Volume 10, Issue 1 • October 18, 2010
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Summit High School Student Newspaper
EYE STORM OF THE
snapshot Back-to-school fun
Check out tricks of the trade for all grade levels See BACK
Volleyball, Cross Country impress fans See A10 www.shseyeofthestorm.com
FOOLS ALONG STUMBLING
Black-clad Superfans, sparkling tiaras define Homecoming Week
STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS BEGIN YEAR WITH GYM JAM, SPIRIT WEEK ACTIVITIES Marina Brassfield Copy Editor
Taylor Reiter has her hands full. As president of Student Council, she already has helped to organize the Gym Jam, Link Crew Orientation, Freshman Day, Spirit Week, Homecoming and the Glow Dance. “Members of Student Council have dedicated time and effort in order for students to have an active first few weeks,” said Reiter. The dedication of members does not end there. Social coordinator Melanie Hopkins began planning Homecoming during the summer. “I had been brainstorming ideas for the theme throughout the summer, but waited until Gym Jam to make it of-
Juniors Sarah West, Collin Hickmann, Hollie Williams and Sarah Frazier race across the gym despite being duct taped together during the Homecoming Assembly, leading their class to victory for Spirit Week. Carter Miller photo
Oregon report cards showcase student success
Students adjusting to eight rotating classes
Standout Engineer Dave Austin See A3
Summer Travels The Eye of the Storm investigates summer travel adventures. See World A6 - A7
“The Drowsy Chaperone” begins next week Musical cast busy with daily rehearsals, set building JENNIE WEATHERMAN Staff Writer
Senior Emily Eberhard spun across the gym floor at the back to school assembly while singing “Show Off.” She will play the lead in the fall play “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The Drowsy Chaperone’s opening night is Oct. 23. “I fell in love with the characters,” said director Allyson Milner. “The play is really a
monologue about a musical, that the man in chair puts on his favorite record from a musical and explains what is happening and what happened to the original cast.” Every day after school from three until five, the cast of the Drowsy Chaperone practices the intense choreography, lines and the many musical numbers in the play. “Practices are going well, and it should be a good show,” said junior Matt Maddox. “It
RYAN BRUMMUND Superfan
New schedule reactions vary
INSIDE THE STORM
Summit earns highest mark, “Outstanding”
Summit was one of nearly 70 percent of all Bend La Pine Schools to achieve the state’s highest mark, “Outstanding,” on the 2009-10 Oregon Department of Education State School Report Card. For Superintendent Ron Wilkinson, this is indicative of great things. “I am very pleased with the significant gains in student achievement at the secondary level and the continued success at the primary level,” Wilkinson said. The report card ratings, along with superior SAT scores and last year’s Oregon Cup victory (an accolade that rates student performance in terms of academics and extracurricular activities), are making a name for the school in the academic world. “I look at the Oregon Report Card as being but one indicator of student learning,” said Principal Lynn Baker. “There are many areas in which we achieve excellence that are not measured.” See OUTSTANDING, A3
WILLY ROSS, ALI NORWOOD King & Queen
ficial,” said Hopkins. “We always want to make sure the freshmen like the theme.” Student Council spent at least $10,000 on Homecoming and spent the weekend at the school to set up. “We end up making more money than we spend, but it was still really hard to get it all together. For the last month we have been organizing the deejay, the ride and the decorations,” said Vice President Sarah Edwards. Fall events include the canned food drive and a blood drive, both in November. The Winter Assembly will celebrate the beginning of a two week break, while Winter Formal and the Talent Show will take place in February. See COUNCIL, A3
takes skill to balance the play and school work. Everyone has dedication to it.” “We make sure everybody is safe and we always have trained people around,” said senior Lauren Clair. “The first week of practice was the hardest.” “Matt Maddox plays Aldolpho who drank himself to death and wasn’t discovered until five days later,” said junior Bailey Olmstead. See MUSICAL, A9
When the administration announced there would be a new schedule for the 2010-11 school year, returning students were in uproar. Classes would be shorter and there would be a designated study hall titled “Storm Time.” “I was kind of upset about the new schedule because I couldn’t take Spanish 3 and 4,” said sophomore Madison Walker. “I wanted to get up to Spanish 5 next year.” The new schedule is called the “AB schedule” for its alternating days. It is used by most high schools. Classes are year long, 36 weeks, which gives students more time to expand their knowledge on any given subject. “We created Storm Time as a kind of intervention due to the number of classes that they are now taking,” said Assistant Principal Al Hulbert. Classes last 80 minutes, with eight minute passing periods. On early release Wednesdays periods one, three and four last 65 minutes, while period two lasts 60 minutes. “It’s perfect for me because it gives me extra time to work on things I might normally
rush on,” said senior Alejandra Duarte. This change was met with happiness by several AP students who all have to juggle large amounts of homework, studying and class work. “Having the study hall and classes every other day helps with my course load,” said senior Taylor Reiter, who is taking five AP classes. According to Hulbert, this affects teachers as much as it affects the students. They have more students to keep track of, more classes to handle, more time to teach and can change their teaching methods. English teacher Cameron Reynolds has had previous experience with the AB Schedule. “The only negative part is having to get to know more students,” said Reynolds. “But on the positive side it gives everyone more time do things, including getting to know them.” Hulbert reports the new schedule is a permanent change. Principal Lynn Baker comments that the schedule change is not only beneficial to students and teachers but the new schedule helps with scheduling, allowing students to be enrolled in more of their desired classes.
A2 EYE OF THE STORM • Monday, October 18, 2010
POINTS OF INTEREST Freshmen tackle writing assessment tests
Faculty works to Students to access spellcheck programs for state tests strengthen writing Spell-check is every student’s best friend. Beginning this fall, the Oregon Department of Education will allow seventh- and 10th-grade students to use the program on their state writing tests. The state decided spell-check is a common program, much like dictionaries or calculators, that will not necessarily increase test scores, but instead help students better demonstrate their writing abilities. “To use spell-check, one needs to know how to spell,” said Oregon Department of Education’s director of assessment Tony Alpert, in a recent Bend Bulletin interview with reporter Sheila G. Miller. “Personal computers, we don’t think they’re a fad anymore. We think spell-check might be around for a while and we’ll be using it as part of our daily lives.” The spell-check option was disabled for the online version of the state writing test in past years. Now, even those taking the test with paper and pencil will be allowed access to word-processing programs to enter lines of text for spell-check purposes.
Bend La Pine School enrollment numbers grow
Student enrollment numbers continue to climb after a slight decline in 2009. While many Oregon school districts are facing declining student numbers this fall, Bend-La Pine Schools student enrollment is on the rebound. Student enrollment numbers took a slight dip in 2009, after 23 years of continued growth, and now seem to be back on the rise. As of noon today, more than 16,000 students were enrolled at Bend-La Pine Schools. “I believe the over-all high performance of our staff and students is attracting more families to Bend-La Pine Schools than ever before,” said Superintendent Ron Wilkinson. “Our students are outscoring their peers statewide on Oregon benchmarks and are well prepared to continue their education after high school.” “We have grown by more than 250 students since this time last year,” said Wilkinson. “That number is expected to fluctuate a bit in the next two weeks due to the number of new students who traditionally register for school later in the fall.” Bend-La Pine Schools is Oregon’s seventh largest school district.
SAT scores higher than peers in state, nation totals Bend-La Pine Schools students have exceeded the statewide and national averages for SAT scores for the 10th year in a row. Students in the district scored an average of 559 on the math section, 539 on the critical reading section and 522 on the writing section. The scores demonstrate year-over-year increases in each of the three categories. Summit students earned higher scores in critical reading (563), math (583) and writing (555) when compared to Bend, La Pine and Mountain View High School students. We also tested just over 50 percent of our students, compared to Mountain View’s 25 percent and Bend High’s 33 percent tested. Since 2000, Bend-La Pine Schools students have continually scored higher on SAT tests than their peers nation- and state-wide. Bend-La Pine Schools students scored 36 points higher on the math section, 18 points higher on the critical reading section and 26 points higher on the writing section of the SAT than their Oregon peers. That number is even more dramatic when compared to national averages where Bend-La Pine students out-scored their peers by 48 points in math, 41 points in critical reading and 34 points in writing. “We look at these results as one more indicator that our schools are doing a great job of preparing students for their future,” says Superintendent Ron Wilkinson. “Both students and staff should be commended for a job well done,” said Wilkinson. “College readiness is a district key performance indicator and these results show that the hard work our students and staff are putting into learning is paying off,” he added. “We will continue to ensure that every student is inspired, prepared and ready to continue their education after high school,” said Wilkinson. Wilkinson says the SAT is just one of the many measures Bend-La Pine Schools uses to assess the effectiveness of classroom learning and student academic growth. The District also administers the ACT test to every 11th grade student each year.
“Give Me Five” Volunteering continues to expand Parents are being asked to volunteer in some capacity for at least five hours during the ’10-‘11 school year in order to achieve a stronger bond within our school community. Volunteer coordinator Christi Hansen can be reached at 541-306-1889 or at summitvolunteers@ gmail.com.
across curriculum teaching methods Kirsten Morrell News Editor
Freshman Max Audette felt at ease as he sat in his English class and listened to teacher Christie McCormick. McCormick explained the new freshman writing assessment process, its benefits and purpose. “At Summit we believe that literacy skills are essential to [student] success,” said McCormick. “So we have a new program that will help improve their literacy skills. I told my students to write as much as they could, as well as they could, in the time given.” Audette received his writing prompt and tackled his first ninth grade Writing Common Assessment. “I was not worried about the test because it wasn’t a part of my grade,” said Audette. “I did take it seriously though. If anything, I knew it was going to help improve my writing.” Audette and his fellow freshmen became the first students to undergo the school wide writing assessment tests, developed in part by McCormick, Vice Principal Michael McDonald and English faculty members. “This was something that I’ve wanted to do for a while,” McDonald said. “We want to see all students improve in their writing so they can raise their test scores.” Students were asked to respond to the following prompt: “In spite of their differences, across the centuries and around the globe, every culture has one thing in common: stories. From the myths handed down from one generation to the next, to the stories we share in the commons at lunch, these tales appear to have some value to us. What is
Freshman students Shella Clark, Michaela Daigan and Kadyn Mauldin complete a writing prompt in English class. Kirsten Morrell photo that value? Why do we tell and listen to stories?” Students were instructed to write a well-written essay and consider how stories add value to life. Freshmen were asked to support their assertions with specific examples from their own experiences. These essays were written in one 45-minute period. Students were allowed to use dictionaries if needed. “The topic was a really good question if thought about,” said freshman Danielle Bozarth. “It makes us think about how much stories have impacted history and how much a story could change it.” The entire staff and all departments received instruction from the English faculty, covering state standards and writing scoring guides. Every faculty member was then involved in grading the baseline samples. “The English teachers worked
in pairs to teach other departments,” said English teacher Katie Leatherwood. “I think that what we saw was a wide range of writing skills for the freshmen class. This was not a test, but an assessment so we can evaluate the freshman and help them.” “We want to increase awareness about teaching and evaluating writing across the curriculum,” said McCormick. “Students that write better do better in other classes,” McDonald said. The assessment will help students understand their current writing skill levels. According to McCormick, the new assessment was established to improve the literacy of students. “The goal is to continue encouraging writing in every subject area and to monitor the progress of our students’ writing throughout their four years of high school.” “This new system is not about
improving teacher evaluation methods,” McCormick said. “It is about standardizing all departments and giving the entire staff a common language.” A small group of staff members will attend a writing workshop Oct. 11, to further their understanding of methods surrounding teaching writing across the curriculum. This group will return and share what they learn with their colleagues. “The next prompt will be a nonfiction prompt that will most likely be a math-based prompt,” McCormick said. “This will help students apply what they have learned about writing and connect it to math.” “The whole purpose for this assessment is to provide students with the skill to take what they know from other classes and express it on paper in a clear and articulate way,” McCormick said.
