10a&e November28, 2012 Check out more photos on Facebook at “Lshs Valhalla” What’s on your playlist The witch steals the spotlight “Wickedly” hilarious musical drops into Seattle by Kaelyn King The newest Staff Reporter hit Broadway musical that put a hilarious spin on The Wizard of Oz was shown at Seattle’s Paramount theatre from October 17 through November 17. Long before Dorothy dropped into the wonderful Land of Oz, her soon-to-be friend and foe got along quite pleasantly. That’s right; Elphaba, the “wicked” witch of the West, and Glinda, the good witch of the North, were childhood friends. At Shiz University, the two are polar opposites. Elphaba is an awkward and peculiarly green outcast and Glinda is the popular, perky blonde. They hate each other immediately but are forced to tolerate each other as they are assigned to be roommates. They Top 5 reasons why the world won’t end in 2012 5. Harold Camping hasn’t confi rmed it yet 4. Pigs haven’t fl own 3. It’s a stupid, made-up story 2. Baseball season hasn’t started 1. Seniors still have 117 days to go “Dave Brubeck Quartet was a good band; ‘Take Five,’ that was a good song. It was the best jazz song of the 20th century.” — junior Evan Hubbard “My favorite artist is Lana Del Ray, and my favorite song by her is ‘Radio.’” — senior Samantha Cook “I like Tyler the Creator, and my favorite song is probably ‘Burger.’” — sophomore Ryan Watson “My favorite band right now is probably Grouplove, and I think my favorite song by them is ‘Lovely Cup.’” — junior Mckenzie Grant “My favorite artist right now is the Local Natives, and my favorite song by them is ‘Stranger Things.’” VS. — senior Tessa Tasakos Top 5 reasons why the world will end in 2012 5. Mayan Calendar 4. Zombies 3. Snooki’s baby 2. Justin Bieber continues to sing us to death 1. Honey Boo-Boo photos taken by Chloe Rowland and Marissa Fredrickson From desk doodles to assembly art Senior Jordan Maher’s artistic talent gains recognition by Sarah Gluck Staff Reporter Senior Jordan Maher is recognized for more than just daily work in class. For the past three years, Maher has been catching herself doodling all over desks during class. Ever since she could remember, Maher has been designing and messing around with different fonts. At a young age, Maher would always set aside free time to sketch. It started out as just drawing bubble letters, but soon photo courtesy of Jo r dan Maher progressed into the stylized art of graffiti. Leadership and Spanish teacher Alisa Arcos certainly recognized Maher’s artistic ability. She asked if Maher would be interested in designing the class posters that hung on assembly days. Maher was excited about the offer and has created a few posters for the school already. eventually become the best of friends and go through the typical friend-drama that every girl has experienced with boys, family, flying monkeys and unreasonable wizards. The “wicked” witch doesn’t seem so wicked after all. The musical’s cast’s unbelievable vocals made it very difficult to not jump up and start singing. The beautiful set boasted a giant golden dragon that sat at the top of the stage and was complete with steam coming out of its snout. Glinda was hilariously ditsy and selfabsorbed and hit notes that nobody knew existed. The costumes were gorgeous, and the actors are straight-off-of-Broadway talented. The whimsy was breathtaking. It felt like the audience was involved in the magic. It was truly entertainment for all ages. All from the witch’s side of the story, it’s the Wizard of Oz like never before. Word Bank: BROADWAY DOROTHY ELPHABA GLINDA GREEN LION MONKEYS MUNCHKINLAND MUNCHKINS MUSICAL NORTH POPULAR SCARECROW SINGING TINMAN WEST WICKED WITCHES WIZARD photo courtesy of creativecommons.org According to Maher, the work for Arcos was similar to being asked by her fellow classmates to draw their name out for them. “I’ve probably drawn hundreds of names for my friends. I’m asked all the time,” Maher said. Maher might not know the full extent of how much her work is appreciated, but students do pay attention. “The art is an exquisite example of the fine quality our students show. The Senior sign in the assemblies are like a diamond in the rough when it comes to artistic swag,” senior Ryan Lian said. There is no doubt that the senior signs are noticeable during assemblies. “I noticed the signs above the senior section last assembly. It really caught my attention. Maybe if there were more signs around school in that cooler format, people would actually read them,” senior Tanner Plaisance said. Maher has really been inspired