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October 19, 2010

The Hatchet Washington High School

38442 Fremont Blvd.

Fremont, CA 94536

Vol. 92 Issue 2

What’s Choppin’? Stanford blood drive draws many students

The Stanford blood drive on Oct. 8 was a huge success according to ASB coordinator Kristina Becker. Over a hundred students came to the cafeteria during the day to donate blood and help save lives. In previous years, the sign in and sign out table has been overly crowded, creating confusion with the attendance clerks. This time, Becker added another table designated for signing out . “This time was definitely a success,” Becker said. The donors were required to sit for at least 15 minutes before being allowed to go back to class. Participating students received a movie ticket for their donation. Photo by Avtar Josen - June Cong A volunteer at the Fremont Haunted House prepares for her role as a wicked witch. Different make-up decorations were used to attain this transformation. Link Crew’s new plan On Oct. 13, Link Crew started their Academic Followup program, where Link Crew members will go through the process and get to the raising of money toward it into a place filled with goblins, to freshman classes during Husky Mahsa Dinyari experience the reactions of guests. organizations that need assistance. ghosts, zombies, and witches. period to help welcome freshmen “The reactions are great, Volunteers come together Residents of this ghost house to our school, as well as teach With Halloween right look forward to this attraction for the creation of Candelighters especially with the younger kids them lessons through activities, around the corner, it is time for every October, and have been Ghost House every October. who try to act tough when they’re such as stories and games. students at Washington to get doing so for the past forty years This includes student volunteers actually scared.” Ramie . The October lesson was about Candlelighters is open from into the Halloween spirit. This that it has been in business. from Washington, like senior making choices and prioritization. season, though, you don’t need This organization was primarily Lisa Ramie. She is volunteering October 9th-October 31st. For This is the first time in the history to stray too far from Fremont a women’s group, now with the as a “good fairy”, the person updates on the times that the ghost of Link Crew that a program to get into the Halloween feel. assistance of male volunteers, that who walks the ghost house house is open, check their website. like this has been attempted. Candlelighters Ghost House was determined to raise money with smaller children so that In addition to the ghost house, “We try to become their friend is a nonprofit haunted house and for charities. The Candlelighters’ they won’t be frightened. there is a center for games, caramel and give a part of ourselves “I’m a scardy-cat, so it’s apples and delectable treats for Halloween game center that takes main goal was to raise funds for to them.” Junior and Link place in the Fremont hub next to non-profit groups and communtiy more fun for me to work the the entire family can enjoy. It Crew Leader Amelia Chu said. Chili’s. Each year, Candlelighters based projects in the Tri-City area. house than to walk through. I would be a great aid for local The current plan is to visit creates a different theme so Throughout the time they have don’t really like having people charities and organizations that freshmen classes twice a month, on previous visitors can experience been in business, Candlelighters jump out at me,” Ramie said. seek to improve the Tr-City area. the second and fourth Wednesdays. The volunteers get a thrill The Candlelighters ghost house a different petrifying. Distributers has funded over 1.5 million dollars -Kenneth Chang of the ghost house set up in a 19th towards charities. The ghost house out of the ghost house, as is a good way for Washington Student writes survival century carriage house, and turn is used for both Halloween and well. They meet new people students to enjoy Halloween.

Fremont ghost house brings out Halloween Spirit

Vote may change cannibas regulation with Prop 19 Teja Thota Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, is a ballot proposition that will be on the Nov. 2, 2010 California ballot. In November 1996, votes approved Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana but federal authorities continued to prosecute California patients and providers of medical marijuana. According to the Official Voter Information Guide for the 2010 California General Election, the Act needs a simple M: Pajama

majority, which means more than half of the votes are for the act, in order to pass. If passed, it will take effect the day after the election. But sale of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law via the Controlled Substances Act. Laws against selling drugs to minors and driving under the influence would still be in effect. Persons age 21 and older may posses one ounce of marijuana for personal consumption. It can only be used in a non-public place such as a place of residence or a public establishment for on site marijuana use. Persons may also grow marijuana at a T: Sports

