The Roosevelt News
Volume 85 Issue 8 • June 2009 • 1410 Northeast 66th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98115
The Reflection Issue, page 8
2010 5 New groups
Don’t look to the UN
Boys Soccer Goes to State
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June: 14: 35th Annual Seattle Film Festival- Downtown 19: Freedom! School ends 19: Seattle Peace Concerts at Lower Woodland- Free! 27: Seafair begins! 28: Seattle Pride Festivalproceeds down 4th avenue
July: 3: Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival @ Lakeside 4: Independence Day! Myrtle Edwards Park- Gasworks 11: Chinatown-International District Summer Festival 17: Bite of Seattle- Seattle Center 25: Torchlight Parade at Seafair 25: Ballard SeafoodFest- Market
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August: 1: Lake City Festival: Pioneer Days 10: Seattle Music Fest- Alki Beach 22: Tibet Fest- Seattle Center 22: Central Area Community Festival
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In This Month’s Issue: News:
Photo by A. Seroussi
The Reflection Issue
4: Photo of the Month 4: Numbers in the News 4: Advanced Physics 5: LA Electives Gone? 5: New 2010 Groups
Opinion: Graphic by R. Tonkovich
6: Elaine Speaks: Obama’s Grading 6: UN is Flawed 7: Pro/Con: Year Round School
8-9: Timeline: Roosevelt Reflections 10: Romance at RHS 11: School Trips in Review 11: Best Websites
12: Seasons in Review 12: Girls LAX to State 13: Heart of The Game Revisited 13: Boys State Soccer
A&E: 14: 14: 15: 15:
RHS Musical CATS Talent Show Review Summer Vacation Community Service Projects
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Photo Courtesy of Heart of the Game
Graphic by R. Tonkovich
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Shorts, Shots and Stats
Photo of the Month
News Bridget Reardon
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The Roosevelt Jazz Band, which took second in The Essentially Ellington jazz competition competition.in NYC this May
More Changes for Next Year
Advanced Physics Curriculum Shifted Izaac Post
or many years here at Roosevelt, Advance Physics has earned the reputation of being a fun, projectbased class. Students spend the entire year building a project while applying concepts of physics they have learned in the past. But next year, the focus of the class may change. Currently, “Advanced “Advance Physics Physics is a project-based, student-oriented class where students choose their own projects in which they are interested. They apply the physics concepts they have used and learned in previous years to make advance projects or advance experiments in the realm of physics,” explains John Walseth, the current instructor of the class. The science department has chosen, in a motive to further the rigor in their course, to take a more “traditional” approach to science. Students in advance physics will further their understanding of
equations, concepts, and problem solving in physics at an accelerated pace through a combination of class work, homework, and tests rather than a yearlong project. Advanced physics, however, is not going to give students AP credit. Walseth explains that advance physics “is not designed to be aligned with the [AP] Physics program presented by the College Board.” On the other hand, “It’s going to involve the same equations as you would learn in an […] AP class, it’s going to involve the same concepts, it’s going to involve the same problem solving, […and] it’s going to be at an accelerated pace.” While it is Walseth’s belief that in May, the Advance Physics class will have learned enough information to take the AP exam, it will not be following the AP curriculum. According to him, the “College Board guidelines are for AP classes, and technically this is not an AP class. …. I will not follow the AP course schedules.” With the loss of AP Chemistry,
many students have been looking for a rigorous class that would build off the knowledge they learned the previous year. While Advanced Physics is not the same as AP Chemistry, it will help fill the void in a student’s school day. Taking a second year of physics would also provide the necessary knowledge base for students to take an Advance Placement exam and get college credit if they so wish. When students were registering for classes, it seemed very probable that Advanced Physics would not be offered due to budget constrains. But fortunately for the many students who were interested, Advanced Physics will be offered and will provide the opportunity for students to go deeper into the subject than what is possible in first year physics. Walseth encourages “…people with a high degree of math skill and some interest in physics to [take] it. I think it will be fun.”
number of people who tried out for Sportsboosters, the group of artists that makes encouraging signs and spirit banners for the school.
number of people who made it on Sportsboosters
average number of hours spent in the bathroom in a lifetime. According to Angelsoft bathroom tissue, the most common bathroom blunder is falling into the toilet when the lid is left up. Watch out!
members in the cast of Cats at Roosevelt. The show was so popular that folding chairs were put in the aisles of the theater to accomodate more audience members. days in summer vacation. That’s 1,944 hours and 116,640 seconds. Enjoy them all!
Drawing by E. Shugerman
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cases of death by swine flu in the United States. There have been about 5,000 cases of the flu across the globe.
Seattle School District Stalls Staff Reporter
tarting in September 2009, the Language Arts courses offered at Roosevelt might be drastically different from years past. Currently at Roosevelt, all freshmen and sophomores take the same LA class as everyone in their grade, while seniors and juniors choose between 17 different LA options. These options are available because individual high schools in the Seattle School District can choose their own curriculum. Next year, however, the downtown offices may take away that power. According to seattleschools.org, “Seattle Public Schools will adopt an aligned curriculum for Language Arts classes 9-12.” It is the district’s plan to implement this curriculum change “during the school year of 2009-2010.”
So far, the Curriculum and Instruction Committee plans to consolidate Language Arts course offerings across the district into four classes: Introduction to Literature and Composition for all freshmen, World Literature for all sophomores, American Literature for juniors, and Comparative Literature for seniors. The district hopes that aligning curriculum across the district would provide a level of consistency necessary to ensure a high quality education for every student. According to the SPS web site, “a common set of expectations across the district will allow us to better focus our professional development offerings.” When asked, Cathy Thompson, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, declined to comment on the changes, and won’t until June 16th, three days before the end of the school
I just don’t understand why they are making this change. - Andrew Dong
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L.A. Department Head Mr. Nolet surveying books currenly used in Roosevelt’s L.A. Options courses. year. According to her, the district felt it was only fair to address the concerns of the Roosevelt staff in a formal meeting before talking with anyone else. Some, however, think this is not only about respecting teachers. Karen Grace, a teacher at Roosevelt, believes that they may be “trying to minimize public comment time.”
By delaying any formal announcement, Roosevelt students and families have been left in utter confusion. “It reduces the diversity of education in schools, I just don’t understand why they are making this change” says sophomore Andrew Dong, reflecting the opinions of many Roosevelt students, parents and staff. School board members have also been left in the dark. Even as recently as Saturday May 16th, the Curriculum and Instruction Committee had not informed Harium Martin-Morris, District Three’s school board member, that a plan to remove Language Arts options from Roosevelt existed. He was under the impression that the new curriculum would be presented as another option to current course offerings, not a requirement. Responding to the belief that the aligned course would replace current LA options, Harium Martin-Morris said, “That doesn’t make sense.” All confusion and secrecy aside, the LA curriculum at Roosevelt High School could look a lot different in years to come.
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The New Kids on the Block Zoe Kahn
s the 2008-2009 school year winds down, underclassmen look towards the coming year with great hope. The signature clubs and groups of Roosevelt are shifting hands as the year closes. The two most entertaining to fans, the Cheerleaders and the Bears, are promising to be even more enthusiastic than ever before. Next year’s cheer squad captain Berit Wick says, “All the girls have amazing jumps. It’s going to be a really fun year [next year]”. While the Cheerleaders and Bears excite us at our sporting events, the crafty Sportsboosters will be hard at work making signs of encouragement. Additionally, students should be ready to see the Rider/Riderettes in assemblies and should be already excited to attend Bubblin’ Brown, where Roosevelt’s dancers will show off their moves. Also make sure to keep your eye out for the students from Northern Ireland visiting Roosevelt in October through the Hands For a Bridge program. With all this new energy around Roosevelt, next year is bound to have its unforgettable moments.