International Baccalaureate program attracts students to Bend High Faculty to consider offering Cambridge Program to students Hannah Goldstein Tempest Editor
Most of us remember when going back to school used to be an exciting event. The few weeks leading up to the first day were filled with back-to-school shopping, talking with friends about schedules and day dreaming about what cute boys (or girls) would be in one’s classes. Now that we are no longer in the world of single-digit grades, the first week of September is associated with dread and fear of the tough teachers and impossible schoolwork that awaits us. No one can blame us. With most colleges expecting at least an array of honors classes, not to mention AP or even college courses, school is becoming more and more competitive and difficult. To keep up with the bright minded students who seem to be occupying so many of the schools, new programs like the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge are being instated into schools all over the
nation and even the world. More than 25 schools across Oregon offer the International Baccalaureate program in middle schools and high schools. Currently, only one school in the Bend LaPine School District offers IB: Bend High School. Redmond High School also offers the IB program. The recent addition of the IB program to Bend High has resulted in many students transferring from Mountain View and Summit to Bend, in order to take advantage of the challenge that IB offers. More than 40 of our students transferred to Bend High to join the IB program. Many teachers and pupils alike feel that these gifted young adults are some of the brightest in the entire school district and by losing them to another school, Summit is losing some of its finest students. “We may be missing out on some of the so-called ‘academic geniuses’ of our classes, but the smartest kids knew to stay at Summit,” said English teacher Christie McCormick. Even though Summit has the highest number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes available, students are still choosing the IB program over our AP classes.
IB is a program respected worldwide for its high level of teaching and the brilliant students it acquires. In addition to looking spectacular on a college application, the learning level is higher than in many other advanced courses. To keep up with Summit’s reputation as one of the best schools in the state, talk of beginning a Cambridge program has started. The Cambridge Program offers an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of broad study for academically capable students. The Cambridge curriculum aims to encourage the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity and the application of knowledge and skills. A range of assessment techniques is used. Emphasis is placed on the use of externally marked examination papers by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and on compulsory practical work where appropriate. The Cambridge program is similar to IB, in that it is there to challenge even the smartest students and each program is a separate track from the rest of the students.
The main difference is that Cambridge is used in 155 countries around the world, whereas IB programs can only be found in 30 countries. Despite the grand international recognition, Cambridge is not well-known in the West. “In a small research study, Cambridge students did better academically than IB students in their first year of college,” said Principal Lynn Baker. “I’m not saying this is a sure thing in any way; it’s just an idea we’ve looked at to challenge our students even more than AP classes do.” With colleges looking for smarter students with each incoming freshmen class, it only makes sense that high schools are preparing their students by putting them in a environment of excelled learning. Advanced learning opportunities in high school can be as simple as a slightly more difficult Honors class to an entirely different section of school that is reserved for a program like IB. Hard is not bad, it is just that - hard. AP classes are hard, IB is challenging and if Cambridge is to be instated in Summit, it will be difficult as well. It may well be a program that will keep our brightest students here.
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NEWS Outstanding Continued from A1
“This is a significant one that is reported widely throughout the state,” Baker said. Just 37 percent of other Oregon schools earned the outstanding rating statewide. “I attribute our success to the efforts of teachers and administrators who continue efforts to improve student learning through the use of collaborative time, research and best practices. We can’t be more pleased to offer our community a first class education for our students.” said Baker. The state has issued school wide report cards for 12 years. Called Oregon State Report Cards, they are ratings of Oregon’s public schools. Oregon schools are rated on a three-tier scale: Outstanding, Satisfactory, and In Need of Improvement. Seventeen Bend-LaPine schools
Council Continued from A1
Springtime will bring the fashion show, Mr. Thunder, the 80’s dance and prom. “The dances have always been fun, but we are going to work extra hard to make them the best we have ever had. We are going to have a few of them off campus and the decorations will be awesome,” said junior representative Rachel Maguire. The second annual Unity Week Assembly will take place later in the year. Student Council works with the Gay Straight Alliance to organize the event. “Unity Week is a time for everyone to realize that we all come
earned the “Outstanding” rating, including three of the four district high schools-- Bend Senior High barely missed the mark after turning out an “Outstanding” for the 2008-2009 school year. Seven schools in the district met the “Satisfactory” benchmark. This system is just two years old. In previous years, a school could be rated as Exceptional, Strong, Satisfactory, Low or Unacceptable. Wilkinson said that the report shows the district’s focus on raising the bar while closing the achievement gap is paying dividends for all students. “We believe that achieving an Outstanding rating on the Oregon Report Card is an important indicator of results from our efforts,” said Wilkinson. “I am extremely impressed by the success our schools are realizing from their hard work and implementation of effective systems that promote student achievement.” from the same place and we all have a place to fit in,” said Reiter. Power points and student speakers will focus on diversity, understanding and acceptance. “Everyone is Student Council devotes time outside of school, whether it’s after school, during Storm Time or before school. For assemblies, like the Unity Assembly, we come to school at 6:45,” said Hopkins. “Besides showing appreciation to our teachers and students, I want to let the students know just how much Student Council does for them. Without the students’ hard work, many extracurricular activities would not take place,” said advisor Reno Holler.
EYE OF THE STORM • Monday, October 18, 2010
University expels student over Facebook photo Woman denied teaching degree after posting photo on Facebook Jake Tomlinson Staff Writer
For years, Stacy Snyder worked towards a teaching degree at Millersville University. Her world fell apart when the university denied her a credential lost after she posted an inappropriate picture during Halloween. Just days before her graduation in May 2006, Millersville University in Pennsylvania accused student Stacy Snyder of promoting underage drinking after they discovered a photo on her Facebook page titled “Drunken Pirate,” in which Snyder can be seen wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup. The incident occurred at the same time Snyder was working as a student teacher. The photo also included comments about her supervising teacher. A red flag popped up when Snyder’s students were allowed to regularly access her account, something that usually goes against teachers’ ethical codes. Millersville University denied Synder’s teaching degree. The university was willing to grant her an English degree, but Snyder left the university. She then sued, complaining the university’s decision violated her first amendment rights. She lost both in court and her chance at an English degree. The court said Snyder’s case was not a public display therefore it did not go against Snyder’s first amendment rights.
The incident has now become one of the scariest rulings to date regarding social networks. Teachers have to be exceedingly careful with what they post. Files on the Internet are archived and, because of this, can be searched. Most teachers have to keep their lives private because even the smallest activities like a public concert, a night out or a party can be considered “inappropriate.” “I do not allow any student to access my Facebook,” said English teacher Nancy Simons. “I will sometimes allow graduates to become my facebook friends, but I think any educator should be careful with what they say.” Since practically anybody can access personal photos online, it’s important to keep some privacy. With the Internet expanding it’s boundaries everyday, privacy control settings on profiles can be more helpful then ever. Students have to be exceedingly careful with postings to online sites. Some employers go so far as to do a type of background check using Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Facebook can be a wonderful teaching tool, however. Simons actually ran a summer reading group on Facebook over the summer. “It worked great. Students were able to discuss the books and talk with one another,” said Simons. Students should be cautious when using Facebook. Cases of cyberbullying are serious offenses and school administrators and police officials are paying close attention to student complaints. “We can send a report to Facebook and we are able to access everything that has ever been written on an account,” said School
Resource Officer Mike Maunder. “The process usually takes up to a month, but we always get it.” Website mirroring software is software that allows one to download a copy of an entire website to the local hard disk for offline browsing. In effect, the downloaded copy serves as a mirror of the original site. According to an executive search from firm ExecuNet, 77 percent of recruiters run searches of candidates on the Internet to screen applicants. Thirty-five percent of the same recruiters say they’ve eliminated a candidate based on the information they found. Millersville University President Francine McNairy said the school was very pleased with the verdict, but she declined to respond to Voigt’s assertion. “This was not about First Amendment rights, it was about performance, and she clearly did not do what was necessary in order to earn a degree in education,” McNairy said. According to the court’s decision the school cited examples of her poor competency in its refusal to graduate Snyder. “I have long urged readers to exercise caution on social networking sites, which have established themselves as fertile breeding grounds for scams and malicious software attacks,” said McNairy. “Regardless of which side was in the right in this dispute, Snyder’s story is yet another reminder about the privacy impact of social networking sites: Be judicious and exercise restraint before posting details about your personal life online, because those details will in all likelihood remain online indefinitely,” McNairy said.
Booster Club provides needed help Booster Club awarded close to $35,000 last year to sports, academics Hannah Goldstein Tempest Editor
The Booster Club parents never rest. If they aren’t selling candy bars or hosting barbecues for the faculty and our teams, they are out encouraging people to support their efforts. The mission of Booster Club is to encourage and assist each student to participate in and enjoy activities related to their educational experiences. Funds generated through their membership, eScrip, concession and website sales, support the fine and performing arts, student activities, scholarships, school clubs and athletics. Joining Boosters does not involve a commitment of time, (that is unless volunteers want to), but membership and support of the fundraisers allows the club to help the students. New for the 2009-10 school year, the Boosters are offering Corporate and Individual Sponsorship Opportunities to our community. One of the most successful fund raisers involves eScrip. Merchants contribute three to 16 percent of the purchase amount at grocery stores, online stores and for travel. The Safeway Card eScrip program is a fantastic program which allows schools to earn money from purchases families are already making at their local Safeway. More than 487 Summit High School Booster Club families have registered their Safeway Club
Eye of the Storm editors Nathan Guyer, Ali Kinkade, Randy Brooks, Hannah Goldstein and Liz Peoples work on finalizing the first issue of the school newspaper. The five attended the National Journalism Education Convention, with the help of Booster monies. Kirsten Morrell photo Card numbers and now every time they shop, a percentage of what they spend is coming back to our Booster Club. The results were beyond anyone’s expectations as eScrip contributed more than $13,000 to our Booster Club for our participation in their eScrip program this past year. Of this amount, $11,940 was contributed due to sales at Safeway.
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If you have any problems, please contact Karen Benedikt. She will be happy to assist you with your registration. Before you get started, there are a few things you should know. By using the Online Mall, our Booster Club earns up to 16 percent of your purchases from over 1,000 name brand merchants. Members shop from the same websites they know and trust and pay exactly the same price. The
specific items purchased are not recorded in any way. The total spent from each merchant earns contributions. Be sure to visit the Online Mall first whenever you shop so Summit can earn every time. Each purchase you make supports our school. The Summit Storm Booster Club distributes its hard earned funds in the form of grants. The Booster Club awarded close to $35,000 last year to several groups including Link Crew, band and orchestra, the Future Center and our publications programs. “I know I was extremely grateful for the Booster Club’s help. We were able to spend three days at the National Journalism Convention and their financial assistance gave students who might not have been able to afford the trip the opportunity to go,” said journalism advisor Karen Rosch. ”I’m really trying to encourage all of my students to sign up for the eScrip program.” Boosters also provided for four graduating senior scholarships. The club helped with medical equipment needs for the school nurse. Money raised also contributed to equipment costs of the equestrian, wrestling, football, basketball, baseball, softball and nordic ski teams. The group also helped with alpine ski team race expenses. Other funds went to helping provide the school with trophy cases and field bleachers. The group also contributed to the synthetic football field costs and the grad night party. “We wouldn’t have been able to do half of what we did in news staff last year without The Boosters help,” said junior Randy Brooks. “I really appreciate them.”
