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He wears skinny jeans, thick glasses and always keeps literature handy. But Kyle Jaeger wants to shed his hipster label. His laidback personality allows him to respond nonchalantly to accusations of being a hipster. “I’ll just go to Bloom, get some coffee, blog about the injustice and browse the Urban Outfitters catalog,” he said. When he isn’t combating hipster accusations, Jaeger spends time organizing charitable projects as Vice President of the National Honor Society and Secretary of the Amnesty International Club. But Jaeger ’s efforts in leading Santa’s Helpers is his biggest legacy. “It was by no means an individual effort; but as the NHS officer in charge, I played a pretty important part in its organization and management,” Jaeger said. “The event was certainly something to be remembered.” Jaeger also defined himself as
an accomplished writer, winning the Scholastic Excellence Award for Honors English 11 and excelling in his AP Literature and AP Language classes. Jaeger’s influence goes beyond his academic achievements and leadership. His antics have etched him firmly in his peers’ minds. He exploded over Facebook with his tongue-in-cheek blogs, winning over many readers. Wednesday mornings livened up with his tangents of hippies, communists and the California superstorm while in search of an NHS project. But most notable was his pursuit of Courtney Claycomb, which he compared to a male preying mantis seeking a potential mate. “I never knew if she was into me, or if she was ready to rip my head off,” he said. “All I could do was be my quirky self, love her unconditionally and hope for the best.” Jaeger will major in English at Humboldt State University and plans to be a writer. (by Jency James, Editorin-Chief)
Runner, president, volunteer: the ultimate triple threat. Lauren Sederberg’s influence, from her work with the National Honor Society to her roles in several Student Government-run events, can’t be denied. “I really hope I’ve been a good role model and outstanding student,” she said. Between her four years of running varsity track, her newfound dedication to the cheer team and her work with ASB as the Senior Class President, Sederberg’s work ethic and dedication set the bar high for other students. She gives the following advice for other students, “Set your goals early and keep working towards them. High school is one of your last chances to experiment in a comfortable, safe environment; so branch out and try new things while you still can.”
The spirit Sederberg shows for her school is unrivaled by most of her peers. “I love the people, the teachers. I love everything about Woodcreek. I am going to miss everything about here,” she said. “Most of all I’ll miss Mama Bair.” There is no doubt that she loves Woodcreek, but….everything? “Well, not everything. I won’t miss having to throw my Starbucks away before I come onto campus,” Sederberg said with a laugh. Sederberg will attend CSU San Jose State University and go into medical school after she receives her Pre-Med degree. “I want to be a pediatrician. I love kids and I want to work to make sure children stay safe and healthy,” she said. Between Sederberg’s tireless dedication and solid work ethic, her future looks as bright as her disposition. Woodcreek is sure to miss her just as much as she will miss Woodcreek. (by Nick Nguyen, Online Editor)
James Geyer is the ultimate Woodcreek High School student-athlete. He is every teacher’s dream student, every coache’s dream athlete and every club’s dream member. Geyer involved himself on campus in a variety of ways, proving himself one of the top ten most influential seniors. Everyone knows James Geyer as the star athlete and leader on the basketball court. As the Varsity Basketball team’s captain this year, Geyer led his team to backto-back SFL Championships and NorCal Championship game appearances. “Being a three year captain of a basketball team that went 105-16 [through four years] was the biggest achievement I had at Woodcreek,” he said. However, he doesn’t take it for granted. “Winning the Section Championship at Arco Arena my junior year was, without a doubt, my best memory. I’ll
remember it forever,” he said. “So much hard work was put into that season.” However, Geyer is more than the basketball star. He excels in the classroom, which earned him the title of an AP Scholar and Valedictorian. But he doesn’t stop there. Outside the classroom and away from the court, Geyer is a member of the National Honor Society and the CoPresident of Amnesty International. He is also the Treasurer of Spanish Club and a Spanish tutor. Geyer will attend the University of California, Berkeley. He will be greatly missed at Woodcreek for his achievements and legacy and for his positive, hard-working and selfless attitude. Through all these accomplishments, Geyer stays modest. He says what he has enjoyed most about Woodcreek is “getting to know all of my classmates. I can’t wait to see them do big things; I’m proud of them,” he said. Geyer is Woodcreek’s dream student and has left a large mark on campus through all of his efforts. (by Jake Haakenson, Back Page Editor)
Many who know Allison Poehling say she has a strong presence and smiles like you are the one person she wanted to see. Poehling has been involved in student government for all of high school. She was Sophomore Class Secretary and Athletics Commissioner her junior year. “It was my responsibility to plan the bonfire in the first term and Powderpuff in the spring and maintain athletes of the month and promote spirit for athletics which I did with the Black Mob,” Poehling said. This year she became ASB President and oversaw all aspects of the school. Outside student government Poehling participated in the dance program for four years and even choreographed a dance. She was accepted into the National Honor Society sophomore year and helped organize events with her artistic and graphic talent.
Poehling always positively affects the ones around her. She keeps busy outside of school, holding a part-time job at Jamba Juice and playing recreational soccer. Poehling enjoyed high school. “I don’t have an ounce of senioritis, I love this place,” she said. But she looks forward to the future. Poehling will attend CSU Fullerton to become a graphic designer. She hopes to work in the entertainment side of graphic designing. Poehling is widely known and loved by students, teachers and faculty alike. Her wit and caring personality helps her connect with everyone. As her high school journey comes to a close and her college future begins, Poehling looks back at high school with fondness. “Definitely what I will take away are the friendships I’ve made and the work I put in to get to where I am,” she said. “What I’ve learned most is that united together, we can accomplish so much.” (by Megan Barnett, OTQ Editor )
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Meet the 2011 Valedictorians and Salutatorians Jency James and Megan Adams Editor-in-Chief, Staff Reporter Past Woodcreek classes have produced impressive alumni. The Class of 2011 had such close competition for the positions of Valedictorian and Salutatorian that several qualified students were chosen.
James Geyer, Valedictorian
While every senior on campus may not know each other, the name James Geyer definitely rings a bell in every senior’s mind. Upon mention of his name, the first thing that would pop into these peers’ minds would be “helpful, friendly and fun,” Geyer said, when asked how his peers might describe him. In addition to his academics, athletics and involvement in school events, Geyer exceeds the limits of what’s expected. Geyer received a total of six awards that include Valedictorian, U.S. Marine Corps Excellence Award, AP Scholar, Varsity Basketball Scholar Athlete, Athlete of the Week, the Scholar Athlete Award and the Den of Honor. Being looked up to is not a foreign idea to Geyer, for one of his greatest achievements is playing on the basketball team. “Being a three year captain of a basketball team that went 105-16 was the biggest achievement I had at Woodcreek,” Geyer said. Not only was Geyer the captain of the basketball team for three years, but one of his greatest memories comes from the court. “Winning the Section Championship at Arco Arena my junior year was without a doubt my best memory. I’ll remember it forever. So much hard work was put into that season,” he said. After graduation, Geyer plans to start his future with a bang. “I’ll be attending UC Berkeley and hopefully studying business or taking the pre-law track,” he said.
Melissa Williams, Valedictorian
Melissa Williams personifies “exemplary”. Not only was she named Co-Valedictorian after excelling in her multitude of AP and Honors classes, which earned her a 4.34, GPA, but she juggled good grades with her dedication to many extra-curricular activities, most notably the band program. Williams participated in various branches of band for all four years of high school where she held leadership positions, including Section Leader of the flutes, Student Director and Mallet Captain. Williams’ experiences with the band program remain some of her most memorable. When asked what she enjoyed about
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attending Woodcreek she said, “All the music competitions with the Woodcreek band.” Williams’ additional extra-curricular activities included participating in Academic Decathlon for two years (one of which she was Vice President), being a member of the California Scholarship Federation for four years and participating in the National Honor Society for three years. Williams also earned plenty of accolades for her efforts in making the campus a better place. She earned the Excellence in Performing Arts Award for band, the Air Force Award for math and science at the Academic Merit Awards and the USA Camp Excellence in Conducting 2010 award. In the fall Williams will attend UC Berkeley, where she will study astrophysics. Williams left behind some advice for underclassmen. “Don’t let people tell you you’re not good enough to achieve the things you desire,” she said.
Angelo Ciaraglia, Salutatorian
While Angelo Ciaraglia defined himself as a talented athlete, this brawny senior also has brains, as proven by his winning the honor of Salutatorian with a 4.30 GPA. Ciaraglia devoted himself to athletics at Woodcreek. He ran cross country and wrestled all four years of high school, making the varstiy team beginning his sophomore year for both sports. He was named captain of both teams during his senior year. Ciaraglia also played baseball his freshman and sophomore years and then ran track his junior and senior years. Ciaraglia’s commitment to Woodcreek athletics earned him several accolades. He received the Army Scholar Award at the Academic Merit Awards, the Coach’s Awards for Wrestling and Cross Country, Athlete of the Year and the 3 Sport Athlete Award for all four years of high school. It’s fitting that Ciaraglia considers his athletic achievements his biggest legacy. “My biggest legacy is making it to two state champs in cross country and state champs in wrestling,” Ciaraglia said. When he wasn’t busy excelling in sports, Ciaraglia participated in outreach programs. As a three year member of the National Honor Society, he helped organize community service projects such as a Harvest Festival and the Santa’s Helpers Holiday Drive. Ciaraglia also participated in the Gifts from the Heart program at his church during his freshman and sophomore years. “I helped organize and deliver gifts
to kids in Child Protective Services,” he said. Even with all of these commitments, Ciaraglia still found time to excel in his multitude of AP and honors classes. In the fall, he will attend CSU Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to major in biomedical engineering. “I plan to go to medical school and become a doctor,” he said.
Joy Marie Gerould, Salutatorian
High school has been one big juggling act for Joy Marie Gerould. Her several AP and honors classes earned her the title of Salutatorian with her 4.31 GPA. In addition to her rigorous course load, Gerould participated in several activities. She was Founder and CoPresident of the Model United Nations Club, Treasurer of Earth Club, a Docent in Nature Center and a member of Musical Theater, Chamber Choir, the National Honor Society and Site Council. But these only reflect her on campus activities. Outside of school, Gerould participated in just as many activities such as the Roseville Sustainability Committee, the Roseville Teen Library Council and the Creekwater Planning Committee. In addition she founded Reverie, a volunteer group that sang for nursing home residents.
Gerould’s involvement in all of her extra-curricular activities provided some of her most memorable moments in high school. “Helping out backstage with Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story are my absolute favorite memories from Woodcreek,” she said. Much of Gerould’s activities centered on her commitment to environmentalism, a sentiment that got Gerald voted “Biggest Humanitarian” by her class. She also received the AP Life Science Award for her work in AP Environmental Science with Nate Giorgi. She earned several other academic awards, including the French 2, French 4 and Honors Pre-Calculus awards and was designated an AP Scholar. Gerould will attend Oregon State University to pursue a career as an ecological engineer. With all of her experience in AP classes and activities, Gerould offered the following advice for underclassmen. “Make sure that if you are taking AP classes that you take the time to have fun and enjoy your time here. High school isn’t just about schoolwork,” she said.
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PHOTO BY JESSICA ROBERTS
EXCEL: Valedictorians James Geyer (far left) and Melissa Williams (far right) pose with the Salutatorians (bottom row L to R) Michael Bigelyaizen, Angelo Ciaraglia and Rosie Bearden, (middle row L to R) Joy Marie Gerould and Megan Howes, (top) Kevin Serrano.
