TROY INVOICE The Auburn High School
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Volume 42, Issue 6 june 16, 2011
“When our time is up, when our lives are done, will we say we’ve had our fun? Will we make our mark this time, or will we always say we tried?”
Senior Edition Check out testimonials, information, and final goodbyes.
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The Troy InVoice suggests that while reading the various articles throughout the paper, you hum quietly to yourself, Kansas’ deep and riveting song “Dust in the Wind” to further stir your emotions that yes in fact, high school is over and you are graduating.
, s y u g u o y I’ll miss
EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief….......…..…..Matt Arquitt Advisor......................Micheal Wasserman
REPORTING INTERNS Alysha Case Jeff Hicks Khailo Nieves-Woods Carly Patterson Alexa Rutledge Trinity Tenorio-Guzman
Brianna Berg Kylee Berg Amanda McClurg Jonathan Castro Heather Hollis Holly Lane Juan Luevano Rodney Stevenson Chante’ Woodrow
What are you going to miss about high school? “I am going to miss being with all my friends.” Kelsey Morgan
“I’m going to miss all the sports, especially football and basketball games” Kristiana Strickland
JUNE, 16 2011
A final “adios” to Auburn High
By jonnathan castro
say we tried?”
“When our time is up, when our lives are done, will we say we’ve had our fun? Will we make our mark this time, or will we always
– Lost Prophets, Rooftops Senior year has been one of the greatest times in our lives, but what we have made of it will stand out in our memories for a lifetime. Some of us have remained the same, while others have changed slightly. What is the extent of some seniors’ transformations since freshman year? Have we remained the same, or are we admittedly different from our former lives? Senior, Cameron Nelson said, “Went from shy and short to, anti-social, and used to pay at-
tention in class. I used to take AP and honor classes. Now, just P.E. and shop classes.” Senior, Jonathan Pauley stated, “I’m more responsible now.” Also Senior, Nicco Carrera had this to say, “As I progressed, I found out that school is the most important thing right now. Get your work done, ‘cause you don’t want to repeat it all again.” Seniors have had to mature as a result of high school. Though some are still goofy, but it’s all just for fun. As we grew we changed for the better. All the hard work that we have done in the past years of school has led up to this point. We should all cherish the memories made during our time at school. This year has flown by way too fast. Whether you say it or not, school has had a significant impact on all our of lives. Some will miss high school; some will live on and make something great of themselves. High school should be missed by most, if not all seniors. Senior Erin Fischer says, “No! I’m happy that I’m never going to have to hear that bell again.” While Senior Cameron Nelson
said, “Certain things like friends, a few teachers, and free education.” Although the initial freedom of not having to wake up early and go to school will be nice, it shall be replaced by work and college life. The longer we stay out of high school, the more we realize how much it kept us all together. Aside from the few scuffles that have been endured this year, school has kept all of our friends nearby. Once we leave, reality is going to set in quick. For some of us, if it weren’t for certain teachers, we might not even graduate. For me, it was DECA teacher Ms. Jacobs. She was my advisor and without her, I probably would not be able to say that I’m graduating this year. For Senior, Jonathan Pauley, “Ms.Hodge, she helped me deal with my senior stuff and to graduate. She was my advisor.” Senior, Cameron Nelson says his influential teachers were, “Mr. Keliher and Mr.Donaldson. Donaldson taught me patience and to look beyond what’s in front of you and not to take stuff for granted. Mr.Keliher pushed me to my lim-
its. Taught me how to do stuff. He helped make me successful.” We have all changed, but not entirely. We still preserve the main things about us that have made us unique. The way we behave, and the way we respect fellow people have made us all great friends and long lasting friendships. Most seniors are planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college right when they get out of high school some plan on working all throughout summer. Both of these post high school plans are ideal to help anyone become successful in life, and in preparing them to be adults in the “real world.” Whatever our decisions may be, they will all help us in one way or another. We can learn from any mistakes we make, and benefit from the good choices we will make or have made. Enjoy the rest of your time here at AHS, for it may have been where the best years of your life have occurred. Cherish the remaining weeks left until sweet freedom of summer time. AHS seniors, and upcoming seniors, good luck to you and your future.
AHS senior shows appreciation alexa rutledge REPORTER
Throughout high school we have all had countless teachers. Some we enjoy and learn from, others we dread listening to. In my opinion, Mrs. Parsons is one of those teachers who deserve mentioning. I had had the pleasure of having Mrs. Parsons all four years of high school and I share a great bond with her. She is so bright and makes learning actually interesting. She’s directed me into the path of sports medicine and unfortunately now that’s the only thing I’m ever interested in learning about, ever. She has taken my class and I to a sports medicine competition my junior
year and being around Parsons outside of school was an experience in itself. She has a wonderful sense of humor, always full of energy, and isn’t afraid to be herself in a crowd of people. She has taught me more things at this point then I’m sure I can ever realize, and she’s never shy to ask how I’m feeling or what’s wrong if I wasn’t making jokes or came in smiling to class. The fact that she genuinely cares about her students sets her apart from most teachers for that mere fact, and I will be forever grateful for having her in my life that last four year. We have created a bond that I will never forget, not only is she my most inspirational teacher, but she will hopefully be a life long friend.
