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R oar Magazine Helping out for the holidays Adopt-a-Family Winter 2009 Vol. 22 Issue 2 Roar Magazine Roar Magazine Readers, PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ PHOTO BY VALERIE As Arizona residents, many NUNEZ of us have been waiting months for the weather to finally cool, so we can don our comfy jackets and celebrate the holidays. As much as I love relaxing in the sun during summer, there is always some magical quality about winter. PHOTO BY LORRAINE LONGHI Maybe it’s extra time spent with Jun family and friends during Winter lookior Steven Mortlock and senior Joel Blood cool outside of the 300 building. Break or being able to bundle up and sip hot chocolate. Whatever positive feelings I may be feeling during this PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ time, it’s important to keep in mind those less fortunate. For every happy family eating a luxurious holiday dinner together, there is another that is not so lucky. They may be without jackets, blankets, food, a home. There may be someone without a loving family to spend time with, or a child with no gifts to open on Christmas morning. People experience these struggles every single day of the year, but it’s especially important to give back during this season, which tends to be about gift-receiving. Examples of students and staff giving back are abundant around Red Mountain. We have our annual Canned Food Drive, junior Shelby Senior Carissa Ferguson and and classes can participate ta.” “gangs in Adopt-A-Family. There Lewis try to be is also Meals On Wheels, a program that delivers meals to the elderly. There are countless more options for helping people out, but it’s up to you to do something about it. Sincerely, Valerie Nunez Editor in Chief PHOTO BY Mrs. Saquella will only be photographed if chocolate is involved. PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ VALERIE NUNE Z Senior Taylor Ho uts and junior Sh elby Madson enjoy co llaborating on art icles. PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ ity wski, sophomore Seren Senior Amanda Szpako a pose for Roar ke stri n rso Tho gan Seniors Alexis Green and Lorraine Longhi and junior Lane and senior Me write for. Danielle Grobmeier appreciate vending machines. Magazine, which they 2 Winter 2009 Roar Magazine R oar Magazine Vol. 22 Issue 2 Principal: Dr. Slemmer Adviser: Jan Saquella Editor-In-Chief: Valerie Nunez Editors: Shelby Lewis, Megan Thorson Photo Editor: Alexis Green Staff: Joel Blood, Carissa Ferguson, Danielle Grobmeier, Taylor Houts, Serenity Lane, Lorraine Longhi, Shelby Madson, Steven Mortlock, Amanda Szpakowski Cover photo by: Valerie Nunez Roar Magazine is a publication of : Red Mountain High School 7301 E. Brown Rd. Mesa AZ 85207 For information concerning advertising, call (480) 472-8228 and leave a message for the magazine staff. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the view or official policies of the school. Roar Magazine encourages letters to the editor on any topics of interest to the student body. All letters must be signed and may be edited for grammar and space. For more articles by Red Mountain’s Journalistic Writing class, visit our website at www2. mpsaz.org or www2.mpsaz.org/ rmhs/staff/jxsaquella/class3/ journalistic_writing_news_ feed/ or www2.mpsaz.org/ rmhs. Contents News Feature 15 Meals on Wheels 16 Spanish Club From the cover 4&5 Another holiday service project for students to participate in Adopt-A-Family Canned Food Drive Find out what this club did for Dia De Los Muertos PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ 7 PHOTO BY MR. WALSH Just dance A&E Get all the details on the dance concert, in case you missed it. 9 Yay, hot dogs 10 Yearbook wins FFA’s Hot Dog Days are finally back! See which spread from last year won an award. HOSA What is HOSA? Find out now! PHOTO BY ALEXANDER COLEMAN 18 Caroling 19 Invisible Children Concert 20 London Caught Fire PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILY NISSEN PHOTO BY LAURA FREAR Opinion 11 Wikipedia Could the popular online source be reliable? 14 The “C” word Is “Merry Christmas” really so bad? Safety first Stay safe this holiday season PHOTO COURTESY OF AWALL PHOTOGRAPHY Corrections from Issue 1: 17 From “Tailgate” on page 4, Kelsey Meeks is a senior, not a junior. From “Who’s doing what?” on page 4, Invisible Children did darts and balloons, not water balloons, along with a ring toss and Rockband and Guitar Hero. From “Coffee House” on page 7 and “H.O.M.E.” on page 12, senior Cory Hernandez, not Corey. RM’s choir carolers are back again this winter season The annual fundraising concert was a success this year No, the city isn’t burning to the ground; it’s Red Mountain’s newest band Sports 22 Sports Medicine 21 Wrestling 23 Girls Golf Learn about the class that helps our athletes They’re off to a good start this season Can the girls make it to state this year? 23 Boys Golf Congrats to the boys for taking fourth in state PHOTO COURTESY OF YEARBOOK Roar Magazine Winter 2009 3 News Another successful PHOTO BY MR. WALSH Canned Food Drive Block students competed with Kuss’ students to bring in the most cans for the canned food drive. By Danielle Grobmeier This fall included a variety of service-related activities, including Student Council’s annual holiday canned food drive. The drive specifically targeted families who are financially unable to feed themselves for the holidays and allowed students to give food to those who are less fortunate. The canned food drive consisted mainly of open competition between the homerooms, all of which were attempting to contribute the most cans to the drive. “The students bring in cans to their homerooms, and then [the cans are] collected and put in boxes in the auditorium,” said senior Daniel Horner, student body vice president. “Then the boxes are picked up by the United Food Bank and distributed however they see fit.” Though the competition can be tough, the reward provided to the homeroom that collects the most cans is well worth it. “The top three homerooms that bring in the most cans get a pizza party or a doughnut party,” said junior Jessica Hartman, Student Council service commissioner. “That’s not including Kuss or Block, they have their own competition. If they bring in more than 4,000 cans they get a pizza party.” Not only were Red Mountain students able to partake in the competition, but they received an experience with volunteer service that allows them to aid their community. PHOTO BY MR. WALSH Mr. Kuss’ homeroom succeeded in donating the most cans to the food drive. 4 Winter 2009 “[The canned food drive] is really good for the community, because it gets food out there and helps people that can’t afford it,” said senior Alexis Bramhall, student body president. “There’s something about giving that’s really rewarding, and when you do give back without having any ulterior motives, it’s great.” Red Mountain students reached out to many families by participating in the canned food drive and giving back to their community. “It’s for such a great cause,” said Bramhall. When families can’t afford food, it’s a good way to help them out.” Roar Magazine News Adopt-A-Family Bringing happiness to everyone PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ Mrs. Dilbeck, the Student Council co-advisor. “There are families who we have helped when the older siblings were here eight years ago, and now the younger brothers or sisters are going through.” PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ But what is Adopt-AFamily and how does it help By Serenity Lane those in need? It is that time of the year again for “Adopt-A-Family is one fundraising to help the needy of our of Red Mountain Student community. One of the longest standing Council’s service projects, projects is Adopt-A-Family. Groups such as but it’s also something the PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ Orchestra, Drama, Band, Youth Alive, Best whole school does,” says Seniors Madeline Cypert, Emily West, and Gina Nicoletti sorted items for Adopt-A-Family. Buddies, Block, study hall, NHS, baseball, Mrs. Dilbeck. “We buy and many more have all contributed to the items for children of families It is a really good cause for those looking Adopt-A-Family project. These groups such as clothes or an item they want. We to help out this holiday season. Student have adopted whole families to purchase try to get families things they need such as Council is looking to start handing out items new and unwrapped items. They have over towels, pots, and pans or maybe a Christmas needed right around Thanksgiving break. If tree.” anybody is interested, they can get a gift tag The focus for with an item that they can buy for a family, this project is on then they can stop by Ms. Gates (237) or providing children Mrs. Dilbeck’s room (242). with items they “Each tag is only one item, so it is an need and want. affordable option for everyone. We request “Each child gets that the items are new, unwrapped and shoes, two shirts, returned to the room. Student Council will a jacket, jeans and then wrap the items and deliver them to the a few fun items,” families for the holidays,” said Ms. Gates. said Ms. Gates, the The efforts for the Adopt-A-Family all Student Council co- go to help our community. advisor. “[The people helped] are families at Student Council Red Mountain or families in Mesa. In the finds local families past, we have helped families in Chandler who need their holi- or Phoenix, but because the economy is so days brightened. bad and there are a lot more needy people, “Usually we we’re trying to focus on Mesa,” said Mrs. go to the nurses Dilbeck. “Last year we raised clothes and of surrounding toys and other items for 65 kids, and this elementary schools year we’re looking at about 75.” Senior Gina Nicoletti helped with the Adopt-A-Family program. and the nurse here. Student Council appreciates all students School nurses know who contributed to this important project. 