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November 26, 2013

Volume 76, Issue 2

Drug incident prompts new program By Greta Chiocchetti Opinions Editor Amy Hewlett Sports Editor

On Nov. 12, an incident taking place involving the use of hard drugs on campus prompted the administration of LBHS to institute an anonymous text-a-tip hotline in the hopes of combating threats to student safety. “I can only imagine how alarming this incident must be for you as parents, as it is for me and my staff,” said principal Dr. Joanne Culverhouse in a letter to parents, released Tuesday, Nov. 19. “I encourage you to speak to your children regarding this incident and instill the severe impact that drugs and alcohol can have on their lives.” As students often have concerns regarding peer

drug and alcohol abuse, the administration aims to empower conscientious individuals through the hotline. “An incident like this causes me to step back and look at the safety of our students,”said Culverhouse. “We hope that this will prompt our students to be ‘upstanders, not bystanders.’” The hotline, which is still in the making, would give students the opportunity to report incidents without fear of repercussions. “Mr. Billinger is in the process of contacting other high schools in the area that use Text-a-Tip. Students will be able to use their cell phones to text and report issues that could ultimately impact the safety of our students,” said Culverhouse. The school would be

(Greta Chiocchetti)

LBHS students report a higher average incidence of drug use than the national average. A recent drug-related incident has caused school administration to institute several new programs. SOURCE: samhsa.org; chks.wested.org.

assigned a unique phone number and posters would be placed around campus to notify students. This issue calls attention to the possibility of more hard drugs on campus. In the last California Healthy Kids Survey, up to 28% of high school ju-

niors reported to having been “loaded, stoned, or wasted” at least 7 times in their lives. When surveyed about how many times in the past 30 days they’d used alcohol, 48% responded to having at least one drink. The number of students having reported having used drugs in grade

Village Entrance raises controversy By Greta Chiocchetti Opinions Editor Jordan Hartman Entertainment Editor

Tuesday, Oct. 1, both residents and tourists assembled at City Hall to hear Mayor Kelly Boyd speak about the tentative construction project for the Laguna Canyon Road. The city decided that it would move forward with the Village Entrance project, despite some hurdles it’s faced in the last few months. The Village Entrance project was created with the intention of reducsituation that plagues Laguna Beach each summer. The project calls for a new parking structure in the lot near the Festival of the Arts and Farmers Market location. Such a parking structure would add about 225 public parking spaces, and a park. The plans have received an outcry of opposition from mostly residents, who assembled in the late afternoon to protest before the meeting.

“Most people are screaming and yelling and holding signs, but the funny part of all the signs is that they didn’t know what it was when they made them. There was no [solidion October 1,” said Roark Gourley, a Laguna resident and proponent of the Village Entrance project. “Many who now urge the Council to ‘rescind’ led the charge against the Montage, Treasure Island Park, Main Beach Park and even against the Susi Q Senior Center. Yet we overcame those shouts, and all of these projects were ultimately vetted through a process and became venerable elements of the city,” said Larry Nokes, member of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. The meeting addressed concerns about the aesthetics of the prospective new Village Entrance, as well as how the city would go about raising the revenue needed to fund it. “The city has already raised around half of what they’ll need [for the proj-

Water Polo CIF on page 12

The mayor also addressed how the remaining balance would be raised. “The Hiesler Park meter rates would be raised by a dollar over the next year from $1.25 to $2.25,” said Mayor Boyd, also indicating other strategies. Some residents were worried the tall building would be a giant eyesore that would take away from the artistic, small-town feeling that Laguna Beach is known for. “I’m down here because I’m opposed to it. I think it should be at least voted upon, to see if the majorthink it’s far too expensive, and I think any project like that should not only do people coming to visit Laguna Beach, but everything shouldn’t only be for visitors,” saiid Mike Caston, a Laguna resident. In reality, “It’s not very giant. Only two levels come above the ground,” said Gourley. To address the concern regarding aesthetics, Mayor Boyd explained that the building would be

surrounded by trees indigenous to the canyon. Eucalyptus, oak, and sycamore tree highlights would accent the structure, making a useful building a pleasing work of art. “It’s very interesting that they want to invest money to make the city look better. It’s a very beautiful place,” said Gerhard Meyer, a German tourist who has visited Laguna for 20 years. “They toric structure instead of the high buildings [traditional Although the plan is to maintain the small-town feel of Laguna, if there are changes to be made, timing should be considered. “The timing for this is perfect; you couldn’t get a lower rate on the loan,” said Gourley, who had an art studio in the Village Entrance for years, as well as resided there for just as long. “I know what it needs, because I’ve lived it... These people, city council members, who are putting this together, know what they’re talking about. They’re researched this thing extensively.”

Hunger Games center spread on pages 6 and 7

11 was 25%, while in grade nine the number was 15%. Although the integrity of the analysis has been called into question by those believing that students embellish actual experiences, the data hints that the percentage of LBHS students who had used an illicit drug within

the last 30 days is higher than the national average of 25.2%. This data makes several shocking assertions about the incidence of drug use amongst LBHS students. “As soon as we have the details [regarding Text-awith Journalism, P-als and

Homecoming vandalism shakes the senior class By Andrew Landsiedel Editor-in-Chief

On Oct. 25, seven Laguna students vandalized portions of the school after showing up at senior campout in the district lot the day before the homecoming pep assembly. After arriving, the students ran through the school, knocking over trashcans and spraying silly string on windows. The police came shortly after the group entered campus and arrested the six individuals who were intoxicated. “It’s about respect. Every student needs to learn to respect their school,” said principal Dr. Joanne Culverhouse. Typically, the senior class enacts some sort of prank the day before pep rallies; these pranks have ranged from benign to fairly destructive. This year, the seniors decided to have a sleepover in the district lot in order to encourage bonding in the senior class. Unfortunately, several people decided to take this fairly harmless

New tardy policy on page 3

event and turn it into something else. “The peaceful seniors were gathered there when a sudden screech and drunken clamor erupted into a prank that exhibited a lack of maturity and creativity that was as offensive as the crime itself,” said Jake Trefethen. This was not some lighthearted senior prank; it was vandalism. All seven of the individuals received punishment from the school and also face possible legal repercussions. “It’s really important for people to realize that their actions will have consequences,” said Culverhouse. This event comes down to being responsible. If members of the senior class want to be treated like adults, they need to act like adults. The same thing can be said for the consumption of alcohol on school grounds. “It comes down to making smart choices. These kids really need to think about the effects that their actions can have - both on themselves and others,” said Culverhouse.


