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Random Acts of Kindness take Woodcreek by storm Jesse Estes News Editor

For the third week of school, Student Government organized a schoolwide Random Acts of Kindness Week. This week was dedicated to promoting kindness throughout the year. During the week, students were read stories depicting kindness and they participated in many different activities related to spreading kindness within the school. Starfish with compliments and heartening words were sent from friend to friend and RAK attack slips were passed around as people committed random acts of kindness to one another. These RAK attacks, slips of paper that were signed and then passed from person-to-person whenever the holder committed a random act of kindness to someone else, came back at the end of the week with a few hundred signatures. This is significant not just because of the large portion of the student body that was directly touched during RAK week, but because, in the words of Anthony Gonsalves, the overseer of

the Campus Culture Commissioners, “Student government did not just do everything.” The RAK attacks were circulated by normal, everyday students, indicating that without a doubt kindness does exist within our student body. Campus Culture Commissioner Emily Ratto, who was in charge of RAK week, stated, “We’re not changing people. They know how to be randomly kind.” RAK week was just about exposing that kindness and in doing so, unifying the students who were kind to one another. The Campus Culture Commission, under Emily Ratto and Paige Thomson, focuses on bringing the campus together and making the mission statement posted in the cafeteria a reality. Both commissioners believe that Woodcreek can still become a more positive, friendlier environment and they are working to make that happen. They say that there could be followups with RAK-related events and are planning anti-bullying activities for Blue Ribbon Week. Gonsalves stated, “Follow-ups would keep people thinking about it, so people continue to consider kindness.”

Student government wants to make Woodcreek a school that students enjoy attending. They hope that by promoting kindness, they can promote happiness, friendship and pride in a school where “kindness ripples involuntarily.” This year, it is clear that PLEDGE: The RAK mission statement PHOTO BY JESSE ESTES Woodcreek is hangs on the wall in the cafeteria to inspire the student body. coming toaren’t about conforming gether and reaching towards that goal of becom- and being the same as everyone else. ing a conducive, tight-knit community. They’re about showing to one another As a sign of our school pride and unity, that everyone at Woodcreek is together many spirited students dressed-up for in this thing called education and even this Homecoming week. To those who bigger things like life, friendship and didn’t, just know that spirit weeks spreading kindness.

by teachers who shared their feedback with an intervention teacher committee. “The teacher committee finds solutions to obstacles - how intervention is going and how to improve,” stated Sanders. One of the greatest hurdles for both administration and the committee is that no other school uses both the 4X4 schedule and embedded intervention. Without any model to base their program on, the administration has tried to modify existing six period intervention schedules to fit Woodcreek’s needs. “The premise for the program is to have kids learn at high levels,” Sanders stated. Since not all students are achieving proficiently in their classes, the goal is to offer them extra support and instruction in a smaller group setting. For students already achieving at high levels, the goal is to provide enrichment opportunities for them such as guest speakers, test prep classes, college workshops, etc. Principal Jess Borjon stated, “It’s an ongoing effort to create layers of support.” These layers are exemplified by this year’s special intervention programs, SOS and SHOW. SOS, which stands for Support our Students, is a nine-week program that meets during intervention to help students who have difficulty succeeding in

school. These students consistently fail their classes because they lack the basic skills or tools necessary to succeed. SOS focuses on giving these students important, transferable skills that can help them in all their classes, including organization, self-confidence, and a more positive attitude. SHOW stands for Students who are Habitually Objecting to Work. Students in SHOW are selected because their teachers believe they have the skills necessary to succeed, but they just aren’t using them. SHOW is shorter than SOS, lasting only four and a half weeks. “It is where defiant students, who need more attention than the average student, are instructed to do their work,” Borjon stated, “They have to ‘show’ us the work.” Once students begin doing their work, they may be released from the program even before the four and a half weeks is over. If they still refuse to do their work, they may be carried over into the next four and a half week period of SHOW or transferred to Adelante High School. The most-utilized function of intervention is the study hall, which allows students who are doing well in school to get ahead. During intervention students can do their homework, work on group projects and study for exams. New this year is the Testing Center,

Embedded Intervention creates layers of support

Jesse Estes News Editor

Last year, Woodcreek made its first attempt at creating an embedded intervention program that catered to a four-by-four block schedule. The program involved extending periods on Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow teachers to release students who were doing well in their class in order to focus on the students who needed the most help. Accompanying the change, however, were different bell schedules almost every day of the week, leading to lots of confusion for teachers trying to keep all of their different periods on track. At the same time, last year’s intervention schedule gave teachers a choice in that they could use the extra time in their extended periods to continue instructing the class or to meet with students who were falling behind. This year’s intervention combines last year’s flexibility with a newfound stability by adding an intervention period between 2nd and 3rd periods while keeping the bell schedule the same for Tuesday through Friday. Intervention Coordinator Stacy Sanders likes the change. She said, “The different bells were overwhelming. Now there’s more structure from day-to-day.” Many of the changes in this year’s intervention program were suggested

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where teachers can have their students take missed tests or retake failed ones without having to watch over those students themselves. Many of these new ‘layers of support’ stemmed from teacher input. “Last year’s attempt had too many different types of issues and too many different needs,” said Borjon. “Teachers felt it was too much in too short of a time,” said Sanders. She explained that teachers felt that there was too much to accomplish in one short period from tutoring to make-up testing to reteaching key concepts. Even after implementing this year’s solutions, the improvement of the intervention program is a huge focus for administration and the teacher committee. Right now, both are waiting to see the results of this year’s program. For its second year in practice, the embedded intervention program has taken significant steps forward. The hope is that as intervention continues to grow with more options, so should the academic success of Wo o d c r e e k ’s student body.

News Editor, Jesse Estes


September 28, 2012

Johnson leads Bayside team in Kenya Jesse Estes News Editor

For the last two weeks of June, government teacher John Johnson led a mission trip to help struggling students, orphans and HIV positive mothers in Kenya. His team consisted of fifteen members including Bayside churchgoers and a couple Woodcreek alumni. During the trip, Johnson’s team brought food to starving children and helped improve their schoolhouses with shelving and new paint jobs. The team built houses for orphans whose parents had died from AIDS, and helped educate older, English-speaking students about HIV prevention. In Kenya, HIV is misunderstood and people with HIV are often abandoned by their families. Husbands will leave wives who test positive, without knowing that it was them that who gave the women the virus. After the fathers leave, the HIV-positive mothers are left unable to feed themselves or their children and the entire family falls apart. HEART, Health Education Africa Resource Team, is an organization focused around HIV and AIDS prevention education and ‘orphan prevention,’ which involves helping HIV-positive mothers to make a living, while also providing them with antiretroviral drugs to combat the virus. In addition to using money from donations to educate HIV-positive mothers and give them vocational skills that they can use to support themselves and their children, HEART sends dedicated teams to Kenya to help out where they are most needed. The organization has its roots in nearby Auburn and they helped orga-

“My goal is to try to make a difference in a country that faces a lot of problems.” - John Johnson Above: Kenyans work with the Bayside team to build a house for orphans. Right: Johnson poses with Kenyan mothers.

