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The Student Newsmagazine of Timberline High School

Volume X, Issue 5 • March 5, 2010

Marijuana: bringing the facts to light. See story on pages 13-15

Sink bandit! Still on the loose


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Don’t be late

Tonight is an important date


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1,2,3 strikes you’re out Blazers’ 3-headed pitching staff


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Saturday the 6th: Tolo Vegas Nights Doors open at 7 p.m.


Friday the 12th: Dinner theater event hosted at THS. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Saturday the 13th: Find Your Future 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Career Fair at THS

Diva: Basketball representatives Alec Beal, Casey Sutton, and Kevin Russel break it down with the “Blazer Gals” Lurenna Reetz and Cassie Lucore during a pep assembly on Feb. 12. Both basketball teams were game victors the following week.



Sunday the 14th: Daylight savings. Move clocks AHEAD one hour at 2 a.m.


Wednesday the 17th: St. Patrick’s Day


Thursday the 25th: No School Conferences


Friday the 26th: No School Conferences

By Staff Writer Shandra Clark

Tolo tomorrow tonight Tolo will be held tomorrow night in the commons. It has been a tradition at Timberline for many years. This event is the dance teams’ largest fundraiser of the year. Money raised goes toward entrance fees for competitions, and the buses that get them there. The theme of Tolo this year is “Vegas Nights” which was selected by a recent student poll. “The second choice was ‘Nights in NikeTown’,” said senior LuRenna Reetz. “I don’t even know how you would decorate LuRenna Reetz, for that!” senior “We have a lot of fun putting it on,” said Reetz. “And the fundraiser part is cool.”

FBLA lends Haiti a hand The FBLA coordinated a shoe drive for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti in February. The idea to collect shoes came from a woman

named Molly, a Bellarmine graduate. Molly worked with the underprivileged in Haiti before the earthquake by collecting gently-used shoes for people who could not afford them. Unfortunately, she was killed when the Haiti earthquake hit. When the FBLA heard about her death, the club decided to carry on her legacy. “When we heard about her death,” said senior Shelby Collins, “we decided to carry on her cause. But Shelby Collins, we’re also hoping senior for monetary donations to send to the Red Cross.” Collins is the current FBLA vice president. By the time the FBLA heard of this, the deadline had almost passed, but they did manage to collect over 70 pairs of shoes for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

Find Your Future On March 13, Timberline will host Find Your Future!, a college and career fair designed to show kids not only college options, but vocational ones, as well. “It’s similar to a college fair, but there is representation of many more careers,” said counselor Carolyn St. John. “There’s a really wide range of things for people to pick from. I’ve had kids come up to me and tell me they’ve found an option they’d never have

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thought of before.” This will be the first year that Timberline will host the event; it is typically hosted at North Thurston. The fair will be open to residents of Thurston County, for students in 8th-12th grade and their parents, who can learn how to assist their students with evaluating career options, choosing a college, financing their continued education or training, and other post-high school opportunities.

Choir goes to state On Saturday, February 19, the Timberline Symphonic and Chamber choirs both received “Superior” grades at a district competition. Both choirs went to a regional contest on March 4 at Capital High School. “Our main competitor was probably Olympia high school” said junior Briana Welsh- a two year Chamber Choir veteran. “We are not technically competing,” Briana Welsh, said senior Elizabeth junior Jetton, “but it is nice to know that we’re better than everybody else.” The event was not necessarily supposed to be a competition; rather, it was a venue in which the choirs can be critiqued on their singing and learn what needs to be improved.

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n a dark and stormy night in the girls’ bathroom by the concession stand at Timberline High School, injustice was stirring. Drips echoed out of the five pipes protruding from the glossy green and eggshell colored wall: the place where a sink once stood. Now the remnants stand as a reminder of the missing fourth sink. The sink was reported missing in November. Freshman Christa Jefferson said, “I pointed it out to my friend because I didn’t think she noticed it and she was like, ‘where’d it go?’” There has been much speculation as to where this sink seemingly vanished to, and why it has not yet been replaced. Some believe this indicates a larger conspiracy, perhaps even the involvement of notorious local porcelain traffickers. “I think the water basin bandit had good intentions,” said junior Alyssa Thrasher, adding that “we have too many sinks in this world anyway.” Thrasher avoided further questioning, defensively stating that she had said too much already. Junior Jenny Leyva agreed. “Someone who needed a sink decided to take it home. Maybe they were dirty or something.” Amateur detectives (and Timberline freshmen) Molley Gillispie and Stephanie Teeters revealed a theory which as of this printing remains unconfirmed. They felt that the thief’s family may be going through tough economic times

and needed to pawn something. It’s how they’re putting food on the table. These are, after all, nice sinks. “You know, new school, new sinks,” said Gillispie. Senior Shelby Collins denied the idea of a thief at all, guessing that “they [the janitors] just took it out because it was leaky.” An alternative idea provided by senior Bailey Labonte said, “It might be a prank and someone wants to get on that MTV show about senior pranks.” No matter what happened to the fourth sink in the bathroom, it is an eyesore for visitors and the users of the bathroom. “If they don’t replace it, it will make us look cheap because that’s where the visitors go during games and stuff. I noticed it was gone at a game because I don’t normally go in that bathroom,” said junior Nesley Bravo. “People might think it [Timberline] is not as new or nice as we make it out to be,” said senior Erica Barron. There are others who have not noticed that the sink vanished. This includes principal Dave Lehnis who said, “No, I didn’t know it was gone. I don’t go into the girls’ bathroom very often.” According to the

school’s janitors, the sink was removed from the wall because it had been pulled away from the wall about an inch. The operations coordinator Kathleen Kapun said, “They had to remove it so that it wouldn’t be a hazard because if it was pulled off the wall and a pipe broke, there would be a flood.” The sink was removed by our school’s plumber and because it is still on the warranty, the contractor was notified to come replace the sink. This was brought to the contractor’s attention on Dec. 2, 2009. “Once [the contractors] are paid and gone, it’s hard to get them back because they’re on to the next job,” said a district maintenance technician. Still broken for the time being, the pipes have no running water to them and provide a conversation piece for users of the restroom.

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By Staff Writer Annah Pritchett


he commerical is familiar. A clip of five or ten camouflaged men and women, tromping through mud, crouching in trenches, carrying a lost child. The song in the background is strong and inspiring. The soldiers wear a face of intense bravery. When the video is over, the slogan GoArmy reads at the bottom of the screen, and then the advertisement is over, and it is business as usual. This commercial speaks of sophomore Toni Ramsay’s reality. Ramsay started at Timberline at the beginning of this year, her previous home in Virginia. “It’s really hard when you build up friends and then you leave, and then coming to a new school, and not knowing anybody; I have moved 13 times,” Ramsay said. Xavier Evans, sophomore, has lived in South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, and two parts of Germany. “It seems like as soon as you get your last piece of furniture down, you’re outta there.” Nomads: Pictured above are just a few of Timberline’s many students who are from military families. Moving comes with the territory for children in military families, especially the families that The amount of military in the school is largely because of the Timberline students, its influence can be very positive. “You get to see other sides of the world, you get to travel,” have relatives in higher ranks. A large reason behind all the proximity to Fort Lewis, a military base near Tacoma. said junior Jessica Maldanado, who has lived in places rangTimberline refers many students to www.militaryonemoving that these families have to go through is because paring from Texas to Germany., to support their specific needs. On this website ents are about to get deployed. Ramsay added “The best parts, I’d say are the benefits. students can talk to a consultant, read articles about anything Evans is a self proclaimed “Army Brat,” his father has been Like insurance, on base you get all these discounts. I think at military, receive books and videos, they can even get help deployed in Iraq for the past 11 months. “It’s just another job Footlocker and Charolette Russe you get discounts too.” with their taxes. until they get deployed, then it’s serious, its life and death.” While there are many students that are not interested in Last year, a survey was held in second period classes askEvans said. pursuing a career as a soldier specifically because they have ing students about their relation to the military. From there, Before deployment, soldiers leave for periods of time for seen what happens within their own families, Maldinado is the counseling staff decided what they could do to help these training and preparation. Evans reports that this preliminary interested in the long run, therefore pursuing a career in the students in the future. time of separation made it easier to say goodbye to his father, Airforce. “I think people are more successful after being in The result of this survey was David Callies, a psychologist and manage life without him. the military, their employers will give them more opportuniwho received a grant from the North Thurston Public School Life without a parent is no picnic. “Now, being in a military ties.” district to come to River Ridge, North Thurston, and Timfamily is 70 percent of what I think about,” said Ramsay. “It’s It is a rare breed, this military brat, always on the move, berline to hold an eight week support group for students in everything we talk about, schools, houses, wills...” learning to be diverse and adapt. But these students have military families. Based on a classroom survey, one out of every six stumade it work. They arrive, make new friends, possibly learn While the military has a considerable impact on the lives of dents has a parent in the military at Timberline high school.



