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February 2008 Lane Technical College Prep High School Vol. 40/ Issue 3/ Page 1
Presidential candidates: substance or style?
In the Students argue methods of voting are “very superﬁcial.”
While many students ﬁnd politics bor-
Heart of By Daniel Castro
& Anna Treesara
ing, many others are busy learning as
much as they can about the candidates
in order to make an educated decision
The Warrior “That’s what some [students] make it
seem like,‘I’m going to vote for Obama
when they ﬁnally cast their ballot in
just because he’s black, or Hillary be- Students use sites like Glassbooth.
cause she’s a woman’,” said Goran org, which claims to be a “nonproﬁt
Ciganovic, Div. 872. organization creating innovative ways
News & Though he admits not all students rea- to access political information.” The
son that way, he is one of several who site matches the user with a candidate
Features think young voters are guilty of sup- based on their answers to a series of
porting candidates based on who they questions about issues important to
are or what they look like rather than them. However, results do not always
Rich Kids where they stand on important political reﬂect the exact candidate that students
issues. initially preferred.
Taaha Rana of Div. 913 says that vot- “Seems like [the site] works [even
Student Programming ing for someone based solely on their though Hillary Clinton was chosen for]
gender is “stupid” and “sexist.” me,” said Szeliski who leans toward
Candy Contraband “Their responsibility is to look past Republican Ron Paul.
that and actually understand where “I have used [sites like Glassbooth.
each candidate stands,” agreed Theo org] and I think they do work,” said
CTA Stories Zajler, Div. 859. “Some students either Hobaugh. “It is one of the better things Young voters chose who they will vote for on Super Tuesday.
don’t care or they base their decisions you can do because [the results give]
candidate,” said Szeliski. “But for the users favored Democrat Barack Obama
on the personality of the candidates.” real quotes with citations and it is non-
Teen Drivers masses [it might].” (77 percent) and Republican Ron Paul
Other students believe that people biased. It is not a bad way [to make
Media coverage has also changed. (37 percent) in contrast to the rest of
should be allowed to exercise their right your decision on who to vote for] if you
More campaigning is taking place on- the nation which, according to a recent
Lane’s Murals to vote in whichever way they want. have no idea who you want.”
line, including debates sponsored by Gallup Poll, preferred Democrat Hill-
“It’s not irresponsible because they’re For students who are still undecided,
popular networking sites like YouTube ary Clinton (42 percent) and Republi-
voting for the candidate they think is there are numerous Hollywood celeb-
Weight Issues and Facebook. Candidates use social can John McCain (32 percent).
right,” said Pawel Szeliski, Div. 882. rities who are happy to tell them who
networking websites to engage stu- The internet has helped less popu-
“The person that is right is a gut feel- to vote for. Many celebs have openly
dents and get them excited about their lar candidates like Ron Paul fundraise
ing, varying from person to person.” endorsed a candidate to help gain more
campaigns. more efﬁciently, though many still do
Even so, some young voters are con- attention and support for their politi-
According to Facebook, over 500 not know what his hype is all about.
scientious enough to question their cian of choice. Examples of these en-
U.S. politicians have their own proﬁle “People [at Lane] keep talking about
gut. dorsements include: Oprah for Obama,
pages, which include detailed informa- Ron Paul. I don’t know why. I believe
“I was really caught up in Obama. Chuck Norris for Huckabee, Madonna
Valentine’s Day He’s an amazing orator but I want to for Clinton, and California Governor
tion about their campaigns and per-
sonal life. The site gives an insight into
they are just joking around,” said Ciga-
hear substance,” said Andrew Ho- Arnold Schwarzenegger for McCain.
which candidate young Facebook users Additionally, a poll taken on February 5,
baugh, Div. 870. “Barack is more about “If teenagers see that, some will be
Long Distance change. [He’s] a new leader and I don’t like ‘oh man, I gotta vote for that one’,”
A recent ABC News/Facebook Elec- >>See “Candidates”
Relationships know what he’s doing when he gets said Ciganovic. Continued on page 6
tion Pulse Poll indicated that Facebook
there.” “They don’t affect the way I see a
Wrestling Programming process leaves some students irritated
up for classes has tradition- cedure was altered. The were stationed were provided year, we had to go to each
By Anna Treesara ally worked as follows: stu- “Bye Bye Birdie” cast was for students. individual teacher located all
dents are congregated in the rehearsing in the auditorium, Many students were un- over the school [not just on
Love Every year at the end of
ﬁrst semester students receive
auditorium; groups of stu-
dents – based on GPA – are
so the only room big enough
to serve as a holding pen for
happy with the change in the
the ﬁrst ﬂoor],” said Brianne
Santucci, Div. 880. “I person-
their grades and begin choos- then dismissed to the student hundreds of students was the “Lane is big enough as it is,” ally believe how [program-
Read your ing their classes for the next cafeteria where teachers are cafeteria. This meant teach- said Abigail Gonsalves, Div. ming] was done last year was
Valentine’s Day school year. The electives waiting with sign up sheets ers doing sign ups also had to 935. “The last thing it needs the best way.”
messages fair, where students obtain for their classes; and every move. Rather than put all the is for students anxiously run- Several took advantage of
inside approval signatures from few minutes thereafter anoth- teachers together, they were ning around through the long the confusion caused by this
!!! teachers to take their classes, er group of GPA-categorized divided between several dif- hallways trying to ﬁnd the year’s changes and found
has been very speciﬁcally or- students is then released to do ferent classrooms on the ﬁrst rooms with the classes they >>See “Programming”
ganized in recent years. the same thing. ﬂoor. Maps and room num- want.”
The procedure for signing However, this year’s pro- bers indicating where they “When it was my freshman Continued on page 6
February 2008 News Page 2
Candy sales: put your junk in the box “The guy stole [calculators] and In 2006 a student who was a soph-
By Yasmine Ramirez & sold them out of a candy box,” omore at the time and who wishes
Keila Scott said Halla Karaman, Div. 860. to remain anonymous ran an elabo-
“I needed one so I bought it.” rate candy operation, which eventu-
Have you ever wondered why Another male senior, who wishes ally turned into a drug operation.
students at Lane are always fund- to remain anonymous, sold candy for “I first started selling candy
raising? Has it ever occurred to himself for most of his sophomore year. for myself after finding a full
you that maybe students aren’t “I was making more [money] candy box in the middle of the
just selling candy inside of at school than people with jobs,” fourth floor hallway after school,”
those boxes provided by clubs? he said. “I had people selling for said the student. “With the money
For many years the Athletic me. That brought more money in.” that I made from the candy it
Department, Music Department, and An anonymous female from Division occurred to me that I could buy
several clubs at Lane have used 876 said the school does not do more in bulk, then resell for profit.”
candy sales to raise money for dif- much to keep students from illegally Within three weeks this student In a single Friday his opera-
ferent activities. Whether fundrais- selling products within the school. was making a large enough profit tions inside the school would gross
ing for new uniforms or an out- “When I was a freshman I sold that he could afford to buy even anywhere from $400 to $1,000.
of-state trip, students in need of anything and everything inside my more candy – more than he could “There would be Fridays where I
money are seemingly always selling. candy box,” she said. “You don’t sell alone. So he sought the help would get rid of anywhere between
For some students, however, get caught because nobody ever of “employees” to increase sales an ounce to two ounces of bud
this fundraising isn’t always for thinks to look. Its a candy box.” throughout the school. This same with the help of my crew,” he said.
school related activities. One stu- Nevertheless, selling candy or any student soon realized he could use This student was never caught
dent, who wished to remain anon- other product is against school pol- the same operation to sell drugs. but claims he no longer sells drugs.
ymous, said that the candy sales icy unless it is for a club or school “I eventually got six people work- Ms. Rice, Dean of Students,
helped him pay a school debt. organization. To sell anything at ing for me and was grossing about said security has never caught any-
“I needed to pay for a fee for Lane, approval is needed from Mrs. $1,200 a week at my high point. I was one illegally selling anything out
school so I found an easy way [to Houston, Lane’s Budget Director. drug dealing outside of school and of candy boxes, but – now that
make money],” said the anonymous Each club must fill out forms before figured out that I could sneak drugs she knows – will make note of it
male student from Division 855. and after candy sales specifying the into school inside my candy box.” and alert security to the possibility.
“Everyone eats candy when they’re amount of candy boxes being dis- Once established as running a When students are caught dis-
hungry so it was easy money.” This tributed and the amount of money small-scale candy shop, this “entre- tributing anything not approved by
student claims he successfully sold that should be made by the end preneur” became perhaps Lane’s school personnel, different disci-
candy without ever being caught. of the sale. Each club is given a biggest drug dealer. He would hide plinary actions – depending on the
Besides buying candy in bulk two-week limit for fundraising. marijuana in empty candy wrappers, severity of the case – will be taken.
and reselling for profit, students “I keep a list of the clubs sell- each type of which contained dif- Every student involved in a club
have found it easy to store other ing candy,” said Mrs. Houston. “If ferent amounts of the drug. In his or sport has the right to fundraise by
things inside their candy boxes I notice the same kid is walking system Skittles contained $10 worth selling candy as long as it has been
as well. There have been stu- around the school with a box for of marijuana, Plain M&M’s $20 approved. Those selling candy for
dents known to sell items like more than two weeks I stop them and worth, Peanut M&M’s $30 worth, themselves may profit, but if caught
stolen watches and calculators. ask what club they are selling for.” and Tropical Skittles $50 worth. will have to pay a hefty price.
Cramming proves poor study method
Studies show that without regular review, information is lost long-term.
little breaks in between each study two groups of students (students don’t think I can remember [the
By Nancy Carrera session. Sometimes, students don’t who crammed vs. students who material] all at once and it’s much
even go to bed, or stay up really late studied at their own leisure) took harder to study for a test under
After ﬁnal exams, school is because they are reviewing. tests to see which one scored better. pressure,” said Julian Auza, Div.
usually followed by a day off, which “I stay up late,” said Gonsalves, The students who crammed, called 050. “I crammed once and I was
gives students a much deserved rest, “but I try not to stay up too late to the “overlearners,” scored higher ﬁne, but I worked harder.”
especially since the days leading up the point where I’m completely than the students who studied over a “I usually won’t study the night
to ﬁnals tend to be ﬁlled with stress exhausted the next day for the test. longer period of time. However, both of [the ﬁnal] because [the material]
and all-night studying. If I do stay up late I drink coffee, a group of students were tested again doesn’t stick as long as it will when
With so much to remember - or lot of it.” four weeks later, and the results I study a few days before the test,”
even learn for the ﬁrst time - students “Sometimes, I’m falling asleep were reversed; the overlearners said Alex Enriquez, Div. 904.
often turn to cramming as a method during my tests,” said Sandy had forgotten nearly everything There are also many Lane students
of studying. Morales, Div. 874. “But, I usually they had studied. The study, along who ﬁnd both cramming and
“I cram the night before because drink a Red Bull in the morning [to with several like it, concluded that evenly-spaced studying to be too
it is fresher in my mind for the next stay awake].” “massing all the study on a single much effort. So, they resort to other
day,” said Abigail Gonsalves, Div. While ﬁlling up on caffeine and topic into a single session reduces methods of passing the ﬁnal.
935. “I think it is easier to study a energy drinks is among the most long-term retention.” “It’s either you cheat or you cram,”
couple days before [the exam] and popular methods for students, they Even though remembering material said an anonymous Lane student. “If
keep reviewing a little bit everyday have other ways of staying up is more effective if one does a review I really have to pass the test, then
[until the exam day], but that can through the night. study of the main topics in each I’m just going to get a friend to give
be hard to do when there is seven “Sometimes there are other people classes every month, many Lane me the answers to the test, or the
classes to study for.” [online] who are up studying, also,” students leave the studying until the test itself, and then I’m just going to
“I try to get myself all organized said Morales. “I just talk to them last minute. put the answers on a small piece of
by stapling all my notes together and while I work.” However, some students claim paper and that’s it. I mean, it’s not a
putting them in order of what tests “I watch TV while I study because not to procrastinate in their studies new thing, everyone is doing it.”
I take ﬁrst,” said Sara Domaradzki, if it gets too quiet in the room, I because they don’t like the pressure “I cheat when I don’t know what
Div. 023. “Then I tend to study a fall asleep,” said Mario Contreras, of cramming for ﬁnals. I’m doing,” said another anonymous
little the night before, on the ride Div. 936. “Or I eat something like a “I base how long I study on how Lane student. “Either I’m too lazy
to school, and then in the halls sandwich or drink coffee because it well I know the material,” said to study or sometimes it’s just way
walking to class. It’s easier for me makes me focus on something else Cynthia Mathews, Div. 049. “If I easier to cheat.”
to remember everything when I do it that is not sleeping.” know it all pretty well, then I don’t Obviously, students who resort
right before the test.” Even though cramming may seem study as much since there’s no real to cheating learn even less of the
“I cram,” admitted Saﬁya Merchant, like an effective and easy way of need to. If I don’t understand it content than those who cram.
Div. 039. “Usually because the week remembering everything, studies very well, then I’ll study longer and Whatever method students employ
before [the ﬁnal] you have all this work show that it has no beneﬁts for usually begin earlier. It helps to keep to get through ﬁnals, they should
for your classes so I don’t have time to long-term memory. Psychologists everything balanced so I come out be aware that whatever information
study till the night before the ﬁnal.” Doug Rohrer and Harold Pahsler even on all subjects, and so that I’m they really want to keep for later
Cramming means that students conducted an experiment, published not overloaded with work.” in life will require review and
study for hours non-stop or with on the InterScience website, in which “I don’t cram for tests because I reinforcement.
February 2008 News Page 3
Lane’s hallway murals go unnoticed The paintings were made during “You have to realize that during
By Thomas Hayes & the Great Depression, a time when [The Depression] the middle class
Jose Rivera economic turmoil and poverty were values of the man working and
rampant. These times required an the woman staying at home were
Students at Lane tend to ignore increased industrial workforce, and prevalent. Women didn’t take an
the collection of murals lining the the murals were made to inspire active role in the labor force,” said
hallways of the ﬁrst ﬂoor, but many young Americans towards this Mr. Allegrezza, AP U.S. History
are not aware of the rich history workforce. Teacher.
behind them. “I like the murals and the “It’s understandable that only one
The 40 murals originating from depiction of the ‘working man’ and woman is found in the murals,”
Chicago’s Second World’s Fair the ‘American-spirit,’” said Matt said Medina. “[The murals] were
named the Century of Progress, Siek, Div. 853. made a long time ago. Women
were created as part of an exhibit These particular murals are just weren’t treated equally back then
from General Motors. The murals part of Lane’s collection of artwork. and it’s just how the time period
portray the various products that At various locations around the of the murals was when they were
are involved with the production school, more than 25 other murals created.”
of automobiles, and the states from can be found. The murals are often The mural, outside room 139, A woman works alongside men in this mural by Room 127.
which they come. Upon the Fair’s overlooked by students. depicts the crafting of what appears
conclusion in 1934, the murals “I never really paid much to be ceramics in Kentucky. The woman included in the murals, insigniﬁcant to me,” said Damian
were donated to Lane. attention to the murals in the lone woman is obscured by several the paintings’ artistic value is still Jez, Div. 856. [Looking at them is]
The murals depict men working school,” said Theresa Medina, Div. men. Wearing a long skirt and her appreciated by some students. nothing more than staring at some
in different areas of industry, 862. “The hallways are always so hair up, she is easily overlooked. “I just think the murals are a random guy that I don’t even know.
agriculture, and manufacturing. busy between classes. The only “I didn’t realize that only one tradition,” said Allen Lee, Div. They do portray something, but
“The people in them are shown time I actually notice them is when mural had a woman but I think 880. “It’s like a part of the building. they don’t reach out to me.”
working hard,” said Seraﬁn Garcia, school’s over and I have to stay for that’s just due to the fact that it Even though no one notices them According to author Mary Lackritz
Div. 869. “I think they are there to activities.” used to be an all boys school,” said they’re still part of history.” Gray, the artist behind many of the
motivate Lane students to put pride Something else about the Daniela Valdez, Div. 875. “But “The murals are just for murals, Miklos Gaspar, was born
in their work.” murals that few notice is that of Lane has come a long way since decoration,” said Annie Chin, in Kana, Hungary, and was named
According to an informational the 40 World’s Fair murals only then, so it doesn’t really bother me. Div. 879. “Since our mascot is an ofﬁcial war artist for his nation’s
pamphlet put out by Lane entitled one features a woman, which is More girls are enrolled into Lane Indian, they drew Indians. They government during World War I.
Art Collection, “[The murals] apparently a sign of the times. The so, [as] a feminist, I wouldn’t take bring history to the school.” After a year of living in the United
evoke the energy and vitality of a painting that does have a woman it offensively. It just reminds me of However, this sentiment is not States, Gaspar won the Chicago
booming Chicago during the early in it hangs across from room 139, how much we have grown.” shared by all. Tribune’s Prize for Historical
20th Century.” adjacent to Exit O. Although there is only one “Murals are completely Painting.
Lane students say CTA rides chaotic: “... That’s why I drive now.”
Yellow Line,” said O’Sullivan of the bench seats tried to throw a said Nieves. off the train or bus.
