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Vol. 7, No. 3
North News
Clovis North Educational Center
December 2014
7th & 8th graders:
D.C. & NYC trip set
By Ani Abajian
Photo courtesy of Chad Hayden
CN forensics team does well
at UOP Invitational
By Carina Tokatian
The CN forensics team received fifth
place at the annual University of Pacific
Forensics Invitational in Stockton, held on
October 24 through 26. Fifty-four teams
competed in the Invitational, including
schools from across the Valley to Bakersfield, the Bay Area and even one team
from Florida. Overall however, Hayden
remarked, “It’s always encouraging when
you beat teams from the Bay Area.”
Out of the teams from CN, there were
several stand-outs. Traven Timberlake and
Young Park took first in open policy debate. Forensics Advisor Chad Hayden was
pleased by this: “This was the first time
we’ve won in policy debate at an invitational.” Also, Mathew Cuevas took second
place in humorous interpretation, and Justin Lagera took third place in oratory.
“It was a good tournament to get us prepared for Valley Championships,” states
Hayden. This event will be held on February 7 at Sanger High School and February
28 at South High School in Bakersfield for
speech; then, on March 13 and 14, CN will
be hosting the championships for debate.
After winning the Valley title for the past
two years, Hayden has high expectations,
commenting, “We’re looking to three-peat
at the Valley Championships, but need
to beat Bakersfield and Stockdale High
The forensics team, without a doubt, is
sure to succeed in the upcoming tournaments.
It’s not too late to sign up for the Washington D.C./New York City student trip.
This experience is open to GR seventh and
eighth grade students, and will take place
June 16 through 20. There are no requirements, but spots are limited to the first 36
people who sign up.
This is the third time out for the trip, and
it is offered every other year. Students will
spend three days in D.C. and two days in
NYC, with many sightseeing activities in
both cities. Students will take a tour of the
U.S. Capitol, visit the National Archives,
and see a Broadway show, just to name a
few attractions. Also, students will visit
memorials and museums in both cities.
The cost for the five-day trip is $1949,
and fundraising is available. Contact Nicole Torres for more information.
Toys for Tots
tradition continues
By Lily Crook
Toys for Tots is a program that provides new donated toys to less fortunate
children in the community for Christmas,
and CNEC has been participating since it
opened in 2007. Activities secretary Ashley
Sparks says, “The Toys for Tots donation
program is a tradition that CNEC has done
for many years that I hope to continue.”
The goal this Christmas season was to
reach 100 toys donated. The deadline to
turn in toys at school was Monday, December 15; however, you can also visit the Toys
for Tots website anytime at and help in your community. This
season is the time for giving.
Go to to read more articles and share your opinion.
Page 2
Time to take action on water conservation
Two years ago, California was hit with
one of the worst droughts since 1976.
California is still in this drought, and the
government has been trying to do anything
they can to help preserve the precious water. When the drought was first declared,
however, many people still neglected their
conservation of water. Water use only
dropped by five percent, when it was expected to drop at least 20%. In some areas,
water use actually increased.
In an effort to save water, the government
introduced propositions. One proposition,
Prop 1, which was a $7.5 million water
bond, was introduced this year. The propo-
sition is for managing water supplies, protecting and restoring wetlands, improving
water quality, increasing flood protection,
and having more surface and groundwater
storage. However, more and more people
are losing running water in their homes.
How can we address this problem? There
is no way that we can stop the drought, but
we can help preserve water. You don’t need
to make a big change in your water use. A
small change can make a big impact, and
these are just a few suggestions. One way
you can conserve water is to reduce your
time in the shower. You don’t need to rush
your time in the shower, just take a couple
North News Staff
Editor in Chief: Alex Scott
Assistant Editor: Amy Zaninovich
News Editor: Carina Tokatian
News Staff:
Ani Abajian, Lily Crook
Editorials Editor: Oliviana Oaks
Editorial Staff:
Lea Hernandez
Features Editor: Gracyn Torigian
Features Staff:
Jordan Cusator, Julianna Rios
Sports Editor: Gracie Webb
Sports Staff:
Justin Adams, Jacob Hall
minutes off at a time. Another way to save
water is to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. This can save up to four gallons a minute, and that will be able to save
about 200 gallons a week for a family of
four. Make sure to always check your home
for leaks. Check your sprinkler systems,
faucets, and pipes daily to check for any
leaks. Much water each year is lost due to
unknown leaks. More ways to save water
are to water any plants only when needed,
wash vehicles only when needed, or cut
back on rinsing in your dishwasher. All of
these changes are minor, but if everyone
tried to preserve water, it could make a big
Think about it: if we don’t try to conserve water, there may be very bad effects
in the future. Plants would die off due to
lack of being watered. The animals that eat
plants would die off, and eventually the animals that eat those animals would die off
too. Therefore the food chain would diminish, and human existence will eventually be
We should still try to conserve water
even when the drought ends. Everyone and
everything on Earth needs water to survive.
