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Campus Art Murals The Festival of Arts week inspired us to take a campus walk to discover MVHS’s art treasures. -- Page 12-13

UC’s Revamp the Admissions Requirements in Response to State Budget Cuts By Justice Flores sports editor With our nation in an economic crisis, President Obama and company have created a $787 billion rescue package in an attempt to save the squandering economy and stimulate economic growth. While this should provide some relief for struggling California, which is suffering from high unemployment rates and a record number of homes in foreclosure, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Senate have taken further action and passed an economic bill that includes $15.1 billion in budget cuts. Of the cuts, $8.6 billion are being deducted from education, and there has also been a ten percent cut to the University of California and the California State Systems. These cuts are expected to save California up to $264.4 million, but it is likely to raise competition for admission to these colleges and reduce student See UC BUDGET Page 9

See how the winter sports teams finished their seasons off and how the spring teams are expected to perform.

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Remembering Mr. Lamb: The passing of beloved math teacher Jeff Lamb inspires staff members and students and a caring educator. His uncle by marriage, Randall HeynLamb delivered his eulogy at his On Sunday, Feb. 8, Feb. 14 funeral. In his speech, he Murrieta Valley High School lost stated, “Jeff’s patient character an educator, a colleague, a was also readily apparent teacher and a good friend. while teaching his sons to Math teacher Jeffery Allen fish and untangling lines just Lamb passed away in his sleep like his dad had done for him. at his residence in Corona Last summer while fishing at at the age of 41. Lamb is Convict Lake [California]… a succeeded by his two boys, bear came ambling along the Maxwell (5) and Isaac (8), as shore. Jeff dropped all poles well as his wife, Loretta. He and lines and brought Isaac was a big man with a big heart and his nephew, Brandon, to and in his 41 years of life, he safety until the bear settled touched the lives of many farther down the shoreline.” around him. This story exemplifies Lamb’s Lamb grew up in selfless nature. El Monte, California where He would often spend he attended Arroyo High hours after school tutoring School. At the age of eight, students and would make time he started playing baseball, to ensure that his students a game that he would grow succeed in their endeavors. to love. He developed into Isaac Lamb takes advantage of Pi Day activities, held in honor of his Senior Eric Taylor Hamilton a star pitcher, and his Senior father, to “pie”math teacher Michael Stowe. Stowe expressed how said he had the privilege to Babe Ruth all-star team went much he enjoyed it, saying “It gave me pleasure to see the smile on experience Lamb as a teacher his face when he pied me.” The March 13 event raised over $1200, to the organization’s World in his sophomore year Math which will go to assist the family. Series, where his team took Analysis class. second place. University, and was awarded his his life, who was then known as “I knew he loved his After high school, Lamb Master of Arts degree in Math Loretta Anne Chilvers. The two job, because he was never in a moved on to Cal Poly Pomona, Education. fell in love and in October 1993, bad mood. He really loved to see where he continued his baseball At the age of 21, Lamb they became husband and wife. his students improve and I would career as a pitcher and where he took a job at the happiest place on Lamb was a loving father See LAMBO Page 7 By Ian Massey editor-in-chief

earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and obtained his teaching credentials. He later continued his education at Cal State San Marcos and Concordia

Earth, Disneyland. The job began as nothing more than a sweeping job to make some money, but it was this place of employment that introduced him to the love of

Top 3 Academic Seniors Receive Riverside Staff Prepares for Possible Future International Baccalaureate English teachers Nicole Saylor and Victoria Barr’s recent educational trip to England is one of County Superintendent’s Award many steps that Murrieta Valley High School is taking to get teachers accustomed to the IB program that could debut in 2011

Seniors Dominique Salazar, Chandler Miller, and Matthew Diamond proudly show off their Riverside County Superintendent’s Awards on March 4, along with Principal Renate Jefferson. Forty-six high schools in Riverside County sent their top students to receive this award. At the ceremony, Salazar was chosen to be one of ten students on the All-County Academic Team. “It was very unexpected, but very much appreciated,” says Salazar.

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that other people, with their like how they can currently select By Emily Raese differences, can also be right.” specific AP classes. However, staff writer Students have the choice it is recommended that students The focused, hardworking student population of to take specific IB classes that they instead wholly participate in the Murrieta Valley High School has feel they will most excel in, much IB diploma program. This is a two-year program, starting in reason to rejoice. MVHS students’ junior year. is currently in the process There are six classes of applying to become an within this program, divided International Baccalaureate into categories: language, World School, a title individuals and societies, that would not only add mathematics, the arts, prestige to MVHS but experimental sciences, and a would also increase the second language. competitiveness of students The specific classes in their college applications that students would be if they choose to participate in the program. offered at MVHS would be The International English, history, economics, Baccalaureate was founded psychology, math, French, in Geneva, Switzerland Spanish, biology, chemistry, in 1968 as a non-profit physics, visual arts, and educational foundation. music. Within these classes, English teachers Nicole Saylor and Today, the International are two levels, Standard Level, Victoria Barr take a break from their Baccalaureate’s mission International Baccalaureate seminars that is similar to AP, and the is “to develop active, in order to take a trip to a London Higher Level, which is more compassionate and lifelong museum where they posed with a comparable to a college class. learners who understand statue of William Shakespeare. See IB Page 11

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MVHS Resources Finally Untapped Our school provides many resources for students to achieve their educational goals. However, many students are unaware of the vast number of resources that our school provides, leaving those resources untapped. It is important for students to take advantage of the tools that are available in order to ensure success both in high school and the future. Librarian Susan Cline is students’ guide through the educational resources of the library. There are numerous tools that students can use to help them with their classes. “A lot of kids graduate without ever taking advantage of the resources here and then crash and burn in college,” Cline states. “In college they don’t teach you to utilize these resources, so students should learn how to now so they are prepared for college.” A visit to the library webpage (this can be found from the MVHS website) is your first step on this adventure into educational resources. When you first access the library webpage you can view the library catalogue. Upon visiting the catalogue, students can see what books we have in our library on campus. The library website also provides access to AR quiz lists, help with research projects and a variety of online databases, like EBSCO and SIRS, which are good resources for research papers. Cline emphasizes the importance of students learning to use online databases. “Not all information on the internet is equally reliable. We have these resources so that students can have access to reliable information for their needs at school,” Cline says. Also in the library catalogue is a link to Webpage Express. Within this site, an expert has compiled a list of reliable webpages that can be used for research projects. “The good thing about Webpage Express is that it compiles research from a select few reliable sources. For example, I just searched Three Mile Island in Google and I have 665,000 sites. If I search it on Webpage Express, I have 45 sites and most of them are .org or .edu,” Cline stated. If we navigate back to the library webpage, and click on Newspapers, we will be taken to a page that displays a variety of diverse newspaper sites that can be used for current events. Also, the link to the Newseum in our nation’s capitol allows you to view different front pages from around the world. A student in Spanish class, for example, can open front pages from South America and read a front page in Spanish. Another untapped resource at our school is the vast information that is available through Career Technician Joan Bagwell in the College/Career Center located in the back corner of the library. “I get a lot of students coming in who need work permits and they see all the things I have in my little corner and they ask, ‘What is all this?’,” Bagwell comments. Bagwell has many different resources for all students. Throughout first semester, she contacts colleges and sets up college visits to our school by representatives from a variety of colleges. “I also have scholarship bulletins and applications for students interested in finding scholarships to help them with college,” Bagwell continues. Seniors should know about the tools that the College/Career Center holds so that they can be prepared for college and take advantage of the money available out there for students. All of this information is available online at the College/Career Center webpage on the school website. For seniors who are interested in going to Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Bagwell organizes workshops here on the MVHS campus where students can take admission tests and apply to the college. For further information, visit Bagwell in the College/Career Center. Another untapped resource can be found in the Hawk Rock, where students can purchase Nighthawk merchandise! “Students can come in to the Hawk Rock and visit the Student Store where, in addition to snacks and drinks, they can purchase Nighthawk shirts, blankets, sandals, and many other spirit materials,” says Activities Director Geniel Moon. Many students know that we have a police officer on campus, Officer Roy Vargas. But, many are unaware that he is our School Resource Officer (SRO); keyword: resource! “My main reason for being on campus is to ensure the safety of the students and staff at school, so students can come in and talk to me about any issues they have regarding that,” Vargas states. However, Vargas also has information about how students can get involved in the Police Activities League (PAL). The PAL program allows students to take part in fun activities such as mountain biking, bowling, and movie nights in a safe environment. Vargas is also the coach for a boxing activity with the PAL group. Students interested in taking part in this can visit our SRO in the counseling office for more information. Students at MVHS should utilize the resources school gives them so that they can maximize their potential as students. Take advantage of the tools that our school hands you. It is a shame to waste them.

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Sports: How do you know if you’re playing one? A facetious look at what makes a sport a sport By Jake Steele staff writer Our society is falling down around us. The world is hanging on by a thread. Our culture is deteriorating. Despite all of this, we should stay strong and preserve what is valuable to us. And what is more valuable than our ancient tradition of playing sports? Sports have been invented and played by humans for millennia. The ancient Greeks had the Olympics, in which men pushed themselves to their physical limits. In 1891, Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball, so that his New England students could exercise during the winter. Sports have always been physically demanding. So why, in a time of crisis, do we loosen our standards and let the sanctity of the title of “sport” be overused to include activities which are definitely not sports? In order to preserve one of our most ancient traditions, I propose a simple rule to correctly differentiate between sports and activities falsely masquerading as sports: if you can smoke while doing it, IT IS NOT A SPORT. To be honest, I could have chosen many other ways to define a sport. However, I believe that this is the most effective way. This is because a sport, when played, should exact a physical toll. Smoking also exacts its own toll. And logically, a person should not be able to both play a sport and smoke at the exact same time. So now I think it is appropriate to break a few myths. First, ping-pong, which some refer to as “ table tennis,” is not a sport. Not at all. Not one single bit. Ping-pong requires minimum movement. I can play ping-pong for hours and not lose my breath. Plus, table tennis does not require more than one hand—leaving the other free for holding a smoking device. Bowling is not a sport. Bowling requires coordination for a brief moment that does not preclude the player from smoking. Plus, there is so much time between your turn and the next person’s turn that a few puffs would not be detrimental to the score.

Golf and miniature golf are not sports for the exact same reasons that bowling is not a sport. Substitute the word “golf” every time the word “bowling” is used in the preceding paragraph and the paragraph will still make sense. Cheerleading is not a sport because I believe every cheerleader can be peppy and raise the spirits of an audience while smoking a cigar. Competitive cheer, however, is a sport because

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they need to attract the attention of judges with acrobatic maneuvers that could easily make a cigarette fall from hands and mouths. This brings us to the complex issue of sports in which some positions create athletes, whereas other positions do not require an athlete to participate. A prime example of this is football. Kicker? Not an athlete. The kicker is on the field for a minimum amount of time and performs one action: kicking. But Center? Athlete. This is because the Center must deal with the rough job of blocking which would preclude the player from smoking. Another important delineation must be made, for some activities only turn to sports at the professional level. Such is the case with gymnastics. I could smoke while performing my most complex gymnastic maneuvers. But a Chinese gold medal gymnast could never perform at such a level of expertise while puffing away at a perfectly balanced menthol filtered cigarette. Can you just imagine a gymnast doing all those crazy flips and spins

while holding a Camel between his lips? I can’t. And if he or she can, more power to them. Sport and non-sport distinctions are important, but it is also important to discuss sports and their close cousins, games. A game is a derivative of a sport in which one could probably play and still smoke at the exact same time. The game of HORSE is a derivative of the sport of basketball, which involves only one aspect of the sport: shooting. And while simply shooting and not running about, the player can definitely be smoking. We see this pattern all over the sport world: over-the-line, three flags up, and catch. These are all games, which include a single aspect of baseball, and even though they originated in the sports world, players can smoke while playing these games. Ultimate Frisbee is a sport that requires agility, skill, and coordination. One cannot play Ultimate Frisbee and smoke without the smoking negatively affecting performance. Yet its derivative, Frisbee, which just requires catching and throwing skills, is a simple game in which smoking is not detrimental. Games themselves must also be qualified. Just because Monopoly is a game does not mean that it has roots in the sports world. That is because in our society, we have degraded other words besides the word “sport” to mean what it should not. Monopoly is not just a game: it is a board game. Poker is a card game. The prefix, which has been neglected, is extremely important in qualifying these games. And in case you were wondering, one can play all games –-including board and card games—and still smoke. I have seen dogs play poker while smoking stogies. Humans can follow in their footsteps. As true Americans, we should not sport around with the word sport. It is ruining our culture and can easily lead to the end of the world as we know it. I propose that we use my cleverly crafted definition from now on so that the confusion and degradation will stop.

Money Can Buy Happiness By Colleen Klinefelter nest editor There’s a reason it was called the Great Depression. As Barrett Strong so bluntly stated, the best things in life are free… but you can keep them for the birds and bees. Having grown up in such a financially troubling time as the twenty-first century, and having watched my parents struggle to pay for one sibling’s

college tuition while worrying about how they’ll make ends meet to pay for mine, I’ve come to one truly depressing realization: money can buy happiness. Do I mean to say that money is the ultimate key to our long term or everlasting happiness? Absolutely not. Family, love, acquiring as much knowledge as possible and basically all the other life aspirations you can

make a character have on The Sims 2 factor—or at least should factor—so much into our ultimate happiness. To everyone who has ever said “money doesn’t buy happiness,” think about whether or not your family has gone through some sort of financial struggle; how silently disappointed you were when you didn’t get that See MONEY Page 4


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Penny for your thoughts By Jay Levy assistant editor The first thing I think about when I sit down to write this column is: “What am I gonna write?” I often pump my head full of different forms of media in an attempt to bring about some ideas for what I can write on for the school n e w s p a p e r. Right now I’m listening to a talk radio podcast, talking to friends on AIM and watching old Rugrats cartoons on mute. I have so much going on in my head t h a t I c a n ’t formulate a cohesive, quality article, so I’m going to take the easy way out. I’m going to write about a bunch of random things that are on my mind. Enjoy. 1. Puppies: Puppies seem to be the cutest things in the entire world. It is hard for me to look at one and not run up to hug it. I love walking around seeing puppies and I seem to say the same thing every single time: “Oh my God! How cute!” I should think of some new things to say like: “That puppy is so cute that I have to stop doing what I’m doing and point that out to you!” I like that one. 2. No Doubt: Yes, I am talking about the ska band that has been around since the early 1990s. They went on hiatus so that Gwen Stefani could go off and make music on her own. Gwen’s solo career with dancey, hip-hop-ish music has been fruitful and she’s made a lot of money (more than she did with No Doubt, no doubt) peddling mediocre auditory sound waves and selling mediocre handbags. To make things worse, the band is touring with pop-punk band Paramore, whose lead singer is female as well. Congratulations. Past and present 15-year-old girls, I’m sure, are ecstatic. I’m not sexist, and I The Talon Murrieta Valley High School 24105 Washington Ave. Murrieta, CA 92562 (951)698-1408 ext. 5627 The Talon opinion pages are an open forum for the exchange of comment and criticism, and is open to everyone. The Talon reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity and factual accuracy, but will not attempt to alter meaning or intent. Letters to the editor should

love bands with female vocalists or members, like the Dresden Dolls, City Mouse, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb and Sleater-Kinney; however, I have higher standards for the music that I shove into my ears via earbud headphones. 3. Obama: Many people are very excited about our new

