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Volume 43, Issue 3 June, 2012

Advice from those who’ve been there Justina Brown REPORTER

For the Auburn High School Class of 2012, goodbyes are soon in order and new beginnings are just around the corner. In contrast, incoming freshman can find it scary and confusing to start high school. Looking back, if you could have known one thing about AHS, or high school in general, what would it have been? Maybe it’s how diverse the students are. Maybe it’s to take a different class with a different teacher. Maybe you wish you would have realized that life isn’t just frolicking through flowers. Maybe it’s something even bigger. But no matter what you wish you would have known, the most important thing that you know now is that “AHS may be old but it’s still better than the other schools.” At least that’s what Cameron Gardener thinks.

Every high school provides a unique adolescent experience, and many people don’t comprehend the anatomy behind it all. Seniors have learned which bathrooms to use, what teacher to never get, which days to buy lunch, and everything else involved in making AHS tick the way it does. Cameron Gardener wishes he knew the ins and outs before he started here four years ago. Those seniors have dissected our school to the bones and they’re even willing to share a few precious secrets they’ve learned over the years. Unfortunately, senior Eliane Medina says that if you’re still looking for the best bathroom, “there isn’t a best bathroom. They’re all disgusting.” Good to know for those of us stuck here for the next few years. Senior Cameron Gardener says, “Don’t mess around your freshman year”. He also wishes that he would have,

Courtesy of Facebook Some of the seniors planning to attend the University of Washington


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Courtesy of Facebook Some of the seniors planning to attend Washington State Univeristy

“Taken harder classes freshman year so I could’ve taken more AP classes later on.” You were told to join as many clubs and sports as you could even on the first day you showed up to Auburn High. Yet many people don’t follow that advice and it’s one of their biggest regrets later. Multiple seniors wish they would have gone to a meeting for the club they really wanted to join but never did. Now they’re out of time, out of luck, and they want to make sure we don’t fall into that pit of high school regret a few years down the road. Everyone makes mistakes and though you may not have a time machine to go back and change the past, you can still dream about fixing that one moment where your life was forever changed. A handful of students get to high school and think it’s all fun and games, just like in the movies. They

start blowing off their work and failing classes, not worried about the consequences, thinking they can just play ‘catch up’ later on. But even those students who took AP classes and passed with flying colors still warn not to get behind. Eliane warns, “Do your homework. NOW! Do it NOW!” Good advice that she feels isn’t just for the slackers of the world. So for all you seniors saying farewell to AHS and the friends you’ve come to see every day, remember that even though goodbyes are hard, your new chapter can’t start until you finish the last one. You’re passing on your knowledge to us and turning the page of your book. This chapter of your life is nearly over, but you’ll always have it with you to guide you as you continue on your life’s odyssey just as your advice and mentorship will be intertwined in the pages of our lives.




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Graduates party it up before real life begins Leanne Pele REPORTER

For some seniors, this is their first summer of real freedom, the first where school in the Fall isn’t a foregone conclusion. To some seniors, this summer is a new beginning, the first step to becoming a young and successful adult, either by heading off to college, or by getting a job and joining “the real world.” Some seniors are using this summer to leave the immature antics of adolescence behind and reboot--becoming a renewed, disciplined, better person to help them reach the goals they’ve planned for themselves since they were in grade school. To other seniors, it could be a little break before they join the military and serve our country. To still other seniors, this summer is a celebration of sorts: they plan to relax and take pride in the success of earning their diploma. Taylor Pence and

Shaun Knight were both asked their plans for this summer. Knight was very quick to jump to answer, “Vacation! Going to lots of lakes. Lots of sleeping, lots of Panda Express.” Knight’s tone quickly changed. “Actually this is going to be a short summer for me because I’m going to college, ” he added, smiling with the knowledge that he will be attending WSU in the Fall. Knight was then asked if he had anything in particular that he was doing to celebrate graduating high school. “Well, I’m having a grad party, and I’m going to visit my brother,” he said. Taylor Pence was more succinct and tothe-point. “Rope swinging, drag racing, hiking, swimming,” he said. Pence made it clear that he didn’t have anything in particular he was planning other than having fun and enjoying the break. Corinna Strickland’s

Courtesy of Chuck Fitzgerald This year’s graduating class

plans involve leaving the state. “I’m going to California, and I’m just gonna be travelin’ dude,” she said, then chuckled. “There’s my grandma’s 90th birthday that I’m going to, too.” Strickland was then asked if there was anything in particular she was doing to celebrate being graduated from high school. “I’m going to Disneyland instead of Grad night, holla!” “I’m shipping out to the