By Aleksandra Sebaseva referring to the fact that the Yellow paper ball down Cruz’s shirt. According to Nieves the boy kept Though some might not hear
line has only two stops. “I got kind of scared, and had to “ranting” for about ten minutes, them, CTA vehicles do have voice
Many who use the Chicago This past summer I had a similar move,” said Cruz. during which time about twenty recorded rules and regulations that
Transit Authority (CTA) vehicles moment on the Irving Park Express Daniel Budzioch, Div. 876, had people had gotten off the bus. are announced periodically.
to travel around the city enjoy an bus. A few minutes into the ride, a rather nasty encounter with a “That personally made me feel “Automated voice announcements
easy commute with no problems. an old man got on the bus holding drunken bum on the Blue line. unsafe, because if the driver can’t on CTA buses and trains help
Others leave their rides with some a liter of Raspberry Smirnoff, “There was a drunken bum sitting be responsible enough to keep reinforce the rules of conduct
interesting, smelly, scary, and sat down right next to me, and next to us. He started talking to passengers on his vehicle safe, he prohibited on the system,” said
even hilarious stories about what continued to drink. He smelled like us, and threw up all over himself, probably won’t make responsible Hosinski. “They also encourage
happened along the way. he hadn’t taken a shower in weeks. wiped it off with his hand and then decisions while driving that vehicle customers to be courteous to one
Natalie O’Sullivan, Div. 929, I could somewhat tolerate the smell, shook my friend’s hand. After all and could endanger his passengers’ another.”
was coming home from downtown, but later on when a young black that he offered us booze,” said lives in the future,” she said. While traveling on the bus or
and had just transferred from the woman got on the bus, I got mad. Budzioch. According to Catherine Hosinski, the train can be challenging, the
Red line to the Blue line. As she The man looked up at the woman, “I’ve had too many CTA a CTA Media representative, people experiences on the CTA are not
squeezed into the overcrowded train and casually said, “You know, experiences…. That’s why I drive should not be afraid to tell the always bad.
car, she actually found a seat and sat slavery should never have been now,” he added. operator when someone is making A man known as “Subway Jesus”
down. Not long afterwards a young abolished.” For some the experiences that them feel uncomfortable. is familiar to several people who
regularly dressed man came up to The woman looked at him, they’ve had on the CTA have made “If a rider on a CTA bus feels travel on the Red and Blue lines,
her while she was reading her book realized he was drunk, laughed, them feel unsafe about taking the threatened as the result of another including a number of Lanites. The
and cheerily shouted, “El blanca and walked away. He got up, bus/train, particularly when the individual’s behavior, they man, who wears white or purple
Diabla! Do you have any money?” walked to where she was sitting, person operating the vehicle does should notify the bus operator robes and carries a seven foot
A bit caught off guard, she laughed and continued to badger her until not enforce the rules of civility. immediately,” said Hosinski. plywood cross, actually resembles
in response “…What?” He repeated the bus driver ﬁnally heard what Holly Nieves, Div. 878, had an Although not all bus drivers or popular images of Jesus Christ. He
his request, and she replied, “No.” the man was saying and kicked him experience where a teenage boy rail operators take action if some has a long beard and hair and is
“You liar!” he said bluntly, then off the bus. started screaming on the bus about disturbance happens, they do have featured in a book entitled Illinois
sat down right across from her and Lizbeth Cruz, Div. 876, also had society being corrupt and treating the authority to ask the person 24-7.
stared at her until he got off the a bad experience with a man who him like there was something causing the disturbance to get To encounter other interesting
train. was under the inﬂuence on the 152 wrong with him. off the bus or train. If the person characters just step onto one of
“It’s never really a dull moment Addison bus going west. A man that “They started calling him crazy, refuses to get off, the operator can your local CTA vehicles.
on the train unless you’re on the was sitting across from her on one and asking him if he was on crack,” call the police to escort the violator
February 2008 News Page 4
No system of academic probation at Lane
credits to become sophomores are the most some have after school jobs, others have up the class in summer school,” said Joe, Div.
By Siobhan Lally & likely to dropout. practice for various sports or clubs, and on 854. “I ﬁgured it was okay to fail another
Crystal Lee To prevent a high dropout rate, LoBosco top of this they usually have a couple hours class, so I failed again during one semester in
and the Lane administrative team are taking of homework per night. sophomore year.”
Selective enrollment schools accept the other steps to ease the transition for freshmen Unlike many years ago, kids who are It’s not uncommon to fail multiple classes
best students; only the kids who are most students including: parent workshops; ﬂunking out are no longer forced by the in a single school year.
qualiﬁed are invited to come to Lane. If this expanding Big Brothers and Big Sisters, so school to leave. “[My grades] were decent freshman year,
is true, why are so many students failing? that every freshman would have an older “Grades alone isn’t enough [to get you but sophomore year and most of junior year
Often times, a bad transition from mentor; implementing mandatory tutoring expelled],” said Coorlas. “Expulsion really I didn’t do so well,” said an anonymous
elementary school to high school can be to for those freshmen students who fail; possibly has to do with the student discipline code.” senior. “I kind of got into some bad stuff.
blame for poor grades. eliminating one class and adding a life Absenteeism and behavioral issues come I started to focus a lot more on my friends,
“Sometimes, it’s kids who come in and it’s skills/study skills period; girlfriend, and just having fun. Anyway, I
the adjustment from grade school,” said Ms. and CPS is considering a failed about seven classes total, my GPA fell
Coorlas, the department chair of Counseling. possible mandatory three to a 1.7 or something. Now I’m making up
“A lot of kids, at least half, come in not used week orientation for eighth for everything. I don’t know if I‘ll graduate
to the way of studying.” graders. on time.”
“My freshman year was the worst,” said On the other hand, is Not all students agree, however, that students
one junior who wishes to remain anonymous. it fair to only focus on fail because of a bad social environment.
“At my old school I was valedictorian, but [at freshmen students when Sometimes lack of motivation is to blame.
Lane] I almost failed biology.” upperclassman may be in “I think students fail because they lack the
In an attempt to help ease the transition from need of extra help? motivation to go on and work harder,” said
grade school to high school steps are being Other than not being Saleha Amreen, Div. 175. “Procrastination
taken to ensure that freshmen get the most promoted to the next grade is another big issue. I’m not saying you
out of their high school experience. It is part level there is no real penalty shouldn’t procrastinate; you just can’t help
of a “Freshmen-on-Track” program that Dr. for not passing, except not it at times. But try to procrastinate later. Put
LoBosco is emphasizing starting this year. being able to graduate. To academic matters before everything else
The idea is to help freshmen before they fall receive a diploma a student and you’ll propel your way though your
too far. As a ﬁrst step, Freshmen Parent Night must make up any missing educational life.”
began this school year. credits in summer school There are students who are surprised Lane
Freshmen Parent Night is a night where or night school. has no form of academic probation.
freshmen, who are receiving multiple Fs, and It is not uncommon for “Since Lane has such a big reputation for
their parents are invited to school to ﬁgure students, especially at the academics I’m surprised they don’t penalize
out ways to get the students back on track. high school age to become students who do horribly at school,” said
If students do not pass their freshman year involved in more social Melissa Gonzalez, Div. 881. “I think they
they could be moved to a “demo division.” activities. Students join clubs, sports, etc. in play when expelling a student. It may should penalize kids who show constant
In this demo division, all of the demos will that can take away from their study time. surprise many students to know that Lane failures in their school work and that show
be together. There are many reasons kids can begin to does not have an ofﬁcial academic system of no improvement.”
Before they even reach the point of ﬂunk out, sometimes it’s problems at home, probation. However, other students are grateful that
becoming a demo though, freshmen are sometimes students become involved with “Kicking [students out for poor grades] is they don’t.
usually approached by their counselor. the wrong crowd, other times students just not an option,” said Dr. LoBosco. “If a student “I think it’s a good thing [that Lane does
“As soon as the ﬁfth week grades are out, aren’t studying as hard as they should. continues coming to school, they must ﬁnd not have an academic probation]” said Eloise
we look for one or more F’s,” said Coorlas. “Most of the time it’s not that [the students] something interesting about it and all we can Zarco, Div. 022. “I did really bad freshman
“We then try to meet with them [and ask], don’t belong here,” said Coorlas. “It’s do is make it more meaningful to them.” year ﬁrst and second semester. Now as a
‘What’s your plan of action?’” just that kids just have too much going on However with students constantly failing sophomore I’m doing way better than I did
However, at a school with over 4,000 outside school: work, taking care of siblings, classes, an academic probation may be before.”
students it is almost impossible to track down and any home issue. They don’t have to be needed in the future. Many students at Lane Students at Lane and other high schools may
every student who might be failing. But why awful things, just enough to preoccupy [a sometimes make little to no effort to pass not be expelled from school for failing now,
is there so much emphasis being put on the student].” classes, especially when they know they but in college much more will be expected.
freshmen? It is true that most high school students live won’t be “punished.”
Studies have shown that students who do some of the busiest lives. They attend school “I failed a class one semester of freshman
not succeed in getting the required amount of for almost seven hours, ﬁve days a week, year, but I still got promoted because I made
Caution: teenagers on road driver’s license Jeuk was involved car accidents,” said Jeuk. “I am around when they
By Abigail Arroyo & in a car accident. He had made accident prone.” ﬁrst start driving.
Brigette Arroyo plans with his friends to go out the In the case of Don Guillen, There are immature
day he received his license. Div. 914, he had been behind the and mature sixteen
Although they have the highest “I was coming out of an alley wheel for ﬁve months when he year olds [as well
accident rate of any age group, most by my friend’s house and out of was involved in his ﬁrst accident. as] immature and
teenagers look forward to driving. nowhere a car came in front of me It occurred on a snowy night when mature eighteen year
Studies show that in the decision- and I hit him,” said Jeuk. another driver tried to merge into olds.”
making area the teenage brain is Jeuk and the other driver didn’t his lane without using a turn signal. Nevertheless, Negron
still developing during the teenage exchange information so Jeuk The driver of the other vehicle admits to having already been in
years. Teens have also shown that ended up paying all the damages admitted it was his fault and Guillen an accident caused by common
they are the least likely to wear on his car. Jeuk was involved in a received money for the damages. adolescent distractions.
seatbelts and the most likely to more serious accident 3 weeks after “My advice to prevent teen “I should’ve known better than to least a B.
drink and drive. The presence of his ﬁrst accident. crashes is to drive defensively and get distracted [by my girlfriend],” Though
other teenage passengers strongly “My brakes did not work, so I be on the lookout for other people,” said Negron. “But it’s up to the education
increases the risk that they will didn’t have enough time to stop. said Guillen. driver; people get distracted by is an important
crash. Although teenage fatalities When the car in front of me stopped In many European countries the anything. Even radios! What are part of learning to
through the past 25 years have I hit [it],” he said. driving age is 18. Most teens in the they going to do, take radios off drive safely, personal behavior is
decreased, there are still plenty of The price of Jeuk’s insurance U.S. who are accustomed to getting cars?” clearly a larger component.
teenage car accidents. increased and his parents told him their licenses at 16 would not be Several CPS high schools offer “Classes we take prepare you
“Junior year in high school is the to take more precautions on the happy with this policy. students Driver Education classes to drive,” said Abel Lopez, Div.
year when everybody is looking road. Jeuk was involved in yet “Eighteen year olds are going their sophomore year. At Lane 920. “[but] it’s how responsible
forward to start driving,” said another accident afterwards, but it to drink and drive too,” said Luis students are required to pass the [the person] is when nobody is
Michael Jeuk, Div.902. wasn’t his fault. Negron, Div. 921. “Age doesn’t written exam as well as three driving watching.”
Two hours after receiving his “I don’t know how to prevent matter; people are going to mess tests on the road with grades of at
February 2008 News Page 5
The appearance of wealth: students try to ﬁt the part
get cars. Agatha Obrecki, Div. 865, be in-style.. With incomes from my own” she said. shopping center located at 4104
By Monika Janczuk was given a 2007 Hyundai Sonata part-time jobs, weekly allowances, “My parents give me money N. Harlem Ave. “In 2004, we did
for her 18th birthday in December. birthday money, and “guilt money” depending on what it is for,” said focus heavily on the teen consumer
Not everyone can be a rap Obrecki has a Shell credit card that from parents, teenagers today have Brittany Goodman, Div.858. with risky photography depicting a
superstar; live large, with she uses for gas purchases, which disposable income that they spend bare belly, low rise jeans, and belly
a big house, and five cars. is paid off by her uncle. Her parents on teenage necessities, whether it Misconceptions button ring.” Gelt said that the
But it seems like everyone at Lane pay for the insurance, and she must be Apple Bottom jeans, Ugg boots, “Rich kids are spoiled…and have HIPʼs goal is to attract more teen
sure is trying. Students commonly pay off $3,000 of the approximate North Face sweaters, or jewelry. a materialistic attitude and make retailers. “We have been pursuing
flaunt designer purses, expensive $18,000 her parents paid for the car. Additionally, it is easy to portray a themselves noticeable,” said Halla Aeropostale and other national ten-
clothes, jewelry, and even cars. Jose Jimerez, Div.877, drives a rich persona when there are online Karaman, Div. 863. “If they have a ants,” said Gelt.
In an observational survey taken 2008 Nissan Altima, a car whose sources that provide advice on how North Face book bag, theyʼre rich. Retailers keep a close eye on
in eight classrooms in January, one Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price to do so. If they have more than one pair of teenagers because they are vital
in four girls were wearing Classic ranges from $18,230 to $28,280 Websites such as WikiHow. Uggs or Birkenstocks, wear brand contributors to our economy, espe-
Ugg boots, which run anywhere according to Yahoo!Autos. com describe step-by-step instruc- name clothes all the time [theyʼre cially when there is the threat of
between $100 and $160 on the Additionally, Jimerezʼs parents tions on “How to look rich without rich].” a recession. Teenage Research
companyʼs official website. This who own their on grocery store on being rich (for teens).” Some of Grace Clark, a senior who drives Unlimited (TRU) claims to provide
does not include the look-alike the North Side, give him money for the rules include: wearing designer a 2007 Infiniti truck, said she gets “insights that have helped many of
Sketchers that are popular as well. things such as gas, and they pay for clothes (even if they are bought in called spoiled all the time. the worldʼs most successful com-
Thatʼs an awful lot for boots that his insurance. outlet malls), wearing real jewelry “But honestly, I prefer the word panies and organizations devel-
tread through dirty snow, salt, and “I was lucky enough to get (not from stores such as Claireʼs privileged. It isnʼt really my fault I op meaningful connections with
mud. my parents to buy it for my that sell mostly cheap imitations), live the life I do,” she said. young people.” To put it bluntly,
So how are students able to afford 18th birthday,” said Jimerez. “A sporting nice shoes, and staying While the well-to-do are few in they research the world of teen
these expensive items? lot say Iʼm lucky, not spoiled.” well groomed. number at Lane, they say that they consumers. Everything from teen
According to Consumer Insight According to a survey of 105 An interesting, even comical have experienced people who mis- demographics, values, lifestyles,
research, 60 percent of teenagers Lane student drivers, 30.4% own understand and unfairly stereotype likes and dislikes, and spending
obtain their spending money from a car that cost below $5,000 them. habits are studied and figured into
their parents. Additionally teenag- while 59% said their car cost “My friends understand that statistics and trend reports that
ers spend an average of $107 week- between $5,000 and $15,000. money doesnʼt change who I am,” marketers can utilize. However for
ly. Are kids at Lane this spoiled? Many students can relate to said an anonymous senior. a one year subscription to the web-
“There are probably a clique the situation of Mary Bross, Div. “Throughout my four years at site, it costs between $22,000 and
of kids that are [spoiled],” said 879 who owns a 1995 Chevy lane I think Iʼve managed to keep a $30,000, depending on the length
Melanie Francia, Div. 874. “They Beretta that cost her about $1,500. low profile, and my friends who are of the subscription.
stay together so itʼs easy to point “I bought the car myself,” said just like me have also managed to “Advertisers do know that teens
them out from those who arenʼt Bross, with the money she earned do so,” said Clark. “I feel the big- work hard for their money and
financially lucky.” at a part-time job that paid her gest misconception about “spoiledʼ will purchase things they value the
Students seem to associate a cer- about $100 per week. kids is that weʼre bitchy and con- most,” said Gelt. “I think advertis-
tain “look” with wealth. This can According to the Lane Field ceited. Yes, Iʼve had my “b” days ers have gotten smart about how to
include a specific style of sweater, of Dreams website, 59 percent of but everyone goes through that.” target teens... [they] try to appeal to
brand name pair of shoes, or even Laneʼs student body comes from This is not to say, however, that the value of todayʼs teens.”
personal attitude that people sport a low-income households. This there are not some who are affluent It is no surprise that our soci-
while walking down the hall. should come as no surprise due to that do not try to show off their ety likes to indulge in expensive
“I think a good amount of Lane Laneʼs diversity, where students wealth by showcasing their nicer products. Celebrities on MTVʼs
kids are spoiled, especially the ones come from all over the city and possessions. Cribs never fail to show off their
with like a billion Northface sweat- from various backgrounds. waxed-down, multi-hundred thou-
ers, jackets, real Birkenstocks, and “Spoiled kids are everywhere but Media influence sand dollar Bentleys, Mercedes
real Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci at Lane it comes off a little more After the Depression and the Benzes, Porsches, and Ferraris.
bags,” said Allen Lee, Div. 880. because we have such a diverse chaos of World War II, economic Rap videos are also notorious for
Many students are able to pay group of kids from all different stability led to a desire to become featuring the artistʼs wealth. While
for these things with part-time jobs economic backgrounds, meaning a part of the growing suburban music is produced to entertain, it
they have after school. But some spoiled kids stand out, maybe not middle-class. Consequently, often becomes the dictator of what
students just have generous par- intentionally,” said senior Grace Americans spent millions of dollars should be sought after if one is to
ents. Clark. on TVs, automobiles, and home have the glamorous lifestyle of
“People call me spoiled all the appliances. This trend of growth celebrities.
Are Apple Bottom Jeans
time!” said a Lane student, who Portrayal or reality? and consumerism has become Magazines are easily attainable
wished to remain anonymous. “I “The only reason I have name and boots with the fur a part of the American psyche. and affordable sources that dictate
mean, I do own purses and nice brand shoes is because I get a a status symbol? According to the book “The what is popular. During division
clothes, but my parents buy them discount,” said Sylwia Kukla, Div. American Teenager: Examining and class, several students can be
for me.” 921, who is employed at a Foot piece of advice is given in point Pop Culture,” teenagers “like spotted hiding a magazine behind
Each of the six purses this stu- Locker. three about shoes. It says: nothing better than spending their a book. Magazines such as Vogue,
dent owns is designer. The least While there are privileged or “Birkenstocks (if you get these, earnings on clothes, entertain- Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle, and
expensive purse, a Hamptons “lucky” kids at Lane, why do the they MUST be real - the devil is in ment, and fast food. Brand names InStyle are the largest-selling
Signature Carryall, cost a little over majority of students find them- the details and girls WILL notice and fashionable merchandise have young womenʼs magazines and are
$200, and the most expensive, a selves wanting the same luxuries if they are real), the same goes become central to adolescent famous for style and beauty tips.
Dolce & Gabbana tote, cost $650. that the wealthy possess? for Uggs. For winter if you want identity for many young people.” “I look at Cosmo to look at
The most prominent way to iden- “There are always a bunch of kids boots that arenʼt Uggs, make sure Last year, teens spent $179 billion clothes” said Karaman, while flip-
tify students with extra cash is to that want to fit in so yeah theyʼre theyʼre leather or suede, nylon is on products. Twenty-seven percent ping through the magazine before
look at the car they drive. gonna try to buy expensive things,” trash.” (sic) of teens earned money from odd class.
Kamil Czyzewski, Div. 858, said Daniel Dyrda, Div. 052. “Iʼm While few enjoy these higher- jobs, while 60 percent said they Reality TV shows such MTVʼs
drives a 2005 Infiniti G35 that sure there are rich people as well end luxuries, most students say receive money from their parents Sweet Sixteen portray rich, spoiled,
Czyzewskiʼs parents paid half though.” that they own “average” items. For whenever they asked. This statistic soon to be 16 year-olds, who want
for. He does, however, pay the The truth is, whether consciously example, Francia said she does not might explain how some of Laneʼs the best, most expensive party that
other half off with the money he or subconsciously, most teenag- depend on her parents to supply her students sit behind top of the line, no one will forget. While it is
earns at a part-time job. The car ers want to look good in front of with money unless itʼs for things brand new cars. unlikely to see wealth and behavior
was an 18th birthday present. their peers and believe they can like a fee for school. “We definitely value our teen shop- like this among Lane students, it
The 18th birthday seems to be do so by spending their money “If itʼs just for shopping and stuff, pers” said Edan Gelt, Corporate doesnʼt mean theyʼre not trying.
a popular occasion for students to on clothes that are considered to I try to sacrifice and pay for it on Marketing Director at the HIP, a
February 2008 Features Page 6
Do I look fat? Overweight students struggle to ﬁt in
someone who I am not physically attracted loss program at the local Boys and Girls Club. Although he was physically active, losing
By Adisa Dardagan to,” said an anonymous senior. “At ﬁrst, I was losing only ﬁve pounds a weight was not immediate for Marchan.
