RM’s “FIRST” Robotics Team Briefs News
7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ Issue 4 Volume 20 February 8, 2008 “FIRST” Robotics Team News RM’s Engineering Club Designs and Builds Robot for Competition Briefs Saturday Night Fever Bring your dancing shoes! The annual Sadie’s dance is coming up on February 29, 2008. The dance starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. and will be held on the tennis courts. Tickets are $10 at the bookstore and $15 at the door. Get your tickets today! Attention Writers! Red Mountain’s literary magazine, Mind’s Eye, has extended their deadline and will be accepting submissions of art and writing until February 15. Congrats RM U.S. News and World Report named Red Mountain among the best high schools of 2008 in their nationwide report. The Mesa Public School District also had the highest percentage of schools recognized by the magazine in Arizona. Spirit of Unity Red Mountain senior, Anne Jaffe, was recently selected as the Student of the Year by the Spirit of Unity Awards. Red Mountain’s Model United Nations also merited in an award in their Teaching Social Justice category. By Joyce Tammany Staff Writer For the first time in its twenty year history, Red Mountain High School has its own robotics engineering team. At the beginning of the school year, students in Mr. Kellis’ engineering classes asked if they could participate in the F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, an event in which high school engineering students build robots to first compete regionally, then nationally. “There are about fifty teams that are competing in the regional competition, and a certain number of teams from each of those regions then go to the national competition that will be in April, where they will compete against each other, and that’s in Atlanta,” Mr. Kellis said. Each team of students receives the same kit of parts and a set of requirements that the robot must meet. For this year’s challenge, the robot must maneuver a large ball around an obstacle course and be able to News 1-3 opinion 4-5 focus 6-8 A&e 9-10 sports 11-12 [email protected] PHOTO BY MS. SAQUELLA Engineering students senior Christopher Heitland, sophomore Paul Muscat, senior Jonathan Fields, and senior Skylar Bird test drive their robot to prepare for their competition in March. the engineers. Mr. Kellis describes his feelings as “concerned, but not nervous. I have a lot of faith in Red Mountain students.” “I hate to be a guinea pig,” says Hudson, “but it looks like a great experience.” “It’s exciting, because nobody else has done it before. We don’t really know what to expect,” said Linsy Mauler, also a project manager and a senior. The team overwhelmingly agrees that the biggest obstacle is the time limit. All robots must be finished by February 19, in time for the competition in early March. “It’s very scary,” Mauler said. “It’s a really big project to do. I think it would be better if we had more time, but it wouldn’t be so difficult then.” Senior Sean Day adds, “It might be hard, but it’s doable.” For the next two weeks, the team will be working long hours and pulling all-nighters to meet the deadline. It might be stressful, but Day welcomes the challenge. “I’m not nervous,” he says. “I’m more excited than anything, because it sounds like so much fun. You can’t top this.” For more information on Red Mountain’s Engineering classes, visit http://www.mpsaz.org/ c3rmhs/sbkellis/index1.html Relay for Life Runs with Eight Year Tradition Service Learning Grants Mesa Public Schools awarded Service Learning grants to teachers based on their students’ projects, which included fundraising, campus beautification, outdoor science labs, and food drives. Red Mountain’s Mr. Marcias was one of the recipients of these grants. Grants are available to all Mesa Public Schools teachers for supplies and transportation. function both autonomously and manually. “The challenge was designed by NASA engineers, and an MIT professor is involved in this project. They did not make it easy,” Mr. Kellis says. To build a fully functioning robot is a feat by itself, but these students have only six weeks to design and build. “We don’t have time to prepare, we have to do,” says Mr. Kellis. “This is a project we could easily spend a whole year doing, and still not be complete. We’d still have things we’d want to do or learn.” The team consists of students with varying amounts of experience, but the same passion for engineering. “Most of them are my engineering students, so they’ve already got a desire to do engineering activities,” says Mr. Kellis. Keith Hudson, a senior and one of the project managers, says, “My career choice is going to be something in engineering. I know how to build things; I love to take things apart. The basic classes I’ve already gone through with Mr. Kellis, so I figured it would be just another way to learn about engineering.” Since Red Mountain’s team is the first at the school, and one of only two representing Mesa, there are feelings of both uncertainty and pride amongst By Megan Thorson Editor Every year for the past eight years, Red Mountain High School has sponsored Relay for Life. This year’s Relay for Life is April 12 at Red Mountain High School’s track. Relay for Life raises money for cancer research. Participants walk around the track and do different activities to promote cancer awareness. “This year’s Relay for Life will have tons of food, bands and activities, like an air guitar contest and various activities to do while walking around the track,” said senior Paige Eulate, president of L-PAC (Lion Power Against Cancer) . Planning such a large and important event takes a lot of time because of the people that participate and all the communication that is needed. “Right after one Relay for Life ends, the next year’s planning begins. They take about a week off, and then they start planning again,” said Mr. Donald, the advisor for L-PAC. Students, parents and teachers from all over east Mesa participate in the event and help set everything up. “Relay for Life not only takes a lot of effort when it comes to planning and setting up the event, but it takes a lot of dedication, too. We have about 40 of us working to plan this cupid’s mailbox PHOTO BY MS. SAQUELLA Cupid strikes at Red Mountain this V-Day. See if there’s a message for you! - page 7 year’s Relay for Life. We’re lucky to have one of the biggest committees in the state,” said Eulate. This year’s goal is to have 120 teams and 120 survivors at the event. The club hopes to raise $240,000 for cancer research. “In previous years we have not yet set the bar this high. We’re confident that we’ll achieve our goals with flying colors,” said Eulate. In order to meet their goal the Relay for Life team is going to need a lot of participants this year. “Red Mountain students participate in Relay for Life, because everyone has been touched by cancer whether they realize it or not. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Red Mountain needs to join the fight, because you never know who this disease will affect next,” said Eulate. For more information go to PHOTO PROVIDED BY RELAY FOR LIFE This year Red Mountain hopes to raise $240,000 for cancer research, a goal which has not been reached even by last year’s event. Index Small Leaks Sink SHips PHOTO PROVIDED BY NO SLEEP RECORDS This experimental four piece has had swimming musical success over the past year. Meet the boys behind the band. www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/ Relay for Life’s website www. relayforlife.org or talk to an LPAC member. - page 9 Wrestling PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG Red Mountain’s wrestling team is pinning victory with a dynamite season with a fresh team and coach. – page 11 Please recycle 2 February 8, 2008 News Awarded: News Vote 2008 You Decide Dr. Slemmer Briefs Recognized Red Mountain Caucus (Continued) House Plant Sale The AgriScience department is closing out on over 2,000 house plants to make room for a spring crop. These plants are selling for 50-75 percent off of what they would sell at a normal store. Plants are available in the bookstore and start at $1 and range to $10. These include Devil’s Ivy, Banana plants, and Majesty Palm trees. Contact Mr. Sorensen in Room 717A or Mr. Gless in Room 715 for information. Celebrating 20 Years of Red Mountain