Top 10 seniors leave legacy
Seniors pave path to achievement
Senior Superlatives pg. 12-13,24
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Abby Bates Abby Bates has made her mark on both Woodcreek and the Roseville community through all of her extracurricular efforts. Over the past four years, she has been involved on campus in CSF and played softball, where she captained the varsity team her senior year. In addition, Bates has helped organize various community service projects for NHS. O f f campus Bates has served as the Site Coordinator for the Dry Creek Conservancy, where she helps clean up various sites and feed her passion for environmental causes. She also umpires for Roseville Girls softball and plays for the Amateur Softball As-
sociation. Bates has earned a slew of accolades. She won the Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete award, the WHS Scholar Award, the President’s Education Award and she was named All League First Team as an outfielder by the Sacramento Bee. Bates also served as a delegate to Girls State, where she was elected senator in a mock election. Finally Bate’s good grades also earned her the honor of salutatorian. “I’m a little nervous about writing the speech, but it’s a great opportunity,” she said. When asked what she considered her biggest accomplishment Bates stated, “Definitely getting into Columbia. It hasn’t really hit me yet and it probably won’t until I’m actually at Columbia.” Bate’s future plans also include serving in the Peace Corps and then earning her masters degree. “The legacy she is leaving is for kids to give 110% and succeed farther than they ever thought they could,” said senior Diana Gonzalez. (by Jency James, News Editor)
Tr i s t a n B e l l stands out among his peers as a bonafide genius. His stellar grades won him the title of valedictorian. “I never planned on becoming valedictorian, it just sort of happened,” he said. Bell has served as more than a fellow student. “I think students who had classes with Tristan experienced a very mature and outsideof-the-expected student voice. This allowed them to see that students can have insightful, unique perspectives and thus Tristan - maybe inadvertently - encouraged others to do the same,” said English
teacher Melanie Boisa. When he wasn’t earning A’s in his plethora of AP classes, Bell was involved in activities both on campus and in the community. He played the clarinet in symphonic band from his freshman year to his junior year and participated in the Mathletes club his junior and senior year. Bell also helped out at his church and volunteered as part of a big-brother program that reached out to children in the community. For all of his various efforts, Bell has received several accolades such as the Air Force Math and Science Award, the UC Berkeley Regents and Chancellors Scholarship and the Marine Corps Award among others. Bell plans on attending UC Berkeley in the fall and is currently undecided on his major. “I can see two different paths for Tristan. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went off and did something ‘great’ in scope or influence; and I wouldn’t be surprised if Tristan’s mark on the world was a quieter one – that of teacher, minister, or missionary,” said Boisa. (by Jency James, News Editor)
Jennifer Judge Chris Powers Athlete, philanthropic entrepreneur and devout student these are only a few of the many titles that describe Jennifer Judge. Unlike the average athlete, Judge (J.J. to her friends) has played on the varsity girls basketball squad since her freshman year, making her the one and only athlete in school history to be named to the varsity squad in her first year. As a freshman Judge was named to the Honorable Mention list for the Sierra Foothill League (SFL). In her sophomore and junior year, she was named to the All-SFL first team and in her senior year she received All-SFL Most Valuable Player honors. Besides once obtaining Athlete
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of the Week honors and breaking multiple school records for girls basketball, Judge was invited to play in the Optimist Game and Area Code Challenge Tournament. She leaves behind a legacy of athleticism that helped lead the girls basketball team farther into the playoffs than ever before. To top it off, Judge will attend CalPoly Pomona on a full ride scholarship next year, where she’ll prepare to lead the Broncos back to national prominence. Putting all sports accomplishments aside, it isn’t Judge’s success on the court that solely defines her mark but instead her individual pursuits and involvement in the Roseville community. As the Youth Commissioner on the Roseville Parks and Recreation Board, Judge helped work with park donations and discuss specific items on the monthly agenda. Judge also created her own philanthropic cause named “AWarmFeeling.org” which has helped in the making and distributing of over 100 blankets and quilts to the children of less fortunate families nationwide. As an inspirational student-athlete, Judge leaves behind an unforgettable legacy. (by Alex Ayers, Staff Reporter)
Chris Powers is probably one of the most well known students at Woodcreek. Whether you know him personally or you just know about him, you know exactly who it is when someone mentions his name. High school seemed to mean quite a lot to him and he says that he will miss it dearly. “I don’t want to leave high school. I want to stay here forever,” Powers said. “I have a lot of friends and I will miss everyone.” Speaking of friends, Powers has made quite a lot of them and he has developed a unique reputation - a reputation for talking about the numerous random thoughts that he has floating around in his head, his various different quirky quotes and his infamous impression of Beavis from
the 90’s show Beavis and Butthead. It never gets old. “One of the most memorable experiences for me was w h e n the ’09 se- niors TP’d the whole school,” he said. “They did a really good job at TP-ing the entire campus. It was really funny.” Powers gave a few words of wisdom to the underclassmen, “Do well, be good students and don’t mess up. You’ve got your whole lives ahead of you.” Powers will attend CSU East Bay in the fall. He will be sorely missed by many students on campus. We will all miss his many memorable quotes, his humorous personality and his ability to speak his mind in any and all situations. (by Joe Navarro, Staff Reporter)
Featainment Editor, Carley Higgins
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Meet the 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorians Jency James News Editor Past Woodcreek classes have produced impressive alumni over the years. The Class of 2010 is no different with their top notch valedictorian and salutatorians. With their straight A’s through rigorous courses, numerous extra-curricular activities and passionate dedication in all they do, these four students leave a legacy of excellence.
Tristan Bell, valedictorian
Ask any senior to describe Tristan Bell and the first thing that comes to mind is “a genius.” He proves this to be true with his 4.3 GPA. However this can’t be seen through the modesty he exudes. Bell said he was “surprised, happy and somewhat indifferent” when he heard about his valedictorian status. He said, “People around me are excited by it, but I don’t care too much.” In addition to his high grades, Bell spent his time in extra-curriculars both on campus and in the community. He played clarinet in the band for all four years and participated as part of the Mathletes for his sophomore and junior year. He also volunteered for community service projects through his church. As part of Cross-Walk, he reached out to younger children through a big brother program. Bell’s future plans include attending UC Berkeley in the fall, where he plans on earning a bachelors degree in a curently undecided major.
Abby Bates, salutatorian
Abby Bates has made a name for herself in academics, in athletics and in community service. With a 4.34 GPA that includes several AP and honors classes, Bates impresses everyone with her ability to juggle it all.
On campus she has participated in the California Scholarship Federation for four years, the National Honor Society for three years and served as the Secretary of Site Council for two years. On Site Council Bates worked on ways to improve the school with a team of administrators, parents and students. Bates also stands out as a member of the softball team, serving as captain of her varsity team this year. Off campus Abby umpired for the City of Roseville’s Girls Softball and played for the Amateur Softball Association. She also served as the Site Coordinator for the Dry Creek Conservatory, where she helped organize environmental clean ups. When asked what she’ll remember about attending Woodcreek, Bates said, “I’ve enjoyed all the opportunities I’ve had and the experience of meeting teachers with intellect and a passion towards their subject.” Bate’s future plans include attending Columbia University, joining the Peace Corps and earning a law degree.
Camille Kaslan, salutatorian
Camille Kaslan came to Woodcreek with high ambitions. “Since freshman year I have aspired to graduate at the top of my class,” she said. When she wasn’t busy earning her straight A average, Kaslan spent her time participating in Jazz band, the French Club, Earth Club, Nature Center and the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Kaslan volunteered at Planned Parenthood and coached synchronized swim teams. Her commitment to her studies is evident. She described her favorite memory at Woodcreek as “feeling the success of acing my AP exams.” Kaslan will attend Mills College in
the fall and hopes to earn a doctorate. As Kaslan looks back at her time at Woodcreek, she considers her legacy to be “promoting the beauty of the English language and environmental responsibility.” But she also leaves us with some advice. “Don’t shy away from loving to learn - ultimately what you know defines you,” said Kaslan.
Lindy Olberg, salutatorian
especially after my brother was named salutatorian three years ago,” Olberg said. Olberg also gives back to her community. As a member of the National Honor Society, she has helped with several carnivals, harvest festivals, runwalks and Santa’s Helpers. Olberg will head to UCLA this fall, where she hopes to pursue a career in economics. “I can’t wait be be a Bruin and to don the color blue,” she said. Her advice for the rest of us, “Don’t procrastinate, be a nice person, keep your pants on.”
Between helping out with various community service projects and playing sports, Lindy Olberg has also managed to maintain a 4.38 GPA which earned her the title of salutatorian. Olberg stands out in sports. She played volleyball her freshman year and continued to play water polo and compete on the swim team for the last three years. Her athleticism has earned her several Most Improved Athlete awards, a WHS Athlete of the Week title and the SFL AllLeague in defense title. Her favorite memory centers on water polo. “Non-academically, my biggest achievement is being the first team to beat Granite Bay in five years,” said Olberg. As far as academics go, Olberg counts being named salutatorian her biggest achievement. “Being either salutaPHOTO BY KYLE RAYL (TIMBERWOLF PHOTO) torian or valedictorian SCHOLARS: (from left to right) Lindy Olberg, Abby has always been a goal Bates, Tristan Bell and Camille Kaslan leave a legacy for me and something with more than high GPA’s. I’ve strived towards,
Senior Baccalaureate looks back at high school journey
This annual event celebrates students’ spirtual growth Jordan May Newbie Reporter
The year is ending and for some high school is ending for good. Tears will be shed; but right below them are the relieved smiles of our graduates who are happy to have completed their time at Woodcreek, knowing they put all of themselves into reaching this moment. Along with walking the stage full of pride and receiving a diploma, how about another tradition to celebrate the
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finished four years? On Wed. May 26 the third annual Senior Baccalaureate will be held at the Pleasant Grove Community Church. Principal Jess Borjon along with members of the faculty (such as English teacher Jon Smith) and even some of our own students will be speaking during the event. The night will be graced with musicians and artists from Woodcreek, not to mention a dessert reception that follows shortly after. “Trevor Braas and Kari Cosgrove will be singing, and
Micah Sapienza wrote a story symbolizing the grace of God, which he’ll be reading,” said senior Ashley DeFevere. “Jake Williams [senior] is MCing with me,”said DeFevere. DeFevere’s mom, Kathleen DeFevere is in charge of coordinating the event. This occasion is semi-formal and will require attendees to dress up. Senior men will wear button-down shirts, dress slacks, nice shoes and an optional tie while ladies will wear dresses and dress shoes.
Students as well as their families and friends are welcome to attend the event to celebrate all faiths and reflect on their time at Woodcreek. “We’re not exclusively leaning towards any religion,” said DeFevere. “It’s just for anyone that that has remained pure in their faith and made it through high school.” The Senior Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Light House Club, a Christian-oriented group on campus. This event allows students to reflect on their high school journey and gives them an opportunity to relive memories and look forward to what’s ahead. Attendees can expect a memorable funfilled night of celebration that focuses on students’ intellectual and spiritual growth over the past four years.
