Welcome, Class of 2016 T D HE

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
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
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!”
used to be
very shy
and lacked
but now he
himself more
mature and
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
“Our rises in scores were thanks to the
students and teachers,” said Ms.
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.
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
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
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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
–Maricel Estoque, senior
“My school year started off so
great because my classes are
easy and because I met Lucy
–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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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!
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
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
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.)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
“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
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
“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
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
College: Humboldt State University
Family: Fiancé - Chris Jones, Cat Helo
Hobbies and Interests: Geek Culture
(Comics, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, RPGs,
etc), Crafts (Scrapbooking, Sewing,
Impression of CI: Very friendly! Everyone has been really welcoming!
Interesting Fact: I attend San Diego’s Comic Con every
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
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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,
Highlights of Season: Third place in Santa Paula Cardinal
Standout Performances: Tiarah Umu with RECORD
amount of blocks and kills; Sierra Joyner with RECORD
amount of digs; Nona Palmer averaging FIVE aces a
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
-- 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
Team Strengths: Creativity on offense, team chemistry,
Areas of Improvement: Depth- the younger guys need to
step up their game.
Coach/Player Goals: 1. Improve speed and indivual skills
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
“We have the student athletes
to compete for a title,” said Coach
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
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.
“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
Umu says, “I’ve mentality grown my work ethics
over the years here. Practicing has kept me out of
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.