Red Mountain is planning its 20-year celebration! The event will include special events for alumni and former employees. Graduates from 1989 to 2007 are invited to contact Sean Mellor at [email protected] to participate in a video presentation on campus life. For more information, contact Mr. Lopez at 480-472-8084. By Eric Stoss Staff Writer At the last assembly before the holiday break, Dr. Slemmer received the Mesa Professional Educators Outstanding Educational Leadership Award. It is an annual award that goes to one elementary principal and one secondary school principal. The award is given based on teacher evaluations of the principal. Dr. Slemmer was very flattered to have the teachers think so highly of him. “It was an incredible, humbling experience,” Dr. Slemmer said. “It made it more meaningful to me, because it’s coming from the people I work with everyday, not the south side organization [District Office].” Dr. Slemmer views his entire career as preparation to receiving this award. “There is no substitute for experience,” said Dr. Slemmer. Dr. Slemmer explained that after so many years of being in education, not much surprises him. “There’s always a surprise, but for the most part you have been there before,” said Dr. Slemmer. Dr. Slemmer explained it wouldn’t change anything when it comes to leading his administration and running Red Mountain High School. “An award like this validates what you do,” Dr. Slemmer said. Olympic Style Wrestling Clinc Red Mountain’s Olympic Style Wrestling Clinic will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from February 27 through May 7 at 6-6:45 p.m. for kids in grades K-6 and 6:45-8 p.m. for kids in grades 7-12. Classes will be taught by Mr. DiDomencio and Mr. Karantinos, and will be held in the Red Mountain High School wrestling room. The charge for the clinic is $50. For more information or to register, call Mr. DiDomencio at 602-570-2871. Senior High Writing Contest Congratulations to sophomore, Daniel Mariotti, of Red Mountain who won first place in the Senior High Writing Contest. Senior Yearbook Ads Red Mountain’s 2007-2008 yearbook is offering Senior Ads. Senior Ads are a way for parents, friends, or loved ones to submit pictures and a short paragraph in honor of their seniors. Prices, packages, and other specifics can be found at the school website at http://www. mpsaz.org/rmhs/yearbook/index.htm. Photo by Rosalinda Albrecht Dr. Slemmer displays his new Mesa Professional Educators Outstanding Educational Leadership Award. By Valerie Nunez Editor For the Democrats, Clinton came out on top with 39 percent of the votes; Obama trailed close behind with 36 percent. Edwards was in a distant third with 16 percent. On the Republican side, McCain pulled through with 37 percent, and Romney had 32 percent. Huckabee lost his lead, recieving 11 percent, while Guiliani once again did not make the top three. Since then, many more states have held caucuses and primaries, but the way this election season has gone thus far, any candidate could come out on top. Although the bid for the next president is well under way, with primary/caucus season having started in early January, neither the Here’s how Red Mountain voted: Democratic nor Republican parties have clear Obama 38.58% front-runners. Making the race a bit more McCain 20.06% intriguing is the fact that there is an entirely unfamiliar array of runners, because President Abstentions 15.53% Bush is not eligible to run again, and Vice Clinton 8.95% President Cheney has opted to not run. Romney 7.92% While Red Mountain students saddled up for a new semester in early January, hundreds Huckabee 5.86% of miles away presidential hopefuls competed Edwards 1.95% in the Iowa Caucus, an event noteworthy for Other 0.93% being the first major electoral event in the nominating process. The 2008 results of the Iowa Caucus may help to outline how the primary season may turn out. Barack Obama beat out his fellow Democrats with 38 percent of the votes, while Hillary Clinton and John Edwards each had about 29 percent. On the Republican side, many were surprised when Mike Huckabee, a largely unknown candidate, received 34 percent, with Mitt Romney earning 25 percent, and John McCain and Fred Thompson each receiving 13 percent. Meanwhile Red Mountain’s Republican Rudolph Guiliani failed to front runner is Senator John make the top three. McCain with a 20.06 percent Closely following the vote in his party. Red Mountain chose Senator Iowa Caucus was the New Barack Obama as Democratic Hampshire Primary, which front runner with 38.58 percent also failed to spotlight a agreement. front runner for either party. Certifiable: Dane Dukat Prepares For Future in Metal Work By Cassie Hinckley Editor Some people enjoy working on cars, some with wood, but for junior Dane Dukat, his specialty is metal working. Dukat is the first student in high school, in Arizona, to get certified with the National Getting certified was not a Institute of Metal Working walk in the park. Dukat got (NIMS). Dukat started workhis first certification in mateing with metal last August rial and safety data in just a after he got a job couple of weeks working at a ma- “I worked working two and chine shop called a half hours a day. a lot... MSL Provisions. He is also certi“Getting certi- Earning this fied in milling fied means I get and is working on certification getting certified in to work with all these machines bench work and felt good.” and have the -Dane Dukat (11) layout. right knowledge “I worked a to operate them lot,” said Dukat correctly,” said Dukat. “Earn“In order for me to get my ing this certification felt really certification, I had to make a good.” part using the machines and Do you have a passion for writing? Do you enjoy graphic design? Do you want to be in the know? Need an excuse to snoop? Join Newslab! Registration starts soon! Don’t wait to sign up! C & a z Piz For more information, contact Ms. Saquella in Room 313 e! e off take a test online.” Dukat also attends the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) for the second half of the school day and works with the manual machines they have there in their metal shop. Like every other job, metal working takes some skill. One needs to be coordinated enough to operate the machines, but the main skill needed to work with metal according to Dukat is math. “You need to know how to do math Photo by Cassie Hinckley right when you are Junior Dane Dukat proudly shows off working with the his hard-earned certificate. machines, or you could mess up easily. am certified to work with the When you get the hang of it machines, and that will give though, it’s not that hard.” me a greater chance of getting Earning this certification the job.” will help out in the future. Congratulations again to Dukat plans on being a manuDane Dukat for earning his facturing engineer, but for certification with the National now it will help him get jobs Institute of Metal Working. in machine shops. “A lot of employers are looking for it now,” said Dukat. “It will help me, because they will see that I February 8, 2008 News FFA on Top of Food Chain 3 AIMS Survival Kit In Pet Food Fundraiser 2008 Guidelines to Remember By Valerie Nunez Editor With a Pet Food and Supply Drive in December, FFA Week February 11 to 16, and various competitions, Red Mountain’s AgriScience and BioTechnology Department has been busy. “Our competitions are called Career Development Events,” said agricultural teacher Mr. Sorenson. “It’s a district competition where all the teams in the district compete in different areas of agriculture. There are teams of about four. The different teams consist of stuff like agronomy, forestry, nursery and landscape management. Students interested in these kinds of careers learn all about the areas, and they get to go compete with students from other schools.” This year, Red Mountain’s FFA is hoping to earn another trip to the national competition, as well as win the National Chapter Award, an award signifying that Red Mountain’s FFA is one of the top chapters in the nation. Mr. Sorenson and his students have been working hard. “I had students working hard to put the whole thing together, and it ended up being really successful.” -Mr. Sorenson “Every day at lunch I have about two teams in here practicing, which is eight to ten students,” said Mr. Sorenson. “These students are giving up their lunches to come in and practice.” Not only are these students working on upcoming events, but they recently wrapped up a pet food and supply drive. “The drive ran from after Thanksgiving Break until Winter Break,” said Mr. Sorenson. “I had students working hard to put the whole thing together, and it ended up being really successful. We took the supplies to San Philipe Dog Rescue, and they help dogs that have been abandoned in Mexico find good homes.” Although Mr. Sorenson and his students have been working hard to organize so many events, all have been very well put-together and successful. For more information on the AgriScience and BioTechnology Department, go to www. mpsaz.org/rmhs/clubs/ PHOTO COURTESY OF MR. SORENSON ffa. Seniors Johnna Eilers and Lacey O’Meara helped with FFA’s Pet Food Drive at the end of last semester. AcaDeca By Cassie Hinckley Editor The Red Mountain High School Academic Decathlon team and Brainstorm Team are on the prowl this year. Academic Decathlon is a team competition where students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech. Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students, 3 "B" or Scholastic students, and 3 "C" or Varsity students. Like the decathlon athletic contest, the Academic Decathlon does not permit Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards, or AIMS, is important to every student graduating from an Arizona high school. It has three subjects, reading, writing and mathematics, that every student in high school has to pass to graduate. “Students are taking the writing test February 26, the reading test is the next day, February 27, and lastly the mathematics test is April 8,” said Ms. Manning-Hale, counselor in charge of AIMS. Seniors or juniors who still need to pass the AIMS this year should see Ms. Manning-Hale in the counseling office. “The students will be assigned a Red Moun- tain teacher or tutor, pick-up a customized or general study guide, and/or receive a list of Arizona State Approved Providers,” said Ms. Manning-Hale. Juniors or seniors wanting to take the AIMS to exceed, can also come to see Ms. ManningHale. “The students who are wanting to take the AIMS to exceed should have signed up in the counseling office in December,” said Ms. Manning-Hale. How to AIM High: 1. Bring your school ID or a photo ID. 2. Bring three to four number two pencils for the day of the test. Most mechanical pencils are number two, but check before bringing it. 3. Dress in layers, or bring a sweater or sweatshirt; it may be cold and it might take your concentration off the test. 4. Eat a good breakfast; skipping breakfast may cause you to think about hunger instead of your answers. 5. Get a good night’s sleep. 6. Remember your room assignments that will be given in mid-February. 7. Make arrangements with employers about the AIMS testing schedule posted in February. You should reschedule any appointments for those days, because students will NOT be let out early for work or appointments. 8. Try to relax and do your best. View the test as an opportunity to show what you know and are able to do. 9. Listen to directions as the teacher explains them. Ask about any directions you do not understand. 10. Read all the directions carefully. 11. Look for key words that will help you identify what the question is asking you to do. 12. Take your time and work at your own pace. The AIMS is not a timed test. 13. Move on to the next item if you are stuck. Make sure you skip that space on the bubble sheet, and remember to return to it later. 14. Make educated guesses if you are unsure of an answer. First eliminate the choices that are obviously incorrect, then logically select from the remaining choices. 15. Take the time to review answers when you are finished. Re-read your written responses to check that they are clear. 16. Make a plan. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics. 17. Manage your time. Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard questions. 18. When you complete the last item on the test, remember that you’re not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn’t make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems. For AIMS study guides, sample tests, students guides or high school tutoring guides go to www.ade.govaz.gov. Decimates the Competition participants to specialize but encourages academic versatility by requiring students to prepare for all ten events. The Academic Decathlon stresses educational opportunity and academic excellence. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional, and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals. The competition team (a class taught by Mr. Kaufman) consists of nine intelligent members: senior Jakob Hansen, senior Nick Cates, junior Scott Johnson, senior Makenzie McFadden, junior Chris Hoyt, senior Lauren Worth, senior Andrew Kurth and junior Amanda Melcher. “This is a fabulous group of kids to work with,” said Mr. Kaufman. Academic Decathlon competes all year long. During the summer, the team prepared themselves for this year’s competitions. This year the main topic is the Civil War. They are focusing on the historical points such as the music, art, literature, science (diseases and treatments), math, essay, speech/ interview, and economics. “Academic Decathlon exposes you to the multiple fields of academia,” Hoyt said. The students really enjoy being in Academic Decathlon, although it requires some intense preparation. “When I study, my eyes bleed,” said Kurth. Being in the Academic Decathlon will help out the students in the future. “Academic Decathlon is really challenging but really rewarding,” said McFadden. “We are pretty much nerds.” Along with earning an awesome education during the school day, Academic Decathlon members work hard studying whenever they have a free moment. “Academic Decathlon is the greatest thing in the world,” said Hoyt. “You don’t get to be bored anymore. We study all the time. With Academic Decathlon you get this huge amount of independence and get to direct your own learning. It is very self-driven.” The Academic Decathlon team has two more competitions, the Regional Championship, February 1-2, at Dobson High School and Finals on March 7-8 at Mountain Point High School. “The team has an excellent chance in winning,” said Kaufman. “They are really hard working and dediPHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ cated.” The Academic Decathalon team, from left to right, top to bottom, consists of junior Amanda Melcher, senior Andrew Kurth, senior Scott Johnson, junior From the AcaNick Cates, junior Chris Hoyt, senior Makenzie McFadden, senior Jakob demic Decathlon Hansen, and senior Lauren Worth. team, there are a couple individuals that make up Red Mountain’s Brainstorm Team. The team members are seniors Kurth, McFadden, and Hansen. The team participates in competitions on general information between other high schools around the valley. “Brainstorm is a really unique, exciting, fast paced experience,” said McFadden. The motto the team keeps telling themselves is “be one with the buzzer.” The team has won its first two rounds and come in second place. They are currently waiting to see when they can compete in semi-finals. You can watch the Red Mountain Brainstorm Team compete in their last competition on Cox Channel 7, Wednesday February 13, at 6:30 p.m. It will also run two more times the following Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned to find out how the Brainstorm Team holds up to the competition. 