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Protected by the 1st Amendment December 18, 2009 Vol. 82 Edition 2

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9 Photo of Hunter Russell by Photo editor Andy Abeyta CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF katie murphy & brittany nguyen COPY EDITOR maris schwarz DESIGN EDITOR morgan chan PHOTO EDITOR andy abeyta NEWS EDITOR katie murphy VIEWPOINT EDITORS cooper smith FEATURES EDITOR brittany nguyen FASHION EDITOR brenna cleveland SPORTS EDITOR tess langseth & jessica lemieux ADVERTISMENT EDITOR dev devvrat PHOTOGRAPHERS austin dean, enrique de-la-cuesta STAFF WRITERS katie burger, raymond corral, teddi faller, emma johnson, jane whitmore

NEWS race and education 5 the new downtown 6 SPORTS pre-game rituals 11 FEATURES neff’s first 100 days 4

FASHION 16 winter fashion 18 teacher style VIEWPOINT 19 athiest Christmas EXTRAS 24 Sad Day art

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Neffendorf’s first 100 days Building a new sense of community

By Brittany Nguyen Co-Editor-In-Chief

A president is said to be judged by his first 100 days in office. How his presidency will impact the nation both positively and negatively can be predicted from these crucial first days. B u t what

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about becoming a new principal at a school where the previous principal – to put it nicely - had to unexpectedly leave? Principal Mark Neffendorf took up the challenge to come to Tigard High School and prove he deserved to be here. Before the school year began, he expressed his opinion to Hi-Spots staff on how his first 100 days should be judged. “This is my third time being principal, and I’ve learned that there isn’t that much you can change in those first months,” he said. “Right now I mostly plan to focus on building relationships with the staff, the students and the community and bring them together as one.” Neffendorf believes this to be his biggest accomplishment in his “first 100 days,” as he believes that it’s hard to accomplish a lot in such a short amount of time. It is arguable that he brought little change to Tigard High School. Some claim that he brought a complete new set of rules to the school. In reality, these rules were a l -

ready set in place but were not enforced. Lunch releases have always been required but have not been checked as thoroughly in the past. Hoods and gloves have never been allowed; it’s always been a matter of safety. When asked about these new enforcements, Neffendorf said, “I’ve gotten positive and negative feedback. The parents are grateful for the safer environment as well as most students. Some, though, believe it’s going overboard, but everyone needs to know what the rules are.” Senior Calvin Horne has seen the impact Neffendorf has had on the safety of the school and is one of those students who thinks of it in a positive aspect. “I think that he brings in a special kind of discipline that just motivates you to become a better person. I really feel that his presence and authority has made Tigard High a safer, friendlier environment already. He brings in an energetic and go-getter type of personality, and it seems like he’s really dedicated to making changes at our school.” Not everyone agrees with Horne. In a recent random poll, it was found that 42.6 percent of the 122 students polled believes that Neffendorf has made a negative impact on Tigard. On the first day of school for freshmen, Neffendorf set his place in the school by starting off the day with a whistle and a loud, “You are no longer in middle school anymore.” In regards to other aspects of the school, Neffendorf felt positive about Tigard being “strong not only academically, but strong in their athletics and activities. This school is very positive.” He saw that this needed no change, just further encouragement. So how does one judge a principal’s first 100 days from these facts? It seems as if Neffendorf’s main target was to build up a new sense of community, especially since Tigard High has seen four different principals in the past four years. “Right now, I’m just learning what was left undone. The on-going task is letting the students and the teachers know that I’m here,” says Neffendorf.


Former Principal Jon Schuhl writes Hi Spots a letter Hello Hi Spots, Thank you for contacting me. I other subjects. appreciate your interest in me and In the last year, I have worked everything that I work on these throughout Oregon, Washington, Caldays. I miss Tigard High School very ifornia, Idaho, and Nevada as an edumuch; in part because I feel sad for all cational consultant, helping schools the amazing things that I felt were and districts improve their approach within our reach as a school com- to student learning. munity, and also for the way that Some time in the next year, I my departure was expect that my wife so sudden and so “I manage to keep and I will open and unexplained to stuoperate the first of dents and staff. I myself very busy several On Target wish for nothing but Learning Centers, a these days.” success for all the self-contained setmembers of the Titing that will focus ger community! specifically on adI manage to keep myself very dressing the individual needs of stubusy these days through a wide va- dents who are trying to develop the riety of work and creative develop- skills necessary to compete in the ment. First and foremost, my un- 21st century job marketplace. planned departure from THS made In total, I am still busy in the it possible for me to be a part of my business of helping young people like own family’s day-to-day life in a way yourselves get the training and eduthat I had probably neglected for cation necessary to pursue their too long. I often rise early enough own individual dreams. And that reeach day to spend time with my two ally has always been my goal: to help sons, aged 8 and 6, and to help them someone younger than me go farprepare for their own school day. Af- ther than me if that is where his or ter they have left for school, I have her aims happen to lie. about five hours of time to myself Thank you again, Hi Spots, for to work on my own writing proj- your email. Please give my best ects (several) and to focus on the wishes for success and happiness On Student Learning web page that to all the students and teachers at my wife and I started in 2008 to Tigard High School. assist student learning in math and -- Jon Schuhl

Where other Tigard High staff are doing now:

Kevin Bryant

“This side, go! That side, Tigers!” Sound familiar? Our beloved Kevin Bryant is no longer at Tigard but his heart still goes out to us. Currently, Bryant is working as Vice President for Advancement and External Relations at Warner Pacific College. He works with all things external to the college including fund-raising, athletics, communications, alumni, parent and church relations, admissions and financial aid. He misses Tigard dearly.

