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FEATURES
"Outside"
by: Gianna Pipoli 41
"My Heart Will Go On"
Big differences Between Colegio Maya and the by: Sindy Chamorro 41
Japanese School
"Poor Federica"
by: Mitsumi Niishi & Miyuki Nakadoi 2 by: Sindy Chamorro 42
The Big Game In San Diego "Skater"
by: Ade Adamson 3 by: Ade Adamson 42
"What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up. ..." "Colors"
by: Su Han Park 4 by: Ade Adamson 42
Freshmen Survey "Trees"
by: Christina Walsh 8 by: Erez Cohen 43
Push Yu Mang: An Album review "Wannabe"
by: Gretchen Perkins 14 by: Claudia Garcia 43
Mana
"If The Skies Never Fall"
by: Edgardo Pabon 18 by: Ximena Lopez 44
A Tough Grade For Many "Annie's Past Life"
by: Salameh Massis 23 by: Ivy Chen 45
"Into The Woods": A Play Review "Fate's Toy"
by: Gretchen Perkins 24 Christian Cseh 45
High-School Survey "Rome"
by: Gretchen Perkins & Katherine Gonzales 26 by: Antonio Luzzi 46
Limp Bizkit-Band Review "Happiness"
by: Javier Lacayo 28 by: Antonio Luzzi 46
New Regulations For Drivers Licenses "Pigs Can't Fly!"
by: Peter Benson 29 by:Claudia Garcia 47
High School Girls Basketball "Andre Agassi"
by: Christina Walsh 30 by: Erez Cohen 47
The Wallflowers "Silly, Sill Bee!"
by: Debra Walsh 34 by: Claudia Garcia 47
"Heaven"

POETRY
by: Elias Sundelin 48
"The Leopard"
by: Antonio Luzzi 48
"My First Date" "Hell"
by: Ken lee 36 by: El'ias Sundelin 48
"A Day of A Hero" "I'm Not Afraid"
by: Ken lee 36 by: Cecille Ocasio 49
"Lost Sheep" "One day"
by: Ken lee 36 by: Adriana Olivares 49
"Hollow" "Fly"
by: Ricardo Cortes P. 37 by: Adriana Olivares 50
"Love" "The Prayer For Spring"
by: Brian Jung 37 by: Kyong Hwa Kim 50
"Love, heart, and Forever" "Flowers"
by: Brian Jung 37 by: Eduardo Santella 50
"Freedom" "What I "
by: Joe Rodriguez 38 by: Kyong Hwa Kim 51
"Feelings" "School Memories"
by: Gretchen Perkins 38 by: Mitsumi Niishi 51
"Solemnity" "Emotions"
by: Joe Rodriguez 38 by: Jihan Jweiles 52
"We are the future" "Life"
by: Byung Jun Kwon 39 by: Jihan Jweiles 52
"Shhhh..." "Quake"
by: Brian Jung 39 by: Siddarth Thazhathu 53
"They Can't..." "In Our Life There Are Many Decisions to Make"
by: Gretchen Perkins 39 by: Michelle Flores 54
"Love" "As I Watched My Opponent Take Her Place't
by: Byung Jun Kwon 40 by: Michelle Flores 55
"Roses" "Diary"
by: I-Shuan Wu 40 by: Gecille Ocasio 55
"Chinese New Year" "I've gotta go"
by: I-Shuan Wu 40 by: Miyuki Nakadoi 56
wSummer"

by: Sebastian Castrillo 56


wYou don't need wings"
by: Sebastian Castrillo 57
"Travel Wise" The Adventures of Kate Bellamy
by: Kevin Odle 57 by: Ruth Carbonell 66
"Looking Out My Window" Lost in Destruction
by: Nieve Pizzatti 58 by: Alon Cohen 68
"The Power of Love" wMy Dream Is Different"
by: Nieve Pizzatti 58 by: Jenny Seo 69
"Snow" Burt
by: Nieve Pizzatti 59 by: Carlos Mercado 70
"Rain" The "Criminals"
by: Nieve Pizzatti 59 by: Christina Walsh 71
"Just Another Dream" Computer Error
by: Joseph Tally 60 by: Maria Brady 71
"Poexna de los Dones" Backwards
by: Adriana Lopez 61 by: Teresa Membrefio 73
"El Mar es..." Joey
by: Hyun Jun Seo 61 by: John Song 73
"Gracias quiero dar a Dios" A Visit to Jupiter
by: Ana Garcia 61 by: Rosa Chen 74
"To Someone Loved" Broken Heart
by: Valerio De Meo 62 by: Pong Lin-Chie 76
"Why?" Stay Away From The Old Schoolhouse
by: Valerio De Meo 62 by Maria Brady 77
"A Memory" Catastrophe
by: Ana Teresa Mayrides 63 by: Li Tsai Chen 78
"Hidden" Obsession
by: Ana Teresa Mayrides 63 by Maria Brady 80
"Smile" Six
by: Ana Teresa Mayrides 63 by Debra Walsh 81
"Forget the past..." My precious brother
by: Ana Teresa Mayrides 63 by: Young Jin Kang 82

From Left to Right (top to bottom, if applicable): Sebastian Strzalkowski, Jim


Pastore, Christina Walsh, Giancarlo Valle, Jenny Seo, Carlos Mercado,
Katharine Gonzales, Ade Adamson, Maria Brady, Gretchen Perkins, Mutsumi
Niishi,Magnus Franklin, Miyuki Nakadoi,Miguel T\irner, Su Han Park, Mr and
Mrs Biskovich
planned for the final issue of the year.
You will find three sections to the
mgazine this quarter- Features, Poetry,
and Fiction. Features basically covers
everything from editorials to reviews
(movies, albums, student productions,
etc.), and feature articles of school, local
and world events. Poetry is mostly from
three of my English classes: two sections
of Ninth grade English, and 1202. A bit
Aah...thefunof more comes from poetry done in Publica
using computers in the tion class. Finally, the Fiction section is a
modern world! Seems \ A collection of short stories from in my
that being too efficient can ^^^^A English classes and from Publications
sometimes hurt; for ^^^ Staff Writers.
instance, I wrote this column ^ -** Another note that I must make is
on my machine, copied it to a that I inadvertantly left several
disk to bring up here to the lab and articles out of the last edition;
put into the magazine, and then however, with a new table of
trashed the original so that my contents and better organiza
rria*chine's desktop would stay "nice and tion, tht problem has now
neat". So upon opening my disk up gone by the wayside.
here, up comes the dreaded "an I/O error Finally- even though
has occured" note on the screen. At least w e

the rest of the disk was okay, but now I proof ^ A at a high level, there
have to sit here and write another col still are \*& ± errors in the
umn... Sigh. Such is life. m a g a - ^0^ zine. The irony
Anyway...here is the third edition is that as it V~ * has become
of "the Maya PULSE" for the 1997- easier to edit, ^fr spellcheck
1998 school year. You might notice that and proof work ¥ i because of
the level of "professionalism" of our technology, the ^^cr \ more
work is steadily increasing as the year people take editing, ^^rm proof
goes by. For example, we now have ing and spelling for Jr_.
PAGE NUMBERS in the Table of granted! ^^M
Contents- "Oh frabjous day, Calooh! Please enjoy this ^^
Calay! He chortled in his joy!" edition of "the Maya ^p
("Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll). We PULSE", and keep a look
also have some photos and artwork out for issue four in about five
scattered around the issue, with more weeks!!!

