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Vol. 23 Issue 1
Fall 2010
Powder Puff
A new Red Mountain
Letter from the R
Red Mountain,
As we enter a new year of high school, whether it’s our first or last, this year is all about change and
innovation. Red Mountain has transformed exponentially—parking efficiency has been altered, policies
have been tightened and new teachers and students have entered our school. Red Mountain’s spirit is
stronger through new traditions such as powder puff and new clubs such as Red Roar.
Taking on our second year as a magazine publication, Roar Magazine is dedicated to upholding Red
Mountain’s new energetic aura; as the school has changed, we, too, have revamped the magazine’s style
and atmosphere. Stepping into the shoes of Valerie Nunez, former editor-in-chief of Roar Magazine, we
strive to bring this publication to students as a tangible product of Red Mountain’s spirit.
We look back on last year’s magazine staff, and we miss the familiar faces of our fellow writers and
editors; however, with change comes progress. The magazine staff of 2010-11 has proven to be exceptionally hard-working, and we cannot wait to see what more they have to bring to the table.
In the spirit of starting fresh and stepping into the unknown, let Red Mountain High School make this
year one that will not soon be forgotten. It will be our masterpiece.
Danielle Grobmeier and Shelby Lewis
M E E T the S TA F F
Vol. 23 Issue 1
Principal: Dr. Slemmer
Mrs. Saquella
Danielle Grobmeier and
Shelby Lewis
Shelby Madson and
Stephanie Kleist
Selena Bresnahan, Jennifer
Briney, Michael Cano, Adam
Carrillo, Trenton Cortazzo,
Brittany Cruz, Madison
Fetzer, Rachel Fischer,
Krysta Flores, Viviana Gamez, Megen Gates, Raeleen
Gonzales, Tanner Wade,
Emma Whincup, Elizabeth
York, Michael Mattingly,
Alyssa Zelkovich, Julissa
Ramirez, Michael Sprenger,
Erica Hernandez
Cover photo by:
Alexander Coleman
Cover photo:
Lucia Franco, Jill Sawyer,
Brianna Lopez, Lindsay
Ortiz, Trenton Cortazzo,
Loren Trimble, Jacob Tune,
Meghan Montoya, Shannon
Kelly, Marisa Montoya,
Alicia Demarbiex
Special thanks:
Joey Kuang,
Brandi Fitzgerald, Mr. Walsh
Roar Magazine is a
publication of:
Red Mountain High School
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.
The magazine staff is proud to present Volume 23 Issue 1 of Red Mountain’s Roar Magazine.
. Fall 2010
Roar Magazine
For more articles by Red
Mountain’s journalistic writing class, visit our website at
Volume 23 Issue 1
( news
Powder Puff, Homecoming
Tailgate, Brandi Fitzgerald
The Road To Shambala
( opinion
SB 1070, Obama’s Speech
Election, Record Sales
10 Mosque at Ground Zero
11 Cell Phone Policy, RMAAC
( a&e
12 Green Day, Choir
13 Hanson
14 Movies, Broadway Palm
15 Eden Marie, No Big Deal
( focus
16 Club Interact, Tips, StudCo
17 Freshman, FFA
18 Parking, Lunch Lines
19 Binge Drinking
20 Volleyball, Badminton
21 Cross Country, Golf
22 Swim
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23 Football
Fall 2010
( by Jennifer Briney )
Staff Writer
The same average football practice;
the same difficult
drills, challenging plays and
conditioning. The
it’s girls out
there doing it all.
This year Red Mountain High School is having their
first annual powder puff football game.
“I’m very excited for this, because
I know it will boost our school spirit
and it is my first big event as athletics
liaison,” said senior Trenton Cortazzo.
The game will be on Thursday, Oct.
28 during Spirit Week, one day prior
to Homecoming. A powder puff game
is a fun event in which the girls play
flag football and the boys become the
coaches and cheerleaders. There will
be 30 senior girls on each team, one
coached by senior Jacob Tune and the
other by Cortazzo. “I think my favorite part about
lice is coming
Homecoming Week Events
-Monday: Homecoming Assembly, NBD
-Tuesday: Nerd/Hero Day, Pumpkin
Decoration Voting at Lunch
-Wednesday: AZ Pro DJs in the am-
phitheater, Dress in neon for Neon Phenomenon Day
-Thursday: Powder Puff Football
Game 6 p.m., Staff Homecoming Crowning, Homecoming Bonfire 7:30 p.m., Alice in
-Friday: 98.3 Radio Station at lunch, Tailgate at 7 p.m., Homecoming Game Against
Hamilton. Black Out Day
-Saturday: Homecoming Dance in
Gymnasium at 8 p.m.
-Sunday: Halloween
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coaching will be when my team wins,”
said Tune.
The coaching job will be tough, but
Tune and Cortazzo stepped up to the
plate and offered their football
skills for this worthy cause.
The girls will be practicing
Monday and Tuesday the
week of the game. Both
teams will be learning
plays and gaining a plethora
of football knowledge.
“A lot of the girls playing are
already athletes, so that’s definitely a
huge bonus,” said Cortazzo.
Cortazzo is really focused on making
sure that the girls are not afraid to get in
there and pull some flags. He doesn’t
want Tune’s offense to get away with
anything. In turn, Tune’s competitive
side is already shining through. His
confidence and positive attitude will
be his strategy for bringing his team to
“I’m definitely pumped for the
game,” said senior Shannon Kelly. “I
know I’ll tear it up out there, because I
am just such a beast.”
Kelly and the other girls are pumped
performance at lunch, Rockstar Day
TeamTrent vsTeamJacob
( by Emma
Staff Writer
“I wonder if I’ve been changed in
the night,” says Alice from the popular
children’s storybook, “Alice in Wonderland.” That also happens to be the
theme for this year’s Homecoming, and
it is promising to be a fun-filled night.
“In the past years, we haven’t had it
based off a movie, and using movie
elements as well as the book, with it
being Halloween weekend, we wanted
to go with a creepy, weird theme,” said
Allison Steinken, senior vice president
of Student Council.
The Homecoming dance, hosted by
Student Council, will be held on Oct.
30 in the Red Mountain High School
gymnasium from 8-11 p.m.
“We have giant flowers, fun house
mirrors, a garden, hats, teacups and glitter,” says Steinken.
Compared to last year, Homecoming 2010 will have an abundance of
decorations, colors and artistic touches.
StudCo also plans to add more interesting lights.
“We are working with the DJ to get
more lights to create a really cool atmo-
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and ready for all the excitement to
begin. Being that this is Red Mountain’s
first year doing the powder puff game,
Cortazzo is hoping that it will leave an
impact on the student body. Only senior
girls will be
in the actual
game. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have
something to
look forward to
when they become seniors.
“I really think that
The Powder Puff football teams
Jacob’s and my
are ready for battle. Come see
all the excitement on Thur. Oct.
sides will come 28, the week of Homecoming.
out,” said
The game will be right before the
Cortazzo. After Bonfire.
all, who wants
to go down in
history as the
losing coach of the first Red Mountain
powder puff
sphere this year,” said Steinken.
Even the backdrops of the pictures
will fit the theme by using a tea party
theme, mushrooms, garden gazebo or a
plain backdrop for large groups.
“A lot of time,” Steinken said as she
talks about the time and preparation
of Homecoming. “StudCo decorates
until 2 a.m. the night before, then we
are back setting up at 6 a.m. the day of
Homecoming. We spend about 12 hours
just doing hallway decorations.”
With this quirky theme the day
before Halloween, Homecoming should
be a night to remember. Students can
purchase tickets for $20 pre-sale in the
bookstore or $30 at the door.
Wearing brightly
colored clothes, senior Allison Steinken
danced at the Spirit
Week Assembly to
demonstrate Neon
Day, which will be
on Wed. Oct. 27.
At the first Tailgate,
Spiritline offered games
such as mini-golf
for their fundraiser.
Later they cheered the
football team on to a
38 - 32 victory against
( by Raeleen Gonzales and Megen Gates)
tain’s first Tailgate kicking off the first
football game of the season in style.
Tailgate is located in Red Mountain’s
Tailgates have tripled this year.
parking lot in the south west corner
School spirit is higher than ever with
on the north side of the portables from
three new Tailgates and all the different
5-6:30 p.m.
activities planned to involve students.
