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Volume 42, Issue 2 DECEMBER 17, 2010

New golden arches?

Construction on Auburn Way’s new McDonald’s will soon come to a close. See page 4.

‘Boys of Troy’ INDEX

News….... 2-4 Sports........5&8 Features.... 6-7 Opinion… 9-11 Photo Essay.... 12

Check out AHS’s boys basketball team, the ‘Boys of Troy’

See page 6.

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DECEMBER 17, 2010

(Re)Introducing AHS Winter Formal By Amanda McClug REPORTER

AHS’s next dance is the Winter Formal. The dance will be on January 22, 2011. It will be from 8pm – 11pm, in the main gym at AHS. The dance is semi-formal so you don’t have to go all out on buying dresses and tuxedos. Tickets for the Winter Formal will cost $10.00 per person. The theme of the dance is “NOW that’s what I call NEON ‘11”. “I hope the students come because high school will be over soon-

er than you think and you should were taken away and what was gogo to the dances and have fun,” ing on at these dances. AHS prinAdministrative Assistant Jennifer ciple, Richard Zimmerman, held a Skeel said. “We haven’t had a win- meeting last year with the parents ter dance for two years so it’s good and some of the PTSA members. that we get it back,” she added. Zimmerman explained in great Before, detail She’s doing a good job at recognizing not only because of w h a t students but teachers who are doing well. extremewas goly inaping on at VICE-PRINCIPAL, JOHN AIKEN propriate the dancdancing at the other dances, the es and the way the students were total number of dances had been dancing. The parents agreed that limited to only two dances, Home- how the students were dancing was coming and Prom. Some parents very inappropriate. Now students didn’t understand why the dances must sign a dance contract before

attending any dance, and given this mutual understanding between the administration, parents, and students, Zimmerman is pleased that the Winter Formal and other dances are back on the calendar. “I think it’s fantastic, it’s a great activity for the students to do at school,” he said. “The Winter dance was fun, I went to the dance my sophomore year and I had a great time.” Senior Patrick Smith, said. The next dance is set for April 23, 2011, called the Spring Tolo. It’s the next school dance after the Winter Neon Dance. Have fun AHS.

“The union decided to do a survey on all the staff to see if we should get rid of it,” Zawislak added. “I remember them saying it was a close tally on which way to go, having mid-winter break or not,” said Zawislak. With the break now officially gone, students and staff will be dismissed for the summer a few days earlier than they would have with mid-winter break on the calender. And while the elimi-

will once again survey members for calendar input,” she added. Sophomore, Nicolas Keimig heard from his best friend Nacole Schwoch that we have no more mid winter break. “I like having a week off in the middle of the school year instead of getting out a week earlier,” Keimig said. “Now that we don’t have mid-winter break I do not get to enjoy that extra sleep and hanging out with my friends.”

Mid winter break nixed from calendar By Jordan Ondras REPORTING INTERN

According to the Auburn High School master calendar, the midwinter break that typically gave staff and students a week off in February has been eliminated this year. “As far as I know, every year the district and union combine together to figure out what next year’s calendar is going to be,” Electronics teacher, Christopher Zawislak said.

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nation of the few extra days off around President’s Day break is a fait accompli for this year, future years are still up for grabs. “The Auburn Education Association, (AEA) and the Auburn School District bargain the school calendars for the duration of the negotiated agreement, plus one additional year,” Cathy deJong, the President of the AEA, said. “When we begin the process of bargaining a future contract, at the end of 2012), AEA

DECEMBER 17, 2010



Dad uses loss to raise awareness By Robin Ball


On April 9, 2004 Kentwood High School graduate and two time gymnastics champion Heidi Marie Munson was killed. While on her way home with friends from a birthday party at Flaming Geyser State Park. The driver lost control of the car at nearly 80 mph on a turn posted at 30 mph. It was then that the car crossed the center line and crashed first into an oncoming pickup and then was hit by another vehicle. The driver was found trapped and unconscious in the vehicle, while one of the passengers was lying on the road. The only passenger wearing a seatbelt was found conscious and with only minor inCourtesy Photo juries. The two passengers in the backseat: a 7th grade boy and 19-year old Heidi MaHeidi Munson was 19 years old when she was killed in a acohol related car crash.

rie were pronounced dead at the scene. After further investigation it was determined that the driver had alcohol, methamphetamines and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash. It was that day in April that the Munson family learned the reality of drinking and driving. It was also that day that they began the mission of Heidi’s Promise. The mission statement of Heidi’s Promise is “To educate our youth and families on the realities of drug and alcohol use and bring awareness that some choices truly do have consequences.” Eric Munson, Heidi’s father, has been working in the prevention field since 2000. Munson’s career began by presenting to eleSEE HEIDI PAGE 4

Locations to enjoy the winter snow A number of nearby resorts offer ski enjoyment By Johnathan Castro REPORTING INTERN

