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Vol. 27 Issue 1 . Fall 2014
New Administration Page 4
Black Keys Tour Page 22
Football Page 27
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Vol. 27 Issue 1
. Fall 2014
Mr. Ryan
Ms. Saquella
Quote of the Issue:
“My advice to students is to
enjoy their four years of high
school because four years go by
-Ms. Casmus
Dear Red Mountain,
The new school year has begun with new goals for everyone on campus. Saying goodbye to fun-filled vacations and
hello to high school sporting events, homework and new class schedules, students are settling into another adventurous
and productive year.
The Roar Magazine wishes to welcome our new principal, Mr. Ryan, and the new administrators. The staff looks forward to Mr. Ryan’s new plans for the school’s future. In addition to new members of the staff, the magazine celebrates a
second Journalistic Writing class offered during second period with a combined total of over 45 students serving on the
The editors and staff will be diligently working to produce exceptional issues of the Roar Magazine to keep the
student body and staff updated and informed on events happening on campus. With more staff members, there will be
more stories for everyone to enjoy.
Austin Smith and Amie Tillyer
Front Row: Alyssa Jex, Shaene Sorela, Austin Smith, Karla Zepeda, Gabriella Escamilla, Victoria Wilder. Second Row: Amie
Tillyer, Tyler Lawrence, Victoria Stout, Taryn Seever, Halie Crook, Juliet Baires, Brenda Cota-Valenzuela, Taylor Guzik. Third
Row: Nikole Tower, Victoria Willis, Rhiannon Hicks, Ruth Bernardino, Natalie Brockman, Kylie Fila, Nicole Gimpl, Jessica
Hausmann, Kendly Jones. Fourth Row: Noah Trout, Ian Lopez, Quinton Johnson, Brigham Blackhurst, Zachary Palmer, Tremont
Bass, Hannah Ruckle, Taylor Page, Adri Ulrich. Not Pictured: Jalsie Balcazar, Draven Borjon, Kaylee Crance, Isabel Deller,Yaqub
Elmi, Paige Heckel, Riley Korcuska, Alicia Nugent, Lynnsi Nichols, Ryan Newberry, Mykenzie Oates, John Omta, Mariah Robles,
Brandon Woolgar.
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Austin Smith, Amie Tillyer
Managing Editors:
Nicole Gimpl,Tyler Lawrence
Rhiannon Hicks, Quinton Johnson,
Riley Korcuska, Ian Lopez, Lynnsi
Nichols, Nikole Tower, Brandon
Woolgar, Kaylee Crance
Juliet Baires, Jalsie Balcazar,
Tremont Bass, Brigham
Blackhurst, Draven Borjon, Natalie
Brockman, Halie Crook, Isabel Deller,Yaqub Elmi, Gabriella Escamilla,
Kylie Fila, Ruth Bernardino Gardea,
Taylor Guzik, Jessica Hausmann,
Paige Heckel, Alyssa Jex, Kendly
Jones, Ryan Newberry, Alicia
Nugent, Mykenzie Oates, John
Omta, Taylor Page, Zachary Palmer,
Mariah Robles, Hannah Ruckle,
Taryn Seever, Shaene Sorela, Victoria
Stout, Noah Trout, Adri Ulrich,
Brenda Cota
Valenzuela, Victoria Wilder,
Victoria Willis, Karla Zepeda
Cover photo by:
Predator Zipline Staff at
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Cover photo:
Hanging upside down, Brooke
Bodrero (9) zip lines at the Out
of Africa Wildlife Park on Oct. 10
over fall break. “How could I not
go zip lining over lions, tigers,
bears and lots of safari animals
upside down?” Bodrero said. “It
was just something I couldn’t say
no to; I had so much fun.”
Table of Contents photo:
Photo by Ms. Saquella
Roar Magazine is a
publication of:
Red Mountain High School
Journalistic Writing class
7301 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
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For more information on Red
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class, visit our website at www.
10/31/2014 10:59:49 AM
Fall 2014
New Administration/New Student Council...4
New Dance Teacher/New English Teachers...5
Saturday School/Advisers/New Technology...6
Tutor Time/Lunch Nutrition...7
Sports Medicine/College Transition/Exchange Students...8
Choir Crash/Governor Race/Latvia Trip...9
News Briefs...10
News Briefs...11
Stagecraft/Full Orchestra/Band...12
Student Spending/Selfies/Fashion Club...13
New Stadium/Welding Makeover/Wrestling Room...14
Walk-a-thon/Respect Movement...16
Road to Shambala/Cheerleading/Dance...17
FFA/Sports Secrets...18
Walter Cronkite Experience/Jaiden Animations...19
iPhone 6/Apple Watch...20
JIBO Robotic Assistant...21
Black Keys...22
Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon/One Direction...23
Hunger Games/Dracula Untold...24
Girls Volleyball/Badminton/Girls Swim...25
Boys Golf/Girls Golf/Boys Cross Country...26
Roar Magazine
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10/31/2014 10:59:25 AM
Welcome to
Red Mountain
The Roar Magazine staff would like to welcome new
principal Mr. Ryan, who is working tirelessly to ensure his
innaugural year at Red Mountain makes a difference.
The staff would also like to welcome the new
administrators, Dr. Karantinos and Ms. Kennedy, to
the Red Mountain family.
View the New
By: Taylor Guzik
ineteen new faces have
joined Student Council to serve
the student body as a family of
dedicated students.
“With already having an
established family within Student
Council, it took some time to collaborate with these new business
executives at first,” Service Commissioner and junior Elyse Tonioli
said. “However, we were very welcoming and ready to help out.”
To collaborate with new business
executives, all Student Council
members come in every Thursday
for meetings in Room 142. During
these meetings, they help with
upcoming activities such as decorating the Homecoming halls.
“We are elected by the student
body to serve the students and
put our best interests forward to
accommodate them while working,” Associated Student Body Vice
President and senior Mohamed
Zeitoun said.
Student Council allows these
driven students to be more
involved in school. It also grants
them the ability to do more service
projects benefiting all students not
just Student Council members.
“My plan is to make the most
successful Prom ever recorded in
history,” Zeitoun said.
Tonioli’s and Associated Student
Body President and senior Joelle
Dykstra’s common goals are to help
make the student body better and
get students more involved with
helping others outside of academics,
so they can have fun and experience
a memorable year.
“Student Council members all are
friendly, goal-oriented students who
love Red Mountain,” Dykstra said.
Many former high school Student
Council members have gone on to
become leaders of businesses, politicians and certainly well prepared for
the coming college years. Who will
be the next future leader from the
2014-2015 Red Mountain Student
Council? Only time will tell. For
more information on Student Council, see club adviser Ms. Pomonis in
Room 142.
By: Nicole Gimpl
Managing Editor
A new school year, a new
principal Mr. Ryan, and new
administrators. With the absence
of former administrators, Dr.
Slemmer, Ms. Barriga and Mr.
Alvarado, Dr. Karantinos and
Ms. Kennedy have come in to
take their place.
“I’m very excited for my
first year at Red Mountain,” Dr.
Karantinos said. “Red Mountain is everything I thought it
would be and more. I came here
because of the students, and I’m
excited to develop programs
As the former Director of
Curriculum for the Chandler Unified School District
and an educator for 22 years,
Dr. Karantinos is more than
equipped to handle the registration administration for students
at Red Mountain. Dr. Karantinos
is also the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
(STEM) Administrator and
dedicated to pursuing the “Red
Mountain Way,” a motto termed
by new principal Mr. Ryan,
who comes to Red Mountain
from Campo Verde where he
was principal since the school
opened. Ms. Kennedy agrees
that the new motto fits the new
school year and the new Red
Doing the job she loves,
Ms. Kennedy starts her day early to
be sure she is able to help as many
students as possible.
“The ‘Red Mountain Way’ in
my own terms is a standard of
conduct,” Ms. Kennedy said. “It’s
looking out for each other. It’s
our integrity and hard work that
makes the foundation for our
After working at schools
in Phoenix and Gilbert, Ms.
Kennedy will be furthering
her career in education as the
Freshman and Student Services
Assistant Principal.
“Our goal is to provide every
student with a challenging curriculum and service opportunities, so that students are more
than prepared for life after high
school,” Dr. Karantinos said.
The new administration wants
Red Mountain students to know
that they are grateful to be a
part of the Red Mountain family
and will work hard to live up to
the legacy of the school and do
things the “Red Mountain Way.”
After the first assembly, Student Council gathers together to snap a
picture and celebrate the successful event on Aug. 22.
Staff Writer
New Year,
New Faces
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A Leap Into Change
By: Karla Zepeda
Staff Writer
he school welcomed 19 new teachers on
campus including new dance instructor Ms.
Pavcov. Ms. Pavcov came to Red Mountain to
replace former dance instructor of 30 years,
Ms. Fox. Ms. Pavcov has spent many years in
dance studios as well as working with youth.
“I love it. It’s the best job in the world,” said
Ms. Pavcov. “The kids are amazing. All the kids
are definitely talented.”
Sometimes it could be hard getting use to a
new teacher, but the dance students are
making the transition.
“I love having dance with Pavcov,” said
junior intermediate dancer Emma Stewart.
“She is one of the best dance teachers I have
ever had.”
Even though there’s a new dance teacher,
Ms. Pavcov and the dance students must hit
the ground running because a dance concert
is planned for Dec. 3-4 in the auditorium.
Tickets will be available in the bookstore and
at the door.
“This year’s dance concert is going to look
amazing,” Ms. Pavcov said. “The dancers take a
lot of pride in all they do.”
In addition to Ms. Pavcov’s enthusiasm for
the dance concert, some students are also
sharing their excitement.
“I can’t wait until concert,” freshman
intermediate dancer Thordis Sigurdardottir said.
“The choreography is looking great.”
“There’s nothing I
would change about my job.
The dancers take a lot of
pride in all they do and it’s
just awesome to be a part of
-Ms. Pavcov
New dance teacher, Ms. Pavcov, is loving her new
job position as the new dance teacher. “Being in
class is what I look forward to everyday,” Pavcov
said. “Dancing and working with the kids is just
Adding More to the Red Mountain Family
By: Jalsie Balcazar
Staff Writer
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Ms. Stasi, who is a Red
Mountain alumni, teaches
Principles of English II, Humanities, and AP Language
and Composition.
“I hope students will understand the importance of
being a good writer. No matter what future they choose,
whether it be a college career
or military career, they need
to be able to communicate,
and I want them to be great
communicators,” Stasi said.
Red Mountain students are fortunate to have
teachers who show their
dedication and passion about
students’ learning through
their teaching.
“My advice to students is to enjoy
their four years of high school because
four years go by fast.”
-Ms. Casmus
Ready to begin class, Ms. Casmus starts her Sophomore English class
with bellwork. “What I enjoy about teaching is the interaction with
students,” Ms. Casmus said. “Every hour is different; there is never a
dull moment.”
Along with welcoming
new principal, Mr. Ryan,
the school also welcomed
new English teachers to Red
One of the new English
teachers, Ms. Casmus,
who teaches Sophomore
English and World Literature,
realized in college she really
loved English and working
with students and that is how
she was inspired to become
a teacher.
“The best part about
teaching is seeing a struggling
student finally understand a
concept,” Casmus said.
Casmus hopes students
who take her class will improve their writing skills and
be more open-minded about
people and what they are
capable of doing as a person.