Sophomore Toni Ramsay has been a part of a military familiy since she was born. Ramsay let The Blazer in on what she missed most from her several homes.

1.Tennessee (being with step sister) 2. Virginia (the parties) 3. Kentucky (being with step sister) 4. Georgia (Sonic burgers) 5. Hawaii (the beach) 6. Washington (My boyfriend) 7. Idaho (not looking forward to it)

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Blazers help those in need by giving up their life source: blood. Timberline’s annual blood drive continues to preserve life. By Staff Writer TasiAna Babauta


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Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people.

n March 10 and 11 students will be able to participate in Timberline’s annual blood drive. Students over the age of eighteen and those who donated blood the previous year will receive a notification soon that there is another opportunity. According to Shareece Deleon, a member of the leadership committee coordinating the blood drive, Timberline has been the number one blood donor in the district for years. The blood drive began with the Timberline science department over 25 years ago. When Pat Geiger, activities coordinator and leadership teacher, let the leadership class organize the blood drive. The urge to donate blood is a curious one; different students have different motivations. For Brandon Meyer, a senior, it is simple, “[I donated blood] because I felt like it, [and I will donate blood again] because I feel like it.” For others it takes a deeper reason. Ashley Hanson, a junior, had a heart condition called SVT, medically called supraventricular tachycardia, and she once received a blood transfusion while she was in surgery. “I had an extra fiber in the chamber of my heart. [It’s a] very minor but new surgery,” said Hanson. Hanson added, “I am very used to [needles]. I’ve had a lot of needles in me in the past.” Hanson felt like she helped the world and accomplished something after last year’s blood drive. Hanson recommends that students go out and donate blood, too. Students 16 and 17 may donate blood if they weigh over 110 pounds, and have a parental consent form signed. Once 18, students may donate blood without parental consent. Jordan Nylander, a sophomore, intends to donate for the first time this year. “I’m 16, and figured since I’m able to I might as well. This is making a difference for people needing blood,” said Nylander. Nylander’s sister has donated blood before and shared her experience with him. She warned him that there are side effects like lightheadedness but nothing too serious.

More than 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many will need blood during their chemotherapy treatment. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. Less than 38 percent of the U.S.’s population can donate blood.

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Nylander has an easy-going perspective on blood donation, “It’ll be over quick. It’ll be less pain than people receiving blood. I mean it’s just blood, right?” On the other hand there are Timberline students who will not or cannot give blood. Amber Ballweber, a freshman, is one who will not donate blood. “No, I wouldn’t donate blood ever, I’m scared of needles.” Even when Ballweber gets a shot it’s a struggle. Ballweber’s mother has to tell her to close her eyes and look the other way. Candice Orm, a senior, experienced these needle difficulties during Timberline’s blood drive last year. “They did it in one arm and then the other because they missed the first time,” said Orm, but the frustration didn’t last long. “Ultimately it was for a good cause.” Jaroslav Bilek, a senior and foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic, is one Timberline student who cannot donate blood. Bilek was invited to go to the blood center from a friend. Once there he was given a questionnaire with forty questions. “I was writing after ten minutes and then the nurse called me,” said Bilek. The nurse and Bilek went over his answers and came with the conclusion that he would not be able to donate blood. Bilek last spring went to the Mexican state of Oaxaca the “malaria area” and he has lived in Europe for five years. In the United States, Bilek said, there is no way to test for Mad Cow Disease. “I’m curious if I can donate blood when I get back to the Czech Republic,” Bilek said. After students donate blood there are several common side effects. Feeling lightheaded as well as needing a snack and something to drink is very common after giving blood. Also, Meyer does not recommend playing sports after the blood drive. “I felt dizzy, and very lightheaded. I was very tired as soon as I got home and I slept for three hours,” said Hanson. Hanson’s mother even gave her some chocolate to help with the iron count in her blood. One thing students might want to know is: what does it feel like? Meyer said it feels like a pinch, Hanson said it has a sting to it, and Orm said it feels likes getting a flu shot. Blood donation feels different for every student; the only way to find out is to donate blood yourself.



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The perilous pitfalls of poor driving By Staff Writer Matt Connor Illustrations By Sam Bice


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Peer tutoring program helps students succeed at school Students

Katherine Bacon, senior, is currently tutoring for her second semester, having had a successful experience first semestudents gather in pairs and groups, uttering mathemati- ter. “I think there are a lot of benefits, I’ve learned so much,” cal equations, literature terms and scientific methods said Bacon. Tutors agree that it is a rewarding task to be presented an in hushed tones. Not only do the tutors work hands-on with the students but with other tutors as well. The Peer Tutor- assignment that they themselves haven’t seen in one, maybe ing program, new this year, receives an influx of students look- two or three years, walk through it with a struggling student ing for extra assistance in their core classes or even just a quiet and both reach the solution together. At times a tutor can take a place to go over heavy workloads. Peer tutoring is available leading role, guiding the student through the exact motions but other times a tutor can stumble through the process right along during every period of the day, every school day of the week. with the student. The advisor of the Peer Tutoring program, Ty“People try to help [the students] and if they rone Willingham, takes a respectable step back, alcan’t help them then [the tutor] finds somelowing one peer to lead another or perhaps allowing I’m coming one tothey help them--it’s a good program,” said Maindividuals to lead themselves. “I don’t really jump here to help digan. into it. If they need help or run into a little problem, Willingham recognizes the pros of being inI’m there for them,” said Willingham. The goal of people, volved with the process. “The positive thing is the program and its facilitators is by no means that’s my when the kids come back to the tutors, talking unclear, both the advisor and the tutors know the about passing a test...they don’t leave here withagenda. “I always tell the students the number one goal... out being double checked,” said Willingham. priority is the students, they gotta be like me, they - Kaililah Madigan, Though the tangiable benefits are minimal, need to be committed,” said Willingham. freshman the tutors have the choice of using the program Freshman Kaililah Madigan agrees with Willas another academic acheivement but surprisingingham’s mentality toward the philosophy behind ly no one interviewed spoke of college or how the program. “I know I’m coming here to help people, that’s my goal, to come here and help people,” said Ma- being a tutor would get them that much closer to their eventual digan. Being an honor-student, Madigan is no stranger to the academic destination. Those interviewed spoke of the good instress grasping a subject can harbor. Having struggled herself ner feeling tutoring a fellow student gave them. “It kind of feels good to know I can actually explain it and in middle school, Madigan appreciates the ability to help others, allowing it to be a positive experience. After being recom- they can understand it,” said Madigan Tutors within the program are given independence along mended by a teacher, Madigan later decided being a peer tutor was “kind of interesting” and is now considering continuing with the personal triumphs of helping others. “It feels good to with the program throughout her high school career. Currently, help someone; to teach them something,” said Dakota Bernard, Madigan is the only freshman tutor and finds her age to be a junior According to Bacon, one of the most important characteran added benefit to the program. “I can relate to kids in my class and help them--the older kids don’t always remember the istics of a tutor is, “Patience and being able to connect with a student, even if you don’t necessarily like them.” things the younger students are being taught,” said Madigan.

By Staff Writer Desiree Ward

S speak Blazers give their thoughts on the new peer tutoring program introduced at Timberline.

I’ve never been tutored but I took a math test in there once.