With winter comes snow. And one of the best things to do for winter break is to go and play in some snow, having snowball fights in the yard or go finding a hill to sled down. Some students would rather go somewhere and snowboard or ski at a mountain. But where are the best places to go for maximum fun in any category? Crystal Mountain is an ideal place for snow boarders and skiers alike. It has great hills, soft snow,

and awesome hot chocolate. For those beginners that do not know how to snowboard or ski, Crystal Mountain has Snowsports School. For those that do not own a snowboard or a pair of skis, Crystal Mountain has rentals for you. For those that do not snowboard or ski, you can sled for free. Crystal Mountain is about an hour and a half away. The cost for an all day lift ticket is $39 for people 16+ and $29 for juniors 9-15 years old. Another place to go and have fun for winter is Snoqualmie Pass. Snoqualmie is not too far

away from Auburn, but be wary, the roads up to the pass might be packed from sledders and snow boarders. Snoqualmie is about an hour away. The cheapest thing to do at Snoqualmie is to go sledding for free. Stevens Pass is another snowy place to visit for winter sports. Stevens Pass has local lodging, ski/snowboard lessons, and rentals. Stevens Pass is an ideal place to go for all winter sports. Stevens Pass is about 45 minutes to an hour away. For payments, they accept cash, check, or credit

card. The cost for a daily pass is $40-$60 for a high school student All of these places are ideal to go to learn how to snowboard or ski. Also, they are within a reasonable price range. But wherever you go for snow, be sure to wear waterproof clothing over warm clothes, and a good pair of gloves. For cheap snow activities, sledding is best. It’s easy to learn and fun to do, not to mention sleds are the cheapest equipment to buy.

Local businesses provide x-mas tree options By Kylle Berg


When people think of the holidays some things they may think of are family, food, and presents. But the main thing is the decoration of their holiday tree. There are many places to get your holiday tree. You could get a precut one or cut down your own. It could be real or fake, even colored. There are some benefits to having a real tree but there are downsides to it as well. A real tree has that certain holiday smell to it but it is also a hassle to clean up all the pine needles after you take it down. Same thing goes for the fake trees: there are good things and bad things that come with having a fake tree. If you get a fake tree then all you have to do is take it out of the box and put it together, it already has lights on it and everything. But the downside to it is that you don’t get to spend time with your family decorating the tree. Everyone has different tastes in trees but the real question isn’t what kind of tree to get, but rather

where’s the best place to get it? If you are looking for a real tree that is already cut and ready for you to take home, then Muckleshoot is the

On the other hand, if you are looking for a fake tree then you’ll want to check out Wal-Mart, located by the Supermall. They

Photo by Robin Ball This Christmas tree farm located on West Valley Highway is one of many of the family owned tree farms in and around Auburn.

place to go. Muckleshoot is located at 2402 Auburn Way South. The trees there aren’t only affordable but they are big as well. The prices range from about $30 to $80, depending on the size of tree you get.

have a wide variety of trees to choose from. Big, small, real or fake, whatever kind you want, Wal-Mart has it. The trees at WalMart range from around $20 to about $150, depending on the size

of the tree and what kind you get. Freshman, Hannah Hougen said that she gets her tree from Tinseltown Tree Farm in Algona. “They have really awesome trees” Hougen said. Although, if you are more of a “do it yourself” kind of person then you can always go cut down your own tree. That’s what freshman Cheyanne Ray is going to do. “It gives me more of that holiday feeling to go and cut down my own, rather then to buy a pre-cut one,” said Ray. You can’t just go anywhere to cut down your tree, though. There are specific places. For example, Pfaff’s Christmas Tree Farm. They are located on 29204 124th Ave. SE, Auburn. Or Coates Christmas Tree Farm located on 17225 SE Green Valley Road Auburn. There is also A&B’s Flowers and Trees on 28641 132nd Ave. SE Auburn and Donnas Trees on 4421 S 348th Place, Auburn. As you can see there is definitely a lot of places to go get your tree. So pack up the family and drive down to any one of these places to get your tree today.



News Briefs CITY OF AUBURN The North Auburn McDonalds is scheduled to open by the end of winter break. The old building was torn down due to supposed health department violations all though this can not be confirmed. The new McDonald’s is equipped two drive in windows, plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi access and a complete new modern design. The new Mc Donald’s is located at 1531 Auburn Way North.



mentary age students about character and safety programs. He now works as a Prevention/Intervention Specialist at Auburn Youth Recourses (AYR). After Heidi’s death Munson made a promise (Heidi’s Promise) to bring about greater awareness of the possible results

- Courtesy photo Heidi Munson was killed April 9th 2004 in a drunken driving accident; this is the car she was in after the accident.

RIVER UPDATE With recent increases in rain fall around Western Washington rivers across the sound have began to swell, and although many rivers up north have crest there banks and flooded our northern neighbors the calm water of the Green River have yet to create any significant problems for the citizens of Auburn. As a safety precaution, volunteers are readily available to patrol the leave along the river if high waters do begin to threaten area resident homes. For more information visit emergency/disaster/dams

DECEMBER 17, 2010

- Courtesy photo Eric Munson Heidi’s Father giving a presentation.

of driving while intoxicated. “What’s nice about my job is I can relate,” Munson said. AYR was established in 1973 by concerned parents, educators, and governmental leaders. Their mission as stated on their web site is “To assist families and youth by providing counseling, prevention and support services with the goal of helping them to become healthy, loving, and self directed individuals.” AYR has been involved in all the schools in the Auburn School District except for West Auburn High


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School for at least ten years. AYR provides counseling services for those who can not afford it or do not have insurance for counseling. “We’re trying to bring awareness to anybody who will listen,” Munson said. Munson offers assemblies, classroom presentations, adult education (parent seminars), and prevention efforts to anyone who would like them. Munson is at AHS every Wednesday and every other Monday. Anybody who would like more information or would like to talk to Munson should visit the Counseling Center.

