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34-33: Relive  the   excitement  of  Varsity   ^gglZYddkljameh`Yfl defeat  of  Jesuit  H.S. See  back  page Volume  49,  Issue  2 Rio  Americano  H.S. Sacramento,  CA September  24,  2010

Check out  the   Údek[]f] See  page  6

The best  slice  in                 Sacramento See  page  7

theMIRADA This Issue

Rio graduate is “Teacher of the Year” See page 5

Rush week rolls through

It’s that time of year again. Time to get involved, meet new friends, and explore your interests. For full coverage of rush week, see pages 10-11

Men’s soccer season kicks off See page 13




                                                          September  24,  2010

Kenny Moulton and Zach Smith


Why?  The  tree  planting  was  re-­


How  do  I  get  involved?  



What  do  I  bring?  

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I’m  ready  to   volunteer,  but   I  have  some   questions.  


Nationally recognized documentary screening on campus In honor of National Child Health Day, the award winning documentary “Race to Nowhere� will be shown at school on Monday, Oct. 4. The film spearheads the American education culture obsessed with achievement, competition and pressure that’s pushing students to the edge. It features stories of burn out students and parents, the epidemic of cheating in schools, and an uninspired and unprepared generation entering the workforce. More than calling attention to an education crisis, the film calls for a reform among students, educators, families and policy makers to help America’s youth to become bright, creative and inspired leaders of tomorrow. A facilitated dialogue with audience members, local experts and community leaders will be held following the showing of the film. For more information regarding documentary activities contact Glenda Yokoyama at yokohill@ This event is expected to sell out; advanced tickets can be purchased online at -By Sarah Vaira

Jesuit Homecoming Jesuit senior Michael Sparks would like to ask senior Sarah Vaira to attend homecoming with him on October 9, 2010. -By Michael Sparks

American hiker freed from Iranian Prison Shon Meckfessel, a graduate of Rio Americano, barely escaped being seized and detained by Iranian authorities. More than a year later one of his three fellow hikers has been released. Meckfessel was vacationing with his friends in Kurdish territory when his friends decided to hike near the Ahmed Awa waterfall. However, they did not realize that they had strayed across the border into Iran. Meckfessel remained at the hotel because he was ill, but stayed in contact using his cell phone as his three friends ventured ahead. On July 31, 2009, they were taken into custody for accidentally crossing into Iran and were then confined to prisons. Now, a full year later, Sarah Shourd, one of the three hikers has been released on a $500,000 bail. The other two, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, are to be held for two more months. Shon Meckfessel is continuing to advocate for their release. To see full story on Shon Meckfessel, check out the May 2010 Mirada online at -By Tandena Nelson

Time to really end Iraq War


he Iraq War is over. Again. At the start of this month, President Obama declared that combat missions in Iraq are officially over. The media appeared to generally accept the word of the President as fact. Similarly, on May 1, 2003 President George W. Bush announced to the world “mission accomplishedâ€? in Iraq . We may not be the most intelligent commentators, but “overâ€? and “mission accomplishedâ€? sound surprisingly similar. The general consensus among political commentators before the speech was that the war was coming to a close. However, these same political commentators agreed that the war ended with the fall of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in April of 2003. Hey, what looks better than having Iraqi citizens tipping over and destroying the statue of their former dictator? Maybe it doesn’t taste like victory, but it sure looked like it. Now, the American public is told again that the war has ended. Okay‌cool, but I thought we were already done? But hey, we’ve beaten the same game multiple times, we must be pretty good then right? Yet, there remains one conspicuous problem for the President. There are still fifty thousand troops within the borders of Iraq . I wonder if they think it’s over. Non-combat or not, those soldiers have not “come homeâ€? yet like promised. The notion that the war has ended is absurd. The Obama administration is only engaging in a form of semantics. No one, including President Obama, realistically believes the war is over, since for the past seven years the war has supposedly “endedâ€? about five dif-

ferent times. But hey, let’s here it again to lift our spirits huh? Nothing like a good ol’ Fight Song to sing to rally a team to victory. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, President Obama promised to end Iraq in a timely fashion. Instead of following through on his promise, this administration has catered to the will of a small minority ingratiated within our government. Advocates for the war cite possible violence that may result upon our departure or other human rights violations that may occur. But it is time for the question to be asked, how much longer can the United States remain? You can only win a war so many times. Our economy sits in the toilet, and instead of investing in our economy domestically, we continue to spend billions of dollars overseas in a war that we are halfheartedly fighting (and have won multiple times). Currently, the war has cost the nation around $750 billion. Instead of building bases and schools in Iraq , maybe it’s time we begin investing in America again. Our troops have fought valiantly over the past seven years to protect and defend the nation. They have shown courage in the face of danger. Nobody questions their bravery and security that they have provided to this country. It is now time for the Obama administration, to espouse a similar degree of courage. He must be willing to stand up against both parties and finally bring the war to a close. If he fails to do so, he will be breaking a promise with the American people and to our troops in uniform.

Civitas International Dinner to serve politics and great food Festive food, great speakers, and spending time with other students is a great way to spend your Thursday night. You can do exactly that at the International Relations dinner.

What? The International Relations dinner is a dinner put on every year by the junior class in Civitas. It is the style of a potluck with most of the food provided by students and families but some is provided by restaurants and other outside sources. At the dinner there will be exciting speakers to listen to and plenty of students to talk to. Where? From five to six there will be an information meeting in Mrs. Reed’s room A 06 for eighth graders interested in Civitas. After that, from six to eight, there will be the International Relations dinner in the cafeteria. When? October 21 Who? Anyone can come at no price, but a food dish is requested.


September  24,  2010


New teachers bring a wealth of experience Rocco Marrongeli H. World History and Psychology

photos  by  carly  tyer/mirada  staff

Where in the world is Deborah Haines? By  Carly  Tyer Staff  Writer

Starting at a new school shouldn’t be too hard for English teacher Deborah Haines. After all, she has taught at high schools in three foreign countries during the last six years. Haines, who teaches 12th-grade English, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and an English Language Learners class, began teaching at Mira Loma in 1992, and after 12 years decided to take her career overseas. While Haines enjoyed her time in Germany, Portugal and the Dominican Republic, she said she is glad to be back teaching American students. “Teaching is easier in other countries. The classes are smaller,� Haines said. “But I like the spunkiness of American students. They say what they want.� Haines, who has a bachelors degree from Sacramento State and masters in English from UC Irvine, enjoys working with high school students. “I like teenagers,� said Haines, who has a 24-year-old daughter of her own. Even though she speaks a little of Spanish and German, Haines said the hardest part of teaching abroad was communication. “It is hard not speaking the language,� Haines said. “It’s difficult solving problems every day when you don’t speak the language. Also not having books, movies and television in English is tough.� Without the luxuries of entertainment in English, Haines immersed herself in the different cultures. “I like Germany because of the efficiency of the country and the Dominican Republic because it is sunny and warm,� Haines said. Outside of her career, Haines has traveled to other parts of Europe and to the Caribbean. She returned to America this past summer and has decided to settle permanently, but her curiosity for other countries may never be satisfied. Audrey Engle: SB Publicity “I was in a K-Mart commercial when I was five� Christy Grellas: SB Treasurer “I was born on the Greek Independence Day�

