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San Joaquin Memorial
San Joaquin Memorial has adapted to a 1:1 iPad program this year.
he SJM iPad program has taken the school by storm. Thus far, the program has been a success. The iPads have given students a more well-rounded education through technlogical advances and knowledge of how to effectively search the content of the web. However, like any other startup program, it has had its obstacles. These obstacles include: uploading and editing documents to Google Classroom, downloading files directly to the iPad, and controlling the types of apps students can use in class. Despite these slight obstacles, the iPad program is destined to be a hit in the future of SJM, and will continue to enrich the education of students.
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September 28, 2015
Frye flies to Pope
iPads make uBetter
Ms. Frye visits D.C. and Pope Francis.
Program’s potential outweighs its early sturggles.
StaffWriter English and Religion teacher, Carlie Frye, traveled to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 22, to see Pope Francis during his first visit to the United States. “I think [the trip is] going to be very energizing. This pope has already done pretty remarkable things and he’s committed to what the Catholic Church teaches,” Frye said. Frye, after first hearing about the Pope’s visit at her gym, knew right away that she wanted to see him in person. Frye decided it would be a good opportunity to take a few days off and spend time with family members who live close by.
“My cousins live in D.C. so I figured [since] my goddaughter lives there it would be great to take her there to see him, as her spiritual role model,” Frye said. The Pope spent four days in the U.S., two in Washington D.C., one in New York, and the final day in Philadelphia. While here he met President Barack Obama, spoke to the joint house of Congress, and canonized the founding father of Catholic California, Junipero Sierra. People from all over the country made pilgrimages to see the Pontiff. “One of the things I think is really neat is to interact with [many] different people,” Mrs. DeSantis, chair of the Religion Department said. Pope Francis addressed issues that affect Americans such as race inequal-
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Pope greets onlookers. Photo Courtecy of Carly Frye ity and environmental struggles. He urged the American people to serve the marginalized and care for the environment. “He’s very popular, and is walking the walk. I think our nation needs more inspiring leadership, and leaders that people respect on a character level.” Frye said.
The school year opened with the implementation of a school-wide 1:1 iPad program. The introduction of the iPads gave the school the opportunity to provide its students with access to unlimited information, and make learning more interactive through technology. However, this new educational venture has forced both students and teachers to bind together to endure and overcome inevitable growing pains that such a program has presented. “I’m really impressed with how resilient these kids are. I think [technical difficulties] are teaching them a lot about problem solving. We’ve overcome a lot of obstacles already,” English teacher, Kelley Robbins said. Although students have certainly fallen subject to reasonable frustration in
dealing with their iPads, they are determined to search for new ways to leave their old learning methods behind and adjust to this new scheme of learning. “Right now it’s just really hard to adapt because I’ve used books my entire life. When I study, I feel like I’m not as efficient,” senior Noelle Jaccard said. “There’s just something about having books, but I’m sure I’ll be able to adjust quickly.” Despite some students’ natural inclination toward paper books and resistance to this foreign way of learning, students and teachers have already worked together (along with the technology department) to overcome challenges; they are optimistic that the program will continue to improve and validate its potential. “Every time that we’ve come across an obstacle, we’ve fixed it.” Robbins said.
