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I climbed a mountain—a mountain of beef and shredded cheese, nestled next to lettuce and tomato with a whimsical dollop of sour cream safely tucked under a flour tortilla.

editor’s note


I can’t explain how much I’m going to miss sitting out at the picnic tables listening to his crazy stories every day. (How often do you have a teacher that has been shot, stabbed and can read your palm?) —Teigan Schentrup





Allison and I talked about going to see Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet in London together during the fall.

Twice he’s come into my classroom to give me money in front of the whole entire class.

—Alex Elia




—Amanda Lichtl




How is CatDog possible and why didn’t we question it as children?



I’ve been told that I resemble Lord Voldemort by quite a few people. I’m also a vegan. —Isabel Sublette



PRE-GAME RITUAL: clear my mind and think like a guppie. —Landon McLeod


GIRL POWER We would sing Christmas music, do hourly squats during deadlines, get life lessons from Haar and eat more candy than one person should ever consume.


In which Kelly tries to write an Editor’s Note and it ends up being a 600-word tribute to the nugget of all nuggets, Joyce Tan We’re currently lounging on the air mattress we imported into I–4. Well, Joyce is doing squats, as she tends to do. We’re feasting upon cheddar cheese Chex Mix, which is so disgusting that we would never consider eating this outside of journalism. A lot of things are like that in I–4. In no other classroom can we walk around shoeless (well, I’m shoeless; Joyce has her Hello Kitty slippers on, in true Asian style). In no other classroom do we host High School Musical sing-alongs or throw chairs or feast on sundaes and five-pound bags of gummy bears. Joyce and I met in I–4. Not literally—we used to race to finish homework in first period Wasson at Redwood (I always let her win). But through journalism, I truly got to know the JGL-loving, nugget-eating Asian that became the better half of the EIC dream team. Our bond was forged in this mess of a room, so it’s appropriate that our relationship is just as unique. We don’t really hang out outside of class (there’s no room for me while nuggets are still around), but that doesn’t stop me from calling her my best friend. She understands my Asian food cravings, and she does something cute about every 2.5 seconds (usually it involves squealing like a baby sloth). Sitting next to each other, at the head of the row of 16 computers, we can handle just about anything. And this might sound lame, but she is the best emailer I’ve ever met—which is a rare skill, believe it or not. But we know it’s time to part. We’re both excited for our transformation from Lancers to Bears (yes, that’s WashU’s mascot, too). We’re both excited to study Econ and Architecture, respectively, but leaving our little I-4 nest has its drawbacks. More than anything, we’re scared. And despite Joyce’s insistence that she’s most scared of Berkeley’s hills, I think we can both agree that the thought of leaving this place frightens us the most. Because personally, I don’t think we’ll ever run into another group of people so simultaneously efficient and lazy, with such an unbreakable sense of community and interdependence. And above all, I will never run into another Joyce. Only she can decipher my grunts and half-words when on deadline. You could attribute that to spending four formative years together, but I’m of the belief that we have a chemistry that can’t be replicated. And now, I’ll let the nug herself bring it home. Hi, it’s Joyce now! Yes, I do love nuggets, and I’m sure my passion for the golden brown treasures will be made apparent throughout the 20 pages of this issue. This column’s original photo was actually two pictures of nuggets, one from McDonald’s (me—the more delicious and nugget-y brown) and the other from Burger King (Kelly—the less nugget-y one). And these are the types of shenanigans that have happened all year long. It’s just that you, our readers, don’t get to hear our journalism lingo or see our placeholder pictures of cute boys and cute baby animals, and even our sometimes inappropro headlines...oops. Yes, we pester students for interviews, but it’s not all journalism all the time. And even if you guys can’t fully understand the magic that is journalism, we hope that this final issue serves as a tribute to you, the senior class, and to everything we’ve accomplished this year.

—Alex King



» when I opened my mission call to Chile

» when I found my phone charger

» when I woke up alive this morning

» when I had a BaskinRobbins milkshake

» the conclusion of the AP Microeconomics test

» Coachella

» payday

» Taco Tuesdays!!!

» every half-day

» when I got a doughnut


june 3, 2014

FRESHMAN All recaps by senior editor Casey Sigelakis

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed, the eventual class of 2014 had no idea of what to expect from their next four years, and with all that happened during our freshman year, how could we? Rebecca Black captured our hearts and minds as she wailed the days of the week in her lukewarm smash hit “Friday.” Staying with the theme of music, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion?) teamed up to make the actual smash hit, “California Gurls.” On the other side of the country something underwater, the Deepwater Horizon pipeline, burst in the Gulf of Mexico and unleashed something like a million billion gallons of oil onto the unsuspecting seagulls. BP apologized and the status quo remained unchanged. Moving away from the evils of Britain and to the triumphs of America, freedom prevailed over evil. SEAL Team Six assassinated Bin Laden. Of course, there’s never any triumph in Cleveland as superstar LeBron James left the Cavaliers and took his talents to South Beach in his controversial ESPN special, “The Decision.” Gays and lesbians finally got the right to serve alongside their straight brethren as “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed. After a long 70 days underground, the 33 trapped Chilean miners were rescued and safely brought back to their families. North Korea capped off the year by testing more nuclear missiles and expanding their launch capabilities. They’re completely insane, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.





Sophomore year started off with a fizzle, not a bang, as Google’s foray into the social media business with Google+ failed to garner any significant attention besides jokes. Casey Anthony was acquitted for the murder of her two-year-old daughter after a six-week-long and very public courtroom battle. “The Hunger Games” trilogy hit the big screen and pleased casual moviegoers and die-hard book fans alike. The Kings brought a championship to Los Angeles and won the Stanley Cup, making people interested in hockey for slightly longer than usual. Apple introduced us to Siri and we promptly asked where was the best place to hide a dead body. She answered, but Apple was a buzzkill and removed that feature shortly after. Gotye released “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and the radio played it approximately 400 trillion times. The Occupy movement popped up as thousands of the unwashed masses protested capitalism through drum circles and rhythmic chanting. The protests became hotbeds for violence as reports cropped up of unprovoked police pepper-spraying protesters. The Invisible Children Charity brought attention to Kony’s child soldiers. People turned on it after reports hit that the charity didn’t adequately support their cause, in turn causing the creator to go nuts. On a couple of lighter notes, the dear leader Kim Jong Il died and North Koreans everywhere cried while the US officially ended combat missions in Iraq. Finally, Jeremy Lin proved Asians could be good at math and basketball as Linsanity hit hard.

Junior year was a year of many firsts as the first black president became the first black president to ever be reelected. Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake hit the Internet and refused to go away. Lance Armstrong and his one testicle were stripped of their medals on account of him injecting ape testosterone into his brain or something. In the second deadliest mass shooting in US history, behind Virginia Tech, Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six faculty members in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, detonated a pressure-cooker bomb during the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring nearly 200. The Boston Strong campaign soon started and the Sox won the World Series. Pope Benedict XVI shockingly stepped down and Pope Francis came into our lives. He captured our hearts as he released statements urging people to be less judgmental and more accepting of others. The National Security Agency looked at our private parts and whistle-blower Edward Snowden was charged with espionage. He fled to Russia, seeking political asylum from inside an airport. Voters in Colorado and Washington took to the polls to legalize marijuana. I guess they can ignore those pesky “keep off the grass” signs now. Speaking of things stoners will enjoy, Taco Bell released the Doritos Locos Tacos and promptly created one of the best combinations of food since peanut butter and jelly.

Senior year. Our last hoorah. The school year started off on a less than uplifting note as Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, set off chemical weapons. This crisis was used as a proxy for tensions between the US and Russia. Speaking of Russia, Putin was up to his old antics as he seized the Crimean Peninsula from the Ukraine. It was a busy year for Russia as they bungled the Olympics in Sochi. From unfinished hotels to stray dogs to unclean tap water, this is an Olympics that will live in infamy. On a lighter note, Miley Cyrus twerked her way through a set at the VMA’s and proved once and for all that child stars always grow up well-adjusted. Kim Kardashian married her baby daddy Kanye West at a fort in Italy. Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke largely successful, internationally-renowned rap artist. Drake released “Hold On We’re Going Home,” and while it didn’t become the YOLO-spawning hype machine that “The Motto” was, it received decent airplay and got people to sing along. Iggy Azalea educated us on just how fancy she is. Rob Ford, the Pillsbury Doughboy look-alike mayor of Toronto smoked crack, then denied it, then smoked crack and was caught on film. Flappy Bird frustrated millions of people who refused to delete it. When the game was removed from the App Store after the creator got sick of the attention, used iPhones with the game installed were auctioned off on eBay for almost $100,000. And finally Disney’s Frozen taught us to “Let it Go.”

» when someone hit my car in the parking lot

» when Log Jammer at Magic Mountain closed

» getting out in Water Assassin

» when Cristina Yang left me

» when my ice cream fell on the ground

» losing to Newbury Park

» this morning, 7:55 a.m.

» diarrhea from the tacos

» every non-half-day

» driving on the 405

Taco Bell released the Doritos Locos Tacos and promptly created one of the best combinations of food since peanut butter and jelly.” —Casey Sigelakis


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senior column


High school has been fun. Believe me, it has. But now that our four years are up, it’s important to know that while high school is a good experience, things only get better. High school’s almost over and with it comes the almost mandatory self-reflection of four years of internal growth and change. We’ve all grown so much as people and our experiences have shaped us into who we are. Now that that is out of the way, I want to delve further into my Taco Bell list. I’ve written about it before, but this is my last chance to put it in print. And no one’s going to stop me. I have—or should I say had—a list of all the items on the Taco Bell menu that I needed to try. Needed, not wanted. Anyway, on May 17, 2014, the list was completed. The last item, barring any eventual menu expansion, was crossed off. Everything from the Black Bean Burrito to the XXL Steak Nachos. From the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes to the Crunchwrap Supreme and every delicious morsel in between. I climbed a mountain. A mountain of beef and shredded cheese, nestled next to lettuce and tomato with a whimsical dollop of sour cream safely tucked under a flour tortilla. I learned a lot about myself. I grew up during this Taco Bell journey. I guess that’s like a microcosm of what high school has been like for me, but I don’t feel like exploring those themes anymore. What I’m getting at, is that life outside of high school is orders of magnitude more fun than life in it. High school’s cool and all, but most of my good memories from these past four years have come from outside the confines of T.O.’s gates. There are too many to list, but suffice to say, I have memories. And I keep hearing that high school is the best years of life. If that’s true then I should just stop what I’m doing and crawl into a fetal position in the dark because that’s the most depressing sentiment I’ve heard in my entire life. As fun as this ride’s been, I hope my life only improves from here. I’ve only lived 18 years and can only remember like seven of them, so if high school is the end-allbe-all, I’ve gotta seriously consider what I want to do with my bleak and hopeless future. So yeah, back to my original point: most things that I do outside of school are better than the things I do in school. And for the rest of my life, everything will be outside high school, so things will hopefully get even better. So there’s that. I have my memories and I’m ready to make more. Thank you, BasedGod.

