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February 8, 2011

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Washington hosts speech and debate tournament

What’s Choppin’? Key Club carols for charity

Paige Glenister Paigeglenister@whshatchet.com Washington’s Speech and Debate team hosted a debate tournament Feb. 5 with around 198 students from all over the Bay Area participating to qualify for state. Only two branches of debate competed, Parliamentary and Public Forum. Parliamentary debate deals with recent issues and students get their debating topic minutes before the debate itself. Public forum, or crossfire debate, deals with national issues where topics usually include foreign or domestic policies. Although no students from WHS are continuing to state, they were able to host the tournament with minimal difficulties. Students stayed after school the day before the tournament to help set up. Those from other branches of debate and speech that were not competing the next day labeled buildings with posters ASB provided to help other debaters find their way around Washington. Students also set up the cafeteria where debates were being posted telling students what classroom to go to and food was sold. Not only did the club have enough food to sell to participating debaters, but they also provided free food to over 100 judges and 50 officials. “The set up was a lot better and the judges are a lot nicer. It was See Speech, page 2

Photo by Lauren Hishinuma A parent places his ticket into the drawing for various prizes. The prizes were donated from students participating in WHS sports.

Crab feed supports sports Monica Anbazhagan Monica@whshatchet.com Boosters Club’s annual Crab Feed was on Jan.. 29, 2011. “We support teams by raising money and giving funds to support their projects,” Booster parent Kathy Laidlaw said. All sports have the opportunity to participate and all of the proceeds go toward WHS sports programs. The event was hosted at Holy Spirit Church, which filled their 500 occupant limit. Any adult can attend, as long as they are older than 21, because alcoholic beverages are served. There was also a raffle featuring donated items such as

electronics, bags, and accessories from all the sports that sent volunteers. In return, the sports receive money from the revenue. “Boosters is extremely proactive, from snack sales, the Tailgate, and the half time kicking contest at football games. They are innovative and constantly looking for new ways to raise funds for our sports teams,” Laidlaw said. The set up for the Crab Feed started at 9 AM, but meetings have been going on since September. It consisted of 10 adults and 20 students. Students working received community service hours. Senior Natalie Rodriguez volunteered since 5 PM. She

brought food, clears tables, and anything the adults ask for. She stayed until midnight to help with clean up. According to Rodriguez, each sport that participates in the Crab Feed sends volunteers and she was one of two that the gymnastics team sent. Volunteers wore football jerseys to make themselves easily recognizable. Rodriguez said the event was festive and hectic, but overall fun. ASB sets up a booth at the event every year to sell Husky gear to alumni. “It’s an alumni event, so we [ASB] are here to offer services to them and we make sure we are here every year,” Junior Sameed Siddiqui said.

ASB plans for new smart boards purchase The Save Fremont Schools campaign granted WHS with $18,000 for supplies to enhance student interaction with new technology. Assistant Principal Lance Miller decided to invest in eBeam technology, which is designed to enhance student learning and interaction within the classroom environment. An eBeam is a portable projector that can fasten onto flat surfaces in the classroom, such as a wall or desk. An eBeam is similar to a Smart Board, but they are less expensive and function the same

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way. Students can write on the things like Photoshop,” Digital projection screen with a stylus. Imaging teacher James Kleckner They can create markings on their said. “I think it would be good for word documents or slide show critique.” images when giving presentations The eBeams will be purchased to the class from Luidia Inc. and save The distribution of their progress We need to have the eBeams will be based afterward. on department resources to support the In addition, new technology. size and need. teachers can Each department interact with will be responsible James Briano for keeping them the eBeams by uploading available for teachers lessons onto a to share throughout computer for students to access on the school year. the Internet. “I would need training on how “For any kind of interactive work, to use it,” Computer teacher James I would have students demonstrate Briano said. “One of the problems

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with new technology is it invests heavily. We need to have the resources to support the brand new technology.” eBeams are not replacements for white and black boards because of limited quantity. At the last Board of Education meeting on Jan. 26, FUSD approved WHS to purchase the eBeams. Software will also be purchased to train teachers on operating the eBeams. Teachers will learn understand the neccesary maintanence in keeping the eBeam functional for many school years. “I think it’s like another tool to get students engaged,” Kleckner said.