November 26, 2013

Features

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Men on a mission: putting an end to prostate cancer

Math teacher Gary Shapiro

Computer arts teacher Scott Wittkop

No Shave November, the wonderful month when men (and sometimes women) have an opportunity to flaunt their excessive facial hair, is actually a gimmick to raise awareness and financial support for prostate cancer research. By placing pictures of teachers and students with sweet ‘staches and beards on jars, ASB hopes to elicit student generosity. However, if someone puts money in a jar simply because a bearded student’s or teacher’s picture beckons,

Transition service coordinator Corey Brown

Junior Ben Thomas

this individual should remember that the money is for prostate cancer research, not just for a laugh. I’m not saying that this applies to everyone, though. There are those who donate for the satisfaction of helping those affected by prostate cancer, not even heeding the bushy beards and handlebar moustaches. I just want people to know that what is in someone’s heart, not on another’s chin, should affect what goes in the donation jars.


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Features

November 26, 2013

School says: No parties for tardies Congratulations By Claire Barnett Reporter

According to page 21 of the student planner, if a student receives one to three tardies, his or her teacher will give a warning. If he or she gets four to six tardies, the teacher will notify the parent or guardian. By the student’s seventh tardy, the student will get a referral to the administration for a meeting with his or her parents and counselor. The student will then be put on an attendance contract for the rest of the school year and will be assigned a Saturday School. If the student gets eight or more tardies, he or she will get another administration referral, a parent will be contacted, another Saturday School will be assigned and an administrator will grant the student community service hours to complete. By the time the last bell rings in any class of the day, if a student is not seated, he or she must report directly to the attendance office and receive

(Claire Barnett )

When students receive a certain amount of tardies, it results in disciplinary action.

a late pass from the attendance clerk before the student can return back to class. “Tardiness has always been an issue,” said attendance clerk Debora Arellanes. “It affects everybody’s learning when someone arrives into the classroom late because it’s a disruption to the teacher giving the instruction and the concentration of the other students.” First period and fifth period have the most tardies. “I have been working with various school districts for over 40 years,

and in my experience, it’s been a while since I’ve seen this many tardies. It’s definitely an issue,” said interim assistant principal Dr. Al Brandenburg. The contract that must be signed after the seventh tardy was introduced by a group called District Attendance Review Team (DART). The DART group will place the frequently tardy student in alternative education if the contract is violated after more than eight tardies. Brandenburg believes that if you do the crime,

you do the time. And in this case, Saturday School is about three and a half hours long. “Students should make a concerted effort to arrive at class on time so they are prepared for upcoming due dates and other important information, which is often given at the beginning of a class period,” said English teacher Kristen Kaa. Students may not be very concerned with tardies because they might assume that one could simply take care of demerits over time. “Mr. Billinger is going to be revising the attendance policy once he returns,” said Brandenburg. Some students feel that showing up late is not their fault; they believe it is the responsibility of their parents to wake them up on time. “I think that the students should not be punished so severely for being late,” said junior Katie Hynson. “However, if the student continues with a habit of excessive tardiness, it is necessary for the student to bear the responsibility of their actions.”

Brusky Family!

Two weeks old

One hour old

Noah Mason Brusky Born Nov. 12, 2013 9 pounds and 8 ounces “We’re so happy to have another baby to fall in love with and for Liam to be an awesome big brother,” said Mr. Brusky.


November 26, 2013

Features

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Students should educate themselves about their rights By Kirsten Landsiedel PR Manager

Students’ rights have become an important issue as school districts attempt to comply with the complicated maze of laws and Supreme Court rulings. “We have rights at school, but we also have to make sure the students’ actions do not disrupt the learning environment,” said principal Dr. Joanne Culverhouse. Even our own school has run into controversy as many of our politically involved teens became increasingly involved with the Social Host Ordinance (SHO), a city-wide ordients for having teens drink on their property. “To convey the message that we are young adults with legitimate opinions, we decided to dress up in suits in order to show that message,” said LBHS alumnus Adam ReddingKaufman. In this situation, even the school district turned to legal council due to the ambiguity of the laws. The school’s actions in-

timidated the student activists. “We argued for about two hours to call the protest (against the SHO) on, off, on, off,” said Kaufman. In the end many, members of the protest were intimidated to the point where many of them decided not to express their views and embody their First Amendment rights by dressing formally. This seemed reasonable on the grounds that suspension would prevent the students from taking their upcoming AP tests. “That decision could have potentially ruined all chances of getting into a university,” said Kaufman. Schools usually are told to enable students to practice their rights to long as their actions to not disrupt school activity. “I think it’s the respect in all situations; students need to be responsible for respect,” said Culverhouse. In the case of Tinker vs. Des Moines, students wore black armbands to school to show their opposition to the Vietnam War. According to The Supreme Court, “Students do

not shed their rights at the school-house gate.” Most court cases end up ruling in the favor of students; however, one case in particular had an outcome that shocked many student activists. “The Principal of Hazelwood East High School edited two articles in the school paper that he deemed inappropriate. The student authors argued that this violated their First Amendment right to the freedom of speech. The Supreme Court disagreed, stating that administrators can edit values,” said superintendent Sherine Smith. In that case, The Supreme Court ruled that student publications that have not been established as forums for student expression are subject to a lower level of constitutional protection. Consequently, California passed Education Code 48907, a law that opposed the Hazelwood ruling. In California, student newspapers have the same rights as professional publications. Additionally, according

(Kirsten Landsiedel)

to state law, schools have the status of “loco parentis.” “In essence, districts and school personnel act ‘in loco parentis’ -in place of the parents,” said Smith. This rule has created many complications in the past as schools take on differing interpretations of the legal term. “We always strive to ensure our campuses are safe and focused on learning and try to avoid situations

that disrupt the campus or create an unsafe situation,” said Smith. When students try to express an opinion on campus, many of them don’t have a good grasp on where the line should be drawn. “They should recognize there is a diversity of opinions and that when expressing personal viewpoints, it is important to be respectful of all opinions,” said Smith. To make a point, students don’t need to be

afraid to be politically active and express their opinions as long as they go about it in an appropriate and informed way. “In a democratic society such as ours, we need our citizens to be informed and knowledgeable about the issue of the day. It is easy to form opinions that are spoon fed to us by the media. We need to actively research information and educate ourselves at a deeper level,” said Smith.