photos  by  john  ferranini/mirada  staff

Adam Doris English

Q: How long have you been teaching? A: Two years Q: Why do you like to work at Rio? A: It’s a great place to work. Faculty is very welcoming. The students are often enthusiastic and bound for greater things. They want to do things in the future. Q: What is something interesting about you? A: When I was in the Peace Corps, I worked as a beekeeper with killer bees in Paraguay for two years. I got stung a lot. Q: What is your favorite book? A: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I like this story because it is beautiful writing. It is sad and makes me want to appreciate life more. Q: What are some of your hobbies? A: Hiking and playing the guitar.

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Q. How do you like the school? A. This is a great place, the staff has been very warm and welcoming and the campus is beautiful. Q. What were you like as a teenager? A. I was a good kid most of the time but I was an instigator at photos  by  Caitlyn  Temple/mirada  staff the same time. I was always dragging my friends into doing shenanigans and then letting them take the blame. Q. What is the most memorable day on the job? A. Chasing a streaker through the field on the last day of school. Q. What is the best thing about being a teacher? A. Realizing that you’ve made a difference in a student’s life and making a real connection with them. Q. What would you say to the people who say history is boring and has nothing to do with today? A. History is the greatest story ever told. It is so important because understanding your past can give you incredible insight into your future. Q. What was your favorite subject in school? A. Lunch and history. Q. What is your life’s biggest accomplishment so far? A. Shooting under par in golf, passing the player ability test for the PGA, and making a connection and a difference in the lives of some troubled kids. Q. Favorite quote? A. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably rightâ€?-Henry Ford. Q. What is the best thing about being a teacher? A. Well the summers off don’t hurt‌but really it’s realizing you’ve made a difference in kids’ lives.

By Caitlyn Temple Elizabeth Eggert: SB President “I’m Elizabeth Eggert and I’m your new student body president. This year is going to the best year yet! This year is packed with awesome events, old and new!�

Kendall Chidlaw: SB Secretary “I’ve been to all 50 states!�

Vanessa Martinez: SB Vice President “Fall TV season starts this week...I’m shaking with anticipation�

Macey Peterson: Junior President “I’ve kissed a frog before�

Tanner Bond: Senior Treasurer “I’m not even on the executive council... I just snuck into the picture�

Trey Athey: Frosh President “My mom is Demeris�

Sami Swanson: Social Commissioner “I went to the Australian and Salt Lake Olympics�

Kelley McCuen: Senior President “I emailed Justin Bieber last week...he hasn’t responded�

Rohith Sachdeva: Social Commissioner “I’ve thrown up in three different sushi restaurants�

Alyssa Morales: Soph President “I can actually tie a cherry stem in my mouth.�

Makenzie Reed: Social Commissioner “I was born in the same hospital as Princess Diana’s son�

World News


                      September  24,  2010

Student leaves America to be “French-ified� By  Jarett  Hartman News  Editor   For senior Annie Breault, France is not only a country she came to know and love, but also the place of her second home and family. Breault, who spent the latter half of her junior year and some of her summer in France, was a foreign exchange student for almost six months. “Besides a family trip to Mexico, this was my first time out of the country for an extended period of time,� Breault said. “I was in France for about five and a half months.� During her stay in France, Breault made it a goal to dive headfirst into the culture of the country and experience all that it had to offer. “I decided to be an exchange student because some of my best friends at Rio were foreign exchange students, and they influenced me to do it. I also did it to have a non traditional high school experience. I thought a semester would be a perfect amount of time to spend abroad because it would give me time to immerse myself in the culture and a get a better understanding of the language.� Breault’s typical day consisted of classes and relaxing in her French home. “I would walk to school and go to class until noon, and then we had






                      photo  courtesy  of  annie  breault

Above:  Senior  Annie  BreaultklYf\kaf^jgflg^l`]=a^^]dLgo]jafHYjak&:j]Ymdlkh]flÚn] months  as  a  foreign  exchange  student  in  France.

two hours for lunch break. My day usually ended around 5 or 6, and then I was able to watch TV with my family and learn new recipes from my host mother. In France, they eat dinner around 7:30 or 8, and depending on the family, the

meal could last from 20 minutes to 2 hours.� When not working on schoolwork, Breault lived her life like a “normal French teenager.� “Because Paris was just 10 minutes by train from my house, I

would spend most of my weekends shopping or going out with friends from school. My host family really made an effort to show me their town and customs.� However, Breault’s favorite memories came from simply “discovering� what it meant to be French. “I really enjoyed discovering a foreign country and becoming a part of another family. Everyone was so welcoming and just as curious about America as I was about France, so the exchange was great. Of course, the French food isn’t all that bad either.� Despite the amount of fun she had on her trip, Breault said that being in a foreign country for so long was, to say the least, “challenging.� “Some days throughout my exchange were challenging, but it forced me to push myself even further; every day was a learning experience. When you’re in a foreign country and you don’t have the immediate comfort of friends, family or things you can really call your own, it can be really frightening because you have to take on the world like an adult.� However, if you put your best effort into your experience, the memories are “incredible,� Breault said. “When you start embracing the challenges that you’re faced with and make the most out of everything, you begin to feel so confident because you’ve accomplished

something that not everyone gets the chance to do, and the rewards of that are incredible.� During the trip, Breault did have a little trouble adjusting to the distance between both of her families. “While I was in France, I missed my friends and family the most. However, upon my return I went through reverse culture shock, and at one point, I even felt like I was closer to my host family than with my natural family. It was a weird feeling, but on the other hand it’s so comforting because I know I have my ‘family’ and just as great of a group of friends in France as I do here.� Overall, the most important thing that she took from the trip were not only the memories of her second family across the globe, but also the life lessons associated with meeting and interacting with new people, Breault said. “Studying abroad made me realize that no matter how many different cultures there are, if you are willing to start a conversation and be friendly with someone, you will most likely find that you can relate to that person on some level. I found that it really is important to be aware of other cultures and be open to learning about them.� When asked if she would ever return to France, she had only one thing to say. “As much as I love being back home, I would go back to Europe in a heartbeat.�

