Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 CHANNEL ISLANDS HIGH SCHOOL THE Volume XVII, Issue I First Person Three years down, one more to go Welcome, Class of 2016 By Angelica Rojas Staff writer o you remember what it was like when you walked through those doors of high school for the first time as a freshman? To think that now you’re at the top of the high school hierarchy. Oh, how time has flown. From freshman year to senior year, everyone has changed in some way. When asked if there had been a change throughout his high school years, Jose Serrano, chuckled and responded with a boastful, “Of course!” Serrano used to be very shy and lacked confidence, but now he considers himself more mature and independent. Senior Erick Esquivel shares a similar story. He also started off high school very shy and without many friends, but now he knows a lot more people. “I have the confidence to be myself,” he said. Just like Serrano and Esquivel, many other seniors have grown as well. Senior year has a reputation of being the best year in high school. There is so much to look forward to, such as taking your senior portrait, dancing at your last homecoming dance, cheering at your last rallies, getting ready for your last prom, getting fitted for your cap and gown, and then finally walking the line to have officially graduated high school. Right now you may think that graduation day is so far away, but the truth is the days are going to fly by and when you least expect it, it will be your last day in high school. Diane Saucedo has a mind set of “having an unforgettable year because it’s my last year.” And so should a lot of other seniors. Take advantage of each day; these are your last days of childhood before adulthood comes and you have no choice but to grow up. Your senior year may be amazing or the worst. Regardless, this year is a year of “lasts,” so make your “lasts” count. P.S. Senioritis, parties, relationships, drama, etc. can seem like the most important thing at the moment, but don’t ruin your senior year by putting yourself at risk of not graduating. You’ve gotten through three years, one more won’t hurt. D Class of 2010 Link Crew leaders Itzel Torres, left, and Angelica Rojas, right, make some freshmen feel at home.. Photo by Sheridyn Talbert Remember, ‘Frosh are Friends NOT Food’ By Selena Arroyo Staff writer In middle school, eighth graders are at the top of food chain; once they enter high school they are once again lower classmen. High school is when you begin to face bigger obstacles, and you now have to decide between being the best while having fun and succeeding at what you do, or having too much fun, falling into peer pressure and watching your grades go down the drain. Not only are freshmen now in a bigger school, but the time they spend here has multiplied. It is hard to come into a new school and feel right at home. To top it all off, freshmen have pressure from friends to have fun, from your parents to do well in school, and your own pressure where you begin to ask yourself exactly who you are, what you want to do and where you want to go. You have enough pressure, so why add more? Link Crew is here to help you succeed, to show you that you are not alone and to try to point you in the right direction. Tyler Yere, a new CIHS Raider, says that ever since he’s joined Link Crew his grades have improved massively. Gina Calderon and Crystal Mendez, also freshman, said their first day of high school was awesome and they appreciate their Link Leaders helping them out and being there for them since day one. Not only do freshmen have great things to say about Link Crew, they also have compliments for its senior leaders. Many of them said that Link Crew leaders Angelica Rojas and Itzel Torres are “helpful, nice, awesome and pretty.” Rojas and Torres are two of the many Link Leaders trying to help freshmen succeed and enjoy their high school experience. Ms. Milly Madonna, Link Crew advisor, said; “Remember, you exist now as an example. Shine like I know you can and be the change that we have been waiting for.” P.S, freshmen: If you ever need someone to talk to or need help with anything please contact the Link Crew advisers, Ms. Madonna or Ms. Jenna Hudson; they will put you in a Link Crew family that will help you through your high school journey. As Royer Cahuantzi (freshman) said, “My Link Crew leaders will try anything to help their Link Crew freshmen.” Cheerleaders stage protest By Alfredo Perez Staff writer A few weeks back, CI cheerleaders spent a day walking around with tape on their mouths. They said it was in support of Ms. Carri Jimenez, the squad’s longtime adviser, who resigned over a disciplinary issue. “I am not happy about the situation. All the girls were and are my second little family,” said Ms. Jimenez. Co-captain Kierra Routledge, a senior, said that a cheerleader was disrespecting Ms. Jimenez and challenging her authority. Ms. Jimenez told the cheerleader that she was suspended until they had a meeting with the cheerleader, Ms. Jimenez, Principal Maricruz Hernandez, and the cheerleader’s mother. At that time, Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Jimenez decided to kick the girl off the squad, accord- ing to Routledge. The mother of the cheerleader, however, went to the Oxnard Union High School District to complain, according to Routledge. District officials said the girl had to be placed back on team. Ms. Jimenez then resigned as adviser. She said she wasn’t forced to resign but that she resigned because she couldn’t run the team without enforcing rules. Jimenez added that the rules weren’t so hard to follow and that she didn’t want an unstructured team. “I miss all of them all – the boys, the girls, and even the girl from the incident,” said Ms. Jimenez. “It’s unfortunate this had to happen. They are my family and I’ve been with most of them since their freshmen year. I will be out there cheering for them at the games and rallies.” See CHEER on Page 2 Mr. Throckmorton and his students are enjoying the new Transportation Center: Story on Page 7. CI’s Academic Performance Index score reached an all-time high of 701 this past year: Story on Page 2. Catch up on what some Raiders did over the summer: Stories on Page 4. The Isle File Page 2 API score reaches new high: 701 By Marisol Marron Staff writer Every year schools prepare and put in the effort for state testing. Schools then anticipate the results of their API scores, hoping for a better score than the previous years. API scores measure the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures and may range from 200-1000. The statewide API performance target for all schools is 800. School growth is measured based on how well the school scored in the previous years. Here at Channel Islands we have seen growth on our API scores almost every year. Channel Islands’ previous scores were 670 in 2010, 689 in 2011, and this year our API score rose to about 701, which was a whole 12 point raise from our previous year. The state was to release schools’ official scores today. We’ve achieved a good score this year, but Principal Maricruz Hernandez is determined to aim for 800 with the help of every student and staff member. Ms. Hernandez explained some strategies that CI is using to accomplish a rise in the scores. Teachers used standards-based strategies in the classroom to engage