You can dance if you want to

(Claire Barnett)

New dance teacher Samantha Hampton (center) works with her students. Hampton came to LBHS excited to teach two Dance Fundamentals classes. By Claire Barnett Reporter

Laguna Beach High school staff and students warmly welcome new dance teacher Samantha Hampton. She now teaches Dance Fundamentals here at LBHS. The previous dance teacher, Danielle Pigneri, accepted a full time job in Los Angeles. While it’s sad to see a staff member leave, principal Dr. Joanne Culverhouse is excited about the addition of Hampton to the LBHS staff. “Every time I visit the classroom, she is always highly engaged with the students,” said Culverhouse. “I do enjoy having her on our staff.” Hampton grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Dance Education.

“I’m obsessed with the Sun Devils, pugs, sour candy and any TV show on Bravo,” said Hampton. In Hampton’s opinion, there are no best or worst dancers. She believes that each student brings his or her own strengths and weaknesses to the stage. Hampton would love to help expand the dance program, and she one day hopes to teach more classes. “I try to structure my class in a way that students are able to learn about dance physically and academically,” said Hampton. Hampton says she does not yet know all of the staff and students, but she would love to try to get to know everyone. She says that her colleagues would describe her as enthusiastic, fun and energetic. “I do like having Miss Hampton aboard,” said

dance teacher Lisa Jay. “She is very professional and has a great work ethic!” Hampton loves how dance gives students a chance to interact and be creative. She believes that the teamwork, creativity and unique thinking that is learned in dance class will help her students grow into cient adults who will be prepared for whatever path they choose to take in life. Seeing her students succeed is what motivates Hampton. She also goes to the gym every day after work, and she loves the Hunger Games. Furthermore, Hampton is wellorganized and would describe herself as ambitious and supercalifragilisticexpialadocious. “I think Ms. Hampton is a wonderful and valued edition to our dance program,” said Culverhouse.


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November 26, 2013

What to wear to school: Fall edition

(Katie Grayden and Greta Chiocchetti)

By Katie Grayden News Editor

Are you looking forward to wearing the trendiest fall clothing? If you want to know the hottest trends for fall clothing that are cute and fashionable, read the fashion tips provided below. How do you wear a pattern scarf? long sleeve shirt and pair it

with a scarf that has a fun, colorful pattern. Then accessorize this look by wearing a headband that matches the color of the long sleeve shirt to make the scarf pop. What fabric is in style? fall season. Don’t worry; many stores are selling leather in many fashionable colors. You can pair a leather skirt with a pattern top and knee high socks to

fall. What boots are in style? boots because this season is all about the ankle boots. You can opt for the ankle boots with heels to make a more formal statement. However, if you want to go for a more casual look, look for the ankle boots without heels.

What jeans go with ankle boots?

Are Cardigans in style?

the best look with ankle boots. The skinny jeans will allow the boots to be visible,

Pair a printed cardigan with a plain shirt and add a necklace to make the look complete. Do you equally like jeans and leggings?

might cover the boots. Warning: Don’t pair pattern jeans with pattern boots. Either pair pattern jeans with plain boots, or plain jeans with pattern boots.

buy jeggings, which look like jeans but feel like leggings. Pattern jeggings are very fashionable when

paired with a plain t-shirt. You can even pair a cardigan with the jeggings to make a chic look. Are dresses still ‘ok’ to wear? fall days, pair an average length dress with leggings and cute ankle boots. If the dress is just plain and borpattern leggings or even

AP Art show takes place during the school plays By Emma Barker Photo Editor

This wood engraving by Maryemma Mey- Charlotte McManus’s wood engraving is er is called “A Romantic’s Wardrobe. called “Off to Massachusetts”.

“Sip of Death” is a wood engraving created by Anya Gourley.

On Nov. 24, Arsenic and Old Lace and Little Women had their final performances in the LBHS Theatre Many people were able to see the amazing show in addition to the gallery of art and ceramics made by talented Honors and AP Laguna art students. Their work filled every corner of the show’s entrance breezeway. The art studios used a premium wood cutting machine to carve out intricate designs onto pieces of wood. These students then painted their boards, making them absolutely irresistible to ticket holders. The pieces, hanging in the entrance, caused the

audience to stray outside the theatre and admire the students’ hard work. The ceramic pieces were just as beautiful, but a little creepy; the ceramics students have made various bottles of poison that definitly caught people’s eyes, drawiing them in to take a closer look. So, if any of you weren’t able to make it to these shows, don’t worry, there is an art gallery at the fall productions evBut thank you for the people who spent a night appreciating a great show and beautiful art. “This was a great learning experience and I hope people enjoyed seeing the hard work put into all the pieces” said Maryemma Meyers.

Cell phone misuse weakens focus and respect By Sabrina Flagstad Reporter

Our school must say thank you and goodbye to interim assistant principal, Dr. Al Brandenburg, for all his hard work. His parting words were mostly positive, but they came with a few concerns regarding student behavior. “The students were very welcoming and compliant,

though they are still teenagers who make mistakes,” said Brandenburg. As our school is wellknown and very esteemed, we students have a reputation to uphold and should try our best to make guests feel welcomed. The most outstanding issue, according to not only Dr. Brandenburg but many teachers as well, would be cell phones. “I don’t like the way

students were ignoring the cell phone issue,” said Brandenburg. “I never got a day where I didn’t get a cell phone turned in, which doesn’t speak highly of students following and adhering to the school policies.” There have been many recent incidents with cell phones being used at inappropriate times in the past months. Spanish and French teacher Sandra Johnson also

feels cell phones have become an issue. “I think you have to respect teacher guidelines, whatever they are, because you are going to have to obey rules wherever you are going in life. You should have good judgement,” said Johnson. have clear cut rules across campus, but I think students just need to use common sense and do what they are

supposed to be doing.” Speaking of judgment, there are many more things you could do now with a

six years ago. Take Snapchat, for instance. With a click of a button you could be sending the most embarrassing, liferuining picture ever. Though the application’s meaning is for you to send quick snaps of whatever it is you are sending and for nobody to

ever be able to see or share it with their friends, there are ways the receiver can permanently save the picture. So be mindful of what you are sending and whom you are sending it to. Next time you take out your cell phone in class or decide to send an “innocent” picture to a friend, think before you take action and ask yourself if the consequences are worth it.


HUNGER GAMES LBHS EDITION With the November 21 Hunger Games Catching Fire release, students and teachers have fantasized how they would fare in the Cornucopia.

“I would convince everyone that I was their ally and then turn my back on them kind of like Stalin in World War 2,” said history teacher Kristin Cowles. “I would use ink to paint myself like the surroundings and I would throw exacto blades at people,” said computer arts teacher Scott Wittkop. “I would dazzle them with my wordy warfare,” said English teacher Sarah Benson.

