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March 20, 2008 Vol. 25 No. 6 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111

Students Serve in Mexico over Winter Break By Jamie Walitsch and Melody Makhfi Staff Writers While some were spending their Winter Break skiing in Tahoe, or hanging out at the mall, 34 VC students and staff were helping others less fortunate than themselves down in Baja, Mexico. All of these students will argue that they had a better vacation than those who missed out on this wonderful experience. The team was there for one week, but this was enough time to change their lives. The group leader Mr. Myron Falkowski thought the trip was an overall success. Leaving Friday during school, the drive was about 12 hours. The team did a lot of physical work, including starting to build a house for a widow and her children. They also ministered to the community. They spent time at a drug rehab, leading a church service and bonding with the people in the center. The girls spent a day in the rehab, made bracelets, and played games

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Dads and Daughters Dance the Night Away!

By Alyssa Berding Junior Sports Editor

On March 1, Valley Christian’s Leadership Class put on the annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance and had a record-breaking turnout. This year the dance’s theme was Saturday Night Lights and dads and their daughters were encouraged to dress in any type of sports attire, from referees and cheerleaders to golfers and football players. Upon entering the gym on the night of the event, guests were greeted with a colorful and fun sportsthemed atmosphere. Covering the front wall, a gigantic red and black sign reading “Saturday Night Lights” was illuminated with floor lights and surrounded by a 20 ft. tall balloon arc. With jerseys and sports action cutouts lining the other walls of the gym, the room looked ready for any sports event. The sides of the gym were filled with green, red, blue, and orange tables, each with a specific sports theme. And of course, the middle of the gym was


The group embraced the idea of being God’s hands.

Senior Cassie Mathieson and her father dance to the music, enjoying the night.

Fans of the Sharks, Yankees, Chargers, and A’s enjoy each other’s fellowship.

reserved for a dance floor. Leadership student Todd Grilli served as the night’s emcee, or as he prefers “Master and Commander.” Starting out the night with a dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers, the girls and their dads were able to bond over their meals. With quizzes such as “How well do you know your dad/daughter?” available at each table, dads were put to the test with questions such as “What is your daughter’s dream car?” or “What is her favorite chick-flick?” The night was filled with joy and laughter as the pairs just had fun being together. Throughout the course of the night, guests had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, such as A’s tickets or a certificate for golf at Cinnabar Hills. All of the proceeds from the night were donated to Michael’s Mission, a foundation for children with cancer at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children Hospital and their families. The dance was also loaded with numerous entertainment See FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE pg. 10

Supreme on Court: Girls basketball team wins second consecutive CCS crown By Alyssa Berding Junior Sports Editor

A powerhouse in high school basketball, the Valley Christian Lady Warriors Warriors struggled to distribute the ball on offense and suffered on the scoreboard. Once approached the culmination of their season. As one of the teams to beat in the W.C.A.L. again they struggled to execute, resulting in a 55-49 loss and the end of the Warriors’ road in league tournament play. and C.C.S. playoffs, the Warriors had a reputation However, the Warriors’ season did not just end here. to preserve and looked to improve further upon last With C.C.S. still up ahead and the Warriors sitting comfortably year’s impressive finishing. as the first place seed, the girls were hoping to redeem themselves The Lady Warriors kicked off W.C.A.L. and hopefully learn how to overcome their setbacks as a team. playoffs with a game against the Presentation Awarded first and second round byes, the Warriors played their Panthers on February 12. The girls pushed ahead first C.C.S. game on February 23 against San Lorenzo Valley. of their opponents early and fought hard on The girls pulled together and played an incredible game, creating defense, securing a number of steals and fast-break many great offensive opportunities for each other. The Warriors opportunities. In the end, the Warriors came out on never let down and won a very decisive victory, 67-29. Moving top with an exciting victory, 58-39, and advanced on to the C.C.S. semi-finals against Mercy San Francisco, the on to the semi-finals on February 14 against St. girls developed a new intensity as a team and were ready to go Ignatius. The last time these two teams faced off, the all the way to the finals. They came out hard at the beginning Warriors experienced a disappointing loss, despite of the game and never looked back, keeping their opponents being the heavy favorite in the match-up. They did The team’s 5 underclassmen starters will be a force in ‘08-’09. scoreless in the second quarter. The Warriors’ pushed to the end not play as a team and fell apart toward the end of the game. This time with their W.C.A.L. hopes on the line, the Warriors hoped to and came out on top with another strong victory, 60-21, propelling them into the C.C.S. overcome their obstacles and win together as a team. However, as the game began, the finals at San Jose State University on February 29 against Santa Cruz High School. See GIRLS BASKETBALL pg. 18


What Lies Within:

News...........................1-8 Features.....................9-12 Opinions..................13-14 Sports......................15-19

VCHS Communications Department


2007-2008 Warrior Staff Ryan Eshoff Editor-In-Chief/News Editor Alyssa Tomasello Jr. News Editor Kaitlyn Baker Assistant News Editor Erin McKinley Assistant News Editor Liz Fleming Jr. News Editor Tori Bergland Features Editor Christine Byrne Jr. Features Editor Caitlin Mulvihill Opinions Editor Adam Hill Sports Editor Brittney Tanori Assistant Sports Editor Alyssa Berding Jr. Sports Editor CJ Wrye Jr. Sports Editor Eric Nguyen Photography Editor Caitlin Mulvihill Business Manager Kaitlyn Baker Assistant Business Manager Erin McKinley Assistant Business Manager

Staff Writers Eric Bates Tanner Burns Joyce Chen Lindsay Cole Tarah Duarte Joe Garcia Amber Garman David Henderson Amanda Hochmuth Jon Hughes Stephen Lam Jonathan Lampkin Aidan Lenihan Melody Makhfi Megan McKinley Arman Moghtaderi-Zadeh Jeff Mueller Shalmalee Pandit Erica Parker Jacob Ruiz Jamie Walitsch

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Thursday, March 20, 2008


and now for an engaging story... Congratulations to two of Valley Christian’s beloved teachers, Mr. Jeff Wilson and Miss Julie Claypool, on their recent engagement! Wilson proposed to Claypool on Saturday evening, March 8, and the two are scheduled to be wed sometime this summer!

Also preparing to tie the knot is English teacher Alexis Reichow, who was recently engaged to her longtime boyfriend Stephen Schneider. The two will also be wed this summer.

Assistant Athletic Director and Biology teacher Tyler Mariucci wed his fiancee Carlene, on Saturday, March 15. Congratulations to the new couple!

this week’s sports...

Baseball: Saturday, 3/22 versus James Logan at VCHS (Crown Classic); Monday, 3/24 - Saturday, 3/29 at VCHS (Crown Classic) Swimming: Friday, 3/28 and Saturday, 3/29 at El Dorado Hills (Oak Ridge High School Invitational) Boys Volleyball: Thursday, 3/20 vs Harker at VCHS; Friday, 3/28 - Sunday, 3/30 at Chico Tournament

A Glance Within



-VC students produce exceptional documentary -Read about the trip to Paris -World news


-Read students’ views on education -Enjoy a movie review of the Disney’s College Road Trip


-Pics of the Father-Daughter Dance! -How to cure Spring Fever! -What to do during Spring Break


-Baseball team defeats some of NorCal’s top teams -Boys volleyball gets off to fast start in WCAL play!

Promos From the Film Department... Festival Fast Approaching! The 2008 VCHS Film Festival will take place on April 18. Films will be viewed in multiple rooms in the Communications Department. The winner of every category will be shown in Studio 218. The awards presentation will be from 8-9 pm. The film festival is open to all film fans!

Valley to host screenwriters of powerful German film On April 10, VC will host Chris and Cathy Reiley as they present their film “After the Truth,” a German film that has changed the face of film in Europe. It is a courtroom drama of a “what if” scenario. This film has led the way for German people coming to terms with the

past and releasing movies such as Blindspot and Downfall. There are only a few translated versions of this film and we will have the extremely unique opportunity to see this film with the screenwriters who will be available for discussion following the viewing of the film.

Check Out The Valley Christian Club Scene!

Valley Christian Clubs! Want to add more extra curricular activites in or if you just want to meet up with people with similar interest? Joining clubs is a great way to achieve both! Chinese Language Club – Want to learn more about the Chinese language or just want to share what you know? Come to Chinese Language Club! Meets every second Tuesday of the month in room 111. Christian Club – Meets every Thursday at lunch in room 218. Come hear Bay Area youth pastors and fellow students share with us. The Film Society – Popcorn, soda, and a flick; coming soon. French Club – Bonjour! Want to learn more about French? French Club meets every B day Wednesday at lunch. Illusion Club – Want to learn some tricks to amaze your friends? Come to Illusion club! Japanese Club – Konichiwa, Nihongo o narimasuka? Translation: “Hello want to learn about Japanese?” Come to Japanese club. Latin Club – Want to know more about Latin? Come to Latin Club in room 221 on Tuesdays at lunch. Debate Team - Want to learn how to make a strong and smart argument? Join the debate team; they meet Tuesdays after school in room 420. Mu Alpha Theta – Interested in math? Want to increase your math skills? Join Mu Alpha Theta. They meet at lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Nu Delta Alpha – Don’t be deceived! Its not another math club, but a dance one! Photo Club – Interested in photography? Come to Photo Club in room 303 from 2:30 to 3:00 every Tuesday. International Awareness – Worried about the world? Come to International Awareness! Young Political Leader Club – Interested in politics or just want to talk about it? Come to room 107G every Friday at lunch! Ultimate Sports Club – Everyone needs some recreation time and just have fun. Ultimate Sports Club is coming! Slam Poetry Club – ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Have no idea what that means? Come to the Slam Poetry Club and find out! Fridays at lunch in room 422. Spanish Club- Hola! Experience all the thrills of Spanish culture, Wednesdays at lunch in room 105 Go-Green – Worried about the environment? Come to Go- Green Club! Art Club – Interested in sketching, painting, or any other form of art? Art Club Fridays at Lunch in 127G.


Thursday, March 20, 2008



VC Students Travel Abroad Valley Christian’s Foreign Language and Art Departments Travel to Paris and London

By Amber Garman and Lindsay Cole Staff Writers

On Saturday February 17, twenty-one students from Mrs. Isaacs and Mrs. Connolly’s French and art classes took off for an exciting trip to Europe for Winter Break. The students had a rough fourteen-hour flight from San Francisco to Paris, with a stop in Detroit. Although the flight was long and tiring, the students were kept entertained with the small TVs in front of their seats with a variety of movies to watch. Once they arrived in Paris, the students shrieked with excitement. They visited the beautiful and famous Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Versailles. These historic sites are rich in history and significance. Versailles, the beautiful palace of famous

kings and queens like Louis XIV, featured numerous ornately decorated rooms and some spectacular scenery. When visiting the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, some students also went and saw the chapel named Saint Chapelle. Located just meters away from Notre Dame, this small chapel features some of the most exquisite stain glass in the world. Spanning across all four walls are breathtaking representations of biblical stories, It was truly an amazing sight! While roaming the city, all the students had the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the French language. “J’ai beaucoup d’amusant avec mes amis... Il a ete une voyage magnifique...Notre equipe a ete tres bien!” says student Eddie Decker of the experience.

