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Rio Americano • Sacramento, CA • Volume 47 Issue 3 • 21 November 2008
Girls water polo wins seventh league championship in a row.
Full story on page 17
Left: Senior Blair Moody attempts to score during a playoff game at the Roseville Aquatic Complex. Bottom: The varsity girls water polo team confers at halftime to strategize.
UC schools settling for less Jenifer Carter Editor-in-Chief Students have responded coolly to a proposal to lower standards for Univer‑ sity of California admissions. The UC system may be lowering ad‑ mission requirements, an eﬀort intended to increase the likelihood of acceptance for minorities and low‑income students. If the proposal passes, applicants will no longer be required to take SAT II sub‑ ject tests, will need a minimum grade point average of 2.8 instead of the current 3.0, and will face looser course require‑ ments in high school. Dr. Mark Rashid, a member of the
commi7ee that proposed loosening UC requirements, said that by dropping these requirements, high‑achieving low‑ income students will have be7er chances of being accepted to a UC campus. However, a sma7ering of Rio seniors interviewed by the Mirada, thought that the proposal would be unfair to students who have excelled at school and may not be the best way to increase the chances of acceptance for low‑income students. “It’s not fair to people who work really hard to get in,” senior Stephanie Hub‑ bert said. “You could meet the (current) requirements and not get in where you want.” Senior Jayne Auble fears that with lowered standards for admissions into
the UC system, the “drive to get into your dream school isn’t much of a drive.” Some students said that the way to increase admissions for low‑income stu‑ dents is to help students succeed in high school and to increase recruiting. “They should lower the cost of the SAT tests,” said Jessica Adams, 12,” as well as have representatives go to schools.” However, some students saw merit in requiring that admission oﬃcials look at more than just an applicant’s grades. “Maybe it’s a good idea to look at what people have gone through,” senior Jared Stone said. UC regents will vote on the proposal in January. If it passes, it will not take af‑ fect until 2012.
Hunger on the run Alexis Shen Mirada Staff
In the season of thankfulness, stu‑ dents are eager to give back to the community. For over 20 years Run to Feed the Hungry has included every‑ body from competitive runners to chil‑ dren and grandparents. According to the Run to Feed the Hungry website, 23,000 runners participated in this race last year, raising over $600,000. This 5k or 10k event starts on J street and ends on H street a+er wind‑ ing through other streets on the morn‑ ing of Thanksgiving. Money raised is donated to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. Junior Rhisa Muse not only wishes to aid the Sacramento Food Bank/ Family Services, but she also wishes to spread the spirit of the event to other students. Muse is the captain of the school’s Run to Feed the Hungry Team. “I heard that numerous schools like Christian Brothers, Jesuit, Lore7o, El Camino and Country Day all had teams, and I thought we should have one too,” Muse said. She hopes to give a message of com‑ munity awareness to other students. “The team wants to get awareness to the school,” Muse said. “We do care about the community.” This event allows a small personal sacriﬁce for big changes. “Why not help those in poverty?” Rhisa said. “It only takes 24 dollars and two hours, and you could change an entire family’s life.” Rio’s Interact Club is also helping to make this event a success. Traditionally, the Interact Club al‑ lows students to volunteer to help with the set up and completion of the race. A common job may be distribut‑ ing water, directing and controlling traﬃc or being prepares for other as‑ sistance that is needed. This year, the Interact Cub will contribute to the cause in a diﬀerent way, though. The club will encourage members to sign up to participate in
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Tutor learns about friendship Helping student who has cerebral palsy enlightens senior Kate Finegold Mirada Staff Tutors usually teach their students. However, senior Molly O’Keefe has learned from the Special Education student she tutors. O’Keefe aids Millen Ghe‑ bretinsae, a student in the Spe‑ cial Education program who has cerebral palsy. During her fourth period class, O’Keefe en‑ gages Millen in conversations, in which Millen expresses her‑ self by pointing to pictures on a special board. “I help Millen with her com‑ munication skills because she uses a board to communicate rather than her vocal chords,” O’Keefe said. O’Keefe is also able to ask Millen questions that Millen
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Senior Molly O’Keefe talks to Millen Ghebretinsae through the book of pictures which Millen uses to communicate with people. O’keefe and Millen often practice communication skills.
can answer yes or no to in sign language. Although Millen can’t speak, she has no trouble ex‑ pressing herself. She’s rarely upset and she spends most of her time asking for hugs. “She’s always laughing and smiling about something,” O’Keefe said.
O’Keefe has known that she wanted to become a Special Ed tutor, but she had to wait until she could ﬁt it into her sched‑ ule. Having had a sister with cerebral palsy who was in the Special Ed program last year, O’Keefe was already acquaint‑ ed with the Special Ed teachers and staﬀ.
“When I would come to pick my sister up a+er school, everyone always seemed to be having fun and that ﬁrst sparked my interest,” O’Keefe said. Just like any friendship, O’Keefe and Millen have their disagreements. Sometimes Millen, who has ﬂown to South Africa to visit family, refuses to discuss anything but her love of planes, pointing repeatedly to the picture of a plane on her communication board. O’Keefe has had to put the breaks on Millen’s wheelchair because Millen has tried to leave the room when O’Keefe suggests a change in the subject. As O’Keefe continued to work with Millen, she dis‑ covered that “though it may appear that her disability re‑ stricts her, she is actually able to achieve nearly anything.” O’Keefe encourages every‑ one to get involved and help a special needs student. “With just a li7le push from someone, these kids can achieve greater goals.”
English teacher back from ‘break’
Broken back from ATV crash doesn’t keep teacher from job she loves Jeremy King Mirada Staff Like students, teachers usu‑ ally aren’t thrilled to come back a+er a break. Unless that break occured was due to a broken back. Christine Harkne7, who teaches sophomore and senior English, had a disturbing expe‑ rience over the summer. A+er crashing on an ATV that she had rented while vacationing in Hawaii, Harkne7 sha7ered her back and was hospitalized. She considered it one of the most horrifying moments of her life. “The doctors said I was lucky not to be paralyzed.” She endured a long and grueling recovery process that made her misss the ﬁrst two months of school. However, she has bounced back from the incident and is back doing what she loves. “I’m happy to be back teach‑ ing,” Harkne7 said. “I prefer teaching over si7ing at home and watching TV.” Harkne7 was born in El Paso, Texas, but moved around frequently. She loved
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Christine Harknett answers a student’s question with a smile. Harnett returned to the classroom last month after months of recovering from a broken back following an ATV accident last summer.
high school and went on to UC Davis, where she earned a BA in psychology. From there Harkne7 went to Sac State and earned a BA in English. Before coming to Rio in 1988, she taught at Mira Loma and San Juan. Harkne7 had always want‑ ed to be a teacher. “I loved English, I loved
reading books.” When she’s not teaching or trying new dangerous activi‑ ties on her vacations, Harkne7 participates in another sur‑ prising hobby. Although most students wouldn’t be able to guess it, Harkne7 enjoys ball‑ room dancing. Harkne7 “loves” the cam‑ pus and the mood of the
school. “Rio has fabulous kids with great energy and it rubs oﬀ on the faculty,” Harkne7 said. If you know any students or teachers who should be featured in the Mirada, let us know in room A3 or email us at email@example.com.
Obama inspires optimism
hough it may seem early, I’ve already chosen a New Year’s resolution: gain optimism. The resolution came to me as I watched a man who brought unimaginable dreams to fruition when he won the presidential election exclaim that, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible…who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.” Truthfully, I had become one of those skeptics. Above all, I scorned the indiﬀerence of my peers to world issues, believing that our government and society would never change because young people felt no responsibility to work for a stronger future. But over the past months, as the danger of another Great Depression cast a shadow over the country and TV news pundits screeched at each other, a quiet but passionate revolution for hope, for empowerment, for change, has spread, especially through our generation, the so‑ called millennials. Barack Obama won the election not because of his race or political party, and not even because of his stance on the issues. He won because of his message of hope, of equality, of “yes we can,” a message that lead 23 million 18‑ 29‑year‑olds to vote, 3.4 million more than in 2004. Obama’s victory, as he made clear in his ﬁrst speech as president‑elect, is our victory. The 18‑29‑year‑olds who made up 18 percent of the electorate secured Obama’s win. But, more importantly, they voted for our future. A future where I can ﬁnally look up at the American ﬂag and feel a connection to my heart. A future where I can believe that the Constitution survives, the words carved into the Statue of Liberty still ring true in the American soul, and that cooperation, grass‑roots organizing and plenty of hope can make the unrealistic a reality. Most importantly, this victory proved that anything, anything, with some persistence, spirit and, of course, a positive a7itude is possible.
Rayburn to serve three years Tyler Allen Mirada Staff Former history teacher Gregory Rayburn was sen‑ tenced to three years in county jail for 11 counts of annoying or molesting various minors and one count of sexual bat‑ tery. Both the prosecution and defense a7orneys spoke to the court on ma7ers such as the severity of the sentencing and the requirements for bail. Ray‑ burn and one of the victims made statements about their feelings a+er the conviction. The victim stressed that she harbored no hostility. “I want you to know, Mr. Rayburn,” she said, “that I have forgiven you. I see that you are sick and need help.” She concluded by saying that she is praying for him. The prosecuting a7orney, Sheri Greco, was not so gen‑ tle. She asserted that Rayburn not only tarnished the lives of the victims at Rio, but that he put undue pain and stress on the former Bella Vista student who had to take a break from college and relive the trauma‑ tizing experience in order to testify for the trial.
Greco presented the inno‑ cence of the girls and depicted Rayburn as taking advantage of that innocence. The stu‑ dents, she said, “didn’t want to think that anything bad or wrong or inappropriate hap‑ pened because Mr. Rayburn
conﬁnement Rayburn is al‑ ready receiving. For his own protection, Rayburn has been held in solitary conﬁnement for at least 23 hours per day. Mendez said that Rayburn has “essentially lost every‑ thing. He has lost his family,
You are a predator. Not the kind that jumps out of bushes... but absolutely you should register as a sex offender,” Judge Helena R. Gweon said to Rayburn. was their teacher.” In her argument against probation, Greco stated, “Mr. Rayburn takes no responsibil‑ ity” for his actions and that he is “not ready to accept or be re‑ morseful for the advantage he took of these girls.” Rayburn’s a7orney, Alina Mendez, argued for a less‑ ened sentence and proba‑ tion, emphasizing Rayburn’s clean slate and his service in the Army. She also asked the court to consider the level of
he has lost his house,” and be‑ cause he will “most likely be discharged… he has lost his livelihood.” “I don’t think further in‑ carceration will help Mr. Ray‑ burn,” Mendez said, “I don’t think it’s what the victims want.” Rayburn’s mother and sis‑ ter were present, and in front of them and the court, he gave the statement he had prepared. “Am I sorry?” he said. “You have no idea how sorry I am.”
