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Volume 11 Issue 4
ReLAX! Roaring Fork High Lacrosse Season Is Underway
- Lucy Meade
Roaring Fork High School’s 2018 girls lacrosse season officially starts Monday February 26th. There are high hopes for the season with nearly triple the amount of people interested in playing compared to last season, and a new head coach. In their 2017 season, the girls only had 2 losses to Aspen, so one of the main goals for this spring is defeating the up-valley high school. Players and staff also hoped to create a varsity team this season, but this objective will not be possible due to Colorado law relating to school-based sports. According to Athletic Director Jade Bath, “the 2 year cycle of being able to petition CHSAA for a varsity team does not fall on the year of 2018.” Because RFHS is a voluntary member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), along with 354 other Photo by Roark Roney Colorado schools, the sports program must adhere to the expectations set forth by the committee. Bath explains that CHSAA implemented the 2 year cycle system in order to keep the game schedules organized between Roaring Fork and other schools. Regardless of the delay in creating a varsity girls lacrosse team this year, Bath states, “If underclassmen continue having enough interest, there are definitely hopes for varsity in the future.” Players and staff will continue working on building interest in playing for the team in the hopes of eventually having a varsity team. Being denied the opportunity to form a varsity team is not an exciting way to start the season, but what is exciting is a change in the head coach. Jason Rusby, former boys lacrosse coach at Glenwood Springs High School, is now stepping in as coach of the Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team after the position became vacant at the end of last season. Rusby, along with the whole team, is looking forward to the upcoming season and all of the promise it carries with it. The team and staff also hope to build a greater level of Photo by Roark Roney support this season. Bath believes that additional school support will lead to the girls lacrosse team becoming a school-funded instead of self-funded team. Ultimately, having more fans leads to more funds. Rusby says, “There is a lot more parental involvement than when I worked down valley for the boys lacrosse team,” which makes funding the team much easier and more effective. Rusby is also a volunteer coach for the 2018 season, which will make save the team money. Aside from the funding benefits, school support is also another opportunity for the Roaring Fork Valley to unite. Neither Basalt High School (BHS) nor Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS) has a girls lacrosse team, so players from these schools will be joining RF players. In the past, uniting these communities has proven to produce great teamwork both on and off the field. Hopefully, with the unification of these schools, home games will attract a larger crowd than past years to support the girls lacrosse team, and build on the foundation built from last season.
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Design Team: A Roaring Fork Project
The three words most frequently used by students in the United States to describe their high school experience are “tired,” “stressed,” and “bored.” US high schools’ approaches to education are based on a hundred-year-old models designed for a different era. Many teachers still lecture students in time-chunks that have no correlation to teenagers’ brain and body chemistry. Rigid, industrial-era roles still exist for principals, vice-principals, counselors, and teachers. It’s time to boldly reimagine the high-school experience using the power of human-centered design, the latest adolescent neuroscience, and purposeful learning—to usher in a new era of education that prepares students for this century, not the last, by providing them with opportunities to engage with others and with technology. The Third Teacher Design Project is a Project introduced by the Roaring Fork School District with the intention to reverse these experiences starting with the spaces around us. There was a brief meeting at the beginning of January in which RFHS principal Brett Stringer introduced the building design project to a handful of students and teachers who chose to participate. At
the meeting, he explained what the project was and that there would be two future meetings. The first meeting would more formally introduce the project to those involved, while the second meeting would be used to begin drawing plans. Those plans would later be shown to interior designers and made into an electronic model to present to staff. The group met 3 times to discuss these designs and the teacher presentation. Members accomplished this with the help of educator, innovator, entrepreneur, and school leader Chris Hazleton. With the use of his experience from supporting more than 40 independent and public schools in 13 countries, 12 states and 4 Canadian provinces, Hazleton offered the team information and insights off which to base their designs. Once the designs were drawn by the student and teacher teams, and made into electronic copies, they were presented to the superintendent and revised by the staff. Now that this step has been complete, the next step in the process is to meet as a group once again and then, order the furniture so it can be installed over the summer and be ready for the fall.