W: Jungle

private residence in a space up to 25 square feet for personal use. The government is allowed to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people to those 21 years old and older. Use of marijuana on school grounds, in public, in front of minors, or providing it to those under 21 is prohibited. Supporters of the act suggest that it would help with California’s budget shortfall and redirect law enforcement resources to Califnornia’s crime problems. “Money being legally spent on obtaining it [marijuana] could go towards school funds,”

“A Student Survival Guide”, written by senior Erin Enguero, informs students about high school life. The guide is geared mainly towards freshmen, any student can utilize the information. “Last school year, I surveyed over 500 students, mostly freshmen, asking them what they wished they had known about WHS. The survey was my foundation for creating this Survival Guide,” Enguero said. The guide is also the result of Enguero’s experience from the numerous clubs and activities that she has participated in. The “Student Survival Guide” can be read on WHS’s website under the “Students” category. -Daniel Tsay

Spirit Week Dress-Up Schedule Th: Hawaiian


M: 50’s

T: Toga

W: Senior Citizen

M: Army

T: 70’s

W: Celebrity

Th: 80’s

Junior M: Punk Rock


junior Anmol Mathur said. Opponents argue that there would be serious, unintended consequences on public safety, workplaces, and federal funding. “I don’t think it’s a well written law and it won’t help out California. Because the federal government still has marijuana as an illegal drug so companies could lose grants for being drug free,” senior Andrea Bonilla said. But the fiscal effects could vary depending on the extent to which the state governments choose to tax its production and whether the federal government chooses to enforce the law.

guide for students

T: Cowboy

W: Pirate

Th: Ninja


Th: Nerd


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School board approves late start Kenneth chang On Oct. 13, the District Board of Education approved the new late start plan for high schools in the Fremont Unified School District. Although details are still being worked out, the new start time for all FUSD high schools would be 8:00 a.m. and the end time would be around 3:00 p.m. which will go into effect during the 2011-2012 school year. “The original plan was not approved last spring because the staff identified a cost of about $100,000 because additional bus routes would be needed as a result of the change in start times. The Board of Education was making drastic cuts to many areas of the budget at that time and felt that they could not approve the change because of the cost,” FUSD Superintendent Jim Morris said. However, Jim Gannon, the Manager of Transportation, felt he could make the change by altering a small number of bus routes. There would be many advantages to having a later school starting time. Medical research showed that kids should get about nine hours of sleep each day, yet the Center for Disease Control reports that only around a third

Photo by June Cong Junior Joslyn Western falls alseep in her fourth period class. With a later start, students should be able to stay awake in class. of students nationwide actually get around that much sleep a day. According to a poll done last year by FUSD, a majority of both students and parents favored

a later start time which could certainly benefit students, as a study in Rhode Island showed. Researchers studied a high school that pushed its start time back

around 30 minutes. The students reported that not only did they get more sleep but there were fewer complaints of students feeling unhappy, depressed, and irritated, along with an increase of class participation. School administrators, teachers and coaches all voted to keep the system in place, once seeing the results. Students at WHS also seemed to favor a later start time. “It would let me sleep more, though I would have to go home later from tennis” Junior Alex Nguyen said. Even the superintendent is in favor of a later school start time. “I have three children of my own and believe that a later start time is a better fit for the sleep patterns of high school age students,” Morris said. There are some, however, that do not support the new plan. Larry Sweeney, a Board of Education member, voted against the plan. “I do not believe it will make a difference. Students will still do what they currently do. Some stay up past midnight or 1 a.m. doing school work. They will get a later start on the homework, stay up a little later and get to go to school a little later”,”Sweeney said.