By: Mr. Pastore


TT Features

Big difference/
Between Colegio flioija
and (he Jopane/e School

by Mutsumi Nishii each classroom to give the classes. I was


also surprised by the time length of
I have only been in Colegio classes; in the Japanese School it was 45
Maya a few weeks but I think there are minutes of class and 10 minutes of rest
many differences between the Japanese and here it is 80 minutes of class and 20 -
school and Colegio Maya. One of these minutes of rest.
is the quantity of people because in the by Miyuki Nakadoi
Japanese School there are only about 10
students in nine grades (there are 5 The Japanese school is a very small
grades that don't have students). Some school. There are only 200 Japanese
times it was a little bit sad because there people living in Guatemala, so the number
weren't enough students, We used eat of students are limited.
lunch together with teachers. It was It's hard to believe, but in the whole
funny hearing teachers' experiences, Japanese school there are just 10 students
cultures where they live (in Japan there from first grade to ninth grade. For ex
are different culture in each place), and ample, my class had just three students,
when we would have some school event including myself. So when we had a
the older students had to do many things. discussion in class the opinions were
But for the past 3 years the younger limited. However, in Colegio Maya there
students have also participated.And are more students so we can discuss and
because there were so few students we hear more opinions by the students.
only needed 1 school bus and still we In the Japanese school all the
had some empty seats! classes are in Japanese so there are only
In the Japanese School I only Japanese students. But, in Colegio Maya
heard the Japanese opinion so I'm enjoy there are more international students, like
ing hearing the opinions of many differ Asians , Europeans, and Americans etc.
ent countries here. This may be because Colegio Maya has
The thing that I was surprised by classes for foreign students, which helps to
here was that we have to move when we improve English and be able to join in
take classes. In Japan (and the Japanese normal classes.
school) the teachers moved each time to
Features^!:

THE GAME IM SAN DIEGO


by Ade Adamson

The much anticipated Super Bowl will What Green Bay needs to do in the game

once again be close. The Green Bay Packers vs. is run the ball. They need to run for at least 100

The Denver Broncos will be a great game and yards. The team that runs the best will win this

well remembered. This is because of the the two contest. They need to sustain their drives for an

teams being fairly balanced even though the average of 10 plays. Another must is Earl

NFC has a reputation of killing the AFC. The Dotson needs not to false start like he did in the

Broncos have been to the Super Bowl four NFC championship. On defense the Packers

previous times and lost, thrice with John Elway. need to stay focused. They have to watch out for

Sunday will be no more different than the last the running of Terrell Davis on first down.

four. Many fans say, "Poor John Elway he For the Broncos on offense they need to

deserves a Super Bowl ring", but he will not get run the ball and they need to do big plays that
it this year. The Offensive and Defensive lines can break the backs of the Packers. Another

of the Packers are way too big for the Broncos to thing that they need to do is get the ball in the

vanquish. The Bronco fans point out the run hands of the wide relievers. John Elway needs

ning game of there star Terrell Davis. This guy to come up big in this game. The Offensive line

is good but he must have an MVP type game to of the Broncos needs to overpower the Green

beat the Packers and run over people like 343 Bay Defensive line.

pound Gilbert Brown. The Broncos passing On defense the Broncos need to blitz and

game is very good but the recievers are not all stop the power run by the Packers running back

that great; they do not have real star recievers. Dorsey Levens. The Broncos need to pressure

The only very certain thing the Broncos have Brett Farve but keep him in the pocket, and not

going for them is their heartsand determination. let him outside, where he is dangerous. The

They have nothing to lose and John Elway will Denver Broncos need to stop the awesome

give it all he has. On the other side of the ball receivers of the Packers. If they execute this

there is the Packers. The have everything going well they will win.

for them: the running game, the passing game,


Special teams and the defensive game. In the Ade's points

Passing category they have the 3 time MVP Brett


Farve. You can bet he will have a good game on - The team that runs the most will win

Sunday. In the running category there is Doresy


Levens. He is a power runner that has only just - The team that leads at the half will win

been discovered as a talent after Edgar Bennet


got injured. Receiving wise there are people like - The team that has the ball the most will win

Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman that need to


do well and come up big for the Packers. - The team that turns over less balls will win

Ade's prediction for the Super Bowl

Green Bay 31, Denver 27


~ Features

"WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I


GROW OR..."
by: Su Han Park

The middle school play "Peter Pan" will


be presented in March, by Colegio Maya the Alex Cau (10th): Business women, I want to
middle school. In the play "Peter Pan" is a boy have lots of money, be richer than Bill Gates,
who never wants to grow up. However, we all and give money to people who need it.
have to grow up and decide what to be so I
decided to make an interview. There are many People who want to be famous:
things that you can be such as: doctor, actor/
actress, singer, King of the universe, computer Ji Hyun Yoo (12th): MBC (Korean Broadcasting
geek (Seb..), etc. system) PD (Producer) so I can be famous, and
meet many Korean celebrities.
Here's some famous quotes by famous people
talking about what they want to be when they Miguel Turner (10th): I want to be what I want!!
grow up: the GREAT ONE!! Whatever Suhan.

People who wants to become $$RICH$$: - Check out Miguel's great web page @ http://
www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Temple/1165/mig.gif
Sebastian Strzalkowski (10th): I'd like to be a it's really interesting -
billionaire, so I can have a nice life
style. I'll make that money by selling burgers. Ji Ho Song (8th): Korean Top 10 Singer, because
I was born to be a singer.
Woochul Hwang (11th): Banker, and
set my chain of hotels because I'm cool, and the Rana Hamdy (12th): Bio Medical Engineer,
smartest in school, and the most potentially because it sounds cool.
capable, and I'm Korean.
Young Ho Song (9th): Korean actor or actress,
- In my personal opinion this would never because I'm cool, and you know I'm very popu-
happen, because I don't trust him, and you know lar, and handsome.
it, this would not happen!! -
Ana Cho (6th): I want to be the best Korean
Ade Adamson (9th): Doctor, I want singer, because I'm very special, and cute.
MONEY MONEY!!!!!
Staff:
Sid T. (9th): military strategies, because I like
having lots of power. I'll also like to be a game Mr. Smith (history teacher): An adult.
designer, because I can earn lots of money.
Mr. Gentrup (Secondary Principal): Professional
-Sid was thinking about a computer game called basketball player, because I like to play basket-
"Command and Conquer" ball.
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Ariel Sanchez (worker): specialist in electronics,
so it will help me in "Modus Vivendus." Anonymous L@ (12th): SUPERMAN

Mrs. Ramirez (art teacher): I NEVER WANTED Mario Chicas (10th): NEW YORK YANKEE!!!!
TO GROW UP.....
Swan Ro (12th): ??? I want to be the riddler and
Mr. Feia (math teacher): "How do you feel?" I I want to wear tight green pants.
wanted to be James Bond, because of women,
muddy, and guns, and cars.

