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Volume IX, Issue 5 • May 6, 2009

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Friday the 6th: The Band Booster Club is holding a silent auction and dessert banquet at Timberline.

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Wednesday the 11th: Early release day. School ends at 12:20.

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Monday the 16th: Beginning of WASL testing. The first part of testing will continue through March 29.

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[From left to right] Steven Berube, a junior, Patrick Stanton, a freshman, and seniors Angie Grizzle and Matt Hubbard play with the band during the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 11. The event introduced the completed Timberline facility to the community.

Saturday the 21st: The Band Booster Club is holding a pancake feed at Timberline beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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Wednesday the 25th: Parent-teacher conferences. No school from March 25 to March 27.

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Friday the 27th: No school. Tolo is being held from 9 p.m. to midnight in the commons.

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Tuesday the 17th: Choir concert in the Timberline theater at 7:00 p.m.

By Staff Writer Nicole mercer

Student Store funds M.D.A. Muscular dystrophy, a disease that attacks the spinal cord and makes people unable to walk, is becoming increasingly common throughout the world. Students at Timberline are being given Zach Heying, the chance to help fight junior MD in a fundraiser conducted by the student store and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Timberline students will be able to donate money to help the children and adults who suffer from MD. The fundraiser began on Feb. 10 and will end on March 17. The student store will be selling green shamrocks for one dollar, gold shamrocks for five dollars, and platinum shamrocks for a ten dollars, to raise money for this cause. “Our goal is to raise at least 1,000 dollars to help the people who suffer from MD,” said Zach Heying, a junior. The funds will contribute to research for the development of the cure, which has yet to be discovered. “I think it is a good idea, it helps out people

and it is a good cause. I think I will donate,” said Gabe Escobar, a senior. At the end of the competition, the 4th period that has donated the most money will win an ice cream and pizza feed. Fishing Club Sportsmen’s Night Timberline’s fishing club will host a “Sportsmen’s Night” on March 21. This event encompasses a fun variety of activities ranging from a spaghetti feed to a Chase Brown, silent auction and senior even, yes, casting lessons in a fish tank. The entertainment begins at 12 p.m. and isn’t over until 8 p.m. Junior Chase Brown said, “We do this because it helps bring in donations from businesses because we show that we are involved in the community. But, ultimately, we do this to bring fishing to the community.” ‘Club 6120’ theme for Tolo On March 27, Tolo is being held from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tolo is a semi-formal dance, for which girls ask guys. This year’s dance will be held on a Friday, because there is no school that day. This year’s theme will be “Club 6120 Flashing Lights.” “Tolo is fun because you get to hang out with friends. It is also fun that you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to,” said Caitlin Thurman, a senior.

Just suck it up and donate On March 13, Timberline High School will host an annual blood drive. It will be held in the auxillary gym and students can sign up any time after March 4. “It is good to give people that are sick some blood,” Kristian Dumé, a sophomore, said. There are a few restrictions on blood donation. Before they can Kristian Dumé, sign up, students must sophomore be at least 16 years of age, have parental consent, and weigh over 110 pounds. “I have wanted to do it ever since I saw it as a freshman, but couldn’t because of the age limit, and now I can,” Hailey Hilligoss, a junior who looks to donate blood, said. “It is kind of nerve-racking, but at the same time, I would rather go through that to save somebody’s life,” she added. Due to the construction around campus, Timberline hasn’t participated in the blood drive for the last two years, but students plan on making up for it this year with record numbers. “Timberline generally has a very sucessful drive with over 100 donors on a regular basis, and is considered the largest donor group in Thurston County,” Pat Geiger, activities coordinator, said. Sam Aguirre, a senior on leadership says that so far, the donation calender is “filled.” “That is tight because it is for a good cause,” he added.


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Is the WASL now a fossil?

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Recently, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) was proposed to replace the WASL. This new test is broken into two sections – one for grades 3-8 and one for high schoolers. Does the frequent changing of test standards help or hinder student achievement?

By Staff Writer Erin Adams

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he WASL, a whirlwind of bewilderment for students with its ever-changing requirements, may soon be relegated to the ages. This test has been a source of inflammation among parents and students alike, and has thus been an important issue in the Washington state legislature. “I was elected on a promise to replace the WASL with a fairer, less expensive system of measuring student learning,” said Randy Dorn, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a press release on Jan 21.

As of spring 2010 Dorn would like to see a new system, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP), with two new tests: the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) for grades 3-8 and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE).

passed one or more sections of the WASL, and will be able to forgo it entirely if they have passed the entire thing.

Student reactions to the new change In the past, students have had many complaints against the WASL system. One of apparently dire imNew changes for the WASL The new tests are shorter, with fewer constructed portance that would be solved by the new test is the sheer size of the previous evaluresponse questions in all categories ation. According to Taylor May, and a faster turnabout due in part to sophomore, “After too much you the increasing use of computers for After too much kind of forget what you did wrong the test. In addition, in the 2010you kind of forand what you did right.” 2011 year, elementary students will get what you did Aaron Knighten, junior, said, have tests once at the beginning of “It’s difficult for me to remember the school year and once at the end. wrong and what everything.” These were commissioned under a you did right. Peter Cleveland, junior, confive-year assessment contract as of curred with Knighten in this reOctober 2008. – Taylor May gard. They both agree that the While legislation is still out on sophomore reading and writing tests seemed some changes, it seems that too easy as well, but that changby 2010 there could be computer tests in some ing the WASL would not be good, because it increases elementary grades for all pressure. “There will be people who struggle with it,” but writing, which will be Cleveland said. moved into high school The rather distressing state of the math passing rate the next year. Statewide (only 45.6% for Timberline high school) could partly computer testing is ex- be accounted for by its concurrence with the new math pected to be in effect by curriculum. “I would blame it on the books that we 2012. “Our tests need had,” said junior David Lawrence. “The new system to be tied to technology made it difficult for teachers to teach because they were and provide immedi- learning it too.” ate feedback to teachers so they can better WCAP could minimize feedback time One complaint that students have is that the tests assist their students. Computerizing the return far too long after the test. According to Dorn, tests will also require “Our view is that it should be in two weeks.” If this is far less resources, possible, teachers will be able to alter student learning both in time and plans based on results before the end of the year, and money,” said Dorn students will know what they need to review before in the same press they forget it entirely. Even in its final throes, the WASL manages to crerelease. “The use of technology may ate a challenge. As of 2006, freshmen were allowed to register and take the test a year early, but this year they rock your world.” After this year were informed that this option was cancelled in order it will not be man- to avoid nearly $500,000 in unfunded testing costs. Dedatory to pass the spite the additional start-up fees, the new tests would be cheaper to maintain. Illustration by Pascuala Esteban HSPE if they have

The WASL: Does it help or hinder learning? “If you want to use it to show a student has done well at math, great. I disagree with it being used as a punitive measure denying graduation.” John Wilson, Math teacher

“The WASL has helped set goals and I’ve seen students improve their learning, but it eliminated electives that I think are important to be more well-rounded.” Diane Weston, Social Studies teacher


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Some teachers need to try actually disciplining their classes. As a whole, teachers need to be more dictator-ish.”

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at the same time can cut down on wasted transition time because there is always something for kids to do,” said Jeff Reagan, Timberline digital photo ateacher. y org g l l a e gr vin Bein and ha d d n nize goals a each r a cle tives for ill rec obje period w ime.” t s s cla wasted e c rty, du lahe

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The most important factor to consider when cutting down on wasted time in class is the teacher. Is the teacher organized? Does the teacher set up class in such a way as to squeeze the last bit of learning out of every second? “Having multiple projects in session

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Average # of wasted minutes per class period

Foreign Language 16.3%

Electives 23.9%

Social Studies 17.4% This pie chart shows the percentages, by subject, of the total minutes wasted.

English 7.6%

Math 12.8%

Science 22%

a) Inefficient assessments b) Student behavior c) Lack of planning time d) Lack of supplies

1. According to a 2006 study done by the Virginia Beach Department of Accountability, what was ranked as the top impediment to conducting an efficient class room?

