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SENIOR ISSUE 2012

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2012

senior staff column

It’s been a wild four years here at Thousand Oaks High School. Here are some of the highlights—and lowlights—of our tenure.

Taran Moriates

A year of unexpected friendships.

» freshman

» sophomore

Our freshman year began in tragedy as the Chatsworth Metrolink accident killed 26, including a father and a stepfather of TOHS students. A political frenzy swept the school as President Obama’s victory and the passage of Propostion 8 polarized the campus. Obama was the first African American to be elected to the office of President. Swine flu madness swept throught the school and led Newbury Park to close down temporarily due to the illness. Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars, including best picture, and Wall-E continued Pixar’s streak of commercially and critically successful films. “Mad Men” won its first of four consecutive best drama Emmy awards, and “30 Rock” dominated, winning eight Emmys. Lady Gaga burst onto the music scene with her chart-topping premiere album, “The Fame.” Yet as one star emerged, another faded. Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, passed away on June 25. Chesley Sullenberger successfully landed a plane in the Hudson River with no casulties, and Time ranked him second in its list of “Top 100 most influential heroes and icons of 2009.” Boys basketball had a deep CIF playoff run, as did boys tennis, who won the Division I CIF Southern Section title. -Alex Bradbury

Sophomore year started on a historic note, with Sonia Sotomayor sworn in as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, just the fourth president to do so, and the third one to win it while in office. The first Paranormal Activity, and the sudden popularity of “Jersey Shore” scared us. As the Shore began, “Lost” ended, perhaps marking a shift from scripted (and actually good) to reality television. Eminem “recovered,” and Lady Gaga continued to top the charts with her new album, “The Fame Monster.” The Hurt Locker won best picture, but Avatar became the highest grossing film worldwide of all time, thanks in part to the extra money it earned from 3D. Tiger Wood’s transgressions and subsequent fall from grace rocked the sports world, but, regardless of whether one is a football fan or not, everyone could rejoice in the post-Katrina New Orleans Saints Super Bowl victory. Boys basketball won Marmonte and made it all the way to the second round in the DII state championships. Tragedy marked early 2010, however, as both the Haiti Earthquake and BP oil spill had devastating impacts. These events also showed how philanthropic TOHS students could be, as several clubs and countless individuals gave aid to those affected by the disasters. -Alex Bradbury

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The defining moment of our junior year was without a doubt the death of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The US finally brought justice to the man responsible for the September 11 attacks, and brought closure to the countless families affected by the attacks. The penultimate Harry Potter film hit theatres, as did the Mark Zuckerberg biopic, The Social Network. It was The King’s Speech that won the Oscar for best picture, however. We were all captivated by the trainwreck that was Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” and quoted the runaway hit at the end of every week. Charlie Sheen’s winning ways also enthralled us as we listened to the daily “bombs of truth” he dropped on all us mere mortals. An estimated two billion people, roughly 30 percent of the entire world’s population, tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding of William and Kate in April. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan in March, and combined with the following tsunamis and radiation leaks, killed thousands and displaced many more. Rescue teams saved 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped for 69 days. There were no casualties. It was an excellent year for athletics. Girls golf finished its season undefeated and won the Marmonte League title, as did girls track (third title in a row.) -Alex Bradbury

if I had one

WISH...

...the Lakers, Dodgers and Kings would all win the championship

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Our senior year started with something much bigger than graduation: the release of the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Soon after, The Hunger Games series came into the spotlight with the release of the first movie. Kony 2012, one of the biggest viral internet movements of all time, reached millions of views in under the first 24 hours of its release. On Oct. 30, the school mourned the loss of senior Griffen Kramer. Varsity Football went far, making it to semifinals for the first time in 23 years. Boys and girls basketball also reached semifinals, and girls volleyball reached CIF quarterfinals. The fall never had a dull moment with the presidential race kicking off, and the often humorous contributions of Rick Santorum. But as the saying goes, You Only Live Once (#YOLO), so why not run for president? With the days dwindling down, and the graduation invites in the mail, we can look back on the good and the bad times, the late nights, the tweets, texts, and Facebook statuses, all memories not soon forgotten after we pass over the graduation stage. -Olivia Sundstrom

...I’d have gills ...all my math homework would be done

...I could do it all over ...everyone would just get along

...there’d be free universal WiFi ...my parents wouldn’t disown me if I got a tattoo

At the beginning of this year, I was worried. Weird, right? It’s senior year, the glorified, anticipated, legendary, fun-filled last year of high school characterized by shenanigans, trips to the beach after school and YOLO moments. Did I just use YOLO in my senior column? Oh dear… Anyways, the main cause of my concern was the uncertainty that I could grasp the full experience and meaning of senior year. I had seen my brothers and sister and my friends’ brothers and sisters go through it, and I wondered if I too could have that epic year. For like everything with great expectations, there’s always that chance of a great disappointment. At the beginning of this year, I was unsure what group of friends I fit in with and didn’t know who I would hang out with. However, thanks to a certain senior year phenomenon, I can now say, as the year is rapidly coming to a close, that I succeeded in getting that experience that I ever so wanted. This “phenomenon” that I’m talking about is the unexpected and strong friendships that sprang up during this year for me. The students of the class of 2012 seemed to encompass and embrace the true spirit of their last year of high school, with open minds, ambitious attitudes and an unexplainable sentimental maturity. There seemed to be a real aura surrounding us, with everyone all thirsting for a common fulfillment. This led to me becoming best friends with that random kid that I’ve gone to school with since kindergarten and who I didn’t like last year whenever he would ask me how the weather was and that other kid who fishes all day. It led me to reconnecting with people I had lost touch with, joking with students I had never talked to before in my life, growing closer to pre-existing lifetime friends and finding unbelievably amazing people. A prime example is what became known as “The Art History Table”—a group of people that sat together at my table that went on to create events such as “Trader Joe Tuesdays,” Cho Cho San lunches and themed parties for each of the colleges we will be attending in the fall (we had a corn party for our Iowa-bound friend). At the beginning of this year, I was bummed that I wasn’t taking ceramics, the apparent epitome of being a senior, but Art History, the class taking its place, became one of my favorite classes of high school as I found myself become buddies with my table mates instantly. So now, as I’m about to embark on the crazy journey that is college and the “real world,” I realize that I received a lot more from these friendship developments than just an amazing senior year. Most importantly, it taught me to be open and optimistic. The unexpected sometimes becomes the best thing to ever happen to you. Be open to people, be open to new ideas, new experiences and take on life just as you took on your senior year of high school: strive to find something worth remembering. As for those people that I have grown so close to over this past year, it doesn’t end here. ...I would have believed my parents when they said high school flies by

...I’d have a billion dollars ...the world wouldn’t end right before Christmas


SENIOR ISSUE

2012

EDITORS’ NOTE A year spent playing good cop, bad cop

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t was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Actually, we’re not quite sure. It turns out that there is nothing better to expose the paradoxes of time than to get closer to it— with the help of newspaper deadlines. Fickle Time, when admired from a safe distance, is a nice, linear narrative. But when you enter into a relationship with it and agitate it with scheduled deadlines and heavy doses of caffeine, it turns into a rather messy situation. It is no accident that the heralds of Los Angeles and New York are called the Times. Newspapers are, indeed, harbingers of the times, but the name is much more like a poorly thought-out tattoo of some volatile significant other’s name. Take Parkinson’s Law, which isn’t just a journalism thing. Most high school students should recognize this law: work expands to fill the time available for its completion. A homework assignment started early, no matter how hard you work on it, will still be finished the night before. You’ll never finish your chores before dinner. Group projects always take the entire weekend—video projects, the weekend plus a day. There is a flip side, though—work also contracts to fill the time available. That homework assignment could take just 30 minutes in a fit of sleep-deprived madness at 2 a.m. Group projects will still get done, in the end, and someone else will probably step up and finish editing that video in the eleventh hour. Of course, the stomach lining deteriorates daily, especially for the caffeine fiends, but it’s a trade-off we newspaper kids make every deadline. Bradbury and I are, in fact, writing this at 4:00 a.m. My stomach is slowly eating itself, probably due to the 300 mg of caffeine (200 from a pill, 100 from assorted beverages) I’ve ingested in the last couple hours. When a poet speaks of the ravages of time, this is precisely what he or she is talking about. Journalism has been, oh, about nine whirlwind romances with Time packed into just nine months. There’s been yelling. (That would be me, bad cop). There’s been cajoling. (Bradbury, good cop). There’s been love poetry hastily written after fights (every story turned in after deadline.) Regardless of whether we happen to love or hate Time at any given point along a deadline, our lives revolve around it. Or, at least, they have. This issue is the last straw for us seniors. We’ve already packed all our boxes and fireproofed our valuables. We’ve rehearsed in front of the mirror. As the crowd cheers, we’ll emerge from the ring, weary and bruised by repeated blows to the heart and head (proof: mixed metaphor). We’re cutting off all ties and breaking up for good. Or at least, we’ll try to. Because even as The Lancer falls into new hands and Time finds new lovers, even as we try to pass it all off as just another high school relationship gone bad, you can’t live with regrets like that. YOLO.

...college was cheaper ...my girlfriend and I were going to the same college

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

...I were Batman with Spiderman powers ...for Metta World Peace

contents

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“If not for you pushing me to do everything you made me do, I would still be a hooligan.” // pg. 5

No one can deny that there really is no party like a TO party. // pg. 21 “You always take teaching first and coaching second, because the intelligence the kid takes from high school is what’s going to make or break him.” // pg. 9

In the next few years, the economy can die for all we care. // pg. 10 I am allowed, in my full and frequent capacity, to cry about beautiful, unobtainable men around him and he doesn’t even mind. // pg. 22 It’s come to the point where my volleyball team will either put in requests, or throw balls at my face to get me to shut up. // pg. 15

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INDEX »

...that I have more time to read ...I had some pie right now

Cherish the downtime, while you still have it, as it provides memories to reminisce on with your friends, who will soon be spreading out as far as the butter on Paula Deen’s toast. // pg. 22

blast from the past......................................................2 senior columns news..............................................................................4 Taran Moriates..............................................2 ed/op.............................................................................5 Cassie Nunes................................................10 Darwin Wu ..................................................10 farewell, faculty..........................................................6 community colleges...................................................11 Jen Smith.....................................................15 statistics.......................................................................11 Sam Kennedy..............................................21 Lucas Gigena...............................................23 map..............................................................................12 valedictorians.............................................................14 features.......................................................................16 sports...........................................................................18 recruits and 4-year varsity.......................................20 senior leaders.............................................................23 ...I had an unlimited amount of wishes ...I could do it all over

...I could secretly read human minds ...for a majestic unicorn

...life wasn’t so full of confusion ...I was a little bit taller

before the WORLD ENDS


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NEWS

A backdrop of brightly-colored office cubicles set the stage for this year’s musical comedy, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The musical, originally a Broadway production, traces the journey of an ambitious window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch (junior Michael Seltzer), who spurs his way up the corporate ladder of the World Wide Wickets Company. During his rise from mailroom clerk to chairman of the board, “Ponty” encounters a variety of individuals, including his romantic interest, secretary Rosemary Pilkington (sophomore Amanda Zavala). “Portraying Rosemary was at first very difficult because her character can be rather flat at first glance,” Zavala said. “I undoubtedly had to play around with many different molds before finding a character that fit.” The show, which coincided with the art showcase, ran from May 9–11 and concluded the week of May 16–19, with ticket sales contributing to the theater department’s next production. “Mr. Donia says that if he could, he would put the shows on for free,” Zavala said. “He truly just wants as many people to come and experience it as possible, but unfortunately, the costumes, set building and rights for the show aren’t free.” The cast tries to recycle and create its own props as much as possible. Joe Donia, Gary Fritzen and Lynne Jacobellis were also responsible for organizing the other aspects of the production. “Working with the musical cast is so much fun. Obviously because we made it through that long audition process, but we all have this same passion for theater that unites us together,” junior Julie Greiner, who plays one of the scrubwomen, said. “Plus, we are all crazy theater kids.”

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Musical basks in PAC spotlight

newswire Student body votes for new ASB cabinet As the school year winds down, ASB gives students the chance to have a say in how the student government will be run the next year. The student body voted only for president and treasurer on April 26, as the other positions ran unopposed. Freshman Allie Boyajian and sophomore Jesse Hoffmann ran for president and juniors Kate Corlett and Elizabeth Pumford vied for treasurer. After watching the candidates’ election videos, the students gave their votes to Hoffmann and Corlett. The 2012–2013 cabinet also includes junior Tiffany Hosseini as Vice President, freshman Sharri Park as Secretary and sophomore Laura Sylvers as Sergeant of Arms. “I felt it was an opportunity to step up and be more than just a member of ASB,” Corlett said. During the week of elections, the candidates campaigned with stickers, candy and signs around the school—not to mention whole-hearted promises of dependability. “I plan on making the changes that the student body wants to see,” Hoffmann said. —Kendell Snow

Jazz bands triumph at music festivals

JOYCE TAN, NEWS EDITOR EVELYN ZAVALA » WITH PERMISSION

PONDERING HIS PARTICULARS—(from left) Rosemary (sophomore Amanda Zavala) confides in Smitty (senior Emma Kohanyi) about her newfound love interest, Finch, in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Winter Guard twirls through spring season Winter Guard, a division of the TOHS Color Guard, concluded its season with an award-winning performance in its most recent competition at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Championships. Winter Guard qualified by winning and placing in several competitions with a piece they have practiced since November entitled “It Must Have Been.” “[The competition] is one shot and one performance,” Winter Guard Booster Vice President Deborah Varble said. “The dancers are judged and that’s it.” Coaches place their teams into divisions based on skill level. In previous years, TOHS competed at an intermediate level; however, this year the team was bumped to a higher classification due to its talent and skill. “The judges said it would not have been fair for them to remain in the level [in which] they were placed,” Varble said. “They were just that good.” Winter Guard competed with a team composed of nine girls—small in comparison to other competitors. “We were a little intimidated because it’s easier to hide mistakes when you have a lot of people on a team,” team member junior Kayla Priske said. “We were surprised that we won but thought we deserved it because we had worked so hard.” In spring 2013, Winter Guard plans to travel to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the Winter Guard International Championships. “It’s a huge accomplishment,” team member sophomore Candace Wooster said. “We just had a really good

2012

WINTER GUARD AWARDS PRELIMS FOUNTAIN VALLEY, APRIL 21 » PERFORMANCE ROUND SCHOLASTIC A DIVISION 1st place score of 89.5* 2nd overall in division out of the 56 teams competing

FINALS LONG BEACH, APRIL 22 » SCHOLASTIC A DIVISION Score of 90.0* 2nd out of 16 teams competing

DAVID DAVIES » WITH PERMISSION

A FLURRY OF FLAGS—Junior Eileen Davies jumps into the air with her flag in the team’s competition piece, “It Must Have Been,” at Fountain Valley. season this year and we are excited and honored to be offered this opportunity.” JESSICA ASHCRAFT, NEWS EDITOR

» OVERALL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 3rd out of 52 teams competing *Scores are awarded based on a 100.0 point system.

