The Bolt Est. MMIV
Volume III Issue IV
5 June 2009
Battle of the Bands 2009 A Review of Battle of the Bands 2009 BY: ALLYSON BACH, STAFF WRITER When you think of Edison High School, the first thing that comes to mind is probably our dominating sports or our football rivalry with that one school on Bushard (which isn’t cool enough to have its name mentioned). However, what often doesn’t come to mind is how musically talented our students are. Well, thanks to Edison’s annual Battle of the Bands, we were finally able to showcase these talented musicians and also raise money for Charger families in need. With the direction of Vice Principal John Elliot, Edison staff, our ASB, and volunteers from the girls’ softball team, the Battle of the Bands turned out to be a great success.
The 2009 Battle of the Bands winners: Revenge on the Rocks The hardcore band P.S.A. was first to an exciting presentation of its two songs, perform and definitely made a lasting “All the Colors” and “Danielle”. The lead impression especially with its encore singer’s guitar tricks also pumped up their performance, leaving the audience performance. wanting even more. Second up was During scattered intermissions, ASB Revenge on the Rocks which gave provided the audience mem- (See Page -6-)
Yorba Linda. A prom would be an understatement; the locale was fit for a ball. And with good reason: a full scale replica of the White House East Room, complete with dinner china and a rose garden. Upon entering the modern foyer, one’s eyes were directed to the neat rows of tables loosely admitting cheery crowds. On one side, a fontaine au chocolat flowed with bounty to awaiting guests. On the other, a French door led to the garBY: BRYAN ROACH, BOLT PRESIDENT dens, where, on a terraced lawn, petite fours were served by the score. On May second, the Edison Junior/ A relaxed and cool atmosphere Senior classes hosted their 2009 persisted outside, but upon entering Promenade at the Nixon Library in the ballroom, (See Page -6-)
Prom 2009: A Night for All the Ages
In This Issue 2009 Film Festival News -2Baseball Headed to CIF Finals Sports -4Choc Carnival, News - 3Sensational Softball Season Sports -4Swimming to Success Sports -5Track Rocks CIF Sports -5-
Jason Payne, the Star of his brother Matt’s film “Trimming Away” minor problem with the fesEdison Film Festival 2009 one tival , however, was the sound. BY: ALEX BARBARIAN, STAFF WRITER The speakers were overly blown out, making the sound difficult The 2009 Edison Film Festival to hear. However, other than the turned out to be quite a success sound, the Film Festival was a with only a few minor problems. great success. Once again, conOverall there were six submisgratulations to all the entrants sions: senior Andrew Thomas for submitting their films, and with “Back for One More”, sethank you to ASB for putting on nior Matt Payne with “Shock and the show! Roll” and “Trimming Away”, seIf you missed the film festival nior Reed McCord with “Atoll you can still catch some of those for Solitude” and juniors Alex films enetered on our website; Barbarian and Josh Francis with www.theboltonline.com “Pictures” and “Inquisitory.” First place went to Matt Payne’s film, “Shock and Roll”, which documented the emergence of the punk scene in Huntington Beach. Second Place was also Matt Payne with “Trimming Away”, a film about dealing with a breakup. Third place was Alex Barbarian and Josh Francis with “Inquisitory” a short film about a large secret. The festival took place in room 301 at Edison High School. While there were at first a few technical problems with the lights, the screen was large and everyone could comfortably Nick Jezulin, Alex Barbarian and Rachel Culhane, the stars of Alex view it with no obstructions. The Barbarian’s and Josh Francis’s third place film “Inquisitory”
News -3A Day at CHOC: More Than Just a Carnival B Y : M ARIE C HENG , S TAFF W RITER Almost everyone has been to a carnival at one time or another in their lives. I remember the first time I went to a carnival. I was enthralled by the sugary sweetness of cotton candy, the diverse game booths, and the comforting aroma of caramel kettle corn. It was one of those memories from my childhood that I still remember to this day, an experience forever etched in my mind and heart. On May 2nd, I experienced a completely different kind of carnival as a volunteer with Key Club at the annual KiwanisCHOC Carnival. This carnival, held at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, was organized specifically for the patients at the hospital who were unable to attend outside fairs and events. I had never been to an event like this before—I was apprehensive to a certain extent, unsure of how my presence would truly make a difference in the lives of the children at the hospital. Still, I knew that this event would bring a smile to at least one child’s day, and to me it was worth every minute of my time. When I arrived at the carnival, I immediately realized it was completely different from the one I had attended as a child; there were no looming thrill rides, no screaming children, and no bags of popcorn. Yet, in a way, this carnival was also very similar. It had clowns dressed in bright eye-catching fabrics, a soft gentle melody chiming in the background, but it was the children that stood out the most. It was clear that