She believes they can be
whatever they want to be as
long as they put in the effort.
10/21/2014 2:31:38 PM
Five or Six Days, Your Choice
Fresh ideas have come to
the school regarding discipline
and extra tutoring for students.
Teachers can send students to
Saturday School if they are performing poorly in their class or
consistently missing assignments.
Additionally, students can choose
to receive help in a specific
subject from teachers and peer
tutors in the Media Center on
“I’m not going to lie, it’s kind
of stressful,” National Honors
Society senior tutor Alec Miller
said. “This past week, we had
a big turnout of kids. It’s crazy
because we are tutoring anybody
that comes in from any grade,
from any subjects.”
As stressful as it is, it’s working well so far according to
“Saturday School has been
well received by parents because
their kids are no longer sitting
doing nothing for in-school suspension,” Assistant Principal Mr.
Gowdy said. “It’s meant to be an
alternate consequence instead of
having students miss class time
for ICR.”
While parents applaud the
new program, some students
have been unwilling to voluntarily give up Saturday mornings
to attend even more school.
“Students don’t like it, but
that’s a good thing because it
makes Saturday School a more
effective consequence for breaking the rules,” Mr. Gowdy said.
Even though Saturday
School is being used as the new
consequence, some feel it’s a
great opportunity to focus on the
tutoring available to students.
“I think Saturday School
should allow struggling students
to get the attention and tutoring
that they may not have afforded
otherwise during the 30 minutes
of lunch tutoring,” senior AP and
Honors student Alexandra Arnold said. “Hopefully it will help
students improve their grades or
deepen their understanding of
subject matter rather than simply
punishing them.”
One Minute Counselors,
the Next Minute Advisers
Staff Writer
There will be one adviser per
grade level available during
each lunch hour to answer
quick questions.
“Many students have
sports or clubs before or after
school,” Bianchi said. “This way
we can reach more kids.”
The change from counselor
to adviser was not a change
made by the principal but
by the Mesa Public Schools
District. In college, counselors
are referred to as advisers,
so every high school in the
district will be using the term
to better transition students
for the next step in schooling. Besides the convenience
and college aspect of advisers,
they are not much different
from the years before and will
continue doing what they have
in the past.
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Staff Writer
Saturday School is not a
punishment, but rather a great
way to receive assistance on
subjects that may not click with
students. For more information on Saturday School, go to
New Technology
By: Halie Crook
As the school year begins,
the counselors have traded
in their titles for advisers to
better inform and encourage
“We will have a more collegiate approach than before,”
adviser Ms. Griner said.
The advisers will continue
to provide emotional support
but have a larger role in college readiness than previous
“We will focus on intervention, missing credits and
failing classes,” adviser Ms.
Bianchi said.
During lunch, counselors
are now offering “Minute
Clinic” to students who don’t
want to wait a week or two
to ask a quick question or
seek emotional or academic
By: Victoria Willis
By: Taylor Page
Staff Writer
ith Mesa Publics schools technology initiative, students and teachers
are seeing new and improved computer
equipment throughout campus. Teachers received Lenovo Thinkpads and
state of the art projectors in an effort
to improve teaching strategies.
“The new technology was a tad
tricky at first,” Ms. Nau said. “After a
couple of weeks into the school year it
became very easy.”
New space efficient wireless projectors are being installed in every classroom to aid teachers as well as students
in producing innovative presentations.
“The projectors are much better
with no more cords all over the ground
and taking up space,” Ms. Nau said.
One of the reasons that the new
technology was purchased was to help
the teachers with all the administration
tasks necessary in a classroom setting.
“The Lenovo Thinkpad makes it
much easier for me to take attendance
and begin class right away,” Ms. Nau
The welding classes also received
new technology such as invertors and
plasma tables. Additionally, they were
given environmental equipment.
Getting a hang of the new technology,
sophomore English teacher Ms. Born
uses her Thinkpad to set up lesson
“The plasma tables allow my
students to cut through 50 pieces
of steel,” Mr. Hurst said. “The environmental equipment keeps the
air in the classroom cleaner. The
equipment scrubs the air clean of the
smoke, so more students can weld at
the same time.”
Due to Red Mountain’s forward
thinking attitude with technology,
they were one of the first schools
to receive all of the new technology
that will prepare students to meet
the challenges of the 21st Century.
Trying out the new “Minute Clinic” during lunch,
adviser Ms. Zeper helps senior Sabrina McGee
with academic questions and concerns.
10/31/2014 10:59:07 AM
“Smart” New
Lunch Times
By: Kendly Jones
Staff Writer
Meeting in the library, sophomores Jessica Jenkins, Ashley
Priest and Annie Allen spend their lunch helping each other
out with school work.
his new school year has been
full of exciting changes. In addition
to welcoming a new Principal, Mr.
Ryan, a new schedule was introduced. Class times are shortened
to 54 minutes in order to allow for
a longer lunch period. During this
lengthened time, students have an
opportunity to be tutored in any
“I like having more time to
spend with my friends,” sophomore
Lindsay Gardner said. “Knowing
that I can get help [tutoring] is awesome.”
Teachers are pleased with the
results tutoring has brought. They
have seen positive changes in their
student’s grades and class participation. Specifically in math, tutoring
has helped with the understanding
of difficult concepts.
“I have students who come in
consistently and they have a oneon-one opportunity to get help,”
Algebra II teacher Ms. Ritter said.
“I think it’s good to get students
practicing during school hours,
and I love that every student has an
extra opportunity to learn.”
For those who work at lunch,
these new times have been welcomed. Each employee has more
time to relax after their shift and
prepare to focus on school activities
“I work for the first half of
lunch,” sophomore Ashleigh Peterson said. “Having more time after
I finish working [in comparison to
last year] takes a lot of stress away.”
The new schedule with an
extended lunch and an intervention
has changed Red Mountain for the
better. To get more information on
tutoring and the new lunch times,
visit http://www.mpsaz.org/
“I love that every
student has an extra
opportunity to learn.”
-Ms. Ritter
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By: Taryn Seever
Staff Writer
“By trying new things here,
we can shape a lifelong diet.”
- Sarah Langston
“Some students started eating fruit and
salads daily,” Cafeteria Manager Howard Welch
said. “We might get only a handful or we might
get more that realize fruits and vegetables are
not all that bad.”
Although the new program can affect diets
for the better, many student athletes and their
parents are worried they may not be able to
consume enough calories to keep them energized for sports.
“I have soccer after school daily, and the
new school lunches do not offer me anything
that can hold me over until after practice
or keeps me energized,” sophomore Emily
Poledna said.
Satisfying or not, the Food Wellness Program is in effect around the nation hoping for
a satisfactory result. Students, parents, teachers and staff members are slowly adjusting to
the new future of school’s food choices.
After a long stretch of working to break
the bad eating habits of kids around the country, Congress started a health kick to help
change students’ diets for the better by creating standards schools are told to abide by.
Along with new food and drink options,
students are offered a half cup of fruit or
vegetables with their lunch or breakfast. Teas
and energy drinks have been replaced with
vitamin waters and juices, salty chips have
been substituted with baked chips and whole
grain requirements are now raised to 100 percent. By altering diets at schools, the program
hopes to make a positive impact in student’s
diets at home as well.
“Students come here to learn new things
and follow the great examples shown at
school,” Nutrition Supervisor Sarah Langston
said. “By trying new things here, we can shape
a lifelong diet.”
This difference could create new habits for
students that they can keep throughout their
life and influence others to make a difference.
10/21/2014 2:39:55 PM
Staff Writer
Attending the UofA home football
game, Taylor Maza and her friends
support their fellow Wildcats.
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As students settle into the new
school year, the 2014 graduates
adapt to the college life.
Wherever their new life takes
them, from in-state or out-ofstate universities to the first day
on the job, former students use
experiences in high school to help
with the big journey ahead.
“Leaving high school was such
a huge change,” 2014 graduate
and Utah Valley University freshman Alexandra Pickron said. “By
leaving my family, friends, home
and everything I grew up with, it
has been difficult, but it has been
a very good experience.”
For most students, college is
a tremendous change from high
school. Where students live, their
friends and what they do on a
daily basis alters drastically.
“You have to start all over. It
is a blessing and a curse,” Taylor
Maza former 2014 student body
president and current University
of Arizona freshman said. “I love
college, it’s just a whole different
There is no doubt that college
teaches many life lessons. It
makes people look to the past and
reevaluate what they wish they
would have done in high school.
As a senior, it is the last year to
soak it all up and have fun being
a teenager.
“Always make memories.
I know it sounds cliché, but
you'll look back and think about
the days you didn't go out and
wonder why did I spend so much
time worrying about little things,”
Maza said. “Don't be with people
that don’t make you a better person but rather with people you
can have fun with. Stay up late,
watch the sunrise with your best
friends, it will be gone in a blink of
an eye.”
College and living on their own
brings major responsibilities for
high school graduates. Going to
college is the first test as an adult.
“You have to start being your
own person,” Maza said. “My parents are two hours away, they can't
save me anymore.”
Before seniors know it, high
school is going to be long gone.
They should make decisions that
will make them happy because in
the end what others think won’t
matter. What will matter is doing
things that will make life better and
the future brighter.
“Time managment is about
prioritizing what is important in
your life. In order to be successful,
one needs to ask these questions:
What parts of your week are most
important? Which things need to be
completed first? Do some things need
to happen before other things can
take place?”
-Red Mountain 2012 graduate and
Northern Arizona University
Communications/Pre-Law major,
Alexandria Saquella.
Behind the Scenes of Sports
By: Ruth Bernardino
Staff Writer
Taking on the World Like a True
Mountain Lion
By: Adri Ulrich
Adding water to the calf in
October, junior Kyle Horn gets
the tank ready to bring out to
the practice field near the
Annex to hydrate the athletes.
Injuries are inevitable in
sports, which is why the school
is lucky to have a select group of
students who are willing to help
out. These students are part of
the Sports Medicine Program
that teaches them responsibility and allows them to learn
valuable skills that can be useful
outside of school as well.
“This class is preparing me
for my future by teaching me
life-long skills that will go a long
way, especially in a medical career,” junior Kaitlyn Neel said.
As the head of athletic
training and the Sports
Medicine Program, Mr. Kates
(R.K.) is responsible for the
care and prevention of injuries
of the schools’ athletes. He also
manages teaching students and
trainers about the many ways to
treat several different types of
“His high energy, love for
teaching and helping others
really makes it easier for us to
actually want to learn,” Neel
Instead of being taught the
traditional way, the students get
hands-on experience on how to
help injured athletes.
“A typical day in the class is
very hectic,” Neel said. “There
are trainers running around
trying to help inside a tiny room
stuffed with athletes. While
some stretch and wrap, others
are filling up waters and taking
them to the designated fields.”
Although the class may be
crazy at times, it is all worth it
in the end because the skills and
techniques being taught can be
beneficial on and off the field.
Coming to America
By: Brenda Cota
Staff Writer
2014-2015 Foreign Exchange Students.
FRONT ROW (left to right): Alexane Causse,
France, Isabela Silva Madeira, Brazil,
Esther Odefey, Germany,Ulla-Riikka Vehmas,
Finland. ROW TWO: Jonathan Otto, Germany,
Krzysztof Michalski, Poland, Peter Petersen,
ed Mountain was able to connect
with various organizations to bring 12
foreign exchange students to the school.