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nize the Bayside Team’s trip to Kenya. Johnson has worked with HEART for several years and this last trip was his sixth time going to Kenya. To summarize his reasons for traveling to Kenya, Johnson stated, “My goal is to try to make a difference in a country that faces a lot of problems.” Johnson also enjoys seeing the kids grow up over the years each time he visits. He is part of the team that teaches students about health education, including HIV prevention.

To join his team, applicants have to be interviewed, and if they are a minor, they have to have a parent or guardian accompany them on the trip. Johnson works through Bayside church, meaning that most of his team’s members are Bayside churchgoers; but he also accepts other applicants, including some Woodcreek graduates. For his most recent trip, he took Yale Santos, Class of 2012. If you’re interested in applying to join the team, see Johnson for more information.

able so that they can be spread more around campus and worms will be added into them to do the composting. The efficiency of these bins only exists, however, with participation. Grinsell shared how students can get involved. She stated, “I think us average people need to be a big part of the solution and that we truly can make a difference if we work together.”

One of nature center’s goals right now is to educate us as a student body about how going “green” will improve our school as well as the world around us. They have prepared a presentation and video to give us better insight on composting and recycling. Participation is only really meaningful when you’re doing it for a reason. “We’ll keep trying.” Grinsell says.

Students begin new compost project Carissa Smith Creative Writing Editor As we are getting further into the school year, students on campus are already getting to work at making our school a more environmentally friendly place. The latest project to be put forth is to reduce the amount of trash Woodcreek produces. To do this, they have recently introduced bins for composting in the cafeteria. Currently there are six bins, however according to Kendra Grinsell, science teacher, this is only the beginning of what she and her students are planning. Reducing the amount of trash we produce will not only benefit our school, but others far beyond our own little bubble. Garbage fills up landfills and takes up a lot of space that can be used for something else. It also produces methane gas, which increases global warming, and wastes resources that can be recycled. This is a problem that we can fix by contributing to the program that our fellow students are trying to enact. More bins are soon going to be avail-

News Editor, Jesse Estes

News Abby Skaff

askaff.wpp@gmail.com That simple phrase, “Naturally, all good things come to an end,” used to humbly exist as a figurative expression conceived by man’s imagination, but then a blinding beam of light shined upon it and lifted it from the recesses of my subconscious to my forethought, to define the news to come. The thing that charges the passion running through my blood, the Wolf Pack Press newspaper, is struggling to survive. Unfortunately over the years the Wolf Pack Press’ subscription and ad selling rates are surely not what they once were when the paper began. Each year it seems as though it becomes more difficult to sell subscriptions and ads - largely due to hard economic times. And to top it off, our readership has dwindled as well. I am one of 17 students who cradle the Wolf Pack Press newspaper in their hearts and are crying out to the students of Woodcreek, parents of students and members of the community: Don’t let your local high school paper die! Each issue of the Wolf Pack Press features stories, reviews, opinions, special event coverage and photos unique to the Woodcreek campus. Our stories bring the stadium lights, the campus and the pure energy of school spirit to life for the reader. Our opinions stories shed light upon riveting social issues, whether global, national, statewide or even within our own campus. Our photos share the moments of astounding performances and events such as the Homecoming football game or the Performing Arts Spectacular. All in all, no matter what page you open up the paper to, what column your eyes happen to fall upon, each and every aspect of this paper is designed to capture the essence of what makes us students the Woodcreek Timberwolves that we are. The Wolf Pack Press staff is dedicated to this publication and we are very sad to not have the Advanced Journalism class in the Spring of 2013 due to low enrollment. As a result of this, we may only produce two issues in the spring instead of our regular five issues. Though the Wolf Pack Press paper will become an elusive, rare creature in the spring, the Wolf Pack Press online site is running and current all year long! The Wolf Pack Press online site features fresh stories each week, picture galleries of major school events and video blogs that cover everything from rally recaps to political viewpoints. Though many good things come to an end, the paper will hibernate in the spring, waiting to be awakened and reborn more powerful than before in the fall of 2013. But for now, we ask that you continue reading the Wolf Pack Press and also start exploring our online site at www.wolfpackpressonline.com.

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September 28, 2012

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Anna Nguyen

Homecoming: to date or attend with friends? Molly Williams Assistant Creative Writing Editor

anguyen.wpp@gmail.com It’s just the start of senior year and I’m already counting down the days until May 1. For many it marks the upcoming “AP Week”, which has both students and teachers putting in extralong work days as they prepare for AP tests. For seniors, it represents one of the biggest decisions of their lives: the final decision for college. Just thinking about college stresses me out, let alone doing research, applying for schools and entering scholarships. But even more than that, I have this irrational fear that I’m not going to be accepted into college at all (a fear that I’m sure many of my fellow classmates share). Even though I should know that this fear is completely unwarranted, I can’t help but obsess over acceptance rates, average SAT scores, GPA ranges, and every other statistic that is posted on College Board. When I’m not having nightmares about being rejected from schools, one can usually find me hunched over my textbooks, straining my eyes to read the 11-point print and scribbling down notes on loose leaf paper for hours on end—and I’m not even taking AP Biology! I sacrifice sleep during the late hours of the night so that I can get everything done, and then when I get to school I’m exhausted. Each day at school is just another day closer to the weekend, when I can finally sleep. The reality is that everyone goes through this. Even if you’re not taking a crazy course load or spending every minute of your spare time volunteering in the hopes of impressing the college of your dreams, you’re still in high school. We’re still learning, still struggling to keep up, and still trying to get the hang of things. But right now we’re young and coming up on the prime of our lives. Despite the hectic schedules and goals that we are striving towards, we have to remember to live in the present and embrace our youth before it passes us by.