Failing students get another chance P.A.S.S. Program gives students opportunity to make up credits for graduation Jordan Wong

will monitor student progress. Counselors can enroll the student into the program only if the student is in need of a class is mandatory for graduation. Students who are short on graduation that “The program is not based on student credits may be eligible to take an online class to make them up. The Portable Assisted Study interests, but based on student needs,” Assistant Sequence, also known as the P.A.S.S. Program, Principal Lance Miller said. “Much like summer school will provide an opportunity for students [in which] the to learn independently. With the students counselors call using a desktop client called Cyber High, This program is not in the student the majority of the work and studying for based on student into sign up.” the student is on his or her home computer. terests, but based on Seniors and The P.A.S.S. Program consists of student needs. juniors may online classes that offer a wide range Lance Miller use the P.A.S.S. of college prep subjects, such as World Program only History and Algebra. Since last February, if they lack 30 students have participated in the P.A.S.S. Program and most were successful. graduation credits. However, not all classes can Throughout the school year, counselors be taken online because students will not be able

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to interact with the material of some classes, such as Fine Arts, Languages, and Lab Sciences. Teachers will still be able to help students in the program because the students can ask for assistance and clarification on problems in a subject area. In addition, teachers will proctor students when they tests. “Teachers act like a bridge to the counselors,” Miller said, “When a student finishes up a test and a class, [teachers] talk to the counselors to see what is the next thing the student needs.” The P.A.S.S. Program is not an alternative replacement for Adult and Summer School as teachers are not able to provide the additional guidance students need as they get in classrooms. Teachers who want to be part of this program have been interviewed this past week. “A teacher in front of a student is much better than a computer in front of a student,” Miller said.

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Staff Reporters Amanda Nava Avtar Josen Bharathi Gandi Daniel Yi Dylan Mahood Eric Chu Garrick Ng Gene Horecka Haley Barnett Measure K is a local funding measure to get the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) the money it needs to prevent devastating budget cuts in order to cease laying off teachers, continue college preparation programs, keep libraries open, and maintain core academic programs — such as math, english, and science. This measure is a parcel tax of $53. A parcel is the legal ownership of real estate, so the tax would be per parcel an individual owns. The amount and name of this tax was chosen because of a school board survey distributed at the end of June that stated two-thirds of voters supported the parcel tax, but wouldn’t pay any higher than $53. All together, the amount of money expected from this measure is $15,000,000. In order for FUSD to obtain this money, there needs to be two “yes” votes for every “no” vote in order for the measure to pass. Another problem is that 80% of residents are not parents which causes them to lean more towards a “no” vote. The money earned by Measure K will stay within Fremont exclusively. The school board won’t be able to dictate where all the money will go, but they will make the major decisions regarding the money flow. There will be an Independent Citizen’s Committee where parents, teachers, and ordinary citizens alike can join and have a say on where the money goes. Bryan Gebhardt, Board Trustee on the FUSD Board of Education, stated that the majority of people being questioned from phone banking and survey market research have been receiving positive answers. They can vote either by postal service, internet, or proxy. This measure is only in effect for five years before it is reintroduced and voted on again.


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Rachel Das Amanda Nava


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Marijuana anyone? Amanda Nava Prop 19 proposes taxation on the possession, sale, use, and production of marijuana. While the state sees this as an opportunity to increase the amount of money to lessen California’s growing debt, possession of the narcotic is still a federal crime. If the proposition passes, the federal government cannot force state officials to enforce federal law. However, this doesn’t mean California officers will cease arrests. Not only will California law enforcement agencies have the choice to convict individuals, but federal agents will still have the right to arrest and prosecute as they do now. The only difference that Prop 19 would make for students is that some work atmospheres will consist of the occasional fellow employee who smells of marijuana. Legally, they can’t be fired unless an accident occurs. Only then will the employer have the right to fire him or her, which could put a student employee at risk. “I’m against legalization because there’s still an age limit and the state taxes you for [marijuana] so it’ll be more expensive. And all of the street dealers will stop [for the most part] because everyone’s going to be able to buy it legally,”

junior Connor Du Coty said. As Du Coty pointed out, in order to be in legal possession of marijuana—in California’s eyes—one must be at least 21 years of age. If a student is caught in possession or under the influence of the narcotic, then the individual is still breaking both state and federal laws so promoting a law that doesn’t affect them would be an ineffective tactic to get out of trouble. With the general elections around the corner, there are facts to keep in mind regarding the legalization of marijuana before voting. One cannot let their personal usage of the narcotic lead them to vote blindly.


