So long, Class of 2015 pp.7-10 Seniors and where they are headed next The Armijo Signal Armijo High School, Fairfield June 2015 Volume XIX, Issue X AHS sends two to Sister City Student of the Year Scholar, athlete, friend By Andrew Zheng Senior News co-editor Each year, teachers around the district look at their students and choose one exceptional representative from their school. It is a methodical procedure at Armijo, where the different departments select nominees and then narrow them down to the one and only Student of the Year who is presented to the district as a shining example of the school’s spirit. Grades certainty count but it goes beyond that. It also incorporates the student’s involvement on campus and the student’s impression he/she leaves that causes a pupil to receive the esteemed honor. This year, Amini Kapapa has been selected as the new student of the year. In a recent interview with him, he has said that he is “excited” and “honored” to be chosen. He is enthusiastic that he will be “recognized by his peers.” Kapapa is a very successful senior, where he has earned a 3.8 weighted GPA in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. He is known to be a good citizen at Armijo High School and said that his years at Armijo had been incredibly fun. What makes Kapapa stand-out above the rest is his extraordinary skill and dedication to wrestling. Kapapa’s accomplishments in the sport include earning two league championships, three times being sectionals qualifier, twice being a Sac Joaquin Sectional masters’ qualifier, and a state qualifier for the state of California. Even though Kapapa modestly said that he did not think he has really contributed to the community, he unquestionably has been a great role model and positive person, leaving a lasting impression on his teachers and his peers. Kapapa plans attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey in the. He has a bright future and can definitely add this accolade to his nice list of triumphs. Amini won over the hearts of the Armijo staff to earn Student of the Year. Photo by Adrian Quijano Fairfield program selects a pair of Armijo students to travel By Dayanna Reyes Staff writer Two of the six students who will be representing Fairfield this summer in Nirasaki, Japan, will be from Armijo. This annual adventure is a cultural exchange open to all interested students in the Fairfield area. Tobey Bautista has been interested in Japan’s culture and has been learning Japanese to prepare. He is looking forward to seeing Tokyo, the Pokemon Center and the region’s high schools. These two students are looking forward to this summer’s visit where they will live with Japanese families and see the amazing sites of the country. In January, several of the students Photo by ID and Trevon Carrie from the area visited the United States and wandered around the classrooms at Armijo. Now it is time for Bautista to have a similar experience. Rachel Syrett will also be traveling to Japan this summer, but it won’t be her first trip. She spent New Years 2014 there. “I have always had an interest in Japanese culture since my mom used to live there and my dad works there,” she said. “I think that a visit to Japan from a more local perspective will really help me learn more about the country.” Syrett has been working on a speech in Japanese to present to the Sister City members. She is looking forward to seeing several sites, including Kyoto, the ancient temples and the museum at Hiroshima. While this is Bautista’s first year involved with the program, Syrett has known about it for years. “My older sister was interested in it,” she said. “I started to be involved in the program a couple of years ago when I began attending meetings and volunteering in fundraisers.” For both students, it is the first time that they have applied for the annual trip. Bautista and Syrett have both traveled to several states and both are college-bound after graduating from high school. Bautista plans to go to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and experience a career in the Air Force. Syrett is looking at UC Davis so that she can prepare for a position as a vet tech. “I think the [Japanese] experience will benefit me by allowing me to view Japan from a more local standpoint. Staying with a Japanese family will give me a much different experience than going as a tourist would,” said Syrett. The students will spend three weeks in the country, from July 6 - July 27. Those who are interested in traveling next year can contact Ms. Arletta Cortright, Fairfield City Clerk, at [email protected] Historical trip expands student’s cultural options Murray enjoyed an all-expenses paid adventure to southern states When Mileah Murray came back from her Spring Break, she couldn’t stop talking about her awesome experiences with the Willie B. Adkins program. This program provided her an opportunity to see out-of-state colleges and other historical sites of which many students are unaware. A total of 40 local students, including one other from Armijo, nine from Rodriguez and others from Vallejo schools, traveled from March 28 - April 2. The group visited colleges, Black History momuments and museums in Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama. They were able to see many site, including a visit to New Orleans. One of the most interesting parts of the trip for Murray was crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, often referred to as the Semla Bridge. This bridge, which played an important part in the Civil Rights movement, was declared a National Landmark in 2013. The trip would have cost Murray $1,500 but she was able to have her plane ride and hotels paid for through the program as well as some of her meals. ““All I had to do was pay for my lunch for the seven days,” she said. Her only other expenses for the trip were new walking shoes, khaki pants that students were to wear to present a professional appearance, shopping expenses and any expenses related to college applications. Murray was accepted at seven colleges in the region, but has decided to go to Solano for two years before transferring to Sacramento State. She plans to sutdy Nursing, Psychology or Sociology. tAblE of ContEnts News Editorials, etc. People Senior News Class of 2015 Clubs Sports Entertainment 1, 3 2 4-5 6 7-10 11 12-13 14-16 2Editorials, etc. News 3 The investment of a lifetime Financial scholars are “One in a Million” High school is a time of content. While middle school encompasses physical and emotional development and college/adult life focuses on the steps to a career, high school provides muchneeded respite for many. However, it would be foolish to say one does not grow during high school. The information gleaned from high school is crucial for all careers; however, high school learning doesn’t come with the academic intensity of college or the social complications of middle school. As a result, it’s better to address high school as a transition period, when students can refine skills they’ve honed earlier in life. Consequently, the emotional significance of high school graduation is undeniable. After all, many graduating seniors have been classmates since elementary school. Students often end up pursuing their own distinct goals post-graduation, separating a group of youth that essentially have grown up together. Combined with the memories of club activities, diligent study, and fun with friends, high school graduation becomes a catharsis of all the bittersweet experiences since primary school. Running through the lawn during recess, playing four square with friends, learning a new sport, taking the SAT for the first time, earning a driver’s license, and every other trial or success are all memories that should be cherished from 13 years of school. However, fond reminiscing should not conceal the endless opportunities available after graduation. Regardless of one’s plans after high school, graduating seniors have the pleasure (and burden) of finally integrating into adult society. Those who are not going to college take on new roles as adults: finding a job, taking over a family business, or helping out at home are all examples of these newfound responsibilities. For those going to college, classroom learning continues for a few more years. Nevertheless, college is significantly different from high school (mainly because of the independence) and students should attempt to learn as much as possible in those four years. Either path comes with the same goal: to make happy, productive adults out of confused high school seniors. By Tim Liu Editor-in-Chief Editors: Tim Liu, Editor-in-Chief Elyce Dixon and Jewel Esparza, News Trina Reynolds, People Mayank Malhotra and Andrew Zheng, Senior News Derek Wadsworth, Classes & Clubs Brittany Monk, Sports Sophia Santos and Gabriel Zanipatin, Entertainment Adviser: Ms. Lynne D. Herring Reporters: Johnny Fagundes Amanpreet Kaur Andre Lowe Nathaniel Moore Peter Popescu Dayanna Reyes Annika R. Uyenco Columnists: Sam Bundenthal On Friday, May 8, Armijo generously collected $1,003.43 to help with aid for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal. Way to go, Armijo! Congratulations! Student leaders for 2015-2016 ASB Officers President Alec Barrett Vice President Hunter Nelson Secretary Jay Singh Treasurer Skyler Ataide 5th Officer-Kaylen Anderson Class of 2016 President Ashley Van Belle Vice President-Carina Fuller Secretary Lacey Tomson Treasurer Chelsea Vuong