“I’ve spent my adult life serving my country. And to have my legacy to be this? Yeah, I’m sorry.” The judge, Helena R. Gweon, then sentenced Ray‑ burn, taking the same tone as Greco. She said that people “endow our teachers with a very special trust,” and that Rayburn took advantage of that trust in a “manipulative and perverse way.” She rebuked him for his statement, saying he only feels sorry for himself. “Have you ever thought about what they’ve lost?” Gweon asked, referencing the victims. “You’ve done great disservice to your profession.” Rayburn will have to regis‑ ter as a sex oﬀender and will not be allowed around any children besides those of his sister. Gweon felt strongly about her decision, saying, “You are a predator. Not the kind that jumps out of bush‑ es… but absolutely you should register as a sex oﬀender.” Molly Glasgow contributed re‑ searh to this article.
Home is where the hound could be Molly Ingram Mirada Staff The Sacramento SPCA has recently been overpopulated with abandoned animals. In fact, the SPCA Adoption Center is currently housing hundreds of pets waiting to be taken home by the owner of their dreams. The majority of the cats and dogs living at the adop‑ tion center have been “surren‑ dered”, or given up by owners who for some reason could no longer care for their pet. “We even have rabbits, guinea pigs and other small rodents up for adoption,” Lori Wilder, an employee at the Adoption Center said. The SPCA has provided homeless animals with a lov‑ ing environment for over a 100 years. In order to adopt a pet, prospective owners must go through a fairly simple pro‑ cess. First, they must come in a ﬁll out an application that helps to determine which type of pet would best suit their lifestyle. By having people ﬁll
out applications, the SPCA can easily determine who is ﬁt to own a pet. “We don’t give animals to people who we feel will be bad owners,” Wilder said. “We want people to have pets that will be a part of their family.” A+er a prospective owner has completed an applica‑ tion form and has found a pet they’re interested in adopting, they must meet with the adop‑ tion counselor who will an‑ swer any questions they have about owning a pet. Rabbits cost $35, cats cost $85, ki7ens and dogs cost $100 . Also included with the adoption fee are all of the pets’ shots, spaying/neutering, one free veterinarian visit and a microchip, which can help lo‑ cate a missing animal. The SPCA generally regards fall as the “ki7en season” be‑ cause there are generally more ki7ens during this time of year than any other. But because of this, more people are inclined to adopt a small cuddly ki7en instead of a cat. “Older cats tend to get over‑ looked,” Wilder said.
However, there are many advantages to owning a cat as opposed to a ki7en. For in‑ stance, cats are more mature. They know how to use a li7er box and are less likely to get into things and cause trouble. In general, owning a pet has many beneﬁts. They provide companionship, unconditional love and give their owners an excuse to exercise with them. Having a pet deﬁnitely ben‑ eﬁts your health. “People who own pets have lower blood pressure,” Wilder said. At the SPCA, animals are kept until they are adopted or until they pass away. “We only put animals down if they’re terminally ill or if they have major behavioral problems,” Wilder said.
If you can’t adopt a pet but still want to help the animals you can volunteer for the SPCA in a variety of diﬀerent ways. Volunteers 18 and over can provide exercise for the cats and dogs through the Cat and Dog Socialization opportunity or can groom the animals that are waiting to be adopted. Anyone under the age of 18 can volunteer by holding fundraisers for the SPCA, such as a used book drive. Also, the SPCA thri+ store is always looking for donations, and any item purchased there will ben‑ eﬁt the SPCA. Although the SPCA is a no kill shelter, animals still des‑ perately need homes. Go to the SPCA today and make some animal’s life, and yours, the best it can possibly be.
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Cheating death, other reasons for thanks
n the season of giving thanks, I’ve collected a va‑ riety of things we can be thankful for. Enduring walls of ﬂame and fearing for your life while watch‑ ing your college burn isn’t o+en a situation people ﬁnd themselves in, but Rio graduate Erica Johnson (08) is now grateful for her life. Johnson found herself at West‑ mont College in Santa Barbara when it suﬀered major damage this month when a large section of the school was enveloped in ﬂames. Johnson, although shaken by the incident, is grateful that the ﬁres did not cause the irrevocable damage they could have. “T’m glad that I’m okay,” she said, “and it didn’t completely burn out and I can go back to school.” Schools weren’t the only things on ﬁre this month. Rio’s debate team took home more than one trophy Saturday from the tourna‑ ment at Oak Ridge High School, for which they are certainly grate‑ ful. The team did a “fantastic!” job, said team adviser Jennifer Sco7. Trophy‑winners include Khadĳah Bowden, who took second place in the novice humorous interpre‑ tation category; Selina Schweitzer and Heaven Edwards, who took third place in the varsity duo interpretation category; and Ari Lightman, who took third place in novice national extemporaneous category. Speaking of debates, I can think of one debate everyone’s thankful to be done with. Well, one major one, anyway. In case you haven’t heard, Obama won. Now we can all heave a collective sigh (either of relief or resignation) and get behind the next leader of the free world. Personally, I’m thankful to ﬁnally live out my dream of being an unwilling member of socialist regime. It should be fun. We stu‑ dents did a failry good job predict‑ ing the presidential winner in the mock election, but our results for a few propositions weren’t quite so in sync with the rest of the state. Students called for the defeat of proposition 8 and the passing of proposition 7, but of‑age Califor‑ nians semmed to think diﬀerently. So in this time of giving thanks, let’s remember what there is to be happy about. You’re not dead, our debate team rocks, and the elec‑ tion is ﬁnally over.
Rio yearbook is getting colorful Run: feeding the needy Carly McCune Mirada Staff The Tesoro is stepping into a new Technicolor world this year. Their goal is to raise enough money to print the entire yearbook in color. Previous years have only included certain feature pages and senior pictures in color. An upgrade into full color will include the upper classmen as well as the lower classmen. Senior Rachel Spinelli disagrees with sharing color with the underclassmen. “Just seniors in color pictures, but not the sophomores, freshmen or juniors,” Spinelli said. Although Spinelli wants to maintain her seniority in the yearbook, senior Stephen Herrera disagrees. “Everybody should be in color,” Herrera said. “We are
about equality.” Yearbook adviser Michael Mahoney said that the printing bill runs to $100,000 and to print the whole yearbook in color would require an additional $7,000. Since a great deal of money is needed to go into full color, a few minor changes will be made so that they can save money and put it towards the colored pages. According to Kelsey Nogg, co‑editor‑in‑chief of the Tesoro, the large amount of money needed for the colored pages will be raised through fundraisers, business ads and cu7ing pages. Having the Tesoro in full color will be an extremely expensive and bold step forward, according to the editors. The big change could lead to further recognition for the Tesoro and is a way for more
people to become interested in and eventually buy the yearbook. “If it goes well this year it could be [printed in full color again next year], and it depends on the editors next year,” Nogg said. If everything goes according to plan and if enough money iis raised, the Tesoro would be joining a handful of other local yearbooks, including Del Campo, that have also started printing in complete color. “We wanted to do something diﬀerent and we wanted people to be excited about the yearbook,” Nogg said.
Preorder your yearbook online or purchase one at the financial office.
From <RUN, page 1 the actual race. “We used to pass out water and cheer on runners, but this year our volunteers are actu‑ ally in the run,” sophomore Amanda Neves, Interact proj‑ ect chair, said. The club hopes to contribute more to the cause by encourag‑ ing more student participation in the race, similar to Muse’s Run to Feed the Hungry team. “It will raise more money because more people are par‑ ticipating in the race,” Neves said. Interact is very dedicated to aiding the cause of ending hunger. “Universally, it is estimated that 923 million people become hungry,” Neves said. “Statis‑ tics show that one in ten house‑ holds in the U.S. are either in a hunger crisis of are barely scraping by with a suﬃcient
food supply.” With this in mind Neves, project chair for the event, will head the Interact participants in successfully completing the volunteer work. “The Interact club shows support in the community to those who need help,” Neves said. “By becoming involved in local events, people can make a diﬀerence to improve the lives of those in need.” For everybody who is just planning on sleeping in on Thanksgiving morning, try something diﬀerent. Follow the example of your peers and make a diﬀerence in your com‑ m u n i t y .
Participate Rio’s team is already full, but you can still join the run individually. Sign up at runtofeedthehungry. com.
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Budget cuts affect CSU applicants Molly Ingram Mirada Staff Because of the national ﬁnancial cri‑ sis, the California State University sys‑ tem plans to eliminate 10,000 admission spots. For the ﬁrst time qualiﬁed students may be turned away from a7ending any CSU campus. “I think that at the university level, the CSU and UCs are being cautious,” counselor Christine Brownﬁeld said. “Everyone got millions of dollars cut from their budgets. In fact, this has hap‑ pened before, and our students haven’t been directly aﬀected.” The CSU oﬃcials are expecting a bud‑ get cut of $97 million for the second half of this school year. Because of the rising cost of college tuition, more students are applying to a CSU in order to save money, or even af‑ ford an education. CSU tuition is, on average, $5000 less per year than that of the average cost of tuition to a University of California cam‑ pus. This estimate doesn’t even factor in the costs for housing, textbooks, person‑ al expenses and food, which could make one year at a UC cost $26,586, according to the UC Oﬃce of Undergraduate Ad‑
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Senior Karli Rowland receives college admission advice from counselor Heather Jensen.
missions. Despite the rising number of appli‑ cants and the decreasing number of those accepted, many Rio students do not seem too concerned. “It makes me more nervous, but I’ve already go7en into the University of Ne‑ vada, Reno,” senior Laura Kunz said. “I’m not as worried because I have a back‑up.” By the end of October, the CSU system
had received a record of 138,000 applica‑ tions electronically for their 23 campus‑ es. The number of CSU applications has increased by 17 percent from last year. Senior Reese Konkel applied to CSU Chico and Monterey Bay, and received acceptance le7ers from both. “Even if I wasn’t accepted, I’m not con‑ cerned,” Konkel said. “If that’s the case, then I will a7end a junior college for the ﬁrst two years and then transfer.”