Math teacher




SOAPBOX Calasin is life. She worked so hard to help me get my first A in math. I can’t thank her enough. —Kaitlin Hung

One time before a CSF car wash, she took Keenan Ferguson and me to Eggs n’ Things, and she wouldn’t let us pay for our own meals. That sums up what she is all about. —Jonathan Lopez

Ms. Calasin was not only a great math teacher, but also great at connecting with students on a deeper level, because of her youthful energy. I loved how her handwriting was so tiny and perfect (just like her). She was so easy to joke around with, and her laugh was contagious. —Alison Neveu


Senior Editor

She bobs along in the hallways like any average student—clad in a pair of snazzy-colored jeans and a cute tee and cardigan. Whether she is holding onto her blue and yellow keychain or a stack of papers, or maybe even a cup of coffee, Rosette Calasin will forever remain the raddest math queen. During her six years at TOHS, the Oxnard native and UCSD alumna has taught Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST) and various levels of math analysis and algebra. She has also served as the advisor of the California Scholarship Federation, Project Concern and Girl Up clubs. Though she can’t pinpoint a specific experience as her favorite, she attributes her love for teaching to its spontaneity. “Every day is different, and I don’t know what to expect,” she said. “Even though I teach the same lesson, I still get different reactions.” One glance of H–2 reveals a classroom that is beautifully decorated with students’ artwork, punny math posters and colored paper lanterns. A collage of quirky magnets lives on the corner of the white board, and a trigonometric quadrant poster titled “All Students Treasure Calasin” graces the adjacent wall. Three other clay creations—a deformed Pikachu, a misshapen unicorn, a sunburnt Kirby—also call her desk home sweet home. However, the recently-engaged math superstar will be leaving TOHS at the end of the year for a new life with her fiancée and future pomsky (the cutest half Pomeranian and half husky breed) in the Northwest. But no matter where she ends up—in Oregon or Washington—I already have her future mapped out

for her: she’ll take her multiple sets of colored pens everywhere she goes and pioneer her own brand of paper products with ⅛-inch thick spaces to prevent her minuscule writing from floating between two fat college-ruled lines. She’ll bat away any suggestion of declaring her perfectly proportional writing as a font and her face will flush a darker of shade of pink, but that’s just who she is—a humble and sassy animal lover with pristine penmanship. She lights up at any mention of her two favorite animals; her desktop background is either a koala sticking its tongue out or a panda embracing a tree, both of which accurately display her passion for these two cute bears. When she’s not ogling furry animals, Calasin has the magical ability to turn something fit for a kindergarten classroom into a reward that has high school students pining over a colored paper star on the Star Mathlete board. Her grading protocol is also out of this world. She is meticulous and above all, incredibly neat when sifting through stacks of rushed chicken scratch work with eraser smudges. However, Calasin’s role as an educator extends beyond teaching conics and polar coordinates and regally sitting on a black swivel chair when she’s not going over class notes. She is a friend who always listens, offers advice and welcomes conversation on topics that transcend the typical math concepts. She’s young and hip and easily relatable. She laughs at silly jokes, makes sassy remarks and has an adorable habit of daintily pushing up her glasses with her index finger after a bout of giggles. “You have to adapt to your environment,” she said, “so if my students are sassy, I have to be sassier.”

TEACHER TRIBUTES the class of 2014 thanks those who shaped their high school years the most MRS. AUSTIN,







Thank you for your continued support and for being an encouraging, caring and motivating teacher. You always look out for everyone and that is something that makes you truly special. —Pablo Huchin

I just wanted to thank you for really showing me my creative side. I have learned how to express myself in many different ways, and without your classes, my artistic eye would not be the same. I have you to thank for keeping my passion for photography going strong. —Jacob Paley

You are one of my alltime favorite teachers. You’re a wonderful person to come to talk to about anything. You have instilled in me an appreciation for cultures, diversity and the world. You’re just an outstanding individual, and I wish I could take you to college with me. —Sadira Matin

Like many good teachers, you liked what you were teaching for the joy of teaching. You showed movies to provide variety in your teaching, assigned work and projects that actually helped us learn, and you encouraged us to like history as much as you did. —Henry Piper

Thank you for making every school day a fun experience. The five classes I took that you taught were some of my favorite classes. The conversations we had were really fun and funny. They are some of the best memories I have from TOHS. You were a teacher I could turn to in a time of need. —Danny Patlin

Everyday in your class, your teaching always forced me to really use my brain and think about things differently. You’re probably one of the chillest teachers I’ll ever meet, and I’m happy I could be a part of your class for two years. —Chelsea Sedgwick

You are literally my only favorite teacher and have always been and always will be! I have known you since I was in middle school and you truly are the best teacher there is. You are so kind and caring, and I will miss you when I graduate. —Molly Casey


june 3, 2014



Ceramics teacher



Guest Writer

Class of 2014, we are unbelievably lucky. We have had the honor and privilege of having Jerry Sawitz as a teacher this year, and unfortunately for the rest of the Lancers, we are the last ones. I have known Coach Sawitz, as I call him, for about seven years, and no one has had a greater impact on my life than he has. I knew him for some time before he coached me for my first two years of track in high school, which were the most fun and successful seasons I have ever had. On and off the field, Sawitz never failed to provide endless support and motivation to constantly push ourselves to be the best we could be— as runners but also as people. Sawitz has given countless students the constant support that we needed to get through the challenges of school, sports, jobs and life in general. He has been a friend to those who really need one. Although I have known Coach Sawitz for so long, my favorite and most treasured memories of him come from this year in his ceramics class. I can’t explain how much I’m going to miss sitting out at the picnic tables listening to his crazy stories every day. (How often do you have a teacher that has been shot, stabbed and can read your palm?) His class was more than just playing with clay; he made it his priority to connect with his students and give us an unforgettable experience. The most important lesson Sawitz has taught me is that success will follow us wherever we go, simply because we are the source. He made me realize that hard work really can bring us to places we never thought we could go, and he has made it clear that he will always be there for me. Part of what makes Sawitz so special is that he realizes the potential we all have. Intelligent, humble, sarcastic, patient, kind, punny— the list goes on and on. He is a respectful husband to his beautiful wife, a supportive father to his talented son, and an unforgettable teacher, mentor and friend. Sawitz is someone I will admire for my entire life, and I’m so thankful to have met such an inspiring man. Thank you, Coach, for making the last four years so special. I know you are onto bigger and better things, but TOHS will never be the same without you.

Education ELLEN JIRARI Special teacher


SOAPBOX Mr. Sawitz is such a unique teacher because he knows how to connect with his students and help them to the best of their abilities. He has so much wisdom to share with his students and he will be missed very much! —Shannon Santo

He’s an honest teacher. He cares about every single one of his students and creates a great environment to learn, not only in school but in life too. His great personality reflects off all his students. His knowledge brings the best out of everyone. He’s the one teacher that every student can count on and go to for anything. —Gabriel Aviles

Mr. Sawitz is a unique teacher because he strongly encourages his students to form their own opinions through research and an open mind. —Connor Cavanaugh



Features Editor

In college, she took on the difficult task of helping those who face more challenges than others. To this day, Ellen Jirari has been teaching Special Education in elementary and high schools for over 20 years. “When I was in college, I volunteered reading for a blind student,” she said. “I also worked with a variety of multiple disabilities, the deaf and limited learners.” Jirari, a TOHS alumna with daughters who are also alumnae, returned to the school to teach in the Special Education department. “I have gained and learned from my students and in my experiences as a teacher,” Jirari said. “They have made me more patient and humble. It has given me a greater understanding not only to the challenges of both the Special Education population, but to the young people growing up in a stressful, technological, fast-moving society.” Jirari also hopes that she was able to influence her students in positive ways, just as her students have done for her. “I hope that I have taught my students to become more aware of the world around them, in addition to being caring and respectful people,” Jirari said. “I hope that they will go into the world and make it a better place. I would also hope that my contribution to students have caused them to question, think independently and believe in themselves.”

Center Editor

One minute, French teacher Maria Orsinger is teaching and by the next, the class is bursting out laughing at a new French word or at the game that is being played to learn the language. After 29 years of teaching at TOHS, retired Orsinger remembers most the funny moments that would pop up throughout teaching the French and Spanish courses. “The students are the nicest, the friendliest, the best behaved and the most courteous of all the high schools,” she said. Before teaching at TOHS, Orsinger was a traveling teacher and even taught at Westlake High School for a year before she fell in love with the campus and students here. “Some of my fondest memories were the hours I spent supervising float building and participating in homecoming activities,” she said. In previous high schools, Orsinger not only taught French and Spanish, but also World History incorporating her travels and knowledge of foreign cultures. “Language is the key to connecting to people,” Orsinger said. “As we learn another language, we develop an appreciation for the people that speak it.” Half way through this school year, Orsinger retired due to her health and need for relaxation. “Even when times were challenging,” she said, “I enjoyed the feeling that I taught students to understand and begin to learn another language and culture.”


Although Orsinger is no longer on campus, she wants to make sure all of her students remember that learning should be a lifelong goal. “As you go off to your various jobs, universities and life experiences,” she said, “remember that the next few years is the launching pad for a wonderful life.”