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poses stricter regulations Lyssa Baker Staff Reporter
During April legislation season in Sacramento, a bill was proposed to protect teenagers and punish sex offenders more harshly. “Chelsea’s Law” is named after 17 year-old Chelsea King, a San Diego teenager who went missing in February after going for a run. She was found a week later near a lake. King was abducted and killed by known sex offender John Albert Gardner III. King’s parents began the proceedings for the California law, formally called Assembly Bill 1844. If the law fails to pass, they intend to go to each state to improve their sex offender laws to protect more people. Assisting the Kings with the law process is Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego Republican who introduced the legislation in Sacramento. Fletcher went with the Kings to a news conference and spoke about the legislation. The new legislative bill goes into greater detail and has more provisions with more punishments. Chelsea’s Law would mandate stricter sentencing guidelines for sex offenders who use violence against their victims and set up more monitoring of parolees. The bill calls for mandatory life sentences with no parole for a sex crime with force against minors if the crime included a young minor under 14, if there was kidnapping that increased the risk of harm, drugging or the child being tied up was involved, or if the offender has a previous sex crime conviction. Life-long GPS tracking is also a part of the bill if the offender committed the crime against a minor under the age of 14. Current law already requires lifetime electronic monitoring for many sex offenders; however, most monitoring ends when offenders complete parole. Counties and cities do not take over when the state ends its supervision, but the bill would make it the state’s responsibility to monitor offenders for life if their crime warrants it. The maximum penalty for a forced sex crime without the above mentioned factors under the law would now be 16 years in prison, double the current eight years. The law would also prohibit a convicted sex offender from entering a public park frequented by children without prior approval by a parole agent. Offenders who disobey this could face possible parole revocation and misdemeanor charges. The bill was passed April 20 in the Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing, with no votes against; but Chairman Tom Ammiano withheld his vote. After approval, the bill was sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It may stay there until the state budget is stable.
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WHS honored at teacher awards Evan Carbone Staff Reporter Recently Woodcreek honored several teachers at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Teachers Who Make a Difference tribute. In addition staff members from all schools in the Roseville Joint Union High School District nominated two teachers for the annual Teacher of the Year award. The ACSA Teachers Who Make a Difference tribute honors annually the dedication and hard work of outstanding and exemplary teachers. The three teachers nominated were Lisa Edmisten, an English and journalism teacher; Nancy Holt, a physical education and aerobics teacher and Marianne Platt, a math teacher. “It was nice to be recognized for all the hard work the staff and I have done in journalism,” Edmisten said. “It’s a humbling experience, since there are so many teachers who deserve the recognition,” stated Holt. “It’s kind of embarrassing to be recognized for doing something you love.” The ceremony honoring the teachers was held at the HP Pavilion. Nominees got to bring one person with them to the tribute, where principals from the different schools in the district gave short speeches about the teachers from their school and a slideshow of the teach-
ers was played. “The slideshow was fun,” Platt said. “The whole ceremony was quite sweet.” Woodcreek also sent in two nomiations for teacher of the year for consideration against teachers from every school in the district. English/AP Literature teacher Kathy Eisenhower and English/AVID teacher Libby Cook were selected by the other teachers at Wo o d creek as this year’s nominees for teacher of the year. “It means a lot to be recognized,” Cook said. “It’s very humbling.” Though Cook, who was not selected to move on and compete for CA Teacher of the Year, she said, “It wasn’t difficult to not move on. It meant more to be recognized, since I’ve grown up here as a teacher.” Every high school in the district sent in their two nominees for Teacher
APPRECIATION: (from left to right) Libby Cook, Kathy Eisenhower, Lisa Edmisten, Nancy Holt and Marianne Platt inspire their students with great teaching.
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of the Year and from that list Eisenhower and an Antelope High School teacher were selected to move on to the county level. “I was so ecstatic,” Eisenhower stated. “It will be really neat to share the exciting things going on in the English department. The next step in the Teacher of the Year process will begin in August or September, when Eisenhower and the Antelope teacher will compete against other district winners in Placer County for the title of CA Teacher of the Year.
Bomb threat causes campus stir Kaitlyn May Featainment Editor The date May 6 will probably remain in the minds of students for a while - not because of any tragedy or test date, but for an unlikely, often-joked about bomb threat that was issued directly for that date. The message issued a specific threat for May 6 at 10:53 AM. The threat was written on the wall of the Senior Square boys bathroom in a display of half-legible handwriting and improper grammar. Discovered Friday, April 16, teachers were paged over the loudspeaker and instructed to check their e-mail. From there, the fire alarm rang and the entire school poured out into their assigned locations for more than ten minutes while the school was secretly checked. Later that same night, parents received automated recordings, announcing the discovery of the threat and stating that both the Roseville Police and the Roseville Joint Union High School offices felt that it was safe for students to continue attending class. While Roseville Police continued to work on finding the perpetrator, the school responded to the situation April 19 by reading an announcement over the loudspeaker. After clarifying the situation, the administration asked students to speak up about any informa-
tion they might harbor in exchange for and students were consoled about their a $500 reward for substantial evidence. safety. The night before the supposed The school also talked directly to the attack, parents once again received an unknown writer, asking the student automated message stating that school in question to come forward and turn would resume as usual and that, “… themselves in to “… potentially avoid a despite what some students have posted legal issue as well as permanent expul- on the Internet, the school is safe.” sion from Woodcreek High School.” The May 6 itself remained a day full announcement gave the perpetrator of tension for students and staff alike. four days to come forward and warned Many anxious glances were sent tothat the offense was considered a felony wards the clock as the time until the punishable by law. supposed detonation wound down. But, Despite reassurances made by the much to the sighs of some and the playadministration, the commotion caused ful jabs of others, 11 AM rolled around by the threat was wide scale. Students with no event and classes rolled on as made popular Facebook pages regard- usual. The day will be remembered for ing the bomb threat, some mocking, oth- the hoax it really was. ers rallying students to ditch on May 6. Assistant Principal Mark O’Hair dealt with over 190 phone calls from concerned parents over the following days, asking for clarification and updates. Principal Jess Borjon said that the admin was in “concern mode.” They contacted district administration to see if potential student absences on May 6 could be made up on May 28, elongating the school year by one day. To the relief of the students, this mode of operation wasn’t feasible. After a combined effort of PHOTO COURTESY OF WPP ADMINISTRATION faculty and the Roseville Police, it was determined that the WARNING: The above threat was posted in the boys bomb threat was only a hoax senior square bathroom in late April.
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Culinary ravioli makes it into Guinness record books Alex Ayers Staff Reporter A Guinness World Record was recently broken on campus. Inspired by a guest speaker from Bucca di Beppo, Culinary Arts teacher Susie McGuire and her culinary classes joined forces with her 49er ROP class and Institute of Technology (IT) students to create a 197 lb. ravioli that easily beat the previous record of 37 lbs. McGuire already garnered a spot in the Guinness World Record book by creating a 3660 foot long shish kabob with her students in 1998. The giant ravioli included 11 dozen eggs from social science teacher Laura Bullard’s hen house. “The ravioli is 100% edible and delicious, made of meat, cheese and spinach with all of the finest gourmet ingredients,” said McGuire. “It was a collaborative effort with IT, Woodcreek Culinary and Woodcreek ROP,” said McGuire. Throughout the day, McGuire’s classes were responsible for making 127 pounds of ravioli filling while IT students made the gourmet dough that included flour, olive oil and nutmeg. Junior Allison Daack commented on the process of obtaining materials for the ravioli. “It was a little hectic trying to find everything to make it with and to find someone to make the pan,” she said.
Larry Gish from Roseville Sheet Metal Inc. put in 30 hours of his time, to create the pan, which was designed by Mike Philemon of WHS Site Maintenance. “Together we figured out that we needed one huge cooking vessel larger than 5x5’, made out of stainless steel,” said McGuire. Once the prep work was completed, the cooking began. “Cooking is always the fun part,” said Daack. Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino and representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records Committee attended a public ceremony on May 14, where the ravioli was revealed. The ceremony included Woodcreek’s pep band and featured students handing out special hats as souvenirs. There was also a prize toss. Hundreds of students and teachers were there at the Quad Dance and watched the recordbreaking ceremony. Though the unveiling ceremony only lasted 10 minutes, the impact that the ravioli itself is having extends much farther. Regina Crolla, one of McGuire’s students who one day aspires to open her own homeless shelter, took six pans of the ravioli to Roseville Home Start, and another ten pans to St. Vincent-DePaul’s Food Kitchen. Other pans of the ravioli were donated to Sacramento’s Loaves and Fishes. All of these groups actively seek to either provide shelter, food or employment to their temporary residents.
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BIG ENDEAVOR: The Culinary Class beat the previous record of 37 lbs. with their 197 lb. ravioli, made by the culinary students, Woodcreek ROP and IT. Senior Tawny Blankenship, one of those who contributed to the ravioli’s success stated that one of her favorite aspects of assisting in making the ravioli was the knowledge that it went to the needy afterwards. “We are not just breaking a record for ourselves but for others too,” said Blankenship. This will be the last community event that Woodcreek’s Culinary 49er
ROP students will partake in, due to the recent elimination of the class. For now, Susie McGuire and her students are celebrating their accomplishment. “We have a world record, Make-A-Wish received a wonderful donation, and the needy enjoyed a wonderful dinner, so it’s been a delightful win-win situation for everyone involved,” said McGuire.
Congrats to the
Class of 2010
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Annual Walk for Wishes proves successful and gratifying Courtney Force OTQ Editor After having her wish granted Sadie Leber asks for one more thing, “Walk with her.” The Make-A-Wish Foundation is hosted their 11th annual ‘Walk for Wishes’ on Saturday May 22. The walk was held at the California State Capitol on the west steps. This walk helps the Northern California chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation so that they may continue to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Club at Woodcreek participated in the Walk for Wishes for the second time. “The walk was really fun last time. It was a twilight walk, but it was cool to just walk with the whole group,” said junior Brianna Incardone. The Make-A-Wish Club has been working towards the Walk for Wishes all year, raising money in various ways. They have sold See’s candy, glow necklaces and chocolate strawberries. Last year the Make-A-Wish Club raised over $1500 and this year they raised $2,176.33. They are also pulling together extra money for the walk and turning in individual sponsors. “The best part of being in the MakeA-Wish Club is knowing you’re making a small difference in helping a child’s wish come true,” said senior Allison Bay, the Make-A-Wish Club President. Unlike a typical walk, the participants in this walk were in their pajamas. There was also a pancake breakfast for the walkers. The Registration and Pancake Breakfast began at 9 AM and the Walk began at 10:30 AM.
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I didn’t want to write this. Writing it means coming to terms with it. May 27 is more than the last day of school; it’s the last day I’ll sit in newspaper with some of my best friends. In the past few years, I’ve met some amazing people that I’ve grown to love and who I’m proud to call friends. I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent with them and I’m definitely going to miss these guys. This column is dedicated to them. Irina Levtsenyuk- I wrote this in your birthday card and I’m going to say it again: you have the most original personality of anyone I’ve ever met. I’ve loved all your random movie references and your cynical jokes. I hate that I didn’t get to see you as much this year with you busy being Rizzo and all, but I’m glad we’re at the stage of our friendship where I got to meet your family and I’m sure they were equally excited to meet your “ethnic friend.” And I explicitly told your brother that you two have joint custody over the Metallica shirt, so make sure you enforce that.
