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New Spanish Teacher is Hired After Months of Subs

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

Andrew Snider has recently been hired as a replacement for Sra. Rosendin. He is currently working as KL’s new Spanish teacher.

Mr. Snider has traveled around the world. That’s where he learned how to speak Spanish. “I started learning Spanish when I was in high school,” says Snider. “I lived in Ecuador for a good while. Also, I taught English in rural Mexico. So… through those experiences I learned a lot of Spanish. I also learned Spanish in the classroom at Washington State University, I got my masters there. My wife, her family is from Peru so we speak Spanish with them. I’ve traveled around and my family’s got some Spanish in it.

Kentlake isn’t the first place that Snider has taught at. He taught six years at the community college level at Green River Community College. He also taught two years at Washington State University while getting his master’s degree. So far, Mr. Snider is enjoying his new job. “I like it. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment for me, coming from the community college. For the most part people are really engaged and really wanting to pick up Spanish, which is really what it’s all about. I think most people are doing a pretty good job and are already making the transition.”

Mr. Snider has some new rules in his class. These rules may be different but are seemingly quite effective. “When I first got here the desks were in pods, like groups of 4 people. And a lot of people had their back to me and just were not engaged,” says Snider, “So, I took away the desks and the engagement has gone way, way up. In a couple of my classes we’re in like 90% Spanish already. A couple of the other ones we’re getting closer to that. So, just by moving away a physical barrier people are opening up a little bit more. Yeah… and it’s probably the best change I could have made. Everyone has focused a lot better, everyone is, for the most part, participating more. They’re more engaged with the material. Really, honestly this is one of the best moves I could’ve ever made. I would do it with every class; I do it with every class.”

Aside from his new job here at Kentlake, Mr. Snider has some hobbies that he likes to do in his free time. “I have a ton of hobbies but I don’t have a lot of time for them,” says Snider. “But, one of my favorite hobbies is that I like to learn new languages. On my own I study languages. Portuguese and French are what I’m working on right now. I like to learn, I like to read, and I like to go spend time with my family. I like to go out and run to the park with my son.” So Mr. Snider looks forward to spending his time teaching us students Spanish. He looks forward to a new chapter of his career here at Kentlake.

Animal Crossing Struggles Financially

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

Nintendo recently released the newest addition of the video game series, Animal Crossing. However, the amount of revenue brought in by the game is failing to meet expectations.

Animal Crossing is a community simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo. In the game, the player lives in a village inhabited by animals, as they carry out various activities including fishing, bug catching, fossil hunting, etc. The series is notable for its open-ended gameplay and its use of the game systems’ internal clock and calendar to simulate real passage of time. In the series, the gameplay is open-ended. The players have no defined objectives, but are instead encouraged to spend their time in the village performing activities, which include collecting items, planting plants or other items, and socializing with the village’s residents.

Nintendo’s newest addition to the Animal Crossing series was released Oct. 25, 2017. It is available on mobile devices on both IOS and Android. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has gained over 15 million downloads in its nine days since launch, but according to new analysis from Sensor Tower, the game has only made $10 million from its players. This number is far less than what we saw from Fire Emblem Heroes over the same time period with $34 million,

and also Super Mario Run with $24 million. If we look at where Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s revenue is coming from so far, we find that Japan is responsible for about 86 percent of player spending to date. The second largest share of revenue for the game this far has come from the United States at about 11 percent of the total. In Japan the average player spends $4.16 while the average player in the United States spends $0.12.

Keep in mind it is still early on in the game’s life. The developer is beginning to launch campaigns for more in-game content which could help boost Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s revenue. It will be interesting to see if Nintendo will try and extract more revenue from it, or like Mario Run, they’ll just let it underperform their expectations and move on to the next project. It’s not like it’s making them nothing at all.

Wrestling Team Looking to Make Some Noise at the Dome

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

The wrestling team is looking for another strong season. Last season they finished third in the league, and third in the region.

