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An independent student newspaper

Senior Issue June 6, 2011 Vol. 85 Edition 5

Senior Kelsi Schaer runs her way to a State Championship in the 1500-meter run on Saturday, May 21.

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Valedictorians 14 students who have never gotten a B

Kathryn Hollingsworth Secret to Success? I am driven by the belief that any less than your best is not good enough. Everything that I do I want to know that it is the best I can do. Favorite T.V. show? Castle.

“Never give up. Success is achieved after everyone else has given up.” -- Kathryn


Jamy Lee

Brenda Shelton

Secret to Success? Asking for help when I need it. Staying after school to talk to teachers and actually studying. I found studying useful. Where you will be in 15 years? Alive.

How you dealt with stress? Chocolate and Billie Holiday albums. Favorite book? East of Eden by John Steinbeck will always be my favorite. It’s amazing.

Biggest regret:

Natasha Malik

Kaitlyn Mullaly

Sarah Spangler

Favorite food? My favorite food is knowledge. … Just kidding, I love a good Five Guys burger. How you deal with stress? I deal with stress by destroying the source of it!

Secret to success? I hook up to a coffee IV every morning. Where you will be in 15 years? Working as a doctor somewhere, hopefully outside of the U.S. and with underprivileged kids.

What was your biggest sacrifice? There’s only 24 hours in a day. That means that every hour I spend on school is one hour I CAN’T spend baking. What a tragedy. Favorite food? Cupcakes!

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“Being rejected from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” --Jamy Lee

Hours of hard work, a little caffeine and a lot of humor add up to straight A’s

Priya Patel

Rimma Gurevich

Matthew Khoo

Diana Merchant

Was it always your goal to be valedictorian? No, it was my goal to do well. I didn’t even realize what a Valedictorian was till sophomore year! How many hours did you spend studying a night? Probably around 2-2.5 hours.

How you deal with stress? I don’t deal with stress. It’s been accumulating for four years now, and I’ll just spontaneously combust sometime soon. No big deal. Favorite food? My favorite food is anything Italian. And watermelon!

Advice to others? Never get discouraged by those who doubt your abilities. As long as you know your capabilities, you can prove them wrong and overcome the obstacles that stand in your way. Biggest sacrifice? Going in as full IB… Where’d my life go?

Advice to others? Work hard in high school and take it seriously, because the success you can gain as a result is worth it, but at the same time, don’t miss out on fun opportunities like sports, clubs, and school events. You just have to learn to balance your time to include both!

Katherine Murphy

Tracie Tran

Tinh An Nguyen

Elizabeth Hjort

Regrets? I live life without any regrets, only lessons learned from my mistakes. Where you will be in 15 years? I have absolutely no clue, and the anticipation is wonderful! Biggest Sacrifice: Time!

Where you will be in 15 years? At a beach in San Diego, being a trophy wife, minus the wife part. I don’t want to be a wife, I just want to be a trophy. Favorite Food? Rice and beans from Asabache! Biggest Sacrifice? I’ve gained 15 pounds of fat!

What was your biggest sacrifice? Time. How you deal with stress? I listen to music, sleep, and talk to my friends. Favorite food? Chocolate! Advice to others? Sleep a lot!

Regrets? I tend not to regret things. Even if I’m not fond of how it went, I learned something from it. How you deal with stress? I get into my most comfortable clothes and take a half hour to an hour break.

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Advice for the class of


Teachers share their bits of wisdom By Hannah Bryant

Dave Unis

“My advice for graduates is to be goal-oriented. Have a tentative plan for your life. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the plan won’t be revised from time to time as circumstances in your life change. Think about what you want to accomplish one year, five years, ten years, and so on down the road, and work toward those things. Don’t wait until you’re 30 before you decide to get it figured out.”

Stu Bailey

“Enjoy every moment, learn as much as you can, and earn a degree that will allow you to pay off your loans before you’re 30. Choose the classes that might have your future significant other in them, not the ones that allow you to sleep till 2 p.m.”