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a) 75 b) 150 c) 180 d) 260

2. The state defines one high school credit as ____ hours of planned instructional activities excluding passing time.

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Social Studies Science Electives

English Math Foreign Language

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This data was collected by 30 Blazer staff members, somewhat unscientifically, over Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. “Wasted time” was defined as time that the teacher was not instructing and students were not held accountable for doing work. The data was compiled by adding together and then averaging minutes for each subject for every period.

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By Staff Writer EJ Hardebeck e’ve all been there. The classroom that could pass for a street brawl, and is honestly closer to this sort of loud, dirty fight than any institution of learning.We’ve all heard the rumors. The fleeting talk floating through the hallways about the class where kids set a desk on fire, or the class where kids threw a chair at the teacher. We’ve all felt during some dark, brooding period of our lives that school is nothing more than a profound waste of our time, completely devoid of any real learning or value. But we’ve also all been witness to the opposite sort of classes, too. Classes that remind us all at once in a flurried burst of discussion and note-taking just why it is that we come to school after all, and even make us glad to do so. This month the Blazer staff decided to do the research and compile information on just how much class time at Timberline is productive, and how much is wasted. Each staff member recorded the amount of minutes “wasted” (when no work was being done and no instruction given) in each class for two days. We then averaged the numbers together, and our results are presented in graphs to the right. Perhaps the results of our study will provoke some thought about what we can all do to make the most of our class time here at Timberline.

Class time in the wastebin?

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What’s in your inbox?

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“Sexting” is a nation-wide trend where teenagers send nude or semi-nude photos of themselves to others. Timberline has not been immune to the growing trend.

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By Staff Writer Zach Beltramo ocally as well as nationwide, high schools have been dealing with a rising trend amongst teenagers: the sending and receiving of nude and semi-nude photographs and/or videos via cell phone, otherwise known as “sexting.” One in five teens ages 13-19 have admittedly sent or posted pornographic material for others to see, according to a survey conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in 2008. At Timberline, the students are no different when it comes to the rapidly growing popularity of this fad. Jeanine Chong, junior, is one student who is not shocked by hearing about the number of teenagers engaging in such acts. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Chong said. “I bet more than half of our school has done it.” Even those who have been known to send nude photos around the school but have chosen to remain anonymous for this article agree with Chong’s statement, adding that they themselves know of a large amount of kids also doing it. The reasons kids take part in this act are similar. From a female point of view, Analisa Velasco, junior, believes that the majority of people do it for the free publicity. “Everybody does it for the attention aspect,” Velasco said. “They just want to feel better about themselves.” However from a male’s perspective, an anonymous junior explained his reasoning based on pure hormones. “It was just kind of a flirty, sexual thing,” he said. “It’s more real when it is with somebody you know, instead of just [watching] porn.” ‘Sexting’ has legal consequences But what may be considered by some teens a harmless form of flirting in a generation surrounded by technology is not taken so lightly in the court of law. For either receiving or distributing under-age nude material, prosecutors have begun charging kids with child pornography and other related felonies. The result of being convicted could go as far as having the term “sex

offender” added to a juvenile’s criminal record. While some students believe that the legal penalties are too harsh for something that is considered harmless among teens, Renee Wyman, junior, finds that the punishment does in fact fit the crime and that the only person to blame in such a situation is themselves. “Own up to the things you do. Anything you send is entirely your responsibility,” Wyman said. “Accept the repercussions.” But it is not always the people directly involved with the exchange of nude pictures that get in trouble. A particular case involving a former student of Timberline has recently been investigated by authorities. After leaving the school and moving to another state, the student proceeded to send and receive pornographic pictures and videos through her cell phone to and from classmates still living in the area. The trafficking of this material reached such a level that the individual’s service provider was notified, who then brought this information to the authorities. Instead of the young teenager getting in trouble, the father, who held the name on the account, faced the penalty. Even though the child pornography charges were later dropped against him and his daughter, there were still consequences at home. A family member of those involved and a junior at Timberline spoke out on the incident. “I was disappointed in her. She used to be so innocent,” he said. The student’s sympathy and admiration goes

out to her father as well. “I thought it was messed up what happened to him,” the junior said. “He handled the situation very well. If that was me I would have taken it more seriously.” Sending nude photos hurts reputations Legal consequences aside, many students who take part in sexting also run a risk of dealing with the reaction of their fellow peers. Sometimes when a picture is sent to one individual, the final number of people coming into contact with the material could be in the double or even triple digits. “Take and send whatever pictures you like. But don’t act appalled or offended when the whole school sees them,” Wyman said. Some, on the other hand, actually utilize their history of sending semi-nude photographs and learn from their past mistakes. One such student, who will remain anonymous for this article, explained the pressure she received from a boy she liked at the time is what caused her to send the photo. “[It was] probably the most embarrassing thing I went through,” the freshman said. “My picture got sent to about everyone, even my family.” Since then, she claims to have changed her ways. “When all the picture drama went on, all I thought about was ‘I’m never doing that again’,” she said. “My main thing now is just to think before you act.”

How do you think sending naked pictures affects relationships? “I think it [‘sexting’] has a bad effect because a girl could get mad at her boyfriend and send a picture to some other guy. Then they’ll break up. -Daniel Fowler, senior “If it’s sent to a friend it cou ld make the relationship aw kward, because you are giving them a different perspective of yourself.” -Briana Welsh, sophomore

” “I think it’s disgusting. Why would they expose their bodies in public? an freshm -Paul Boughal,

“You may lose your friendship over it beca use maybe that’s all they were looking for in the first place.” -Shelby Sims, junior

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By Staff Writer Missy Ayres e get people who will randomly come up to us and ask if we’re twins which you’d think was pretty obvious but we mess with them and say things like, ‘nah, I’ve never met this kid,’” said Addison Lockhart, senior. Identical or fraternal, there is no way to avoid the 11 sets of twins that roam the halls of Timberline each day, including business teacher Roma Smith and activities director Pat Geiger, who both have an identical twin. As it turns out, the likelihood of naturally conceiving identical or fraternal twins is one in 38 births. Naturally, people confuse many twins because they look identical, but once people get the chance to distinguish their personalities, they do not seem so identical after all. This was not the case for junior Diana Nguyen, however, “my ex-boyfriend hugged Diane when I was the one who was going out with him.” Their friend, junior Mai Roach, said, “You get to realize that no matter how much they look alike, their personalities are very different.” In additon, most twins are constantly sized up by their peers, being told that one of them is more this or that compared to the other. “Everyone compares us and they say, ‘he’s the cuter one,’ or, ‘he’s the cooler one.’ It just makes us mad. And it’s annoy-

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ing,” said Lockhart. While that may be a complicated mix-up, Alyssa Kellar, sophomore, shared that even her parents often confused her with her sister when they were younger. Another touchy subject,besides being confused for one another, is dressing the same as children, which can be bitter sweet. “Diana and I had the same haircut and everything and I hated it,” said Diane Nguyen, junior. “We wanted to be our own people with our own identities but as we get older I appreciate having her more.” Even being dressed alike and having had the same haircut, Diana feels like they look nothing alike. Competition becomes unavoidable between twins since they take some of the same classes, are around the same people, and go through the same things at the same time. Keeping things neutral in the household was a key issue for Diane Dominiak, mother of Sam and Sarah Dominiak. As a mother of twins she, “just wants them to get along.” One thing seemingly easy to pull off for twins is the classic, switch-a-roo-in-class trick. When the Nguyen twins tried, they almost got away with it until their teachers caught on and were suspicious of the way they were talking in class. For Diane and Diana, they like to switch on the phone, or texting, and even on the computer. Photo by Rebekah May

How well do you know the twins? The Blazer interviewed Diane and Diana Nguyen, one of the 11 sets of twins that go to Timberline. Can you decipher who answered each question? Favorite pizza: A: Spartacus from Brewery City B: Pan Crust from Pizza Hut Favorite song: A: Move (if you wanna)- Mims B: Move (if you wanna)- Mims Favorite movie: A: The Notebook B: Tropic Thunder Significant childhood memory: A: I was running right as my sister was opening the freezer door and it hit my head, giving me a scar B: I was the look out while we were