Jesse Pearson, Joe Lambright, Casey Bouldin, Chase Nilsen
Robyn Nielsen, Molly Payne, Alex Coe, Ryan Wilson, Sophie Amster, Naomi Karasawa, Isabelle Batayola, Ari Aiken, Maddi Moberg
Hannah Jones, Berit Wick, Bryanna Nelson, Michaela Overton, Julia Amado, Lindsey Hanson, Chloe Borba, Sophie Turnberg, Mikayla Solsvik, Kendall Kilborn, Brooke Jenkins, Arafel Buzan
Hands for a Bridge
Keiko Budech, Bailey Carr, Ani Chen, Sean Christofferson, Liz Clagett, Isabelle Corrado, Anjali Fisher, Ariel Friedman, Charlotte Gemmell, Will Gerhardt, Zoe Gierman, Lauren Guity, Paul Johnson, Dylan Jurcik, Zoe Kahn, Isabel Khalili, Joe Lambright, Jon Lee, Emma Manheimer, Ruby Miller, Maggie Montgomery, Annika Morgan, Bryanna Nelson, Brian Tarcea, Julia Stone, Amy Stromme, Audrey Vaughn Photos by A. Seroussi and S. Amster
Rider/Riderettes Devin Campbell, Jazmine Sanders, Alex Walker (Captain), Zoe Geiger, Felix Huynh, Jocelyn Diez, Sophi Obenza, Erika Jacobsen
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Elaine’s Thoughts on the World
Elaine Colligan Editor
t Roosevelt, it’s no secret which teachers are bad and which teachers are good. Though the quality of the teachers at our high school varies from great to horrible, every teacher is paid equally. President Obama wants to do away with this system of payment for teachers. He believes that paying every educator the same amount goes against the fundamental principles of capitalism, competitiveness, and thus the real-world system of payment based on merit. However, Obama’s plan, funded by the stimulus package, wouldn’t directly gauge a teacher’s performance. Instead, a teacher’s instruction would be evaluated based on their students’ performance. Multiple assessments would be taken by students throughout the year and then analyzed
to determine the teachers under which students improved the most. Unfortunately, testing is not an accurate way to measure the performance of teachers. Students aren’t all the same. Unlike cookies from the same batch, students come from different and unequal backgrounds that influence them in the classroom and during tests. Each student has a different base intellectual capability, a different testing ability, and a different drive to learn and succeed on tests. For example, a motivated student who had a bad teacher would probably do better on a test than a lazy student with a good teacher. Thus, testing isn’t a very accurate way to measure a teacher’s performance. Additionally, paying teachers based on the performance of their students does not necessarily give them credit for being a creative, fun, or engaging teacher. Some teachers drill concepts into students’ heads with reading and worksheets, while others teach lessons in a creative and interactive way. Test scores don’t reflect the creativeness or energy of a teacher or the type of learning experience students have under that teacher. In this way, the overall success of a teacher
cannot be measured by examinations. Instead of testing, funds provided in the stimulus plan towards education should go towards periodically recording a teacher teaching with video cameras. The teachers would be notified that a camera would be recording them at random during a time period, like once a week for two hours. Of course, teachers’ rights come into question concerning this proposal. However, why should a perfectly good teacher object to being taped teaching? In addition, students should be required to give constructive feedback on each of their teachers throughout the year. Questions of effectiveness and productivity, as well as the quality of the learning experience, would be mandatory in the survey. As expected, some students would have personal biases
towards teachers. Nonetheless, these biases would be taken into account as biases are formed based on whether a student’s learning experience was positive or not. President Obama’s opinion that teachers should be paid based on performance is noble and completely logical. Nevertheless, the reality is that each student performs differently on tests due to many factors in addition to the quality of their teacher. Exams do not and cannot accurately reflect the ability of teachers. While tests can measure a student’s performance, they can’t measure a teacher’s, and it is our teachers who should be evaluated.
Illustration by R. Tonkovich
Photo by Maddie Tull
Obama’s Teacher Grading: Quality or Equity?
UNsuccessful and UNfocused: Elaine UNravels I
n times of war, peace, and international scandal, the United Nations calls world diplomats to develop peacekeeping solutions. The General Assembly recommends resolutions but can’t require countries to take decisive action. The only body with any real power is the Security Council, whose actions are controlled by five countries that don’t always have unified goals of international peace or human rights. In short, the power of the United Nations is diffuse and unfocused As National Public Radio’s Ray Suarez stated in a 2005 discussion of the U.N.’s flaws, “the United Nations suffers from limitations of not being a sovereign state; it has no command structure, no taxing authority, and precious little consensus [on international disputes].” The U.N. relies on member states (countries who swear to the Charter of the U.N.) for financial and military support. In this way, the United Nations is only as powerful as those member countries are willing to make it. The Security Council
is the muscle of the United Nations’ and can decide to invade sovereign states, deploy peacekeeping forces, and impose economic sanctions. U.N. peacekeeping troops have limited power because they must obtain permission from all warring
parties - terrorists, rebels, governments before invading. A l though noble and politically correct, this principle limits the U.N. from do- ing its job when such cooperation isn’t plausible. In addition, every
U.N. troop is volunteered by member states. In some cases, troops are never volunteered because a country doesn’t agree with the United Nations’ decision. Even when the U.N. does obtain access to troops, it cannot command them without in- t e r -
ference of the sending country, because it must respect national sovereignty.
The Security Council consists of ten rotating countries and five permanent members: France, the U.S., the U.K, China, and Russia, which coincidentally hold over half of the world’s military might and nuclear power (other countries with nuclear power, such as
Pakistan and Brazil, aren’t included). The permanent members can veto any proposed resolution, and also
collaborate on resolutions that only benefit those members. Thus, these five countries hold the ultimate power. These countries can also violate Security Council resolutions without repercussions. One such instance was the U.S. invasion of Iraq: the U.S. was powerful enough to invade Iraq without support from the United Nations. The consequences of this action were limited because the U.S. vetoed any resolution threatening itself! Without the blessings of China, the U.S., France, the U.K., and Russia, the U.N. cannot go to war, deploy troops, or impose economic sanctions. Thus, the muscle of the United Nations isn’t a democracy between 15 countries; even if the majority of countries in the Security Council support a resolution, one of the five superpowers can veto it if it doesn’t support it. Because the United Nations’ preferred means of achieving international peace requires universal cooperation, proactive resolutions are few and far between, and effective consequences, even fewer. The United Nations cannot always fix it.
