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Vol. 25 Issue 1 Fall 2012
Homecoming Page 4
Election Page 12
Football 23
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Mountain Lions Only
Beyond This Point
Quote of the Issue:
“There is something beautiful
in each day; there is always a
silver lining. You just have to
find it.”
-McKenzie Trimble (12)
Dear Red Mountain,
After the successful conclusion of the first quarter and coming back from a restful
Fall Break, we prepare to tackle the next nine weeks with focus and enthusiasm. Now
that we have made new friends, gotten familiar with the campus and have settled into
various routines, we can look to the future feeling more confident in our opportunities
for success.
As Red Mountain celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Roar staff is celebrating a milestone of its own. The staff has grown to a number larger than any previous year, and we
have worked vigorously to deliver the following pages to you.
Enjoy this first issue of the magazine and remember to take on this new quarter with
the pride of a Red Mountain Lion.
Vol. 25 Issue 1 Fall 2012
Dr. Slemmer
Mrs. Saquella
Kathryn Heffernon
Copy Editor:
Chandler Grant
Lyric-Ivory Armstrong,
Mikayla Blauser, Corinne
Bright, Katelyn Clough,
Caden DePietro, Eileen Ellicott, Trevor Forrey, Morgan
Klein, Lauren Lambert, Tate
Lamoreaux, Tyler Lawrence,
Paulette McGrew, Mackenzie
Murphy, Gracie Pearson,
Mikayla Pyle, Sabrina Raye,
Gina Smith, Amie Tillyer,
Carly Ulrich, Holly Vera,
Jordan-Taylor Wentworth,
Dusty Woods
Cover photo by:
Ms. Saquella
Cover photo:
Kathryn Heffernon
Special Thanks:
Brandon Main, Jennifer Briney
Roar Magazine is a
publication of:
Red Mountain High School
Journalistic Writing class
7301 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa AZ 85207
For information concerning
advertising, call (480) 4728228 and leave a message for
the magazine staff. Opinions
expressed do not necessarily
reflect the view or official
policies of the school.
For more information on Red
Mountain’s Journalistic Writing class, visit our website at
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Fall 2012
Vol. 25 Issue 1
Homecoming .... 4
Be Example/Graduate ... 5
AZ Teen/Welcome Back .. 6
Administration/GSA ... 7
News Briefs ...... 8
News Briefs ...... 9
Celebrity Role Models .....10
Celebrity Role Models .....11
Election ....12
Shoe Battle/New Foods ..13
Twilight/AYT Play .....15
College Prep/Nest ...16
Events .....17
Cheer/Pom .... 18
Volleyball/Badminton .... 19
Swim/Dive ... 20
Golf .... 21
Cross Country/Guard .......22
Football ....23
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Roar News
Homecoming With a Silver Lining
By: Kathryn Heffernon
With Red Mountain High School entering its 25th year Student Council, inspired by Yearbook’s “Silver Lining” theme, decided
to use Silver Lining as their Homecoming theme in celebration of the school’s silver anniversary. The Red Mountain Lions defeated
Gilbert High School 56-13 at the Homecoming game on Sept. 21. The dance was held on Sept. 22 from 8-11 p.m. in the large gym.
The “Silver Lining” theme highlights a unique year and represents Red Mountain’s victories and optimistic outlook on the future.
“The theme symbolizes the bright future of our school,” said Student Body Vice President and senior McKenzie Trimble. “The
school has had its ups and downs, just as every place has. Red Mountain’s overcome every obstacle, and it shows because we’re still
top notch.”
The top-notch quality Trimble describes shines through in the school’s accomplishments and also in the high level of school spirit.
Spirit Week led up to the game on Friday, and it consisted of Neon Day on Monday, Jersey Day on Tuesday, Jean Day on Wednesday,
Spirit Beads and Spirit Tattoo Day on Thursday and Blackout on Friday. Tailgate was from 4-6 p.m. Friday evening.
“We chose those spirit days because they’re something everyone can do,” said senior and Student Body President Bronson Hixon.
“Student Council really wants to build up more spirit this year, and we tried to create ways where every student could get involved.
Powder Puff was on Wed., Sept. 19, and it was followed by the Bonfire. It was a victory for the black team coached by senior
Drake Pierre. Pierre had another victory when he and fellow senior, MacKenzie Froehle, were crowned Homecoming king and queen
during halftime at the Homecoming game. Also during halftime, band, guard, cheer and pom performed for the crowd, as well as the
annual club Banner Walk.
“We wanted to get kids pumped up and excited about our school,” said Hixon. “We try to incorporate every club and activity during Homecoming. It’s a way to unify the student body.”
Feeling a sense of unity is something many students struggle with on a daily basis. The theme Silver Lining serves a larger purpose
than being a way to celebrate the school: it reminds students that despite opposition and discouragement, every cloud does have a
silver lining.
“Every day, things happen that can darken your mood,” said Trimble. “There is something beautiful in each day; there is always a
silver lining. You just have to find it.”
Elektrolytes Elektrify Homecoming Assembly
On Sept. 21, the Elektrolytes visited
Red Mountain High School for the Homecoming Assembly. With the secret only
being known by a few Student Council
members, their appearance was a surprise
for the student body. Student Body President and senior Bronson Hixon was able to
cleverly coordinate the event through his
younger sister, freshman Brittany Hixon.
“One of the dancers, George Jones,
teaches at my younger sister’s dance
studio,” said Bronson Hixon. “We talked
to him and were able to work it out with the
rest of the members.”
The Elektrolytes are the winners of
America’s Best Dance Crew, season seven.
The group is from Gilbert, Arizona, with
members of the crew having graduated
from Higley High School and Desert Ridge
High School. Coming to Red Mountain
allowed them to connect with a high school
“Red Mountain is awesome,” said Sal
Banuelos, the leader of the Elektrolytes.
“You can definitely feel the high level of
school spirit, and I love that.”
Ever since winning America’s Top
Dance Crew, the life of each dancer has
changed in many ways. No longer are they
an amateur dance crew from Gilbert – they
are now nationally recognized and adored
by thousands.
“Our lives have changed so dramatically,” said Banuelos. “We travel constantly;
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we’re not looking at life the same way
we were before.”
The Elektrolytes strive to stay unchanged by the fame and acclamation.
“We try to have our level of integrity
so high that we don’t want anything
to ruin our character as people,” Chris
Thomas said in an interview with the
Arizona Republic. “So we’re not going
to let it get to our heads. We’re still the
same old cool guys.”
The other group members are Nico
Banuelos, Jose Arevalo, Benjamin Barnett, George Jones, Marcus Jones, Kyle
Price and Chris Thomas. They will be
performing in London and hope to one
day go on a world tour. The Elektrolytes have given up time and money
to get to where they are today, but the
group doesn’t view it as a burden.
“We all gave up a lot to be on the
show, but we’ve also gained more than
we’ve given up,” said Jones in an interview with the Arizona Republic. “Reward is never less than the sacrifice.”
With the crowd going wild, dancers from The Elektrolytes
dance crew show off their moves to the student body at
the Homecoming Assembly.
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Commit to
By: Kathryn Heffernon
In an era of constant
advancements in technology,
the need for higher education
has become more crucial than
ever in order for students to
prepare for careers of growing complexity. However,
the ability to attain a higher
education begins in high
school, particularly in a
student’s freshman year. With
administrators understanding
this critical turning point, the
Commit to Graduate program
is targeting ninth graders
with the aim of keeping
them on track for graduation
throughout high school, while
also preparing them for life
beyond their four years at
Red Mountain.
“The purpose of the Commit to Graduate program goes
beyond simply graduating
from high school,” said Assistant Principal Mr. Alvarado. “Graduation can’t be their
main target; students have to
start thinking about life after
high school. High school sets
the stage for their future, and
we don’t want them to look at
life wide-eyed.”
Created by Jostens and
adapted by Red Mountain,
the program focuses heavily
on visualizing the end result,
and in this case, standing on
the football field receiving
a high school diploma after
four years of dedication.
“If you want to get
anywhere in life, you have to
work hard because nothing’s
handed to you,” said Mr.
Alvarado. “The purpose of
visualizing graduation is that
once students see all they
could be, they’re more apt to
do the work to get there.”
The current freshmen
class signed a banner on the
second day of school, promising to do whatever it takes to
stay on course for graduation.
Roar News
Be the Example
By: Tyler Lawrence
Staff Writer
Each signature represents a
commitment, a vow to persevere and accomplish the goal
of graduating.
“Commitment basically
says that with all your abilities, you’re going to get the
job done,” said Dr. Slemmer.
“It’s a pledge to not fail, a
pledge to come to school
every day and a pledge to do
your best. Those three things
will get you a diploma.”
Red Mountain offers
numerous ways to ensure
no student steers off course.
There are teacher and peer
tutoring programs, Sundown,
remedial classes and the
recently created lunch plan
for students who didn’t finish
their math homework. Aside
from all the opportunities
administered by the school,
attitude is the one thing that
can’t be taught.
“Attitude is everything. If
you come to school with the
attitude of wanting an education, you’re going to get
it,” said Dr. Slemmer. “The
opportunities Red Mountain
offers are incredible. There is
no excuse for a kid not getting a diploma.”