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NEWSPAPER POLICY VOLUME 10, ISSUE 1 Monday, October 18, 2010 The Eye of the Storm, the official student newspaper of Summit High School, exists to provide accurate coverage of events and issues that are of interest or concern to students. Additionally, Eye of the Storm provides students with a forum for expression and the opportunity to develop communication skills and a sense of journalistic responsibility. The staff strives to incorporate fair, impartial and objective qualities in its news features and sports stories. Editorials and opinion pieces appear only in the editorial section and are clearly marked as such. The staff strives for accuracy. When an error is discovered in the Eye of the Storm, the staff will print a retraction and correction in the next issue. The Eye of the Storm has been named Oregon’s top high school paper the past four consecutive years. The Eye of the Storm is printed at The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon. Letters to the Editor are encouraged and gladly accepted. Letters may be submitted via email to: karen.rosch@ bend.k12.or.us or dropped off in person in room C104.
A4 EYE OF THE STORM • Monday, October 18, 2010
OUR VOICE Storm Time needs makeover
Some students in Storm Time classes sit and read books. Some are able to finish their work or study for tests. Others pretend to work on homework while the teacher helps other students. Several students are typically talking and disrupting this study time, requiring the teachers to repeatedly remind the students to be quiet. When the intervention period was first proposed, plans for SAT prep classes, writing labs, book clubs and other opportunities were on the forefront of the proposal. In an attempt to appease those students that do not necessarily need the extra time for homework, an “enrichment” period was also proposed. Now, on the Storm Time syllabus passed out to most classes, it reads that Storm Time will be used strictly as a study hall period for the first 18 weeks of school. This is ridiculous. While we can see it takes time to settle into the new Storm Time schedule before programs are implemented, as it stands now, many students will get little out of the enrichment time for the entire first semester. And there is not a single mention of incentives offered to those students with a strong grasp of their classes. In their haste to prevent students from not using their time effectively, the administration has paradoxically not given them the tools to do so. It is interesting that it was so crucial to have this time to help students have options, but those options are nonexistent. Students and staff need to come together to brainstorm more ideas to utilize the intervention period.
AP classes losing credibility
It should be obvious that intelligence cannot be forced upon any child. If one is not prepared for a larger workload, he should not pretend that he is and not place himself in a compromising situation. With the new demand for Advanced Placement (AP) courses on a student’s transcript, we are seeing students crack under pressure. We are seeing even our “average” students tackle AP classes in order to create a stronger resume. In the past, circumstances were that those students interested in Ivy League or top-notch colleges were the students enrolled in AP classes. This is not the case anymore. A cumbersome number of students (either forced or voluntarily taking AP classes) have pushed their way into these higher level classes, putting administrators and AP teachers in a tough situation. Many of these students are taking classes only because they want to pad their resume, instead of wanting a deeper understanding of a topic. Next time you are on Facebook, try counting every status from a student complaining about an AP class you see. Standards have obviously changed in the schools if a student can become intelligent, solely by proclaiming as such. Whether it is the parents who falsely believe their students are fit for advanced classes or the colleges assuming that just any student is fit for them, the curriculum is in danger of being dumbed down. While an A in one of these courses used to be cause for celebration, there is now nothing more banal to the human ear. This could be the inherent effect that we are seeing from the sheer number of students in these classes. If there is not a defined “advanced” class, then how are colleges going to know who the advanced students really are?
Tech-savvy teachers impress
We are long past the days of teachers whacking our wrists with rulers. As teaching standards change, so do technological requirements for basic schooling. We can gladly say that the growing stress on technology, such as blogs and online help forums, are helping students immensely. It has become difficult to find a teacher who has not created a class blog. Luke Smith’s US History classes depend heavily on their class blog, smithus. blogspot.com, to keep themselves up to date on homework and assignments. At the same time, forensics teacher Chris Kuka frequently posts news stories and resources for his students to explore the subject in a more in-depth manner than what is covered in class. Also, Kuka records all lectures that take place in class and posts them on his blog. AP US History teacher Benjamin Pierce posts all PowerPoints and in-class assignments on his blog to keep his advanced students up to date. His website also includes practices tests and due dates for all assignments. Bringing school to Facebook, all AP Literature summer discussions take place in forums on the popular social networking site. All of these examples are incredible ways to keep the attention of students living in a technologydriven age. Convenience has become the largest factor in dictating today’s curriculum. This also makes it incredibly helpful for students who miss school for sports and other academic functions to stay on track with their schooling. Students can finally see the correlation between school and their personal computers, and certainly no one here is complaining.
Factory farms distribute unsafe products
Lindsey brodeck Factory farm may sound like an innocent enough sounding name. What it really amounts to is a nationwide threat. While some in the industry would argue these intensive farming operations are the only way to efficiently raise animals for cheap food at the of in factory farming, they are not the only ones who suffer. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, keep thousands of animals in extremely close quarters. Chickens are crammed together, six to nine per cage, in a space so small they cannot even spread a wing. Pigs also suffer unimaginable cruelty. Sows are confined in fit-to-size iron gestation crates with no straw
or any other type of bedding. When the piglets are taken away to be fattened, they are crowded into pens with metal bars and concrete floors inside giant, sunless, warehouse-like sheds with thousands of other pigs until they are large enough to be slaughtered. The huge increase our country is seeing in factory farms puts us all at risk each day from salmonella and other forms of food poisoning, antibiotic resistant diseases and contaminated air and water. A report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found the reasons used to justify factory farming, namely the cost advantages which come from large-scale operations, are a misconception because it does not account for the additional costs to society. Consider the latest salmonella scare in August of last summer. More than 350 million eggs were recalled. When 95 percent of America’s egg-laying hens are raised in tiny cages, crammed together with each getting less space than a regular sheet of paper, disease is bound to spread. “Industrial farms are super in-
cubators for viruses,” said executive director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production Bob Martin in an article on Wired.com. To prevent the spread of disease among the thousands of factory farm animals and to speed their growth, factory farms regularly treat animals with antibiotics. According to estimates by the Union of Concerned Scientists, between the years 2007 and 2009, 50 million pounds of antibiotics nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States - were used on factory farm animals. Antibiotics are a crucial tool in protecting us all from deadly infections. According to the Pew report, “Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Production in America,” the massive use of antibiotics in factory farms has lead to the development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria and other germs which makes many of our most powerful drugs ineffective. In fact, according to the report, two million Americans acquire bacterial infections. About 70 percent of their infections will be resistant to one or more of the drugs commonly
used to treat them. Factory farming also harms our environment. The emissions, wastes and infectious agents causes air and water contamination, elevated hormone and antibiotic levels in the environment and illnesses in surrounding communities. People may think we have no choice and this is the only way animals can be raised efficiently. This is untrue because it has only been recently since independent family farms have been taken over by big corporations. It is a method based on greed, which relies on consumer ignorance. The Pew Report recommended a phaseout of intensive confinement systems such as battery cages for chickens and gestation crates for pigs. A national tracking system tracing back foodborne illnesses to the diseased animals within 48 hours and tighter regulations of factory farm waste were also recommended. Let us hope this latest salmonella outbreak is a wake-up call for our leaders. The time has come for this system to be made more humane for farm animals. Both animals and humans would benefit from this long overdue change.
Teens still can treasure good old days
MADDIE DUNKELBERG The other day I found myself attempting to justify playing dress up. I had to ask myself: is this normal behavior for a seventeen-year-old? No. No, it is not. Naturally, you can understand my concern. Recently I have backslidden age-wise, regressing to a five-year-old state. This is alarming. I should be rebelling from my parents’ authority, or crashing my car, or contracting senioritis, or doing something teenager-y.
But the other day I discussed the merits and demerits of the American Girl Doll with my best friend’s mom. “They’re so expensive!” “THEY’RE SO WORTH IT!” The conversation even got a little heated. I was ready to defend that doll to the death. Dissin’ on my favorite childhood toy? Not on my watch. Is it so shameful that I cherish these juvenile things so fervently? Maybe I should embrace the fact that I rejoice when my 7-year-old cousin comes over and wants to play Famous Ice Skater with my dolls. Yes, maybe I do spend more time tending to the doll’s hair and sparkly leotard than she does. So what? What interests me is that I am not entirely alone in my affinity for the games of my youth. It is not uncommon to end up reminiscing with friends—and sometimes people I have not spoken to in years—about losing at tetherball, collecting Pokémon cards,
creating the perfect fort. For example, yesterday a friend and I discovered that we owned the same VHS of SpongeBob episodes. “My favorite was the Graveyard Shift episode.” “Mine too!” “Don’t you love that one part…?” “Oh my gosh, yeah!” My point is that this was no isolated incident, that maybe I am not as huge of a geek as originally thought. OK, so maybe it’s not entirely normal to arrive at my friend’s house and immediately make a move for the Crayola 64-pack (with the built in sharpener). And it may not be status quo to anticipate the release of G-rated princess movies (or, for that matter, be able to recite “The Princess Diaries” and “The Parent Trap” from memory). Still, I think there is something about the shared experience of all this stuff that us Big Kids like to return to. It is nice to stop wor-
rying about college apps and AP tests and Real Life for a second and recall “the good old days” when times were simpler. Yeah, I am as excited for college as the next girl, but come on, who didn’t get a little emotional when they watched Andy give up Woody in “Toy Story 3”? Seriously! This is us! Running off to college and leaving our toys to the next generation of youngins is real—how gross. Last month I pulled an Andy myself packaged up my huge collection of Abby Hayes, Amelia, and American Girl books and sent them to my cousin. “PLEASE appreciate these,” I pleaded. “This is my childhood in a box, kid.” So, I ask you to understand my attachment to things I should really be “too mature for”; hopefully, you can even identify with my childishness. And hey, maybe it’s time we all embraced our inner five-year-old. Dress up club? I think yes.
EYE OF THE STORM • Monday, October 18, 2010
Ground Zero mosque stirs debate Covering up the mosque’s religious attributes with a blanket of basketball courts and sugary vending machines does not get rid of its Islamic purpose.
RANDY BROOKS Opinion Editor
Yet another debate has fought its way into the media, forcing families of the Sept. 11 victims to defend the sanctity of their loved ones’ deaths. The debate, over whether or not to place a mosque near Ground Zero, has forced common-sense Americans to scratch their heads and wonder why such a ridiculous idea would be proposed. This common-sense community recognizes that a small Muslim population exists in America (approximately 2 percent of the 300 million citizens). The same community also recognizes more than 100 mosques in the New York City area. Rasmussen polls show 61 percent of American people opposing the mosque. Assuming that all of the Muslim population takes part in terrorist activities would be downright idiotic. Sept. 11 is a huge gash in the American psyche that will not (and cannot) be forgotten. For this reason, mixed in with some nationalistic fervor, the mosque has met opposition. Keeping Sept. 11 in mind, it is necessary for a person to understand the Muslim culture, as well as traditions that have been present since the start of their religion. Following a religious attack deemed as successful by an overwhelming majority of the Muslim populace, it is tradition to put a place of worship on the grounds of where that attack took place. Sounds fishy to me. Seeing the slightest correlation between tradition and location is enough cause for alarm. The media often attempts to combat debate over the mosque by coining the building as a “community center.” This argument would si-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Population poses threat Many issues exist in this small world of ours. Global warming, hunger, waste level, war, intolerance, water scarcity and poverty to name a few. One single cause related to all of these issues is humans. Too many of us inhabit this jam-packed earth; consequently, we can’t control the downfall of nature we’re causing. Within the past 60 years, the population of humans has nearly tripled. The simple issue of overpopulation causes nearly all problems on Earth. Our current world population is about 6,814,826,683. Within one minute, a mere 60 seconds, 250 people enter the world. However, only 105 people die. This means our population rate continues to increase exponentially. It is nearly impossible to control a mass of humans that colossal. This incredible population contin-
Blaming an entire religion for the acts of a few is unfair; when we do this we are in the same mindset of the people who flew planes into the world trade towers.