Illustration by R.Tonkovich
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chools were originally set up with a summer break because the United States used to rely on an agrarian economy. Children were required to work in the fields during the summer vacation. However, urban cities like Seattle do not depend on agriculture as income, meaning the nine-month school system we currently use is outdated. Year-round school does not mean attending class Monday through Friday every week, but simply attending the same number of school days per year. The summer break is usually only a month long, but there are other frequent breaks mixed in throughout the school year. It is estimated that about 3,000 schools nationwide have adopted this type of schooling. The most popular year-round schooling calendar is the 45-15 plan. In this plan, students attend school for 45 days (nine weeks) and then have 15 school days off (three weeks). Thus, four 45-15 cycles would exist per year, making 180 school days, which is the current number of days most schools have now. Yearround schools also incorporate regular school breaks, such as winter break. The 45-15 cycle works because families can still take long trips and students can still go to summer camp with three week breaks. First of all, year-round schooling can improve academic performance. Students often forget everything they learned from the school year over the summer. However, with yearround schooling, it wouldn’t be so difficult to remember what you learned from break to break. And, without a massive summer break, teachers would be less likely to assign a massive reading list that students will forget to complete. One such instance where year-round schooling improved academic performance is in the California State Department of Education. They reported that in their year-round schools, reading test scores increased by 13.3 %. Year-round schooling is effective because frequent breaks can prevent teachers from burning out. In-
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A Perennial Debate
stead of working nine months on and three months off, teachers and students would get more frequent breaks evenly spaced throughout the school year. This system would refresh the teachers’ energy and morale regularly. In Wake County, North Carolina (which is on a year-round system) a survey taken of teachers showed that 60 to 90 percent of them preferred the yearround calendar. Students who are learning English as their second or maybe even third language often do not speak English during the summer, which can make it difficult to come back to school that is taught in another language. Thus, year-round schooling gives students learning English a consistent, steady language environment where they receive instruction throughout the year, not just for nine months. Consistently attending school can also benefit students who are falling behind in classes. The breaks give
them a chance t o catch up instead of failing classes and making them up in summer school. Seattle is an urban city that does not have a primarily agrarian economy. It’s time to move away from an antiquated system and embrace a year-round educational calendar.
hile the thought of year-round schooling may enchant some ambitious learners and excite parents eager for the optimal education of their child, the fact of the matter is that it doesn’t benefit anyone. This “cutting edge” school system only leads to higher school utility bills, hectic district schedules, and miserable teachers, students, and parents. Oh, and say goodbye to that summer trip to Hawaii because that threemonth school hiatus will come to an end with this new system. Advocates of year-round schooling insist that the educational benefits to this system are vast, partly due to the fact that students forget much of what they’ve learned over the summer. It’s believed that with yearround schooling this forgetfulness will be solved. Well, I’ve learned by experience that kids will forget almost anything in any measure of time, whether they’re given a few days or a few
months to accomplish the task. Additionally, a national survey collected by Ohio State University professor Paul von Hippel found that children in year-round schooling had no higher reading or math test scores than the kids on the normal, nine-month schedule. Furthermore, some year-round school schedules even shorten the school year from 180 days to 163, physically lessening the classroom time students have in a year. With this kind of data, it’s hard to find the specific benefits of this new
Save Our Summer!
system of schooling. And what about the money issue? Contrary to popular belief, year-round schooling would actually cost a school more money due to the price of air conditioning in the summer, heating during the winter, and other utility costs that keep schools running. More money spent on keeping your temperature comfortable in the hot summer and freezing winter means less money for teachers’ pay and student activities. Another area impacted by year-round schooling is family life. If the school district in which year-round schooling is implemented doesn’t change all schools to the year-round track, a family of multiple children could potentially have kids who are enrolled in separate schools and have completely different school schedules and breaks. One child could be at school one week, while another might be at home on one of the many small breaks that make up the year-round schooling system. This could create havoc on a working parent’s day to day activities. The already strenuous situation of finding child day care would also be heightened, especially for low-income families who can’t afford such costly extras. The most important issue for students, of course, is the loss of a summer vacation. While those three months may seem to slip by much too quickly, the adult population seems to underestimate the values and life skills that the summer vacation presents to youths. Without a summer vacation, students would not be able to join summer camps, participate in summer volunteering or youth group organization, or even find a summer job. Some students, myself included, may be too busy to work during the school year, leaving summer as the only time of the year with enough free time to make some cash. Summer jobs teach responsibility, independence, and social skills unparalleled elsewhere. So go ahead, make the switch. With year-round schooling, you’ll soon see that there is no real advantage to the system in any way, shape, or form.
Illustration by R. Tonkovich
Sorry Alice Cooper
Photos by Z. Kahn
Year-Round School? Is it too cool?
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A reflection on the games, albums,
September 3-First Day of School We blew the dust off our calculators, sharpened our pencils and turned our brains on.
October 17-Homecoming Game and Dance Senior Kyle Yamamoto (23) and the rest of the team led us all to victory against Ballard this year. Unfortunately, students didn’t have as much fun at the dance. “It seemed like no one was trying to have a good time” recalls junior Stephanie Mazziotta.
November-Girl’s Volleyball to State For the first time in Roosevelt history, the ladies served, spiked, and set their way to the WA state championship.
November-No Shave November Many Roosevelt gents let that five o’clock shadow survive day after day but only some, like junior Corey Dansereau, had real success.
December 5th-7th-The Annual Jazz Nutcracker “We killed over those charts”-The “Who’s your buddy?” Andrew Morill
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November 8th/9th-XC State Chamionships Senior Andrew Sahl represented Roosevelt for his third year at this championship. “He worked hard, deserved it and he always gave his best” his coach, Howard Collier, reflected.
November 17th-21st-The 53rd Annual Dramafest Directed by Courtney Nevin, “This Is A Test” wowed the judges and won first place this year. Sullivan Brown played an anxious test-taker, distracted by his fellow classmates. Ten other students taking Drama 6/7 directed one-act plays.
November 12th-Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle brought Indian actors to the limelight in this new astonishing film.
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December 2nd-Circus is released Britney Spears is back in business with the release of her sixth album. December 25th-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Those not celebrating Christmas headed to the theater for the far-too-lengthy film. Its painful length was redeemed by the excess viewing of Brad Pitt.
November 4th, 2009-Election Day Barack Obama sweeps the country as the 44th president of the United States and the first black man to hold this position. Bill Maher is quoted saying, “Senior citizen and woman beaten by black man.” California’s proposition 8 passes, banning gay rights the same day. So there will be no Mr. and Mr. Terminator?
October 8th-Oklahoma City’s Thunder First Game The Sonics betrayed Seattle and every fan following them by changing their name and home town. Lame.
November 24th-808s and Heartbreaks is released Kanye West experimented with TPain’s famous discovery of auto-tune on this album.
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October 31-Football to Playoffs The football team brought Roosevelt their best record in 15 years, five wins, three losses.
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Izaac Post & Carolina Reid
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December 15th-Seattle’s Snow Storm It started out during the week before mid-winter break when we received two late start days, ad a full day off without snow or ice. This was followed by about 6 inches of snow for the next two days. Nice.
events, trials and tribulations of this year April 20th-Sullivan and Dan’s upteenth witty yet controversial morning announcement “Happy 4/20, the day everyone knows as the day the Apollo 16 landed on the moon in 1972 and the day the Civil Rights Act became law!”
March 14th-Tolot at the Zoo “The lights were turned on, causing my gig to be turned off” – senior Sullivan Brown
March-Mock Trial goes to Districts The plaintiff team won but the defense team lost. The trial was so close that it went to individual scores for lawyers and Riders were eliminated by a margin of only two points.
May 9th-LA Electives Kathleen Vasquez announced the new aligned Language Arts curriculum, which consisted of such books as The Communist Manifesto.
April-Model UN Nick Gillingham won as best delegate in his committee.
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May 4th-15th-AP Testing Sophomore Tenaya Farrington stresses about the four-hour test to wrap-up her Human Geography class. Fewer students attended classes these two weeks as their brains were fried by the May 21st-31st-Cats CollegeBoard. If you read this Theatrical Roughriders showed their ferocious felinsection, we personally demand ity in this jellicle musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. an 86$ check.