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A HELPING HAND: (one the left) Wish children sing at the Pancakes & Pajamas Walk for Wishes at the Capitol. (on the right) Make-a-Wish Club members raise money for children like Sadie Leber, a Wish Child and future WHS student. “Besides wearing pajamas in public, seeing the turnout for the event is what I most looked forward to. It’s great knowing how many people support the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said senior Shannon Campbell, the other Make-A-Wish Club President The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sacramento and Northern California has granted the wishes of more than 3,000 kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The proceeds from the Walk for Wishes will go to granting the wishes of even more of these children,
just like Sadie Leber. Leber was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a cancer of the adrenal system, in 2007. Her wish was to go to Walt Disney World in Florida and the Make-A-Wish foundation granted her this wish. Sadie and her family stayed at “Give Kids the World” and she remembers it as the best wish ever. A biopsy in December showed that new Neuroblastoma had formed in the bone marrow of her skull. In January 2010, Leber began chemotherapy and radiation treatment again. She hopes
to beat the cancer again. Leber served as this year’s walk ambassador. The Make-A-Wish Club got the chance to meet Leber when she attended the revealing of the giant ravioli at the Quad dance on May 14. During the reveal, they presented her with a large check, showing the amount of their fundraising efforts. Club members gave Leber and her family a tour of the school, where she’ll one day attend. “She’s so sweet and cute. I’m really glad I got to meet her,” said junior Allison Daack.
But seriously, you’ve been an amazing Editor-in-Chief and you’ve left me and Brittany with some pretty big shoes to fill, and not just because they’re a size 8. I can’t wait to read all the satirical articles you will write one day. Zach Bredberg- a.k.a. Zacharia. You pretty much introduced me to amazing music and thanks to you my ears have been opened to what real music is. The next time you find a band you think I might like, message me about them. You’ve helped me out so much this year, from layout to Spanish and I’m so grateful for that. Also thank you for causing me to nearly suffocate from laughing non-stop at all the random things you do like your pig-squealing and hilariously-awkward jokes. I’m glad our friendship grew to me providing you with your daily source of vitamin C. While I may not be able to give you oranges on a daily basis next year, I’ll start a collection of them in newspaper and when you come back to visit, you’ll get them. I never did get to see your hard-core dancing so send me a video, kay? Tyler Benoit- So I’ll admit, back in freshman year I thought you were the weird kid who sat next to the orange girl in geometry. But two years later, I’ve gotten to know you a lot better and
I think you’re pretty cool. You’re amazingly talented as a graphics editor and I’m so grateful for the graphics you made for me, even at the last minute. I can’t forget to mention how you’re my Desperate Housewives buddy and when the show comes back in the fall, we’re definitely having in-depth discussions about it. I want to know which family on Wisteria Lane has been raising the wrong child for the past 11 years! By the way, when you get the chance, go look in the mirror and just smile and tell me what you notice about your smile. It sounds weird, I know, but just do it. Anyway you’re a great friend and Dana still says you’re a G. Carley Higgins- You were one of the first friends I made in newspaper and I’ve enjoyed sitting next to you in news-
paper for the past two years as we made our way up the editor bank. You vowed to corrupt me before you graduated and you definitely met that goal. But before you did and when I was the quiet girl in newspaper, you were always able to verbalize every emotion I felt. Basically you got me and emphatized with me, which I loved. I’ve changed a lot from the straight edge, meek girl you met two years ago and I owe that to you.You helped me become a better leader through your outspokenness and I’m glad to have met you. Thank you for being the voice that I needed at times and for being brutally honest when necessary. You are an amazing friend and I am so glad that I met you. Tell Spencer I said hello. The one run we did on that random day was pretty fun; let’s try to do that again, shall we? While this column is for my senior friends, I just have to say… I survived the hell of junior year without ending up in a mental institution! Go me!!
News Editor, Jency James
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May 25, 2010
Brittany Attwood Assistant Opinions Editor
Now I’mma let’cha finish, but this has to be one of the stupidest “prank” ideas of all time. OF ALL TIME. And, mind you, I’m an Asian teenaged boy. I’ve heard some stupid ideas by both adults and kids. Now I may not be the voice of this generation, of this decade; but even if Kanye, the arrogance master himself, made this plan, I doubt even HE would think this is “genius.” So allow me, on behalf of the school, to ask you some questions. I’ll skip the obvious one about the profanity, so that leaves me with the question: Why did you do this? What exactly were your goals for this “threat”? Something tells me you weren’t serious about “blowin’ up dis school,” so what were you looking for? Fame? Why not just sign the note and make the administration’s job that much easier? A day off school? Did you really think a false bomb note could get you out of whatever you had scheduled that day? And why not do the threat on a Friday? Get a three-day weekend out of it? If you want to know what I think, I think you wrote the note on the wall and went “Hur-hur, I make-ded a bomb threat…..now what?” That is a genuine assessment of your intelligence and, to be honest, I bet I’m not far off. So let me move on to another ques-
IRINA OLYSSA LEVTSENYUK
It’s been a while. Excuse me, I’m a little nervous. Not to sound conceited, but I’ve heard that my columns have been greatly missed. Not by all of you, I’m sure, but by a decent amount. Enough to make me feel good about myself, at least. This is the last one. There shall never be another column with my ridiculous name printed across the top again. I would love to say that it brings a tear to my eye to think on this fact, but I would certainly be lying. I’m not a particularly sentimental person; you can ask anyone who has known me for more that five minutes. I
tion: Did you have an escape plan? A Plan B? Where was your scapegoat, buddy? You had the school’s administration, the Roseville Police Department, the entire student body and countless amateur detectives working against you. They put up $500 for any info about the note. The kids at this school probably would have sold you out for a cookie and a pat on the head. Don’t tell me you did all of this and didn’t think about how to get away with it! Finally, and what I feel is most important: How did you pass terrorist school? I mean, really, you didn’t look one step ahead of scribbling the note on the wall. You wrote in what I assume was god-awful fake Eubonics, and my sincerest apologies if it wasn’t fake. You didn’t even turn yourself in when given the chance. What was Achmed the Dead terrorist teaching you, how not to get caught? Your fellow suspected terrorist watchlist buddy,
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will only cry in front of the most trustworthy people and always threaten to beat them if they ever tell anyone. So don’t expect any tear stains on this particular column. But guys, I will miss you. And this isn’t aimed at anyone specific. This is for the very aura of Woodcreek High School. Ever single clique and group and attempted “individual.” That huge group standing just outside of Senior Square (I’ll just call them “Caleb’s Crew”) that looks pretty menacing but is actually quite cuddly. Those random guys that call my boyfriend “Juno” every time we walk by. You were the ones that gave me a sense of normality in this school. This is probably the spot where I reminisce on these last four years, looking back on my fondest memories and smoking my bubble pipe. But frankly, I don’t want to. I’ll save us both the trouble of having to go through four
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Maybe it’s the cheesy musical breakouts or the seemingly unpredictable relationships; whatever the reason, Fox’s show Glee has everyone talking. When Season 1 hit the air last May, I honestly was not impressed. I felt like the show was going to become some sort of High School Musical all over again. I watched the first few episodes and saw the storyline as predictable. The main cast seemed to work together as well as oil and water, and I felt confident that the show was not going to last. Boy, was I wrong. Friends and family kept trying to get me to continue watching the show, but I felt it wasn’t worth my time. Months passed and I missed all of the first season, but this isn’t how the story ends. About two months after the first season ended, I was in a music store when I heard the Glee cast version of “Taking Chances.” At first I agreed they sounded good but not good enough to give the show a second chance. However, when I got home I somehow found myself looking up other songs from the show and from that moment, I knew I was going to watch the second season. When the second season premiered, I suddenly found myself drawn to the show. The cast seemed to have found their niche and I felt like the chemistry between them was real. I enjoyed how the character of Sue Sylvester was now fully developing and getting what seemed like more screen time. I fully fell in love with the theme episode of Madonna and definitely didn’t mind the new character Jesse.
My mind was changed. I’m not sure if it was just a matter of adapting to the sudden musical breakouts when the drama built up again or if it was just a matter of taking another look but, to my friend’s approval, Glee has captivated me. I feel that because the Glee members are portrayed as misfits trying to find their way, I now relate to them. I find the struggle over power between Sylvester the cheer coach and Schuester the Glee coach comical and a good balance for the show. So there you have it - a classical example of how you really shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover,” or in this case, a show by its first impression. Now I must be off to go get caught up on last week’s episode, where the drama continues to intrigue me.
years worth of awkward. My high school career is hardly worth that kind of time. All you need to know is that this school has made me abrasive, harsh and cynical. And you have to admit, it’s a fantastic color on me. Sarcasm is the new black, ladies, and I wear it well. I suppose I used my dry humor as a defense against those who thought lesser of me, but it’s turned into a recreational sport now. As for those people... good luck with your hopes and dreams. So what’s the point of all this? I realize it seems a bit scattered, but my train of thought still has
a track, I assure you. The bottom line is this: high school is going to give you both good and bad memories and people, and you’ll have quite the time trying to deal with both. But once you’re permanently out of those blue gates, none of it will matter. Those memories will be only that and those people will fade to nothing. The only thing left will be your own opinion of yourself and I can only hope it’s a good one. Now I leave you with just one tip. You stay classy, San Diego. I’m Ron Burgundy?
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Will senior pranks leave legacy? Summer: Is Employment possible? Alex Ayers Staff Reporter
For the last four years, the Class of 2010 has idly stood by and watched as each senior class before them has attempted to plan and execute their senior prank, once again failing to meet our expectations. After four years of failure, it would be impossible to attempt a prank worse than previous years; but the time has come for our senior class to PRANKS: Fake snow is not enough for the Class of ‘10. either cement the last class has seemingly lacked any form of brick in their legacy creativity, originality or “reach for the or fail miserably trying. If you are a freshman, then senior stars” mentality and I hope this is the pranks are something completely new year that things change. I am not exto you, and believe me, here at Wood- pecting to see a cow, which cannot walk creek witnessing Shane’s golf cart on downstairs, aimlessly wandering the the roof would be more surprising than second floor of the math hall. I would be dreaming if I saw Golden Poppies, seeing Mr. Borjon in a bikini. Four years of underwhelming which are illegal to pick in California, pranks that always seem to consist of planted in the quad in the shape of a walls, doors, windows or even the grass ‘10, or if the entire senior class camped getting spray-painted have left me and outside of the school and still arrived my fellow classmates quite bitter and late. If senior pranks are supposed to demanding something truly brilliant. Since when has graffiti, glued be the final brick in a legacy a class is locks,toilet paper on school trees or supposed to leave behind, shouldn’t we shaving cream under door handles ever be obliged to attempt something truly expressed anything more than vandal- memorable? Seniors, shouldn’t we set ism and immaturity? Yes, I understand an example for generations to come that that the concept of a senior prank en- senior pranks can not only be entertaintitles some immature thought; however ing, with a touch of originality, but also as young adults preparing to embark on avoid vandalism in the process? Years have passed and each year a cruel and humorless world, harmless, creative and unique “immaturity” can the senior prank has failed to reach brilleave both staff and students smiling in liance. I only hope, for the sake of our legacy, that this year’s prank consists peaceful reminiscence for years For the last four years, each senior of something truly memorable.
