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      Dear Class of 2008:

     I told you so. Many of you heard my warning about how quickly your high school years
would come to an end. The years ahead will be no different, so hold on tight and enjoy the
ride. Just be sure that ride brings you safely home. Congratulations on your many accom-
plishments, including the groundwork you’ve laid in creating one of our area’s finest high
schools. May you continue to create, explore, question and change the world you’re en-
tering. As life throws you surprises –and it will—seek out the opportunity each surprise
     · Have fun, but be careful.
     · Dream big, but stay grounded.
     · Be content, but demand the best— especially from yourself
     · And when in doubt, do what is right

     I will think of you all this August as I face a new homeroom full of naughty freshmen,
and I’ll remember how much I will care for them four years later.

      All the best~

      Mrs. Carmen

                                                                                                         Dear Class of 2008,
                                                                                                                Little did I know that when we
                                                                                                         welcomed you to El Diamante High School
                                                                                                         in 2004 that I would be graduating with you
                                                                                                         as well.
                                                                                                                Please look back on your high school
                                                                                                         life as “The best years of your life…so far.”
                                                                                                         I say this because as much as the world
                                                                                                         may change, your education is something
                                                                                                         that you will always have and cannot be
                                                                                                         taken away from you. For this reason, I
                                                                                                         want you all to DREAM BIGGER and be
                                                                                                         what you want to see.
                                                                                                                Remember, as Thomas Paine in
                                                                                                         Common Sense wrote, “That which we
                                                                                                         obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. It
                                                                                                         is dearness only that gives everything its
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                                                                                      A letter to the Class of 2008
                                                                                      El Diamante High School

                                                                                     The anticipation is palpable—grad nite, senior sunset, your last finals, gradu-
                                                                                ation, looking forward to college or career, . . . . . saying goodbye.

                                                                                     It goes almost without saying that you are intelligent, capable, and competent.
                                                                                You are each congratulated, wished all-the-best, and encouraged to pursue with
                                                                                vigor becoming your own best self. Along the way, remember to work and study
                                                                                hard, make time to relax and play, and take time to reflect on what you have learned—
                                                                                as you search for your life’s path.

                                                                                     It will not always seem easy, fun, or fair. In fact, you are likely to feel you are
                                                                                suffering at times along your journey. At these times, please remember a few words
       Dear Seniors                                                             of wisdom—that come from one much more learned than myself—“we rejoice in
                                                                                our sufferings, knowing that some suffering produces endurance, and endurance
       It is my fourth year here also, so I guess                               produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint.”
 that makes me a Senior, too.                                                   You are, after all, our “hope” for the future, and you will be remembered by the
       It has been quite enlightening watching you                              legacy you leave to those who follow you.
 grow from freshmen to seniors. Now you know
 it all and soon you will find out what you really                                   So chase education with great vigor. Not just a knowledge of letters, but also
 do not know. Life awaits you and I am certain                                  a building of character—yours and those around you. Pursue truth—for truth is
                                                                                eternal. As Ghandi said, “Truth is not merely the Truth we are expected to speak. It
you will tame it.
                                                                                is that which constitutes the stuff of which all things are made, which subsists by
      To my homeroom, I have enjoyed sharing                                    virtue of its own power, which is not supported by anything else but supports every-
and exchanging opinions with you. Erin Welch,                                   thing that exists”.
you will be an inspiration to many people in your
life. I will always remember you.                                                    To this end, I challenge you—live lives of truth and character—prepare yourself
      Amber, go Canada!! I am glad I had a fel-                                 for greatness and share what you have with those less fortunate and less capable
                                                                                than you. Look for opportunities to perform “random acts of kindness” and bestow
low hockey fan in my room.
                                                                                “unanticipated goodness” on those who share any portion of your life’s path. These
      To everyone else, I will remember you for                                 acts of serving others in a spirit of selflessness will become a cornerstone of the
many years, at least until Alzheimer’s sets it.                                 person you will be and the legacy you will leave.
      Knock ‘em dead Senior Miners!!
      Mr. Winterhalter                                                               It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve you as an instructor. Thank
                                                                                you for the opportunity to share in your education and your lives.


                                                                                      Dr. James A. Luke, III

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                                                                           All of our hard working senior staff
                                                                           members for all of their contributions
                                                                           to The Dig. We wish you all the luck
                                                                           in your future endeavors.

                                                                                                          by Amanda Ortega
by Carmela Vega
                                                                                                                  No one could have known that Carmela Rebecca
       It is hard to believe that there                                                                   Vega II was destined for greatness, but destined she most
was ever a time when Amanda Rose                                                                          certainly is. Born on March 29, 1990 in the city of Visalia,
Ortega did not exist. Luckily, on the                                                                     California, Carmela came from humble beginnings. No an-
twenty-first day of February in                                                                           gels descended from the heavens to trumpet her arrival at
1990, the inhabitants of the Earth                                                                        11:23 a.m., Pacific Time, on that distant spring morning.
were graced with a new being, cour-                                                                       No banners were unfurled in her honor, no fireworks set
tesy of Rick and Sharie Ortega. The                                                                       off (though this may have been somewhat inappropriate
precocious little munchkin weighed                                                                        considering it was midday.) Instead, people continued
a healthy six pounds and four                                                                             about their daily lives-bustling off to take their lunch breaks,
ounces. Her birth is considered to                                                                        restlessly counting the hours until class ended, avidly
be one of the greatest moments in                                                                         watching Young and the Restless-oblivious to the fact
Visalia’s history.                                                                                        that their world had been irrevocably changed.
       After her somewhat gawky                                                                                   As someone who has known her for 5 years and
toddler years, Amanda blossomed                                                                           who has spent almost every waking moment in the past
into a mildly violent but still tender                                                                    year in her company, courtesy of almost identical class
hearted child. Her aggressive ani-                                                                        schedules and a never-ending workload here at The Dig,
malistic tendencies were most char-                                                                       I can confidently say that Carmela is a leader in the mak-
acterized by an incident on the monkey bars when she was six years old. She bit a little boy. Till        ing. What kind of leader remains to be seen, but I can offer
this day she believes that she was unjustly reprimanded and still claims that boy swung himself           only one guess as a close friend and colleague: dictator.
into her teeth. I feel that it is my journalistic duty to add that I do not agree with Amanda on this             Although anyone who knows her well can attest
issue but when I tried to say something I wound up with bite marks on my ankle. While still               to the wisdom of my prediction, most of you who have never borne the brunt of her more dictatorial
slightly on the subject of monkeys, it is important to note that Amanda was often called “Mon-            tendencies may remain unconvinced, so allow me to make my case.
key Girl” in her younger days. The name derived from her need to always carry a stuffed monkey                    Even before she was made Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Dig, Carmela distinguished herself as a born
with her wherever she went.                                                                               leader. This became especially apparent when, in our sophomore year, we took a personality test in our
        Amanda is now eighteen years old and has grown into an intelligent young woman who                journalism class, and Carmela was the only one in the class to earn the title of “field marshal,” characterized as
very proudly wastes as much of her time as possible. Aside from her envy inducing SAT score               “ruthless” and a “leader among leaders.” She was, needless to say, quite pleased with this description. After
of 2160, one of her greatest accomplishments is her perfect impersonation of Daisy de la Hoya,            being appointed to the position of editor, Carmela’s future in bossing around subordinates became ever more
a contestant from Rock of Love 2. She also has amazing dance skills, in particular her rendition          undeniable. Gifted with more charisma in the tip of her pinky than most of us have in our whole frame, Carmela
of the MC Hammer typewriter. The first time she did it was in my very own bedroom. I now                  is an individual who naturally draws those around her into complying with her demands. And, what she can’t
consider that portion of the room to be sacred.                                                           accomplish through persuasion, she is more than willing to attain through intimidation: “I try to inspire
        Amanda has had a top notch academic career during her time at El Diamante. She has                through fear,” she proudly admits.
maintained a GPA of at least 4.0 all four years. She joined The Dig staff her sophomore year,                     In fact, there’s only one thing that can shake this otherwise fearless leader, and that’s possums. Having
became Opinion Editor her junior year and is now my Co Editor- in-Chief. She won first place at           fainted in her last encounter with these furry foes, Carmela has been forever scarred and is still petrified by the
the San Joaquin Valley Press Conference for her editorial on homelessness. In her junior year             sight of them.
she was named a National Merit Scholar for her high PSAT score. Amanda has been accepted                          Aside from the aforementioned qualifications, Carmela’s other skills include playing the Mr. Clean song
and plans on attending the University of California Berkeley to major in English.                         on the ukulele, having an unnatural knack for getting prizes from claw machines on the first or second try and
       Miss Ortega admits, after many accusations, that she does in fact have a superiority               accumulating a wide array of converse for basically any outfit. While I cannot deduce how these skills will aid
complex. She has chosen to place most of the blame on her father citing the fact that he                  her in her eventual rise to power, she seemed vehement that I include them in her biography, so I can only say
calls her “the world’s first perfect child.” He also wrote a song when she was young about                that I assume her brilliant mind has concocted a scheme to someday put these invaluable talents to use.
her being a princess which she believes may have had some influence on her attitude.                              If, however, Carmela chooses not to pursue a future in dictatorship, despite her obvious aptitude for it,
       Amanda Ortega is one of my very best friends and I feel lucky to have been one of                  she will probably end up in the more mundane but equally respectable field of business and marketing. She will
her best friends. I have a lot of faith in my dear friend and strongly believe that she will              be attending Columbia University in the fall and plans to major in English (I think someone’s being a copycat).
continue to have a positive impact on the world long after graduation. This is why I                              But what is most important to note in this portrait of Carmela Rebecca Vega II is that, if I had to live under
believe that a world without my awkward Amanda is a world where I would never want to                     the iron-fisted rule of any power-hungry potential dictator, there’s no one whose fist I’d rather live under than
live.                                                                                                     Carmela’s.