Frank Caro

“When faced with an important decision, I advise you to make that decision following three simple, but challenging, guidelines: 1. Never choose a path out of fear of another. Don’t let fear be your guide. Often times the right thing to do is the scary thing. If you have a dream to be a doctor, for instance, don’t turn from that path based on a fear of many years of schooling or challenging course work. If the vision you have for yourself is to help people in this way, do not turn from that calling. 2. Choose compassion and empathy over doubt and apathy. We derive great meaning from helping and being connected to others. Make decisions with other’s well being in consideration. 3. Focus on your real self. Avoid making decisions based on society’s ideal for you. You will never find meaning in other’s visions for yourself. You must live the authentic life. This will only be achieved if you choose based on who you truly are. Finding this person is not easy, but it is right in front of you. A hero’s adventure can come across as such a monumental and seemingly insurmountable challenge, that the hero may lose heart and faith in his/her journey or calling. But we know that if the hero persists, he/ she will find a way out of the darkness. Stick to your hero’s mission and journey no matter what life throws at you.”

Past graduates dish it out “Always remember the experiences and friends high school has given you, but do not dwell on the fact that it is ending. Instead, embrace the future by taking advantage of every opportunity possible. Post graduate life is about trying new things and stepping outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be amazed by how much you will learn and grow.” - Andrea Fisher -

Class of 2010

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“Try really hard to get your college homework done early so that you’re not always stressed at the last minute. It also really helps if you form study groups. Make sure the group is with people you know will take their education as seriously as you do. I found that when my dorm was cleaner and more organized I was more relaxed and stayed on top of my work. I would also suggest getting involved in club/ inter-mural sports. They’re a lot of fun and you meet a lot of cool people through them!” - Alex

Epp - Class of 2010

Why I be IB:

IB Diploma Candidates speak out about their addiction to knowledge By Teddi Faller

International Baccalaureate: It’s four years of rigorous study and the pursuit of knowledge. While IB may not be for everyone, for those who are considering it, here’s some encouragement and tips from three IB Diploma Candidates of the class of 2011.

HIRO NUKAGA The IB Diploma Programme has been valuable in teaching me both the “whats” and “hows” of most of the subject areas. Within the junior and senior IB classes, I’ve been able to become the people in the subject areas. School becomes more than just a classroom; it becomes a lab, a seminar, a museum and more. Specific to the actual Diploma Programme, the Extended Essay was a required research paper of 4,000 words, on the topic of our choice. We were guided by the teachers whom we chose. The paper was hard, and the time spent on the paper seemed too long, but overall I feel that those hours were well spent. I learned that clarity in thought was reflected through the clarity of writing. I made connections between specific ideas, contrasted histories, and examined the differences and similarities across time and cultures. IB taught me that Photo by Maggie Johnson. knowledge and discovery is more important than From left to right: [Back row] Kathrine Murphy, Kaitlyn Mullaly, Jessica Tran, Jamy Lee, Matthew distinction and grades. Khoo, [Second row] Manali Paralkar, Tinh An Nguyen, Tracie Tran, [Front row] Hiro Nukaga, Gavin Cronkrite, Kacey Peterson [Not pictured] Jordan Carroll, Brandon Chang, Brttany Chelf My advice to people who are going into IB classes: Prioritization. The key to successfully and efficiently doing well is to order things in a way that goes with how KAITLYN MULLALY you work. In my own experience, I made sure on the larger assignIB doesn’t always seem to pay off. ments, to get the “easy” parts done, and then put it aside, and start Yes, there have been many times when some other homework. I wanted to stop participating in the IB Program. However, as a senior who is BRANDON CHANG ready for college, I have had the chance to look back. The EE, IA’s, and TOK paper IB’s value to me is well beyond words. are not always fun, but the abilities that There’s an intrinsic value I get from it that the IB program gives you will definitely is unparalleled. Some advice if you’re dopay off. I will receive college credit for ing full IB: You’ve got to be willing to do IB classes that I test well in, and I know hard work, and sleepless nights are easthat not everyone will receive credit, but ily avoidable by not procrastinating. What it’s more than that. I have taken most from doing IB is, for I have learned to research and collect my thoughts. I have learned to a lack of better words, wisdom. Simply come across articles about things that interest me and read up on them. mind blowing. Even if you don’t take full It’s more work, but next year I will have extra time to mess around and do IB, take the Theory of Knowledge class “college” things while everyone else is freaking out about writing a paper. anyway. Thinking about thinking has nevOverall, I am grateful for the IB program, and I do not regret it at all. Yes, er been so eye opening. it takes effort, but it will definitely pay off in the long run. SENIOR EDITION | June 6, 2011 | PAGE 7

Dropping back in By Micah Lundstrom

The photo at left was hung in the senior art show. Enrique De-La-Cuesta plans to pursue a career as an artist.