Date or no date: that is the question. Homecoming can be exciting with a date or with friends, but which one will guarantee a better night? Both options have pros and cons; but I believe from friends, siblings and my own personal experience that Homecoming without a date is all the more fun. Here’s the breakdown. First of all, you don’t have to worry about matching. With a date, you have to go through the trouble of matching your attire. But with your friends, go ahead and make the pictures look like a crayola box. Wear whatever color tickles your fancy. Second you get to hang with your friends. In some cases, and most I’ve encountered, you feel obligated to spend your whole time with your date. But if you go with your friends, you have the freedom to mingle. You’re not glued to someone. Third, you can eat in peace. Don’t lie. I know you tend to order something safe when you’re sitting across from your date. You wouldn’t want to disgust your date out, I understand. But why go with a date when you can enjoy every bite of that delicious bacon burger? Also, you dont

Danielle Morris

dmorris.wpp@gmail.com We all know that kid who comes in to class late, has one notebook with maybe a pencil and has headphones in. He puts his stuff down, sinks into his chair, wishing he could be anywhere but school. You know him, the kid who is doing absolutely nothing while everyone is getting their supplies out and preparing for class. He doesn’t care; he doesn’t need school. It is students like this who typically don’t try in school that may have

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have to get a corsage or a boutonniere. It’s not fun to have this bulky flower thing on your wrist that almost never actually fits and slides up and down your wrist all night. Who wants that? Most importantly, no nerves, no being insecure, no awkwardness. Let’s face it, the whole thing is kind of nerve-wracking. Plus the fact that you’re going to be constantly selfconscious throughout the whole night. When you go with your friends, who do

you need to impress? You can focus on just dancing the night away instead of fixing your hair in the bathroom. The last thing you want to worry about on Homecoming night is where your date is, whether you’re able to dance with your friends, where your corsage fell off, whether or not you ate that salad too fast, if your date is mad at you, or how to make your way to the bathroom to check your hair. Without a date, all these problems vanish.

PHOTO BY DANIELLE MORRIS trouble focusing, but I believe that they are just naïve about how important high school truly is in preparing and determining parts of their future. These kids have aspirations, no doubt about that. Of course they want do be successful. It wouldn’t make sense to not. The thing is kids like this don’t understand that a high school diploma is a gateway to a better income, better job options, and college entry. If you find yourself fitting the category I am describing, take a moment to realize that if you are mentally capable and living in America, you should take advantage of what is handed to you on a silver platter. As a high school student I have noticed the ignorance that some people show towards high school work. I ask “What do you want to do after high school?” I’ve heard things like they want to be a pro sport player or they want to join the military. Both are excellent career choices, neither are excuses to not try in school. Aside from pure education, high school can benefit you in many other areas such as socializing, time-manage-

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ment, analytical and other essential skills that will be useful once one is working in society. What is truly bothersome is the waste of space these kids create. With the amount of mental illnesses growing in the U.S., people seem to forget how blessed they truly are to be born with a fully functioning brain. Yes, you do have to try very hard to get good grades, but that “try hard” is taken to a whole new level for some students struggling with a slower learning ability. School starts to turn into just a place that we all have to go to every day, with no immediate benefits. Although high school may not seem like it’s that big of a deal right now, it will help out in the future. It is totally normal to be unmotivated as a teenager, but we all need to put life into perspective. Think about where you want to be after high school and make it happen. So maybe you really won’t need high school for what you want to be, but that’s not the point. The point is: there is no reason not to try in school. You can do it.

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September 28, 2012

Anna Nguyen Editor-in-Chief Mitt Romney’s speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention began with the opening statement that Americans “do not feel like future posterity will have more” as a result of the current economic deficit. It set the stage for a speech that would mainly reflect upon “better days” while also criticizing the incumbent. Romney continued to highlight the shortcomings of Barack Obama’s “change” campaign in 2008, noting especially that the change that President Obama brought to the American public was not the change that they “deserved”. This also implies that Americans deserve better than what Obama has to offer for the upcoming election. Building upon the focus of the American public, Romney went on to comment on the “American philosophy” of hard work, keeping up a very patriotic attitude throughout the length of his speeh. The majority of his speech was filled with anecdotes about his upbringing that were reminiscent of President Carter’s campaign, in which Carter carefully capitalized upon the fact that Americans were growing cynical of the government and that support for an “outsider” of Washington was popular. Romney took a similar approach here with his stories about “unconditional love” from his parents, who cared less about what he “could achieve”, and more about who he “would be”. He supported this with the statement that “legislation can’t fix the problems that love fixes”. This subtlety transitioned into Romney’s conservative stance on the ideals of marriage, as well as the role of women and their empowerment. He concluded this assertion with the statement that “strength, power, and goodness of America is a result of its family, community, and faith”. Romney contrasted this ideal with the “lack of good feeling” that the Obama administration has given the American public. He instead called for a return to the “good old days”.

Opinions Editor, Danielle Morris

To support this return, Romney advocated “American success” by promoting free enterprise. He heavily criticized Obama for his “attack on coal, oil, and gas”, which he believes will “eliminate” jobs. Instead Romney endorsed the creation of what he calls a “better future”, in which he plans to create an environment in which “everyone who wants a job can find a job”, where “no senior fears the security of their retirement”. Romney plans to accomplish this with the help of his running mate, Paul Ryan, in a “Five Steps”plan. First, Romney said that by 2020, America will be energy independent by taking “full advantage” of coal, gas, and oil. Second Romney will give citizens their “education of choice”. Third, Romney will forge new trade agreements and see to it that forGRAPHICS BY ANNA NGUYEN eign countries will face “unmistakable consequences” should they choose to ignore the agreements. Fourth he will insure that investments in America will be secure and balanced in budget. Finally he will champion small business and simplify regulation, reduce taxes and work to repeal and replace Obamacare. At the close of his speech, Romney reiterated his goal of giving voters “the future that America deserves”. Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention was disorganized to say the least. As the daughter of a dominantly Republican family, I don’t disagree with his goals or policies, however the manner in which Romney presented them was extremely vague and unclear. It was largely focused upon his personal feelings and attitudes rather than his party’s, or even the American public’s. Romney made several religious references throughout the duration of his speech, and he especially stressed the significance that “unconditional love” had in his life. But “unconditional love” doesn’t offer the solutions to the pertinent issues facing the election, which makes me question whether or not Romney has the right mindset to be the leader of a country facing a devastating economic deficit and unemployment rate.