According to the California State Uni‑ versity Admissions Oﬃce, prospective CSU freshmen should apply as soon as possible, because their chances of being admi7ed into the college of their choice are higher this way. “Some of the non‑impacted campuses will close their doors early,” Brownﬁeld said. However, the CSU campuses give pri‑ ority to applicants from the local area. Unlike the University of California system, the CSU system does not oﬀer the option of a7ending one campus for two years and being automatically guar‑ anteed a spot at a more competitive cam‑ pus for the next two years. Naturally as the state population in‑ creases, the number of applicants will increase, making admi7ance into college more and more competitive. Last year, CSU received almost 400,000 freshman applications. “I like that there will be more people going to my school,” Konkel said. However, even though Konkel was admi7ed to CSU Chico and Monterey Bay, he still hasn’t decided where he will be a7ending next fall. “I’m honestly thinking about going to a junior college for the ﬁrst two years of college, because the ﬁrst two years are the hardest and it will also save me some money,” Konkel said.
Senior gets business poppin’ at the movies Eric Warburg, 12
How long have you been work‑ ing at United Artists? About two months.
What is the best part about your job? It’s not too diﬃcult, and I get money for doing it. I basically just scoop a lot of popcorn and ﬁll up a lot of sodas. Pre7y sim‑ ple.
United Artists Theatre
Why did you decide to get this particular job? This one guy, I think his name is Willie (I hear he takes photos?) works there, and he hooked me up. How many hours do you work, and how much money do you earn? It depends, but I usually work between 8‑14 hours a week. I make minimum wage, but that’s $8 an hour more than I was mak‑ ing before. What do you plan on doing with the money you earn from your job? I plan on repaying all of my gambling debts. That, or saving up for college expenses, a pos‑ sible trip to Europe next sum‑ mer with my brother and feed‑ ing my addiction to consumer
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on the job? We have a tupperware container ﬁlled with jalapeños for the na‑ chos in the same refrigerator we keep the water bo7les. The lid for this container does not like to go back on easily. While at‑ tempting to wrestle it closed, I managed to tip it over and spill a bunch of jalapeños and as‑ sorted acidic liquids all over the counter, the fridge, the ﬂoor and myself. ‑ Willie Robinson‑Smith UNITED ARTISTS Come visit Eric at: 1739 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 568-5188
WILLIE ROBINSON-SMITH/Photo Editor
Senior Eric Warburg cleans the counter after preparing hot, cheesy nachos for a customer at the United Artists concession stand. Part of Warburg’s job is to make sure that his work station is sanitary and free of nacho cheese spills.
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Higher pregnancy rates are linked to sexy television shows Molly Ingram Mirada Staff A new study has recently discovered that sexy television shows go hand‑in‑hand with teen pregnancy. “Pediatrics” journal pub‑ lished a survey, which surveyed the television show choices of 2,000 12 to 17‑year‑old par‑ ticipants for a study four years ago. The participants involved were recently interviewed to see how many of them as teenagers impregnated a girl or became pregnant themselves, and then the results were released. According to the study, teens who watch sexually explicit television shows are more like‑ ly to get someone pregnant or become pregnant themselves by the age of 20 as opposed to those teens who do not watch the shows. In fact, teens that frequently watch sexually explicit shows are two to three times more likely to become pregnant than those who are exposed to lower levels of sexual content. “I think people who have sex are more likely to watch these types of shows,” junior Erika Ose said. In addition, junior Damon Heaton shares mutual feelings with Ose towards the study. “They’re just trying to pin the blame on someone,” Heaton said.
“Gossip Girl” characters Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass share a romantic moment together during a citywide blackout. The characters are known for their twisted “love hate” relationship.
Some of the most successful TV shows of the past and present have sex as a major factor in the plot of the series. For instance, “Sex and the City,” “Friends,” “Beverly Hills: 90210,” and the
recently popular “Gossip Girl” all depict characters sleeping around with each other. Although the shows have more to their plot than sex, one may ﬁnd it hard to forget when
the ﬁctional character of Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” lost her virginity to Chuck Bass in the back of a limousine. Despite the suggestive scenes on “Gossip Girl,” junior Greer Uu considers it one of her favor‑ ite shows. “I never miss an episode!” Uu said. “It’s so dramatic, and it’s everything that real life isn’t. And there’s hot guys.” Yet could it be that those who are already having sex themselves are more inclined to watch sexually explicit TV shows because it is easy for them to relate to? Based on a person’s person‑ ality, sexually active teens are typically inclined to gravitate towards a show that depicts sex as being a generally accepted thing, because they, too, are having sex. Yet even this seems rather ironic. Wouldn’t the sexually active teens be annoyed by the promiscuous TV shows, because they’ve experienced the reality of having premarital sex? One would think that these teens wouldn’t like these sorts of shows, because they rarely display the consequences of sex that aﬀect lives. While most people have the common sense to realize that what occurs on TV is usually ex‑ aggerated and glamorized, not all do. Sexual shows may lead na‑ ïve teens to believe that certain acts aren’t that big of a deal, and
won’t have any consequences. “I think (“Gossip Girl”) is so over exaggerated with the parties, limousines, underage drinking and the prostitutes that every sane person will un‑ derstand not to follow their ev‑ ery action,” Uu said. If a teen looks up to an over‑ sexed character on TV, they may think that sleeping with random people is normal and might fol‑ low the same actions. “Only a weak‑minded per‑ son would think it’s okay to be inﬂuenced by TV and go out and sleep with people,” junior Aaron Goodrich said. Researchers at the Researcher and Development institute per‑ formed a study which says that teen pregnancy rates have been declining since 1991. However, the study found that one million teenage girls still become unexpectedly preg‑ nant each year. Does this have to do with what TV shows the sexually active teens are watch‑ ing? Not necessarily. Television isn’t the only fac‑ tor which inﬂuences the lives of teenagers. Music, magazines and websites also aid in the for‑ mation of a young adult’s view‑ point, determining how they will behave in life. Sex is a common factor in our society. Although it’s not wri7en anywhere, it’s almost required for a celebrity to sell their body image for success.
Fight the fall season flu with a flu shot Sarah Vaira Mirada Staff November always brings cozy sweatshirts, turkey dinner and the approaching holiday season. Yet it also brings the be‑ ginning of the annual coughing, fever, headache and sore throat of the dreaded ﬂu season. The annoying case of the sniﬄes can spoil everything we love about Fall. So what’s the best way to get rid of the com‑ mon cold or ﬂu? Prevention.
Along with the tradition washing hands and the cour‑ teous mouth covering when sneezing or coughing, the best way to prevent the ﬂu this win‑ ter is to get a ﬂu vaccination. The ﬂu shot is an inactive virus injected so the body can build an immunity before ex‑ posed to the virus. This shot is available to those six months or older and is rec‑ ommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for anyone who wants to reduce their chances of ge7ing
the ﬂu. Common side eﬀects from the vaccine include soreness, redness or swelling at the injec‑ tions site. On rare occasions a recipient may encounter a low grade fe‑ ver and body aches. Flu vaccinations are avail‑ able at local groceries stores and at your doctor’s oﬃce for a low price with a large beneﬁt. If just the idea of needles makes you woozy, there’s no need to worry: a nasal spray vaccine oﬀers a painless alterna‑
tive. The nasal spray, available to healthy people ages 2‑49 upon request, works similarly to the shot and is just as eﬀective. According to the CDC, inﬂu‑ enza is normally spread through coughing or sneezing, but it can also spread through direct con‑ tact. Flu victims can spread the disease one or two days before they show symptoms and ﬁve days a+er symptoms disappear. So you could be giving someone the ﬂu without knowing you
have it yourself! The ﬂu virus can also be spread in your home. Places commonly visited by hands like refrigerator handles, door knobs and TV remotes, are fantastic hangout spots for germs and can survive in the same location for up to two weeks. Therefore, it is crucial to keep your house clean. This is another excellent way to defend yourself against the disease. So remember to get your ﬂu shot and always cover your mouth before you sneeze!
Opinion The Mirada RIO AMERICANO HIGH SCHOOL
4540 American River Dr.. Sacramento, CA 95864 (916) 971‑8921 ext. 80 my.highschooljournalism.org/ ca/sacramento/rio/ Editors‑in‑Chief Willie Robinson‑Smith Hannah Shapiro Molly Glasgow Jenifer Carter News Editors Tyler Allen Kate Finegold Molly Ingram Opinion Editors Carly McCune Alexis Shen Features Editors Jack Sheldon Christian Oldham Sports Editor Alex Reinnoldt Photo Editor Willie Robinson‑Smith Graphic Artist Sarah Vaira Staﬀ Writers Alex McFall Caroline Fong Jeremy King Alex Kleemann Jessie Shapiro Katherine Casey Sarah Vaira Savannah Sterpe‑Mackey Tate Rountree
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Parking lot etiquette for dummies W e have been bumped. We have been scratched. We have been cut oﬀ. And now we are going to raise a ﬁnger — and type with it. Actually we are going type with all our ﬁngers, but we are going to type extra hard with the middle ones. What’s bugging us is the lack of common courtesy and therefore eﬃciency we ac‑ cord each other in the school park‑ ing lot. We’ve ﬁnally had it with people who act like the lot is their private d r i v e w a y , with parents who treat it as their per‑ sonal Zen zone before they head oﬀ to work and with those who just can’t under‑ stand how a park‑ ing lot works. A parking lot, es‑ pecially such a small one, should not be the bane of one’s day. It’s like the time it takes from stop‑
ping at the stop sign outside of school to walking to ﬁrst period is purposefully cra+ed to rid you of any desire to a7end school and the time immediately following the ﬁnal bell to chase any positive thought of education from your mind. Seriously, by the time you arrive at school in the morning, your car ride has already been ruined by the people who thought they were too good to wait at the stop signs with everyone else and raced down the turn lane just to force their way forward. You don’t want to make it worse by pull‑ ing inside and dealing with the monsters of permit‑land. But alas, they are waiting for you. There are two lanes in the entrance to the parking lot, people. Two. That means more than one. So nobody needs to drive straight down the middle and force every‑ one else to go single ﬁle while they try to decide what to do. And while we’re on the subject of slow‑ ing other people down, why do parents insist on using our few parking spaces to drop oﬀ their kids or chit chat or charge their Bluetooth? Is the wait so bad along the appropriated drop oﬀ zone that these people need to scoot across three spaces and eat up minutes upon minutes dragging out this daily ceremony? The school didn’t paint those li7le white stripes as markers for your private small talk session or con‑ ference call. No, students actually need to use those. That’s actually what they’re there for. Worse though, are the parents who sit and watch their student walk to school. Just a heads up: they’ve been walking this route for a while now. Most, if not all of
them know where to go. Meanwhile, you’re forcing another student to ﬁnd a space farther down the lot and the bell is laughing in his face. While parking in the morning may add to the horrible sinking feeling school sup‑ plies, trying to leave actually ruins the glo‑ rious satisfaction the bell at the end of sixth period can bring. Maybe it’s just the excitement of ﬁnally being free, or maybe it’s the irresistible urge to get started on that titillating homework, or maybe it’s the fear that if you don’t get out soon enough, it’ll suck you back in, but something in the air of that parking lot breeds terrible driving. How much time do you think you’ll save by refusing to allow someone to back out of their parking space? How much faster do you think you’ll arrive at home by pretend‑ ing you don’t see the car trying to join the main lane of traﬃc? Please, people, use some common cour‑ tesy. It’s not like the car trying to exit the parking lane can wait for the main lane to clear (unless he sits there until everyone has gone) so just let it in, just like someone had to let you. And guy who speeds out of the overﬂow like he’s in a James Bond movie—yes, the new one was pre7y inspir‑ ing, but calm down. Chances are the car you’re trying to cut oﬀ doesn’t have missiles. And lucky for you. All you action hero wannabes do is put everyone in danger and you only exit the lot a few seconds sooner than normal. So please, students and parents of students, the parking lot is for everyone, try not to think of it as your personal driving course/ relaxation area.