Ms. Harris (English teacher): I wanted to be a James Winkelhorst (9th): conquer the world,
lawyer, but I wanted more personal touch in because it's too easy for me.
lives, so I decided to be a teacher.
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People who want to have a special job: it seems that most people are already planning
their future. This makes me very happy. The best
Young Jin Kang (12th): computer man, so I can one that I heard was the next one. Thank you for
make my own hacking program and destroy all reading the article.
the computers!!! HA HA!!
Su Han Park (10th): When I was a kid I really
Miyuki Nakadoi (9th): I want to be a designer, or wanted to be one of those Pink Ranger kind of
a flight attendant, because I like sewing. heroes, but later I realized that I should be the
South Korean President, because I think that I'm
Gian Valle (10th): An architect, because I don't a fair person and a great leader. I'm smart,
want those other people to build my house! I strong, macho, and cute. I know that you won't
want to construct my own!! believe that I'm talking about but I'm telling
you the truth! So don't forget my name cause I
HEROSM guarantee you that I'll be famous.

Julio Pong (12th): Fully grown MACHO MAN


~ Features

Morphine Fiends
By: Carlos Mercado
R
I
E
Morphine Fiends are a Southern These are the songs on Friendly Fire
California Sk8 Punk rock band. They N
consist of John Weilly (Vocals/Guitar), Wess Pigskin
Bradley (Guitar), Sean Goodham (Bass) and D Happy Days
the newcomer to the band, Andrew Scott **** For Brains
(Drums). The album Friendly Fire was L Fight for Your Life
produced by Mike Portnoy. It was recorded Trippin'
at Magic Kingdom Studios in Santa Cruz, Y Got Caught
California. This is the band's first release So Far
since the tragic death of their former drum Friendly Fire
mer Glen Fishman in 1994. This album Cookie Monster
finished very quickly and die-hard Fiend F Undercover
fans have been waiting patiently for it. My Inheritance
Friendly Fire is distinctly cynical I Fade To Black
and apprehensive to the whole punk rock
scene and you can tell that the band returned R
to it's roots with this one, dishing out tunes Pigskin- This song is pretty heavy. It
at a furious speed, with powerful vocals and starts out fast and loud with a lot of bass and
intense yet melodic guitars on the part of chronic lyrics. Then it fades into a slower
Wess Bradley. The drummer, Andrew Scott, beat and John whispers a few lines. Then the
has brought a little more metal punk to the band song explodes back to life with the chorus only
with furious solos which are an assault on your faster before it abruptly ends.
eardrums and his crash-happy cymbal playing.
Happy Days- This is more of a metal
JZrt By (jiancarto VaCCe song with terribly long screams on the the part of
John and severe distortion guitar throughout. It
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sarcastically describes one guys denial over all
the bad things going on in his life. It proves that
they are more diverse than most other Sk8 Punk
bands.

**** for Brains- This song is more punk


than the others on the album, owing more to The
Descendants than anything else. It has fast
guitars, bass solos, some spankin drums and
mellow lyrics. It is about self-doubt and
analization.
Fight For Your Life- This song is really It has some cool retro beats and bass playing and
fast and has a lot of screaming ala Beastie Boys. some punk rock at the end, right before . . .
The drummer, Andrew, really shows off in this
one with solos galore and merciless cymbals. My Inheritance- This song is really
The song is about the fight to survive in every Green Day in disguise. At least that is what it
day life that many people encounter. sounds like. It even has some slightly altered
vocals made to sound like Billy Joe, the lead
Trippin'- The resemblance to Sublime on singer of the punk rock group. It is about a guy
this song is striking. Has feel good lyrics, mel waiting for his grandmother to die so he can get
low guitars, some acoustic on Wess' part, and at her money. It sounds ok, but didn't Green
relaxed drum play. It describes the life of a guy Day do a song about the same subject called The
and his outlook on life, drugs, sex, and marriage. Brat?.

Fade To Black- This song sounds eighties


Got Caught- This song takes a look at the in the metal guitar riffs but the overall but the ~
mind of a juvenile delinquent. It features some chorus takes a more industrial approach with
cool prison sound effects at the end, and a fast some weird keyboards but Matt "Morbid"
ballad rhythm. Masterson. The result is a catatonic roller coaster
of a song with vocals to back it up.
So Far- This song tips the scales at 7
minutes, pretty darn long for a punk band, but it
has long break with just drums, then just bass,
the just guitar, then the other guitar, then all of
them together where they go on for about 3
minutes. It's lyrics are pretty meaningless. Art 6y (jianc

Friendly Fire- This song is the title track


to the album. It is all about family values and
what they mean to different people. It features
eerie lyrics that hit close to home no matter what
your stand on the subject. The drums are heavy,
and the guitars are a little grunge. The bass just
follows the drummer's lead.

Cookie Monster- This is the "funny" song


of the album. It talks about cookies and the
chorus just says "cookie monster". The guitar
play is comical and the singer does a pretty good
impression of the Sesame Street character.

Undercover- This song is about a sexu


ally active private investigator. Or anything you
want it to be. It is just some music between
songs, much like Porno Creep on KoRn's latest,
Life is Peachy.
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FRESHMEN SURVEY
The ninth grade class is a very individual Peter Benson:
and interesting class. The students are ages 14 1. Rock

and 15 and from 20 different countries. 2. Very Very Cool


I asked eight questions and favorites 3. My attitude
which were: 4. I have not had one
1. What does your name mean? 5. Somewhere on Earth
2. Describe yourself with three 6. Mobile home, TV, lots of money
words. Peter's favorite band is Oasis and song is
3. If you could change one thing "Magic Pie". His favorite word is Fluffernut,
about yourself, what would it be? planet is Pluto, and color is blue.
4. What was your weirdest dream?
5. Where do you see yourself 15 years Ruth Carbonnel:
from now? 1. No Comment

6. If you were stranded on a desert 2. Athletic, responsible, friendly


island off the coast of Australia and could 3. To do better at school
bring three things, what would they be? 4. Walking naked Around school and everyone
laughing at you.
Carlos Mercado: 5. An actress with a husband and kids.
1. Running Deer 6. Food, Clothes, Picho (Hot Guy)
2. Very well endowed Ruth's favorite singer is LeAnne Rhymes
3. My luck and song is "Kissing You". Her favorite actor is
4. I don't dream Leonardo DiCaprio, movie is "Romeo and
5. Dead, in jail, or married Juliet", and TV shows are "90210", "Baywatch",
6. A towel, sun block, and a gun and "Friends". Ruth's favorite cereal is Magic
Carlos' favorite bands are Tool, Smash Stars, planet is Venus, and color is blue.
ing Pumpkins, and KoRn. His favorite song is
"Good God". His favorite actor is Mr. Bean, Sebastian Castrillo:

movie is "Hellraiser", and TV Show is "The X- 1. No Comment

Files". Carlos' favorite word is poser, cereal is 2. Nice person, Friendly, Sensitive

Trix, planet is Krypton, and color is black. 3. My height


4. A space dream
Joe Rodriguez: 5. Somewhere, who knows?

1. Friendly 6. Friends, TV, Family

2. Energetic, Loud, Troublesome Sebastian's favorite band is "Foo Fight

3. My Height ers" and song is "Till I Hear It From You". His

4. Being gay favorite actor is Cameron Diaz, movie is "Em

5. As an architect or a sponsored skate boarder pire Records", and TV Show is "Baywatch".

6. Cd's, my skateboard, a girl Sebastian's favorite word is Simple America,


cereal is Corn Pops, planet is Mars, and color is
blue.