students in the lessons and provide them with some practice before the testing began. They also showed data charts to the students. Seeing our blueprints may have also helped the students take the test more seriously. “Our rises in scores were thanks to the students and teachers,” said Ms. Hernandez. For our school to gain in our API scores means really good news. “We are competing with schools in the state that have similar students,” Ms. Hernandez mentioned. “We want to demonstrate that the curriculum and the instruction here at CIHS is of high quality, very high quality, and our scores will show that.” Our goals for this year will be set up by the students and teachers. “We are hoping the administration is aiming very high this year and we believe a good target for our API scores will be between 730-740, maybe even 750,” said Ms. Hernandez. Our achievements and proficient or advanced placements benefit CI students with some rewards. Students who placed advanced will receive a fast pass to avoid waiting in lines. Ms. Hernandez said that proficient students might even receive dog tags. With the help of every student in our rise of scores, Ms. Hernandez is planning a rally to celebrate the academic accomplishments. “As for this year I am looking into having pizza and ice-cream for all the students who show gains in their scores,” she said. “I am open to ideas from the students of what they would like as a reward. The students can go to teachers or administrators with suggestions as well.” Ms. Hernandez added that it is important for CI to get to 800 or higher. “I believe that our students can accomplish high goals and I believe we have the skills to compete with anybody in the state,” she said. “Every student counts and teachers are putting their best effort forward to give students the skills to show proficiency in the standards.” Homecoming Nominees King: Lordgin Savella, Saili Oto, Javier Vasquez, Andres Juarez, Arturo Lobato Queen: Sheridyn Talbert, Judith Gonzalez, Cristina Sangabriel, Sade Esparza, Veronica Garcia Senior Prince: Neil Olipani, Jose Machado, Paul Vasquez, Rafael Ochoa, Merle Lopez Senior Princess: Patricia Arceo, Kaylee Brown, Lanieya Jaramillo, Alejandra Arroyo, Paulina Nunez Junior Prince: Daniel Chacon, Ricky Estrada, Christopher Ramirez, Bryan Almontes, Raj Anderson Cheerleaders staged a silent protest in support of Ms. Jimenez. CHEER: Ms. Jimenez resigns as advisor Continued from Page 1 Ms. Jimenez was going into her 8th year of being adviser for cheer. She enjoyed being adviser and liked seeing the squad members grow up. “If all this wouldn’t have happened I would have never quit. I feel sorry for them not having a coach prepare them for rallies. It’s a no-win situation for all parties,” said Ms. Jimenez. Several of the cheerleaders stand behind their former coach. “Ms. Jimenez had her right to enforce rules taken away,” cheerleader Kaylee Brown said. Cheerleader Tania Reyes, a senior, said, “The school can get us the best coach in the world but that person will never be as amazing as Ms. Jimenez is, was and will always be.“ Junior Princess: Candy Ozuna, Vanessa Gomez, Judith Aguilar, Jocelyn Pulido, Heather Thompson Sophomore Prince: Filamoni Aloese, William Fernandez, Andy Garcia, Moorejorie Valdez, Carlos Villacana Sophomore Princess: Alexis Pyle, Mallory Burns, Crystal Gomez, Saira Gonzalez, Nylsa Leyva Freshman Prince: Nick Garcia, Kobe Gonzales, Tito Aloese, Mike Soto, Martin Aguilar Freshman Princess: April Mejia, Adilene Juarez, Crystal Marquez, Ashley Gray, Laura Anne Briones Page 3 Friday, October 12, 2012 Piece of Mind How is your school year going so far? “My school year has started off great because there has been no drama and I met great new people.” –Maricel Estoque, senior “My school year started off so great because my classes are easy and because I met Lucy Contreras.” –Nancy Gonzalez, freshman “At first I thought it was going to be scary, but it’s actually OK.” -Carolina Hernandez, freshman “So far the school year has been pretty good. Some of the classes are difficult but it’s pretty good.” -Blanca Vega, sophomore “It was boring until I joined a sport, which was water polo.” -Judith Aguilar, junior Teachable Moments Students, teachers study upcoming election By Myriam Akbar Staff writer There is all kinds of buzz about this year’s presidential election and it’s right around the corner. The next United States presidential election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will officially elect the president and the vice president of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. President Barack Obama is running for a second and final term during this election. His major challenger is former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. The economy, health care, the unemployment rate, and last but definitely not least, the $14 trillion debt are leading issues in the 2012 campaign. As well as being a crucial moment in history, this election is also a very teachable moment for high schools and the seniors who may be voting. Mr. Ed Ransom, a Government teacher at Channel Islands, plans on teaching his students all about the 2012 election; however, he wants to make sure they know the basics first. So far he has taught his students a lot about the propositions. “Prop. 30 and 38 are very similar; however, either way if 30 doesn’t pass, students are going to lose a lot. So will teachers,” Mr. Ransom says. Proposition 30 is the Sales and Income Tax Increase and Proposition 38 is the Sales Income Tax Increase to Support Education. If Prop. 30 doesn’t pass, teachers will lose up to $500 per paycheck due to more furlough days, Mr. Ransom adds. Students will also lose many days, and won’t have the luxuries such as having papers copied and hole punched, as well as losing lots of school supplies. Lunch prices on the rise By José Cortez “Good, because I missed school and my friends.” -Ruby Ochoa, sophomore “It started off great because I like my classes.” –Adilene Serrato, junior “I’m voting for Barack Obama. . . I’m not very happy about it though,” Ransom admits. His intentions are to not tell the students who he wants to win, but teach them how to form their own view and opinions. Focusing on teaching his students about political parties, Mr. David Cole, another Government teacher at CI says, “I want to focus on the political parties and what they stand for. . . What Romney stands for, what Obama stands for, things like that.” Mr. Cole is teaching his students about the Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, and Conservatives. He also wants to touch on the third parties and discuss what they believe in and their philosophies. He and Mr. Ransom are both circulating their teachable moments on the basics first, then covering the big issues; although, having different focuses at the time. Elizabeth Duran, a senior at CI says, “Hey, everyone in the low or middle class, you should stop complaining and get out there and vote. If you want to make a change, take a step and act upon your peers.” This quote she says is directed to all, not just students getting ready to vote for the first time. “Yeah everyone needs to vote if they want their choice to win,” she adds. Alfredo Tristan, a senior at CI, says,” I’m voting for Gary Johnson.” Gary Johnson is the election choice for the Libertarian Party. “Everyone