Josh Haskell, senior

I think it helps students who have trouble in their classes, in case they struggle.

Tai Ho, sophomore

I’ve never been, but I’ve heard teachers say it’s really good.

Jordan Payne, a freshman

It just bugs you that teachers don’t always teach the same [assignments].

Will Abernathy, junior

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Marijuana above the influence?


From public officials, to teachers, to students, no one seems to be above getting busted. Some kids have lives that are entirely consumed by marijuana. However, some teenagers have never even seen a single leaf (well, before looking at this page). g/schools/theblazer

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Why kids decide to smoke

Many teens use marijuana as an escape from their hectic schedules, while other people start smoking at social outings or because their friends do it. “I had a friend that was always talking about it and I figured I would try it,” said a male junior. “I have fun doing it and I’ve only done it 3 times, it’s not an addiction for me.” Some people believe that smoking is just something to do when you’re bored, or angry, or stressed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that some children and young teens begin smoking because they see their siblings, parents, or friends doing it too. Some use it because of peer pressure. According to Diana Cockrell, a juvenile drug court and outreach counselor at the St. Peter’s Chemical Dependency Center who mostly deals with addiction in adolescents, the biggest challenge is when the teen is saying, “I don’t know how to cope with my emotions, so I use”or “I got in a fight with my boyfriend, so I use” or “I’m not getting along with my family, so I use.” At this point, the teen has a difficult time figuring out what exactly they want, since they are still using. Some adolescents become so entangled in the stress of their lives

Pipes come in all different shapes and

Bongs, or water pipes, are used for smok-

Apple pipes, to one anonymous student who smokes out of

Hookah smoking is when you use

ing tobacco, cannabis, or other herbs. “I like the sound made when I was inhaling. It was bubbly,” an anonymous student said. She said she prefers bongs because the water inside the bong cools the smoke and prevents her throat from burning. In a marijuana pipe study conducted by Dale Gieringer, PhD, it was found that although water pipes increase the intake of carcinogenic tars, they may filter out other smoke toxins.

styles. “I like using a pipe because it is easier than rolling a joint, you just carry it around,” said an anonymous male junior. The World Health Organization states that smoking from a pipe can be harder on the lungs because you have to inhale deeper to actually get high. Pipes are usually used in groups and are frequently shared, which spreads the risk of infectious diseases.

them, feels that the fruit of her labor is worth it because it helps her get to sleep, satisfies her hunger, and “does the earth good” since she throws the remains in the compost. “It’s my health regimen,” she said. An apple pipe is a makeshift smoking device that is essentially the same as a pipe, except made out of an apple.

that they find an outlet in marijuana, and maintain their grades while still smoking. become dependent on it. Terra Truitt, a “Honestly, I’ll smoke before I do school freshman who is strongly against smok- work and it will lock me into it until I finish it,” a junior said. ing, believes that there are Not only does it help other activities that people him relax, but also can participate in without getMarijuana is “adds a whole new ting high. “I just think that it’s sneaky. It’s not fun level to everynot a good thing to do,” said ‘in your face, thing,” he said. Has Truitt. “It takes over your priyou’re in trouble.’ he considered other orities.” methods of relieving Brooke Middagh, junior, It can be there a his stress? “Negasays that being surrounded by long time [before I like weed,” friends who smoke has not innegative effects are tive, he said. fluenced her to do so herself, obvious]. Another anonymainly because she does not - Diana Cockrell want it to negatively affect her Juvenile Drug Court & Outreach mous female student believes that marifuture. “I have a really strong juana can be a very backbone,” she said. “But I’m positive thing when not going to judge my friends self-control is exercised “A lot of people for what they do.” One sophomore, whose brother started say ‘weed affects my grades.’ I think they smoking due to peer pressure, said that he should take responsibility for their own did not want to believe the news, and nei- actions,” she said. The student’s current ther did his parents. “I was really disap- GPA stands above a 3.5. A male senior also believes that it is pointed because in a way I’ve always kind of looked up to my brother,” he said. “I the user’s own fault if they are unsuccessful. His personal taste for grass does not always thought he’d do the right thing.” interfere with his ability to graduate from high school and go on to get a job. “Some kids THINK THEY CAN [people] are more susceptible [to drugs] handle marijuana Students say marijuana does adversely due to their parents, some because of their affect their academics. They have a dif- blood, but some don’t have excuses,” he ficult time focusing and doing well in said. “They choose not to go to school, school as a result. “I come to school high they choose not to work.” Furthermore, another student who and I just can’t do it because I’m too out of it,” an anonymous female student said. wishes to remain anonymous, said that However, there are students who say his recreational smoking has not affected they are still able do well and are able to his GPA that is above a 3.8. At first, his


those who want to achieve an euphoria, or “high,” without causing repiratory harm by inhaling smoke. “It’s biting into that chocolate spongy cake—it makes your mouth water,” an anonymous junior said. When marijuana is consumed in food, such as brownies or cookies, its effects begin more slowly.

a glass instrument known as a hookah or shisha to smoke. A person can use tobacco coals or cannabis. The smoke is sucked out of hose. “I like hookah because of the different flavors you can get,” said an anonymous junior. According to the World Health Organization, a 45 minute hookah session is equivalent to 50 cigarettes or blunts.

feelings were strongly against smoking because he felt it would hinder his academics and sports. “It depends on the situation and person. If you are in control and know what you are doing, then you are going to be okay,” he said. “That was big for me, I was in control.”

that some smokers get good grades, they are not performing to the best of their abilities. “It harms your academics and how you process thoughts,” Truitt said. “When I got really blown, I couldn’t remember what I did an hour ago, and so people had to remind me,” said junior Brandon Burrell, who quit smoking. According to Cockrell, the best thing Marijuana has one can do is abstain from smoking and consequences find another outlet, since building a deOn the other hand, Cockrell believes pendence on using the drug is not healthy that marijuana will catch up with a per- on any level. Cockrell encourages the son in the long run. “Marijuana is sneaky. user to learn how to function without It’s not ‘in your face, you’re in trouble,’” marijuana and find one’s inner goals and she said. She stated that marijuana may ambitions. “Find something that works. be present in a person’s life for a long Working out, art, some sort of expressive period of time without any discernible thing,” Cockrell said. effects, but when it Although the does catch up to a Drug Policy AlDo person and they beliance Network you come addicted to it, 160 THS students were randomly polled last week. states that marithe consequences are juana is not physimonumental. cally addictive, There may be a Cockrell feels that handful of users who it is mentally and do well in school emotionally adwhile using the drug, dictive. The user but for the most part, may not necessarthe majority of reguily feel physically lar users are not quite dependent on the as successful acaNever Tried Smoke drug, but it is the smoked marijuana marijuana demically. “My convoice inside their marijuana regularly cern is that they start head, the cravrecreationally, but ing in their body, over time it can really impact your moti- and the presumption that marijuana is a vation,” counselor Sharon Labuda said. positive part of their life, that keeps them Truitt also thinks that although it is true coming back for another hit.




n Jan. 29, police arrested Glenn Larson, an instructor at North Thurston High School, for allegedly growing hundreds of marijuana plants. Larson’s teaching license could be affected if he is convicted of felony. The teacher was allegedly involved in a three man growing operation that was based at a Centralia home. Weeks after the marijuana was discovered, the school district is still in shock. Senior Mason Subia, a former student of Larson, said that he never would have suspected that his ninth grade Spanish teacher supposedly grew marijuana. He said that during class, Larson would always scold his students for coming to class under the influence and warn them to stay away from marijuana. “[Growing marijuana] doesn’t mean he smokes it,” Subia said. “He’s going to get in trouble, so it means even grown-ups can get caught.” On Feb. 18, the police arrested the mayor pro tem of Olympia, Joe Hyer, after the police allegedly discovered 10 pre-packaged bags of marijuana along with $320 of “drug money.” According to The Olympian, the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force had been conducting a month-long investigation into the illegal distribution of marijuana in the Olympia area. Hyer was formally charged on Feb. 24 with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and one count of unlawful possession. An Olympian article quoted Hyer as telling investigators that “he was trying to grow his own plants but was unsuccessful because only one survived.” Hyer is currently out on bond and is awaiting trial. Hate it or love it, cannabis, or marijuana, has infiltrated the North Thurston Public School District, and more and more people are becoming caught in its web. On Feb. 11 four Timberline basketball players were accused of smoking marijuana in the student parking lot. “All I can say is that two varsity players have been suspended from school,” said varsity coach Mike Tafoya. It is clear that marijuana has evolved from a rare anomaly into a common occurrence. According to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 40 percent of Americans age 12 and older have tried marijuana at least once, making it the most commonly used illicit drug in the nation. The decriminalization of marijuana is already happening in places such as King County. In Seattle, police will not arrest a person with 4 grams of marijuana or less in their possession. A law is being proposed that would make it legal to carry 4 grams or less of marijuana for personal use. Senior Stan Thompson agrees with this law. “I agree with [decriminalizing marijuana], but it needs to be regulated,” he said. “If it’s personal, they should leave you alone.”