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Megan Howes Salutatorian
Megan Howes is known on campus for more than her 4.31 GPA which earned her the title of Salutatorian. She has participated in several activities including four years on the Girls Golf team, three years in the National Honor Society and the Make-a-Wish Club (where she was Co-President her senior year) and one year in KEY Club. But Howes’ philanthropy extends far beyond campus and into the community. She has been a leader within her church and traveled to Mexico and Los Angeles for mission trips in addition to serving as a leader in summer day camps for kids. Howes has also worked for the City of Roseville as a Recreation Specialist, where she coordinated activities and games for kids. Howes found that her involvement in school activities made her transition into high school much easier. “By getting involved in sports, clubs and our school, you begin to try new things, discover your passions and make so many amazing friends,” she said. When Howes wasn’t busy helping organize charitable projects, she devoted herself to her 11 AP and Honors classes. This commitment paid off, winning her several accolades including the Academic Award for Spanish 3 and AP Language. But Howes never expected her high grades to earn her the honor of being Salutatorian. “Being a Salutatorian was never something I planned on doing, it just
So this is it. After the stress of AP exams, the hilarity and fun of senior ball and our alternative senior picnic, it’s finally time for me to write my last column of high school. It should come as no surprise that I’m an academic person. I’ve written plenty a column about the stress of school, my struggles with math and my general over-achieverness. But as I’m at the end of high school and the beginning of real life, I’d like to impart some philosophical musings to my readers. By that I mean I’m going to now reference Eric from the show Boy Meets World. Eric’s passage into adulthood and college was riddled with fear and anxiety (as I’m starting to feel) and he summed it up in the analogy of doing laundry. “I know to separate my whites in one load and my blacks in another. But what about my black shirt with white stripes?” I, too, fear those unexpected complications that will arise in my transition into adulthood, whether they be in the form of employment troubles or, as Eric suggests, a black and white shirt (seriously, would you just handwash it?)
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happened,” she said. Howes will attend UC Davis to major in Biomedical Engineering and hopes to become fluent in Spanish. “High school is an adjustment in the beginning, but you’re given the opportunity to truly create yourself and determine your hopes and dream for the future. It’s an awesome experience,” she said.
Kevin Serrano, Salutatorian
Shy, quirky, dedicated and random are adjectives that reveal the inner workings of Kevin Serrano. Serrano’s numerous contributions to the Wolf Pack have touched the lives of many on campus. With his kind heart and earnest desire to help others in need, Serrano excels in connecting with his fellow students. Though shy at times, Serrano shines through his quiet front and makes a difference through his involvement in the National Honor Society, ASB student government, J.A.M.M club and Speech and Debate Club. Through his work as Multicultural Commissioner, he has worked hard to recognize the backgrounds of all students on campus and been responsible for organizing several events, including this year’s Fiestaval. Through it all, Serrano learned that to succeed in the world one cannot be afraid to show the world who they really are. Many students respect him for his transparency and openness. Serrano earned a 4.31 GPA while taking several AP and Honors classes and was rewarded with the honor of Salutatorian. I shouldn’t be nervous. I’m going to a college two hours away, I love the school and I know people going there. But I’m scared and I think it’s because high school failed me. I’ve come to believe that because I did well in my AP classes and held leadership positions and found I could handle stress, I’ll succeed in whatever I want. High school always rewarded me for what I did well, but it never taught me how to handle my losses or failures. So here I am, leaving my safety net and tentatively stepping into the real world where I’ll be competing for a job in the shrinking field of journalism but the hopefully growing field of environmentalism, while surviving on Ramen because I’m paying for college with a piece of my soul. Don’t get me wrong, part of me is ecstatic about going away to Saint Mary’s College. I can’t wait to write for the Collegian, to join a protest, to attempt to play hackey sack with the hippies in Berkeley and to chain myself to a tree. I’m excited to get out of suburban Roseville, explore what life really has to offer and discover more about myself and the world around me. So in the tradition of not being depressing, I want to send out some thank you’s. I never could have handled all the stress of academia without the support of my teachers. Passing my AP exams, getting A’s in my classes, none of that would have happened without them. I
Serrano says he will never forget the time the majority of the school sang Happy Birthday to him when he turned 18. He holds the memory close to his heart. Serrano plans to earn a degree in Cognitive Science engineering and become one of the “social bots” at UC Berkeley. He leaves students with a little advice about following their dreams. “If you have a chance to do it and it’s not going to explicitly hurt anyone and yourself, do it. Life is lost on passed opportunities and risks,” he said.
“I’m interested in the medical field and helping people,” he said.
Rosie Bearden, Salutatorian
Inspired by Beethoven, the sound of music carried Michael Bigelyaizen through high school. He began playing piano his freshman year and soon discovered a passion for the keys. “I was a finalist in the ASTA California State Solo Competition and in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition,” Bigelyaizen said. He also helped beginning musicians at the Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber of Music Workshop learn how to create peaceful harmonies. During his sophomore year, Bigelyaizen played on the tennis team for a season. Bigelyaizen’s commitment to a rigorous course load earned him a 4.40 GPA and a spot as one of the Salutatorians. His favorite classes included Integrated Biology and Piano Lab. Bigelyaizen will attend UC Berkeley in the fall, where he plans to pursue a career in medicine.
There are an abundant number of ways to describe successful women who command attention, but “Gingerlicious” is what this quick-witted diva named herself. Bearden has a great sense of humor, which she spent four years expressing through her involvement in academics and athletics. Juggling a total of ten advanced classes with numerous extra-curricular activities, Bearden powered through by staying positive and upbeat and was rewarded with a 4.32 GPA. She played on the varsity soccer team all four years and won two athletic awards - the Scholar Athlete of the Year award and the Second Team All League Girls Soccer award. Bearden also participated in various community service clubs, including the National Honor Society, California Scholastic Federation and Make-a-Wish Club. Bearden also leaves a legacy of environmentalism with her work in the Nature Center. “My legacy is teaching the kids that visit nature about the animals and plants and conservation,” she said. One of Bearden’s favorite memories is visiting Point Reyes with her AP Environmental Science class. Bearden will attend the University of Southern California after graduation, where she plans to pursue a major in their arts and sciences college.
especially love the time they took out of their lives to help in simple but meaningful things like writing a generous recommendation letter or just offering some life advice. They know who they are and they’re awesome. My friends have kept me sane throughout high school and I have great memories I can look back on thanks to them. I hate that I couldn’t always make the best of their company because of all my commitments in life; but being the great friends they are, they never held a grudge. Our hangouts may be far and few between due to college, but there’s no doubt we’ll see each other again. Lastly I’d like to thank you, my dear readers. Spearheading something as time and effort intensive, but seemingly unrewarding, as the school newspaper isn’t easy. The newspaper will never perform to an audience or have a rally in its honor and thus, we never garnered the appreciation that I (in my completely biased
opinion) felt we deserved. But thank you to those who picked up the paper and didn’t just look at the pictures but actually took the time to read what we had to say. Even more so, thank you to those that took the time to compliment us on what we did. It meant a lot to know we were doing something worthwhile and that our efforts weren’t going to waste. We needed the ego-stroking. It seems stress and I were fated to be together, since I’m going to attempt to graduate in three years while working and participating in a few extra-curriculars. Plus I’m going into an industry where people run towards disaster instead of escaping it. But I’ve been able to handle it for the past four years, what’s another rest of my life? But no matter what, I know that everything will work out. Because if there’s one constant in my life, it’s that there will always be a method to my madness.
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Senior graduates leave frosh siblings behind Taylor Krause Staff Reporter Johnna Franks, Tarryn Gordon, Devin Murphy and Travis Pointer. In just a few days, these seniors will be graduating, leaving only their legacies behind. But they will also be leaving something (or someone) else behind their younger siblings. Many students have seen the freshman versions of these four seniors around campus. For McKenna Franks, Tanner Gordon, Dayna Murphy and Hannah Pointer, summer may mean swimming, tanning and no school; but it also means good-bye. The bond between siblings is hard to match. “Our relationship is super tight and close,” McKenna said about her relationship with Johnna. “I go to her for everything. She’s helped me through all my problems and we always talk. Sometimes we fight, but it’s little stuff. I love her.” Tanner and Tarryn Gordon characterize their relationship in just a few words. “We have a love/hate relationship. But in a good way,” Tarryn said. Hannah pointed out the responsibilities she’ll have with her older
brother gone. “It’s not goodbye forever, so that’s “When you’re the middle kid in the why I’m not too sad,” McKenna Franks house, a lot can change when you sud- said. “I’m really going to miss her denly become the oldest,” she said. “I get though. She’s a great big sister and T.J.’s car when I get my license. But that it’ll be really weird to have her so far also means I will have to drive Tanner, away.” my little brother, around like T.J. used to have to drive me. And since I don’t have a license yet, I don’t know how I’m going to get a ride places.” Dayna Murphy’s biggest concern about Devin no longer being at Woodcreek is not having him guide her through the confusion of high school. “I have no idea where things are here, like classrooms and stuff. This year I got to ask him, but next year I’m going to have BONDED: L to R, to figure it out by myself,” she The Franks, Mursaid. phys and GorDayna will also miss the fun dons will keep times she has had with older their relationbrother Devin. ships strong. “And we’re not going to get to sing Taylor Swift together like we used to when we drove around,” she said. The duos might seem lighthearted when it comes to saying goodTanner Gordon said, “I’m going to bye, but that’s because they know it’s have to find rides to things now and I’ll just a short-term situation. have no one to get slurpies with.”
Tarryn responded saying, “But while I’m off making my own decisions and having to do everything myself, he is going to be so spoiled.” Tanner laughed while Taryn gave him a little side hug and laughed too. The four seniors graduate in just a few days, while the freshmen just barely finish their first of four years at Woodcreek. But just because these seniors are starting a new chapter of their life doesn’t mean they’re leaving everything from the old chapters behind. All four of the seniors assured their younger siblings that they would be home from time-to-time and that when they are, they promised to relive the good old days. So although this end of the summer means good-bye, it won’t be for long.
more about each area covered in the report. Each committee member was responsible for overseeing a different portion of the report. Tracy Goschke, a Foothill High School teacher, interacted with the Special Education department. “I was able to see how your Challenge program is used, where students can do tutoring over there with other students as well as those students can come onto campus onto the comprehensive site and integrate into your classes,” said Goschke, who hopes to suggest a similar model at her high school. In addition to visiting core academic classes, the committee was treated to a tour of the Nature Center and a Den of Honor lunch at the Timber Rock Café. “I liked the recognition the students were getting and that there’s a functioning café on campus is pretty special. That was a real treat,” said Stockberger. Manteca High School Principal Doug McCreath, who enjoyed second helpings of dessert, was also impressed. “It’s evident on this campus that everyone, including support staff, cares about all students,” he said. Principal Jess Borjon was pleased
with the final report from the WASC committee. “Actually, the recommendations were in alignment with what we suspected. No surprises – and that is a good thing,” he said. Committee members recognized the faculty for their focused efforts on curriculum development, particularly the formation of PLT’s or Partnership Learning Teams and the increased number of students taking AP classes and exams. The final WASC report reads, “Nearly all of the PLT’s have clearly identified intended learning outcomes and have developed assessments that measure them. Internal assessments are better aligned to external assessments (district common assessments, AP SAT, CST); therefore, we anticipate access to formative data that can truly inform instruction.” The WASC Committee recommended that the school pursue more parent and community involvement in campus life as well as a more structured, focused intervention program with an emphasis on using more data analysis to guide instruction. Administrators have already begun to tackle these ares with a new Fall intervention schedule and increased opportunities for parent involvement on campus. Commenting on the WASC Report Borjon said, “It’ll help us get better as a school and in doing that we will help more students learn at higher levels that’s what it’s all about.”
