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Volume 17, Issue 6

Nature Center worms squirm into action

the environment in many ways that over time will accumulate to make a big difference. Composting reduces the amount of food that is put into landfills. By reducing the deposit of food in landfills, this simultaneously reduces the amounts of methane and greenhouse gases displaced into our atmosphere. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, methane is created near the earth’s surface, primarily by microorganisms through the process of methanogenesis. It is carried into the stratosphere by rising air in the tropics. An uncontrolled amount of methane build-up in the atmosphere is naturally checked by methane’s reaction with hydroxyl radicals (formed from singlet oxygen atoms) and with water vapor. It has a net lifetime of about 10 years and is primarily removed by conversion to carbon dioxide and water. A large amount of methane also affects the degradation of the ozone layer. Another important factor of PHOTO BY ABBY SKAFF composting is the reduction of FIELD EXPERIENCE: Seniors Echo Traver-Mack and Taylor Galvan lead a group of how much oil is being used in elementary students around the wetlands and also share the benefits of composting. fertilizers. Fertilizer is produced daily and one of the ingredients for producing it is oil. Reducing “Grinsell came to us with the idea Alex Rawlinson of vermicomposting for our project,” the amount of fertilizer made will conStaff Reporter stated Burdick, explaining that this currently reduce the amount of oil used was a huge issue within our campus and in our society, which leads to a healthy It’s mission possible for the Nature community that they have a chance to lifestyle for future generations. Center class this term. Science teacher solve. A massive amount of cardboard “The best type of worm to use during Kendra Grinsell and her students re- waste from our lunch service, such as the composting is Red Wigglers, which cently started a new, environmentally- milk cartons, lunch trays and the Chi- we buy by the thousands in order to fill helpful tradition of composting on nese take-out box, overfills the school our compost bins,” stated Burdick. campus. This method is beneficial to dumpsters daily, pushing the trash The reason that Red Wigglers are the environment and will provide a output past an acceptable limit. the best type of worm to use is because new way to contribute to reducing the “Composting is definitely helping, of their ability to eat and to digest the amount of garbage within our campus but the trays are most of the problem. most food in the shortest amount of walls. Administratively we need to come up time, not to mention their remarkable The founders of the new tradition, with a better waste plan,” Assistant survival skills. seniors Scotty Burdick, Jillian Ebra- Principal Mark O’Hair stated. “Our Each bin contains about 1000 himi, Taylor Galvan and junior Ricky garbage output is terrible. We are filling worms and it takes roughly six to ten Jones are dedicated to making this a big a compacted dumpster every week.” weeks for the worms to turn the scraps part of our school and lending a helping Getting straight down to business, into compost. Currently the Nature hand to the community. Together they these four student environmentalists Center class has five, 14-gallon compost are getting the word out about their spoke with local vermicomposting bins. The compost bins are located in plans for making additional compost experts about how to start a safe and their classroom, room 501. bins to be placed out in the nursery easy composting project. The experts The Nature Center class has comwhile giving students and staff a chance guided the four founders through a pleted a larger compost bin outdoors in to get involved. cheap method that helps the environ- the Nature Center nursery. It is built “The reason that we decided to start ment in a substantial amount of ways with wood and surrounded by wire to composting is because it is new way to like reducing the overuse of oil and keep the compost in the bin. reduce the school’s waste that has not reducing garbage. “The vermicomposting bin turned been tried on our campus before,” stated “Decomposition is nature’s way of out really well. Kelly Mayo was kind Galvan. breaking down organic materials,” said enough to help out with his amazing Composting has many benefits Ebrahimi. construction skills,” said Galvan. like controlling the use of too much oil Grinsell and her students hope to Food will ultimately decompose on within our environment. It also has the its own over time; however, worms will continue this tradition for many years, ability to be substituted for fertilizer, eat and digest the food scraps much involving many more people in their which offers a much healthier choice faster in order to maintain a healthy en- project. Everyone is invited to bring in for our atmosphere. vironment. This method helps regulate any organic food scraps for composting.


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The Stop Kony Campaign: Water demystifying the viral video

May 1, 2012

Jon Cana Broadcast Editor

The remnants of the Stop Kony 2012 campaign plaster themselves around cities like Roseville, where its posters urge the public to ‘make Kony famous.’ The Stop Kony 2012 campaign, led by the Invisible Children Inc. foundation, received both support and criticism from the masses ever since its YouTube debut in early March. Since then, it’s been viewed over 88 million times in a span of two months and received attention from the likes of influential media icons such as Oprah and Diddy. Many of those who were initially passionate for the cause grew indifferent as the media paid less and less attention to the viral video. However many of the cause’s supporters were compelled by the vague information the video provided. Joseph Kony, in fact, is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group with initial aims to overthrow the Ugandan government. The

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group’s uprisings began in 1988 when they attacked villages in Uganda and later in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. When voluntary recruitment of adult men failed, they began raiding villages and kidnapping

children, forcing them into their army as soldiers. These abductions continue today. Often the LRA force children to kill their parents or be killed themselves. Women and girls are often raped and then forced into sex slavery. To date, the LRA has displaced more than 440,000 people as a result of its pillages and killed more than 120,000 people since 2008. This violence hasn’t gone unnoticed. Joseph Kony faces charges of war crimes, dating back to 2005, from the International Criminal Court. Under the Bush administration, the Pentagon sent a team of military advisers along with aid to the Ugandan government in an effort to help combat Kony’s forces. This cost the U.S. millions of dollars. In October of 2011, Obama’s administration deployed even more military advisers to help the Ugandan government fight off Kony’s forces. However critics claim that the government of Uganda is corrupt from within and many others claim that intervention will only prompt the LRA to recruit even more child soldiers.

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deserves respect Nate Giorgi Science Teacher Planet Earth could more accurately be called Planet Water. Interestingly, only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh water, the most important ingredient needed for survival, and of this, a mere 1% is accessible for us to use. Humans primarily get their drinking water from groundwater and rivers. Groundwater accounts for the lion’s share of this 1%. Of the 7 billion people who currently live on this planet, over a billion do not have access to clean water. These people walk miles every day, fill their containers, and lug about 40 pounds each back to their homes. Could you do it? U.S. citizens use over a 100 gallons of water a day/person domestically, and over 1300 gallons a day/person if we include domestic, agriculture and industry. This level of water consumption will be extremely difficult to maintain as the world population adds 84,000,000 people per year to the planet. How can we, the domestic user, begin to reduce our water consumption while still maintaining our quality of life? First, try replacing your old 5 gallon toilet with a new 1.6 gallon flusher. 2. Take shorter showers (even if by only one minute!). 3. Replace water intensive landscaping (e.g., lawns) with native vegetation that does not require watering in the summer. 4. Eat less meat. Each cow eats 30 pounds of plants a day – and those plants need to be watered! Diets centered around plants significantly reduce our water usage. Lastly, think about what you are putting into our water supply. Runoff from your houses (e.g., washing your car) has a chance of making it into our groundwater or rivers. Water is life’s most important resource. Let’s strive to make decisions today that treat this essential resource with the respect it deserves.