Laurel Bushman

Remember that quirky fun English teacher and speech coach, Laurel Bushman? After retiring, along with exercising more often, she has been remodeling her home and is now an expert at stripping wallpaper. However, still a teacher at heart, Bushman is subbing with the hopes to do more.

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What ever happened to Schuhl?


News pg.6 By Jane Whitmore

New Town

THE NEW

In the next 50 years, downtown Tigard, as you know it, will be radically modernized. The “city center” of Tigard that we pass through on our way to downtown Portland will no longer be the dingy streets that we’ve known so long. Downtown Tigard is growing up. Think of the downtown 20 minutes away with boutiques, performing arts buildings, shopping galore, grand architecture, pleasant layout, hotels, and modern art. That same atmosphere of sophistication and opportunity for a night in town is coming within a two- mile radius of Tigard High. But backtrack. How did downtown Tigard become the hum-drum center (or lack thereof) of our city?

The new Urban Renewal Plan will begin to address this issue. Downtown Tigard may begin to look a lot more designed in coming years and will no doubt benefit from the re-structuring of its city blocks as well as more emphasis on places for people to work and play in well-designed spaces. Imagine a street-side café next to a piece of modern art erected next to a water feature with kids playing in it. The Pearl district, only it’s really downtown Tigard. The city is working with 10, 20 and 50-year scenarios. Planners are attempting to promote economic health of the urban core by recognizing and valuing Tigard as a unique historical district within a metro area of other unique communities. The first phases of the project include: street and streetscape improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, parks, public spaces and facilities, and planning and development assistance.

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City council plans to give Tigard a makeover

Old Town

Tigard’s downtown was bisected by Oregon 99 in the early 1940s. If this hadn’t happened, downtown Tigard might have developed into a more compact and traditional downtown village. Strip commercial development became the primary pattern of business development and the result is that Tigard is, according to planners, somewhat “frozen in time” and the primary street network has not changed substantially since the 1940s. That might have been cool if it really had remained in the ‘40s, except that elements of each decade have actually mushed together, creating a clashing design.

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What’s to come

One of the projects planned is the Fanno Creek Plaza and Park Program. It includes a seated entertainment area, picnic shelter, restroom, interactive fountain, play area, lawn area and space for events, crafts and—at last—a Farmer’s Market. One of the truly ambitious elements of the plan is the development of transportation systems. The current Tri-Met Transit Center adjacent to the commuter train from Wilsonville to Beaverton


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will be redeveloped. The site may become a high density, multifamily development. Tigard will become a sub-regional transportation center as bus, commuter rail, and light rail will intersect in Tigard and provide connections throughout the region. In the long haul, look for a new viaduct structure at the intersection of Hall and Oregon 99 and also for a re-design of the raised highway next to downtown. The highway itself will be developed as pedestrian friendly. High-rise residential and commercial buildings are expected—again, in the long-term plan, 50 years out—so that panoramic views of the Tualatin valley will become routine. The ambition of the plan makes sense because without goals, and good plans in attempting to reach the goals, cities, just like people, languish. Tigard officials do not want this to happen and it could be said that our generation is living in a great former village now about to become a destination small city. This sketch of main street features pedestrian friendly streets and a walking bridge overpass.

By 2058, Tigard officials hope to have completed the first huge installment of the improvement plan.

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Quick News

Senior moments: Ryan Brisset, Omar Horani, Justin Nguyen and Tobin Howie joke between classes.

Hello, musical!

Theatre holds auditions for “Hello, Dolly!” By Ashton Babcock

Tigard High School has always been known for its excellent theatre program, but this year, the winter play will be a musical, “Hello, Dolly!” Opening night will be Feb. 1 and tickets will be $6 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. “I didn’t think we’d ever have a musical in my four years at Tigard,” said sophomore Jordan Leonard. “But I’m glad we are. I’m really excited!” It’s true-- Tigard High has not done a musical in six years. And apparently, it was about time. Out of the 78 people who auditioned in October, 38 were actually cast in the show.

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“I’m glad that the kids get to enjoy the experience of a musical. There are a lot of new faces now that we’re finally doing one,” said Todd Hermanson, theatre instructor. Hermanson will be producing the show, and Jim Crino, known Lakewood Theatre director, will be directing. “Hello, Dolly!” takes place in Yonkers, New York, in the late 1800s. Dolly Levi (Keegan Brown), a matchmaker in the small town, wishes to match herself up with millionaire Horace Vandergelder (Tom Lapp). When Horace admits that he’s been thinking about marrying hat shop owner Irene Molloy (Bobi Whitehead), Dolly comes up with a dangerous and elaborate scheme to keep him to herself.


