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Red Mountain,
As we kick off another year of high school, noticeable changes can be seen around campus. We have a
new assistant principal, Mr. Walsh, who is stirring up school spirit and helped organize Channel 3’s visit to
our campus. There is also a lovely playground by the cafeteria that is part of Red Mountain’s new day care
program. But for me, last year’s editor-in-chief of “The Roar,” our award-winning newspaper, the biggest
change is that we no longer have a school paper. As you may have noticed, you’re reading a magazine.
I’m not sure how the Red Mountain community will respond to our change in publication—hopefully with
pleasure—but for the past few months, there have been mixed feelings among Journalistic Writing students.
When it was announced to the class last February that we’d have a magazine for the 2009-2010 school year,
what might have been excited cheers were actually confused faces, the faces of people who lived for the
school paper. Maybe it’s a journalist thing, but there is some magical quality about a real, genuine newspaper. The feel of the newsprint in my hands. The joy of seeing my hard work in a physical, tangible product. I loved the simple layout, with column after column of words written by a dedicated staff. United by a
common goal, we produced some of the finest newspapers I’ve ever seen—though I may have a bias on that
This year, we’re stepping into the unknown. Nobody on our Journalistic Writing staff had much experience in journalistic style, let alone a magazine. However, within the first weeks of school, I realized that as
much as I miss The Roar as a newspaper and my staff from last year, I’m now dealing with a larger group of
dedicated and excited students who cannot wait to see their stories in print.
I’m confident that you, the students, staff, parents and general community of Red Mountain High School
will enjoy Roar Magazine almost as much as we, the creators, do.
Valerie Nunez
Meet the staff
Vol. 22 Issue 1
Principal: Dr. Slemmer
Advisor: Ms. Saquella
Editor-In-Chief: Valerie Nunez
Editors: Shelby Lewis,
Megan Thorson
Photo Editor: Alexis Green
Staff: Joel Blood, Rylee
Erdman-Kennelly, Carissa
Ferguson, Danielle
Grobmeier, Taylor Houts,
Serenity Lane, Lorraine Longhi,
Shelby Madson, Gloria Mann,
Steven Mortlock, Amanda
Szpakowski, Andrea Ramirez
Cover Art by: Alexander
Coleman and Ashley Meyer
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4 Homecoming & Tailgate
6 Blood drive
See what’s happening for the most spirited week of the year
Get details on Student Council’s first blood drive this year
6 See You at the Pole
11 Good Morning AZ
Red Mountain gets a visit from one of
Arizona’s favorite news stations
Criminology Club
After a brief hiatus, Red Mountain’s
Criminology Club is back
A new club dedicated to “Helping
Out Mesa Everyday”
Christian students joined together for an hour of prayer
9 Texting while driving
10 Cameras on campus
Buddies Extravaganza
Performing arts students joined up with Best Buddies for a
successful event
Everyone knows it’s dangerous, so why is it allowed?
13 Color Guard
16 “Fame”
These flag-twirlers know how to
spice up football games
Can this much-hyped movie live
up to its expectations?
Behind the scenes
Read what the “Fame” experience was like for the actors.
One student’s thoughts on the new
Obama speaks to
Students give their input on the
President’s controversial speech
19 Badminton
22 Cross country
23 Girls volleyball
Want more
This season has been better than
Check us out online at
or stop by room 313 for
information on joining.
These boys and girls like to run
RM volleyball serves up victory
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RM football
Our football teams will dominate this year
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TailgateTake a trip to Atlantis
By Taylor Houts
Staff writer
Besides showing school
spirit by working hard and getting
rewarding grades, the members
of National Honor Society (NHS)
sponsor Tailgate, which consists
of games and activities prior to the
Homecoming football game. This
event is held on October 23 at 5
p.m. in the back parking lot by the
ROTC buildings.
President Monet Lee have a busy
schedule in making it a night to
remember, she also believes Tailgate is an important part of Red
“Tailgate is a time to enhance
all around school spirit as well as
help students get pumped and excited both about the football game
and about being a Red Mountain
student,” said Lee.
Junior Kelsey Meeks has been
involved with NHS for three
On Saturday Sept. 26, NHS seniors,Heather O’Barr, Vanessa Turner,
and Sarah Sakai had a work day to prepare decorations for Tailgate at
Maddilyn McCoy’s house.
Ms. Sokol has been involved
with organizing Tailgate for the
past five years and continues to
make it a breathtaking adventure
to get involved and support our
“[Tailgate] allows the students
to come together and to increase
school spirit,” said Ms. Sokol.
Many clubs here at Red
Mountain participate by being
involved with an activity. There
will be food, crafts, activities and
souvenirs to buy.
Not only does senior and NHS
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years, but this is her first year
participating in Tailgate.
“Being my first year, I can
already tell it’s going to be fun,”
said Meeks. “It’s a way to show
students, as well as parents, what
we are all about as well as promoting our school.”
Tailgate is more than just a
party before the football game,
much more than spending quality
time with your friends; it gives our
school its own identity.
“I think it’s a great display
of spirit and unity among our
school,” said Meeks.
Tailgate is a way to get all the
clubs along with students at Red
Mountain connected.
“It shows our school spirit
and our school pride, and I think
that’s what it means to me as well
as showing the community how
involved we are,” said Ms. Sokol.
Every year there is a different
theme that the members of NHS
incorporate in Tailgate. Members plan and prepare for about
two months to bring together a
wonderful campaign. This kind
of planning takes a lot of meetings
and discussions to organize.
“It takes organization and
cooperation among all clubs as
well as involvement with working
together,” said Ms. Sokol.
Theme is important to a
gathering like this. Every year
Tailgate bases their theme off
of Homecoming. This year the
theme is Atlantis, so members of
NHS came up with making pillars
and ruins as the backdrop.
“All of the clubs are incorporating deep sea things into their
decorations like fish and scuba
divers,” said Ms. Sokol.
Tailgate means something different to everyone; whether you
come to support Red Mountain
or the football players. It’s all
“If I could describe Tailgate in
one word, [it would be] electrifying,” Lee said.
Senior Haleigh Dilullo, the
historian for NHS, gives a helping
hand whenever she can.
“I pretty much help out with all
the events we do and take pictures
for our scrapbook,” said Dilullo.
Senior Alexis Brahmall,
student body president, believes
Tailgate can be enjoyable for
“[Tailgate] is good for families
with little kids, because they can
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go to the activities but it’s also
good for high school students, too,
because you can hang out with
your friends, get food, all different
things,” said Bramhall.
Students put in a vast amout
of effort and time every year to
put on a performance that blows
everybody’s minds. NHS hopes to
see everyone at Tailgate supporting the school.
NHS: Fishing booth
and selling popcorn and
ocean water
Student Council:
Dunk tank
C.U.R.E: Bracelets
Best Buddies: X-Box
Lost Boys: Glow in the
dark necklaces and water balloon contest
N.G.C: A “kissing
booth” game and football throw
Book Club: Spirit tattoos
Spiritline: Selling
thunder sticks, glow
necklaces, poms, water,
will be doing a drawing
and face painting
Invisible Children:
Darts and water ballons
FFA: Selling Otter
Pops and water
Dance Force: Car
Sure to cause a splash
gym the night of Homecoming,
you are welcomed by your friends,
amazing decorations, a DJ and a
When it comes to high school,
photographer. To get all this put
social events seem to always be
together takes a lot more time than
the talk of the school. With school
you might expect. To Ms. Dilbeck
back in session, Homecoming is
and all the officers, Homecoming
just around the corner, and with
is an old topic.
Homecoming comes a week of
“We’ve been having summer
spirit and a handful of activities.
meetings since June,” said Ms.
This year Homecoming is on Oct.
24 and is Atlantis-themed.
The discussion for Homecom“We had to come up with preing didn’t stop there. It was just
sentations for the two
the beginning.
options,” said Court“We use class
ney Sykos, junior
time once or twice a
class vice president.
week [to plan],” said
“We had [a presentaBramhall. “We also
tion for] decades and
have three work days
Atlantis, and Atlantis
where we actually
won the votes.”
make the decorations
for the gym.”
week brings a huge
Student Council
wave of spirit to
sends the most time
the school, and the
preparing the day
activities planned will
before the dance.
surely cause a splash.
“We’re setting
“We’ll be doup the spirit section
ing lunch activities
before the game,”
throughout the week,”
says Bramhall. “We
Seniors Daniel Horner, Shalice Allred, Hillary Zapata and Alexis
said Student Counwork until 2 a.m. the
Bramhall display their spirit by dressing 80’s style for last year’s
cil President Alexis
spirit week.
next morning [on the
Bramhall. “The bongym]. We even come
fire is on Thursday,
in later that morning
Oct. 22. It’s just a good time to go Homecoming is more than just a
to finish.”
and hang out with your friends.”
When preparing for such an
During Homecoming week,
“I think [Homecoming] is
anticipated event, there are some
everyday is a spirit day. These
really important for the school,”
days consist of everything from
said Bramhall. “It’s a place where
“[The hardest part would]
mismatch, superhero, wildwest,
everyone can come together and
probably be decorating and cleanblack out, and, of course, Altlantis. celebrate not only our football
ing up but mostly decorating,”
“[Homecoming is all about the] team but [also our] clubs and just
said Bramhall.
memories,” said Sykos. “There
come together as a school.”
The Homecoming football
will be some changes to HomeHomecoming can reach out to
game is another positive aspect of
coming this year.”
many people, not just the students. the Homecoming experience.
“[We’re] not doing floats this
“Homecoming is a chance for
“The game is Friday night,
year, because of the new track,”
past alumni to come back to Red
and it’s one of the most spirited
said Bramhall. “It’s been a chalMountain and [give their] suptimes,” said Bramhall. “Everyone
lenge figuring out something to do port,” said Sykos. “The dance is
wants to win our Homecoming
in place of that, but we are thinkonly for present students, and it is
game, so there’s lots of cheering.”
ing of doing a shopping cart race.” to make memories with friends.”
