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February 2014


Battle promoted to district office position Staff Reports View News

Faculty and staff are all a buzz when an emergency meeting is called on campus. As members filtered into the auditorium Monday afternoon for the 3:15 p.m. sharp appointment, conversations about students, classrooms and activities filled the air. But as Superintendent Kenneth Baca took the microphone and began to praise the virtues the nearly 20-year history of DVHS, one thing was undeniable in the silence of the room. Something big was about to happen. “There are many great things that come out of Desert Vista. One of those is the next associate superintendent for Tempe Union High School District, Dr. Anna Battle,” Baca said. An uproar of applause filled the room. Battle will be recommended to the Tempe Union High School Governing Board as the Assistant Superintendent for District Operations. In his letter to Desert Vista parents, Dr. Baca stated, “Because of her vast expertise, years of experience, and numerous local, state and national awards, Dr. Battle has earned my trust and respect. She will play a very critical role in Tempe Union as we continue to fulfill our mission of ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning.’” Dr. Battle has been the principal of Desert Vista for the past eight years. She will continue in this capacity until the close of the school year

and assist with the transition process for the next principal. “I’m hopeful with my impact and assistance in working with principals that this will continue to benefit students across the district,” said Battle. Pending Governing Board approval of Dr. Battle’s appointment, a process for selection of a new principal for Desert Vista is forthcoming. Under her leadership, Desert Vista High School has exceeded expectations for student achievement and the school has always earned the highest grade of an “A” from the Arizona Department of Education and received the A+ School of Excellence Award from the Arizona Education Foundation in 2011. “(She has accomplished) numerous things. I don’t know where to begin. I spent 12 years working with her, over two schools. Before DV, she turned around a failing school, and made it very successful,” said friend and assistant principal Christine Barela. Previously, Dr. Battle was the principal at Tempe High School from 2002-2006 and the Assistant Principal for Athletics for Desert Vista High School from 1997-2002. “[I have] years of experience in education. All three of my degrees are in education,” said Battle. She has served the students and community of TUHSD for twenty-seven years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. DV Faculty cheered as Battle blew a kiss to her audience. “I thought it was first and foremost

very important that the Desert Vista community find out first,” Baca said. “I know that applause was very sincere but I also know that comes with mixed emotions because for the past eight years you have worked side-by-side and along with Dr. Battle,” Baca said. Baca assured the staff that the continuation of success first established by founding principal, Dr. Joe McDonald would go on. Battle remains at DV through the end of the school year. “In the meantime we will have a process by which to select our next leader,” Baca said. It will be advertised and posted on the district website. “I like to follow the process that I will bring groups of students, I will bring groups of parents and I will bring faculty together so that you can help in terms of identifying the qualities that you look for, not which person, but the qualities of a person to be your next great leader,” he said. Finding a new leader will be an unnerving process, and a tough job to fill what shoes Battle has stood in for so long. “Dr. Battle is an amazing woman leader. She has great stamina. She is at almost every sporting event, outside activities, on a daily basis, even weekends. She understands how DV works as a whole. She understands our community,” said Barela. Dr. Anna Battle has made an incredible impact on not only Desert Vista High School, but also the community at large. Her unfailing support of

“I will probably set up a work schedule so I would have other days to do my schoolwork,” said Papacek. Having another job can definitely add more to the burden of high school, but with proper balance it can be achieved. And, in the long run, it is highly beneficial. Having a job is the best way to earn money for the future, and there is no reason to wait to get one.

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her students and co-workers has manifested itself before the eyes of Ahwatukee in more ways than one. Though Battle is moving on to bigger and better things, she leaves us with an A-rated school and a promise; she has instilled in this student body the everlasting importance of hard work, discipline, and leadership.

Balancing it all can be Students lack of difficult for some fundraising goals

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Many students work part-time jobs, for lots of reasons. And for those who are contemplating applying for a job, now is definitely the time. The start of a new year is a great time to apply for jobs. Though all working students do it for the money, they need it (or want it) for several purposes. Some simply use it for having the cash on hand, some put it in their bank account for future use, while others are saving it for college. When asked if having a part-time job is important, senior Matt Papacek said, “Yes, it can help to pay off college.” Papacek recently applied to several places, from Safeway to Yoasis to Petsmart. Working at common franchises such as Target, Dominos, or Starbucks can earn someone eight to twelve dollars per hour. It does not seem like much, but the money adds up. What is probably the best reason for students of Desert Vista to apply for a job right now is that they can also receive a credit for it. someone can work during part of the school day and it can be counted as taking a class. From this, anyone can earn a salary and knock out a class that they would have to do otherwise. This saves time for students who need towork for long hours and have a full schedule at school. However, hours of school, working and homework can eat up a lot of time. So be sure that work does not interfere with homework. While work will displace almost all free time, good planning and time management can at least solve conflicts between school and a job.

Leo Crowder/ View News A sign advertising help is wanted for part-time job at a local franchise.

