to ensure that teachers in their respective departments were teaching a common curriculum and are “on the same page” with each other. However, students still are

frustrated with the idea. Some students believe that the time that teachers are using to collaborate could actually be used for teaching students who need extra attention. Students who need help can’t get it because teachers are busy trying to find new teaching techniques. Despite the unfortunate timing, PLC meetings are extremely productive according to department chairpersons. Mrs. Desantis expressed her favor for this collaboration time. The time when the meeting starts was moved to 2:30, however, by the time students get their books and get situated, it only offers them 45 minutes. Is that really enough time for athletes and sick students to get caught up? Definitely not.


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As for the future Girls varsity team is fueled on promoting seniors and next year’s headliners. Donnie Gragnani III

StaffWriter Girls volleyball is nearing the end of their season, but the team is seeing recruitment for a few of its players, both seniors and juniors. “Unless you’re 6’5, they’re going to be looking for that girl that can jump out of the gym or set the ball on fire,” girls varsity volleyball coach Stacey Abney said. She speaks about just one of many values searched for in young volleyball players such as her players. Abney recalls the summer out of state exhibition games she’s coached where a multitude of prospective players, just like the ones on her team. “There was 100 courts, 6 teams to a court and 12 players a team,” Abney said. “You’re looking at about 7200 players.”

This puts into perspective for some just how hard it is for scouted players such as Kylie Ekezian, Grace Campbell, and Fallon Karian to standout. “Taking accofuntability for what happens like Youtube footage, exchanging emails with college coaches on milestones and future interests, your GPA, and the SAT score is in the girl’s hands,” Abney said. Defensive specialist, senior Kylie Ekezian is keeping up with these standards. Although her position at libero is a weak scholarship receiver, Kylie is working hard on and off the court for a chance at multiple scholarships. Kylie aspires to attend Chapman and walk onto the volleyball team, where the coach has seen her film and made it very clear he would love for her to play on the fall club team.

Junior Grace Campbell is referred to as the leader of next year’s team by her coach. Grace is receiving mail from the Ivy League schools she is interested in such as Princeton, Harvard and Dartmouth University. “Grace could definitely make it into one of those schools,” Abney said. Senior Erin Laderous, a hard working student athlete with an honorary GPA, was recently scouted at a Merced tournament for her consistency as a powerful offensive weapon. With all these players getting scouted, Abney has high hopes for the end of this season. “Regardless, as a teammate, I am extremely proud of how our team performed this season and I cannot wait to see what the future brings for these girls getting scouted,” junior Dani Roznovsky said. Fallon Karian spikes against Yosemite. Courtesy of SJM Facebook

Girls tennis “racqs” up wins in Valleys Girls varsity tennis scores silver in the valley championship. Allison Yniguez Editor-in-Chief Girls tennis ended the season with success in the Valley Championship with both individual teams placing 2nd in the finals and with Taylor Holland, Vivian Wen, Olivia Luchini, and Raquel Gonzales earning First Team League. “Doing well this season meant a lot to the team, especially the seniors,” Luchini said. The team put in the effort necessary to reach the goal

of going to the Valley Championship. Since the individual championships are out of every division, not just D-1, the girls had to prepare to play different types of players, as well as the type you see in D-1. “Everyone worked hard during practices and matches to be able to get to this point,” Wen said. “This opportunity was special for me and I’m glad I got to accomplish this with such a great group of teammates.” The road to Valleys was not without its hardships. “Though we made it and did well in Valleys, we faced

tough losses to Bullard in the regular season,” Luchini said. “This did not deter us from our goals. It made us want to go to Valleys even more and we worked even more diligently.” The hard work put in paid off, seeing as Luchini and Gonzales earned 2nd place in doubles and Wen earned 2nd place in singles. This was out of about 75 individual teams in the valley per draw. “In the end, we played our hardest and we are thankful for a good end to our senior year tennis season,” Gonzales said.

The senior players gather on Senior Night against Sanger.

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Abercrombie and Moreno swim up the stream Two JV players unexpectedly get moved up to varsity towards the end of the season. Madison Laval Sports Editor Sophomore Melanie Abercrombie and freshman Liza Moreno, were promoted to the varsity girls water polo team on Oct. 28 after an amazing season on JV. “Both girls definitely deserved to be moved up,” senior Kurtie Kellner said. After a respectable season on JV, Melanie Abercrombie and Liza Moreno were invited to join the varsity squad on their road to Valleys. “I got lots of playing time, so it was a good experience,” Abercrombie said. Both girls gained the respect of varsity players after proving their commitment to the program by consistently attending practices, and

putting in lots of hard work during the season. “Since we had a small JV team, we all usually practiced together,” Moreno said. Abercrombie and Moreno have people that they look up to on the team and motivate them to always do better. “I look up to everyone,” Moreno said. “But the one person I look up to the most is my sister Lara.” Moreno and Abercrombie are excited to be apart of this experience, and are looking forward to the future of Girls Water Polo. “They are honestly a great addition to the team,” Kellner said. “And with the experience they have gotten this year, they are just going to continue to improve.”

Abercrombie and Moreno celebrate being acclaimed varstiy atheletes.

The pressure of playoffs SJM football has a fair chance at a title this year.

Last Carrasco, first place ambitions Diego Carrasco tries to beat records.

Olivia Luchini Editor-in-Chief After passing 0.500 rule, SJM football secured a shot at playoffs. With a winning record, the team is hopeful to win the Division 2 title. “There no exact feeling [to describe winning the title],” sophomore Richard Ramirez. “There would be so much satisfaction in putting in so much effort and having it pay off when you hold that trophy up, knowing all your work was for something.” Out of their three losses, only one was to a D-2 team, Sanger. “I was very ecstatic to win our first round of playoffs because it gives us another chance to go up against Sanger,” senior Daniel Frea said. According to MaxPreps, the team is currently ranked No. 4 in the Division 2 rankings, only behind Lemoore, Dinuba, and Ridgeview.

Photo by Madison Laval

Brenna Flynn New Editor

Ryan Beecher, Frank Dalena, and Jacob Hambalek run out at Madera.

However, SJM has yet to play any of these teams during preseason or regular season and so how they would play against these teams is unclear. “I am 99.9% sure that we will win Valleys,” Frea said. On November 14, SJM beat Porterville 42-35. Today they will match up with Sanger, who they lost to 7-24. Younger players are eager to

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win this for themselves and the seniors. “The seniors have the age that we don’t have as well as the experience,” Ramirez said, “but we bring the youth and the attitude.” Members of the team like Frea seem eager to move on past the Valley final. “If we win Valleys I’ll feel truly accomplished and ready for state,” Frea said.

Freshman Diego Carrasco is looking to break his older brother’s records in his cross country racing in the upcoming season through vigorous training. “My brother was a runner here, and he got me into it when I was a kid, so I’ve been running for a long time,” Carrasco said. He strives to put down every one of his brother’s records. His freshman year was his first chance to beat his brother. “My brothers records made a goal for myself, since he actually holds all the records I think he’s the greatest. That’s a goal for me- to beat all his records because if I beat them I’ll get really great,” Carrasco said. Carrasco practices yearround in order to live out the

Diego heads for the finish during a race. Courtesy of Henry Gutierrez

passion that he has for this sport. “I just like it,” Carrasco said. “I’m really good at it. I just like competition.”

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