Presidential frontrunners 2016 Sean hickey Designer Many of this year’s seniors will be able to vote for the first time in the upcoming presidential election, one of the most important aspects of American democracy. This election, however, is different from many in the past because of the focus on non-political candidates. “Washington is out of touch with the people and it is causing the success of the political outsider,” social science teacher, Bruce Garabedian said. Candidates such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson have no experience as publically elected officials, and that seems to be exactly what is driv-
ing their success. Many Americans are frustrated with the current state of the government and place the brunt of the blame on career politicians in Congress who refuse to compromise with each other. This disdain created the desire for non-political candidates who have no ties with the current government to run. “Donald Trump is the only person who can make America great again,” senior Grant Lilles said. However, not all people consider their lack of political experience a good thing. According to English teacher Chet Frantzich their inexperience would not drive him to vote for them but rather, he would vote for someone who
cares about the country and would do a good job as president. In a survey conducted by the SJM journalism class, 82 percent of the 75 students surveyed indicated that they would vote Republican in the general election. However, not all participants showed support for frontrunner Donald Trump. “Donald Trump’s candidacy is a joke, he is ignorant and boastful,” Grace Campbell said. Contrary to the inexperience in the Republican field, the two Democratic frontrunners, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, are career politicians with ties to the current administration. “Hillary Clinton is a lying, manipulative person and doesn’t deserve to be
considered in the election,” Jacob Carr said. Both Clinton and Sanders have differing views on policy. Bernie Sanders a self described socialist, has growing support by voters because of his policies that stress equality. “I support Bernie Sanders because I believe he wants to help the average American and ensure equality in the country,” Montana Silva said. Students should become more interested in the election because there is a spectrum of diverse candidates who
can fit anyone’s political stance. As a civic duty, participating in Presidential elections is the most important activity for Americans. “I am excited to see all of the things that the candidates have to offer,” said Andrew Cunha.
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Health Corner: A Healthy mind is a Happy mind liam martin StaffWriter Maintaining a healthy mind is beneficial to everyone, especially students who under go multiple forms of stress each day. In order to help students gain awareness on how they can keep their minds healthy, local therapist and San Joaquin Memorial High School parent, Everardo Pedraza has listed the 10 most important techniques for maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle: 1. Examine your conscience and make amends. “It is important to find some kind of way to ask and receive forgiveness. This makes it possible to go forth in life with a lighter step, so we can focus our energy on our goals and relationships, rather than on regrets of the past.” 2. Maintain good physical health. “It is important to make sure we eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep.”
For example, teens should drink one ounce of water for every pound they weigh, eat 2,700 calories a day, and get about nine and a half hours of sleep. 3. Acknowledge your feelings and transform your pain. “Some ways that we can transform our pain are journaling, talking with a trusted friend, a parent, a teacher, a counselor or a positive figure in our lives.” 4. Maintain supportive relationships. “Nurture your relationships with friends and family. Having someone who can see our issues with an objective pair of eyes can give us a whole new way of seeing.” 5. Practice meditation. “God speaks to us through silence and practicing a type of Christian meditation like Centering Prayer can do wonders for our spiritual life.” Meditation is a time of reflection in which people can look into who they are and determine how to better themselves. 6. Be compassionate and
healing for others. “This can happen in simple ways, by being a listening ear, offering a word of encouragement and support, etc.” 7. Practice random acts of kindness. “Think of kind things to do for others and make it a daily practice.” Students could say hello to other people, buy someone food or drinks, or talk to someone who they don’t normally talk to. 8. Practice intentional gratitude. “When we recall all the things that we are grateful for and acknowledge them, we open ourselves up to receive more positive in our lives.” 9. Keep a daily journal. “One practice that I enjoy is that I check into the feelings on the surface of my emotional geography and I notice what feelings I’m feeling and I list those feelings.” 10. Cultivate your seventh sense, a sense of humor. “It has been said that our sixth sense is our intuition and that our seventh sense is our sense of humor. Find humor in life.”
Everest climbs high liam martin StaffWriter Everest is an adventure drama that follows the true story of professional mountain climber Rob Hall as he leads an expedition in an attempt to climb to the peak of Mount Everest. During the dangerous trek, however, unforeseen violent storms turned their dangerous journey into a deadly one. One of the major strengths of Everest is the exceptional acting of a stellar cast consisting of Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, and Sam Worthington. The performances by Jason Clarke and Josh Brolin, specifically, carry most of the film’s dramatic heft. The best aspect of Everest, despite solid performances, is by far the exceptional special effects and cinema-
tography brilliantly directed by Baltasar Kormákur. The special effects realistically present the grandeur of Mount Everest and allow the audience to feel as if they actually are witnessing people climbing to its peak. As of now, Everest will most definitely be an Oscar nominee for Best Visual Effects. The film does, however, contain some flaws. The major flaw being that due to the massive scope and cast of the film, many of the characters are underdeveloped causing the audience to care little for them in moments of peril. The story as well suffers in parts from this, as the film struggles to focus on one plot point wholly and instead attempts to bring in multiple subplots that are never fully fleshed out. Despite its flaws, Everest is a solid film that provides both excitement and drama in a well put together, visually stunning adventure.