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president; many people are very angry about how the election turned out. Like it or not he’s inherited a mess of a nation. This is how I feel about it: Yes, I’m happy that Obama beat McCain. Yes, I know it’s a large step for Americans to vote in an AfricanAmerican president. No, I don’t think he’s going to solve all of our problems. Yes, he’s just another politician to me. Yes, I hope he does as good of a job as he can with the situation he is in. No, I’m not a democrat. Yes, I still believe that there is a better alternative to democracy. 4. Becker’s Cookies: Those who have been around me recently at school know that I’ve been raving about Becker’s Bakery in Manhattan Beach near Torrance and L.A. Ay dios mio! These cookies are the tastiest pastries I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. They’ve gotten me through tough times and made good times better. Check it out online and get your buns down there and live. I recommend the surfboard cookies and the crystal sugar stars or circles. 5. Fake Problems: Fake Problems is one of my favorite be e-mailed to Mrs. Karen Winn at kwinn@mvusd.org or delivered to Rm. 627, and will be published at the discretion of the staff. They must include the writer’s name and grade. The Talon editorial represents the opinion of our staff, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the MVHS administration, its staff or the MVUSD administration and the school board. All other opinion pieces represent the views of the writer. Advertisements for products and services

bands. Not my favorite, but one of the bands that I love that is making great music. They recently signed to SideOneDummy Records, a major label, and just released a new full length, It’s Great To Be Alive. This album is strong, front to back. They blend punk, folk, country, and good ole rock n’ roll into an amazing combination of awesomeness. I’m lucky enough to be pretty good friends with boys in the band. They are down to earth and fun to be around, in addition to making stellar music. 6. College/ Economy/Jobs: Why must we need college to get a good job when college costs a fortune, which leads to the necessity of having a job to pay for college to get a good job. But, with the current economy, it is extremely hard to get a job at all, let alone one that will provide the money needed to attend college. This leaves said person into a go-nowhere job that pays very little. And it’s a vicious cycle of suckage. Our generation has to deal with this more than the generation before us, and most likely the generation after us. Times are hard (what with people offing themselves and family after being laid off), but prosperity will come back. We’ve just got to try our best and make good decisions now. Apply for scholarships, make connections and networks, and befriend the dean of a college. It is really nice to break from the mold every once in a while. In high school things can get really stressful. So take a step back and embrace the random and the stress and make the best of it. Or at least get some Becker’s cookies, listen to Fake Problems’ new album and hug a puppy. which appear do not imply endorsement by either The Talon or the MVUSD.

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Contagious or Not? By Emily Raese staff writer

through the air at a staggering speed. I realized that, its not my fault Murrieta is I’m sick! one of the There’s few special only so parts of the much you world that can do! So doesn’t I say to experience you, don’t a despair, it’s designated not your “ f l u fault you’re season.” currently Instead, wrapped in we tend to four layers get colds of blankets, in waves. with only First, there your arms are the and eyes people emerging who have from your terrible c l o t h Art by DANIEL BALOGH immune fortress to systems and had the misfortune feel around for the t.v. of traveling during winter break, remote and your bowl of soup. exposing themselves to all kinds Oh no. You’re just a victim of of exotic germs and coming back a ridiculous misconception; that to school in January, sick as a dog. we’re all pristine and, that there Then, their friends get sick, and is no way our germs could make so it goes in a rather unfortunate anyone else sick. systematic pattern. By the time We’ve all been in the March rolls around, the poor saps rather uncomfortable position of who weren’t sick in December being in the desk next to a deathly have received the lovely gift that ill classmate at some point or keeps on giving, the common the other. They’re truly hard to cold. mistake; usually they’re barely

“If you’ve taken any kind of biological science class, you know that viruses are easily spread. The common cold is a virus.” With all of the glorious advances we’ve made in the constant battle against colds, such as hand sanitizer and Kleenex, shouldn’t it be nearly impossible to ever get sick? This question came to my mind while I was sitting in the waiting room of A+ Urgent Care, shivering and coughing. I wondered, “ How could this have happened?! I was so careful… I washed my hands… I ate fruit.. I ….” I trailed off when I realized the rather disturbing answer was sitting directly across from me in the form of another patient coughing a rattling, phlegm-ridden cough, without covering his mouth… spewing literally millions of germ-flooded water molecules

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visible behind the layers of tissues they’ve stockpiled on their desk and occasionally (twinge), they wipe their running, flowing nose with their already crusty sleeve. Its all you can do to hold back a scream of, “ Are you crazy?! Go home! I don’t want your disease!” But instead, you shoot them a withering glance every time they cough or sneeze, open mouthed, without any kind of coverage. It’s at this point that they look at you defensively and say, “ Oh its ok, I’m on antibiotics, I’m not contagious,” or my personal favorite, “I’ve been sick for more than three days, I’m not contagious.” Even See COLD Page 4

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: Yes it’s true, the bathrooms are really gross. I go to the restrooms and there are no seat covers, and when I go to wash my hands there is no soap! I would wait until I’m home to go to the bathroom but I don’t have a strong enough bladder to hold it all day. I don’t believe the custodians put soap every night because I go to the restrooms everyday and there’s none. Even at break. If it gets refilled at night, how is it that the soap is gone by second period? The security really do need to watch out for crazy teens who ruin things on campus. I hate feeling dirty just washing my hands with water or not having seat covers. This really has to be dealt with because it’s affecting a lot of teens who’d like themselves to be clean. Regards, Jenny Garcia

Dear Editor: This is a great article. It is nice to write and show everyone about Ryan Talamantes experience in viewing and attending the inauguration of President Obama. This should show others that it’s possible to experience things as great as that. I never knew Ryan, or any of us, could be on the news to be interviewed. That was pretty cool. It’s great to share Ryan’s experience with all of us Nighthawks. Well done on this article. It would be nice to see more from you. Regards, Bronte M

Dear Editor: Hello I’m a student here at Murrieta Valley High School. I’m writing a response to your article of our broken economy. It’s a great subject to write about seeing how our very existence revolves around our economy. But there was something I noticed. You should have mentioned all the reasons leading to our broken economy, there are many reasons. It’s a great article and I’m looking forward to reading other articles of importance from you. Regards, Gregory Misamore

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kids can move in and out of the gates seems dumb to I really enjoyed the me. The security guard is article on pg. 3 titled Little totally worthless when the Pet Shops of Horror by Bryan throngs of kids are moving Thomas. That article really through the gate. inspired me a lot. I love dogs It was a very and animals and truthfully I enlightening article. had no idea of these “puppy mills”; how can people be so Regards, cruel. Thank you for letting Anonymous Nighthawks know about these cruel things. Have a Dear Editor: nice day! After reading Young Regards, Knights to the Rescue Yathzin Villanueva I thought the sentence structure was decent but Dear Editor: I clearly thought more information could have I was extremely been a valuable asset. Not happy you included the only was the information “Little Pet Shops of Horror” boring, it lacked correct article. While many people grammar and bored me. I hear of adopting animals, suggest more information many think the poor pound being placed in the article puppies are mangy mutts and greater thought so as that can’t compare to the not to bore the reader. pure-bred perfection of pet It was decent but I shops. I have had about did not enjoy reading the 5 dogs in my lifetime, 2 article. from breeders, 2 adopted, 1 from a pet store. The only Regards, dog that didn’t turn out John Henderson well was from the pet store. Turns out they lied about Dear Niall McCarthy: him. They said he was a “bullador,” while he was I have read your really a pitbull. We couldn’t article on “Boys wrestle have him in the house down strong season.” It is because he was already too a great story on all the boys aggressive for my younger and their accomplishments. sisters. It saddened me that You wrote the article really he could have had a much well and are accurate on all better life than growing your facts and information. up in a puppy mill, being People want to hear a little mistreated, briefly getting a more about individuals and good home, then being sent their statistics. But overall to LEAF. I hope the world a well written article. I look will start adopting more. forward to reading more of your articles. Regards, Samantha Hamill Regards, Anonymous

Dear Barrett Adams:

I enjoyed reading your article. I agree, our school bathrooms are disgusting. I don’t even like to go to the bathroom here, so I usually just wait until I get home. Now although the custodians claim to be cleaning the bathrooms daily, they don’t seem to be getting the job done. Some toilets are clogged for days. You should of asked the students input about the custodians work. So this bathroom issue is a big deal and our school needs to figure out a way to fix it.

Dear Andrea:

Dear Editor:

I read the article “Girls’ Basketball Making History.” I read this one because I am on the varsity basketball team here at MVHS. I really enjoyed the article because it was about my team, but there are a few changes that I think should be fixed. First, I would like to have pictures just like the other sports articles have. Also, it would be better if there were more quotes from the players on the team. Lastly, I would like to have mentioned that we won our Nighthawk Classic Tournament over the Winter break. I hope you can take all of these into consideration for next time. Thank you for your time.

I liked your article very much. The fact that

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DVD for Christmas; how upset you became when your dad decided not to buy you that iPod. Though you were a good sport about it, Christmas morning could have seemed better with those little packages under the tree. And when I say that money can buy happiness, I’m not just talking about those little things, like the iPod or the DVD. I’m also talking about the relief money can bring to one family in some sort of need. Think about the parental “time of the month” (and by that, I mean the emotional mess that overtakes your parents when they’re paying the bills). Would our parents be so entirely stressed to pay the bills if they had an endless flow of cash? Nope. Hearing my own parents yell and scream about how I can’t put the air conditioning on so high because the electric bill will bring insanity to the household only further proves my point. Having money is a stress reliever, plain and simple. Lacking money is a stress trigger, plain and simple. I’m sure that a few juniors and seniors know what I’m talking about. As a junior, I was consumed with the excitement of looking at all the wondrous colleges I might have the chance of attending one day. Those Seven Sister schools looked mighty fine in my eyes. Those Claremont colleges looked pretty swell too, if I had any shot of getting in. When I brought my excitement to the dinner table, I came to a few unfortunate and abrupt realities by my parents. Let’s just say that the terms “out of state” and “tuition” and “scholarship” and “private school” are pretty sore subjects in my household nowadays. The dreams of attending my favorite schools came crashing down

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if this was true, who likes to be showered in a classmate’s diseased saliva? Personally, I’m just not into that kind of thing. It cracks me up when people say these things to me because, they’re simply untrue. A c c o r d i n g t o D r. Alan Greene MD, the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, “When someone has a cold, the nose is teeming with cold viruses. You can catch a cold by inhaling the virus if you are sitting close to someone who sneezes.” There are 200 different types of viruses that can cause a cold, and according to Dr. Greene, whether you’ve been sick for three days or seven, as long as your nose is still leaking, you’re contagious. Many people claim that due to their antibiotics, they aren’t contagious. Since antibiotics make symptoms slowly fade away, there could logically be some kind of correlation. But the mere fact that you’ve taken a magic “get-well” pill

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relatively quickly. I completely agree with my parents. In an economic crisis as bad as the one we’re in, with college tuitions across the county shooting through the roof, now is probably the time to shoot for something more modest. Most middle-class parents are faced with enormous money woes even if their child is attending a public school; even if said child has been granted some kind of scholarship or financial aid. I’ve also come to the realization that the tuition bill will haunt me long after I’m out of college. For those of you shaking your heads at my words, consider what I’m saying. We all try to have some sense of morality, and yet, we’ve all succumbed to the vanities a little dough can buy us at one point or another. We’ve all been embarrassed when we had to put something back on the shelf at the store after the clerk told us that 20 bucks wouldn’t cover everything we want. There are so many little necessities that can make us happier than, oh, say, a hungry homeless person. So you kind of have to consider the fact that money buys our food, too. Simple comforts that set us at ease, such as those much-needed vacations after a year of hard work, nicer homes, and softer beds to lie in at night are all things that can bring happiness to us. In these simplistic ways, money can buy happiness. And again, to those of you who scoff at my words, I agree completely that we should put our life emphasis on the value of the simple things (friends, family, etc.), and true, those are things money can’t buy. But let’s be honest—two Benjamins in your wallet are probably going to bring a smile to your face, too. Don’t tell me it won’t. doesn’t make your sneeze spittle clean and germ-free. If you’re sneezing, you’re spreading your cold. I don’t want to seem petty, but seriously? Let’s be logical here. If you’ve taken any kind of biological science class, you know that viruses are easily spread. The common cold is a virus. Therefore, unless you have an evil vindictive plan to make the entire population of Murrieta Valley High School miss seven days of school surrounded by humidifiers and Nyquil bottles, (please, I beg of you in earnest) shut, or at least cover your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on. And don’t tell me you’re not contagious. Because it’s simply not true. Unless you’ve found a way to instantaneously snatch the cold germs from your saliva molecules the moment they fly from your face, you’re going to make me sick. Which I don’t want. Please don’t make me curse your name when I wake up with a frog in my throat.


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February Students of the Month These are the names for the February Students of the Month, nominated from the Math Department: Melanie Grieder, Natalie Joseph, Maria Obeso, Mason Gray, Carissa Hames, Max Murphy, Cheyanne Hunter, Casey Henry, Jon Ethan Nussbaum, Noah Aguilar, Adielyn Mendoza, Melanie Daly, Halley Bishop, Casey Howley, Abrahim Vojdani, Kyle McCaughey, Candace Fulton, Johanna Heinmueller, Casandra Quintero, Nathan Lee, Bryton McCluskey, Kelly Kirtland, Nichele Anderson, Amy Cohen, Christina Bryson, and Abigail Corn.

Makin’ banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend By Bryan Thomas staff writer

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The Murrieta Valley High School Interact Club extended their helping hands on Friday, Feb. 13, at the annual local Valentine’s Day dance for special needs adults. Along with Vista Murrieta High School’s Interact Club, members helped with the set-up, served dinner and desserts, and danced with the community guests. The clubs “worked really well together,” according to Interact president, senior Darryl Valdez. Junior Bodin Rojanachaichanin (above) commented, “We all had a fun time dancing and serving everyone, and the Vista students all seemed to be really nice and hard-working,” added Rojanachaichanin. Juniors Brittany Agnihotri and Joanna Arguelles, who helped distribute wristbands to the guests for Valentine photos, agreed that “the guests were all so fun and sweet. They all kept the party going and they were all so eager to interact with everyone there.” Agnihotri added, “The night was at its best when the DJ brought out his collection of crazy hats and everyone got to put them on. We all formed conga lines and had a great time dancing.”

factory farming business. Opposed to what many may think, vegans have not confined themselves to a life of boring, monotonous health foods and salad. In fact, the modern vegan diet may not look at first glance any different than that of anyone else. Faux meat and

Today vegetarians exist in all parts of the world and from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for their choice of diet. Yet with its spread, the definition of what it means to be a vegetarian has also become somewhat ambiguous. While some choose not to eat meat, some partake in fish as well, and others even eat chicken. And though there is no doctrine upon which a vegetarian must strictly abide, many may feel confused on what the lifestyle truly entails. One more strict group of vegetarians, called Photo courtesy of INTERNET vegans, chooses to refrain from the use of all animal dairy substitutes have allowed products. This includes not almost anything imaginable to be only foods like meat, eggs, and made animal-free. Pancakes, an Alldairy, but other products like can be leather and wool. While the American favorite, choice of veganism could be easily altered to fit any animaldue to a variety of religious or conscious diet. Here is a quick dietary reasons, a large number and painless recipe for dairy free of those who choose to be banana pancakes: vegan do so because of ethical 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose reasons, claiming that animal flour abuse does not just end with the 2 tablespoons sugar or natural meat industry but with the entire sweetener

2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1 ¼ cups soymilk or other dairyfree milk 3 medium-size ripe bananas, peeled and sliced In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice and set aside. In a food processor or blender, combine the soymilk and half of the bananas and process until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing with a few swift strokes until just combined. Fold in the remaining bananas. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and heat a lightly oiled griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Ladle about 3 tablespoons of the batter onto the hot griddle. Cook on one side until small bubbles appear on top. Flip the pancakes with a metal spatula and cook until the other side is lightly browned. Keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven while finishing the remaining batter. Serve on a cool morning and with a tall glass of soymilk and enjoy.