As apparent from students’ lack of complete focus on homework assignments, the amount of school festivities going on and the beautiful weather, summer is just around the corner. Along with all the fun times and memories,this means searching for a summer job. For me, job searching means a ton of phone calls, hand cramps due to the application process and a lot of frustration Now I know what you may be thinking, “Stop your complaining and just put in the effort to get the job!” Trust me, I completely agree with you. Believe it or not,I put a lot of effort into finding a job. I know that you must dress nicely, know who you’re talking to, present yourself well and follow up. I make sure to put references who know me well on my application and even make my hours as flexible as possible; yet I have NEVER landed a job. There are a few things that I find most frustrating about applying for jobs. Number one is the “Previous Experience” section. I understand that this is a great section for employers to see what you will bring to their company. However as a teenager, I find this section especially difficult because the only previous experience I’ve had is volunteering and babysitting. How am I supposed to appeal to my future employers when I haven’t had a consistent job? You may think that “They know this will be my first job;” but if you were an employer, wouldn’t you hire the person with experience over the one with no experience? I would. Secondly it always seems to me
that my competitors seem to be those individuals who already have jobs. I can see with the economy the importance of a second job, but I just wish I had their luck. Among all the frustration, though, I have found small little hopes to hold on to for those of us who just seem to be having trouble finding jobs. It isn’t always someone’s fault; sometimes it’s just the economy. With the job market the way it is, employers need people who are committed for more than one season. They need people who will last. Plus some companies may only be able to hire a few applicants because they just can’t afford to pay them. Keep in mind that eventually, with persistence, we will be hired somewhere. In order for that to happen, though, we just may have to lower our standards a bit. Maybe before you were strongly against working at fast food restaurants, well don’t be! Despite how horrible you think it may sound when you tell your friends a job is a job. So please, don’t be upset if you work in a location not of your choosing because I would gladly take your job. While I know that the job search is difficult (personally I have applied and been rejected by many places), once you get one you will be so thankful. So please fellow classmates, remind yourselves that you will succeed. It just takes time. When you do succeed, those hours of stressing about how you will pay for college and other expenses will be put to rest. With this, I say good luck to my fellow competitors. May we ALL succeed.
the stage to retrieve them, receiving a round of applause for my quick recovery. Standing there at that podium, flustered and 14 years-old, I had no idea of the things that awaited me in high school: the amazing, random and spirited friends I would make, the five hours of chemistry and English homework in my sophomore year, the never-ending adventures across campus in newspaper. Nothing could have prepared me for these things, which makes my graduation and procession to college all the more real for me. However, looking back at the speech I made and looking forward to the changes that are to come, I can’t help but recall that it was the third draft. The English teacher in charge of speeches continued to send it back to me, encouraging me to make it less vague and more of a solid speech that other students could apply to their own lives. While vague, I believe that the original draft of the speech was much more meaningful than the bland and stereotypical speech that I read for our commencement ceremony.
In my original speech, I referred to being in a dark place with no promise of escape and the challenge of having to find hope within yourself to overcome that place and move on towards a brighter future. While many students were blatantly confused by this odd speech and glad to hear the new one that talked of high school and cars and boyfriends, I remember feeling extremely sad that I had to change what I had written. The original speech may not have applied to many, but it applied to me. After having a difficult time in middle school, I had finally made a true friend and was advancing on to high school with the promise of brighter days. When I wrote my first speech, I was looking for other students to catch on to that metaphor. Looking back at the original draft, I realize how silly I must have sounded reading it to that confused classroom of eighth-graders. As I consider graduation looming less than a week away, I wonder if I would relay the same message to my fellow graduates. I’m sure that it would apply to some, especially those
who struggled through high school both emotionally and academically. But the strange thing is that it would be a moot point; I’d like to think that looking for the light in the tunnel is a lesson we have all learned by the age of 17 or 18. If I had to choose a message for my classmates as they go on to college, I think that message would have to be “Have fun, be safe and don’t get yourself killed.” Three principal rules that I have lived by during high school that have helped to make it the best four years of my life because they can be applied to all people in all areas of life, even if you’re trying not to let schoolwork kill you or you’re avoiding the temptation of going absolutely crazy at a party. Keeping in line with my tradition of quirky columns, I would like to end my final-ever ‘Chronicles of Them’ with a weird, misplaced quote: “Can’t read my, can’t read my, no one can read my poker face.” Lady GaGa once said this—and I can’t agree more. Much love you guys, have fun in the years to come.
Amanda Nelson Satire Columnist
I recall climbing up the stairs to the outdoor pavilion at Silverado Middle School four years ago, holding my speech to my chest and explaining to the audience how much we looked forward to high school. I talked about the promises of what we would receive and learn, as well as the things we were forced to leave behind. Halfway through my speech, my papers blew out of my hands and I walked across
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Assistant Opinions Editors, Brittany Attwood and Dani Butterfield
May 25, 2010
Another trip to San Francisco? Or Not? Carley Higgins Co-Featainment Editor Itâ€™s almost here. That single most looked-forward-to event in a highschooler â€™s career: graduation. And with it comes all the activities that are annually provided for the senior classâ€™ entertainment. One activity is Sober Grad Night. This optional congratulatory trip, planned by a few mothers of our senior students, is a perfect way to celebrate the ending of our high school years in a safe, sober fashion. This yearâ€™s Sober Grad Night is following in previous yearsâ€™ footsteps. We are continuing the tradition of the cruise around San Francisco Bay. This custom has been highly successful over its years at Woodcreek and has been deemed a fun way to end our years as high school students. However, despite the tried and true method of proving that this is the best option through the testimonies of alumni, there are still many seniors who didnâ€™t sign up for the cruise. For those who continue to be skeptics, allow me to prove to you why you are wrong. First, may I address the â€œsoberâ€?
issue. I realize that quite a few of my fellow classmates are not the hugest advocates of celebrating special events in a sober manner. They seem to be under the impression that alcohol or illegal substances will ensure them a better time. Personally I have never seen the appeal of taking substances that turn you into an absolute fool and tamper with your memory. I would rather actually remember one of the most important nights of my life. So if that is the only reason preventing you from attending this yearâ€™s Sober Grad Night, then thatâ€™s a lame excuse. The next factor preventing more of our senior students from going is much more understandable: money. I realize that our economy is far from its former glory and a good portion of our population is currently unable to provide $125 for frivolities. Although this IS a lot of money to spend on a congratulatory event, it would cost much more to do independently. By going through the school and by using the deals that the mothers-in-charge were able to find for us, the students actually going on the trip are saving quite a bit of money. In conclusion, if I have caused the skeptics to regret their decision to not go, my job here is done.
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Amanda Nelson Assistant Special Section Editor What would be the first thing you want to do after graduating? Plenty of students would respond with one word: â€œParty.â€? Youâ€™re finally done. After four painstaking years of history, math, tests, tests and more tests, you are an adult and you would like to celebrate that fact with a celebration of awesome caliber. What this word entails usually depends upon the student in questionâ€™s social status, tendency to partake in devious pastimes and overall personality. Personally I would love nothing more than to leave the ceremony, get into my car with my younger friends, drive to Melâ€™s Diner to get a HUGE chocolate malt and fries, then later return home for an evening of movies and random stories. I love to be surrounded by familiar people in familiar placesâ€” simply said, I have the most fun when Iâ€™m in my comfort zone. The least fun I could ever have is when Iâ€™m in a strange place surrounded by people Iâ€™m not familiar with. Sure there may be stuff to do, but thereâ€™s no one to do it with. There is no one to talk to and reminisce with on a personal
level. To me, itâ€™s just a strange party and strange people. I am talking, of course, about Sober Grad Night. While others may have a plethora of friends in their class to attend such an event with, and may even be enthralled with the idea of visiting a new place and making new friends, this would not be the place for me. The last thing I would want to do after I graduate is board a bus, tour around San Francisco for an hour or two on a boat, and return home at some ungodly hour in the morning for a feast of (as Iâ€™ve been told by alumni) cold pancakes. Iâ€™m sure (WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE) works extremely hard on making the trip a fun experience, and for those who donâ€™t mind the trip, staying up all night and potentially being surrounded by strangers, Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s going to be awesome. As for me, I think Iâ€™ll prefer to stay here in Roseville a n d drink milkshakes with my friends.
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May 25, 2010
High School Diploma - true meaning goes beyond paper
Courtney Force OTQ Editor A high school diploma certifies that you have survived: survived the tedious class work and homework, survived the long lectures and survived the ridiculing stares from both teachers as well as classmates. This survival is so crucial. High school prepares you for the rest of your life. This preparation goes even further than learning what the cos(2x) is or what date the Peace of Westphalia was signed. High school teaches students lessons t h a t are unlike anything else. They’ll tell you that the core subjects are math, history, science and English; but the real lessons go far beyond what a textbook has to offer. From difficult math problems, one learns persistence. From group work, one learns how to cooperate with even the most difficult people. From history, one learns to appreciate the country they come from. There are hidden life lessons in every class that is offered at a high school and by the time that a graduate walks across the stage, they are equipped with more knowledge than just the information that relates to the subjects they studied. A high school diploma certifies that one has survived and that they are equipped with the knowledge that is necessary for the rest of their life. People who don’t graduate high school miss out on these crucial lessons that help them succeed in life. A high school diploma allows the
RAE BUTTERFIELD When I think of love, I think of the ocean. I love everything about the ocean. I love the weird creatures that live in it. I love the soft sand that sticks to every inch of you. I love the way the water ebbs in and out of the shore. I love rolling around in it. I love its wetness. I love the way it smells, sounds, feels and tastes. I love just being near it. The ocean is always there for me. It never changes; but there are still enough mysteries to it, so that it always keeps me on my toes. It makes me crave it. When I think of love, I think of the ocean.