You have completely changed my life. You guided me into a healthier lifestyle by providing me with great exercise routines and healthier eating habits. You got me started to being a better me. Thank you! —Kayla Bernstein

You always have a smile on, even when things aren’t so great. During first period it seems that you’re the most energetic from all the coffee you drink. Even though you can be too energetic, it makes you fun to be around and a great person. —Scott Duncan

Most teachers don’t try to understand or reach the students personally, but you do! You make the effort to know our generation and connect it to your teaching, which makes it the best. —Courtney Newman

When I walk through the doors of D–7, it’s like entering a whole new world. Your positivity and bright attitude make any student feel welcome and safe. You make the class laugh and think in ways that no other teacher can. It’s because of you that I truly understand what it means to be a good human—you’re the best one I know. —Jessica Ashcraft

I can’t thank you enough for not only being there as a teacher, but also as a terrific friend. You’re such a dedicated and a wonderful person. I hope to be as great a teacher as you are one day. —Michelle Martinez

You have made me feel important and proud of my work because you would recognize me and other students in class. You cut the bull when it came to teaching and actually taught me things that are useful to me today and in my future. You made learning interesting and now to this day I don’t find learning boring anymore. —Ellie Loiacono

Even though your room is -12 degrees, I learned a lot. You taught me discipline and life lessons, and you never gave up on me. —Hunter Mahakian

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Joining the global force


Features Editor

With ambition in her eyes, senior Natalee Dueber has had her sights set on the future ever since she was young, and she has worked hard throughout high school in order to achieve her goals. “I’ve really stuck true to who I am,” Dueber said, “but you could say that I’ve also grown as a person in the sense that my potential and readiness to go into the world has changed.” Opportunities for Dueber to expand her horizons came with her decision to join ASB for her senior year. “ASB is a class where you grow,” she said. “You grow in your leadership, your capabilities, your strengths and your weaknesses. You really learn what your weaknesses are and you work harder to make them turn into strengths.” Dueber took on the responsibilities of being the senior class Vice President despite lacking prior ASB experience and having to manage her time with soccer. “It’s been a struggle,” she said, “but I’ve learned a lot about handling responsibility, how to take on sev-

eral tasks at a time and how to do everything I can to the best of my ability, regardless of any difficulties that there may be.” Dueber also looks forward to continuing to take on challenges after graduating high school as she attends the US Air Force Academy. “The Air Force Academy has been my dream since I was seven years old,” she said. “My dad graduated from there in 1982, so I grew up around it.” There, Dueber will major in behavioral sciences and complete four years of education relating to her major, accompanied by military training. “It is such a difficult and challenging environment that you really can’t stand alone,” Dueber said. “You have to rely on others in your class to get you through demanding, difficult days. And just the fact that we’re going through something so much bigger than every one of us is just incredible.” After the required four years of education, Dueber will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. In addition, she will serve five years of active duty after graduation. “The school really just encompasses who I am as a person,” Dueber said. “It’s challenging, it’s competitive, it’s physical and those are all things that I am ready to take on as a challenge. There is a new challenge to take on everyday and that is something that I want to experience and grow from with every obstacle that I overcome.”



After watching Disney’s “Brave,” Alex Elia decided to research universities in the United Kingdom. Seven months later, she is now enrolled to attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. “I’ve never actually been to Scotland,” Elia said. “I have looked at a lot of pictures online and looked at it through Google Earth; I think it’s beautiful and I’m excited to see all of the old buildings.” For Allison Bermann, also attending St. Andrews in the fall, it was her desire to attend a school out of country that led her to discover the Scottish university. “I was looking at UK schools in general because

I wanted to have a unique college experience and go as far away from home as possible,” Bermann said. “I knew once I started researching St. Andrews that it was the only school I wanted to go to.” Founded in 1410, St. Andrews is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and is composed of numerous medieval buildings throughout its rural home city of Fife. “The campus and the town are integrated,” Bermann said. “It’s right on the North Sea too, so it’s like UCSB plus cold plus Hogwarts.” Elia agrees with Bermann’s statement, adding that when she decided to attend St. Andrews, one of the first things her mom commented on was that she was attending Hogwarts. Both girls are excited to embark on this new journey in their lives; however, moving 5,000 miles away does come with some bittersweet feelings. “My best friend cried when I told her I was moving,” Bermann said. “My dad supported me easily and managed to convince my mom to let me go. I’m the only child so it’s hard for my mom, but she’s getting more excited as the weeks go by.” Elia’s mother shares the same apprehension of letting her daughter move across the pond. “Everyone seems excited for me, but my mom is a bit worried about me going so far away,” Elia said. Elia plans to major in neuroscience and continue to play the cello at St. Andrews as well as join clubs and possibly try archery. Although eager to begin her overseas journey, she has some reservations about the multitude of international students who attend the school.

“I’m most excited about getting to meet new people from around the world,” Elia said. “But I’m also scared about not really being able to connect with people from different cultures. And of getting homesick.” Bermann, majoring in social anthropology, does not share the same fears. Instead she is most excited to encounter the international students. “I’ve already talked to many people I’m going to school with,” she said. “One of my new friends is from Italy but lives in Thailand. That’s so cool.” Already hired to be the assistant editor for the travel section of the school’s newspaper, Bermann plans to take advantage of Scotland’s European location. Denmark and Slovenia are first on her list of countries she wishes to visit. Elia also wishes to travel, starting with Scandinavian countries. Both of their planned travels include England. “Allison and I talked about going to see Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet in London together during the fall,” Elia said. When asked whether Europe will be their permanent home, their answers varied. “My parents don’t know this but I’m pretty sure I want to stay in Europe after my undergrad degree,” Bermann said. “I love America but I want to experience all that Europe has to offer and I honestly see myself staying for the whole of my life.” Elia is unsure of whether she will stay in Scotland or return to America after her education, but hopes she will be able to stay there for awhile. “I’m so excited to go to St. Andrews,” Elia said, “and I’m extremely glad that I get to go with Allison.”








As my Link Crew Advisor, I got to see a side of you that students don’t always get to see: an incredibly enthusiastic and supportive woman who has an unselfish regard for her countless organizations, committees and most notably, her students and Link Crew Leaders. —Colin Akahoshi

Your love for math is darling and has made derivatives and integrals a bit more bearable. It took me a few months to adjust to your sass and stares of judgment, but your waffle days, math analogies and love for -“The Big Bang Theory” won me over. Oh, and your son is the luckiest little one on earth. —Joyce Tan

You are an amazing teacher who taught me so much about biology and really sparked my passion for the sciences. Now, as I head off to college majoring in biochemistry, I have you to thank, Ms. Grooms, for helping me discover what I want to do with my life. —Josiah Nielsen

My first day in his class, I found dirt and sand under my desk. I then proceeded to say “Mr. Cummings, are you a gardener? Because there’s dirt under my desk.” He replied with, “Welcome to T.O.” Oh, and he’s good at grading essays, too. —Gino Colella

I only had you senior year, but I wish I had more years with you. You had to have been the only teacher who really treated us as adults and not silly little kids. You had goals and expectations for us, which I really appreciated. —Justice Allen

You always kept your cool and were patient and understanding in situations where I would’ve gotten into physical altercations with my classmates. You are a huge bright spot in everyone’s day and you always made a bad day a little better for me. I love you, Mrs. Moore, and please know that you mean so much to all of your students. —Liam Hinde

Your class last year was so interesting and enlightening. You really showed me how English class actually applies to analyzing the media and to finding the truth. You encouraged me to continue learning and have meaningful opinions, which impacted me more than anything else in school. (P.S. You and Mr. Hoag are adorable!) —Alex Elia



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Ending the Chun Era ALI KOPLAN

Website Editor

It won’t be the first time a Chun is called to walk across the graduation stage; it won’t be the second or third time either. It will be the seventh. Havilah Chun is the youngest of eight and all but one of her siblings graduated from TOHS. Members of the Chun family have been roaming the halls for over 10 years, starting with Hendrika, class of 2002, and concluding with Havilah this year. “I think that me being the seventh Chun to come to this school shows that TOHS is a really good school,” Chun said. “We wouldn’t want to go to any other.” Because her siblings had walked the halls before her, teachers had premonitions of what Chun would be like. “Havilah has a great sense of humor,” ceramics teacher Jerry Sawitz said. “I remember one of her brothers was the same way.” Her siblings’ opinions heavily impacted Chun’s choices, which led her to juggle playing basketball, volleyball and running track while taking all honors classes freshman year. “Their input confused me so much,” Chun said. “But once I got in, I figured out what I wanted to do.” The older Chuns were known not only in the classroom, but also on the playing field. Despite the high expectations, she only participated in track the following year. “They definitely have their opinions of what I should have done,” Chun said. “I knew I could do everything, but just not at the same time.” During her senior year, Chun started to branch out from what she calls the “Mormon group,” and hoped to find her place outside of her religion. “I’ve been hanging out with different groups of people,” Chun said. “It showed me that I’m a little different than I thought I would be.” Now at the end of senior year and about to attend Northern Arizona University, Chun feels she has fully evolved and has captured every opportunity offered. “All of my siblings told me senior year is either pointless or you can make the most of it.”


CHOPPED—Derek Manzer learns how to make an airline cut from his mentor, Mike Duran, a butcher at Albertson’s. Manzer is preparing for July’s FCCLA STAR Culinary Art event, a national competition in Texas.

Working his way up the food chain AMBER SUTHERLAND

Center Editor

After senior Derek Manzer and his cooking team won a statewide food prep competition, California Family Career and Community Leaders of America Commercial Food Prep competitions, Manzer knew exactly what he wanted his career to be. After winning the competition, Manzer felt reassured that he would be accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. “I am thrilled about getting to go to one of the top cooking schools in the world,” he said. “I am excited to get out of T.O. and live in New York for four years.” Manzer eventually wants to open his own restaurant in either New York or Chicago after college. “I have no clue what to expect at the college or how to know if I am prepared,” Manzer said. “I don’t even know if I am at the same level as some of these people who will be attending with me, but it is an important step that I should take if I am going to open my own restaurant in the future.” Currently, Manzer is a prep and line cook at the Los Posas Country Club in Camarillo, which has helped him greatly develop his skills.

