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HIGHLIGHTS Sleepy Hollow page 6 Fall Recipe page 7 Football Feature page 9 Student Artist page 4

School during COVID

Students Work During COVID page 4 SuperBowl Predictions page 9 Study Tips page 5

Photo Above L to R: Bella Ameter ‘22, Taylor Goodman ‘21, Kacie Jacobsen ‘22, Mattie Ridgway ‘21, Molly Landry ‘22, Photo Below: LHS Leadership Class, Photo Taken By: Kyra Schimpf, ZT Photo Editor

ASB Plans

New Officers Try to Keep Campus Connected By: Julia Westover , Reporter

The new school year comes with new ASB officers. Lincoln High’s ASB president and vice president, Izzy Andriani and Taylor Goodman, have big plans for the 2020/2021 school year. Taylor Goodman would like to do safe but fun things in the next month or so. “What I hope to accomplish this year as ASB Vice

President is to help make this year the best it can be under the circumstances,” Goodman said. With COVID rules in place there is not much that can be done to continue to connect the students at Lincoln High School. The things that students are allowed to do are still pretty “up in the air” Goodman said, but apparently the ASB officers are waiting for some information from the administration in the next month for things that they are trying to do next semester. So students might have some things to excitedly wait for next semester. Leadership class’ main goal

What Will Homecoming Look Like This Year?

A New Program With a Familiar Face

Spanish Immersion Taught by Former LHS Teacher By: April Vazquez, Reporter

COVID Friendly Options By: Eryn Nichols , Editor

Photo of 2015 Homecoming Crowns, Right, Taken by: ZT Staff

A thought on the minds of many students, as school starts up again, is what homecoming is going to look like this year. With COVID-19 still threatening safety, a full-on homecoming dance would not be possible as of 2020. Leadership students and administration are working hard to do as many COVID-friendly activities as possible. Mary MacQueen, LHS Activities Director, when asked about homecoming this year said, “We will still be voting and crowning royalty and trying to work out a float decoration drive-by at the school.” That’s great news for students this year and hopefully just the beginning of what will be possible in the future. Mrs. Mac also explained, “We are planning on crowning both a football homecoming and basketball homecoming court, and will find out the future possibility of a basketball homecoming as the sports seasons start.” And hopefully zebras will put on their slacks and heels again in 2021.

for this year is to make it fun, spirited and connected. And while at Lincoln High School, students hope to prepare for the future. The ASB officers have been working hard with leadership to give students a school year while still being safe and following school and community COVID guidelines. And even though “there is a lot we can’t do right now”, there is always hope for a fun and engaging year at Lincoln High School.

More information about how voting for homecoming court will work will be announced by leadership and Mrs.Mac soon. Leadership would like to encourage all students to participate in order to get to know your school and your classmates better. In the pandemic, it’s hard for students to feel unified when half of the school is at home. Homecoming and future activities will hopefully make LHS students feel more connected virtually or in-person. Follow LHS leadership (@lhslincolnzoo) for more information and upcoming activities.

A new program in the Western Placer Unified School District allows for young students to learn literacy and content in two languages. Creekside Oaks Elementary School in Lincoln is starting with two kindergarten classes that will build its way up to 5th grade learning. Jennifer Villanueva, a former LHS Spanish teacher, discusses how the program benefits students and why she decided to move to the elementary level to head this new program. The Bilingual Immersion program initiates a new learning style for the students with a goal of appreciating and understanding diverse learning. The growing trend is on multiculturalism, which is the idea of learning diverse cultures, and building students to understand and love a new language. “The Bilingual Immersion Program is an excellent program in which students become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English,” Villanueva said. “They will truly be bilingual and multicultural. It is an awesome opportunity to learn both languages equally well.” Cross-cultural understanding and improving communication skills for the students makes the program very beneficial for those participating. Continued on page 10

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ENTERTAINMENT Summer of Streaming 2

What Have People Been Watching During Quarantine? By: Kyra Schimpf, Reporter

During a summer like no other, millions of young Americans turned to Netflix for entertainment in isolation. Throughout these past few months, Netflix has seen a record amount of new subscribers and according to TVInsider, Americans have watched around 1.6 billion hours of streamable content during each month of quarantine. Ashley Higginson (‘21) said that her family, like many others, have watched a lot of TV together. “My family and I have always watched shows together, so it was really fun to have some extra time for it this year. I watched a lot with my parents and introduced my younger brothers to some of my favorite series,” Higginson said. To see what summer shows were most popular on

campus, ZebraTales asked 85 different students if they watched the programs shown in the chart below. The most popular series on campus was “Outer Banks”, a Netflix original about a group of teens who embark on an epic treasure hunt along the Northern Carolina coast. The CW’s “All American”, which follows a high school football star’s journey to the NFL, was close behind. Andrew Aceto (‘22) said, “All American’ was my favorite T.V. show to watch this summer because I liked its story and its connection to sports.” Netflix’s hit documentary series “Tiger King” and superhero show “The Umbrella Academy” rounded out the top four. However, these eight shows aren’t the only things

that students have been watching. Reagan Bradley(‘24) is a fan of another popular series “The Good Place”, which tells the story of a woman’s comedic struggles to be a better person in her afterlife. “The episodes are short and it has just the right number of seasons,” Bradley said. “It never made me bored”. Despite everything going on in the world, it doesn’t seem like the streaming giant will be taking a break anytime soon. The LA Times claims that highly-anticipated programs will be released as planned, and Netflix’s chief content officer says that they “don’t anticipate moving things around” due to COVID 19.

Lincoln High School’s Favorite Summer Shows, chart created by Kyra Schimpf, Reporter.