Homecoming only comes
Another change will be the
When you step foot into the
around once a year and Student
By Shelby Madson
Staff writer
options available for photography
during the Homecoming dance.
“As far as photography, there
is going to be a green screen this
year, so that students can pick
their own background,” says Ms.
Dilbeck, student council advisor.
“There is also going to be a great
disc jockey and really cool decorations.”
Homecoming has been a part
of high school event calendars
for decades. Bramhall thinks that
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Council would like everyone to
“We really want it to be a positive experience,” said Bramhall.
“[We want] people to feel like
they’re welcome to come and [to
be] something they will remember.”
Homecoming week is approaching fast and the activities
planned are sure to entertain.
Students should get involved
to fully enjoy the Homecoming
Black Out
Fall 2009
By Alexis Green
Staff writer
Once again Red Mountain High students
have rolled up their sleeves for the annual
Blood Drive. This year, it took place on Sept.
22 in the small gym, beginning at 8 a.m. and
continued through lunch. Student Council,
along with the United Blood Services, organized the entire event. In all, 83 people
donated at the Blood Drive.
“249 lives will be saved by that many donations,” said junior Courtney Sykos, who led the
Blood Drive last year.
Students, parents, staff, and the community could give blood as long as they met the
requirements. However, all donators needed to
be at least 16 years of age.
“Sixteen and 17-year olds have to get a
minor donor permit signed by their parents,
and they have to meet the height and weight
requirements,” said Sykos.
Information sheets were available in Mrs.
Dilbeck’s room, 242. They covered issues
regarding height and weight, piercings and
“If you have a piercing that you did by
yourself, you can’t donate for a year,” said
Sykos. “If you have a tattoo [done by a professional], you can’t donate for six months.”
It’s important to prepare for donating. Eating red meat the night before and breakfast
the next morning are suggested. This helps
Junior Kaitlin Rebenstorf donated her blood on Sept. 22, 2009 at Red Mountain’s Blood Drive.
prevent lightheadedness and fatigue. It is also
recommended that you drink 16 ounces of
water 10-30 minutes before donating.
“We have snacks and water, and you rest for
about fifteen minutes,” said Sykos. “It’s recommended that you don’t do sports afterwards.
Linh Pham, a junior who is in charge of the
Blood Drive, gave a bit of insight on those who
have a fear of needles but wanted to donate.
“Be strong,” Pham said. “It’s really not that
However, it seems that not everyone was
apprehensive about donating.
“I’m not scared at all,” said junior Carly
Colson. “I don’t have a fear of needles.”
Though every blood type is needed and
wanted, there is one in particular that United
Blood Services is looking for.
“Type O is the rarest blood type, so that’s
what they need most,” said Pham.
For those who were unable to participate
in the Blood Drive in September, another is
planned for Feb. 2. It will consist of the same
times and processes as this one.
I’ll be seeing you at the pole
By Valerie Nunez
It started as a small group of Christian
teenagers gathering to pray around school flag
poles in 1990. Now, See You at the Pole has
become a nationwide event held on the fourth
Wednesday of September—that’s Sept. 23
for 2009. About 40 Red Mountain students
congregated at the front of campus from 7-8
a.m. to pray for many things, including friends
and family.
“One day each year, schools from all over
the country meet to gather around the flag
pole to pray, share their hearts and testify their
relationships with God,” said senior Emily
West, a second-year participant. “We pray to
make a difference and encourage people to ask
about it.”
In the past, there has been controversy surrounding this event, but not this year. Some
passers-by only looked at participators, while
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Over 40 Red Mountain students gathered around the
flag pole for See You at the Pole on Sept. 23, 2009.
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others joined in.
“I’m Christian, so I know what it’s about,”
said senior Kylee Turley, who arrived late
with her sister, but the two joined in one of the
prayer circles. “It brings people together to get
closer to God.”
While the event is not organized by any Red
Mountain clubs, Youth Alive and Fellowship of
Christian Athletes (FCA) both endorse See You
at the Pole and have members participate.
“It’s a good thing for everyone to go to so
that they can talk about their religion and see
other people that believe the same things as
them,” said junior Christia Virtue, historian of
the Youth Alive club.
Slightly less people participated this year,
but that does not faze this year’s students.
“There are less people, but the energy and
love for God is the same,” said West. “It’s cool
to look around and see people that share this
bond. We’re opening our hearts and praising
God on this beautiful morning.”
Speech and
By Danielle Grobmeier
Staff writer
The performer stood tall on the platform;
all eyes were glued to him. His black apparel
wasn’t unusual to his surroundings, and the
audience gazed intently at him as he spoke
life into his piece. The strong aroma of coffee
filled the air as he carefully recited the lines,
making certain that his delivery was absolutely
perfect. As he concluded his performance,
the audience snapped rhythmically together to
acknowledge his sublime act. This is the atmosphere to be expected at one of the Speech and
Debate club’s Coffee Houses.
“Coffee House is for the kids of Speech and
Debate to show their pieces off to students and
parents,” said senior Brianna Pantilione, head
of public relations for Speech and Debate.
Though Coffee House generally involves a
small entrance fee, the Coffee House that occurred on Sept. 28, 2009 was different.
“Usually we charge a couple dollars to
get in,” said Pantilione. “However, during
this Coffee House we didn’t charge anything,
because it was more of a parent information
The audience of Coffee House not only includes parents, but often friends of the Speech
and Debate members and other Red Mountain
“We usually try to recruit people through
Coffee House so we can get them to understand what [Speech and Debate] is all about,”
said senior Elizabeth Barnes, secretary of
Speech and Debate.
Because of the variety of people who attend
Coffee Houses, the Speech and Debate students put copious amounts of effort into setting
up and preparing for the event.
“It’s a lot of work,” said senior Kaci Jensen,
president of Speech and Debate. “For instance,
we have people who are performing interpretive events, so they have to take a book, cut it
down to 10 minutes, and act it out as different
characters by themselves.”
The members’ efforts produce a lively
Best Buddies
By Lorraine Longhi
Staff writer
became involved,” said event organizer and
band council president, senior Tasha Nguyen.
Different booths with games were placed
around the amphitheatre at the festival, such as
face painting, fishing, and rubber duck games.
Along with this event, Best Buddies has an annual Halloween Carnival.
“We’ve thrown the Halloween carnival ever
since Best Buddies started,” said Sanders. “It’s
kind of our tradition.”
As well as the Halloween Carnival, Best
Buddies hosts a water day in May, will possibly hold a Turkey Bowling Day for Thanksgiving, will go to ZooLights, and have a star
gazing night second semester.
“Being in Best Buddies shows everyone
around you that you care about others,” says
Sanders. “Not only does it help the community, but you’re
making [buddies]
happy, putting a
smile on their face
and feeling grateful for what they
For more
information on
Best Buddies,
go to Room 219
or contact Mrs.
On Friday, Sept. 18, Best Buddies and the performing arts department joined together to host
the Best Buddies Extravaganza. Best Buddies
has been a part of Red Mountain almost as
long as the school has been open, but this is the
first time they have collaborated with the Art
department to put together an event.
“We wanted to support the performing arts
and raise awareness about special education
students that are involved in Best Buddies,”
says president of Best Buddies, senior Samantha Sanders.
The Music department, as well as the
Theatre and Dance departments, were all
involved in planning the event. Admission into
the event was free,
however, people were
asked to donate a
toy for Toys for Tots
to serve as an entry
fee. Marching Band,
Choir, Orchestra and
Dance all performed
at the event.
“Marching Band
was originally the
only group in charge
of hosting the Extravaganza, but then all
On Friday, Sept. 18, sophomore Itzia Chaparro played
Rock Band with Best Buddies members.
of the Art department
selection of pieces that contribute to a highly
entertaining show.
“For the September Coffee House, we had
a humorous piece, a few poetry pieces, a duo
piece, and an expository speech,” said Jensen.
“We had a lot of different events that were
Many of the Speech and Debate members
expressed that their favorite part of Coffee
House was performing.
“When you go to Speech and Debate competitions, everyone who’s in the round with
you has seen your piece performed many times
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before,” said Pantilione. “Coffee House allows
us to perform pieces for a fresh audience who
doesn’t usually get to see them.”
Though the September Coffee House is
over, Speech and Debate intends to host more
in the future.
“We plan to have another [Coffee House]
at both the end of first semester and the end of
second semester,” said senior Corey Hernandez, vice president of Speech and Debate.
Fall 2009
RM’s FFA wins big
By Joel Blood
Staff writer
Mr. Sorenson’s FFA students
won an award at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) in June.
The Red Mountain AgriScience
Department and FFA received the
National Chapter Award and a
gold rating from the Arizona FFA
Association. The Red Mountain
FFA was honored as one of the
best overall programs in the State
of Arizona and will be recognized
among the top programs in the nation at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, this fall.
The AgriScience Department
was required to carry out five
activities in the areas of chapter
development, community development and student development
to be eligible for the award.
Hosting a “Turkey Bowl”
football game while raising money
for families in need and giving the
special education classes a hands-
“They apply for them through
the National FFA Organization,”
said Mr. Sorenson. “They help
students earn over $2 million in
Big corporations sponsor
the FFA scholarships like Ford,
Chevy, Purina Foods, Cargill and
many more.
“Our main goal is to help
students develop premier leadership, personal growth and career
success,” said Mr. Sorenson.
If you wish to join FFA, just
take an agriculture class.
“Any student who has taken
or is taking an AG class can be in
FFA,” said Mr. Sorenson.
FFA’s current webmaster, senior Ashley Meyer, has high hopes
for this year’s group.
“This year we are going to do
great,” said Meyer. “We study
everyday and are really excited for
The FFA students have many
projects, like raising pigs, grow-
The Red Mountain FFA officers of 2009.
on gardening and animal tutorial
were among a few of the activities
this past year.
