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Dragon’s Tale

October 2012 - Volume 22 -Issue 2 - Sonoma Valley High School

Ms. Hawing appointed Vice Principal

Ms. Hawing appointed Vice Principal By Javia Headley Mrs. Hawing is a familiar face on campus

By Javia Headley

Mrs. Hawing is a familiar face on campus - as head of the college and career center she guides countless students through the college admis- sions process every year; and now she’s SVHS’s newest principle. As VP Mrs. Hawing faces a plethora of new responsi- bilities: taking disciplinary action, overseeing freshman team, and countless other administration duties. Mrs. Hawing, more so than anyone, is ready for these responsi- bilities; when asked about the school and her duties therein Mrs. Hawing smilingly com- mented, “There are a lot of things I love about this school, and a lot of things I want to do for it.” Above all Mrs. Hawing says she especially enjoys her du- ties as director of the College and Career Center, where she and other staff members aid students in pursuing educa- tional and career opportuni- ties. Over the course of her years at SVHS, Ms. Hawing has succeeded in forming re- lationships with countless stu- dents, due in large part to her willingness to help individu- als and across all areas, both academic and personal. Maria Flores, a junior, who has been assisted by Ms. Hawing on a variety of occasions, believes the school could not have a better vice principal. “She seeks for the greater good of the institution; she’s always willing to help, and she has good leadership qualities,” Flores noted.

Homecoming sweeps through SVHS

By Grace Bon

This year’s homecoming week began with an explosion of color as students donned their wackiest and tackiest ap-

parel for the first of five dress- up days. The fun continued on for Mathletes vs. Athletes Day, followed by Decades Day. Students paraded their ‘Noma pride on Thursday and ended the week in their respective class t-shirts. With this year’s theme of superheroes, each class chose

a separate saga to artistically

portray on their float. Fresh- man selected Spiderman, soph- omores chose Captain Ameri- ca, juniors had Iron Man, and the senior class elected Bat- man. While each class put in dozens of hours of effort in painting, cutting, and decorat-

ing their float, it was the senior class that ultimately claimed the first place prized after the exposition during half time at Friday night’s football game. Students’ school spirit peaked on Thursday during the rally, during which fall sports team performed their original dance routines and homecoming can- didates participated in a series of activities, from dodge ball

to makeovers.

“The rally is always my favor- ite event, because the whole

rally is always my favor- ite event, because the whole Photo by Hannah Gropman Football players

Photo by Hannah Gropman

Football players pump up the crowd at the plaza rally on Friday, October 5.

school comes together as one. You can tell everyone is really excited to be a Dragon,” com- mented Jack Murphy, junior. A subsequent rally was held at the Plaza on Friday after students walked alongside their floats down Broadway to the amphitheater, where the homecoming candidates were further interviewed and the football team led the crowd in

a spirited cheer. Later that evening, the SVHS varsity football team triumphed

over Piner with a 47-26 victory amid enthusiastic support from a packed stadium. Despite the j.v.’s disappointing loss and the chilly temperatures, the crowd’s zeal was not damp- ened. During half-time, the homecoming candidates were paraded around the field in convertibles before the win- ners were announced - Halli Dobson and Pedro Napoles were awarded king and queen. The week came to a close as students packed the Boys

& Girls Club Saturday night for the anticipated homecom- ing dance sporting dresses and slacks for the semi-formal oc- casion. “It was really exciting to finally be a senior during homecoming week,” recounted Andrea Mendoza, senior. “I was definitely more motivat- ed to participate in all of the fun events because I knew it would be my last opportunity to do so.”

Teen Truth brings anti-bullying assembly

By Jamie Ballard and Weston Updegraff

As part of this year’s Tol- erance Campaign, SVHS is working with Teen Truth, an organization that specializes in bringing multimedia assemblies and events to middle and high schools nationwide. Teen Truth offers presentations on a vari- ety of topics, from drugs and alcohol to bullying and school violence. Filmmaker and Teen Truth representative Erahm Chris- topher spoke to students on Sept. 21, using both a student- created film and personal an- ecdotes to convey his message. The film was created over the course of one school year, and much of the footage was shot by high school students work- ing with Teen Truth. Christo- pher explained, “We sent 80

ing with Teen Truth. Christo- pher explained, “We sent 80 Photo by Jessica Marioni Speaker Erahm

Photo by Jessica Marioni Speaker Erahm Christopher addresses students on Sept. 21

high school students into their schools with cameras and just asked them to film what they saw.” The result was a video that showcased how deeply hurtful bullying can be. Footage from the students was combined with footage and statistics regarding school shootings over the past

decade, with a particular focus on Columbine. Following the video, Chris- topher spoke about his personal experiences with bullying, be- fore turning the focus to the students. He asked people to “stand up if you’ve ever been bullied - if you’ve been pushed

around, gossiped about, threat- ened, insulted, hurt physically, emotionally or mentally.” Nearly every student stood up. However, he continued by ask- ing students to raise their hands if they had ever bullied some- one else. Once again, nearly ev- ery student stood up. After identifying the magni- tude of the problem, Christo- pher asked students to “be the change!” “You have the power to affect what happens on your campus,” he emphasized. One of the tools being offered to students to help initiate change is the Teen Truth Plus program, which will arrive on campus Oct. 18 and 19. A group of se- lected students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the youth leadership program, which helps students to identify and combat issues on campus.