As students and families came to
The next Tailgate will be for Homeshow their pride and
coming on Oct. 29
spirit, the Football
and the last is to be
Booster Club (sponsored
by Susan and Jason
“So far, they are
Johnson) joined the fun
a great way to start
as well. Spiritline kept
the school year,” said
spirits high by sponsoring
sophomore assistant
the games and taking part
principal, Mr. Walsh.
in fundraising for their
Spiritline is sponclub. This is the first
soring Tailgate games
time for clubs at
with activities such as
Red Mountain
mini golf, ping-pong
High School to
toss, face paint and
be sponsoring
body paint. Tailgates
the Tailgates.
are being used as a
NHS (National
vehicle to get the
Society), who
students pumped up
game, Cale Wolff (11)
for special occalaughed as Amanda Lorentthis year’s Tailgate
sions such as football
zen (11) painted a paw print
is hoping to imgames.
on his body.
prove the events by
Friday, Aug. 27,
getting more clubs
was Red Moun-
Staff Writers
Brandi Fitzgerald filmed and
photographed the junior
varsity football game against
Marcos De Niza on Sept.15
at RMHS. “I enjoy being
right in the action when I’m
taking [the pictures],” said
Fitzgerald, mother of junior
varsity football player, Justin
Fitzgerald (10).
Heart and Soul
Clark )
( by Alyssa
Staff Writer
Football enthusiasts who
can’t make it to a football
game are in luck. Thanks to
the efforts of Mrs. Fitzgerald,
mother of sophomore and
junior varsity football player,
Justin Fitzgerald, who created three YouTube videos
featuring the Red Mountain
High School football teams
and fans.
“I try to capture the emotion on [the football players’]
faces,” Fitzgerald said. “I
don’t know if the school
understands how much effort
[players] put in every day,
to fundraise.
“It’s pretty much the same as last
year, except we’re trying to get more
clubs involved,” said senior Jessica
Hartman who is part of the Tailgate
Plans are underway to improve the next
“I would like there to be more free
stuff,” said junior Calvin Schnorbus.
With Spiritline leading the way, the
school spirit was booming at the first
The biggest hit at
the Tailgate seemed to
be the face and body
painting. This got a
great response and
really took it to the
next level. Boys
and girls of all
grades got their
faces and bodies
painted to show
their school pride.
The first Tailgate
proved to be a huge success, and there appears to
be great anticipation for the
next two events.
[RMHS football players] are
out there putting their heart
and soul into this.”
She had been taking
pictures and videos of her
sons’ sports before deciding
to create the RMHS football
“It makes me feel good
that I’m leaving this for
all the football players this
year,” said Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald has spent hours
photographing and editing
pictures, filming and going
through all of the footage
then matching it up with a
chosen song. Husband, Scott
Fitzgerald, also helped take
some of the J.V. photos.
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For future videos, Fitzgerald wants to include more
fans, coaches, cheerleaders,
the Football Booster Club,
marching band/flag girls and
Student Council.
“Football is a culture and
I [want] to show how it includes everybody,” Fitzgerald said.
The first video, “Red
Mountain Boys of Fall,”
can be found on YouTube at
www.youtube.com/RedMtnFootball. A DVD will be
available for purchase at the
end of the football season.
For more information on the
videos, go to www.youtube.
Fall 2010
The Road
to Shambala
( by Raeleen Gonzales and Megen Gates )
Staff Writers
The fall musical, “The Road to
Shambala,” is going to be one of the
biggest plays Red Mountain High
School has ever seen. With about 100
kids auditioning for the play, director and theatre teacher Ms. Griffin
was thrilled to see how many students
wanted to be involved. With 70 cast
members and a huge crew, “The Road
to Shambala” has a story line unlike any
“We wrote a play where we didn’t
have to turn anybody away,” said Ms.
Griffin. Anybody who wants to be
involved in this play can be in it.”
“The Road to Shambala’s” story line
can be compared to that of “The Wizard
of Oz.” It is a journey all its own. It follows seven main characters who travel
to find their dreams in Thespia, much
like “munchkin-land,” after a monsoon
sweeps them out of their dorm and into
this magical world. It is all about their
journey down the Rainbow Road, to
capture their dreams and make their
way home. The main theme of this
magical journey is the acceptance of
everybody and an incredible adventure.
“Nobody judges anyone else, people
forgive each other for past wrong
doings and everybody’s just bringing peace, love and tranquility to the
world,” said Ms. Griffin.
Being much bigger than the usual
plays produced here, “The Road to
Shambala” has had production going on
longer than the usual time period. Composing the play went from early Jan. to
June 2010, written by Ms. Griffin and
her previous Advanced Theatre class.
The auditions and construction on the
set started at the beginning of the school
Behind the Scenes
With a dream like aura, Sam, the
Dorothy character played by senior
Emily Bulkley, Tin, the Tin Man character played by senior William Mattausch
and Pinocchio played by junior Matthew Fichtemaier are “un-rusting” the
Tin Man in this rehearsal scene.
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year and is all coming together.
The play runs from Nov. 1 through
Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The two hour play
will have three different sets of main
stage casts which will alternate nights.
Tickets are sold in the bookstore and at
the door on the night of the show.
No matter how old, people still feel the magic
of an October night when the moon shines and
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My plan for Halloween is to
gather as much candy as I can. I
don’t care if I’m 17, candy never
grows old.
-senior Sidney Ulrich
Day of Rest
Halloween Bash
My plan for Halloween is to attempt
to go trick or treating and have a
huge Halloween party where everyone is going to dress up. It’s going to
be a celebration of my best friend’s
birthday and Halloween, we’re going
to dress up, listen to music and eat.
-senior Aydin Usluca
My plan for Halloween is to do nothing.
I won’t celebrate a
pagan holiday on the
Sabbath. It seems
rather sacreligious to me. I might
watch a horror movie.
-senior Max McHardy
of Fright
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America by MSN.com)
5700 W North Loop Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85048
Crypt Haunted Attractions (New Location for the 2010 season, THE CRYPT
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1445 W. Southern Ave.
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Dark Scares (East Mesa's newest
haunted attraction. YOU READY?)
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My plans for Halloween night are to
possibly be a part of
my friend’s haunted
house or I’m going
to just stay at my
house and scare
-senior Lindsay
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Fall 2010
(SB 1070)
Is the controversial Senate Bill a simple yes or no question?
( by Danielle Grobmeier )
Senate Bill 1070 has been one
of the prevalent hot button issues of
2010. Signed into law by Governor Jan
Brewer on April 23, the bill’s main goal
is to “discourage and deter the unlawful
entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully
present in the United States” (Section
1). The bill is comprised of 13 sections
addressing issues such as identification
processes, housing illegal immigrants,
transfers into federal custody, unlawful
transportation and employment violations. The response to this bill was overwhelming; many were outraged at the
discriminatory aspects of 1070, while
others were in full and vocal agreement
of the bill’s enactment.
Reactions to SB 1070 have spawned
a variety of news articles and political blogs addressing the controversial
issues of illegal immigration. One news
article in the Arizona Republic from
the issue published on Aug. 29 depicted
both sides of 1070 from a religious
standpoint. One side states the need to
“love your neighbor as yourself,” while
the other indicates a push to “obey the
governing authorities.”
“There are three issues: the border,
our need for migrant labor and the millions of undocumented people currently
living in America,” said pastor and
writer Gary Kinnaman.
Other articles have addressed results
of SB 1070, including a border policy
that not only examines entering traffic,
but also checks those on their way out
of the United States. This has been
beneficial to catching drug cartels and
the economy
. Fall 2010
( by Stephanie Kleist )
Staff Writer
“Nobody gets to write your destiny
but you,” President Barack Obama
said Tue., Sept. 14, during his “Back to
School” speech.
President Obama talked about how
students this day-and-age need to work
high-risk criminals but has also inconvenienced the illegal immigrants who
are choosing to leave the United States
because of tightened policies.
“The whole idea is there are going
to be consequences now for people who
come into the United States with the
sole purpose of doing illegal activity,”
said Arellano and Guadalupe Ramirez,
director at the Nogales port. “Our job
tells us if we find somebody at a port
coming or going that is in violation of
our laws, we are going to document it.”
Is SB 1070 really just a yes or no
question? Can we really just view it
from a radical perspective? Benefits and
drawbacks are clear. The true question that must be asked of us is what
America needs in the midst of crisis
and financial instability. Compassion or
strict enforcement?
hard, study and be responsible. For
what? Our future? President Obama
states that he knows that students have
to deal with the pressures of broken
homes, the economy, having to work
because of their jobless parents or just
having to pick up the slack and grow
up. Students are having to learn at a
young age what it’s like to be an adult.
“My mom makes just enough to support us,” said senior Maxwell Marsh. “I
have to pay for school.”
Students often do not realize that
scholarships go unused every year,
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because they do not take advantage of
the resources offered. Misinformed or
uninformed, either way, it’s a missed
“Here’s your job,” said President
Obama. “Showing up to school on
time, paying attention in class, doing
your homework, studying for exams,
staying out of trouble…This is absolutely essential for success.”
Don’t stop trying and don’t give
up as soon as things get hard. Face
challenges, gain strength and exercise
discipline when overcoming obstacles.