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sneaking peanut butter from the fridge Hobbies: A: Computer/laptop/mall B: Eating Three words to describe yourself: A: Random, Spritely, Loud B: Hyperly Verbose, Skinny, Squinty Favorite clothes brand: A: Forever 21 B: Forever 21 Differences from twin: A: I’m more calm and rational B: I’m more psychotic Do you want twins: A: No, it would hurt and cost too much but I want to be a grandma of twins B: No, I think I would die in the process from them binge-eating my insides

Dream profession: A: Chief financial officer/financial project manager B: A rich business/project manager for Microsoft or Boeing Ideal vacation destination: A: Somewhere sunny in Asia B: Asia, Japan or Korea Favorite sport: A: Track B: Track Dream car: A: Audi m3 B: I don’t really know cars...? Do you like being a twin: A: Sometimes, it depends on the situation B: Yes, I always have someone by my side Favorite color: A: Blue B: Blue

A: Diana; B: Diane

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The real money issue at Timberline: Fines blazer talk@hotmail.com

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By Staff Writer Lyndsey Kellar or almost every core class offered at Timberline High School, students are required to check out a textbook from the library. Students are notorious offenders of sharing, borrowing, and losing their textbooks around their own house, friends’ houses, in the classroom, or other places as the year progresses. According to library assistant Dawn Doyle, since August of 2007, when the library implemented the new library system, there have been 1,217 missing books from the library; totalling over $30,000 worth of books. There are a variety of consequences for unpaid fines. Students are not allowed to participate in afterschool sports and seniors are not allowed to walk for graduation until all of their fines are paid. Librarian Marianne Hunter with the assistance of Doyle keep track of the missing books. “We periodically put fines on books, and put in fines by the end of the semester and the end of the year for texbooks,” said Doyle. She has seen some seniors unable to walk at their graduation, and has also had senior students come in and pay fines on the day of graduation. Classroom textbooks are more commonly misplaced than novels checked out of the library. Amounts of fines vary for the type of book missing. “There are fines ranging from $12 for Of Mice and Men to $90 for the new biology books,” said Doyle. Along with the inconvenience of the shortage of books, money is a huge problem when it comes to books being lost and fines having to be paid. “There will eventually come a time when we’ll have to think of which ones [books] to replace. At some point we

might not be able to replace any,” said Doyle. Besides replacing books with new ones, older textbooks can be rebound which can be cheaper, but is still costly.

Parking Jam Some students are in a hurry, others just get away with it. Either way, many students wedge their way into prohibitted parking spaces, whether it is in the staff parking lot, behind the auto shop, or along the construction fences. But how are students caught and how do the fines follow through? Allen Thomas, head of security, has to keep an eye out for bad parking jobs. Students may think they are passing by unnoticed, but Thomas recognizes who is out of place. “Some are frequent flyers. I report a license plate to officer McClanahan or run the student sticker number to the office and see who it is,” said Thomas. There are several different consequences for the student. If it is their first fine, they are charged and given a $35 ticket. If it is their second time being caught, their car is sometimes towed. “If I’m feeling nice, I’ll give them another $35 ticket and contact their parents,” said Thomas. There have been attempts to tow four students’ cars this year. “Every time the kid finds out about their car some way or another and runs out like a damn sprint all star to move their car,” he said. After Thomas reports the parking sticker, the office secretaries tell him how many times the student has been issued a ticket or warned. Then, they are called down to the office. They have to sign the ticket, and a copy of the fine is sent to the ASB office for the ASB assistant, Valerie Parret, to enter it onto the fines list.

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Amount of money it will cost you if you get a parking ticket from parking in one of the many prohibited areas around campus.

1,217 The number of books that have gone missing since August 2007.

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The cost in fines for a student who loses an advanced algebra and trigonometry ruler.

Photo by Sean VanAusdal

Gavin Sutherland, senior, takes care to return his checked out library book, so he does not end up with a fine this year, while Kyeong Hwan Kim, junior, takes the book to check it back into the library’s new system, which was implemented in August 2007.

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N e r d s :the social outcasts of high school. M o r e commonly k n o w n for getting rump-hurting w e d g i e s from the jocks rather than an invitation to the lunch table. The evolution of nerds has come a long way since previous years. Nerds are now looked at in a different light and are slowly becoming more socially accepted. The Blazer staff has formulated a study of six students and two teachers who describe their outlook on “nerdism.” They rate themselves on the “nerd-ometer” scale of 1-10, 1 being the least nerdiest and 10 being the nerdiest. photo illustration by Rebekah May


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AN EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY

“Personal Nerd-O-Meter”

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Jennifer Tran Sophomore

By Staff Writers Bailey Pritchett and Jeff Stiles “Personal Nerd-O-Meter”

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Mike Dixon Business Teacher

Kim Vivian Senior

Dillon Welch Junior

Nathan Hamilton Substitute Teacher

What is a nerd? I think it refers to someone who is very intelligent, but generally socially awkward.

Describe some of the nerdy things you have done in your life. I tutor as my part-time job and volunteer as a tutor after school for our math program. I also T.A. in the morning at 6:30 a.m. as a zero hour.

What are your thoughts on past and present nerd stereotypes? The reason there are these stereotypes is likely because of resentment by certain people to nerds, for the reason that they (nerds) can do something better than them.

Have you ever noticed someone being abused (verbally/ physically) for being smart? Occasionally, but mainly I have noticed kids being ridiculed or teased.

Have you ever felt embarassed of your intelligence? It would be ridiculous to be ashamed of your intelligence. I don’t generally try to rub people’s face in it, but I am certainly not going to hide or apologize for it. And I don’t feel the need to bow and scrape for the appoval of the “cool kids”. What is the greatest difference betwen past and present day views of nerds? I think in the past 20 years nerdiness has gotten a little sexier. When I was a kid, my dream girl was always Velma from Scooby-Doo. She certainly wasn’t as good looking as Daphne, but she always made me laugh, and she was the one that generally solved the crime and kept everyone alive.

Have you ever noticed someone being abused (physically/verbally) for being smart? Yes, I hear it all the time. People call me a nerd because of my ethnicity, being Asian. I also hear it when I tell someone I am studying over the weekend. Have you ever been embarassed of your intelligence? No, being smart is definitely a confidence booster. What is wrong with being smart? But, the way I look at it is people who want to make fun of me now will probably end up working for people like me in the future.

Describe some of the nerdy aspects of yourself. I love classical music, with a passion. What is a nerd? A nerd is someone who takes avid interest associated with fields of academics. What is the greatest difference between past and present day views of nerds? Today the negative stereotype of nerds partially apply but nerds can now be more popular because of education and media portrayal, there is a somewhat more positive view of nerds.

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What are your thoughts on past/present nerd stereotypes? Nerds today seem more like perfectionists and nervous wrecks about getting things right.

What is the greatest difference between past and present day views of smart people? Today Asians are almost always associated with nerds and that is not always true. Describe some nerdy things you have done. I freak out when I am close to getting an A-. I want to maintain my 4.0. What is a nerd? Based on public consensus, a nerd is a super smart kid reading a book in a corner of the class and always has a valuable opinion in the teacher’s eye.

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Matt Connor Freshman

What is a nerd? I think a nerd carries a lot of books and hides from other people. They use huge words that nobody could ever understand unless they happened to be carrying a dictionary.

What are some of the nerdy things you’ve done in your life? I used to play Yu-gi-oh at lunch with my friends when I was in fourth grade. My class schedule is also pretty nerdy, I am taking mainly sophomore level classes.

Have you ever felt embarassed of your intelligence? All the time. I hate being the one constantly answering the teacher’s questions and set the grade curve higher. Standing out for intelligence can seem like an insult at times.

Have you noticed anyone being abused (verbally/physically) for being smart? I would say a lot of teasing happens but it is a lot more friendly now than what it use to be.