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graduate to move on, so they aren’t stuck in a maze of low paying jobs. Research shows that a high school graduate makes 43% more than someone who dropped out of high school. According to the Higher Education Alliance, only 25% of employers say that a high school diploma is adequate. That means that 75% of employers say a high school diploma is not enough. Statistics also reveal that someone who graduated from college will make 62% more than someone who only has a high school diploma. For these reasons, it is so crucial that students graduate high school; so they can then move on to that higher education that is needed for higher paying jobs. A high school diploma is also important these days because of the high unemployment rate. The unemployment rate is at nearly 10%. For those who didn’t graduate high school, unemployment is at 15%. I do recognize, however, that there are cases when high school dropouts are successful. Jay-Z, a popular singer and millionaire dropped out of high school at a young age. Jim Clark, who was also a high school d r o p out, is a self-made billionaire who founded Netscape. Howev er, their cases are rare. In most cases high school dropouts do not achieve as much success as college graduates. A high school diploma is so crucial because it shows that the graduate has made it through, that they didn’t give up and that they learned lessons to remember for a lifetime. (Source for Statistics: ______________) When I think of beauty, I think of the ocean. There is nothing more gorgeous than seeing the salt water of the ocean sparkle like diamonds under the noon day sun. It reminds me of the end of The Little Mermaid when she emerges from the sparkling ocean in a sparkly dress to meet Prince Eric on the beach. And when the ocean isn’t sparkling, then you can see its millions of colors, endless shades of soft and deep purples, light and clear greens, splashes of bubbly white, and of course its signature blue. They all rise up to the surface together to make the perfect blend of serenity and wild power. And then at the end of the day, I love to watch the golden sun dip below the ocean during sunset and to see the pinks of the clouds in the sky reflect on the ocean’s shiny surface. It’s all the epitome of beauty, a glimpse into eter-
nity. When I think of beauty, I think of the ocean. When I think of home, I think of the ocean. There is no other place in this world that makes me feel more at home than the ocean. I have always known that this earth is a temporary place for me, like I am an alien placed on some other planet. But at the ocean, I feel like I’m home. Everything feels right when I look at the waves crashing against the shore and smell the fresh scent of salt water in the air. When I think of home, I think of the ocean. I say all this, however I am not the ocean’s number one fan. Because there
is something, or should I say someone, that I love more than the ocean, that I think is more beautiful than the ocean, that I am more passionate about than the ocean and that I feel more at home with than the ocean. Because even though all those things remind me of the ocean, the ocean reminds me of God. Because God is love, God is beauty, God is my passion and God is my home. So I guess that’s why I’m so crazy about the ocean, because that beautiful, powerful, unpredictable thing reminds me of my one and only true love, Jesus - my God, my Savior, my Healer, my Passion and my Home.
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May 25, 2010
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U.S. ARMY Tyler Abel, Sam Klein, Dwayne Jackson, Brent Steck, Allyson Young (schools continued from page 11)
UNIVERSITY OF CA UC BERKELEY Tristan Bell, Alex Ritschard
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UC LOS ANGELES Lindy Olberg
PACIFIC Jessica Chu, Cameron Deatherage, Akashdeep Grewal
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Anupe Litt, Sean Pharaoh
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA Morgann Ramirez
SIMPSON UNIVERSITY Melissa Roberts
Milana Vachuska, Michaela Vachuska
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CA PRIVATE SCHOOLS CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Kiersten Schmidt
MILLS COLLEGE Camille Kaslan
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Molly Brett, Micah Sapienza
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Kyle Costa, Megan Kennedy, Jennifer Markwart, Kim McGuire, Kristen Taylor, Cameron Wickline, Cody Zacharia
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Elysian Heights dominates at Battle of the Bands Obviously this process can take a mentality with only a guitar and vocals, fair amount of time, in Elysian Heights some instances weeks or created accessimonths; but it is incredble and inoffenAt the risk of sounding pretentious, ibly rare and, dare I say sive folksy music I’m going to preface this review with a impossible, to effectively centered around few opinions, the first of which must judge and critique a band’s catchy choruses. be that music is an incredibly complex work in a single listening. The closest I can creation. Music, With this in come to describing especially modern mind, I hope Elysian Heights music, is almost alit makes would be a slightly ways layers of comsense when faster paced City positions, working I say that it and Colour. Honeither together or is difficult estly this was my in opposition to creto review favorite band of ate a final product the bands the three. that people form that played The last band an opinion on. To in Battle of to play was No fully appreciate the Bands Where But Up, an music, one has to at Shades ‘n alternative rock dissect each of its Waves. band. Being the layers, discover the The first only full band, I intricacies of each band to play had high hopes for layer - from the was Alley Ur- Chelsea Hughes of Elysian Heights No Where But Up; vocals to the guitar chin, a fairly but those hopes work to the drums generic punk three piece. (just like my hopes of a mosh pit and in the case of Technical issues notwith- springing up…) were quickly crushed. more complex mustanding, the performance No Where But Up were in no way bad; sic, even the bass. was overwhelmingly un- they were just horribly average. They Once one has impressive with average did nothing to distinguish themselves fully analyzed each to poor vocals, basic bass, from any other band playing alternative layer of a piece of drums that rarely varied rock and when going against something music, they can themselves and boring more original like Elysian Heights, they fully appreciate the guitar work. Alley Urchin were simply no competition. composition as a did very little to distinAfter the bands played, students whole, understandguish themselves, but at voted for their favorite to determine ing how all of the the same time they weren’t who would win the grand prize. Unpieces and parts in any way offensive. They surprisingly (to me) Elysian Heights interact to create lacked creativity but played won. Hopefully next year there will be a the final product. Trey Nixon of Elysian Heights their instruments ably. few more bands with both a little more Only then, after a The next band to play variation in genre and greater creativfull evaluation, can someone truly judge was Elysian Heights, a two piece al- ity. All things considered, though, this the merits of an album or a song. ternative band. Utilizing a minimalist year’s Battle of the Bands wasn’t bad.
Evan Carbone Staff Reporter
Look for obvious answers: eliminate unlikely choices first. Read directions carefully: you may miss a crucial word. Double-check your answers at the end: it can only help you. Trust your gut instincts: science says they’re usually right. Use the test as a tool: some questions answer others. Relax: you’ve got this.
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Colton McPherron Staff Reporter Most people are aware of the horrors of dating, the awkwardness of that first date, the self consciousness heightened to alarming degrees all for the glimmer of hope for true monogamous love... or sex if you’re a degenerate. Now imagine all of that first date horror, add some of the worst excuses for human life and you have the basic premise of the romantic comedy Check Please. It is a romantic comedy with an emphasis on the comedy, which I find rather ironic considering the setting is a series of blind dates. Senior Dan Holm and senior Amber Marshall played the two main characters, who venture out into the dating world and meet various wacky and strange characters in the process. The play had a familiarity about it, as though you’ve seen it before but in a good way. Personally I found it hilarious. It threw everything, as far as
comedy goes, at you, which made it all the more entertaining. It took me until the middle of the second act to actually realize that it was a romantic comedy. Each of the blind dates had a comedic quirk or personality flaw exaggerated to extremes. One of the most noticeable was the pirate, played by junior Zoe Moran. As one of my favorite characters, Moran did everything a classic swashbuckler should do, down to the very walk; the only thing missing was the rum. Another enjoyable moment was the hilariously funny background story of junior Josh Banegas’ character and senior Brianna Lavelle’s stalker character. Junior Evan Carbone’s roles stood out as well (especially his Guitar Hero rocker character) and junior Junior Dominguez showed that he is definitely one to look out for in future shows. Overall it was a great performance that showed off the talents of the soonto-be graduating seniors while giving the junior class a chance to showcase their potential as well.
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INSIDE: Murder in the Knife Room Amanda Nelson Satire Columnist I remember the first time I stood in front of the full-length mirror and looked at myself in full costume and makeup, complete with riding crop and stubble. “Wow!” I thought. “I really do look like a dude.” I wish I could put the feeling of stepping into the role of another person into words. It’s like projecting a puppet all around yourself - you’re still in perfect control of your words and actions, but they are that of another person and you have to embrace that person. But being that person is only a small fraction of the process. Memorizing your lines is the first and most important part of the show - and personally, the most difficult for me. I have to know all of them by heart, deliver them as my character and rely on my fellow actors to provide me with my proper cues, therefore requiring me
to know their lines as well. Then there’s the aesthetics. Digging through costume closets and Goodwill, squeezing yourself into a costume, re-sewing buttons for the second time armed with nothing but a needle, thread, and only a vague concept of what you’re doing. Then there’s the application of 30 lbs. of makeup until your face is transformed into that of someone else. Then you have the work days. Three hours of hammering, painting, dropping platforms on your big toe and coming dangerously close to crushing yourself with a flat - followed by a three hour practice in a heavy costume under burning stage lights. But in the end, it’s all worth it. I can think of nothing more thrilling than waiting behind the curtain on opening night with all that hard work behind me and my fellow cast members and finally being able to put on a show. It’s one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences that I’ve ever been a part of, and I would not trade it for anything.
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Amanda Nelson Satire Columnist
Brooke Benson Staff Reporter Dead Letter Circus offers moody guitar/drum combinations at a variety of paces, shifting from smooth, calmer tones to more intense ballads littered with heavier guitar/drums. Lengthy lead-ins killed the pacing of a majority of otherwise fastpaced pieces, but more effectively set the mood for a few of the slower songs. The lead-ins become monotonous after a while, respective in general sound and forgettable. The songs themselves are reminiscent of Muse: the lead vocalist reaches higher notes and a wider range than your average mainstream band. The pacing of the album is frustrating; it follows no particular pattern and the flow is interrupted by random songs that don’t bother to ease into a change of pace, but rather bring the pace to a jolting halt. Although the flow might have been improved were the songs arranged in a different order, individually the songs have no apparent problems and are actually quite enjoyable. A few of the earlier songs can become monotonous before the album progresses into more lively pieces. Songs like Big and The Drum break the energetic flow and set up for a more relaxed couple of songs just before switching back to the faster, up-beat norm. In general the album is dark, but the lack of consistency doesn’t allow the album to take any particular shape: energetic pieces like Next in Line follow The Design, a more relaxed song. The album picks up nicely from more relaxed lead-ins to interesting and conflicting choruses.
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Summer. A time of celebrations, sleeping way longer than humanly necessary, casual parties and swimming. But it is also a time of goodbyes, opportunities and new chances. So before we all frolic off to swap book bags for beach towels, allow me to usher you off with some words of advice. Incoming sophomores: make the most of your summer. Make memories and form friendships. You’ve probably heard it a million times already, but high school really does go by in a flash. Relish your freedoms and lack of responsibilities while you can before you
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When it comes to Internet radio, Pandora has truly set the precedent. The first major name in Internet radio, Pandora makes it easier to access the songs you love if you don’t have the money or the time to splurge downloading. Just type in the name of an artist or title of a song and you have your own unique radio station. The songs the radio generates are usually familiar and catchy based on your likes - and if they don’t exactly suit your tastes, just hit
the ‘thumbs down’ button and similar songs will not play. On the other hand, giving a song a ‘thumbs up’ will play more songs of the same genre or by the same artist. While this can be quite helpful when fine-tuning your station to your preference, liking too many songs of the same genre can completely change the station. For example, I created a station by searching ‘Lady GaGa’ and after hitting ‘thumbs up’ on several songs, my station had somehow been
morphed into an ‘alternative rock’ station ruled over by Fallout Boy and My Chemical Romance. While I have nothing to complain about considering these choices in music - especially seeing as my decisions lead to the spawning of this station - I could easily see how it would become frustrating when you clicked on your pre-existing radio expecting ‘Alejandro’ and instead received ‘There’s a Reason These Tables are Numbered, You Just Don’t Know It Yet’.
