Warrior The Valley Christian
Friday, April 30, 2010
Editor-in-Chief What seemed to be an average rally, quickly took a turn for the extraordinary. While students waited to hear from the multiple candidates for the 4 elected ASB positions, the candidates themselves had a few tricks up their sleeves. Many of the candidates prepared videos and speeches, but none ASB President more surprising than the Caitlin Brenton Drake-Kesha battle, that took place between junior Treasurer nominees, Andrew Smith and Danielle Furr. Both Furr and Smith’s performances were regarded as top notch. ASB Vice President After the votes were talBryan Houp lied, winners were finalized. Running mates Caitlin Brenton and Bryan Houp were elected as ASB President, and Vice President, as was Brandon Hecke, for the position of Secretary, and Smith, after his Eminem-like performance.
Musicians Go Global Drake Bloom
Photo from VPA Department
Staff Writer The old age of the places visited was new to Valley Christian choir members as they walked the streets of Vienna and a few major cities of Italy. The air was even different. Souvenir shops ranged from kiosks in the streets, to hole in the wall shops. The students went to multiple churches and cathedrals to perform for the locals. Student Aaron Ross ecstatically said, “The performance halls were really cool, after we performed for them, they performed for us. It was an amazing experience.” Many moments of the majesty of history will be forever branded in the minds of the vocal choir students, including the new friendships made during the trip.
The Conservatory students sang in multiple churches and cathedrals.
A Night Under City Lights Tarah Duarte
Features Editor J-S-B. The three letter acronym that brings more excitement to any junior and senior than for example, SAT and GPA. But it’s not like those can be compared anyway. Excitement for the JSB has been building since before Spring Break as the girls began looking for a dress, the guys for a date. Held at the 4th Street Summit Center in downtown San Jose, this year’s JSB provided much fun and entertainment. The theme for this year was “A Black and White City Night” and the junior class decorated the location with black and white photos of destinations such as the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge as well as other black and white decorations. As students arrived, they walked into the decorated lobby where they could take pictures or just talk with their friends for the first hour. At eight, the doors to the main room were opened as guests began to find their tables. For dinner, the students were treated to a three-course meal with salad, chicken stuffed with pesto, steamed vegetables and mousse for dessert. While they ate, the attendees were able to chat
Seniors celebrate their last chance to dance the night away at JSB. Jordan Sisson, Janna Oswald, Kellen Power, Ian Stephenson, Brian Reilly, Ainsley Laven, Dan Gillooley, David Mignea, and Jamie Walitsch reminisce about past times at dances during their high school careers.
and enjoy their dinner with their dates and friends. After dinner, the fun began. Tables were moved to clear the dance floor and quickly tunes filled to room. The students danced the night away to songs by Taylor Swift, Jay Sean and many others. The location also featured two balconies
where students could step out and enjoy the brisk San Jose night and view the city lights from above. As the night wound down, students started to gather their bags, shoes and cameras. One thing was for sure, the night was a night for the students to always remember.
Students Eagerly Await Cirque de VC Shanti Reddi
Staff Writer On Thursday May 6, at 7:07 PM, the talented students of Valley Christian High School will perform to the best of their ability to show off their God-given talents. The ASB class of 2009-2010 planned, organized, coordinated, and will host the annual talent show. Many talents
As students prepare for the talent show, dubbed “Cirque de VC,” unknown talents are being unvailed.
will be displayed that night, and anyone from the student body, whether freshman or senior, may audition to come join the “circus.” This year, many contestants are eagerly looking forward to competing and demonstrating their abilities such as dancing and singing. Rami Campbell shared his opinion about competing at Valley Christian and said, “Well, I’ve competed in talent shows since I was in 7th grade. It’s an exciting time to show off your talents, and witness the amazing God-given talents of others. It will be a great, memorable experience for all of us seniors!” Campbell plans to utilize his outstanding vocal talents. Speaking about last experiences, many seniors decided to perform in the show to come together for a last performance on stage. Bri Melnychuk, another senior, plans to use this talent show as a last wonderful memory of Valley Christian High School. She and her friends are deciding whether or not to do a musical number. “I think it will be an exciting experience to end my senior year,” Melnychuk reiterated her desire for participating in the show. The casual atmosphere of the show adds to the sincerity and willingness of the performers to perform to the best
of their abilities. Since this talent show is also a competition, there are prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The team or any single member who victoriously takes the stage by winning 1st place, wins $100, followed by $50, and $25. Some students decided to participate in the show for the experience and excitement; but others are enthusiastically participating for the cash! The Valley Christian ASB devotes their time and effort each year to have students from any grade display their special abilities. In addition, the ASB members encourage anyone and everyone to participate for an amazing school and social experience. Auditions were held on April 22, and this show will be put together very soon so that the student body can enjoy it. The ASB, as well as the school is still deciding whether or not there should be an entry fee, but most likely just as last year, there won’t be one. Even so, “the show is extremely exciting; please come and see it,” noted Campbell. Every year, the high school, displays an amazing talent show filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and amazing and sometimes unknown talent. Come be a part of this annual event, and witness the many great passions and talents of the various students throughout Valley Christian High School.