focuses on just Obama and Romney, because they have more sponsors, but I like what Gary stands for.” Like Mr. Cole, Tristan is also taking the other parties into consideration. Staff writer As many of you students know, this year the lunch prices have shot up to $3 opposed to the previous price of $2.25. The price may be new to us this school year, but the menu is a whole new story. There is a twist on new sides and entrées that consist of a bean salad, made freshly every day, with more vegetables and grain filled items. With new items being added, old ones are being updated with flare. In the previous years you would receive a slice of pizza, milk and a side; this year a side salad with dressing is included. If that doesn’t make the price any better there’s always chef salads; this year they look slightly bigger and have more of a variety to them. Not only has lunch been revised, so has breakfast. Breakfast has introduced a nutritious oatmeal cookie and cereal with graham crackers. Prices may have alarmed some students, but not enough for them to stop eating here. Gathered information shows about the same number of students eating lunch last year are about the same this year. Not all students are pleased with this sudden increase in price. Linda Hernandez, a senior, said, “The lunch can be better (taste), the menu is OK, and the pizza is too greasy.” Ms. Maricruz Hernandez, principal, explained that it is not the school but the district that is to blame for the change in price. They come up with prices to set for breakfast and lunch, she said. Students need to fill out a free or reduced lunch form and turn it in. If you’re uneasy with the $3 price tag you should take into consideration filling one out. Cafeteria manager Rowena Filoteo said, “You must reapply every year. Some students think that if they qualified for free or reduced lunch last year that this year would be the same, that’s not true always re-apply every year.” Staff Information “It started off kind of weird because I came during the second week of school and I didn’t know anybody except my boyfriend and my friend Bere, but I met some nice people and it’s a good environment.” -Ana Laura Rosete, senior Text and Photos by Tiffanie Flores The Isle File, Channel Islands High’s student newspaper, is written and produced by the Writing for Publication class. Editors: Tori Foster and Aylin Rodriguez; Photo Editor: Patricia Wrenn; Copy Editors: Myriam Akbar and Angelica Rojas Staff Members: Alex Aquino, Selena Arroyo, Juan Ceja, Jose Cortez, Karina Cortez, Tiffanie Flores, Linda Hernandez, Rosemary MacGarvey, Marisol Marron, Breanna Martin, Lilibeth Mireles, Andrew Orozco, Sacora Pankey, Alfredo Perez, Sheridyn Talbert, Primo Tiongco and Mario Torres, . Staff Advisor: Mr. John Grennan, Room 29 Contact Information For advertising information, story ideas, questions or concerns, or to submit a Letter to the Editor, contact us at: The Isle File, 1400 E. Raiders Way, Oxnard, CA 93033. Room 29. Telephone: 3855890. E-mail: [email protected] Page 4 The Isle File Lady Raiders help those with special needs By Breanna Martin French teacher Ms. Elizbieta Dabrowska, center, and Anicya Galindo, left, travel to Europe. European Vacation Ms. Dabrowska leads French Club overseas By Lily Mireles Staff writer This summer, Ms. Elizbieta Dabrowska, the French teacher and French Club adviser here at CI, took five students and a parent to France. They went for seven days, leaving June 13 and coming back on June 20. Joining them on the 14-hour flight were students from Virginia, Missouri, and Michigan. It gave CI students a chance to meet new people, Ms. Dabrowska said. “The hotel was very nice,” said Mrs. Dabrowska. Their trip included visits to Paris, the Eiffel Tour, Nimes, de Pout du Gord, Provence, and lastly to Barcelona in Spain. Anicya Galindo, a senior here at CI, was one of the five students who went to the trip. Galindo enjoyed the second airplane they took — United Airlines Germany – because they had great food such as cheesecake and pudding for dessert. “A lot of people were surprised it was my first time on the airplane,” Galindo said. The motels were small but nice, it was quiet and relaxing, and there was fresh air. Galindo said, “Yeah it was interesting to see how the people are compared to here,” people in France would look at them because the girls would have their toe nails painted and the girls in France would not have their toe nails painted. People in France would smell bad; when they got close it was too close for comfort. Most of the girls would be riding a mobylettes, a form of an electric scooter, and everyone had a dog. Galindo’s favorite part of the trip was going to the three-story H&M store. The store was set up in three parts: the bottom part was for the guys to shop, the middle was filled with swim wear, and the top part was for the girls. “Way more clothing and it looked like if it was cheaper,” Galindo said about shopping in the H&M store for about three hours. She also bought a dress and a purse from Italy. Galindo said, “Barcelona had the best food.” She also liked France’s version of pizza. On their last day in France they went to the beach at a small village near the Mediterranean Sea. “I would’ve liked to stay a longer time,” said Galindo, adding that she would like to go again. Ms. Dabrowska said, “I would like to try it again even though it is a little expensive. I would love to take a couple of more students.” Staff writer For the first time ever, the CI girls’ basketball team held a twoday camp in our very own Raider gym for those with special needs and disabilities. With new coach Eugene Ayala, both the JV and Varsity girls were able to pull through on this magnificent idea. “We are trying to give something back to the community… something positive,” says Coach Ayala. The program featured some boys from the Camarillo basketball team, as well as our very own Channel Islands girls’ basketball team. It also featured many different organizations. With the help of Oxnard Recreation and Coach Ayala the word was spread out about this program and it all depended on who showed up. Fortunately, many different organizations did come out to participate, and it turned out to be a success. All day the players worked with those with disabilities on many basic basketball drills. They learned to dribble and pass. Each kid even got to have a one on one with a player. They got to communicate with others and have fun learning something new. “I expected everyone to be surprised because we have never “I expected everyone to be surprised because we have never done anything like this before, but it was a great experience.” -- Danielle Brown done anything like this before,” said senior and varsity player Danielle Brown, “but it was a great experience.” The program was also sponsored by local Jersey Mike’s Subs and all got to eat after a nice session of playing some ball. How could it get any better? Because of the great success the program had, Coach Ayala and his girls are planning on doing this annually. In fact, their first home game against Pacifica is going to have reserved seats for those with disabilities. On top of that all the money raised at that game will go to next year’s program. Senior and varsity basketball player Tiarah Umu said, “It brought our team closer and made us realize how blessed we are. We