THE Mary ’s High School
FRIDAY Charity is the sun that makes all things shine. ~ St. Francis de Sales NOVEMBER 18, 2011
The Season of Giving, Love, and Hope
Long ago, before our great
nation was forged, a group of pilgrims
stopped, came together and shared
a meal in thanks. This simple act of
gratitude has transcended through the
ages as a symbol of appreciation and an
expectation of thanksgiving.
At St. Mary’s we continue
to honor the archaic tradition of
Thanksgiving. Students, parents, teachers
and faculty members have joined forces
to give thanks to God and each other, by
rewarding and catering to the needy and
victimized in our community and nation.
This upcoming canned food drive will
brighten the days and ﬁll the stomachs of
the many who cannot afford the luxuries
a lot of us take for granted. It is time for
the student body of St. Mary’s to rise up The collection of canned goods in the Athletics Ofﬁce, ready to donate for those in need. Of course, there is still
and meet our Christian duty by giving today to add on to the donations! Any non - perishable items are welcomed!
back to the community that we have Picture taken by Shareen Mann
grown up in. abused women and children. This can Dining Hall to give a Thanksgiving feast and give thanks for the present.
During this season St. Mary’s only happen if we all do our part and bring that homeless people would otherwise be The word Thanksgiving
“adopted” the Haven of Peace homeless in supplies to Mrs. Yeager. If you are unable to have. We are constantly urged conjures a picture of a long white table,
shelter for women and children. Our unable to purchase items or canned food, to plan for the future, we are taught to on which rests a array of ﬁne meats, and
hope is to bring in enough donated items there are other ways to say thank you. live life in the fast lane and tutored in the delectable desserts. We look forward
of clothing, toiletries, household items Write a letter to soldiers in Afghanistan art of staying in motion. Thanksgiving to dining among family and friends but
and school supplies to make a substantial for all that they have done and submit it calls for a whole new state of being. sometimes overlook the true meaning of
difference in their lives and sometimes to Mrs. Yeager. Volunteer at St. Mary’s Thanksgiving reminds us to slow down CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
two-thirds of women over the age of 55
Staff Writer obtain this disease, a factor that cannot
be controlled. Also, having a parent
Did you know that so far in or a sibling with this disease doubles a
2011, there were 230,480 new cases woman’s chances of developing breast
Against Breast of breast cancer in women and 39, 520
deaths from breast cancer? Did you also
know that the chance of a woman to get
breast cancer is about one in eight? Last
cancer. At Saint Mary’s, we are very
lucky to have the Pink Ladies Club to be
in full effect in order for students to learn
about this type of cancer. The advisor of
this club, Mrs. Giannini, was able have
Cancer Walk month, St. Mary’s raised awareness for
Breast Cancer Month. Breast Cancer
occurs almost entirely in women, and
possibly (but rarely) in men. About
people attend the Breast Cancer Walk,
also known as the Making Strides
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News Editorial Features Sports Art
2~ Club News 3 ~ “Social” Network 4 ~ Book and Movie Review 8 ~ Football, Water Polo 15 ~ Short Story
THE SEASON OF GIVING, MAKING STRIDES AGASINT people with breast cancer get well $60 million through Making Strides
LOVE, AND HOPE. BREAST CANCER WALK by providing information, day-to- events - and by one donation at a
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 day help, and emotional support time. For Saint Mary’s, this was
to guide them through every step our first year participating in this
this holiday. Give thanks through Against Breast Cancer Walk, held on of their breast cancer experience; event, and we were able to raise
drives and community service, give October 1st at Delta College. People find cures by investing in and $300 toward the walk. The Saint
thanks through letters and time, give of all ages were invited to attend conducting research that leads to Mary’s Cheerleaders were able
thanks through prayers, smiles, hugs, this free event to help raise money groundbreaking discoveries into to go out there and cheer on the
words and actions. Look back to the for the American Cancer Society breast cancer’s causes and cures; runners and walkers in that event.
people who lived on this land even so that they would be able to help and to fight back by working with Mrs. Giannini mentioned that “[i]
before it was a nation, before they had people stay well by educating and legislators to support laws that help t is important for everyone to do
the slightest notion of the incredible empowering women to live healthy fight breast cancer and help all what they can to help others. This
country they would one day build. lives and reduce their risk for women get access to screenings and was just one small way we could
Look back on them with reverence breast cancer, and to get screening care. Last year, more than 800,000 help.” There was also a bake sale
for they are the true embodiment of tests such as mammograms to walkers across the country joined on Thursday, Oct. 27th by the Pink
Thanksgiving. They are the ones that find breast cancer early, when it the American Cancer Society in the Ladies Club to sell pink cupcakes
taught us to stop, show appreciation, is easiest to treat. The walk also united fight against breast cancer. and cookies to raise additional
feel gratitude and truly give thanks. helped in many other areas: helping Together, they raised more than money to donate; they will also be
making blankets to distribute this
holiday to SM families dealing
Dear Fellow Club Members...
with cancer. By raising funds for
a Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer event, students and adults
alike will provide hope and help
to millions of people nationwide
Andrea Wright S.A.D.D. / INTERACT second place in Duo Interpretation. whose lives have been forever
Staff Writer Senior and Forensics Captain Miranda changed by this disease. Always
The S.A.D.D. (Students Rowley took ﬁrst place in Thematic remember that even though October
Against Destructive Decisions) just Interpretation. Laura Becerra won is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
completed a successful Red Ribbon ﬁrst place in Impromptu. Finally, women and men everywhere are
Week held during the week of October Ryan Kilgore took second place in facing with this cancer on a daily
The CROP Canned Food
24th - October 28th. The club’s plan National Extemp. basis. Helping at any time will
Drive will run through this Friday,
Nov 18th. The staff and faculty was to bring “awareness”, and worked benefit those in need of your
with the Interact Club to accomplish INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH support. For the rest of this year
at Saint Mary’s will be donating
turkeys, hams and chickens to the their goal. S.A.D.D. will be selling and more to come, we hope that
candy cane grams from the December The International Outreach many more of St. Mary’s students
drive as well. Mrs. Baker says that
5th to December 9th. There will be club is starting to plan for their and faculty members will come out
this year, the CROP club should
a small candy cane available for 50¢ International Food Day whereby they to support this event and others to
be able to pack at least 50 banana
and a large candy cane for $1.00. feed the school. They are hoping to help raise even more money!
boxes full of goods. The boxes have one lunch on “Fat Tuesday,”
Interact will be busy during January
will go to Catholic Charities’ Food February 21st and hope students
and February hosting and serving Crab
Bank, to help them with the demand enjoy entertainment and fun as well.