                                                                                                           by Ben Moua
                                                                                                                  Ever since I met Travis in our Spanish 2
                                                                                                           class junior year, we’ve been pretty good
by Andrea Marsh
                                                                                                           friends. Over the past year and a half that I
                                                         Out of every person in the journalism class       have gotten to know Travis, whether it was
                                                  Steph has been here the longest, spending the last       cracking stupid jokes or going off to lunch at
                                                  four years writing for The Dig. This year she was        Burger King, which is Travis’s favorite fast-
                                                  named editor of the features page and everyone got       food place other than Jack in the “Crack”, there
                                                  to see her amazing page designs in every edition.        has never been a dull moment. Travis
                                                         Steph’s family is very important to her. She      Tomlinson was born on December 10, 1989 in
                                                  says, “The most important thing that I will forever      Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He then moved to Geor-
                                                  work on is paying back what my family has given to       gia for two years, and again to Texas for an-
                                                  me and eventually giving back to my own family.”         other two years. After Texas, his family moved
                                                  She loves spending time with her family and often        to California, where he has spent the last 11
                                                  can be found babysitting her nieces and nephew           years of his life. He attended Royal Oaks and
                                                  whom she loves immensely.                                transferred to Linwood. After elementary he
                                                         When asked about her future, Steph replied        moved on to La Joya and is now in his last year
                                                  “My three highest ambitions are one: Get through as      of high school here at El Diamante. In 8th grade,
                                                  much schooling. Two: Have a family. Three: Be bet-       Travis was president of the Student Council.
                                                  ter than my sisters. Haha.”                              He has a fear of heights and still is to a certain
                                                         She also believes the most important thing she    point. He is very fond of LOLCatz and
                                                  has learned thus far is, “Procrastination is my best     Manbabies. I myself find them pretty hilarious
                                                  weapon. It makes me work harder.”                        too. I highly suggest everyone to check those
                                                         The two qualities that Steph possesses that       out sometime. Aside from that, after high
                                                  makes her stand out above everyone else is her kind      school, Travis is planning on going to COS for a couple years and then transferring out to UCLA,
                                                  attitude toward everyone and her sense of humor.         as of right now he is undecided in what he wants to major in. Anchor Blue has been very kind to
She also has an obsession with Johnny Depp as is shown in her choice of career if she could choose         Travis for about a year and a half now. He says it’s a very cool and laid back job with good hours.
any. “I would love to be Johnny Depp’s make-up artist. I know the man doesn’t need much, but at            I agree, because Travis can get me discounts on clothes, which I find pretty awesome. If he isn’t
least I’ll be touching his face.”                                                                          working, he is usually hanging out with friends or watching new movies. He says, “If I could, I
       As the last days of school approach, Steph’s teachers better watch their back, or, more accu-       would go and watch every single movie I could in a single theater.” Travis also has a Geo Tracker,
rately, their seat. “If I could play a practical joke on a teacher, it would involve a fart machine;       codenamed: “The Whip,” thanks to Erick and Brent. It can easily be spotted out there in the
something that’ll happen where we can all look back and laugh.”                                            parking lot, a bright yellow jeep looking vehicle, how hard is that to spot? This winter Travis is
       The one question that best sums up Steph is if she was approached on a bus by a stranger who        planning on travelling to Japan for a couple weeks just for the heck of it, well, actually, I am, but
was acting odd, what would she do?                                                                         Travis wants to tag along since he really wants to check out the Tech district in Tokyo, come on,
       ”I would join in on the fun.”                                                                       who wouldn’t?
                                                                               by Nika Dugger                                                                               by Travis Tomlinson
       We met each other at the beginning of the year. She is a                                                        It was the 16th day of the 4th month of the 7th year of the horse. A man-child had fallen
very interesting person and I liked her immediately. She is such                                                from the heavens, a gift from the gods themselves. Actually it was Fountain Valley,
a unique girl and I love chatting with her about books and                                                      California in a hospital just like everyone else. Ben Moua didn’t always reside in California
random things. She is really funny and she is so awesome.                                                       though; he was raised in Montana on a five acre plot of land. He enjoyed many different
       Her favorite author is Stephenie Meyer, the author of                                                    outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and hiking. Ben received a higher calling, and
the Twilight Series. The hobby that we both share is a passion                                                  soon moved to the prestigious city of Visalia. It was there where I would meet him in our
for books. We can talk for hours if we really wanted to. I love                                                 AP History class. I wasn’t sure how we met, but all I remember is being intimidated by his
talking and exchanging information on which books were dis-                                                     hair. The thing about Ben though is that he is azn, and that is the finest quality about him.
appointing and which ones were awesome. We also enjoy                                                           He’s into anime, swords, parkour (free running) and even making Gundam models. Walk-
annoying Joe Butler-Sullivan by spoiling books that he hasn’t                                                   ing into his room is like visiting feudal Japan, with, a present day technological twist. Ben
read. I’m surprised that I haven’t met her sooner since we                                                      has always been a quiet person, but if you warm up to him he can be quite the loud mouth.
know some of the same people.                                                                                   When asked if he could have any special ability, Ben replied, “I wish I could turd money.”
       Lindsie thinks that El Diamante is a great school and she                                                His most prized possession is his recently purchased Mazda RX8. Ben hopes to one day