Roaring Fork Winter Homecoming Recap
Student Council (StuCo) made a collective decision to add a winter homecoming to the list of the school’s exciting activities. In past years, the school has hosted a dance, but never a whole homecoming week. StuCo made plans to amp up enthusiasm levels among the student by incorporating Homecomingesque events, such as spirit dress up days, a pep rally, and royalty, all leading up to the basketball game held on Friday February 9th, and the dance on Saturday February 10th. The idea presented itself during one of StuCo’s weekly meetings. The inspiration behind winter homecoming came from senior StuCo executives and teacher Ms. McCullugh, who “wanted to add a new tradition that the rest of the school could carry on,” stated senior StuCo member Bella Ulrych. One hope for introducing winter homecoming was to encourage the school and the community to attend RFHS’s basketball games. Many people enthusiastically support the football and volleyball teams during fall homecoming, so winter homecoming seemed like a feasible event to draw more support and participation. RFHS’s head girl Reece Ettleson stated, “Our hope of adding another event to the school year is to help unify the school more, and show and support our basketball teams.” When planning the exciting week, StuCo took extra precautions in incorporating the ideas of the student body so there would be high levels of participation, and so it would be more enjoyable. StuCo sent out surveys asking for students opinions on spirit week days. With many eager responses the school came to a decision of assigning Monday as PJ day and jersey day, Tuesday as meme day, Wednesday as dynamic duo day, Thursday as teacher look alike day, and rounding up the week with Friday as class color day. With outstanding numbers of participation, it was a success. Friday, the RFHS Rams JV and Varsity teams
took on Gunnison. During the game, class royalty was announced, with Ryan Camp and Leah Jenkins receiving freshman homecoming king and queen, Jaime Vega Gutierrez and Ruby Fuller as sophomore king and queen, Leo Loya and Ricela Tapia as Junior king and queen, and finally taking the title of senior homecoming king and queen was Justin Thompson and Megan Rusby. The week ended on Saturday, February 10th with the dance held at the Orchard church in Carbondale. With a successful week filled with school spirit, it looks like winter homecoming will become a long held tradition at RFHS.
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Love is in the Air! A look at Some Lucas Bensch & Megan Rusby
Q: What is your favorite memory together? “Climbing to the top of a water tower at night to look at the stars with our favorite third wheel, Ralphie”
Q: What is the weirdest habit your partner has? “Megan doesn’t like strawberries but likes stawberry flavored foods” “Lucas argues with his parents in a different language and I get really confused”
Lazaro Cruz & Payton Issel
Q: What is your favorite memory together?
“When we went to Wyoming to visit my family over the summer
Q: What is your favorite thing about your partner?
“My favorite thing about Laz is his sense of humor and how he can make everything we do fun!”
Marco Ramos & Felina Cruz Q: What is your favorite memory together? “I have a lot of good memories, but my favorite would have to be the time we went to prom” Q: What’s your favorite thing about your partner? “The way he laughs and smiles. He laughs with so much joy and his smile is so charming, I can’t go a day without seeing it.
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of Roaring Fork’s Cutest Couples
Angie Morales & Edwin Candela
Q: What’s your favorite thing about your partner? “Everything Angie does makes me smile. She makes me smile more than everybody else ”
Q: What are your plans for valentines day? “Im getting her flowers, chocolate, and a surprise gift that I can’t tell you about” Q: Anything else you would like to add? “No, I just love her ”
Leo Loya & Ricela Tapia Q:What is your favorite memory together?
“Winning Winter Homecoming sophomore king and queen this year”
Q: What’s the weirdest habit your partner has? “We both act like every goodbye is our last one and do something really extra”
Aidan Knaus & Vanessa Montoya Q: What’s your favorite memory together? “Destroying her at chess”
Q: What are your plans for valentines day? “I’m going to get her lots and lots of chocolate because she likes chocolate”
Q: What is one thing you have always want-
ed to do together? “Go ice skating!”
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ELD Students and Their Struggle for Integration
- Josie Sanchez
Integration is a big part of the typical adolescent life. Being a part of something is important for many teenagers and at RFHS there is a wide variety of people that are interested in certain sports, clubs and other activities. Common interests and backgrounds help form distinct groups of friends. But there seems to be one group that’s left in the dark. Although RFHS is a very accepting and open-minded school ELD students tend to be isolated into a group all on their own. They communicate amongst each other with the language they know best; spanish. There is a language barrier that makes integration an extremely difficult part of an ELD student’s life. Most ELD students have come from Latin American countries. They have had to abandon the lands they know best, the traditions, streets, and people they grew up with and have had to start all over in a new country, a country that can seem cruel and unwelcome at times. They try their best and tend to find the people that seem to understand them, this is why ELD students become friends with other ELD students. Andrea Caruso, a Photo by Jackie Vosler counselor at RFHS, believes that the the biggest barrier for ELD’s students integration is “feeling intimidated.” Leaving a comfort zone is difficult in itself but not fully comprehending the language of your peers, not knowing how to communicate or whether it’s safe to try and communicate makes this task a hundred times more difficult for ELD students.