Feed Dinners. The proceeds from the
for food for both Thanksgiving and They are also discussing the walk-a-
Crab Feed(s) have funded a senior
Christmas. The CROP Club is also thon for the Red Rhino Orphanage
scholarship for a student’s community
holding its ﬁrst Soup Sale of the service. In February, Interact will also Project which will take place in early
year this coming Thursday, Nov be selling Valentine carnations. April. In addition, they have started a
17th during both lunches. In January guest speaker symposium where guest
CROP plans to begin working on FORENSICS speakers come to the club meetings to
the CROP Giving Garden, which talk about international humanitarian
is a garden area planned for the At the Speech and Debate efforts, especially involving helping
west side of Mr. Brehm’s portable Tournament on November 15, the children. They are soon to have a new
(Room 76). The proceeds of this Saint Mary’s team won second place activity called “Films on Fridays”,
garden would be donated to Catholic in both Individual Event Sweeps and where students will watch movies
Charities’ Food Bank to enable them Debate Sweeps. Shareen Mann took such as Hotel Rwanda and the Human
to give fresh produce to people who ﬁrst place in Original Oratory, and Experience. The club opens its doors to
need help with food for themselves second in Dramatic Interpretation, anyone, and Mr. Traverso encourages
and their families. Shareen Mann and Jessica Cotta won anyone who is interested to stop by.
Piper Thomasson inside jokes I’ve been left ouf of. Then I think privacy is the biggest companies that thrive on twitter. News
Editor-in-Chief again, I realize it is a decision to have issue here. I mean, what makes a is allowed to spread; companies like
an account, and if someone doesn’t good friend just that? What is it that NPR, and the NYTimes and how they
like what he sees, he simply should brings people closer together? Trust. can make news so readily availiable
Tweet. Tweet tweet. Tweet not look. My friends are close friends because to the public so they can be caught
tweet tweet. Tweet. What’s that? No. Now, not to say that Twitter I trust them; they are the people that up on world events and aware of a
It’s not birds. It’s your twitter feed is something people shouldn’t or that I have the privilege of knowing details world bigger than themselves. There
filling up. Who are we kidding? No discourage having an account; to each of my life; the ones who get to hear the are also the multitude of organizations
one is outside these days, just stopping his own. It can be used very effectively personal anecdotes and get to share in that spread news of how to help others
to smell the roses and listen to the in leading to social activities. Although not only the bad, but the good as well. and increase awareness of issues that
birds. We are all glued to our smart the fact people are attached to their Seeing everyone in such detail...I need to be resolved. Even if it’s not
phones, laptops, and tablets updating phones seems counterproductive to almost felt like I knew too much, as if an organization or a corporation, it
our statuses, checking current events, may be a regular American expressing
typing up that essay, or finishing that his first amendment right to free
college app. speech, taking the first step to making
While it is true that a lot of a difference. What could be better
time is spent on technology in order than that?
to be productive; typing essays, doing If tweeting is what makes
research, or working to complete people happy, then it was a great
college applications, it is also worth invention. When used to laugh and
mentioning that out peers can spend have fun with friendly followers, (or
great amounts of time with technology to be lucky enough to communicate
for other reasons; “social networking.” with Kendra Wilkinson) it should be
I find that phrase ironic, becuase it enjoyed to the fullest extent because
seems so antisocial to be texting, or that is, truly, enhancing a person’s
tweeting, or facebooking when, for the own social network. It may not be for
most part, we could just actually talk everyone, but to the people that enjoy
to our friends. it: enjoy the sound of your tweeting,
What happened to simply non-bird followers filling up your
hanging out or...oh! using our phone. Just don’t forget to let those
telephones for their original purposes; little followers out of their cellular
to make phone calls? Instead, we use cage and take the time to go outside
our phones to check our twitters and and enjoy the tweeting of the real birds
see what funny things our friends can building real live friendships and I was invading people’s privacy. Like outside with them.
say in one hundred forty characters or relationships with people face to face, I didn’t have the right to know such
less. it isn’t always. Twitter can be an details.
As a former twitter account effective way of planning large get Perhaps it’s us as a culture;
holder, I can honestly say I do not togethers and getting the word out the way we view ourselves and others.
understand the allure. Yes, I said quickly. And, for the people on the Maybe it’s a good thing that we feel so
former. I find that the less I know, inside of those inside jokes, memories comfortable with our peers and open
the better. I mean, I love my friends can be relived and enjoyed time and to hear each other’s opinions. There
unconditionally, but sometimes seeing time again, bringing friends closer, are many views that can be taken on
the things they would say to other enriching a relationship. There is this issue, and none are any better nor
friends with their “@” conversations even a chance that people reconnect, any worse than others.
and their “#” inside jokes...it was a astonished that an old friend has a In fact, lack of privacy may
side that I didn’t need to or want to twitter account and the two are able to not be an issue, it may be just what the
see. Twitter, in my opinion, is too reconnect; very condusive to personal doctor ordered. Think, for a moment,
public for some of the things people friendships. about all the great organizations and
tweet. Personally, I don’t want to see
Weekly Rant: Occupy the Air
Waves songs over and over and over. There
Staff Writer have been some amazing songs on the
radio, do not get me wrong. “Pumped
With its 38th anniversary in Up Kicks” is a stellar single by Foster
the biz, the People’s Choice Awards the People; BUT it is on the radio 24/7;
will be handing out awards on January WTF. Indie fans all over the world
11, 2012. The list was just announced, are turning to mainstream, how does
and no surprise, it features everyone that work!? What about that funky-
from Lady Gaga to, uh, Lady Gaga. fresh tune “Moves Like Jagger?” That
Everyone who can be there will be song is a good pop song as well, but
there and everyone else will be tuning the only time I don’t hear it blasting
on their TV to see what’s happening. out of some speaker is when I’m
Have you ever wondered about how the record company can send over cents to send a text and we will only sleeping! ONE SOLUTION: boycott
bands get their song on the radio? to ‘persuade’ the DJs to play their count your vote if it’s a tie. everything…!