Giving Hope to California Oroville Hope Center

By: Kylie Lockwood, Reporter

Ever wondered how you, just one person, could make a difference? Take inspiration from a family in Oroville who turned their own time of need into an opportunity for giving. California’s chaotic fire seasons often lead to many evacuations and times of need and the holidays are coming up, which is another time of need for many families. In these moments, real heroes step up to aid those who have been evacuated or even lost their homes. Among these heroes is the Hayden family who runs the Oroville Hope Center. Stephanie and Larry Hayden, as well as their kids, serve their community by collecting donations to distribute to wildfire victims and the homeless, in addition to helping low income families and those who are unemployed. The Hayden’s uplifting story began about 15 years ago when Stephanie and Larry were in need. “People were starting to help us...leaving bags of groceries on our porch and clothes for our kids,”

Photo from the Oroville Hope Center website

Mother of the family, Stephanie Hayden said, “... [they started] leaving more than we could handle with our family, so we started driving around our big old van...looking for people we could bless.” With more donations piling up, the Hayden family decided that it was time to get a warehouse. “...People kept giving things to us...people really liked the idea of giving things away for free,” Hayden said. As fires tore through Northern California, word spread about the Haydens. “...over the past 15 years, we’ve been anywhere from just a little small 1,000 square foot warehouse, up to what we’re in now, which is a 12,000 square foot warehouse.” Hayden said, “We went from serving just a handful of people every month to serving about 700 people [each month] within three years.” When asked about how it feels to be a part of the center and help the community, Hayden said, “...when you see the difference that you get to

make in the community and the impact you get to have, it just makes you want to keep doing it.” However, this year has been different for the Hayden family. “...our family ended up having to evacuate [due to the bear fire],” said Hayden, “it’s very personal to us…[but] we don’t get depressed about it...we just do what needs to be done and find the resources that people need.” In addition to being evacuated, the Hope Center is in need of funds to buy a new warehouse that can be their permanent home. “...we have been searching for grants and donors and different loans [in order to] obtain this piece of property so that we can continue doing what we’re doing in our community,” Hayden said. If you are interested in donating to or contacting the Oroville Hope Center, they can be reached at orovillehopecenter.org.

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La Catrina Concurso

Photo Taken By: April Vazquez, ALAS Advisor, Felicitas Gonzalez

Photo Provided By: Senior Elina Dern (‘21)

Dia Del Los Muertos

Photo taken By: April Vazquez, ALAS Advisor, Karla Manzano

Photo Provided By: Senior Laura Heredia-Escamilla (‘21)

Photo Provided By: Sophemore Antonio Calixto (‘23)

Photo Provided By: Senior Carina Calixto (‘21)

Day of the Dead Celebration at LHS

By: April Vazquez, Reporter On November 1, Lincoln Highschool ALAS (Association of Latin American Students) Club recognised Dia de los Muertos, a day filled with fun and celebration, to the blessed loved ones that have passed away. The day was given honor with decorations filling the hallways by the spanish classrooms with Papel Picado throughout, and Sempasuchil (marigolds) leading up to the sacred Altar where objects were placed to commemorate the Muertitos coming. A Catrina Contest was held to show

off the best face painting of the Catrina. During the google meet Senior Laura Heredia-Escamilla (‘21) was chosen representing the best Catrina winner. Here are some Catrina pictures from the Day of the Dead above.

The Evoluton of Quarantine Style Student Fashion Changes During COVID By: Rian Rusinek, Reporter

Photo of Rian Rusinek, Reporter, Looking at Fashion, Taken By: ZEBRATALES Staff

Increase in Pet Adoption During COVID

People have had alot of free time being stuck in the house during quarantine, allowing their creative minds time to be put to use, and alot of time for online shopping. Now as many are back at school, one might look around and see alot of cool new ways students have been wearing their clothing. Here’s a look into what and who inspired the change. As you look around the campus you can see all the different personalities come out in the way people style their clothing. Along with showing personality, style shows how people view the definition of style differently. “ I feel like people after quarantine style are a lot more adventurous, people are now mixing different patterns into their clothes,” Ava Domenici, LHS Junior, said. When you ask someone about their style specifically it’s like looking at the world through different eyes. “I feel like my style is still cute, but in a way more laid back and comfortable. Similar to Emma Macdonald,” Artica Zaputil, LHS Junior, said. Her style has adapted to the setting of being quarantined in her house, going for not only looks but comfort too. “Honestly not one person has inspired my style, I just got more confident in myself and started wearing clothes I would never wear in the past,” Madilyn Cook, LHS Junior,said. Voicing what most people probably feel about themselves now, when they pick out their outfit for the day. There are endless possibilities and ideas for fashion in the modern age. With Inspiration at every turn you make on social media, in magazines and papers, and even in your own creative mind. Someone’s sense of style gives you an immediate idea of what type of person they are, and can even inspire your own self.

Rise in Local Pet Adoptions By: Kyra Schimpf, Reporter

It feels like these past few months have been nothing but bleak at times, but some good news has emerged from the COVID-19 epidemic. According to an article published in The Washington Post, the number of pet adoptions has dramatically increased across the country, and areas in California such as Los Angeles and San Francisco have been overwhelmed with adoption applications. Lincoln has been no exception to this amazing trend. Local adoption facilities, such as Fieldhaven Feline Center, have received an incredible influx of potential pet parents during these past months. The president and executive director of Fieldhaven, Joy Smith, said, “In April we started doing adoptions by appointment at our headquarter location in rural Lincoln. We established procedures to practice sanitation, social distancing, and mask wearing. At first we weren’t sure how that would go but we were very surprised when people started making appointments

to adopt at a brisk pace. The pace has kept up and our adoptions have been going very well”. Multiple families in Lincoln have also taken up the hobby of fostering during quarantine. LHS Senior Elisabeth Anderson fostered a litter of kittens in June , and ended up adopting two of them, which she named Max and Nessie. Anderson said, “I adore fostering. It’s always hard to see them go but it’s rewarding to know you’re helping out the shelter. Lots of younger cats were put into foster during the quarantine. I definitely recommend it if you know what you’re doing and like cats”. If you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, local pet adoption sites such as Fieldhaven and the Placer SPCA are adopting out, but with certain COVID precautions in place. Information can be found on their websites, fieldhaven.com and placerspca.org.

