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Volume 48, Issue 1

August 24, 2009

“If [the students] need to see me for any reason, if the door’s open, even if I’m working, they can stop in to discuss something with me.” — Principal Brian Ginter

Photo illustration by ALEX REINNOLDT/Mirada Staff

Principal Brian T. Ginter is a flurry of activity, including working with secretary Karen Cassady and learning district policies, as he prepares for the challenges of a fresh school year and different environment. Ginter arrived on July 29, and set to work soon after.

New principal to observe before making changes By ALEX REINNOLDT Editor-in- Chief After a three day cross-country drive from Pennsylvania with Heinz, his St. Bernard, Brian T. Ginter took up his post as the new principal, arriving just weeks before the beginning of the new school year. “I drove 12 to 13 hours the first two days, and then drove the last couple hours from Reno to Sacramento on the third day. I was just focused on getting here, so I didn’t

do any sightseeing, but I would say that Park City, Utah, was the most picturesque,” Ginter said. Heinz not only provided company during the drive, but provided comic relief. “At my first stop in Iowa, I asked the hotel [clerk], ‘Do you accept pets?’ and she asked if he was under 20 pounds. So, I told her no, I have a St. Bernard and he’s 150 pounds! She asked if he was nice and I said yes, so it wasn’t a problem,” he recalled,

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laughing. Now, having met with the staff and seen the campus, he is “definitely ready” to take on the challenge of leading the school and learning a lot of new names. “To me, a principal is someone who has leadership, but they lead with actions not words,” he said. Ginter, however, is not ready to take action yet. He plans to review how the school works before making any changes. “Whenever I come into a new

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district, I like to see what the culture is and evaluate what takes place and what goes on. I’m always evaluating to see what works and what’s efficient,” he said. “If you see things are going well, there’s no need to change anything.” Ginter worked for three central Pennsylvania school districts before coming to Rio. He taught science and agriculture at Blue Mountain School District for five years. Then became vice princi-

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pal in the Conestoga Valley School District, working in that position for three years before he became principal for five and a half years. Then he changed to Warwick School District and was principal for one and a half years there. “When I first became a principal, the biggest thing for me to learn was putting together a schedule. To put a high school See PRINCIPAL page 4

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New online system to change grading, attendance policy By ALEX MCFALL Editor-in-Chief Heads up students; Rio is going digital. A new system known as Parent Connect will replace the way the school posts grades, takes attendance, and notifies parents. A collaboration between parents and teachers, Parent Connect promises to bring many changes. Using an ID and access code, parents will not only be allowed to view their student’s grades at any time; they can also view information on individual assignments, and compare those scores to the class averages. Thus, parents can see student performance not only on an individual scale, but relative to others in the class. Currently, it’s not clear if students will have their own access. English teacher Mr. Valencich sees promise in the changes.


“The technology has been put to good effect for so long in other districts. We’re finally utilizing it,” he said. The new system will also replace Friday grade checks. Parents can simply log on, and AVID teachers and athletic coaches can do the same. This will not only save paper, but will increase the efficiency with which grade checks are distributed as well. But, the most important changes are those in attendance policy. Teachers will now post attendance online, along with any tardies or truancies. “It’s going to save a lot of time, and will be much more efficient,” Valencich said. “And, most importantly, there will be no way to give parents erroneous info!” The policy on tardies has also changed. Instead of being truant 15 minutes after class starts, stu-


dents can now be up to 30 minutes late before a tardy becomes a cut. Yet, this time extension is a double-edged sword. While students gain more time, the rules pertaining to the number of tardies grow stricter. Instead of a parent truancy notification after 5 day absences, the school will now contact parents, perhaps using Parent Connect, after missing only 5 periods. “This will provide excellent transparency for the parent community” science teacher Mrs. Dibble said. Parent Connect is a step forward in making Rio a more efficient, digitally-oriented school. Parents can access the system through a link that will be posted on the district website. It seems that Rio students can work as they always do this year. However, the only difference is that someone may be watching.

Freshman Election Meeting (at lunch) Aug. 26 Back to School Rally and Dance Aug. 28 Senior Picnic (Senior Lawn) Aug. 30 Freshman Officers Election Sept. 2 Kick-Off Home Football Scrimmage Sept. 3 Labor Day Holiday Sept. 7 Home Football vs. Natomas Sept. 12 Picture Make-up Day Sept. 15 Monterey Jazz Festival Sept. 18-20 Rush Week Sept. 21-25 Back to School Night Sept. 23 Small Ensemble Night Sept. 30 College Night Oct. 7 Picture Re-takes Oct. 14 PSAT Test Oct. 17 Homecoming Spirit Week Oct. 19-23 Readers Theatre Oct. 20-21 Homecoming Rally Oct. 23 Homecoming Football Game vs. Bella Vista Oct. 24 Homecoming Dance (8-11 pm) Oct. 24 Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26-30 CAHSEE Testing Nov. 3-4 Parent Information Night Nov. 4 College Athletic Information Night Nov. 5 Playathon Nov. 6 Athletic Boosters Auction Fundraiser Dinner Nov. 7 Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 Blood Drive Nov. 20 Senior Class Panoramic Picture Nov. 20 Thanksgiving Break Nov. 23-27 Jack Scott Tourney Dec. 3-5 Winter Rally Dec. 4 PLAN Test Dec. 5 Small Ensemble Night Dec. 16 Combined Concert Dec. 17 (Rio Honors Concert Band & EC adv Concert Band) Club Picture Day Dec. 18 Winter Break Dec. 21 - Jan 1 First Semester Finals Jan. 12-14 Non-Instructional Workday (No School) Jan. 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Jan. 18


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Kiwanis Jazz Festival @ Rio Winter Dance (8-11pm) Winter Band Concert (All Bands) CAHSEE Testing Father Daughter Dance (8-11pm) Small Ensemble Night President’s Week Battle of the Sexes Spirit Week Powder Puff Football Game Battle of the Sexes Rally GALA Dance (8-11pm) Band Dinner Dance Spring Play Mother-Son Night Blood Drive Spring Break Open House STAR Testing Window STAR Rally Junior Prom (8-11pm) Special Spring Prom Small Ensemble Night Spring Concert, Awards & Finale AP Testing Window Sports-O-Rama Senior Ball Senior Fashion Show & Revue Senior Awards (6-8pm) End of Year Rally (Senior Walk-out) Memorial Day Holiday Senior Finals Undergrad Finals Senior Check-Out & Brunch Graduation Last Day of School

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Inspiring teacher in running for county title By ALEXIS SHEN Editor-in-Chief Not one to let acclaim go to her head, math teacher Robyn Cox says being named San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year has allowed her to do even better in the classroom. A San Juan teacher of nine years, Cox has succeeded in the district level of the Teacher of the Year Competition and is in the running for the title of Sacramento County Teacher of the Year. “When students enter my classroom, I inform them they’re there to learn how to solve problems; if they get a little math knowledge along the way, that’s a bonus,” Cox said. “As a lifelong learner, I think teaching is most effective in an environment of mutuality, interaction, and consistent communication between people engaged in the learning process. I hope that my passion for learning is contagious.” Having been a math teacher at Rio for the past seven years, Cox has continually taken opportunities to improve the school.