From pick-pocket to artist: Enrique De-La-Cuesta

Enrique De-La-Cuesta moved 12 times and went to eight schools before he enrolled in Tigard High, flunking every year except fifth grade. “I don’t like school,” he said. “I like meeting people. A lot of school is full of b--- s----. Just sitting in classes, listening to someone talk. That’s out of the question for me. I can’t just sit still and learn that way.” Living in Los Angeles as a child, De-LaCuesta moved back to his home town in Acapulco, Mexico for five months in eighth grade to establish U.S. residency. Instead of going to school, he learned how to pickpocket in the school of hard knocks, spending the money on parties and clubs. When he returned to THS his sophomore year, De-La-Cuesta didn’t go to school often. “I tried in the beginning, but it just didn’t work out,” he said, adding that in those years he concentrated more on drinking and doing drugs. Then De-La-Cuesta fell in love.

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“She didn’t do drugs or go to parties,” said De-La-Cuesta, and under her influence, he slowed his reckless ways. Concentrating more on school, De-La-Cuesta began to succeed in classes his junior year, but as his life stabilized, he said he began to feel anger toward his family. “They all hated each other, and I think that affected me in a way and I fell back down,” said De-La-Cuesta, “It was also the end of the school year, and my girlfriend and I had broken up.” His lucky break came when De-La-Cuesta enrolled in CE-2, which regularly drug tests its students. “I shifted back into a different mentality,” said De-La-Cuesta, who needed the close-nit support of CE-2 students and teachers and the prodding of publications adviser Nancy Mayer. “He’s opened up, and we communicate much better,” said CE-2 teacher Sue McGee, who kept him accountable by tracking his success and meeting with him regularly. Still, being so reckless freshman and sopho-

more years had its consequences. While his friends are graduating in June, De-La-Cuesta will stay in CE-2 through December, when he will graduate. “I have my reckless side under control now,’’ he said. That means De-La-Cuesta also has a future vision past high school. In the past year, he has participated in community television shows, edited film for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, and been a photographer for the yearbook. “My guess is he will be able to integrate his passions with making a livelihood,” said CE-2 teacher Andy Mcfarlane. “I love trying to find the beauty in things, illustrating a new way to view the world,” said De-La-Cuesta, who plans to enroll at Portland Community College to study multimedia and photography, visual arts, film and photography. “Enrique is an artist,” said Mayer. “He sees the world from a different prism than most of us.”

Finding the right road: Kelly Blum

Kelly Blum could never take school seriously. “I could just never get focused,” Blum said. “I always wanted to be social and mess around.”     Blum’s middle school habit of not doing work and getting into trouble carried over into his Freshman year.  Blum failed most of his classes, throwing him into a downward spiral.                      Sophomore year Blum was expelled from school for posssion of marijuana, firecrackers and a ninja star, forcing him to attend Sherwood High School. “I didn’t like it at all,” said Blum. Being the new kid pushed Blum into trying even less, gaining few credits. Midway through Junior year, Blum came back to Tigard High School, walking through the doors with a long-awaited smile. “Everyone was stoked to see me, so that was pretty cool,” said Blum, admitting that his focus on socializing continued to affect his academics. “This year I opened my eyes,” Blum said.  “I do have a lot Kelly Blum entered this time-elapsed self-portrait into the Senior Art Show. Blum hopes to of potential, I just need to learn how to utilize it.” become a cinematographer someday. This year he won the THS Best Cinematographer As second semester senior year began, Blum realized he Award. would not have enough credits to graduate. His school counselor Gwenn Stover, his mom, and his publications make his dreams come true. Only hard work and self-discipline would adviser Nancy Mayer helped Blum create a turn-around plan. propel him forward. “They told me I have a lot of good talents and those talents could Next year, Blum plans to come back to Tigard for one semester to take me far,” Blum said. “I just needed to put them to good use.” finish the credits he needs to graduate. Then he hopes to attend PortSeeing his friends talking about where they were going to college land Community College before heading off to film school. also made Blum wish he had done better, but wishing wasn’t going to  “This could happen to anybody,” Blum said. “It’s good to live in the