Primrose

Don’t you worry. my death stares aren’t permanent. They’ll go away when my arrow greets you .

“I would give them a distance equals rate times time problem which would cause them to stop and think. While they were frustrated, I would escape,” said math teacher Steven Bogusiewicz. “I would use our collaborative task training and delegate that each member take on an advisory,” said Spanish teacher Rod Ortiz. “I would use my persuasive political techniques to win people over and support my side, and I would play the game of politics to advance my position among the group,” said social science teacher Jennifer Lundblad.

Finnick

You laugh now, but it’s pretty hard to laugh with a baguette stuck in your throat.

How to survive the hunger Games nson

1. Don’t get picked. By Eva Joh 2. You got picked. What did I say? Well, sucks for you, you now have to get out of the mess at the Cornucopia alive. Good luck. 3. Star-crossed lovers, huh? Ok, that boy wants to keep you alive. You know what would be a nice thing to do? Drop wasps on him and his friends, I bet he’ll be even more enamored with you after that ordeal.

(Alonda Hartford poses as Katniss)

you two have some issues to work out. 5. So you’ve lasted this far, and everyone besides you and your district partner have- let’s just say, gone to a better place - and suddenly, the rules have changed… again. Only one victor now, so what do you do? Well, Romeo and Juliet, there’s one more option, so bon appetite! 6. Hope you didn’t swallow, because you’ve won the Hunger Games! Both of you are alive, and now you get to return to your regular lives, right? Nope, sorry, the danger, deceit and treachery follow you home. Well, you survived the Hunger Games!

(Steven Bogusiewicz poses as Peeta)


November 26, 2013

Entertainment

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The Park Avenue Players’ “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Little Women”

(Roark Gourley) Left: Mortimer (Tony Davia) is shocked by his aunts’ (Jamie Duncan, Makenna Pitz) secret. Right: the March Sisters (Clarie Howell, Ellie Glade, Marley Becker, Tessa Mansour) invite their neighbor

By Connor McCombs Reporter

Have some tea. Maybe some wine. Why yes, it does taste odd. Don’t worry, we’ll just hide your body in the window seat before we bury you in the basement. It wouldn’t be nice to have our next guest see your body, now would it? That’s not the expected dialogue when you go and visit two sweet old women for tea; however, you’ll probably hear something similar if you go to see the classic American comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. The play follows Mortimer Brewster (senior Tony Davia), a young man who writes play reviews for the local newspaper, as he discovers his

family’s dark secret. He realizes that his family, ranging from his psychopathic brother (senior Lucas Connor), to his sweet yet murderous old aunts (seniors Jamie Duncan and Makenna Pitz), are all certifiably insane. “It was very fun pulling the show together,” said Duncan. Watching Mortimer struggle provides a great deal of comedy as he struggles to balance his insane family and young and beautiful fiance, Elaine Harper (sophomore Cameron Anderson). The Brewster family’s schemes send the audience away laughing with many euphemisms and puns. The show is great

fun for all, and I highly recommend it. Arsenic is performed in repertory, every other night, with The Park Avenue Players’ production of Little Women. Directed by the broadway actress Karen Culliver, the musical is based on the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott and tells the story of the March family during the Civil War. With their father away, the mother Marmee (senior Tatum Moore) is left to care for her four daughters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Each of the girls demonstrates a different personality. Meg (junior Marley Becker) presents the romantic character, while Jo (senior Clair

50 years of a madman and a box By Kylie George Features Editor

Oh my gosh, where do I even start to describe the incredible masterpiece that was the 50th year anniversary episode of the British TV show Doctor Who? Well, let it be said that there will be spoilers in this overview. Both Billie Piper and David Tennant returned in the episode, and John Hurt made an appearance as the Warrior, the Doctor’s secret ninth regeneration who fought in the Time War against the Daleks. Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman also take part in the episode in their normal roles. Hurt’s character came as an exciting surprise to viewers because no one knew how the Doctor’s eighth regeneration became his ninth. The new episode and the seven minute prequel provided answers to this question. The episode begins with the Warrior in the midst of the Time War with the Daleks’ Galifreyans. The Warrior makes the decision to take a self-aware weapon of mass destruction to a secluded hut

(Kylie George)

Dr. Who’s famous TARDIS has been featured in every Dr. Who episode.

in the middle of a desert and detonate the planet in order to rid the universe of the Daleks, killing his people in the process. In order to make the correct decision, the Warrior is forced to meet his tenth (Tennant) and eleventh (Smith) regenerations to see what misery he will bring upon himself in the future. The rest of the episode revolves around what the Warrior will choose and why he will choose to do it. At the end of the episode,

a huge plot twist is revealed that will make die-hard Whovians scream and cry in joy. In addition to the heartstopping plot twists, the new episode answers a question that we Whovians have been asking since David Tennant’s time as the Doctor: What’s the deal with the Doctor’s fascination with Queen Elizabeth I? Well it just so happens that the Doctor and the Queen -- wait! I shouldn’t tell you that! Spoilers. The anniversary episode earned itself the title of “The World’s Largest Ever Simulcast of a TV Drama” in the Guinness Book of World Records. If that wasn’t enough, 300 movie theatres across the country showed the one and a half hour episode on Monday, Nov. 25. Included in those theatres was the Edwards Theatre in Aliso Viejo, and every showing of the episode was sold out. The writers and producers of Doctor Who could have gone in a million different directions with the anniversary episode, but they made the right choice by going the way that they did.

Howell) is the passionate writer who wishes to defy social norms. Beth (freshmen Ellie Glade) is the caring younger sister who is always helping, and Amy (sophomore Tessa Mansour) is the youngest sister who desires nothing more than to impress her family. “It was nice working with the other actors and growing with each other. We really did become a family throughout the process,” said Becker. The actors’ growth really shows on stage. Throughout the show, the audience sees the actors working together and behaving like a loving family. According to Culliver, the actors worked with the director to bring out these feelings in the

show honestly. The work put into both shows is astounding. The actors have been working diligently to pull off the shows since September. The actors start rehearsal at six and then stay at school until nine at night, and that is before tech rehearsals. For tech week, the actors start at five and work the show with costumes, microphones, makeup and hair until ten thirty at night. And the work definitely shows on stage. “The show was so fun to watch. The musical numbers did a good job moving the story forward while also pulling the audience in,” said senior Gabrielle Lange. Indeed, the show seemed to flow beauti-

fully from scene to scene as the March family lived their lives. The audience watched as the girls went from dancing around their living room before Jo went to chop down their neighbors’ tree, to seeing the March sisters inviting their neighbor Laurie (senior Connor McCombs) to be their brother. The Park Avenue Players’ productions of Arsenic and Old Lace and Little Women opened on Nov. 8 and each show will have six shows over the following weekends. The shows finished up this past weekend. I hope you all got a chance to see these two classic pieces of American literature.