“It is preparing me in making my knife skills quicker and my understanding of commercial kitchens better,” he said. Throughout college, his goal is to learn and understand the different types of cuisines. “I want to hopefully travel to other countries to learn first-hand,” he said. “My favorite dish to cook right now is a potato gnocchi pancetta with butter sage sauce because it is fun, easy and fast to cook.” As Manzer reflects on his accomplishments, he greatly appreciates the support he has received throughout his high school years. “My culinary teacher at Newbury Park High School actually helped in opening up doors,” Manzer said. “He also made me realize that I can have a career in culinary arts.” Manzer greatly enjoys the positive effect his cooking has on people and looks forward to improving his cooking skills in the future. “I love people telling me what I prepare tastes delicious,” he said. “It’s that feeling of people’s acceptance and knowing that they would try your food again that makes cooking so wonderful.”

I have no clue what to expect at [the Culinary Institute of America], or how to kno w if I’m prepared.” —Derek Manzer








You’ve not only been a teacher and coach, but like a second mother to me. Whenever I have had a problem, I know it’s you I can go to for help. These four years at high school have been the best. I am so thankful I walked in for practice that September day freshman year. —Ana Ayala

After taking English 11AP with you, my skills improved dramatically, not only because of your amazing teaching prowess, but also because of your ability to relate to your students. You shared my passion for literature and pop culture and I truly miss all the times I had in your classroom. —Nicole Cvjetnicanin

Thank you for being a helpful teacher and an understanding friend. I know I can count on you to give me advice on academics and my future in engineering. I will miss you and your whale earrings (and now your new chemistry earrings!) dearly. Lot of love and many thanks! —Amanda Hsu

Your energy and passion has helped nurture a love for science in so many of your students, and sometimes forced me to push the limits of my time and motivation, helping me take full advantage of all there is to offer at TOHS. Thank you for your sincere interest and investment in me and all of your students. Go Cardinals! —Austin Jones

You made this class my reason to wake up at four in the morning, and take my two buses and a carpool to come to school. You’re my only teacher that genuinely cared about me. Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. You made my senior year something to remember. —Rachel Clifford

I’ll always remember you and I feel bad for the freshmen who will never know about your awesome beard. You were always there for me and would give me endless advice on anything imaginable, as well as ensuring my academic success. —Stephanie Marino

You were the only math teacher who could explain things to me and take the time to help me with every little problem I had. It’s been awesome being your T.A. the past two years, your friend and your student. I’ll miss you while I’m in college, but I won’t miss sorting your papers in alphabetical order. —Allison Bermann


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FAMILY Our conversation with five faculty members and their graduating seniors revealed that they’ve found working and learning on the same campus to be a blessing, not a burden.

Interview conducted by senior editor Kelly Wisneski THE LANCER: Was there ever a conversation establishing how you would treat each other on campus? AMANDA LICHTL: We decided that whenever we walked by each other at school, we wouldn’t make eye contact and we’d look the other way. Pretend I don’t know him. HILLARY VILLA: If anything, the only thing that we really talked about was, “Let’s see how long we can go without other kids in the class knowing.” We made it past the first semester. LURA BLEIBERG: Yeah, that was us in summer school. Tyler and I agreed not to say anything. The very last day—I have pictures on my bulletin board of my kids—somebody’s looking at me, and looking at Tyler, looking at the board— “Oh my god is this your mom?!” MARTY CRAWFORD: I thought it was important that he realized that he didn’t have to acknowledge me on campus if he didn’t want to. Since he had a different last name, he could have utterly disowned me if he had chosen to. THE LANCER: What are some of the pros and cons of having someone related here, from the kids’ perspective and the parents’? AMANDA: Well, when you need money… TYLER BLEIBERG: Permission slips, just to get them signed. DANNY HOFFMEIER: A lot of students come up to me and say, “Your mom is the greatest teacher I’ve ever had.” AMANDA: Also if I’m really really bored (during AP week) and there’s nothing to do, I just pop in and say “Hi.” I usually use his computer if I’m bored. LOU LICHTL: For us, it was an evolution. In 9th grade, we really did try to ignore each other on campus. We thought that was appropriate. By 10th grade, we were used to having each other there, and it became a pretty special opportunity. By 11th grade, Amanda had a period off and she’d come in and do homework in my office quite a bit and eat my lunch. It was a time to check in and see how things were going.

THE LANCER: I know sometimes Mrs. Beaudoin would walk into your office, and she’d be surprised because the person sitting there was not Mr. Lichtl. AMANDA: Literally every time, someone would come in and go “YOU’RE not Mr. Lichtl!” BROOKE MURPHY: I don’t see it as a disadvantage at all. I got to use her fridge. She brings me food. For me, it’s just been awesome all around. THE LANCER: Has your relationships with one another changed as a result of going to the same school? BROOKE: I used to be really embarrassed of my mom when she wore jazz pants out in public, but now I’m all right with it. LOU: Don’t say the same for me. TYLER: You wear jazz pants? BROOKE: They’re called yoga pants for him. HILLARY: I’d say we’re closer, because there are a lot more things we can talk about. We know a lot of the same students, like the lunch bunch that’s been eating in my class since freshman year. I know them all, and it makes it a lot easier. THE LANCER: Parents, have you had to change your parenting techniques as a result of having a lot more information about your kids’ lives? LURA: It hasn’t changed what I’ve done, but maybe it’s made me think before I ask something. You know, because we get to see them out on campus with this person, that person—ooh, they’re spending a lot of time with that person. How do I ask about that person without being nosy? LOU: I talk a lot less about school at home. And for some reason, everyone thinks that Amanda has knowledge of everything that goes on at school. AMANDA: It’s so true. THE LANCER: I know the Villas mentioned that they were in the same class. Was anyone else in the same class? What was that like? BROOKE: I’ve had [my mom] for four years. For me, it



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HILLARY VILLA AVI VILLA Not available for interview:

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was always hard because I don’t like when people watch me dance, and I still don’t like when my mom watches me dance. She’s not allowed to. And so it’s always been hard to have her give critiques and everything like that, but I don’t know, I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better with it though. JALEEN MURPHY: I didn’t know you didn’t like it this year. With the other daughter, it was the opposite: “Mom, did you watch me? Did you watch me?” No, I watched the team. I have to watch everyone and not just watch her. [Brooke] was the opposite: “Don’t you dare watch me.” But this year I thought she wanted me to watch her. I’m extra careful to be 100% director during class time. It does get really hard because we go 20 hours a week with these kids and I get to know her peers almost as well as I know my own daughter. I become a lot of people’s mother. LOU: Don’t you mean 20 hours a day? Because that’s what it seems like. THE LANCER: How is all of this going to change after you guys graduate? AMANDA: Well I’m only going to be about 45 minutes away, so he can’t visit me on his lunch break…but I think I’m ready to leave the nest. I think he’ll have a harder time with it than I will, personally. TYLER: Yeah, parents always have a harder time. LURA: Says the kid. AVI: I’m going to Moorpark, so I’ll still live at home. JALEEN: No more lunch bunches with your mom. AVI: Yeah, I gotta pack my own lunch now. HILLARY: It’s going to be tough for me not just because of him, but because this is the last group that I’ve known since kindergarten. Next year, I’ll be by myself. LOU: We’ll have to start a support group! THE LANCER: Does anyone want to add anything? AMANDA: Twice he’s come into my classroom to give me money in front of the whole entire class. Or sometimes he’s like “Can I speak to Amanda please?” and everyone’s like “Oooooohh.” And then he slips it to me. Except he doesn’t slip it to me, and he makes it so everyone can see. He pretends like he’s doing it secretly. LOU: I did do that twice, and it was kind of funny. AMANDA: For him. LOU: I had to break the tension of the calculus class. MARTY: It has been wonderful having Danny on campus, sharing this experience with him, watching him grow and spread his wings. Next year will seem really weird, and I will miss him. HILLARY: I would like to thank Mr. Lichtl for being so supportive of this concept of having parents teach with their students, because some schools won’t allow it. It’s been an amazing experience for me as a teacher and as a mother. LOU: I’m not sure it would work at other schools as well as it does here. I think our student body is pretty remarkable. Our kids aren’t targets because they’re our kids. I think everyone kind of takes it for what it is. It’s one of the great things about this high school—our student body. They’re so accepting of each other, and there’s a real spirit.








Thank you so much for the past four years. You’ve been such a staple during my high school experience. You have taught me confidence, and guided me in knowing what I want in life. And for that I cannot thank you enough. Your painting fairy, Kayleigh Stahl

Back when I met you in 2012, I would have never guessed that our relationship would have progressed as far as it has. We have become more than teacher and student—we’ve become friends (but not more than friends). Also, have fun in your married life! —Ian Jones

I can’t thank you enough for all I have learned from you, both dance-wise and life lessons. Through your program, I have become independent, patient, forgiving, compassionate and found the amazing beauty that is dance. You are my mother and I will miss you dearly next year. —Carly Brown

You have been there for me since the beginning and helped me a lot. You got me through this year. I would also like to call you my friend. If it weren’t for you, I would have not gotten through math. —Taylor Hubenthal

Thank you for treating your students like peers, for stressing the importance of forming our own opinions and ideas, for listening and for teaching me to be an individual. You are easily the most influential and intelligent teacher I have ever had, and others should take after your approach. —Kaylie Luedke

Thank you, Sheridan, for being not only the best teacher in the world, but the best mentor and role model an angsty teen like me could ever ask for. Although I only had you freshman year, the memories I had with you will last a lifetime. Keep singing, and stay caffeinated, my friend! —Erin Callahan

Thank you for all the hard work you put in preparing us for the AP test. More importantly, thank you for rubbing off some of your passion for chemistry on me. I look forward to pursuing a career in chemical engineering because your class really inspired me. —Dalton Flynn