“She’s very engaging, especially with kids who are having trouble,” Vice Principal Friery said. “She’s very warm and does her best to make sure all kids are learning; that’s what makes her a great teacher.” Not only do administrators recognize her hard work, but students are also able to find an exceptional manner in her teaching. “She works to get to know her students at a deeper level, and she’s not afraid to learn new things with her students,” senior Ilisa Weinberg said. From involvement as the school’s Mock Trial teacher coach to active participation in special education recycling program , Cox has involved herself in the lives and success of students beyond her own math classes. Once involved in the San Juan District competition, she was required to respond to four essay prompts including “How do you reach all of your students?” and “What is the most pressing problem facing education today?” “I enjoyed the process of writing these essays; it helped me think back through the process of

getting into teaching in the first place (in 1968).” Upon advancing to the Sacramento County competition along with Deb House, a San Juan District elementary school teacher, Cox faced an interview panel and wrote nine more essays. “[They were] a little more work and a lot more thought,” Cox said. Not only did this competition recognize hard-working teachers, but Cox also found that it prompted a “re-focus on how we go got here in the first place.” Teachers currently await the news as to who will receive Sacramento County’s Teacher of The Year title. Two Sacramento teachers will receive this title and will subsequently advance to the state level of this competition. These teachers will be announced at a banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Beyond the competition, Cox has long-term aspirations to, “just to keep on having fun, encouraging all students and to approach each day with gratitude and humor.”


Robyn Cox helps out at a Science Olympiad event last spring. She is being recognized for her many contributions in and out of the school.

Spanish exchange student makes summer fun By JESSIE SHAPIRO Mirada Staff

Photo courtesy of Heaven Edwards

Junior Heaven Edwards and foreign exchange student Pablo Sanchez Gomez visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Edwards introduced Gomez to many of the famous landmarks in California.

Although every summer holds the best two and a half months of everyone’s year, it is undeniable that there’s always that point when things start to get boring. It’s not that you’re sick of your friends, but you’ve become too lazy to plan anything, and you insist that you’ve bled Sacramento dry of all there is to do. For junior Heaven Edwards, this was not the case. On June 28, foreign exchange student Pablo Sanchez Gomez came into town to stay with Edwards. He was going to stay for a month in order to experience a new culture and to improve his English. The 16-year-old from Madrid, Spain hit it off immediately with her, and they eventually became very close friends. Edwards knew that this summer would be one of a kind the minute her family decided to participate in the Barling School Exchange Program, an organization for high school students in other countries looking to improve their English. “I was a little nervous because I didn’t want to get stuck with some kid I couldn’t understand,” Edwards said. “But I was more excited than anything.” Fortunately, her fears were put to rest when she realized that besides the common mix-up between the words ‘soup’ and ‘soap,’ his English was pretty phenomenal. Edwards refers to the month Pablo spent with her as “the summer of a lifetime,” especially considering that during the time he stayed with her, it was im-

possible to have a boring day. Having him there pushed her to come up with fun and interesting things to do. “With Pablo staying at my house, it made me think to do things that I would probably not have taken the time to plan otherwise,” Edwards said. She loved experiencing all of the fun activities that they did. These activities included white water rafting, mini-golfing, and bike riding. “My favorite was probably either swing dancing because he picked it up so fast, or our day trip to San Francisco because that is always an amazing experience to share with someone who has never seen anything like it before,” she said. Not only did Edward’s Spanish improve, but she also learned more about worldwide political views. Heaven, a devoted republican, was interested in discovering how “worshiped” President Barack Obama really was back in Spain and the surrounding countries. “The three purchases of Obama Tshirts is definitely something I wouldn’t have done if Pablo wasn’t here,” Edwards laughed. “Thankfully, we avoided any heated political debates.” Although a very emotional goodbye came on July 26, Edwards would not have changed the experience for the world. She knows that not many people can say they made a new friend from Spain this summer. And she believes that they will undoubtedly keep in touch with for the rest of their lives. “No one could replace Pablo, but I’m definitely looking into hosting again next year,” Edwards said.


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PRINCIPAL: Advocates open door policy for all True or False... Want to learn more about Brian T. Ginter? Listed below are true or false statements about him. Answers can be found at the bottom.

From PRINCIPAL page 1 schedule together is very complex,” he said. “Ultimately that’s what got me hired.” Ginter said he was bound to become a teacher, as his father was a teacher and his mother worked for a professor at Pennsylvania State University. His brother and sister-in-law are also in education. “My family really got me interested in education because it was all around me,” he said. “It had a direct impact on what I do now. I hold education in a high regard because of them.” Taking after his father, who was a biology teacher, Ginter taught eighth grade environmental science, 11th grade general science, and ninth through 12th grade agricultural education. “When I was in high school and my brother or I had a science report or project to do, we would do our best with it. Then our dad

I’m doing affects all 1500 students each year.” Ginter attended Pennsylvania State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. Then he received his Master of Educational Leadership degree from East Stroudsburg University. “I started [college] in a forestry program, but after the first semester, I dropped it because for every one job, there were 500 applicants. So, I went into agriculture education. It combined things I was interested in, like the outdoors and the environment, with teaching,” he said. Not only was he an academic, but in high school, Ginter also was very athletic, playing football and baseball, and wrestling. He also coached these three sports while he was a teacher, so he gained athletic experience as both a coach and a player. Then, through college and until he was 26 years old, he played baseball semi-professionally for