The AM Jazz Band took the Reno Jazz Festival by storm on April 28, 2012. Receiving a unanimous superior rating and fourth place overall, the jazz band continued its legacy of high performance at festivals. Along with the group awards, senior tumpeters Rasmus Enggaard and Everett Kelly and guitarist junior Alex Karukas won outstanding soloist awards. “We did really well,” Karukas said. “There were some really outstanding solo players and we really worked well together to produce the best performance possible.” According to the performers, their exceptional performance was the result of rigorous rehearsals and the opportunity to bond with each other. AM Jazz Band is not the only group that has been performing, however. The PM Jazz Band also saw its share of action at the Moorpark High School Jazz Festival. Although they did not receive any awards, members felt that it was a perfect way to culminate their year in jazz band. . —Alexandra Randall

Lancers to celebrate school’s 50th year This year marks the 50th anniversary of TOHS. The faculty plans to hold festivities in order to celebrate this event. The Homecoming events for next year will be enhanced, including an alumni meet and greet before the T.O. vs. Calabasas game. All alumni will be able to join the halftime parade, marching behind banners from each decade. There will also be an open house, which will provide the past graduates an opportunity to visit their former teachers, a tour of the PAC and other classrooms and a formal presentation in the cafeteria. —Nola Adedigba


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ED/OP

2012

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E D I T O R I A L

STAR: the lesser of two evils? The rows upon rows of bubbles in the oh-sosacred STAR Answer Document just beg fearless students to bubble in “YOLO.” However, students will have to find an alternative way to stick it to the man, however, by the spring of 2015; the state will be replacing the traditional paper-and-#2-pencil STAR with the computer-adaptive testing of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The change comes as a part of California’s adoption of the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a “clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.” With criticism of the education system filling the political scene recently, we might be able to assume that this is Jerry Brown’s effort to provide students with an excellent education that prepares them for the future. The alteration, however, stems more from a desperate need for funding than from anything else. Adopting the CCSS earned a state points toward Obama’s Race to the Top (RTTT), which distributed $4.35 billion among the winning states. Despite that fact that RTTT did not award California any portion of the prize money, the state is still going forward with implementing the new set of standards.

2010

FALL JUNE

2011

SBAC master plan developed

what students need to know, but give This, oddly enough, will result in inShould the state be no direction as to how the concepts creased debt and government waste. aligning itself with a should be taught to students, explicAt least they’re consistent. It will cost an estimated $1.6 billion nationalized set of itly stating that “a great deal is left standards? to the discretion of teachers and curfor the overhaul in California, around riculum developers.” $800 million of which will be spent editorial board Therein lies the problem. The exon textbooks and curriculum materials VOTES planation highlights that the new practically no one can afford. 5 yes standards will do very little to fix the By attempting to use the new stanno real problem with education. dards as a source of revenue, the gov6 The problem has never actually ernment has lost sight of the original ob3 abstain been what students are learning, but jective of the CCSS. It views students as rather how they are learning. monetary amounts, not as individuals with By implementing a new set of standards, the varying interests and abilities. It simply isn’t practical to hold students in North CCSSI is attempting to reform education through Carolina and Oregon to the same standards, while quantifiable means, which defeats the purpose of still maintaining a functional education system the reform. A teacher’s job is to educate his or her students, not to prepare them for tests that don’t that is beneficial to the majority. A number of factors, including socioeconomic have a relevant impact on their futures. Instead of spending a despicable amount of status (SES), stand in the way of effectively implementing the nationalized standards. Research from money on rewriting the standards and creating an the American Psychological Association indicates entirely new set of assessments, the state and the that children of high-SES households and commu- coalition should focus its energy and resources on nities develop academic skills more quickly than improving the actual quality of education. those of low-SES groups. Of course, if North Carolina is one of the 46 According to the Common Core State Standards states adopting the standards, it can’t be that bad Initiative (CCSSI), the standards simply address of a decision.

2012

CCSS finalized AUGUST 2ND

California adopts CCSS

Hits and Misses

What’s Up and What’s Down with The Lancer announcing his support of gay marriage. I’m not positive, but I think that H T Obama makes him a Democrat. The bee swarm between the I and J buildings. I really don’t see what all the buzz is about.

M SS Avengers surpassing Titanic in openH T The ing weekend sales. Stark raving mad. opening on Mothers’ Day. What a bust. M SS Hooters Pink Floyd concert on Saturday. Looks like Roger Waters hasn’t hit The H T The Wall yet. Service scandal. At least the M SS Secret President had protection. Slurpee day at 7-11. I definitely didn’t go to both 7-11s yesterday... H T Free Facebook going public. It’s probably bad sign for the rest of us if even M SS aZuckerberg can’t figure out the privacy settings.

2013

SPRING

2014

SBAC pilot testing FEBRUARY

Additional curriculum materials released to teachers

2015 SPRING

SBAC tests replace STAR tests

Turn your back on grinding Week after week, they asked me the same question: “Are you going to Prom?” And, week after week, I gave them all the same answer: “No, not interested.” It wasn’t because I was waiting to get asked to Prom, and it wasn’t for any financial reasons; it was simply because after going to Senior Ball, school dances just didn’t seem like they were for me. Senior Ball horrified me—and I’m not talking about the bad disc jockey. I’m talking about the students. Here and there, you might see someone actually dancing, but most people on the dance floor are grinding. Months of saving money, weeks of anticipation and days of shopping for a dress—all just to stand at the edge of the dance floor and gawk. I didn’t even know what to do when the rest of my senior class was out there “dancing.” I just wanted to close my eyes and pretend it wasn’t happening. I’m pretty sure that’s what the chaperones do, too. It

seemed that not once during the dance did any of the chaperones come out to separate anyone. Then again, I can’t really blame them; I stayed as far away as possible from the raging sea of hormones that was the dance floor. Somehow, it’s become the cool thing to do. That’s what everyone else does at school dances—so if I grind, too, then maybe I’ll be cool like everyone else, right? Many students see grinding as a way to improve their social image. If you asked me, though, there’s nothing reputable about grinding. Back in the fifties, it was considered rebellious to do things like the twist or the jitterbug, and now, we have grinding and freaking. Dancing will always develop and change over time, but I don’t like to think about where our dancing is headed from here. RACHEL RIEDEL, CENTER EDITOR


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teacher tributes

senior issue

Farewell, faculty.

2012

Tributes to the mentors, the friends, the teachers whom we’ll leave behind with the school—and the ones who will be leaving with us. mrs. beaudoin

mrs. almenara

Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me, if not for you pushing me to do everything you made me do I would still be a hooligan. You helped me realize I can do anything I put my mind and heart Your friend, Chet Batarse into and I thank you dearly.Scott Marko

Thank you for being a great teacher. I’ve learned a lot of math this year in class. I’ve done all my work at school and at home. I’ll miss you. Mrs. bass

mrs. burgar

mr. carolan

I’d like to thank Mrs. Bass! Without her my high school experience wouldn’t have been the same! She got me involved and told me that I have to graduate! She is like another mom to me! I’d also like to thank Dr. Dee because without her I would be at continuation. Thanks so much! I love you both! Danielo Castilo

Mrs. Burgar, Words cannot describe the dedication and passion you put into your job. You are an incredible teacher who cares just as equally about your students’ grades as you do their future. You have gone above and beyond the call of duty time and time again and I can’t thank you enough. God bless you! Sam Kennedy

I will miss you so much. You are my best friend and it breaks my heart I won’t get to see you every day. Love always, Nicole Levine mrs. crawford

Throughout my three years at Dude, it’s been an awesome year Thank you so much for being so Thousand Oaks being in your class. Teachers usually supportive over the past two years. High School, the have an impact on me and you have, You are the one teacher who really teacher who has by far, had the biggest. From Beowulf looked at me and said I should try to made the biggest to your walking around your classroom be a valedictorian and it means the impact on my life with a mug full of coffee, it has been world to me. I have been able to talk is Mrs. Crawford. a pleasure coming to your class every to you like a friend, sharing my worries She was an morning. I want to thank you for and stress and you always knew what inspirational, getting me back into reading with to say to comfort me. Muchas gracias hardworking, Dracula which will easily forever be my por mi educacion de espanol. Te amo. knowledgable, favorite book, and if I end up having Con mucha carina, Halley Weinstock and motivating two daughters in the future I don’t teacher. She know how I can withhold myself from mr. del sesto encouraged and naming them Mina and Lucy. All in all pushed me harder Thank you for letting me use your I’ve come to realize that you weren’t to do and try my printer all the time and for the advice the teacher I needed, but the one I best. So I thank you have given me throughout my deserved. you! My favorite Bobby Pechloff senior year. I’ll definitely be coming teacher, Ms. back to bug you and your students! With the most love, Kendall Wilson Crawford. LJ Wiley mr. cummings

what would you do on the

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL?

seÑora carvalho

»Partyin’, partyin’, yeah »re-read what my friends wrote in my yearbook

»watch all of the Harry Potter movies (again) »pack for college

»stay up all night doing absolutely nothing »hug everyone goodbye

»say goodbye to my favorite teachers »probably go home and nap

retiree: Mrs. budny

& QA

Longtime competitive academics coach and English teacher Mary Budny departs the school this year. Not to worry, though—she has vowed to return as a walk-on coach for Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon.

The Lancer: What do you think you are going to miss the most about high school? budny: Probably the everyday challenges that I encounter as a teacher, whether it be how a student thinks or writes, and how I can affect that in one way or another. I won’t have that opportunity on an everyday basis though I will have it on a larger scale—but the idea for me to go ahead and actually do this on a daily basis, I think I am going to miss that the most. TL: Why did you become an English teacher? budny: I became a teacher because of a love of written word and the idea that if one is able to express themselves orally, they should be able to express themselves in the written word also. [I also teach] because through the written word, beauty comes out, expression comes out, and the true person comes out. TL: I have heard that you are also going to write a book after retiring. Is that true? budny: I already have a book started. Each year I write a little bit more about who I’ve met, especially some students who really affected not only me, but have affected other students and teachers as well. TL: Do you have any plans for it? budny: I think that’s what I have to look at right now. At first I was making it a book about life experiences as a teacher, but I think I’m going to look at it as a tool for teachers, but also for students to realize that we have to work as a team in order for us to be successful. cassie nunes and paige curson, senior staff

»hijack a golf cart »dump a mattress into the swimming pool

»unplug my alarm clock »curl up under a blankie and pretend it’s not happening


senior issue

2012

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teacher tributes

retiree: Mr. ganser

Even a whole kitchen, and though not all in Jim Ganser’s class have decided to undertake a project that ambitious, he will miss his students when he retires at the end of the year. “I’m a builder,” Ganser said. “[I like] just seeing things put together and watching students that are interested in the class, [learn] how to use the equipment [and] put it into practice.” Ganser decided on his current career path while tak-

ing classes similar to the ones he currently teaches. “I took a lot of...vocational, hands-on-type classes when I was in high school,” Ganser said. “I decided then and there, at the encouragement of my high school woodshop teachers, to pursue a career in it.” Ganser’s experience at his first teaching job was typical—a feeling of fear and excitement and his new boss cracking a joke about making him wear a tie to differentiate him from the students he teaches. “It was exciting, you know, and scary at the same time because...you trained for something and then you get in there and you actually have to do it,” Ganser said. “It turned out to be a lot of fun,”--enough for him to teach for almost 40 years, switching between schools twice until he wound up here at TOHS. Not only has he been teaching a while, he’s appar-

Mr. fleming

mr. hoag

Woodshop is a place for building things. Boxes. Clocks. Boats.

ently quite good at it: “He’s the nicest teacher at the school probably.” junior Pedro Hernandez said. “He helps you out, he doesn’t moan...[and] he’s an allaround good person.” In the coming years, he plans on traveling—but for him, home will never change, and for good reason: “I have grandkids... they come over all the time,” Ganser said. When he’s not traveling, Ganser will be working on his green thumb. “I’ll probably spend a lot of time in my yard...I enjoy being outside working on the trees and the garden.” noah rubino, staff writer