Boys Swimming ths 46 40

opponent Jesuit Sunset

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Boys Basketball ths 54 49 57

opponent Jesuit Sunset

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Wrestling ths 51

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opponent Westview David Douglas Milwaukie Lincoln

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3-7 Volleyball

7-12 Water Polo

3-8 Girls Soccer

8-7-2 Boys Soccer

5-9-1 Girls Cross Country

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Player Profiles: Name: Carly Culin Grade: Sophomore Sport: Snowboarding

The Stars of Winter Athletics

Name: Chris MacKenzie Grade: Sophomore Sport: Basketball

Carly Culin is a varsity snow boarder at Tigard High. “My favorite place to be is on the mountains,” she says. “It’s an adrenalin rush. Just you and the environment.” In seventh grade, Culin started dreaming about going to a college somewhere mountainous – preferably in Colorado – hoping to enjoy the fresh white snow. With no training in the off-season, she still manages to reach and exceed her goals during the season. The team practices Wednesdays after school and Saturdays all day. Her performance improves year after year and this year she could help lead the girl’s team to state!

Chris MacKenzie, a sophomore at Tigard High School has been playing basketball for ten years. From fall-ball at the Hoop, to summer basketball, he keeps in shape all year round. He was inspired by his brother to grow and succeed in the basketball world and definitely has. This season, MacKenzie is playing on Tigard’s Varsity basketball team as a point guard. He aspires to play for a D-1 school someday and so far he is on the right track. MacKenzie said, “This season I’m going to hustle for every ball. Hopefully we make it to playoffs.”

Name: Tate Wegehaupt Grade: Senior Something interesting: His ear was bitten by a llama and now it is deformed.

Name: Coach Geoffrey Jarman Sport: Head Wrestling Coach Something interesting: He is allergic to his own sweat.

It’s Tate Wegehaupt’s last year as a Tigard High student and his senior swim season is looking promising. As the captain of the varsity swim team, Wegehaupt hopes to lead the team to victory. “I think we’ll have an improving season,” says Wegehaupt. “Hopefully we’ll do better than we did in previous years.” The THS swim team is lacking a bit in participants this season, but their captain is still confident and ready to race. Wegehaupt has many goals for himself this season. “I want to set a standard for future THS swimmers,” Wegehaupt said with a smile. “And break a few school records!” This season Tate will swim the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. He’s ready for some records and best times in both of his events.

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Goeff Jarman, science teacher and head wrestling coach at Tigard High School has high hopes for the wrestling season. This is Jarman’s ninth year as a wrestling coach but first year as a coach at THS. So far, he is thoroughly enjoying his time and feels very welcome. “We have a great turnout this year,” said Jarman. “I have high hopes for the season.” Coach Jarman knows wrestling like the back of his hand. His father got him into wrestling at a very young age. In fact, Jarman didn’t go to day care. Instead, he went to high school wrestling practices with his dad – who was the high school coach – and learned how to wrestle. “The guys are really paying attention to detail,” Jarman said. “I want to see them gain some positive experiences.”


Soccer takes initiation to the extreme

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No more welcoming freshman

This picture shows the humiliation of past years. Tutus round the waist, bright make-up and guacamole covered hair. Naturally, this is how the THS girl’s soccer team dresses their newbie’s for the Tigard vs. Tualatin football game. This has been a tradition for over eight years, but this year they had to pull the plug. A few members on the team were not comfortable with the idea of putting themselves in such a vulnerable position, and so the girl’s fun was put to a stop. “If someone is uncomfortable,” said Alan Boschma, Athletic Director. “Then its no longer a fun, positive thing.” This was a disappointing blow to the team, but they understood

that everyone must be comfortable with the idea before going through with it. Alan Boschma thought of the girls “team bonding” as more of a hazing activity. “If you’re going to draw attention to your team, I don’t want it to become a distraction,” said Boschma. After putting up a bit of a fight, the THS girls agreed to end their initiation night. “Initiation was the best part of my freshman year,” said junior Erin Nyberg. “It brought the team closer together, and without it this year I didn’t feel the same unity.”

Get your head in the game

Girls soccer is just jerkin’ around

By Tess Langseth and Jessica Lemieux

Team cheers, pep talks from coaches, and -- jerking? Tigard girls soccer players are real jerks. At least when it comes to pre-game rituals they are. Instead of the usual pep talks and team cheers, the Tigard girls began a “jerking” competition before every game to pump each other up, starting this past season. After the jerk, players sprint onto the field as the first whistle blows. Their jerking competitions not only happened before every game, but sometimes during halftime as well. Jerking is a form of

intricate dance and the Tigard girls do it well! Home games are not the only place the girls shine. They bring their spirit and jerking everywhere they go. Away games not only include their famous jerking competition, but also a bus ride full of songs (preferably “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey). “Singing on the bus is a tradition our team has had for a lot of years,” says junior Brenna Cleveland, “It brings the team together and pumps us up!” The Tigard girls made a point to sing this song on the ride to every away game.