Brownies are preferred by


By Staff Writers Ann Huynh and Owen Davies

Blunts, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), smoking marijuana deposits several times more THC into one’s bloodstream than does eating or drinking it. Its effects are immediate and last from 1 to 3 hours. “I like rolling my own joints,” said an anonymous junior.


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Staff Editorial:

The safety of others is never worth the risk


eenagers seem to drive a bit more recklessly every day they have their license. Even with police enforcement on the campus, students are still pushing the laws of driving to the limit. Part of the problem is that the policemen should be patrolling the city streets more often and issuing more tickets. Understandably, it may be low on their list of priorities, but the only way to discourage young drivers from speeding and driving recklessly is to have more police officers enforcing the rules of the road, and issuing more tickets to those who race down Ruddell Road. The real fault here, however, lies within the students. Students should ensure they have enough time to reach their des-


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tination going the appropriate speed limit. Teenagers should reconsider the decision to go across town for lunch if it means that they need to speed through yellow lights and turn corners too quickly. They should also put away distractions such as cell phones or mp3 players, which cause students to take their eyes off the road. Nothing is so important that the safety of yourself and others needs to be risked, even if only for a moment.


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Staff editorials represent the opinion of a majority of the newspaper staff. This month: • 19 staff members agreed • 6 staff members disagreed • 7 staff members did not vote

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Letters to the Editor

The opinions below represent the opinions of a majority of The Blazer staff.

Basketball teams hope for state This season, the girls and boys basketball teams advanced to districts. Seven players made All League (3 boys, 4 girls) and plan to progress further in the fight to state. The girls finished 3rd in league while the boys finished 2nd. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, both teams have worked hard this winter and deserve a thumbs up. They have represented Timberline well on the court. Be sure to congratulate this year’s basketball teams for playing so well! (18 staff members agreed; 0 disagreed; 14 did not vote)

Career fairs enlighten students The school and the district alike go the distance to prepare their students for the future. They give us plenty of information for us to make decisions concerning future plans. With a college and career fair coming up and a readily accessible team of counselors in the career center to answer the many questions that crop up, no student should feel insecure about going after their future goals. The school brings in many guest speakers and hosts more than enough events for us to help us stay afloat in upcoming years. (27 staff members agreed; 0 disagreed; 5 did not vote)

Go green, go gold, go skin? Dear Editor, As springtime is getting closer, the halls of Timberline will show a lot more skin. And soon enough administrators will have something to say about it: “Your skirt’s too short,” or, “What you’re wearing is inappropriate for school.” Who are they to question our clothing when people who represent our school prance around with even shorter skirts on? Cheerleaders – every game day they hike their skirts up to an unwanted length. Now the big question is, why aren’t they being scolded for their clothing? Not only is their length against the dress code, but they have our school colors represented all over their uniforms. I speak on behalf of every disgusted parent and every student who has been sent home to change. This act of hypocrisy is clearly unacceptable.

Integrity seems to be declining Dear Editor, My freshman year I had some things stolen from me out of the girls’ locker room while I was in P.E. Now, three years later, I’ve encountered my second experience with theft. I was called to the office after second period Blazer time to discover that a friend of mine had found my cell phone in the boys’ bathroom and brought it to the office. It had been taken out of my zipped-up backpack while I was in the gym. I am one of the lucky few who have gotten stolen goods returned, twice now, and only because the right person found it. So my question is: why do people steal? I see no point in it. I am pretty disgusted that people actually have the nerve to shift through other’s personal belongings and take things! Apparently some kids steal simply because they think they can get away with it. It makes them proud of themselves. I guess it is supposed to be “cool” to be a selfish jerk! Well I suppose if you feel that way then look around; there are video cameras everywhere honey! Looks like you can’t “get away with” as much as you thought. Everyone should take pride in honesty, generosity, helpfulness, and kindness because THOSE are admirable qualities. It’s called “integrity.” Look it up.

-Paige Ziolkowski, junior

-Lottie Hanson, senior

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We just don’t have the time By Staff Writer Taylor Boardman


Voices down the


Ever wonder what kids are saying at other schools? Below are excerpts from the opinion pages from other high school newspapers “down the highway.”

DO y TOtivit b ac rk Clu o Key mew e h ho ic Finis o pract Go t hadow s Job LIST

The chaotic schedules of most teenagers are tough to work around. With the new graduation requirement, we are expected to set aside twenty hours for community service. Outside of school, many of us are involved in different activities like sports, jobs, college classes, and clubs; where exactly will these twenty free hours appear? The district gives little wiggle room around this requirement when they should accommodate those of us who simply do not have the time. The ten of twenty hours allowed to be obtained through school helps, but it’s not enough. Community service is community service, wherever we manage to find it. So long as we receive no form of payment for our efforts, why are our hours spent helping with an after school event, or cleaning up the highway through Key Club unable to go toward the required twenty? Furthermore, accommodations should be made for students with jobs. To fulfill the requirement, students are permitted to use hours job shadowing in lieu of community service. Shouldn’t students with an already established job be given some credit? Job shadowing is nothing more than career exploration and

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preparing someone to enter the workforce, and yet it is compulsory for students with experience in the occupational world already to find time to shadow another. Being in the workforce is actually giving us more experience and sense of responsibility than merely following a family member or friend. I’m not suggesting that the require-

ment be eradicated. As students struggle to stay afloat through all of their dedications outside of school, it is wrong to keep a student from graduating. Hopefully, counselors help students and make the necessary arrangements to ensure the requirement does not keep any hardworking senior from graduating.

From the little desk to the big desk Every issue The Blazer invites a member of the Timberline community to be a guest columnist. This month’s guest is Cayla Trakel, a 2005 graduate of Timberline, a former varsity soccer player, and a former editor of The Blazer, who now teaches at River Ridge High School.

Every day that I wake up and anticipate the day ahead of me, a little voice in my head has to remind me that it’s for real. I am responsible for 400 kids all day long, and honestly sometimes it can be a little scary. I was prepared through hours and hours of class, hours and hours of homework and study groups, hours and hours of lectures that I hardly remember. If I was told five years ago while sitDon’t get me wrong - I would be nowhere without my colting in my desk at Timberline, that five lege education - but the things I learned in high school still help years in the future I would be sitting at me out today all the time. Granted, I am working in a high my own, much bigger desk as a teacher school, but no matter your occupation, we are forever going to at River Ridge, I would not have believed be influenced by our interactions and influences that we expeit. If you would have told me 6 months rienced as teenagers. ago - I’d have laughed. My take away from high school was learning a sense of With the economy struggling and in- self respect, respect for others, and the idea of a future. These dividuals losing and grasping their retire- things are a part of my every day life and without a doubt conment plans for dear life, I had plans to tributed to the person I am now. go on to graduate school - and spend a I found out who I was through soccer, couple more years “growing up.” But the newspaper, and student government. I here I am. understood why it was important to earn You can call me lucky, or simply the respect of my teachers and peers (and Ms. T. I am living that dream I had Cayla Trakel why it was a privilege/honor to have it), merely five years ago as a senior at and finally, I learned to anticipate the exTimberline – I’m a real teacher. Years citing idea of there always being something “more.” ago I told Mr. Rubadue one day after spinning class that I was High school goes by fast - and college will too, but being going to be a P.E. teacher too one day - and of course I was here every day as a teacher, as a “grown up,” I am grateful for thinking, “Hey, that’s a good life, sweats, my favorite kicks and what I learned then and how it matters so much now. getting to work out all day.” But there is always more to it.