WASC visit proves successful and educational “Woodcreek High School is a learning community that expects ALL students to learn at high levels and is committed to improving student achievement through high-quality instruction.” (WHS Mission Statement)
Megan Adams Staff Reporter On March 20-23 six members of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Committee visited campus. They evaluated our school to see what changes have been implemented since the last report six years ago. Their findings revealed that our school has continued to improve and to grow in ways that promote student learning and support our mission statement (see above). On their last day committee members reported their findings in a faculty meeting. “I’m dazzled by the level of professionalism I experienced and the commitment to students’ learning and success,” said retired teacher Rod Hass. “The students and staff we talked to were very positive about the school,” said Committee Chair, Rob Stockberger who serves as Director of Secondary Education for the San Ramon Unified School District. “I’ve never been on a high school campus where they wear as much school gear as this one. Students wear their pride,” he said.
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“I think the WASC visit could not have gone any better,” said Jon Smith, WASC Coordinator. “We spent the last two years preparing and worked as a faculty very hard in making sure that we have the entire criterion that the state required answered, studied and analyzed. I was really proud of our school.” Over the course of 18 months, administrators, staff, parents and students contributed to compiling the report for the WASC committee. The report recorded every detail of campus life from curriculum to instructional strategies to school activities/sports to school culture to parent and community involvement. During the visit Smith and other administrators welcomed and escorted the committee around campus. The WASC team quietly slipped into classrooms to observe teaching styles, curriculum and student/teacher interactions. They then met with faculty, parent and student groups to learn
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Student crowned Queen at prom event WPP Staff Report
Dressed in a royal blue satin gown, junior Heather Paiz emerged from her limo to find a handsome young man ready to escort her down a yellow brick road. That same road soon led to an “Evening of Dreams” beyond her wildest imagination. In something straight out of a fairytale, a trumpet blew and Glinda, the Good Witch of Oz, appeared to crown Paiz Prom Queen. “I couldn’t believe my ears when they said my name. I screamed,” said Paiz. “Last year’s Prom Queen and King crowned me. It felt good.” On May 14 Paiz joined many of her friends throughout the Sacramento area at the second annual red-carpet prom for teens and young adults with special needs. Held at Capital Christian Center, the church-sponsored event titled “Evening of Dreams” brought together many volunteers, including several teens who escorted attendees as their dates for the evening into a Wizard of Oz-themed venue. “When I got out of the limo, I was holding back tears. Alex was waiting for me,” said Paiz. Her date, Alex Bennet, mesmerized Paiz with his charm. “He spun my chair around to dance. He was very thoughtful,” said Paiz.
Paiz’s mother Megan said, “It was really the biggest thrill of her life to have the interest of a very handsome gentleman to talk to and treat her like he would his other friends.” Dresses for the event were brought in by Marissa’s Closet and donated from students at El Dorado High School. Paiz and her friends met at the church to get ready ahead of time. There volunteers helped them with their clothes and makeup. Paiz’s dress featured jewels. “Getting ready was exciting, but nothing could compare to being in the Prom hall with so many friends and excitement in the air,” said Megan. All attendees then took a short limo ride to the venue, where they emerged onto the yellow brick road and were met by volunteers dressed in Wizard of Oz costumes. Inside decorations transformed the space into a miniature Oz. Paiz said, “We were served a special dinner and we danced to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” In addition to dinner and dancing, attendees were served dessert and given an opportunity to pose for prom pictures. The highlight of the evening, though, remained Glinda who appeared throughout the evening to make attendees’ dreams come true. When attendees registered for the event, they were asked to share
a dream that they wanted to come true during the evening. One attendee wished to be escorted by a fireman while Paiz wished to be crowned Prom Queen. “Heather was crowned with a tiara and donned with a silver necklace and bracelet. She was speechless,” said Megan. “Being crowned made her feel very special PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGAN PAIZ and recognized.” ROYAL AFFAIR: Junior Heather Paiz celebrates, as she is crowned Paiz looks Prom Queen at the “Evening of Dreams” Prom on May 14. forward to returning next year to crown teens consider a right of passage and the 2012 Prom Queen. In the meantime, teens who have a disability feel the she will conduct herself with royal same. Heather cannot travel the world, dignity. but on this night, she was on top of the Megan said, “Prom is what most world.”
Graduate goes international
A future missionary of the Great Down Under Lauren Anderson Staff Reporter Approximately 500 students will walk the stage at graduation this year. Each of them will go their separate ways and most will follow the basic plan of going to college. But senior Alexandra Garman will pursue something a little different. Garman will travel to Australia this summer, as part of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) trip program. “I feel called to do this before college and before settling down in life,” she said. Garman will be in training for three months. After that she’ll participate in local outreaches, where she will work with backpackers and host barbeques for them every Friday with free food and entertainment. After her initial training, Garman will be sent somewhere else for further training. Although Garman is not sure where she will be going for her second training, she said, “Asia is a possibility.” As a missionary, she will possibly be working with children in orphanages or small villages, putting on church services or doing manual labor to build homes and other structures. Garman said she
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has had friends do mission work before in places like Africa and Russia. They put on vacation Bible schools and wrote sermons for children. With such a life-altering event, much preparation is required. One important aspect of the preparation is finances. “The trip costs as much as one year of college at a university,” Garmen said. Garman has been putting money into a separate account and sent out support letters to friends and family to seek help with the expenses. She is also preparing by getting the appropriate supplies for her traveling and backpacking and getting shots and vaccines since she will be traveling to a third world country after Australia. As far as preparing emotionally to say goodbye to friends and family, Garman said, “I’m going to miss my mom, boyfriend and friends.” Garman plans on taking trips throughout the summer to spend time with family and friends before she leaves for six months. “I’m looking forward to seeing how God will work in my life and change me and coming back with a new perspective,” Garman said.
Editor-in-Chief, Jency James
May 24, 2011
Volume 16, Issue 4
Mister Social Media finally reveals himself Mister Social Media Guest Writer
Maybe I should have thought about one thing before starting this experiment: I was going to report on how students were losing sight of real interaction because of social networks and maybe creating a persona for students to interact with was wrong because they were losing sight of real reaction because of social networks and basically it was one big circle of too high expectations that left no real
chance for experiencing or hearing anyone’s comments on social networking— Deep Breath… I just, in closing this year far short of a bang, want to thank those who took time to help me in my research via guidance or by actually conversing with me. It’s been an experience and hopefully I’ve set up something that will live on forever at Woodcreek High. I’m sure half my audience has stopped reading, so I’ll take this time
to say, “Hello, my name is Orrey Severet.” Yes, I’ve lied to numerous people; but keeping my identity secret deemed itself necessary. It’s hard to open up to people who already have preconceived notions and that’s exactly what I was trying to eliminate. Most of you guessed it was me anyways, but in most cases I was clever enough to make you think otherwise. Sure I sound like I’m patting myself on the back; but after these rough few months of starting
this project, it, too, has deemed itself necessary. Congratulations if you knew it was me all along; but I swear as years progress, Mister Social Media’s identity will become harder and harder to figure out. Trust me. And don’t worry, there will be a new Mister Social Media next year once I’ve left and said my goodbyes. But, of course, you won’t know their true name until next summer. For now, this is Orrey Severet saying, “Happy posting.”
Whether it exists or not is no longer the question. It’s how we handle it. Here’s a hint: we don’t handle it well. In case no one let you in on the little secret, high school kids are a little immature, our hearts are a little fragile, and we have a tendency to think with the wrong parts of our bodies. I’d love to say heartbreak is avoidable. I’d like to tell everyone you can avoid it all with a sincerely pessimistic attitude, but behind each cynic is someone who’s been hurt before. It’s going to happen, and the best thing you can do is not let it ruin you. I’m sure it won’t be the last or the worst kind of heartbreak. To my theatre family: you guys are on a completely different level than just friends. I love you all, you frustrate me (every one of you), and I appreciate all the support you’ve given me. To those outside of the realm of theatre, I implore you to understand for a moment how much time I’ve spent with these people: the seniors in particular, who I’ve inevitably known the longest. When you spend hours under blazing hot stage lights in full snow gear together, memorizing lines and being critiqued on your every movement, you start to grow on each other. You really don’t have a choice when you’re forced onto a plane bound for Southern California to spend three days with these people. You especially don’t have a choice when you spend a solid ten minutes in severe turbulance thinking ‘Well, I guess this is a good day to die’. After that, there dwells a connection there. Near death experiences tend to bring people to-
gether better than anything. To my family, there’s nothing I can do but thank you for the support you’ve given me over these past years and one big apology for having to deal with the parent/child war that ensues before I’m old enough to appreciate all that you do for me. Also, an apology for middle school wouldn’t be out of place, would it? To those who read my pieces... wasn’t this fun? Twilight fans, in particular, deserve a round of applause for not being provoked to the point of physical violence by my continual harping on your fandom. I hope at least I sparked something, whether it be an epiphany, a desire to do something more, or the need to hit me for my admittedly inflamatory opinions. High school, in reality, is a place of discovery. It’s the place to lose control and make mistakes, then realize how to fix them. Nothing from this point on will be the same. The adventures will be more outlandish, the meals cheaper (hello, Ramen and Taco Bell), the tests harder, and the teachers less forgiving. I’ve discovered that our perspective completely changed, as well. We enter high school with preconceived notions of our future and our experience. It’s not as painful as everyone makes it out to be, nor as chock full of Disney Channel cliches. On one hand I wish I could say that high school wasn’t a big deal. I got in, got it done and got out; but the world was right. High school changed me. Farewell, lovelies. We’ll meet again in the future, I’m sure.
...appearing again next year!
BROOKE LYNNE BENSON
As I sit here contemplating what will be my last column, I can’t help but reflect on how far I’ve come. Just kidding, this isn’t going to be one of those eloquently written nostalgic columns; just one final farewell to friends, enemies, and strangers alike. Let’s keep it simple. High school was meant to be just something to get done. I walked in those gates ready to move on with my life, and somewhat ignorant to the idea that no, I most definitely did not know it all. I had some growing up to do. Let’s face it, we all still do. We’re getting there. High school turned out to be more than just something to get done with. It became more than just another four years of my life. I never expected to do all the things I did, much less come out swinging. I spent four years in the
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theatre (as though I haven’t written enough for you all to know that already). I spent two years on the paper, spouting my aggravating opinions for you all to read and rant about via the Internet. There’s not much to be said for an Opinions writer who can’t stir a little blood, so I suppose I should probably feel good that I at least prompted a reaction from readers. To my friends...are there any words? Need I explain, in depth, my gratitude for your love, time, and (let’s face it) patience? There can be no doubt about my gratitude to all of you for that. I daresay we didn’t make these four years the most dull four years of our lives. I would go on to provide four year’s worth of anecdotal evidence, but the plethora of inside jokes and miscreant behavior might not constitute as appropriate column material. I also know that along with the adventures came the almostas-thrilling-but-not-as-fun drama that comes in all high school packages. To those younger generations, I wish I could say that your high school years will be full of nothing but fun. I wish I could sit here and tell you that no, all the movies were wrong: you won’t endure some trying times within the next four years. I certainly thought so. Upon beginning high school, it was my firm belief that no I most definitely would not go to dances, have a boyfriend, or much less do that whole ‘love’ thing that everyone warns us about. The truth is, and I know adults reading this will rub it in my face, they were right. High-schoolers are not even remotely prepared for that concept.