are definitely looking forward to next year’s program.” As far the girls’ upcoming season, Coach Ayala is very excited. Ayala says, “We are looking past league. We have already won league, we are going to state.” Alumni returns to revive Film Club at Islands By Linda G. Hernandez CI’s Routledge travels to Norway By Tori Foster Staff writer Kierra Routledge, a senior at Channel Islands High School, did something a little different than most students this past summer. Mattias Gjermundsen, foreign exchange student last year and boyfriend of a year had surprised Routledge with airplane tickets to visit him in his homeland, Norway! “I was very shocked when he sent me the tickets. I didn’t want to take his money, but the tickets were nonrefundable,” said Routledge. Excited to see and spend time with him, she boarded a plane to Norway for a three-week visit. When she arrived at the Gjermundsens’ house, she got a chance to meet the rest of his family. “I was nervous but they were very welcoming,” said Routledge. “I stayed with him in the apartment his parents made for him on the bottom floor of the house.” In comparison to the United States, Routledge said that Norway Kierra Routledge, Mattias Gjermundsen, and his grandmother. was “cleaner” than the U.S. with “low pollution.” “You can practi- thing like that here (the U.S.),” said cally walk through the forests over Routledge. “It was different than there,” she said, and that it was also what I have experienced here.” After this fun-filled trip, “not as dangerous during the night Routledge has decided to go back hours.” While over there, next summer. She also hopes to atGjermundsen took Routledge to tend a college or university in Norlots of landmarks, including the way after high school. Currently, Routledge and king’s castle and many little churches. He also took her to a Gjermundsen are making their longcouple of concerts and parties distance relationship work by using Skype and texting, which can along with other family members. Boat rides are very big in Nor- be difficult at times due to the 9way, so he took her on a few of hour time difference. “It’s tough, but we just take it those too. “You couldn’t find or see any- day by day!” she said. Staff writer “Once a Raider always a Raider.” That is what Ricardo Gomez is demonstrating by coming back to his roots. Gomez graduated from UC Berkeley this past August with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Gomez soon after applied for the Judith Lee Stronach- Baccalaureate Prize, for which he received $25,000. With the money he received he decided to come back to the Islands and start a Film Club that is now taking place every Tuesday during lunch in room 58. Mr. Sean Blumenthal, an advisor for the club, says, “I am very excited to be having this club, and having this new way for kids to express themselves.” Gomez got inspired into filming because he did not always want to write essays, so each time he could he would make videos and films instead. Gomez got the idea of starting the club because he thought it would be great to come back and make an impact on his community by empowering students to make their own videos. What better place to do it than the high school he attended. Ricardo Gomez Freshmen Lupita Arellano said, “It’s a great way to get involved in something I like.” Although they won’t go on any field trips, they will be making movies that they can present to other fellow students. Gomez has bought equipment for students to use for the club, such as digital camcorders, cameras, and tripods. Gomez said that this is a great club for anyone who is interested in being involved in filming, production or acting. He hopes for people to keep the club going even after he moves on to other projects. Friday, October 12, 2012 Cassia Carter Page 5 Karina Cortez Pedro Moreno Devon Anthony Peter Rodriguez Photos by Sheridyn Talbert Fall fashion and style at the Islands By Sheridyn Talbert Staff writer “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” -- Muccia Prada Summer is finally over and fall has officially begun; it’s finally time to replace those light summer clothes for some warmer options. Here are some fall fashion trends to try. But don’t just take my word for it; explore and express yourself in your own original way! Girls Scarves are a perfect way to add a pop of color to any outfit, while still serving its original purpose to keep you warm. (Plain classic scarves are always great, but for this season why not try out patterned scarves, i.e. leopard, striped, or floral.) Blazers! The more colorful, the better. Blazers add a certain class to a simple outfit. Blazers are also super easy to just throw on in the morning and still have a put together outfit. Slouchy Cardigans. There is nothing like a nice big sweater to wrap you up and get you through the cold fall mornings. Try an oversized cardigan over a body-con skirt and jean button up for a comfy chic outfit. (See Karina above.) Boots. There are so many types of boots out there right now. (combat boots, kneehigh riding boots, booties, and even rubber rain boots) All of them can be worn this season for an effortless style. (Try neutral colors i.e. black, brown, and grey, that way you can easily match them and you can get your money’s worth.) High-wasted jeans/ shorts. This trend hit our school a couple of years back, but has gotten very popular recently. The key to transitioning your high-wasted shorts into fall is to layer it up. Try wearing a cute top, with a slouchy cardigan, a scarf, and tights or knee high socks for extra warmth. (See Cassia above.) Beanies/Berets. Because of school policy the only color of hats allowed in school are white, yellow, and blue, but you can find cute options in stores like Forever 21, Buffalo Exchange, Urban Outfitters, or HM. Sheer Collared Chiffon tops: These tops can be added to any outfit to add a cute and feminine factor. (Try with a cute pair of colored skinnies and your favorite boots.) Guys Denim Button-Ups: These are a perfect option for colder fall days because these are highly versatile. Dress them up with black skinny jeans and boat shoes, or wear them more causal with your favorite pair of J’s. You can find these at your local thrift store, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, or Men’s Forever 21. Patterned Button Ups: If you are into the Supreme tropical feel, these shirts can easily update your style. Easily throw on a thick knit cardigan over for the chilly mornings and you’re good to go. Combat Boots. If done right, these boots can add a world of class to a guy’s style. They look great if they’re worn under boot-cut, or skinny jeans. You can check out Urban Outfitters for a pair. (see Peter above) Denim. Light wash? Dark wash? Either one would work this fall. Whether skinny or baggy, jeans can say a lot about a guy, and you want to make sure it says the right thing. For a different look try slightly cuffing at the ankle (without socks) to add a depth and originality to your outfit. Chunky Cardigans or “grandpa sweaters”. These sweaters can be found from your favorite retail shop or for a much cheaper price at your local thrift store. These can be casually put on over skinny jeans and will definitely keep you warm. There are so many more options for both guys and girls this season, but these trends will get you started and open up so