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Roar. Magazine
Vol. 28 Issue 2
Winter 2015
Big Man on Campus Page 4
Student Art Venues Page 20
Star Wars Page 25
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Quote of the Issue:
“Nicki Derryberry is a shining example of
what is great about education in Arizona,
and I hope that this award reminds everyone
just how much great teachers can impact our
schools and communities.”
-Diane Douglas,
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dear Red Mountain,
As the holidays draw closer, students and teachers finish up the first semester of the year and prepare
for the much needed winter break. The Roar Magazine staff delivers our second issue of the year complete with news and entertainment on every page. Ranging from our holiday spread to bringing the past
to the present by introducing the brand new Star Wars movie, Vol. 28 Issue 2 has a broad spectrum of
stories for the entire student body.
The staff would like to congratulate Ms. Derryberry on her wonderful achievement. With the conclusion of the Fall sports, we welcome Winter sports and wish them luck on their new seasons. We would
also like to congratulate Model United Nations on their awards for best policy statements and best
delegate, and Spiritline for qualifying for Nationals. Red Mountain students are preparing for the future
one step at a time and achieving success in all fields.
The staff has worked diligently to put quality information into the hands of our readers, and we hope
that our dedication and creativity will be enjoyed by all.
Amie Tillyer and Brandon Woolgar
Vol. 28 Issue 2
. Winter 2015
Mr. Ryan
Ms. Saquella
Amie Tillyer, Brandon Woolgar
Managing Editors:
Juliet Baires, Yaqub Elmi
Brigham Blackhurst, Halie Crook, Gabriella
Escamilla, Taylor Guzik, Quinton Johnson, Ian
Karaffa, Taylor Page, Shaene Sorela, Victoria
Stout, Noah Trout
Samantha Benally, Jordan Benton-Mitchell,
Joseph Bien, Michaela Brown, Daisy Carter,
Jaycee Cottingham, Miranda Craig, Kace
Curtis, Breann Dunn, Bianca Duran, Maymuna
Elmi, Elizabeth Goodin, Olivia Grossklaus,
Hannah Gulden, Darian Gutierrez, Ava
Hansen, Hailey Hardy, Meagan Horner, Carly
House, McKenna Huey, Hannah Jackson,
Malufau Lafoai, Luke Lamon, Alyssa
Lashinske, Marlee McCathren-Hotchkiss,
Elijah McKay, Brody Melies, Bianca
Montelongo, Veronica Moraila, Eryn
Myers-Nino, Elijah Norris, Melissa Ortega,
Mackenzie Ottley, Heilee Pentz, Kyndall Price,
Anthony Procopio, Mia Ramos, Hannah
Richards, Isaac Ronquillo, Paul Stanton,
Chyanne Starr, Zachary Williams, Kaitlin
Williamsen, Ashlee Windle
Cover photo by:
Ms. Saquella
Roar Magazine is a publication of:
Front Row: Halie Crook, Quinton Johnson, Ian Karaffa, Yaqub Elmi, Noah
Trout and Victoria Stout. Second Row: Taylor Guzik, Amie Tillyer, Gabriella
Escamilla, Juliet Baires and Shaene Sorela. Not pictured: Brigham Blackhurst,
Brandon Woolgar and Taylor Page.
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Red Mountain High School
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Winter Formal/Big Man On Campus/Mesa Citizens of the Year...4
Model UN Competition/RM Career Night/Honors Science Fair Project ...5
Marching Band/State Fair/Spanish Club...6
Robotics Becomes AIA Activity/Guitar Concert/Dan and Phil ...7
Dance Concert/Speech and Debate Talent Show/Current Events...8
Photography Club/Female Empowerment/Dead Poet Society...9
News Briefs...10
News Briefs...11
Black Friday/Vegan & Vegetarians/Online Schooling...12
Local Activities/Athletic vs. Academic Scholarship ...13
Stress Prevention/Sleeping Students/Big Brother & Big Sister Program...14
Carbon Emissions/Horoscopes...15
Student Council/Geek Week/Theatre Productions...16
PSAT Results/Freshmann Year of College/100 Dresses...17
Zoo Lights/Holiday Traditions/Top Five Gifts...18
New Year Resolutions/FFA Poinsettias/Winter Performing Arts...19
Student Art Venues/Valentine’s Day...20
After School Jobs/Volunteering/Trending Hashtags...21
Senior Spotlight/Election Day...22
The 1975/Alessia Cara...23
Maddie and Tae/Nathan Skyes...24
Star Wars...25
Girls Soccer/Boys Soccer/e-Sports Final/NFL International...26
Girls Basketball/Boys Basketball/Wrestling...27
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By: Veronica Moraila
By: Jaycee Cottingham
Staff Writer
From a talent portion to a
swimwear segment, Red
Mountain’s Annual Big Man
On Campus show is one worth
watching. Big Man On Campus
is a male talent pageant that 20
nominated senior boys participate
in to win the ultimate prize, being
named Red Mountain’s Big Man
On Campus. Club Interact will
hold its third Annual Big Man
On Campus show on Thursday
evening, Jan. 21.
“I had been a judge of Big
Man On Campus for years at
Skyline, and I always thought it
was a lot of fun,” Club Interact
Adviser Mr. Jones said. “I knew
Club Interact needed a big fundraiser, so I figured this would be a
good one, and it’s been successful
every year.”
The pageant includes many
events in which the boys demonstrate why they should be crowned
Red Mountain’s 2016 Big Man
On Campus. There are three titles
awarded at the end of the show:
Mr. Congeniality, Audience
Choice and Big Man On Campus.
“We chose the boys based on
their nomination reference and
how they’re involved in school,”
senior and Club Interact President
Hannah Williams said. “We wanted to be sure to have applications
from boys that would represent
Red Mountain in a positive way
that other students look up to.”
Past events have included
humorous skits to glow in the dark
shows. The main goal is to stand
out from the other contestants with
a unique talent.
“Every year is a completely
different show because the contestants always switch things up,”
Mr. Jones said. “The participants
want to do something new and
entertaining and as a result you get
to see a lot of great acts.”
The show allows the contestants to enjoy time with the friends
they have made over their high
school careers while presenting
great talents in funny and creative
“I was at the Big Man On
Campus show last year, and I
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knew right away that it would be
something to do when I was a
senior, ” senior and contestant
Troy Rinehart said. “I want to
keep helping out the different
causes and organizations that Big
Man represents and just have fun
while making the audience laugh.”
Big Man On Campus is one of
the largest school events that the
student body can enjoy with their
peers, families and friends.
“Even if you don’t know any
of the boys competing, I can still
guarantee a good time,” senior and
Big Man On Campus co-organizer Brianna Vesco said. “Who
wouldn’t want to come see some
of our senior boys dance around
and most likely embarrass themselves?”
With a show as large as Big
Man On Campus, help from
students will be needed to set/
clean up.
“For students wanting to help
out or earn service hours, talk
to Mr. Jones or come to a Club
Interact meeting,” Williams said.
“During the meetings we will
discuss what we need help on and
ask for volunteers.”
For more information on how
to get involved with Big Man On
Campus or Club Interact, contact
Mr. Jones in Room 280 or attend a
Club Interact meeting held every
Wednesday at 7:52 a.m. in Room
Class of 2015 graduates Kenneth and
Keith Webb perform a song at the second
Annual Big Man On Campus show last
Fairytales are coming true at Red
Mountain with the enchanted theme
for Winter Formal of “Once Upon
a Time” hosted by National Honor
Society at the Red Mountain
Multigenerational Center on Dec. 12
from 7-10 p.m. Students are already
buzzing about Winter Formal because
Homecoming was a big success.
“Think Cinderella, Snow White,
any princesses plus prince charming,”
said National Honor Society president and senior Christopher Finlay.
“We’ll have an open floor, stage, and
back doors will be open up to the
back patio, so it should stay nice
and cool.”
NHS wants to change this
year’s Winter Formal to something
extravagant including a new DJ, so
Winter Formal is a magical time for
all students.
“This year I hope to see the photobooth again,” sophomore Taryn
Sien said, “It was my favorite event
last year.”
by friends,
students at the
2014 Winter
Formal dance
to the music.
The Everyday Hero
By: Yaqub Elmi
Managing Editor
eadership can be seen
through many facets of everyday
life. In Mesa, community service is
one of these methods to gain leadership, especially in high school. The
Mesa Community Service Scholarship awards two seniors with $1,000
in scholarship money. The scholarship is now available for all seniors
who qualify to apply.
Community service is a very
important part of a high schooler’s
curriculum. It is a way for students
to show colleges and scholarships
their participation beyond the classroom.
“In our generation we each have
so many things on our plate: sports,
school, family, social lives, etc.,”
senior and Vice President of
National Honor Society Sarah
Benewith said. “So, it is very impressive when students take time out
of their busy schedules to contribute
to the community, whether it be a
small feat or a huge project.”
Not only is it good for the enjoyment of one’s high school experience, but colleges love to see one’s
participation in the community.
“Colleges award many students
for their stellar participation outside the classroom environment,”
Career Center adviser Ms. Willis
said. This scholarship is only one of
many that rewards students for their
commitment to their community.”
Both the school and the scholarship committee has already decided
to nominate certain students to apply
for this and many other scholarship
“Being in Journalistic Writing,
I have worked my way up to being
Editor-in-Chief giving me lots of
experience,” senior and scholarship
nominee Amie Tillyer said. “I enjoy
helping my community and will take
part in as many events I can.”
This scholarship is open to all
seniors until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 16.
For more information on the criteria
to apply, see Ms. Willis in the Career
Something BIG is
About to Happen
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Eye for Diplomacy
By: Juliet Baires
Managing Editor
odel United Nations had 16 students compete at the ASU MUN Conference Nov. 20-21 taking fifth place overall.
Three students brought home individual
awards. Senior Juliet Baires, U.S. delegate,
was winner of the best novice policy
statement in Human Rights Council. Junior
Morgan Smith, New Zealand delegate, was
winner of the best novice policy statement
in the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Red Mountain delegates attend the Arizona State
University Model United Nations Conference on Nov.
Red Mountain is hosting Financial Aid
Night on Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium to help students and parents have a better
understanding of the financial aid options
“Seniors and parents attend Red Mountain’s Financial Aid Night on Jan. 28 to learn
about the different types of financial aid,”
sophomore Student Adviser Ms. Sweet said.
“A student can learn about how to complete
the FAFSA and get all of their questions
about paying for college answered.”
Saving money for college can be difficult, but
financial aid works as a student’s personal piggy
bank. Red Mountain is hosting Financial Aid Night
on Jan 28. at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for all
seniors and parents who want to learn about
financial aid options.
It’s an Honors Thing
By: Brody Melies
Senior Alex Stabley, U.S. delegate, was
winner of the best novice policy statement
and winner of the best novice diplomat in
the Security Council.
Delegates entered the world of diplomacy acquiring an eye for global conflicts
as they represented the countries of New
Zealand, Mexico, Poland, Peru and U.S.
“This year we received a variety of
world issues,” senior and Historian Jake
Baker said.
Members researched and plotted strategies to formulate policy statements and
resolutions for their global conflicts.
“Being a part of Model UN has made
me more aware of what is going on in
the world,” junior and Secretary Yvette
Hernandez said.”
Model UN’s next conference at Red
Mountain Mesa Community College is
Feb. 5-6. For more information regarding
this year’s conferences, visit Ms. Stasi in
room 246 or Mr. Brimhall in room 607P.
Don’t Break the Bank
News 05
By: Hailey Hardy
Staff Writer
College costs are increasing, forcing
students to look for new alternatives.
According to Top Universities, the
average cost per year of college tuition
is $18,943 for a public four-year college.
Many students at Red Mountain need
guidance for picking the right financial aid
“I found out about financial aid by
Googling it and also asking the career center for more information,” senior Brendan
Bogar said. “They told me about all the
options I had for college.”
Depending on a student’s financial category, a college applicant can get student
loans, grants, work study and more.
“Grants are awarded based upon financial need,” Ms. Sweet said. “Scholarships
and grants are money that does not need
to be paid back. Loans need to be paid
back, so students want to try to keep these
to a minimum. Work study is based upon
financial need and allows the students to
work on campus to defray some of the
costs of attendance.”
For more information about financial
aid, see Ms. Willis in the Career Center or
attend Financial Aid Night on Thursday,
Jan. 28.
Staff Writer
At last year’s science fair, 2015 graduate Kaitlyn
Saum displays her project on myosin protein.
All students taking a
Honors Chemistry
honors science class are teacher and Science
required to complete a
Department Chair, Ms.
scientific or engineering O’ Brien, is one of many
science project that is a
teachers who have a class
large part of their grade. completing this STEM
Students can choose to
science project.
work either in a group or
“All advanced science
classes are supposed to
Students who chose to have their students do
do the scientific project
the STEM project, so
have many subjects to
Honors Biology, Honors
choose from, including
Chemistry, Anatomy
global warming, air parti- and Physiology, Marine
cles and carbon dioxide, Biology, and all the AP
although some are more science classes,” said Ms.
unique than others.