Comic: Nina Steinkraus Contributors: Mathias Ian Bautista Quincy Cintron (‘11) Mr. Lee Inserto Chrys Lomahan Ms. Maria Macias Rodolfo Magan Leslie Morales Ms. Nicole Moulton Melanie Pence Ms. Faralee Wright On Tuesday, May 5, during fourth period, 125 Armijo seniors in Economics were honored at an awards ceremony for their achieving certification level in the EverFi Financial Literacy program here at Armijo. Students register for the on-line interactive program and then complete all nine modules with at least 70% accuracy in order to certify. This year marks the one-millionth student nationwide certifying in the program, making Armijo certifiers each “onein-a-million.” Because the program is on the Cloud, students can complete it at school, home, public library, or on their phones, with each module taking approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The modules cover information about checking and savings accounts, debit and credit cards, college financing, insurance, buying or renting a home, Federal Reserve System, investing, and other topics. First Northern Bank has graciously sponsored this program for the Fairfield-Suisun District for the last three years to encourage students to become financially literate and be smart about their personal finances and money matters. EverFi is the leading education technology company to teach, assess, Students proudly display the certificates that they earned from going through the EverFi program. and certify students in critical skills. Armijo has participated in this program with excellent certification percentages. In fact, the name of Armijo High School is well known at EverFi headquarters because of our consistency of participation and our high percentages. Dignitaries presenting Certificates of Achievement from EverFi were Armijo Assistant Principal Sheila Smith, Hayley Craig and First Northern Bank President/CEO Louise Walker, Fairfield Mayor Harry T. Price, Letter of Commendation from the representative from Assemblyman Jim Frasier’s office, and the Certificate of Achievement from the representative from State Senator Lois Wolk’s office. Our Economics and Statistics teacher, Mrs. Wright read the names of the recipients as they received their awards. Class of 2017 President Andrea Martinez Vice President Paige Baker Secretary Rachel Andersen Treasurer Juan Garcia Class of 2018 President Sharleen Esico Secretary Kiana Sabugo Vice President Christina Delmendo Treasurer Isabella Mayer Keep connected with The Armijo Signal! Stay up to date on newspaper news, join in fund-raising activities or participate in ad sales and promotion. Check us out on Facebook at: facebook.com/pages/The-Armijo-Signal/140982599266253 Questions? Call (707) 438-3308 or e-mail [email protected] Photographers: Trevon Carrie Adrian Quijano By Ms. Faralee Wright Economics teacher Letters to the editor? We realize that readers may not always agree with our articles or have something that they want to share with the school, which includes the students and the faculty. If you would like to contribute to our Editorial Page, including letters to the editor, please deliver them to C-3. A name must be included. The Armijo Signal is a student publication created to provide information and entertainment to the students at Armijo High School. We strive to be factually accurate and encourage our readers to bring information to our attention that could improve our newspaper. Articles and advertising are selected at the discretion of the Journalism Club members and adviser but do not always reflect the views of the club or the culture of the school. The Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. The Board shall promote programs, which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities. Students gathered for a week of music, dancing and fun at International Week in May. Summer volunteering By Elyce Dixon News co-editor Summer means a whole bunch of well-deserved downtime. Of course hanging out with friends is always an option, but why not do an activity that not only improves the community, but makes you look good on applications as well? Volunteering is a simple and easy way to make new friends, keep busy, and be open to new opportunities. There are a few organizations in Solano County that are great and pretty easy to be able to volunteer at. To begin with, the animal shelter in Suisun is a shelter where they take care of local animals who have been injured or lost. Here you can help with any of the daily jobs and get a chance to be up close and personal with the animals. It’s definitely a job to take if you’re interested in animals. The Solano County Library is also a great place to volunteer because it’s a calm environment and the tasks involved aren’t difficult. It’s a way to connect and meet new people, not only other volunteers but the library staff as well. To sign up, go to the library and ask the Young Adult librarian for information on summer volunteering. Finally, Habitat for Humanity is another great place to volunteer. It allows you to get physical and really help make an impact on the community. Habitat for Humanity primarily focuses on building houses, shelters, etc. for places or people that can’t afford to build themselves. To sign up all you have to do is go their site and provide your name, email, and address and you’ll get e-mail alerts for events near the area you live. Volunteering is good for several reasons. With volunteering you gain work experience and gain responsibility, practice with punctuality and other skills that are important to have when applying for a job. Volunteering is, in a sense a job without pay, so it’s a great place to start when looking for experience. Places where you volunteer would also be able to write you letters of recommendation for jobs, colleges, scholarships and other things. Volunteering allows you to build relationships with people who could guide you and contribute to you reaching new opportunities. Volunteering is good for yourself because you discover strengths and weaknesses that may help you improve your work ethic and personality. It also gives you humbling experience and changes your life in ways you might not have been able to experience if it weren’t for volunteering. Finals Schedule Tuesday, June 2 Period 1 8:00-9:35 Period 3 9:42-11:12 Lunch 11:12-11:42 Period 5 11:49-1:19 Wednesday, June 3 Period 2 8:00-9:35 Period 4 9:42-11:12 Lunch 11:12-11:42 Period 6 11:49-1:19 Thursday, June 4 No students - Teacher workday Friday, June 5 Graduation What should the Class of 2016 do this summer? By Andrew Zheng Senior News co-editor Summer break is literally in a few days and college applications are imminent. Some people may be toiling over what to put on their application or how they are going to have a good personal statement. This summer, members of the Class of 2016 can’t just sit around all day. They actually have to participate in stuff they are passionate about or would just like to experience. The summer months are a great way to show what you’re up to given free time. In additon to volunteering, which looks great on college applications and work resumes, jobs are also good for displaying skills while earning money. The senior year can be very expensive and the time used in the summer can help offset some of the costs. Students might want to work in a restaurant or as a lifeguard. Internships are nice too. They can present a person’s interests in certain fields and present working proficiency. Summer camps at colleges are good indicators if a future co-ed is able to cooperate with fellow students and handle the rigor of some college-level academics. Members of the AHS Class of 2016 might consider going to a summer camp at a college to collect amazing memories and gain the knowledge of fascinating subjects. Lastly, traveling – whether locally or abroad - is very beneficial but it could also be a real financial trouble. Visiting other countries allows individuals to absorb other cultures. Although it may not be academic at times, there is still the opportunity to grasp the wisdom of the world. Special needs students from the county celebrated the end of the school year with their annual dance. Photo by Ms. Nicole Moulton 4 People Teacher feature Another step in his teaching career For Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bruce, teaching at Armijo for the last five years isn’t too difficult from teaching for 22 years in the Air Force. While he teaches Aerospace Science (aka Air Force Junior ROTC) at the high school level, he was an instructor pilot in the KE- and EC-135 in the Air Force. He also had “extensive experience with several US treaties, including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), for which I was the commander for the Western US detachment in charge of implementing both treaties; and the Open Skies Treaty, in which I was a Team Chief and responsible for the implementation of the treaty,” he said. Lieutenant Colonel Bruce has been retired from active service in the military since July 31, 2000. His next career was as an instructor for Japan Air Lines, teaching Japanese pilots about flying. “And when the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor position at AHS became available, I knew it was the perfect job for me!” he said. “I became a teacher because I want to be part of the team that helps Lt. Col. Bruce has been a teacher for years, educate and lead our youth into adultbut there is much more to him