Ty Segall pursues his musical passion By Niki Hunt Reporter

Former Laguna student and musician, Ty Segall, has rocked his way to the top. The talented alumnus was recently awarded number one in Rolling Stone’s “College Radio Top 10 Albums.” Many young musicians know of the arduous dream to appear in the holy grail of all rock and roll magazines, Rolling Stone. “It’s a dream come true. I never thought that this would happen,” said Segall. His immense passion for music has driven him to become a musical icon. “He is my rock and soul, and I couldn’t be more proud of all he has accomplished,” said Ty Segall’s sister senior Alex Segall. “I hope to be half the person he is one day.” He rose from the same grounds that we walk on every day. Once an LBHS student who thought the future was seemingly unreachable, Segall now basks in rays of success.

“I am so fortunate that playing music has become my job,” said Segall. “I love everything about it.” Starting in an array of various underground bands, Segall developed an innovative sound where indie met grunge. A potent medley of psycreations with an essence of Sabbath and an abundance raw punk. kinds of music. I love all old rock and roll,” said Segall. He expressed the diversity of his musical inspirations by proclaiming his love for genres such as glam, metal, folk, funk and even hip-hop. His new album, Sleeper, was released on August 24. Many critics were surprised to see that Segall’s new compositions cultivate such emotional content. He admitted that Sleeper was an involuntary change in direction. Dealing with family tragedies and struggles, Segall was able to compose a truly profound piece of art.

“Writing music is my way of going to therapy, and Sleeper was my way of times,” said Segall. His new album has a melodic and acoustic quality that sets it apart from his previous material. His meaningful collection of songs contains an element of pure soul that elevates the listening experience beyond what one would have from just a groovy record; the listeners’ spirits are touched. Segall was able to create an album of great substance. Listeners feel every ounce of heart he used to write it. Ty Segall, already makthe world, shared a piece of wisdom for the students at Laguna Beach High School. “Don’t stop making what you want to make, saying what you want to say and being who you want to be,” said Segall, “Dinner tastes better when you make it yourself. The beach is more own way there.”


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Opinions

November 26, 2013

Finding the light at the end of the tunnel By Niki Hunt Reporter

Living up to society’s demanding standards can torment us. High school exists as a Mecca for these standards, and those who cannot comply are condemned for it. The media has now taken the reins and our minds have become the thoughtless horse. We are supposed strive to be the same, when really we should pride ourselves on being different. Those who are different tend to be outcasted. In high school, students crave nothing more than acceptance. I am constantly surrounded by judgmental kids who seem to bond over gossip. To those of you who bully kids who aren’t exact, pathetic clones: stop and take a look in the mirror. Gossiping about how ugly you think someone is doesn’t make you any prettier. Creating rumors about people you dislike doesn’t make people like you anymore. Calling someone weird for being different doesn’t make you any

and then took his own life. Last April, 15-year-old Audrie Pott committed suicide after being sexually assaulted by three teenage boys who posted videos online. Imagine being a parent who comes home after work, carrying groceries in hand, greeting the dog and walk-

more“normal.” So why is it that we bond over this nonsense? Gossip gives us a common ground. People feel accepted when they can share a mutual dislike of another person. We are all guilty of it. The majority nothing even remotely interesting to discuss with one another. Instead of trying to hold a conversation of some

people refer back to what seems intriguing to everybody- gossip. I know many of these students aren’t cruel at heart, but simply misguided by society. How somebody could intentionally try to hurt another person is beyond me. How could you bully someone when you have no idea what is going on in their lives? Everybody is suffering in different ways; some are just better at hiding it. On October 16, a 15-yearold boy by the name Jordan Lewis killed himself. He had constantly been bullied at school and shoved into lockers during football prac-

his child lying lifelessly on harm. We can’t bring them back. These suffering children are now gone forever. And because of what? Bullying. Let’s go against society’s

(Noah Hunt)

A distressed student bows her head to the judgmental world of high school. The school environment has frustrated many who seek a place free of harassment.

tice. Only a few days later, a 12-year-old boy in Nevada, who had been bullied, decided to bring his parent’s

handgun to school. He shot and injured two other children, killed a math teacher

will always be a person willing to ruin everything for the group in exchange for some glory as an in-

By Connor McCombs Reporter

“cool” and make fun of those who aren’t. Now is my advice for those of you who are being bullied. You are a special person. Don’t ever let anybody make you feel like you have no self-worth, because everybody has something to offer. For those of you who feel like there is no escape, do not give up. It is easy to think that taking away your life is the only way to end your constant tor-

ment. While I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for those of you who do, I think it seems otherwise, there are people who care about you. This world, oftentimes tainted by the cruelty of humanity, has so much love and light waiting for you. High school isn’t easy, and it surely isn’t your whole life, so don’t make it. Taking away your own cherished life may feel like the only way to get back at the bullies. Suicide disguises itself as the perfect revenge, the big “I told you so.” Well, I’m here to tell you that all you end up becoming is another article in a newspaper. If you want to get back at all the kids who made fun of you, then take their bullying as motivation. Prove them wrong. You do this by becoming the next Bill Gates, not ending your life. That is how you will get back at them. Otherwise, you allow the gossipers, the jerks and the bullies to win. I’m the one here to tell you there is a tunnel. I’ll be here rooting for

Stupid is as stupid does, yo Feminism is for men and women By Jordan Hartman Entertainment Editor