Putting action to words
is what commitment is all
about, and devotion is what
the Commit to Graduate program strives to emphasize.
“This program is not just
about kids signing a banner,”
said Mr. Alvarado. “It’s about
acknowledging that ‘I want to
be on the field in four years,
and I will do what I have
to do to get there.’ Putting
action to that statement will
be quite a challenge for some
and for others not as much.
In the end, I want them all to
Starting this year, Red
Mountain High School is going to strive to be the example.
After addressing problems
in the school, administration
has decided that the school
needs help with the major
trash problem. Together, they
collaborated and came up with
a plan to not only get trash
picked up, but to get students
to set an example for others.
“Being an example is a
person who does a simple
thing like making sure their
area is clean, almost with the
goal that it would be like they
were never there,” said Principal Dr. Slemmer.
Many students leave their
trash at the lunch tables or
throw it on the ground carelessly. Because of that, it
leaves a filth on the campus
that everyone has to walk in
and spend most of their day
living in.
“I think people that leave
their trash lying around for
others to clean up is one of the
highest forms of disrespect
you can display to your fellow man,” Dr. Slemmer said.
“When first lunch leaves their
trash lying around, the second
lunch then has to sit in their
filth. That is just disrespectful
to your fellow students.”
Setting an example for students, Principal Dr. Slemmer is cleaning
cafeteria patio tables during lunch.
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Because so many students
litter and leave their trash
around, it makes it so the janitorial staff has to dedicate all
of its time and energy picking
up trash.
“If everyone participates
and trash gets picked up, it
will free up our janitorial
services and let them work
on other things the campus
needs,” Dr. Slemmer said. “If
they have to spend most of
their day picking up trash then
it doesn’t allow them to do
other things more important,
like putting a whiteboard up in
a room or taking care of mechanical failures; that’s really
what their jobs are.”
There are some kids that
pick up trash, and set a good
example, but they are few and
far between. These students
are good examples, and they
should be recognized.
“People need to learn
how to throw trash away in
the trash can, there are tons
of them around the school,”
said sophomore Colin Martin.
“They shouldn’t just toss their
trash on the ground.”
If more people try to “Be
the Example,” it will influence
others, until hopefully, the
school is being environmentally active, just by starting
with the simple act of picking
up trash.
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Roar News
Miss Arizona Teen USA
Welcome Back Dance
By: Lauren Lambert
Staff Writer
By: Jordan-Taylor Wentworth
Staff Writer
Red Mountain senior Brittany Gaffney will be competing in Miss Arizona
Teen USA 2013. Gaffney will compete
as East Valley Teen USA. The event
takes place at Mesa Arts Center on Jan.
4-6. Even though there are more than
3,400 students at Red Mountain, making it one of the largest high schools
in Arizona, Gaffney is the only Red
Mountain student competing in the
“I don’t think girls realize that there
is a huge variety of females competing,” said Gaffney. “It truly can be
Gaffney found out about pageants
through a friend and Red Mountain
graduate, Kathryn Bulkley, who was
Miss Arizona 2010 through the Miss
Arizona Scholarship Foundation.
“We looked up the details about
Miss Arizona Teen USA and sent in
an application online,” said Laura
Schemitsch, Gaffney’s mother.
Beauty pageants have many benefits
and opportunities for young women
who strive for success.
“I have won a lot of scholarship
money, made a lot of new friends
and gained self-confidence through
pageants,” said sophomore Alyssa
Ingurgio, a competitor in local beauty
Gaffney’s explanation for not many
girls competing from Red Mountain
mainly came from personal experience;
not knowing the expectations for a pageant, which is the case for many.
“I always thought you had to be as
tall as a giraffe and light as a feather
to compete in a beauty pageant,” said
As soon as she realized the reality of
the situation, she decided to apply and
is now approved to compete.
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Senior Brittany Gaffney has her little sister at
her side through her pageant experience.
Miss Arizona Teen USA is part of the
Donald Trump organization. With being
such a large and well known organization, the Miss Arizona Teen USA
competition is tough. There are three
scored categories to the pageant, which
are swimwear, interview and gown.
Over the weekend of the pageant,
there are many other activities and fun
things the girls do such as a formal dinner with family and friends. The winners of the state pageant in November
will go on to compete in Miss USA and
Miss Teen USA.
Teen girls have multiple ways and
plenty of opportunities of getting
involved in pageants which are often
passed up or over looked.
“People can get information through
modeling agencies, like I did, or
through ads and local events,” said
Gaffney has a bright future and big
plans to benefit from the pageant.
“I am hoping to better myself as a
person, represent young women and
build self-confidence,” said Gaffney.
On Friday, Aug. 24, the National Honor Society
(NHS) hosted the Welcome Back Dance for all grade
levels. It was held in the large gymnasium from 9-11
p.m., and the atmosphere was full of excitement as
students both new and returning enjoyed themselves
from the moment they walked through the doors, until
the dance ended. While upbeat music blasted from the
speakers, students had fun dancing with friends while
showing their school spirit.
“The dance went very well and everyone had a
great time,” said senior and NHS president Jennifer
Lee. “The turnout was better than expected, with over
100 tickets sold and about 200 people there.”
Lee was responsible for preparing, setting up and
making sure the dance went smoothly. With the help
of other NHS members, Lee had spent over 12 hours
preparing for the event. The theme was school spirit
and the dress was casual, so students were seen wearing a variety of red and black clothing.
“What I saw at the dance was groups of people
dancing, others were talking and some doing their
own thing,” said Lee. “The crowd was a good mixture
of all grade levels and even though some of the
younger students were concerned about how the night
would go, in the end, everyone ended up having a
great time.”
The DJ played popular songs that would allow the
students to sing along, enabling them to let loose and
enjoy themselves.
“For me, the best part of the night was being able
to spend time with my friends and girlfriend while
dancing to songs I knew,” said sophomore Tristan
Some of the crowd favorites were “Party Rock
Anthem,” One Direction songs, or older tunes that
haven’t been played on the radio for several years.
With a great profit and turnout, as well as many
new members to help hype up the crowd and bring
more people to the event, the dance was a success for
“I thought the dance was a great experience and
good basis for future dances this year,” said Lee.
“While hosting a successful dance we were also able
to advertise our club and show school spirit.”
The dance got students ready for an eventful school
year and allowed them to begin the 2012-2013 year in
a positive way.
“I hope that everybody enjoyed their time at the
dance and I look forward to having Red Mountain
students participate and attend other school events,”
said Lee.
When the lights came on at the end of the dance,
students were disappointed that the night had come
to an end but were glad the dance was an enjoyable
Enjoying the music at the August Welcome Back Dance in the
large gym, students dance and show off their school spirit.
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Embracing a New Alliance
Roar News
By: Sabrina Raye
Staff Writer
Welcoming New Leaders
By: Staff
Dr. McDaniel and Mr. Marks are the new additions to Red Mountain’s administration team. They are both commited to making the
school a better place and challeging students to develop a sense
of pride for themselves, each other and the school they represent.
Red Mountain added two new assistant
principals to the Mountain Lion family:
Mr. Marks and Dr. McDaniel. Mr. Marks
will oversee school activities, and Dr.
McDaniel’s job will direct instructional
“I am here to make [students] experiences at Red Mountain the best possible,”
Mr. Marks said. “I want them to get most
out of their academics.”
Mr. Marks has a Bachelor’s degree
in Secondary Education (History) from
Arizona State University, a Master’s in
Educational Leadership from University
of Phoenix, and he is presently working on
attaining a superintendent’s certification
through Northern Arizona University. Mr.
Marks came to Red Mountain from the
district office where he was Area Director
for Special Education.
“I have been in education over 25
years, first as a history teacher while
coaching football and baseball and then
as a building level administrator. The last
three years I was West Area Director for
Special Education in Student Services,”
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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) recently embarked on a journey for its official name change
rather than “GSA Spectrum.” First suggested by GSA’s adviser, Mr. Hamblin, the movement
was recently successful and the official name is now Gay Straight Alliance.
Mr. Hamblin has been GSA’s adviser for two years and his two goals for GSA are to form a
strong alliance with other clubs and for GSA to be known as a diverse club for all people. He
decided to take GSA’s adviser role because of his knowledge on the hardships young people
face with their sexuality. However, GSA hasn’t always been this active; the club has faced
many ups and downs.
“We owe a lot of where GSA is today to Savannah Campbell,” said Mr. Hamblin, referring
to the former president of GSA and 2012 Red Mountain graduate. “She decided to bring back
GSA after it had stopped for a couple of years. She got together a good group of students for
Senior Jake Betz and junior Rebecca Eslick participate in
GSA to continue steadily.”
the Martin Luther King Parade in January and show off
Since the club’s triumphant return this past year, Mr. Hamblin decided to take a step for- their Gay Straight Alliance pride.
Senior Jake Betz participated in the Martin Luther King
ward and petition for a name change.
in January,
by showing off process
“We shouldn’t have to hide behind labels. We should just be proud of who we are,” said Mr. Parade
“The name-changing
was aAllianace
one, just some paperwork, and Student Council had to vote either yes or no.”
GSA is a haven for students, gay and straight, to come together and bond with others. GSA creates a safe environment for students to be themselves, without worry about what other people will think of them.