Anna Nguyen Editor-in-Chief On Sept. 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Barack Obama accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention. His speech began by addressing the hopes of the American public, recognizing that we have been “tested” by the cost of war and economic crisis. This statement was made in reference to the hardships that the American public has lived through during the worst economic deficit since the Great Depression of the 1930’s as a result of the War on Terror. President Obama then went on to enumerate the issues that are pertinent to the upcoming election, identifying jobs, economy, taxes, deficits, energy, education, and foreign policy (war and peace). He did this to emphasize not only his party’s platform but also in order to promote his own policies and “visions”. On the topic of economy, Obama wants to build the “largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known”, however he asserted this in such a way that refered to it as “our fight” rather than his own personal goal, thereby putting the responsibility in the hands of the American people, which is an ongoing theme throughout his fortyminute long speech.In addition, Obama highlighted the faults and repeated mistakes in history of the Republican economic philosophy. Finally he asked the DNC to rally around a four-year plan to rebuild the economy. Obama then transitioned into his stance on employment, stressing the significance of hard work and the quality of American-made products in order to export more products and outsource fewer jobs. He highlighted the success of creating 500,000 manufacturing jobs and hopes to create 1,000,000 more in the future by rewarding companies that double their exports. With this mindset, he also related it to his opinion on both energy and the environment, saying that another solution is to create 600,000 new jobs by promoting innovations in energy. He wants to cut foreign oil consumption and double the use of renewable energy to put coast-

lines out of harm’s way and to raise fuel standards so that cars can go twice as far. He failed, however, to elaborate on how he plans to achieve this. On the topic of education, Obama emphasized the necessity of higher education in order to “gain the skills to compete” for a “middle class life”, appealing to those who feel strongly about college tuition. At the same time, Obama appealed to families who can’t afford education and made yet another reference to the competition between other countries for jobs. He did this in order to create a sense of adversity between America and other countries, rather than Republicans and Democrats within America. Obama called for 100,000 new jobs for math and science teachers within ten years, and 2,000,000 jobs for students. He promised that he will cut tuition costs by 50%. Furthermore, Obama asserted his stance on foreign policy by asking the convention to join him on a “pursuit of peace”. He pointed out Romney’s lack of experience in foreign policy and said that he is stuck in a “Cold War Mind Warp”. This statement was a direct response to Romney’s speech given at the RNC. Finally Obama wrapped up his speech with an encouraging statement. He asked Americans to empower themselves by making the right choices for themselves and by making the right choices for America as a whole. President Obama’s speech was moving and filled with many promises for a brighter future. Yet I found that most of his speech was reminiscent of a motivational seminar rather than a plan for American success. He tried to appeal to the masses with his generalizations and euphemisms for sensitive issues such as abortion (which he addressed as “healthcare choices”), but that is part of what makes him a knowledgeable politician. While several of his policy preferences were clearly evident, many issues that younger age groups are most passionate about (gay rights, environment, etc.) were lightly mentioned rather than spoken about outright. Obama knows exactly what to say and how to say it. Unfortunately the American public cannot simply be governed by words alone.

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September 28, 2012

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September 28, 2012

4)The biggest BLACK MOB of the season 10) Fun and games with Homecoming Court

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Homecoming 101: for the young and confused Molly Williams Assistant Creative Writing Editor What comes to your mind when you see or hear the word Homecoming? As a senior, I think of car rides to the school with music blasting loudly, drowning out the worries from yesterday. I think of the pure exhilaration of zipping up your dress or straightening your tie. I think of the big lines and that feeling in your stomach, right before you are allowed in. But for some of you, it may draw a blank. Freshmen: you probably don’t know what to expect. And for some sophomores, who didn’t go last year, this one is for you guys. High school dances are quite different than middle school dances. First, I want to address the fact that most people take pictures before anything else. You get ready, hop in the car with your friends, and you meet up somewhere with nice scene r y. F o r e x -

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ample, Sun City has a fountain and stunning landscape. Or you could go for something more simple and easy: your house. Pick someone who has a nice backyard and then most parents will tag along and take pictures. Pretty simple. It’s important though; memories are everything. Most go to dinner after pictures have been taken. Take note, after. Don’t make the mistake of going to dinner before you take pictures. If you’re unlucky, this might cause bloating and make it harder to zip up your dress ladies. Also if you forget to brush your teeth, you might end up smiling with a big lettuce leaf in your tooth. Everything is easier this way. Going to dinner can have different options. You can host dinner at your house or go to a restaurant. Popular restaurants students have gone in the past are the Spaghetti Factory, Lucille’s, Macaroni Grill, BJs and Cheesecake Fac-

tory. But hey, if you’re feelin’ Taco Bell, go for it. There are no rules! After dinner is over, it’s time to head to the dance! Don’t be an hour early. Sure you’ll beat the line, but you don’t want to be standing around the gym waiting for people to arrive. Trust me, the first 20 minutes or so is awkward. Not a lot of people are there yet and the dancing doesn’t really start. So get there 20 minutes before (so you don’t have to wait for too long) or be a little late. That’s alright too. Ladies, regarding dresses, don’t expect to be the only one with your dress. There are only so many dresses in Roseville. Anyways, who cares? When you’re dancing with your friends, you’re not going to care whether or not the girl across the floor has the same dress. Also don’t feel obligated to wear heels. Most girls take them off before they dance, therefore why not just wear flats? Heck, I even w o r e flipflips o n e year.

Discussing dates, it’s okay if you don’t have one. A lot of people go with their friends and to be honest, in my opinion, it’s more fun that way! You don’t have to worry about who you’re dancing with and you let go of everything. But if you have a date, make sure you’re clear. Do you want to dance together or is it okay if you hang with your friends? Make sure you talk about the plan to avoid confusion and/or hurt feelings. There are lots of things to know about Homecoming. It’s hard to address them all in detail. So here are a few quick reminders: Don’t forget to bring your ID card. Make sure you have a ride home from the dance (and their number). There are four Homecomings in your high school experience. There’s always next year. And the next. And finally, just have a great time and be safe. This is your night to put the past behind you and dance.

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Stephanie Fastiggi “My friends and family would describe me as someone who is super easy-going, friendly, and to everything I do.”

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MM: Going to our sports games and going all out on spirit days are some of my favorite things about WHS. Go Wolves! JH: I support everything we have at Woodcreek. No matter what sport or activity it is, I want to give support to everything. KA: I help make creative spirit days so that people will want to participate. BO: I try to show and encourage school spirit by getting involved in school activities and supporting our teams and clubs. 8 Wolf Pack Press

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homecoming

On The Quad

September 28, 2012

how to:

bold&beautiful

Jon Horvath

quiet at first

“I can be a little ; but once I open up to someone, I’m a lot different. I’m outgoing and I try to be to everyone I meet.”