lence the opposition if they were upset only over the word “mosque.” As the old proverb says, “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it must be a duck.” Covering up the mosque’s religious attributes with a blanket of basketball courts and sugary vending machines does not get rid of its Islamic purpose. Just as an atheist would oppose a church regardless of whether or not there is a swimming pool near its location, the majority of Americans oppose the mosque. I often wonder if this debate would exist had the desired location for this mosque been moved a substantial distance away from Ground Zero. Better yet, perhaps every religion could stay away from the hallowed ground. Giving any religion or sect the upper-hand in a battle against terrorism will do our country no good and will only feed intolerance. Not to mention that the one religion that preaches the destruction of the American race is the same religion that wishes to strengthen their roots in such a location. The debate is not only divided along partisan lines, as even members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) verbally opposed the mosque. “The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Under these unique circumstances, we believe the city of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found,” said the spokesperson for the ADL. It is only marginally surprising to me that a liberal organization opposes the mosque considering the lack of respect given to grieving American families. And just like the rest of my political allies, I do not oppose mosques but rather downright incompetence. Let us make a deal: the Christian church stays out of your schools, your mosque stays off the land where 3,000 Americans sacrificed their lives. ues destroying the environment on earth, which we need to survive. We also share this world with all kinds of other species. As we continue damaging Earth, we not only annihilate ourselves but billions of other creatures. These include plants and animals, who have no way of communicating with us and therefore no authority over the situation. As our population increases, so do buildings and cities, destroying what’s left of the natural environment. We tear down forests each day, causing animals to crowd closer and closer, depleting their resources and ours’. On average, one American produces over four pounds of trash per day. Apex, the largest landfill in America, stores nearly 50 million tons of rotting trash, an enormous amount. If our population size became more miniscule, our waste levels would substantially decrease, making the world a far more pleasant place. Oil consumption would go
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Those against the proposed Muslim community center in Manhattan have formed a website called “NoMosqueAtGroundZero.com.” Well, their request has been granted. Cordoba Center is not a mosque, and it is not located at ground zero—it is located two blocks away from the site, around the corner and not even visible. The plans are for a community center and prayer room for members of the Islamic faith, a far cry from the stylized building proclaiming daily prayer times that the word “mosque” typically conjures up for Americans, 70 percent of whom oppose the mosque according to a recent CNN poll. For reference, other establishments within this two block radius include a Brooks Brothers, a Hilton, banking establishments, fast food restaurants and two strip clubs. Apparently it’s fine for immorality to set up shop so close to the hallowed ground but not for a humble peacepromoting religious center to do the same. This, folks, is what we condone in America. Carolyn Ruff puts it perfectly in an essay about the predispositions that people have about Islam. “Islam is no better charac-
terized by acts of Middle Eastern terrorists, for example, than is Christianity by acts of Northern Ireland’s terrorists,” she asserts. The overwhelming uproar over Cordoba Center is indicative of a larger attitude problem. When we lump everyone together into groups, it goes against the basics that our country was founded on. Blaming an entire religion for the acts of a few is unfair; when we do this we are in the same mindset of the people who flew planes into the world trade towers. An estimated five million Americans are Muslim, and they feel that their beliefs are under attack. In addition, white Americans were not the only people affected by 9/11: 100 Muslims died in the attacks as well. I was saddened by the recent movement to burn copies of the Qur’an on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. While we claim to celebrate all cultures in the “School House Rock” version of the great American melting pot, this is clearly a surface attitude that is only to be applied when everybody is comfortable. Charles Manson was a Christian. While we can agree that what he did was wrong, would there be the same uproar if a Christian church was built down the street from a house of one of the victims of his murderous plots? No, people wouldn’t see that as a problem. That’s not a fair comparison, these people say, because Manson is crazy! His beliefs deviate from that of a “typical” Christian religious viewpoint! They are forgetting that the extremists who commit terrorist acts do not typify the behaviors of a “typical” member of Islam. If we continue to protest the building of the community center, we are doing ourselves a disfavor in terms of our global reputation and in the respect that we are shutting out everything that is new in fear. Which, to paraphrase Yoda, just leads to anger and hate.
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down, a substantial need of ours, because we will eventually run out of this precious resource. Hunger levels would diminish significantly. More people would own homes, as well as land. Less water waste would exist and an increase in almost all of our natural resources would occur. Clearly, the amazingly tremendous number of humans needs to change. We should reduce the number of children we produce to a maximum of two per couple. Our population level will rise steadily, rather than exponentially. Of course, no law should exist to enforce this, because each couple should decide personally. However, we must learn to work together, looking toward the future. If we continue overpopulating, our entire population will basically make itself extinct. We, as a people, need to ignore our own selfish wants for the sake of future generations. The human race could most
likely achieve anything in time. However, we will never reach our full potential if we destroy the Earth first. We must address the issue of overpopulation as soon as possible. If not, we, ourselves, will cause the downfall of the human race. Kaitlyn Hickmann
New beginnings Many individuals are terrified of going to a new school because of someone, or some bodies, they know from a previous school who go there. Maybe they don’t want to work at a specific place for the same reason. Well, I know what these individuals feel like because I’ve been in their shoes recently. I was a new student at a school in sixth grade and was trying to make friends. I accepted whoever offered me a title with them, that title being friend. After a while I started to trust these new additions in my life. Being girls, we started to talk about the ‘cute’ guys in our
school. Unfortunately, once these confessions of crushes surfaced, rumors spread. By the end of the year, several people disliked me and my friends because of rumors circulated by people we had previously trusted. Luckily, the next year I attended a different school, and was thankful all those people were behind me, never to be seen again. Little did I know that, in my freshman year of high school, I would be facing everyone again. After two years of little to no contact with the people who thought I was an annoying pain, freshman year had a surprise in store for me. After my plans of attending Bend Senior High School made a sudden, unexpected change, I found myself a transfer student at Summit High School instead. I now had to face all of my fears about not fitting in, finding my classes on time, and all the new high school issues, as well as old rumors that I had tried to bury. I found that most of the
people I thought had disliked me actually believed I was an okay person and had put the rumors out of their minds. Of course, there were a select few who had not only remembered the rumors, but were also avoiding or ignoring me at all costs. We should all let bygones be bygones, and keep an open mind. Students may not like everyone in their school, but it shouldn’t be difficult to be civil. If other students can’t accept people for who they are, it is best to just remain silent. Finding new friends, becoming friends with the people who are giving second chances and keeping old friends especially close will help create a smooth transition. Making it a point to connect with the people that were intimidating might bring pleasant surprises. Perhaps they’ve changed their perspective and will allow a chance for redemption. Catherine Provost
ASB President Taylor Reiter takes her job seriously. Reiter participated in Girls State, a program organized by American Legion, involving senior girls in a week-long simulation of a mock government. During Girls State, Reiter ran for a national senator position and won, which qualified her to attend the top branch of the program, Girls Nation, in Washington, D.C. “I wanted to experience government in action,” she said, adding that she may find a possible career in the area in the future. During the week-long Girls Nation, the national senators bring bills and debate them. Participants also have the opportunity to visit monuments in Washington, D.C. Reiter even met President Obama.
“Obama was much thinner in person than I expected him to be, but his advice to us was very welcome,” she said.
Anyone can apply to attend Girls State after their junior year, but the process of going to nationals isn’t easy. The application process begins with a test covering state and national government issues. From there, participants are gradually eliminated after completing successive rounds. Tasks included a threeminute impromptu speech on the economy, a debate, drafting a social security bill, and a final round of questioning where anything can be asked. In the end, two girls were voted to attend Girls Nation: Reiter and Anya Gandy, a student from Southern Oregon. Reiter said she did well at Girls Nation, earning the position of runner-up for the presidency. “The most rewarding part was being around a bunch of girls that are politically motivated and interested in the future of our country,” she said.
Freshman Javier Colton watched toucans, studied bats, flew through the air and rode through rapids in Costa Rica. In late June, Colton boarded the plane for his week-long adventure. He went accompanied by a few other classmates and his former teacher Allyson Hamlik. The first step into Costa Rica surprised him. “When I first stepped out of the bus there was tremendous noise from all of the insects and it was so humid. It felt like I was in a sauna,” said Colton. The group first visited Arenal Volcano. It looms high above the clouds and overlooks the forest. Colton had a chance to explore Arenal. Swimming at the hotel pools also became a daily event. Many of these pools had views of the Central American rainforest. One of the pools was high atop a hillside, and from the water, Colton could look down upon the canopy of a cloud forest. “There were tons of trees and I felt like I had no peripheral vision,” said Colton. During one of the best parts of his trip, he rafted through a river that ran through the jungle. He could not only swim in the clear water, but also spot rare creatures along the shoreline. He also found ziplining to be an enjoyable adventure.
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“Ziplining is really exhilarating when you are dangling from a wire going really fast that’s 1200 feet long and over 100 feet of the ground,”
Colton recalls fondly. Baldi Hot Springs also offered a good time for the travelers. The springs, filled with scorching hot and freezing cold pools, also had water slides. “If you pushed up with your hands, you would fly up in the air and go 16 feet down the slide,” said Colton. The culture in Costa Rica was quite a change from America- including the food. The travelers ate rice and beans at virtually every meal. He enjoyed an ever changing array of juices made only in Costa Rica. “The food was different,” said Colton. “But it was still really good.” The trip presented a chance to discover the science of Costa Rica. This included learning about a wide variety of plants, bats, and of course, volcanoes. Providing a science credit for students added an additional bonus. Although for Colton, he went to have the journey of a life time. “I went because I like visiting other countries and places,” said Colton. “Because of the adventurous things we got to do- ziplining, rafting, the hot springs. It was a great experience.”
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“It was an incredible experience to be immersed in a different country,” said freshman Katie Simpson.
June was just ending when Christopher Shultz jetted away to Europe on a trip. The trip represented a once in a lifetime opportunity. For 12 days, Shultz and ten Summit students were able to tour through Spain, Portugal and Morocco visiting such cities as Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla, under the guidance of Spanish teacher Marcia Gromme-Clark. Gromme-Clark organized the trip which was geared towards students who were interested in pursuing Spanish. However, the trip was open to anyone who wanted to go, as long as they were willing to fund raise the money needed. Shultz, an AP Spanish student, knew when he heard of the trip that it would be the perfect opportunity to enhance his Spanish vocabulary and see parts of the world he had never experienced.
“I have a ton of great memories,” said Shultz, “but my favorite two are definitely when we saw two gypsies get into a fight and when I bartered with a Moroccan market vendor.”
The students were able to eat traditional Spanish foods and sight see in some of the most historic cities, all while receiving a broader view of the world and the people around them. “Europeans are so much more in to soccer.” said Shultz about Europeans attitudes towards the sport. The group visited while the World Cup was happening and saw the energy of the Spanish and Portuguese people after a win. “It was perfect timing to be there during the World Cup,” said Shultz. “We watched Spain play Portugal in a pub and it was really exciting to be a part of a group with so much energy and enthusiasm for the sport. Every time the there was a chance on goal the place went wild.” Over summer 2011 a similar trip to France is being organized. For information on this trip contact Jackie Lasure.
