Ugandan sisters lend a helping hand by pengtt

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Volume XXIV No. 2 106 W. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 December 2008

Get your golden ticket to fall play
Oompa Loompas and                        job as Willy Wonka. She has done          Krystal Cruz ’09, playing Char-       “I hope that it makes kids happy      rehearsals the most.
                                         so well in past plays, and Marnie lie’s mother, hopes the play will so that it gives them something to                   “During rehearsal, you are not
golden tickets make                      Vaughn will be a great addition be a hit.                                     imagine and believe in. The play        only developing characters, but
their way into this                      as Charlie,” says                                                                       sends a good message to       also family,” says Privat.

                                                                                                                              MARIANA GREEN ’10
                                         Katie Kavetsky                                                                          children to not tell lies,”     The cast members become very
year’s fall musical,                     ’10.                                                                                    she says.                     close as a result of spending a lot
“Willy Wonka and the                         The play is                                                                            There will also be a       of time together. They have two
Chocolate Factory.”                      based on the orig-                                                                      Meet the                               hour rehearsals two times
                                         inal book written                                                                       Charac-                               a week and, in the weeks
by Anna Harris ’11                       in 1964 by Roald                                                                        ters party                           before the play, they have
                                         Dahl as well as                                                                         for students                        four hour rehearsals.
  After months of memoriz-               the 2005 movie                                                                          in between the                        Throughout the play, the
ing lines and songs and                    “Charlie and                                                                          two shows on                      techies work on the sound and
hours of rehearsal, Regent                   the Chocolate                                                                       Saturday, De-                    lights. Katie Trockey ’11 is a
Performers will perform                       Factory.” Ac-                                                                   cember 13, 2008.                    sound technician and prepares
the fall musical, Willy                         cording to                                                                    All of the main                     the microphones and music for
Wonka, on December                               Mrs. Rob-                                                                    characters, in-                      the show so that everything
12, 2008 in the school                           in Privat,                                                                   cluding Willy                        runs smoothly.
gymnasium.                                       the head                                                                     Wonka, Charlie,                         Because of the hard work
   Willy Wonka stars                             of the Fine Brianne Johnson-Van Atta ’09 readies the candy cart for the M i k e Te a v e e ,                      and effort by Regent Perform-
Kelsey Redmond                                   Arts depart- school’s production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Veruca Salt, Vio-                     ers, the school can be sure
’09 as Willy Wonka,                              ment, “The                                                                   let Beauregarde,                        of a fantastic show in De-
the eccentric candy                              special effects incorporated      Most of the songs from the 2005 Augustus Gloop and the                              cember.
maker, and Marnie                                into the play include a bub- movie will be used in the play, oompa-loompas will be                                      “Since it’s an older mov-
Vaughn ’13 as Charlie                            ble machine and a fog ma- including the famous “Candyman” there clad in their costumes.                       ie, parents will be able to relive
Bucket.                                         chine, strobe lights, purple and “Oompa Loompa” songs.                    Skye Privat ’11, who will be         the magic, and children can expe-
  “Kelsey Redmond is an amazing          ultraviolet lights, and golden tickets    Mrs. Privat is really looking for- performing as Augustus Gloop,            rience Willy Wonka for the first
actress and is going to do a fantastic   that light up in the background.”       ward to the show.                     says that she loves going to the        time,” says Sofi Cardenas ’11.

                                                                                                                                                                                               COURTESY OF SISTER MARY REBEKAH KENNEDY
Ugandan sisters lend a helping hand
The sisters of Notre Dame                   “When they started, they had            Another crucial difference is the    Ugandans, kid-
are making great progress                two or three buildings,” says Sister    mandatory exams required by the         napping children
in Uganda with their edu-                Mary Lisa Megaffin. “Now there’s        Ugandan government at the end of        to be soldiers and
                                         a high school for girls.”               high school, which determine if stu-    killing their par-
cational programs.                          The schools in Uganda are like       dents are eligible for universities.    ents. Many citi-
                                         schools here, complete with Student        “I’ve seen those exams; they are     zens have been
by Sarah Alessi ’11                      Council, midterms, finals, clubs,       very difficult,” says Sister Berna-     relocated to Inter-
                                         and competitions. In the mornings,      dette. “Our children almost always      nally Displaced
   When Sister Mary Bernadette           students have prayer, announce-         pass the tests.”                        Persons (IDP)
Pendola once asked a child enter-        ments, and flag salute.                    Local culture is also reflected in   camps.
ing a Sisters of Notre Dame school          Sister Mary Lisa says, “The          school food, which includes pork,           “Everyone is
in Uganda what she wanted to be          classrooms don’t look a lot different   rabbit, goat milk, and other foods      worried that the The students in Uganda show their appreciation
when she grew up, the child replied,     from a typical elementary school in     grown nearby.                           army will spread for their education.
“I don’t know, I’m going to die          the United States except there’s no        “I remember watching them eat        and increase
anyway.”                                 electricity.”                           their lunches,” says Sister Mary        throughout the entire nation,” says were destroyed by the rebel armies.
   The two Notre Dame boarding             Instead, school computers run on      Rebekah Kennedy. “They would            Sarah McGough ’10, who helped Invisible Children raises money
schools in rural southern Uganda,        solar power.                            never throw anything away, but they     host the visit on campus by Invis- to rebuild these schools,” says
the co-educational St. Julie Primary        Although students in Uganda          wouldn’t take seconds. They were        ible Children on November 4, McGough.
Boarding School and the Notre            have courses similar to those of        so grateful.”                           2008. This organization promotes         Students at schools in Uganda
Dame Academy Secondary School            students here, their classes also          While southern Uganda is rela-       awareness of the child soldiers and are grateful to the SND and Invis-
for girls, teach around one hundred      include Ugandan music, culture,         tively peaceful, in the north, Joseph   people in IDP camps.                 ible Children, who have given
and fifty to two hundred students.       agriculture, and animal care.           Kony and his rebel army terrorize         “During the war, all these schools them a chance at a better life.

           “The Lord’s Resistance
                                                                  In this issue...                                                                Sports
                                                                                                                                                     “The cross country team has
           Army abducts children...                                                                    Features                                      blown away all competition and
           and brainwashes them
                                                 Editorials                                                                                          has earned the title of Division IV
           into...little killing ma-                 “Honor points should be                                  “Even though his                       State Champions.”
           chines.”                                  deducted for disrespect or ac-                           form of cancer is                      Cross Country Champions
           Invisible Children                        tions that portray bad citizen-                          extremely serious,
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                                                     ship, not for forgetfulness or                           Thomas’ attitude is
           page 2
                                                     innocent mis-                                            still positive.”
                                                     takes.”                                                  Community Builds
                                                     Made of Honor                                            Hope
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                                                                        La Reina Herald December 2008
                                                                                                                 Many people in
                                                                                                                                    Fighting for

                                                                                         ELIZABETH EPSTEIN ’11
                                                                                                                 the community
                                                                                                                 are treated at

                                                                                                                                    invisible children
                                                                                                                 the Westminster
                                                                                                                 clinic, which
                                                                                                                 is set up at the
                                                                                                                 United Meth-       The movie Invisible                     a student at Thousand Oaks High
                                                                                                                 odist Church                                               School and an active Invisible
                                                                                                                 in Conejo          Children calls atten-                   Children volunteer. “My perspec-
                                                                                                                 Valley. Here,      tion to a human rights                  tive has changed. You see kids
                                                                                                                 Sara Brizuela,                                             who have everything in the world
                                                                                                                 a Westminster
                                                                                                                                    issue in Uganda.
                                                                                                                                                                            to be angry about but they’re not.
                                                                                                                 volunteer, helps   by Emma Delsohn ’11                     I think we can learn a great deal
                                                                                                                 a woman sign                                               from them.”
                                                                                                                 up for free           It is an ominous winter night.          Invisible Children “roadies”
                                                                                                                 health benefits.   A ten-year old Ugandan boy cau-         arrived on campus in early No-
                                                                                                                                    tiously makes his way through a         vember of this year to screen their
                                                                                                                                    field to a small hospital packed
Westminster free clinic tends to the sick                                                                                           with young children just like him.
                                                                                                                                                                            new documentary, “Go!”. It was a
                                                                                                                                                                            voluntary, after-school screening
                                                                                                                                    He will sleep in this crowded fa-       of the movie. Nearly two hundred
A makeshift medical                        “We are a one stop shop,” says        volunteers are also benefitting                    cility and will then walk several       people attended.
                                        Safaeinili.”                             themselves. They experience a taste                miles in the early morning back           “I can’t express what a reality
center provides health-                    At the clinic, there are a variety    of the medical profession firsthand
care to Conejo Valley’s                 of healthcare professionals ready        and gain important skills that will
                                                                                 help them in every aspect of their

                                                                                                                                                                                                              COURTSESY OF ALEXANDRA WALL ’09
                                        to tend to the needs of the many
uninsured.                              patients. These include doctors,         lives.
by Elizabeth Epstein ’11                nurses, physical therapists, dentists,      “I used to be shy,” says Andrea
                                        chiropractors, dietitians, mental        Delgadillo, another student vol-
    Signs of a local man’s life-        health counselors, and pharmacists       unteer, “but after a few weeks of
threatening illness may have gone       who provide the patients with free       this, school presentations were
undetected without the Westmin-         medications which they have been         much easier. I am so much more
ster Free Clinic. According to          prescribed.                              confident.”
Lisa Safaeinili, executive director         The clinic is powered by vol-          With the current state of the econ-
of the clinic, when the man arrived     unteers like these, but student          omy, the Westminster Free Clinic
thinking that he needed glasses,        volunteers also play a major role        faces new difficulties. People are
doctors determined that his blood       in the clinic.                           losing their jobs or having their
sugar level was dangerously high.          “One of our primary goals is to       working hours cut back. Conse-                     Alexandra Wall ’09 and Karly Peterson ’11 stand outside of the
The cause of this was diabetes, a       have high school students be part        quently, the waiting list is longer                Invisible Children touring bus where the Roadies lived for two
symptom of which is impaired            of our medical team and have the         than ever before.                                  months while spreading the mission of Invisible Children.
vision.                                 opportunity to help those in need          “We have to figure out how to sup-
   Without the Westminster Free         of healthcare in our community,”         port the growing number of people                  to home. This is the lonely and sad     check I have had after watching
Clinic, this man would not have         said Safaeinili.                         who are uninsured and poor,” says                  life of a nighcommuter.                 ‘Go!’” says Karly Peterson ’11.
been able to receive the care that he      The students take on the duties       Safaeinili.                                            Every night, these children         “They have shown me their dev-
desperately needed, and he could        of a nurse, interviewing patients to         Now more than ever, it is im-                  walk from their homes to a larger       astating lives while I sit here in
have died as a result.                  find out about their health and any      portant for the community to help.                 city where they can sleep safely.       America nice and comfy.”
   The Westminster Free Clinic is       symptoms they may have. They             However, many are not aware of                     They cannot sleep in their homes          The organization has people talk-
a non-profit healthcare provider        then present the information to a        the clinic at all.                                 because they fear being abducted        ing throughout the United States.
held at United Methodist Church         doctor who diagnoses the patient.          “Wow! I actually had no idea that                by the Lord’s Resistance Army               “Invisible Children has re-
on E. Janss Road on Wednesday              “It’s a really great experience,”     this existed before! Thank you for                 (LRA), a rebel army fighting            ally opened my eyes to the hidden
evenings. What is simply an empty       said Nathali Patlani, a student vol-     telling me,” says Sarah McGough                    against the Ugandan govern-             struggles in Uganda,” says Sarah
room at four o’clock is transformed     unteer and senior at Newbury Park        ’10, Future Doctors Club member.                   ment.                                   McGough ’10, vice-president of
into a medical center buzzing with      High School. “You feel rewarded            “It is really a community partner-                  The LRA abducts children be-         the Human Rights Club. “It is a
activity by five o’clock.               at the end of each day that you get      ship,” says Safaeinili. “I am trying               tween the ages of five and fifteen      really great organization that brings
   This center is free and open to      to help the community. You feel          to let people know that they can                   and brainwashes them into becom-        awareness of human trafficking and
uninsured members of the com-           important.”                              help those in need right in their                  ing child soldiers, little killing      its effects on the children who are
munity who are unable to afford             As much as they benefit the          own community. They don’t have                     machines for the LRA. According         forced into a child militia.”
traditional healthcare.                 community with their work, the           to go far!”                                        to, this tragedy,        According to invisiblechildren.
                                                                                                                                    led by a man named Joseph Kony,         com, 1.8 million displaced Ugan-
                                                                                                                                    has been going on in Uganda for         dans have returned to their homes, a
                                                                                                                                    the past twenty-two years.              tremendous step towards peace.
                                                                                                                                       This horrific war has not gone         However, the war is not yet over.
                                                                                                                                    unnoticed. The non-profit organi-       Invisible Children is still deter-
                                                                                                                                    zation Invisible Children is dedi-      mined to help Uganda in whatever
                                                                                                                                    cated to helping to aid the people      ways it can.
                                                                                                                                    of Uganda while they are in such           “Whenever I’ve had the chance
                                                                                                                                    a terrifying situation.                 to talk to the children we work with
                                                                                                                                       “To get this country out of war,     in Uganda, I always tell them that
                                                                                                                                    we need these kids to get a fair shot   it’s the young people in American
                                                                                                                                    at education,” says Talitha Baker,      who are working to keep them
                                                                                                                                    Invisible Children volunteer.           in school,” says Baker. “More
                                                                                                                                    “Invisible Children is way to give      than anything though, I don’t have
                                                                                                                                    these students that chance.”            much to say. I’m lucky to get to
                                                                                                                                      Baker visited Uganda twice over       hear their stories and benefit from
                                                                                                                                    the last few years.                     their strength despite the struggles
                                                                                                                                       “I love Uganda and the people        they’ve been through.”
                                                                                                                                    there, so I would go back in a
                                                                                                                                    heartbeat,” says Baker.
                                                                                                                                       Over the years, Invisible Chil-           Mission Statement
                                                                                                                                    dren has gained a great deal of            Invisible Children improves
                                                                                                                                    recognition here in the United              the quality of life for war-
                                                                                                                                    States. The story of the night            affected children by providing
                                                                                                                                    commuters has touched the hearts           access to quality education,
                                                                                                                                    of people all over the country.            enhanced learning environ-
                                                                                                                                    College and high school students            ments, and innovative eco-
                                                                                                                                    are especially interested, seeing          nomic opportunities for the
                                                                                                                                    as these desperate people are their                 community.
                                                                                                                                    age, if not younger.
                                                                                                                                       “Invisible Children has altered
                                                                                                                                    my mindset,” says Alex Masuoka,