Ciao Bella: Student says goodbye to Sacramento for a year By  Alli  Henderson Staff  Writer   It was one year ago that senior Isabella Marvelli said goodbye to Sacramento and “ciao� to the island of Sardinia, a self-governing region in Italy. She had always had an interest in studying abroad, and during her sophomore year, the perfect opportunity presented itself. “I learned about Rotary Youth Exchange, the program I went on, in Mr. Hodgin’s French class,� Marvelli said. “I figured I’d write my name down and see if I even had a shot into the whole program.� Marvelli did not expect to be chosen since she was still in high school, but to her surprise, she was. As part of the program, she would be living with a host family in a different country for about a year. “I chose Italy because my grandfather was full Italian and my whole d

family lost contact in Italy.� Upon her arrival, the only word Marvelli knew was “ciao.� The obvious language barrier was difficult at first, but after studying hard everyday at school and at home, Marvelli became fluent in the language. “I also understand a dialect within the island that I lived on because my host grandma was from a little town that still spoke their traditional dialect,� she said. After her feeling of homesickness began to subside, and once she began to pick up the language, Marvelli started making friends at school. School in Italy, though, was a lot different than it is in America. “In Italy, the students go to high school for five years and throughout the five years they stay in the same class of about 25 kids,� she said. “The teachers switch classes during the day and the student have their own room. We also got out earlier because in Italy, lunch is the

most important meal so everyone went home to eat with their families at 2 p.m. every day.� When school was over for the day, Marvelli spent her time on Sardinia’s white sand beaches that are considered some of the most beautiful in the world. She also went cave exploring and starfish and mussel fishing. Marvelli did a lot of traveling during her time it Italy as well, especially when her friends and family from the United States visited her. “I went to Rome with two of my American friends,� she said, “and then I went to Venice, Rome, Luca, Sienna, Pisa, and Florence with my American parents when they visited in March.� When her American friends and families weren’t with her, she spent time with her host family, who she grew extremely close to. “I love my Italian family so

much, they are like another set of parents, just on the other side of the world,� Marvelli said. Though she misses her Italian friends and family, by no means have they lost contact. She continues to talk to them at least once a week, and looks forward to seeing them again soon. “My aunt is getting married in October so I’m going to Italy for a week for their marriage.� Marvelli is also excited for her best friend in Italy, Mietta, to come to America next summer and get a taste of the American culture. “I absolutely loved my experience,� Marvelli said, “and I learned more in a year than I could have ever learned in a classroom from four years of high school.� In fact, Marvelli plans to spend another year abroad in Italy during college.

photo  courtesy  of  bella  marvelli   Bella  Marvelli  immersed  herself  in  Italian   culture  during  her  nearly  yearlong  stay.  “I  love  my   Italian  family  so  much,  they  are  like  another  set  of   parents,  just  on  the  other  side  of  the  world.�  

Want  to  travel  to  France  this  summer?   Contact  Mr.  Hodgins  in  room  B-­5  or  e-­mail  him  at


September  24,  2010


Rio graduate honored for ‘fight’ to teach at-risk students photos  by  peter  hammon/mirada  staff

Kadhir  Rajagopal  teaches  algebra  at  Grant  High  School.  Rajagopal  was  recently  honored  as  Sacramento  County  Teacher  of  the  Year  for  his  innovative  and  energetic  approach  to  teaching  students  who  struggle  with  math.

By  Peter  Hammon  and  Zach  Smith   Staff  Writers In Kadhir Rajagopal’s Algebra class at Grant High, an equation is likened to a neighborhood and the x’s become “brothas� who must stick together. Rajagopal’s unique math vocabulary inspires students, many of whom have failed math previously, to succeed. Students also benefit from Rajagopal’s energy and commitment, which recently earned him the honor of Sacramento County Teacher of the Year. “I take responsibility for student success,� he said. “I will fight each student before they fail.� Rajagopal, known as Mr. Raja to his students, grew up poor on the south side of Chicago, before moving to Sacramento and attending Rio Americano. Due to his background, Rajagopal understands the importance of an education for his students. “It is my mission to make a difference,� he said. And judging by the recent success of his students, it appears as if he is making a substantial impact. Two years ago, 80 percent of students in one of his Algebra I classes began the year far below basic on the 2008 STAR test. In 2009, 71 per-

“Rajagopal will fight you until you learn the material. He will do anything to see you walk to the podium.�


                      photo  by  peter  hammon/mirada  staff

Rajagopal  moves  around  his  students  during  a  math  lesson  to  inspire  participation.   cent scored basic or above, while 39 percent were proficient or above. Despite previous struggles, many of his students go on to higher math. “Raja has closed the racial achievement gap,� Principal Craig Murray. said Rajagopal, a 1999 graduate of Rio and then of UC Berkeley, desired to make an impact shortly after entering college. “My sociology professors at Berkeley convinced me that the only way to reach out to inner-city youth is by being a teacher.� Therefore, upon graduation, Rajagopal became a history teacher for at-risk youth. After teaching history for two years, Rajagopal re-

alized the area in which most students struggled. “You are three times more likely to get a Bachelor’s degree if you pass Algebra II.� Rajagopal explained. “Math is the key,� To ensure the success of his students, Rajagopal creates an environment that is interactive and inspirational. “I wanted to create a culture in the classroom where it is cool to learn. It needs to be cool to be smart.� Throughout the room, posters of Tupac, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. are stapled to every corner. Quotes about success motivate students to act.

“I need to explain things in a language they understand. There needs to be a 30-way conversation.� Explaining math in a way his students can understand led him to use words like “brothas� and “poppas� to connect students to mathematical concepts that would normally appear distant and abstract. His ability to interact with his students is also based on the notion that everyone must understand the concept before leaving the classroom. At the beginning of every year, Rajagopal asks each student to give the telephone number of a parent or close family member. If a student does not understand a concept in class he will call up a parent to ask if their student can stay after school until he or she understands the assignment. This interaction is one of the core principles of his soon to be published CREATE teaching model. His teaching model appears to be working. At the beginning of each day, students receive 50 points towards

their grade. When a student answers a question they receive points, bad behavior costs students points. “They can visualize their grades,� Rajagopal said. His success has proven results. Oscar Flores, transitioned from an ‘F’ student to an ‘A’ student after taking Algebra with Rajagopal. “Rajagopal will fight you until you learn the material. He will do anything to see you walk to the podium.� The persistence of Rajagopal appears to have paid off, Flores is now on the path to college and success. “He gave me hope that I could do something big in life, he has inspired me to help other students.� Rajagopal continues to break down barriers for students. “It needs to be hard to be mediocre,� Rajagopal said. “And it is my mission to make a difference.� “If you notice, I don’t sit down,� Rajagopal said. “I don’t know where my chair is.�



September  24,  2010

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twice: “Does that really say I (heart) boobies?� This scenario of confusion and then understanding about the bracelet isn’t the only one of its kind, guaranteed. Most people are surprised when they first see the large wristband, and most who don’t know the whole truth behind the bracelet immediately become offended. Contrary to what those who are offended want, which is to eliminate the bracelets and stop students from wearing them, the recent controversy over the bracelet has been good publicity for the company and the spread of its message. The amount of coverage the bracelet has gotten in newspapers, magazines and on television has done nothing but promote the I (heart) boobies bracelet more. Kids and adults alike of all ages should not be punished for wearing a bracelet that does essentially the same thing as the ever popular yellow Livestrong bracelets created by Lance Armstrong. Both have been key components in raising cancer awareness. I (heart) boobies should not cause infliction of punishment on students. It is merely a way for them to utilize their right of free speech to support the education and eradication of breast cancer.