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White students do better in school than Black and Latino students - especially in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. “On national exams, such as the SAT and ACT, white students who are poor actually outperform black students who are wealthy,” said Dan Goldman, the district’s curriculum director. A whopping 80 percent of white 10th grade students met or exceeded state benchmarks in reading and literature last year in our district. However, only 37 percent of Latino students and 47.4 percent of African-American students reached or exceeded this same benchmark. “The scores speak for themselves,” said Principal Mark Neffendorf. Race plays a key role in discipline issues as well. Latino students have received 32 percent of the referrals so far this year, but only make up 14 percent of the school’s population. These numbers are staggeringly disproportionate, especially when white students only had 55 percent of the referrals and are 73 percent of the population. Another connection can be seen in minority participation in school activities. For example, Latino students make up 14 percent of the school population, but in most sports (with the exception of boys soccer) make up 5 percent or less of the participants. “Clearly, on average our students of color participate less frequently in clubs

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about race. Although Goldman admits there are other factors that contribute to a gap in test scores, such as culture and income, race is the one that is not discussed enough. Some claim that the lower test scores of minority students are due to cultural values, work ethic, and family life, but Goldman disagrees. “We have evidence that, while economics plays a part in school achievement, when we investigate academic outcomes for students from different racial backgrounds who come from families that would be considered upper-middle class or wealthy, there is still an achievement gap based on race,” said Goldman. White Students at Tigard High also feel racism is an issue, and one that is not improving. In a recent Hi Spots poll, 62 percent of students think racism is a large problem at Tigard High. Additionally, 63 percent of Latino students say they have had a specific instance at Tigard High where they have felt discriminated against due to their race. Yet 38 percent of Cau

Asian closing the racial achievement gap, we will,” he said. “But if we are truly going to solve this problem we are going to have to learn how to talk about race. We need a vocabulary and tools so the conversations can be safe and productive.” Courageous Conversations is not only working to change teacher’s established

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lish, but the teacher said she wouldn’t succeed because she automatically assumed she wouldn’t have the support at home due to Sanchez’ race. “I’ve had to change the lens in which I look through,” said Neffendorf. “I’ve had to change the way I look at educating kids because of their backgrounds and cultures.” Goldman agrees: “There is absolutely no doubt that if we’re intentional about

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casian students prejudices, but to examine our school sysalso admitted tem overall and search for “industrialized to having an racism,” as Goldman puts it. The American 100 10th graders at THS meeting or exincident where system of schooling was made based on ceeding benchmark 90 they felt the white culture and values, he explains, and color of their some things may not be good systemati80 skin affected cally for all kids. 70 how they were Overall, Goldman believes our district 60 treated. is good about reaching every student and 50 “ Te a c h e r s that everyone is trying to do the best they don’t give me can for the children attending Tigard-Tual40 encouragement atin schools. Information from the Oregon 30 s o m e t i m e s ,” Department of Education shows that the 20 said Junior Seefforts are improving minority test scores 10 lene Colin. “we for students of color and discipline inforneed that supmation shows a narrower gap than last 0 port from them Asian year. White Latino since we don’t “We have reduced Latino referrals by get it at home.” 9 percent since 2007-08,” said vice prinand sports and are more likely than Principal Mark Neffendorf believes that cipal Barb Proctor “We have done this White students to experience academic he and the Tigard High staff need to look not by ignoring behaviors but by being as failure,” said Goldman. inside of themselves and change the way proactive as possible, taking more time to These disturbing numbers led the they think about race-related to intelliunderstand students and their individual Tigard-Tualatin School District to start ingence. needs and culture.” vestigating why such a gap in test scores, “There is an attitude that there is only The origins of the racial gap and soludiscipline, and minority participation ocone way to look at all kids,” said Neffentions to a color-blind school system may curs. Studies show no correlation between dorf. “We as a staff need to personally be unknown, but Goldman says one thing intelligence and race, so the district conknow them and who they are.” is for sure: “No other district in Oregon is cluded it must be another issue, and one He, along with Courageous Converhitting the issue harder. “ they planned to take head-on. sations, wants to provide teachers with “Since we know there is not a biological awareness of reason for this, we must begin to investithe situation gate what it is about the school and comand their own munity environment, our teaching prac10th graders at THS meeting or pre-judgments tices, the climate and culture of the school, exceeding benchmark and help them and our connection to the families of all with strategies our students, that is perpetuating the out80 to reach every comes we are currently seeing for our stu70 child, regardless dents,” said Goldman. “We have to believe 60 of their color. that we have the potential to teach ALL 50 Students children effectively and then we must set 40 agree that this about obtaining the skills to do just that.” 80 is a problem. 30 Such began the program Courageous Sophomore Sta70 20 Conversations About Race, a grant-funded cy Sanchez said 60 10 program from the Pacific Education group. she talked to an The six-year program was started three 0 50 English teacher years ago to provide training and strateWhite Latino Asian 40 about IB Enggies for staff and to begin conversations 30

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Get to know a few clubs with the purpose to spread awareness

By Emma Johnson Staff Writer

Do Something

President: Courtney McGuire Meetings: Rm 223; Tues 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Number of members: 12 Why did you want Do Something to be a school club? We could get more teenagers with new ideas and more helping hands for our projects.