4 Opinion February 8, 2008 The Roar Bring Lily Home! A group of friends and their quest to bring their friend back to the United States By Valerie Nunez Editor Sophomore Liliane Gaytan is a straight “A” student, plays the piccolo, and has dreams of one day attending Notre Dame University. She loves helping others and participating in community service projects. Gaytan is described by friend and fellow sophomore Chloe Benson as “one of those rare people who is nice to everyone, whether they’re nice back or not.” Unfortunately, Gaytan no longer attends Red Mountain. In fact, she is no longer a resident of Arizona, or even the United States. On December 10, 2007, Gaytan and her family went to Nogales, Mexico to renew their visas, unaware that they would not be able to return. Originally from Mexico, Gaytan’s family legally entered the United States, her dad with an H1B visa and her family with supplementary H2 visas. Because Gaytan’s father did not have the conditions necessary to apply for a green card, the family stayed in the United States with their working visas for five years, simply renewing them when needed. “The most recent visas lasted from June 2, 2006 to June 1, 2007. In early May, 2007, Liliane’s dad, an engineer, was offered a new job from a different company. For several reasons, the opening of the position was delayed from June to September,” said Benson, quoting an e-mail from Gaytan. “When the visa application process began, the family was forced to wait a ridiculously long amount of time for the company to supply them with the correct paperwork.” Throughout this time period, the Gaytan family had two options: apply for tourist visas, enabling them to stay in the United States, or go to Mexico for six months, giving up certain liberties, including a better education for the children. Understandably, the Gaytan family chose to stay. In an e-mail, Gaytan said, “During our interview at the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico, the immigration officer became upset by the fact that we had remained in the country through this pe- riod between work visas. She claimed that the coverage of our visas were only to go shopping across the border. My dad was told he was violating the good intentions of both visas. “He tried to explain that we were in there with all this paperwork, because we wanted to do everything legally. By this time, she did not want to hear any more. She rePHOTO COURTESY OF CHLOE BENSON quested to see our Sophomores Erin Briney, Chloe Benson, and Chelsey Pavey are the visas, and she cut them. Her supervi- founders of Bring Lily Home, an organization dedicated to helping Liliane Gaytan and her family come back to the United States. sor informed us that we were going Benson, along with sophofair, but I highly doubt it is to be punished for the next mores Erin Briney, Chelsey an isolated case. This family five years. During this time Pavey, and Laura Kulas, has is being punished because of period, we were told, we are started an organization called some belated paperwork. It’s not going to get any type of “Bring Lily Home.” The goal clear that there is a flaw in visas.” is to appeal to government ofthe immigration system when The fact that the Gaytan ficials not only in Arizona, but a simple change of a job can family is being punished for Washington D.C. as well, and result in an entire family betrying to legally better their hopefully get the Gaytan’s ing kicked out of the country. lives is nothing short of infucase reevaluated. To achieve Students with opinions about riating. It was only for a brief this, they are asking anyone this ordeal can make their period of time that they stayed who is willing to help to write voices heard by contacting in the country on tourist visas, letters to be sent to CongressBring Lily Home at bringwhile they waited until the man Flake and John McCain, [email protected] or by time came to renew their among others. visiting their website at www. working visas. However, Not only is the Gaytan’s myspace.com/bringlilyhome. there is hope. situation completely un- Is Txting Bad 4 U? The Truth About The Dangers of Texting While Driving By Sarah Allmandinger Staff Writer “Cell phones play an integral role in our society. However, the convenience they offer must be judged against the hazards they pose,” said the Insurance Information Institute in an article posted on their website. In the United States, thirtyfive percent of all accidents are due to inattention, and 75 percent of all rear-end accidents are due to inattention. The question is how many of these accidents are due to cell phone usage? “If I hadn’t been talking on the phone, I wouldn’t have been speeding, my hands wouldn’t have been occupied. Obviously, I could have turned a lot better. I would have thought better about breaking and would have been more focused on where I was driving,” said Red Mountain senior Kacee Crandall about her car accident. Americans are preoccupied with their conversations, whether it is talking to someone on the line or texting. Two main problems of talking while driving are dialing a number and taking your eyes off the road, and while having a conversation it’s possible to become so engulfed with what the other person is saying that paying attention to the road becomes secondary. When this happens, it’s proven that a driver drives an average of two miles an hour slower. Drivers have a tendency to disregard their surroundings such as their speed. “People think that they can talk on the phone and drive at the same time but try watching a movie and talking at the same time. How much of the movie do people remember?” said senior Larelle Cofer. A survey of dangerous driver behavior was released “If I hadn’t been talking on the phone, I wouldn’t have been speeding, my hands wouldn’t have been occupied.” -Kacee Crandall (12) in January 2007 by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Of 1,200 drivers surveyed found that 73 percent talk while driving with a majority being young drivers. Nineteen percent of motorist text while driving. Another survey in August 2006 showed that teens considered texting while driving to be their biggest distraction on the road. Of the survey, 37 percent said that texting was extremely distracting, and 19 percent said that just having friends in the car was distraction enough. Motorists that use cell phones while driving have a four times higher chance of getting into a car accident. Cell phone usage has been considered to be just as dangerous as drunk driving, even if the device is a hands free model. “I’m not surprised because people that text and drive would be using their knees to drive and that’s just as dangerous as drunk driving,” said senior Stacey Blattel. “Researchers at the University of Utah found that motorists are 18 percent slower in breaking and took 17 percent longer to regain their speed,” said the Insurance Information Institute in an article posted on their website. Fifty four percent of Arizona residents have favored banning talking while driving; 62 percent have favored banning PHOTO BY MEGAN THORSON Fifty-four percent of Arizona residents have favored banning talking on the phone while driving. texting while driving; and 87 percent favored banning cell phone usage all together. As a result, Phoenix has recently passed a bill to ticket drivers for texting while driving. A recent study found that 24 percent of Red Mountain students surveyed said they text while driving, and 48 percent said they talk on their phones while driving. Obviously, the distractions are slowing traffic and causing an increase in accidents, and students need to take a stand about this issue. “Turn the phone off before you start the car, that’s the best advice,” said driver’s education teacher, Coach Hamilton. As a student and a driver, I’ve had personal experience with actually texting and talking on the phone while driving. Texting is my biggest distraction on the road. I think that Arizona police should take action against texting and talking by a ticket first and a then, if this pattern continues, take more forceful actions. So to all you Red Mountain yakkers and texters: Be safe on the road and leave the cell phones off until you are no longer driving. Dear Editor, What Are the Odds? My daughter called a while back with a story that Red Mountain teachers and students, past and present, will enjoy. She works for Desert School Federal Credit Union. She was asked to serve on a committee because of her good writing skills. There were four chosen for this committee. Their task was to clean up all correspondence that was being sent to customers. The "Big Wigs" were seeing correspondence from many departments that was sloppy and full of errors. This committee's job was to clean up all correspondence sent to customers making it all standard and correct. They met once a week for most of last year. On the last day my daughter, Robin, and one of the other members were debating a point of punctuation when my daughter said, "I know Mr. Dant would not like a sentence starting with 'because."' The male member said, "Mr. Dant? I had Mr. Dant at Westwood, too." They found this coincidental. The younger girl said, "I went to