“GSA, to me, means a safe place for students to vent about how the school effects them and to bond with others,” said Mr. Hamblin. “I am able to
counsel students, see their frustration and make a difference.”
At Red Mountain, bullying because of one’s sexual preference is still an issue, but one that has improved over the years.
“Our differences make us stronger, and a community that accepts differences will become stronger,” said Mr. Hamblin. “I think we can achieve a
school-wide alliance. It would be a two to three year effort, but eventually we can create a student body that is not hung up on the differences.”
Since Campbell’s resurgence of the club during the 2011-2012 school year, GSA has achieved a name change, which will contribute to a movement towards acceptance and a safe environment.
“This year we will be using most of our meeting time to discuss social issues and give support within our members in order to spread acceptance
in our community,” said senior and GSA’s President Jake Betz. “We will also be participating in Red Mountain and valley-wide events that we can
properly finance. It’s difficult to plan and pay for events for the club because we’re small and not very known, so we plan to make GSA and the importance of it more known and recognized throughout Red Mountain.”
Mr. Marks said. “I am committed to academics, extracurricular activities and most
of all committed to making high school
the best experience for as many students as
Dr. McDaniel brings 31 years of experience to Red Mountain High School and
was principal of Mesa Junior High School
before its closing. She was presented with
the opportunity to help Red Mountain with
the new Stem Program, which prepares
students for college and career readiness.
“We have one goal at Red Mountain:
Improve student achievement,” Dr. McDaniel said. “Successful schools emphasize the achievement of every student in
every classroom and take responsibility for
that performance.”
Keeping the schools mission statement
in mind, Red Mountain’s administration
has added two highly-experienced members to the team who are “committed to
providing a safe environment where learning, responsibility, respect and self-esteem
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Roar News
News Briefs:
Op Shop
Mesa Public Schools hosted its 32nd annual OP
Shop from 6-8 p.m. on October 15 in Red Mountain’s
gym. Op Shop featured over 100 colleges, universities,
technical schools and military services, professional
organizations, businesses, and industry representatives.
Roughly 3,000 students and parents attended.
Upon the depature of SGM Garcia and LTC Lynch, the
school welcomed new JROTC leaders Sgt. Rhodes and
Sgt. Savage. Focusing on student’s potential, the officers
have new goals in mind.
“My goal is not to send these kids into the military. My
goal is to teach them that they can be successful in life,”
said Sgt. Rhodes.
Marching Band
Marching Band was chosen to play the Star-Spangled Banner during
KOOL FM 94.5’s “Noon Salute.” A different valley high school band is
featured each week, and Red Mountain has been chosen to anchor the prestigious Labor Day Week spot. The band was heard each day at noon, as part
of their daily noon-time salute to the country. The band was excited at this
opportunity to demonstrate their excellence for the entire KOOL listening
Dance Concert
The Dance Concert will be in the auditorium on Nov.
29-30 at 7:30 p.m. The theme for the fall 2012 concert
is “Inspire.” It will include multiple dances from Dance
Force, Dance Production, Advanced, Intermediate and
Beginning Dance. The groups will be performing a variety of dance styles.
FLL Tournament
Teams of five to 10 members from elementary
and junior high schools will gather on Dec. 1 for the
annual FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament.
Teams use the Lego robots they assemble based on
the theme “senior solutions.” The teams of students
will then compete against other robotics teams in the
Red Mountain cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an
awards ceremony at approximately 3:30 p.m. For more
information, see Mr. Kellis in room 330.
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Canned Food Drive
The Canned Food Drive starts on
Oct. 22 and ends in three weeks. There
will be prizes for individuals, teachers,
homerooms and the top three canned-food
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Roar News
La Camarata
Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced
that director Mr. Johnston and the Red Mountain High School La Camarata are
invited to participate in a performance with choral composer Eric Whitacre on
the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance at Carnegie
Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium is March 24. The musicians will join with other
choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of
distinction. Composer/conductor Eric Whitacre will lead the performance and
will serve as the clinician for the residency.
“The students of the Red Mountain High School Choral Program received
this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New
York,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
for DCINY. “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of
music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the
community’s recognition and support.”
The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in
rehearsals over the five-day residency.” says Griffith. “Not all of the time is
spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New
York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to
the city.” Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support
in sending these singers to New York by contacting Mr. Johnston at 480-4728205 or email at [email protected]
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Seventh Annual National
Youth Arts Awards
Red Mountain High School Theatre earned four awards and six
additional nominations at the Seventh Annual National Youth Arts
Awards ceremony for their play, “Into the Woods.” The awards ceremony was held Aug. 12 at the Greasepaint Youtheatre in Scottsdale.
The award winners were the Ensemble and the Youth Orchestra, as
well as senior Michael Sprenger who played a lead role as Baker
and senior Jezerea Hatch who played the lead role as Baker’s wife.
The nominations went to the class of 2012 graduates: Madison
Farnsworth, who played the Witch and Matthew Nichols who had
the role of the Big Bad Wolf. Other nominees were seniors Patrick
Harrigan who played Jack, Rachel Heikamp who played Cinderella
and the directors, Mr. Johnston and Ms. Griffin.
Winter Formal
Be prepared for Winter Formal on Dec. 1. The dance will be
from 7 to 10 p.m. in both gyms and is hosted by National Honor
Society (NHS). For more information, see Ms. Sokol in room 221.
Fall 2012
10/17/2012 2:15:20 PM
Roar Opinion
Buying on a Budget
By: Lyric-Ivory Armstrong
Staff Writer
Zooey Deschanel
Ever imagine dressing in the trendy clothes celebrities wear, but the money is just not there? Think again.
Fashion Club revealed fashion tips that are essential to staying in style while maintaining a reasonable budget.
Fashion icons like Emma Stone and Zooey Deschanel are constantly setting trends. However, it’s the public
that brings those trends to life.
“I love Zooey Deschanel’s style. It’s a really cute, modernized, ‘50s-inspired style,” said Miranda Bates, senior and Fashion Club co-president. “She does vintage in a very fashion-forward way. Her looks are also quirky,
fun and always unique.”
Popular discount clothing outlets, such as Ross, Plato’s Closet, Goodwill, Nordstrom Last Chance (Phoenix)
and My Sister’s Closet (Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Chandler), are all viable choices and have a diverse selection
of styles. Also, when at a higher-end shop, heading straight to the clearance racks is the best route.
“I think buying on a budget is super important. You need to know how to manage your money,” said Savannah Ferguson, sophomore and Fashion Club co-president. “The number one place I would recommend is Goodwill, especially if you’re into wearing different styles.”
Zooey Deschanel is often seen wearing dresses paired with black tights. Tights help with supporting body
shape and are an easy item to use as an accessory. They can be added to a dress, skirt or even shorts. The tights
should be black, or a color that makes another shade in the outfit pop. Buffalo Exchange has a wide variety of
leggings at an affordable price.
There are many ways to update a wardrobe. Adding a single piece like a belt, scarf or jewelry can make a big
difference. Another way to make a look unique can be as easy as cut, glue and style.
“First, get an old t-shirt that you’re OK with changing,” said Ferguson. “Lay it out on a flat surface with the
collar aligned, and the bottom seam aligned. Then starting at the shoulder seam cut the collar off and tug it so
it’s stretched. Next, cut off the bottom seam and tug that as well. You can cut 1” strips along the sleeve to give it
more edge, or you could add jewels or buttons. When using jewels you can outline the words/designs on the shirt
or add your own designs. The same can be done with buttons. Make sure you use a hot glue gun when adding any
jewelry or patterns to ensure their permanence.”
With a pair of pants, it’s easy make them into shorts by putting them on and using a marker to mark slightly
lower than where you want it cut. Lay them out with the legs aligned. Evenly cut where the mark is all around
the pant leg. After washing them a few times, they will naturally fray with a great fall fringe.
“If you want to look more edgy, you can add studs around the collar of your shirt or pair your outfit with a
leather jacket.” said Bates. “For a more girly look, add beads or floral prints.”
To stay up to date with the latest fashion trends, Fashion Club Adviser Ms. Wiszenur gave her opinion on
what’s fashionable right now.
“Printed pants, floral patterns, colorful skinny jeans and high-waisted clothes are trending,” said Ms.
Wiszenur. “For colors, aim for your mauves [purples, greens, and browns].”
For more fashion tips, join the Fashion Club on Tuesdays in room 811 L1 and 144 L2.
These tips will help common everyday teens rock the styles that celebrities like Zooey Deschanel and Emma
Stone are wearing while also saving a great deal of money. Above all else, remember that confidence and maintaining individuality is what true style and fashion are about.
Emma Stone
“A designer is only as good as the star
who wears her clothes.”
-Edith Head
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Moral Influence
Staff Writer
Missy Franklin
Gabby Douglas
Olympic swimmer and American sweetheart Missy
Franklin is not only known for winning three gold medals,
one bronze and setting records in the pool, but also for her
up-beat, positive attitude; according to the Washington
Post, Franklin “comes on all bubbles and dimples,” and
lights up the room.
“She’s an amazing competitor,” said Team USA swimmer Elizabeth Beisel. “She’s always having fun but she
really knows how to tune in when she needs to.”
Franklin is exceptional, not just as an Olympic champion, but for who she is beyond an athlete. Her kind heart
and open mind is what elevates her above the rest.