Students in FFA also can earn
scholarships through the SLC.
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ing plants and helping manage the
tilapia tanks.
“We encourage students to do
projects that will help them in a
future career,” said Mr. Soren-
son. “For instance,
students who wish to
become vets later in
life choose to raise
the animals.”
Along with being
webmaster, Meyer
also has a green
“I have also
helped start the beginning of our floral
culture,” said Meyer.
Skye Robertson, Rachel Chan, senior Kayla Colvin,
The FFA students
Brandon Walker, senior Jenna Schulte, Samantha
also manage the poin- Flaiff, senior Laura Frear, Julio Rivera, Melissa
settia project.
Rankin at SLC last year.
“We plant, grow,
raise, market, and sell
the goal remains the same.
the poinsettias to the public,” said
“It is a totally different type
Mr. Sorenson. “We plant them in
of program but still accomplishes
August and sell them in Decemthe mission of the FFA, to provide
premier leadership,” said SorenFFA also has projects for the
county fair. The students raise
FFA students can also be state
animals to show and auction in
the fair.
“In order to be a state officer,
“Students make thousands
you would have to submit an
on their animals,” said Sorenson.
extensive application at the state
“The grand champion pig will sell level,” said Mr. Sorenson. “Also,
for over $10,000.”
go through many grueling hours
FFA is not just a local club; it
of interviews and be chosen buy a
is a national organization with a
nominating committee.
federal charter.
State officers visit chapters
“We are involved in the Naaround the state of Arizona to
tional FFA, because we are part of teach, inspire, and motivate.
the national chartered program,”
“They also put on state events
said Mr. Sorenson.
such as competitions, leadership
Mr. Sorenson was also in FFA
conferences and camp, said Mr.
when he was in high school. He
was the chapter vice president and
FFA takes part in events all
over the state.
“I was the first in my chapter to
“We do other local trips for
receive the state FFA degree (the
district competitions and some
highest award at the state level),”
other district FFA activities,” said
said Mr. Sorenson.
Mr. Sorenson. “We go camping
FFA has developed and
two times through the year.”
changed through the years, with
With hard work and determinanew technologies and new views.
tion, FFA is continuing the reputa“For me, it is like a night and
tion of being a solid club with a
day difference, because FFA in the future full of leadership awards.
rural town I grew up in focused on
preparing us to be farmers,” said
Even though it has, changed
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The dangers of
Texting and driving
By Andrea Ramirez
Staff writer
Technology is rapidly advancing and making life easier for people to accomplish many
things in a 24-hour day. Today anyone can
send emails, check messages, and text from
their phone. Everyone is trying to do so many
things at once, including texting and driving.
My cousin has a horrible habit of texting while
driving. When she does that, I feel unsafe,
because she drifts into others lanes with other
cars. I don’t feel safe driving with her, and
I’m scared I might get into a crash. I try to
encourage her to put down the phone when she
“I think it’s dangerous,” says Red Mountain senior Maria Flammer. “I’ve had a few
friends who have gotten in accidents because
of people texting or of them texting.”
In 2006, the University of Utah did a study
and discovered that people driving while talking on the phone were impaired as if they had
the blood alcohol level of 0.08, the legal limit
in Washington State.
In the New York Times, Senator Charles E.
Schumer was quoted saying, “Studies show
this [texting] is far more dangerous than talking on a phone while driving or driving while
drunk, which is astounding.”
The roads are getting more dangerous as
people from all walks of life take advantage of
texting while driving.
“When professional truckers text, they are
23 times more likely to be involved in a crash,
or near-miss,” says an analysis at Virginia
Tech’s Transportation Institute.
In 17 states, including the District of
Columbia, young or inexperienced drivers are
banned from using cell phones, even using a
hands-free kit, with emergency calls exempted.
“The driver next to me was texting while
driving, and he started drifting into my lane,”
said senior Cheyenne Biehl. “If my friend
didn’t tell me, he would have hit me.”
In 2007, driver distractions, such as using
a cell phone or text messaging, contributed to
nearly 1,000 crashes involving 16 and 17-yearold drivers. Our peers are risking their lives
and the lives around them to take their eyes off
the road and check into their social life.
In the Oprah Magazine, neuroscientist René
Marois was quoted saying, "The human brain
isn't equipped to concentrate on two things
Over 60 percent of American teens admit
to risky driving and nearly half of those that
admit to risky driving also admit to text messaging behind the wheel.
“It’s alright with me as long as they can text
without looking, so that they can keep their
eyes on the road,” said junior Kinsie Peterson.
Texting while driving isn’t safe, yet teenagers and adults still text while driving, even
if they can look at the road and text without
Early Release
“Early release. There’s more
stuff open after you get out of
school. There’s more stuff to
do, because you don’t have to
worry about going back after
-Christina Johnston (12)
“Early release, because East
Valley Institute of Technology
(EVIT) students have more
time, and the EVIT schedule
isn’t as messed up.”
-Christina Gawne (12)
“Early Release. Late start is
lame and makes the day seem
longer because you are still at
school until 3 p.m.”
-Marissa Hartman (11)
“Early Release. We have more
time after school to do things
with friends.”
-Abraham Rodriguez (10)
“You shouldn’t do it because you’re going
to kill someone,” says sophmore Alex Martin.
When drivers were tested in a simulator,
they were asked to text and do other tasks
while they drove. The study showed that the
drivers swerved out of their lane 10 percent
more often.
“Texting while driving is really dangerous,”
says junior Preston Bickle.
Phoenix was the first city in Arizona to ban
text messaging while driving. Drivers will
be given a warning if they are pulled over for
texting before October 20. After October 20
drivers pulled over for texting while driving
will be fined $100 or $250 if an accident is
“It depends on if you are a good driver and
a good texter,” said senior Ashlee Edens. “If
you can’t do it, then avoid both.”
It seems like the states that already banned
texting while driving are encouraging the rest
of the United States to ban it as well to prevent
more accidents.
“Texting should be banned, because it
keeps people from watching the road,” said
senior Katy Martineau.
Cell phones are very useful, but whoever is
texting you when you get in the car can wait,
because watching the road is more important
than answering a text.
Late Start
“Late start, because you get
out of third hour early. If you
have EVIT, you don’t have to
worry about the time crunch
as much.”
-Marissa Minocchi (12)
“Late start. It’s later in the
day, and we don’t have to
wake up as early. We have
more time to do things before
-Spencer Hougland (12)
“Early release, because you
get to go home earlier. With
late start, you get out later if
you don’t have all six periods.”
-Paul Maxey (12)
“Late Start, because you have
more time to sleep.”
-Cameron Marvin (11)
With 62.5 percent of the vote, Early Release wins!
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Fall 2009
New security cameras:
By Danielle Grobmeier
Staff writer
In our society, we remain under
the constant watch of unseen
sources. Video surveillance has
become a modern method of
maintaining safety, security, and
justice in public areas. Recently,
Red Mountain obtained a set of
video cameras that have been strategically placed around campus.
“The security cameras are on
our campus strictly for safety of
students and the security of our
campus,” said Principal Dr. Slemmer.
Safety being a prime reason for
the cameras existence, the surveillance equipment will address a
variety of potential threats.
“They could be helpful to
prevent crimes on campus whether
it is somebody breaking into
the school at night or somebody
breaking into cars during the
school day,” said Officer Furnas,
Red Mountain’s School Resource
Along with trespassing and
vandalism, the cameras will aid
in bringing students to justice
concerning any misdeeds done on
or to the campus.
“If there are any students who
are going to flagrantly break
school rules, [the cameras will]
pick it up,” said Dr. Slemmer.
Though the addition of video
surveillance will be a potentially
rewarding decision, some students
disagree with the presence of the
cameras in their high school.
“People can come to resent the
cameras,” said senior Christina
Forrey. “It feels like they don’t
Good or bad?
trust us.”
Other students expressed they
felt the cameras would cause
students to feel uncomfortable in
a place where they should feel at
ease with their peers.
“The fact that there are video
cameras around makes us feel as
if we need to act a certain way
to accommodate the camera,”
said junior Christopher Olander.
“However, the cameras could help
eliminate some violence and oncampus drug use.”
Not only will the cameras aid
the school’s security, but they
could potentially benefit school
“They didn’t limit [funds] at
all,” said Dr. Slemmer. “We had
money that we were saving for the
cameras, but when the district told
us they would cover the cost we
were able to divert those funds to
other programs that would benefit
Cameras will also cut down on
excessive vandalism, allowing the
school to decrease spending on
replacing ruined property.
“Taking care of vandalism
costs the school district literally
thousands of dollars to clean up or
fix,” said Dr. Slemmer.
Whether it is safety, security,
or investment, the cameras are
here to stay. As a public area, a
high school is just as justified to
do their best to prevent on-campus
crimes as a department store is to
prevent shoplifting.
“Anywhere you go, there’s a
picture of what’s taking place,”
said Dr. Slemmer.
Students give input
on Obama’s speech
On Sept. 8, 2009, President Obama opted to give a 15-20 minute speech
to the nation’s students about the value of a good education. Many
parents and students throughout the United States and Red Mountain
High School found the presentation during school hours unnecessary
and chose to exclude themselves from watching the broadcast. Others believed the speech offered a critical lesson for our youth. Within
Red Mountain’s campus, various viewpoints were expressed on why
this declamation was or was not valuable. Here is what Red Mountain
students had to say:
“I did go to the Obama speech. I went
so I could prove him wrong later. I
don’t agree with most his views, but it
is important to hear both sides of the
story. Plus, It was better than going
to the library and listening to dead
-Dane Poulson, 11
“I thought it was pretty cool that
he wanted to talk to the students
when he really doesn’t have to.
I mean, he is the president he
doesn’t need to talk to us so, good
job Obama.”