Some students claim to look closer than just month and eating about 3,000 calories a day,” “Back then, we did not have video games.
Greasy fast-food, late nights in front of a at what meets the eye. she said. “After I got some expert advice, I I liked playing baseball with my friends, but
television set, and no motivation for exercise “I do not care how people look. In the end, started counting my calories, working out, since I was a slow runner and I got tired easily
is a way of life for one out of ﬁve American personality is always the key,” said Ruben and I dropped more weight. It was a slow the only way I knew I would drop weight fast
teenagers. Astorga, Div. 919. process.” was to starve myself. That’s what I did.”
Some students are not afraid to judge their The World Health Organization (WHO) What difference does being thin make in Studies show that obesity has skyrocketed in
peers based on weight. has acknowledged obesity as a spreading today’s society? the past 20 years, largely because
“When I see an obese person, I just think
they do not take care of themselves,” said an
epidemic. When people eat more calories
than they burn off, their bodies store the extra
“Losing weight changed
the way guys look at me,” “Losing weight of the cultural changes brought on
by technological advancements,
“I think obese people are lazy. It may not
calories as fat. As this pattern continues, more
fat starts to build up. Using the Body Mass
said the same junior. “This
does not get to me because changed the which have led teens to a more
sedentary lifestyle spent mostly
way guys look
be their fault, but they should receive some Index (BMI), a measure of body fat based it has only made me realize indoors.
medical attention or arrange for a work-out on height and weight, doctors determine if that people care about Also a contributor to weight
plan,” said another anonymous junior. an individual is “overweight” or “obese.” A appearance more than problems among teens is that
Other students agree.
“I would not date an extremely obese girl,”
person who is overweight has a BMI of 25-
30. Individuals with a BMI of 30 and above
anything else. As sad as it
is, people are superﬁcial.”
at me,” said food can get used a way of cope
with depression. Dealing with
said Ben Leon, Div. 882. “If she is a heavier
girl, but curvaceous (“thick”), then I would
are considered obese.
According to recent studies, 16 to 33 percent of
Other girls agree that
attempts at weight-loss an anonymous the stresses of school, parents’
divorce, feelings of social
not have a problem with her weight.” teens are obese. That percentage has tripled since should be for one’s own isolation, and other childhood
Some students ﬁnd it difﬁcult to be in a 1980, when only ﬁve to 11 percent of teenagers beneﬁt, not others. problems can all lead young
relationship without physical attraction. were obese. Three-hundred thousand deaths “Girls should not lose people into over-eating. This
“Appearance is the most important factor occur every year due to poor or no exercise weight because they want presents a problem for many students who
in a relationship because I can not be with and unhealthy nutrition. For the ﬁrst time in a to impress guys. Instead, they should be
struggle to lose weight.
century, American concerned about heart disease and living a
“I am not motivated to exercise if I am
adolescents face longer and healthier life,” said an anonymous
frustrated and unhappy,” said an anonymous
a shorter life junior.
expectancy than their Attempts to lose weight are often stopped by
Genetics can play a role in weight problems.
parents. difﬁculties to stay on track.
In fact, studies show that children born of
Many people do “I have tried different diets, work-out plans,
obese parents have an 80 percent chance of
not know the real and even a physical ﬁtness expert,” said an
struggles behind anonymous junior at Amundsen. “I ﬁnd it very
Obesity can increase the chances of high
being overweight. hard to exercise after a long day at school. I
blood pressure, diabetes, and respiratory
“I used to walk think I will always be overweight.”
problems. Overweight teenagers also develop
to class very slow. Obesity created the same difﬁculties 15
low self-esteem and low energy.
I could not run as years ago as it does today.
Teens can avoid becoming obese by using
fast and I got tired “I was overweight in junior high,” said
weight-management programs, which
often,” said an Mr. Marchan, a Physical Education teacher
encourage watching portion sizes and eating
anonymous junior and Track Coach at Lane. “Nobody directly
less calories. Individuals can increase their
who used to be picked on me, but fat jokes directed towards
physical activity by taking more Physical
slightly overweight. me always came up.”
Education classes. Using the BMI, teens
She has, however, Marchan’s weight issues started at a young
can watch if their height and weight are
managed to change age.
her habits and “My mother worked in the evenings and I
“Obesity is a choice people make and only
unhealthy lifestyle stayed with my aunt. My aunt spoiled me. She
they can change that,” said Marchan.
by joining a weight- always gave me junk food,” he said.
>>Candidates “I’m actually a follower of Ron Paul’s >>Programming been avoided with a little more organization and stricter
Continued from page 1 campaign though [he does not] really Continued from page 1 enforcement of the rules.
known as Super Tuesday, asked Face- have a chance,” said Szeliski. ways to obtain signatures earlier than they should have. “This year’s programming went pretty well,” said Lin.
book users: “Which of these would Others explain why it can even be “The only thing I would suggest is making [seating]
difﬁcult to vote for a candidate with In past years, when teachers were all grouped together
make you the most likely to vote?” sections for certain colors so that everyone would be
Nearly 70 percent wished that they whom they share political values. in the cafeteria to sign programs, security personnel
could cast their ballots online, 17 per- “I’m a democrat through and through, checked students’ programs as they entered to make forced to sit in one area and [speed up the process].”
cent would prefer voting on the week- and they each have certain ideas and sure that only the appropriate GPA groups got in. With An additional complaint voiced by students was that
end, while 11 percent said it should be points but none of [the candidates] re- spots in popular classes were already taken up because
a legal requirement to vote. ally seem like they could really take the teachers spread throughout the building this year no
lead and be a really good president,” such measures were taken. teachers had signed up several students days before.
Many students are uncomfortable
with the notion that everyone should said Kirstin Anderson, Div. 907. “Many kids roamed the halls until they saw people “If teachers are going to hold spots for students before
be forced to vote. They compare it to Political Science teacher, Mr. Carlson, exit the lunchroom and followed them to go get their programming day, then there’s no point in even having
voting for candidates in lower ofﬁces, conducted a mock primary election an electives fair,” said Kazmi.
which sometimes contain names that among his classes, which resembled classes signed,” said Megha Shah, Div. 923.
the actual ballots. The results were as “One drawback ... was that students could easily sit in Some teachers, however, believe there are good rea-
many have never even heard of.
“You can’t mandate people to vote,” follows: Barack Obama received 73 bathrooms waiting for people to come out,” said Kyle sons for signing a student’s program early.
said Ciprian Tucaliuc, Div. 923. “If you percent of the vote for the Democrats
Lin, Div. 915. “I signed one program in advance,” said Ms. Lang-
did then you would have a bunch of (40 out of 55 students voted for him ford. “She had an extremely high GPA (way over 4.0)
idiots voting for candidates randomly. over Hillary Clinton) and John Mc- Other students noticed that people who arrived late to
Cain received 77 percent of the vote for the cafeteria ended up being dismissed earlier than they and she had a family matter to attend that afternoon.”
If people are forced to vote, they’ll vote
for someone out of spite and they can the Republicans (10 students voted for should have because they were closer to the exit. Many students suggested IMPACT was partially to
easily be bribed because they are indif- him while two voted for Mitt Romney, blame for all the chaos at programming.
one for Ron Paul, and none for Mike “I didn’t think it was fair how some students with
ferent [about the election] and [would “Many GPAs were wrong,” said Daisy Macias, Div.
consequently] change the outcome of a Huckabee). the same color sticker as someone else who had been
There are also mixed feelings about 924. “Even if it was only by .1, a person with a 4.0
fair election.” waiting there longer, would just walk in and they were
There are some students who have al- the upcoming election. instead had a 3.9, and therefore didn’t get the highest
“I’m encouraged by how many candi-
able to [leave and] get their classes signed ﬁrst,” said
ready cast their ballots and know exact- ranked sticker.”
ly why they voted for that candidate. dates want change,” said Szeliski. “I’m Shaheen Kazmi, Div. 920.
“I think the school should have handled it better by
“I voted for John McCain. I always also frustrated by the amount of stu- “Students with lower GPAs were sometimes able to
vote Republican, even though I took dents that think I made up Ron Paul.” printing out a copy of our report cards beforehand,”
sneak out of the lunchroom and obtain signatures be-
the time to look at Democratic posi- This election will be a historic and said an anonymous sophomore. “Also, they should
memorable one. Consequently, stu- fore students with higher GPAs,” said Gonsalves.
tions on the issues of the day,” said have rescheduled programming because we received
Zajler. “McCain is my ideal candidate dents are expressing its importance and “I wouldn’t have arrived at the lunchroom early if I
why students of voting age should par-
our report cards so late and everything just seemed
because he and I agree on almost ev- knew they were going to let students waiting in the hall-
ery issue, such as immigration and the ticipate in he process. rushed for no reason.”
ways ﬁll up spots in the lunchroom and let them leave
economy.” “It’s exciting because of the diver- “[Programming] wasn’t a success, but it wasn’t a to-
sity,” said Hobaugh. “Young people are ﬁrst,” said James Chon, Div. 919.
Some have not quite made up their tal failure either,” said Macias. “I just hope next year’s
minds but have an idea of who they worried, defense is important, and new Some students suggested this problem could have
programming gets better.”
might vote for. people are running.”
February 2008 Love Page 7
Crystal I Love You!!! Division 860 What
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pensamiento, xk al besarte y abrazarte mi corazón palpia con
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tus besos yo moriría ... TK1chng samanha ortega! John Comia ʻ08
Pinky! Lene! Mari! “TRUTH IS TREASON IN THE EMIPRE OF LIES”
you all are the bestest chicas ever. You all rock my socks To that special “bumblebee” Jessica Zuniga, Gigi,
The Ron Paul R[evol]ution
Happy valentines day!
Iʼm going to miss those calls at night,
“One shade the more, one Will you be my sunshine, my
Those nice rides in your car, your shining beam of hope, my well of
To my bestest friend Ashley! Hope all funny jokes, your funny laugh, but ray the less, Had half im- inspiration and most importantly,
To Marta, Gracie and Emily <3
Ahh fun times at ihop/gayhop ^^ we need to go more
goes well. Happy Valentines Day! most of all your sweet, warm smile. paired the nameless grace often lol
my love? Emily - WATCH OUT THE ZOMBIES ARE GONNA
Sherrell you light up my life!
-Love Jessica which waves in every raven -Your Secret Admirer COME OUT OF THE PAPER!!!! >.<
Gracie - How many years have I been in school with
Here is to the best friend any one could have, Nora, Danela,
Jary, LIz, Sarah, Rocio, and of course Lucy! I love you all, Happy Valentineʼs Day to My tress, or softly lightens oʼer you? 14? And why does everybody call you Gracie
now & forever
-Special K Senior Class Ofﬁcers, Mrs. Cole- her face; were thoughts HIGH SCHOOL Marta - So....whats up with you?
P.S. & Stephen & Chris & Raul
man-Parker, and Ms. Ray.
serenely sweet express SWEETHEART! 2PT wishes Happy Valentineʼs Day to:
I LOVE YOU ALL Weatherman, Wulf, Hog, Rat, moose and the
I GUESS I JUST WANNA SAY I LOVE YOU AND THANK
YOU FOR HELPING SENIOR YEAR GO BY A LITTLE FAST-
ER... WITH ALL THE “SNOW DAYS”, YOUʼRE THE ONLY UR Vice President How pure, how dear their weatherwoman.
REASON I COME TO SCHOOL. I LOVE YOU TUBBY!
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Dear Mauricio, Iʼve known you for 17 years and
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cheelle thinks youʼre a dork. PSS. Mauricio I donʼt
see nothing wrong with a little bump and grinding.
donʼt know what it was about you that caught
my eye. Couldʼve been your style, mustʼve -Ze secretary I LOVE YOU! always G, E, and X!
I just want to shout out to Ben Adisa, Devonne, Tamanna, and
been your smile. Or maybe the way you
To Ben - My favorite 7th and 8th moved to that Rihanna song was what drove To my Nora bear <3
everyone else in AP World History 8th period. Also my right hand
Dehisia Brown and Div 874.
period buddy ever - Tamanna me wild. Whatever it is, when I see you I Since Kris wouldnʼt get an ad for you ::shakes ﬁst::
(I see how it is) I decided I would write one for you
Always & forever, Happy Valentineʼs Day
start blushing like a child.-Ms. Anonymous lol So 4 yrs....wow....long time ahh the fun orchestra
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that Iʼm really happy to be with you Happy Valentineʼs Day!!! Itʼs been 7 months
My lockers by Z (3rd ﬂoor). You know me.
that I wouldnʼt trade for the world. Being with Love, B.B.
and that youʼre such an amazing guy! I To my one and only Juachy... you has made me soo happy. This relationship BSOS to my amores! Cheerios, Honeybunsh, Cocoa
To all my friends thank you for always being there when I Puffs, Froot Loops, Capn Crunch & Special K! Thanks
needed you guys the most. You guys are awesome and will
canʼt thank you enough for always be- So wow... Itʼs amazing how we made it through all of
has been ﬁlled with ups and downs that have
the drama. Babe, I want you to know that I have never been for everything, I really appreciate you all! Hope u have
always rock. Wish you all a spectacular Valentineʼs Day. ing there for me, and making me laugh happier then when I am with you. You have made such a made us much stronger as a couple. All the have a Happy Valentineʼs Day!
when Iʼm down. You bring a smile to great impact on my life, and I can honestly say that youʼve memories that we share are very special to me. xoxo Lucky Charms
made me a better person. The past seven months have Nunca olvides que siempre estare aqui cualquier Mi Tesorina, We have seen eachother through every-
To all my friends: Knocknee, Red, Trice, Shakira, Cherokee, my face everyday! -Liz changed my life and I canʼt possibly picture my life without thing and known a love most people can only dream of.
cosa que necesites. Even though I may not say
Wardlow, meccy, Gary, Shannon, Squillo, Buddha, Ariel, Hey amor! Just wanted to let you know you. You have shown me the true meaning of love, and I
iit enough, I do appreciate everything you do for
Weeks turn to months, months to a year, and soon years
Marisol, Ashley, Kentrell, Tornika, Autumn, Dillon, D-Wade, know one day that our plans for the future will come true.
that Iʼm really happy to be with you turning to a lifetime. Love eternal, You Know Who
Amanda, Chetta, Tesa, Kita, Gyp, and Janelle. Thanx 4 the Youʼre the best thing that has ever happened to me. Happy me and the way you care about me soo much.
last 4 years. Iʼma miss yaʼll. -Joanay and that youʼre such an amzing guy! I Valentineʼs Day! I LOVE YOU! Siempre ocuparas un lugar muy especial y unico We love you Monika, you know we do! Nobody has a
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
LOVE ALL OF YOU GUYS ADRI, NATMALIE, SALAM,
canʼt thank you enough for always being Mandy en mi corazón. colder heart than you. Your hair color changes as easily
TE ADORO CON TODO TU CORAZON as your mood. But out of the three of us, no one is more
IVAN, BRITNEY, STEPH, INU, DEBBIE, AND EVERYONE there for me and making me laugh when (<3 July 3, 2007 <3)
gorgeous than you. - C-n-N
ELSE! YOU GUYS ROCK!
Iʼm down. You bring a smile to my face P.S. Giggity-Giggity-Goo... Dalila
LOVE SHARON LOL P.S. Luv u more
everyday! -Liz To my T-tall Baller, I love you like a fat kid loves cake!
My dear baby bunny, we are now making three
Siobhan, you are my favorite years. What a ride this has been. We have
Happy sexii Valentineʼs Day boo boo! Oh & remember: I
white girl. Happy Valentineʼs practically shared our entire high school experi- Happy Valentineʼs Day
make it boom dynamite, I watch u sleep at night.
-Luv always, Telikapathic Blackhole
-Alex ence together. We have become pretty in tune
Day Ben! ;) I hope you graduate!
with eachother and know what to expect from
Just a reminder of how much I love and care for
eachother. We have grown up together through
you. You mean the world to me, every moment
some of our critical moments as teenagers! - your one & only
with you is amazing! You are my sunshine! <3
LEILANI, look forward to growing much older
- :) A Jenny I love you!
I love you!
with you still in my life, because everyday I
To all the wonderful people I know: know you, I love you even more. ... I know, I
George loves Danielle 2!
I love you all. Happy Valentineʼs Day, to all of
the seniors of Class of ʻ08.
C.J, know, cliche, but it ﬁts. Happy Anniversary
Happy Valentineʼs Day Luis! Forever & always Would you BBBBEEE My
Valentine Kelly Anne Mulvaney
from “Sugar Mufﬁn”
<3 L.C. DAY TO MY LOVES: Division 857 Mr. Harper! Happy Valentineʼs Day my
Kirby enjoy you COCOA PUFFS, CHEER-
loves! You guys are the best in the world! You make
Catherine Division super fan! Love you lots,
There are no words that describe how hap-
py I feel to have you by my side. The time
IOS, LUCKY CHARMS,
To Jake Steel,
Happy Valentineʼs Day! Suprise!
I just wanted to let you know thereʼs no other glass of choco-
late milk Iʼd rather be next to. (~^_^~)
Iʼve been with you has been the best. Iʼm
thrilled to have such a special girl with me,
and Iʼm glad that I can spend Valentineʼs
CAPʼ N CRUNCH, SPE-
CIAL K, FROOT LOOPS,
-Juan Antonio Camacho-
No hay palabras suﬁcientes para
Mahal kita, The Mufﬁn <3 describir todo el amor que te tengo pero te quiero
To Anetaboo and Maggielicious and Jumbe. I love
with you. I love you babe. -Jesus
KRISTINA AND JES- decir, con el corazón en la mano que tú para mí
Oh thar yar! I know this song! Weapon of mass
seduction! I was asking him for a stick of
*GFH* SALYNN! I LOVE YOU
all you creepos and stalkers even though none eres alguien muy especial e importante que quiero ...gobble gobble...
of you guys would ODGras with me! love your muchísimo. Nunca pensé que te fueras a convertir Thanks for the good lines, guys! -Megan 853
GUYS! en alguien muy especial pero atravez de los días
te metiste muy dentro de mi corazón. Gracias por Michael Hufana has a cute
TIM NOVAK, I think -HONEY BUNCH ser comprensible, amoroso y respetuos. Gracias
Est. Nov. 06 butt!
por todos los “te quiero mucho”. Yo se que hemos
youʼre really cute! cometido errores con el uno al otro pero creo que al
reconocer esos errores, nos ha acercado más fuerte. Togst Ganbold, will you be my boy-
Jesus, stop seducing teach- JESSE PRADO! *Senior Swimmers* Gracias por todo el cariño y amor que me has dado.