O’Brien. “The idea is that
“For our science
if they start a project and
project, my group and I learn the process of doing
are going to find the most projects as freshmen
efficient way to make
in Honors Biology, or
cheese,” sophomore
if they took honors 8th
Nicholas Russo said.
grade science, then by the
Students who chose the time they got to the most
engineering project have advanced science classes,
to create an all new inven- they will have plenty of
tion or an improvement on experience.”
something that currently
This science project
greatly improves students’
“We wanted do
experience and knowledge
something really cool, so on a variety of topics and
we looked on Ted Talks will prepare them for fufor new ideas and saw the ture science assignments
grappling hook,” sopho- that utilize the science remore Andrew Davis said. search process. However,
“We immediately knew it also adds more to their
that was what we wanted total challenging work
to improve.”
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Día de Los Muertos
Being a part of Spanish Club is a great
way to be aware of the culture and history
behind the Hispanic holidays.
“We give people a perspective into the
Spanish culture,” senior and Secretary
Gabriella Escamilla said. “A lot of people
think you have to speak Spanish in able to
be a part of Spanish Club, when in reality
you don’t.”
The Day of the Dead, also known as Día
de los Muertos, is a very important holiday
in Hispanic culture. Family members
celebrate the life and memories of passed
loved ones.
“Day of the Dead is a day to pay your
respects to those who have died,”
Escamilla said. “A lot of people make an
ofrenda or altar to honor a specific person
that has passed away.”
In honor of Day of the Dead, Spanish
Club crafted a traditional Mexican altar
paying respect to Latina pop icon Selena
“She is truly a significant figure in the
Spanish-Mexican community,” sophomore
and Spanish Club Vice President Arleth
Urquiza Gardea said. “We based our altar on
her desires, what she liked, what she did and
who she really was. We included things that
really demonstrated her life.”
On Oct. 23 Spanish Club was invited to
the annual Day of the Dead Breakfast at the
Mesa Arts Center where they received a
certificate for their participation in the Day
of the Dead altar contest.
“This wasn’t about receiving a certificate
for our participation,” Señora LuzHoxsie
said. “It was about the kids doing something
outside of school. They were able to interact
with other altars built by other schools. It
was a very humbling experience.We did
better this year, but there is room to grow.”
By: Hannah Gulden
Staff Writer
Spanish Club meets every Wednesday
after school at 3 p.m. For more information,
visit Señora LuzHoxsie in room 259.
Standing next to their finished altar at the Mesa Arts Center on
Oct. 22, Sra. LuzHoxsie, seniors Odalys Martir-Guevara, Bailey
Gefroh and sophomore Karina Magana display their traditional
Hispanic altar dedicated to singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.
Rockin’ it at the State Fair
rom Oct. 16-Nov. 8, the State Fair
was held at the fairgrounds in Phoenix. The
State Fair was a hot spot for young and old to
come enjoy rides and food. Ranked one of the
top five fairs in the nation, The Arizona State
Fair had about 75 amusement rides, 110 food
booths and 300 commercial sale booths.
“I didn’t know the State Fair was going to
be as great as it was. The place was amazing
and big,” sophomore Casimira Millan said.
“It was the perfect place to go and hang out
with your friends. The best part about the
State Fair was the rides they had. They were
so much fun.”
By: Sean Lafoai
This year’s state fair was bigger than ever.
Not only were there fun rides and amazing
food, but there were also concerts held every
other day by Arizona locals as well as big
stars like Austin Mahone, Flo Rida, Jason
Derulo and more.
“I’ve been there five times,” sophomore
Keely Urbanski said. “There was roller coasters, swings, Ferris wheels and the ski lift.”
If you missed out on this year’s State Fair,
there’s always next year when the Arizona
State Fair returns to Phoenix in October.
Staff Writer
At the 2015
State Fair
on Oct. 13,
Milan and
and their
friends have
fun on one
of the rides.
Marching Band Makes Music At State
On Nov. 7, marching band attended the state
By: Ava Hansen
competition at Hamilton High School. After
Staff Writer
working diligently for many weeks and earning the
ranking of sixth place, they finally performed their PHOTO BY AVA HANSEN
theme, “Imagine.”
“The best part out of all of this has been bumping up our scores to almost completely superior,”
senior and trombone player Lloyd Pablo said. “I’m
sure that we are all glad that our hard work paid
Performing against a large number of schools On the evening of Nov. 7, the Red Mountain
from all over Arizona, they performed the songs: Marching Pride performs at the state competitions
at Hamilton High School.
“All of me” from the Piano Guys, along with
well-known nursery rhymes and the main melody
from “Willy Wonka The Chocolate Factory,” “Pure
Imagination.”They even had their own props that
the band made to enhance their performance. After
they had performed, they rolled their props off the
field and cheered in the stands as they watched
other bands perform.
““We are a close-knit community
that just feels like a giant family.”
- Kylie Campbell
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After all of the other performances were over,
the judges of the competition other bands perform.
After all of the other performances were over, the
judges of the competition decided who would go
to Super State while all the bands lined up. When
they began calling the names of the 10 bands that
would go to Super State Red Mountain ended up
being called as number six.
“My favorite part out of this whole experience
has been getting to experience everything with
my bandmates. We are a close-knit community
that just feels like a giant family,” junior and color
guard member Kylie Campbell said. “We’ve all
worked hard, so I’m so proud that we all made it to
state together.”
Marching band showed their talent, school spirit
and represented Red Mountain pride at the state
competition. To learn more about Marching Band,
visit Mr. Wedge in room 403.
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Engineering a New Type
f C mpetiti n
By: Brandon Woolgar
n May 23, Plasma Robotics attended
the first ever Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Robotics State Championship. In
the finals, the team ranked second seed on the
third place alliance.
“Looking back on the season, with all the
struggles that the team had to go through to
get to state made it worthwhile,” senior Garrett
Doling-Bregar said. “We had an exceptional
robot, and the award we won showed that.”
Robotics teams across Arizona have been
pushing to be recognized by the AIA as an
activity for years since robotics students put in
hours of work time to complete a competition
“I put in about 210 hours of work during
build season alone,” Leadership Council Member and junior Andrew Peavler said. “That
doesn’t include all the hours that was put in
After a day of competition, Plasma Robotics displays their third
place award that they received at the awards ceremony.
Art on Fire
Staff Writer
Showing her artistic talents, sophomore
Courtnie Bierman displays her drawing
featured in “This Amazing Book Is Not
On Fire.”
at competition, outreach events and general
team meetings.”
Of all the For Inspiration and Recognition
of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics
Competition (FRC) teams in Arizona, only 30
were invited to compete at the state competition. Teams were selected to compete at state
based on how the team performed during the
regular FRC competition season.
“It was a great feeling to know that our
team’s effort got us recognized as one of the
top performing teams in Arizona,” Leadership Council Member and junior Nicholas
Ardavin said.
In high hopes of returning to state next
year, the team is in preseason preparation
before the release of the 2016 FRC game
on Jan. 9. For more information on Plasma
Robotics, see Mr. Middleton in room 330.
By: Elijah McKay
Staff Writer
makes me feel as if I’m on the
same level as they are,” sophomore Courtnie Bierman said. “It
gives me the idea that they’re real
people who make mistakes, not
just Internet celebrities who take
advantage of their status online.
They’ve inspired me to be myself
and also to maybe start a YouTube
channel in the future.”
Bierman entered the contest
in May. On Aug. 5, she received
an email saying her drawing had
made it into the book.
“I was quite surprised, but I
was extremely excited because the
people I’ve looked up to for years
saw my art work and thought it
was good enough to be in their
book,” Bierman said. “I felt like
I finally had validation that I was
good at drawing.”
With the release of the book
on Oct. 8, Bierman was pleased
to show off her drawing, that is
now available in libraries and
bookstores all over the country,
along with the Red Mountain
Media Center. Bierman’s artistic
talents and perseverance is a
prime example of the talent in our
student body at Red Mountain
that makes us stand out among the
other schools.
Strings of Winter
By: Hannah Jackson
YouTubers Dan Howell and
Phil Lester, otherwise known as
Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil, have the joint, extremely
popular account called DanAndPhilGAMES. Earlier this year
they released a book called “The
Amazing Book Is Not On Fire.”
Prior to the release date, the publisher launched a drawing contest
to have fans draw pictures of them
in the book.
“The thing I like most about
them is that they are very relatable, and they put themselves and
their mistakes out in the open.
They aren’t afraid to be real which
For the first time Guitar
class will be holding a concert
featuring all three ensembles
on Dec. 17. The concert will be
7:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. This is the first Guitar
concert with all three groups.
Guitar students are looking
forward to the concert and
have high expectations on how
it will turn out.
“I’m really looking forward
to the concert and am prepared,” sophomore Kenzie
Halliday said. “Everyone has
been working hard, and I know
the concert will go greatly.”
Some Guitar students are
a little worried because they
have to learn the songs and
perform on a stage in front of
hundreds of people.
“I’m really stressed out for
being prepared,” freshman
Rebecca Di Tullio said. “I
hope I can master each song
by the time the concert comes
Guitar teacher Mr. Fowler is planning for the concert and organizing pieces
for each ensemble to play.
He is making small edits to the
pieces to fit the classes better
along with organizing the
concert itself.
“We’ll be playing a couple
of Christmas songs for it is the
holiday season,” Mr. Fowler
said. “I’m expecting the concert to go great. Students are
working hard to be prepared.”
The free concert is open to
all Red Mountain students and
their families. It is the hope of
the Guitar classes that the concert will be well attended since
they have put in an enormous
amount of time to get prepared.
In preparation of guitar concert, senior Fred
Millan practices the song “Let It Be” to be
performed on Dec. 17.
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What a “Riot”
By: Jordan Benton-Mitchell
Staff Writer
n Dec. 3 and 4 in the auditorium
at 7 p.m., Red Mountain Dance will be
performing “Riot,” their first dance concert of the semester. Tickets will be priced
at $6 in the bookstore prior to the concert
and $7 at the door.
“Preparation for the concert begins
during the first week of school, and we
work extremely hard all semester to pull
it off,” Dance Force member and senior
Caroline Tani said. “To make a great
performance, we have to take into account
things like costumes, lighting, music, and
the dancers themselves.”
This concert dancers are adding tons of
energy and creativity into their performances, wanting to appeal to a larger
Got Talent?
At last year’s
fall dance
senior Kylee
the rest of
Ms. Pavkov’s
dance class.
“Hearing the audience cheer us on
makes me excited to dance and gives us
greater energy as a whole,” Intermediate
dancer and sophomore Stephanie Wiggins
said. “It’s what makes performing so
Performance days cause stress for the
dancers, and it takes time and effort to
have a successful concert.
“The best part about performing is
after all the hard work, it comes together,”
Intermediate dancer and sophomore Madison Gerlak said. “When I finish performing, I feel like I will never stop smiling.”
For more information about the
concert and ticket sales, go to the school
bookstore or see Ms. Pavkov in Room
By: Kaitlin Williamsen
By: Elijah Norris
Staff Writer
Red Mountain’s Speech and
Debate will be holding the second
annual Talent Show on Jan. 27 at
6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $3
in the bookstore or $5 at the door.
All of the proceeds will go towards
Speech and Debate’s home tournament next year as well as their trip to
Harvard University.
Students of all grades will be able
to showcase their skills at auditions
on Jan. 20 and at the show on Jan 27.
“At last year’s show, we had a
lot of singing, dancing and musical
performances,” junior and Vice
President Kayla Benzing said.
The students that participated in
last year’s show were energized by
the crowd and performing gave them
a rush of excitement.
“After they were done with their
acts, the kids were pumped up,”
Speech and Debate Adviser Ms.
Harper said. “It’s exciting to see.”
The Talent Show is a unique
opportunity for students. By performing in front of an audience, they
can learn valuable life skills.
“Confidence, self-esteem and
public speaking are all skills that
they can achieve at the show,” Ms.
Harper said.
The show can also be a great way
for the student body to get involved.
Speech and Debate will need a lot
of help with set up and clean up this
“It would be a lot of help if people volunteered to assist Speech and
Debate because they can get service
hours,” Benzing said.
Full of many different talents,
this will be a performance that no
one will want to miss. For more
information about the show and how
to participate, see Ms. Harper in
Room 134.
Performing at last
year’s Talent Show on
Jan. 29, sophomore
Andrew Seeley plays
the piano and sings
“Somewhere Only We
Know” by Keane.
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Political Awareness is not
only something that should
be praised, but it should be a
citizen’s social responsibility
and obligation. In order to make
the future a better place, citizens
must first gain an understanding
of our present.
“People don’t want to have
an open-minded conversation
because they’re scared to upset
anyone,” Current Event teacher
Ms. Bonewell said. “This means
that you hinder communication,
which then leads to miscommunication.”
According to a study done
by Harvard University, 60
percent of teenagers pay little
to no attention to the news,
while another 28 percent
ignore the news all together.
In the Current
Events class, Dr.