Seniors of the Month named for February

February’s Seniors of the Month are Shelby Moraga and Jake Tarabilda. Shelby Moraga has accumulated above a 3.5 GPA, with a senior course-load including ASB, Advanced Bio Med, AP English, AVID, and Economics, while also excelling in student leadership and other activities outside of the classroom. During the senior of the month ceremony Feb. 28, Principal Renate Jefferson noted Moraga’s “strong finish to the year,” and Moraga’s parents say that “we’re extremely proud of her, whether or not she was even nominated for Senior of the Month.” When she isn’t spending her time working with ASB or AVID, building floats, setting up school dances, or tutoring younger AVID students, Moraga spends her time outside of school

working at Kalmia Tanning, a job she describes as being “really fun and a laidback.” After high school, Moraga plans

SHELBY MORAGA to attend either San Marcos or Pepperdine, with her hopes set on Pepperdine, saying she “would love to go to college near the

ocean because the ocean is my place. I would love living near the beach.” Though she is ready to move on to her future plans, some of her favorite high school memories include sophomore prom and “being a part of Vista’s defeat in both football and basketball.” Her inspiration that has driven her throughout high school is her older cousin Brandon, an MV and Notre Dame Alum. She says that “we’re very close, having grown up together, and he’s accomplished all his goals and exceeded them. He is a very driven person and he is living the dream and I aspire to follow in his footsteps.” Jake Tarabilda, noted for his “hard work, persistence, and diligence” by Jefferson, takes his work ethic and his commitment to excellence to both the classroom and outside of school.

Tarabilda is a leader in both ASB and on the basketball court. He is part of the Activities team in ASB, and as such helps plan school

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activities and dances designed to promote student activism. Tarabilda also plays guard for the Nighthawk varsity

basketball team, and this season led the team to a 20-2 record, including their CIF victory. A talented player, Tarabilda has won the Southern California Sportsman of the Year award with other players in the state, and has been recruited by UCSD to play for their school. Says Tarabilda of his commitment to UCSD: “It will be awesome playing for UCSD alongside my buddy Dylan Bohanan. We have played basketball together for years, and to continue playing with him into college is an exciting opportunity.” Tarabilda’s parents are proud of his accomplishments saying, “It’s been a great ride these four years, and he has worked very hard.” “He has put so much time into school and basketball that we’re glad he was nominated for this award. He’s a really great person,” they concluded.


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MV’S Own Top Chefs of the Future Food and Beverage Production students looking to earn scholarships and attend culinary academies the prestigious culinary school. “I offers three majors: Hospitality spices, where they come from, don’t know if I’ll start out there, and Management, Patisserie and and where different dishes come but I’ll end up there. It’s my dream Baking, and Culinary Arts. Riego from. “Basically I have learned the history behind it all,” said The MVHS Food and school,” said Webster in a recent plans to major in Culinary Arts. interview. In fact, she visited Riego. For the 18 months that Beverage Production class is the campus over the summer Riego has some big she is there, Riego will be learning definitely getting down to business. for a week, where she stayed in plans in the future, as evidenced to cook cuisines from all over the The students of the dorms like by her commitment to Le Cordon world. The program is designed this class are a n a t t e n d i n g Bleu. She sees herself across the to be 15 months in length -12 serious about s t u d e n t a n d world on the tiny island of Japan, months on campus followed cooking, and they p a r t i c i p a t e d working under a top chef in a top by a three-month internship are determined i n t w o d a y s restaurant. This isn’t surprising, where students apply their newly to follow their of laboratory acquired skills in the “real” seeing as her favorite dish is passion. Seniors c l a s s e s . S h e world. Riego is most excited to sushi – any kind of sushi. “My Rebecca Webster might Riverside be “cooking with ingredients I’ve greatest dream it to find a job and Liberty Riego C o m m u n i t y never heard of and then eating it in the Food Network or try and are planning to C o l l e g e i n for the first time.” open a restaurant,” said Riego. cook up some order to get all She even aspires to Le Cordon Bleu seems success after of her general open an interactive bakery shop to have fallen into Riego’s lap graduating by education out of where people can make their perfectly. She was researching attending colleges the way. In the fantasy cake, and wants to open colleges and came across it, at first specializing in future, Webster a branch in Murrieta. With so just putting it in the back of her the culinary arts. Photo by JAY LEVY aspires to operate much ambition, Riego has a good mind for future reference. Seniors Aaron But then she saw a poster chance of being quite successful S a n c h e z a n d Liberty Riego hopes for a her own bakery, culinary career. a combination for it in her Foods class. Talk in the future. Cassie Ramsey o f “ P a n e r a College isn’t the about fate! “Wow, I really like are currently Bread and Starbucks.” only thing preparing for the Top Teen Chef She also “wants marinating scholarship competition sponsored t o l i v e s o m e w h e r e in the minds by The International Culinary on the east coast,” or of students School of the Art Institutes. maybe even in England in Foods. Clearly, these students know what or France one day. Sanchez and they want and are on their way to She wants to name Ramsey have getting it. her bakery something entered the Becky Webster has “French-esque,” so Best Teen Chef recently been accepted into the maybe France would Competition Johnson & Wales’ Baking and complement her cozy 2009 at The Pastry program. It is a fourlittle bakery perfectly. International year university in which the first Culinary two years are spent on general North Carolina School at The education and the second two is thousands of miles Art Institute years are heavily focused on the away from here, but of California – major, with the Baking and Pastry We b s t e r i s “ r e a l l y San Diego. On major as the most popular. Webster excited” about it. “I like Mar. 14 these applied online for free and only a to be independent,” she two students week and a half later she received explained. She “learned planned to her acceptance letter. Photo by FELISHA MILES a lot about herself” while put their best Three to four days after Seniors Aaron Sanchez and Becky Webster cook up attending the summer foot forward the happy news she received a some success. Sanchez entered the National Best Teen program at Johnson & and cooked scholarship letter in the mail: for Chef Competition and Webster has been accepted to to the best of Wales. $22,000! If she goes to Johnson Senior Liberty the Baking and Pastry Program at Johnson & Wales in their abilities. & Wales’ North Carolina campus, Winning this Webster will receive $5,500 for Riego has committed to North Carolina. attend Le Cordon Bleu competition each year she attends. The money program within the California would result in a full-tuition this [school],” thought Riego. won’t cover the entire tuition School of Culinary Arts in scholarship toward a bachelor’s The Foods class, led by teacher – which is around $35,000, but it Pasadena, starting as early as degree, associate’s degree, Marguerite Smith hasn’t only sure is a great start. July 1 this year. The school certificate or diploma program helped her find the perfect college. However, Webster is unsure if she is going to attend specializes in culinary arts, and It helped Riego to understand to study culinary arts.

Class of ‘09: Close To The Finish Line Important dates: March 20: Mr. Nighthawk Contest; 7PM Theatre March 30-April 3: Prom Tickets on Sale (Seniors Only) April 2: Prom Fashion Show; 6PM Theatre April 6-17: Spring Break April 22: Deadline Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets; $40 April 28: Knott’s Berry Farm; 9AM-6PM April 28-May 1: CST Testing May 2: Prom; 6PM-12AM The Wild Animal Park May 4-15: Announcement Delivery and Distribution May 5: AP Exams Reminder: To participate in senior activities, students MUST have all discipline and debts cleared.

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The first place local winner will progress to the National Best Teen Chef Final Round Competition, which will be

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Cassie Ramsey loves to cook Mexican food.

held on Saturday, May 9 at The Art Institute of Charlotte. In addition to a full tuition scholarship and the title of Best Teen Chef 2009, the national first place winner, in partnership with Food Network, will be an “Intern for a Day” at Food Network Kitchens in New York City. Sanchez is “really thankful” to Smith for informing him of this competition. Part of the application process included cooking a favorite dish, and Sanchez chose a chicken vegetable stir-fry. “If you love to do it, and you’re driven by it... just do it,” said Sanchez confidently, clearly excited about following his dreams. Just as enthused is Ramsey, who really wants to attend The Art Institute of California, San Diego. “It will definitely be an experience I’ll never forget,” said Ramsey. Her favorite meal to cook is all Mexican food because “it tastes the best and it’s the most fun to cook.” Whether it be a passion for baking or for sushi, this kind of attitude seems to be the one that will get you where you want to be.

On Tuesday Feb. 17, Murrieta Valley High School held a blood drive sponsored by the San Diego Blood Bank. The drive went from 8 AM until 1 PM. In total, 103 pints of blood were collected from approximately 130 donors that included students, staff members and community members. Senior Taylor Robinson (above) has o-positive blood, which is the universal blood type. “When I turned 17, I was excited to be able to give blood,” she stated. “This was my second chance to give blood and I love the possibility of my blood saving lives.”


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Continued from Page 1 even see him at least once a week in the library after school tutoring students that weren’t even in his class,” Hamilton stated. Since joining the staff in 1999, Lamb has left a lasting impression on the MVHS campus. His passing has allowed a plethora of stories to surface from staff members and students that show the essence of his character, his humor and the legacy he leaves behind. Junior Rebecca Liechty was one of Lamb’s students who served as his teacher’s assistant this year. Just days before her teacher’s passing, Liechty nominated her favorite teacher for a Feather Form, which is an MVHS student nomination-based award that honors inspirational

JEFF LAMB I was inspired by the man who loved Pi,” Liechty wrote to her inspiration. Math teacher Michael Stowe delivered speeches at both Lamb’s funeral and MVHS’s

Photo by KAREN WINN Wendy Mendez helped in the face painting booth, one of the many activities offered at the Pi Day lunch celebration. Other activities included a pie-eating contest, musical chairs, slices of pie for sale, a raffle and memorizing pi.

teachers. In a school-wide scrapbook designed by students and staff, Liechty wrote a special message following her teacher’s death. “I know I failed at being your student, but I still hung around. Being your TA brought me pretty close to you. I got to know you a lot better as a friend. You were always there for me as a father figure. If I do become a teacher it was because

memorial service (Feb. 24). Last June, Stowe, Lamb and fellow math teachers Teddy Ko, Dean Nielson and Jameson LeRossignol traveled to French Camp on Rock Creek, just south of Mammoth Lake for five days. The trip allowed the math teachers to have “male bonding” and relax following the long school year. The group called themselves Mathmen of Murrieta.

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Stowe explains, “Jeff was more than a best friend, he was my brother. I respect and admire him as a teacher and a friend, but even more as a father and a husband. He was a model family man if there ever was one.” According to Stowe, the Mathmen of Murrieta are not disbanding. To honor Lamb and keep the tradition alive, “We are going to schedule this trip every year and hopefully more men of math will participate,” Stowe stated. Lamb was a wellrespected teacher, friend, husband and father. Principal Renate Jefferson wrote in the late teacher’s memorial scrapbook that “Mr. Lamb was a wonderful colleague. He was so connected to his students and was always willing to do extra things to write curriculum, explore a new program and support students. We will cherish our time with him forever.” In honor of Lamb, the math department held its annual Pi day celebrations, which he used to love to take part in. Pi is an irrational number that is truncated to 3.14. Therefore, March 14 has traditionally been known as MVHS’s Pi day. However, since March 14 was a Saturday, the math department held Pi day on Fri. March 13, this year for a different purpose. It was to honor Lamb, the man whose life was so enveloped in his work that he tattooed the Pi symbol on his arm. There were a number of activities held, including a pie throwing contest that allowed students to throw pies in the faces of staff members. All proceeds collected will be delivered to Mr. Lamb’s family. Students are also encouraged to drop off donations for Lamb’s family in the Bookkeeper’s Office.

Photo by KEVIN BRADLEY Many of teacher Kevin Bradley’s robotics students wanted to pay tribute to Lamb. Using a laser, they created a “Lambo” logo that will be affixed to their robots for the remainder of their tournaments. The class also created a smaller acrylic version that was included in a scrapbook presented to the Lamb family.

In 41 years of life, Jeffery Allen Lamb’s influence stretched across numerous lives. Although his untimely death has surely saddened those who

came into contact with him, it is comforting to know that he was able to inspire, to teach and to make a difference in the lives of many. Rest in peace, Mr. Lamb.

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Places to Go: The Adobes Take a visit to the Santa Rosa Plateau, a Murrieta pleasure

The Rachel’s Challenge club recently collected 40 pairs of glasses and 16 glasses cases to donate to Lenscrafters, which takes the glasses to children living in a third world country. The glasses are tagged by Lenscrafters and fitted to impoverished youths, who receive the ocular aids from employees of the organization who are sent on mission trips. “These glasses may become their only pair of glasses they own in their lifetime,” said club adviser Nicole Saylor, speaking about the positive impact the club’s drive may have. “Our mission is to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion within our campus and community,” Saylor said. Pictured above are freshmen from Saylor’s 4th period English class, who helped her organize the proceeds of the eyeglass drive.

Dance Teams Compete Hollee Romero said, “I was pleased. Of course we want to win every time, but it was nice to qualify for the championship division. We have the potential to do very well at nationals.” Junior varsity competed on Feb. 22 at Aurora High School in their first and “by far strongest performance,” said junior Michelle Jones. The team competed in the large open division and placed first in jazz and second in Dance Team recently competed at the USA regional competition. hip-hop. Sophomore captain Cambria Schmiz competed at Fountain Valley and junior captain Kayla Peralta High School, and qualified for both agreed that, “this is by far the USA national’s competition the best jazz year, and in general at the Anaheim Convention we’ve scored all around better than previous years.” Center. In regards to the junior To qualify for nationals the team had to score an 85 varsity team, coach Romero percent or higher in competition, commented, “I am so thrilled to which requires little to no see how well they did on their mistakes. They placed third in first competition, and they too hip-hop and sixth in jazz within have so much potential. I couldn’t the champion category. Coach be more proud.” Recently, the Murrieta Valley’s dance teams competed in the USA regionals. O n March 1 the varsity dance team

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Recent rains have filled the seasonal vernal pools at the top of the Plateau.