VC Promo: Experiments Returns!

Athletic Department Fundraising Dinner

By Melody Makhfi and Jamie Walitsch Staff Writers

Coming May 15 and 17, is this year’s student theatre production. The cast members include, juniors Janelle Kester and Adrian Rapazzini, sophomores Olivia Norman and Bri Melnychuk and freshman Megan Fairchild. Seniors Robert Norman, the director, and Andrew Miller, set design and technical director, are very excited for this play written by Paul Zindel. The story is about a girl whose science project creates the effect of Gamma rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. She has a hard time growing up in a terrible home life, living with verbal abuse from her mother and sister. This is the Honors Theatre II class project. The money raised from the Brown Bag series is going into this production. Junior Adrian Rapazzini said, “These completely student-led productions are always entertaining and of the highest quality. This is one show you won’t want to miss!”

After spending a few days in Paris, they left for a new adventure in London. While in London, the students got to shop and see the Lord of the Rings musical. “My favorite part of this whole trip was the shopping. It was pretty amazing, but there was a big money difference. A Euro was more than a dollar. Even though I found a pair of $25 pair of pants, it wasn’t a bargain because really they would be $50 in America,” explained freshman Olivia Malik. Anyone at Valley was welcome to join the group going to Europe. The price was around $1500, but it’s a reasonable price for the experience you would get and the education you would be given. Olivia Malik also stated, “I had a lot of

fun and I would definitely go back again. I met a lot of new people and got closer to others in the group.” So the group not only got an experience and education, they met a lot of new friends too. Finally, on February 23, it was time for the group to fly back home. After an adventure on the other side of the world, the students had to get used to the regular time change they left behind. However, they were still forced to wake up at the early hours of the morning for school. Despite the long plane rides and waking up early, the students strongly recommend joining them again next year.

By Ryan Eshoff Editor-In-Chief

The annual fundraising dinner is a source of funds for Valley Christian athletics. Attendees include alumni, parents, and contributers who value the success and future of Warrior sports.

On Thursday, March 6, the Valley Christian High School Athletics Department hosted their annual fundraiser at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club. The fundraiser, entitled Let’s Shake It Up, featured Bay Area comedian and pastor Mark Turner and performers from ComedySportz. Although in the past the event has been done as a crab feed, this year the department decided to hold a silent auction with each of the athletic teams submitting a basket to be bid on. Held on the same night as the varsity girls basketball NorCal game against St. Patrick/St. Vincent, the event still drew many past, present, and potential supporters of the Valley Christian athletic program. Based on attendance only, the event would be deemed a success. The fact that a tremendous amount of support and funds were raised only further contributed to the night’s triumph.



Thursday, March 20, 2008


Winter Guard Continues to Move Forward in Season By Erin McKinley Assistant News Editor

The Valley Christian High School Winter Guard continues to work hard. On Saturday, March 1, the Winter Guard performed a great show at Independence High School. Their flawless show placed them fourth with a score of 61.9. The following Saturday, March 8, the Winter Guard competed at Oak Grove High School. They received first place with a score of 67.2. It was a much-improved show that received many great remarks.

Senior Melissa Alvey, a Winter Guard member, said “The Winter Guard has seen a lot of fast paced improvements, not just technically, but also as a team together. Our show is shaping into something that defines the personality of the Valley Christian Winter Guard members.” The VCHS Winter Guard’s latest competition was at California State University, East Bay. They competed with twenty-four other guards. They recieved a

score of 66.1. The lower score was given because the judges had not seen the guard before because the guard did improve. The Valley Christian Winter Guard is among the best in the California for the Scholastic “A” Division as they have placed in the top half at each competition. Each week the Winter Guard girls improve their “Rhythm in Pink” show. They practice about twelve hours a week. Their season length is about four months,

VCHS Guard

starting in December and ending at their Championship on April 5, 2008. Two upcoming events are the competition in Dublin on Saturday, March 22 and Championships on Saturday, March 6.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Me-owch! By Stephen Lam Staff Writer

The scalpels have come out and the gloves are on, down at Mr. Vander Veen’s Anatomy & Physiology class. For the past couple of weeks, they

and blood, Hillary confessed, “the first day, I got pretty woozy and Mr. Vander Veen sent me out,” but Hillary was not the only student looking a little pale or dizzy. A few

Alex Benanti and Jennifer Ros input their data from the cat dissection.

have been digging down and deep into the innards of their felines studying and examining cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. The sowing, poking, and cutting compels even the toughest student to cringe as they skin, dissect, and examine. Alex Benanti, Jennifer Ross, Amanda Sanchez, and Hillary Spratt dissected their black cat in several steps starting from skinning their cats, to the superficial muscles, to the coronary bypass surgery, to the chest cavity, to the abdominal, and so on. All four girls found this dissection very helpful because, “it’s a first hand experience and [two of them] plan to go to medical school and have a possible career in nursing.” With the strong stench

others looked a little nauseated. Many wonder whether projects like these are humane and are curious as to how one can buy dead cats. However not to worry, all the cats used are bought from an educational catalog that either have died from natural causes or have been euthanized. Rather than seeing this as inhumane, see it as educational. Even Alex believes, “I don’t think this is an inhumane project because the animal had to die at some point and since it’s an educational experience it’s not bad!” If you are interested in dissecting cats and learning about the anatomy, then take Mr. Vander Veen’s Anatomy & Physiology class this coming fall.

Mr. Vander Veen and students look at the different parts of the cat.



The Airborne Scam By Jacob Ruiz Staff Writer

A recent poll verifies that 9 out a much cheaper tablet of Vitamin C can. of 10 students at Valley Christian take The Airborne company makes claims that Airborne at least its product, “… s e m i - r e g u l a r l y. boosts the immune If you don’t take system with seven Airborne, you have herbal extracts at least heard of the and a proprietary herbal cold-buster blend of vitamins, and it’s certainly no electrolytes, secret any more that amino acids and makers of this herbal antioxidants.” If supplement are you or your families paying a 23.3 million have ever purchased dollar class-action Airborne in hopes lawsuit for false of stopping a cold, advertisement. When you’ve wasted your informed about money. “Airborne the lawsuit against is basically an Airborne, freshman overpriced, run-ofErica Parker the-mill vitamin pill exclaimed, “Wow, The newest form of Airborne in Lemon-Lime flavor. that’s been cleverly, my dad has boxes but deceptively, and boxes of that stuff for when he goes marketed,” said Schardt. on business trips.” For 10 years Airborne There is a small condolence for has been a phenomenon not just to students the many people who have fallen victim and teachers of Valley Christian, but to to Airborne’s false claims: any receipts for millions of Americans. David Schardt is a Airborne purchases as far back as 2001 nutritionist at the Center for Science in the can be used for a cash refund. Consumers Public Interest. His job is basically to rat without receipts are eligible to receive out any fallacies made by drug companies. money back for as many as six packages After extensive investigation he stated, each, based on average retail prices of “There’s no credible evidence that what’s the products. It’s unfortunate that such a in Airborne can prevent colds or protect popular supplement turns out to be another you from a germy environment,” scam but at least the truth has been revealed Have no fear, there is nothing and hopefully more thorough investigation in Airborne that can harm you, but it will go into future developments in the certainly doesn’t help you any more than cold-preventative industry.

Winter Sports Banquet By Shalmalee Pandit Staff Writer

On Monday March 3 the Winter Sports Awards Banquet took place. Eleven teams broke off into groups after dinner to hear the presentation of the awards. The wrestling team, with a very productive season received their welldeserved awards. Junior Jordan Osuna won the coaches award. Freshman Nikolas Crawley was the most outstanding freshman on this team. Andrew McCann, a freshman, was the most improved player, junior Chris Tozer was named Outstanding Wrestler. Overall, wrestling had a wonderful season. Boys basketball also had a good season. Frosh boys MVP was Damon Bates. The Coaches Award was presented to Zayn Kirkendoll. Coaches award in the Junior Varsity team was awarded to sophomore Arman MoghtaderiZadeh. The Iron Man Award was given to sophomore Luke Moreno. At the varsity level, seniors Austin Simon and Ryan Eshoff were awarded MVP and Coaches Award respectively. Girls basketball had an incredibly fun and productive season. At the freshman level, Veronica Lane was the most inspirational on the team. Rebecca Roth earned the right to be MVP. “The banquet was incredible! It was so fun with

most of our team and our coaches,” said freshman basketball player Angelique Hollstrom. Freshman Danielle Furr won the junior varsity most inspirational title. Sophomore Melanie Larson won MVP. On varsity, junior Jazzmyne Ross was the most inspirational. Congratulations to girls varsity basketball, as they are two-time CCS division IV champions. With a new freshman girls soccer team this year the girls have a great accomplishment. Ashley Saenz and Arazue Moghtaderi-Zadeh were awarded MVP and Katie Hughes was the most inspirational. On junior varsity, sophomore Lindsay Pund, was the spiritual leader while Taryn Ng won the Coaches Award. On varsity, Jolene Keel awarded the Captain Awards to seniors Stephanie Bales and Anna Calderon. Senior Priscilla Flores won the Coaches Award. In boys junior varsity soccer, most valuable offensive player was won by sophomore Ian Karlsson and the Coaches Award was won by Will Pitman, a sophomore. In varsity, Alex De Leon won Golden Boot as a sophomore. Jeff Mueller won Coaches Award as a senior. Congratulations to all winners of various awards. Overall, all teams had a wonderful season.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008


Thoroughly Modern Mille Hits the Stage with Success

Valley Christian Theatre finished another play with huge success. Thoroughly Modern Millie, Valley Christian Theatre’s spring show, is about a small town girl living in New York trying to find love. Set in the 1920’s, Millie Dillmount, played by junior Janelle Kester, arrives in New York City wanting a job as a secretary with a rich, handsome boss. At Hotel Priscilla, a women’s hotel run by Mrs. Meers, played by sophomore Olivia Norman, Millie meets Miss Dorothy, played by senior Azlyn McCain. Millie winds up getting a job with a handsome boss Trevor Graydon, played by junior Jacob Jones, but Trevor has his eyes on Miss Dorothy and only Miss Dorothy, so Millie has to make do with a “paper clip sales man,” Jimmy Smith, played by senior Stephen Heggem. Throughout the play Millie discovers that finding the right man is vital and love has everything to do with a relationship. Of course you cannot watch the show without noticing the backdrops and the quick set changes. Many members of the cast said that the backdrops were very realistic. With 15 different sets, the set builders had to work long and hard

to make this play a success. Freshman Taylor Hix, who plays Cora, a girl at

would not forget the great music and memorable acting. If you were not told

Hotel Priscilla, said, “The techies did a wonderful job with our crazy set changes. They would often be at school even later than the actors and actresses making sets.” Throughout the play the techies had to be quick and precise as they changed sets. Anyone who watched the show

before hand, anyone would have thought the music was from a soundtrack. But the truth is, the music was live and played by Valley Christian High School’s own jazz ensemble. Throughout the play you could hear saxophones, trombones, trumpets, the piano, drums, bass, guitar and percussions.