Apply a concealer that is a shade lighter under the eyes to brighten and pinpoint other problem areas. Then set with a powder.

friendly

Kristian Anganes

“I’m funny,outgoing,nice, motivated, and very sarcastic sometimes.” After doing a smokey eye with a little bit of color, apply lashes and mascara to bring out your beautiful eyes.

Anthony Gonsalves “In a few words, I would say that my friends and family describe me as being an outgoing, passionate, and individual.”

focused

Derek Straker

This makeup look was created by Erika Ceja, 10. Her how-to videos are available for viewing at wolfpackpressonline.com

“Most of my friends would describe me as being awkward and goofy,but it usually ends up making some pretty .”

funny stories

MODEL: AMANDA GARCIA, ALL PHOTOS BY CORDELL FIRESTONE

MA: I always try hard to participate in school events. SF: I lead by example and take part in all school activities with enthusiasm.

AG: I love leading the Black Mob in my morph suit to make sure everyone is pumped for the game. DS: I show and encourage school spirit by dressing up for spirit days to my fullest extent and leading the black mob. Editor-in-Chief, Anna Nguyen

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Volume 18, Issue 1

food & fashion

September 28, 2012

paris

Finding the perfect Homecoming restaurant

Vanessa Castro Back Page and Braodcasting Editor

Here it is, the week before Homecoming. Formal attire? Check. Fancy shoes? Check. A lovely date? Check. A place to eat before the dance? Uhh..no check. If you have no clue where you and your elegantly dressed up friends should chow down before Homecoming, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for a fancy restaurant to match up to how great you and your date look or a dinner that you can still afford to eat after spending all that money on your outfit (you are going to look fantastic by the way!), I have some suggestions that will fit any of your needs. If you want to take the fancy and

affordable route, The Cheesecake Factory is the place to go. The atmosphere is perfect for this formal occasion but laid back enough to let you and your friends enjoy yourselves and your delicious food. The Cheesecake Factory caters a wide variety of foods such as pastas, steaks, sandwiches, Asian cuisines, pizza, and almost anything your heart desires. Best of all, there is cheesecake! This restaurant lives up to its name and has some of the best cheesecake in Roseville. The prices are not listed on the menu itself, so be sure to ask your server what the price is before you order your mouthwatering slice. Unfortunately this restaurant does not take reservations, so call ahead of time and figure out how long the wait is so you and your friends can plan. The Cheesecake Factory is located directly

next to the mall; so after you and your group are all finished with some time to spare, you can wander around the Galleria showing off how amazing you all look. Low on cash, but you and your friends still want a stupendous meal? Buca Di Beppo cannot let you down. Specializing in their large portioned meals, Buca Di Beppo makes dishes that are meant to be shared between two to three people. Choose a few friends to share with and split the check to cut costs. This Italian restaurant is decorated head to toe with all kinds of different pictures and statues. Every minute you will discover something new that you did not notice before. This restaurant is also located off of Galleria Blvd. in the Creekside Town Center. You can make reservations by calling ahead

or going to their online website. Feeling rebellious? Just not into the whole fancy dinner scene? In-N-Out is the place to go. Enjoy and cherish the delectable burgers and fries that are mainly only served in our glorious state of California. This fast food restaurant constantly serves guests until 1:30 AM, so there is no chance for you and your group to be denied due to not having a reservation. You will be the center of attention being all dressed up. So enjoy the limelight and your heavenly meal. There you have it - three great restaurants that everyone can enjoy. Live it up at a fancy restaurant or keep some money in your pockets and split a meal, either way, Homecoming is a day to look forward to. Plan ahead and have a memorable Homecoming on a full stomach.

Crepes

Directions:

For the Batter: 1 cup of all-purpose flour 2 eggs 1/2 cup of milk 1/2 cup of water 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter, melted Fruit Nutella (optional) tional) Powdered sugar (op For the Syrup: 1/4 cup of sugar starch 1 tablespoon corn 3/4 cup cold water it Fresh or frozen fru

For the batter 1. In a big mixing bowl, mix together the eggs and the flour. Slowly add in the milk and water; then stir. Next add the salt and butter and beat the mixture until it is smooth. 2. Use a medium-size pan and pour oil so it just covers the surface. Heat the pan on high. Then pour approximately 1/4 of the batter on the pan and tilt the pan in circular motions so there is only a thin layer of batter that coats the surface evenly. 3. Cook the batter for about two minutes or until the crepe is a slightly golden brown color. 4. Top the crepe with your favorite fruits or spreads. My recommendation would be strawberries, bananas, peanut butter and Nutella. Finally sprinkle the crepe with powdered sugar. For the Syrup 1. Put the cornstarch in a small bowl and add 3/4 of the cold water. 2. Put the sugar in a medium-size pot and add in the cornstarch water mixture. 3. Heat on medium heat and stir while heating. 4. Finally add 1/2 cups of strawberries and blueberries.

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Editor-in-Chief, Sara Sumrak


Food & Fashion

September 28, 2012

Use a thick belt to cinch up a girly lace dress.

The polka dots give the look a sophisticated vibe, but the sandals keep it laid back.

The denim top paired with white jeans gives a casual laidback look, while still looking appropriate for school.

The collared tank top with the short skirt pair nicely together for a more professional look.

Editor-in-Chief, Sara Sumrak

Play up a cardigan with a formal tie, but keep the look casual by pairing them with dark wash jeans.

The simple belt ties the outfit together while cinching the waist.

The shorts make this outfit a little more casual; but by tucking in the shirt, it makes it a little classier.

Necklaces and a cute cardigan are an easy way to play up jeans.

The belt and sandals look flirty and sweet while the long sleeves give the outfit a more edgy look.

A blazer is the perfect way to make an outfit look more put together.

Simple shorts and a button up shirt make a casual outfit for school.

The simple shoes complement the print of the dress.