Students Dazzle During Junior Senior Ball See Pages 8-9
Dan Tan-Fleming Combo Still Unstoppable See Page 11
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April 30, 2010
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Torode Accepts New Position Dr. Joel Torode, VCS Associate Superintendent has accepted a new administrative position beginning July 12. Dr. Torode, along with his wife Sue, will be moving to the Cleveland, Ohio area. Mrs. Torode will be the principal of the elementary school, and Dr. Torode, principal for the middle school of which Jonathan Burton is superintendent. Dr. Torode believes this is their new assignment from God and looks forward to all God has in store for them.
A volcanic eruption in Iceland paralyzed the entire world as planes were grounded because of the thick drifts of volcanic ash. Hundreds of thousands of travelers were sent in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars as flights were cancelled world-wide. The Air Transport Association reported that the volcano cost the industry at least $200 million a day. The ripple effect of the ash cloud is still being felt far beyond Europe’s borders.
Plane Crash Kills Polish Leaders
Violent weather churned through a half-dozen Southern U.S. states leaving at least 10 dead in a tornado in rural Mississippi and two dead in neighboring Alabama. Hundreds of homes also were damaged in the tornado, which carved a 30mile path of destruction from the Louisiana line to east-central Mississippi, and at least three dozen people were hurt. National Weather Service reported the tornado had winds of up to 160 miles an hour.
President Lech Kaczynski and members of his country’s military, political and church elites crashed in thick fog on April 10. On board were the national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said. There were 96 people on board.
AP Testing Approaches Quickly Tommy Zellner
an AP test for $86, they can potentially be saving hundreds of dollars that might be spent on college classes. This year, students across the board plan to take AP tests. Junior Tatiana Braun noted, “AP classes are always a lot of work, but the pay off in the end can be worth it.” Braun is currently taking three AP classes, which ballooned her schedule compared to one AP class last year. “It’s a tough load, but I am hoping to pass a few AP tests this year. Honors Physics has also been a solid challenge for me as well,” Braun added. The AP testing will begin nationally on Monday, May 3, and conclude on Friday, May 14. After the AP tests are scored, students will be notified of the results during mid-summer.
Assistant Features Editor As the school year begins to wind down, many upperclassmen are preparing for AP tests. Sophomores, juniors and seniors alike all had the opportunity to take college level classes during the school year, and test their knowledge during May. When a student passes with a 3 or higher, which is considered a passing grade on a scale of 1-5, the student receives college credit and sometimes has the ability to skip general education classes. AP testing is an excellent opportunity for students, because it helps to give them a leg up in the competitive world of college admissions and also is an extremely cost-effective investment. When a student chooses to take
2010-2011 Cheer Squads are Chosen Taylor Fine
Assistant News Editor During the week of April 12, over 50 girls, ranging from freshmen to seniors eagerly showed up after school for cheer leading tryouts. By the end of the week, the results were posted. The new VCHS cheer coaches are head coach, Heidi Hanson and assistant coach Bonnie Glick. Coach Hanson is a former cheerleader and alumni of Valley Christian and was varsity captain during her junior year of high school. She is also a recent graduate of USD. Assistant coach Glick is
a former Santa Teresa High School, Azusa and USC alumni. She also has a cheer background in competitive Azusa cheer for three years. The new JV squad has twelve girls, and the varsity squad has twenty seven girls, totaling 39 cheerleaders for next year. JUNIOR VARSITY SQUAD: Captain, Shelby LaDeRoute Tiana DeLeon Ashley Nguyen Caitlin Hernandez Brittany Zamora Emily Heacock Whitney Clement Kaitlin Iruegas Sarah von Raesfeld Amanda Hodges Jessica Burres Payton Locatelli
VARSITY SQUAD: Captain, Brianna Ahmed Danielle Rubino Krysten Henerfauth Taylor Odom Tiffany Grilli Ronnie Stone Cassidy Zimmerman Nicole Hernandez Theresa Feuling Rachel Robichaux Jocelyn Horsager Natalie Tomasello Madison Cardoza Alex Venegas
Amber Garman Taylor James Rebeka Rice Becca Singley Andrea Stickel Nikki Clarke Mikaela Harn Amber Knop Sammy Olson Brooke Rhoades Alexa Cabrera Shaye Locatelli Shelah Larson
Come and Enjoy Tea in Tuscany Katherine Zhao Staff Writer
On Saturday, May 1, 2010 the Skyway gym will be filled with moms, grandmas, little girls, sisters and friends, along with the occasional brave man. That’s right, the 13th Annual Ladies’ Tea is here again. In honor of the vocal department’s trip to Italy and Austria, this year’s Tuscany-themed tea, hosted by the Valley Christian Band Boosters and Conservatory of the Arts, will take place between the hours of 2 and 4 in the afternoon.