                                                                        La Reina Herald December 2008

Winter Formal takes a trip to the 20s
As Winter Formal ap-                     bate surrounding the theme of the         “My best friend and I were sitting

                                                                                                                                                                                               KATIE WILLIAMS ’10
                                         dance. Other proposed ideas were        in class [on] the day of the dance,
proaches, students                       “Winter Ballin,” a more modern          and we decided to go,” says Molly
eagerly prepare for the                  and carefree theme, and “Alice and      Casca ’10. “It was so spontaneous
dance, which will por-                   Wonderland,” a fantasy theme. But       that it made the whole experience
tray the 1920s.                          the 1920s theme was eventually          even more fun.”
                                         chosen.                                    Despite the magical feel of the
by Michelle Atherton ’11                    “A night in the 20s is more ap-      dance and the mounting excitement
                                         propriate for a winter formal. Girls    in the preceding weeks, some expe-
   Pearls, lace, and oversized cars      can dress up in classy dresses,” says   riences are less than glamorous.
surround a crowd of energetic girls      Karly Peterson ’11.                       “When [Winter Formal] ended last
and their dates, a perfect fit for the      Many students also thought that      year, I went outside to cool off and
Roaring 20s. This event of the sea-      the winter dance should be kept         ended up getting sick because of all
son can only be the annual Winter        formal. Because there are so few        the dancing,” says Barletta.
Formal dance, which will be held in      dances in the school year, Winter         Even with the rare bad experience,
the gymnasium on December 19.            Formal has become a major event,        there is no doubt that an excited
   Hair? Makeup? Dress? Boy?             requiring hours of preparation and      buzz begins to pick up in the halls
These are the essentials for this        date searching.                         around this time of year.
                                                                                                                         Jennifer Tolcher ’11 and Karly Peterson ’11, heads of the Winter
year’s 1920s themed Winter Formal           “I shop for my dress and date          “I’ve been hearing lots of chatter
                                                                                                                         Formal Bids Committee, work hard to put together the invitations
dance.                                   early, leaving myself plenty of         about dresses and shoes. Everyone
                                                                                                                         for Winter Formal.
  The gym will be clad in extrava-       time for everything to turn out         gets so excited; it makes me that
gant and glamorous decorations,          perfectly,” says Peterson.              much more eager for the dance!”        dances like Homecoming to get               “La Reina dances have a lot
including the silhouette of a jazz          Adding stress to dance prepara-      says Krystal Cruz ’09.                 worked up over,” says Laurel            more effort put into the decorations
band and the occasional dazzling         tion is the struggle to find a date,        Some high schools in the area      Rodewald ’11. “Its much more fun        and the overall appearance,” says
Christmas tree.                          since dates are mandatory for the       do not share such enthusiasm for       to get excited for one big dance all    Amanda Tom ’11, who has attended
  “We are incorporating the Christ-      winter dance.                           the winter dance. According to         year long.”                             numerous public school dances.
mas feel a lot less this year,” says       “Last year, my date was a jerk and    the Panther Pursuits, Newbury             Other students agree with this       “Seeing our hard work pay off is
Josie Gormley ’11, president of          left me to hang out with his friends.   Park High School’s newsletter, the     opinion that our school hosts too       truly rewarding.”
the sophomore class. “We feel we         I ended up spending most of the         public school’s Winter Formal was      few dances.                               For the seniors, this dance will be
should be able to use any elegant        night with my girlfriends,” remem-      cancelled last year due to “weak          “Our school really needs to be       a memory to keep forever.
theme.”                                  bers Francesca Barletta ’11.            ticket sales.”                         more social,” laughs Cruz.                 “I plan to make this last Winter
   This year’s dance is centered           Some students avoid this pressure       Some students were not surprised       Some, however, feel that the effort   Formal the best one yet,” says Cruz.
on the 1920s, or the “Jazz Age.”         completely and do not worry much        by this lack of participation.         put into the few dances the school      “It will be a really unforgettable
However, there was much de-              about the dance at all.                     “Public schools have more big      has really does shine through.          night.”

Creativity saves money                                                              Regents help to make a
Students make their
own dresses for cheap
and chic winter for-
                                                                                    difference in the community
mal ensembles.                                                                       Regents for Life                   life from womb to tomb.            it works.
                                                                                                                          Students partake in cancer walks,   “Many girls at La Reina are so
                                                                                     is on a great start                support unwed mothers by collect-  fortunate, and it really impacts the
by Christina Zins ’11
                                                                                     with a large and en-               ing necessities for the baby and   community when the girls are will-
   With Christmas just around the                                                    ergetic crew led by                mom, and participate in the book   ing to help those in need,” says Mrs.
corner, money can be scarce. Add                                                                                        drive.                             Sue Reyes, group moderator and
Winter Formal to the list, and the                                                   Mrs. Sue Reyes.                       Every year, several communities tenth grade religion teacher.
season can turn into a financial bur-                                                                                   gather used books and distribute      Students feel that the personal
den with a lot of stress. The cost of                                                by Theresa Scanlon ’11             them to needy children. The book   benefits of the club help make it
the Winter Formal necessities plus                                                                                                                                  worthwhile.
Christmas gifts for the family and                                                          Since last year,                                                           Sinead Christensen ’09,
                                                                                                                                                                   LAUREN TOOHEY ’09

friends seem to be getting out of                                                    Regents for Life has                                                           the other group leader, says,
control. But purchasing is not the                                                   practically tripled in                                                         “It’s amazing because you
only option.                                                                         size. This year’s club                                                         can share your beliefs with
  Make a new, original dress from          Or, if all of the Christmas shop-         is excited and looking                                                         others who are also pas-
scratch! According to www.fash-          ping is done, spend the excess              for new and creative                                                           sionate about life issues.”, one yard of a        money you now have to see 20th              ways to help the com-                                                              While Regents for Life
luxurious silk fabric is $39. Adding     Century Fox’s newest film Marley            munity.                                                                        requires commitment and
sequins or beads that can be sewn        & Me, which comes out in theatres             Walk into room 108                                                           energy, it is also inviting
to the dress would be less than $20,     on Christmas day.                           during fifth period                                                         because of its practicality.
and a velvet ribbon sewn around            Making an original, unique dress          lunch and you will see                                                      Mrs. Reyes spoke of the need
the waist would be less than $15.        prevents any embarrassment that             a room full of laugh-                                                       to “continue to serve people
Altogether, the total price including    may occur when another girl is              ing and smiling young                                                            while keeping it reason-
yards of fabric would be much less       wearing the exact same dress.               women.                      Sinead Christensen ’09 and Alexandra Mogan           able for the girls, since
than a $315 Betsey Johnson dress.        Although it may seem like a lot of            They may be watch- ’09 retrieve books from their successful book               our girls are also involved
  The extra money saved by making        work to add to an already hectic            ing an informative drive while Sean Christensen ’09 updates the Re-              in other activities.”
the dress can be spent on accesso-       schedule, in the end it will save           film, brainstorming gents for Life bulletin board.                                   Regents for Life is
ries such as jewelry or shoes, like      money and give the dress maker              fundraising ideas, or                                                            an enthusiastic group of
those $168 Coach shoes you saw           bragging rights about her wonder-           simply talking about issues drive especially moved Ashley young women who are determined
in the store window and absolutely       ful and creative design. It will be         that affect the country every Orozco ’09, one of the group’s two to fight for the sanctity of life.
adored but could not afford because      well worth the compliments and the          day.                               leaders.                           They meet on the first and third
you had to buy a Winter Formal           extra cash in your purse.                      Regents for Life works to          “The book drive was amazing- Wednesday of each month at fifth
dress. Or you could buy a pair of          This year, do not let those over-         inform others of the sanctity just to see the huge smiles on the period lunch in room 108. Orozco
round eight carat Cubic Zirconia         priced dresses weigh your wallet            of life by participating in fund- kids’ faces when you handed them and Christensen, the group’s lead-
earrings from Nordstrom for $39          down.                                       raisers such as the Ronald Mc- a book!” says Orozco.                  ers, are really excited about this
that you had restrained from buying        When life gives you fabric, make          Donald Foundation, the Fish-          Although the club is relatively year and hope to attract more girls
because you had to buy Christmas         a gorgeous dress...for Winter For-          ing Children of Ghana drive, small, it never fails to make a posi- to support God’s most precious
presents instead.                        mal!                                        and more. The club promotes tive impression on those with whom gift: life.