Members of Key Club went caroling around the Niles district to raise money for the Oakland Children’s Hospital on Dec. 19. They raised $308, hoping to make a difference for children at the hospital. “Children, their future, our focus” was the phrase that the club used to motivate fundraising for the hospital. Sophomore Alice Pham, president of the Key Club, knew that this event would be important for raising money for children that need it the most. “My ultimate goal was to create a fun community service event where money would help children who need it. I hope this money can do something to help out the hospital,” Pham said. Washington’s Key Club invited Key Clubs from other schools, which brought together around forty members for the event. Most of the money goes to the PTP (Pediatric Trauma Prevention), which acts to help children dealing with traumatic accidents. - Mahsa Dinyari

Cal Grant grants students free money

Cal Grant scholarships are avaialble to all students residing in California. The money granted doesn’t have to be paid back, giving reason for their unofficial slogan “free money.” In order to obtain a scholarship, students need the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted on time, and must meet the eligibility requirements (such as income and GPA). According to the Cal Grant website, the first application deadline is Mar. 2 for 4-year colleges and Sept. 1 for students going to community college. Cal Grants are funded by California and a small portion of funding comes from the federal government through the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP). Grant A is for tuition and fees to private or public colleges along with private career colleges. Grant B provides living assistance and allowance for low-income students whose coursework is at least one academic year. Grant C covers training and tuition costs at career technical or occupational schools.

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AP courses and exams in the process of undergoing revisions garrick@whshatchet.com College Board is in the process of making several revisions to AP courses and AP exams, changing the way AP subjects will be taught and the skills required for the exam. Last year on Aug. 16, College Board announced the elimination of the guessing penalty, with the change being effective for the AP exams given in May 2011. Beginning with the 2011 AP Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams, the format of the free-response sections will be

modified so that Part A (graphing 2012-2013 academic year. There calculator required) will consist will be a wholesale revamping of of two problems the entire to be completed in c o u r s e thirty minutes, and If they [College Board] which will Part B (no calculator let me teach fewer r e m o v e allowed) will consist chapters, then I will part, or all of four problems to be able to teach the of at least be completed in an chapers in more depth. 20 chapters hour. During the timed as a means John Wharton portion for Part B, to reduce students are permitted the scope to continue to work of content, conceptual on problems in Part A without a promote calculator. understanding, and foster analytic Biology teachers anticipate a thinking. “The AP Biology course moves big change for AP Biology which is scheduled to take effect in the too fast for students in high school,”

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AP Biology teacher John Wharton said. “If they [College Board] let me teach fewer chapters, then I will be able to teach the chapters in more depth.” The new AP Biology course will also emphasize scientific inquiry and new improvised student-directed labs which will help students learn how to frame scientific questions and assemble data. When the new test is unveiled in 2013, biology students will need, for the first time, to use calculators. The board plans to cut the number of multiple-choice questions nearly in half, from 100 to 55. It will add five questions based on

math calculations, and will more than double the number of freeresponse questions, from four to nine. The AP program has long been criticized for putting more attention on the final test than on the course. With the AP test as the ultimate goal in many classes, the chapters in a textbook which are not covered as much on the test are covered less in depth during the class . Thus, it is the test that drives what and how something is taught. This has prompted the board to redesign, shifting the focus to be more on the quality of the material rather than the quantity.

Math department expresses concerns over newly enacted homework policy harris afridi

harris@whshatchet.com The math department is currently pondering over the new homework policy that is effective at WHS this year; the primary concern being if students have the potential to succeed in math subjects with the deficit of homework over the weekends. Math teachers feel that students are likely to forget what they are taught on Fridays by the time the weekend is over, resulting in difficulty for them to comprehend and adjust with Monday lesson plans.