Josh Del Mundo Proposition 19 can arguably be called one of the most controversial propositions to face California voters. Should this prop pass, marijuana will no longer be considered an illegal substance and will be sold to the public. Several individuals throughout campus are certain it will be passed soon. “It’s likely it will become legal before ninth graders graduate.” SRO Robyn Berlin said. History teacher Elizabeth DeWitt believes Prop 19 would be beneficial “If it helps stop

the Black Market, then I guess it’s okay...I don’t think [the passing of Prop 19] will encourage smoking pot,” Dewitt said. Students all over campus believe there is no harm in passing it. An anonymous sophomore thinks it should be passed, “In the Netherlands, marijuana is legal, so they have a lower percentage of overdoses and cases that involve dangerous drugs.” An anonymous junior also said, “I think they should legalize it. Police can focus on more important things.” People argue that the benefit of Prop 19 is that it will control, tax, and regulate the distribution of marijuana. In fact, Prop 19 will control the drug like alcohol, placing high taxes on its price. This is intended to generate billions of dollars in revenue that could easily revive the state’s faltering budget. The drug’s widespread legalization will also put the current authorities’ priorities where they belong. Police won’t always have to worry about tracking down illegal marijana farms. Overall, Prop 19 offers a solution to solve California’s difficult economic and social problems.


Illustration by Josh Del Mundo

Editor’s note: This version of the article is a correction of what appeared in print.


School gives students too many chances With the addition of online classes, WHS and FUSD give students many chances to make up credits in order to graduate. However, are they giving students too many chances? If students fail a core class, they can make it up in summer school or go to adult school. Now, those students have the opportunity to make up those classes online. What kind of lesson is that? Are students being taught that, when you fail, you can always make it up? Granted, everyone needs a second chance. Certain circum-

stances come up and you fail the class. However, if a student fails class after class, they lose the purpose of a second chance. The lesson they should learn is that if you fail, you need to try harder. However, with all the chances we give to students, they may start to get comfortable and believe that they can slack off in a class during the year. They may start to think that there is no point in trying to get a good grade when they could fail and make it up in summer school. It also gives an unfair advantage to students who can change their “F”s

to “A”s in summer school while those who struggled for a “C” all semester are stuck with their grade. The real issue is the objective of the school’s educational policy. Is it just to get everyone to graduate, or is it to give everyone a good education? At summer school, you are cramming a semester’s worth of information in six weeks. It is not possible for the teacher to be able to explain all of the material well in that period of time. We are almost adults and old enough to make our own decisions. Counselors should not have to

constantly make sure that we are completing our credits. There should definitely be a safety net for when we make a mistake, but we should know that if we choose to fail again, we are going to have to live with that mistake. The purpose of high school is to get us prepared for the real world, so we should have to take some responsibility for ourselves. High school should provide guidance to students who are struggling and allow a certain amount of room for mistakes, but we shouldn’t get all these chances to take the easy way out.

Huskies in the Halls

“Not good because marijuana is bad.”

“No point in it being illegal because people use it anyways.”

“I support the legalization because for too long we have attached a negative stigma to this relatively harmless herb.”

Camille Haynes, 12

Max Lerch, 11

Tyler Jackson, 10

Eric Jorgens, 9

How would you react if marijuana was legalized in the next vote?

“I really wouldn’t care. I don’t smoke so that doesn’t apply to me.”