                                                                     La Reina Herald December 2008

Test Calendar: Scheduling Success?
The school’s test calen-                 “I was in for a long night,” says   high school students need eight and     fair to students who cannot drive
                                      Winter.                                a half to nine hours of sleep a night   themselves to school or have strict
dar could use a revi-                   The faculty needs to re-organize     to do well on a test or play sports.    carpool schedules.
sion to help balance                  the current calendar system, which     Some students have turned to late           Although many teachers feel
                                      is supposed to limit the number of     night study schedules and sought        sympathy for students, they find
students’ busy sched-                 tests students have per day. This      help from highly caffeinated bever-     that in order to get through all the
ules and study time.                  test calendar does not include quiz-   ages like coffee and energy drinks      material, they cannot move back
                                      zes or “quests,” which can greatly     to stay up. According to the Ameri-     their testing. Ironically, teachers
by Sofi Cardenas ’11                  reduce a student’s grade and lower     can Heart Association, this is not a    do not realize that many students
                                      an “A” to a “B.” AP tests clearly      good solution because there is a di-    are so crunched for study time that
   “I opened my assignment note-      require more study time because the    rect correlation between high blood     they may spend other class periods
book and wanted to cry,” says         material is more rigorous than high    pressure and heart disease and the      studying instead of concentrating
Hanna Winter ’11.                     school courses and should thus be      ingestion of energy drinks.             on the material of that particular
   After a four-and-a half hour       considered as two tests.                  With helpful places like Regent      class.
softball practice, Winter had an AP      In order to adequately study for    Round Table to make up tests and          In order to keep a healthy balance     This calendar, one of many, repre-
European history test, a religion     all quizzes, quests, and tests, many   quizzes, students sometimes claim       in students’ lives and ensure that       sents what teachers will be signing
test, a Spanish test, a chemistry     students have turned to unhealthy      ‘sick days’ or simply come late to      they are attentive during class, it is   as they schedule tests for the up-
quiz, and a math quest the next day   and unfair methods.                    school and save the big test for a      essential that revisions be made on      coming year.
to study for.                              According to,      more convenient time. This is un-       the current test calendar system.                ALEXA SHAW ’09

Christmas through the Years

A Sickly Sip                                                                     As a young and inexperienced eighth grader, I accidentally forgot

                                                                               Made of Honor
                                                                             to turn my cell phone off and, in the middle of class, an unknown num-
                                                                             ber called. My heart jumped as I realized that my phone was ringing and
                                                                             that I would be in trouble. Although the phone call disrupted class for
                                                                             only a small moment, after class I was given a five-point honor card de-
                                                                             duction. The same day, another classmate swore loudly in the middle of
                                                                               Honor teacher and received the same five-point deduction. is some-
                                                                             class at acards are               point honor card deduction.          Yes, responsibility
                          Reusable                                                                              The same day, another disrespect or actions that por-
                                                                                 HoH=nor points should be deducted for classmate thing students should be taught,
                          water con-                                           a bad judgement
                                                                             tray poorcitizenship, notswore loudly in the middle of or innocent mistakes. use the
                                                                                                                 for forgetfulness class but teachers should only There
                          tainers are                                          of character and                   a teacher and received the card o n o r
                                                                             are many teachers who doat not use the honorsame h sys-                             temd at sall
                                                                                                                                                                 car sy tem
                                                                             yet maintain the same amount o ioffive-p nt                                             discipline
                                                                                                                                                                     if mistakes
                          safety risks.                                        punish students for deduction.
                                                                             and order in their classrooms as                                                        teachers
                                                                                                                                                                     become hab-
               by Emma Delsohn ’11
                                                                               minor faults.
                                                                             who use the system regularly.         Honor                                            its.
         A person can live for a few weeks without food                                                        p o who
                                                                                 Is it fair for a studenti n t s                                                 forgets her
                                                                                                                                                                   Most students
       but only for a few days without water, the most vital                   by Hanna Winter ’11
                                                                             books four times and is late      should be                                       to class in
                                                                                                                                                               do not purposely
       substance in a human’s life. Many people drink from a                                                     e d one
                                                                             the morning three times din u c t e d                                             forget books be
                                                                                                                                                               quarter toor
       reusable water bottle every day. It is a little known fact,               As a young and these errors?
                                                                             suspended for inexperienced for disre-                                              arrive late to
       however, that drinking from a personal water bottle can                    Yes, responsibility s some-
                                                                               eighth grader, I accidentally isp e c t o r                                       thing stu-
       be harmful to your health.                                              forgot should be taught, but
                                                                             dents to turn my cell phone off actions that                                         teachers
         The plastic from which these bottles are made                         and, in only use the            portray card
                                                                             should the middle of class, an honor bad citizen-                                     system if
                                                                                                                                                                   most teachers
       contains several dangerous chemicals. One of these                      unknown become habits ship, a student is tak-
                                                                             mistakes number called. My or ifnot for forgetfulness or in-                          ing ad-
                                                                                                                                                                   do not realize
       chemicals, known as Bisphenol-A, or BPA, mimics                         heart jumped the teacher’s benevolence.
                                                                             vantage of as I realized that nocent mistakes.                Most                    students
                                                                                                                                                                   it, some stu-
       estrogen, the main female hormone. According to www.                      not purposely forget books fair for a student who
                                                                             domy phone was ringing and that          Is it or arrive late                       to class.
                                                                                                                                                                 dents feel hu-, the BPA in the plastic seeps into                    I would be in trouble.          forgets realize it, some
                                                                             Although most teachers do not her books four times and                             miliated to feel
       the drinking water and changes the drinker’s hormone                      Although to have points late to off in front of
                                                                             humiliated the phone call dis- is taken class in the morning            the taken off in front of
                                                                                                                                                    points class, unfairly,
       balance, causing chromosomal disruption, miscarriages,                  rupted class for human faults.
                                                                             for everyday only a moment, three times in one quarter to be the class for everyday human
       birth defects, fatigue, or obesity. People exposed to                   after class I was given a five- suspended for these errors?       faults.
       BPA have a great risk of developing breast or prostate
       cancer, but babies have the greatest risk, as this chemi-
       cal is abundant in nursing bottles.
         With all these negative effects, it hard to see how hu-                   106 West Janss Road                 The La Reina Herald                      The Herald is published
       mans can continue using these plastic monsters. Plastic                   Thousand Oaks, CA 91360                                                           five times a year by a
       companies claim BPA is harmless, but several scientists                       (805) 495-6494                       Editors in Chief                        student staff. Letters,
       agree that BPA is a definite health risk to people of                                                                 Himika Patel,                       cartoons, columns, and
       all ages. The idea behind reusable plastic bottles is to                            Staff                             Juli Brauer                        reviews are the opinions
       conserve natural resources, but it is unnecessary for a                    Jacy Bessolo, Rhistyn                    Section Editors                      of their authors and are
       person to put his or her health in jeopardy to save our                    Burke, Kelsey Carroll,             News: Stephanie Nicolard                  not necessarily those of the
       planet. Many people are unaware of the dangerous                          Hayley Garrigus, Alyssa                    Catherine Maleki                             newspaper.
       chemicals that are buried deep within the plastic.                       Mallory, Hannah McGough,             Features: Kate Grode
                                                                                Stephany Money, Shannon                        Catherine Hawe                    The Sophomore Class is
         It is a terrifying concept that something as valuable
                                                                                 Shaffer, Maddie Thorpe,             Editorials: Tina Nikoomanesh               responsible for the major
       as water is becoming hazardous to our health. It is not
       difficult to grab a disposable water bottle from a local                 Ali Trout, Hannah Roberts,           Sports: Sarah McGough                      portion of the writing and
                                                                                       Hanna Winter                  Photography: Mariana Green                   reporting of this issue.
       grocery store or to simply use a water fountain. If you
       insist on having a water bottle to call your own, the
                                                                                    Photographers                                   Katie Williams
       company Nalgene manufactures BPA-free plastic water                                                           Graphic Art: Belinda Lai
                                                                                Caitlyn Hardy, Amanda Tom,
       bottles ( If everyone were to                                                                          Beth Hatakeyama                    Moderator
       substitute the BPA-ridden bottles with Nalgene bottles,                  Katie Williams, Alexa Shaw,
       thousands of lives could be saved or altered.                           Lauren Toohey, Elizabeth Ep-               Graphic Artists                           Mrs. Carol Stanley
                                                                               stein, Stephanie Pushaw, Alice          Sonia Tagari, Megan Winter

                                                                           La Reina Herald December 2008

Christmas in California What Is Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?
With sunshine and                         dramatically in the winter months,        replace the normal fuzzy jumper,
                                          transporting over seven percent –         surely lacking the robust belly.
blue skies, can Cali-                     100,000 – more travelers than usual           Not only is this new version                                                   “My family and two
fornia ever have a true                   to their colder, holiday destinations.    of Santa twisting the image of a
                                                                                                                                                                       other families make
winter wonderland?                        However, popular getaways like
                                          Big Bear ski lodge are still sunny
                                                                                    centuries-old holiday character, but                                               around three hundred
                                                                                    it is also warping the minds of our
by Hannah McGough ’11                     three hundred days a year.                children, some of whom are seeing                                                  meals and collect
                                              So what is a Californian to do        Santa for the first time.                                                          clothing to deliver to
   Oh the weather outside is fright-      when looking to spend Christmas               To make matters worse, when
ful, but the fire is so delightful.       in the winter chill? One option is to     kids are unable to take part in the                                                downtown L.A. on
And since we have no place to go,         follow the 5.2 million Californians       snowman building activity—a                                                        Christmas Day.”
let it snow, let it snow, let…there       who turn to                out-of-        Christmas tradition no child should
be a high of 85? To suit California,      state vaca-                 tioning       miss out on—they resort to building                                                 Karly Peterson ’11
this classic Christmas carol would        in the Tri-                   State or    sandmen!
have to be changed—the weather                                           N e w         This preposterous spin-off of the
is delightful, but the fires are surely                                             world-renowned Frosty the Snow-
                                                                                                                                 “We scatter oatmeal
frightful!                                                                          man is dominating the coasts and
  In the toasty sunshine of SoCal’s                                                 wiping out the memories of Frosty,           and glitter across our
so-called “winter,” it is impossible                                                replacing them with…Sandy?
to celebrate our favorite Christmas                                                    Some towns, like San Diego and            lawn for the reindeer.
songs, much less the Yule-tide                                                      Huntington, have even taken up               Also, Grandpa comes
    When the holidays roll around
                                                                                    the seasonal tradition of “Harbor            over every Christmas to
                                                                                    Parades,” in which communities
in LaLa Land, go ahead and take                                                     gather round to watch light shows            read The Grinch in his
off your earmuffs. Unlike in some
states, here, there is no need to
                                                                                    being cast off of ships! While most          special Grinch voice.”
                                                                                    of America is caroling or hovering
worry about frostbite. For Cali-
fornia to get snowfall, or at least
                                                                                    around the fire, Californians are
                                                                                    gazing at red and green illumina-
                                                                                                                                 Mrs. Adams and Annie Adams
frozen precipitation, temperatures        England areas.                            tions from blankets under palm
would need to plummet to 32 de-             Because not all Californians have       trees. Isn’t that what the Fourth of
grees. Maybe this could happen in         private jets, does this justify the       July is for?                                 !
our neck of the woods if it weren’t       tendency of communities to butcher          Sadly, until we can locate Santa’s
sunny 74% of December. Who                beloved Christmas traditions, like        secret weather machine, there will
wants to sip hot cocoa in 85-degree       Santa or Frosty?                          be no Jack Frost nipping at our                                               “Every Christmas
weather, the high temperature of             The proof is in the pudding.           noses anytime soon.                                                           Eve, we open one fam-
Christmas 2005?                           Promptly after Thanksgiving, the            The most we can dream for in the
    These atypical winter statistics      beach town of Santa Cruz celebrates       meantime is a round-trip airfare to
                                                                                                                                                                  ily present and save
could possibly be the reason that         the annual arrival of Santa Claus—        the Swiss Alps – or, in the midst of                                          the rest for Christmas
thousands of Californians leave
their homes to spend Christmas
                                          from the shoreline. Instead of the
                                          nostalgic sleigh pulled by nine
                                                                                    the economic crisis, Colorado. So                                             Day.”
                                                                                    why not copy some Californians
in the snowy slopes or vacation           reindeer, St. Nick’s impersonator         and enjoy the great weather at hand.                                               Annie Pierce ’10
out of state. Just last year, Amtrak      greets the city from a surfboard,         Looks like the majority of us will be
California’s ridership increased          clad in a red and white wetsuit to        dreaming of a green Christmas.