Opinion Editors Jessica Obert Alli Henderson Features Editors Alex Chan Danielle Arbios Sports Editors Kyle Morales Peter Hammon Shauna Milesi Photo Editor Madison Zimmerman Staff Writers John Ferrannini Austin Hicks Brie Hutton Keldon Irwin Mariah Maxwell Michaela Milesi Tandena Nelson Emma Spittler Caitlin Temple Carly Tyler Adviser Michael Mahoney Room A3


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Awareness = Prevention


(heart) boobies. Offensive or informative? Recently, high school administrators across the country have been punishing students and banning the breast cancer awareness bracelet made by the Keep-A-Breast Foundation. The bracelets, plastic and without a clasp, come in a wide variety of colors and appeal to the younger generations, the people toward whom the campaign is geared. The slogan, in a large fun font that bears the now infamous phrase,“I (heart) boobies,� has been causing quite the stir among students and administrators alike. Shaney jo Darden and Mona Mukherjea-Gehrig, co-founders of Keep-A-Breast, built their company to create more breast cancer awareness programs to educate the youth. The company promotes the message that you’re never too young to learn about the risks of cancer. So why are officials, such as those at nearby Rocklin High School, regulating the wear of these bracelets, making students turn them inside out to hide the words on the front side of the bracelet? We don’t know. Though some students and teachers might be confused upon first seeing the I (heart) boobies bracelet, there is nothing wrong with wearing such a bracelet when one learns the real motive behind it. The problem, according to most adults in authority, however, is the racy way the bracelets promote breast cancer awareness. Some feel that the word “boobies� puts women in a negative light. Others argue that the wording is too suggestive to be wearing at school. Yet, did the bracelets get your attention? Most likely, yes. We know the first time we ever saw the bracelet, we had to stop and think


The Mission Behind the Bracelets:


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                    September  24,  2010

The Mirada presents...

RUSH Â WEEK Common Rush Week misconceptions:

1. MYTH: I wanted to start a club, but I missed the official meeting, so I didn’t have a booth on the quad this past week. I’ll have to wait until next year. TRUTH: Clubs can be started up until the last week of school! All you need to do is come up with an idea, have it approved by club coordinator Ms. Thomas (room C10), and ask around to see who’s interested in joining! 2. MYTH: There was a certain club I really wanted to sign up for but I... a) was absent during rush week! b) was too nervous to sign up on the quad! Those seniors can be intimidating! c) simply did not get around to it! But without all the booths, there is no way I’ll be able to figure out how to sign up now. TRUTH: Just like starting a club, it is never too late to sign up for a club either! Although there are no more sign-up sheets posted, you can always connect with the club’s president directly. For a complete list of club officers and contact information, visit 3. MYTH: I signed up for too many clubs! There’s no way I’ll be able to keep all of the schedules and meeting times straight. TRUTH: There’s no such thing as being too involved! Each club will soon notify you via e-mail or phone with all the information you need. At that point, sit down and map out which days you have which meetings. You’ll be surprised at how much time you have! Some clubs only meet once every two months!

photo  by  madison  zimmerman/editor  in  chief

Top:  The  quad  is  full  of  energy  every  day  of  Rush  Week.  Club  representatives  make  signs  and  hand  out  treats  to  entice  new  potential  members   Bottom  left:  Senior  Reed  Breuer  rides  his  unicycle  in  order  to   promote  his  club.  Bottom  right:  Senior  Bella  Marvelli        tries  out   the  rowing  exercise  equipment  provided  by  the  Rowing  Club.

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September  24,  2010


Your dream job is...

Movie  star!  You  love  the   drama!  Plus,  celebs  have  the   most  entertaining  lives!

Pro  Athlete!  What  could  be   better  than  getting  paid  for   playing  your  favorite  sport?

You’re on Youtube. You’re more likely to watch... Embarrassing  moments  caught   on  tape!

Short  clips  of   crazy  and   extreme  sports!

In one word, how would your friends describe you? Funny!  You’ve  heard   many  times   that  you  have   a  great  sense   of  humor!   You  can  make   a  joke  out  of   almost   anything!

Active!  You  have  an   adventur-­ ous  side  and  it   often  shows!   Whether  it  be   a  trip  to  the   mall  or  a  trip   to  Tahoe,  you   never  want  to   miss  out!

For  more  info  contact   president   AJ  SANDUGI

Join  Jersey  Shore  Club If you don’t already watch the show, you should start! You love everything about those ridiculous guidos! They make you laugh and their drama is undeniably entrancing!

Joining  the  Peace  Corps!  Some   underestimate  the  importance   of  giving  back,  but  not  you!

It’s Tuesday night and you finally finished your homework! What’s your next move?

Go  to  sleep!  Whether  you  like  it   or  not,  school  always  has  you   stressed  out  and  exhausted!

Which would you consider to be your greatest weakness?

Meet  up  with  a  friend  or  two.  It   may  be  a  school  night,  but  there   are  still  adventures  to  be  had!

What do you like most about winter break? The  best  two   weeks  to  spend   at  the  Boreal  and   Sierra  slopes  w/     your  friends!

The  simple  feel-­ ing  of  holiday   cheer!  You  love   the  feeling  of   sharing  and   giving  to  others!

For  more  info  contact   president   HUNTER  AKINS

Join  Ski  and  Snowboard  Club You’re full of energy and love anything that gets your heart pumping! The RSSC welcomes all skill-levels of boarders and skiers and plan multiple snow trips per year as a group.

You  accept   any  chal-­ lenge  or   dare!  You   tend  to  not   know  your   limits.

You  always   put   others   before  you!   Amidst  your   VHOÀHVVQHVV you  often   forget  about   your  own   needs!

For  more  information  contact  president   <9FA=DCAE

Join  Key  Club You are an inspiration! You love giving back, and you also know how good community service hours look on college apps! The Key Club is a nationally recognized organization and offers countless volunteer opportunities.