Just like everything else in the world clients’ tunes). It’s the same for music Recently, more than ever, I have
it has to do with... MONEY (or who awards. You can vote, but it costs 45 felt that the radio is playing the same
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Erica Wright couldn’t put it down, entranced by the her mother’s past, the signiﬁcance of fantastic plot twist that will surely
Staff Writer spell that Bray’s words irreversibly the necklace, and realizes her duty to make your jaw drop as you reread
cast upon my mind and my heart. make sense of it all. Only one thing the page just to make sure you read
You pick it up, ﬂip through the The ﬁrst time I successfully was certain: her life would never be it correctly. Bray also works in the
pages, read the synopsis on the back of read the book from beginning to end, the same. elements of intense action and romance
the book for the ﬁfth time, and begin I could not believe that it had been I absolutely love not only this without the novel becoming too
reading the ﬁrst chapter. Again. Five so difﬁcult for me to begin. While book, but the entire trilogy of novels stereotypically cliché or predictable.
minutes later, you put it back down it did start out somewhat slow, it that Bray masterfully crafted using Bray is an incredible author with an
and promise to read it later. It’s a good also introduced some of the most the combined elements of mystery undeniable wit and cleverness in her
book, really. You know it is. And yet, important pieces of the plot within the and fantasy. Every chapter promised style that takes her work to a level of
no matter what you do, you just can’t very ﬁrst pages. Bray takes the reader a surprise, and A Great and Terrible entertainment beyond what a good plot
seem to commit to reading it. I found on a thrilling adventure that begins in Beauty does not disappoint with a can provide. I did get a very slow start
myself faced with this very dilemma Bombay, India on the birthday of the on this book in the beginning, but in my
upon beginning A Great and Terrible protagonist, Miss Gemma Doyle. Set opinion, slow starts aren’t necessarily
Beauty, the ﬁrst novel in an enthralling in 1895, the story follows the beautiful bad. They’re better in relationships,
trilogy by Libba Bray. Despite my Gemma who, after her mother’s when drinking Slushies, and especially
interest in the plot of the story and the mysterious murder, is sent to a private in races with jack rabbits (“Slow
incredibly entertaining writing style, boarding school in London. Confused and steady wins the race!”). For this
I couldn’t seem to ﬁnd my way out and saddened by her mother’s death reason I wholeheartedly recommend
of the ﬁrst chapter, let alone past the and left only with her mother’s strange this novel and its successors to Saint
ﬁrst ten pages. Eventually, however, necklace as a token of her loss, she Mary’s students. All it will take to
whether it was due to chance, perfect attempts to make the best of the new steal your heart is for you to pick it up,
timing, the acute alignment of the circumstances, soon realizing that there no matter how many times, and allow
planets, or some other astrological or were many things concerning her life it take you on a literary journey you
magical cause, I picked up the novel that her mother had never told her. She will not soon forget.
once more on a whim and suddenly slowly begins to unravel the secrets of
This Movie Review
Month in History Matthew Rubio
J. Edgar Unfortunately, the last month seems to
have been a letdown cinematically. The
A biographical ﬁlm under the one Oscar hopeful has fallen ﬂat, and
direction of Clint Eastwood (Million other than that, we’ve had comedies,
Dollar Baby), J. Edgar tells the story comedies, and more comedies.
of the federal bureau investigator Hopefully, the holiday season can
of the same name. While the story bring some light to these dark movie
itself is lacking in coherence and the screens.
technical side of the ﬁlm is severely
lacking, Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic)
makes the ﬁlm worthwhile with his
fantastic portrayal of J. Edgar Hoover.
Unfortunately, that seems to be the Upcoming Hot
only lure in the movie. The narrative
is muddled, and the lines themselves Tickets:
seem to, at times, come out of a low-
budget telenovella. Notably, seasoned Hugo – A Martin Scorsese ﬁlm (The
Departed) based on a novel about an
orphan boy’s uncanny adventure in
Angela Leal November 11, 1926: Paris during the 1930s. (Nov. 23)
Staff Writer Route 66 is established.
The Artist – A silent, black and
November 1, 1611: Othello by November 14, 1533: Spanish white ﬁlm about the decline of silent
William Shakespeare is presented Conquistadors arrive in pictures and the rise of talkies, as well
for the ﬁrst time at Whitehall Cajamarca, Inca Empire under the as a romance between a declining ﬁlm
Palace in London, England. leadership of Francisco Pizarro. star and a rising actress. An Academy
Award frontrunner. (Nov. 23)
November 3, 1493: Christopher November 15, 1966: Gemini
Columbus sights the island of 12 lands in the Atlantic Ocean. The Iron Lady – Meryl Streep (The
Dominica in the Caribbean Sea. Devil Wears Prada) plays British
November 17, 1970: Douglas Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in
November 4, 1861: The University Engelbart receives the patent this historical drama. (Dec. 21)
of Washington opens in Seattle for the ﬁrst computer mouse.
as the Territorial University.
November 18, 1493: Christopher
November 5, 1872: Defying the law, Columbus sights the island
Susan B. Anthony votes for the ﬁrst today known as Puerto Rico. actresses Naomi Watts (King Kong)
time in a presidential election and and Judi Dench also help round out the
is later ﬁned one hundred dollars. November 18, 1963: The ﬁrst ensemble cast, but fail to add anything
push-button telephone goes into distinguishing to the movie due to
November 7, 1893: Women service, eventually replacing the script’s downplaying of the roles.
in Colorado are granted the the rotary dial telephones. Before the ﬁlm’s release, J. Edgar was
right to vote for the ﬁrst time. seen as a frontrunner in the Oscar race.
November 18, 1988: President Now that it’s out in theaters, however,
November 7, 1929: In New Ronald Reagan signs a bill into it seems that the only category the
York City, the Museum of law which would allow the death movie has a hold on will be Leading
Modern Art opens to the public. penalty for drug trafﬁckers. Actor for DiCaprio’s impeccable
performance. Only time will be able
November 8, 1889: Montana November 22, 1975: Juan Carlos to tell if the Academy feels the same
is admitted as the 41st state. is sworn in as King of Spain. way about the ﬁlm as the critics have.
Lady Gaga or Katy Perry?
By Michelle Lacondeguy
Mathew Epler Katy Perry. Lady Gaga has some
Yessenia Mendieta Lady Gaga, hands down. She is a
beautiful person and my idol.
Chris Heli Katy Perry, because she’s hot!
David Carranza Lady Gaga, because she’s unique
and..um..let’s see...who doesn’t like
Madison Scott Katy Perry has a voice of an angel,
but Lady Gaga...
Evan Smith Katy Perry. I like her music better...
Gaga creeps me out.
Editor-in-Chief Piper Thomasson
Allie Hunefeld Katy Perry. I identify with her a lot, News Editor Shareen Mann
and she writes better songs.
Madison Wood Lady Gaga. I like her music and how Features Editor Jessica Cotta
she is so original.