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COMMUNITY COLLEGES Kapiolani Natalie Marino Moorpark Omar Abdallat Madeline Alexander Alex Althaus Daniel Arterburn Jose Avalos Ana Ayala Aujelle Babbitt Gary Babich Joe Baker Rodney Balam Sheryl Barbera Riley Barrett Summer Bartholomew Harris Bay Preston Beninati Sima Jo Benson Hayden Berg Kiley Bertrand Summer Bloom Damon Breazell Emily Brooks Carly Brown Nicholas Bryden Susana Buenrostro Diego Buller Haley Busch Cassandra Canzano Amy Carbine Amador Cardenas Christian Cardoza Kaylie Carson Molly Casey Jessica Chandler Nicolette Chilian Havilah Chun Rachael Clifford Luigi Colella Kahlil Cuizon Burden Alexa Darough Dylan Davis Nick DeMirjian Amanda DeSimone Madison Devine Krizianne Diego Chad Donley Brandalyn Dorman Steven Dorsey Nicholas Eastman Marie Egertson Natalie Ewing Mackenzie Fancy Jacob Feb Emilia Feldman

Tristan Ferry Antonio Flores Juliana Fortag Max Fung Jocelyn Garcia Phillip Garcia Lanyssa Garcia James Giddings Matthew Gildea Christina Glath Kendall Gourlay Madison Green Brieana Vida Guenthner Ezequiel Guzman Gregory Hans Matthew Hanson Griffin Hay Megan Healy Brittney Heller Cassidy Henderson Tori Heninger Darvin Hernandez Maria Higareda Danny Hoffmeier Taylor Hübenthal Pablo Huchin Brandon Isa Nick Jacobs Alexis Jansen Benjamin Joffe Benjamin Kaltenbach Paula Kaltenbrunner Justin Kasper Cortni Kaufman Brooke Keene Topanga Kemerling Erica Kim Jennifer Kocipak Nicholas Koshofer Sandy Krietzberg Derek Kung Kayla Kurges Wade Lacy Tim Lade Ally Lafayette Josef Larry Andrew Larson Aaron Lee Arik Lee Anne Leko Elizabeth Loiacono Jose Lopez Cristian Lopez Brett Lorenz Leslie Lorenzo Heather MacDonald Ian MacPhee Mitchell Marsh

Michelle Martinez Elizabeth Martinez Francis Martyn Anna Mascaro Alec Matheson Sadira Matin Cole Matsuura Matthew McDermott Sean McKeehan Taylor McNeil Gannon McPhillips James McQuillan Kim Medrano Jazmin Mejia Austin Meros Emily Merrick Rebecca Meuschke Sophia Mohammadi Taylor Montes Kyle Morris Christopher Morrow Timothy Mosher Justin Nguyen Yasin Niazi Jessica Nimie Derrick Nissen Shawn Noad Payton Norphard Allison Olney Tymaeus Orfanos Gema Ortiz Russell Osborne Rachel Palmer Jenna Paneiko Nicholas Pasky Heather Patey Jose Peña Kristen Perez Andy Perkins Ashley Perry Sierra Pierce Alexis Pineda Cameron Poe Andrew Priest Lei Lani Queral Andy Ragusin Hanna Reed Erik Reyes Casey Riedell Sabrina Riggan Julianne Rodriguez Kassie Rogers Kevin Rowe Elizabeth Ruble Dylan Rummel Shannon Santo Odilon Santos Cristian Sarabia Golzar Saranj

Matthew Sauber Nicole Schmitt Shayden Shanaberger Raquel Sheppard Austin Shipley Jackson Simonsgaard Espen Slattum Daniel Smith Jessica Solis Jonathan Soliz Jacob Sosa Taylor Stewart Madeline Stout Devin Stringfellow Robert Swan Gabriella Tapia Avery Taylor Tyler Tonsbeek Alec Torres Parker Trent Kathleen Trethaway Alexander Turner Melanie Tuyub Gabriel Valdez Alvaro Villa Raul Villasenor Cameron Wakefield Austin Warr Hailey Webb Garret Williams Bramley Willis Casey Yarnall Marisa Ybarra Mariam Zalal Kenny Zarkowski Iliana Zedan Manuel Zepeda Oxnard Rodrigo Angulo Wyatt Birg Scott Duncan Jonathan Escobar Cole Kissick Emilio Montes Brian Sanchez Angel Suarez Pierce Melissa Arteaga Kayla Bernstein Amanda Karpf Chelsea Sedgwick Saddleback Daisy Roca San Diego Mesa Megan Behnke Gavin Shearer

Santa Barbara Arya Aframian Jacob Brondyke Connor Cavanaugh Devin Duran Tia Fisher Liam Hinde Bailee Johnston Taylor Kastan Nicholas Marsh Ian Molitor Ben Mueller-Leclerc Kevin Nunneley Spencer Pollock Kevin Roe Mason Rohlfing Mackenzie Saffire Valerie Shidoosh Kayleigh Stahl Jordyn Sweet Trace Tierstein Amanda Zavala Santa Monica Freedom Baek Francesca Barbarotto Chrisauna Chery Aaron McCormick Ventura Tyler Bleiberg Stephen Cookus Vanessa DeSimone Annette Ehret Brian King Tracy Lewis Timothy Mahakian Megan Oergel Danielle Solis Could not be contacted Grant Ahles Eddie Arciga Gianna Diaz Kevin Franco Brock Gouett Victoria Hiott Nicholas Jack Elysia Loesch Chase McIntyre Alexandra Millman Jorge Bernardo Perez

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Cuesta Michael Barchilon



I know we’re tired and hungry and just want nap time. But let’s cherish these last few days before we break free and soar. I never expected that my life could be perfectly characterized by a gif of a sloth, and yet, here I am. Senioritis has kicked in, hard. I am so, so ready to sleep in until noon, laze around and basically do nothing—as is the teenager dream. Once AP testing finished, I peaced out. I could taste the freedom. I thought I was done. And yet, I’m actually not. End of the year projects, finals and this very issue of the newspaper have caused me a great deal of stress, leaving me longing for summer and the blissful, stress-free months I will spend before starting the promised “best four years” of my life. Okay, so high school has taught me many things: mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell and Sojourner Truth was a super rad lady and polysyndetons are an effective way to get your point across (eh, see what I did there?). But I am ready to take classes on gender studies and religion and mythology, to meet new people, try new things. I want to rock climb instead of getting my daily workout by walking from my car to campus. I want to explore exciting cities full of hustle and bustle instead of bumming around in the sleepy town we currently call home. Don’t mistake my yearning for a better tomorrow as a distaste for the past, which was superb and radical—aside from all the stress and pain. I laughed with friends, I found new passions, I discovered Star Trek. Yes, I have a bad case of senioritis. A current side-effect of this temporary disease, that promises to be cured as soon as summer hits, is my persistent curiosity. I have so many questions and I demand answers before I leave behind these gray, speckled walls. What really is math? Why is the MLA format drilled into our heads? Why were we told in third grade that we’d be forced to write in cursive in high school? How are bridges built? How is CatDog possible and why didn’t we question it as children? These aren’t the greatest questions of the universe, getting their answers won’t solve world peace, but they’re things I’m wondering in my last high schooler days. Let’s be real—I probably won’t get these answers. In fact I know I’ll never know what CatDog is, but I’m okay with that. Graduation is not far away, and soon I’ll be questioning my life choices at three in the morning, hyped up on coffee after procrastinating papers or whatever, and I’ll have forgotten all about AP Euro exams and gross bathrooms and awkward corner-turning shuffles. I’ll be a sloth for just one and a half more weeks. Now I’m just waiting for my transformation into a majestic Shiba Inu.

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CALIFORNIA California Baptist University Chas Henley California Lutheran University Justice Allen Alison Cervelli Graciela Godinez Mary Jarjour Sam Morton Esteban Pineda Patrick Scott Teigan Schentrup

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY Cal Poly Pomona Colton Myers Katerina Vaughn Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Sarah Bartak Christopher Garvin Paige Kavanagh Eli Reinach Jordan Sookikian Nicholas Spencer Jake Williams Cal Maritime Emmett Dixon Channel Islands Josh Arneson Tucker Boze Estrella Carrillo Elsie Casanova Bailey Durkin Danielle Frattali Ayme Gamboa Mariya Kravchenko Wesley Kreiger Daniel Patlin Elizabeth Quina Cassidy Rector Katie Royal Fabiola Santacruz Bronwyn SwainCohen Yvette Trejo Aldair Villasenor Charles Willis Chico William Garcia Rachel Otterness Fullerton Jessica Geiser Humboldt Gordon Cameron Arianna Elwess Nick Julier Sebastian Quispe Christopher Trujillo Long Beach Tatiana Miranda Monterey Bay Gabby Duran Lucas Page Casey Sigelakis John Torosian

Northridge Tyler Ange Laura Arjon Abril Ayuso America Ayuso Jocelyn Cardenas Allyson Cardilino Courtney Chelebian Grant Crongeyer Chad Esseff Nicole Geiser Austin Herold Ryan LeGault Eric Mantta Stephanie Marino Andrea Ortega Angel Rivera PJ Shahamat Savannah Voorhies San Diego Angelica Bloomquist Griffen Lee Josiah Nielsen Angela Peratis Nathan Powers Cameron Robottom Quinn Stapp

Santa Clara University Michael Enriquez Stanford University Austin Jones Ian Jones St. Mary’s College of California Kareena Manji

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Berkeley Jesse Hoffmann Charley Huang Kaitlin Hung Erika Kodera Jed McGuigan Julia Rivalta Paige Rosenberg Joyce Tan Wyatt Taylor Davis Kevin Coral Sydney Kolvenbach Jessica Marvin

San Francisco Kelly Belko Kreider Pagett

Riverside Lukas Ishiyama Sean Laput

San Jose Gabriel Aviles George Pertessis Matthew Spadaro

Santa Cruz Brianna Jesse Nick McCabe Sean Romero Hannah Tucker Erick Vitela Candace Wooster

San Marcos Kiley Munro Sonoma Makaila Hernandez Aubrie Franklin Kelly McReynolds Kristen Spear Chapman University Michael Stroyeck Davis Tate Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Rachel Aguilar The Hatlen Center for the Blind Ivan Cardenas John Paul the Great Catholic University Rebecca Mundwiller La Sierra University Damian Gonzalez Los Angeles Film School Tambria Moreno Loyola Marymount University Emilee Johnsen Pepperdine University Lauren Anderson Shan Ye