According to statistics teacher, Patricia Horvath, math is a subject that is learned a little bit at a time and that consistency, as well as memorization, plays a major role in learning the subject. She stresses the fact that weekends are vital to achieve full understanding of what is being taught. “High school students need the discipline of knowing they have work to be done,” Horvath said. Despite teachers’ realization that the new policy isn’t beneficial for learning, there will be no changes unless otherwise stated by the Board. Head of the math department, Ju-Ku Ho, is not for

the new policy either. “The new homework policy is in no way beneficial for students nor are we happy, because it makes it difficult for us as teachers to carry out our duties in a respectful way,” Ho said. In order to urge students to do some work over the weekend, yet not dock points if they do not, Horvath assigns two homework assignments on Thursday with one being due on Friday and the other due on Tuesday. By doing this, the policy is not violated and students are allowed to look over what they will be continuing the following week.

Naviance pushes students to plan ahead Noelle Fujii

noelle@whshatchet.com Naviance is a web-based program that allows students to monitor established goals, course plans, and view transcripts. The program started in January with 750 students. Naviance enables students to match up with a college, job, or scholarship and learn what they will need in order to get there on a national database that is updated yearly. Students can also submit their college applications and apply for scholarships through the program. The school is able to keep in contact with the student body

through Naviance. Administrators can send out surveys online to the students instead of having the students vote during school. Administrators and counselors can also communicate with students through email. There are academic two plans in the system: one for high school graduation and another for college preparation. Students select a plan which outlines the required coursework he or she needs in order to fulfill the plan. The program is gaining momentum within the Fremont Unified School District. American and Kennedy High schools have recently bought the program along

with Walters Junior High. Mission had been using the program for a number of years. WHS purchased the program in November. Vice Principal Vinh Lam, along with Counselor Carol Brahmst, Librarian Kirsten Marie, and Career Specialist Michelene Wittmer set up the website for student use. The school obtained the program through a grant from Ohlone College that pays for four years. The program has gotten students to start thinking about college and the future. “The website is pushing you to plan ahead,” Lam said.

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Jump from page 1 amazing,” senior Aziz Akbari said. Rylan Schaeffer, a senior from Mountain View High School who will be continuing to state, believed the students from WHS were polite and their helpfulness and service was fantastic. Students with the club’s debate t-shirts handed out school maps. Later in the day they acted as guides, helping students to their debate classrooms. Not only were the debaters pleased with Washington’s Huskies, but also judges and officials praised them at the awards ceremony and thanked them for their hospitality. Students working the tournament also felt pleased with the outcome. “It’s fun because I get to interact with people and I’m showing them

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pride for my school,” junior Jane Park said. Students worked from four to nine on Friday after school and from six in the morning to nine at night on Saturday, totaling 20 hours. Students earned community service hours for working, even some who were not in speech and debate. “Working this event almost makes me want to join speech and debate. It was a lot of fun and the people are really welcoming,” junior Christina Chen said. The students who will be continuing to state are two undefeated pairs from Clash Debate Club and Mountain View High School as well as debaters who won three rounds but lost two and won their final round.


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OPINIONS

iParent can cause confusion A Dose of Dogma By Dylan Mahood

Haley Barnett Nadine Morishita

haley@whshatchet.com nadine@whshatchet.com With the end of the first semester, parents are checking the iParent site to observe their child’s grade. Parents who expect good grades are shocked to find out that they are not what they expected. This could be because the students either have not done their work, or the teachers have not updated their part of the site. Parents become concerned with the grades their child receives and desperately email their teachers. If teachers are not updating their grades, the parents may become irritated if they know that their child is missing work. It is not the students fault for the bad grades on the site if the teacher never updates their page or the site is down. Some students dislike this site because their parents have access to their grades and can keep track of their work and progress. Since the majority of students are on the internet at some time in their day, they have easy access to their work on the site. Students can also go online to make sure there are no mistakes on their grades. iParent has its faults, but overall the site is slowly integrating the access of academic achievements into students’ lives.