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This summer, Simpson had the opportunity to visit Germany and Italy. “Germany is really different from America. It’s really unique,” said Simpson. From castles that sweep into the clouds to world famous chocolate, Simpson found Germany to be quite a change. Simpson flew to Germany with her younger sister and parents. She would stay in Europe for sixteen days. Once they landed, they began touring castles right away. Some of these castles look like they have been plucked straight out of fairy tales. Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria once called Neuschwanstein Castle his home. Disney copied the style of Neuschwanstein in their design for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The inside has ceilings covered in paintings and architecture reminiscent of the 1800’s, when the building plans began. Simpson also traveled to Berlin, another popular tourist attraction in Germany. Parts of the wall that split the city still remain. These pieces have bright, colorful art and messages about freedom. From there, she went to Kölner Dom, the Cologne Cathedral. “It was my favorite part of the whole trip. The Cathedral took over 400 years to complete, and I could see why. It was enormous, and beautiful.” Including the towers, that stretch up 500 feet in the air, the Cathedral stands as one of the tallest churches in the world. Simpson then traveled south to Rome, Italy. The Coliseum and The Pantheon, other enjoyable destinations for Simpson. “They were incredible,” said Simpson. “It’s hard to believe the Pantheon was built almost 2,000 years ago.” When she returned home, Simpson had memories of a life time. “The whole trip was really fun, because it was so different from home. There was different food, a different culture, different history... Between the Coliseum, the castles, and the cathedral, Germany and Rome bohave lots of history. That’s what made the trip such a great experience.”
“Snail, liver, calamari...” senior Tashia Davis said as she listed the new foods she tried on her trip to Greece, Italy and France this past summer. Davis, who visited Europe with her friends the Vlessis family, cannot stop talking about how amazing the food was on her travels.
“It really gave me a new perspective on how unwholesome and gross the processed food we eat here is,” said Davis. First visiting Florence, Venice and Athens with the Vlessis’, she then traveled to France alone
to stay with a former foreign exchange student, Agnes Vandermersch. Along the way she toured the Acropolis in Athens, the Eiffel tower in Paris and lounged on a Greek island. “The way of life there is more relaxed and calming, the people friendlier and much more family oriented,” said Davis. Calling it an amazing, perspective-widening experience, Davis recommended that everyone should at some time go overseas and expose themselves to the diversity of the different cultures.
A8 EYE OF THE STORM • Monday, October 18, 2010
CLUB ULTIMATE MOCK FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES JAPANESE HONOR SOCIETY ROOTS & SHOOTS ART FRISBEE TRIAL YEARBOOK AMERICANA
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Our multiple student organizations are always looking for new ideas and membership. Here is a snapshot of their activities.
With an international presence larger than the United Nations, Interact, a Rotary Club for high schools, looks to have an equally impressive presence. The new club, which encourages students to “lead, connect and serve,” kicked off the year with its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14. This popular offshoot of Rotary is a growing sensation in high schools around the world. Each club is entirely student led under the acute mentorship of a local Rotary Club. Each club is required to do two service projects a year, one domestic and one international, but excellence and over achievement is encouraged. Interact is a club based on service and developing leadership skills. Joining can be your opportunity to make a difference in your school, community and world. Board leaders president Nathan Guyer and vice president Cole Lelli host meetings every Tuesday during lunch in B-132.
Roots and Shoots
In room C-211, an exciting club is forming. The only problem? Not enough members. Anyone is welcome to join the Roots and Shoots Club, which is student run and focuses on helping people, animals, and the environment. Founded by Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, the Roots and Shoots program has clubs in almost 100 countries with thousands of young people all identifying problems in their community and coming up with solutions. They all share one thing in common - the desire to create a better world. If you’d like to join others who want to make a difference, and maybe even become a club officer, come to room C-211 on Thursdays during lunch.
something is Art Club. Led by Kyeli Eastland and Danielle Golden, Art Club meets every Friday at lunch in the art room. More than 30 students are involved in the club, more than a 20 person increase from last year, and it’s taking immense strides towards the goals that Eastland and Golden have set. “They have so many plans for this year, I can’t even keep track,” said advisor Meaghan Houska. “But the one they hope to complete within the next several months is the periodic table of elements made by prints outside of Jim Moehl’s classroom.” School-beautification is one of the goals of the club, but not the only one. “We’re focusing on doing volunteer work - maybe the Boys and Girls Club, children at the hospital, Sparrow Club, anything that we can use art with to help the community,” said Golden. “Art Club has been pretty small in the past, but now we’re bigger than ever and there’s so much we can do,” said Eastland. “Dedication of the members and good ideas will only take us farther.”
Students involved in a court case sounds like trouble. However, this case is for Mock Trial, a club run by history teacher Nathan Neil. In Mock Trial, teams from across the state each receive the same fictional court case to act out like a real trial. Last year’s case, called “State v. Lane,” involved a rap artist charged with inciting riot and arson. Club members play various roles, including witnesses and lawyers on both the prosecution and defense, to simulate a real trial. The team rehearses together before bringing their version of the trial to districts in late February to compete against other schools. State finals competition begin in early March. Mock Trial members learn about and gain hands-on experience with the court system. Participants also develop better “Kids will do heroic things when they have heroic things to public speaking skills. “We want to make it to state this year. The team has gone to do,” said Sparrow Club USA founder Jeff Leeland. state most of the years in the past,” said Neil. With new leaders and an excited group of more than 25 stuHe also hopes to bring two teams to competition. dents, Sparrow Club is ready to go. The club will begin meeting in November. Students interestMeetings began Monday, Sept. 20. The club will continue to ed in being a part of the team or finding out more about Mock meet every Monday in the library during lunch. All students Trial should talk to Neil in room C-204. are welcome to attend.
Sparrow Club is unique because it helps out children in need by raising money to help pay for all of their medical expenses. With the help of last year’s members, tears of fear were The power of words and presence to sway a crowd is traditurned into tears of joy for Taylor Ehrens, who received $35,000 tion. to help her condition. Speech and Debate, led by English teacher Gabe Pagano, beClub leaders Christina Macy and Shannon McCall are pre- gins competitions in November at Willamette University. pared to help Sparrow Club top even that lofty goal. Team captain is junior Bo Hall. Other team leaders include “We always want to improve and that’s what we’re going to Jackson Ward, Rajan Patel, Andy Archer and Alex Hardin. try to do: improve,” said advisor Eila Overcash. The students on the team will be covering speeches such as After Dinner Speeches, Impromptu and Extemporaneous. Speaking, considered to be a form of expression, can build confidence. Stuart Poindexter finally joins the varsity dance team, breakBy speaking opinions and using their voices, students can ing into a scene dominated by females. gain this confidence. Communications skills are built by prac“Varsity has been my dream since I started dance my sopho- ticing public speaking. more year. Now I am able to live my dream with the people I Public speaking is an opportunity for students to share their am close to,” said Poindexter. “The confidence, strength, de- voices with the world and it also develops confidence. termination and dedication is very comforting to us. We are a So many students have joined speech and debate that not evfamily.” eryone can participate in the tournaments. Returning students Sarah Hall and previous Storm dancer Sarah Rivera are cho- have priority. For the newest members, auditions will be held reographing for the varsity dance team. to decide who has what it takes to compete. The squad learns new dances every week to show during halftime at the varsity football games and school assemblies. “We’re holding up a skilled reputation from 2010. The team is practicing hard to memorize and perform each move,” said The Tech Club is up and rolling with exiting new projects junior Cindy Salcedo. that is sure to attract new members. Junior Brittani Ashby is the captain, and is assisted by coMorning announcements are broadcast during storm time captains Kaitlyn Van Blaricum and Poindexter. and the visual quality is exceptional. “My goal for the team is to make all of our dances sharp With cool backgrounds and media tricks like Kevin Cox’s and do better than last year. We hope to improve at Monsters face vanishing and reappearing the members are definitely of Hip Hop this Spring,” said Ashby. The event brings danc- having a great time. Lars Golombek is excited about, “Getting ers together for two days with master classes from professional started, getting more recruits, and having fun.” choreographers. Full of ambition, there are exiting new projects planned for Juniors Sarah West and Emilee Reed, along with freshmen this school year. Not only is the morning announcements qualMichaela Remely, Alex Reninger and Maddy Grenfeld are new ity improving; the life of senior citizens will as well. additions to the team. Members will be joining senior citizens at an undecided lo“I’ve been dancing since fourth grade. I love the excitement cation and will help them learn how to use facebook. Video and will probably keep dancing for a very long time,” said contests will be one of the highlights for some members like Grenfeld. Lars. Quality videos will compete will compete in the local, state, and national level. Meetings will take place during lunch on Thursday in Callanchini’s room and everyone is welcome. Gay-Straight Alliance president, senior Stuart Poindexter, walked out to the middle of the gym floor and started sharing his life story at the Tolerance Assembly last year. Tears rolled down his face as he discussed the hardships of being a homoThe Drama Club is very focused on the musical “The Drowsy sexual in high school. Chaperone”, which is being performed on Oct. 23 through Oct. “We want to gain more straight members, to get a more di- 30. verse crowd and help spread awareness about GSA. Everyone They are currently looking for tech work help and publicity is welcome,” said Poindexter. to complete the performance. “GSA is a safe place for students that are questioning their Come join on Thursdays at lunch in time by November tenth sexuality,” said GSA Vice President Nic McKee. and come to a dance party our Drama Club is hosting with draGSA meets on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in C-111. All interested ma clubs at other area high schools. students are welcome. Also, on December sixth through the seventh there will be a fundraiser at pastinis pasta in bend, by mentioning our schools a large portion of funds will be donated to our club. Our outstanding Drama Clubs officers are: Maddie DunThe art, from the painted trash cans to the mural gracing kelberg, president, Ali Kinkade, vice president, Anne Givans, the entrance of the auditorium, did not come with our school. secretary, Ashley Carter, treasurer, Alec Armijo, Clerk and JasThere is something, or a variety of someones, behind it. That mine Wright, Publicities.
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Spanish Honors Society
Marcia Gromme-Clark and Julie Montoya share a vision. As advisers of the Spanish Honor Society, the two women want to create an understanding between cultures. “We want to build bridges between the Latin community and our school,” said Montoya. The club’s main focus has been to raise money for charity. Last year the club held a festival for Cinco de Mayo with games and Mexican food that raised $440. The club gave half of the money to the charity Angel Notion. Angel Notion, located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is a nonprofit organization that raises money for education and medical aid for children who are disabled and living in poverty. “Mexico is destitute. Any amount of money we can donate gives the children of Playa del Carmen more opportunities to succeed,” said senior Alex Hardin. The remaining funds will finance another festival in either December or May to raise money for another charity. The club has not yet decided where the money will be donated to. “Besides having another fiesta, this year we want to volunteer with the Latino Community Association and with the bilingual preschool,” said club president Josh Mitchell. More than 30 students have joined the club. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held on Thursdays in A-102. “Our goals are to raise awareness of different cultures, to contribute to charities, to have fun and to learn more Spanish,” said Gromme-Clark.
Four hour summer practices seemed worth it for the cheer squad, after the students “got stoked” during the stunt routine the girls performed at the first assembly. Led by new varsity coach, Sarah Devereaux, who’s credentials made her a shoe-in for the coaching job last May, the team has already made it their goal to make the squad the best the school has ever seen. The squad and the superfans have begun working together to support their school. “[Working together] is cool because the cheerleaders taught us the new cheers and now we feed off of each other’s energy at games,” said senior and Superfan captain Quinn Burkett. Cheerleaders want to amaze the students even more by bringing new stunts and traditions to an already spirited school. Competing is also in the future for the team. They plan to compete in several competitions over the year, including the Oregon State Competition over Valentine’s Day weekend, where the squad hopes to place in the top ten. “I’m excited for this year and for everything that our squad is going to bring to Summit,” said cheer captain Katie Gallagher. “We’ve worked so hard to gain the respect of our school andshow them what we are finally about.”
National Honor Society
Tis the season to be honorable! Our chapter of National Honor Society (NHS) is back in action following their first fall 2010 meeting on Wednesday Sept. 29. Future meetings will be on the final Wednesday of every month in the choir room during lunch. First semester meetings are only for returning members; juniors and seniors who were elected in the spring of either 2009 or 2010. Sophomores wishing to be elected into NHS for the 2011 year will have an opportunity to apply at the end of first semester. NHS is a group for students with exemplary academic and community service records. Members or students wanting to apply must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Members must complete 12 community service hours over the course of the semester; up to seven of which may be with an organization of their choosing. The remaining five must be completed with one of the community service groups our chapter is affiliated with, including Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and the Heaven Can Wait 5K run/walk. To be inducted into the group, it is important to be a wellrounded student, with a good mix of extracurricular activities, as well as school and community involvement.