Genesis Torres, a previous ELD student, admits that she wouldn’t talk to people outside of her friend group for fear of being judged. She states “People seem nice it’s just difficult to talk to talk to others because they seem so different.” Andrea Caruso states “There are two types of segregation institutionalized and self imposed. Self imposed segregation is our biggest concern.” This makes sense as people tend to stick to what they know best. ELD students stay with other ELD students and other students go about their life with the friends they have created. Is there a way to make this better? Yes there most definitely is. RFHS holds a very diverse student body compared to many other schools. Most students are aware of the ELD students around them. But sometimes being aware isn’t enough, Other than being aware of them, students could make an effort to say “hi” or wave a “hello”. Small acts like this could lessen the barrier that has been created amongst ELD students and students that aren’t in any ELD classes. ELD students could feel more welcomed and accepted while adapting to their new surroundings. Furthermore, Caruso says “Humans are complicated.” and that is true but we can all try to understand each other more and grow as a community. As a school we are already very inclusive, lets just take that a bit further and include this group that we have, without meaning to kept in the dark. Let’s bring them out now to the light.
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Sports He’s Out! A preview of the RFHS Baseball Season -Frankie Harrington
The RFHS Baseball team aims to improve on their record from last season with a grinding approach to get better everyday. Last season, the team finished with a record of 8-11 (4-5 Western Slope League) and have lost many crucial players, yet the team believes they can be right at the top of the league standings at the end of this year. The team’s pitchers will be crucial to a successful season. Led by seniors Ralph Good and Drew Broadhurst, the pitching rotation for the Rams is statistically one of the best in the Western Slope League. During the 2017 season, Broadhurst posted a 2.82 ERA and gave up only 11 earned runs through 27.1 innings, according to MaxPreps. Junior Dawson Kuhl was also no slouch at pitching, striking out 31 batters through 38.1 innings. “We have the core group of our lineup returning and pretty much our whole pitching staff,” said head coach Marty Madsen. “With that, we have a ton of varsity experience to rely on.” The team will have to overcome some tough challenges if they want to make a deep run this season. This team needs a brand new outfield, a first baseman, and a third baseman, as all were seniors or were lost to injuries. Juniors Layne Crisp and Kelvin Requeno are poised and ready to take on that challenge. “We have some holes we need to fill. However,
7 Rampage February 2018 Roaring Fork Baseball Home Games 3/13 vs. Hotchkiss 4pm 3/22 vs. Aspen (Rivalry) 4pm 3/29 vs. Grand Valley 4pm 4/5 vs. Steamboat Springs 3pm & 5pm 4/11 vs. Rifle 4pm 4/17 vs. Coal Ridge 3pm 4/24 vs. Moffat County 4pm
we have a bunch of young kids that are talented and ready to come up,” said Good. “They will be inexperienced, but we are going to be working hard to get them ready for playoff baseball.” This team has the potential to be a serious competitor this season. “We expect to compete for the conference title this year,” said Madsen. Despite not having any playoff experience, this team has all of the tools to be playing baseball well into May. With 183 combined games of varsity experience, a full rotation of dynamic pitchers, and a powerful offense, this seems to be the year for the Rams. They will be a fun team to watch this season, and are ready to put on a show for Roaring Fork fans.
4/25 vs. Glenwood Springs 4pm 4/28 vs. Olathe 11am 5/3 vs Meeker 4pm (Senior Night)
Roaring Fork Girl’s Soccer Home Games To Be Determined
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Girls Soccer Team Has Their Sights Set on the Playoffs -Ralph Good
The Roaring Fork Girls Soccer team just missed the Class 3A tournament last year, but the players are confident in their ability to secure a spot this upcoming season. And why shouldn’t they, considering a majority of the Lady Rams’ top contributors will be making a return to the pitch this season. Despite the loss of their leading goal scorer, the offense has plenty of talent to pick up the slack. Junior Lux Andrade and Sophomore Emily Broadhurst were a strong duo out front with a combined 13 goals. Senior midfielders Kloe Lee and Kajsa Sutro are also poised to be a threat at both ends of the field. The Lady Rams are also very confident in their goaltending. Odalis Corcuera’s performance in the goal, as a sophomore last year, earned her recognition as an honorable mention on the All-State team. Strong leadership will be essential to getting this talented young Rams team over the hump and into the playoffs. Four year varsity player Lee stated, “It is very important for the seniors to lead by example, especially this season, since we have a lot of young
players and a lot of new faces in the program.” Some consider the youth of this team to be a weakness. However, the seniors that lead this squad are more than capable of leading this team back into the top top spot in this league. “We try to be role models and lead by example,” said senior Sutro. “It is a great group of girls that loves soccer, and we want to prepare them for success.” Along with this team’s strong leadership, head coach Nick Forbes’ approach to the game is why this team is poised to succeed this season. Forbes has been at the helm of Roaring Fork Soccer for three years, as he is also the head coach for the highly successful Roaring Fork Boys Soccer Team.“He is so helpful in improving our game, and creating a sense of team chemistry,” said Lee. Between talented youth and experienced leadership, the Roaring Fork Girls Soccer Team is in a great position to succeed. It seems very likely that this group will improve on their 6-6-2 record last year, and return to the Class 3A playoffs representing Roaring Fork High School.