150 kids to take care of this year. the neediest families. We also get informaFor more information on helping out Adopt“This has probably been going back as tion from teachers here at school as to who A-Family, see Mrs. Dilbeck in room 242 or far as the school has been opened,” says needs help, said Mrs. Dilbeck. Ms. Gates in room 237. 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FFA Red Mountain FFA students made and installed garden boxes for the students at Salk Elementary School on Oct. 6 and 7. Members of the Red Mountain FFA Chapter were one of 46 teams participating in the 2009 National FFA Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) on Oct. 21-24. All the team members; Julio Rivera, Tori Payne, Brandon Walker, and Jesus Lopez received bronze medals and were awarded a bronze award for the team overall. At the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 20-25, Red Mountain’s FFA received national recognition as a 2-star chapter. The Florticulture team, which consisted of senior Ashley Meyer, junior Holly Bennett and senior Laura Frear, earned a Silver Award. Meyer and Clark received individual silver medals while Bennett and Frear earned bronze medals. Do you have.. Dance fever? By Valerie Nunez Year after year, Red Mountain has been blown away by the dance concert, and this year is no different. The concert, titled “When in Doubt, Dance It Out,” was performed Dec. 3-5 in the auditorium. With a positive image and good teamwork, the dance classes came together to create entertainment for students, staff and parents. “The groups of girls that I have this year are so much more compatible with each other [than in previous years],” said Ms. Fox, who has taught dance at Red Mountain since 1991. “It’s more of a family. I’m really proud of the way we’re working this year.” While the beginning and intermediate classes’ dances are choreographed by Ms. Fox, the higher level classes have a little more leeway with creating their own dances. Advanced dance is partially choreographed by Ms. Fox with the rest by the students. Dance Production, which includes Dance Force, Red Mountain’s elite dance company, choreographs all on their own. “[Senior] Crista Procopio’s Requiem is my favorite dance, because it’s really powerful and when I’m done dancing I want to go fight crime,” said senior Sarah Sakai, who is in Advanced dance. All of the classes worked very hard to put this concert together. Unfortunately, in the past audiences sometimes took offense to the dancers’ costumes and dances, but Ms. Fox has her own method of making sure the concert stays school appropriate. “On the first dress rehearsal, I have a parent review board and there’s usually about seven parents that come on the dress rehearsal night. They’ll see all the different dances with the music and Run, Walk, and Roll By Amanda Szpakowski Mesa Association for Disabled Sports (MASD) is having their first annual 5/10 K Run, Walk and Roll at the Tempe Town Lake Beach Park on Saturday, January 9, to raise money for the disabled sports programs throughout the valley. In the upcoming Run, Rock and Roll PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTSILLUSTRATED.CNN.COM Sara Rosati, 9, sprinted to a gold medal in the 25meter dash at the Summer Games in New Jersey. event, the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled is seeking out high school clubs and groups that would be willing to participate in the fundraiser by sponsoring Special Olympic athletes. “I know there is a lot of demands put on clubs to sponsor various organizations,” said Gregg Baumgarten, the principal of SHARP school. “But, this would be a great opportunity to sponsor a group that impacts kids at every school in MPS.” Special Olympics hopes to recognize high school clubs that garner the most participants, raise the most funds and other recognitions. Just like the Special Olympics slogan depicts, “Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt,” Red Mountain students have a tremendous opportunity to help those who cannot always help themselves. The sports programs have grown tremendously over the last 25 years and now include almost 1,000 participants involved in year round Special Olympics. Roar Magazine News the costumes,” said Ms. Fox. “Out of the four years I’ve been doing that, I’ve never had any problems.” The dance concert, a night of entertainment for Red Mountain, came after hours of practice for the dance groups. “The one thing I consistently try to demonstrate through teaching is that if you respect yourself and you respect others, you will get respect in return and you get results that way,” said Ms. Fox. “High expectations, high output.” “Disabilities are yet another manifestation of global diversity,” said SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations. “Let us always be committed to the fundamental principles of dignity and equality for all human beings.” Special Olympics provides the disabled with a variety of activities from wheelchair basketball, power soccer and quad rugby, to wheelchair track and field and many other sports events. The athletes in the program take their sport very seriously and ask for your support, not pity. “A rewarding life is filled with challenge, so don’t pity me. Give me a chance,” said Special Olympics athlete, Thomas Gatu. More information on this event is available at www.mesadisabledsports.com or www.runwalkrollaz.com or by contacting Lane Jeppensen, executive director of MASD. This is a great chance for Red Mountain’s clubs to get involved and help those who strive to do what comes so easy to the rest. Winter 2009 7 News Prevent H1N1 A Nobel Peace Prize for Follow these tips from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help prevent getting the H1N1 virus (swine flu). Obama PHOTO COURTESY OF MSNBC.COM President Obama is the third leading American Democrat to win the Nobel Peace Barack Obama is one of the nation’s Prize this decade. The last sitting United youngest presidents and has made history States president to win the peace prize was by becoming the first African-American Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Woodrow Wilpresident. He was recently awarded the son won in 1919 and Jimmy Carter in 2002. Nobel Peace Prize nine months into his Many are pleased with Obama winning presidency for his “extraordinary efforts the award. to strengthen international diplomacy and “Obama, as president, created a new cooperation between people.” climate in international politics,” the Nobel Nominations for the prize had to be Peace Prize Committee wrote. postmarked by Feb. 1, only 12 days after People say that Obama winning the NoObama took office. The Nobel Peace Prize bel Peace Prize is ironic due to the fact that committee sent out its petition for nominahe has not accomplished anything tions last September, two “Obama, as yet. Some students here at Red months before Obama was Mountain also have negative elected president. president, opinions on Obama winning the Americans are asking, award. created a new “What has President Obama “I’m against Obama winning climate in really accomplished?” the Nobel Peace Prize, because he President Obama’s only real international hasn’t done anything. He’s only accomplishment so far has politics,” the promoted peace,” said sophomore been to change the direction Casey Jaber. “If he actually did and tone of American foreign Nobel Peace create peace and all that other policy from one-sided to stuff you win it for, then I’d be Prize many-sided. So, should he fine with it, but he hasn’t accomCommittee have won this award? plished anything. That’s why I’m “Republicans say that wrote. against it.” Obama won this award more Other students on Red Mounfor his ‘star power’ than his actual achievetain’s campus share the same opinion. ments,” said Walter Gibbs, of The New “I’m against it as well, because he actuYork. ally needs to do something. I mean, yes, One the other hand, major Obama suphe can say ‘I’m for peace,’ but that doesn’t porters, celebrate. warrant him winning the Nobel Peace “I am for Obama winning the Nobel Prize,” said junior Colton Lauer. Peace Prize, because he has helped people You can argue the point both ways, but get their jobs back,” said sophomore Patrick what already happened cannot be changed. Montegrosso. “He’s also the first black By Taylor Houts president, that’s something to be proud of.” 8 Winter 2009 Roar Magazine The main route of transmission of the new influenza A(H1N1) virus seems to be similar to seasonal influenza, via droplets that are expelled by speaking, sneezing or coughing. You can prevent getting infected by avoiding close contact with people who show influenza-like symptoms (trying to maintain a distance of about 1 metre if possible) and taking the following measures: • Avoid touching your mouth and nose. • Clean hands thoroughly with soap and water, or cleanse them with an alcohol-based hand rub on a regular basis. • Avoid close contact with people who might be ill. • Reduce the time spent in crowded settings if possible. • Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active. If you feel unwell, have high fever, cough or sore throat: • Stay at home and keep away from work, school or crowds. • Rest and take plenty of fluids. • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and, if