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The student publication of Sunrise Mountain High School

Volume 16 Issue 6

SMHS Fundraising Records

Clubs fundraising records for charitable events


Josh Yodice Staff Reporter

Throughout the school year, many clubs on campus held successful fundraisers for local charities. Student council and other clubs on campus put everything they had and more into every event.


Hansen retires; looks forward to new opportunities

Alyssa Sabatel Staff Reporter

Student Council, JAG and FCCLA’s walk and donations fundraised $8,582 for the Mayberry Family.

SMHS performance Rhythm raised money for the Susan G. Komen charity. Photo by Jennifer Soules

Photo by Josh Yodice

OTHER RECORDS: Student Council Penny War Christmas Angel Foundation $3,036 DECA Special Cookies Sale Susan G. Komen & Muscular Dystrophy Association $425 Science Club Host Donation Event Active Water (Wells in Africa) $167 The Empty Bowls Event raised $3,480 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Photo by Josh Yodice

* These are only some of the charities Sunrise is invovled in.

Total: $20,095

The PUSD Art Festival raised $525 for the American Diabetes Association. Photo by Alex Curtis

Students recognize amazing teachers on campus Emily Bridgewater Section Editor

Teacher Appreciation week, May 7-11, is when students stop everything and give a card or some candy to their teachers. Teachers spend long days at school helping kids and giving them guidance, so it is nice to be able to reward their hard work. Student Council will be doing a car wash for teachers and having a breakfast for them. They will also be passing forms out to teachers of all their favorite things. The list will have things such as “favorite type of chips” and “favorite drink”. Student Council will then buy that teacher whatever their favorite thing is. Other groups are also getting in on the act. DECA will be volunteering students to help teachers clean their classrooms. Help will be available all week from DECA senior officers from 10:45 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Administration will also be having a luncheon for the teachers. Monday: S’mores by FCCLA Tuesday: Administration luncheon Wednesday: Student Council favorite forms Thursday: Student Council car wash COOP Puppy Chow Friday: Student Council teacher breakfast

Mr. Chris Vail

“I want to thank him for everything he does for the whole band all the hours he spends after and before school and all the inspiration he evokes.” - Junior Katie Middleton

Mr. Brian Stephens

“I would have to say my favorite teacher here at Sunrise is Mr. Stephens. He has helped me overcome many of my challenges in the past. He has invested much of his time to helping me  out and making sure I am successful and that I pass on to my next classes. I really appreciate what he has done for me. He has helped me improve my skills.” -Sophomore Kaleb Anderson

Teachers and students alike are moving on to pursue greater things and explore the opportunities that the world offers. Geometry teacher Paul Hansen plans to retire at the end of the school year to follow his grander interests. Mr. Hansen has worked 23 years as a teacher; 15 of those years have been spent here at Sunrise Mountain High School. Mr. Hansen feels as though it is time to retire, and he hopes to try something new and explore his interests. “I just feel like it’s time,” Mr. Hansen said. “I’ve been teaching for 23 years; it just feels like I should try something else, something different.” After teaching all these years, Mr. Hansen admits he will miss the bonds that he has formed with teachers and students alike, as well as coaching football. “I will miss the relationships with other teachers and of course the students,” Mr. Hansen said. “I will also miss coaching football.” Although Mr. Hansen currently teaches geometry, he previously taught topics of algebra. He later on proudly became Sunrise’s first geometry teacher. “I teach primarily geometry,” Mr. Hansen said. “I did teach topics of algebra when they offered it. I enjoy teaching geometry because I was successful in geometry when I was in high school.” After finishing up his final school year at Sunrise, Mr. Hansen plans to travel and then find a new career path to fulfill his interests. “I won’t have a lot of free time,” Mr. Hansen said. “I plan on traveling and not doing much for about six months, and then see what is out there that interests me for my second career. Chances are you’ll see me on campus next year as a sub.” Mr. Hansen offers some words of advice to his students with the hope of them pursuing great things and carrying the knowledge that he has given them. “Work hard, enjoy your high school years,” Mr. Hansen said. “ Your future will be starting before you know it.” Log on to to read about other teachers retiring.


The Dispatch


club officers Four tips to help students prepare for AP exams New FIDM Fashion Club

Bryce Dudzinski Staff Reporter

President: Heather Brumfield Vice President: Kailee Ackman

AP exam week is here and some students may feel unprepared for the fourhour test ahead of them. Here are some steps to follow to cram that last-minute studying and receive the widely-accepted, AP college credit.


Dustin Dluhy Tiffany Ford Sean Kocmoud David Marshall Makenzie Middleton Stefan Dudzinski Lauren Hoover Sarai Schutsky


Stress is unnecessary when there is an entire syllabus of information to learn, memorize or practice. It is best to remain calm to maximize your latestudying potential. When you stress, your mind is focused on worry instead of studying material.


Find your ideal study environment. Eliminate distractions including music, television, family, friends and cell phone. Bring a snack to keep an attentive brain if you plan on studying for hours. Study. Gather your class notes, any material you were given for test preparation and AP study books. a. Look over your notes. Read anything that appears unfamiliar. If the “unfamiliar” is almost all of the material, go straight to step b. b. Read summaries. The AP study books offer helpful summaries. The designers of the study books, Princeton

FOCUS: Junior Kalea Ehinger studies in the library. Students have worked hard for final exams that are soon approaching. Photo by Bryce Dudzinski

Review and Barron, are professionals. Their material format will be unparalleled. If you do not have an AP study book, and offer free summaries, terms lists, timelines and quizzes online. These websites can be equally as helpful. c. If time permits, look over some questions or essay prompts from practice tests provided by the sources mentioned above. In addition, collegeboard. com offers a practice test for each AP

class. What practice test could be more accurate than that of the administrators of the test itself? Practice tests allow you to become familiar with the real test. Test Day. Do not underestimate the value of a good breakfast and adequate sleep. Especially if you only did last-minute studying, this may be your only advantage. Sufficient rest and energy may help you remember all those lectures during class so you can excel on the exam.

