Goodbye from The Howler Editors

Editors Erin Roetker and Marina Gephart

Marina Gephart

Well, well, well. I honestly can’t believe I’m in this moment right now—about to graduate, arranging dates and planning for college, and realizing that I’m standing at the end of a very long road. Nobody can understand unless they’ve been through it themselves, and as much as I thought I would be ecstatic right now (which I am), the feeling is extremely bittersweet. Because when I leave Heritage, I won’t only be leaving high school behind; I’ll be leaving behind my life as I know it.
I think the largest adjustment will be walking away from The Howler, which has, in one way or another, been under my control for the past three years. It really feels like my child. Newspaper has been my biggest success in my life thus far, so you can imagine how strange it feels to just leave it. And the control freak I am puts together tons of horrific scenarios in which every article has a typo and names are misspelled and captions are wrong and bylines aren’t consistent. I’m sure none of this will happen because I’m leaving the paper in very capable hands, but still. It’s bothersome.
But I do have to leave, and when I think back on my experience at Heritage, it’s been amazing. I’ve had the best teachers—Bieker, Rinaker, MS. FRYER, Mr. Strong, Massart, and, above all, the Berrigan/Scobba duo, have all been unbelievable. I’ve grown so much as a person and without these dedicated teachers I wouldn’t be who I am, academically and personally.
I’ve been so blessed as to have gone through tons of classes with my best friend Erin Roetker… people probably started to question why we were always together.
Most of all I just want to say thank you. I became me in high school. I learned to drive in the student parking lot. The majority of my friends were made in classes I’ve had. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried; I’m happy to say I’ve learned a lot at Heritage.
And I’ll never forget it.
Thank you Heritage,
Marina Gephart
Erin Roetker

Dear Howler Readers,
What a year it has been. Newspaper has taught me more than I ever thought it would. I was always aware leadership positions have positive outcomes. I have had multiple leadership roles but newspaper has been different.
Out of all the lessons I have learned there was one that stuck out the most and that was the effectiveness of teamwork. Now I know…how corny does that sound?
In newspaper there are many assignments that we have to lean on each other for help, support, criticism, edits or even just someone to walk with them to a classroom. There is no way that anything could ever get done with a single person working on the newspaper. We have a long process when we write stories, conduct interviews, layout pages and distribute over a thousand issues.
There have been multiple times where I have been discouraged and feeling as if I can’t do what I need to do but anything is truly possible when you have a team behind you. Two things to remember though when treasuring the team supporting you: treat everyone with respect and help others more than you think they would help you.
Heritage you will be missed. I have had a great run and have had so many experiences I wouldn’t take back for the world. I want to take time to thank all my teachers that have really inspired me to be more or have just been someone to turn to. Bieker, Berrigan, Scobba, and Rinaker you will always stick with me. Newspaper staff, I couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you for all the good times and great articles. Also to Marina, you’ve been such an awesome partner-in-crime. I couldn’t have asked for someone better to get the job done while still getting along and having a good time. Together this year we were unstoppable when it came to the media. I can’t wait what the future has to bring for us two.
Friends, you will be missed. The future is so bright for all of us and it will be interesting to see where everyone will be. Good luck and happy travels.
Best Regards,
Erin Roetker

Disney princesses of yesterday and today

By Cheyenne Sutcliffe
Sports Editor

Disney films have always made it their top priority to generate characters in which children of that era could connect to. Many argue that over the course of time Disney has changed, but animators might counter that so have the people.

Back in the 1930’s when Disney’s first princess movie was being produced, they wanted a princess that young girls could admire and direct their aspirations toward. Snow White’s character and general mannerisms were based upon young Marge Champion, a 14-year old dancer. With illustrators and easels positioned around her she would act out scenes for the film as the cartoonist brought the princess to life.

Snow White was the original damsel-in-distress, a princess who needs the kiss of a prince to save her. This theme carried on into a future princess film; Sleeping Beauty, which again featured a helpless girl who falls prey to an evil witch’s trap and waits to be rescued by her love.

In the first few Disney princess films, the girls fall in love with the prince upon first sight- however, in later movies the leading ladies begin to strut their independence.

In a time when women began to stand on the same level as men in society, the films’ princesses began to rebel from their pre-planned lives and face their own battles. In the early 90’s these damsels developed into social outcasts that yearned for a new life. Finding that life alongside their prince charming. Ariel, Jasmine, and Belle began this new generation, with their desire for a life on land, adventure, and freedom from her castle’s walls fueling the stories respectively.

Now in the 21st century, after a long break from princess movies, Disney began once again adding to their collection by releasing The Princess and the Frog and Tangled. These two animations broke the damsel-in-distress status quo and starred charismatic ladies who chased their dreams, stumbling upon love along the way.

Back in the 1930’s, young girls dreamed of being rescued by Prince Charming, but today, though they still yearn for their princes, enjoy watching dream-chasers and star-reachers.