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Navy,” Leeka Tiauli said. Tiauli went on to explain how she’s excited yet nervous and how shipping out is all she has really to look forward to this summer. “Other than that, just have a party with my friends and family, nothing else really,” she added. Anngilee Maili talked about pursuing her dreams of becoming recognized for her talents. “I’m going traveling and going to work on becom-

ing famous.” Saying this amongst friends quickly earned a few snickers. Maili’s expression, however, remained the same. “I’m being dead a-- serious. I will be famous, I will be working on my fashion stuff and I plan to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer,” she insisted. “And then! I’m going to California to look for Chris Brown,” Maili added, joining the laughter too.

Seniors reach finish line Colby Powell REPORTER

The last four years have been filled with hard work, dedication, and great friendships. The culmination of all this is upon the Class of 2012. Over 400 students walked into the hallowed halls of Auburn High only four short years ago, perhaps thinking about which college they’d attend or a profession they had picked to become, or maybe just trying to stay out of upperclassmens’ way. Of course, plans don’t always stay the same. Over time people change. They develop new relationships and new ideas, and shape them into new futures. But the question is: what has yours changed into? “I wanted to be a lawyer as a freshman but after taking DECA I want to become a businessman instead”, said senior Stephan Heinze. Heinze is going to Central Washington University for business and marketing to have a job in advertising and one day create his own business. Krista Wagner, who is at-

tending Western this Fall, said that as a freshman she had planned to attend the University of Washington but didn’t even apply this year. “I wanted to move away and live on my own and UW was too close to home for me”, Wagner said. Wagner wasn’t the only UW hopeful. As a freshman, Emi Shaver was also planning on UW for Veterinarian School but now is looking instead to become an ultrasound technician because it “requires less schooling.” Shaver hasn’t yet settled on a school. Not everyone had starryeyed notions of dorms and quads. Some, like ASB President Saio Wilson, had counter-cultural dreams of leaving the frenetic world to its own devices. “I wanted to rule the world as a beach bum, and now I am going to be attending Weber St.” Wilson said. No matter what students’ plans were just a short four years ago, they all have a bright future looking forward. Good luck to all of the 2012 graduating class!


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*Based on an early copy of the senior survey

Juniors set their sights on senior year Kuuipo Maka REPORTER intern

It’s that time of year: seniors are leaving, moving on to their post high school plans, whatever they may be. And while the underclassmen still have a few more years in the carpeted halls and broken front concrete of Auburn High, the juniors only have one more year until they’re off into the adult world as well. Scary thought. Many juniors are eagerly awaiting their “freedom.” Yuliana Placios, a junior, said she couldn’t wait to get out. “I expected more options coming into high school that’ll help us in the future and that’s what we’ve got,” she said. “But going into my senior year I feel like I’ll be more overwhelmed knowing this is

my last year,” she added. When asked why, Placios explained that senior year meant no more room for errors. You have to get it right, or you don’t graduate. These feelings are echoed by many juniors. Some, however, are more overtly looking forward to senior year. Nancy Mauia, for one, is on track to graduate. But she’s quick to point I’m out that just year because credits are fulfilled doesn’t mean all the stress vanishes. “It should seem like our senior year we can simply slide by smoothly since core courses are already taken care,” Mauia said. “But then we have the stress of SATs, portfolios,

force, or even perhaps serve our country in the armed forces. For those who have successfully stayed on track from the beginning, the future is bright. For those who have opted for the detour, insisting on finding the “road less traveled,” some work still needs to be done. Dede Halloway, an involved and athletic student who sprints for going to make my senior the AHS track the best experience possible team, said coming into high Dede Halloway, junior school she thought friends sponsibilities that come dur- would help her stay on the She ing and (hopefully) after it. straight-and-narrow. If they’ve played their cards quickly learned, however, right and continue to do so that not everyone you assothrough next year, some will ciate with cares about their move on to college while future. Halloway, for one, is others may join the work focused. “To prepare myself

going into my senior year I’ll be focusing more on getting into college and friends won’t be a huge factor,” she said. Be that as it may, Holloway doesn’t deny that high school isn’t all about books and homework and tests. She said, “Coming into high school I thought it’d be extremely hard, but the teachers make it fun and you make new friends.” And herein lies the balance. While senior year is important and the opportunities abound (which shouldn’t be frittered away), it’s good to take a break and attend a football game, a play, or a dance occasionally too. “I’m going to make my senior year the best experience possible and have fun with it,” Holloway said with a smile.