Momma always said “stupid is as stupid does”… but Momma doesn’t always have to be right. “Make good choices. Do the right thing,” said society to every child ever born ever. Well, it’s a good thing adolescents have society to provide such foolproof, magical guidelines to help them become perfect people. You know what society? It’s not helpful. What is the right thing? What are good choices? How do I know what the right thing is? Why should I make a good choice? Why do I care? Nobody gave me these answers before shoving me and my Dragon Tales backpack into a yellow bus of bad choices, so I had to learn for myself. I discovered one valuable lesson during freshman year while throwing a trashcan down the bleachers of LBHS: It’s okay to make some bad decisions. I’m eighteen, I can’t walk around high school with my shirt tucked in, maintain perfect posture and a speak with vocabulary that’s been polished to never offend. Jordan Hartman has maybe ended a sentence with a preposition before. She also might have used sarcasm in her life. And maybe, just a couple times during this chaotic war zone known as high school, uttered a small expletive. Despite all of these horrendous sins, my mother

has yet to ship me to a nunnery. Why? Because, as stated in the wise words of Forrest Gump, mothers know that their children will inevitably do something stupid at some point. Stupid is as stupid does. Also, because I am a senior in high school, a little rebellion is good. Hence, the senior pranks. The senior prank is so much more than some rebellious act of the graduating class; the senior prank high school. The prank is our mark on history. It is how we will be remembered for generations, and it’s what we’ve been looking forward to since seniors threw sardines at us in 2010. Every member of the senior class shares this feeling; therefore, every senior is opposed to anything that could possibly prevent a senior prank. For this reason, seniors must remember a lesson that I recently learned when my best friend gave me a “you can legally be kicked out of your house” birthday card: too much rebellion is bad. Taking advantage of a privilege is bad. Acting without regard for the consequences to others is bad. Defying the people who deserve respect in order to appear “cool” is bad. Unfortunately, there will always be people who are unable to understand this, or understand it and just choose not to care. There

describe people like this. I stated that everyone will do something stupid at some point, but this doesn’t make them stupid people. Intentionally and repeatedly making terrible decisions makes one stupid. “Hate” is a strong word. “Stupid” is another strong and slightly offensive word. In order to create a strong and slightly offensive sentence, I will now purposefully combine them: I hate stupid people. I hate people who lack character, class and the intelligence to realize or care that they lack these traits. I’m not talking about “Breaker PRIDE.” I’m not suggesting that people should make good choices so teachers will give them a lollypop. I’m suggesting that people do the right thing because it’s the right thing, because they want to be good people. I want organized, harmless pranks, not vandalism. If the senior class is forbidden to do a senior prank, I don’t want to share the feeling that we deserve that. We should be proud to be seniors, and we should deserve to be hailed. We can’t tell people to kiss our class if we don’t have any class to begin with. We are the seniors. This is our house. We need to respect our house if we want to run it.

Half of you just put down the paper or turned the page because you think you know where this is going. Men are evil. Women power. Burn the bras and take down the patriarchy. Congratulations, you are an idiot. Feminism is not women hating men. That’s practically the opposite of femifor gender equality. That is it. That is all we want. Gender. Equality. Now to break away from the traditional feminist article where I would explain what feminism is, I am going to explain to you why I, a man, need feminism. When a guy is seen as lacking masculinity because he doesn’t play sports or he does somewwthing like dance or drama, he is instantly called gay by his peers. If a guy does play sports, but doesn’t do as well as others, he is told that he plays like a girl. Why is that an insult? Why are we treating women and gays as second class citizens? Girls are scary. I did martial arts for around three years, and the people I was most scared to vicious. Do not say you can’t hit a girl. If you don’t, she will kick you in the face. Honestly, the fact that a

guy being weak is equated to being a girl is absolutely ridiculous. Girls can kick butt just as much, if not more, than men. The only reason we equate weakness with femininity is because the patriarchy has conditioned us to see anything that goes against the male stereotype as weak. The patriarchy’s conditioning has also made it impossible for a guy to have feelings. A guy crying or showing any emotion at all is equated to weakness. We have to be strong all the time. First of all, that is impossible. No one, and I mean no one, can completely shut down all emotion in order to appear strong, and yet somehow we’ve been taught that men can’t cry or be real without being worthless. It is considered a faux pas for a man to wear make up. Let me explain to you a thing. Acne is caused by things clogging pores. One such thing is testosterone. You know which gender produces the most testosterone? Men. And yet if I have a massive breakout, I’m not allowed to try and smooth it out with a little foundation because I would be called a “cross dressing gay boy.” Now moving on to a more serious issue than skin care. When was the last time you heard of a man being raped? You probably haven’t, but that doesn’t change the fact

that it happens. You know why you haven’t heard of it? Because we can’t report it! Well of course we can, but a man who reports a rape is rarely believed. If he tries to tell someone other than the police, he’s deemed weak and pathetic because he off his attacker. He wasn’t “man” enough. How disgusting is that? Not only do people not believe men when they say they were raped, but they are deemed less than a man because they didn’t have the strength to fend off a sexual assault. Because of this shaming of men who are sexually assaulted, men don’t report it. They are forced to deal with the physical and emotional trauma in silence. Why on earth are these things equated with weakness? Additionally, it is perfect-

not to want to do something. He does not need to “grow a pair.” That phrase alone is such a massive contradiction, I don’t even want to get into it. The idea that feminism is just something for crazy girls looking to destroy all men is repugnant. Feminism is for everyone because the patriarchal ideas running our society affect everyone.


Opinions

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Big Brother is watching LBHS, but is that fair? surveillance cameras will decrease the amount of these activities at school.

By Katie Grayden News Editor

len. Although some students fear being rerecorded because the cameras will only be activated when school is not in session. Although these cameras will be activated

(Katie Grayden)

Laguna Beach High School has decided to put video surveillance cameras around security and safety.

necessary.” Dr. C believes that the new surveillance cameras will provide more safety since there have been numerous accounts of theft and vandalism. I think the new

The school is implementing surveillance cameras to get a better look at what is really going on after school. The cameras will be

cameras are the beginning of the community edging towards a futuristic Big Brother-

addition to LBHS because the cameras won’t violate students’ privacy.

Orwell’s 1984. With technology advancing

will record those who open the door of the Students don’t have to worry about being recorded in the parking lot because the cameras will not record the street or record those who walk into the adminisimpact the community because LBHS will be able to determine those who create a

purely for the added safety? These cameras are crossing a line. Students are present after school hours for extra curricular activities every day of the week. Kids are at school from morning until sometimes ten o’ clock. The cameras will catch innocent students in action doing absolutely nothing. They are spying on kids that aren’t committing any type of infracown “safe” surroundings on campus.