Zuhdi Jasser,
founder of the
Islamic Forum
for Democracy,
gives a speech
about the
present situation
in the Middle
East and Radical
This only leaves 12 percent of
teens that attentively watch the
“Whether it’s political awareness or awareness of the globe,
it’s important to realize we are a
part of the bigger world and that
the choices we make not only
impact us, but people around the
world,” AP History and AP Seminar teacher Mr. Brimhall said.
“Although it is a weighty idea, it
fills our life with with meaning
and responsibility.”
The access to this information
is everywhere, from the news
outlets such as CNN, FOX or
Vice News to the Current Events
class can be taken at Red Mountain. For more information about
the Current Events class, visit
Ms. Bonewell in room 611.
11/23/2015 11:40:16 AM
By: Gabriella Escamilla
Copy Editor
Dead Poets Society meetings, held
Wednesdays after school in room 130,
are full of emotions anywhere from
laughter to sadness expressed through
nothing but poetry. This being the
club’s first year, Dead Poets Society
began with a simple plan.
“I chartered this club for people to
enjoy poetry in every way they can,
from reciting at open mics together to
even just watching,” senior and club
president Brendan Bogar said. “There
wasn’t a place for kids who were
interested in poetry. I wanted a club to
be able to tell people that they weren’t
With the name “Dead Poets Society”
this club has gained attention from a
wide variety of people.
“I know the movie and it intrigued
me to find out more about the club,”
senior Morgan Dejno said. “I really
enjoy poetry and after attending the first
meeting it exposed me to all the different
kids at this school who also like poetry.”
As to where the club is going Bogar
has high hopes it will continue to grow.
“With the range of upper and lower
classmen in the club there is no doubt
that it will continue to be strong and a
place where kids can come together,”
Bogar said.
Anyone with an passion in poetry can
join meetings Wednesdays after school
in room 130.
Picture Perfect
By: Miranda Craig
Staff Writer
hotography Club is a place
where aspiring photographers gather to
do activities relating to photography.
However, students are not required
to be in photography class to join the
Students meet every Monday and
discuss new ideas for photography
projects. One project was Humans of
Red Mountain, which is inspired by
the best selling book “Humans Of New
York,” which features street portraits
and interviews collected on the streets
of New York City. This project has
been going on for two years and features students take portraits of students
around campus.
“The goal is to highlight the diversity on campus,” said club sponsor Ms.
Nau. “It really encourages a sense of
community and togetherness.”
Another project that they’ve been
working on is Fuzzy Wuzzys. A Fuzzy
Wuzzy is a photo that they take during
the week that made their day a little
brighter, then a quote is added in an
effort to be more positive.
After all the photos are taken, they
post them onto their Instagram blog
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During a Dead
Poets Society
senior Alyssa
“Like Totally
Whatever” by
Melissa Lozada
on Nov. 4 in
room 130.
One Goal,
One Passion
By: Samantha Benally
Staff Writer
The Women Empowerment
Club is a new student-created
club that teaches confidence
and leadership skills for both
women and men.
Women Empowerment
wishes to provide opportunities for women and to educate
people about the definition of
“Feminism, is when
women can be seen equally,”
Co-Founder, Vice President
and senior Toral Patel said.
“I do not think feminism just
represents change in women
rights. It’s also the concept of
working together and supporting each other through their
Women Empowerment
helps the school promote feminism toward students and staff
on campus.
“The club is open to both
women and men,” Founder,
President and senior Tulcy
Patel said. “We want to spread
equality with the gender issue,
and we hope males and females on our campus can take
this information and share it
with other students as well.”
The Women Empowerment
club started in late September
and are always open to new
“For the Women
Empowerment Club, the idea
involved finding students at
school who want to make a
difference,” English teacher
and club sponsor Ms. Born
said. “Students who can
inspire and influence to rise
as leaders are encouraged to
With feminism on the rise
in the world, Red Mountain
expects great things from the
Women Empowerment Club
and many wishes on their
success. Women Empowerment club meets every week
on Tuesdays after school. For
more information about
Women Empowerment, go to
room 252 on Tuesdays or talk
with Ms. Born.
Participating in the Homecoming Parade,
freshmen Shawn Colapietro and Amber
O’Reilly, and sophomores Rebecca Geiserand
and Analise Ziebell promote the Photo Club.
(@rmhsphotoclub) and their facebook
page (@humansofredmt). Students can
take photographs with their phone, or a
school camera if they want.
They also do fundraisers to support
their field trips around Arizona.
“A big Fundraiser that we are doing
around the end of November to the
beginning of December is Holiday
Family Portraits,” said club president
Amber O’Reilly. “We don’t have a
set date at this very moment, but it is
around that time. We are all very excited about this and can’t wait to do it.”
For more information on photo
club, visit one of their meetings on
Monday in Room 320.
This ensignia is one of the many
symbols representing woman
empowerment and equal women’s
Poetry in Motion
11/23/2015 5:20:50 PM
News Briefs
News Briefs:
Publications Receives
AIPA Awards
Vol. 28 Issue 1
Roar Regrets:
In the article “Singing in the Moment” on page 15, Mr. Johnston’s
name was spelled incorrectly.
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Veterans Day
Door Decorating Contest
During Veterans Week, Red Mountain was able to honor
and respect those who have served our country. Leadership
Development dropped off 102 cards to veterans at the Arizona
State Veterans Home in Phoenix. Leadership Development
thanks all who participated in the Veterans Day Door Decorating Contest as a tribute to our veterans. They had some great
submissions to the contest that made it very hard for the students to judge. The winner of the contest was Mind’s Eye Club
sponsored by Sue Wright in room 312. They were awarded a
Donut Party sponsored by the RMHS Leadership Academy.
Following is a complete list of students, awards and categories for magazine
and yearbook:
Journalistic Writing:
Editors and Staff-First Place-General Excellence
Kaylee Crance and Halie Crook-Superior Editorial-Opinion Page or Spread
Nicole Gimpl, Tyler Lawrence, Austin Smith, Amie Tillyer, Nikole Tower,
Brandon Woolgar-Superior-News Magazine Front Page
Nikole Tower-Superior-Review Writing
Taylor Guzik-Excellent-News Page or Spread
Victoria Stout-Excellent-Entertainment Page or Spread
Nicole Gimpl, Tyler Lawrence, Austin Smith,Amie Tillyer, Nikole Tower,
Brandon Woolgar-Excellent-News Magazine Front Page
Jessica Hausmann-Excellent-News, Feature or Sports Story
John Omta-Excellent- News Story
John Omta-Excellent-Feature Story
Halie Crook and Nicole Gimpl-Honorable MentionEditorial Opinion Page or Spread
Paige Heckel and Tyler Lawrence-Honorable Mention-Feature Page or Spread
Hannah Ruckle-Honorable Mention-Feature Story
Paige Heckel-Honorable Mention-Feature Story
Taylor Guzik-Honorable Mention-News Story
Kylie Fila-Honorable Mention-Sports Story
Jalsie Balcazar-Honorable Mention-News, Feature or Sports Story
Amie Tillyer-Honorable Mention-News, Feature or Sports Story
Victoria Stout-Honorable Mention-Original Artwork
Kaylee Crance-Honorable Mention-Computer Graphic Design
Sarah Kocher and Rebecca Clark-Superior-Computer Graphic Design
Sarah Meyer-Superior-Student Life Spread
Sarah Meyer-Excellent-Advertising Spread
Sarah Kocher-Excellent-Seniors Spread
Ana Koufidakis-Excellent-Sports Spread
Jan Saquella-Excellent-Academic Photo
Sarah Kocher-Honorable Mention-Personality Profile
Jake Baker-Honorable Mention-Clubs/Organizations Writing
Lily Fines-Honorable Mention-Academic Writing
Sarah Anne Davidson-Honorable Mention-Clubs/Organizations Spread
Jessi Carmona-Honorable Mention-Academics Spread
Once again, Red Mountain High School Publication classes
receive a record number of 31 awards at the 2015 AIPA Fall
Journalism Convention at Arizona State University in October.
The Roar Magazine received 20 awards including a First Place
for General Excellence and the Pinnacle Yearbook received 11
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News Briefs 11
The Milken Family Foundation
Educator Award
The Milken Family Foundation National
Educator Award was brought to Red Mountain on Nov. 16 to honor Biotech and STEM
coordinator Ms. Derryberry for her exceptional
commitment and dedication to her students and
teaching. She was granted an award of $25,000.
“I actually had a number of really outstanding teachers, I was always trying to find a way
to call public recognition to the good work that
they did,” Milken said. “I looked around and
there were virtually no awards, for the most
part, for teachers and especially no awards with
a financial prize that meant something, that’s
what started that.”
Lowell Milken, Co-Founder of the Milken
Family Foundation, created the program in
1985 recognizing the first teachers with awards
in 1987.
“At a time when we need more highly
skilled workers in the sciences to compete in a
global economy, Nicki Derryberry is preparing
our nation’s next generation of leaders to fill
these important jobs,” Milken said. “In Nicki’s
classroom, science is a true art. Students are
captivated by her ability to make the content
rich, engaging, and relevant to daily life. In
turn, student learning is soaring. I applaud
her tremendous dedication to students at Red
Mountain High and beyond, and look forward
to following her journey as a model for the
Ms. Derryberry is known for putting
students on a powerful track to succeed in the
sciences. Her approaches to teaching are highly
creative. At Red Mountain High, she operates
her classroom like a company, in which groups
of students work at stations and are responsible
for their own equipment and materials. This
unique classroom structure helps her to engage
students in a rigorous educational process, challenging them to think critically, problem-solve
and master content-specific vocabulary.
“Many things stood out about Ms. Derryberry, first and foremost she’s an outstanding
instructional leader in a field that is so important
today for our students to be able to have a high
quality education in biology and all technology
has to offer,” Milken said. “Second she’s a powerful mentor to other teachers and helps other
teachers improve their skills makes them more
effective and the third thing is, she’s invested in
this community she’s invested in the wellbeing
of the students and in the wellbeing and interaction of parents. I think all of those three things
brought her to our attention.”
On Nov.16, Ms. Derryberry and her class hold up her
Milken Family Foundation Educator Award of $25,000.
Derryberry is among up to only 40 educators who are presented with the prestigious
honor during the Milken Family Foundation’s
(MFF) coast-to-coast across the country. Milken
Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder
Lowell Milken has visited thousands of classrooms over the past three decades. He presented
Derryberry with the award alongside Arizona
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane
“It is my absolute privilege to help recognize
a truly remarkable teacher like Nicki
Derryberry,” said Douglas. “Educators like
Nicki are the reason I am so proud to hold
this office. The commitment she has shown to
providing a world-class education for all her
students is second to none, and it shows in their
academic achievements. She is a shining example of what is great about education in Arizona,
and I hope that this award reminds everyone
just how much great teachers can impact our
schools and communities.”
Not an accolade for “lifetime achievement”
or the proverbial gold watch at the exit door, the
Milken Educator Award targets early-to-mid
career education professionals for their already
impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they accomplish in
the future.
“Great people deserve great things to happen,” Principle Ryan said. “Ms. Derryberry is
a unique educator with a passion for making
science come to life. I am so proud to not only
work alongside her but also grateful that she has
become such an important part of the entire Red
Mountain Family.”
Welding Teacher Honored
Speech and Debate
Welding Teacher Mr. Hurst was honored by the Oriental Masonic
Lodge recognizing his excellence in education. Teachers selected to
receive this award were honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 10,
at the lodge located at 726 N. Center Street in Mesa. The presentation
was open to friends and family.
Speech and Debate competed at Mountain View in November.
There was a strong showing by several new debaters, but the highlight
of the weekend was when the Public Forum teams of seniors Brendan
Bogar, Maxana Goettl, Crystal Labban and Kayla Burgher made it to
final rounds.
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Is Online
on Your Mind?
Shop ‘Til You Drop
By: Eryn Myers-Nino
Staff Writer
It’s that day of the year where
people are looking for the biggest
deals. This day comes once a
year. It is called Black Friday, and
it is the day after Thanksgiving.
“After Thanksgiving with my
family, we waited in line for five
hours to get into our favorite
stores,” sophomore Tayah Erdman-Kennelly said. “The lines
were ridiculous. My mom and I
nearly got trampled by a crowd of
Over 20 stores decided they
would not open their doors on
Thanksgiving day. The list included well known retailers like Dillard’s, D.S.W, H&M, Nordstrom,
and Pier 1 Imports.
For those stores that will be
open on Black Friday, look for
shoppers to arrive two to three
days in advance to be the first
ones in line.
“During Black Friday last year,
my mom and I went to Best Buy
and waited in line for two days,”
sophomore Mckenzie Armstead
If Black Friday sales are missed,
there are still deals to be found
throughout the holiday season
and beyond. Check store hours
to make sure the retailer is open
when shopping Black Friday and
throughout the holiday season.
Tagged and ready
for sale black shoes
await their future.
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n a country such as the
U.S. where education is considered to have its faults, one can
expect various alternatives of
instruction to meet the needs of a
diverse population. The future of
education is here and it is in the
form of online schooling. Even
though this format has its pros
and cons one must decide whether one outweighs the other.