(Are You Voting?)
Whincup )
( by Emma
Staff Writer
November 2, 2010 marks the day the
polls open in Arizona to vote for the general election. Red Mountain High School
seniors who are now 18 years of age can
have their say in who is elected for Governor, State Senator, State Representative,
Secretary of State, Attorney General, State
Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Corporation Commissioner.
“I registered in May, when I got my
I.D.” said senior Joshua Shoemaker.
New voters who are now 18 can register
to vote at any time. Registering to vote is
as easy as going online to www.azsos.gov.
Applicants must answer various questions
verifying eligibility and filling out personal
information. Registration must be completed 29 days prior to the election to vote
by Nov. 2, 2010.
“I want to have my say in because my
vote counts,” said senior Kaitlyn Zaiser.
Young voters do count and make up one
( by Shelby Madson )
Barbaric or the
Smarter Choice?
Picture the music section of a local
retail store. It’s empty; it may see five
to 10 customers a day. Between Aug. 8
and Aug 14, Nielsen SoundScan, the official method of tracking sales of music
in the United States and Canada, saw
the lowest weekly sales in its history. In
2008, there were 17 million fewer CD
buyers. CD sales have been declining
for seven consecutive years.
Regardless of
the reason, the
number of CD sales
are dropping every
year and at the same
time, the percentage
of music being digitally downloaded
continues to rise.
What happened
to those 17 million
people is 2008?
How are they getDeserted and Lonely
ting their music?
The shelves in the music
section at the Target located A fraction of them
on Power and McKellips are probably purchase
packed with CDs. The section all of their music
is completely empty while the digitally through
rest of the store is filled with
stores like iTunes or
quarter of the population. It is as easy
as watching campaigns on television or
going online for 10 minutes to research
the candidates running.
“Students should be informed on
who they are voting for,” says Shoemaker. “Just one vote can change the
A new generation of young adults
can take part in decisions that impact
everyone’s lives in some way. It is
important for all voters to take time to
inform themselves about the election
and the candidates before they go to
vote. Many seniors do not realize that
it is now their responsibility to take
time out of their busy schedule to learn
about what is going on politically in
the world. Students can take it upon
themselves to go online and do research
or talk to family members who are well
When students go to vote there is important information to know a form of
identification such as a driver’s license
is needed. If the voters name is not on
the list registered list, voters should
check with one of the workers to make
sure they are at the right location. If the
voter’s name does not appear on the list,
voters may vote on a provisional ballot,
which means if they later found eligible
to vote then the vote will be counted.
An accordingly, lines for voting may
be long.
Amazon. The rest are probably illegally
downloading them off the Internet.
Estimates show that for every song
legally downloaded, 20 songs are being
downloaded illegally, why? Music listeners are downloading music, perhaps
to save some money, but such a simple
action is causing huge problems for the
music industry and its artists, plus it’s
against the law.
In 2009 CD, or,
physical sales,
made up 59
percent of the
market. In 2008
that number
was 66 percent
and in 2007 that
number was 75
percent, according to the Recording
Industry Association of
America (RIAA).
When people digitally download the
music off of iTunes, they aren’t getting
any of that. In some cases, they do give
the buyer the booklet electronically, but
what happens if that computer crashes,
that person will no longer have that
booklet. Unless they backed up all their
music, they have lost that, too. It is also
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said that the quality sound of the songs
digitally downloaded are not as good
as the music on the CD because those
songs were ripped into MP3 files and
some quality was lost.
Some consumers said that they
prefer downloading music because they
get to choose the songs they want, and
they can get the music immediately
without stepping out of the comforts of
their own home. That’s understandable, but for me, music buying is
all about supporting the artist.
When someone buys that
whole album, they are showing their support. Without that
support, it doesn’t matter how
good that person’s music is, it
wouldn’t sell.
The music industry has always
adapted to technology. Society has
seen this before, when the vinyl record
was replaced by the cassette tape,
which was then replaced by CD. When
will this madness end? I say let’s stop
this cycle now. It’s crucial that everyone buys CDs to support their favorite
artists and all their hard work.
Fall 2010
Are people so blinded by fear that
they would prohibit the practice of a
religion? Is the fear legitimate because
of Sept. 11, 2001? Is it fear or anger?
There are two sides two every story.
Although it may be morally wrong to
put a Muslim mosque or community
center near Ground Zero, Muslims in
the United States have a right to practice religion where they choose. The
current controversy stems from rights as
an American citizen and the emotions
of remembering the attack on Sept. 11,
Muslim mosque/community center near
“A lot of Americans do not want the Ground Zero.
mosque/community center at Ground
Zero, because they are generalizing
think it’s fine with American citizens to
all Muslims as bad,” said junior Casey
build a Muslim mosque or community
center near Ground Zero? Do they want
People tend to generalize all Musto claim the land that radicals of that
lims as the radicals who terrorized the
religion once brought down? The moWorld Trade Centers nine years ago.
tive remains unknown.
People say that allegedly Muslims hate
Muslim-Americans believe they
the fact that in America, American
a right to build the Mosque where
citizens do not have to believe in Allah
they choose. Is it morally right? Some
(the Muslim God). They believe that
say “no.” America was terrorized by the
Allah is God, and there shouldn’t be
radicals of that religion, and the Musany other religion such as Christianity,
lims should respect that area as a sacred
Buddhism, Judaism, etc, because those
spot for many American citizens.
religions believe in other Gods. Since a
“We legally cannot say no because
small fraction of Muslim radicals terrorof
religion,” said Jaber.
ized America for their belief, should all
Legally and constitutionally it is a
Muslims be denied the right to practice
right to have the mosque/community
their religion near Ground Zero?
center on any available American
“I believe it is considered indeproperty. Morally and ethically it is
cent to build the community center in
not a good choice to do it in an area
the area,” said senior Colton Lauer,
of immense emotional devastation.
president of Speech and Debate. “It’s
The question continues to plague this
like going into a kindergarten class and
country, should Americans back the
saying curse words.”
Constitution and let Muslims have that
It was nine years ago that America
area to build their community center or
experienced a devastating loss of
should Americans fight to keep the area
lives and two monumental buildings
near Ground Zero a sacred resting place
destroyed by two hi-jacked planes. The
for those who were lost.
question remains, why would Muslims
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( by Stephanie Kleist )
Ground Zero right after the attack on
Sept. 11, 2001.
A Sign Of
Mosque Near Ground Zero:
Firefighters raised the flag to show
respect to those fallen from the World
Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
( by Michael Mattingly)
Catch You
Staff Writer
Cell phones here, cell phones there,
cell phones are everywhere. Almost
every student has one and uses it all the
time, even during class. They use them
so much that administration was forced
to put into action a new cell phone
“Cell phones were one of the major
concerns in Mesa Public Schools,” said
Mr. Anderson, the assistant principal.
“Students would text test answers to
other students, take pictures of the test
and send them to other students.”
The new cell phone policy states
that if a student is caught using their
cell phone during class, they get their
cell phone taken from them.
“The first offense is a full day
of in-school suspension,” said Mr.
“We usually get six to 10 cell phones
a day,” said Mr. Walsh, the assistant
According to Health News, the average teen sends 80 text messages a day.
That comes out to the impressive, or
pitiful, average of 2400 text messages
a month.
“Texting has become an addiction,”
said Mr. Anderson.
The administration has tightened the
policy in order to remind students of the
true purpose of school, to learn.
“ ”
Texting has become
an addiction.
The Cruelty
Dress Code
Throughout the year there will
• Random dress codes will occur in
any hour at any point in time.
• You will be required to stand up
and be inspected by the teacher.
• Any violators will be sent to the office for immediate consequences.
• First offence is a warning.
• Second is a full day in ICR.
• Third is one day out of school
Staff Writer
Some animals experience a lifetime
of hardship. Students involved in
Red Moutain Against Animal Cruelty
(RMAAC) help out these animals by
volunteering at local animal shelters
and informing people about animal
cruelty to try to give some of these
animals a second chance at a new and
better life.
“I mean animal cruelty will always
be there, but at least I can help them
in some way,” said senior Chelseya
Galley, a volunteer at Maricopa County
Animal Care and Control.
The idea of RMAAC came from
Jordan DeSantis at the end of last year.
He and Saydi Driggers began a club
that would help animals in need and
spread the awareness of animal cruelty.
“The main goal is to help as many
animals as we can,” said Desantis. “I
don’t want to just volunteer or just get
service hours, but I actually want to
help and save animals’ lives.”
Both Driggers and Desantis have
experienced animal cruelty stories and
rescued animals, which contributed to
wanting to help out with animals who
need homes.
“Both of my dogs are rescues,” said
Driggers. “My older dog was severely
abused the first seven months of his life,
and it took two years to be able to put
two hands on him.”