Managing Editor, Megan Adams


OTQ

May 1, 2012

Jan’s Top 3 Ways to ask someone to Senior Ball Jan Arendain Staff Reporter

Students attended Fiestaval April 13 and celebrated the variety of diverse cultures represented on campus.

Tired of getting rejected to school dances? Fed up with longingly stalking prom pictures on Facebook the day after? Irritated by friends who needle you about never having gone to a dance? Well, collect your last shards of confidence and self esteem off the ground, because here are 3 foolproof methods to get the big “yes” from your desired date.

METHOD 1:

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Bullying sparks students to take action Carissa Smith Staff Reporter

Bullying is something that occurs anywhere you find young people. At elementary age, children usually don’t understand how powerful of an affect their words and actions can have on others; however as they grow up and begin making friends and start dealing with peer pressure and changes, it’s easy for one to feel uncomfortable with his or herself. One looks for acceptance and approval, as friends are a serious component to the average student’s life. While it may seem as if our school has never had a particular bullying problem, it is important to note that bullying occurs everwhere, often without people noticing. The issue is in need of attention. The recently released documentary, Bully, pinpoints that there are many forms of abuse for an individual and all are very damaging and important to prevent. Bully tells the story of five young students, all within a similar age range, who have been affected by bullying. For some students being bullied, it’s downright physical tortue being inflicted upon them. Some students feel so endangered by the kids who target them

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at school that they feel the need to stay home or even take their own lives. Bullying can also occur through isolation, where a student feels ignored and becomes an outcast from the other children. In addition bullying occurs

Editor-in-Chief, Breana Zamudio; OTQ Editor, Lauren Anderson

online and is known as cyber-bullying. Several families were highlighted in the movie and audiences were given an inside peek into the lives of boys like Alex Libby and Ty Smalley and girls like Kelby Johnson. The film gives a harsh awakening. In Alex’s town of Sioux, Iowa, he had to be wary of even riding the school bus due to the constant physical beatings he received. Kelby was also oppressed from those around her because of her unacceptable lifestyle. These two children took matters into their own hands and stuck up for what was right as they, aided by their families, fought for change. Ty Smalley was not so lucky. At the screening I attended, viewers’ hearts dropped into their stomachs when an 11 year-old boy couldn’t bare his peers’ abuse any longer and disappeared from this world forever. The important message to be derived from Bully is not only to recognize what is happening in schools around the world but to take action. It doesn’t take just one or two people, it’s an effort we all have to make to put an end to the problem. Events like anti-bullying day at Woodcreek help spread awareness so that bullying can be stopped for good.

You will need: string, possibly permission from an administrator and a poster if you just want to put the big “yes” on lock. 1. Tie a string around the handle of her 4th period teacher’s door, or her house’s door. To make sure that other people know that it’s not for them, (because they’re obviously not special enough), you might want to put her name on it. 2. Roll the string out to a densely populated area, because for the first time in your life, you will probably be the center of attention. 3. When she comes to the end of the string, you’ll be standing right there with a poster (if you want to put the big “yes” on lock).

METHOD 2:

You will need: a beautiful voice and instruments 1. Sing her a song asking her to a dance... If you don’t have a beautiful voice, then you’re poop out of luck. Sorry. 2. Enjoy the big “yes”.

METHOD 3:

You will need: cake, a hamster, a mini shaver 1. Make sure your hamster isn’t claustrophobic. Or hungry. 2. Bake the cake. Leave a hole in the middle, but make sure you can cover it up. 3. Frost the cake and everything. 4. Shave the name of the dance, followed by a question mark into the hamster’s fur. 5. Present the cake to your desired date and make sure she takes off the cover concealing the hamster.

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May 1, 2012

What girls REALLY worry about

SUMMER JOBS:

Samone Moreno Staffer

“Babe, I don’t care about your feet. They are just feet. No one is perfect.” And that hit me hard. No, techniWhat we ladies worry about? The cally no one is perfect, but that didn’t list is almost neverending: body com- stop me from having my own image of position, complexion, hair, beautiful and perfect. makeup, certain birthIt’s not all in our marks or a crooked heads, though. No n o s e . We f i n d t h e we aren’t insane. We biggest faults in ourseem to have it emselves, but they are bedded in our brains always the smallest in that if we don’t reothers’ eyes. I believe semble what’s being that females are our own called “The Best,” then worst enemies. we simply are not livEvery morning we get ing up to the standards ready, look in the mirror of others. Our feelings and pick ourselves apart of discouragement and with thoughts like, “This self-consciousness fill makes me look fat.” the void. So we make Women always want changes like eating difwhat they can’t have and ferently, not eating at have what we don’t want. all, even taking higher PHOTO BY SARA SUMRAK We aspire to look like a Victoria risks like getting plastic Secret model or someone we idolize, surgery. but we are never happy enough to just Some women have fortunately risen simply look like ourselves. above all the clamor and totally accept I’m guilty of the same problem who they are and could care less about because I do it all the time. I can find what people think of them. As for the every reason why a certain girl in my rest of us, we struggle to fill our own class looks better than I do on any high quotas. given day. We can’t expect to let go of this disA perfect example would be my torted image of what’s good enough if feet. I HATE my feet. They are wide we don’t start envisioning ourselves as and weird-looking to me. Every time what’s good enough. We are all beautimy boyfriend came over, I’d wear socks ful in our own little ways. I believe that and never let him see them or touch we should start shining the light on our them, arguing that they were “big” and perfectly imperfect little quirks instead “gross”. of trying to make ourselves out like giOne day he looked at me and said, ant monsters.