  Help the Harp Seals Move Your Body
A favorite winter sport                   seals are eating all of the cod, which                                              Essential for a healthy mind              fun play equipment such as jump
in Canada is the massa-                   justifies their slaying. However,                                                   and body, exercise should                 ropes and some simple balls, the
                                          this argument only masks the true                                                                                             school will provide students with
cre of Harp Seals.                        motivations behind the hunt. Cod
                                                                                                                              be allowed on the softball
                                                                                                                                                                        the means to fulfill their half an
                                          makes up a miniscule 3% of the                                                      feild during lunch.                       hour daily exercise requirement
by Hayley Garrigus ’11                    seal’s diet, and the real cause for the                                             by Emili Cardenas ’11                     without setting off their busy and
                                          cod depletion is overfishing.                                                                                                 tight schedules.
    It’s the annual seal hunt, and          The way that the seals are killed                                                    Although our school is com-               According to Education Innova-
on the bloodstained ice are blud-         is the most inhumane part of all.                                                   mended for its ability to prepare         tion, a program promoting a differ-
geoned baby seals trying to survive       They are hit over the head a number                                                 high school girls for college, the        ent approach to education, exercise
the attacks from their assailants:        of times with a hatchet until they                                                  work load and pressure of getting         has been proven to increase test
sealers. Whether the hunt is for          are presumed dead. This is a slow         oppose the seal massacre and find         into that perfect Ivy league school       scores, and in other research, reduce
fur or just for sport, thousands of       and painful death because the pups        the hunt barbaric, it is profitable for   disturbs the balance in a girl’s life.    stress. This is definitely something
seals are killed every year as part       often struggle, injured, for a lengthy    the sealers, and, in small margins,         To incorporate exercise into stu-       everyone can appreciate.
of Canada’s government policy to          time before they die.                     for the government.                       dents’ daily lives, the administra-         The administration believes that
reduce the population of seals.              No matter what the government             How can Americans help? We             tion should open the softball field       having the students play on the
  Since 1899, harp seals have been        or the sealers say, money is the main     can boycott Canadian goods until          by the 500’s building to give them        field near the 500’s building would
brutally hunted in Canada and parts       motivation for these slaughters.          the Canadian government agrees to         the option of exercising during their     be distracting for the classes in
of Nova Scotia for the countries to       Worldwide, people are outraged            stop the annual killing spree.            lunch period.                             session.
boost their economies, even though        that the sealers mercilessly kill the        One person standing up to in-            According to the American Acad-           Although this could be a distrac-
many other economic options are           harp seals for profit, rejecting a        justice will bring about the rise of      emy of Pediatrics (AAP), children         tion, students could also use the
available.                                number of more humane ways to             a nation standing up to that same         between the ages of seven and             softball field to exercise. Jazzercise
  According to, there       supplement their incomes.                 injustice.                                nineteen should get at least thirty       or yoga are other activites students
is a yearly quota of seals that should      Since 1955, several countries have         Be that person. Take a stand,          minutes of physical exercise each         could enjoy. Whatever sport stu-
be killed in Canada’s annual seal         placed bans on Canadian goods in          save a seal.                              day, every day of the week.               dents choose, they need to have the
hunt, and this number is rising ev-       protest of the seal massacre. Even                                                     By opening the field up for            opportunity to move their bodies
ery year. The sealers claim that the      though a majority of Canadians            Facts in this article from      students and providing them with          just a little more.

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                                                                                       FEATURES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FEATURES

                                   “Christmas time is here again, ain’t been around since you know when”
Deck the halls with boxes of gifts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 O little town of Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     e                            Adopt-a-Family once again

Sharing the spirit of giv-              Julie Sexton, mother of Elizabeth         Grace Baptist Church, Living Oaks                                        tion to ship the shoebox. The web-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                aw                                                                       in skid row.                             of giving instead of receiving.                               “I think of the joy girls have
ing, Operation Christ-                  Sexton ’05 and Katherine Sexton           Community Church, and First Bap-                                         site also contains a flyer that must                                                                                              Ll                                   brings joy to the students                 “Their situation is just sad. They       “It’s always more important to                       with planning and I think of what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      li g
mas Child provides basic
                                        ’07, who also serves as the head of       tist Church are all collection sites.                                    be pasted on the lid of the shoebox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 do                                               who give as well as to the             are truly the poorest of the poor.       focus on the true spirit of Christmas                    joy the families have the day they
                                                                                                                                                           to identify the age and gender of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         c!   Na                                                  families who receive.                  Each year the girls seem honored         by giving to others before giving                        receive those gifts,” adds Mrs.
items to those in need.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i
                                                                                                                                                           the child for whom the shoebox                                                                                                                                                                                to make someone else’s Christ-           to yourself,” explains Emily Zol-                        Medlin.

                                                                                                                      COURTESY OF MAIRELISE ROBINSON ’11
                                                                                                                                                           was filled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    r e ta                                                                        by Alyssa Mallory ’11                  mas feel special,” says Mrs. Sue         faghari ’10.                                                  The students enjoy being able to
by Mairelise Robinson ’11                                                                                                                                       “Two to four year olds are the                                    as! S
                                                                                                                                                                                                             M e r r y C h rist m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Reyes, morality and social justice           All of the students seem to                          help those in need, and the classes
                                                                                                                                                           most common age group, and that’s                                                                                                                                          As a student walks into religion   teacher.                                 have the same sentiments for the                         try their hardest to get what their
    Operation Christmas Child is                                                                                                                           great. But it’s really the older ones                                                                                                                                  class, she sees tons of gift boxes         “We’re truly blessed, and the        program; it truly makes an impact                        families request, even when the
active once again collecting dona-                                                                                                                         who know the situation they’re in,”                                                                                                                                    piled in the corner of the room.       girls really buy into and live it.       on the whole student body.                               gifts can be hard to obtain.
tions for poor children around the                                                                                                                         Mrs. Sexton says.                                                                                                                                                      Festive paper and big shiny bows                                                                                                              “The generosity of families is
world.                                                                                                                                                          The children who receive these                                                                                                                                    are seen scattered about the many                                                                                                        awesome. People’s hearts are over-
    Operation Christmas Child vol-                                                                                                                         shoeboxes live in conditions that                                                                                                                                      presents. Boxes of all shapes and                                                                                                        whelming. I remember one year,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CAITLYN HARDY ’10
unteers are preparing to receive and                                                                                                                       residents of the Conejo Valley                                                                                                                                         sizes are carefully stacked in the                                                                                                       a family asked for a mattress and
ship thousands of shoeboxes full of                                                                                                                        could never imagine. Some of                                                                                                                                           classroom.                                                                                                                               one girl’s family owned a mattress
the only Christmas presents many                                                                                                                           these children are orphans and are                                                                                                                                         No, Santa did not accidentally                                                                                                       company and donated one,” says
children will receive this year. The                                                                                                                       so poor that they cannot even afford                                                                                                                                   drop his gifts off at school–it is                                                                                                       Mrs. Reyes.
shoeboxes will go to countries like                                                                                                                        to buy food.                                                                                                                                                           that time of year when the students                                                                                                           However, with the economy in
Kazakhstan, Malawi, and Russia.                                                                                                                                 “This is sometimes the only              M
                                                                                                                                                                                                              er                                                                                                                  participate in the Adopt-a-Family                                                                                                        recession, it will be interesting to
    Operation Christmas Child, or                                                                                                                          Christmas the children get, so they                     yK                                                                                                             program.                                                                                                                                 see whether the students will be
OCC, is a program that collects                                                                                                                            hopefully get something exciting.                            e sh                                                                                                          Each year, the religion classes                                                                                                      able to meet the needs of the fami-
shoeboxes filled with Christmas                                                                                                                                                                                                m is
                                                                                                                                                           For me, I know I’ve given some-                                            h! H                                                                                        adopt poor families that cannot                                                                                                          lies once again.
presents year-round. The organiza-                                                                                                                         thing meaningful,” says Mrs. Janis                                                 yvaa                                                                                afford even the basic household                                                                                                               “The families are always gener-
tion is run by Samaritan’s Purse, a                                                                                                                        Buisson, former freshman English                                                             J o u lu                                                         n!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a! E k u o                          u                          items. The most commonly asked                                                                                                           ous, but I’m curious to see how the
non-denominational Christian relief                                                                                                                        teacher.                                                                                                               dun, e k u i y e ’ d                            for items are usually clothing and                                                                                                       economy will impact the program
organization.                                                                                                                                                   Operation Christmas Child                                                                                                                                         simple appliances that are very easy                                                                                                     this year,” says Mrs. Reyes.
    In November, the final boxes                                                                                                                           gives people of all ages a chance                                                                                                                                      to donate.                                                                                                                                    However, knowing the generos-
are collected, packaged, and sent to                                                                                                                       to reach out to children in need and                                                                                                                                       “People usually only need basic      Juniors Noorean Gill , Kate Grode, and Katie Guiheen talk about                                 ity of the school’s students, it will
underprivileged children between                                                                                                                           share the joy of Christmas. Just by                                                                                                                                    household items. It is so sad. They      what gifts they want to provide for their Adopt-a-Family recipients.                            most likely not be an issue.
the ages of two and fourteen.                                                                                                                              filling a simple shoebox, donors can                                                                                                                                   don’t even have the money to afford                                                                                                           Mrs. Reyes continues, “But ev-
    “[OCC] shows that people do         Fourth grader George Dickinson shows off the shoebox he is building                                                bring a smile to a child suffering                                                                                                                                     these basic things,” says Nicole       Some even use their own allow-               “I care very much about the                          ery year the girls are so enthusiastic
care about [impoverished children]                                                                                                                         thousands of miles away.                                                                                                                                               Florentino ’11.                        ances and birthday money,” adds          Adopt-a-Family program. It’s won-                        and take complete ownership. It

                                        for a teenager in need. His gift will go to a country like Kazakhstan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     et e
and the children are worth some-                                                                                                                                “The children get presents for                                                                                                                                        Most Adopt-a-Family programs       Mrs. Reyes.                              derful!” says Michelle Zins ’13.                         is an altogether positive experi-

thing in this world,” says Julianne     the Children’s and Families’ Min-    recom-                                            Christmas and the people who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are run through a local church,            The program in this school               The program provides students                        ence.”

Surane ’10.                             istries at Westminster Presbyterian       mends donations of toys, school                                          donate share in the love of the                                                                                                                                        the Salvation Army, or the Child       gives each religion class a family,      with a wonderful opportunity to                               “It’s a great program and way
    “We collect probably 350 to         Church. In addition to Westminster        supplies, hygiene items, and candy,                                      season. It goes both ways,” says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          e ri                    and Family Services Department         and the class is responsible for         help the poor.                                           to celebrate the season of giving. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   t! M

Rockin’ around the Kinara
400 shoeboxes yearly,” says Mrs.        Church, Village Christian School,         in addition to a seven dollar dona-                                      Sarah Alessi ’11.                                                                                                                                                      (               providing the family with the gifts          “It is important for the girls                       think of Adopt-a-Family like giving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         o vl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Through whatever organization      it requested.                            to have the opportunity to give to                       Christmas away to a friend in need.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               t Ju                                               the program is run, it usually helps       The Adopt-a-Family program           others who are less fortunate,” says                     We learn how fun it can be to give.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bu orri                                                   the poorest of the poor. Some of the   has a positive impact on the student     Mrs. Mary Medlin, eighth grade                           It is truly the spirit to of giving at its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          du        !                                                                                                    body, spreading the Christmas spirit     religion teacher.                                        best,” says Cassidy Budig ’12.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  candidates for “adoption” even live
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   F e l i z N a v i d a d ! L in k
Kwanzaa is often the most                   Kwanzaa is a seven day celebra-       own lives.                                                               tion for the Advancement of
forgotten celebration of the            tion. Each day celebrates one of the          “I would love to learn more                                          Colored People (toacorn.
holiday season, but it still            Nguzo Saba, which is Swahili for          about Kwanzaa. I am interested in                                        com).
                                        the seven guiding principles.             incorporating Kwanzaa activities                                             “I have heard about the
offers important lessons.
                                            This is represented in the Ki-        into the community this season,”                                         Cal Lutheran celebration and            M