Mrs. glusac

mr. mcginnis

Mr. Hoag! You are the best! Thank you for being such a great teacher and making your class so wonderful. You are a great teacher because Mr. hernandez you truly love Mr. Hernandez, you are irritating, but your kids and cool. You have headed the TOHS Car what you teach. Club for 2 years now and I am happy I will always to say I trust you not to screw it up. be thankful for you are an amazing teacher who what you taught taught me not only math, but how to me and for how be a leader and the challenges of the helpful you were adult world. Keep your motor runnin’. to me in passing Cassie Nunes AP chemistry and getting into college. Hannah Porter

Thank you, Mrs. Glusac, for being there for me these past four years, from dealing with my eager and awkward freshman self to laughing at my sarcastic jokes when I TA’d for your freshmen this year. Thank you for giving me advice and letting me know that it is okay to be an AP kid and go to Moorpark. You will never know how thankful I am that I had you to listen to my trivial high school problems and to keep me sane. Thank you for being a friend, a teacher, and someone to freak out about The Killers and Craig Ferguson. It has been a marvelous four years. Taylor Jones

You have inspired me in so many ways, not only in school, but also in life. You have forever altered my perception on what’s important and my relationships with people around me. You have done all of this through the passionate love you have for teaching that you have brought to the classroom everyday. Thank you for everything. Sam Cooley

»absolutely nothing »Celebrate making it this far »Medicate

»Kiss everyone »Have a bonfire and dance around it

»Hooters »Cry...and then celebrate »Rage

You made English ten times better than any other teacher I’ve had. When I wouldn’t do something right you didn’t get mad, which was nice. I’ll always remember the time I had in your class! Stephanie Kocipak

»Park in staff »Go around and slap people I dislike

»Flash my butt »Give Brenda a peck on the cheek

»Definitely not streak or anything... »Grad Nite

mrs. moore

One of the sweetest, selfless teachers I’ve ever had. Always has a smile on her face and has a crazy obsession with pigs. Diana Vazquez

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Also retiring... Bonnie Rossborough For Instructions Secretary Bonnie Rossborough, TOHS is not merely her place of work but in many ways her home. As a alumna herself, along with her children, Rossborough feels a special tie. “I love the Lancer tradition,” Rossborough said. “When I went here as a kid and even now, everyone cares for one another, and there’s a real sense of teamwork.” Sadly, her 14 years of working at our school will come to end soon as she is retiring in order to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. She was originally the school Health Clerk but then became Instructions Secretary, a job in which she helps plan the school’s master schedule as well as the budget. “I worked for Bank of America, but I when I had children of my own I wanted a childfriendly job so I started working at TOHS as Health Clerk,” she said. With all her history with the school, it will be difficult for her to leave. “I think I’m going to miss interacting with all the kids everyday the most,” Rossborough said. “I’m going to miss being busy. You know every day here brings a new adventure.” - Alexandra Randall Allen Burnham Forty years and six months. Allen Burnham has been a custodian at Thousand Oaks High School for 40 years and six months. And he’s enjoyed every minute of it. “I’ve always loved working with everyone —the staff, the teachers and especially the students,” he said. “It’s been wonderful.” Burnham’s career at TOHS, however, will come to a close at the end of this school year as he trades in his custodial duties for a life of relaxation and travel. Although he will miss the people, Burnham is excited about the opportunities retirement will provide, as well. “I’m ready to spend more time with my family and grandkids and to travel,” Burnham said. - Alexandra Randall

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I’ve had you for 2 and a half years and you’ve made my high school experience so great. Every day in your class is exciting and special. You are a great man with a great personality. You rock! Madison Marks

Thank you so much for inspiring me to think outside the box and be content with being someone different. You’ve always been so open-minded and supportive. I’ll always remember the crazy stories and weird things you’ve done. Thank you so much. I’ll miss you tons.

retiree: Mr. Love

Ariel Thompson

You have been such an amazing teacher. You have taught us all a lot and we still have a ton of fun. Love you, Cecelia Ortega

I cannot thank you enough for all you have done. you have had the greatest impact as a teacher in my life. You are so down-to-earth and willing to listen to anything someone has to say. Thank you for all your support and guidance. You truly are one of a kind. With my warmest regards, Jessica Rendon

Mr. Lee, You are the best teacher I have ever had. I am so lucky to have had you for 3 out of my 4 years here. I will always remember you! I love you!! Hanna LaFayette

After 37 years bouncing among Conejo Valley high schools, Tom Lee has one word to describe how he feels about it all: blessed. “It’s easy to fall in love with you guys,” says Lee. “The kids are awesome at this place.” Lee attended Canoga Park High School in the San Fernando Valley, and went to Colorado College in Colorado Springs on a football scholarship after graduation. Whether or not Lee wanted to become a teacher, th decision was encouraged. His wife and entire family pushed for it, having been teachers themselves, and he began teaching at Newbury Park High School after graduating from college. He switched to Westlake after five years at Newbury to help open the school, where he stayed for 15 years. “I remember I won Teacher of the Year while I was at Westlake. It was one of my more memorable moments in teaching,” Lee recalls. Lee came to TOHS in 1995, where he has been a freshman health, career preparation, and drivers’ education teacher ever since. He claims that the Lancers have been his favorite kids to teach, out of all three high schools in his career. For his last year, he added senior Government CP to his schedule and it’s a decision he doesn’t regret. “Teaching seniors during my senior year has been an amazing experience,” says Lee. “They’re such a great group of kids.” Part of Lee’s legacy as a teacher is his relatability;

he attributes his popularity to his desire to make every kid feel at home. By acting like a high schooler himself, he feels he makes his students more comfortable in the classroom. “I love getting kids to talk,” he says. “Acting crazy is the best way to go because kids will pay attention and remember what you said. I care about my kids; I treat them how I wanted to be treated in high school.” Lee is most looking forward to retirement to spend more time with his wife, Nancy, who is a history teacher at Apollo High School in Simi Valley. She is retiring this year as well. Lee and his wife met in his junior year of high school, where they dated for four years before getting married in 1971. He declares her to be the love of his life. “I’m looking forward to becoming a kid again with [my wife],” says Lee. “I want to take train rides and go on vacations with her, and just explore in our life together.” One of the best things about being a teacher, Lee claims, is having weekends and vacations free to spend time with his wife and family. Now, he can’t wait to devote his time to the many special people in his life. “It’s funny; it’s like I went to high school, then college, and they threw me back into high school again,” he says. “My retired friends are waiting for [Nancy and I] to join them in the world of retirement.” Above all else, Lee has led a full and successful career, and shares the seniors’ excitement in taking the next big step in our lives. “I’m so excited to be graduating high school again,” he says. jen smith, senior staff

Mr. martone

mrs. murphy

mr. park

You have inspired, educated, and pushed so many students to reach new heights throughout their college career. Thank you for everything you have done for my and all my peers and I can say without hesitation that you are the best teacher I have ever had. Thank you for being a role model, a mentor, and the finest educator I have ever met. Derek Smith

Dear Mrs. Murphy, You have not only been a coach to the entire dance program but you have been a mom and a role model. You make every dancer fall in love with the sport and you have made high school unforgetable. Thank you so much. Love always, Riley Price

I wouldn’t have been able to get where I am without the help from Coach Park. He has not only helped me with becoming a better player but he truly cares about my education and he has always been here to help me. Summer Esseff

»My facial scruff growing in »Knowledge, power and world domination »My first kiss

»To meet a really good-looking professor »Study abroad »Sex, drugs and chess

what do you hope for most in college

?

»No more busy work »A complete loss of hygiene and cleanliness »Freedom


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TEACHER TRIBUTES

MRS. RAVITCH

I’d like to thank Mrs. Ravitch, because for two years in a row, she pushed me to do my very best, and motivated me to become the best photographer that I could be. She helped me realize that photography is something I’d like as a career. She was an exceptional teacher, and friend. Thank you so much, Mrs. Ravitch! Daniel Gonzales

Also leaving... KAREN WORK For cafeteria supervisor and alumna Karen Work, serving the students here isn’t a job, but a joy. Unfortunately, her eight years of working at this school is coming to an end due to the dismissal of her position. “ I won’t like the change,” Work said “ Ilove this place too much.” Even though she is leaving our school, Work will still remain in our district. “The only good part is that I won’t miss getting up at four a.m.,” Work said, “but I will most definitely miss everyone here. They’re like my family.” - Nola Adedigba

WITH PERMISSION » LANCER LEGEND

Steve Love is more than a teacher, he’s an institution. How do you replace a man like Mr. Love? Bill Ponticelli

Mr. Love is the apple of my eye. When there is nothing but gray in the sky, he is the ray of light. Although he wants me to regurgitate pickles into Melissa’s mouth—like in March of the Penguins—I would be willing to do it if it meant it would put that genuine, beautiful smile on his face. Courtney Bartlett

Mr. Love, please don’t let Courtney barf on me. I hate pickles! Melissa Carey

He’s one of a kind, and he has the coolest last name. I ‘Steve’ you, Mr. Love! Riley Wagner

RETIREE: MR. LOVE

“Hey, uh, so listen to this one just for a minute.” For 22 years, art teacher Steve Love has uttered those same words to his classes at the beginning of each announcement, but this year they were followed by something different: “This year, I’m retiring.” The beloved teacher retires at the end of the 20112012 school year, capping off a total of 32 years of teaching: the first 10 at Westlake High School and the remaining 22 at TOHS. “One of my fondest memories was when I moved here from Westlake. You know, I’d been there for 10 years, so when you’ve been in one spot for so long, you think it’s the best and you don’t want to leave,” Love said. “So, I didn’t really want to leave at first, but when I got here it was like, ‘Wow, I wish I could have been here 10 years ago.’” His new job here was so enjoyable that he stayed for more than twice the length he had spent at his previous high school, and spent every year imparting his wisdom on all of his students to the best of his abilities. “I guess what teaching meant to me was just how nice it is to have a job where you share information with people,” he said. “The reason I got into teaching was because when I was a kid, I did 12 years of private art instruction in oil painting and that teacher really influenced my life a lot. So, for me, I’m glad I could pass on my knowledge and experience gained from that. I’m glad I could share all of that with teenagers.” Now, it’s the students’ turn to try and leave a lasting impression on their teacher. “Working with the students is what I’ll miss the most. When you work with people, all the varieties of personalities is a very interesting thing,” he said. “For me, watching the kids gain success in drawing or painting—that always makes me happy.” The life ahead of him after his career holds as much happiness as his years of teaching have for the past 22 years, and he looks forward to retiring. “Thinking about retirement is like nostalgia mixed with happiness. That’s how I look at it,” he said. ”Because I look forward to it, but I’ll always look back on my time here, too.” RACHEL RIEDEL, SENIOR STAFF

»College parties »Getting the hell out of Dodge »Greasy food

RETIREE: MR. MCGINNIS MICHAEL SPENCER » THE LANCER

& QA

Gary McGinnis, a math teacher and coach of 40 years in the district and 13 at TOHS, says goodbye to the many memories he has had and the students he has guided and supported.

THE LANCER: Any favorite memories from your tenure? MCGINNIS: When I was coaching the freshman football team with Coach Lyne. There’s not any particular one. There’s just the day-to-day interaction between the coach and the student. It made teaching easier because I got closer to the kids, I got to know them off the field or out of the classroom. So I got closer with the kids and closer with their families, so it was easier to teach them in the class. They no longer were behavioral problems. So they knew if they messed up in my class they had to run laps after school. TL: You started out as a math teacher because you wanted to coach football. How did you come to appreciate teaching as more than just a path to coaching? MCGINNIS: Oh definitely. You always take teaching first and coaching second, because the intelligence the kid takes from high school is what’s going to make or break him. Being a good football player—he may be a good football player but that career usually ends

»Having free time »Meeting new people »Not having to go to school at 7 a.m.

after high school. You can’t take that on to the next level. TL: You’ve been teaching for the same district for 40 years, which is quite a long time. What has your experience taught you? MCGINNIS: Patience is golden. The longer I teach the more I realize you need to have more and more patience. Towards the end of my career, it seems like I’ve had less and less patience so, therefore, I feel it’s time to move on and let a younger generation with more patience deal with the students. TL: What else do you plan to do in retirement? MCGINNIS: Well, one hobby that I want to start is called lapidary. Lapidary is basically just making jewelry out of different types of stones like agates and opals. Just something for me to kind of mess around with in my garage for a couple hours a day to pass the time. TL: Considering your long tenure, what are you most satisfied with? MCGINNIS: I’m most satisfied with completing my career. It’s fun with the faculty we have. The kids here are great.