Depression held this student back: Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson said he had a normal childhood until eighth grade. “I never missed school because I liked school,” he said. Life changed when Anderson’s sister rolled her 1997 Nissan Altima three times down an embankment at the end of his eighth grade year. “Having a near-death experience brought on clinical depression,” Anderson said. By Freshman year at Tigard High School, Anderson had flunked half of his classes. Depressed, he would not do his work, even when he was sitting in class. “If you don’t try in high school, you’re not going to get anywhere. And not trying was exactly what I did,” Anderson said. “I knew education was important, but at the time I didn’t realize just how important.” Freshmen patterns became “the norm” sophomore, junior and senior years. By the time last fall rolled around, Anderson knew he would not be able to walk at graduation. “Not graduating became real to me. Everyone else was going to graduate, and I didn’t want to be that one person who didn’t get the respect from

my family that I deserved. I wanted to go to college and make my parents proud,” said Anderson. One day, Anderson was sitting in the publications class editing photos when adviser Nancy Mayer sat beside him. “What’s going on, Trevor?” Mayer asked. When Anderson told her he wouldn’t graduate, Mayer told him that he was smart and that he could turn his life around, if he wanted. “No teacher had ever cared about me like that,” Anderson said, adding that Mayer continued to nag and prod him until he finally got into the High School Completion Program at Durham Center. “Mayer gave me the impetus to do all the things I needed in order to finish high school, if I put my mind to it,” Anderson said. On May 10, Anderson completed high school, and he plans to walk with his class at graduation.  Anderson has advice for those who are struggling like he was: “Don’t take high school for granted.”

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Seniors tell who has made an impact on their lives By Emma Johnson

“Jimi Hendrix by making me play guitar.” Jesse Ragsdale

“Macklemore because he’s my hero and his music kept me on the right track.” Robert Kakesako

“My mom.” Ashlie Watkins

“Maranda Henderson for always being there for me and bringing out the best in me.” Abraham Abayare

“It took my dad 8 months to get to America! That kind of dedication motivates me to push myself intellectually, but also reminds me of my family’s humble roots.” Peter Tran

“Dr. Harris because she’s awesome.” Luke Hass

“Sarah Spangler, I want to be just like her when I grow up.” Kimia Amirifar

“My parents. They grew up in the Soviet Union and I know that if they can accomplish such a feat so successfully, I have no excuse for not being the best I can be.” Rimma Gurevich

“My friends because they are always there for me. They love me and help me out whenever I’m feeling down.” Willow Parker

“I think my parents are my biggest influence. They’re the hardest-working people I know and I have learned a lot about both patience and passion from the two of them!”- Gavin Cronkrite

“Ben Sharp, he produces full production, quality works all himself. On top of that, he’s a top–notch musician.” Benjamin Chino “The jazz musicians before me, who have laid down the music that inspires me to continue music into being my career.” Kyle Molitor

“My mom, she has helped me through a lot. She’s like one of my friends.” Nichole Jackson

“My parents, because they’re helping me get to the next step of my life.” Amanda Murphy

“My grandpa and Mrs. Townzen.” Rhiannon Hunnicutt

Willow Parker

Nichole Jackson

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Peter Tran

Benjamin Chino

Rhiannon Hunnicutt

Photos by Maggie Johnson and Enrique De-La-Cuesta




How to look your best for Graduation By Amanda Lam

Graduation is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements made over the past four years and be rewarded for the hours of hard work put into your future. Your families, friends, teachers, and loved ones will all be there to support and congratulate you, and, of course, there will plenty of photo opportunities. During the graduation ceremony, graduates are required to wear a cap and gown and are given a sash that indicates the graduation year; those who receive honors also get cords and IB Diploma Candidates wear purple “hoods.” What is worn under the gown shouldn’t matter much because not much can be seen under the robe. The idea is for graduates to look the same for the occasion. “Many students like to dress up for the occasion, girls wearing a nice dress and heels and guys in slacks and ties. Others like to show individuality and wear something different, as in bright tennis shoes or shorts. Mostly the boys do this but some girls do as well,” associate principal Barb Proctor said. Although your actual outfit may not be important, there are things you can do to look your best for this occasion and many to avoid. Follow the advice below to look your best.