By Jake Steele circulation manager The typical Murrieta resident may find it difficult to escape the humdrum life of daily rituals. Everyday is the same: school, work, traffic, sleep, school, work, traffic, sleep, and the cycle continues day in and day out until Monday does not become Tuesday but rather is Tuesday, and the days of the week are just mere versions of each other. And then the weekend comes, and with it a slim chance at freedom. And what better way is there to spend your chance at freedom than escaping the monotonously industrialized world that we have created? A trip to the adobes at the Santa Rosa Plateau can alleviate the pains of this boredom. To get there, follow Clinton Keith west. At the first left past the La Cresta entrance is the visitor center, which is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The adobes can be reached from the visitor center, but a more interesting hike can be found about three miles west of the visitor center. This trailhead is after the second stop sign and is

any time of the year, but it is especially beautiful during spring and early summer when the plant life is vibrant with color and the air won’t suffocate walkers with heat or cold. During the spring, after the first major rains, the vernal pools will start to fill. At the moment, water is up to the knees at the pools. The vernal pools are a rare sight unique to the area. They are simply seasonal pools that teem with life once they are drowned in water; everything from frogs and water spiders, to the elusive and endangered “fairy shrimp” can be found at the pools. After passing the vernal pools, a nice downhill hike awaits adventurers. The trail goes through sections alternating with coastal sage scrub, chaparral, Engelmann Oaks, and bunchgrass. It is at this point that hikers must be wary, however; coyotes and mountain lions can be a real threat in the area. No person should go alone or unprepared. Soon, something out of place will appear. A giant palm tree will loom above in the horizon and will mark the final destination. The adobe houses lie near this non-native tree, and provide a nice rest area. Right

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A highlight of the Santa Rosa Plateau is a visit to the historic adobe houses.

marked simply with spaces on the side of the road for cars to park. This trail is a nice walk

next to the house is a 400-yearold oak that gives shade to those who want to spend time relaxing after the mildly tiring walk.

The adobes also have a rich history. They were originally built and used as bunkhouses for cowboys in 1846, when the plateau was home to a working cattle ranch. Since then, the houses have been preserved to mark the past importance of the area. A newer addition to the area is a garden that is a home to exclusively native plant life. In front of most of the plants are plaques that indicate the names of the plants and what early

Palm trees guide the way to the adobe house.

settlers used them for. Cures for headaches as well as teas could be made from the plants grown in that garden. Another upside: minimal maintenance is required. Of course, the downside to the trip is that once you reach the adobes, you must leave at some point. That means a walk back uphill. But when all is considered, the beauty and rare sights of the trip overshadow any walk uphill. A trip to the adobes and the Santa Rosa Plateau is a perfect way to escape the pattern that at times can be so hard to break.

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Investing now may be the best strategy for students online wrote that typically “Five percent is about what you might get from a certificate of deposit (CD) or with a government bond over time, 10 percent is about the historical average stock market return, and 15 percent is what you might get if you decide to learn how to pick your own stocks.” Why is it that starting to invest at a young age is so strongly suggested? One word— compounding. By starting now, especially when so many stocks have plummeted in response to the economic situation, you are positioning yourself to have a huge advantage and receive literally thousands through compound interest. So why not? Are a few thousand dollars worth the ten minutes it might take to Goolge up “beginner investing strategies,” or even “compound interest?” Try it today, this weekend, set a date and a time. There is no law that says investing is only for the old or the rich. If anything, it is the teens that have the unique option to hold onto stocks for a good amount of time; positioning you—yes you—in a key period to make pretty hefty returns, whether you choose the stock market or aluminum can route.

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Investing (especially as a teenager)—why do it? It seems as though many people have been discouraged from investing in the stock market since the start of our nation’s economic downturn. Many prior investors have subsequently decided to leave the stock market until the economy shows signs of bouncing back. Nevertheless, as in many circumstances, patience is a virtue. Snopes.com has taken a unique approach to investing. In a facetious posting, the website argued “Beer outperforms shares of publicly traded companies as an investment.” The following figures were then posted onto the website: “If you had purchased $1,000 worth of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49 today. If you had purchased $1,000 worth of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33 today. If you had purchased $1,000 in Lehman Brothers shares one year ago, you will have $0.00 today. But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank

all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for the recycling refund, you will have received $214. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink beer heavily and recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.” After closer scrutiny, however, we come to learn that the math doesn’t necessarily add up. First, the recent stock market collapse has lowered the worth of these stocks a considerable amount. Second, the money that it would take to buy the cans would in truth leave you with a net loss of $960 after the purchase of all the beverages. The point here isn’t to suggest everyone go out and buy (soda) cans; it is instead to emphasize the value in creative thinking, and most likely to help blow off a little steam. Living in the 21-century provides us with an abundance of tools to help us get accustomed to the stock market and all of its various facets. In an article titled “Start on your first $1 million at age 16,” MSNmoney.com states, “It’s easier than you think to become a millionaire. The magic combo? Getting an early start saving and having the discipline not to raid the piggy bank.” The Motley Fool

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financial aid. In response to these cuts, the UC systems have enacted the biggest overhaul in their admissions system in nearly 50 years, designed to expand the number of undergraduate applicants, while reducing guaranteed entry to the number of highachieving students. This new system places a higher value on students who worked hard throughout high school, with UC schools admitting fewer people based solely off intelligence demonstrated by high test scores. Its design ensures that the UC system receives a larger number of applications while providing more seniors with opportunities to attend their universities. With admissions being less exclusive to the elite few who have sparkling GPA’s and ridiculously high test scores, the write of review will now apply to more people’s transcripts. This ensures that the student’s body of work will be assessed rather than having their numbers analyzed and rejected by a computer. This evens out the playing field for the UC schools, which should encourage more people to hopefully submit their applications and create more revenue for the UC system. The current freshman should be the first wave of college-hopefuls that will be affected by these changes, with the college board aiming to implement their plan by 2012.

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“Poly High School, Prosecution.” With these words, Murrieta Valley’s previously undefeated Mock Trial team finished off their season on Wednesday, March 4. They walked into the Riverside Hall of Justice with their heads high, expecting a close round against Riverside Polytechnic High School’s always-impressive attorneys and witnesses. The round was close – prior to rendering his verdict, Riverside Superior Court Judge Paul E. Zellerbach expressed his “high regard” for the efforts of both teams, and the extent to which they had prepared and performed their parts. Judge Zellerbach then declared that he found the defendant “guilty,” a ruling agreeable to Murrieta Valley, prosecution. However, it held no actual sway in who won the round. The Mock Trial competition has been taking place in Riverside County for around 30 years. Twenty-eight teams competed in the four “regular season” competitions, with eight, including MV, moving on to the “playoffs,” known as Elite Eight. Each team received their “casebook” in October – a 70-something page booklet filled with all the rules and materials required to compete. Each team then builds a case theory for both the prosecution and the defense,

acting as if it were a real trial. This year, the case was arson, and each team was tasked with either prosecuting or defending the defendant, Leslie Lane. Murrieta Valley had distinguished itself early on. Scoring exceptionally high in the first two rounds of competition, Murrieta Valley secured victories over both Chaparral High School

Students pictured here signing A-S-L Once a year the American Sign Language club from Murrieta Valley High School combines all its efforts to put on a performance. This collaboration of creativity and skill produces the ASL variety show. The show encompasses a number of different activites dealing with deaf culture. It includes skits, musicals, and other demonstrations of sign language done completely in sign, many of which include English speaking translators. Though many people from the deaf community come to watch, the show is for all people, who speak any language. The show will be in the MVHS Performing Arts Center on March 26 and March 27 starting at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 with ASB, $6 General Admission, $1 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 3. ASL show t-shirts and DVDs will be available at the show.

round on Saturday, Feb. 28, all 28 teams in Riverside County attended the “Blue Ribbon” ceremonies at the Riverside Convention Center, just a few blocks away from the legal district. Murrieta Valley distinguished themselves in taking away two “Blue Ribbon” awards, given to the attorney, witness, or supporting teammate

nomination for a “Blue Ribbon.” After the awards were given, the names of the teams advancing to Elite Eight were announced. Murrieta Valley was matched against Poly High School, whom they had defeated twice in their previous season. Going into this round, Murrieta Valley had not only the previous four competitions to prepare them, but also a handful of scrimmages. This included two at a prestigious invitational in Santa Clara, which they had attended in January. The resounding thought in their minds was perhaps reflected by their slogan this year, “We Live It, We Win It, You Know It.” As they exited the courthouse into the cold, rainy courtyard in downtown Riverside, many Nighthawk team members looked back and realized this would be the last time they would walk out of those doors as high school students. Perhaps some would return as spectators, Photo by MELLISA STROMAN or even future lawyers, but all The Mock Trial team spent the weekend from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18 understood the gravity of the competing in the annual Santa Clara Mock Trial Tournament. The team, although not scored, secured two victories against Northern night. With five of the nine California teams. team members preparing to and La Quinta High School. The who was determined to have graduate in just a few months, second two rounds, also held in performed their role best out of some of whom had participated the Riverside Hall of Justice, saw anyone in the county. on the team for three or four somewhat stiffer competition. Receiving the two years, it was more than just a However, the team awards were senior Sara Connors, loss. It was the end – the end of succeeded in pulling off two for the witness role of H. H. many long nights of work, many more victories, knocking both Hingel, and sophomore Anna early mornings, and enough team Indio High School and Temecula Seo, for the position of court dinners to feed an army. Valley High School out of the bailiff. After the proceedings, the (See adviser Mary Byun running for finals. team was informed that every in room 626 for applications to Following the fourth person had received at least one join Mock Trial.)


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Poet reflects through Lewis Carrol’s looking glass Senior stuns his classmates and teacher with his unexpectedly deep and inspiring poetry By Barrett Adams staff writer Senior Javier Santelices, shocked his fellow classmates and British Literature teacher Nicole Saylor recently with his unexpectedly deep and inspiring poetry for a short story project assigned after the class read Frankenstein. Saylor gave Santelices the first standing ovation she has given in 11 years. “He has really deep thoughts about the world,” Saylor said in a recent interview. Santelices says that he was inspired by the style of writing in Alice and Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, and that’s why he chose to interweave poetry into his short story. The poems were already written, and each of them was completely separate. It wasn’t until this assignment that Santelices shared his poetry with anyone, although he has been writing them for a while. Santelices informed me that he is unsure about where his writing is taking him, but it is undoubtedly a passion he will continue to pursue. All of his poems are about self discovery. “It’s about realizing if you’re truly happy with who

you are. The only person who can find who you are is yourself,” he explained. In a few lines of the poem, the “Devil” is mentioned; however Santelices explained that this only symbolizes bad energy, leading into the bigger picture he

Javier Santelices is trying to express which is that many people allow themselves to be consumed with negative things such as fear. “The things we truly fear are actually nothing to be afraid of,” he said. The poems are woven into a story which Santelices made clear isn’t about him. Once one

reads over the poems a few times for a more clear understanding, they are eye opening, and can be related to the lives of any student here at Murrieta Valley High School. “So many people aren’t nice, and I don’t think they’d like to accept themselves for that,” he said and continued, “I don’t believe the majority of people would want to be friends with themselves.” Ultimately, the poems were written to express Santelices’ view of how people in today’s society generally look in the wrong direction for meaning and purpose. “People are more focused on becoming a ‘somebody,’ rather than actually finding themselves,” Santelices said, and continued, “The only way to truly get to somebody is to show them pain, and that’s what these poems are about.” While it may take a few rounds of rereading this poetry to grasp its meaning, once it’s understood, it’s undeniable that the issues Santelices mentions are crucially important, and relevant to the lives of everyone, especially high school teens, who are making decisions that will shape the rest of their lives.

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Poem by Javier Santelices The Journey of a lost soul in the hunt for reality With a Dream and a hope to live life happy A fighting passion to live with every step a brand new mistake With lasting dreams to waking up and hope of his troubles to be fake Wishes of his dreams to live on forever Live life to the last and die never Live life to the fullest and never surrender Fight death till the end with heavens gates forbidden to enter Mr. Cloud I wonder as you pass me by Do you look down on me as I look so high Do you care for a chat or is passing your wish A minute I ask to just say this How do you float so blissfully in the air Teach me to fly without a worry or care Teach me to be but a box I want to be extraordinary but as cold as a martini on rocks I wait and I wait Without an answer and just a shape Come Mr. Reaper take me when it becomes my time to go I will not put up a fight but just take me down slow Take me to the place that I belong Put me away with the pipers song Take me away to my final destination Take me to the place that only exists in my imagination Make all my dreams finally become reality End my life and let me go happily The sky turns to black and everything rots and decays And what do you know the reaper comes my way Close your eyes and disappear Follow me and have no fear Come with me to a place that does not exist Let’s create it and make it bliss I’ll take you somewhere the world can’t see Because they are not ready to even be They are not ready to be what they should Instead they say I wish I could They could but they won’t Anyone has the power to be but they don’t Realize the truth step out of the ordinary Grab onto my hand and follow me Now I need you to pay attention to everything I say Just listen to me I’m going to explain my way I am myself and I hope I’m not one of a kind Because what a shame to not share my mind Be happy that’s for all I really care Make all beautiful for only my face I wear Do not be afraid I know it is strange and weird Open your mind and let me in, then the Devil becomes no longer feared There is nothing wrong with being afraid just face your fears is all I ask But what do you have yet to fear once you take off that people mask The light can no longer hold and it is all collapsed by the overwhelming evil and I’m left out in this horrible place but please Do not leave me in the darkness for it will swallow me whole That is where the Devil waits to devour my soul To drain every last but of emotion left in me Leaving me to suffer with a hopeless feeling

The Nighthawk Robotics Club had another competition on Feb. 28 at Orange Coast College. After the qualifying matches, one Nighthawk team remained, but was able to choose the other two MVHS teams to compete within the playoff rounds. All of the teams were eliminated in the semifinals but the Nighthawks didn’t leave empty-handed. In the awards ceremony, two of the three Nighthawk teams received three different awards from the judges. Team 569A received the “Think” award, which was given awarded to the team that could successfully utilize programming modes. Team 569A received the “Innovate” award for an innovative robot, and the “Design” award was given to the team with solid organization. The Robotics Club has a tournament in San Diego on Mar. 21 and they are headed to Omaha, Nebraska for the Championship of the Americas competition on April 2–5. Two of the three Nighthawk teams are competing in Nebraska against 100-200 teams. The competition will be a tough one, according to junior Chris Patton, but everyone is prepared to work hard and do their best. Many of the members are excited for the championship. “I felt a sense of accomplishment knowing that all of our hard work paid off,” Patton said when he found out his team would be able to go to Omaha. “We’ve learned how to work together and handle stress. We also learned not to mix acetone with rubber,” Patton joked as he remembered a mistake his team had made. “I’m really looking forward to trying to win,” junior Chris Clark mentioned. Robotics Club adviser Kevin Bradley says that he is extremely proud of all of the members for making it this far. “ I think they’re doing excellent looking at how we made it to the finals or received a judge’s award at every competition. Last year, we only went to a championship in L.A. It’s nice that we’ve gotten to go halfway across the country to compete.”