From the Jazz Ensemble By CJ Wrye Jr. Sports Editor As many students cram to turn in Kona to perform, they also have many fun their last assignments before spring break, activities planned to see the island. They the Jazz Ensemble practices long hours to have a snorkeling trip planned, which will prepare for their let the students upcoming concerts explore the in Kailua, Kona. reefs and the Over Spring break various types of Mr. Gregoric’s fish that inhabit Jazz Ensemble the Hawaiian and Mr. Hook’s surf. A native Room 107 will Hawaiian Luau travel hundreds is also planned of miles over the for the students Pacific Ocean to to attend where enjoy one week they can show VC Jazz Group Room 107 on the beautiful off their Hula dancing island of Kona. skills. “We are all excited The Jazz Band will be playing to go to Kailua, because it is a beautiful numerous times throughout the week. For place. It is also one of the few places in their first performance they will be playing Kona that allows one to actually experience a worship service at The Rock, a church in Hawaiian culture, because there are very Kona, for the congregation. The Jazz Band few tourists in the area,” said Mr. Gregoric. will be playing six concerts total including One of the main reasons the church services, rest homes, and community Jazz Ensemble is going to Hawaii is centers. The highlight of the trip will be to prepare for the National Monterey performing on the pier for a visiting Cruise Jazz Festival. The Monterey Festival is Ship. Room 107 will also be performing one of the most important competitions with the band, singing along with some in California; the extra practice the of the songs they will be performing. band will be receiving in Hawaii will Although the band is going to prepare the band to win the festival.

The music definitely sounded professional. And who could forget Olivia Norman’s fake accent. In the play, Norman plays an undercover hotel manager, who is faking a Chinese accent in order to not be caught. Never once in the play does Norman loose her accent. At Hotel Pricilla, Mrs. Meers has two assistants, Bun Foo, played by sophomore Kyle Fong, and Ching Ho, played by sophomore David Ko. But her two assistants do not speak English; they speak Mandarin. In real life, Fong speaks Mandarin and taught Ko. Throughout the play Bun Foo and Ching Ho talk to each other in Mandarin. But not to worry, a screen scrolled down during the play and projected sub titles for those who do not speak Mandarin. As many students have heard, the last week of practice ran from right after school until ten at night. But the actors would not give it up for anything. Hix went on to say that “Being in this production I learned a lot. The cast has become like family to me and I will never forget this experience.” From great acting to amazing music, Thoroughly Modern Millie was a huge success.

It’s That Time Of Year Again By Jon Hughes & Tanner Burns Staff Writers As the school year draws to a close, seniors at Valley Christian become anxious as college acceptance letters begin to arrive. Early applicants of most state schools have received the news already, while they await for responses from other colleges in April. Seniors at Valley Christian will choose to attend colleges ranging all across the U.S. and some will even choose to study abroad. Scholarship athletes have it easier than others, and do not have to stress out about this process with their early acceptance that can occur as early as November or early February. State schools are the next school to respond to applicants. Most seniors who applied to San Jose State University were granted acceptance such as seniors Anthony Bradley, Dana Burns, Alex Helm, and Michael Troung who will either attend in the SJSU the following year or use this acceptance as a fall back school. Others will opt out of a 4-year school to attend a local junior college to get their AA degree which will jump start them into their career or be a building block for transferring to a larger school. These students include seniors Amanda Hochmuth, Darin Jones, David Henderson, Eric Juco and many others. West Valley College has been one of the most popular choices in the past for Valley students pursuing a junior college education. Seniors of the 2008 class are

just now hearing from private colleges such as Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, and etc. A group of senior friends have all been accepted into Santa Clara and will await other schools notifications before making any final decisions. These friends include seniors Anthony Bradley, Jon Hughes, Christian Lam, and Ryan Walters. UC colleges are the last colleges that Valley’s anxious seniors will hear from. These letters will arrive in April and will be one of the last determining factors in where students will decide to spend the following years of their lives. seniors Katiana Bear, Anthony Bradley, Christian Lam, and Emma Merrick along with many others will wait in anticipation for responses from California’s UCs such as Berkley, Davis, Irvine, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Not only can the college notification process be a nerve-wracking experience, but also a time of excitement and achievement. Advice and assistance from school counselors and wellstructured class schedules throughout one’s high school career can take pressure off the college choosing experience. With good grades, an average SAT score, and the weight of the Valley Christian High School name on the application, many of Valley’s senior class will pursue a promising career and be accepted into a top-notch education facility.


Thursday, March 20. 2008

Life Skills Classes Go to Maggianos By Brittney Tanori Asst. Sports Editor

This year’s Life Skills classes traveled to Maggianos, the little Italian restaurant in Santana Row on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 to get the ultimate culinary experience. Life Skills is a class for seniors to develop practical living skills, such as learning to cook and clean, along with personal responsibility to make wise decisions in daily life. The students spent a few weeks learning about healthy eating and the food pyramid before it was time for them to cook and prepare a delicious healthy meal for their family. After the students cooked their meal at home, they presented their recipes and how they cooked it. Along with presenting, someone had to critique the meal. Then, the classes broke up into groups and had to come up with a healthy snack, advertise it, create a design and sell it. At the end of this unit, the class took a field trip to Maggianos. There, they learned how to get into the hospitality business, not just in the restaurant but other places such as hotels and cruises. The classes received a tour of Maggianos, including the dining room, the banquet rooms and even the kitchen. By going behind the scenes of the kitchen, the students learned that it was very hectic with the employees cooking, adding ingredients, and serving food in a clean and fast manner. The chef added that they cook 300 to 400 pounds of pasta a day. Students learned how to get into the hospitality industry, and the hectic characteristics of being in the kitchen. To end the exciting day, the students ate pasta, garlic bread and salad and enjoyed the surroundings of the beautiful, “little Italy.”

Defeating Loneliness By Adam Hill Sports Editor Valley Christian High School Intro to Video students, Daniel Huffman and Josh Lee, took fourth place in the Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Festival contest. According to the SI DocFest organizers, the competition was extremely close, with just one point separating the first place documentary from VC’s fourth place finisher. These two students, Daniel and Josh, focused on the issue of loneliness among the elderly. They worked on their documentary, Defeating Loneliness, in cooperation with the non-profit agency Love I.N.C. The VC videographers received three-thousand dollars for their documentary, split three ways. One-thousand dollars went to the filmmakers, one-thousand dollars to Love I.N.C., and one-thousand dollars to Valley Christian High School’s Communications Department. Daniel and Josh are now further polishing their documentary to enter it in the Student Television Network (STN) spring nationals competition in March.



Students bond and reach out to others during Mexico mission trip Continued from page 1 such as volleyball. Sophomore Katie Akylas stated, “Going to the rehab center was my favorite part of the trip. The hardest part for me was leaving these girls behind, while we came home to such nice things. Watching them stay behind with nothing was really sad. This was my second time going, and I would definitely go again. ” The trip was not all work. One afternoon, the team spent time surfing at the beach. They also spent some nights around the campfire, telling their stories about the day. Junior Chris Lazar said, “This was my favorite part about the day, spending time with everyone and talking about the impact it had on our lives. The trip was very eye opening. It helped us realize the blessings we have at home, and not to take it for granted.”


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China’s Challenges As Tibet Rises in Rebellion By Caitlin Mulvihill Opinions Editor The world’s attention has recently shifted to Tibet, a small country between China and India, following mass protest on the part of Tibetans against Chinese rule. The stimulus of conflict is the legal status of Tibet and whether it is part of China or an independent republic. China claims that Tibet should continue to be ruled by Beijing since it has been affiliated with China since the mid 13th Century. However, this assertion on the part of the Chinese breeds dissention for many Tibetans who hold to their declaration of Tibet’s independent republic in 1912. Since the 1950s, China and Tibet have sailed on rocky waters after China used force to summon Tibet to declare China’s sovereignty. Tibet is led by its spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for advocating non-violent protest. During the past week, the peaceful demonstration on the part of Buddhist monks altered with a new wave

calls for boycott for its policies in Africa. China is caught between maintaining their autonomy by not allowing the efforts by Tibetan m o n k s and other protestors to cause them to be seen as “weak” and their desire to avoid a war mongering image just m o n t h s before the start of the Tibetian protesters shout slogans at a foot march in Dharmsala, India, on March 10, 2008. Olympic hosting of the Olympic Games means that it games. The uprising discord with Tibet is under the world’s spotlight with regards attempts to underscore China’s global to their policies, having already faced image of being on the “peaceful rise.” of violence. This could hardly have come at a worse time for China since their expected

Britain Seeks To Bolster Unity With New Pledge of Allegiance By Kaitlyn Baker Assistant News Editor

In a way that seems strangely American, a British government committee has recently proposed that Britain should adopt a pledge of allegiance and establish a national holiday as a way to increase unity and patriotism among its member countries. During recent times, the United Kingdom has grown more fractured among its member countries of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. As a way to boost national pride, former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, at the request of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, led a committee that assessed British patriotism and the group released their 138-page report entitled “Citizenship: Our Common Bond” on Tuesday, March 11. The committee proposes that Britain require all young citizens to participate in a sort of “coming of age” citizenship ceremony in which they will swear an oath of allegiance to their country as a way of instilling patriotism in them as they transition into adulthood. Goldsmith has high hopes for the plan, and he believes the new pledge of allegiance would “promote a sense of shared belonging and better integrate newcomers to our society.” Other aspects of the proposal include establishing a national holiday, which would begin in 2012 when London hosts the Olympics. This national holiday and the new pledge of allegiance will supposedly spark national unity. However, there has been mixed reaction to the committee’s proposition, in part because

these practices so closely resemble patriotism in America, where elementary schoolchildren often begin each day by saluting their country’s flag. Paul Flinn, a member of Parliament from Wales, said that the proposal is just “another foolish attempt to ape an American practice that is generally mocked…the adoration of the national flag in America strikes us as a bit eccentric and foolish.” It is also difficult to promote unity in a place where so many people are opposed to the central monarchy. “I think people think of themselves as being English or Welsh or Scottish or Irish,” said Phil Thomas, a systems administrator in London. Another controversial part of the pledge proposal is that people would be swearing allegiance to the country, but not necessarily to the Queen of England. A royal spokesman for the q\ Queen told a newspaper that “what we would like to say is that Buckingham Palace was not consulted with regard to the Goldsmith review.” Traditionalists are worried that the new pledge to the country might replace the oath to the British monarch that new citizens must pledge. While many people have welcomed the plan, the proposal still faces an uphill battle. Most British citizens, who live in a country where American patriotic rituals are often mocked, will probably be hesitant to adopt the new practices that try to artificially bolster their patriotism.