than that. Photo by Trevon Carrie hood. I feel that with my background and expertise, both as an instructor pilot and commander, give me the depth of experience needed to help our kids turn into responsible adults.” When he is not teaching, he spends his down time swimming, reading, music, and spending time with his wife Suzanne and our 3 year-old dog Allie. His favorite sports teams are the Giants, “especially when they are winning!” he said - and the 49ers. Lieutenant Colonel Bruce grew up in Tulsa, OK and went to Nathan Hale High School where he met his wife, who is his high school sweethearts. After that, he went to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to win a Masters of Arts degree from Webster University. “I think the teacher that influenced me the most was my high school chemistry teacher, who showed us all much more than just classroom lessons - he could really relate to us and taught us about the real world and how to live in it,” he said. “I am pleased to be here at Armijo, and am very proud of the fantastic job my students (whom we call “cadets”) have done. It is truly refreshing to watch these students enter high school as kids with no sense of direction or clear path in life, and then graduate as mature, responsible, and motivated young adults.” In A-Z order, Delgado, Moore and Ruiz enjoy life from A to Z. ID photo and photos by Trevon Carrie People 5 What is the first thing you have planned to do this summer vacation? At work Live, laugh and learn Eduardo “Eddie” Gutierrez may have one of the best jobs in the county. He is working as an intern at the Police Activities League (PAL) Center, better known as the Matt Garcia Center on Union Eddie keeps busy helping others learn and laugh. Avenue, formerly the site ID photo of Sullivan Middle School. Gutierrez has a lot of responsibilities in his position and he gets to help with teens after school on a regular basis, teens from all over the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Sxhool District. The hours are good, since the Center is not open past 9 pm on most weekdays and 10 pm on Fridays. On occasion, there are activities held on weekends, but most events are held during the week after school. According to the City of Fairfield’s website, “The PAL Center is home to a host of enriching programs designed to support our members. We offer homework and academic enrichment with career planning, fitness, sports and recreation programs, leaderships and character education, and health/ wellness and life skills components.” This is the environment that Gutierrez gets to work in and every day exposes him to new opportunities. Activities at the Center include open gym and basketball leagues, boxing, kickboxing and martial arts, the latest video games, computers, homework assistance, a complete music and video studio and Friday night events like karaoke, poker and movies. Sophomore Jorge Martinez Morales: “Look for a job.” Sophomore Macie Brumme: “Do gymnastics.” Junior Melissa Cigarroa: “I’m going on vacation to Disneyland with my family.” Senior Raydahl Stephens: “I plan to go to Solano College for summer classes.” Senior Whaticia Patterson: “Celebrate my birthday in Miami.” By Amanpreet Kaur Last month’s Mystery Person was junior Jermayne Smith who remained a mystery throughout the first threequarters of May. Those who knew each month’s Mystery Person had the opportunity to go to G-10 and receive a free movie ticket at Edwards Theater. Only one prize per month was awarded and journalism club members and Armijo teachers and staff did not qualify. Armijo’s Mystery Person was presented between September and May. This year, the Mystery People were: September – Eduardo Juarez Naranjo, October – Kathleen Tran, who was identified by Isabella Mayer, November –Dakota Busby, who was identified by Melina Devera, December – Gloria Pearson, January – Justice Hitomi, February – Rianeh Gonzalez, March – Jesse Gilles, April – Alyssa Markarian, and May – Jermayne Smith. Next year, students are encouraged to not let the opportunity of a free movie ticket slip by! From A to Z September October November December January February March Freshman Aisa Galdamez: “Go on vacation to Las Vegas.” Junior Brandon Manybanseng: “Play football.” Still a mystery All in a name Every name has a story, but for three girls at Armijo, the story goes from A to Z in one easy step. Azayleah Delgado is a senior who is headed for Sacramento State University in the fall. She worked hard to get through Armjio High School so that she could have her afternoons free in her senior year. Another senior, Azalia Ruiz, was able to share the story of her name. “My mom’s name, Azucena, is a flower, and her two sisters are Dalia and Blanca Flors.” With that in mind, her mother decided that it would be good to name her daughter with a floral name as well, and so she became Azalia. Ruiz’s grandmother had a garden that had all four types of flowers growing in it. When people are introduced to her, Ruiz says that they don’t always pronounce her name well, but they say it is a nice name. “I love the name,” she said. “I wouldn’t change it!” When she graduates, Ruiz plans to attend Napa Community College before transferring to San Francisco State. The other student with an A-Z name is Azlynn Starr Ilys Moore. “Originally my name is spelled A-I-S-L-I-N. It is Greek for dream or vision,” she said. Her mother told her that she had a dream of her before she was born “so she named me Azlynn.” Moore enjoys singing, dancing and acting. She would eventually like to take these talents with her to New York and attend Columbia University, New York Academy of Dramadic Arts (NYADA), or Juliard. Freshman James Modena: “Hopefully go on vacation.” April May Far from home A change for the better For Cynthia Alvarez, moving from a Mexican farmlike environment to an American suburb has been an adventure. Alvarez moved with her extended family because she wanted a better life, but that meant leaving behind her immediate family and she said that she misses them most of all. Alvarez came to California in February but plans to stay. While she is still a fan of Mexican music, she has no plans to return to her home country to live. In fact, when Cynthia is learning a lot more than English she graduin her new hometown. ates from high Photo by Trevon Carrie school she hopes to go to Solano Community College so that she can further her education. In her short time at Armijo, Alvarez has already determined that her favorite things about the school are the food, the classroom and her friends. These are the things that make up her early memories of her first semester at Armijo. Sibling spotlight Two to go While Jessica and Samantha Ignacio were born on the same day, Samantha is about 30 seconds older. “We’ve gone to the same school together for our entire lives so most people know we’re twins,” said Jessica. There are advantages to having your twin on campus with you. “The best thing about having my sister on campus is having someone who will update me on school tuff because half the time I don’t even know what’ going on,” said Jessica. “College is going to be different,” said Samantha. “I’m going to Hawaii and she’s staying in California.” Despite their different interests and goals, Samantha inSamantha and Jessica are often confused. Photo by Trevon Carrie tends to become an interior designer, playing off her creative hobbies of drawing, traveling and more. Jessica is not so sure about her future goals. ““I always change my mind when it comes to career choices... right now I’m going for a job in wildlife. Guitar would be my hobby and side job,” she said. Jessica is in Guitar Club and enjoys it, but Samantha has backed off from being a member of school clubs. “I lost interest in the clubs I was in - Art Club, Key Club and others,” she said. “It wasn’t like they weren’t interesting, though. I just don’t feel passionately about any of them. She does continue to have passion for drawing, reading, writing and playing video games, “but I really love the outdoors and want to travel a lot,” she said. “I’ve been out of the country twice and traveled across the United States.” The girls have an older brother, Nik, who just graduated from UC Davis. He was also an Armijo graduate and in June, Samantha and Jessica will make it a trio of Armijo alumni in the Ignacio family. 