Irvine Keenan Ferguson Sydney Minar Los Angeles Benjamin Orr Anna Quinn Ashley Quinn Roxanna Strumwasser Santa Barbara Colin Akahoshi Cassidy Anderson Jessica Ashcraft Michael Belleville Michael Brady Alicia Carducci Andria Chen Jane Lamp Trevor Lestak Reed Loose Kaylie Luedke Mayela Morales Taylor Papenfus Shay Seguin Shelby Shankel San Diego Tyler Lestak Na Rae Lim William McMinn Daniel Riedell Katherine Smith

WASHINGTON Seattle University Corey Davis Johanna Rinaman University of Washington (Seattle) Matthew Dacanay Amanda Hsu Daria Micovic Tyler Pirtle Washington State University Lukas Fontanilla

OREGON Lewis and Clark College Kori Groenveld Eliana Lasarow Oregon State University Connor Bell Portland State University Sarah Müller Reed College Claire Didziulis University of Oregon Eric Blum Alyssa Davis Devin O’Malley Western Oregon University Shauna Puckett Willamette University Audrey Stueckle

SENIOR MAP 2014 In one of the greatest displays of variety to date, the Class of 2014 will cover not only 25 states, but 6 different countries as well. And thanks to alumnus Alex Chen, you can now view all of that diversity on our online, interactive version of the Senior Map »



Westmont College Noah Chow Amanda Lichtl

ADULT SCHOOL Conejo Valley Adult School Jordan Johnson Ellen White Simi Valley Adult School and Career Institute Steven Simpson

University of Wyoming Joey Hunn


University of Colorado, Colorado Spring Sam Hughes

Utah Valley University Emerson Jenkins

United States Air Force Academy Natalee Dueber University of Colorado, Boulder Carter Esqueda

Art Institute of California San Diego Emma Nilsson Brooks Institute Emily Lane Musicians Institute Jose Martinez

Colgate University Alex King

Northeastern University Erin Callahan Nick Riemen

Washington University in St. Louis Kelly Wisneski

Tufts University Laura Sylvers

Ithaca College Allison Rhodes


University of Rochester Kyle Marik

University of Vermont Brennan Ackerman

Ohio State University Ethan Lyons

RHODE ISLAND PENNSYLVANIA Drexel University Janett Angel Megan Perez

Bryant University Jacob Baca St. Joseph School of Nursing Faith Bouchard

Eastern University Alyssa Welty

University of Notre Dame Dalton Flynn Sean Lam

University of Missouri at Columbia Katherine O’Shea

Boston University Jonathan Lopez Andrew Mahler

Gettysburg College Nicole Cvjetnicanin



Davidson College Nile Chau

Belmont University Gabby Olivas Meghan Reich

Duke University Kyra Josephson

University of New Mexico Jonathan Solis

HAWAII University of Hawaii at Manoa Emily Abrams



University of Kansas Jamie Stone




Northern Arizona University Jill Noble Rayanna Raftery Taylor Sunseri Glenn Valdez Gavin Geiger Brody Pettek Emily Shields University of Arizona Kevin De Souza Alexander Hernandez

Loyola University Chicago Tina Smith


Amherst College Alison Neveu

Emerson College Kenzy Peach



Colorado State University Meghan Lorenz

Brigham Young University—Provo Delaney Porter Shanna Rupp Alyson Whitworth

Arizona State University Christy Macleod James Arndt Cameron Moore Jordan Stewart

University of Southern California Patrick Casebolt Jacob Paley Henry Piper

St. Olaf College Brooke Janusz Isabel Sublette

Colorado School of Mines John Arndt

University of Redlands Hannah Solomon

University of the Pacific Jacob Rosenfeld



Culinary Institute of America Derek Manzer



University of San Francisco Cole McGlynn

Bethlehem College and Seminary Allison Marks

Brigham Young University—Idaho Jacqueline McKinley Brooke Murphy Savannah Sutherland Zachary Snyder Courtney Zierenberg


University of San Diego Rola Adedigba


LDS MISSION Marcus Bentley Candy Garcia Michael Morgan Caleb Nickolaisen Kenneth Petrowsky Caleb Pomar Lukas Richmond


GAP YEAR Allondra Diaz Lesly Escobar Donnie Haile Jeanett Jaimerena Hannah Jasperse Bennett Quintard Paul Scheer Brian Vano Selena Zarate

MILITARY Emily Allred David Arriola Thomas Bodenhamer Matthew Hanrahan Adam King Daniel Lopez Landon McLeod Christian Mendez Kyle Reed Pastor Ruelas

Louisiana State University CJ Rucker

WORK Jake Andrews Connor Balcom Kaley Doyle Madison Franklin Aly French James Gary Ranzie Hansted Meadors William Huntsinger Brandon Lopez Zeev Lopez Ashlynn Mead Jose Navarro Evan Painter Dillin Perini Kylee Poling Sabine Rutten Christian Sanchez Emma Skelton

FLORIDA University of Florida Austin Tunney

INTERNATIONAL American University of Paris (Paris, France) Ben Nitka Copenhagen Business School (Frederiksberg, Denmark) Samuel Klein

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION Automotive Mechanics Daniel Mackey

Paul Mitchell The School Brianna Mendoza

Dubspot Cameron Jack

Universal Technical Institute Israel Herrera Estevan Perez

Everest College Robert Quintero Marinello Schools of Beauty Makenna Kinnon

West Coast Ultrasound Institute Natalie Ruiz

Mechanical Contracting Mark Magnuson

Undecided Nicholas Cox

Courtauld University (London, England) Lauren James Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) Spenser Hicks London School of Economics (London, England) Benjamin Thomas University of St. Andrews (Fife, Scotland) Allison Bermann Alexandra Elia


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DALTON FLYNN // UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME MOST REWARDING EXTRACURRICULAR: Football, because I made great friends and learned discipline and leadership skills. MOST PROUD OF: My ability to balance academics, football and church. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I don’t like chocolate.

IAN JONES // STANFORD UNIVERSITY WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR SCHOOL: It’s a high-level academic school with high level sports. Also it’s in CA. EXTRACURRICULARS: Guitar, wrestling and surfing (shredding gnar). WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: My skills with the kendama.

BEN ORR // UCLA WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR COLLEGE: I love the location, campus, school spirit and most of all, the strong academics. EXTRACURRICULARS: Basketball, tutor, library volunteering. MOST PROUD OF: Making the varsity basketball team. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: Nothing. I am completely average.



HANNAH JASPERSE // GAP YEAR IN GUATEMALA WHY YOU CHOSE GAP YEAR: In order to refocus my life on God. MOST PROUD OF: My work in my church and the mission trips. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: How I act when I am with my younger brother. When we are together, any shreds of intelligence that either of us have are lost.

SEAN LAM // UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: My strong sense of humor. MOST PROUD OF: Only being absent for illness one day of school out of four years of high school. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I refuse to use mechanical pencils, and I avoid writing in pen as much as I can.

AUSTIN JONES // STANFORD UNIVERSITY WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR SCHOOL: Red is my favorite color. WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: The fact that I don’t know my GPA says a lot about me. MOST PROUD OF: My card-dealing skills. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I don’t like desserts or other sweets.

ALISON NEVEU // AMHERST COLLEGE WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: A lot of people have said to me, “I didn’t know you were smart.” I like being judged on my personality, not my grades or scores. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: My friends say I have an unnatural obsession with board games.


ANNA QUINN // UCLA WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR COLLEGE: Because my twin Ashley Quinn is going there. MOST PROUD OF: Balancing my swim and academic schedules. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I happily wake up at 4:06 a.m. three times a week to go to swim practice.

WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR COLLEGE: Because my twin Anna Quinn is going there. WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: My all-encompassing, undying love for ice cream. MOST PROUD OF: My blobfish face.

» how to make everyone uncomfortable

» how to be productive

» how to weave through a crowd

» self-reliance

» how to read a book without reading it

» how to act in public

» procrastination is a key to failure

» humanity’s cold fist


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The number of valedictorians climbed to a record-high 17 for the class of 2014, but that by no means diminishes the dynamism that makes this group more than just medals at graduation.

SHELBY SHANKEL // UCSB MOST REWARDING EXTRACURRICULAR: Being a Nihilist. Because nothing matters. Life is meaningless. Love does not exist. I don’t matter. MOST PROUD OF: I have the same birthday as Noah Chow. WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: “Not much.” —Casey Sigelakis

ISABEL SUBLETTE // ST. OLAF COLLEGE EXTRACURRICULARS: Band and watching Korean dramas. MOST PROUD OF: I always have tissues when I need them. Hooray for allergies. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I’ve been told that I resemble Lord Voldemort by quite a few people. I’m also a vegan.

HANNAH SOLOMON // UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: I enjoy the challenges that classes give me. I don’t take them for the GPA. MOST PROUD OF: Beating Mrs. Grano my first time playing chess. WEIRD THING ABOUT YOU: I make lots of strange faces, especially when I am with my sister.

NICK SPENCER // CAL POLY SLO WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR SCHOOL: Hands-on approach as opposed to the UC schools’ theoretical approach. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I’ve had the same haircut since the sixth grade. MOST PROUD OF: Seeing Nicolas Cage buy Godzilla figurines.

LAURA SYLVERS // TUFTS UNIVERSITY MOST REWARDING EXTRACURRICULAR: Camp, because fifth graders think I’m super cool. MOST PROUD OF: Completing this questionnaire; it was a struggle. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I’ve never been to Taco Bell. Sorry, Dalton.

JOYCE TAN // UC BERKELEY WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR COLLEGE: For the boba, always the boba! WHAT MAKES YOU MORE THAN YOUR GPA: My love for nuggets, potatoes and cute animals! WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I’m not weird! I’m perfectly normal (heh heh, like a Normal distribution).

HOW THEY GOT HERE WHAT IT MEANS TO EARN THAT 4.65+ INDEXED GPA » Your INDEXED GPA, unlike the WEIGHTED GPA, is based on your SCHOLASTIC GPA (4 points for an A regardless the academic level of the class). » You add .02 for an A in an Honors or AP class, and .01 for a B to the SCHOLASTIC GPA .

WYATT TAYLOR // UC BERKELEY WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR COLLEGE: It seemed nice. MOST REWARDING EXTRACURRICULAR: Basketball, because it keeps me in shape. MOST PROUD OF: My strong bond with my dog. WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: My fear of butterflies.