Op in ion -Ed itorial
Op in ion -Ed itorial
Photo by Laura Amador
Photo by Laura Amador






Society splintering at the screen

By Jamie Ballard

As the college admissions game gets increasingly com- petitive, the financial situation of many families gets increas- ingly worse. Expensive test prep courses and professional college counseling are currently be- ing touted as the key to college admissions, forcing students to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to give themselves the “extra edge”. Revolution Prep, a company that offers online test prepara- tion for SAT, ACT, and AP tests, charges anywhere from $99 for an AP prep course to $3199 for 40 hours of private tutoring. The cost for an SAT prep course is between $399 and $599. Revolution Prep guaran- tees that if students follow their coursework, they will improve their SAT score. There are other students (well,

let’s be realistic - other parents) who hire college consultants or advisors. These advisors essen- tially assist students in finding their “best fit” colleges, help with the essay-writing process, and generally guide students through the application process. While this may sound fantastic, there are certain drawbacks, such as the $950 price tag for a mere initial consultation. Following that, consultants charge roughly $400 an hour for their services, and most recommend at least 10 hours in order to comprehen- sively prepare the applications. That’s $4,950 dollars - nearly

By Arianna Maysonave

possibly need, right? Though this generation continues the release trend of its predecessors, essen- tially intending to attract cus- tomers with a desirable array of new features, new charging port alterations point directly to the devious ideal of planned obsoles- cence. The new port size may have

technological breakthrough, as there never seems to be a lull in advancement--a year from now the iPhone 6 will have customers fleeing to stores and tossing their two hundred dollar device to the wind. Before the iPhone nearly no cel- lular devices lacked the option of a user replaceable battery, a fea-

Users have two options: buy a new phone every year or so, or pay Apple $85 every year or so. Apple wins either way. This isn’t simply planned obsolescence— this is planned failure. Apple is making billions by selling hard- ware with a built-in death clock.

The iPhone is designed to fail af- ter 400 cycles, a death date con- veniently co- ordinated with their annual release cycle. It’s the ru- diments of

r e a d m i l l


release cycle sees custom- ers happy with their pur- chase, but af- ter one to two years screens shatter, hard- ware fails, and networking issues suggest

n v e s t m e n t


Consumerism: it’s here, it’s there, it’s everywhere. Despite the wave of financial woes that have left families pinching their pockets and cutting costs like never before, the success of multi-million dollar corporations has only further inflated as faster, thinner, more physically desirable items hit store rooms, television ads, and pocketbooks with an impact far greater than that endured during times of economic affluence. Today, Apple is worth over half a trillion dol- lars; Target is worth near- ly 65 billion, and Wal- mart is worth nearly 200 billion. How are these corporations thriving with 46 million Ameri- cans relying on food stamps simply to meet their fundamental needs? The answer is planned obsolescence--a business strategy in which the ob- solescence of a product is planned into its con- ception. Although these


is planned into its con- ception. Although these 46 i in a more ef- ficient tomor


in a more ef- ficient tomor- row. Perfect timing, con- sidering most

million struggling in-

habitants and many more

its advantages, but it also means

ture that encourages customers

cell phone com- panies offer a new, binding con-

below the basic poverty line may not be indulging in new iPhone 5s

this fall, there are at least 5 mil- lion who eagerly acquired their new device in the first weekend following its release. A longer, leaner screen, a light- er physique, a faster processor, a

more refined camera--the iPhone

that every docking stand and case made previously is now obsolete. No amount of $30 adapters are going to help that. If technol- ogy design truly had the custom- ers best interests in mind, flex- ibility would be the name of the game. However, permanence is

to replace rather than simply ad- dress the problem at hand. Apple defends themselves by claiming that you can always pay them to replace the battery. That’s true— it’s $85, takes a week, and Apple will erase your phone’s memory

tract every two years! They’ve got us hooked from the inside out. Until society rebels against the system, this ceaseless stream of innovation will continue to indefinitely tantalize the masses, draining their bank accounts in the ceaseless pursuit for the best.

year’s tuition at most of the CSU’s. But there are many students who cannot afford such cours- es or consultations. There are students relying on free online practice tests, extensive indi- vidual research, or shockingly enough, their own knowledge. They seem to be doing just fine. These students who don’t take AP prep courses are still passing the AP tests; these students who don’t take $600 SAT courses are still doing well on the SAT; these students who don’t shell out thousands of dollars for pri- vate consultants are still writing strong essays, meeting dead- lines, and being accepted to top- notch schools. So the question remains: Why would anyone pay such exorbi- tant amounts for such services? Part of it may be attributed to the increasingly competitive world of college admissions - students and parents are willing



is everything society could

a rare gem in the whirlwind of

during the procedure. That’s the only way.

Local competition, internationally

typical economist will tell you,

condition. It’s called kindness.