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4 Work hard, study hard
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Kelsi Faulkner StaffWriter Students that have jobs during the school year in their community describe it as one of the toughest things to manage. “Work is a huge commitment and takes away from school time,” junior Brittany Shayesteh said. Shayesteh currently works at Deli Delicious in Fresno. Aside from managing school, students, such as Shayesteh, are still learning to manage their time so their job does not take away too much from their schooling.
“They are courteous knowing I work and go to school,” Shayesteh said. “I only work weekends, but starting in December I will be working weeks and weekends.” Shayesteh emphasized one of the reasons work is such a commitment is because of the long hour shifts. Due to the fact that she goes to school, her bosses try to work around her school schedule. “A job would be no more time consuming than a sport. You may get home late some nights from working or playing sports, but you learn your limits and how to manage your
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ampersand DanIelle ParRa StaffWriter Students have a new place to cool down after a long day of school. Ampersand is Fresno’s premier artisan ice cream shop located just around the corner from our campus. “Ampersand is a community place where people come to meet other people,” owner of Ampersand, Jeff Bennett, said. The ice cream shop is located across the street from Fresno High School. Patrons will find hand-crafted ice creams and sorbets in an inviting cafe-style environment that will inspire a sense of community. Ampersand plans on becoming more involved with the neighborhood. “Ampersand is planning on getting involved with future events with Fresno High, movies in the lawn, and block sales,” Bennett said. Owners and employees prepare for the next work day by hand making each ice cream and sorbet. Their flavors include: Rocky Road made with homemade
marshmallows, Rich Vanilla, and their most popular flavor, Whiskey Caramel Swirl. All servings are made entirely from fresh ingredients. The ingredients are carefully chosen to allow the ice cream shop to identify with the community from where their food comes from. “There’s a special each week,” Bennett said. “We change flavors based on which fresh fruit or fresh nut is available from Fresno Fruit Commons each week.” Ampersand is located on 1940 North Echo Ave. They are open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11a.m.-11p.m. Stop by for a refreshing treat and a good time with friends. “We always want our customers to feel welcomed,” Bennett said.
The store-front of Ampersand Ice Cream Photo by Danielle Parra
time accordingly,” Jordan DiViccaro said. Senior Karly Klepper agrees that handling both school and a job is time consuming and is a real challenge. Klepper currently works at Togos in Fresno and has faced some obstacles in balancing the two. “My job takes up most of my free time, and it does make it hard to get my school work finished,” Klepper said. “I am never asleep before 1 a.m. on nights I work, if I have homework.” Shayesteh and Klepper believe the greatest challenge of working during
Karly Klepper makes sandwiches at Togos. Photo by Kelsi Faulkner
the school year is learning how to best manage one’s time. “Balancing my life with school, extracurriculars,
Karly Klepper finishes school work during lunch. Photo by Kelsi Faulkner
and work is hard because it is such a big responsibility,” Shayesteh said.
Memo reaches for the stars tiffany lee StaffWriter Whether it be dancing, conducting research, writing stories, or playing a sport, every person has their own interests. This summer, students pursued their hobbies and learned new skills through summer camps across the country. “All of the delegates [at Boys’ State] were part of one brotherhood just like we are all part of one family here at Memorial,” senior Jacob Carr said. “Everyone was competing for recognition and I see that every day at [this school].” Boys’ State is a highly selective camp that requires a strong background in leadership. At this camp, campers participated as a member of a “mock” government. “As a leader, I learned that you need to do what you feel is best for the people and what the majority wants,” Carr said. Some students also participated in camps that enhanced skills in interests such as sports and medical studies.
A camper captures the night sky.