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A How-To Suvival Guide

• Put together a resume of your experiences and qualifications • Collect letters of reference from past employers,

teachers, counselors, etc. When visiting work places, GO ALONE and ask to speak to the manager and ask if they’re hiring Ask for an application, or fill it out online (if both are offered, fill out the one offered in store) After submitting the application, go back the following day and bring them a copy of your resume and letters of reference (even if you submitted them with the application, it gives them something to remember you by, as well as a chance to introduce yourself) From that point, all you can do is wait; all employment agencies handle their hiring processes differently Don’t just get stuck on one work place; continue to apply at different places while waiting for the others to respond

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Finding the perfect dress

Sara Sumrak Opinions Editor

dresses in Old Roseville called Alexandria’s. It differs from the online website Senior Ball, a once-in-a-lifetime because you can actually go in and try night where everything should be per- on the dresses. Some of their dresses are also for sale and you have the option to fect: the limo has been ordered, the order from their online catalogue. restaurant has been chosen and evThis is a great alternative to actueryone looks like they are worth ally buying a dress because it will a million bucks. But one thing cost less money and your dress staggers the experience for will be more unique. But one many girls: finding the perfect of the downsides to this little dress. There is a lot of pressure boutique is that sometimes the to find the absolute perfect dresses aren’t always in the dress and make sure that best of shape because they no one else has the same are used. one. If you don’t feel comOne of the best placfortable with renting a es to get a dress is rentdress, Proms to Beaches therunway.com, an online might be a better place website that sells dresses. to get your dress. There Many of their dresses are is a $10 fee for trying on by designers, including dresses and you can only Kate Spade, Moshino, try on 10 dresses; but if you Missoni, Vera Wang and end up buying a dress from Badgey Mischka. These there, your $10 will be refunded. dresses are only availThis place is a nice place to get able for renting, but they a dress, and you can reserve the are great quality dresses. dress you choose so that no one The company also has a else will have the same dress. policy that if you don’t like Proms to Beaches is located on the quality or the fit of your Washington Blvd. in Roseville. dress, you can return it free And finally, there is always of charge. The average price PHOTO BY JON CANA the mall. Macys and Nordstrom of a dress is around $100-$200, which is a great deal considering that many always have nice dresses that are good of the dresses retail for thousands of for a school dance. You might end up dollars. Overall the website is a great paying more than you would if you had place to get a dress if you want to wear just rented a dress, but still it is another resource to consider. something that is unique. There is another place to rent

Opinions Editors, Sara Sumrak and Nick Franze


May 1, 2012 Vanessa Bouey Back Page Editor Kony 2012. In early March, this video was posted on Facebook and had about 30 million views after just one day. It describes the evil works of Ugandan-born, self-declared military leader Joseph Kony who abducts children from Uganda and surrounding countries, forcing them to participate in his army called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They are given a gun to shoot their parents and knives to deface Ugandan citizens. Although this video has sparked much action to stop Joseph Kony and his LRA, there has been much criticism directed towards Jason Russell, a director of the Kony 2012 video, and the rest of his Invisible Children foundation. One of the criticisms I have heard numerous times is that Invisible Children does not give all of the donated money to Uganda to stop Kony. This is quite true. The charity, unlike most, divides the money received from donations and purchases of merchandise into three areas. They, of course, give onethird to Central African programs that are helping stop Kony and assisting and educating victims of Kony’s army. Next they use one-third to produce

videos and to create awareness products, such as t-shirts, bracelets and DVD’s. This idea is completely different from many other charities. The last one-third of the money is used for awareness programs in the U.S. This includes a national tour, communications and awareness events. Considering the 85 million and counting views on YouTube, I think they were able to successfully show who Joseph Kony is and why he needs to be stopped. Through their video, just about everyone knows about Kony 2012, which is needed to stop Kony. Once enough people show interest in stopping him, then our government will act. Another criticism is that Joseph Kony no longer abducts the amount of children that he did in the 1980’s and 90’s. Although Kony has drastically lowered the amount of abductions, he still takes thousands of innocent children from their homes. Children in Central Africa still have to go to b e d worr y i n g that

Kony 2012: A legitimate cause?

they could be taken by the LRA and forced to kill their parents. If just 10 children in America were kidnapped and forced to do the stuff that these invisible children are forced to do, it would be on the front cover of every magazine in the country and people would demand it be stopped. It would be stopped on a very human level, not just out of national pride. The country shouldn’t matter because we’re all united as members of mankind. Another common critique is that the U.S. does not need to get involved and that we engage in too many unnecessary affairs. People think that this will not benefit America at all and just add to our image of being the “saviors.” I, however, believe that everyone should get involved. This is a case for human rights, something that everyone living in this world deserves.

“The purpose of the video was to make Joseph Kony famous,” Ben K e e s y, C h i e f E x ecutive of Invisible Children told the New York Times. “That was step one, now we want to connect awareness to action and to get people to contact policy makers.” While many viewers praised the video for shining light on an important problematic issue, others criticized the video for over-simplifying the issue and the LRA’s activities. And although Kony’s crimes are horrendous and at times unfathomable, the solutions the video advises are not that simplistic. The charity in the film, Invisible Children, defines themselves as a “movement seeking to end the conflict

Opinions Editors Sara Sumrak, Nick Franze

Kony 2012 is setting an example for how the world should deal with present and future injustices like Kony’s actions. Moreover this isn’t just America’s fight. There have been other countries all over the world who are contributing to stopping Joseph Kony. So to say that America shouldn’t intervene in something that is so inhumane and such a devastating problem is just a selfish attitude. How do we expect the world to change and to become a better place if not everyone is committed to fixing it? No one in our world should be able to get away with such an injustice. Even if Kony has stopped or lowered his abductions, he still deserves to be punished for his wrongdoings. No man anywhere should get away with this and live free and in pleasure. Kony 2012 proves that social networks can be used for good and that our technological generation can use these skills to change the course of the world. We may change our status as the “lost generation.”

or a questionable movement?

Jason Edwin, Lauren Anderson Staff Reporter, OTQ Editor After the Stop Kony 2012 video became an Internet sensation last month on YouTube - receiving more than 100 million hits in six days and millions of posts on Facebook and Twitter - the video instructed viewers to “meet at sundown and blanket every street in every city with hundreds of thousands of posters demanding justice,” in hopes of stopping Joseph Kony. The video captured the energetic and hopeful optimism of stopping this Kony monster. With so much of the video’s focus on Kony, many questions have arisen concerning Invisible Children’s intentions and the social-media frenzy.