“A good role model is someone who will put others before themselves, and encourage their growth,” said student
body Senior Vice President McKenzie Trimble. “They have
a commitment for their achievement, not recognition.”
Franklin rejected millions of dollars in endorsement
deals in order to swim with her college swim team.
"I love being a part of a team and I know in college a
sport, that’s amplified by a hundred," Franklin told USA
Today. “Every time you go to a meet you see the college
teams walk in together, cheering for each other… I want to
be a part of that.”
Franklin’s legacy is not her final scores and number of
gold medals she obtained, but rather her dedication to the
sport she loves.
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By: Gina Smith
Gabby Douglas not only won a gold medal for
America in the 2012 Olympics in London, but she is also
the first African American female to win a gold medal in
To be an Olympic champion is one of the greatest
honors an athlete can receive. After training for years
to be the best in their sport, athletes get the chance to
represent their country.
“To be a leader you’ve got to have a good head on
your shoulders and put your whole heart into whatever
you believe in,” said Junior Class President, Gabriella
Wells. “You’ve got to stick with it, push it and never
Douglas is the epitome of perseverance. As a child,
she dealt with her father leaving, being raised by her
single mother and fellow gym mates discouraging her.
“I was just, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard.
I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out,”
Douglas said to Oprah Winfrey in a segment on “Oprah’s
Next Chapter.”
Though these times were difficult and she wanted to
quit, Douglas kept pushing herself to achieve greatness.
“I’ve always wanted to inspire people and the thing
about the Olympics is to ‘Inspire a Generation.’ So, I will
check that off my bucket list,” said Douglas.
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Roar Opinion
vs. Romney
Where They Stand On the Issues
By: Chandler Grant
Copy Editor
The Presidential Election, held on Nov. 9, is fast approaching. The election will feature the incumbent, Democratic President Barack Obama and
Republican Governor Mitt Romney.
“This election will have a lasting impact on the economy,” said government and economics teacher, Mr. Kaufman. “The American people need to
do some soul-searching and figure out the direction they want the country to
go in.”
Abortion and Contraception
OBAMA: Pro-choice and supports abortion rights. He developed a
health law that requires contraception to be readily available and free
for women enrolled in a workplace health care plan. He is in favor of
sexual education classes.
ROMNEY: Pro-life and opposes abortion rights. Romney plans to
end all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. He also supports
sexual education classes.
OBAMA: Ended the Iraq War, increased U.S. troop presence in
Afghanistan and began drawing down the force with a plan to have
all troops out by the end of 2014. Major cuts coming in the size of
the Army and Marine Corps as part of agreement with congressional
Republicans to cut $487 billion in military spending over a decade.
ROMNEY: Endorses 2014 end to U.S. combat in Afghanistan
and says he would bring the troops home as soon as he can.
Romney would increase the strength of armed forces, including
number of troops and warships, adding almost $100 billion to
the Pentagon budget in 2016.
OBAMA: Issued directive in June that immigrants brought illegally
to the United States as children would be exempt from deportation
and granted work permits if they apply. Obama took the temporary
step after failing to deliver on promised immigration overhaul, with
the defeat of legislation that would have created a path to citizenship
for young illegal immigrants enrolled in college or enlisted in the
armed forces.
ROMNEY: Favors U.S.-Mexico border fence and opposes education benefits to illegal immigrants. Romney also opposes offering
legal status to illegal immigrants who attend college, but would
do so for those who serve in the armed forces.
OBAMA: Fourth-straight year of trillion-dollar deficits is projected
and Obama won approval to raise debt limit to avoid default. Calls for
tackling the debt with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases.
Central to Obama’s plan is to let Bush-era tax cuts expire for couples
making more than $250,000.
ROMNEY: Defended 2008 bailout of financial institutions as
a necessary step to avoid the system’s collapse, opposed the
auto bailout. Favors constitutional balanced budget amendment.
Romney plans to repeal ObamaCare and bring “federal spending
as a share of GDP [gross domestic product] down from last year’s
staggering 24.3 percent to 20 percent or below,” said Romney.
OBAMA: Has approved waivers freeing states from the requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. “Race to the Top”
competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for
pursuing education policies that Obama supports.
Gay Marriage
OBAMA: Supports legal recognition of same-sex marriage, a matter currently decided by states. Achieved repeal of the military ban on
openly gay members. He has not successfully repealed the Defense of
Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages
and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages.
ROMNEY: Supported the federal accountability standards of No
Child Left Behind law. Has said the student testing, charter-school
incentives and teacher evaluation standards of Obama’s “Race to
the Top” competition “make sense” although the federal government should have less control of education.
ROMNEY: Opposes legal recognition of same-sex marriage and
says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment, not left
to states. Says he would not seek to restore the ban on openly gay
military members.
Recap of First and Second Presidential Debates
The two candidates went head-to-head on Wed., Oct. 3, and discussed dominant campaign issues of taxes, healthcare and the economy in the first
presidential debate that analysts and a snap poll agree the Republican challenger won. Polls by CBS, CNN and even Democracy Corps, show Romney
won by 67 percent, 46 percent and 42 percent.
The debate was focused on domestic policy and divided into six segments on topics to be selected by the moderator, Jim Lehrer, and announced in
weeks of advance. Lehrer opened each segment with a question, in which Obama and Romney had two minutes to respond.
The second presidential debate, on Tues., Oct. 16, took the form of a town meeting, in which citizens could ask both candidates questions on domestic and foreign issues. The town meeting participants were undecided voters chosen by the Gallup Organization.
Though Obama lost the first debate by a large margin, he made an unexpected comeback; a snap CNN/ORC International poll indicated that 46
percent of respondents thought Obama won, compared to 39 percent for Romney. Other snap polls show a split or close decision.
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Vans vs. Converse: Once and For All
By: Katelyn Clough
Staff Writer
Shoe apparel giants, Vans and Converse, hold a rivalry that’s a race to the finish line at Red
Mountain High School.
Since 1908, Marquis Mills Converse’s rubber sneakers have been favored by the youth population
worldwide. His goal was to create a unique shoe for athletes, as well as a fashionable shoe that catches the
attention of today’s teens.
“I think [Converse] are different,” said junior Janae Lawrence. “They’re original and reflect your personal style.
At the top of its list of qualities, Converse are popular trends because of their versatility.
“There are a lot of different styles,” said senior Elizabeth Cullipher. “You can wear them with anything.”
Throughout the years, Converse sneakers have been modeled by basketball players, musicians and fashion enthusiasts alike. However, it is not
always about style or flare when facing the decision of purchasing a pair of sneakers. Red Mountain teacher, Mr. Peebles, an avid supporter for Vans,
could not agree more concerning his pair of sneakers.
“Vans are lighter, more casual, more comfortable and laid-back,” said Mr. Peebles. “That’s why I think they’re better.”
Vans sneakers strived to become the casual, comfortable shoe of California in 1967, when Paul Van Doren decided to construct his new rubber
sneakers business. Vans, famously known for their waffle bottoms and bright colors, have been the top choice for skateboard fanatics. And, in the last
five years, the top choice for those into fashion coordination, such as senior Miranda Bates, co-president of the Fashion Club at Red Mountain.
“I prefer Vans because they’re stylish,” said Bates. “They come in prints, sparkles, or sequins, which is a nice touch.”
However, when asked the ultimate question: Vans or Converse, Bates flipped the switch.
“I’ve been asking my friends about it,” said Bates. “Most people would choose Converse over Vans because they never seem to go out of style.”
Converse sneakers has stuck with its initial style for the past 104 years. Vans has created several styles of sneaker to keep up with the popular trends
of the youth.
Red Mountain students polled agree that Converse is the shoe to have. Out of the 13 percent of the student body that was polled, 51 percent voted
Converse and 49 percent voted Vans. The Converse sneaker is well-liked by a diverse group of students’ personalities on campus. Coincidently enough,
that was the aim of the shoe company and Marquis Mill Converse’s partner, Chuck Taylor, creator of the Chuck Taylor Converse.
“Converse sneakers honor their heritage,” said Taylor. “To see the world a little differently, changing the way things are done and always celebrating
the spirit of rebellion and originality.”
Snacking On Healthier Habits
By: Mikayla Pyle
Staff Writer
Instead of munching on savory, tasteful and greasy pepperoni cheese pizza from Pizza Hut, the cafeteria has switched to whole grain crust, low
sodium sauce and low fat cheese from Domino’s. Since the Mesa District now has a minimum and maximum number of calories per food item that
can be sold, the cafeteria has started selling healthier foods. Now with every combo comes a type of fruit from a juice box to a fruit cup.
“As you can see, there are a lot of overweight kids and it’s a problem, some kids who don’t have fruits or vegetables at home or can’t afford it. It’s
such a great feeling to introduce them to healthier options,” said Mr. Welch cafeteria manager
at Red Mountain.
As a whole, the government is trying to switch schools to healthier options. While some may
feel that these changes will have a lasting effect, others see it as a lifestyle only solvable by the
“I’d like to see the school start adding complex carbs and fibers such as whole wheat bread,
instead of white bread,”said Red Mountain nurse, Ms. Hogan.“Having water, milk and juices are
the dynamite to healthier eating habits.”