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“Personal Nerd-O-Meter”

What are your thoughts on past/present nerd stereotypes? I think that the nerd stereotypes focus only on all the bad aspects of nerds rather than the better.

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Haleigh Zarrell Junior

Describe some nerdy things you’ve done in your life. I like to spend Friday and Saturday nights reading, watching movies, or working on homework. Have you ever felt embarassed for doing something intelligent? When I am with other people that I do not know I tend to stay more reserved.

What is the greatest difference between past and present day view of nerds? Nerd terms and nerds in general are becoming more and more mainstream and more people are accepting. More people are playing nerdy games too!

Have you ever felt embarassed of your intelligence? No, I totally enjoy being smart. I often get praised for my intelligence and people look up to me. It is pretty cool.

Describe some of the nerdy things you’ve done in your life. I married a librarian who wears librarian glasses, that’s pretty geeky. Have you ever felt embarassed for doing something intelligent? Not really. But, in high school I might have hidden a grade or test score to avoid standing out in front of my class or peers. photo illustration by Rebekah May

GLOSSARY:

Geek: Known throughout the late 20th century as being one who enjoys such hobbies as playing “Dungeons & Dragons,” repairing computers, frequently reading, and free-lance mathematics.

Nerd: Commonly mistaken for “Dork;” one who exhibits a higher vigor in core curricular classes. Earning a much higher grade than other peers, and greatly despised because of the act.

Dork: Shares similar qualities as a “Geek,” but having a lower form of self-respect. Goes about daily life entering public with an “I don’t care” attitude due to his/her extremely low sense of peer pressure.

Wierdo: Without skills in mathematics, or computer sciences. Often times dressing abstractly with a sense of insanity, and talking to one’s self alone. Exerts notions of instability, and clumsiness in common social situations.


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Staff Editorial:

Nasty nudies not a necessity on Nokias

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magine walking into school one morning only to find out the picture you sent in your undies the night before was connecting to the person’s phone right next to you, and the promise to keep the dirty little picture a secret was broken by the person you initially sent it to. The trend of sending nude or erotic photos via cell phone is becoming an alarming craze among young adults. More and more girls and boys are getting caught with their pants down, literally, and the consequences are becoming greater. If students are willing to openly take off their clothes for the wrong kind of attention then what is keeping them from following through with the actions their photos suggest? Whether it is raging hormones at work or the overwhelming starvation for

I bet my buddies would like to see these...

attention, the bottom line is that students are doing this. Aside from the public humiliation of being indecently exposed in the eyes of your peers, the law and administration is cracking down as well. If you are under the age of 18 and take these photos and send them out, you are considered to be distributing child pornography and can be tried and convicted as a sex offender. Now how would it feel to see your mugshot on meganslaw.com? Staff editorials represent the opinion of a majority of the newspaper staff. This month: • 18 staff members agreed • 6 staff members disagreed • 6 staff members did not vote

illustration by Shavon McKinstry

THUMBS

Letters to the Editor

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

“Freeze” game out of hand

The infamous game being played by students is causing quite a stir. If a person makes eye contact with someone making ‘goggles’ with their hands, they’re essentially frozen for ten seconds, allowing the person that froze them to either hit, pinch or inflict some sort of harm to them. However, if the person making ‘goggles’ makes eye contact with someone making a rectangle with their fingers, like a mirror, they are frozen. The only way to avoid being frozen all together is to place your hand vertically over the bridge of your nose, warding off any sort of threat. One might see this game as immature and barbaric; there is no true winner. Games of this sort have some of us thinking “What will they come up with next”? (20 staff members agreed: 5 disagreed: 5 did not vote)

Student parking still a drag

Timberline students have had to grin and bear while enduring obscured parking conditions for over a year and a half now, and frankly it has become ridiculous. It’s well into the winter season and licensed students are still bearing the hardship of trekking to and from the student parking lot each day. This monotonous routine is wearing down the nerves of just about everyone at Timberline. (28 staff members agreed: 2 did not vote)

Racism encompasses all races

Teens need to be more accepting

Dear Editor, In last month’s issue of The Blazer, I noticed the editorial cartoon to be a picture depicting someone calling another individual a fag, while that person replied with a series of derogatory racial slurs. While I thought that it made a great statement about different insults being equally as hurtful, I also noticed that one particular racial slur was neglected to be completed in the cycle: nigger. Now, I understand why The Blazer chose not to use the word in its entirety, because of the amount of negative backlash it could have stirred upwith the less mature students. I believe that the word should have been used, however, because the message being conveyed would have made a bigger impact on the public. In order to significantly impact the stubborn mindsets of the student body (and also the community), there is a need to make a bigger statement to catch their attention and influence change.

Dear Editor, Last month’s issue seemed to get a lot of criticism especially from the group of kids I mainly hang out with, the majority of whom don’t even read the articles. They just look at the pictures and make assumptions of what the article really is about, and if it is stupid or not. Last month the newspaper covered a subject that many high school students get made fun of for. Homosexuality has increased dramatically over the last few years and I believe that high school students should not make fun of kids who may be different than them or like different people. I personally liked the article and the coverage the story got because I believe that homosexuality should become more accepted in the schools. Kids need to understand that people make decisions that may differ from their own, but just because you may not agree with it does not mean that you should make fun of or treat them unfairly.

- Brett Pantier, a junior

- Paul David-Jensen, a senior


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Hey, I am actually black! By Staff Writer Desiree Ward

I was turned away from a playground at age five for looking white. Having just recently moved to the east coast I hadn’t ever contemplated my appearance in comparison to anyone else before. But now that I’m older, I see the problem for people when they look at me: I have lightly-toned skin and red hair, and I suppose I look stereotypically white. Until you look closely. In reality, my mother is white and my father is black, much like many students who attend Timberline today. When I moved from Washington to Virginia at age five, it was very much a cultural shock. Never before did I have to stomach the fact that I wasn’t just biracial but white and black; and this topic wasn’t just black or white for me, it was deeper. How could I possibly choose a side? I didn’t look the part to be ‘black’ and I didn’t act the part of being ‘white’ so where did I fall? I stood conflicted in a world that expected me to choose. Determining my ethnicity is a challenge to those that can’t spot the signs; the wider set nose, curvier body and thicker hair. On the inside I know who I am and where my roots are, but what can I do when faced with friends who might

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Voices down the

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

“The Idaho Legislature should tell Otter to take a hike on this transportation proposal. Many of these projects are not so pressing that we cannot wait until the economy is in better shape.” Editorial Board Timberlines Timberline High School Boise, Idaho illustration by Shavon McKinstry

drop an n-bomb or racially derogatory remark? Not being taken seriously as a black woman is degrading and an insult to anyone who fought to make it possible for the union of my parents to be accepted in the first place. Based on stereotypes alone, I fall in to neither category. I refuse to be molded and crammed into a tiny box, so that other people will feel more comfortable

when handling me. I have dealt with strife from both sides of my race, predominantly for the way I choose to carry myself and for being born with certain features. It is now 2009 and it is ridiculously old fashioned for a person, such as myself, to be judged by the color of their skin and not the content of their character.

