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Kristina Gray Kristina Kavanagh Alex Hartwell Gabe Woodworth Megan Freeman Laura Mae Sodaro Marcella Arguello Epi Guillen Jr. Sam Seymorr James Rose Jami Healy Abigail Banks Mr. Hodges

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Boise State, Overated? The Facts Say; Yes There are two types of people in the world, the ones that believe blue turf is cool and that Boise State is this all powerful team that is set to take down any opponent they play. Then there are the realistic and smart ones. The ladder of the two is a rare breed around here, but if people would finally let go of the 2006 Fiesta Bowl and do a little thing called research they would find that their beloved Broncos aren’t all that they stack up to be. Ok so we start off with Boise State’s current ranking, 7. The Broncos are currently ranked above teams such as U.S.C, Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, L.S.U and Oklahoma State. All of these teams not only could defeat Boise State in a game, but they have also played much harder teams, Ohio State has and U.S.C have played each other, Notre Dame played Michigan, Oklahoma played Texas and L.S.U has played Florida. Now if Boise State can have an undefeated season playing a schedule even half as tough as a team from the Big 10, Big 12, PAC 10, ACC or SEC that would be impressive. However, The Broncos are too busy playing teams such as Idaho (2 wins last season) Utah State (3 wins last season), Idaho State (0 wins last season), and other numerous sub par WAC teams such as San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and Fresno State and B.S.U also faced a team from division 1AA. People will blame the weak schedule on the conference that they are in, and say that people don’t want to play a team from the WAC. They are wrong over the last 3 seasons U.S.C has played 2 teams from the WAC, Nevada played Notre Dame, Fresno played Cincinnati, Utah State played Utah and BYU, Louisiana Tech played Auburn, and up to come this season New Mexico state plays Ohio State. So really, Boise State has no excuse to not schedule tougher teams.

Another claim Boise State fans make is that they play good teams in bowl games, which is correct, but aside frommake the Fiesta in 06 they in have lost every which bowl Another claim Boise State fans is thatBowl they victory play good teams bowl games, that they have since The 2004victory libertyin bowl vs. Louisville The is correct, butbeen asidetoo from the2004. Fiesta Bowl 06 they have lost they everylost, bowl that 05 MPC bowl resulted in a loss to Boston College. Then there was the 07 Hawaii bowl they have been too since 2004. The 2004 liberty bowl vs. Louisville they lost, The 05 that in a lossintoa loss ECUtowhen ECU running back Chris Johnson broke the record MPCresulted bowl resulted Boston College. Then there was the 07 Hawaii bowl that for most all yards when in a bowl game. Then lastChris season they went to the resulted in apurpose loss to ECU ECU running back Johnson broke the Poinsettia record for Bowl loss to the Horned Frogsgame. of TCU. So what does this mean? think about most and all purpose yards in a bowl Then last season they wentWell to the Poinsettia itBowl this and way,loss BSUtoskates through theirof cupcake schedule, make to a bowl where the Horned Frogs TCU. So what does thisitmean? Well thinkthey about have a team that is actually qualified, that’s when you see the Broncos true colors, it this way, BSU skates through their cupcake schedule, make it to a bowl where they losing. have a team that is actually qualified, that’s when you see the Broncos true colors, losing. The Broncos are actually showing people that they want to play harder teams by playing theBroncos currently #4actually ranked showing Virginia Tech Hokies, however theplay Broncos goingby The are people that they want to harderare teams to venture out of Tech their little blueHowever, home to go Washington DC and face theout Hokies on playing Virginia Hokies. thetoBroncos are going to venture of their neutral turf. However last two times back to play good little blue home to go the to Washington DCthat andBSU facehas thegone Hokies oneast neutral turf.a However team, they gettimes blown away. Does remember 2004 gameteam, whenthey they get went the last two that BSU has anyone gone back east tothe play a good blown down Athens to play the Bulldogs of game Georgia? probably Bronco away. to Does anyone remember the 2004 whenYeah theyyou went down todon’t, Athens to playfans the like to forget about that, I cant really blame them though I mean, if I got blown out by Bulldogs of Georgia? Yeah you probably don’t, Bronco fans like to forget about that, I 35 I’dreally want blame to keepthem that out of my head too. cant though I mean, if I got blown out by 35, I’d want to keep that sohead as you complain about Boise not getting another BCS bowl game think out ofOk my too. about some of the things that you have just read, and don’t be surprised if they lose at least one Ok,game so asnext you season. complain about Boise not getting another BCS bowl game think about some of the things that you have just read, and don’t be surprised if they lose at least one game next season.