-Dylan Strong, 10.
“I watched the Obama speech
and thought it was motivational.
It inspired me to be all I can be,
maybe even president someday.
It was very educational, and I am
glad I watched it.
-Marcos Rodriguez, 11
“No, I did not like the
Obama speech, because
I don’t like Obama. I
went to the library.”
-Steven Vazquez, 11
“I did watch President Obama’s
speech. I thought it was really
educational. We have listened to
all the
other presidents, why not him?”
-Jordan Bell, 12
“I did watch the Obama speech.
I thought it was inspirational,
and he related really well to the
-Jarrel Porter, 12
Fall 2009
“I did listen to Obama’s speech, and I thought it was very redundant.
We’ve heard every other president. I understand his viewpoint. He
wants us all to work harder, but I don’t need it from my president. I get
it enough from myself. I have enough motivation and drive to do it on
my own. No offense, it’s not Obama, it’s just a little irritating. Plus,
I thought he was going to talk about education reform not about our
education in general.”
-Jason Bither, 12
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Good Morning
Red Mountain
for the two football teams and also
for Red Mountains Spiritline.
“I was so pumped after the
On Sep. 4, 2009 at 5:30 a.m.
newscast was here,” said junior
MST, Red Mountain awoke to
Shalee Stonehouse, a member of
Good Morning Arizona on the
the Spiritline. “They really riled
football field. The news network
up the students for the game.”
was greeted by Red Mountain’s
Many clubs on campus were
own Spiritline, band, and other
also represented at this event
groups and clubs. This event
including Dance Force, Yearbook,
would not have been possible
and Choir.
without the help of the newest
“It was inspiring to see such
member to the Red Mountain
a wide variety of diverse groups
staff, Vice Principal Mr. Walsh.
to support the same cause,” said
“They had called me, so really
sophomore Jordan Cisco, a memwe were asked to be a part of it
ber of Dance Force.
because of the rivalry for the first
Although having Good Morngame. I don’t think there reing Arizona come out to the
ally has been a stand up rivalry
school is enough to make most
between us and Westwood High,”
people want to get up early, Mr.
said Mr. Walsh. “They were using Walsh still had to overcome some
the two schools to drum up some
obstacles to make this event a
excitement for the game, so they
contacted us to see if we would be
“Getting everybody to wake
interested in something like that.”
up at five in the morning to come
Good Morning Arizona
represent their clubs,” said Mr.
drummed up plenty of excitement
Walsh. “Also, after eight, we
wanted the
students back
in class, but we
still had an hour
left of airtime to
provide for.”
For some
Red Mountain
students and
club members,
waking up at
5 a.m. was a
“I love
sleeping, so
waking up
that early was
hard, but it was
definitely worth
it,” said Stonehouse.
Despite the
Red Mountain’s Spiritline cheered on the school mascot
when “Good Morning Arizona” visited.
fact several
By Carissa Ferguson
Staff writer
clubs arrived for the occasion, Mr. Walsh would
have liked other groups
to have airtime.
“I think the gal hosting Good Morning Arizona did a good job trying to get all groups, but
it would have been nice
to have seen some of the
other sports teams,” said
Mr. Walsh.
Having this opportunity to be broadcast
live by a network news
station was a great way
to provide positive attention for the school.
“I think it’s great
Tess Rafols, from “Good Morning Arizona”
anytime that we can get
showed Red Mountain spirit on Sept. 4.
positive publicity and
notify people about our
“The tradition of the winning
service clubs and sports,” said Mr.
team here and because of
positive experiences the
Several students at Red Mounnews
had with this school
tain take pride in their school and
they were returnwant local viewers in the community to have
pride as well.
“I’m so
grateful Good
(GMA) really riled up
Morning Arizona
students for the game.”
was available to
help us represent
our school in a
respectable manner,” said Stonehouse.
ing,” said Mr. Walsh.
Members of all different clubs
Look for several other excitand groups were anxious to be on
events planned for the future
the show.
as improving the student
“When Coach Fox told us we
at the football games by
were going to be on Good Mornmaking
them more vibrant and
ing Arizona, I was excited for
There will also be lunch
our community to see us [Dance
twice a month in the
Force],” said Cisco.
to allow sports and
Red Mountain High school’s
themselves to the
positive reputation and winning
football team played a major
factor in being selected by Good
Morning Arizona.
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Fall 2009
Criminology Club returns after a year off
By Andrea Ramirez
Staff writer
After a year-long absence, the
Criminology Club is back. Many
students who are a part of the
Criminology Club are aspiring to
enter fields such as criminal profiling, forensics, and criminal law.
“I think it would be cool to be
a homicide detective, but also be
behind the scenes,” said junior
Rachel Borba.
The Criminology Club has a
wide variety of activities planned
for this school year. These include
visits from a drug dog, the ATF
(alcohol tobacco and firearms), a
detective, a judge, a police officer
and a helicopter during the club
“This club will further their
knowledge,” said Ms. HolmesBacon, advisor of the Criminology Club. “We can do things we
can’t do in a classroom.”
During the club meetings,
students study laws and criminal
cases. For the month of September, their theme was Crazy
“This is for all the ridiculous
laws the United States has come
up with,” said Ms. Holmes-Bacon.
With over 20 students at each
meeting, this year is proving to be
productive. For more information
concerning Criminology Club,
contact Ms. Holmes-Bacon in
room 611P.
New club focuses on
Helping Out Mesa Everyday
H.O.M.E. members will be participating in and
volunteering at a variety of events.
“September 11, 2009 was our first volunteer
When considering Red Mountain’s various
event,” said Hernandez. “In order to recognize
outreach programs, clubs such as Invisible
the anniversary of what happened on SeptemChildren and New Global Citizens come to
ber 11, 2001, we did a gardening activity with
mind. This year, a new service-learning club
the City of Mesa in downtown Mesa.”
titled Helping Out Mesa Everyday (H.O.M.E.)
The gardening event will provide vishas advanced itself as yet another important as- ible results of the H.O.M.E. club’s effort to
pect in the volunteer realm; however, the new
improve the community, ultimately making it a
club intends to tackle volunteer work focused
rewarding experience for all who were able to
on the Mesa community rather than internaparticipate.
tional outreach.
“I get to see the difference that I made,”
“I really agree with the fact that we need to
said senior Kaci Jensen, H.O.M.E.’s co-presibe giving back to our community before we
go and help the rest of the world,” said senior
Along with gardening, the club plans to
Brianna Pantilione, H.O.M.E.’s vice president.
hold a year-round food drive in which home“You have to start small, and then help change
rooms will compete against each other to dothe world.”
nate the most canned
Not only does the club plan
to impact Mesa in a huge way,
“Our club decided
but also they strive to encourthe year-round food
age students to become more
drive would be a good
active in helping their comidea, because during
the holiday season
“Our club will raise the
the food drives get
students’ awareness of not only
flooded with food,”
global issues, but more at home
said Pantilione.
community issues,” said senior
“However, all year
Corey Hernandez, the club’s
round food banks are
needing donations.”
The H.O.M.E. club’s main
Because of the
goal is to assist the City of
year round food drive,
Mesa in any way possible to
more families will be
further better our commuH.O.M.E. members work to create a comfed throughout the
munity garden for the City of Mesa.
nity. To fulfill this goal, the
By Danielle Grobmeier
Staff writer
Fall 2009
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year rather than just around Christmas and
“People are always hungry, it’s not just part
of the year,” said senior Megann Davis, the
club’s secretary.
During H.O.M.E. meetings on Thursdays
at lunch, the club members discuss their next
project and make any preparations necessary.
“We establish what the next project is going
to be and help organize transportation to it,”
said Pantilione. “Then we can start planning
out future projects.”
The club serves as both a benefit to the
community and a benefit to the student body as
it allows members to form bonds and friendships during their volunteer time.
“My favorite part of H.O.M.E. is the atmosphere and being with your friends and trying
to help the community,” said Davis. “You really come together when you’re trying to help
someone else.”
Not only has H.O.M.E. made an impact on
the lives of others, but it also provides Red
Mountain students the resources to reach out to
their peers in need and truly make a difference
where they live. This club creates an opportunity to serve our neighbors and give back to a
community that has given generously to us.
“I know people always say ‘this generation’s no good, they’re not going to do anything,’” said Hernandez. “But I feel that if 15
people are turning out for volunteering around
the community, that’s a sign that people want
to help each other and those that can’t help
Twirl those flags
Color Guard
By Lorraine Longhi
Staff writer
Every Friday night, dancers dressed in silver leotards leap and perform under the bright
stadium lights of the football arena. This is the
color guard, a collection of 14 girls who accompany the marching band at every halftime
show. However, many students throughout
Red Mountain seem to have little to no idea of
who or even what the guard is. In fact if you
asked students what they think about guard,
many will assume you’re referring to the
JROTC color guard, who present the flags during the national anthem.
“I was friends with Molly Isaacson [last
year’s captain] and she always told me how
fun it was, so I joined winter guard that season,” says one of the guard captains, senior
Kayla Ruhland. “It was really fun, so I stuck
with it.”
Fall guard begins during the summer before
other students are even thinking about going back to school. Every year when band
camp begins, the tryouts and season starts for
guard as well. However, once the band season
is over, the guard continues to practice and
“We practice fall guard outside with the
marching band,” says senior and captain Shelby Smith. “Winter guard is inside and we pick
our own music to dance to. There’s a lot more
movement involved, and it’s more lyrical.”
After the marching season ends in December, winter guard begins for the girls. Meeting
once a week for three-hour practices, the girls
combine with other schools to compete in their
own winter guard group, called East Independent.
“Last year during Winter Guard, we combined with Skyline, and this year we’re looking
to combine with Skyline, Westwood, and
Mesa,” said Ruhland.