»Being thousands of miles away from my parents »Nothing I am so sad to leave »To be free of idiots

PAIGE CURSON, SENIOR STAFF

WE SO EXCITED

WE JUST CAN’T HIDE IT


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She really cares about you, you could go to her for anything and she and will help you with anything, If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have any idea of what career path to go into or what direction to take my life. Daniel Duprat

I want to thank her for giving 110%, and really opening herself up to the students cares and concerns. Before Mass Media I didn’t have the confidence, but she gave me the confidence to pursue Broadcast and Media Journalism after high school. Without her I wouldn’t have that confidence in myself or in the idea of pursuing it. She always gives 110% in making sure each student’s individual qualities and talents are shown and stand out in every project and opportunity we receive. I have never met someone more passionate about her work and what she does. She uses her whole self in making sure every student is shown. I won’t forget her, and there’s nobody better for the job Sarah Speer

RETIREE: MRS. SCHROEDER

& QA

Nancy Schroeder, retiring Mass Media director, beloved teacher and TOday creator, reminisces of all the good times shared at TOHS in her 15 years of teaching and caring for her students. THE LANCER: What first made you want to teach Broadcast Journalism/ Mass Media? SCHROEDER: While raising my daughters I would see the elementary teachers and wanted to work with kids myself, but I wanted to work with an older age group so I decided on high school. My ultimate goal was to bring the world of broadcast news into the classroom. TL:What did you do before teaching Mass Media? SCHROEDER: I was a news anchor with ABC affiliates KEYT Santa Barbara. I worked 10 years in broadcast news when I then had my two daughters and became a stay-at-home mom for seven years raising my kids. Then I decided I was ready to jump back into my passion for news. I received my teaching credentials from Cal State Northridge, and...I taught at English and Film History for a year at Taft High School before moving to Thousand Oaks and becoming a Lancer. My first year teaching at TOHS, I

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was an English teacher and the advisor for the mass media lunchtime club, and the next year I wrote the curriculum for the first mass media broadcast class. Ever year since, another period of students was added until it became what it is today. I have been teaching at TOHS for 15 Years. TL: How did you feel when you first started TOday? SCHROEDER: When I originally started TOday, I thought it to be strictly broadcast journalism, but over the years the kids have really shown me their talents in entertainment and it has opened doors for other people’s interests as well as teaching me to be more flexible over the years. TL: What do you love most about working with Mass Media? SCHROEDER: One of the many things I loved about my time working with Mass Media are the students and how creative they all are, how they surprise me at every turn. I’ll walk in thinking the show will be one direction and throughout the day the show will be completely different from what it was originally, and I just love that. TL: What are some of your favorite Mass Media experiences this year? SCHROEDER: This year I loved exploring filming with different technology like using an underwater camera and different editing, It got bigger and better and more surprising, and I also love putting the administration in the position to play along with us. One of my favorite videos to shoot each year is the time tracker video, because I get to see how crazy my class is for that year. TL:What are you looking forward to in your retirement? SCHROEDER: I’m looking forward to traveling with my husband, petting my cats and not shoving them off because I have to do something and writing a book that I have already started working on. TL: What inspired you to write a book? SCHROEDER: The book is about life and some of my experiences. The desire to write has been there forever but the gimmick has been there for six months. TL: What will you miss most about leaving TOHS? SCHROEDER: I’m going to miss the creativity of the students, of putting together a show with enthusiastic students, the editing, their creative perspective. I won’t walk away from the creative process as a whole, but the creative process from their perspective, the perspective of a high schooler, is what I will miss the most. OLIVIA SUNDSTROM, SENIOR STAFF

SEÑORA VILLA

MR. SHERIDAN

I wanted to say thank you for inspiring me to become such a passionate and devoted person like you. You love what you do, you MR. SAWITZ MRS. TOWNER show that you love what you do, I would like to thank Mr. Sawitz. not You are such an amazing person, and most of all, only was he a great ceramics teacher, words can’t even describe. Thank you you made it fun. he was a great coach. He taught me to for everything you do. For listening I’m going to miss believe in myself and fight for anything to me, giving me advice & for never you so much and I could get. forgetting. I will never forget you will always think Erin Foley either. I love you! Love, Julie Weiss of you. Carley Briggs

I’ve loved being in your class for the past two years. I’ve learned the most in your class and not just academically. I always look forward to walking into your class and shouting, “Hola Senora Villa!” and seeing the big smile on your face. I will definitely miss you in college. I’ve had the best two years of my life in your class. Thank you. Erisa Settle

what has high school

ACTUALLY taught you?

»People have a difficult time walking »You are what you make yourself to be »Life is short, you should make it worth living

»I’m a beast when I apply myself »What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger »Girls’ bathrooms are scary

2012

SENIOR STAFF COLUMN

DARWIN WU

It’s the economy, stupid.

W

e live in a recession. It is time of high unemployment, low GDP growth, harsh job prospects, and tremendous luck for those of us who are 18 years old and ready to get the heck out of Dodge. The Class of 2012 will get all the benefits of a poor economy without all its drawbacks. In the next few years, the economy can die for all we care. “Why?” one may ask. Don’t we want a nice and pretty economy, with jobs falling from the sky? Well, yes, eventually. That would be good for our country as a whole. However, we only care about us, and for us, the unemployment rate means nothing. Most of the jobs that employ students still employ students. In fact, the crappy economy is, on the whole, good for our graduating class. A dream of many young people is to buy a home, and here the recession is our greatest benefactor. Thanks to a combination of the housing bubble, mortgage crisis, and low inflation, homes are extremely inexpensive. Remember that house your friend’s parents bought back in 2007? Today, it is probably worth half of what they paid. If you bought it now, you would be getting a much cheaper and smarter investment than it was in 2007. Another thing that we, as young people, tend to do, is start businesses. The recession makes it much easier to do just that. Sure there are less investors, but this number is far outweighed by the fact that there are even less competitors to steal investors away from you. Just as there are less people writing checks, there are far less people asking for checks. Consider the fact that about half of Fortune 500 companies began in rough economic times. So look at your own idea, and take a gamble. Furthermore, the recession means that the Fed lowers interest rates, low interest rates are friends of debtors, and young people are, by our very nature, debtors. Compared to people in good economic times, we will pay less for every loan we take. Student loans for college, entrepreneurial loans to jumpstart your business, and mortgages to buy a new home will all be dirt cheap. “If we have no jobs, how are we going to pay at all,” you may ask. The answer is that we will have jobs! Four years is a long time in the business cycle, and growth is bound to increase and the unemployment rate is bound to plummet before then. Once that happens, our labor will be in high demand. We just do not want the unemployment rate to get too low before we take out all those scrumptious loans. So let us hope for no change in the bad economy for a few more years. The longer we can reap the benefits of the down economy, the better. “But what if the unemployment rate never drops and we don’t ever get jobs?” Well then, we are screwed.

»Not to text when walking through the basketball courts »You can trust the people who stick around »How to succeed without really trying


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community colleges

in the in the staying in state 406 62 UC system 35 CSU system 192 attending Moorpark College top 1511 majors sized according to relative popularity 49.6 a community college going out of state 95 49.0 4-year college 1 going out of country 1.40 the military % attending

% attending

% going into

community colleges Arizona

» Mesa Community College Cassandra Constant

California

» College of the Canyons Ryan Dominguez » Columbia Community College Erik Leiterman » Cuesta College Hayley Cavanaugh Elliot Keene Dustin Kowell Jennifer LeJeune Blake Taylor Alyssa Wogahn » Glendale Community College Gerardo Palma » Golden West College Christina Chelebian Sierra Kirkpatrick » Lane Community College Elizabeth Vargas » Los Angeles Valley College Joshua Andersen » Moorpark College Adam Abdallat Stephanie Abraham Michael Alexander Jorge Amezcua Ivet Arambula Patterson Aroca Artun Aslanyan Juan Marcelo Aviles Joel Balam Tiffany Barcena Spencer Barrett Mikaela Beck senior staff column

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Hailey Bloom Enoch Bojorquez Yuri Borges Jillian Boskovich Taylyn Boykin Morgan Buchanan Anthony Buenrostro Leo Bugtai Albert Burboa Connor Burke Sage Bylin Alec Camara Elizabeth Caraveo Marco Caravetta Melissa Carey Daniela Castillo Haylee Chavanne Jade Chaves Spencer Christensen Fernando Cisneros Camron Clancey Ashley Clancy Meghan Conlan Andrew Corbett Lauren Cunningham Dominic D’Amico Cheyne Darough Edgar Davila Drew Dayman Daisy Delgado Tucker De Luca Liana Di Marco Luis Diaz Haley Doohan Jessica Dorthalina Daniel Duprat Brodie Eilerman Sidena Escovedo Raymundo Estala Tawny Estes Justin Fallon Alan Faust

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o all of the people who have helped me, especially this last year, I want to say thank you. I don’t care what happens after this year when all of us are gone, I will remember and cherish the fact that you cared. With that, I just want to say for you to try to help me is a big step and me trying new things is a big step. I got up on stage and sang in front of a crowd when I didn’t even know how to sing! I asked a friend to prom on Facebook in front of everyone! I’m willing to put myself out there Saturday night and dance a solo when I’ve never done one before in my life! I tried new things, they aren’t my forte, but it’s okay.

»Girls are mean »This is nothing compared to college »Nobody cares what you wear

Michael Landman Nick Laumann Heather Lemus Sizwe Mabowe Dalton Macdonald Joseph Maldonado Westin Marino Brittnee Marmolejo Luis Marroquin Joshua Masci Heather Masters Samir Matin Kevin McKeehan Christopher McKelvy Ryan McRae Sean Melford David Meuschke Lauren Miller Emily Molen Madison Moore Luke Moran Kaitlyn Munro Kaitlynn Myren Elizabeth Ng Justin Nine Erin Nosco Cassie Nunes Sean O’Shea Bryan Oliva Katrina Oliveri Christine Olsen Max Olsen Cecelia Ortega Sebastian Ryan Palmer Matthew Paneiko Carlos Pastor Alex Patterson Mitchell Paulson Robert Pechloff Victor Pelcastre Alexandra Perez

In a time of increasing economic hardship, more and more seniors are turning to what is often a more affordable option: community college. Benny Perez Alexandra Perkins Michelle Peters Bethany Pile Elsie Pineda John Pipolo Cody Price Riley Price Michelle Purgason Miguel Ramos Alexandra Rangel Brice Reeder Madalyn Reid Jessica Rendon Danielle Riedell Angelita Rodriguez Emmanuel Rodriguez Alexandra Rogers Jessica Rogers Jessica Rubenstein Arlene Ruelas Christian Russett Edwin Salguero Blanca Sanchez Oscar Sanchez Walker Santos Keegan Sauer Rita Segovia Rosalina Segundo Andrew Semenza Corey Shipp Krista Shirley Sofia Smith Sarah Speer Samantha Stevens Bradley Sturgeon Nikole Swift Alejandro Teachenor Leah Tucker Karen Urizar Jonathan Van Hees Olivia Vannelli

It’s my last year; I might as well leave with some impression on the school, right? This year I also took on Creative Writing, tried out for the Hip Hop Team and did a dance solo even though I’ve never done one before! The Car Club now flourishes with underclassmen, and I cannot express my love for them. I’m so proud that they are going into the culture I was raised in and taking it by storm, I feel that I can leave the club in good hands and I expect to see great things from them as they grow and drive forward helping charities. I have done the tickets for theatre and I have built sets. Backstage is my home, the PAC is amazing with

»Google has all the answers. ALL the answers. »It’s OK to not follow the in crowd »People change all the time

»Friends come and go »I can do anything I want »Procrastination is not the answer

Diana Vazquez Lidia Villeda Daniel Voelker Spencer Wakefield Rebecca Waldman Jackson Warner Gianna White Leodis Wiley Madeleine Wilson Jacob Wissusik Mark Wu Amanda York Kyle Young » Oxnard College Mike Greeley Ta-Jayd Price » Pierce College Jarrett Anderson Katelyn Catalano Alexander Homan Sam Jansen Heather Mutz Kaila Nielsen Joshua Rodriguez Jose Ventura » San Bernardino Community College Mark Cagley » San Diego Mesa College Lisa Agor Olivia Hudson » Santa Barbara City College Tyler Buckley Cody Catalano Quinn Conley Michael Fisher Hannah Guillies Stephanie Kocipak Kenny Macandili Matthew Mazza Troy Niedrich

Nicolas Oeffling Jay Snyder Madison Waddell » Santa Monica College Sohail Fathi Alana Hunter Jake Kavanagh Janae Soller Julie Weiss Kendall Wilson » Santa Rosa Community College Sarah Ruble » Ventura College Chet Batarse Logan Coggiola Brittany Desjardins Justin Harbison Andrew Rice Schuyler Ross Katherine Scheck Cynthia Tafolla » West Valley College Cory Page

Colorado

» Arapahoe Community College Alyssa Canepa

Connecticut » Quinnabang Community College Emma Bellucci

its “ghost” and birds in the catwalk. I’ll never get over heights, but maybe I’ll come back next year as the ticket lady. The point of my column is not only about me, but also taking on new challenges. The “high school” movies don’t tell the story of people who are on the sidelines or backstage, but it’s ok, because that’s why I wrote this. Popularity doesn’t mean you’re a success. Five people can know you and you can still have the greatest year ever.

