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					4 Features                                                                                                           The Nexus                                                                                        Dec. 18, 2009

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Anna Buckley                                             songs. If you don’t beat match [the two songs] cor-
Staff Writer                                             rectly you can hear the two kick drums go off beat
                                                         and then the song sounds terrible.”
      As the song ended, Calvin Nakhonthap (12)                 Nakhonthap now practices three hours a day
used his turn table to match the beat to the next        to perfect his techniques and makes new sets for
song on his lineup, blending them together so            when he DJs at parties.
they mixed perfectly. Nakhonthap felt the energy                “I have small gigs because a lot of close friends
around him as he continued to DJ for the 50 people       know who I am,” he said. “My friend Andrew Bron-
surrounding his turn table at the biggest party he       te [12] is always helping me. He’s sort of like my
had ever worked.                                         manager and he helps me get gigs. Most of the time
      Nakhonthap began disc jockeying about six          when I go DJ, it’s at his house.”
months ago, and now DJs at friends’ parties and                 Nakhonthap’s first gig was in Bronte’s base-
creates mixes for online radios, going by the name       ment with around 20 friends and classmates.
DJ Layzee.                                                      “I wasn’t really nervous, I was just really happy
      This summer, Nakhonthap developed a pas-           to be DJ-ing somewhere,” Nakhonthap said. “My
sion for DJ-ing after watching numerous YouTube          friends were having a good time and for me DJ-ing
videos of two well-known DJs, DJ Cotts and DJ Ra-        isn’t just about me. It’s about seeing people happy
vine.                                                    when listening to my music.”
      “I started DJ-ing because of [them],” Nakhont-            Along with DJ-ing at parties, Nakhonthap cre-
hap said. “I listen to the kind of music that they do,   ates mixes to submit to online radios. He recently
which is hardcore and hard-style. [They’re] both         submitted a mix to DI.FM, which now plays his mix
unknown genres of electronic dance music. It’s           once daily.
known throughout the world but not really here                  One day after school, Nakhonthap listened in-
because no one listens to techno here.”                  tently to one of these online radio stations. As the
      Once Nakhonthap knew he had a desire to            song ended, he anticipated what would come on
learn how to DJ, he did research online to find the      next, hoping he would recognize the beat. As soon
best turntable he could buy. He used all of the $800     as it began he smiled in satisfaction, listening to his
he had saved since he was 7 and his dad pitched in       own mix that he had spent weeks making.
the remaining $200, enough to buy his turntable.                Of the four mixes that Nakhonthap has cre-
      “My dad realized that I was really into this DJ    ated, his favorite is titled, “Feeling Kind of Layzee,”
thing, so he helped me out,” he said. “My dad has        which incorporates his own DJ name.
always been supportive of me.”                                  Making mixes can take Nakhonthap up to
      Nakhonthap began without any real knowl-           three or four weeks. He takes his time perfecting
edge of how to use his turntable, a modern ver-          the blend of songs and creating the right mood.
sion of the classic turntables, using CDs instead               “My mixes are known for the track list for
of records. He taught himself through practice and       them,” Nakhonthap said. “All the songs I pick go to-
learning from the Internet.                              gether and makes people feel [a certain] way. There
      “After I bought it I had no clue how to use it     are songs that are more upbeat, or have more lyrics,
so I went online, asked people, looked at forums         or more breakdown parts, or [a] deeper meaning.
and just taught myself,” he said. “After about three     From DJ-ing I’ve grown this instinct to know what
months I was able to do it pretty well.”                 songs make people feel what.”
      But while learning to DJ, many complications              Now that Nakhonthap has become more expe-
arose because DJ-ing incorporates many techni-           rienced with DJ-ing, he is branching out into other
cal aspects, such as equalizing and beat-matching,       styles.
which took Nakhonthap months to learn.                          “I’ve been learning electro and it’s been one of
      “Beat-matching was really complicated,” he         my goals to learn all of the genres I enjoy,” he said.
said. “Beat-matching is matching the tempos of two              Nakhonthap plans to continue to DJ in the fu-
songs. It took me about three months straight of         ture, and if possible, to pursue it as a career.                                                                                                                                Anna Buckley
just learning how to beat match [through] differ-               “Hopefully I can turn it into a career,” he said.
ent practices. You have to bend the pixels of each       “It’s definitely something I really want to do for my      Using his turn table, Calvin Nahkonthap (12) adds effects to the song playing. Nahkonthap has been DJ-ing for
song [to] make it faster or slower just to match two     life.”                                                     over six months and practices three hours a day to perfect all the technical aspects of DJ-ing, such as beat-matching.