using tissues, make sure you dispose of them carefully. • Inform family and friends about your illness and try to avoid contact with other people. For more information on the H1N1 virus, contact Red Mountain’s nurse or a healthcare professional. FFA grills up a good time Opinion Hot Dog Days have begun Gless, the AgriScience teacher, students enrolled in the FFA For 20 years, Red Mounprogram set up tables in the Agtain’s FFA has been hosting ricultural building and sell hot Hot Dog Days and feeding dogs, chips, and drinks for an hungry students. Started by Mr. affordable price. Hot Dog Days are held in the Ag building from first through fifth hour. Hot dogs cost $1 and chips and drinks cost 50 cents. “Part of Ag is that we teach the kids about food science,” said FFA advisor Mr. Sorenson. “This is one way that they can apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-life setting.” Hot Dog Days are a treat for Red Mountain, as they only occur three or four times a year. PHOTO BY LAURA FREAR Senior Jenna Schulte served Ms. Holcombe a “We like to do it on By Lorraine Longhi plate full of fun. early release days when a lot of the kids aren’t going to get lunch during the day, because they leave,” said Mr. Sorenson. However, students can enjoy these delicious hot dogs on days other PHOTO BY LAURA FREAR than early release. Junior Holly Bennett, senior Kassi Williamson and se“Our big one is nior Alissa Rivenburgh are ready to grill up some the auto show,” said excitment for Hot Dog Days. Mr. Sorenson. “We are allowed to handle food. sell hot dogs while “Usually we pull from kids everyone is outside looking at who have food handlers cards to cars.” handle the food, and the officers All of the money earned can help work with not handling from selling hot dogs is depositthe food,” said Sorenson. ed in the school’s FFA account. Hot Dog Days are popular “We use [the account] for with students across campus and different trips that we go on and hope that it continues. different activities throughout “It’s fun more than anythe year,” said Mr. Sorenson. thing,” said Sorenson. “People Students enrolled in FFA are from around campus can come allowed to work, but only a few out and enjoy a hot dog.” Silent Solidarity: supporting pro-life By Alexis Green On Tuesday, Oct. 20, you might have seen various students around campus wearing red armbands and refusing to talk. These students were participating in Silent Solidarity, a day in which those who support pro-life express their opinion on the matter. The event was hosted by Youth Alive, a Christian club at Red Mountain. “We decided to take part in [Silent Solidarity] because we believe pro-life is morally right,” said junior Nicholas Derry. “Youth Alive allows Christians to share fellowship with each other and support each other.” Silent Solidarity began at PHOTO BY LORRAINE LONGHI Junior Amber McGertt and junior Addriana Castaway showed their support for pro-life Red Mountain when the club president, Nicholas Derry, came across a website describing how to get involved with pro-life awareness. “We just want to spread the word,” said junior Addriana Castaway, vice president of Youth Alive. All participants in the event wore red armbands and wore red shirts that read “pro-life.” In addition, many of the participants agreed to stay silent the entire day. “We stay silent in order to honor those who never got a chance to use their voice,” said Roar Magazine Derry. If you missed your chance to participate in this event, there are other ways you can support pro-life by talking to a Youth Alive member. “We have a lot of information on how to get involved,” said Castaway. If you would like to join the club, talk to either Nicholas Derry, Adrianna Castaway, or Ms. Hombach for further information in room 274. Meetings are in room 274 every Friday during lunch. Winter 2009 9 News RM will not forget the Johnsons Yearbook wins big By Megan Thorson By Valerie Nunez After Nate’s death, the family pulled through, thanks to For years, Red Mountain the strength they found in one and the surrounding commuanother and from community nity have been impacted by the support. works of one family—the John“They were much more sons. Around Red Mountain, appreciative of life,” said Mr. staff and students know Dani Karatinos. and Ken for their work with the Nate and Royce Johnson school, where Dani worked as both participated in Red Mounthe student store (Catty Shack) tain’s wrestling program, so manager after Nate’s and Ken death, the works as the wrestling equipment team manager. started a “Dani scholarneeded a ship in his job that was name. around kids, “[The because she Nate was so good Johnson with kids,” Memorial said teacher Scholarship Mr. Karatiwas] started nos, who has by the PHOTO COURTESY OF YEARBOOK known the wrestling Royce Johnson was Homecoming King family for his senior year at Red Mountain. program many years. to honor “The Catty students that showed academic Shack was one of those jobs that excellence, citizenship and satisfied her needs.” strong spirit—the characteristics However, this much-loved that Nate emulated,” said Mr. family has been plagued with Karatinos. tragedy. In 1990, their oldest There is no doubt that the son Nate was killed in a car Johnsons have greatly affected accident on the way to school. Red Mountain over the years. Dani was diagnosed with breast “The Johnsons were always cancer in 2006, and passed a giving, generous, upstandaway early September of this ing family, successful, yet very year. Now Ken has started his humble,” said Mr. DiDomenico, own battle with cancer. who knows the family through “He had a tumor in his throat working with Ken at the Arizothat turned out to be cancerous,” na Boys Ranch in the early 90s. said Ms. DeAnda, who knows “They cared for everyone, and the family through their work at took everyone into their home. Red Mountain. “He’s still the The community, of course when equipment manager, but it’s on you lose someone like that, a very part time basis.” misses them.” Married for over 30 years, Dani and Ken had three children, Jenny, Nate and Royce. 10 Winter 2009 Being on the yearbook crew at Red Mountain High School doesn’t only mean countless hours of hard work, being at every event that goes on at school, and staying after school to do layout, it means winning awards. “I won second place in the national Josten’s 2008-2009 Yeartech Online Yearbook Spread Contest for my fashion spread,” said Michael Bryce, a former Red Mountain student. “ I won a brand new iTouch 16 gig.” The entire yearbook class put their ideas into the page and helped out. “Robert Ranes, our Photoshop master, helped me with the cut outs and pulled my whole smoke idea together. Mrs. Saquella, our advisor, also edited the pages a ton for me. I couldn’t have done it without Portraits By Reg photographers who helped us with our shoot,” said Bryce. The yearbook staff plans the yearbook layout and theme the year before the book comes out. “Since the beginning of the year, we had huge plans in mind for the fashion spread. When I was given the page to work on, I wanted it to have something different about it that set it apart from the rest of the book but still went along with the theme,” said Bryce. “I thought of our smoke background idea one day when I was working with Robert and thought it would look so cool if it looked like the page had come out of smoke, like old-timey flashes when you took a picture with an old camera.” Pictures were taken all over Red Mountain’s campus. “We took the pictures around our campus at locations that we thought weren’t necessarily known to the students,” said Bryce. This award is a milestone for the Red Mountain yearbook staff. “I don’t know of any past yearbook awards. This is a huge accomplishment for the yearbook staff,” said Mrs. Saquella. If you want to join yearbook, talk to Ms. Saquella in room 313. Roar Magazine Opinion Is really so bad? By Shelby Madson Google can easily be considered the number one search engine used around the world. When you Google something, most of the time Wikipedia is in the top five links. With over three million articles available in 48 languages, Wikipedia has a vast knowledge of anything from historical figures to favorite bands. Despite its huge popularity, its reliability is controversial. Yes, anyone can add or change information on any topic on Wikipedia. Users can even create new articles for topics that have yet to be explored. Many people claim that information posted on the site is not reliable, and I disagree. People should have the opportunity to change and add their knowledge on a subject for the whole world to see. Without people who know more than us, we would never gain new knowledge. In the case that someone has nothing better to do than to post something false in an article, the site is monitored. False facts are removed. People who have read articles on Wikipedia may have seen [need citation] at the end of a sentence. This flashing neon sign alerts readers that information may not be accurate. A number may follow the statements that are not followed by this “sign;” this number corresponds to a link at the bottom of the article. If you still aren’t convinced that Wikipedia is completely reliable, a reader can click on the links and read the same facts on a different site. Reading material on Wikipedia is the same as reading it on any other Internet site. Workers on a site can change anything in their articles just like people can go in and change something on Wikipedia. PHOTO BY TAYLOR HOUTS Senior Austin Houts is one of many Red Mountain students who uses Wikipedia for information. Senior Kelsey Meeks