Valley students will be helping out during the event in order for it to run smoothly. Student performers will be serenading all the guests as tea hostesses preside over the tables, time. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or online at www. valleychristianconservatory.org. Tickets are $22.50 per guest along with a Princess Plate option for those young ladies under age 10. Volunteers to help serve the luncheon are needed and community service hours will be given. Please contact the band office to sign up.
April 30, 2010
Static Dance Team Goes to Nationals Arazue M. Zadeh
Junior Sports Editor After a successful competition at the beginning of March, Valley Christian’s competitive dance team, Static, left for the National competition near Disneyland on March 25. This group of hardworking girls traveled to Anaheim, California, to compete in this highly popular event. Practicing three times weekly, Static prepared for weeks on end for this special event. When they finally boarded a van with Mrs. Borg on Wednesday, March 24, junior Taneisha Woodard explained, “You could feel the excitement and nervousness at the same time.” The lengthy car trip finally ended and the girls arrived at their hotel. After a relaxing night of sleep, the girls woke up eager to check out the competition and show what Valley Christian Static was made of. After applying their makeup and styling their hair, Static entered the competition near Disneyland with a dance showing their strengths. Junior Danielle Loera explained that the competition was difficult, but the girls tried their best. They exceeded in accomplishing the team’s personal goals, even if they did not come home with the victory. Overall, the trip to Anaheim to compete in Nationals may not have been victorious in the literal sense, but the excitement of traveling will always stay with them. It was a great experience for the girls to bond and spend time together, growing in strength to prepare for the next competition.
“I Left Mi Corazon in Mexico”
Arman M. Zadeh
Assistant Photo Editor “I left mi corazon in Mexico,” Bri Melynchuck explained with a hint of remorse in her voice. This remorse represents the wonderful time she spent in Mexico as a missionary and how much she misses the excursion she experienced. Mr. Myron Falkowski took 13 students and seven adults on a missionary trip to Mexico, leaving a significant impact on both the students who traveled and the young kids they visited. For an entire semester the students of Mr. Falkowski’s missions class had been preparing for their trip to Mexico. How did they prepare for such a trip in such a short period of time? The students ran fundraisers after school, spread the word amongst the business world to get sponsored to raise more money to fund the trip, received generous donations, and spent days of doing groundwork. Additionally, the students needed to do their homework by renewing their passports, signing several release forms, convincing their parents, and raising their own cost of approximately $400. Convincing their parents was one of the hardest tasks for the students. A lot of the students who had originally signed up to go on the missions trip were forced to drop out because of the troubles going on in Mexico at the time. Parents did not want to put their sons and daughters in danger. Finally the preparation was over. Most of the Valley Christian student body was looking forward to a spring break of relaxation and fun while these 13 students were looking forward to work, work, and more work. But who says you can’t have fun while helping others? Certainly not Bri Melynchuck as she exclaimed, “I had
high expectations going on the trip and the memories I made surpassed these expectations. The pleasure I received by helping these less fortunate kids was more than I would have ever received from spending my break sitting at home.” The work they did changed many lives in Mexico. They were able to build a house for a less fortunate family. The house cost a total of $4,000 to build. They painted the house with vibrant colors to make sure that they had the most colorful house on the entire street. The color of the house was bright blue and the color of the doghouse was pink. The ride back was sad for these
Valley students. Each and every one of them wanted an extended trip to be of more help in Mexico. The lives of the people in Mexico had become more vibrant after the missionaries left, just like the house they now lived in. Mr. Falkowski, in high spirits due to the trip, exclaimed, “This was one of the best trips ever. A small group did big things. It was a blessing for the family who had just lost their daughter to now have a wonderful house to live in.” Thirteen hearts all returned to California, but each and everyone of them left a chunk of it back in Mexico.
Photo by Cindy Torode
Senior Bri Melynchuck enjoyed her time in Mexico, working hard and forging bonds that she will never forget.
College Trip Very Illuminating Zayn Kirkendoll A&E Writer
Most students spent their entire spring break enjoying various activities; from hanging out with friends to being with family, and some even just stayed at home and did nothing and just relaxed to gain energy for the remainder of school. But 50 lucky students got the opportunity to take a bus to southern California on a college road trip to get some insights into what college life is all about before they make their final college choice. The students had the privilege to visit 10 different colleges in different areas of southern California. These schools included UCLA, UCSB, Chapman, Biola, Westmont, Pepperdine, Cal Poly, Concordia, UC Irvine and Azusa Pacific. This was the first year that the school took students on a road trip and all of the students and chaperones had a great time. Here is an overview of all the days on the road trip.
Day 1: • The students departed bright and early at 8 o’clock sharp. • Students stopped at Cal Poly for their first tour. • Students went to lunch and to the beach for some fun. • They finally ended the day with a movie and dinner. Day 2: • Students woke up and traveled to UCSB for a self-tour. • Students then left UCSB and drove to Westmont for another student-guided tour. • Students checked into a hotel and spent the night at Santa Monica Pier. • Finally, they turned in for the night.