many more style doors, keep in mind though that it is not about what you wear, but how you wear it. You wear it well and you can take over the world Anything’s possible in Rosewood By Myriam Akbar Staff writer “Pretty Little Liars” is an American mystery-thriller teen TV drama series loosely based on the very popular series of books written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered June 8, 2010 on ABC Family and takes place in a fictional town called Rosewood, Pennsylvania. The series follows the lives of four main characters: Hanna Marin, Spencer Hastings, Emily Fields, and Aria Montgomery, whose clique falls apart once leader Alison DiLaurentis has gone missing. One year later, at Alison’s funeral, the group begins receiving messages from an anonymous source that seems “all knowing,” and uses blackmail, while threatening to expose all their dirty secrets. The novels as well as the show, explore several serious issues such as bullying, murder, drug addiction, underage drinking, eating disorders, homosexuality, peerpressure, infidelity, and mental illness. The four main actresses in the show are Ashley Benson (Hanna), Shay Mitchell (Emily), Lucy Hale (Aria), and Troian Bellisario (Spencer). Both Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale have been seen in many mov- The cast of “Pretty Little Liars.” ies, and TV shows. However, the hit TV show has been a break for both Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario, who have only made few appearances as actresses. PLL has been compared to shows like Gossip Girl and The Lying Game; although it uses elements from many other movies such as “Scream”, “Single White Female”, “The Wizard Of Oz”, and “Sorority Row”. It also, refers to many books such as Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, The Wizard Of Oz, and Lolita. For fans of the show, the best part is always having to guess what happens next and then being aw- fully shocked. Hence the title, “Anything Is Possible in Rosewood,” which is a line often used by fans when describing the shocking twists and turns throughout the show. Vanessa Banuelos, a junior at CI, says, “I freaking love that show!” If you haven’t watched the show yet, don’t worry, it’s not too late. The first two seasons are all on Netflix, and episodes are also on Hulu, YouTube, and ABC Family.com. Sheenalyn Arnaiz, a junior at CI, says, “I didn’t begin watching the show when it first premiered. I was pretty late, but luckily all the episodes are on Netflix. Now I can watch marathons.” October 23, 2012 will be the premiere of the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special called This Is A Dark Ride. The episode will take place on a Halloween Ghost Train party and will feature the GlamRock Pop artist Adam Lambert. This description sounds like all kinds of fun, but when you watch the episode’s promo you’ll see Spencer climbing through train cars, being chased by someone, and Aria tied up with her mouth taped shut trapped in a closet. Also, if you can’t get enough of the show, every Tuesday on ABC Family.Com premieres a web series called Pretty Dirty Secrets. The show actually doesn’t include the four main characters; however, it includes other characters from the show, such as Jason DiLaurentis, Lucas Gottesman, Garrett Reynolds, and Cece Drake. Each episode is short, but gives clues to the show, leading up to the Halloween Special, which is the first episode of Season 3B, however the show discontinues until January. So, if you like TV shows with juicy drama and lots of jaw dropping suspense, Pretty Little Liars is the show for you. Ms. Razo now Ms. Friddle By Alex Aquino Staff writer Mrs. Friddle also known as Ms. Ruth Razo has recently gotten married. The lucky man is Mr. Michael Friddle, who works at a law firm. They met each other on a dating site. They had been talking for a while and ever since their first date at the Getty Art Museum, they have been together. They had their wedding on Aug. 4, 2012, at a long-time friend’s house. Her entire family attended. “It was really cool that life long family friends, who helped me out with the planning, opened their home to us,” said Ms. Friddle. They have been married for about two months. They balance each other out in their marriagethey do things for each other not because they have to but because they love each other. “Life has changed so much for us. I’m much happier and it’s really fun being a part of team Friddle,” Ms. Friddle said. Staff Voices School Daze How would you improve CI with a $1 million grant? By Aylin Rodriguez Many of the students here at Channel Islands complain that there is not a sufficient amount of money for activities. If this school received $1 million to spend, I would like to spend it on sports, band, squads, and all the extra activities student do. Yes, education is important, but we already have good books and great teachers. Some sports need new equipment and new uniforms. We could put the money into building a pool on our campus too. I’m sure our water sports would like that. For band, I know for a fact that we would like new instruments. Not necessarily new, but a bigger variety of instruments that they don’t have. Squads, I’m sure, would also like new material and new uniforms that are needed for the new people. Activities like Digital Photography, Mesa, Newspaper, and all of those that require other materials that the school doesn’t provide, would be glad if that $1 million was put into materials. If students do activities that they enjoy, it is most likely they will do better and actually succeed at that class, activity or sport. Not only would our students be happy but our school will also look better, with better scores in our classes, better performances, and more victories for our sports. By Lily Mireles If I received a $1 million grant for Channel Islands High School, I would spend the money on education, lunch, the school newspaper, and lockers. I would spend part of the money toward our education. We need classes that are part of our career path. For example, I want to be a sports reporter, and the only class available for me is the newspaper class. I would add a couple of classes that are eligible for our career path. Lunch has become a problem for some students. The prices have gone up and not many want to pay for food that is not that great. I would give some of the money to have more choices, because we have the same thing every day. The other portion of the money I would give to the newspaper class so they can print the newspaper in color and have more pages. They have been printing out the newspaper for several years in black and white and I think that we need a change. Finally the last portion of the money I would donate to have lockers that are bigger and more colorful. I think that people need more room for their books. We see movies or TV shows and at their high schools have lockers that are larger and painted. I would have someone take them down and add larger ones, paint them our school colors — blue, yellow, and white – and add a hanger so that students can hang their sweaters when it gets hot. By Patricia Wrenn If I received $1 million grant for CIHS, the first thing I would spend it on is building a school pool. I’ve been involved with water polo and swim since my freshman year, and the closest pool we practice at is Hueneme High. It