RMAAC meets on Tues. during
lunch in room 150. The club’s advisor
is Mr. Ullman. For more information
contact either Jordan Desantis at (480)
290-3484 or Saydi Driggers at saydi.
[email protected]
( by Madison Fetzer )
Anderson. “The second offense is two
days of in-school suspension. The third
offense will add another day to the
The use of cell phones in class does
have an effect on the learning process.
“It is disrespectful to teachers when
students are using their cell phones in
class, because they will end up spending more time correcting the students
behavior than actually teaching,” said
Mr. Anderson.
Despite the consequences placed by
the new policy, some students are still
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During RMACC’s meetings on Tues. in
room 150, members (left to right) Caitlin
Ivey (12), Ricardo Villa (12), president
Jordan Desantis (12) and vice president
Saydi Driggers (12), create a representative poster of their club to display in the
spirit hallway for all student to see. “Our
goal is to get people not to buy animals
from pet stores, but to adopt them from a
shelter. Our motto is ‘adopt don’t shop,’”
said DeSantis.
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21st Century Breakdown
“Ladies and gentleman, Green Day
officially are now from Arizona. We have
moved in. We are staying here. We’re not
going anywhere,” said lead man Billie
Joe Armstrong, which caused a sold out
crowd at the Cricket Pavillion to roar
on August 30. Only a punk rock band
that’s been around more than 22 years
could play a late Monday night show
and still have the biggest rock concert
of the year.
Experienced members Billie Joe
Armstrong (vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass)
and Tre` Cool (drummer) hold one of
the record breaking six hour concerts
up to date. Not only that, but these three
punks also have the most interactive
live show in music today.
“People only dream of getting to
meet their idols, let alone be called out.
Green Day takes it to the next level,
and picks you from the crowd to actually come up on stage and rock out with
them. Is that kind of thing even real? ”
said longtime Green Day fan, sophomore Jennifer Lee.
At one point there were over 30 fans
rioting around the Cricket Pavillion’s stage
during “Geek Stink Breath” singing and
dancing for over two songs.
Armstrong even brought a lucky fan
up on stage to play his guitar and sing
Green Day’s
Summer Tour
Cruz )
( by Brittany
Staff Writer
On the night of Aug. 30, at the sold out
Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ,
vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day,
showed off his famous one-legged guitar
stance during their 10-minute song, “Jesus
of Suburbia.”
“Longview” from their historic breakthrough album, “Dookie.”
After sprinting across the stage like a
mad man with bunny ears on (courtesy
of the crowd), Armstrong told the fan,
“I’ll give you the guitar, you can have
Keeping true to his promise, Arm-
strong left an ecstatic fan running off
the stage with an intimate hug from
the lead punk rocker himself along
with his prized guitar.
The rest of the night’s show exceeded the definition of beyond epic,
involving loud fireworks and bursts
of massive flames that arose from
the entire stage.
The trio ended their 30 song
setlist and three hour concert with
mellow hits, including an unforgettable mix of “Good Riddance” and
“Wake Me Up When September
Ends.” As well as a solo piece by
Armstrong, singing an acoustic version of “Last Night On Earth,” from
their most recent album and tour
name, “21st Century Breakdown.”
Green Day’s ability to own the
crowd is unfathomable and each member’s personality strikes through their
high-strong performance. Straight from
their outgoing costume scene to the
heart of their classic rock n’ roll instruments, Green Day’s concert event is one
that won’t soon be forgotten.
Cruz )
( by Brittany
Staff Writer
Walking up to the choir room it’s
hard to miss the students voices bursting through a shut door. Their passion,
including choir teacher Mr. Johnston’s,
is imminent through their vocals, both
as individuals and an entire class.
The students in choir are more than
pleased with the program and about the
true essence of joy the class brings.
“Each year choir brings something
different, because it’s different people,”
said junior Amber James. “This year
it has a distinct feel to it. Last year was
more like jazz, and this year it’s its own
special thing.”
Each year choir
brings something
different, because
it’s different people.
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The kind of bond that the students
create, develops lifelong friendships and a
sense of family with the classes.
“With everyone in choir, it becomes
this big family,” said senior Robert Ballard. “There’s something indescribable
about it, and it’s definitely good.”
Sophomore Brendan Whipple had high
praises for his mentor and teacher.
“Mr. Johnston inspires me. He does,
he’s just amazing. The things that he does
and the things that he knows, sometimes
he’ll just say something, and I’m like,
‘How do you even know that?’ It’s like
this all knowing choir teacher.”
The creative minds of the students
know no boundaries and each one brings
in a different style of music to the table.
“I’m a huge Broadway geek and listen
to tons of classical music,” said James.
Even with James’ refined taste of music, mainstream doesn’t pass the list up.
“I’m actually one of those crazy
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AFamily of Singers
Third hour choir practiced with their coach,
Mr. Johnston, on a few vocal warm ups
before their first concert on Oct. 5.
Slipknot fans, and I look up to Amy Lee
a lot for choir stuff, because she was
a choir nerd too,” said junior Lokotah
Red Mountain choir holds their
music dear to them and think of their
peers as close family members. More
information on this family of singers
and their choir concerts is available at
Hanson Comes To
It Out
( by Shelby Madson )
The room is pitch black as the
people wait in suspense. Soon three
silhouettes make their way on stage,
the lights flicker on and the crowd
roars. That was the opening scene
when Hanson took the stage at Mesa
Arts Center’s Piper Theater on Sept.
Those who remember Hanson see
them as three young boys with long,
blonde hair that became a phenomenon
in 1997 when their single “MMMBop”
topped the Billboard charts.
However, that was almost 13 years
ago, and Hanson has long since grown
out of their prepubescent voices
and made a name
for themselves.
Their stop at
the Mesa Arts
Center was the
first stop on the
second leg of their
Shout It Out Tour
to support their latest CD “Shout It Out”
which came out June 8.
“Shout It Out” debuted at number 30
on the Billboard Top 200 and number
two on the Independent chart, as well as
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Loving What They Do )
Zachary and Taylor Hanson are all
smiles as the band performed at the
Mesa Arts Center. “We are lucky,
because we make our livelihood going
around entertaining people, we play
music and we do something we love,”
said Taylor Hanson. “It’s really kind of
unfair that this is our job. It’s a lot of fun
and we love what we do.”
number 15 on the Digital Albums chart.
The band’s fifth studio album, third
album released under their independently owned label, has been critically
“Lots of teen idols routinely make
proclamations of independence, but few
actually follow through,” said Barry
Walters from “Rolling Stone. “Tulsa's
favorite siblings simply sound liberated.”
Before the concert, Hanson invited
fans, to join them on a mile barefoot
walk to support the prevention and
research for HIV/AIDS in Africa. For
everyone who joined them, the band
donated $1 to either build a school, drill
a well or to treat a mother with AIDS
so she wouldn’t transmit the deadly
disease to her child.
“We saw the ordinary passion and
dedication coming from music fans, and
we felt like if by leading this example
that maybe just a part of that conviction,
dedication and drive could actually be
pulled into something that can really
make a difference,” said the band’s
pianist Taylor Hanson.
Hanson has been hosting walks like
this all over the country since 2007
when they released their fourth album,
“The Walk.”
“What we’ve realize is when you
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start knocking on doors there are
thousands [even] millions of people
that have conviction, the opportunity,
the influence that together become this
massive people that are willing to get
something done,” said Hanson.
Hanson also partnered with Tom’s
Shoes in 2007. They brought the company along with them on The Walk Tour
and for every pair of shoes purchased,
the company donated a pair to a child in
need in Africa. That November, Hanson
accompanied Tom’s Shoes to Africa for
the Shoe Drop, where they personally
handed out 500,000 pairs of shoes to
African children.
Hanson played a two-hour set, which
included songs from all five of their
albums. The audience was on their feet
the entire time singing along and dancing with the band. Hanson never failed
to get the audience involved in the show
especially when they played the song
that started it all, “MMMBop.” The
band of brothers has been playing for so
long that they make it seem so easy, and
anyone can tell they are loving every
minute of it.
Hanson’s latest album, “Shout It
Out” is available on iTunes and in stores
everywhere. For more information
on the band and their tour visit www.
Hanson’s new album is a huge
stepping stone for the band, and
it is constantly catching people’s
attention. “‘Shout It Out’ I think is
important to this band on several
levels,” said Taylor Hanson. “This
one feels like conversions of a lot
of pieces, and it feels like a reflection not just of right now but kind of
a selection of things that we have
been putting into our records for the
last 15 years.”
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ing released, and it’s the much
anticipated “Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hollows Part 1.” Most
industry analysts think the last two
films in the Potter series will be
record setters.
While December has nothing
to compare to Harry Potter, there
are still some worthwhile films to see. On Dec.