Katy Perry, because her songs are so
Assistant Features Editor Danilo Gayagoy
fun. Lady Gaga is so annoying. Sports Co-Editor Kris Vossmer
Adriana Contreras Lady Gaga, because she has weird
costumes...but P!nk is the best. Sports Co-Editor Paul Borges
Nicolai Morse Katy Perry, because she is better.
Lady Gaga, because she sounds
Art Co-Editor Nicole Rishwain
better. Art Co-Editor Dianne Alarcon
Florencio Bungalon Katy Perry, because I like her music
better and her lyrics have more
Copy Editor David Carranza
Nick Uota Neither, because I don’t know them!
Paige Gordon Katy Perry. I really like her original
Natalie Steinkamp Katy Perry. Her music and lyrics are
Noor Halloum Katy Perry, because her style of
music doesn’t get old as quickly.
Miranda Rowley Lady Gaga! Like, duh!
DJ Gayagoy Katy Perry. I have no reason why.
I guess I think Lady Gaga is pretty
weird. Especially her music videos.
Jessica Cotta Lady Gaga is a cooler person, and she
sounds better live.
Nicole Rishwain I have no idea. I don’t even listen to
that music. Uhh, Katy Perry.
Shareen Mann Neither. Umm, Katy Perry. Lady
Gaga’s cursing is unnecessary.
Andrew Canton Katy Perry.
Ryan Kilgore I would say neither, but Katy Perry.
Frangelico Del Carpio Both.
Piper Thomasson Lady Gaga. She can actually sing.
Diane Roza Neither! They both suck, big time!
Laura Becerra Katy Perry. Um, I don’t know,
because she’s better.
Aidan Reed Katy Perry, because she’s better.
Thomas Ravago Katy Perry, because she’s hot!
Paul Borges Katy Perry.
Dianne Alarcon Um, Katy Perry. Lady Gaga is weird.
Dean Garcia Lady Gaga. I have a secret love for
By Dianne Alarcon
By Nicole Rishwain
The Kettle staff
a happy holiday!
By Jessica Cotta
By Piper Thomasson
By Kris Vossmer and Paul Borges What are you doing this
June? Would you like to visit
several wonderous countries of
Europe?We will be visiting Italy,
and France and we have room for
you. For more information please
DJ contact Mr. Luigi Gherardi in
By David Carranza By Shareen Mann and Danilo Gayagoy
Kris Vossmer like, each week, the reads are getting second half and was
Co-sports Editor easier.” Senior Scott Armolea was one turned off for the rest
of Parrish’s primary targets, catching of the game but it
three passes for 79 yards. McNair didn’t bother Parrish,
It’s playoff time for Saint
gained just 164 yards. Junior safety who took off on a
Mary’s varsity football after finishing
Na’im McGee had an interception 66-yard scramble
off the season strong in TCAL. Coach
for St. Mary’s after recording three to the end zone to
Tony Franks has prepared this team
in last week’s win over Stagg. Senior open up the third
to recover from early defeats and
defensive end Trevor Carlson had quarter. After Jamie
rebound greatly to get them to where
two sacks and batted down a pass Christopherson
they are now. The Rams (9-2) have
behind the line of scrimmage. intercepted Tigers
been dedicated in practice to translate
Finishing out the year on the quarterback Kelse
that to the field and it has paid off.
road, St. Mary’s Parrish scored two D e p a u l i - Wi l t s e ,
The players have really grown up
touchdown runs in the third quarter to Parrish called his
and propelled this team forward with
break open a tight game and a tough own number from Above, Kaleb Parrish finds room to run as he gets
strong momentum into playoff action.
Rams defense forced five Tokay 10 yards out on the away from McNair defenders en route to a first down.
Senior Night at St. Mary’s was turnovers in a 34-3 win over the Tigers at second play of the (Photo by Mr. Kozina Sr.)
highlighted by a vintage performance the Grape Bowl. The Rams completed drive to put the Rams
from an experienced running back their fifth consecutive perfect season up 34-3. Parrish to beat on an earlier return but was
who will soon lead the completed 6 of 12 passes for 40 yards tackled after a 30-yard gain by punter
Rams into the playoffs and two interceptions and added 73 Peyton Lee. Senior defensive tackle
and the maturation of yards rushing. Ward finished with 65 Marcus Brown and senior defensive
a young quarterback yards and two touchdowns for the back Joey Mazzilli each recovered
who will lead them Rams, who had 230 yards of total fumbles. “We had a lot of big plays and
into the future. Senior offense. some turnovers that we don’t normally
running back Jalen The Sac-Joaquin Section have,” Franks said. “I think that is
Ward scored a career- Division II playoff opener was a close what caused kind of an explosion in
high five touchdowns, football game that got out of hand the second quarter.” Antelope entered
sophomore quaterback quickly. Fifth-seeded St. Mary’s held the game averaging 37.2 points and
Kaleb Parrish had a a 7-0 lead on No. 12 Antelope after 254.4 rushing yards per game but was
perfect passing game one quarter, then the Rams scored held to 118 yards on the ground and
and the Rams secured 24 unanswered points in the second was outgained on offense 366-203.
their fifth consecutive quarter en route to a 48-21 victory Running back Marquell Vines, who
Tri-City Athletic at Sanguinetti Field. St. Mary’s averaged more than 100 yards rushing
League championship Above, Jalen Ward breaks off a tackle from a McNair travels to No. 4 Vacaville (10-1) in per game, finished with 66 yards
with a 47-0 victory defender to continue down the field.
(Photo by Mr. Kozina Sr.) the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday. “I on 17 carries. Ward led St. Mary’s
over McNair. Ward didn’t think it would be a game like with 82-yards on 20 carries and had
had 136 yards on 13 this,” St. Mary’s coach Tony Franks touchdown runs of 4, 7 and 10 yards.
carries for the Rams, who scored on in the TCAL. Tokay held Saint Mary’s said. “Credit our kids for playing Parrish completed 11 of 19 passes for
their first six possessions and amassed to just 103 yards of total offense in with great physicality and emotion 187 yards.