Provided By: Student Elisabeth Anderson, and her Two Foster Cats

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LHS LIFE Science Expo 4

Changes to the Science Expo in 2020

By: Ella Lopez , Reporter With the school year already up and running, the Science Expo is fast approaching and it’s active members have already made strides to keep it as conventional as possible. Due to the drastic changes in lifestyle seen in 2020, the Science Expo inevitably will see some adjustments from the last few events. ”A normal expo would have projects ranging from Physics, AP Bio, Honors Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, and even AG. Club members would be going to workdays doing many tasks like making buttons or fundraising while students would be working on their projects and preparing to present to the third graders and to the community!” said Regina Rojas, the Science Expo’s Head Project Planner. The expo takes the experimentation and studies of many subjects and turns them into fun activities and presentations that people of all ages can enjoy. These events promote the study of science and community, focusing on engaging third grade students that come from all over the county. With the unusual circumstances causing a shift in health code, the expo team, with many other clubs, has

decided to host online meetings compared to in-person. Although there is a varying difference in the format of the meetings, many say that there is a benefit to hosting online meetings. “There’s not really a difference between online and in-person meetings. I say that online meetings are easier to attend than back to school meetings since people are usually busy during lunch” Rojas said. As students are home when the meetings take place, there’s a huge advantage for participating members to log on without much thought or worry. With the benefits with the online meetings, there are also a few complications,such as direct, personal conversations and missing hands-on work. With the difference in meetings, the main change to the Science Expo is the switch to a virtual hosted event.“We are planning on having a website where third graders and people from the community can watch students present their projects and actually do some of their projects at home!” Rojas said. This is no new change as it’s been happening throughout this school year in all aspects. The change to a distance event will make sure safety is reached and maintained

Lincoln’s Own Picasso

throughout the event. The event adaptation however could potentially cause a rift in the participation and the comprehension of all the activities, but hopefully with the right leaders and experiments the expo will continue to run as smoothly as it has in past years. With many of the objectives depending on the expo members, some have taken to home to work on the event. “At the moment, we are finalizing our logo for the Science Expo this year and organizing committees. In the future, we are planning on giving more service opportunities for members as well as working on the website” Rojas said. The expo committees and its members are still determining the experiments that are going to be conducted at the show. Nevertheless, the expo likely will consist mostly of physics and experiments by the AP Biology class on campus. We could potentially see a major difference in the quality of the experiments as well as changes to them, like having the students participate in the experiments at home. Check Schoology for updates on the latest meetings and information.

Student Artist Lauryn Price

By: Eryn Nichols, Assistant Editor Lauryn Price is a budding new artist that you may have sat next to in one of your classes. She is a Senior at Lincoln High School and has lived in the area her whole life. Her groovy and colorful art style showcases her point of view on society and explores how she experiences the world. Price has always had a creative flair and when she was little started painting rocks in her backyard with her grandma, “She taught me that there is art and beauty in everything” Price said, “because of her, art has become my life.” She grew up with these lessons showing her that she could find art in anything, from the grooves on the wall, to cracks in the concrete. Price has recently started selling her art on her Depop, @Whylauryn, and Instagram, @Lpriceart. She sells paintings, clothes, earrings, clay sculptures, and “pretty much anything I can turn into art,” Price said. From delivering her art to your door,to hand designing and creating commissions, Price works tirelessly trying to make her dream a reality. She became emotional explaining her motivation for working so hard, “I believe that someday soon art will become important again, I want people to care”. Price has made her own style of art, as she mixes concepts like abstract, the human body, and surrealism to engage this generation into the next renaissance of new art and convey the importance of art for individual expression and happiness. She plans to pursue a career in art, “I love creating. The joy I feel when someone sees a piece of my art that speaks to them is unmatched and if I get to do this forever, I’ll be happy”, Price said. She plans to continue making art for the rest of her life and attend an art school after she graduates to continue perfecting her craft. Price is making her dream a reality and telling you, you can too. Make sure to check out Lauryn Price’s art and see what the upcoming generation of artists have to offer, and maybe be inspired to express yourself and...make art!

Photo of Art by Lauryn Price Pictures, Photo taken by: Lauryn Price

Photo of mask, Taken By: Cailon Moreau

Changes In Clubs

“Family on and off the Stage” By: Cailon Moreau, Reporter

A major point of discussion and curiosity this year is what clubs will look like as we progress further into the year, when, if ever, will club members be able to meet in person, and what future meetings will be like. Due to mandates set in place by the local government, clubs are not currently being allowed to meet in person. When asked whether in-person meetings might possibly be held this year, Thomas Toy, Founder of the bike club at LHS said, “We have to follow the procedures and the policies that are being handed to us by the district, and by administration here at LHS, so there are not going to be any meetings held in-person, but that doesn’t mean meetings cannot be held via Google Meets or Zoom.” Until the mandates set in place by local government and LHS administration change, meetings will be held online, which raises the question of whether online meetings are going to affect attendance and progression. For instance, it may slow the progression of a club toward competition or presentation. When asked whether the virtual format of these meetings may affect club progression or performance, James Edwards, the NHS Club President, Science Expo Club Manager, and Senior Class Vice-President said “Club performance has been drastically affected by this pandemic. Robotics will likely not be held this year, as it consists of a small group of people working in close quarters... Some clubs have a brighter outcome, though, as the Speech and Debate club, a newer club on campus, is still able to meet up, debate, and learn through Google Meet in a similar format to how they normally would.” Zebras, if you’re interested in joining a club, be sure to join and participate in club meetings. Meeting links and codes can be found on Schoology.