This coming summer Disney is releasing their newest addition to their family, a movie called Brave. The film is about a competition held in Ireland, where competitors fight for the princess’ hand in marriage. Had this film been done in the 1930’s, the princess would watch and wait for her prince. However, as a 21st movie produced in 2012, the princess will enter the battle for her own hand– not wanting to enter an arranged marriage.

Disney evolved alongside today’s youth. For with every generation comes a new princess who little girls can aspire to be.

Too much perfume/cologne

By: Amanda Holloway
Business Manager

Perfume and cologne is a good way to give you a little more scent after your shower or maybe if you didn’t take a shower that day and you just want to cover it up.

Perfume and cologne is a good thing to an extent, when applying too much this can cause an allergic reaction or just bother to people around you.

The number one thing to remember when applying your favorite scents is “Less is more.” When putting way too much on it never smells good, it just sticks.

Sometimes I think that people put pounds of perfume they are going to get reactions “Oh you smell so good!” But everyone is just thinking “Yuck, don’t put the whole bottle on next time.”

Most of the time guys put too much on, they usually have the shampoo, body wash, and spray of axe, or another brand. The body wash and the shampoo smells enough so no need for the spray too.

So next time you want to have a perfume overload think of everyone else around you, whose lungs are filling up with your perfume smell.

The Rant: Washing hands vs. sanitizer

By: Anna Tomlinson
News Editor

The use of hand sanitizer is an easily accessible way to halt the multiplication of germs, which in-turn can prevent the spread of illness. There are many occasions when hand washing is inconvenient, or simply not possible. In times like these, hand sanitizer is in fact, handy.

Many myths cloud the benefits of hand sanitizer. For example, a number of people believe that the use of hand sanitizer will create super-bacteria, resistant to all soaps and sanitizers. This is not true, however. As long as alcohol is the active ingredient, and the concentration is between 60% and 95%, it is effective.

One place that controversy arises is in the restroom. While I certainly do not suggest foregoing hand washing, there are still many surfaces that need to be touched in order to exit the facility. This is where hand sanitizer comes in. It destroys those germs that we come in contact with after washing our hands. Plus, unlike soap and water which can leave hands dry, many of today’s sanitizers contain moisturizer, soothing as it kills.

Hand sanitizer is an incredibly fun way to get clean, and enjoy doing so. The fragrances are endless, and the specific therapies are as well. Bath and Body Works has a huge line of sanitizers, and it continues to grow. Scents vary all across the board, and their unique travel sleeves and compact sizes allow the sanitizer to easily hang from any bag and are an increasing trend.
The steady growth in the use of hand sanitizer has been beneficial to a generation so consumed with the worry of germs and illness. The use of hand sanitizer has been proven to reduce the spread of cold and flu viruses. This creative technique to promote the use of cleanliness has been embraced significantly.

Washing hands
By: Tyler Moulton

Although hand sanitizer is a commonly used product to clean hands, people should really look under the microscope when they are finished. Hand sanitizer does kill the bacteria, but it does not get into the small places on your hands where it is most likely to be. Using hand sanitizer can also be dangerous, but when using soap and warm water there are hardly any risks.
When it comes to using hand sanitizer, there are some risks. Some people may be allergic to the chemicals in it (when it touches their skin or from the smell of it,) however there are not many people who are allergic to soap and water. If infants and toddlers get hold of hand sanitizer they could possibly swallow it, which would make them extremely sick or possibly kill them. It could even get in their eyes and cause them pain.

Using soap with any temperature of water will work better than hand sanitizer, but warm water and soap is the best. When using warm water and soap, it eliminates the living temperature for the bacterium which is a key part in their growth. The soap kills them and the warm water washes them away. Together, they can reach small cracks on your hands like under your finger nails, while hand sanitizer can only reach the main places on the hand and doesn’t get rid of the bacteria.

Also, water and soap is not just used for washing hands, but to clean off dirty places such as a car, table, or a counter top. Water and soap have been around longer then hand sanitizer and has been most commonly used. Hand sanitizer is mainly used for a backup after people get done washing their hands, but the water and soap are mainly relied on to get the job done.
All in all, warm water and soap are more effective than hand sanitizer.

Clubs are influential

By: Anna Tomlinson
News Editor
Through activities, students have the opportunity to be involved and to shape our community, becomimg educated leaders of tomorrow. As a former member of DECA, Knowledge Bowl, and drop-in volunteer of Key Club, I believe the best lessons are learned outside the classroom.

Originally joining DECA for its relation to a Marketing class I took, DECA ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. Transferring as a freshman, not knowing a soul, DECA allowed me to make stable friends who were positive influences. From there, I joined Knowledge Bowl, where all the facts I was told were ‘fun’ facts in class, got put to use. The socialization that took place during competitions changed my rival views of other schools into friendly ones, and brought out a healthy competitive spirit inside of me.

While my volunteering with Key Club was minimal, the experiences have influenced me greatly. After helping out in a Sifton Elementary classroom, I found deeper enjoyment in helping others which led to donating my time at Fish in Downtown Vancouver. The Fish organization has been wonderful for our community, lending a helping hand for anyone who may be in need of it.
Through the variety of clubs I have had the opportunity to be a part of over the last four years, I feel my understanding of the world around me has blossomed, and the learning opportunities have been something I can apply in every aspect.