thinks that the teachers did a great job teaching. The activities                                               become a pharmacist, after attending Fresno State for four years and then transferring to medical school. Until then, Ben
throughout the years have been entertaining and she will miss friends, but she will still keep in               works as a host at Marie Calendars, and makes sure to sneak his friends some pie whenever he can. Any other spare time is
touch via myspace. Her hobbies include reading, writing, singing and shaking what her mama                      spent at school, working hard as the Graphics Editor for El Diamantes own The Dig. Ben has always been a hard worker
gave her. She likes to play softball and basketball. She always has to be doing something                       though, even though he may be lazy and rarely turns things on time. He will continue on in his life, granting friendship to any
productive or she goes insane from boredom. When there is nothing she can do, she resorts to                    of those lucky enough to meet him. Ninja 4 life.
watching television and if that fails, she sings along with the radio. Lindsie also likes to create
stories of fiction and fantasy. Her crazy high school years will be remembered and told to her
future children.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      by Jenny Juker
                                                                                                                                                              Kaitlin Skeels’s first breath was taken September 20, 1990 in Bakersfield CA. She
                                                                      by Kaitlin Skeels                                                               has never lived outside of the Central Valley; breathing only dirty air from the very
                                                                                                                                                      beginning. As a junior, Kaitlin joined the staff at the Dig as a staff writer. She wrote
                                          Jenny Juker has been attending El Diamante High School for
                                                                                                                                                      everything from movie reviews to random fashion counterpoint articles but her most
                                  four years. Jenny was born December 20, 1989 in Palmdale. She
                                                                                                                                                      favorite kinds of articles are the controversial ones. Kaitlin is incredibly opinionated and
                                  moved to Visalia the summer of her eighth grade year from Parowan
                                                                                                                                                      she loves to debate. She clearly loves writing and anything to do with the arts.
                                                                                                                                                              An avid tennis player, Kaitlin likes to take out frustrations with a rigorous game of
                                          Jenny has four brothers and one sister. Her family lived in
                                                                                                                                                      tennis against anyone who has the guts to take it. Kaitlin has been playing tennis since
                                  Parowan Utah and moved to Visalia because her father’s job moved
                                                                                                                                                      she was in fifth grade. She played four years of varsity tennis here at El Diamante High
                                  them here. Now she lives with her parents, her younger brother
                                                                                                                                                      School. Tennis is one of Kaitlin’s most favorite things. Kaitlin lives at home with her mom
                                  Steven and her two dogs Winnie and Kaiser. Jenny’s family is a
                                                                                                                                                      and dad and her beloved spoiled puppy Winston. She enjoys working out and listening
                                  huge part of her life. They have a family day once a week and they
                                                                                                                                                      to music.
                                  attend church together every Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                              Music is a great contributor to many aspects of Kaitlin’s life. Depending on the
                                           Jenny Juker is a dirty “nugget spooner”. Most of the popu-
                                                                                                                                                      mood within, Kaitlin chooses the most fitting music for any occasion. On the way back
                                  lation is unaware of the meaning of nugget spooner. It is a person
                                                                                                               to campus, for example, anytime we come from the Von’s parking lot with Carls Jr. it is now an unwritten rule that we listen to
                                  who spoons nuggets. This was established one fine Wednesday in
                                                                                                               “Get Buck in here” by DJ Felli Fel. It’s quite a grand experience. On the occasional bad day of a friend, she will bust into song
                                  May of 2008 after having lunch at Wendy’s. The lunch consisted of
                                                                                                               with a chorus of “Evil Women” to brighten the ailing friend’s day. Although Kaitlin does not feel that she is the greatest singer
 Frosties and chicken nuggets. The spoons and straws for the Frosties were in the bag with the
                                                                                                               in the world she continues to do it anyway and finds it quite funny.
 nuggets and that is how the nugget spooning began. Jenny Juker and Kaitlin Skeels (myself) have
                                                                                                                      Many a day was spent throughout her high school career at houses of friends. Most commonly, this year, at my house
 lunch together every single day and all kinds of funny words and phrases are created. Jenny and I
                                                                                                               with music blaring and lighted koosh balls being thrown. There is never a dull moment in the early hours of the morning with
 always end up having interesting adventures due to the fact that she and I are attached at the hip.
                                                                                                               Hinder’s “Get Stoned” blaring from the DVD player in an LDS family’s household.
        Jenny Juker is a very interesting person and has many wonderful qualities. She would do
                                                                                                                      Friends from the beginning; friends till the end. No matter the distance it will still be as though you are still springing out
 anything for her friends and family who mean the world to her. She is incredibly compassionate and
                                                                                                               whatever everyone else is thinking but no one will say. A good person, a great sense of humor, and an amazing friend through
 is someone the world is lucky to have in it. In a word, Jenny Juker is spectacular.
                                                                                                               and through.