September  24,  2010

Focusing in on a dream

Peter Hammon

Film is an inspiration for Rio graduate, turning his passion into a career By  Peter  Hammon EajY\YKlY^^ Christopher Rufo has always walked his own path in life. In fact, he found his true calling in life trekking across the desolate Mongolian Plains. Rufo is a Rio Americano alumnus from the class of 2002 who now makes feature-length documentary films for PBS. Not bad for someone who never took a film class in his life. His story, though, is not what you would expect from one of Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful alumni. Rufo â&#x20AC;&#x153;barelyâ&#x20AC;? graduated in 2002 and admits he met his best friend and now colleague, Keith Ochwat, through their â&#x20AC;&#x153;mutual interest in cutting class,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rufo wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a total slacker though, he woke up for zero period every morning to be in the Jazz Band. More importantly, he was a hit with the ladies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a lot of beautiful cheerleaders in my life,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rufo, in addition to his popularity, also had the grades and the SAT scores to get into Georgetown University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to study Social and Political Thought,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was sure I was going to get into national politics.â&#x20AC;? But Rufo soon realized politics wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dirty, dirty game, and I wanted to be surrounded by creative, artistic people,â&#x20AC;? Rufo said.

    photos  courtesy  of  chris  rufo

Above,  Christopher  Rufo  poses  while  shooting  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  Senior  Games.â&#x20AC;?

After leaving the life of politics, Rufo struggled to find his artistic niche. The next few years he took every fine arts class he could: music, art, architecture, drama, cinematography. He just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the right fit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was pretty good at all of them, but not exceptional,â&#x20AC;? Rufo said. Not until after he graduated from Georgetown did Rufo stumble upon his true calling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized film is basically a combination of all art forms,â&#x20AC;? he said. He had an idea for a film, raised a little money, and called upon Keith Ochwat to travel with him to Mongolia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had no experience, no

connections, borrowed equipment, and no money,â&#x20AC;? Rufo said. The pair spent months editing footage for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roughing It: Mongolia,â&#x20AC;? a film about the contemporary culture of Mongolia. Then they got their first break. In 2006 PBS picked up the film for a national broadcast. After his first project, Rufo realized that he could see himself making documentaries all the time, so he turned his passion into a career. Since the release of his first film, Rufo has been incessantly working on new projects. Ochwat and Rufo are currently in the final editing process on two new films: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamond in the Dunesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Senior Games.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamond in the Dunesâ&#x20AC;? is the story of an Uyghur baseball player named Parhat Ablat in Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Xinjiang Province. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Senior Gamesâ&#x20AC;? is a much more light-hearted film. Rufo and Ochwat followed seven athletes at the 2009 National Senior Olympics, including a 100-year-old tennis champion. Rufoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film making has given him a new perspective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a drive and a passion, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always make more money and be more fulfilled,â&#x20AC;? Rufo said. He says one of the biggest of perks of film-making, in addition to being his own boss, is traveling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to 30 countries in the last four years,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making documentaries is a great excuse to travel.â&#x20AC;? The ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; man has done pretty well for himself. Maybe he just knew something everybody else didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the whole time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are bright and ambitious, high school just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough,â&#x20AC;? Rufo said. As someone who has managed to stay off the beaten path in life, Rufo still remains grounded. He only has a few cautionary words to Rio students today: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too rebellious, you just want to turn your back on life, you could miss out on some great opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Rufo sure didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on his.

Documentary film school reflection When I enrolled in this class, I never imagined I would be interviewing a man who had committed three armed robberies. The Documentary Foundation, a non-profit organization, offers a documentary filmmaking class for high school students. This spring I enrolled in the class without any particular interest in documentary film or filmmaking in general. I thought I was going to learn about documentaries; I had no idea the whole class was dedicated to actually making them ourselves. What separates the class, led by â&#x20AC;&#x153;teachersâ&#x20AC;? Keith Ochwat and Chris Rufo, professional filmmakers themselves, is that students with no background in film create their own documentaries in eight weeks. Four other Rio students and myself were the first minors to ever film inside of Folsom Prison for our documentary profiling inmate life. Because no one our age had ever been allowed to film and interact with inmates, most of the people at the prison wanted to keep it that way because of the obvious dangers and liabilities. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not at all interested in documentary film, I would recommend this eyeopening experience to everyone.


t t t t Above,  Rufo  Ă&#x161;dek^gjgf]g^`akf]o]j\g[me]flYja]k$ <aYegf\afl`]<mf]k& >ade]\af;`afY$l`]egna]^]Ylmj]kl`]klgjqg^YfMq_`mjZYk]ZYddhdYq]jfYe]\HYj`Yl9ZdYlaf;`afYkPafbaYf_ Province  struggling  against  racial  discrimination  and  extreme  poverty.

Doc School Fall Session Details

Saturdays from October 16 through December 11 (with no class on Thanksgiving weekend) from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Class is at KVIE-Public Televisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters, 2030 W. El Camino Ave. Tuition is $390. Scholarships are also available. 25 students will be accepted into the fall class. Visit for more details.


September  24,  2010


Raider  Cribz: Student turns vandalism into home decor with a graffiti room Josh Kleemann, 10

photos  by  alex  kleemann/editor-in-chief

Why did you decide to graffiti your room? Because I love graffiti. Where did you get your inspiration? When I was in Art in eighth grade we had to pick an artist to study. My artist was a chalk artist named Julian Beaver, and since then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really into graffiti and chalk art. How long has it been this way? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been grafittied for a while. We messed up when we were painting my room so we decided to see what graffiti would look like and it looked good so I kept it. We redid the graffiti this summer. What is your favorite part? The WHY frog because I did it. What advice do you give other people who want to redo their rooms? Do whatever you want.

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Editorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pick: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pizza-by-the-sliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

1st place: Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


The Pizza: Crispy crust, loaded with cheese and topping, Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never fails to satisfy. They serve their pizza by the slice right out of the oven. Whether a large group or just a few friends, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the mood for pizza this is definitely the place to be. The Location: In the center of midtown and regular performances by bands, Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the perfect hangout spot for your night out.

4th: Whole Foods

1415 21st St. Sacramento, CA 95811


The Pizza: A slice of gigantic proportions, Uncle Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pizza has the perfect balance of cheese and sauce. It is definitely big enough to share and great option if Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is too packed. The Location: Uncle Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finds its home in Pronto, an express Italian cafe on the outskirts of midtown. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not quite as hoppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great variety of good food if your in the mood for a little more than pizza.

1501 16th St. Sacramento, CA 95814

3rd: Zeldaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


The Pizza: Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not by the slice, Zeldaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely provides a great alternative for the traditional pizza. Zeldaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves up some awesome Chicago-style personal deep dish pizzas. The Location: A windowless cement building with two saloon style doors, Zeldaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looks more like a club than a pizzeria. But behind the doors lies some delicious pizza and a great place to spend time with family and friends.

1415 21st St. Sacramento, CA 95811


The Pizza: We all know Whole Foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has every kind of food imaginable, but did you know they also have awesome pizza? With doughy, whole wheat crust and fresh ingredients, any of the options are delicious (even the goat cheese with squash pizza we tried!) The Location: A little more main stream, Whole Foods is not one to pick for itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy, fast, and delicious. And the best part: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affordable! We got two large pieces for $5.