“Considering the amount of violence and sex in the media and in Hollywood, all children would grow up to be perverted criminals if they simply absorbed everything that they saw.” Garrett Anstreicher Westside Story Iowa City West High School Iowa City, Iowa

“I don’t know what it’s like to wake up feeling like P. Diddy, but I do know that once this song hits the radio, I can’t help but smile and maybe try to do something, which barely qualifies as dancing.” Zac Holgate Clarion Grover Cleveland High School Portland, Ore.

“Roses, chocolate, and teddy bears are among the things that I have accepted to be universal symbols of romance. But what makes a rose more romantic than a daisy? Why does a teddy bear say ‘I love you’ while a rubber ducky says ‘Maybe we should just be friends’?” Abbey Lunney Cavalier Chronicle Lake Travis High School Austin, Texas

“I don’t agree with the thought that if a murderer gets the death penalty, then we’re just as bad as them. No, we aren’t. We didn’t kill anyone first.” Lisa Buckner The Garfield Messenger Garfield High School Seattle, Wash.


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Do looks really matter in a relationship?

By Staff Writer Desiree Ward op culture tells us that “Love is just this game we play.” It adds the spice to life but honestly, have you ever heard a catchy tune about a butter face (everything but her face) or a straight up goblin? No. We listen to songs about bombshells and redbones, because that is exactly what appeals to our society. Looks matter. They matter everywhere we go in life. We approach a person based upon the physical first, then evaluate their personality. It is highly unrealistic in our society, that someone would go out and pursue a person that did not appeal to them on the outside, even if they were a good person. Looks should never trump personality, but nevertheless a physical connection matters in a relationship. It’s easy to say looks don’t matter but really who are you going to look for when the time comes to settle down? Someone who doesn’t catch your eye, or someone who catches your eye and your heart? Rich Santos, a columnist for Marie Claire magazine said it very nicely: “I may sound really shallow, but I don’t think I can date someone who I don’t find physically attractive.” I agree with Santos on this matter. However, the key point is what Santos goes on to note about his preference for the opposite sex: “I hope that most guys are not judging books by the cover...I hope what most guys are looking for is a book with a pretty cover and a great story inside. A pretty cover alone can only go so far.” It is pretty ignorant to think you’ll have an amazing relationship with a person just because they’re a solid ten, but also it is naive to think the same if you’re dating a person you find to be only slightly attractive. Looks dwindle over time; people become comfortable and at times that can be the best thing for a long lasting relationship, but if you weren’t mesmerized from the start, the chances your interest will be held over time are slim. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind when it comes to what you want. Everyone deserves to find someone that they connect with on every level. Wanting an attractive boyfriend or girlfriend is not a shallow trait by any means.

By Graphics Editor Danica Thomas



hat measures a person is not how they appear on the surface, but the thoughts, feelings, and intellect that rest just beneath it. A physical attraction may draw you to somebody you wouldn’t otherwise be around, but a pretty face can only go so far if there’s nothing beneath the surface. If you’re with somebody strictly because of a physical attraction, then you’re with them for the wrong reasons. Looks don’t matter; they’re only a shell. It cannot be denied: people do judge other people based on how they look almost instantly and subconsciously. When meeting somebody new, we immediately size them up and make silent observations about their face, hair, height, clothes, and overall presence. We focus on what we like, and single out what we don’t. But just because that’s the way things are, doesn’t mean we have to continue to concede to the superficiality that coexists with that narrow-minded mentality. To judge somebody based on their level of attractiveness is like judging somebody because of their race or gender; it tells you nothing about them as a human being. Instead, society should make a conscious effort to look a little deeper than what is already clearly exposed. An impressive physical appearance does not make up for a boring personality, a bad attitude, or a lack of intelligence. Eventually, looks fade and you’re only left with what really matters; the character of the person. Let’s face it: the novelty of scoring a superhot trophy girlfriend or boyfriend will wear off if there is no genuine interest in that person. We learn the most about people when we observe them and take time to thoroughly get to know them—inside and out. The best relationships aren’t based on physical attraction; they’re based on intellectual and emotional stimulation, rather than aesthetic stimulation. Genuine connections are established when you get inside somebody’s head and hear what they have to say, find common interests, share similar outlooks, and have thought-provoking conversations. A beautiful mind is so much more valuable than a beautiful face. Having good hair and a pretty smile is not a substitute for a well developed mind; in fact, sometimes it’s only a distraction from a feeble one.

The Blazer Staff Editor-in-Chief: Victoria Zoller Assistant Editor-in-Chief: Delas Raiford News Editors: Emerson Hardebeck, Bailey Pritchett Arts and Entertainment Editor: Zack Beltramo Sports Editor: John Ferreira Opinion Page Editor: Lyndsey Kellar Graphics Editor: Danica Thomas Business Managers: Amanda Angle and Savannah Purcell-Kasper Web Masters: AJ Butler and Jeffrey Stiles Staff Writers: Missy Ayres, Tasiana Babauta, Simon Bakke, Alec Beal, Taylor Boardman, Shandra Clark, Matthew Connor, Owen Davies, Ann Huynh, Shavon McKinstry, Annah Pritchett, Tom Sauer, Haley Slater, Jamison Stevens-Lee, Desiree Ward, Hannah Yunker Graphics Staff: Samuel Bice, Hana Brown, Pascuala Gaspar-Esteban, Sawyer Hardebeck, Olivia Smaciarz

Mission Statement The mission of The Blazer is to provide the students and staff of Timberline High School and the surrounding community with a quality, thought-provoking publication. We aspire to print a publication that adheres to professional journalism standards, including sincerity, truthfulness, accuracy, impartiality in reporting news events, and equal representation of opposing sides. The Blazer will serve as a public forum for the free exchange of information, opinions, and artistic expression in a civil and constructive manner. Student Submissions Works submitted by students not on the staff, particularly letters, editorials and artistic expression, shall receive the highest priority for publication as long as they fall within the realms of good taste according to the standards of the readership. The Blazer will print as many submissions as space permits and request that all submitted work include the contributor’s name and grade. The Blazer reserves the rights to edit all submission for content, accuracy, spelling and grammar. All student work may be submitted in the Blazer

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Each month, The Blazer goes in search of students with a talent for art. This is what they have to show and say.

oil painting by Yen Huynh What inspired this piece? “I wanted people to take a moment to focus on simple everyday objects and be able to appreciate their beauty.” How long have you been painting?

“This was my first oil pastel, but I’ve been doing art all throughout school.”

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by Ben Talbot, senior

You my ex-friend are a trick You make my body sick You hit on my friends It is a terrible trend Why couldn’t you just make it end Now I’m punching holes in the wall Even yelling out loud in the mall I’m ripping out my hair Because I found out it all started on a dare But I really just don’t care I’m going to hit your car with a bat And possibly drown your cat I never wanted it to end this way But hey you ruined my day.


You sound angry in this poem, why?

sculpture by Marikka Benson, senior What did you like while making this piece?

“Making the eyes were cool. I also liked dealing with the plaster.” Do you like to draw or paint? “No, not really. I took art just for the credit but I ended up liking it. Sculpting is fun.

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“I have a lot of impotent rage towards society. Society is my ex-girlfriend.” How did your teacher respond?

“With laughter. She said I sounded like an angry Dr. Seuess.”

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Chefs of THS

Student cooks of all calibers are present at Timberline.