Working During COVID

Photo of Kina Carr, By: Kyra Schimpf

A Changing Workplace

By: Kyra Schimpf, Reporter Our world has changed greatly over the past few months. Students can’t enter school without a mask, classrooms are divided by plexiglass, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products are everywhere in sight, and hundreds of students are currently attending their classes online. But life carries on, and the LHS campus has had to learn to adapt to these changes. Many students have also had to adapt to new safety regulations at their places of work. COVID has greatly impacted fast food chains. Workers have to serve and attend to customers with both masks and gloves, and different sanitary cautions have been put in place to help protect both staff and customers. Many restaurants have been closed or limited to the public, and with the stress of the pandemic, many people don’t have the time to prepare a meal. In response, fast food restaurants across the country are seeing an increase in both customers and wait times. Senior Andrew Ruiz works at the In-n-Out in Roseville, where he prepares and serves food to hundreds of people a day. Ruiz said about these changes, “Only 50% capacity is allowed in and it’s different from my normal experience because when wearing a mask you can’t hear the customer as well. We also can’t let customers get their drinks now, the associates have to do it. It’s different from our experiences before COVID, but each day gets a little better”. While some are thriving, some businesses have been shut down for months. Senior Kaitlyn Gloor works at the local Blue Oaks movie theater, which just reopened in September. Their movie showings are very limited, and with

the lack of new films, Blue Oaks is replaying many classic seasonal movies like The Nightmare before Christmas and Scream. Gloor said, “The theater reopened with reserved social distanced seating which requires face masks. The theater is sanitized before and after every movie, we can’t use any reusable containers and we have to wear gloves while we work. While the theater was closed I just focused on school and my classes at Sierra College. During the summer, I did get a job administering home dialysis to a patient and I am really enjoying that job”. Many students are having their first experiences in the workplace during this pandemic. Freshman Kina Carr started her first job this year at Bishop’s Pumpkin Patch in Wheatland, working in their sunflower field. Carr said, “I acted as a Sunflower Stroll Attendant, my main job was to handle the upkeep of my station and work with customers.” When asked about the changes the COVID-epidemic had on her job, Carr further said, “The main effect that COVID had on my experience with my first job was how they treated me. There were many instances where customers would become angry with me over our policies regarding masks. It was even more frustrating because I had zero control over our policies, I was just asked to enforce them. Despite these few people, most customers were understanding and respectful”. To all the students who continue to work during these challenging times, we commend you for your strength and hope your lives return to normalcy soon! Page Designed By: Adelaide layton



Depression is Reaching Epidemic Levels COVID Isn’t the Only Worldwide Issue in 2020 By: Ashley Purvis, Reporter Does COVID-19, the disease that has physically killed over one million people, have an effect on people’s mental health? Covid-19 hit hard and hit fast, and no one expected it to get so bad in America. Due to the seriousness of the disease, self isolation and quarantines were mandated, leading to a sense of loneliness and despair among people of all ages. For students, there was no graduation, no prom, no sports; everything was canceled. For everyone else, the whole country was shut down, and not much could be done. According to the CDC website, “During late June, 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use.” “My mental health was affected by COVID because life was changing quickly and I don’t adapt to change well,” Senior Deepan Kaur said. This is a common issue, as most students have a normal routine, and adapting to a new life can be challenging. “COVID has prevented me from doing a lot of things I used to enjoy, like playing lacrosse, and being a senior in the pandemic makes me sad,” Amelia Kevan said, Senior at Napa High. For some, COVID had no effect on their mentality. Although some felt sad and lonely, for others, adjusting came as a luxury, “Oh no, it has not affected me at all,” Dustin Sherman, a student who used to attend Lincoln High, said. It is the complete opposite for other students, “COVID has made me feel less encouraged… also made me have a lot more time alone and discouraged me,” Kevan said. For people that already felt alone, not being able to go out, go to school, or even go to work, altered their reality, and destroyed what felt somewhat safe. As things start to calm down, and the population goes back to what is considered their own normal, depression rates will hopefully go back down. There are many resources for individuals who may be suffering, don’t suffer alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours for anyone’s needs.

Study Tips compiled by April Vazquez

In-Person School In Placer County

What is school like at different schools in the area?

By: Adelaide Layton, Assistant Editor The year 2020 has been a year of adjusting to new ways that people must go about their daily lives. One of these adjustments that’s currently impacting teens and families in a major way is how different districts and campuses are choosing to approach school. The many schools in the area are approaching distance and in-person learning in a variety of ways. “Only half the students are on campus at a time,” said Julia Williams, a senior at Whitney High School, “The groups of students alternate Tuesday-Wednesday and Thursday-Friday, and then switch off every other Monday.” Del Oro Highschool is coming at it from a somewhat similar angle, having separate groups of students on campus at a time. “If I had to compare online with in-person school I would say in-person school is not very, very different from online because we still, in some classes, have to join the google meets and we still can’t get the full effect of real in-person school,” said Ella Johnson , a freshman at Del Oro High School. Various schools also have different guidelines that students have to follow in order to attend school inperson. “We have to all wear masks, wipe down everything we touch, and stay 6 feet away from everyone around us. If we need to get close to anyone, we must be there for no more than 15 minutes,” Williams said, “It’s difficult trying to be careful and make sure you don’t offend anyone. Even if you’re following all the guidelines, some people have stricter guidelines that they personally would like you to follow, and it’s hard

to figure out how to assist them and make things work between you and them.” At some schools, like Del Oro, students are also required to take a “health check survey” before entering their first period every day. “I feel like these guidelines are a little much and nobody likes them, but to stay safe I think they’re good precautions to take,” Johnson said. Despite these many guidelines and requirements, many students are still choosing to attend school inperson. “I chose in-person because I’m highly involved with leadership of our broadcast program and wouldn’t have been able to continue with my commitment. I also wouldn’t have been able to do advanced classes,” said WIlliams, “I like being able to be in class and actually getting to hear the teacher. It’s so much easier to focus in a classroom, because it’s not the same place you sleep. ” “I like in-person school much better because I’m not stuck at home in my room looking at a computer screen all day,” Johnson said, “I like that we actually get to see everyone and be physically in class. I also like that we get to walk around campus and actually walk to our classrooms and not just join a meet on our computers.” Despite all the unusual schedules, many guidelines, and added stress on students and staff alike, students at the many different high schools in the area are trying to make the most of the situation we all find ourselves in and get the best education possible. “To make the most of school right now, I think we just have to enjoy the people we are around and to be happy with what we have,” said Johnson, “Some of us may be in school while others might not, but to really make the most of it, you have to learn how to enjoy school and your classmates.” Unfortunately, due to the number of COVID cases across the county, some school districts are temporarily going back online.