A Chinese crackdown was prompted last Friday following the hurling of rocks at Chinese police and fires set to Chinese-owned shops. China gave Tibetans a deadline of midnight on Monday to surrender to police and identify fellow protestors with the incentive of being granted leniency and not being prosecuted. The Dalai Lama has asked for an inquiry into the legitimacy of China’s crackdown. The world watches as China struggles with its policies in the face of the conflicting images that they attempt to convey. The western world holds democratic expectations for them in their dealings with other countries, which have become increasingly important in the wake of their hosting the Olympics. On the other hand, China is China, and cannot be expected to simply sit back in their arm chairs and watch as protestors gain attention.

Oprah Encourages the Nation to Give By Alissa Tomasello Jr. News Editor Are you the biggest giver? Oprah Winfrey’s “Big Give” is the highly anticipated series that goes beyond the selfish nature of many reality primetime shows. This eight-week prime time presentation portrays the concept of giving without getting. In this competition, 10 competitors face off, determined to change the lives of as many people in the short time period. Although it is focused around donations that will help make ends meet, it also takes a great focus on the emotional bonds that are formed. These ten contestants go through the challenge of a lifetime in which they must transform the lives of random strangers in extravagant, dramatic, and creative ways. In the series, the contestants go throughout the United States searching for ways to become the biggest giver. But the surprise twist, Oprah will give the “biggest giver” the gift of a lifetime, one million dollars! Winfrey’s “Big Give” is an inspirational series that has received an enormous response. People across the nation have responded with millions of dollars in donations as well as letters and words of

encouragement and support. This show is single handedly working to transform the mentality of the nation from getting to giving. The big question is; who will be the biggest giver and win the cash prize?

Oprah Winfrey excitedly hosts The Big Give.

Features Easter Around the World By Tori Bergland Features Editor As we have all been taught, the the new weather, or a rebirth as known in the sender’s name. It is often decorated Easter holiday is the celebration of Jesus’ many cultures. A popular way of decowith the first flower of resurrection. The traditions that have been rating them would be to wrap in pretty the year, the snowdrop. formed throughout many years in America leaves or boiled with colorful petals If the receiver does not involve things that do not actually pertain and leaves to die them. find out who the sender to the literal event the holiday is remember- The United States is not the is in a certain amount of ing. Though there are a few images that do only country that has traditional time, they have to give an not particularly relate symbols that date back in history. Easter egg to the sender directly to Jesus and All over the world, people celonce they are revealed. his story, the images ebrate the spring-colored holiday. The most popular event we use in every day The Easter eggs and bunny are pertaining to Easter in Itlanguage that describe very similar to that of America aly is called the Scoppio Easter, have history in Australia. The Sydney Royal del Carro. It is translated behind them. Easter Show that takes places at into “explosion of the The Easter Sydney Olympic Park throughcart.” This celebration Scoppio del Carro bunny is not someout two weeks during the Easter has been popular for the thing that just arose weekend. It is the reflection of Aus- past 300 years. In Florence, an elaborate from nowhere. Actutralia’s rural and farming communi- wagon that was built in 1679, which stands ally, it originated with ties by displaying their livestock and two to three stories high, is pulled by a flothe festival of Eastre. produce. tilla of decorated oxen. Friendly Easter Bunny The history of the pa In Denmark, the Easter egg is the Throughout the world there are gan festival reveals that the Anglo-Saxons most promimany Easter traditions that worshipped the goddess, Eastre through nent symbol we do not know about. In the the form of a rabbit that was her earthly of Easter. midst of chocolate bunnies symbol. The Germans brought the idea of Gækkebreve, and colorful eggs, we must the Easter rabbit to America as a symbol also known not forget the reason for the of Easter, which was not accepted by the as teaser letholiday. By no means, reject Christian society until after the Civil War. ters, are little the things that do not have to With the Easter bunny comes poems or do with Jesus and his resurrecIntricately Decorated Easter Eggs Easter eggs. Traditionally, the idea of them rhymes that tion, but do not uplift them as actually came much before the celebration this country is known for. They are most- something more meaningful than the true of Easter. In the springtime, eggs were ly anonymous, but creatively signed with realization of Jesus’ sacrifice and proof of regularly exchanged as a celebration of dots representing the number of letters in holiness.

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Teacher Feature: Mr. Fugate By Amanda Hochmuth Staff Writer

Mr. Donny Fugate encourages his football team.

Mr. Donny Fugate is in his eighth year of teaching at Valley Christian High School. He teaches a variety of classes in the realm of communications including Radio 1, 2, and 3, Yearbook, and Technical Theater 1, 2, and 2 honors. Mr. Fugate grew up in San Jose surrounded by a loving family. His father is the pastor of Foxworthy Baptist Church and his mother, Mrs. Fugate, teaches Yearbook and Journalism at Valley. He attended Valley Christian during his high school years, graduating with the Class of 1996. While in high school he played many sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, and tennis. Not only did his interests lie in sports, but also with music. He was involved with the marching band and jazz band, as well as the vocal ensemble. After high school, Mr. Fugate received a bachelor’s degree from California Baptist, and later received his Master’s Continued on Page 12

Plans for Spring Break

How-To: Kick Spring Fever

By Christine Byrne Junior Features Editor

By Christine Byrne and Alyssa Tomasello Junior Features and Assistant News Editor

Spring Break is a time of rejuvenation and relaxation for high school students across America. Many of you will be at home enjoying fun in the sun, while others will be on vacation in many different parts of the country or even the world. For juniors and seniors this is an excellent time to visit colleges you want to apply to, or have been accepted at. “I’m going to New York, Denver, and Washington! I’m visiting all of the colleges I’ve been accepted to. It’s going to be an exciting trip!” said senior Chris Meyer. Since this break occurs right after the completion of the third quarter, many of our hectic lives need a time of relaxation before the whirl of finals that is rapidly approaching. Many students will use this time to get a jump-start on studying for finals and AP tests. Remember to take care of your body and take time to have some fun in the sun! “I’m going to have a blast surfing Study Time! in the waves,” said

Spring Fever: (n.) A feeling of restlessness, excitement, or laziness brought on by the coming of spring.

Catch some sun at the beach.

senior Aidan Lenihan. Spring is in the air, and since we live in the beautiful state of California, the sun has come out and shown its face! “Spring break is the first time I get to hit the beach and catch some rays!” exclaimed junior Alyssa Tomasello. This Spring Break, try something new. Challenge yourself to learn how to wakeboard, take surfing lessons, or plan a day trip to a new place with your friends! Whatever you decide to do over this upcoming week, remember to have fun and stay safe!

This is the time to kick in those extra gears; the year is almost finished! It is way too soon to check out for the year; you still have an entire quarter to finish up! Don’t let all the hard work that you have done go to waste in the short spring months. Here is a simple guide to get you through this stressful time. Step 1: Kick off those Uggs and unzip those heavy jackets; spring is here and so is the heat wave. Trade your bulky clothing for adorable shorts, dresses, and tanks. Don’t forget the golden rule: Flip Flops are a must! Step 2: It may sound enticing to spend your entire day basking in the golden sun, but instead, get your work done early so that you can have the entire evening to

relax in the outdoors. If the work load is simply too much, take short breaks in between to satisfy your craving for the spring time weather. Step 3: Show off your new springtime clothing, with a day at the beach with your crew! Spend the day building sand castles, jumping in the waves and tanning in the sun. After sunset, finish the day off with a bonfire. It’s a great little prequel to the long summer nights ahead. It’s that time of year when the weather changes and your mind races to the coming months of summer. But be careful; don’t let all those rays get to your brain cells; finals are just around the corner.



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continued from page 1 opportunities. Fathers and daughters were able to challenge each other to games on the Wii, as well as a football throw. However, the most popular part of the night definitely began after dinner, when the music started. The pairs danced to a variety of songs, such as the classic “YMCA” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” and the daughters also enjoyed showing their fathers how to do the “Cha-Cha Slide.” According to junior Leadership student CJ Wrye, “Our goal was to create a fun atmosphere for the fathers and daughters to enjoy together and to treasure the moments that they have.” Overall, the night was a complete success as over 400 fathers and daughters grew closer together and formed memories to last a lifetime.

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Calling All Ladies for Tea Time! By Tori Bergland Features Editor Earl Grey, Caravan, Breakfast, Darjeeling, and Keemun are all popular types of tea. Any of these could be displayed at Valley Christian’s 11th Annual Ladies’ Tea. This wellprepared event is dedicated to the spectacular l a d i e s connected to Valley Christian Schools. The VC Band is hosting it at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 12 at the beautiful Valley campus. There will be entertaining music and yummy refreshments all throughout the afternoon. All ages of ladies are invited, starting at fiveyears-old. There are

Irish, opportunities to be hostesses and/or guests and information is specified on www. As a guest, details pertaining to tickets are also available online or just emailing Debby Grizzle directly at There are Princess Plates available for girls between five and ten years old. Both the Princess Plate and the Adult plate are $20.00. Reservations for guests are due by March 21, 2008 so that those who are preparing are able to do an adequate job. It’s just a heads-up for a fun day for the ladies and their female family members. Don’t miss this awesome bonding opportunity!

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2008 Sock Hop, Just around the Corner By Megan McKinley Staff Writer The casual dance of the spring

Come with your friends to enjoy season has arrived. ASB is putting on the the last casual dance of the year. Even Annual Sock Hop on Saturday April 5. invite friends from other schools to come Dancing will start at 7 pm and will continue to a night packed with dancing, food, through the night and, of course, on the dance dancing. Friends floor, aka the from other “If you don’t have big gymnasium. schools are T h i s a date you could just go encouraged to fun filled dance with friends because at come and join does not require the dance, but all dates or formal this type of dance there’s guests must have attire, but not as much pressure to a guest pass filled apparel should out and turned go with a date.” correspond in. ~Senior, according to J u s t the theme, imagine a night Erin McKinley which will be with friends announced. dancing the night Senior Erin McKinley said that, “If you away to the DJ’s music that stirs up the don’t have a date you could just go with crowd and the professional camera crew friends because at this type of dance there’s will take pictures of friends and capture not as much pressure to go with a date.” all the memories. Just think of all the McKinley also remembers “Last year the laughter and memories you could make jazz band was going to play live with the with your friends. So make sure to save jazz theme, and other previous themes were the date; you won’t want to miss out! “TV Land” and the 50s.”

Mr. Fugate, Star Teacher at Valley Christian continued from page 9 Degree in Mass Communications from San Jose State University. After graduating from college, he began his teaching career. Mr. Fugate’s skills also extend beyond the classroom at Valley. He holds titles as the head JV football coach, assistant varsity soccer coach, theater sound de-

signer, high school sound technician, and producer of the Comcast “Warrior Watch” program. “I really enjoy being able to interact with the students both in the classroom, and on the athletic fields,” stated Fugate. Outside of school, Mr. Fugate

enjoys spending his time playing competitive soccer and softball, golfing with Mr. Lodewyk, and watching various sports games. He is also greatly involved with his church, where he plays drums in the worship band, and interacts as part of an athletics and recreation ministry committee.

Mr. Fugate also dedicates much of his time to planning his upcoming wedding to Valley Christian High School Honors biology teacher and athletic director, Miss Jolene Keel. The couple’s wedding date is set for June 7, 2008.