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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer
Ten years from now, when we’re all rich, famous, beautiful people who are
MEGAN BARNETT and
The word “love” comes up a lot…I love your shoes, I love In-N-Out, I love my mom. The other day we saw this girl walking around wearing a T-shirt that said “I love my boyfriend” and we thought, how could we use “love” to describe so many things without there being some kind of misunderstanding of the word. In the Greek language four different words for “love” exist. Each word uses love in a different way and explains it more in depth and completely. The first, “Eros” a romantic love, describes what most people talk about when they say they have fallen for someone. This expresses passion and sensuality. “Philia”, the second, means friendship, it’s where the name for “Philadelphia” comes from or, the “city of brotherly love”. With this type, we care for family, friends, and pets. The third, “Storge”, in
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yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who’ll decide where to go.” Dr. Seuss said it best. Approaching the end of the year, we treat school with animosity and we have vicious “senioritis.” Though it seems excitement is ever-present, this truly needs to be a time of reflection and gratitude to the ones who have pushed our sails to end up where we are, no matter where that may be. We have what we’ve learned. We have ourselves. All we need is the ambition to strive for a destination both necessary and desirable. I’ve taken a more subdued look at the feeling instilled within the Class of 2011. I believe that this is the best way to calmly look back and see what you’ve
done: look ahead and say “How do I get there?” Seems that amongst excitement and schedules filled to the brim, we reach (or at least I have reached) a point of complacency. I feel like I’m in a John Hughes film watching cliques merge or last goodbyes; not as a cast member but as an audience of emotions. Again, I’m subdued to the point where reaching out, I’d find nothing. I’m not saying I’m not happy because I have found immense joy in these last months. The anticipation grows stronger with each day. The laundry list of “lasts” seems to lengthen with each day. I grow closer to those I love in order to make sure we stay in touch when the end of high school comes. Lemme see if I can make this clearer so you fully understand the inner workings of me, though who truly knows anyone?
A man approaches his car. Littered with stickers and gleaming under spotlights. His car sits next to a hundred others, but he only sees his own. With his helmet under his arm, he lowers himself into the vehicle. Sweat drips down his temple despite the cool breeze on his neck; it’s the anticipation that’s got his attention—and the massive crowd, of course. He sees the flag raised slowly up. Everyone’s eyes are fixed upon the flowing material, but, again, he only thinks of his own. His fingers clench tightly around the steering wheel. He’s telling himself, “This is going to be tough. This is going to be worth it.” He sees the smallest muscle clench in the flag bearer’s arm before the flag bearer drops the flag. Anticipation is killing him. He’s scared, but ready. I’m just waiting for the arm to drop.
happily married in stable households, how will we look back on our class? How will the Class of 2011, the good ol’ 07/11’s, be remembered? How do we WANT to be remembered? We might be remembered as the class that got cheated out of a proper Senior Picnic; last time I checked, Inception and Chick-fil-a do not a picnic make. We could be remembered as the class that won’t get a good Senior Sendoff; why is it our fault that the Seniors of ‘09 convinced the impressionable and stupid Freshmen of 12 to bomb us with water balloons of various viscous fluid? Maybe we could be super lucky, and be remembered as the last class that was forced to take the SAT Subject Tests, to qualify for ANY UC school; on top of record low acceptance rates for our class, why not hammer us more and
make us pay an extra $120 for tests that now mean absolutely nothing? How about the fact that the ELC, which allows the top 4% of a class automatic acceptance at a school, is TRIPLING to automatic acceptance of the top 12% NEXT YEAR?! It seems like our class has been designated by some higher power to simply be the one class that gets cheated, so to speak. Here’s how I think we need to be remembered, The Class of 2011: “The Start of Change”. We are the class that was too good to “prove our dominance” with a Senior Prank. We are the class that started the trend of the raised API; before our class, our school was ranked below almost every other school in our district. Now we not only passed the national average of the 800 API, but we’ve never been closer to surpassing
Granite Bay and Rocklin. We as a class have some of the most promising athletes, artists, writers, and humorists our generation has to offer; and the teachers won’t ever admit it, but on the whole, our class easily ranks among the top favorites of the staff. Despite how much we haven’t gotten to do, despite how much we have gotten screwed over and how much was ruined for us, who other than us select few “rage-ists” gets our metaphorical “underwear in a wad” over these details? That’s what makes our class different, what makes our class special, and what defines our class; the fact that even though we have every reason to act out and be deviant little punks, we don’t. It’s a cheesy way to sign off the column, but I mean it Class of 2011: stay classy guys.
Greek means affection that exists naturally, much like how a parent loves their child. This is shown whenever one demonstrates a natural compassionate instinct. Lastly “Agape”, the highest and purest kind, is true and sacrificial love where one holds the other in higher regard than themselves. Agape stands for divine love or the love of God. “Eros” is a complicated kind of love. High school boyfriend and girlfriend relationships often only last for a few months or less and are often focused on reputation or appearances instead of personality and character, so eventually the relationship ends. However, don’t think that just because it’s a high school relationship it won’t last. With that kind
of mindset, of course, it never will. And as we, the Class of 2011, head off to college or other future plans it’s time to look beyond the superficial. If you set out looking for someone who you respect, not for their social status but for who they are, and someone who you enjoy being with, not because they look hot but because they make you laugh and understand you, then the relationship holds a better chance of growing. Never underestimate the decision to wait until you’re older for a better chance at a lasting relationship, because no boyfriend or girlfriend at all really is better than a bad one. You know, a flaw exists in the ways of those Disney movies we all watched since we wore diapers. And it’s this: Disney movies portray love as the climax of life. Love is not the climax of life! That implies that love comes as a one time event and it doesn’t. We need to integrate love within our entire life.
Love isn’t just meeting “Prince Charming” and living “happily ever after.” We need to love everyone. It’s “philia” for your family and friends, and “storge” for the person sitting next to you in Pre-Cal and your neighbor across the street. If one lives any part of their life without the presence of love, then are they really living at all? What are you living for if not for love? In a perfect world there would be only one type of love. The type where you care for everyone so much you would give your life for them. Where you lift each other up and hold each other higher than you do yourself. It would be a love that is patient and kind. It would be a love that would not envy or boast or be prideful; a love that is not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, that keeps no record of wrongs. It would be a love that rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres….an unconditional unfailing love. In a perfect world we would all take the “agape” that is poured out on us from above, and pour it out on each other. That is really what love is. So when you say “I love _____,” think about what it really means. Relationships bring the most joy to life.
Opinions Editor, Brooke Benson
May 24, 2011
Throughout high school, there are those people who truly shape you. They make you become better simply by being around you. In my four years of high school, those people I hold so dear to my heart consist of my friends and family. My parents have always been great supporters. Whatever goal I set, no matter how high, they have always helped me reach it. They have proofread countless reports, made brownies for numerous banquets and attended almost every NHS event, dance show or cross country meet. High school can be a stressful time. One of the moments when my mom rescued me from this overwhelming pressure was in my sophomore year of honors chem. In that
Since the world didn’t end on Saturday, I guess I can actually say that I’m graduating high school! It’s an understatement saying it went by fast, because it went by phenomenally quick. Like a blink of an eye, maybe faster. I remember being younger, never thinking this day would come by so quickly. I probably thought I would stay a toddler
HAAKENSON It is a high school, a primary institution that prepares us all for our academic future. It is four years of every student’s life that lives in the area. It is a campus, where students force themselves to come every morning at 7:45. It is a cafeteria, the intimidated underclassmen attempting to discover their social clique. It is Senior Square, the comfort of upperclassmen with who they are and the friends they have placed around them. It is an office, the organization that is needed to make it function. It is the teachers, who carry out the educational portion of it, but also work
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class, we had to memorize numerous chemical formulas. She sat on the couch with me for hours, reviewing with me, quizzing me and even creating funny pneumonic devices such as “Nannies always cook liver” (the formula for salt). Because my mom was willing to drop everything and assist me, I was able to conquer more than I ever thought I would. My sister Emily and I have shared such great memories throughout high school. From Original Pete’s dates to
sleepovers in my room, I will never forget all the wonderful times we have shared together. Emily was always there for me whenever I needed to talk or didn’t want to go to the mall alone. Her friendship was a crucial part of my life these past four years that I will always cherish. My friends Kirsten, Alex and Jake made high school amazing for me. All the fun trips we went on and times we shared together made these four years
a time I will always treasure. Kirsten has been like a sister to me. All the crazy Carl’s Jr. runs and late night talks make our friendship like no other. Throughout high school, Alex was always there for me. She has such a genuine heart; she would talk on the phone with me for hours, even if she was in a whole other state. Jake is the best boyfriend I could ask for. He has supported me immensely and made this past year the best year of my life. He will always hold a special place in my heart. High school is tough. It requires a support system filled with the best kind of people to make it through. I am so thankful for my team of friends and family who have been so dedicated to helping me these past four years. I will miss them all so dearly in college, but I will never forget all the wonderful times we have shared together.
forever. At this point I wish I was. Growing up is a scary experience. And I’m only eighteen; I still have more to overcome. My four years at this school have been amazing. I’m not one of those teenagers who state that they hate high school, because I loved it. It just all depends on the friends you surround yourself with. Picking good friends is highly important. Because I hate Jordan Holly Mitchell with a burning passion, she is a terrible friend. And ugly too. TOTALLY JUST KIDDING. Jordan has been my best friend for the
majority of my high school experience. I don’t know what I would do without her. She’s amazing and beautiful, with the bubbliest personality. She’s kept me sane through all my tough times, and is always the best shoulder to cry on. We have this thing, this sense for each other. I don’t really know how to explain it. But when I am unhappy, sick, or stressed, she knows. And when she is, I know. I don’t know how, but it just happens. We won’t even be next to each other and, we know. She will show up at my house with a tub of ice cream or cake to cheer me up without me asking her. I love her so much. We’ve had our rough times like any other relationship, but I am happy to know she will always be there for me. I’m proud to call her my best friend. My other best friend would be my little sister, Erien. Yeah, she’s a pain in the butt a lot of the time; but if I really think about it, she holds all my secrets. She knows every little thing about me and always looks after me. She always bugs me and pops her head into my room. But that’s only because she wants to hang out with me. I will miss her so much. Being in high school made me learn so many things. As a new freshman coming into a big school with different
people was scary. It was the next step to growing up. I always asked myself questions like how should I act? Should I dress nice? What will people think of me? Being a senior, I have come to realize those weren’t very important things I needed to worry about. All I needed to worry about was making myself happy. In reality no one really cares; maybe some people do. But that won’t affect my future. I choose my future. It’s crazy to think this is my last time writing in the school newspaper, or creating it. But don’t worry; in the future you’ll see me on the news as a reporter. I’ll be screaming into the camera as I’m swaying, holding on for dear life, in the middle of a hurricane. But now it’s time to grow up. Time to be on my own. I am starting a whole new chapter. I won’t be with my mommy and daddy anymore. They will be there to support me, but not as simple as it is now. My sister Erien won’t be there when I can’t sleep at night. My best friend won’t be there to run to when I am sad. I’ll be in a whole new life. Living with people I don’t know, sleeping in a room that isn’t mine. I can’t even sleep with my closet door open. How in the world am I going to survive? Let’s see how it turns out. Wish me luck.
beyond to impact the students forever. It is G.P.A., that crazy statistic that everyone tries to raise. It is pride, the knowledge that it is one of the most academically successful schools in the area. It is competition, the drive to prove that it is the best. It is athletics, the expression of dominance over other schools in the area. It is winning, the pride and class of a competitor. It is losing, the sportsmanship and respect of a Timberwolf. It is student-athletes, the participants who fight to bring pride, success, and recognition to it.
It is the coaches, the respect and determination that coaches express. It is the Black Mob, enough said. It is Arco, the unity of the student body illuminated through a basketball playoff run. I t i s c h a racter, the hard work that is expected both inside and outside of the classroom. It is friends, everyone’s best memory and greatest sadness in leaving. It is relationships, relationships that have grown over time and deepened over earned trust. It is strength, the power of a relationship that has persevered through
It is confidence, in knowing who you are and where you’ve been. It is power, the foundation that bounds us into our futures. It is passion, the discovered intense love for sports, clubs, or academics. It is an experience, one that I respect and appreciate. It is goodbye, one that I resist to have. It is ups, ones that I have thoroughly enjoyed. It is downs, ones that have personally improved me to be the man I am leaving it as. It is memories, the laughs, cries, triumphs, failures, and relationships that I could never forget. It is Woodcreek. And I thank it for giving me the unforgettable experiences, memories, and relationships that will stay with me for a lifetime.