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CALIFORNIA

» AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS Ariel Thompson » AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY Austin Welty » BIOLA UNIVERSITY Anna Petrizzi David Smith » CAL POLY SLO Anna Blair Alana Manzer Sarah Park Lauren Parris Dana Pearson Alec Stroyeck Dominic Valentino » CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY Andrew Jacocks Sara Knobel Connor Reilly Michael Yuan » CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE Jared Goldberg » CLU Caleb Arndt Janella Caravetta Becky Drake Sam Elders Stephen Garcia Pierce Hening Nicole Hrach Daniel Trautman

Cal States

» CHANNEL ISLANDS Carmen Ayala Kyra Brown Gabriela Damas Matthew Goldberg Daniel Gonzales Ryan Scott Geordan Waldman Alexandra Warburton » CHICO Jessica Boyajian » FULLERTON Megan Gessert » LONG BEACH Caitlin Turner » MONTEREY BAY Rachel Cookus Summer Esseff » NORTHRIDGE Michael Coles James Elliott Everett Kelly Edwin Kim Tanner Mastrud Mason Timm Kristen White » SAN DIEGO Eileen Gharibian Kyle Julier Tyler Marshall Jasmine Mauss Savannah Pincus Karsen Sper Derek Stewart Mohamad Zalal » SAN FRANCISCO Paige Curson Aaron Friedman Torrance Klein » SAN MARCOS

SENIOR MAP

Madison Marks » SONOMA Alondra Ayuso Spencer Alan Korey Alex Morris Lauren Stafford » EX’PRESSION COLLEGE Glenn Kimball » FORT LEWIS COLLEGE Matt Teague » HUMBOLDT STATE Brett Bailey Dane Griffin Tanya Treshinsky » LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY Daniel Dannas Melanie Joerger Sam Worley » MENLO COLLEGE Landon Poling » OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE Maddy Farkas Emma Kohanyi » PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY Samara Jasperse Chloe Walton » POMONA COLLEGE Neil Forsythe » ST. JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY Kristina Eisenbrand » STANFORD UNIVERSITY Samir Malhotra

UCs

» BERKELEY Jason Avina Zachary Drucker Kevin Ho Adam LeGault Taran Moriates William Tokumaru Joyce Tsai Darwin Wu » DAVIS Rasmus Enggaard Alyssa Hoehn Alexandra Jennings Jillian Johnson Sasha Kasper Stacy Mann Lyndsey Marsh Sean Quandt Brittany Sattler Rebekah Solomon Ellie Tressel Jenna Wooster » IRVINE Cavan Donohoe » RIVERSIDE Luke Hatch Anthony Mazza Sona Patel Kalen van Staden » SAN DIEGO Robert Cornwall Hannah Eicher Sho Kodera Karen Le Desmyn McBride Janine Sobers » SANTA BARBARA Colton Bracken Kim Dimalanta Greg Faust

Lucas Gigena James Haist Travis Johnson Brendon Josephson Rebecca Lamp Bryan McSweeney Elizabeth Riedell Jonah Seif Johnathan Sokol » SANTA CRUZ Alex Bradbury Allyson Chetkovich Steven Golditch Andrew Kwong Elizabeth Mazeika Dylan McKenna Ben Olivas » LOS ANGELES Stephanie Baum Steven Beck Luke Hoffmann Phoebe Hung Karen Jiang Katherine Kaemmerling Tommy Lopez Kevin Lu Halley Weinstock Victoria Wen

VOCATIONAL

» EMS TRAINING INSTITUTE Jordan Rudman » OXNARD FIRE ACADEMY Steven Canchola Gabriel Ribeiro Jackson Stoll Dillon Whinery » MARINELLO SCHOOL OF BEAUTY Bria Melendez » THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA: GREYSTONE Keely Forrest

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SENIOR MAP

» SEATTLE UNIVERSITY Matthew Steck Olivia Sundstrom Gregory Wise » UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND Lauren Boniface » UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Danny McLaughlin

OREGON

» CORBAN UNIVERSITY Daniel Gober » OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY Carly Brown » UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND Kristen Jakstis

» WORK Nicole Allan Johnny Flores Cody Riddagh Astrid TeGroen

OTHER

» GAP YEAR Rachel Riedel Shayna Wood » JOSHUA WILDERNESS INSTITUTE Jonathan Judge » LDS MISSION Samuel Cooley » VILLA ESPERANZA Daniel Schneider » WAVERLY ADULT SCHOOL Jessica Goodman Travis Halcomb

INTERNATIONAL » UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, OKANAGAN Logan Hicks

» BOSTON UNIVERSITY JJ Davis Abby Merrin » BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY Sarena Friedman » HARVARD COLLEGE Alex Chen » MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES Jessica Hauger » MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Jaclyn Belleville

COMMUNITY COLLEGES & COLLEGE STATISTICS

NEW YORK

» FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Alex Lee » HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Michael Spencer » PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN Meagan Davis » UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO Kourtney Kuder » WEST POINT Tyler Chaney

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IDAHO

MINNESOTA

» BOISE STATE Trevor Hardee » BYU IDAHO Matthew Chun Samuel Taylor Dylan Vargas » UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO Victoria Glasner

» ST. OLAF COLLEGE Derek Smith » UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-TWIN CITIES Jessica Tadesse

WISCONSIN

» BYU Daniel Gulbransen Seth Nickolaisen Hannah Porter » BYU PROVO Shelise Rupp Lindsay Snow Spencer Whitworth » LDS BUSINESS COLLEGE Cody Allen Anderson » UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Jenny Larsen Nicole Palmer James Sutcliffe

ARIZONA

» ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Shannon Albi Hannah Andrews Jasmine Hunt Aaron Ramer » NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY Sean Downey Brandon Fisher Blake Howell Kelly Madden Desiree Meuse » UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Shayne Austin Emily Cable Leonard Diarbekirian John Routh Katherine Weiser

» UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON Garen Alexander Nicole Levine » KALAMAZOO COLLEGE Kaeli Peach

MICHIGAN

UTAH

WORK

MASSACHUSETTS

The world ends in 2012 for seniors. Perhaps not quite in the apocalyptic sense, but in the same way the world ends for everybody thrust out of high school, one step closer to the real world.

WASHINGTON

OTHER DESTINATIONS

» ARMY John Glatt Scott Marko » NAVY Christian Barry Dustin Queen » UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Ben Gibb Garrett Greenspan Trevor Smith

2012

Oh, the places we’ll go!

» UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE Angelyn Caldwell » UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO Esther Cho Ashton Padberg Kalin Padberg » UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Austin Kilgore Daniel Luo Lissa Zingerman

MILITARY

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IOWA NEBRASKA COLORADO

» CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY Jen Smith

» IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY Jessie Rutledge » UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Ansley Knipper Nick Waite

» UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY Benjamin Rogers » UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER Natasha Millman Grant Seybold » UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, COLORADO SPRINGS David Prudhomme » UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO Jeff Pemberton

PENNSYLVANIA

OHIO

ILLINOIS

» FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE Jessica Mundwiller

» DEPAUL UNIVERSITY David Enriquez Jonathan Zindrick

MARYLAND

INDIANA MISSOURI

» UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI Kaylie Snider

» US NAVAL ACADEMY Joy Pearson

» UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE Erisa Settle

VIRGINIA

KENTUCKY

» UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Samuel Kennedy

» UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY Logan Krusen

NEW MEXICO

» TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Leah Lucas » UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Kanani Datan

ALABAMA

» NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE/ARMY Michael Shaw

» MARION MILITARY INSTITUTE Jonah Hershman » UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA Daniel Brenner

TEXAS

» BAYLOR UNIVERSITY Kevin Bacarella » ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY Travis Lange » TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Patrick Dalton » TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY Alanna Sublette » UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO Erin Foley

GEORGIA

» AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE Carley Briggs

FLORIDA

» UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Sumedh Shah

RHODE ISLAND » JOHNSON AND WALES UNIVERSITY Stephen McAfee

DELAWARE

» DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY Jordan Odle


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VALEDICTORIANS

“I just push my glasses up when I say something important.”

SUMEDH SHAH

4.76

SENIOR ISSUE

“Have confidence!”

“Fart proudly.”

DARWIN WU

4.65

4.68

HALLEY WEINSTOCK

NEUROSURGERY

UNDECLARED

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

U OF MIAMI

UC BERKELEY

UCLA

Extracurriculars » Eagle Scout, Hospice of the Conejo member, neurosurgery intern Study snack » Taco Bell Role models » Mom and Dad Favorite class » Mrs. Crawford’s 10H class Lucky charm » his dad’s shoehorn Plans after college » “I want to be the world’s best neurosurgeon.”

Extracurriculars » Chess, Mock trial, Aca Deca, Knowledge Bowl Favorite high school memory » “Stripping in front of the whole senior class at senior seminar.” Role model » Barack Obama Leisure activities » video games, chess, Reddit Favorite movie » American Beauty Study snack » Pringles

Extracurriculars » Girl Scout, volleyball coach at Point West VBC, Link Crew treasurer, president of Pay it Forward Club Favorite teachers » Hoag and Carvalho Study snack » chocolate-covered pretzels Favorite movie » Bridesmaids Lucky charm » “I have a lucky pair of yoga pants I wore to every AP test last year, and I got 5’s on all of them.”

“Fight on!”

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VIEW from the TOP

“Go Broncos!”

STEVEN BECK

4.68

COMPUTER SCIENCE

DANIEL LUO

4.68

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING USC

Extracurriculars » Jazz Band, Marching Band, Drum Major, All American Honor Band Study snack » Dim sum Role model » Steve Jobs Favorite class » “Jazz band. It lets me start my day with music, and it motivates me.” Lucky charm » iPhone Favorite movie » Blazing Saddles

UCLA

Students are more than their numbers, and for the 14 valedictorians, they prove that it takes much more than brains to come out on top.

“Guuurl, please.”

Extracurriculars » 3 years of basketball, tutoring at Ascension Lutheran Study snack » whatever’s in the fridge Favorite teachers » Hoag and MacDonald Favorite high school memory » making a basket sitting on the ground during intramural basketball finals junior year Favorite class » “Ceramics, because we have no actual work.”

“That’s chillzees, brah.”

“Don’t worry, be happy!” 4.74

4.66

SAMIR MALHOTRA

TARAN MORIATES

4.68

NEUROSCIENCE

HUMAN BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY/CREATIVE WRITING

UCLA

STANFORD

UC BERKELEY

Extracurriculars » Band, Campus Light member, volunteer at homeless shelters, yellow belt in karate Study snack » lettuce Favorite movie » Up Favorite class » psychology Stress relief » blowing bubbles in the park Plans after college » psychiatrist work in foreign countries, getting out of debt

Extracurriculars » Research at UCLA Medical School, TOHS Boys Tennis, Managing Editor of The Lancer, President of Health Majors » brown people food and ice cream Role model » his mother Favorite class » anatomy Lucky charm » “I always have my watch on.” Plans after college » “Something to do with medicine, also definitely adopting a turtle.”

Extracurriculars » Entertainment Editor of The Lancer, volunteer at Los Robles, Peer Leader at St. Paschal’s, CSF President Study snack » Propel and ice cream Role model » Julian Casablancas Favorite high school memory » “That dance party I started in Ms. Crawford’s class sophomore year. I pounded on my desk and demanded it.” Favorite movie » Midnight in Paris

»My katana »My best friend »Limited-edition comic books

»Chocolate brownie cliff bars »Money »The clothes on my back

One thing to bring to college

»A wand »My moshi pillow »Romance novels

»My PlayStation »My best friend »Determination

»The complete Harry Potter series »My iPod

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS » WITH PERMISSION

KAREN JIANG

»Camel back water bottle »My favorite pen »Turtle


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SENIOR STAFF COLUMN

VALEDICTORIANS

in numbers

JEN AVISON SMITH

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

“Life is a social experiment.”

4.65 REQUIRED PROJECTED GPA

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MINIMUM NUMBER OF AP/ HONORS CLASSES REQUIRED

A passionate discourse from a self-diagnosed total weirdo JARED GOLDBERG

4.68

JACLYN BELLEVILLE

4.70

SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

ENGINEERING

CLAREMONT

MIT

Extracurriculars » Yearbook editor-in-chief, karate, camp counselor, JSA, Knowledge Bowl Study snack » Smarties during AP testing Role model » Family and friends Favorite movie » Duck Soup Stress relief » playing guitar and doing karate

Extracurriculars » Band, CVYO, National Charity League, Girl Scouts, water polo Study snack » Goldfish dipped in caramel Favorite teacher » Hoag Stress relief » “Playing with my cat, but she’s really mean.” Favorite movie » Zoolander

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream .”

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AVERAGE AP TESTS TAKEN PER PERSON

“Quackith.”

3 8

MORE VALEDICTORIANS THAN THE CLASS OF 2011

PHOEBE HUNG

4.68

WILLIAM TOKUMARU

4.72

SOCIOLOGY/PREMED

PHYSICS

UCLA

UC BERKELEY

Extracurriculars » Band, president of Campus Light, church worship leader, pastry chef at Poi Tapas Bar and Lounge Favorite movie » The Prestige Study snack » fruit Favorite class » calculus Plans after college » “I want to be a medical missionary in another country, like Africa or South America.”

Extracurriculars » Band, world game Favorite movie » Monty Python Study snack » seaweed Lucky charm » 30-sided die Plans after college » have fun, get an education, publish world game

NUMBER OF COLLEGES OUR VALEDICTORIANS ARE ATTENDING

“...and then I reeled in a 50-pound white sea bass!”

“Error: does not compute.”