President: Caleb Hutchison Vice President: Robert Geiger Secretary: Bryce Dudzinksi Treasurer: Usamma Amjad Historian: John Drago

Drama Club

President: Sean Kocmoud Vice President: Michaela Slezak Secretary: Ashley Hornsby Treasurer: Madison Newport Historian: Alexis Noriega PR: Sam Stephens


Mustangs weigh in on biggest rivalry with Liberty

Editor-in-Chief: Kellie Reynolds Editors: Carolyn Corcoran, Laura Johnson, Haylie Konakis, Arianna Saenz-Ochoa, Kelsey Shores Assistant Editors: Amber Ellison, Sarah Gilmour, Josh Yodice

Sarah Gilmour Staff Reporter


Liberty has long since been an enemy of Sunrise Mountain, and games against them never fail to pack the stands. However, some students think that the rivalry has been taken to extremes. Junior Sam Stephens attended Liberty her freshman year, but has since become a Mustang. “Oh, [I cheer for]Sunrise, of course,” Stephens said. “My boyfriend goes to

Liberty, but I’m definitely all for Sunrise.” Stephens believes Liberty feels more strongly about the rivalry than Sunrise. “Yeah [I have friends at Liberty],” Stephens said. “I think they almost have something more against us than we have against them.” Junior and Spirit Club member John Drago admits that the rivalry can seem a bit extreme. “It’s just the nature of competition,”

GO MUSTANGS: Students walk on Liberty’s campus to show school spirit for the basketball game. Liberty lost to Sunrise. Photo by Gabriela Barge

Drago said. “If you were to ask me for a legitimate reason why I hated Liberty, I don’t think I could come up with one, except for that they’re our rivals.” However, Drago also believes that rivalries can have a positive effect on school morale. “I think [rivalries affect us] positively because they rally school spirit,” Drago said. “People get more involved in our functions to show that we can do better than other schools. Football games are always intense even though we’ve never been on the winning side.” Both varsity and JV football lost to Liberty this year, JV by a score of 3228, and varsity by 64-29. However, boys varsity basketball and both varsity soccer teams have won every time they encountered Liberty. Although the rivalry may never be settled once and for all, Drago has some suggestions. “I really wanted to do an inter-school dodge ball tournament,” Drago said.

Soon-to-be thespians show off their spirit for one week Laura Johnson Page Designer

During the week of April 16-20, the students hoping to be Thespians had to dress up according to the theme for each day. Students had to have at least 10 points from doing various things with the drama club to participate in Thespian Induction Week and had to receive at least 75 points during the week to be inducted. How well they performed is recorded on a point sheet and evaluated by a current Thespian. • Monday was Mime Day when inductees had to dress and act like a mime. • Tuesday was Animal Day where they were each assigned a specific animal that they had to act like when asked. • Wednesday was Techie day where they dressed completely in black and had to whisper, hide and carry a prop. • Thursday was Musical Character Day in which they had to dress up like a character from a musical such as Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Tarzan. • Friday was Team Color Day where they had to wear an assigned color and act like what that color represents such as yellow for happiness or red for anger.

DRESS UP: Junior Mallory Dreiling dresses up for Thespian Inductions. Inductions lasted a week. Photo by Laura Johnson

Editor-in-Chief: Caleb Hutchison Editors: Ericka Davenport, Michelle Cleveland, Christian Cura, Amy Radosevich, Michael Bralish


President: Blayr McDaniel Vice President: Sarah Mure Secretary: Eric Matsen Treasurer: Josephine Uong Historian: Abbie Kulinec Project Manager: Reyna Mosley PR: Alaina Vargas Compiled by Gabriela Barge

Budget cuts affect schools recently Taylor Russell Staff Reporter

Arizona public elementary and high schools funding got cut by seven percent, while Universities and community colleges got cut as well. “I think this is unfair because it gives us as students a lower chance of getting the best education possible,” junior Kiera Belcher said. Twenty-one republicans in the Arizona senate voted yes on this bill, while all nine of the democrats voted no. On March 17 a deal got approved between Gov. Jan Brewer and the house and senate, which would give public schools an $8.3 billion dollar budget. Community colleges will lose more than half of their state aid. This plan cut funding from all Universities by 26 percent. Due to budget cuts over the past three years, college tuition has risen 63 percent. Senate bill 1614 was also passed this school year. This affected teachers by cutting their salaries and making them pay 53 percent into their pension plans, instead of 50. “[Teachers] work hard to educate us, and they do not get enough credit for that,” junior Amanda Manus said.

Playing Field



Spring Sports Wrap-Up Tennis


READY, SET, GO!: Track member sophomore Hayden Pate competes in a track meet. The track team has one last meet on May 9 and 12. Photo by Rebecca Wood

Track and Field is anticipating championships as the season closes off. The team competed in District Championships on May 2 and May 4. The girls track record is 11-0, with boys just one step behind with 10-1,

with one loss to Liberty. Freshman Mason Webb looks back with positive thoughts. “Winning all of our invitational meets was probably the best part of track,” Webb said. “It was a fun season.”

Freshman Abby Jackson has her own take on the season. “It’s not about beating anybody else, it’s about beating yourself and your own time,” Jackson said. “I think we all did that this season.”

MATCH IT OUT: Freshman Sydney Adamonis and Kiersten George practice for the next match. The girls tennis team bonded over the past season through practices and state competitions. Photo by Emily Bridgewater

Arianna Saenz-Ochoa Page Designer

The boys and girls tennis teams ended their seasons at their state competitions on April 20. Senior Lexie Hansen left the season with great memories.

“[The best part is that] we went to state and it was a lot of fun playing with my partner,” Hansen said. The boys developed into more experienced players throughout the season. “There was a great deal

of improvement over the course of the season,” Coach Jason Stutenroth said. “By the end of the season we were playing much more competitively.” The girls finished the season with a record of 77 and the boys 4-10.


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME: Sophomore Elijah Castro beats Notre Dames catcher to home plate. Castro’s run in the third inning evened the score to 1-1. Photo by Hannah Mure

BATTER UP: Senior and varsity player Ryan Hawkins is ready to swing for the ball. They won the game against Notre Dame 2-1. Photo by Hannah Mure


Boys Volleyball

TEAM BONDING: The JV softball team bonds after they won 9-0 against Barry Goldwater. The JV team had a undefeated season. Photo by Adrienne Sebade

The end of the season is quickly rolling in for the girls softball team. The team currently has a record of 29-1. May 1 marked the beginning of the playoffs, which run all the way through May 15. Coach Jody Pruitt is proud of the team’s efforts and notes one particular

achievement. “[One of our players] Taylor Nowlin threw three perfect games,” Coach Pruitt said. “Pitchers go their whole life without throwing one [perfect game] let enough throwing three in one season.” Varsity player Nowlin reflects on her own performance.