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This “adulthood” concept is confusing Brooke Benson Megan Adams Staff Member Since the beginning of time, people have loved to voice their opinion and make a difference. Sunday, May 8 at 9:30 people from all across the area came together at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento for the iMatter March. The iMatter March was a march to the Capitol steps to let the government know that our generation matters. The idea behind the protest is to protest all of the fossil fuel emissions from the gas we put in our cars, from coal to power the power plants to heating and cooling systems that we use in our homes. All of these resources originate from fossil fuels that give off emissions that destroy our planet’s environment. All over the world, from China to Australia to the United States, we depend on fossil fuels, which are causing negative effects on the planet What we need is to think globally. Yes, granted Americans have and probably always will be the “Living Large/ I have to have the next greatest thing” country. To a point this is not necessarily a bad thing. The bad side to this is when we push and push for more and more and the resources that contribute to the
making of these new and better toys destroy the environment (not to mention the economy) and (we don’t think about it) but our future as well. People do not realize that when we add extra emissions and gas into the air around us, it harms more than we think. If we keep up the use of the fossil fuels, animals like polar bears and penguins and seals will start to go extinct. By the time that we have kids, we will start to see these colossal changes. Selfish people with billions of dollars don’t want to spend the money on a good cause like saving animals. The death rate is already climbing due to the melting of the polar ice caps. In our minds, teenagers’ minds specifically, having kids and starting a family seems like it’s ages away when actually it isn’t. What are we leaving behind for them? If we start to think about the levels of emissions we are adding to the atmosphere then, it will be too late. We need to stand up together and show these big corporations that we are done with the burning of the fossil fuels. Let this issue reach the level of public awareness.
Senior year comes with mixed emotions Matt George Sports Editor
Going into senior year, it is pretty balanced between knowing and not knowing what to expect. Past seniors are constantly warning of the little amount of time you actually have between the start of graduation and senior year and some focus on the fact that it is the best year because you can take it easy. I am not sure where I stand in both of these beliefs, but I know one thing for sure. It is going to be one hell of a year. For one thing, the student-loved and teacher-dreaded “senioritis” doesn’t seem like it means that much to me now; but from seeing how attitudes of past seniors have changed, I am sure it will come and get me somehow. Even though I am excited to get going and start my life, I can’t help but feel sad that there is only one year left. It is safe to say that Woodcreek has become my third home (besides my actual home and the formerly-known Arco Arena now called Power Balance Pavilion) and I will miss almost everything about it from favorite teachers to the greatest friendships a teenager could ask for. It always seems like time is biting you in the butt and stressing you out. I’d like to relax and enjoy my last year in the high school life, but I know
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that simply won’t happen. Why? Two words: college applications. Something I cannot afford to procrastinate on (darn it!) and have to worry about all year. I mean it’s my future, so it is obviously important. Stresses of a job and common schoolwork are almost nothing compared to the stress of finding the perfect college and that is a given. Lucky for me, I took care of all the core classes my freshman and sophomore year, which means no math and science for me! Yay! But while my schedule consists more of electives than anything else, it gives me no excuse not to perform my best in my final year of English as well as Government and Economics class. So while I am excited that my senior year will be somewhat easy, I know that there still will be work to be done. High school isn’t completely over until the bell rings that final day. But that day I do dread. I have so many memories and fun moments on this campus, not to mention all the friends I have made. It will be an emotional day to say the least, but I don’t want that to be the one thing I remember when I look back on my last year. Therefore I, like every other senior in the class of 2012, should live my senior year to the fullest and when I look back on it, I should be able to say, “It was the best year of my life.”
Opinion’s Editor The concept of adulthood reaches us when we realize for the first time that in a matter of weeks, we will march across a stage straight towards freedom from the monotony and frustrations of public school. From here on out, we as seniors will regard ourselves as adults. Young adults, but adults nonetheless, perfectly capable of caring for ourselves and making intelligent decisions in regards to our own personal and professional lives. And who’s to say that we aren’t mature enough to make such decisions without the careful guidance or advice of more ‘experienced’ adults? We’ve been through a little bit of it all, right? We’ve dealt with catty girls in the hallways, so who’s to say that we aren’t prepared for the onslaughter of office politics that await us and demand our utmost amount of maturity? We’ve dealt with ‘boy troubles’, so parents please don’t insist on warning us over and over (and over and over) of the hearache that awaits us beyond these blue iron gates. We know what we’re doing. There’s nothing worse than being broken up with via text and cheated on the same way.
Evan Carbone Business Editor
Art comes in many forms, from visual to performance to auditory, but one of the many art forms that is so often neglected is the social arts. In particular there has been a noticeable decline in the social art of chivalry; but this is as much the fault of women as it is men, for there has also been a distinct lack of gratefulness for quite some time. Cliché as it may sound, chivalry has been slowly “dying”, but it is far from dead. As a whole, men have generally stopped making the small gestures that constitute chivalry: opening and holding doors, ladies first, spontaneous compliments, and small gifts of affection; these have all become sites rarely seen. There’s no denying it: men do hold fault, most of us have neglected to continue the practices of chivalry; but the cause certainly wasn’t helped by the women. Believe it or not, there were (and for that matter still are) a fair number of chivalrous men left; but the noticeable absence of graciousness, or even acknowledgement, by women has acted as a strong deterrent. Rare is the man who will open a door for a woman, but even rarer is the woman who will recognize the gesture; chivalry is now taken for granted. In a sense this expectation and ungratefulness is the reason for chivalry’s decline. If there is no longer a benefit to chivalry, even one as small as a ‘thank you’, then why would men continue to practice it?
We’ve all had money shortages, which were disasterous enough to ruin a proposed evening out at the movies with friends (those darned parents who refuse to shell out for more than a few times a week). The ATM only distributes in twenties; but when I don’t have twenty dollars in the account, I have allowance coming...right? We’ve all procrastinated or missed a few assignments...missed a few classes...we know exactly how to catch up. The teachers will always just be there to hand you the work you missed and wish you all the best. They care about each of their hundred and something students as individuals intent on their future success, of course. We’ve never done anything illegal, but we know well enough not to by now. Drive with your seatbelts always, look both ways before crossing the streets, no candy (or drinks, for that matter) from strangers. If anything, 12 years of public schooling has taught us common sense. We’re pros at it by now. Parents, administration, teachers, aged and scary-looking Walmart cashiers we see on a daily basis, adults in general: you’ve taught us well. We can take it from here without your help. We know exactly what we’re doing. I think.
Even this is skirting the real issue though. The real reason for the decline in chivalry lies in the fact that men and women are both shallow. Men, as a whole, are fairly predictable in what they want: sex. Women are also shallow, but in a less obvious way; women focus on and are attracted to men who will boost their social status. Men are no longer chivalrous because the men who were chivalrous were never the ones chosen by the women; the women were always choosing the more popular or rich or respected men, leaving the chivalrous men with nothing. Women stopped noticing or responding to chivalry because it wasn’t coming from the men they wanted. As men began to realize that chivalry was doing nothing to help them attain their ‘goal’, they began to abandon it. “There is no point in doing something that gets me nothing” became the attitude of the day. And so we are left with the current state of things: a lack of chivalry on one side, a lack of gratefulness on the other, and social arts being generally lost in a sea of shallow emotions. The social arts: chivalry, gratefulness, politeness (a topic for another time), tact, and discretion are all integral parts of our society. While other arts are predominantly for entertainment or self-expressive purposes, the social arts are a functional part of everyday life; they define how we interact with others and are our first impression on others. Without these arts, there’s just a society of spiraling apathy.
Opinions Editor, Brooke Benson
May 24, 2011
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Volume 16, Issue 4
May 24, 2011
Full Spectrum: Senior Dancers Dazzle Brooklynne Benson Opinions Editor The end of the year for seniors comes with the bittersweet compromise of freedom for nostalgia. For performing arts kids in particluar, the concept of leaving the theatre and stage they grew up in and on can be particularly challenging. The senior dance show Full Spectrum certainly left a legacy. The beginning dancer’s simplistic but eloquent performances served an effective precursor to the snappy, energetic numbers that came through in the second act. The overarching theme was gracefully portrayed: the connection between color and emotion. The song choices were in keeping with the theme and explored the connotations of and emotional attachments to each color in the spectrum. The eclectic range of dance style alone made the show fully worth the ticket price. The sounds and lights flowed seamlessly; the lighting contributed effectively to the overall tone, which shifted constantly between melancholy solos and duets to fast-paced group numbers. The back and forth nature of the song selection - while catering to tastes of all sorts - somewhat hindered the pacing of the show as a whole. However, the style was so varried in taste that it complimented each genre students practiced with the music that we as students listen to - the most notable contrast being Oriana Castro’s thrilling White Swan Solo from the ballet Swan Lake to the group number Black and Yellow. And so the senior dancers will depart this year “not with a fizzle but with a bang”.
Kaitlyn May, Brooklynne Benson, Nick Nguyen, and Evan Carbone Senior Editors
““Following the trend of adapting popular children’s novels into feature length films, MPP has the potential to be a heartwarming tale or a massive cinematic trainwreck.”- NN
“Such a grab at money by Pixar, it isn’t even funny; they’re just disgracing poor Paul Newman’s legacy now. Stop it. Stop the nonsense, Pixar. It’s going to be a flop: a big one.” - BB
“With the loss of Megan Fox – half the box office returns for the sequel film – T3 is left with some eye-candy short of a testosterone-filled all-action flick. Chances are it’s a flop.” - KM
“With an all-star cast and general loyalty to the plot of the novels, HP6: Part 2 is guaranteed to have sold-out showings. If you intend to see this film opening night, Fandango A.S.A.P.” - KM
“Chris Evans gains a few pounds of muscle to fit into the star-and-stripespangled suit of Captain America in this World War II origin story of the iconic Marvel hero.”- EC
“Daniel Craig steps out of his secret agent suit to fight aliens in this old west meets modern sci-fi flick that’s sure to entertain in spite of its not-so-highbrow appearance.”- EC
Pirates 4: On Stranger Tides an unexpected shipload of fun Kaitlyn May Editor-in-Chief; Featainment Editor
While my dedication to the Pirates series may bias my opinion slightly, I must say that I entered the theatre on loyalty alone, not at all expecting a hit. To my surprise – and delight – the fourth film proved to be as equally fun and compelling as its predecessors. Stranger Tides succeeded by returning to the feel of the original film and exploring the depths of pirate lore once again. Although not without some faults, the fourth movie can be viewed as a satisfying sequel to Black Pearl, even with its occasional in-jokes. Plot-wise, the film ran smoothly, showing a believable (and historically accurate) change in time: pirates continue to be hunted by the navies of the world and hanged, leading to the rise
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Kaitlyn May
of privateers. Tensions continue to flare between the English and Spanish, resulting in the arms race to the discovery of Ponce de Leon’s silver chalices and the Fountain of Youth. Led by a fan favourite pirate, English privateers set forth to seize victory, competing with not just the Spaniards but also the infamous pirate captain, Blackbeard. Never lacking in the fantastical, the film includes mermaids whose eerily beautiful visages are actually true to lore. Actors Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Kevin McNally reprised their roles as Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hector Barbossa, and Joshamee Gibbs, respectively, meeting with newcomers Penélope Cruz as the clever pirate Angelica and Ian McShane as the apathetic and cruel Blackbeard. The five interacted wonderfully, effectively playing off of one another with witty
repertoire and showing a deepening of bonds between their characters. McShane’s portrayal was amusing and in a sense likable; whether this was affective for his role or not is debatable, but he was fun to watch on screen nonetheless. Cruz brought a sexy latina edge to her character, having a large amount of onscreen fights, making her very likable and a fantastic match to Captain Jack. Depp was as physically comedic as always, showing off a lot of the escapism and footwork that Sparrow exhibited in the original film. It was also delightful to see his interactions with the bit roles of Keith Richards, Dame Judy Dench, and Richard Griffiths. With subtle elements of the previous films blended into the scenes, the film felt rather satisfying as a continuation in the series. However, a few threads needed tying up, leading to the
question of future films in the franchise; audiences are left wondering how the mermaid subplot truly ended, what Angelica’s fate will be. It must be noted that while the soundtrack was not as iconic as the previous films, it was also not entirely disappointing. Playing off of the ‘return to lore’ feeling of the film, Hans Zimmer produced many reprises of the first soundtrack by Klaus Badelt, giving a nostalgic twist to many scenes. Stranger Tides is also the first film of the franchise to be directed by Rob Marshall – the other three being directed by Gore Verbinski. The plot of the movie was in fact adapted from the 1987 novel of the same name, written by Tim Powers, who helped to create the script. The work of all of these men enabled Stranger Tides to be a successful film any pirate enthusiast could enjoy.