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in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers.” Then why would this charity sell merchandise to show that you are “making a difference” or “trying to stop this.” Perhaps to raise funds for their charity, you may consider. But then why are the employees at the charity earning a very good salary? But the most important thing is that it’s been reported that the proportion that Invisible Children actually donates to the cause is 32%. So if you spend $30 on the action kit, as they suggest, under $10 will actually go to help those affected in Uganda and surrounding countries.

We are in no way saying that stopping Kony isn’t a noble cause and his actions shouldn’t be put to a stop, we are just saying that there is more research and thought that should go into such a large movement before one makes up their mind. Just making someone “famous” won’t bring them to justice. Celebrities like Paris Hilton or the Kardashian family have been overly publicized for no reason at all and have become socalled celebrities who the paparazzi hunt down like Princess Diana and Lindsay Lohan. It’s almost as if people on the big Facebook copy and paste this link to their profile to act as if they are good people or some kind of messiahs and they’ve done their good deed for the week. There are an endless number of organizations that are trying to help. The difference is that these organizations are trying to build homes and to provide food for the poor people affected in these third world countries. Invisible Children, however, will only cause more war and strife overseas. Kony 2012 is a bunch of bologna.

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May 1, 2012

Senior dance show opens with a BlAsT GRACEFUL: Tate Renville is shown performing part of a dance that she was showcased in. Like Tate, every person who performed in this show danced with grace. Alex Rawlinson Staff Reporter Wo o d c r e e k ’s P e rforming Arts programs have always been above average. With the talent of each performer and the leadership of the choreographers, dance shows are always enjoyable to watch. The audience is able to see how talented these students are with the help of everyone who aided in making the show happen. Usually each dance show is choreographed and run by dance teacher Lydia PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNEDY NEWTON

Carissa Smith Staff Reporter When I took a seat in the theatre, I was not exactly sure what to expect. Having never seen a musical or WHS production before, I was very impressed. There was not a single thing that I could touch on that disappointed me. From the performance to the technical aspects, the hard work that was put into Once Upon Mattress paid off. Based on the fairy tale of “The Princess and the Pea,” set in medieval times, the story centers around a kingdom where the prince of the land, Dauntless – played by Tyler Campbell – is searching for a princess to marry so that he can take the throne. The courtiers are very determined for him to find a princess, as only after Dauntless marries can anyone else in the entire kingdom wed. The ensemble supported the main leads well and the choreography was pulled off smoothly. The supporting roles helped to piece together the storyline; however, most of the attention was focused on the main leads. Each one of the singers who stepped out onto stage was very talented and every voice was distinct and unique. Winifred, the protagonist of the production played by Alexa Bellucci, stole my attention away completely. Her bubbly and energetic performance was youthful and suited the nature of the

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underdog she portrayed. Her voice was incredible and her solo in the second act, entitled “Happily Ever After,” was a huge crowd pleaser. The mood of the musical was very light-hearted and quirky. It was very fun to watch and really entertaining for a great variety of ages. Sitting next to me during the show was a small girl, who seemed completely enamored with the show and was enjoying it right alongside me. There were also subtle undertones. One who is a bit more mature may raise their eyebrows at the title Once Upon a Mattress, however there wasn’t anything that was distasteful in any way. The main source of drama, besides the obvious conflict afflicting the protagonist, was the tension between the expecting couple Lady Larken and Sir Harry – played respectively by Amanda Duisenberg and Anthony Halverson. Divided between the first and second acts, they had two duets. Their voices accompanied each other very well and the ups and downs the couple experienced seemed real and brought out a more serious side to the play. Diverting a bit away from the performers, the technical team really must be appreciated. Without them, the musical wouldn’t even be able to start. From the stage sets, which had almost seamless transitions from one part to the next, to the lighting, it was very professional. Even disconcerning the

Viduya; however on March 9, the seniors took full responsibility in teaching the underclassmen their dance routines and leading the dance show to success that night. The show was filled with excitement and hard work, from the solos of senior Taylor Searcy and senior Echo Traver-Mack to the Spice Girls routine by a few extraordinarily gifted underclassmen, leaving the audience exceedingly pleased with each and every performance. Freshman Emily Eagle said, “The show was amazing. The hard work that they put in certainly shows.” These dancers were not the only acts to catch the spotlight that night. For the first four routines, the dancers shared the stage with a theatre bat. Flying inbetween and above the dancers, the audience was caught between awe and fear of what the bat would do next. This mammal only aided in showing how much effort and focus the performers put into pleasing the audience. Not a single dancer paid attention to the bat, but each kept dancing their routine as

if it wasn’t there. This is the kind of focus that an entertainment group hopes to achieve. They put the show first, staying strictly focused on entertaining the audience with their abilities. Another factor that made the experience memorable for the audience was the outfits that were worn throughout the show. Each performance had its own unique outfit which fit with each of the songs. The outfits that stood out most were the many different colors during the “Waka Waka” dance, as well as the sparkling outfits during the Spice Girls routine. Many people made this show possible. In addition to the effort and determination that the dancers put into their routines, Brian Siegel oversaw the lighting and students within the dance program such as Hannah Gisler and Megan Mrozinski provided assistance. For future shows, we can continue to expect great performances from our talented and creative students in the dance program, hopefully without the intrusion of bats next time.

techs, who aren’t given much attention as they don’t even come up on stage to be recognized at the finale, their work really is what keeps everything on point. Adrienne Dritz-Mars, the musical theatre director, did an outstanding job of putting this musical together. As the

ring leader, she deserves just as much credit as the students who worked hard in this production. On a concluding note, I believe that Once Upon a Mattress is an excellent production and that those have yet to see it really should take the time to admire their fellow peers’ dedication and hard work.

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FRED: The cast of “Once Upon a Mattress” finishes the first act with “Song of Love,” where Dauntless declares his affection for Princess Winifred.