The foreign exchange students enrolled
this year are taking advantage of new
opportunities and are able to have one of
the best American experiences of their
“Having the foreign
exchange program at our school
provides the foreign students
an American experience
like no other,” Adviser Mr.
Wasilewski said. “Since there
are different school systems and
cultures involved, the current
perception based on TV and
movies is entirely inaccurate,
so the students would have to
first hand be in the situation to
understand what it is like to be a
student here.”
Most foreign exchange
students can agree that school
in the United States is dissimilar
from school in their home
country. Not only is the teaching
style different but the food,
culture and the way people dress
are as well.
“Some people dress exactly
like the boys and girls in France,”
junior French foreign exchange
student Alexane Causse said.
“Except, some people wear
weird things like tutus and socks
with sandals, and you would
never see that in France.”
Exchange students stay in the
country and attend school for a
whole year. This means having
to be away from and not being
able to communicate with their
“One of the hardest parts
is being away from family and
not being able to communicate
with them as often,” sophomore
Polish foreign exchange student
Krzysztof Michalski said.
Even though the foreign
exchange students have gone
through vast changes, they are
learning to adapt quickly to their
new environment. They face
challenges in the new way of
living in Arizona but appreciate
the experience they earn from it.
10/21/2014 2:48:30 PM
hoir has a lot on their plate
including performing in a concert
on Sept. 30 and performing at a Diamondbacks game on Sept. 27. With
such a busy schedule, incidents are
bound to happen and throw a wrench
into plans. One surprise happened
on their way to the Diamondback
baseball game in September when
their bus was hit by a truck.
Around 1:30 p.m. after the group
of 31 singers climbed back on to
the busses after finishing lunch, it
started to rain. The storm picked up
intensity when the bus was half an
hour away from the stadium. That’s
when a truck smashed into the side
of the bus.
“We were coming back from
lunch, and it started getting cloudy.
Once we hit the freeway, it just
started pouring rain, so we pulled off
the highway,” senior Deanna McHardy said. “It got to the point where
you couldn’t see 20 feet in front of
you. I looked over and saw pair of
headlights coming directly towards
my seat on the bus. I said to myself,
By: Brigham Blackhurst
Staff Writer
‘Are they going to stop?’ They didn’t
stop. It wasn’t a very hard crash, but I
was screaming my head off because I
thought we were about to die.”
It was a miracle no one was hurt.
After the storm died down and
after a safe transfer from one bus to
another, the singers were able to get
back on the road and make it to the
game on time.
Race for Governor
By: Mykenzie Oates
Staff Writer
It’s a race to the finish line for the
Arizona Gubernatorial Election this
November. Current Governor, Jan
Brewer, will be stepping down and
taking her place will be one of two
candidates, Republican Doug Ducey,
or Democrat Fred DuVal. Both candidates have big ideas for change, but it’s
up to the voters to decide who is best.
Doug Ducey was born in Toledo,
Ohio, but came to Arizona in 1982.
Ducey is mostly known for his past
role as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and current role as Treasurer of
“He [Ducey] wants to rework the
school-funding formula to direct
more money into the classroom and
has criticized DuVal for wanting to
hike school spending,” Mary Jo Pitzl,
writing for the Republic, said on
Ducey’s campaign proposes many
changes to the education and health
care systems. His planned changes
for education would include more
choices for schools for children and
more money to be spent in classrooms
on materials and technology to better
our students. These are a few of the
changes that Ducey has planned for
“It was traumatizing, but we
were fine,” senior La Camarata Vice
President Nicholas Cummings said.
“We’re all fine, no one was hurt, and
we’re grateful for that. In the end,
we made it to the baseball game on
time to sing the national anthem.”
Latvians Learn a Language
By: Tyler Lawrence
Managing Editor
On June 8 a group of 12 high
school students and five leaders
of the Red Mountain Community Church went to Latvia for
two weeks to do service. Eight
of them were Red Mountain
“We split up into two teams,
one team went too Aizpute,
Latvia, and the other to Talsi,
Latvi,” senior Austin Thompson
said. “We had English camps
to teach kids ages 8-18. Many
already knew some English, so
we had beginning, intermediate
and advanced classes.”
Traveling that far can be
expensive, especially for high
school students, so to get the
funds they had different fundraisers and found ways to acquire
money to be able to enjoy the
once-in-a-lifetime experience
of teaching people English in a
different country.
“The cost of the trip was
about $2,000 per person, so we
had to put a lot of effort into
getting that kind of money to be
able to go,” senior Michael Heinrichs said. “We sold homemade
kettle corn and sent out letters
to friends and family asking to
help pay for us to go and serve.”
In Latvia, volunteers from Red
Mountain help Latvians learn
English over the summer.
Not many people get the
chance to travel the world to
learn and experience different
nations’ customs. Not only did
they teach and assist, but they
got to meet new people and
see a whole different country’s
“I loved being able to go to
another country and experience the different culture while
serving the community of God,”
Thompson said. “I would go
again in a heartbeat to have that
rewarding experience of teaching those kids and helping change
so many lives.”
Hopefully more people can
have the adventure of a lifetime
and be able to go on a similar
trip to serve others and act on
selflessness while also learning
other customs and enhancing
their own knowledge about the
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The changes to healthcare would be
beneficial to citizens who desperately
need it.
Fred DuVal is Arizona raised and
presently lives in Phoenix. He was
appointed by President Clinton as
Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in which he was responsible
for the policy relationship between
the states and the federal government.
“Arizona is headed in the wrong
direction, we are not properly funding our children’s schools and our
children are being left behind, they
are losing out,” DuVal said to his supporters in a recent debate.
DuVal’s campaign is mostly focused
on education and job opportunities.
He plans to make education more
accessible to everyone. DuVal also
believes that with an investment in
education, new businesses can grow.
He wants to give veterans better
opportunities for employment and
education, as well as protecting
their health for both them and their
The election for governor will take
place on Nov. 4. For more information on Doug Ducey, visit his page at
http://www.dougducey.com, and for
information on Fred DuVal, visit his
page at http://www.fred2014.com/.
Singing in the Rain
As he waits to hear from the bus driver,
junior Cory Smith is anxious to hear what
damage was caused after the choir bus was
hit. “I felt bad for the bus driver,” Smith
said. “We were all freaking out. It was cool,
but really stressful for him and us.”
10/21/2014 2:55:16 PM
News Briefs:
Saturday School
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Media Center
Fall Schedule
November 1
November 15
December 6
Welcoming a New Leader
After saying goodbye to Dr. Slemmer, Mr. Ryan graciously
stepped in as Red Mountain’s new leader.
Though Dr. Slemmer’s shoes will be hard to fill because of
his time spent here, Mr. Ryan’s experience and zeal for
excellence in education and his passion for the school’s
motto “Courage, Respect, Influence,” will carry the student
body of Red Mountain into the 21st century.
For more information, go to http://
Counseling Seeking Future Leaders
Senior Photography
Senior Class Picture:
Thursday, November 6 at 11 a.m. in
the large gym.
Senior Cap and Gown Photography:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7 a.m. – 1
p.m. the in auditorium lobby.
Counseling is looking for two sophomores
to attend HOBY’s flagship program, the State
Leadership Seminar (LS), which is designed to
help high school sophomores recognize their
leadership talents and apply them to become
effective, ethical leaders in their home, school,
workplace and community.
Selected students attend three or four day
seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and
explore their own personal leadership skills
while learning how to lead others and make a
positive impact in their community.
The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops
leadership from three perspectives: Personal
Leadership, Group Leadership and Leadership
for Society.
Last year, juniors Jake Miola and Breanna
Deets represented Red Mountain High School.
Miola was selected to go on and attend the
National conference in Chicago.
If you are an interested sophomore, please
contact Ms. Sweet or Ms. Willis in the Advisor’s Office as soon as possible. The deadline is
early November. A registration form will need
to be completed and eligible students will be
asked to interview by appointment.
Club Photography
Club and Organization Pictures:
Thursday, December 11 at 7 a.m. – 3
p.m. in the large gym.
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Raising Money for
a Good Cause
Red Mountain Publication classes raised $97 for the ALS Ice Bucket
Challenge earlier this year.
Yearbook was challenged by RMTV to participate in the extremely well
known Ice Bucket Challenge created to raise money and awareness for ALS,
also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
November and December
College and Career Visits
Mesa Community College Chandler Gilbert Community College
Arizona State University
Utah State University
Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University Every Wed.
Nov. 5
Nov. 18
Nov. 19
Nov. 20
Dec. 11
Period 3 and 4
Period 4
Period 2
Period 5
Period 3 and 4
Period 3 and 4
Excellence in Civic Engagement
Awarded to Red Mountain
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Plasma Robotics and Red
Mountain High School will
be hosting the FIRST Lego
League Northeast Mesa
Qualifier on Dec. 5. At the
event, FIRST Lego League
teams will compete for a spot
at the 2014 Arizona State
Championship Tournament.
Volunteers are needed for
this event. To volunteer, go
to http://www.azfll.com/
volunteer/ and apply for the
Northeast Mesa Regional or
talk to Mr. Kellis in Room
Red Mountain was represented
by Student Body President, senior
Joelle Dykstra, Government teacher
Mr. Gardner, Assistant Principal for
Activities Mr. Marks.
The award is based on a schools
engagement in civics education,
current events awareness, ServiceLearning, extracurricular volunteer
opportunities, school governance
and simulation participation.
Red Mountain High School was
named Excellence in Civic Engagement School of Merit by Arizona
Department of Education. The
school was given the Excellence in
Civic Engagement Award during a
ceremony at the Sheraton Crescent
Hotel in Phoenix on Tuesday, Sept.
17. The award was presented by the
Arizona Department of Education to
schools who completed a rigorous
application and review process. This
was the second year of the program,
and Red Mountain was named a
recipient both times.
FIRST Lego League
Northeastern Mesa
10/21/2014 6:20:47 PM
Walk the Stage
as a Craft
By: Ryan Newberry
Staff Writer
Red Mountain stagecraft was invited
to take a walk through the four theaters
at the Mesa Arts Center on Aug. 25. The
Red Mountain stage crew explored the
sound and light booths to experience
the professional atmosphere of the crew
who work there. The stage crew also
learned how safety is incorporated with
everything they do backstage.
“I feel like we have a very safe stage
and shop,” senior Benjamin Pensyl said.
“This displays how our stage is run and
workshop is organized.”
Stagecraft is designed to introduce
and acquaint students with technical
aspects of the theatre including lighting,
sound, scenic design and construction.
Students also learn more about the
professionalism of a proper crew.
“I want it to be a professional program to help everything and everyone,”
drama teacher Ms. Griffin said.
The Mesa Arts Center has many
well-trained employees that want students to succeed and understand what
the job entails.
“The Mesa Arts Center explained
how events run at the center and
how they may have opportunities for
students to watch the members work,”
senior and Red Mountain Stage Manager Cierra Newberry said.
Senior Benjamin Pensyl who was
trained in lighting plots, was showed
how this skill can help him in real life.
“The most helpful information was
the behind-the-scenes work that showed
how lights, sound and the under basement worked together,” Pensyl said.
The stagecraft experienced an
interesting trip gaining new knowledge
to incorporate into this year’s performances.