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DECEMBER 17, 2010



‘Boys of Troy’ aim for championship Starting line-up shows promise in upcoming season By Danny Shelton REPORTING INTERN

The “Boys of Troy”, Auburn High’s boys’ basketball team, are looking to make this year the year to win it all. The likely starting line-up of Rowland Quinit (point guard), Kevin Henderson (small forward), Alphonse Wade (shooting guard), Iszia Johnson (power forward), and Trey Grant (center), all of whom are seniors, are taking aim at the ‘big prize’ at the end of the year, the 4A State Title. This is a big expectation for the “Boys of Troy”, but with the entire team on the same page they just might be able to pull it off with the help of Coach Ryan Hansen working them. Coach Hansen wants the boys to worry about one game at a time and take care of the little things as they play in this talented league, or as Coach Hansen says, a “league with a lot of parity”. Coach Hansen believes that Auburn will face its biggest challenges this season in Kentwood (last year’s State Champions) and Kentridge. “The two best of our league”, Hansen said. Hansen will have lots of help from his division one athletes Kevin Henderson and Alphonse Wade, and soon to be division one, Iszia Johnson. “Both [Henderson and Wade] are talented and have the opportunity to lead us to get our goal, state tournament”,

Hansen said. “Alphonse brings physicality and defense, Kevin will have to be a good leader” he added. Hansen also trusts that Iszia will be a good leader and lead by example. 1st team All League, Kevin Henderson will likely be the go-to player, having been offered full scholarships to Boise State, Portland State, and University of Idaho before committing to the University of Montana for next year. Kevin will be a key player to watch and is ready for this year to start. “We’ll end up doing really good, gotta be on the same page. We have a real

not made up his mind to commit anywhere. Alphonse has played football and basketball since he was seven years old. He may be getting a lot of attention from college football coaches but says “I get no love from basketball coaches,” he said. This may change this year, as he will finally be starting for Auburn. These two talented athletes won’t be facing the leadership role alone because 2nd team All League, Iszia Johnson, will be another key player to watch. He is ready to help achieve the team’s goal of winning State. Johnson is confident about this year’s team and says the scholarships will start coming this year. “I will be D1 by the end of the year” he said. Knowing Johnson, aka Zeke, he will be willing to share the leadership role with Henderson and Wade and has had experience before in starting since his sophomore


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big chance, all the seniors want to win and we’ll do anything to win,” he said. He also looks to Alphonse for help on the defensive side “Our team will feed off of him,” Henderson added. Alphonse Wade, an all-star football player, has full scholarships from the University of Idaho, Air Force, University of San Diego, Eastern Washington, and Army, but has





Edwardson, Levi Williams, Harold (Pat) Lee and maybe Jodeci Johnson if he is eligible. So the “Boys of Troy” are ready to “show out” and take the state title. Will the fans be ready to show up with school spirit and support the boys competing in this difficult league to win State?

Hard work pays off for waterpolo By Liz Patrick


Auburn High School is known for its fantastic sports teams. This includes our water polo team. The team was first in their division with 15 wins and two loses this year. They went to the state championship and earned 4th place, an improvement over placing 6th last year and having no wins at all four years ago. Head coach Brandon Schreib said that the team has been four years in making and as a result most of the players are seniors. This team didn’t get good over night, they practiced every school day for almost two hours, perfecting their team work and how to play the game. They also spent time outside of the pool doing “dryland” workouts before practice. Just as with any sport, these boys had to work for

their place in the championship. There were seven seniors out of only 12 players on the team overall this year. The two captains of the team, seniors Blake Morgan and Bryan Diebag (de-bah). In response to ‘why water polo?’ Bryan said that is the most fun and physically demanding sport that he ever experienced. Going into the state championship this year the team was confident that they would be placing high and were very excited. The team had tremendous faith in their goalie’s capabilities and it was well warranted. The goalie, junior Kendall Ray, is well suited to the task of goalie. Senior Blake Morgan was the leading shooter on the team, although asking the entire team which player is the best, they all told me that it was Bryan Diebag.

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Holiday special In the wonderful month of December, there are a few days that you can just sit back, hang with friends and family, open gifts, and have a huge dinner. Also around the 25th, television channels starts showing Christmas specials to watch. From Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Sophomore Kevin Shelton said, “I like to wake up in the morning, make some hot chocolate. Then turn on some Frosty the Snowman”. Whether you’re young or old, you still get that