Each year obesity rates are rising, and high schools are trying to make a change in students’
diets. Not only do the faculty and parents want to see a change in students’ eating habits, but
students do as well.
“I think that these new requirements and regulations are going to help lower obesity rates, but
not a whole lot,” said junior Seth Cook. “You may notice, you can still purchase chips and
candy at school or outside school. It really comes down to the willpower of the students.”
The Red Mountain cafeteria is now selling
Others don’t share the same opinion as Cook and think the Mesa District is being
healthier foods to meet the new minimum
a little too controlling by not providing enough food in the combo meals, which are currently priced
and maximum calorie per food regulation.
at $2.50.
“There’s barely enough food in the combos to feed sixth graders,” said junior Jesse Sumter. “You get less for the same price.”
Because the new pizza isn’t meeting some students’ standards, they are choosing another option: subs. The sub combo comes with a bag of Lays
chips and a choice of fruit.
“Even with the different pizza, it’s still a top seller. However, I think this year the subs are proving to be more popular,” said Cook.
Even though many students aren’t quite happy with the new changes, students are slowly starting to
buy the more healthier foods. As Red Mountain gets adjusted to the new menu, soon it will become
habitual to eat a healthier meal.
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Roar A&E
High School Bands: How They’re Made
By: Caden DePietro and Dusty Woods
Staff Writers
Local band “This Moment Is AFlame” meets
in downtown Mesa for a photo shoot in July.
Many in high school know that music
plays a huge role in life, but very few
know the inner workings of a real high
school rock band. It takes perseverance,
dedication and common interest. Local Red Mountain band This Moment Is
AFlame is the epitome of the typical high
school band.
The band consists of three members:
drummer, junior Jacob Stowasser, vocalist and bassist, junior Anna Crosby, and
guitarist, sophomore Jake Sibley. About a
year ago, the band started out as three kids
just jamming to songs and making cover
tunes. Soon after, they evolved into creating original material and recently released
an extended play (EP) for sale.
Success isn’t achieved out of nowhere.
There are many components involved in
how a band really works and how they
overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.
Finding the right members is crucial to
the performance and success of any band.
Getting the right combination of members
can be challenging, however, it can be
very rewarding.
“You just have to look around. You’ll
know when you find the right people,”
said Sibley. “It’s connections and mutual
friends. First you have them over to jam,
and if it feels right, it’s right.”
Practice is essential for a band, but it
can be hard to commit to it, especially
during the school year. Creating and finding the right window of time to practice is
a chore all its own.
“We practice a few times a week.
When summer started, we practiced a
lot more, but now that school started, we
don’t practice as much,” said Crosby.
“We usually practice at Jacob’s house. It’s
not hard to get everyone together. We live
close by to each other. We just have to call
each other up.”
During practices and at shows, band
members have to know how to communicate with each other effectively.
“We just communicate by nodding
our heads at each other, and we basically
know what the nods mean while playing,”
said Sibley.
Motivation can come in different ways
for different people. No matter what, a band
needs motivation to move forward and
continue on their path.
“I just want to do something that I can
look back on and say, ‘Hey I did that in
high school,’” said Crosby.
Common interest is the deciding factor
in whether or not a band stays together or
falls apart. Everyone has to agree on the
music style, the direction and the leader,
which in this case is undisputedly Sibley.
If one person isn’t happy, the chance for a
split is very high.
“Writing music that we all like is probably the only thing [struggle] because we
listen to different genres,” said Stowasser.
“We try to incorporate our favorites into our
Any high school band will likely agree
with the advice of This Moment Is AFlame.
The formula for success isn’t a hard one to
follow, but the variables can really hurt or
help a band. If one is trying to make a band,
they must make sure they know what they
need and want. Following this advice can
really help kick-start your band’s experience in high school.
By: Trevor Forrey
Staff Writer
In 2004 Mathew Miller – who later adopted the name Matisyahu after converting to
Judaism - first rose to fame with his hit “King
Without A Crown.” He has become publicly
known for his reggae/hip hop sound but also
for his Jewish religion.
His musical persona has turned him
into a unique rapper over the years. He is a
Hasidic Jew – with an untrimmed beard and
a yarmulke – rapping about Judaism with
reggae beats in the background. He’s serious
about his music and religion. Every year, during the celebration of Hanukah, he performs
three concerts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
His music has even earned him Grammy
nominations, gold record certifications and
a wide audience spectrum. Matisyahu first
started rapping at open-mike competitions
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and eventually went back to New York when he
was 19. In New York, he started attending the
New School for Social Research in Manhattan and
joined a synagogue. Matisyahu still continued in
his musical career as he and his friends recorded
their first album, “Shake Off the Dust…Arise”
in 2004. During 2005 Matisyahu was picked up
by Epic Records and started on his second studio
album, which became his Grammy nominated
album “Youth.’’
After a couple years without any new music,
Matisyahu has a released a new album produced
by Kool Kojak called “Spark Seeker.” This new
album adds some different pop attributes that
weren’t there in prior albums. Along with his
renovated sound, he changed his look. Originally
causing some controversy in the Hasidic Jewish
community, Matisyahu posted pictures on Twitter
of himself clean-shaven. While some assumed
that this was Matisyahu publically announcing his
breakaway from Judaism, it was not the case. In
recent interviews Matisyahu has made it clear that
he still practices his faith just as he did before.
During a recent concert at the Marquee Theatre
in Tempe, Ariz., Matisyahu performed a nonstop
90-minute show filled with classics, new songs and
even some beat-boxing freestyles. He also made
sure to not lose respect for his fans who made
him who he is today. During the performance, he
invited the crowd on the stage to sing his hit song
“One Day” with him.
Matisyahu still has his religious spark and will
continue to make music that pleases his original
fans, as well as newcomers to his unique style of
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Roar A&E
Once on
This Island
By: Paulette McGrew
Staff Writer
The play “Once on this Island”
is an adaption of the fairy tale, “The
Little Mermaid,” telling the story of
Ti Moune and Daniel, two people
from different social classes and
their struggles in a prejudice community. The play is presented by
Actor’s Youth Theatre (AYT) at the
Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse from Oct.
30-Nov. 3. Marcus Ellsworth, the director, chose this play in memory of
his deceased son, Ethan Ellsworth.
The cast of the play includes
several Red Mountain students.
Sophomores Rebecca Clark and Alec
Miller, junior Daniel Blankemeier
and senior Ashley North are storytellers for the play. Sophomore Zoe
Zamora plays Ti Moune, a peasant
girl whom the story revolves around,
and senior Aubrey King plays
Daniel, a rich boy who is saved by
Ti Moune. Senior Rachel Heitkamp
plays Asaka, the mother of earth,
junior Trevor Bowler plays Tonton
Julian, Daniel’s adoptive father,
senior Mike Sprenger plays Agwe, the
god of water, and senior Ellen Schilt
plays Andrea, Daniel’s promised
wife. The students spend a lot of time
together not only at practice, but at
school as well.
“The chemistry between all of the
actors is really great,” said Blankemeier. “We all get along and I love
getting to work with them.”
The actors practice for about
three hours a day, three days a week.
They are treated like professional
actors, but they still keep school a
number one priority.
“It takes a lot of commitment,” said
King. “You have to show up and be
ready to do more than expected.”
Not only are these students doing
AYT as an afterschool activity, but
many are planning on pursuing a
career in acting.
“I do plan on doing this as a career,
but when you do something that you
love, it’s more of a lifestyle than a
career,” said Schilt.
The Twilight Saga
The thrilling love story between Bella Swan
and Edward Cullen will conclude in the fifth
and final movie of the Twilight Saga: Breaking
Dawn – Part 2, which will be released Nov. 16.
Because the 14-second “teaser trailer” wasn’t
enough for Twilight fanatics, MTV debuted
a two-minute-long trailer at the Video Music
Awards (VMAs). The number of Internet
downloads for the trailer was record-breaking,
with over 7 million people downloading it.
“If the trailer was only two minutes long
and it had me on the edge of my seat,” said
freshman Valarie Ponce, “I can’t wait to see
what the movie will be like.”
After having a part-human, part-vampire
child named Renesmee, Bella Swan, played
by actress Kristen Stewart, is forced to adapt
to her new life as an immortal vampire. The
Volturi mistake Renesmee to be an “immortal
child” – a child turned into a vampire – and
because vampire children are reckless and
uncontrollable, they’re outlawed. When the
On Sept. 17 sophomore Zoe Zamora and senior Aubrey King
go over lines for the play “Once on this Island” and receive
instructions from their director during a rehearsal.
By: Amie Tillyer
Staff Writer
Volturi believe the Cullens have violated their
code, the Volturi set out to destroy Renesmee
and the Cullen family. The Cullen clan, along
with vampires from around the world, gather
to rise up against the Volturi.
Twilight movie ticket sales shot through the
roof after Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Some cities
have advanced ticket sales for this movie and
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The play is a musical and about 20 different songs are sung by the cast throughout the
hour long play. The box office is open two
hours prior to the event; tickets are $15 and
can be bought online as well at the Mesa Arts
Center website, www.mesaartscenter.com.
the sales are already 87 percent higher than Part
1. Some movie theaters are offering a chance to
see all of the previous films on Nov. 15, leading
up to the grand finale of the final movie that
releases on Nov. 16.