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It came upon a memory clear
by Thea Percival ’11                    nara, or candle holder, that holds the    says Elizabeth Epstein ’11.                                              would love to participate,”                 ali
                                        seven candles called “saba.” One              Fortunately, an opportunity to                                       said Janaki Balachandran                          ga
      For most, December 26 is a dis-   candle is lit each day in a significant   learn more about Kwanzaa is right                                        ’11.                                                         Pas
appointment. Christmas has come         order (                                                                                                      Everyone is welcome to                                         ko!
and gone, leaving nothing but din-          Many students are not very                                                                                     celebrate Kwanzaa.                                                         H ris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to s s
ner leftovers and really good sales.    knowledgeable about Kwanzaa.                                                                                           As Dr. Karenga said, “In                                                                e ro d                                                                         Families gather every              Eve, I went on the NASA web-                  Embarrassing moments are                            once!’ Then, my nana interrupts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 i! B uo
For some, though, the holidays are          “I honestly don’t know what                                                                                    its most expansive form, the                                                                                       n N atal                                                year to celebrate Christ-          site with my dad, and we tracked         sometimes the essence of true,                           and begins her story saying, ‘When
still in full swing. These lucky ones   Kwanzaa is,” says Makenna Cox                                                                                      celebration of Kwanzaa, like                                                                                                      e ! C h ri s t m a s A l e g r e !                                          Santa’s journey across America.          happy Christmas memories, even                           I was twelve years old, granddad
who choose to celebrate Kwanzaa         ’10.                                                                                                               the philosophy of Kawaida in                                                                                                                                               mas, making memories.              When he hit California, I pretended      if they were humiliating at the time                     was eighteen! He lived down the
get to savor holiday cheer another          “I haven’t really heard about it,”                                                                             which it is grounded, is world                                                                                                                                              by Cythia Garcia ’11              to go to sleep, but out my window        they occurred.                                           street from me and when I was
seven days.                             adds Rajika Jindani ’12.                                                                                           encompassing in its concep-                                                                                                                                                                                   I saw a flashing red dot. I was six           “Once when I was at my grand-                       older, he would try to sneak in the
      “The celebration and signifi-         Once possible reason for this                                                                                  tions and concerns.”                                                                                                                                                           Special things always oc-      and I swore it was Rudolph!” says        parents’ house, they were serving                        house, but my dad had a watch
cance of Kwanzaa are deeply rooted      ignorance is the lack of access to                                                                                     Students see the value in                                                                                                                                               cur during Christmas, adding      Michelle Atherton ’11.                   a really big feast and a lot of my                       goose who would bite granddad,’”
in the concept and practice of creat-   good information.                                                                                                  learning about Kwanzaa.                                                                                                                                                     joy and humor to the holiday          Everyone has memorable Christ-       favorite foods. I tried to hold all of it                says Atherton.
ing and sharing good in the world,”         “They don’t really teach us                                                                                       “I think it is important that                                                                                                                                            season. Every year, families      mas experiences to share, whether        on one plate and I dropped it. Glass                         Some families celebrate Christ-
stated Dr. Maulana Karenga, the         about it in schools,” shrugged            here in the community. For the                                           students are educated about                                                                                                                                                 celebrate family traditions       they are surprising, embarrassing,       broke everywhere and I was in front                      mas with trips to visit family every
founder of Kwanzaa, in his annual       Gabby Lowry ’11.                          past 12 years, Californian Lutheran                                      cultures they do not know                                                                                                                                                   and create many new ones,         or just joyful.                          of thirty people,” says Alexandra                        year. Sarah McGough ’10 travels
2007 Kwanzaa message.                       Students appeared eager to rec-       University has had a Kwanzaa cel-                                        much about, especially in this                                                                                                                                              which are kept in their hearts        Christmas surprises always cre-      Armstrong ’09.                                           back east every year to be with old
    Kwanzaa is centered around the      tify this ignorance though.               ebration to educate students in the                                      time in history,” says Ather-                                                                                                                                               forever.                          ate special and everlasting memo-             Many families like to reminisce                     friends and family.
traditional African values of self-         “I would love to know more            community about how to incorpo-                                          ton.                                                                                                                                                                           “One year on Christmas         ries for those who receive them.         and tell stories of their pasts during                       “We have Martha Stewart style
improvement, family, trade, and         about Kwanzaa and be able to              rate the principles of Kwanzaa into                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “One year my grandpa had             the Christmas season.                                    cookie baking parties. It helps us
community responsibility. Because       participate in it. It would be a won-     everyday life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pneumonia the week of Christmas.              “My granddad starts his story                       stay in touch and keep our friend-
it is a cultural holiday and not a      derful cultural experience,” said             The celebration involves a pot-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was sure he was not going to           saying, ‘When I was in the army                          ships close,” she says.
religious one, it does not replace      Michelle Atherton ’11.                    luck as well as a performance of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       come, but on Christmas morning,          I was a paratrooper and I spent                              Christmas experiences will last
the celebration of Christmas or             Students would like to discover       poetry, song, and dance from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       he showed up. He had taken the late      six months in Germany keeping                            forever as cherished memories that
Hanukah. (officialkwanzaawebsite.       what Kwanzaa is about and pos-            Saturday School students of The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        flight to come see us,” says Haley       an eye on those rascally Russians.                       will continue to be told for ages to
org)                                    sibly apply its teachings to their        Ventura County National Associa-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mosdell ’11.                             My parachute got caught in a tree                        come.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   QUOTES COURTESY OF CYNTHIA GARCIA ’11,
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                                                                           La Reina Herald December 2008

    Caring and sharing
    during the holidays                                                          Community
                                                                                 builds hope
    Local organization                   hard for the organization to
    works to provide for                 provide for so many families,
                                         and donations are dropping
    needy families during                from $4,000 a year to $3,481
    the holiday season.                  a year.
                                             “We have seen the number                                                    spearheaded the fundraising with          The wave of giving was even
    by Emily Melvin ’11                  of families being fed increase
                                                                                 Friends and students                                                          caught by the student body here
                                                                                                                         the help of Tom McCook, a contrac-
                                         from 700 a month to over                unite in aiding family                  tor and neighbor.                     at this school. Mrs. Dana Coppa,
        People anxiously wait for        1,000 a month.” says Spratt.            while son battles cancer.                   This generosity became conta-     Spanish teacher, helped organize
    food in a line pushed far out        “This seems to mainly be due                                                    gious. Soon, firemen, the Sea Bees    the school’s donations. Mrs. Kristi
    the doors of Care and Share,         to the increase in gas prices.”                                                 (the Navy Engineering Battalion),     Balleweg, with Campus Ministry,
    a small facility tucked in the           According to SimiValley.            by Katherine Wikholm ’11                                                                     organized Hats on
    corner of a strip mall in Simi       org, the economic downturn has                                                                                                       Day to raise money

                                                                                                                                                                         COURTESY OF KATHERINE WILKHOM ’11
    Valley.                              put Care and Share in need of               Colorful cards taped to hospital                                                         for children’s cancer
        Once inside, one first no-       donations now more than ever.           walls peer down at eight-year-old                                                            research, and the sis-
    tices the room’s single desk,          “We get a lot of support from         Thomas. His little body, wrapped in                                                          ters of Notre Dame
    where a woman is multitask-          food drives by local organiza-          a multicolored quilt with pictures                                                           continuously pray
    ing. Veronica Rubio, coordina-       tions and individual dollar do-         and precious messages from class-                                                            for Thomas.
    tor of Care and Share, works         nations.” says Spratt. “People          mates, is surrounded by gifts and                                                                Mrs. Karen
    alone today as she assists an        can help by participating in a          presents from the community.                                                                 Moore, scripture
    elderly woman in filling out         food drive, making a dona-                  Thomas Hearne, brother of Paul                                                           teacher, put together
    a form to receive a turkey for       tion, or helping put food on            Hearne and Lauren Hearne ’12, and                                                            a binder of prayers
    Thanksgiving. Two young              the shelves.”                           son of Tish and Robert Hearne,                                                               and poems from
    mothers with several children            Some students at the                was diagnosed with Medullomyo-                                                               the ninth grade for
    get their food vouchers.             school have decided to do-              blastoma, which is a brain tumor                                                             Thomas.
        At the same time, she helps      nate to Care and Share.                 located in the cerebellum, accord-                                                               The Hearnes will
    a scared and worn down look-            “I am excited to donate to           ing to Children’s Hospital. Thomas                                                           come out of this
    ing woman with five children         Care and Share because they             has been staying at this hospital                                                            experience with a
    get put on a list in hopes of        are an organization that helps          since he was diagnosed in July of          Thomas Hearne, brother of Lauren Hearne           deeper undersand-
    qualifying for Adopt-A-Family.       to feed less fortunate, and I           this year.                                 ’12, is currently battling Medullomyoblas-       ing of life.
          “Our goal is to feed ev-       know they are really in need                Even though this cancer is ex-         toma, which is a brain tumor located in the          Tish Hearne says,
    eryone without discrimina-           of support right now,” says             tremely serious, Thomas’ disposi-          cerebellum.                                      “I’ve learned and
    tion,” says Michael Sprat, a         Kirsten Mosesson ’11.                   tion doesn’t show it.                                                                       grown to fully be-
    nineteen-year volunteer at               Mosesson, along with sev-               “He’s his old, outgoing funny       Tile City, subcontractors, and Padre lieve that this is how God works
    Care and Share.                      eral other students, belongs            self,” says Lauren Hearne.              Serra, the local church, joined in through each of us.”
        Care and Share is a non-         to a non-profit organization                Thomas’ compassion and              the effort by providing the manual
    profit organization that pro-        called Teens Give Back that             strength can be seen in a website       labor for building the house. But the        Medullablastoma
    vides emergency food to fami-        was founded by Ali Perez                his mother created through car-         support did not end there.
    lies in need. It is completely run   ’11.                           This website was             Christina Salinas, family friend, - The cause of Medul-
    by community support, such as            Care and Share is the               started to share Thomas’ daily prog-    teamed up with Halli Lombardi,           lablastoma is unkown.
    food drives and donations.           top priority on the founda-             ress with others, but it has become a   another friend, to organize a walk     - Benign or malignant cells
         “Care and Share helps to        tion’s lists of donations.              gift for all those who read it.         for Thomas. Arneill Park was soon        form in the cerebullem
    feed at least one thousand             “People are so well-off today             “He simply radiates with love,”     flooded with hundreds of people,
    families each month in our           that they take for granted the                                                                                           region of the brain,
                                                                                 says Thomas’ grandmother, Eileen        including Thomas’ classmates, in
    community,” says Spratt.             things they have and don’t              Sarecky.                                support of the family.                   which controls move
        “We also provide gifts to        think about others,” says Kar-              Not only did the community              Cathy Kroll, long time friend of     ment and balance.
    children at holidays, turkeys at     ly Peterson ’11, a member of            come together in prayer for Thom-       the Hearnes, witnessed the event       - Tumors are diagonosed
    Thanksgiving, and gift baskets       Teens Give Back.                        as, but friends and neighbors also      and then organized her own.              by CT scan or MRI and
    to seniors,” he adds.                    “Giving back to the com-            decided to finish the exposed house         “It’s a privilege to behold the
        According to SimiVall-           munity teaches integrity while                                                                                           removed through sur-
                                                                                 that the Hearne’s contractor had        love and generosity from the people, the current eco-        following Jesus’ example,”              abandoned so that Thomas would          who know the Hearne family, and          gery.
    nomic situation has made it          adds Peterson.                          have a home to come back to.            particularly those who don’t,” she
                                                                                     Julie and husband Mark Monro        says.

In the Name of Amanda
Blessings spring from                    had several surgeries, including        says Emily Melvin ’11, a close          Family Walk, an auction, and the
                                                                                                                                                                     How You Can Help
                                         open-heart surgery, throughout her      friend of McPherson.                    Amanda McPherson Golf Tourna-
tragedy as a family es-                                                                                                                                            The community can get in-
                                         short life.                                 The Amanda McPherson Foun-          ment, which are all open to the
tablishes a foundation in                    Amanda died at eight years          dation started a program called         public.
                                                                                                                                                                   volved by donating money to
memory of their beloved                  old from a hole in her heart. Since     Amanda’s Corner in 2004. Aman-                                                    the foundation or by volun-
                                                                                                                             Many students attend annu-
daughter.                                her death, Amanda’s family has          da’s Corner supplies equipment such                                               teering at events. People can
                                                                                                                         ally to show their support for the
                                         founded the Amanda McPherson            as computers, adapters, and other                                                 donate money to Change for
                                                                                                                         McPherson family.
by Melissa Levinsohn ’11                 Foundation in her honor.                items that special education stu-                                                 Change, a part of the foun-
                                                                                                                             “My favorite event is the Fam-
                                             Krista McPherson ’11, Aman-         dents                       require                                               dation that donates spare
                                                                                                                         ily Walk and Carnival. Amanda
   “Amanda was a sweet, loving,          da’s older sister, has worked with                                                                                        change to make a difference
                                                                                                                         would have loved that,” says Phil
but tough little girl. She endured       her friends and family to keep                                                                                            in the community. More in-
                                                                                                                         McPherson, Amanda’s father.
so many medical problems but             Amanda’s memory alive.                                                                                                    formation can be found at
                                                                                                                             Carly Sullivan ’10, a family
always smiled and had fun.                   “Amanda was a                                                                                                         amandamcphersonfounda-
                                                                                                                          friend of the McPherson family,
   “She had issues with her              wonderful, hap-                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                             enjoys the auction the most.
speech so instead of saying ‘hi,’        py, beautiful,                                                                          “I always get so excited. It is                                             The Logo
she gave everyone a big hug. It          angelic little                                                                      so much fun to see the outcome        Matt Gee designed the logo.
was the best hug you ever got!”          girl who never                                                                      of the foundation’s auctions in       He decided to use a heart in
says Mary McPherson about her            gave up and tried                                                                 the community,” she says.               the logo because, although
daughter Amanda, who passed              her best in everything she did,” says   to succeed in school.                       Through the work of the foun-         difficulties with her heart
away in 2003.                            McPherson.                                  The McPhersons’ goal is to put      dation, the painful wounds of             ultimately caused her death,
   Amanda was born with Velo-                “Everyone who knew Amanda           a “Corner” in every elementary          Amanda’s death are healing.               Amanda’s heart was filled
Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS),           loved her. I only met her once, but     school in Ventura County.                   “Amanda’s spirit is continuing        with endless love. The wings
a disease that causes heart prob-        the very first thing she did when she       Each year, the foundation hosts     to spread through this important          hugging the heart symbolize
lems and learning disabilities. She      met me was give me a big hug!”          a number of events including the        project,” says Mrs. McPherson.            Amanda as an angel.