Upcoming Events Sept. 24 Nicholas Sparks is doing a book signing at Borders Books on Fair Oaks Oct. 6 Small Ensemble night in the band room 7-9 Oct. 7 College Night 6-8

1050 20th St. Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95816

2nd: Uncle Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Pronto

-Alex Kleeman

Dma_akH]klgEYj_`]jalYHarrYoYkl`] winner  during  the  pizza  taste  test   where  Whole  Foods,  Uncle   Nalgk$Yf\R]d\Yk Yf\Dma_ako]j] compared.

Oct. 15 Maroon 5 is playing ARCO Arena Sept. 25-Oct. 2 Banned Book Week Oct. 3 World Music and Dance Festival in Old Sacramento Oct. 9 Second Saturday Oct. 13 Picture Retake Day Oct. 18-22 Homecoming Spirit week Oct. 23 Homecoming



September  24,  2010

Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bachelor and bachelorette What do you look for in a guy? Someone short, with a nice, full mustache and great legs, like Ryan Burns.


When did you get it? We rebuilt it 5 years ago. Where did you get all the parts to restore the car? American Mustang and Kragen. Favorite part about the car? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a convertible. What is your least favorite thing about the car? It sucks to drive. It has terrible steering and brakes. Do you have any special car rules? I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive anyone else in it until the end of this year.

What do you think your best quality is? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the ladies to decide! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite pick-up line? Good thing I brought my library card, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cause Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m checking you out!

Trey Athey, 9

If you could drive anyone in your car, who would it be? Megan Fox or Katherine Heigel.

-Emma Spittler

Mom An Oregon woman makes sure to pick up her kids after allegedly robbing a bank.

1968 Mustang Convertible

Noooooooo Steve Carellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last season on the office. The beginning of the end of office fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives.

Are you rebuilding any other cars right now? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m rebuilding two other Mustangs and my dad is rebuilding a couple too. Where did you learn how to rebuild cars? My dad taught me, and he learned in England. -Danielle Arbios and Austin Hicks

photos  by  madi  zimmerman/mirada  staff

Matt Cunningham, 11

True romance on campus How did you guys meet? Andy: We met at Arden Middle School but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know each other very well until we had Spanish together last year. How long have you been together? Andy: I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been together for two months or so. What is your favorite thing about him? Wendy: His rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bod. Andy: She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me when I say something really stupid. What do your parents think of him/her? Andy: My parents think she is really sweet and smart. Wendy: My mom thinks heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely adorable and my dad thinks heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cool guy. What is your favorite movie to watch together? Wendy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgetting Sarah Marshallâ&#x20AC;? Andy: Any movie at the drive ins.

Lady Gaga gets political Superstar takes a stand against the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tellâ&#x20AC;? policy that bans gays from service.


Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the craziest adventure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had in your car? I was by myself and got really lost and ended up somewhere in Stockton. It was scary because I had no clue where I was.

Wendy Samuels and Andy Munter, 12


-Emma Spittler

Where did you get your car? My dad bought it from a random guy and then we rebuilt it. It was a complete restoration.

Biggest turn on and turn off? Turn on: Confident and good sense of humor. Turn off: Low self-esteem.

What is your favorite pick-up line? Do you know karate? â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cause, girl, your body is kickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

Describe your perfect date. Go to UFC 125, that always wins me over.

rt, 1 Alex Englebu

The first thing you notice about a girl isâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna have to go with her face.

What is the sweetest thing a guy has ever done for you? Baked me yummy cookies.

Say  what?

What are your favorite activities to do in your spare time together? Wendy: We like to wakeboard and go out to eat. What is the cutest thing he has done for you? Wendy: He makes me chocolate milk. What is your guysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; song? Both: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lime Treeâ&#x20AC;? by Trevor Hall. What is the craziest thing you guys have done? Wendy: We heard music coming from a random houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard and we just walked inside and where there was a party with all these 30 year olds. We got the weirdest looks. Where do you spend most of your time together? Andy: We spend most our time at the river. Any nicknames? Wendy: He likes when I call him Sugar Daddy! -Mariah Maxwell

Bynes gets an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Easy Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for return from retirement At age 24 Amanda Bynes ends retirement early with her new hit film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy A.â&#x20AC;? Vicious mascot attack Underdog Ohio Uâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rufus the Bobcatâ&#x20AC;? attacks Ohio Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brutusâ&#x20AC;? before Ohio Uâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat on Saturday. After quitting his position, he admits the attack was premeditated.

September  24,  2010

Kyle Morales




Star kicks way into UVA Grant Silvester scores scholarship

10,000 reasons to go to Rio


io sucks a fattie nuff said.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;jesuit 56-0.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;hahaha i canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until saturday so all these rio kids can shut up.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;people from any school besides rio will say that jesuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna win.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;baseball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading.. iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m seeing a repetitive winning streak, should we add football too or should we let rio win one?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rio girls are uglier than Jesuit girls, and Jesuit doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have girls. Also, Rio is bad at football.â&#x20AC;? Such comments not only turned the stomachs of English teachers, but also inspired the football team to a 34-33 victory over Jesuit. Trash talking always seems to be an integral part of the Rio/Jesuit rivalry, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football game was no exception. In fact, the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unholy Bowlâ&#x20AC;? led to more hostility than usual. In the past, the talking has come primarily from Jesuit (i.e. last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game), but this year twosided banter became more common. It seems that in a rivalry with a top-notch private school, trash talking is one of the few areas in which the playing field is level yearly. Though Rio cannot churn out top-ranked teams like an all-boys institution, it can create more intelligent students. But a look over the comments on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rio vs. Jesuitâ&#x20AC;? Facebook wall was disheartening. Though there were a few well-thought-out and clever arguments, most of the posts reverted to useless stereotypes, misspelled words, and offensive comments. In a battle of wits, we as a school need to be smarter or not talk at all. This is simple to do by following a few guidelines. 1. Spell all words correctly and use correct grammar. Nothing undermines an argument more than abbreviations like â&#x20AC;&#x153;urâ&#x20AC;? and incoherent sentences. 2. Avoid the classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesuit doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have girlsâ&#x20AC;? approach. Anyone who has been to Rio Homecoming can attest that seemingly half of the Jesuit student body attends, so Rio boys donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much room to talk. 3. If you talk trash, come up with something witty. The typical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gayâ&#x20AC;? statement carries no meaning or value and just makes Rio students seem ignorant. 4. Be ready to defend your statement with logic. Most people who talk trash donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think things through, so a logical rebuttal will silence most any Jesuit student. We won the trash talk battle, in part because a $10,000 a year education canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy correct spelling. Or a good football team. But no matter how you slice it, everything comes down to the numbers on the scoreboard at the end of the game. 34-33, â&#x20AC;&#x153;nuff said.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apparently $10,000 canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy correct spelling. Or a good football team.â&#x20AC;?