“I am very excited for part two of the new
movie,” said Twilight fan and Red Mountain
senior, Merrie Erhke.
The graphic design plays a huge role in making the movie realistic. The graphic designers
take time to make the mythical creatures realistic and life-like, which adds a thrilling element.
“The movies are interesting and different,
that’s what makes me want to watch them,” said
The fifth and final movie of the Twilight
saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is expected to be
gripping and end the series on a high note.
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Roar Feature
College On A Budget
The Nest: Haunted House
By: Mikayla Blauser
“Going Where No Other Haunt Has Gone Before.”
By: Ania Kubicki and Brooke Rodda
Phoenix, AZ – (Sept. 17, 2012) – Arizona’s largest haunted house,
The Nest, is unveiling a brand new technology this year that takes fear
to a whole new level. The Nest, located at Rawhide, is the first attraction
in the world to incorporate social media integration and RFID tracking
into its blueprint, allowing thrill seekers to experience fear like never
“By integrating Facebook Connect, we are taking our guests’ entire
haunt experience to a new level all while redefining the haunted house
industry,” said Glenn Rea, producer of The Nest. “They’ll see and hear
their name, see their photos, receive messages and a few more terrifying
surprises. We are truly creating their worst nightmare in real time.”
The Nest will be open to the public on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. For
the third consecutive year, The Nest will keep its long-standing tradition
of honoring those in the Military and Public Service. All Military and
Public Service officials (Police, Fire and EMTs) are invited to bring
their families for free on opening night.
In order to qualify for the free entrance, guests will be asked to show
their Military ID Card or public safety ID card. Each guest who shows
any of the above will receive free access for themselves and their entire
family on opening night.
Now in its third year at Rawhide, in southwest Chandler, The Nest
occupies a 50,000-square foot structure, nestled behind the facade of
Rawhide’s busy Main Street. The producers have once again outdone
themselves this year, bringing nearly $1 million in animatronics, new
special effects and a thrilling brand new layout.
The Nest has received national attention for its massive fear factor.
In 2010, Good Morning America named The Nest as the “Spookiest
Place in America” and carried a live broadcast from The Nest during its
morning Halloween show. America’s Best Haunts, a national ranking
of haunted attractions, has named The Nest one of the top 15 haunts in
the country. In addition, The Nest has been named the scariest haunted
attraction in the country by MSN and scariest haunted attraction in the
West by MTV.
“Every year we improve the haunt and bring it to the next level,”
added Rea. “This year, we’re truly going where no other haunt has gone
before. Join us if you dare.”
Thousands of people will venture into The Nest’s terror this year
and come face-to-face with some of the most fearsome and horrifying
characters and scenarios in the haunted house industry.
This year, visitors can explore these terrifying attractions:
Bleak – It’s dark, it’s tight, it’s sure to be a nightmare for anyone
even remotely claustrophobic. Victims will need to walk in a single file
line as they won’t be able to see their hands in front of their face in the
pitch black that stretches for more than half a mile.
Turmoil 3D – Prepare for a sensory overload as you enter this house
with custom sound, video, illusions and even some crazed clowns that
bring this turmoil to reality.
Mirror Mania – Over 100 feet of mirrors twisting and turning as
guests stumble to find their way out. There is no relief for the weary as
you enter straight into a graveyard full of many undead creatures.
The Nest – After weeding out the faint of heart, only the bravest are
left to face Jacob Kell and experience the terror that his tormented mind
has brought to the world. The brand new layout takes guests through
Jacob Kell’s house, room by room, one twisted scene to the next.
General admission is $25 with VIP admission available at $40, which
includes front-of-line-privileges. For exact dates, hours of operation and
additional information about The Nest, visit www.frightened.com.
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Staff Writer
As college-bound students in high school prepare for graduation, many are
trying to figure out how they are going to afford the high costs of college. After
doing extensive research into saving money while attending college, some
students have discovered the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
test. The CLEP test offered by a non-profit membership organization called
The College Board is an affordable exam administered by Mesa Community
College (MCC), which gives students college credit without actually taking the
college class.
The CLEP Program offers 33 different exams which are accepted by over
2,900 colleges and universities nationwide. Each CLEP test costs $80 plus
an additional $17 for administrative costs and is approximately 90-minutes
long. Students have the opportunity to save anywhere from $800 to $1500 for
every exam they take. A student who was to pay between $1,200 and $1,500
for a class at Northern Arizona
University (NAU) or Arizona
State University (ASU) could
receive the same credit by taking the CLEP test, but at a much
lower price and in much less
time. Alexandria Saquella, a ’12
graduate of Red Mountain High
School and a freshman at NAU
has taken CLEP tests for that
very reason.
“The primary reason for having Alex take the CLEP exam
was to allow her the opportunity
to receive credit for foundation
and liberal studies courses,”
said Red Mountain High School
teacher and Alexandria’s mother,
Mrs. Saquella. “An additional
benefit was the cost savings. We
In search of ways to pay for college, senior
Evan Stabley reads about the CLEP exam.
saved over $850 in tuition costs.
Alex successfully achieved the
minimum required score for mathematics and received three hours credit, so
she no longer has to take any math classes for her major.”
However, CLEP tests are difficult, and it is important for a student to have
extensive knowledge on the subject before attempting to take the test. CLEP
offers individual study guides for each test for only $10 each. Unfortunately,
if a student fails the CLEP test, they have to repay to retake it. Failing a CLEP
test does not count against students; however they do have to wait a set amount
of time before retaking it. Teachers and counselors only recommend taking the
CLEP test if students feel they thoroughly know the topic.
“I was surprised at the level of difficulty of the Spanish exam,” said Alexandria Saquella. “There was a lot of listening comprehension, and it was tough.”
The CLEP test covers five different topics history and social sciences, English composition and literature, science and mathematics, business and world
languages. Tests students can take include, but are not limited to, psychology,
humanities, biology, pre-calculus, financial accounting, Spanish and French.
“I am very interested in taking a CLEP test for Pre-Calculus, French and
Chemistry because I thoroughly know the subject matter,” said junior Ashley
Preves who plans to attend Barrett Honors College of ASU. “It would save me
a lot of money.”
For more information about CLEP exams, students can visit http://clep.
collegeboard.org or contact Megan Nevarez, the testing coordinator at MCC to
learn more.
“There is no reason for students to not take CLEP exams,” said Alexandria
Saquella. “It is a great way to get credit for what they already know.”
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National Ranking RMHS By: Morgan Klein
Cheer Team Takes the Floor
Staff Writer
Varsity Spiritline practices in the large gym on Oct. 5 preparing
for their first competition Nov. 3.
Dance and Pom
By: Jordan-Taylor Wentworth
Staff Writer
Three-fourths of Red Mountain’s Varsity
Pomline (Pom) are also in Red Mountain’s
highest level dance class, Dance Production.
With a dance concert and two Pom competitions in November, these girls could very well
be some of the busiest athletes on campus.
Pom will have its first competition on Nov. 3
and again on Nov. 10. With the Red Mountain
dance concert on Nov. 29 and 30.
“We are really hoping to get first at the state
competition and head to Nationals,” said senior
and captain Bethany Nelson.
The team is committed to practicing and
perfecting their routine. Varsity Pom will also
be heading to Disneyland in the spring to compete at Nationals.
“We practice our competition routine at
least three times every time we practice. We
also spend hours cleaning the routine,” said
senior and captain Taylor Thomason.
Dance Production will be performing the
majority of the dances along with beginning,
intermediate, advanced dance and Red Mountain’s dance company, Dance Force. Dance
Force, an extracurricular program, is made
up of eight dancers from Production. Dance
Production is taught during sixth hour.
“There is not one day that we get out of
class by 3 p.m. We are always busy rehearsing,” said Nelson.
Varsity Pom, which is an extracurricular activity, meets multiple times a week before and
after school and cheers at most varsity games.
“We practice every Monday and
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Red Mountain Spiritline is preparing for
a crucial year competing in United States
Nationals in Anaheim, California. With Spiritline competing against over 100 nationwide
high school cheer teams, Nationals is expected to be tough this year.
“Every year my team gets better with
talent and attitude,” said Coach Ellington.
“Varsity Spiritline is top 10 in the nation according to the USA Nationals Competition,
and we are top five according to the AIA
(Arizona Interscholastic Association).”
This season Red Mountain Cheer has
brought in a competitive cheer gym staff,
Valley Cheer Dynamics, to help them
improve on tumbling, pyramids and dance.
Dynamics is known nationwide and has won
several National titles including division
champions, national champions and grand
“Dynamics has taught us new tricks that
not many other high school cheer teams
can do, including a back-flip pyramid,” said
junior Madeline Haskin. “They choreographed our routine by highlighting our best
Wednesday along with one Saturday
a month,” said senior Dance Production
and Pom member Kerry Kenley.
As it gets closer to concert, Dance
Production spends many hours preparing. They do multiple technical and dress
rehearsals. It’s the busiest time for the
“We are at school until about 9 p.m.
every night starting two weeks before
concert to prepare for the performance,”
said Kenley. “We also practice every day
during sixth hour.”
With three-fourths of the varsity
Pommies being in Dance Production, the
busy schedules and balance between the
two can be a lot to handle.