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On Aug. 25, stage crew senior Jacob
Lasee-Catlin discusses layouts and
opportunities shown by the Mesa Arts
Center’s crew in the lobby area of the
four theaters.
Early Morning Strings
A new, more advanced orchestra group called Full Orchestra has
been added to the Performing Arts
classes. Full Orchestra is an A-hour
class that Chamber, Symphony
and a select few Symphonic Pops
orchestra students can sign up for
and take for no fee.
“The music is mostly chamber
music. The class was designed
to give kids more exposure to
difficult types of music that we
don’t play in the regular orchestra
classes,” orchestra teacher Mr.
Haggard said.
The students are organized into
quartets and practice in a small
group together. Mr. Haggard instructs them on the proper way to
rehearse without an actual conductor. They are taught to listen to one
another so that the ensemble does
not fall apart, which is a common
problem in developing orchestras.
“Playing in a quartet helps me
play a lot better,” sophomore cellist
Phoenix Black said. “You have to
watch and listen to the others in
your quartet and make sure that
your part matches up with theirs
correctly when you play.”
The students have a chance to
By: Rhiannon Hicks
hone their listening and teamwork
skills in the new class. They are
also pushed to play to the best of
their ability since they are the only
“This class has
ones playing their specific part.
“I like the class because I feel
allowed me to have a
like it challenges me,” freshman
heightened sensitivity
violinist Clarissa Madrid said. “It
to those playing around
requires cooperation and a lot of
group effort.”
me and introduced me
The students will not be playing
to music I wouldn’t
at the orchestra concert on Oct.
16, but they will be participating
otherwise listen to.”
in a small concert for their peers.
-Juliana Good (10)
They will also be competing in
the Arizona Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble
Festival, a competition where an
ensemble is recorded and then sent
to a judge that gives feedback on
their performance.
“I have seen improvement in all
areas. Students listen better and
they play in tune better as well.
Part of the focus is teaching them
how to play like professionals,”
Mr. Haggard said. “So far this class On Sept. 30 , a quartet rehearses III
has had a positive impact on the
Minute in their Full Orchestra class
in preparation for one of their class
Tchaikovsky Revamped
By: Kaylee Crance
lassical and dubstep are two very different types of music that no one would expect to
be brought together, however, the Red Mountain
Marching Pride has done just that for this year’s show
titled “Tchaik 2.0.”
“It is a unique twist on a classic that combines old
and new styles,” junior Alexander Knopf said. “It is
something that we’ve never done before and it will
be fantastic when we are done putting it together.”
“Tchaik 2.0” is composed of music from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” layered with the third movement from his fourth symphony mixed with dubstep.
The music starts peaceful and light but breaks down
in the middle to chaos for a period of time before it
rebuilds back to the peace.
“We’ve taken classical music you’d hear in Swan
Lake, pulled it apart, and revamped it into dubstep,”
senior Kaitlyn Casteel said.
In addition to a new type of music, this show is
more physically demanding when compared to last
year. Running and playing is all part of the performance, which takes a toll on the players. Most band
students are in advanced classes as well, so balancing
school work with practice can be difficult at times.
“The amazing feeling you get after you finish with
the show is hard to beat,” sophomore Allyson McGrew said. “Marching band is definitely worth trying
to balance all the late nights of school work because
of practice.”
In the words of a renowned leadership speaker
and band director, Scott Lang, “Band is worthwhile.
Band is life-changing. Band is working hard with the
same people fighting through the bad days, and celebrating the good ones together. Band is memorable.”
On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Red Mountain Marching
Pride attends the Diamondbacks game after playing
their pregame show with multiple other bands from
around the area. “The best part about band is sharing
a $25, 18-inch, cheese and jalapeño stuffed, bacon
wrapped corn dog with your band director,” junior
Tiana Shaffer said.
10/21/2014 3:05:29 PM
#OutfitOfTheDay vs. #FoodFetish
By: Juliet Baires
ased on 100 students
surveyed at Red Mountain, 56
students spend more on food vs. 44
students who spend more on clothing. Ultimately, students at Red
Mountain spend more on food.
Students spend money on food
to eat healthy and feel good about
“Eating healthy jumpstarts my
day,” junior Angel Esquer said. “Eating fruits, vegetables and nutrition
bars are my favorite types of food.”
Junior athlete Jadon Allen,
spends most of his money on food.
On a monthly basis he spends $300
at fast food restaurants and the
grocery store.
Staff Writer
“As an athlete, I not only eat
more food but I spend more on
food,” Allen said. “I try to stack up
on whole wheat foods and foods
with carbohydrates.”
Although the results were close,
clothing still plays a role in teen’s
daily lives. For example, teens feel
it is necessary to look presentable
to exceed society’s expectations.
“I begin my day trying to figure
out what to wear,” sophomore
Keely Carney said. “I feel that what
I wear will set the tone of my day.”
Teens shop at stores such as
Forever 21, Tilly’s, Kohl’s and
Zumiez to find clothes that
express their individuality.
“I buy what’s trending,” senior
and Fashion Club member Chloe
Bowman said. “I change its style
enough to where it goes with my
Students present themselves by
conveying their style through their
“I spend more on clothing to stay
with fashion trends,” junior Michael
Peters said. “I like to stay looking
fresh because presentation is everything to me.”
Based on this research, it appears
both food and clothing are important
in teenagers’ lives.
By: Jessica Hausmann
Staff Writer
Many people express themselves
through their fashion. Clothes show
who a person is and what standards
they set for themselves. Fashion Club is
a great club to join to learn how to find
awesome deals, interesting clothes and
have tons of fun.
“I don’t remember a time when
fashion wasn’t there,” Fashion Club
president and junior Aubri Petersen
said. “Fashion Club caught my eye by
how open they were and how they
accepted everyone into their club.”
Vice president and junior John
Padilla’s life, much like Petersen’s,
largely consists of fashion. Padilla
enjoys fashion and wishes to pursue a
career in the industry. Also, learning
how to sew, will help him secure his
future career.
“I do sew, actually. My Grandmother
Kathy taught me how,” Padilla said. “It’s
a great skill to have if you like to create
your own outfits.”
Petersen’s fashion sense helps
people choose what to wear and decide
what looks good on them.
“I may not always agree with what
people are wearing. If they pair something with some just flat out ugly shoes
or accessories, I would let them know
Red Mountain students, sophomores Vanessa Carrillo, Keely Carney , Stella Beeson and senior Chloe Bowman take
they don’t go together or try to at least
selfies on Instagram.
mention another outfit that they would
By: Amie Tillyer
look better in,” Petersen said. “Any
time I go shopping, I come home and
pair my new clothes with the ones that
One of the most common hashtags
Many people think taking selfies is entered the photo albums of adults.
I have.”
of 2014 is Selfie Sunday. Selfies have
an act of being conceded. Some even
More and more adults are taking
Fashion Club is a good way to let
stormed social media and changed the think it can become a disorder. There selfies because they have seen their
creativity flow and find awesome new
way people take self portraits. In the
have been cases where people will take children taking them.
outfits for a good price. Members
past, getting photos taken of themself over 100 selfies just to find the perfect
“I think it is great that adults take also find cute outfits to fit in to the
would require getting someone to
one to post on social media.
selfies,” senior Jake Sibley said. “It
school’s dress code. Participants always
take it for them. Now photos can be
“I think that some people can take opens them up to the technology that
remember when they go shopping
taken quickly and easily with a front
selfie-taking to an extreme by taking
teens use on a daily basis.”
that shorts must go to their fingertips
view of themself.
way too many selfies,” senior Anthony
Selfies have revolutionized the way and that their tank straps must be 1½
“I love the convenience of selfies,” Robnitt said. “It is just unnecessary to photos are taken. Millions of selfies
inches wide. Fashion Club meets every
junior Paige Rupe said. “Getting a
take over 100 selfies at one time.”
are taken daily and based on the
Thursday in Room 157. For more
photo taken of yourself can be so difIn recent years, front cameras
popularity of social media, the trend information, contact club adviser Ms.
ficult, but selfies have made it easier
have been added to mobile devices
looks to continue.
and more convenient to capture a
to makes selfies even easier to take.
photo of yourself.”
The front camera has revolutionized
Selfies have revolutionized social
photo-taking and caused an increase in
media. Instagram takes the lead havselfie taking.
After their snowball
ing millions of selfies posted every
“I love my front camera,” Rupe
fight at tailgate,
day. Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat
said. “I hope that in the future, they
junior and Fashion
tie at a close second.
will put front cameras on professional
Club President
“I can’t remember the last time I
cameras along with front cameras beAubri Petersen
went on social media without seeing
ing on cell phones and iPods.”
gathers the
members for a
a selfie,” sophomore Matthew Long
Selfies have not only taken over the
quick group photo.
photo albums of teens, but have also
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10/21/2014 3:14:48 PM
New Stadium, New Attitude
After many months of preparation and implementation, the
stadium rebranding is complete.
With the assistance of the football
booster leaders Ms. Eulate and Mr.
Marquez, who aided in securing
sponsors and support from all three
levels of the football organization,
the stadium was reconstructed
before the 2014-2015 school year.
The newly upgraded stadium
allows Red Mountain to be more
modernized and revitalized.
“The stadium was changed for
two reasons. One, the stadium
was outdated so remodeling was
needed,” Mr. Gowdy, assistant
principal of athletics and seniors
said. “Two, for all the facilities, we
wanted to incorporate all the
core values and give a sense of
identity for the campus. Besides,
the football stadium hasn’t been
rebranded since the school first
opened in 1984.”
With the improved stadium,
the hope is for more fans to be
attracted to the football games.
“We want our stadium to have
a unique feeling that is evident as
soon as you buy a ticket and walk
into the venue,” Mr. Gowdy said.
“We experienced similar success
last basketball season after a gym
rebranding project was combined with floor renovations.”
Off the field, a state of the
art bathroom makeover was
Extreme Makeover:
Welding Room Edition
By: Tremont Bass
Staff Writer
they have to draw up a design,
scan it and let the computer
plasma cutter do the work.
“The parts that we can
design and create with the
plasma cutter are incredible,”
sophomore Bryce LeSueur expressed. “It will make projects
a lot easier for our class.”
With a wait list for
students to take welding as
an elective, the new technology will make it easier for the
increasing numbers to get into
the class.
Using the new plasma cutter, junior Eric Maldanado aligns
the mild steel with a laser, so the computer can read the
X, Y, Z axis.
Staff Writer
One of many changes to the football
stadium includes the new scoreboard,
which highlights Red Mountain’s 21-20
lead over Brophy High School on Sep. 19.
Wrestling in Style
By: Zachary Palmer
Staff Writer
he highly anticipated wrestling room renovation is finally
complete. The wrestlers lifted
during the summer while they
were waiting for it to be finished.
The wrestling room is now getting
put to good use as wrestlers prepare for this season, which starts
in November.
Every wrestler has voiced positive thoughts about the changes
to the wrestling room, including
mats and newly painted walls.
“We really like the new
wrestling room, especially the
mats,” sophomore varsity wrestler
Lochlin Howey said. “The mats
are super clean. There aren’t any
cracks or rips in them because
they are brand new and diseases
are less likely to spread.”
The cost of the renovation was
about $25,000.
“We did new paint, wall padding and mats, it looks gorgeous,”
wresting coach Kyle Hare said.