Tú eres todo lo que yo no soy y yo soy todo lo que
friend? - Love, Ray Branda
“Hey whatʼs up?” Happy Valentineʼs Day! Iʼm look- Jill, Ashley, Nicole, Michelle, & Morgan! I love P.S. I love the picture you gave me.
ers. Happy Valentines Day! ing forward to a fresh start. I want to let go and think you guys soo much! You guys made every min-
tú no eres. Te quiero mucho! I LOVE YOU!
<3 3-23-07 <3
of the future. Everytime we are together, we just have ute of practice worthwhile over these past four
a great time. And we could never stop talking, hug- Kirby Piatek,
To my personal Ice Cream Scooper years! Iʼm going to miss you! You ladies! Happy
Happy Valentineʼs Day! ging, or kissing. It feels good to be with you.
Valentineʼs Day! Be good! :)
-SAMANTHA ORTEGA- I was always too shy to talk to you.
Iʼm still waiting for my free ice cream =] XO Your boo boo,
From: Your punk jazzy Brooke Alexis Smooches <3 I remember when I ﬁrst saw you by -Joe Loscuito
P.S. B is for Brooke! Lalala! JB, JB, JB! Amanda beboba. To my C.A.L.L. Girls,
I just want you all to know that it makes so happy and glad to
Happy Valentineʼs Day! Thanks for being my
friends. To: Jesus Solis, Wilson Robles, Nina HAPPY 18th B-DAY ALEX!!! I love every person ever! I love cheese. I love I remember our ﬁrst kiss in mattʼs have you girls in my life. Thank You for always having my back
and caring so much about me. Mahal na Mahal ko kayo at salamat
Samantha. I love pizza sandwiches. I love lamp.
Tobar, Philby Philip and Alyssa De Castro I canʼt believe that weʼre seniors already.
I love carpet. I love chest. I love the letter 6. I
car sa lahat!. -Love, Lorie Pangilinan
From: Cynthia Trujillo You have been my absolute best friend for
love the number 456712469AB. I love straw. I I remember our ﬁrst “I love you” in To all my desi benchods and Chodiyas: Iʼm going
the past 4 years. You have been there for me
Mrs. Yee, through the good and bad and we have cre-
love cardboard. I love feet. I love sexy. I love my room.
to miss you guys after high school. Weʼve had some
memorable times these past few years. Just know that I
Justin Timberlakeʼs curls on Thursdays! I love
Division 881 misses you. ated many fun memories together. I love you charcoal. I love magical unicorns. I remember our ﬁrst dance at prom. will always love you guys! Aw! :) -Love, Kubu.
like a sister! Go Iowa State!!! Go H.S 101!! Happy Valentineʼs Day!!! I remember our ﬁrst good bye at Jay Noga, you are super ﬂy. These past two
Mrs. Garcia, the airport. years have been the best years of my life. I
Dearest Black Sharpie,
Hey Sandy... Um... my
Whyʼd you come back? Where my girls at? Uh huh... see I donʼt need that1 Oh no you didnʼt!
I remember our ﬁnal hello for the love you. -Jill
mother wants to know when
Would you like to open an account? Hereʼs a pamphlet superstar. Vill yoo be
mah boo-boo bear? Happy Valentineʼs Day honey bunches!
rest of our lives.
-881 Luv aaf,
BRIG! I would simply be lost with-
I <3 Estefania Reyna!!!!!! First of all George loves Danielle and David loves Jenny
youʼre coming over for din- Pookie out you! I Love You Girl! <3 Always
like a lot
and I LOVE YOU LAURA! LAURA! LAURA! LAURA!
LAURA! LAURA!LAURA! LAURA! LAURA! LAURA!
ner again? SZUK! We love you even though A-manda
LAURA! LAURA!LAURA! LAURA! LAURA! LAURA!
LAURA! LAURA! --Tam Nguyen you keep threatneing to drop us. Happy Valent....
And weʼre never going to have Sorry to dissapoint you, we just
Michelle! Michelle! Sure Monika....
To my Carribean Passion, no one is lovelier than you,
except me. But really iʼm glad we get to spend so much
couldnʼt ﬁnish. lol jk We love you
time together our senior year, even getting a bit sick of perfect attendance...or be on time.
Michelle! Michelle! Hi! NOTT!!! you. But I love you! -Carolina
-Div 880 <3 Sam O! --Khushbu, Katie, Aneta
February 2008 Features Page 8
Love from afar
By Lucia Ramirez & as many communication options tion between how frequently you
makes for tough decisions
By Delaney Savoie
According to troubledteens.
es depending on the stage of the
Stephanie Lopez that the technological advances visit your partner and how suc- “[The abortion clinic] used the
of today have made available. cessful your relationship will be. com, a parental help website, vacuum method,” said Kate. “They
46.8 percent of all high school put me to sleep and vacuumed
A famous love song by Richard “We have many ways of talking,” Most long-distance relation- students admitted to having pre-
Marx reads “…whatever it takes said Mayra Maldonado, Div. 923, ships, however, do not have posi- [it] out. I was pretty scared.”
marital sex during high school. However, any type of abortion is
or how my heart breaks I will be whose boyfriend lives in Florida. tive outcomes. With raging, unbalanced hor-
right here waiting for you…” This “Sometimes I call him, but I love “I thought it was going to work usually going to be a couple hun-
mones and sex so prominent in dred dollars.
identiﬁes many couples who, due talking to him online because I but after almost one year I felt the media, it has become more “It was $375,” said Kate. “I could
to “destiny obstacles,” live in dif- get to see him through the web- like I was hindering her from be- and more tempting for students have gotten a designer purse in-
ferent cities. cam.” ing happy,” said a senior at Lane, to engage in sexual activity dur- stead, but oh well.”
According to psychologist Emil- So, what is the key to making a who asked to be called Giovanni. ing high school. Not only do abortions aﬀect the
iano De la Cruz, when the senti- long distance relationship work? “I felt bad because she would tell Lane is equipped with a sexual bank account, but they also can
ment is true on both sides, the “Distance cannot, and will not me that it was hard, so we broke education program to teach the cause psychological hardships
consequences of premarital sex on everyone involved. Such emo-
distance ends up being just an- hurt a bond between two people up.” such as STDs and pregnancy.
other stage for the couple, and that is based on mutual respect, For many it was easier to let go tional consequences can include:
However, several students still post traumatic stress, sexual dys-
even serves to bring them closer trust, commitment, and love,” than to keep ﬁghting for some- begin their sexual lives with a
together. This is beneﬁcial be- said De La Cruz. “With distance thing they did not believe in. function, drug abuse, eating dis-
mindset of “that only happens orders, and many more.
cause it consolidates a deep rela- involved these attributes have “As much as I wanted to be with on TV” or “that could never hap- However, Kate tried to make the
tionship in which both are aware greater signiﬁcance. One does her I had to be strong and let go; pen to me.” This perspective leads best out of her situation.
of the eﬀort that it involves. not need to be physically close she deserved happiness,” said to students having sex without “It hasn’t really aﬀected my life
According to an article pub- to get to know each other better. Giovanni. “Sometimes letting condoms or any other method of that much because I didn’t let it
lished on longdistancerelation- The love can grow by having se- go of someone you love is the birth control. aﬀect my life,” she said. “I took it as
ships.com, about seven million curity and ﬂuid communication.” right thing for both yourself and For one anonymous 18 year-old a wake up call to be more careful
Lane senior, who will be referred with my choices in life. I deﬁnitely
couples in the U.S. maintain a For many it is not easy because them.” to as “Kate,” this behavior lead her
long distance relationship. This humans need physical contact to Long-distance relationships are learned that all actions have con-
to the abortion clinic. sequences. It was my mistake and
includes 2.5 to 3 million long dis- feel care and love. According to also diﬃcult when those involved Kate had been sexually active
tance marriages and between 3 longdistancerelationships.com, don’t get support from friends I made it so I can get back up and
for a few years without the use on the right path towards success
and 4.5 million dating couples. touch is a powerful force and and family. of condoms or any other birth in my life. It was a lesson learned.”
Up to 50 percent of ﬁrst-year has some amazing eﬀects on the “I’m constantly being told that control before she became preg- Sometimes, even when the
college students report being in body that we don’t fully under- I’m dumb for being with him,” nant. couple is using protection, inci-
involved in a long distance rela- stand. said Cristina Marinez, a student “I noticed that I didn’t get my pe- dents occur that are beyond their
tionship. “We have been going out for at Kelly High School who also has riod in a long time,” said Kate. “So control.
There are many obstacles for a almost a year now,” said Reyes. a long distance relationship with I took a pregnancy test. Actually, I “I took The Morning-After Pill be-
took three because I was in deni- cause the condom came oﬀ dur-
long distance relationship. “I have learned so much from a guy in Mexico. “People tell me al. And of course, I was pregnant,
“My boyfriend lives in Houston, this experience. I never take for that he’s probably cheating on ing the act,” said an anonymous
almost by ten weeks, in fact.” junior. “That’s when I began using
TX and I live in Summit, IL,” said granted any moment we spend me, but I believe in him and be- In this type of situation many
Denise Reyes, a junior at Argo together, and every time we see lieve in what we have.” birth control pills.”
teenage girls feel stuck or lost and The Morning-After Pill is an
Community High School. “I met each other it’s amazing because While many agree that a long- are unsure of what to do. Kate de- emergency contraceptive that
him in Mexico about a year ago, we live each day like it was our distance relationship is not always cided to handle it in the way she is also referred to as Plan B. It
but we didn’t [initially] start a re- last.” the healthiest or most successful felt was most responsible. comes with two pills, which are
lationship because we thought it Face-to-face visits are harder way to date, it may be ideal for “Since I am still alive, my parents to be taken six hours apart from
would be hard to communicate.” and less frequent for those in those who are very independent did not know [that I was preg- each other. The pills only work if
Long distance relationships of long-distance relationships, but and committed. Communication nant],” she said. “I took matters they are consumed less than 72
into my own hands and made hours after intercourse. It is avail-
the past did not have access to research has shown little connec- and trust are the keys to success. some calls and an appointment able at Planned Parenthood or
at the abortion clinic. I saved up Walgreens for approximately $44
That ‘older’ conquest
money plus I borrowed $100 plus tax. Some women’s clinics
from a friend.” distribute it for free depending
Teen pregnancy can be even on the age of the consumer.
more complicated when the fa- Plan B works in three diﬀerent
ther denies all responsibility of ways. It suppresses ovulation,
the baby or refuses to help with prevents sperm from coming in
with large age diﬀerences had to Underage girls who date older any of the expenses. Sometimes,
By Francessa Sanchez break things oﬀ for more practical men seem more often to get a neg- contact with the egg, or prevents
like in Kate’s situation, the father a fertilized egg from entering the
reasons. ative response, however. “If some- is completely clueless of the
It is considered aggravated crimi- “My boyfriend and I kind of took a one told me they dated an older uterus. The latter is considered an
stress and problems the mother early form of abortion
nal sexual abuse for a person of age break from each other because he guy, I’d probably look at them fun- is going through.
18 to date a person of age 17 in the understood I had to concentrate ny,” said Kirstin Anderson, Div. 907. Side eﬀects of Plan B include
“I know who the father was nausea, abdominal pain, tired-
state of Illinois. Any individual who on school and I had factors pre- “It would seem to me that the girl but I kept it a secret,” said Kate. ness, headaches, menstrual ir-
breaks this law may be imprisoned venting me from seeing him as of- would be in it for something other “It didn’t matter because I knew regularities, vomiting and diz-
for three to seven years. Most ten as he’d like,” said an anonymous than a caring relationship. It’s dis- I was getting an abortion and I ziness. However, most teenage
couples with age diﬀerences keep senior at Lane, who dated a 30 year appointing to realize that even I’m wasn’t in a relationship with the girls would rather have these
their relationship a secret from the old when she was 17. being judgmental, and I’m a girl.” If baby daddy.” side eﬀects for a few days than be
law, but often even more so from Many people express pride in the age diﬀerence in a relationship Throughout Chicago there are pregnant for nine months with
their families. Couples are afraid of making an older conquest. is obvious enough, couples may several diﬀerent women’s clinics an unwanted child for the rest of
legal consequences and a negative “I’d pat my friend on the back if ﬁnd that they are publicly frowned where diﬀerent types of abor- their lives.
reaction from their parents. To skip he was dating an older woman,” upon. tions are available at various pric-
this diﬃculty, most couples will lie said Josh Amaya, Div. 928. “I think “When we were out in public,
about their lover’s age or keep him it would be exciting if you dated some people would give us weird
or her a secret until it is legally ac- an older person because they’ve looks and stare,” said the anony- age-gapped couples continue to in age. “The big thing I love about
ceptable. “We lied to her mom already done things you don’t mous senior. “Most of my friends date. “I didn’t care that her mom older guys is their intelligence, and
about how old I was at the time,” know anything about yet.” Not all didn’t mind that I dated him, and was upset about us,” said Corocci. “I their understanding of things that
said Tony Carocci, a man from the students agree with the idea that a some of them just said to take his still wanted to see her. I would see a lot of teenage boys can’t grasp,”
Southside of Chicago, who dated a man dating an older woman makes money. A few were even ‘afraid’ that her during lunch, pick her up after said the anonymous senior. “These
16 year old when he was 32. “When him superior. “I’d think they were he might be a perverted serial killer school, and have her sneak out of men have gone through things al-
she found out, she was very upset idiots,” said Benny Llamas, Div. 928. out for his next victim. We had to the house. Could you blame me for ready, and have years of maturity
with us. She threatened to tell the “The woman dating the younger stick up for each other sometimes.” wanting to be with her?” and experience under their belt.
police, so I had to stay away from guy would have to be desperate Most couples in a position of de- While some would answer, ‘yes.’ I feel like I can have a deeper con-
her daughter for a while. After a or something, and I think the guy fending their relationship with- Others understand all too well nection with a man than I can with
few weeks, I started seeing her would be taking what he can get out much support ﬁnd it hard to reasons for attraction that are en- a high school boy; and that’s what
again,” said Carocci. Other couples just because she has ‘experience’.” stay together. Nevertheless, many hanced because of the diﬀerence really draws me.”
February 2008 Features Page 9
Thirteen Left: Stephani Buttrey and
her newborn daughter Homosexuality still debated
going on 30 up. An average baby costs
around $11,000 dol-
By Dulce Arroyo &
most people in early adolescence
with no prior sexual experience.
Other social theorists argue that
the study of a person’s genes may
Teen mothers have to lars in its ﬁrst year. This Eric Campos, Div. 908, casually give evidence that they are gay be-
makes it very diﬃcult walks down the hallway as he hears fore they were even born. Llamas
grow up faster than ever. for a teenager to go to insults badgering his bisexuality.
school, have a job to pay and Carrasco both agree with the
Homophobia has become a latter opinion.
By Samantha D’Anna for expenses, and raise a common social issue among high
baby. “You don’t just wake up one
school students, and Lane’s diverse morning and decide to be gay,”
Each year almost 1.1 million teen- “I will eventually have to community deals with mixed opin-
agers, ages 15-19, become parents. try to ﬁnd a job to provide a said Llamas.
ions concerning homosexuality. “It’s not completely a choice,” said
It’s hard to believe teen pregnancy good life for Madison. I’m go- Campos knows how harsh criti-
rates have declined by 36% since causethey Carrasco. “Why would you choose
could not ing to be responsible for my actions,” cism can be, but he tries to ignore
1990, but due to improvement in said Buttrey. to be discriminated like a minor-
contraceptives, more teenagers are believe what was happening,” said it. “In school, I hear people say, ity?”
Chandra Carrasquillo. Having the responsibility of taking ‘fag,’ but I don’t care. Outside, I see
practicing safe sex with diﬀerent care of another person can be very Although their lifestyle is dif-
forms of birth control. Many have a very diﬃcult time tell- people [stare] at me. But I think it’s ferent from most, Llamas and
ing their parents because they are challenging and it takes a strong a more open world, especially here
Although using a condom or other person to do so. Carrasco said they have been for-
forms of birth control are very eﬀec- worried about what their reaction in Chicago,” said Campos. tunate not to have received much
will be. “I believe I am doing a good job. Some resentment is shown to-
tive, the only way to prevent contra- My son has all the stuﬀ and love he criticism at Lane, though they have
ception is by choosing abstinence, “Abortion was an option for them wards gay students because their
[her parents], but not for me,” said needs. He is always taken good care faced some discrimination outside
which is diﬃcult for many young of, so I wouldn’t change anything,” lifestyles are not consistent with of school.
adults today. While 63 percent of Carrasquillo. others’ religious beliefs. Terrance
“My Dad was mad because he said Gomez. Carrasco also recalled an incident
teenagers are sexually active, not all “I wouldn’t change anything actu- Howard, Div. 910, is a devoted where he faced discrimination
of them are practicing safe sex. thought I would drop out of school. Christian-Baptist who is against
My Mom didn’t really have a reac- ally,” Buttrey agreed. “The moment I alone.