and is highly valued for her work. But not everyone loves the graffiti style as much as Maher. “It’s a shame that the stereotype of graffiti has a bad reputation. Graffiti can come off as vandalizing or be seen as an association with gangs. To me, graffiti is how artists express their joy for drawing,” Maher said. Sounds Around the Sound JINGLE BALL, Decemeber 16 at the WaMu Theater Kiss FM will host seven different artists—Calvin Harris, Cher Lloyd, Owl City, 3OH!3, Alex Clare, Afrojack and Ed Sheeran. Calvin Harris is famous for his hit song, “Feel So Close,” while Cher Lloyd is climbing the music charts with “Want U Back.” Owl City originated in Seattle and gained acclamation through “Fireflies,” while “Don’t Trust Me” and “Starstruck” are just one of the many chart-topper songs by 3OH!3. Alex Clare’s recent hit is “Too Close” and Afrojack is unstoppable with popular single, “Can’t Stop Me.” After gaining notoriety through “The A-Team” and finishing his North American tour, Ed Sheer an joins the panel of artists at the Jingle Ball. Tickets cost $53.55. LADY GAGA, January 14, 2013 at the Tacoma Dome Lady GaGa rose to fame in 2008 through her debut album, The Fame. She was recently nominated for Best Live, Best Video, and Biggest Fans at the 2012 MTV’s EMAs. Just some of her countless hits are “Born This Way,” “The Fame,” and “Bad Romance.” She broke a record for reaching five million sales with her first album and is known for her amazing concerts. This one is going to be one to see. Ticket prices range from $62.48 - $435.00 WICKED WORD SEARCH I U O J P I A B D I P M B M M A D N I L G P I L E Y U T U D Q N O I L M Z J U J K N N Q R W O R C E R A C S W U C V R A Y S I N G I N G E M H H I T Z R A U C U Y N S O K A K S W I E M W T X A T N I L P I E N W R L C D M K K N A Q O N H O Q G D P N A E S C S O P L C R N O R I H Y O I M N C U A T T X L T E S A S R R S W L N I H I D I M E U B K B J K A D W D E H I L M N F A I Y Q R P S N Y C I D O R O T H Y K C K K Y K T Q P O E A Z F A K E U E I N
features11 Check out more photos on Facebook at “Lshs Valhalla” November28, 2012 Visit locksoflove.org for more information about donating hair by Caitlyn Chandler Opinion Editor Face in the crowd: Delvene Ali Junior Delvene Ali adapts to moving around the West Coast by Kacie Masten Sports Editor Alexis Buehler Locks of Love is an organization that began in 1997 and gives wigs and hairpieces to children in the United States and Canada who suffer from long-term medical hair loss. They collect donated hair and create unique hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children who can’t afford to buy wigs for themselves. Most of the wigs created by Locks of Love are given to children with Alopecia, a disease that causes complete hair loss. LSHS senior Alexis Buehler recently donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love because of her personal connection to someone with Alopecia. Outstanding students by Brittan Lamberty Staff Reporter Students of the month must go above and beyond and show their hard work and dedication to their teachers. To some, being student of the month was a goal to be accomplished. For others the award was a complete surprise to them. “My German teacher nominated me; I work hard in that class so I think that’s why she did so. Hard work definitely pays off!” junior Emily Schollenberger said. Moreover, having a positive attitude and being nice to others is one of the many attributes that students perform to receive student of the month. “Try your best in school and be nice to other people. You don’t have to have all A’s just to be student of the month. If your teachers recognize that you are really trying your best then you could be nominated as well,” sophomore Kaitlyn Kurisu said. Being student of the month does take a lot of effort and devotion. However, anyone can do it if they try hard to succeed and work to their fullest potential. . .. October students of the month Sophomores Kaitlyn Kurisu and Jaylen Pegues Juniors Emily Schollenberger and Rylan Huot Seniors Tanya Richmond and Kyle Zellers Many students at LSHS experience moving to a new house or neighborhood. However, most students will never experience moving like junior Delvene Ali. Within the past 16 years, Ali has moved six times. These haven’t been to different neighborhoods either. Overall, Ali has moved to four different cities, three separate counties, and two states. Ali’s family is accustomed to moving; her parents immigrated to the United States in 1993. Both of her parents were born and raised in Iraq. They were married in the early 