As the season closes, the varsity boys baseball team races into the state competitions. The team stands at a season record of 23-5 overall for the season. The team, first in the rankings for Arizona, started their first playoff game on May 1, and playoffs run all the way through May 15. Coach Eric Gardner is anticipating a good end to the season. “The best memories of the season are yet to come,” Coach Gardner said.

“Pitching a perfect game was the best part of the season,” Nowlin said. Junior Aleeca Abalos plays for JV and thinks the team as a whole did well. “The way we played together in the last game and winning was a great way to end this season,” Abalos said.

REACH FOR IT: Sophomore Sean Kolhase spikes the ball over the net. The varsity boys volleyball ended the season with 5-13. Photo by Bryce Dudzinski

For the varsity boys volleyball team, the season was a tough one, with a record of 5-13. Coach Tony Gale hopes to improve the team for next year. “I thought we’d have a better record, so yes I am a bit disappointed, but I’ve also played a lot of underclassmen so hope-

fully that will pay off for us next season,” Coach Gale said. However, Coach Gale’s view of the team has not changed in spite of the season’s losses. Coach Gale is proud of the players he got to work with this season . “I had a great group of young men to work with,”

Coach Gale said. “They try to the best of their ability and they are good people off the court and on.” JV finished the season with a record of 4-9. Recaps written by:

Megan McGovern Staff Reporter

The Spotlight


Easy ways to make cash over summer Chelsie Atkinson Staff Reporter

Lawn care

Mowing lawns, pulling weeds and watering plants are all good ways to help you save up a bit of money over the summer.

Car wash

Water and soap and some cars are all you need to make a little money. You can have fun with your friends in the summer heat and make some cash. Car washers can make anywhere from $1025 per wash.

Dog walking/grooming

As long as you’re not afraid of pets and getting a little wet you should be fine. Pet walkers can make anywhere from $20-40 per job.


School is probably the last thing anyone wants to think about over summer, but if you don’t have a problem thinking a bit you can really help someone who needs to study.

Take online polls

Online sites are paying people five to ten dollars per poll, on products that the consumers like.

Summer camp counselor

Have some fun in the great outdoors. If you have responsibility and can look after kids, you should know that summer camps pay their counselors anywhere from $300-500 a week.

Yard sale

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Take those old items that are not used anymore and sell them. Odds are someone will buy them.


Kids don’t always bite if you can keep a few little ones under control you can make $5-10 an hour.


Ups and downs of interviews revealed eyes, occasional fidgets, muted speaking voices and frequent ‘I don’t know’ responses. If you have been interviewed before, then perhaps you are experienced in the art of pre-interview, duringinterview, or even postinterview freak-outs. Maybe you can even call it your forte. But when it all boils down to it, is there really any reason to fear? Junior Ian Stoddard has been interviewed a total of four times and is certain of his opinion on the matter. “There’s really nothing to be nervous about,” Stoddard said. “You just talk about what the people ask you and if you’re yourself, you shouldn’t care what people think [of your responses].” First-time interWHAT’S UP?: Staff reporter Alyssa Sabatel interviews junior viewee freshman Holly Cheyenne Adamonis. You too might someday be interviewed. Schwartz also had posPhoto by Alexa Bailey sible critics in mind. “Fear that the interviewer doesn’t feel Alexa Bailey Staff Reporter the same way you do or that the people It can be said that the average student reading the article don’t feel the way you reporter is able to automatically recog- do [could cause nerves],” Schwartz said. nize the signs of a nervous interviewee “But there are people who agree with during an interview. you.” The tip-offs are present in uncertain Freshman Maram Sweis was not nerexits from classrooms, wanting to know vous during her interview, which was her right off what the interview is for, shifty first, but she could imagine why some

people tend to be hesitant to relax. “Because they’re put on the spot,” Sweis said. But, reporter to interviewees, there are ways to avoid an interview-induced panic attack despite any anxieties. The first is to keep in mind that interviews are a positive thing. Schwartz supports this state of mind. “You get to tell people what you believe, [and they] see how you feel about things; they get to see through your eyes,” Schwartz said. “So it’s kind of an honor that you want to interview me.” The second is to know that you can share the first thing that comes to mind in response to a question. There’s no reason to worry about how your answer will be received. This is because no matter what you say, the Mustang Express will present your opinion in the best way possible. Your quotes are safe with the staff. Sweis agrees with this thought. “Just tell the person who’s interviewing you the truth,” Sweis said. Honest quotes are important, even if it takes a few minutes of thinking for lack of an immediate response. Don’t feel rushed to answer and don’t feel put on the spot. Plus, taking part in interviews has extra advantages to make it a positive experience. “It gets you out of class,” Stoddard said. Overall, Schwartz says that interviews shouldn’t be striking up such negative reactions within students. “As a whole, I don’t think you should be nervous at all,” Schwartz said. “There’s nothing to worry about. It’s fun.”

“I think every student gets a teacher sometime in their education that makes an immediate impact on their lives. Mrs Roschke... has had more influence on me than any other teacher has had in my life.” - Braden Taylor

“Throughout the years, [Mrs. Roschke] has encouraged each of her students to develop a strong character and a persistent work ethic.” - Caleb Hutchison

Journalism teacher leaves SMHS to pursue PhD, teach class at ASU Newspaper and Yearbook adviser Kristy Roschke won’t be returning to Sunrise next year as she is pursuing her PhD and teaching at ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She has inspired us all in ways unthinkable and we would just like to thank her.

“Mrs. Roschke has been the biggest inspiration for me, both as a person and as a journalist. She has taught me everything I know.” -Adrienne Sebade

“Mrs. Roschke has been an inspiration to me and she is the reason I keep coming back to take yearbook.” -Alexis Hansen

“Over the last four years, Mrs. Roshcke has not only been a teacher to me, but also a role model and a friend. She has inspired me to do my best and never settle for less than I deserve. I cannot thank her enough for the impact she has had on me.”