Day 3: • Students drove to Pepperdine for their first guided tour of the day. • Students ate lunch on the bus while driving to UCLA. • Students had a self-tour of the UCLA campus. • Finally, the students left, checked into a hotel, and left for Disneyland for the night. Day 4: • Students visited Chapman and Biola University for guided tours. • Students ate lunch on the bus and headed for the hotel. • Students then spent the rest of the day and night at Disneyland.
Day 5: • Students had their last round of visits. • They toured Concordia, UC Irvine, and Azusa Pacific Universities. • They ended the day with a visit to Universal Studios City Walk attraction. Overall, all of the students had a blast. They learned much about the colleges they visited, as well as were able to rate their favorites. The college road trip was a complete success and all considering college should consider taking the trip next year.
April 30, 2010
New Year, New Classes, New Opportunities Parul Jandir
Staff Writer As the year comes to an end, students are picking their classes for the rapidly approaching 2010-2011 school year. Valley Christian High School offers a diverse selection of classes and students are presented with numerous opportunities to pursue their interests. Next year, Valley is offering a new array of classes ranging from the Math Department to the Communications Department. Mrs. Diana Shak is introducing Honors Multi-Variable Calculus to the Math Department. This advanced, second year college-level class is meant of AP Calculus BC students who have the desire to further pursue their interests in the subject. Multi-Variable Calculus is not offered at the advanced placement level as of next year, as it is not a College Board approved “AP” class, but includes the “cream of the crop” mathematics students. The typical work load consists of approximately five hours of homework per week. Furthermore, Accelerated Algebra I is also being integrated into the Math curriculum and is an excellent choice for students who want a solid Algebra foundation coming in from junior high Algebra courses. The course load is about three hours per week. Mandarin Chinese III is being introduced into the Foreign Language
department. This course intends to build on the skills that are developed in the second level Mandarin class. An emphasis is placed on auditory and verbal communication and students typically have about two hours of homework per week. Junior Shalmalee Pandit is “looking forward to another intense, but exciting year looking into the Chinese language and culture.” The VPA looks forward to welcoming Piano II and Piano III, two more advanced music classes focusing on further developing tonality, music theory and history of prominent pianists and their compositions. While Piano II gives students the opportunity to study pianists and develop an understanding of the piano’s role in society, Piano III offers them the chance to master technicality and grow in creativity. Environmental Science will be established as another advanced placement science class at Valley. This class, to be taught by Mr. Cadiente, is exciting many students as it will allow VC’s “environmentalists-at -heart” to study and delve deep into ecological, social, and political aspects of Environmental Science. APES will look at subjects such as the earth’s systems, human population dynamics, natural resources and global changes. Online Advanced Apologetics and Christian Perspective on the Arts will
be the two brand new Bible courses being offered in the coming year. The former offers a more easily accessible class that essentially tries to equip students with more objective evidence toward biblical doctrine and legitimacy of Christianity. The course typically requires three hours of homework and approximately thirty pages of reading per week. The latter is an exciting class offered which requires enrollment in the Conservatory. Basically, the class intends to analyze the church’s influence on the arts. The Technology department will be launching three new applied tech classes including Engineering I, ITC Literacy and 3D Animation. Engineering I requires the completion of Algebra II and Chemistry or Physics. This class will allow for exploration of various engineering fields, such as electrical, mechanical and civil. Students will take on coherent and applicable projects. ITC Literacy, or Information Technology and Communications, is another new tech class directed toward students who hope to “accept citizenship into the Digital Century.” This class trains students in the use of Valley’s web applications such as Naviance and Elluminate. 3D Animation attempts to challenge creative ability through development of skill in 2D and 3D design. The Communications Department
A Weekend of Jazz on the Monterey Bay Claire Karlsson
Staff Writer On April 9, the top young jazz students in the nation traveled to Monterey to compete in the Next Generation Jazz Festival and for the chance to win prestigious recognition. By the end of the festival, Valley Christian had achieved great success at the largest jazz festival in Northern California. In the three-day event, middle school kids to college students participated in the festival from April 9-11. Over sixtythree big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, and special guests performed from 14 states across the country. From Valley Christian High School’s jazz band, Benjamin Adams won the Outstanding Soloist for the trombone. He also was the winner of a $300 scholarship to the University of the Pacific Summer Jazz Program. Another winner was Johanne Ramirez who won for Outstanding Soloist on the drums. Over this exciting weekend, the Next Generation Jazz Festival achieved its goal of educating and inciting passion
in young jazz musicians. Their Artist-inResidence this year was Dianne Reeves. The four-time Grammy winner performed at the kick-off concert on April 9 and she also led the Vocal Soloist Workshop for young jazz singers. On Saturday April 10, students crowded into the Serra Ballroom, waiting breathlessly for the results of the day. In an array of categories, the top jazz groups won the chance to play at the esteemed 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2010. For the third year running, Folsom High School from Folsom, CA won the top High School Vocal Ensemble Award. The weekend was an exciting event for Valley Christian students including Cho Tran, a freshman musician in the Valley Christian High School Band. Summing up the weekend, Tran said, “The Jazz Festival was a chance for amazing musicians to come together in the spirit of great jazz music.” For Valley Christian jazz musicians, the Next Generation Jazz Festival was a stirring success.