“The kids are excited about the
new room, the old wrestling room
was outdated, old and there was a
lot of wear and tear.”
The wrestling team is eagerly
preparing for the season using the
new wrestling room. The goal is
to build off of last year. Putting in
many hours during the week, the
wrestlers are learning and improving, so when the first tournament
comes they are ready.
“The kids are excited
about the new room.
The old wrestling room
was outdated, old and
there was. a lot of wear
and tear.”
-Coach Hare
Due to wrestling room
renovations , this year’s wrestling
team will be starting this season
off in style.
Part of the technological
changes that Red Mountain
went through included renovation of the welding room. The
renovation included stateof-the-art equipment with a
new air extraction system that
allows many more students to
be welding at one time.
“Instead of keeping four to
five students busy at one time
I can now keep 15 busy at one
time,” Mr. Hurst said.
The plasma cutter has made
fabricating custom designs
even easier for students. In
order for students to take their
designs from paper to metal,
installed in in the concession
stand building. As for the field
itself, a bigger, more detailed
scoreboard was implemented
along with repainted goal posts
and press box. The old track was
replaced with a new and innovative one that displays ads of Red
Mountain’s sponsors. Sponsor
ads can also be seen hanging
on the fences surrounding the
With a brand new, fully
upgraded stadium ready for the
new school year, Red Mountain
athletics is prepared to show off
their skills in a fashionable and
competitive manner.
By: John Omta
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10/31/2014 10:58:47 AM
Biotechnology Today
By: Shaene Sorela
Searching for the Win
By: Ian Lopez
Staff Writer
fter the departure of Red
Mountain’s beloved biotechnology
founder and instructor, Ms. Randall,
Ms. Gazda and Ms. Derryberry were
added as the new driving force into
the multidisciplinary curriculum
of biotechnology. Biotechnology is
one of the fastest growing industries
in the nation with a huge demand
for well-prepared employees in the
high-tech field.
The clear message is that while
future employees are still in school
they should be receiving preparation
for the current workforce. Microbiology, biochemistry, genetics,
molecular biology and chemistry are
just some of the studies the program
covers to compete with the new set
“All we do are labs,” junior
Yasmine Bann said. “It makes it really
fun, and she’s [Derryberry] very
independent with us when we do
Ms. Derryberry instructs senior Katlyn
Winters and juniors Brayden Couch and
Yasmine Bann in third hour Biotech II.
As students finish the class at the
end of the year, they’ll already be
one step ahead when they go to college or try to find a job.
“Since Biotechnology is preparing
students for future careers, we run
the classroom like a company where
all the students contribute to it’s
success,” Biotech I and II teacher Ms.
Derryberry said. “We hope to provide students with unique opportunities to research a science topic that
interest them. We also want them to
experience hands-on science through
the manipulation of living organisms
in order to benefit society.”
Before teaching, Ms. Derryberry
completed several years of research
in a chemistry lab specifically studying the reaction between the earth’s
atmosphere and rocket propellant.
Ms. Gazda previously taught biology
at Chandler High School but decided
to become a Mountain Lion because
she wanted to teach biotech.
With the finest laboratory and
accomplished educators, Red Mountain can expect to continue to help
the students meet the challenges of
the 21st Century.
“Students will leave excited
about science and with experiences
in a biotech lab that they can’t get
anywhere else,” Ms. Derryberry said.
“They will be prepared for jobs in
science that don’t even exist yet.”
Come One, Come All
By: Alicia Nugent
On Sept. 13 the JROTC
Pathfinders, a military science
group at the school that trains to
achieve peak physical condition to compete against other
schools, traveled to Prescott,
Ariz., to compete in the annual
Orienteering Competition. The
competition serves as a way
to introduce news cadets to
two challenges: Score-O and
Point-to-Point. The courses are
designed to help train the students to use a map and compass,
skills that are useful in every day
life. In Score-O, each location is
worth points, and students have
two hours to try and find the
points to increase their scores.
In Point-to-Point, students are
given one hour to try and locate
the given coordinates, but in
“Point-to-Point is difficult,”
Staff Sgt. Caleb Hamrick said.
“There are 20 points on the map,
and you have to find them all
in order. It’s even harder when
you have rough terrain and new
people that have never gone to
the competitions before that
you have to teach. But the LET
(Leadership Education and Training) Two’s helped pass on some
experience on to the LET One’s,
so I think that helped out a bit.”
With the sun glaring down
on the cadets and the shrub-like
terrain, the obstacles proved
difficult. Trekking down the
hillsides along with all the thorny
bushes demonstrated a tricky
task, but the troops managed to
accomplish their goals and had
all the skills needed to do so.
“I think in all we performed
well,” Maj. Rhodes said. “There
were a couple of inexperienced
kids within the mix, but in all
they performed well. They did
what they had to do and earned
lots of points because of it, helping us earn a top spot within the
Falling in to try to find points on
the map, sophomores Clayton
Westbrook and Douglas Poorman
and juniors Bryan Cobb and James
Hewitt participate in the Score-O
Competition at Pioneer Park in
Prescott, Ariz.
Staff Writer
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“This will be my first time at the Oktoberfest,
and I’m excited to eat the food and see all the
activities,” junior Annmarie Burleson said.
During the event, the German Club gave out
Oktoberfest T-shirts for $10. T-shirts are still
available through the German Club. There were
prizes handed out for buying food and attending
the event.
“At the Oktoberfest, we have two different
options for food. There is a kid’s meal for $5
which consists of a hot dog, chips, a drink and
a dessert, and the adult meal, which is $10 and
includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, potatoes, dessert
and a drink,” Herr Cole said. “Food tickets can be
purchased in Room 703.”
The entire event is about music, however, this
year there wasn’t a live band, there was polka
music played off of a CD. Next semester, the
German Club might host another activity similar
to a spring version of the Oktoberfest.
“The German Club is hoping to earn more
money next semester by holding a spring
Oktoberfest,” Herr Cole said. “I know that the
Oktoberfest will be a success this year like it is
every year.”
Getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest,
juniors Ashley Fredricksen and Joshua
Buescher along with the rest of the German
students prepare for the big event, which
takes place in October.
October is upon us, which meant German
Club’s Oktoberfest was here. The Oktoberfest was held on Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the
“Red Mountain’s Oktoberfest is held one night
only as a fundraiser for the German Exchange
held later in the year,” Herr Cole said. “It creates
a great memory for all the students involved.”
During the event, the German Club and their
guests danced to a variety of German music.
“My favorite German song to dance to is the
chicken dance,” German Club Vice-President
Danson Brinkerhoff said. “Bi-Ba-Butzemann is
another German song that I love singing and
dancing to.”
The German Club set up wooden cutouts
that guests can pose in. There also was a kid’s
area filled with candy, coloring pages and other
10/31/2014 10:58:15 AM
Taking Steps Toward College Success
By: Yaqub Elmi
Staff Writer
Students from all over Arizona listen to a
presentation at a Saturday meeting the Be A
Leader Foundation holds monthly.
At the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 28, Red Mountain students attended
the Taking Steps Toward
College Walk-a-thon. This
event, hosted by the Be
A Leader Foundation and
advertised by Red Mountain’s Lion Leadership
Alliance (LLA), invited
all Arizona students to
explore over 200 out-ofstate universities and ask
any of these institutions
questions in person. This
event, offered to them
by out-of-state colleges,
also gave students the opportunity to hear about
different scholarship
Lion Leadership Alliance and the Be A Leader
Foundation are both clubs
which strive for students
to succeed in colleges.
“Students will be sure
where they're going and
the security of what college will be like,” junior
and Secretary of LLA
Daycy Gomez said.
Like LLA, the Be
A Leader Foundation
strives for students all
around the state to be
successful in their overall
high school and college
“Be a Leader supports
its students by providing ample opportunities
and resources to prepare
them for current and
future academic success,”
the Mesa Be a Leader
representative Lashelle
Records said. “Each
member of our staff is
passionate about building
relationships with and encouraging our students.”
With the combination
of LLA’s advertising at
Red Mountain and Be
A Leader Foundation
advertising outside of
school, the Walk-a-thon
was a success.
“I think the Walk-athon was a great way to
get information for my
future and to find out
about new colleges,”
junior Thomas Carr said.
All in all, the students
who went to Walk-a-thon
are taking a step towards
their college success. For
more information about
LLA, go to the meetings
in Room 400 on Tuesdays
during both lunches.
Reigning with Respect
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By: Kylie Fila
Staff Writer
an Up and WOW Factor members have dominated
the Red Mountain campus with
respect for the last three years.
However, the organizations have
recently formed an official club
known as the Respect Movement that meets every Friday
during both lunches in Room
“It’s goal is the same,”
club advisor Mr. Selby said.
“Promote a culture of respect
at RMHS and to support the
partnership of Man Up/WOW
Factor ASU and Man Up/
WOW factor RMHS.”
The school’s population and
potential impact influenced
Arizona State University’s decision to choose Red Mountain
instead of all the other schools
in the state. During meetings,
leaders and officials of the
Respect Movement discuss the
importance of influencing others in a positive way and how
everything has an impact.
“Respect is something worth
fighting for,” Man Up ASU
leader Abraham Doe said.
The Respect Movement
intends for a quarter of the
population on campus to sign
the Pledge of Respect, which
includes taking responsibility
and respecting everyone.
“The goals for this year
include making it easier for
everyone to join and initiating
respect throughout all school
events,” senior President Casey
Hershey said. “I’ve noticed
a difference in the last three
By following the core values
of taking responsibility, rejecting passivity and devaluing
messages, leading courageously,
declaring the worth of others,
and initiating and influencing
respect, students will become
better people. The Respect
Movement members emphasize
the need to do the right thing
even if it is difficult.
Taking the pledge, members raise their hands promising to
follow the rules of the club in the Respect Movement meeting
on Sept. 26 during fourth lunch.
“By being a part of this club, I
can help teach people what I had
growing up, respect, and hopefully be a
good example, too.”
-Esly Plazola Mascarenas (10)
10/21/2014 3:33:40 PM
The Road Back To Shambala
By: Victoria Wilder
Staff Writer
ctober 24, 25, 29 and 30, Red Mountain
Theater is reproducing “The Road to Shambala,” a
Red Mountain original play based on “The Wizard
of Oz” and incorporated with music from 70s rock
band Three Dog Knight. The play demonstrates
good morals such as no underage drinking, racism,
bullying, judgment and equal treatment. Admission is free, but a $5 to $8 donation is appreciated.
The show was performed once before in 2010, but
theater teacher and playwright Ms. Griffin decided
this year was perfect to have her advanced theater
class perform the show once again.
“Nobody who was here before is still here, so it’s
brand new to all the kids,” Ms. Griffin said. “I didn’t
have to turn anybody away. I would like to have one
show every year where anybody who wants to be in
it gets to be in it because I believe that is how they
get experience.”
Junior Taylor Wild, who’s playing the protagonist
and female lead role “Sam,” emphasized all of the
actors’ dedication and talent.
“They take on their character to the extreme,
and they make it so much better,” Wild said. “We’ve
even added more jokes to the script this year.
They’re really talented.”
The male lead “Nick”/“Tin” will be played by
four year theater veteran senior J Bellot who is doing his best to do Ms. Griffin’s play justice.
“I feel like I definitely have to do a lot better
than the previous actors, and it’s going to be hard
because they did really well,” Bellot said.