By Arthur Morgan

I sometimes joke with my friends that I get a package at my door everyday. It could be true. Internet shopping is command- ing more and more market share in our increasingly Inter- net-global world. Why wouldn’t it? Free ship- ping, free returns, pro- motional codes, and usu- ally no tax – on a typical online order you can save upwards of 20 percent based upon an item-to- item comparison. Consumers aren’t blind – online shopping is ex- pected to increase by 15.8 percent this winter sea- son, according to Internet

these purchase habits have a ten- dency to follow a demographic long into the adult life. Businesses are hurting – many are trying to compete with the Internet by offering in store dis-

As clichéd as it may sound, kind- ness is the only competition local businesses and grounded corpo- rations can give online retailers.

Local “mom and pop” stores will never beat the prices of online

This past week I went to my lo- cal bike shop; I had just ordered a bike online – marked down from $1300 to $899 and needed it to be built up. After laughing with the employee, Travis, I was told he would make an effort to get the bike done by the end of the day so I could ride it that night. He said it would be difficult to fit

in, but he would try.

I got a call an hour be- fore closing; my bike was ready. The final

bill - a $15 dollar dis- count and a smile on the receipt. That night I sat at my computer about to order a new bicycle



do whatever it takes to ensure

retailer, upwards of 10 billion dollars. This news comes in the wake of re- cent studies that show sluggish increases in in- store sales this holiday season. What does slug- gish in-store sales mean for businesses? Is the lo- cal business dead? On a typical day I or- der off of websites from America, London, Tokyo, and Seoul – that’s Korea for you town-local shop-

and Seoul – that’s Korea for you town-local shop - helmet – as I inputed my

helmet – as I inputed my debit card I re- membered the young employee, Travis’s actions. I was buying

Specialized helmet;

Sonoma Bike Shop is a Specialized authorized retailer. Closing my laptop I planned to go by and order my hel- met the next day. Consciously and sub- consciously a smile and a kind action can go a long way – if re-


their acceptance into a “good” school. This hyper-competitive environment also breeds fear of failure, leading people to pay expensive fees in the hopes of being equal with, or better than, one’s peer group. However, while these classes and services may offer some advantage, it is indisputably not worth the cost, particularly considering the fact that we at SVHS have a College and Ca-

reer Center. The staff at the Col- lege and Career Center will as- sist students in finding “best-fit” colleges, help with the essay- writing process, and generally guide students through the ap-

plication process. However, they will not charge you $4,950 to do so.

pers. Sometimes, even if I know I can get the item in town I prefer going on- line and have the item shipped to me. I’m not the only one – sales online by teenagers is stagger- ing. Compared to adults, teenag- ers are nearly twice as likely to purchase items online – and as a

counts and “tax-free” promo- tions. The problem, however, is more deeply rooted than item- price alone. There’s an ideology to online shopping that needs to be counteracted by more than economic analyses of market

retailers – fundamentally online sellers are able to offer lower prices, because they often have less than five times the overhead costs of a grounded business paying leases, employees, man- agers, etc.

tailers want to com- pete with the Internet for customers, they’re going to have to remind them what local businesses were established on’ human service to the customer – something the Internet can’t compete against.


Feature A super Homecoming at SVHS Heroes of Homecoming By Ellen Angeloni and and Lindsey Jasperse
Feature A super Homecoming at SVHS Heroes of Homecoming By Ellen Angeloni and and Lindsey Jasperse

A super Homecoming at SVHS

Heroes of Homecoming

By Ellen Angeloni and and Lindsey Jasperse

SVHS students of all super- hero sort- Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man, and Batman, gathered together in the week’s last Homecoming festivity—the Dark Night dance. The event took place at the local Boys and Girls Club at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. For the past few years, the Homecoming dance has taken place at this same location, and, while it seems that there is much resentment among the student body towards continuing to host it there, leadership student Barbara Hodgkinson, senior, explains that “although every year we try our best to find another place in within the community that could work, but most of the places we consider that are within our price range are already booked.” In addition, most places in Sonoma are not able to hold more than 700 people. Taking an optimistic view of the

hold more than 700 people. Taking an optimistic view of the Photo courtesy of Hannah Gropman

Photo courtesy of Hannah Gropman Halli Dobson and Pedro Napoles, seniors, prepare for their convertable ride around Arnold Field.

situation, Hodgkinson reasons that “we always have fun at the Boys and Girls Club; it is less stressful for all of the Leadership class, and it saves us money, allowing the senior class to make a profit.”

While traditionally the Home- coming nominees were announced at the dance, this year leadership decided to add a twist -- at half time during the football game, Halli Dobson and Pedro Napoles

during the football game, Halli Dobson and Pedro Napoles were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. “I

were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. “I didn’t think I was going to be a candidate and I was surprised. Once she said my name I was in shock and didn’t realize that I won,” confessed Dobson. On the other hand, her partner, Napoles, stated that, “I felt flattered and embarrassed, and I wanted to leave the field as soon as I could.” The other candidates, all seniors, were Riley Ellis- Reis, Shelby Gray, Jessica Marioni, Riley O’Donnell, Keenan Tuohy, Rory John- ston, Conor Johnston, and Matthew Charleston. “I’m sad that this is my last Homecoming week at SVHS. My favorite part was watching the rally dances,

because they are always really fun,” Dobson remi- nisced. As Homecoming 2012 came to a close, SVHS was left with a lingering sense of school spirit.