460 yards total offense. Ward had the first half, but the Rams got on the tonight.” St. Mary’s was stopped on So now the Rams move on to
touchdown runs of 5, 6, 5 and 29 scoreboard just 15 seconds into the downs at the Titans’ 5-yard line on the second round and will have a key
yards in the first half and capped his game when senior Corey Mason took its first drive, but the Rams scored addition to the team as Merin has been
night with a 47-yard score on his only the opening kickoff back 92 yards for on their next four possessions of the cleared to play. It is great to see the
carry of the second half, giving St. a touchdown. Ward then scored on a half. Ward put the Rams up 7-0 on a quick recovery process he made and
Mary’s a 41-0 lead early in the third 14-yard touchdown run for St. Mary’s 4-yard run. The next score came on puts Saint Mary’s in prime position to
quarter. Parrish, making his third start 90 seconds later for a 13-0 first-quarter a 28-yard field goal by senior place continue to peak in the playoff race.
since replacing injured senior Bowe lead. After the Tigers’ Brett Rivers kicker Jeremy Farnsworth with 10 The Rams hope to be legitimate state
Merin, completed 12 of 12 passes for connected on a 45-yard field goal to minutes, 27 seconds remaining in title contenders, but it’s going to take
165 yards. He also ran for 42 yards on open the second quarter, Ward scored the second quarter. Then it took the a lot of work and belief in themselves
four carries and scored on an 11-yard his second touchdown of the contest Rams less than 10 minutes to score to get there. Make sure to go out to
run in the first quarter. “I think I’m on a 1-yard plunge as the Rams took a three touchdowns, highlighted by Vacaville to support Saint Mary’s and
getting used to the plays with all the 21-3 lead at halftime. The scoreboard sophomore Brian Pascual’s 50-yard give them the crowd they deserve.
reps in practice,” Parrish said. “It feels clock malfunctioned to start the punt return. Pacsqual had one man Good luck on the rest of the season!
star on both offense and defense. on McNair’s offense, forcing them to more responsibilities which have to be
Paul Borges Continuous practice of offense execute poorly. Travis Rigsbee and met. Next year the players will have
created an oppurtunity for more Anthony Aiello came off the edge to get used to weight lifting sessions
efficiency. The mess ups and mistakes to disrupt the backfield and make after school, and many meetings to
were limited throughout the year. tackles. There was a ton of offense too. process new information. Next season
The J.V. football season has
These improvements were shown Lorenzo Grayson was the star of the will be exciting, the Sophomore’s will
concluded. As I have previously
on the field every friday. The first 3 game, scoring a rushing touchdown have the opputunity to play under the
mentioned, the team got off to a slow
game of the year, the team managed and then later scored an amazing diving “friday night lights’’ as Juniors. After
start but turned the tables and finished
a meager 18 points per game. A vast touchdown off of a screen-pass. Wesley the playoff run ends, there will be a
very strong and in winning fashion. In
improvement was made the rest of Thompson pitched in with his own 2-3 month break and then offseason
the last 7 games, the Rams posted a
the season, and the team avereged recieving touchdown later on. Jaelin weightlifting begins. This will be
6-1 record and finished 7-3. This was
an astounding 34.2 points per game. Ratliff scored on a run, and Jamaurie beginning of a new season, and the
quite an improvement. The key to the
Quite an improvement. Defensively in Smith put 6 points on the scoreboard start of a hopeful run to the state
winning run began at daily practice.
with a thundering touchdown run late championship.Winning a state title is
When the team lost a game, it was
generally due to a stagnant week of “As soon as your in the game. Because the score was
lopsided, lineman Peter Montesinos
the ultimate goal of our program, and
practice. This means poor execution, this group hopes to accomplish this
the players not listening to the coaches,
final game ends at was put in the game at runningback. goal and bring glory to the St. Mary’s
This fired the up sideline. Peter did not
and lack of heart. However, a great the Grape Bowl, dissapoint. On his first carry, a McNair
football program. Congratulations on
a great season!
week of practice almost always led to
a win. A commitment to winning is an around 6 o’clock, defender came in for the tackle behind
the line of scrimmage. Peter did a spin
important ingredient, even when there
are setbacks. The main setbacks of
you are varsity move and slid off the tackler, gaining
5 yards on the play. This fired up the
the year were losing receiver Perrin athletes.” Rams sideline even more. Against More Stats...
Boyd to a knee injury against Lincoln,
Tokay, the team hoped to finish the
and standout lineman Jonathan Keith Home Record- 2 wins, 3 losses
season in a good way. The only way to
out for the season with a shoulder
injury. Losing two good players can
Varsity Coach Tony do this was with a win. Running back Home P.P.G.- 24.2
Home P.A.- 23.0
damage team morale. And the Rams Franks Marcus Lomas broke off for 70+ yard
touchdown early in the game.The first
quarter was a close one, the score read Away Record- 5 wins, 0 losses
Team Statistics Away P.P.G.- 34.4
14-3. In the second quarter, the offense
the first 3 games, the Rams gave up clicked and the team extended the lead Away P.A.- 12.2
Team Offense- 293 Total Points
34.6 points, and were outscored by an to 21-3 thanks to a long touchdown run
Team Defense- 227 Points Allowed
average of 16 points. In the last seven by Wesley Thompson from the Wildcat
games, the defense tightened up and formation. Defensive-Back Riley
allowed only 17.5 points on average. Roe nearly returned and interception Schedule and Scores
In the second part of the season, the for a touchdown and set up a score.
Rams gave up only half as many Additional scores made it a 34-9 Rams- 28 Granite Bay- 19
Team Record- 7 wins, 3 losses
points as they did in the first half! ballgame, and a Wesley Thompson Rams- 20 Central Catholic- 42
This was a great formula for winning, interception on a late Tokay drive kept Rams- 6 De La Salle- 43
doubling the amount of points scored in that way. The Special Teams unit Rams- 27 Lincoln- 26
and cutting in half the points that the got active when Brock Warmerdam Rams- 55 Lodi- 7
did a great job of recovering. Second
opposing team scored. made a crushing hit on his kickoff unit, Rams- 15 Edison- 18
string players had to step up and were
In the last article, I mentioned forcing a fumble that was recovered by Rams- 28 West- 0
expected to execute immediately.