Courtesy photo Senior, Alexa Rutledge and Sports Medicine Teacher Krista Parsons.
Words of wisdom from class of 2011 carly patterson REPORTER
Through the last four, or possibly less years that seniors have spent here they have faced difficult decisions and hard times, just like any ordinary teenager has. While their high school journey is coming to an end, the one for us freshmen is just beginning. No matter what some of the seniors are doing once they graduate, it can be presumed that they have all gleaned at least an in-
kling of wisdom that they are willing to pass on to the lower classmen. “Live your life to the fullest,” senior, Devonte Woods said simply. True enough that high school can be a drag if you go through it without having at least a little fun, but really you’re going to have to start buckling down at some point. Senior, Omar Silva suggests “Don’t skip class,” and “Always be on time.” Although these suggestions seem a little cliché, they are simple things that will help you
take your school work seriously. You never know what important information you’ll miss on those days that you skip that one class that really gets on your nerves. When it comes to advisory, the work is far more important than you think. “Even though it’s a pain in the butt, all the stuff in advisory isn’t that hard.” Senior Brandon Flynn stated. “There’s a lot of stuff, but it’s easy. Don’t stress over it,” he added. When it comes down to it, if you take your classes seriously and
you don’t do your senior project and portfolio, then all the class work you’ve done is just going to go down the drain. So in a nutshell, “Work on your senior project!” Silva said. A safe assumption is that even the smartest high school senior didn’t find high school to be easy, but they used what they learned, and we’d be better served to evaluate them and make us better seniors than they were. Just keep your head in school, and as Flynn and Silva both agree, “challenge yourself.”
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Seniors reflect on what they’ll miss
“I’m going to miss all the femal To most senior guys this is true e The years have come and gone and it seems like only yes- guy to actually get with the hotte terday we were freshmen, hearing remarks by the upper Other people long for all the spo classemen like “stupid freshmen” or “they are so annoy“I’m going to miss all the s ing.” But now we are graduating and even though we always basketball games,” senior Kr say “I am ready to get out of here!” every senior, no mat- ing to support your school b ter who they are, is going to miss something from this school. some of the most fun you w “I am going to miss being with all my friends,” senior Kelsey friends. And for some people Morgan says. Friends are the number one thing that most of the up chance they will ever get to pla coming graduates will miss because having all your friends in one credible at a sport to go to colle place is hard to replicate. Most guys agree that they will miss their thing that gives the students s friends, but they will miss something else about the school more.. “I am not going to miss the la juan lueano SENIOR
r are made on us, our looks may be the most dramatic. Some students look the exact same throughout all of high school, while Changes in our senior class range from weight and height, to attitude and sophistication in their facial features. A few of our ile others shrunk and gained some poundage over the years. Many of our seniors haven’t changed much, but occasionally you k that you can’t recognize until you read their names and realize that they are your best of friends.
As 2010-2011 school year concludes, an d the Class of 2011 information of each prepares to gradua seniors post high sc te we bring you this hool plan, courtesy chart with the of the very helpful Career Counselor, Mr. Marrow.
les,” senior Raheem Latham says. even though the chances for any est girl in school are slim to none. orts that the school has to offer. sports, especially football and ristiana Strickland says. Goby attending school sports is will ever have with all your playing in a sport is the only ay it because you have to be inege for it. School sports are one some freedom, and that’s rare. ack of freedom we have,” senior
Riley Dewing says, mentioning the several lock downs and the closed campus. Even though it is school, he feels we should still have some freedom so that we further enjoy being at school. “ I am not going to miss not being able to go out to lunch and the nasty bathrooms,” senior Kelsey Morgan says. The number one thing that is not going to be missed, besides the teachers, is going to be the facilities and food the school offers. No matter how you feel about the school and your stay here, make the best of it because high school is some of the most fun you will ever have. So the next time you’re with friends or with a teacher you like or just hanging out, make sure you just have fun. Enjoy everything and remember Auburn High School.