Do’s: 1. Take a shower -- A fresh clean appearance makes you appear more pulled together. 2. Wear clean shoes -- The shoes are the most important element of your graduation outfit because they can be seen. For guys, a pair of dress shoes or neutral colored Vans will do the trick. For girls, sensible heels, fancy flats, or gladiator sandals are all possible and fashionable options. 3. Polish off your outfit with accessories like a tie or some bangles -- The little details make the biggest difference.

Photo by Alfredo Palacios

Seniors Jessie Holter and Cortney Gillett pose in their graduation cap and gowns.

Don’ts: 1. Be afraid to wear color and prints -- Most students will choose to lean towards neutral colors but since what is worn under your gown can’t be seen, don’t hesitate to wear what you want. Pastels are great color options that are subtle but different. 2. Forget to layer your clothes -- You don’t want to be cold and miserable on this important night! 3. Do anything too fancy with your hair -- You’ll be wearing your cap any ways! Avoid hat-hair! SENIOR EDITION | June 6, 2011 | PAGE 11

Looking through the

“I remember when Michael Jackson died. I was on a mission trip, and I didn’t believe it until I got home to see it all over the media.”


A timeline of memories

--Senior Britnee Morse

As teens look back on their childhood, it’s as if they’re looking back through an old yearbook. Their old friends, the hilarious inside jokes, the movies they watched, and the big events that changed their lives. The more they look, the more they remember. Here is a timeline to show the good, the bad, the funny, the weird, and all the events in between that changed the lives of many and defined our generation.







Climate change climbs to a record high; scientists focus on more research.

Internet is now used by the public. Movies “Forest Gump” and “Pulp Fiction” debut, along with hit television shows “Friends” and “E.R.”

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The “Blair Witch Project” premieres, rapidly becoming a popular horror film.




“Titanic” is released, becoming the top-selling movie of all time. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” the first book in the famous series, publishes in the UK.


“Babe” hits the box office. Scientists clone the first sheep.

CD’s outsell casette tapes. The beginning of the world-wide-web for scientists. Class of 2011 are born around this time!

The first episode of “Survivor” airs, along with the first Harry Potter movie. Hijacked airplanes crash into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania on September 11th.




T.V. show “Seinfeld” ends. The drug Viagra is approved for use.

“The Gladiator” bursts into the box office. Charles Schulz, artist of the “Peanuts” comics, dies.

By Allie Chino and Kenny Lamborn

Anna Nicole Smith mysteriously dies. Britney Spears shaves her head. Apple releases the first iPhone.




2010 Spain wins FIFA, the soccer world cup. Justin Bieber releases his song, “Baby.”

Osama Bin Laden is killed. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake hits Japan. The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is watched by billions around the world. Class of 2011 graduates high school.

2008 2004






Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans. The first video is uploaded to YouTube.

“The Hangover” premiers, along with the first season of “Glee.” The Swine Flu epidemic scares people nationwide.


The USA begins the war in Iraq; terrorism skyrockets. “Finding Nemo” and “Freaky Friday” hit theatres. Scientists discover more about the Y-chromosome, which determines gender.

Facebook is launched. Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison for lying to the government about her investments in the stock market. Google becomes a company.

“Spiderman” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” become movie hits. AIDS becomes a world epidemic and receives more attention.

The “Twilight” movie is released. Heath Ledger dies. Barack Obama, the first African-American president, is elected to office. Saddam Hussein dies. “High School Musical” debutes on Disney Channel. The website Twitter is launched.”