SVHS was left with a lingering sense of school spirit. The class of 2013, following the
SVHS was left with a lingering sense of school spirit. The class of 2013, following the
SVHS was left with a lingering sense of school spirit. The class of 2013, following the

The class of 2013, following the three other classes, celebrates as they parade their way to a win.

Photo courtesy of Owen Barrett

Speedos for the win

By Brooke Slack and Giana Monterosso


boys in speedos! The crowd roared

as the varsity water polo team made

a splash during the 2012 Home-

coming Rally. Weston Updegraff performed a solo in their exuber- ant dance to popular songs includ- ing “Gangnam Style,” “Sexy and I Know It,” and “Candy Shop.” Water polo stripped down to their swim briefs, disregarding previous announcements made about consequences for inap- propriate behavior. The reaction from the crowd made it obvious as to which team won. “Water polo was my favorite dance be- cause of their outfits,” recalled freshman Naomi Albertson. The other sports team also made appearances. Varsity football per- formed the single ladies dance mashup; varsity volleyball had special appearances from Connor Johnston, Rory Johnston, Mr. Gibson and Mr. Tucker. Girls soccer danced to a creative mash up of popular

songs, and girls tennis recreated the Napoleon Dynamite dance. Cross country put a twist on the Lion King “Circle of Life” dance. “This rally was better than last year because the crowd was much more into it,” conveyed sophomore Sam Sondheim. After the sports teams danced

in front of the entire school, the

Homecoming candidates were

It’s a bird


a plane


called to the middle of the gym to participate in an activity in- volving makeovers. The senior couples rushed to apply blush, lipstick, and other various ac-

cessories to their partner.

Rally emcee’s Rose Greenberg and Brennan Cole next called ten volunteers from the audience to compete against the candidates in a friendly game of dodgeball. After a few minutes of fierce play- ing, the students from the crowd finished on top. Traditionally, ten varsity football players kneeled in a circle in the mid- dle of the gym to form chairs for a game of musical chair. Once arranged in the middle of the gym, the emcees asked for nine girls from the crowd to participate. As each round continued, one girl and one football player were eliminated from the game until two girls and one boy remained. Seniors Elizabeth Biersch and Alexis Krouz- kevitch battled for senior Justin Mc- Donald’s knee, with Krouzkevitch winning by a hair. To wrap up the excitement-filled rally, all grade levels chanted the traditional Sonoma cheer, each try- ing to cheer the loudest. With the help of Mr. Tucker, Mr. Gibson and a handy sound me- ter, they were able to determine the seniors as the class with the loudest cheer. One last Sonoma cheer by all the grade levels was heard

throughout the gym to end the terrific Homecoming rally.