“Online school is a great format,” junior Summer Ferguson
said. “Success in the class relies
on the user.”
The pros and cons of online
school are relevant and need to
be kept in mind when deciding
between taking online classes
part-time or completely converting to online school.
“Online school, especially
taking extra classes, takes a lot
In today’s society, most people have a
choice on the foods they consume. Within the
last decade, the decision of becoming a vegan
or vegetarian has become widely popular.
Surveys show there are four main factors that
influence people to avoid the carnivorous
side of eating, animal abuse, improving the
environment, health and sustainability.
“I watched a couple of documentaries that
proposed such strong and valid arguments for
veganism,” sophomore Chiara Bender said.
“I saw no reason not to go vegan.”
Vegetarians do not eat any animal
produced protein, including eggs and fish.
However, there are two subgroups in the vegetarian category: pescetarians, who choose
to eat fish, and ovotarians, who choose to
eat eggs. Vegans, on the other hand, also
follow vegetarian guidelines, but do not eat
any dairy products, like milk and cheese.
Select people in both vegan and vegetarian subgroups choose to not purchase any
non-consumable animal-made products, such
as beauty supplies, leather and fur.
“I feel that since transitioning I have
become more in touch with myself, the planet
and just other beings,” sophomore Trinity
By: Zachary Williams
Wolff said. “I also believe I have become a
more compassionate person ever since.”
Students, or anyone who follows these diets, are bound to have some difficulties along
the way. Vegetarians and vegans must be
aware of restaurant menus and ask for special
accommodations. Social gatherings can also
pose problems because they tend to not have
vegan and vegetarian options. Therefore,
planning is crucial in the life of a vegan or
“You definitely have to plan, because
eating is a very social thing and if you are not
eating something, people can sometimes take
offense to that,” Bender said. “So if I know
they won’t have any options, I will bring
something because people prefer others to eat
with them.”
Although Mesa Public School’s takes
vegetarians into consideration when creating
school menus, vegans are not considered
because of their specific dietary needs.
“Last year we only had one daily option
for vegetarians,” cafeteria manager Howard
Welch said. “But this year we offer six vegetarian items daily along with others on the
rotating menu.”
of motivation,” sophomore Madison Marks said. “It also requires
a large amount of responsibility.”
The pros of doing online
school or taking online classes
are the flexibility, relaxed deadlines, the money saved and it
can benefit students with a busy
schedule. On the other hand,
online classes bring issues with
self discipline, limit socializing,
and may have costs and fees of
textbooks and other supplies that
a traditional public school could
supply for free.
At the end of the day, it really
is up to students to choose if
the pros outweigh the cons and
if online school is what is right
for them and their education.
For more information on online
schooling, visit the advisement
office or www.mdlp.org.
By: Marlee McCathren-Hotchkiss
Staff Writer
High school is the time when teens turn
into young adults and begin developing personal beliefs about food. What will eventually influence diet alterations will be factors
such as health, sustainability, environmental
improvements and abuse of animals.
Eating at the Pomegranate Cafe restaurant,
sophomore Trinity Wolff enjoys vegan sushi and a
11/24/2015 2:15:18 PM
Winter Wonderland In The Desert
Opinion 13
By: Daisy Carter
Staff Writer
From the Polar Express to the “Nutcracker,”
Arizona has several winter activities that may
go unnoticed by high school students.
Starting on Nov. 6 and ending Jan. 3, the
Polar Express will be giving families memories that will never be forgotten. Starting from
Williams and traveling to the North Pole, the
train is a big singing, dancing, pajama and hot
chocolate party. The prices for the train vary
from $24-$45.
“I loved being able to stay in my Christmas
pajamas and drink hot chocolate,” senior
Kaitlyn Tode said. “It was also fun to sing
along to the Christmas Carols with my family.”
For more information go to http://www.
For animal lovers, the Phoenix Zoo
Zoolights is the place to go see intricate
lighting designs spread throughout the zoo. It
is currently open to the public through Jan. 12
from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets to see the lights
range from $10-$18.
“I go with my family every year, and it’s
something my family and I all enjoy doing,
which can be hard to find sometimes,” sophomore Brandon Santos said.
For more information check out http://
phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/ .
The “Nutcracker” Ballet is the ultimate
winter tradition and allows the mind to rest
while watching graceful ballerinas. The
ballet runs from Dec. 11-27 at the Phoenix
Symphony Hall.
“I enjoy The ‘Nutcracker’ the most out
of all of my family traditions,” freshman
Madison Dobyns said. “It is so beautiful.”
To purchase tickets or get additional
information, go to http://balletaz.org/performan
ce/the-nutcracker-2015/ .
Christmas at the Princess is a winter
escape that can be found in Scottsdale. This
stay-the-night activity has a decked-out
ice rink for the holidays with a four-story,
musical Christmas tree and Winter Wonderland-themed events until Jan. 3. There are a
number of activities and prices will vary.
“I’ve done the basic traditions, but that
is definitely my favorite by far, we look for-
During winter break, seniors Bailey Fowler, Ashlin Cleary and
Jacquelyn Kelly play in the Flagstaff snow.
ward to it all year,” sophomore Makenzie Armstead
For more details, check http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/Seasonal-Events/Chris
While other parts of the country one must stay
inside by the fire, in Arizona there are plenty of
outdoor and indoor activities to participate in during
the holiday season.
Brain Vs. Brawn
By: Michaela Brown
Staff Writer
etting a college education
paid for through impressive high
school grades is something every
student strives to achieve. Yet with
countless devoted students across
the nation, not everyone who seeks a
scholarship is going to get one.
One student who has gone above
and beyond to achieve her dream
of an athletic scholarship is senior
Seneca Richards. Richards’ perseverance and determination has led her
to receive a full scholarship to Long
Island University.
“There was no easy part,” senior
Seneca Richards said. “I had to work
really hard at basketball in order to
even be looked at by schools.”
An athletic scholarship is not
the only scholarship that requires a
considerable amount of extra-curricular activities. Colleges accepting
academic scholarships look for and
expect a student to be involved in
multiple clubs and service learning
“Scholarship committees look
for well-rounded individuals with a
strong emphasis placed on academics, leadership in school, community
or church, service learning, and
extracurricular school activities like
clubs and activities that interest
Maintaining above average
grades is not the only thing that
will get you an academic scholarship. Commitment to clubs and
afterschool programs give one the
chance to set themselves apart from
those students who do not participate.
“They are both great achievements,” Athletic Director Dr.
Gowdy said. “If you receive any
kind of scholarship, whether it be
academic, athletic or performing
arts, it is something to be very proud
No matter what scholarship, academic or athletic, students must go
above and beyond average expectations. Scholarships may be difficult
to attain, but with dedication they
are not impossible to achieve.
See the advisor’s office for more
information on scholarships or go to
Signing her way into Long Island University, senior Seneca Richards lands
herself a full ride basketball scholarship.
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According to the American
Psychology Association (APA),
there has been a significant increase in stress with teenagers due
to extra pressures in schoolwork,
sports and extracurricular activities. This has been very apparent
in the lives of some Red Mountain students. Although some
are adapting, others continue to
“Juggling sports and academics
can be challenging, but the best
way to cope is to have good time
management,” sophomore Thomas DeMassa said. “Often times
I get home dead tired and ready
to sleep but end up working until
late hours of the night. To avoid
staying up too late, I get ahead on
my homework when I have the
By: Mia Ramos
Staff Writer
Trying to
catch up on
junior Nathan
Purtell works
to finish his
during his
lunch hour.
Those that have succeeded in
overcoming stress have utilized
strategies to manage their busy
“The main part of getting to
where I am was always hardwork
and time management,” senior
Breanna Deets said. “A lot of
people really underestimated the
importance of studying before
every test, forming study groups
Too Tired, Too Often
You’ve Got A Friend
By: Alyssa Lashinske
By: Mackenzie Ottley
Staff Writer
a special
Mike Wroten
helps his
son bowl
at a Big
Brother Big
event Feb.
10, 2007.
ig impact big results…
That’s what Big Brothers Big
Sisters is all about. Giving a child
a mentor and role model has
proven to boost the child’s confidence, improve schoolwork and
develop better relationships with
family members. In addition, this
program benefits the adult mentor
as well. Big Brothers Big Sisters’
job is to find a match that works
between both child and adult.
“I wanted to join Big Brother
Big Sisters as a way to make a
difference in someone else’s life,”
Big Sister Jessica Reed said. “I
feel strongly that children need
positive role models to look up to,
and I wanted to be that for someone who needed it.”
This program is there to make
sure the kids are mentored and to
make them feel more comfortable
with who they are matched with.
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“There are so many fun activities
you can do with your match depending on their age and how long
you have been matched,” Reed
said. “One of my favorites was going to paint pottery. You are able
to spend one on one time learning
more about each other while being
creative and having fun.”
The process of joining this
program is very simple and easy
to do. Most little brothers and little
sisters go through an interview
to find their correct match. It is
easy to join, one just has to fill out
paperwork and talk to a specialists
about finding a match.
This program builds relationships and makes differences within
the lives of the youth. For more
information about the program,
visit www.bbbsaz.org.
and talking with your teachers,
while actively trying to be the best
you can be. One of the ways I deal
with it in where I am, I have to
understand that success doesn’t
happen without failures along the
way, and that you can never be
better as long as you’re putting
your best.”
With hard work and the right
attitude, being successful in high
school can be done, even with the
most demanding schedules.
“It’s important for students to
have some coping techniques and
to put things in perspective when
dealing with stress,” freshmen
counselor Ms. Rios said. “Some
examples are music, drawing
and yoga. To maintain stress, it’s
important to get a lot of sleep, eat
right and find a healthy balance.”
It’s understandable that everyone wants to get ahead and there
is a lot of pressure to succeed, but
well being comes first. Making
the appropriate adjustments in
order to deal with and eliminate
stress should be a priority for all
students. For more information
on tips for dealing with stress,
go to teenlifeline.org or visit the
counselor’s office.
Staff Writer
Sleep is an essential part
of a teenager’s life. Sleep
is like food for the brain,
lack of it can affect physical
appearance, mood and performance. According to the
National Sleep Foundation,
90 percent of students are
sleep deprived.
“There are a lot of
students who struggle with Studying the water cycle, freshman Kayla Coxon finishes
her Honors Biology review while freshman Georgianna
insomnia, and I find that
Sandbo rests her head on her textbook from lack of
those students are a lot more sleep.
anxious or nervous and distracted,” Freshman Advisor Ms. Rios
Those activities in addition to homesaid. “Those students don’t generally
work, projects and studying can lead to
perform as well, both academically
a very late night with little sleep.
and emotionally.”
“My job definitely takes away from
Students who are sleep deprived
my sleep,” senior Kathryn Evans said.
may find it harder to learn, listen and
“I don’t get home until 10:30 p.m. or
concentrate. This in turn can affect a
11 p.m. It’s a little challenging to find
student’s academic performance.
time to get my work done.”
“It has happened to me before
Here are some ideas on how teens
where I was so tired that I fell asleep
can catch up on sleep. Consider taking
in class,” sophomore K-D Wilkins
a 20 or 30 minute nap during the day,
sleep in a little later on weekends,
Experts say that too little sleep
have a bedtime routine that includes
can cause problems with grades,
listening to quite music to help wind
mood, and memory. It can also lead
down, cut back on activities and use
to weight issues, heart disease and
less technology before bed. The blue
diabetes. A teens’ body clock resets at light from the screens stimulates brains
puberty. Teens will be most alert in the and makes it seem like one should
evenings and not be able to fall asleep be awake. One of the most important
until at least 10 p.m. Students who
things one can do is get enough sleep
have jobs or late afterschool activities in order to improve grades, develop
might find it difficult for them to get
stronger friendships and improve one’s
the essential nine hours of sleep they
need to function.
11/24/2015 2:15:00 PM
Opinion 15
Too Hot to Ignore
or years, environmental
scientists have been advocating for
a massive worldwide reform that
would prevent the total, all-encompassing meltdown predicted by
the statistics on carbon emission,
pollution, deforestation, and other
environmental disturbances. The
issue that raises the most concern
is carbon emission, which is released into the atmosphere. Carbon
emission has been attributed as the
major cause for the alleged global
warming phenomena, which in
turn causes glaciers to melt and
to be lost to the ocean. Processes
such as deforestation also play a
major role in the carbon cycle. But
the carbon emission dilemma is
complicated by other factors that
many don’t consider.
By: Maymuna Elmi
Staff Writer
“Not all the carbon concentration
in the atmosphere is man-made,”
AP Environmental Science teacher
Ms. O’Brien said. “Methane
is another greenhouse gas that
contributes to carbon emissions
and much more potent than carbon
Methane is the gas produced
by cows, and, aside from other
reasons, its contribution to carbon
emissions makes it one of the main
arguments that says the production
of beef products is so unsustainable for the planet.
The bottom line on global
warming is that many people don’t
know the true reality of it outside
of the basics, and even less young
students are aware of the situation.