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Students and faculty have organized a few events to raise money for charitable purposes. So far, we have had one big and successful fundraiser. The Feed My Starving Children quarter collection raised a few thousand dollars that went completely to the organization, but it is really nothing compared to the abundant amount of money raised for our own clubs and teams. “The quarter collection was a really good fundraiser, but without any reminder or encouragement, we wouldn’t have raised as much money as we had,” said French teacher Mrs. Boyle. “Students should take more advantage to help others in need.” “Kids at school don’t give back because they’ve never had to give back,” said sophomore Olivia Fairchild. “No one has responsibility. Only certain people actually make an effort to help others, and that’s the sad truth.” Sports teams and clubs also hold fundraisers, but much different kinds than the charitable ones. The teams hold events from Sally Foster dances to food drives. Before break we had a very big food truck gathering held by our cheerleaders, raising a lot of money with little encouragement. The event had such a great turn out just of how excited everyone was for the spirit gathering. “The school could really benefit from fundraisers like the ones we [the volleyball team] held,” said Fairchild. The main volleyball fundraiser was Dig Pink, a large breast cancer awareness campaign that paints the team pink, but also raises lots of awareness and money. “Dig Pink is absolutely the best event that we held this year,” said freshman Hailey Dirrgl. “We had so much fun during it!” Not just our charitable fundraisers are lacking

Photo by Storm Yeabook The volleyball team plays a game in the gym to raise money for the Dig Pink fundraiser.

money and excitement, but fundraisers for our campus are nonexistent. With bigger fundraisers for our school, clubs and groups such as theater could be getting better benefits instead of budget cuts. We could throw big fundraisers with food trucks or dances and make real revenue for our campus and also be able to give back. We should all help others, whether they are here or in the Philippines. Jump to 2

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February 2014

Winter Guard auditions bring new members to the table Sierra Lord View News

It is a widely known fact that our school’s Winter Guard is one of the best in the state, but not many people know what it actually takes or what it means to be part of this prestigious activity. They even hold the standards as high as winning second place in the Winter Guard Arizona State Championships last April. But, the new school year has

brought many new members. Auditions were open to everyone in high school, and no previous experience is required before audition. It is also non-cut, so students are guaranteed to make it in. But, after that, it is tons of hard work and practice. But what exactly does Winter Guard do, one may ask? It is a branch of the Thunder Band that specializes with flags, rifles and much more. But most of all, it’s a great teamwork building activity. “I’ve had practice for eight hours three days in a row,” said the brand

new Freshman Winter Guard participant Morgan Pitt. This is not an unusual occurrence in the practice schedule, especially before a big competition. When asked if she thought the new recruits were ready for something like that, she responded, “Yes, of course. We have the first two minutes down and it looks amazing,”. This year’s auditions brought many new people into the program, and it looks like it’s all uphill from here.

The Winter Guard performs at the Basha Festival in March 2013.

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Vandals mark school with tags and symbols Caleb Ronning View News

You see it in the hallways. You see it in the bathrooms. You see it on the floor, and on the sidewalk. But you don’t do anything about it. If it doesn’t affect you, then you think that you shouldn’t care. This is called vandalism. They vandalize our school, over and over again. It is rare that we find the guilty ones, with suspicions always flying around. You and I, we are just people; people of the press, people of the

student society, and people that tend to judge the people who do vandalize. Before break, we were all informed, not by the teachers, but by word of mouth, that the stairs were vandalized. Few know the story behind this, and that’s a privacy the school desires to keep. It is a serious issue. Larger authorities can get involved, and possible legal actions can be taken into consideration. “ (The vandalism) was in more than one place, but I don’t think anyone saw places other than the stairs,” said Angie Kauffman, security guard. “ The city

tried to clean it up right away; paint over it. Police got involved because vandalism of any nature is a legal issue.” Finding and ridding of the incidents evidence if just one-step along the way. The next question one must ask is, “Who did it?” Easier said than done, trust me I know this much. “The school went through cameras to find the culprit; the boy, or girl, who made this mess,” says Angie. “ Mr. Morrero is the best detective in our school. Sometimes he will clear up the dress code lies. Girls will put

fake names down, and he tracks them down.” Students are affected by these actions, too. “I don’t get it; why do people always do bad things,” says freshman Erick Rivera, “I mean, who cares if you destroy your own things. But the schools, that’s just a whole new low.” In addition, it cannot be a cheap and simple task to get rid of all the graffiti and vandalism here. So why is it fair that the janitors and management take care of it. Whatever it is, the school always tries to get it cleaned up to the

best of their abilities. However, some things are just beyond repair. “Sometimes, especially in the C building, I’ll on into the bathroom and there will be knife marks everywhere,” said freshman Adrien Tovar, “I don’t know how they plan on getting it out but some of the things people say are just plain crude.” Whether it is disciplining the wrongdoer, or cleaning up the mess, Desert Vista does its best to keep our school in great shape.

Team improves through scrimmages Taking on the test Erica Lane View News

This upcoming weekend, Desert Vista will be hosting a Thunder Speech and Debate scrimmage. Typically, our Speech and Debate team will compete at in-state tournaments biweekly, at high schools all around Arizona. In addition to this, the team has competed at two national tournaments at this point in the year, in Chicago, IL, and Fullerton, CA respectively. TSTDC has had tremendous success competing at past tournaments, including a few first place wins. “I’m really glad to be a part of [TSTDC] because even though we do a great amount of hard work, it’s all paid off with how we win at tournaments.” says freshman Nabia Kamel. These incredible accomplishments of Desert Vista’s Speech and Debate

team are due in part to educational scrimmages. Scrimmages for the thunder team are equivalent to a scrimmage that a sports team would have; competitors compete against one another as coaches observe and look for improvements to be made. Some members of the team find scrimmages to be more nerve-racking than a regular tournament, for a few reasons. Scrimmages allow coaches the unique opportunity to distinctly see how everyone has developed further since their last coaching session. If a team member has failed to make the appropriate changes that the coaches instructed them to make, there could be consequences. “It gives us a sense of what everyone has been working on and it helps us grow as a team.” quotes freshman Hanna Dawson. Desert Vista’s Thunder Speech