“The inside jokes will never die, the traditions will never falter, the family will never break apart... Thank you, Mrs. Roschke. You have truly changed my life.” -Amy Radosevich

“Mrs. Roschke... has taught me to try new things and explore every aspect of the world... She gives each and every one of her students someone to look up to.” -Alex Curtis

“Mrs. Roschke brings energy and spontaneity to the yearbook and the newspaper. She’s always ready to teach us something new or enlighten us with stories from her life.” -Nikita Satapathy

“Even though I haven’t really known her that long, she’s been a role model, not just as a journalist, but as a person.” - Sarah Gilmour

“Mrs. Roschke gave me a different perspective on everything and I’ll definitely miss her.” - Haylie Konakis

“Mrs. Roschke... is truly one of the greatest teachers at Sunrise.” -Emily Bridgewater

Santa Cruz will be attending the California Institute of the Arts, popularly known as CalArts. Here, he will be pursuing his education in the film industry. Media teacher Bryce Budoff has high aspirations for Santa Cruz. “I will see him in the credits of a Pixar movie someday,” Mr. Budoff said. CalArts was Santa Cruz’s first choice when it came to deciding where to continue his education next year. However, he did not expect to be accepted his first

time applying considering the average undergraduate age is 21. “I was surprised when I got accepted,” Santa Cruz said. “There is only a 30% acceptance rate and most people only get in their second time.” Mr. Budoff applauds Santa Cruz on his acceptance into CalArts. “I’m very excited for him,” Mr. Budoff said. “It’s an awesome school and a tough one to get into.” Despite moving on to next year, Mr.

“When I came to Sunrise this year as a freshman, my passion was the culinary arts. Now with the help of Mrs. Roschke, I know becoming a journalist is my dream.” - Josh Yodice

“Mrs. Roschke has had an incredible impact on my life... I know Sunrise Mountain is going to miss Mrs. Roschke. But I’m really excited for her and wish her the best in her pursuit for a PhD.” -Anissa Saenz-Ochoa “Mrs. Roschke has made a huge impact on my life. I have learned so much from her, not only about journalism, but about life in general... Thanks, Mrs. Roschke for making these past 3 years spectacular!” - Kaylie Robinson We love you, Mrs. Roschke. To see more quotes or add your own, check the website,

Santa Cruz prepares to attend CalArts, chase his dream of career in film industry

Anissa Saenz-Ochoa Section Editor

Senior year is typically described as the year for students to get their acts together and decide on a career path. However, students may feel it is a grueling process to find the right school that fits them and to actually be accepted into that school. However, for students like senior Alex Santa Cruz, they have already been accepted into the school of their dreams.

Budoff remembers the impact Santa Cruz has had on other students at SMHS and all around the district. “He’s an inspiration,” Mr. Budoff said. “People look up to him for what he can do.” Santa Cruz is looking forward to beginning his future and moving on to bigger and better ventures. “I just really hope my name’s at the beginning of a movie someday,” Santa Cruz said.

The Spotlight



Students reminisce on past club memories Gilliene Yap Section Editor

STRIKE A POSE: DECA members celebrate after the DECA regional competition at Grand Canyon University Jan. 11. Sunrise was awarded the most medals for testing and overall. Photo submitted by Briana Ortega

With the school year coming to an end, seniors remember their memorable moments in clubs. Senior Erik Kausin has been in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) for four years. He is currently the president. “[My memorable event] is the dance at the state competition,” Kausin said. “It was a lot of fun having a good time with all my friends after all the hard work we’ve done.” Senior Zachary Paulson has been part of student council for a year and has enjoyed being part of Empty Bowls.

Alexa Bailey Staff Reporter

Rylee Layton Staff Reporter

Don’t let NHS applications blind side you! When next year’s slot for applications presents itself, be ready to fill out the packet and prove yourself a qualified candidate.

Seniors are always the “top dog”, the head of high school, so juniors want to do all they can to live up to the role of a senior. Each new generation of underclassmen believe the last year of high school will be the best. However, have students underestimated the pressure of a senior? “[I think so] because you have to find a college that you want to go to,” senior Ashlyn Balogh

“I was on the committee and it was my event,” Paulson said. “I became a lot more of a leader. You don’t become so self-conscious and afraid.” Senior Briana Ortega appreciates all the work she has learned through DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). She has been in office for two years being both vice president and president. “The club has taught me how to be professional,” Ortega said. “It taught me how to go about businesses with other people and [acquire] leader skills and personal development.” Kausin has had the chance to meet Daniel

Hernandez, the intern who saved Senator Gabrielle Giffords. “I met him at the state competitions last year,” Kausin said. “He’s really friendly.” Ortega describes a memorable and humorous event during her state competition. “At our regional competition, all the boys went to the thrift store and they all got clothes and 80’s suit jackets and sombrero hats,” Ortega said. Paulson adds how he has quickly bonded with his fellow members. “I will miss all the people in student council because we all became a family,” Paulson said.

said, “make sure that you’re ready to be on your own.” Even though there is the stress for college preparation, students feel senior year will be memorable. “I think it will be the best because it’ll be the last year and you get more electives,” junior Katie Rangel said. There are many ways to ensure that happens. Activities on campus create many opportunities for students to have fun.

“Senior year I will join more clubs and sports,” Rangel said. Pressure that a senior can undergo includes discovering the right college, finding time for fun memories, and making plans that set you up for the rest of your life (No Biggie!). “Juniors should start applying for scholarships and make sure to meet all the deadlines for college,” Balogh said. “Make the decision yourself and not based off what others tell you.”

How to be prepared for NHS Juniors prepare for senior year Here’s how in two simple steps:

1. Join a club! These school outlets are always open to

newcomers, and they’re easy to join, too. o DECA, Book Club, CCC, Science Club, TCG, Best Buddies and FCCLA

2. Get to work! There’s always time for community service, especially with summer so near.

o Adopt a street, volunteer at a local animal shelter, babysit for a family friend, volunteer at St. Mary’s Food Bank, mentor a student, volunteer at the Phoenix Art Museum, or tutor a neighbor.

What does the future hold.....