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Ivy Chen: Cristian Cseh:
1. A vine, or something like that 1. Guess
2. Tall, Hype, Weird 2. Funny, intelligent, disruptive
3. Everything 3. My habits about homework.
4. Can't remember 4. A dog chasing me
5. Dead. 5. Some desk job
6. A phone, friend, a car Cristian's favorite band is KoRn and
Ivy's favorite band is Operation Ivy and song is "Lowrider". His favorite actor is Mr.
song is "Plea For Peace". Her favorite actor is Bean and favorite TV Show and movie is
Jeremy London, movie is "Scream", and TV "Beavis and Butthead". His favorite cereal is
Show is "The Real World". Ivy's favorite word Frosted Flakes, planet is Earth, and color is blue.
is Shuts, cereal is Corn Pops, planet is Saturn,a
and color is Aqua Marine. Michelle Flores:
1. A gift from God
Cheng-Hsin (Rosa) Chen: 2. Sarcastic, honest, energetic.
1. Rose and be a person who everybody would 3. My temper
be jealous of. 4. Don't have one
2. Short, Hard worker, Kind 5. I will have a degree in med school. I plan to
3. My mind be a vet, and open my own shop, and live my life
4. Someone was building a small house in the how I want to.
back of my neighbor's house. I told my neigh 6. Food, brush, my music
bors and they said it was OK. Michelle's favorite singer is Mo'Thugs,
5. In America movie is "Scream", cereal is Corn Pops, planet is
6. Food, Bed, books Pluto, and color is purple.
Rosa's favorite song is "Happy Birthday
to You" and word is Yeap. Her favorite actor is Kyong-Hwa Kim:
Liau Yuin, movie is drama, and she likes car 1. No Comment
toons. Rosa's favorite cereal is Cheerios, planet 2. Lazy, Easy going, confusing
is Earth, and color is green. 3. Nothing. I like myself.
4. Which one?
Erez Cohen: 5. Maybe...a doctor, I hope.
1. Cedar tree 6. Water, my beloved, computer
2. Very Very Cool Kyong's favorite band is No Doubt and
3. No Comment song is "Don't Speak". Her favorite movie is
4. I became poor "Face Off and she doesn't watch TV. Her
5. The richest man in the world or a world favorite cereal is Corn Pops, word is hate, planet
champion of tennis. is Pluto, and color is yellow.
6. A lot of food, friends, house
Erez's favorite band is H.O.T. and favor Ximena Lopez:
ite song is "Candy". His favorite actors are Jim 1. No Comment
Carrey and Sandra Bullock, movie is "Air Force 2. Loud, Friendly, Hyper
One", and TV Show is "90210". Erez's favorite 3. Myloudness
cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats, word is fat, 4. I was the strongest woman in the world
planet is Pluto, and color is green. 5. Doing special sound effects
6. water, friend, music
Ximena's favorite actor is Jared Leto,
movie is "Empire Records", and TV Show is
~ Features
"Friends". Her favorite cereal is Cheerios, word monster.
is whatever, planet is Pluto, and colors are blue 5. Hollywood star or a teacher
and black. 6. Food, family, girlfriend
John's favorite band is H.O.T. and favor
Cecille Ocasio: ite song is "Wolf and Sheep". His favorite actor
1. No Comment is Choie Ji Woo, movie is "Face Off, and cereal
2. Friendly, laid back, independent is Corn Pops. John's favorite word is handsome,
3. nothing planet is the moon, and color is blue.
4. I had died
5. rich Siddharth Thazhathu:
6. Music, my dog, cute guy 1. No Comment
Cecille's favorite band is Counting 2. Cool, Awesome, Athletic
Crows and favorite song is "Stay". Her favorite 3. My body
actors are Wynona Ryder and Matthew 4. I was dead
McCunihay, movie is "Reality Bites", and TV 5. President
Show is "Friends". Her favorite phrase is what 6. Cd Player, Computer, TV
if?, cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios, planet is Sid's favorite band is Blur and likes
Saturn, and color is blue. "Song 2". His favorite actor is himself, movie is
"Face Off, and TV Show is "The X-Files". Sid
Adriana Olivares: likes Corn Flakes, Mars, the color blue, and his
1. No Comment favorite word is cool.
2. Responsible, Friendly, intelligent
3. My hair James Winkelhorst:
4. No Comment ; 1. ?
5. In Spain 2. Cool, athletic, unique
6. Cloth, Food, Friends 3. A little smaller
Adriana's favorite singer is Alejandro 4. Being invisible
Sanz and favorite song is "Corazon Partio". Her 5. Basketball player
favorite actor is Arturo Villavieja, movie is James' favorite actor is Van Damme,
"Alive", and TV show is "90210". Adriana's movies are "Independence Day" and "Face Off,
favorite cereal is Frosted Cheerios, word is guay, and TV show is "Seinfeld". James likes Waffle
planet is Saturn, and color is blue. Crisps, Uranus, and the color blue.

Luis Sevilla: Sindy Chamorro:


1. Nothing 1. Nothing
2. Hardworking, smart 2. Friendly, smart, weird
3-5. No Comment 3. I'm too hyper.
6. Girls, boat, food 4. I could fly
Luis' favorite actress is Jenny McCarthy, 5. A sucessful woman
cereal is Capn' Crunch, word is sex, planet is 6. A family member, food, Claudia
Earth, and color is black. Sindy's favorite song is "Foolish Games"
by Jewel. Her favorite actors are Brad Pitt and
Young-Ho (John) Song: Sandra Bullock, movie is "Seven", and TV show
1. Something good will happen in your life. is "Friends". Sindy's favorite cereal is Corn
2. Handsome, Friendly, Bad Pops, word is Okay, planet is Pluto, and color is
3. My personality blue.
4. My mom died and everyone got killed by a