To me, a principal is someone who has leadership, but they lead with actions not words. — Principal Brian Ginter

would critique our work and he was very rough on us, but that was good in the long run,” Ginter said. Even though he “enjoyed interacting with kids”, teaching was not enough. Ginter wanted to make an even bigger impact, so he moved up the ranks and became a principal. “As principal, I get to make more of an impact with parents and students,” he said. “What

the South Penn League. “I was an athletic student who played three sports and I was in the National Honor Society. So, I guess I was an athletic nerd,” he said. Having been an athlete himself, he understands the need for extracurricular programs. “Any program that’s strong is great. You have to support them all, and support the people running them. I think extracurriculars are wonderful. It builds strong

character,” Ginter said. “I think they’re essential to education.” In the face of budget cuts in sports, he plans to bolster the program by overseeing the staff and attending games. “Support from my end is working with the athletic director and coaches. I have to make sure everything that needs to be done is done and everything that needs to be there is there,” he said. “Being at games is another way of being supportive.” At the age of 37, after growing up and living in Pennsylvania, Ginter made the trek to California. The reason for this drastic move: his wife, Rebecca Wachtel-Ginter, who grew up in Fair Oaks and graduated from El Camino. The two got married last April in Reno and planned on living in Pennsylvania for five years, but she preferred California and wanted to move back to her home state. “I moved here because of my wife. She wanted to get back. She liked it better here,” he said. Now they’re house hunting, looking in the El Dorado Hills area. According to Ginter, his wife is in charge of that ordeal. Not only is the weather different, but the structure of the school system is also new to Ginter. “In Pennsylvania, the campus is one huge building all under one roof because of the climate. The setup of the school is completely different here. I like [Rio’s] campus better because it’s like a mini college campus,” he said. As he begins his first year as the school’s principal, Ginter wants the students to know that he is available and willing to help. “If [the students] need to see me for any reason, if the door’s open, even if I’m working, they can stop in to discuss something with me. I try to be accessible.”

1. F (His home state is Pennsylvania); 2. T; 3. T; 4. F (He is a Republican); 5. F (Heinz is a St. Bernard); 6. T; 7. T; 8. F (His favorite subjects were math and science); 9. T; 10. T; 11. T; 12. F (He read a book called “Breakthrough”); 13. T; 14. F (He likes to play golf and hang out with family); 15. T


Ginter first met with the Rio faculty last Wednesday and introduced himself. “My first impressions of the school were that the people have been extremely welcoming and I like the campus,” he said.

1. Brian T. Ginter is a California native. 2. His favorite band is Nickelback. 3. His favorite food is prime rib. 4. He is a Democrat. 5. He has a poodle named Heinz. 6. He is right-handed. 7. He once had Penn State football season tickets. 8. In high school, he enjoyed theater and English. 9. He played baseball semi-professionally until he was 26 years old in the South Penn League. 10. He married an El Camino alumnus last April. 11. One of his favorite films is “The Princess Bride.” 12. The last book he read was “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” 13. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from The Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Educational Leadership degree from East Stroudsburg University. 14. One of his hobbies includes knitting. 15. His wife was a TV reporter.

Say ‘Aloha’ to the new school year By TATE ROUNTREE Mirada Staff On Friday, between 8 and 11 pm, the Aloha dance will bring students together for the first dance of the school year. As in previous years, no guest passes will be given out. The dance is like a welcoming for students, and it’s a great way for students to make friends and meet new people, organizers say. “My freshman year, I had a lot of fun going to the Aloha dance,” junior Blake Thomas said. “It was a really fun way to start off the year and I can’t wait to go this Friday.” All school and dress code rules will apply to the Aloha dance. In order to get in to the dance, which will be held in


the small gym, students need their ID cards and their tickets, which cannot be purchased at the door, so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance. They will be sold in the financial office all throughout this week.

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Keeping Rio Americano great

et another year, ready to begin. Seniors, finally reached the fourth year; freshmen, ready, well as ready as they can be, to begin this journey called “High School”. For seniors and freshmen alike, changes are to be expected. Among the biggest of campus changes, is our new principal, Brian Ginter, who we would like to welcome to our campus. To the new people at the school, freshmen and principal alike, here’s a little about Rio. Since its opening in 1963, Rio has been a home to athletic champions, brilliant young minds and talented musicians and artists. The school has some great programs, from band to Civitas to athletics. Last year, a third of our students were enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement courses and the Science Bowl team placed second in the regional competition. Algebra teacher Robyn Cox was named San Juan Unified School District Teacher of the Year and is in the running for the county title. One of the more dramatic aspects of the school, the readers theater program was started by Betty Miller, and Rio’s little theatre is named in honor of her. The program is now under the guidance of her daughter, Jesse Miller. Our Band program is highly prestigious and entertains with numerous events throughout the year. The most

OUR VIEW popular ones are Playathon and Dinner-Dance. As for sports, both water polo teams are very competitive. The women’s varsity water polo team has won seven consecutive section titles so far. Also, in an exciting game against Benicia, the girls varsity soccer team won championships last spring, with a close score of 3-2. The varsity boys basketball team has also been very competitive, winning three consecutive Jack Scott Tournaments. These are exciting games to attend, as the bleachers in the big gym fill with supportive parents and students alike. You cannot help but get swept up into the energy of the crowd, as everyone cheers on the team. One of the biggest sporting events is the winter basketball game against long-time rival Jesuit High School. The bleachers are always packed with rowdy raider fans. Not only is there a competition on the court, but there’s also one between the fans as cheers and insults are shouted across the gym. The homecoming football game is another must-attend sporting event. Our football field was renovated in 2006, under a program called “Field of Dreams.” But, seeing as it was

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never completed, the field still lacks lighting that would allow for nighttime games. To get into the school spirit, a week of spirit days are planned with themes, like rowdy raider day and boys vs girls. Such spirit weeks precede the homecoming and GALA dances in order to generate excitement. Our smaller dances such as the Aloha and winter dances are not as popular as the more formal dances, like GALA, Junior Prom and Senior Ball. They are mostly attended by freshmen and seniors. Simply put, freshmen go because it’s their first year, and seniors because it’s their last. The school rallies are typically composed of forms of entertainment including skits, music, cheerleading, dancing, sports news and spontaneous competitions. Chanting across the gym includes cheers like “senior power” and jeers like “go home freshmen”. Each class competes to be the loudest and most ‘powerful’. For the seniors, the first and last rallies are usually the most exciting. These are the walk-in and walk-out rallies, where seniors cross a red carpet with loud music to dance to. It is the people who make Rio great. We hope you will continue the tradition. Well, there’s your low-down on Rio, and just a few of our most exciting memories here at the school. Enjoy the year and have fun with it. After all, you only get to experience high school once.