                                                                                        by Stephanie
                                                                                                                                                                                                             by Sierra Davis
         Standing at 5’6 ¾” to be exact, Andrea Marsh is more than                                                                 I probably have more inside jokes with Taylor than any other person
  ready for the world. Always smiling and up for the challenge,                                                            at El Diamante. “Oh noes,” “Oh dear,” “She’s not that old,” “Kool Beenz
  Marsh is going to attend BYU Utah this fall and anticipates to                                                           (patent it!)” “but no beef, dude” and “Erik with a K” are just a few. I laugh
  succeed in the high expectations she demands of herself.                                                                 every time I think about those times. She enjoys being a staff writer for The
         Marsh’s ambitions consist of having a family of her own,                                                          Dig even though her articles are always late. She usually does the book
  attending medical school and lastly, smooching her prince charm-                                                         reviews because she never stops reading. She even reads in English class,
  ing, known as Christian Bale. She wouldn’t even mind sailing the                                                         but not the required book, no. She finishes those within the first week.
  grueling seas with Mr. Bale himself; however, she would also like                                                                Taylor Anne practically lives outside of the Visalia Coffee Company
  to invite to include Kurtis Larson and her trustworthy buddy,                                                            downtown, considering she’s there nearly every day. What does she do to
  Wren Cherney. Marsh jokingly admits that she has it all planned                                                          keep herself occupied there? Not drinking coffee, that’s for sure. She’s too
  out saying “me and Wren could trade when we get bored.”                                                                  busy blowing bubbles, coloring with crayons, jumping through fountains
         She’s not only fortunate to have a great noggin; her                                                              and taking pictures. Taylor once had a date with a guy whose name she
  funny bone must be enlarged. When asked if she were to play                                                              couldn’t remember. She claims it wasn’t a date, but everyone knows the
  a practical joke on any teacher and be able to get away with it,                                                         truth.
  she replies that she would hit Mr. Clark and Mr. Perez in the                                                                    Her backpack looks like it should belong to a kindergartener, being
  face with pies so that “they wouldn’t be able to see me run                                                              covered in dinosaurs, and even more so considering some of the things she’s packing around. She is pretty
  away.”                                                                                                                   tolerant of my weirdness all day, especially odd days. I don’t know how she does it. She somehow puts up with
         Marsh enjoys chocolate, (as much as she enjoys Bale’s presence, in her dreams and the television                  me in Journalism as well as English. Taylor is also a very talented writer when it comes down to it. She’s been
  screen,) “it’s too good to go without,” she claims. If she could live in a shopping mall for one month, she              writing since 5th grade and she’s been reading pretty much since she could comprehend letters. Taylor almost
  would reside in the candy store and then “would join the old people for their morning mall walk to burn off              always has Fritos on her and she doesn’t mind sharing. “Smokey Joe,” (as her father affectionately refers to her)
  the extra calories.” It unquestionably shows in her con(a)ffection of a personality.                                     is pretty much one of the coolest people ever, so get used to it.
         This just shows you that life wouldn’t be that good or even great if the world wasn’t blessed
  by the high-spirited and vivacious, Andrea Marsh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         by Taylor Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sierra Davis is pretty much cool beans, even if she is half an inch
                                                                            by Lindsie Price                                                                             taller than I am (I thought I might actually have beaten someone this
                                                                                                                                                                         time, but NO). I mean, sure, she’s pretty weird when we get into class
                                              Nika and I first met in journalism; we are both staff writers for The Dig.                                                 together, and I wouldn’t recommend that anyone but my worst en-
                                       When I first met Nika she was really goofy and very random and she is easily                                                      emies go skydiving with her …but no beef, dude.
                                       amused by everything. We both enjoy the series of Twilight by Stephenie                                                                    Against her own beliefs, she is not the epitome of normal. In
                                       Meyers and have a passion for different books. We first talked about the                                                          fact, it’s impossible to believe she has an ounce of normal in her body
                                       book of Twilight and that’s what made us friends. She is funny and she                                                            after having spent so much time around her. It’s a fun kind of strange-
                                       makes me laugh all the time when we’re together in journalism. Nika has really                                                    ness that she carries, and if you haven’t experienced it, I believe you’re
                                       enjoyed writing for the school newspaper, because it has challenged her.                                                          missing out. But maybe you’ve never seen her making Ron Paul look
                                       Nika hobbies are painting, paintball, reading and she really enjoys being                                                         like a demon on Photoshop.
                                       outside when there is a cool breeze on warm spring days.                                                                                   We’ve had a million good times this year, and created tons of
                                                     Nika plans to be in field of forensics. She is going to COS and                                                     inside jokes—“Oh nos!” and “Oh dear,” “She’s not that old,” Kool
                                       will then transfer to a state college. In the summer, Nika is getting her wisdom                                                  Beenz (which I still haven’t patented), and, one I had forgotten over
                                       teeth out and she is going to Van’s Warped Tour with her boyfriend and her                                                        time, “That’s the way we fish inAmerica—with clothes on!” Of course,
                                       brother. Nika says that El Diamante has been a great experience for her. When         there’s Boo Boo McFee, but if you’re an avid user of Wikipedia, let me just say—that wasn’t us, I swear.
                                       she was a freshman she was excited and nervous because she was thinking                       This has been Sierra’s first year in newspaper production, and she took only one semester of Journalism
                                       about her future and what career she wants to do. “I think everyone is afraid         her freshman year. She has been writing since about third grade, though, and she’s apparently been her weird
                                       of what they want to become and they are thinking that time is running out            self since way back then. (While we’re on the topic, I dare anyone reading this to ask her about the Tangle
 and they need to think fast before they graduate from high school, but not really you just need to think of                 Man…do it.) She also spends a nice chunk of time reading and then ranting about the way the movies don’t live
 something that would like to do.” Now that Nika is a senior she been through so much and has conquered the                  up to the books, and I’m sure she’d love to debate on some political issues with you. Or, you know, how she
 obstacles of high school. She thinks it’s really crazy how fast the years went by since she was a freshman. She             feels about the Fox news channel or intelligent design. And don’t even get her started about the OxyClean guy.
 stated about her years here: “You will always cherish your high school years; it’s the most memorable moment in                     She’s an interesting character, that’s for sure, and I don’t know what the world would be like without her.
 your life.”                                                                                                                 Sierra just friggin’ rocks, and that’s the way it is.
    Senior Sunrise: the Advanced Drama
   beginning of the end
                                                                                                                               steals the show
                                                                                                                                     Advanced Drama has had lots of success this school season. Their fall per-
                                                                                                                               formance of Thorton Wilder’s “The Skin of our Teeth,” was a great sensation. With
                                                                                                                               Ms. Thomas leading the way, the Advanced Drama students also placed in several
                                                                                                                               competitions, including the Fullerton College Theatre Competition in Fullerton in
                                                                                                                               March. The El Diamante drama team placed first out of 100 schools, winning by 800
                                                                                                                               points. El Diamante had 30 entries for the competition. Erin Bruening and Katie
       A thunderous storm awoke many Senior’s on the day of Senior Sunrise. An unexpected storm blew in to put
                                                                                                                               Sotelo Carson placed second in the drama category with “Rabbit Hole” and Allie
a damper on the whole experience, but despite the clouds and threat of water many seniors showed up to begin the
                                                                                                                               Purdin placed second in the comedy category with “The Importance of Being Ernest.”
year together. Arriving early to capture the event on film many students were disappointed to see the clouds
                                                                                                                               There were also several other final round competitors in the competition from El
covering the view of the pretty sunrise.
                                                                                                                               Diamante. With its many productions and success in competitions, El Diamante
       Senior Sunrise continues to grow as a tradition for senior year. This year friends and teachers gathered at
                                                                                                                               drama has had an extremely victorious school year.
school two hours early for school to take in the beautiful sunrise. The smell of pancakes filled the air as ASB served
the attending seniors a great breakfast. The experience was fun filled for both staff and students involved.
       For such a memorable event students took their creativity to a new level with various groups of seniors who
created their own senior sunrise shirt to preserve their memory of the event forever. The sun was hiding from the
students who consistently had their cameras flashing to capture familiar faces as their senior year began.
       “Having such an experience with the entire graduating class of 2008 is a memory I hope to never forget,”
senior Emily Nielsen reflects.