many of them were very ill, and some of them wore masks to protect their health. Still, they seemed to enjoy visiting the mini-carnival as much as the volunteers enjoyed running it. One young girl, in particular, enthusiastically participated in all the booths available—she threw beanbags, pinned the tail to the donkey, and even took a picture with the life-size CHOC Bear. In addition to her eager personality, her joy struck me. Her eyes sparkled with delight every time she won tickets from the game booths, and she grinned happily when we cheered her on. Even though her illness was evident, it was also clear that she truly enjoyed the event. To her, and many other children, this was a memory being made, and for me, it was more than just another volunteer event. I must admit, when I first arrived, I really wondered how this carnival—which was so unlike anything I had ever experienced—would really affect a child at CHOC. However, I quickly learned that it was much more than I imagined. What began as simply another volunteer event with Key Club transformed into something much more for those children. I knew as soon as I saw the happiness that resonated in that little girl’s eyes that I had felt that same
way before. I was five; I was at my first carnival, and was experiencing one of the many childhood milestones of my life. Now, eleven years later, I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to help give that very same experience to another child. It is encouraging for me and many others alike that, even at our young age, we are able to bring a sliver of joy into a child’s life. Moreover, it is a testament to the power and influence of a simply individual—we are more than just students in school. We can truly alter the course of another person’s life by our words, our actions, and our lives. For me, this experience is proof that any individual with the will to give will be rewarded in so many unimaginable ways. Indeed, it is better to give than to receive.
Pictures From: Lynn Seeden
Sports -4The players battled in a close game and won 2-1. After league, the girls continued on to the CIF playoffs. In CIF, the girls advanced to the quarter finals after two successful wins. During the quarterfinals, the players faced intense competition with Riverside Poly for nine innings and ended their outstanding season with a very close loss of 0-1. Our softball girls are currently ranked 19th in the state and 4th in the county. The girls should be very proud of their great efforts and incredible year.
Chargers Celebrate after their 2-1 Victory over 8th ranked Mater Dei -Photo from OCvarsity.com a g a i n s t C a p o Va l l e y. T h e C h a rg e r s w i l l f a c e t o u g h c o m petition, but so far they have proved that they can overcome BY: JOSH FRANCIS, STAFF WRITER any challenge presented. The After the victory over Mater f i n a l s r u n i s a p e r f e c t e n d i n g Dei (24-5) on June 2nd, the 7th t o a n e m o t i o n a l y e a r a f t e r ranked Edison Chargers (23-5) t w o E d i s o n p l a y e r s p a s s e d are headed to Anaheim to take a w a y e a r l i e r t h i s y e a r. T h i s part in the CIF Finals. After three s e a s o n , t h e C h a rg e r s h a v e a impressive victories over Lake- c h a n c e t o b e C I F C h a m p s f o r wood, West Ranch, and Dana t h e s e c o n d t i m e t h i s d e c a d e Hills with a combined score of ( 2 0 0 1 ) , a n d t o b e c o m e o n e o f 27-4, the Edison baseball players t h e b e s t b a s e b a l l t e a m s i n t h e finally ended their playoff run n a t i o n . S o i f y o u ’ r e n o t t o o and have made it as far as they b u s y s t u d y i n g f o r f i n a l s , b e can go. The CIF final will take s u r e t o c a t c h E d i s o n p l a y a t place at Angel stadium on June t h e B i g A .
Edison Baseball Headed to CIF Finals
A Sensational Softball Season BY: SHANNON NYE, STAFF WRITER
Sophmore pitcher Allyson Hect: Player of the week for May 19th
The Edison Girls’ Softball team had a very successful season this year. The girls began their amazing season at the Cypress tournament with a 4-0 win against Cypress. After that first win, the Charger girls continued on to place first in the entire tournament! This was just the first win of many to come in the 2009 season. Their overall record was 22-0-6 in Sunset League, and the girls claimed the title of Sunset League Champions after they beat Los Alamitos.