Sophomore choir council member Greg Shipman is looking forward to upcoming choir endeavors. While Chorale has downsized from 70 students to 58, Shipman said that the “dynamic seems dedicated and eager to learn.” There are currently five choir classes: Concert Choir, a predominantly freshman class, Women’s Ensemble, a more advanced class exclusively for women and Summit Chorale, an advanced group available for students who pass an audition only. Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Skyliner Jazz round out the choir offerings; the latter is only for highly advanced students who audition with Melissa Jacot. Shipman also said that all choir groups are going to develop a more “friendly relationship” that includes pizza and movie nights, among other things, planned by the choir council. The Summit Chorale plans to make a trip in mid-April to either San Francisco or Seattle. This is for the annual Heritage Festival, which the group has competed in since the program started. While this has not been determined, the group hopes to bring back numerous accolades as they have done in the past.
EYE OF THE STORM • Monday, October 18, 2010
District recognizes Austin for service Long time engineer receives Outstanding Support Person of the Year award for excellence Staff Writer
Head engineer Dave Austin delivers supplies to the Booster Club. Austin was recently named the district’s Outstanding Support Person of the Year. Devon Burke photo Austin collected a dozen or so of real chicken feet and left them throughout the school. He also waxed dollar bills in the faculty bathrooms, so we would all, of course, try to pick them up off the floor,” said journalism teacher Karen Rosch. “Once he hung a pretend corpse in the art room. The art teacher walked into the room and saw these legs and feet hanging from the ceiling and almost had a heart attack. He was always cracking us up.” Despite his quirky personality and love of the school, Austin occasionally becomes stressed
out by what his job throws at him. “Sometimes it seems like everything just keeps breaking. Some days are harder than others,” said Austin. Outside of school, Austin enjoys looking for treasures with his metal detector and fast cars. “My wife won’t let me build a hot rod. She says it’s a waste of money,” said Austin. Austin plans to keep working for six more years to reach a total of 30 years with the district. “It depends if they kick me out I might even stay longer,” said Austin.
Prop 19 activists unite to legalize marijuana in California Bill proponents expect law to build billion dollar California industry Carter Miller Staff Writer
Kim Hart of Politico occupies her time covering Proposition 19, an initiative on California’s November ballot, which would allow anyone older than 21 to cultivate a small amount of marijuana for personal use. A group of 20-somethings, many of them on summer break, spend their days calling voters around the state to explain the virtues of ending the 73-year marijuana prohibition from cannabis campaign headquarters, reported Hart. If the Proposition passes, cities would be able to regulate and tax sales. “California is the first state to make such a bold push for decriminalizing the leafy drug, and it’s a test case closely watched by states — including New York and Colorado — that also are eyeing more lenient stances on marijuana, in part to bring much-needed tax revenue to ease crushing deficits,” said Hart. Prop 19 legalizes selling marijuana to the public in a taxed environment, defying a federal law.
Proponents believe it may solve the largest state budget deficit in the country. “I am worried about the state of our society if drug use becomes acceptable,” said junior Randy Brooks. Richard Lee, a marijuana activist and medical marijuana distributor in California, collected more than 694,000 signatures to bring this proposition to life. In 1972, a similar bill, (also named Proposition 19), failed with a 66.5 percent vote of no and has not been voted upon since. Marijuana activists are hoping the opinion of the Californian people has changed in the past 38 years. More than 100 groups support for the bill, including the United States Libertarian Party, Green Party of California and California NAACP. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger strongly encourages groups to debate the bill. “I think that we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect it had on those countries and are they happy with that decision,” said Schwarzenegger. Leo E. Laurence of indybay.org reported that if Prop 19 were to pass, it could generate $1.4 billion per year in taxes, helping solve California’s budget deficit.
“I think it can really go both ways. I can see it being a positive and a negative. It’s hard to say. It could reduce crime but also increase usage. I guess it depends on what the limits are,” said sophomore Dan Maunder. In a dramatic shift of sentiment, nearly half of California’s likely voters now want to legalize marijuana use in the state, according to a new Field Poll by the Yes on Prop 19 group. “The numbers have flipped [on Proposition 19] since our July poll,” said Mark DiCamillo, the poll’s director. “That’s a major change in the direction of public feelings on legalizing marijuana.” Yes on Prop 19 advocates also site law enforcement groups, who claim legalizing marijuana would put a large dent in drug cartels and free up police, prosecutors and judges to go after violent crimes. “Proposition 19’s passage in November would decriminalize an estimated 60,000 drug arrests made in California each year,” said former Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray. “Beat police would have more time to go after burglars, robbers and those committing violent assaults,” he said. Yes on Prop 19 says if California were to pass the bill, other states might also adopt the policy, including Oregon, creating a several billion dollar industry in the United States.
Mandarin teacher acclimates well to American life Frank Wu participates in exchange program River Sterne, Alex Sarmiento Staff Writers
Frank Wu learns something new everyday. Imagine coming to the United States from China and trying to learn American slang, tasting strange food and living in a totally different environment. Wu is participating in the Bend LaPine School District Exchange program. He hails from Yang Zhou, China and is teaching Mandarin Chinese. “It is a good opportunity for me to experience American culture and for me to teach American kids about Chinese culture,” said Wu. “ I would want all of the kids to have a really solid basis to learn Chinese,” said Wu. There are several standards students must learn including Chinese phonetics, terms, characters and mastery of basic sentence patterns. Students will also study Chinese culture and everyday life and learn about China’s history and music. “Everyone here is friendly, I enjoy the beautiful natural view of the west, especially the trees and the waterways in Oregon,” said Wu. “I do think Americans waste too much, and have too many cars and too many things that they don’t use.”
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Devon Burke Credited as one of the hardest workers on staff, Dave Austin has dedicated 25 years of his career to the Bend-La Pine School District and was recently named the district’s Outstanding Support Person of the Year. “He has a genuine love for kids that makes him so much more than a janitor,” said principal Lynn Baker. August 30 the district staff met for their annual back-to-school orientation where Austin was presented with his seven-pound trophy. “I didn’t know I was going to get the award. I almost didn’t even go to the assembly. My wife came along to make sure I was there,” said Austin. “When the lady gave it to me I remember her saying, ‘Careful, it’s sharp.’” Austin took over as head engineer before our school even opened. He worked at Cascade Middle School and Lava Ridge Elementary School prior to coming to Summit. “I’m a kid at heart and I love pranks, that’s why I get along with students so well,” said Austin. Austin is in charge of every sort of sticky situation that unravels in the school, which can sometimes lead to steering students toward perfection with a few subtle pranks. Austin talked about how he occasionally has to “glaze” the incoming freshman for leaving trash in the hallways. This means he will spill a layer of soda in the halls where they usually sit and leave a mess. “He’s got one of the quirkiest senses of humor,” said assistant principal Michael McDonald. “I will never forget the first year we opened.
Frank Wu greets the Storm Cat during his introduction at the opening assembly. Carter Miller photo
Wu left his wife, Toni, and his daughter, Micki, who is 11 years-old and goes to primary school. “Micki enjoys playing piano, dancing, learning English and playing ping-pong. We live in a 200 square-meter apartment, which cost about $150,000,” said Wu.
Wu graduated from Shong Sha Science and Technology University with double majors in economic law and English education. “I am studying in Yang Zhou for an English Education Master Degree,” Wu said. “My father was a driver and my mother was a teacher. I lived a happy life when I was young. I was the leader of the student union when I was in a university. When I was a teacher in China, I was head teacher and had been teaching for eight years,” said Wu. “I have not had trouble acclimating to the culture here,” said Wu. “I studied English for 15 years in China, so I am fine.” “I really miss my daughter back home,” said Wu. They video chat frequently, but he says his daughter still misses him. “Wu is teaching us Chinese phonetics, numbers and culture,” said sophomore Elliot Sherpa, “It’s a fun class.” “American students are very smart,” said Wu, “But they don’t always balance their activities as well as Chinese students.” School is similar in China, however it is more strictly organized. Wu’s favorite parts of American culture are the food and the physical activity. He enjoyed living with Principal Baker and his wife, who spoiled him with great food and trips to local tourist sites. Wu now lives with the Sarmiento family. He enjoys riding his bicycle and makes it a point to catch several of our sporting events, especially water polo and football games.
Senior Diana Chable discovered that she was pregnant this past summer and has bravely decided to share her story. She will be writing a column each issue updating our readers. July 15 began my new mommy world. I was visiting my doctor to change my method of birth control and to check on the flu symptoms I had been experiencing. As a routine procedure when changing birth control, I was asked to take a pregnancy test. Imagine how surprised and frightened I was when I was sent to take the test. The St. Charles lab technicians explained I would have to wait up to two hours for the results. An hour later, I was blabbing to my mom about who knows what when I received the phone call that would change my life. My mom quickly parked our truck in the Fred Meyer parking lot and we answered the doctors phone call. I can’t tell you exactly how I responded, because all I can remember is being told twice, yes twice, that I was five to six weeks pregnant. I started freaking out. I couldn’t talk or breathe and nothing was coming out of my mouth. The next thing I knew I was looking through a black tunnel. Thank God my mom was there because I don’t think I could have handled the news on my own. She calmed me down and we talked about what we would do next. The father of my baby is Pablo Lopez, a recent Summit graduate. My mom and I drove to his house. We went to his room and told him very calmly about what was going on. Pablo handled the news well and was actually somewhat shocked and happy at the same time. I, on the other hand, was a wreck. I was still in denial and didn’t believe my world was going to change in nine months. Fortunately we both want to keep our child and Pablo wants to play an active role once the baby is born. The first thing we did was visit Central Oregon Pediatrics Association (COPA) and meet with my obstetrician. We then joined a program for women, infants and children which provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for women, infants and children up to age five. Pablo and I have doctor appointments every two weeks to monitor my health. He has not missed being with me during a single appointment. He has been by my side the entire way. It’s scary and exciting at the same time to me to know I have a small child slowly growing inside me. We are both overwhelmed by what we are going through. We worry about having enough money. We are thinking about moving in together and living with my parents. We are worried about making this work. One thing I knew for sure: I wanted to finish school. My baby is due in mid March. My counselor helped me to set up a schedule so that I could take off two weeks after my baby is born. Luckily, my mother volunteered to take care of the baby when I return to finish school and graduate. I’ve become more excited and anxious since the day I heard my baby’s heart beat. It didn’t seem real to Pablo and I until we heard our baby’s heart beat. October 11 is my next doctor appointment to set up a day for the ultra sound. The big day we find out if we are having a boy or girl. To this day it is hard to get up and make it to school. Pregnancy comes with morning sickness (which still hasn’t gone away), extreme fatigue and even uterine cramps, not to mention the emotional roller coaster I am feeling. I am now five months pregnant and the baby is starting to move. Pablo and I are both excited and anxious to bring our baby into this world. Our baby is a gift.