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Paris was perfect, but her heart longed for home


itting in the middle of a jet, adjacent to a good friend and a friendly woman with a fondness for airplane peanuts is how I will forever envision the moment of when I first arrived in an overseas country. Exhilarated yet exhausted, I was in France. In what seemed like a matter of moments, the rest of my French trip classmates and I were dropped off at Lycée Jean Baptiste-Corot, which I later learned is the largest public secondary school in France. Looking out of the tinted bus window, I almost immediately recognized my French host student, whom I had been in contact with via Facebook. Without saying “au revoir” to my friends, for fear of a painful goodbye, I grabbed my green hibiscus floral suitcase and left with what would be my family for the next nine days. I didn’t speak English for the entire nine days that I stayed with my host family. As difficult as it was to speak French constantly, I desperately wanted to improve my French and represent my country in a positive light. After all, why would I speak English when I was in France? My family was extremely impressed that I didn’t speak a word of English to them, but I missed my native language dreadfully, and even feared at times that I would lose my ability to speak English properly. Speaking a language other than my own was extremely exhausting, because I constantly had to think about how to translate what I wanted to say into French. However, by the time I had to say goodbye to my family, I could pretty much understand everything they were saying, which I felt was an accomplishment. Despite language barriers, my host and I were able to share things in common, such as carnivals and rides at Parc Asterix, a French theme park. On the day of the FIRST PERSON national music festival in France, I went to a small neighborhood carnival with my family and rode on rides. Laughter is universal, so communication wasn’t really an issue there! I was extremely happy to be enjoying the wonders of a foreign country, but was also a tad homesick, considering I didn’t speak to my family for the entire two weeks I was overseas. There were many times when I was in France that I wished my sister were there with me to experience certain things, simply because I knew she would have enjoyed it, especially since she absolutely loved Paris when she traveled with her French class two summers ago. When I was with my classmates, we used the convenient Metro system, and the freedom we were granted to travel pretty much anywhere we wanted to go in Paris. Eating a fresh baguette sandwich with pesto for lunch on a shady patch of grass in the Latin Quartier, just outside Notre Dame, my friends and I had a chance to stop and rest from our hectic day. It was times like this that made me wish I could freeze time and remain in Paris forever. France, although a lovely place to visit, could never feel like home to me. I suppose that in a way, traveling to France not only taught me more about a different culture that I could never fully experience in a classroom, but it also made me appreciate America more so than I ever have. However, I was happy that I was able to view and experience the wonders of Paris, and successfully cross off everything on my “to do” list in France. In fact, I don’t think I would have changed a single thing about my trip to France. My French host family treated me as if I were truly a part of their family, and I had a wonderful time utilizing the Metro with my fellow classmates and going to all sorts of cool places like Montmartre. Yet while the simple tasks of everyday life in France were fascinatingly appreciated, I began to miss the typical occurrences of my American life. Who knew it would take a trip to France to transform me into a more patriotic citizen, proud to live in one of the best countries in the world? The simple things in life are taken for granted, and being without them, especially thousands of miles away overseas, made me appreciate them even more. For instance, returning to the United States just in time for the Fourth of July was a blessing in itself, because I was home just in time to celebrate the day our country gained its independence, along with my family and neighbors. But what I truly missed was just being able to drive myself in my own car, windows rolled down and radio blasting, and stop off at the grocery store or nearest Starbucks, and be able to purchase something with American money, and be able to speak my native tongue with a fellow American citizen.



Above: Senior Meghan Cohan sits patiently as her portrait is drawn by a French artist along the Seine River. Right: Senior Scott MacDonald and French Alec Hodgins gaze up at the world-famous Moulin Rouge, located in the northern district of Paris. Top right: Moulin Rouge shines as the crown jewel of the Montmartre district. The establishment recently celebrated its 120-year anniversary. Middle right: Junior Victoria Grajeda and seniors Kara-lyn Langan and Hanna Spano gaze in awe at the incredibly large “Harry Potter” movie poster on the wall of the metro station. The Metro was every student’s means of transportation due to its convenience and affordability. Bottom right: A French jazz band performs in front of a live audience in La Defense Plaza during the annual jazz festival. ALEX MCFALL/Mirada Staff

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Students find cultural immersion, language development in France By ALEX MCFALL Editor-in-Chief


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On June 19, a group of Rio students led by French teacher Alec Hodgins said ‘au revoir’ to Sacramento. Their destination: Paris. The two week trip included a stay with a host family, visits to some of France’s most beautiful chateaus and cathedrals, and a dinner inside the Eiffel Tower. The trip, a collaboration between Hodgins and study abroad company Vistas-in-Education, had been in the works for over a year; students met at the local Arden Church of the Nazarene every few months to discuss and plan the details of the expedition. After an 18 hour flight, the group touched down in the “City of Lights.” Soon after, the students met their host families, with whom they were arranged to stay for nine days. The stay was a very unique expe-

rience for many because it offered a full immersion into the French language and culture. “The family stay helped me so much with my French,” senior Hanna Spano said. “I went there feeling that I knew nothing, and left feeling confident in my speaking abilities.” Students were also thrust into the heart of French culture, which was sometimes a bit bizarre. “It was the night of the summer solstice, and in my family’s neighborhood it’s tradition to light a tree on fire in celebration, and I didn’t know,” junior Caitlin Vanderveen said. “I turned around, and there was a flaming tree!” After the host stay ended, students met up with Hodgins; they then stayed an additional five days in the Pavillon Villiers Étoile hotel. Another highly appreciated bonus was the freedom allowed by the three chaperones, Hodgins, his wife, and Phil Romig. While staying at

the hotel, students had opportunities to explore some of Paris’ more famous sites, including the world famous catacombs and the Picasso museum. Or, if they so chose, they could travel through the city with friends, with no set agenda. “I was pleased that the students appreciated the opportunity to discover Paris on their own, and develop a sense of confidence through direct experiences,” Hodgins said. “The students really rose to the occasion and got the most of the intense cultural immersion.” Hodgins, who has organized over 15 trips in the past, believed the most recent was one of the best. “I personally appreciated the kindness [the students] showed for one another, and the respect towards the chaperones. All in all, ten out of ten!” Hodgins said. Inspired by the success of past years, and the enthusiasm of students, Hodgins has already started planning a trip for summer 2010.