that the team had two final games in Jakob Roek. All of these great plays Rams- 32 Stagg- 12
Despite the setback, the team attained
the season. Both games resulted in created a victory for the Rams. With Rams- 48 McNair- 0
new offensive power when Wesley
a Ram victory. The vicory against the season concluded, it was time to Rams- 34 Tokay- 9
Thompson returned from a pre-
McNair resulted in in the second become a varsity athlete for those
season injury. Wesley contributed
defensive shutout of the year, a 48-0 players who were not involved in a
to both sides of the ball equally, a
win. On defense, the Rams beat up winter sport. Being a varsity player has
Cross Country Barlupo, Justin Burks, Chris Clark, course was long and challenging but (sophomore) with a time of 16:31,
Sports Writer Anna Donaldson, Danilo Gayagoy, that did not deter St. Mary’s. Senior and Hannah Rosato (freshman) with
Matt Gipaya, Adam Helms, Marcus Derrick Tisher finished his season a time of 16:37. Sophomore Boys
Lopez, Taylor Newman, Celia coming in 43rd with 18:42. Varsity finished off the day taking 1st place by
After long, hard months of Olivas, Aiden Reed, Jack Rogan, Girls came in 5th in the team ranks. one point! They were lead by Kayvan
tiring workouts, the season for St. and Alex Ryan, good job sophomores! They were lead by Marissa Reyes Mahdyoon with a time of 12:30,
Mary’s Cross Country is coming And freshman Alyssa Alonzo, (junior) with a time of 21:41, followed followed by Aaron Sackschewsky
to a close. They had their league Martin Atienza, Angelica Dwyer, closely by Taylor Pablo (senior) with a with a time of 12:35, Darius Stansil
championship on October 27, 2011 Gabby Guillen, Max Martin, Nick time of 21:45. They were followed by with a time of 12:38, Joey Novara
and when all was said and done, the Mayorga, and Jasmine Stansil hope Andrea Barrameda (senior) with a time with a time of 13:50, Jonel Ednalino
team had to say goodbye to some of to run with you all next season! of 22:24, Kristi Tekerlek (senior) with with a time of 13:59, and Christian
the runners. On November 5, 2011 the After the TCAL championships a time of 22:29, Samantha Sambado Candelaria with a time of 14:28.
remaining runners rallied together and top runners in each division continued (senior) with a time of 22: 35, Kristina A sincere thank you to Coach
ran at sub-sections. Each team ended on with practice in preparations for Lisitsin (sophomore)with a time of Felicia, her husband Ross, and Coach
up having at least one runner advance sub-sections. When they came on 23:07, and Megan Nomellini (senior) Hohn for all their help in coaching
to sections on November 11, 2011. 11/5/11 everyone was ready to race. with a time of 24:03. Freshman Boys our team this year. Thank you to the
At TCAL league championships Varsity Boys were the first to race and were soon after and finished 3rd in team parents as well as those who supported
Saint Mary’s was two for four, Varsity the team had to say good-bye to more rankings. They were lead by Anthony the team and drove the runners all over.
Girls and Frosh/Soph Girls both took runners, Daniel Thiel (sophomore, Parrino with a time of 13:19, followed Since the Cross Country team first
home first place trophies. Varsity Girls 18:45), David Pina (junior, 19:24), very closely by Aaron Hipolito with started their practices at the beginning
had a nail-biting close race with Tokay. Curtis Ericcson (senior, 19:47), Tyler a time of of summer,
In the end, St. Mary’s came out on top Peppard (junior, 20:15), Jesse Toy 13:21. Next m a n y
by one point and managed to grab first (senior, 20:40), and Kevin Nguyen to come in things have
place. Frosh/Soph Girls were also proud (senior, 21:13). Their teammate was Gus happened.
that they went undefeated in league Derrick Tisher (senior, 18:39) was the Burlington N e w
meets. For much of the team this was only one who advanced to sections. with a time freshman
their last race and many of the seniors Varsity Girls were next and they of 13:37, have come
will be missed next year when they advanced as a team but only seven J o s e p h in and
have graduated. The team would like could go on. So they said farewell R e y e s showed their
to congratulate Andrea Barrameda, to Deanna Hibbard (junior, 24:47). with a time dedication
Maryanne Caras, Leanne Cutler, Varsity Girls had an alternate runner of14:42, and skill,
Curtis Ericcson, Mark Fitzgerald, in case one of the runner’s is unable to R o b e r t experienced
Kendall Green, Julian Haddad, race at sections but Audrey Tekerlek Rodriguez runners
Katlyn Johnson, Kendrick Ladao, (sophomore, 24:58) did not race at with a time have ran
Jessica Leal, Britnie Martin, Megan sections. Freshman boys were the next of 15:01, their hearts
Nomellini, Kevin Nguyen, Taylor to race, and the entire team advanced, S t e v e n out and left
Pablo, Heather Quinones, Samantha no alternate or cuts. Sophomore Va s q u e z it all on the
Sambado, Nicole Samson, Lexi boys raced after and came in 2nd, with a time of 15:07, and John Rine course in their final season, and many
Sepulveda, Kristi Tekerlek, Derrick missing 1st by only four points! The with a time of 15:33. Frosh/Soph runners improved immensely. Many
Tisher, and Jesse Toy on a great last boys also had no cuts or alternates Girls raced soon after and took 3rd people think cross country is not hard
season! And other runners who did not as well. Frosh/Soph Girls managed in team rankings, missing 2nd by 2 or not even a real sport, but it is. The
qualify for sub-sections were missed to advance but had to cut Brenna points! The team was lead by Sarah team has worked as hard as any of the
as well. Mallory Budesa, Jared Joe (sophomore, 17:56), Bernadette Armstrong (sophomore) with a time other sports teams to get as far as they
Bulahan, Samantha Charles, Emma Kaehler (sophomore, 18:20), and of 15:30 followed by Maria Ramirez- did, and it shows in their results. The
Dentoni, Sydney Flores, Michelle Nellie Zapien (freshman, 18:20). Riesch (sophomore) with a time of team even has fun at their practices
Lacondeguy, Emily Lasiter, Matt Their alternate was Sofia Sepulveda 15:56, Jenna Munoz (freshman) with and meets The team is done for now
Martini, Bianca Orsi, Jenae Ross, (sophomore, 17:23) who was also not a time of 16:01, Christina Uribe but they will come back next season
Samantha Wood, and Anthony needed to run at sections. (sophomore) with a time of 16:23, rested, improving even more, and
Zerka. Hope to see you all next Another hard week of practice Christina Herrera (sophomore) ready to race.
season! To Athena Alcazar, Jimmy before sections came on 11/11/11. The with a time of 16:27, Dani Dwyer
The volleyball teams have been tent to California State, Fullerton,
working hard throughout the sea- where she will continue to play and
son. After all their hard work, further her education.
many goals the team set have been In her first year of coach-
achieved. Varsity Coach McShane ing at St. Mary’s Coach Buhr has
and J.V. Coach Buhr and their accomplished a lot. Her J.V. team
teams have much to be proud of. was able to go undefeated in league
Varsity finished their league with a and 26-9 when including tourna-
perfect 10-0 record. They are cur- ments. Coach Buhr is extremely
rently playing in the Sac-Joaquin happy with her team this year. “The
sections play offs where they are team did extremely well this year
third seat of sixteen teams. Their and worked through some tough
first game was against fourteenth situations. I am so proud of every
seed Franklin Elk Grove. They won single one of them,” Coach Buhr
with scores of 25-13, 25-15, and 25- said about her team. She believes
22. In their quarter final match-up, the team will have another solid
they faced sixth seed, Pitman. St. year in 2012, even with most of the
Mary’s blasted through the matches older players going on to varsity. Angel Smith blocks a shot aginst Franklin during Round 1 of the play-
with scores of 25-8, 25-10, and 25- The team works very cohesively offs. Photo by The Stockton Record.
