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Vol. 1, No. 1

The Official Magazine of Weed High School

Contents Cougar Legacy

November 2013


Vol. 1 No. 1

8 - College Profile By Emily Mills

9 - New to WHS By Emily Mills and Camille Peterson

10 - Opinion By Legacy Staff

12 - Featured Photos

13 - Digital Photography 3 - Sports Wrap

By Mallory Pappas

By Camille Peterson

5 - Sportsmanship By Lyndsey Kroeger

Page 7 Photo taken by Mallory Pappas

6 - Caught in the Act By Riddhi Tailor

7 - Cupcakes By Emily Mills

Oreo Fudge Brownie

Varsity Volleyball: 9-13-1 overall, 4-8 SCL Weed vs Yreka 1-3 L Weed vs Liberty Christian 3-2 W Weed vs Modoc 2-3 L Weed vs Burney 3-0 W Weed vs Etna 0-3 L Weed vs Trinity 0-3 L Weed vs Mt. Shasta 3-2 W Weed vs Fall River 1-3 L Weed vs Modoc 0-3 L Weed vs Burney 3-0 W

Varsity Football: 6-4 overall, 2-2


Weed vs Los Molinos 0-41 L Weed vs Portola 26-43 L Weed vs Etna Lions 7-44 L Weed vs Chiloquin 45-7 W Weed vs Burney 28-20 W Weed vs Modoc 62-20 W Weed vs Fall River 60-14 L Weed vs Etna 27-26 L JV Football: 5-3 overall, 2-2 SCL Weed vs Los Molinos 48-0 W Weed vs Portola 7-20 L Weed vs Etna Lions 26-6 W Weed vs Burney 49-8 W Weed vs. Modoc 6-30 L

Weed vs Etna 3-1 W

Weed vs Fall River 18-21 L

Weed vs Trinity 3-0 L

Weed vs Etna 46-14 W

Weed vs Mt. Shasta 3-0 L

Soccer: 9-8-3 overall, 7-5-2 league

Weed vs Fall River 3-2 L JV Volleyball : 0-12 SCL Weed vs Yreka L Weed vs Modoc 1-2 L Weed vs Burney L

Weed vs Quincy 0-3 L Weed vs Tulelake Honkers 1-1 T Weed vs Fall River 6-0 W Weed vs Modoc Braves 5-1 W Weed vs Butte Valley 1-1 T

Weed vs Etna 0-2 L

Weed vs Etna 5-1 W

Weed vs Fall River 0-2 L

Weed vs Trinity 0-3 L

Weed vs Modoc 0-2 L Weed vs Burney L Weed vs Etna L Weed vs Trinity L Weed vs Mt. Shasta L Weed vs Fall River L

Weed vs Mt. Shasta 0-4 L Weed vs Tulelake 1-3 L Weed vs Fall River 12-1 W Weed at Modoc 5-0 W Weed vs Butte Valley 5-0 L Weed vs Etna 3-0 W Weed vs Paradise Adventist 2-1 L

Senior Edgar Casorla takes flight against the Etna Lions. The Cougars lost the game in heartbreaking fashion 27-26, but qualified for the NSCIF Division IV Playoffs as the no. 7 seed. Photo by Mallory Pappas


he events that took place at the

volleyball game in Trinity on Oct. 3 were disgusting and cruel. Not only should the students of Trinity High School who took part in the antics be ashamed, but so should any adults who heard what was being said and did not take any action. There is a fine line between cheering on your team, and cheering to distract the opposing team and saying vulgar and sexual things goes far above and beyond that line. Saying such things to the point that a high school athlete is left in tears is unacceptable. The definition of sportsmanship is fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition. I believe that sportsmanship extends beyond those competing to the fans sitting in the stands and that those fans should be held to the same standard of good sportsmanship as high school athletes. Parents, teachers, and even other students should have stood up and reprimanded the offending students, and immediately kicked them out of the game. But nobody stood up and as a result several young girls became victims of heinous bullying in what should be a safe environment. The students must be punished in some way for their actions, and if any individual in a position of authority knowingly allowed the disgusting comments to continue throughout the game then the entire school should be punished. The worst part is that if you were to say those things to someone on the street, you would likely face a sexual harassment charge. But in the case of high school students at a game, no charges or fitting punishment will ever be handed down. This is unacceptable. In some similar cases, schools have been forced to play games without any fans allowed to attend. Would this be enough to teach the mouthy fans a lesson?

In my opinion, the whole school should be punished. Why, you ask? No one did anything to stop the fans. If I were in charge, I would have immediately reprimanded the offenders in front of all of their peers and would have kicked out of the game. But of course, that’s not what happened, and according to several accounts from WHS students in attendance, adults and students alike sat back alongside the inappropriate fans as a Cougar athlete walked off the court crying. I can’t even believe the words that were said, and I know that the WHS students would never even think about saying such things to anyone let alone an athlete competing for another school. “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” - Haile Selassie

- Lyndsey Kroeger

Teachers and students beware. You never know when the Legacy cameras will be snapping pictures. You just might be the next person “Caught in the Act!� In this shot, the Cougar Legacy paparazzi caught Mr. Neel sending a text message during his chemistry class. Protons, neutrons, electrons, text messages and Frisbee golf???