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Student spends summer in Ecuador helping animals and children By CAROLINE FONG Mirada Staff This summer, sophomore Caitie Morse went to a community service camp in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for 24 days. Morse discovered the camp when she was surfing the Internet for a community service program that she could participate in over the summer. She chose a camp which involved helping animals and kids that was in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. On June 23, she arrived in Quito, Ecuador where she met the nine other kids in her group. All of the other kids were older, and she thought they were not going to get to know each other well, but they ended up very close. The group traveled to Agato, an indigenous community, where they stayed for the first five days. Here, the group lived with a family and built a kitchen for a school in town, which included mixing cement, shoveling dirt, moving rocks and laying grout. After they finished building the kitchen, the group worked at a bird sanctuary and later visited

the Otovalo market. The following day, they went horseback riding in Cotopaxi. “My horse was really slow and stopped to eat every few minutes, but it was fun anyway,” she said. That night Morse and the others camped in Cotopaxi, where they hiked up and biked down the Cotopaxi Volcano the next day. Afterward, they traveled to a city called Baños, where they did laundry, shopped, played games, soaked in the hot springs, and went to discotheques. Next, they traveled to Tena, a town four hours away, where they hiked and went whitewater rafting. A few days later, the group departed for the rain forest. After a three hour drive, 20-minute canoe ride and two hour hike, they reached the Rio Blanco community. Then, the next three days, the group renovated bathrooms, played soccer, had mud fights, swam in the river, hiked and painted tattoos on each other using a fruit from the rain forest. “The rain forest was extremely hot, humid and muddy with bugs everywhere. At one point I had 65 bug bites,” Morse said. “It was

Time stands still in boring film By ALEXIS SHEN Editor-in-Chief “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Not exactly a movie that I’d travel back in time to watch again. Though emotionally touching at times, the movie lacked an overall sense of excitement and comprehensiveness. Henry, the time traveler, attempts to live a normal life despite his unexplained genetic abnormality that causes him to sporadically travel to different times. His condition is uncontrollable and unpredictable, thus making it difficult for him to lead a life of love, marriage and parenting. As assumed from the title, Henry does manage to find love with a woman named Clare, played by Rachel McAdams. Their loving connection had began in Clare’s childhood, since she was repeatedly visited by a middle aged man, who is actually Henry in his older years. The connection between Clare as a child and Henry as an older man was quite unusual and twisted. Though the idea of Henry traveling to Clare’s childhood was comprehensible, the movie did not reach its full potential with the portrayal of this concept. The scenes of the movie in which Henry visited Clare as a child seemed more strange than

Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana star in this heartwarming film.

touching. The emotional impact was an issue in this movie. Though there were a few very touching scenes, the movie was devoid of enough romantic passion to fill the lacking excitement of the movie. Subsequently, this lack of intense excitement coupled by minimal romance resulted in some boredom and tediousness. In comparison with “The Notebook”, in which McAdams also stars, “The Time Travelers Wife” completely falls in comparison. Though “The Time Travelers Wife” had an interesting plot line, the entire beginning of the movie was somewhat confusing and incomplete. The loving connection between the two characters is indubitably present between the two, but still lacks an amazing passion. The movie is worth watching once, but if you’re just looking for a good romance movie, “The Notebook” is a far better choice.

difficult to work in such extreme weather, but it was worth it. The kids there were really fun, and even though I barely knew any Spanish, a little girl named Catie followed me around almost the entire time I was there.” The group then returned to Quito to prepare for their flight to the Galapagos Islands. The first few days consisted of sea kayaking, hiking to their campsite, planting 100 trees and removing the invasive plants. Later, Morse went snorkeling and saw sea lions, different varieties of fish, a sea turtle, a shark and jellyfish. “My favorite animals to see were the sea lions because they would literally swim and play with us,” Morse said. “One came swimming full speed towards me, dove down and brushed against my stomach. I didn’t like the jellyfish because I got stung by one.” The next day she went on a five hour hike around a volcano and then had her first opportunity to surf. The surf instructors divided everyone into a few groups and gave them a surf clinic. Morse and the others were given the freedom to surf on their own for

Photo courtesy of Caitie Morse

Sophomore Caitie Morse, an avid llama lover, plays some music for an Ecuadorian llama.

a few hours after. “When I first tried surfing, I was horrible and then after a while I got the hang of it,” she said. “I felt really accomplished when I finally stood up and surfed all the way in.” The next morning, Morse packed up all of her things and flew back to Ecuador where she

celebrated the last night of her trip by going out to dinner and staying up all night. In the morning they left for the airport and flew five hours to Miami where they said their goodbyes before boarding their next flights. Morse is extremely excited for the camp reunion on Sept. 25 in St. Louis, Missouri.

g n i t i c x e t s o m e h t s i t a Wh thing you did over the summer? I used a lot of power tools while I was in Canada and helped build a shed. And then I proceeded to the back lawn to grill steak. - Damon Heaton, 12

First, I went to France for two weeks, and then I hiked through the John Muir trail in less than two weeks. Then I was a counselor at leadership camp, and went to Newport beach. I went to Disneyland on my birthday! - Ben Egan, 12

My friends and I went to the Jonas Brothers concert and seeing them in person took our love for them to a whole new level. We even decorated our car in everything ‘Jonas’ to try to win meet and greet passes! - Danielle Arbios, 11

I had a life changing experience in Arizona where my church went to go and help the Navajo nation. It really opened my eyes and gave me a wake up call. It truly has changed me as how I act, present myself, and overall the person I am. –David Vallejo, 11

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Jo Bros leave fans at Arco jonesing By MOLLY INGRAM Editor-in-Chief The roar of 15,000 screaming fans echoed throughout the walls of Arco Arena when popular boyband trio, the Jonas Brothers, came to town Aug. 4. And luckily, I was one of the fans. I had been wanting to attend this concert for quite some time, ever since I heard that the Jonas Brothers were coming to town. However, since hardly any of my friends can stand to listen to their music, no matter how wonderful I think it is, I had a difficult time finding someone to go with. Therefore, I was lucky enough to find a good friend who was willing to purchase a cheap, last minute ticket with me. Sacramento was one of the 45 North American cities included in the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009, which promoted their third studio album, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times”. New boy-band Honor Society was the first band to grace the stage, performing new songs off their debut album, “Fashionably Late”, which will be released September 15. Honor Society managed to excite the crowd and prepare them for the best act of the night. This was their first time performing in Sacramento, and they already seemed to have gained some devoted fans, who desperately chased after them as they were escorted backstage on golf carts. Although the brothers kept their fans waiting, opening acts such as Honor Society and Jordin Sparks were received with a considerable amount of enthusiasm. Yet the headlining act was most


Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas perform “Poison Ivy” off of their third album, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times.” During the concert, the brothers mentioned their visit to the White House for a special performance for Obama.

definitely worth the wait. The Jonas Brothers performed over 19 songs, including popular singles off their new album such as “Paranoid”, and old favorites like “SOS” and “Year 3000”. They even kept the parents in mind who accompanied their children at the concert, and performed a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”. However, tears ensued and girls everywhere throughout the Arena declared their love for the youngest and quite possibly most talented Jonas Brother, Nick, as he performed a self-written ballad about his battle against diabetes, entitled “A Little Bit Longer”. Throughout the song, Nick

‘Funny People’ is ‘painfully unfunny’ By SARAH VAIRA Mirada Staff “Funny People” is not a fitting title for the summer blockbuster movie starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, and other supposed “funny people.” The painfully unfunny plot follows the life of a famous comedian facing AML leukemia, portrayed by Sandler. The film is clearly the work of director Judd Apatow, the man behind “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” with its practically trademarked raunchy humor. However, unlike MOVIE previous REVIEW Apatow’s films, “Funny People” takes a sudden turn to dark side. The plot of the film remains grim and depressing throughout the entire movie as the audience watches a lonely and unhappy comedian fight a deadly disease, and a ray of optimism is only visible in the final scene.

Rogan, Sandler and Leslie Mann depict the “Funny People.”

Yet, the film is not completely disappointing; hidden between the sadness are bits and pieces of hilarious stand-up. It fails to outshine the dark and gloomy shadow cast by the plot. With Sandler, an established comedian starring with relatively new “funny people” Rogan and Hill, the film could be considered his attempt to pass the torch of comedy down to younger successors. Audiences should happily expect to see more of Rogan and Hill, but hopefully not in another movie like “Funny People.”

spoke of his experiences with diabetes, and thanked his loyal fans for being his inspiration. Nick, now 16 years of age, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 when he was filming “Camp Rock” in Canada. Despite the hardships he’s experienced over the past three years due to this life-altering event, he refuses to let diabetes slow him down. Nick still manages to write songs and play guitar, piano and drums, producing billboard charting albums consistently. Not only did the Jonas Brothers gain my respect as musicians, but also as performers who really know how to put on a show.

While there was a probable female-male ratio of 50-1, I’m not ashamed to say I’m a part of the Jonas Brothers fan base. From five-year-old girls to middle-aged mothers who are convinced they’re a “future Mrs. Jonas”, the brothers definitely have a fan base unlike any other billboard-charting band. Although the Jonas Brothers may attract many girls and women with their rugged good looks and boyish charm, it’s their musical talent that keeps true fans coming back. After all, their physical appearance is just a bonus. For each song they performed, the boys brought something entirely new and unique to the stage

as the colorful lights transitioned from hues of fuchsia, green, red, blue and yellow. The set included an elaborate rotating circular stage, which ensured that each crowd member had a chance to view each Jonas brother from all 360 degree angles. I was astonished during “Lovebug” when a waterfall spelled out the lyrics in the cascading water, accented with the occasional heart and “JB” logo. And to further my opinion of high regard, Kevin, Nick and Joe interacted with the crowd in-between songs, complimenting the creative posters made by their fans, and even selected random seats in the crowd and paid for the person’s ticket out of their own pocket. Jonas Brothers World Tour is more than just a concert, it’s an unforgettable experience. Kevin, Nick and Joe not only prove that they can truly sing live and play a variety of instruments, but that they can bring creativity and fun to the stage, satisfying their devoted fans by turning the stage into a place for trampoline acrobatics and water gun fights above the crowd. Even though my seat was incredibly high up in the stands, and a lady in a nearby seat was crazy enough to bring binoculars, I could see Joe’s perfectly toned arms and hear Nick’s angelic voice perfectly. And as far away as I was, nothing could prevent me from screaming my lungs out at the sheer sight of Nick, Joe and Kevin, and the thought that I was breathing the same air as the Jonas Brothers.

Fly away with “Peace Trials” album by Kites Christopher Forgues, artist and musician based in Providence, Rhode Island, has released albums and albums under his somewhat mysterious pseudonym. He started the project in the late ‘‘90s and soon after made extremely limited tape releases under his own label, Unskilled Labor. “Peace Trials” is Kites’ tour de force. The album is divided into two parts that are both radically different yet still share commonalities and work well together. To sum it up, the album changes sounds every other song. All odd numbered songs are noise tracks, while all even numbered songs are folk tracks. The idea is a genius one that shows the versatility and the range Christopher Forgues has mastered over the past decade. In the liner notes, Forgues boasts that, “everything done

CHRISTIAN OLDHAM ON EDGE [was] with homemade, modified, or commercial equipment, no keyboards, computers, samplers, or digital synthesizers were used.” After hearing this album and reading that line, you will be blown away. The sounds made on “Peace Trials” are ones you may have never heard before due to the bizarre and harsh sounds that come out of his handmade equipment. In the song “Something about America,” Forgues starts the song off with the sounds of a guitar in

reverse and after about halfway through the song do lyrics come into play. Forgues has a gloomy outlook on the world as he sings about a recently torn apart and ruined country where unspeakable things have happened. The album as a whole seems to follow this idea and as the album progresses, the lyrics show the progress of the story. Right before the last track, “True,” comes on and is purely an endurance test, using tones and sounds that make one want to stop listening to the song. This can be seen as the end of the destruction of this symbolic world which is perfectly fitting for the last song and title track, “Peace Trials,” which symbolizes a remembrance for all the things that died throughout this story and also serves as a foreshadowing of regrowth.