uses Wikipedia’s sources to do her research. “I use Wikipedia,” said Meeks. “I go to the bottom of the page [to see] the sources and check out the sites the writer used.” Senior Austin Houts has the same opinion. “I use Wikipedia, and I think it is reliable because of the sources listed at the bottom of the page,” said Houts. “Even if someone makes something up, it’s deleted the next day.” When reading information or researching a topic, reliability is always an issue, especially reading information on the Internet. You can never be 100 percent sure if what you’re reading is completely true, or a twist of the truth to get people to read it. Most of the time, the more times you see that information, the more accurate it is. We cannot neglect the fact that the Internet is not only creating boundless opportunities for the world to connect, but is slowly taking over every aspect of our lives as well. Look at all the things that the Internet has changed. E-mail has now taken over communication. Internet is now becoming a part of schools. At Red Mountain, for instance, our parents can now see our grades at any moment throughout the year. The Internet is even supplying jobs; there are many writers and computer experts whose office is in their own home. For this reason, people are going to turn to the Internet when they need information fast. Wikipedia is used in our house and reliability isn’t an issue. With so many users, it protects articles from forming a biased opinion, which is more than we can say about other sources. Don’t be afraid to read articles off of Wikipedia because of reliability. Hard core researchers post information on Wikipedia that you might not have read. There is a reason why Wikipedia has become so popular, and I don’t think it’s because the information isn’t reliable. Next time you feel like Wikipedia is not worthy of the attention, just think about it as any other news site on the Internet. “You can never be 100 percent sure if what you’re reading is completely true, or a twist of the truth to get people to read it.” Roar Magazine WIKIPEDIA LOGO AND HEADER COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA.ORG Winter 2009 11 Opinion By Amanda Szpakowski “A person is a person no matter how small,” this quote by the infamous Dr. Seuss is becoming more and more relevant as the abortion issue intensifies. An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus, resulting in death. Many ill-informed people believe that because the baby has not yet been born, it is not alive. They’re dead wrong. In the earliest stages of pregnancy, 18-25 days, the baby’s heart starts beating. Electrical brainwaves have been recorded as early as 43 days after conception on EEG (electroencephalogram) tests and at only eight weeks the infant will wake and sleep, make a fist, suck his/her thumb and even get hiccups. All of the brain and body systems are present and will function no more than a month later. Along with sensitivity to heat, touch, light and noise, a baby has his/her own unique fingerprint in the first 9-12 weeks. Many teenage girls have made the tough decision to have an abortion and later regretted it. “I didn’t want my life to end; I wasn’t ready, so I had an abortion,” said an anonymous senior student at Red Mountain. “It is something I am going to have to live with for the rest of my life. Looking back on it, that was my baby, it was my job to protect Pro-life ...because everyone deserves a voice. her.” Not only do women suffer from emotional distress and regret later in life, but there are also a long list of side effects that cause more dangerous issues to arise later in life after an abortion. Women who have abortions have a significantly higher chance of getting breast cancer. Breast cancer has risen 50 percent since abortion was legalized in America in 1973. Bowel injury, bladder injury, complications in later pregnancies or an inability to get pregnant again are other abortion risks. Some students, however, recognize the risks of an abortion, as well as the maternal and emotional stance. “I knew my life would change, but I was the only one who could speak for my baby. It wasn’t her fault. It was my decision, and she deserved all the same opportunities I had,” said an anonymous senior Red Mountain student who decided to keep her child. Many argue that if an event such as rape or incest occurs it is morally wrong to force a woman to “re-live” that traumatic event by carrying the child to term, but recent studies indicate less than one percent of abortions are derived from such causes. “I knew my life would change, but I was the only one who could speak for my baby. It wasn’t her fault. It was my decision and she deserved all the same opportunities I had.” 12 Winter 2009 Roar Magazine In today’s society, technology provides for new methods of pregnancy prevention that may work up to a few days after intercourse, leaving no room for excuses. These medicines do not terminate a pregnancy, but instead prevent conception. Therefore, there are no arguments that a woman has “no other choice” than abortion. Everyone who supported slavery was free, everyone who supports abortion was born. It’s always the same “they’re not really people”-but we’ve all heard that before. The slaves were lacking someone to speak for them when they could not do so for themselves. We can not change our negligence to stand up for what was right then, but we still have that opportunity in regards to abortion. The unborn babies are lacking one thing, a voice. Without it, who knows how many more abortions may be carried through and how many more lives may be wasted. Be a voice for those whose can’t be heard, but whose spirit is still very much alive. Much like Dr. Seuss and Horton did, it is our turn to save a life, no matter how new, or “how small.” For questions or concerns regarding this issue, see your school counselor. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PROLIFE.COM Opinion ...it’s a woman’s right to choose. Pro-choice By Megan Thorson On January 22, 1973, a historic Supreme Court decision was made overturning a Texas abortion law and making abortion legal in the United States. The Roe v. Wade court decision made it legal for a woman to have an abortion legal as long as it’s in the earlier months of her pregnancy. Abortion has been a controversial issue for hundreds of years. In the U.S., abortion laws began to appear in the 1820s. Today a woman who is pregnant can either terminate her pregnancy (abortion) or choose to give birth to the child. Some people believe that having an abortion is wrong and is murder. But the fact remains, it’s the woman’s choice. For many teenagers, abortion is an option. Teenagers make mistakes daily, and they should have to deal with them and learn from them. Having an abortion is learning from your mistake, not just ignoring it, or trying to avoid it. “Abortion was my only option. I was fifteen. I knew I made a mistake and should have used protection, but I didn’t,” said an anonymous Red Mountain senior. “I learned from my mistake to be more careful. I know I can’t take care of a child any time soon. I just never thought it (pregnancy) would really happen to me.” for nine months as well as deciding what to do with her rapist’s child after she gives birth. If abortion was illegal, the women that are raped or make a stupid decision and have unprotected sex have to live with it for the rest of their life. A woman should have control of her own body. If abortions are made illegal, there would be thousands of women who have “back alley” abortions. This would put A fetus may be alive, but it’s just a part of the women’s body, just like her tonsils or her appendix, which both can be taken out without affecting her health. Being inside something and being a part of something are two different things. Pregnancy will change the woman’s life forever. “When I found out I was pregnant, I was scared to death. I couldn’t tell my parents, and there’s no way I could keep the child,” said an anonymous Red Mountain junior. “I didn’t have any other choice but to have an abortion.” If a woman is raped, why should she have to carry the baby to term? She should not have to remember that horrible time in her life PHOTOS COURTESY OF PROCHOICE.ORG Roar Magazine “I learned from my mistake to be more careful, because I know I can’t take care of a child any time soon. I just never thought it [pregnancy] would really happen to me.” numerous women at risk, and they could die from the procedure that was done at home or done by someone else. They could take it into their own hands and do it themselves, knowing that they could not take care of the child and didn’t want to carry the child to term. Every woman should have the choice of what to do with her body. She should be able to have the choice of having a child or not, especially when it comes to rape or incest. A woman should not have to carry her baby to term if she doesn’t want to. For questions or concerns regarding this issue, see your school counselor. Winter 2009 13 Opinion HOLIDAY GREETINGS How do you wish someone a happy holiday in such a By Valerie Nunez politically correct world? Gone are the days when people could walk around the mall during December and hear or see the words “Merry Christmas” without instant backlash from someone in our politically correct society. Over the past few years, many have noticed, be it with agreement or disgust, that displays stating “Christmas” have been replaced with a generic and inoffensive “holiday.” Let me state right off the bat that I am not a Christian, nor do I practice Judaism, Islam, Paganism, or any other religion for that matter. My