What effect do you think your club has on people? I believe that sometimes teenagers see adults changing the world and think they could never do something that large. Do Something gives teens the chance to make the ideas they have into reality. It shows them that they can impact the world as well as anyone. How do you think your club will make a difference in the world? In the past we have spread awareness of worldly issues and raised money. In the future, I cannot say what brilliant new ideas we will act upon next. But I can safely say it will be for the better.

Invisible Children “Stop Joseph Kony and save the child soldiers.” What is Invisible Children? It was originally a documentary made by three guys, just out of high school, who decided to go on an African adventure, not knowing what they would find. When they discovered children commuting to the verandas in the hospitals of a nearby town in Uganda for safety from the Lord’s Resistance Army, they knew something had to be done. Now I.C. is a full-fledged charity, dedicated to ending the war in Uganda, providing education for the children, and re-building the community.

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E.P.I.C (Enviornmental Protection International Coalition)

Co-Presidents: Mitchell Davenport and Robert Combs Meetings: Rm 218; Friday mornings Number of members: 30 What is your club? What do you do? Our club is an environmentally focused group trying to tell people about little known issues like the Northern Pacific Gyre, so that they may help solve them. What inspired you to start this club? A desire to inspire. People think these problems are too great to solve but thinking and acting in Tigard could lead to bigger things. What have you been doing to help your cause? We’ve been trying to contact other schools around the Pacific Rim to create a cooperative force to fix the NPG. We are also working towards improving the drinking fountains at THS to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles.

“Spread awareness on environmental issues around our region” Co-Presidents: Lisa Wishard and Courtney McGuire Meetings: Rm. 209; Weds at 7:30 a.m. Number of members: 12 Why did you want I.C. to be a THS club? After seeing the documentary, it’s sort of impossible not to care about the situation. I just want to share that with others. If we can unite here, that could mean major hope for the kids of Uganda.

What effect do you feel your club has? I want to show the documentary as much as possible, but any way that we tell the story we get people to realize that even though Is your club is getting the job done? people are going through some tough times It’s going to take a while to get there but we right now, there’s always a little something will make a change. you can give up for others who are in need.


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Winter Fashion

Boho de luxe

Country folk Colors: Orange, grey, brown, beige, off-white, olive green. Details: Checkers print, barnyard-looking boots, lace, loose blouses, menswear fitted slacks, old English style medallion pendants. Blousy Tunic Tops: Blousy tunics have always been a favorite among many women. But for this winter season focus on countryside colors such as dark brown, beige, off-white and burgundy. Wear this piece casually with jeans and top it off with a long vintage pendant necklace to tie together a sweet and nostalgic outfit. If the blouse is slightly big around the middle, wrap a skinny belt around it to accentuate your waist. Add a romantic, old-English flair with ruffles along the hemline and/or bold, puffed sleeves. Ripped Jeans: The ripped/destroyed jeans trend has been extended from the fall season, and is making a big statement this winter. Choose between the distressed and ripped style of jeans, or the shredded and ripped style. Be reasonable with the amount of ripping and distressing with this style or you might end up looking like a rocker or street beggar. Be sure to keep in mind that details on the legs can highlight them. If you want to slim your legs be sure the jeans have been ripped vertically. Pair this piece with a simple pair of riding boots and you have the perfect country folk look. Boots: Boots are this winter’s hottest new shoe. This style of shoe has endless options of styles and colors. The most popular style is flat and brown, as shown in the picture. Boots are perfect to pair with any outfit from skirts and dresses, to a simple pair of jeans and a tee shirt. Mix two new winter trends by getting boots with studded details to add a flair to your wardrobe.

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Colors: Brown, black, olive green, yellow, and gold. Details: Ethnic and folkloric prints, vintage floral prints, layered necklaces, fur, suede and leather hobo bags, sexy but refined 70s thigh high boots. Military Jacket: This Michael Jackson-inspired piece involves custommade, braided and buttoned military jackets. You’ll find similar styles of this trend on the catwalk this winter season. The jacket is eye-catching so it’s recommended to pair it with basic dark wash jeans. Feminize the look with heels or a few girly accessories. Suede and Leather Bags: Simple and solid colored suede and leather bags should be on the top of every girl’s shopping list for winter ‘09. Indulge in tan, brown or black suede or leather bags to accentuate the perfect casual, bohemian look. If you’re in need of a purse that matches any wardrobe perfectly, choose bags with minimal details. However, if your style is more on the extravagant side, try leather bags with braided straps, buckle pockets or even gold and exotic embellishments. Scarves: This winter’s new neck-warming accessory is the perfect way to spice up a boring outfit. Wear a floral or printed scarf to add a pop of color to a plainly colored shirt, or a simply colored scarf with an extravagant dress or cute skirt. The sky is the limit with this interchangeable piece.