Floats fly down Broadway By Ellen Angeloni and Lindsey Jasperse A not so serious spirit
Floats fly down Broadway
By Ellen Angeloni and
Lindsey Jasperse
A not so serious spirit week
The school bell rang, signaling
the transformation of Sonoma’s
busy, bustling Broadway into a
parade of Spiderman, Captain
America, Iron Man and Bat-
man—along with Dragon spirit.
Following suit with SVHS
tradition, each grade constructed
a float based on a central theme
chosen by the student body and
the Leadership class. This year,
the theme was superheroes, with
the upperclassmen represented
Batman and Ironman.
The leadership class and the
student body helped propose and
vote on the final float theme.
Following the seniority rules,
the senior class was allowed first
choice of superheroes.
Every year classes build and
store their floats at a secret loca-
tion, usually a private residence
of a class member. “I really en-
joyed helping my class in the
float building of Iron Man and
I was impressed by each classes
float. I feel like Homecoming
brings everyone closer together
and promotes class unity,” ad-
mitted Maria Hawing, junior.
This year, the senior class float
building process took place at
Robles’ house over a total of nine
long days, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on
weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
weekends. “We are very happy
with the results! It was undoubt-
edly the best float we’ve made,”
remarked Robles.
The underclassmen, who chose
Captain America and Spiderman
as their themes, followed the up-
perclassman in the triumphant
march down Broadway.
For the float to breeze down
Broadway boldly, music is often
played from within the float, in
order to further encourage spirit
among students. Jose Garcia,
or, as he is known, Jose DJCal,
senior, has taken on the role of
float DJ for the class of 2013 for
two years.
“I feel like I’m a diverse DJ. I
love being the DJ and am happy
I did it again,” commented Gar-
Although the sophomore class
trailed closely behind in the
competition between floats, the
senior class was able to follow in
the senior class winning streak.
Anna Robles, senior, com-
mented, “I think it was extra spe-
cial that we won our senior year
because we’ve been waiting so
long for it. After losing to the
freshmen our sophomore year,
and losing by one point to the se-
niors last year, we had to win this
one. It felt amazing.”
In reflection, Riley Ellis-Reis
divulged that “this year’s Home-
coming really brought the stu-
dent body together. While riding
on the back of the convertible, I
realized that I am going to miss
Sonoma and the tight community
that we see during Homecoming
By Chelsea Krause
Dragons flew through Spirit
Week with a continuous repre-
sentation of school spirit as they
wore tacky ties, football jerseys,
and class shirts, among other
creative outfits. During each day
of Homecoming week, stu-
dents came to school attired in a
numerous variety of costumes,
each expressing their inner per-
sonalities that their fellow peers
may not normally see in them.
Monday brought out the
wacky and tacky personalities of
SVHS students. Common outfits
consisted of neon colors along
with clashing patterns to high-
light the conflicting clothes. The
fun and easy dress up day set the
tone for the rest of Spirit Week and
left students in eager anticipation
for the rest of the week. It created
an amusing environment to help
bring out the spirit in the students
of SVHS.
Athletes vs. Mathletes day fell
on Tues., bringing bow ties and
athletic shirts galore. Suspenders
and glasses seemed to sum up
the geek outfits, while athletic
shorts, t-shirts, and Nike crew
socks represented the athletes
at SVHS. The friendly event
helped bring together students
from different grades and
cliques. Not only did this day
provide students with a spirited
competition but also a fun chance
to see who chose what theme.
The Dragons dressed up for
Decades Day on Wed. While some
went for the retro style of the
fifties, others favored the tie-dye
patterns and headbands of the six-
ties. Many girls chose to wear high
side ponytails with neon tights and
leg warmers, and for the boys,
they wore jean cutoffs and
tie-dyed shirts. Decades Day
brought out the different types
of the generations appreciated
by SVHS students, during our
own decade of the 2012.
Students arrived at school
decked out in green and black
clothes, hair, shoes, and even tat-
toos for Noma Pride day on Thurs.
It was the day for students to show
their true pride for their home-
town and support for their school.
It took school spirit to the next
level by joining students from the
seniors to the freshman into one
Students divided into their
classes by wearing their class
t-shirts when Friday came along.
The seniors wore Batman-themed
shirts, which read “The Class of
2013 rises.” Juniors chose an Iron
Man theme, with shirts bearing the
robotic heart of Tony Stark. The
sophomore class wore Captain
America shields on their shirts,
and the freshman had Spiderman-
themed shirts. Each class was
able to unite with each other to
represent their generation with
their favorite superhero.
Homecoming week ended in a
flash but left the students on the
tip of their toes for the football
game on Friday night along with
the final homecoming ritual, the
homecoming dance.


‘Dynamic Duo’ to carry Dragon spikers Time Out! By Brennan Cole and Jonah Son As
‘Dynamic Duo’ to carry Dragon spikers
By Brennan Cole and
Jonah Son
As the SVHS volleyball
team set off their first game
of the season, there were
number of questions sur-
What is your
favorite pre-
game meal?
rounding the preservation
of the team’s stellar legacy,
namely the loss of two MVP
players. Both Jersey Witous,
2011 Sonoma County League
MVP, and Karly Burningham,
leading passer and first team
all league member, graduated
last year, leaving the Lady
Dragons searching for young
As coach Mindy Neves be-
gan contemplating how to
recreate the force that domi-
nated the SCL league last
year, one of the primary con-
siderations was the placement
“Fried chicken”
Vince Bruton
12th, football
sophomores Mackenzie Al-
brecht and Delaney Swanson,
standout players from last
year’s squad.The two united
on the netters’ front line as
freshmen, creating a force
be reckoned with for their
high school years. These two
played a prominent role in
leading the team to another
triumphant season, culminat-
ing in a banner win.
Albrecht, towering at 5’11”,
is currently positioned as a
setter/outside hitter, while
Swanson, standing at 5’10”,
remains an outside hitter.
“Bananas and choc-
olate milk”
Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Albrecht
Sonoma’s two sophomore standouts pose with their varsity signs.
The duo’s roots can be traced
preschool, when they first
and performing to the best
of their ability.
Both share a unique goal
that is typically deemed im-
possible: winning an SCL
banner for each of their four
years of high school.
As they continue to devel-
op as players, the duo shares
a similar aspiration: college.
Mackenzie looks to follow
the footsteps of her brothers
by attending UC Berkeley,
while Delaney hopes to at-
tend Stanford University. It
would be ironic to watch two
Sonoma alumni face off in a
heated Pac-12 college rivalry,
but for now we can only hope
that the two will continue to
contribute to the Lady Drag-
on’s success.
Erica Larson
11th, golf
crossed paths. Early on, it
was evident that they were
each gifted with unbelievable
athletic talents, and that they
shared a competitive bond
that would hinder the devel-
opment of their friendship for
several years.The two admit-
ted that they “didn’t like each
other until the beginning of
freshmen year” when they
were somewhat “forced into a
Currently in the midst of
their sophomore season, they
have teamed up to become
one of the most dominat-
ing duos in the empire. They
have proved their capability
for success by smashing the
ball, outsmarting opponents,
October Sports Update:
Soccer stumbles, water polo sinks
Petaluma squad, the girls’tennis
team is now 5-3 in league play.
Led by Senior Anna Robles and
exchange student Stephanie
Brett, the Dragons faced Elsie
Allen on Thurs.
Anastasia Claros
10th, volleyball
Water Polo
Despite a large turnout, both
the girls and boys have started
off the season winless, with re-
cords of 0-5.
Cross Country
Photo by Riley O’Donnell
“Something with
protein and calcium”
Junior Madeline Cline looks to pass in a recent game against Cardinal Newman on Oct. 10.
By Jesse Summers and
Jacob Little
out strong with a record of 3-1
The Cross Country teams
hosted Analy and Windsor in a
league tri-meet in Sept. 26. The
to start the year before dropping
boys finished second while the
a 3-0 decision to the Petaluma
girls came in third.
Gustavo Gomez
9th, soccer
Boys’ Soccer
Despite allowing a num-
ber of close games to slip
by early in the year, the
boys’ soccer team came
out strong against Healds-
burg on Tues., rocking the
Greyhounds in a 4-1 vic-
tory. With the win, Sonoma
improves to 4-5 on the sea-
son. The Dragons hosted El
Molino on Thurs.
Trojans on Fri. They faced a
tough Healdsburg Greyhound
squad Wed. and prevailed 2-0.
Girls’ Golf
Girls’ Soccer
Girls’ Tennis
The girls’ soccer team came
After a tough loss to a talented
Senior Jordann Dagner carried
the girls’ golf team to post an-
other solid 329-303 win against