Red Mountain, but I had a Mr. Dant, too.” They all found this amazing. At this point Sarah McLellen and Brian Gregory started reminiscing discovering that they both had taken the same class from him, so Sarah and Brian both starting reciting The prologue from Canterbury Tales. This was something they both remembered from Mr. Dant's class. They also brought up his habit of wearing his belt buckle sideways. He used this tactic to catch their attention. Then, when the students were convinced that this man was too difficult, too smart, and too scary, someone would have the nerve to ask him why he wore his belt like that, and he would simply answer, "Chicks dig it." Needless to say, he was a favorite from that point on. Finally, the fourth member spoke up. "What are the odds on a committee picked from 1500 members that all three of you would have the same English teacher? That is unbelievable! He must be a remarkable teacher." Well said! Mrs. Abel RM English Teacher Red Mountain High School is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. February 8, 2008 Opinion 03/22/08 03/22/08 5 6 Focus February 8, 2008 The Roar Coping With the Loss of a Loved One A Personal Examination of Grief By Megan Thorson Staff Writer This year Red Mountain’s counselors have counseled about 10 percent of the students that attend Red Mountain High School for a loss of a loved one, or the process of grieving. On December 27, 2006, my brother, Matthew Aaron Thorson, died from respiratory failure. We never found out what disease took over his lungs or the cause of his death. Throughout 2007, my family and I have gone through everything imaginable, from celebrating the day he was born to remembering the day he passed away and other holidays without him. There is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one, whether it’s a close friend or a family member, but everyone in their lifetime will have to experience it eventually. When you lose a family member, or a friend, you quickly learn who and what is really important in life. Before my brother passed away, my family wasn’t very close. We would spend time together on major holidays, but otherwise we wouldn’t with a loss is to talk with good and bad times I had ing harder when the “I forgot certain see each other. Once Matt the people who are going change is over. with my brother. passed away, we all realthrough the same situation Cry when you’re sad, Putting off your memories over time, ized how short life is, and you are and are grieving and cry when you just feel feelings and not letting because Matt wasn’t we now spend as much the loss. Talking to my like crying. Tears can help yourself feel your time together as possible. brother’s girlfriend and his you. You have a reason to, feelings is one of the there to remind me One way to cope with best friend’s family helped and people will understand worse things you can a loss is through counselme, and I also helped them. when they find out your do. Feelings build up of them, but I can ing. My mom had put me We grieved together, and situation. Cry when you over time and the more always return to my in counseling before my we all soon became one big want, and be happy when you hold things in and brother’s death to deal with family. you feel like it. There’s don’t express your feel- journal and rememmy parent’s divorce. CounWriting down your feelnothing wrong with being ings, the more stressed ber the good and seling helped me express ings is also a good way to happy either. It’s important and overwhelmed you my feelings, will feel. bad times I had with cope with Keeping my brother’s yourself busy is im- my brother.” death and portant to do when -Megan Thorson (10) realize that you experience the exercise. other people loss of a loved one. Losing my brother was have been in Spending time with your the most difficult thing my my situation closest friends is what family and I have ever gone too. Getting you need right now, and through. Most of us have in a grief it will keep your mind gone through counseling group or off of your loss. Go or and are still in counselsome kind shopping or to a movie ing. We help each other out of counselwith your friends, some ing will help place where there isn’t a when we need it and watch out for each other. We deal you, and no lot of talking and there with the pain and suffering one has to is something to keep as it comes. Grieving is a know about it busy, that way there is hard thing to deal with and if you don’t no way your loved one it’s not fair when you have want them to. will come up in converPHOTO BY KATIE THORSON to do it. However there are “Counsation. Matthew and Megan Thorson returning from a long weekend at a church camp. ways to get help and people seling has A lot of people don’t out there to help you; you helped me know what to say to just have to be willing and to see that there are people cope with a loss. I wrote to let your feelings out, someone who has just ready to open up. For more who are feeling just as lost my feelings down in a note- and let people know how lost a family member or information call the Youth and confused as I am. We book, even if it didn’t make you feel. People will want someone close to them. Crisis Hotline at 1-800sense at the time. Little It’s something that people maybe not fully understand to help you in this time of 448-4663, or contact the how losing our loved one scribbles, quotes, memories need. There are people out know they don’t want to Red Mountain High School is for each of us but we and how I felt at that time. there that you can go to to talk about, but sometimes Counselors. still are able to be there Years from now, I can read express your feelings. it helps to talk to someone for each other. It helps what I wrote and how I Don’t make any major who doesn’t know. Taking to have a safe place to go felt at that time. I forgot care of yourself is impordecisions during your time and talk about the one you certain memories over time, of grieving. Major changes tant during your time of lost without being judged,” because Matt wasn’t there can make you frustrated grieving. Now more than said junior Kayleen Liley, to remind me of them, but and can make you put off ever, you need to take care Matt’s girlfriend. I can always return to my the grieving process, which of your body. Get enough Another way to cope journal and remember the sleep at night, eat right and will just make griev- Get Amped Up For Advanced Guitar By Sam Whitaker Staff Writer Are you somebody who is interested in pursuing the study of the guitar? Advanced Guitar class at Red Mountain High, the only advanced guitar class in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, will help you become better and more rounded as a guitarist and a musician. “Mr. Davenport, before he retired, set up the Advanced Guitar class,” said Mr. Filsinger, the current Advanced Guitar teacher. “He established a strong program that is continually expanding. Before this was set up, kids would take Beginning Guitar and then sometimes Intermediate, and that was it. Red Mountain is pretty innovative, Mr. Berkseth teaches the Beginning and Intermediate Guitar classes, so there’s a stream of teachers. This is a great class and a great program that hasn’t stopped growing,” said Mr. Filsinger. Mr. Filsinger has high standards for students who are interested in taking the class. “I expect them to know how to think, to stretch, to take risks and to try everything,” said Mr. Filsinger. Students who take Advanced Guitar will walk away from his class with more knowledge than before. “They will walk away knowing that the world of music is much bigger than they thought,” said Mr. Filsinger. There are some prerequisite classes before getting into Advanced Guitar. “Students have to take Beginning and Intermedi- ate Guitar before trying out for Advanced Guitar, or they have to have had taken private lessons,” said Mr. Filsinger. For qualified students who want to join his class, Mr. Filsinger has some advice. “Get ready to have a great time. Get ready to grow, and to become more than you think you are,” said Mr. Filsinger. The number of years that the Advanced Guitar students have been playing varies among the students. Some, like senior Cory West, have been playing for a long time. “I’ve been playing the guitar since I was born,” said West. Other students just got started