These cameras will not only make

The district cannot even avoid vandalism with the cameras; they will only be

cameras will make LBHS a cleaner cam-

between safety and just plain creepy is bor-

As seniors begin the college applicaoutside of the United States. Although the United States may offer some of the best universities in the ties to study abroad. European universities tend to be much cheaper than American universitional tuition are factored in. The United Kingdom offers some of the best educational opportunities in the

Canadian schools seem appealing for a different reason: schools look at little else than a cumulative GPA. Unless a student is planning on applying to the more prestigious Canadian antee admission to programs that do not have any additional criteria. ing to pursue a music career at McGill University only need to submit an audition tape and their cumulative high school GPA in order to be considered for admittance.

are much cheaper than their American counterparts. Some Swiss and German universities are completely free to attend. How-

and the housing is very cheap; some schools will even guarantee on-campus

American students. American universities may be the

additional applications. Given these fantastic opportunities to sider educational options outside of the United States.

they leave a lot to be desired in terms of affordability.

dents are automatically considered for

We look at the way technology is coming around today and realize that we can

(Katie Grayden)

use it to our awdvantage. In places like airports or high-populated transportation sta-

CON

creepy governmental “security” measures

because if something goes wrong the lives but are there really any lives in danger at guna Beach? The cameras really aren’t necessary. Do we really want to spend our school district’s money on cameras when we could invest the same money instead in the education and enrichment of children? Isn’t that the There needs to be mutual trust; if you can’t trust us as students to go about our as well.

Study abroad, save money By Andrew Landsiedel Editor-in-Chief By Kylie George Features Editor

want to head in?

not around any other portion of campus. They will not be on during school hours and will be set up as soon as the school board

face towards the building.

PRO

will only be activated after school hours. These cameras were placed by the adminous cases of vandalism and theft. The surveillance cameras are essential for keeping LBHS a safer campus in the future. -

By Kirsten Landsiedel Public Relations Manager

Editorial

Educate yourself

By: The Brush and Palette Staff

the Village Entrance Project in Laguna has sparked some maR ecently, jor controversy among our outraged neighbors, prompting them to

place red, white and blue signs declaring what a calamity would fall upon the community if our city were to spend the millions of dollars that have been raised specifically for parking purposes. This blind protesting reflects a trend in politics, especially among our generation. The use of glittering generalities and uninformed speculation spreads falsehoods about the important issues that affect us every day. During the election last year, this was most prominent in the hasty superficial remarks made about both candidates. Oftentimes, these comments were completely off the mark. Most importantly, the commenters may have derided a candidate who might have actually had an agenda that lined up with their ideals. As teenagers we use platforms like Yahoo, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter to get our information. The thing is, though, our teachers told us from the very first research paper we ever wrote that blogs and forums are not reliable forms of information. Taking everything for fact on websites based on pure opinions, which are often uninformed, fuels the fire. It’s okay to blog about your feelings to reach a larger audience; it’s not okay to spread sensational misinformation to get reactions.

The

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Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013

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Do not touch me What not to say By Sabrina Flagstad Reporter

Well, that time of the year is coming around again. Yes, when all your avoided relatives start rolling up and kicking you out of your bedroom to the everso-loathed couch, and when Aunt Karen keeps asking about the boyfriend that you don’t have and worst of all… when Grandma is on her way out and mom is giving you the death stare, telepathically forcing you to give her a nice hug and a big ol’ kiss! There are some things that parents should be allowed to enforce, like cleaning one's room, doing the work, but forcing affection shouldn’t be a chore. My parents have always tried to get me to hug their friends and creepy great uncles, and I never felt quite comfortable with that. Maybe they were trying to get me to bond or form a con-

By Connor McCombs Reporter

(Sabrina Flagstad)

nection with them or to get me to like them, but it created the opposite effect! Still to this day, as a young adult, I realize that they try to tell me to give hugs to their friends, and when I don’t, I get a nice scolding and am told “I hurt their feelings,” or “I made them feel bad.” Well, what about me? Do I not get a say in who I hug? Go hug

them twice, once for yourself and once for me. Does it not matter that I feel uncomfortable with this person? Grandma, I love you dearly, but I don’t want your dentures touching me. So next time when second-cousin Desmond wants a foot rub, don’t be afraid to say no, even when Dad threatens to take away your X-Box.

We are all familiar with the awkward conversations that inevitably come with family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving. It’s uncomfortable having family members interrogate you about all the things you do not want to talk about. Perhaps we should make a list of forbidden subjects that family members should not talk about. 1. Do not ask about my future in general. I’m a little bit preoccupied with the present. I’m already dealing with all the mistakes I made in the past, and I’m really not in the mood or mindset to think about all the possible mistakes I will make in the future. 2. Do not ask me about college. Just don’t. School is a topic that should be avoided. I do not know where I’m going; in fact,

applications. My desired major is completely out of the question, and the last thing I need is a thirtyminute conversation about how I’m going to make all the “right” choices for my future studies. 3. Do not bring up big social issues.Just don’t. It’s not because I won’t talk about them, but because I will. And the last thing that drunk family members need is a social argument that could lead to bloodshed. 4. Unless I am openly advertising the fact that I am currently in a relationship, you should probably avoid asking. If I am in a relationship, you’ll probably know. I do not need a tipsy uncle coming up before dinner talking loudly in my ear. “Hey there, kid. So how’s the life of a lady killer going?” Or the celebrating aunt, “You must get all the girls in school.

Anyone who’s not interested in you is blind.” No aunty, they probably just noticed the fact that I have a terrible personality and tend to lash out at annoying people! 5. If I’m quiet and clearly not in a talking mood then Do. Not. Talk. To. Me. If I wanted to talk, I would. “But it’s Thanksgiving, close the computer and come talk to the family.” No. “I guess you don’t want any pie.” If it gets you to shut up, sure! “You know, Christmas is coming up and Santa--” Just don’t. Sometimes people just don’t want to talk, and forcing them to do so will only make them annoyed. Look, I get it, you haven’t seen me in a couple months and you’re interested in my life. I appreciate the concern and interest, but kindly do not bring up any of the previous subjects. If I want to talk, I will.

Let us eat turkey! Thanking on Thanksgiving By Audrey Rodriguez Reporter

The Brush and Palette interviews students and faculthe true meaning of Thanksgiving. ‘Tis the season of giving, visiting family and overindulging in turkey! . Thanksgiving can be a time to stuff your face and catch up with your extended family. However, many people do not give credit to the pilgrims that founded this holiday. Thanksgiving was

based on the 1621 feast, which consisted of pilgrims and members of the Wampanoag tribe. The meal consisted of fowl, deer, a wide variety of berries and boiled pumpkins, not the typical mashed poWithout the pilgrims sailing over on the Maythere would be a plump turkey and loud relatives surrounding you on one Thursday out of the year. The Brush and Palette asked Laguna Beach High School students what Thanksgiving means to them:

“Thanksgiving is about the good vibes, and hanging with your familia,” said junior Tommy Ressler and senior Eliza Romero.

“It means giving thanks for the people that are thanking you for giving,” said senior Carly Mooshian.

“Sadly, Thanksgiving Day means being forced to hang out with your family,” said senior Grant Wilhelm, jokingly.