Throughout the season, the girls were coached and encouraged by Kendra Rosales, Andrea Harrell, Brittany Hyams, and Ryan Tarrant. Three out of the four coaches are currently teachers at our school. Mrs. Rosales and Mrs. Harrell both teach math and Ms. Hyams teaches biology. At the end of the season, the coaches awarded Jessica Hall with the Hall of Fame award. In addition, Katie Shinrock was named “Most Improved”, Myranda Hoggatt received the “Offensive Player” award, Casey Africano received “Most Inspirational”, and Allyson Hecht received the “Defensive Player” award. Allyson was also named Softball Athlete of the Week for her efforts against Los Alamitos. She pitched a complete game, allowed no earned runs, and struck out nine. Our Edison girls also received many league awards. The All League Second Team awards went to Jessica Plaza and Jessica Reichner. The All League First Team awards went to Allyson Hecht, Myranda Hoggatt, Jordan Malavar, and Jessica Hall. Casey Africano received Rookie of the Year. Now that the season is over, the team will be saying good-bye to five talented seniors, Stephanie Engle, Myranda Hoggatt, Jordan Malavar, Megan Steele, and Jessica Hall. All five seniors will be continuing their softball careers into college at Orange Coast College, Cal State Monterey Bay, (See Page -5-)
Sports -5Swimming to Success BY: ERICA GLEASON, EDITOR IN CHIEF It seems that many of Edison’s sports teams have been particularly successful during the 2008-2009 school year. Looking back on Charger performances this year, we remember winning the Bell for the fourth year in a row, we remember the CIF-qualifying boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, we remember our Sunset League Champion surf team, we remember the outstanding performances of our baseball and softball teams, and we remember countless other successes. However, perhaps two of the most accomplished teams this year have been both the boys’ and girls’ swim teams. Starting off with our Lady Charger swimmers, it is certainly worth mentioning that our girls’ swim team went undefeated in Sunset League this year, eventually cruising to earn a CIF title. The Edison girls’ swim team is host to something of a celebrity on the swim scene—Cindy Tran, a junior. Cindy was named the All-County Girls Swimmer of the Year, was chosen as one of OC Varsity’s Athletes of the Year, and was also named to the All-County girls’ swim first team for 2009. The first team also had spots for our girls’ 200 medley relay team and our 400 freestyle relay team. Ellie Morrissey was named to the All-County girls’ swim second team, an honor well-deserved after a strong freshman season. The girls’ 400 freestyle relay team was also named to the All-County second team. The girls spent this season building on their outstanding 2008 season, and they will surely swim to even greater success in the 2010 season. Impressively, the boys’ swim team was equally successful during the 2009 season. Newsmaker Tom
The Boys Swim Team diving into the water on their way to a CIF winning season Softball (From Page -4-) Shields didn’t stop making news all season, and he topped it off with a na- and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Asked what their favorite tional high school record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:33.83. Tom parts of the season were, several of was also named the All-County Boys the softball teammates gave variSwimmer of the Year and earned a ous responses. Katie Shinrock said place on the All-County first team, that her favorite part was winning along with his 400 freestyle relay team- league. Ancia Purdy’s favorite part mates, Josh Smith, Michael Hauss, and of the year was moving up to VarsiKenny Bray. Tom, a senior, will attend ty from the JV team. Jessica ReichUC Berkeley next year, and it will ner said that her favorite part was take a tremendous effort for the boys the team’s random conversations. Congratulations to both the to achieve as much next year without him, but with plenty of hard work, the Junior Varsity and Varsity Softball boys can definitely fill the gap and once teams for their successful seasons, and good luck next year! again, swim to success.
Distance Track Rocks CIF Masters BY: CASSANDRA OWEN, STAFF WRITER
record of 8:59. They both qualified for the State Meet this weekend in Clovis, where they will race against future world-class athletes. Good luck, Chargers!
Senior Hillary Hayes and junior Matt McElroy ran sensationally at CIF Masters, last Friday, May 29. Both ran the prestigious 3200 meter race, arguably one of the toughest events on the track. Race conditions were perfect, allowing Hayes to earn a smashing 3rd place and 8 second personal record of 10:37, and McElroy to place 2nd with personal Matt McElroy and Hillary Hayes
The Runners Up: The Hindu Pirates Battle of the Bands (From Page -1-) out, in a good way. A friendly camabers with continuous entertainment raderie between the bands was clearly through a magic act by Kevin Calla- shown when Revenge on the Rocks han and a hip-hop dance show by AJ joined Task at Hand on stage in their Santos and David Kielsmier. Oh, and final song. we definitely don’t want to forget the In the end, however, only one band memorable final performance by Si- could outshine the rest and take pride in lent Treatment, whose members took being the winner of Battle of the Bands. time out of their busy music schedule This title was solely given to the memto perform a mini concert and to judge bers of Revenge on the Rocks: Nick the Battle of the Bands. Mayer, Brian Bray, Brandon Nguyen, Next up was The Hindu Pirates with and Nic Monaco. An honorable mentheir “Blues… [meets] …surf rock” tion also went out to the members of style of music. During their perfor- The Hindu Pirates who placed second. mance, they brought many fans to What I found disappointing was the their feet while playing their catchy fact that the winners of Battle of the song “Huntington Hop”. Following Bands didn’t receive any type of trophy them was One Hour Radio, with a or plaque or even certificate to honor musical style which they themselves their accomplishment. I understand describe as “Flamboyant [and] cot- that the whole point of this event was tage cheese”. I don’t so much agree to bring charity and raise money for with the cottage cheese part, but their Charger families in need but I’m sure brilliant performance definitely stuck. the winners would’ve loved to parade After this, Awaiting June was awaiting around with a Battle of the Bands troits own time to shine, during which the phy. That’s okay…maybe next year? band brought variation and creativity Well, at least these bands will get some with its two contrasting, yet energiz- recognition for their brilliant musical ing song choices. Finally, the contest talents through this one article (unless ended with a refreshing show by the nobody reads it, but let’s just pretend band Task at Hand (Or is it Ultra Vio- they do). Congratulations to all those let Voodoo? They kept changing their who participated, and don’t forget to minds). With the only female vocals in check out “Battle of the Bands” picthe entire competition, they truly stood tures on www.theboltonline.com!