playing guitar within the past few years. “I’ve been playing for two years,” said senior Matt Briggs. Even students who think they know everything about the guitar are surprised at what they learn. “The most important won awards every year at industry, and it’s, overall, a thing I’ve learned is that no the festival. The awards great experience.” matter what you think, you include guitar equipment For more information don’t know everything,” for the class. on Advanced Guitar visit: said junior Nathan Smith. “They had to be the best http://www.mpsaz.org/ On Wednesday, April ensemble, the best soloists, c3rmhs/drfilsin/index.htm. 16, the Advanced Guitar and overall best in show,” For more information on class will be attending said Filsinger. “Everybody Fender Festival in ScottsFender Festival located in gets something out of Fend- dale visit www.fender.com. Scottsdale for the third year er Festival, they get to hang in a row. Just like how out with pros, people with connections to the music the Band, Orchestra, and Choirs have their festivals, so too does the Advanced Guitar class. It is a guitar-only festival, but it is open to the public, and both professional guitarists and judges will be attending. “Fender Festival is basically a bunch of schools’ guitar classes competing. They’re usually younger than us because we’re the only advanced group,” PHOTO BY SAM WHITAKER said Smith. Senior Matt Briggs practices his guitar during Advanced Guitar The Advanced class. Guitar class has Focus February 8, 2008 7 8 February 8, 2008 Focus Baby, It’s Cold Outside PHOTOS BY PORTRAITS BY REG A&E Far From Drowning Local Band, Small Leaks Sink Ships, February 8, 2008 The Roar 9 Floats to Success on Local and National Levels By Joyce Tammany Staff Writer Arizona indie darlings, Small Leaks Sink Ships, have a history as uneasy as their name suggests. Judd Hancock, London VanRooy, and Jim Mandel, Jr. originally performed together as Beyond Analog and released two albums. Poised to make a third record, Beyond Analog disbanded, but reformed in 2006 under a new moniker. Bassist Mandel believes fate brought them back together. “We all played in different bands and solo projects,” he says, “[but] this is definitely the first time that we feel comfortable in a band.” With a completely revamped sound to go with their new name, Small Leaks spent a few months writing and rehearsing before heading into the studio, using the time originally allotted to record Beyond Analog’s third release. Until the World Is Happy, Wake Up You Sleepyhead Sun, the band’s debut record, is a mélange of sounds influenced by the Mars Volta, Modest Mouse, and Minus The Bear. Mandel believes that their sound’s biggest influences are the band members themselves. “We all listen to such vastly different styles of music,” Mandel says. “We look to each other when writing. Judd [vocals/guitar/piano] and London [vocals/ drums] are amazing storytellers.” PHOTO PROVIDED BY NO SLEEP RECORDS Named one of the “Best Underground Bands That Won’t Stay Underground for Long” by Alternative Press Magazine, Small Leaks Sink Ships’ unique style appears be paying off for the energetic four piece. A month after the album’s release in February 2007, the band signed with No Sleep Records. The album has since gained acclaim from the likes of absolutepunk.net, Spin. com, and Alternative Press magazine, which claimed Small Leaks to be one of the “Best Underground Bands That Won’t Stay Underground for Long.” “I would say each song has its own message or feeling to it,” Mandel says of the record. “But, in all honesty, if you play the record backwards, it says ‘kids, don’t do drugs.’” The band later added Mike Mukai to their lineup and began voraciously playing shows with local favorite, the Stiletto Formal, as well as other indie acts from across the country. As for the future, Mandel says, “We just want to survive on our music. We would love to just be alone to write and tour. I Concert Calendar: February/March When February 8 February 10 February 12 Febrary 17 February 19 February 19 February 26 March 2 March 3 March 12 March 16 March 17 Who Where Foxy Shazam, Peachcake The One Place, Phoenix, 6:15 p.m Haste the Day, Scary Kids The Clubhouse, Tempe, Scaring Kids 6:00 p.m. The Editors Marquee Theater, Tempe, 6:30 p.m. Aiden, Madina Lake Rialto Theare, Tuscon, 6:30 p.m. Emery, Mayday Parade Marquee Theater, Tempe, 6:00 p.m. Cobra Starship The Clubhouse, Tempe, 6:00 p.m. Bone Thugs N Harmony Rialto Theatre, Tuscon, 7:00 p.m. Foo Fighters Glendale Arena, Glendale, 7:30 p.m. Dropkick Murphys Marquee Theater, Tempe, 6:30 p.m. Silverstein, Devil Wears Marquee Theater, Tempe, Prada 6:30 p.m. Flogging Molly Marquee Theater, Tempe, 5:00 p.m. Matchbox Twenty Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, 7:00 p.m. don’t think any of us care about being rich and famous; we all really very much enjoy writing music.” With that kind of attitude and the successes the band has seen so far, this is one local band that Arizona natives should see in small clubs while they still can. For more information on the band, check out www.myspace.com/smallleakssinkships. How Much $10 $14 in advance $18 at the door $17 at the door $16 at the door $12 at the door $35 at the door $20-40 $25 at the door $25 at the door $32-100 $24-70 10 February 8, 2008 A&E The Reel Reviews The Armchair Book Reviews By Eric Stoss After seeing all the movies out this month, I came to the decision that these three begged for mention, due either to being excellent, or complete drivel. On a 1-10 rating scale, see what your favorite movie got. I Am Legend This is the story of Robert Neville (Will Smith), a military scientist and his experiences after an infectious virus wipes the world clean of all society and all people, all but the dark seekers that is. Will Smith’s general style of action/comedy is thrown off with this movie. It is mostly about his struggle to survive in his head rather than to survive in the city. It does hold moments that would make some laugh, but looking deeper into the character, people realize they shouldn’t be laughing. The movie embodies intense feeling like a horror movie for some parts, but half way through the movie it takes a huge jump to an action movie, all the while remaining extremely melancholy. Will Smith pulls off the story almost completely alone, give for an occasional flash back with his family. Being mostly about his inner struggle, there are several spots where you simply have to take some of the stuff going on with good faith, due to the lack of explanation. Besides 8.5/10 that, the movie is completely worth seeing, whether you like horror movies, action movies or sad movies. 4/10 would be considered a moderately interesting movie, but with its need to live up, and its failing to live up, it is a disappointment. Unless you are an old school fan of the series, it is not worth your time. off with a languid “if this is placed in my hands, I’ll strongly consider actually reading it” attitude. By the time I finished this, in a matter of three days, it dawned on me that much of the past four years could have been a substantially happier time if I had followed this suggestion earlier. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is possibly one of the best pieces of pop culture analysis published in the past decades. With an intensity of humor and razor sharp wit, Klosterman presents his proposals with such fervor that the entirety of these eighteen essays and mini-rants are devoured so quickly, readers will be going back to memorize passages. Klosterman is possibly the only contemporary author whose prose can effectively derive meaning in the “Real World” series, mainstream country music, and the Sims. He effectively dissects the Celtics/Lakers, explains Luke Skywalker as the quintessential Generation Xer, and Pamela Anderson’s sex appeal with a certain twisted grace. I found myself clawing for more of his works, scratching at Klosterman interviews and repeating entire paragraphs at parties. The idea that the reader may not agree with his assertions actually becomes negated to the fact that on some level, his outrageous, comical, and well-articulated points actually begin to become justified with further reading. Don’t buy one copy of this. Buy two, or three, in case you lose the first one. This pop-culture analysis is possibly one of the most brilliant and amusing pieces of contemporary satire I have ever been privileged to consume, because simply reading this collection does not do it justice. devour readers in a plot of urban mythology and disappearance. The first part of this prose follows a young French-Canadian boy-author named Paul in the early 1900’s. Paul is a rather normal boy-except for one dark secret. He soon learns he has the power to disappear, including the dark by-products that power also carries. The second portion of the manuscript reveals Susan, a cousin, living in the 1980’s, who is desperate to succeed Paul, now dead, as a writer. She requests an internship with one of Paul’s former publishers, and while working that job, discovers this strangely autobiographical manuscript. Suddenly, the concept of his claimed invisibility is brought into question. When a final section of this story is revealed, the reader is left to decide between the line separating truth and fiction. Though Fade’s plot holds many common milestones for invisibility fiction, the story is captivating in its own sense. Readers begin to get a feel for Paul’s beliefs and mannerisms, and within the first ten pages, he has become more of a friend than any intangible character. The plot develops with ease, and by the last page, saying goodbye to Fade feels more like wishing a good friend well, with some resignation to see them go. Fade is fiction that captivates. Prozac Nation Elixabeth Wurtzel **** Before reading this book, it is necessary to note a disclaimer. Cloverfield This movie received an insane amount of publicity due to viral marketing campaigns on the web and TV. Several video trailers and web sites were dedicated to expanding the mystery that is Cloverfield. The movie takes place in first person, and the cinematography consists of nothing more than a household camcorder. This gives the movie a unique, yet slightly dizzying, feeling throughout. The movie follows the story of a group of friends who start the day off at 1 a.m. having a going away party for another friend. When a large albeit short earthquake shakes the island of Manhattan, several of the people at the party run to the roof to see destruction and large chunks of building flying in every direction including right towards them. This point is where the movie really starts; the group tries to escape Manhattan on foot, but receives a phone call from a friend stuck in her apartment. Incidentally, by stopping to take the phone call, the group is saved from death as the Brooklyn Bridge collapses. The rest of the movie is about the small group of four trying to make their way to the apartment of the friend who is trapped. The movie is intense and fast paced, occasionally slowing down so that you can get a really good look at what is going on. It does differ from normal monster movies, but if you want Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs By Chuck Klosterman ***** When this book was suggested to me in ninth grade, I passed it Fade Robert Cormier **** It starts simply, with a family portrait. Suddenly, Fade begins to Alien vs. Predator: Requiem A lot is expected of this movie given the massive amount of love people had for the first movie Alien vs. Predator, as well as the original Alien and Predator series. Unfortunately, this movie does not deliver. It’s not a horrible movie. It just does not live up to its predecessors. With constant plot jumping, between the humans, the Predator, and the Aliens, it is hard to see much coherent plot, besides humans running from both monsters. The Predators simply want to kill the Aliens. In the first AVP movie, the Predators were not all powerful, they showed struggle. This movie gives the Predator immense power, and it only struggles when against a special kind of Alien. The battle scenes are full of intense fighting, but they are too few and too short to help this movie come back from the grave. Not to mention, an additional plot hole when the Aliens seem to go through no growth time, they instantly become full grown from their disgusting birth to their vicious adulthood. There is yet another plot hole in that the movie never explains where the Aliens come from. If it had nothing to live up to it Story and Photography By Rosalinda Albrecht 8.5/10 something unique and gripping, this is completely worth your time. Cloverfield is a “love it or hate it” kind of movie, either you think it is great and you are glad you spent your money to see such an excellent movie, or you think you could have gotten the same enjoyment out of watching $9 go down the toilet. The name of this book describes exactly the subject matter, and Prozac Nation, though brilliantly written, and a flawless depiction of depression is not, by any means, a happy read. The language is brilliant, the points are illustrated with an undeniable amount of accuracy. However, this book will not make you sympathize with depression, it will make you empathize, till you feel the “black wave” as Wurtzel describes it. In a culture where depression has become, as Wurtzel states, the “common cold” of mental illness, there is a certain misconception that a memoir on depression is expected to be just as mundane as the disease is understood by the media. This is a fallacy. Prozac Nation explains depression as it is felt by Wurtzel, from her early adolescent years and throughout college. Readers find themselves agonizing with her, destitute, and even, at times, annoyed at her disease. If depression did not seem real before reading this biography, it certainly seemed tangible by the closing word. Wurtzel is brilliant, but her illness proves to be aggravating, petty and, overall, morose. By the end of the 362 page narrative, Wurtzel will have you believing that you need Prozac, too. Yet, although I do suggest reading lighter material soon before or after exploring this, I strongly suggest Prozac Nation for that reason specifically, by those who do have depression, but especially for those without it. For a disease glamorized by celebrities, this book speaks honestly, bravely, albeit sardonically, and for that, I believe it is worth the read. Walking in Circles Before Lying Down Merrill Markoe **** Enter Dawn Tarnauer, a young woman whose life is beginning to resemble a soap opera in the most undesirable ways possible. Her family life is a shamble of eccentric and absurd characters, each set in entrepreneurship in the bizarre, from her mother set on selling “every holiday” trees, to her overdramatic meddling sister, who is determined to become a life coach to stars of the obscure. Her love life is just as dismembered, after two divorces and strings of unsuccessful boyfriends. The one joy she takes is in animals, namely, her pit bull mix, Chuck, who suddenly decides to offer his take on the situation, barking it up so that Dawn can actually understand him. Suddenly, Dawn becomes the Dr. Dolittle of her job at the pet-sitting company she works for. Before long, Dawn is suddenly taken on the adventure of her life in all ways possible, led by canine instincts and quite a few strokes of luck. This book is definitely a fun read, delightful, humorous, and strangely insightful. Chucks discernments of human activity including his “three minute” test (which is generally his way of seeing whether Dawn’s prospective boyfriends carry food) and observations of “sidewalk butterflies” (shadows) will delight readers to the last page. I strongly suggest this fiction to all readers, regardless of feelings for dogs. Rating Scale: ***** - Brilliant, memorization material. **** - Captivating – keep a copy and pass it around. *** - Good, but forgettable. ** - Cliché and irrelevant * - Furniture prop Sports The Roar Wrestling Slams Another Season By Kacee Crandall Staff Writer This year’s team has seen some positive changes since former Mesa High wrestling coach, Coach DiDomenico, got here. Coach DiDomenico has nine years experience coaching wrestling in Arizona. With two very impressive coaches, both varsity and junior varsity have come together as wrestlers and as a team. Coach DiDomenico’s philosophy, “Show up, work hard, and be coachable,” has led this year’s wrestlers into an amazing season. Both with impressive records, varsity 17-7, and junior varsity 5-3, they have had an exciting season and expect a strong finish with individuals in both varsity and junior varsity doing exceedingly well. While junior varsity focuses on all three of Coach D’s philosophy, Coach Ullman says, “Their main focus is to work hard and move up.” Coach Ullman, the junior varsity coach, is impressed with this year’s team. With all the progress made, it’s easy to understand why. “I have a great group of kids, and I’ve never seen another junior varsity team come together or work as hard,” said Coach Ullman. In need of a 103-pound wrestler, both coaches decided to move up first-year wrestler, and sophomore, Wes Medlin. With the help of his workout partners and the intensity in the work out room, Medlin started getting ready to face against wrestlers who have been doing this a lot longer. “It’s pretty tight being the only sophomore. It’s not harder, it’s just that the competition is more intense,” says Medlin. That hard work has come in to play on the mat. Both junior varsity and varsity teams train together, spending everyday after school, the majority of Saturdays practicing, -Coach DiDomenico photo by Portraits by reg Junior Will Fazette pins his opponent during a wrestling match. 