Newspaper has changed my life

Marina Gephart
By: Marina Gephart

After I graduate, you’ll all probably have memories of me interviewing an array of people, stealing your quotes for Heard in the Halls, and just shamelessly promoting newspaper in general. My life and everything I do revolves around writing and leading The Howler staff, and journalism is my passion. I’ve loved literacy since I can remember, but I was always partial to creative writing. Unfortunately, coming into sophomore year, I was notified that creative writing was no longer being offered. In that moment, I committed to the closest thing: being a member of the newspaper staff.

Joining newspaper was pretty intimidating, to say the least, but it has changed my life in every way. I have been offered so many opportunities either through or because of newspaper and the networking that has taken place is unbelievable. Had I not forecasted for newspaper as a sophomore, I would not have become a member of FBLA or been able to compete at the state level in Seattle. I would never have met or reported on U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and her visit to Heritage High School. And had I not forecasted for newspaper, I would not have delved into the journalistic world, and would not have been able to be an editor for three years. I even was able to interview some of my favorite bands and was given press-treatment at their shows. Without journalism, I don’t know which version of myself would be walking on the stage this June for graduation; newspaper has made me.

In the fall, I am going to be attending Washington State University as a pre-Journalism major. Without newspaper, and various other CTE classes I’ve taken throughout my high school career, I probably would be beginning college as an undeclared major, not having the slightest clue what I’m about to begin studying. CTE classes, especially newspaper, transform average students and turn them into leaders. Personally, it has provided me with an opportunity to prove myself, and discover what kind of person I am. Every scholarship and college application I’ve filled out has not been without an exuberant recount of all the time I’ve spent in room 600, sometimes into late hours of the night, and all the memories I’ve made because of it.

The community needs to consider placing arts and CTE classes on a pedestal; the fact is that these classes transform average teenagers in high school to outstanding high school professionals. Newspaper has changed—no, made—my life.

Learning outside of the classroom

Junior Tyler Holbert and Senior Matthew Nicholas with their trophies from SBLC

By: Tyler Holbert

I believe that not all learning happens within the four walls of a classroom. Teachers can teach us a lot of factual topics, but there are many situations that our teachers cannot replicate in the classroom. Teachers can’t bring in some of the greatest most inspirational leaders in the state, among other things.
In Future Business Leaders of America, students gain knowledge about business and apply it towards competitions. This experience gives the student an opportunity of a lifetime.

I have been in FBLA for three years and every year I attend state competition, I learn something new. This year I learned how to run a campaign booth all while carrying the responsibility of meeting deadlines. With a student leadership organization like FBLA you have the opportunity to gain leadership skills, travel experiences, and community service projects.

You also gain the skills to become a leader of today, tomorrow, and forever when you join clubs such as FBLA, DECA, FFA and Key Club, etc. That is why it is important for students to be involved in these clubs they give members the chance to unlock their potential.

While being in FBLA I’ve gained a better attachment and experience at school because it makes me try harder in all of my classes. I also have to keep up with my grades, so that I can remain a chapter officer.

Clubs help students stay more focused in school as well bringing an element of fun because it can keep us involved and engaged.

Easter: Then vs. Now

By: Marisa Love
Online Editior

As a child, you would wake up on Easter morning, excited to get an Easter basket and go out searching for Easter eggs with your family. It was a day to look forward to; you would get so much candy, a giant chocolate Easter bunny that would take you hours to eat.

For most of us, as teenagers, it’s just not as exciting. Some of us still get Easter baskets, and candy and get to enjoy dying eggs. But for most of us, it’s nothing to look forward to. Sophomore Camper Ruybal said, “Now we don’t do anything. It like any other day,” compared to as a child he would color eggs and go on Easter egg hunts. Easter just isn’t the same anymore, as kids it was so much better.
Freshman Rebecca Aguayo disagrees though. In her family things haven’t changed that much. “As kids, for Easter we would make confetti eggs. We would smash them on people’s heads and they would get confetti in their hair,” and now, traditions have remained the same.

Instead of Easter baskets, more often you hear about people getting money or jewelry or video games, or just something rather than candy. “Now if we do Easter hunts it’s usually for money,” said junior Emilee Winfield. Some people might like this better as not everyone is a big fan of candy, but other people would rather stick to the Easter tradition, of candy and a giant chocolate Easter bunny.

Freshman Yana Zaytseva said, “I like my childhood Easter better than my now Easter because it was more fun and I got presents.” Although presents are good, Keirstyn Obermiller has a different view on Easter now, instead of getting presents or candy she just has a nice dinner with her family. “I like Easter now better because I like food better than eggs,” she said.

So whether your Easter has changed drastically or stayed practically the same, Easter is a day to look back on all the memories you have made throughout the past years with your family. Enjoy Easter, and make more memories for and your family to look back on and remember because you never know, one day you might not have the same traditions anymore.