always seems to be a hassle to go there for various reasons. The main reason is transportation. It takes about 15 minutes to head over there, and to top that off we have to wait for Hueneme’s team to get out of the pool. Our practices seem to be shorter than the rest of the other schools, and we’re the last school out of the district to have practice late. Practicing late does affect the student’s time to do homework afterwards. If we have a school pool more students would be involved with swimming and leave on time. Not only students can be involved with swim but the community as well. Instead of choosing P.E. as an elective, students can have another option and take swim classes per semester. Just having a pool can affect our school in such a positive outcome. By Alex Aquino If I received a $1 million grant for CIHS, I would remodel the classrooms and get air conditioning. I mean, come on, when I walk through some of my classrooms I feel like I walk into a time warp and I end up in the ’60s. I would much rather have classes in a portable because of the fact that they have air conditioning. It’s almost impossible to sit through an hour class while it’s 90 degrees outside and twice as hot inside. I learn better in cooler, air conditioned environment, and I’m pretty sure a lot of students can agree to that too. I like the Islands and the teachers that teach here, but some classrooms have the same paint from the time the buildings were made. Another remodeling idea involves removing the drop down ceilings and getting rid of the lights; to me, the lights scream old fashioned. I would also redo the plain floors by installing blue and gold to really show Raider spirit. Illustration by Juan Ceja Raiders need to represent By Rose MacGarvey Staff writer We’ve been back at school for only a month, and already there have been several acts of violence. This causes many to raise an eyebrow and wonder, “Is our school safe?” Ms. Jenna Hudson, the Safe School’s program director, says, “These fights are unnecessary and they don’t represent the Raider family well, at all.” I’d have to agree. Here at Channel Islands High School, we really are a family, and we’ve always prided ourselves on having such a welcoming campus. We shouldn’t let this happen anymore! There are already things going into motion to prevent this sort of behavior. Ms. Hudson tells me that part of the grant that Peer Resource received is being used to create events and activities to instill safety and comfort on our campus. For example, we’ll be having another Challenge Day-esque program this year. But it’s not just up to teachers and staff to create this safe atmosphere; it’s up to us, the students. We play a huge part in stopping the violence, because after all, we are the cause of it. Take responsibility. If you see or feel anything that makes you particularly suspicious, don’t be afraid to speak up. Find an adult: Officer McCready, an AP, teacher or counselor. They can help. Also, this year, we now have a number that’s available for you to call, (805) 385-5907. All the calls go directly to Ms. Hudson, and in the case she doesn’t answer, leave a voicemail and she’ll be there to help. Raiders, in the past five years, our school has had the least amount of on-campus fights. We’ve made a name for ourselves throughout the district. We’re no longer the trouble making school, or the “ghetto” school. We’re Channel Islands High School. Home to many great personalities. We’ve got character, Raiders! Good character. So let’s come back to earth and start representing our school well. Time to stop with the labeling By Karina Cortez Staff writer This is not a step by step guide to show you how to label your things and get more organized. This is a school epidemic I have faced throughout my high school years and think many other students have struggled with. The concept of labeling is basically making assumptions of people based on what their outer-shell reveals. We try and look a certain way so we are not consumed by these judgments that are made of us. People immediately judge someone and feel like they have to label us into a certain genre to make themselves feel better about their position in society. However, I ask, why can’t people be referred to as their own beautiful selves? Why can’t I be referred to as Karina Cortez instead of “hipster” or “stuckup”? At this point, I don’t let assumptions get to me anymore. I know who I am, I know what I am capable of and what I want to do with my life. I learned to love myself. Do not feel the need to be perfect because imperfections are what make you perfect. There is nothing unique about being generic. Be confident, and be yourself. In the words of Ms. Hernandez, “Do not let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. You are who you want to be.” Homecoming Dance tickets are on sale in the Student Store Window. After purchasing, take your receipt to table outside the ASB room to receive your official Ticket. Ticket prices are $15 w/Activity Sticker; $20 w/out. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Guest Passes are $1 and are due three days prior to the dance or you will be assessed a $3 late charge. Dance is Saturday, November 3, from 7-11 p.m. in the gym. The theme is “Italian Serenade: A Night in Venice.” The dress attire is Semi-Formal. Page 7 Friday, October 12, 2012 Squads face issue: hazing or initiation? By Aylin Rodriguez Staff writer Here at Channel Islands, many students would like to join squads to make new friends and to have fun experiences, but are they aware of the hazing, or initiation, as the squads might say, that comes with it? The answer is probably not. Hazing is to subject freshmen, newcomers, etc. to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule, and it may include harassing with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks. Natasha Purvis, a senior and a Drumline captain, said that she did consider initiation to be hazing, but a different, less extreme, form of it. “It is our way of bonding with the newcomers, and it creates memories. Plus, it makes it official for them,” said Purvis. Berenice Sanchez, a sophomore in All Female, said that they didn’t know when they were going to get initiated and that it was a surprise to them. A couple of other All Female members said that they got initiated at the beach and that they thought it was unfair at first, since they had to be at attention, which prevents them from moving no matter what, but then later on agreed that it was fair, since everyone went through it. Drill Co-Captains, a senior and junior who did not want to be identified by name, also agreed with the fact that everyone goes through it, even they themselves. When asked why they initiate the squad, one of the co-captains said that it makes it official and it’s kind of a welcome into the squad. The other co-captain said it also showed dedication if they could stand the initiation. “It doesn’t hurt, it just sucks,” reassured a co-captain when asked about the safety. In high school, hazing or initiation isn’t as harsh as in colleges and universities. Hazing in most colleges and universities is a form of initiation which goes, sometimes, to an extreme length in order establish a person into a group through abusive, humiliating and, oftentimes, embarrassing activities. In most colleges and schools, hazing is not allowed