Opinions Movie Review: College Road Trip By Kaitlyn Baker Assistant News Editor

the wholesomeness of the movie, it is Going to college is lacking in many a very exciting experience areas. The comedic for every student. It is a time personalities of of transition, when a person Raven-Symone and leaves home and enters the Martin Lawrence real world. The experience shine, but they are can be exhilarating…except almost overpowered when your parents aren’t by strange minor quite ready to let you go. plotlines and Disney’s new movie College cheap laughs. And Road Trip humorously although the basic explores how fanatical some idea for the movie parents can get when they was promising, the just can’t seem to let go of writers tried much the reigns on their children too hard to prove a as they go off to college. simple message, and The new family comedy College Road College Road Trip is sure to get a few laughs out of anyone who has been on a road trip with their family. the ending of the movie seemed Trip, which premiered on too sappy. March 7, tells the story of College Road Trip probably In all, you do not need to run to high school senior Melanie Porter, played won’t be breaking any box-office records by Raven-Symone, as she excitedly looks or winning awards, but it is nice to see a the theatres to check out this movie, but forward to her independence as a college decent, clean movie in theatres these days. for all seniors out there who are about student. She plans to go on a college road The movie definitely has some quirky, to go into panic mode when it comes to trip with her best friends to scope out Disney-style corny moments, but it is sure choosing a college, this movie can surely prospective schools. All goes according to to get a few laughs out of anyone who has add some humor to the situation. Senior plan until her father, a paranoid police chief been on a road trip with their family. As Erin McKinley said, “If you are at the played by Martin Lawrence, decides that opposed to his role in last month’s crude time in your life when you’re going to he wants to take her on the road trip instead. comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, visit colleges and you have a control-freak Melanie’s fun-filled, “girls-only” road trip Martin Lawrence’s G-rated humor in parent(s), go see this movie and enjoy some becomes a never-ending nightmare as she College Road Trip should be appreciated laughs because it is a direct representation and her dad embark on a comical adventure by Christian moviegoers. Now, aside from of your situation.” to find the perfect school.

6 Reasons the 21st Century is making you Miserable! By Chris Meyer Contributing Writer Adapted from article by David Wong

With the advent of wireless communication, text messaging, email, and all the ways to communicate with each other that involves communication with people we never see, people have steadily found themselves more and more miserable, and there are 6 reasons for this... 1. We don’t have enough interesting people in our lives. Seriously, we no longer have to listen to an old man ramble about the golden years while silently cringing on the inside. Now we just pop in the iPod and off we go.  And because of this, we no longer know how to deal with extraordinary individuals, and that makes us very irritable.  Amazingly, these characters help keep us happy!

2. Texting is not the ideal way to communicate.  As it turns out, about 40% of every email or text is misunderstood, and anyone who participates in an online community regularly can attest to this vehemently.  The problem is that you really don’t know whether you are compatible or incompatible with someone or whether they just misunderstand 40% of what you say all the time.  Of course you can try to make up for it with 8 dozen friends on Myspace but the

problem is… 3. Online company only makes us lonelier. When you speak to someone face to face, nearly 90% of your conversation is all in body language! You don’t wait for that girl to say she likes you; it’s in the way she acts and holds herself around you.  When we live in the online world we see none of that and we can easily become confused by what is said because we cannot see the meaning in the person behind the screen. And our moods don’t tend to change when we only text. We interpret things based on our mood, so of course we never feel better, because we keep reading questionable things said to us! With virtual communication, all too often the context of the conversation can be grossly misunderstood. Digital messages can be completely different things when taken out of context; in contrast, faceto-face communication provides a better gage of one’s true thoughts.  This leads to point...

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Ryan’s Random Reflections ~An Editorial~ By Ryan Eshoff Editor-in-Chief

Former New York Yankees catcher and manager, legendary social philosopher, and connoisseur of the paradoxical Yogi Berra once pontificated that “You can observe a lot just by watching.” Berra’s logic, usually rife with inexplicable absurdities, actually carries a legitimate quantity of valuable insight. As my high school career draws near to its conclusion, I think its important to reflect on all the entities, influences, and information I have absorbed throughout my tenure at Valley Christian. Bible classes have proven to be an extremely valuable resource, teaching me that exegesis does not mean “Christ’s outer skeleton,” and that it is never too late to apologize. Meanwhile, the probability that I would make it through four years of math was significantly low. Mathematics and I were a worse match than Simon Cowell and Joel Osteen. For myself, taking a math class every year of high school was a 4-gone conclusion. However, in hindsight, I realize that I took in more out of all my classes than Joey Chestnut does at Fresh Choice. Don’t let yourself be fooled by what you view as your own personal shortcomings. If you should share in my good fortune of having AP English and AP Comparative Government back-to-back, you can quite literally weigh the prose and Khans of what you are taking in. You will learn that an apostrophe is more than just an object of punctuation, it also means to address someone or something that is not present. Therefore, it only makes sense that the opposite of apostrophe would be not addressing people that are present. Of course, this would be considered a coma, which for some strange reason is one ‘m’ short of the word ‘comma,’ which just happens to the opposite of an apostrophe. Whew. I love the English language. These last four years really have been a lesson in observation. It is often necessary to take a step back, and embrace what you are learning. It can’t hurt, can it? In reflecting on this roller-coaster account, I’m reminded of another quote by Berra, a deified raconteur of English rhetoric. “I didn’t really say everything I said.”


Music Review – American Idol

By Arman M. Zadeh

The hit show American Idol on Fox has attracted fans not only from our nation, but from across the world. American Idol has produced artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Clay Aiken and helped catapult them into the music industry. Each contestant is faced with adversity throughout the show. Many people are attracted to the show because of the popular judges: Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell. Each judge has a particularly unique character and personality. Sophomore Melody Makhfi had some rather harsh opinions on the three American Idol judges: “Paula is way too nice. Simon is just an act. He just wants all the publicity. I think it’s a joke because now every judge with an English accent is trying to be mean. Randy? Well all I have to say is ‘whoof whoof!’” I surveyed students at Valley Christian and asked who their favorite American Idol contestant was. The survey indicated that the most admired contestant was David Archuleta. Archuleta received 12 out of the 25 votes in the survey, and seems to be the fan favorite. Ruben Studdard from season two received two votes, as did Clay Aiken. One of the most successful American Idol contestants, Kelly Clarkson, also received two votes. The infamous William Hung received one vote, while Brooke White and Taylor Hicks each received two votes. I was interested to find out what people thought of American Idol this season. The show is currently in the midst


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of its 7th season and continues to improve. “I honestly think that this season is the best season so far. And… I like David,” blushes freshman Lindsay Cole. Junior Stephen Lam believes that the reason American Idol attracts so many people is that “it gives people belief that they, too, could be superstars.” Personally, I agree with that statement whole-heartedly. One prime example is the legendary Hung from season three. He was just a nerdy engineer who had a dream of singing. Did he have any singing talent? No, none whatsoever. When asked about Hung, sophomore Chris Nolan remarked, “he bangs!” Sophomore Jordan Kuschel thinks that the biggest bust in the show’s history was Sanjaya. For those of you who think that American Idol is falling off its horse, wake up! The show is only getting more interesting to the fans and more inspiring to the contestants. People have dreams of becoming someone known in the music industry, and American Idol is the gateway to their fantasy. With millions and millions of people watching and participating in the show each week, American Idol will continue to cement itself as a staple of American pop culture.

Thoughts On Education...

“I never let school get in the way of my education.” – Mark Twain

By Kaitlyn Baker and Caitlin Mulvihill Assistant News Editor and Opinions Editor In our society, there is a strong that are gained through school is not the only emphasis on education. But what does it mean to be educated? What is the value of an education? Mark Twain’s comment raises an important point that many people have a tendency to disregard: that school shouldn’t represent the full extent of a person’s education. No one can deny that there is value in receiving an education in a classroom setting. In school, students learn a multitude of skills that are important to their lives. They learn how to communicate effectively, how to solve problems, and how to wisely interpret situations and events. Students gain an understanding of how the world works and learn how to interpret it. By completing a college education, students can work at good jobs that will allow them to lead comfortable lives. However, the facts and information

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part of education. While students certainly learn a lot in school, they learn just as much by life experiences outside of school. If students only focus on their homework, projects, and grades, they will miss out on other important experiences. Because there is such a high priority placed on things like grades and SAT scores, students sometimes ignore the broader scope of life and instead focus on temporary assessments of their knowledge. But there are certain skills that school can’t be exclusively responsible for teaching. Students should consider a broader understanding of the world to be an education, which includes their gaining an experience of the world beyond the classroom. It can be tempting to get wrapped up in studying for tests, but it’s important not to forget that there is more to learning than grades!

4. We don’t get criticized enough.  Yep, that is what’s really bad about not having close friends.  We don’t ever get real constructive criticism.  If someone on the Internet critiques you, you don’t think twice about it because they just don’t know you. The problem lies in the fact that this is the only criticism we ever get.  If your best friend criticized you, you might at least care enough about their opinion to find out why they think so!  We never really have those awkward “everyone is mad at you for what you said, but no one wants to say anything” conversations.  Email and texting are great ways to avoid these conversations because we can answer when we choose to and measure all of our words very carefully.  But how about the words we are bombarded with daily... 5. We are victims of the Outrage Machine. Public outrage generates publicity. That is a fact because we thrive on the world’s bad news. Many people say, “Of course I’m depressed! People are starving! America is turning Fascist! My parents watch obscure television shows and talk about them for hours afterward! People are dying in controversial wars all over the world!”  We may have Iraq, but our parents had Vietnam (which killed 50 times the number of people) and their

parents had World War II (which killed 1,000 times as many). We are physically better off in every way possible and yet we have a far worse outlook on the world than our parents or grandparents! The fact is, news sites and shows are competing for viewers, and outrage makes people interested so that is what they give to the people.  The mass media is gone because truly we all get different news from different places.  There was a time when there was one news program and we all interpreted it differently.  Now we all see different news from different places!  No one seems to know what is really going on at all! And finally, number 6… 6. We feel worthless because in the online world, we actually are worth less.  One advantage of an online relationship is that they simply demand less from you.  With online friendship, absent are all the responsibilities involved in a true bond. Gone is true accountability to each other.  In the online world you have so much more control and can avoid all those issues... But do you really want to?  If you really want to get out of the control of the “online pit,” do something tangible, like cleaning out the gutter, planting a flower, or talking to a person face to face!  The feeling of accomplishment or friendship can’t be given by anything on the Internet.