10, “The Tempest;” an adaption of the famous
Shakespeare play and “The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader;” a film that
continues the long running Narnia series, are both
November to December
( by Michael Sprenger )
Staff Writer
The summer movies season has
come and gone, all the blockbusters,
big budget action flicks and romantic
comedies are done. Now we move into
the considerably for serious fall movie
First is November, a month introducing a variety of films. Movies being
released on Nov. 5 include “127;” a film
by Danny Boyle the director behind the
critically acclaimed “Slumdog Millionaire;” “Fair Game;” a crime drama
starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn,
and “Megamind;” an animated comedy
starring Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt. On
Nov. 12 two films are being released;
“Morning Glory” and “Unstoppable”
starring Denzel Washington.
On Nov. 19 only one film is be-
( by Selena Bresnahan)
Staff Writer
The Broadway Palm’s “Church
Basement Ladies” was an enchanting performance brought to us by the
Prather Entertainment Group (PEG). It
illustrates the value of hard working and
humorous women of church kitchens
across the country. We all know these
individuals and appreciate them as our
mothers, our aunts and our grandmothers.
“The play demonstrates a sense of
family, fun and laughter,” said actor
Edwin Hanson.
Some performers have been with
PEG for many years and for others this
is their first piece. On stage as the matriarch of the kitchen, Kay Francis has
been professionally acting for 20 years.
“I adore the character of Vivian,
she’s an old bat but has a good heart and
really represents the spirit of Lutheran,”
said Francis.
Performing as the Lutheran pastor,
Edwin Hanson brings his two years of
professional musical theatre experience
to the act.
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In the role of the young, soon to be
wed, Signe Engleson, is a new college
graduate and first time Broadway Palm
actress, Kelly Karcher. She portrays the
naïve but sassy daughter of the “Church
Basement Ladies.”
“If performing is what you want to
do, then don’t give up,” said Karcher.
“It’s hard getting out into the world but
doing what you love really is rewarding.”
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Actors Kelly Karcher, Jessica Unice,
Angela Dirksen, Kay Francis and Edwin
Hanson from the Broadway Palm Theatre production of the “Church Basement
Ladies” sing a musical number about the
dangers of “Cities.”
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I always go to the
movies, I am so excited for the new Harry
Potter movie. Especially to see Rupert Grint
(Ron Weasley) on the
big screen.
Red Mountain students like junior Ben Burrell can
be seen at the movies every weekend.
On Dec. 17 another huge and long
awaited film hits the box office, “Tron
Legacy” the sequel to the highly acclaimed 80s cult classic.
Rounding out the fall season on Dec.
22 is an adaption of the popular children’s story “Gulliver’s Travels” which
hits theaters staring Jack Black.
The season looks strong this fall with
movies such as and “Harry Potter” for
the main stream audience, “Megamind”
for the younger crowd, and “Tempest”
for the more sophisticated. It seems that
there’s something for everyone at the
movies this November and December.
Oct. 7 to Nov. 13
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Dec. 30 to Feb. 12
Between songs at her performance
at Jimbo’s Good Times Grill the day
of the Eden Marie Concert in Sept.,
Eden Marie talked to co-worker,
junior Savannah Beechey before
performing her next song.
( by Krysta Flores )
Staff Writer
Most teenagers have dreamed
about seeing their names in city lights
and having a stadium full of people
screaming their name. Aspiring singer/
songwriter and junior at Red Mountain,
Eden Marie Ball (who goes by the stage
name Eden Marie) is slowly working
toward that dream. By the time she was
15, Eden Marie already had a song on
The Girl’s Got
iTunes, produced a CD and had done
three concerts at Jimbo’s Good Times
Grill where she works as a hostess.
“Right now, I’m focusing on
school,” said Eden Marie, “but being
more of a songwriter is more of my
Eden Marie is the exception, she’s
had influences and countless moments
in her life that have sparked the inspiration to write songs with her father.
“The hardest part is trying to balance
everything,” said Eden Marie, “like
school, recording, friends, work and
As Eden Marie inches closer to “living the dream”, some dreams have ugly
facts. For instance, the stress and the
rejection that she might face as she gets
closer and closer to that goal, the loss of
important friends as things pick up and
finding out who her true friends are, are
just a few of the challenges she faces.
“I write about the situations that happen to me,” said Eden Marie. “I want
people to get lost in my music.”
The first time singing in front of
people can be most nerve-wracking. No
This Article is
No Big Deal
(by Tanner
Staff Writer
No Big Deal rocked the Tempe
Town Lake for the July 4 celebration.
With plenty of new fans, NBD, a local
band comprised of Red Mountain High
School students as well as one graduate
from RMHS, keeps growing in popularity and rising to fame.
“We all like music, and we found out
that we all played different instruments
and decided that’s how bands work,
let’s do this,” said senior Justin Haag,
NBD’s drummer.
NBD started about nine and a half
months ago as the Knights in Shining
Under Armor. Their name changed to
No Big Deal, because it reflected more
of what their personalities were like.
“Knights in Shining Under Armor
seemed like a big deal,” said senior
Jacob Tune, NBD’s bass guitarist. “We
didn’t want to be a big deal, so that’s
why we went with No Big Deal.”
Seven or more members have been
involved in the band, but only five
remain. The newest member is junior
Evan Phelps. Due to Austin Reinholz’s
(class of 2010) desire to focus on
vocals, he decided to be the vocalist of
matter who you are or how long you
have been singing, most performers still
get the butterflies.
“I don’t really get nervous before
the shows,” said Eden Marie. “It’s
mostly after the shows, because all I’m
thinking is ‘Oh my gosh, what do they
Teenagers encounter a lot of situations that help shape them. Whether it’s
feeling like that summer love will last
forever, meeting that one person that’s
so close to perfect, or realizing the one
you love might not be the one you want
anymore, those memories are the ones
that Eden Marie sings.
“It’s definitely a long and stressful
road,” said Eden Marie. “In the end, it’s
totally worth it.”
For more information on upcoming
events, contact Eden Marie Ball on her
Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/
pages/Eden-Marie/436792065346. If
you would like to purchase her debut
album, Alarm Clock, you can contact
her or buy it off Amazon at http://
the band rather than playing guitar and
singing at the same time. Evan Phelps
became the new guitar player of NBD.
The band has a few other long term
goals, such as, being the opening band
for big concerts and also producing a
professional CD.
“I feel like a stud of the shred, a
total guitar playing stud of the shred,”
NBD, with seniors Ryan Broushet, Justin
said senior Ryan Broushet, NBD’s
Haag, Jacob Tune, junior Evan Phelps and
Austin Reinholz (Class of 2010), performed
With gigs happening every two to
at Tempe Town Lake for the Fourth of July
three weeks, NBD is looking as sharp Celebration. “It was pretty intense but when
as ever, having performed at almost 30 we started playing it felt like us just goofing
off like we always do,” said senior Jacob
“It feels so good, being up there
jumping up around, jamming and heargrow to over 3,000 gives NBD a sense
ing the fans sing our lyrics,” said junior
of accomplishment. They have also acEvan Phelps, NBD’s guitarist.
quired many friends on their MySpace
The band has performed in many
locations around town, including Tempe music profile and have more and more
fans coming to see them perform at
Town Lake for the July 4 celebration.
their concerts every time.
They also continue to play at the Club“If you come to one of our shows,
house, a local venue in Tempe.
you will not be disappointed, so far
“Everyone that’s giving support is
that’s proven true,” said Broushet.
just awesome. Being in a band is like
Check out the dates for their concerts
being in the NFL, the chances are low,”
on MySpace at www.myspace.com/
said Broushet. “So we’re grateful for
the shows we’re getting.”
Seeing fans on their Facebook page
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With Club Interact
Red Mountain High School has
added a new club, Club Interact, to
the vast array of clubs. Club Interact
is Rotary’s International first service
club organization for teens ages from
During a Club Interact meeting on Sept.
30, president Karina Biebrich (12) and
secretary Brianna Prichard (12) speak
to members regarding upcoming service
events. “Club Interact is a perfect way of
getting your service hours out of the way
before graduation,” said Tayler Hood (12).
12 to 18. Rotary was founded by Paul
P. Harris in Evanston, Illinois in 1905
and now has over 1.2 million members
and 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary
sponsors members of Club Interact, so
they can do service projects and attend
conferences. Each year Interact clubs
complete at least two service projects
within a community that may involve
helping Sudan refugees rebuild their
lives, providing safe drinking water,
fighting against malaria, AIDS, and
Polio or even feeding the homeless.
Club Interact’s first year at RMHS
was last January winning the New Club
of the Year award. Club Interact’s president, senior Karina Biebrich, is going in
to her second year with the club.