“We’re going back to all online until November 30. They’re calling it a pause,” said Johnson. When asked if she planned to return to in-person learning after Nov. 30, Johnson said, “I want to see how it is, what the conditions are with COVID and stuff. And I just think, if it gets worse, I’m gonna be all online.” When asked about the likelihood of LHS going back online full time, Principal Mike Maul said, “As of right now, there are no plans to shut down LHS, nor any part of WPUSD. The district has not determined that there is any need at this time to shut down our schools for any period.” When asked about Placer Union Highschool District’s decision to go back online for their pause, Maul said, “I cannot comment on why PUSHD made the decision they did. We continue to live in a very fluid situation and to make any prediction of what the future holds is difficult, I do know that our district is committed to keeping schools open as long as we can safely do so.”

Photo of Ella Johnson, Freshman at Del Oro

School Play The drama club’s year has been a complicated one. Despite the things holding them back though, their ability to find a way to perform has been super impressive. This year’s dramatic reading of Sleepy Hollow was amazingly done considering what they had to work around. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is based on the tale of Ichabod Crane, played by student Asher Cox, set in the 1800s. Ichabod is a superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut. He competes against Abraham Van Brunt for the wealthy Baltus Van Tassle’s daughter’s hand at their Halloween party. This story has some chilling events and an unsettling ending, and for what the actors had to work with, their performance of this horror staple came out very well. The play was not able to be performed in person, and with further complications involving cast members, like quarantine and hybrid schedules, rehearsal had to also be online. This change of events and plans that weren’t firm proved to be really stressful for students and staff involved. A play over Google Meet sounds very underwhelming, but as Mr.Florence, the Drama director, advised before the acting began, switching your settings in the call made it all a lot more cinematic. The screen changed with whoever was speaking making it easy for emphasis to be placed on one character at a time. I also thought the use of the background music was really well done, it gave a spookier atmosphere to the whole situation, along with the rain outside that night. Every character in

the play also had a special backdrop behind them, making the whole thing feel a lot more professional. This year has been a different and interesting experience for the performers involved with Friday’s play. Katie Frelly, a senior who played Katie Kidd, explains how this year’s circumstances have affected the drama club’s annual

work. “Rehearsal was much more difficult as it was online instead of in-person.” Frelly explains further on how it was still really refreshing to be able to participate in the annual tradition regardless of the form it came in. “Still, just like any play, you connect with your castmates knowing you’re working through this weird time together.” For a lot of seniors involved with drama at Lincoln High, this could be one of their last performances. The ability to be able to participate in anything at all meant a lot to the majority of the cast. LHS student actor, Senior Sam Baillie, who had a part in the play as the character “Johnny,” said the experience was 100% worth it even though it was virtual. “I think with Mr Florence’s help we were able to make it a really interesting and engaging experience,” Baillie said. “And it was fun for all of us too because we all really missed being in performances.” With the future being completely unknown, no one can guarantee whether the spring play will get to be in person next year, or if there will be another performance over Google Meet. Either way, the drama club will pull through with another great show! We’ll see what happens in the upcoming months. Poster created by LHS Drama Department

Photo of Aowyn Shores, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Maddie Toms, Taken by Hannah Tofft

Photo of Alli Cox, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Katie Frelly, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Imani Cabrera, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Chelsea Wilson, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Joseph Evitt, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Sam Baillie, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Kaylie Bouches, Taken by Kirstin Toms

Photo of Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and gourds, Photo taken by: Brooke Dingle, Reporter

Fall Recipe

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies By: Brooke Dingle, Reporter

From karalyndon.com Ingredients ❖ ½ cup butter, softened(1 stick) ❖ ¾ cup sugar ❖ ¾ cup brown sugar ❖ 1 teaspoon vanilla ❖ 1 egg ❖ 2 cups 1:1 gluten-free flour ❖ 1 teaspoon baking soda ❖ ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ❖ 1 teaspoon salt ❖ 2 cups chocolate chips ❖ Optional: coarse sea salt for topping Instructions 1. In large mixing bowl or in a stand mixer, mix together butter and sugar until incorporated 2. Add pumpkin and vanilla, and an egg and mix until combined 3. In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt, and mix until combined 4. 4. Pour dry ingredients into a stand mixer or into a large bowl with wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. 5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let chill for at least 60 minutes, or up to 24 hours. 6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 7. Let dough sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before scoping. 8. Using a cookie dough scoop or ¼ measuring cup, scoop dough out onto baking sheet, leaving space between cookies. 9. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 12-13 minutes

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LHS Gymnasium , photo taken at Practice 10/21/20 by dance team coach Carrie Pereira NOTE - L to R: Name of Student (‘grad year) Annika Butterfield ‘22, Kaylee Houston ‘24, Gillian Jones ‘21, Bethany Nguyen ‘21, Makenna Pereira ‘21, Brooke Byrd ‘24, Ashlee O’Dell ‘22, Lexi Martinez ‘21

Dance Team Season Dance Team Adapting to Covid By: Eryn Nichols, Reporter

The LHS Dance Team is up early and working hard for their 2020 season. The Covid 19 pandemic has caused the sports seasons to be postponed in order for safety, sadly this left the dance team and other sports members without games or performances. Dance team is practicing and following Covid safety protocol in order to ensure the safety of all the dancers and coaches. Tryouts for this year’s dance team were submitted online. This was a hard adjustment for returning dance team members and a hard introduction for first time auditioners. Desiree Nelson, first year dance team member and LHS freshman said, “We had to learn the dance from videos then tape ourselves doing it, it was a difficult adjustment, but it was alright”. Despite the

modified tryout process a strong team of 20 girls was selected for the 2020-2021 dance team. During the summer, the dance team started training and learning their choreography through Zoom meetings. Fourth year dance team member Makenna Pereira and LHS senior reveals how, “it was difficult to learn choreography on Zoom, but fun to get to bond with everyone on the team, even if it just was on video.” Despite this obstacle through the summer, the dance team has learned seven dances in preparation for their season.