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A little ‘High School Musical in us all? Molly Ingram Mirada Staff “I want the rest of my life to feel just like a High…School… Musical.” A+er leaving the movie theater on a pleasant Saturday night, the ﬁnal words of the feel‑good concluding song of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” seemed to have summed up my thoughts on the ﬁlm. I wish my high school experience could be as wonderfully staged as “HSM”. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a crazy Zac Efron obsessed teen‑ ager. In fact, I was never origi‑ nally fond of the movies. Yet it’s diﬃcult to live in today’s society without seeing “HSM” paraphernalia at the lo‑ cal drugstore, mall or cra+ store. Therefore, because of the major amounts of marketing Disney did for the movie, seeing it was inevitable. Also, I ﬁgured I had no right to insult and criticize a movie I had never seen. When I ﬁrst watched “High School Musical,” I considered it lame and corny. I was in touch
with reality and knew that when I reached Rio it wouldn’t look as clean and vast as East High did, nor would it possess as much school spirit. And how could Rio even compare to the ﬁction‑ al world at East High when we don’t even have a real mascot? However, that was when I was in eighth grade, before I actually got to experience high school for myself. But I was right. Out of all the “High School Musical” movies, “Senior Year” is deﬁnitely geared towards a more mature audience. I dis‑ tinctly recall a li7le girl in the movie theater crying out, “Dad‑ dy, why is Gabriella leaving Troy?” She simply couldn’t under‑ stand the important aspects of the movie, and with good rea‑ son. There’s no way that a seven‑ year old could possibly be able to relate to what Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and Ryan were experi‑ encing in the last two weeks of their senior year. However, the ﬁlm is sure to please young kids with its ad‑ dictive songs and ﬂamboyant costumes donned by the famil‑
iar cast. Sure, one can argue that “HSM” is ridiculously cheesy and unrealistic, but it encom‑ passes major elements of the high school experience that ev‑ eryone wants to have. All basketball players dream of winning the championships on home court and gaining eter‑ nal glory. Every girl fantasizes about going to senior prom in the pre7iest dress with her guy of choice. And “HSM” displays all of these emotions, only with gor‑ geous guys, an insanely spirited school and a perfect happy end‑ ing. But Disney just glamorizes our experiences and turns them into a box oﬃce, record‑breaking movie that’s completely over the top. And yet, I love it. The elaborate set designs on the school stage, the pristine clean school hallways with full‑ scale lockers and the bountiful garden on top of the school roof are divine. Our lives aren’t part of a movie, though. Our lives are theatrical im‑
provisations. We don’t know our lines, and can’t determine what part of the stage we’ll move to a+er speaking. So in truth, we’re responsible for how our own “High School Musical” will turn out, without the con‑ trol of a Disney writer staging our every move.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to sing and dance in the halls of our own high school, all being part of something that even the mega‑minds of Disney can’t fathom. A+er all, we’re all in this to‑ gether.
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Detention everyone can believe in Katherine Casey Mirada Staff
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hat’s the quietest room at school be‑ sides the library? This room is supposed to be an okay place to get your home‑ work done, although, it’s not a room people like to visit in their free time. In fact, everyone who goes there has to be forced to go there. It’s the detention classroom. The place that’s supposed to send shivers of fear down your spine for all the “troubles” you’ve caused. But is it really that bad? Does detention make students think about their mistakes? It’s important to help people realize the error of their ways. Students need help and guid‑ ance from time to time. However, it is not certain whether being forced to stay a+er school simply because you forgot to bring your textbook or homework will make that much of a diﬀerence. Many students suggest that detention is good place to ﬁnish homework. They say a quiet hour a+er school, without cell phones, computers, iPods or television works wonders for ﬁnishing
their assignments. Detention doesn’t sound like punishment, it sounds like study hall. If teachers want detention to really work, be the punishment, and be the lesson it’s supposed to be, maybe it needs to be a more realistic. We need orange jump suits for each detention prisoner. Let’s get ferocious dogs to watch for anyone trying to escape. How about a wooden stockade on the Quad? (It’s hard to turn the pages of your biology book when your arms locked down.) We could have students spend a full hour digging holes under the hot desert sun like they do in the movie “Holes.” Now that’s punishment. It could get kids to pay more a7en‑ tion and behave. But it wouldn’t be legal. So what’s the answer? How do we get students to remember their homework or be good citi‑ zens in the classroom? That’s a good question. For the answer, it might help to have a quiet hour a+er school, in a place without any disrup‑ tions. A+er all, we know there’s a good location at Rio where stu‑ dents always can get their work done even if they don’t like to admit it.
Gas: where our dollars and sense go Caroline Fong Mirada Staff
ot too long ago, the price of gas was incred‑ ibly high ‑ $4.17 per gallon for regular. I am only a freshman, so I am not driving – yet. However, I know that gas is very expensive and puts a big dent in everyone’s pocket book. As a result it is aﬀecting our way of life. It means no more cruising, no more Sunday a+ernoon drives with the family. It means fewer get‑togethers with friends because it costs too much to drive somewhere to meet. It means less shopping and mov‑ ies because a+er paying for gas there is not much money le+ to spend. Vacations will be changed since we cannot aﬀord to travel long distances anymore. People who have motor‑homes will have to stay closer to home or even just leave their Winneba‑ gos parked in the driveway. The high price of gas also has a very negative eﬀect on our economy. When people drive less it hurts the restaurants, hotels and motels, tourist desti‑ nations and all the people who work in them. The high price of gas is causing people stop buy‑ ing trucks and SUVs. This is really hurting the big
three American car companies, which includes the thousands and thousands of auto workers and dealerships. Even more im‑ portant, everything that we buy has to be transported by trucks that use gas or diesel. This means that the price of everything that we buy is going to increase. Food, milk, vegeta‑ bles, eggs and drinks are more expensive. TVs, furniture and video game consoles are all go‑ ing to be even more costly. Wood and building supplies to build our houses are trans‑ ported by trucks, so our houses will cost more. A lot of things are made from oil, such as plastics, so they will increase in price, too. On the other hand, there may be some good that will come from the high price of oil. People will walk more, they will start riding their bikes and car‑ pool to school or work. Maybe people will even ride a bus or take light rail. We will lose weight and get healthier. We also will start driving smaller, high‑mileage cars. The result will help our environ‑ ment. All of this can be a ﬁrst step in saving our earth from global warming. If things cost more to make, then we will recycle them or reuse them and be less likely to throw them into a landﬁll. Lastly, the high price of oil
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will make us consider using re‑ newable sources of energy more. Solar, wind and biomass energy will now be more competitive. If we can use these more, then we will become more energy independent and also help re‑
duce carbon emissions and slow down climate change. As of right now the price of gas has dropped signiﬁcantly ‑ $2.11 per gallon of regular gas. The low prices are only tempo‑ rary.
When the gas prices do go back up they will reach $4 again or higher. As the climate change comes we will need to ﬁnd more ways to help the environment.
Time to embrace the clothes of winter Carly McCune Mirada Staff
s the rain pours down in late fall and early winter, strange things can be seen all around the cam‑ pus. For some reason girls and guys still want to don their sum‑ mer ﬂip ﬂops and shorts while the wind blows cold rain on them. Why? The excuse of, “I didn’t know it was cloudy outside before I le+ my house,” can only work so many times, especially when it rains for weeks at a time. What is the misunderstanding about replacing that tank top for a sweatshirt? Because these people lack the ability to be weather conscious, they end up catching nasty colds with one of those hor‑ rible hacking coughs that makes the people around them cringe and move away. Ew. Nobody wants to sit next to the person who looks like Death is not only knocking on their door but al‑ most breaking it down.
These people who have ‘never say die’ regards towards summer clothing receive hints from the people around them, such as: “Hey, aren’t you cold?” And “Why are you wearing that
skirt? It’s like 55 degrees out right now… and raining too.” Yet these rebels of the custom wintertime clothing continue to shiver in the wind. It is almost masochistic to suf‑
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fer so horribly in the cold for a sense of satisfaction from wear‑ ing that favorite pair of shorts one more time. Oddly enough, these are the same people who
are persistent in wearing Uggs during the summertime. When did this ridiculous eﬀort to change the seasons through clothing become so popular amongst all the stu‑ dents? Do they not realize that just because they wear summer clothing in the frosty cold, it does not make it sunny outside or warmer than 75 degrees? A public service announce‑ ment should be made when the seasons change because these people obviously need someone to actually tell them to their face that summer has gone away until next year. Or maybe these winter renegades need one of those smacks in the forehead that can be seen on the V‑8 juice commercials. Whatever is causing this phe‑ nomenon of summer clothing in the winter time, it needs imme‑ diate a7ention. I for one do not want some kid coughing on the back of my neck and ge7ing me sick this year. So please, change out that mini skirt and tank top for a pair of jeans and a warm sweatshirt.