Leaving me all alone with none at my side Strip me of my life and expect me to die In the blink of an eye it will all be done Life will be over and death has won

It’ll all be finished life taken away Words will be spoken with nothing to say To the light you will be blind with nothing to see It will all be black for eternity Deafness will swallow you with an inability to hear any sound Chained forever to the Devil to whom you are forcibly bound By now you are no longer sane you can only feel a burning sensation To find you cannot wake up because you are far past the point of your own imagination What do you see when you gaze upon me Is it a happy thought or is it a sigh If I was a stranger at your side Would you continue to walk or say hi How would it be if we had not met would I be kind of a friend? Would our destinies keep us tied or would our encounter just end? See full poem at http://themvhstalon.com/


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According to MVHS IB coordinator Alanna Fields, students would select which classes they wish to take at Standard Level or Higher Level, depending on their own understanding of their abilities. Standard Level classes are one year long, while Higher Level classes are two years long, starting in the junior year, and ending the spring of students’ senior year. In order to complete the IB Diploma, students must pick one subject from each of groups one through five (all subjects other than the arts), and one last class of their choosing, either from the arts or from one of the other categories. In addition, the diploma student must complete an extended essay that is a research paper relating to a question the student has regarding one of the subjects he or she is studying, as well as complete 150 community service hours (in addition to MVHS’ required hours).As well, IB students are expected to participate in community projects, and complete a unique course called the “Theory of Knowledge,” which is, in essence, a discussion class that explores the connections between all areas of study that students go through in high school. The Theory of Knowledge class will be taught by AP Government teacher Diana Hess during the spring of students’ junior year into the fall of their senior year. It will be strictly student facilitated, utilizing discussion about all six sections of the IB program and how they all interrelate. Discussion will be primarily Socratic, incorporating the entire class. Within the class, students will write reflections in a notebook known as the “Knowbook.” The ultimate goal of the class is to inspire introspective reflection and aid students in discovering who they are themselves and how they connect to the rest of global society using both western and eastern philosophies. At the end of the class, students will write a final paper addressing an important philosophical question that will be provided them prior to assessment, and will also present a tenminute oral presentation dealing with an aspect of the class they are still curious about. In the words of Hess,“ The class is the truly mindopening. It’s like a holistic approach to education. It gets people to see the whole picture.” These requirements are only for people who decide to take the entirety of the diploma program. All IB students, however, must take assessments at the end of the year, much like the AP tests at the end of the year. The difference, however is that IB grades range from one to seven, rather than the AP scale of one to five, and that the IB assessments do not include any multiple choice, but are only short answer and essay based. In addition, each class requires that students send off a portfolio to the IB organization to be assessed. For example, math students will send off a project portfolio and psychology students will create an experiment and send off the project notes and results in a lab write-up form. While this may seem like a heavy workload, according to Fields, the classes are not primarily based on homework. In fact, the program is project based with very little busy work. Unlike the AP program, IB is more focused on stimulating individual exploration. Fields claims that AP classes, while preparation for specific college classes, will not prepare students for all college curriculum as the IB program will. In addition, she warns students that if they are merely concerned with gaining the extra grade boost AP provides, and if they are better at multiple choice tests than essays, the IB program may be even more challenging. “ The IB program is for students who are curious to learn and who are more interested in knowledge than grades. It’s for strong writers and strong readers who are committed to their education.” The requirements of IB may seem quite daunting, but the benefits of the program are unmistakable. Senior counselor Melanie Kayrell and Fields both adamantly stipulate that IB students are better prepared for college, both emotionally and cognitively, which makes them more appealing to college admissions’ counselors. In addition, in joining this program, students become appealing not only to American colleges, but to colleges over seas; they become part of an elite intellectual community that is global. Even teachers benefit from this global community. According to Fields, upon becoming IB teachers, MVHS teachers will be able to communicate with teachers around the world, sharing ideas and lesson plans. MVHS will become more culturally aware and both students and teachers will enter the global community as viable intellectual colleagues with members of the most advanced nations of the world. Currently, the program is still in its infancy at MVHS. The application is still being filled out… all 50 pages of it. Teachers have begun attending trainings across America and in England, including English teachers Nicole Saylor and Victoria Barr who recently attended one in England. Barr will be teaching the High Level English class in the IB program and Saylor will be the “Creativity, Action, Service,” or CAS coordinator for IB at MVHS. In England, Barr was taught the IB methods of English,

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Model UN Recieves Recognition At first, the Los Alamitos Security Council Model United Nations Conference seemed to be exactly what Murrieta Valley junior Taylor Hains had been expecting: nothing out of the ordinary. Hains has been an active member on Murrieta Valley’s Model United nations academic competitions team since the clubs creation at the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, in an unforeseen turn of events, Hains’ committee made a quick and unexpected transition into

“crisis simulation.” Luckily, Hains was accompanied bu senior Erika Trujillo, a fellow founding member who has come to specialize in these very simulations Together, Trujillo and Hains represented the United Kingdom and, with a variety of other students from surrounding high schools, worked to tackle issues plaguing the Gaza Strip and North Korea. Ultimately, both Hains and Trujillo were recognized as “outstanding delegates,” a prestigious recognition given to only a few participants at the end

of the day’s conference. Hains admits that the conference took him for quite the ride, and was glad to be able to sit alongside teammate Trujillo. Both Hains and Trujillo have stated that they will be working to look for any last conferences the team may want to attend this year. Nevertheless, Hains has already begun to look forward to the expansion he believes the team will experience by team next year. He is confident that by the start of the new school year, “We’re going be a beast.”

March senior wings The senior wings awarded for the month of March include: Austin Arrington, Johnny Birtcher, Chris Bruns, Alyson Butterworth, Dakota Duerr, Chelsey Ehrle, Rachel Green, Valerie Gregory, Jeremy Gregory, Mike Maldonado, Antonio Martinez, Audrey Mitchell, Natalie Nutman, Brianna Posadas, Jennifer Ries, Javier Santelices, Lauren Schmidt, Briana Seyarto, Bryan Thomas, Darryl Valdez, and Alyssa Wharton.

Library Column: This book is perfect with a cup of ‘Tea’ By Laura Vogel nest editor Yes, the library is for tutoring. And yes, the library is for homework. The library is also used to take AR tests and check a book out for an English class. But many people are forgetting the best feature the library has to offer: free books to read! Librarian Susan Cline is a great source for recommending books. For those looking for a “really good story,” she recommends Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and journalist David Oliver Relin. Now don’t let the nonfiction turn you off. With these times of war and chaos, the book is perfect for understanding a Middle Eastern culture none teaching through active participation. Teachers were shown examples of essays and presentations that IB students had completed and were given a chance to collaborate on their own project. Barr and her group acted out scenes from Shakespeare’s Othello. Saylor was informed on how to incorporate the CAS program. (The CAS program is the 150 community service hours IB diploma students will have to participate in.) Their trip was partially paid for out of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s budget, as are all teacher trainings, but Saylor and Barr paid for the majority of

in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 1993 Mortenson attempted to climb Pakistan’s K2, the

world’s second highest mountain. He failed miserably, but in a way, he was very successful. Because of his failure he stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village, where he was nursed back to health from the arduous climb. He observed the conditions around him in sadness, and promised that he would return to build them a school. After having much difficulty attaining the necessary funding, he lived up to his word. Now he has established a remarkable 78 schools. “Mortenson is very gifted with foreign language, and you can see that he just never gives up,” said Cline of the author. This story of inspiration and overcoming huge obstacles could definitely be your cup of tea. Or maybe three.

their trip themselves. Despite the personal expense, both teachers feel that the experience was too big an opportunity to miss and was therefore worth every penny. After this training, both Saylor and Barr will have to complete two more levels that will certify them as complete IB educators. After attending the training, both teachers are exceptionally excited for the inclusion of IB into MVHS’ education program. Saylor states that IB students, “will be internationally minded… which will help them in various aspects of their education and future career.” Surrounded by educators from all around the world, the two had the chance

at the conference to experience the key idea behind IB: global communication and cooperation. In about two years, during the fall of 2011, IB will be introduced to students at MVHS, provided that all IB trained teachers pass the two-day assessments they must undergo. MVHS would then be called an IB World School. Until that day, students can excitedly anticipate the new methods and stimulating classes in which they will be utterly immersed. As Fields says, “IB is truly unique. You feel like you’re part of something special, you really do. Imagine where we can go with this.”

of us seem to have really ever understood in the first place. Mortenson has successfully established schools

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Though many Nighthawks may not notice, MVHS is a treasure murals. In the wake of MVHS’ first Arts Festival, take a tour wi

The Hollywood mural was painted two years ago by senior Madi Orgill, assisted by graduate Bea Chavez. It is located in Carlos Santiago’s class, room 825. It was painted to recognize the students who went above and beyond helping the video production program. The Welcome to the Hawk House painting (below), located on the outside of the gym, was the senior gift from class of ’96 to the athletics department.

This ceramic Nighthawk (above) is located across from the softball field near the bleachers. It was given to the school as a gift from the class of ’98.

This mural is located in English teacher Bruce Linsley’s room, 624, and was painted over the recent winter break by junior Chantale Stamp, with help from a Temecula Valley student. They painted it to bring literature into a visual form and help students to imagine.

The painting of the hands can 800s hall. The painting was fin and Sara Aslam. The mural, s and sponsored by Rachel’s Ch Nighthawks will h

This underwater mural was painted in 2004 by Nighthawk graduates Krista Weekly and Loriley Thomas. It is located in science teacher Matt Stratton’s room, 703.

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Nighthawk art can be found throughout the PE complex, intended to create school identification and pride.

This Nighthawk (below) found on the wall outside the 600 buildings was the class of 2007’s senior gift to the school.

This tropical scene, painted by kitchen employee Vicky Arentz, brightens up the student cafeteria. It was painted several summers ago.


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The Graphic Novel, Watchmen, Finally Hits Theatres, But Be Warned By Jay Levy assistant editor Recently, we’ve seen many movie companies decide to turn comic books into films. Some have been more successful than others when it comes to critic’s opinions, but each film seems to have its own cult following. This time, the director of 300, Zack Snyder, decided to tackle Watchmen. Originally a series of limited comic books (later compiled into a single graphic novel) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen takes place in a fictional 1985 where tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States are high and Nixon is still President. In the opening scene, we see an older gentleman brutally beaten and thrown from a skyscraper to his death. This seemingly insignificant character turns out to be former masked vigilante, The Comedian. This

murder brings the other outlawed school starting in four hours; heroes together to wonder about but this was also a good choice who might be the next murder victim. Leading this informal investigation is Rorshach, a masked hero that disobeyed President Nixon’s orders outlawing all superheroes. Rorshach is a complicated character that seems to stay true throughout the film. His presence is strong and haunting. It’s hard to explain this film in a nutshell because it is based almost directly on the graphic novel and runs just under three hours long. Many negative critics state that the movie is too closely Photo courtesy of INTERNET based on the comic, therefore making it too detailed and not because I hadn’t seen such a appealing to those who have not provocative and brilliant film in a long time. I hadn’t read the read it. I went to see the film graphic novel before I went to at midnight on its opening day, see the film, and I still thought Friday March 6. This was a bad it was one of the greatest “comic choice because I didn’t get home book turned films” I have seen until 3:30 in the morning with (granted I haven’t seen The Dark

Knight so I don’t know if it is better than that.) What made the film appealing to me was the fact that it dealt with so many controversial ideas. Many things that people don’t want to think about are brought up, like the sacrificing of millions of people for the greater good of the world and keeping quiet about an extremely immoral situation to preserve the peace of the world. Leaving the theatre, I was a huge mix of emotions: I was dead tired, excited, nervous about not having my homework done, and I was also conflicted with my own held opinions about sacrifice for peace and vigilante justice for the evil in the world. This movie will make you challenge your opinions on different aspects of life. It will also make you wish that we had our own superheroes that could save and scare us at the same time.

It was great to see this film with many of the people that loved the graphic novel and (you can tell) have been waiting for this film for a long time, which was almost ten years in the making. The film was originally to be done in 2001, but it was decided that it wasn’t fit for release (based on the complexity of the graphic novel). And the film went from there, back and forth, until Snyder completed it. Watchmen may be hard for some to watch, which is why I will now give a little disclaimer about the film. Warning: This film contains blood, gore, and violence as well as nudity and sex. It is also very long, and will make you ponder the state of the world and what could happen in our future if we continue down the path of nuclear war and lack of steady economy. I give this film an A+. It has everything that I want to see in a movie. I also eagerly look forward to the reading the graphic novel during spring break.

Temecula Hosts a Battle of the Bands By Alyssa Paisley guest writer Friday Feb. 28, in Old Town Temecula, 50 teens and a parents came together to support some of their favorite high school bands and singers at The Merc’s annual Battle of the Bands. Over the next few weeks, dozens of bands will come together to perform and get scored by not only a panel

were three bands set to compete: Midnight Rose, Kevin Salvador, and Kill The Narrator (MVHS sophomores Anthony Tyre, Michael McDermott, Sean Wisdom and Collin Lorenz). However, a day before the competition, Midnight Rose had to back out due to their drummer breaking his wrist; this accident left one spot open and was filled 30 minutes before the show started by Paper Violet

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Sophomores Anthony Tyre, Michael McDermott, Collin Lorenz and Sean Wisdom are members of the band Kill the Narrator, who recently competed in this battle of the bands. of judges, but by the audience as well. They will not solely be judged on their musical abilities but their timeliness, creativity, range of music, energy on stage and their interaction and reactions from the crowd. On Feb. 28, there

(sophomores Kadie DiCarlo and Emi Allen). First to perform was Kill The Narrator, a band who eventually hopes to be playing on the Vans Warped Tour. They have been together for a little over a year, but have been making

music individually for some time. McDermott and Wisdom are their two guitarists, and each has been playing guitar for seven years. Lorenz is KTN’s drummer, and has been drumming for five years. And finally, Tyre is the lead singer; although he has the least experience, it certainly doesn’t show. He has a way of getting the whole audience involved, whether by talking to them in between songs, his stage performance (head banging and clapping) or the way he interacts with the rest of the band. The band has an alternative/hard core rock feel to them, and say that they get a lot of their inspiration from the life experiences they have been through. For having only been together a year, this is their fourth performance, and have played at the MVHS Tailgate Party, Mulligans, and what they call Garage Tour ’08. “The biggest challenge we have made it through would be money, finding the time to practice, and unity,” said McDermott and Tyre. As a band, they say that their biggest accomplishment “has to be our first performance; we did great and didn’t mess up,” said Lorenz and Wisdom. One person that they all agree has helped them the most through their journey would have to be McDermotts’ dad. He has filmed their performances, come to their shows, and has been a big

support and help. In their free time, they all love to hang out with friends, and listen to music (Brand New, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, and August Burns Red). In the end, Sophomores Kadie DiCarlo and Emi even with their Allen performed a folk/alternative huge reactions song for an audience last minute. from the crowd, and a more than well done musical performance, playing together since August they ended up in 3rd place. To 08. This was also their first listen to KTN you can visit www. performance, and for having myspace.com/thecarpetfleas. 30 minutes to get ready, they Second to perform was amazed the crowd with the show Kevin Salvador, a 16-year-old they gave. “Down the road we from Vista Murrieta. Salvador has see ourselves seeking fame been playing guitar for 11 years, while having fun,” said DiCarlo. writes his own songs, and says Although they said they have that he gets his ideas from every only performed in their living teenage boy’s struggle (girls). rooms, they gave the other bands Even though this was his first a run for their money, coming in performance, he came out on second place. The girls write their top (winning the first round) and songs together, often about the on April 3 he will be competing random adventures they have at in the semi-finals. His music school. Both girls have a wide is unique and different; he is a variety of musical experience, one man band with his acoustic and have both been playing guitar, and writes just for the fun piano for 11 years. Allen has of it. “It’s how I express myself,” been singing since preschool, he said. and DiCarlo has been playing To sample Kevin’s guitar for two years. Despite the music you can go to: fact they haven’t been playing w w w . m y s p a c e . c o m / together long, the reaction from kevinsalvadormusic. the crowd was enthusiastic. To Last to perform was sample their folk/alternative Paper Violet, consisting of Allen music, log onto www.myspace. and DiCarlo, who have been com/kadieemi.