“Thanksgiving is an extremely special day to spend with my children and extended family,” said librarian Jill Norris.


Sports

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Softball progression ensures future years

think makes it even more of a team bonding thing,” said athletics assistant Tracy Paddock. Team bonding is essential for softball. The players take pride in supporting each other on and off the mount in this sport. “Softball means a lot to me and building this program is everything. This

By Jordan Hartman Entertainment Editor

the Laguna Beach softball program has scraped by with a year-to-year exisannual coaching switches, and the constant “do we have enough players this year” question, the team always managed to survive to see another year. However, with the inspirational words of one preacher, the 2013-14 softball season

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of uncertainty. Over the summer and through autumn, beloved tistelli was fully committed to playing professional softball on the east coast. Although she intends to return to Laguna Beach for the regular softball season, the lady Breakers once again found themselves coach-less for a portion of get the ball, or softball, rolling, Mark “Preacher” Harris took it upon himself to coach the softball team for its preseason, until Batistelli returns for the start of the regular season. Harris has set the goal of rounding up

only a varsity team, but a junior varsity as well for the 2014-15 season. “Softball is a great sport, passionate about. That’s this program die after the get one new recruit every week, we can have enough to make a junior varsity for next year,” said Harris. Under Harris’s leadership, the team has already succeeded in remodeling its neglected clubhouse and fashioning it with a new mini fridge. The abused and depressingly lumpy

smoothed and polished, while the team itself continues to grow. Not only is Preacher’s plan working, ball team in several ways. Preacher stepped up to the plate (no pun intended) to keep our program alive. Softball has not only made me a part of a team, but part of a family as well. There’s not a day at softball where Makena Collins. basic skills, Harris has contributed to the softball program by recruiting

underclassmen for future seasons. Currently, the team consists of mostly senior players, meaning the team’s future survival is once again in question. With the addition of four devoted underclassmen, the future of softball has become more secured. softball a couple times in middle school,” said sophomore Sophie Tabrizi. a team that was fun, with people on that team who would be supportive and nice to everyone, and softball looked like that sport for me. Learning softball

with the positive feedback from everyone, it suddenly got easier. Playing with the feel like joining this team ever made.” Although many of the rookies had little to no experience playing, the team agrees that they have made incredible progress with the help of Harris and team seniors. “[Preacher] is not an because it gets the girls out there. The girls have

like it’s a place where girls can go and not need to worry about anything except having a good time. All the seniors on the team are still trying to make this program last because it is a fun sport; the game is great, but what’s even better are the sisters and life lessons you earn from being on the Clancy. The team is still looking for recruits to keep the program alive. Softball is a nocut and no judgment sport, being that the players are female. However, thanks to the willingness of the new recruits and the hard work of Mark Harris, the team is looking forward to having another glorious season based on fun and family.

Water polo boys conclude a successful season By Bella Baldridge Reporter

On Nov. 5, Laguna’s water polo boys battled against El Toro High School. Laguna won 9-6 in a head to head match. nitely out-played El Toro. We played smart, fast, put away our shots and overall, we played as a team,” said junior Nolan Del Toro. The boys had a slow start to the game. The El Toro team took advantage of Laguna being unprepared and scored an outside, bar-down shot. “We started off slow because we kind of had a crappy warm up, but as the game went on, we started warming up and we were able to come out and beat them,” said junior team captain Cade Baldridge. Not discouraged, La-

Winter sports promise successful seasons: By Amy Hewlett Sports Editor

guna quickly came back scoring at the three post on a 6 on 5. As the game progressed, the match was back and forth between Laguna being up by one or being tied with El Toro. “We played tough, we fought through some really physical play and we played really smart by the end of the game,” said junior Jack Dodson. Finally, in the fourth quarter, the boys pulled away and won 9-6. cause we are a lot better looking, we’re in a lot better shape and we’re just all around a lot better. Another key factor was that we had a solid game plan thanks to our great coach, Ethan,” said junior Aki Anderson. This game was a gratifying match to win beGirls Basketball: Coaches: Mark Lewis, Clayton Olivier and Brandon Lewis. Fun Fact: Last season, the ment trophy ever in LBHS girls basketball history. “We’re recognized for our talents and accomplishments,” said senior Kyra Humphries.

great opportunity to prepare the Laguna boys for

played Agoura High School, ranked 1st in di-

ranked 6th in division 2.

at the Woollett Aquatics Center. Although it was an away game, the stands

tough road, but we can win it. Even though this was supposed to be a down it,” said Baldridge prior to

(Bella Baldridge)

cause not only is El Toro a division above us, but also most of the boys play on the same club team when not in high school season. “Our boys all play together in club, so this game makes for a fun rivalry game,” said coach Ethan Damato.

Even though this game didn’t matter in regards to our ranking, it was a great win for the Laguna boys. “This game is all about pride and bragging rights between both teams,” said El Toro coach Brett McCleave. This game was also a

Boys Basketball: Coaches: Bret Fleming, Jim Garvey, Rus Soobzokov and Brandon Lewis. Fun Fact: Last season, the

Girls Soccer: Coaches Amanda Eastwood, Ed Ornelas, Lura Hils, Courtney Hamchuk and Daniel Pask. Fun Fact: The girls have

After the physical game, the two teams shook hands, laughed about punching and kicking each other and hugged showing a great end to a great game. On Nov. 16, the boys High School, ranked 4th in division 2, at the LBHS pool. Laguna came out with a 6-3 win, continuing the three-year home-game winning streak. On Nov. 20, the boys Boys Soccer: Coaches: Daniel Richards, Franz Guldner, Dan Harrison and Jose Sanchez. Fun Fact: Last season, the

Laguna students, families and faculty members. Laguna battled for the entire game but had a tough 8-6 loss. Despite their season coming to an end, the boys proudly look back on the outstanding season they had and look forward to the success they will have in future seasons. “We had a great group of guys who are hardworking, cohesive and fun to be around,” said Damato. “We had a great year and came a long way as a team. am excited for future seasons.” Girls Water Polo: Coaches: Ethan Damato, Jonathan Hewka, Trevor Lyle and Chris Stansbury. Fun Fact: Last season, the girls made it to division

league and made it to the them the Orange County league champs. “We go hard in the paint and we kick butt,” said junior Frank Major.

think we will have a great season,’ said senior Tessa Hopper.

in the mud,” said junior Willy Wheeler.

tough loss to Newport. “You have to be physically and mentally intelligent to play this sport,” said junior Brighid Burnes.


November 26, 2013 Release