What are you I am most thankful for skateboarding. Skateboarding gives me an outlet to express my self and release all the energy I have. I can just forget about everything when I skate. Ah! Skateboarding is more important than air man! If the world lost all its oxygen, I would be ok. Just as long as there was a skateboard and an open space. -Neheanya McCarter-Ribakoff 9
I am thankful for the rolling lion action figure that fell out of my cinnamon toast crunch this morning - Jason Blanks 12 I am thankful for many things in life, but nature is the one thing that makes life so much more beautiful. The flowers swaying in the wind and the leaves falling like rain from the trees. The grass dancing in the breeze with dewed tips in the morning. The graceful flow of the river each day. I am thankful for how the seasons change so smoothly and how with each season comes new life and weather. How each spring new life is born and the flowers and the leaves grow. I am thankful for many things in life, but without nature, there is no life. – Christy Grellas, 9 What I am thankful for is a shower. Many people don’t get to shower every day, week, month, or even year. People all over the world, especially in the U.S., complain about something because they want a bigger or better version of it, but the thing they don’t realize is that a lot of people around the world don’t have anything. We need to start realizing what we do have. – Luis Shalabi, 9
I am thankful for being here on this earth for another year because most 14-year-old boys are either dead, in jail or selling drugs. I’m thankful that I’m 14-yearold and I’m not doing any of those things. - Tyrelle Foster 9
I am thankful for vegetables and tofu. - Ruthie Oliver, 12 I believe that I was quite blessed with my family. My father lives on the other side of the world, a little rockin’ place called Germany. I myself had the privilege to travel and live all over the world. I guess you could say I’m very versatile. My mother, my brother and I moved to the USA two years ago. I have been happy ever since. - Lara Wyss 9
I am thankful for the opportunities we have in America to pursue our ambitions and desires because this also means we can, to an extent, shape our destiny. – Thomas Jackson, 12 “I’m thankful for always having food and my fuzzy slippers. Oh, and my friends.” - Caitie Morse, 9 “Not failing Mrs. Reed’s class...yet.” - Whitney Hollister, 9
I’m thankful that I’m BFFs with Jonathan Gilbert because I get to play rock-paper-scissors with him in AP English every day. Best out of three, of course! – Claudette Linzey, 12
I am thankful for forgiveness and second es, though I’ve never asked to be forgiven probably will some day. I’m also thankful being able to laugh, because it’s fun to lau (in private of course). I am thankful for m computer because it’s saves me lots of time and hand cramps.Andrew Jackson 12
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I am thankful for bruises from clambering over chain link fences and blisters from playing bass, horrible hair and makeup-less face. I’m thankful for pomegranate juice stains and being soaked from dancing in the rain. I am thankful for painful high fives and having the time of my life. – Mariana Calderon I am very thankful for my dad still being alive. To battle cancer and work at the same time, you must be strong. The chemotherapy damaged his body. His feet were tender to the touch and he couldn’t smell the sweet smells of the world. When he went to San Francisco to have his surgery, no one thought he would return but me. The strength of my dad was amazing. I’m still amazed by his many talents and skills. He must be what I’m thankful for. - Heather Horton 9
I am thankful for my friend Will H, and his beautiful smile. – Rachele Gyorffy, 12 I am thankful for my friend Rachele G. and her heart warming smile. And she gives me pens. – Will Hawley, 12 What am I thankful for? I am thankful for Tylenol. My family and I are Jewish, and none of us like to hear Christmas songs starting in November. I am serious, I have already heard four or five Christmas songs played on the radio. I am thankful for Tylenol because during December, after hearing “Jingle Bells” or “Jingle Bell Rock” thirty times, I need it more than I need the clothes on my back. -Sam Bicks, 9
I am thankful for the unbridled love that flows between people, connecting us with each other so deeply – Michael Storm, 12 I’m thankful that my entire break will be full of homework, SAT cramming, and college apps. – Emily Kim, 12 EMILY KIM/Graphic Artist
This is what I give thanks for: picnics with friends and stepping on dead leaves. – Jackie Rose, 12
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Left: Junior Zac Gunter lines up a shot with his Yashica TLR camera he bought off of eBay. Right: Gunter’s film photo of junior Alexander Koumis walking in a field
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Death to Digital With digital photography on the rise, some choose to stay true to their roots. Christian Oldham Mirada Staff As the digital age march‑ es forward there seem to be a few people who have stayed behind. These few people decide to use 35mm ﬁlm instead of digital cameras as their source of photography. “You can ﬁre oﬀ 500 pic‑ tures in one day with a digi‑ tal SLR and a memory card, but with ﬁlm you’re really limited, which makes every picture more valuable,” ju‑ nior Zac Gunter said. And although you can ﬁre oﬀ up to 500 shots with a memory card with a digi‑ tal camera, the features that come with it do not even come close to comparing with a ﬁlm camera. Film cameras can give such eﬀects as vigne7ing or even light leaks, the oc‑ currence that the sun leaks through the plastic and somewhat exposes the ﬁlm to give it strange colors. Professional photogra‑ phers and newcomers to
ﬁlm photography use ﬁlm cameras just to get these sort of eﬀects. Other things that one can do to photos it to take a dou‑ ble exposure, which is when you take two photographs on the same picture. “The best part of using ﬁlm is that there are so many decisions one can make when taking a shot,” Gunter, said, “and there is something so appealing about holding a photograph in your hands instead of just looking at a screen and thinking of how nice it is.” Some people think that digital photography is quite impersonal compared to ﬁlm photography because each action you make in ﬁlm photography means one less meaningful and important shot. Each shot is seen as an opportunity for perfection while digital seems to take this away. “My arsenal includes a Minolta SRT‑201 from the late seventies and a Yashica Mat 124 from the late six‑ ties, two cameras that are fully manual and use either 35mm or medium format ﬁlm,” Gunter said. In ﬁlm photography there are many decisions one can make on how they want to start. For example, there are two sorts of ﬁlms, 35mm and
120. “35mm is by far the most used type of ﬁlm due to its convenience, yet, has a low‑ er quality compared to 120 ﬁlm, which is less success‑ ful due to it having has less shots per roll,” photo aﬁcio‑ nado Dylan Craver said. Craver is one of the rare breeds of photographers that only shoots pictures with ﬁlm, whether it be Polaroid, 35mm, or 120. “Digital just never ap‑ pealed to me,” Craver said. With diﬀerent ﬁlms come diﬀerent cameras, each which operate diﬀerently. There are SLR cameras with completely manual set‑ tings and changeable lenses. TLR cameras, short for twin‑lens reﬂex, have two lenses and are generally faster and be7er than SLRs for reasons such as simplic‑ ity, shu7er speed, and it’s possibility to control long exposure pictures. And then there are a plethora of other types of cameras, such as plastic, or toy cameras, like the Diana or Holga which many ama‑ teur photographers choose to use when they ﬁrst start experimenting with ﬁlm. Overall, many people view ﬁlm photography as it’s own art that is slowly rekindling and re‑growing into the phenomenon that it once was.
“Oysterboy” production to cause a splash Molly Ingram Mirada Staff Spotlights, stools and stands. When paired together only one thing comes to mind: the annual Reader’s Theater production. Jessie Miller will direct the production for the second time this year. Only this time, it’s all original. The production, “Oyster‑ boy”, was hand‑wri7en by Mill‑ er and contains many hilarious pop culture references relatable to a high school audience. Miller gained inspiration to write the script from students and other people in her life. “Everything is always in‑ spired by the talented actors here,” Miller said. The cast is composed of ac‑ tors from the sophomore, ju‑ nior, and senior classes, with a balanced mix of experienced ac‑ tors from previous productions as well as new additions. Miller’s favorite part about directing the Reader’s Theater productions is working with “the cast‑ especially because of their creativity and their ‘no fear’ approach.” Elroy, a sensitive shellﬁsh, is unusually brought into an ec‑ centric family. Feeling incom‑
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The cast of “Oysterboy” diligently practices to get their scenes ready for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss “Oysterboy” playing December 9 and 10.
plete, he embarks on a quest to ﬁnd the part of him that’s miss‑ ing: his soul. Along the way, he meets wacky characters that help him on his heroic quest, each providing a new element to the show. Audience members will all be able to ﬁnd a part of themselves
in Elroy, for he is a character that gains the viewer’s sympathies. “Elroy is in all of us,” Miller said. “He is the vulnerability and sensitivity we all feel. He is the ‘Everyman’”. New cast mate and sopho‑ more Tanner Bond plays the role of Elroy, the oysterboy.
The cast also includes return‑ ing members from last year’s production, “Alex in Wonder‑ land,” such as seniors Eric Barg‑ er, Kaity Dunlap, Katie Kilbourn and Danny Ford. Junior Hanna Spano will par‑ take in her second Reader’s The‑ ater production and is looking
forward to making new memo‑ ries with the rest of the cast. “During performance days, I like ge7ing two days oﬀ of school because you get to bond with the cast members and play video games in the green room. We have lots of inside jokes,” Spano said. “But, I also enjoy the struggle of connecting with my character and making it ap‑ pealing to the audience.” Rio graduate Rachel Beh‑ rmann has returned to be the stage manager for the produc‑ tion. “I came back so I could train somebody to do the lights,” Behrmann said. Behrmann has been the stage manager for three years, ﬁrst starting with “Li7le Shop of Horrors.” “I decided to get involved because I saw “Grease” and fell in love with the performance. I wanted to be a part of the the‑ ater,” Behrmann said. “If you don’t come, bad things will happen to Sparky,” cast member and junior Bren‑ dan Cabe said.
SHOW DATES “Oysterboy” will play on Dec. 9 and 10 starting at 7:30 pm.
By Emily Kim
In:Aviate soars with ‘1985’
Girl Talk’s ‘Feed the Animals’ will have listeners talking about this dance party for years
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The Utah band, In:Aviate has wri7en a new album less than a year a+er their debut eﬀort, the “Speak” EP. This album is called “1985” and the story is largely inﬂuenced by the book “1984” by George Orwell. The core of their music may be your average post punk post hardcore cup of tea, but with some twists. The twists to which I’m referring would be In:Aviate’s hooks for their choruses. They don’t explode like anthems; they are usually ﬁlled with staccato guitars and well timed action on the cymbals of the drums. Ryan, who has vocal duties of the band, has an awesome range on the higher side. The vocals aren’t as soothing as those of Jonny Craig (Emarosa/ Dance Gavin Dance), but they still ﬁt the bill. The vocals shine on tracks like “Redeﬁning Automation” and
Have you ever thought of Lil’ Mama and Metallica play‑ ing together at the same time? How about Diddy and the Beach Boys? Or maybe even Megadeth and Michael Jack‑ son? This may seem complete‑ ly impossible and unreal, but Gregg Gillis, or as he is known on stage, Girl Talk, makes these fantasies come to life. A+er releasing two albums in obscurity, Gillis was soon known when he released his third album, Night Ripper, in which he perfected the art of mashups. When Gillis announced that he was in fact making a new album, he stated that it would probably be the last time he did an album like Night Ripper, a fast paced album with a huge amount of popular and well known songs new and old. A+er releasing this album as a “pay what you want” al‑
SIDE A “Through the Light Darkly.” Many of the lyrics and song titles show the inﬂuence of Orwell’s book. For example, there are the lyrics “All away/I sold my soul for a li7le bit of certainty /Then I spent it all buying into your beliefs. Overall, “1985” is a standout album; it’s a break from their usually screamo routine. This is a must for fans of old Saosin or even A Skylit Drive.