Theatre and Debate company is highly accomplished, due in a large part to the scrutinizing and constant watch of coaches on the members of the team. “My friends that do speech and debate are very dedicated,” says freshman Megan Helin, “it kind of overtakes their lives but it really makes them happy.” This incredibly dedicated team of people has many devices to improve and hone their skills, including student-to-student coaching, a strong network of experienced alumni, and a consistent practice schedule. Scrimmages are just one important component that allow the Thunder Speech Theatre and Debate team to enjoy the success that they have. By seeing what other members of our team are capable of, we can further grow. Daniel Carmack/ View News Freshmen students take a math test in their classroom as part of their daily curriculum to prepare for upcoming assessments.

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The Thunder Speech and Debate team warms up in the auditroium to get ready for the evening practice.

So as you may know as a highschooler tests are a big part of what you have to prepare for. But they also impact your grade very much if you don’t do well. For the longest time people in highschool have been struggling with tests, this is called test anxiety. And many teens are struggling with it. Test anxiety is a thing that makes you stress out way too much for tests. It is normally caused by thinking about the test way too much, not getting a good nights sleep, or considering what grade you will get to much. Even though this exists teens have been finding ways to overcome it. It can be a challenge but once done you will see yourself concentrating more on the test than how they might do on the test as an outcome they will get a better grade. Another way to help with taking

tests is eating a healthy breakfast before the test and sleeping enough before the test . This perfect breakfast should consist of only fruit because of its relaxing properties and it’s energetic properties. Researchers have looked into this saying that sleeping at least 9-10 hours should be enough for most teens but if you need more or less judge it yourself. Now this spring the most important tests are coming up and all of the school should be getting ready by studying and taking practice tests. The practice may help you to know what will be on the test and will further develop your confidence in testing. These are highly recommended so that you will remove the anxiety. Now with all these tests coming up its time for DV to shine will all the tips we will be able to show off our academic excellence once again. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one and with help you will destroy the tests coming this spring.


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February 2014

Admin cracksdown on student IDs

By Alex Wakefield Staff Writer

“Students will wear their student ID lanyards around their necks at all times on campus.” As Desert Vista prepared for President Obama’s visit on just the second day of school, administration decided to thoroughly enforce the student ID policy that was proposed over summer break. Students were to always wear their student ID’s around their necks on lanyards they provided, and could be punished by any teacher at any time for not having it on. Along with putting up a new fence and having guards monitor closer than ever before, DV’s main focus to start the year, helped into place by the president’s visit, was security. But as you look around on campus today, in semester 2, POTUS’s visit an afterthought for most, you have to look hard and long for a single student with a lanyard on their neck. Although it is still the official policy, and there has been no change to how the teachers are supposed to enforce it, there is no prosecution. In the status quo, students are simply able to walk from the A building, through the student parking lot, and back into school grounds, without check of ID’s. This is strict contrast from the early weeks of the year, in which the security guard in that area would make you go back around through the A building if you wanted to get into the school, often making you tardy for class. Now, only every once in a while, maybe twice a month, are there actual ID checks. Why has the school relinquished their sternness? “I think it’s because there’s no incentive to, it was only making kids late anyway”, said Kevin Royal, who walks on and off campus every day to go to class 5th period at the church next door. Susannah Cowley, another student who walks in that area, says, “I often was late because I didn’t have my ID on my lanyard - He saw me every day, he knew I was a student, he knew I took that class. That is why I think he doesn’t check so often anymore. He knows that I am doing the same thing in that area every day”. Students still must present their ID in order to receive access to their account to buy school lunch, but no lanyard policy is involved in that scenario either. I believe that either we must change and change our policy, or we must enforce it. Instead of a consistent “You guys know that you’re supposed to be wearing your lanyards” from teachers across campus, we must, as a school, make up our mind. We must either enforce a policy that was put into place with the intent of safety for the students, or we must officially decide that we are abandoning that policy. Let’s collectively make the best decision to keep our students and faculty safe and happy.

Out To Lunch Students would prefer more options than cafeteria food By Brooke Molyneaux Staff Writer

Students spend the majority of their weekdays sitting in classrooms with minimal breaks throughout the day. Lunch is the biggest break that we as students get during the long and stressful day, and I think that it would be beneficial if we were allowed to leave campus during this time. Having a short time away from the campus would give students a much needed and well deserved break from the school environment. They could use the time to catch up on schoolwork or relax for a while before returning to their hectic school day. “It would be really nice to be able to leave campus sometimes, I would be able to stop by my house to get anything that I might’ve accidentally left.” Madison Smith, a freshman said. Also, the privilege of leaving campus would mean much more MADISON SMITH lunch options beyond those of the cafeteria. “Having more options for lunch would be great, eating the same food everyday gets boring after a while.” said Kaiden Chong, a freshman. Alternatively if they lived close, students would be able to eat lunch at their house which could save them money. Although there are many positive aspects on having students be able to leave campus for lunch, there are some faults. The biggest argument that many would use against this privilege is that students would not return to school after leaving campus. It’s true that some students would not do well with this opportunity, however I believe that the majority would be able to use the time effectively and return on time. If rules and regulations were in place along with this freedom then it could become an incredibly beneficial opportunity for students across campus.