Febuary 22nd-Oscars The second ever posthumous award was given to Heath ledger as the Joker in Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire stole the show with eight Oscars. JAI HO!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 31st-Michael Phelps beats the bong “You can smoke weed, after you win eight gold medals for your country.” -Seth Myers, “Really?” on “Saturday Night Live.”
April 11th-Susan Boyle sings on Britain’’s Got Talent Someone less than attractive is successful!?!? WHAT!?
Febuary 8th-The 51st Annual Grammys Chris Brown hits Rihanna with his umbrella, ella, ella, and then he shut up and drove.
January 15-Flight 1549 crashes into the Hudson The pilot landed a commercial airplane in the Hudson… successfully. Jack Thompson was ecstatic.
May 18th-Dolla killed Shot behind P.F. Chang’s and Chipotle. Nuff said. June 3rd-Dave Carradine found dead Police reports said that Carradine was found hanging from a rope in his closet in Bangkok. Too bad this Kung Fu legend will no longer grace our lives with his impressive self defense.
January 30th-The Giant Earthquake of 2009 “The earthquake, what’s that?” questioned sophomore Sam Hendren. Good question! Most of us were probably snoozing when this 4.5 earthquake hit Seattle at 5:25 am.
Febuary 3rd-We’re on a boat. T-Pain and Andy Samberg get us all a little hyped for summer.
January 13th-May 20th-The ninth season of American Idol We all watched the auditions and laughed our socks off. And we all learned guyliner is sexy.
May 26th-Powder Puff Football Game The seniors beat the juniors 44-6. “Good job 09! Next year we will kill,” Miro Justad scoffed.
January 25th-Lil Wayne comes to Seattle “I feel big, ya know what I mean, like not, not big in the sense of weight, you know what I mean, like gaining weight or nothing like that, like, COLOSSAL!”
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April 9th-ish-Rosie Van Pelt She is best known for her fake boobs… and Facebook account.
SpringtimeR o o s e v e l t ’s Many Fundr a i s e r s Riders gear up to rasie money for jazz, sports, theater and clubs. Bridget Reardon knows how exciting it is to have enough money for her favorite extracurriclars.
May 2nd-Prom “The most typical Roosevelt thing I’ve ever seen. Although nobody danced to all the terrible music, the instant the DJ put on sandstorm everyone went CRAZY. I almost lost a shoe and was bruised for over a week. It was a mosh pit.” raves senior Grace Hartinger. May 7th-Ford and Kaitlin Find Love And the new love birds found a special connection with sophomore Mitch Young and seniors Hanna Rodd and Olivia Cunningham.
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April 6th-10th-Arson Following Nazi Germany’s example of bribing it’s citizens, all students were encouraged to give the fire department hints about the bathroom arsonist for a reward of $10,000. This led to many accusations, without anyone realizing the true villain: Rosie Van Pelt
M a y Teachers get laid off “It is frustrating for new teachers who have
March 4th-Men’s Basketball to State It’s an epic game, with Riders pulling ahead by two point in the last 9 secondss. Sadly, we ended up losing to Inglemoor.
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May 2nd-Swine Influenza Epidemic The fatal Mexican flu that killed us all. Probably the most deadly disease since the cold. Unfortunately, this overrated craze did weasel its way past some Roosevelt student’s immune systems, such as sophomore Robin Vieira.
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Couples of the ‘08-’09 School Year From “pooky” to “shnookum,” romance fills RHS omance has been blooming in the halls of RHS since its wonderful doors opened last September. We delve into what Ms. Wiley calls the ‘mating season’; getting the scoop Editor/Writer Hybrid on everyone’s favorite couples.
Dylan Jurcik & Emma Danielsson Dylan Jurcik, junior, and Emma Danielsson, senior, are what some might call the ‘power-couple,’ snuggling their way through the halls of Roosevelt. They met three years ago in math class, and have been dating since N o vember of this year.
What do you do when you’re together?
“When we hang out we like to have long drawn out conversations that cover a wide variety of random topics, draw, share new music finds, cook, go to open mics, play croquet, go for walks and watch movies,” says Danielsson. “Go to concerts, bake pre-made goods (brownies, funfetti cake, etc.), play croquet, sip on some tea, draw, complain about life, smell flowers, prance through open fields, play apples to apples by candle light, nap,” says Jurcik.
Any future plans?
“Get married, have 17 children, and start an inbred civilization deep in the heart of the Amazonian jungle,” an excited Jurcik tells us.
“Dylan and I went to Whistler together over Winter break, and I ended up getting frostbite up on the mountain so I had to stay in bed for a long time while my feet warmed up and there wasn’t much to do so Dylan and I ended up drawing each other (pictured at left) with the pen in our mouths out of boredom and they looked pretty funny. Dylan gave me antlers.” “A while ago we were at her house together, and went outside briefly. On the way back in, it didn’t take long to realize that we’d locked ourselves out. Desperate to get back in, we tried everything and before you knew it, Emma was on the roof. The shingles were really slippery so she couldn’t get down. In the end, I had to climb up the ladder and give her my shoes to help her down,” chuckles Jurcik, as his eyes fill with tears of reminiscence. Olivia Sittauer and Taylor Sears Taylor Sears and Olivia Sittauer are the Barbie and Ken of Roosevelt. They met last year, when Taylor drove Olivia and her friend to a lacrosse game, and Taylor’s friend was hitting on her.
What’s your all-time favorite date?
“On Valentine’s Day we went to the cheesecake factory and he gave me a promise ring with a cute little speech, I wear the ring everyday and it’s really special to me.” -Olivia “She pays for dinner, I get a back rub, go to bed.” -Taylor
What are you future plans, since Taylor’s graduating?
Where did you meet?
“We met at winter ball. We didn’t even know each other. He just came up to me and asked if I wanted to dance.”
What do you like to do when you’re together?
“We tend to just hang out, watch movies, and play Rockband.”
What has been your favorite date?
“My favorite date was probably our first date. It was really exciting and fun getting to know him... even though it was a little awkward because we didn’t know each other.”
What’s your favorite thing about Sam?
“My favorite thing about Sam is his ability to make me laugh all the time. We are both really silly and we tend to say some of the most random things to each other.”
Karis Anderson & Dillon Chatriand Don’t take this couple too seriously based on their loveydovey photo. They’re probably the goofiest two around Roosevelt and love joking together, especially while they were answering these questions.
When did you meet?
“We met in 2nd grade at elementary school. We both had Ms. Larson’s class...I was the skinny anorexic-looking girl and he was the tubby-fat boy. At the time he had a crush on my best friend and I had a crush on his.”
What you do when you’re together?
“We could give the cute answers like everyone else. Aside from staring into each other’s eyes...we watch UFC.”
What’s your favorite thing about Dillon: “The mole on his ear.”
“Sadly he’s going to Montana for college next year so we’ll be apart for a year. I’m planning on applying there so I have the option and I’m going to take the train down once a month to visit him.” -Olivia
“The mole on her back.”
Any future plans?
“One morning Taylor decided it would be funny to jump on my back and see if I could carry him. I ended up throwing my back out and it happened to be 20 minutes before I was supposed to take a 5 hour long AP test. It took a week for my back to recover and he still feels bad.” –Olivia “I have thrown her back out more than once.” -Taylor
Chloe Bell & Sam Warner This sophomore-junior hybrid can be seen snuggling or holding hands in every nook of the hallway. We got the inside scoop on this close-knit relationship from Chloe.