Students share their views on what they think their future will be Sydney Adamonis and Michaela Emrich Staff Reporters

Adam Kemp, Freshman

Ha-Kyoung, Freshman

Carly Dixon, Sophomore

“Definitely a career in music or film making. Writing music, maybe scores for future movies.”

“I see myself graduating from Harvard, and becoming a Pokémon master.”

“I see myself going to ASU and getting a business degree and then getting a family.”

Colton Ashcroft, Junior “I don’t know, probably something with ceramics and band.”

Mallory Dreiling, Junior

Ryan Linnerooth, Junior

George Teague, Senior

Rachael Hicks, Senior

“In my future I see myself happy and doing what I love.”

“I see next year being captain of the [volleyball] team and I really want to get to state this year. I’m going to really try to get a scholarship, they’re really hard to get, but I’ll try my hardest.”

“Teaching, probably, cello at a university somewhere in the east coast.”






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Friendships built to last a lifetime Natasha Hossain Editor-in-Cheif

With high school coming to a close, those who have grown up together are starting to part their separate ways and are remaining hopeful for the future. Seniors Briana Ortega, Ali Visbal and Kelsie Peck are just some among the numerous groups of friends that have been friends since elementary school. “Ali and I have known each other for what it seems like forever,” Ortega said. We are practically sisters and family. We’ve known each other since we were two because her grandma was my stay at home nanny and her aunt babysat me as well. We are more family than friends now since our families all know each other.” Different schedules, new friends and lack of time create obstacles for friendships but these three girls have found a way to keep together. “My motto for friendships has been those who matter won’t care and those who care won’t matter,” Ortega said. “I try my hardest to be a genuine friend

and in return I’m lucky enough to havehad amazing friends that have always accepted me for who I am and we’ve been together through thick and thin.” Peck has a similar, optimisitc view on sticking together. “We never let anything or anyone come between us,” Peck said. “I mean we’ve definitely had our moments but we can’t stay away from each other for too long.” Although Ortega will be attending ASU, Visbal at GCU and Peck moving to Florida in the fall, the three are set on making an effort to continue their friendship. “In the future I can’t predict what will happen,” Ortega said. “I pray we stay friends but I don’t think it will be difficult for us to do.” Visbal knows that the girls can make it work, no matter the distance. “Definitely skype, and we’re all addicted to texting so that will work well,” Visbal said. “And Bri is honestly family; there’s no way I can lose touch with her

even if I tried.” Ortega, Peck and Visbal have cherished their friendship through the years and encourage others to keep value in mind. “I always think in high school it’s

good to know who your true friends are because when in high school it may seem like girls can go through friends like clothes in style for the season,” Ortega said. “It’s better to have those few great friends than a lot of not so much.”

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Best and worst moments of high school Seniors experience freshman flashback Jessie O’Cheltree Staff Reporter

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E’Shai Williams Staff Reporter

Although seniors are prepared to graduate, most seniors will never forget that first feeling of attending high school as a frosh. The year is 2012 and the senior classes are counting down for graduation. It has been a crazy experience, and the smoke is starting to clear the air for senior Emily Hester. “High school went by too fast. “Hester said. “If I could go back and turn back time, I would study harder and treat people different.” Freshman year, 2008, seniors agree was a year of mixed emotions. Being introduced to high school was nerve-racking, terrifying; but for senior Brandon Washington, it was just another year of school. “I wasn’t nervous for high school, I really didn’t care,” Washington said. “To me it was a new school with new people to meet.”

Unlike Washington, senior Carson Flanders says he remembers being nervous entering high school; it was a whole new ball game for him. “I was nervous, like I didn’t know what to expect, “Flanders said. “I’m a shy person and seeing older kids intimidated me, but somehow I made a way.” Senior David Mcneary says freshman year was not a year he wants to remember. “Freshman year, I didn’t know anyone,” Mcneary said. The fact that I didn’t grow up around here because I went to school in Phoenix, freshman year was intimidating. But in the back of my mind I knew it could only get better from here.” According to CBS Philly, one in four students in public schools drop out before high school graduation. Senior Ashley Warda says the first few weeks were hard to adjust to, and now that she got through it, it was all worth it and she does not plan on stopping after high school.

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To whom it may concern: a letter to all the freshmen

Carolyn Corcoran Staff Reporter

John Mayer captured the thoughts of countless high schools students when his song “No Such Thing” released in February of 2002. In three minutes and fifty-one seconds, Mayer captured the heart and soul of teen angst. Since 2002, the same teenagers who once listened to Mayer croon from the back of their beat-up Ford Taurus’ have since graduated from high school. They too will be returning to their high school for their ten year reunion this year. However, some would not agree with Mayer’s previous line, “there’s no such thing as the real world.” “Thinking like a teenager, I can’t imagine how

distracting it may be,” certified life coach and motivational speaker Sue Swick said in a phone interview. This so-called “real world” is not defined by your height, weight, race, number of Facebook friends or even the show called “Real World”. The real world is defined simply by who you are as a person. “[Ask yourself] what do I want in my life?” Swick said. “What do I want to feel? What do I want to be?” Being a freshman, you were handed more than a new school this year. You got the opportunity to create a better image of yourself. In other words, it was time to grow up. “I would describe it [freshman year] as really different, especially from eighth grade,” freshman Sierra Hiddleson said. “I like it a lot better because there is a lot more freedom. You get to do what you want to do [as] opposed to getting told what you get to do.” The excuses you once used in elementary school

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will get you far enough. Sure, you may pass your classes. Forget to do an assignment? Try harder next time. Get a bad grade on a test? Well, you tried your hardest. No. No. NO. You didn’t, did you? “[We have difficulty] not staying true to ourselves,” Swick said. “Then we have these regrets subconsciously. We allow others to affect our lives. But, we have the right to choose [and make decisions].” School and society will both hold you to a standard which you should be above and far beyond. A standard is a standard because it is the norm. Average. Nobody goes around saying, “Hey, I feel like being average today.” So, try harder. Create a better life and a better world. Push through. It is okay to cry sometimes. “We all have the power,” Swick said. “We have to choose what we want

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in our lives. It’s about choice. [What I have learned is that] we have to focus on what we want, not what we don’t want. We have our mind and we have our heart.” Life exists beyond the city limits of Peoria. Do not limit yourself, leave that to somebody else. But, always remember to have balance in your life. I do not mean balance your Xbox controller on your knees while trying to text. I am talking about taking the initiative.