Slacker presumably was created directly after Pandora sparked the Internet radio craze and is, for all intents and purposes, a slightly improved clone of Pandora. While you can type the name of an artist or song and create your own unique radio station - exactly like Pandora - there is the conveniently user-friendly feature of pre-existing stations that are separated by genre. While Slacker works on the same ‘like-dislike’ system as Pandora, the music options are considerably more varied. Remixes of popular songs as well as slightly obscure songs do occasionally play, but never prove to be boring or unsuited to your tastes. Using Slacker’s genre stations is a great way to discover new or lesser-known bands that usually prove to be quite enjoyable. Another positive spin to Slacker radio is that the next song and artist is displayed next to the song currently playing, as well as the remaining number of ‘skips’ you can use on the current song, which makes it much easier to decide if you want to advance to the next song or not. However Slacker radio tends to automatically ‘tune’ itself after you skip one song, leading to uselesslywasted skips and going through many songs that you may have actually wanted to listen to.
Many of you would remember, in the times of old, a lovely little website called imeem. On this website, it was possible to arrange full playlists and listen to your favorite songs time and time again without having to search for them through track after track of undesired songs. Sadly, in late 2009, imeem was bought out by myspace music and all of our 200 track-long playlists were lost forever in the sea of the Internet. Ladies and gentlemen, the imeem concept is back and better than ever before: and it is called Grooveshark. On Grooveshark, users can listen to any song that they want at any time they want, arrange it into a playlist and send it to their friends with no limit to repeats or skips, not to mention the Internet radio stations available to listen to when you don’t have the time to arrange a playlist. Grooveshark also gives users the ability to listen to obscure music that would never appear on Pandora or Slacker radio stations. Songs by lesserknown bands like Porcelain and the Tramps as well as songs featuring artificial lyrics produced by Vocaloid programs are ready to be listened to and added to your playlist—there’s also the added bonus of being able to access almost any kind of remix or cover to
your favorite song imaginable. This is all thanks to the option for users to upload their own music. So if you don’t see a song that you like readily available, you can easily put it on the site for both yourself and many other users - or nonusers - to listen to. Grooveshark is open to all those who wish to listen to music. Becoming a member is strictly optional, albeit free, and required in order to save your playlists.
have to seriously worry about college, jobs and paying rent. Incoming juniors: be prepared for what’s ahead. Junior year is tough for everybody - it’s the year that you generally take the most AP classes, attend prom and take the SAT. Don’t be afraid to take breaks once in a while - it will be crucial to detox from stress frequently, but be sure to keep your priorities on target to stay on track. Fellow incoming seniors: we need to pick up our game. As tempting as it is, don’t slack off entirely. Have enough credits? Take a class you wouldn’t normally take: auto shop, culinary, photography, maybe even military history. Expand your horizons. Now is the time to discover more about ourselves. Take every opportunity to do so while it’s still free, because college isn’t. You may just find a new passion or talent
along the way. Outgoing freshmen - weird to hear that, isn’t it? - make the most of your summer. You need to make memories too. This is the last chapter in your teenage life before you take the plunge into young adulthood and more responsibility. Spend time with all your old friends before leaving for college. Get a phonebook, distribute your e-mail, link to your Facebook - anything to keep in touch. And when you finally get to college? Do it in moderation. That is the ultimate advice
that I can offer that will apply for the rest of your lives. If you have to party, then party; but leave room for study. If you have to drink, then drink; but not to the point where you lose all self respect and dignity. If you’re going to study which you WILL have to - don’t let it consume you either. Find a balance of serious time and social time. Don’t waste your own time and your parents’ money by squandering away your first year: take things in steps, test the water and do it all in moderation.
When it comes to Internet radio, the winner is plain obvious: Grooveshark takes the cake. A blend of our beloved imeem and typical Internet radios such as the aforementioned Pandora and Slacker, Grooveshark offers more to both the registered member, as well as to someone just looking for a favorite tune to listen to. That’s not to say that the other two aren’t enjoyable websites to access; Grooveshark just has much more to offer. So next time you have a deep craving for that certain electronica mix that Pandora just doesn’t have, lurk right on over to Grooveshark for an amazing music experience.
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Previewing the summer blockbusters Editor’s Picks Brooke Benson Staff Reporter Twilight fans rejoice: the next installment in your riveting vampire romance series is coming soon, alongside a few more promising new releases as well as a few just as hopeless ones. This summer’s crop of movies are following a few familiar trends: rehashes of the same plots, or else spin-offs of TV shows and movies, video games or even newspaper comics. Comics? Yes. Marmaduke, the much beloved Great Dane who has graced the pages of the comic section of the newspaper for so long, is being turned into a movie. Owen Wilson (Marley & Me—go figure) will star. While audiences love dog movies, why are you messing with Marmaduke? The Karate Kid is a more promising looking remake, taking a more modern twist on an old classic while still remaining true to the original charm of it (chopsticks versus flyswatter style being a prime example). The
A Team is another release leeching off the success of the original TV series (why?!), unlike the upcoming Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which refuses to see the failure of so many past video-gamesgone-movies and hopes for better luck. For the kids, Toy Story 3 (that’s right, three) is also coming with this batch of summer movies. Is there a need for a third installment in this childhood favorite? I’m not sure. Money seems the biggest motive there. The same goes for The Last Airbender, a movie based on a Nickelodeon series (doomed to fail just based on that concept). The Last Airbender thrives as a children’s show because adults don’t have to watch it--it is, in effect, the typical action kids’ show. It is therefore condemned to the same fate as so many cartoon movies before it,
Kaitlyn May Featainment Editor Humor, action and romance: Iron Man 2 has it all. With Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark, aka ‘Iron Man,’ this sequel has wowed audiences and far surpassed the original movie both in terms of plot and aesthetic appeal. As with most sequels, the director has upped the ante with bigger explosions, more conflict and even better visual effects. There is a constant change of scenery, creating a sense of urgency in the plot. This time the conflict is both an internal one for Stark as well as an external one for the fate of America.
Jordan May Staff Reporter We’ve seen the superheroes that swing from handslung webs across city skyscrapers, the gallant ones that fly miles above our heads with brightly colored capes gliding behind them and the ones that grace our TV screens with their superhuman powers that blow the minds of even the most imaginative 11 yearolds. We’ve seen it all, haven’t we? This question is what followed me into the movie theater last weekend as I went to see the new action flick “Kick Ass.” With all the classic superhero movies that have suffered the con-
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and that is its lack of appeal for more than just a few small clusters of potential audiences. There’s been an increase in the production of romantic comedies based on the concept of James Bondlike action. They’ve flooded theaters with comedic matches made in comedy Heaven after the release of Bounty Hunters (Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler). First there w a s Ti n a F e y a n d Steve Carell in Date Night, and now Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher in Killers. While such movies are entertaining in small quantities over a long period of time, the sudden fad is starting to bore with predictable plot lines and just as predictable cheap humor. Night and Day is the next in a long line of films following this repetitive and somewhat frustrating fad. This summer’s crop of movies offers something for everyone: a plethora of movies from a wide range of categories. Too bad they don’t stray very far from the cliches associated with them.
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There are more enemies, more backstabbing and even better - more robots and more battle scenes. Even the most secret nerd will get a kick out of the large scale mecha fight in the Japanese garden, which happens to be one of the most enjoyable fight scenes within the entire movie. A huge success of this film is the continuation of plot from the original to the sequel. The director appealed to the fanbase and embellished upon what we already know, delving into Tony Stark’s past to exploit backstory and to look for conflicts. Such traversing leads the audience away from the Middle East and into the heart of Russia, to the impoverished home of Ivan Vanko. Although the plot is not always clearly explained, the excellent directing makes up for it by leading the audience through both sides
of the story, allowing them to draw conclusions without pushing the answers out in cliché and obvious ways. Another fan bonus is the subtle introduction of more Marvel characters into the storyline. Due to the increased presence of character Nick Fury, an outpouring of new characters have cropped up with the potential promise of them reprising with even bigger roles in upcoming movies. My only complaint is that the movie never states the antagonist’s ‘Marvel’ name Whiplash - until the credits roll at the very end. While not a detriment to the movie itself, it would have been easy to throw into the dialogue at various points to add to the comic book feel. Be sure to see this one in theaters and stay after the credits for a sneak preview of the next Marvel movie!
stant re-make after re-make of their own originals slowly winding down in excitement, the action-comedy Kick-Ass proves to be a breathe of fresh air under our cheap polyester capes. Throughout the movie we are faced with the works of a good blow-yourfreaking-mind movie: ridiculous lethal weapons that cease to exist except for in our minds, the right amount of the use of slow-motion, explosions that take up the whole 30-40 ft. screen, spandex for days and of course, a bazooka. With all of these action-hearty ingredients mixed together, on top of a sweet and comical plot, we have a possible Movie of the Year. An over-exaggeration? Not in the least. When we get to follow socially awkward high school student Dave Lizewski through his journey on taking the comic
book action and heroics past the print, we end up unraveling the lives of the hidden heroes and villains that lie just beneath the city’s surface. When Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson) discovers that he’s not the only one who ordered a wet suit off of eBay and practiced fighting moves in his bedroom, he’s asked to join a fatherdaughter team whose basement full of fire arms and knives is more than the phrase “fully-equipped” can possibly hope to entail. Together they set out to defeat one of the city’s most unmerciful drug dealers. The movie is more than one paper or review can give credit for; so here I leave you, exceeding my word count, with a strong urge to get down to the movies and feast your eyes on what can only be described as “Kick-Ass.”
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Empanadas ‘n Buns is new favorite Carley Higgins Featainment Editor
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I have found paradise. It’s nestled in a small shopping complex across the street from Costco, behind Jack in the Box. It’s name: Empanadas ‘n Buns. Run by Nora Carino and Joe Raquiza, this little restaurant provides the most delicious, unique, authentic cuisine I have experienced in the Roseville area. Each morning, Carino awakens at 4 AM to start baking and frying. Every single empanada, pork bun and lumpia is made from scratch. Even their fruit smoothies tasted fresh. Their menu is rather limited, but the quality of their food makes up for that ten times over. One of the specialties offered are empanadas, which are deep fried pockets of a fluffy dough stuffed with either beef with potatoes and raisins or chicken. It may sound like an odd combination, but the saltiness of the meat combined with the sweetness of the raisins is the perfect mixture to shove into that soft yet mysteriously crunchy fried dough. Although the size of the empanadas is small in comparison to most portions in restaurants, they are surprisingly satisfactory and come two to a plate. Another masterpiece are their pork buns. You have the option of either buying the fried version of the sweet-porkbuns or the slightly healthier, baked version. These similar buns require two drastically different types of dough. In order for the baked dough to cook
all the way through without the meat burning, the dough has to have a thicker consistency than that of the fried buns. Of course, Carino wouldn’t reveal the PHOTO BY WPP STAFF secret beh i n d t h e TASTY: Meals are affordable. difference in doughs (magicians never DO reveal their secrets, after all). One of the more well-known items on the menu are lumpia. Very similar to spring rolls, lumpia have a mostlymeat filling wrapped in a flaky, thin dough. Pair these little guys with the scrumptious sweet and spicy sauce and you have a little bit of heaven in finger food form. Truly you could order absolutely anything off their menu and be completely satisfied. Everything is delicious and surprisingly cheap for hand-made goods. The amount of time and hard work put into the various foods offered shows. It has become my new favorite place to eat, especially if you enjoy foods that differ from the normal, bland, Americanized version of ethnic foods.