A Dose of Dogma By Dylan Mahood

In cold guts:

the Fremont pumpkin massacre What is taking Halloween too far? Is it the macabre costumes, the boisterous latenight parties, or the TPing pranksters? Actually, there is something much darker. When I was a kid I always felt like Halloween was watered down and the mischief promised to us by pop culture was unrealistic. It was fun repeating “Trick-or-Treat!” as an empty threat with the masses of kids bearing their lost-tooth smiles, but I always thought it would be fun to see some actual Halloween pranks. One year, however, I walked out to our front yard the chilly morning after Halloween, and found the remains of my pumpkins stuck to the street like the sticky candy ground into my molars from the previous night. Maybe as a teenager you wouldn’t be surprised if someone smashed your jack-O’ lanterns, but put yourself back in the shoes of a young, naive, six-year-old kid. Azevada Elementary School was not going to have enough money to take its kindergarteners on the annual pumpkin patch fieldtrip— so several classes planted pumpkins last spring for the incoming kindergarteners. Parent volunteers took care of the plants over summer, but this September some vandals snuck into the school to massacre the pumpkins against the Azevada buildings. Now the school is paying money that is increasingly precious due to the budget cuts to purchase new pumpkins, and the kids are left feeling cheated. I can understand why in theory it might seem reasonable to smash pumpkins after Halloween when the pumpkins will just get moldy soon anyway, but just because something “sounds like a good idea” doesn’t mean it’s justified. People have to take into consideration the hard work and time that went into carving the pumpkin and the emotional value something like that has to a little kid. The vandals may snicker at the ignorant fools who leave their pumpkins outside and vulnerable on porches and feel a barbaric sense of power from the act of splattering thier guts across the asphalt, but, how much esteem can you really extract from breaking a child’s holiday project?

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Pink is the new orange

A journey of recovery

Seniors Konami Yokoyama, Kelsey Herrington, junior Darra Lanigan, and sophomore Meagan Serex huddle during a time out at their Dig Pink game against Mission Oct. 7

Nisha Oommen In May of 2008, senior Carmelle Coleman’s mother, Sharon Coleman, was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, Sharon did not feel it appropriate to tell Carmelle yet. She didn’t want to add more stress to her daughter’s life. “It wasn’t the right time,” Carmelle said. The news of her mother’s breast cancer was so unexpected that Carmelle can remember the exact date: June 19, 2008. “I had just gotten home from Great America because it was the first day of summer after freshman year,” Carmelle said. The news was hard to bear and no exact emotion or amount of words can accurately express the emptiness and confusion that Coleman felt. “My initial reaction was a mix of fear and disbelief. Fear obviously because when you hear about cancer you automatically think of the number of lives that it claims. But I also was in disbelief because I couldn’t wrap my head around the thought that she could be one of those numbers,” Carmelle Coleman said. This wasn’t the first time Sharon had been injured or ill. She had had previous surgeries but her daughter’s young age kept her from understanding what was going on. Her mother’s breast cancer was the first time she had to deal with something of this magnitude so she had difficulty grasping the reality of it all.

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Students support local foundation Bharathi Gandi

Photo by Amber Yao

Washington students show their support for breast cancer awareness by wearing “I love boobies” bracelets. The Keep a Breast Foundation donates part of its profits to breast cancer education and awareness.

Photo from the Coleman family Carmelle Coleman and her mother, Sharon Coleman. Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. “Living without her wasn’t even an option to me,” said Coleman. Although times were rough at home, Carmelle kept her head up and was happy to take care of her mother. “I’m proud of my mother. She is fine now...I’m glad we made it through,” Carmelle said Carmelle supports her mother and all other survivors and victims of breast cancer and shows it whenever she can. One way she showed her support was walking for Paws for a Cause with her mother; a reminder that their journey is never-ending, but they always have each other.

Photos by June Cong and Alex Young

When strength falters Nisha Oommen



To most people, a grandmother is a support system. And without that support system, most people would feel empty and lost. This was how senior Mariella Tamayo felt when she almost lost her grandmother to a battle with breast cancer. The confusion and denial was what struck Tamayo the hardest. She couldn’t understand why it had to happen to her grandmother of all people. The most frustrating aspect, for Tamayo, was how she was completely powerless to fix it. It was during this difficult time that Tamayo was able to learn an important lesson: family comes first. “I’m very close with my grandma, I would definitely be sad if I lost her because she’s one of the main people in my life,” Tamayo said. Tamayo became so used to visiting her grandmother with family that it became habit. “A lot of my family members always visited her and took care of her,” Tamayo said. Tamayo emphasized that providing comfort and love are the main reasons for visiting a loved one and that a ten second hug or a five minute prayer can mean the most in the end. “It was hard to deal with school and I was less concentrated on school but more on my Grandma. I was taking care of her with the family constantly,” Tamayo said. However, she never thought of the disease as a burden because her grandmother had always been a strong influence on her. “Diagnosed three years ago, she’s stronger than ever, she has stuck through all the surgeries. She is one of my role models, because she stayed strong for her kids and family,” Tamayo said.