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Attending: UC Davis Class: AP Studio Art Nominated By: Dave Branstetter
May 24, 2011
Attending: San Francisco Academy of Art Class: AP Studio Art Nominated By: Dave Branstetter
Alison Stewart is an AP Art student who has taken seven art classes here at Woodcreek, including ceramics and web design courses. Her work has been featured in multiple school exhibitions over the years, including pieces from her final portfolio which centered around the theme of ‘Breakfast’. She sites that her source of artistic inspiration is the painter Jackson Pollock. “I like his crazy art,” Alison said. “He’s hyper-abstract.” She will go on to attend UC Davis this fall, entering her freshman year as a Biology major. Alison aspires to be a doctor, drawing only recreationally. Her proudest moment has been the completion of her AP Art portfolio.
Richie Gage is an artist currently enrolled in AP Studio Art. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember and has had his work displayed in many campus exhibitions. Recently Richie completed his AP portfolio - centered around the theme “Characters” - and submitted it to the art committee. He says that he is inspired by “the infinite complexity of life” and the “subtle simplicity of the universe”. He states that he feels the most personal achievement every time he gets paid for his work. Richie plans to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco before “getting a boss job drawing stuff”.
Attending: Sierra College Class: Professional Theatre Nominated By: Tom Fearon
Attending: Sierra College Class: Professional Theatre Nominated By: Tom Fearon
Attending: Azusa Pacific University Class: Choir; Musical Theatre Nominated By: Adrienne Mars
Brian Cabana is an actor and Thespian member of Troupe 6055 who began acting his freshman year. His most recent role was as the character Chad in Almost, Maine in the scene “They Fell”. His favourite moment was “looking out at the glowing faces of the people in the audience during Almost, Maine.” Brian reflects, “The raw emotion and enjoyment touched me.” Within his Thespian Troupe, Brian won the People’s Choice award for his work in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and the Best Actor award for his role in Almost, Maine. Brian will attend Sierra College, pursuing acting as a Theatre major.
Attending: University of Southern California Class: Musical Theatre Nominated By: Adrienne Mars
Leslie McManus is an actress and Thespian member of Troupe 6055. Her first play was Attack of the PomPom Zombies in eighth grade. Most recently, Leslie did props for The Reluctant Dragon and played the Smallest Blind Girl in Miracle Worker. She quotes her greatest achievement as being, “When I conquered my fear of heights putting up the stars for Almost, Maine. I spent 12 hours on a 50foot-ladder.” Leslie will attend Sierra College this fall, but she is looking to transfer to a school in Oregon after completing her general education. She looks to continue theatre within college and major in either Hydrology or Geology.
Dominic Shepard is an actor and singer who has been involved in the performing arts since his freshman year. His first role was in Woodcreek’s 2001 production of The Crucible when he was eight years old. Currently enrolled in musical theatre, Dominic takes his inspiration from his own life and the world around him. Recently he starred as the character Riff in this years’ West Side Story. His most memorable moment came at the end of this year. “My biggest achievement has been getting accepted to University of Southern California’s School of Theatre,” he said. Dominic will attend this school as a Theatre major.
Morgan Ortiz is an actress and singer who has been enrolled in Choir and Musical Theatre all four of her years here at Woodcreek. Having performed since the age of six, her most recent role was as ‘Anybodys’ in the production of West Side Story. “My favourite moment was when the cast of Grease found out that we had sold out and were turning people away opening night,” states Morgan. “Everyone started screaming and there was amazing energy and lots of hugs.” Morgan will attend Azusa Pacific University as a Liberal Studies major and Spanish minor. She also will participate in Azusa’s Bel Canto Choir.
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Co-Editor-in-Chief, Kaitlyn May
May 24, 2011
The students within these pages are some of the many great artists that our school has had the honor of having. These students have been named by their teachers and peers as some of the best within their representative programs, the faces of Woodcreek’s Visual and Performing Arts departments. They have all worked hard in their crafts during both their school hours and personal hours, achieving in excellence, effort, and attitude. Be sure to congratulate these deserving special superlative winners!
Attending: Blinn Community College Class: Advanced Guitar Nominated By: John Harmon
Attending: UC Davis Class: Advanced Guitar Nominated By: John Harmon
Jordyn DeCarlo is a guitarist who began her artistic career in her sophomore year. Currently enrolled in Advanced Guitar, Jordyn is also an intern for first period Intermediate Guitar class. Currently working on composing her own songs and getting her name out in the public, she lists her favourite moment as performing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with her Advanced Guitar group at this year’s Wolfstock concert. “Mr. Harmon is my inspiration,” states Jordyn. “He inspired me to want to become a music teacher.” She will attend Blinn Community College in Texas this fall. She intends to transfer to Texas A&M as a major in Music Education.
Joshua Kerby is a guitarist who started his artistic career his freshman year. Enrolled in Advanced Guitar, Josh names his inspiration as Mark Tremonti, the guitarist from Creed and Alter Bridge. Josh states that his greatest accomplishment was “recording a guitar track that I made for a Warner Bros. song that my dad was given to remix. It was the first time I ever created something to be recorded for an actual song.” Josh will attend University of California Davis as a Business Economics major. He plans to take another three years of law school afterwards and become a business attorney with a minor in classical guitar.
Attending: University of the Pacific Class: Jazz and Symphonic Band Nominated By: Orrey Severet
Attending: UC Berkeley Class: Jazz and Symphonic Band Nominated By: Jarid Kroes
Attending: Sierra College Class: Music-’n-Motion Nominated By: Lydia Viduya
Attending: Sierra College; UC Irvine Class: Music-’n-Motion Nominated By: Lydia Viduya
Nick Niebank is a musician who has been actively involved in band since his sixth grade year. A trumpeter and flugel horn player, he has been in both Jazz and Symphonic Band and has received four jazz solos this year. Outside of school, he is also currently involved in “TNT,” the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s sponsored youth band. “Playing at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee is one of my favourite annual events to perform at,” he recalls. Nick will attend the University of the Pacific with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Jazz Studies. He plans to participate in many music ensembles throughout his college career.
Melissa Williams is a musician who has been heavily involved in Woodcreek’s performing arts program. She hasplayed music for as long as she can remember, having first learned to play the piano in elementary school. She was a flutist in both Symphonic and Marching Band. She also played the vibraphone – a xylophone-like instrument – in both Drumline and Jazz Band. Melissa also served as conductor for Pep Band. Her favourite memory was, “in 2009, when the Symphonic Band performed in the state-of-the-art Mondavi Center in Davis”. Melissa will attend University of California Berkeley with a major in Astrophysics.
Jake Fritz is a skilled dancer, who began his career here at Woodcreek. Jake found his passion when he enrolled in Beginning Dance his freshman year; he now dances for Music-’n-Motion. One of his largest achievements came in October 2010, when he participated in the show The Doorway. Held at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Centre in Natomas, The Doorway was a separate event that Woodcreek students had the chance to audition for. Jake performed alongside professional dance company CORE Dance Collective. He will attend Sierra College with the intent to transfer and will major in either Dance or Criminal Justice.
Oriana Castro is a dancer who began her craft at age seven. She began at Dance Gallery 2 and the Sacramento Academy of Dance, taking ballet, contemporary and pointe. She quit last year to become captain of Music-’n-Motion. Recently she placed Gold at a Co-dance Competition and directed the 2011 Senior Dance Show. Her favourite accomplishment includes, “when Shely Nichols, the director of dance in Disneyland, told me to work there and use her as a reference.” Oriana will attend Sierra College for two years before transferring to University of California Irvine with a double major in Dance and Business Management.
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Kaitlyn May
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KAITLYN JAYNE MAY
When I first sat down to write this column, I promised myself that there would be no melodrama, no emotional statements. I was aiming for a generalized goodbye. Truth of the matter is, it isn’t possible to compress four years of growth and change into a simple farewell. Looking back I’ve realized just how far I’ve come and how much I have to be thankful for. Leaving and moving on is always an emotional thing: in love, in moving, in growing apart or in growing old. I told myself I wouldn’t feel clichéd and emotional, but I can’t seem to help that either. So here’s homage to the last four years with some thanks along the way: For the first time – probably ever – I can genuinely say that I am happy with who I’m becoming and with who I am. In retrospect, I realize that I’ve become more confident as an individual. I’m no longer ‘two people,’ and can be proud to just be myself, regardless of how others feel about it. I had the bravery to publish my personal statement essay in last issue’s paper, and I don’t care who doubles back and reads it. Now you all know who ‘anonymous’ was. What people think of me and how they may or may not judge me is their own prerogative, not mine, and it’s not something that I’m going to allow burden me.
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May 24, 2011 I’ve had the great fortune of making lots of friends during my time here at Woodcreek. I made some scheduling choices others wouldn’t, placing myself in classes where I didn’t have any friends who I knew. When I was younger, this enabled me to mingle with juniors and seniors, allowed me to assess how they acted and what they talked about, and to model from the truly amazing ones. As a senior myself, I can’t regret taking classes that introduced me to those younger than myself. Dealing with the percentage of still immature underclassmen was worth the couple of friends that I was able to make, ones that I can talk to about college and help guide through their high school careers as my best friend did for me. I have so many people to thank from the bottom of my heart. I’m not the sort of person who people expect to have hard times: I’ve always had the luxury of good company and the drive to succeed when I put my mind to things, and I don’t say this to sound conceited. While personable, I don’t speak my true mind very often, and there are honestly so many people that I appreciate who may never know how much they have truly helped me. Sometimes the simplest words can go a long way. To my parents: I do not thank you enough. You have guided me when I put too much pressure on myself and have never judged me or my occasional failures. I aspire to be like the both of you and appreciate all of your support these past few years. I hope I can make
you proud as a college student. To my friends: You’re probably all crazy for hanging around someone as self-critical and manic as me, but I love you all to death. You’ve brightened even my worst days and have truly helped me when I needed you. I’ll be certain to stay in contact with you all and look forward to seeing what college life brings to each of us. To my girl: You’ll never see this paper, but I couldn’t have made it here without you. Four solid years of love, support, and growth has changed me for the better, and I can’t be more proud of the way these experiences have shaped us. You never fail to cheer me up or encourage me. Thank you for always being there: Ich Liebe dich, mein Liebling. To Mr. Cerney: You may never read this, but I want to put it out there that you’ve influenced my life. I admire your frankness and genuineness, as it made your class truly unique and enjoyable. I
look forward to working towards one of my two majors: European Studies. To Ms. Boisa and Mrs. Eisenhower: I appreciate the relationships that we have formed; they have encouraged me and motivated me more than I can say. You are people who I greatly admire and trust, and I thank you for the time you’ve both spent reading my original works. Thanks to you both, I go on to college pursuing a second major: Comparative Literature. To Mrs. Ramirez: I value the relationship that we formed and want to thank you for sitting down and talking with me about anything: the future, my personal frustrations, my scheduling woes. You always took the time to truly listen and helped me with even the most trivial of things, and for that I thank you. Without all of these people, I could not be where I am now, and I could not be the person who I am. I intend to take everything that I have learned from you all and go on to my own future. I wish everyone a wonderful summer; let us all graduate with confidence and embrace the paths we choose to take. Congratulations Class of 2011: we did it!