Prom 2009 (From Page -1-) one was astounded by the sheer magnificence of the place. The chamber was two stories high, and the inside was tapestried with golden drapes and distinguished portraits of our venerable forefathers. Although the venue was exquisite, it was agreed that the disk jockey was at most mediocre. Moreover, the floor was illuminated with an array of colored lights which did little to flatter the countenances of the fair ladies and gentlemen attending. But this did not stop the students from dancing the night away! As limousines and omnibuses arrived, dozens of students began entering in all their finery. It appeared that this season favored a jacketless youth in white trousers with matching patent shoes and a gaily colored waist-coat. Most of the junior football team came wearing such attire, headed by quarterback Stephen Andrew in this latest of trends. Once inside the building, the coat-checks were overwhelmed by the number of young men checking their coats, and those who had already opted for shirt sleeves left even those as well. Hence there was a mass of showing farmer-tans in pastel silks and ties on the dance floor. As the night progressed, the entertainment ceased to import as much as the people attending. Upon exiting onto the terraced garden, one was at leave to sit at garden tables or try a hand at games common in the casini of style. As the night drew to a close, the Senior-nominated court was assembled to announce the coronation. First, in a circle cleared for Their Highnesses, David Kielsmeier was elected King of the Spring Court, and (See Page-7-)
Prom 2009 (From Page -6-) was accompanied by his lovely Queen, the sweet Danielle Herrington. Our great cycle of festivities and dances ended, ironically, in the same place. Her Majesty recalled, “What I thought was really cool was how we got to go back to the Richard Nixon Library. Our first high school dance was there, and so was our last.” When asked about her coronation, she confided, “I was very surprised, but I have incredible friends who really wanted me to win. I also love how David was crowned king. He’s one of my best friends, and basically my brother so it was really special.” David Kielsmeier said, “I was surrounded by my fellow friends and classmates, and to know that it was my last high school dance made it quite upsetting and exhilarating. I cannot completely explain the feeling I had while at prom, but it was pure magic and pure bliss, like the music was swirling around me and the beat of the music pulsing through my veins. Happiness is an understatement to the feeling that I had at prom. It was just perfect. That is the word that I am looking for: perfect.” Soon thereafter the festivities were ended, and out proceeded the young men and ladies of fashion, to follow their several ways. As Danielle said, “It’s just a little bittersweet that it’s over. We won’t have another high school dance, but instead we are off to college to discover a whole new life!” Here’s to remembering our Senior year! Here’s to our friends! Here’s to college!
News -7The Bolt 2009 Staff
2008-2009 Dance Team
Dance Team’s Last Show of the Year BY: CASSANDRA OWEN, STAFF WRITER L ast Sa tur da y, Ma y 30, wa s the E d ison Da nc e Te a m’s a nnual Spr ing Show. The night featured ma ny style s of da nc e , including hip- hop, lyr ic a l, jazz, a nd hula . I n a ddition to num ber s tha t f e a tur e d la rge groups, se nior s Je ssie La sa la , Sam Cla r ke , a nd Sta c y Le wis had ch a nc e s to shine a s individuals in the ir own da nc e s. T he sh ow f e a tur e d ma ny outstanding gue st pe r f or me r s, including Dyna mic Da nc e and the love ly We st Covina dance te a m. Among the most popular numbe r s we r e the lively hula da nc e s a nd the “H oe Down Thr ow Down” featuring se ve r a l SAC students pa ir e d with da nc e te a m m embe r s, but by f a r the most popular wa s the ma le We st C ovina hip- hop da nc e . Congratulations on a n a we some year, Da nc e Te a m!
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