“Our Pom coach, Lindsay, and dance
teacher, Ms. Fox, are pretty good at
coordinating so the two do not conflict,”
said Thomason. “We usually don’t have
any problem but it is a lot of time and
commitment between the two.”
With other extracurricular activities
in addition to varsity Pom and Dance
Production, the girls juggle their busy
“Balancing out my busy schedule
with Pom, Production, homework and
studio dance is difficult at times but it is
always worth it in the end,” said Nelson.
Spiritline’s time commitments are
intense with practices starting at 6 a.m.
everyday, including a couple evening
practices throughout the week.
“This year, not only do we have
our normal practices, we also have to
cheer at home and away varsity games,
including football, basketball and wrestling,” said senior and captain Ashley
Spiritline has been working really
hard to achieve its goals for Nationals.
Their main goals this year are to keep a
positive attitude, have more confidence
and win a national championship.
“It’s going to be a tough competition, but we have a strong team with a
great support system,” said senior Alexa
Viton. “I am so excited for the competition season to begin and to show off our
Though the team has a lot of competition and room to improve, they are
constantly trying to progress through
practices and games to ensure their
Varsity Pom members perform at the Varsity Football
homecoming game against Gilbert High School on
Friday, Sept. 21.
Production dancers seniors Kerry Kenley and
Bethany Nelson perform “Lights” in the 2011 Spring
dance concert along with choreographer Emma
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To stay ahead in her match against Mountain View,
senior and varsity player Michelle Marco prepares to
drop the birdie over the side of net. Red Mountain
defeated Mountain View 9-0.
This is no ordinary season for the Badminton
team. With a season full of commitment, diligence,
new strategies and more experienced players, this
could be a phenomenal season topped with a State
“Because we have four seniors on varsity
who have been playing for three years, Gillen pushes and pushes us to be our very best
and will not settle for anything less,” said
varsity player and senior Kaitlan Stott.
Badminton may very well be on the road
to the ultimate victory, but win or lose, they
do it as a team.
“Red Mountain badminton is my life. I
have dedicated a lot of time to this team and
am fully committed to it,” said junior and
varsity player Mercedes Balderrama. “To
be on this team is such a privilege, and I am
thankful to be a part of it.”
Dr. Gillen spends countless hours reviewing films, videos, and previous games
to answer one question: how games are
won. Through her dicipline and devotion,
her love for the game and her players continue to grow stronger.
“Badminton is so unique because they
all come in not knowing a thing about the
sport, but leave as champions in more ways
than one,” said Dr. Gillen. “They develop
here. They’re Red Mountain home-grown.”
By: Gracie Pearson
Staff Writer
Anything to prepare us for the challenges in a
The varsity team is 4-5. The girls are striving to do better and to go to State, and their
goal reflects this.
“Our goal this year is to get Red Mountain
girls volleyball [team] a banner in the gym,”
said Franklin.
Going into each game, the coaches prepare
the teams as much as they can. They convince
them that they can do it, and although the
coaches want them to win, they want the girls
to have fun as well. The team works together,
trying to reach their goal as one group.
“They’re like a family,” says Ms. Shook.
No matter whether they win or lose, the
teams always try to stay positive. They try to
encourage their teammates and do whatever
they can to keep their heads in the game, all in
an effort to keep moving forward.
“We encourage each other on and off the
court,” said sophomore and junior varsity
player Mia Wong. “It is really important to develop deep relationships with your teammates,
it drastically improves your game.”
To the players, volleyball isn’t just a sport.
It can be like having another family. Their
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“I like to think we’re going to be one of the
top four teams in the state – that’s what my
goal is,” said Badminton Coach Dr. Gillen.
The 2012 badminton team has been practicing long and hard to not only achieve an
undefeated record, but to bring home a State
Championship. After ending last season
sixth in state, Dr. Gillen is more determined
than ever to do what she can to improve her
players’ endurance and abilities.
“My strategy has changed in being more
strategic in their play, based on what offense is giving them,” said Dr. Gillen. “We
analyze stoke by stroke now.”
Gillen’s innovative ideas also bring
about inspiration in her players and allow
them to visualize victory in a whole new
“This year the focus is more on the
movement of our opponent – we are trying
to move her around the court,” said senior
and varsity player Michelle Marco. “I try
and think ahead, as if I were playing a game
of chess.”
This year’s team is also much more experienced, with four returning senior varsity
players: Michelle Marco, Kaitlan Stott,
Serena Streecter and Kelsey Florez.
Embracing a New Coaching Family
The girls volleyball team welcomed three
new coaches to the family: Ms. Olson, Ms.
Sato and Ms. Shook. Each coach brings a new
energy and spirit to the team.
“I like volleyball and wanted to spend time
with the kids here,” said Ms. Shook.
The team practices for the games about two
and a half hours a day, even using their weekends to practice. These practices are spent
trying to prepare the girls the best they can for
each game. They want to win and are willing
to spend as much time as possible working
toward each victory.
“I think this year’s team is prepared,” said
senior and varsity player Emily Franklin. “Besides having practice every day after school,
we’ve been having practices on Saturdays,
which I think prepares us even more.”
Each practice helps them to get ready
whether its defense drills or disciplining themselves in moving the ball across the court.
They run and do drills to reach perfection for
a game.
“In practice, we work a lot on skill building
and our defense,” said sophomore and junior
varsity player Shea Lamoreaux. “We do hitting and setting drills; we run and then drive.
By: Corinne Bright
daily lives revolve around playing and practicing.
“Volleyball isn’t just a sport to me; it’s my
life,” said Franklin. “Without it, I don’t know
what I would do.”
Badminton – On the Way To Victory
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During a home game against Highland High School, senior and varsity
player Jazlee Fenn spikes a ball to
the opposing team.
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Staff Writer
Junior Nicholas Huston swims the 500 freestyle at Shepherd Junior High
School on Sept. 27 winning against Mesquite High School.
The swim team is looking to build after 12 seniors graduated last
year and having over half the team as new swimmers.
“Trying to teach the swimmers to become varsity athletes in 12
weeks, physically training and conditioning them is easy,” said Coach
Peterson. “The hard part is teaching them what to do when I’m not
With over 30 years of experience in coaching and training swimmers, including 15 of the years at Red Mountain, Coach Peterson is
ready for the season.
Peterson is using the key swimmers on the team to help the
younger swimmers understand what the sport demands. With such
a young team, it is hard to motivate them to reach goals if they
don’t understand their potential. Seniors Tyler Porter and Samantha
Guttmacher, juniors Mackenzie Murphy, Ross McDonnell, Landon
Longfield and Nicholas Huston and sophomore Kayle Mashore are
the team’s key swimmers.
“As captain my goal is to provide a greater understanding of the
sport as well as encourage improvement,” said senior and co-captain
Taylor Galloway.
The team practices Monday through Friday at Shepherd Junior
High and Saturdays are make-up days for kids who missed a day during the week.
Coach Peterson has taken the idea of test-sets from a Russian
swim coach. The team does test-sets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays. Tuesdays consist of swimming 100’s (four laps). The team
starts with four 100’s and then increases the amount by two each
week, until reaching the peak of the season with 12 100’s. Then they
begin to come down during taper, before going to state. Wednesdays
are 25-yard (one lap) kick doing their choice of stroke: butterfly,
backstroke, breaststroke, or freestyle. These start with four as well
and increase by four each week until hitting the maximum of 24 25’s
at the peak of the season. Last but not least, Fridays consist of 50’s
(two laps) of a stroke, starting with four and increasing by two each
week until hitting the maximum of 16 50’s. He uses this strategy to
improve the team’s abilities and push the swimmers to their limits
each day.
“Test-sets are a great way to push the swimmer to the maximum,
and if they train each set hard, then they will see great improvement,”
said Coach Peterson.
The girl’s team has a record of 3-2, while the boy’s team has a
record of 2-3. This season the team swam against: Mountain View,
Brophy/Xavier, Desert Ridge, Dobson and Mesquite.
“I think we are doing well,” said Guttmacher. “A lot of people are
improving their times at each meet.”
With having a state champion on the team, the younger swimmers
look up to Guttmacher and are curious as to how she does what she
does. Last year Guttmacher won the state championship in the 100
butterfly and is looking for the state title again this state championship.
The team has swimmers that have been swimming for years and
others where this year is their first year on a competitive team. It is
good to have previous conditioning because in swimming they don’t
get to breath whenever they want to, and if one doesn’t have some
conditioning it will be very hard to swim.
“Swimming is a team sport with individual goals,” said senior
Mekenna Mashore. “It is a sport that you will have off weeks, but if
you train hard and put in the work you will have a great season.”
The swim team looks to have a great season, bringing home some
medals and titles from both City and State.
By: Mackenzie Murphy
At the Brophy College Preparatory and Xavier College Preparatory
meet, senior Allison Guinn executes her front dive pike.
Swimming the 100 butterfly, freshman Maxwell Wickens competes against
Mesquite High on Sept. 27 at Shepherd Junior High. “The 100 butterfly is a
tough race,” said Wickens. “So I stay strong and push through until the end.”