                                                                         La Reina Herald December 2008

                              Biker Chicks

                                       enjoyed it so much that they decid-         So what inspired these girls       The girls are also promoting a                  are also learning some big lessons
Junior high students ride              ed to continue this early morning to get to school in this fashion?         healthy and balanced lifestyle. Ac-                in life. Maryanne Birch, mother
bikes to school, promoting             hobby at their new school.              First, they were concerned with cording to Brooks, they get about                      of Caitlyn Birch ’14 and Melissa
healthy lifestyles and envi-               Tim Heintz, father of Nina and the growing cost of gas, and also three hours of cardio exercise per                        Birch ’13, encourages her daughters
ronmental awareness.                   Siena Heintz , recalls the girls’ first its negative effect on the environ- week. This exceeds the recom-                      to bike ride.
                                       day bike riding to La Reina.            ment.                               mended hours of exercise pro                           “It allows them to learn to be
by Emili Cardenas ’11                      “ I                                                                                              moted                     independent and responsible. They

                                                                                                                                              BY KATIE WILLIAMS ’10
                                       r o d e                                                                                              by the                    have to learn to work together with
    What do six junior high students   down                                                                                                 National                  their friends to get to school on time
have in common with the rock           to sum-                                                                                              Women’s                   and to always be safe as they do it,”
band Queen? Not a lot, other than      m e r                                                                                                Health                    she says.
the fact that they each can say “I     school                                                                                               Organi-                       The girls have encountered a
want to ride my bicycle and ride it    w i t h                                                                                              zation.                   wide variety of responses from the
where I like.”                         them                                                                                                      Mrs.                 local community.
    Every Thursday and Friday          on their                                                                                             Yolanda                       “We’ve been cheered at, glared
morning, Siena Heintz ’14, Nina        first                                                                                                Rogers,                   at, and even been mistaken as a
Heintz ’14, Madison Brooks ’14,        d a y .                                                                                              guidance                  Bike Parade,” says Brooks.
Melissa Birch ’13, Caitlyn Birch       When                                                                                                 counselor                     Although the girls enjoy this
’14, and Shannon Fish ’14, meet        w      e                                                                                             and psy-                  newfound hobby, they do find it to
at the Heintz house to make the        asked                                                                                                chology                   be difficult at times.
half-hour bike ride to our school.     the se-                                                                                              t e a c h e r,                “When we are riding back from
These girls are on a mission to        curity                                                                                               elabo-                    school, it gets really hot and we
stay healthy, help the environment,    guard                                                                                                rates on-                 have to go over two humongous
and most important of all, “to have    where                                                                                                how im-                   hills. One day during summer
fun with my friends,” says Nina        to park,                                                                                             portant it                school, I made the mistake of wear-
Heintz ’14.                            h      e    Nina Heintz ’14, Shannon Fish ’14, and Siena Heintz ’14 are helping to save the          is to find                ing jeans, and let’s just say, I never
    Siena Heintz and Nina Heintz       looked at environment and staying healthy by riding their bikes to school.                        time to ex-                  wanted to wear jeans ever again,”
were the founders of this group.       us kind                                                                                           ercise. “Ex-                 says Birch.
They originally rode their bikes       of surprised, and said he would             Siena Heintz explains, “We’re   ercise allows the body to produce                      As Heintz summed it up, “When
to their old elementary school of      have to check. I was really sur- not polluting the earth, we’re sav- endorphins, which are our body’s                          I ride my bike, I get to save the
Meadows, which was about a five-       prised that no one else rode a bike ing gas, and best of all, I get to be natural happy pills.”                                earth, be healthy, and best of all,

Very vegan
minute trip from their house. They     to school.”                             with my friends.”                      These junior high daredevils                    have fun with my friends.”

The vegan lifestyle, al-               is B-12.

                                                                                  Canvas is cool;
                                            “A vegan lifestyle is not for the
though challenging, is                 faint of heart or the slight of spirit,”
becoming more popu-                    says an excerpt from Being Vegan,
lar with young people.                 by Joanne Stepaniak.

                                                                                  plastic is spastic
                                           Vegan Outreach suggests that
                                       people slowly progress into the
by Hayley Garrigus ’11
                                       vegan lifestyle by becoming a veg-
    “If slaughterhouses had glass      etarian first, so then it is easier to
walls, the whole world would be        be a fully dedicated vegan. Vegan
vegan,” Linda McCartney, late          Outreach says that the only way a           Many grocery stores                    proposal is fair.                               Even though paying for the
wife of Paul McCartney, said           vegan diet can work is if people                                                       “It’s encouraging improve-              bags might be an extra unnecessary
when asked why she did not eat         commit their whole hearts to it.            have made strides in                   ments in the environment, but on            expense, reusable bags are a cheap
animals.                                   Vegan teenagers today find              their efforts to create                the other hand, the people who are          alternative.
    According to Vegan Outreach,       it hard to get nutritious meals at          ‘green’ shopping bags.                 already light on money don’t need               “It is extremely easy to buy the
an organization promoting a vegan      school, mainly because their strenu-                                               the extra expense,” says Angela             reusable bags markets sell and to
lifestyle, being vegan simply          ous schedules prevent them from            by Kelsey Carroll ’11                   Chandler ’11.                               use them instead of the plastic bags.
means avoiding all animal by-          preparing healthy meals.                                                                “We are responsible for main-          The only hard part about this is
products.                                  According to VeganAction.                  Grocery stores in California        taining the nation, and that it is a        remembering to bring them, which
     The vegan world is still trying   com, some regular vegan meals              have already gone to great lengths      great way for people to stop wast-          is a good thing to train ourselves to
to expand, exposing the slaughter      are fruit smoothies for breakfast, a       to recycle and save the environ-        ing plastic,” says Hayley Garrigus          do,” says Taylor Cobleigh ’10.
of animals and revealing the health    soy burger for lunch, and pasta for        ment.                                   ’11.                                            Charging for the use of plastic
benefits of veganism. However,         dinner, with plenty of vegetables              Their newest idea of paying for          Plastic bags are among the             bags might also encourage people
some people feel that becoming         and fruits in between. However,            grocery bags might be too much          items of debris frequently found in         to make fewer shopping trips.
vegan is too radical.         says it can be             for Californians. According to the      coastal cleanups, according to the              When asked whether it would
    Some students, on the other        hard finding suitable meals at first,      Wall Street Journal, “The U.S. goes     Center for Marine Conservation.             affect how many times she went to
hand, have gathered information        especially when dining out.                through 100 billion plastic shop-           Although Shannon Reiffen ’12,           the market, Angela Chandler ’11
about the vegan lifestyle and are          Many students think that going         ping bags annually,” totaling $4        a member of Green Team, is a firm           said, “It probably won’t affect me,
ready to take the next step.           vegetarian would be easier than            billion for retailers.                  believer in helping the environ-            but [other] people might go less
    “I am planning to become a         going vegan because of the com-                The state of California wants       ment, she does not support this             often or just buy in bulk.”
vegan when I leave the house,” said    mitment that being a vegan entails         to enact Bill 2424, which would         proposal.                                       Hayley Garrigus ’11 pro-
Kelsey Carroll ’11, who is already     for them and their families.               require grocery stores to charge            “Paying for the plastic bags is         claimed, “Not at all, we have to
a vegetarian. “It takes dedication,        “Parents don’t want the respon-        money to use their plastic bags. The    inconvenient, and it does not make          eat don’t we?”
and I hope to be ready for it.”        sibility of making only vegan food         cost so far has been set at twenty-     a big change in the environment be-             Although grocery stores have
    Although becoming vegan            for their families. It’s a hassle,”        five cents per plastic bag used by      cause people reuse them anyway,”            made great strides in creating more
means avoiding all animal by-          says Alyssa Mallory ’11, who is            customers in an attempt to encour-      she says.                                   eco-friendly shopping bags, people
products, the benefits seem to be      already a vegetarian.                      age the use of the eco-friendly,            Alice Zielinski ’12 thinks it           still resist the change.
worth it. According to The Ameri-          There are many different opin-         reusable bags that are available in     may have a positive effect on the               “Some people might find the
can Dietetic Association, vegans       ions on veganism. Some say it is           various stores.                         environment.                                transition difficult and doubt the
and vegetarians have been re-          unhealthy, while others argue that             People are used to choosing             “It would make a huge differ-           effect their ‘green’ bags will have,”
ported to have lower body masses,      it is very healthy. The best idea          paper or plastic at checkout. But       ence in the way people treated their        says Shannon Shaffer ’09.
lower levels of cholesterol, and are   for people seeking more informa-           in consideration of this bill, people   bags. People would probably be                  Even if the bill is enacted, some
at a lower risk for diabetes, heart    tion on the vegan lifestyle is to do       wonder if they should bring their       more conscientious with their use,          may stick to their habits, choosing
disease, and certain cancers. The      some research and see what suits           own bags or just buy them. An           considering how many and in what            plastic over the more ecological
only supplement recommended            them best.                                 even bigger issue is whether this       way they used them,” she says.              paper or canvas.