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featainment

Volume 18, Issue 1

September 28, 2012

san francisco

Ty l e r Hall

Performing Arts Spectacular brings the love

Tyler Hall Featainment Editor

thall.wpp@gmail.com

I can’t wait for college. Some call it senioritis, I call it being impatient. One thing I told myself at the beginning of the year was that I wouldn’t reflect much on activities at high school, because there are better times ahead. However, there is a single item that will never escape my memory as long as I live. That is Woodcreek football games. There is no experience quite like a high school football game. It’s like for those three or so hours, all the boundaries of popular, non-popular, bully, outsider, all the societal walls crash down and for those three hours, we are one. We hold our breath on every hailmary pass, we collectively boo at every nonsensical call, we cheer with every gravity-defying catch. Among this, there is also a feeling of companionship. In that one small speck of light and sound, the crushing dark of the night is kept at bay. In that one conglomeration of fans, there is safety in the knowledge that you are among friends. WHS games aren’t just a feeling of camaraderie. They are a sound, a smell, an attitude. A living organism, whose pulse is a drum from the pep band and whose breath is the undulating yell of the Black Mob. A car whose fuel is adrenaline and has a horn that belts out “I Believe That We Will Win”. The football team, whether they win or lose, does the greatest service possible for Woodcreek. On those chilled autumn nights under the synthetic LED lights, you may not know the person to the right or left, but you know that they are there for the same reason: to root for our Timberwolves. Bringing us together is the greatest service that is possible to achieve. The rest of the season is yet to come. The sounds, smells, and adreneilne are not yet gone. I will miss the Black Mob and the pep band and those cold stands. I will miss the football games.

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With only five weeks gone in the school year, the WHS performing arts department launched its first full-length show: “Performing Arts Presents…All You Need Is Love”. Including sets and skits by the jazz bands, the Commercial Music Project (CMP), drama, chamber choir, dance, and Music-n-Motion, the set conveyed the love that comes as part of human nature and the love that all performers have for the arts. The show began with a humorous new twist on safety instructions and theater etiquette performed by the professional drama department. Including a mixed theme from last year’s “Once Upon a Mattress”, and modern twangs, the skit was a comical start to the performance. Cue the jazz band. The maroon curtains and Woodcreek’s Jazz Band “B” began the first official segment of the shown lead by Brad North. With only one song, they proved that they are just as motivated as Jazz Ensemble “A”, who played “Love For Sale” and “Love Is Here To Stay”, two songs that kept to the performances overall theme. After that was a band made up of CMP musicians Rustle Craver, Brandon Roberts, Kyle Dust, and Lauren Bogle. The group got the crowd in an upbeat and energetic mood with “The Middle” by Jimmy Eats World and “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind. The Chamber Choir later also performed a bring-the-house-down set, including an Adele Adkins medley composed by the songwriters of the FOX show “Glee”. The medley was done by only the girls of Chamber Choir, but in the later songs “The Human Heart” and “Somebody to Love”, the boys joined in. Four dance teams also performed at the show. The Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced dances were all choreographed by members of MusicN-Motion. Every single movement was elegantly matched to the words, and each song chosen to coexist with the theme of the show. The drama department did not per-

ALL PHOTOS BY KYLE DAHL (Kyle@Dahlimages.com)

VARIETY: Performing Arts offered a multitude of dynamic skits, songs, and dances. Featured are Nadia Reinecke, Mitchell Mack, Lauren Bogle, Taylor Gullikson, Brendon Bennoit, and Weston Spivey.

form last, but instead executed several small skits throughout the length of the show. Most were hilarious, like Kendall Eckman and Luke Donahue in “Boy Meets Girl”, which went through the roller coaster that is elementary school relationships. However, a serious note was added by seniors Mitchell Mack and Nadia Reinecke, who’s “Out of Control” portrayed the pain and awkwardness associated with bad break-ups. “Mitch and Nadia’s skit was definitely the heaviest”, said choir and drama director Adrienne Dritz- Mars, “They won an award for it”. Mars herself has been through a busy year so far. As of last year, she had been the woman behind choir and musical theater. This semester, however, marked her first year as drama adviser. “Change is always difficult”, Mars said, “But all the kids have been very welcoming”. All-in-all, the show was a huge success. It was a great way for the Performing Arts Department to start off the year. The theme was timeless and brought a great sense of companionship and reminded us that all we need is love.

Managing/Featainment Editor, Tyler Hall


Featainment

September 28, 2012

Babel promises success Molly Williams Assistant Creative Wrtiting Editor On Sept. 24, Mumford & Sons released a much-awaited album, Babel. Mumford & Sons has a kind of sound that makes me tap my feet and urges me to grab a banjo. Lead vocalist Marcus Mumford has a sort of raspy but comforting and full voice. Their first album, Sigh No More impressed me with the rawness of their voices and the calming sounds of the mandolin, banjo, accordion and much more that create this wonderful sound. When I listened to their first released single, “I Will Wait” from their new album, I instantly knew Babel would be as pure and satisfying as their last album. Their lyrics portray a sort of desperation and commitment that some artists are afraid to show. “Hopeless Wanderer” definitely showed some fearless and bold guitar strumming. Listening to this song gave me a sort of empowerment I can’t really describe. You’d have to listen to it yourself. “Lover of the Light” was one of my favorites. The unbelievably true lyrics captured me instantly. And of course, “Babel” being the first song, it drew me

Nemo keeps swimming Vanessa Castro Back Page Editor

PHOTO COURTESY OF ISLAND AND GLASSNOTE RECORDS

in with it’s intriguing, eerie sound and vibrant lyrics. One of the most beautiful was a bonus track “The Boxer”, a cover of Simon & Garfunkl’s orignal. Being a huge fan of Simon & Garfunkl, I didn’t expect to be blown away. Oh was I wrong. It’s sound was haunting yet comforting Overall, Babel does not disappoint. At all. With twelve engrossing songs, Mumford & Sons presents another incredible album that promises to enthuse and satisfy the listener.