What’s your favorite thing about Karis:
“We should have a date for the wedding soon...You’re all invited!”
Any other funny stories/anecdotes?
“We made a vegetable garden together...BEST CUCUMBERS EVER!!!”
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Riders Jetset Around The World T
Bom Dia from Brazil In January, seven Brazilian Youth Ambassadors came to visit Seattle, staying in Roosevelt students’ homes for a week. “American high school life was like being in an American movie. Everything that I see in American movies about schools, I saw in Roosevelt,” said exchange student Pedro Araujo. They visited Seattle landmarks such as the Space Needle, EMP, and the first Starbucks. For another visitor, Giovani Santos, the trip was a milestone. “It was in Seattle where I saw snow for the first time. My host-family and I went sledding on the mountains with the other Youth Ambassadors who also came to Seattle and their host-families.” Santos says he hopes to return someday, as Seattle left a great impression on him and many of the other students.
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When in Rome... Mrs. MacDonald called this year’s trip to Rome, her eleventh, the best one she has been on yet. Over midwinter break, a group of Roosevelt Latin students traveled to the ancient city to sudy the language’s origin. The visitors went to several places they study, including the Roman Forum, the Vatican, and the Coliseum, and took trips to Pompeii and Naples. They even found themselves at a gladiator school! Most days, the group walked up to 20 miles around the city, so the big Italian meal at the end of the day might have been some of the students’ favorite part.
Roux-ing and Canoeing at OPI This May, Ms. Roux’s Living In Place class journeyed up to Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park for a four-day retreat. They stayed in cabins and participated in wilderness activities like canoeing and hiking and attended a campfire where they heard local myths such as the Klallam legend of the Storm King. The class studied the Elwah River and Lake Crescent, focusing on the effects of the dams built on the river which interrupted the salmon population’s natural habitat. The purpose of the trip was to “reflect more deeply on the role of the wilderness in human nature,” said Ms. Roux. She hopes her class returned to Seattle with a greater appreciation for nature.
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Pedro Moura Araujo
Flyin’ with the Jo Bros in Italy A group of Roosevelt students went with Ms. Hathaway to Italy last October after Italian exchange students came to Seattle in May, 2008. This exchange program will happen every other year, and Ms. Hathaway is looking for current sophomores to be involved in the next exchange. “Traveling is one of the best things in terms of education,” she said. Being an exchange student gives you a different view of the world and friends across the earth. Some of the most vivid points of interest of this year’s trip were learning how to cook with host families in the small town of Riva del Garda, visiting the balcony in Verona where Romeo and Juliet supposedly met, and meeting the Jonas Brothers on the plane.
aking a language here at Roosevelt won’t just get you an elective credit towards graduation. It opens doors for traveling to faraway countries and offers opportunities to interact with international students from places all over the globe. Just ask the many RHS students who have traveled the world and have had it come right to their doorstep this year.
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Some Serbian Students For many students who didn’t know anything about Serbia, getting the chance to visit with the ten Serbian high school students who came to Roosevelt last year was ground-breaking. The Serbian students stayed in Seattle for two weeks after attending a peace camp in Vermont. Some highlights from their Seattle trip were attending a concert at the Vera Project, break dancing with the Massive Monkees, and climbing the REI rock wall. Jasmina Petrovic “learned a lot…it was interesting to spend two weeks just speaking English.” Milos Marjanovic even expressed interest in attending the University of Washington. This fall, the World Affairs Council will be sending two different Seattle students to Serbia, continuing the exchange program.
Procrastinating in Cyberspace Staff Reporter
Nobody remembers when exactly it happened, but it seems like one day suddenly all you’d ever hear was “FML!!!” when something ridiculous happened in someone’s life. Obviously, the reason why it caught on so quickly is because there’s nothing people like more than seeing that other peoples’ lives are more miserable than their own. Here are some more quality websites to check when you’re feeling down or just procrastinating on doing schoolwork. www.failblog.org – This website is similar to fmylife but instead of us-
FML! LOL! SWPL! TXT! FAIL! ing stories, it uses pictures and videos. It’s just a million posts that aren’t anywhere near being politically correct or things that just went completely wrong. For example, an innocent sign rearranged to say “Cum” instead of “Come” or an [already tacky] tattoo that was supposed to say “sweet pea” but misspelled to say “sweet pee.” A dream CUM true, right? www.thisiswhyyourefat.com – Totally disgusting. Entertaining if you are totally disgusting. Which I am. The pictures are of what I normally eat for breakfast.
www.textsfromlastnight.com – Have you ever woken up in the morning, picked up your cell, seen a full inbox of texts and sighed and said to yourself, “greeeaaaaat.” Well this website is completely devoted to these little moments in life. www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com – This website is a little different from the rest of them, but not any less hilarious. It’s full of cliché things that “white people like” and if you like making fun of others as much as I do, you will love this website. It’s also a book that I’m sure you can
find at your local urban outfitters or somewhere just as trendy. www.icanhascheezburger.com - You can’t stop yourself from LOLing when you see these ROFLcopter pics of “kittehs” in awkward situations. Delete your history after visiting these sites, as you wouldn’t want little Timmy or grandma to see what you’ve been reading.
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Girls’ Lax Takes Third at State Allie Seroussi
Seasons of Athletic Excellence Eric Pang
or the spoiled pro athlete, there is no better occasion than a high school game to remind them of what sports are all about. In the past three seasons, Roosevelt had teams and athletes representing the true passion that defines sports. These are some emotional highs and lows from the seasons that were.
Boys’ XC Mob captain, senior four-year letterman Andrew Sahl, placed 16th at Districts, and ran his final race at State in Pasco. The girls’ team also had success in the Tomahawk Twilight Meet (finishing 13th out of 31 teams) and the Silver Lake Invitational (finishing sixth) while also finishing the season at districts.
For the first time under coach Jeff Ware, the football team finished with a winning record due in large part to senior leadership and a renovated offense. The team also claimed the win at the first Anchor Bowl, beating Ballard 22-10 on Homecoming.
midst swine flu panic and AP test study sessions, the Roosevelt varsity girls’ lacrosse team marched into battle at State. They fought and scraped and came away with the third place spot in Washington state. The Riders finished in third place in the Division I league of Washington State at the end of the regular season. And then the real competition came. Roosevelt’s first State game pitted the Riders against the Panthers of Snohomish High School. The Riders came away with the victory 19-12 led by senior Madeline Grose, with seven goals, followed by sophomore Hilary Painter and junior Angie Anderson who each netted 4 goals. After the first game’s success, their place seemed secured for the championship game, but the Lakeside Lions denied the Riders entrance by a score of 14-10. Grose again led the team in goals with a total of four. Although the team did not win State, they were able to take home some hardware. The Riders were awarded the Sportsmanship Award for the Division I League and first-year head coach Vinca Swanson was named Coach of the Year. “It is truly a great honor to be selected as Coach of the Year,” said Swanson. “This year was particularly impressive with quite a few eligible coaches fielding the Division I League.” Five players were also selected for All-State teams. Grose and fellow senior Olivia Hull made the first team for attack (offensive) positions, and Anderson for midfield position. The All-State second team includes sophomore defender Sarah Clevenger and senior attack player Alison Crabb.