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Reality TV has shallow appeal Paige Glenister

paigeglenister@whshatchet.com Reality television is an expanding multimillion dollar industry that captivates its audiences through shows that promote fighting, swearing and other primitive behaviors, yet some people are begging for more. Granted not all shows promote bad behaviors such as The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance, but shows such as The Bad Girls Club, Jersey Shore and Keeping up with Kardashians promote drinking, violence, and give their viewers an unrealistic view of life

without consequences. So, what’s the appeal? Some people love drama and reality television has it in spades. Being able to see someone do something so irrational that we know we would never do is worth witnessing. For some it can also be a motivational factor. The Biggest Loser could motivate some to eat better and lose weight. For better or for worse reality television will always be welcomed for those who enjoy the drama. Overall though it is not worth your time to watch these dramatic shows full of gossip and money lusting people when you could

turn the channel or do something better with your time. Reality shows take you from reality, and contradict their original purpose. How sincere is a show where people worry about their bra size instead of real life problems like where money is coming from to begin with? Let’s face it, with today’s economy reality is worrying about your job, taxes, or education. Reality television gives false hope to people about what reality is. If people really want to deny their reality for an hour or two, why not watch something with substance instead of watching Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé live their lives.

STAFF EDITORIAL

School safety is necessary, though inconvenient Guns and shootings have been in the news a lot lately. There was the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona. More locally, there was a false report shooting at the California School for the Deaf Jan. 20, where the school was locked down for an hour. At Gardena High in Los Angeles, a student dropped his backpack with a loaded gun inside that went off and injured two students. This brings about the issue of school safety. Everybody wants to feel safe at school, and nobody wants to get hurt. However, when you have students who feel the need to bring a gun to school, this creates a problem. Even if they don’t plan on using it and harming someone, it could go off accidently, like the one in L.A. There is the question of how far safety precautions should go. Nobody thinks something bad is going to happen until it does. Some precautions

may seem excessive, but people are just doing their job. Some safety measures just creates more fear and a challenge for students to try to break the rules. People complain about precautions, but as soon as something happens, it is the school’s fault. The most important safety precaution is personal responsibility. Most students who bring a gun to school, tell at least a couple of people. If students are told that somebody has a gun, they need to report it to an official. It is better to have a lockdown and find out it is a hoax, than to be shot in the head when the gun accidently goes off. There is no perfect solution to safety. We can't live in fear, but we can't be too carefree If we are aware of what is going on and are responsible, hopefully we can prevent something terrible from happening.

Huskies in the Halls

“A talking show. I would call it “The D”. The “D” stands for Dirt.”

“A show like Jersey Shore, but I’d call it “Bros” and involve a bunch of dumb guys and watch their dumb activities.”

“I would call it “The Weather Up Here” about the joys and hinders of being tall (for girls 10 inches taller than the average girl in America).”

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If you could create your own reality TV show, what would it be?

“Me being Indian in America “Fresh Off the Boat”. I had to go through some hardships man!”

Can you remember a time when the History Channel was not dominated by “reality” shows like Ax Men or Pawn Stars, and the prime time shows included the subject of aliens, ghosts, and apocalyptic conspiracy theories only as exceptions? What about a time when animated kids shows relied on more than just animation for popularity? There’s no nice way to phrase it: popular entertainment really sucks. Everyone loves to rant about how their days of youth are superior to anyone else’s. These kinds of rants fill volumes of stereotyped grandpa-garble, but perhaps the monstrous vortex continually twisting entertainment into lower forms actually exists. It is as though the whole entertainment industry realized, “Hey! It doesn’t matter that our characters are flatter than the screens they’re viewed on and we outsourced all the writing to China. If everybody sacrifices meaning for sensation like we do, then the consumer won’t even notice!” Forgive me—I’m starting to sound like a grandpa again. Cartoons like Arthur, Hey Arnold, or Recess had creative merit. So did the History Channel back when its shows were about history. In the past decade we’ve lost jobs to outsourcing, we’ve lost the ability to live without the Internet, and we’ve lost faith in our economy, but I sure as hell hope America never loses its dominance as the entertainment exporter of the world. America has dominated the international entertainment industry since it existed. Maybe our near monopoly is what made us so lazy. This is my call to whoever is listening. Sometimes I like to see movies where robots blow each others faces off and cars complete impossible feats, but usually I don’t. If you want to continue living in the capital of world entertainment, you need to remind America that you care. Next time you see your younger sister watching Hannah Montana, or your dad watching Nostradamus Effect, or your Grandpa ranting that TV has only gone downhill since his glory days, just make them stop. Remind them that America was born for entertainment, lives for entertainment, and consequently still has good entertainment hidden under the cracks in its floors.