10
Alon Cohen:
1. Oak Tree Kui-Ho (Brian) Jung:
2. Meddlesome, athletic, active 1. No Comment
3. My skin 2. Long, handsome, intelligent
4. My family were cows 3. No Comment
5. Israel, working in finance and computer 4. I was dead
science. 5. In Hollywood
6. Food, plane, money 6. Water, food, computer
Alon's favorite band is Molenia and Brian's favorite band is H.O.T. and
favorite song is "Estabas Ahi". His favorite favorite song is "Free To Fly". His favorite
actors are Van Damme and Sandra Bullock, movie is "Air Force One", TV Show is "Super
movie is "Air Force One", and TV Show is Sunday", word is love, planet is Earth, and
"Family Matters". Alon enjoys Fruity Pebbles, colors are white and yellow.
saying-Alon Cohen Rules, the planet Earth, and
the color blue. Jihan Jweiles:
1. No Comment
Ricardo Cortes: 2. Responsive, friendly, wild
1. Rich and powerful 3. My Hair
2. Charming, sweetheart, polite 4. No Comment
3. I'd like to weigh more 5. Being married with children
4. All my teeth fell out in an airport and my 6. Clothes and Felipe
family was waiting for me. Jihan's favorite actor is Leonardo
5. In the Taj Mahal with 15 Arabian babes DiCaprio, movie is "Romeo and Juliet", and TV
around me. Shows are "Friends" and "90210". Her favorite
6. A girl, sunglasses, a pifia colada. word is que!, cereal is Frosted Cheerios, and
Ricardo's favorite singer is Shakira and colors are light blue and light green.
his favorite song is "Missing You" by Puff
Daddy. His favorite actor is Jack from "Into The Byung Jun Kwon:
Woods", movie is "Con-Air", and TV Show is 1. To be famous
"Seinfeld". His favorite cereal is Waffle Crisps, 2. Cool, nice, athletic
word is totally, planet is Saturn, and color is 3. I would not become mad or excited easily.
blue. 4. I became a Power Ranger
5. I want to be a singer, but I don't know.
Claudia Garcia: 6. Something to eat and drink
1. Who knows? Byung's favorite band is H.O.T. and song
2. Unique, active, friendly is "Candy". His favorite actor is Leonardo
3. I would take away my temper DiCaprio, movie is "Dante's Peak", and TV
4. I usually don't remember them. Show is "Dragon Ballz". Byung's favorite
5. A pediatrician mom words are high-five and teenagers, cereal is
6. A family member, food, dog Fruity Pebbles, planet is Earth, and color is blue.
Claudia's favorite song is "Foolish
Games" by Jewel and her favorite actors are Ken Lee:
Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock. Her favorite 1. ?
movie is "Seven", TV Show is "Friends", and 2. Kind, nice, friendly
she doesn't like cereals that much. Claudia's 3. ?
favorite word is O-Kay, planet is Pluto, and color 4. I became Superman
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6. Bed, girls, TV 5. A multi-millionaire in Hawaii
6. 3 girls
Ken's favorite band is Bush and song is
"Machine Head". His favorite actors are Kevin's favorite actress in Cameron
Carmen Electra and Bruce Willis, movie is " 101 Diaz, movie is "Face Off, and TV Show is "The
Damnations", and TV Show is 'The Simpsons". Simpsons". His favorite cereal is Honey
His favorite word is cool, cereal is Mini Wheats, Bunches of Oats, words are pickle and oops,
planet is Uranus, and colors are green and red. planet is Uranus, and color is green.

Antonio Luzzi: Nathan Parry:


1. A man of great power and brains 1. No Comment
2. Intelligent, kind, distractive 2. Athlete, hard working
3. Nothing 3. to be nothing
4. I don't have weird dreams 4. I didn't have one
5. As an ambassador. Rich, with houses and 5. law school
cars. Married but with no children yet 6. girls, food, boat
6. A girl, a coke, a pizza
Antonio's favorite band is Articolo 31 Nate's favorite band is Weezer and
and song is "Funkitarro". His favorite actors are favorite song is "El Scorcho". His favorite actor
Robert de Niro and Jim Carrey, movie is "The is Chris Farley, movie is "Black Sheep", and TV
Godfather", and TV Show is "America's Funni Show is "Beavis and Butthead". Nate's favorite
est Home Videos". Antonio's favorite cereal is cereal is Frosted Flakes, word is homey, planet
Gold, word is Dranky Funky, planet is Saturn, is Uranus, and color is blue.
and color is green.
Gianna Pipoli:
Salameh Massis: 1. I have no idea
1. Peace 2. Friendly, sweet, hyper
2. Short, humorous, friendly 3. my hair
3. A little taller and smaller ears 4. i really don't want to say it
4. It was my wedding day and I came without a 5. in college studying medicine
shirt. 6. food, water, and something else...
5. Owner of a fabric
6. Water, food, girls Gianna's favorite band is Blur and likes
"Song 2". Her favorite movie is "The Relic" and
Tito's favorite band is Heroes del TV Show is "3rd Rock From The Sun".
Silencio and song is "Entre dos Tierras". His Gianna's favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes, word
favorite actor is Arnold S..., movie is "Face Off, is hello, planet is Pluto, and color is green.
and TV Shows are "Family Matters" and "The
Simpsons". Tito likes Corn Flakes, Earth, the Heidi Robbins:
color blue, and the word Fasobia 1. Nothing, I wouldn't care
2. Annoying, weird, insane
Kevin Odle: 3. Being loyal would help.
1. Handsome and over the hill 4. I have no idea
2. Different, sexy, supernatural 5. helping animals survive in marine biology
3. My height 6. seeds, skates, Teri
4. A normal day at school and all the girls were
naked Heidi's favorite band is KoRn and favor-

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ite song is "A.D.I.D.A.S". Her favorite actor is Teri's favorite band is Bob Marley and
Jim Carrey, movie is "Natural Born Killers", and The Wailers and favorite song is "Is This Love".
TV Show is "Beavis and Butthead". Heidi's Her favorite actress is Demi Moore, movie is
favorite cereal is Komplete, phrase is Uh...OK, "Natural Born Killers", and TV Show is "Days
planet is Uranus, and color is black. Of Our Lives". Teri's favorite cereal is
Komplete, word is groovy, planet is Pluto, and
Hyun-Joo (Jenny) Seo: color is purple.
1. No Comment
2. Sports lover yeah!! I-Hsuan Wu:
3. Do all my homework 1. No Comment
4. Nothing 2. Shy, responsible, intelligent
5. I don't know 3. My Shyness
6. myself, a basketball, maybe a pet 4. No Comment
5. In a university studying
Jenny's favorite band is H.O.T. and 6. soap, clothes, food
favorite song is "Wolf and Sheep". Her favorite
actor is Leonardo DiCaprio, movie is "Men In I-Hsuan's favorite actors are Claire
Black", and TV Show is "The Simpsons". Danes and Jared Leto, TV Shows are "Friends"
Jenny's favorite cereal is anything except Cocoa and "Baywatch", and cereal is Frosted Flakes.
Puffs, word is basketball, planet is Saturn, and Her favorite word is Yeah, planet is Venus, and
color is blue. color is blue.

Elias Sundelin: Ade Adamson:


1. God 1. King, warrior
2. Hard working, athletic 2. hard working, athletic
3. Nothing 3. No Comment
4. I was walking on a bridge naked 4. I was flying in the air naked
5. Restaurant 5. Happy
6. Girls, boat, food 6. girls, a boat, and food

Elias' favorite actress is Alicia Ade's favorite singer is Mase and song is "Feels
Silverstone, movie is "Leon", and planet is So Good". His favorite actress is Tyra Banks,
Pluto. His favorite cereal is Capn' Crunch and cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch, word is no
color is green. diggity, planet is Uranus, and color is blue.