Kingco 4A All-League Second Team selections junior Megan Kearns and sophomore Jessica Ayers, and honorable mention selections senior Kristi Armstrong, senior Frannie Hemmelgarn, sophomore Liz Blonden, and sophomore Robin Vieira, had a solid season which included three shutout wins against Bothell, Mercer Island, and Nathan Hale.
Seniors Tia Pechon and Kelsey Paul block an opposing player’s hit at State in Kennewick.
Tough practices in the morning before
school had successful results, despite the realingment of the league which at first was thought to present confrontations with, according to coach JoEllen Hathaway, “some of the most difficult teams to swim against in our dual meets.” Senior Haley Brunner found particular success in the 500 meter freestyle, where she finished fourth in State.
The team qualified for the State Tournament, a first since Roosevelt was moved from Metro to KingCo. At the tournament in Kennewick, the team put up good performances against Kamiakin and Rogers of Puyallup.
The team fulfilled their high preseason hopes with clutch wins against Lake Washington and Ballard, plus solid performances that came from a whole team effort. The best description of the team comes from junior Liam Munro: “Dude, we’re ninjas… in khakis.”
“Based on the stats, we’re the best team in the school,” said junior Mark Van Winkle. Those stats included a combined 39-5 record for seniors Jeff Chaney, Owen Fisher, Michael Okinaka, and Stephen Perkins, who also won a Kingco 4A championship.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball:
Although an appearance in State ended in disappointment, senior River Voorhees was named onto the 2009 Kingco 4A All League First Team and senior Louis Voorhees and junior Kai Hoyt were named 2009 Kingco 4A All League Honorable Mentions. The girls’ team made the postseason behind solid defense and senior captains Frannie Hemmelgarn, Hannah Judd, and Grace Cappleman. They won their first playoff game, but were eliminated with losses against Eastlake and Garfield.
Under the leadership of sole senior, captian Tascha Mack, and coaches Patty SteeleSenior Gus Hohlbein scans the court at Smith, and Darrel Montzingo, the gymnastics State in the Tacoma Dome March 4th. team steadily increased in talent throughout the season. Boyd, sophomore Thuc Nhi Nguyen and freshman Sonia Rao represented Track and Field: at the District tournament and are hoping to The girls’ team sent junior Chloe Stigglereturn next year. bout in the long jump and sophomore Boys’ Swimming: “The best thing [about the team] is that we Maggie Montgomery in the pole vault to have coaches that can coach well,” said ju- the District tournament. nior John Hwang Adding to the team’s speed The boys’ team sent two athletes to State: was sophomore Cameron Johnson, who senior Kalliy Ceesay in the triple jump qualified for State in the 500 meter freestyle, and senior Andrew Sahl in the 800 meter dash. finishing eighth.
“We demand more spectators,” said sophomore Roman Jones, whose presence in the 215-pound class complimented a nice group of talent which is always looking for more fans. The team was represented at Districts by junior Bang Zheng, a State alternate, in the 125-pound class, and sophomore Conor Leeds in the heavyweight class.
Losing coach Montzingo early in the season due to back surgery took a toll on the golf team. According to sophomore Elaina Kook, “[Losing Montzingo] was really hard because we kind of lost our teacher.” Although they were short a teacher, “it was still a lot of fun,” said Kook.
The season started hot for the baseball team as they began with wins against both Sammamish and Lake Stevens behind their senior-heavy rooster. Although not
Sophomore Casey Bouldin fields a ground ball in practice. able to rack up many wins after that, they have high hopes for next year.
The team offered tough competition against its opponents, including a 10-0 win against Ballard. While Kelsey Paul graduates, two captains are returning next season, junior Isabelle Batayola and junior Rachel Murray.
With the contribution from seniors, including Dan Tonkovich who was named onto The Seattle Times’ “Star Times” team, the team rode into the Kingco 4A playoffs en route to State where they were defeatd in a shootout, 3-2.
Junior number-one player Hallie Martin qualified for the District 4A Championships, but lost in a close match against Skyview. The team had regular team bonding potlucks and accomplished their pre-season goals.
Photos by A. Chiechi and M. Tull
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Revisiting “The Heart of the Game” Staff Reporter
ook in their eyes! Draw blood!” This patented battle cry never failed to strike fear into the hearts of opposing teams, making it clear to other schools that the Roosevelt girls’ basketball team was an adversary to be feared. In the 2005 film “The Heart of the Game,” seven seasons of the talent on the Roosevelt girls’ basketball team was showcased to the world. It’s been ten years since some of the players were featured in the documentary, and since then their lives have changed in ways they would have never expected. The Roosevelt News caught up with some of the most memorable members of the cast. Coach Resler was fired from Roosevelt girls’ basketball in November 2007 but he still supports the team by coming to every varsity girls’ game. He is friends with current coach Greg Kalina, and while he loved coaching, he is happy to have more free time. “We had so much fun,” he said. “[But] I didn’t realize how much pressure came with the job.” In 2007 Resler scored a short Nike ad and published “The Heart of the Team: Life Lessons On and Off the Court,” in which he writes about the lessons he taught his team and reminisces about past players. Resler still “[tries] to have as much fun as [he] can.” For now, that consists of teaching tax law at the University of Washington and writing short stories.
Lindsey Wilson, the star player of the class of 1999, always wanted to travel when she was in high school. Living abroad and playing basketball as a career was her dream, but she suspected that she would “end up at a boring job.” Little did she know, basketball would take her all over Europe, including Greece, Turkey, Slovakia and Lithuania. She lives in Seattle for three months out of the year, and spends the rest of her time in Europe, playing professionally for the women’s basketball division of Athenian multi-sport club Panionios. Devon CrosbyHelms is best remembered for bravely coming forward about the abuse she suffered at the hands of a private basketball coach. Today, “Robocop,” as she was called in high school, is in a much better place. “Despite all the things that I went through in high school, I was able to survive, heal, and become a person that navigates the world with passion and peace,” she said. “I am far and away better than I ever could have imagined.” The competitive spirit in her is still alive as she is currently a runner on the 100K National Team. CrosbyHelms also writes original recipes on a food blog and dreams of writing cookbooks and possibly opening a specialty organic food shop. When Mackenzie Argens helped lead the team to win the state championship in 2004 she was only a freshman. She will graduate from the University of
I’m still crazy!
Washington in 2011 and leads a busy basketball career as a Husky. Of the same graduating class was
The poster for The Heart of the Game, hangs in the office of Athletic Director Mike Scott, reminding Roosevelt to take advantage of life’s opportunities. Ariel Evans, now a Yellowjacket at the University of Rochester who still finds time to visit UW and play open gym with Argens and the Huskies. Evans knew she would be playing college basketball but never thought
she would end up so enamored with politics. She is majoring in political science, interns at Congressman Jim McDermott’s office, and hopes to one day work in politics in Washington, D.C.. Darnellia Russell, a teenage mother who overcame big obstacles to pursue her hoop dreams, was the star of the movie but has flown under the radar since the film’s release. She moved to Ontario, Canada to play for Lakehead University in July 2008, but has since returned to her hometown. Tom Warden, Lakehead Athletics Director said, “[Russell] returned to Seattle after less than a year.” Russell stated that she couldn’t bear to be away for too long and once again deferred her basketball aspirations in favor of her family. She and boyfriend Secoy Clemmons are raising two daughters, Tre’kayla and Sechoyah, who are seven and two years old. While Russell still hopes to play for the WNBA someday, her family is her top priority now. Roosevelt basketball is still thriving outside campus, even for graduates who didn’t go pro. Seven former Riders play on a women’s city team, Duchess, for fun. “We see [Resler] there from time to time and he has also been a big fan at a number of our games,” said Leyla Khastou, a RHS graduate of 2002 who is now studying at the UW to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. While everyone may be older and scattered across the globe, some things don’t change. Resler assures, “I’m still crazy!”