family and I celebrate Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I get horribly offended if someone offers up a “Happy Hanukkah.” We all need to face the fact that there are quite a few holiday celebrations, and just because someone wants to wish you a happy one doesn’t mean they are trying to demean your faith or force theirs on you. Retailers have tried to remain secular in their advertising, but it’s a little unnecessary when consumers are looking for a Christmas tree. The holiday season has reached its limit with political correctness when lots selling pine trees state “Holiday trees” instead of “Christmas trees.” Is it really so offensive for people to openly celebrate? However, on the other end of the spectrum is the American Family Association (AFA), a non-profit organization that aims to protect traditional Christian values. The AFA is quick to criticize companies for not using “Christmas” in their holiday advertising, as they did to Costco Wholesale and The Home Depot last year. This holiday ridiculousness could be gone if retailers and consumers alike could find a middle ground, where people of one faith agree not to be offended by the words of another. It’s the holiday season, and we should all be able to celebrate, advertise or shop in peace. Being safe around the holidays Staying aware even around the happiest time of the year. By Amanda Szpakowski At its best, the holidays can be an enchanting time of selflessness, family togetherness, spiritual renewal and harmony. Too often though, the lack of awarness can change what should be a joyful time into a disaster. Naturally, gifts under trees, in cars, and on the arms of frantic mothers are a common theme of the winter season, but now more than any other time crime is at a high. “Close and lock all doors,” said AAA specialist Holly Nelson, a Red Mountain alumni. “This simple measure is added security, yet one that criminals count on you not doing.” Christmas shopping is a consistently hectic time for all. Phone calls, wish lists and the rat race to the limited sales and newest game systems leave many people with cell phones glued to their ears or fingertips fastened to keyboards. This leaves the distracted holiday shopper extremely vulnerable. “Honestly, sometimes it looks like people are so distracted by their phones they might just walk into a wall,” says sophomore Gloria Mann. “On a serious note, it really is unsafe, especially when crossing the street or walking to your car alone.” 14 Winter 2009 Teenagers as a whole have a false sense of comfort in less than desirable situations. Luckily, other precautions may be made to keep a positive outlook and ensure a happy holiday. Park in a well lit area; thieves are less likely to break into a vehicle when they can easily be seen by others. Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle, by simply placing them into the trunk or bringing them along with you, you terminate a criminal’s initiative. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA SZPAKOWSKI A sign on Power Road warns holiday shoppers about recent theft from cars. Other than stealing, household dangers occur around the holidays as well. Christmas trees, cooking, fireplaces and candles all present hazards. Roar Magazine A well-watered, trimmed tree is less likely to catch fire. When placed away from doorways and heat sources, a Christmas tree is easily maintained and adds to the holiday spirit. Distractions are abundant, so be sure to never leave a pot, candle or fireplace unattended. “Safety is really important,” said junior Connor Bearse. “You want to be there for everyone you love and you can’t do that if anything goes wrong.” Aside from Christmas trees and “Deck the Halls” style neighborly competition, the holidays hold many opportunities for disaster. Guns and other harmful items now overpower kid’s holiday wish lists. Just don’t be a Ralphy or “you’ll shoot your eye out, kid,” precautions can be made to make sure you enjoy your gifts and stay out of the hospital. The holidays should be a time of joy and appreciation, but one mishap can turn the season into a disaster. No bubble wrap necessary, just be aware of your surroundings and keep the good times rolling. Taking a few easy precautions, Red Mountain students can expect a rewarding, memorable and stress-free Holiday Break. Feature ! S N O I RMHS HOLIDAY TRADIT By Serenity Lane PHOTO COURTESY OF AWALL PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Leisha Wallace decorating her tree. When it comes to the holidays, every family has different ways of celebrating and bringing joy to their home. Many students have beliefs, which dictate what holidays are to be celebrated in their houses and most have at least one favorite thing about the holiday that they love and enjoy. “My favorite holiday is Christmas because of the whole general feeling.” says sophomore Rachel Schmitzer. Many families like to make the holidays special by bringing friends and relatives together to share the events. “My favorite thing to do during the holiday is spend time with my family that I never get to see,” says junior Cameron Marvin. There are lots of traditions practiced by a number of students during the holiday season, including individuals from foreign countries who are spending this year at Red Mountain as a foreign exchange students. “For the holidays back home in my country of Serbia, I do the normal things, like be with family,” says senior Isidora Meals On Wheels By Alexis Green During the holiday season, many people are enjoying delicious meals with their families and friends. However, there are many seniors that are unable to leave their houses and provide meals for themselves. It is for that reason that Meals On Wheels was born. “Meals on Wheels’ main mission is to provide a nutritious meal to older adults,” said Dan Taylor, president and CEO of East Valley Adult Resources. Meals on Wheels has been serving the community for the past 30 years. They collaborate with a system that identifies people who may qualify for their services and then gives them an assessment. Perisic. Some traditions are based on the location, and that can make it unique and special. “My tradition is going to the beach back home in my country of Brazil with my family for Christmas.” says sophomore Lucas Affonso. Whether your family tradition is having a turkey dinner, decorating your house or exchanging gifts, the fact remains that families become closer when sharing. “The holidays make me feel happy,” says Marvin. “I’m always in a good mood and always smiling.” Cherish and keep these family traditions alive by celebrating your holiday with your family and friends. Remember to have fun, bake cookies, wrap gifts, or set the table for turkey dinner. Do whatever it takes. These are some of the most precious holiday moments you can share with your family and friends. HELPING O UT THE MESA COM MUNITY “If they qualify for meals, we Around the holiday season, put them on a route and begin help is always wanted. If you delivering hot, nutritious meals wish to assist the cause, volunto them five days a week,” said teering is an appreciated option. Taylor. For the holiday season, Meals On Wheels encourages the people in the community to give a $5 donation PHOTO COURTESY OF HTTP://WWW.EVARESOURCES.ORG towards meals for homebound seniors. They accept 16-year-olds and “I definitely think I am going over, though there are a few to donate,” said senior Gideon jobs which require individuals Wagner. “It’s just $5, and it’s a over the age of 18. Volunteers good cause.” can sign up on their website at Roar Magazine www.evadultresources.org. “Volunteering for Meals On Wheels is probably the most eye-opening experience you can have,” said Taylor. East Valley Adult Resources has three commercial kitchens used for their meal delivery services. One is located in downtown Mesa, another in the Red Mountain Active Adult Center, and the last in Apache Junction. “For both home delivered meals and meals we serve on site, we prepare about 1,500 meals a day,” said Taylor. “We serve about 1,300 people every year, which is about 120,000 meals.” Winter 2009 15 Feature EVIT’s hair-raising event By Danielle Grobmeier In December, the East Valley Institute of Technology will be hosting its annual winter hair show. A variety of EVIT students will be working to put the show together, and the cosmetology students will be exhibiting their creative abilities. This event will provide an outlet for the cosmetology students to display what they have been learning. The students will be required to work in teams to produce an appealing “look” involving hair, make-up and ensemble. “My favorite part about last year’s show was seeing how creative the students were,” said Ms. Brabb, an EVIT cosmetology instructor. “Seeing them up on stage was amazing.” Not only do the cosmetology students get the opportunity to show off their newly learned techniques and skills, but they get the chance to use their creativity to make a completely unique style pertaining to their class theme. “[The hair show] is comprised of different decades that people are doing,” said junior Jennifer Kirby, a first-year cosmetology student. “My class is doing the 50s.” Though the first-year cosmetology students will be the only ones participating in the eras theme, the second-year students will be granted creative license to choose their own theme. “The second year [students] don’t really have a theme, we can basically do whatever we want,” said senior Monica Leftwich, a second-year cosmetology student. “My group’s theme is going to be seahorses.” The hair show allows the students to express themselves and gives them a