The AP Environmental Science
class taught by Ms. O’Brien
provides students a platform to
become knowledgeable about the
environment and the issues that
face it. As the effects of climate
change are already starting to
appear, it becomes more and more
necessary for students to be aware
of the world that they will know in
the future, which will be drastically different to today’s world.
“Climate change is a huge issue
in environmental science that we
have discussed numerous times in
Ms. O’Brien’s class,” AP Environmental Science junior student
Kylie Fila said.
“We have learned all about the
negative effects of this change
including habitat destruction,
pollution, and more. It worries me
because there is no way to stop
this change [immediately] without
taking drastic measures to do so.”
Many of the other students
in AP Environmental Science
admitted that they felt worried for
the fate of the planet. At this point
climate change isn’t a possibility,
it’s a reality. Controlling carbon
emissions isn’t an individual
achievement, it’s something the
entire world needs to participate
in. As students, the best thing to
do to help the environment is be
informed. For more information
about climate change visit the
NASA climate website at http://
By: Taylor Guzik
Design Editor
Consideration or Termination
A person’s horoscope is meant
to connect the position of the
stars and planets to predict his
or her daily life and establish
self awareness. The 12 zodiac
signs are Aquarius (January
20-February 18), Pisces (February 19-March 20), Aries (March
21-April 19), Taurus (April 20May 20), Gemini (May 21-June
20), Cancer (June 21-July 22),
Leo (July 23-August 22), Virgo
(August 23-September 22), Libra
(September 23-October 22),
Scorpio (October 23-November 21), Sagittarius (November
22-December 21) and Capricorn
(December 22-January 19).
“Horoscopes make me excited
to take on the week no matter
what is thrown my way,” junior
Shelbi Moeller said. “They help
me plan and prepare ahead.”
Based on 100 students
surveyed at Red Mountain, 64
students say their horoscope readings were accurate. Whereas, 54
students believe that horoscopes
should be put to an end.
“Horoscopes are something
people believe in, they count on
Searching on Horoscope.com, junior Hannah Tolliver reads about her daily Aries
horoscope on Nov. 03.
them to know how their week is
going to go,” junior Karla Zepeda
said. “We don’t need them, but
we count on them.”
Love, dating, career, family
and finances are all examples
of horoscope themes that could
affect an individual’s actions or
“My favorite horoscope I’ve
read is how to make decisions
at the right time and how my
hard work will soon be paid off,”
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sophomore Cassandra Rivera
said. “I just have to let time pass
and big things will happen in my
One can find daily horoscopes
in magazines like Cosmopolitan,
Glamour, Vogue or The Arizona
Republic (archive.azcentral.com/
thingstodo/horoscopes/). Horoscopes can also be viewed online
at http://www.horoscope.com/
us/index.aspx or at http://www.
11/24/2015 2:13:01 PM
Geek Out
Melodramatic Mountain Lions
By: Joseph Bien
Staff Writer
By: Amie Tillyer
Red Mountain Theater is
performing many different
productions including “Curious
Savage,” “The Importance of
Being Earnest” and “Addams
Family The Musical.” Ticket
prices will vary, depending on
the play, from $5 to donation-based gifts for less-fortunate families for Christmas.
“Curious Savage” will be in the
auditorium on Jan. 14-16, “The
Importance of Being Earnest”
will be in room 404 on Dec.
18-19 and “Addams Family
The Musical” will be in the
auditorium second semester.
The Importance of Being
Earnest, written by Oscar
Wilde, is the annual senior
play directed by senior Paige
Stabley. The play is a comedy
for a trivial and serious audience and is intended to teach
the audience valuable lessons.
Stabley decided this year to
take donations and Christmas
gifts for less-fortunate instead
of money for tickets.
“I chose to make the admissions for this play donations
or donated gifts for families
for Christmas,” Stabley said.
“I just know that the holiday
season is here, and I would
love to help those in need.”
The Drama Club has not
only been raising money from
tickets bought for their shows,
they also started selling chocolate to raise money for the
Drama Club. This is the first
year that the Drama Club has
raised money by selling chocolate on campus.
“We earn a certain amount
of money from tickets sold for
Red Mountain plays,” senior
and Drama Club President
Taylor Wild said. “When
shopping for new costumes or
props, its always nice to have
a little extra money to use. We
also hope to take a Drama Club
trip to New York City at the
end of the year.”
There will be many theater
productions in the upcoming
months of December and
January. Tickets will be on sale
in the bookstore. For more information, visit Mr. Van Patten
in room 404 or attend a Drama
Club meeting on Mondays in
room 404.
Career and Technical Education is about innovating.
Geek Week is important to
understand CTE programs.
Students take what they learn and
apply it to something tangible,
like building robots or extracting
DNA. Every program is hands on,
and every program gives students
the foundational skills to move
forward in a career pathway. Each
CTE program leads to a certification, credential or post secondary
degree. It is about college and
career readiness.
“This is the one time you get to
see all the possible career ideas for
free,” Ms. Nau said.
During Geek Week, 2015 graduate Katlyn
Chism pets her pig and talks about FFA
to curious students on Friday, Jan. 23.
From Campus to Community
By: Quinton Johnson
nyone who has set foot on the Red
Mountain campus would not hesitate to
say those who attend the school are held to
the highest standard of excellence.
Student Council is the advocate of the
smart work ethic that is embraced throughout Red Mountain’s halls.
“For school assemblies alone, the kids
start preparing at least a month ahead
of time,” Student Council adviser Ms.
Pomonis said. “They spend their time
rehearsing their lines, understanding where
everyone is supposed to be and what their
role is.”
For the duration of the school year,
Student Council entwines their production
with lion pride to promote school spirit
across campus.
“I do this to be more a part of the
school,” senior Student Council Senator
Melanie Torres said.
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Geek Week will be held on
Jan.18-23 during both lunches
outside the amphitheater to
give students the opportunity to
learn about the Career Technical
Education (CTE) classes offered at
Red Mountain. Geek Week is an
opportunity for students to sign up
and explore all CTE classes such
as Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Automotive, Engineering,
Welding, Agriculture, Publications
and Culinary.
“Geek Week shows all of the
different CTE programs we offer
and how they are unique,” CTE
Department Chair Ms. Nau said.
“It is mostly about having fun and
giving back to the community.”
The main goal is to get students informed and involved with
these classes by showing them the
many activities the classes offer.
Publications will have a photobooth, FFA will bring animals for
the students to see, and Auto and
Welding will bring out a race car
to encourage students to sign up
for their class.
“We are going to do culinary
true or false questions, and the
prizes will be cupcakes,” Culinary
teacher Ms. Abbott said.
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During the Welcome Back Assembly on Aug. 28, seniors Melanie Torres
and Judah Watson act out their roles to start off the new school year.
“The ‘Red Mountain Way’ is meant to
create a positive environment for everyone here.”
- Judah Watson
“We are always finding new ways to
get the student body more excited about
Each and every member is expected
to represent Red Mountain culture in
role-model fashion as a portrayal of the
entire student body.
“The ‘Red Mountain Way’ is meant to
create a positive environment for everyone
here,” senior and Student Council
Secretary Judah Watson said. “A big part
of what we try to do is show courage,
respect and influence in hopes that others
will follow and make good decisions.”
Not every student is going to get
straight A’s, be president of a club or even
be a leader to those who need guidance,
but Student Council has undoubtedly
proved that those who apply themselves to
a higher goal will truly flourish and shape
the world from campus to community.
11/24/2015 2:13:25 PM
Something Borrowed Something Blue
By: McKenna Huey
Staff Writer
One Hundred Dresses is inspired
by the book “The Hundred Dresses”
by Eleanor Estes and encourages
many to join together to stop bullying
young girls. Every year Red Mountain’s students volunteer to help The
Be a Leader Foundation provide
dresses to less fortunate girls. The
dresses are for all age’s 2 to 18 and
can be any size or appropriate style.
Last year Lion Leadership Alliance
(LLA) collected about 120 dresses,
this year the goal is 200.
The clothing drive helps build
confidence for young girls and gives
students a great learning experience.
LLA asks students to get involved
and donate dresses to the foundation
to reach this year’s goal.
“The best part about the campaign
is that these dresses are going to little
girls that possibly have never owned
a dress,” senior and Vice President
of LLA Juliet Baires said. “This is
building their confidence making
them feel beautiful, making them feel
like a princess.”
Red Mountain is dedicated to this
project and hopes to collect dresses
for The Be a Leader Foundation. The
students have worked hard to organize and advise students to donate to
the drive.
“The Lion Leadership Alliance
gathered a generous number of
beautiful dresses and donated them to
shelters around the valley.” Adviser
and LLA sponsor Ms. Sweet said.
The dresses will go to the Child
Crisis Center to benefit underprivileged girls.
“I’m in a few different organizations and each does their own
different drive,” senior and President
of LLA Yaqub Elmi said. “However,
the Hundred Dresses project is really
unique and special not only to the
school but to all of Arizona because
it’s directed towards a certain demographic.
For more information, talk to
Ms. Sweet in the adviser’s office or
attend the LLA meetings on Wednesdays after school in room 151.
Last December, seniors Breanna Deets and
sort dresses during the
PHOTO BY Bennett
100 Dresses Drive.
By: Gabriella Escamilla
Copy Editor
hile seniors are finishing
up their college essays and sending
in their applications, they begin to
think about what college life will
be like and the challenges they will
face in the upcoming fall semester.
“As a freshman, you not only
have to adjust to more rigorous
academics and a different teaching
style. You also have the day to day
life duties that you probably didn’t
have to think about when your
parents were around.” Rajan Patel,
sophomore at the University of
Pennsylvania said in an email.
Another thing incoming college
freshmen need to consider is
whether to live at home or on
“Staying away from home isn’t
that bad for me,” Nikole Tower,
freshman at The Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass
Communication said. “I live 30
minutes away. If I want to see my
family, I just have to jump on the
light rail.”
Going off to college may scare
some people because the thought
of losing friends can be tough to
swallow. However it isn’t always
what is going to happen.
“I have lost touch with some of
my high school friends because I
get really busy with my schedule,”
Just a Test or Your Future?
Sophomores and juniors
were given the opportunity
to take the PSAT for free
this year in an effort to encourage students to take the
SAT. The test was offered
on Wednesday, Oct. 28
from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
“The district now sees
the importance in giving the
PSAT,” junior advisor Ms.
Zeper said. “They felt that
every sophomore, at least,
should have the opportunity
to take it. This year there
were 1,085 students taking
the test, which is almost
twice as many as the 575
from last year.”
In the past, the PSAT
was not a concern for many
students, but because of the
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new changes: lack of cost
and time of the exam, more
students took the test.
“The test was definitely
a good judgement on how
ready we are for college,”
sophomore K-D Wilkins
said. “It was much easier
to take the test because of
the time it was offered this
This gave students a better understanding of what
the test looks like in order to
get better scores on the SAT.
“The PSAT is a very
important tool for the SAT,”
English and AVID teacher
Ms. Burns said. “Taking the
PSAT will help with understanding the format, which
will help students in taking
the actual SAT and getting
higher scores.”
In order for the results to
help students who took the
test, the information must
be applied.
“There are study opportunities that students can
take, which will give them a
better opportunity in scoring
well,” Ms. Zeper said. “Students should take the results
seriously and go through
the answers to understand
why they got questions
wrong. After this, students
should also take advantage
of the online practice tests
In addition to the applications of studying for the
test, students can also apply
Ezequiel Ramos freshman at Johns
Hopkins University said. “However, those that I was close with I
am able to rekindle the friendships
any time and catch up and just
While debating on where to go,
climate is something that should
be considered especially if the
college is on a completely different
“The biggest difference
between Penn and home was the
weather,” Patel said. “Winter can
be brutal and learning how to layer
and dress properly was something
that took a few months. I have a
down filled coat this year though,
so I got this.”
With everything in mind the
first year of college is something to
look forward to.
“My favorite part about college
is the freedom,” Nicole Gimpl,
freshman at The Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass
Communication said. “With that
comes so much responsibility
about the decisions you make and
making sure you finish what you
have to.”
Though college comes with
many challenges, it’s an experience well worth the difficulties.
By: Heilee Pentz
Staff Writer
the results to their schedules
and classes in order to better
prepare for college.
“We should take the
results very seriously,”
Assistant Principal Karantinos said. “The results
can show which areas the
students are best suited
for AP courses as well as
acknowledge weaker areas,
so students can better decide
which classes they should
take to improve.”
For more information
about the PSAT, SAT and
study opportunities, visit the
Career Center or Advisement Office, or go to https://
11/24/2015 2:13:36 PM
Staff Writer
On Nov. 23 - Jan. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to
10:30 p.m., Phoenix Zoo will open for the
annual ZooLights show. This year the lights
display several new features including: 3-D
sculptures, Music in Motion shows including
In December, choir spreads the holiday spirit by singing
Christmas carols at ZooLights.
music from popular movies and ice sculptures being created live.
“I love the unique aspects that ZooLights
shares,” junior Sarah Henley said. “The music and light shows are really special.”
General admission tickets are on sale
for $18 and value tickets are on sale for
$12. Value tickets are available Nov. 16-18,
23-26, 29-30, Dec. 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 29-31,
and Jan 3-7, and 10. Both value and general
admission tickets can be purchased at the admission windows or in guest services lobby.