1990’s, and soon after, Saddam Hussein began to bomb the country. Hoping to seek safety, Ali’s parents fled to Turkey. Luckily, after living in Turkey for almost a year, their names came up for a lottery, allowing them to move to the United States. In 1993, Ali’s parents moved to the United States, and settled in Bremerton. A few years later, Ali was born. Ali lived there until she was two. Soon after, Ali’s parents felt uncomfortable in the community because, being from the Middle East, they felt detached from their culture. Soon, they moved to Everett. However, this wasn’t a perfect match, so Ali’s family moved to LakeStevens until Ali was in third “One of my cousin’s friends has Alopecia, so her hair falls out constantly. She gets her wigs from a wig shop,” Buehler said. Donating to Locks of Love is no easy task as it takes a lot of time and hard work to maintain hair that long. Additionally, hair must be free of bleach. “It took me about three years to grow my hair out that long. It was just past the middle of my back when I cut it,” Buehler said. The hairpieces provided by Locks of Love help to restore self-esteem and confidence to the children who need them. The hair that Buehler donated will do just that for a child in need somewhere. Paving a path to the big city stadium by Sarah Gluck Staff Reporter Senior Andrew Elgaen has been playing football ever since he can remember, and he doesn’t want it to end. With the close of the football season, Elgaen has been preparing his best for the future. Both Elgaen and fellow senior football player Conner Coleman were contacted by University of Portland coaches to take a day trip down to watch a game. The boys not only watched the game, but enjoyed excellent passes to view the game from the sidelines. Coleman and Elgaen toured the campus and were able to go in and walk around the locker room. While Elgaen loved the Portland coaches, the campus, the college atmosphere, in all honesty one of his favorite parts of the University is the mascot. “They’re the Vikings, always have to stay true to the Vikings,” Elgaen said with a beaming smile on his face. It doesn’t all come so easy though. Elgaen explained that being studious is essential for athletes. “School comes first. You have to have an education if you want to go anywhere Photo by Chloe Rowland Senior Alexis Beuhler holds the braid that was cut off and donated to Locks of Love. The minimum length of hair that is required to donate is ten inches. in today’s world.” Elgaen said. As much as Elgaen receives pressure at home, he says the pressure to obtain good grades and play his hardest on the field has only helped him in a positive way. But trying his best exceeds most people’s efforts. Not only has Elgaen played his hardest, but he sure has shown it. This season he stood on the field every game with two broken fingers and a partially torn ACL. “I plan on getting surgery after the season unless I wrestle. It’s my senior year, and I’m going to play my heart out,” Elgaen said. Elgaen says the key to success is to just focus. “Mentally preparing and zoning everything out is what I do to get it done. I deal with school, and then I deal with sports.” Elgaen said. Other athletes just like Elgaen are hopeful to further their athletic careers. Students will be hearing about their scholarships over the next few months. Elgaen hopes to hear from UP and suit up next fall. Photo by Chloe Rowland Photo courtesy of Alexis Beuhler grade. Then her family decided to try living in Everett again. However, the story isn’t over. After living in Everett, Ali’s brothers wanted to move to California, where more people from the Middle East live. Ali’s parents agreed, and the family moved to San Diego. After a year, though, the Ali family grew to dislike the community in San Diego. “[San Diego] was really bad and the schools were terrible, and we didn’t like it over there so we came back [to LakeStevens],” Ali said. As of late September, Ali lives in LakeStevens, but the move comes with its own challenges. “It’s different because a new place has different people and some places are hard to make friends and some places are good, but it’s just really hard around different people every few years,” Ali said. Even though moving has been difficult for Ali, and at times she would rather be in Everett where she stayed the longest, she knows that her parents had the best of intentions in mind and that they wanted their children to be first priority. “They always wanted me to get the best education I can and try my hardest even though they knew it was difficult,” Ali said.