Importance of Politics in the Life of a Highschooler By Jovan Pascu Staff Writer

The first time man took a look at our future we were uncivilized and barbaric. There was no authority or judgement to help guide the people through the countless inevitable obstacles that were to come. Over time we came to understand that we need leaders in order to become stronger. As politics became more popular, our government was formed. As any child grows up they mostly think of what the future will bring, and who they will be in future. There are many career options that you can take In life such as being a fireman or doctor. The choice is yours and what to do with your life is what you make it. You should always try to do your best with whatever you decide to do. The best careers take the most precision such as being a politician, a lawyer, a Judge or even the president of United States. But when you become a high schooler you realize the difficulty that will come in your future. We know

that we have to work hard to get where we want in life. These days many students of this generations have had new kinds of goals in their lives, from just passing high school and what kind of coffee they should get this morning. The goals that the students should be going for are their careers, not being social or popular. A good choice for a career is a politician by how they fight for the truth and justice of men and we on throughout the states. Here at Desert Vista not many people are interested in being a politician or even politics in the matter cause of the way they grew up. A total of 60% of all high schoolers don’t have an interest about politics and all of its choices. The other 40% on the contrary, tend to have an interest in being a politician for being involved in some kind of politics. The students interested in politics tend to be in the more advanced class for for challenging and enhancing their skills

for their dream career. Being a politician has its own advantages, like how you can be very wellknown for the deeds you have d o n e t o w a rd s the community. For the students who do not have an interest in Politics they will mostly be involved in other jobs types like being an astronaut or firefighter. That is all good and dandy but a politician can eventually go up in the world even further to where they don’t have to worry about coming back down. Also there are different types of politicians such as governors, congressmen, and even the president of United States. There are many ways to become a great politician. But the first that is decide what you want to do with your life and go down the right path. Are those of the 40%

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who did not have an interest in politics there’s no worry, whatever you choose is best for you. Sure being a politician sounds great and it is, but you should follow your heart and is your opinion if you want to or not, if you like it or not, and if you want to be it or not. Go out there and find your destiny there is no wrong decisions in life, and never stop believing yourself. follow your dreams and it will take you far. Have a great life and don’t forget that being you, is what makes you what kind of person you are in life.

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Balancing Act

Classes with friends results in better grades Ally Costello Staff Writer

Students complain about not having the same classes as their friends and how they don’t like going to their classes without them but is it necessary to have friends in your classes? “Roughly speaking, the more inschool friends a child has, the higher the GPA,” said by an article written by a UCLA student. Having classes with your friends, as you can see, is very beneficial. You can speak more freely, and bounce around ideas comfortably without feeling awkward or judged by students who are not your friends. When you are not with your friends you can tend to feel awkward and not want to engage or participate in class. Asking questions could be hard for someone because they may not feel as comfortable as they would feel without one of their best buddies with them.

“I have better grades in my classes that i have friends with. I don’t know why haha, I just don’t dread going to those classes because my friends are there!” said freshman student Anna Long. Desert Vista has m a n y c l u b s , classes and events that you could

Andrew Kloner, Sophmore.

go to sign up with a friend or be engaged with to even make more friends. “At the beginning of the year i only knew a few people who went to DV. I joined sports and went to a couple grouping activities and now school is a lot easier knowing I have people here with me,” said Andrew Kloner, a freshman student at Desert Vista. If you dread going to class everyday, sign up for clubs, join a sports team there are many ways to make friends and meet new people to be in your classes. Nothing you do can go wrong! Signing up in the same classes with your friends could be beneficial so why not try it out. Being together you can achieve much more and be your best no matter what.

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Lexie Mink Staff Writer

Heads up incoming students! As we all know, sports is a regular concern when entering the new school year. All athletes know that balancing classes and sports at the same time is always a common struggle. From maintaining good grades, to working up the energy for tonight’s big game, it can all be very stressful and overwhelming to an athlete. Freshman student, Romeo G a rc i a , w h o played for Desert Vista’s freshmen football team this season said, “It’s really hard to keep up with my classes and sports at the same time, I normally stay up late to finish my school work and before I know it, I’m up again early in the morning

for practice.” With a full day of school and consecutive practice it becomes tough to manage your time wisely between both. “What I think is best to do is to keep myself positive because I know that my education is really important and I need to keep up with it, as well with my sports.” said Garcia. “Staying committed to classes and sports is not always the easiest thing to do, but to me playing volleyball is a deep passion that I could never give up on.” Stated sophomore Olivia Fairchild, who played for both JV and varsity teams this fall season. “The best advice I could give to any incoming student who wants to do sports, is to make sure you keep up with homework and don’t spread yourself too thin.” Conducting your time wisely is a great way to make sure you stay on top of all of your classes and keep up with athletics. “Dedicating time

to all of my classes at home before driving to practice is the key to my success at juggling my classes,” Said senior varsity girls soccer player Audrey Sumpter. “Working hard in class and playing hard on the field is what really keeps me going, I just think about winning on the field and think about how great my future will be if I just keep striving hard through my days.” So for all of you incoming students, take this advice to heart and not only make your class schedule, but also make a schedule you can follow to keep up with school and sports!

“Don’t become lazy, stay optimistic and keep your head up.” -Audrey Sumpter

AP vs. Honors: Which is best for students? Basia Adeleke Staff Writer

Photo by Storm yearbook Fairechild spiking down on the opposing team.