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United States of Tara ... Buck, Alice and “T” By Colleen Klinefelter nest editor As the tagline says in all of those ads, United States of Tara is “a show with personality… multiple personalities.” Showtime’s latest show follows Tara (Toni Collette), a suburban mom and architectural painter, and the trials and tribulations she and her family face after she goes off medication for treating her Dissociative Identity Disorder (much like Multiple Personality Disorder). The alter personalities include T, a hormonal, sexcrazed teen in need of attention; Alice, an uptight housewife who acts as Tara’s inner June Cleaver; and Buck, a Vietnam War veteran who drinks, smokes and wears a trucker hat. Did I mention that Buck is a man? The different personalities emerge when Tara becomes too tense to be able to handle the intensely stressful situations that come into her daily life. For example, when she is overwhelmed by her inability to fulfill her duties as a mother, Alice takes over.

When she can’t seem to connect with her teenaged daughter, T takes over. When she becomes too stressed to be the woman her husband Max (John Corbett) desires, Buck takes over. The series doesn’t simply show Tara’s (and Alice, T and Buck’s) struggles. It

shows the resentment her sister Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt) deals with because Tara’s disorder is always the center of attention in the family. It shows Tara’s 14-year-old son Marshall (Keir Gilchrist), a closet homosexual who seldom steps out of line in his endless efforts to keep Tara from becoming someone else. It shows Kate (Brie Larson), Tara’s older teenaged daughter, who has freakishly random taste in men and takes up a job at a local

Barnabee’s restaurant because she can’t always handle her home life. These side stories make the show much more versatile and entertaining, and the actors bring out such realistic qualities that anyone could could to. Colette acts astonishingly well in all four roles, and brings out believability in all of them. However, Gilchrist, in my opinion, makes the show worth watching. His quiet innocence with a dash of witty dialogue makes for the cutest thing to grace the television screen. I also couldn’t resist Kate’s Barnabee’s boss Gene Stuart (The Daily Show’s former correspondent Nate Corddry), particularly when he serenades Kate with Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police.” Despite the show’s unrealistic premise (really? You would actually decide to go off meds at the risk of psychologically morphing into a dude?), not to mention the fact that Max is an unrealistically perfect husband with a stream of endless moral support, the cast (not to mention the hilarious oneliners) makes Tara entirely worth watching. B+

MVHS Drama Department Prepares for the Stage Throughout the year, the MVHS Drama Department works hard to put on many performances. From musicals to completely student directed plays, the Drama Department does their best to get many students involved, and to get more students to attend their performances. The upcoming performances for March, April and May are: March 21, 22: “Play it Again” completely student directed by Carl Printer. The cost of tickets will be $2 and will be performed in room 906, the black box theater. April 3, 4: Shakespeare’s classic comedy about a twisted love triangle, Twelfth Night will be performed by the Advanced Drama Department in room 906, the black box theater, and will cost $5. April 23 – 25: Spring Musical Once on this Island, based on Rosa Guy’s novel My Love, My Love which was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, will be performed in the PAC at 7 PM one day, and 2 and 7 PM the next. It tells the story of a group of Caribbean Island peasants who, in order to wait out a terrible storm, tell a fairy tale of star-crossed lovers. Themes of racial and class prejudice, and issues such as love, forgiveness, maturity, and death are explored through music and dance. May 28 – 31: Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen will be performed by the Advanced Drama Department in room 906, and will cost $5.

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Incredibad... On a Boat Saturday Night Live skit turns into a legitimate album

The Lonely Island (TLI) was founded in 2001 by actors/ comedians Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer. The group has become a phenomenon through their music videos that air every so often on Saturday Night Live. The band’s album,

Boat” featuring T-Pain, which has some of the funniest, most random lyrics on the entire album. But the beat T-Pain contributed sounds like a real hip-hop song. The lyrics in this song are one of the few on the album where the whole song really doesn’t make much sense like “I got my swim trunks, and my flippy-floppies/ I’m flippin’ burgers you at Kinkos straight flippin’ copies.”

Icredibad, features many of the songs that were featured on the show as well as some new ones. Samberg, who is also a cast member on the show and the creator of the SNL Digital Short, premiered the band’s first song, “Lazy Sunday,” on the show, which gave the band instant success. This song introduced the world to the ridiculous lyrics the band produces with lines like, “No doubt, that bakery’s got all the bomb frostings/I love those cupcakes like McAdams loves Gosling.” This line is a reference to The Notebook of course, and is not the only line that references a movie. In the same song they have four lines of, “We love that Chronic-what?-cles of Narnia!” The parody band has some of the most random lyrics in the music industry today, however, their ability to make catchy beats hooks the audience and keeps them listening. “Dreamgirl” is a great example of a great beat saving some obscure lyrics. TLI has a habit of having a few consecutive lines that sound like a normal song before they unleash their most random line, that many times does not even rhyme. Much of TLI’s success may be attributed to the numerous guest stars featured on the album. With talent like Justin Timberlake, Jack Black and T-Pain, each track has its own distinct sound. Most have already heard JT’s guest appearance with “D*** in a Box,” which was the second song Samberg introduced on SNL. This song was featured in the Christmas episode and gives a “suggestion” to all the guys out there who may not know what to get their ladies. This song begins like a normal song, the only funny thing being Samberg and Timberlake’s outfits in the video. However, once the song hits the first punch line, it becomes nonsense until the end. Just a few weeks ago Samberg premiered, “I’m on a

This song also featured Schaffer for the first time. On Dec 6, 2008, TLI released their most popular song, which is also the most shocking. When I first saw the video on SNL, I was crying from laughter. The song loses some of its luster when the listener knows what the name of the song is. The song seemed to take the nation by storm, and also introduced many people to Taccone for the first time. Many recognized him for his role in Hot Rod, playing Samberg’s younger stepbrother. The most ridiculous song on the album is “Who Said We’re Wack?” It is one of the few that features all three boys singing in it, with the boys rapping and rhyming almost everything with whack. The song’s lyrics continue to get more and more ridiculous until they really don’t make sense anymore. However, they use their formula of rhyming a couple of lines in a row, fooling the listener into thinking the song may actually go somewhere. Overall this album accomplished its goal, making its listener laugh. The lyrics are hilarious, and the beats are groovy. Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer are coming into the music industry full throttle. “J*** in my Pants” and “I’m on a Boat” are both in the top 100 downloads on iTunes. The boys are hoping to extend their popularity into their own television show. They have already written four different pilot episodes for four different networks, none of which have been picked up. However, Samberg’s acting career on SNL will give him a good base, and with the popularity of Incredibad launching his music career, I am confident that we have not seen the last of The Lonely Island. In fact, this album is just the beginning of much more from TLI. I give the album a B+ because although many of the songs are great there are a couple of misses.

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Just Plain Boring at Board’Z seem to taste and look exactly like that. Lastly, Massey received his chicken quesadilla and junior Colleen Klinefelter her chicken The Talon staff has tenders. Again, the food was ventured forth to another nothing special. According to restaurant, although this one Massey, the quesadilla was “bang is something quite different. for your buck” because of the Board’Z Grill isn’t an average large serving size, but it seemed restaurant, and it definitely lacks that the size could not make up the ambiance and food that one for the lack of appeal from the might expect at a taste of what grill restaurant. Massey could This quality only describe is anything dully as “hot, but negative, crispy, and full however, because of chicken.” Board’Z has Board’Z isn’t a completely your ordinary original style and restaurant, it has a certain way quite a bit of about it that no character and a other restaurant very clear goal I have been to is in what it wants able to capture. its environment Senior Ian Massey to be. If I had to best describes the base my opinion feeling when first Photo by IAN MASSEY of the restaurant walking in as “an Board’z Restaurant is new on the Murrieta dining scene. solely on the extremely different atmosphere, it ambiance. It’s pretty cool, I mean mediocre, which was also the would receive much acclaim. you’ve got surfboards to one side general consensus the staff had Unfortunately for Board’Z, the of you, and a huge fish tank on on all the food at Board’Z. food at a restaurant is the most the other side.” A&e editor, Senior important part, and they certainly Board’Z is decorated in a Heather White ordered the garlic don’t have the best food in town. surfer style and you immediately mashed potatoes, which had a Board’Z is mediocre for the feel submersed into a beach disappointingly soupy texture. most part, although the mashed environment. Even the cashiers The mashed potatoes weren’t full potatoes were probably more like wear multicolored Hawaiian of cheese and brilliantly packed sub-par. shirts and get into the feel of the with deliciousness; instead, The Talon staff gives place. The restaurant includes a White said “it’s pretty good I Board’Z a C+ for the effort put drive through and has the sort of guess, but it really reminds me into it, but the food just couldn’t style that you would expect at a of baby food.” And it really did hold itself up. By Daniel Balogh opinions editor

restaurant like Rubio’s. One just simply walks up to the counter, orders food, sits and waits for the food to be brought. That being said, the food could have been better. I personally had the Board’Z pita, and while it was an adequate portion size packed with vegetables and sauces, it was truly nothing special. In fact, the Board’Z pita seemed to be

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More Creative Than the Title By Ricardo Moreno staff writer On Feb. 3 The Fray, a four-piece piano rock band, released its new self-titled

album. The Fray was formed by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, who are now the lead vocalists and backup vocalists respectively. The Denver-based group released their first album How To Save a Life in 2005, and their success was quickly noticed as their best known song, “How to Save a Life,” was charted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100. Also, their song “Over My Head (Cable Car)” found worldwide success with its top ten ranking in the United States and Canada. The group is now made up of four members. Along with Slade as lead vocalist and at piano, David Welsh has been the lead guitarist since 2003. King, also an original member of the band does a variety of things for the band. He is the rhythm guitarist, does backup vocals, and occasionally does lead vocals in some songs like “Heaven Forbid” which is on the new album. Ben Wysocki has been in the band

since 2003 and plays the drums and percussion. Their most successful song on the new album, “You Found Me,” has already reached the 7 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The opening line of the song says, “I found God, on the corner of first and Amistad. All alone, smoking his last cigarette.” The interesting beginning has lead to many questions on the meaning of the song. In a recent interview Slade stated, “ ‘You Found Me’ is a tough song for me. It’s about the disappointment, the heartache, the letdown that comes with life. Sometimes you’re let down, sometimes you’re the one who lets someone else down.” Another song off of the new album is called “Syndicate,” and has not received nearly as much attention as “You Found Me,” but it is one of the best songs on the album. The opening lyrics state, “Halfway around the world lies the one thing that you want. Buried in the ground, hundreds of miles down.” This song is truly breathtaking. The album The Fray is definitely an outstanding album. Don’t worry, the tracks on the album are much more creative than the album title itself. For the band’s sophomore effort, it has already made great strides on the charts after its release over a month ago. After considering this album’s instant success, I give it an B+. The quality of the tracks is splendid, yet the quantity in its 10 songs leaves listeners begging for more. Thus, being downgraded from an A to a B+.


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Not So Fired Up... Another sad attempt to tell the same joke 100 times

The teen comedy, which used to be something to look forward to with hits like American Pie and Superbad, has

off the team. Meanwhile, Nick is trying to seduce Diora without Coach Keith (John Michael Higgins) finding out. For the cheerleading competition aspect of the film, the team is consistently terrible, losing to the Panthers every year.

now become an overused joke and a waste of money. Fired Up! is a sad attempt to take the same joke and make it funny once again. The movie follows two high school stars, Shawn (Nicholas D’Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) who are only interested in sleeping with as many girls as they can. So when they learn that there will be 300 girls at an upcoming cheer camp, they decide to join the team. However, the boys discover that football camp and cheer camp overlap. The boys then make the ridiculous decision to quit the football team to go sleep with girls at cheer camp. Once the boys get to camp they both fall for girls, Shawn for the head cheerleader Carly (Sarah Roemer) and Nick for Diora (Molly Sims), the cheerleading coach’s wife. Shawn is dismayed when he finds out that Carly has a boyfriend, Rick (David Walton). Rick decides he does not like Shawn being with Carly all the time, so he begins to plot to have the boys kicked

The entire movie builds toward the competition, which the team, of course, has no chance of winning without the boys. This film does have some decent performances from D’Agosto and Olsen,who deliver some quick one liners that offer a few chuckles here and there. John Michael Higgins is one thing the movie did do right. He delivered another hilarious performance as he has done rather consistently throughout his career, with Best in Show, a Mighty Wind and many other films as well as cameos on multiple television shows. His performance as the eccentric cheer coach is enough to distract the audience momentarily from the weak and rather predictable plot. However, he was not on screen enough to have saved it by any means. Another issue is that usually the protagonists learn some sort of life lesson by the end of the film. Shawn did learn to love one girl, which is a great change for him. However Nick did not change at all which would have been nice to see. I give this movie a C.

By Aaron Levin staff writer

Photo by JAY LEVY

On March 3 the Murrieta Valley Chamber Singers performed for students at Murrieta Valley High School’s first annual Celebration of the Arts assembly. That evening they performed at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at their annual Spring Concert alongside the Murrieta Valley High School Chorale, Men’s, Women’s, and Advanced Women’s Choirs. Two weeks prior, MVHS Chamber Singers performed among the best of Southern California’s high school choirs on Feb. 20 at the Chapman Conservatory Annual Invitational Chamber Choir Festival. Dean of the College of Performing Arts, Dr. William Hall, stated that the Murrieta Chamber Singers had the best vocal ability out of all the choirs there. Hoping to model the Chamber Singers’ success, the Advanced Womens’ Ensemble will be singing in New York City starting March 19 and ending on March 23 as they tour the city and compete in the Heritage Festival.

Answers for the Crossword on Pg 18


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Down 1. a duck lays these 3. Hershey’s 4. yummy marshmallow ducks 5. The Easter ____ 8. you find eggs in an egg ____ 10. holds your Easter eggs 12. The sky is (probably) ____ SEE PAGE ____ FOR ANSWER KEY

) PS P TDPQF Aquarius Allow yourself the freedom to be particularly spontaneous and expressive this month. You’ll feel increased energy and a renewed sense of confidence. March will be a good time to do something entirely new and pioneering-- try going solo in some area of your life.

Aries

New opportunities may soon assault you with their sublime presence, yet what, precisely, these celestial visits may entail remains to be definitively known. Romantic and business ventures seem to offer the most promise as potential mates.