         This year’s Homecoming had a lot of expectations to live up to after the considerable amount of hype
  from last year’s. On September 28, the Homecoming Rally was held in the gym. Students entered the gym
  dressed like their favorite celebrities to find Hollywood-glam décor and their Homecoming Court comfortably
  sitting at the end of a red carpet. The court consisted of Lindsey Wheeler and Parker Buhl, Demi Pina and
  Anthony Martinez, Katelyn Clevenger and Stephen Moock, Chelsey Casarez and Morgan Blankenship, and
  winning candidate Lisa Alvarado with her escort Noah Myers. The Homecoming candidates tried to win over
  the crowd by showing off their moves in a collaborative dance-off with a “soulja boy” finale. Stan Carrizosa
  also entertained the crowd by singing his rendition of “Geek in the Pink.” That night, students and parents
  went to the Groppetti Stadium for the big game. Our Miners dominated over Porterville High with a final score
  of 42 to 0. At half-time, the Homecoming Queen title was given to Lisa Alvarado as she pulled out the winning

                                                                                                                           El Diamante goes
  bouquet of roses.

                                                                                                                           over the rainbow
                                                                                                                                   Though it
                                                                                                                            has only been
                                                                                                                            open six years, El
                                                                                                                            Diamante has al-
                                                                                                                            ready created a
                                                                                                                            name for itself
                                                                                                                            through its perform-
                                                                                                                            ing arts programs.
                                                                                                                            Among these pro-
                                                                                                                            grams, the theater
                                                                                                                            has been an out-
                                                                                                                            standing addition to
                                                                                                                            the list. Past El
                                                                                                                            Diamante plays
                                                                                                                            have brought to the
                                                                                                                            stage celebrated mu-
                                                                                                                            sicals such as

      Battle for the
                                                                                                        “Annie Get Your Gun,” “The Scarlet
                                                                                                        Pimpernel” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
                                                                                                        This year, El Diamante performed the
                                                                                                        famous musical about a girl away from
                                                                                                        home and trying to get back, “The Wiz-

     Saddle and WYL
                                                                                                        ard of Oz.”
                                                                                                               With opening night on February 20, the actors and actresses worked very hard with teachers Mr. Tackett and
                                                                                                        Ms. Thomas to perfect the play. The lead roles were played by senior Kate Bourne as Dorothy, senior Angelo Soriano
                                                                                                        as the Lion, junior Stan Carrizosa as the Tin Man, junior Court Trull as the Scarecrow, senior Megan Fassel as Glinda
                                                                                                        the good witch and senior Jacqueline Krebsbach as the Wicked Witch. Just as expected, the play was amazing, with
        The football team had a prosperous season this year, winning every pivotal game
                                                                                                        two full cast song and dance numbers and a remarkable performance of the famous song “Somewhere Over the
  and even the ones that weren’t so pivotal. From the first game to the last, the Miners
                                                                                                        Rainbow” by Bourne. Everyone who supported the El Diamante performing arts by seeing the show enjoyed the
  were in full throttle and trampled all who were misfortunate enough to cross their path.
                                                                                                        wonderful performance put on by the talented cast members.
  We won Battle for the Saddle for the third time in a row against our cross town rivals
  Golden West, with the amazing score of 55-0. Some standout players were Earl Rhodes,
                                                             with five touchdowns, and
                                                             quarterback Tanner Sneed,
                                                             who scored two touchdowns.
                                                             The air was electric and the
                                                             crowd was going wild.
                                                                    Another amazing feat
                                                             for the football team was our
                                                             winning WYL. The Miners
                                                             quickly proved why they
                                                             were the number one seed,
                                                             storming over the undefeated
                                                             Tulare Union 63 to 14. “The
                                                             outcome of the game was
                                                             pretty good obviously. We
                                                             played pretty well offensively
                                                             and defensively,” said Miner
                                                             head coach Mark Rogers.
R.I.P. Pinnacle Dark Knight signals a
                sad farewell to Ledger
      The end of the fourth grading period brought great changes to
the El Diamante grading system. The Pinnacle grading system, which
was installed here at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year,
was discontinued after multiple efforts to repair its “issues.” Al-
though initially the program seemed attractive, its problems soon
became apparent. The program was supposed to give online access                              On January 22, 2008, a news story filled our
to grades for parents and teachers. The company that sold the pro-                    televisions and radios that no one was willing to
gram also said Pinnacle would be able to fit several different grading                believe. Actor Heath Ledger had died in his Man-
systems; however, Assistant Principal Rick Hamilton said, “What                       hattan apartment at the age of 28 due to an acci-
we were told wasn’t true.”                                                            dental drug overdose. He leaves behind one
      The excitement over the program quickly disintegrated. The                      daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger, who was born in
program didn’t take attendance correctly, and because schools fund-                   October of 2005.
ing is based on attendance, this was a serious issue. Grades were                            Born in Perth, Australia on April 4, 1979,
often miscalculated and weighted wrong. As a result, grades were                      Ledger was admired worldwide both by women
often submitted late, and according to Mr. Hamilton, this would be a                  who took note of his good looks and by men
major difficulty come graduation time. It would be unclear who could                  who appreciated his renowned acting abilities.
graduate and who could not. Teachers spent hours and hours in                         Although he was originally often typecast as a
multiple in-services in an effort to “fix” the program. Mr. Hamilton                  “pretty boy” character without much depth, Led-
said, “The teachers were good soldiers. They tried to play nice…”                     ger spent much of his later career in roles that
Efforts were made to make the program fit, but in the end it was                      defied this stereotype. He played a wide variety
impossible to change the way it calculated grades.                                    of roles in such memorable films as 10 Things I
      Pinnacle works at middle schools because they are on a stan-                    Hate About You, A Knight’s Tale and the award-
dards based system as opposed to the letter grade system that high                    winning Brokeback Mountain.
schools utilize. Unless El Diamante was willing to become a “giant                           When the shock of the tragedy had passed,
middle school,” the program would not work. El Diamante has gone                      there were many rumors circulating about
back to the original attendance and grading system, Integrate Pro                     Ledger’s role in the upcoming film The Dark Knight,
and Class XP. The fourth six-week grading period marks the last                       the latest addition to the Batman franchise, in which
grading period Pinnacle was used.                                                     the star had played the Joker. The movie is still
                                                                                      scheduled for its original July release, however, and
                                                                                                                               many movie-

    Mock Trial makes it to                                                                                                     goers will no
                                                                                                                               doubt flock
                                                                                                                               to the film to
                                                                                                                               honor the

     state competition
                                                                                                                               memory of
                                                                                                                               this beloved
                                                                                                                               and gifted

                                                                                                                                  vote on Super
        Our El Diamante mock trial team made it to the state competition for the first time in the club’s history. Their
 competition was on March 28 in Riverside. Although the team did not place in the top ten, simply making it to the
 state finals was no small feat.
        Led by attorney coaches Greg Peinato, Weiru Wang, Chrystine Carvalho and Erika Ziegenhorn, along with
 teacher advisor Mr. Perez, the mock trial team has had a very successful season. Not that this was any surprise to the
 team. Senior Brendan O’Connor states, “We were confident. When you lose, it’s because you were cocky; when you                          On February 5, California and 24 other states held their caucuses or
 win, you were confident, and we won. Compared to last year, we did so much better this year because we had a new                 primary elections to decide the presidential candidates for each party. As the
 slate of lawyers and new freshmen. There was really good chemistry between the students and coaches.”                            California polls closed and the votes were counted, the winner of the Demo-
                                                                                                                                  cratic primary was Hillary Clinton with 52 percent of the vote and Barack
                                                                                                                                  Obama close behind with 42 percent. The winner of the Republican primary

Lapadula boogies his way
                                                                                                                                  was John McCain with 42 percent and Romney in second and Huckabee in
                                                                                                                                  third with 32 and 12 percent of the vote, respectively.
                                                                                                                                         While Super Tuesday gave voters the opportunity to determine who
                                                                                                                                  would be the Democratic and Republican nominees for president, there was
                                                                                                                                  no sure, clear-cut person for either party. Although since then McCain has