unique experience that won’t soon be forgotten. “I think each student doesn’t realize how much creativity they have in them until they start working on something as a group project and as a team,” said Ms. Brabb. “To see their final project is amazing to the students, and I think it gives them a lot of motivation to keep progressing in their education.” PHOTO BY DANIELLE GROBMEIER Español es divertido By Shelby Lewis The Spanish Club has been a part of Red Mountain’s culture since the school first opened. The club studies the traditions and history of the Hispanic culture. “It was a charter club,” said Spanish Club advisor, Ms. Casillas. “When the school was founded, the club was founded.” Contrary to what most people may think, absolutely anyone with an interest in the Hispanic culture is welcome to join the club. “It’s just a small place to get to know people that are interested in Hispanic culture, and you don’t have to speak Spanish,” said Ms. Casillas. This club has influenced many of the member’s high school lifestyles and also their future plans. “It’s better to be bilingual,” said junior 16 Winter 2009 Spanish is fun! Heather Miller. “I’ll have a better opportunity for a job over someone who isn’t bilingual. Students in the club do a variety of activities to make the club fun and also a success. “The best part about Spanish Club is the way the students work together as a team,” said Ms. Casillas. “We do culture activities, and we raise money together for our functions.” You can find this club appearing at many of the school’s largest functions. “We always do Relay for Life,” said Ms. Casillas. “We’ll also do some fundraisers.” Current members are in charge of creating activities to generate interest in the club. “We ask them to join and tell them how exciting it is,” said club vice president, junior Brittany Ward. “We also advertise on RMTV.” Spanish club can be found every Monday in room 270, and they are always looking for new members. PHOTO BY ALEXANDER COLEMAN Ms. Casilla explained her display for Spanish Club ofrenda. Roar Magazine HOSA Feature Where the healing starts and dental terminology, medical math, and medical and dental Are you interested in a career spelling.” in the medical field? If so, then Being offered for the first HOSA is the place for you. time at Red Mountain, Mrs. HOSA stands for Health OcKupferer is HOSA’s advisor and cupation Students of America. keeps a positive attitude when it You can learn about comes to competing. all different careers “I believe that from nursing to vetwe can take some of erinary assistance. the state competiHOSA can also help tions,” said Mrs. you develop the Kupferer. skills you need for You are not your career. required to join “This organibiotechnology to be zation will allow in HOSA. career exploration,” “Anyone can join said Mrs. Kupferer. HOSA,” said Mrs. “You will also gain Kupferer. “You can the lab and leaderPHOTO BY KIRSTEN CORRAL join if you want to ship skills necessary Red Mountain students attend the HOSA Leadership pursue a career in to succeed.” By Joel Blood The students participate in a competition in April that is broken up into different events. “We study in many areas depending on what career you want to go in,” said Mrs. Kupferer. “We have medical Conference. the medical field or even just to have fun.” Even students interested in related fields should join the organization. “I am taking this class, because I want to have a career in criminology,” said junior Kirsten Corral. “Scholarships vary from $50 to $1,000,” said Mrs. Kupferer. With that opportunity, it gives good reason to learn about what you want to do. Being its first year, it seems like things are running smoothly. They meet on Tuesdays during lunch. To get more information about HOSA, you can visit the website at www.azhosa.org or contact Mrs. Kupferer in room 722A. Fashion Club RM struts its stuff “We look at the fashion trends from last year and deFor the past two years, cide which trends are still the Fashion Club has in,” said senior Gideon helped bring fashion Wagner, vice president of trends to the forefront Fashion Club. of every Red Mountain Fashion Club already student. had its first runway show “I think that people this year. After only startare given the ing last year, Fashion chance to express Club already has three themselves, and fashion shows under the Fashion their belt. Club is going to “It went really well,” help them,” said said Olvera. “ I didn’t junior Mariana know so many people Olvera, president were interested in our of Fashion Club. club.” Fashion Club The members will isn’t just about be strutting down the discussing the runway in the latlatest trends, they est apparel in an PHOTO BY ASSISTANT decide which ones PRINCIPAL WALSH upcoming fashion are hot and which Senior Gideon Wagner show. participated in Fashion are not. “Our next fashClub’s fashion show. By Carissa Ferguson ion show will be sometime in December,” said Olvera. “I’m excited for the models. Their make-up is going to be totally awesome.” Anyone interested in the club, or modeling for a fashion show, is always welcome. re given people a t a h t k ss them“I thin to expre Club is e c n a h c the ashion nd the F them.” selves, a help going to “All you have to do is show up here on Thursday at lunch in room 100,” said Fashion Club advisor, Ms. Lange. “Were always looking for models for upcoming fashion shows.” New members are always welcome and Fashion Club is a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Roar Magazine “It varies sometimes. There are about 15-20 kids in here at lunch, sometimes more, sometimes less,” said Ms. Lange. There are various reasons to join Fashion Club, but interests change throughout the year. “I wanted to model in the fashion shows,” said Olvera. “I became more involved with fashion throughout the year.” Members agree Fashion Club helps encourage students to express themselves through clothing. “If you look good and know it, then you’ll feel better about yourself,” said junior Jessica Baker. For more information on the Fashion Club and to check out the hottest trends, go by room 100 during lunch on Thursdays. Winter 2009 17 A&E The Canadian sensation Justin Bieber PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.JUSTINBIEBERMUSIC.COM Justin Bieber in his “One Last Lonely Girl” photo shoot. By Taylor Houts and Shelby Madson With the Internet becoming increasingly popular, it is opening up a number of opportunities for every aspect of life. YouTube, a video site, has made it possible for the world to connect with one another. Anyone can post their videos showing off their talent and making it possible for anyone to recognize you. This is what happened to 15-year-old Canadian native and self-taught musician Justin Bieber. He posted videos of himself singing in a local vocal competition in 2007. Bieber soon started posting more videos singing his favorite songs. By word of mouth, Bieber’s YouTube page quickly reached one million views. Two years later, at age 15, he is now signed to Island Records and is Usher’s young protégé. Bieber, just a kid from a small town in Canada, was suddenly in a bidding war between the most popular men in the music industry, Usher and Justin Timberlake. Bieber and his team ultimately decided to sign with Usher and Island Records. Just a year after being signed, Bieber has three hit singles and a debut album, “My World,” which came out Nov 17. Bieber posted the music video to “One Time,” his first single, on June 13, 2009, and it has been viewed over 15 million times. His first single reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has certified gold in the United States. Bieber’s second single, “One Less Lonely Girl,” was released on Oct. 6, 2009, exclusively on iTunes. Unlike “One Time,” “One Less Lonely Girl” is a mid-tempo ballad that shows off more of Bieber’s unique voice. The highly anticipated music video for “One Less Lonely Girl” was posted on Bieber’s YouTube page on Oct 13, 2009. It has since gained Bieber over three million views. Bieber’s third single, “Love Me,” hit iTunes on Oct 26, 2009. “Love Me” gives Bieber another uptempo song that adds more of a hip hop flare to the young talent’s sound. It quickly made its way into the Top 20 singles chart on iTunes after its release. Only time can tell if Bieber’s success will continue to grow, but if the past couple of months is any indication, Bieber is sure to take over the world and capture every teenage girl’s heart along the way. Bieber’s highly anticipated debut album hit shelves on Nov 17, 2009. His current singles on are iTunes now. For more information on the 15-year-old YouTube sensation visit www. justinbiebermusic.com Check out these concerts Saosin Toby Mac Sonic Youth Weezer Alice Cooper & More Joel McHale Jason Alexander Supercross Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. $50 - $75 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. $22-$47 18 Winter 2009 U.S Airways Center Phoenix, AZ Dec. 20, 6 p.m. $100 - $125 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $34-$62 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ Jan. 1, 7 p. m. $25 -$75 Celebrity Theater Phoenix, AZ Jan. 9, 8 p.m. $150-$200 Roar Magazine Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ Jan. 15, 8 p.m. $36-$48 Chase Field Pheonix, AZ Jan. 16, 7 p.m. $10 - $2,500 RM Caroling By Taylor Houts and Shelby Madson As the holidays start to approach, Red Mountain starts to share their holiday spirit. Every year choir students spread their holiday joy in a timeless way. Caroling has been a holiday tradition for many years and a tradition here at Red Mountain for 12 years. The students