VHS Club News A group of our Vallivue FFA members took an eight day trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before the convention began, the members spent the night in Nashville, Tennessee. There, the Chapter visited many places such as the Grande Ole Opry Hotel, the Grande Ole Opry Museum, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Next the members stopped in Lexington, Kentucky where they visited FFA Members at the National FFA Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana Keeneland Racetrack, the Rood and Riddle Vet Clinic, Gainesway Farm, and lastly the Kentucky Toyota Factory. On the drive from Kentucky to Indiana the chapter members stopped at Top Cut Boar Farm in Ohio. Finally by day five the members arrived in Indianapolis, Indiana. During which they attended multiple inspirational sessions, a Toby Keith concert, and mingled with fellow FFA members around the United States. Overall it was an amazing trip and a great learning experience for everyone.

Vallivue FFA Members Go To Nationals

By: Hannah Mamer and Jami Riel Vallivue FFA Reporters Members visiting Rood & Riddle Vet Clinic in Kentucky. Pictured on the equine tread mill.

Worried about the big exam?




So, which test should I take and why? In the past, deciding on which test to take was an easy decision. However, it has become a little more difficult. For years the ACT & SAT exams were separated by their geographical affiliations. Over time the two test have changed and become more competitive over the years. More recently, the ACT & SAT have become widely accepted by most colleges and universities. This has obviously forced an issue that current high school students have to take into consideration. What is the better test to take? “The SAT is designed more for calculating a student's ability and knowledge in how to take a test, while the ACT is more of an observation of what you have learned while in high school.” Based on that, it seems if you have the book smarts and generally do good in class, then you should shoot for the ACT. If you're the type of

Tips on taking the exams: Practice, Practice, Practice. Know what type of questions to expect. Read the words carefully. Don’t waste too much time on any one question. Eliminate as many questions as you can before guessing.

More Tips: Easy questions usually precede hard ones. Don’t second guess yourself unless your positive about it. Cross out wrong answers, do scratch work as well. Skip questions if you haven’t the faintest idea about the answer.

student who picks up material fast and can take a test without too much studying, then the SAT has your name on it. The ACT focus is on information about different topics while the SAT is more focused on more specific areas. You need to decide which skill set you want to show to colleges or universities and make your decision based on this. “Is there anything that sticks out in the test taking process that gives either test an advantage?” For the SAT, registration fees will cost $45 while the ACT is a little cheaper at around $32. Do not let money be the deciding factor to which test you'll be taking. Time should not be a deciding factor either, with the SAT clocking in at around 3.5 hours and the ACT taking about 3 hours to complete. Just remember to prepare and good luck.

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These are just a few of the following books that have been added since October 1st to our library. Come check them out. The Paranormal. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 2009. Have a Little Faith: a true story. 1st ed. New York: Hyperion, c2009. Immigration in the United States. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 2009. U.S. National Debate Topic 2009-2010: social services for the poor. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 2009. Seed Leaf Flower Fruit. San Francisco: Collins Publishers San Francisco, 1995. Painting Murals: images, ideas, and techniques. Cincinnati, Ohio: North Light Books, 1988, c1987. Fury. New York: Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2007. The Looking Glass Wars. New York: Speak, 2007, c2006. Seeing Redd. New York: Speak, 2008, c2007. Princess in Love. Rev. pbk. ed. New York: HarperTeen, 2008, c2002. Catching Fire. 1st ed. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. Trunk Music. St. Martin's Paperbacks ed. New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1998, c1997. Enter Three Witches : a story of Macbeth. New Yor : Scholastic, [2008], c2007. The Thieves of Faith. New York: Bantam Dell, 2008. The Darkest Hour. 1st Avon ed. New York: Avon Books, 2006, c2004.