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Reflection of time gone, and missed After four long years of high school, seniors experience what other kids don’t. We’ve all had our ups and our downs, our laughs and our cries – but what really sticks with us as we go on through the years? Is it a rebellious experience? By jeff hicks Or will it be a moment SENIOR full of love and joy? “My favorite moment is when we had food fights all of freshman year,” Senior Nicco Carrera, said. In freshman year Carrera and a few friends participated in large amounts of food fights, only to be caught once. They would get the butter packets that were sold with the school lunches and pop them on each other. They would run around
all AHS popping butter on each other and causing quite a ruckus. They would always run and elude discipline. The time they got caught was one to remember. They were throwing mashed potatoes, fruit, and other food items at each other in the courtyard. After about ten minutes of this, vice Principal Mr. Lee walked out and told Carrera’s group to clean it up and nothing would happen, or they would get suspended. Laughing at the situation, they cleaned the mess up. On one fateful day, the butter packets were gone, and so the “butter wars” concluded. Not all of the experiences in high school are as rebellious and exciting as Carrera’s. Senior Stacie Larson had an experience full of change and wonder. As a sophomore Stacie transferred from Kent Meridian High School, to Auburn High School. She changed from being shy to eventually becoming very outgoing. Ever since her dad died she shut
herself away from people, not being social. Being in an environment where everyone knew her she had a hard time trying to change for fear of being judged. Upon arriving At Auburn she told herself to become more outgoing, friendly and cool to talk to. “I’m so happy, I met new people with ease. These friends have made a huge impact on my life.” Larson said. She still keeps friends from Kent Meridian, but she’s made many friends at Auburn and is no longer the shy girl that first walked into the school. No matter what the experience may be, or whom the person is all Seniors have gained friends, knowledge, and experience in the last four years. As our lives move on and the next steps of our lives are taken, let’s hope that we all keep these qualities in us and remember fondly back on high school.
Rockin’ Rod’s time here RODNEY STEVENSON SENIOR
In 2007, I came to Auburn Senior High School as a freshman with all of my Cascade friends. I was a different person. I would run down the hallways doing the Angus Young “Highway To Hell” horn sign and frequently disrupt my class out of immaturity. During this time the school was a different place to be with an open campus and Mr. Harvey as principal. There was less restrictions for students. The next year, in my tenth grade year, I underwent a huge change, and the school did too. The school got a new principal, Mr. Zimmerman, who implemented a new point system for discipline. Also, my seventh grade teacher, Mr. Vanderpuy, came to teach
World Studies for freshmen after Mr. Nyoku left the school. Brand new teachers came and older teachers had new positions, like Mr. Aiken, who had taught Biology and my sophomore year became the dean of students. With this big change I got more involved in my school by joining yearbook and paying more attention in class Junior year the powers that be mandated that you had to pass your advisory. Also, no student, even those without any points, could go off campus. All was closed. We also lost some of the greatest teachers, including Mr. Chuck Chew, who moved to a different school in the district, and Mrs. Berg, who went back to school to earn a another degree, and Mr. Nyoku passed away from cancer. For myself, I went out for football
and track & field, and joined more school activities, like senior video, and school mascot (The Warrior). I also got interested in current and local events. Senior year has been the plainest and most boring year that most of us have ever had. Why? The school had the same ground rules and the year seemed to drag more and more as the prospect of graduation neared. We had a couple of hours off from school due to PLC days. For myself, Rockin’ Rod, I have grown more mature and know now what to expect in class and from my fellow classmates. I listen more to what people say.
AHS retirees moving on, not just out ALYSHA CASE REPORTER
The halls of Auburn High will soon be filled with good-byes. The seniors are leaving to do bigger and better things, and the freshmen will become sophomores. The sophomores will become juniors and the juniors will become the leaders of the school as the 2011- 2012 seniors. But the seniors aren’t the only ones leaving this year. Three Auburn High veterans will also be saying good-bye. A History teacher Thomas Honeycutt, a Science teacher Cheryl Billings, and an English teacher Susan Hodge are all going to be saying farewell on the last day of school. Thomas Honeycutt has been working at Auburn High for about ten years. He said his fa-
vorite memory of our 2011 senior class was, “Rodney always stops to say hello and say what’s going on in his life.” He will miss Café Auburn but he won’t miss having to wake up early. His plan for the future is to travel but hopefully he can save some time to stop by and say hello every once and awhile. His favorite memory of being at Auburn High school is, “The kindness of people when I was troubled.” Susan Hodge is an AHS veteran of 14 years. She may be leaving Auburn but she isn’t leaving the pathway of teaching. She said that, “I’m going to Xian, China to teach American Lit at a university.” Before working at AHS she worked for ten years at Cascade. She said she would miss the energy here and she always felt enthusiastic even when she was tired. She said that she won’t miss having to get up
early to come to work. When asked what her favorite memory of the senior class was she said, “This is a really fun class and their attendance was great. They were really smart too.” And last but definitely not least, Cheryl Billings has worked for Auburn High for over 20 years. Billings said one of the things she wouldn’t miss is, “Those students who expect something from nothing.” Before she was a teacher she was a mom. She will miss, “Everything except grading papers.” Her plans for next year are to not grade papers. The seniors for 2011 won’t be the only ones missed. So too will these three fantastic teachers. Hopefully they take some time out of their busy schedule to come back and visit.