who carol on behalf of Red Mountain are an elite group of choir students. “It’s the A hour class [who participates],” said the choir student teacher, Mr. Wimmlet. The Red Mountain Carolers sing all kinds of places during the holiday season. “We go everywhere,” said junior Mariah Hatch. “We sometimes go to Tempe Marketplace and other companies that want to A&E get into the holiday spirit.” During the holiday season there is so much one can do to spread spirit. That is why the Red Mountain students carol. “It brings a lot of joy to the season,” said Mr. Wimmlet. “A lot of people don’t have spirit, and I think caroling brings that out of them,” The Red Mountain Carolers believe that caroling is important to Red Mountain and the community. “There are numerous opportunities to perform, which brings our group close together,” said Mr. Johnston, the choir director. “It’s a great way to connect with our community.” With caroling being a part of Red Mountain’s past, there have been some great memories for choir director Mr. Johnston. “One of my fondest memories was performing for a three-year-old little girl who had just had surgery on her ears,” said Mr. Johnston. “We were the first singing she ever heard.” There are many challenges when it comes to organizing the carolers. “[One of the largest challenges is] commitment, because it’s after school and before,” said junior Robert Ballard. Mr. Johnston knows there are other difficult parts to organizing the carolers. “[I think the hardest part is] scheduling caroling gigs,” Mr. Johnston said. The students are anxious for the season to start so they can spread their joy of holiday spirit. This year’s Red Mountain Carolers have been hard at work to put on a show that is sure to bring harmony to peoples’ ears and warmth in their hearts. If you would like to request the Red Mountain Carolers, contact Mr. Johnston through his website at www2.mpsaz.org/ rmhs/staff/jwjohnston. Last year, Red Mountain’s Carolers performed during the holidays at Stonebridge Manor. PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILY NISSEN Invisible Children’s Benefit Concert By Alexis Green At 6 p.m. on Nov. 20, Red Mountain’s amphitheater was taken over by local bands and musicians who came together in order to support a cause. The Invisible Children Club started as a way to raise money for the children of Uganda. The club held an annual benefit concert for the school and the community around them as one of their fundraising strategies. “It’s a tradition,” said senior Cory Hernandez, president of Invisible Children. “We’ve kept it going, because it raises a lot of money.” The money that they raised goes towards an organization called Schools For Schools, a program which supports the building of schools in Uganda. The organization uses the money earned to build schools for the children of the country. “They actually go to Uganda PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEXIS GREEN The band, Hello the Mind Control, practiced before their performance in Red Mountain’s amphitheatre. Roar Magazine themselves and help build schools for [the children],” said Hernandez. The club posted flyers around, school, created a RMTV commercial, and also used social networking sites to spread the word and promote the event. “I created a Facebook event and invited all of my friends,” said Hernandez. If you would like further information on Invisible Children, you can visit the official website at www.invisiblechildren.com. For more information on the club, talk to Mr. Kaufman in room 282. Winter 2009 19 A&E Honor Society By Taylor Houts and Shelby Madson On October 14, 2009, while enjoying October Break, a handful of girls and their moms were anxiously waiting outside Martini Ranch in Scottsdale to see Honor Society on their Fashionably Late tour. As a new band, the number of devoted fans are limited, but Honor Society fans have created a small community to help them rise to the top. Their first album “Fashionably Late” debuted at number 18 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In July of 2009, Honor Society was signed to Jonas Records, which is founded by the Jonas Brothers as well as Hollywood Records. However, that band has been together making music independently since 2007. TESY OF PHOTO COUR HALL Senior Alana Bramhall has been a ALANA BRAM fan of the band since July of 2009. “I would say that Honor Society’s music is alternative meets pop for the most part,” said Bramhall. Before being signed, the members worked multiple jobs in order to put out two EPs (a CD only containing a few songs). One of these EP’s landed in the hands of the Jonas Brothers. Soon Honor Society found themselves as an opening act on the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009, as well as holding their own tour simultaneously, the Full Moon Crazy Tour. By Lorraine Longhi Winter 2009 PHO B London Caught Fire Over the years, Red Mountain High School has amassed a number of talented young artists. This year, London Caught Fire, a group of four Red Mountain boys, can add themselves to that list. “We’ve been together since the beginning of last summer, towards the end of the school year,” said guitarist and senior Cameron Duncan. The band, consisting of screaming vocals and guitar driven rhythms, formed from the group formerly known as 20 The line waiting outside the venue consisted of homemade t-shirts, signs, and even decorative supplies such as glow sticks. With the amount of excitement waiting outside two hours prior to the show, the concert was sure to be nothing less than the best. Once inside, the stage was swarmed by intense, impatient and loving fans. Fifteen minutes in, Esmee Denters was on stage to warm up the crowd. She performed four songs off of her upcoming album and left the crowd wanting more. After what seemed like forever, Honor Society showed up “fashionably late” ready to rock the show. Opening with the always up beat PHOTO dance song, “Full Moon Crazy,” COUR SHELB TESY OF Y MAD the crowd roared and the party began. SON Honor Society worked hard to make the audience a part of the show. For the finale, they played one of their most popular songs, “See U In The Dark.” Besides singing along, the whole crowd participated in the dance, the Honor Roll, that Honor Society created to go along with the song. If an audience member purchased $15 or more worth of merchandise, they received a wristband that allowed them to attend a meet and greet with the band. If you are interested in being a part of the growing Honor Society community, check out the band’s website at www.honorsocietymusic. A OF ALAN com. URTESY AMHALL TOS CO R Fear Theory and two other individuals in bands outside of Red Mountain. “The vocalist for my old band was going to be out of town for a big show of ours,” said Duncan. “I asked Robbie [Christy] to do guest vocals, and afterwards we decided to start our own band, one that was going somewhere.” The four members take their personal musical inspiration from friends and other local bands who attend Red Mountain. “The person I’ve learned the most from on the guitar is John start selling them.” Ziolanka,” said Duncan. “He’s For more information on probably the best guitarist I London Caught Fire, go to know.” www.myspace.com/londonThough they have only been caughtfireaz. a band for roughly six months, London Caught Fire is recording next month with Matt In The Box and hopes to release a full EP of their music to Red Mountain shortly afterwards. “We’re going to record PHOTO CURTESY OF LORRAINE LONGHI five songs on this first EP,” Band members from left to right: junior said Duncan. “We’ll give Zachary Koehnlein, senior Cameron Dunout some free ones at our can, junior David Mills and senior Robert shows to people before we Christie. Roar Magazine Sports RMHS WRESTLING Watch your back time spent together. “It really is like a family,” said ChanThe 2009-2010 varsity dler. “You spend wrestling team promises to be a almost more time legendary one for many reasons, with the team during from their colorful athletes to season than you do the intense daily training and with your family. competition. After what is going “We have more than a on years of wreschance to take state,” said senior tling, I can’t think of Joshua Chandler. “I realize that Coach DiDomenico every team says that, but we as anything but famhave numerous factors working ily. He has always for us.” been there for me.” The wrestling team continues Along with the to work hard in prepateam’s recordration for the season breaking reputation and reap the benefits. and comradeship, it “Honor, pride and has its cookie-cutter self-respect are just a PHOTO COURTESY OF JOEY KUANG point of ridicule, few of the rewards of Matthew DeRosa, 11, takes just like any other wrestling,” said senior Coach DiDomenico’s advice on sport. For them, it’s Patrick Oskvarek, who reversing an opponent. the uniforms, the has been wrestling for infamous singlets. five years now. that they may “It’s just a uniform,” says Last year the team encounter. Oskvarek. “A uniform I happen had the highest win per“We’ve to look good in.” centage in the state and improved a The wrestlers view the sinhas high hopes to suclot since last PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA SZPAKOWSKI ceed this year as well. season, so we’ll glets as any other uniform such as cheerleaders’ skirts or vol“I joined wrestling Joshua Chandler, 12, takes down his opponent using an ankle give any team leyball players’ spandex; It is because of my brother, pick. a run for their complementary to their sport’s Jason DeRosa, who was a money,” said moves and techniques. state champion here,” said team,” said