to the Mr. Miner title
                                                                                                                                  become the clear nominee for the Republican Party, the Democratic Party has
                                                                                                                                  yet to announce their nominee, though Obama has become the apparent
                                                                                                                                  frontrunner. The Democratic Convention in August will decide the nominee,
                                                                                                                                  and then it will no doubt be a ferocious fight to the White House come
                                                                                                                                  November in the general election.
      Screaming women, booty
shaking, booty slapping, bare
chests, items of clothing being
thrown into the crowd and pelvic
thrusting; these things sound like
they would be associated with a
Chippendale’s show but in fact it
                                                                                                                                The marching
                                                                                                                                Miners win big
was the scene of El Diamante’s
third annual Mr. Miner competi-
tion. Following the standards set
by previous title holders Adam
Moore and Steve Montes, Ryan                                                                                                            On October 6, 2007, at 7:50 p.m., the Miners were lined up and ready
Lapadula became the newest Mr.                                                                                                   to take the field. As the band was announced, their fans were on the edge
Miner. He was the only contestant                                                                                                of their seats. Last year was spectacular, and everyone was hoping this
to have the entire audience on their                                                                                             year would be the same, starting with a win tonight. As the show started,
feet cheering and the only one to                                                                                                the Marching Miners performed the moves they had spent so many hours
strut his stuff in ripped pants, a                                                                                               practicing. When they finished, the crowd cheered.
torn shirt and roller blades.                                                                                                           At around 9 pm, the awards started. Tension built as the awards for
      The show, hosted by juniors                                                                                                the other divisions- A, AA and AAA- were announced. When the awards
Melissa Cook and Stan Carrizosa,                                                                                                 for division AAAA, the highest division represented at the competition
had four parts: a group dance, in-                                                                                               and the division the marching Miners were a part of, began, El Diamante
dividual interviews, talent show                                                                                                 band members and enthusiasts were on the edge of their seats with antici-
and formal wear. The eight seniors                                                                                               pation. As the third and second place awards were announced, sighs of
competing for the coveted title                                                                                                  relief were heard throughout the stands. Breaths were held for one last time
were Ryan Lapadula, Michael                                                                                                      as the announcer declared, “And the first place trophy goes to…Clovis!”
Manning, Ryan Nokes, Daniel                                                                                                      Cheers resounded throughout the stands for Clovis, but the El Diamante
Ibarra, Angelo Soriano, James                                                                                                    Marching Miners could be seen giving high fives and hugs even before
Skaggs, Michael Thomas and                                                                                                       their award was announced. They had won grand sweepstakes, along with
Stephen Moock. Aside from Mr. Miner, three other awards were presented. Soriano won Mr. Romantic,                                best marching, best general effect and best percussion and auxiliary.
Moock was named Mr. Intelligent and Nokes was dubbed Mr. Comedy.
                                                                                       To: Tyler Bates                      To: Kella Ausherman                         To: Kailey (K)                To: Angie Silva (Baby Turtle)
          To: Joan Park                to the fullest. Head up and be a
                                                                                      From: TJ Graham                  From: Andrea “Boris” Marsh                       From: Suzy-Q                         From: Vic Soto
    From: MadonnaAttalla                              boss.
                                                                             I will you all my fresh habits. You     I will my coveted front seat in the        I will you my Six Flags bear         I will you my “awesomeness”.
My great sense of timing and my
                                                                              better rock DDB attire everyday                    golf van.                  “Geezer.” I had so much fun with         One day you’ll be a pro just like
  sear in orchestra next to the                To: Niccole Patton
kindest conductor of all time. In              From: Jordan Fry                of the week, son. If not, I’ll be                                            him and hopefully you will, too. I         me! I love you baby turtle.
                                                                                             mad.                        To: Jeni Chavez and Jordan           love you, ‘kay? Have as much
addition, I give you my ability to     I will my spot in dance: far back
                                                                                                                                    Romero                  fun as you can, ‘cause it goes by               To: Claudio Ribeiro
  entertain others. Good luck!           left corner. Think of me when
                                                                                      To: Leland Tilley                    From: Blake Marshall              fast…stay out of trouble while                From: Jeff Supancic
                                               you’re back there!
                                                                                    From: Brett Heiden                 I will you the good ninja times,                   I’m gone.                    I will you Anthony Hallum’s
  To: Mame Chuchie (Vanessa
                                                                                   I will you to stay silly.            eating Chinese and Japanese                                                            captain band.
             Alvarado)                         To: Franzis Galario
                                                                                                                      food and the beautiful sound of                                                             XOXO.
From: Big Sissy (Lisa Alvarado)            From: Franzene Galario                                                                                                  To: Carmen Acosta
                                                                                  To: 2009 Football Team               the dead owl. I’ll see you guys
I will you the ability to only ditch   I will you my ability to compose                                                                                           From: Blas Rodriguez
                                                                               From: Daniel Ibarra AKA Big                          around.                                                                   To: Ashley Hawn
  classes you’re going to pass.           music effortlessly. GalaTrio                                                                                      As I leave these last foot steps El
 And don’t date everybody you                        forever.                               Papi                                                            D campus, I want you make sure                 From: Jessica Taylor
                                                                             I will you the desire, passion and                To: Julia Guliarte                                                     I will that you stay true to who
                see.                                                                                                                                        that we succeed in academics as
                                                                                voice to have an annoying                 From: Scott McGlasson                                                       you are, gurlie! I have watched
                                                  To: Nicolas Garcia                                                                                                 well as sports.
                                                                               presence on either side of the           I will you my ability to write                                                you grow up into a wonderful
           To: Jesus Quintero                     From: Nina Garcia
                                                                                            ball.                      beautiful music and to be an                                                  human being. I am going to miss
          From: Erick Amaral           It’s sad that my last year of high                                                                                            To: Melissa Cook
                                                                                                                       awesome mock trial attorney.                                                        you! Love ya, lil’ sis!
     I will to you to start wearing      school is only your first, (only                                                                                           From: Cale Ritter
 skinny pants and to pass classes        because you have three more                  To: Breana Quintana                                                      I will you my undying love.
                                                                                      From: Adriana King                     To: Alyson Huber                                                          To: Stephen Jefferson, Skyler
and stuff while doing nothing… I years to go!) but hopefully when
                                                                                                                        From: Whitney Mendonca
love you Sergeant Dark Glow… A I’m gone you take advantage of I will you my ability to be friends                                                                To: Shaquille Hightower               Bettencort, Stan Carrizosa and
                                                                                with anybody, no matter their        I will my swimming skills and my                                                            Ryan Mayo
                     lot…                  all the opportunities that are                                                                                       From: Tanisha Reynolds
                                                                                                                       awesome sense of humor. You
                                      given to you; and excel in all your social group. I also will to you the                                               I will you a future to look up to,           From: Michael Thomas
                                                                              skill of turning everything into a       need all the help you can get!                                                I will you to take over and hold it
                  To: Juniors           talents. Always better yourself                                                                                      the ability to laugh and care for
          From: Ibrahim Baig                         little brother!         joke to make an awkward moment                                                 others , the ability to pass all your       down next year. Tear it up in
                                                                                       into a good laugh.                To: All El Diamante students                                                     sports and stay friends.
   I will one more year, but for me                                                                                                                         classes and the ability to look up
                                                                                                                             From: Aimee Miller
            complete freedom.                      To: Natalie Nebe                                                                                                to the best big sister.
                                                                                            To: Anyone                I want to give you the ability of                                                 To: Kassandra Tomlinson
                                               From: Candice Gullord
                                                                                     From: Bobby Kirkman                laughter. To laugh at yourself                                                   From: Travis Tomlinson
          To: Kendra Snowden            I will you my pink shoes, Berta                                                                                             To: The Lunch Crew
                                                                              I will you my ability to procrasti-       when you make a mistake. To                                                    I will you the ability to take