Cancer

March will be filled with transformations, personal power, and intimate matters for your. Keep an eye out for a strong focus on the money of others. You may feel more inclined to be more intense--and maybe even secretive throughout this month.

Capricorn Watch out for a more materialistic view of life in

Libra

Pisces

may affront your current state of emotional wellbeing will eventually be symbolically decapitated by an unidentified entity.

Scorpio

You may feel as though in a “nesting” phase for your this year. Don’t mind concentrating on your energy and wellbeing. Your inner spiritual world may take an increased sense of importance, outweighing those other mundane subjects you feel are present in your life.

Taurus

March will bring an increased focus on what you do, how you do it, and what you accomplish. Work to do whatever you can to take on a serious approach to business and school, because you may vary well end up in the spotlight.

your life may increase in intensity shortly, but will soon be outlasted--and eventually entirely shattered--by the perseverance of your individual will.

Leo

Any resistance to recently-acquired enthusiasm in respects to your personal directness of personality will soon subside as those surrounding you learn to respect your opinions.

Your lack of direct initiative regarding manners of personal interest will be counterweighted, shortly, by an increased sense of realization of your interminable subjectivity.

Sagittarius Whatever apparent forebdoings of questionable origin

march. You may feel an increased interest in your own possessions during this time of the year. Don’t be afraid to be outgoing--fight the urge to be resistent to change and don’t be afraid to take risks.

Gemini All bombardments of stressful energy currently present in

Any slight sense of emotional distress currently felt may, with the arrival of a future event unforeseeable by any prophet, soon pass into a state of equilibrium felt prior to the miniature collapse of provocation.

Virgo

The savage yearning for physical companionship currently melting your sickly lungs to reddened ash will, according to the method of prediction in question, soon bear fruit due to the insistence with which you seek such a prize.


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Who? And so I ask the sky...

Would it be those that I leeched from? the providers I have always taken for granted? would it be the stranger, who could only hypothosize my life based on a momentary glance of interest? would it be my pupils, who cannot understand my angst? would it be...who would it be? who on this earth with thoughts left to think who on this earth with concepts left to drink who would miss me?

Selfish I do not cry at death for I am not a selfish man, I only grieve upon the things that may change by my own hand, at birth I do rejoice and sing, and make a merry specter, at death I do the same again, though I look like a defectorm, I see no cause for tears to mourn nor howls to pierce the night or somber thoughts to fill my head, and keep me up till light, all I see is an empty shell, buried as a treasure, and worth much more than youror i could ever hope to measure

If (the argument in my eyes) if you let me in your heart, then keep me there with glee, if you bore of my affections, then do not speak to me, if I am less than offered, I hold no grudge at all, if I am the man you love, then why will not you call? if we crumble from the pressures of those we do not see, is we don’t share our secrets then we don’t deserve to be, but if you truly meant the words you spoke not long ago, then worry not will I about these haunting trials so, but you must give me hope with words not lies to kill the pain, and I will give you all I have for less would be to shame.

ALL POEMS COURTESY OF ALEX THOMPSON, 12

Somber Girl

That is somber, maybe stoic, smiles to me, pines to be near me, cries on my shoulder, lets me hold her till it’s over, enjoys going out, and also staying in, likes books, movies, worries about sin, thinks about her own, but shares her secret, she’s not sure if she trusts me, but she knows I will keep it, holds my hand, in front of the world, looks beautiful to me, to match her heart of gold, whether she loves me or use me, please, tease or just abuse me, I pine for the girl who will amuse me, capture my heart and test my mind, is that too much to ask this time?

Do you even know you are beautiful you stood there waiting and wondering, in your white and black sweatpants, and your matching jacket, you’ve listened to the conversations around you as you waited, I got up to go and noticed you on the way out one moment of contact ironic that one moment unleased a thousand dreams your skin, so pale and pure your hair, painted by the hands of god, your eyes, so interested and discerning, your cheeks, so high and proud, your lips, so pink and delicate, one moment I looked, and another you looked back, I do not know why, but I hid my face, I walked across the room, attempting to escape unnoticed, I allowed myself one last look as the door shut and you stared after me.

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Garfield Leads Nighthawk Baseball Team into Promising Season By Ian Massey editor-in-chief The Murrieta Valley High School baseball team is poised for another season on the diamond. In 2008, first-year head coach George Jones led the Nighthawks to a record of 9-16 in a transitional season for the program. However, senior utility player Patrick Wisdom explained that last season the team “let a lot of close games slip away.” With a hardworking core of talented players and a fresh set of standings, the Nighthawks are confident that they can do some damage in the Southwestern League. The team is led by senior catcher Cameron Garfield. As a four-year starter, Garfield has established himself as one of the best defensive and hitting catchers in Southern California. Jones named Garfield his offensive player of the year last spring, and he called his catcher “a phenomenal player with a lot of God-given talent.” Garfield initially established himself with the Nighthawks when he broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and as a sophomore he broke the school’s single season hits record. Senior left fielder Kyle Goldman explains that, “Cameron is a stud. He has great bat speed and behind the plate he has a great arm and excellent footwork. And he’s not just physical, he’s a smart baseball player.” The right-handed hitting backstop has drawn attention from college and professional scouts throughout his high school

career. In November 2007, baseball. If it works out, I would due to his school schedule, he Garfield, then a junior, signed a love to start my pro career after was pleased to make the Under letter of intent to play baseball at high school,” Garfield explains. Armor All-American team as Garfield is not taking his senior well. “This summer I was able the University of San Diego. The Toreros handed season lightly. to play against the best high He understands that school talent in America and it Garfield a full-ride scholarship to play for one of the top college a strong showing could result allowed me to show my skills to baseball teams in the country. in his name being called in the the scouts,” he proclaimed. “It’s pretty much the perfect early rounds of Major League Over the off-season, Garfield situation. USD is close to home. Baseball’s June draft. Over the has worked extremely hard. “I summer Garfield was honored to It’s one of the work out 12-15 hours top teams in a week and I eat right the country all the time. I learned and all of a lot over the summer my expenses and my hard work will will be paid,” show this season,” he Garfield stated explained. The 5’10,” last year in 195-pound catcher an interview. is in peak physical Although he condition. This is has a dynastic a testament to all of team waiting to the hard work and put him in their dedication that he starting lineup, puts into his strength Garfield training in preparation explains that for the 2009 baseball his ultimate season. objective Even though is to play Garfield dreams of professional playing 162 game baseball. seasons with names Scouts from like Derek Jeter, the Major Albert Pujols and Ivan Leagues have Rodriguez, he realizes lined up to that he has business to watch him take care of with the take batting Photo by FELISHA MILES Nighthawks’ season. practice, or just Four-year senior starter Cameron Garfield hopes to “We have a lot of to sit down to lead the team to a successful season and a league outstanding players championship behind a talented lineup and promising meet with the on this team,” he pitching. Named last year’s offensive player of the Nighthawks’ year, Garfield has committed himself to the University explains, “If we play catcher. He has of San Diego and hopes to play professional baseball up to our potential, we been visited by in the near future. “If it works out, I would love to will be successful.” scouts from the start my pro career after high school,” he stated. A l o n g Angels, Giants, with Garfield, the Yankees and Nighthawks have White Sox among others. “I want be selected to play on Team USA, a talented core of starters. to play baseball at the highest where he competed in Canada. Sophomore Kyle Nielsen is set level, which is professional Although he was unable to play to be the team’s starting right

Coaches pleased with wrestling team’s strong season By Niall McCarthy staff writer

Smith. The team had a wrestler place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, with all the wrestlers coming from different weight classes. The Murrieta Valley Welch was extremely boys’ wrestling team finished proud of his team this season a good season that started with stating, “We had a great season, high expectations on a good note. and everyone wrestled hard all They finished the season with a year.” 16-6 record (3-2 in league) and As for next season, also finished 2nd place in league Welch has very high hopes for behind only Temecula the team. Valley. nd “I think the The team’s 2 team has the potential place finish in league to be even better next was good enough to season,” he stated, qualify them for the “The offseason is CIF team tournament, going really well, where they wrestled and we have a good strongly to a 4th place group of young guys finish out of about 50 who should move up teams. to varsity next season Nighthawk and do really well.” wrestlers also finished Welch said that well individually in sophomores such CIF. Senior Russell Photo by CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY as Cody Smith and Csonka was a CIF Senior Scott McWatters grapples with his Ryan McWatters will champion; sophomore Cody Smith finished opponent during his wrestling match. McWatters be key to the varsity was part of the league’s second place varsity team next year, which 3rd, which makes him team that had a successful season, ending the looks poised for a a two-time CIF placer season with an impressive 16-6 record. th successful season. after his 5 place finish last season; senior Randale Moore took 4th place; and senior Ricky Gonzales finished 2nd for the second straight year. He utilizes his “five on two” technique, a pinning combination that requires getting the leg in the neck, which coach Russell Welch states is his best move. Gonzales is also now a two-time CIF placer along with

fielder. As a freshman last year, he was brought up to varsity and is expected to be an asset at the plate. Senior outfielder Joe Riley is “a speedy left-hander who is likely to assume his role as the team’s leadoff hitter. His speed puts pressure on opposing defenses and he sets the table for the heart of the lineup,” Goldman explains. The Nighthawks’ pitching staff includes seniors Josh Anderson, Scott Marshall, Greg Roth and sophomore Michael Jordan (not the basketball player). The team is led by a talented lineup, but the team’s hopes rely on the right arms of their pitching staff. “As long as they can keep us in ballgames, we will be successful. Our offense will thrive,” Goldman stated. The Southwestern League is filled with challenges for the Hawks. Temecula Valley, Chaparral and Temescal Canyon are consistent teams who could stand in the Nighthawks’ way. Vista Murrieta is the team’s crosstown rival and they won the CIF championship two seasons ago. Whether the Nighthawks can bring home a league championship and soar into the CIF playoffs remains to be seen. However, what is evident early in the season is that the team is a confident and talented group of young men determined to work together in hopes of success. If the Nighthawks maintain focus and build on their team chemistry, don’t be surprised to see them in the mix for a Southwestern League championship this season.

Despite CIF Loss, Boys’ Soccer Kept Competitive Spirit Throughout Season By Aaron Levin staff writer The varsity Nighthawk boys soccer season ended on a disappointing note. They finished 7-3 in league with a third place finish behind Great Oak and Chaparral. A third place finish

However, the soccer gods were on their side that day, as they won with a goal by sophomore Kyle Gennevay. The Nighthawks’ next battle was against Coachella. This was the first round of CIF and the boys were hopeful; However, Coachella was first in

“It was nerve racking to know that our season was on the line...our season could literally end at any moment...” gave them a chance to make the playoffs as a wild card team. In their wild card game, the Hawks played against La Serna. The game went into overtime, tied 1-1. “It was nerve racking to know that our season was on the line,” said junior Yousef Vajdani, “In high school soccer, overtime is sudden death so our season could literally end at any moment.”

their league and brought it to the Hawks. The boys lost 4-1 in a disappointing finish to the season. “We couldn’t be too mad,” says senior Ethan Randall, “Cochella was really good.” Although the season did not end on Nighthawk terms the boys had a great season and are proud of their hard work and competitive spirit throughout the season.


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Waterpolo Boys Commit to UCSB a four-year All-American at Stanford University and he led the team to two NCAA championships. He also Boys’ water polo is one competed in the 1996, 2000, and of the sports that Murrieta Valley 2004 Olympic games. really prides itself on and one of Wigo was the the consistently successful lead scorer in the sports on campus, making 2000 games and a an appearance in CIF finals team captain from annually. Their record was 2001-2004. 29-6 with a loss in CIF finals. Both of the Seniors Dylan Baliani and boys agreed that Matthew Puig were two of out of the schools the most influential players pursuing them, on the team, and are looking UCSB was an easy to further their careers in choice. Baliani college. Both boys have explained, “I had recently committed to play for the best time on the University of California at the recruiting trip Santa Barbara in the Fall. there, the guys are Baliani has only all really cool.” been playing water polo Photo by FELISHA MILES since his freshman year. “I Seniors Matt Puig and Dylan Baliani have Puig agreed with used to swim so I thought I dedicated hours of hard work in practices and Baliani’s statement would try it out,” explained games, and their dedication has paid off. Many and says, “the guys Baliani. He played on jv as a top colleges have expressed interest in their were all way cool freshman and was brought up talents, and both seniors have committed to at UCSB and so is the coach.” to varsity his sophomore year. UCSB and will play together in college. UCSB has one “Sophomore year we won CIF,” says Baliani, “it was such and All CIF two years in a row. of the best water polo programs a great feeling.” He was named This past year he was named All in the nation. They are currently All League, All Valley, All CIF, California and All American as ranked sixth in the country, All California, and All American well as league MVP. When asked trailing teams like UCLA and this past school year. Baliani was why he chose UCSB he replied, LMU. Baliani and Puig are going also recruited by UCLA, Cal “It was an easy choice, the coach to play together next season and State Long Beach and Loyola is one of the best coaches in the won’t be red shirting like the Marymount University which are world and the campus is really typical freshman athletes. Both boys are looking for another all in the top 10 in the country for nice.” water polo. Puig’s point is validated championship ring, and Puig Puig has been playing by the coach’s impressive track states “at UCSB we will have the water polo since he was 10 years record. Coach Wolf Wigo was opportunity to win one.” By Aaron Levin staff writer

old. Along with UCSB, Puig was recruited by Pepperdine University, UC Davis, UCSD and many others throughout high school. Puig was named All CIF, All League, All Valley,

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Tennis Season Looking Good By Niall McCarthy staff writer The Nighthawk boys’ Varsity tennis team jumped out to a quick start this season with a 4-0 record. They won their first match in dominating fashion over Lake Elsinore High School 14-4. The team won the match playing a solid overall game, with two singles players and two doubles teams sweeping all three of their matches. They have also had wins over Paloma

“We lost a lot of good players last season, but we have brought in a lot of good new players...we have a shot to be really good this season.” Valley High School and Corona Santiago High School. Beating Corona was a huge win for the team, as they had lost to them the past two seasons. The team has a much different look this season after losing nine seniors to graduation. Only four players who saw significant playing time on varsity last season have returned to the team, and they received a boost

with the addition of freshmen Henry Craig and Marcus Nalley, who hold the team’s top two single spots. The singles group is rounded out by senior Clay Blankenship who started singles last year, and brings experience to the team. The doubles are much more inexperienced this season in comparison to last season, as four players, juniors Chris Zavala, Blake Taylor, Dallas Gollogly and senior Aaron Levin have been brought up from the junior varsity, but they are expected to hold down spots that were held by seniors last season. Last season the Nighthawks finished the season with a second round loss to the number one seed in their bracket of the CIF playoffs in a close match. This season, their aspirations are even higher. “We are hoping to make it even further in CIF this season,” says senior Clay Blankenship, “and hopefully win a CIF championship.” “We lost a lot of good players last season, but we have brought in a lot of good new players, and I think we have a shot to be really good this season,” said Coach Trent Warren. If the new freshmen and the new players brought up from jv can step up and provide key wins, the high aspirations of the team are well within reach.