Many people may be alarmed at all of the
seemingly dangerous and incredible feats
guard performs. Indeed individuals do not
usually see rifles being tossed into the air for a
sport too often. However this should not deter
them from trying out for the team.
“You need to be really determined,” Ruhland said. “We know that people don’t really
practice tossing flags and rifles before they
join guard, so we’re willing to work and help
Red Mountain is full of school spirit, as
there is a tremendous turnout of students at the
football games each week. But when it comes
to guard and its activities, most people seem to
be kept in the dark.
“We don’t really have a lot of support. Can
anybody toss a four-rotation rifle? By the end
of the season, it’s probably going to be a sixrotation,” said Smith. “I want to hear cheers
from the audience when I do it, not silence.”
Not only is guard a learning experience,
but the girls form meaningful friendships as
a result of practicing and competing together
during the year.
“If you want to be a part of a team where
everyone is friends, and you don’t need years
of experience to join, guard is definitely for
you,” says senior Samantha Sanders.
There are a total of 14 girls this year on Red
Mountain’s fall guard. Ruhland and Smith are
both returners, along with seniors Marina Denogean, Samantha Sanders and Elli Taylor, and
juniors Breanna Guttmacher and Casey Sanders. The team also has seven new members
this year: seniors Kristina Garcia, Anna Quist,
and Grace Santos, juniors Addriana Castaway
and Sabrina Wiggins, and sophomores Karly
Andersen, and Kristina Misch.
Service learning across RM
By Alexis Green
Staff writer
Service Learning. The phrase
has probably been passed around
in conversations around you, but
what exactly is it?
“It’s a chance for students to do
service for their community and
hopefully learn something about
selves, and about the world,” says
Ms. Hombach, one of the Service
Learning coaches.
Participating in Service Learning is an active way to become
involved with the community or
within Red Mountain walls. The
school itself offers a variety of
ways to participate.
“There are service clubs like
Club Diversity, Best Buddies,
and Invisible Children,” says Ms.
Hombach. “A lot of teachers do
service learning in their classrooms.”
Some of the aforementioned
classes include Sports Medicine,
JROTC, and Journalistic Writing. However, many choose to
participate in projects outside of
the classroom.
“I worked with the elderly in a
nursing home,” says senior Alexis
Aurich, who participated in Service Learning the summer before
her junior year. “I helped with
activities, and I talked to them
about their lives.”
Students can sign up for these
Service Learning projects any
time. However, they must fill out
an application form before doing
the activity.
“They can’t do something and
then come in and say ‘Oh by the
way, I did this,’” says Ms. Hombach. “They have to complete the
application first.”
Students who would like
their hours to be recognized and
to receive a gold seal on their
diploma, must do 150 hours by the
time they graduate, and they must
attend a Reflection Night.
“They have a 15 minute slot
where they sit down with another
peer and a couple of teachers, and
they do a presentation [on their
project],” says Ms. Hombach.
Aurich participated in Service Learning in order to receive
enough hours for the university of
her choice, but she took away a lot
more than just that.
“It takes a lot to do service,
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but you learn a lot,” says Aurich.
“You get more out of it than the
people you are helping.”
With this project alone, Aurich
gained 50 hours. She has also
participated in others, which gave
her another 70, but helping in the
nursing home was by far her most
favorite activity.
“I wish I had more time to help
out,” says Aurich. “I had a set
schedule and I could only come in
at those times.”
Last year, 712 students at Red
Mountain participated in activities
for Service Learning Hours, making a total of 68,868 hours.
“It [Service Learning] changes
so many student’s lives,” says Ms.
Hombach. “You can’t do any better than that.”
Fall 2009
The RM Theatre Department prepares for another spectacular show.
Mountain has been working hard
on this show.
Both casts have
been rehearsing
This year Red Mountain High
every day, making
School’s own dramatic arts teachsure everything
er, Ms. Griffin, has chosen her
goes according to
own rendition of Shakespeare’s
famous play, “A Midsummer
“This play is
Night’s Dream” for the fall play.
going to be amazMs. Griffin has decided to take the
ing,” said Szpyancient play and give it a “psytek. “Everyone
chedelic feel.” The play will take
is so dedicated
place in the amphitheatre Nov. 5-7
and Mrs. Griffin
at 7 p.m.
makes it a point Left to right: seniors Roxanne Whipple, Jay Patton, Justin
“I asked my students how they
to keep us moti- DeLong, Casey Ellings, and junior Michael Mattingly.
would do the play, and a sixties
same feelings the actors on stage
theme was the best idea that they
One of the hardest things about
are experiencing.
came up with,” said Griffin.
working in a play is
“It’s all about entertainment in
Even the students
designing the costumes,
end,” said Hall.
“This play
think that this play would
it’s really important that
casts of the play intend
be best done in a sixities
is going to be amazing.”
the actors feel comfortto
that when they pertheme.
able wearing them, so
of “A Midsummer
“I haven’t read very
they can fully commit to
and describe
many Shakespearean
coolest thing since sliced bread,”
their role.
the imposplays, but this one caught my
said Hall.
“I look like a vampire in my
eye,” said junior Isabella Levenda
So what’s the trick to not being
costume,” said senior Joshua Cox,
Tickets for the play are $10
who plays Helena. “ I love the
nervous on stage?
who plays the dark character of
get them two weeks in
whole mystical, sixties vibe we’re
“You have to get comfortable
Oberon, King of Shadows, in the
which includes a dinner.
giving it.”
with your character first, if you do play.
a ticket at the door
Mrs. Griffin thought it best to
a good job people will remember,”
Not only are the costumes hard
will not include
double-cast the play (two sepasaid sophomore Dakota Evans,
to design, but the old language
rate casts) to give the audience
who portrays the knavish characShakespeare uses takes some geta chance to see different ways
ter of Puck.
ting used to.
the character can be played, as
The drama department at Red
“I understand all the lines,”
said Cox. “You have to translate anything you don’t understand, because you want to to
know what your character is
saying and why he’s saying it
to really play the part well.”
The most important thing to
understand in this play is that
you never know if the whole
thing is a dream or not.
“It’s kind of surreal, no one
really knows what’s going on
through the whole thing,” Cox
The point is to act the play
as best you can, make the
audience laugh when they’re
supposed to, cry when they’re
Senior Joshua Cox, sophomore Brittany Szpytek, director Mrs. Griffin, and senior
supposed too or just feel the
Phillip Hall taking a break at the rehearsal.
By Rylee
Staff writer
Fall 2009
well more students the chance to
“I am building the program
here,” said Griffin. “If I cut kids
right away, they won’t want to
come back and try again.”
Sophomore Brittany Szpytek,
who plays as Hermia in one of the
casts, loves performing Shakespeare.
“I think Shakespeare is so
romantic,” said Szpytek. “He really makes you believe you’re the
character when you’re on stage.”
Senior Phillip Hall, who plays
the infamous Bottom, describes
his character as “egotistical.”
“He pretty much thinks he’s the
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Are you part of the craze?
By Amanda Szpakowski
Staff writer
The new Twilight movie is scheduled to hit theatres on Nov. 20,
2009. In the second installment of Stephanie Meyer’s insanely successful Twilight series Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the
abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)
but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible
Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly, she finds herself drawn into
the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and
finds her loyalties tested.
With more of the passion, action and suspense that made Twilight a
worldwide phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, promises to be
a spell-binding box office hit.
Twi-Hards, Twi-Hearts and Twilighters, a group of extremely
obsessed fans of Twilight, are excited about the premier of the new film
and have various ways of celebrating and preparing for it.
The captivated Twilight fans are on different ‘teams,’ which is a
way for them to express which character they like best in the series. The
two main competitors for top characters are Edward Cullen and Jacob
Black, because of their infamous love triangle with lead character, Bella
Edward provides readers with a suave, romantic and even mysterious feel melting teenage girl’s hearts, while Jacob Black is the storybook tall, dark and handsome man destined to tangle himself in with any
girl already involved with another man.
“My friends and I plan on making t-shirts with things
like ‘Team Jacob,’ ‘Team Edward’ or even ‘Team
Emmet’ printed on them and staying up partying
before we see the midnight premier,” said senior
Chelsea Durfee.
A lot of Twilight fans are anticipating the arrival of
the new director.
“I didn’t really like the first movie,” said senior
Kortney Lunsford, “The new movie will be directed
by a different person and I hope this movie will be an improvement. So
I plan on going to see it with hopes of better directing”
This book has become such a great success because of teen’s identification with the lead characters, especially Bella Swan who is caught
between attractions for two boys. She is faced with a heart wrenching
decision when the feud between the two rare boys leads her to choosing
between them.
“It’s like a classic love story, only with a supernatural twist,” said
The new movie and second addition to the Twilight Saga has irresistible characters and a plot line only existent in most daydreams. The
premier will be a memorable event of the 2010 year and will have twilighters and every dreamer on the edge of their seats. Harkins Superstition Springs Theatre will have a premier at midnight Nov. 20, 2009, and
tickets are already on pre-sale on their website.
While the film has a high likelihood of immense success resulting from its pre-film fan-base of Twilight readers (of which there are
millions), coupled with the fan-base expansion coming off of Twilight:
New Moon, success might be even more paramount than anticipated.
This is an event no Twilighter will want to miss.
in concert
By Valerie Nunez
With recent hits like “Never Say Never” and “You Found Me,”
Denver-based rock group The Fray has found national and international
success since their first single, “Over My Head (Cable Car).” The fourperson band went on a summer tour to go along with the 2009 release of
their second album, The Fray, and they performed at Dodge Theatre, in
Phoenix, on July 14.
The show got off to a rocky start with a relatively unknown opening band, Meese, who were unable to enthuse the crowd. However, the
audience became a little more lively with the second band, Jack’s Mannequin, who are known for songs like “Dark Blue” and “Swim.” Part
of the appeal of Jack’s Mannequin was their ability to move around the
stage animatedly while still playing upbeat, fun music. The harmonica
solo in “La La Lie” only added to the uniquely exciting ambience of the
concert thus far.