        From: Connie Bankston             and Bobby Sue, my fantastic                                                                                              From: Linde Reynolds
                                                                               nate and still get good grades.         laugh about drama and brush it                                                advantage of every opportunity
 I will you all my basketball skills;    singing skills, awesome dance                                                                                      First of all, I will a dictionary that
                                                                                                                       off your shoulders. To laugh at                                               you come across in high school.
   may you put them to good use moves, my missing hula girl, may                                                                                              is pocket-sized. That way, you
                                                                                                                      life and enjoy each moment God
   and kick some booty. Get it girl! she rest in peace, and my wisdom To: Lucas Wettstein and Patrick                                                       can spell any word you want to. I          Don’t make yourself regret
                                                                                               Ylagin                             gives you.                                                         anything; it will always be worth
                                         that has accumulated all these                                                                                     also will my running man abilities
         To: Osvaldo Mendoza                    years. “S & B” for life!                  From: Alex Le                                                      to a certain dancer. I will you my         it in the end. Muh booger.
                                                                                   I will the ability to win 111              To: Delyn Moua
          From: Florent Bonin                                                                                                                                 tank for adventures and a mini
                                                                               matches and three valley titles.               From: Ben Moua                                                                  To: Alyson Huber
I will you my impressively brilliant          To: Chirstopher Gutierrez                                                                                      fridge to go with the tank. I also
                                                                                                                      I will you my crazy AZN skills.                                                       From: Kaitlin Torres
               Spanish skills!               From: Rueben Gutierrez                                                                                           will you my randomness. That
                                                                                         To: Nathan Carl              Good luck in high school little                                                 I will you my water polo number
                                      I will you my skills and wrestling                                                                                       way, you will all have lots of
                                                                                        From: Rudy Leon                brother. YOU’RE GOING TO                                                      12. Tear it up next year girl. Those
      To: Cortland Trull and Stan          abilities. I will teach you all I                                                                                     laughs and entertainment.
                                                                                                                                 NEED IT!
                   Carrizosa           know and what I have learned in I will you the power to be able to                                                                                                      caps are lucky.
           From: Kate Bourne           my five years of wrestling. Take       make everybody laugh and joke                                                         To: Karis Hardwick
                                                                                  with everybody. What ever                 To: Samantha Murrillo                                                       To: Brooke Tuttle and Ryan
  I will months of endless rehears-                     care bro!                                                                                                From: Vanessa Reynoso
                                                                                happens, you will be that one            From: Kirstie MacDonald                                                                  Ginsberg
 als and the thrill of opening night                                                                                                                           I will you my dancing ability
                                                                                            cool senior.             I will my skills to produce the best                                                   From: Jessica Tuttle
               of the musical.                   To: Skyler Bettencort                                                                                       (LOL) and flexibility. Enjoy your
                                                                                                                                yearbook ever!                                                         Remember to enjoy your high
                                                 From: Courtlan Hall                                                                                        Senior year. Have fun, live, laugh
    To: Ashley Espinoza, Michael I will you the power of game time. To: Alisen and Candyce Moore,                                                           and love. I will miss you so much!         school years because they go
                                                                                         and Alx Medina.              To: Violet, Gregory and Wendy                                                   quicker then you think. Always
    Espinoza and Ashley Nelson.           You will know when to use it.                                                                                      You are such a sweetheart, don’t
                                                                               Wall.e and Robin, (I know you                      O’Brian.                                                            remember your true friends will
          From: Mayra Carlos                                                                                                                                            ever change.
                                                                                         love that name)                    From: Lindsay Neves                                                      never leave your side. Remember
  I will you all my heart. I love you             To: Brandon Croft
                                                                             From: Leonard (Or Taylor Moore          I will you guys the right to be the                                               to go to all your senior events
all, and Ashley Espinoza, we got it             From: Matt Hammond                                                                                             To: Savannah Day, Marseha
                                                                                            you know.)                  next two “trouble makers.”                                                   because every memory you make
  from our mamas! Michael, thank         I will you the ability to run a 4                                                                                    Bearfield and Michelle Thorne
you! Ashley, I love you, chubbie!               minute 20 second mile.       I will you my awesome procrasti-                                                   From: Daria A. Rogatykh                 is worth keeping. Love you!
                                                                               nation skills. Except, you know,                To: Emily Marsh
                                                                                                                            From: Emily Nielsen               My dear friends, I would love
            To: Ulisses Lopez                       To: Garrett Fry              try passing classes without                                                you to following the yellow brick        To: Christy Harding, Jordan
                                                                              having to rush in the day before         I will you my name and all the                                            Clyborne, Alyson Huber and Erin
          From: Leah Carrillo                  From:Anthony Hallum                                                                                          road in my absence and start the
                                                                               grades or sent out…or the day            goodness that goes with it.                                                              Hansen
  I will you my amazing skill to do     I will you the ability to make up                                                                                    annual “wizard” reunion as well
      nothing in class and still be   your own books for book reports          after, whatever. And Alie, I will                                             as “page-turner” parties. I love           From: Carmela Vega
                                                                                you the knowledge that your           To: Lucas Wettstein and Patrick                                             Christy, I will you my position as
          passing high school.                   and get away with it.                                                                                         you, I’m gonna miss you so
                                                                              name ends with “ie,” NOT “ee.”                      Ylagin                                                           Editor-in-Chief and the right to
                                                                                                                            From: Ryan Nokes                       much, but we’ll meet
              To: Sam Murillo                    To: Ramon Mushato              Alx, I just felt like willing you.                                                    again…soon!                never say co-editor-in-chief. Enjoy
                                                                                Don’t be so pugnacious next          I will my gorgeous, tan body and                                                 the power and be greedy.
   From: Chelsey Nicole Cazarez                 From: Ronnie Harber
                                                                                      year. Have fun, guys.          dancing/singing skills. I love you                                                Jordan, I will you my co-
I will you my vice president office. Very proud of that cat! Keep your                                                                                                  To: Ryan Mayo
                                                                                                                                   both.                                                        foundership of the AIMASTCATE
Good Luck you have big shoes to                 head up and do work!                                                                                               From: Taylor Rodriguez
         fill. ( I wear a size 8 ½).                                                To: Madison Lockwood                                                       I will you my stunning charm.     club. Keep it going strong. You’re
                                                                                      From: Kristina Lily                To: Those who do not fail                                              the sports editor now so make sure
                                                  To: Stan Carrizosa
                                                                                 I will to you, Madi, my choir           From: Brendan O’Conner                                                        Christy buys you lunch.
          To: Molly Pahkamaa                     From: Ross Herbert                                                                                                   To: Danika Cantillo
                                                                                                                        The Norys. The single, most
         From: Wren Cherney           I will you my ability to have over classroom leadership. I want you                                                           From: Gabriel Salazar         Alyson, I will you my sometimes
                                                                                                                     effective means of demonstrating
     I will you the legendary chin     30 absences and never receive a to be the one to take my place in                                                    I will you a few words, stay sweet inappropriate immaturity. It’s fun to
                                                                                front of large choir and direct         disapproval ever conceived.                                               say things that make Miss Elder
 monkeys, “Gotta’ Dig It Up,” the                  Saturday school.                                                                                              and kind. This world needs
                                                                             them. Good luck and have a great                  Keep it going.                                                   uncomfortable but, don’t do it when
 rope swing, the wagon, “button”                                                                                                                                people like you. Follow your
 and “Martin,” and an everlasting                  To: Erin Hansen                 senior year. I LOVE YOU!                                                 dreams, don’t let anyone stand in       she’s driving on the freeway!
                                                                                                                            To: Emilee Hatfield                                                    Erin, I will you my childish stick