KELLY WISNESKI // WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS WHY YOU CHOSE YOUR COLLEGE: Brisket wraps and Tempurpedic beds. MOST PROUD OF: My Asian skills (dumpling-making and chopstick-holding). WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOU: I cried tears of joy when I got to use the font Gotham for this issue of The Lancer.

TRANSLATION: each of these 17 students took at least 33 semesters of an Honors or AP class without ever getting a B.

» building legos

» hoping for osmosis

» blogging about how I should study

» 30 min studying, 10 min break, rinse and repeat

» crying a little

» reading fanfiction

» blocking out the world’s noise

» relating my studies to Tom Hiddleston



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Sports superstars FINAL SEASON RECORDS


G SWIM 5–3




B SWIM 7–1



B GOLF 8–6




B SOCCER 4–12–1


G SOCCER 6–5–2








SPORT: Volleyball COLLEGE : Seattle University MAJOR : Physical Therapy NICKNAME: C Dog PRE-GAME RITUAL: Eating then sleeping, in that order. FAVORITE MEMORY: My 6th–11th grade undefeated winning streak.

SPORT: Track and Field COLLEGE: Moorpark College MAJOR: International Business NICKNAME: Italian Stallion PRE-GAME RITUAL: Pasta, lots of it. And meditation. FAVORITE MEMORY: The entire Ventura High School stadium clapping while I vaulted. CHAD DONLEY 4 YEAR VARSITY




SPORT: Soccer COLLEGE: CSU Northridge MAJOR: Accounting NICKNAME: Laurita PRE-GAME RITUAL: I always have to tape my cleats a certain way. FAVORITE MEMORY: Beating Westlake and having it be their only loss.




SPORT: Soccer COLLEGE: US Air Force Academy MAJOR: Behavioral Sciences FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Eat a plate of lemon chicken pasta, get my headphones in and begin to focus.

SPORT: Lacrosse COLLEGE: Moopark College MAJOR: Business NICKNAME: Chi PRE-GAME RITURAL: Bumpin’ to my music. FAVORITE MEMORY: Beating Westlake our senior year for the first time in school history.






SPORT: Soccer COLLEGE: Davidson College MAJOR: Undeclared PRE-GAME RITUAL: I recite the Lord’s prayer, then pray to God for the strength to compete. FAVORITE MEMORY: When my team went to Manchester, Oregon.



SPORT: Lacrosse COLLEGE: University of Colorado, Boulder MAJOR: Biochemistry NICKNAME: President PRE-GAME RITUAL: Eating a Jersey Mike’s sandwich (#9 is the way to go) and putting on my eye black.


SPORT: Soccer COLLEGE: CSU Chico MAJOR: Business and Marketing NICKNAME: Ill Will PRE-GAME RITURAL: Pray with my friend, Gabriel Aviles, before every game. FAVORITE MEMORY: Scoring the winning goal at senior year’s last game.

» I’ll see you in the fall.

» See hippogriffs flying in the sky.

» What a flamboyant peacock.

» The end.

» I hate giraffes.

» Live long and communism.

» Love my mother, love my soul.

» I’m gay.



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Sports superstars (continued) ALEX HERNANDEZ 4 YEAR VARSITY

SPORT: Lacrosse COLLEGE: University of Arizona MAJOR: Business NICKNAME: Herni FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Overhand. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Bumping to music with my homies. FAVORITE MEMORY: Beating Westlake.







SPORT: Volleyball COLLEGE: CSU Northridge MAJOR: Business NICKNAME: Shredrrrr PRE-GAME RITUAL: Jumping around in a

SPORT: Football COLLEGE: CSU Humboldt MAJOR: Marine Biology NICKNAME: Nicky Jay/Killer PRE-GAME RITUAL: A motivational talk

circle saying “let’s get weird.” FAVORITE MEMORY: Doming JLo in the face.

and meal.

FAVORITE MEMORY: 69-yard touchdown reception against Moorpark.


SPORT: Swim COLLEGE: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo MAJOR: Aerospace Engineering FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Swim faster. PRE-GAME RITURAL: Thinking about swimming faster. FAVORITE MEMORY: Swimming faster.





SPORT: Cross Country/Track and Field

COLLEGE: Lewis and Clark College MAJOR: Environmental Studies FAVORITE MEMORY: When I passed a girl at the very end of CIF prelims, and that one point let us go on to finals.



SPORT: Volleyball COLLEGE: UC Santa Barbara MAJOR: Economics NICKNAME: Big Poppa FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Baseline PRE-GAME RITUAL: Eat, sleep, pgp. FAVORITE MEMORY: I’ve been playing for 10 years, so I couldn’t choose one.





SPORT: Cross Country/Track and Field COLLEGE: California Lutheran SPORT: Water Polo/Swim University COLLEGE: California Baptist MAJOR: Liberal Studies University FAVORITE COACH SAYING: The process is MAJOR: Construction Management the goal. FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Goodness FAVORITE MEMORY: Winning my first gracious gentlemen. league meet of freshman year. PRE-GAME RITUAL: A big team cheer.





SPORT: Tennis COLLEGE: St. Mary’s College of CA MAJOR: Undeclared PRE-GAME RITUAL: Warm up, music, energy bar, stretches. FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Good, better, best. No rest until my better is best.

» pineapples

» sunglasses indoors

» confusing “your” with “you’re”

» couples making out like they’re going to war

» breathing

» unsharpened ice skates

» high-waisted pants

» chomping on string cheese

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As we send them off to make their mark on the collegiate athletic scene, The Lancer pays tribute to the recruits and four-year varsity members who achieved everything from winning Marmonte League Championships to making CIF Finals.




SPORT: Lacrosse COLLEGE : Arizona State University MAJOR : Business NICKNAME: Camtown PRE-GAME RITUAL: Pick up a smart water and power bar. FAVORITE MEMORY: Winning on senior night with the best seniors.








SPORT: Soccer COLLEGE: Sonoma State University MAJOR: Communications FAVORITE COACH SAYING: It takes one cra-

think you can or can’t, you’re right. PRE-GAME RITUAL: I eat Wheat Thins. FAVORITE MEMORY: Qualifying for World Championship Trials for 2013.

zy person to play goalkeeper. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Putting my gear in my bag, drinking gatorade and eating a protein bar.





SPORT: Soccer COLLEGE: Amherst College MAJOR: Undeclared FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Treat every game like it’s your last—you never know if your career could be cut short. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Eat a banana.




SPORT: Water Polo COLLEGE: University of the Pacific MAJOR: Business Administration NICKNAME: JJ FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Get it in. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Jazzersize. FAVORITE MEMORY: Winning.


SPORT: Swim COLLEGE: Rescue Swimmer School (Navy)

FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Don’t lose. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Clear my mind and think like a guppie. FAVORITE MEMORY: Watching Division I CIF Championships my freshman year. SAM MORTON 4 YEAR VARSITY




SPORT: Football COLLEGE: San Jose State University MAJOR: Criminal Justice PRE-GAME RITUAL: Sit alone and isolate myself to think about the game. FAVORITE MEMORY: Winning the Marmonte Championship this year. » boys have cooties » Denzel Washington





SPORT: Football COLLEGE: San Jose State University MAJOR: Computer Engineering NICKNAME: Spud FAVORITE COACH SAYING: It’s not that hard. PRE-GAME RITUAL: Electrical tape and some songs on repeat.

SPORT: Golf COLLEGE: CLU MAJOR: Music Production NICKNAME: Morton Lava FAVORITE COACH SAYING: Go get ‘em. PRE-GAME RITURAL: Cooking. FAVORITE MEMORY: Shooting 74 in my first varsity match as a freshman.

» a rock?

» mango and sticky rice

» nunya business

» Anna Kendrick

» Lil’ B

» I like Fanta more, sorry

» your booty

» Candy Crush

ATHLETES NOT SURVEYED: Jessica Geiser Nicole Geiser Ian Molitor Paul Scheer



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Here, we honor the ASB, Newspaper and Yearbook ladies who woke up at 5 a.m. for rallies and stayed until 2 a.m. for deadlines and dedicated their high school years to making a difference on campus.

Alex King

LOVING WHAT THEY DO I love the close friendships with my other yearbook editors. We would sing Christmas music, do squats during deadlines, get life lessons from Haar, and eat more candy than one person should ever consume. It doesn’t sound like it would be fun to give up twentyplus hours a week to spend extra time at school, but it was. —Alex King The friends I’ve met through journalism are indescribable. They double as best friends and role models, and I can only hope that I’ve created the same environment for my underclassmen. —Kelly Wisneski


Gabby Olivas

The Lancer Editor-in-Chief

Laura Sylvers

Power Girl

Jeanett Jaimerena


The first memory I have of Joyce Tan comes from when we were itty-bitty middle schoolers. She was this super rad, super genius that wore rockin’ converse everyday. Fast forward five years, and if possible, Joyce is ten times cooler than she was in middle school. I’m proud to say I’ve been an official member of the Joyce Tan fanclub since the first time she graced me with her acquaintance—it was the first day of high school, we flocked to each other’s familiar faces in our beginning journalism class. We’ve been twinsies ever since. There’s a lot to say about Joyce. Physically, she is the weakest person you will ever meet, complaining of soreness for weeks after doing just one set of lunges. However, despite her small stature, she is actually, literally a super nugget. She holds many titles: valedictorian, Editor-in-Chief, NHS club president, Los Robles volunteer, tutor—and the list could go on forever. Most know Joyce as the quiet, scholarly beast that she is. I on the other hand, have the pleasure of knowing her as my potato-loving, sassy best friend. She has so many talents, be it her ability to conquer a giant Three Amigos burrito at record speeds, her ability to make endearingly unattractive snapchat faces, or her talent for spotting the tiniest of mistakes while editing the paper. Joyce is organized and efficient and borders on perfect with everything she does. Her nimble, piano-playing fingers can race across a keyboard at high paced speeds and her button-y nose often scrunches in distaste whenever she sees something she disapproves of. She smiles her way through any problem, refusing to crumple under her incredibly difficult workload.