and in many cases, it is actually illegal. Many times hazing can lead to injury and sometimes death. On Nov. 19, 2011, Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major at Florida A&M Uni- versity band, died after a brutal hazing incident. He was subjected to a hazing activity that consisted of being severely beaten aboard a bus after a football game. His parents assumed that the hazing was triggered because Champion refused to be hazed. Mr. Randy Ortiz, an Assistant Principal here, said that initiation used to be public, years ago. The squads used to be put in the gym and the seniors used to throw powder and items of that sort. It was stopped because the school wants to provide a safe environment and hazing was not it. Mr. Ortiz said that even if someone allows you to do it to them, it is still hazing. “How does this honor you as a person, the school?” Mr. Ortiz said. “There should be a guiding force, which is honor.” Meet Jonathon Bullicer, your ASB president By Andrew Orozco Students work on a car in the new Transportation Center. Photos by Alex Aquino Grand Opening Raiders enjoying new Transportation Center By Alex Aquino Staff writer Don’t call it Auto Shop. Mr. Jonathan Throckmorton, also known as Mr. T, is the automotive technology instructor at Channel Islands. He’s been an instructor of the automotive program for five years now. He came to Channel Islands with the intentions of being a math teacher but saw the opportunity to be the automotive instructor and jumped for it. This year he gets to teach his class in a new, $4 million, state-of-the-art transportation center. “Oxnard and Hueneme High School have auto shop programs but nowhere near this big,” Mr. Throckmorton said. “Some colleges don’t even have an auto shop like this.” The money for the automotive technology center came from Prop 1D issued to us by the state. Prop 1D was passed in 2006 and CI received its money recently. The money, however, can only be used for career technical education (CTE). Seeing as the old auto shop was half the size of the new automotive tech center and Staff writer You may have seen him at rallies, or leading chants and games or even just walking around campus. Many of you know him as simply the ASB President. His name is Jonathon Bullicer. Bullicer, 17, a senior, is an energetic, smart and talented person, perfect for taking such a position. He takes time to both take care of his job and even to practice his own hobbies, such as sign language and playing for his local church. “When I was a freshman, band was my life,” Bullicer said. “ I saw ASB and thought maybe I would just participate. I never thought I’d be at the top.” As for being president, Bullicer said, “There are not any real perks or advantages to being in that position. Unfortunately one of the worst things is being blamed and complained to constantly, and trying to keep ASB unified with different voices going around with conflicting viewpoints.” When inaugurated as ASB President, he made it a point to change the direction of where the organization was going. “We’re trying to get back to the traditions of CI but in new ways by adapting to change,” he said. Mr. Brett Zielsdorf, ASB advi- Jonathon Bullicer sor, commented on Bullicer’s performance as “fantastic ... top.” “We are very fortunate to have someone of such high caliber to be the leader of our student body,” Mr. Zielsdorf said. One of the biggest challenges Bullicer faces is one of the population. “Spirit is dying, we all know it, but we need to keep it going.” What he found most interesting was what the school population thought of ASB. “Apparently people think we are overprivileged, selfish, and generally unpleasant people, which is nothing how ASB is,” Bullicer said. “We care more about this school than the majority of the people here.” When asked if he could summarize the position he said, “It hurts so good.” New Faces at CI Mr. Jonathan Throckmorton offers instruction. had fewer techs than now makes it a much needed improvement. The auto shop is brilliant, Mr. Throckmorton said. It features two post lifts, one 4-post lift, scissor lifts, wheel tire alignment stations, bench laves, and a metal shop, all of which are industry standard. Mr. Throckmorton helped design the floor which gives the auto shop a flow. The facility also has two bathrooms, a class room, an office, a conference room, and the shop floor. In the past five years that Mr. T have been in charge of auto, there has been no accidents or injuries. Holding safety as the highest of priorities, students are to wear protective eye wear, lab coats, and dust masks if necessary to get the job done the safe and right way when on the shop floor, Mr. Throckmorton said. Full Name: Meredith R D’Anna Hometown and High School: Woodland Hills, CA, El Camino Real High School Position: School Nurse Previous Employment: Staff Nurse at Mad River Community Hospital’s Birth Center College: Humboldt State University Family: Fiancé - Chris Jones, Cat Helo Hobbies and Interests: Geek Culture (Comics, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, RPGs, etc), Crafts (Scrapbooking, Sewing, Knitting) Impression of CI: Very friendly! Everyone has been really welcoming! Interesting Fact: I attend San Diego’s Comic Con every year. Favorite Quote: “It will all be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, then it’s not the end...” -- Compiled by Tori Foster The Isle File Page 8 Fall Sports Updates Girls’ Tennis Coach: Mr. Brett Zielsdorf Team Captain: Eirenel Eclevia Varsity Returners: Eirenel Eclevia, senior, #1 singles; Alexis Tellez, junior, #3 singles; Gladys Morales and Yanet Morales, seniors, #1 doubles team; Estela Rodriguez and Alicia Armenta, juniors, #2 doubles team. Top Newcomers: Jasmine Siron, junior, #2 singles. Standout Performances: Jasmine Siron, junior, went 3-0 vs. Hueneme. Team Strengths: The singles players; the doubles players are rapidly improving. Areas of Improvement: Working on court positioning. “The doubles teams really need to step up and improve, and they are doing that,” Coach Z said. Coach Goal: “To compete each and every day so that when a team plays us, they walk off the court thinking, ‘Wow, CI’s a good team.’” Coach Quote: “The wins will come with the winds of change… OH YEAH!” -- Coach Zielsdorf --By Aylin Rodriguez Girls’ Volleyball Coach: Mr. George Hinckley Team Captain(s): Tiarah Umu, Sierra Joyner Varsity Returners: Tiarah Umu (12th grade), Sierra Joyner (11th grade), Sabrina Corral (11th grade) and Sharon Laupola (11th grade) Top Newcomers: Nona Palmer (11th grade) setter; Daisy Martinez (9th grade) setter; Lahni Salanoa (10th grade) middle hitter; Leah Salanoa (10th grade) outside hitter; and Jennifer Farin (11th grade) defensive specialist. Record: Overall 6-4-1, League starts tonight Friday, 28, 2012. Highlights of Season: Third place in Santa Paula Cardinal Classic. Standout Performances: Tiarah Umu with RECORD amount of blocks and kills; Sierra Joyner with RECORD amount of digs; Nona Palmer averaging FIVE aces a match. Team Strengths: Defense, blocking and serving. Area of Improvement: Teamwork Coach/Player Goals: To reach playoffs in CIF. Coach/Player Quote: “It’s not the size of the girl in the fight, it’s the size of the fight, in the girl!” -- Coach Hinckley -- By Selena Arroyo Girls’ Golf Coach: Rada Team Captain: Evelyn Luna Varsity returners: Evelyn Luna (junior), Alexus Barreto (junior), Olivia Lopez (senior), Ruby Gonzalez (junior) Top Newcomers: Caitlin Newman (freshman), Sonia Viera (freshman), Kylan Wark (freshman), Sabra Wark (junior), Sofia Salinas (junior), Imelda Barragan (junior) Record (W-L-T): Pacific View League- (2-1), Overall- (2-3) Highlights of the Season: Beat Pacifica twice in League! 