After an intermission that seemed excruciatingly long for many audience members, The Fray finally emerged onstage, and the crowd quickly
gave the band a standing ovation. First played was the group’s first hit,
“Over My Head (Cable Car),” which all audience members were able to
sing along with, while bright lights and a video of the band adorned the
As the concert continued, audience members stayed intrigued with
the band, who praised Arizona for being fans before playing “How to
Save a Life,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007.
Unfortunately, the Dodge Theatre is poorly set up for such a large
concert. The stage appeared too small with huge blank wall space surrounding it, and the flashing lights and stage videos sometimes distracted from the band itself.
However, the general audience appeared unfazed by the setup, and
continued to stand and sing throughout the concert. Unlike many audience members, though, I am not a devout Fray fan and found lesserknown songs difficult to follow, as lead singer Isaac Slade’s lyrics can
be hard to understand.
While Slade held the spotlight with his vocals and piano-playing,
minor band members were rarely emphasized, which is a pity because
the entire band is very talented.
At one point, it seemed as if the concert—which continued past my
bedtime of 10 p.m.—would never end. The crowd dispersed slightly,
and once-enthusiastic people sat down to quietly listen to the music.
After The Fray finally wrapped up their show, remaining audience
members stayed put, awaiting the encore that came after guitarist David
Welsh returned to the stage to play an acoustic solo song. All-in-all, the
concert was very entertaining, especially for Fray fans, but went on for a
little too long for early sleepers.
For more information on The Fray and any upcoming shows, visit
the band’s website at blog.thefray.net.
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Fall 2009
The 1980 classic gets
revamped for ‘09
Behind the scenes with the cast
By Alexis Green
Staff writer
On Sept. 25, “Fame” made
its debut on the big screen. The
cast of the movie was a vivacious
group, experienced with the performing arts and willing to work
hard every day. Preparation for
the movie consisted of two months
of rehearsal.
“The rehearsals for it [“Fame”]
were like bootcamp,” said Kherington Payne, one of the actors in
the movie. “There were nine hour
days of dance.”
Not only were the rehearsals
difficult, cast members also had to
expand their horizons.
“I had to actually learn classical types of the piano, so that was
a challenge,” said Naturi Naughton, a cast member in “Fame.” “I
hadn’t played the piano before.”
Filming took place in Los Angeles, though two weeks of it was
in New York for outside shots.
“There’d be like one or two
weeks sporadic where I maybe
wouldn’t work as much, but
for the most part it was kind of
crazy,” said Asher Book, another
Fall 2009
cast member of “Fame.”
Days on set were long, usually
12-14 hours of all day shooting.
In all, the movie took four months
to film.
“It gets very exhausting, but it
was a rewarding experience,” said
Certain aspects of the film
impacted the cast members. They
were able to utilize their talents in
some of their favorite scenes.
“My favorite scene was my
big dance number,” said Payne.
“I was more comfortable with it,
because it was just me dancing,
and it was a fun song.”
Many of the cast members had
their strengths, but filming still
proved to be difficult.
“I’ve never acted before, so not
only preparing scenes, but I really
wanted to nail them and get them
right,” said Payne.
Throughout filming, the cast
and crew became close. Members
new to the Hollywood lifestyle
adapted quickly due to the tight
friendships that were formed.
“We formed a close bond,” said
Payne. “Even with the crew, filmmakers and director.”
In particular, the cast connected
with the director, Kevin Tancharoen.
“He was new to the scene and
had a huge vision for this movie,”
said Book. “He was incredible to
work with, not only as a director
but as a friend.”
“Fame” is supposed to depict
the struggles of obtaining fame
through the performing arts and
all of the hard work that it takes to
get where you want to be, but how
realistic is it?
“Our movie is really good
at telling the story line of what
artists really go through, whether
you’re a singer, actor or dancer,”
said Book. “It shows the ups and
downs of being in this business,
the fact that you’re not going to
get every part you audition for and
the fact that you just have to keep
working hard.”
Both the cast and the crew
hope to create a movie that truly
inspires artists striving for success.
“I really think they’re [the audience] going to like it and see the
message that if you put hard work
in and strive for a dream, you’ll
get there someday,” said Payne.
Additional reporting by Amanda
Szpakowski and Taylor Houts
With days that included over nine hours of dance practice, the cast and crew of
“Fame” are very pleased with the final product.
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Entertainment for
the whole family
By Valerie Nunez
spotlight as a pianist-turned-singer. Denise
seems loosely based off of Coco’s (Irene Cara)
With an obviously talented cast
character from the 1980 film, as she sings two
of actors, dancers and musicians,
of Coco’s songs, “Fame” and “Out Here On
the 2009 remake of 1980’s OscarMy Own.” Denise must deal with a controlNFAME.COM
winning “Fame” is a movie to see.
ling father who demands she study classical
Although “Fame” lacks some of the
piano when she would much rather sing. Her
seriousness and drama that real high school
rendition of “Out Here On My Own,” while it
students encounter, the movie brings pizzazz
cannot quite match the depth of Coco’s, does a
and entertainment from beginning to end.
fair job of portraying Denise’s struggles in her
Despite being director Kevin Tancharoen’s
family life.
first foray into feature films, the final product
Some of the film’s best scenes are those
was an inspiring film
that include dancers,
for audiences of all
particularly Alice
ages. Tancharoen
(Kherington Payne).
was able to use his
The biggest dance
background in the
scenes, which were
performing arts to
Alice’s big dance
create a unique movie
number and the final
that showcases not
graduation scene,
just dance or acting,
were very entertainbut both, along with
ing and it was evident
instrumental and vowhy those dancers
cal music.
were accepted into
A major downthe school.
fall of the film was
Speaking of being
the sheer amount of
accepted into P.A.,
main characters with
the school’s nickstories to be told.
name, “Fame’s” first
The movie, which
scene mirrored that
follows students at
of the original—the
the New York High
extensively strenuSchool of Performing
ous process of trying
Arts from their freshout and accepting
men to senior years,
students into P.A. It
primarily centers
gave a humorous
around Jenny Garriintroduction to the
son (Kay Panabaker)
film’s characters
and Marco Ramone
while showing the
Alice’s (Kherington Payne) big dance number is argu(Asher Book) as they
nerves that go along
ably one of the best scenes in “Fame.”
deal with their acting
with actually having
careers and relationto try out to get into a
ship. However, the plot lines of other perform- high school.
ing artists seem to fall by the wayside. From
While 2009’s “Fame” cannot compare with
Malik Washburn (Collins Pennie), an actor
the original, it really isn’t supposed to. It’s got
who has difficulty dealing with family issues,
completely new characters in a completely new
to Neil Baczynsky (Paul Iacono), a director
time period who make the movie their own.
who gets taken advantage of, few characters
Although it touches on some mature themes,
got the attention they deserved.
“Fame” is a fun and entertaining movie the
One of those few was Denise Dupree
whole family can enjoy.
(Naturi Naughton), who got her day in the
Roar Magazine
What’s different
Main characters
include Ralph
Garcy (aka Raul
Garcia), Coco
Hernandez, Leroy
Johnson, Doris
Finsecker, Montgomery MacNeil,
Lisa Monroe and
Bruno Martelli
Main characters
include Denise
Dupree, Jenny
Garrison, Marco
Ramone, Alice
Ellerton, Joy Moy,
Victor Taveras,
Malik Washburn,
Neil Baczynsky
and Rosie Martinez
Rated R for adult
themes including
partial nudity and
Rated PG for
thematic material including
Ralph and Doris
see “The Rocky
Horror Picture
The school holds
a “Carn-Evil”
Has a 95 percent
approval rating
on RottenTomatoes.com
Has a 29 percent
approval rating
on RottenTomatoes.com
What’s the same
Debbie Allen
Played Ms. Grant,
the dance instructor
Plays Principal
Angela Simms
“Fame” and “Out
Here On My Own”
sung by Irene
“Fame” and “Out
Here On My Own”
sung by Naturi
Fall 2009
Student author
wows RM
By Steven Mortlock
Staff writer
While most students are busy
trying to get ahead of their homework, 16-year old Red Mountain
sophomore Rowenna Elizabeth
Bay is already a published author
of two books. She enjoys writing but gets more pleasure having
people acknowledge her work.
“I’ve published two books in
the horror genre,” said Bay, “Staying Silent” and “Murder in the
Both stories have very dark and
mysterious storylines.
“Staying Silent” is about a girl
named Taz who is in her first year
of high school and finds herself
unable to confess why she is
depressed,” said Bay. “Murder
in the Morning” is about a girl
named Emily Dickens who wakes
up one morning to find her parents
brutally murdered and tries to find
the murderer by herself.”
“Staying Silent” was Bay’s last
book published. She has begun
writing her next book, “Misery
“The book I’m working on
right now is called “Misery Rose.”
It’s the first in a series of books
I’m writing,” said Bay. “This first
book is about a girl named Melia
Rose Stone who can read the
mind of a mute guy named Talon
StoWater,” said Bay. “That’s all
I can reveal about it at the moment.”
In the future, Bay plans to keep
writing the same style of books.
“Young adult, mystery, and
romance,” said Bay. “Horror and
mystery is what I’m good at at the
Bay doesn’t have her own
website, but you can look her up
on her publisher’s site.
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“I’ve been with Authorhouse
for two years. They’re a decent
publisher that has helped begin
my career. I don’t have a website
yet,” said Bay. “You can look me
up on www.authorhouse.com and
search Rowenna Bay.”
Bay got signed to Authorhouse
thanks to a family friend.
“Our family friend published
a book with Authorhouse, and I
mentioned my book to him,” said
Bay. “He hooked me up with his
author representative who helped
me get started.”