Experiences with Team U.S.A. Every issue The Blazer invites a member of the Timber- ship Award during closing ceremonies. Spain went on to win line community to be a guest columnist. This month’s guest is the World Title, beating Argentina in the final seconds of the Anthony Sparkhul, a senior who shares his trip with the Junior championship game with a final score of 2-1. It was a really U.S.A. National Hockey Team to the World Tournament in San- exciting experience being able to watch all of the top players in tiago, Chili. the world at one time. Last year I tried out and made the In our trip to Chile we learned about so many different culJunior U.S.A. National Team for tures. We had time to meet and hang out with many of the playEuropean Roller Hockey. The ers from France, Spain, Australia, South Africa and Great Britteam travels with two goalies and tan. With everyone speaking different languages it was crazy I was chosen as the starter. My trying to talk with players who didn’t speak English. Besides brother, Matt Sparkuhl, was the the players we also had to communicate with the people from youngest player to make the U.S.A. Chile. It was difficult going into stores and restaurants expectTeam and the youngest player at ing to get a shirt or meal when it was near impossible to talk to the World Tournament. Players on them. the team come from all around the Even though we were in a different country, Burger King country with four from Washington was our favorite place to eat. But a local State and the other six team members favorite we liked was to put guacamole, coming from California, Utah, Marychopped tomatoes, and mayonnaise on land and Pennsylvania. top of burgers and hot dogs; it was actu After a practice tournament in ally good! We also tried papas fritas and France we traveled to Santiago, Chile Anthony Sparkhul empanadas from the market. And just like to play in the World Tournament. Our the rumor holds, we drank out of bottled division included the U.S.A., Argenwater. tina, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, Germany and An- As a 10 year veteran I have played roller hockey across gola. For the first time Team U.S.A. won two games beating the United States. It was a great experience representing the both Australia and South Africa. For our efforts throughout the U.S.A. and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again in the whole tournament, Team U.S.A was awarded the Sportsman- future!

BE OUR

GUEST

“It rather appalls me that our society has desensitized to the point that the death of a loved one can be categorized like a malady, like an illness that one has to overcome.” Alexis Walsh The Rampage North Thurston High School Lacey, Wash.

“Children are becoming stripped of their childhood, metamorphosed into modeling skimpy outfits and told they should portray body images replicating pure perfection.” Katies Ramirez WASCO Pasco High School Pasco, Wash.

“The bottom line is: senioritis [equals] euphoric satisfaction. Sounds pretty erotic. Count me in.” Juliya Ziskina The Viking Underground Curtis High School University Place, Wash.


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Should marijuana be legalized?

By Staff Writer Danica Thomas

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By Assistant Editor-in-Chief Madhura Panjini

arijuana is a plant that holds the potential to drastically improve the current state of our nation. The only problem? It’s illegal. Everyone is entitled to their own views on marijuana legalization, but the government is unfairly predisposing society to one-sided beliefs without giving the public a chance to educate themselves on the matter. Marijuana legalization does not solely mean increased consumption. Look at the bigger picture; if I were to ask any American what the main issue in our country is right now, they would say without hesitation, our economy. If heavily taxed, the legal sale of marijuana will significantly improve the probability of the country eliminating its current fiscal crisis. The money spent unsuccessfully trying to prevent the distribution of marijuana is a complete waste of American tax dollars. The government spends billions of dollars annually to prevent marijuana possession, but according to a 2007 survey taken by the Bureau of Justice statistics, more than 83 percent of high school seniors said that they could obtain marijuana fairly easily. The government hardly enforces marijuana regulations anyway, which is costing taxpayers a pretty penny. Besides, how can you strictly enforce outdated laws on a plant that could be grown in any backyard? In a recession, wasting U.S. revenue is further hindering the availability of jobs as well as the likelihood of the country pulling it self out of debt. There are other legal drugs that are more dangerous than marijuana. For instance, the active ingredient in salvia, a legal hallucinogen, is the most powerful mind-altering substance in nature. It’s affects have been compared to harder illegal drugs such as LSD. Cannibis also provides medical benefits to people with extreme amounts of pain. It has been proven that medicinal marijuana helps patients cope with pain more than prescription pills do, and with fewer side effects. If anything, alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana. Why? Because while the kid who drives home wasted wraps his car around a tree, chances are that the kid who smoked pot is sitting on his couch with a bag of Doritos, happily playing Xbox. One of these kids is just a little bit more threatening than the other.

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he legality of marijuana is a controversial battle that has been raging on for years. Although there are valid arguments for both sides, having the government legalize marijuana would be a devastating blow to society. Legalizing marijuana for the sole purpose of taxing to drive the U.S. out of its fiscal crisis is an idealistic thought. But in reality will it work? No. Since taxed, some people would realize that it would be more profitable to sell pot illegally anyways, so who would the government really be benefitting if they legalized marijuana? Some may argue that marijuana should be legalized because it has defendable medicinal uses. Though that may be true, studies done by the National Institute of Health show that smoking marijuana for medicinal therapy isn’t any more effective than traditional therapy. In fact, it is shown that smoking pot can be even worse because one joint has four times more tar than a cigarette. Marijuana is also associated with short-term memory loss. A study done by the Georgetown University School of Medicine, found that “memory loss can stay with teens for up to six weeks after they stop smoking the drug.” Marijuana is frequently referred to as a gateway drug. Studies by the American Institute of Health show that people who smoke marijuana are “two to five times more likely to move onto harder drugs like heroin and cocaine later in life.” Increasing accessibility of this sort of drug will lure the curious into trying it – possibly getting them hooked enough to get seriously addicted to other harder drugs. Unlike alcohol where drinking too much could be fatal, smoking too much pot will not kill you. As true as that is, it is quite deceiving. Marijuana will not physically kill you, but rather harm your relationships, goals, and ambitions. Basically smoking will make everything about you lifeless in the scariest of ways. If legalization occurred, future generations would not see marijuana as a dangerous drug – it would just be another legal thing that would be OK to try because the government regulates it. What kind of message does de- criminalizing marijuana send to the younger generation? It tells kids that it is safe to smoke pot. Let’s protect the moral standards of our future and keep marijuana illegal.

The Blazer Staff Editor-in-Chief: Nathan Morr Assistant Editor-in-Chief: Madhura Panjini News Editors: Victoria Carroll, Victoria Zoller Arts and Entertainment Editor: Amy Gripp Sports Editor: Delas Raiford Opinion Page Editor: Lindsay Keith Graphics Editor: Anthony Collins Business Manager: Amanda Angle Staff Writers: Erin Adams, Missy Ayres, TasiAna Babauta, Zach Beltramo, Brandon Burrell, Owen Davies, Rachel Estep, John Ferreira, Emerson Hardebeck, Lyndsey Kellar, Rachel Lee, Nicole Mercer, Bailey Pritchett, Jeff Stiles, Danica Thomas, Desiree Ward Graphics Staff: Sean Van Ausdal, Rebekah May, Pascuala Gaspar Esteban, Shavon McKinstry

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. Letters to the Editor must be typed or written legibly. The Blazer will print as many submissions as space permits and request that all submitted work include the contributor’s name, grade, and signature. The Blazer reserves the rights to edit all submission for content, accuracy, spelling and grammar. All student work must be submitted in the Blazer

Staff Room, room #425. Written work may also be submitted via email at blazertalk@hotmail.com. Editorials The opinion section of The Blazer will serve as a public forum for thoughtful, well-written forms of expression. Bylined editorials represent the views of the author. Non-bylined editorials represent the views of a majority of The Blazer staff. Views printed herein are meant to be opinionated and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Timberline faculty, administration, or the North Thurston School Board. Advertising The Blazer will not accept any advertising that we believe to be factually inaccurate; designed to mislead, deceive or defraud; containing malicious, vindictive, or unsubstantiated attacks; offering goods and/or services illegal for all teenagers to possess, buy or use; libelous; obscene; creating imminent danger or disruption to school. Advertisements do not necessarily represent the views or endorsements of The Blazer staff or the Timberline faculty, administration, or the North Thurston School Board.

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sculpture by Steven Svach

Hey, hey, whadda ya say? Wanna talk today? Or is she calling you away? Keep letting her lead I see, I see, you need But you don’t see me bleed. Stick your needle, heat your spoon; Forget where you are by noon And don’t remember until the moon Now, I don’t feel any chagrin So you can just go back to your female hero Her versus me, she always will win Your female hero is calling, daddy, calling you She is wanting, daddy, wanting you And I am calling, daddy, but calling who? poem by David Lawrence

drawing by David Hyde

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Teens are battling the latest addiction: video games.