“Be more active in everything, maybe like a sport or something,” freshman Emily Mun said. If you walk in somewhere and they ask you if you want “the usual”, walk out. It is time for some change, but not just changing from Dr. Pepper to Diet Dr. Pepper. “We want to be present,” Swick said. “It’s kind of an art. Am I in the present moment? Instead of thinking about me [myself], [we must] make

sure we pay attention.” But seriously, change up your life a little. Take a different route to class tomorrow. On your way, look at people’s faces instead of looking down. Your freshman year is almost over, but your life isn’t. Smile when you are happy. Frown when you are sad. “Take a couple of minutes for yourself in the morning,” Swick said. “Pray, meditate, whatever you want to call it, but take the time for yourself.”

It is possible to have one opinion, respect an opposite opinion

Braden Taylor Page Designer

When humans go through life, they find out what they like and dislike. They find things they disagree with and things that they agree with. Throughout life humans have different views on things: that’s their opinions.

Sometimes people with opposing opinions meet and those altercations can be very scary and even embarrassing for both bystanders and those involved. On Friday, April 13, at a high school journalism convention in Seattle, there was a keynote speaker named Dan Savage who spoke on a topic that can be very opinionated. Savage spoke to the couple thousand of high school journalists on the touchy subject of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer teenagers. The sexuality of a person has been the issue of many debates and while some

OUTSPOKEN: Dan Savage speaks to high school journalists at the NSPA journalism convention in Seattle, Wash. Photo by: Rebecca Wood

people approve of LGBTQ, others do not think it is right. Savage spoke about the trials that LGBTQ teenagers go through

and how some of the persecution came from those of religious backgrounds. He criticized the Bible, basically saying, with

some choice words, it was wrong about sexuality. People both disagreed and agreed with what Savage said about LGBTQ teenagers and the Bible and it was noticeable. Within the audience, when he began to bash on religion, some students began applauding, while other students walked out. Even an entire school group walked out on Savage’s speech, not looking back. Now, not everyone who did not agree with all of what Savage had to say left. I know this because I was one of them. We sat in our seats with everyone else who remained and lis-

tened. We did not protest or leave and maybe that is because we were scared of what our peers would say or maybe we realized that listening to another opinion might be hard, but it won’t kill us. It is time for people to realize that their own opinions matter, but not to the level where they cannot be open to an opinion that is different. Actually listening to a different opinion can only do one of two things: your view can be changed or it will have no affect to you. Open an ear. Actually pay attention to what people have to say. There is no harm in hearing another

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y gay marriage hould, should not be accepted h W s Samie Galindo Staff Reporter

Gay marriage has been a trending topic for many generations; the fact that two of the same genders would like to marry each other causes a disruption within society. Who you choose to marry is your choice no one else’s. You may be marrying the same gender, but how does that affect others ? It clearly doesn’t. Love is something you share with someone special, it’s no one’s right to tell a gay couple differently. You are the one person who decides what life you want to live and who you choose to live it with even if that means with someone who is the same gender as you. You are in charge of your own life no one else can make your personal choices for you.

According to Gay Marriage ProCon “As of March 1, 2012, gay marriage has been legalized in 8 U.S. states. Proponents argue that the same sex couples should have the access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment as heterosexual couples do.” As a society we say we have the same rights. If this is true, then why is it such a big conspiracy to allow gay marriage in our states? People deserve rights as others and everyone should understand that. You cannot take away something that may not necessarily concern you. It is against some religion but we all may not agree on certain religions. As a society, we do not make a conspiracy about it. Gay marriage should be legal because it has no harm to others and could help in our society that we live in today. Gays are just people who think differently in genders. They shouldn’t be treated unfairly for the decision that they make that doesn’t even concern us in any way. We can try and try to find many negatives about not allowing gay marriage, but at the end of the day they won’t change who they are or who they love because of someone’s opinion. They will still try no matter what to get what they deserve. We shouldn’t be concerned about what they want to do in their life.

“Love is something you share with someone special, it’s no one’s right to tell a gay couple differently.”

Alex Stephens Staff Reporter

Times are changing. You’ve probably heard that phrase from someone—or at least, you have now. And they are; technology is greater than ever, customs are changing, many morals are dying. Take for example, marriage. Marriage in the U.S. has always been between man and woman. What about gay marriage though—should two people of the same gender be allowed marriage? I say no. Contrary to popular belief, research has not yet concluded whether or not sexual orientation is genetic, so one cannot conclusively state that he or she was born gay. And take basic logic: man is a rational animal—we can make our own choices. Even if animals are gay, they are ruled by instinct; man thinks for himself. One

can consciously decide sexual preference. Moreover, even as the world disregards the traditional family as important, shown by increasing divorce and single-parenthood, research organization MDRC says that children who grow up with both mother and father present are more likely to get a job and less likely to go to jail. Legalizing gay marriage would even more discount the family as important. Not only that, children fostered by gays would lack one gender of parent, which is also shown to negatively affect development. I presume to say that the traditional family would become archaic, and future generations would be even more messed up than they are now. Another argument for gay marriage is that of hospitalization or inheritance problems. Gays don’t have to marry to fix this: rather than marry, homosexual couples only need to sign papers ahead of time to allow their partner to visit them in the hospital or make medical decisions as a family member in case of emergency, and if a homosexual involved in a relationship wants to leave their partner their possessions, they need only write a will. Ultimately, legalizing gay marriage would reorder society for the worse; in reality, if two gays love each other so much, they can take other means to ensure the benefits of marriage.

“...the world disregards the traditional family as important...”

Journalism students live on edge at NSPA conference

Alex Curtis Advertising Manager

On April 12, 2012, 14 other dedicated journalism students and I departed for Seattle, Wash. to attend the NSPA journalism convention, Journalism on the

Edge. The convention consisted of various learning sessions for all aspects of journalism. As a group we decided to go with the common goal of bettering ourselves as journalists by learning from experts around the country and, of course, seeing one of the landmark cities in the U.S. and what it has to offer. We all knew going into this trip that not only would we get the opportunity to learn from new people, but we would have the experience of traveling somewhere new and learning the way that another city works. As for myself, I had the same reasons for going as everyone else in the group, but with a couple personal goals in mind.