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Baseball sneaks into a playoff spot Matt George Sports Editor The Woodcreek baseball team made it to the playoffs, but by the skin of their teeth. The question is can they pull themselves together and win themselves and the school a championship. With the way they played at the beginning of the season that is quite possible; but if they stay in their current end-of-the-season slump, then they are going to have a tough time getting that title. The playoffs seemed like a sure thing from the beginning of the season when the team got off to such a hot start; but towards the end of the season, the team ran into a slump and ended up having to scratch and claw their way to a playoff spot. By defeating Del Oro on May 11, 13-10 in a late comeback, the team just barely captured their spot in the playoffs. Their first game would be against Casa Roble in a one game, win-or-gohome showdown. The matchup was a complete pitchers’ duel from the start. Only two runs were scored in the entire game, luckily both by Woodcreek. Both Woodcreek and Casa’s total runs-pergame average for the season is slightly above eight, which just proves the fact that both teams struggled in the batter’s box. But Woodcreek would prevail and move on to the next round. The very next day they took the field against the rival orange and black, the Roseville Tigers. The two teams only faced each
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To some, football season is like a gift from the gods. Fans gather at their friends’ or family’s homes all over the world to enjoy a specific game or just spend a whole day on the couch watching football, drinking beer and eating fantastic barbecue. While baseball is the, “nation’s pasttime,” football is the “nation’s playtime,” where people all join together to enjoy a physical and entertaining game of hard-hitting, back-and-forth, good ol’ American football. But now a lockout has emerged, threatening the future of the NFL entirely and quite possibly, putting an end to the 2011-2012 season before it even starts. First off, what is the NFL lockout? “Lockout” in sports is basically a term meaning no trades are allowed to be made, no contract signing or dropping
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other three times this season and Woodcreek won two of those three meetings. But as playoffs can often prove, the regular season scores and games between the two teams reflected nothing towards the playoff games and Roseville took care of the Timberwolves 5-1 in game 1. Both games were clear struggles at the plate for Woodcreek, and this time their pitching couldn’t carry them to the victory. Now Woodcreek will have a chance at revenge today, May 24, against Roseville to tie the series and continue towards the championship they hunger for. In order to continue down the tough playoff road, the Timberwolves will need to start hitting the ball well again and hit .343 like their regular PHOTO BY JESSICA ROBERTS season average. CLUTCH: John Peska steps up to the plate at a clutch moment in the Del Oro game. RBIs will also have to Basically the key is consistency every player will have to put their heart increase and the defense will have to minimize all mistakes and and the team knows it. If they can be and soul out there and prove that they help out the pitching staff as much as consistent and score runs as well as deserve to continue and play for the they can. A pitcher can’t do it all by defend well, they have as good a chance title. It is always easier to perform well when there is a solid fan base behind a himself. He needs a trustworthy de- as anyone to reach the title. It’s a stressful time for any athlete, team, so get out and support the Timfense behind him to bail him out of any stressful jams, as well as some big bats being in the playoffs; but it is here berwolves who are fighting to bring to give him a security cushion when he where the men are separated from the another banner to our gym wall and boys. On the field is where each and pride to the school as a whole. steps up to the mound.
is allowed and, most importantly, no games are allowed to be played until the issue is solved. Most commonly, this issue deals with the players complaining about low salaries which, in itself, is completely ridiculous. The NFL is also dealing with legal issues involved in player safety and the common occurence in brain-related injuries and diseases in retired NFL players. Also the NFL is struggling with the possibility of overseas play and possibly an NFL team being either moved or created in Europe, which is a whole other issue in itself that has no easy solution. Getting payed millions of dollars to play a sport seems like the life that someone would dream of and the money would be plenty. Well not for these athletes. Players are beginning
to demand more and more money to play. Why? Because they can. Especially huge names like Payton Manning and Donald Driver. Players feel that they deserve more money and know that if they demand it, somehow they will get it. Team owners are so worried about a star leaving their team that they panic and, in most cases, give them whatever they want so they will stay on the team. If the owner refuses or tries to offer them less, a player feels confident of leaving that team because he knows that some other owner is going to kiss up to him and give him all the money he wants to come and play for their team. So it is easy to understand why players are demanding more and more. It is because millionaire owners spend all the money they have on players in order to boost their team because
they clearly don’t know how to spend their money any way else. Players have owners and the NFL in the palm of their hands money-wise, but recently it was discovered that most pay for it when they get older. Head injuries have increased in occurence over the years, therefore increasing the public health worry about the sport. A study in the year 2000 revealed that 1090 former NFL players suffered from concussions and that number continues to grow. Over 35% reported to have suffered three or more concussions in their entire career as an NFL player. The NFL suffers from many different lawsuits by players as well as countless ridicule from doctors for their lack of aknowledgement of these brainrelated injuries. It’s important that these issues be dealt with properly. But if the lockout continues through the year, it is very possible there won’t be an NFL season at all. If that’s the case, I, as well as many others will not only be disappointed, we will cause even more grief for the NFL.
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Girls softball captures their much deserved playoff spot Breana Zamudio Staff Reporter This season our own WHS girls varsity softball team made it to playoffs. Throughout this season the girls made immense progress as a team, which guided them to the position they are in this playoff season. “The girls will be going in as the 2nd or 3rd seed,” Asst. Coach Gary Stringfellow stated. The girls finished the regular season with a 17-5-1 overall record and 8-2-0 in league. Stringfellow said, “All the teams are good in the playoffs and we aren’t head and shoulders above everyone else. There is no number one team this year, everyone is about equal.” When asked about going to the playoffs junior Courtney Johnson said,
“It’s pretty cool. I think we can do pretty good. I know we have the talent and skill to pull it off.” Johnson plays outfielder, shortstop and first base, batting with a .246 average. The Lady Timberwolves are ranked 57th in the state of California and 260th in the nation. They stand in 2nd place in the SFL, right behind Del Oro. Regarding playoffs, junior Kacey Adams gave some insight. “We need to improve to bond defensively as a team and I believe we are going to win,” she said. Adams plays outfielder
and has scored two runs this season. The most memorable part of the past season for Adams was beating Roseville. The leaders this season for the team’s batting average are freshman Jenna Curtan with an average of .452 and senior Hayley Gately with an average of .348. The only freshman on the girls varsity softball team is Jenna Curtan and she just happens to hold the highest batting average on the team. Curtan plays pitcher and first base. The girls’ latest win was on Friday May 13 against the Wood Wildcats. Although it was a non-con-
ference game, it was still a confidence booster for the team with the 2-1 win. The team’s latest conference win was against Del Oro on May 10 with a victory score of 3-2. The conference win will help the team to advance in the playoffs. There are four pitchers on the team who are contributing their skills to the team’s placement in playoffs this season. Sophomores Amanda Modder, Alexis Wilkerson and Amanda Horbasch are all pitchers for the team, along with freshman Curtan. On Friday, the Lady T-Wolves defeated Rio Linda 2-1 in a hard fought pitchers’ duel. The ability for Woodcreek to put up 2 runs in the first three innings as well as hold the Rio Linda batters to only 5 hits and one run is what decided the game. They also played Roseville High on Saturday.
Junior Varsity swim wins coveted section title Swim’s hard work and skill makes a splash Nick Nguyen Online Editor The Woodcreek High School swim team’s recent Sections meet ended in the only way possible for our outstanding team: winning. The swim team pulled solid efforts on every front and their hard work paid off. Sixty-three teams in total participated in the Sections tournament and our girls team fought their way to the lead, winning by 6.5 points. Among the 33 varsity swimmers, Claire Hammond, freshman, and Allyson Fellows, sophomore, both managed to win titles at the meet. “It’s hard to pick one great moment for our team,” said Brooke Peiler, senior of the varsity
girls swim team. “But the simple fact the varsity girls position as 2nd in that we were able to bring six girls to overall SFL league standings. “Having Sections our girls finis really ish 2nd overexciting, all is a huge and a accomplishgreat way ment, and our for us to boys team did end our great too,” season.” Peiler said. “I H a m think the best mond won thing about an indiour team is vidual the fact that section tiwe didn’t just tle in the swim well, we 100-backcame closer stroke, as a team.” and FelThe varPHOTO COURTESY OF LYKOS STAFF lows won sity boys a section Swim team dives to clean victory at sectionals competition. t e a m m a n title in aged to finthe 500-freestyle. ish 4th in standings with the JV boys These titles only helped cement finishing in 3rd and the JV girls ending
4th in league standings. “No matter where we finish, our number one focus is working as hard as we can and doing as well as we can,” said Riley Santos, senior of the varsity boys swim team. “This year was good, but next year can be even better. Our team is continuing to grow, and it’s always great to get fresh talent. That can really give us some depth and an advantage over other teams in our league.” Despite moving on from the Woodcreek High School teams, both Peiler and Santos remain not only optimistic, but supportive and hopeful for the team over the next few years. Swim ends their season on a high note with two new title winners and solid final standings in the SFL league for all four of their teams. With an even brighter future ahead for our swimmers and some fresh new talent to fill the ranks of our departing veterans, next year looks promising.
Despite hot start, girls soccer falls short of playoffs Breana Zamudio Staff Reporter The WHS girls varsity soccer team got off to a spectacular start this spring, winning eleven straight games to start the season. The first game they lost was the twelfth game against Granite Bay with a 1-0 score. Although the girls did not make it to playoffs, they believe that this was one of their best seasons. Junior defender Mika Samoy stated, “We gave it our all, but the teams in the SFL are really competitive and we just came up short.” A majority of the players agreed that their most memorable game was the recent home game against Del Oro, not only because they knocked Del Oro out of the playoffs, but because it was the seniors’ last game. In league the girls finished with a record of 2-5-3, placing 5th out of six teams in the SFL
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on top of Nevada Union. When asked what the most memoJunior midfielder Lauren Hayano rable moments of this past season stated, were Samoy ‘It’s been s t a t e d , an amaz“When Rosie ing season, Bearden probably threw a ball the best straight at yet. I have Coach Matt’s gotten so face or when close with Erien Matall of the sueda fell girls and straight on I’m going her butt to miss during pracall of our tice.” seniors.” PracticHearing es consisted PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK BOWMAN from some Girls varsity soccer stands 11-5-4 for the season. of fun times of the playfor the team ers, it is and really clear that the team has really bonded gave the seniors some memories to rethis season, as shown through their member their final season of high school overall record of 11-5-4. soccer.
There are four seniors leaving this season: Johnna Franks, Emily Becker, Rosie Bearden and Jordan Zucca. Franks and Becker returned this season as their second and last year as team captains. Samoy stated, “The Del Oro game was really sad because we all walked off the field knowing that it was the seniors’ last game.” There was a greater amount of freshmen on the varsity team this year than in past years. The new freshmen were Alyssa Rushing, Erien Matsueda, Madeline McArthur and Mei-li Madamba. Finishing the season without making playoffs wasn’t a great downside of the season, however. The girls claimed that they made major progress with team bonding and became even closer than they had expected. The fact that they achieved such bonding will make them even stronger going into the season next year.