Mallory Pappas has become the Cupcake Goddess of Weed High School. From her Oreo chocolate brownie cupcakes to her cookie dough cupcakes, her baked goods have become the hottest birthday treats on campus, and Pappas couldn’t be happier. “It makes me really happy to see people enjoying my cupcakes and requesting them for their birthdays,” Pappas said. “Plus I get paid to do something I enjoy.” She started making cakes when she was in the sixth grade with her older brother Steven helping her out. The first cake she remembers making was a peanut butter pound cake. A simple rectangular cake with no frills or frosting. Today, Mallory is becoming well known for more complex and elaborate cupcakes like Pumpkin Caramel Spice with a sugar cookie on top. From the simple to the complex, Pappas does it all, but she says she still has more to learn.

“I would like to learn to make homemade chocolate cupcakes from my own recipe so I could make them from scratch,” she said. “Because chocolate is my favorite.”So, what does it take to make the perfect cupcake? According to Pappas the key is getting all the steps right and finding the perfect cooking time and the perfect spot in your oven. From there, she says the secret is in the frosting. What started as a hobby has turned into money in her wallet as she has been paid to make cupcakes for birthdays and other special events. “I love being able to get paid for something that I love to do,” Pappas commented. As for the future, Pappas said she might own a bakery when she is retired and has free time. If she ever owned her own bakery, she would name it S&M Cupcakes and Pastry Barn, and would open the shop with her brother. -Emily Mills

Emily Mills The academic rigor of a traditional post secondary school isn’t for everyone. With the focus of high school on English, Science and mathematics, many students that seek careers in fashion, technology, woodworking or art are often left behind. Today, we profile a school that doesn’t provide a traditional curriculum, but rather a door into a career for people who want to make their living doing hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures, the Paul Mitchell Beauty School in San Diego, California. Having a career in beauty can be both financially and personally satisfying. This school ‘s cosmetology program focuses on design, cutting, coloring, multicultural techniques, makeup, fashion trends, manicures, pedicures, basic facials, and the art of hairdressing in a three-phase program they call Core, Adaptive, and Creative. If you were wondering, the average hair stylist earns $23,000 a year in California, but this figure doesn’t include tips which most hair stylists get from their clients. Obviously the money you can earn will go up based on clientele, for instance if you live in Hollywood and you are a hairdresser for movie stars, you will earn more money than a hair stylist in Weed, CA. Random Fact: Paul Mitchell founder John Paul DeJoria is worth $4 billlion. Who says you can’t make money in hair and makeup.

The Cougar Legacy would like to welcome a new teacher on our campus! Emily Mills and Camille Peterson


aroline Hopper is from Southern California and has come to Weed from UC Berkley. She comes from a very supporting family including her mom, dad, and her older sister Rachel. Caroline was really lucky as a child and had a lot of trips. Her favorite trip was when she went to Europe because she had never been overseas. Caroline went to Riverside Poly High School with over 2,000 kids. The sports she did were track and cross country. If she could change something from high school it would have been to not

be so concerned about grades and focus on what she wanted to do. When Caroline got to college she wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do yet, but she knew she would love to help people who were less fortunate in edu-

change and had visited many times before. Caroline liked how everybody knows each other and how the community helps take care of individuals, unlike in the city where you were just a number. She now teaches English and drama. English has always “My primary goal is to been a subject she liked, on the other hand, drama is a whole insure everybody new thing. Her favorite age learns” group is high school age be-Caroline Hopper cause students at this age range cation, which led her to become are intelligent and teach her new a teacher. things. Caroline Hopper also plays the cello in the College of After college she went around The Siskiyous Orchestra and is a the world to teach. She went to certified yoga instructor. She Japan for 3 years and taught all also has two cats named Bella ages. She also taught English on and Momo, and she has a fear of a cruise ship in Italy for 6 becoming a crazy cat lady. “ months. She went back to the city for a while and got the job offer from Weed. She moved here because she was ready for