“I like that they make the lights an affordable event for my friends and me,” junior
Jayden Thomas said. “It creates an opportunity for my friends and I to have fun.”
The Phoenix ZooLight’s annual display
is a popular event during the winter months.
For more information on the Phoenix
ZooLights and for ticket information, go to
By: Chyanne Starr
Staff Writer
s the holiday season gets closer,
buying gifts seems to be on everyone’s mind.
Online sources say that trending presents for
this year include portable speakers, tablets,
point-and-shoot cameras, instant cameras and
game consoles.
Some students at Red Mountain tend to
have different ideas on what they want for
“I agree with the trends because I think it
would be awesome to have a Polaroid camera
or something like it, so I could take pictures
of my friends and myself,” senior Kelsey
Yazzie said
Finding ways to capture a memory is popular with students, while others want more
practical items.
“I would like to receive things I need
like contacts, gas money and candy,” junior
Michaela McKenzie said. “The most difficult
part of the Christmas season is shopping for
Although many people want trendy
things, sometimes it is best to find presents
that are more personalized to the individual.
“My favorite part of Christmas is the
atmosphere,” sophomore Colin Schiller
said. “I love the cold of winter and the
chilly feel of it. I want a new camera for
Christmas because I need one for filming
YouTube videos.”
The Internet is a great resource to
find different ideas on what people want.
To find more, Google search “Popular
Christmas gifts for 2015.” Another idea is
to purchase a popular gift card. This year
Visa, American Express and Amazon top
the list. Although, sometimes it’s just best
to go to the source and ask what is wanted
or needed.
To find gift ideas for this season, Google “Popular
Christmas gifts for 2015.”
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VOL. 28
By: Bianca Montelongo
Staff Writer
Starting off the holiday season early,
sophomore Alexis Kirby volunteers with
Feed My Starving Children by bagging
and weighing food at Love of Christ
Lutheran Church.
Santa’s Cheatsheet
By: Ashlee Windle
This holiday season students celebrate the
holidays in their own unique way. Red Mountain is
a school filled with cultural diversity where many
different holiday traditions are celebrated.
Christmas is just one of those special holidays
celebrated by many students with their family and
“During the holiday season, my family and
I always open one present on Christmas Eve,”
sophomore Amberlee Weston said. “It is a tradition we have always had.”
Throughout the holiday season one can see a
lot of students celebrating family traditions. One
holiday tradition in particular is food.
“We usually eat Kare Kare during the holidays,
which is a very popular Filipino dish,” sophomore
Niya Yeh said. “It is made of meat, vegetables and
peanut butter.”
Plenty of traveling is done during the holiday
season by many students. Some students stay close
to home while others travel throughout the country
or internationally.
“My family and I spend the holidays with my
grandma every year in Colorado,” sophomore
Emme Campbell said. “We have a big family
dinner while we are there.”
The holiday season is about giving back and
helping those in need in the community. There
are several clubs and organizations that focus on
giving rather than receiving during the holidays.
“I give back by participating in Club
Diversity’s Christmas Angels, where I buy presents for different kids,” sophomore Alexis Kirby
Students on campus have a unique way of
celebrating their holiday season. For many it is
what makes the holiday season special. Whatever
the tradition, make the holiday an exceptional one,
Red Mountain.
11/24/2015 2:13:51 PM
Making Winter Spectacular
By: Anthony Procopio
Staff Writer
s the holiday season
unfolds, the student body prepares
to celebrate winter festivities.
Among the friendly greetings and
distribution of gifts, the performing
arts will come together on Dec.
15 at 7:30 p.m. for their annual
Winter Spectacular, a series of
musical pieces incorporating both
choral and instrumental sounds.
With holiday spirit, each musical
group will express what the holiday
season means to them for everyone
to enjoy.
Orchestra director Mr. Haggard
has experienced the Winter Spectacular up front for several years.
“Being able to direct Winter
Spectacular over the years has
helped me see new potentials in
my students,” Mr. Haggard said.
“I always make sure they give 100
percent and do their best.”
Mr. Haggard both strives to
improve his students’ musical abilities and emotional connections with
the concert’s pieces. They demonstrate these skills through collaboration among the school’s choir, band
and orchestra programs.
Performing at the Winter Spectacular Concert in December, La Camarata choir,
Honors band and Chamber orchestra gather on stage to spread the holiday
A New Year’s State of Mind
By: Olivia Grossklaus
Staff Writer
People all around
the world use the new
year as a threshold
for change by making
New Year’s resolutions. But, when
January comes along
they are forgotten
because people have
no intent of following
them. Does this mean
resolutions aren’t
worth making?
Whether you are 14
or 54, New Year’s resolutions usually deal
with fixing bad habits.
The true question is
why are they made if
people do not plan on
changing their ways?
Is it because other factors come into play or
are people just lazy?
“I didn’t follow my
New Year’s resolutions because I realized
some were unreasonable,” sophomore Amy
Carr said. “With my
busy schedule and all
the things I have going
on, I got too caught
up in all my other
“Being in both choir and
orchestra has helped me to make
new friends and see new sides to
the same music,” junior Desmond
O’Connell said. “It’s a fun experience overall for both the musicians
and the audience.”
Posing alongside the changing leaves of Chicago,
sophomore Amy Carr follows her resolution of taking
more vacations by traveling back to her home state in
activities and couldn’t
make my resolutions a
It shouldn’t come
as a shock to anyone
that even adults have a
tough time following
through with their
“My main resolution for this year was
to try and be more
‘present’ when talking
to people, especially
with my children,”
junior counselor Ms.
Zeper says. “But, life
just keeps getting
busier which makes it
harder to give my full
attention sometimes. I
do know the importance of being in the
moment though, and
will always continue to
make that better.”
Try to create one
resolution to achieve
for 2016. If you put in
the effort, they will be
worth making.
Winter Spectacular is an opportunity for every musician to form
a new trust and respect for one
another. Together they express this
bond through their music and their
excitement for the holiday spirit.
“We play such a wide variety
of music, from the classic holiday
fare to more contemporary pieces,”
junior Juliana Good said. “It really
gets everybody in the mood for the
holiday season.”
Winter Spectacular will bring
the performing arts together as a
whole. It demonstrates both unity
and cohesion from setting aside
musical differences, creating a truly
festive concert. Admission is free,
and the performing arts welcomes
all students and members of the
community to attend at the Red
Mountain auditorium. For more
information, visit Mr. Haggard in
room 402.
Green With Envy
By: Luke Lamon
Staff Writer
FFA is a student program develGoodner said. “The only way to get
oped to instill responsibility through invited is to be a date of a member
raising animals, growing plants and of FFA.”
learning leadership throughout the
FFA allows students to take
year. This year FFA will be particiadvantage of a variety of events
pating in many events including Hot that will open up beneficial opporDog Days, Holiday Night on the
tunities for them later in life. They
Farm, growing and selling poinsettias also earn service learning hours
and the Maricopa County Fair.
and have scholarship opportunities
At the Maricopa County Fair,
available to them.
schools statewide are able to see
“A chapter meeting will be on
what other chapters have done
February 17 and is open for everythroughout the year. It is held on
one who wants to know more about
April 12-17, which allows students
FFA,” Ms. Goodner said. “It’s a
of FFA to compete with their animals great opportunity for students and
like sheep, pigs, goats and chickens. parents to get more information.
FFA students not only compete
statewide, they also compete
“I’m competing at a National
FFA convention in Louisville,
Kentucky,” FFA president and
senior Livvi Pearson said. “I
will be competing in Floriculture, representing not only
Red Mountain but the state of
A popular event for FFA
members is Country Kickback,
which took place on Friday, Nov.
“Country Kickback is a country dance at The Paseo in Apache
Junction where all Arizona FFA Working in the greenhouse, junior Jenna Mennetti
and seniors Livvi Pearson and McKenna Willis
chapters to get together and
prepare the Poinsettias for the holidays.
enjoy the night, FFA teacher Ms.
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11/24/2015 2:14:17 PM
Creative Communities for Students
By: Paul Stanton
Staff Writer
High school is both the hardest
and most rewarding time in the
life of an artist. The student artist
is overwhelmed by the amount he
or she has to learn, but is also free
to experiment, with nothing yet to
lose and everything to gain. While
the rewards are well worth the
effort, the dedication required to
balance art and school is grueling.
It is vital for there to be communities to encourage artists and give
them opportunities to showcase
their talents. Red Mountain is
home to several of these communities.
For visual and literary artists,
the annual publication Mind’s
Eye Magazine highlights the best
stories, drawings, paintings, and
sculptures created by Red Mountain students.
“It’s an opportunity for student
work to be published,” junior and
Editor-in-Chief Michael Meli
said. “It allows other people to see
your work, and it allows you to
make something that is a finished
Artists interested in the publication side can join Mind’s Eye
to see the process of producing a
“The Mind’s Eye committee of
students goes through the pieces
of artwork, then submits them to
the Digital Illustration and Intro to
Digital Studio classes who learn
design software by producing the
magazine,” faculty sponsor of
Mind’s Eye Ms. Wright said.
Those interested in painting
or illustration can join Art Club,
forming lasting friendships as they
explore various forms of visual
“We mainly do murals,
whether it’s around the school or
for community service—one time
we did a mural at the Child Crisis
Center,” faculty sponsor of art
club Mr. Graves said. “We want
to promote art and paint murals.
Sometimes we’ll do field trips to
art museums and art galleries.”
For artists exploring the power
of words, Red Mountain offers
two exceptional communities:
Creative Writing class, which
explores a variety of forms and
genres, and Dead Poets Society, a
club dedicated to the art of spoken
word, combining poetry with
public speaking.
“A lot of people have a lot of
stories that they aren’t being able
to tell orally, so they have to write
As represented in this old card,
Valentine’s Day has a long history of love
and romance.
Reading her work before an audience for the first time, senior Gabriella Escamilla
participates in SoZo Coffeehouse’s bimonthly poetry open mic night on Nov. 5.
it down,” senior Gabriel Gomez—
who recently won a poetry contest
for Creative Communications—
Additionally, members of Dead
Poets Society plan to visit some of
the various open mic nights hosted
by coffee houses around Mesa.
“I think that poetry is a really
cool way to express yourself,”
senior and Dead Poets Society
Club President Brendan Bogar
said. “It gives an anonymity to
feelings that you might not be able
to vocalize otherwise.”
On Nov. 5 senior and Dead
Poets Society member Gabriella
Escamilla went to SoZo Coffeehouse in Chandler to perform her
original poetry.
The History of
ith all the distractions
of romance and chocolates, the
true meaning of Valentine’s Day
is often forgotten. In ancient
times, Romans celebrated a day
called Lupercalia, which marked
the day of fertility in a violent
way. As time passed, the holiday
evolved into a less violent holiday.
In Shakespeare’s time, people
would write and send pink and red
love notes with hearts.
“We have Shakespeare to
thank for the romanticized holiday” Critic and Historical Journalist Arnie Seipel of npr.org said.
“Through his works, ‘Romeo and
Juliet’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s
Dream,’ he expresses the confusion loves brings on a person.”
“It was my first time in front of
an audience by myself, so I was
really nervous,” Escamilla said.
“But after watching a few people,
seeing how involved the audience
was, how warming and nice the
crowd was, I got up there. It was
really nice to do my poetry and
have everyone clap, because I saw
that everyone felt it.”
For more on Mind’s Eye talk
to Ms. Blisard in Room 229. For
more on Art Club talk to Mr.
Graves in Room 302. For more
on Creative Writing and Dead
Poets Society talk to Ms. Garrard
in Room 123. And for more on
SoZo Coffeehouse, check out their
website at http://sozocoffee.org.
Valentine’s Day
By: Bianca Duran
Staff Writer
As the love started to make its
way over to the U.S., the 1840s
marked the mass production of
Valentine grams and cards. In
the Arabian culture, there is no
exchange of grams, chocolates or
flowers, it is about women getting
the chance to boast about their
“We have Eid Al Hoob, Day
of Love, the women take care of
the men, as a way to honor the
men,” junior Sarah Alsaeedi of
Mesa High said. “It’s a day for the
women to boast about their love
towards their husbands.”
Chocolate was once thought
to be an aphrodisiac, but it wasn’t
until its popularization that it became one of the most sought-after
gifts for Valentine’s Day. Chocolate, which is the number one gift
given on the holiday, is mainly
given to women by men because
according to History.com women
like chocolate more than men.
“I think that it is not necessary
for a huge teddy bear and chocolate to show your love,” junior
Alexis Hernandez said. “The
perfect gift would be a hug and a
kiss, in my opinion, from the one
that you love.”
Although starting with violent
origins, today Valentine’s Day
marks a day of love, passion and
romance. For more information on
the history of Valentine’s Day, go
to, www.npr.org or www.history.
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A Balancing Act
By: Breann Dunn
Staff Writer
A common struggle among students is the
tension between work and school life. When
students get caught up in activities outside of
the classroom, the days can quickly turn to
chaos, forcing them to choose priorities.