SIDE B bum download, Girl Talk ﬁ‑ nally coughs up a long awaited physical CD and vinyl release. The album is a 53 minute dance party. Gillis prides himself in using over 300 samples from diﬀer‑ ent songs that you have most likely heard somewhere be‑ fore, whether it’s hip‑hop, rap, pop, classic rock or whatever else you can think of, it’s prob‑ ably somewhere on this album. The best way to explain it is to
imagine all the “NOW: That’s What I Call Music” collections amalgamated into one incred‑ ible mix. Only Girl Talk is able to think of extremely creative and clever combinations of artists, such as Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop” with Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Under the Bridge,” to create an album that is truly outstanding and unique. Some might complain that Gillis’ sampling style is far too fast and the album is made purely of transitions, but this is a point in his career from the types of songs seen in Night Ripper. Overall, song a+er song, sample a+er sample, Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals” does not disappoint one bit. It surpasses his previous album “Night Rip‑ per” and sets a new peak for other mashup artists to reach. It is an album ﬁlled with hits that you know and love and a lot of oldies that sound fresh to the newer hits of today.
Mini music reviews for your listening pleasure
Punk rockers turned italo disco stars. Glass Candy, are back with another album ﬁlled with hand claps and synth riﬀs. “Deep Gems” is an album com‑ piled of B‑sides, rarities and un‑ released material. This album is in media res from their previ‑ ous album “B/E/A/T/B/O/X” and their upcoming album that will be released sometimes next year. The best song on this album by far is the Ms. Broadway Re‑ mix, a remix they did them‑ selves for live shows. As usual, Ida No’s voice shines as she is able to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This is an album for any time of the year, especially for the warmer times of the year, so be sure to save a copy just for when the weather gets warmer. ‑Christian Oldham
Taylor Swi4’s new album, “Fearless,” is the epitome of what is wrong with country music. It isn’t a terrible album, in and of itself, although it is barely decent. It becomes terrible when Swi+ claims it is a country CD. Having a southern accent does not qualify you as a country musician, it merely makes you a musician from the south. Swi+’s album, and her three main singles, “Love Story,” “Fearless” and “You’re Not Sorry,” are pop music featuring a southern drawl, just like every other mainstream work of country music these days. The songs follow the basic new country genre formula: pack as much forced emotion into a pointless story as possible and then shove even more into the chorus. ‑Tyler Allen
From the start, Religious Girls’ self titled EP is nothing short of epic. As the ﬁrst song “Destroy Tokyo” fades in, you would probably think that they would be an ambient group with sweeping soundscapes. Wrong. Seconds into the song tribal drums kick in and blaring synths start to play. Welcome to the sounds of Religious Girls. While I listened to this EP, the music transitioned so much I thought I would be on a diﬀer‑ ent song each time. This really shows the versatility of Reli‑ gious Girls as they can trans‑ form into any genre at any time at any point in the song and still make it their own. Religious Girls are a tour de force that not only play great on record but also the most amazing live shows that. ‑Christian Oldham
A Static Lullaby, initially an alternative/rock/ progres‑ sive/ screamo band, have been through many stages and ups and downs. Sometimes, ASL would makes an album that was true to their roots; this isn’t one of them. “Ra7lesnake!” is a ma‑ jor genre change to Metalcore/ Dirtbag rock. Regarding their guitar work, a quarter of their songs are al‑ most complete rip oﬀs of an‑ other Dirtbag/ Southern Metal band, Every Time I Die. Despite this, ASL’s new album has dis‑ continued whiny vocals, added big breakdowns and contains thick, meaty, riﬀs that everyone can enjoy. They have changed their ways again; whether it’s a reform or another downward spiral is up to you. ‑Jack Sheldon
Wavves is Nathan Williams, San Diego native and now un‑ derground beach punk king. This self titled album, with only 12 songs and clocking in right under 30 minutes, is fantastic. With elements of noise, punk, and beach music, this is a pre7y diverse release. With this being his ﬁrst of several releases, he already has plans for 11 other releases on various labels. From song to song, it seems each one becomes faster than the other until the last song, “Super Teenage Par‑ ty.” The song is one that would happily ﬁt into a documentary illustrating the brutality and sheer epicness of punk shows. Be prepared for a full scale at‑ tack in the near future as Wavves dominates blogospheres and your ears. ‑Christian Oldham
Blast from the Past I ‘dream’ of Smashing Pumpkins Jack Sheldon Mirada Staff In 1993, The Smashing Pumpkins released “Siamese Dream” It has been hailed as their best album and it prob‑ ably always will be. Smashing Pumpkins are most respected for their thoughtful and abstract lyrics, such as “And she was my lover so sweet/ and she was my an‑ gel/ and what I’ve recovered of me/ I put into a box under‑ neath my bed” from the song “Silver.” Their songs take fantastic musical talent, insightful lyrics and fuse them together. “Today” is a great example of the their excellent blending technique.
As one of the greatest and most inﬂuential ‘90s bands, Smashing Pumpkins is a band that should never be over‑ looked. Although they returned in 2007 and brought what many saw as a bit of a letdown, the ﬁrst decade in which they played, they owned.
Skip it, skip it good Molly Glasgow Editor-in-Chief Back in the day, the only way you could be cool girl was if you could make friend‑ ship bracelets or had a Skip It. Although I was mediocre at best when it came to weaving that embroidery thread, I was the Skip It champion on my block. Skip It was deﬁ‑ nitely one of my favorite childhood toys, and I’m sure plenty of other kids of the ‘90s would agree. They were a much cooler and all‑around be7er version of old fashioned jump ropes; they revived that dead horse like nobody’s business.
No longer did you have to count your jumps aloud: complete with a silly, but obligatory song at the begin‑ ning that also forcibly named your boyfriend. Nor did you have to anx‑ iously await your turn in a long line of kids trying to learn Double‑Dutch. Most of all, you didn’t have to rely on your friends to competently twirl the rope and not trip you in the midst of it. If you didn’t have a Skip It, then you were jealous of every‑ one who did. Especially the ones that lit up. Skip Its were a revolutionary toy that rocked my generation, and hopefully it will do the same for those to come.
Sweet ride you’ve got there
Bachelor and Bachelorette
Harvey Chui, 12
Molly Ingram/Mirada Staff Megan Cohan sits on top of her Hyundai Santa Fe. She once got into an accident while driving to Trader Joe’s, luckily only her car only got scratched
Name: Meghan Cohan What’s the best part about What if any interesting Grade: 11 experiences have you had in Sweet Ride: Hyundai your car? My smelly palm tree air this car? Santa Fe How long how you had your car? I’ve had it for myself for three and a half years, but it was my sister’s car ﬁrst. What makes your car unique? My ﬂower sticker on the back of my car. And my license plate; it’s personalized!
freshener and how many miles I get per gallon.
And the worst part? My car is really noisy if you don’t have the radio on, so that’s always up. Have you ever been in an accident? Yes. I backed into a pole and cracked my tail light.
I was driving to Trader Joe’s, and I hit a car in the parking lot. The car shook like no other, but I scratched my car, not theirs. Overall, what do you think about your car? I love my car; it’s my freedom.
Jack Sheldon 1. My Chemical Romance‑It’s Not a Fashion Statement, It’s a Deathwish 2. Silversun Pickups‑Dream at Tempo 119 3. Coheed & Cambria‑Mother May I 4.The Fall of Troy‑What Sound Does a Masta‑ don Make? 5.Every Time I Die‑Godspeed Us to Sea 6.Foo Fighters‑Hey, Johnny Park! 7.A Static Lullaby‑The Art of Sharing Lovers 8.Smashing Pumpkins‑Stand Inside Your Love 9.cLOUDDEAD‑Physics of a Unicycle 10.In:Aviate‑Conversations With The Scenery 11.Minus The Bear‑Double Vision Quest 12.Circa Survive‑Stop The Car 13.Saosin‑I Can Tell (Demo) 14.Anthony Green‑Stonehearted Man 15.System of a Down‑Question!
Jenifer Carter 1. Bob Dylan ‑ Spanish Harlem Incident 2. Minus the Bear ‑Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse 3. Portugal. The Man ‑ Chicago 4. The Misﬁts ‑ Scream! 5. Mindless Self Indulgence ‑ Backmask 6. Uncle Outrage ‑ Magor Danjer 7. Polysics ‑ I My Me Mine 8. mewithoutYou ‑ Wolf Am I! (And Shad‑ ow) 9. Idiot Pilot ‑ Strange We Should Meet Here 10. Seal ‑ Kiss From a Rose 11. Queen ‑ Don’t Stop Me Now 12. George Harrison ‑ Wah‑Wah 13. Rilo Kiley ‑ Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight that Surrounds You 14. Elvis Costello ‑ 45 15. The Beatles ‑ Happiness is a Warm Gun
Merri7 Harman, 9
What actress do you ﬁnd a:ractive? Emma Watson What would you say to your dream girl in French? Je l’aime les cheveux. Tes yeux sont tres jolie. What do you think makes you lovable? I’m really funny and random. Where is your dream date? Britain
What makes you diﬀerent than other girls? I can joke around, and I’m not always serious, I’m always laughing. Where is your dream date? I would love a dinner in Italy Who is the ho:est actor? Ben Mackenzie What is your biggest turn oﬀ? A guy who thinks he’s so cool, and uses girls.