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Alex Ayers Staff Reporter The school year is finally coming to a close and the tedious art of studying, the meticulous act of homework and our stressful attempts at pop-quizzes are finally ending; however, our treasured high school sports are coming to an end as well. This year has brought great memories and great accomplishments that have taken Woodcreek sports to a new level of success and memorable greatness. As I recall the Black Mob and Pink Mob, football playoffs and basketball playoffs, I reminisce in all the success that we have witnessed this year at Woodcreek. Rewind back to mid-September and the Timberwolf varsity football squad is battling it out in the season opener against defending San-Joaquin Section, Division 3 champions, Casa Roble. Though the Timberwolves walked away with a loss, the game itself symbolized a valiant fight to the finish - a fighting spirit that would come to epitomize the football team for the duration of the season. With down-to-the-wire, nailbiting games against highly ranked Del Oro and Del Campo, Woodcreek came away with wins that will be remembered for years to come. Wins against crosstown rivals Oakmont High School and Roseville High School also resulted in fan-pleasing wins. Though the season ended on a slightly sour note with a devastating loss to the powerful
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Folsom Bulldogs, the season closed in the second ever playoff appearance in school history. While the football team was ousted from playoffs earlier than hoped for, the boys varsity basketball team ran into post-season play with a thunderous momentum that seemed to elevate them into a state of invincibility. With 22 wins and only 5 losses in the regular season, and an official Sierra Foothill League Championship under their belts, the T-Wolves stormed through playoffs, ending their season with a record of 28-6. While being followed every step of the way by the infamous Black Mob, the boys came to garner a come-frombehind Section Championship against rival Oakmont and a Northern California State Championship appearance against St. Francis of Mountain View. While the Lancers put the game away with a heartbreaking buzzer beater that prevented Woodcreek from its second State Championship appearance, the 2009-2010 Woodcreek Boys Basketball team will nonetheless live in school history for ages to come. Not only had the boys come away from their season with a powerful push through playoffs, but the girls varsity basketball team as well battled to a highly commendable and hard fought second place spot in the highly competitive Sierra Foothill League. With a 19-8 record in the regular season, the Lady T-Wolves entered into playoffs with the remembrance of a Pink Game victory and a desire for a section champion-
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DEDICATION: Nik Stathopoulos (right) helped his team go far in the playoffs while the girls team huddles up as they travel into the playoffs. ship. Wins against Pitman, Fairfield and Chico ended in unfortunate losses to St. Francis of Sacramento in the section semifinals and a Presentation game against San Jose. Despite a departure from the playoffs, the Lady T-Wolves still ended the season boasting a dominant 22-10 record. Our other Lady T-Wolves, the girls varsity water polo team, as well raced through the regular season in dominating fashion, entering the playoffs second in the SFL behind rival Granite Bay. A destructive 13-5 win against El
Camino pushed the girls further into postseason play, leading them to the Sierra Valley Conference’s number one seed, Ponderosa High School. Despite having the lead the entire game, the Lady T-Wolves unfortunately came face-to-face with an unlucky end of the game shot that ended in a devastating loss. However they still finished with a terrific season.
Softball crushes Oakmont 9-2, Rugby succeeds in Varsity year however misses trip to playoffs Jessica Roberts Staff Reporter
a win. Woodcreek pulled through in the fourth inning, starting it off with back-toThe girls softball back triples by Lauren team played their last Clark-Lewis and Sami game against OakEverett. That turned the mont Friday, May 7. game around and they After losing their game scored five runs. They to Roseville two days continued to stay ahead before by one run, they for the rest of the game, lost their chance of scoring four more runs in going to playoffs. But the last three innings and that didn’t stop them not allowing Oakmont to from playing hard and get anywhere near home defeating the Vikings again. They won their with a final score of last game of the year. 9-2. For the first time in Near the beginPHOTO BY JESSICA ROBERTS over five years, the Lady ning, it wasn’t looking Timberwolves did not so good for Woodcreek, FASTBALL: Freshman Alexis reach the playoffs. Finletting Oakmont have Wilkerson throws heat in a ishing with a record of two runs and not scor- win over Oakmont. 12-13, the season did not ing any themselves for the first three innings. But this didn’t end the way they planned. However, seem to affect them. The team still there are only three leaving seniors and played their best and fought to come next season will be filled with experiback and try to end their season with enced returning players.
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Tim Connors Staff Reporter
The Wolf Pack Rugby team has been playing and succeeding for three years, but this was their first season at the varsity level. This year has marked their first year playing in the Sacramento Valley High School Rugby Conference, which is said to be one of the toughest in the United States for High School Rugby, as it is a conference full of national championship winning teams. Despite being in a conference full of Goliath’s, the Wolf Pack managed to end the season with a 5-3 record. Senior Alex Ayers said that he thought the team has improved immensely over the past year. Also junior Gage Young said, “Even though they played some tough teams and lost some key games, they still did great and kept the scores pretty close.” Young and Ayers both agreed that Jesuit was their toughest game of the year. After losing to Jesuit, the Wolf Pack team went on to play the Islanders, winning big 41-17. “We wanted a win,” Young said, as they fought hard
and destroyed them. For the upcoming year, the team will be losing some of their key players; but there are new players coming in who will help the team keep up their success. “I feel they would continue to do well, as long as the team veterans work with the new players,” said Ayers. The team also competed in the Sacramento Kickoff tournaments this year, which is one of the largest and most respected tournaments in high school rugby in the United States. They played in the Bronze Division, beating the Berkeley Rhinos 10-0 and the Live Oak Acorns 12-0. They went all the way to the Bronze Division Championship; however, they were stopped by De La Salle, losing 8-0. One thing is for sure, the team felt strong this season and felt confident about themselves. As far as team spirit goes, they look to Brook Dycoff who never fails to get them pumped up before each game. “He just goes wild and gets our adrenaline going,” said Ayers He gives the team motivation before every game and is a part of what allowed them to have such a successful season.
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Brittany Attwood Online Editor Each year our school has those top notch individuals who seem to excel beyond anyone else in their field of play. Senior James Nunley is no exception. Nunley has been playing varsity football for the Timberwolves since his freshman year and has become one of the most successful and decorated football players to ever step on campus. Throughout his career, Nunley has managed to make quite a name for himself. He broke the record for most rushing yards in a season as well as the record for most overall rushing yards over a career. He also broke the record for most touchdowns in a season in his career. With so much accomplished in his four years here, Nunley recalls the most memorable moment being near the beginning of his career. “My favorite memory has to be my first touchdown freshman year,” stated Nunley. That touchdown would just be the beginning for Nunley, as he would trot into the end zone countless more times over his four years. Another one of his favorite memories was, “making playoffs for the first
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While this might be hypocritical, I needed to write about this. It’s something that has irritated me during all of my four years here at this school and now that I’m graduating, I figured it would be the perfect time to get it off my chest. So here it goes: I hate people who complain about school activities. That’s right. I’m complaining about people who complain. Hypocritical, I know. But I’ve never been one to care. I acknowledge my hypocrisy with exuberance and pride. Now what I mean by this are those students who feel the need to complain about ever facet of each school activity - the dance wasn’t fun enough, the drama production was too boring, the dances were too expensive. What I want
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time junior year.” That playoff bid was the first in the history of the Timberwolves and Nunley was one of the key components in helping the team make it to playoffs and secure a playoff win in the first round. In 2009 Nunley received the title of Second Team All League for the San Joaquin sections for the second time, his first he earned in his junior year. On top of that Nunley also received First All League in the Sierra Foothills Division, an achievement he has made each of his four years playing for the Timberwolves. Of course Nunley recognizes that it wasn’t just his talent and dedication that got him where he is. It also was because of his chemistry with the team. “Adam Womack always made playing fun…he was my partner in crime on the football team,” said Nunley. Without his teammates, Nunley stated that the only reason he would keep playing is because “I liked hitting people and winning games…and it helped me stay in shape.” Based on Nunley’s laundry list of recognition and his key role on the team, it’s clear that Nunley will go great places in the near future. Nunley will continue his football career at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. It will be exciting to watch him play at the college level. PHOTO BY KYLE RAYL (TIMBERWOLF PHOTO)
to know is… who cares? The people who put on these events take hours out of their spare time to try to put on something fun and entertaining for YOU. One of the activities complained about the most were the school rallies. Apparently, according to some students, the rallies are all stupid and boring. My question is, would you rather there not be a rally? Last time I checked, not only do you not have to go to the rally; but if there weren’t rallies, you would have more time in class that day. Do you really want that? Also student government spends weeks preparing for these things. Then there’s school dances. This one has the most complaints, and I just don’t get it. There’s the complaint that they’re too expensive. Here’s a solution, don’t go. If you don’t want to spend a whopping $15 bucks on a ticket, by all means don’t go. Nobody will miss you. Nobody will care. What really set me off about this was Senior Picnic. So many people
While all sports take dedication, not many sports demand passion like cross country does. Woodcreek’s Cross Country star, senior Courtney Crosta has the passion needed to make her nothing short of a legendary runner. She holds the school record for every course she’s run on. Crosta participated all four years of her high school career in varsity cross country. “I don’t think any of the years were necessarily my favorite,” said a reminiscing Crosta. “Each year has had different people, expectations and experience.” And she was a part of some fantastic teams that became Sierra Foothill League Champions in 2007, 2008 and 2009; San Joaquin Section Champions in 2008 and 2009; and Division II Stanford Invitational Winners in 2007. “I love running,” said Crosta. “I really enjoy going on long runs, like an hour or longer. It’s fun just finding a good rhythm and exploring trails.”
Crosta’s passion for running has contributed to her noteworthy accomplishments. She was the SFL runner up Champion in 2007 and 2008; and she placed 55th at the 2007 State Meet, 44th in 2008, and 19th in 2009. Now Crosta will attend UC Davis and become one of their star runners. She obtained a scholarship to run on their cross country squad. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to run at a Division 1 school like UC Davis,” said Crosta. While Woodcreek will be sad to lose her, Crosta is already making plans to at UC Davis. Crosta said, “One of my major goals is to make the traveling squad (top 7 runners) as a freshman.” Crosta’s passion for running cross country has gotten her and her teams here at Woodcreek far. “I love how cross country isn’t just an individual race at Woodcreek… it’s a sport where everyone gets to play or race and I think that’s the draw,” said Crosta. Surely with passion like hers, her athleticism will continue to bring her far in her college running career.
complained about this for no reason. Paying $5 for it was the most awful and appalling thing that has ever been done in the history of the world! Or at least that’s what some students were saying. You got a bus ride to a nice park in Auburn with lunch from Chick-Fil-A and you got to miss an entire day of class. I don’t see one thing to complain about that. You could easily find $5 between your couch cushions. And if it was really “boring,” like some people claimed, maybe you should get some friends to hang around. Then maybe you would have had fun. While I realize I am writing this in
vain, since I know most of the students who complain about these things don’t read the newspaper (because the newspaper is another one of those things that always “sucks” and is “stupid”). But I guess I just needed to get that off my chest. Honestly these people need to realize that people go out of their way to do these activities for you. They spend time after school hours to put these on. None of these activities are bad enough for these students to complain as much as they do. Maybe they should see how much work goes into planning an event. But whatever. Maybe I should get off my soapbox.