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Entertainment The Valentine’s Verdict: Romantic or Ridiculous? - Peyton Sherman
Valentine’s Day gifts are what makes Valentine’s Day, well, Valentine’s Day. Buying a loved one a gift shows how much you care about that person. But are some gifts unnecessary or a little too much? In order to find out, The Rampage interviewed RFHS students to get their opinions on the best and worst Valentine’s Day gifts. “I likeFuller Valentine’s gifts, but it all depends on who -Ruby you’re giving it to. It is also about how the other person makes you feel, and you want to give them a gift that reflects your feelings.” - Junior Kelvin Requeno “The only gift anybody needs is a Pizza. Just get them a Pizza.” -Sophomore Charlie Candela “A bad Valentine’s Day gift would be something they already have because what’s the point in having two things if you just need one?” - Freshman Noah Wheeless “A good Valentines Day gift would be some chocolate and a rose because it’s tradition.”- Junior Lazaro Cruz
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“Something that makes a terrible Valentine’s Day gift is something simple because it shows you don’t appreciate them.”- Junior Marco Hernandez
“Don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day and then just not get them a gift. That could ruin feelings for your Valentine’s.” -Sophomore Rex Hamilton “I think that it’s a good day to celebrate love. We could live without it, since we celebrate every other holiday by giving gifts, but Valentine’s Day is for your significant other.” -Sophomore Isabella Hernandez “I have mixed feelings. Valentine’s day is unnecessary, but it’s fun if you have someone to celebrate it with.”-Senior Kenya Rodriguez “The real Saint Valentine would not have approved of this commercialization!”Alejandra Baca “Chocolate is always a good option...”- Freshmen Samantha Ferry “Flowers and chocolate are such cliche gifts to show you care about someone.”Sheija Binshaban “Any kind of gift is good if it’s a surprise for someone you care about.” - Freshman Ava Lee Some things shouldn’t be given as a Valentine’s Day gift. Especially gift cards. Those just say you forgot to get your Valentine a gift or you don’t really care about the romantic day. If there is an ideal gift, it should be something that makes your Valentine happy! An ideal gift for Valentine’s is something personal and not just roses and chocolate. It’s something that comes from the heart.
RFHS Heard in the Hallways “I had a full on panic attack yesterday because my pasta burned” “If I buy you a rose will you put me in the paper?” -Anika Chapman “I sat on my leg weird and now my neck hurts real bad” “Is it possible to get mono or some other sickness from being stabbed with a fish hook?
“You know those mustaches that make you look like Satan?” “Oh, soup catchers?” “Yeah! Those!” Courtesy Photo
How to get there: 433 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO located about a short walk away from Aspen Mountain. What to do: Get your skate on and also enjoy some burgers and fries while you’re at it! Words to the wise: Don’t forget to bring a camera, because the ice rink is known for being one of the prettiest areas to visit in Aspen. Reviews from our students: “I like it because it’s surprisingly cheap and the ice is always good! If you go at the right time you sometimes have the rink all the yourself!” -William Luckett
“Dude, we’re basically all grasshoppers. It all makes sense!”
8 Rampage February 2018
Rampage Staff Editors in Chief Iliana Castillon Kloe Lee
Editorial Staff Feature Editor Lilly Peery Chelsey Serrano News Editor Ruby Fuller Focus Editor Iliana Castillon Kloe Lee Sports Editor Ralph Good Frankie Harrington Entertainment Editor Daniela Rivera Solana Teitler Copy Editors Hannah Bingaman Tyler Gruel Lilly Peery
Journalists Tomas Bensch Ruthie Brown Daniel Cortes Josie Sanchez Colin Shapard Peyton Sherman Lucy Meade Policy Statement: Published 7 times a year, the student newspaper of Roaring Fork High School is a public forum, with its students editorial board making all decisions concerning its content. Unsigned editorials express the views of the majority of the editorial board.