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What is your ideal, inexpensive, or unusual date idea? What he said... What she said... I would take my date to a nice beach side diner with a view of the ocean and watch the sunset - junior Jesse Nohr

I would invite my girlfriend to my house and cook her a nice dinner and watch scary movies together junior Ian Nelson

I would take my girl to a nice dinner at a local diner and then take her to the movies afterwards - junior Zachary Zapanta I would take my date to Costco to eat free samples and if she's still hungry I would take her to get more free samples - senior Eric Chan

I would love it if my date would take me to a romantic candle-lit dinner with rose petals leading the way to my seat. Then take a nice stroll on the beach and watch the sunset. Plus have a romantic song to set the mood - sophomore Alina Amezcua If my date had a nice house with a nice roof, then we would climb to the roof and stare at the stars together and enjoy the night - junior Kristi Bernardez

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My date idea would be to go to a drive-in movie at night and sit in the bed of a pick-up truck filled with warm blankets and delicious food - sophomore Liezel Cruz

I would cook dinner for a picnic in the park senior Justin Woo

An inexpensive date that I would enjoy, would be if my date would take me to a picnic on the beach. We'll enjoy Subway sandwiches with candles, and for dessert we'll have cheesecake senior Jade Penera

I would take my date to locations we have had memorable times, and then I will take her to a new location and make a new memorable moment - sophomore Siddharth Mishra

We would watch a movie, go catch some dinner, talk about life, and walk around Lake Elizabeth at sunset to burn off all the calories - freshman Akshay Mahajan

My ideal inexpensive date would be to go ice skating at night and after, go to a romantic dinner on top of Mission Peak where we can enjoy the view while eating chocolate covered strawberries - senior Emily Eckstein

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Censorship of Huck takes away essence of classic Kaitlyn Martinez

kaityn@whshatchet.com In January, New South Publishers announced that they planned to release a censored version of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The word “nigger,” mentioned over two hundred times in the novel, would be replaced with the word “slave.” “People are scared of the N-word. It makes them uncomfortable,” English teacher Teri Hu said. Hu compared the censorship of Huck to bad words in movies being replaced with less offensive ones. “It’s unauthentic and doesn’t make sense,” Hu said. The words “Injun” and “half-breed” were replaced with “Indian” and “half-blood.” Already, the censorship has

caused controversy. However, the original version is the fourth most banned book in American schools. Some think that censorship degrades the value of the novel as originally written. “Well I know it’s loaded with bad words but I think censoring it will take the meaning out of the book. I don’t think Mark Twain meant any harm. Maybe taking some bad words out would be okay, but not all of it,” junior Jill Huynh said. It depends on our English teachers whether or not the censored version will enter our curriculum and replace the original. For it to be approved, it would have to pass through the English Curriculum Committee, Secondary Schools Textbook Adoption Committee, and the Board of Education. The censored version is set to release this month, in a single volume of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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French Club offers movies to students of all languages

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avtar@whshatchet.com French teacher Jennifer Pardini offers students the chance to sit back and enjoy a movie on specific Fridays. Pardini has been allowing the French Club students to use her room for Friday Movie Nights. This event offers an opportunity for students to see a movie from France and has given rise to the

French Club. The French Club holds meetings to decide what movie will be shown. The movie is of the students’ preference as long as it is in French, and popcorn is always free for the audience. This activity is open to all students, so the movie has English subtitles to keep those who don’t speak French engaged. The movie ticket always costs $3 and all proceeds go to the

French Club. These funds are later used to provide students a more intimate experience with French; last year funds were used to offer scholarships for students traveling to France. In the past, the movies that have been shown include OSS 117, Nid d’Espions and Rio ne repond plus. They have also watched, The Valet, Le Diner de Con (original Dinner for Schmucks), Le Placard, and a

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many others. Recently, students were shown Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, a classic French movie starring Catherine Deneuve. Movies are generally apt for young audiences, but sometimes, the movie will be rated R. If that is the case, then students must get their ticket signed by a parent and thus, students are recommended to get their tickets early in the week. “French Movie night is really

fun, and laid back. It provides students a chance to sit back and be stress free from busy life that kids get caught up in,” junior Karandeep Singh said. Pardini has been holding these events since 2008 at WHS. “I wanted to find a way to offer a culture point activity for my students and to expose them to French films outside of class time.” Pardini said.