249 COLLECTIVE NUMBER OF AP / HONORS CLASSES TAKEN

4.69 AVERAGE PROJECTED GPA

158

COLLECTIVE NUMBER OF AP CLASSES TAKEN

»My brain »Alex Chen »My charming wit

ALEX CHEN

4.76

LUKE HOFFMANN

4.68

ENGINEERING

CHEMISTRY

HARVARD

UCLA

Extracurriculars » editor-in-chief of The Lancer newspaper, JSA, Knowledge Bowl Most embarrassing high school memory » “All of my memories are embarrassing.” Study snack » sugar Favorite movie » The Iron Giant Lucky charm » six of spades Favorite teacher » McGinnis Plans after college » Get a job, die

Extracurriculars » soccer, fishing, rugby, baking Favorite class » “Chemistry because Mr. Hoag is a boss.” Study snack » Gummies Favorite high school memory » getting a yellow card during a soccer game Role models » Harry Dunn and Lloyd Christmas Favorite movie » Dumb and Dumber Lucky charm » Calstar fishing rod

»All my memories from high school »Old Spice Fresh

»My iPod »My neverending laziness »The first cactus I ever owned

»My Optimus Prime »A pair of pants »My pillow pet

»A stuffed unicorn. For good luck »Vuvuzelas

Am I weird? All throughout high school (and most of my educational career, actually), I haven’t fit into the societal mold most of my peers seem to try and squish me into. I don’t drink soda. I don’t have a Tumblr. I dance like a newborn camel learning to walk, and the only concert I’ve ever been to was for the Jonas Brothers, and that was when they were on their way out of the spotlight. Needless to say, if I ever choose to jump on the bandwagon, I seem to do so too late, or not at all. People also probably think I’m weird because I never stop singing, and my friends can testify to this; I will sing at any given moment, for no reason at all. It’s come to the point where my volleyball team will either put in requests, or throw balls at my face to get me to shut up. I’ve also been thought of as weird for liking journalism, and working for The Lancer. I will get offtopic here to say that everyone who has ever thought that about me or anyone on our lovably eccentric staff is ignorant to the true beauty that is I4. Doing something we’re passionate about deserves nothing but respect, and to those who say otherwise, I pity them. They’ve obviously never seen Alex Bradbury wear my heels on layout weekend. It’s a riot. I’ve come to notice that people have opinions about my eccentricities, and at this point, it’s not important to me anymore. The fact is, none of that is going to matter after this year. We’re all going in different directions after high school, and wherever we go, EVERYONE’S going to be weird. I can’t be judged fairly by people I’ve never even met, and I’m going somewhere where I can’t be picky about making new friends (hello, Nebraska). I’m looking forward to being myself with an entirely new crowd. This isn’t to say I haven’t enjoyed high school. The friends, opportunities and memories TOHS has given to me are irreplaceable; I feel blessed to have experienced my adolescence here. The relationships I’ve formed here are ones that have accepted, and even sometimes encouraged, the oddities that make me who I am. Those opinions are the ones that matter, the ones I care about the most. This individuality is where geniuses are born from. The quiet girl in the back of math class who’s always doodling may become the creator of the next popular cartoon show on Nickelodeon. The guy who’s always talking about other countries could be responsible for our country’s major political decisions, and the highly driven science geek everyone knows may be making six figures with his own neurosurgery firm in the next ten years. Nobody knows what the future holds. I guess when I say “weird,” I’m really implying the qualities that set me (and all of us) apart from everyone else. Part of the great journey of life is learning to embrace these quirks; they’re what make us unique.What would be fun about everyone being the same? Some have already reached this level of acceptance and maturity about the unknown, but not all of us are there yet. In fact, it may take years to fully encompass who we are as human beings, and who knows? They might discover they’re weird too. »My dashing good looks and charm »My mom

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Thomas takes on the world With a smile on her face and passports in hand, junior Becca Thomas has no fear of exhibiting her diverse heritage. Thomas, who arrived in America from Great Britain just before turning seven, also has citizenship in two other countries: Great Britain and Germany. Because her mother was born a citizen of Germany, Thomas inherited her status, exposing her to the German culture. She arrived in the U.S. with a British accent, but lost it as time went on. She considers this both a blessing and a curse. “I didn’t like how there was more emphasis on my accent than on what I was saying,” she said, “but it would be cool to still have an accent.” Besides speaking English and currently studying Spanish, she is also fluent in German. “It is what my mum spoke to me growing up, and I visited Germany often when I lived in England,” Thomas said. Although she only needed to live in the U.S. for five years before applying for citizenship, Thomas chose to wait nine. “Most people don’t know I just became an American citizen,” Thomas said. “I never had a reason to become a U.S. citizen. I finally did because of the scholarships.” She finds having multiple citizenships gives her the ability to be a part of many cultures and to have a better understanding of the people she meets. “I love being able to know all sorts of people with different backgrounds,” she said. Because of her cultural diversity, Thomas has also spent time traveling the world with her family. “I travel a lot because all of my family is in Europe, and my family likes to experience new places and people,” Thomas said. “I usually travel every summer. I would love to visit every country.” Besides being an avid traveller, Thomas is a member

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2012

Every Lancer has a STORY

junior Becca Thomas

Ethan Lyons » The lancer

Smiling For the world—A citizen of three countries, junior Becca Thomas proudly displays her passports from Great Britain, Germany and the U.S. She spends her free time traveling around the world, competing on varsity swim and volunteering.

I love being able to know all sorts of people with different backgrounds. -junior Becca Thomas

of the varsity swim team. Because she gets along so well with her teammates, Thomas enjoys the time she spends swimming. When her schedule opens up, Thomas also takes pleasure in volunteering at Ride On, a therapeutic equestrian program that works with special needs children to help improve their motor skills and mental functioning and cater to their needs. Although she doesn’t ride the horses, she works with the children and helps tend to the surrounding area, including cleaning the horse stalls when needed.

In Thomas’ opinion, working with the children is a both a valuable experience and a joy. “I like working with the kids because of their special needs,” Thomas said. “They’re not so focused on how they look, or what people think of them. They’re just themselves, and they want to be your friend.” Thomas also helps in another volunteer program at Park Oaks Elementary School helping underprivileged children learn to read. She has been participating in this program since the beginning of this school year and will continue to do so next school year. After high school, Thomas plans to attend a university to study psychology, after which she will work in the psychiatric field. “I want to be a counselor because I like helping people,” Thomas said. “I want them to be happy.” “Every Lancer Has a Story” is a recurring feature on a randomly selected student.

Travel Checklist International » » » » » » » » »

Belgium Canada Canary Islands England France Germany Jamaica Netherlands Wales

United States » Arizona » California » Florida » Utah » Washington D.C.

cortni kaufman, features editor

Reeder’s ceramics a hit at art show

photos » ethan lyons & Cortni Kaufman » The lancer

A Vase to Remember—Senior Brice Reeder shows off his vase, “Levitation,” which was displayed in the recent art show alongside other pieces.

After only a year of practice, senior Brice Reeder has created works that many appreciate and admire. The art show, on display from May 7-18 in the PAC, exhibited works from all the art students, including Reeder, who has a special story behind each piece. According to ceramics teacher Jerry Sawitz, Reeder is one of the top five students that he has instructed throughout his 32 years of teaching. “He is a very good craftsman in terms of understanding the materials he is working with,” Sawitz said. Reeder spent three weeks working on his favorite project of the year, “Levitation,” which is one of the two projects he displayed at the art show. “[It was a] great piece, well made, well glazed. The colors, the form, very successful,” Sawitz said. “He spent more time working on his pieces than the other students, and it showed.” A two layer vase with the bottom layer supporting the top one, “Levitation” stood prominently at the end of the table with the other ceramics projects. “I love it. The glaze turned out amazing. I didn’t even expect it to be like that,” Reeder said. “It wasn’t that hard to make it. It was harder to think about the shape and what it was going to be like.” Reeder decided on the idea for “Levitation” because it was one the other students had not attempted. “It’s out there. Not too many people had the same

idea,” Reeder said. Another of Reeder’s projects, “Breaking Waves,” was on display next to “Levitation.” Because Reeder is the only advanced ceramics student at TOHS, he is given freedom not normally permitted in the ceramics class. While the other students work on projects that Sawitz assigns, Reeder is allowed to create his own ideas. He decided to take the class based on his friends’ opinions. “[The seniors] said the teacher was really cool and I wanted to give it a shot,” Reeder said. “What I really like about ceramics is that there is something new to do every day.” According to Sawitz, Reeder developed greatly as a ceramics student during the year, and his creative prowess has expanded. “He gained a better understanding of clay as an artistic medium,” Sawitz said, Reeder plans to continue to pursue his passion of ceramics while attending Moorpark College. He hopes to open his own ceramics studio after college. “Mr. Sawitz thinks I should make a career out of it,” Reeder said, “and I agree.” For more pictures of the art show, go to http://www. tohsthelancer.org/ . eric hatland, entertainment editor


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SPORTS

springwrap-ups »Softball 12–16 overall 5–9 league 44 runs scored in 14 games .345 on-base percentage .285 team batting average throughout the season «Freshman Danni Ryan

JOHN ROUTH » THE LANCER

»Boys Volleyball

Three spring sports were able to reserve their spots in CIF: volleyball, track and field and tennis. »Swimming

12–2 league 1,161 kills 1,204 digs 1,038 assists

Boys» 3–3 league Total margin of victory of 167 points

»Baseball

Girls» 4–2 league Total margin of victory of 114 points

6–8 league A total of 44 runs scored in 14 games

»Boys Golf

»Boys Lacrosse 8–6 league Scored 168 goals in 17 games

»Girls Lacrosse 1–6 league Scored 39 goals in 10 games

9–5 league Total margin of victory of 195 strokes

»Track Boys» 7 athletes advanced to CIF Prelim Qualifiers Girls»10 athletes advanced to CIF Prelim Qualifiers

«

Boys Tennis

11–7 overall 9–5 league 152 points scored in 18 matches Total margin of victory of 122 points

Senior Brendon Josephson» JOHN ROUTH » THE LANCER

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Girls soccer makes improvements in the off-season After girls soccer’s less-than-stellar season, the team will focus on fundamentals and weightlifting in the off-season. One improvement the team hopes to make is decreasing injuries. “We have been focusing a lot on getting stronger and preventing injuries,” defender junior Laurelle Field said. The team will also be holding two week-long soccer camps, one from June 18–21 and the other from July 16–19. The camps will be for both incoming freshman and returning players. Players hope no changes will be in the coaching staff for next season as they feel that the coaches understand the players and teach the game well. -Ian Doherty

Girls volleyball prepares for tournament season As the preseason comes to an end, the girls volleyball team and head coach James Park are ready to tackle the tournament season. Most players are in club season until the end of June; school practices will start on July 30. The team will participate in the Oxnard Summer Tournament Aug. 3 and 4 as well as the Thousand Oaks Summer Challenge Aug. 10 and 11. After completing both this past and the previous season with 14–0 records the team has high expectations for next year. “Although we graduated eight talented seniors, we return [with] a very talented core,” Park said. “Playing as a team will be vital for our success in 2013.” -Lee McPherson

Football prepares for new CIF section

ETHAN LYONS » THE LANCER

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN—Sophomore Jake Brondyke carries the ball past the defense in a seven-on-seven drill during practice. The Lancers are working hard to prepare for a new look at the Marmonte League.

As the spring season comes to a close, many teams are starting their preparation for next season. Among those is the football team, which is working hard to build on last year’s successful season in which the Lancers made it to the CIF semifinals before being eliminated by archrival Westlake. Reaching the semifinals, however, will be more difficult next year as the Lancers join the prestigious Pac5 section that includes 11 of the state’s top 50 teams. The best of which, Santa Margarita Catholic, is number two in the entire state. “Even though we are moving into a tougher section, we hope to have the same success or greater next year,” offensive lineman freshman Joseph Carbine said. To prepare, football is weightlifting early in the morning and after school. Each player is also required to attend a one-hour meeting teaching plays, as well as offensive and defensive schemes, followed by a threehour practice. Also, over the summer there will be a seven-on-

seven tournament for quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs as they face off with other schools around the league. At the tournaments, the Lancers will get a close look at their league opponents. One unfortunate consequence of the strenuous schedule of meetings and practices is that some players are beginning to quit. The common opinion among the team and coaches about this issue, however, is that if a player is not willing to work, then he does not belong on the field with the others. The Lancers look to improve in all aspects of their game for next year and hopefully to bring back a league championship. Because the Marmonte League is being split, the Lancers still feel confident in their chances of finishing at the top of the league standings. However, going far into CIF playoffs will be more challenging because the Lancers have never faced these opponents before. DANE SWANSON, STAFF WRITER


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Senior track stars run to college Senior Tommy Lopez began running in seventh grade, because his parents told him that he had to find a different sport due to a baseball injury. So Lopez chose the TO Flyers, a youth running program held at TOHS, to start his soon-to-be-record-breaking career. He continued to run through eighth grade and finally decided to make the leap and begin to train to run in high school. Lopez saw the opportunity he had in making great friendships and lasting memories, and was instantly enthused. He was drawn to running because of the chance that track provided to hang out with his friends. “I just liked how it wasn’t political and it was based off [of] a time,” Lopez said. Once Lopez set foot on campus, he kept eyeing the record board, telling himself that one day his name would be on it. “It has been my goal since freshman year to break the 800 record,” Lopez said. Lopez ran his 800 in 1:54.6. The previous record holder, Kevin Mardsen, ran a 1:55.03 Mardsen’s record had stood for 17 years. Lopez broke the record at the Mt. San Antonio Relays on April 14. As he started the race, he thought that he should just go out and do his best. Once Lopez finished and started to cool down, he heard his name over the loudspeaker, noticed his time and knew that he had broken the school record. Lopez plans to run at UCLA in the fall. “I’m just looking forward to running against the best in the nation and being able to run for four more years,” he said. Lopez has yet to start training for college, as he just ran his final race as a Lancer.

For senior Melanie Joerger, running isn’t just for exercise. Every race is years of preparation and training put to use to show she is better than the rest. Despite losing during Marmonte League finals, Joerger will continue to race in college next year at Loyola Marymount University. She intends to follow in the footsteps of her older brother, Kevin, who currently runs the 1500, 3000 and 5000m races for the Lions. Joerger did not become the athlete she is today without inspiration from her family. “My dad did track when he was in high school, and my older brother was just getting into it [when I began], so I thought I’d give it a shot,” Joerger said. It was not until the sixth grade that she started running track. “I started running in sixth grade for Thousand Oaks Flyers and I was actually the slowest girl on the team,” Joerger said. Now she has set her personal 3200m record at 10:57.41, and her 1600m record at 5:15.43. Joerger is also proud of her team’s overall performance, as they ended their season with a 6–1 league record. “My favorite part of the season was at the Simi Valley league meet when I leaned out one of their girls at the end of the 3200. If she beat me, I would’ve lost the meet for us so I was really glad I didn’t let my team down,” Joerger said. While she is anxious to begin her college career, Joerger knows in the back of her mind, her Lancer pride will never die. lee mcpherson, sports editor

ethan lyons » The Lancer

ian doherty, sports editor

Volleyball set to go further next year

Ryan scott » The Lancer legend

killin’ it—Senior David Meuschke spikes the ball against his Moorpark opponent. The Lancers emerged triumphant in the match, with set scores of 25–15, 25–15, 25–19 and a final score of 3–0.