is also offering three new classes; namely Sports Journalism, Advanced Film Criticism and Non-Linear Digital Editing. While Sports Journalism will cover the techniques necessary to communicate athletic news and sports coverage, students will do TV and radio shows, learn to edit both audio and video and also have the opportunity to contribute to The Warrior newspaper, the Daily News and webcasts. Advanced Film Criticism allows for students to explore great filmmakers and films from India, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and Latin America. Students interested in this course are expected to spend about two lab hours a week. Students interested in Non-Linear Digital Editing will spend class learning Final Cut Studio and will take the FCP level 2 test which will identify them as professional editors certified on Apples’ websites. This class also requires about two lab hours. The aforementioned classes are going to be an excellent extension of Valley Christian High School’s academic program. Each class is directed toward specific individual interests so that students are able to survey their prospective fields of study. Just like the new school year, these new classes are going to bring vivacity to the already lively, diverse atmosphere that surrounds Valley.
Wizard of Oz Makes a Trip to Valley
Ben Adams won the Outstanding Trombone Award that includes a $300 scholarship to the 2010 Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp.
Johanne Ramirez received the Drum Solo Award.
Staff Writer Valley Christian is known to have an excellent theater program, but the productions in the school year are not the only shows. This summer, the Valley Christian theater program is continuing the summer theater tradition and performing The Wizard of Oz. The summer theater program runs from June 21- July 17. All people ages 7–16 are welcome to participate, regardless of skill level. “The experience level ranges,” freshman Tyler Valdez said, “I personally started theater in the summer program, for last year’s Beauty and the Beast.” While admission to the program is decided on a first-come-first-servebasis, mandatory auditions are required on May 22 to cast specific parts. Some of those who are older than 16, but part of the theater program will serve as counselors. Mr. Matthew DeMerrit, Tim Mendolia, Lauren Mayfield and Cathy McFall lead the summer theatre program. Valley Christian summer theater is sure to do it justice, so sign up for the program if you are interested.
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Movie Reviews Melody Makfhi A&E Editor
LETTERS TO GOD:
April 9 marked the release of the highly anticipated Christian film Letters to God. The movie is nothing short of extraordinary and tugs at the hearts of all viewers. It is about an 8 year old boy named Tyler who has many great talents and abilities. He soon learns that he has cancer, which surprises his family and everyone around them greatly. But Tyler, armed with his faith in God, takes his battle with cancer head on. During his treatment, he writes letters to God in hopes that God will fulfill his requests and heal him from his cancer. Will God listen to this incredible young boys plea for recovery? Go and see the movie for yourself. This is a movie you will not want to miss and will bring you closer in your walk with God.
THE LAST SONG: Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s year took a turn for the worse when she was forced to spend the summer with her father on the beach. Nicholas Sparks took audiences by surprise when a formal punishment resulted in a future love. Ronnie starts off her summer with a negative attitude until the day she meets Will at a volleyball match on the beach when love at first sight strikes again. Eventually the two begin to spend more and more time together and fall helplessly in love. Ronnie begins to love spending time at her father’s house when the story takes a turn and audiences learn about the disease taking away his life. Despite the loss of her father and the heartbreak she once had, in the end they shared a love that would never die.
Spotlight on Screenwriter Blake Kirchick
Melody Makhfi A&E Editor
Over the past year, there have been many inspiring artists presenting their work around the VC campus. Throughout the previous issues of The Warrior, interviews have been conducted with many extremely talented dancers, singer, actors, and screenwriters. As the year is coming to a close, take a look at the extreme talent of another VC student. Senior Blake Kirchick has demonstrated true commitment in his passion for film throughout his years at VC. Kirchick’s love for film was sparked at a very young age when he received a video camera at age 11 and quickly began making movies. Kirchick mentioned how he enjoys being actively involved with every aspect of film, particularly in the writing process. A good screen-writer is versatile in all aspects of the production. Throughout the film making process, Kirchick enjoys writing and directing and has one goal in mind while following his passion and that is to “keep an audience entertained and make them think at the same time.” Writing a film is telling a story, and those with a story to tell, should try screenwriting; that is how Kirchick began working on his first few projects, and
eventually followed through to release the self written and directed film, Haphazard, two years ago. As important as shooting the film, scriptwriting skills in a movie have to be strongly developed. Film teacher and mentor to Kirchick, Mr. Nate Marshall stated, “Blake has surprised me in his ability at something only professionals can usually do, writing with speed, writing with quality, and making
simple moments magical and memorable.” After VC, Kirchick plans to attend Chapman University’s screenwriting program and is excited for what lies ahead for him. Chapman University has a great reputation in regards to film which provides a great future for its students. Chapman students build many different connections with fellow film makers and experience many different aspects
of the communication field. Kirchick plans to continue with his passion to make as many films as possible. The process should be very exciting and a fulfilling quest. While waiting on a future in film, Kirchick knows that he will follow wherever God leads him and he has been grateful for his experience at VC.