Dragons bury Prospectors

Sports Dragons bury Prospectors Photo by Hannah Gropman The Dragons’ defense smothers a Piner running back

Photo by Hannah Gropman The Dragons’ defense smothers a Piner running back during the Homecoming game on Friday Oct. 5.

By Jacob Little

A pounding ground at- tack led by senior running back Justin McDonald carried Sonoma to a 47-26 rout of league foe Piner in front of a roaring homecoming crowd. The Dragon’s quickly soared to a 21-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, ham- mering Piner’s defensive front with six rushing touchdowns, three from McDonald. “My line did really well, and my fullback, Skyler Mar- ciel, made some really good blocks,” remarked McDonald, explaining his success. “The line just came out really strong,” senior tackle Trevor Severson added. The Dragons got off to a fast start, jumping to a quick lead when junior quarterback Dan Deely completed a 28- yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Dustin Sloane. Senior kicker Brennan Cole tacked on

the extra point, and the Drag- ons had a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. Sonoma was just getting started. After forcing a Piner punt, they marched down the field, scampering into the end- zone with a 7-yard McDonald touchdown carry. The kick was good, and the Dragon’s were up 14-0. After another solid defen- sive stand the Dragons at- tempted to move the ball, but this time came up empty when Piner intercepted a 50-yard pass from Deely at the goal line. The interception did little to phase a fired-up Sonoma offense, though, and after forcing a punt, the Dragons drove downfield, capitalizing on a second McDonald rush- ing touchdown. A fumble recovery on the ensuing drive by senior line- backer Sean Forney gave the Dragon’s another chance to

score. However, after Deely’s 50-yard pass to Sloane set up

a 40-yard field goal, Cole’s

kick came up short and the

Dragon’s marched off the field with a 21-0 lead. Piner came out shooting

in the second half, completing

a 68-yard long bomb to star

wide receiver Natu Hezchias. After converting a two point conversion, they cut the Drag- ons’ lead to 21-8. But the Dragons’ retaliation was quick, and, after a 7-yard carry by junior running back Cordell Kenniston resulted in a score, the Dragon’s had regained a three touchdown lead.

The game continued to swing back and forth in the second half, with each Piner touchdown answered by a Dragon score. Deely managed to run for a long 50-yard touchdown, and McDonald racked up another short score. Running back Hosea Reyes squeezed in a 23-yard touchdown to seal the game, and the Dragons walked off the field victorious.

With the win, Sonoma im- proves to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Piner falls to 1-6. The Dragons are

currently tied for third place

in the SCL.

The Dragons are currently tied for third place in the SCL. Photo by Hannah Gropman SVHS’s

Photo by Hannah Gropman

SVHS’s smothering defense stops Piner yet again.

Giants make history, roar into NLCS

By Jonah Son and Brennan Cole

The 2012 San Francisco Gi- ants have made their city and all of their loyal fans proud once again this year, as they recently finished off a remarkable come- back against the Reds to clinch a spot in the National League Championship Series. Similari- ties between the 2012 and 2010 Giants have been seen consis- tently throughout the season, but how related are these two teams? Across the field, demonstrated through outstanding defense, su- perior pitching, and added speed to the consistent offense, the 2012 Giants have shown their advantages compared to their 2010 world champion team. Sweeping the base paths with great speed include Gregor Blanco with 26 steals and Angel Pagan with 29. Compared to the 2010 squad who had a total of 55 steals, the 2012 team has hustled their way to 118 steals this season. Defensively, the 2012 squad covers more ground and is over-

all more reliable. Two veterans, Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scu- taro, anchor the infield while defensive, young guns Bran- don Crawford and Brandon Belt have exhibited their abil- ity on the field with numerous web gems. Across the outfield, Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence have proven themselves better than the 2010 standouts Andres Torres and Nate Schierholtz through their consistency at the plate. Baseball fans everywhere thought the Giants would take a plunge after Melky Cabrera was suspended due to performance enhancing drugs, but the team defied expectations. Joaquin Arias stepped up to the plate and got ten hits in his next twenty- two at-bats following Cabrera’s suspension, including a game winner in Los Angeles. Gregor Blanco similarly stepped up his game as he hit safely nine times out of the twenty-six at bats af- ter the Giant’s took their offen- sive deficits. No one thought it could be done, but Buster Posey is hav- ing a better year than his 2010 Rookie of the Year performance.