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Girls water polo wins sections Team wins seventh championship in 16-6 win vs. Ponderosa Sarah Vaira Mirada Staff A seventh consecutive sec‑ tion win for the girls water polo team brings bi7er‑sweet end‑ ings for many seniors who have been a key part of the varsity team since freshman year. The team, led by seniors Rachele Gyorﬀy, Blair Moody, Pauline Stewart, and Clau‑ dia Ruiz, ba7led and defeated Granite Bay in the semi‑ﬁnals, and then on Sat., defeated Pon‑ derosa for the title of section champions. ”During the game we were up by a lot and we knew we were going to win, but it didn’t hit anybody until the ﬁnal clock ran down; then everyone burst out with excitement. The whole team was ecstatic!” Stewart said. Senior leadership is appar‑ ent on this team with Gyorﬀy as their top scorer with 103 goals, followed by Moody with 73 and Ruiz with 41. Moody also leads the team with 52 assists, fol‑
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The girls varsity water polo team plays against Ponderosa in the section playoffs. A player scores a point and finishes the game with a 16-6 win, acheiving a seventh consecutive section title.
lowed closely by Ruiz with 43, and Gyorﬀy with 33. Not only did the win bring an end to a nearly perfect 28‑3 season but also the reign of se‑ niors on the varsity team. This year eleven out of eigh‑ teen girls on the team are grad‑ uating seniors, four of which have been playing varsity since their freshman year. Some have
even been playing since before high school and their experience goes even farther back. “Blair, Pauline, and I have been playing together since the sixth grade,” Gyorﬀy said. Feeling that their teamwork and chemistry gives them an advantage over other teams, they a7ributed much of their success and their section win to
this primary factor. The camaraderie between these four seniors appears both in and out of the pool. Water polo played a part in their close relationship and they think that it has greatly strengthened their friendship. “When we are playing to‑ gether, I know I can always count on my teammates,” Stew‑
art said. However, the core group of seniors is not the only winning a7ribute to the varsity team. Head Coach Raf Ruano has coached the team through all seven section wins. His com‑ mitment to the program has allowed room for growth and improvement throughout the many seasons, each one proving to be more successful than the prior. The combination of experi‑ enced seniors and a devoted coach has built a strong water polo program. But, even with a core part of the team graduating this year, the girls that will con‑ tinue on still intend to compete at the same level and to match up to the past seven successful seasons. As for Gyorﬀy, Moody, and Ruiz, they plan to carry forward their water polo career into col‑ lege; although they do no know what colleges they will a7end yet. The water polo legends are moving on and leaving next years team with a word of ad‑ vice: “Don’t let Raf get to you,” Gyorﬀy said. “He has high ex‑ pectations and they want you to live up to that.” In other words‑‑underclass‑ men, you have big shoes to ﬁll.
Football team headed to playoffs Alex Reinnoldt Mirada Staff A loss to Casa Roble in the ﬁ‑ nal game of the regular season has not dampened the hopes of the Raiders as they head into the playoﬀs for the ﬁrst time in 10 years. The team fared be7er than most in losing to the undefeated Rams, 12‑33 last Friday. They scored against Casa in the ﬁrst half, something that Casa’s com‑ petitors all season could not do. The Raiders, who ﬁnished second in CAL behind Casa, achieved an overall 8‑2 record and earned their ﬁrst trip to the playoﬀs since 1998. The opponent is Inderkum, the same team that dealt Rio its early season 10‑20 loss. The game is set for today at Inderkum and will require the team to avoid the turnovers
and other mistakes that erased a fourth quarter lead in the last meeting. “The last game we had more yardage, but also more turn‑ overs,” Coach Mike Smith said. “In order to win, we need to have a disciplined and mistake‑ free game.” Senior Mardell Johnson will need to run and throw like he has done all year, the defense will need to stop the scoring and running of Inderkum quickly, and the team overall will need to avoid mistakes, especially in‑ terceptions and fumbles. “It’s all about who makes the least amount of mistakes,” Smith said. However, mistake‑free foot‑ ball is hard game to play, and both defensive and oﬀensive players will need to perform well against Inderkum. The path towards this year’s playoﬀs was not easy though.
Despite injuries throughout the season, the team has fought its way there and can hopefully keep up their momentum, ad‑ vancing past the ﬁrst round. “We had many injuries this season, and we were lucky that the athletes could step up to the challenge,” Smith said. League season statistics showed that Johnson led the team in most oﬀensive catego‑ ries and, thanks to senior kicker Adric Jope, the team was able to pull out some close scores. The defense played strong together as many of the leading tacklers were close in totals to each other. As coach Mike Dimino of always strong Del Campo said, Mike Smith runs a good pro‑ gram at Rio and this is their year. Hopefully the year can keep going and end up at the championship round. Inderkum, here we come.
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In the early season game against Inderkum on Oct. 3, the team runs a play. However, the team hopes that the first round playoff game fares better than their earlier loss.
Skimboarding interest floods area Tate Rountree Mirada Staff Ashton, Estates and Paradise. These are all favorite skim spots on the Amer‑ ican River, famous to Sacramento skim‑ boarders. Skimboarding is a water sport that can be done at either the ocean or on a river. The majority of local skimboard‑ ing in Sacramento takes place on the American River. Skimboarding involves running, throwing a ﬁberglass board down on a shallow water beach, jumping on, and riding from there. In Sacramento, there are a lot of year‑round skimboarders that love the sport. There are contests that take place at Paradise Beach near Glenn Hall Park, in the River Park neighborhood. The most famous contest is Skimfest, which has been running since 1996. There are three divisions, beginner, in‑ termediate and pro/sponsored. The winner of the intermediate di‑ vision in this year’s Skimfest was Rio’s own sophomore Erik Griﬃn. “Everyone else thought I could do it, but me,” Griﬃn said. Winning competitions, such as Skim‑ fest, gives the riders an opportunity to gain sponsorship from some of the lo‑ cal brands that support skimboard‑ ing. These include Cloud 9 Clothing Company, Ground Zero Board Shop, Victoria Skimboards, J‑Gordan Boards, Roush, Kayotics Boards and Nocean. Skimboarding has evolved since it was create back in the day. Just in the
Rio, an island of tranquility Alex Reinnoldt Mirada Staff
Courtesy of ERIK GRIFFIN
Sophomore Erik Griffin hits a box at this year’s Skimfest. He got first place in the intermediate division.
past 10 years, the sport has grown and gained popularity. There have been many more con‑ tests with larger audiences that show support for the sport and enjoy the competitions. New Skimboarding companies have sprung up along with clothing compa‑ nies. The sport is growing by the day and more and more people are begin‑ ning to love the sport. “I just love skimboarding. An ideal day for me is going down to this river with my friends and just hanging out and skimming all day, “ sophomore
Adam Balaam said. Just this past summer Blister Pro‑ ductions released “Nothing is Cool.” This is the newest skimboarding video, available to buy on DVD. The video shows many of the riders doing amaz‑ ingly hard tricks, riding boxes and rid‑ ing rails. Skimboarding is a locally loved sport that has spread around the world. If you want to learn, go down to the river and try it out for yourself. Maybe next year you will be able to beat Erik in Skimfest.
PREPS Plus MARINA VELA, 10
MATT PARKINSON, 10
How long have you been playing water polo? Three years
How long have you been playing basketball? Since elementary school.
How did you start? I was signed up for an indoor soccer league because my swim season was over. But then my friend from swim suggested that we try water polo instead. So I bailed on soccer.
What’s your favorite part of the sport? I’m really competitive, so definitely the games and getting fired up is my favorite.
What has being a part of a team taught you? I’ve learned that it takes a lot of dedication to be on a team, but it’s totally worth it because I love every single one of my teammates. What was your greatest water polo moment? I was moved up from JV to varsity for section championships, and I had some playing time which was really exciting. To top it off we won!
How do you feel this season is going to go? We have a really good JV team, and I could tell from the first day that we are going to do really well this year. What was your greatest basketball moment? Beating some of our big rivals last year in the freshman season. Hopefully this year we’ll beat Jesuit.
- Jessie Shapiro
it in the parking lot on any spring or fall weekday and watch in wonder as every athletic ﬁeld at Rio is busy with some kind of team sports practice. Football, baseball, soccer, so+ball, running, tennis, cheer—it doesn’t ma7er what sport or how successful it was the year before, the kids are out to play. Seeing all of the activity is proof of how lucky we are to be a part of the Rio campus and all that it has to oﬀer. Rio is one of the few public high schools that oﬀers a full range of successful sports. Recently the girls water polo team won sections, the boys football team qualiﬁed for section playoﬀs, the girls tennis team participated in sections, and a few cross country runners compteted in sections. When you consider the location of our school, the openness and freedom it oﬀers and the trust exhibited by the administration, being an active participant in school sports makes one proud, but more importantly thankful. It is not too far away that a diﬀerent story exists. Consider any urban city in California and high school sports is on the wane. Public ﬁnancing shows how much in disrepair the facilities are, whether dating back 60 years or 20, most participants get by with beat up gear and poorly maintained ﬁelds and facilities. Because of that, especially in the Bay Area and LA, the good athletes are steered to private high schools where scholarships may be oﬀered. But more importantly is the simple fact of safety. When you look out at the ﬁelds and how busy they are, not one person looks at the active American River Drive with worry that a local gang may be slowly cruising by to cause trouble. Go 400 miles south or 90 miles west and the story changes. Gangs rule and athletes, if they run against the gangs, will end up not playing like they want to. Just last week, Los Angeles saw a premier track runner shot in the leg, Long Beach saw 2 drive‑by shootings of competing athletes, and San Francisco saw the end of a promising athletic career for a 17 year old varsity football player, gunned down on his walk home. Innocence in these areas does not exist. For these kids, high school sports is a way to survive and maybe get to college. We live in a bubble, ignorant of just how desperate things could be. We innocently practice and worry about homework, friends, or the upcoming game, yet two hours or more from our school, kids are worrying if they can make it home safely a+er practice. It is not right to take our bliss for granted, yet we all do. So the least we can do is be thankful for how lucky we are to be in such a comfortable, thriving environment that other high school athletes can only dream about. Enjoy and be thankful.
FALL SCHEDULES AND RESULTS
Varsity Boys Water Polo
Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Sept. 24 Sept. 29 Oct. 1 Oct. 2-4 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 20 Oct. 22 Oct. 24 Oct. 27 Oct. 29 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Nov. 12
at Mira Loma at Casa Roble Roche Invite TBA Bella Vista 4:30 at Acalanes TBA Granite Bay TBA at El Camino 4:30 Del Campo 5:30 Villa Park Classic All Day at Orange County Mira Loma 4:30 San Jose Polofest TBA at Valley Christian Casa Roble 5:30 at Bella Vista 4:30 at Tokay TBA El Camino 4:30 at Jesuit 7:00 at Del Campo 5:30 Casa Roble 4:30 Davis TBA Woodcreek (DII Playoffs)W 11-5 Granite Bay (DII Playoffs)L 12-5
Varsity Boys Soccer Sept. 3 Sept. 8 Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 17 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 1 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 20 Oct. 22` Oct. 24 Oct. 27 Oct. 29 Nov. 6
at Ponderosa W 2-0 at Oakmont T 1-1 at Christian Brothers W 1-0 at Sac Country Day W 4-1 at Yuba City W 4-0 Rosemont W 4-3 at Mira Loma W 2-1 at Bella Vista L 0-2 at Del Campo L 0-1 El Camino W 2-0 at Casa Roble T 3-3 Mira Loma W 4-1 Bella Vista T 1-1 Del Campo W 7-0 at Jesuit L 0-3 at El Camino W 2-1 Casa Roble T 0-0 at Pioneer (DIII Playoffs)L 1-2
Varsity Girls Tennis
Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 18
at Mira Loma W 8-1 Bella Vista W 8-1 Loretto L 4-5 at Rio Del Oro Sept. 23 at El Camino W 9-0 Sept. 24 Casa Roble W 9-0 Sept. 25 at Del Campo W 7-2 Oct. 2 Mira Loma W 8-1 Oct. 7 at Casa Roble W 9-0 Oct. 9 at Bella Vista W 6-3 Oct. 14 Loretto W 5-4 Oct. 16 El Camino W 8-1 Oct. 21 Del Campo W 9-0 Oct. 28 Loretto L 4-5 Oct. 29 Champs Doubles *Home matches are at Arden Hills.