Becoming pregnant at a young age held that little girl in my arms, I knew homosexuality. “One time I went to a deaf volley-
can result in many hard decisions, tion, just ‘Oh, wow....’ I guess she was “[Marital] relationships are meant
shocked, but now they both love my my life would change, but I didn’t ball game,” he said. “A guy came up
beginning with whether to keep the care. I felt the most incredible love I to produce children; two people of to me and said that he should beat
child or not. Either giving it up for son to death,” said Gomez. the same sex cannot produce chil-
Pregnancy and parenting can be a have ever felt.” my ass because I was gay.”
adoption or having an abortion are Despite the struggles of being a dren,” he said. Although he has Many other gay students also
options many must consider. very diﬃcult period in someone’s life, friends that are gay, he does not
especially as a teenager. Teen parents teen parent, there are plenty of joy- experience harsh discrimination
“All summer me and my boyfriend ful moments while watching a child necessarily support their lifestyle. because of their sexual orienta-
were trying to get an abortion. Some- aren’t able to participate the activities However, there are many stu-
common teenagers do. Their whole grow day by day. tion. Taylor Brady, Div. 921, an-
thing would always go wrong and “If you think you’re ready for a baby, dents who are completely sup-
then it was too late...” said Stephani lives change when faced with the re- other member of the GSA, recalled
sponsibility of raising a child. think about your decision. Your en- portive of the openness shown by a negative experience she had
Buttrey, age 17, who recently gave tire life will change and if you don’t gay students.
birth to a baby girl. “My life hasn’t really changed yet, at the Gay Pride Parade. “At the
although I am tired all the time from have a reliable babysitter you won’t “If [homosexuals] are happy with entrance [of the parade] there’s a
“My mom and boyfriend brought be able to work or even go to school. what they’re doing, we shouldn’t
[abortion] up once, but when I told being up at night with Madison, group of Christians that say, ‘Gays
and I can’t really hang out with my If you know that your not ready, use care,” said Rodriguez, Div. 929.
them I didn’t want to, they never go to hell!’” said Brady.
friends unless I ﬁnd a reliable baby- protection!” stressed Gomez. “Once you get to know them, they
brought it up again” said Stephanie To protect from STDs and un- Other GSA members have not
sitter,” said Buttrey. get closer and open up.” only faced criticism in public, but
Gomez, Div. 906, mother to a baby planned pregnancy, safe sex is very Lane’s Gay/Straight Alliance
boy. “Everything is diﬀerent now. I don’t also in their homes.
see my friends and I am always tired,” important at any age, but especially (GSA) oﬀers guidance to students
Telling your parents about your a young age when people typically “A lot of kids [in the club] usu-
echoed Gomez. “Everything I do who are gay or confused about ally say that their families would
pregnancy can be diﬃcult, because are less capable of caring for a child. their sexuality. Support is provided
they won’t always respond favorably. revolves around my son because I ostracize them if they came out,”
don’t just trust anyone to baby sit. “I would say to just be safe, use a through discussions about diﬃcul-
“My parents were shocked. My Dad condom or get birth control,” said said GSA Vice-President Daisy Or-
But I love it!” ties members may be facing with tiz, Div. 927. “So they’ll go to their
didn’t talk to me for three days. My Buttrey. “I’m not going to say don’t
mom was pretty sympathetic, be- Teen parents face many ﬁnancial families or friends, and movies are friends instead.”
obstacles also. The costs of milk, do it [have sex], because that’s just shown that address all sorts of is-
cause she had a baby at my age too,” stupid advice, just be safe when you Abraham Mendoza, Div. 920,
said Buttrey. diapers, medicine, clothes for a baby sues on homosexuality. agrees with Ortiz and said that the
that is growing constantly, all add do it.” Two active members of the
“My parents were very upset be- diﬃculty of coming out has slight-
GSA, Benny Llamas, Div. 928, and
Divorce leaves students torn
ly lessened over the years. “It’s still
Danny Carrasco, Div. 935, said that hard to come out,” said Mendoza.
their involvement in the club has “But people are now a lot more
helped each of them and their re- outspoken [about their sexuality].”
miserable again,” said Diamond Su- his or her parents suﬀers because lationship. Llamas and Carrasco understand
By Samra Pecanin issa of Mather High School, whose of the divorce. Some students stand Llamas and Carrasco have been the diﬃculties of dealing with ho-
parents divorced when she was two behind one parent because they dating for a little over a year and mosexuality and advise students
The ﬁghts, the shouting, the an- years old. “I would rather have them have a closer relationship with them a half. Carrasco’s hearing impedi-
gry words, and ﬁnally, kids hear that divorced and happy.” or feel bitter toward the other. to ﬁnd support.
ment proved to be a small obstacle “Make sure it’s who you are; and
their parents are getting a divorce. “I wouldn’t want my parents back “I was on my mom’s side because I for his relationship with Llamas.
According to the United States De- together because my dad was never knew my dad wasn’t the best person until then you should try to meet
“I learned sign language for him,” more people like you so you won’t
partment of Vital Statistics, divorce nice towards my mom,” said Vajide to either of us,” said Elvedin Softic of said Llamas. “I thought it’d be rude
rates have increased by 68 percent Memedov, Div.927. “I like it how we Von Steuben High School. feel alone,” said Llamas. “Get to an
since 1995. That means that each started our lives over and without Other students are torn between to date him if I didn’t.” There open environment.”
year over one million American chil- him.” their parents because they want has been a debate over whether The Gay/Straight Alliance accepts
dren experience the separation of Many teens with divorced parents both of them to be in their lives. homosexuality is the result of a any and all students who are deal-
their parents. And rarely is the expe- can’t help but imagine what their “I liked the idea of my parents being person’s environment or genet- ing with questions of sexuality and
rience a positive one. lives would have been like if their together,” said an anonymous junior. ics. The American Psychological are in need of support. Meetings
“I didn’t want my parents to get parents had stayed together. “But I’ve accepted the fact that that Association stands on the belief are held on Tuesdays during ninth
a divorce. Very few kids want their “I think I would have been unhap- is most likely not going to happen.” that homosexuality emerges from period in room 244.
parents to split,” said an anonymous pier because my mom, my brothers, After a divorce bitter feelings to-
junior. “Seeing my dad with all those and I are used to having fun,” said ward a parent can intensify if one
boxes was a sad thing to see.” Olsen. “If my dad was still with us, starts a new relationship with some- change signiﬁcantly as a result of a senior. “Studies could show what-
Candice Olsen, Div. 902, had a simi- he would have kept us from having one else. divorce in their family. ever they want, but I don’t think that
lar experience with similar feelings. that fun.” “My mom got remarried and I never “I know people that have changed kids end up doing what they do be-
“It was a shock when I ﬁrst found Most parents move away once really liked my step-dad,” said Softic. so much ever since their parents cause their parents get a divorce.”
out because I was little and I didn’t they get a divorce from their spous- “That’s why I tried to stay away from have divorced,” said an anonymous A divorce can change children’s
know why we were moving without es. Teens learn to get used to the dis- my family as much as possible.” junior. “They have started smoking views about the future of their own
my dad,” she said. tance once their parents are gone. According to InsightPros.com, and doing drugs, and I know this lives.
Fabiola Mosqueda, Div. 905, admires “My mom, my sister, and I are so teens that experience their parents’ wouldn’t have happened if their “My parents’ divorce made me
the love that her parents have for one much better oﬀ without my dad, divorce are more likely to abuse parents were still together.” question having kids because I
another. However, she cannot help and I like it that he lives in another drugs, engage in violence, and fail “I’ve seen kids get involved with un- wouldn’t want to have my kids go
but worry when they argue. country. I wouldn’t want him to academically. necessary things once their parents through what I went through,” said
“I can’t imagine my parents getting come back here,” said Memedov. “When both parents begin to argue get a divorce,” said Mosqueda. “They an anonymous junior.
a divorce,” she said. “The possibility Some students enjoy having and point out each other’s faults, the want to forget everything they once Although seeing parents divorce
of losing what you love the most, homes in diﬀerent cities. child is confused in deciding who’s had by getting involved with things can be hard, some teens are ﬁne
your family, is a scary thought.” “At ﬁrst I was upset that my dad right and who’s wrong,” said Shi- that they think will ease the pain.” with being a part of two diﬀerent
Although most students want moved away to California,” said Su- vam Jani, Div. 859. “They reject both However, some students believe families.
their parents to stay together, oth- issa. “Now it’s fun because I get to parents as idols and become more that their lives would not be diﬀerent “I’m not sad about them separating
ers would rather have their parents travel and visit him a lot.” open to new ideas, such as drugs if their parents were still together. now,” said Olsen. “It was all for the
divorced. However, often times the relation- and alcohol.” “Even if my parents didn’t get a best.”
“I don’t want to see my parents ship a child has with at least on of Some students believe that people divorce, I would still be doing the
things I do now,” said an anonymous
February 2008 Love Page 10
Daniel! Ich liebe dich! Und Ti Vo-
gliobene! Your german and Italian
Division 853- Youʼre Seniors!!
Good Job!! Itʼs been fun!! Christopher Ocasio,
Hunny I Love You with all of my heart! I am so
9-26-07 The past four I love how you watch me shoot
-Ms Langford those threes. Come visit me
greatful that im with you! You are so understanding &
patient with me! Youre the PERFECT MAN for me, months and nineteen down south and youʼll never for-
Happy Valentineʼs Day, Miss
Silly Lai =D From- Ok
nothing can compare or describe the love I have for
you! I love to spend every second with you & i dont days have been amazing. get it! Love your husband #4
want to give away for nothing. I cant wait to spend the
rest of my life with you! Youʼre absolutelyu per- I couldnʼt have met better peo-
Love, your wifey Erica Ocasio
To my dear Thomas Haynes: Thanks for
rocking my world with these past four
fect. I love you Lauren! ple this year! The great lunch
To My Senior Class Ofﬁcers:
years. --With Love, your secret Admirer You guys are doing such a wonderful job Love, group- Chris Smith, Jenn Lai,
Grace, Nina, Luis. Iʼm so glad you guys
this year... I am so proud of you! Happy
Your Other Half (Steven) Jose, Ho, Carl, Francis P, and
Valentineʼs Day to all my babies: Cath-
Bullet! You guys are among
are my friends this year and that we can
be total goofs together. --Becca
erine, Carina, Melinda, Daisy, Jenson, Rus-
sell, Enid, Lee Ann, Crystal and Agatha.
To the Law In Ameri- the greatest people Iʼve met.
TO ALL MY GULLY SKEEB TRACK CREW. Keep up the good work. Love, ACParker can Society Classes: Class of ʻ08!
I SKEEB ALL YOU SKEEBS. WHAT UP WITH THAT
Lorri, I am crazy about you Jennifer Nguyen
Iʼm missing you! My eyes all!
I like cookies & cheese
are all watery right now : [ P.S. JOHNSON NGUYEN
And I love pie
JOSSEEEEEE lol Not just crazy... LOVES HASHBROWNS
I love you
I love you mi amor.
Love Ms. Sebestyen
To Luis and Nina. Iʼm really proud
of you guys. Good Luck Happy Valentineʼs Day everybody!
Day Nina! xo -
Vanessa - u encourage me! ur such a great friend!
Mylene - my love! U are the sweetest person I know!
Yo! Tracey - *hugs* I miss hanging out in Drivers Ed!
Blondie, Nancy Poo Poo Head, Chink, Jerry, Eddie, Earving.
P.I.P.S 4 Life! Garbage! Sweet N Low! What Up! Lets go get some
Ur the best!
hamburgers with cheese? Irving Park Road! HAHA. Love you guys! Ceramics room lunch - I love eating with u girls! U
<3 Carmenator inspire me!
Angela, do you vant
Mr. Telles + everyone in 4th period - u guys are the
Elvis, best! Miss u Yasmina!
You are def H-O-T-T in pink! Ms. Heath + the animals - zoology rules!
love, your secret admirer to be mai boyfrend? Shout-out to everyone in the library!
I miss all of u and we havenʼt even graduated yet!
To Jazzy Baby, I love you and you are a I like! Love, your Lots of love,
Hey HTF!!! You guys are the best. I
big part of my life. I appreciate you.
Love, your secret admirer. polack BFF =) Happy Valentineʼs day love all you soccer girls! Eric I hate
Life is full of mistakes we arent perfect But one thing Dear Rex, to all. Yaʼll know I Bernardo C. you! -Daniela
ill never regret is meeting you Hey mijo, solo quiero que sepas que te Alberto, my BB,
Happy Valentines Day JENEEW
Your smile makes me shouldʼve been voted quiero mucho. You mean the world to me. Words canʼt express how I feel towards you. I love you and I
promise Iʼll never hurt you. Iʼm yours babe-my heart, body,
smile. bested dressed. But I still Hemos superado buenos y malos momen- and soul. Happy Valentineʼs Day! Te quiero much!
Love, XOXO Theresa
To all my sistas, Jazzy loves you all. Iʼm so glad that tos y no me arrepiento de ninguno. Quiero
I have you girls in my life. (FAF Foreva) (Nellz, Juju, I love you! love all my haters. darte las gracias por ser honesto conmigo
Kelly, Nina, Ray, Angela, Gabbee, Truc, Diane, Ron, Binno,
Dija, Mae Mae and Chelz) Without you all I wouldn;t
be complete. -Love Gyp - Stephanie - Love always,
y quereme tanto. You make me feel happy I love you guys! Lane is full of cherished memories. YEAA
MAN! WEʼRE GRADUATING!
Rosie you are my heart and soul. and loved. Siempre estare en deudada por Love, Lara
Dear Mel, I just wanted to say I love you! I care for
If someone told
you with all my hert, even though hard times you & These past three years with you have been the todo el amor que me has traido a mi vida.
me will get through it. Oh yeah will you go to prom best, especially these past 5 months. I donʼt Es la forma en que me miras, la forma
with me? And your answer is yes ok Love you, David know what I would do without you. Happy
en que me hablas y la forma en que me
Oh, thar yar!
I know this song!
Valentineʼs Day babe. Te amo con mi corazon.
me my fresh-
besas que hace que te ame mas y mas.
Weapon of mass seduction!
I was asking him for a stick of... your wifey, Thank you for letting me be part of your
men year, way
..... Gobble gobble .....
Thanks for the good times, guys. Liz life. Gracias por ser como eres. Happy
Karolina G + Kootch-Poo Valentineʼs Day.
Roses only last a day
back in 2004,
And they take a big chunk of your pay. You guys are awesome + so hilarious! I love
So get candy instead,
At least then she will be fed.
you both and we hella tite fo sho! You both -Cynthia Trujilio-
make my day, all day. err day! Cuenta!! Horale <3 11-26-07 <3
A.D. =) Laney, you and youʼre
that 3 years later
guey!! Diego! Watch my feet!!
to my beloved,
rose of all roses, rose of all The world! Upon the wharRves Your OG- leave great
of sorrow and heard ring the bell that calls us on; the swEet Nesey Boo!
Iʼd fall in love
far thing. Be not afraid of what may come for I Shall always What is love, but an endless time of care
be there. ~G.S~ that comes freom the bottom of my heart
Haiku for Cliff HAPPY VALENTINEʼS DAY, BABE!
the best tippy toerr in the
My heart reaches within, and holds on tight
ou are my Pillar on this earth
world, and always remem-
with the silly
Oh my dearest Cliff Just wanted to let you know how happy my one and only
Your tight shirts are amazing
I feel to have such a great person in my The love and joy that you give me makes me smile
Oh how I love you
life. Thanks for being the best boyfriend and shine of everything I have ber big glass - yes; tall
glass-no. Oh and I think itʼs girl in my draft-
Hey Baby! Happy Valentineʼs Day! And how important you are to me
I love you very much!
ever. You mean the world to me!
Catherine <3 Sixteen months of love
We hit a year!
the tiny arms, if you know
ing class who
Sixteen months of my soul intertwined with yours
I love you! -Ciara <3 P.S. TQM
What is love, but you and me
what I mean. MÔT.
We love MRS. YEE - Div. To Quentin, I love you
happy cost-little things day.
JOSEEEEEEee never had graph
You know I love you and always your babe
881!! XOXO will. I just wanted to wish you a I love you all so much!
happy valentineʼs day Meeting all of you these past four years
<3 09.17.2007 <3 paper, I would
ERNESTO NO MORE DANDUFF
PUCAR get bigger. Joel get a real name Vicor get real
friends not youʼre brothers. Tony get real lips, not blue ones. Love always, has brought so much joy to my life. All
Anthony, your a loser!
your girl of you hold a speical place in my heart.
<3 I LOVE have called that
PucAa <3 Miss Stone.
Div 860 and my pat teachers, Happy
Happy Valentines Day
From Ms. Walls Anime Club I love you all!
To 1st 3rd 4th 6th + 8th per. classes
I Love you Jessica Martinez and Becca are Happy Valentineʼs Day! ^.^
Now look at me,
From Adriana Velez
so damn spicy! Girls Varsity Soccer:
BABE!!! <3 I love her so
1) Dan the Man, 20 Falbby Gabby, 3) Steph the Deaf, 4)
Nina, Rebecca, Luis its been a great four To: The Table Katie the Lamb, 5) Sabrina the savage, 5) Mia =legs, 7)
years. You guys are my sec ond family!
-Your Huni Bunni much I offer her
Chevy = paleskin, 8) Shabby Gaby...do you rhyme? =)
Grace, Jose, Isabel, Tom, Nina,
Happy V-day! -Grace Chris, Mike, Sandy, Luis and my Red To my bestest friend Ashley! Hope all
DANIELA !!!!..... Bull...the best start to anyoneʼs day. goes well. Happy Valentines Day! Sher-
my pizza crusts.
TAKE HIM TO PROM Much Love, rell you light up my life! Hi meanie! Just thought Iʼd write to you. Thanks for
being a good friend to me, even though you call me a
HE WILL TURN SOME HEADS Daniel
THAT NIGHT!!! J2 IS BETTER dumb blonde all the time. And thanks for makign my
best friend happy! Happy Valentineʼs Day!
Love you huey!
BY THE END OF THE NIGHT... Mr. Blockʼs 3rd period math
HEʼLL BE HOOKED!!!! class is the best! We can prove it! THAN J1!!!! XOXO
Your Blonde ORCH DORKS ʻ08
- “JJ Redickʼs Girlfriend”
February 2008 Love Page 11
I just want to give a shout out to Marek, I Love You Baby!!!
the best group of people in this
whole school....J2 staff!!!
To all of you who work so hard Senior Class Ofﬁcers 2008
I love you guys so much and Iʼm glad have have
and socialize so much during 5th Dear Daniela, I hate you!! Dear Aneta and Raquel, thank you for being my clos-
est friends. I really appreciate you both and everything Ugh...Why? Is your done things together and accomplished so much!
period, and during our extended --Eric you do to help me. I hope we can still stay this close We are the best! LOVE, Enid
hours: 6th period, after school and college. I love you both. --Jamie mohing wondering if Your beauty radiates like the gentle sun and ou
Saturday mornings!!! It doesnʼt
even feel like a class to me cuz
VOLIM TE! Thanks to Sigma Sigma Eta for holding it down
this year, and for staying with us this long.
--Love Latrice Holmes Div. 882
I left you yet?
reyes glisten like the stars in the sky. Jennifer and
Iʼd like to really get to know you more. I like you.
you guys make it a party... I will My strawberry surfrider, you know youʼre
the best, you are the brain a scarecrow to my To the loves of my life.. Stephanie, Bacci, Roxie,
-Sandy Chang Bake N Shake! lol Love you
miss all of you !!!! But since weʼre To Paige-
cowardly lion. Stay sweet and sour! --Natalia Ariel, Nora, Heather, Athena, Cari, Yari, Nicco,
Melinda, and Iwona! I <3 you! I Love You, Pumpkin. guys. -T.
still here, weʼre just going to have Catie Houston, is there a ninja in your
fun...:) To Mr. Johnson and Mr.
-Yanin -Love Marc
pants? Cause your ass is kickin! Love Dear Galan,
Ara, you guys are the best and Dorthy Gicela. Valente, youʼre ok. Why donʼt you come to lunch anymore? I used to be able to
stare into your eyes and forget about the world, now I canʼt. Itʼs Lemme take you to
funniest teachers!! -Lots of love, Jer! over Gery. Itʼs over. Marvel is better than D.C. comics.
Sumugaga Would you be mine? B if you donʼt hurry up and ask Ann Happy Valentineʼs Day Rosalia.
P.S. -Oʼdell (the computer) out, I will!
From you hubby in 6th period -Jer
My dad agreed not to send me to Grace Loves the table and
an all-girls college!!! Chiki-chiki- Otto I Love you Big
yeah my minutesss Jose!!!
yes, she even loves you Jose.
I gotta win my science fair!!! Guy.
Sergio #23, Eric Campos,
Cuando nos vemos somos uno. Cuando te siento tu me
sientes. Pero cuando te hablo tu no escuchas. Te digo y
Wake up! Iʼm in love with you!!
tu no me entiendes. Cuando te explico tu te confundes
a ti mismo. Por que...por que no puedes aceptar una
verdad blanca que esta en tu cara. Como la nieve en
un invierno negro, asi se siente tener este sentimiento BOO! To: Wendy. Happy Valentineʼs Day! Yay! you got into
oculto entre sonrisas que te doy dia a dia. that thing you audition for LOL! Love you...BE HAPPY..
p.s. Will you be MY sexy superman? P.S. Remeber... Till the day we die in heaven... Love Always,
Steven, Get on Google and watch Ivan, Briicky
Happy Valentineʼs Day, Mahal! Youʼre the best thing I am so happy that I met you. You are Hey Smiles!!! Happy Valentieʼs Day! I hope that it
Happy Valentines Day! I
that has happened in my life and Iʼll never forget it.