SENIOR The brightest of AHS
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Julie Chang We all know that Julie Chang has been one of the most outgoing, hard working girls we have met. She has been in FBLA, Key club and ASB. On top of all that, she’s been in AP classes and doing online classes as well. She’s in orchestra. She has been accepted to Harvard University. Our Julie will be moving on to Massachusetts and leaving behind her friends for a while to pursue her dreams.
Dorothea Nguyen Dorothea has a very clear vision of what she wants. One of the things that separates her from others is her personality. She is very social and she gives you all of her attention when you are talking to her. She has also been in ASB, Troy Crew, Leadership and much more. Dorothea will be attending University of Portland where she will be studying chemistry.
Chrissy Hettich Throughout her high school years she has overcome many personal challenges. As a result, she has be come a stronger person. She is very outgoing and very responsible. Chrissy is a very determined person; when she sets a high bar she achieves it and that will help her get far in life. Chrissy will be going to University of Washington where she will be studying environmental studies. Blake Morgan He’s a hard worker and achieves what he wants. Something that sets him apart is work ethic. He is very bright and when he sets goals he achieves them. Mr. Morrow said “He’s a winner.” U.S. Air force Academy is where he will be going, where he will play water polo and study engineering.
Cameron Swords Cameron also has a very good academic record. He is a high GPA student and is focus in what he does. Work ethic is another characteristic of Cameron. Computer science and Applied Math is what he will be studying at UW. Marissa Flannery She’s a 4.0 student. You’ve seen her in plays like High School Musical and Grease. She is a very passionate person and that’s what sets her apart. She’s very outgoing and is very comfortable talking to people. Marissa will be attending Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington where she will be studying Pastoral Ministry. Johyna Tsosie Johyna is half Navajo. She is a very nice and talented person. She has been part of our Sports Medicine Program. She is a person who will ask
questions when she needs to. She is very smart, funny and a very good friend. Johyna will be attending University of Puget Sound and she will be studying Pre-medicine, Molecular Biology and Nerve-science. Keila Suka-Siose We all know Keila as part of our football team. He is very athletic and a very hard working guy. He is very respectful and genuine. “…he focuses to be more then he is,” said Mr. Morrow. Keila has shown who he is and that he wants to get far in life. Eastern University is where he will attend college though he is uncertain what subject he will major in. Chris Weber Chris is a very talented person. He is very creative and very focused. He has a very good academic record. He will be attending Reed College in Oregon. He is planning to major in mathematics and economics.
- Compiled by Trinity Tenorio-Guzman
Senior looks back at the last four years Looking back over my four years in high school I realize I will remember so much of what I got to go through to get to where I am now. I remember how it felt to be a freshmen coming to a new school to start my future off and get me ready for my life after high school. During my freshmen year I went to Puyallup By AMANDA MCCLURG High School. It was a fun SENIOR school to go to. I had lots of friends there. The teachers were so cool they never cared if you skipped their classes. But I got in trouble and got kicked out of PHS. So out of a number of choices, I opted for
Auburn High for the start of my sophomore year. Half way through my sophomore year, though I had to opt for home schooling because of medical reasons. But I got through it and I decided to come back to Auburn High for my junior year to and finish high school and graduate with my class. During my junior year I found lots of old friends and lots of new friends. I also found the guy I’m going to spend forever with. I remember how different the food they served here then at Puyallup High School. But during my sophomore year I lost all of the credits I had earned from the home schooling. They weren’t up to standards. So in my junior year I had to go into a class called APEX, where I took online classes to get the credits I lost during my sophomore year. During the beginning of junior year our principal Zimmerman enforced the rule that no student is allowed to leave campus. This made
AHS a closed campus, which was a huge bummer for all students. I also had to go to summer school to finish my classes online. Summer school was easy and I got to finish it earlier than others. Then came senior year and this whole year has been stressful beyond compare. With the senior portfolio due and then the subsequent senior presentation, it was nerve racking. I thought it would never end. But it finally did, and after it was all done and over with I felt so relieved. Then came Prom Night, it was the best night until the music stopped playing for a half hour. This totally made the night seem less special to me. I’m still doing online classes with APEX to make up the credits I need to graduate but I’m almost there and soon I’ll be standing in front of the stadium getting a diploma that says that I have finally graduated from high school. I can’t wait.
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