All of those involved in the play, especially the
actors, rehearse heavily to prepare for the play’s
“Right now we’re doing three days a week
for about two hours,” senior Joseph Struble said.
The Truth about All-Star
By: Alyssa Jex
Staff Writer
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Freshman Emilee Clark strikes a pose
in her new All-Star Cheerleading
uniform that Desert Storm Elite Rage
performed in at The Cheerleading
Worlds in Orlando, Fla.
“Cheerleading is not only
my passion but it’s who I am,”
Clark said. “It’s my favorite
thing in the whole world and I
will never stop doing it.”
The stakes in All-Star
cheerleading are high. It takes
dedication, teamwork and
most of all, a competitive
drive. All-Star cheerleading is
not only a sport, but a second
“As it gets closer, we’re probably going to move to
three to four hour rehearsals.”
Senior Tristan Telischuk appreciates the actors’
hard work and thinks other people should too.
“I think other people should come to the show
because they’ve put a lot of work into it and that
should be worth something,” Telischuk said.
Eat, Sleep, Dance
A new dance season has started,
and on campus the number of teens
enrolled in the art has steadily increased
over the years. There are two types of
dance training students can enroll in:
company and recreational.
“The difference between recreational
and company dance is that company is
more intense and dancers have to learn
dances faster,” Campbell’s Dance Studio’s senior company member and Red
Mountain senior Morgan Roberts said.
Time management plays a huge roll
in these students’ lives when trying
to balance their hectic schedules. The
average dancer enrolled in company
dances six days a week from four to six
hours a day.
“I take AP Psychology, CP Chemistry, and Honors English, so my work
load is enormous,” Campbell’s Dance
Studio’s senior company member and
Red Mountain sophomore Lisa Johnson
said. “It’s difficult at times to balance
these classes with dance because both
require a lot of attention.”
On average, a dancer will return
home around 9:30 p.m. every day,
begin their homework and won’t get
On July 26, members of Campbell's Dance
Studio's senior company end their routine
performed in front of the judges at the
Tremaine Dance Competition in Las Vegas.
By: Hannah Ruckle
Staff Writer
to sleep until at least midnight.
That leaves approximately six hours
for sleep, which is two hours under
the recommended eight for growing teens. Free time for a company
dancer is limited. Most dancers are
granted their Saturday nights and
Sundays to themselves, however, a
lot of that time is spent catching up
on school work from the previous
week, and preparing for the next.
“We typically go to at least one
dance competition a month,” Campbell’s Dance Studio’s senior company
member and Red Mountain freshman Isabella Demichellis said. “Most
of the competitions are local, but we
are required to travel out of state on
a few occasions. This sacrifices a lot
of precious family, friend, homework
and sleep opportunities.”
Belonging to a dance company
requires a student to be disciplined,
focused, hardworking, dedicated and
willing to sacrifice a lot of things in
their life, yet the reward of being a
dancer makes it worthwhile.
“Even if I don’t pursue dance professionally, it is worth all of the time
because it has shaped me to be who
I am today,” Campbell’s Dance Studio’s senior company member and
Red Mountain senior Allison Charles
said. “It’s taught me how to get my
work done in a shorter amount of
time, be more diligent and it’s given
me self confidence.”
To these dedicated dancers, all of
the time put in, the blood, the sweat
and the tears are more than worth it
because dancing is what they were
born to do.
The word “sport” is defined
as an activity involving physical exertion and skill where
an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. When
someone thinks of a sport,
they most likely don’t think of
All-Star Cheerleading. If they
do, chances are they’re thinking of the stereotypical high
school cheerleader.
Freshman Emilee Clark, an
All-Star cheerleader, proves
that not all cheerleaders cheer
as a team, but as a main event.
Juggling homework, team
practices, and living a teen
life, she still makes time to do
what she loves.
“We usually practice
about five to six days a week,
including weekends,” Clark
Desert Storm Elite Rage is
one of the All-Star cheerleading teams. They practice 2530 hours a week to lead up to
the Cheerleading Worlds in
Orlando, Fla. It takes extreme
dedication and passion to
be an
All-Star cheerleader, but it all
pays off in the end when they
reach victory.
During rehearsal, Ms. Griffin encourages the actors.
“You guys are the dedicated ones. If we can get
everyone to commit as much as you do, we’ll have a
great show.”
10/21/2014 3:45:12 PM
Fresh Looks for FFA
By: Paige Heckel
Staff Writer
“We’re going to Tonto National Forest for a service project to eradicate crayfish,” said
Mr. Hicks. “We’re also doing a
haunted hallway for Halloween
in the 700 building.”
As for more home-based
events, FFA hosts many
after-school meetings such as
ice cream socials, teamwork
building and more to bring the
chapter together. Supervised
agricultural experiences are
also a good way to become
involved. These mandatory
projects can be anything from
planting flowers to taking a
lamb, goat, or pig to the county
fair. Despite the shift into
a technological world, FFA
continues to hold on to the
values of hands-on, traditional
“We have a bigger chapter,
and we’re trying to get more
people involved, which means
that we’ll have more events
and more participation,” FFA
president and senior Samantha
Pearson said. “I think we’ll have
a great year.”
FFA is bound to be very
different from past years.
While all of these changes may
seem a bit daunting at first, the
officers, members and teachers
have no doubts that things will
continue to run smoothly.
By: Isabel Deller
Staff Writer
tudents who don’t participate
in sports teams have a difficult time understanding what goes into participating
and the time and commitment of most
athletes. The benefit is that one can build
leadership and teamwork skills needed
for future careers.
Cross country, like most sports,
requires effort and tests the strength of
its members. It is important to stay in
good shape even in the off-season. Cross
country can cause team members to be
sick to their stomachs due to the intense
participation necessary. The sport requires diligence and thoughtful actions.
“All of the hard work, time and effort
put into cross country is underestimated,” freshman Hailey Jorgensen said.
The hardest part of swimming is
juggling homework. Especially since
most members enroll in a school team,
as well as a club team to improve their
skills that essentially benefit the overall
team. The secret of swimming is that it is
much more difficult than it appears.
“My biggest competition is myself,”
senior Hannah Manis said. “Swimming
takes a lot out of you.”
Golf is said to be a head game and
one must remember to not let it get him
or her down.
Golfers are required to walk nine holes a
day carrying their bags. It is a patience-based
sport for the game, and players cannot get
“The best part of golf is that we work
well as a team and have fun together,” sophomore Jacey Ibarra said. “Golf is something
that most people don’t have the patience to
play, but once you learn, it’s amazing.”
High school sports are the beginning of a
possible career. Red Mountain sports teams
use it to their advantage. They are paving the
way for a bright future.
Starting off The King of the
Mountain Invitational, on Sept. 20,
junior Cassidy Swain and
sophomore Makenna Nelson race
ahead to begin their 5K at the Arizona
Golf Resort. This race took place to see
how all the teams worked as a whole.
Handing a hotdog to one of her customers, sophomore Jenna
Mennetti works to fundraise for FFA at Hot Dog Day on Oct.
3. “It’s a very chaotic day with a lot of things going on all
the time,” sophomore Desmond O’Connell said. “But we’ve
raised a lot of money because of it.”
With the addition of a new
agriculture teacher, Ms. Goodner, FFA is making positive
changes. The program offers
a variety of opportunities for
students to become more
involved with agriculture,
strengthening skills that range
from working with animals to
working well with others. FFA
allows students to experience
what it’s like to be a part of the
agricultural community.
“This year is looking good
and going smoothly,” FFA
teacher Mr. Hicks said. “We
have a lot of things planned,
and we’re excited for them all.”
Ms. Goodner has joined
the agriculture scene, teaching
Applied Biological Systems- a
more hands-on approach to biology. With 15 years of agricultural experience, Ms. Goodner
is ideal for the position.
“Ms. Goodner is doing a
great job,” said Mr. Hicks. “It’s
great to have her with us.”
Because of the new teacher,
an influx of students have
hopped on board as well. The
number of students participating in FFA has doubled, which
is why a second teacher was
needed. There are also a few elements that have been added to
this year’s FFA program/club.
Things to Know About Sports
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10/21/2014 5:27:25 PM
After my first year as a staff member of the
Roar Magazine, I had the opportunity to attend the Walter Cronkite Summer High School
Journalism Institute at Arizona State University’s
Downtown Phoenix campus along with 25 other
budding journalists from around the country at
the beginning of June.
“This program allows young journalists to get
to know our campus and discover what life is like
on a college campus,” Director of High School
Journalism Programs for the Walter Cronkite
School Anita Luera said.
During the two week program, we lived in
ASU’s on-campus dorms, called Taylor Place and
ate meals in the dining hall, free of charge thanks
to the sponsorship of many groups including
Cronkite trustees, alumni and the Dow Jones
News Fund.
We were split into two groups based on our
individual journalistic talents. I was in the Print/
Digital Media group which focused on producing
By: Nicole Gimpl
Managing Editor
Students of the Walter Cronkite High School
Summer Journalism Institute prepare to take on
the challenges of a career in journalism on Jun. 8 at
Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix.
online stories, pictures and video packages. During the two weeks, we created a blog, which can
be viewed at www.thedevilsdish.wordpress.com.
The Broadcast group was split into two news
teams, each of which produced a half hour long
news broadcast, available on the Print/Digital
Media group’s blog.
Every morning we had news conferences
where our leader Luera listed and explained
the activities for the day, which usually included
exercising at ASU’s YMCA across the street as
well as presentations from famous journalists and
professors at Walter Cronkite.
While there, we met Al McCoy, Brittney Griner and other famous athletes and journalists who
inspired us all to follow our dreams and become
Animating Jaiden
By: Gabriella Escamilla
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While making videos as a full time job is
a competitive and difficult business, some
have managed to do just that. However, it
is best to have options to fall back on. “I hope to get support to make this my
job,” Dittfatch said. “If that doesn’t happen,
I have been looking into graphic design.”
The encouragement of viewers not only
helps the business aspect but the mental
and emotional aspect of those creating the
“Support from viewers helps me get
more confident,” Dittfatch said. “It makes
me realize I have more potential.”
While the viewers are helping the
creators, the creators are also helping the
“I want people to be able to go to my
channel on a bad day and laugh,” Dittfatch
Check out Dittfatch’s work at
JaidenAnimations on www.youtube.com.
Senior Jaiden Dittfatch works on the
first step for her animation videos. “I’ve
always drawn since I was little, and it
stuck with me and led me to making
animations,” said Dittfatch.
n a world of technology, the Internet
is one of the greatest ways to receive
exposure for a growing business. One of
the most useful sources is YouTube where
one is able to come in contact with people
that have a larger following. With over
10,000 subscribers, senior Jaiden Dittfatch
is running JaidenAnimations, a channel
in which she creates animation videos of
stories about her life.
“It started off with me sending in
some artwork to them [iHasCupquake],”
Dittfatch said. “They recognized it, which
then led them to contact me, and they
asked me to help with some projects.”
By connecting with iHasCupquake, who
creates gaming videos, baking, and DIY
videos, Dittfatch was able to expand her
viewership and start her animation career.