Photo by Osika Tripathi Student Activities Director Helen Paris and senior Divya Gupta lead walkers at Paws for a Cause.

About 1 in 8 women in the United States (between 12% and 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2010.

Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than white and African American women.

On Oct. 2, Washington High School left behind orange and black and took pride in covering the school in pink: pink ribbons, pink posters, pink paw prints Beginning and ending on the school’s front lawn, Paws for a Cause attracted attention from the street and other pedestrians. More than 200 students and their families participated in the walk and created a stream of hot pink shirts and posters that circled the school. “The amount of money and support we got this year is much more than last year,” junior and ASB member Akhila Nekkanti said. Last year’s Paws for a Cause generated $4,000 in donations, but this year’s walk surpassed that number by $2,000. Various clubs, as well as ASB, sold cupcakes, t-shirts, burgers, water, and lemonade to raise extra money for the HERS Cancer Foundation The foundation was created in 1998 by Tricia McMahon and helps women who have beaten, or are currently fighting breast cancer regain their confidence. The foundation also helps victims of breast cancer financially. Their programs include Bras for Body & Soul, We Support You Survive, Lymphedema, and Hair with Care.

For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

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Optimism in the face of tragedy Nika Peng Junior Kevin McMahon is familiar to the feelings and concerns that accompany the times when a family member’s life is at risk. It was completely unexpected when Debbie McMahon, Kevin McMahon’s aunt, told the family that she developed breast cancer. One day, during their usual family Skype session, Debbie broke the news. and told the family that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, a year later, Debbie is still fighting breast cancer, but her condition is improving. "I didn't realize how damaging cancer was at the time. Now when I see my aunt, the time spent with her is more precious, because I never know when the cancer is going to take a turn for the worse," Kevin said. Debbie is living day by day waiting for the time, when she is fully cured, to come. The McMahon family frequently prays for her and checks up on Debbie through Skype. "You can't even tell she's even suffering, every time I'm with her she seems normal, I forget she even has

cancer." Kevin said. McMahon didn't realize how extreme and remorseful cancer was for his aunt until after his uncle recently passed away from brain cancer. He now understands the chemotherapy, intermissions, and appointments that cancer patients must face. Kevin McMahon is an active in participating in various causes for the fight against breast cancer.. He walked for Paws for a Cause, and also helps his aunt Tricia McMahon with the organization HERS Foundation. Tricia McMahon created the foundation because of her friends and family that were dealing with breast cancer. At her very first organized breast cancer benefit walk at Coyote Hills, over one-hundred breast cancer patients, survivors, and family members participated. They raised fifteen thousand dollars that was spent towards hair wigs. Just this past year, they were able to exceed expectations and raise eighty thousand dollars for more supplies for breast cancer patients. They used the money for supplies, like wigs and artificial breasts, which help women suffering from breast cancer look and feel beautiful.

Photo from the McMahon family Junior Kevin McMahon and family gather for a celebration. Two members of the McMahon family have battled cancer and another created the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation.


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Can you be too social? Sammy Steadman The Social Network is a newly released movie that tells how Mark Zuckerberg brainstormed and pursued the idea of a social networking site called Facebook. What began as Zuckerberg’s small idea soon attracted 500 million users to the social networking website, a phenomenon that continues to grow today. According to recent statistics, 50% of active Facebook users log on to Facebook in any given day, an average user has 130 friends, and people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Zuckerberg is now one of the youngest billionaires in the world and we helped get him to this point. The majority of students at WHS have or have had a Facebook account. Facebook is a way for the student community to keep in touch, with a thriving social life at 10:00 on a school night and a way to tell all of your friends what you have just accomplished. On a creepier side, many people look at each others’ wall photos and sometimes even find themselves searching the walls of other friends who they don’t even know. “On Facebook you can stalk so many people. Don’t laugh, you probably do it too,” freshman Mary Fowler said. And she is probably right. Creeper status or just plain curiosity? You be the judge. Since the explosion of Facebook usage,