By Brenna Cleveland and Jennifer Saideepane

Iron maiden A mix with classy Goth, 80’s bold and diva-ish elements. Think studs, black, chain and leather! Perfect for the rougher fashionista. Colors: Black, grey, and silver. Details: Layers of chain, zippers, studs, skinny pants, leather, black hosiery, sparkly vests and tops, bold and fun jewelry. Exposed Zippers: One trend you will be seeing all over the runways this winter season will be exposed zippers on jeans, pants, skirts, sandals, dresses and tops. If you have short legs, short torso, or an all around short body wear vertical zippers to keep your figure looking lean and trim. Try offsetting the punk-chick look with something feminine and sexy. For example, if you are wearing a black mini dress with a zipper on the front, add a pair of snazzy platform gladiator shoes and a big and sparkly cocktail ring to tie the outfit together. Animal Cocktail Rings: Animal cocktail rings are one of this winter’s top trends for any fashionista. Anywhere from sexy leopard and snakes to stunning fox, any type of animal cocktail ring is guaranteed to add a fun and bold flare to any outfit. Wear the ring as your outfits key piece and leave out other bold accessories or printed clothing. Studded Shoes and Boots: Studs on shoes look bold and sexy, but should be worn in small doses. Wear something with a simple studded detail and wear it with other non-studded pieces. Keep in mind that studs can add pounds to your legs and ankles, but you can easily turn this around by choosing shoes with vertical details, like zippers and vertical stripes. If you have short legs or figure, choose pants with stud or zipper detailing, and be sure the color of the shoes matches the color of the hosiery or pants you’re wearing.

Minimalist mixed with 40’s and 50’s whimsy decorations for a softer and feminine look. Colors: Black, white, grey, beige, camel, red, purple. Details: Leather gloves, Poplis shirts, little black dresses, belted coats, tweed skirts and dress pants, long blazers, red lipstick, sexy stockings and tights, ruffles, lace, drape and boyfriend cardigans. Lady-like Gloves: Add a feminine sophisticated touch to your wardrobe this winter with a pair of gloves. You should mix lady-like gloves with modern pieces to look up-to-date and in fashion. Two hot glove fabrics this season are leather and suede in black, dark brown, tan, deep purple and olive green. Be sure you buy genuine leather as it will last longer and is also comfier to wear. Boyfriend Blazer: This trend from the fall season is back this winter. In fact, it’s a staple that every woman needs in her wardrobe to look sophisticated and in style. But unlike fall, this season you’ll be seeing a lot of boyfriend, long, and oversized blazer jackets. Stay with the trend by mixing casual pieces with the classy blazer. Black: This winter season, black is seen everywhere. Stay in style by selecting black pieces to match with other bold pieces in your wardrobe. Be sure to spice up this frequently seen color with extravagant accessories, other clothing pieces, and shoes. For example, pair a bold blouse or jacket with a simple black skirt. Or pair a bold dress with a simple black leather jacket. Whatever your style, black is the perfect color for any wardrobe this winter season.

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Teachers dress to impress By Teddi Faller Students pay attention to fashion, but do we pay attention to how our teachers dress? Maybe a math teacher dresses cutely, and a science teacher dresses a little… odd. Besides our instructors’ clothing being something we can gossip about, does the way our teachers dress affect how well we pay attention in class or how well we learn? As said by (www.EffectiveTeaching.com), “Just as appropriate manners are widely accepted as preferable to rudeness, dressing professionally should be considered the norm among teachers.”

Tymi Montgomery Shops at: Nordstrom Rack, the “thrift store warehouse,” and the Goodwill warehouse. Where do you get your inspiration? From what is trendy -- and then make it my own. How does the way you dress affect how students and staff look to you? I don’t think about what people think of me when I get dressed. I still want to look appropriate for certain occasions though.

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VPs: Mickey Toft and Barb Proctor Barbara Proctor Shops at: Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, White House Black Market. Where do you get your inspiration? Classics look professional. How does the way you dress affect the way students and other staff members look to you? For my job it’s important when parents come [to look professional]. School is a place of business. Mickey Toft Shops at: Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Nike. Where do you get your inspiration? A little from magazines, the professional style. How does the way you dress affect the way students and other staff members look to you? I am perceived as a professional. Shopping tips: Get good basics. Basics go with everything. Don’t spend too much on trendy pieces because they go out of fashion. Find clothes that work for your body type.

Matthew Nelkin Shops at: Phil’s [in New York], John Helmer Where do you get your inspiration? Magazines a little bit and I try to look for things that look good with my body type. How does the way you dress affect the way students and other staff members look to you? If I didn’t dress in a professional manner, then it wouldn’t differentiate myself from the students.


By Cooper Smith Viewpoint Editor

How authentic are modern-day religious holidays compared to the past, more meaningful days? I have tried my hand at finding value and meaning in all things religious. But I am, and will, remain unsuccessful. I feel that anything modern has no internal value or meaning to it. Obviously, religion is nothing modern, but we have created a society where anything that has meaning becomes reduced down to a herd following, value destroying, nature repressing, self depriving, life denying, nihilistic society. We can see this, in one aspect, with the destruction of religious holidays. Typical-

ly, or rather sheeply (sheep: followers of the herd, don’t think for themselves), one celebrates Christmas with Santa Claus, presents, trees, decorations, etc. all for the sake of being festive-- but this festivity comes from the commercial, or profit side of holidays, not the true aspect of it. My aim is to provoke thinking and/or questioning dealing with the authenticity of modern-day religious holidays. Do people now-a-days celebrate holidays the true, more meaningful way, or have religious holidays become so corrupt from their original roots that people don’t know why they celebrate the way they do?