Even though about 70% of Earth is covered
in water, only 1% is water we are able to
drink. The rest is saltwater, or frozen in glaciers. We only have so little for the many
that live on Earth.
Homework: Ready,
set, focus!
You’ve put it off for as long as you
can. Finally, you’re tackling the homework
thing. You’re stressed because you have
a lot more to finish and you also have to
study for finals coming up.
Then you hear your phone buzzing, you
get distracted and you start texting your
friends. An hour later you end up finding
yourself on Instagram checking your feed.
This happens almost every day for many
students. Students tend to struggle with
concentrating on their school work; once
they get distracted it takes them a lot of effort to focus again.
See HOMEWORK, page 5
CN Cross Country prove they’re
program to beat on campus yet again
By Alex Scott
CN cross country’s success has widely
gone under the radar at CNEC. With State
Championship appearances seven years
consecutively for the girls and five straight
for the boys, and countless league titles for
both, it is a mystery that their supremacy
has been overlooked. Under the watchful
eyes of head coach Jason Lienau and assistant coaches Lauren Wilson, Wendi Salvador, Kori Smith, and Calixte Alohu, both
boys’ and girls’ teams finished top nine in
state and clinched another league title.
If that wasn’t
enough, the CN Lady
their very first DI central section championship over rival Buchanan. Having had
a plethora of seniors
gone, leadership for
the girls’ seemed in
question to many having only two seniors
on the team, both of which were newcomers. Juniors Lauren Moffett and Camilla
Hanson stepped up to that challenge and
thrived, far exceeding Lienau’s expectations. Furthermore, the rises of junior Jena
Srikanth, sophomores Jenna Saylor, Pari
Manoogian, Lauren Lienau, and freshmen
Blayney Dolan and Alli Kaminski made
them the team to beat.
One of the two senior girls on the team,
Makayla Smith, ran cross country this year
after not running since middle school. Recently, the primarily track star chose to attend the University of Southern California
over Louisiana State University. The future
USC Trojan plans to major in either premed or kinesiology while attending there
on a full-ride scholarship, though Smith
is confident she can handle it. “I don’t feel
any pressure because I know what I’m
capable of.” The back-to-back defending
state champion in the girls’ 800m race in
track doesn’t take school for granted however, “Olympics are a goal of mine. But
most importantly is getting a degree. Education is most important.” The transition
hasn’t been easy for Smith. “It’s so hard.
I’m not a distance runner. Having been
the state champion,
it’s humbling. I’m
blessed. It’s definitely not as easy as
people think.”
The boys’ team
has been equally
impressive after losing their previously
top runner in Conner Nolen. The boys
were highlighted by
five seniors who have been together for a
while: Chris Goertzen, Carlos Govea, Danahel Carvajal, Psalm Ocampo, and Myles
Delgado. The team also features four steller underclassmen who have burst on to the
scene in Cameron Nolen, Gabrial Logan,
Rigo Gamez, and John Tesmer.
Ocampo, the team’s fastest runner chose
Lipscomb over California Berkley and Arizona State University, “When it came down
to money, Lipscomb was more intriguing
than the others.” Cross country is a difficult
sport so why do it?
Junior Christian Vaughn simply replied,
“No true runner can come up with a true
definitive answer for that.”
8th grade girls’ soccer boasts ‘drive to play’
By Gracie Webb
The GR 8th grade girls’ soccer team is
scoring big this season with intense energy
and skill. With strong chemistry among the
girls, the team is guaranteed to bring major
competition to other opponents. Secondyear GR varsity soccer head coach Mark
Tackett shares that the entire team has a
drive to play as much as they possibly can.
“They want to learn and are willing to put
in the work to improve,” says Tackett.
Tackett also explains that he expects all
players to give their best performance on
See SOCCER, Page 6
Page 5
Continued from Page 1
How can you prevent being distracted
by your electronics? If you noticed your
grades are plummeting and procrastination
is increasing, you need to learn to focus.