11 Lady Lions Perfect Shot “Show up, work hard, and be coachable.” and having weekly matches and tournaments together. It’s hard to believe they have time to rest, study, or have fun. However, the boys all manage to do well in school and enjoy their spare time together. “I like going to the tournaments and then getting to hang out with my wrestling buddies,” says sophomore Trevor Charles. “The hardest part of this whole experience has been wrestling the seniors with a lot of experience and losing to them. Losing is the hardest part for me.” February 8, 2008 By Kacee Crandall Staff Writer The Red Mountain girls varsity basketball team strives to be “better than the average student not just as grades go but as role models,” says Coach Appel. This year’s team is no exception. In his ten years as a coach, Coach Appel has developed a program by which he teaches and brings the team together. After many of his players, including his five starters from last year, graduated, he is rebuilding an amazing team. With a deceiving record of 6-16, playing against the best teams in state and some out-of-state teams as well, fans have to see the team play to understand their talent. “Everybody works so hard this year, and this is, honestly, one of the hardest working teams I have ever been on,” said senior Deanna Reich, one of this year’s captains. The team’s connection extends beyond just the court and locker room. They also reach out to the community and continue with a five-year tradition of reading to a first grade class at Red Mountain Ranch. It just also happens to be Coach Appel’s son’s class this year. “As a dad, I can see that it helps build a culture, a community,” Coach Appel said. His little boy already knows he wants to go to Red Mountain and has already learned the importance of Mountain Lion pride. The team also hosts a summer basketball camp in June for girls and boys from kindergarten up to junior high. Girls who are on the varsity team, have played in the past, and hope to some day play on a basketball team, all come together on the courts. “The girls get just as much out of it as the kids,” said Coach Appel. Participating in the camp has become a routine for each basketball team, and now they are starting to see the turn around. Girls that went through the camp when they were in fifth and “The Red Mountain sixth grade have come full circle and are now girls varsity basketpart of the varsity girls that help teach others the ball team strives to love of the game, like be “better than the Sarah Hatch who did the summer camps prior average student not to becoming a varsity just as grades go but basketball player. “I love helping the as role models.” kids; they are so cute and -Coach Appel funny. And the younger ones seem to soak everyeach year he learns and hopes thing in,” said Deanna that he will continue to grow Reich. as a coach as his girls conAt the beginning of every tinue to grow as a team. With season Coach Appel tells the next year’s team getting some girls, “If you want to give more players, the young talent back to this program, get a mixing with this year’s team college degree.” Of last year’s team, all five is sure to spark an interesting and untouchable team. starters and one of the addi“You have to love [coachtional seniors went on to play ing] with the hours you put college basketball this year. in,” said Coach Appel. Kayla Pedersen was one of Coach Appel called getting the girls who started last year home at 7:30 p.m. an early and has gone on with a full night, seeing as how he had ride basketball scholarship to been up until 1 a.m. the night Stanford. Her number, 14, before watching videos, putwas formally retired, January ting together some plans, and 18, when she came back to reviewing for an upcoming watch this year’s team play. Coach Appel thinks he is a game. But is it worth it? better coach this year then last “Without a doubt,” Coach year, despite his state champiAppel says. onship last year. He says that photo by Portraits by reg “Everybody works so hard this year, and this is, honestly, one of the hardest working teams I have ever been on,” said senior Deanna Reich. 12 February 8, 2008 Sports Red Mountain Sports Calendar Red Mountain Girls JV Soccer JV Baseball [email protected] Dobson 2/22 -H Mountain View 2/26 [email protected] Mesa 2/29 -H Buena 3/4 -H Desert Vista 3/6 [email protected] Cibola 3/7 [email protected] Desert Mountain 3/11 JV Softball -H Mountain View 2/26 [email protected] Mesa 2/29 [email protected] Buena 3/4 [email protected] Desert Vista 3/6 -H Cibola 3/7 -H Desert Mountain 3/11 Boys Tennis [email protected] Mountain Varsity Ridge 2/14 Baseball [email protected] Desert [email protected] Buena 3/4 [email protected] Desert Vista Mountain 2/19 -H Chavez 2/21 3/6 -H Mountain -H Cibola 3/7 Pointe 2/26 - Desert Mountain 3/11 -H Westwood -H Dobson 3/4 Varsity Softball [email protected] Mountain View 3/6 [email protected] Buena 3/4 [email protected] Mesa 3/11 -H Desert Vista 3/6 Girls Tennis [email protected] Cibola 3/7 -H Mountain - @ Desert Mountain 3/11 Ridge 2/14 -H Desert Mountain 2/19 -H Chavez 2/21 [email protected] Mountain Ridge 2/26 [email protected] WestWood 2/28 [email protected] Dobson 3/4 -H Mountain View 3/6 -H Mesa 3/11 Girls /Boys Track [email protected] Mesa 2/27 -H Dobson 3/5 -H Westwood 3/12 Boys Volleyball -H Desert Vista 2/26 [email protected] McClintock 2/26 -H Brophy 3/4 [email protected] Highland 3/5 [email protected] Canyon De Oro 3/6 [email protected] O’Connor 3/11 Kicks it Into High Gear By Sarah Allmandinger Staff Writer The soccer season has concluded, and Red Mountain girls junior varsity soccer team has done a fantastic job this year, with 11 wins and two losses. Since the beginning of last season, and as the season has progressed, the girls have come to know each other better and have learned to blend their skills and become better as a whole. “When we first started out, we didn’t seem very team oriented. Then we started playing, and we connected well together,” said sophomore Ariel Gnazzo-Kerry. Something else that has brought the junior varsity girls even closer together this year is the fact that they have all been playing for majority of their of their lives. “I’ve been playing since kindergarten, so for about twelve years now,” said junior Carly Farr. A new season is always awkward. New players, new ways of handling problems, and sometimes a new school. A successful team has to make sure they work together, PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG get along and mesh Girls junior varsity soccer works hard to well. play a great game. PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG Freshman Melina Cox-Ferreras plays soccer at practice. We’re really strong, because the whole junior varsity team comes from one community club, Club Soccer,” said sophomore Jaymie Padilla. “Even if they aren’t in that club, we still know them, and it makes us stronger.” Although there were struggles and hurdles to overcome at the beginning, the team managed to come together and ended up having a good time with one another. “Tryouts are always the hardest part of the season, everybody goes in really nervous, we push ourselves very hard, and then you get into the season and end up having a really good time,” said junior Sierra Fill.