With the help of Greg Borror, pastor of Mountain Park church in Lake Oswego, we came up with six questions. The six questions are: Do you know why you do what you do for holidays? If you knew the origin and purpose of holidays, would you still practice them? If you were born in another place and time, would you still be practicing the same holi days? What about your upbringing makes you what you do and how you do? What role does free-will play in your beliefs? What do you think makes a holiday authentic and real?

Bias against teenagers

By Katie Burger

Is the stereotyping deserved?

As a teenager, it is common to feel like a second-class citizen, particularly when we’re spending our hard-earned cash in area stores and restaurants. I consider myself fairly polite, especially to cashiers and waiters, but I am regularly treated like a second-tier citizen because of my age. Recently, I went to Ulta, a makeup store chain, with my mom. I didn’t dress particularly weird. I just wore a T-shirt, jeans, and heels. As I wandered through the giant store, I was completely ignored by staff. Until I wandered into the expensive perfumes. Once I got near the expensive stuff, I was watched like a hawk watches a mouse. I went to the checkout with my mom, and the cashier chatted warmly with her, but acted as if I were invisible. Right before school started, I was in a hotel restaurant with some college-aged friends, and the waiter didn’t even bother to take my order. Stores near Tigard High School have adults-only attitudes as well. For example, at our area Plaid Pantry, only five students are

allowed in the store at a time, and they must leave their bags at the door. While students wait outside in the rain, adults traipse in, keeping their bags and getting their coffee and snacks quickly. Teens spend more than $172 billion per year in the United States. And adding to that, parents spend another $278.1 billion a year on teens. Two thirds of teens’ money goes towards what they want: clothes, makeup, food, and technology. With these statistics, one would think that businesses would want to attract teenagers rather than drive them away. My mom’s boyfriend is the manager of the Wilsonville Rite Aid, and he frequently comes home with stories about how some teenager was stealing gum, or about how kids on skateboards were doing flips in the gardening section. According to The National Crime Prevention Council, 25 percent of people apprehended for shoplifting are teens. This leads me to believe that most shoplifters are, in fact, adults. Why is my mom’s boyfriend focusing on the 25 percent? There is a bias against teenagers—that is easy to tell. But is it undeserved? I can’t answer that question. I have a bias

against being biased against, and I start to feel bitter against stores that act like I’m one of those “good-for-nothing” teens that the media presents. Is it fair to assume that every teen that walks into a store is going to steal something? Teens are frequently told that they are bad. We are considered a lazy generation, a group who is selfish and stupid. If, instead of being told that we are selfish and stupid, we were treated like competent adults, would there be a change in behavior? If people took extra seconds to keep themselves from acting on a stereotype, that stereotype would start to get better.

Teens need to change, too. When you go into Plaid Pantry, instead of tossing your backpack into the middle of the doorway, take an extra second and place it neatly beside the counter. Smile at the waiter in a restaurant. Say please and thank you. There is a small truth to stereotypes, and I think that if we, as teenagers, put the smallest bit of effort into treating others better, we would find better service at places that condemn teenagers as rude troublemakers.

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The authenticity of an Atheist Christmas


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Cheez-itsand leadership By Katie Murphy Co-Editor-In-Chief

We Tigerettes sat respectfully on the far side of the bleachers, silently anticipating our performance in front of the school at the Winter Formal Assembly. “And they only eat a Cheez-It and water a day!” said the MC. The gym went quiet as the student body didn’t know whether it was appropriate to laugh or not. I didn’t see anything funny in singling out a group and calling them anorexics. Some dancers do, indeed, struggle with anorexia. The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness estimate 11 percent of high school students are currently diagnosed with an eating disorder. That means that one out of every 10 students sitting in that gym has an illness that was made fun of in front of their peers. The comment could be considered an off-handed joke to toss aside and forget, but the joke reflects a larger problem at our school: a lack of student leadership. The point of an assembly, and the leadership class, is not to make fun of a specific group of people, but rather to unite the school and make everyone feel welcome. Being labeled as someone with an eating disorder in front of the entire student body made me feel neither of these. Students universally hate attending Tigard High assemblies. They are a chance for a select few to parade around, the only plus being a break from class. At other schools, assemblies are a chance to rev up spirit, yes, but they also offer students a chance to discuss touchy subjects, form teen drinking to racism.