After bouncing back from a devastating injury in 2011,

Posey is batting .336 compared

to his .305 average in 2010. He

has already won the WIllie Mac Award and is a top candidate for the National League Most Valu- able Player. The 2012 San Francisco Gi- ants entered the postseason with an outstanding 94-68 re- cord, with high hopes to be the last team standing for the sec- ond time in three years. After

dropping the first two games of the divisional series against the Reds at home, they bounced

back to win the next three and take the series as well. This was the first time in National League history in which a team com- pleted a comeback after finding themselves in a hole, down two games to none. Sunday the Giants played their first game of the NLCS, with results not available at press time.


Giants dismiss a juiced Melky

By Giordi Serafini

After testing positive for testosterone, a banned substance in Major League Baseball, the league sus- pened San Francisco Gi- ants star Melky Cabrera for 50 games. Prior to the sus- pension, Cabrera had been soaring with a batting aver- age of .346, and was domi- nating with 11 homers and an astonishing 60 RBIs. He also earned the honor of be- ing named MVP of the Ma- jor League All-Star Game. His accomplishments were impressive, however, after being suspended for steroid use, manager Bruce Bochy and The Giants affirmed that that have no intention on taking Cabrera back for the postseason. According to Mercury News, Bochy stated that “We’ve moved on and so we’re going to move for- ward without Melky.” Al- though many fans are dis-

traught at the idea of losing

a dominating player for the

postseason, it was a mature and professional decision to move the team on with- out him. Primarily, Cabrera de- serves to be removed from the team after “cheating” the game by using perfor- mance-enhancing drugs and shouldn’t be allowed back on the team. In addition to

that, the Giants should hon- or themselves with pride as

a team, and walking out to

the field joined by a player with no morals would create

a bad image for the team,

and also portray a negative image to young athletes. Professional athletes act as icons for the younger generation of players, who will be the future of Major League Baseball. Melky be- haved irresponsibly by us- ing steroids, and shouldn’t be let on the team because of the image and shadow that he will carry over the

Giants. Bochy also asserted “We’ve got plenty of out- fielders who stepped up when needed,” and this is true for the team. Following the suspension of Cabrera on August 15th, the Giants proceed to claim

a 4-game winning streak in

early September, and then rallied with a 7-game win- ning streak between Septem- ber 17th and the 22nd. Since then, the Giants claimed the NL West title and clinched a spot in the postseason play- offs. This clearly shows that the Giants are playing successfully regardless of the loss of the powerhouse batter, Cabrera.

Ultimately, Cabrera com- mitted the crime of using illegal substances, and thus deserves a relief of his du- ties on the Giants for the remains of the 2012 season. And although he respectful- ly refused the honor of re- ceiving the National League batting crown, the fact is that he didn’t deserve the title, and also doesn’t de- serve to remain on the post- season roster. Bochy made the right call on moving on without Cabrera, and the Giants are currently look- ing strong as the postseason begins and hungry to win another World Series title for San Francisco.

begins and hungry to win another World Series title for San Francisco. Dragon’s Tale P a


International gals explore SVHS

Friendships blossomwithzanyadventures

By Sofia Jeremias

“The Perks of Being A Wallflower” is the en- dearing tale three of high school

“The Perks of Being A Wallflower” is the en-

dearing tale



high school outcasts try- ing to ‘make

sense’ of the world they are grow- ing up in. It follows the perspec- tive of a freshman

grow- ing up in. It follows the perspec- tive of a freshman times, filled with heartfelt

times, filled with heartfelt confes- sions and blurry transitions, but the strong acting ameliorates this triteness. Ezra Miller, who plays the role of flamboyant class clown Patrick, truly gives an edge to the film.

He acts as the shrink, or spiritual guide of the movie, embracing the sharing of feelings and cama- raderie. Miller plays the role of Patrick in a playful and endearing manner, something necessary to balance out the anxi-

named Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, who is attempting to cope with his best friend’s suicide. Char- lie is an introverted outcast, drifting alone until he meets senior Patrick and his step- sister Sam, played by Harry Potter sensation Emma Watson. Their friendship blossoms as the trio has a montage of zany

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

ety of Sam and Char- lie. Emma Watson’s

role on the other hand was not as prominent


one would expect.

A tale of

She plays the part of


downtrodden and

misfits finding


abused girl who allows

herself to be controlled by men, however her American accent was impeccable. Despite the excite- ment of Watson and Miller’s characters,


Logan Lerman

Photo by Anneliese Koch From left: Stephanie Brett, junior from Germany, Bulan Setiawan, junior from Indonesia, Theresa Najda, junior from Germany.