Head coach Jeremy Williams is returning to coach the wrestling team. This year will be his 24th year coaching Wrestling; his 20th at Kentlake. The wrestlers have been getting at it and putting in work every day after school. They’re making improvements and learning new techniques. Coach Williams said, “I am excited about the hard work the wrestlers are putting in on a daily basis. This year they have stepped up their effort to the next level. I believe come post season time, they will be ready.”

The wrestlers have already completed three tournaments. Their first being at home against Kennedy Catholic in which they won 44-25. They also competed at the Decatur Invite. It was a good outing of the Falcons. Tony Heimann II led the team with an individual championship in the 182 pound weight class, Alex Lopez placed second at 145, and Robert Ashabraner placed 3rd. Also having strong performances for the team were Cameron Stewart, Roberto Alvarez, Cody Doerfler, Owen Foster, Kupono Planesi, and Andrew Hill. They travel to Bellingham this weekend for the Graham Morin Invite. Now they are hungry and searching for more.

The wrestling team’s next meet is the Graham Morin Invitational. It’s at Squalicum High School on Saturday, Dec. 16. at 10 a.m. They look to become better every day. “I expect another strong season, and to hopefully take that “next step,” says Coach Williams. “Last year we were 3rd in the League, and third in our Region. Now is the time for us to make some noise at the Dome (state tournament location).”

Wildfires Tear Up Northern California

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

Wildfires have been burning out of control in Northern California. For over a month, firefighters have been battling these flames and are continuing to struggle to control them.

Since Oct. 8, wildfires in the northern part of California have scorched more than 220,000 acres of land, destroying 8,400+ structures, and claiming at least 40 lives. The fires were most likely caused by humans. According to the U.S. National Park Service, almost 90 percent of wildfires in the United States are started by humans. A large portion of these fires are a result of campfires being left unattended, the burning of debris, carelessly discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The other 10 percent of wildfires are started by lava or lightning. “These are all fires that were in areas that are populated, and 95% of the fires in our state are started by people,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Recent reports have cited PG&E’s power lines as a possible cause of some of the current wildfires in the state’s wine country. Dry conditions and strong winds have also been a factor in the spreading of the fires. 50 mph winds have been aiding the blazing fires, with hurricane-force gusts of 79 mph reported in Sonoma County.

The fires are up to 50% contained as recent rains and firefighters battle to extinguish the flames. Evacuations have been lifted in certain parts of California, and residents have began to

return back home. However, many people returning are coming home to realize that there’s not much left of home. People rummage through the ruins to try and recover anything they can. The ash and debris may be very toxic and health officials are warning residents to be careful when sifting through the debris. The people must come together as a community as they work through this. “This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced, “Gov. Jerry Brown said. “The devastation is just unbelievable, is a horror that no one could have imagined.”

Wildfires are threatening due to their unpredictable nature. A wildfire in nature can spread extremely quickly if it’s dry enough. Winds will also spread the fire and can even cause it to jump highways.

Firefighters are continuing the fight against the fires. Officials say that they should have all the fires contained in the next week. A total of 42 people were killed in this tragedy.

‘The Juice’ is Legally Loose and on Parole

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

After he was jailed for committing an armed robbery in 2007, O.J. Simpson will walk free for the first time in 9 years.

Simpson, a Hall of Fame NFL running back, was released on Oct. 9 when a Nevada parole board decided he should be freed after he apologized for his role in the robbery. Simpson was serving a sentence with a minimum of 9 years in prison (after which he would be eligible for parole) and a maximum of 33 years.

The robbery happened on Sept. 13, 2007, when a group of men led by Simpson entered a room in the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bruce Fromong, a sports memorabilia dealer, testified that the group of men broke into his hotel room and stole various sports memorabilia at gunpoint. Three days later, Simpson was arrested for his involvement in the robbery and held without bail. Simpson said that he was reclaiming family heirlooms and other personal items that had been taken from him. He also claimed that he didn’t know his associates were armed. “I wasn’t there to hurt anybody,” Simpson said. “I just wanted my personal things, and I realize now that was stupid of me. I am sorry.”