Chandler. “I have DeRosa. “Our “Our uniforms help us junior Matthew DeRosa, who no doubt I will be proud to say toughest competition will probhopes to follow in his brother’s I was a part of what our team ably be Corona Del Sol or Mesa to avoid injury during more footsteps by taking his own title. accomplishes this year.” High. They seem to be the only intense moves,” said Chandler. “They also help us execute the Senior Kalu Ukaku also Every year the varsity team other teams with as much heart moves much more smoothly.” looks up to the veteran wrestakes a trip to Lake Havasu for as us.” The uniforms, muscular tlers. a two-day tournament in the In addition to the team’s “The seniors last year were beginning of December. The confidence comes an abundance boys, a confident attitude and team alliance all contribute to my favorite part of being on the tournament is a great predicof comical characters. what makes Red Mountain’s team,” said Ukaku. “They were tor of the success of the of the “Before a match, I’m scared varsity wrestling team so fun to be around and helped the upcoming season. for my life,” says Ukaku,” and younger wrestlers a lot.” “The Havasu trip is a great after I’m still scared, but at least renowned. Support the Red Mountain wrestlers in their upOther than intense practices way for our team to get a feel I won.” and lifelong friendships, the for our potential for the season,” The wrestling team is known coming tournament Dec. 18-19 at McClintock High School and team has a positive outlook on said Chandler. for its charismatic personalitheir next match at Desert Vista the upcoming season. As for competition, the wres- ties, as well as, the bonds that Jan. 6. “My goal is to be one of tlers have their eyes on the win can only be made by such close many state placers on our and are aware of the obstacles quarters and vast amounts of By Amanda Szpakowski Roar Magazine Winter 2009 21 Sports Exercise & nutrition MYTHS By Coach Wood 1. Exercise burns a ton of calories This statement shows the importance of diet with exercise. You could break out into a dead run from here to a place half a mile away and then run back. You will have likely burned off about 200 calories; that is half a bagel. People have a preconceived notion that if they just exercise, they will lose weight. The truth is that exercise is only part of the key to success. Science indicates that aerobic exercise is best done at a moderate level to burn fat. The primary result of doing aerobic exercise three to four times per week for at least 30 minutes is a decrease in Cortisol. Researchers have found that high Cortisol levels and weight gain are closely related. 2. Skipping meals helps with weight loss Individuals who eat a few meals per day have extremely slow metabolisms. When you don’t eat frequently, your caloric intake occurs infrequently and your body gears itself towards converting almost everything you eat into fat. Over a period of time your body will produce millions of enzymes that will be gearing your body towards fat storage. Once you do this, it will take several months to reverse. Eating six to eight small meals every day is the best diet modification that you can make to lose weight. You will also absorb more nutrients with every meal, so you can get away with eating smaller amounts. In summary, buy some Tupperware, prepare meals the night before, and eat between classes. 3. Only doing cardio to lose weight Our bodies naturally lose muscle mass and our metabolisms slow as we age. While doing cardiovascular exercise is better than doing nothing, lifting weights and building muscle, even to a small degree, results in significant changes and improvements in fat storage. It takes 15-50 percent more cardio to make up for low amounts of muscle mass, with respect to burning calories. This simple fact means that the muscular guy on the treadmill is burning two to three times more calories than an obese person while doing the same amount of work. It is important to realize that muscle weighs more than fat. It is better to focus on how you look in the mirror, your clothing size and inches lost. 22 Winter 2009 Emergency? Call Sports Medicine junior Sharayah Hawley. “We go to every after school practice.” Everyone knows that injuries happen in Many of the staff are using this class as a sports. Whether an athlete is four or 40, jumpstart to their careers. sports put people’s bodies at risk, especial“I’m thinking about going into the nursly in high school. Red Mountain’s Sports ing program at ASU,” said Hawley. Medicine helps to care for the school’s Every member has specific sports to athletes and their sports-related injuries. cover and jobs that go along with it. “Starting this year, every one of my staff “Seniors get to pick first, then they is required to have already taken Prevendecide who does the sports with them,” said tion and Care of Sports Injuries,” said Ms. Vazquez Ramirez. “Then whatever’s left, Trulove-Mellor A.T.C. (T.M.) “That means you choose.” no sophomores.” Sports Medicine is far from being a walk Not only does the staff have to have in the park. Each staff member faces chalknowledge of lenges that they every part of have to overthe body, they come in order also have to to excel in their learn to diagwork. nose and treat “[The most injuries on the challenging part spot. is] knowing “I get what to do with really nerserious injuries, vous at first,” like knowing said junior when an injury Keyla Vazquez is too serious for Ramirez. you to handle by PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS MED “Then, I ask yourself,” said what’s wrong Senior Sabrina Auge wrapped junior Xavier Parsons’ ankle Hawley. before a game. and go from Sports and there.” injuries seem Sports Medicine is time consuming and to go hand in hand. Red Mountain Sports requires dedication. For every minute the Medicine is the first group athletes turn to athletes are on the field, these dedicated when an injury happens, and Sports Medistudents are on the sidelines ready to procine will continue making a huge difference vide aid to an injured athlete. to the school’s athletes for years to come. “We started going to football practices two weeks before school started,” said By Shelby Lewis Roar Magazine Sports Girls golf swings into action By Steven Mortlock The girls golf team has high hopes of winning state this year. So far they have played four tournaments and have done well. As a second year coach, Coach Kirkpatrick thinks her team has done well and can continue their success. “We are doing well, we have definitely improved our basics as a team,” said Coach Kirkpatrick. “We are working on fine-tuning our individual swings and also have improved in the areas of fitness, rules knowledge and mental toughness.” Coach Kirkpatrick sees a difference in this year’s team from past years. “I think we’re a bit more solid this year,” said Coach Kirkpatrick. “We’re getting more competitive amongst each other, which is driving the girls to work harder.” Sophomore Halana Perkins takes a swing at Atla Mesa Golf Course. Dedication and focus are key to the team’s success this year. “We’re really dedicated, and we try to stay focused,” said junior Dorothy Randall. “Our scores are really constant. They don’t go up and down a lot, because we’re focused on what to do.” The spirit of the competition has made the team come closer together. “We all focus together, it’s an individual sport but it makes us feel a lot closer,” said Randall. “We’ve become sort of a family over the season.” Co-Captain junior Kamio Espindola thinks the team has a chance to do fine at state even with the tough competition they will face. “I think we can come in the top part of the competition,” said Espindola, “considering Corona, Hamilton, and Xavier are all good teams.” For more information on the golf team, contact Coach Kirkpatrick at her website www.sherikirkpatrickgolf.com. PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG Boys golf heads to victory By Steven Mortlock The boys golf team placed fourth in state finishing up there terrific season. They played in several tournaments before state to help them prepare. “We’ve played four tournaments,” said Coach Hamilton. “We’ve placed second in three of the tournaments and fourth in one of them.” This was Coach Hamiltons first year as head coach of the golf team he believed to have lots of talent. “We have four or five good players,” said Coach Hamilton. “The team keeps it in the fairway and makes good shots.” Despite the good season the team still has room for improvement. “We need to keep a good attitude and just keep practicing,” said sophomore Brett Wilson. The players believe that they a part of one of the top-ranked teams in Arizona. “Right now we’re at least second or third,” said senior Bobbie Lee Robinson. “The team hasn’t reached its full potential yet, but we’ve come back from starting off pretty bad and coming back strong.” If you are looking to join the golf team, Robinson has some advice for you. “If you’re going to join this team, don’t just do it because you want to get out of fifth hour,” said Robinson. “If you really want to play golf, you need to do it because you really want to.” To find out how to join golf or find out when the golf team has a golf tournament, see Coach Hamilton in Room 263. “The team keeps it in the fairway and makes good shots.” PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG Senior Alexander Argos lining up his shot at Atla Mesa golf course. Roar Magazine Winter 2009 23 What better way to spend your holiday season than curled up by the fire with a good book?! 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