EYE OF THE STORM •Monday, October 18, 2010
Boys, girls continue reign of cross country dominance Confidence from runners, coaches, brings early titles and hopes for state repeat Mtichell Bailey, Brit Oliphant Staff Writers
Capable. Competitive. Quick. Adjectives that describe a team on a mission. With two Intermountain Conference district titles under their belt, the Storm boy’s Cross Country team is on the hunt for their next title. The returning members of last year’s championship team are led by sophomore Travis Neuman. The veterans are joined by a selection of new runners who are looking to fill the holes left by past great athletes, including last year’s IMC champion Pat Madden. “I think we’re golden,” said Neuman. “No one can stop us.” Neuman’s sentiments were shared by assistant coach Luke Smith. He says he is not concerned about the loss of runners who graduated last spring. “We lost some talented runners,” said Smith. “But we have a lot of talent coming back.” Those coming back are returning faster than ever. In the team’s time trials on Sept. 1, Neuman improved his time by 15 seconds from when he ran the same 3K course in Drake Park in September 2009. Sophomore Luke Hinz and Junior Nick Snider saw improvements of 22 and 57 seconds respectively. Some of their success can be contributed to their work put in over the summer. One phrase drives their dedication. “Skate or die,” said Neuman. “Words to live by. The boys finished first at the Pre-Districts Invitational in Ashland, OR edging out second place North Medford by ten seconds. The boys traveled to Camp Rilea in Seaside, OR., on Sept. 17 for the annual Seaside Three Course Challenge. JV and Varsity came away with a third place trophy. According to Coach Dave Clark, the Seaside meet is more about the experience then the victory. “We went to get a good workout and have a good time,” said Clark. “And we came away with a trophy. What more could you ask for?” The following weekend, the team traveled
Runners on the boys varsity elite race take off during the start of the Oxford Classic in Drake Park. The Storm boys went on to place fouth overall in the Oct. 9 race, led by Travis Neuman’s thrid place individual finish. The girls team placed first. Madison Walker photo to Portland, OR., for the Nike Pre-Nationals. Running the 5K Nike Cross Nationals course at Portland Meadows, Neuman took third place in the boys Division 1 event. “It was really hot,” said Neuman, “but we had fun.” Neuman went on to top his performance at the Harrier Classic on Oct. 2, taking second place at the Albany Bryant Park meet. The varsity boys team won third place overall. The team was back in Bend last Friday for the Oxford Classic in Drake Park, where they placed fourth. “It’s going to be an exciting season,” said Smith. “Be on the lookout for some success later this year.”
Girls Megan Fristoe has plenty to celebrate about, after winning her first race and proving to be the Storm’s number one runner in Ashland at the Pre-district meet on Sept. 10., setting the cross country team up with a speedy start. The girls have won districts five times and been to state seven times, during the number of years the school has been open. They have won state the past two years.
Season’s momentum builds after slow start Home win against Bend, sets boys soccer team on course for playoff showing River Sterne Staff Writer
The Storm boys varsity soccer team has been a consistent contender in the Intermountain Conference (IMC) in recent years, but with a 0-5 start, prospects were looking glum. After claiming the IMC championship last year, the team made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Churchill. Only three varsity seniors graduated from last year’s squad. Returning seniors and 2009 all-league players Jesse Sand-
erson, Abraham Hernandez and junior Andrew Orlich provide strength on the field. The Storm struggled to gain momentum after losses to West Linn (1-0), Sherwood (41), Redmond (2-1), Churchill (3-0) and Central Catholic (40). The boys tied with Crook County 3-3. Sanderson scored on a header to tie the game with just two minutes remaining. Dan Maunder and Hernandez added one goal each. The Storm’s first win came against Cleveland High School on Sept. 23 and was determined by a penalty kick. Hernandez took the kick to put the team up one goal, which would turn out to be just enough. Hernandez’s goal
would be the only point of the match. Following wins included those against Bend and Redmond. Plus a 4-1 victory over Crook County, an improvement over their previous tie. Sanderson scored two goals in the hard fought game against Bend. The 2-0 win was major turning point for the team. They then edged out Redmond 1-0. “It started as a repeat of last season,” said forward Maunder. “We showed we can play against Redmond and it was a good game to build off of because we have some hard games coming up.” Maunder and Erik Lira mentioned Orlich as a standout player.“Andrew has played consistently well,”
said Maunder. “We have a lot of returning varsity players this year, which is helpful because most of us have played together before,” said Orlich. “The program is still up and coming. The team was super happy about winning the IMC and hopes to win it again.” Orlich has been in the Storm soccer program for all three of his high school years. “My freshman year, I was on JV, my sophomore year I was on varsity and now, as a junior, I am captain of the varsity squad,” said Orlich. “Seniors are looking for a state championship, which is what we’ve been dreaming of and winning IMC for the second year,” said varsity goalkeeper Lira.
Love for the game, hope for the team, thirst for a title So far Lincoln, Bend, only obstacles for Storm girls soccer Tashia Davis Staff Writer
Senior forward Eve Hess is set on hanging the Intermountain Conference champions banner for girls varsity soccer in the gym this November. “I will personally put it there. It’s about time,” said Hess. This year, the Storm girls soccer team (6-2-1 overall, 3-1-0 IMC) knows it’s their turn to shine. “We really want it this year,” said junior midfielder Annie Hill. “We’ve been so close for several years now and we’re sick of third or fourth place. We’re ready to win it all.” The Storm finished the
2009 season with a 1-0 loss to Sherwood in the quarterfinals at State. This September, they tied Sherwood in a nonleague game at zeros. “We dominated the whole game,” said junior defender Rianna Aylward. “We had so many chances, but we couldn’t score.” With the help of Hess and IMC Player of the Year Kristen Parr, the Storm scored a total of 90 goals last season with only eight goals against, resulting in an overall record of 12-1-4 (5-0-2 IMC). The team, made up of mostly juniors started the season strong, winning their first game against West Linn 4-1. But the Storm’s 2009 Class 5A Coach of the Year Jamie Brock says the team goes much deeper than just talent. “We have a group that loves to play soccer and push-
es each other to be better. We are determined to be successful,” said Brock. “Our fitness level is the best in the state and we have good team chemistry. Our passion for the game sets us apart from other teams,” said senior defender Monica McEntee. Brock added that, in addition to a strong offense, the defense is the core of the team. She drew attention to McEntee as the “silent leader,” and junior Claire Ranstrom as another key player. “She is one of our hardest working players,” said Brock. “She just goes and goes.” Brock also brought attention to freshman goalkeeper Rachel Estopare. “Rachel is very impressive,” said Brock. “She is fearless and has a ton of potential.” As for the competition this
medium and hard. “Seaside is so great because the mud pit, in the middle of the race, is waist deep. There is no possible way to finish without blood, sweat and dirt,” said senior varsity member Makenna Tague. On Sept. 25 girls and boys varsity competed in Pre-Nationals at the Portland meadows racetrack. Although it was 90 degrees outside, Summit did well. Last year the Storm lost three seniors; Eirann Cohen, Mackenzie Naffziger and Kellie Schueler. However, because of three new exciting transfers Ashley Maton, Hailey Hewitson and Hadley Schoderbek, confidence is high. “I was sad to see three of our varsity team members graduate but we have three new girls this year that we can’t wait to shock the competition with,” said junior Kira Kelly. “I really love running for Summit, all the girls are really nice and our team is going to be really good this year,” said junior Maton. Most recently the team posted a first place victory in the Oxford Classic Oct. 8. “I miss Summit Cross Country a lot,” said alumna Naffziger. “I am running for a club in Eugene now and can’t wait to watch the girls at Summit go to state.”
Last year girls cross country scored 21 points, which was the third best team mark in history. Second place was Crescent Valley with 92 points, which was the largest margin of victory in history. Points are awarded to the individual runners of eligible teams, equal to the position in which they cross the finish line (first place gets one point, second place gets two points, etc.). A perfect score is 15. The combined score of a teams first five runners makes up their point total, lowest score being the best. Teams are considered ineligible to score if they have fewer than the meet’s required number of scorers, which is typically five. There is no doubt that the competition is scared. 10 out of 10 coaches surveyed from around the state predict the Storm girls to bring home another state championship this year. “This survey proves that the coaches around the state have the same confidence in my girls as I do,” said three-time coach of the year, Dave Clark. On Sept. 18 and 19, the entire Storm team filled up two charter buses and headed down to Seaside, Oregon for the Seaside invitational. The race consisted of three courses, easy,
year, the general consensus seems to be that Mtn. View will be the Storm’s biggest challenge. “They’re physical, confident and resilient. They’re going to be tough,” said Brock. The squad began their season with five wins over West Linn (4-1), Redmond (5-0, 9-0), Central Catholic (1-0), Wilsonville (7-0) and Crook County (12-0). They added in a tie at zeros with Sherwood, and losses to Lincoln (0-1) and Bend High (1-2). Hess has scored the most goals this season, putting eight in the back of the net for the Storm. Their latest game was a repeated victory against Redmond, “We will take it all the way if we have the confidence and the drive to do it, which I believe we do,” said Hess.
By the Numbers...
• Returning All-League Volleyball players: (Gabby Crowell, Calli Prestwood) • Freshmen on Girls Varsity Soccer: (Shannon Patterson, Hadley Plummer) • Cross Country runners taking first place: (Travis Neuman, PreDistricts, Megan Fristoe, PreDistrics, Brooks Harrier Classic, more)
• Touchdowns scored against Klammath Union by the varsity football team. • Returning All-League boys soccer player: (Jesse Sanderson, Abraham Hernandez, Andrew Orlich)
• Teams making up the Summit Waterpolo team (Boys Varsity and JV, Girls Varsity)
• Returning All-League girl soccer players: (Eve Hess, Monica McEntee, Haley Estopare, Kriten Parr) • Returning state qualifiers, girls cross country: (Megan Fristoe, Brit Oliphan, Kira Kelley, Sara Fristoe) • Games played by the waterpolo team during a tournament in Cottage Grove on Oct. 9.
• Returing state qualifiers for boys cross country: (Travis Neuman, Cameron Clark, Ryan St. Clair, Sam Naffziger, Luke Hinz) • Volleyball players 6 ft. tall and over (Laney Hayes, Britany Johnson, Courtney Langer, Taylor Pierce, Calli Prestwood)
EYE OF THE STORM •Monday, October 18, 2010
Freshmen bring world representation Injury prevention: Hadlie Plummer, Shannon Patterson on Gothia Cup aspirin can’t cure Championship team it all with sports Jacob Fritz Staff Writer
The Swedish Gothia Cup is likely the most well known youth soccer tournament in the world and without a doubt the most popular. This last summer two young soccer prodigies, Shannon Patterson and Hadlie Plummer, participated in this world wide event, eventually helping their team win the entire tournament. Patterson and Plummer were selected to play for the Colorado Rush, in the Manchester United Cup, May 30 in Portland, OR. The prize: a place in the Gothia Cup. The Colorado Rush had a tough time in the Manchester United Cup, experiencing some close calls during many of their games. In the quarter finals they scraped by, winning on penalties. In the semi-finals, Colorodo Rush had another scare, winning 1-0 against the Southern California team, Arsenal. The Rush went on to win the final 2-0, earning themselves a spot in the Youth World Cup. “I was ecstatic when we won, knowing that we would soon be on our way to
Plummer and Patterson with their medals after the championship game. Photo courtesy of the Patterson family
Sweden,” said Patterson. In the opening ceremonies the Colorado Rush were cheered on by more than 50,000 screaming fans. “The opening ceremonies was the best part of the trip. That is one experience I will never forget,” said Plummer. “It was
amazing having 50,000 people watching and cheering for us, it felt like we were in the Olympics.” In their first game, the girls were watched by a small crowd, but in the final match, they were cheered on by more than 500 fans. For the most part, the Rush rolled through the tournament with ease, winning some games by six or more goals. As the Gothia Cup progressed, the games became harder and harder. In the quarter final game, Rush made it through with a goal in the last 30 seconds of the game. Britney Stark scored all three goals, guiding the Colorado Rush 3-1 win and a Youth World Cup championship. “The final was the best part,” said Patterson. “The lead up, the game and the ceremonies afterwards were all unforgettable. This was one of the best experiences I may ever have in my entire life.” The team was awarded a giant trophy and each individual received medals and free gear. Directly after the awards, the girls were shepherded onto a victory bus to be paraded around the city chanting, singing and even signing autographs. “The best part of the Gothia Cup was playing and competing against amazing players from around the world,” said Plummer. “The whole trip was indescribable.”