“The girls that I met at these camps were a lot like me,” Grace Campbell said. “They had a passion for [volleyball] and were very academically focused.” Campbell’s inspiration for volleyball began in the sixth grade after receiving the “most improved” award, giving her an optimistic feeling on the outcome of her future with the sport. “Although I have loved this sport, my academic future is what I am really focusing on,” Campbell said. By attending these camps, students felt the fruits of their participation impacted them personally. They also hope
Photo by Tiffany Lee
their gained knowledge and skills will extend to those around them. “Whenever there’s an opportunity to pursue something of your interest, take it,” senior Vanessa Lim said. “You’ll learn more about yourself and meet great people.” Based on her time at a medical camp, Lim believes she will now pursue a medical career in the future. “Push yourself more and more and you will discover things inside of you that you never knew were there before,” Carr said. “Leaders don’t sit in the back, they make themselves known.”
september 28, 2015
The Valley is fired up madison laval Editor-in-Chief Many schools in the Fresno and Clovis school districts have canceled practices and other outdoor activities, such as recess for elementary school children, due to poor air quality caused by massive wildfires in the Sierra Nevadas. The pollution continues to get worse as the wildfires resist containment growing because of dry brush brought by the California drought. However, some schools continue to push on with sports’ schedules. It is apparent that in this time
of extremely harmful air quality, everyone must limit their time outdoors. For sensitive groups, especially individuals with asthma, the air quality is harmful and can have damaging effects on their health. It is my belief that, for the health and safety of all students, schools must cancel and reschedule outdoor sporting activities and remain patient until the fires subside. Currently, the fire is about 40 percent contained. This statistic means that the fires are here to stay for a while longer. Even with the recent rainfall, the fires are still burning strong. As a result of canceling sporting ac-
tivities, school attendance will be boosted, students will be less prone to getting sick and there would be an increase in academic stability because of fewer missing assignments and tests. Asthmatic or not, students need to take care of themselves, and schools’ administration needs to put the health and safety of their students before the record of their sports’ teams. If we do not limit our time outdoors, then we can face some unpleasant repercussions with long-lasting, damaging effects on our health.
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Investigating the issues Steffani Gaona Editor-in-Chief Over the past few months, frontrunner Donald Trump has gained momentum in the polls due to excessive media coverage. However, he has said little about how he will “make America great again.” He has made no legitimate policies as other candidates have, especially policies that concern new voters. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has covered diverse topics such as income inequality, creating jobs, racial justice, women’s rights, climate change, immigration, and revisions to Wall Street. Another candidate, Carly Fiorina, would like to revise the tax system, closing tax loopholes, and reform agreements with Iran. While Hillary Clinton has recently released a new college proposal in New Hampshire. She
wants undocumented immigrants to be able to gain citizenship through following set regulations. As young people get ready to vote in 2016, they should focus attention on issues that directly affect them. For example three issues that new voters should concider include higher education, race relations, and gun control. For those wanting to pursue higher education, they should review policies regarding tuition costs and student debt laws. The increased cost of a college education has crippled the youth of America striving to obtain an higher education. College debt for the class of 2015 is expected to be around $35,000 and the amount of debt continues to grow for each succeeding class. Social issues concerning race should also be closely examined. A little less than a year ago, racial inequality caught the nation’s attention through
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riots responding to police brutality. Although there are good and bad people within every occupation, these actions by law enforcement require a closer look at police training and gun laws. In New York City in April, an incident on a train handled by Swedish cops without any weapons opened people’s eyes to the ability of well-trained officers to handle danger in a way that would result in fewer fatalities. Within the past three years, America has seen a drastic increase of public shootings. The news has shown shootings on campuses from elementary school level, from Sandy Hook all the way to the college level at University of California Santa Barbara. Students who do have the ability to vote ought to be concerned with gun policy because it does affect not only one’s education, but one’s safety. Whether one is wearing a “#feeltheBern” t-shirt or a “make America great
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Franko’s Fable Francis Roque StaffWriter Hello, and welcome. I am Franko Roque, writer of Franko’s Fables. Each issue, I will present a fable addressing matters concerning student life. Our first fable features one of our favorite feathered-friends, Timmy the Teenaged Twitter Bird. If you’ve never heard of him you might want to consider following him on twitter under the handle @timmyteenbird. This month, Timmy teaches us an important lesson on social media etiquette.