Teri Todd:
1. Hemp
2. Friendly, realistic, spaced out
3. My burntoutness
4. My brother and I were gummy bears and we
were trying to escape from James Bond in a
helicopter.
5. Living on the beach in Belize with my Rasta
kids and husband. Living off of coconuts and
playing with Devil Stix.
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An Album review
And a little history on the band.
by Gretchen Perkins

If you band, a rock


haven't heard of band, a pop
Smash Mouth by band. I just
now, you must want to be
have been living considered
under a rock for Smash
the past six Mouth;
months. If you however
have heard of people inter
them, you've pret it, is
probably had what it is."
"Walkin'OnThe The band
Sun " stuck in your formed
head more than a basically
few times. The band consisists of Steve because the four had nothing better to do.
Harwell (vocals), Greg Camp (guitar, vo After Steve's signed rap group, F.O.S., fell
cals), Paul DeLisle (bass, vocals), and Kevin apart, he started playing with Kevin. (The
Coleman (drums). Their influences range two played together as kids in a garage band.
from Van Halen to Ministry to the Clash And since Steve was too young too drive he
and the Buzzcocks to War. would push his Fender cabinet inside a
With songs as varied as the very 60's shopping cart a mile every day they prac
"Walkin'on The Sun" to the cover of War's ticed.) Steve's manager introduced the two
1974 hit "Why Can't We Be Friendsf\ to Greg, who had just left his band,
Smash Mouth is a very hard band to catego Lackadaddy. "They came to my house just
rize. In fact, that's exactly what the band had about every morning at ten, banging on my
in mind. Says vocalist Steve Harwell, window. They really wanted to be in this
"When we formed the band, we didn't have project. They brought songs with drums and
one style of music in mind. We just decided lyrics, so I helped them write and it ended up
we were going to write songs that feel good being really fun even that early in the mom-
to us. Put every style in a blender on high, ing," remembers Greg. Paul, who had once
chop, frappe, whatever you want, mix it been in a band with Greg, joined when they
together, pour yourself a big cup, take a shot, started playing live.
and that's us. I don't want this band to be The band started making demo tapes
considered a punk band, a ska band, a surf in Greg's bedroom, dubbed Room 222,

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which ultimately caused him to get kicked anyone could love.
out of his apartment. But the demos caught 2) Beer Goggles- a song about a desperate
the ear of Eric Valentine. In 1996 Valentine guy who will go out with anyone.
produced a two song demo, which Greg and 3) Walkin' On The Sun- the first single, a
Steve were determined to get played on the song about, world peace. It has a very 60's
radio. They took the tape to KOME and rhythm, and some great guitar.
talked one of the DJs into listening to it. "He 4) Let's Rock- a song about a guy thinking
flipped out on 'Nervous In The Alley'. Be deep thoughts, but deciding to forget about
fore we knew it, we were the only unsigned them and rock. The fret-rock style of this
band in regular rotation on KOME.", remem song could make anyone wanna dance.
bers Steve. 5) Heave Ho- a song about some guys get
The band was asked to play second ting kicked out of their house because their
stage at KOME's summer radio show at the neighbor keeps complaining to their land
Shoreline Amphitheater. Not only was it in lord.
front of thousands of people, but along side 6) The Fonz- a song about a guy who ad
bands such as No Doubt, Beck, and 311. At mires the Fonz, and wants to be exactly like
this point the band had only played in small him. It's got a good beat, although, it is a
clubs around San Jose, San Francisco, and little depressing at the end.
Los Angeles. Unfortunately, after KOME 7) Pet Names- a song about a guy who got
had spun "Nervous In The Alley'9 almost a dumped and is remembering all the names
hundred times, they pulled it because people his girl used to call him.
kept calling in and asking where to get the 8) Padrino- a funny song about the mob. It's
CD. got some really great guitar, a good ska beat,
Finally in 1997, their first album, and hilarious lyrics.
Fush Yu Mang, did come out. When the 9) Nervous In The Alley- a song about a girl
band went into the studio with Valentine to who runs away from home to get away from
record the album, they weren't even signed a bad life, but ends up with an even worse
to a record company yet. The plan was to one.
produce the album, and if no big companies 10) Disconnect The Dots- a song about a guy
took notice, they would release it themselves. with no life.
Someone did notice, Interscope Records, and 11) Push- a song about a guy who is mad
after meeting with the head executives, the because someone else is making him feel
guys signed their names. The rest is history. inferior.
12) Why Can't We Be Friends- a song about a
Fush Yu Mang is one of the best guy trying to make friends with some other
CD's I have ever bought. It is not strictly guy. This song is a cover of War's 1974 hit,
punk, or ska, or hard rock. It is every musi it's got some great horns in it, and a really
cal style imaginable (except country...). That nice beat.
is why I think almost anyone would like it.
The Songs:
1) Flo- a song about a girl who misses her
girlfriend. It's got a great ska beat that

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premiere ska/punk
bands, Reel Big Fish
is a scary example of
why children
shouldn't drink Jolt
Cola. Each band
member has such a
high level of energy,
that they could take
Ritalin off the mar
ket! Yet they channel
this energy through
ska tunes with
enough power to turn
a club upside down.
In fact, the band has
Aaron Barrett- vocals & guitar
Reel Big Fish is been chased off stage
Grant Barry- trombone
a ska/punk band from Andrew Gonzales- drums more than a few times
Southern California that Scott Klopfenstein- trumpet & by security guards.
consists of seven vocals There are many
people, and one of the Dan Regan- trombone
different rumors
Tavis Werts- trumpet
best horn sections in concerning the origin
Matt Wong- bass
any band around today. of the band's name.
Their ska/punk style is so energetic it The band once said the name came from a
makes you want to get up and mosh, boat attack off of Catalina Island. But
although Reel Big Fish is against they now claim it comes from the 1949
moshing. It is rumored that they will stop edition of Rock and Roll Band Names,
touring if people don't stop being violent which noted Reel Big Fish as an oddly
at their shows. repeated line in several now classic films.
Reel Big Fish originally consisted Aaron Barrett says "It's from that famous
of three members, vocalist Aaron Barrett, line at the end of Casablanca, you know
bassist Matt Wong, and drummer Andrew 'The problems of seven small people don't
Gonzales. They played WHAM!, War- add up to a hill of beans in this reel big
rant, and Jimi Hendrix covers. Their fish.'" They also say it can be found in
goal was to cover a song from every Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
musical style possible. But they soon and in Marlon Brando's famous "Stella"
discovered the wonderful world of ska, scream when played backwards. In an
added horn players, and became the band article about the band, they said they got
we know and love today. the name when someone vomited into a
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reel big fish. But no one outside the band The Club", "Trendy", and "Beer". Their
knows for sure. first hit from the album was "Sell Out".
The first album they recorded, And according to the band, the album has
"Everything Sucks", was an under gone gold.
ground hit in California and Hawaii. Here's some useless information
Before that they released "Teen Beef" about the band that you probably don't
with Goldfinger. Their most recent want to know, but you'll read anyway.
release, "Keep Your Receipt", is an inter They all have passes to Disneyland. Most
active CD. It has five songs and three of them consider themselves artists. Matt
videos on it for your listening and view Wong, the bass player, designed the cigar
ing pleasure. smokin' fishey on the CD and the liner
While their live sets often include notes. Aaron likes Root Beer. Tavis
covers of A-hafs "Take On Me" and The Werts, trumpet, gets really mad when
Cure's "Boys Don't Cry". They stuck to people call him Travis. They have just
originals for their album "Turn The finished the Warped Tour with other
Radio Off", which showcases their bands such as Goldfinger, Sugar Ray,
twisted sense of reality. The album, Blink 182, and The Mighty Mighty
which was released in 1996, was their Bosstones. They have played with KISS.
first album with Mojo Records. Accord And once, they were led down the street
ing to Aaron "The album's about being in by the Huntington Beach Police as an
a band that doesn't go anywhere, and the example of what happens to "troublemak
girls who %#@* you over on the way." ers'
This attitude is proven in the songs "Join by Gretchen Perkins