More classes, less energy Nina Ziegler Staff Writer

Waking up before the sun rises is already hard enough for the average student, but those who take zero hour classes have to set 5 and 6am alarms. The classes start at 7:15

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in the morning; a time when most other students are still in bed. These optional classes are mostly taken by students who want a release as a senior or who want to fit extra courses into their schedules. They are a good alternative to summer school or online classes that many others opt for. However, what repercussions can these early morning classes have on students’ performance and well-being? “I find it very hard to pay attention during my zero hour class,” said freshman Alec VanLue. “I’m still tired and can’t focus most of the time.” Studies show that students that get

an average of eight or more hours of sleep per night have better test scores and grade point averages. Students in zero hour classes generally get seven hours of sleep or less on school nights. This sleep deprivation causes exhaustion throughout the rest of the day as well. “Because of zero hour I get a lot less sleep,” said junior Morgan Henson. “It drains my energy throughout the day, and can affect my grades and work ethic in other classes.” Do these concerns outweigh the advantages? Some students don’t think so. “When I’m a senior I’ll be able to get a release and possibly an after-school

job,” said junior Katelyn Rose. “I’ll take losing a couple hours of sleep a night for that.” Some favor these classes while others suffer from them. In the end, it is purely personal preference that guides the decision of whether or not to take zero hour classes.

It’s that time of year again where everyone is stressing about what classes they should take for next year. French or Latin? Honors Biology 1-2 or just regular Biology 1-2? “Finding out what classes I want to take is a lot of pressure,” said freshman Tyria Heath. “I just never can decide!” Best thing to keep in mind while filling out your choicesheet is to know which road

Two sophomore students decide what classes they want to take next year during registration period. (Photo credit to Joey Tam)

you want to go down. What do you want to be? (Don’t have a clue? Go take this career test on http://www. and see!) For some it is a hard question. Should I go in the medical field or should I do business? There’s no need to hurry and make up your mind, but it is important to take classes based on your interests. Even if you’re not 100% sure you want to be that profession, you should choose your classes accordingly, just in case. Follow this guide to help you decide which classes you want to take and which ones are available to you. Although most of the classes are obvious as to what profession it aids, this article has grouped them all together so that it is easier to visually

many useful business skills including career planning and development, goal setting, personal budgeting, cash flow analysis, and much more. Dual enrollment is also available for this class.

Medical Latin

Course Fee: None Grades: ALL

Sophomore student uses her registration period to look online for more options and information about classes. (Photo credit to Ally Costello)

plan out. Business

Financial Planning and Investing Course Fee: Yes Grades: ALL

By taking this semesterlong class, you will learn

By taking this year-long class, you will learn many Latin root words that would benefit you in the medical field since many medical terms are derived from it. “I would recommend this class for a lot of reasons,” said Latin teacher Magistra Monroe. “We have a lot of fun and we learn a lot of things.” Human Anatomy and Physiology Course Fee: None

Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisites: “B” or above

in Biology 1-2 In this year-long class, you will further your understanding of cells, tissues, and other systems of the human body.

Technological Honors Computer Programming 1-2 Course Fee: None Grades: ALL Prerequisites: Is or already took Geometry 1-2 In this year-long class, you will develop collegelevel skills designed to introduce you to computer programming skills. “I loved this class,” said senior Rachel Clark. “It was very helpful and fun to learn all these cool techniques!”

Cole Sanuik

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Class registration is approaching and some might be feeling lost. Picking classes can be overwhelming but don’t worry; there are some helpful strategies that can significantly help. The most beneficial strategy is to look ahead. Planning out your classes to make sure all the credits required to graduate are completed is important. Chris Jones, a DV counselor, said, “Sit down with your parents and talk about your interests and what you want. It will help a lot.” Looking toward the future eliminates the Architecture/Design stress of picking the wrong class Drawing and Painting 1-2 and makes sure you know what Course Fee: Yes you want. Another strategy is to Grades: ALL examine all your options. And This year-long class will help since looking at 40 or more classes you with sketching dimensions can be stressful, an easier way to of rooms and making blueprints look at them is to make a list. The of buildings. first step is to write down all of Computer Animation and your possible selections and then Design narrow them down to around ten. From there it’s much easier to Course Fee: None choose your classes. Senior Robby Grades: ALL Highfield said, “Just go with This year-long class will your instincts and choose what help you with creating you think will set you up for the two-dimensional and threefuture.”

Classes to take to benefit your profession Staff Writer

Choosing the perfect class

Handling Academics and Athletics

“I’m still tired and can’t focus most of the time,”

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dimensional computergenerated designs and much more that will come in handy.

There are many more classes that DV offers that are not listed, so be sure to check all your choices. Keep in mind that no matter what classes you take, be sure to choose wisely! Best of luck!

The third approach to making class registration easier is to have balance. A balanced schedule has a healthy amount of both academic and non-academic classes. Wouldn’t having only academic classes be demanding? Just as taking a bunch of classes that aren’t necessary for graduation would be pointless. Kari Fischer, a counselor at Desert Vista, agreed, “Some kids sign up for all honors classes at the beginning and then realize, ‘this is too hard, I can’t do all of this.’” Having a balanced schedule is very important for a positive school life.