“[iHasCupquake] said they would help
support me,” Dittfatch said. “I thought that
this was the perfect opportunity to get
Staff Writer
10/21/2014 5:29:40 PM
is Better
6 and 6 Plus
isplayed at Apple’s
press conference at the
Flint Center in Cupertino,
Calif. on Sept. 9, were the
brand new iPhone 6 and
iPhone 6 plus. Released
on Sept. 19, making Apple
history, the new iPhones
both have larger screens,
the new iOS 8 update, and
other new features never
seen on previous Apple
Starting at $199 for the
iPhone with a two year
contract, Apple successfully
sold 10 million iPhone 6s’
within the first weekend of
the release date.
The iPhone 6 screen
size measures at 4.7 inches
while the 6 plus measures 5.5 inches in screen
“The best thing is definitely the screen,” senior
Jesse Smith said. “The
resolution is better and it’s
The iPhone 6 has lived
up to the advertisements
produced by Apple.
Apple created iPhone 6 as
an easy access phone for customers, all the way from the
iOS swipe to the Retina HD
Display and Apple Pay.
“I really want the new
iPhone because of all the
new features it has, the
larger screen size, iOS 8, and
because it’s the newest and
best Apple product,” sophomore Evin Harris said.
With a successful outcome Apple is preparing to
release another iPhone at a
later date.
By: Natalie Brockman
Staff Writer
With color choices of silver,
gold, and space grey, the
iPhone 6 can be customized
to fit any style.
“I fell in love,” senior
Maximilian Walz replied as
his first impression to the
iPhone 6.
With all the new updates,
Apple has provided a way to
make users’ lives simpler.
Join Apple and experience
that bigger is better. For
more information visit
Left to right, comparing the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5, Apple celebrates
their newest release. PHOTO BY APPLE INC. (APPLE.COM/DE) [PUBLIC
iPhone 6
iPhone 5
Apple By: Natalie Brockman
Along with creating the iPhone 6 and
6 plus, Apple is working on the Apple Watch
due to be released early 2015. The new
watch links to the iPhone, helping users stay
on schedule and keep in touch with family
and friends. They can also see and respond
to messages, calls, and notifications from
the watch.
With features like the iPhone, the Apple
Watch has Siri, a high pixel count for clearer
images and haptic feedback, which is the
alert system for the watch. It will vibrate
when a notification, call or message has
come in.
Not only does the Apple Watch suit daily
needs it will also show the user’s unique
personality. It comes in many style choices.
These styles include color choices, size of
the watch face, type of band and the gallery
choices for the watch face.
For more information on the Apple
Watch visit http://www.apple.com/watch.
Staff Writer
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10/21/2014 6:01:34 PM
This Little Bot
of Mine
By: Brandon Woolgar
JIBO, the Robotic Assistant
eet JIBO, the world’s first family robot.
JIBO is not only a smart home device, but also a
personal assistant. As an assistant, JIBO can remind
the user of events and tasks, can send messages and
can be used as a photographer.
“It will be amazing to see the different ways that
JIBO will be utilized in the household setting,”
junior Sam Scott said.
JIBO was designed to fit any lifestyle in any
home environment. It is approximately 11 inches
tall and six pounds in weight. JIBO is crafted of aluminum, ABS plastic and glass. It has two color stereo cameras, 360 sound localization and full body
touch sensors. JIBO was also designed on a three
axis motor system to give it lifelike movements.
“The amount of technology that they fit inside
of JIBO’s shell amazes me,” sophomore Andrew
Peavler said. “I can’t wait to see it in action once it is
JIBO’s funding started in July and ended September 14. The campaign was funded through Indiegogo,
a crowdfunding site and raised over $2 million.
The final amount raised surpassed the initial goal of
$100,000 by 2,287 percent, making JIBO the most
successful technology campaign on Indiegogo.
“I like to browse Indiegogo during my free time,”
junior Daymon Wilkins said. “It is cool to see a group
of people be able to fund a project so quickly.”
The consumer version of JIBO will be available in
early September 2016. For more information and to
see JIBO in action, go to http://www.myjibo.com/.
As a reward for surpassing the $1,750,000
goal, JIBO is available in black and white.
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10/21/2014 5:53:33 PM
By: Victoria Stout
Staff Writer
After performing a hit song at Madison Square
Garden in New York City on March 22, 2012,
Auerbach and Carney received a standing
ovation and encore cheer after jamming out
on stage.
Akron, Ohio, to pursue their music
career rather than live in a more musically advanced state such as California.
“Staying in Akron shouldn’t hinder
their success, their town is in their
hearts, and people shouldn’t judge
them on that,” sophomore Ashlee
Windle said.
They have won a total of nine
awards, four being Grammies. Due to
their colossal ability to write deep and
relatable lyrics, they are known for
exerting an immense amount of soul
at their concerts.
“What makes a band great to listen
to is originality. If they stay true to
themselves, they can relate to a vast
majority of people,” senior Teddy
Marple said.
Whether you like rock, blues, or
the sound of a great garage band, The
Black Keys will definitely draw your
attention. They will be performing
in Arizona on Nov. 10, but fans can
also find information about them
at http://www.theblackkeys.com/
erforming at the U.S. Airways
Center on Nov. 10, is the American
Rock duo, The Black Keys. In their
most recently acclaimed album, “Turn
Blue,” singer, Dan Auerbach, and
drummer, Patrick Carney, add more
blues grit to their rock sound, which
they will be introducing to their estimated 17,000 fans in Phoenix.
“If you like the nice flow of Led
Zeppelin, the rock tempo of Soundgarden and high notes in classic rock,
then they are just what you would
like,” junior Lauren Marple said.
The Black Keys are infamous for
their unique old rock sound mixed
with a modern day vibe. They have
recorded a total of nine albums including: El Camino, Brothers, Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory.
Their newest album has caught the
most attention, and people are wondering why they are just now receiving
success after being in the market for
several years. Some critics say that’s
because they stay in their hometown,
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On April 20, 2012 at the Coachella Music Festival
in Indio, Calif., Carney continued to perform after
receiving cheers from fans.
Auerbach and Carney perform hit songs at
Madison Square Garden in New York City on
March 22, 2012.
Early on in his career, Auerbach plays at the Mojo
Night Club in Wilton’s Music Hall on March 21,
10/21/2014 3:33:13 PM
n the night of Sept. 16 the screams of
63,000 girls could be heard throughout the
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
The screams were caused by none other
than the hottest boy band in the world, One
“It was amazing to see One Direction
live,” senior Lindsey Ibarra said. “It made
me realize how many people are in their
fandom. It showed how much progress
they’ve made as a band, compared to their
first two years.”
Starting their journey earlier this April
in South America, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik,
Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry
Styles covered three continents and 20
countries by the end of their “Where We
Are” tour in October. The group performed
in massive sport stadiums holding an average
of 55,000 people.
“We have moments on this tour where
we step out onto these amazing stadiums
and spend the first 20 minutes looking at
each other and saying wow,” Horan in an
interview on the Today Show said.
Despite the large attendance, the boys
still found ways to make the show personal.
Where We
Are Tour
By: Nikole Tower
Performing in front of 90,000 people, One Direction sold
out three nights at London’s Wembley Stadium during the
Europian leg of their “Where We Are” tour. They finished their
tour in the United States and are planned to return in 2015.
“I was in the back, but I still felt totally
involved,” senior Alec Miller said. “They even
sang Happy Birthday to a girl in the crowd.”
Opening for the British and Irish group
was the upcoming Australian band 5 Seconds
of Summer, nicknamed 5SOS by their fans.
This marked the second tour that 5SOS
opened for 1D.
“5SOS is one of my favorite bands, it was
incredible to see them open for 1D,” Ibarra
said. “I was blown away by how good they
sounded live.”
This isn’t the last of either of these two
groups. One Direction will return in 2015
for their fourth headlining tour, “On The
Road Again,” to promote their fourth album
titled “Four.” 5SOS will be back at the end
of the year to kick off their “Rock Out With
Your Socks Out” arena tour.
For more information on One Direction,
go to http://www.onedirectionmusic.com.
“We have moments on this tour
where we step out onto these
amazing stadiums and spend
the first 20 minutes looking
at each other and saying wow.”
-Niall Horan
Bring Me a Day to Remember
By: Austin Smith
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British rock band Bring Me The Horizon joined with
“I was excited when Motionless in White
A Day To Remember on their tour, which started on
joined,” sophomore Reyna Garcia said. “They
Sept. 4 and recently stopped in Mesa to perform
are one of my favorite bands, which made the
on Sept. 28. "Their music was epic," junior Aubri
night even better.”
Peterson said. "I truly appreciate their music more
now that I've heard them live in concert.”
For more information on A Day To Remember or Bring Me The Horizon go to http://
www.bringmethehorizon.co.uk and http://
A&E 23
Well mixed together are British and
American metal bands, Bring Me The Horizon and A Day To Remember, who started
their tour on Sept. 4 and recently made a
stop in Mesa, Ariz. on Sept. 28. Both with
new albums “Sempiternal” (Bring Me The
Horizon) and “Common Courtesy” (A Day
To Remember), they were ready to deliver
a roaring performance to their fans.
“I was so excited that I was able to go to
their concert,” sophomore Jessica Duncan
said. “Their music can help me get through
anything, and it was awesome to go there
with my friends and have a good time.”
Despite the lawsuit against Victory
Records, A Day To Remember was able to
release “Common Courtesy” on Oct. 8,
2013, which was rewarded with worldwide
success, and led to tours in the United
Kingdom. “Sempiternal” also met with success when it was released on Apr. 2, 2013,
making Bring Me The Horizon bigger than
ever before.
“Their songs are the best,” Duncan said.
“They mean something to me. The lyrics are
so powerful and the whole rock music goes
well together with them.”
In a last minute decision, Motionless in
White decided to join both bands to deliver
a ground breaking performance that left
fans with a night to remember.
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Spilling the
Blood about
Dracula’s Untold Story
By: Noah Trout
Staff Writer
racula has always
been a popular movie monster, but the movies never
rewarded the audience with
the story of how the man
became the monster many
know and love.
“Dracula Untold,” starring
Luke Evans, elaborates on the
origin of Count Dracula and
what drove him to become
a vampire. In the movie, he
is known as Vlad Tepes III, a
Transylvanian prince whose
kingdom and family is threatened by the Turkish Empire.
Driven to protect his family
and his kingdom, he turns to
vampirism with the help of an
ancient vampire known formerly as the Roman Emperor
“I would definitely be
interested in a story like this,”
sophomore Seth Harper said.
“I have never seen an origin
story on Dracula, so I think it
would be a fresh and new look
at a classic monster.”
Many fans are wondering
how the Count’s character will be portrayed. The
character is primarily based
off Bram Stoker’s interpretation of Count Dracula. Rather
than portraying Dracula as
a bloodthirsty monster only
seeking to kill, the movie’s
portrayal shows the Count as
a man who only turns toward
vampirism when it seemed
that the odds were against
“I liked the feel and the
tone of the trailer,” said junior
John Sabbagh. “I think the
trailer revealed just the right
amount of plot. Overall, it got
me excited for this movie.”
“Dracula Untold” was
released in theaters and IMAX
on Friday, Oct. 10. For more
information, go to http://
Katniss is Back
By: Riley Korcuska
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It’s the beginning of the end. The most highly
anticipated movie of 2014 is “The Hunger Games
Mockingjay-Part One” and it hits theaters Nov.