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First year varsity players get all-star honors termination and confidence is a good trait to have as a lacrosse goalie, and it shows in his play. Clay also tore tendons in one of his hands halfway through the season and played through it for the rest of the season. One of the First Team All-Stars, senior Zack Wilson praises his effort off the field for his success. “I put in a lot of effort and practice in the off-season. I had to play D-pole (Long stick) all last season and then switched to short stick this season, so I PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID LIEBLER had a lot of ground to make Zack Wilson, senior, is warmed up and ready to up.” Zack is graduating this play on the all-star team. year, first attending Sierra College, “but I would like to go to Humboldt, Chico or Nick Franze Sonoma State.” The best part of the season from Zack’s perspective was, Staff Reporter “The parties after and the experience of The announcement of Eastern Con- hanging out with my teammates, and of ference first string All-Stars and honor- course scoring hat tricks.” The very best able mentions rang with Woodcreek part of his experience was, “Becoming names. Senior Zack Wilson and junior bro’s with my teammates, and having Josh Barnhart got first team honors. a hella chill experience.” Another Honorable Mention, Junior Juniors David Edgar, Sam Plecker and Clay Crowley got honorable mentions. Sam Plecker was one of the core AttackJunior goalie Clay Crowley says men/Middies and a valuable player to he got an honorable mention because, the Woodcreek offense. When asked “I put the team on my back.” This de- about how he felt about this mention, he
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mocked Clay by saying, “I put the team on my back”, adding, “seriously though, I am very honored by this mention and am grateful for my recognition.” He plans to excel even more next year by, “hitting the gym more and working on speed and individual skill sets for my offense.” Sam, Clay and Zack were the terrific trio for the varsity team. All three brought their own unique skill set to the table. Clay’s wicked reaction time, Sam’s uber-quick shot release and Zack’s prowess on the offensive and defensive side of the field made them
invaluable players. All-in-all Woodcreek lacrosse has grown to a level where recognition is thoroughly deserved, and given now. This first set of All-Stars out of a Woodcreek background is just breaking the mold for the future of Woodcreek lacrosse and the introduction of a flourishing sport to Northern Californian athletic culture. Even though only a handful of players were selected as AllStar material, the whole team contributed to this memorable and remarkable first season as a varsity team. It will be fun to see how they perform in 2012.
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leave lasting legacies behind Blake Cervantes Football & Track
Brandon WhiteBear Devin Murphy Angelo Ciaraglia Football & Basketball XC, Wrestling, Track, Baseball Football
Over his years as a Woodcreek athlete, Blake Cervantes has performed well in both football and track. He played both running back and safety for the football team and wears the number 2 on his back. He has played football for ten years and his performance reflects that. As a running back Blake averaged eight points a game and was ranked #7 runningback in the league He loves track and field and therefore is also a part of that team.
Brandon WhiteBear rocked the football field every year he played, especially his senior year. He played tight end and excelled on offense, averaging 15 receptions a game with a little more than 21 yards per catch. Brandon’s longest reception was a full football field kickoff return for a touchdown. He is ranked 12th tight end in the league and 57th in the section. Brandon wears the number 84 on his jersey and has played football since he was nine years-old.
“My best memory as an athlete is freshman year football against Ponderosa when we came back and won a tight game in the fourth quarter.”
“Just playing all four years for Woodcreek is the best memory for me.”
Hannah Hardy Johnna Franks Track & Field
Volleyball & Soccer
To say Hannah Hardy is multitalented in her sport is an understatement. She is involved in three very different events in track. The only consistency in those events is that she is running and jumping. Those events include the long jump, triple jump, and all different kinds of team relays. Hannah is the captain for the team’s 200-meter relay and has been running and jumping for seven years. She is well-loved by the other members of the track team and they all appreciate her talent, leadership, and ability to keep the team chemistry strong.
Johnna Franks dominated both out on the turf and in the gym. She played volleyball for her first three years but didn’t play her senior year. Instead she turned to her top sport, soccer, which she played for her entire high school career. As captain of the soccer team, Johnna’s teammates looked up to her as a leader but also a fun-loving friend. She has been the athlete of the week for Woodcreek a few times and has made 1st team allleague in both soccer and volleyball.
“My best memory is making it to the state competition multiple times.”
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“I know all about learning to get along with people I may not necessarily like, so that will be helpful in college. I have too many good memories to mention. They all contributed to an amazing experience at WHS.”
Call him the“King of the Court” because that defines Devin Murphy. Although he did play football for two years, he is knows for is his ball skills on the court. Devin played pointguard for all four years and has been a captain for three. Both of his years on varsity, the team made it to Arco Arena/ Power Balance Pavillion. Coincidence? I think not. Devin’s teammates respect him and consider him to be a hardworking and encouraging guy. “Beating Archbishop Mitty at their school. We’re losing the whole game and then come back to win in the playoffs.”
Swim & Water Polo Leah Smith might as well live underwater, seeing as how she spends almost as much time underwater as on dry land. Her nickname is simply “The Beast” and for obvious reasons. Her teammates describe her as an extremely hard worker and dedicated in everything she does. Leah is such a talented and strong swimmer that she intimidates her opponents, both male and female. She has made both first and second team all-league for waterpolo. “During my junior year of water polo, my team beat Granite Bay in the last second. It was our first win against them in the year. In our game against Rocklin my senior year, we went into overtime and I scored the game-winning goal.”
Think this guy isn’t athletic? Think again. In four years of highschool Angelo Ciaraglia has played four different sports and performed well in all of them. He says he will miss competing against all of the different schools in the district and especially miss his teammates and other friends. Angelo was a captain for both wrestling and cross country and his teammates consider him to be a supportive and hard-working athlete. He is very proud that he played at least three sports each year. “My best memory was making state championships for cross country and state championships for wrestling.”
Track & Cross Country An all star on and off the field, Stephanie Romo is one talented student and athlete. For all four years she has run as a member of the cross country team and the track team. Her senior year she was a captain for the cross country team. She is also grateful for the skills in the classroom that Woodcreek teachers and classes have given her off the track. Her teammates would describe her as a very loud and energetic leader - the team cheerleader. “I will miss all the amazing teammates that I got to grow very close to. I will especially miss Mrs. McKillop, who was an extraordinary coach throughout my high school running career.”
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Most people know the loud, hyper, outgoing girl who prances around like a gazelle. That girl is Jaclyn Hawkins. For the past four years, she has been involved in many activities. Hawkins has been on the dance team since freshman year and was named captain this year. “Dance has been a big part of my life,” she said. H a w k i n s also participated in athletics. She played soccer for two years and was captain of the JV soccer team her sophomore year. She also ran track junior and senior year. Hawkins was also in the National Honor Society for three years, helping organize events such as a run/walk and People for Paws.
When she wasn’t busy with her extra-curricular activities, Hawkins served as a source of hilarity and fun. During one of the rallies Jenner Lubinsky tried to do a push up with Hawkins on his back. “He almost couldn’t do it. I felt really fat,” Hawkins said while retelling her favorite memory. Hawkins looks forward to the freedom of attending Cal Poly, SLO to major in architecture. Her parting words for underclassmen? “Try to cherish your time with your friends and family, because I can’t emphasize enough how fast the time flies,” she said. “Stop and smell the roses and don’t worry what others think.” (by Justien Matsueda, Special Section Editor)
Jake Haakenson stands out as an integral part of Woodcreek. Since freshman year, Haakenson played volleyball and basketball. This year, he was the captain of the varsity volleyball team and an asset in helping the basketball team make State finals. He has been involved in the National Honor Society for three years, where he served as an officer junior year and became President senior year. As an officer, he was in charge of the run/walk fundraiser, which raised over $3000 for Roseville Homestart. Haakenson considers his work with NHS to be his biggest legacy. He is also involved in other extracurricular activities, like his work in KEY Club and leadership in his church’s
youth group. This past spring break, he helped build houses in Mexico. Despite his contributions here, he is excited to attend the University of Arizona to major in math, though he is unsure of his plans afterwards. Despite his excitement, Haakenson said he will miss the friends, staff and relationships he has built. “The thing I most enjoyed about attending Woodcreek was the friends I made through sports, school and extra-curriculars,” Haakenson said. He advises students to work hard, get involved and enjoy their time here. “Thank you to everyone in the senior class for a great four years,” Haakenson said. (by Evan Carbone, Finance Manager)
During his time here, Eric Silberstein has influenced several areas of campus life. He filled his time with activities such as four years of water polo, three years of swim and two years as a member of the National Honor Society and the Breakdance Club. Silberstein made himself known on campus with his outgoing and personable nature, shown most recently as a member of the Senior Survivor team, Eight Guys in Suits. Silberstein hugely impacted the campus as a victim of drunk driving in Every 15 Minutes his junior year. His
emotional sharing and acting moved the audience and brought some to tears. Silberstein is also an accomplished speaker of Spanish and even spent a summer abroad in Spain. High school wasn’t without fun times for Silberstein. He shared his most memorable experience with friend Jose Lopez when a bat flew into the locker room while the two were showering. The two reacted by frantically running around naked, not realizing they had an audience in the cross country team. Silberstein wants to help the less fortunate and will attend the University of Colorado-Boulder to major in linguistics, to join the military or to be an interpreter in the Peace Corps. (by Orrey Severet, Staff Reporter)
As the superstar of the Girls Basketball team, Joleen Chanco competitively led her teammates. Chanco played three years of Varsity Basketball and was captain for two years. She won individual all-tournament and MVP awards. While she proved a star on the court, Chanco’s favorite memory was playing varsity basketball with her teammates her sophomore year. “I was playing with some of the best people,” she said. “I looked up to every single one of them and we are pretty much family up to this day.” Chanco is also a determined dancer. She illuminates strength and confidence in dance and shows perseverance in her
continuation with the dance program. Chanco also excels in the classroom and received multiple Academic Merit Awards. Her greatest achievement came from the experience that harmed her most. During junior year, Chanco suffered a serious knee injury that would have taken her out of sports and dance senior year. But Chanco proved it possible to thrive in every situation. “I came back strong and hard and better than I have ever played in my senior year,” she said. “I feel like I was able to show that no matter what happens, you can make it all the way through if you just work hard at it.” (by Jake Haakenson, Back Page Editor)
From the swim team to Advanced Guitar to the National Honor Society, Chris Watkins spent his time spreading the infectious energy he encompasses. Being involved in multiple programs gave him the opportunity to enjoy his favorite year as a Ti m b e r w o l f . From sports to performing arts to charity, Watkins extended his personable self to Woodcreek in a variety of ways and kept school spirit alive. Watkins was also involved in the community. He played an important role in his church’s youth group and traveled to Mexico over the past three years on mission trips. While succeeding in his AP and
honors classes, he does what he can to remain happy. Surrounding himself with people who immediately feel cheered up by his presence earned him the Senior Superlative title “Best Smile.” Watkins stated that earning this, “brought a smile to his face.” Watkins plans on attending UC Davis to study medicine and become a doctor. There are those who come through Woodcreek and leave a path of astonishing success that is reflected through their GPA. However, there are few who acquire great grades, happiness, friends and a spot in multiple programs. Watkins is one of them. We all expect great things from this high achiever. (by Orrey Severet, Staff Reporter)
Those who know Brittany Attwood know the first thing people say when they hear her name brought up in conversation is “Brittany? I love Brittany!” With her involvement in teams, clubs and academics as well as her sweet and optimistic personality, it is no wonder she is so well loved. B e t w e e n French Club, Key Club, Amnesty International and NHS, Attwood definitely made her mark on campus. She also played a large role on the newspaper staff, serving as the first ever online editor and launching the first site of its kind in the district. In addition she served as Co-Editor-in-
Chief for one semester. Attwood found her niche, though, when she joined the Speech and Debate Team, which she will greatly miss. Attwood plans to attend William Jessup University in the fall, where she will major in English. “Success is about loving, living and embracing the opportunities and people around you,” she said. Attwood also said, “Thank you to Mrs. Elko, Mrs. Eisenhower, Mrs. Mars, Ms. Schlaman and Mrs. Burns for reminding me that education is more than just finding knowledge, it’s about finding yourself.”(by Dani Butterfield, OTQ Editor)
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Back Page Editors, Megan Hoehenrieder and Jake Haakenson
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