Natalee Dueber

Joyce Tan

Kelly Wisneski

She’s humble and graceful and tenacious. I am confident that Joyce Tan will one day rule the world. And if not quite at that level, she will be successful in whatever direction her life takes her. Live long and prosper, Joyce. Jessica Ashcraft is an editor of The Lancer Newspaper

The Lancer Editor-in-Chief


Pictured above: Laura Sylvers and Alex King

Kelly Wisneski is beyond impressive. And by that, I mean she’s ridiculously good at everything she does. I’m not kidding when I say she has the Midas touch of excellence because she’s the Jelly Wisnelly, so it’s no surprise that she lives and breathes the Adobe Creative Suite and creates Euro study worksheets, table-of-contents for science labs and stats vocab sheets during her free time. Even observing her navigate InDesign with a series of swift shortcuts and mouse movements is a marvelously calming experience. But Kelly is far more than just a journalism master. She is the best present-giver (she made me an alternating cute animal and cute boy calendar), expert t-shirt designer, rockin’ concert goer, 2048 pro and commended chopstick holder. She may have a bad habit of chewing pens and stress-picking at her eyebrows, but she still remains one of the most capable people I know, if not the most accomplished and caring individual. We’re still the same awkward nuggets that we were seven years ago, but now in a few months, we’ll be separated by 2038 miles (thank you, Google). But regardless of distance, she’ll always be my Jelly Wisnelly. Joyce Tan is an editor of The Lancer Newspaper

Lancer Legend Editor-in-Chief


When Alex King walks into a room, the first things people notice are her bubbly personality and bright smile. She’s the first to laugh or crack a joke and always helps lighten the mood, but there’s much more to her than meets the eye. Alex is a smart, determined girl who always listens to you and offers a piece of advice. She’s understanding if you make a mistake and always helps relate to what you’re going through without discrediting your feelings. Alex views others as equals and doesn’t talk down to them. She’s ready to collaborate and compromise to get the job done. Being Editor-in-Chief put her in a place of authority, which she took in stride and she earned the respect of her staff. Alex, getting to know you throughout these years has been nothing short of a blessing and I don’t know what I’ll do next year when I won’t have anyone to vent to or fan-girl over Youtubers with. I hope Colgate turns out to be everything you hope and that they all get to meet the wonderful girl that we’re saying goodbye to. Junior Becca Llewellyn is the co-editor-in-chief of the Lancer Legend yearbook.

» lethargic

» majestic

» like a languid squid

» I need to pee

» creeped out by this question, but quite splendid

» just peachy

» thirsty

» in desperate need of a PBJ

» eh

» irked (just got a Saturday school)


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LOVING WHAT THEY DO My favorite part about being senior class vice president was contributing to the enjoyment of my friends’ final year of high school. Some of their fondest memories will come from events that Jeanett and I planned and that is an incredible feeling: knowing that we had something to do with someone else’s happiness. —Natalee Dueber My favorite part about being student body vice president was getting to work with so many interesting and inspired peers who were genuinely excited about the school and enacting change. —Gabby Olivas I’m thankful for all the emergency Costco runs and for waking up with glitter in my bed. For all the struggles ASB has put me through, I know I’m a better, more capable person because of it. —Laura Sylvers

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If there were one person in my life that I would give the world to, it would be Jeanett Jaimerena because she deserves that and so much more. Everyday I am reminded of her infectious charisma, incredible selflessness, and love for life through her words, but more importantly her actions. Jeanett is the kind of person who will go above and beyond to make someone else’s day just that much brighter or that much happier. Everyone knows that if Jeanett wants something, then by all means, Jeanett will fight with everything that she has to achieve that aspiration. Never in my life have I met a more fierce, compassionate or strong person who is able to endure the hardships of life, but also celebrate its greatest accomplishments. As she starts her new path, I wish for her to know how loved she is and how much she has impacted the lives of those around her. She is an amazing, beautiful person, inside and out, with a heart of gold and a light that shines through in all that she does. She has so much to offer this world, and I can only hope that she knows her worth and potential, and believes in herself like I believe in her. I am so blessed to call her my partner in crime, my smush, but most of all, my best friend. The journeys we have taken together, and the moments we have shared are memories that I know we will both cherish forever. I could not be more proud of the woman she is, the story she has to share with the world, and the hope within her to accomplish some incredible things. Dream big, Jeanett Jaimerena, because I know you will stop at nothing if it means achieving your goals.

Over her three years in ASB, she has been a hardworking spirit member that slaved over posters, our junior class vice president, prom and blood drive coordinator, student body vice president, and our school board representative. So, basically, Wonder Woman. Her superhuman skills are ones to be admired, especially since she is also an extraordinary and incredibly gifted musician. A four-year competitor in the talent show and this year’s third place winner, she recorded her first breathtaking EP during her junior year and continues to perform any chance she can get. I would not have made it through these past four years of high school without her by my side and I am privileged to call her my best friend. Liked by all, admired by most and loved by some, Gabby Olivas is undoubtedly the truest, funniest, and overall best person that I have come to know, love, and respect; I have every belief that she will be a magnificent success at whatever she does. Angela Peratis a close friend of Gabby Olivas.

Natalee Dueber is senior class Vice President

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Despite her small stature, she’s always been larger than life. From sporting giraffe onesies in the halls to a pink backpack that was much too large, she’s never feared who she is and hopefully will never fail to realize what an extraordinary human being she truly is. Being a teenage girl is not the easiest job in the world, but she has survived and thrived with grace, winning charms and spunk, always pushing herself to be the best she could possibly be.


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Pictured above: Laura Sylvers and Gabby Olivas; below: Natalee Dueber and Jeanett Jaimerena


Natalee is a warm and welcoming friend and an ambitious and passionate leader. It takes a special kind of person to willingly give up much of the fun and freedom of senior year to blindly jump into the responsibilities that come with the title of Senior Class Vice President. I don’t need to tell you that Natalee Dueber is a special kind of person though, because she’s proved it to all of us. Natalee’s commitment to doing everything up to a standard that she can be proud of is inspiring. She faces challenges in life and in ASB both graciously and fearlessly. It’s rare to meet someone so passionate about serving their peers. But day in and day out, Natalee did everything in her power to make sure the rest of us were getting the most enjoyment out of our senior year, even if it came at the expense of her own. That’s how I know that I approached the right person last spring to take on this crazy job. Duebs, you have made my year memorable. Not because of all the killer senior activities you planned, but because of all the ways your example has inspired me to be a better leader and a better person. It has been an absolute joy to work beside you.

I met Laura Sylvers the summer before fourth grade. Since then, we’ve bonded not only over classes and friend groups, but also camp and grueling summers of catering to five-to-ten-year olds. Through those awkward years of growing up, Laura has become someone I put a lot of faith and trust in. Not only am I lucky enough to call Laura my friend, but I’ve also witnessed a countless number of her impressive achievements. She sets incredibly high standards for herself, and then surpasses them, taking on every responsibility she can, and excelling within each. Everything Laura does has her signature flare, whether it’s leading the senior class as an incredible Student Body President, creating the best yearbooks to ever grace T.O., or even just seamlessly hosting a hilarious game night. If she cares about something, she makes it the absolute best it can be. Every endeavor she undertakes is successful, even if only because of her passion. I think I speak for everyone she’s encountered in her four years here when I say that Laura will go down in my memory as one of the most intelligent, influential go-getters I met before college. There is no doubt in my mind that Laura Sylvers is going to achieve amazing things and I can’t wait to hear about them.

Laura Sylvers is student body President

Kenzy Peach is a close friend of Laura Sylvers

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These last four years have been great. We have to remember that it’s not always the what but the who that is most important in life. Honestly, I won’t miss my high school years too much, but I’m sure that rings true for many of the graduating seniors. It’s not because I hated the last four years. In fact, there were a lot of memorable moments that I loved over the last years. I am ready for high school to be over though. There are just so many more things to do, places to go, and new people to meet. Four years of adolescence, while not something insignificant, are certainly not the most important part of life. I’ll miss the people that I’ve met. Okay, even that isn’t completely true. Rather, I’ll miss a few people. There are always those in life who make everything worth it—those people to depend on, those friends to laugh with, stay up all night with and share the deepest feelings with. Overall, people and relationships are what matter, not only in high school, but in all of life. What we do or what we were like in our teenage years doesn’t define us as people at all. It doesn’t really matter if we experienced the typical, depicted high school life. It doesn’t matter if we studied hours on end until it became part of our daily routine, or anything in between. All of that is not something to worry about. People change, and as we learn more about ourselves and others, we then learn more about what we want in life. In the end, we will all be moving on. We will create our own paths, and hopefully do something that makes our own selves proud. No matter how you feel now, one day we will all be happy. Whether we hated the last four years and just wanted it to be over, or had the best time, graduation is really happening, and we should only look forward to the future.

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» freedom

» I’m Superman

» ibuprofen

» emotions

» milk

» dishonesty

» nothing

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» guinea pigs

Nuggets! Look at Scott’s ears. Shut up, Scott. Where’s Ben?! DAAAAAAAANEEE. Kelly’s dumplings stink. Sad bears. Print, Stella, print!



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OVER THE EDGE—Alex Turner slips off the end of the Surf-in-Slide inflatable at Senior Picnic in Agoura on Thursday, May 22. “I just liked how all the seniors got along really well,” Turner said. “It wasn’t really divided into smaller cliques like usual.”

FUN THE SUN without

Despite the cool temperatures and overcast skies, six busloads of seniors filled Vasa Park on Thursday, May 22. Facilities included a water slide and Alpine slide, but the picnic proved to be a throwback to simpler times of days spent playing in the park.

GOING FOR THE BALL—(Above) Matt Dacanay and Eddie Arciga work together to bump the volleyball over the net to earn their place on the king’s court. (Right) Paul Scheer goes long as he plays catch with Anne Leko and Liam Hinde (not pictured).


GOOD CLEAN FUN—Erin Callahan covers Teigan Schentrup with bubbles when the event coordinators broke out the foam machine in the final minutes of Senior Picnic. “There was something for everyone to do, and everywhere you looked, people had smiles on their faces,” Callahan said. “The foam was awesome because it felt like we were all eight again... even though we are 18.”

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