Featainment Editor, Abby Ledbetter; Staff Reporter, Tyler Hall


May 1, 2012

All that jazz: Reno preview Tyler Hall Staff Reporter Being a member of the Jazz Band is one of the most demanding activities in which one can participate on campus. Up at 5:30 AM and playing by 6:45 AM, I love every single minute of it. Coming out of last year, the program looked uncertain. We had lost many good players. But under the leadership of Band Director Brad North and student teacher Eric Burger, both the A (advanced) and B (intermediate) jazz bands have accomplished equally as much as in past years. At the beginning of the fall semester, 40 students enrolled in band, which practices from 6:45-7:35 AM. Now, as the year wraps up, the same 40 students traveled to the Reno Jazz Festival on Friday, April 27. The Reno Jazz Festival (RJF) is a nationally acclaimed, three-day competition that brings bands in from as far as Seattle, Washington and Chicago, Illinois. This year, the jazz bands left at 5 AM by bus to embark on the two hour ride to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

Matt George Sports Editor Based upon the popular 1980’s television series, 21 Jump Street took to the big screen with its target audience: teenagers. In terms of entertainment value, it delivered more than expected, but the overall story and cinematic experience lacked. Make no mistake, this movie is more than recommended, although one can understand why an older audience wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Jonah Hill (Schmidt) and Channing Tatum (Jenko) play their complete opposite but best friend roles to perfection. Not only did they physically fit the parts they played, but they showed their acting talents by playing the opposite of characters they are usually typecast as in other films. While the cast was star-studded with actors like Hill, Tatum, Ice Cube and even a surprise appearance by Johnny Depp (who starred in the original 21 Jump Street), the movie’s special effects and ability to tell a story

Coming in fifth place out of 19 bands in our division last year at RJF, the jazz band has acquired a reputation for excellence. Being a saxophone player in Jazz A for the past three years, there have been a lot of ups and downs personally in maintaining that reputation. This year Jazz A, directed by North, performed three songs: “Not Yet Over the Hill,” “Sea Spray” and “Persevere.” “Not Yet Over the Hill” is a traditional, fast-paced tune that starts the set (three song block) off and draws the crowd in. “Sea Spray” is a straight-forward ballad that allows the audience to cool down and the band to show off their artistic talent. The third song, “Persevere,” is an upbeat, rock-style piece that brings the audience out of the lull created by the ballad and allows the judges who assign scores to see just how talented the jazz band is. Jazz B, which is headed by Burger, also competed. They played a set consisting of “Lil’ Darling,” “Blues Invasion” and “Little Sunflower.” Having played with the Army Band, Burger has brought huge amounts of experience and a knowledge of musical style to Jazz B.

As this year ends and the next looms ahead, the jazz band will continue to be one of the best programs in Northern California. We will continue playing, winning and getting up at ridiculously early hours to perfect our performances and remain competitive.

fell short. Although one can argue that this was the point. Car chase scenes were choppy and predictable and the main story about a drug bust at a high school dragged out to fit the whole two hour timeframe. But this style of movie generally is focused on stupid teenage comedy and for that aspect 21 Jump Street gets two thumbs up. Overall the movie itself is worth the money. The film more than delivers on comedy value. In every scene there is plenty to laugh at and there are plenty of lines and quotes that are hard to forget (Which, due to language, are not fit to print in this review). It is recommended that people use the bathroom beforehand and, if you are worried about language, don’t go with your parents. Hill and Tatum are an unusual acting duo who end up meshing well. Both are very different in appearance, which helps with the plot. They have done complete opposite movie types in the past. Like Will Ferrel and Mark Walberg came together in, The Other Guys, these two came together in a similar

fashion but for a teen audience. It does express a lot of stereotypes like the dumb but buff jock and the small and nerdy looking smart kid, the science geek who plays World of Warcraft and even the dumb Barbie who has her looks carry her through. But the film plays with stereotype opposites as well like the popular kids being environmentalists while sports and athletes aren’t as respected in high school as one would expect. Even though it is strictly comedy, there are some nice, action-packed gun fights and car chase scenes (including limos and a pink bug) that will entertain action lovers everywhere. And while in some comedies action scenes come out campy and overly gory, the movie manages to mold a refined style of violence that doesn’t come out over-the-top. For anyone looking for a good laugh and a way to spend an hour or two in “teenage comedy-land,” 21 Jump Street is as good as it gets. With humor that will crack up the contemporary audiences but remain polished, this movie really does leave a lasting impression.

Featainment Editor, Abby Ledbetter; Staff Reporter, Tyler Hall

JAZZ FESTIVAL: Sam Plecker performs at last year’s Jazz Festival.

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“Chronicle” bends reality Hannah Lee Graphics Editor

The Chronicle isn’t your classic superhero movie. In fact, it reveals what might actually happen if a couple of teenage boys discovered they had super powers. The movie is presented as a “found footage” film primarily through the camera of one of the super-powered boys, while also including footage from the cameras of other characters. Despite being a low budget movie, The Chronicle contains outstanding special effects that continue to add to the realistic feel of the film. The Chronicle follows the life of Andrew (Dane Dehaan), a high school senior who has just begun to document his life. Early in the film we discover Andrew comes from an abusive household and is heavily bullied at school. One evening his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) invites him to a party where they, along with a popular student named Steve (Michael B. Jordan), discover a deep crater in the earth. They enter and discover a glowing crystal that gives them their superhuman powers. The trio spends weeks playing with their new abilities by pulling pranks on the unsuspecting and learning how to soar through the air. The three quickly learn that pushing their limits can cause severe nosebleeds, even if they are not the one using their power. This, however, is a small price to pay for their new gifts. After Andrew causes an accident, the boys understand that they need rules for their new powers, but Andrew slowly begins to break them all and begins to ponder the theory of natural selection. Throughout the course of the movie, you watch Andrew transform from a harmless victim to the apex predator he views himself to be. With only a $12 million budget, The Chronicle was able to bring in a gross of $116,401,491 worldwide, surpassing many higher budget films. Never failing to have a dull moment, this movie draws its audience in with its excellent special effects and relatable characters – minus the super powers. The Chronicle opens a whole view to the world of superhuman powers and what small things can cause a potential hero to become a villain.

GRAPHIC BY HANNAH LEE

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May 1, 2012

Wolfstock ‘12 Abby Skaff Photo Editor

Lick those Black Lips and get ready to rock because Wolfstock is coming to the Woodcreek campus on May 19 from 12-4 PM. Junior Austin Wiseman, sophomore Colin Ennis and senior Austin Fratus are some of the many talented students performing in this year’s Wolfstock. Wiseman, Ennis and Fratus are performing “Buried Alive” and “Not a Problem” by Black Lips, a punk band from Atlanta, Georgia. “I’m so excited. It’s not even ridiculous,” said Wiseman. These students spent the past three weeks preparing for Wolfstock. “Woodcreek can look forward to a cornucopia of music,” said guitar teacher John Harmon. A wide selection of “nonstop music” will be performed by students from all guitar classes. The stage set-up for Wolfstock 2012 will be very similar to last year, consisting of one stage reserved for bands to rock out on with another stage reserved for enchanting solo, acoustic performances. Fratus invites everyone to attend because it’s Wolfstock. “It’s the best show ever,” he said. Harmon said the music selection reflects a trend for more current, rather than classic music. “I am looking forward to see how it all comes together in the end. People surprise me,” said Harmon. Wolfstock expects a large crowd, so grab your blankets, chairs, and umbrellas and come early for a kick-back afternoon of live entertainment.