Are all snowflakes different? vapor, from the same cloud. Snowflakes are extremely Are no two snowflakes really sensitive to microenvironments, alike? Everyone always says so the smallest thing can change that every snowflake is unique they way they will look. The and that no two snowflakes are snowflake actually forms while alike. But is that really true? the water vapor condenses and It seems it is. No two snowflakes this determines what shape it are alike. Physicist Kenneth G. will be and what it will look like when it lands. Libbrecht, of Now some people SnowCrystals. disagree. They com, agrees with say that with all this, “It is indeed the snowflakes extremely in the world it unlikely that could be possible two complex that two would snowflakes be alike. “How will look likely is it that exactly alike”. two snowflakes Science teacher, are alike? Very Denise Carroll, likely if we define agrees with ‘alike’ to mean Libbercht. that we would “I think the have trouble chances if two distinguishing snowflakes them under a being identical microscope”, said is extremely cloud physicist remote, because Jon Nelson at for them to be Ritsumkeikan identical they University in would have had Kyoto Japan, to form under Nelson has the exact same s t u d i e d conditions,” Photos courtesy of snowflakes Carroll said. for 15 years. The reason that is so unlikely for the snowflakes to New research is showing form under the same conditions that maybe the old adage two snowflakes are is that they would have had “no to come form the same water alike” might not hold true. By Lena Wilson




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According to, the top three religions in the world by number of followers are Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism. Each of these religions celebrates “the holidays” in different ways. Christianity calls it Christmas. They celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. They give each other presents, decorate trees, and just share in the Christmas spirit of loving everyone and everything. Traditionally, around November and December Hindus celebrate Karthigai Deepam, which is the festival of lights. On this day, people clean their houses. In the evening, they draw rangoli (tradi-

etc. But what most people By ESMERALDA SANlove about Christmas are CHEZ the gifts, REPORTING INTERN and as we Can you believe it? all know Christmas is around the everyone corner again. And just makes a like every year, families ten most across the country are wanted decorating Christmas trees, setting up their Christmas


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While most people like to stay at home and enjoy the holidays with their family and friends others like to travel. For reasons such as lousy weather, not enough things to do, or they just want to visit other places, some students leave Auburn for more exotic destinations. The holidays are the busiest time for travel. Here are some of the places Auburn High students will be or would like to be traveling to over the coming holidays.

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tory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek rulers of Jerusalem and the subsequent rededication of the temple in 164 B.C. It also celebrates a supposed miracle that accompanied this event: When the temple was rededicated, God miraculously made the one day’s worth of oil burn brightly for eight days, hence the fact that Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. A Menorah or a candelabrum with eight candle holders is lit one at a time for eight nights. On the last day of Hanukkah all the candles are therefore lit. While the candles are being lit chants are sung and blessings are recited. Afterward, families can sit down to a prepared meal, play games, or exchange gifts.

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waii: it has the great people, the great beaches and specially the great weather. Florida is different from Hawaii because its cheaper to travel to and not as far away too. They also have more theme parks; those ways great attractions.

1. Disneyland • Why: “It is one of the funnest places you can go. It makes everything happy and it is one of the places I know that has a d n a l lot of Christmas Disny spirit,” said senior Kaylah Hoover. According to a great amount of students Disneyland is the place to go for all of your Christmas needs. At Disneyland they have everything from the best decorations, to great rides, good weather, and plain old Christmas spirit.

4. Mexico • Why: to Mexico

2. Hawaii • Why:” I would like to go to Hawaii because it is the complete opposite of Washington. It is sunny and a great place to be outdoors and bring the pain,” said senior Justin “Pain Train” Burns. Hawaii has been one of the greatest attractions of the U.S. for decades. Most people go there for the good weather and the great experiences it has to offer, such as snorkeling, climbing, the great beaches, and the Hawa generally great enii vironment Hawaii has.

5. Paris, France • Why:” I heard it is a great place plus I’ve been to Mexico and seen my family and I don’t wanna go to Hawaii. I wanna go somewhere new and experience new things,” said senior Russell “The Muscle” Ortiz. Paris is one of the most “Christmassy” places on earth and that’s why most people want to go there to experience France and Christmas to the fullest. All the lights and all the decorations throughout the city resemble the Christmas theme. They also h a v e lots of events t h a t have to do with the church because they Par is, F are a Catholic ran country and they have ce strong belief in Catholic church traditions.

3. Florida (Miami) • Why: ”Florida is the best. I wanna go for the weather, family, the beaches, just to go see. I want to see the world!” said senior Karen Rodriguez. Florida is close to being like Ha-

Christmas gift. Another student, senior Sunny Rattanasone, said his Christmas wish was “What ever they give me would be fine”. Most teens are h a p p y w i t h w h a t they get, and it’s important to remember how

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would love to go for Christmas because I wanna see all my family,” said sophomore Cristina Luevano. This mostly applies to Latinos that have family outside the U.S. They would like to go v i s it them and celebrate the holidays and make memorable moments.

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a new pair of boots” senior Araceli Santiago said, “but what I’m really hopping is a good dinner with my family and friends.”