“Club Interact is a great way to
network with a lot of people,” said
Biebrich. “Some of the Rotarians are
people that offer jobs, and help you get
into colleges with scholarships from
for Classes
( by Raeleen Gonzales)
Staff Writer
High school years are the most important of a student’s life. It’s the time
where one can get their future together
and get their career started. Whether a
sophomore, junior, or a senior, there’s a
lot to do to prepare for the future.
If a student already knows what they
want to pursue as a career, it helps to
take electives pertaining to their career
There is an abundance of things to
get done as a high school student. It’s
good to start learning information about
what is needed sooner rather than later.
This doesn’t mean students must get
everything done right away, but it’s
beneficial to be prepared.
“Communication is key,” said Ms.
Jimenez from the Career Center. “Look
at the scholarship boards and pay atten-
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tion to announcements.”
Colleges are visiting Red Mountain
High School all the time, giving students information needed to be able to
attend the college of their dreams.
Students can sign up to attend college meetings in the Career Center or
the counselor’s office.
There’s a list on the RMHS website
careercenter/visits) of colleges coming
and dates when they’ll be visiting.
Even sophomores and juniors need
to start filling out scholarships, it’s
always good to take action to prepare
for college.
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Staff Writer
service projects.”
There are a lot of life skills a teen
acquires by being in Club Interact
including developing important life
leadership skills, personal integrity,
valuing of individual responsibility
and goodwill. On Oct. 2, Club Interact
had a Mesa cannery where they helped
packaged beans and pasta within the
community and also worked with Project Cure helping third world countries
with medical supplies. Currently they
are planning a 5K run in March and
volunteers would be deeply appreciated.
Members and officers would also love
to see Club Interact expand on campus.
“We’re looking for juniors and
sophomores to join so we can create
a legacy,” said Biebrich. “I really like
the community, the people that come to
work for our service projects, because
we’re all pretty much good friends, and
it’s a lot of fun getting to help these
Currently Club Interact is helping
Uganda with a water project fundraising
to bring them safe water and resources.
Club Interact meets every other Thursday at 12:30 in room 225.
“Hopefully we’ll be one of the top
clubs like NHS and Red Roar,” said
( by Madison Fetzer )
Staff Writer
The feeling of receiving something
new is as good as the feeling of getting
something back. That’s how students
at Red Mountain feel now that Student
Council has brought back assemblies.
“There will be a Homecoming assembly in Oct., as well as Traditions
assembly and a pep assembly for this
semester,” said Ms. Dilbeck, “We are
also looking at a sports assembly and a
prom assembly next semester.”
Pep assemblies were brought back
to build the school spirit. All sports will
be represented at the assemblies and
so will clubs such as Red Roar, Club
Diversity, Club Interact, New Global
Citizens/Invisible Children and National
Honor Society.
“It will be really amazing,” said
senior Dana Kralicek president of
StudCo. “I hope a lot of people come to
it, because it’s going to be great.”
Seating for the assemblies is on a
first come, first serve volunteer basis
with limited seating due to being held in
the auditorium.
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( by Adam
Staff Writer
Red Mountain
FFA students prepared soil in Sept.
Each student
got seven green
planters to plant
their flowers. The
poinsettias will
be ready in Dec.
to be sold to the
( by Elizabeth York )
Staff Writer
Red Mountain FFA won
six state wide championships
in Aquaculture, Wildlife
Management and Agronomy
for 2009-2010. FFA also won
three more state competitions-Chapter Reporter,
Chapter Newsletter and
Internet Career Development
Events. FFA is an organization that is an innovative
model of how agriculture
has adapted to changes in the
twenty-first century. Many of
the courses offered through
the agriculture department
offer dual credit through
Mesa Community College.
“I have been a proud
member of this organization
for three years, and I love
every minute of it.” said
senior Tori Payne, President
of FFA. “FFA helps you with
career and personal development.”
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pact the staff parking on the
south side of Red Mountain
Way for the new classrooms.
The new building will
be placed adjacent to the
Agriculture and Biotechnology building. The basketball
courts will be removed
in order to house the new
“I think it’s a good idea,
because those courts are only
used for stretching, and it
would be more conservative
just to remove them,” said
sophomore Jamie Salmen.
The school is working on
several possible options to
make the transition smooth.
The shift will definitely “Define the Future” next year for
Red Mountain.
Red Mountain High
School will be busting at the
seams next year. Mesa Public
Schools decided in 2010 to
move freshmen from junior
highs to all high schools due
to the budget cuts. Dobson,
Skyline and Westwood started this year with freshmen
and Red Mountain, Mountain
View and Mesa High will
have them next year.
“The initial impact is we
will have additional 700-800
kids on campus,” said Red
Mountain Principal Dr.
Slemmer. “It’s like having
a bedroom to yourself, and
now a little brother will be
sharing it with you.”
The district is using the
first three high schools as a
test run to prepare the other
three for next year.
“During the week of Oct.
11, construction will begin
on the southeast side of
campus that will provide an
additional 30 classrooms,”
said Dr. Slemmer.
The shift is called,
“Defining the Future” and it
was approved in early Jan.
of 2010. The idea is that this
new transition would prepare
the freshmen for a better
future and life after high
school. Freshmen will have
a wider variety of courses to
choose from, and it will save
money for the district.
“The hope is that this will
better the education of freshmen,” said sophomore Assistant Principal Mr. Walsh.
The School Board debat-
ed for months and took any
input they could get from
anyone willing to attend
their meetings, but while
they considered this idea
of “Defining the Future,” it
seems they never visited Red
Mountain’s already crowded
campus with well over 2600
“It’s already really crowded at lunch, so with freshmen
there it will be claustrophobic,” said sophomore Kaci
However, students agree
with the School Board’s
decision to add freshmen
students to high school
“I think it will help
freshmen adapt to the feel of
being in high school and prepare them for more professional educational situations
in their future lives such as
college and their jobs,” said
junior Ryan Trzcinski.
The construction will im-
Excited for the addition of
ninth graders to Red Mountain’s campus next year,
Fremont Junior High eighthgrader Kyle Skabelund said,
“I’m looking forward to feeling
Working with plants
and animals, students learn
leadership, personal growth
and academic career success
that prepare them for them
for the future.
“We do what’s called
CDE’s, which is a career development event, and that’s
where you learn a career and
take your knowledge of the
career and compete against
other schools for a state
title,” said Payne. “In some
cases you get to go to the
national level and compete.”
Students who complete
the courses of study learn
technical and hands-on
skills in agricultural areas
to become florists, wildlife
managers, green house
and landscape managers,
business and sales managers, foresters, animal care
technicians, entrepreneurs,
vet technicians and more.
“By being a member of
this amazing organization,
you gain premier leadership,
personal growth and career
success.” said Payne.
“Let’s not forget friends
[you meet in FFA],” said
Students also learn the
academic and problem solving skills. The organization
provided multiple service
opportunities for students
including managing a recycling program and working
with special needs students.
“The Red Mountain FFA
organization helps people
every day,” said Payne. “Last
year we built flower beds for
Salk Elementary, and had
the special education come
garden in our garden plot,”
said Payne.
“The Agri-Science/Agribusiness organization at Red
Mountain has always been
about preparing and planning
for the future successes of
our students,” said Mr. Gless.
For more information on
FFA see Mr. Gless in room
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The Parking
( by Rachel Fischer )
Staff Writer
It’s 3:20 p.m. and school is out.
The light is red and cars are not moving. Students’ moods are as hot as
the summer temperatures. Does this
sound familiar? The Administration
has implemented a new traffic system
to streamline a more efficient way of
leaving and entering campus during
the day. However, until drivers get use
to the new traffic system, students are
experiencing delays and backups.
Principal Dr. Slemmer feels that the
new pick-up and drop-off procedure has
improved this year.
“We felt that it makes it easier for
We felt that it makes
it easier for people to
pick up and drop off
The Mall Style
people to pick up and drop off
students,” said Dr. Slemmer.
“Time management is good; it
A new plan was inplemented to make the pick up/drop off
will make the parking lot much
area more efficient and safer for students off.
Every student has their own
Since many students run late for
opinion on the new traffic routine,
in the morning, it takes more
because they encounter it daily.
arrive in the parking lot and get
Some students haven’t noticed any
on time. The administration
change in the flow of traffic.
to make appropriate
“It hasn’t affected me at all, I
get to school on time.
think it’s the same,” said senior Sarah
to give themselves
Meeks. plenty of time to get to school,” said Dr.
Although opinions vary regarding
Slemmer. “They need to be very cauthe beginning and end of day traffic
tious as well.”
flow, some of the students feel the trafIt is important to understand that
fic flow has worsened.
Administration continues to work
“Getting in and out for lunch is
the parking lot traffic
hard,” said Senior Geordi Alm. “Every
of the students
time I come back from lunch, I have to
traffic entering
rush to class.”
and exiting campus.