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Managing/Featainment Editor, Tyler Hall

Lately, we’ve all been starting to notice it: Disney keeps bringing back old movies just to produce them in 3D. Is it because Disney wants families to enjoy these Pixar movies with the new and better technology, is it because Disney has not been able to produce enough new movies for their audiences so they reintroduce old ones, or is it to allow the younger generation be able to see these classics on the big screen? Recently, I went to go see Finding Nemo in 3D to come up with my own conclusion As a child, I eagerly took my seat in the movie theater and excitedly waited for the new movie, Finding Nemo, to start. It instantly became one of my all time favorites. The bright colored schools of fish, the exaggerated comparisons between ocean and fish tank life. It is a unique movie unlike any other. Just recently, I experienced the same movie, in an entirely different perspective, 3D. This movie is still the classic that we all adore, it is one that will have you leaving the theater repeating the phrase “Just keep swimming!” as referred to the optimistic fish who has short-term memory loss, Dori, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. Being able to see this movie in 3D, really enhances the enjoyment one feels

when watching. Instead of feeling as an outsider, one feels as if they are right there, in the middle of the action. In the movie theater, I was surrounded by teenagers about the same age as I am and by families with their young children. Both age groups seemed to enjoy the movie just about the same (the teenagers just a bit more). It recreated and amplified the joys and excitement these teenagers once felt when they first viewed this movie as children and it became a whole new fun experience for the kids. Every detail was extremely clear, from the size of the teeth on the great white shark, Bruce, voiced by Barry Humphries, to the creases in the shell of the turtle, Crush, voiced by Andrew Stanton. Seeing these classic Disney movies on the big screen is always a lighthearted and fun experience, but seeing them again in 3D gives it a feeling of complete awe and amazement. The movie is changed from just a moving picture to a real adventure. The experience is just plain fun and something that I can guarantee that all ages will enjoy. I encourage you to go out and rewatch the movie in 3D if you saw it in theaters as a child or to go out and see it for the first time, either way you will enjoy it. And you will feel as if you are right there in the middle of the ocean. And remember, “Fish are friends, not food.”

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Volume 18, Issue 1

sports

September 28, 2012

london

Biggest game of the year energizes campus Jordan Horner Assistant Sports Editor It’s the Super Bowl of Woodcreek sports, the only event where the tickets may sell out. Students of Woodcreek, its time for the Homecoming game. Screaming fans, a packed stadium, halftime royalty and amazing floats make this night one that will bring the community together in an intense and emotional Homecoming game. In past years, Woodcreek has showed dominance winning the past two homecoming games. Hopefully this year will not be different. The games always bring excitement. Even when the local fan support is lacking, the Timberwolves always find a way to make it interesting. With a record of 2-2, the Timberwolves will not look back, again trying to prove that they are capable of things nobody anticipates. In the first four games of the season, the team showed their perseverance in a “no contest” loss to the Folsom Bulldogs 68-28, a surging victory beating Casa Roble Rams 49-34, a dominating 52-27 over the Oakmont Vikings, and a heartbreaking 39-36 nail biter loss to the Antelope Titans. The T-wolves offense is killing on the offensive side of the ball, averaging 41 points a game. The Timberwolves are capturing almost 440 combined yards on the ground and in the air. Their leader is quarterback senior Stephen Nogosek, who has a dual threat style of play and dominates throwing the ball, but he can also extend plays on the run when needed. Nogosek is averaging 262 yards a game passing and 39 yards a game on the run. He has a completion percentage of 60 percent and a quarterback rating of 117. The Timberwolves offense mainly revolves around junior Mitchell Layton,and his dynamic run game with a style of a mix of speed and power. He averages 6.7 yards per carry which combines to run for 123 yards per game. When you’re talking about the receivers, the spotlight is on tight end senior

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Blake Robinson. He leads the receivers in receptions, yards, yards a game, and touchdowns. He had a monster first game against Folsom with 8 receptions, 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. When it comes to the defensive side of the ball, it is a team effort where their teamwork is the star of the show. The T-wolves leading tacklers are junior Michael Daw and senior Tommy Torres who both have 27 tackles this season. Also Daw has 1 interception to add to his statistics. Overall the Timberwolves average 74 tackles a game and 2.8 sacks a game. The defense stepped up last week against Antelope at the end of the game giving Nogosek and the Wolves a last chance drive to close out the game. On a key 4th down, Nogosek sent a beautiful pass down the seam of the field to Robinson, resulting in a Timberwolf first down. Unfortunately, the T-wolves threw a pick the next play, resulting in a heartbreaking defeat. But the team will not look back. They have a certain “collective focus” said Coach John Hildebrand. Hildebrand has been coaching for 16 years and believes he has a “very talented group of guys.” When asked about the team’s goals, he said, “We aim to get better every single day.” The team that will be standing in their way…the mighty Placer Hillmen. Placer is the 38th ranked team in the state and the 263rd ranked team in the nation. The Hillmen are known for one thing and one thing only, running the football. Placer averages 347 rushing yards

a game. They will be up against one of the best running teams in the state. Their secret is to use substitutions to give their running backs fresh legs. The Hillmen have 3 different primary running backs that all average 84 yards a game plus a 4th back that leads the team with 7 touchdowns. The star player of the team is tail back Isaac Brahce. Brahce averages 96 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards a game. Wrap all this commotion together and you get a very intense, emotional, and physical game. Although it will be a very tough game for the T-wolves, if their defense can withstand the powerful run game of the Placer Hillmen, anything is possible.

PHOTO BY ZACH RAYL

STRATEGY: Junior Michael Daw shows off his versatility by playing both offense and defense.

Michelle Kuhlke brings spirit to the volleyball team Amanda Garcia Sports Editor T h e volleyball pre-season started with a team win against Center H i g h School on Aug. 27. With new assistant PHOTO BY AMANDA GARCIA c o a c h Michelle Kuhlke, Coach Brian Jew hopes to reach the SFL playoffs. Jew has known Kuhlke since 2000 when her older sister was one of his players. Once in high school, Kuhlke followed in her sister’s footsteps and played all four years as their setter. “She knows the game really well,” said Jew. “Taking setter as a role is like being the quarterback of the team.” She previously coached for Franklin High School in Elk Grove for a year and Oakmont High School for three years. After she left Oakmont, Jew contacted Kuhlke and offered her a position as an assistant coach for the varsity girls volleyball team. Jew finds it helpful to have a different perspective as a coach and another set of eyes. Kuhlke’s intention for this year is to help the varsity girls improve their defense through practice and hard work. Kuhlke is passionate about volleyball. “It’s a great team sport,” she said. As a team, the coaches feel that the girls get along well together and they work well on the court. “Our weakness is learning how to finish a game or m a t c h , ” said Jew. While Kuhlke wants to help the team improve from last year, Jew intends to take the team to the playoffs. “I want each girl to walk away with experience,” said Jew.