DECEMBER 17, 2010

Freshman phenom leads girls b-ball By Lena Wilson


Varsity girl basketball is made up of a group of very talented young ladies. The team, however, has one girl in particular that has exceeded usual expectations, Auburn High’s own freshman, Seanndalynn Faleagfulu. Faleagafulu is the only freshman on the varsity team and the expectations are high. She looks forward to every practice and often spends her free time at the YMCA practicing. Her whole life seems to revolve around the game, and it shows when she’s out on the court. “She is an extraordinary girl with real potential and passion for what she loves, basketball,” said freshman Katie Wagner. At the home game against Kentwood on Wednesday, December 7 she played point guard, leading the team with confidence and skill. She has to fight for playing time but she is don’t excellent so far this season. Couch Adam Ladage says Faleagafulu is “a mentally tough player that will lead her to be a very good player in coming years” The game started out strong with AHS only a few points down to Kentwood by the end of first the period. But it went downhill from there. They put Faleagafulu in as the first rotator for point guard and she helped bring the team up, handling the ball very well. She attempted shots but missed, probably due to nerves. In the second period number 30, Sienna Pollard, who is a lead point scorer, was badly injured and had to leave the game. She came back in the third period on crutches with her right ankle wrapped. She was unable to play for the remainder of the game and it is unknown when she will be back

up on two feet again. By halftime it was Kentwood with 41 and the Trojans with 10 , with the Trojans having six fouls and Kentwood with four. In the 3rd period, tempers were raging and Faleagafulu was back in the game. There was somewhat of a tussle between number 24, Erin Fischer, from Auburn and number 42 from Kentwood. As a result, foul shots were given to Fisher. She made one out of the two shots given, and the crowd was ecstatic. Unfortunately, by the end of the third period - Photos by Lena Wilson the Trojans had 25 points and Kentwood ABOVE: Girls basketball had 52; we were losing huddles up after a time miserably despite out for a strategy session. Faleagafulu’s efforts RIGHT: Girls struggle to come back after falling to bring the team behind to Kentwood on back. Maybe it was December 7th. because Kentwood was more aggressive. Indeed they had eight fouls while we had only three. It seems that as the game progressed the team got downhearted and didn’t try as hard as they had in the beginning. As the game came to a close it was Trojans with 27, and Kentwood with 67, a disheartening 40 points! The girls were trying to make a comeback, but it never happened. “We have the We have some very talented girls but toughest league in the state and there it seems that they need to work better are no easy games,” said couch Ladage. as a team. Wally Abbas, a freshman

who was present at the game, said “The girls’ varsity basketball team works hard and they shoot like Kobe Bryant!”

AHS trio “wrestles” with greatness Name: Dylan Rutledge Nickname: D-Do Weight class: 189 State place: 1st (171) Summary: Dylan Rutledge aka “D-Do” wrestles at 189 pounds weight class even though he weighs 171. Rutledge listens to Lil Jon “Get outta your mind” before every match, & took first in the state for 2009-2010 season. He is Auburns top wrestler. When asked if he thought he would take the state title last year, Rutledge responded, “YEAH! I was ranked number one the whole year”. Rutledge’s high school record so far is 103 and 16 coming into his senior year. “ I plan to attend Stanford but, Appalachian State, OSU, Cornell, Virginia Tech and more are all interested in me. “What makes him

better than the rest? “ I can mentally preserve longer than most people. I don’t succumb to exhaustion or tough situations,” said Rutledge. In the off season Rutledge attends various camps to keep his weight managed and to stay in shape.

Name: Nick Conlan Nickname: “ The Predator” Weight class: 285 State place: 2nd Summary: warming up to Eminem’s “Till I collapse” 285 pound predators Nick Conlan or “The Predator”, has been a state qualifier since his freshman year. Conlan took second place at the state tournament his junior year, although this year his senior taking first.“ But the kid who beat me is a returner so it should be tough”, Conlan said. Conlan likes the conditioning and for the confi-

dences it builds. He wants to wrestle in college then train for MMA. Conlan considers Moses lakes heavy weight & teammate Danny Shelton his biggest matches” said nick. His most memorable match is from his freshman year I had to win to go to state Conlan said and even though Conlan was wrestling was a senior, the match went into over time “ I hit ‘em with a double leg take down with the slam.” Then I watched him walk away crying , knowing his dreams are shattered. I felt bad”.

Name: Danny Shelton Nickname: The Hulk Weight class: 285 State place: 6th

Summary: Danny Shelton is Auburn’s number one footballs recruit

for division one school & a state placer on the wrestling mat.” Hulkster” Danny Shelton first wrestled formally in 7th grade and although he stopped because he didn’t want to do it, he decided to take it up again his junior year. “ I wanted to get agile and faster for football so I did it again”, said Shelton. Shelton’s favorite match was last year in sub districts against a 6’7 senior from Arlington High School. “ I picked him up on my shoulders and Brock Lenser’s F5”. When asked his thoughts on going to state, Shelton’s response was,” It was cool. I could have placed higher if I didn’t get hurt in the first part of the tournament”. Shelton biggest match is against teammate Nick Conlan. Shelton and nick Conlan regularly compete against one another, both in practice 7 in tournaments. Shelton has nothing but respect for Conlan’s abilities. When asked about the likely outcome of their next meeting Shelton said, “It’s going to be a good match like it always is in practice”. Compiled By Devont’e Woods REPORTING INTERN