The robbery wasn’t Simpson’s first run-in with the law. It was 13 years before the robbery O.J. found himself in trouble. Nicole Brown, Simpson’s ex-wife, was found stabbed to death in front of her condo. Also found was the body of Ron Goldman, a friend of Brown. Simpson was tried in their deaths but was acquitted of murder charges in 1995. Then came the car chase that stopped Los Angeles. It was 5 days after the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Television networks and cable news channels aired two hours of nonstop coverage of perhaps the most famous car chase to have ever taken place on Los Angeles freeways. Simpson, while pointing a revolver at his head, was hiding in the back of a white Ford Bronco as his friend and former teammate Al Cowlings drove. Crowds gathered along the freeways holding signs in support of “the Juice,” Simpson’s nickname on the field. News helicopters broadcasted footage of the roughly 90-minute pursuit, which ended peacefully in front of Simpson’s Los Angeles home. Simpson was then transported by police to Men’s Central Jail. He was found not guilty of the murders and was released from jail.

The decision granting Simpson parole was made on July 20, allowing him to walk free Oct. 1. Now 70 years old, Simpson is carrying on with his life. “I’ve done my time,” Simpson said. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can.”

Drama Department Aims to ‘Pull It Off’

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

Daisy Pulls It Off Performance dates: Nov. 9, 10, 11 Nov. 16, 17, 18 Ticket Prices: $10 at the door $8 w/ ASB $8 senior citizens

While the budget cuts and new directors may be a challenge, the drama department will be performing Daisy Pulls It Off for this year’s first play.

Co-Director, Alex Chopyak said, “Originally, we had another play chosen but due to the fact that we didn’t have enough men to audition we had to change the play kind of last minute.” Daisy Pulls It Off was eventually selected. “We had to pick a show that was cheap because of the budget,” says Co-Director, Sarah Wilson. “We had to choose something that we felt like would not be expensive, would be a lot of fun, and would use the most characters possible.” There’s a total of 35 students participating in the play, 20 of those acting and the other 15 doing tech on stage.

The play, Daisy Pulls It Off, is a British play written in 1983 by Denise Deegan. Set in 1927, the play is about a young girl named Daisy who comes from a family that is not as well off as one would hope. Everything changes for Daisy when she is accepted into an all-girls school on scholarship; the first girl ever to accomplish the feat. She struggles to fit in as she is victim to schoolgirl pranks from the wealthier girls.

This play worked out for the drama department’s challenges. It requires a large number of female characters and it’s not a musical. “I’m excited because our play is really jazzy. There’s a lot of fun stuff in it, like sneaking around. It’s pretty much Mean Girls but better,” says lead actress, Robyn Janssen. She’s playing the role of Daisy in the production. You may have seen Robyn in shows in the past. “Last year I played the mother in A Christmas Story, the musical, and then mother superior in Sister Act,” Robyn says. The department is looking forward to the production. “I just want them [the cast] to have fun and I want them to get to experience it,” says Chopyak, “I want them to just enjoy it because if they’re enjoying it then the audience will enjoy it as well.”

Along with some returning actors, there are some new faces in charge this year. Sarah Wilson is replacing Pam Cressey as the drama director. This isn’t the first time she’s gotten involved with drama. “Most of the time before I came to Kentlake I taught drama,” said Wilson, “I have a masters in Fine Arts in Acting and Directing. So, I’ve played on stages in Washington, D.C. I’ve acted a lot myself and I’ve also directed a lot of plays both in school and out of school.” “I think Mrs. Wilson has been doing a really great job. She’s taken over and done the staging while I focus more on the tech and we make a really good team,” said Co-Director Alex Chopyak. Chopyak is also new to the Kentlake stage. He also has directing experience as he has directed shows in college as well as done tech for shows during that time. Robyn Janssen said, “It’s nice to have two directors so we get two opinions. It’s different but I think our drama changed for the better.”

So, can they pull it off? Mrs. Wilson said, “Well we’re aiming for clean of course! I guess everyone will just have to come and see.”