:qEY\akgfRaee]jeYf Staff  Writer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty athletic, I guess.â&#x20AC;? The modesty coming from senior Grant Silvester is undeniable. Silvester, who recently verbally committed to play soccer for the University of Virginia, excels in just about any sport he tries. Having played soccer since age four, the game has become second nature to him, and college scouts have taken notice. Silvester spent his summer visiting a number of schools and considering their scholarship offers. He toured colleges such as Georgetown, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara. However, the young athlete always had his hopes set on playing for the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia scouts first saw Silvester play in Florida and invited him to a summer camp with other prospective players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great. I got to meet the team and get a look at the facilities,â&#x20AC;? Silvester said. Silvester was honored to be one of only seven recruited seniors from across the nation. When not playing for his club team, Silvester plays for the school team. The senior captain is a forward for the Raiders, which is a welcome change from the demands of defense. In his third year on varsity, Silvester wants to add the elusive Section III Division Title to his list of accomplishments. Silvesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for athletics ranges far beyond soccer. This is his first year playing on the football team as kicker and he not only enjoys the sport, but also contributes to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. He voices his competitive spirit with vocal support from the sidelines.

photo  courtesy  of  Grant  Silvester

Kadn]kl]jk  six  goals  and  eight  assists  have  helped  the  team  get  off  to  a  5-1-1  start.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love me some Raiders,â&#x20AC;? Silvester said. So how does he balance two sports and AP classes? â&#x20AC;&#x153;His mom Michelle keeps him in line,â&#x20AC;? best friend and teammate Peter Hammon said. At Virginia, Silvester aspires to

win a NCAA championship and add to the rich history of Cavalier soccer, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national champions. Before starting his new adventure, Silvester hopes to hang soccer and football section title banners in the small gym.

Varsity looks to avenge section title loss :qEa[`Y]dYEad]ka Staff  Writer

Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys soccer team went undefeated in the Capital Athletic League and played in the Division III championship game against rival El Camino, where they lost 1-0. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team plans to come back stronger than before and take the title of Section Champions. With Bella Vista, Casa Roble and Del Campo moving to Division II, the boys face new competition against former Division IV teams including Antelope, Whitney and Cordova. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be more competitive with the new teams ,â&#x20AC;? senior David Ashton said. The team began the season with non league victories over Casa Roble,

photo  by  michaela  milesi/mirada  staff

Senior  Mason  Ybarra  holds  off  a  Woodcreek  defender  during  a  4-3  victory.

Yuba City, Woodcreek, Ponderosa and Oakmont. As the team prepares for league, it looks forward to facing El Camino.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our biggest rival is EC, because we lost to them in sections last year,â&#x20AC;? junior Logan Cone said. Alan Posner has been the head coach of the team for four years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach makes us better by having us run to the fence and back,â&#x20AC;? senior Matt Parkinson said. The team plans to defend last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s league title and believes it has an edge over its opponents, which was proved in their 2-1 victory over Ponderosa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in good shape and have good team chemistry,â&#x20AC;? Cone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely think our team will make it to the section finals and we intend to win,â&#x20AC;? junior Johnny Lanthier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to win more than any other team out there.â&#x20AC;?



Soph owns the net

Maddie Cannon kills the upperclassmen competition By  Carly  Tyer Staff  Writer

Sophomore Maddie Cannon rises above the net and the rest of the competition. Since 12, Cannon has had a passion for volleyball and a bright future ahead. After only three years of playing volleyball, Cannon is now one of the Sacramento Beeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Rising Stars.â&#x20AC;? But Maddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path to stardom was not always clear cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to hate the sport. I was a very serious swimmer; I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about any other sport. But in middle school, volleyball was the only sport offered, so I tried it,â&#x20AC;? Cannon said. Now starting her second year on varsity, Cannon is back with a total of 99 kills and 44 total blocks so

far, helping get this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team get off to a 11-2-0 start. Cannon has shared her time and talents with Force Volleyball Clubs for two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like club,â&#x20AC;? Cannon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is just more competitive.â&#x20AC;? For her fierce play at middle blocker and sometimes outside hitter, Cannon has earned the nickname â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maddogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really official, but sometimes they call me â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maddog,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly like,â&#x20AC;? Cannon said. When it comes to solo blocking, Cannon truly is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maddogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one on one, when you shut them down, you know it was all youâ&#x20AC;?, Cannon said. Away from the court, she enjoys spending free time, with her friends. But Cannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closest buddies also happen to be some of her teammates, including Sabine Wilson, who has been her teammate for three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We call each other our volleyball buddies,â&#x20AC;? outside hitter Wilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maddie and I do a lot of fun stuff like chest bumping or just running up, jumping as high as we can and high-fiving in the air. We also do little things that remind us to have fun. We have little sayings we say to each other to pump one another up.â&#x20AC;? Cannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s days are crammed with volleyball, even during the summer. This past summer she enjoyed going to Reno for the Junior National Olympics, where she placed 13th in the National Division. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just really fun to be in a place where no one knows you and everything is different,â&#x20AC;? Cannon said. Traveling for volleyball has given her a desire to see the world. After volleyball she is unsure what she wants to do, but would definitely like to see the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really want to travel and experience other cultures,â&#x20AC;? Cannon said. She believes in following her dreams and enjoying life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is short, revel in every moment,â&#x20AC;? Cannon said.

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Running Raiders sprint into season Team prepares for big meets and league runs By  Jessica  Obert Staff  Writer With three meets down, the cross country season is starting to kick into high gear. One of their most prestigious meets, the Stanford Invitational, is coming up, and the athletes are expected to show their college running potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really excited for the Stanford Invitational,â&#x20AC;? senior Ansel Mills said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully this year I will finish with both shoes on.â&#x20AC;? The team has built off last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success and looks to continue improving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a really strong varsity girls team this year and also several frosh/soph runners with a lot of po-

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Upcoming Games

Football 9/24/10 10/01/10 10/08/10 10/16/10 10/23/10 10/29/10

7:00 7:30 7:30 1:00 1:00 7:30

vs Casa Roble vs Bella Vista vs Cordova vs Whitney vs Mira Loma vs Antelope

at Casa Roble at Bella Vista at Cordova Home Game HOMECOMING at Antelope

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer 9/28/10 9/30/10 10/5/10 10/07/10 10/12/10 10/14/10 10/19/10 10/21/10 10/22/10 10/26/10

4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 4:00 3:30

vs Whitney at Whitney vs Mira Loma at Mira Loma vs Antelope Home Game vs El Camino at El Camino vs Cordova at Cordova vs Whitney Home Game vs Mira Loma Home Game vs Antelope at Antelope vs Jesuit at Jesuit vs El Camino at El Camino