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SPORTS Girls find their place on the wrestling team

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Photo by Gene Horecka Senior Jesse Chestnut plays midfield at Tak. Washington lost 0-2 on Feb. 2 against Irvington High School.

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ashley@whshatchet.com Senior Jesse Chestnut launched what would grow into ten years of passion and dedication when his mom signed him up for soccer at the age of seven. He started playing on the FC Fremont “House” leagues, and moved up to MVU (Mission Valley United) Division One. Chestnut played soccer for WHS all four years, two years on varsity, and currently plays midfield. He hopes for the team to place third in league this season, and make it to the NCS playoffs. The diversity of the sport really captures Chestnut’s interests.

“I have always liked soccer and I love that it is played all over the world. It brings nations closer during the World Cup,” Chestnut said. Soccer may also be present in Chestnut’s future, as he might try to be a walk-on to the college he attends. However, being a multi-sport athlete, soccer may take a backseat as he focuses on pursuing track and field. In general, Chestnut agrees that sports are always the best when fun is added in. “I’ve enjoyed playing soccer with my fellow seniors the last few seasons. Successful or not, it has always been fun,” Chestnut said.

Washington’s wrestling team consists primarily of males, but sophomore Inka Leprince, juniors Kaitlyn Loob and Brittany Kinney, and senior Maryanne Wainaina add gender diversity to the team. Even though the number of girls on the team is low, they were ready to follow the same rules and work just as hard as their male teammates throughout the season. Kinney and Leprince both became interested in wrestling after watching their brothers’ experience with the sport. Wainaina tried out since a friend bet she couldn’t do it and because of her family connection with wrestling. “My dad used to enjoy watching the sport with me when I was younger,” Wainiana said. The girls noticed that the guys were more reluctant to wrestle with them in the beginning of the season during practice. “I don’t know if it was because I’m a girl, because they’re afraid to hurt me, or some other reason,” Leprince said. Within a few weeks, the team adjusted to the situation and it no longer posed as a problem. The coaches expect everyone to do the

Photo by Gene Horecka Junior Brittany Kinney goes in for a headlock against her oponent from Newark. Washington’s wrestling team played against Newark and American High School on Feb. 2. same exercises, follow the same rules, and try their best. During practices and league meets, girls may be paired up to wrestle either gender. Kinney was the only girl from Washington to go to NCS last year, which is gender differentiated. Wrestling is a way for her to get a good work out and feel tough.

“It’s empowering to know that you can be just as good as the guys,” Kinney said. When competing against other schools, Kinney feels that her male opponents view her as easier competition. However, she sees being considered the underdog a positive aspect.

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PHOTOS

PAGE 8 The Hatchet February 8, 2011

Junior Tasmin Kennedy studies in her Anatomy class during finals week. Many sport teams still had games during the week.

Photo by Paige Glenister Junior Molly Tapken teaches the Hare Hare Yukai dance to the rest of the Anime club. They hope to perform in the upcoming talent show on Feb. 24 and 25. Tapken is the vice president of the club.

Photo by Pro Image Studios Senior Valencia Hamilton prepares for a free throw at the varsity girls basketball game against Kennedy. Photo by Haley Barnett

Photo by Paige Glenister Senior Trevor Koga buys a Jamba Juice during finals week while sophomore Alex Dring looks on. The Jamba Juices were sold for $4 and the event was organized by the PTSA. A Husky Booster tries to decide which sport’s basket to bid on during the Crab Feed auction. The crab feed took place on Jan. 29. Photo by Lauren Hishinuma


February 8, 2011