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Do you believe in

By Amanda McClurg REPORTER


Do I believe in Santa? Sure I do, I remember when I was younger I would read stories about him and it would amaze me how much Santa could do in one night. With his magic reindeer and his sleigh, it was awesome to me and to a lot of other kids, I bet. I believed in him because I liked how he would be able to fit down my chimney. I also believed in him because Santa was a person that brought joy and happiness to children everywhere, including me. Santa is another name for St. Nicholas, who was a real and well beloved saint. He was known for giving presents and food to those less fortunate. Santa Claus was praised for what he did for all the poor childern and what he still does for the children today. I don’t know about the man with the red coat and reindeer, but I truly believe that the spirit of the saint himself does take part in the holiday dedicated to him. Though he may not take a worldwide flight every December 24th, his presence and spirit are there with each and every one of us during Christmas. Some people still believe in Santa and some don’t. The Dutch have their own version of Santa. They call him Sinter Klaas. In Northern Germany, St. Nicholas later became known as Der Weinachtsmann. In England they call him Father Christmas. Santa stories abound in many parts of the world, dating back to the 17th Century. Indeed, Santa has been around for a long time. As you grow up, you think that just because you’re all grown up you don’t need to believe in Santa Claus anymore. You don’t have to believe in the man in the red suit but you should believe in the spirit of Santa, in the nation of family togetherness and excited anticipation of what’s to come. Y o u should at least believe in the idea that Santa brings everyone together on Christmas, spreading joy and happiness to the people of the world. When you think about the spirit of Christmas you should think about how people go from being the meanest person to being the nicest person in the world, always around Christmas. There’s just something about this holiday and Santa Clause that brings the best out of people, and that’s always something to believe in.


Santa Clause was real, hundreds of years ago. Nicholas of Myra, aka Saint Nicholas, was an older Greek bishop who pranced around what is modern day Turkey with a sack of goodies, secretly giving gifts to poor kids who wouldn’t have normally received gifts because their families didn’t have the money. That was in the late 3rd and early 4th century AD. Nowadays, he’s a mythical fat guy in a red suit who supposedly flies around the world in a reindeer-driven sleigh dropping off presents to all the good little girls and boys. Almost every Christian grows up believing in him. After all, he spreads the joys of Christmas to everyone. But at some point everyone usually wises up and recognizes that Santa Claus isn’t real. Not really. Some iteration may have existed long ago, but the jolly old Saint Nick that we all recognize today is simply a modern illusion, akin to the Tooth Fairy, or Spider Man. Typically, it’s the parent’s job to tell their child that he is mythical. Personally, I stopped believing at the tender age of six when I overheard my Mom talking about buying the TV I had asked the skinny knockoff Santa at the mall for. I was devastated. But I got over it. Some people are slower and find out later in life, and likely feel silly for letting the myth persist for so long without recognizing it for what it is, a myth. And some people, like Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists never even believe in him in the first place. Instead Jewish people celebrate the Festival of Lights and they have no mythical old man bringing them gifts. Plus, speaking practically for a moment, going into middle school believing in an imaginary little man is going to get you made fun of. By that age you should have enough common sense to realize that one man cannot make it around the entire world in one night, reindeer cannot fly, and the North Pole’s climate is too cold for anyone to live in. The age when people stop believing in Santa Claus varies greatly, which is okay as long as they stop believing before they hit double digits. Anything after that is pushing it.



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Endless lines for food at Auburn High As all of us know, there are now three lunches instead of two and most students are angered by it. Should they be mad about the lunch changes? The three lunches are meant for students to be able to get their lunches quicker and have more time to eat JOHNATHAN CASTRO their food. Yet most students REPORTER would disagree. “There’s a lot of kids. A lot of kids outside the doors.” senior, Dion Jones said. Freshman Hayden Ayres agrees. “Yes. It’s too crowded.”

The lines have always been crowded. When I started here at Auburn High, there were only two lunches and an open campus. Last year, my junior year, open campus was revoked and two lunches turned to three. It turns out that it is school district policy to have a closed campus for all schools in Auburn. Apparently, it is a safety issue. If a student were to get hit by a car while off campus during school hours the school would be liable. All of this adds up to more students in the lunch line. According to Principal Zimmerman, there are 200 less students attending Auburn High School this year. With lunch comes students that serve and cook the food. Marci Killian said that the three lunches has not affected her students learning, although

it took a while to get used to it. The amount of students being served lunch affects her class’ performance because there are less of her students serving kids. Killian’s students have to eat lunch too, so less of her class can serve lunch which, in turn, makes her class work harder to get the food out. There is good news though. When asked about Café Auburn being reopened, Principal Zimmerman said that it will be opening up after the students are taught how to cook well. This means that the lunch lines would be less crowded and students can get their food quicker. Although the Café is a little pricier, the food is better and you can bring a date to lunch.


Freshman Lena Wilson wanted for crimes against humanity Freshman, Lena Wilson could be a good citizen if she so chose to be; however, she has ALEX POWELL made some REPORTING INTERN decisions that have made her unlikable to most of the student population. Her perfectionist parents have pushed her over the edge to make her hate on most other people. She sometimes rants, and

doesn’t know when to stop; also was the longest walk of my life! when she rants, she forgets The irony of it all is what she was ranting that she cannot even about in the first place. dance, and yet she still She uses very hated on the dance vulgar language. She team. Indeed, she is can’t say two sentences extremely clumsy: without swearing she was in geometry multiple times. She class and spilled has been called vain apple cider all over and narcissistic, and her desk. Seriously, one time we were it isn’t that hard SLIGHTLY INSANE walking through to pour apple a fun house full of cider out of a mirrors at the fair. thermos. She is She just had to stop by every not feminine at all; she burps mirror and look at herself. That no matter who she is with. She

is a touchy person, and yet she doesn’t know how to keep her hands to herself. One time at Fright Fest she asked a random person in the haunted house to give her a hug. On the inside, however, she is such a little girl. She sleeps with a stuffed animal and wears footy pajamas. Wilson has some good characteristics for sure, but you rarely see all of them. If she put in a little more effort, then she could be a very good person.