6 Senior News Seniors & Schools College focus Free at last! Travel down south Tuesday - Wednesday, 6/2-3: Finals Friday, 6/5: Graduation The University of California, Irvine, is a public college located in Irvine, California. It has one of the 10 general campuses in the UC system. The University has over 30,000 students. UC Irvine is considered a Public Ivy campus. “Public Ivy” campuses are those undergraduate colleges and universities that are claimed to provide an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price. This particular school offers 80 undergraduate degrees as well as 98 graduate and professional degrees. UC Irvine was one of three campuses established in the 1960s, so it could accommodate a larger number of enrollments. It is ranked among the Top 10 US universities in the number of undergraduate applications each year. The most popular majors taken at UC Irvine are Biology, General Social Psychology, Business/Managerial Economics, Political Science and Government. The layout of the campus resembles a rough circle with its center being the Aldrich Park. If you are a person who loves to get involved with school, UC Irvine offers over 650 student clubs and organizations on campus. If you are interested in one of the programs that UC Irvine offers, and want to attend a university in southern California, then UC Irvine is a college for you. Saturday, June 6 (Registration deadline closed; Waitlist available until June 1; scores available June 25) For more information, go to www.collegeboard.com This test is offered at Armijo Fees: Reasoning Test = $52.50 Subject Tests: Basic Registration = $26 + $16 per test Change fee = $28 Waitlist fee = $48 Fall ACT Dates Saturday, September 12 (Registration deadline = August 7; scores available September 22 - November 7) For more information, go to http:// www.actstudent.org/ Fees: Without writing = $38; With writing = $54.50 Score Reports to 5th and 6th Colleges = $12 each Change fee = $28 Telephone Registration = $24.50 Late registration = additional $24 Standby fee = $47 Spencer Butler Jessica Ignacio Wednesday & Thursday, 6/3 & 6/4: Graduation Practice By Mayank Malhotra Senior News co-editor Spring SAT Dates humboldt stAtE univErsity Jose Casas Cigarroa Luis Casas Cigarroa Graduates, get ready! After thirteen years of education, Armijo’s graduates are preparing to walk across the stage on Friday, June 5, enjoying the applause of family and friends, if they are all caught up in fines and grades. Students can receive a limited number of tickets for the graduation ceremony. A school ID is required to pick up those tickets. Graduation practice will take place after finals on Wednesday, June 3 and again at 9 am on Thursday, June 4. Students will be expected to be on campus on Friday afternoon in time to line up for graduation. The ceremony will start at 6 pm. All graduates will be wearing their appropriate cap and gown combinations and the dress code will be enforced. In addition, girls are not allowed to wear high heels, although wedges are okay. If seniors owe any fees, including missing textbook or unpaid ID charges, they will not be able to pick up their diploma or get an official transcript. Grad Nite will take place on Friday evening, starting right after graduation. For students who have not bought their tickets yet, they will be available for $85 at the door. Only graduates with their Armijo ID cards and a ticket will be able to enjoy the festivities. The gym will be decorated during the last week of school in preparation for the event. There will be several games and activities for the students to participate including a hypnotist and a raffle. At the end of the evening a graduate will have the opportunity to win $1,000. Farewell to friends In the fall, Juliette Mandujano will get a chance to bring her talents to Long Beach City College where she intends to study oral hygiene. While it is something that she is looking forward to, she will definitely miss the relationships that she has developed in the three years that she has been attending Armijo. “What I am going to miss most is my friends,” said Mandujano. They would include her role models Greg Garcia, Carlos Gustavo Ocho and Lisandro Gonzalez. Her favorite memory from her time at Armijo? Like many students, it would be prom night. If Mandujano could change anything about Armijo before she left, it would be the time that school starts. “It is too early for me!” she said. While socializing with her friends i a priority, Mandujano also has some good advice for students trying to set their own goals. “Don’t let people get in the way of your success,” she said. MATH MASTERS Juliette has cleaning in her future, cleaning teeth, that is. Photo by Trevon Carrie When Math Attacks... BASIC MATH THROUGH CALCULUS NO ENROLLMENT FEES PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS LOW RATES! ...It isn’t pretty. NO CONTRACTS! Get Help Today! NO TESTING FEES! 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The title means that he has the second highest GPA in the class. That means that he’s headed to UC Berkeley next year, where he plans to major in Energy Engineering, focusing on alternative sources of energy and their applications. This summer, Remington plans to work for the Solano Transportation Authority, but also do some longboarding and play a lot of disc golf. After four years at Armijo, Remington has a lot of good memories. At one basketball game, he remembered when Cameron knows that school is about much more than the A-Team, of which just getting an education. Photo by Trevon Carrie he was a member, mimicked every movement and gesture the opposing coach made. The spectators noticed and laughed along, but the opposing coach never noticed. But not all his memories are good ones. Remington remembers the first time he fell asleep in class. He said, “I woke up and thought everyone was watching me.” He said falling asleep in class is never a good feeling, “but I’ve gotten used to it after a while.” When asked about his favorite subject, Remington said, “Math.” Overall, he said that he had some excellent teachers, including Ms. Ann Gillen (English), Ms. Jessica Conover (Science), Ms. Beth Nordeen (Science), Mr. John Molumby (Math), and Ms. Lisa Davis (English). To improve Armijo, Remington thinks that they should offer classes dedicated “solely to teaching writing skills.” He said that there is an expectation that students should know how to write, but it’s never taught. Outside of school, he likes to play sports, watch sports, and read about sports. He follows the Giants and Warriors closely. Remington said that the best thing about Armijo is its “huge student body. 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A valedictorian is the student in the graduating class that has the highest grade point average (GPA) and this year’s class has a three-way tie. The Valedictorians of the Class of 2015 are Mark Go, Jason Less, and Timothy Liu. All valedictorians are exceptional students. These three students are graduating with a GPA of about a 4.54 and all are partakers in the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Less will be taking many memories while he prepares for the next chapter of his life. His favorite memories include working hard his entire school year, and being named Valedictorian. He also cherishes playing sports for the school. He played four years of soccer and two years of baseball. He said that he will miss the many friendships and relationships that he has created in these last four years. Less described IB as a very positive and rewarding experience. He enjoyed the rigorous coursework and feels that IB has prepared him well for college. For anyone thinking of joining the IB program, Less advises to definitely join it, for it is a rewarding experience that will prepare students very well for college. In the fall, he will be attending UC Davis, and will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He hopes to one day work for a large, high tech company such as Google of Microsoft. Go, another valedictorian, will be attending UC Irvine. He plans to become a biomedical engineer. While attending Armijo, Go’s favorite memories include participating as a cheerleader in the annual Powder Puff games. He said that he will miss the exceptional school spirit demonstrated here. During his four years, Go was involved with water polo, swim, cross country, track, wrestling and band. IB was an overall great experience for Go and he encourages anyone that decides to put themselves through this program to keep your head up even when things get tough. Liu, the third Valedictorian of the Class of 2015, described his favorite memory in high school as the feeling after IB tests, when you go to class and you know you don’t have to study anymore. Liu describes the IB program as fantastic. He will be attending UCSD in the fall, and will study biomedical engineering. He hopes to one day become either a physician, medical researcher or bioengineer. Of the many things that Liu will miss, it is sheer diversity of the programs and the people that top his list. Liu’s tip for students pursuing IB is to not proThese three students finished strong with crastinate because it saves a lot the highest GPA in the class. ID photo and photos by Trevon Carrie of stress. 