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New football coach to fill ‘big shoes’ By SARAH VAIRA Mirada Staff

Phelps, a celebrity, but no exception


ou know your year isn’t going too well when not only have you been suspended from USA swimming for smoking marijuana, but you have also recently been involved in a car accident while under the influence. Is it possible that these actions are relatively common among college-aged young adults? Phelps has been an international celebrity since his breakout performance at the 2004 Olympic games. Nineteen at the time, Phelps had an encounter with the law after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland. Most believed that this was merely a reckless teen acting irresponsibly, and few thought something similar would happen again. Nevertheless, in early 2009, Phelps was photographed at a party smoking marijuana, and this incident resulted in severe repercussions. Phelps received a three-month suspension from USA swimming and lost his contract with Kellogg’s. Then, despite Phelps’ “regrettable behavior and bad judgment,” he was in a car accident in August 2009, before which he had induced alcohol. Even though the crash was not his fault, the event once again brought to light Phelps’ problem with drugs and alcohol. Although I know as well as anyone the serious partying that exists in the larger swimming community, Phelps clearly acted irresponsibly by doing so in the public eye. Michael Phelps was under contract at the time of his illicit behavior, and therefore had to suffer the consequences of his actions. However, the partying, smoking weed, and drinking is not the primary issue. The problems arise when Phelps got behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. Whether the person at hand is an Olympic legend or a high school student, when he or she puts others in danger, the situation becomes a serious and dangerous issue. Also, Phelps’ behavior clearly has not affected his swimming career, which he proved at the 2009 World Championships in August. Phelps broke the 100 meter butterfly record, and was the first person in swimming history to break fifty seconds. As the fastest swimmer in the world and as a young man who has lived his entire teenage and adult life under constant surveillance, Phelps could really use a lesson in common sense. Although it is rough, Phelps chose this life, and ought to live it responsibly.

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Last year’s retirement of football coach Michael Smith left many wondering who would take over the growing football program. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Coach Christian Mahaffey. Working under Coach Smith as the defensive coordinator for the past 11 years, Mahaffy is no stranger to Rio football. Already well familiar with the program, Mahaffey will not have much difficulty adjusting to the new position as head coach, even though Smith set an impressive precedent for him to follow. “For sure I have big shoes to fill,” Mahaffy said. “One of the reasons why I’ve stayed here as long as I did was because of Coach Smith. I’ve never seen a person coach so professionally and with so much respect to the game and to the kids.” He approaches coaching in a similar, but different style compared to Smith. As new head coach, Mahaffy does not plan to make drastic changes to the program. Like Smith, he expects his players to give their best effort at every practice and game. Mahaffy strives to maintain these same standards, and looks for

continued commitment from the players. “[We are] just asking for more commitment, more accountability, and I’d like to see more kids playing football, but that’s going to take time,” Mahaffy said. “My only expectation is for them is to give maximum effort whether at practice or in games and for them to hold each other accountable. If we do these things, then all three levels will be successful.” After a short break from summer practices which consisted of lifting, developing a strong work ethic, and even going to a three-day camp at American River College, which focused on fundamentals, the team started up practice again on the 17th. Despite grueling workouts over the summer, Mahaffey’s players praise the new coach. “He pushes us really hard which will help us win more games, and he is changing things for the better on and off the field,” junior Mark Nolan said. “I like that he’s committed to the team and passionate about the sport,” fellow junior Craig Hedding added. The varsity football team is now putting the skills they learned over summer to use to prepare for their first game on Sept. 12 against Natomas High

School. Their goal this season is to make another playoff appearance. “What the kids did last year, beating Del Campo at their home was a big moment and we hope to match it or top it, but it won’t be easy,” Mahaffy said. Strategically, in order to achieve this goal, the team’s defense will be run similar to last season’s, but there will be changes in their offense. Also, Mahaffy and the other coaches are meeting regularly and intend to work as hard as

possible to achieve their season goals. However, Mahaffy wasn’t the only change made in the coaching staff for this season. Coach Halfmen, defensive coordinator, and Coach Likeskey, offensive and defensive line coordinator, have been added to coaching line-up. They are joining Rio veteran coaches Mahaffey, Lovell and Anderson. Coach Mahaffy is looking forward to another season coaching at Rio and his first season as head coach.

Top: During practice, Coach Christian Mahaffey explains to the huddled varsity team how to run the play. Bottom left: Mahaffey blew his whistle during practice and stopped the team in order to explain what he wanted the team to do during the drill. Bottom right: After getting the handoff, the varsity player took off with the football, running past the defense. Photos by Alex Reinnoldt


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Varsity Boys Water Polo

Aug. 22 *Woodcreek Aug. 29 *at St. Mary’s/Marin Sept. 11/12 Schmitt Tournament Sept. 25 Jesuit Sept. 28 at Bella Vista Sept. 30 El Camino Oct. 5 at Casa Roble Oct. 7 Mira Loma Oct. 9/10 Polofest at San Jose Oct. 12 at Del Campo Oct. 14 Bella Vista Oct. 19 at El Camino Oct. 21 Casa Roble Oct. 26 at Mira Loma Oct. 28 Del Campo Oct. 30 at Davis Oct. 31 at Campolindo *Indicates pre-season scrimmages

TBA TBA TBA TBA 4:45 5:45 4:45 5:45 TBA 4:45 4:45 5:45 4:45 5:45 4:45 TBA TBA

Varsity Cross Country Sept. 16 Oct. 7 Oct. 30

Center Meet #1 3:30 Center Meet #2 3:30 CAL League Champs TBA at Folsom HS

Varsity Girls Golf Sept. 10 Mira Loma 3:30 Sept. 15 El Camino 3:30 Sept. 17 Casa Roble 3:30 at Diamond Oaks Sept. 22 Del Campo 3:30 Sept. 24 Bella Vista 3:30 Sept. 28 CAL Tournament #1 12:30 Oct. 1 Mira Loma 3:30 at Haggin Oaks Oct. 6 El Camino 3:30 Oct. 8 Casa Roble 3:30 Oct. 13 Del Campo 3:00 at Mather Oct. 15 Bella Vista 3:30 at Haggin Oaks Oct. 19 CAL Tournament #2 12:00 at Antelope Greens Oct. 26 Divisionals TBA *Home matches are at Ancil Hoffman.