who are paying all or a significant percentage of their own tuition, look at college as a direct means of bettering themselves educationally and careerwise. The truth is, though, that hardly anyone currently in high school really knows what college is going to be like, and won’t until they get there. When asked what her anticipations on how college life will be different from high school, Mariah McDonald, a senior, said, “I think that in college, people will be more respectful to themselves

and other, plus people would be way more mature than most high school students. People in college definitely take advantage of the education they are being given.” Surely, McDonald is on to something. Probably college students tend to take advantage of their education, but it’s also probably true that the level of maturity will be worlds apart from that of most high school students. Rachael Wilson who is also a senior, mentioned the how the social interactions would most

likely change. She said, “Well socially, it will be different. . . more variety and freedoms as a college student. I’m looking forward to a change of pace and surroundings.” Adrain Putnam was more skeptical and quick to point out that the radical changes many college bound seniors are anticipating is probably overblown. He said, “I think that high school and college will be more similar than people think”, Putnam said. “You still have to do homework,” he added. People who want to

do something with their life attend college to do exactly that, achieve their goals in life. Whether that means getting drafted to become a professional athlete, creating a business, or becoming an artist, college fits this bill. How exactly it fits no one can really tell. Whatever the calculus, the reasons to attend college are as varied as the individuals heading off that way. And to the seniors that are graduating this year, their pathway to a better life is that much closer.

and finals. Academically we mentally have to prepare ourselves so we aren’t overwhelmed,” she added. One sentiment juniors hear over and over again is that responsibility increases as they get older. Undeniably, there is truth to this. As we go into our senior years we all understand the re-

College: high school all grown up David Vazquez REPORTER

Graduation!! It’s a very exciting time for students and parents alike. To some it’s seen as a time to relax from school after 12 long years of grade school. Others, though, get no such luxury as they go more or less straight from high school to college to hit the books and prepare for a career. College is thought of by many adolescents as a time to party and have a ton of fun, but that’s not the case across the board. A definite percentage, especially those


June 2012

Run Allen, Run



Allen Malone REPORTER

My high school career all started back in 2009. We were all known as the new kids on the block; we had to make a name for ourselves. Back then I had a little crew that I used to hang with. We all stuck together throughout our freshmen year until I left to attend school in Alabama. By sophomore year I was back at Auburn High, a bit humbled and eager to find something to occupy my time. I stumbled into track and field to condition myself for football the following year. I never had any sense that track was where I’d make a name for myself. I became an all-star in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. I loved the quick pace, the noroom-for-error mentality. For a guy not used to impressing teachers, I liked how sports allowed me to relate to teachers in a different way. I liked that they liked me. That same year—my sophomore year— I also made many friends. Things were looking up. But my junior year did not really start off with a bang. I tore my ACL from football, a major setback. But I worked hard to recover in physical therapy, and I started getting letters-of-interest from bigname schools, which really

Courtesy of Coach Rodseth Allen Malone competing at the 2012 State track meet

pumped me up for my senior year. I wanted to really establish myself as a track star, but I couldn’t even take the start at the district championships because of cramping issues. I was crushed. But all epics have their obstacles to overcome, right? I had to keep going despite the setbacks. The second semester of senior year initially started well. I was thinking my senior year would be the best yet. Track season was on the way and

that was definitely what motivated me. It turned out that my expectations didn’t exactly bear fruit. I didn’t do as well as I hoped, due mostly to pulling my hamstring at the third meet of the year. Sitting on the sidelines, it was hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that in a couple of months I would be graduating from this amazing school and attending college. I came back close to the end of the season. I made it all the way to the state finals for the



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100 meter dash and placed 6th overall, and I also broke the school record for the 100. A couple of days after the state meet I received a call from Clackamas Community College in Oregon telling me that they wanted to give me a fullride scholarship to run. I accepted it and plan on continuing my learning down there. My days at AHS have been great. I want to thank all my teachers for the knowledge they have bestowed upon me. Auburn Senior High 800 Fourth St. NE, Auburn, WA 98002 Phone: (253)-931-4880 ext. 2309 Newsroom: 253. 931. 4880 ext. 1309 Bookkeeper: (253) 931-4719 ext. 1023

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