Delano “Del” Damron A Realtor Who Cares and Has For Over 30 Years! 92.7% Current … I bet you’ve never seen this headline in any recent media coverage of the real estate market. Yet it is a fact, 92.7 percent of all mortgages in the United States are current. What’s more, the “subprime mortgage crisis” refers to a tiny portion of sub-prime mortgages. They are only a fraction of all mortgages, and the vast majority of these are current. • Percent of U.S. mortgages that are current 92.7% • Percent of U.S. mortgages that are sub-prime 13.2% • Percent of sub-prime mortgages that are current 76.8% Source: Mortgage Bankers Association, 3Q07 Report

Crises may sell newspapers, but I conduct business based on market realities. Clients are enjoying historically low mortgage rates. Creditworthy buyers can easily find attractive mortgage packages. If you are considering selling or buying a home, call me. Get the facts. And make your decision based on Bay Area market reality. Win a $25 Gift Card for Jamba Juice! I am giving away 2 ($25) gift cards! I have 3 granddaughters at Valley Christian High School, if you are the first two people to contact me with their names you win!! Here’s a clue…2 of them play basketball 1 collects money…

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The Bigger Man: Man of Integrity By Adam Hill Sports Editor

It was a broken leg that ended his high school football career as part of a powerhouse football program. For this two-sport athlete, the golf season promises to be a successful one. Senior Matt Warnock is still recovering from his injury on special teams against Archbishop Riordan when the helmet of senior teammate, Kevin Tamura, hit Warnock in the leg, breaking his tibia and fibula. Despite 4 months of rehab, he is still progressing and able to begin his final season of golf as a part of Valley Christian. His involvement and support with the public and school has been above

and beyond. Warnock was even honored on High School Sports Focus for his community service in Mexico for building houses. His involvements on the school’s campus have been anything but hidden. He also participates in ASB as Internal Affairs alongside senior Anna Calderon. Warnock is the founder of the school’s newly created student section, Warrior Nation. His dedication to the school has been shown by his appearances at almost every sporting event, home or away. “He represents Valley Christian well,” stated head coach Ken Shamanski. “He has his principles in order. He’s a man

of principles, and a godly man.” As captain of the golf team, Warnock has led many friends, students and people that might not even know him in a positive direction. Senior Nick Nielsen mentioned, “He’s a good family guy; he’s a good older brother that you could look up to.” Warnock is also a scholar athlete who has plans of attending the University of the Pacific and entering the field of dentistry. His actions have not done anything but benefit those around him. His hard work ethic has progressed him into succeeding athletically and academically.

Track and Field Up and Running By Joe Garcia

Warriors Tame the Lions Again By Chris Meyer

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

Through months of hard training, track finally had its first meet on March 5, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors competed against the Saint Ignatius Wildcats in an energetic and intense duel meet. The meet was at S.I. and the months of hard work finally paid off for all the athletes on the track team. The order of the events in a track meet is as follows: the 4X1 relay, 1600m run, 110, 100, 65m hurdles, 400m dash, 100m dash, 800m run, 300m hurdles, 200m dash, 3200m run, and the 1600 relay. At the same time of the running events, the jumping events are also going on. The order of these events are: long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, and discus. Within all theses events the girls varsity goes first, girls junior varsity is second, boys varsity is third, and last is boys frosh-soph. The dual meets can go on from 2:30 to 6:30 and invitational meets may last the whole day. The track team is pretty big this year with 80 athletes and 5 coaches. Head coach, Tammie Marshall and Coach Tyler Mariucci train the short distance runners and jumpers during practice. Coach Jeff Ullom and Coach Jerry Hitchman run the throwing practice and Ullom also operates high jump. Coach Josh Small runs the long distance program. Through the intense training and the hard work of the athletes, the Warriors are trying to become better individually and as a team. Sophomore Hailee Stanton

Senior Matt Warnock shows off his culinary skills.

Senior Patrick Kern spins to release the discus with everything he has.

said, “Track is hard work and I hope my times reflect how hard I trained.” Training started in mid-January and the track program hopes to compete in over 20 meets. This combines duel

meets and invitationals and the WCAL championships. The elite Warrior runners hope to go to CCS and eventually the state meet. Standout runners such as

The Valley Christian Warriors Ice Hockey opened their season against the Peninsula Lions on Sunday, January 13, 2007 with a 5-1 win. Although the score seems to show an easy win for Valley, it was a well-earned win by the Warriors. The first period was hard fought with no scoring for either side, and solid goalkeeping on both sides of the ice kept the scoreboard silent. Both teams played solid, conservative defense and generated few chances for scoring. The second period started with the Lions scoring on a strong breakaway by Kevin Hyle. The Warriors answered a few minutes later with a goal by freshman defenseman Tommy Nourie, assisted by Sean McMaster. Sixty seconds later Daniel Connell scored another goal assisted by Marco Gagliardi and Tommy Nourie. Valley continued to press the attack into first minute of the third period with another goal by Daniel Connell who was assisted by Anthony Bradley and Marco Gagliardi. The Warriors scored yet again with less than six minutes later, with Marco Gagliardi garnering his 3rd point of the game and Anthony Bradley earning his 2nd assist. Valley sealed their victory with a goal, just 2 minutes left in the game by Max Vallis and assisted by Daniel Connell and Anthony Bradley earning his 3rd assist. Valley opened with an excellent showing that this year the Warriors are in no way diminished from last year. Valley plays again on March 19 at 7 p.m. against the Bellarmine Bells. The team is currently led by Anthony Bradley, Daniel Connell, and Marco Gagliardi at 3 points each. All games are played at the Sharks Ice at San Jose (formerly Logitech Ice).

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Warrior Wrestling Wrap Up By Alyssa Tomasello Junior News Editor

On February 29 through March 1, Valley Christian wrestling made their way to the highly anticipated Central Coast Section Wrestling Championships at Independence High School. The double elimination event hosted the top wrestlers from 76 high schools throughout the section. This grueling tournament is the toughest event of the season. It has been said that CCS separates the good from the great. Valley Christian High School bred

several of the great wrestlers of the section. VC qualified four wrestlers into the section. Juniors Jordan Osuna, Peipe James, Chris Tozer, and senior Charlie Galaviz wrestled to the best of their abilities. The Warriors had high hopes of qualifying for State Championships. Valley Christian wrestlers not only achieved many of their goals, but exceeded them and positioned Valley Christian High School as a legitimate wrestling powerhouse

within the Central Coast Section. Valley Christian took 3rd place in the section in the Academic Scholastic Excellence with and accumulative GPA of 3.517. This was an awesome feat for VC and it demonstrated the Quest for Excellence. Additionally, Valley finished 6th with Most Pins. Valley wrestlers pinned eleven opponents during a time span of twenty-five minutes and twenty seconds. Overall, the Warriors placed 10th in the section in total team points. This

is an amazing accomplishment, seeing that Valley Christian brought only four wrestlers. Tozer, James and Galaviz placed in the top six spots of their weight classes. James and Galaviz also qualified for the State Championships in Bakersfield. Valley Christian Warriors put forth a fantastic effort this season and demonstrated that they are truly an upcoming force to be reckoned with. Congratulations to the coaches and wrestlers of the team.


Thursday, March 20, 2008


JV Boys Tennis Continues Exile Rugby Tops Bells to Stay Strong By Jeff Mueller By Erica Parker & Joyce Chen

Staff Writer

Staff Writers

Ah, spring! The beginning of brand new sports and unexpected talent; and the JV boys tennis has made it clear that they are highly talented boys. With two wins under their belts, they are hoping to become one of the best JV tennis teams in Valley Christian history. In their very first game of the season against Sacred Heart Cathedral, the JV boys dominated their opponents by winning 5-2. This was the first time Coach Terry McElhatton has coached JV tennis, winning their first game. Ninth grade singles player, Evan Loo said, “Playing against other schools is a lot of fun, especially when we win. Though it is challenging, with hard work, and a team’s effort, we can do anything.” Evan hopes to have many more wins in the

future. Winning his first match and second match, Loo is excited for their upcoming matches against Riordan, St. Ignatius, and Kings Academy. In league play, Bellarmine Preparatory School beat the JV Warriors 7-0. Their recent game against St. Francis Cathedral was an upsetting knock out. Losing 6-1, the VC boys went home with sadness and determination. This year’s JV boys tennis team has 14 boys ranging from freshmen to juniors. The JV team won their second game against Serra. The JV boys team is ready to work harder during practice and persevere their goals during their upcoming matches. They look forward to a good season.

Boys Varsity Tennis Grind Out for Wins By Eric Nguyen

Photography Editor

are planning a It’s a new comeback. After year for Valley their training trip Christian’s tennis at Fresno’s tennis team and it looks tournament, they good. With a are raising their season start of a 4 game and ready to – 3 win, the team play. is expecting a good After the season. During the tournament, Valley match against Sacred suffered a close Heart Cathedral, loss to St. Francis the Warriors took by 5-2. But came singles one’s, singles back with a victory two’s, singles three’s, over Riordan 7-0. and doubles one’s Hopefully there matches. Bryan will be more good Trieu, Matt Issaco, news to come. and Taylor Perkins, Also this year, Valley Christian’s there has been top three singles, all a change in the won with the taste of league settings. In bagel... meaning they all won with at least Sophomore Bryan Trieu is ready to take the next hit! the past there were one 6 – 0 victory, not giving their opponent always five singles and two doubles but this year they changed it to four singles even a chance to win. In the past, Valley Christian has and three doubles. This also gives Valley been looked down on for tennis, but this a better edge since now what they lacked year they are coming with brute force. in USTA ranked players, are now made up Although the follow up games with Serra with collaboration of partners. Overall this year will be a bright and Bellermine, Valley did not do as well but with the next games coming up, they one so look out for the tennis team.

JV Boys Volleyball By Alyssa Berding Junior Sports Editor It’s volleyball season again and the JV boys have been working hard to prepare for their pre-season matches. Led by Coach Tammy Anders, the Warriors are hoping to be ready for the tough competition they will be facing throughout the season, especially in the West Catholic League. On February 28, the Warriors kicked off their season with a home opener against Mt. Madonna. All of their intense practices finally paid off and the boys rose above their opponents, capturing a 2-1 victory. Next, the Warriors faced off against Leigh High School on March 4 and hoped to add a second win to their record. Unfortunately, they struggled to establish a strong presence on the net and fell behind. Unable to recover, the Warriors lost to the Longhorns, 2-0. On March 5, the Warriors traveled to Westmont High School for another pre-season match-up.

Striving for a win, the boys played hard, but unfortunately it was not enough. In the end, the Warriors fell to Westmont, 2-0. The Warriors traveled to St. Ignatius High School for their first W.C.A.L. league game of the season on March 6. The boys played strong and pulled out a win in one of the games, propelling the match to a tie-breaking third game. Unfortunately, the Warriors fell short and suffered a disappointing loss, 2-1. On March 11, the Warriors took on the Mitty Monarchs and struggled to stay strong on serve-receive, which largely affected their offensive opportunities at the net. The Monarchs surged ahead, leaving the Warriors unable to recover, and captured a victory, 2-0. With their season just getting underway, the JV Warriors have been working very hard in both practices and games to be competitive in the difficult W.C.A.L. and have a successful season.