“Mockingjay-Part One” is the third installment
to the series, and it picks up right after Katniss
shatters the game and starts the rebellion that will
put an end to the rule of President Snow. Katniss
and her allies seek refuge in the underground
secret city of District 13. Serving as a poster child
for the rebellion, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is
unhappily kept from actual battle and from saving
her friend Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).
“It’s been so hard being apart from Hutcherson
for so long,” Jennifer Lawrence in an interview
with The Holly Wood Reporter said. “I have
worked with him so much over the past movies,
and it will be tough to be apart from him.”
The movie has also been creating a lot of buzz
from the teen community worldwide as the
excitement builds for “Mockingjay-Part One” to
hit theaters.
“Every year choir members buy and sell
tickets to the midnight showing,” senior Cameron
Lewis said. “I’ve seen all the movies and am very
excited to see how they end the series.”
Along with high hopes, people are also speculating on how they will split the movie into two
“On one hand, I’m certainly a fan, so I suppose I should be happy about having an extra film
to look forward to, and more Hunger Games to
love,” blogger Bridget McGovern said. “On the
other hand, I’m curious about how the split is
going to work in terms of the narrative and how
it will affect which elements of the series are
foregrounded in the adaptation.”
There is something for everyone in the upcoming Hunger Games film. Action, romance and
comedy all rolled into one. Get ready because on
Nov. 23, Katniss is back.
As the symbol of rebellion, Katniss
Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) begins her
battle to end the reign of President Snow
in the third installment of “The Hunger
Games” series.
10/21/2014 6:15:44 PM
Diving for State
After earning multiple wins throughout
their season, the swim and dive team will
be attending the Hohokam Invitational on
Oct. 31.
The girls swim team made this year
memorable for Red Mountain by beating
Mountain View for the first time since
Mountain View opened.
“We are doing really well, and I’m
proud of my team for giving it their all,”
boys team captain and senior Dylan Kerr
Girls Volleyball
irls volleyball gave an enormous amount of effort this
season. The majority of the matches left the crowd in suspense
of who would ultimately win. The team had many new players
including multiple freshmen. Each time a freshman served an ace
or scored, the rest of the team on the bench would yell “She’s a
freshman,” and clap. It was obvious to anyone in the stands how
close the team was.
“I honestly believe [the freshmen] have made me a better
player,” team captain and senior Taylor Wood said. “It has put
me in a position to be a better leader and help them get better
Volleyball has helped the girls outside of the gym as well. For
the seniors, playing the sport will be a fond memory.
“I have learned a lot of mental toughness from this program,”
Wood said. “I think it will help me beyond high school and into a
new career.”
Although Red Mountain will miss its graduates, students can
look forward to next year for a more seasoned team with the
returning players.
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“Swimming has taught me respect,
discipline and how to have fun even in
challenging situations,” Kerr said. “I
will never stop swimming as part of my
exercise for the rest of my life.”
For more information visit Red
Mountain swim page at http://www.
After taking down Mountain View, the swim
and dive team are striving to send at least 20
of their athletes to State.
Goodbye From Dr.Gillen
The badminton team was in for an intense year as the team
dominated the court. For the girls coach, Dr. Gillen, the goals
for this season were the same for every season.
“Train the team both mentally and physically to the highest
levels they are able to achieve,” Dr. Gillen said. “Whatever the
outcome, that is the goal.”
The mission for the team may be the same, but this year is
different for Dr. Gillen. After coaching and teaching for 34
years, Dr. Gillen is retiring. Under Dr. Gillen, the Red Mountain
badminton team has earned 170 victories and nine region titles.
“For the next coach, I would give this advice,” Dr. Gillen
said. “Love what you do. Little by little, through patience and
repeated effort, greatness will be achieved on and off the court.”
Dr. Gillen will be greatly missed after having influenced so
many students at Red Mountain.
“It has been an amazing journey. The highs far outweigh the
lows, and I could not have chosen a better path,” Dr. Gillen said.
“No other profession could have given me the experience of
teaching so many inspiring young people.”
Smashing the birdie across
court, number one player
and senior Samantha Berg
works hard to defeat her
Campo Verde opponent.
Attempting to spike
another point for the
team, senior Taylor
Wood sends the ball
soaring over the net.
Having accomplished that hurdle,
Coach Peterson moved on to the next.
After the week of Oct. 13, the team
began to slowly taper to allow the
swimmers more rest to give their best
“Hopefully we’ll qualify 20 kids to go
to state,” Coach Peterson said. “That’s
my goal number.”
With their team objective set, the
swimmers focused on personal goals as
“My personal goal is to make it to
state this year in the 100 backstroke,”
girls team captain and senior Hannah
Manis said.
Through swim, students have taken
key aspects needed to be an athlete and
applied it to their everyday lives.
Digging for a Victory
By: Lynnsi Nichols
10/21/2014 6:06:32 PM
Putting for Perfection
By: Quinton Johnson
ithout looking back, the boy’s golf
team has cleared their heads and started
on a path to repeat a state championship.
Though they have yet to win a tournament, the team stroked their way to an
8-0 record for all their matches. The lack
of tournament victories may come across
as unsettling, yet the team recognizes
their history of having a slow start, even
in previous seasons which led to state
championship titles.
“Sometimes in a team you’ll find it’s
hard to get on track, especially when the
season suffers a slow start,” Head Coach
Brad Kaufman said. “However, these
players took a step back and realized
that even successful seasons can lack the
appearance every team wants to make
going in.”
It has been known throughout sports
that a team lacks a certain edge among
the other competitors due to the
pressure of being known as a high level
unit. However, the Lions show no signs
of slowing down.
“Other teams feel the gravity of the
pressure that comes with being known
as the ‘top dog,’” Kaufman said. “When I
look at this group I see no signs of stress.
We know what we’re capable of, and we
see it our job to go out and meet our
intentions to repeat our success.”
Knowing their ability to meet their
expectations, each player is both enthusiastic and self-assured in carrying out
this season.
“I have nothing but confidence for this
team and our production for this season,”
junior Peter Peterson said. “Everyone
shows good execution and I’m positive
we’ll be able to perform as a unit.”
Drive for Show, Putt for Dough
By: Lynnsi Nichols
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The girls golf team first tourna“We played well on
ment started a little rocky, but
a course that is probably
by the second match the ladies
improved by 14 strokes.
one of the hardest we will
“We played well on a course that
play all season.”
is probably one of the hardest we
will play all season,” Coach Smith
-Coach Smith
Throughout the season the girls
played on rigorous courses and in
inconsistent weather. The last match
of the season was against Desert
Vista and Hamilton. The girls
played strong with a team score of
177, Desert Vista 108 and Hamilton
“The girls had good playing
partners and sometimes that’s half
the battle,” Smith said.
The girls are now done with
competition until the state tournament, which will be held Nov.
5-6 at the Aguila Golf Course in
Sending the grass flying, sophomore
Laveen, Ariz.
Grace Balkan drives the ball to the
Swinging across the Alta Mesa
Golf Course, junior Tyler Huffman
watches the ball soar, granting his
team the opportunity to win.
Runnin’ the Gun
By: Quinton Johnson
Lion pride reverberated
is so similar in the sense of
through the streets as the
what we are trying to do
girls cross country team
week by week,” Head Coach
trekked their way to the No.
Steven Selby said. “You can
4 spot in the state at this
look behind the curtain of
point in the season. After
any team out there and find
finishing No. 6 in the state
determined athletes who
the previous year, the team
want the No. 1 place just as
seeks to not only match, but
much as we do. It’s our job
exceed their previous accom- to come out and hit the gas
plishments stride for stride.
because we definitely feel it’s
“Last year we close just
possible to ride this out all
short of our expectations,”
the way.”
Head Coach Brent Krieg
Every team in the state
said. “Every year our runners works with every bit of enerput in everything they’ve got, gy they have.Yet both coachand this year it’s definitely
ing staff and runners have felt
our intention to reach our
that it’s Red Mountain pride
that can drive the Lions to
The boys cross country
the top of the mountain.
team undoubtedly put themselves on the right track as
they achieved the No. 4 spot
in the state as well. Though
the team felt comfortable
with their placement so far,
they have stepped up and hit
the gas with high hopes of
taking the No. 1 spot.
Sealing a spot in State, cross
“Every season may be
country dashes their way towards
different, yet each season
the finish line.
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T urning the T ide
By: Quinton Johnson
rom end zone to end zone, the Lions
have contended their way through seesaw
battles and upsets to start the season with
five straight losses. Though the obstacles
seemed to grow by the week, the team stood
firm on their mountain as one to overcome
the last two games granting them a record
of 2-5. With a shot at the playoffs, the Lions
have rallied themselves into a critical shift in
their season. They put the past behind them
and seek to extend their win streak out to
the playoffs.
“It’s disappointing kicking off the season
like this, but we had to keep our heads clear,”
Head Coach Ron Wisniewski said. “I’m a
firm believer that this group is a much better football team than our record says. As a
coach you really have to preach that to your
players and keep them at a high level. If you
want a turnaround in a season like this, not
only should you know the areas you need to
work at, but the areas you know or working
already. We had to walk away from our losses
with our heads held high and understand that
it wasn’t over yet.”
Though battles have been won, the Lions
have yet to win the war. They look to carry
out the rest of the season without a loss and
a strong appearance going into the playoffs.
“Winning changes the entire attitude
of the players,” Wisniewski said. “Losing is
hard to accept as it is, but losing games we
feel we should have one is a tougher pill to
swallow. Getting wins in the fashion we did
Down by points, senior running back Kiwan Lear
looks to punch in a touchdown in hopes of a
victory over Brophy.
it just shows the players what they’re capable of
and gives them the energy to keep up their work
and play. When it comes down to it, that’s what
it’s about, blocking out all the negatives and performing with the skill we know we’re capable
of. The players are confident, they practice with
enthusiasm and are ready for whatever comes
their way when the lights come on Fridays.”
Following their slow start, the players buckled down and braced themselves for the rest
of the season, ready to perform as a team with
nothing to lose.
“Even though it’s disappointing to start off
the season with losses, we definitely have it
in ourselves to take advantage of this turning
point,” quarterback Kyle Buckles said.
“The coaches have prepared us well, and
we have to trust each other to get the job
done. It almost feels like an edge for us going
forward in the season given our tough position. When you have nothing to lose, you play
with a different level of confidence. We can
either beat ourselves up over it, or we can
use it to our advantage and play at the level
we know we can compete at.”
Turning the tides and sparking momentum within an entire team was no easy task
to accomplish in such a timely manner. In
order to flip the season around, the coaching
staff had to look to the team’s weakest areas
for a quick midseason turnaround.
“There are always ways to improve and
build upon yourself week-in and week-out,”
Special Teams Coach Joshua Barge said. “The
coaching staff had to come together and
discuss what the most important areas the
team needed to improve in. It was crucial to
pinpoint those areas first in order to not only
see results, but see results quickly. We had
to get to the drawing boards and find ways
to make the necessary changes which suited
our game plan. Once we were able to find
those mistakes and make corrections, the
players got a chance to build on it and keep
up a fight.”
After a crucial catch in the fourth quarter,
senior tight end Jacob Owens sprints down
the sideline searching for the end zone.
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Weaving through defenders, junior quarterback Kyle
Buckles sprints around a corner towards the end zone.
“We had to walk away
from our losses with our
heads held high and
understand that it wasn’t
over yet.” -Coach Wisniewski
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