Three Minute Passing Periods


ith only three minute passing periods it is unreasonable for teachers to expect us to get to class on time. Some classes are on completely different sides of the school. For some of us, being late is not an option, so it is very frustrating when it is nearly impossible to get to class on time. Students are expected to come to class prepared, and on time. I don’t understand how we are supposed to do that when we have to go to our locker, get stuff for our next class, then go all the way across campus to our next class, all in three minutes. I know that having short passing periods does have some advantages, but we are not given enough time to do anything between periods like go to the bathroom or grab a snack. For that reason, I believe the passing periods should be extended to five minutes so that we can do what we are expected to do as students; come to class on time and prepared to learn. -Emily Mills



s the CAHSEE test a pointless test or something that is beneficial? I believe that the CAHSEE test is a pointless test that makes students freak out because their graduation from high school is hanging in the balance. I find this to be completely ridiculous. Why do we have to do this math and english test in order to graduate any high school? It’s stupid. We already have STAR testing, senior project, finals, homework, and enough to deal with on a daily basis in high school that no single test should determine whether we graduate or not. We already have enough tests throughout the course of our high school careers that show we are prepared for life after high school, we don’t need the state to add more stress to our lives with a truly pointless test. You may disagree with me, but the reality is that the CAHSEE is just as pointless as ear buds that have one wire shorter than the other, truly irritating. All the CAHSEE test does is get us students worked up and freaked out. We shouldn’t have to take the test period. –Lyndsey Kroeger


his year at Weed High School, the freshmen and sophomore classes received Chromebooks from the Siskiyou Union District for all online classes and other assignments. The freshman and sophomore class suggest that the reason they are failing is because they are being forced to use Chromebooks to complete assignments. I ask, is this the real reason you’re failing classes? I, Riddhi Tailor believe that it is NOT the Chromebooks fault that you are not passing classes. You are failing because you don’t put your time or effort into doing work or getting help with online assignments. In my opinion, the Chromebooks are helping us as students. The online classes are difficult and having our own Chromebook gives us 24/7 access to our online content. I love my Chromebook because I do online work more often than I would if I had to use a desktop computer because I’d rather lie in my bed and be comfortable doing my work than sitting in an uncomfortable desk chair. Chromebooks are also helpful because they mean less text books and papers to carry around. Overall, I think the reason why students blame the Chromebooks when they fail is because they don’t like to read, follow instructions or do work. Chromebooks have nothing to do with your choice to not do the work, and if we took out the Chromebooks and online curriculum these students would still be failing. -Riddhi Tailor

“..having our own Chromebook gives us 24/7 access to our online content.”

“Paper doesn’t “die” but unfortunately, the battery in your Chromebook does.”


he new Chromebooks are a very nice addition to the school, however, a lot of students appear to be falling behind because of our transition to online curriculum. With the online curriculum, many students aren’t getting enough direction in their assignments. I am aware that there are many people who like the online curriculum and are doing just fine with the content but still there are large number of students that need more details than what is being offered in our online classes. I find it absurd how dependent the school is on technology. From what I observe, most students find the new technology confusing and are not happy about the new changes coming forth. What if the computer crashes and loses all of your files? Paper doesn’t “die” but unfortunately, the battery in your Chromebook does. I think everybody needs to stick to papers and folders in some form to make content more accessible and student friendly. -Kendall Knight

Mallory Pappas W hat make a great photo? It’s more than pressing the shutter and saying “smile.” It’s visualization and composition. It’s the elements of art and principles of design. It’s the moment, the subject and most of all, it is emotion. The goal of W HS digital photography students is to work toward composing a picture that contains one or more of the elements like value, color, or texture while also capturing an emotionally powerful image with a prominent Sophomore Leyla Kelly’s Photo Capturing the Culture of Weed High School. subject. It’s a difficult task, but some have managed to take pictures that are more than just pictures, they are works of art. Studying the elements took up a great deal of the classroom instruction during the first few weeks of school, but if you ask any digital photography student to look at any photograph and they can tell you the elements that stand out and help create a beautiful piece of art. Can you tell which elements are featured in these students photos? ?

Jenica Castillo, Junior, Captured Contrast and Tone.

Here Morgan Ekman Focused on Pattern

Photo’s on the left page taken by: Camille Peterson’s image featuring the late summer foliage and Brian Quigley's old tree photo which exemplifies lines and texture. Interested in looking at more photos? Check out Mr. Oates’s Classroom on Google+ and Facebook.

Mallory Pappas Photography students are being challenged in ways they never have before. Teacher, Josh Oates, ensures that there is no lack in use of creativity. Assignments range from finding depth of field, capturing specific elements, and daily discussions on unique photographs. Of all the assignments the students have had, capturing depth of field has been one of the most fun and challenging. Involving a nature walk to the creek behind the high school, students were given the chance to use different camera settings to compose a unique photo. The photographers took pictures of the creek, trees, and other aspects of nature in attempt to show shallow and large depth of field. The trip was refreshing, and the class hopes to take some field trips to other locations.

Photograph by Starlynn Scharper who did a great job of capturing value and color.

Mallory Pappas took this photo with the intent to show contrast in color and value as well as show shallow depth of field.

Brianna Cordova and Leyla Kelly shot the above pictures to exemplify the element of color.

Kaylee Anderson showed off her creative talent with this unique photo. It expresses elements of value, line, and color.

Cougar Legacy Issue 1  

The first installment of the official magazine of Weed High School. All student articles, editing and layouts.