The fourth and final strategy to a fitting schedule is to consult with other students who have experience with the classes you’re considering. Asking an upperclassman about your schedule is a great way to narrow down the classes you’re going to sign up for. Cameron Kotecki, a freshman, had the same opinion, “I’ve asked my older brother a ton of questions about my freshman classes and plan to do the same next year, I’m really glad I did.” Suitable questions are: Was this class easy/difficult? How much homework is given in this class?

As the class registration period for the 2014-2015 school year approaches, students often find themselves wondering whether or not they should take honors or AP (advanced placement) classes. “It becomes very specific to the student because there’s so many other factors to take in,” honors freshman counselor, Amie Hickel, said. According to Hickel, there isn’t much of a difference between honors and AP classes in terms of ranking and GPA. Both AP and honors classes have diverse levels of difficulty. Whichever type students pick is based entirely on their preferences. “Some students can handle four honors and AP classes, some students can only handle one or two,” Hickel said. “Honors classes are easier,” said junior Megan Smith, “but I’m pretty sure you get more credit when you take AP classes, so that’s why I’m gonna take a couple next year.” “Take a bunch of honors and AP classes, but try to do AP if you can,” said Smith to incoming freshmen. “It’ll look good on your college application.” “My class ranking was high last year because of all the honors classes I took,” said 10th grader Isaac Carrizosa. Sharp took mostly honors classes in his freshman year and is currently contemplating whether or not he should take an AP class in his junior year. “My counselor said I should take at least one, but I don’t know,” Sharp said, “but I would advise people to take more honors classes because they’re not as hard as AP. That, and honors classes’ll raise your ranking a lot.” Some students have differing opinions on honors and AP classes. Freshman Breeland Imhoff said, “They both sound way too hard. I might take one next year, though.” In the end, honors classes and AP classes are ultimately the same. Both look good on a college application and both raise a student’s class ranking.

Photo by Basia Adeleke Honors freshman counselor, Ms. Hickel, in her office as she prepares for an interview

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February 2014

Playing with Success Varsity girls basketball strives for their goal in winning the championship

Emily Wolph, Pointe guard for varsity girls basketball, swiftly avoids two defenders while still handling the ball, making DV come out on top.

By Keeta Waln Staff Writer

The Desert Vista girls basketball team isn’t running away from anything. Expectations? They’re taking their best shot. Just taking a look at a better example of their bold approach is the way the Thunder is playing defense, a staple of coach J’ontar Coleman’s philosophy, in helping Desert Vista get off to a 13-0 start. The Thunders defenders, allowing just 33.3 points a game, are having no trouble getting up close and personal with the opposition. “We work on defense more than anything else,” Coleman said. “The offense is going to come off the defense. During time outs and practices we are focused on defense and they’ve been doing a great job of making the opponents uncomfortable.” It’s also clear Desert Vista, which hosts Basha on 2/7, has no problem handling the pressure of being tabbed the preseason No. 1 as the players and coach have openly talked about winning state for the first time. It starts with Coleman, who took over the program the last 10 games last season and was retained, as he coaches with the same style he played.

Photo by Storm Yearbook Desert Vista Varsity Girls basketball wins the Nike tournament with a 13-0 kick off into their season. As they’re seen with their “Olympic Gold” medals they pose with their celebrated happiness, and bite down on their medal showing that it is real gold. This is one marked celebration out of many that they have had. They hold and show of their trophy that they brought home to share with us at DV.

“We’re all family, we hang out all the time, we’re basically best friends and when it comes to practicing, we practice a lot, and we give it 100% and we become really focused on what we do, and it works because we’re 20-1.” Photo by Storm Yearbook

“I like having the bull’s-eye on our back because it forces you to step up your game,” said Coleman, who went 18-11 last season down the stretch. “You have to play hard at all times when you are getting everyone’s best game and I want them to play hard. “The girls feed off (having a state title as the goal), but at the same time they are humble. We know we are good enough, but we have to prove every day in the way we practice and in the games.” The Thunder players have bought into the state talk and it’s hard not to when opposing teams and coaches are coming to their games to get a peek. “We’ve had teams come watch us like Dobson and the Hamilton coach, who we don’t even play,” said senior guard Emily Wolph, who is committed to Santa Clara. “And (Coleman) reminds us that is our goal. Even in the workout room coach is telling us this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and we might never be on a team like this again.” The season is just under way and there will be plenty of challenges, but the team’s depth and talent does lineup for a pretty special season. The games have been blowouts thus far so every player is seeing action, but with the up-tempo, pressure style Coleman likes to play the Thunder will eventually settle on a rotation of nine to 10 players. “We have some shooters,” he said. “We can score with anyone and when our defense is doing the job we can have a tough match up. We are going to count on a lot of players because of

Shooting for the spot By Jordyn Byrd

Q: What position do you play? A: I play guard. Q: How much do you practice? A: I practice two times a week, but when I get

to college I will be practicing 5 times a week.

Q: How long have you played for? A: 9 years, going onto 10. Q: Why did you join basketball? A: I wanted to try it out, and then I liked it so

I stuck with it.

Q: What did you have to do to get this schol-


A: I actually had to do quite a lot, I first had

to contact the coach to tell him I was interested, then he had to come and watch me play, and then I had to go to one of his games, he then decided to recruit me.