“I remember Mr. Neffendorf’s beginning of the year inspirational speech on why we should go to college for our jobs.” --Senior Vladimir Predovic Photos of students by Maggie Johnson

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College Decisions Anthem College (Portland, OR) Sarah Rugado Arizona State University (Tempe, AR) Steele Kelly Abdul KareemRaslan Jeffrey Robinson Aveda Institute (Portland, OR) Alex Freeman Boise Bible College (Boise, ID) Andrea Palmer Boise State University (Boise, ID) Hayley Dunning Holly Slyter Brigham Young University (Rexburg, ID) Rachel Bates Cassidy Pedersen Crystal Tolliver Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) Sarah Fitt Willow Parker Cathleen Sickles California Polytechnic Institute (San Luis Obsipo, CA) Roxanne Raye Carthrage College (Kenosha, WI) Sohayla Horani Chapman University (Orange, CA) Francesca MusoloArlt Chico State University (Chico, CA) Maximillian Jean Clackamas Community College (Clackamas, OR) Christine Browning Lindsey Schaefer Clark College (Vancouver, WA) Edgar Contreras

College of the Redwoods (Eureka, CA) Michael Flannigan Community College of the Air Force (Maxwell AFB, AL) Michael O’Connor Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA) Lauren MacDonald Ecola Bible College (Cannon Beach, OR) Cody Collins Eastern Oregon University (LaGrande, OR) Jeffrey Beltran Paulino Lopez Zachary Parker Jacob Rose Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts (New York City, NY) Allysa Palmer Everest Institute (Tigard, OR) Heidy Moran George Fox University (Newberg, OR) Rachel Bond Emily Crosswhite Vitaliy Kolyvanov Arturo Lucatero Maddie Miller Britnee Morse Alejandra UrbinaGarcia Kelsey Walker Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) Sarah Risinger Nicholas Roche Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) Lucas O’Donnell ITT Technical Institute (Portland, OR) Alexander Hawk

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Johnson & Wales University (Denver, CO) Kailen Garcia Lane Community College (Eugene, OR) Sean Cooper Tylor Hall Colin McManamon Andrew Morris Spencer Smith Laney College (Oakland, CA) Brian Gehring Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) Nichole Jackson Linn Benton Community College (Corvallis, OR) Stewart Grimes Gordon Stark Sean Waege Massey University (New Zealand) Olivia Potts Minnesota State University Moorhead (Moorhead, MN) Erin Nyberg Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) Ryan Ashenfelter Mt. Hood Community College (Gresham, OR) Aaron Carson Mariah Mirelez New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York City, NY) Kyle Molitor Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) Justin Kim Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma City,

OK) Lindley Hess Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls, OR) Tyler Ross Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) Stephanie Arnold Carolyn Booth Jordan Bruemmer Amanda Carlson Dennis Chan Brandon Chang Chloe Close Kaleen Coker Ian Craig Brett Daniels Chelsea Delfino Samantha Doherty Robert Dusevoir Erin Fisher Amelia Foster Beau Hansen Taylor Harper Chloe Harris Luke Hass Katarina Hedgepeth Kathryn Hollingsworth Jessie Holter Veronica Hughes Thomas Hutton Mark Jenson Robert Kakesako Alex Kang Jessica Kociemba Evan Lange Carter Lassetter Jamy Lee Sophia Le Natasha Malik Spenser Mangold Kyle Menzies Alisha Moriniti Jillian Moyle Amanda Murphy Eric Najdek Chad Nathanson Tinh-An Nguyen Manali Paralkar Estili Peck

Qui Pham Vladimir Predovic Kirsten Rowley Kelsi Schaer Charles Schmidt Rahul Sharma Alexandra Shaw Eric Sieg Austin Sledz Sarah Spangler Aubrianne Thornburg Jessica Tran Tracie Tran Daniel Van Domelen Cam Vo David Walsh Tilon Ward Ashlie Watkins Nicole Watson Kaitlyn Williams Chance Zibloski Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR) Amy Mayhugh Julie Mayhugh Paul Mitchell Beauty School (Portland, OR) Amanda CamposTorres Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) Cori Hays Phagans Beauty School (Tigard, OR) Beatrix Carey Pioneer Pacific College (Portland, OR) Sammai Gutierrez Portland Community College (Portland, OR) Abraham Abayare Irais Cortez Ruben Ahumada Trevor Anderson Aaron Aparicio Kyle Arndt Paige Bauer Kyle Bedard Deanne Benson Emily Benson