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Zachary Tyler Bredberg Sports Editor Playing since childhood, basketball has always been senior Nik Milani’s sport. In his years playing basketball for the Timberwolves, he has established himself as one of the most feared players in the area. Due to his dedication and talent, Milani has become one of the most accomplished basketball players in school history. Milani has been playing on varsity since his sophomore year and during his 3 years, he has been able to leave a massive mark on the Timberwolves’ history books. During both his junior and senior years, he was named to the prestigious first team All-Sierra Foothill League team. 2009-2010 showed Milani’s best season of play, as he averaged the best stats of his career over his senior year. “2009-2010 was definitely my favorite year because the entire team was like a family,” said Milani. “The season was unbelievable; we made it to Arco Arena. And this season I just played great.” He dominated the league in the 2009-2010 season, as he averaged 17.3 points per game, 6.2 points per
game, and a season total of 15 blocks. Proving his dominance this past season, he was named the 2009-2010 SFL MVP. “No kid is more deserving than him,” said Coach Burnel Pinkerton. “He did everything for our team. He rebounded, shot, passed, stole and took charges as good as anybody.” Of his three years playing varsity basketball for the Timberwolves, Milani says that his senior year was by far his favorite. “This year was definitely my favorite year. The entire team was like a family. The season was unbelievable.” One of the biggest reasons for Milani’s success was his great teamwork. He called his team a “family” and their intense bond allowed him to have fun as well as succeed. “Everybody was my favorite teammate and all the coaches,” said Milani. Now that Milani’s time playing for the Timberwolves has come to an end, he will take his talent to the next level and play for the Sierra College Wolverines. He plans on playing there for two years, and then hopes to transfer to a four year university to play basketball and obtain his degree.
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Only the best, the quickest and the fastest of the runners in California are invited to the prestigious Stanford Invitational tournament. Adam Richards, senior and Woodcreek track star, is one of those gifted few runners. Within his four years at Woodcreek, he’s run varsity track for all four years and played football during his freshman and sophomore years. Football was a lot of fun for him, but he stopped playing after sophomore year in order to focus on running track. Sticking with track for the four years at Woodcreek has been a better choice for him; clearly it has brought him very far, as he is one of the top runners in the state of California. Richards ran the 100 meter, 200 meter, 4x100 meter, 4x400 meter, and competed in long jump during his time running track. Though the 100 meter looks like the fastest race, Richards said, “Even though it was only eleven seconds, it feels so long.” Novels of thoughts were running through his
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head constantly during what seemed to be a lifetime. Eleven seconds isn’t very long, but there is a lot to think about as they run. While talking to himself while running may sound weird, it has worked for Richards. He received third in the Sierra Foothill League for the 100 meter and 200 meter. For Richards, the 4x400 meter was the most exciting event and his favorite event. He liked this event the most because he could see it play out. “But I dreaded running it,” Richards stated. “It hurts like hell. But it was one of those ‘hurts so good’ situations.” It was painful but exciting when the team did well. His team received second place in this event, which is an outstanding accomplishment for both Richards, as well as the outstanding supporting cast he had running with him Richards is going to continue running at CSU Chico. The Chico coach is currently helping him get into the dorms. It should be interesting to see where track takes Richards in the future. His future looks bright and his sheer talent and determination has the ability to take him far.
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for multiple years. Senior Jordan Hardy was also a key runner in the event of hurdles and senior Courtney Crosta in distance running. Junior Hanna Hardy was key in multiple events, as she excelled in both the triple and Long Jumps. All of these players were team captains, who set good examples with their work ethic and record-making skill and ability. Crosta now holds the record for the 3000 meter run with 10 minutes and 22 seconds. Richards, Mike Mathews, Blake Cervantes and Bobby Reeves took the men’s 4x2 with one minute and 34 seconds. Jordan Hardy also secured records in both the 110 meter hurdles for 14 seconds and the 400 meter hurdles
The Track team has run, jumped, hurled and tossed themselves into greatness this season, acquiring wins and records during the spring. Even with all the records that they’ve already broken, they plan on continuing to break even more records into the summer. This year some of the major victories happened at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, where junior Hanna Hardy made her own record-breaking 38 feet triple jump and the long jump with 17 feet. This record not only broke the school record, it also broke the Sierra Foothill League record. At the SFL meet, the Girls 4x4, 4x1, long jump, pole vault, hurdles, distance and triple jump all made it to the San Joaquin section tournament. Some of the key players of the season included senior Adam Richards who excelled in sprints. He will take his running to Chico PHOTO BY JESSICA ROBERTS State in the Fall and extend his dominance PERSEVERANCE: Sophomore Jacqueline Harvel runs to victory.
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In one of the most successful years in recent memory, the Golf team made it to the San Joaquin section tournament. They were led by the team’s top two players, freshman Bryce Johnson and senior Greg Langseth.
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Mike Prinzing - the actor, the announcer and Mr. Woodcreek has made himself known as the funnyman on campus. He’s participated in over ten theater productions, worked three years on the video bulletin, been a member of the Thespian International Honor Society for two years, and served as president of the Thespian Troupe. He has also won numerous awards for his theatrical roles and his academic achievements. Prinzing’s most notable legacy is in theatre where he’s made quite a mark in memorable performances like Dark of the Moon where he was nominated for an Elly. In The Crucible he won the Thespian Award for Lead Actor for his portrayal of John Proctor. “I spent most of my time in the theatre. I have poured blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literally) into that place!” Prinzing said. “It is where I
learned about the magic of the Theatre and it is where I will be most remembered.” When he wasn’t busy entertaining the campus, Prinzing was busy in community endeavors. He participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and raised money for World Vision. Prinzing intends to major in Entertainment Studies and attend either CSU Fullerton or CSU Los Angeles. “To the underclassmen I say relax, have a sense of humor and go to the plays,” he said. (by
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As one of the most influential seniors, there is a lot of criteria one has to meet. Shannon Nipper has met it all and then some. She is an active member of student government, Key Club and NHS. She also played on the JV water polo team her freshman year and on the swim team both her freshman and sophomore years. With everything she does, she’s made a huge impact on our high school years both behind the scenes and in the limelight. As junior class secretary and senior class president, Nipper has had a hand i n organizing many of our school events. “I would have to say my biggest legacy
I will leave behind are the numerous dances and events my friends and I have personally coordinated such as Senior Ball and Homecoming floats,” said Nipper. Not only has she had a huge impact on Woodcreek, but Woodcreek has also had a huge impact on Nipper. “My favorite memory is making and winning the Homecoming float my senior year after getting shiested our junior year,” she said. Nipper is known by her friends as a highly creative, funny individual. She will be sorely missed by many at Woodcreek. Nipper shared these final words, “Farewell Woodcreek, you will always hold a special place in my heart.” (by Carley Higgins, Featainment Editor)
Kirk Lawson It would be a feat to not know Kirk Lawson due to his avid participation in dance and musical theater productions. He’s made a huge impact in the performing arts throughout his high school years. Lawson has been in every single musical theater production at our school since his freshman year. During his junior year, he acted as the titular character Beast in the musical theater production of Beauty and the Beast. He also made a name for himself in several dance shows and many outside acting projects, such as his role as Huckleberry Finn in Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for Magic Circle Theatre. Lawson has been described by his friends as enthusiastic. Off stage he was involved in the school’s LGBT club in the year that it was functional. He has also been a member of Music ‘n Motion since his junior year. On leaving high school, Lawson
said, “I’ll miss just being able to grow with people and see how they grow and change.” He looks forward to his future at CSU Fullerton, where he will major in musical theatre. Lawson hopes to go on to live in New York and teach musical theater and dance until he achieves his dream of landing a role on Broadway. “If you want to do something, do it,” he said. “Don’t let inhibitions hold you back.” (by Amanda Nelson, Satire Columnist)
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Erin Mulvey All four years of high school Erin Mulvey sang and danced her way through numerous choir and musical theater productions. In addition she performed in guitar shows and rallies. Off campus Mulvey performed in community theater productions, where she’s acted for 13 years, and just recently she acted in her first independent film “Once Was Lost.” In addition she’s been part of a singing group that has performed all over the county. Mulvey received accolades for her performances, winning an Elly award her freshman year for her portrayal of Peter in Peter Pan. She said, “It was an honor because judges compared me to other actresses from 10 different counties, so to be the one that got the award was really exciting.” Mulvey said that getting to fly in Peter Pan and cutting 13 inches off her hair is something she will never forget. Mulvey also received the perform-
ing arts award her freshman and sophomore years in the Academic Rally as well as two other nominations for musical and play performances. Not surprisingly Mulvey said, “I lived for the musicals each year, but I didn’t enjoy the work involved in academic classes.” Choir teacher Adrienne Mars said, “She is talent, personality, kindness and fabulous fashion all rolled into one. She is known for her genuinely kind attitude and magnetic personality.” (by Lyssa Baker, Staff Reporter)
D e scribed by his peers as edgy and wild, Jared Huddle is known around campus as the funny kid in the beanie. While his school involvement has been limited to a brief run in Comedy Sports, an MC gig at rallies and a bid for Mr. Woodcreek, Huddle still manages to stick in our memory. Recently Huddle earned his Eagle Award with the Boy Scouts. He jokingly said he received this award because his “dreams fly on golden eagle wings.”
Huddle is also well known for his ability to chase bears off of people’s property. “I try my best to get all of the bears—but I can’t get all of them. It’s just too impossible,” he said. When not fighting bears or flying on the gilded wings of his aspirations, Huddle likes discovering new ways to make mischief. “My best memory at school is ‘throwing up’ in the classroom—I put oatmeal and water in my mouth and pretended to throw up in the trash can,” he said. In his spare time, Huddle also played in multiple bands. His dabbling in the music industry won the approval of many of his friends. Senior Samantha Walmsley said, “I think he’ll be very successful with his music.” Huddle plans to attend CSU Sacramento in the fall, where he will major in Psychology. (by Amanda Nelson, Satire Columnist)
When it comes to the most recognizable faces at Woodcreek, Morgan King is highly ranked. With her beloved quirky personality, humorous antics as an MC and her “walking party” hilarity, King has emerged as a truly memorable and inspirational senior. During her high school experience, King participated in four years of golf, three years of dance, and one year of swim, all of which went hand in hand with her diehard school spirit. Whether wearing a pink tutu as an MC, dressing as a washer for “er” day or being covered head to toe in a “snuggie” for Senior Survivor, King has always emitted a sense of school spirit that shines through to those around her. “I literally attended everything, making my years [at Woodcreek] beyond fun,” said King. She lives an equally intriguing life
outside of school. Preparing to become an “independent lady” and attend Sierra College, King has aspirations of pursuing a career related to dancing or teaching dance, preferably tap dance. “I have never won a trophy before,” said King. But trophies do not determine a person’s success or level of inspiration. King’s personality and caring nature is more than enough. “I was never afraid to talk to anyone and become someone’s friend. No one was too cool or too weird for me. I just thought of everyone equally,” she said. This is the legacy that Morgan King leaves behind, and one that many will look back on with a grinning face for years to come. (by Alex Ayers, Staff Reporter)
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