                                                                                                                                                                Team Del Sol skates
                                                                                                                                                                its way to major win
                                                                                                                                                                George Jeng                                 ers for what and how they should im-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            prove for the next competition. The
                                                                                                                                                                Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                            next sectional competition that the
                                                                                                                                                                      In Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2,584         team will be competing in is in Cedar
                                                                                                                                                                miles away from home, the Team Del          Rapids, IO. In order to maintain their
                                                                                                                                                                Sol synchronized figure skating team        position, the team must continue to
                                                                                                                                                                fell silent in disbelief before they        improve the nuances of their routine,
                                                                                                                                                                jumped up in joy, screaming at the top      constantly polishing their posture and
                                                                                                                                                                of their lungs.                             footwork.
                                                                                                                                                                      One of the team member’s moms               This constant progress requires
                                                                                                                                                                had just entered the locker room and        countless hours of practice as a team
                                                                                                                                                                informed them of their first-place          and from the individual skaters. The
                                                                                                                                                                victory in the Richard Porter Com-          team practices Saturdays, Sundays,
                                                                                                                                                                petition. Westview Team members             and Tuesday mornings, with Tues-
                                                                                                                                                                include Alicia Hernandez (11), Megan        days being the earliest at 4:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                Winslow (11) and Kathryn Luszcz             at the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira
                                                                                                                                                                (9).                                        Mesa. The Junior team’s performance
                                                                                                                                                                      Junior Team Del Sol placed first      included a move called the “Pivoting
                                                                                                                                                                out of 20 other teams from across           Line” where the team forms a line and
                                                                                                                                                                the nation. This was Team Del Sol’s         swings around like a windshield wip-
                                                                                                                                                                second competition of the season.           er while perfectly synchronized.
                                                                                                                                                                The first came in Anaheim, where the              Skaters describe the skating sen-
                                                                                                                                                                teams were generally less renowned          sation as one of ‘a rush.’
                                                                                                                                                                and mainly from the West coast.                   “From practice we had so much
                                                                                                                                                                      “I definitely didn’t expect the win   drilling and muscle memory that
                                                                                                                                              Anna Buckley      because we lost a bunch of seniors as       that’s not what we had to focus on,”
                                                                                                                                                                well as a lot of girls who quit because     Winslow said. “The content should
Setting up the inflatable decorations in front of his house on Christmas Card Lane, Emil Salman (10) prepares his house for the
                                                                                                                                                                it was too much of a commitment,”           come naturally from the practice. Dur-
crowds of people that will look at decorations on his street. Each year, Salman helps his family and neighbors decorate for the season.
                                                                                                                                                                Megan Winslow (12) said. “We didn’t         ing competition we focus on our pre-


Christmas Card Lane spreads cheer
                                                                                                                                                                have a lot of people from last year and     sentation aspects such as smiling and
                                                                                                                                                                a lot of younger kids had moved up so       posture.”
                                                                                                                                                                I wasn’t confident that we were really            Looking ahead, the team hopes to
                                                                                                                                                                good, but we worked hard and got            stay on top of the competition.
Yoojin Kim                                   When she had first moved           deer with giant red bows around         cheer,” Rachel Minarovich (12),         first [place] so that was really satisfy-         “It felt really good to beat the last
News Editor                             onto Christmas Card Lane five           their necks, and also makes sure        who also lives on Christmas Card        ing.”                                       reigning national team, Team Image
                                        years ago, she and her mom created      that the lights are working prop-       Lane, said. “Some houses don’t get            The team views this competition       from New York, ” Winslow said. “The
      On a clear December night,        the card themselves.                    erly after a year.                      decorated which is kind of sad, but     as a stepping stone for progressing to      main thing is that we improved a lot
Anna Goemaere (10) and her                   After the family selected the           “Sometimes it’s a drag to have     then there are other houses on the      sectional and national competitions.        since the last competition and that
friends strolled through the light-     image they wanted on their card,        to put out all the decorations, es-     end of our street that try to out-      The results provide them with point-        improvement is what really matters.”
filled streets of Christmas Card        they projected it onto a large          pecially this year with the rain and    decorate each other, and that part