Sports Editor, Amanda Garcia and Assistant Sports Editor, Jordan Horner


September 28, 2012

Girls tennis goes to Fresno

Water polo boys start the season off right

Amanda Garcia

Vanessa Castro Back Page and Broadcasting Editor The annual Fresno Trip took place recently for the girls tennis team. Each year the team travels to Fresno, California, to compete in a tournament and play in five games against five different schools. The trip took place on Sept. 7 and 8 and resulted in two wins and three loses for the Woodcreek team. “Going to Fresno was a memorable trip for me and my teammates. We all got closer and learned a lot from our loses and wins,” said Manmeet Bains, senior. In each game the girls played three singles and three doubles matches. Partnered with Morgan Ryan and Taylor Fox, Bains, won her first game 7 to 5 and 6 to 2. Her third game resulted in a win of 6 to 4 and 6 to 2. “Tennis is a passion of mine. It really helps when your teammates are all there to cheer you on,” said Bains. Having traveled to Fresno the year before, Bains knew what to expect when heading back to the tournament this year. Entering her second year of being on the tennis team, Taylor Fox, sophomore, visited Fresno for the first time. “It was a fun experience, I got to bond with the girls and get to know them more,” said Fox. “I learned how to volley better.” Fox became interested in tennis when she was younger due to her mother’s influence. “My mom played tennis and she got me into it. I took some classes when I was younger and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to join the Woodcreek tennis team.” The trip to Fresno had an outcome of more losses than wins in terms of the games that the girls played in their tournaments. But overall it resulted in a closer team and girls who gained a lot more experience from what they learned.

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Anna Nguyen Editor-in-Chief Woodcreek’s Varsity Water Polo boys had their first home game on Thursday, Sept. 13 against Bear River High School. Last year Woodcreek would have tied for league champs with Granite Bay; however, they fell short by one goal. Unsurprisingly this year’s game presented a promising opportunity for payback—and the varsity boys did not disappoint. Woodcreek started the game with senior Rusty Craver in goal. It is Craver’s first year playing goalie, yet he blocked many shots and only let one goal in throughout the duration of the first quarter. The game started with a small lead of three to one after the first quarter by Woodcreek, which then continued to

grow throughout the game. Casey Buller, a junior, then took Craver’s spot for the remainder of the game, only allowing four more goals in total (although many potential shots were stopped by the team’s excellent man-to-man press defense). The offense, equally as strong as the defense, scored steadily throughout the game. Every player of the starting lineup scored at least once, with Zach Schlat, a senior, leading the team. Senior Tim Greeno, co-captain of the team with Schlat, had multiple assists. The final score of the game was 15-5 Woodcreek. The very next day, the boys headed off to the 2012 Clovis Championships for a two-day tournament, where they played four games. With such a great start and plenty of playing time during the first couple of weeks, we can expect to see a lot of excitement from the Varsity boys this season.

Cross country looks to secure banner

Jesse Estes News Editor

In the opening league meet on Sept. 12, Woodcreek’s Cross Country team finished with mixed results. The varsity boys did a great job and won first place, but the varsity girls were missing two of their top five runners and ended up taking fourth. This year the varsity boys are looking to bring home league and section banners while making it to the state meet. Varsity girls currently have a very young team with two freshmen, Teresa Zortman and Lauren Mason, in their top five runners. They aim to cause an upset once they get their full line-up together and possibly make it out of sections this year, though the highly competitive Division 1 teams will be tough to beat. Altogether this season is shaping up to be yet another success story for the cross country team. In recent years, Woodcreek has won 11 league

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banners and 5 section banners for cross country. The team owes its history of success to its dedicated athletes and coaches. Each athlete spends long hours training for meets by running up to twelve miles a day during the season and many of them train during the off-season by running on the track team in the spring and with other committed athletes during the summer. “It’s really hard, but I love the team aspect. We’re all really good friends,” said senior Karina Nunes, a top runner for the girls team. Nunes’ goal is to make it to the state meet. Her coach, Terri McKillop, said, “Nunes could be a top 20 finisher at state.” This would be an amazing accomplishment for Nunes, who only recently started competing in cross country after she found out that she loves running and has a natural talent for the sport. Senior Jon Horvath, one of the top runners for the varsity boys, plans to

win league and win sections. Currently he is very excited for the Stanford Invitational Meet this Saturday. He said, “It will be good practice for the state championships.” Other top runners on the cross country team include Justin Clark, Sam Devereux, Taylor Guinnip, Adam Clarke and Marshall Sears for the varsity boys and Brooke O’Brien and Rosemarie DiPentino, along with freshmen Zortman, and Mason, for the varsity girls. In describing the team, McKillop stated, “This is an awesome group of athletes who are committed this season to make it to state. They are dedicated, hard-working and not only excel in running but are committed students as well. Many have full AP loads, are involved in NHS and outside communtiy service.” Next weekn the team heads to Nevada Union for their second league meet of the season. Be sure to support our talented runners on their way to the state championships this year.

Sports Editor, Amanda Garcia and Assistant Sports Editor, Jordan Horner

Being a “newbie” on the WPP staff, I feel it is only appropriate to use my first column as an introduction. To all of my readers, I find it my duty to introduce myself and let you all know exactly who I am. I know many of you have been used to reading Matt George’s columns for the past two years. I studied sports writing as Matt’s assistant editor last year and now in my junior year, I feel privileged to say that I am following in Matt’s footsteps and taking over the position of Sports Editor. Sports is one area which I am very passionate about. I love playing sports in general, but my main passion goes to volleyball. I have played volleyball since I was in the 7th grade and now I am playing on varsity. My love for volleyball is something that I can’t even put into words. The feeling of getting a dig or serving an ace is something I live for. Even though I know I am not the best on the team, my goal for every day is to play better than I did the previous day. Being the sports editor should mean that I know everything and anything about sports. Matt, for example, was very educated in the sports field. I, on the other hand, love playing sports more than watching them. Don’t get me wrong. I love cheering for my little brothers at their basketball games. I love going to basketball games and football games just as much as the next person, but I’m the type of person who would rather be on the court than on the sidelines. Along with volleyball, I have played many sports in my life. I played for my school’s softball team in 8th grade and I ran track in 7th grade. When I was little, I used to participate in dance for a couple years. I love volleyball the most because it teaches you so much about life. If volleyball has taught me anything it’s that teamwork is very essential in achieving your goals. I’ve also learned to persist in everything I do. If you really want something, you should go for it with 110% of effort and don’t hold back. I almost didn’t try out for the varsity team this year because I was too afraid of getting cut. If I hadn’t listened to the advice of my mom and tried out, I would never have had the chance to play with such talented and spirited team members.The team this year is looking pretty good and we really hope to make it to SFL playoffs this year. It’s definitely a big change from JV to varsity, but I’m really looking forward to what this year is going to bring me. I will definitely be keeping you guys updated, so be sure to come back and tune in next time to my column.

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