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Hey everyone I’m Kristina Kavanagh, Editor-in-Chief of V Magazine. I have been on staff for three years now and am excited to finally be a senior. I’m in National Honor Society and currently President of Business Professionals of America along with the other Editor, Tina Gray. I love to go to shows, watch movies, swim, and hang out with my friends; uh, besides being involved in wonderful V Magazine of course! I plan on attending U of I or Boise State for my undergraduate degree and hopefully continuing on to Notre Dame for Medicinal Law. I love this staff and most of my favorite memories include them, thanks Alex, Tina, Megan, and Laura. I’m going to miss high school, but am excited to take the next step.

My name is Kristina Gray but everyone, including people I don’t know, always call me Tina. This is my fourth year on newspaper staff and my second year as Editor-in-Chief. When I am finished with high school my plans are to go to U of I or BSU and major in journalism and minor in political science. I have two siblings and a bunch of best friends whom I do everything with! My pastimes include: going to shows, listening to music, watching movies, walking around aimlessly, shopping, and consuming large amounts of coffee. If you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to ask me whatever whenever! I’ll be easy to spot out because most likely I’ll be the shortest person around.

My name is Alexander Douglas Hartwell. I am Art Editor/Director of both Talon Yearbook and V Magazine. This is my fourth year in newspaper/magazine production. My sophomore year I was Business manager and my junior year I was Editor-in-Chief. I plan on attending Seattle University, BSU, University Of Utah, or Washington State University. I want to major in Graphic Design or pre-dentistry. I am constantly changing my mind, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up doing something completely different. I am looking forward to a great magazine this year and am hoping to meet a lot of new people. If you have any comments or questions about our magazine feel free to stop me in the hall and ask.

I’m Megan Freeman; I’m 18 years old and Business Manager of V Magazine. After high school, I plan on going to BSU or U of I. I would like to major in business with a minor in music. I hope to own my own music venue, and eventually end up with my own recording studio! I hope to visit Italy someday and visit where my grandfather was born. My favorite pastimes include hanging downtown with my friends, enjoying Pie Hole, singing in the car, fishing, summer, fall and winter weather, shopping, being outdoors, and going to shows.

Hey there, this is Laura Mae. My nick names being Laura Lou, Lou or LLama. I’m a senior this year and plan on moving out to Washington after graduation to attended college. My life sadly revolves mostly around school and work. My favorite thing to do in my free time is spend time with my friends, and boyfriend. I also enjoy working on photography projects, and writing stories for journalism. I love body art; I have a few tattoos and piercings. They basically define my personality.

Hey there. My name is Kylin Paxman, I recently came to this school about three weeks ago. Before coming to VHS, I had attended Vision Charter School, which is extremely small, let’s just say that… They will be in portables even after I graduate, and I am only a freshman. Ha. I don’t have many hobbies other than reading (the best), hanging out with friends, and living life to the fullest. My favorite thing about this school is that it’s HUGE. Honestly, my opinion is that small schools are boring. Nothing happens and your stuck with the same people every day.

My name is Jami Healy. I’m a staff writer for “V-Magazine.” I’m proud to be a sophomore this year. I was born April 11, 1994. I don’t participate in any sports. I’ve lived in Nampa and in the Vallivue School District my whole life! I have five members in my family my parents of course a 5 year old brother named Braiden and a 17 year old sister named Lindsey. On the weekend I like to hang out with my friends and family where I’m at, I’m the social type.