Poll by Sammy Steadman and Daniel Tsay students have had a harder time concentrating on completing their homework and focusing on projects while on the computer when Facebook is only a click away. Sometimes, students intend to type “Google” in their search bar and find that Facebook has somehow popped up on the screen. Obviously, Facebook can become an addict ion. “Last year I realized that it got in the way of school work, like I’d have to turn off my internet so I’d do homework but this year, I’ve gotten a lot better about it,” junior Jamie Smith said. Can Washington students fight this addiction? In the end, it seems we are all a part of The Social Network.

Illustration by Josh Del Mundo

Novels with flair add spark to Husky period Dylan Mahood Husky period is a time where students can often choose to read books of their preference. For some teachers, reading is even required. Many students do not enjoy reading when they are forced, but there are books available that could be found worthwhile if students care to read them. The voice of Leon Sanders is sharp—his narration speaks simultaneously in the voice

of a genuinely discontent high schooler and the voice of a largerthan-life cynical comedian. Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher is ostensibly a typical high school coming-of-age story filled with all the stereotypes, but when you read it you’ll find there is much more going on. This book would work for anyone—if you want a cutting satire of high school relationships or a sophomoric narration about the geek that lives in all of us, you’ll like this book. Today the debate over abortion rages on, but imagine a world

where teens could be euthanized and harvested for organs if they don’t turn out according to society’s standards. Unwind by Neal Shusterman is angsty, adrenaline-filled, rebellious, and most importantly, provocative. Shusterman’s characters are revealing, but they leave you to fill in the gaps and make your own decisions about what you believe. By the end of the book, you’ll wonder what is love, what is life, what is faith, and what it means to lose any or all of the above.

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Athletes persevere despite injuries Bettencourt, a cheerleader, got back up as soon as she could after experiencing a concussion. In an attempt to get back to the ground, Bettencourt leaned to her right while the catcher was on her left Injuries can be more than just during a stunt. broken bones and bruises. How the “It’s very important for a injury is dealt with shines a bright cheerleader to not let her team light on what goes on behind the down,” Bettencourt said. scenes of the life of an athlete. Junior Katie Boyles, a fellow When sophomore Kyle Malpede cheerleader, seems to share the was running down same enthusiasm the football field, and perseverance the defense guard as she too got back Although two charged forward up after falling on weeks seems like and slapped him her back during nothing, it means a hard to the ground practice. The lot to runners. breaking Kyle’s bones in her spine clavicle. Nolan Petersen shifted pinching “I was crushed the nerve, causing down to the a sharp pain. ground yet I didn’t Boyles, as well, feel a thing, the adrenaline rush took a short break and got right must’ve taken the pain out of the back to normal. moment,” Malpede said. Sophomore Nolan Petersen’s The surgery he endured over injury wasn’t a result of a sport’s the summer has slowly started to activity. At what seemed like a heal his broken bone and he will “runner’s high” in his cross country be able to play the last three games season, he was competing and of the season. ranking high in league meets and While it takes a few months important invitationals. Yet an to fix some injuries, junior Jenna unpredictable and unpreventable

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incident removed him from competing. A few days before an important meet against rival Mission San Jose High School, he was diagnosed with appendicitis. A serious issue, he had to undergo surgery and was cut back from running for two weeks. “Although two weeks seems like nothing, it means a lot to runners. Two weeks without training can easily bring you back to ground zero, and it takes a very long time to get back into shape,” Petersen said. Another runner, senior Jesse Chestnut, replaced Petersen as the number one runner for the boys varsity team. Little did he know that he would be cut short from the season. He joked during an interval training as he stumbled to complete his set of laps, his gut aching with pain. “Wouldn’t it be funny if I also had appendicitis?” Chestnut said. What seemed merely a gut ache soon worsened, and ironically Chestnut was also diagnosed with appendicitis the next day. Although they have suffered injuries, Husky athletes continue to compete.