Despite the time and effort that repels many from cooking, Cregg enjoys it for numerous reasons. “It’s possible to express yourself through hether it’s making a gourmet dinner from scratch or simply cooking. Just combine things if you think it might work and taste good,” boiling a cup of water and throwing in Ramen noodles for a Cregg said. quick lunch, cooking is a part of everyday life. Students at He added that it can be very rewarding, especially if you and others enjoy your creation. “You can get a lot of compliments if it’s good,” he said. THS are no exception. Cregg also uses his knowledge of cooking as a Students have varying levels of experistudent in Lobe’s nutritional wellness class. ence in cuisine creation. Simon Cregg, a junior, Cregg, along with other chefs interis one of many teens who have been working viewed at THS say cooking is important as a around the kitchen from an early age. It’s possible to means of providing for themselves and their “I’ve cooked since I was seven, when my express yourfamilies, in order to be independent. mom got me my first cookbook, some chil To those who do not cook on their own, dren’s Emeril recipes,” said Cregg. “I used it self through Lobe says, “Start! Get an easy recipe with just all the time.” a few ingredients and have fun experimenting Sophomore James Segura-Mitchell, a cooking. Just with it. Anyone can make something simple member of the THS Cooking Club, also started combine things like a smoothie or omelet. It’s like edible sciyoung when his mom taught him some skills ence!” before he became independent enough to cook if you think it on his own. “I want to learn more,” Segura- Simon Cregg, Beginners should start off simple Mitchell said. “It’s an important skill to have.” might work. junior Everyone has to begin small and work Staff members, such as Liz Lobe, the nutritheir way up with easy recipes. “Noodles got tional wellness teacher and Cooking Club adme started. There’s just so many possibilities visor, have been lifelong chefs. “I got my first there,” said sophomore Rashon Smith, presispatula when I was five,” Lobe said. At nine dent of the Cooking Club. years old she even joined cooking competitions through the 4H Club. However, cooking isn’t for everyone. Reasons span from it being too Cooking for fun and pleasure aside, it takes a lot of confidence to cook, much work to being too time-consuming, or that you have to be passionate according to Lobe. and confident to be a successful chef. One sophomore who doesn’t cook of- Cuisine has recently become a more mainstream profession, as seen on ten, Mallorie Shellmer, said “People who cook have way too much time on popular television shows such as Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen. This rising their hands.” When Shellmer does make food, it’s “freezer food, like Asian trend has also made it an even more competitive industry, making it harder Sensation brand stir fry and eggrolls. My mom does most of the cooking.” for it to be one’s only career path. “If chefs got paid much, I would go pro,” said Smith. Also according to Lobe, most professional chefs are, in fact, men, While some cook casually, others find it rewarding In between the extremes is sophomore Nathan Knox. “Cooking is too which combats the stereotype that cooking is a task for women. “Just watch labor intensive. Sometimes I make pasta for my family though,” Knox the Food Network, you’ll see,” said Lobe. “Sometimes it has a feminine connotation, but you can definitely cook said. Knox and Shellmer both acknowledge and respect the THS Cooking if you’re a guy. It’s not just a girl’s job,” said Cregg. Club, saying it is a “good idea” and “seems like fun.” Although it may not This April there will be a Blazer Cook-off hosted by the Cooking Club, where participants can enter their favorite dishes to be judged. be a favorite activity of theirs, food preparation is still significant. By Staff Writer Simon Bakke


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Alice goes beyond the looking glass

Tim Burton’s new vision of nonsense and madness opens up today By Staff Writer Tom Sauer


oday, you’ve got a very important date. Alice In Wonderland opens nationwide in theaters, including at the Lacey Regal 16. It plays in both 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Loosely based off of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, the film actually extends Carroll’s stories. A 19-year old Alice attends a party in Victorian London, where she is to be engaged, but spots a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and a pocket-watch. Alice follows the rabbit into a rabbit-hole to Wonderland, a place she hasn’t been in ten years and where she has been missed dearly, but Alice has no memories of ever being in Wonderland.

ing down the rabbit-hole” as a metaphorical term for taking hallucinogenic drugs. Contrary to popular belief, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has nothing to do with drugs, but with mathematics and logic. Carroll attended Christ Church, Oxford and held the Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship award for 26 years. “The book has a ton of mathematical references,” said John Wilson, math teacher. “Lewis Carroll was a mathematical genius. The card army and the chessboard are just the few mathematical references to get. It’s a very difficult book to read.” Other than mathematical references, Carroll was inspired by the stories he told to Alice Liddell, an eight-year old girl at the time. One of them was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which he promised to write down for Liddell. In 1862, he started an outline of the story, and in 1865, the story was published. In 1903, the first film adaptation titled Alice in Wonderland was released. It is available for viewing on the internet as freeware. The new film was described by an internet blogger as “A treat to watch. You see magnificent costuming, special advancements in film cutting, and the occasional feat of trick photography to fully encapsulate the viewer in the strange tale of Alice, the girl who falls down the rabbit hole.” Carroll’s story has been retold on the silver-screen 16 more times through many varying genres ranging from the animated musical, to the live-action television movie, to the pornographic musical. Burton’s film marks the 17th retelling and will be a combination of liveaction and computer animation.

Alice’s adventures before Wonderland This latest offering is directed by Tim Burton, who has directed many critical and fan favorites such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This news of Burton directing a new Alice has been met with mixed reception. Lindsey Hall, junior, said, “They always do weird movies like these, like Hook, and none of them have been worth watching. It just sounds like a weird and shaky idea. Tim Burton movies look exciting but when I go see them, they just end up being disappointing.” However, Alexandrea BakotBurton’s latest does not ich, Timberline sophomore, said, appeal to everyone “The idea is really interesting. I Production of Alice in Wonthink it’ll allow Tim Burton to derland started in 2007. Disney bring out the darkness in the signed Burton to do two feature original story and even though films in 3-D, the first being Alice in the story is a little different, it Wonderland. The script was penned looks much closer to the story by Linda Woolverton, whose credenthan any other film adaptation tials include writing The Beauty and the I’ve seen.” Beast and The Lion King. “Seeing other movie versions In an interview by the L.A. Times, of Alice in Wonderland, I never felt Woolverton said, “If anything, I hope that an emotional connection to it,” said Burton the movie inspires children who haven’t at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Convention. read the books to go back and read the “The goal was to take the randomness of the books. It’s audacious what we’ve done. I can books, taking elements of the book and making only say at this point that I wasn’t trying to reit its own story. We’re just using elements of all create his work. “As predicted by Woolverton, the books because that’s the nature of them, and Alice in Wonderland does not appeal to evthey don’t really follow a specific linear struceryone. Timberline junior Dani Cone said ture.” “the movie looks way too creepy and Readers of the book, such as Bakotich, scary to be a children’s movwere “surprised at how different the ie.” book is to the other film adaptaHowever, Burton tions which were sugar-coated fans such as Melissa in comparison.” Warner, a senior, expect Hall described the book their loyalty and love of as “an LSD trip.” his films to carry over Ever since Lewis into his version of Alice Carroll’s stories were in Wonderland. published, a common Warner described belief concerning CarBurton’s films as having roll is he took drugs that a distinct artistic style as inspired him to write Al“having an interesting ice’s Adventures in Wonstyle that are different derland. Stone Hart, from most movies, and freshman, said, “Alice in I enjoy seeing a style Wonderland has always that’s not used as often. been really creepy. All That seems to add to the those characters and figentertainment level for ures had to have been inDisney press photo the people who enjoy his spired by weed.” Urban Creepy: The Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp, is portrayed in director Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderwork.” Dictionary defines “goland as even less sane than before. The movie opens today in theaters nationwide in both IMAX and 3D.

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‘‘ Conan


Just for the Halibut

Commentary, humor, satire, and possibly another fish joke, by Sam Bice

asks NBC for a piece of the pie



By Staff Writer Hannah Yunker Every issue of The Blazer, a staff member is chosen to go out in the hallways of Timberline and get to know someone new. Meet Peter Cleveland, a senior, and my new best friend.

What’s it like being named after a boy in tight green pants? I used to wear them [tights] a lot. I used to pretend I could fly.

And the Blazer’s monthly game is...

Rhyme Time!

If Captain Hook caught you, would you rather lose both of your feet or one ear? One ear... I could still hear out of the other one and I could still walk.

Example: Every student at Timberline is a Blazer. 1. I usually scream and curse when I cut myself shaving, with my ______.