Q: By getting this scholarship, what kind of

the style we play. We have some tougher games coming up and we will find out where we really are.” The offense is led by Wolph, who is averaging 20.0 points, 1.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals, while Jahnae Martin (2.4 assists) and junior Sabrina Haines (9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.2 steals) also push the ball. The block is controlled by junior Kristine Anigwe (13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 steals) to give the Thunder an inside outlook that bodies well. The key to the whole package is the presence of Haines, who transferred from Mesa Mountain View, where she was a starter her first two years, as the 5-foot-9 guard gives the Thunder that vital third consistent scoring punch. “It’s been great being here,” she said. “It’s a family and they work together. I knew a lot of them before and it’s been an easy transition.” Haines said the aspect of the program she has been most impressed with is the fact that the team has remained really humble despite the expectations. “We are all motivated and coming together for the common goal,” she said. “We are all pretty grounded and that’s so important. When teams get cocky it never works out so we understand that no matter what our goals are or how good we are playing we can’t let it define who we are.” Everyone should watch them finish strong, go to their next game which is at no other than our home, Desert Vista on friday vs the fierce team of Basha high school.

Senior Joe Underwood takes his game to the next level

message do you want to send to people?

Staff Writer

Joe Underwood, Senior, has persevered through his many obstacles and stayed strong, it’s no wonder that he is now the first member of the Junior Banner Wheelchair suns to get an athletic scholarship to college for wheelchair basketball, and the only senior on DV Swim and Dive team to get a scholarship to a Division 1 school on an athletic scholarship since he has already signed his letter of intent. This is only the surface, these facts, everyone knows, but Joe gave a deeper explanation on what he wants to do with this opportunity.

Emily Wolph


A: If you want to do something you can do

Q: How did you react to getting your scholarship? A: I was pretty excited. Q: What are you going to study in college? A: I’m going to study Sports Psychology.

In fact, during his visit to the college they found out that Missouri is creating an undergrad major, Positive Coaching, which is what he wants to do.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your career?

A: I’m looking forward to being successful, meeting new people and having fun. Q: Who is your idol? A: I look up to Michael Jordan, Steve Nash

was also my favorite player for a while.

Q: Have you ever thought of quitting and


A: I have never thought of quitting because I love basketball. Q: What keeps you motivated? A: I keep myself motivated by just being my

best and to be successful.

Q: Who would you like to thank for your career and supporting you?

A: I would like to thank my parents, friends, and coaches.

Photo submitted by Joe Underwood and family Senior Joe Underwood, a guard, is seen in action with a look of determination and confidence at his basketball game with his team, the Junior Banner Wheelchair Suns, in which his performance on this very team was what had scored him his lifetime opportunity to shoot to college with a basketball scholarship.

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If given the chance to be in a foreign exchange program, would you?

Our students give input on why or why not they would want to join a foreign exchange program.

February 2014

Radical International Friends from around the world

Joey Tam

Staff Writer


any students haven’t realized this, but we have people from all around the world attending Desert Vista with us. Breathing

the same air, taking the same classes, playing the same sports, doing the same homework. Maybe you think to yourself, what’s so special about here? Well, it’s a whole new environment for them. New language, new

routine, new everything! By attending Desert Vista, they bring their culture and lifestyle to enrich our everyday lives and make it much more diverse. Maybe you haven’t seen them around or know who they

are, but they are positively the neatest people in the world! We went around school and scouted out our international friends and attempt the get to know them better.

Ally Costello

View Staff Writer

“No, it’s not interesting, I don’t want to leave,” said sophomore, Earnesto Mendoza.

Sanne Ten Holt

Marina Estrada-Murcia

Vera Matouskova

Jakob Sejten

Grade: Senior Country: Holland, The Netherlands

Grade: Junior Country: Spain

Grade: Senior Country: Czech Republic

Grade: Junior Country: Denmark

Q: What made you want to exchange to the United States? MEM: Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to experience the American life!

Q: What made you want to exchange to the United States? VM: I wanted to study English and improve in it.

Q: Do you like school here better or back at home? How is it different? MEM: It’s better in Spain, but it’s easier here. There are more classes to choose from here than at home.

Q: How is school here different than in Czech? VM: Everything is different. The school system is different here; back at home you didn’t get to choose your classes but here we do. And we take all the classes based on your grade level.

Q: What made you want to exchange to the United States? JS: I wanted to get out of my routine and try new things and experience new things.

Q: What made you want to exchange to the United States? STH: I’ve always been interested in the US. “Yes, it’s fun to learn about foreign things,” junior, Cheyenne Doonan.

“No, because I have extra curricular activities going on and I’d fall behind,” said freshman, Ethan Fiber.

Q: Do you like school here better or back at home? How is it different? STH: You can’t really compare it. It’s easier here. The school system is very different. Q: If given the chance, would you stay here or would you rather go back home? STH: I would rather go home because I miss my friends. Q: What thing fascinated you the most about here? STH: The sports! We do not have sports at school back at home, just clubs.

“Yes, because it seems like a good experience,” said freshman, Sia Hornbuckle.

Photographs taken by Ally Costello

Q: If you could do one thing before you leave, what would it be? STH: Go to prom.

Q: If given the chance, would you stay here or would you rather go back home? MEM: I would rather go home because of the people back there.

Q: If given the chance, would you stay here or would you rather go back home? VM: I want to move here, but I would miss my friends.

Q: What thing fascinated you the most about here? MEM: The people. They are so friendly here! Also, I love the sunsets and the weather is very different.

Q: What thing fascinated you the most about here? VM: The height of living here. It’s very pretty.