The South Bay Exiles, a rugby team headed by Valley Christian technology director and coach Mike Annab, have had a struggling but promising year. Through the leadership of senior captain Scott Cody, a former VC student who now attends Santa Teresa High School, and senior captain Byron Edrington, the Exiles are on their way to being a force to be reckoned with. The Exiles started out the season with an annual tournament called the Kickoff Tournament. This gathering consists of high level rugby teams from all over the nation, including a team from Canada. “This amazing opportunity,” commented Annab, “gave the guys a chance to see the level of competition from all over the nation, which was especially great for the newcomers.” The team did well during the tournament, and each player looked forward to the future games as a tightly grouped squad. Annab added that, “I told the guys that they need to become unified in order to be successful. We have so many guys from different schools, so building relationships is a must and will translate to our play on the field. So far, they have done that, and I must say that the camaraderie, which is part of the rugby culture, is excellent.” In reply to Coach Annab’s comment, senior Justin Pantages said, “Despite hitting, camaraderie is the best part of playing rugby.” One of the biggest accomplishments for the team, in connection through Valley Christian, was the domination of Bellarmine’s rugby

team. Each year, VC’s teams in many of the sports seem to struggle against Bellarmine’s tough performances. However, the Exiles displayed their determination in a 28-5 win over the highly praised school. Senior Christian de Leon, who kicks the pointafter after a score, commented, “The Bellarmine game was awesome! I’ve never had so much fun hitting and destroying a Bellarmine team. Any other sport wouldn’t be able to destroy Bellarmine like we did in rugby. I’m proud of that fact.” Christian, who is playing in his first year of rugby, displayed his kicking power by nailing a 45-yard point-after that was directed near the sideline earlier this year. The Exiles’ latest game, which was March 8 against Peninsula Green, was an unfortunate loss for the team. Despite going into the game determined to win, Pen Green was able to come out on top. Annab stated that, “Pen Green is one of the toughest teams I’ve seen. They take players from San Mateo High School and Serra High School, and most of them are football players.” Edrington commented, “It’s been tough. We really need to focus on becoming one as a team, and everyone has to show commitment. Without that, I’m really not sure how much we will be able to get done.” Upcoming for the Exiles is East Palo Alto on March 15. Some of the other teams that the Exiles faced off against during the preseason were Tri Valley High School, Davis High School, Marin Highlanders, and Live Oak.

Varsity Volleyball By Liz Fleming Junior News Editor

The boys varsity volleyball team third 25-16. But the boys pulled through has started off strong this season, opening once again in the fourth to win. On March with one tourament championship and 11, the Valley Christian Warriors hosted the Mitty Monarchs in another exciting several big wins. Their season kicked off on WCAL match. The Warriors started off February 28 with a 3-1 victory over Mt. slow, dropping a close game one 25-27. Madonna. The match started off close, but The team persevered during the next three Valley came through with several clutch games to close the match with a Valley plays at the end to win the first game 29- victory, winning 25-23, 25-21, 25-20. The 27. Junior Erik Holden had 14 kills, while boys advanced to a 2-0 record in league and sophomore Kyle Gerrans led the defense an overall record of 5-0. They next traveled from the back row. The boys once again to Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 13. proved their skill in the second, winning Valley closed out their first week of WCAL 26-24. The third game continued to be a 3-0, with an impressive 3-1 victory over battle for both teams, but unfortunately, the the Irish. On Saturday, the varsity boys Warriors could not close out in the end, and traveled to Willow Glen High School faltered enough to drop game three 26-24, for their first tournament of the season. Valley started the but recovered to morning with pool win the fourth play, defeating easily 25-14. Westmont and San With one win Benito. They next under their belt, faced Saratoga the team geared High School, up to face Leigh but despite their on March 4. The aggressive play, boys proved to they dropped their be too much for first match of the the Longhorns, Varsity Volleyball team gathers before game to get season 2 games and easily won the pumped up! to 1. They proved match 3-0. Their next match was against Westmont on their dominance once again with a 2-0 win March 5. The Westmont Warrior team over the host team, Willow Glen. They came out strong against Valley Christian, played their familiar WCAL rivals from and managed to scrape by in a close win 25- Sacred Heart Cathedral again in the semi23 in the first game. The Valley Warriors finals. Emerging from the match with a came back fighting hard and won the next 2-1 victory, the Warriors moved into the three consecutive games 25-19, 25-18, 26- finals to face Aptos. The team swept the 24. Senior Devin Rigg notched 13 kills. Mariners 2-0 to claim their first tournament The team advanced to league with a 3-0 championship of the season. Senior Devin record, and prepared for their first match Rigg received MVP honors. He led the against Saint Ignatius. The Warriors came team with 46 kills, 11 service aces, and 32 out strong in the first two games, winning defensive digs throughout the course of the easily 25-13, 25-17. Unfortunately, they fell tournament. Teammate Jay Henderson behind in the third and could not overcome was named to the all-tournament team, an aggressive SI offense, dropping the contributing 31 assists as well as 18 kills.


Thursday, March 20, 2008


Jv Boys Swimming Season Has Begun


By Chris Meyers Staff Writer

The season has begun with a burst for the JV boys swim team. The boys are getting ready for an exciting season. Their skills were put to a test when they competed in a practice meet at San Benito High School. “The team has a great mix

of experience and young talent and I am excited to watch the progress of the inexperienced players as they learn how to play with experienced players,” stated JV coach, Caleb Carlson. This season holds great promise for the boys and

they trained hard but were bested slightly by Bellarmine. During the meet, spirits remained high as the boys kept focused and determined. Even in the blistering heat, they enjoyed the experience that will allow them to get better in the future

Girls Swimming Makes a Splash By Liz Fleming

as they persevere and bring stronger, fiercer and faster competition to every meet. In addition to their perseverance is the impressive fortitude of the mostly freshmen swim squad. Carlson is proud of these fantastic and hardworking boys.

Dive In!

By Aiden Lenihan Staff Writer

Junior News Editor season Jamie Walitsch For the swim team at Valley their s c h e d u l e . in the 100 Christian High School, the day begins T h e Back and 100 bright and early with 5 a.m. practice. team next faced Fly, and senior Despite the early hour, wind, and frigid the Panthers of Alex Wells in morning temperature, the Lady Warriors P r e s e n t a t i o n the 500 Free. demonstrate dedication and uphold the High School The JV Lady Warrior standard of excellence every on March Wa r r i o r s morning. Coaches Cathy Manthey and 13. Standout represent a Kyle Kikuta, hope to guide the team to performances wealth of new success this season both in and out of league. from talent for the Their season kicked off on came s o p h o m o r e Valley Christian February 13, with a scrimmage against J a m i e A t h l e t i c San Benito. The Warriors dominated the Walitsch, who D e p a r t m e n t . meet, sweeping the Bailers. Although this won the 100 The girls are win does not officially count towards their Back event and excited and standings, the pre-season victory gave the senior Alex motivated for girls the confidence to move strongly into The varsity girls are ready to take on their season. Wells, who took the season, and first in the 500 Free. Valley Christian’s feature a roster of nearly 30 swimmers! In 400 Free Relay team also won their event. their first scrimmage against San Benito Despite several outstanding performances, on February 13, the girls showed their the Lady Warriors fell short to the promise, and defeated the Bailers. Geared Panthers 99-86. As of the meet, five of up for their first league match on March the Lady Warriors have qualified for CCS. 13, the girls entered with great enthusiasm. Senior Ciki Coetsee in the 200 Although they did not win the meet, the Free and 100 Fly, junior Grace Anderson team showed great improvement, and look for the 50 Free and 100 Free, senior forward to their next challenge against Sophomore Kiley Gunter and the girls swim team Lauren Cutler in the 50 Free, sophomore Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 19. stays strong throuhougt pre-season.

Diving is in full swing, with a new coach, the team is looking to make great strides off last year’s successful season. With the first meet against Bellarmine power house, they were looking to break the Bells 16-year winning streak. However Bellarmine’s USC bound diver Robbie Taylor proved to be too much for the VC squad to handle. However senior Trevor Kerth got an impressive second to the Bells.

Trevor Kerth makes an impressive dive during the meet against Bellarmine.

Boys Varsity Swimming Nearly Sinks Bells By Aiden Lenihan Staff Writer

With swimming in full swing, the varsity boys squad is looking very promising. With a great practice meet against San Benito, they moved into league looking to end Bellarmine’s 16-year winning streak. Despite their tremendous effort, they ended up losing 86-100, which is the closest anyone has come in the last 7 years. There were tremendous swims all around, but some standouts include sophomore Daniel Tan’ s 2nd in the 200 freestyle, junior Michael Langdon’s 3rd in the 500 freestyle, as well as senior Kevin Parizi’s 200 IM and 100 back, and sophomore Shayne Fleming 100 freestyle. The Warriors are looking forward to WCAL finals where they will once again try to end the Bell’s 16-year winning streak.

Senior Kevin Parizi swims the 200IM for the varsity Warriors. The Warriors begin their season with a meet at Bellermine on March 13.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 SPORTS 18 THE WARRIOR Varsity Varsity Baseball Dominates In Pre-Season Girls Basketball

By David Henderson Staff Writer

in NorCal

Opening the season off with San prospect pitcher, Barroclaugh. Expecting Benito is a huge task for the Warriors to to shut down the Warriors with his high overcome, but considering their victory velocity fastball, he could not stop Valley over the Haybalers last year in the CCS from executing their bunts, and consistent championship base hits. The game, there Warriors once was a high again won this possibility that game with small they would ball, defense, repeat this game and pitching with a win. which is how Valley Christian Coach John started the game Diatte wants off with strong his team to play. defensive play The final score and outstanding of the game pitching from ended up 5-0. senior Anthony Next, on Kupbens. Valley’s list The Warriors was Santa won this game Cruz. Kupbens Junior Nick Backlund slides safely into second base. because of their pitched a offensive game called “small ball.” A phenomenal game by throwing a no hitter disputable foul ball call is what gave San through the sixth inning. Once again Benito their two runs, but besides that play Valley’s strong defense held Santa Cruz the Warriors were flawless. Valley won the with only two runs and Valley had four game 5-2 showing the teams in CCS that blooper hits that earned them five runs. the Warriors are here to stay. The Warriors pulled off another win with After the huge win against the the score of 5-2 and hoping to keep their Haybalers, Valley had to regroup and undefeated streak alive against Wilcox. prepare for their next game against Live This time when the Warriors Oak. The Warriors started the game off played Wilcox they were prepared as ever, down 5-0 because they did not play their and gave the opposing team no chance of best until later in the game. In the fifth victory. Santa Clara bound pitcher, Jon inning the Warriors made a comeback by Hughes threw a no hitter through the fifth scoring five runs off of playing small ball inning, and racked up eleven strikeouts. again. Then in the seventh inning, catcher Valley scored three runs in the first and Jeremy Howard was on second base with second inning setting the tone for the rest of two outs. The next batter hit a ground ball the game. Valley breezed through Wilcox to the first baseman for a routine out, but with a 12-0 win, and Valley still remained the ball was bobbled by the first baseman undefeated. and without hesitation, Howard rounded The Warriors went into the Mike third and hustled home. He was called safe Hazlet tournament expecting to come out as the Warriors pull out of the game against with three wins, but instead suffered their Live Oak with a 5-6 victory. first lost of the season. There were many After the emotional win against calls that could have gone both ways, but in Live Oak, Valley had to face Wilcox’s D1 this game the calls favored Mitty. Playing

By Adam Hill Sports Editor

good ball the Warriors scored three runs, but in the process they allowed Mitty to score six runs. The game ended with the final score of 6-3 and a Mitty victory. Valley beat Aptos with pitching and defense. Kupbens threw a one hitter, Hughes got the save, and Anderson had good control of his changeup. It was a good game, good defense. Valley drove up to play the power offense from St. Ignatius. Valley let Kupbens throw, hoping that he could calm down the opponents offensive production, and he did just that, only allowing three runs the whole game. Surprisingly, the Warriors had more than just small ball this game; instead senior shortstop, Mike Reiling, and Hughes both hit home runs to keep Valley ahead and the energy high. Howard once again came through on offense by hitting a huge double off the wall to start the Wa r r i o r ’s rally. Valley defeated St. Ignatius by the score of 10-3. T h e next game Casey Shears guns the fast runner V a l l e y out at first base. p l a y e d was against St. Mary’s of Stockton. The Warriors decided to pitch the youngster Danny Davis. He held St. Mary’s with only two runs, and small ball once again provided Valley with all of their runs. Senior Casey Shears came through with great offensive hits in this game, along with two other Valley players who had three hits this game. Valley hosts the Crown Classic Tournament that begins this Saturday and runs through all of next week.