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By: Edgardo Pabon

En Donde Jugaran Los Ninos is without


Fernando Olvera (singer songwriter),
a doubt the the most successful Latin Pop-Rock
Alejandro Gonzales (drums), Sergio Vallin
album of all time. From this CD 2,800,000
(guitar), and Juan Calleros (bass), are the four
copies have been sold, 380,000 in Mexico alone,
members of the most successful Spanish rock
making it the best selling CD in the history of
band of all time. Mana grew out of a neighbor
Mexican rock; seven singles have been fist place
hood group called Sombrero Verde (Green Hat)
hits in over 18 countries, keeping this CD at the
that played covers of bands such as Queen and
top of the billboards for over 120 weeks. Here
The Police in the late '70s. The band recorded
are the impressive sales figures:
two albums, but in 1985 some original members
250,000 sold in Mexico
left and Gonsalez joined. The revamped group
500,000 sold in the US
became Mana a year later. In spite of growing
80,000 sold in Spain
success, personnel changes, and the fact that the
160,000 sold in Argentina
band members live in different places, Mana
120,000 sold in Chile
remains firmly anchored in Guadalajar, Mexico's
180,000 sold in Colombia
second largest city. But the band members not
80,000 sold in Venezuela
only live in different places, they are from
40,000 sold in Ecuador
different places as well. Fernando and Juan are
80,000 sold in Central America
both from Guadalajara, although Fher lives now
40,000 sold in Peru
in Puerto Vallarta. Alex, for example, was born
30,000 sold in Paraguay
in Miami of Cuban and Columbian descendancy.
45,000 sold in Uruguay
In 1990, with their first CD called Falta
30,000 sold in Bolivia
Amor, which includes songs like "Estoy
Mana En Vivo is a live recording of the
Agotado ", "Perdidio en un barco,
best concerts of their En Donde Jugaran Los
"Buscandola ", and their first number one hit on
Ninos tour, which consisted of 268 dates in 17
the lists "Rayando El Sol". Mana got the
different countries including Mexico, Spain, the
attention of national Mexican radio stations,
US, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bolivia, El
being the first Spanish rock group to be included
Salvador, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru,
in normal radio prgramming, running against
Chile, France, and Switzerland. They took place
pop singers and cheap groups, and also paving
from January 1993 to December 1994. Many of
the way for the Spanish rock movement. During
the songs aren't played anymore in their recent
1990, and 1991 and Mana realized shows in
concerts.
Mexico and more than 70 other cities in places
In May, 1995 Cuando Los Angeles
with no more than 250 people. And even in
Lloran was Mana's newest production which
private parties with no more than 50 people, they
ended up selling more than 100,000 in 18 of the
still played. Although they didn't get high on
21 counties in which it was introduced. The
fame, or money , they never missed work a day.
album title is a tribute from the band to the
Hectic tours helped Mana mature. This CD
Brazilian ecologist Chico Mendez, who de
(Falta Amor) is the beggining of the era that is
fended the Amazon rainforest until the day he
Mana today.
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his work, ecological organizations recognized songs:

the necessity to create ecological reserves. From "RayandoAl Sol" (Falta Amor): This is
this CD, 6 singles were introduced to the radio: the song that let Mana be recognized by the
"Dejame Entrar", "No Ha Parado De Llover", media. It is a slow song, and talks about how a
"Como Un Perm Enloquecido", "Hundido En man will do anything to be with the woman he
Un Rincon", "Reloj Cucu" and "Selva Negra". loves.
On Tuesday, October 14, 1996 Mana's "Vivir Sin Aire " (En Donde Jugaran Los
newest production called Suenos Liquidos came Ninos): It is also a slow song, which the lyrics
out, the band's fifth CD. It is the new product, are constantly changing and no lines are ever
which contains some of the typical aspects of repeated.
Mana's work like their versatility, rhythms, "De Pies A Cabeza" (En Donde Jugaran
rhythmic bass, and a theme amplitude that has no Los Ninos): It is one of the best song that they
similar opponent in Spanish rock. Suenos have, and the constant change of the rhythem
Liquidos was created in front of the ocean, in a helps this. The song states all that a man would
house in Puerto Vallarta. As they have said in do for love.
different interviews, the group wanted to record "Me Vale" (En Donde Jugaran Los
in a place where peace would be felt all over the Ninos): This song is sung by the drummer of-the
place, with a very beautiful view. It was really band, and is a fast song which expresses how we
complicated because they had to make a record must be who we are, and never be ashamed of
ing studio in a house, but a the same time, it had ourselves just by the way that other critique us.
lots of advantages. For example, if they wanted "En Donde Juagaran Los Ninos" (En
to record at 3:00 AM because they felt inspired, Donde Jugaran Los Ninos): This is a slow song
they could. They say that music is freedom, and in which the most inportant thing is the lyrics. It
a place like a house in front of the ocean means a talks about how we as humans must take care of
lot of freedom. Titles like "Clavados En Un the earth so that our children may enjoy it.
Bar", "La Sirena", "Me Voy a Convertir En "Hundido En Un Rincon " (Cuando Los
Una Ave", and "El Muelle De San Bias", reveal Angeles Lloran): Song which compares in the
a strong connection between this album and the for of a metaphor, the death of good people with
environment which inspired it. Right now Mana the death of angels. This is the most beatifull
is starting a tour, which will take around one song that they have.
year and a half, and in which they will be "Como Un Perro Enloquecido" (Cuando
visisting more countries then the last one. Los Angeles Lloran): It is a fast song sung by the
But Mana's desires aren't just limited to drummer. IT is similar to "Me Vale" but the
music. 1995, the group created "Selva Negra", a lyrics are completely different.
foundation dedicated to the protection of the "Dejame Entrar" (Cuando Los Angeles
environment in Latin America. The efforts of this Lloran): This is a fast song with a great guitar
foundation and its members went all the way to that really stands out. It is about a man who lost
the Peruvian president, who has a meeting with his love and now it is raining in his heart.
Fher (Fernando Olvera) in order to discuss the "Clavado En Un Bar" (Suenos Liqudos):
destruction of the Amazon along with Colom This is the first single off their CD, and repre
bian 1982 Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia sents a new stage for the band. Fast song with
Marquez, with whom they held different talks good lyrics.
about things that went from the ecology of Latin "Hechicera" (Suenos Liquidos): This is
America to the Mexican Army, who collaborated their single off their new CD. It is a song which
with the planting of thousands of tress in the has a great deal of Spanish (as in from Spain)
forests of Gudalajara. music and rhythem. Also the way it is sung has a
Here are some of Mana's most famous great deal of Spanish influence.