How do you like working at Taco Bell? I used to like it a lot. It was really chill but now I have a new boss and it went down the drain. Making tacos is easy... and boring.

2. In Star Trek, Spock enjoys shooting Ferengi with his ______. 3. The dreamy boy took the girl into the field to very innocently stare at the sky; he was a ______.

How many tacos would you say you have in a single day? NONE!

4. A shaky old woman stared at the loud protester yelling into his megaphone, and she exclaimed, “What a ______!”

If you could be best friends with any cartoon charcter, who would it be? Peter Pan. He’s my idol. I live up to him everyday. I’ve always wanted to fly!

5. When the handsome prince told the fat ugly princess how charming she was, he may have been lying through his teeth, but he was a very good ______.

How old were you when you grew out of your booster seat? Seventh grade. I was always a small child.

6. The cook who squeezed the sticky white liquid onto the donuts was a ______.

If you had to be locked in any store for 12 weeks, where would it be? Wal-Mart because it has everything you could need. I could camp out in the tent display.


ANSWERS: 1. razor 2. phaser 3. stargazer 4. hellraiser 5. praiser 6. glazer

Will you be my new best friend? Of course!


Every issue of The Blazer, Timberline students are asked to voice their opinion on this month’s subject in one, final word. This month’s topic: Obama! “Change” - Kevin Russell, junior “Great” - Beal Buriel, junior “Intelligent” - Bri Welsh, junior “Ears” - Lakshmi Panjini, sophomore “Brother” - Tariq Jabaiti, senior “Basketball” - Jordan Thompson, soph. “Educated” - Dominique Woods, senior “Peace” - Matt Pauley, senior “Obey” - Hugh Rountry, junior “President” - Chase Wasson, junior “Leader” - Julia Rena, freshman “Strong” - Forest Sutton, sophomore

Can you finish each of the sentences below with a word that rhymes with “Blazer?” If so, you are very smart and probably write beautiful poetry.

“Chicago” - Nathan Knox, sophomore “Afro” - Jimmy Le, sophomore “Perserverance” - Allie Bakotich, soph. “Hope” - Sebastian Steinhoff, freshman “Health” - Mason Subia, senior “Democrat” - Devin Kaelin, freshman “Taliban” - David Ramiriez, sophomore “Tall” - Haley Hamlin, senior “Liberal” - Mike Stauffer, teacher “Power” - Lauren Urvina, sophomore “Future” - Geena Burgett, sophomore “Fly” - Casey Sutton, senior


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was cute as a “ She button and dumb as a rock.

-Anonymous, as always


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Week 1 March 1 Spring sports practices begin

Grab: Sophomore Sasha Weber stands by as Kierra Allen, freshman, pulls for the ball in their Feb. 23 game against Olympic High School. The Blazers won 50-39 establishing their place at districts.

Week 2 March 12 Varsity and JV baseball Jamboree @ Tumwater High School @ 3:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Week 3 March 16 Varsity baseball vs. Peninsula @ Timberline @ 4:00 p.m.

photo by Sawyer Hardebeck

JV boys soccer vs. Peninsula @ Rainer Vista @ 4:30 p.m. March 20 Varsity fastpitch vs. Clover Park @ Clover Park @ 4:00 p.m.

Week 4 March 22 JV baseball vs. R.A. Long @ the RAC @ 2:45 p.m. March 23 Girls tennis vs. Capital @ Timberline @ 3:30 p.m.

Week 5 March 30 JV baseball vs. River Ridge @ the RAC @ 2:45 p.m. Girls golf vs. Black Hills @ Capital City @ 3:30 p.m.


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By Staff Writer Shavon McKinstry Bowling strikes sixth in state On Feb. 5 the girls bowling team competed at state, triumphantly placing sixth. Last year, Timberline only sent sophomore Kelsi Mayther to state, participating as an individual and taking third. This year, Mayther was one of the seven bowlers who went on to represent Timberline at state as a team, something the school hasn’t been able to accomplish since the early days of the state bowling competition. “Anybody qualified. When we went, we got killed,” said coach John Wilson on the early days of the bowling program. Now the team celebrates their victory at state, after a nearly undefeated season of 13-1 and placing 2nd in districts. “Sharing the experience was a highlight,” said

junior Jamie Sheppard, who ranked 19th in state, the highest of the Timberline team. “We’ve had the same girls for the past two years, we’re really close as a team.” Boys basketball dominates playoffs On Feb. 22 Timberline’s boys basketball team squared off against Olympic High School in the playoffs to districts, successfully squashing the Trojans with a 66-58 finish. Timberline’s team was the only boys team of the 3A Western Cascade Conference to win during playoffs. Senior Kole Podowicz owes the team’s recent success to better unification as a team. Podowicz made the first team for districts, this is his second year making first team. “I think the most noticeable difference is that we’re more balanced as a team,” said coach Jason Bush. The team headed to districts on Feb. 26 losing with a final score of 45-58 to Mt. Rainier. Wrestlers take down state On Feb. 20 six wrestlers from Timberline went to the state wrestling contest, competing in six different weight classes. Of those who wrestled, senior Andre Courie took seventh place in the 160-pound weight

class. “It was pretty hard, every match felt like a final,” said Courie, who took eighth place last year. The wrestling team has had a relatively successful year, with coach Jeff Birbeck sending eight athletes to regionals earlier in the season. While finishing with a score of 16 points at state, the wrestling team has shown vast improvement from past years, finishing with five points in last season’s state competition, which only more for the next championships to come. Girls basketball dribbles to districts On Feb. 23 the girls basketball team played the Olympic Trojans in the playoffs, winning by a final score of 50-39, effectively making their way to districts. The Blazers led a similar game last year, beating the Trojans with a score of 52-39 in the playoffs. “I think I’ve gotten a little bit more aggressive,” said sophomore Sasha Weber, who made first team this year. Weber led the game, scoring 16 points against Olympic High School. On Feb. 27 the girls team lost to Auburn Mountainview 53-47. “Now that we’re out of league, our games are becoming more important,” said junior Camille Williams, another of Timberline’s players to make first team. “We’re focusing more, it’s do or die.”

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March Madness By Staff Writer Haley Slater

Picks to M WIN it all Men’s:


“They are ranked number one in the Big 12 conference and I think they can go all the way,” junior Pavel Ceban. Women’s:


“They’re strong on both sides of the court and they play giving it their all. They’re a team with a big heart,” sophomore Andrew Battle.

arch Madness refers to the single-elimination basketball tournament featuring the top 64 teams from the 2009-2010 season. For both the men’s and women’s divisions, teams will advance one tier at a time, leading up to the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and the Championship game. This year’s Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight are being held in Syracuse, New york, Salt Lake City, Utah, St. Louis, Missouri, and Houston, Texas from March 25-28. The Final Four and the National Championship game are being held in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 3-5. Money madness The March Madness fever has arrived. With less than two weeks away, office pools and friendly bets are starting to surface. “I bet at my dad’s work, it’s a $20 buy-in and the pot just depends on how many people place bets,” said junior Ben Smith. “We pick a team to win each bracket and that determines the pay-off.” Along with this method of betting many people choose multiple teams to win or advance to the later rounds in the Final Four Championships and get paid

based off of how those particular teams place. Freshmen Anthony Vekich and Nick Birge placed bets with friends last year and plan to do so this year. “We buy in for $5 and play with brackets using a point system. The pay-off is pretty good since we have around 15 people placing bets,” said Birge. Rick Ahlf, a sophomore, bets using the random pick method, where the better picks a team out of a hat and that is the team their money is put on. “I do it at my dad’s work, he owns a bar/restaurant in Seattle and there’s a bunch of people who place bets,” said Ahlf. “It’s a $120 buy-in and the top two teams take all.” Men’s favorite is a toss-up The Men’s Final Four will be held April 3 and 5 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The teams are given a seed number and placed in regional brackets based on their season records. This takes place on “Selection Sunday,” held on March 14 for men’s and March 16 for women’s. In the men’s division Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Syracuse, and Kentucky all have strong season records making the Final Four up for grabs. “It’s hard to predict, there’s usually a lot of upsets,” said senior

photo illustration by Sawyer Hardebeck

Casey Worcester. Many students at Timberline believe Duke will make it to the Championships considering their season record, but not to forget last year’s Sweet Sixteen where Duke, the number two seed for the Eastern Region was knocked out by Villanova; the number three seed, by 23 points. “Duke doesn’t have a strong enough point guard, they won’t make it past the Sweet Sixteen,” said campus security guard Allen Thomas. But Smith disagrees. “They have a young athletic team with good leaders who could potentially lead them through the final four,” he said. UConn is the favorite The Women’s Final Four will be held on April 4 and 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The favored team for the women’s division is University of Connecticut due to their 65 game winning streak. “They are smashing everyone, if they don’t win it will be the biggest upset of the year,” said sophomore Kami Owens. The Lady Huskies have an average margin of victory of 37.2 points this season. Right behind UConn is Tennessee, Nebraska, Stanford, and Duke. All are crowd favorites and have legitimate shots to make it to the Final Four.