Even when itʼs dark, I can still feel your presence
because thats how strong our love is. I love you.Love
always there for me no matter what and
you always make me smile, Thank you
freedom to facism love you so much! You mean
is with meee! Iʼm supposed to send this to sombody
special and you are the mostest special person I could
Anna x3 Jenna Bean, think of.
for being as wonderful as ou are. I love more to me than you will ever
When are we gonna adopt our baby as
To the best junior division 913, this was cheaper than you, youʼre my other half, Happy Valen- Iʼll keep it short and sweet. I love you
buying yall chocolate. Happy Valentines Day! Love a lesbian couple?lol..I just wanted to let know. You have become my
ya. Ms. Padilla tines Day! Love Lauren you know that Iʼm here for you through Kevin A. Storm. Remember, 12.10.06
any drama,boys,and ROTC problems. best friend. You are the most Richard
The last there months with you have
We have known eachother now for a amazing person, and nothing
To: Alondra and Tania
been absolutely perfect! I ahve never while now,and Iʼm happy to say that Good luck on the ACTs
Happy V-Day Gees
met somone as amazing as you. Our we are friends again!I love you OH so makes me happier than being
inside jokes and memories ae totally much!
I heart uʼs -For realz
priceless..nothing could ever replace
with you. I love you so much!
Happy Valentineʼs Day Div. 910 Remember: bros before hoes! To Natalie Reyes, my baby.I want to take this chance to
We hope you get an A Jesse! them. I love you squirt! I guess you can (and Ima bro!)lol I love you. --Megan Finnegan tell you that I really love you.You are such an amazing
person.I donʼt know what I would do without you.
say.. accidetally in love. [11-7-07] Your, Lilla<3 Love Johnny
Mr. Was is the coolest! From: Johanna and Monica
Though of you for many days The greatest fall at your sight with
I love...Grumpy-my love sweetheart, Maria n Lisa-my HGʼs, To: Kayla, Amanda, & Gina, Remeniscing of moolit eyes your ever so bright smile.You make JORY YOU ARE FRIKKINʼ
Lucy, Vany, Brenda, Ary, Anette, Bibi, Liz-my hrz, Zizu, Tito,
Danny, Bunny, Kumar-Krzytgrs. Jaqui/ney-ney/fam-Love I Love you guys so much!! Mornings where my heart skipped happy,youʼve given me a gift that HOOTTT!
you!-Livy What would I do without you Perfume that dances in my lungs you donʼt know youʼve given me..
Angelic face accented by light
Abby baby! You are the coolest person ever! Happy Valentines three?? Happy Valentineʼs Day! this gift.the gift of life.I linger in the Happy V-Day to my sister Nicole and
Day my love & yes, guys are all Jerks, but your girls as always A smile that soothes my soul
there for you. Uhmm... I donʼt know what else to say. I think this Love, Becky absence of mystery,I lurk in the pres- my Best friend Stephanie Wirkvs. Love
Daydream of warm embrace
sums it up. *ahem* I Love You!! xoxo, your secret admirer. ence of shyness.I gather up strength you Both!! --Amanda Foley
aka. Lizzard =] Love that burned unto me
day after day continuing something.
Happy Valentineʼs Day to my wonderful darlings.
I love you, Tracey! Sylvia, Jimmy, Edwarda, Nina, Dolly, Tomek,
I image coming true y cuando cierro Division 914
is the best Iʼve ever seen.
mis ojos, te veo. Y cuando te veo, me
Div. 933 Follick, Danielle, Juan and Mandy. This year
would not have been the same without you guys.
To: Brittany Baughman
encuentro... y me pongo feliz.
They are funny and smart,
but next year we will part.
Ms. Oh, its 2nd period I couldnʼt have asked for better friends this year. This beat is automatic, supersonic! lol I love Dame una oportunidad para entrar Dear ﬁrst divsion of mine,
Happy Valentineʼs Day!!! Thanks for always being there when I needed you. you ssoo much. en tu ALMA. Para que sientas mi You make me proud, Class of ʻ09!
We can square root all day long...in trig class. I love you! You mean so much to me. Weʼve been beat Happy Valentineʼs Day from Mrs. Vale-Suarez
Your the x to my y factor.
XOXO Aiisha friends for so long and I think itʼs time to renew felicidad en tu ALMA.
our best friends contract. I know that sometimes
The tall brown jr. To Jocelyn, Lucy, &Ivette. I love
Hey babe 15 months, crazy right? To my beautiful Little Eskimo, I get you in trouble with 210 sometimes but itʼs
Happy Valentineʼs Day!!! all worth it. I know that no matter what youʼll
You can get your gift later at my house if you know what I I can speak of your beauty for 100 years. be there through any problems, boys, or pain. you guys. Hope u have a happy
that says “wapow”
Noel Pagan I can look into your eyes for hours and Thank you, I love you. Valentineʼs day! - Paty
not get bored. You are truly special to Your Best Friend,
Happy Valentineʼs Day!
me. Happy Valentineʼs Day, I LOVE
Aka. Dago B, Pigeon, and the blonde.
is sexy as hell! To Sophie,
Volim Vas!! --Your Papi (Andrew) His last name This girl who can
To my bestest friends in the whole wide world
Juana, Soledad, and Kelly
To my Evil Twin, Becca #2, Jessica,
and Monica. Youʼre my JRM! And to
To: Robyour games
I have seen you at
#22 means frog in always make my day,
my best buddies in Div. 916 (even you
and you have a nice shot. Spanish.Please be and who I love to see
You know how to make the
Que cumplan muchos mas!
Feliz 18! I LOVE YOU ALL! play and you always beat the smile, Happy Valen-
-Becca #1 clock. I have seen you from
tineʼs Day. 12/9/07
De su hija Soledad
behind and you have a nice
PIYA & DJ Itʼs GREEN!
butt. Be my valentine and Iʼll To my bros-my love for you is over
Transformers. Great movie. Ever since that day youʼre
all I think about. I wouldnʼt go back and change any- show you what I got. I wonʼt 9000! I LOST THE GAME! There was never a
be here long so you should -Dina
better day unless it
thing thatʼs happened in the past few months & I donʼt
OMG. Happy Valentineʼs Day. So the guy think you would either. Who wouldʼve ever thunk it.
make it worth my while. End
was like woah and the tsunami was like
Its been great with you and I love being with you. But
your season with a 3 and Iʼll IVAN <3 SONIA
wosh. Muah. To my love in division 910.
most importantly I love you. Je tʼaime.
P.S. LEARN HOW TO WATCH MOVIES!!! leave with a smile. My advice 12/08/06 was being spent with
for next year, work hard and
Excuse me! What kinda starburst did
you just say!? I love you GF! BFFFFF!
To the most beautiful girl on the planet, yes you get on the ﬂoor. And I prom- Erik Bose, you!
Andrea Gonzalez. After everytime we speak, I
Happy Valentines Day! Love always, GF! like you more and more. Wishing you were my
ise when that buzzer sounds Be single in the month of May..Then, go to Prom
girl. I love your rosy cheeks and everything there youʼll have another chance to with me. You wonʼt regret one night of fun! If you
use your imagination, youʼll know what i mean.
Max Mooney, I think you are really hotttt! is about you. I want to be more than friends but score. Now do that cute little Edwarda,
When I see you, you take my breath away. I donʼt want to ruin our friendship. Itʼs so much wave before we say goodbye, I love you KATRINA! Will you be my “confused-cluck” this
Will you be my Valentine? --Kasey harder knowing how I feel about you and seeing and boy when Iʼm done with - anonymous -Your secret Admirer-
Yeah, dis a shoutout to ma numba 1
you in class everyday. I would be your Valentine...
you, you wonʼt be shy.
I LOVE MY PANCAKE! -Anonymous Diana M, Kelly S, Becca F, +all my No one should be allowed to be Tall, Dark, and Han-
boo. Baby u ﬁne Holla -Squirt juniors--ur sweeties! Iʼm going to
some, and yet here we are. Happy Valentineʼs Day
Taaha. Love ya Babe. Your Shorty in Division
P.S. I love you. --French Toast miss u! xoxo --Love, Maya
February 2008 Love Page 12
To Angela, To Jasmine B.: The say your heart will always be
Your are prettier than any girl around. Your eyes inside your treasure, making you my treasure and the
are more hypnotizing that the ocean blue. one who holds my heart.
Your radiant beauty knows no bounds. The way -Luis M.
you walk is both graceful and true.
Your voice is sweeter than any sound. My heart To my adorkables: Diana, Alondra, Cynthia, Vicky, Ruben...
knows this, Iʼm not confused. Love is letting me see the redeye every morning, overexces-
There are no words that can be found to sive laughter, venturing out into the city and getting lost...on
describe how much Iʼm in love with you. purpose. Enjoying every moment of this.
Sincerely yours, -My Baby Ruben- Dear Cindy Garcia, When I bought this space I didnʼt know Love, Toi Toi
Andrew Baby, I love you so much, Happy Valentines Day, I
I see you and I think you have the most what to say, Maybe its becase you donʼt Baboo, you are my sunshine on a rainy day, the moon and the
Aisha Iz Awesome.
dont know what I would do if I didnt have you, no lie stars on a summer night, and you are special just the way you are.
you mean everything to me and you will alwyas hold beautiful eyes. deserve to know how I feel through a Ever since the ﬁrst day I met you, I knew you were the one. I just
an extra big piece of my heart. I feel that everyday that want to let you know I love you and happy Valentineʼs Day!
piece of paper. I plan to show how much Love -DC
passes we have bigger connection, although you make Maria,
fun of me A LOT, (LOL) my love for you grows more Iʼve had a cursh on you ever since I heard your I love you, and how much I canʼt be
Dear Juani-Boo and Javi
and more by the day...I LOVE YOU NOW till Forever adorable laugh in our class last year. Going out without you!! HAPPY VALENTINES
Crystal Valdez is a sexy beast! ~Cindy~
You are a sexy beast! Yeah! LOL Youʼre my best friend
with someone youʼve cared about fo such a long DAY BABAGANOOSE! ABC forever! My homie-G! I love ya! Javi, you crazy, seri-
Ya tu sabe, time feels so good-Maria, you are SO special to ously, but I love you. -Love, Bnee-baby =)
I LOVE YOU
BRANDON MICHAEL BUSH Omg
Roberto T. ;) me. I love everything about you, from your long
I had this BIG brush on you since like eyelashes to your short height. wheverver I hold Stephanie Mora, will you do me a favor?? Will you
I love you little foot. Happy Valen- freshmen year. You probably never knew your hand, hug you tight, or kiss your neck, I canʼt have my babies, because I want them to have your sexy
tines Day babe you the Best!!! because I didnʼt show it. You gon know help but wonder how lucky I am to have such a
Happy Valentines Day, ~mAcz~
sweet, beautiful girl. Every moment I get with you
I LOVE YOU. who this is by how I look at you in the - from our ﬁrst kiss to our lasty - will stay in my
hall, but know that I want you to “Oil heart forever. Dear Jessica... Olivia Pantoja, YOU HAVE SEEN AND HEARD ME CRY,
AND YOU ALWAYS KNEW WHAT TO SAY! THANK YOU
To my Best Division Buddie Brooke. This Up” EARLY. -Anonymous- Love, Abi <3 Everyday with you... SO MUCH FOR THAT. REMEMBER IʼM ALWAYS HERE
Happy Valentineʼs Day The bell rings it all begins.
FOR YOU TOO. LOVE YA MUCHOO. HAPPY VALEN-
Love Terrance To: Andrew Cirt To my dearest leaky one: TINES DAY, STEPH
Weʼve known each other for almost a year now and SEE YOU IN 8th!!! In Drama, you are the Juliet to my Devin Semrow, Hannah Cooney + Eric
Frances [Jazzy] you have touched my life. I know I will never forget
sincerely, Romeo. Campos, What time is it???
you. Regardless of whether you like me or not, I am See page 21! You guys are AMAZING!
12 years down... grateful to have met you, because you have shown your love guppy <<3 In Trig, you are the solution to my LOVE NICOLETTE N.
100 more to go me a whole other world that is so much brighter than P.S. How do you get that dangerously hott- love equation
<3 your bff what mine used to be. Thank you so much for being so looking body through lane security every In Physics, you are the electric ﬁeld Yay! I love Valentineʼs Day =]] Donʼt forget everyone,
sweet and caring and Happy Valentineʼs Day! my bday is March 3rd! Itʼs coming up! Baloons plz!
To Noemi: From: Me <3
morning??? that holds us together. hehe <3
Chewy Bars? PSS - ily. Marry me????
En Español, eres la realidad de mi -Lauren Salsaaa! Div 917
-Eddie HAPPY mundo. Pumpkin Phoo, I love you oh so very much! We have been to-
Marry Me Katrina In Lunch, you are what I hunger. gether for so long. 4 Ever and 4 Always is what you said. 4 Ever
Eirc Castro & Bianca Muniz VALENTINES In History, you are the past, present
will love you and 4 Always I will be yours. I love you for a year.
Iʼm ready to love you for th rest of my life. See you soon!
I love you BooBoo 11.27.06 DAY to Div 905!!! and future.
-Apple Bottom Boo
-A. Ruiz In Lit, you are the story of my life. Dear Natalie, weʼve known eachother
-From Ms. Taitt And ﬁnally in Chemistry, you are for two years. Sure, maybe the ﬁrst
Happy Valentineʼs Day HEY JUNIORS!! THANK YOU SO
the action to my every reaction. doesnʼt count because you didnʼt know
who I was, but you sure left an impres-
I LOVE YOU
To my Pritzker Baberz:
MUCH!! We had to many good memories together!
Words canʼt express how much I love yall. Caro, Celeste, Ricky, Zach White, and the other ones sion on me. Weʼve had our differences,
Happy Valentineʼs Day Jenny, I You guyz have always been there for me you guys know who you are. Tank you for all the our ups, our downs, me watching you
guess Iʼm your special someone this despite the situation. We have been friends patience that you guys for me! Caro thank you for all
for oh so long now that I would consider you the rides!!!!! Happy Valentineʼs Day!! Hope you guys slowly bend over to get a drink of wa-
year. Love me. guys my true sisters. So to my sisters...Kennia, ﬁnd someone special on this day!!! LOTS OF LOVE ter, and you critisizing my every more.
FROM HENNY ROJAS
I luv u Celeste Kieraa, and Jasmine! Happy Valentineʼs Day! well I guess what Iʼm trying to say,
2 yr anniversairy of our friendship
=) ur one n only maczito
A.K.A. GHETTO SKWIRREL
Anonymously Earl. baby, you know the cules and so do I. A
~mAcz~ “Itʼs Teal!”- full commitmentʼs what Iʼm thinking,
what would my life be without you... To my Wifey Material and my Baby Liz, Iʼve been meawning to tell you this
Weʼve gone through so much, but thatʼs only
Mommaʼs, Stino and Chelz: for a long time, so here it goes. Ever you wouldnʼt get this from any other
brought us closer and its made me love you
Happy Valentines Day I love yall so much! We have been through even more each day...You make everyday since the ﬁrst time I saw you I knew that guy. I just wanna tell you how Iʼm
Pinky! so much stuff together especially with these amazing. You make my world go round! I you were special, every time. I think feeling, gotta make you understand
I Heart You! boys. So this V-Day going to be for my LOVE YOU! Never doubt it! about you I canʼt help but smile. You never gonna give you up, never gonna
girls. P.S. Donʼt let it get to your big head! let you down. Never gonna run around
“I wan sum thoup” HA HA -Your Secret Admirer Shh....
make me feel like Iʼve never felt before,
Happy Valentineʼs Day Baby! I love you! Happy Valentineʼs Day -Ashley M. there is no one in this world that I would and desert you. Never gonna make you
from your: Eskimo, Yoshi, Titanic, + Pre- Blinded at sight yet never picky for a ﬁght. Contained
cry, never gonna say good bye, never
cious <3 “Imma call you!” Renee! by unworthy Love and held up by uncontrolable Hate. rather be with. Iʼm so thankful that I
Weʼve had some pretty awesome times Actions that speak louder thn the heart to the open ear have found such an amazing person like gonna tell a lie and hurt you. Your
Dear Cynthia Boo,
You know Iʼm there for yai whenever you need me. this year and Iʼm glad you were with me listener, who awaits HER reactions to the visions that
you. The last few months have been heartʼs been aching, but youʼre too shy
are compared between two diffrent people And the
Have a happy Valentineʼs Day and I love you. through it all. SLOWSKIS and ST. AN- words spoken to her heart. So I the writter waits Hop- the greatest months of my life, and it to say it. Inside we both know whatʼs
-Dominique DREWS! Love you to death and I wanna ing it reachers her heart her mind Just Her been going on. We know the game and
makes me so happy knowing that its
To my girls: Daisy Dukes, Ale Cecy, & Jaks. Happy Valentines go to the rooftop and screa I love my best going to continue. I know that your weʼre gonna play it. And if you ask me
Dat! Las uiero much! But not more than mi <3 (lol jay kay)
And Mrs. Suarez! (haha) You an okay division teacher (but you
friend Renee. lol love, Laura getting cheezy reading this, but I mean how Iʼm feeling, donʼt tell me youʼre
Happy Valentineʼs Day, MARCEL B. GIBSON,
would be the BEST if you buy me them tacos you alwyas talking
about!!! :) Steph Richard Simmons! (Alyssa) donʼt ask how I got ur middle initial just know that everything that Iʼm writing. You mean too blind to see it. Never gonna desert
O wow I donʼt know what I would do a girl yearning for you and anxiously waiting for the world to me. 12-08-07 you. Never gonna make you cry, and
Dear Jennevy AKA my lil sis you to make her Valentineʼs Day special “staining”
Your the greatest lil sis. Hope everything works out without you in XC. “Happy faces Happy S.G. say goodbye. Never gonna lie and hurt
is all on my mind when I think of you perhaps you
with your issues. Happy Valentineʼs Day Bodies!” Iʼm so lucky to have you and if I can call me thirsty or shall I say a hungry. I remem- you. I just wanted to tell you how Iʼm
TO MITU, JEKASA, COCOSHU, CAPRITA, MARU,
-Love Christian had more money I would go on for a page ber when I ﬁrst saw you, I wanted you like a fat kid OVI, ADAN, AND TOMEK. feeling because any hell is better than
about how awesome you are. I love you R. when they ﬁrst saw cake. VA IUBESC, I LOVE YOU TE QUIERO, JE silence. Now Henaine, please allow me
Happy Valentineʼs Day to SIM Style -Love Rich (Laura) -Anonymous TʼAIME!!! -FROM GREEN EYES
to introdune myself, for Iʼm a man of
the class of ʻ09
Valentines Day without you wouldnʼt be “nuthing”. 8
Heather Seicr! months later and it still feels like the very ﬁrst day I met Anh, Tam, Jory, Sam, Davie, Kai, RJ, and wealth and taste. Well Iʼm gonna cut
Well I donʼt kno where Iʼd be w/out you. Youʼve you. I love yu, Luis A. Martinez. Ponley. this off, for now, my fairest maid.