                                                                                        La Reina Herald December 2008

Leaving London
Hannah Harper ’08 re-                            accomplished after doing well in
                                                                                                                                        YouTube is
turns to Thousand Oaks                           an extemporaneous round.”
from London to help                                  Sarah McGough ’10 says, “Al-                                                       Youtube has become                     watching TV, you don’t have total
                                                 though we are given virtually no                                                                                              control over what comes on. With
coach Speech and Debate.                         time to prepare for our speeches,                                                      a worldwide phenom-                    Youtube, you can choose what to
by Maddie McGinnis ’11                           Hannah’s three sessions a week                                                         enon, capturing the                    watch.”
                                                 expose us to the latest foreign                                                                                                     “It’s like a democracy,” adds
    London is a beautiful and                    and national affairs. Her insights                                                     attention of viewers of                Ashley Lawrence ’11. “By the
booming city, filled with tour-                  are very useful.”                                                                      all ages and nations.                  people, for the people.”
ists, locals, and, until recently,                   Harper may be new to coach-                                                                                                   Youtube prides itself on its vast
Hannah Harper ’08. Harper just                   ing, but she is not new to the                                                         by Hannah McGough ’11                  assortment of video content, rang-
returned from London after de-                   event or to the speech team.                                                                                                  ing from stand up comedy to cook-
ciding her true calling was not in               Harper has had her share of suc-                                                          Youtube has created a global        ing tutorials and Asian game shows
London, but in the much smaller                  cess by qualifying for Nationals                                                       craze, captivating millions seeking    to presidential debates. Youtube’s
town of Thousand Oaks.                           and making it to the final rounds                                                      free entertainment worldwide.          foreign content is one aspect that
    Harper, an intelligent, home-                at state and multiple invitation-                                                         What can happen in 412 years?       makes it attractive to web surfers
sick seventeen-year-old, returned                als in extemporaneous speech.                                                          103 new presidents elected, 4.12       of all ages.
to her hometown of Thousand                          “I think Hannah does a good                                                        billion gallons of ice cream pro-         In addition, the site makes mu-
Oaks to restart her college edu-                 job coaching because she was                                                           duced, 824 trips made to Mars,         sic available to a wide audience
cation.                                          so experienced in extemp,” says                                                        and every last video watched on        without costing listeners a cent.
    After her arrival in Thousand                Alyssa Mallory ’11.                                                                    Youtube (                 Instead of purchasing tracks online,
Oaks, Harper decided she would                       Harper provides her students                                                           This is because every minute,      Youtubers can listen to music for an
help coach speech at her alma                    with tips that help them use their                                                     thirteen hours of video are uploaded   unlimited amount of time.
mater to commemorate her life                    preparation time properly, come                                                        onto Youtube, a video-sharing            “Instead of buying music or TV
as a “speechie.”                                 up with introductions to their                                                         website created in 2005 in twelve      shows, people can go on Youtube
     “I never thought I would be                 speeches, or help with the struc-                                                      languages under the slogan “Broad-     and enjoy them for free. It’s instant
back in less than a year,” says                  turing of their speech.                                                                cast Yourself.”                        and half the hassle,” points out
Harper. “However, I do enjoy                         “I have tried to use everything                                                       This simple innovation has in-      Alyssa Mallory ’11.
coaching.”                                       Hannah has taught us. All of her                                                       stantly boomed into a success, ob-       This may be a great alternative to
    This year, Harper coaches                    hints are so helpful,” Jindani                                                         taining a comfortable one hundred      pricey downloads, but some feel
extemporaneous speech, an event                  says.                                                                                  million video views within its first   that Youtube is denying a musi-
in which a student has thirty min-                   Harper is very glad to be                                                          year and reaching over five billion    cian’s right to profit from his or
utes to prepare a seven minute                   coaching her fellow “speechies.”                                                       views by 2008 (          her work.
speech dealing with national or                  The girls may feel ready to begin                                                           Youtube gives people direct          For example, if each viewer of
international current issues.                    their extemporaneous careers, but                                                      access to their favorite television    Avril I.avigne’s music video “Girl-
     “Coaching is challenging                    Harper believes they still may                                                         shows, music, and a surplus of         friend”- the most watched video in
and I sometimes must change                      be lacking the most important                                                          miscellaneous user-uploaded vid-       Youtube history- had paid the stan-
my viewpoint to make the girls                   thing.                                                                                 eos within seconds—all of which        dard two dollar cost to purchase it,
understand,” she says.                               “Confidence!” Harper says.                                                         are stored conveniently on one         the singer could have two hundred
    Harper works to ensure that                  “La Reina girls have the intel-                                                        website.                               million dollars (
her students will perform their                  ligence and talent to succeed;                                                               “Youtube is where Google            Despite attacks to bring it down,
best at each tournament.                         they just need the confidence to                                                       meets television,” explains Mad-       Youtube remains a largely influen-
    Rashi Jindani ’11, one of                    ensure that they make the best                                                         die McGinnis ’11. “When you’re         tial force in cyberspace.
Hannah’s protégés, says, “I feel                 speeches.”

Chic grandparent couture
Teens are taking style                           ion media website Catwalkqueen.                      Barletta ’11.
tips from the least ex-                          com, grandparent attire made the                            Some girls plainly see
                                                 list of top ten autumn/winter trends                 borrowing from grand-
pected source - their                            at number two.                                       ma’s wardrobe as a bizarre
grandparents.                                         The grandparent style is not to                 and unexplainable fad.
                                                 be confused with the vintage styles                         “I don’t see how this
by Stephany Money ’11                            worn by grandparents in previous                     trend even started because
                                                 decades. This trend literally comes                  honestly, it’s not very flat-
    The scene is hectic, yet joyful.             from the interpretation of what                      tering or appealing,” says
Shrieks of “oohs’’ and “ahhs” es-                grandparents are wearing right                       Hannah Roberts ’11.
cape from groups of giddy Catholic                                    now.                                   With such contrast-
school girls on their first free                                                                      ing opinions about the
dress day. But some-                                                                                  grandparent style, one
thing is not quite                                                                                            can only speculate
right.                                                                                                           whether grandpa
    Crocheted                                                                                                       and grandma’s
s w e a t -                                                                                                          wardrobe will
ers, bulky                                                                                                            become just
button-up                                                                                                              another fleet-
cardigans,                                                                                                             ing fad, or
loud be-                                                                                                               maintain a
dazzled                                                                                                               classic legacy.

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                                                                                                   C last.
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because it took a cue from                    ardigan                                e sso                    “It’s probably another
                                                      w it h j u n i o r s J a c y B
something a little closer to home:                                                                    fad; next we’ll come up
grandpa and grandma.                               Many teenagers, including with something even more
    Because of the recent emer- some in this school, are already different,” Barletta says.
gence of this latest trend, clothes borrowing clothes from their grand- “But I will always throw
like these are going from grandpar- parents’ closets.                                                 on some of my grandpa’s
ents’ closets to the closets of teens              “I wear my grandpa’s button- stuff, of course only after
everywhere.                                    up cardigans over tank tops all the I take the used Kleenex
    According to the popular fash- time,” says sophomore Francesca out!”
                                                                                   PICTURE BY STEPHANIE PUSHAW ’10

                                                                         La Reina Herald December 2008

                                                                                                                                                       Serving up victory

                                                                                                                COURTESY OF KRISTIN WENDEL ’11
                                                                                                                                                       The varsity tennis team                      “Missing a lot of school and
                                                                                                                                                       celebrates success as the                maintaining good grades was dif-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ficult,” says Lauren Toohey ’09.
                                                                                                                                                       new League Champions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “But tennis is my ultimate passion
                                                                                                                                                       by Amanda Tom ’11                        and it is the best thing in my life. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                absolutely love it.”
                                                                                                                                                          “Honestly it feels so unrealistic       With such passion comes special
                                                                                                                                                       and surreal. The excitement has memories of the season’s best
                                                                                                                                                       not quite sunken in yet,” says Al- game.
                                                                                                                                                       exandra Wall ’09 on her team being          “I would have to say our match
BACK to FRONT: Sean Christensen ’09, Jami Fido ’12, Alexa Poulton ’12, Courtney Birkett ’12, Dan-                                                      undefeated and winning the League with Viewpoint was the best game
iella Anderson ’09, Katherine Workman ’12, Sarah Hardy ’11, Sara Anselmo ’11, Madeline Rumer ’10,                                                      Championships.                           because the match was held on top
Annie Adams ’09, Dawnielle Tellez ’10, Melissa Bloomgren ’10, Kristin Wendel ’11, Katie Suwara ’10,                                                      The varsity tennis team has had an of their garage and overlooked the
and Hanna Stoiberg ’09, the varsity volleyball players, smile proudly at state quarterfinals.                                                          outstanding year in the competition L.A. valley area,” says Shao.

 Spike for Success
                                                                                                                                                       against schools such as Oak Park            With the all-around talent of the
                                                                                                                                                       and Oaks Christian, with more than tennis team, did these players ever
                                                                                                                                                       five point leads in all matches.         have a bad game?
                                                                                                                                                          “It has been an amazing season           “Our match with Rio Mesa was
                                                                                                                                                       and I’m so excited because the ten- horrible because Elizabeth Work-
                                                                                                                                                       nis team hasn’t won League                               man ’09 and Taurie
                                                                                                                                                       in a long while,” says                              CO         Bjerken [were
With an impressive record                    “Being friends with my team-         UPDATE:                                                              Annie Shao ’10.                                          T        gone],” says
of wins, the volleyball team             mates builds a lot of trust. When          The varsity team made it all                                       “Our team is the                                                     Shao. “Rio

                                         I’m on the court I trust them, and       the way to the quarterfinals of

aimed high this season and                                                                                                                             strongest it has                                                      Mesa and

                                         I know that they have my back,”          state championships after plac-                                      ever been this                                                        La Reina
did not disappoint.

                                         she says.                                ing second in the CIF Division                                       year.”                                                                 w e r e
                                                                                  II-A southern section finals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NA WINTER ’11
by Ashley Lawrence ’11                       The girls’ intense commitment                                                                                So how did                                                          both un-
                                         to each other and the team is what       Following their runner-up title,                                     these players                                                          defeated
   “I want to be CIF southern sec-       makes them play so efficiently. Ka-      they beat Garces in the first                                        become so                                                              at the
tion champions!” exclaims varsity        tie Suwara ’10 showed her devotion       round of state, dominating                                           skilled?                                                               time and
volleyball player, Sarah Hardy ’11.      to the team by taping yellow and         with scores of 25-22, 25-20,                                             “I just al-                                                       with our
Sitting next to teammate and friend      green paper banners to the gym for       and 25-14. At quarterfinals on                                       ways have a                                                         two impor-
Kristen Wendel ’11, Hardy is ex-         the game that night.                     November 29 against Del Mar,                                         positive attitude                                                tant singles
cited for the night’s game.                 “Our friendship off the court is      the team played their best but                                       and focus on win-                                              players gone,
    “Do you think you’ll win?” a         what motivates me. Without it, I         lost by only a few points. Great                                     ning each point                                                   we lost 8-10.
friend asks Hardy.                       don’t think I’d play as well,” she       job, Regents!                                                        at a time,” says                                                  But the
  And with an unwavering sense of        says.                                                                                                         Taurie Bjerken Ellie Workman ’09 takes a powerful worst part
                                                                                                                      COURTESY OF KRISTIN WENDEL ’11

confidence she responds, “Oh, it’s a        “It” is what other teams do not                                                                            ’09.                  swing at the ball during a match.           was that Rio
home game. Of course we’ll win.”         have. The girls’ close bond to each                                                                              But this deter-                                                Mesa shoved
    Her confidence is not poorly         other allows the team to really                                                                               mination does                                                     it into our
placed: that night, the varsity vol-     shine in games. Their friendship                                                                              not stop after the season is over.       faces. It wasn’t a good day.”
leyball team played against Oak          is responsible for their remarkable                                                                             “Even during off-season, I practice       Some members disagree, how-
Park High School and won, secur-         success.                                                                                                      my strategies,” says Jackie Lauletta ever.
ing its undefeated record.                 “Our closeness not only allows us                                                                           ’09. “I also attend tennis camps dur-        “We didn’t really have a bad
    “It’s really hard to get this far,   to play better on the court,” Melissa                                                                         ing the summer.”                         game,” says Laurel Rodewald ’11.
going into CIFs undefeated,” says        Bloomgren ’10 says, “but also                                                                                   During the tennis season, the ten- “We crushed the competition.”
first-time varsity player Katty          practice harder, with more com-                                                                               nis players can depend on the guid-        The tennis team members always
Workman ’12. “I’ve depended on           mitment, and overall, more ef-                                                                                ance of Coach Bowie Hahn.                support one another and cheer
my teammates. We are a team.”            ficiency.”                                                                                                       “[Hahn] is a really good coach,” loudly on the sidelines.
  Their impeccable teamwork con-            Still joking with her teammate,                                                                            says Belinda Lai ’09. “He gives a          “I love all the girls on the team,”
tributes to enormous success.            arm in arm, Hardy sums up the hard                                                                            lot of easy hints that I can always says Rodewald. “They’re all so
   “I am friends with all the girls,”    dedication of the volleyball team.                                                                            use to improve my skills. Not to supportive even though I’m just the
says Wendel. “Our friendship really        “We haven’t lost a single game,”                                                                            mention, he always keeps our spirits new sophomore alternate.”
helps us play better.”                   she says, “and I owe it all to my        Jami Fido ’12 is poised and                                          pumped up!”                                  The team has bonded through
   Player Annie Adams ’09 agrees.        team. They’re my buds.”                  determined to spike the ball.                                           Coach Hahn is proud of them.          the years from their daily practices
                                                                                                                                                           “They’ve really exceeded any after school to bus rides to matches.
 Junior High Volleyball: Shooting for the Stars                                                                                                        expectations I have ever had,” he They always have a blast because
                                                                                                                                                       says. “The secret is in the philoso- they are together.
     Under Coach Tom Bailey, the players have been declared the number one seeded team in playoffs. To                                                 phy called ‘grip-and-rip.’ You grip         Unfortunately, it’s time for the
  start off what has become an amazing season, they became the reigning champions in league volleyball                                                 the tennis racket and rip the ball. seven seniors on the team to say
  at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center. They also defeated Our Lady of Grace at quarterfinals and earned a                                                 It allows the players to play really goodbye to their tennis team.
  first place title in Division I of the Valley Catholic Sports Program playoffs. On Decenber 2, the team                                              aggressive tennis.”                          “Being on the tennis team has
  triumphed at semifinals against Our Lady of Lourdes. To top off their season, the girls won the champion-                                               Though led by a great coach, the been the best experience,” says
  ship title against St. Mel’s at Louisville on November 4! Congratulations, girls!                                                                    girls encountered obstacles.             Elizabeth Workman ’09.