Bay has never had any particular inspiration, she just enjoys
“No one inspired me to start
writing,” said Bay. “Writing just
came to me.”
Bay hopes to keep writing in
the future, as well as travel as an
author and help inspire others.
“I never dreamed about anything besides being an author,”
said Bay. “I want to travel the
world as an author and talk to kids
everywhere to inspire them to
write and express themselves.”
Bay hopes to share her views
with others to help encourage
them to be the best they can be.
“Life is tough. Get used to
it,” said Bay. “It’s something you
have to come to terms with, so
you can get past it and become
Along with sharing her views,
Bay wants to get others to be
writers. She believes there aren’t
enough of them.
“There are not enough writers
in the world,” said Bay. “Teens
need to write more. They need
to stop being scared to express
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Badmintonis better than ever
By Serenity Lane
Staff writer
The Red Mountain varsity badminton team is serving up a great
start to their season. The team
defeated Corona 7-2 in their first
match of the year and defeated
Mesa High 7-2 on Sept. 17. Last
year’s badminton team won three
consecutive region championships. The team was the first Mesa
school to ever have three region
championships three years in a
row and the first Red Mountain
team to make it to the semi-final
state championships.
“It was the most amazing
feeling in the world,” says senior
Erika Rascon.
Badminton is a sport that
requires mental and physical
“Mental strategy, you have to
have your own strategy of where
you’re going to put the bird and
where it’s going to go,” says
senior Jenna Schulte. “Physical,
you have to push off and know the
back area.”
No matter how much players prepare, they are still full of
nerves before the game.
“Especially going up against
other schools who have won
state,” says Rascon. “Last year
was the most nerve-racking thing
The most important part of the
sport is the team. They are not
just teammates, they’re family.
“Big time, we are pretty much
like sisters,” says Rascon. “We do
everything together.”
Some of the traditions that the
team performs before and after the
game are different from most.
“Before the game, we always
run two laps, and then we do a
warm-up,” says Schulte. “We do
a circle, usually a varsity player
leads it. If it’s a home game, we
sit around the lion and play down
by the banks. After home games,
we go out to eat.”
The players get motivation
everyday from each other and also
from their coach, Dr. Gillen. The
team counts on support from the
fans but always remains focused
on the game.
“In the middle of a game, you
really don’t see anything but the
bird and your opponent,” says
Schulte. “Everybody is loud and
you can hear birds being hit, but
you’re so focused that you can
almost time when the birds going
to be hit. You’re in a zone, and
you can’t hear anything.”
The team works hard and gets
inspiration daily from Coach Gillen.
“All of our inspiration comes
from Coach Gillen. “Be who you
are and say what you feel, because
those that mind don’t matter, and
those that don’t mind matter,” says
Schulte. She has started calling
Coach Gillen’s words of wisdom
The varsity team has high
expectations this season to make it
all the way to the top.
“Our goal is to be Region
champs and win for our fourth
year in a row,” says Rascon.
For more information on the
girls badminton team, visit their
website: http://www2.mpsaz.org/
Meet the
Kyi Sint
Desiree Dybala
Alexis Pawlak
Rachael Renzaglia
Corine Salmen
Kassandra Schy
Caitlyn Wheeler
Nina Alonso
Lauren Bibb
Thao Dang
Alyson Egan
Aubrey Hiesel
Eryn Neumeyer
Chloe Benson
Alyssa Hinton
Erika Rascon
Jenna Schulte
September Villaverde
The Badminton team grouped together to show off their sign donated by the father
of senior September Villaverde.
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Fall 2009
Touching Down
By Shelby Lewis
What better way to start off the
2009 varsity football season than
with a wake-up call from Channel 3’s Tess Rafols. Students
from Red Mountain showed their
spirit by rallying back and forth
with Westwood students on Good
Morning Arizona on September
4, 2009. Of all the high schools
in the state, Red Mountain was
picked to be on the TV show.
“They had called us. So really, we were asked to be part of
it, because of the rivalry for the
first game,”
said Assistant
Principal Mr.
Not only
did many students show up
in the
morning to support their team,
Westwood’s visitor bleachers were
jam-packed with enthusiastic red
and black.
“The whole day before the
Westwood game was the most
nervous day I can remember. I
wasn’t sure what to expect from a
varsity game, and I was honestly
worried if I could do it or not. But
the second I got out on the field
and saw the other team, it instantly
left. I grew so much confidence
just at the fact that I was the
starter, and that
I was the only
one that could
make my senior
season count,”
said senior
quarterback John
O’Connor. “I
on Victory
went out and did everything our
team has been going over since
Though Red Mountain took
the win in their debut game at
Westwood, 47-24, the scoreboard
doesn’t justify the hard work and
determination it took for them to
reach that point.
“We practice every day except
for Sunday, and we’re usually out
there for a few hours,” said Coach
Jones, head football coach.
The following Friday, Red
Mountain players showed their
fans that they will not disappoint,
Left to right: Seniors, Derek Molina, John O’Connor, Evan Nienas
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by beating their tough opponent,
Corona, 56-28. During this game,
they worked to receive 245 passing yards, 223 rushing yards, 40
tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions.
“We started this season second
semester last year, and we’ve
just been studying the kids,” said
Coach Jones. “We film them and
watch film on them.”
Red Mountain players show
strong potential this season on the
football field and are outstanding
people in general.
“A team that we call ‘leaving
it on the field,’” said Coach Jones.
“They are nice guys off the field
but mean guys on the field.”
Each player has their little
quirks before the game. Whether
it is the way they stay focused,
what they think about, or the
never-changing sequence they put
on their uniforms, they all do
something unique.
“I just listen to my music,” said senior running
back Derek Molina.
“[I] just think about
what I have to do during the game [and] go
through all the plays
in my head,” said senior
offensive line Evan Nienas.
“[When I put on my uniform]
first right sock, then left sock,
then compression shorts, and
then my girdle, and then my
pants, then my shoulder pads,
and then my helmet. I put those
[shoes] on last, right and then
Vista, and Mesa.
junior football team practiced dilileft,” said senior linebacker Craig
“I like challenges, so it will
gently throughout the summer.
be a pretty neat challenge for us
“We had practice every mornDedicated players like Molina,
to get to the playoffs out of our
ing in the summer,” said junior
who is known to score many of
region,” said Coach Jones. “We
wide receiver, Matthew Vallejo.
Red Mountain’s touchdowns,
are going to make a positive out
“It started at 5:30 a.m.”
wouldn’t be nearly as successful
of it.”
The players on this team are
without a prestigious line.
the same ones who completed a
“You know the guys that don’t
perfect 9-0 season in 2008. Beget any attention, any notoriety,
cause of this, they are expected to
are our linemen, and this could be
dominate in the future.
one of our best lines we’ve ever
“Last year’s season just made
had,” said Coach Jones.
me, as an individual, want to do
Though football has it definite
better than last year’s team, beperks, senior Joseph Hoff expecause we are better than last year’s
rienced the ultimate tragedy of
team,” said Sare.
contact sports when he blew out
Though they suffered a
his left knee.
loss to Show Low’s varSeniors Derek Molina, Craig Frum, and junior
“Joe has practiced all his life
team, they came
Kyle Guanell work to bring down Westwood’s
for his senior year, and he got that
back with a strong win against
taken away from him when he
Gilbert’s junior varsity.
hurt his knee,” said Coach Jones.
“We felt discour“If anything ever drives me out of
because we knew
By Shelby Lewis
this sport, it would be seeing my
what we did
players, 16-17-year-old men, get
said junior
The junior and junior varsity
hurt like that.”
football teams are the future of
This year’s team is as strong
Red Mountain’s football success.
and determined as
won the
Both teams
the teams in the
work toward
previous years,
Fortunately, these boys have a
victory the
but their road to
side. Many of them believe
Every game starts @ 7 p.m.
minute they step
success may be a
that, in their mind,
onto any field.
@ Chandler
little tougher. This Oct.
“[My motiyear Red Mountain
“I always have to wear two
is] havCentennial (HOME)
has been placed in Oct.
of socks, black ones,” said
ing the potential
the Fiesta Region,
to be a better
@ Hamilton
a region that is
With this season’s junior footplayer,” said
made up of the top Nov.
team having a perfect record
Desert Vista (HOME)
junior fullback,
schools, such as
Red Mountain’s junior
Dalton Sare.
Hamilton, Brophy,
is looking to repeat
Playoffs begin Nov. 13
Much like
Chandler, Desert
have defeated
varsity, the
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every team they’ve played, with
wins over Corona, Mountain
View, and Marcos De Niza.
“We are trying to repeat the
record from last year,” said sophomore quarterback, Justin Biscoe.
“Also, we want to keep the tradition and let people know what Red
Mountain is about.”
Even outside of school, the
junior varsity team is always looking to improve their skills.
“On Saturday, I sometimes do
conditioning with some other receivers, and I also do extra lifting
in the weight room on weekends,”
said sophomore wide receiver,
Ryan Rash.
Being new to Red Mountain,
the junior varsity players have
taken on a huge responsibility for
their school. The coaches make
sure they are ready for the challenge.
“They [Red Mountain
football coaches] break down everything to make it fit. It’s just so
technical what they have us do,”
said Biscoe.
As the team looks to dominate
on the field, tensions and emotions
can run high.
“We don’t control our emotions,” said sophomore linebacker,
Khaled Holman. “We just let it all
out on the other team.”
For games, times and location,
check out the rest of junior and
junior varsity’s football schedule
at http://www2.mpsaz.org/rmhs/
Fall 2009
Cross country runs away with gold
By Taylor Houts
Staff writer
Being in cross country is more than just
having God-given talent or skill. It’s even
more than just being “in shape.” It’s all about
improving, even when you think there is no
more room to do so. The Red Mountain girls
cross country team already has their minds set
to dominate this year. Even with this being
Coach Wood’s first year coaching girls cross
country, he has high hopes.