LHS junior and two-year dance team member Emma Oram said, “Practices are a little weird, we don’t get to practice all together, but overall the season is going great!” All of the dance team girls expressed great excitement for their season and hope that they will get to connect arms for a kickline someday soon. Dance Team starts performing in January, follow the LHS dance team on instagram (@lhs_dance) for more updates on their season.

As school started up again, so did morning practice for dance team members. Practice starts at 6:40 a.m. Before practice, each member’s temperature is taken, and then they are separated into socially distanced practice pods.

Cross Country Through Covid How Covid-19 is Impacting Cross Country

By: Cailon Moreau, Reporters Covid managed to tear apart sports as we used to know them. The question right now is how will sports be conducted through this time, will sports be continued, if so will restrictions be set in place? These are all valued questions. LHS coaches and staff are working hard to make sure athletes will be able to compete this season with the least amount of limitations possible. But as Cross Country Head Coach Abigail Lund said “as of now information is up in the air as to whether or not we will be able to compete without masks or even have busses”. Until further notice, athletes will be required to get a ride to games/meets, and wear masks at practices. It is still pre-season, so information is limited, however the official Action Plan by WPUSD states “CIF-sponsored athletic competitions will be held as scheduled with the appropriate protocols in place to allow for social distancing. Indoor sports are limited to family spectators only.” This season will be held, but under what circumstance is not entirely known, the best we can do is keep our heads high and hope for the best. Athletes, be sure to get your physicals turned in and your grades in check so you will be eligible to play this season. Good luck this season Zebras, it’s like no other.

Lagoon Valley Park, Photo of Lago on Valley, photo taken by Caion Moreau, Reporter L to R: Trevor Campbell (22’), Brandon Breshears (20’)

Photo Taken by LHS Couch and PE Teacher, Donna Tofft, Shown: Senior Laila Alves (‘21)

Zebras Sign With Big Colleges Exciting News for Two LHS Athletes

“Laila Alves will be signing with the University of Syracuse to play softball, while Jack Nilsson will be signing with the University of Oregon to play baseball! Two Zebras swinging the bat at major D 1 universities- we are excited for them and proud of them!” Prinicipal Mike Maul Said.

Photo Taken by LHS Couch and PE Teacher, Donna Tofft, Shown: Senior Jack Nilsson (‘21)

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Photo of JT Willis, Lincoln High’s Quarterback in a game last year. Photo taken by: Paul Hatten

Senior Student Feature LHS Football Quarterback JT Willis By: Kylie Lockwood, Reporter JT Willis, Lincoln High School’s football quarterback, is looking forward to playing football this season. “I’m excited to get to be on the field on a Friday night with my teammates competing against another team,” Willis said. COVID-19 has delayed the football season, but

that has not stopped Lincoln High School’s dedicated team. “Everyone took the time [during the delay] to get bigger, faster, and showed their willingness to work hard for the team,” Willis said, “It’s been good to see how dedicated everyone really is for their teammates.” Willis has been involved in football for a long time. “I have been playing football for eight years,” said Willis, “I plan on playing college football.” Lincoln High Football Coach Christopher Bean has high hopes for Willis, “I believe he has the potential for a scholarship offer.” The Lincoln High senior is committed to his sport and his team. “No matter if it’s a practice or a game, I will always go as hard as I can,” Willis said. “He has put in so much time,” Bean said, “I think he has a chance to break records and lead us to a champion-

ship.” On the field, the high school quarterback is an outstanding player. “He understands the game of football,” Bean said, “[I am excited] for him to show everyone else what I see on the field.” However, Willis is also an exceptional leader, “he picks people up when they are down,” Bean said, “no one deserves [to play this season] more than JT, he is the top of the list.” Lincoln High School’s football team is set to make their debut this December but everything can change based on COVID statistics which are changing rapidly. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s football season coming soon.

SUPERBOWL Predictions

Photo Taken by: Kyra Schimpf, Photo Editorr

Graph created by Kylie Lockwood, Reporter NOTE: Poll was taken in late October

Picking Sides

Super Bowl Predictions By: Kylie Lockwood Reporter The students and residents of Lincoln, California have spoken. Interestingly, with 19 votes, the Pittsburgh Steelers have stolen the top vote. In a close second, the San Francisco 49’ers have uncovered 18 votes. With 10 votes, the Seattle Seahawks have flown into third place, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs in a close fourth. In fifth place is the Las Vegas Raiders, collecting four votes, then the Green Bay Packers with three. Gliding into seventh with two votes are the Baltimore Ravens.

Eleven teams followed, each with one vote, including the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Houston Texans, the Denver Broncos, the Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Bears, the Buffalo Bills, the Arizona Cardinals, the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The majority of votes were submitted by Lincoln High School students with 86.8% of submissions. The remaining 13.2% were submitted by non-student residents of Lincoln, California. As of week nine in the NFL regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain as the only undefeated team, and are leading the AFC North. With a great start to the season, perhaps the students and residents of Lincoln could prove to be correct.



Bilingual Immersion, continued... Former LHS Spanish Teacher Heads New Program By: April Vazquez, Reporter As the program begins, it is divided into a 90:10 model. Kindergarten will be taught in 90% Spanish while 10% will be taught in English to enhance instruction in both languages equally. It will then go into 80% Spanish, and 20% English in first grade with 10% English being added every year. By fourth and fifth grades, the program will be officially taught in a 50:50 model, with bilingual students who will be fluent in both Spanish and the English language. According to information on the WPUSD website, programs that enhance new levels and methods of learning such as incorporating native speaking programs into a learning curriculum enhance higher grade point averages (GPA), and increase post-secondary education. A higher learning style of teaching benefits future successful students. “When students reach high school they will be able to take both AP Spanish classes and even opt for a third language,” Villanueva said. Zofía Manzano, a kindergartener who is one of the first students in the district, along with her class, part of the new bilingual program shares, “I like my school and my friends and we sing a lot of songs in Spanish.” Her mom, Karla Manzano, a native speaker who grew up speaking Spanish, explains the struggle it is to keep up with a Spanish speaking household. She explains how the new program truly helps assure her daughter will be a native speaker, ”Just in the few weeks she’s been in the program, she’s already become more fluid when speaking in Spanish to family in México,” Manzano said, “I’m very glad that my daughter got to be one of the first to participate and that this program was brought to our home.”