LAST CHANCE: Two seniors perform together for their last time at Woodcreek Abby Skaff Photo Editor When I was a freshman, I remember when Mona Villamayor and Sammy Bentley performed the song “Swing Life Away” at freshman orientation. I was captivated and kept thinking to myself,

“Wow, I want to be like them.” That was the first guitar performance I had ever seen at Woodcreek and only a month ago I saw their last at the Senior Show. It was a show that produced energy that never ceased and a perfect performance that revealed the heart of rock and roll. This event showcased each student’s accomplishments in guitar over the past four years that they’ve been in the WHS program. Senior Kaitlin Buchanan chose the song “Barton Hollow.” She said, “I think it really represents who I am as a senior.” The song speaks to Buchanan because the country theme is something she has done since first grade and the song allowed her to perform what she is most talented at. Senior Westley Rose performed the song “In One Ear.” He said, “It was the first time I ever played lead guitar.” Rose said that he connected more with that song than any other one because its energy level meshed well with his natural stage presence. “I freaked out on stage,” said Rose, referring to his rambunctious performance. Rose’s performance reminded me of the band Green Day’s singer Billy Joe Armstrong who ran from one end of the stage to the other, pumping the crowd up at a ‘Bullet in a Bible’ concert. Not only was the Senior Show an

Pedal to the metal Tyler Hall Staff Reporter Recently senior Sam Plecker and sophomore Connor Gilmartin started Prestige Pedals, which specializes in custom guitar pedals. Though they only have one pedal out and no market in which to sell it in, the two are happy with where they are and where they’re going. The making of guitar pedals is almost a science. The level of design almost rivals computers. With analogs, soldering and too many wires to count, the construction itself requires knowledge and a steady hand. Guitar pedals play an important role in every genre of music. Their purpose is to change the tone of an electric guitar to format with the style of music that the artist wishes to pursue. Distortion pedals add a harsh choppiness that is used by medal bands to create head-banging verses. Acoustic pedals add an organic hollow sound. There are hundreds of other pedals, each with its own sound. Prestige Pedals is currently creating more of their first pedal, a vintage overdrive that adds distortion. They are

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outlet for the musicians to express themselves, “It’s the last time I get to perform on stage,” said senior Tyler Poindexter. For many seniors, these final weeks of the school year will be their last to savor. The Senior Show is one of those last chances to take in that final breath of theatre essence before they graduate. There was not a second during the show that I did not see a smiling face or a group of very talented musicians exchanging exuberant expressions when playing a song. The seniors received several standing ovations throughout the show. Poindexter, who enjoyed performing, said, “I wished my friends who are underclassmen were up on stage playing with me.” The passion and energy which flooded the microphones and amplifiers made the Senior Show a truly great and memorable performance. Though our seniors are graduating and may be leaving friends behind, they are preparing for their own bigger and better shows beyond high school. To all of the seniors involved in the guitar program: It has been such an honor to know you and to perform with you. You have all inspired me and I wish the best for you in college and in everything else wonderful that awaits you in the future. In the words of “The Kooks”- Shine On seniors.

also looking to add both a tremolo and a reverb pedal to their collection. When asked to explain the advantage of a lovingly crafted pedal as opposed to an industrial made one, Plecker said that it added quality and a better tone to the guitar that one could not find in other pedals on the market. Despite all these advantages, Prestige still has had little success in finding a store in which they can sell the pedals. “We lowball our prices at $99…. less than most industrial made pedals,” said Plecker. When I checked the Guitar Center web store, most similar pedals were easily over $200 and the level of craftsmanship is far less than that offered by Prestige. Gilmartin and Plecker are currently negotiating to sell at Skip’s Music in Sacramento. The store has been a longstanding establishment for all guitarists in the area. With exposure to that type of market, Prestige is hopeful that they will make enough money to invest in future endeavors. While the company is still in its infancy, Plecker and Gilmartin are excited about the direction in which they are headed. With high quality and great tone, Prestige Pedals is Rockin’ and Rollin’.

Featainment Editor, Abby Ledbetter; Staff Reporter, Tyler Hall


Volume 17, Issue 6

May 1, 2012

Timberwolf baseball rolls towards championship banner 6-1 in league standings. The Wolves also enjoy playing at home as their 5-1 record shows. On the road the team is just a step behind at 6-3. With a .314 BA and a .423 OBP following heading into the seventh inning stretch of the season, the Timberwolves have a fighting chance to make playoffs. “It’s going good. We’re three and four in PHOTO PROVIDED BY PERRY BEABER league. We’re CLASS OF 2012: Seniors suit up for their last and final season as high school athletes and head into the playoffs. working on our at bats, The Timberwolves started the Megan Adams line drive and ground balls and movseason on fire, defeating the Lincoln Managing Editor Fighting Zebras with a final score of ing our runners over and playing small 7-3. The Wolves kept the heat going ball,” stated senior LF Perry Beaber, Spring is not the only thing heat- during the next six winning games, who says they have a chance to make ing up this season; the varsity baseball not getting shut out until their second playoffs with some hard work. “We would like to accomplish winteam is getting ready for playoffs. With match up at home against the Oakmont ning league, making playoffs and taking only less than half the season left, the Vikings 3-1. team is prepared to finish the season They are 13-5 overall and 3-4 in home the championship.” Kelly Mayo, the team’s coach for strong and take home the SFL Cham- the SFL, trailing the Granite Bay Grizpionship. zlies by one over with a 14-4 lead and the past five years left the team with a