By Staff Writer Danica Thomas he signs of teen addiction are usually very evident; the addict secludes between him and his mother. He explains that it wasn’t easy, but it was something themselves in their room, becomes lethargic, and may even emotionally he had to do in order to salvage what was left of their relationship. “I was thinking to myself, ‘I just need to get up and break it.’ So I did, and it neglect the people that they love and care for the actually felt kind-of good,” Thompson said. “I don’t regret most. These signs may seem like the addiction in it at all.” question would undoubtedly point to drugs or alcoAlex Arseo, senior, is another student who believes he is hol. But the actual culprit? Video games. addicted to video games. “On a day where I play a lot, I can Though there is no proof that video games have addictive play for six to seven hours,” Arseo said. “I’ve spent almost qualities within them, treatment centers are recognizing that $500 dollars on Xbox stuff.” gaming can be a serious problem. The Entertainment Software Arseo feels that his academic performance is highly influAssociation states that 65 percent of American households play enced by the amount of time he spends playing Xbox, and either computer or video games, most of the gamers being under while high scores sky-rocket, his grades plummet. “[Video 18. One-time avid gamer Stan Thompson, junior, knows the regames] stop me from doing homework a lot of the time,” he ality of this addiction all too well. “I played probably four to five said. hours daily,” Thompson said. “Even on school nights.” Alex Spiering, senior, believes that his video game addicVideo game ‘addiction’ is being more commonly recognized tion was more severe when he had an abundance of free time. in the medical world as a mental disorder. Some facilities are “There was one time where I was playing [video games] for even adding programs that cater to teens seeking professional 48 hours straight and [was] only getting up to use the bathhelp to break their dependence on video games, according to room and to grab some chips or a sandwich,” he said. “But I CBS News. Experts argue that video game addiction is a clini- Stan Thompson, don’t play video games as much anymore with work, school, cal impulse control disorder, an addiction in the same family as junior and a girlfriend.” compulsive gambling. Matt Pingel, junior, added that the amount of his playing According to Thompson, his excessive gaming ruined the time is dependent on what else is going on in his schedule. “I relationship with his family, and events with them were pushed make time for my girlfriend, and I don’t really play [video to the bottom of his list of priorities. “I never wanted to do family things,” he said. “I told my mom that I didn’t believe in God so I could get out of games] during football season,” said Pingel. However, off-season he says he enjoys playing World of Warcraft, a popular computer game, for up to eight hours in a single going to church and stay home to play Xbox.” Thompson acknowledges that most, if not all, of the tension in his home at the time day. Some Timberline students believe that video games are a waste of time. “If all was a direct result of his Xbox. “We’d usually get into a huge argument almost every people do is play video games, they need to find something else to do,” said junior day. My mom was hurt that I appreciated the Xbox more than her.” Last October, Thompson intentionally broke his game console to fix the problems James Pak.

I told my mom that I didn’t believe in God so I could get out of going to church and stay home to play Xbox.

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WATCHMEN

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Warner Brothers Photo

The newest comic book-turnedmovie hits the silver screen today.

Meet the

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By Staff Writer John Ferreira oday the highly anticipated graphic novel, Watchmen, finally hits the silver screen as one of the most talked-about films of 2009. Based on the graphic novel released by DC Comics in 1986, this action flick brings to light the magic of the comic book world. Under the watchful eye of visionary director Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) this two year long project stars up-and-coming actors Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Ackerman, and Billy Crudup. Set in 1985, the movie begins in a world plagued with nuclear war tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. With President Richard Nixon still in power, the vigilantes of the past have now been outlawed by the Keene Act. Watchmen is very similar to a darker version of the movie, The Incredibles. The film and comic follow the heroes Dr. Manhattan and The Comedian, who work as government operatives; Rorschach, a still active vigilante; Silk Spectre II, a retired vigilante and daughter of the original Silk Spectre; Nite Owl II, a retired vigilante with technological savvy; and Ozymandias, a retired vigilante whose identity has been revealed. With the murder of The Comedian, the fight to discover the truth about the attempt to annihilate the superheroes begins in a superheroes vs. the world type battle. With the release date finally here, several students around Timberline are excited to see the film. Jacob Hoff, a freshman, has anticipated the release of the film for quite some time. Although not a fan of comic books or graphic novels, he still wants to watch the film. “It’s hard to picture it all in a graphic novel. It’s [the

movie] pretty exciting, I’m ready to see it,” he said. Hoff’s enthusiasm for the movie is shared by students and teachers alike. English teacher Kim Mason has always loved superheroes; Mason loves the idea of the film, thinking that a whole new crowd will be exposed to the chronicles of comic book lore. “The readers of comics and graphic novels have always been characterized as kind of geeky. This movie, I feel, will open up that world to all new people. I’m very excited,” she said. However, for every excited fan, there is one who has no real opinion on the release of Watchmen. Although there are those individuals who don’t enjoy comic books, there are those who wouldn’t mind watching the film. Arjuna Sivakumar, a freshman, likes the potential that he sees in the movie. “It’s no Iron Man, but compared to other comics that are movies it looks good,” he said. Then there are the comic book fans who are angered by Hollywood’s recent trend to adapt traditional comics into feature length films. “It’s got its pros and cons. I learned to read as a kid by reading old comics, but I like some of the movies. To be honest though, I could really care less about Watchmen. It’s not even DVD rent worthy,” said senior Jake Weiler. With the film fanatics and the critics, there are individuals who are totally oblivious to the impending release of the film. When asked if he was excited to see the movie, sophomore Chase Wasson simply responded with a puzzled look and a shrug of the shoulders. After being given a brief synopsis of the film, Wasson said, “I wouldn’t waste a dime on it.”

CAST

Meet the

CREW

The Comedian Began his vigilante career in the 1940’s and became somewhat of a patriot in the eyes of Americans. His brutal murder is the start of the movie. (Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan)

Nite Owl II He rescues Rorschach from jail and helps discover the secrets behind all the mystery and controversy surrounding the murders of superheroes. (Played by Patrick Wilson) Dr. Manhattan Transformed into a blue-skinned superhero after an experiment gone wrong in 1959. His contract with the United States government has increased the tensions between the US and the Soviet Union. (Played by Billy Crudup) Ozymandias This retired superhero has devoted his life to running his private enterprise. One of the smartest men on earth, his superiority over the world view is what gives him the villain title. (Played by Matthew Goode) Rorschach The only illegal vigilante still active. After discovering the murder of The Comedian, he’s framed for another murder and sent to prison. Sprung from jail, he and the other superheroes embark to discover the truth behind the deaths of the superheroes. (Played by Jackie Earle Haley) Silk Spectre II Daughter of the original Silk Spectre and The Comedian. She fought crime for ten years before the Keene Act banned vigilantes. Silk Spectre II is on again off again romantically linked to Nite Owl II. (Played by Malin Akerman)


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Just for the Halibut

Commentary, humor, satire, and possibly another fish joke, by Shavon McKinstry So..what do you guys want to eat for the movie?

MY NEW

FRIEND best

Great! That’ll be an arm and a leg!

I’ll have a small soda and popcorn.

By Staff Writer Rachel Lee 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 Max Zweig, a sophomore, and my new best friend.

Question: Do you do any activities around the school? Answer: No. Well, last year I wrestled, but this year I didn’t because I broke my finger. Q: Ouch... So do you skateboard? A: Not really, I dirt bike. Skateboarding’s just something I mess around with.

The Blazer’s Monthly Game:

WordSearch March Madness

Q: Have you ever been sponsored? A: I got sponsored by Dunlap off of this website I’m on, but I didn’t take it because it wasn’t a sponsorship I wanted.

BASKET BASKETBALL BUZZER COACHES DUKE FANS HOOP LOSE MADNESS MARCH NORTHCAROLINA POINTS REFEREES SCOREBOARD SWISH UCONN UPSETS WAKEFOREST WIN

Q: Do you have any plans for college? A: I’ll go to SPSCC and get my core classes out of the way so I can go to Western and party. Q: What does your mom think of that? A: It was her idea. She told me that I would be partying all the time and fail the first year, and that she wasn’t going to pay for me to do that. Q: What do you want to pursue in college? A: I want to be an engineer, it’s something I already do now. Q: What do you mean by that? A: I weld things together like go-karts and I made a rock crawler. Q: Will you be my new best friend? A: Sure

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: “Anchovies!”