Q: If you could do one thing before you leave, what would it be? MEM: Travel more.

Q: If you could do one thing before you leave, what would it be? VM: Visit New York.

Q: Do you like school here better or back at home? How is it different? JS: The system here is better; it’s much more organized here. Q: What thing fascinated you the most about here? JS: How friendly people are! Q: What is the worst thing about the program? JS: Not being able to see my family. I don’t usually get homesick, but I did around Christmas. I miss them a lot. Q: If you could do one thing before you leave, what would it be? JS: I would want to do a lot of things, like travel and see more.

Exchanging Continents

Which continent would you like to go to for foreign exchange? Africa: 5 students

Australia: 10 students

Asia: 6 students

Europe: 17 students

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Gotta see it Parker Mirich View News Having downtime to watch a movie in high school is a luxury, so to make it quicker for you, we asked some of our students what DVD they’d like to buy, what movie they recommend that’s in theaters, and what movie do they want to see a sequel of.

Charmaine Mills

DVD: DVD’s are a thing of the past. Want to see: Frozen because all my friends recommend it. Sequel: Tangled - about Rapunzel’s life after marriage.

Kaitlyn Revenuew

DVD: They are fazed out. You should just download it Online. Want to see: Frozen because it’s a really sweet movie. Sequel: Brave - I want to know how the bears end up.

Surviving flu season

Sam Kszywienski View News

Winter is the worst and easiest time to get a cold. As it is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, it is also the time when the immune system takes his holiday vacation. Nobody likes being sick, so what are some ways that Desert Vista prevents spending the holidays bundled in a blanket with a thermometer? “To prevent being sick, I take free hand sanitizer samples whenever I can,” said Leslie Hermosillo. Germs are on everything. Someone is always coughing or sneezing in their hands, and then rubbing those germs on door handles and water fountains. Washing hands with warm water is a very effective way of getting rid of those germs. Just 20 seconds, or singing the Alphabet twice to pass the time while washing can remove most, if not all,

Hot new movies

DVD: Aren’t in style anymore. Everyone just watches Netflix. Want to see: The Book Thief - the book was excellent. It was told from Death’s perspective. Sequel: 50/50 - It was just a perfect movie.

DVD: I like DVD’s because they are accessible. I want to own The Heat. Want to see: The Wolf of Wallstreet Sequel: Stepbrothers - It’s a movie that can always make me laugh.

Have breakfast: A bowl of cereal to start off your day.

Drink water: a glass before bed and after you wake up.

Get plenty of sleep: Six to eight hours every night.

Wash your hands: 20

seconds or the Alphabet twice.

Go outside: 30 minutes every day keeps a healthy lifestyle.

6 7 8 9 10

Get exersise: Find what you like doing, like taking a walk.

Eat healthy: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Read a book: Give your

eyes a break from technology.

Visit a Doctor: To ensure that your body is healthy.

Eat: Don’t skip meals to become thinner.


Students are getting sick because of the lack of care they are giving to their body.



A morning cup of coffee gets people moving.




Coffee can be a great drink to start off any student’s morning.


Sam Kszywienski View News


“I drank a lot of caffeinated drinks over the summer. So now I get headaches if I don’t, so I have to drink them to make the headaches go away,” says Olivia Pinkowski. “Also, it tastes good.” It’s no mistake that teenagers love caffeinated drinks like coffee or RedBull. In fact, it is hard to find a day when no one has a Starbucks coffee cup in their hands. But is the teenager’s obsession with coffee necessarily a good thing? Or can caffeine have a harsh effect on a student’s health? Well, yes and no. Caffeine has the same amount, if not more healthy effects on the human body than unhealthy. Drinking coffee every morning can cut down on your chances of getting skin cancer and diabetes, and a common caffeine ingredient, Acetylcholine, helps with memory and learning.



Audrey Sumpter

10 Healthy Habits

Basia Adeleke View News


Michelle Borbon

of the germs that students pick up (WebMD). A quicker way of eliminating them is to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer contains 70% alcohol so that the gel can get rid of the germs faster and easier as well as preventing some diseases. Both are powerful against germs and viruses and both should be used or done several times each day. “The best thing to do to stay healthy is to get plenty of rest and to sleep in the hours before midnight, and to make sure to turn off all electronics an hour before you go to sleep,” quoted the school nurse, Jean Kennedy. “Also, while you’re sick, it has been proven that 80 milligrams of zinc helps you get better.” Sitting in bed all day with a sore throat and a headache is no fun. But by washing their hands and getting plenty of rest, a student could become sick much less often and could spend much more time hanging out with their friends and family.

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These effects seem brilliant, but too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Caffeine is addictive, and if consumed higher than the suggested amount, than it can cause anxiety, headaches, hallucinations, increase in blood pressure and insomnia (Health Effects of Caffeine-Wikipedia). Caffeine has many health benefits, but if abused, can lead to serious brain injury. “I love coffee because it tastes good,” quotes Victoria Bryins. “Sometimes I drink it when I’m tired, but the caffeine doesn’t really hit me in anyway.” Caffeine has many great effects to it. From cutting chances of cancer and diabetes, coffee and other caffeinated drinks are great ways to start off your morning, or just to drink when tired. While drinking 10 cups of it each day is not a good idea, one to two cups or cans a day has many health benefits to it and teenagers should continue to love these caffeinated drinks.

February 2014 issue  

High school newspaper of Desert Vista.

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