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On Wednesday, May 6, students from the Armijo Superband were able to visit Rodriguez High School to witness their local performance. “It was amazing,” said Cristin Cunanan.The Boston Brass has performed all over the world and it was a special opportunity for the students to enjoy a concert in a local venue. This event was a welcome diversion from their back-to-back wins at band competitions on Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9. At both competitions, the band won all the parade sweepstakes awards, receiving top honors in every category. “They took down their toughest competition putting Armijo back as the #1 parade band in Northern California!” said Ms. Louise Jacob, band teacher. At the May 9 event, the band took 1st and 3rd in concert and Angela Balolong walked away winning Mace Drum Major with the highest score of the day! “Our guard, as usual, won sweepstakes with their amazing ability to dance and throw equipment in the air and all with a smile on their face…I couldn’t be more proud of these young men and women! They truly have been just amazing all year!” said Ms. Jacob. “I truly wish you could see how well they represent Armijo High School!” The band finished the season on May 16, taking down the competition. The awards:Sweepstakes for Parade Grand,, Music, Showmanship, Marching and Auxiliary, as well as 1st Place in Concert and 1st Place Drum Major Mace Angela Balolong.. Three of the top winners from Armijo stand beside their artistic creations. Photo by Ms. Jane Loveall And the winners are… The Solano County Office of Education recently sponsored a Student Art Faire. The top winners from Armijo in the Sculpture category were Samantha Stanley and Juan Martinez. Ellerie Mattias won first place in Painting 1 as well as third place in Painting 2. Ashley van Belle took home the first place ribbon for Drawing 2. Lacey Tomson (Painting 1) and Clarissa Sanchez (Painting 2) as well as Zakary Chrest (Mixed Media) helped establish the Armijo name with their red ribbon awards. Dayanna Reyes was the third place winner in the Drawing 1 category. Youth Commission Update Approaching summer By Derek Wadsworth Classes & Clubs editor Academy seniors go to the State Capitol Wednesday, April 29. Assemblyman Frazier took the class to the Assembly chambers (floor) where California laws are debated, defeated or passed. Saying Goodbye By Melanie Pence ROTC Reporter May was a busier month for the Corps. With the school year coming to an end, our cadets held our annual ROTC Day, a fun day for the Corps with food, games, and competition between all of our flights. Our annual Awards Night was on Wednesday, May 6. There, we bestowed highly deserved awards to cadets for their activities and accomplishments throughout the year. Among the awards is the Patriot Medal, given to two cadets for putting the needs of the Corps and Flag above their own. One of the highlights of Awards Night was the announcement of the new senior cadet staff for next year: Group Commander: C/Col Cedric Fajardo, Deputy Group Commander: C/ Lt. Col Erika Deguinion, Chief of Staff: C/ Maj Nick Santos, Plans and Projects: C/Capt Sophia Hanke, Operations Squadron: C/Capt Franchette Allarey and Mission Support Squadron: C/ Capt Kyle Nishimura Another highlight of the event was the announcement of this year’s Cadet of the Year, which went to Kody Steiner, our Corps commander. Congratulations, Kody! The next day, our Color Guard had the honor of presenting the Colors at the 2015 Highest Honors Awards ceremony for graduating seniors of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. June is an extremely short month of the school year. As we say goodbye to our graduating seniors and prepare for summer we still have community service opportunities that are coming up. Sophomores and juniors in the Corps have the chance to help out at the senior graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5. Lastly, during the summer break the Corps will field a team to participate in the Relay for Life, which helps raise money to find a cure for cancer. We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer break, and we look forward to seeing you again in August! Youth Commission (YC) held its monthly meeting on Monday, May 4, in City Council Chambers. Fairfield City Manager David White presented the State of the City address. He reported that, in the past year, a total of 484 volunteers provided over 43,500 hours of service, which saved the City more than $1 million. Also, 19% more students participated in the Life After School Program. For youth, the City added Zumba Kids, Water Polo, and Flag Football. Fairfield also partnered with the Youth Soccer League and the North Bay Elite Futbol Club to provide soccer fields. Overall, the City abated 110,362 square feet of graffiti. The Officer Selection Committee presented the application for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary Position. Applications were due Friday, May 15, and interviews were held the week of May 18. Responsibilities of the Chair include presiding over all meetings, serving as a liaison to the City Council on youth issues, and working closely with the different Committees. Vice Chair has similar duties to the Chair, but does not preside over meetings, unless the Chair is absent. Treasurer oversees budget and expenditures, and attends Officer meetings. The Secretary prepares the agendas and minutes, and keeps records, including attendance. On Thursday, May 14, from 4 to 7 PM, YC participated in the STAND Community Investment event at the downtown Farmers Market. Also, YC hosted a booth at the City of Fairfield Customer Appreciation event at the Allan Witt Pool on Saturday, May 16. Passion for Christ, Compassion for People By Trina Reynolds Club 180 reporter This is the motto that has steered Club 180 through the 2014-15 school year. It has been an unbelievable year of growth and change for Club 180. Guest speakers from Fairfield and Vacaville came to share inspiring messages. Club 180 sent Christmas presents to kids all over the world through Operation Christmas Child. They also collected lightly-used jeans for teenagers and raised money for people going through hard times. Their compassion has made a difference both on Armijo campus and in the world. Why does God let bad things happen? It’s an important question, and is undeniably difficult to answer. Club 180 considered this question in their latest series, which focused on involving all members in thoughtful and eye-opening discussions. After all, all people, believers or not, have questions about faith. This series was an amazing opportunity to open the door to puzzling questions and find answers to them. Along with this discussion series, Club 180 held officer elections. A mix of new and old leaders was selected to lead Club 180 next year, including Savanna Santiago as president and Maddy Brown as vice president. Interested in joining Club 180 in the 2015-16 school year? Follow Club 180 on Instagram @ahs_club180 for updates. Also, keep your eye out for posters around the school and announcements on the morning bulletin. Looking forward to a great next year! 12 Sports Sports 13 Athlete focus Coach feature Off-campus athlete Athlete focus Some people might not believe in the power of positive thinking, but Ryan Garcia isn’t one of them. “Baseball has always been my favorite sport and I’ve always wanted to play for Armijo,” he said, but when he tried out earlier this year, he had not played played organized baseball for several years, according to Coach Mo Terrell. “He was a long shot to make the team. Ryan made the team and is an excellent teammate. Garcia has dedicated himself to the sport but he knows that there have to be priorities. “I would like to play baseball in college, but I might want to put school first,” he said. He plans on studying Law Enforcement at Solano Community College before joining the Air Force and, eventually attending the police academy in the hopes of becomRyan’s attitude is an inspiration ing a police officer. to his teammates on a regular basis. Photo by Trevon Carrie Those goals are going to require that Garcia stay in shape, something he suggests other potential athletes remember. “If you want to be the best at (sports), work yourself physically to get in the best shape you can and practice hard,” he said. Garcia practices what he preaches and, in his free time he likes to go to the gym with hi friend “to be healthier and more athletic for baseball.” “Ryan has not played (in Armijo baseball games) as much as he would like, however, that has not stopped his enthusiasm for the game,” said Coach Terrell. Coach William “Mo” Terrell is in his second season as the varsity baseball head coach at Armijo, but he has also served as an assistant coach for the Rodriguez junior varsity team. Not only that, but he has also managed adult baseball teams, Little League baseball and youth travel baseball teams. In addition to coaching Armijo’s team, he is also managing a summer (FEBA) Junior Legion baseball team. “I notice there was a need for coaching when my oldest son began playing little league baseball in 1999,” he said, and that is how it started for him. Coach Terrell didn’t always have a lot of time for on his hands, but after 31 years working for the US Environmental Protection Agency, he was able to retire in 2014. Now he spends his free time coaching, restoring classic muscle cars and playing baseball in an adult baseball league, when time permits. He also enjoys family movie nights on weekends, and babysitting his granddaughter. Students who are interested in coaching should remember to have a passion for the sport, explained Coach Terrell. “You have to have… a lot of patience, you should have good communication skills, and you must be a people person,” he said. Unlike karate, which focuses on self-defense using mostly the hands, the newer martial art of taekwondo relies more on high kicks. It has grown in popularity over the years but it has an interesting history. While Audrey Parker doesn’t practice taekwondo for the last two years, it isn’t because she doesn’t like it. She just doesn’t have enough time. Parker started practicing this martial art when she was four and earned her black belt by the time she was 12. “I also won multiple tournaments for sparring and was the national champion at 11. She Audrey’s experience in Taekwondo has helped her with other sports. was involved in this Photo by Trevon Carrie sport until she was 13. Athletics are important to Parker who ran cross country and played tennis for a year. She has also played basketball and run track for Armijo since her freshman year. She would encourage other potential athletes