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Memorable cast members tell what’s going on
Thuc Nhi Nguyen
eattle’s consistently changing weather was a fitting backdrop to boys’ soccer’s first game as both had some ups and downs. In their final game, the team endured rain, thunder, lightening, wind, and the occasional spot of sunlight, but couldn’t overcome the South Kitsap Wolves, losing 3-2 in a shootout. The cool Seattle rain had just cleared and it was gut check time for the Riders. After a cold and rainy 80 minutes of regulation play and ten minutes of overtime, the Riders were still locked in a 2-2 battle with South Kitsap as the threat of penalty kicks loomed over Memorial Stadium. “No one likes PKs,” sophomore midfielder Mikko Keranen said. “They’re kind of a cheap way to win.”
After four rounds of penalty In the 32nd minute of the answered with a goal of his own kicks both teams were knotted match, South Kitsap netted five minutes later for the 1-1 at three goals a piece. In the fifth the game’s first goal, but the tie. Early in the second half, round of kicks, the Wolves’ the Wolves shot got by Roosevelt senior regained the keeper Leo Cohen and the lead, however, tension grew as fellow senior Dilek stole Ryan Shepherd stepped up momentum to try and extend the shootback again as out. The ball curved right he responded and bounced unforgivingly for the tie five off the right post, which minutes later. relinquished Roosevelt’s spot “[After that in the next round of the state goal] they tournament to the Wolves. were scared “It was a heart breaker,” said of us, they Cohen. “My heart sank.” knew we had While the loss is a tough something,” pill to swallow, the team Dilek said. doesn’t hold any resentment. With the “It wasn’t Ryan’s fault,” energy of Cohen said of his fellow the game on senior teammate. “In PKs, their side the ball just has to bounce The team huddles during warms ups after the the Riders your way.” controlled the lightening break and the rain continues to pour. “We stayed with them all ball until ten game and it sucks to have minutes into to lose like that,” commented Riders weren’t shaken as the second half, when the game Keranen. sophomore forward Tolga Dilek was delayed a total 65 minutes
due to lightening. “[Before the break] we had momentum, but it stopped during the break,” Keranen said. The boys’ soccer team, in State for the first time since 2005, was ranked second in 4A KingCo and finished 8-6-3. The team is saying goodbye to ten seniors including Cohen and defender Dan Tonkovich, who made first team All KingCo 4A, midfielder Michael Mullen, who made second team all KingCo, and honorable mentions Shepherd, David Fantham, Steven U, and Lucas Zapico. Despite the season’s bitter ending, the team finished content with their efforts. “We left it all out on the field,” Cohen said. “It was a good way to go out,” Keranen commented.
Photo by: I. Wright
Boys’ Soccer gets Drenched at State
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Another Purrfect Purrformance Writer/Editor Hybrid
Drama meows its way into our hearts
students who make count down it, however, are in for until the five months of hard Light Up The work. In addition to We polled RHS students to find out Stars Aucrehearsing every day their favorite meow-rific songs. tion, where during class, cast the musimembers are often re- 39%- Rum Tum Tugger cal selection quired to attend addi- 14%- Memory is unveiled. tional rehearsals after 14%- Macavity When Cats school or in the eve- 11%- Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer was first annings. Students par- 7%- Skimbleshanks nounced as ticipating in the year- 7%- Mr. Mistoffelees the 2009 ly production must 4%- Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats production, also commit to full- 4%- Other it caused a day rehearsals on the stir. “A lot of weekends. For many people were Roughriders, skeptical musical becomes a life- when they made the announcement,” style. “After experiencing Amster shares. “But once we started all of the dedication it rehearsing with full costumes and really takes last year makeup, everybody was having a ton during Me and My of fun.” Girl, I knew what to From then on, the buzz was nonexpect,” says junior stop. As cast members of Cats precast member So- pared for opening night, they knew phie Amster. “When the bar was set high. It’s safe to say rehearsals started the cast went above and beyond these this year, I knew expectations. exactly how I’d be The show was high in energy and spending all my time enticing from the moment the lights until closing night. The dimmed. The eccentric opening numcast does homework ber, “Jellicle Song for Jellicle Cats” backstage during re- hooked the audience from the gethearsals though, so we go. Principle dancers Danica Bito, make it work.” Lucas Dudley, Rianna Hidalgo and The hype surround- Anna Czosnyka began the song, and Cast members perform “Naming of Cats”, a ing the annual produc- eventually the whole company joined catchy, creepy crowd-pleaser. tion is tangible. Students in with cat-like choreography. “Rum
he expectations for the annual musical at Roosevelt couldn’t have been higher. Our drama program boasts a reputation of next-to-flawless entertainment year-round, and the spring musical has always been the top contributor to this image. Every May, students await a spectacular performance by their peers, organized by the beloved “VK” and Ms. Orme. Musical meets as a class during 4th period second semester. Students are accepted based on an audition process during which many students are cut. The 60-some
Tum Tugger,” performed by Brando Reece-Gomez, and “Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer,” performed by Sullivan Brown and Courtney Nevin, were upbeat crowd favorites. Maryse LaRussa’s solo “Grizzabella: The Glamour Cat” was unforgettable. The pace changed with every number, featuring everything from energized tap dancing and pyrotechnics to slow, soft classics like LaRussa’s “Memory.” Wrapping up with “Ad-Dressing of Cats,” this year’s production was engaging from start to finish. I am pleased to say that Roosevelt’s production of Cats was far from a let down. A risk for the drama p r o gram, it served to prove that the cast and crew deserve the prestigious name they’ve made for themselves. While the drama department will say goodbye to talented seniors, there are certainly newcomers who are ready to step into the spotlight, as demonstrated in this year’s production. Cats took it to the next level- if, after all these years of striking performances, that’s even possible.
Roosevelt’s Got Talent... and Nunchux Is there a Susan Boyle in our midst?
ast Tuesday after our moving up assembly I was torn between all of the Campus Day activities offered, and when I remembered that I had to go to the theater, I was a bit upset. I mean here was a beautiful day with a dunk tank, inflatable toys and much more, but I, out of all people, had to go write an article on the stupid talent show. To tell you the truth I was thinking it’d be a total dull fest. Evidently, I was wrong. The turnout was so large that at a certain point the main floor and the balcony were busting with students. First up was a performance by Emma Staake and Will Gerhardt singing “Over the Rhine,” which was beautifully performed and made me sad. Next up was Ella Sturn with a very controversial song, again executed perfectly. Then “P.C.” went on stage. Personally, I wasn’t expecting much, but after whippin’ out his nunchucks
I was both delighted and scared. This kid was like a Ninja Turtle and the Karate Kid combined. There was a quick but sweet performance by Marina Galloway with “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” followed by a duet between Mitch Young and Conrad Schmechel, accompanied by Etri and Sullivan’s beat-boxing. By now my opinion of talent shows was completely reversed, and I was thirsty for more. Joseph Sims, Paxton Farrar, and Tristan Campbell tapped their way into the crowd’s souls. Again there was a short but sweet song executed by Ashley
Unjaho, followed by the Dutchifience, also know as the Mighty Melon heads. These guys were good. Personally, I felt that they could’ve used a louder mic, but otherwise it was top cut. Nolan’s bass work was flawless, and the guitar and piano players were also great. The drummer himself was a wonderkinder, but what surprised me the most was Derrick Pawlowsky. I mean, the things he did to that violin, wow, it really just made me wonder.