To Div 935 -Jaz- The Butt kicking, always late, sometimes ballin,
been with me through it all and your basiccally -From, come on, look eight across the
my sister. I couldnʼt ask for a better best friend that 6th period lunch Buddies.
from Mr. Weiler, your Div teacher Nena - You mean the world to me and words canʼt
Noemi Honey! Awh, look at my Freshman buddy! Good olʼ times
table in fourth period.
you, and Iʼm not gonna get one because youʼre express how much I love you. You are my life, my love,
Happy Valentines Day stuck with me for good, sorry but its true lol. my everything. Donʼt ever forget htat you re my other
at lunch sweetness. This is our 1st year not having lunch together To my favorite girls:
ann sucks anyways, happy Valentines Day. I love ya! *Your Tory, Adriana, Melanie, Annabel, Vernica C., Amaris, Ivette, Stepha-
Happy Valentineʼs Day half without you Iʼm incomplete. -XOXO Bella buddy olʼ pal* nie, Susie, Cidera, Veronica G., Kayla, Krystal, ally, Elena, Blanca,
I love you mucho have a great day Love Laura Funkler XOXO
Laura, Happy Valentines day! Your my best friend and
-Lizzy Liz and freshman girls Bianca, Lizette, Alex, and Sandy. I love you all in
so many different ways. Love, Abi
and Iʼll see you later for some fun Laura! My Richard Simmons. I love you you know I luv you. Well I canʼt wait for our Valentines Baby mufﬁn! Iʼm glad that weʼre together. Youʼre a
My love guppy; I just want to say..you had me at hello.
dinner. You know Iʼll always be there for you. I hope very special person in my life and I treasure you. I love
so much. Even though we got in a bit of you have a Happy Valentines Day. you insane amounts. I do! Happy V-Day, babe. Love, when I asked you if I leaked. blank-o, I love you even
Papa, weʼve had our ups & downs but in the end -Heather Sencis baby noodle. =) if you do kill our children! (balloon.) love is always
remember itʼs always going to be “you & me together trouble this year, Iʼm glad you were there brightest in 8th per. =) -Me
Jessica Herberg, The girl with the blonde hair, And the
forever!” Love you, with me! I canʼt wait until next Homecom- blue eyes. Everytime I see you, My hear wants to ﬂu.
Dear Isis S., I havenʼt known you for that long but Iʼm already
mama falling for you Iʼm sorry I donʼt hve the courage to tell you straight
ing with you! Haha. Happy Valentines the girl of my heart, And of my dreams. You may not to your face but I really like you and I know you donʼt want a
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY JALYN. HEY!!! ITS
guess, But you know me. -J.S. OUR FIRST VALENTINE. HOPEFULLY WE HAVE
My dearest Brigette, next Homecoming with you! Haha. Happy relationship because Fernando broke your golden heart but I wish,
I hope that I can change your mind. -A hopeless romantic ALOT MORE. LOL I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY
ahem* Your hair smells like that of a llama & I want Valentines Day! Love, Alyssa (R. Sim.) To Chris Howze even though we are no longer together HEART LOVE, ASHLEY
you to be my...baby momma. THE END! Your not so i still wish you a happy Valentineʼs Day I still got love Robert Smith, I am in love with you, to say the least.
To my cousin Jose and all the beautiful
secret-secret admirer XOXOXO for you hope you have a good and specil Day 143 You never notice me, or even look my way. But I know
girls: Jessica, Stephanie, Indira, Rebecca, anonymous someday God will bring us together forever. Until death
Jose - I bet you canʼt ﬁgure who I am! Iʼm pretty tall (I Laura Pati, Lucy, Tesi and...Happy do us part. Now with all my heart, anonymous.
think), taught you how to dance (even thugh you still step on
me), and I love to eat (like Jr. bacon cheese burgers without
Valentineʼs Day! I love you! -Angela My Best Division Buddy Terrance, Susie, I would love nothing more than to spend a day with you,
Please stop peeing in
I LOVE YOU HEFFER!!!
your pants when girls
the bacon). I love ya tons and happy Valentineʼs day! Heya Marysia, talking about life and music and anything in the world you want to
Your an amazing friend, and Iʼd sing Riky ticky tak Happy Valentines Day talk about. Give me the chance to look into your beautiful brown
with you anytime =P Love Brooke eyes . Go out with me. -Gerry
talk to you. Happy
To my Angela, Becca, and Laura, Looks! Your names
are in the newspaper! Hehe =) I love you all oh so -Chpokio AKA the girl who keeps you sane!
much, even with all of our “interesting” talks during To the best friends a person could ask for. Thank you
lunch! Happy Valentineʼs Day!!! Love, Stephanie Hey Brookezilla! I love you & remember...you donʼt
need a man in your life! Remember 4 months!!! Have a
Jessica, Edith, Vero, Sophia, Itachi, Ana, David, Gladys,
Socoro and sammy. Srry guys. I have no money for
Valentineʼs Day! Ask
Kristin, chocolate. Beatriz V.
that girl out already!!
great Valentineʼs Day! I love you!
I wish youʼd give me a chance, Iʼm a -Ciara <3
Dear Joey, I have been thinking a lot lately and I have
pretty nice guy once you get to know Jesus, You truely are special to m and Iʼm so glad I
have you in my life. I love you and even though weʼve
realized how good you are for me. I have ﬁnally
realized tht I love you. Call me when you see this.
Youʼre a cutie, but man
me. Just ask Lauren.
been through a lot I still love you . Love always your
February 2008 Love Page 13
Kevin Hu she likes you, she’s in our trig So I know this girl whos funny, beautiful, & the
class, she’s in one of the ﬁrst four rows. love of my life. The day I met her (10-31-06) & I
It’s so obvious!Just talk to her! LOVE HER.....Happy Valentines Day Babe:
Tu amos me as dado, el mio depertence, they key
To all my single friends who spend Valentine’s Day all to my heart belongs to you, the key is not metal,
alone. Happy Valentine’s. Call me I’ll show you some the key is not steel, its three simple words both
JOHNNY PATINO!! Lauren Corso!... im 3 for 3...
love. ~!ZZY you and me desire to hear....
Red slushy from gas station- $1.50 Emilio
colleges not behind the arc!..still
To Tamanna, my favorite 8th and I KNOW YOU DON’T waiting.. but i will miss you when
Rose for 1 month anniversary- $2.50
This ad- $4.00 Alma:
7th period buddy ever.
GO HERE BUT YOU’LL I leave for college!!..The football
Lunch for you- $5.00
Booty shorts from Belize- $20.00
Ese que se muere por estar entre tus brazos
Ese loco que sigue tus pasos
The feeling I get when I’m with you- PRICELESS
To my Tonio. I love yo lil ugly self. You never give up on game at Notre Dame was one of I love you babe, Happy Valentine’s Day Ese que te entrega lo mejor
me and you’re a great friend. You’re always there when I
need you. You’re soo special. Happy Valentine’s Day ABOUT THIS FROM the best times of my life...plus we - Teddy Para que tú le des su amor
met Bobbie!!! Soy yo
ALL THE LADIES
Love your big girl, Gyp Antonio, baby I love you with all my heart.
I am taking him to Prom... then You make me so happy, and I hope we last as Dear Boo Boo,
Happy Valentine’s Day WHO FLOCK TO next year you’ll take Jonathan...;)
long as possible. You make me smile like crazy Happy Valentine’s Day!Your the best thing that ever
happened to me & I love you!
and I am so proud to call me my boyfriend. You
YOU OUTSIDE OF As of now, DUKE is #2....and are not like the rest of the guys I know, you are
amazing. I love you Albobaby <3 2.1.08
Sonia <3 Ivan
where’s North Carolina?! oh yeah Marry me Ms. McCoy!!!
Angela!! You probably look sexy today, LoL. I miss eating lunch
with you and the rest, but it’s cool because I chill with you at SCHOOL!!! BELOW DUKE!!.. -Lots of love,
YOUR BASKETBALL Jesus -Alex
divison, even though I’m late to mine, LoL. So happy Valentine’s
Day, much love
Redick’s Girlfriend Blessing, you should already
MOVES ARE IMPRES- Manny Ma Best Buddy, Lil Bibi Loka- Ma Lil Brown thing, Ari-
Ma Partner in crime, Brenda- The Evil One, Vany-Ma sexy Babe, know who this is from!
You can come with me, anytime to buy an
We love you Tina! SIVE ESPECIALLY ugly jacket.
Livy- Ma beautiful mamma, Crystal- Ma one-N-only Gatita
Fiera! Lucy LOVES 4EVER!
From, too cool for cake.
-Piya & DJ THAT LITTLE SMIRK KQ....Sorry I’m so afraid to Hey girl hey
Hey Steph, It may not have talk to girls -P. Kane 09!!
YOU MAKE AFTER worked, but I still Love -Nathalie Aguila (906)
I LOVE EVERYONE! =) YOU MAKE THE you Kid. Happy Valentine’s Swim Team 2008 City Champs To my Tam,Sandy’s got nothing on
Celebrating our 4 month anniversary
SHOT!!! Day. --RNJ RUIZ
me.I’m saving up for the rafﬂe and you’re
mine. -Love Belfor
( 5 days late) I love cake!! Hey Yasmin, Jennifer, N Veronica!!! Hope you guys have
Tim, I love you! You’ve been my best
From Ice Cream
a great Valentine’s Day! Haha me and Lucy are tired from Babe, Happy Valentine’s Day I love you so much more. OMG
love ya lil Squirrel Bite. soccer, Yasmin no diggas que this is stupid, Jennifer que todo friend for so long, that in the end, you it’s been two years already! Let’s keep them coming my love!
Roses are red. Violets are blue. \, I can’t see life without you!
este bien, Veronica hope you get to celebrate with David.
ended up growing on me and becom- ABC FOEREVER
PaRa ToDaZ Laz NaKaz,inKluiEnDo a CeCy y Krzysztof,
ing mouch more. Sure you have a
EsTePhaNie.OZea LaZ KiErO MiL,nUnk KmBieN.
Zon LaZ MeJoReS aMiGuigUiss! FeLiZ DiA De Zan
Whether it was fate or coincidence that brought us together, it
doesn’t matter because your are my life now.No matter what hap- Hey BLAH, AlexIs and mushroom hairstyle, and yea you look HAPPY VALENTINE’S
Kara da Scara. U Rock!
pens between us in the future, I just want to enjoy the “now” that
aTTe: AleKzANDrA KueVaS we have. Remember, everything happens for a reason. like a 5 year old in your Hong Kong BIRTHDAY ASHLEIGH 17!!!
“salmon” shirt and khaki pants, but I
Dear Nancy, you’re my beach- Dude,
To my Dorky Dork a.k.a. Double D’s lol! wouldn’t want you any other way. I
What if we randomly broke into song?
Well I just wantwd to show you ow much
I <3 all my ‘o’ppl & my ride or die buddies!!! hope you read this, your cheeks turn
Yours truly, Bugeyes I care about you and wish you a Happy I want you to know that, “I chose to
Taylor red and you’re saying to yourself, “
To my Turtle-Lover
Valentine’s day! =D I can’t imagine not having adore you in silence, for in silence, I
Megan, I’d like to thank you for being such an amazing
person. I love and cherish every second we spend I <3 you! you around my life jusr having you around my How embarrasing!” Just remember, it’s ﬁnd no rejection.I ﬁnd that beauti-
together, and I want the whole world to know that I love Let the clock keep running! life just wouldn’t be as fun or complicated jk a sign of infection. ful means so much than just a pretty
you more than anything. Happy Valentine’s Day Baby! jk you know I luv ya!
Love, Freddy[ Jazzy] Happy Valentine’s Day
--From you BAMF face; it means that you are so unique
Katrina loves James MARY AND JESSICA for EVER
I LOVE YOU BABY. Hey Beautiful we go together Mary & Jessica.
in oh so many ways. Because of
Forever and ever Everyone call Sonny.He’s single. like! Peanut Butter-N-Jelly. Fo Eva & Eva Baby.
this I ﬁnd that you are amazing both
inside and within...”
Oh, Plus Sonny
Faby, I love you, honey bunches of oats. Hey Brittany! Happy Valentines’s Day my
I love you loser
Will you be my valentine?
uncle “sweet Lady”! - Anonymous
I think you’re really cool Diana and you are very special to
-Maple Syrup Pancake me. I really like you but I’m sorry I can’t tell you in person.
To the class of ‘10 espeecially Dria, Blessing, and
Sigma Sigma Eta!
Danielle I you ever so much.
Big ups to all my Strippers Chasidee and Sarah Boing! We will have the greatest
From little sister chitchat!
Valentine Day ever. You just
I love you barbie maﬁa watch. David says he loves
I love the following with all my heart: Sean (single drum-
love, Arissa mer), Robert Arsen, Ted, Tpry April, Magie, Neka, Caty,
Natalija, Maricel, David Johnicus, Largo, Sarah Lee and
I’ve said it all to you. You
most of all Geeeorge! You’ve all made this year sexy, awe-
To my babies/wities/besties of Ladii M.O.B.B.
I just want 2 say Happy Valentines day and
some, and sexy, my loves. Happy Lovin’ Day peeps!
mean everything to me. With France is the cutest guy ever!
you by my side we’re down -Anonymous
Hey ladies! Looking for a laid back, love-hungry, guitar
“We dn’t Superman no mo, We supersoak da
god? I’ll hook you up with smokin’ hottie.
SQUAD!!! LOL iLY P.S. I’ll be sure to wear my “X-ray” eyes.
Love Mike H.
for whatever, forever. I love
Easten Region of THEM- 7th Period APUSH: I’m proud of
JON DANG LOVES you like a fat kid loves cake :-) all of you! Keep up the hard work and max effort to defeat
Juntos para siempre. Te amo
the Evil Empire! That means Zigy and Podgers too!
LAWN MOWERS Just want you to know what you mean The Benevolent One (aka The Big B.O.)- Mr. Ruckauf
to me. When I’m with you, I never want princssa. Jose G. Kelsey, you’re my best friend and I love
it to end. Everytime we hug I can’t bear
A.B. !! to let go...but if I don’t, you’ll be late to WOW Baby 10 months already! I’m so happy that
you!!!=) Much love and Happy Valentine’s Day.
Lots of love to all my other friends -PODGERS
That’s what she said! :)
I coud spend this day with you. I love you with
class. Can’t wait to see you boo. all my heart. This is our ﬁrst Valentines day & I
Love, Feras My dearest Natalija,
couldn’t be happier! You mean the world to me,
To all my sisters (originally) Gup Chelsea, Janeile, Jo-Jo, and plese be mine 4ever because life w/0 you is no life I
I am truly happy we are together. Our love
Kadija. I love all yall despite everything that has ever happened, To JRMR Div. 048 want to live. Our love is full of happiness & I can’t Western Region of THEM-1st Period APUSH: I’m proud of all seems to know no bounds, even though we are
and yall will be a pat of me forever. We don’t need a title to show Thou are with me befor the sun is up, and I have wait for Yolu, Lela, Bear (& Alexis) who will bring
of you! Keep up the hard work and max effort to defeat the Evil
from different backrounds.
our sisterhood. Empire! Special Kudos to ‘Old Man’ Mario and Ricky ‘Reads
known thee for two years. Yet you still know not our lives so much happiness... I can’t wait to spend Everything’! You are from upper class New York and I’m
I love yall from Shanae
what I conceive everytime my eyes meet yours. my life with you & no matter where we end, as long The Benevolent One (aka The Big B.O.) - Mr. Ruckauf from west Philadelphia, born and raised. On a
And the reason falls on me, and me alone. For my
~* mAcz* -n- *Andrea*
as we’re together will be ﬁne, and I will always This is GHETTO SKWIRREL!! Thank you guys so playgrounds is where I spent most of my days.
cowardice self, but soon I hope you will know what choose you.
I do. That I think of thee more than thou knows. I much for everything!! Pedro Morales, Cheezcake, Chilling out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool while
I know we will last long =) can only hope that you feel the same way I do.
I Love you with all my heart.
Happy Valentines Day!
Jessica Hoyos, Yadira Martinez, Carlos Dominguez shootin’ some b-ball outside of school, when a
and so on. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Tank you for couple of guys who were up to no good started
Ari Santiago <3’s Luis Santiago 4.2.07 forever! making me laugh and hopefully I made you laugh!!
Shout out to Jonathan Padilla whose 8 inches making trouble in my neighborhood. I got in
Our hearts are one you bring me peace/ The smile, Happy Valentines Day!! Hopefully you will ﬁnd
of FUN! Erik Chen shave your mustache! Jessa Dear Apple: Happy Valentine’s day/1 year one little ﬁght and my mom got scared, she
yo eyes that I see/ A beautiful girl with more than someone special!!!
Carbon’s glasses are cool! a face/The mindand personl!ty deﬁnes your grace/ anniversary. Love you 4 ever N 4 always. said “You’re moving with your aunt and uncle
From Jenny Rojas
- Jon Dang You support my goals you breate my dreams/You Pumpkin to Bel-Air!” I whistled for a cab and when it
A.K.A. GHETTO SKWIRREL
do all in your power to see me succeed/ When I came near the license plate said “fresh” and
To my beautiful Girls. I love you girls with all my need rest you start restorin’/From my soul Happy
To: Soni Khudi,
Eh mere pyaare yaarg
I will always love you, Erik’s Chin. there was dice in the mirror. If anything I
heart. My pookie booo baby cakes...
Valentine’s Day Lauren. Kab se hai mujhe fumhara intezarr, Even if you are homeless. could tell that this cab was rare, but I thought
To Kristina & Krstina “Nah, forget it. Yo home to Bel-Air!” I pulled
From Corey Yeh meti nahin, mere dil ka hai sawaal,
Love, Brock (from Pokemon)
Love Edwin Kya tumka bhi hain mujhse pyarr?
up to the house around 7 or 8 and I yelled to
To my Boo soon 2 be Mines XOXO. To my Pooky Mama Alex+ Husby France=Wifey Yut If Johnathan Padilla had a dollar To Matt the cabbie “Yo homes smell ya later!” Loom
Bear I love you and you owe me 2 dollas. and Nick Nguyenn took that dollar how much does from: Lizbeth of my kingdom, I was ﬁnally there, to sit on
Lizbeth Bastidas Christina+ Wifey Yee Jenny+ Wifey Sam he have left? Lubb you my crazy boo booskie... my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.
Love, Matt Jennifer+ Wifey Say Lisa+ Wifey MMM Still more than Erik Chen you are the best... I will always be here for you :) Love, Zack
Julie+ Maid Abraham=Family Kung
Be mine NATALIE PARK! Your the one Jessica Najera *wink
wink*. I love Connie Andrade, Joan Pancho, Hajar Jougalaf, Pow! That’s one tenth baby! Wo al og
Ashley, baby we’ve been through a lot this past year.