Women’s Water Polo
11. Lauren Kissell lead the Rams and all of the players show a lot of
in this game with eleven kills and promise. The younger J.V. team is
4 ½ blocks. At the end of the game shaping up to be a great team and a
Melissa Brum had contributed great future Varsity team. Ico Del Carpio
nine kills and 1 ½ blocks. Elizabeth With so much accomplished Sports Diner
Hoover had thirty assists and ten this season, both teams should be
Hey everybody! Well as a lot of theless, we are proud of what all of
digs, and Gianna Gotterba added very proud. Varsity is in good stand-
you may know our women’s wa- our Lady Rams have accomplished
seven digs and five aces to the mix. ings to once again call themselves
ter polo team has made it to the this year and we thank them for an
At press time, the Rams’ next the Sac-Joaquin sections champi-
San Joaquin Section Champion- unforgettable season.
match-up is against second seed, ons. J.V. is showing their skill and
ships with them being the 1st seed Now reflecting back on the
Oak Ridge. Best of luck to the en- promise to become a killer future
for TCAL. They have had a great Women’s Water polo 2011 season,
tire team as they seek to once again Varsity team. Next season prom-
season going into the tournament, they ended the year with a 15-5-1
gain the sections championship ises to be an interesting and all of
but unfortunately their season has record and also being 9-0-1 in their
title. Congratulations to Lauren the student body is encouraged to
ended with a loss to St. Francis in league. This led to them becoming
Kissell who signed a letter of in- come and support the teams.
the semi-finals. The Rams made TCAL champions. Ari Ghavami
it to the semi-finals with a win had this to say on becoming TCAL
over Modesto in the preliminary Champs, “It’s awesome to win
round, with a score of 17-2, and a TCALs once again, because we
win over Vintage High School in know our training paid off and we
the quarterfinals, with a score of really worked hard.” Ari Ghavami
8-5. The semis were held at Tokay along with Megan Torre helped
High School on Friday November the Rams during the quarterfinals
11. The game was close with St. when they each scored 3 goals in
Mary’s having a score of 4 and St. St. Mary’s win over Vintage with
Francis with 6. What made it re- the final score being 8-5. St. Mary’s
ally difficult for the Rams was the would like to once again thank the
fact that they were playing without 2011 Women’s Water Polo team for
Gracie Smith who has a torn me- a great run in the playoffs and for
niscus and she is arguably one of an awesome season. We hope to
Megan Torre attempts a goal. Photo by Allara Uota. the best players on the team. None- see you all again next year!!!
Men’s Water Polo Women’s Tennis
Daniel Valdez and the game-winning goal in sudden Ico Del Carpio
Sports Writer death overtime. Cole Williams also Sports Wtter
had 11 saves that match as well. In
the Rams second-most recent victory
The Rams Water polo team Well I hope everyone is en-
the Rams defeated Merced 18-10, and
this year has performed terrifically joying sections because St. Mary’s is
during this first playoff game, Derek
and has promises of going very far one win away from becoming section
Clappis scored 6 goals, David Ring
in the Section playoffs. After a close champions!!! Their only obstacle is St.
scored 4 and Ian Lamond scored 3.
game with the Flames which result- Francis who has the number one seed
Cole Williams also had 5 saves during
ed in Junior Derek Clappis scoring in the DRL (Delta River League). Be-
the game winner late in the game, to fore talking St. Mary’s Vs. St. Francis
Throughout the season the
rocket the Rams forward in the tour- let’s breakdown how our Lady Rams
Rams have displayed passion and ath-
nament, ending that thriller of a match made it to the finals. At the end of
letic ability which has attributed to
which ended in a final score of 11-10 the season the Women’s Tennis team
their dominance as a team. They most
in favor of that Rams, propelling them had finished with a record of 16-3 and
importantly have shown that they can
into a match against Davis. Before also being 10-0 in their league, which
pull out the win in the clutch and rise
that the Rams were 22-4 and 9-0 in gave them the title of TCAL Cham- Kate Precissi beat the Blue Devils’
to the occasion of excellence when the
TCAL (Tri-City Athletic League). On pions. Now by being TCAL Champs Cat Paw U 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4. The
game was on the line. These attributes
the season, David Ring and Derek they earned a bye, which gave them Rams No. 2 doubles tandem of Sierra
are necessary in any championship
Clappis were named TCAL co-MVPs, a break during round one of the play- Zeiter and Sam Shwe earned an early
team and the Rams have displayed
they won a close victory of 7-6 over offs. In the second round they had point against Davis’Layla Hansen and
these skills time and time again show-
the Tokay Tigers, and in the Delong to play Pleasant Grove, which they Jasmin Mould 6-3, 6-4. St. Mary’s
ing to everyone that not only can they
Tournament they finished 5th overall passed by easily with a score of 8-1. Makenna Wilkinson dropped a 6-3,
perform when its easy, but when the
after rebounding from the 10-9 loss at In the quarterfinals the Rams had to 6-2 singles decision to No. 5 Kailynn
victory becomes hard they muster the
the hands of El Camino the Rams re- play Turlock and again the team did Yang, while freshman standout Mack-
will to win and shine brightly as cham-
sponded with an overtime victory over great by sweeping the Bulldogs with a enzie Basso lost a three-set thriller
San Marcos, which resulted in David score of 9-0. Lastly, in the semi-finals 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), (7-4) to No. 6 Ceci Ca-
Ring gaining five goals, one assist St. Mary’s played Davis Senior High jandig in a seven-point tiebreaker with
School. This was the closest match
dusk falling. The Rams’ No. 1 duo of
that the Rams had in the entire play- Megan Doe and Dakota Valensin lost
offs but we barely passed by the Blue 6-2, 6-0, and St. Mary’s No. 3 tandem
Devils with a score of 5-4. Christiana of Jillian Dougherty and Nina Garib-
Ferrari defeated Ines Guinard 6-3, 6-4 aldi lost on deuce point of the third set
Daniel Valdez in No. 1 singles match against Delta 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to Cat Archer and Valerie
the Masters Tournament the qualifying Valley Conference champion Davis
Sports Writer Rams shot a combined team score of Hurst. Nonetheless the Rams made it
(16-2, 8-0 DVC). Lindsey Williams to section finals and we all like to wish
479 earning ninth place overall. Dur- won at No. 3 for the Rams (16-3, 10-0
ing this tournament Claire Burke got them the best of luck in beating St.