      appreciation for chemistry.            From: Megan Hernandez                                                                                                         your way.
                                                                                         To: Riley Guess                 From: Jamila Pasheyeva                                                 figure drawings. Make sure to give
                                       I, Megan Hernandez, will to you
                                                                                       From: Olivia Little            Have fun this next year. Even if                                           them to the best writer, which was
               To: Tyler Bates            Erin Hansen, the right to get                                                                                                To: Harper White
                                                                               I will you my dance moves and             I’m not here I will always                                                           always you.
         From: Trevor Collins          away with all of your embarrass-                                                                                              From: Evan Sedillo
                                                                             my ability to steal spirit points to    remember you! You are the cutest
 I will you my ability to stay fresh      ing moments without getting                                                                                         I will you the ability to shut my
                                                                                                                      person ever! Love ya, be good!
             all day everyday!          caught and made fun of by me. help win the trophy. Start a dance                                                       mouth during practice so the               To: Mac and Cheez
                                                                                                off!                                                              team doesn’t have to run.               From: Erin Welch.
                                                                                                                             To: Sarah Luccesi                                                    Mac: You get all of the orchestra
            To: Isaiah Henson                       To: Jesus Soto
                                                                                       To: Danika Cantillo                  From: Cortney Peel                                                   stories, written and unwritten. Use
         From: Amanda Dailey                  From: Romy Hernandez                                                                                                     To: Shane Souza
                                                                               From: Gabriel Salazar (Eagle)          I will you the best and last two                                                          them well.
    Have fun and enjoy all of high      I will you my mad powder puff                                                                                               From: James Skaggs
                                                                                                                         years of your high school
                    school!              skills and the ability to talk my I will you a few words. Stay sweet                                                  Shane, I will you all the crazy  Cheez: You get double the power of
                                                                                  and kind. This world needs             education. Love ya, girly!                                              our name. Never can anyone out-
                                             way out of homework and                                                                                            stuff that makes me, Skaggs,
     To: Brittany, Tori and Casey,       assignments! Love you dude,             people like you. Follow your                                                 especially the “Hanford Hater.”                    Erin you!
                                                                                 dreams and don’t let anyone                To: Cursti Aguilar
Amanda Eastland and Alx Medina                       rock football!
                                                                                       stand in your way.                 From: Graciela Perez                                                                 To: Brad Bullock
           From: Sierra Davis                                                                                                                                       To: Wendy O’Brien
                                                                                                                       I will you my parking spot                                                            From: Randall Watts
      Girls, you must uphold the                To: Matthew Gamboa                                                                                                 From: Kaitlin Skeels
                                                                                                                     because you or someone else                                                     I will you my amazing weight room
 tradition of the morning Frito. I’m      From: Your sister, Caroline                                                                                        I will you my spot on the tennis
                                                                                         To: Nick Santos               is always in it anyways! I                                                    techniques as well as my wrestling
counting on you guys. Amanda, I                          Gamboa                                                                                               team and all my awesomeness.
                                                                                       From:Andy Licon               also will to you my ability to                                                              know-how.
   will you my love, knowledge of Even if it doesn’t seem like those                                                                                             You will own the court!
                                                                                I will you my status as “Mini-        get penalized multiple times
rock music and the compulsion to long days in high school don’t
                                                                                               Greg.”                   in the powder puff game,                                                            To: Lucas Wettstein
    spread it into the hearts of our      pass by or really don’t seem                                                                                              To: Brandon Jeffries
                                                                                                                        bring it home next year! I                                                        From: Bryce Wettstein
   peers. Alx, I will you the knowl- much at all, cherish the moments                                                                                              From: Tanner Sneed
                                                                                      To: Claudio Ribeiro                 love you mija! Stay in                                                      Big Blue (aka The Explorer). Even
     edge that God did not create       and time you have as a young,                                                                                        I will you my sexy looks and the
                                                                                     From: Eric. C. Lipsky                        school!                                                              though you already have it, I’m
                  evolution.           funny and down to earth person                                                                                         qualities you need to be a true
                                      that you are. Before you know it, I will you my GPA so that he will                                                                  leader.                   making it official. Sorry I beat it up
                                                                                  be eligible to play sports.               To: Danielle Piña                                                         so bad, but at least it runs, right?
          To: Martin Medenia                  you’ll be on your way to
                                                                                                                            From: Demi Piña                                                          Obviously you take better care of it
          From: Cody DeSilva                   receiving your diploma.                                                                                           To: Emilee Hatfield
                                                                                     To: Pearse O’Connor                 I will you outstanding                                                                   than me.
I will you to keep to keep the Afro                                                                                                                             From: Tammy Speed
                                                                                    From: Dillon Lockwood              studying abilities and 4.0
    thick and huge and good luck                   To: Fabian Lopez                                                                                           I will you my “You Are
                                                                               I will you my Kerry Boys bat,                     grades.                                                              To: Annalise Bugni, Zach Barnett,
 with next years’ FFA officer team.            From: Maria Gonzales                                                                                         Beautiful” campaign. Spread
What matters the most is that you           I will you the ability to walk      excuse-making skills and my                                                           the word!                      Rebecca Urena, Amanda, Michael,
                                                                                       “Norys” abilities.                To: Breanna Edmonds                                                              Mario, Jessica and Caitlyn
have fun and enjoy the time given around with a smile and live life
                                                                                                                         From: Lindsie Price                                                                 From: Mika Woods
 to you. Don’t let anything get to as it comes. Enjoy the rest of high                                                                                           To: Senita Hignoioz
                                                                                      To: Graham Wycliff                You’ve always made me                                                         I give you my sound advice to do
   you and remember to just have                         school.                                                                                             From: Katie Sotelo-Carson
                                                                                   From: Michael Manning               laugh for three years. We                                                     well; you must follow these simple
                      fun.                                                                                                                                   I will you my patience with
                                                                                 I will you the power of the         have been friends, I’m going                                                    rules. 1. Never skip class. 2. Do not
                                                     To: Skyler B.                                                                                          The Pit, my extreme organiza-
                                                                                             WORM!                   to miss you making me laugh                                                     use your phone in class. 3. Always
                   To: Jackie                  From: Earvin Gonzalez                                                                                        tional skills and my motherly
                                                                                                                       but, we will keep in touch.                                                    do your homework. 4. Always ask
          From: Phillip Fierro          I will you my ability to be an all                                                                                   care of those crazy percus-
                                                                                                                       One more thing: I want to                                                       questions. I’ll miss you guys so
      I will you the ability to stay       league receiver and my sexy                                                                                                sion kids.
                                                                                                                            add, “don’t fall.”                                                                       much!
 caught up. Live your senior year                         body.
Madonna Attala       Jordan Fry
Ibrahim Baig         Lizbeth Gomez
Morgan Blankenship   Courtlan Hall
Briana Bonwell       Matthew Hammond
Andrea Borba         Steven Haynes
Katherine Bourne     Robb Hipp
Wren Cherney         July Hong
Kelsey Davidson      Sean Jeffcoach
Kyle Dunn            Jacqueline Krebsbach
Brad Ely             Alexander Le
Megan Eppler         Kirstie MacDonald
Aaron Fong           Andrea Marsh
                     Amanda Masters
                     Whitney Mendonca
                     Emily Nielson
                     Amanda Ortega
                     Candace Pena
                     Demi Pina
                     Aaron Pope
                     Linde Reynolds
                     Vanessa Reynoso
                     Cale Ritter
                     Mark Said
                     Jon-Paul Salvador
                     Stephen Moock
                     Jessica Tuttle
                     Carmela Vega
                     David Watts
                     Lindsey Wheeler

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