“Gross” - Tyler Dunham, senior “Sounds fishy” - Becca Mossman, junior “Disgusting” - Baylen Hulsey, junior “Sick” - Brianna Johnson, freshman “Nifty” - Kayla Graff, senior “Ewww” - LaShonda Hunt, senior “Nasty” - Genesis Rivera, sophomore “???” - Daron Lewis, senior “What!?” - Shannon Andino, junior “Yuck!” - Grace Park, junior “giggle” - Julie Norton, senior “Vomit” - Nicole Willms-Owsley, junior

“Food” - Amber Taylor, freshman “Anchovies?” - Brittney Brownell, senior “Rad” - Kacey Cooper, freshman “Mmmm” - Brenton Stiles, sophomore “Pizza” - Hector Hernandez, senior “Weird” - Jacob Barber, freshman “Gross” - Brittany Francis, senior “Bait” - John Donis, senior “Slimy” - Stevie Strahan, freshman “Unsexy” - Gabe Escobar, senior “Salty” - Bre Carrett, junior “Endangered” - Nick Byers, senior

Heard

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Hallway

FINALword

can’t even count “ Ihow many girls have sat on my lap. -Anonymous, as always


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Morgan Williams, sophomore, qualified for state in the balance beam on Feb. 14 at the district meet at Auburn Mountain View High School photo by Sean Van Ausdal

TIME

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By Staff Writer TasiAna Babauta Blazer wrestlers pin their hopes on state This past winter athletic season wrestling was in full swing for Timberline High School. Andre Courie, a junior, placed first in sub-districts for his weight class of 152. Courie’s expectations for state were reflected in a statement before districts, “If I wrestled like I did last week I’ll do well at state,” said Courie. Another Timberline athlete, Jonathon Schuster, a junior, qualified for state along with Courie. Courie placed eighth at state. Also, Schuster placed sixteenth in his weight class of 171 at state. Timberline track welcomes new comers Springing into the new season Timberline’s track team will be adding new teammates as well as welcoming returning teammates. An incoming addition for the track team will be Brandon Wooton, a freshman. “The reason for doing track [is] I like running and doing individual events to prove you’re better than everyone,” said Wooton. For returning track members the opportunities are high. Briana Welsh, a returner from last season feels the potential for achieving great things, “My expectation is to break the school record that I broke last year, and hopefully go to state,” she said.

The first track meet for Timberline is away on March 19 at 3:15 p.m. in Sumner. Fastpitch looks for a repeat success On March 17 the girls fastpitch team will be playing a game against Clover Park High School. The previous year’s spring sports season the girls fastpitch team qualified for state only to loose in the 3A championship game against Kennedy High School 5-1. Varsity hopefull Myranda Bell, a sophomore, tolf what the team will do to prepare for the upcoming spring season. “We’re going to work harder than last year by doing morning workouts and night weight training,” said Bell. Returning varsity player Jennifer Leyva, a sophomore, along with Bell played fastpitch for Timberline their freshmen year. “Last year our bond was really strong. We were like a family. Loosing five [players] is like loosing five family members,” Leyva said. Boys soccer seeking to shoot and score On March 17 the Timberline boys soccer team will kick off the 2009 spring season. Their first game will be on the road playing against Peninsula at 7 p.m. Traditionally the first three games of the season are played with out of league teams. In the 2008 soccer season Timberline took fourth in the league. Several newcomers are anticipating making varsity for the school and contributing to the success on the field. Timberline’s soccer team only has twenty-two spots on the varsity team so the competition is high. Peter Rodelo comments further on the differences for varsity compared to the other soccer teams at Timberline, “There’s the conditioning and higher level of play on varsity,” he said. Brandon Meyer, a junior, stated how the team will prepare for a better season, “We’re going to practice and run to be better this year. We’re just going to run,” he said.

SPORTS March

DATES

30 second

Week 1

March 2-6 All spring sports first practices

Week 2 March 14 Varsity and JV baseball Jamboree at Tumawater TBA

Week 3 March 17 Varsity fastpitch at Clover Park at Timberline at 4 p.m. March 19 Track vs Sumner at Sumner at 3:15 p.m.

Week 4 March 24 Girls tennis vs Sumner at Sumner at 3:30 p.m.

Week 5

March 27 Varsity boys soccer vs Sumner at South Sound at 5 p.m.

March 31 Girls golf vs Black Hills at Capitol City at 3:15 pm


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A bad break for athletes Timberline student-athletes constantly battle other competitors, but they also have a constant fight to fend off potentially career ending athletic injuries.

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By Staff Writer Rachel Estep our season is over.” For student athletes, this is the worst possible news to get. From broken bones to a “just walk it off” rolled ankle, sports injuries can happen to any athlete, any time. Whatever the injury, there isn’t any way of going back. Injuries can ruin a season, send an athlete to the hospital, or even cause life-long damage. Many Timberline athletes have suffered an injury and endured a difficult healing process. Sarah Dominiak, a senior, has had more than her fair share of sports injuries. The most serious of those occurred when she was on an AAU Basketball team in 8th grade. Dominiak had a collision that resulted in a pulled groin, hip flexor muscles and strained back muscles. “I went diving for a ball and so did another girl and we collided. So my body went in two different directions,” Dominiak said. Zakkary Saichompoo, a senior, also suffered a seasonending injury. Last football season, Saichompoo broke his right wrist after hitting another player. He put his wrist out to break the fall, but the weight of both players “snapped the wrist in half” and tore all the ligaments on one side. Saichompoo thinks it was just a “bad combination” and that the accident couldn’t have been prevented. “It affected everyone. I could have been a starter and it pretty much ended my whole football career,” said photo by Rebekah May Saichompoo, who played all four years. Saichompoo thinks the football team generally Senior Bryce Lockhart gets his leg examined by Timberline’s head Athletic Trainer, Bill Giffin, in the had a good season regarding injuries. Although his training room located near the corner of the gym. Athletes come here for advice or medical attention. was severe, most injuries were minor and the players his mouth and jaw and 50 were on the outside. His jaw For Dominiak, Saichompoo, and Hyde, rehabilitation recovered quickly. helped them recover and heal. After her first collision, was also wired shut for two and a half months. Another athlete whose Some sports are more Dominiak was in ProActive rehabilitation for a year. body and season were hurt dangerous than others, She continues to work on her core fitness and stability after an unlucky accident and although some would so she won’t get hurt again. Saichompoo worked on is baseball player Taylor say that basketball and his wrist’s motion and strength at Olympic Sports and Hetrick, a junior. During baseball are high risk Spine Rehabilitation. Hyde had physical therapy for six a game in 2008 with the sports, most people would months and still has more to come. Blazers playing Kelso, “I have to get the screws out when I’m 21, which is agree that four-wheeling Hetrick experienced a is even more hazardous. going to be vicious,” said Hyde. baseball nightmare. At Timberline, simple injuries and strains are easily David Hyde, a senior, “We were getting knows this all too well. dealt with by the sports trainer, Bill Giffin. During his smashed by Kelso and I The summer before his time at Timberline, he has seen some severe injuries. came in to pitch. I struck “[I’ve seen] dislocated knees, fractured arms and a freshman year, Hyde was out the first guy but the four-wheeling in a race fractured leg. Fractured ribs in wrestling, too. And I’ve second guy hit a line drive when something went seen lots of abrasions and cuts,” said Giffin. to my face. I didn’t have During a JV Wrestling tournament at Timberline on very wrong. time to react,” Hetrick “I hit a jump but when I Jan. 21, Giffin treated an Eastside Catholic High School said. landed it, my foot slipped wrestler who fractured two neck vertebrae. David Hyde, a senior, still has these two screws That line drive instantly As a trainer, Giffin often advises athletes how to in his ankle. They won’t be removed until he is 21. and got caught under the shattered Hetrick’s prevent injuries or treat ones already there. Although tire,” said Hyde. chin and jaw as well as The tire broke Hyde’s he cannot do invasive treatment or give out medicine, dislodging five teeth. ankle, which sent him to the hospital, where he got two he can clean out wounds, make aligns, and splints for “That was fun,” Hetrick said. screws in it. He got his cast off two weeks before soccer hurt limbs. Many athletes appreciate and trust Bill after After he underwent reconstructive facial surgery, started, which kept him from playing. years of working with him throughout their high school Hetrick received 150 stitches. One hundred were inside sports careers.