Stephanie Boone Samantha Breuier Alexis Brien Blaine Brun Michael Burch Andrew Burnette Mitchell Burris Nicole Card Gerardo Cardenas Maria Castillo Santana Bryan Ceja Ben Chino Nikita Clark Selene Colin Ashley Conery Andrew Dickinson Juan Dimas Torilyn Duncan Celene Durnbaugh Tanner Ellenson Alissa Evans Jase Ferris Harry Ford Raya Franklin Marcus Fuller Tiffani Furgason Drake Garcia Cortney Gillett Magda Gonzalez Martha Gonzalez Rocha Bernard Guizar Abdifatah Guled Emily Hamilton Theodore Hamilton Derek Harris Viktoria Hatchadourian Omar Hejazi Jose Hernandez Blaine Hill Addison Hoagland Joshua Hobson Christopher Hreha Nicole Jackson Aaron Jensen Nellie Johnson Ronnie Kayal April Keefner Amy Lane Casey Lawrence Sarah Lehman

Samantha Leon Rongeni Mark Vivien Martinez Kaytee McEuen Courtney McGuire Shaylynn MeadStevenson Beatriz Mejia-Molina Humberto Mendez Cheyanne Meyer Mohamed Mohamoud Jacqlyn Murphy Molly Murphy Colin O’Neal Christina OrozcoRamirez Morgan Pegnone Armando Perfecto Cassandra Price Jesse Ragsdale Roberto Ramirez Jared Reisinger John Ritchie Mayra Rodriguez Chris Rojas D’Yanira Rubio Maria Salgado Kevin Sautner Lindsey Self Shahrzad Shariati Megan Smallwood Cooper Smith Chelsea Staley Sean Sun Megan Suter Samantha Suter Valeria Tapia Keara Thompson Kyle Tiedemann Brandon Troxell Yadira Trujillo Damaris Urrutia Tiffany Vanderzanden Michelle Vidrio Jennifer Villalobos Austin Vonletkemann Dania Waked Ashlee West Kyle Williamson Andrew Wiseman Lisa Wishard Dustin Woodard Sylvia Xiong

Mohamed Yahya Edgar Zempoalteca Nicholas Zenzano Portland State University (Portland, OR) Hasan Abualhaj Kyle Acree Madison Armstrong Crystal Boeck Therese Bromander Claire Buehler Mitchell Cooper Alexander Dowhaniuk Safia Elogbi Eduardo Garcia Kyra Garner Amelia Gray Rebecca Hubbard Samuel Lichtenstein Katherine Prouty Cara Purdy Danielle Sanders Felicia Schroeder Elliott Shipley Principia College (Elsay, IL) Jane Whitmore Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA) Nicholas Moore Salt Lake City Community College (Salt Lake City, UT) Willa Ford Sanford-Brown College (Portland, OR) Ashlee West Santa Ana College (Santa Ana, CA) Guadalupe Lopez Santa Fe University of Art & Design (Santa Fe, NM) Rachel Anderson Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA) Mercedes Bones Seattle University (Seattle, WA) Elizabeth Schimmels Sierra College (Rocklin, CA) Bailey Freeborn

Silpakorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) Baramee Rattanawethin Smith College (Northampton, MA) Maris Schwarz Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) Cristian Hooper Southern Oregon University (Ashland, OR) Katherine Burger Austin Dean Christopher Myron Chelsea Pritchard Brenda Shelton Robert Till Southern Virginia University (Bueno Vista, VA) Micah Dean Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) Jordan Carroll Katherine Murphy Sumner College (Portland, OR) Cortney Nicholson Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario, OR) Trevor Nix United States Army Kyle Sandwick Erik Richards United States Marine Corps Zachary Fowler Victor Ruddell Kian Wirth United States Navy Nathan Bratton Austin Hansen University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK) Crystal Lor University of Arizona (Tuscon, AZ) Jeremy Sarvay University of British Columbia

(Vancouver, BC) Danielle Epp University of California Irvine (Irvine, CA) Hiro Nukaga University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) Priya Patel University of Denver (Denver, CO) Camille Whitcomb University of Maryland (Vicenza, Italy) Natalie Perez University of Montana (Missoula, MT) Shelby Bennett University of Nevada Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) Austin Steffen University of Nevada, Reno (Reno, NV) Kelsey Kaelin University of North Texas (Denton, TX) Jordan Reddicks University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) Reid Abblitt Andrew Abeyta Kimia Amirifar Aaron Bangay Amanda Barrett Bridget Brooks Bradley Burke Christopher Caldwell Mary Chabreck Brenna Cleveland Gavin Cronkrite Elizabeth Dunklee Abby Fatland Laree Foster Kyler Garcia Rimma Gurevich Joseph Hart Jake Hobbs Christian Johnson Aaron Kirch Jordan Matlock Chelsey Mayer