Boys volleyball wrapped up another excellent season. They managed to work their way through the postseason and made it to the second round of CIF playoffs. In a critical match against Esperanza, the Lancers lost 3–0 with the first set at 25–21 and both the second and third sets at 25–19. This ended the team’s run with a 19–9 overall record and a 12–2 league record. Their only two league losses were to major rivals Westlake, who placed first in Marmonte over the favorited Lancers, and Newbury Park, in the last regular season game of the year. “[Only making it to the second round] doesn’t really affect our confidence for next season,” middle hitter junior Aaron Sorensen said. However, the Lancers will lose five starting seniors and must rely on younger talent to carry them through next season. “We have some pretty solid young players, a really good squad. They definitely won’t be as goodlooking as us next year, but if they work hard they can make a pretty good run,” opposite hitter senior Andrew Jacocks said. To prepare for the 2013 season, many of the players will participate in summer beach volleyball to improve on their historically talented team. For the graduating seniors, though, the thought of preparation for next season seems like a dream. Even so, the team’s bond is still notably strong. “We all love each other like a true family. It is really a special team,” Jacocks said. With a goal in mind and determination to reach it, the team is completely confident that despite this season’s setback. they will emerge victorious next year. lee mcpherson, sports editor

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treme

Local community colleges have been cutting multiple athletic programs at an alarming rate. Why? Partially because of the state’s budget cuts, and partially due to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The state provides community colleges with money for sports based ian doherty on enrollment. Moorpark currently has around 16,000 students; the state supplies Moorpark with money for about 12,500 of them, meaning about 3,500 do not receive aid. The reason these 3,500 students are not being accounted for is because the state put a cap on the number of students for which it supplies the schools. According to Athletic Director Howard Davis, athletics account for approximately one percent of the college’s budget. Mens track and field, mens cross country and baseball are the sports that will be cut in the 2012–2013 school year. Last year, mens and womens golf and wrestling were cut, to bring the total of sports cut to six. Both mens and womens golf had only six golfers each, wheras mens track and field has more than 40 athletes, 10 consecutive conference titles and numerous state championships. And that program was cut. But the womens track and field team, with only 17 athletes and not nearly as many titles, will still compete next year. If the sport is successful and follows all of the rules of Title IX, why cut it? Title IX states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” There are three prongs to Title IX: financial aid; equal benefits, treatments and opportunities for all and finally a proportionality ratio for all sports. Let me point out the obvious—five out of the six sports that were cut are mens. Before the cuts were made, the men out numbered the women nine to seven. Moorpark’s gender ratio is 53 percent female to 47 percent male. I don’t agree with this decision, period.

Athletic department to charge for sporting events Starting next fall, students that do not have a SAC card will be required to pay admission in order to attend all athletic events. Athletic Director Mary Ziegler was responsible for this change. She brought the idea to her fellow athletic directors of the Marmonte League. The money will be going back to the athletic department in order to run the athletic programs here on campus. The athletic department’s main goal for this project is to level the playing field for all sports. Students with SAC cards will be allowed admittance to the events. The SAC card prices for next year will be $45 until Aug. 24 and $50 for the remainder of the year. ian doherty, sports editor


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26 Lancers either were recruited to play at a four-year university, or played on the varsity squad all four years

volleyball | recruit

Rachel Cookus » College: CSU Monterey Bay Major: Liberal Studies Years on varsity: 3 Favorite Moment: Winning League junior year Funniest Memory: Catching a ball off a serve during a volleyball game Favorite Class: English with Sanders

Water Polo | Recruit & 4 year

Hannah Andrews » College: Arizona State Major: Speech and learning science Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Athelete: Moriah Van Norman Best memory: Playing senior season with sister. Awards: USA Water Polo Player all american (academic) Favorite class: Ceramics Inspiration: Parents

soccer | recruit

Daniel Dannas » College: Loyola Marymount University Major: Acting Years on varsity: 2 (then switched to the Academy League of US Soccer) Funnisest Memory: “My whole team got stock in an elevator at a hotel in Nor Cal for two hours, and then firemen had to come and cut us down.” Favorite Class: Ceramics

volleyball | recruit

Erin Foley » College: U of Texas- San Antonio Major: Nursing Years on varsity: 3 Favorite Athlete: Kerry Walsh Favorite Class: Ceramics Funniest Memory: doing the splits during practice Favorite Memory: 28–0 in last volleyball game at TO School

Volleyball | 4 year

Jason Avina »

softball | Recruit & 4 year

College: UC Berkeley Major: Undecided Years on varsity: 4 Inspiration: The sky Favorite athlete: Austin Kingi Favorite Class: AP Chemistry Awards: Coaches Award as Junior

Michael Coles » College: CSUN Major: Chemistry Years on varsity:3 Quote: “It’s a beautiful day for futbol,” Johnathan Sokol Favorite Memory: “What is done is done.” Karis Schneider

FRIDAY NIGHT?

Kanani Datan »

Dane Griffin »

College: University of Pennsylvania Major: Criminology/Pre-Law Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Class: Ceramics Inspiration: Mom, she has shaped me into the person I am today Quote: “Life is like photography. We develop from the negatives.”. Favorite Moment: Winning league my freshmam year in 2009

College: Humboldt State University Major: Business Years on varsity: 3 Awards: LA Times Defensive Player of the year Quote: “Life goes on.”

volleyball | Recruit

soccer| |recruit tribute soccer

what do you do on a

football | recruit

»Play volleyball games and then get buck wild »Rage

baseball | Recruit

Summer Esseff »

Daniel Gober »

College: CSU Monterey Bay Major: Undeclared Years on varsity: 3 Favorite Athlete: Chad Ochocinco Funniest Moment: Jen Smith getting hit in the face Favorite Class: Health with Mr. Lee »Adventures with my best friend »Mormon prom

»Getting ready for competition »Shenanigans

College: Corban Universtiy Major: Administrative Buisness Years on varsity: 2 Favorite Moment: “This year, beating Westlake, at Westlake for the first time in my career.” Favorite Athlete: Tim Tebow »Sitting in front of the computer »Eating mint Oreos

»Double rounds of vanilla/ chocolate swirl shakes at In-NOut at midnight

»Rolling down the driveway on rolly chairs


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Andrew Jacocks » College: Chapman University Major: Pre-Business Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Athlete: Jason Avina Awards: Freshman Scholar Athlete Best Memory: Beating Westlake Favorite Class: Brenda Burgar’s English AP class Funniest Memory: Hanging with David Meuschke and Jason Avina

Tommy Lopez » College: UCLA Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Athlete: Chad Kingi Favorite Memory: Breaking the school record in the 800 meters. 800m time: 1:54.6

College: Loyola Marymount University Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Athlete: Shalane Flannagan Inspiration: Big brother, Kevin Joeger Major: Business/Mathametics Favorite class: Calculus Awards: Most Improved in 2008

Joy Pearson »

softball | Recruit/ 4 year

Leah Lucas » College: Temple University Major: Kinesiology Years on varsity: 4 Inspiration: Father Quote: “Ability may get you to the top but it takes character to stay there. Favorite Memory: Winning Marmonte League freshman year. Favorite athlete: Mia Hamm

Track and Cross Country | Recruit

Melanie Joerger »

Soccer | Recruit/ 4 year

Track and Cross Country | Recruit

Ashton Padberg » College: University of San Diego Years on varsity: 4 Inspiration: Beating my Sister Kalin Favorite Memory: Being at a state meet. Favorite Athlete: “My Momma.” Favorite Class: Art History. Awards: Team Captain, Outstanding Athlete, Scholar Athlete, Coaches Award.

Football | Recruit/ 4 year

Landon Poling »

Track and Cross County| Recruit

Kalin Padberg »

Volleyball| Recruit

Jillian Johnson »

College: University of San Diego Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Athlete: Caitlin Turner List of Awards: 4 Years Scholar Athlete, Lancer of the Year, Outstanding Athlete: Cross Country. Favorite Class: Art History Favorite Quote: “Running sucks.” Inspiration: “My teammates. They make me laugh every day. With them every run and hard day isn’t as bad.”

College: UC Davis Major: Undeclared Years on varsity: 3 Favorite Class: AP Chemsistry Inspiration: Doing the best I possibly can. Favorite moment: All of Junior and Senior Year. Quote: Life isn’t measured in the breaths you take but the number of moments that take your breath away. what do you do on a

FRIDAY NIGHT?

»Play volleyball games and then get buckwild »Rage

College: United State Naval Academy Years on varsity: 3 Major: Aerospace Engineering Funniest Moment: Tripping over my own feet while running. Favorite Athlete: Lionel Messi Favorite Moment: Scoring my first goal freshman year.

»Adventures with my best friend »Mormon prom

»Getting ready for competition »Shenanigans

»Sitting in front of the computer »Eating mint oreos

College: Menlo College Major: Sports Management Years on varsity: 4 Favorite Class: Mrs. Zimmerman for English Awards: National Merit Scholar Athlete. Favorite Athlete: “Ladainian Tomlinson because he has just great work ethic and I really admire that.” Favorite Sports Moment: “During junior year, at the end of the season, we were facing Moorpark and it came down to overtime. They scored, and we were down seven. We marched down the field and scored, but instead of kicking the extra point, we went for the two point conversion. I caught it and we won.”

»Double rounds of vanilla/ chocolate swirl shakes at In-NOut at midnight

»Rolling down the driveway on rolly chairs »Loitering in front of little


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SAM KENNEDY

football| recruit

Jamie Sutcliffe » College: University of Utah Years on varsity: 3 Major of study: Undeclared Favorite moment in high school sports: game-winning field goal against Moorpark Defining quote: “Fear and nervousness is temporary, pride and achievements are forever.”

Water Polo | recruit

Ben Rogers » College: Air Force Academy Major of study: Aeronautical and Aerospace engineering Years on varsity: 4 Favorite moment in high school sports: Winning the quarterfinal game against Righetti in the last 15 seconds Inspirations: My Dad and Mom Favorite athlete: Tim Hatten

track and cross country | four year & recruit

Caitlin Turner » College: Long Beach State Major: biology Years on varsity: 4 Favorite athlete: Rachel Bush Inspiration: Melanie Joerger Favorite moment in high school sports: When I got the 800 school record and going to state in XC

Volleyball | recruit tennis | four year

Jonah Seif »

Greg Wise »

College: UCSB Years on varsity: 2 Major of study: chemistry Favorite moment in high school sports: Beating Bosko last year Inspirations: Dad and Austin Kingi

College: Seattle University Major of study: engineering Years on varsity: 4 Favorite moment in high school sports: Winning CIF freshman year Favorite athlete: Roger Federer Funniest career moment: when I got left at In-N-Out my first year I went into the bathroom, and when i came out everyone was gone and the bus had almost left xc and track | four year/recruit

xc and track | recruit

Karsen Sper »

Sam Worley »

College: SDSU Major of study: undeclared Years on varsity: 2 Inspirations: Dad and Coach Sawitz Favorite class: ceramics Defining quote: “Everything happens for a reason.”

College: Loyola Marymount University Major: business/psychology Years on varsity: 4 Funniest career moment: There is nothing funny about running Inspiration: Steve Profontaine Defining quote: “You may beat me, but you’re going to have to bleed to do it.”

»The birth of my son »Anime Expo »Sherlock season three

»Leaving everyone I know and love »Summer

»Not being told what to do everyday »The apocolypse

»Living in a place with snow »Korra book two »Sleeping in

»The freedom »Marina & the Diamonds concert

The lessons we’ve learned

I

’m still not quite sure what it meant to write a piece for the last school newspaper I’d ever see at TOHS. I mean, who’s to say what has been the most influential or strikingly important event or lesson we’ve learned in high school? Maybe we can look back and be thankful for the cards we’ve been dealt. We are shaped by the good and the bad, but maybe it’s the place we come from which truly creates us. I for one can’t thank my own father, David Kennedy, enough for all that he has done for me. All that is or will ever be good in me began in him. He is the best teacher, mentor, and friend I could ever ask for. As we’ve grown, we have learned that we all come from a place that values you not for your family income, athletic ability or religious beliefs, but for your sheer desire to become better people. We’ve cried our hearts out, sang at the top of our lungs, and danced the night away. We’ve seen good times and bad and will be better people because of it. No one can deny that there really is no party like a TO party and our presence both in the community and at large is well known. We’ve defied odds, broken records, and been the comeback kid time and time again. We’ve won titles and done our school proud. We’ve dealt with the heartbreak of loss and will honor those no longer with us. Today, we graduate the future doctors, lawyers, soldiers, teachers, athletes, game-changers and dreamers of tomorrow. It seems like only yesterday we were fingerpainting and here we our today, ready to don our cap and gown. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you were finger-painting yesterday…Dane Griffin. But really, none of us will remember high school as a mere four years of our life. No, no. Ask any of our parents; it’s far more than that. Rather, it’s an entire period of our lives that we’ll recollect for years to come. While it seems we have many years ahead of us, we can’t forget just how precious life can be. I would be truly remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the heartbreaking loss we have gone through this past year in losing two of our classmates; Griffen Kramer and Dustin Christian. Their deaths have forever changed the people we are and remind us to never take for granted the beauty of the gift of life. They didn’t. In fact, Griffen would be sitting in the very same row as me at graduation next week if he were still with us. And I personally believe he will be. Remember, it’s not where you go or what you do in life, but what you do with what you find. Find something you’re passionate about and go after it. Weather the storms and have faith that something greater than yourself is working on your side. We aren’t limited by the education we receive or the money we have, only the enthusiasm we put into something. Go out and be the person you’ve dreamt of being your entire life.