Emma Watson

By Anneliese Koch

class as an exchange student from Germany, I was imme- diately bombarded with ques- tions.” Laughing Brett added, “I even had one student who asked me whether Germany was a city or country.” All three girls initially admit to being nervous prior to their ar- rival to the U.S. “We had some prejudices coming into it. At ori- entation they told us things about school and how it would be much more strict and such,” remarked Najda, from Germany. For Bulan, coming to the U.S. from Indonesia has come with significant adjustments. “It is very safe here, because at night in my country it is not safe for teenage girls to walk around alone. “It is very different” de- scribes Bulan. “Overall people have been very nice to me; al- though, it is not always easy for people to understand what I’m saying when I speak English, but I always try, try, try!” Brett was the only student of the

three to have previously visited Sonoma due to her older brothers being former exchange students here. “My brothers told me com- ing here was one of the best ex- periences of their lives. One of my brothers even got a tattoo of California,” explained Brett. All three students agree that the majority of their encounters with their peers have been noth- ing but pleasant. “Everyone is very open to meeting new peo- ple, and they are so friendly in the way they will just approach and hug you,” recounts Najda. Although these girls are new and are somewhat unaccus- tomed to the cultural change of being an exchange student in the United States, they all are quickly adjusting. Pushing past the hardship of temporarily leaving home to explore a dif- ferent lifestyle will surely be a rewarding experience for all, re- gardless of whether they choose to integrate their learnings into their lives or not.

Ezra Miller



viewer ultimately

Sonoma is often considered to be a small, sheltered town, but the addition of three exchange students has given students and teachers alike the opportunity to submerge themselves into a full-fledged cultural transition. Although the three students from Germany and Indonesia had never met prior to their journey overseas, they all can relate in their overall experi- ence of adjusting to a new life and exploring American culture. Even though they have only lived in the U.S. for only weeks, Theresa Marie Najda, Bulan Setiawan, and Stepha- nie Brett, all juniors – have all promptly adapted themselves to everyday life in Sonoma. “At the beginning before [students] realized I was an ex- change student, they were really disinterested in me” explained Brett. “But when one of my teachers introduced me to the


adventures that defy societal boundaries, that include screaming off bridges, standing up in the bed of a moving truck, and creatively dancing. All the while, Charlie learns to become apart of society through his friendships and rid himself of his depression. Perks is appreciated for its frank portrayal of teenage hardships, while throwing in an upbeat song or two to lighten up the plot. It may seem a mite too precious at

feels more empathetic towards Charlie. His earnest search for acceptance and ability to ob- serve but go unseen resounds with teens and adults every- where. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a story of the dysfunctional finding a haven, a classic tale which Americans have always loved, from Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp to John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink.

Music is in the Sonoma air

John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink. Music is in the Sonoma air Photo courtesy of Stroke of

Photo courtesy of Stroke of Luck Band members: Dante Trotta, Ari Encarnacion, Hank Anderson, Danny Banales, Wyatt Lennon kick back and jam at The Shop


By Pio Valenzuela


Students at SVHS have banded together, forming musical groups

and acts to perform around Sonoma, showcasing their musical talents. Ari Encarnacion, senior, is the singer, drummer, and guitarist for Stroke of Luck, a band he formed with his friends Wyatt Lennon, Dante Trotta, Danny Banales, and Hank Anderson. His band has been together for

Aspiring producers such as JJ Murphy (DJ Hype), Jose Garcia (DJ Cal), and many others have dedicated themselves to form- ing Epic City Massive, a group that holds parties and dances to showcase their music, and allow students to have a fun time. The creativity that shows in mixing music comes from one’s knowledge of a wide variety of music, added with a DJ’s personal style. There is, however, a differ-


year, starting out as a group

of friends, coincidentally musi- cians, playing music together. Describing the difficulty of forming his band on a scale of one to ten, Encarnacion gave it a

four, -though on how difficult it is

ence between mixing and produc- ing: producers make their own mu- sic while a mix is simply a creative remix of one or more songs. Becoming a DJ is an expensive undertaking, as controllers, soft- ware, and mixing and sampling


maintain the band, he gave it a

high 8. He and his friends simply got together, found out they could make good music, and dedicated themselves to forming a band. Encarnacion has been a musician for fourteen years, and is able to play a variety of instruments, from sax and piano, to drums and guitar. On advising aspiring artists, Encar-

nacion said that it is most important

equipment cost a large amount of money. However, according to Murphy, his DJing experience has been worth it. His passion more than makes up for it, and so does the money he has made per- forming. “DJ’s do it for the love of the music, not for the fame,” said Murphy. These music acts are all local, and are young, productive mem-


“find people who are as dedicat-

ed as you are, otherwise, things fall apart.” His band, Stroke of Luck, has performed at local teen events venue, The Shop, and hope to per- form more in the future. In addition to student bands,

bers of the community. Encarna- cion however, notes that the com- munity seems to view the youthful performers with disdain. Encarnacion’s belief is that “Sonoma needs more teen bands,” so that the community can realize


wave of DJs and producers

have sprung up around Sonoma.

that “they are good people, and just want to play music”

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