For me, part of it was to learn from others new tricks and tips about journalism. The rest was something I find to be of much greater value. Traveling to a new city, where everything is fast-paced, loud and exciting is something I believe that everyone should experience. The trip to Seattle, for me, taught me that just by going to a different state, you can learn more in one day by walking around than one would learn by reading a text book. During our free time at the convention, we were able to visit the first Starbucks, the Space Needle, the world famous Pikes Place Fish Market and various other attractions that only the city of Seattle has to offer. The conference consisted of numerous

sessions that covered all areas of journalism such as photo editing, design, how to run a newsroom, the dos and don’ts of story writing and much more. Followed by classes were keynote speakers, Jennifer Sizemore and Dan Savage. Sizemore, a member of the MSNBC website editorial staff, gave her insight on journalism and her techniques on how to get people to read your story over another’s. On the other hand, motivational speaker Savage stunned the room of over a thousand students with his “It Gets Better” project that promotes putting a halt on bullying gay people around the world. Seattle was an eye opening experience for every student who attended in areas of both journalism and real life lessons.

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Top 5 affordable summer destinations Adrienne Sebade Staff Reporter

Summer is fast approaching and while there are plenty of interesting things to do here at home, getting away from the heat might seem like a good idea. So get off the couch, turn off the Disney movie marathon and get out of the house. Don’t know where to go? Here is a list of the cheapest places to travel to this summer:

Las Vegas, Nevada- There is plenty to do even if you cannot gamble. There are lots of shows to see, like Treasure Island. Photo: Jimmy Wayne/Flickr

Austin, Texas- Public pools offer cool relief after a day in the heat. For the young ones, there is the Austin Children’s Museum. Photo: Shane Pope/Flickr

New Orleans, Louisiana- Those Raging Cajuns know how to show you a good time. There are lots of good food choices and fun places to experience while away in New Orleans. Photo: La Citta Vita/Flickr

Dallas, Texas- Visit the Dallas Zoo and experience many exotic animals that we do not have here. Photo: Pqan/Flickr

Orlando, Florida- Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. Need I say more? Photo: Ross Hawkes/Flickr

“The Lucky One” impresses fans of Nicholas Sparks Students get hyped up for summer plans Janie Schutte Staff Reporter

Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-film adaption, The Lucky One, premiered in theatres on April 20. Logan Thibault is a U.S. Marine Sergeant seeking out the woman he believes saved his life during one of his tours in Iraq. During the war, he comes across a photo that he thinks is his good luck charm. Whenever Logan has the photo in his possession, he appears to stay out of harms’ way while fighting in the Iraq war. Logan comes to find Beth Green, played by Taylor Schilling, on his journey as he walks with his German Shepard, Zeus, from Colorado to North Carolina. He hopes to thank Beth for saving his life, instead meeting the challenges that come along with one’s true destiny. There is so much more to this movie than watching it for Zac Efron. The emotion put into the roles

of each character is highly impressive, especially Zac Efron’s portrayal of Logan Thibault. Every actor and actress in this movie stayed true to their role. Nana (Ellie Green), played by Blythe Danner, is as impressive as Meryl Streep. Danner helped give this emotional film a comedic touch, which is nice to include with such a touching story line. Schilling was nothing short of amazing, as someone not widely known in the spotlight like Efron is. She shines in her role as Beth, a woman facing her past challenges and new ones as she discovers why Logan truly walked to North Carolina. Actor Riley Thomas Stewart starred as Ben, Beth’s son from her past marriage with Keith Clayton (Jay R. Ferguson). Riley played Ben very true to the character from the novel. He definitely has no difficulty in making audiences members smile and laugh throughout the course

of the movie. Though all of the acting in this movie is impressive, Jay R. Ferguson brought the sheriffwith-a-bad-attitude to life. The only negative thing to share about this movie is definitely the audience. When the previews ask that movie-goers, “please do not talk during the movie,” follow the rule and do not ruin it for other people trying to enjoy the movie. There is not a valid reason to have full-on conversations. We want to hear the movie dialogue, not about how gorgeous Zac Efron’s eyes are. Also, do not bring younger children to a movie like this. No one needs to hear your child screaming bloody murder during the most emotional scene of the movie. The Lucky One should be seen not only by people who read the novel but people looking for a heartfelt, beautifully-made romantic movie.

Brooke Schattner Staff Reporter

Summer. A time where you’re free to let loose, go wild and do what you want. A time where you are off the clock, free to sleep in, stay up late and go crazy with friends. Sweet summertime; the only thing that keeps students functioning through two hectic semesters. The incentive kids so definitely deserve. Summer is upon us, school is coming to an end, and students are anxious for their summer of 2012 to begin. Sophomore Jayme Flamm revealed her summer plans. “I’m going to Minnesota for a month, and I’m going to Mall of America,” Flamm said. “I’m going to ride all the rides in Nickolodeon Universe too.

I’m also going to my cabin to ride Jet Ski’s because I get my Jet Ski license. Junior Christian Cura also has plans to travel over the summer. “I’m going on an RV trip to the East Coast, across the Midwest, to Maryland or Maine,” Cura said. Cura also plans to put his surplus of free time toward something useful. “I also plan to do a lot of volunteer work, and I’ll be preparing for college as well,” Cura said. “Not to mention finding and getting a job.” Sophomore Tyler Swanson also has exciting plans for the upcoming summer. “I’m going to soccer camp as well as going to Cancun, Mexico,” Swanson said. “I think summer is for going wild. I like to party and hang out with my friends.” Senior Idara Ekpoh

also has big summer plans for her last summer as a high schooler. “I plan to either go to California or New York,” Ekpoh said. “I want do some traveling and have some fun before college…before it’s all taken away from me.” Ekpoh revealed what she thinks school and summer are all about. “I think the overall aspect of no school [is my favorite part of summer]”, Ekpoh said. “It’s just a time to let go and have fun.” Cura gave his summer philosophy. “Relax, hang out with friends, whatever you want to do, you’re free to just do it,” Cura said.