Varsity Girls Volleyball Sept. 5 Sept. 9 Sept. 10 Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 24 Sept. 25 Sept. 29 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 20 Oct. 22 Oct. 27 Oct. 29 Nov. 3

CIV Tourney at Reno Franklin Sacramento at Sac High El Camino Casa Roble Oakmont at Del Campo Mira Loma at Pioneer at Bella Vista at El Camino Sacramento Invite at Casa Roble Del Campo at Mira Loma Bella Vista El Camino Casa Roble at Del Campo Mira Loma at Bella Vista

TBA TBA TBA 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 TBA 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30



PREPS of the issue Time

Varsity Girls Water Polo Aug. 29 Scrimmages TBA Sept. 5 Scrimmages TBA Sept. 11/12 SF-Mt. View Tourney TBA at Mt. View/St. Francis Prep Sept. 18 Ponderosa 7:00 Sept. 25/26 Rio Varsity Tourney TBA Sept. 28 at Bella Vista 5:45 Sept. 30 El Camino 4:45 Oct. 5 at Casa Roble 5:45 Oct. 7 Mira Loma 4:45 Oct. 10 Clovis West TBA Oct. 12 at Del Campo 5:45 Oct. 14 Bella Vista 5:45 Oct. 17 SF-Mt. View/Granite Bay TBA Oct. 19 at El Camino 4:45 Oct. 21 Casa Roble 5:45 Oct. 26 at Mira Loma 4:45 Oct. 28 Del Campo 5:45 Oct. 30/31 NorCal Invite TBA at Davis

Varsity Boys Soccer

Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 3 Sept. 8 Sept. 10 Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 28 Sept. 30 Oct. 5 Oct. 7 Oct. 10 Oct. 12 Oct. 14 Oct. 19 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 26

Jesuit at Rosemont at Woodcreek at Oakmont Ponderosa at Folsom Yuba City Mira Loma Christian Brothers Bella Vista Del Campo at El Camino Casa Roble St. Pius at Jesuit at Mira Loma at Bella Vista at Del Campo El Camino at Jesuit at Casa Roble

4:00 4:00 7:00 4:00 4:00 6:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 1:00 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sept. 24 at Bella Vista 3:30 Sept. 29 at El Camino 3:30 Oct. 1 Casa Roble 3:30 Oct. 6 Del Campo 3:30 Oct. 8 at Mira Loma 3:30 Oct. 13 Bella Vista 3:30 Oct. 15 El Camino 3:30 Oct. 20 at Casa Roble 3:30 Oct. 22 at Del Campo 3:30 Oct. 27 Mira Loma 3:30 Oct. 30 CAL Champs - Singles TBA Nov. 2 CAL Champs - Doubles TBA Nov. 9 Section Finals TBA *Home matches are at Arden Hills.

Varsity Boys Football Sept. 3 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 25 Oct. 3 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 6 Nov. 14

Jesuit Scrimmage Natomas Pioneer at River Valley Inderkum at Woodland Mira Loma at El Camino Bella Vista Del Campo at El Camino Casa Roble

In remembrance of Jessie Morehead, Rio graduate and former Mirada sports editor You will be missed 10/30/1988 - 8/2/2009

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JAKE REIWITCH freshman water polo

How long have you been playing water polo? This is my first year playing water polo ever. What originally made you want to start playing? “I was tired of doing soccer every single year, and water polo is a conditioning sport. What made you decide to start playing? There aren’t any positions, and you don’t really get told what to do. And, you get the ball more than any other sport. How did Hell Week go for you? It was really tough, but as the days went by, it got easier because my muscles got used to the strain. How do you plan to manage your time with water polo? Water polo takes up all of my time except a few hours after school, so I plan to do my homework in-between practices.

ABIGAIL KING freshman volleyball

How long have you been playing volleyball? I have been playing since sixth grade, so this will be my fourth year. My teacher was also a volleyball coach and I liked her and I wanted to try it. What position do you play? I play all positions. What is your favorite part of playing volleyball? To see how we all react and play together; the teamwork. What was the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you during volleyball? When I went to spike the ball and I tripped over my shoelace and I didn’t even hit the ball. Do you plan to continue playing after high school? I really want to play in college. I plan on going to USC. I’m going to play softball in high school, but I probably won’t play in college.

- Molly Ingram

- Caroline Fong

Eppie’s proves to be a ‘Great Race’ for students By ALEX REINNOLDT Editor-in-Chief Claimed to be “The world’s oldest triathlon”, Eppie’s Great Race featured a few very successful Rio students in their 36th annual triathlon this summer. Senior Nicolas Jimenez took first place in the Junior Ironman division with a time of 1:57:29. Following him in that division was junior Ansel Mills, who took third with a time of 2:14:24. In the Junior Ironwoman division, senior Marissa Ruxin took third place as well with a time of 2:35:34. The race was mapped out along the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. Competitors gathered at the start in William Pond Park early in the morning on July 18 and took off at 8 am on the first leg of the race. The ironmen and ironwomen first had to run 5.82 miles along the bike trail to Guy West Bridge, where they transitioned to the bicycle portion of the race. From there, they cycled 12.5 miles out to the Sunrise Avenue foot-

bridge. And lastly, the competitors paddled 6.35 miles down the American River to Goethe Park. There, they had to run the last 50 to 100 feet into the finish chute. Jimenez has been doing the Great Race for four consecutive years, and has taken first place the past two years in the Junior Ironman division. Each year he improved on his time, and he was 21 minutes faster this summer than his original time of 2:18:30 in 2006. On the other hand, this summer was Mills’s and Ruxin’s first time competing in the triathlon. Both want to return next year with the goal of beating their times. “Eppie’s was my first triathlon, but I definitely want to do more now that I know how much fun they can be,” Mills said. “And next year I really want to get second or first place.” Based on their strengths, some of the legs of the race were easier than others. Ruxin preferred running and kayaking to the biking portion. “The hardest was the bik-

ing because I couldn’t find my bike,” she said. Mills, however, liked the biking portion the best. “My favorite leg of the race was the biking. I did a lot better than I thought I would and I liked riding in a big group of people,” he said. “The hardest leg for me was definitely the kayaking because it just seemed to go on forever.” Each of the athletes took different approaches to training for the triathlon. Ruxin took kayaking lessons. Mills, however, was staying with family and working in Colorado during the summer. So, he flew back to Sacramento for a week in order to compete in the race. “I did a lot of running while I was up in Colorado. It was really hard though because I was up at about 7000 foot elevation, which made four miles feel like ten,” he said. The three Rio competitors will stay in shape during the year, running for the cross country and track team, which undoubtedly will help in next summer’s Eppies Great Race.


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Camp Rio


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Last week, the day-long Camp Rio, run by student government, introduced freshmen to the school and each other.


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1. Senior Micah Mador squirts whipped cream onto a freshman’s face. 2. Freshmen Aaron Prohofsky and Matthew Laffey race to put on a cheerleading outfit. 3. The freshmen decorate a poster with painted hands. 4. Freshmen Caitlin Temble, Zach Diggs and Maicee Byrd get their faces dirty in a pie-eating contest.



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August Issue 2009  

Volume 48, Issue 1

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