Online apps pose unique challenges Like many of the seniors and upper classmen here at AHS, I have been on the search for a job. I’ve listened to my parents and other advising ROBIN BALL EDITOR-N-CHIEF adults who know (or once did) about the do’s and don’ts of job searching, and followed their advice. I dressed professional, gathered about ten newly updated resumes, a pen, and put it all in my leather-bound portfolio. I then collected all the spare change I had laying around and used it to put gas in my car. I tried to keep the job advice of everyone I knew in my head. Remember to smile. Be polite but don’t suck up. Don’t go in talking with your friends. So many rules, but I was ready. I walked into the first store, waited in line. When I got up to the register I said politely, resume in hand, “Hello, my name is Robin Ball and I was hoping to grab an application for your store or drop off my resume.” It was then that the lady behind the counter smacked on her gum and handed me a card with a web site on it. “We don’t take resumes, and you need

to apply online at this web site,” she said I walked out of the store a little baffled, looking at the card, trying to memorize the web site just in case I lost the card. No one had mentioned this possibility, though I do live in the 21st century and everything is on the internet. What should I have expected? My first job searching experiences were when I was 16 in Butte, Montana, a little town, economically populated with small family-owned shops.

cracked open my laptop, got the list and the stack of cards out of my portfolio, kicked off my high heels, and sat back. My first online application was Fred Myers. This was also where I ran into my first online application problem. There weren’t any open positions at the Auburn Fred Myers so I couldn’t apply. There was no way to generally submit my resume, which they could then pull up if and when a position opened up. I could only apply when

Maybe that’s why I was a little shocked with the “apply online” situation. Thing is, after that first store, more and more businesses gave me cards or told me to go to their web sites to apply. It was at this point that I made a list of all the big stores I could think of and formulated a different plan: sit at home in my PJ’s, drink some coffee, and apply to jobs. It sounded great when I thought of it like that. Online applications seemed like the perfect thing for an 18 year old. I dropped my resume off to little shops that I knew were family owned, went home and got the coffee brewing. My list had about 15 places, from Lowe’s to Spencer’s, Petco to Subway. I

they specifically needed someone to fill a particular position. That businesses aren’t getting overloaded with applications and resumes all the time makes sense, but how am I supposed to know when to apply? When I got passed that hurdle, Spencer’s Gifts asked for my social security number. Online. Now, when an application asked me for my SSN I was told to put “Upon hire.” They then know that you are a little leary of giving your SSN out all the time when you don’t even know if they are going to need it. The main reason a business will need your SSN number is for tax reasons, and if they don’t end up hiring you, why should you give

it out online, to the World Wide Web, where people tell you not to put what city you live in, let alone you SSN? After that, I closed my laptop, frustrated with some of the flaws of online applying. I thought deeper into the situation. How much does it take for someone to crack open their laptops or boot up their desktops to get a job? Not much at all. How do these business know what kind of initiative these people have? So they may save some time not getting applications all the time, but they sure do lose that time during the interview process. I’m sure many of the people they choose for interviewing are not worthy of the job. They are probably lazy people who just typed “job openings in Auburn, WA.” Into Goggle, and filled out the online application. I understand the convenience of online applying in some major cases like Wal-Mart and other huge cooperation’s, but it seems that every store that isn’t family owned, and even some franchises are beginning to use online applications. This frankly frustrates and irritates me, applying to a place that you would like to work should be a personal experience between you and the business. I will stand firm on that believe.


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Let it snow? Not this year, please... Snow days are fun in the short term, pain in long run Snow days are sometimes fun, they are ice cold freezing, and most of the time quiet. I enjoy snow days, but prefer not to have them. Yes, it is a day off from school, but it is also one JORDAN ONDRAS less day of summer fun. REPORTING INTERN I would rather have nice, hot weather for my day off then freezing cold temperatures. I mean yeah, you play in the snow for maybe a total of four hours, other than that you are inside trying to get warm. Sophomore, Richelle Union disagrees with me. “I would rather be playing in the snow and sliding

down a frosty hill with all my friends, than be sitting in a desk having a teacher blab at me about things I really do not care for.” Union said with a smile in her eyes and excitement in her voice. Senior, Sandeep Saini agrees with Union.