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water polo 9/29/10 10/6/10 10/7/10 10/13/10 10/16/10 10/18/10 10/19/10 10/20/10

6:30 4:45 6:45 5:45 3:00 5:45 6:45 4:45

vs Granite Bay vs Whitney vs Ponderosa vs El Camino vs Clovis West vs Mira Loma vs Mc Clatchy vs Antelope

Home Game Home Game Home Game Home Game at UC Davis Home Game Home Game at Antelope

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water polo 9/27/10 6:30 vs Granite Bay Home Game 10/30/10 All Day Villa Park Classic Orange County 10/6/10 5:45 vs Whitney Home Game 10/7/10 5:45 vs Ponderosa Home Game 10/13/10 4:45 vs El Camino Home Game 10/15/10 7:00 vs Jesuit at Jesuit 10/18/10 4:45 vs Mira Loma Home Game 10/20/10 4:45 vs Antelope at Antelope 10/22/10 6:30 vs Monte Vista at Monte Vista

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennis 9/28/10 9/30/10 10/5/10 10/7/10 10/12/10 10/14/10 10/19/10 10/21/10

3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30

vs Mira Loma vs Antelope vs El Camino vs Cordova vs Whitney vs Mira Loma vs Antelope vs El Camino

at Arden Hills at Antelope at Arden Hills at Arden Hills at Whitney at Mira Loma at Arden Hills at El Camino

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volleyball

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tential,â&#x20AC;? Mills said. By practicing every day, even in intense heat, the cross country team hopes to go the distance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team has been training really hard this year and has a chance

to go farther than we have in past seasons,â&#x20AC;? senior Hannah Milstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to seeing how things turn out.â&#x20AC;?

9/27/10 9/29/10 10/4/10 10/6/10 10/11/10 10/13/10 10/18/10 10/20/10

6:15 6:15 6:15 6:15 6:15 6:15 6:15 6:15

vs Antelope vs El Camino vs Cordova vs Whitney vs Mira Loma vs Antelope vs El Camino vs Cordova

at Antelope at Pioneer Home Game at Whitney at Mira Loma Home Game at El Camino at Cordova

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf 9/27/10 9/30/10 10/5/10 10/7/10 10/14/10 10/18/10

11:30 3:00 3:30 3:30 3:30 12:00

vs CAL #1 vs Mira Loma vs El Camino vs Whitney vs Antelope vs CAL #2

at Diamond Oaks at Haggin Oaks at Ancil Hoffman at Ancil Hoffman at Cherry Island at Teal Bend/Woodcreek

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Jack Stradley

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Kevin Akerland

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Andy Munter

The Battle of American River Drive                                                                                             photos  by  sarah  vaira,  jessie  shapiro,  kenny  moulton,  blake  bender,  austin  hicks,  and  emma  severson

Overtime victory sets the tone for successful season :qCqd]EgjYd]k Sports  Editor Fans flooded into the west endzone and mobbed the Rio football team after senior cornerback Spencer Harris defended Jesuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-point-conversion attempt. As the dogpile broke up, dozens of students clustered behind the uprights to take pictures of the scoreboard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home 34, Visitor 33â&#x20AC;? The hype leading up to the Jesuit game began nearly six months ago when it was added to Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle of American River Driveâ&#x20AC;? had begun, and Jesuit prepared for its so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;American River Dominationâ&#x20AC;?. The game didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start off as Raider enthusiasts had hoped. B y

halftime, the sun had beat the fight out of the spectators, many Rowdy Raiders out of the stands and seemingly the life out of the Raiders, who trailed 21-6 entering the break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the first half start that we were looking for, we knew we still had a chance to comeback and beat Jesuit,â&#x20AC;? Harris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted it more than anything.â&#x20AC;? In the second half, Rio came out a changed team.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Head] Coach Mahaffey told us to put the first half behind us and focus on putting points up on the board and shutting down their offense, so we came out motivated and ready to go,â&#x20AC;? Harris said. In the third quarter, Rio unleashed the fury of a triple option offense with senior quarterback Jack Stradley behind center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have been easy to pack it in after they scored to go ahead 27-6, but we stuck to our game, shut them down offensively and found ways to score,â&#x20AC;? Stradley said.

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Workhorse running back Andy Munter helped bring the team back into the game by rushing for 172 yards and setting up seemingly ever Rio score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy is the heart of our team on both sides of the ball and opponents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how strong he is,â&#x20AC;? Harris said. Rio scored three touchdowns in the second half, two coming from Munter rushes and one on a reception from junior wideout Kevin Akerland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After we scored our second touchdown of the third quarter, I knew we were going to come back

and tie it on the next possessionâ&#x20AC;?, Stradley said. Inspired by explosive offensive play, the defense shut out the Marauders for the remainder of regulation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew the only way we could win was to not allow any more points,â&#x20AC;? Harris said. Harris and junior standout Basil Okoroike joined forces with safety Zach Simas to stifle the heralded passing attack led by Jesuit quarterback Ben Miroglio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense knew that we had to shut them down in order to give our team a chance to come back,â&#x20AC;? Simas said of the defensive intensity. As the fourth quarter wound down, the crowd had returned and the atmosphere was electric. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the comeback started, people came back from out of nowhere,â&#x20AC;? senior Drew Fishman, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greenmanâ&#x20AC;?, said. With just over a minute left, Okoroike intercepted Miroglioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pass, preventing a game-winning score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the pick, I felt sure we would win,â&#x20AC;? Okoroike said. In overtime, Rio got the ball first and promptly scored on a Stradley pass to Akerland and subsequent Grant Silvester extra point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kevin ran a great route to get some real estate in the end zone,â&#x20AC;? Stradley said. It was up to Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense to make a stop for the win. Jesuit scored on their drive, but decided to go for the two-point conversion on the extra point and the win.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;After our offense came through with four second half touchdowns, we knew we had to stop them,â&#x20AC;? Simas said. Miroglio rolled out and passed to receiver Brian Celsi. Harris covered Celsi like a blanket, batting the ball down and sealing the victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a team effort and seeing the ball on the ground was an indescribable moment, knowing that our months of hard work had finally paid off,â&#x20AC;? Harris said. Then, the mayhem began as the Rowdy Raiders sprinted onto the field to join the team in a moment of ecstasy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to win more than anything,â&#x20AC;? said Harris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew it would set the tone for the rest of the season.â&#x20AC;? With such a comeback under their belts, the players expect to win the new Capital Athletic League and make playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big game, but our ultimate goal is to go not only to playoffs, but also to sections,â&#x20AC;? Simas said. Despite the next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss to Woodland, no one can doubt Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potency after a rebound victory against Valley. A typically â&#x20AC;&#x153;weakâ&#x20AC;? football school has suddenly become a major threat by taking down not only an archrival, but also an area powerhouse. With continued determination and poise, the Raiders will look to continue their season far into November.