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By: Trevor Forrey
Staff Writer
Watching the ball move towards the hole on the Alta Mesa Golf Course,
senior Taylor Tokach succesfully makes the putt. The girls golf team beat
their opponent Mesquite High School on Oct. 3.
Showing good form, junior
Jacob Rodenkirch finishes his swing.
“Rodenkirch is our best player right
now,” said Coach Hamilton. “He will
be a good leader.”
Although there have been alterations to the coaching staff and player
line-up, boys and girls golf are ready to
face challenges head-on. With the girls
having a new coach and the practice
systems changing, the teams are preparing to hit that “hole in one.”
“We have a very
young team,’’ said
boys golf coach,
Coach Hamilton.
“Now our practices have become
much more specific.”
With Red Mountain’s boys team
being so young, junior golfer Jacob
Rodenkirch has been mentoring the
less-experienced players.
“Rodenkirch is our best player
right now,” said Coach Hamilton.
“He will be a good leader.”
The boys and girls teams have also
been practicing together to create a
unity between the two teams.
“Practicing together helps players make new friends and also lets
them mentor the other [members]
with what they need help with,” said
Coach Hamilton.
This new practice technique has
been achieving success on the course.
“The boys have strength, so they
can teach the girls how to make our
swing get more distance,” said junior
and girls golfer, Taylor Maza. “The
girls show the boys how to be more
accurate with the placement of the
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With Red Mountain’s history of winning, the teams are striving to repeat
the success of previous years, while
being challenged with a young team.
“We practice every day from 2:306 p.m.,” said Maza. “This year we are
working much harder to be better
and go to State.”
High school golf is different from
professional golf, where each player
competes against everyone in a
match. In high school golf, it’s not
just winning or losing for yourself,
it’s about winning or losing with
your team.
“It has a different feel when it’s
high school golf instead of when it’s
just normal golf because it almost
feels like there’s more pressure to
perform,” said Rodenkirch. “You’re
playing for five guys that you know
really well.”
With a fresh start, the Mountain
Lions are ready for the challenges
ahead of them and are excited to
grow and prosper as a team.
“It has a different feel when
it’s high school golf instead of
when it’s just normal golf because it almost feels like there’s
more pressure to perform.”
-Jacob Rodenkirch
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It Takes Two to Tango
Cross Country
By: Tate Lamoreaux
By: Eileen Ellicott
Staff Writer
Beginning the new marching season with the show Tengo Tango
(Spanish for ‘I have Tango’), where the traditional Argentinian dance
of Tango will be embellished with the use of flags and rifles, the
Red Mountain Color Guard has welcomed two male members to its
formerly all-girl team.
“I think it’s really good that we have boys because it’s nice to have
a mix,” said Guard Captain and senior Erica Ruhland. “Nothing’s really different, we are all still a team.”
Facing the challenge of memorizing the unfamiliar routines, the
two newest male members, senior Sebastian Ortega and sophomore
Matthew Zedell prepare for the ride of their high school careers.
“I’ve never participated in a lot of clubs,” said Ortega. “I attended
the clinics during the summer in search of something challenging. I’m
staying because it’s fun, and my teammates are nice.”
The 21 hours of work put into perfecting their show each week, as
well as the effort, focus and perseverance put forth by the members, is
something Ruhland finds more than admirable.
“Being able to point at the team and say ‘they’re mine’ is my
favorite part about being captain,” said Ruhland. “Their performance
is a reflection of my teaching.”
Performing at Friday night games, with the roar of the crowd
ringing in their ears, is worth all the hours of early morning practices,
frustration and exhaustion.
“The halftime performance is our moment,” said Ruhland. “It’s our
stage and nothing compares to performing underneath those stadium
Staff Writer
The boys cross country team is half the size with half the experience of
last year’s lineup. The old senior-laden team is gone. This season will be
dictated by the athletes who are brand new to the cross country program, like
juniors Kinnon Priest, Ashton Hoopes, and senior Lamoni Mora. The revival
of the program, as well as restitution for last year’s poor performance, rests in
the untested hands of these new runners and the increasingly difficult practices
Coach Thomas has made for them.
“Even though the seniors from last year are gone, the new seniors and
especially the new juniors, have stepped up to take their place,” said junior
Jacob Kreitinger.
Half of the eligible runners did not return from last season. The cross country team is not only small and young but inexperienced. This is the first season
for many on the varsity team, including Mora.
“The team may be small and a lot of the guys haven’t run before this year,
but we are going to do great things,” said Mora.
Seniors Chandler Gallego and Tyler Bowman, both veterans of the sport,
front this band of ragtag runners as captains. Both are dedicated to reviving
the team and giving their final season a sweet send-off by running in State.
“Running in State is an exciting possibility that everyone on varsity is
working towards,” said Kreitinger.
Junior Grace Sewell and senior Gabrielle Sackett act as the counterparts to
Gallego and Bowman, as captains of the girls cross country team. They lead
the ever vigilant and steadfast Lady Lions; however, the crown jewel of the
entire program is not a team captain, but sophomore Taryn Estavillo.
Estavillo has broken and set many of the school records. At the Adobe
Invitational, the first race of the year, Estavillo, Sackett and junior Marissa
Swart were all decorated with medals. Unlike the boys, the girls team is not in
need of redemption but repetition.
“As a leader I would like to set an example by working extremely hard,”
said Estavillo. “I am determined to have my entire team on the line with me at
the State Championships.”
Coach Thomas wants to make his last season a memorable one. The
beloved government teacher and running coach is leaving during his seventh
year at Red Mountain and moving to South Africa. He and his wife are moving their three children and joining a non-profit organization intent on giving
hope and a future to many in the slums of this impoverished nation.
“We’re all working harder,” said Hoopes. “This season is for Coach.”
Capturing the attention of Red Mountain football fans, senior Sebastian Ortega and
sophomore Matthew Zedell perform with grace and intensity at halftime during the
Senior Night football game against Westwood High School.
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Running in the Artichoke Invitational, team captains and seniors Tyler
Bowman and Chandler Gallego sprint to stay ahead in the race. Red
Mountain placed second among a number of other high schools.
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We’ll Take What You Give Us
Dare us to throw
By: Carly Ulrich
Staff Writer
Red Mountain’s varsity football team is bound and determined to throw
it name on the Division 1 high school football map. The Mountain Lion’s
offense is what is bringing them their success on the field, along with a hardhitting, well adjusting defense.
Throwing the ball is their biggest threat, and so far it cannot be handled
by opponents. As senior quarterback Mason Thorman’s main recipient,
senior Drake Pierre works beautifully with Thorman to complete passes and
make big plays, they put in extra work during the off season meeting at a
local park practicing on timing and different routes. Their efforts have made
Red Mountain’s passing game unstoppable.
“There are three main components to being successful in throwing the
football,” said Head Coach Dr. Wisniewski. “It starts with the offensive line,
they need to be able to pass protect for their quarterback [keep the quarterback from getting sacked]. Then the quarterback needs to throw on time,
throw accurately and decide where the ball needs to go. One other big part is
the recipients of the ball. If you’re going to throw the ball, you need someone catching it, and we’re lucky to have three great senior receivers: Drake
Pierre, Aeron Carr and Ethan Cortazzo.”
The Lions have these three crucial components, and with these components they have a very strong aerial assault over their competitors.
Coach Wisniewski also has confidence that the team can run the ball if
necessary. With a running game, the offense may not put up as many points
versus the passing game, but it is a good option. Running the ball is not the
team’s strongest area, but they hope to improve it as they move on in the
season towards playoffs.
A threatening offense isn’t the only thing that wins games. With their
schedule having them play talented teams, the defense has to be strong as
well. After figuring out the opposing team’s strategy on offense, the Lion’s
defense does much better in the second half of their games.
“We’re playing hard; we’re just less experienced on defense coming in to
this year,” said Coach Wisniewski, “but defense will continue to get better
and better.”
In just the fourth week, the Lions had their biggest highlight of the
season. On Friday, Sept. 7, the boys traveled to Phoenix College to play the
former number-one ranked team in state, Phoenix Brophy College Prepatory.
The final score was 33-31, with the Lions coming out on top. With this big
win, Red Mountain football took a big step closer to the Division 1 state
championship title.
“Beating Brophy shows that our team is capable of going all the way this
year [winning the state championship],” said varsity player, junior Diego
Hernandez. “But in order to do so, we need to stay humble and focused.”
With all of the talk of Red Mountain being a threat to the state title,
Coach Wisniewski believes the boys have earned the privilege to be in that
discussion. With this success so far, the team will take the rest of the season
week by week, learning how to handle their accomplishments.
“Sometimes it is harder to maintain success than it is to attain it,” said
Coach Wisniewski. “Can we maintain what we have attained? That will be
the big challenge, and it is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical
With a strong passing game, high potential running game and a well
adjusting defense, the Mountain Lions are maximizing their opportunities
and giving themselves a name by taking what they are given from the team
on the opposite side of the ball.
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Senior Mason Thorman drops back to complete a pass to senior Drake Pierre at
the Homecoming game against the Gilbert Tigers. The Lions went on to defeat
the Tigers 56-13.
“We do some things
that are unconventional and we’re going to
do them in an aggressive fashion.”
-Coach Wisniewski
Senior Aeron Carr runs through the end zone scoring a touchdown against
the opposing team, Mountain View High School.
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