1st time in over 6 years! Standout Performances: Evelyn Luna broke the school record (set by Sandra Cruz in 2001) with a 39. She was also medalist against Ventura High School and beat girls that had been playing since 5 years old! Team Strengths: Most likely finish 4th in League. Areas of Improvement: Young, only one senior (Olivia Lopez). They “gun for the “big 3””- OHS, ACHS, RMHS Coach/Player Goals: “Our goal as the golf team is to improve individually, and as a team!”- Evelyn Luna Coach/Player Quote: “Fun first, win second!”- Coach Rada -By Tori Foster Boys’ Water Polo Coaches: Carly Jones, Danika Briggs Varsity Returners: Javier Garcia; senior, driver. Alex Astudillo; junior, driver. Edgar Almaguer; junior, driver. Record: Overall 0-8 league hasn’t started, begins 10/2 Standout Performance: Javier, Alex, and Edgar have been dominating our offense and make up the majority of our scoring. Team Strengths: Creativity on offense, team chemistry, driving. Areas of Improvement: Depth- the younger guys need to step up their game. Coach/Player Goals: 1. Improve speed and indivual skills 2. BEAT HUENEME Coach/Player Quote: we have a young team, so we’re looking to improve this year as well as set ourselves up to do well next year. -By Tiffanie Flores Raiders aim for playoffs By Alfredo Perez Staff writer The football team has been looking good this year with the record of 3-3. Coach Gary Porter is looking forward to Pacific View League play. “We have the student athletes to compete for a title,” said Coach Porter. After going 3-2 in non-league games, the Raiders dropped their PVL opener to Rio Mesa, 33-10. A season highlight, according to senior kicker Edel Hernandez, was Paul Vasquez returning a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown vs. Oak Park. Vasquez, a senior, leads the team with 13 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Hernandez said that a standout on defense has been Roi Game Scores Oak Park 18, CI 7 CI 35, Santa Clara 14 Royal 31, CI 0 CI 28, San Marcos 0 CI 24, Santa Paula 7 Rio Mesa 33, CI 10 Oto, a freshman. On offense, running backs Richard Gray, senior, and AJ Oto, junior, have been having great games. Oto leads the team with 40 carries for 449 yards abd four TDs. Gray has rushed for 379 yards and three TDs According to Coach porter, Other key players to look out for are Saili Oto, senior; Javier Vasquez, senior; Alfred De La Cerda, senior; Angel Sapien, se- nior; Rolo Marigny, senior; Hosea Faagogo; and Moni Aloese. “Our team strength has been our brotherhood. We support each other and have each other’s back,” said Hernandez. Sherwin Espiritu added, “We are a small family. We all have heart and will push each other.” “Areas where we can be improved will have to be finishing plays, staying with our blocks and tackling until the whistle,” said Coach Porter. Hernandez said, “Other schools better be ready because we’re coming hard.” “We are judged by our win/ loss record but I want to see consistent and maximum effort. We will never quit,” said Coach Porter. Tonight the Raiders will host Camarillo. Game time is 7 p.m. Alumni Spotlight Lucin shows America his talent By Primo Tiongco Staff writer From attending Stanford University to dancing on live television, Lloyd Lucin has done it big. Lloyd Lucin, a former student here at CI, graduated as one of the top valedictorians in his class and went on to go to the “Harvard of the West Coast,” Stanford University. He is currently a sophomore at Stanford studying Management Science and Engineering, in other words, Business. Aside from his academic accomplishments, Lucin has wowed an audience on live television by dancing on NBC’s Americas Got Talent with the dance team Academy of Villains. “My experience on Americas Got Talent was one of the craziest experiences of my life.” He said. “I grew more as a dancer and more responsible because of it, and the all expense paid plane rides, hotels and food were not bad perks either.” When asked how it felt being on live television, he says “It felt amazing that our routine was able to be enjoyed nationwide, I believe ten-million people watched the YouTube audition while twenty-million people watched the semi finals… it feels great to be recognized.” Before dancing with Academy of Villains, he’s danced for eight years with teams such as The Alliance, DV8, and High Defiance. Back home, here in Oxnard, he’s danced for our school’s Channel Islands AllMale, Coed, Nonstop and as well as Undeclared Dance Lloyd Lucin, left, with his Stanford dance team. Crew. “Dance is my outlet to let loose of all my worries.” He states, “When I dance I get lost in the movement and it becomes an art. It allows me to express myself without words.” Lucin is an inspiring character himself, but when asked who inspires him he says “My parents, coaches, alumni (specifically Ojay Arce, Ricky Cole, Dan Laguatan and Allan Laguatan), and teachers.” He then goes on to joke, “But if I had to choose one person, I would say Goku is my inspiration.” As Lucin goes on living the dream, he states, “In the future, I would love to incorporate my management science and engineering major with my love for dance. I’m not sure how this will work but I have time to figure that out.” Athlete Spotlight Umu is a star for all seasons By Patricia Wrenn Staff writer Tiarah Umu, senior and four- year varsity athlete plays power forward/center on the basketball court, demolishing middle in volleyball, and throws in track. Umu started off the girls’ volleyball season with 23 kills, 18 digs, five blocks, and three aces in their win against Fillmore. “My passion is basketball,” Umu said, number 24 starting player for the girls’ varsity team. Her fellow teammate Danielle Brown says, “I love having her as a teammate because I know I can count on her, and she knows she can count on me. We have each other’s back, no matter what the circumstances are.” Umu says, “I’ve mentality grown my work ethics over the years here. Practicing has kept me out of trouble.” The girls’ basketball team is confident that they will win the league and feels even more confident about winning state this season. Umu says, “No ifs about it. When we win, I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably cry my eyes out and then just walk out of the gym with my chin up. All the glory goes to the man above.” Most people would prepare themselves with several different techniques, whether it’s praying, mediating, or simply getting into the “zone” before a game. One interesting fact about Umu is that she likes to prepare herself by painting her two pinkies. Umu’s plan after high school is to go to college with as many scholarships she can get to pay school off without having her mother worrying. “I see her living the struggle and I want to do everything I can to get her out,” she said. Umu has talked to the Northridge coach before for track, and UCSB for both track and basketball. ”The gym is my second home,” Umu says.
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