Undefeated in PreSeason JV

Despite the extremely small 16man roster, this year’s JV baseball team has jumped to an undefeated streak to begin their season. With huge blowout wins over Santa Clara, Wilcox and Aptos, there are some standouts among these games. In sophomore Thomas Reynolds’ first 10 innings, he only allowed 1 hit and picked up 3 wins. Sophomore James Yoder has been sidelined recently by a knee problems, allowing Ben Christian the time at shortstop. Christian had a nice barehanded snug at shortstop, after a scorching groundball took a late bounce up toward his head. League began last Tuesday against St. Francis and they were able to pull off an easy victory. Huge hitter and solid pitcher, Stevie Thompson had the start against S.I. and held them to 1 run until late in the game, when relievers Christian and others came in, as S.I. pulled ahead.

By Jonathan Lampkin Staff Writer


good baseball, personally and as a team.” The freshman boys baseball team is now continuing on a streak that The boys outscored their opponents 31-7 has put other freshmen teams to shame. in the last 3 games. They even had a single They look to be one of the best freshmen inning that lasted over an hour and a half, boys baseball teams ever and have proved according to reports, in which they scored this so far. They are continuing on a 6-0 16 runs. The boys also streak. The team They look to be one of the best trampled over baseball has an amazing freshmen boys baseball teams ever. powerhouse De La Salle in a double outfield filled with players such as freshmen Shawon Dunston header in which they beat Elk Grove in the Jr., Jerrick Morales and many other latter. The boys have now been very talented outfielders. The ace of their pitching staff this season looks to be Jason submerged into the craziness of which we McCracken who has already thrown a few call the WCAL. They have now started games. McCracken proved his importance league with a 1-0 record and look to keep with his outstanding curve ball, which going undefeated. There next game will gave him the upper hand in many battles place them against St. Ignatius on Saturday at 3:30 P.M. at Los Arboles resulting in multiple strikeouts. Freshman Ryan Capozza said, This season the boys have played amazing ball with Dunston noting, “We “All of us are playing pretty good. The have outscored our opponents by 25 runs coaches are good and the games have been in their first 3 games. We are just playing definitely going our way.”

Continued from page 1 As the heavy favorites in this matchup, the Girls Basketball hudle before the game. Warriors were expected to dominate and they did not disappoint. The game plan was to capitalize on their own quickness and their seemingly everlasting stamina and run their opponents into the ground. Starting out the first quarter with a 127 lead, the Warriors continued to pull further and further ahead and went on to run away with the game. Endurance paved the way for the Warriors’ victory, as their opponents failed to keep up in spite of their deep bench. Junior Amy Griffith was the game’s standout with an impressive 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. Her strong post-play opened up important offensive options for the Warriors. A force on defense, junior Jazzmyne Ross had a key steal in the late first quarter and jumpstarted a Warrior 12-0 run. The Warriors’ hard work and teamwork was rewarded, as they successfully defended their C.C.S. title, 50-34. The Warriors have definitely made a name for themselves in the world of elite high school basketball and have proved their strength as a team to push their way to the top. Continuing on to the first round of Nor Cal, the Lady Warriors took on Yreka High School in their home-gym on March 4. The girls did not waste any time and established a solid lead early in the game, ending the first half with a score of 25-6. Griffith had another strong game with 17 points and sophomore guard AJ Newton’s quickness opened up a number of offensive opportunities for herself and her team. The Warriors dominated up to the end and finished the game, 64-29. Moving on to the Nor cal semifinals on March 6, the Lady Warriors faced St. Patrick- St. Vincent and hoped to redeem themselves after losing to them in a disappointing Nor Cal game last year. At the start of the game, the girls quickly figured out how to crack their opponent’s full court press and attack the basket. Newton’s strong ball handling, aided by powerful drives by freshman guard Jazmine Davis, advanced the Warriors on the scoreboard. Down by five points at half time, the Warriors’ offense exploded in the third quarter. Scoring a total of twenty-five points solely in the third quarter, the girls stormed ahead and were looking toward a victory. However, in the fourth quarter, the Warriors tremendously struggled on the scoreboard. Scoring only one free throw the entire quarter, the Warriors quickly fell behind. As St. Patrick-St. Vincent went on a 17-0 run, the Warriors watched the game slip away from them. Trapped in foul trouble, the girls were unable to fight back. The Warriors fell to their opponents, 5645, and saw their season come to an unfortunate close.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Warriors Go Out Flying


Varsity Softball Become Threat By CJ Wrye

By Eric Bates

Junior Sports Editor

Staff Writer

A new season for varsity girls softball has begun with new coaches, new players, and even more determination then before. The new head coach, Alex Sanguinetti, from Montreal Canada, started training for the season in late January. Coach Alex had the girls running hard and preparing for the upcoming season. Assistant coach, Diffric Jackson, also joined the varsity coaching staff and has many years of experience to contribute to he program. Returning seniors include shortstop Sarah Reinartz and catcher Kerbie Height, both girls ready to lead the team into a winning season. On Tuesday, February 26, the Warriors took the field for a preseason game against Monte Vista. The girls took the field with determination and held the game to a 0-0 tie. However, in the last couple innings Monte Vista scored two runs to secure the game. On Wednesday, February 27, the Warriors traveled to Mountain View to compete against Mountain View High School. The Warriors came up to bat first and dominated at the plate. As the Warriors took the field sophomore, Hannah Wiley, took the mound and led the Warriors in a strong defense. However, as both teams battled back and forth, the Warriors came up one run short in a 9-8 loss. For their first home game of the season, the Warriors faced up against San Benito on Tuesday, March 4. The girls came out strong early, scoring two runs right away. Terrific pitching by Wiley held San Benito to one run, ending the game 2-1 for the Warriors first win.

The Valley Christian Warriors men’s varsity team was handed a loss Wednesday after playing Menlo School, which ended their roller coaster season. The Warriors were amazing in the preseason, only losing to state ranked opponents and winning a championship at a tournament in Napa County. The momentum from their win carried over to league play when they won their first

“This year will be one of my most memorable years,” said Austin Simon. game in double overtime against St. Francis and then won another close game against Rioden. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not extend their win streak and ended up losing the rest of their games in league play. When CCS playoff time came around the Warriors proved they were ready by blowing out Robert Louis Stevenson High School in the quarterfinals. Next the Valley Christian played a solid Menlo School, which had a 20 win season. The game turned out to be more intense than anyone would have expected it to be. The game was close the whole way, but due to the officiating, many calls were missed. Menlo broke away from the Warriors late in the fourth quarter and ended up winning by 14. The basketball team graduates 4 players this year, which included Austin Simon, Eric Bates, Ryan Eshoff and Mike Truong. Eshoff and Truong have decided to end their basketball careers. Simon and Bates are going to continue their careers at their respective colleges. “This year will be one of my most memorable years,” said Austin Simon.

Junior Tim Harris hangs from the rim on an explosive baseline Dunk.

JV Softball Continue Tough Journey in WCAL By CJ Wrye

Junior Sports Editor Girls JV softball has begun, bringing new players and new experiences. Many new players came out to tryouts and dominated the field, bringing pride to the coaches. They opened with their first game against Independence High School on Monday, February 18. The girls were filled with excitement for their first preseason game and defeated Independence 19-6, promising a successful upcoming season. However, on Wednesday, February 27, the Warriors faced off against Mountain View and had difficulty at the plate. Unable to hold Mountain View, the Warriors were defeated 21-1. Next the Warriors had a pre-season game against St. Francis on Friday, March 7 to get a feel for what the West Catholic League would be like. The game started off close, as the Warriors and Lancer were neck and neck. Sophomore shortstop, A.J. Newton, had fantastic stops providing a strong defense for the Warriors. Unfortunately, in the last couple innings the Lancers pulled ahead to

secure the game in a 21-7 win. On Monday, March 30 the Warriors defended their home field against Milpitas High School. Milpitas took the lead early in the first ending scoring runs right away. The Warriors got on the board in the third inning but was never able to threaten Milpitas’ lead, losing 18-6.

Next the Warriors traveled to Gilroy to have a preseason match against Gilroy High School on Wednesday, March 5. Despite the effort by shortstop Reinartz, Valley never was able to get on the board and lost 8-0.

The Warriors softball team has gotten off to a great start. After many pre-season games strengthening them for their upcoming season, the Warriors are prepared to take first in league.

The Warriors kicked off their season with a second match against St. Francis on Tuesday, March 11. Unfortunately, in the first inning the Lancers scored seven runs right away, but the Warriors came back scoring two runs during their time at the plate. By the second inning the Lancers had doubled their score closing all opportunity for the Warriors. Sophomore, Jackie Flores, played fearless and took a hard hit line drive in the shoulder for her team. The game ended in a 25-10 loss for the Warriors.

Even though the girls have not won very many games, it is clear to see how much fun they are having. It is obvious how much the girls are learning, which predicts success in the near future.

Liz Wallace slid by just in time to score the second run of the game.

Track and Field Sprints for a Good Finish Continued from page 15 seniors Kristen Houp and Dahlys Marshall made it to state last year and hope to make it again this year. Juniors such as Cameron Marshall, Cherrelle Mcmillian, and Daniel Johnson are hoping to make it to state this year. Sophomore Jenna Davis also wants to make it far this year and continue improving her times. Davis commented, “I think I have put a lot of time and effort into running and I hope to keep


improving my time.” The Valley Christian track is hoping to have one of its best years. The Warrior athletes have one meet down and many to come. In one of his proverbs before practice Coach Hitchman said, “Sometimes runners are lucky when they win. But runners tend to be luckier when they train harder. So my advice is to train harder and maybe you will be luckier.” Daniel Carillo and Robert Fiscalini sprint ahead for a clean sweep over the Wildcats.


Until Next Time...

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. - Coach John Wooden


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The Warrior March 2008  

The Valley Christian High School Warrior student newspaper.

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