Student Opinions on Back to School COVID Friendly Options By: Eryn Nichols , Editor A thought on the minds of many students, as school starts up again, is what homecoming is going to look like this year. With COVID-19 still threatening safety, a full-on homecoming dance would not be possible as of 2020. Leadership students and administration are working hard to do as many COVID-friendly activities as possible. Mary MacQueen, LHS Activities Director, when asked about homecoming this year said, “We will still be voting and crowning royalty and trying to work out a float decoration drive-by at the school.”

“Elementary school is quite different from high school of course. Instead of 200+ students, I have 24,” Villanueva Said, “My roots are with bilingual education and I have been working closely with the district to get the Bilingual Immersion Program launched.” She further explained that as the program launch neared, she was asked to teach Kindergarten the first year. Villanueva’s first teaching job was as a kindergarten teacher. She described going back to kindergarten teaching as, “I’m returning to my roots. “ Unfortunately, due to the COVID- 9 closure of schools last year, Villanueva couldn’t get to share, and say a formal goodbye, to the Lincoln High School staff, and her former students. “I am really excited to be a part of this fantastic program, but I do miss everyone at LHS.” Although at a different school, she is still teaching in the district, “To all my previous students, I am still around. My email address is still the same. Feel free to send me a message or say “Hola” if you see me :)” Picture Provided By: Jennifer Villanueva, Kindergarten Billingual Immersion Program Teacher at Creekside Oaks Elementry School

Student Opinions on Masks Wearing Masks - The New Normal By: Rian Rusinel, Reporter As everyone knows masks are the new normal, and a requirement, especially at school. But how are the students really feeling about this new rule? The corona virus has swept over the world, basically putting everything on hold for a whole summer, a complete worldwide shutdown. Now that the virus has become less threatening, Western Placer Unified School District has allowed schools to reopen as long as everyone follows the requirements, including wearing a mask at all times, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, daily. Some students at LHS sound off about the restrictions, “It’s annoying to have to wear, but, it’s a good way to keep us safe and to keep the COVID cases down,” said Abbie Conrad, a junior at LHS. Lexi Silva, another LHS student and junior, agrees with her fellow student saying “They are good for our safety but annoying, and a nuisance to wear”. Not all students think they are necessary, “I get that masks are used for our safety but I don’t understand how they are effective and would rather not wear them,” Junior Maddie Wiswell said. No one seems to actually like wearing the masks, but as the respectful students they are, agree to wear them so they can get a quality education. No one really knows when the mask controversy will be no more; some think the election will change it, some think it will be the new year, and I’m sure a few think it will be a forever thing and the new norm. But however it turns out, it will be in the future history books for sure.

That’s great news for students this year and hopefully just the beginning of what will be possible in the future. Mrs. Mac also explained, “We are planning on crowning both a football homecoming and basketball homecoming court, and will find out the future possibility of a basketball homecoming as the sports seasons start.” And hopefully zebras will put on their slacks and heels again in 2021. More information about how voting for homecoming court will work will be announced by leadership and Mrs.Mac soon. Leadership would like to encourage all students to participate in order to get to know your school and your classmates better. In the pandemic, it’s hard for students to feel unified when half of the school is at home. Homecoming and future activities will hopefully make LHS students feel more connected virtually or in-person. Follow LHS leadership (@lhslincolnzoo) for more information and upcoming activities.

LHS ZEBRA with a Mask, Photo Taken By LHS Staff

Teachers, Google Meet and Cameras Cameras On or Cameras Off?

This is one of the issues of having cameras off. The teachers don’t have a way to tell if students pay attention to the class the whole time or if they’re just doing their own thing. So while teachers would love to get to know their students and put faces to names, it is not possible because of the issues that come up with everyone having their cameras

By: Julia Westover, Reporter This school year has been very different from other years, with students going to school through their computers for the first two months, and then allowing some students to return to campus. Teachers have had to adjust their teaching style to be able to teach effectively. “The first few weeks were rough at times, but I’ve learned so many new things and have discovered more efficient ways of doing some of my lessons.” LHS English Teacher Sylvia Ward said. While teaching, they might be looking at faces or they might be looking at a screen of fighting zebra logos. Christopher Foster, LHS Math Teacher shared that it is a necessity for cameras to be off at times because internet issues could come up with bandwidth. One positive of having cameras off during a Google Meet, “a little bit fewer distractions especially for each other if there were any, you know gestures or face making that could be happening,” Ward said, who iss completely online and working from home. Foster is currently half in half, school and online, “It was challenging being the teacher, you feel like you’re talking to no one at times.” Foster said Even though it is a necessity to have cameras off to preserve the internet and bandwidth, it is still hard for teachers who are used to talking to a classroom full of students to now have to talk to a bunch of blank screens. “You don’t know what they’re learning, you don’t know if they’re doing what Photo of Ms Toffts Google Meet, Taken By: Julia Westover Reporter they need to do to get the information.” Foster said.

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Worst Nightmare for Businesses How COVID-19 is affecting Local Businesses By: Citlaili Aceves, Editor in Chief When the 2020 pandemic hit, it became a business’ worst nightmare. People panicked leaving stores empty and then later, abandoning them. Not only were large corporations affected but small businesses were hit 10 times worse. According to a recent economic average report from yelp.com, restaurants continue to be the hardest hit of all small businesses, “The restaurant industry continues to be among the most impacted with an increasing number of closures – totalling 32,109 closures as of August 31, with 19,590 of these business closures indicated to be permanent (61%). Alfonso Alejandre, the manager at Mi Tienda, a local Mexican bakery and store located in Lincoln California, was hit terribly. “It affected

us in the beginning by losing a lot of sales.” Alejandre said. Although it’s been hard times, the community is still maintaining hope. Due to the new regulations that were set in place, it has been hard for some businesses. “Hand sanitizers, masks, and gloves are very hard to come by for an entire business, and expensive,” Alejandre said. Lourdes Olivares is the owner of the local Mexican restaurant, Los Gallos Taqueria. The restaurant has been around for nearly 21 years and is facing one of the biggest hardships in that time. “It was unexpected, no one thought it would’ve been this long,” Olivares said. It is important to keep these small businesses alive, they are a big part of all communities. Remember to shop local! Photo of Los Gallos Taqueria at Lincoln CA, Taken By: Citlalili Aceves, Editor in Chief