Students have to take the initiative of arranging their schedules to accommodate their
everyday life. Between school, extracurricular
activities and a job, it is difficult to keep up
with all the moving parts.
“Using a planner for long-term assignments
or plans helps,” junior Alexis Zimmerman
said. “I prioritize my daily schedule by using
an iPad notes app, take a screenshot of what
to do for the day and save it to the lock screen.
That way whenever looking at the screen, I
am able to go over everything I have to do that
Organizing not only helps by keeping everything on track but also helps making time to
take care of other obligations such as balancing classes with extracurricular activities.
“The key is to avoid procrastinating.
Between football and basketball practices,
On October 22, senior Shaye Divine sorts through
produce at Albertsons.
From Compassion to Action
By: Elizabeth Goodin
Staff Writer
Volunteering at the Breakfast with Santa
event, sophomore Trinity Wolff and
sophomore Marlee McCathren-Hotchkiss
are found serving food to community
members of the city of Mesa.
olunteer work impacts
the lives of many people in many
ways. Volunteer work is priceless
in the hearts of many, including Red Mountain High School
“Volunteering makes me feel
amazing because I know I am
helping the community.” Manuel
Arias sophomore said.
Red Mountain High School
has numerous clubs dedicated to
volunteer work including Club
Diversity, Club Interact and
National Honors Society.
“My favorite part of volunteering is knowing I am helping someone in need.” Honors Biology
teacher Ms. Dunham said.
There are many opportunities
on the Red Mountain campus
involving volunteer work that
helps enhance the lives of those
in the Mesa community. These
opportunities include decorating
the school, serving food for the
homeless and donating Christmas
gifts to families in need for the
Red Mountain also participates in the 100 dresses event for
younger girls who wish to wear
dresses before bullying ensues in
their lives. Club Diversity also
does the “Feed My Starving
Children” event.
“I’m in Club Diversity and
we do a lot of volunteer work,
especially for the school,” Alexis
Kirby sophomore said.
If students wish to learn more
about how to get involved in volunteer work, visit Administration
to find out more about clubs that
dedicate their time to the community.
Man Up, Student Council and classes I have
to make sure I put aside time so I can take care
of all of it,” senior Desmond Ethridge said. “It
can be hard to juggle everything at times, but
I’ve learned to find ways to give my full effort
to sports and school.”
Balancing school and work life is a difficult
task and can vary between different students.
“Students tend to take rigorous course
work. For many of them it is about finding a
balance in their day just because they like to
challenge themselves, and that doesn’t always
work out,” Advisor Ms. Bianchi said. “Sometimes, as the year goes on they realize they
can handle it, so we never try to discourage
students from getting involved in activities or
advanced classes.”
Getting involved in more work than the average student can prove to be overwhelming.
However, at the end of it all when it is time
for a student to pave their way into the world,
finding strategies to cope with a complex
schedule is worth the effort.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
all use hashtags. The “#” symbol
goes in front of a word or words
to group that tweet or posts about
the same topic. It all started back
on Aug. 23, 2007 with a tweet by
San Francisco techie and former
Google developer Chris Messina.
Today the social media
world is exploding with people
promoting events and causes with
trending hashtags.
“When I go to a football
game, I’ll tweet out a picture with
#RMpride, and usually it will
draw Red Mountain students to
the football games and support
our team,” sophomore Marissa
Campbell said.
A popular use for hashtags is
sponsoring awareness challenges
to raise charity for various causes.
“I did the #ALS ice bucket
challenge to increase awareness
to raise money for the foundation,” freshman Jaden Sonive
said. “It was something new with
the nominations, and it was fun to
experience and nominate others.”
Hashtags give people a voice in
social media. Everyday countless people make a statement by
putting out new trends.
By: Hannah Richards
Staff Writer
”I always post stuff online
and support my church, for
example this weekend it’s
‘heart for the house’ weekend,
so #heartforthehouse,” junior
Yvette Hernandez said.
“It’s a way to let everyone
know what’s coming up and
raise money.”
Social media dominates
society. The key to influencing
today’s generation lies within
the virtual realm, and no social
media tendency has made a
greater impact than trending
hashtags. #trendingnow.
Showing support for the girls soccer
team, Student Council retweets
a photo from girls soccer using
hashtags to spread news about the
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Senior Spotlight
Tulcy Patel
Between HOSA, Code Club,
Mayor’s Youth Committee and
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club,
Tulcy Patel has a busy schedule.
In between it all, she has found
the time to code various apps
designed specifically for learning
and productivity.
“When I was a junior, I got really into coding and started coding
apps for fun,” Patel said.
Patel has created apps with topics ranging from computer coding
to helping students relieve stress.
Alexander Knopf
Alex Knopf not only performs
in Marching Band and Honors
Band, he is also one of five involved in the Brass Quintet. Knopf
finds songs for the members to
play and sets up their performance
“I ran the Woodwind Quintet
last year,” Knopf said. “It was
really successful, so they asked me
to do the Brass Quintet this year.”
The quintet plays at events like
open houses and holiday events.
Recently, Patel was chosen out
of 1,200 high school and college
students to collaborate with Google
on making apps. To help make her
apps available to the public, go to
Tulcy Patel
The group performed in front
of a large audience including 45
servicemen on Veterans Day.
With his success in his ensembles, Knopf is a talented musician.
Alexander Knopf
By: Meagan Horner
Staff Writer
Founder of the Dead Poets
Society, Speech and Debate
member, Link Leader and Student
Council’s Chief Science Officer/
Student Technical Aide are some
of Brendan Bogar’s titles.
“I really wanted to be involved
in the school, so I started with
Robotics and kept going,” Bogar
Although Bogar has a huge impact on the clubs at school, he also
has a role in the science aspect by
being the Chief Science Officer.
“I act as a state representative for the school,” Bogar said.
“I’m an advocate for different
science related things like STEM
Brendan Bogar is an important
part of Red Mountain due to his
campus involvement and his dedication to the science programs.
Brendan Bogar
Judah Watson
Judah Watson can be found announcing at assemblies, working
Judah Watson started out as
Student Council’s Photo Executive with Homes for our Troops and
during her junior year and decided spiking on the volleyball courts.
to run for Secretary the next year.
Being a member of Student Council isn’t just decorating hallways,
it can be a difficult job. With the
difficulty comes new knowledge.
“I’ve learned a lot about leadership,” Watson said. “I’ve also
learned that it’s okay to be myself.
We’re like a big family. We don’t
judge each other.”
Judah Watson
Q: I am an independent voter, why can I not select the independent party’s ballot?
A: There is no “Independent Party” in the state of Arizona. An independent voter is still able to vote a ballot for ONE of the recognized parties
in the Primary Election.
Q: When is the General Election?
A: November 8, 2016
Q: Why were the independent candidates not included on my
ballot in the Primary Election?
A: An independent candidate who submits enough valid signatures to be
“nominated other than by primary” is exempt from participating in the
Primary Election (A.R.S. § 16-341).
Q: When will the Secretary of State officially declare the winners?
A: The Secretary of State will declare the winners of the election during
the official state canvass on December 5, 2016.
Q: Do I have to vote for every office on my ballot?
A: No, you do not have to vote for every office on your ballot.
ccording to the Secretary of State’s website, here are
some frequently asked questions about the upcoming presidential
Q: What is a presidential preference election on March 22,
A: The PPE is a preference election, whereby registered voters of
participating, recognized political parties cast their vote for who
they prefer the Arizona delegates cast their vote for at their party’s
national convention.
Q: Can independent voters cast a vote in the presidential
preference election?
A: No, only voters registered with a participating political party
may vote in the PPE.
Q: Will my polling place be the same for the presidential
For more information, go to http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-elecpreference election as it is for all other elections?
A: Polling place locations are always subject to change. Check your tion/election-information.
polling location before Election Day.
Q: I am not registered with a recognized party, can I still vote
Ben Carson is
in the Primary Election on August 30, 2016?
currently leading
the polls for the
A: Yes. Arizona has an open primary law that allows any voter who
is registered as independent to cast a ballot for one of the officially
candidate, while
recognized political parties.
past Secretary
Q: Can I vote for a different party’s candidate on my balof State, Hillary
Clinton, is the
A: No. If you are registered with a recognized party, you will only
be able to vote with that party’s ballot in the Primary Election and
as a result you may only vote for that party’s candidates.
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Beyond the Ballot
Brendan Bogar
By: Halie Crook
11/24/2015 2:08:55 PM
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Performing their latest album at the Marquee
Theatre in Tempe on Dec. 14 is the British indie
rock band, The 1975. The all-boy band consists
of four young artists and songwriters who have
recently topped the charts with their newest
self-titled album, “The 1975.”
The band grew up in Cheshire, England and
have slowly but surely made their small town
band international. They first gained popularity
in the states after their single “Chocolate” was
released in early May of 2013. After it erupted
on the Billboard charts and radio stations, it was
safe to say The 1975 had finally gained fans
“The 1975’s song ‘Chocolate’ has been like
my high school anthem,” junior Andre King said.
“Ever since I first heard it on the radio, I couldn’t
get enough.”
Since then, they have released their full album
and have been able to attract fans of not just rock
and indie but alternative and pop as well with
their mixed tempo songs such as “Girls,” “Robbers” and “Settle Down.”
Design Editor
The 1975’s self-titled album, “The 1975” was released
in early September 2013 in hopes of appealing to a
broader audience and attracting more fans.
“The thing I love most about The 1975 is that
they have a song for every emotion,” junior Sarah
Henley said. “Whatever kind of song I feel like
listening to, whether upbeat or slow, they have on
their album. I feel like nowadays an album like
that is rare to find.”
Fortunately, The 1975 works with co-producer Mike Crossey, who has produced the Arctic
Monkeys, The Black Keys and Foals. Such a well
known and talented producer has given the band
an edge and advantage in the industry.
“When I first heard The 1975’s album, I felt
like they were a mix of some my favorite bands.
I could hear a little bit of Hippocampus, Arctic
Monkeys, and Brand New,” junior Catherine
Kiener said. “As I continue to listen to them, their
unique sounds and blends continue to catch my
On Dec. 14 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe,
British indie rock band, The 1975, will be performing. For more information about The 1975 or
for tour dates, visit http://the1975.com/.
Alessia Cara Is “Here”
inging for her fans at the Comerica
and relates to the trials and tribulations of growing
theatre on Dec. 2 is new alternative-pop artist, up and merging into the world of an adult.
Alessia Cara. With her unique and distinct
“I love the different things that Cara sings about,”
radio hit, “Here,” on her newly released album junior Alexis Hernandez said. “She relates directly to
“Four Pink Walls,” Cara is quickly catching
teens and she talks about things that people normally
attention from music fans across the globe.
don’t talk about, like not going to parties and enjoyCara’s hit single, “Here,” received 500,000 ing times spent with friends.”
viewer streams within the first week of debuting, giving it endless praise and bringing it up
to the top of the music charts. The song takes
the perspective of an unenthusiastic party-goer
who wants to do nothing but leave the party
and enjoy a good, safe time with her friends
without bad influences.
“Here’ is true story,” Cara tells The Fader.
“It’s a party song, but really it’s the complete
opposite of a party song. It’s absolutely me; it
shouts out the person in the corner of the party,
looking around uncomfortably. I feel like this
song narrates what the wallflower is thinking.”
Cara’s music is adored by many because
Posing for her music video, Alessia Cara sits in a bath tub with
she relates her songs to teenage adolescents
balloons depicting a party scene.
By: Amie Tillyer
With Cara’s small town feel and down-to-earth
presentation, she reaches the people in the world
that very rarely are represented by the music
industry. Within the depth of her lyrics, she explains how the “cool” things to do, aren’t always
the right things to do, and that you can have fun
without being a part of the “party scene.”
“Def Jam got what I am trying to do: I
want my music to be cool and reflective of my
influences, such as Drake, Amy Winehouse, Ed
Sheeran, while still being new,” Cara said in
an interview with the Fader. “Def Jam gave me
the opportunity to say something positive to say
something meaningful and positive without being
On Dec. 2 alternative-pop artist, Alessia Cara,
will be performing songs off her new album,
“Four Pink Walls,” at the Comerica Theatre in
Phoenix. For ticket and tour information, visit
By: Victoria Stout
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By: Taylor Page
ith the debut of their first
album “Start Here” on Aug. 28,
duo Maddie and Tae excite country
music fans across America. Starting
their music careers at the ages of 17,
with a surprising new hit song that
was released during St. Patrick’s
Day of last year, they have finally
proven to be considered part of the
big country music hits of today’s
music culture.
“We are country,” Maddie said.
“We love all music, but we are girls
from where country comes from.
It’s who we are; it’s how we live.
And that’s the music we want to
make. It makes us happy, but what
we write about is also who we are.”