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Nighthawks Tearfully Exit CIF with Second Round Loss By Ian Massey editor-in-chief Feb. 20 marked the end to the Nighthawk varsity basketball team’s CIF run. After a 24-1 overall regular season record, a clutch game winning shot to win the Southwestern League championship and a first round route of Esperanza High School, the Nighthawks fell at Capistrano Valley High School by a score of 78-61. Capistrano snapped Murrieta Valley’s 10 game win streak and abruptly halted their momentous run. Senior forward Dylan Bohanan explains, “The loss was definitely hard. After the game, we were all sitting in the locker room and we came to the realization that the seniors wouldn’t be playing together anymore. We cried together and made sure to console each other.” Despite the loss, the Hawks were thrilled to sweep their cross-town rival, Vista Murrieta High School. In the closing seconds of the Feb.

12 rivalry matchup in Vista’s and we are great friends,” he upon young talent to lead the team, as Quick will be the only gymnasium, senior Jake appreciatively stated. returning varsity starter. Quick Next season will be a Tarabilda put the dagger in the explains that he is ready for rebuilding year which will call Broncos when he knocked down the challenge. He made a shot from beyond the arc, improvements and the which virtually locked up a coaching staff helped him league championship. develop his “defense” and Bohanan stated taught him how “to guard that the “buzzer-beater quicker guys.” to win league” was the The junior defining moment of the varsity basketball team season. finished with a 21-3 For the seniors, overall record, a 9-1 there are no more team record in league and a rituals, no more team league championship. meals and no more game Sophomore captain Justin time chants. Next year, Gudger explains that the Tarabilda and Bohanan team had a successful run will move on to play at the this season. University of California in They played San Diego together. well as a team and received Seeing as how the “outstanding production team meshed and established from [freshman] Darius great relationships, the boys Butler, who really stepped are likely to keep in contact up this season by playing in upcoming years. jv,” Gudger explains. Sophomore The freshman guard Austin Quick has Photo by CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY team started on a sour played with many of Senior forward Dylan Bohanan takes the note, but they were able the seniors “since fifth ball upcourt while he looks for an open to resurrect their season grade. They respected teammate in a recent home game. and end with a winning me as a sophomore starter

Girls’ Swim Aims For CIF By Jillian Ray staff writer The girls’ swim teams have started the new season hoping to win back their crown after the varsity team was defeated in League finals last year where the varsity team got 2nd place. Both jv and varsity are opening the new season with a swim meet at home on March 19th. There they will be facing off against Chaparral, who they feel is some of their toughest competition, along with Great Oak, according to sophomore Ingrid Vindell. Led by varsity Coach Mike Gonzalez and jv Coach Bryan Lynton, the teams are working hard to reach their goal of winning League and doing well in CIF. Captain junior Brie Tryon feels that they are “approaching this season with a different attitude.” Their workouts are more serious and tougher than before. The coaches are pushing the girls so they can be the best they can. They feel that this year, with all their hard work and additional practices, they will exceed their previous records. The good attitude for the upcoming season shows through, Captain junior Mallory Montano looks forward to “swim meets, because they are really fun for us. There is a lot of team bonding.” The teams work together to achieve what they set out to do and are hoping this upcoming season will be great.

Senior boys to lead swim team By Aaron Weiner staff writer The boys’ swim team has been itching to jump back into the pool after a solid finish last season in CIF. They are anchored by seniors Jacob Lammott, Bart Kelly, Jack Jurasky, Mason Arnold and Dylan Baliani. Lamott, Kelly, Jurasky, Arnold and Baliani took home third last season in the 200M and the 4x4 Medley, the group’s best event at the team’s CIF meet. Their first tournament this season is the Army Navy meet, in which they will compete in at press time. Lammott, one of the team’s most dependable swimmers, is optimistic about this season and is focused on the team’s goal of “Winning team CIF and improving over last year’s success.” The Nighthawks finished 5th last season as a team in CIF and are looking to improve on that mark, as five top seniors will be graduating this coming June. Though one may think of swimming as an individual event, this group thrives in relay competitions and is moving forward to each of their personal goals with an eye on the success of the team.

record at 14-12. Freshman captain Kyle Orwig explained that the

“After the game, we were all sitting in the locker room and we came to the realization that the seniors wouldn’t be playing together anymore...” team “got closer throughout the season.” “We got hot at the wrong time, but we played well this season,” added freshman Carter Rawlings. Another season has come and gone on the hardwood courts in the Hawk House. If the Nighthawks return with a group of hard working fresh faces next season, look for them to compete for a third straight league championship.

Girls’ Water Polo CIF Loss in Quarterfinals By Colleen Klinefelter nest editor While the season’s end for the Murrieta Valley High School girls’ water polo team was not quite as spectacular as the team and varsity coach Bryan Lynton had hoped, there is much to be said about the obstacles the girls overcame this season. The team ended their season in the CIF Division 3 quarterfinals with a 9-7 loss against St. Lucy’s Catholic School. According to Lynton, “Yes, we’re all a little disappointed, but we’ve made great strides this year.” This could have to do with the fact that the team lost five starters who greatly helped win the CIF Division 5 Championships for the past two years. “We lost some of our greatest players, and those girls really brought the team to such great heights last year,” said

girls really put their best foot forward, especially in regards to how much more difficult Division 3 is,” Lynton added. B u t despite the fact that three girls who played on jv last year (Tryon, junior Hope Rollison and sophomore Melissa Hale) were bumped up to play starting positions for Photo by CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY varsity this year, Coach Chris Romero consoles the girls’ water the girls were polo team as the girls leave the pool in despair able to pull following a close CIF quarterfinals loss to St. their weight. Lucy’s Catholic School. Rollison scored three goals Montano being “one of the in CIF quarterfinals, and Hale, strongest offensive players,” who Lynton regards as a “strong Lynton noted.

“We’ve got a good group coming back next year, and I think winning league and CIF finals will be reachable for them.” junior starter Brie Tryon. “Other girls quit, and some of the new players haven’t had as much experience as the older girls.” It could also have to do with the fact that this season, the team moved from Division 5 to Division 3, a division with much higher-ranking teams. “These

defensive player,” scored a backhanded goal, which is “one of the hardest shots to make” according to Lynton. Lynton regarded junior Mallory Montano and seniors Maria Quiroz and Chelsea Harrod as other strong players,

As this year was a “rebuilding year,” according to Tryon, the team is setting the bar even higher for next season. “We’ve got a good group coming back next year,” said Lynton, “and I think winning league and CIF finals will be reachable for them.”


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After a Successful Season, Varsity Girls’ Soccer Falls in Quarterfinals By Ricardo Moreno staff writer

record finishing with only one more win and two fewer losses. The second place finish placed

would leave Murrieta with an eight in their loss column. The game’s lone score came from

squad in the second round of the playoffs. The Mission Viejo

The girls’ soccer season officially came to an end on Feb. 26 with a loss in the quarterfinals of the CIF playoffs. However, this is considered a great feat and accomplishment. Coach Hutcheson mentioned that he “knew the team would do well in the playoffs. Being the only Riverside County team of the 8 quarterfinals teams

“We went farther than expected. I am proud that the team came together at the end of the season.” was an incredible feat.” This quarterfinals appearance makes it the eighth time since Hutcheson was the head coach. The team finished with a 5-3-2 league record that put them in the second place spot in the Southwestern League. Rival Temecula Valley was the only team in the league with a better

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them in the first round of the playoffs where the team faced a strong Alta Loma squad. The Alta Loma Braves came into the game with an 8-7-3 record. However, they

the booming foot of junior Taryn Grivois, which gave sophomore Kaylee Mason the assist. After the Nighthawks’ first round victory they faced a well-respected Mission Viejo

Diablos finished tied for first place in the competitive South Coast League. The 7-2-1 record was intimidating and they expected to win against the Nighthawks. However, intimidation was not a

factor, as the Nighthawks pulled off a second round upset when Mission Viejo scored on their own goal. This ended up being the game’s only score in the game and gave MV a spot in quarterfinals of the CIF playoffs. A quarterfinals game at home against the El Toro Chargers was the next step in the journey for the Nighthawks. Coming into the game, the Chargers held a record of 11-3. The game ended with a 6-1 victory for El Toro which sent the Nighthawks home and eliminated them from playoff contention. Assisted by senior Kendall Dye, senior Bailey Heim scored the only goal for the Nighthawks in the game. El Toro went on to the next round and lost to San Clemente in the semifinals. In response to the end of the season, Heim stated, “We went further than expected. I am proud that the team came together at the end of the season.” Heim is one of seven seniors that has played her last game as a Nighthawk. However, the team seems to have plenty of young talent that will allow them to be successful in the future.


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Boys’ Track: High Expectations for League and CIF By Barrett Adams staff writer

Sophomore Earvin Simmons who is first in school history for the 100 and 200 meter races, and also participates in the four by 100 meter and long jump told me he has been working out 18 hours a week for track. “We are a lot better this season, and we have potential to go to state,” Simmons said.

Coach Steven Chavez explained that he sees encouragement from the junior and senior leaders, which will help the team. “The junior and seniors have been passing on great work ethic to the sophomores and freshmen,” Chavez said. Senior Eric Hamilton told me the boys all work

This season, Boys’ track team has high expectations of winning the league championship and a select few athletes hope to make it to CIF finals. This season, the team is unusually young, consisting of mostly freshmen and sophomores. Coach David Munn hopes the freshmen will work hard this season. “ The freshmen are going to have to step it up if they are going to be successful,” Munn said. M o s t athletes are competing in two or more events and in order Photo’s by CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY for the team to A few of the runners on the team sprint out of the blocks in do well, each a competitive team practice as part of the Murrieta Valley’s individual athlete track team aiming to win a league championship. needs to do their best. T h e first meet of the season Junior Ben Ijah, together during practice. was Thursday March 5, who does long jump, triple “During practice we and selected athletes also jump, and hurdles, said compete against each other, attended Eagle Invitational their biggest competition but it helps us individually on Saturday, March 7, and has always been Vista in the long run,” Hamilton took first place in their four Murrieta High School. said. For the boys in track, by 100 meter race. “It was “This season, we have to competing against each our 2nd official meet, and beat Vista, and I am very other during practice is we definitely did really confident that I’ll make actually what motivates well,” Senior Chris Bruins it to CIF finals,” Ijah told them, and prepares them told me. me. for competitions.

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Last Year’s Champs Hope to Repeat By Chantale Stamp lead photographer Spring season 2009 holds many high hopes for all of Murrieta Valley’s sports teams; unfortunately one of those teams doesn’t always have the audience they deserve: girls’ track. The returning league champs consists of an outstanding varsity squad, and a promising junior varsity team. Unlike every other sport, track consists of a variety of events such a pole vault, high jump, hurdles, discus, and many more. Senior Katelyn Hall, a four-year varsity returner, competes in six events; in all of them she is ranked as one of the top track athletes in school history. “I’ve been working out16-17 hours a week and I still get the same thrill I got four years ago, it’s not just about how fast someone is it’s about the passion they have.” Says Hall, who recently just committed to the University of Wyoming on a track scholarship. Senior Danielle Carr, another wellestablished athlete, has high hopes of competing at a collegiate level and is more than likely to make it to CIF in one or more of her four events. The team’s passion and vigor is shown

Girls’ track looks toward successful season.

not only by its individual athletes, but by Coach Matt Farmer, who says, “We’ve got some stuffs on the team, and I don’t plan to ease up training… with all the momentum going in training this season has so much promise.” “Track is mainly and individual sort, but the girls still work together and support each other both in training and during meets,” said head coach Steve Chavez. The first meet was on March 5, against Rancho Verde and the girls’ final score was 8357, which shows that they are a force to be reckoned with. “It’ll be a tough year in girls’ distance,” says Chavez, “However, with the help of some key athletes: Bethany Bilton, Stephanie Guiton, Kylee Martin, and Jenna Griffin, we’ll be able to stay

strong.” Senior Audrey Mitchell competes as the top ranked high jumper in league and the 3rd ranked high jumper in school history. “I’ve seen the best of this team, and I’ve seen girls PR (personal record), it’s exciting to see how much we’re going to improve this year especially with all the hard work and potential we have on the team,” says Mitchell. With a personal record of 5’4”, it is unbelievable to think that she could theoretically jump over some of the shorter students at this school. For these athletes, track is not just an after school activity, but a way to test the limits of their potential. The team is unanimous in the message they are sending other schools, “We are the team to beat.”

High Expectations on the Softball Diamond Golf team hopes to lower scores after mediocre start By Felisha Miles photo editor The spring sports season is underway and Murrieta Valley’s softball is off to a positive start. The teams are working hard for the season by practicing every school day, and even occasionally on Saturdays. The varsity softball team is determined to win this season. They are led by coaches Ann Romero-Parks and Sean Parks, who are extremely confident that the varsity team can improve on last season’s fourth place finish in league. “The biggest difference in our team from last year is maturity and athleticism,” Parks stated. The girls are also confident that their team has improved in more ways than one. “We have stronger team chemistry and we have fun working together,” stated senior Taylor Monigold. Many of the girls are excited to show their improvements to the rest

of the league. “I’m looking forward to playing Vista,” senior Holly Vanden Bossche said. According the senior Anna Cue, the team is focused on making it all the way to CIF and attempting to become league champions. Junior varsity is also looking forward to playing in league this

“They are a solid group of girls. They have a love for softball, make practice fun, and give it their all.” season. Graduate Amber Randall and English teacher Dana Stoeckel are the head coaches for the jv team. The team captains

are sophomore Aly Clemente and junior Aroha Allen and should lead the promising jv team to a solid season. Last season, the girls came in second in league behind district-rival Vista Murrieta. “They are a solid group of girls,” Stoeckel mentioned of the team. “They have a love for softball and make practice fun and give it their all.” “There’s a lot more team bonding and we get along really well,” Clemente said of the difference between last year’s jv team and this year’s team. “We’re going to be really good.” Jv starts their season on March 18 against Chapparal. The jv team is also eager for a successful season. “I’m most excited for the Vista game because I think we can win,” Allen mentioned. All levels of softball are expecting to achieve a successful season and are fully confident they will be able to accomplish it.

By Aaron Weiner staff writer Murrieta Valley High School’s boys’ golf team began their season with a 3rd place finish at the Riverside City Championships on March 2. Senior co-captain Dakota Duerr led the team with a 77, good for a top

10 individual performance. Vista Murrieta’s Kevin Dougherty took home top individual honors with a 70, while leading his squad to a team victory. Duerr, a fouryear varsity player who has won at least a share of the Southwestern League title every season since becoming a Nighthawk, has vowed to “Never lose

Senior Keven Holliday putts in an early season varsity match.

to Vista again, and win League outright [after sharing the title with Great Oak last season].” The team is also led by senior co-captain Keven Holliday, who is healthy again and is looking to improve on last season’s CIF team first round victory. His battle with leukemia is going well, and not only has he been an inspiration for the Nighthawk golf team, but for many in the community as well. Holliday stated that he has “come a long way and is getting better every day.” The boys’ golf team followed their 3rd place season opening tournament with two victories over Paloma Valley. The team looks to compete again in tournaments in Palm Desert and El Centro, and they hope to defend their title at the Titan Classic later this season. Their most important goal, however, is set on winning league and advancing further in CIF in both individual and team playoff events.

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