Season ending injuries McKenzie Raben

Taylor Hetrick

Meghan Howell

Basketball December 07, torn ACL

Baseball April 08, broken jaw

Soccer September 07, torn quadricep

Football August 08, broken wrist

Wrestling Winter 09, torn ACL

Football October 08, dislocated elbow

Zakk Saichompoo

Demer Wilder

Trevor Crump


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Blazers spring into new season Spring sports are looking to return to the post-season this year.

photos by Sean Van Ausdal

Junior Taylor Hetrick helps Alec Beal, also a junior, hit balls into a net in the auxillary gym.

Baseball 11-1 in league 18-4 overall

Sophomores Jenny Leyva and Myranda Bell condition their arms duing an off season workout.

Candice Orm, a junior, returns a volley. Orm will be a first year player this year.

Fastpitch

Tennis

Defending League Champs

12-0 in league 27-1 overall

“Experience is a big key this year, not only are captains, leaders, but every senior is a leader,” said senior Elijah Firestone.

WCC Champions District 3 Champions 2nd in State

Returning Starters:

Ronnie Hamlin Alec Beal Elijah Firestone Carl Ingram Taylor Hetrick Matt Hubbard

1st and 2nd team players: Elijah Firestone Alec Beal Matt Hubbard “Consistency and just the little things can lift us to be as good as last year,” said senior Matt Hubbard.

Junior Cody White practices his pitching form. Last year White was undefeated on JV and 1-0 on Varsity.

“People gave us high expectations from last year, so we are going to need to work hard to reach state again,” said senior Tarah Pierce. Returning Starters:

Tarah Pierce Jenny Leyva Marikka Benson Gatalina Schuster Mckenzie Raben

Second Team All League: Marikka Benson Gatalina Schuster Jenny Leyva

“Being my first year, I am excited to play. Tennis is hard and I am ready to learn everything I can,” said junior Candice Orm. Returning Players:

Krista Miller Sommer Valles Mariah Nguyen Ann Huynh Malika Garovi Alyssa Thrasher Megan Richardson Brittany Kero

“Other than winning, I hope the team this year can grow closer together,” said junior Ariel Thurman.

Soccer 6-6 in league 7-7-1 overall

“As a team we can easily progress from last year. Last year was a rebuilding year and we are ready to put it together,” said junior Andrew French. Returning Starters:

Hugh Rountry Giovanni Torres Roxy Dunham Timothy Dzubay Brandon Meyers Andrew French Tyler Dunham Jorge Franco

Goal leader Andrew French(15) “This year I hope we can have a better understanding of the game and play with a better attitude than last year,” said junior Brandon Meyers.

“One thing we have to do this year is be ready for everything, no matter what teams throw at us,” said senior Sarah Nelson.

Gatalina Schuster fields a grounder during an off season workout. Schuster was a varsity starter as a freshman last year.

Jorge Franco, senior goalkeeper, dives to save a ball from scoring in the net.

Ariel Thurman, a junior, prepares to serve the ball over the net. Thurman will be one of the only returning varsity players this year.

Junior Brandon Meyers strengthens his leg by kicking soccer balls in the off season.

Andrew Mendoza, a senior, runs the stairs outside the English hall to prepare for the upcoming track season.

Track “I hope everyone this year can achieve any personal goals they’ve set for each other and my personal goal is to redeem myself at state,” said senior Immanuel Garraway.

Returning State Participants:

Kimberly Vivian, a senior, practices hitting the ball off of the tee. Vivian is also co-captain of the girls’ golf team.

Golf 0-5 in league 2-8 overall “The goal I have set for myself is to break 80 and hopefully make it to state again,” said senior Kimberly Vivian.

Briana Welsh Immanuel Garraway Waukiki Chaney

Returning Varsity:

District Champion

1st team & AllLeague: Kimberly Vivian

Briana Welsh (Long Jump 17’4”)

“Our expectation this year is to make it to state and we won’t get that unless we give a 100% effort,” said senior Waukiki Chaney.

Zach Cody, a senior, gets ready to run a wind sprint on the resurfaced track around the Timberline football field.

Emily Lawrence Taylor Mclean Elizabeth Hanson Kimberly Vivian

“I hope this year we can just stay committed. And since golf isn’t a team sport I hope we can bond more than last year since we are a team and should get to know each other,” said senior Heather Orse.

Heather Orse, cocaptain and senior, prepares to drive the ball at the Capital City golf course in Lacey.


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Defend yourself!

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By Staff Writer Owen Davies t is a quiet, peaceful afternoon in Korea. The air is crisp, and the sun is shining vibrantly. A lone figure stands in a field. Carefully, he begins to balance on one foot, closing his eyes, and clasping his hands together, achieving both balance and tranquility. The time period is 476 A.D. when the martial art form known as Taekwondo originated, during the reign of the Goguryeo Empire in Korea. Taekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts in the world today, and is practiced in numerous countries across six continents. Here at Timberline, Taekwondo is very present, and several students, such as Christopher Topasna and his sister Cassandra Topasna, still do Taekwondo and compete in tournaments. Another one of those students is Brandon Santos, a senior, who has been involved in Taekwondo for five years. “I started in third grade in Guam,” said Santos. “I was learning about five or six different types of martial arts.” Santos competes regularly in tournaments in and out of state. He also enjoys the physical combat

of Taekwondo. “[It’s] self defense, so anything goes,” he said. Christy Saevivat, a sophomore, is also an active participant in Taekwondo. Christy’s favorite part of the sport is also the “competition and sparring.” Christy has been doing Taekwondo for about seven years now and is content that Taekwondo is preparing her for a better future. “It teaches me more respect [and] it motivates me to do my best,” said Saevivat. Some people don’t know that Taekwondo is more than a punching and kicking sport. “Some people think it’s just kicking,” said Santos. “but there’s more moves to it, it’s also about balance.” Santos is a first degree black belt, and knows that Taekwondo can fit into other aspects of a teenager’s life. “It helps you to be disciplined and it helps you to be patient,” said Santos. Saevivat believes that if you’re going to compete in Taekwondo, you’d better be physically fit. “It’s really hard,” said Saevivat. “you need a lot of stamina,

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and both lower and upper body strength.” Taekwondo is a self defense sport, meaning the people who train and practice Taekwondo do it to learn a way to defend themselves. “It gives you peace of mind, you know you’re not helpless,” said Saevivat. Santos agrees that learning a martial art does help you if you’re in a need to defend yourself but “there’s pros and cons to it.” “If someone were to grab or punch you then it’s good [to know Taekwondo].” Santos went on to describe his favorite aspect of Taekwondo is the quality of the punches and kicks. Saevivat enjoys the variety of Taekwondo, but her favortie part of the sport is more about personal growth. “[It’s about] seeing how far you can go, and how much you’ve grown,” said Saevivat. Photo: Sophomore Christy Saevivat practices a high kick at U.S. Martial Arts Center on Yelm Highway last week. photo by Anthony Collins


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T-Line students live to skate Rainier Vista Park is more than just a place of recreation for Timberline students. It is a refuge for the unique group of students who take part in one of America’s favorite extreme sports: skateboarding. Rainier Vista has a state-of-the-art skate park where Timberline’s skaters showcase their talents, hoping to become the next Tony Hawk.

photos by Anthony Collins

ABOVE: Michael Rose, sophomore, shows off his skills on Rainier Vista’s halfpipe. RIGHT: Jawaan Roberson, freshman, skillfully performs a trick.

ABOVE: Andrew Summers, junior, leaps off of the drop. LEFT: Avery Quick, sophomore, performs a kick-flip on the slide at Rainier Vista.


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