Assemblies should be a school presentation, not a poor effort to reenact a Saturday Night Live skit. Our assemblies do not tackle issues facing our school, including poverty, racism, and elitism, but rather are a public forum for a select few to share sexual innuendo and to bad-mouth teachers, and now, to slander select groups at THS. Thankfully, no one has to tell the leadership program they aren’t doing their job. Leadership itself is tackling the issue of revamping the program. The new Outreach Committees have brought breast cancer awareness, and leadership as a whole, have collected over 10,000 pounds of food for the annual canned food drive. Future plans include the annual Human Rights Assembly, which is to be better than ever, and hopefully has polar opposite jokes than that of the Winter Formal Assembly. “There is a lot of good these guys do,” said Mindy Yarnell, the leadership advisor. Principal Mark Neffendorf even wants to change how students are elected to leadership. Instead of a popularity contest for students to gain an extra activity on college applications, he wants to offer the program a chance to have the highest qualified students from all areas of the school. He wants the focus of leadership to be a service-led group rather than just focusing on entertaining assemblies. “As a leadership group, we should work to uplift people,” said Neffendorf in regards to the comment at the assembly. I urge Tigard High and it’s leadership to do just this. To lead rather than separate and consider their words before they speak. We may be bad-mouthed, rebellious teenagers, but that doesn’t mean we have to be derogatory.

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Former teacher responds to student’s love of foul language

Dear editor:

I just read the article you (reporter Katie Burger) wrote for the school paper on foul language. It is difficult for me to grasp why you, as an intelligent 16 year old, can’t understand the power of words since you are a writer yourself. You wrote, “scolding bad language is silly.” I disagree! Teenagers are at a time in their lives

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where they start to exert their independence, which is a good sign they are growing up, but oftentimes they do not couple that behavior with the proper responsibility that goes with it. It is our obligation as teachers to remind you that certain words are not appropriate. You can’t be so immature as to think that having free speech is an open license to use foul language that is universally consid-

ered inappropriate. Our society places limits on what and where you can say certain things. Want to test the system? Try the following: If a police officer has stopped you, try using vulgar language while addressing the officer or try swearing at a judge if in court. Putting the judicial system aside, what do you think the reaction would be if in your college application you used ob-

scenities and profanities? As for me, I will continue to correct the language of students because I want to remind them that what they say does, in fact, influence how others feel about them, and often times what people do in private may easily slip out in public, and it can have a very adverse affect on you. -- Hank Dietz, Substitute and former THS teacher


Does a bigger price tag mean a better education?

By Jane Whitmore

Tigard High is a typical suburban high school. We know our strengths, which include caring and prepared teachers, a wide array of curriculum choices typical of the best high schools in the country, a lively athletic program, and loads of community involvement. And, here’s the big bonus, the whole city pays for it. Your family doesn’t have to fork over tuition for the credits you’re earning towards that all-important launching pad into adulthood—the high school diploma. So, why would a family want to pay tuition to send their children to a private school when the same educational features are available for free (sort of-- all Tigard citizens do pay-in taxes) for the English or Math class you had this morning? Private school is not cheap. Consider that St. Anthony’s, here in Tigard, charges just over $6,000 for a year of tuition while Catlin Gable, over in Portland, will cost a family around $25,000 per pupil. Have you sat in a class with 40 other students lately? Has a great teacher seemed frazzled because she is dealing with daily “face time” of 175-200 students? It is at this point that some people choose private schools. Student attention from teachers is one leading reason why private school is the educational choice of some families. Some private schools can boast a student/teacher ratio of as little as 12:1. I have friends who attend a private school where teachers regularly carry a load of 40-50 students total. This means that kids receive plenty of teacher attention, but that’s not a Tigard High reality. In fact, in a recent report released by the National Center for Education Statistics, the public schools in Oregon as a whole have a higher student/teacher ratio than 48 other states. However, teachers at THS still know students’ names and their individual needs which lead to an amazing education. My teachers greet me by name all over the school, and not just in class, and watch my progress with

as much attention to detail as I would expect from a private school teacher. I have to share teacher attention with more students than at a private school but I still receive plenty of it. This is high praise for staff at THS. There are other compelling reasons for private schools including religious affiliation and homogenous values. Social class sameness, which gives rise to the stereotype of the wealthy rich kid who attends a private school, can also factor the choice between private and public school. One private school graduate whom I spoke to, “R” (who wanted to remain no further identified for this article) said, “Yes, it’s true. Social status does attract some people to private schools, even here in egalitarian America.” But for most, it’s really a complex decision because plenty of families without trust funds sacrifice so that their sons and daughters can attend private schools. They expect smaller classes to make a difference in the lives of their children. This is their main interest even though the prestige of a well-known private school might help a student’s acceptance into ivy-league colleges. However, students and families should look hard before abandoning good old Tigard High. Our classes are mostly packed and parking is at a premium-- but with the excellence of our teachers, the serious motivation of a large number of students, the variety of our offerings, and the economic challenges facing most middle class and even upper-middle class families, a savvy student can leave Tigard High just as prepared for university-level work or for entrance into the work place as any student graduating from a private high school. A THS diploma is a superb education. And your parents, by choosing not to send you to an costly private school, can save as much as $66,000 in tuition over four years—this is even before entering college. Wow!

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Happy Holidays from the Hi Spots staff

Hi Spots, December 18, 2009  

The December 18 issue of Tigard High's student newspaper, Hi Spots.