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Summer brings new fashion trends Gabriela Barge Staff Reporter

LisaMarie Martin, 11 Normally Wears: Shorts, tank tops Favorite Summer Fashion Item: Shoes Favorite Accessory: Rings Newest Fashion: “I think hats are super big right now.” Favorite Newest Fashion: Hats Hates: “I hate wearing shirts that you can see sweat in.” Loves: “You can kinda pull anything off. You don’t really have to have a style. It’s kinda just you.”

Tim Nichols, 12 Normally Wears: Vnecks, bright colors Favorite Summer Fashion Item: “The [Bermuda] shorts. They’re different. I like to stand out.” Favorite Accessory: Sunglasses, bracelets, long necklaces Newest Fashion: Bermuda shorts Favorite Newest Fashion Item: Toms Hates: “I hate how people wear colors that don’t match.” Loves: “I like that it feels like you’re on the beach. You just feel comfortable.”

Wishes She Could Wear: Boots, jackets Wishes He Could Wear: Jeans

Alexis Moore, 11

Taylor Styles, 11

Normally Wears: “Usually dresses, shorts… anything light. Something you can just throw on and walk out the door.”

Normally Wears: Tank tops

Favorite Summer Fashion Item: Fedoras Favorite Accessory: Earrings Newest Fashion: Long dresses and high-waisted shorts Favorite Newest Fashion: Long dresses Hates: “You’re limited to what you can wear. It’s just too hot.”

Favorite Summer Fashion Item: “Tank tops because you can get tan.” Favorite Accessory: Earrings Newest Fashion: Shants Hates: Too-short shorts Loves: Shorts Wishes He Could Wear: Shants

Loves: “You can wear whatever you want. You can show off skin. You’re free to do what you want.” Wishes She Could Wear: Military combat boots Photos by Gabriela Barge

Disney channel no longer teaching children Janie Schutte Staff Reporter

Mickey Mouse is in the past because Disney Channel has changed what broadcasts to children and teens everywhere. The topic of television is popular amongst all 90s kids, as we hope to bring back the TV shows that once had meaning. A few popular shows from the 90s-2000s that were enjoyable for children and teens include: Lizzie McGuire; That’s So Raven; Boy Meets World; Sister, Sister; Madeline; Rolie Polie Olie; Out of the Box; House of Mouse and

Wizards of Waverly Place. What do all of these Disney Channel shows from the past now have in common? They all taught viewers a lesson. Disney Channel shows that have taken place of these classics include: Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, A.N.T. Farm, Fish Hooks, Phineas and Ferb and Jessie. This is nothing in comparison to all of the shows airing from 90s and the 2000s era. There were more shows and options for Disney Channel viewers. Technology has become such an important aspect in this generation, so should it not be important for television shows to teach something to those watching?

Each, if not all, of these shows say things that are not appropriate for a child’s eye. For example, one of the COOP kids recently said, “I lost my swagger.” It was funny, but guess where the child learned this? The one and only, Disney Channel. The children of this generation do not understand what they are gaining back from all of the television hours. They should be playing outside and learning new things, not staring at mindless television that has a negative influence. I personally cannot tune into Disney Channel anymore without feeling like I am losing brain cells. Though I feel lucky

that I have actually learned something from the old television shows, it would be nice to see future generations take something back beside negative dialogue and slang. For goodness sakes, even the goofy goober Spongebob Squarepants, is teaching children how to keep their environment clean. When I remember turning on my TV to channel 35, I did not ever roll my eyes or complain out loud about how stupid it all was. Walt Disney created such a magical world with his creations such as Mickey Mouse. I can only dream that one day they will bring back the real Disney that would make Walt proud.

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Five events that shaped 2011-2012: Worldwide current events to be remembered Bayan Abubakr Staff Reporter

As the school year draws to a close, it seems as if the time has come to reflect on the chaotic year. From the Arab Spring to the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, these past ten months have equally shaped the way we all think and live the way we do.

February 6: This day marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II ascent to the English throne. Although this remarkable day might not seem so remarkable to some, it shows the shift in this world’s history. A couple hundred years ago, you would have been labeled blasphemous if you believed a sole woman could effectively rule 16 different developed nations. To this very day, Queen Elizabeth remains perched on her throne.


Trending topics of #SMHS

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Possible budget cuts to public schools

Mr. Faulkner’s new district job

From Facebook to Twitter, Sunrise Mountain has left its imprint. Like most things that the Internet allows, there is a freedom to choose your stand on the 2011-2012 school year’s most trending topics. #topnine Amber Ellison Staff Reporter Maddie Riddick Staff Reporter

October 20: At the height of Libyan rebellion, Libyan rebels held captive none other than Muammar Gadhafi, their intent to murder him. Shortly after their capture, NTC fighters found the group and took Gadhafi prisoner. Soon afterward, the erratic Colonel was brutally shot. His death was videotaped on numerous cellphones, and his humiliation was showcased across the world. His death not only brought peace to the Libyans, but also proved how effective the Libyan rebellion truly was.

What’s coming up?

Mr. Nunez’s resignation


October 31: Although this day is commonly referred to as Halloween, the UN granted the 31st of October a new title. Our population reached the seven billion mark, therefore marking 10/31 the ‘Day of Seven Billion’. This noteworthy day not only brought along the seventh billion person, but a plethora of issues that our world will soon welcome. To face these upcoming issues, seven billion actions were created, designed to help spread global awareness of the issues associated with a world with seven billion people.

September 17: Occupy Wall Street was probably the biggest major event that solely effected Americans. Located in New York City, Occupy Wall Street challenged our inept social ways. Initiated by a Canadian activist group, this movement protested social and economic inequality, corruption, and the influence of corporations on the government. The main goal of the protest was to equalize social status, and to distribute income on a balanced scale. To this day, the protests continue.

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July 27-August 12: Summer Olympics in London Nov. 6: Presidential Election Late Nov.-Early Dec.: Col. Chris Hadfield will be launched into space, being the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station Dec. 21: The end of the world (based on the Mayan calendar)

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April 13: Bright/Lode star, a North Korean Earth observation satellite, supposedly intended for weather purposes but in Western eyes meant to be a veiled missile test exploded exactly 90 seconds after its launch, the US was fearful of the potential North Korea carried, so when they decided to launch the observation satellite, it was no surprise the United States reacted with fear and worry. Albeit the rocket failed to launch, and landed in the Yellow Sea.

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