At the Homecoming assembly we got a hilarious dance from some members of the football team. I thought it was hilarious and their dancing actually wasn’t bad. With only two practices they did pretty great because they were funny and entertaining. I think most of the student body would agree. Their

dance was the highlight of the assembly for me, other than the grand unveiling of Homecoming princesses, princes, and the king and queen. The dance team also performed, and I thought they did really good, a lot better than previous performances. I asked Junior, Carlee Douglas how she thought of the dance team’s performance, “They were a hoot and a lot better because they were funny” she said. I definitely agree with her. They played music everyone could relate to and music everyone liked. The dance team’s

I would rather freeze than burn. SENIOR - Sandeep sandi

“If it snowed I would come to school just so I could throw snowballs at all my teachers cars as they pulled in.” Saini said. When Saini was asked how knowing that he would have one less free day of hot summer in

exchange for frigid snow. He said calmly, and with a sly grin, “I would rather freeze than burn.” Sophomore, Nacole Schwoch agrees with my opinion. “Snow days just adds more days to the end of the school year which is not shabanging.” Schwoch said with laughter in her voice. “Shabanging is just a funnier way of saying cool, so I am saying snow days are not cool.” “I usually have a couple of snow ball fights but after that I am in my house staying warm and drinking hot caramel chocolate with cookies.” Schwoch says with drool sliding down her lip. At least Schwoch has some yummy cookies to eat while we she stays indoors. I still say I would love to get freed a day earlier then a day later.

AHS football players can dance! CECELIA GROGAN REPORTER

hip-hop style dance was more audience friendly. When asked how she thought the football players danced with only two practices Douglas, said “They only had two practices!? Wow, that’s amazing.” Obviously she thought they were pretty good. Then wondering what an “expert” might think of the football teams dancing skills, I asked a member of the dance team. Junior, Danielle Stevens, “Funny, good job,” she said. Overall the football players did a really great job and were hilarious.

Tweaks needed for culminating project T h e culminating p r o j e c t . The senior portfolio. The senior project. Whatever it’s called, it needs to change. The DANNY SHELTON senior project REPORTER is meant to express yourself by creating a portfolio about your four years of high school. This portfolio is to include among other things like an autobiographical letter stressing selfreflection, and also a series of “best works” from each class throughout your four years of high school. All this is necessary in order to graduate. This sounds easy enough to do, but we aren’t getting enough help or time to work on it in our advisory classes and are not able to work on it outside of school because of homework or extra curricular activities for school or clubs. We should have days where we work on our senior project in our classes for the entire time so we have time to get everything done. We could get help from our teachers and be able to get signatures for our “best works” if we didn’t already have them. The senior project is a good idea because it’s giving the seniors a chance to express all the honors they’ve received and express their high school experience, but the way AHS is executing it is not beneficial to the seniors and should be replaced with a

different structure. There are too many requirements; writing “best works” from each class from all four years of high school is both onerous and pointless, especially when many teachers never even mention the term “best work” for any of their assignments. Also, having to update your portfolio every year with a new autobiographical letter is unnecessarily time consuming. What matters is the letter from our senior year. That is when we should have to create it. The fact that none of this has really been

addressed decreases the effort seniors put in. T a k e Chris Webber. A straight ‘A’ student, Webber has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. Chris also thinks that the senior project is a good idea but says, “The one we have is useless and isn’t executed well”. Chris says that some schools like Bonney Lake High School have their seniors work on something

throughout the year that is important and will be beneficial to their lives, as a senior project. Chris had a friend that went to Bonney Lake and worked on a muscle car for the whole year as a senior project, which benefited his friend because going to major in engineering in college. I would be happy and willing to do something similar because I know for a fact this would benefit me in the future. And while people like Chris Webber doesn’t have t o worry about t h e senior p roject , he says

“Honestly, people don’t benefit from this at all, it’s just another requirement.” I think that if seniors could have more of a choice on what to work on as their senior project, there would be more seniors that would actually want to work on their senior projects.

From a teacher’s perspective, Eric Wakefield has found that students are stressing over this senior project every year. “I didn’t have to do one and turned out fine. It’s just one more thing to put on your shoulders to make it harder to graduate,” Wakefield said. I believe this is true. Seniors shouldn’t have to stress over getting it done for a graduation requirement. When asked if he thinks students actually take time to do the project, Wakefield said “I don’t think there is any heart and soul put into this.” He also brings up a good point about the students who are already accepted to a college. What happens to students, who have been offered scholarships from ten different colleges for football or for academics that want you to attend their school? If a student has all the requirements to attend a college and the college accepts you but you don’t have the senior project done, does that student get held back and their scholarship get taken away because of this requirement? Wakefield believes that if a student has been offered a scholarship to a college then that student shouldn’t have to do the senior project, leaving the students who aren’t doing so well in school the opportunity to continue with the project. I think this is a great idea because the seniors who have scholarships have colleges who think they’ve met the requirements and attend their school. The senior project is a good idea but should be executed differently; we can go with Chris Webber’s idea or Eric Wakefield’s idea. Either one will benefit the seniors.

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Photo essay

DECEMBER 17, 2010

‘Twas the week before Winter Break...

- Photo by Matt Arquitt

ABOVE: Santa’s at the Supermall and he brought snow with him.

- Photo by Robin Ball

RIGHT: Holiday wreaths are a festive way to decorate your front door. Many stores in Auburn sell them, but making them is a great cheap family activity.

- Photo by Matt Arquitt

ABOVE: Santa is at the Supermall to get pictures with all ages of kids.

- Photo by Matt Arquitt

ABOVE: Even the town clock in Auburn is festive. - Photo by Matt Arquitt

ABOVE: Children and adults alike can visit Santa at his house in downtown Auburn at the B Street plaza.

December Issue 2010