Student Talent on Display Tarah Duarte
Features Editor Valley Christian High School excels at many things, one being the arts. The Conservatory, an elite VC department, is home to dancers, musicians, singers, photographers and artists. The photographers and artists had a chance to shine at the VCS Conservatory Student Art Show held on April 19, 20 and 21. The annual show was held in downtown San Jose in Japantown. Every student in the art and photo department had a chance to submit something they would like to be in the show. Students in Mrs. Leighton Isaacs’ art class all had work on display, while most of the photo students’ work was selected by Mrs. Cindy Torode. In addition to the se-
lected photos, each student in the photo classes had a poster they designed with their head shot and other pictures they took that described themselves. Those who were able to attend the art show all agreed that the talent on display was exceptional. Freshman Amanda Hodges said that the show was very good and that she enjoyed it. She continued by explaining that the talent was overwhelming and that she appreciated going to a school full of such talent. The Conservatory at Valley Christian has many talented students and artists who outdo themselves daily and show how gifted they really Overall, the art show was a chance for the students’ year-long hard work to be displayed for all to see.
April 30, 2010
Valley Conservatory Updates and Concerts Taylor Tanton
Staff Writer The Conservatory at Valley Christian is one of Valley’s most popular departments. Some students attend Valley just to be a part of the visual and performing arts program. There are many recent events as well as many coming events in this exciting area of the school. Art students who worked hard at Valley all year, were able to show off their art in San Jose’s Japantown, at the recent
3 day VPA Annual Art Show. A reception was held for the special event. On April 24, Valley jazz students performed in the Reno Jazz festival. All three VC jazz bands and the jazz ensemble will also compete at the University of Nevada. The jazz team is one of Valley’s most competitive groups. They are known for their wonderful music and are known as one of the best jazz teams in California. On Thursday, April 29, the Valley Christian choir performed a Spring Vocal
Concert at Church on the Hill. This was the final concert of the year, and the farewell concert for the seniors. This year there have been many highlights and accomplishment in Valley’s Conservatory. In the last year alone, 90 new students have entered the VPA program. There have also been ten student music recitals. Valley also participated in the Visual and Performing Arts Fair in San Francisco. Recently, ten photo students traveled to Yosemite National Park. Photo teacher Mrs. Cindy Torode, along with Conservatory Associate Director of Visual Arts, Mr. Stephen Torode, guided students to various locations of interest throughout the park. Students spent two hours in a meadow in the moonlight, learning how to properly expose night photographs. The students came away with hundreds of stunning images and memories.
Valley is also putting on a Spring Dance Show, where dancer can show their
colors. Students who have seen the dance show are in awe. Along with these events there are countless more. Students and parents interested can look at Valley’s Conservatory website. The website has a complete calendar and ticket box, for those interested in attending shows.
Festival of the Arts: A Weekend of Events!
Friday, May 14 Mr. Peter Buffett Skyway Theatre 1:00 to 2:30pm
Son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Mr. Peter Buffet will perform and speak to the Conservatory honors students on Friday May 14. Buffett is an Emmy award-winning musician, most famous for composing the music for the movie “Dances With Wolves.”
Friday, May 14
Conservatory Senior Music Recital Santa Clara University Recital Hall 7:00pm Admission is free, and there will be a reception following the performances.