to stay disciplined and practice what they learn. She would encourage all students to be more enthusiastic about their experiences at Armijo. When she is not practicing for sports or planning for competition, Parker enjoys thrifting, creating something new out of something old. Softball wasn’t Cecilia Rubo’s first choice for a sport. She started off playing soccer, but in the off-season her father signed her up for softball and she liked it “way better, so I stuck with it since I was eight years old,” she said. While she has enjoyed it for a number of years, she has decided that she will not play in college. She prefers to focus on her education. That education will probably lead to a career in the art field. She enjoys painting and drawing in graphite and sees that as a passion she can pursue for a lifetime. Her olders sister Marisa has influenced her in a lot of ways. She is 20 and on her way to becoming a registered nurse (RN). “I look up to her,” Rubio Cecilia has spirit and she brings it said. to every game. Photo by Trevon Carrie “If I could change one thing about Armijo,” said Rubio,” it would be that student athletes didn’t hav a sixth period so that they aren’t missing class when they have to leave early for a game.” Garcia overcomes challenges It all began with family Preparation for today Athlete focus Batter up The “We Didn’t Drive” 55 club By Annika R. Uyenco Staff writer On Thursday, May 14, Armijo High joined Solano County in thes annual Bike to School/ Bike to Work Day where students and teachers biked to school and workers at local businesses had access to the Armijo campus as an official recharging station as they rode. Fifty-five participants took part in the event, although the goal for next year is 100. Teachers who participated in the event included Ms. Jane Loveall and Mr. Ben Dickens. It was arranged by Mr. Christian Stoll. Once participants arrived at the school parking lot, they were greeted with a joyous cheer. After locking up their bikes, they were rewarded with: a fresh doughnut, a Cliff Bar, an orange, a bike light, a pamphlet of the bike trails around Fairfield, and a bag for going green and exercising. One participant, Rodrigo Angulo, explained what a great experience it was and the practicality that came from it. “What I really like about it is that it’s a type of exercise and is more fun than simply driving to school or walking, “he said. “Plus I help my parents on not using so much gas which helps with money. Riding a bike also helps the environment with not polluting the world. I think riding a bike is a great way to start the day.” The annual event was promoted for years by nowretired Armijo Spanish teacher and bike lover, Mr Randall Carlson. Often, he would encourage his students to use their bikes to get to school for at least one day. The first year happened to be a success. Once he was no longer at Armijo, Mr. Stoll, an English teacher, took up the baton. For six years, he has been leading this fun and special event. Athlete focus It’s all about the base By Peter Popescu Staff writer Brett Erwin is a modest baseball player. He’s been playing since he was four years old and took it up because his father loves baseball, too. It’s a lifelong passion for both of them. In fact, if he could do anything to change Armijo’s campus, he said that he would ask them to improve the baseball fields. If it weren’t for baseball, Erwin would participate in Cross-Country, which he played in middle school. He also likes to play golf, but he really can see himself playing baseball professionally. His best game ever, though, wasn’t when he was in high school or even middle school. His favorite game memory is from when he was in Little League and his team beat the other team by the skin of their teeth. When he goes to college in the fall of 2017, Erwin hopes to play at the college level. He mainly plays shortstop but he also pitches and catches. He loves baseball and will be sad the day when he can’t play anymore. If he can’t be a Major League Baseball (MLB) player, however, he would want to be a sport physical therapist. In addition to baseball, Erwin is also involved in leadership and served as freshman vice president last year. Erwin has three siblings: Erin, Brett has made a positive impression on the baseball who is 18, a twin brother Brendan who is field and in the classroom. 16, and the younger brother, Nick, who Photo by Trevon Carrie will start attending Armijo in the fall. When Taylor Kelley’s mother heard that she wanted to play softball, her mother immediately signed her up. “Sports can change your life,” Kelley said. “It gives you a lot of time on your hands so you won’t do anything wrong. It makes you more confident and you can get to know more people.” One of the people that she has been able to play side-by-side with is her twin sister Jordan who also plays on the team. Kelley has not restricted her involvement to softball, although that is the only sport she plays at Armijo and one she hopes to play in college. She is also involved in AVID and has been involved in the homecoming skits for the freshman class in both football For Taylor, softball was love at first sight and and basketball. she’s not looking back. Kelley Photo by Trevon Carrie If could change something about the campus, she admits that it would have to do with the softball fields. She wishes that they were “cleaner, new and have a fence,” she said. She knows that it is a challenge to support women in sports at any level and said that her role models are the first female baseball players “because they saw that it’s not just a male sport.” Even though it sounds like softball is Kelley’s life, she does have a higher goal. “I plan on getting my Masters in marine biology,” she said. In the beginning The cheer for next year Varsity Squad Haley Adam Claire Barton Destiny Blueford Zariya Bolton Claire Dupa Alize Golden LaShermanai Hill Rhiana Holt Delana Hubbard Lynece Jackson Alissa Jones Cyndi Jones Mya Jones London Legree Brandi Martin Raeniya Montgomery Leslie Morales Sandy Ramos Merrisa Rios Shayna Rojas Courtney Rolas Anyssa Scott Raelyn Taylor Tianna Taylor Michiah Toney Aileen Villanueua Vanessa Villegas Tessa Williams A’aliyah York Alexis York Junior Varsity Squad Briana Abarea Jessie Bast Alexis Brown Allysa De Guzman Kristine Fajardo Andrea Franco Aisa Galdamez Sierra Jones Paytyn Lewis Layla Lopez Tianah MacDonald Joseline Medina Taylor Newton Vanessa Rios Jaiden Russell Nandi Smith Sanni Smith Kaelen Tabasm Yasmeen Valdez Carolina Villa Destiny Warren Asia Williams Track & Field Coach David Monk Wednesday, May 28 and Friday, May 30 (Time TBD) Masters Trials and Finals at Elk Grove High School Friday, June 5 (Time TBD) CIF State Trials at Buchanan High School Friday, June 6 (Time TBD) CIF State Finals at Buchanan High School 14 Entertainment Video Game review Entertainment 15 Book review CD review Another finalist Reminiscent Imagination CD review By Andre Lowe Staff writer By Trina Reynolds People editor By Andrew Zheng Senior News co-editor By Nathaniel Moore Staff writer Cloudberry Kingdom is a platforming game that was created by Pawnee Studios on July 30, 2013. It is a game that I bought a couple years back and I can say with all honesty that it is not your average, run-of-the-mill, Mario-hopping video game. This game can get very intense as illustrated explicitly during the preview of the game’s final levels that players are shown just before pressing start. This game embodies many things: focus, intensity, action, adventure, quick-thinking, and constant diligence. The game begins as a basic platforming game but goes to complete insanity with its additional traps and weapons. It can get so crazy later, in the hundreds levels, that the game has been considered to be completely impossible to complete. It seems to have an infinite number of levels to play and each one is more difficult and nerve-racking then the last. Players are going to get very frustrated as the screen begins to pile more and more with hazardous materials that, if touched even slightly, will result in a fiery explosion, killing the players instantly. One thing I learned from experience in this mind-bender is that no matter how good you get the AI, of the game will only catch up to you in skill. No matter how good one gets at the game the computer will always be not one but ten steps ahead, ready to give the players a new challenge whenever they thirst for more. The game is a local co-op and can have up to four players. It is a game where you can sit back, relax with your friends, and enjoy an extremely fun and equally challenging platforming game together. Although it’s possible to go solo, I highly recommend playing it with a group to capture the full experience. Together you and your friends will enter a world full of swinging buzz saws, dancing flamethrowers, falling spiky balls of death, poisonous insects, and destructive beams of light. Throughout the levels players will be introduced to new ways of beating them starting with being able to double jump, roll on a ball, shrink yourselves, grow yourselves, man space ships, hop on pogo-sticks and eventually grow wings and fly. The game is available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, and Steam. I had a blast with this game and highly recommend it for all ages. The California Young Reader Medal Award nominees for the 2014-2015 year, in the Young Adult category, are Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Legend