  Golf team stays on par
The golf team celebrates a               a golfer cannot achieve much.            the outcome of the match.                                                     League Champion.                coaches and the players.
highly successful season.                 According to the school’s records,        Sinner also comments on                                                            “Watching Christina         “I had a few doubts, but I over-
                                         the team has eight league champi-        the nerve-wracking mo-                                                                  [Sinner] and Kate     came them. After last year, I think
by Kirsten Mosesson ’11
                                         onships under its belt and won its       ments of a golf match.                                                                       [Jacobson]       we learned and surpassed every-
  “Golf is more than just a game,”       ninth championship against rival           “I was anxious but con-                                                 ’09                  shaking        thing and pulled through,” says
says Christina Sinner ’09, captain       Oaks Christian on October 23,            fident because I knew we                                                their heads            on the last    Brenna Callero ’11.
of the golf team. “It involves dedi-     2008.                                    could do it,” she says.                                                hole, I was real-      ly worried,       This year, the golf team was very
cation, perseverance, skill and the         “I was incredibly nervous, es-          The final match against                                             but after I found out their scores, I   successful and achieved the goals
ability to work with your teammates      pecially knowing that this match         Oaks Christian put pres-                                             knew we would win, and I couldn’t        it had set. The team’s confident
in order to excel.”                      would make or break the season           sure on the players that                                             have been happier,” says Cox. “I’m       coach, Mr. Bob Sisco, believes they
   Like all other sports, golf has       for us,” says Makenna Cox ’10,           they were forced to over-                                              pretty sure I ran over and gave        can go all the way.
certain requirements, such as clubs,     co-captain of the golf team, of the      come in order to triumph.                                                     them a huge hug.”                 “I am hoping we finish in the top
tees, balls and uniforms.                few moments before her tee off.          At the end of the day, the                                                            The importance of       four. We can go to championships
   It is also a team sport; without      Because she was in the first group       golf team came away with                                                            this match put a lot      if we play as well as we can,” he
the encouragement of teammates,          to play, her score was a key factor in   the win and the title of                                                             of pressure on the       says.
                                                                          La Reina Herald December 2008
Lauren Hearne ’12,
                                                                                                                                                      Case takes the court

                                                                                                                    COURTESY OF MR. ROBERT LOPEZ
Gabriella Lowry
’11, Katie Kavetsky                                                                                                                                  The basketball team                  gan on Monday, November 3. After
’10, Sarah Pearson                                                                                                                                                                        a week with Coach Case, many
’10, Jamie But-                                                                                                                                      gets a new coach who                 of the players had already sensed
ters ’10, Coach                                                                                                                                      is determined to lead                improvement in the team.
Robert Lopez,
Mary Thompson
                                                                                                                                                     the team to victory.                   Michelle Cunningham ’11 says,
                                                                                                                                                                                          “He has already helped me by being
’10, Meghan Mur-                                                                                                                                     by Jennifer Tolcher ’11              there at practice and watching me
phy ’09, Rachel                                                                                                                                                                           mess up over and over again and
Brajkovich ’12,                                                                                                                                         “He is super enthusiastic and then helping me fix my mistakes.”
Tara Blanchard                                                                                                                                       knows the game inside and out,”       According to, coaches
’10, and McKenzie                                                                                                                                    says Mr. Bob Sisco, golf and soft- should focus on tackling specific ar-
O’Malley ’09 smile                                                                                                                                   ball coach. “He is an extremely eas of the sport at a time to improve
with their trophy                                                                                                                                    hard worker who will get the           skills. Coach Case’s typical prac-
after dominating at                                                                                                                                  job done.”                               tices consist of a ten-minute
the state competi-                                                                                                                                      Coach Keith Case, who                  warm-up of shooting, followed
tion.                                                                                                                                                began his coaching ca-                    by work on defensive and of-

                                                                                                                                                     reer here several years                     fensive skills, and conclud-
                                                                                                                                                     ago, returns as the                             ing with a scrimmage.
                                                                                                                                                     new coach of high                                   Coach Case is a major
                                                                                                                                                     school basketball.                                  asset to the team, but
                                                                                                                                                        Basketball is                                     a lot of his success
The cross country team                   season began because the team            and leave it all on the course.                                    the second most                                     will be shared with his
has experienced its most                 was “so close to winning it.”               “Everybody on this team has a                                   popular sport in                                   two assistant coaches,
                                          The team trained harder than ever       responsibility. We can’t accomplish                                the world, stand-                             Mr. Steve Delsohn and Ms.
successful season thus far.
                                         to perform its best, and the girls set   our goals unless everybody does.                                   ing just behind soc-                          Allison Neill.
                                         their standards high.                    Other sports get timeouts; we’ve got                               cer. Many players                                  Coach Delsohn, father
by Jillian DeGennaro ’11                    “We need to go into each race         one shot. It requires everyone to do                               can eventually play at                         of player Emma Delsohn
                                         now knowing and believing we             her job. It takes a full team effort,”                             the professional level.                         ’11, has coached the ju-
  The Cross Country team has had         can achieve our goals. Every             says Coach Lopez.                                                  However, these play-                            nior high basketball team
a fantastic season and is now ranked     point and person matters and we                                                                             ers would be nothing                             for several years, so he
first in C.I.F. Southern Section and     must run through the pain for            UPDATE:                                                            if it were not for their                         brings experience to the
first in C.I.F. State for Division IV.   the team, because we are only as            The La Reina cross country team                                 high school and                               team. He works on the
The team’s champion runners are          strong as our last runner,” says         has blown away all competition                                     college coaches.                              defensive aspect of bas-
proud of all their hard work, which      Tara Blanchard ’10.                      this year and breezed through CIF                                     Case started his ca-                            ketball, such as guard
certainly paid off.                        The team has been training hard        Preliminaries and Finals to earn the                               reer here but left to                               play.
    “[This season] has been really       since July, experiencing long,           title of Division IV State Cham-                                   coach at other high         BY AMANDA TOM ’11
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coach Neill played
amazing because we’ve been able          grueling practices in all types of       pion. After capturing second place                                 schools and Califor-                                  as a forward for
to accomplish many of our goals.         conditions.                              in the Tri-Valley League, the run-                                 nia Lutheran Uni-                                     Coach Case at CLU,
It’s been very exciting,” says Sarah       “Running is both a mentally and        ners were propelled into Califor-                                  versity. He has moved back so she is familiar with the coach.
Pearson ’10.                             physically challenging sport, and        nia State Championships. At the                                    into the area with his wife, an Coach Case felt that one of the
   Pearson broke the school record       when you endure that much pain           Woodward Park course, the team                                     alumna, and is ready to coach a most important things that needed
for 5000 meters with a time of           and suffering day after day with         ran the seventh fastest in Divi-                                   new season with a new pool of to be done this year was to find a
18:34, one second faster than the        someone, a strong bond between           sion IV state meet history, with a                                 knowledge.                           female coach so the girls would
previous record, at the Clovis Cross     you guys is inevitable,” says            combined time of 1:36:37. To top                                     “Keith has been able to develop have someone to relate to.
Country Invitational on October 11,      Blanchard.                               this impressive team achievement,                                  his experience over the years and      Coach Case says his goals are to
2008. At the Mt. San Antonio Col-           With the most important part          freshman runner Rachel Brajkovich                                  greatly improve his coaching,” form relationships with the play-
lege Cross Country Invitational on       of the season ahead, the team felt       ’12 beat the school record for the                                 says Mr. Sisco.                      ers and to “help them accomplish
October 24, 2008, Pearson finished       confident in its abilities and ready     5000 meter race, running a speedy                                      Coach Case’s experience is their goals both personally and
third in 18:38 in Division IV with       for the challenge of state cham-         18:27. She also earned sixth place                                 not the only asset that has made individually.”
Rachel Brajkovich ’12 just three         pionships.                               overall, followed by Sarah Pearson                                 him the new favorite among the         Both the coaches and players will
seconds behind, in fourth. This              “We have some obstacles to           ’10, who came in eighth place. Both                                basketball players. His easygo- have to adapt to the new environ-
is Brajkovich’s first year running       overcome, but I know we have             girls received all-state honors. Tara                              ing personality, love for the sport, ment and learn more about each
cross country and she has proven         the strength. It’s just a matter of      Blanchard ’10 came in 29th place,                                  and positive attitude bring him other to have a successful season.
herself a promising new addition.        going there and giving it our all,”      Mary Thompson ’10 in 37th, Katie                                   success as a coach.                     According to Mr. Sisco, “This
   In 2007, the team placed third in     said Mary Thompson ’10 before            Kavetsky ’10 in 63rd, McKenzie                                         “He makes us feel more like season is a transition season. Things
State Championships. Coach Rob-          the competition.                         O’Malley ’09 in 73rd, and Meghan                                   a family, like home,” says Celia will definitely be different, but it
ert Lopez says this was where their        In order to win, every single run-     Murphy in 121st. Congratulations,                                  Guzman ’11.                          seems me the future is promising
goal of winning state for the 2008       ner must run to her full potential       runners, for making history!                                         Tryouts for the new season be- for the basketball team.”

                                         Waltz of the Nutcracker
                                         Students are ready to                    Conejo Civic Ballet Company                                      hours every Saturday morning.
                                         appear in a production of                (CCBC). It will be held Sunday,                                     “The rehearsals are really long
                                                                                  December 7, at 2:30 in the Kavli                                 and tiring, but in the end, it pays
                                         The Nutcracker.
                                                                                  Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic                               off,” says Mazina. “I really like
                                         by Hanna Winter ’11                      Arts Plaza.                                                      showing off what I’ve learned
                                                                                    The ballerinas, Dasha Gloutak ’10,                             in front of my friends when they
                                            The audience silently waits as        Kelsy Koenig ’11, Juliana Distefano                              come watch my performance.”
                                         three ballerinas take the stage          ’13, and Lida Mazina ’13, have                                        Expectations for the young
                                         donning brown and red outfits and        performed in many productions in                                 ballerinas are very high, especially
                                         vibrant red character shoes. They        years past and will be dancing in                                among those who have seen the
                                         settle and wait for the music to         the upcoming “Nutcracker” this                                   professional “Nutcracker Ballet”
                                         begin. Unfortunately, the music is       December.                                                        in New York City.
                                         delayed and one nervous dancer              Each dancer has three different                                 “Hopefully it will live up to the
                                         slips and falls face-down on the         parts for the performance. Koenig,                               professional [Nutcracker] ballet
                                         stage.                                   Distefano, and Gloutak will all be                               in New York, which I have seen
                                              “There were only three of           performing in the “Waltz of the                                  numerous times,” says Hannah
                                         us so it was really noticeable           Flowers.” Distefano, along with                                  McGough ’11.
                                         and      embarrassing,”       says       Mazina, will perform the “Russian                                   Even former ballerina Melissa
                                         Dasha Gloutak ’10 about her              dance.” Koenig will also be an                                   Levinsohn       ’11    has     high
                                         performance as a Russian                 Arabian dancer while Gloutak will                                expectations for the performance.
                                         dancer during last year’s dance          perform the “Marzipan Dance.”                                      “Even though I will be watching
                                         production of “The Nutcracker.”          Mazina, in addition, will be a soldier                           from the audience seats this time,
                                             Gloutak will have a chance           and a ballerina girl.                                            I hope everyone will be as good
                                         to redeem herself at this year’s           In preparation for the production,                             as when I was watching from
                                         “Nutcracker,” presented by the           rehearsals can vary from two to five                             backstage,” says Levinsohn.

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