Maddie and Tae went from a
publishing deal to a single sensation with their top song, “Girl in a
Country Song,” merely wanting to
express their honest reaction to the
reductive tilt of today’s “Bro Country.” This big single has opened
many doors for the duo, allowing
them to take their careers to the next
The cover of Maddie and Tae’s new album “Start Here” reflects
their country style. “Our whole project revolves around keeping it
real,” Maddie said. “We didn’t filter anything, because we felt like
when it comes from an honest place, truth will resonate so much
“We wanted to write the songs
from a girl’s perspective,” Tae said.
“In ‘Girl in a Country Song,’ how
does she feel wearing those cut-off
shorts, sitting on a tailgate?”
Embracing the real-country feel,
Maddie and Tae reach out to their
enthusiastic listeners with their
inspiring music using emotions
in each one of their songs. Their
voices are both authentic and truly
unique which allows them to touch
the hearts of all their fans.
“I like to listen to them because
their songs help express how I feel,”
senior Cassandra Nahrgang said.
“Their music allows girls to see that
they can be anything they want in
For more information on Maddie
and Tae and updates about their
tours and music, go to http://www.
By: Shaene Sorela
Copy Editor
After The Wanted’s hiatus in
2014, former member, Nathan Sykes,
embarked on his solo career and released chart topper “Kiss Me Quick”
in early July. The single reached
No. 1 on the U.S. Dance Chart, and
Sykes´s highly anticipated album is
set to be released before Sykes goes
out on tour in 2016.
“Obviously with the album, there
are songs that are a lot deeper lyrically,” Sykes said in an interview for
Schön. “A lot are very personal to me
about relationship and things that I’ve
gone through.”
His revamped sound, inspired by
soulful R&B and Jazz, continues to
shock fans who are familiar with The
Wanted’s bouncy and up-beat tracks.
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“I was really surprised when
I heard his new songs,” senior
Annmarie Burleson said. “It didn’t
sound anything like what I’d expect
from a former boyband member.”
Sykes released his second single
“Over And Over Again” in October
and received worldwide praise from
“His voice is being heard more,”
senior Koryssa York said. “The songs
fit his voice better, and he just sounds
It was also announced that Sykes
would support Little Mix´s ¨Get
Weird¨ tour in March 2016. To
download Sykes released singles, go
to https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/
Early 2015 Nathan Sykes released the solo single “Kiss
Me Quick” and announced that he is working on a debut
full-length album with a handful of producers that include
Babyface and Diane Warren.
11/25/2015 2:46:13 PM
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...A&E
n 2005, Lucasfilm
released the final episode of
the Prequel Trilogy of Star
Wars. Now, after a full decade,
admirers of the epic tale will
line up on Dec. 18 as “Star
Wars: The Force Awakens”
hits theaters. Fan favorites
including Mark Hamill, Carrie
Fisher and Harrison Ford will
be returning to the big screen
for the long-awaited trilogy in
the Star Wars saga.
“I’m so excited to see the
newest movie,” sophomore
Chanell Cottingham said.
“I’ve been keeping up on the
interviews and trailers, and it
looks so good. I can hardly
After Star Wars: Revenge of
the Sith, the origins of characters like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi
and many others had been
brought full circle. New characters Rey, Finn and the infamous
Kylo Ren come to screen.
By: Brigham H. Blackhurst
Even though there has been
little information released
regarding the film, plenty
of speculation has been put
“No one really knows
what’s going to happen,”
freshman Merrick Maxwell
said. “We know that we’ll see
the First Order, a new group
of highly trained troopers.
Knights of Ren are major, but
we know little beyond that.”
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Fans are eager to see how it
all plays out, and there will be
high expectations for Episode
“I really hope there’s a lot
of action in the movie,” junior
Drew Porter said. “I’ve always
loved seeing the Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers. The
new First Order troops look
pretty deadly, and I can’t wait
to see them in battle.”
There is plenty of hype as
the day approaches. Theaters
sold out within days, and
numerous ticket sites crashed
within hours of opening sales.
“Within a day or two of
sales opening, all seats at
Cinemark were sold out for
all showings of Episode
Seven for the next two or
three weeks,” Porter said. “I
already got seats in a theater
with a few of my friends.”
Following up to a timeless
movie series would at first
appear to be a challenge.
However, with opening night
tickets already sold out and a
nation of fans on the edge of
their seats, the new addition
to the Star Wars films will
truly be one for the ages.
11/24/2015 2:07:46 PM
26 Sports
By: Kace Curtis
Staff Writer
Winter Finals is like the Super Dreamhack Open and at DreamBowl for gamers and will take
hack Winter. Team Solo Mid is a
place throughout October for both new and upcoming team also in
Counter Strike and League of
the top four teams. With this win,
Legends. The League of Legends it would be there first major event
finals is called World Champion- win.
ships and Counter Strike’s finals
“These events are massive,”
are called Dreamhack Winter and sophomore Tucker Skiles said.
Dreamhack Open. Dreamhack
“Each prize pool is worth a lot of
Open takes place at Cluj-Napoca, money.”
Romania, and Winter takes place
The prize pool for this year’s
at Jönköping, Sweden.
Dreamhack Open $280,000. A
“These tournaments are great,” month later, Dreamhack Winter
sophomore Ryan Montalvo said. takes place with a prize pool of
“They are lively and fun, and there $350,000. The events are exciting
are lots of people who enjoy the
and a great way to watch competgames.”
itive teams and games go head to
These e-Sports events are like head.
any other sporting event. They
Dreamhack Winter and League
are exciting and very competitive. of Legends World Championships
Fans support and cheer on of their are the biggest e-Sport events of
favorite teams.
the year. For more information
“This event had team Sk Tele- visit, http://dreamhack.se/splash/.
com T1,” sophomore Luis Albanez
said. “I wanted to see a European
team win for once, but Korean
teams are too good to beat.”
During the League of Legends
Semifinals Team Fnatic was beat
out by Team Koo Tigers. The
Counter Strike Finals Fnatic won
the last two tournaments in a row. Before the main event begins in front of
a live audience, two League of Legends
Although Team EnVyUs has a
strong chance of beating Fnatic at teams compete in a practice match.
ith a new season and
players, the boys soccer team is
ready and set for any obstacles
ahead. Tryouts were challenging,
with 100 students coming out to
fill the 22-man roster along with
Coaches Connelly and Miller analyzing the individuals to select the
players deemed fit for varsity.
“We lost five seniors,” senior
and varsity soccer player Jake
Miola said. “So long as we create
as many scoring chances as possible though, we will do well.”
Physically speaking the players are not the biggest on the pitch
and are missing some key players
By: Ian Karaffa
this year, but what the players lack
in size and experience, they make
up for with sheer talent and speed.
“This year we have a strong
core of juniors and seniors that
bring a high level of leadership
and intensity to the training and
to games,” Varsity Coach Mike
Miller said. “By focusing on
development the last two years,
we are prepared to make a run into
the playoffs for the first time in six
years and are excited to have that
as our goal.”
The boys will kick off the season at home against the Mesquite
Wildcats on Nov. 30. For more
information on games and times,
visit http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/
athletics/programs/boyssoccer/ or
see Coach Kuss in Room 603P.
Senior and varsity player Jake Miola
looks to make a pass while fending off
an incoming defender during the Skyline
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The excitement grows by the
day as the kickoff to the Lady
Lions soccer team new season
draws near.
“Practicing for this season has
trained me for the field,” sophomore Sara Svoboda said. The
friends I’ve made will make this
team one to watch out for this
Practices allow the players to
hone their skills as well as build
their unity.
“Practices are tactic based,
which will allow them to showcase their strengths as a team. The
upperclassmen will also contribute
on the field,” Head Coach Vincent
Gallegos said. “Red Mountain
girls this year seem much more
By: Isaac Ronquillo
Staff Writer
The team has high hopes this
year and plan to attack the ball
against their upcoming opponents.
For more information, visit the
Red Mountain girls soccer team
webpage at http://www.mpsaz.org/
Caught in the spirit of the game last
season, senior varsity Kaylie Tush looks
to set up her fellow teammate.
League Goes
The NFL is debating on establishing a London team. The British NFL team is said to be formed
around the year 2022, leaving
some people to wonder how this
would impact the league.
By: Darian Gutierrez Calkins
“They would still be part of the
Staff Writer
NFL,” sophomore Isaac Villa said.
“I think the rules would stay the
The National Football League
(NFL) is one of the country’s most same.”
Although forming another
popular sport organizations. The
team would be exciting to most
NFL decided expand its popularviewers, some might not share the
ity and host a couple of regular
same excitement.
season games in London in 2007.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea
The football games have since
been played at Wembley Stadium to have a London team,” Villa
said. “It would be too far for the
in London, England. Due to its
success, the NFL signed a contract players to travel. They should just
have a league of their own.”
through 2020 with Wembley
With the world of football
Stadium to continue playing in
dramatically increasing, no one
London at least two games a
season. There has also been some knows what the future has in store,
whether it’s a new football team
discussion for Germany, Mexico
and possibly Canada to host foot- or league. For more information,
visit http://www.nfl.com/internaball games as well.
Many fans in America are not
able to enjoy a game in person.
However, United Kingdom
citizen, Stuart Robinson, got to
experience the excitement first
hand at the Jacksonville Jaguars
and Buffalo Bills game on Sunday,
Oct. 25 at Wembley Stadium.
“It was amazing. Way better
than I thought it would be. The
game was a lot louder than I imagined with the music in between the
plays and the commentator saying
what down it was,” Robinson said.
“You don’t have that here on TV Standing in front of the Big Ben in
London, England, U.K. citizen Stuart
so it made the live experience a lot Robinson supports his favorite NFL team
while heading to a pep rally the day
more enjoyable.”
before the Jacksonville Jaguars and
Buffalo Bills game.
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Pin the Win
Last year was a great season for the
Lions. The wrestling team is still hungry
and wanting to finish what they started
years before by placing first in state.
Before the season starts, the team takes
on a couple of tournaments matching
up against state-wide wrestlers in Las
Vegas at the Freak Show and Christmas
Going to these tournaments helps the
team prepare for the season because it
shows them what they need to work on
and gives them motivation and preparation for the season.
“No opponent is ever easy, so it’s always a battle,” said senior Steven Santos
said. “You have to work hard to win no
matter who you’re wrestling.”
Any wrestler can qualify for state, but
they have to put time into their practices
to win matches during the season. Overall, it’s up to the players how far they
want to go into the season.
By: Melissa Ortega
Staff Writer
“If you don’t put the time and work
in, then you’re not going to reach your
goal,” Wrestling Coach Hare said. “But
if you put the time and work in, then the
chances are you will increase exponentially in reaching your goals.”
The wrestlers have high expectations
to make this season better than ever
before. For more information about wrestling, go to http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/
Practicing for the upcoming season, junior
Lincoln Merrill does a double leg takedown on
Oct 2.
Shooting for
Final Four
By: Kyndall Price
Staff Writer
Starting the season off stronger than
ever, the girls basketball team has been
attending intense after school and club
practices. From running defenses and
offenses to boxing out, the girls are
more than prepared for the new season.
Dribbling the ball last season, sophomore Amaya
West gets ready to shoot.
“Currently we are just practicing
skills,” sophomore Amaya West said.
“When competition rolls around, we
start to practice based on what the
opponents bring to the table.”
The Lions start this season with solid players at every level, varsity, junior
varsity and freshmen.
“With the all the levels of skills,”
Coach Appel said. “We collectively
can help each other make it into the
A tough mind is needed when it
comes to basketball. It’s a competitive sport and if you’re not prepared
you have a chance of getting knocked
“It’s not easy when you get out on
the court,” West said. “If you don’t
have a tough mind you’re not going to
make it.”
Girls basketball is not going down
without a fight. They practice hard and
it shows out on the court. For more
information contact Coach Appel in
room 315.
Back in the Paint
By: Noah Trout
he Lions are
looking to start their
season with a bang with a
roster filled with hungry,
experienced players.
“We’ve got 10 seniors
this year,” Head Coach
Fazio said. “I think the
main difference between
this year and last year is
that we’ve got more guys
with significant experience at the varsity level.”
Despite the unseasoned
players having to adapt to
varsity’s fast tempo, they
still carried each other
all the way to a playoff
victory and a trip to the
second round to compete
for an AIA title.
“We are excited this
year because we had a lot
of success last season, and
this year we have more
depth on the roster,” Fazio
said. “I’m pleased with
our potential, so it will be
interesting to see how the
guys do.”
With a large amount of
skilled players, the only
focus this year is building
a culture among each
“I feel like it really
started even in the weight
room last year because we
started lifting more as a
team and doing a lot more
as a team,” senior and
team captain Desmond
Ethridge said. “As soon as
that started happening, the
chemistry came together.”
Now that the team has
established unity, they are
confident in their ability to
dominate on both sides of
the ball.
“This year we are all
together. We work hard
and we hold each other
accountable for winning
games and devote ourselves in the weight room
and practice,” Ethridge
said. “That is what wins
Every year since Red
Mountain introduced a
new head coach, Todd
Fazio, the Lions have
advanced one game in the
playoffs per year. With a
team overrun with morale
and only room to improve,
this year’s basketball
season can only exceed its
hype and expectations.
With his eyes focused on the ball, senior Caleb Smith hustles
to grab a rebound last season.
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