Varsity Girls Water Polo
Sept. 5 Castilleja High L 8-9 Sept. 12-13 Autumn Invitational 1st Sept. 15 at Mira Loma W 27-4 Sept. 17 at Casa Roble W 17-6 Sept. 19 Davis W 11-5 Sept. 22 Bella Vista W 16-3 Sept. 24 Loretto W 11-4 Sept. 26-27 Nor Cal Invitational Sept. 29 at El Camino W 18-3 Oct. 1 Del Campo W 15-10 Oct. 8 Mira Loma W 26-0 Oct. 10 Western States Tourney Oct. 13 Casa Roble W 20-1 Oct. 15 at Bella Vista W 13-5 Oct. 20 Loretto W 12-7 Oct. 22 El Camino W 22-3 Oct. 27 at Del Campo W 16-6 Oct. 29 St. Francis W 10-5 Nov. 8 Whitney (DII Playoffs) W 18-2 Nov. 12 Granite Bay (DII Playoffs)W 12-4 Nov. 15 Ponderosa (DII Finals) W 16-6
Varsity Boys Football Sept. 12 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 3 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 8 Nov. 14
at Natomas Pioneer at Woodland HS River Valley at Inderkum Woodland Mira Loma at Bella Vista at Del Campo El Camino at Casa Roble
W 41-8 W 26-13 W 50-28 L 10-20 W 24-21 W 63-14 W 24-7 W 24-20 W 45-14 7:30
Varsity Cross Country Aug. 30 Sept. 5 Sept. 10 Sept. 20 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Oct. 31 Nov. 8 Nov. 15 Nov. 29
Willow Hills Relays 8:30 Thunder Invitational 3:00 at Rocklin CAL Center Meet #1 3:30 Trojan Invitational 8:30 at Willow Hills Yolo County Champs 8:00 at Muller Vineyards The Other Meet 9:00 at Granite Regional Park Bronco Invitational 8:00 Willow Hills Eagle Invitational 8:30 at Lodi Lake CAL League Champs 3:00 at Willow Hills Subsection Champs 8:30 at Frogtown Section Champs 8:30 at Willow Hills State Champs TBA at Woodward Park
El Camino 3:30 Del Campo 3:30 Mira Loma 3:30 CAL #1 3:30 Casa Roble 3:30 at Woodcreek 3:30 Sept. 25 Bella Vista 3:30 at Haggin Oaks Sept. 30 Loretto 3:30 Oct. 2 El Camino 3:30 Oct. 7 Del Campo 3:30 Oct. 14 CAL #2 3:30 Oct. 15 Mira Loma 3:30 *Home matches are at Ancil Hoffman.
Varsity Girls Volleyball
W 3-0 W 3-0 L 1-3 L 0-3 W 3-2 W 3-2 W 3-0 L 2-3 L 0-3 L 2-3 W 3-0 W 3-1 L 2-3
Varsity Boys Basketball Dec. 2 Dec. 4 Dec. 4-6 Dec. 9 Dec. 16 Dec. 19 Dec. 20-23 Dec. 27-30 Jan. 6 Jan. 8 Jan. 10 Jan. 15 Jan. 20 Jan. 22 Jan. 27 Jan. 29 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
at Sacramento 7:00 Cordova 6:45 Jack Scott TournamentTBA Fairfield 7:00 Rocklin 7:00 Jesuit 7:00 Mission Prep Tourney TBA Trogan Toss Up TBA Dixon 7:30 at Foothill 7:30 Newark Memorial 5:30 Mira Loma 7:30 at Bella Vista 7:30 at Del Campo 7:30 El Camino 7:30 at Casa Roble 7:30 at Mira Loma 7:30 Bella Vista 7:30 Del Campo 7:30 at El Camino 7:30 Casa Roble 7:30
Varsity Girls Basketball Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 29 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 7:00 Dec. 8 Dec. 11-13 Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Dec. 22 Jan. 5 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 14 Jan. 16 Jan. 21 Jan. 23 Jan. 30 Feb. 3 Feb. 5 Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 17
at Encina 7:00 at Victory Christian 7:00 at Amador 4:30 River City 7:00 at Sacramento Waldorf Vista del Lago Oakmont Tourney Monterey Trail Granite Bay at West Campus at Rosemont at Mira Loma at Casa Roble at Bella Vista Loretto El Camino Del Campo Mira Loma Casa Roble Bella Vista at Loretto at El Camino at Del Campo
7:00 TBA 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:00 7:15 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:15 7:00 7:15 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:15
Varsity Wrestling Dec. 6 Dec. 13 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Jan. 2
Mc Nair at Stockton Nighthawk Duals at Natomas Marty Manges Invite at Casa Roble American River Classic No Guts No Glory at Hiram Johnson Bella Vista
Courtesy of Denise Reinnoldt
Senior Alisse Baumgarten and junior Lauren Mugnaini run in the cross country sub-sections meet at Frogtown in Angels Camp, and both qualified for sections.
SPORTS BRIEFS Cross Country
For several individual runners, the cross country season was large‑ ly a success, as they qualiﬁed for sections. These runners included senior Alisse Baumgarten, junior Lauren Mugnaini, and sophomore Ansel Mills. Their sections performances last Sat. at Folsom’s Willow Hills course were competitive. In the varsity girls 3‑mile race, Mugnaini ﬁnished 27th and Baumgarten raced to 41st. Mills was also a com‑ petitive ﬁnisher in the sophomore boys 2‑mile race. These are great accomplish‑ ments, as sections are so competi‑ tive that only a few seconds o+en separate 10 individual places at the ﬁnish line. Qualifying in the league cham‑ pionship meet, Baumgarten made the CAL All League Team for her second year in a row, ﬁnishing oﬀ her last season successfully. With talented runners like Mills and Mugnaini planning on return‑ ing next year, hopes for another successful season are in sight. ‑ Alex Reinnoldt
The boys basketball teams have just been chosen and they’re looking very powerful, each team stacked with the best of their grade. Grueling conditioning work‑ outs took place everyday leading up to tryouts. Now that tryouts are over the practices begin. The varsity team is coached by Coach Chris Jones this year, and the junior varsity team by Coach Chrisco. “Chrisco’s new, but we can al‑ ready tell he’s going to do an awe‑ some job,” JV team member and sophomore Blake Bender said. Their ﬁrst home game will take place during the Jack Sco7 Tourna‑ ment hosted by Rio on Dec. 4. ‑ Jessie Shapiro
Boys Water Polo A+er beating Woodcreek in the second round of playoﬀ games 11‑5, the boys water polo team qualiﬁed to play in the next playoﬀ game on Nov. 12. The team lost in the semi‑ﬁnal match against Granite Bay, 5‑12. Last year, they lost to Granite Bay in the playoﬀs as well, and they proved to be the obstacle between the boys team and their hopes of a section title once again. ‑ Alex Reinnoldt
Girls Basketball 5:00 am 6:00 am 6:00 am 6:00 am 6:00 am 4:00
El Camino Invite 5:00 am at Sacramento Jan. 17 Mark Fuller Invite 6:00 am at Lincoln High School Jan. 20 at Casa Roble 4:00 pm Jan. 22 Mira Loma 4:00 pm Jan. 23-24 Tim Brown Memorial 6:00 am at Memorial Auditorium Jan. 27 at El Camino 4:00 pm Jan. 29 Del Campo 4:00 pm Feb. 7 Section Dual TBA at Rosemont Feb. 14 CAL Championships TBA at El Camino Feb. 20-21 DIII Sections TBA at Benecia Feb. 27-28 Masters TBA at UOP Mar. 6-7 State Championships TBA at Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield
Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 22 Sept. 23
Mira Loma Casa Roble Bella Vista at Loretto at El Camino at Del Campo Mira Loma at Casa Roble at Bella Vista Loretto El Camino Del Campo at Buhach Colony (DII Playoffs)
Jan. 7 p.m. Jan. 10
Varsity Girls Golf
Sept. 18 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 16 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Oct. 30 Nov. 11
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Girls Varsity basketball has ﬁn‑ ished their roster with the conclu‑ sion of tryouts last week. The team plans to head into the season with full force, with pre‑ season scrimmages against Encina, Victory Christian, and Amador. This year the team looks prom‑ ising, with some returning players and plenty of fresh faces. Team captains include senior Katie Case, and juniors Ashley Taylor and Hil‑ ary Stewart. The relatively young team is looking to improve from last sea‑ son and to set a solid foundation for years to come, but ﬁrst they must focus on the short term goals such as beating Encina and Victory Christian. ‑ Sarah Vaira
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Freshmen Luke Sheridan and Daniel Calahan wrestle during practice and learn new tactics.
Wrestling Wrestling started their season last week on Nov. 10. The team practices everyday for about two hours. The wrestling team lost a lot of their good players last year, but they feel, with practice and hard work, they have the potential to do be7er. During practice they condition and practice wrestling tactics. The biggest rival for the team is Casa Roble. Last year they lost against Casa for to many forfeits because there were not enough players on the team. Freshman Johnny Lanthier is considered one of the best wres‑ tlers. He is small at 105 pounds, but he has skill and determination, according to his teammates. The wrestling team is still ac‑ cepting boys and girls for the team and they need more upper weight people at about 160 pounds. ‑ Caroline Fong
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Clockwise: 1. Rio alumnus Pajo Krapcevich and senior Cashel Barnett play outside the Little Theater with the Second Line. 2. Seniors Ryan Kaupe and Isaac Ghansah jump in excitement over the Playathon. 3. Senior Eric Barger shakes his tambourine with enthusiasm. 4. Juniors Zach Darf, Zach Giberson, and Nathan Swedlow perform along with seniors Cashel Barnett and Christopher Larson. 5. Captain America conducts the Spider-Man theme.