Future Covid Vaccines

COVID Vaccine- Will We Be Safe? By: April Vazquez, Reporter

Photo from Unsplash. Com By: Lidya Nada

Postive Mindset Positivity is Key During These Difficult Times

By: April Vazquez, Reporter

1. Start the Day with a Positive Affirmation! 2. Turn Failures into Lessons. 3. Find Humor in Bad Situations. 4. Surround Yourself with People that Make you Smile. 5. Always follow your Passion. (What makes you Happy?) 6. Share Your Issues with others. (Trusted People) 7. Practice Gratitude!!! (Be Thankful) 8. Stay in the Moment. (Don’t stress your self with the Past or the Present) 9. Add Value and Positivity to Others Lives. ( Compliment, Be Helpful, Care) 10. Have a Purpose! Each and everyday wakeup and have a plan to be amazing and conquer all your goals!

About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working hard to find a vaccine that will bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. But, how are we going to have a safe and effective vaccine in such a short amount of time? And will the large masses actually take it? With the anticipation for a normal life and the rush for immunization, politicians claim a vaccine is sure to be here by the end of the year. However, some scientists say this is all but “fake news”. “When you talk about vaccinating the world In 12 months I think you’re fantasizing”, Dr. Kaplan, the Director of Medical Ethics at New York University said, in the 60 minute report. “The shortest time anyone has ever found a vaccine against any disease has been seven years, the average time is 20”. This means creating a vaccine by the end of the year is practically impossible. According to Gallup’s Covid-19 tracking survey, one in every three Americans are planning not to take the future vaccine, even if it is FDA approved. 65% of the participants said they would take the vaccine, while 35% said they would not. The rapid timing in which the vaccines are being made brings concerns to many people. Religious and personal beliefs cause some to think twice before injecting the needle. Dr. Anthony Fauci, leading authority on infectious diseases, in the article “Will the COVID-19 Vaccine be Mandatory” said, a future corona vaccine won’t be mandatory to the entire population. “You don’t want to mandate and try and force anyone to take the vaccine. We’ve never done that. You can mandate for certain groups of people like health workers, but for the general population you cannot”, Fauci said. Though the federal government cannot mandate

a vaccine, states and local governments can, as they do already to enter school in some states. “If a safe and effective vaccine were to come, that would obviously be very good news, and the sooner the better!” LHS Principal Maul said. When asked if school policies would change, if a safe and effective vaccine were to be accessible soon, Maul said, “if a vaccine that is proven to be both effective and safe and is widely available, then we would expect that the various health agencies would begin to issue new guidelines for school operations that, hopefully, would allow us to return to a more normal atmosphere than what we are currently able to do.” Though the decisions are made at higher levels, if a vaccine were to be available, the district would have to wait for new guidelines. “A safe, effective, available vaccine would be a great piece of news for schools and all other organizations,” Maul said. If and when we do get a vaccine, most of the population will need to get it. This causes many worrisome feelings since a future Covid vaccine coming out in less than a year would be an historical event that is considered impossible to many. But yet, the question still emerges, if the vaccine will be safe enough for everyone to take. Reporter Liam Bartlett, from 60 minutes, said, “If we get it wrong we can turn a catastrophe to a medical apocalypse”.

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BACHELOR & BACHELORETTE Aiden Tenney Payton Derepentigny

Name- Aiden Tenney Grade- 11 Best Feature- “Nose” Ideal partner- “My Ideal partner isn’t a snowflake” Long term goal- “Becoming president” 3 Words to describe you- “Living, breathing, alive” Do freshman have a chance?“no” Celebrity Crush- “Gal Gadot” Ideal First Date- “Ideal first date is just having fun”

Make sure you watch LHS LIVE Go to zebratales.org and check out the LHS Live Sports Podcast!

Photos by: Julia Westover, Reporter

Name- Payton Derepentigny Grade- 11 Best Feature- “I’m tan I guess” Ideal Partner- “If you don’t do more sports than me I don’t know man” Long Term Goal- “To run fast” 3 Words to describe you- “Soccer, Soccer, Cross Country” Do freshmen have a chance?“Nope sorry freshies” Celebrity crush- “Stephan Amell” Ideal First Date- “Let’s go on a run”

ZebraTales Staff Citlalli Aceves, Editor-in-Chief Adelaide Layton, Asst.Editor Kyra Schimpf, Photo Editor Eryn Nichols, Social Media Editor Sophie Hume, Web Editor April Vazquez, Design Editor Kylie Lockwood, Sports Editor Tyler Braascj, Reporter Brooke Dingle, Reporter Ashley Leatherman, Reporter Ella Lopez, Reporter Cailon Moreau, Reporter Ashlyn Purvis, Reporter Rian Rusinek, Reporter Brooke Ulam, Reporter Julia Westover, Reporter

Advisor - Debbie Tofft, Media Arts Teacher Contact Info: 916-645-6360 x275 dctofft@wpusd.org

LHS Live Staff Aidan Morgan, Lead Producer Will Cubias, Producer Tyler Giles, Sports Editor Laila Alves, Reporter Rachel Bennett, Design Editor Brandon Chamizo, Sports Editor Jacob Dugan, Reporter Kammy Elmer, Reporter Brandon Galli, Reporter Jake Garcia, Reporter Zach Giles, Reporter Jacob Gomez, Reporter Austin Hess, Reporter Trey Miner, Reporter Lillian Pitkin, Reporter

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The school newspaper of Lincoln High School! This is the first issue of the 2020-21 school year and since leaving school last year due to CO...


The school newspaper of Lincoln High School! This is the first issue of the 2020-21 school year and since leaving school last year due to CO...