My name is James Rose. I am a new student with the magazine this year, but I am looking forward to writing many good articles. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and enjoying life. I’m a very open minded person, but I have strong opinions about some things. I’m in love with my phone and I can’t live without it. When I get out of high school I plan on going to college and becoming a functioning member of society. That’s about it.

Hello, my name’s Gabriel Ray Woodworth and I am a junior here at Vallivue. I’ve lived in Idaho my whole life. I plan on moving to Seattle after high school where I can continue my education and work as an EMT. Here in the school, I am involved withV-Magazine and Drama. Outside of school, I spend a lot of my free time with friends and family, reading a good story, or watching movies. I also have a passion for music; despite being born without any musical talent.

Hi, my name is Samuel and I plead the Fifth.

Hola Amigos, mi nombre es Sr. Hodges. He sido profesor en la Escuela Secundaria Vallivue durante muchos años. Me encanta Vallivue High School. Tenemos grandes maestros, el administrador y de los estudiantes del curso. Soy un adicto a la adrenalina. Me gusta el buceo con tiburones, el paracaidismo y en explotar cosas. Mi próximo gran desafío es ser disparado por un cañón. Hello Amigos, my name is Mr. Hodges. I have been teaching at Vallivue High School for many years. I love Vallivue High School. We have great teachers, administrators and of course students. I am an adrenaline junkie. I enjoy scuba diving with sharks, skydiving and blowing things up. My next big challenge is to be shot out of a cannon.

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Release Date: November 6, 2009 Album Title: Self-Titled Label: RCA

Release Date: November 3, 2009 Album Title: Play On Label: Sony

Weezer Release Date: November 3, 2009 Album Title: Raditude Label: Geffen

FOO FIGHTERS Release Date: November 3, 2009 Album Title: Greatest hits Label: RCA

Flight of the Conchords Release Date: October 20, 2009 Album Title: I Told You I Was Freaky Label: Sub Pop

Rihanna Release Date: November 23, 2009 Album Title: The Wait is Ova Label: Island/Def Jam

Your Thoughts and Feelings are Valued In December of this year, Vallivue High School will host 4-5 administrators from area schools to assist us in completing the accreditation process. One of the benefits of being accredited is that other high schools and post secondary institutions recognize that VHS has met national criteria for accreditation; thus, they accept Vallivue High School credits. Beyond that, the accreditation process provides a window into what students, teachers, parents, and administrators see as the strengths and weaknesses of the school. In a school of nearly 1600 students, it is easy to get lost in the crowd or to believe your thoughts and feelings are not valued. Please know that the VHS administration is interested in hearing what students have to say about their high school experience. within our school.

We cannot change everything, but exceptional things can happen if we work together. We are committed to building and fostering caring relationships and increasing relevance and rigor for every student.

Some things will have to change to make this happen and it will require willingness, intentionality, and action from all of us. We cannot change everything, but exceptional things can happen if we work together.

With that in mind, we hope that the accreditation survey you take during your English class is the beginning of a conversation between students, staff, and the administration. It is only as we are willing to listen to each other and look for solutions that allow everyone within the community of learners to achieve and thrive that the true purpose of schooling is met. Please give us the opportunity to listen beyond what the survey tells us by engaging us in conversations about what you think and believe and feel. We will listen. Mrs. Yamamoto, Assistant Principal

Vallivue High School Career Center The Career Center is here for you! Students just go to and click on "students" up at the top and then click on the "Career Center" link that appears on the left hand side. This will take you right to the website. This website contains valuable information about career and college choices, military, scholarship and financial aid information, ACT/SAT testing, and much more. If you want to know what college representatives or what career professional is coming to Vallivue, check out the website.

If you need community service opportunites for your college resumes, check out the website. If you are interested in technical or vocational schools, check out the website. If you want to schedule a college campus visit, find out how on the website. Seniors, keep track of what events are coming up that will affect you in Senior Connections. The Career Center website is your connection to what's happening in the Career Center and your link to your future goals.

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