After a spectacular season of Tri-City Athletic League) against Ca-
a hole in one and shot a final score of Francis.
great matches, and superb display of ron Miller 6-1, 6-2, while teammate
82. Even though this season is ending On a side note we would like
skill, the Women’s Golf team should
and new sports begin to emerge in the to acknowledge Christiana Ferrari for
have no regrets. After an undefeated
forefront, the Women’s Golf team per- winning her second Sac-Joaquin Sec-
regular season, and finishing with a
formed extremely well this year and tion Division I singles title in four
10-0 TCAL record the Rams went on
has the promises of delivering excel- years. This is the second title for her,
to play in the Divison 1: South tour-
lence next year as well. With numer- only one of two that have competed in
nament at Creekside Golf Course in
ous stars ready to return next year, the four section Division 1 Singles Cham-
Modesto. The Rams played well as
Rams are looking not only to perform pionship Matches. Christiana has had
they normally do finishing third over-
much like they did this year, they are an amazing run during her high school
all and having a team total of 459.
ready to build on this momentum and years. She has also earned The Re-
Claire Burke finished with a score
take the experience and skill of a great cord’s Girls Tennis Player of the Year
of 80 and Angelica Orino finished
year and turn it into an even greater three times.
with a final score of 89. Both golfers
year next year so we all should hope Once again we hope everyone
qualified for the Masters Tournament
that next year they exceed all expecta- comes out to support the Women’s
at The Reserve in Spanos Park, along
tions that we can formulate. Tennis team as they play for the sec-
with Alexis Maciel and Dylan Wood-
tion crown against St. Francis. Best of
bury. In the season ending match of
luck to all of our players!!!
by Maria Ramirez-Rieschick
by Leanne Cutler
by Alexandra Brink
by Paige Denton-Harvie
14 Student Art
by Wylee Risso
by Robert Olagaray
by Marcus Gilliland by Tori Case
Student Art 15
Wrong Place Wrong Time
By: Steven Vasquez
I felt the cold marble floor out my wallet to get out my start shooting hostages, man surveyed the room,
under my knees, I could feel identification and the checks, After about twenty-five my phone went off; it was a
the sweat running down the ready for when the teller minutes the phone rang, text message from the guys
back of my neck, and my called, “Next customer.” the negotiator said SWAT asking where I was. The
heart was pounding so hard Little did I know I would not has been cleared. Then the timing could not have been
I thought it would explode. make it to the front of the leader’s cell phone rang, and any worse; the noise had
The last sounds I remember line that day. then he was informed by his drawn the man’s attention
were the click of his gun and “Everyone down on contact outside that SWAT to me. He swiftly came
a lonely gun shot breaking the ground!” was the next had only been told to take towards me and lifted me
the silence. thing I heard, people dressed cover out of sight. The first off the ground by the front
This weekend was all in black wearing masks demand was to have SWAT of my shirt and dragged me
going to be great I was going seemed to appear out of cleared from the premises; into the bank lobby.
with a group of old friends to nowhere. Then I realized the the negotiator was informed Thoughts were
watch our favorite baseball bank was being robbed and I that this demand was not met flashing through my mind so
team play in the playoffs. But was smack dab in the middle within the timeline. A bank fast I could not keep track,
first there were a few errands with nowhere to go. I stood executive was dragged out was my life supposed to flash
that had to be taken care of. there in utter shock, one of from the conference room to before my eyes? Thoughts of
I had made arrangements to the masked men shoved the bank lobby and executed my childhood flashed by, my
have Chase, my black lab, me down to the ground, in full view of surrounding parents do they know I love
spend the weekend at Allen’s everything appeared to be crowd. The phone rang them? Who would take care
Pet Resort. I could not leave in slow motion and voices again and the lead robber of Chase? Random thoughts
him at home alone again, last sounded muffled. calmly answered and in a of decisions I should have
time he almost ate my couch, I had unwillingly deep-menacing voice said made differently circled in my
remembering the image of become a hostage and was to the negotiator,”Do not head. Would I feel the bullet?
my living room covered in being herded along with the lie to me.” He informed Would I suffer or would it be
foam pieces made me laugh. rest of the hostages away the negotiator of the next like in the movies, quick and
With a quick pat on his head, from the doors and windows, request, an uninterrupted painless? Oh God, I hope it’s
I left Chase with his favorite into a conference room. The exit from the bank to the painless I thought to myself.
toy in the good hands of the men in black were loud and Canadian border. He quickly shoved me to my
pet resort employees. rough, at times shoving or I looked around the knees in plain view of the
Last stop would be hitting people, there were conference room, some negotiator and surrounding
the bank, I had some out of women and men crying. The people were crying, others public.
state checks that I needed to bank executives were singled were in complete silence I felt the cold marble
cash for my big weekemd. out and taken out of the as if in shock, but all of us floor under my knees, I
As I walked into the First room. Sirens could be heard were in complete terror of could feel the sweat running
National Bank of Oregon, in the distance getting louder what would happen next. down the back of my neck,
I tried to remeber the last and louder as the police got All I could think of was how and my heart was pounding
time I had been there. Had closer and closer. did I get here, what were the so hard I thought it might
the bank floor always been It was obvious the robbers going to do next, explode. The last thing I
marble? Was the ceiling bank robbers had done this and would I get out alive? saw before I closed my eyes
always vaulted? I made my before; they seemed to know The negotiator and the lead was a slight glint coming
way to the back of the line, how the police would act, robber argued back and from the rooftop across the
which was about fifteen from the squad cars circling forth ober his most recent street, my hopes soared as
people deep and thought to the front of the bank, to demand, until informed that I realized what was causing
myself this is going to take SWAT being deployed and it could not be met. The the glint. But those hopes
hours. setup in the buildings across robber slowly said,” Wrong were quickly dashed as I
Much to my surprise the street, to the hostage answer,” and hung up the felt the cold hard metal of
after about ten minutes I negotiator calling in on phone. the barrel on his gun against
was second in line, I had the bank line. The leader One of the masked my temple. The last sounds I
been distracted by watching slowly rattled off a list of men entered the conference remember were the click of
funny Youtube videos on demands and stated that if room; people huddled his gun and a lonely gun shot
my phone. I started to pull the first demand was not met together, possibly thinking breaking the silence.
within 30 minutes, he would safety in numbers. As the
16 Student Art
by Nina Garibaldi
by Jenaé Ross
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