A step up in H2O polo

Photo by Lauren Hishinuma Girls water polo team during an after school practice.

Eric Chu The girls varsity water polo team took home first place in the Contra Costa Tournament at Contra Costa College on October 1. This is the first time in Washington history that the girls water polo team won first place in this tournament. Facing off against teams from Northern California, some of which were ranked top ten in NCS. This included Northgate

High School, ranked top ten, and Drake High School, ranked eighth. Both schools were defeated by our ambitious Huskies. “Our team is as strong as ever. I’m so proud to call myself a husky, and I can’t wait to see how far we can go,” junior Erin Swardenski said. Their improvement in the last two years has a lot to do with their coach, Cameron Bhramst. Bhramst has grasped on to the team’s persistence and uses it to push the

girls to their limits, strengthening the team both mentally and physically. “Water polo is not just a sport we play but much more, we have an awesome team inside and outside the pool and a great coach that helped make that happen,” junior Katelyn Clark said. Bhramst trains the girls twenty hours a week with strenuous conditioning drills. Their hardest drill consists of doing egg beaters in which the girls swirl both their legs like an egg beater across the pool for five to six minutes straight. While they’re doing that, they are strapped down by a ten pound weighted belt while suspending a fifteen pound chair above the water. These workouts are meant to help the team get into the best shape possible and prepare them for the annual MVAL tournament. This team is well prepared for thier competitive shot in MVALs.

Photo by Alex Young Senior Jesse Chesnut (right) and sophomore Nolan Petersen display their injuries from appendicitis after cross country practice.

Hatchet Athlete of the Month was able to join the 680 Drivers, a well recognized club team. However, Liebhardt’s water polo career has not all been smooth Junior Brock Liebhardt has sailing. He had injured his hand always been devoted to water while scrimmaging during a team polo. Having playied for eight practice by hitting it years, Liebhardt has on a teammate’s head trained and earned a in an attempt to score, well deserved place leaving him with on the Washington three metal pins in his boys varsity team thumb. With approval that he has held since from his doctor, he he was a freshman. will be playing with Over the summer, his hand taped and Liebhardt branched his thumb surrounded out from Washington’s by a donut-shaped team, making it onto support. Liebhardt will the Pacific Junior Brock Liebhardt be attempting to play Olympics team that left-handed for part of competed against both the season. national and international He plans to play water polo in water polo teams. college, and hopes for some form of “It’s some of the highest a scholarship. Liebhardt is looking level polo that I’ve played,” forward to his future as a water Liebhardt said. polo player, a player who began his Through the connections he competitive days as a Husky. made on the team, Liebhardt

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October Events Photo by Osika Tripathi Freshmen Trina Benavidez, Claire Castren, and sophomore Asma Massoumi hold the pigeons that they will release to celebrate breast cancer awareness month at Washington High School’s second annual five kilometer Paws for a Cause walk. JV football player Nicholas Russomanno runs the ball past an Irvington player for a win at the first home game of the season. Photo by Avtar Josen

Photo by June Cong The JV cheerleading team encourages the crowd as the JV football players beat Irvington high school.

Photo by June Cong Student activities coordinator Helen Paris (right) walks with her sister, a breast cancer survivor. Photo by June Cong Sophomore Raymundo Lara watches carefully as the technician measures his blood pressure. This is his first time donating blood. Senior Jessica Scott awaits the Stanford technician to draw blood. This is her sixth time participating in the blood drive. Ninety-two students donated this time.

Senior Margaret Sullivan runs in her varsity cross country meet against Irvington. Photo by Alex Young Junior Francesca Santeramo lunges for the ball in a varsity volleyball game.

Photo by June Cong

Photo by Paige Glenister Juniors Shannon Grant, Mazin Mahgoub, and Tyler Creek work on their class’s backdrop.

Photo by Joel Capra

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