»Doing whatever I want »Misha »No more traffic in the halls

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TEACHER TRIBUTES

SENIOR ISSUE

2012

Every senior class has senior leaders who dedicate their time and skills to their peers. Here is our dedication to them.

GRAPHIC BY RACHEL RIEDEL

KELLY MADDEN ASB PRESIDENT

DANIEL GOBER

CHRISTIAN BARRY

ASB VICE PRESIDENT SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

the senior leaders’

I don’t think I can narrow it down to one thing, but just the overall experience. I love being able to teach the class, help plan and overlook all the events that happen, compared to just my assigned ones. It’s so fun to go to events that you have put so much work into and watch them unfold. —Kelly Madden

My favorite part is just being able to have a say in what happens around the school and being able to contribute to everything around the school. —Daniel Gober

Just getting a chance to be involved in everything definitely made my high school career. —Christian Barry

SENIOR PRESIDENT

K

elly has been one of the very few friends in my life whom I can legitimately call a life saver. She has been a true guardian angel for me, and words can’t describe how thankful I am to have her in my life. The past four years, we’ve gone from acquaintances to best friends. We’ve always found a way to have a good time, regardless of the situation or the people around us. Kelly is an upbeat, happy and outgoing girl, who can make friends anywhere she goes. I love Kelly like a sister and I am sad to see high school come to an end for us. She’s an incredible person and I can’t wait to see what will become of her life. Thank you, Kelly. Love you! Senior Sam Kennedy is a close friend of Kelly Madden.

DANIEL GOBER

I

have known Daniel since the seventh grade, and it has truly been an honor growing up right beside him. He is by far one of the most caring and loving people I know. I have the privilege to say that he is my best friend. He has a way of making friends and becoming a role model. He has had a huge impact on many different kids’ lives including mine. From being a team captain in all the sports he plays, to being the ASB Vice President, he knows how to set an example. He is always striving to be the best person he can be, and as he does that, he tries to involve as many people as he can. He is a great example of what a leader should be and he has had a huge impact on Thousand Oaks High School. Senior Landon Poling is a close friend of Daniel Gober.

this year,

what defined you?

ALEX BRADBURY

»Being that guy with the camera at games »Dance

»Getting student of the month...It changed me »My beard

ALEX CHEN

JOHN ROUTH

JARED GOLDBERG

NEWSPAPER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF NEWSPAPER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF YEARBOOK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF YEARBOOK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

CHRISTIAN BARRY

KELLY MADDEN

SOAPBOX What did you enjoy the most about being a senior leader?

JESSICA BOYAJIAN

C

hris is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, hence why he is my best friend. He is considerate, confident in what he does, very intelligent, courteous, and many more qualities that make him such an amazing person he is. Why is he such an amazing person you may ask? Simple. Ask him to do something, and he will do it, depending on if it is actually physically possible to do the objective, and if it is appropriate, but that’s besides the point. He will help out anybody there is from the kindness of his heart. He loves to help people. He even does community service work for the good of the community, and also does extra work as well. He is a dedicated, hard working student. He put lots of time and effort into his studies, and wants to continue his education through college. More importantly, Christian James Barry is one the most amazing people at the school and will always be my friend from not only his goofy attitude that he has and his sense of humor he has, but the kind things he will do not because he feels bad for the person, but the fact that he does it out of the kindness of his heart and his sincerity towards others. Senior Jamie Sutcliffe is the ASB Seargant of Arms.

JESSICA BOYAJIAN

J

essica Boyajian is a wonderful individual. Her high school experience has allowed her to mature and blossom into a bright, young adult. As a peer of Jessica, I have witnessed a huge growth in both attitude and decision making. She has learned to be a positive influence, a responsible person and a great friend. Not only has she developed as a person, but she has also developed as a student leader. Her enrollment in the ASB class has benefited the school greatly. She has shared her ideas and dedication toward making the school a better place. Her footprint will be left as a positive impact on the school. Jessica’s love and passion will carry on with her through »My dappish persona and boyish charm »Work

»Putting myself in the dictionary. Get it, defined? »Competitive cheerleading

the rest of her life no matter where it takes her. I am so proud and honered to have her as a role model, sister and friend. Freshman Allie Boyajian is Jessica Boyajian’s sister.

ALEX BRADBURY

A

lex Bradbury, as an editor-in-chief, could be described as the good cop of the Lancer newspaper. While he did exercise authority, he ruled less with an iron fist than with a pat on the back, earning respect from his friendliness rather than from fear. We’ve both known Bradbury for quite a while, and although his appearance hasn’t changed much since the eighth grade (his usual sweatshirt and athletic shorts combo has become something of an institution), he has become a very good friend to both of us, even as he became our manager as editor-in-chief of The Lancer. As quick to dispense criticism and advice as he is to tell a (usually hilarious, but we all have off days) joke, Bradbury is a natural at leading, something that will surely benefit him in the future. So, Bradbury, we’re sure you’ll have success as a Banana Slug and with whatever life brings you, and that the whole staff agrees when we say, in the words of a great man: “Bye, thanks for coming.” Seniors Lucas Gigena and Steven Golditch are members of the Lancer staff.

ALEX CHEN

A

lex Chen is probably one of the most misunderstood people I know. And, I admit, I used to have the same misconceptions that people who don’t know him have. However, since joining journalism in my junior year, I’ve gotten the chance to be around Alex a lot and realized that all of these notions about him are completely not true. Sure, he is probably smarter than all of us com»Jackets »Hobo chic—an outfit that never costs over 10 dollars

»Serenading the ladies with my grand piano »Science fair


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SENIOR LEADERS

SENIOR STAFF COLUMN

The best part is the responsibilities I hold and the fulfillment I get when something goes well and I make the senior class look good. —Jessica Boyajian

I love working with everyone on the staff. I had some good friends on staff and everyone’s good to work with. I really enjoyed it a lot. —Alex Bradbury

Yelling at people has been pretty satisfying for me. I really feel like journalism has really expanded my horizons in terms of yelling at people. I just liked putting out the paper. —Alex Chen

I feel obliged to say that the best part of being yearbook editorin-chief has been working with a dedicated staff and adviser to create a really great book. —Jared Goldberg

Being an editor-inchief in yearbook is a big job, but you get so much out of it. It’s great helping people. —John Routh

bined and he is indeed going to Harvard, but there’s so much more to him than just that, and I can tell that he tries to not let those facts define him. He gets quiet and secretive whenever someone brings up one of his accomplishments or asks him what college he is going to. A quiet confidence that is rarely flaunted. Once one looks past the grades and the impressive resume, they will see a leader, a witty comic, a concerned and caring friend, a music lover and a shuffling fiend (as seen in the middle of a train in Minneapolis during a dance-off). I can honestly say that it was an honor to work with him and befriend him. I’m sure he will not cease to impress in his future endeavors. Senior Taran Moriates is an editor of The Lancer.

H

JOHN ROUTH

e was always that guy with a camera. You saw him at games, at rallies, even just a normal school day, carrying a camera and snapping pictures as he went. While people would be sitting in the stands and enjoying the event, he would be setting up a shot, wondering how to get the perfect picture to capture the energy of where ever he was. He could not sit or chat with friends. He had to concentrate and constantly be on his toes so he wouldn’t let others who were depending on him down. This, however, wasn’t the length of his sacrifice. On school nights he would most likely be rolling into home late, hungry, tired, and with homework still to be done. It wasn’t from partying or having a night on the town. He probably just had gotten back from an away game or a school concert that needed to be covered. He did this without pay, recognition or reward. For him, the reward seemed to be being able to catch a moment in time that he could be proud of. This was because he loved photography. He even started his own photography business on top of what he was already doing for the school. His dedication to his work as a photographer is something to be admired. How many of us would be willing to sacrifice a night of fun and friends to be taking pictures on the sidelines time after time? Not many I assure you. But he was. He even took personal pictures for our principal, Mr. Lichtl, without any charge. His work isn’t shown in art shows or photo classes. The only place you can view it is in the

yearbook and in this newspaper you are holding now. If you look carefully in the corners of some of these pictures you can see a name that the picture is credited to. There has not been a single newspaper for some years now that didn’t have a photo with the name: John Routh. Now you know why, and how hard he works for just that little credit. As he goes off to college to the University of Arizona, I hope you join me in wishing him the best of luck and say thank you. His work for this school will be sorely missed. And for all who knew him personally, whether through yearbook or journalism or just from normal classes, his jolly attitude and fun loving outlook will be missed much. I salute John for his work and I hope you do as well. Best of luck, John, and thank you for your work. Senior Ryan Scott is on the Lancer Legend staff.

T

JARED GOLDBERG

his guy is capable of speaking only in rhyme, doing one of those cool karate things that leaves me in a state of painful admiration, and delivering a comprehensive guide to Taylor Series Expansions (and Other Unpleasant BC Topics,) all in the same day. Same minute, probably. Same second? I wouldn’t doubt it. He’s very reliable. Look. I am allowed, in my full and frequent capacity, to cry about beautiful, unobtainable men around him and he doesn’t even mind. He just laughs at my “decorated” workspaces. If it weren’t for his humor, I’d be significantly less educated on puns and significantly more of a neurotic mess. When I am hanging on a wire, he is there and ready. Jared Goldberg is man who commands respect. Armed with a box of matzo bread, he’s set to be Lord High Commander Supreme Ruler of the Universe-or, at least yearbook. And Collegeboard. I would’ve executed myself up a long while ago, but Jared is one of those diplomatic types. I honestly don’t know how much more behind we’d be if he could not cast miracles simply by talking to people. (Share those secrets with me sometime, seriously. While you’re off being all happy and successful at Claremont McKenna.) He’s learned terrifically and quickly (in pseuds corner of art,) and he’s taught me just as much (and in the productive, coherent real world.) I’d rather no one else as a co-Editor-in-Chief. My only lament is that he does not like ponies nor Thom Yorke. But, you know, he’s still very awesome. Junior Jingyi Li is the co-editor-in-chief of the Lancer Legend.

journalism SHENANIGANS I like my tea like I like my men: really strong. -Alex Bradbury If the journalism program ever gets rich, we should pay someone to follow Chen around playing “Eye of the Tiger” on the violin. –Jen Smith

Samir Malhotra: You impregnated the mountain! Alex Chen: I thought it was on the pill!

LUCAS GIGENA

Still pretentious as ever, forever

W

e’re all getting older and, to me at least, it feels as if we’ve aged very suddenly and without warning, becoming as old as we need to be to graduate to another phase of life. I still remember looking at the previous generations of seniors, the “older kids,” so to speak, and wondering how they could look so old compared to everyone else, especially my fellow freshmen and I, who were slowly realizing that we were quite wrong in our assessment of ourselves as the coolest things on two legs. (For the best atmospheric results, begin listening to “Mexico” by Incubus right here.) But, now I’m among them, I guess. If you had told me that four years ago, when my aspirations only extended at most a few months into the future and my face was as smooth as the paper I did my homework (every night, of course!) on, well, I would’ve believed you. However, I may have been a bit hesitant to believe you if you had told me of all of the people I would meet and befriend or act slightly passive-aggressively towards, all of the misadventures I’d enjoy and survive (I’m talking to you, Gang), or even all of the things I’d manage to achieve while still maintaining a pretty memorable (for many reasons) life outside of school. While I sincerely hope that what “they” say, that these have been the best years of our lives, isn’t true (I’d like to have at least a few more good years, please), I honestly would not be surprised if it was. As I stare down the barrel of college and, eventually, a completely independent life, I’m beginning to realize just how much freedom I’ve had but have been oblivious to during my high school career. Most American adults don’t complete all of their obligations by noon, leaving them free to pursue the foolish plans they daydreamed of at work. Despite all of our complaining and apathy, we definitely could be worse off, my fellow (for the time being) high school students. Leading off of this, if there would be one message I could pass on, it would be to cherish the downtime, while you still have it, as it provides memories to reminisce on with your friends, who will soon be spreading out as far as the butter on Paula Deen’s toast (too soon?). And, believe me, there will be reminiscing. I doubted it myself, but now I probably couldn’t even estimate how many times I’ve said “Hey guys, remember when we [insert event here].” I may feel like the old man at the bar when I say it but, essentially, I’m glad that I have memories to reminisce on, as I hope everyone else does (that’s my advice; you can have it for free).

People will attack me, and I’ll be like “Hey, man, I have You like that shiz? I learned bubbles!” -Rachel Riedel it in prison. -Taran Moriates Alex Bradbury: Nice, dude, is that your girlfriend? John Routh: No, that’s my cousin. Lucas Gigena: I’m up, I’m up! Alex Bradbury: Okay, let me get on top...We’re going to touch.

Nick Laumann: Golditch, don’t get jumped. Steven Golditch: I have a bike.

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»Cheap food »My sexy waterbottle »Lord Carolan

»That your parents can call you out sick from school »Cats

»Free books »Seeing all the sterotypical groups of high school

»The simplicity of it all »The sweet but stern cafeteria ladies

»Green holes »My kind, lovely, and understanding editors

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