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Lane.                                   wooden board. Then they painted         everything,” she said. “But the holi-   is pretty cool.”
      All along the streets, brightly   the picture and took it to Home         day season is just really exciting,           Every day of December as she
lit deer bobbed their heads up and      Depot to get it cut out.                and that makes up for all the hard      drives home, Minarovich passes
down, small trains chugged across            “When you move into the            work.”                                  the yards full of snowflakes, snow-
front yards and snowmen waved           house, [the previous homeowners]             Also, during the weeks lead-       men and Santas, which drives her




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hello.                                  tell you that it’s Christmas Card       ing up to the holidays, Salman al-      and her family to participate in the
      Spotlights highlighted the        Lane,” Goemaere said. “They tell        ways helps not only his family, but     Christmas Card Lane tradition.
various cartoon characters care-        you that a lot of people decorate       his neighbors with the decorations.           “Just living on Christmas Card
fully painted onto wooden boards:       their houses full-out and then it’s     He untangles strings of lights, and     Lane is definitely an incentive for
Charlie Brown and his pals in foot-     up to [the new homeowner] to de-        then he climbs ladders to set up        decorating the house,” she said.
ball gear wished Goemaere a happy       cide whether your family wants to       rooftop decorations.                    “If we didn’t live there, our family
holiday; Superman, with his super-      be a part of it or not.”                     “We all work together as a         wouldn’t be as spirited as we are.”
hero allies in their colorful capes          Unlike Goemaere, who cre-          neighborhood,” he said. “People are           With so many visitors to
and ultra-tight tights, sported a
Santa hat; and Yoda greeted Goe-
                                        ated the card herself, Emil Salman
                                        (10), Goemaere’s next-door neigh-
                                                                                together a lot for the holidays, but
                                                                                helping out with the decorations
                                                                                                                        Christmas Card Lane, during the
                                                                                                                        holidays, the streets get additional
                                                                                                                                                                                           DMV
maere with “‘Weesa’ wishing you a
happy holidays.”
                                        bor, received his card from the pre-
                                        vious homeowners.
                                                                                brings us together even more.”
                                                                                     In the tight-knit community,
                                                                                                                        lights from passing cars, or an oc-
                                                                                                                        casional tour bus or even a horse                            Approved Online
      After walking through the              “Some families go with the         the residents of Christmas Card         carriage.
streets of Renato, Ellingham, Ovie-
do and part of Twin Trails, Goe-
                                        card that they’re given and some go
                                        with new cards,” Salman said. “It’s
                                                                                Lane gather occasionally for bon-
                                                                                fire parties. On chilly nights, the
                                                                                                                              “One of the best parts about
                                                                                                                        living [on Christmas Card Lane]
                                                                                                                                                                                     Drivers Ed Course
maere returned to her own house
located on Twin Trails.
                                        a really good way to show the dif-
                                        ferent varieties of decorations and
                                                                                adults drink hot chocolate or tea,
                                                                                while children munch on popcorn
                                                                                                                        is being able to see all the people
                                                                                                                        come to admire the work that                                     Fast, Fun,
      There on her own front yard       show the spirit of Christmas in         as they watch movies, and teenag-       we’ve put out on our houses,” Sal-
stood the eight-foot teddy bear
Santa Clause that she helped set
                                        new ways.”
                                             Every year, Goemaere, with
                                                                                ers walk the streets looking at the
                                                                                newer decorations.
                                                                                                                        man said. “It really does bring ev-
                                                                                                                        erybody together and the thought
                                                                                                                                                                                      Simple and Easy
up with her dad.                        her dad, puts out the lighted rein-          “It’s just so much Christmas       of it really brings you joy.”

				
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