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Aces: Seniors Cody White (left), Taylor Hetrick (center), and junior Spencer Howard return to the mound to lead the Blazers after last season’s 4th place state finish. photo by Danica Thomas

VENGEANCE Back 2010 season preview

2009 Record: 23-4 2009 Team awards: • • •

WCC league champs District champs 4th place in state playoffs

2009 Individual awards:

Hetrick: • 1st team all state, • WCC league MVP, • Division 1 scholarship to New Mexico State Beal: • 1st team all-league, • 1st team all state Talbot: • 2nd team all league White: • Honorable mention all league

Returning players: • • • • • • • • •

Alec Beal, OF, 12 Taylor Hetrick, IF/P, 12 Cody White, IF/P, 12 Ben Talbot, C, 12 John Schuster, IF, 12 Spencer Howard, OF/P, 11 Dyllon Miller, IF, 12 Willy Laughlin, OF, 12 Mitchell Smith, IF, 12


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his year, the Timberline Blazer baseball team is working hard to repeat the success they achieved last season. Last year, after finishing the regular season first place in league and ranked third in the state for 3A, the Blazer baseball team was fairly confident with the district tournament rapidly approaching. With only two losses in the regular season, they proved to be a difficult match for any opposing team. In the district tournament all three teams the Blazers played ended up going to the state tournament: Highline, Franklin Pierce, and North Kitsap. The Blazers won all three on their way to the district championship. The Blazers’ next task was a daunting one. They jumped up to the number one ranking in the state for 3A but had to beat both the number three and two ranked teams in the state to reach the state semi-finals. Both Liberty and Bishop Blanchet were ranked in the top three in the state for the whole season, and each shared their time at number one. First up for the Blazers at regionals was Liberty High School. Taylor Hetrick started this game at Centralia High School and easily handled the Liberty hitters, keeping them off balance all game. “It was a great feeling to beat them,” said Hetrick. “The second baseman for Liberty was a real [jerk], he was trash-talking the whole game.” The Blazers advanced past the Liberty Patriots fairly easily with a score of 9-4, but the toughest task still remained. “It was a well fought victory,” said Ben Talbot. “Especially since no one thought we would win except for us, but we knew that we still had the toughest competition left.” Bishop Blanchet High School, many sportswriters’ prediction to win the 3A state championship, beat Auburn

Mountainview handily to advance to face the Blazers. The winner of this game moved ahead to play at Safeco Field in the state semifinals. Cody White was chosen to start the game on the mound and his breaking ball held the powerful Blanchet offense to four runs for the entire game. His one mistake, a hanging curveball to Blanchet’s heavy hitter Jake Lamb, left the yard but it was not enough to cause the Blazers to stumble. The Timberline offense was able to produce seven runs behind the 3-hit performances by both Matt Hubbard and Alec Beal. The Blazers took control in the first inning and never relinquished the lead, winning with a final score of 7-4. The game ended with some suspense, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh Bishop Blanchet had a runner on second. Spencer Howard was then called in to close out the game. Howard’s only hitter he faced blooped a single into shallow left field. The runner on second, however, made a crucial baserunning mistake. Thinking the ball would be caught for the final out, he did not run, but instead stood in between second and third. This allowed the Blazers to pick up the ball and get him caught in a rundown. He was eventually tagged for the final out which resulted in a dogpiling of all the players on the field. A video of the dogpile can even be seen on YouTube. The players were overjoyed, knowing they were headed to Safeco Field. Playing where all of the major leaguers play; where many kids grow up dreaming about playing at. On the bus ride back to the school from the game, the players were leaning their heads out the window with yells of “We’re going to Safeco!” “After getting that far we expected much more than what turned out happening at Safeco,” said Cody White. “It was a huge letdown but it has made us even more determined for this year.”

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Spring sports By Staff Writer Alec Beal

Jump: Sophomore Jimmy Le practices long jumping on a sunny afternoon before track season.



Coach: Sonya Ramos

Coaches: Todd Taylor, Kristina Johnsen, Bob Atwell, Linda Huyck, Zandrea Edenstrom, Orlando Johnson

Record 8-7 Returning AllLeague Players: 1st Team: Taryn Smith-pitcher, Gatalina Schuster, Kiley Hanratty, Jenny Leyva, McKenzie Raben Second Team: Marikka Benson-infield Quotes from the team: “Last year was a build-up for this year and we didn’t lose many players from last year so we should be solid all around,” said junior Gatalina Schuster. “We want to make it to state pretty bad since we didn’t get out of districts last year,” said junior McKenzie Raben.

Returning All-League Runners: 1st Team: Quinton Sison, Brianna Welsh Second Team: Steven Berube Honorable Mention: Emanuell Sloan, Colleen Reyes, Emerson Hardebeck

Boys Soccer:

Girls Tennis:

Coach: John Hayes

Coaches: Kati Halmos and Suzanne Pearson

Returning All-League Players: 1st Team: Andrew French-midfield, Brandon Meyer-defender, Tim Dzubayforward, and Hugh Rountry-defender Quotes from the team: “I am looking forward to going out with a bang since it’s my senior season,” said senior captain Andrew French.

Record: 1-13 Quotes from the team: “We only beat River Ridge last year but we have a great chance of winning a lot more matches this year,” said coach Kati Halmos. “I really want to beat this girl from Yelm that I play every year but have not beaten yet. She is really good,” said senior Rachel Warman.

Girls Golf:

Coaches: John Jordan and Matt Stevens Record: 7-4 Returning All-League Players: Second Team - Emily Lawrence Quotes from the team: “Being a captain with Taylor Mclean is going to be fun,” said junior Emily Lawrence. “We are hoping to get a lot of girls trying out and to go to state.”

Quotes from the team: “I am looking forward to working with all of the guys coming out for sprinting and the success we should have. I hope we have a healthy season so we can go to state for the 4x100,” said senior Emanuell Sloan. “I’m trying to get back to state. Last year I accomplished a lot, but I was young. I’m ready to move past the freshman mistakes,” said sophomore Quinton Sison.

photos by Danica Thomas

Pitch: Senior Marikka Benson takes batting practice from senior teammate Taryn Smith. The Blazers are looking to repeat their 2008 second place state finish.

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Blazers dodge balls! Last Thursday, Timberline hosted its second annual dodgeball tournament. Fourteen teams competed for the winning title, which was given to â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Man Down.â&#x20AC;? The tournament was a fundraiser to send members of the FBLA club to their state competition.

photos by Hana Brown and Danica Thomas

Junior Jordan Olson catches one ball thrown his way as another approaches from the Alpha-Kenny-1 team.

Juniors McKenzie Raben and Ian Carrol collaborate on the FYSU team to defeat other teams.

Marikka Benson, senior, successfully jumps to dodge a ball that almost knocked her out of the first round in the tournament.

Thomas Emerson, Senior, gets ready to throw a ball at an opposing team.

March 2010  

bringing the facts to light. See pageSeepage Sink bandit! Don’t be late 1,2,3 strikes you’re out See story on pages 13-15 See page The Stude...

March 2010  

bringing the facts to light. See pageSeepage Sink bandit! Don’t be late 1,2,3 strikes you’re out See story on pages 13-15 See page The Stude...