You first need to find a quiet room to work
in. Then turn off all electronics, including
any televisions, cell phones, laptops (if you
are not using it for school work), tablets,
and iPods. If you still feel tempted to use
these electronics put them out of the room
where you usually do your school work.
Make sure that you have everything you
need in your room so that you won’t have
to get up. All snacks and drinks should also
be present in your room. If you want to listen to music, use the instrumental kind with
no lyrics. This stimulates the brain, while
regular music with words gets you distracted because you will usually find yourself
singing along and not thinking about your
school work anymore.
There are also many foods that can help
your brain focus such as blueberries, one
brain food due to its antioxidants within
stimulate the blood flow in your body
which helps get oxygen to your brain. Another brain food is dark chocolate because it
contains a small amount of caffeine (which
improves mental alertness), and it contains
magnesium which has been proven to help
you de-stress and it stimulates the release
of endorphins and serotonin which can put
you in a better mood. One more important
brain food is nuts and seeds. They contain
essential oils and amino acids that help aid
your focus and they also contain the antioxidant vitamin E. There are many other
brain foods like green tea, flax seeds, water, fatty fish, leafy green vegetables, and
avocados. Chewing mint gum is also an
effective booster of mental performance.
Did you know that the brain is last organ
in your body that becomes anatomically
mature? Your brain never stops growing
until you are in you mid-20s. Therefore, it
is very important for students to build up
the neural circuitry that focusing requires.
If students don’t build up enough neural
circuitry, then in the future they could have
many problems with not being able to control their emotions and being empathetic.
So put aside the iPod. Get out the blueberries. You’ve got homework to do!
Page 3
Memories made on Clubs contribute to community, world
By Jordan Cusator
same hobby. They have approximately 11
Candy Cane Lane
By Gracyn Torigian
One of the many delights the holidays
bring are the neighborhoods glowing with
decorations, one being just
minutes away from CNEC.
Candy Cane Lane draws
crowds of all ages to its
twinkling lights, hot chocolate, bonfires, and families all packed together to
experience not only lights
but dancing Santa Clauses
and nativity scenes.
Candy Cane Lane is
free of charge to the viewers but the residences of the homes have
some sacrifices. Electrical bills are four
to five hundred dollars, and stolen decorations and vandalism burden the home owners. However, home owners maintain that it
is all worth it, knowing they are upholding
traditions and providing memories to children every year. Crowds block the roads so
leaving the house after 5pm is usually out
of the question, but because of the crowds,
good causes such as autism awareness raise
money with hot chocolate stands and sales.
Candy Cane Lane is located near the
northwest intersection of Alluvial and
Peach. Now go out and make some family memories of your own with a trip down
Candy Cane Lane this season.
Book It! Book Club is looking for more
members. Taylor Cordoba has taken her
role as the president of the Book It! Book
Club very seriously, and is always open to
new ideas. The club currently has 18 members and has a goal of 30, but she would
like to have even more. They read a wide
variety of books from fiction to horror to
non-fiction. The club works by having book
circles that each read a different book with
a certain number of pages. Then when they
come back for the next meeting, they collaborate. When the group finishes a book,
they will either make a book poster for five
extra credit points or a book report for ten
extra credit points, which applies to their
AB Language classes. The club also participates in community service and fundraisers. Club advisor Erica Robinson states,
“My heart melts when I see this many kids
that want to help out in the special needs
room. The kids love being around people.”
For the holidays, they are donating books
to kids who can’t afford it. Taylor states,
“I hope all of the members will take something positive from being in this club.”
Those interested in joining may attend the
next meeting; the club meets every Tuesday during lunch in Room 100.
Book Club builds friendships through
reading. Kelly Nola, the president of the
CN Book Club, always enjoys a good
book and people surrounding her with that
members and hope to increase their membership. The club is currently reading Remember Me by Christopher Pike and The
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. They
want to achieve the goals of participating
in community service projects and getting
to know one another better. Every meeting,
they share their opinions about the portion
of the book they read. Advisor Laura Quall
says, “Even though the title is Book Club,
it’s more than that. We are building friendships and relationships, and getting to
know each other.” If you would like to join
Book Club, they meet in Room 150 every
Friday during lunch.
U.N.I.C.E.F. is dedicated to helping children worldwide. Advisor Lavinia Terra
says the U.N.I.C.E.F. Club is devoted to
providing children worldwide a better place
to live and performing service efforts/fundraisers in the community. They have 20
members and are open to new ones. Their
latest fundraiser was raising money to help
find a cure and help prevent Ebola. They
aim to educate, advocate, and fundraise on
behalf of the world’s children. The United
Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has been working to improve children’s lives worldwide. Terra states, “Our
goal is to increase membership so we can
increase public awareness.” If you would
like to attend the U.N.I.C.E.F. Club, they
meet in Room 144 at lunch every second
Wednesday of the month.