15-14 overall record and 8-7 in the SFL last season. Coach Eric Valencia took over the team this season and is pleased with their accomplishments. “We’re doing okay so far, struggling a little bit in league and losing some close games.Trying to win as many games as possible and play well in the playoffs,” Valencia said. “As a whole it’s pretty good. We got an opportunity to make playoffs and anything can happen in playoffs.” The Roseville Tigers hosted the Timberwolves during an impressive league game in the middle of the month. The Timberwolves stopped the Tigers in their tracks early, winning by a final score of 16-4. So far in the season, senior SS Shaun Mize is leading the team in batting with a .448 AVG and 18 SB. “I put in a lot of work in the off season and worked on going the opposite way,” Mize said, commenting on how he has been able to obtain his BA. “It’s going pretty good. We’ve had our ups and our downs and we are definitely getting better and we all have a chance to make our run at a section title. Our goals include section title, as a team, execute the small things, and just keep playing hard,” said Mize. Junior P Stephen Nogosek is a close second with a .424 with 18 RBI, while senior INF Austin Hagarty is a shoe-in with 22 RBI. On the base paths, the Timberwolves are a perfect 49 of 49 in stolen bases, Mize has 18 and Hagarty 10. On the mound this year, Nogosek and junior P Blake Robinson both have a perfect 4-0 record, with Robinson leading in ERA with a 1.05 and Nogosek close behind at 1.46.

Hockey player on campus wins state title

Alex Rawlinson Staff Reporter Being given the opportunity to win a championship game is always a pleasure, however an unfortunate series of events brought the Capital Thunder U18 Hockey team to lose the championships three years in a row, which is why they came in this year with a fierce and fighting state of mind. “Fourth time’s a charm,” said Jill Franze, mother of hockey player junior Nick Franze. She’s referring to the team’s recent first place win at the state championships. The elusive goal clinched at last. Nick Franze plays his games on the defensive side of the ice, protecting his goalie and aiding his forwards is his top priority. Only 17 years of age, Franze plays with older teammates and is one of the youngest on the team. “I have a pretty good shot,” stated Franze.

Sports Editor, Matt George

“Nick is one of the top players on that team and one of the top under 18 hockey players in NorCal, not to mention a great lacrosse player, great student and great kid,” said David Liebler, Director of Public Affairs and Member Services. Winning the State of California Hockey Championship is a great achievement, for they are the only Northern California team to capture the title at any level. In-game cooperation is mandatory to have when involved in this fast-paced sport. Franze said, “Our team has great chemistry with each other due to being associated with most of the players for around three years now.” This explains the dedication and determination that carried the team through the season and brought them out on top during their championship game against the California Wave. There were a total of eight playoff games, four of which were played in Northern California and four in Southern California. The top two teams who

achieved victory moved on to the state 2012 season and look forward to seeing championships. The Capital Thunder this talented team continue their tradicaptured first in the playoff games four tion of hard work and success on the ice years in a row; however this year was for many more years to come. the first year that they won the state championship game. Players such as Franze d e v o t e their time and skills to working as a team. Friends, f a m i l y, and fans of the Capital Thunder are all proud of PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK FRANZE t h e o u t - CHAMPS: Franze and his team pose with their first place trophy. come of the

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Sports

May 1, 2012

Varsity softball swings for the fences

Alex Rawlinson Staff Reporter

With an unyielding season score of 18-2 so far, varsity softball is searching beyond the outfield to achieve their goals. They’re hoping for support from fellow students, staff, family and friends in future games. Recently the Lady T’wolves beat many challenging teams in flawless games against Whitney and McNair. All of the girls on the varsity softball team are talented; however, some just stand out and change the outcome of the game more than others. Junior Amanda Horbasch wears her number 15 proudly when she is pitching, playing 1st base or playing in the outfield. Horbasch was recently awarded the Athlete of the Week Patch by Coach Art Banks. She was chosen for her strong performance and her role in significantly increasing the team’s chances of continuing their winning streak through pitching an impressive 10 innings and having 15 strikeouts against Sheldon High School and Gulliver Prep High School.

team is Paige Davis, who is our lead off Under the leadership of Banks, softball team. the girls have achieved many rankings She recognized the efforts of some hitter, main shortstop and gets on base within the national and state level over of her fellow teammates, who have done frequently,” stated Adams. The team is prepared to bring home past seasons. Their outstanding in- an outstanding job this season. “Some game attitudes and dedication earned players who deserve to be recognized another league banner. Come out and them a ranking of 14th on the state level include Jenna Curtain, who is super support our girls as they finish off the and a ranking of 33rd on the national fast and runs the bases extremely well. season and jump into the playoffs. Their level this year. Another player who stands out for our next game is tonight at Rocklin, 4 PM. The coaches have been incredibly supportive of their players and have played a large role in their team’s overall record of 587 wins, 303 losses and 3 ties. “We recieved an award for winning the 600th game that Woodcreek Varsity Softball has played,” said senior Kacey Adams.“I am very proud of our team, and they are proud of each other as a whole,” she said. PHOTO BY JENAE SHISLER Adams plays left SPEED: Full extension, the Lady T-Wolves are sliding hard into the playoffs, determined to go deep. field on the varsity

Lacrosse hype grows on campus

Tyler Hall Staff Reporter

This year will mark the third season of Woodcreek’s lacrosse program and it’s shaping up to be the best season yet. For the last three years, our lacrosse team has slowly gained notoriety in the area, pulling in players from Loomis, Rocklin, Granite Bay and all areas of Roseville. Playing under Head Coach Mike Strong, the varsity team started the season with six wins against Nevada Union, Redding, Chico, and other teams from the area. They unfortunately also have three losses at the hands of Elk Grove and Folsom. Recently during spring vacation, the varsity team traveled down to San Diego for the Jam By the Sea Tournament in which they took second place. The JV team under the direction of Coach Jerry Wernli boasts a 4-6 record with wins against Nevada Union, Orangevale, Fremont and Oakland Tech and losses against Chico, Red Bluff, Elk Grove, Pleasant Grove and Folsom. They are now mainly working on plays and positioning and are easily going to start picking up wins as the season closes. New to the program this year is a U-15 team that consists of elementary and middle school age players who want to get a jump start towards the high school team. While they have no wins yet, they are well on their way through learning new positioning and getting down the finer arts of the sport. Another new addition to the lacrosse team is Conditioning Coach Russel Goss-Goal. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Goss-Goal spends 30 min. at