by Marie Lu. For those unfamiliar with the last one, the Armijo Signal is providing this review. Over the past few years, dystopian novels have dominated the young adult bestseller lists. Popular dystopian books include The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Giver, all of which have recently been made into movies, with great success. Yet another dystopian book has been growing in popularity. Legend by Marie Lu is an action-packed book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys dystopian fiction. The story takes place in the future, postwar United States, which has been divided into two countries: the Republic of America and the Colonies of America. Legend features two main characters: June and Day, who are polar opposites. June is a prodigy at the age of 15, a student at the elite Drake University destined for the highest levels of the Republic’s military. On the other end of the spectrum is Day, a wanted criminal living in the slums. After June’s brother, Metias, is killed, Day automatically becomes a prime suspect. June, seeking avenge for her brother’s death, soon discovers that Day is nothing like she expected. This encounter with Day soon leads June to discovering that the Republic is hiding a few secrets. This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was hesitant at first, tired of the unoriginal dystopian themes that have taken over young adult literature. Once I started reading, though, I couldn’t put it down. Soon, I finished the entire trilogy. This book is not your average dystopian novel. It features two intriguing characters who change and develop during the course of the book. The plot was always fast-paced and kept me hooked after every chapter. It was exciting to watch as the characters discovered what’s really going on in their dystopian world. The situation drew me in even more since the setting is mostly in California. The only aspect of this book that could have been improved was the explanation of why everything went bad. It gives the reader a general rundown of what happened, but it could have been explained a little more. This gave the novel a lack of depth, but the constant peril and exciting plotline mostly made up for it. Additionally, unlike many series I have read, the second and third books are both just as well done as the first. Legend is the perfect book for an easy read over the summer. I recommend it to anyone to has enjoyed The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, or any of the countless other popular young adult dystopian novels. Even if you find yourself bored with dystopian novels, as I was, Legend is definitely a young adult book that you do not want to miss. The treasure chest barely covered in sand but also the renowned queen of alternative, Lana del Rey is a rising singer who is still brushed quietly away like a piece of lint on a sleek suit. Her exceptional album Born to Die proves her worth by showcasing her ability to evoke powerful emotions. Born to Die isn’t just a wave of nostalgia, but a flood of it, making listeners find those happy times; the ones that really never existed. Born to Die creates an illusion of sadness that you don’t really have to have, and yearning for the day when you can finally breathe and be free. The album contains 12 master tracks that will definitely bring you into the realm of unorthodox taste. Even though Born to Die was published in 2012, it still holds admiration to thousands of fans today. The first song, holding the same name as the album title, is probably the most metaphorical song you will ever hear. Essentially, the message is that our lives fly by, meaning nothing but surreal recollections. The song is an emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you stunned with sighs of relief. The third and fourth songs, Blue Jeans and Video Games, are slow ballads. They talk about love and the relationship cycle. They might be a tear-jerker to some. The sixth song, National Anthem, is a take on rap and quite catchy. del Rey utters cunning rhymes and articulates the importance of enjoying luxury and a fellow lover. The eleventh song, Summertime Sadness, is similar to mainstream pop. However, del Rey manages to incorporate more of herself. She is aching from the loss of a counterpart, the soul she cherished for years. Now she is revisiting the liaison and relapsing and plunging into the deep depths of despondency. The other songs are brilliant too. They are all just…awakening, guiding you to the truths of life. Lana del Rey is an amazing artist that created an amazing album. I would undeniably give Born to Die 5 out of 5 stars. Steve Roach is what I consider a superior ambient musician. It is without doubt that I can say that his sound is some of the most finely tuned ambient that is out there. He is capable of crafting exquisite, dark atmospheres with his instruments and excels, especially at placing the listener within their own mind. Ambient music is meant to evoke imaginative and introspective feelings, and Steve Roach does just that. The Lost Pieces is a collection of his pieces composed between 1988 and 1992 that were either lost or forgotten by the artist in his archive of tapes. Beginning with Eclipse, there is an air of demonic mystery, purported by curious but gentle synths, a quiet hymn that intends to provoke the subconscious. Slowly, the album grows more active, with the pieces After the Dream and Mojave - At the Tree accelerating this peculiar journey. It leads the song Since We Are Away which is, in my opinion, the best track on The Lost Pieces. It is a rather seductive and melodic piece, and I would sum up its sound as a collaboration between deep hues of blue and violet. Strange, alien “pianos” and a clairvoyant synth backing give this piece a unique and introspective sound. The album hits its peak of activity halfway through, quickly tapering down with soothing, droning compositions reminiscent of some sort of cosmic journey. Still, it retains a weird, dark tone about it, which doesn’t seem of malignity but rather a slow goading. The Lost Pieces is a wonderful album, especially if one has a taste for ambient-styled soundtracks. It retains a traditional and rich noise, the noise feels authentic and powerful. There’s nothing cheap about this album. I give The Lost Pieces a 4.5/5 stars for its dark essence and authentic noise. Summer light Fashion focus Ready to go poolside? Summer means the start of pool season and the trends for 2015 are all about basics. Browns, grays and blacks in swimsuit styles allow your accents and personality to shine through without distractions. Swimsuits have stayed fairly close to last season’s suits. The true fashion lies in the cover-ups. Flowing styles in gauze or cotton make going from poolside to dinner a smooth transition, so long as dinner is at a laid-back location and, of course, shoes are added to the mix. Wear dresses with an interesting pattern to keep your look from being too simple while still managing to stand out from the crowd. If you’re a little less girly you can opt for a pair of shorts and a tee shirt. Keep from looking boring by wearing brightly colored shorts with a solid top or add a pattern to your tee to draw attention to your personal style. Summer can get hot, even by the pool, so it is worthwhile to add sassy sunglasses and a hat. The decision is up to you about whether you want to add mystery to your look with large lenses or simply protect your skin and hair with basic cover-ups. Shoes are the next element and your focus can be on comfort or fashion. Slipon flip-flops may be practical, but strappy sandals will demand attention poolside. Take advantage of the muted colors to keep the outfit from being overwhelming. Choosing the right outfit and accessories are important, but one of the most important elements is health. Whatever options you choose to bring attention to yourself at the pool, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen! After all, raging sunburn or developing skin cancer will ruin even the best poolside ensemble. Restaurant review Going back to a ‘50s diner A modified reprint from June 2011 By Quincy Cintron, staff writer In May, my taste buds wanted to eat something exquisite so I decided to go to one of my favorite restaurants in Vacaville, Mel’s Diner. Mel’s has been around ever since 1947 and started out as a drive-in restaurant in Sacramento, a little like Sonic is today. When I visited Mel’s, I was greeted politely and was immediately seated. The atmosphere was nice, with music playing and tabletop jukeboxes available if I wanted to choose some of the tunes that would be piped through the restaurant. All over the restaurant are posters, pictures and other memorabilia from the 50s and 60s, including a lot of stuff from the movies and pop culture of the time. I ordered an iced tea and had already chosen what I wanted to eat, the Mel’s Bopper Burger with a side of cheese fries. This burger is probably one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. It has lettuce, cheddar cheese, one big onion ring, all smothered in barbecue sauce and served on a fresh bun. The cheese fries are just as good, they are hot and fresh with hot cheese melted all over them. It didn’t take them long to bring my food out which really satisfied me. After I was finished eating I was full and very pleased with the polite and quick service. A meal at Mel’s is a fun place to hang out with friends and it is also