Nut allergies pose potential risk to students
By Ani Abajian
As many have noticed, there are many
signs posted around CNEC warning against
having peanuts in classrooms and around
students. About 1% of GR students and 1%
of CN students have peanut allergies, and
there are a multitude of steps being taken to
prevent reactions from happening.
Nut allergies can be far-ranging, and include tree and ground nuts. Most allergic
students are affected when consuming nuts,
but others are more sensitive and only have
to touch, or even smell them. It is important
for students to be aware of this life-threatening allergy and to be sensitive of students
who have it.
CNEC stops reactions by happening with
signs and plans in case of a reaction to a
nut. There are the aforementioned signs
posted in each classroom, and a letter on
the school website to inform students and
parents alike of what is going on. Students
with the allergy carry around Epi-pens,
which are taken after a reaction has occurred. Teachers have specific health and
safety plans in place in case of an emergency. Also, no projects, experiments, or class
parties will include nuts.
The most important step in keeping reactions from occurring is being educated and
noticing students around you that may be
allergic to nuts, or any allergy in general.
Even if you’re not sure, it is safest to keep
nuts out of the classroom for the safety of
For any questions or concerns, contact
Loretta Newman (GR Nurse) or Sarah
Mikolavich (CN Nurse), both located in the
Nurse’s Office.
Page 4
Holiday Mad Lib: Tis the season to be ...
Tis the season to be ________, and get
your ________ under the mistletoe. Lots of
________ under the Christmas tree. Gather
around the ________ with ________. Tell
all your friends that ________ is here and
By Amy Zaninovich
Adjective __________________
Plural Noun_________________
to be full of holiday ________. Children
________ in the snow and drink ________
on Christmas morning. See the Christmas
lights spread ________ cheer during the
________ season.
Decorate the Christmas ________ and
drink hot chocolate by the fireside. As
Plural Noun_________________
Christmas comes to end, the snow begins
to ________. See the ________ on New
Year’s Eve and count down the seconds until the New Year!
CN students earn prestigious honor
By Julianna Rios
On November 9, four CN juniors -Christopher Brandon Azali, Magnus Swanson, Matthew Huber Whyte, and Zachary
Yetman -- reached the rank of Eagle Scout,
a very high honor in Boy Scouts. Becoming an Eagle Scout is not easy, and these
exemplary participants each put in about
five to six years of scouting to accomplish
this goal. Ranks required prior to becoming
an Eagle Scout include Scout, Tenderfoot,
Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and
finally, Eagle.
So how else does one become an Eagle
Scout? In addition to earning badges and
displaying proper Eagle Scout standards,
Yetman lists activities like camping, backpacking, volunteer work at shelters, etc. as
things he has done in order to become an
Eagle Scout.
It takes a great deal of dedication and
commitment to go through this process.
Azali explains why he decided to aim at
becoming an Eagle Scout. He says, “I really loved scouting and wanted to finish
the process to the end. Also, my friends
were part of the program.” Swanson added
he was “relieved and happy to start a new
These young men are sure to flourish in
their new chapters and will fulfill the ideals
of the Eagle Scouts that they proudly have
North Poll
What is your favorite winter
memory or tradition?
Madilyn Drew, Grade 7: “My favorite
winter memory is when all my relatives
came to my house to have dinner and open
Christian Hall, Grade 12: “Snowboarding on Christmas.”
Savannah Deluca, Grade 10: “Making
cookies with my family on Christmas Eve.”
Trey Wood, Grade 7: “When my uncle
and grandparents came over.”
Nate Torres, Grade 9: “Having a huge
Christmas Eve party with all my family and
Jay Cordero, Grade 12: “Spending time
with the family and eating good food.”
Ashley Lewis, Grade 8: “Going snowboarding for the first time and going dirt
biking on ice.”
Valerie Ochoa, Grade 11: “Spending all
morning making tamales and then eating
them with my family.”
Aryan Lopez, Grade 8: “Going to the
mountains with my friends and camping up
Amy Grannis, AB Teacher: “My favorite winter memory is going to Hawaii during winter break. We would buy a Hawaiian Christmas tree and decorate it.”
Jake Curtis, Grade 11: “My family and
I would go to our cabin near North Fork for
Annie Johnson, Grade 8: “My favorite winter memory is that every year I go
to one of my relative’s house, and I get to
spend time with my family.”