On a nice, crisp September afternoon Franko was taking a stroll in Fig Garden Village when he was suddenly struck by a majestic bird who appeared to be holding a cellular device in one of his wings. Franko was so amazed by this magnificent creature that he passed out. When he woke up the bird was right in front of his face. “Hi mate, you hit the ground pretty hard back there,” said the bird. “I am Timmy the Teenaged Twitter Bird. What is your name?” “I am Franko Roque and I am a journalist for The Pride at San Joaquin Memorial.” “Oh, well that is quite im-
Mr. Kim for the win Edward Medina StaffWriter This year we welcomed a new member to the school’s faculty, Tony Kim who teaches in the math and science departments. He teaches AP Calculus AB and astronomy and has 12 years experience teaching in public high schools. Kim decided to come to Memorial preferring a Catholic school environment. “It is so much easier to teach at Memorial than in public schools,” Kim said. Kim attended a Catholic high school in Rome, Italy, so Catholic education is very important and familiar to him. He believes the students at Memorial are “college bound students.” Kim also appreciates the collective Catholic identity on campus. “Students as well as teachers and faculty are very religious,” Kim said. Students as well have taken a particular affinity for him. “He makes learning fun and he is interactive with the
Mr. Kim ponders his career. Photo by Edward Medina
students,” one of his astronomy students, Matt Smith said. With a doctorate in aerospace engineering, Kim’s background brings experience and knowledge to the classroom. According to Kim his previous career as an aerospace engineer brought challenges requiring him to develop military weapons. His current job on the other hand brings joy and knowledge because he has passion for teaching. “My favorite thing about Mr. Kim is his genuine love for math,” junior Aaron O’Day said. Kim’s advice to students is to live by his alma mater’s motto “pray, study, and play.”
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Franko talks to Timmy. Photo by Turner Christianson
pressive mate! I have a few things to tell the young lads of today’s society,” chirped
Timmy. Franko and Timmy talked for hours about very important topics. Franko asked Timmy “Hey Timmy, what do you think is a pressing matter facing teenagers today?” “Well Franko, today’s kids are very engaged with social media, which is great. However, once something is posted on social media it is forever on the Internet. Therefore, I want to tell young people to watch what they post social media because there can be serious consequences. Just remember ‘P and T’.” “By jove, Timmy what does P and T mean?” asked
Franko. “Well Franko, P and T stands for pause and think. Pausing and thinking about a post before you submit is the most effective way to keep people from regretting their bad decisions.” “Wow, thank you for the information Timmy. My fellow classmates will greatly appreciate your insight.” Franko said. And before Franko could finish typing out a tweet, Timmy the Teenaged Twitter Bird had flown away leaving behind only his eternal words of wisdom.
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New runners cross the finish line Danelle ParRa StaffWriter The cross country team started a new season with seven new competitors, but faces challenges with a low number of female runners. The 2015 cross country team has 19 runners, only six being girls. The team consists of freshman, sophomores, and juniors, but lacks participation from seniors. “We have a very young and very talented team,” cross country coach, Michael Danks-Ferguson, said. “There are only four girls on the team so there is not enough to compete
on a varsity team.” Placing 1st out of 67 runners in the Highlander Invite, freshman Marianne Gleason shows promise for the team’s upcoming seasons. At the same meet, freshman Noah Menezes finished 2nd out of 108 runners. “I will continue to improve as a runner but also as a teammate,” Gleason said. Although there is a lack of female participation on the team, there are still high hopes for this season. With a majority of the boys being freshman and sophomores, they are currently competing in freshman and sophomore races. The boys varsity
team consists of only three juniors, Eric Wiseman, Carson Chapman, and David Johnson. “I know freshman and sophomore boys would like to end up top 12 in the valley which is very good for the future,” Mr. Danks said. Continuously, freshman and sophomore runners are finishing in the top of their races. The team forecasts a successful season. “Our freshman and sophomore boys teams are definitely very strong this season and I see them doing very well this season. I think our team has a very promising future,” Gleason said. Molly Oaks, Marianne Gleason, and Molly Campbell gather before a meet. Photo by Danielle Parra
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Editor-in-Chief Seniors Tess O’Brien, Emily Fagundes and Makayla Soria, joined Memorial’s golf team for the first time in their high school career. It all started at their first practice at San Joaquin Country Club where they met their new golf coach, Tony Smith, who
serves as both coach and inspiration. “What inspired me to play was Coach Tony because he was more than happy to take me under his wing and it was something outside of my comfort zone that I ended up enjoying,” Soria said. Smith was not the only one who inspired these girls to play. They also had a personal drive to get better at the game.