a wonderful place for families and kids. One of the things that is really cool about the restaurant is that when little kids order food, it comes in a little car-shaped box! The kids get to keep that car and play with it. If you haven’t been to Mel’s before you should be planning a day to go there. You don’t know what you are missing. Nina’s notes by Nina Steinkraus Finding joy in The Lost Pieces CD review A smooth sound with Smoochy By Nathaniel Moore Staff writer Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician who gained major success as one of the members of the Yellow Magic Orchestra trio, influential innovators of electronic music hailing from Japan. Ryuichi himself released many of his own studio albums, this one in particular being Smoochy, released in 1996. Enjoying experimentation with his music, Ryuichi blends in a mix of jazz and Latin influences in this album, which is especially apparent in the tracks “Tango” and “Bibo No Aozora.” The album itself consists of 13 tracks, some being slow and down-tempo pianoladen pieces, and others being a bit more abstract. The tracks were composed with a Brazilian Internet concept in mind. Overall, the album carries a laid-back, lounging aesthetic; a feeling which I could describe as a leisurely float across an endless sea, shrouded in a pink and alabaster sky. Several of these tracks piqued my interest, the first being Bibo No Aozora. A smooth drumbeat plays throughout the piece, aided by Ryuichi’s lyrics sung in a feathery, hypnotic way. Tango is a more Latin song of the album. It is similarly mesmerizing, but quieter song, utilizing a jazzy drum backing and various instruments common in Latin jazz music. Truly, the song is relaxing and it is perhaps my favorite track on the album. A second version of the song exists on the album which has singer Raul Carnota singing instead of Ryuichi. Dennogiwa is where Ryuichi injected most of his Brazilian Internet concept. The lyrics speak of “surfing on a neuro-network” with tranquil tone. I feel as if Dennogiwa is a more spacial song than the rest. A Day in the Park is perhaps the most musical piece of the album. It has a R&B/Soul rhythm to it, with Vivian Sessoms as the singer. Regardless, Ryuichi carries a chill aesthetic throughout the entirety of the album, and I quite enjoyed the sound of it. I would say that this kind of sound isn’t for everybody, especially if one doesn’t appreciate jazzy or mellow songs too well. For a rating, I give it a 3.5/5 stars. 16 Entertainment Movie review They’re back By Sam Bundenthal Staff writer The next super hero epic has arrived. From last year’s amazing trailer in which the titular villain, Ultron, sings a haunting rendition of Pinocchio’s ‘Strings’, we’ve been anticipating this adventure. For the most part, the film delivers on all the hype. Joss Whedon once again presents the story of the Avengers, a team of super powered individuals who work together to combat threats no single hero can tackle on their own. Since the conclusion of 2014’s Captain America: the Winter Soldier, the team has been hunting down HYDRA bases in search of Loki’s scepter, an immensely powerful artifact. They acquire it early on in the film, setting the stage for the creation of an artificial intelligence, named Ultron. From the witty banter to great fight sequences, the movie creates one of the coolest atmospheres for a story we’ve seen in a while. It’s fun, entertaining, and always keeps you excited for what’s coming next. All our favorite characters are back, from RDJ’s Iron Man to the surprisingly awesome Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner. This is a comic book film in almost every sense of the word. Oftentimes, there are some plot holes or physics impossibilities that break your suspension of disbelief: gravity works a little differently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the break only lasts a second. It’s easy to just go with it. After all, you are watching a movie in which an evil joke-cracking megalomaniacal robot fights the Norse God of Thunder and a World War era Supersoldier. And we’re all perfectly fine with that. My one contention with the film is with its treatment of the female characters. Without spoiling much, both Black Widow and the newcomer, Scarlet Witch, seem relegated to typically female roles in a franchise which has consistently delivered very badass women. The romantic subplot, whilst executed well, seems a little forced, and unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. However, none of this stops us from enjoying what is, in sum, a solid entry in Marvel’s developing Cinematic Universe, and an amazing superhero film in its own right. One of the assignments in the Springboard textbook that most sophomore English classes are using is to write a review on the 2007 documentary The 11th Hour, hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio. Here are three examples of film review from students in Ms. Herring’s classes... how will you respond? DVD review A lesson for the world By Leslie Morales Class of 2017 Have you ever sat for a second and just thought about global warming? Does the thought ever give you chills and make you feel uncomfortable? It is okay to say “Yes” because I feel the same way. The earth is in its 11th hour and we need to go back in time to change it for the better. We humans are a lot smarter than we think and we can use that intelligence to help one another without harming the earth’s ecosystem. This is the message that The 11th Hour, hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio, communicated. Chemicals are being released into the air and all the chemicals and fossil fuels are harming the earth’s ozone, which could further develop global warming, or climate change. We need to change, to help the earth by protecting it and save one another. If we don’t start soon, we will get to that final hour and everything will fall apart. Nothing will be the same. The Earth could turn into a planet identical to Venus, according to famed scientist Stephen Hawking. Ask yourself this: do you ignore global warming because it makes you uncomfortable or do you just not care? We need to step out of our comfort zone because, if we don’t do it soon, it will be too late to do it at all. The final hour could be closer than you thing. DVD review How to get a reaction By Rodolfo Magan Sophomore DVD rewind A Super Awesome Super Hero Movie A modified reprint from June 2012 By Sam Bundenthal, staff writer Marvel’s Avengers assemble in what could be the greatest superhero movie of all time, in which Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) come together to face an evil no single hero can combat alone: the Asgardian god of Mischief, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army from a different dimension. Whoever wrote this movie needs a trillion dollars. The action scenes are spot on amazing, with small nerd tributes like Thor vs. Iron Man or Captain America vs. Loki, and Hulk vs. …well, pretty much anything. Hawkeye and Black Widow are portrayed as the ‘guys without powers who still manage to kick everyone’s butt’ to such an extent that they quickly climb to the top of your favorite characters list. Hiddleston is purely, simply, awesomely evil as Loki. His grins and mannerisms give off the perfect impression of knowing more than he lets on. Jackson returns as a mellowed down but still cool version of Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. And the titular Avengers are just spot on in terms of characters. Banner and Stark talk tech, America is the guy out of time, and Thor is still talking like he’s from a Shakespeare play. Pretty sweet. You don’t even need to see the previous films about the individual heroes to love the movie and its characters, but some points might make a little more sense or illicit a giggle if you have. Oh, yeah, and it’s got Scarlett Johansson for the guys, and Chris Evans if you’re a girl. So there’s that. The Avengers is such a great movie, you’ve probably already seen it. If you haven’t, go see it today. The newspaper awards it 5 out of 5 stars. The 11th Hour is a film for audiences to realize what we have done to our planet that has harmed it. The film talks about the actions the human race has done to our planet that will lead to a planet uninhabitable for life. The use of images such as pollution, deforestation and waste products give a negative emotional response to the viewer, but other images such as the mountaina, waterfalls and animals in their natural habitats give us hope that this tragedy, talked about in the film, can be avoided and stopped. For every negative action we take, there is a penalty that we don’t think about. The 11th Hour’s use of ethos, legos and pathos is very effective. People should act to the problem at hand, before it becomes a bigger problem that we can’t fix. DVD review Do something By Mathias Ian Bautista Sophomore Why do we ignore the importance? We live by blinding ourselves when we can open our eyes and see the truth. Our earth is being torn apart by our selfish answers. The choices we make will always have an outcome. The documentary The 11th Hour is trying to tell us to wake up. We have to stop and look and the things we are doing and start to make the best choices that we can. The people who are narrating tell us all the stuff that we are doing and how it is affecting Earth, our home. We must awaken from our sleep, open our eyes and do the right thing.