New classification renews course to state With games against Mtn. View, Bend, Crook County, volleyball stays undefeated Nathan Guyer Editor at Large
If there is one piece of unfinished business that graduated athlete Kelsey Zimmerman left behind, it was a state championship title. An impressive second place state finish in their 2009 season left the Storm volleyball team with only one problem: Crook County. With the Cowgirls out of the 5A classification, the Storm is welcoming another opportunity at the state title.
“We aren’t worried about what teams are in our league,” said Prestwood. “We are taking each game one at a time.” But a recent match up between the two previous state finalist ended with the Storm on top. The team beat the Cowgirls in three sets, (28-18, 25-20, 25 19), during a home game on Oct. 5. Kicking off the season with a win over Redmond, the trail was set for their presently undefeated season. Following matches against Bend and Mtn. View followed suite, and has put the team on course to reaching their state final goals. The Storm beat Bend in four games (2517, 24-26, 25-19, 25-11), and Mtn. View in five (17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-27, 15-11), al-
lowing the team to boast a 5-0 IMC record “Going into the last game against Mtn. View, our coach said the most aggressive team would win,” said Prestwood. “We had to come out more aggressive in order to pull it off.” Losing seven seniors, including player of the year Kelsey Zimmerman and libero Becky Defoe, spots were available for some new talent. “It’s a different dynamic,” said Prestwood. “But we still have a strong team.” Junior Nicole Ruttke proved herself during the Rogue River Valley tournament when she led the teams offense, going 52 - 54 from the service line.
Nathan Guyer Editor at Large
Collapsed in the middle of the field, it is easy to see when an athlete has just made a season ending fall. Whether it be a fierce pop, a silent tear or violent break, the ranges and causes of an athletic injury are vast, as are the lasting effects. Always a constant threat in the back of an athletes mind, an injury is avoided at best, but commonly endured, and the road to recovery can be the difference between your quick return to peak performance or long prescription to bench warming. “It’s important to make a gradual return,” said the Storm’s new athletic trainer Emily Schleicher. Schleicher transferred from a three year athletic training career at Colorado State University. Some injuries are out of your control, but the art of prevention has been a key aspect in athletes training from the pros to high school. “The most common injuries I see are ankle and muscle sprains,” said Schleicher. “Improper conditioning and flexibility are the biggest mistake athletes make. Going from no work in the summer and jumping right into practice. That’s when you’ll get injured.” Whether you are diving in the gym, sprinting to the finish or contesting an opponent, your body puts up with a lot of wear and tear. Making sure it can respond correctly can keep you on your feet. “Agility training is always good because it works stabilizing muscles in your ankles and legs,” said Schleicher. “Stabilization along with proprioception, (body’s awareness to joints and correct movement), can really reduce the injury risk.” Sports are demanding and you do your best to keep up with the pace of play and coaches demands. Sometimes enough is enough. “You can play through some injuries,” said Schleicher. “If pain starts lingering after activity and doesn’t improve after warming up or ice, that can be a sign you need to back off. Rest is a beautiful thing, a little goes a long way. Giving your body enough time to recover is important.”
Coaching shift provides new hope for success Freshman boast only one loss against Redmond by five points, Hackenbruck takes up head coaching position for Varstiy
With under a minute to go, a failed onside kick gave the ball back to Redmond, letting them run out the clock to finish the game. J.T. Evans, Moyer, Cherry, Mullen and Hasenrohl all posted touchdowns Josh Cherry,Austin Souto-Maior against Hood River, adding to the blow Staff Writer out. Offense and defense both had a great A Storm is brewing. The freshmen football team has been game because of their ability to work tooff to a great start with a wins against, gether and effort. This brought the teams standing to Culver, 27-16, Klamath Union, 21-2 and 3-1. Hood River, 47-0. Their next game against Bend High The team hit their first speed bump at Bend on Oct. 7, kept the team on track with a loss to Redmond, 35-28. The game against Culver was a game with a 28-14 victory. “With the teams ability to work hard of defense, with six interceptions. Brendan Kent, Marc Hasenrohl, Ian Tobiason and work together in practices there are and Josh Cherry all intercepted passes, no limits for this team” said Cherry. which kept the team’s offense running well. Varsity Nick Moyer, on 4th and goal, rolled out of the pocket and dove into the endVarsity coach Jerry Hackenbruck zone for a touchdown, giving the team spent much of his summer working in their first win of the season. the weight room with his players. Against Klammath Union, Tyler MulHackenbruck, who returns for a seclen got the team started with an intercep- ond run as head coach, looks to improve tion run back for a touchdown. last year’s 0-10 record. The defense seemed to be the key in “The football team is going to be betthat game, with their tremendous amount ter,” said quarterback Sam Stelk. of teamwork. Stelk leads the team along with junior Their first loss against Redmond Cole Thomas. proved to be a battle from start to finish. The team faces challenges. The Storm scored first but couldn’t “We’re smaller than a lot of teams,” hold it together in the end. said Hackenbruck. “But this doesn’t
mean we aren’t athletic.” Hackenbruck’s second game as head coach ended with a loss against Woodburn. “The 2010 football season will go a whole lot better than last year,” said junior Brennan Rooks. “With a new coach, new offense and older players, we have a better chance to succeed. We need support from our school and everyone else, but things will go well.” The varsity team suffered another loss against Lakeridge. Stelk was the MVP against Lakeridge, rushing 71 yards on eight carries. The Varsity Football team’s dedication showed as they played the Klamath Union Pelicans in the pouring rain on Friday, Sept. 17. The rain was tough, causing eight turnovers but both teams fought through. The final score was 20-39. The Redmond vs. Summit game was held Sept. 24. The game was lost with a final score of 51-6. The Panthers started strong with a 34-0 lead by half time. Latest games ended in 14-36 14-42 losses against Hood River and Bend respectively.
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Treading water in a seasons winning showing Although boys varsity water polo had New players include Blake AnGrowing numbers open opportunia loss to Madras at the beginning, they derson, Eli Abraham, Seth Millard, ties for Storm Waterpolo Brent Soles Staff Writer
With a fourth place finish at state last year, the boys varsity water polo team has a reputation to uphold. “Our toughest competition for the Intermountain Conference league is probably Bend High. Outside the IMC, the toughest team would have to be Ashland,” said Aidan Soles. “Our main goal is to win districts this year,” said Fintan Doyle.
had a great comeback on Sept. 16 with a score of 13-7. “Madras was tough, but I think our greatest competitor would have to be Bend High,” said sophomore Michael Hartmeir. “Our strengths are how we can play smart and how we can swim and go 100% for most of the game,” said sophomore Chris Spreadbourough. “Our weakest point is probably driving, because there are some people who are a little timid when it comes to that,” said junior Drew Robson.
Quinn Rasmassen, Troy LaLonde, Josh Bandy,and Patarick Prager. Soles, Brent Soles, Doyle, Kevin Jubba, Robeson, Spreadbourough, Vance Paulson, Blake Kaufman, Cameron Carrick and Stuart Wettstein help to lead the varsity team. Coaches Jay Soles, and Doug Watt will lead the team. Recently the team posted a 5-3 win against Madras, followed by a tournament in Cottage Grove on Oct. 9. The JV and Varsity were mixed for the one day tournament, playing games against Lakeridge, Cottage Grove and Sweet Home.
Sports seasons can be short, and unfortunately the road to recovery is long. In a perfect world athletes can push themselves to the limit without a second thought. But with the reality that is injuries, a constant battle is being fought with your only hope of coming out on top.
EYE of the Storm Monday, October 18, 2010
A Editor in Chief: Ali Kinkade
A new school year brings new challenge and opportunity. To guide new and returning students alike, we’ve compiled some -Stay involved in your activities and SEARCH FOR MORE things to be involved in, because it’s not too late! Senior Maddie Dunkelberg, who earned the title role in fall musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” got involved with drama her sophomore year. -LOOK FOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. Whether it be through Student Council, Honor Society or the myriad clubs run by students, leadership is a valuable life skill...not to mention it looks awesome on those college applications!
-GET INVOLVED in sports, clubs and after school activities. Greg Shipman took initiative and successfully auditioned for Summit’s most elite choir, Skyliner Jazz, when he was only a freshman.
-Sophomore year brings plenty of NEW OPPORTUNITIES to get involved: My Future My Choice, National Honor Society and Link Crew applications are available to sophomores during the early spring.
-Try new things and EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS - Sophomore Anna Schwab participated in cheer her freshman year, and this year she’s trying out cross country to see what else she likes.
-It’s never too early to THINK ABOUT POST-GRADUATION PLANS. That doesn’t just include college: traveling, work and military are other options. Make a counseling appointment to discuss a four-year plan. -As you move up through school, be sure to SET AN EXAMPLE, because younger students will follow.
-In and outside of classes, ASK QUESTIONS. It makes you seem intelligent and engaged in the topic at hand, and it’s a good way to get your name out there and meet new people.
-GRAB A TREAT FROM DAVE. Our janitor is practically world-renowned when it comes to providing Otter Pops, candy and hot chocolate to the hungry student population.
-Remember that THIS IS OUR HOUSE: take pride in it! Keep it clean and attend events that Student Council and other organizations work hard to put on.
Freshmen HAYLEE HANSEN, below, performs a stunt to wow the crowd. She is the only freshman on Varsity Cheer. There are 12 girls on the varsity team.
Sophomores Sophomore GREG SHIPMAN, left, demonstrates the proper uses of toilet paper whilst assisting Link Crew leaders on the first day of school.
S K C I TROF THE E D A R T
Senior ALEX HARDIN and friends BUCK OBERTO and ANDREW CHILD, right, are greeted with cheers from friends in other grades as they walk through a tunnel of teachers into the first assembly of the year
Seniors -FINALIZE YOUR LIST of colleges and make a deadline calendar for scholarship, transcript, application and supplement due dates. As soon as possible, create an account on CommonApp.org if any of the schools on your list accept the common application. -Wear your SENIOR SHIRT, designed by senior Brynne Bailey, with pride to assemblies and events. It’s your last chance to show class unity and spirit! -Keep up your ORGANIZATION and your visits to the Future Center, particularly if you’re interested in applying for scholarships. -ASK FOR ANY NECESSARY LETTERS OF RECCOMENDATION EARLY (most schools ask for
two letters from core subject teachers, some programs require a letter from someone familiar with your work in the program of interest and counselor letters...check websites to be sure), and you’re likely to get a much kinder, thoughtful endorsement. Offer to provide teachers with a list of accomplishments to aid them on their quest. English teacher Christie McCormick hinted that baked goods are always appreciated, as well. -Above all, FINISH STRONG: schools often ask for mid-year and end-of-the-year reports, and besides, this is likely some of the only free education you’ll receive.
Junior ANNIE HILL, above, keeps the soccer ball away from an opposing team member and leads the varsity girls to victory.
-STAY ORGANIZED as you prepare for AP tests, the ACT and the SAT. Calendars to keep track of important dates are a must. Get started early to combat the slew of work you’ll have come spring and remember to remain calm! -Begin to LOOK SERIOUSLY AT COLLEGE and other post-high school options. Make use of your resources here at school in the Future Center, counselors and teachers, as well as online and with local college counselors and test prep classes. -ASK FOR ADVICE: It’s a tough year, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Teachers and older students are happy to help. -Located in lower C-Hall, THE FUTURE CENTER is a valuable resource with well-organized information on military service, gap years, college profiles, essay writing, jobs and scholarships. -VISIT colleges whenever you can - it’s the best way to get a feel for the campus and decide if you really want to go there.