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SENIOR EDITION | June 6, 2011 | PAGE 15

Letters from the Editors Advice, thoughts, and jargon from the Publications editors By Katie Murphy HiSpots Editor-in-Chief

I was you once. A freshman. A sophomore. A junior. I, too, thought high school was a joke and hoped life would get more exciting. I thought that the advice of upperclassmen was unnecessary. Then something strange happened. I grew up. I realized I actually cared about this free education I was

By Maris Schwarz Yearbook Editor-in-Chief I’m probably not the best person to give advice on how to have a great time in high school. Sure, I had fun, but I didn’t date a member of the football team or go the wildest parties. Instead, I laughed with my friends and watched countless hours of Oprah. I wanted to be cool. Honestly. The summer before high school, I dyed my hair, went to the tanning salon, and learned how to over apply bronzer. I started a work-out regime and bought a new wardrobe. I wanted to fit in to the stereotype of the high-school hottie, but looking back, it was a waste of time. And I gave up quickly. I only bought five tans, and my trips to the gym lasted for three weeks. Maybe if I’d put in the effort in, it would’ve worked. After all, I’m tall, blonde, and blue-eyed. But this one time in my life I’m happy I failed.

being given. Having an IB diploma meant something to me. Leading the Tigerettes as a captain gave me a sense of pride and connection. Being the editor of HiSpots allowed me to learn to be a leader. And getting an education at Tigard, and actually taking advantage of it, paid off. I’m going to the school of my dreams: Stanford University. (Go Cardinal!) How did it happen? A lot of people asked me how I got accepted into one of the most (what I consider the most) prestigious university in the nation. It wasn’t luck. It was good, honest, hard work. It’s all about doing more than simply wanting something. It’s about making it happen for yourself. Every time you choose not to do your work or only do what you need to get by, you are making excuses. Every time you don’t do your best you’re showing all those people who underestimate you that they’re right. You’re lazy. If there is one thing I’ve learned in high

school it’s that YOU are the only one who can stop yourself from getting what you want. If you’re still reading this article, I congratulate you: You’ve done more than most readers, who scan the pictures and perhaps read the first two lines before going back to what they think about most: what people think about them rather than what they think about themselves. So for those of you that have stuck around, I’ll let you in on a secret: Life will get better, more exciting, more interesting and more dramatic -- if you make it that way. The world is incredible. It is an amazing place, if you take the time to be amazed. High school can teach you that magic isn’t real, that life isn’t fair, and that people are mean. Or it can show you the path to your future. It’s up to you. Enjoy life while you’re young and take advantage of teachers who care and friends who matter because this is the end of your free education. Don’t spoil it.

If my plan had succeeded and I had become the popular party girl I had fantasized, I probably wouldn’t have had the close friendships that helped me trudge through the high-school drama. I.B. classes? No way! I wouldn’t have had time to study between tanning and texting various athletes. Going away to college? That came from having a dream greater than ruling the halls of THS. While I learned how to write, how to think, and how to calculate mathematical equations here at THS, I also learned this lesson: whether you’re a freshman or a member of the class of 2012, work hard, branch out, and be yourself. Unless you love makeup, skip the hour-long process and sleep instead. Become a member of the yearbook staff and interview people you would’ve never met. Work hard for your grades, because that’s what school’s about. And ultimately, learn from your mistakes. My advice might seem hallow. I’m only 18. What do I know? I grew up in a suburb

with two parents and an older brother, and I haven’t faced challenges that some teenagers live with every day. But living through high school and walking out the door gives me perspective. From my standpoint, there’s time in every day to hang out with your friends, finish your math homework, and visualize a greater goal. When you think about it, that’s what high school is all about-- good times, good friends, and a good start in finding out who you really are.

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HiSpots Senior Issue 2011  

The June 6, 2011 Senior Issue of HiSpots, Tigard High School's independent student newspaper.

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