Saturday, May 15
The Annual Festival of the Arts Skyway campus 10:00am Admission is free. Snacks, pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: 10:00am Elementary Choral, Kingdom Kids, Hand Chimes: Skyway Gym 10:30am Junior High Cadet Band/Quest Band: Skyway Theatre 11:00am Junior Conservatory Choir:Wrestling Room 11:15am Junior High Studio Band: Jazz Band Room 11:15am Junior High/High School Dance and Color Guard: Skyway Gym 11:45am Elementary Piano Recital: Skyway Theatre 11:45am High School Lab Band: Jazz Band Room 12:15pm Junior High/High School Percussion: Skyway Gym 12:45pm High School Worship Band/ Room 107/ Women’s Ensemble: Skyway Theatre 12:45pm High School Jazz Ensemble: Jazz Band Room 1:00pm Elementary Strings: Skyway Gym
1:00pm Junior High Theatre/Quest Choir: Skyway Theatre 1:30pm Junior Conservatory Strings: Skyway Gym 1:45pm High School Symphonic Band: Skyway Theatre 2:00pm Junior High Cadet Strings: Skyway Theatre 2:00pm Elementary 4th & 5th Grade Band:Skyway Gym 2:15pm Junior High Advanced Strings: Skyway Theatre 2:30pm Junior Conservatory Band: Skyway Gym 2:30pm High School Early Music Ensemble: Skyway Theatre 2:45 pm Junior High Alpha Band: Skyway Gym 3:00pm Junior High Advanced Band: Skyway Gym 3:00pm High School String Ensemble: Skyway Theatre
3:15pm High School Conservatory Wind Ensemble: Skyway Theatre 3:45pm High School Symphony Orchestra: Skyway Theatre 7:30pm High School Theatre Experiments: Skyway Theatre Face Painting: 11:00am–1:00pm - Library Lobby
Inflatables: 10 am-3:00pm - Field Photo Booth & Sports Games: 11:00am-3:00 pm - Mall All Day Art Exhibits in the Auxiliary Gym, Lobby and Superintendent’s Gallery. Exhibits include Junior High and High School Art Exhibits, Junior High and High School Photography and Junior High Textiles.
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Feature On: The Foreigner
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One Step at a Time
Valley Christian Alumni Jessica Huse is recovering from a serious accident one step at a time interview a few of her friends and teach- lowing her to stay in the Rehab unit, to more funds. The concert also raised awareers for the first article written about Jessica coming home back in February. ness for Jessica’s cause. Features Editor for the Valley Christian Warrior. During While at home, Jessica’s family Jessica’s mom, Lisa Huse, has I found out on Facebook. As I this time, I gained insight on the type of has been focusing on receiving funds for been trying to find anyway possible to not clicked on my news feed I would see posts person she is. Mr. Myron Falkowski said therapy equipment. The Jessica Huse Benonly gain more awareness for Jessica, but from my friends saying, “Pray for Jessica” that during high school Jessica had “the efit Concert that was held back in March also to receive access to therapy and excelor “Keep fighting, Jess.” I wondered who personality that would draw people to her” helped raised funds for equipment such as lent doctors who specialize in brain injuthis Jessica is and what happened to her, and that she was very serious about putting a standing frame and other medical necesries. but nonetheless I prayed. It didn’t matter her faith into action. Her love for others is sities. T h e that I didn’t know what was wrong, God obvious as so many people have rallied toThe conF a c e b ook gether to support her. Her Facebook group cert was held knew. group has been The next day I joined the group has almost 5,000 members many of whom, on March 19 used to not “Jessica Huse :)” on Facebook and read like me, have never met Jessica. and featured only update updates JJ Heller, the supporters but KRON Taxi Project, from her to rally togethNews Sta- Samuel Dafriends. er for support. tion has vidson S l o w l y, and The Jessica also learned many I began other Huse Team, about Jes- bands piecing and as Lisa Huse sica’s story singers who the decalls us , in her and has were there to tails toupdates, have c o v e r e d support Jessigether. I signed petimany of ca. Along with learned tions, voted her accom- great music, a that 2009 for Jessica, plishments silent auction graduate For their senior trip, Jessica (second left) and friends Trish, and have even the was organized Kayleigh Ocampo, Sarah and Kristyn took a drive down to J e s s i c a Jessica Huse (far right) poses on graduation day with friends Kristyn Dilley, from written to Elhospital al- that brought in Huse was Sarah Brant and Trish Taylor- Perryman. Southern California. len Degeneres involved trying to get Jessica’s name out there. in a car accident on August 2 leaving her The past months have been a critically injured and fighting for her life. challenging time for Jessica’s family and Jessica suffered from a brain injury and friends. But Jessica’s sweet spirit and broken bones. beautiful personality continue to speak Fast-forward to today, the last for Jessica even while she is incapable of day of April. For the last 9 months I’ve doing so. watched Jessica prove the doctors wrong That love for God has drawn peoas she’s not only lived but has steadily ple to support Jessica from all over the improved. She’s gone from being close to world. People just like me who have nevdeath to relearning how to follow simple er met Jessica but pray daily for a miracle. commands, respond to yes or no questions A miracle that, one step at a time, heals and is beginning to express herself. Jessica. While I have never met Jessica, I had the opportunity last September to Jessica Huse (middle) along with friends Melissa Helder, Trish, Kristyn and Codie Sawyer spent a lot of time Photo by Huse Family
Photo by Huse Family
Photo by Huse Family
at the beach during their summers.