Even though all the stuff that has happened we’ve
Salam, Odette, and Daisy are the hottest If I had a dollar for every lung Erik
Edrienne Besagar, Ruby Benigno, Chennie Ong, Michael
been strong for almost a year. I love you more than lunch buddie. The boy at thei table is had, I’ld have 50 cents.
Masaya, Julian Auza, Willfredo Torres, and Everyone who knows usah and freshies dao! even hotter.
Mia!! Muah! anything. Happy V. Day, Love D.A.
....love Johnson Nyguyen
February 2008 Love Page 14
Your so cute! Happy Valentine’s Day!
-your babe *muah*
Happy Valentine’s Day! I just wanted
Happy Valentine’s Day Jazzy Get on Google and watch
You are the most craziest girl I have ever met. I’m glad that i
got to know you better. You make me so happy and glad, AND I
to let you know how much I care about
Pooh! I know you got a man Freedom to Fascism promise I’m not like any other guy. ---Love Secret Admirer you on this day of love. You make me
but he aint me. Ur like a There was once a girl named Keli, She was very very
I Love 2:2! MAMMVB- happy and you put a smile on my face,
smelly, She liked to eat popcorn, During a snows which people say doesn’t happen often.
skittle and I want to taste ur storm, An she had a very large Belly.
PD! Sexy Beasts!! The time we have had together so far
rainbow. --ILY Jane H.
has been great and I can’t wait for what
I love you Demi, Nicolette, Sonia! I’m going to miss you guys Dear Taylor Hogan
when you guys leave!! Thanks for all the great memories in Choir!
Division 028 I love you all too! Carlio you are the Greatest! 5-16-
You made Manson’s party the ride of my life. I comes next. This is just for you.
have become a man. --Marvin
SOMEONE LOVES YOU!
07 Byanka Be Mine!
Love Always Carmen Rivera Love, Reed Lubin xoxo
To my love Jayson. Cameron =) Paulina,
Happy Valentine’s baby. I just got to tell you Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you Dani! You rock To the one I call Gorgeous. Have fun in school even though you don’t deserve one of these, I still found a way
my world. If ou were a man I’d punch you! to come up with $2 to buy you one. =] j/k babe... you mean so
and don’t forget us. Be safe and hopefullu you
that all this time that we’ve been together has Patrycja- That was Spencer, I wrote the sweet stuff. know who this is, Happy Valentine’s Day!
much to me, an I hope you a an Amazing Valentine’s Day!
been the best moments of my life. Through the I <3 you, Zach
good and bad times, I’ve always enjoyed your The locker is never going to be --Will
Happy Valentine’s Day to my second
presence in my life. clean....but at least it smeels like Brian Ramos is a sexy beast!! favorite bassist whose names starts with
I love you so much,
Marita lemons now! --Table 2:2 a “Ro” --Zack giggedy goo.
I love you Nicole. JK, I lied. Jessica is my FOR DIVISION 185. YOU’RE
hero. John is my best friend. Jo Banana
Pancakes forever! You are all so amazing. I THE BEST - MR. SWEET
I love Div. 156!
MS. SEBESTYEN LOVES HER
You are the cutest freshy in the AKROWAS 4 Brittany Stokes
We ﬁnd ourselves at awaiting the ultimate
WORLD STUDIES CLASSES!
I’m not racist Jazmine To Ivan Je t’aime experience. It is required that one must
Happy Valentine’s Day to all
I truly love you Halle... I love you... you are my baby bapesta. I call
paint a picture of his ribs in order to meet
Love, Baby Bougher you that because I took your babe hoody...lol... your criteria. It is truely worth the aquire- my girlies and most of all to my
To Our number One son Kevin, Luv - Your Baby, ment of media if you posses the qual- SBF!!! I love you!
Honey bear, ur the shock to my ity he disconnects from potenial Butta. I
you lots.Love Always your Mom’s understand time and its ruthless attitude to
system. Mahal kita mucho, Crystal an Zaida
To all my freshman that know me in ROTC! I LOVE YOU
particles of the universe, so I can’t expect
I think you are really
GUYS! You guys are great and make me laugh a lot. You guys
Christine Cisnero will remember me because I am the S-#3!! Happy Valentine’s
you to throw pity. I just want you to under-
Day! From Jenny Rojas A.K.A Thh S-3
The past month has been amazing. I hope you have a Happy
To Desi-Ray stand that I can’t be a victim to falling sand
The bastest sister in the world and my blonde (at heart) Partner in
Valentine’s Day. I just wanted to show you how much I care crime.I love you (eve though you are a ditz) 4 Ever Sanjay, ur grades are too good! I’m jealous! and miss out on a tasteful piece of toast.
about you. You Big Sis Crystal Ur he best! Finding Butta will be my experience, and I
Love, Pedro P.S. Rectangle is the new square you know
Love, ur crazy sister hope that you will choose to lace ﬁngertips.
Get on Google and watch
You are the best
I will never ﬁnd a jwel or perfume enough for you. Just want to let my good friends know that I thank Sincerely yours,
ever. All I can say is that I love you now tomorrow you for always being here for me. Especially to Rocio,
Freedom to Fascism and for ever.
- Your #1 Stalker :)
Daisy, Wendy, Charles, Salena, Cynthia, Mayra, Tony,
Christine, and Robert. Love always, Amarillo
Tanya, I love you. Bye Bye Birdie! Mama AKA Momo will
miss you guys every moment was one a
Steve mother will always cherish! I <3 ou guys!
Cindy! You make ﬁrst period fun!! To my Gal pals of 6th pd! Karla, Bianca, Anna, Marze-
What would I do without you?? We could ﬁll a book with na & Stephanie. I love you guys for always making me
the notes we pass. I love how we tell eachother about our To All my Filipino Brothers and sisters who represet laugh and making our group the most supercalafragalis-
their people and culture to the fullest. I LOVE ALL MY BABIES (NO HOMO)
lives and stuff. Happy Valentines Day, ~*mAcz*~ ticexpialidosios of 6th pd. Love, Mari p.s. Scuritos
and Jasmine + Jessica DUCKY, FEE-FEE, DRIA, MELANIE, BLESS-
ING, VLAUN, ERICA, JAZZY, JAZZY POO,
Baby, we have had a wonderful 14 months together. Benjamin Leon To GF: Will you be my Valentinez
PEGGIE, NATASHA, NATISHA, KIERRA,
During this time we learned so much about one another.
Day by day our love has prospered. Baby, my love, I To Jill in the Budget Ofﬁce. SHALYNN, SHIERRA, JUD, ALICIA, LADY Your my berries to my cream Never
love you so much with all my heart. Love, Your Piglet. Thnx 4 being such a good friend
MOB, MY TWIN D-MOB, RASHAD, ANTONIO,
JOHNATHON, BRANDON, JOHNATHAN,
leave me!! From GF: P.S. I Love You
I LOVE MR. WAS. Your secret admirer. BOTH SOPHOMORE BREANNAS, FRESHMAN Luv ya: Adrianna Maria Jennifer Socorro Janet Estefaní
BREANNA, MEECHIE, PEACHES, TANISHA, Demi Maria B. Michelle Silvia Diana Marlene Diana G.
From, Every Girl at Lane (and some To Mr. Was
SHANAE, JUNIOR, MARVIN, JUAN RIESCO,
Johnathan L. Ana Stephanie Jennifer Tracy Lilybug Mariela
Andrea Christina Johnathan I sniff you. Happy Valentines
Just wanted to let you know that you are the most
guys). attractive teacher in the whole school
VANISHA, CHATARA, YOLANDA, MANUELA, Day from your friend who cares and loves you Elena
TANZY, LETI, DARWIN, VANTAE, GREG,
I Just Love You
From your secret admirers Hey Mr. Bobek
ROBIN, KAYLA, EVERYONE ELSE I DIDN’T
To my beautiful yearbook ladies. You guys have done NAME I STILL LUV YA’LL Thanks for keeping the orchestra legacy going!
to HCP from Poppy a great job and I’m so proud of you all! LUV ALWAYS, PHILLIS Love, Symphony Orchestra
P.S. Listen and adjust!
We have some great memories that can’t be beat!
Love You, Enid! This is a message to all of Lane Tech. It
For my A.P. Guinea Pigs. Thanks Sheri Wells,
I know that you love reading our school newspaper, so
for a wonderful ﬁrst year in A.P. To: The students of B.S.A., Broth- is for the people who wanted to check, to I thought I’d write to you. Happy Valentine’s Day!! Thank
check to see if they had a special Valen- you for your daughter, she is my best friend and a gosh
All my best - Mr. Sweet erhood, and Sisterhood. First and tine. If you didn’t get a cliché “Be Mine,”
May these quotes inspire you Stage Krew darn good one! Love you lots. -Brooke Kotz
foremost, “You are our inspiration!” Divisions 090, 890 and 940, 1st, 2nd
For all my Guitar Geeks- February is not only a time to “Show
Then don’t worry, because you don’t need
to be in a hurry to ﬁnd the one for you. and 5th periods German and 6th and 7th Momo loves her
Keep Rockin’- Mr Sweet some love!” It is also the month that Happy Valentine’s Day. periods World Studies:
“Love conquers all.” -Virgil tennis & LAX babes.
To the Big B.O.!
we celebrate our heritage and our
Happy Valentine’s Day to all “Doch überwiegt das Leben alles, wenn Big Mama (Yami), Edwin, Jenny, Carbs, Jocelyn,
legacy. Happy Valentine’s Day! Caro, Celeste, Pedro, Flaco, Trevor I LOVE U
my classes and to 039-the best die Liebe in seiner Schale liegt!” -Goethe GUYS!!! <3 <3 <3 P.S. U 2 SGT. Butler, SGT.
E. Williams, E. Gholston,
division ever! -Mr. Carlson “The Logic is insane.” “There is no remedy for love but to love Figueroa and Colonel LMFAO!! -Yadira Martinez
C. Sanders & T. Williams more.” -Thoreau
Dear yearbook students! I love all the hard work you are
putting in to make this centennial edition yearbook the Hey Jill!!!!!!!!! You are the best APUSH “Who, being loved, is poor?” -Oscar
To May, Van, and Dany! 7 years and counting!
ick tick! You peeps are the best. Love! Now if
best yearbook ever. I’ll never forget you! EVER! =) KSL It’s your boyfriend Jay. Everytime I’m with you,
my stomach feels like a butterﬂy kingdom...
teacher EVER! :) Wilde we could only get rid of this curse... ha ha ha
To my Breakfast Club (Student Council)
And I’m the mayor..When we’re not together, IT’S RIDICULOUS!! “All, everything that I understand,I under-
When wE spenD time together
I feel like i’ve hit rock bottom, but even lower,
Love, stand only because I love.” -Leo Tolstoy
Happy No Hearts Day! lol Love you a subterranean trench of disappointment. I love “Where there is love, there is life.” my heart tingles, butterﬂies ﬁll
guys! <3 Mom P.S. 6:45 tomorrow JK! you Babe!! I owe cupid my life for bringing us The Eastern Region of -Gandhi my stomach, and i feel weak in
To the hopeless romantic, T.H.E.M. To all my French Students the knees. yoU have my love
Forget about monday, you have the rest
of the week in front of you.
Happy Valentine’s Day P.S. Sam & Steph will buy you You’re doing a great job in my classes. even when we’Re at the lowest
- Papi Chulo Chinese Club. Keep up the lunch one of these days. haha. Mrs. Warner point in our relAtionship. i love
Happy Valentine Day Div-870 good work. I’m so proud of HAVE AN AWESOME WALEN-
Through thick and thin, through water and ﬁre, I you very much anD nOthing can
Ms. Sylvia Walls you guys. Chinese Club is TINE’S DAY, ANIME CLUB!
listen to my heart, cause your the only one it truly
desires. I want to tell you how much I truly care change that. Arellano.
awesome. -Ann -ANIME CLUB OFFICERS about you. I’ll always be there for you, Nicole. Love, Carina M.
You Rock Ms. Malstrom! I want to wish a happy valentine’s day to Maestra, In case you didn’t see the other one I wrote, you just
To the wonderful ladies in my 3rd
Love, the clubs section of the yearbook staff.
Pensamos en regalarle unas caravanas, o tal vez un buzo need to know how much I really care about you.
Three kids in your Division Karla, Anna, Maricruz, Marzena, & Stepha-
o preararte tallarines con “meatballs,” para este día de San
Valentíne, pero como no contamos con mucha plata preferimos
Just remember, I’ll always be there for you Nicole, Period Italian class:
Forever and ever, thru everything: From Alex <3
nie; you guys are the best group anyone
mandarle este mensajito =) Atte: susmonstritos de séptimo. Estefani, Tina, Patrycja, and Ar-
could ask for. Thank you for making me TINA (POOH) To my sister Ashley, maybe now pita. It’s time to FOCUS!
JOSEEEe HEARTs SHAnniaaaaa. Would you be my Valentine? people will believe us
ps. be awake in the am! : ]
laugh everyday & brightening my day. Lots of love,
Love, Bianca Cordero FROM IKE -Eric Daniel
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TRACK TEAM: You guys have been in my heart
(Valentines wishes continued)
I <3 Lilʼ Petey. Remember
for all my 4 years at Lane. Thank you for putting up
with my stupidity!! 2nd PSYCHOLOGY: I love
you all my JesusFreaks, my Mexicans, my blacks,
More than Hello
and everyone else. AP CHEMISTRY 7th-8th: You
guys are loveable and fun even if you all are nerds. I
“heart” you. DIV 868: You guys already know that
we are the best division and year! -Sharonda Polk
To ALL orches- I really do!
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Will you be
To the cast, Krew,
and orchestra of
Tony Z. For rates and other
my Valentine?? BYE BYE BIRDIE,
To the seniors and the seniors in JROTC! I love you
guys so much!! Good memories! Good memories!
We have had our ups and downs but we still man- information, email:
(From a secret Happy Valentines age right? Amber, rocio, Veronica, Loscuit, Yami,
Samantha, Maria, Greysha, Juan, and all te other
oes. Thank you so much. Happy Valentineʼs Day!
admirer) Day! Hope that you ﬁnd someone special on this day!
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February 2008 Sports Page 16
Chess Team ends
impressive run at
New Trier and Whitney
By Lauren Corso Young - both teams they
would potentially have
The Lane Tech Chess Team ﬁnished ninth to face in Peoria. Parsons
at the State Tournament this past weekend in was hopeful team mem-
Peoria, Il. They were ranked third going into bers would gain valuable
the tournament and looked to be a top con- experience from those
tender for a ﬁrst place run. The team has ﬁn- losses.
ished in the top 15 four of the last ﬁve years, “Our second loss of
and their coach, Mr. Parsons, saw great po- the season came against
tential for a top ﬁve ﬁnish. Whitney Young and the
“The kids have the ability to ﬁnish ﬁrst,” problem there was over-
said Parsons. “We’ve beaten almost every conﬁdence,” said Parsons.
team ranked in the top ten. We’ve beaten the “We had won 14 matches Snowball Fight!! On Monday, February 4, three students leaving school
number one team, and have only suffered in a row and beaten them for the day take time out to hurl snowballs through the fog at each other.
two losses this year. twice already, and I think
Those two losses were handed to Lane by when the chess players sat their ﬁrst and second ranked players Kevin six also won their individual matches.
down against [Young] they were just Velazquez and Paaras Modi, but this was not This pushed the team into the sixth round
over-conﬁdent and they didn’t take enough to earn a team win. against Illinois Math and Science Academy.
the game seriously. But it was a good The loss took the team out of state con- Incredibly, the top four players’ match-ups all
loss. It made the kids think about tention, but there was still an opportunity to ended in draws. Lane’s depth saved them as
what they had to do at State.” ﬁnish in the top ten or better since the team players on boards ﬁve and six scored victo-
Lane got off to a good start at State still sat in seventh place at the end of the ﬁrst ries.
last Friday, Feb 8, going undefeated day. In the seventh and ﬁnal round, the team
in the ﬁrst three rounds of play. Lane’s Starting off day two, the Indians knew they faced off against Mount Carmel and were
top competition also remained unde- would have to play their very best if they were dominated by a score of 48.5 to 19.5.
feated including New Trier, Whitney to ﬁnish in medal contention. They opened up State was won by Stevenson with Whitney
Young, Stevenson, and Evanston. conﬁdently against University High, which Young ﬁnishing a close second. Individually,
However, Lane ﬁnally lost in the was undefeated going into the round. however, Lane’s top senior, Kevin Velazquez,
fourth round - the last round of day Once again Kevin Velazquez and Paaras ﬁnished ninth place over-all; and sophomore,
one - when they were defeated, once Modi earned victories on boards one and two, Paaras Modi, won second overall on the sec-
again, by New Trier. The Indians were and the rest of the team did not disappoint ei- ond board.
able to pull out a victory on boards ther. To seal the team victory boards ﬁve and
one and two, which were manned by
Wrestling Team pins down another City championship
“The kids are willing to work hard year- “We try to watch other teams and focus on so you want to stop losing as soon as pos-
By Lauren Corso round, and they believe in themselves and defending and being aware of those moves sible.”
have conﬁdence to go into these matches,” as we see them happening,” said Miedona. This year’s State Tournament for individu-
Lane Tech’s Wrestling Team ﬁnished said Miedona. “Our weakness is that we “Winning is contagious and so is losing, als is being held next week in Champaign.
their season with a 13-9 record, winning don’t have some of the experience that sub-
City and Regional championships along urban schools have. It’s important for our
the way. Additionally, three of the team’s guys to train year round and off-season, so
wrestlers qualiﬁed for next week’s State when they’re juniors and seniors they can
Tournament. compete at the same level as the suburbs.”
“Overall I’m pleased with the team,” The keys to Lane’s success this year has
said head coach Mark Miedona. “We have been strong senior leaders. But the team
some real possibility to get some big guys is also loaded with talented freshman who
down state this weekend with the tourna- should keep the team strong again next
Those who qualiﬁed for state included, “This year we’ve had three freshman
senior Tsogt Ganbold (125 lb.), senior Da- break into the varsity lineup,” said Mie-
vid Mahaila (145 lb.), and junior Justin dona. “Regardless of what year you are
Cobb (130 lb.). Finishing in fourth place, in school, I put the best guy in the varsity
making them ﬁrst alternates for State, were line-up.”
freshman Chase Wilson (140 lb.), senior The three stand-out freshmen who earned
Ray Baranda (135 lb.), and senior Yuriy starts on this year’s squad were Andy Con-
Koverko (160 lb.) rad, Matt Finnegan, and Chase Wilson.
It was a gratifying season for the team Miedona said the team’s success was
who held their own against tough com- largely in part to work they did scouting Pictured above: Lane’s Tsogt Ganbold, wrestling in the 125 pound weight class,
petition, including several elite suburban out their competition and focusing on de- gains the upper hand on his opponent. Ganbold was one of three Lane wrestlers
teams. fensive tactics. to qualify for this year’s State Tournament. Photo Credit: LaneTechFan.com