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the end of practice having the team run sprints and do squats, pushups, sit-ups and bear crawls. With their third season wrapping up, the lacrosse program is keeping a tradition of clean play and excellence that will serve them well in seasons to come. Not much is known on campus about what has been called “the fastest sport on two feet.” Lacrosse was created by Native Americans living on the East Coast of the United States and used as an arena for young men to test their strength and prowess. Players were teenagers from different tribes who were not old enough to go to battle and instead used the game as a simulation for war. Today the game has changed a lot. We use a roughly 2 lb. rubber ball to score on a 6x6 ft. goal. There are also four official positions: Attack (Forward, Offense), Midfielder, Defense and Goalie. The attack and midfielders use a 3-ft.metal stick with a kind of net on the end, dubbed a “pocket.” The defense uses a 6-ft. pole to stop the attack and midfielders from scoring by any means necessary. Including the stick, players also use shoulder and elbow pads, thick gloves, full helmets (like a football helmet) and mouthpieces. Lacrosse is a full contact sport so poking and swatting the hands and arms with the lacrosse stick are allowed to a certain extent and pushing someone over (a lay out) is part of every game. Timberwolf Lacrosse houses both male and female players, each extreamly talented and ready to represent our school.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID LIEBLER

POWER: Senior Clay Crowley fights Redding’s goalie and defense for a goal.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID LIEBLER

HUSTLE: Junior Connor MacKenzie blows by two Elk Grove defenders while protecting the ball and his net, trying to tie up the score late in the game.

Sports Editor, Matt George


May 1, 2012

Timberwolf rugby wins league championship & prepares for first playoff series in school history

Hard work drives team to wellearned success Brennan Benoit, Kendall Eckman Staff Reporter, Newbie Reporter

dangerous than most sports. They do everything football does and more and without any padding. When asked how rugby compares with football, Daniels said, “It’s much harder than football. It’s nonstop, no rest and you play the entire field. It is a great football off-season sport.” The team hopes that more of their peers will come out and cheer them on. Though rugby is classified as a club sport, many games still occur on campus. Players and fans call it an intense sport that is amusing to watch. “It’s like street fighting,” said rugby fan, freshman Elaina Regan. Dekker and fellow starter and team captain Chaz DeFoe count teamwork

as a huge part of their success. “Not everyone is friends off the field, but we work together on the field and have each others’ backs,” they said. The team may be new, but these hard-fighting Timberwolves have what it takes to make it far and bring a new banner to the wall of our gym. Their opponent for the first round of the playoffs has yet to be determined. Next Saturday in a win-or-go-home matchup, the Timberwolves will potentially play in two games. If they win both, they will be in the championships. “This is the the best we have done in a couple of years and to be a part of it is incredible,” said senior Anthony Buzzurro.

On April 19 the rugby team won their first ever league championship against Elk Grove with a score of 47-17. They are now headed to their first playoff series. With an 8-1 league record, these rugby players’ hard work has definitely paid off. The Timberwolves remain confident that their all around talent and good coaching can power them through the playoff inexperience and help them make a name for themselves and the school as a force to be reckoned with. “Most of these rugby players have the strength for football and the stamina for wrestling,” said starter and team captain, senior JJ Dekker. “The team looks up to me, even if I’m not always the best. You can take me out and they would still win.” The players go all out in this sport. “The blood is not as bad as everyone says it is. Blood is blood,” said Asst. Coach Daniels, referencing the game’s intense physical demands. “Chaz DeFoe bleeds the most,” Nurse Betty PHOTO BY KENDALL ECKMAN Brady said. Rugby is a little more TEAMWORK: In what’s called a “lift” play, Woodcreek fights for the ball and a playoff spot.

This time last season...

Baseball: Current: 13-5 Last Season: 10-7 State Ranking: 131

Softball: Current: 16-2

Volleyball: Current: 2-10 Last Season: 7-14 League: 0-4

Girls Soccer: Current: 9-2-5

Sports Editor, Matt George

Last Season:

11-5-1

State Ranking: 14

Last Season:

10-4-3

State Ranking: 10

Lacrosse: Current: 6-3

Last Season: 4-5 NCJLA Division:

4th

Rugby: Current: 8-1

Last Season: 5-3 League Champions

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mgeorge.wpp@gmail.com Anyone else like a good underdog story or is it just me? Sports underdogs are the most fun to root for and as they rise to the challenge, more and more people begin to pay attention and jump on the bandwagon. For example, Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow both took their sports and turned them upside down, coming out of nowhere and going from bench players struggling for playing time to household names and team leaders. But another underdog has become apparent and although he his getting the respect he deserves from the NBA Rookie of the Year rankings and Sacramento fans, many NBA followers around the country don’t quite understand what he has accomplished. Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas has climbed up the rookie rankings and has made himself an icon in Sacramento and a deserving candidate for the Rookie of the Year honor. Taken sixtieth overall in the draft by Sacramento, Thomas was the last player taken in the draft. Now while he was indeed drafted, the spot in which he was drafted is a spot normally taken by a bench warmer, prospect, or possible D-League (Development League) starter. Thomas quickly picked up to former coach Paul Westphal’s style, only to be required to adapt to new and current coach Keith Smart’s fastpaced style. This is where Thomas began to excel. Beginning in late January, Thomas found himself getting more and more minutes each game and every time he came in, his production increased and he began to show his full potential. In late February and early March, due to injuries, Thomas crept his way into the starting lineup, originally as just a part-time gig. In his first five starts, Thomas put up amazing numbers that only one man had in the past: Michael Jordan. With the injuries of top rookie prospects Rickie Rubio and Kyrie Irving, Thomas now sits atop the rookie ladder with everyone else far below. Arguments can be made that the only reason he sits on top are because of Rubio’s and Irving’s injuries but, to many, Thomas has made bigger leaps and bounds than both of them. The fact that he was taken last in the draft and has beaten out 59 others is a leap in and of itself, but he also had to deal with coaching changes, city drama, and a shortened season. For these reasons, Thomas absolutely deserves to be the top rookie.

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Special Report

May 1, 2012

The Catcher in the Rye You’re unappreciative and complain too much.

The Great Gatsby You want the American dream, even if it kills you.

You don’t readnobody would claim this as their favorite.

SAT Study Guide

Lord of the Flies

You need a life and you probably know it.

You fantasize about being on Survivor.

1984 You believe Big Brother IS watching you.

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Huckleberry Finn

Animal Farm You are either really smart or a politician but definitely not both.

Last Page Editors, Vanessa Bouey and Vanessa Castro

Volume 16, Issue 6  

Special Indepth Coverage of WHS Spring Sports and Performing Arts Shows

Volume 16, Issue 6  

Special Indepth Coverage of WHS Spring Sports and Performing Arts Shows

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