Katie Craven, Grade 9: “Ice skating.”
Jarrett Huffman, Grade 10: “I don’t
have a Christmas tradition.”
Brenden Bonsell, Grade 11: “I usually
go to Christmas Tree Lane around Christmas time with my family.”
Hannah Ysusi, Grade 12: “My grandpa
reading to me and my cousins on Christmas
Kay Barrie, Science Teacher: “Skating
on the ice rink my dad made in the backyard.”
Roopali Singh, Grade 7: “My favorite
memory is eating snickerdoodle cookies.”
Jazmine Flores, Grade 8: “My favorite
memory is going to the snow for the first
Page 6
CN girls’ varsity volleyball competes in
GR wrestling
season underway Valley Championships
By Jacob Hall
The GR wrestling room, as described by
coach Dustin Riley, is, “as of today, filled
with energy and lots of great kids.” Riley
enjoys coaching wrestling because he enjoys watching the kids grow in the sport,
doing a move correctly, and getting to create personal relationships with his athletes.
He has been coaching wrestling for a total
of 20 years.
Students interested can still go out for
wrestling. Riley states that new athletes are
asked to decide if it is something they can
and want to do. “Our wrestling program is
for kids seeking massive challenges,” says
In a wrestler, Riley looks for good character, attitude, and effort. Riley adds, “We
are excited for our league matches in early
December.” The GR wrestling program, as
seen from Coach Riley’s perspective, is a
place where unbreakable friendships are
forged between the athletes and the coaches through the sweat, tears -- and even the
occasional throw-up -- forming a tight
continued from Page 5
the field in both games and practices. According to Tackett, it is extremely important that the team obey the Code of the
North and set positive examples for the 7th
grade players. One of the most successful
strengths the girls share is understanding
each player’s position and role while on the
field. The key goal Tackett has set for the
season is to help the girls grow as individuals and a united team.
During the first game, Tackett spotted
impressive potential and leadership from
the team. “The girls did a great job of fighting until the end,” Tackett shared. The team
exemplified strong athletic ability and enthusiasm against Clark, with a score of 1-1.
Even so early in the season, the team is
always looking for room to improve. With
powerful talent and spirit, this soccer team
is without a doubt, tough competition.
By Gracie Webb
The CN girls’ varsity volleyball team
recently competed in the Valley Championships, becoming the first girls’ volleyball team in CN’s history to reach this far
in competition. Starting last February, the
girls have put in an extreme amount of time
and effort to accomplish such a successful
season. Head coach Brittany Pierce-Henderson is overjoyed with pride for her team:
“This team, over and over again, exemplified a huge amount of heart and fight all
season long.” Despite the loss at the Valley
Championships, the team showed an unbelievable amount of heart and teamwork.
For the semi-finals, the team faced Central High School in a wildly competitive
game. When the final point of the match
was scored, the crowd went crazy and the
team jumped for joy. Pierce-Henderson described the moment as “priceless.” It was a
moment not to be forgotten. The final score
of the Valley Championships was Clovis
defeating Clovis North 3-1. The match
scores were 25-27, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25.
All in all, the team went far beyond expectations for the volleyball program here
at CN. With a season record of 27-7 and
a league record of 7-3, the team holds the
best record ever in CN history for girls’
volleyball. Pierce-Henderson says that her
favorite part about coaching this specific
group was “walking into practice each day
and seeing my girls, laughing with them,
and seeing them work extremely hard to
accomplish their goals.” The girls showcased their talent and passion for the game
of volleyball throughout the entire season.
Amundsen: CN boys’ basketball
‘better every day’
harder than the game. We pride ourselves
on being in better shape than our opponent,
As winter comes on, the CN boys’ basso we can work harder for longer.”
ketball team has showed signs of strength.
The team has great goals to achieve, and
When playing in tournament against many
Amundsen added, “Winning is a
byproduct of fulfilling our goal
of getting better
every day. We
are striving to be
better than the
competition, but
really it comes
down to being
the best that we
can be. If we
play as a team
and continue to
get better, we
Jahvon Johnson (2) looks on during tournament win at home.
will be in really
good shape to
win some big games!” The team has some
talented teams, the team took it to the optalented players that could use their skills
ponents by closing out close games and
to get them somewhere in the near future.
winning some games by double figures.
That makes the CN boys’ basketball team a
According to head coach Tony Amundteam to watch.
sen, “We believe that our practices are way
By Justin Adams

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