As I sat through the performance I was on the lookout for THE best. Then Carlos Alvarez and Zach Horton came on stage to sing “The Pi Song.” Not only did they incorporate the 150 numbers of pi in their cheesy rhyme, but they were also able to make it funny and to light up the crowd. Now that is what we call true talent. That’s why they are awarded the Newspaper Best of the Talent Show award. One of the last real performances was a piano solo by Will Gerhardt - who is, by the way, a piano-playing God. His fingers moved so fast I couldn’t even see them. Last came our very own Predator-inchief, Peter Jong, who surprisingly had the loveliest voice singing his favorite song, “Don’t Stop Believing.” I definitely will not stop believing in the wonder of the RHS’s annual talent show.
A few of RHS’s most adept boys, celebrating their mind-boggling talent with a dance.
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Students share exciting summer plans Ari Newman Staff Reporter
s summer quickly approaches, most high schoolers will find themselves facing an all-too-familiar predicament. This dilemma is none other than the quest to make stimulating summer plans. The majority of us, including myself, will most definitely be bumming around Seattle the entire summer, rarely accomplishing anything productive. But for a few students at Roosevelt, that option will, thankfully, be avoided. These young adults plan to explore the countries of the world, learn about new cultures, and hopefully gain more from their experiences than I will from my “exciting” summer. For 32 days, seniors Karis Anderson, Dillon Chatriand, Maarten Van Brederode, and two additional friends from other schools, will set out on an adventure throughout Europe. “With no parents and so much freedom and independence, this trip will make for an excellent transition into my college years,” said an enthusiastic Anderson. The group will begin their trip in Amsterdam, Holland, where they will stay with Van Brederode’s relatives. By
train and plane, they will then visit Paris, France, Barcelona, Spain; Cadaques, Spain; Marseilles, France; Nice, France; Cinque Terre, Italy; and Venice, Italy. Their journey finally ends in Sion, Switzerland, where they will stay with Chatriand’s extended family. Anderson spoke of her excitement for visiting Cadaques because of its historical value as the birth place of Salvador Dali, the famous painter. “Also the town is the only small rustic spot that we will visit along the way, which will make it very intimate,” said Anderson. Their trip will no doubt be an amazing experience, as there isn’t a better way to spend summer vacation than on an adventure with your best friends. I next spoke with junior Ariel Friedman, who will be spending an unforgettable two weeks in Spain. Friedman’s father has a friend in Madrid who offered to host her and she, in turn, will nanny and tutor his kids in English. “My goal is to become bilingual in Spanish,” said a determined Friedman. By visiting another country alone, one can learn to build more independence and learn new things about themselves. Friedman’s travels to Spain will make for an unforgettable time and she has also set some high intellectual goals for
herself this summer. I finally got the chance to interview junior Ryan O’Connor, who is traveling to Thailand and Vietnam. O’Connor will have the unique experience of building an orphanage and teaching English to children in Thailand through the Rustic Pathways program. O’Connor also plans to tour Vietnam with others in the program. When I spoke with him, he didn’t seem too excited about taking so many Malaria shots, but he did mention that “the trip will be a great learning experience and I hope to use it as my senior project”. Only twelve people nation-wide received acceptance into the program and it was no surprise to me that not only Ryan O’Connor was admitted, but also juniors Robyn Nielson and Molly Payne. For both those traveling this summer and those just hanging around the house, it’s important to remember to try new things. Whether you are cruising down the Riviera or stuck on I-5, a summer vacation is still a time to grow as a person and have fun. It is exciting to hear about the trips being taken by our friends and we wish you all safe journeys. So have a nice trip, see you next fall, and have a great summer vacation Roosevelt!
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Roughriders as Globetrotters
Summer Service Projects
Students lend a hand in Seattle and overseas Staff Reporter
s we fight out these final days of school, there’s no doubt that summer is on the brain. Many are daydreaming of countless hours of swimming, tanning, and days at the beach. What could be more fulfilling than this typical summer lifestyle? While some have seasonal jobs to fund those lazy summer days, little thought is given to “giving back.” A handful of Roosevelt students are an exception to this routine. They plan on spending their summers on various community service projects, both locally and abroad. Sophomore Lily Meyers is venturing to Costa Rica with the Walking Tree travel program. She first heard about the trip in her 9th grade Spanish class and was inspired to look into it. “I’m excited to learn more Spanish there and I think it will be a fun new experience,” says Meyers. She’s still deciding between projects; she’ll either build a library for a school or lay down a mile of sidewalk. Sophomores TT Covey and Allie Mullen are also traveling far and wide. They’ll be going to Ecuador to work in an orphanage. Junior Abby Mahler will
travel to Africa. “It’s not through an organization,” Mahler says. “It’s not with my family either, just me.” On her trip she’ll work at two parks in a wildlife reserve. At the first, she’ll be taking data, counting animals, and observing their behavior and environment. She’ll go on “game drives” to collect this information, where she’ll drive through the reserve to find the animals in their
habitat. At the second park, she’ll be hard at work building fences and preparing the park for animals to come in the fall. Junior Shandra Benito is planning on working close to home. She’s been accepted into the renowned organization “Tips.” Out of 400 candidates for the program, 200 were interviewed and 40 were
Roosevelt students Zoe Geiger, Camille Ashbaugh, Allie Mullen and Lily Myers accepted. “They told me will all work on community service projects locally and abroad this summer.
this at the beginning of the interview,” says Benito. “I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with that information.” She’ll be working at the Ballard Food Bank all summer. Through Tips, she’ll be getting paid for the work that she does. Sophomore Zoe Geiger will work as a counselor in training, or “oded,” at Camp Solomon Schecter. She’ll stay there for the majority of the summer, working with children and running programs. Geiger looks forward to heading back to camp for her 8th year: “It’s going to be a bonding experience. We go on a trip as odeds to Mt. Rainier and I’m really looking forward to it,” she says. Sophomores Naomi Bennett, Claire Kotler, and Sage Miller will be joining her, among other Roosevelt students, she says. This summer, maybe you’ll be inspired to delve into endeavors like these students. If a trip overseas isn’t in the cards, lounging by the pool can easily be traded in for local community service work. Those 60 hours won’t finish themselves, and there’s no better time to get them out of the way then when you have hours to spare. Follow the example of these Roughriders and find a project that keeps you in that Seattle sun. photo by r. tonkovich
mirrors and memories The CATastrophic Crossword By Allie Serrousi
The Glamour Cat
5. Old __________
2. The director known as “VK”
7. T.S. __________
3. Macavity’s not __________
10. The number of freshman in the musical
4. Bustopher _________ the cat about town
13. __________ and Rumpleteazer
6. Male kitty, in CATS
14. Rum tum __________ 16. The __________ Mr. Mistoffelees 17. We make our home in Victoria __________ 19. Gus the __________ cat (spell it like we’re British)
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Your Monthly Mix of
8. Female kitty in CATS 9. The __________ Ball 11.
I can has __________?
12. Young cat 15. Skimbleshanks the __________ cat 18. Director Beth __________
Glimpses of the Periodic Past
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