Lunch Lines
If students pay attention and
know what they want, things will
go quicker.
(by Adam Carrillo )
Staff Writer
Red Mountain has switched how
they serve lunch to their students in
order to reduce long lines and increase
efficiency. It’s called mall style, and it is
designed to let students quickly choose
their lunch and pay for it.
“Westwood, Skyline, Mountain View
and Dobson all have the mall style,”
said sophomore assistant principal Mr.
The district consulted an architect
who specializes in the cafeteria and mall
line efficiency. The biggest change is
students will not have to wait for a cafeteria worker to go and get the food for
Hungry students waited in the new mall
style lunch lines which debuted in August.
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them. Instead, they can grab the food
that is set out and walk to the cashier.
“If students pay attention and know
what they want, things will go quicker,”
said Mr. Walsh.
Since Red Mountain is one of the
last to bring in ninth graders, administration is looking to make full use of
their cafeteria space by implementing
the new mall style, which is shaped like
a horseshoe.
“It will help, because it won’t take so
long to get our lunch,” said sophomore
Claire Wolff.
One thing is for sure, Red Mountain
will have its work cut out for them next
year. The school is doing everything
they can to make sure lunches improve
and be prepared for additional students.
Teenage Binge Drinking
Are You Dying to Drink?
( by Shelby Lewis )
pictures with him face-down in the dirt.
I’ll bet he’s proud when he sees those
pictures all over Facebook, especially if
the football coach gets a hold of them.
Shouldn’t someone be worried he won’t
wake up? No, none of them are consciously aware of the danger they are in.
Each one of those kids has consumed at
least five alcoholic drinks, making them
culprits of teenage binge drinking.
Many of the teens who “enjoy
themselves” don’t know the true danger
in drinking “till they puke.” Sure, they
know of kids who have experienced the
consequences of a Minor in Consumption, passing out and puking, but the
range of possibilities, worse than those,
are unlimited.
Let’s say Tammy lets Jake convince
her to follow him into another room
later in the night; not an uncommon
thing at a party. Sunday morning, she
may wake up with a hangover and the
memory of what she wished she hadn’t
let go so far.
Often times at parties, people let
themselves make poor decisions they
wouldn’t normally make, including the
decision to drive, doing something with
the opposite sex, turning to violence
or doing embarrassing things that follow students for the duration of high
school and beyond. Though it may
seem that most teens laugh off many of
the instances as a “drunken moment,”
Clearing Things Up..
Just another Saturday night for a
house party; the keg tapped, a tournament of beer pong in full swing, the
adrenaline rush of the boys vs. girls flip
cup game filling the air and the bass of
hip hop pulsating through the rooms.
Take another look around. Do you see
Jake touching Tammy’s hip? Just yesterday she mentioned how she avoided any
sort of eye contact with him, because
she couldn’t stand the thought of him
asking her on a date. Sure she’s had a
few drinks, but shouldn’t she remember
that she doesn’t want anything to do
with him? Let alone him inching his
hands down her stomach? What about
Christian? Wasn’t he running the table
an hour ago? There he is. A group of
people are clustered around him, but
why? That’s funny; they’re taking
Do you know
what you’re g
etting yourself
these moments add up quickly and build
unwanted reputations.
Not only will teens risk danger to
themselves and others, future damage is all but inexcusable. Things like
brain damage, memory loss, high blood
pressure and certain cancers are more
likely to occur, especially if the habit
Another common addition to binge
drinking is the likeliness to try other
drugs. Minor drugs become major and
the occasional drinking becomes an
addiction. The addiction to drugs and
alcohol coupled together has numerous
consequences, commonly leading to
Binge drinking isn’t only having a
few drinks; it’s the nights when teens
decide to let loose and have more than
their bodies can tolerate, often once or
twice every weekend. At this rate, teens
put themselves in hopeless situations
where it is not uncommon to wind up in
the hospital, or worse in the mortuary.
The bottom line is don’t drink. Don’t
let yourself be a “Tammy,” a “Christian” or even a “Jake.” Live your life
sober, so that you can remember all
the good times. High school is about
making memories and building friendships, not about deteriorating your body,
building a criminal record or gaining
addictions that follow one through life.
People who can “hold their liquor” are to be envied.
People who can drink heavily without becoming intoxicated
have probably developed a tolerance for alcohol, which can
indicate dependency, a serious addiction problem.
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( by Michael Cano )
Staff Writer
The girls
volleyball squad
greeted the
season with a
new coach who
is leading the
Lady Lions with
improved strategies. The girls
hope to come out
with numerous
wins and capture
“Coach Dickson is running things a
lot better than the coaches in previous
years,” said junior varsity captain and
sophomore Marissa Fullford.
Having played volleyball at Mesa
High School and Mesa Community College, Coach Dickson has a plethora of
experience in the sport. Coach Dickson
coached for five years at Mesa High
School and then transferred to Red
Mountain High School.
“She really knows what she’s doing,” said senior Hannah Kalehuawehe,
captain of varsity team.
This year the team will be focusing
ee the
eathers Fly
( by Viviana Gamez )
Staff Writer
Red Mountain puts the “bad” in badminton. Heads up, the girls badminton
team is uncontrollable. Being four-year
champions and heading toward they’re
fifth year, they’ve started off with a
great beginning. Currently 9-4, the team
is confident that they will be the best
this year.
“They have a new system to determine the individual state champions, so
we no longer have regional individual
champions,” said senior Alyson Egan.
Practices are important to develop
the skills necessary to be champions.
“We start out with a warm up which
consist of a floor warm up, stretching
and doing clears (overhead strokes)
with our partner for about 45 minutes,”
said Neumeyer.
Another key ingredient to the
success of the badminton team is Dr.
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on improving their defensive game, and
also being the aggressor, so it will be
the team taking the game to their opponent when they have the opportunity.
“What I always say is disciplined
defense,” said Dickson.
once since the school has been opened.”
Practice is key to perfection and
teamwork. To get ready for the season
ahead of them, both junior varsity and
varsity players had to perform a variety
of drills and exercises, including running a mile every other day and plenty
of other endurance drills, as well as cardiovascular exercises, serving and six
vs. six scrimmages to end each practice.
“Our goal is to go out and fight and
beat the teams that we need to beat,”
said Dickson.
Gillen, who has been coaching the sport
for 12 years.
“My coach is one of my biggest motivators,” said Neumeyer. “She always
pushes me to do my best and knows
how to pump me up and get focused to
reach my goals.”
Biggest rival, Xavier High School,
pushes the team to do their best every
day, so they can come away victorious.
“They were our hardest competition
last year, but I think if we are extremely
focused and determined,” said Neumeyer.
The hardest thing about being on
the team for Neumeyer is that they all
become such close friends on the team
and after the session is over they’re not
together as much.
“We don’t get to spend a lot of time
with them [the team] any more, and the
next thing you know, the seniors are
graduating,” said Neumeyer.
This year the Badminton team has
the motivation, and drive to reach their
fifth year as region champions. For
more information on this years badminton team, visit the website: http://
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Up against some of the best teams in
the state, the girls are faced with a tough
“We will work hard and be positive
and optimistic,” said senior Ashley
Volleyball is not just about how hard
you can hit or
how high you
can jump, it’s
about training
hard, doing the
best you can do
and having fun
while doing it.
Varsity volleyball players gathered
support volleyball and watch around the Red Mountain mural to
celebrate an overwhelming victory
the game,” said
Farmer. “They’re against the Skyline Coyotes. The
girls won three games in a row,
fun and they’re
securing the match. “As a team,
we feel really accomplished,” said
senior Ashley Farmer.
Heated up and ready to win the home game
against Horizon High School, senior Alyson
Egan used all the strategies she learned in
practice to beat her opponent. “My adrenaline was going, and all I could seem to think
about was where to place the birdie,” said
Race to the
( by Alyssa Zelkovich )
Staff Writer
Going the distance with determination and drive the boys and girls cross
country teams are racing toward the finish line with pride. The Red Mountain
girls placed sixth and the boys placed
fourth out of 30 other participates at the
Ojo Rojo meet.
“We are working toward reaching
our goal of being one of the top 10 at
the state meet,” said Coach Wood.
Both teams are doing everything
they can to get into tip top shape and
strengthen themselves for their upcoming meets.
“To take care of my body and to
make sure I’m well prepared for my
meet, I ice my legs, hydrate and go to
bed early the night before,” said senior
( by Krysta Flores)
Staff Writer
With over 13 titles under
their clubs, the boys golf
team will swing hard to grip
state victory this season.
Having a no “holes”
barred attitude secondyear Coach Hamilton
will be working with the
Red Mountain Boys to
help them reach their
goal for state.