Spring Fever or Spring Fashion? Co- A&E Editor This year Spring Fever has arrived at Valley Christian. Students everywhere are showing off their floral waist skirts and khaki shorts. As the sun shines out doors, so do the students with their spring apparel. New fashions have risen to the surface for 2010, and are inviting students across San Jose to join in on the trendy clothes. Leggings have become an epidemic, with their different colors, being accompanied by boots. Giant headbands and boyfriend blazers are on the rise, and shawls with Miss Me jeans are all the rage. The in style jeans of 2010 remain the same, and become newer as a part of Valley Christian fashion. As usual, True Religion jeans can be seen across campus, and continue to be the number one designer brand. In second, Rock Revival jeans become the new brand that is seen, represented by a unique symbol called an iris. Lastly, Miss Me jeans arrive and girls across Valley are coming to school with white seamed, rhinestone jeans that have a cross on the back pockets. In 1982 Olivia Newton John
told us, “let’s get physical.” And though the all be looking to American football for an 1980s fashion revival has been and gone, injection of youthful tomboy cool into our Olivia’s words will still ring true among wardrobes come spring. But while football 2010’s fashion trends. No, we’re not talk- is key, it’s not the only sportswear inspiing fitness-induced sweat stain or hideous ration: we’ll also be looking to sports like headbands. Instead sportswear becomes baseball, hockey, tennis, scuba-diving, and street wear in Spring 2010 - in all its svelte dance. and effortless glory. Along with spring The boyfriend blazer has yet to sports, the fashion reach the same levels trends accompany of popularity as the them, as girls are two fashion trends seen wearing sweat which influenced it: suits, particularly boyfriend jeans and Juicy Couture, a the boyfriend shirt. well known brand Which, for it, is a that includes outragood thing. While the geous winter fashboyfriend shirt and ion, and are known denim trends have for their warm and reached commonality stylish track suits. and, thus, aren’t con Alexansidered trends anyder Wang’s inmore, the boyfriend imitable cool facblazer has found new tor puts him at the sophistication and forefront of this will be with us as a trend. The young, part of 2010 fashion fresh interpretation trends. he sent down the Along with runway for Spring Spring fasion for girls includes skirts, cropped pants clothes, new hairand high heeled shoes. 2010 means we’ll styles have arrived Google Images
in 2010 to accommodate these highly regarded styles. The Side-braided hairstyle includes slicked back hair, and a long thick braid. From the sports perspective, this is the ideal hairstyle for girls who want to make a statement. The 1940s wave hairstyle, particularly worn by actress Scarlet Johansson, has taken a seventy year trip to 2010 and is now being worn by girls across the country. The 70s inspired long hairstyle, seen on models such as Kim Kardashian and singer Jordan Sparks have given girls the courage to change up the generic front bangs style, and split the hair down the middle. Other hairstyles include, the slicked-side hair style, masculine hair, textured chignon hairstyle, and the rope braid. A famous hairstyle is Rihanna’s evolution of the half-head shaved haircut: an undercut come fauxhawk. As part of hairstyles, girls are now changing the color of their hair, and as of Spring 2010, blond is back. These new and stylish colors include, peroxide blond, golden blond, red hair, and bleached eyebrows. These are the fashion trends that are soaring across America and Valley Christian. It is getting hotter, and everyone seems to have the Spring Fever!
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The Foreigner Excites Blake Kirchick
Guest Writer Here it is! Valley Christian theaterâ€™s 2010 Experiments play. Once a year, the Honors Theatre 2 students put on a full-length play, directed, cast, and performed by students at the school. This year, senior Amber Coney directs Larry Shueâ€™s, The Foreigner. This is a witty, engaging comedy full of laughs, cries, Englishmen, small-town sheriffs, southern belles, dim witted red necks, and so much more. The humorous plot is based on two English men who are staying in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia. One of the men, Charlie, is incredibly shy and the other man, Froggy, claims that Charlie doesnâ€™t understand English because he is from another country. Due to the supposed lack of ability to
understand English, Charlie soon learns about scandals among residents staying at the lodge. Cast member Corey Martin commented on the play by saying, â€œI find it so amazing how quickly and efficiently a group of high school students can put together a play on such a professional level. And Melina Rapazzini is just so phenomenal playing the role of an old woman.â€? In regards to the play, Rapazzini, who is playing the role of Betty said, â€œYou see, Iâ€™m not a very witty person, and so anything I say now will sound really stupid once it gets published!â€? The actors involved in this play will obviously keep you laughing on and off the stage. Blake Kirchick, another cast memberâ€™s only comment on the play was, â€œI love Sammy Olsen.â€?
Sophomore Sammy Olsen
Senior Blake Kirchick
â€œI am so impressed with the amount of effort, commitment, and dedication that each and every student has put into this show,â€? said Coney. â€œSo much goes into the production of a play from both on and off the stage, and I canâ€™t wait for [everyone to see the]hard work come together in such an amazing way!â€? â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to seeing the cast that was chosen to preform in the show!â€? said an anonymous student. The Foreigner is just another outlet Valley Christian High School provides for student talent to shine. Go see The Foreigner, showing May 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 PM at the Valley Christian Theatre. You wonâ€™t be sorry, in fact, youâ€™ll be begging for more!
Senior Nicky Slavich
Sophomore Melina Rapazzini
Senior Corey Martin
Rev. David M. Lee
Senior Amber Coney
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