“Being my first year, I think we have a
chance of being pretty good,” said Coach
Wood. “With that being said, I don’t know
how good the other teams are. We are in a
very tough region with this sport so the bar has
been raised a lot, but we’re just going to have
By Shelby Madson
Staff writer
As a new school year begins, students
look to make new friends, new goals and new
memories. The boys on the cross country team
already have a head start. Aside from running
many miles every day and getting into shape,
they are setting new goals for themselves to
grow and improve as runners. With a young
team and two seniors leading the way, the team
is ready to give it their all and help Red Mountain stand out in the new region.
Coach Thomas’ shoes are laced up and
ready to go for the upcoming season. With the
future in mind, Thomas wants to be one top at
“We want to be top three in the state,”
Coach Thomas said.
With high hopes, the cross country runners
are training every day, six days a week, sometimes even twice a day.
“[We practice] mornings occasionally at 6
a.m. and afternoons until 4 p.m.,” said Thomas.
The cross country team does a number of
activities to get ready for their upcoming season. They perform recovery runs, speed work
and hundred repeats. They even lift weights.
“We run to Shepherd to use their pool,” said
Coach Thomas.
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to run good every time.”
It takes more than being a good runner to
excel at cross country.
“Dedication, meaning we have to practice
every day, which kills me how kids today want
to be in a sport but can’t make the commitment to be there every day,” said Coach Wood.
“That’s half the battle.”
Cross country takes skill and heart to
perform. This sport has many benefits for you
later down the road.
“People probably think cross country is not
as important as football, and I understand that.
Football will have more fans, but for some
people running is their passion,” said Coach
Wood. “It’s a lifetime sport. You get into the
habit of running now, and it’s a good thing to
have when you’re older.”
Many girls do cross country to be in shape
for their upcoming sport, but there are a few
that do it because it is what they enjoy doing.
Junior Olivia Mora is trying out cross country
for the first time this year.
“I like it when I get that runner’s high and
run better than I ever thought I could,” said
Mora. “Plus, it’s very social, so I get to make
new friends.”
Cross country is a sport where changing the
way you do things is critical.
“I like to see small changes that can be
made and be constantly improved, and in cross
country, you can do so. There’s a lot of room
for improving mentally and physically,” said
Coach Wood.
Cross country is not like other sports. You
don’t just have a routine that everyone does
to warm up; it’s more like whatever gets you
physically ready to race.
“I focus on where I’m going to run and how
I will pace myself. Mostly I always try to stay
positive regardless of the heat or difficulty,”
said Mora.
The girls cross country team pushes forward
in what hopes to be a successful year.
Senior Erik Lindahl is one of Red MounAustin Causey, and Caleb Frazee all ran a great
tains top runners this year and is now facing a
new region along with his teammates.
“The race was incredibly hard,” said Kuhn.
“[Our biggest competition] would either be
“It was non-stop rolling hills, but thanks to
Desert Vista or Brophy,” said Lindahl. “Both
Caleb and Austin, they kept me moving.”
[teams] are looking pretty tough this year.”
Finishing strong is always a great approach
With their first meet approaching soon, the
to running a great race.
boys are training hard to be successful.
“On the last 200 meters I saw my chance to
“Dedication [and] hard work,” said Coach
get ahead so I sprinted,” Kuhn says. “I came
Thomas. “[We’re]
in first for the junior varsity team and
not only running
thirteenth place out of 342 people.”
miles in the heat,
Coach Thomas works hard to help
[but you also have
his athletes reach their full potential.
to] change your diet,
He doesn’t just coach cross country;
hydrate [and] sleep
he was a part of his college team
well in order to be
until his knee stopped him.
“I was good at it, and so I fell in
Cross country’s
love with it,” Coach Thomas said.
hard work and dediRunning cross country isn’t just
cation is all worth it.
about running miles and staying in
Saturday Oct. 19,
2009 the team had an
“It requires drive and self deamazing showing at
termination,” said Coach Thomas.
the elite invite. They
“You can really take what you learn
finished in the top
in cross country and apply it in life,
10 out of 30 schools.
as hard as you work, the better you
senior Russell York
are going to do at something.”
finished ninth overall.
The boys on the cross country
The junior varteam work everyday and stay fosity boys took second
cused on their goals. They don’t let
place in what proved
the heat get to them.
to be a great team
“It takes a little bit of insanity to
Senior Eric Lindahl races to the finish
effort. Ryan Kuhn,
runner,” says Coach Thomas.
during one of Red Mountain’s meets.
By Amanda Szpakowski
Staff writer
With this being Coach Bonewell’s final year coaching the Red
Mountain Spiritline, emotions are
“I could almost come to tears,”
said Coach Bonewell. “This is
my last year, and I cried when
they were practicing their choreography routine that they had
just learned and were showing
it to their parents. I’m just so
proud of where they have come.
Now they’re fifth in state and on
their way to getting better. It just
makes me so proud.”
Coach Bonewell will be given
a glorious farewell by the amount
of talent projected by this year’s
team. They have been working
hard since March, and it shows.
Varsity captains this year are Abbie Howland, Kelli Williams and
Alixandra Meeker. Junior varsity
five-man team that specializes
in only stunting. They will have
other teams consisting of varsity
and junior varsity cheer as well as
captains are Bethanie Boczar,
varsity pom, which also consist of
Elizabeth Davidson and Caeleigh
dangerous tasks cheerleaders are
not often given credit for.
“The girls decide on the cap“Five-man is when the girls do
tains, and they work really well
nothing but stunt for a minute and
together. The captains kind of run
a half, so they do all the coolest
the show,” said Bonewell. “The
tricks,” said Coach Bonewell.
girls just work well as a team.”
While the sport of cheerleading
Although the cheerleaders have has retained its sense of glamour,
not yet competed in any competiknee braces and ice bags affixed
tions this year, they have many
to ankles and wrists have become
assets as common as mascara.
“The goal is really specific;
With more advanced stunts,
beat our competition
comes more serious injulevel,” said Coach Boneries, and the Red Mountain
well. “Maybe bring home
cheerleaders have already
first place, but definitely a
experienced many far from
third, not a fifth. We are
dainty injuries.
stepping up our A-games.”
“They’re not cliché,
The Red Mountain
everyone sees them as these
Spiritline plans to particilittle bratty stupid girls who
pate in different competiare only into looks, but these
tions, some displaying
girls can get rough,” said
more risks than ever
Coach Bonewell. “They get
before. They are kicking
beat up. They’re athletes,
off the year with a new
they really are. Since last
year, we had a rib cage separated,
broken noses and eyelashes ripped
out, bumps and bruises of course,
rolled ankles, sprained wrists, torn
up shoulders and two blown out
knees. It’s rough.”
For years, Spiritline stood
by safe and smiling, on game
sidelines, but today’s cheerleaders,
who perform tricks once reserved
for trapeze artists, are at a much
greater risk than assumed by most.
Although, an upcoming event
for the cheerleaders promises
good, safe, fun for these newfound
daredevils. On Oct. 2, 2009 any
young children who aspire to be
future Red Mountain cheerleaders
will have the opportunity to cheer
alongside our Spiritline at the varsity football game vs. Brophy at
Red Mountain High School. The
cost is $25 for these “little lions”
to participate, and the clinic will
be from 6-8p.m. on Wednesday,
September 30.
The Red Mountain Spiritline
has a full schedule this year, but
has just the dedication and talent
necessary for a successful season.
Girls volleyball serves up wins
By Taylor Houts, Shelby Madson
Staff writers
Being on a team can be tough, and working together as a team can be even harder, but
for the Red Mountain’s girls volleyball team,
this is no challenge. The Red Mountain girls
volleyball members have been practicing long
and hard in hopes of an extremely successful
season and are physically and mentally preparing for anything this year. The girls are off
to a good start with four wins and continue to
beat out their competitor’s one at a time.
The varsity team recently participated in
the Nike Tournament and came out with great
“The Nike Tournament just took place, it
was hosted by Chandler. California, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona were
all there,” said Coach Hathcock. “We ended
up taking the bronze division championship.”
The volleyball team represented Red Mountain well by placing first in bronze.
“[The tournament] was really good,” said
junior Kaylee Holt. “We shaped up really
good on the last day. We kicked butt.”
With a new region, the girls on the Red
Mountain volleyball team have a lot of difficult
competition. However, this is no threat to the
powerful Mountain Lions.
“We’re [high] in the power ranking, and
we’re seventh in state, so they’re doing very
well,” said Coach Hathcock. “Our goal is to
be in the top 10 by the end of the season and
take home the state finals.”
The volleyball started perfecting their skills
as early as this summer to make sure they were
ready for the competition.
“We started [practicing] in about July, and
we continued until now,” said Coach Hathcock.
Playing a sport requires dedication and
heart to overcome great challenges that occur
over the season.
“[Volleyball] takes a lot of determination, a
lot of practice, a good drive and good teamwork,” said Hathcock.
Volleyball is more than just a game; it can
be a way of life. It can teach an individual
more than how to serve and spike a ball. It is
an example of commitment and time manageRoar Magazine
“They’re going to learn lessons here that
they carry on with them the rest of their lives,”
Coach Hathcock said.
Red Mountain’s volleyball team is made
up of beginners but also girls that have been
involved with it most of their life. Senior Kaitlyn Chartier has had a passion for volleyball
for quite some time now.
“I have been playing volleyball for about
seven years,” said Chartier.
Friends and family have a huge impact on
an athlete when it comes time for support.
Senior Ashley Farmer appreciates the support
from her family.
“My dad [supports me the most],” said
Farmer. “He can make it to most of my games,
and he used to play sports in high school, so he
knows how it is.”
The girls volleyball team is in the ready position to dive into a successful season this year.
There are a few games left until the state semifinals and fans are encouraged to come out and
support the Lady Lions volleyball team.
Fall 2009
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