“Improving is the best part, the girls and I would end up going to San Joaquin Country Club on Saturdays just to practice,” Fagundes said. The girls decided as a whole that no matter how bad they were at golf that they would not quit. They decided to always encourage each other at improving their game. “Don’t be scared to come
out because the coach and the girls on the team will make anyone feel welcome, no matter how bad someone is, and this is coming from someone who had no idea what the game of golf was,” O’Brien said. Smith, a professional golfer who has competed in the Senior U.S. Open and many other professional events is on his third year as SJM’s coach of both the girls’ and
boys’ teams. He expressed being motivated by these young athletes. “These girls touch my heart everyday; they continue to show me their desire to get better everyday, and they do not give up. The best part of my job is seeing them having fun,” Smith said.
Seniors Tess O’Brien, Makayla Soria, and Emily Fagundes pose after a fun day of golf. Photo by Turner Christensen
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Expect the unexpected Volleyball aims at another shot at Sectional Championship. Kelsi Faulkner StaffWriter Varsity volleyball coach, Stacey Abney, has set high expectations for the team this season after their success of making it to Valley’s last year. “Last year’s varsity team set a good standard last season and kept the bar set high,” Coach Abney said. “I expect this year’s team to keep the bar set high.” Even this year’s team captain, senior Grace Campbell, has high expectations for this year’s team and is confident that the team will have a positive outcome. “I absolutely have high expectations considering that we went to Valley’s last year,” Campbell said. “I want us to play to the best of our abilities; as long as I know we reached our highest potential, I will be happy.”
Players have already exceeded Abney’s expectations by winning their first four games of the season. Because the team consists of more underclassmen than seniors, the younger players are keeping the seniors on their toes and keeping the competition level high in practice. “The players have a good mindset which is helping them on the road to Valleys,” Abney said. According to junior Haley Billingsley, the reason they are excelling is because of their commitment toward one another. They support each other with friendships on and off the court. “We push each other to work better each day,” said Billingsley. “And bonding with our team and making new friendships with our teammates has helped us improve more on the court as well.” Abney and the team
Varsity volleyball called a timeout to regroup before heading back on the court to deafat Sunnysidde. Photo by Kelsi Faulkner
captain, believe their team is progressing on the right path towards Valley’s again because of their winning streak
at the start of this season. “I believe that we will have a successful season. We improve every practice
and every game are getting better,” said Campbell.
Young blood, same family The football team looks to develop young players. fRancis roque StaffWriter With the 2015 season in full swing, Coach Anthony Goston has high hopes for the season ahead and seasons to come. He believes this expectation is due to ample participation of the underclassmen on the team. “If we can be good defensively we will be in a lot of games, and we do have guys on offense that can make a lot of plays,” Goston said. Goston, along with his
newly selected captains Joey Ruiz, Blake Schmiederer, Chris Paz, and Grant Lilles, seek to take the Panthers to the playoffs this winter. The team has been working hard during the offseason in an effort to improve last year’s 8-4 record. After losing 20 seniors from last season, this year’s players have been pushed to play at the varsity level. “We have seven sophomores on varsity, and whenever you rely on that many sophomores sometimes you’re going to make young
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mistakes,” Goston said. However, that does not bother the players.They are willing to put in the work needed with such a new team. “We are united,” Schmiederer said. “Although we are a young team, that does not mean we don’t have each other’s backs.” The football team has been known for having a bond unlike any other sport among the players and this contributes to their success as a team. “It doesn’t matter if you
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have been on this team for one year or four years you
are treated with respect,” Lilles said.
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