On the girls side,
three-year veteran
Coach Kirkpatrick will
help them reach their
Both Coach Hamilton
(boys golf coach) and
Coach Kirkpatrick
(girls golf coach)
cross country runner
Jaclyn Corneliusen.
The boys, ranking
number seven in
state, are proving
they are ready for anything that comes
their way.
“Our teams greatest achievement
was our seventh place finish at the
George Young Invite,” said Coach
Running at least 300 miles during
the summer shows Red Mountain cross
country runners are ready to race.
“I ran about 350 miles during the
summer to get ready for the season ,”
said junior cross country runner Andrew Marriott.
Both teams are proud of what they
have accomplished so far.
“The best part of cross country for
me is being with the team,” said senior
cross country runner Amanda Kerr. “We
all work so hard.”
The teams are passionate about continuing their goal to win throughout the
cross country season. For information
on cross country meets and results go to
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are confident their players will make it
to State.
“I think the best part about coaching/
teaching anything is when the person
you are coaching or teaching looks at
you with that ‘Ah Ha’ moment in their
eyes, and you know they understand
what you are trying to get them to do,”
said Coach Kirkpatrick, who has been
playing golf for 30 years and coaching
golf for three years.
The maturity, teamwork and strength
of these players is the one thing that has
changed from last season. The golfers
seem to have a lot more confidence than
last year.
“The only difference this year is that
the team has more of a stronger connection with each other,” said junior Brett
Wilson. “Last year, it wasn’t really like
Most of the golfers have been playing the sport because they have family
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members around them that also played.
“My dad was the high school golf
coach,” said Kirkpatrick “and my
brother is a PGA teaching professional
as well.”
Getting support from fans is important to this team, and provides the kind
of support they need to play a winning
round of golf.
“We play at Red Mountain Ranch
every now and then, so some of the
students should come see us,” said senior Marley Sweeney. “It’s nice to have
some sort of support system.”
The girls golf team won city championship.
Look on the boys and girls golf
websites http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/
athletics/boys/golf/ and http://www.
mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletics/girls/golf/ to
check out their schedule and support
the team.
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ponents in years past.
Coach Peterson. “They toss goggles and
“The girls [placed] fourth last year
try to hook them on flags. If they stick,
and we would like to improve on
we’re not supposed to have practice.”
that,” said Coach Peterson. “The boys
With all of their determination, achave the most skill they’ve ever had.”
complishments and achievements are
Into Red Mountain Swimming
For the girls, team bonding is a huge
always just around the corner.
aspect of team success.
“Making All-American as a
by Shelby Lewis and Shelby Madson
“We have a bunch of traditions,”
freshman [was my greatest accomEditors
said junior Anna
plishment],” said
The weather outside is scorching but,
Froemming. “Evsophomore Samantha
the girls swim team is keeping cool by
ery year we have a
as hard as we can
diving into their training to improve as
sleepover, and the
Swimming is difto finish as public
individuals and as a team.
next day we have a
ferent from many of
With 25 years of coaching experischool champions.
river trip.”
the other sports here
ence and six years of swimming for his
“We have pasta
on campus, because
high school and ASU, Coach Peterson
there is no freshman
has been working hard with
or junior varsity build
his athletes to prepare them
up, the athletes either swim for
for their season.
varsity or they don’t swim for
“It’s just a fun aspect
the team.
of teaching. It’s not as
“After a two week series of
academic, it’s more lighttraining, I run the kids through a
hearted, and we just train
series of time trials,” said Coach
our bodies instead of our
Peterson. “I add up the seconds,
minds,” said Coach Peterand I make our lineup based on
son. “We might have a poor
performance [at a meet],
For meet results go to http://
but the only thing that
www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletmatters is what happens at
All-American, All Girl
ics/girls/swimdive/. For more
state. [They just need] to
All-American as a freshman, Samantha Guttmacher, 10,
information see Coach Peterson
keep their mind on the end
warms up with butterfly, before stepping up to a usual fourin room 155.
mile swim practice. “[The greatest advice I’ve been given is]
rather than this minute.”
no matter what your time is, as long as you try hard you still
With every new season,
did well,” said Guttmacher.
the team always has some
special aspect, and this year
is no different.
dinners, we go to dinner after meets and
“We have a couple of girls in every
have breakfast together,” said senior
• Swam two years
single event. We are really balanced this
captain, Jarod Morrissette.
at Scottsdale High
year,” said Coach Peterson. “For this
Having an intense, challengyear’s boys team, our goal is to try as
ing practice is the key to improving a
• Swam two years at
hard as we can to finish as public school
team’s outcome. Unlike most athletes,
Diablo Valley Comchampions.”
Red Mountain swim endures an average
munity College
Team goals are very important in
4-mile practice daily. Prior to practices,
keeping the team motivated. Fortunately
• Swam two years at
the team plays a game of chance to,
for boys swim, the odds are on our side.
wishfully thinking, escape training for
Due to numerous top senior swimmers
• Five years of coacha day. Unfortunately, rumor has it, they
graduating from other schools, Red
ing in AZ, TX, CA
practice either way.
Mountain’s depth this year should give
“We start every workout with a
• 12 years of coaching
them an up against “unbeatable” opround of ‘Goggle Hookers,’” said
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Day Night
( by Trenton Cortazzo)
Staff Writer
Different Coach, different direction, different program. Same boys,
same school. The change is evident;
they even slapped “RM” logos on their
helmets this year after 22 years of plain
black helmets. Coach Ron Wisniewski
is the man responsible for “flipping
the switch” on the program. His first
mission upon arriving to Mesa was to
put together the best coaching staff he
possibly could.
“When you become a head coach,
the most important thing you need to
do is surround yourself with the best
people and coaches you can find,” said
Coach Wisniewski. “While the head
coach must provide a vision and plan
for how to get there, it’s the assistant
coaches that have a huge impact on
making the vision a reality. I’m excited
to say that we have been able to assemble an exceptional group of assistant
coaches at Red Mountain.”
For better or worse, big-time high
school football has become a year-round
endeavor. Football student athletes are
constantly training to become bigger,
faster and stronger players. Without
doing this, a football team really has
no chance for success, making it one
of the most important aspects of the
“All that work we put in is so we
can have a chance to be successful in
the tough fiesta region games at the end
of the season. Everyday is a chance to
get better, and we take full advantage
of it,” said senior wide receiver, Elizha
The strength and speed program
is run by offensive line coach, Ethan
Banning and Triple Threat Performance.
Coach Banning is the director of Triple
Threat Performance and he and his
experienced staff regularly train numerous high schools, collegiate
and professional athletes at
their modern facility in Tempe
“Coach Banning really got
us all in shape. The Triple Threat
program definitely made us
all a lot quicker and more
explosive,” said senior
outside linebacker, Race
Coach Wisniewski,
better known by the boys
as Coach Wiz, came into Red
Mountain with an offensive philosophy that greatly contrasts that of
former Coach Jim Jones. Traditionally,
Red Mountain was known as an “oldschool” power running team. Coach
Wiz’s resume includes 21 years of college coaching experience that included
stops at such places as Kean College
in New Jersey, Northern Colorado,
Montana, Wyoming and, last year, as
the tight ends coach for Princeton. Just
about all of these college programs that
Coach Wiz was a part of ran a much
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more exciting and
“new-school” offense,
known as the spread.
As its name implies, the
spread offense spreads
a defense horizontally
with the threat of an
option run attack, and
vertically because of
the threat of three or four quick
wide receivers. The quarterback must be able to run and
pass in this offensive scheme.
“The thing is with the spread, is that
you never know who’s getting the ball.
So our opponents have to spend a ton
of extra time during the week watching
film and going over our plays trying to
figure out how to stop it. The spread offense has revolutionized Red Mountain
football,” said senior quarterback, Clint
Although the name of this article
implies many great changes in the football program, there is one key thing that
has remained the same; and is by far
the most vital component to the team’s
success this season. This year’s senior
team members (class of 2011,) achieved
something special their sophomore year.
As a junior varsity football team they
put together a perfect season; going
undefeated, even beating the Hamilton
Huskies 14-12. It’s obvious this group is
special, and they are no stranger to winning. Coach Wiz and his staff have been
working with the boys since February,
carving them into a truly disciplined
and smart group of young men. Along
with the junior class and a hand full of
sophomores, The Red Mountain varsity
football team is nothing less than a
tight-knit band of brothers. They will
settle for nothing less than winning the
state championship trophy.
In the words of senior middle linebacker and team captain, Jorge Pinero:
“We have been dreaming about the
state championship since the old Pop
Warner days. On Friday nights I know
that I can look to my left or to my right
and know that I have a brother who
has my back, no matter what. After all,
we’ve spent years of our blood, sweat
and tears working to achieve the ultimate goal; winning the state championship.”
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