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A Midsummer
\\

Night's Dream
This year's second drama production is "A The answers on these questionnare's were very
Midsummer Nights Dream1', a romantic comedy by interesting.
William Shakespeare. It is being presented by the
second semester Drama elective. I interviewed the The first answers are from Ricardo Cortez in ninth
whole class, including Ms. Storey. Ms. Storey likes grade. He answered-
directing plays because Theater is her whole life and
she says that "everything else is virtual reality". 1. I am the lover Lisander
Every six weeks in her class the middle school 2. Well, besides being extremely cute and charming,
preforms their acts in Drama. She also directed I'm also an awesome lover and a passionate charac
"Mystery Maze", a production put on by the high ter.

school drama class last year. She chooses which 3. Excuse Me? Do. I. Like. Acting??? I live for
plays/musicals to put on because of her familiarity, drama! I die for drama! I give my precious bosom
with them, the number of men and women in the to the craving for acting. And I auditioned for all of
cast, and the sell-ability of the show to the school the above.
community. She usually looks for energy, creativity, 4. But of course! Y ve been in others like the play
and willingness of the actors to devote their minds, "Teen" in eight grade; "Into The Woods" in ninth;
bodies and souls to the show. Like many of the and many more in drama class- like "First Plane
eleventh graders say later, Ms. Storey says that the Ride."
whole experience has been "traumatizing" for her. 5. It has been a really fun ride all the way. Besides
She also said that's why she dyed her hair red- to being the easiest passing class (Drama), it's also a lot
cover the gray. She chose "A Midsummer Night's of fun to act in front of people; to make them laugh,
Dream" because it's a great first Shakespearean cry, angry, or frown. Always a pleasure.
show: "It's fun, fantasy, and part of the "Into the
Woods" set works with it!". She cast for the play by The next person was Elias Sundelin, another ninth
throwing all the names up in the air, and whichever grader. He answered-
part they landed on, they got (just kidding!). It really
depended on their past experiences, enthusiasm l.Flute/Thisby
during auditions and knowledge of the part. What an 2. A guy who plays a girl in a play in the play. Kind
interesting way of casting! of cool character.
But even more interesting were some of the 3.1 like to act and I wanted to be in the play.
answers I got on my questionnaire for the actors in 4. Yes, The Odyssey.
the play: 5. It has been fun, even though Debra Walsh is in it.

I asked: The next person was Cecille Occasio, also from ninth
grade. She answered-
1. Which Character are you?
2. Describe your character in the play. 1. Mustardseed.
3. Why did you audition? Do you like acting? 2. I am a fairy that gets to float around and sing.
4. Have you been in other plays? Which ones? 3. Because I wanted to be in the play, and I do like
5. How has this experience been for you? acting.
4. Yes, "Into the Woods"

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"Teen" "THE OMELET MURDER MYSTERY!!!"
"Coming of Age" 5. Trying, embittering, frustrating, and all around
5. So far so good. fun!
Kvote: (Dedicated to our fearless leaders.) "Who's
Antonio Luzzi is also in ninth grade. He answered- the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows it?"
- Obi Wan Kenobi
1. Egeus ("Star Wars IV: A New Hope")
2.1 am the antagonist who wants to make Hermia
(my daughter) marry Demetreus. Another tenth grader is Ben Baldizon. He answered-
3. Because I wanted to try this experience. I love it,
the best thing I have ever done. 1. Bottom
4. Excellent, Unforgettable, Beautiful. 2. He's this guy + he does stuff
3. The Voices in my head told me too. The Voices
The last ninth grader is Ruth Carbonell. She an- say yes.

swered- 4. Yes, "The Wiz"


"Kiss Me Kate"
1. Philostrate "Into the Woods"
2.1 am a high servant, and think highly of myself. "Mystery Maze"
3. Because I want to be an actress when I grow up. 5. Traumatizing
Yes, I like acting.
4. Yes, "The Wiz". Another eleventh grader is Javier Marquez. He
5. It has been a great experience for me. answered-

The next person was Kurt Rupprecht, in tenth grade. 1. Oberon, King of the fairies
He answered- 2. He is the king, he wants something from his wife
and would do anything to get it.
1. Demitreus the "pimp dog" 3. Because I like acting, and because I have played
2. He is a lover boy that likes one girl, but she the character before.
doesn't like him. Some other girl likes Demitrius but 4. Yes, "Death of a Salesman"
he doesn't like her. So he is caught in a love web. "Into the Woods"
3.1 auditioned because I wanted to be in the play. I "Omelet Murder
think acting is pretty cool. Mysteries"
4. Yes, I have been in another play, but I don't 5. It has been a very fun and interesting experience.
remember the name of it.
5. It has been fun. I didn't think I would be able to The next eleventh grader was Jamie Brown. She
remember my lines. But it isn't as hard as I thought. answered-

The next person was an eleventh grader- Bobby 1. Titiana, Fairy Queen
Pearson. He answered- 2. She's proud and powerful. She can do anything
she wants and knows it. She and the king are really
1. Tom Snout "Wall" jealous of each other.
2. Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy, and Doc 3. Because I wanted a part. I love acting.
3.1 auditioned because: 4. Yes. "The Wiz"
1. f Like Acting "Fame"
2.1 didn't want to "Kiss Me Kate"
reschedule. "Into the Woods"
3. I've played my character before 5. Intimidating, but really fun.
4. "Into The Woods"
"Baby" The next eleventh grader was Inbal. She answered-
"The Butter Battle"
"Who's on First?" 1. Lily

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2. I am a fairy answered-
3. Because I wanted to be in a play. (Haven't been
in a play for a long time.) Yes, I like it. l.Puck
4. Yes, "Fame" 2. She is a fairy
"The Wiz" 3. Because acting is fun, and I like being part of
"Ten Little Indians" productions.
"Snow White(3rd grade)" 4. Yes, "Into the Woods"
5. Ummm.... Traumatizing "Kiss Me Kate"
"Mystery Maze"
Next is Luisa Meyerman, from eleventh grade. She "How to Succed in Business Without Really Trying"
said- "Oklahoma"
"Our Town"
1. Fairy: Moth 5. Fun!
2. Fairy
3. Because I wanted to be in the play The last twelveth grader was Debra Walsh. She
4. No answered-
5. Traumatizing
1. Snug the Joiner / Lion
The next eleventh grader is Ryan Mcknight. He 2. She is a shy person. Kind of slow, she plays a
answered- lion in the play "Pyramus and Thisbe"
3. Because I wanted to be in the play. Yes
1. Theseus-Duke of Athens 4. Yes, "Ten Little Indians"
2.1 am about to get married. I am the one in charge, 5. It has been fun. Except for the acting part.
so no one disputes me.
3.1 auditioned because Mr. Feia said if I didn't, be The last questionnaire I got back was by Anonymous.
would fail me in his class (joke!). I do like acting. She/He wrote-
4.1 have never been in any other major plays.
5. I've learned alot about understanding l.Peaseblossom
Shakespeare. 2.1 am a fairy and I serve the Queen Titiana. I go
around with her and do what she wants the fairies to
The next person was Alison Tsuji from eleventh do. Play music, etc...
grade. She answered- 3.1 auditioned because I really like acting
4. I have been in:
1. A fairy "The Wiz"
2. I'm Titiana's fairy, called Snowflake "Line"
3. I didn't, yes I do like acting. "Once Upon a Mattress"
. 4. Yes, "The Wiz" "The Bear" or "The Boar"
5. Traumatizing "The Anniversary"
5. It has been pretty good. Interesting.
The next person was Lisa K. from eleventh grade.
She answered- Some of these actors are really serious about
this. For example, Ricardo Cortez in the begininng,
1. Helena clearly states that, "He lives for Drama." I'm sure we
2. She's hopelessly in love with Demetrius, who can all look forward to seeing him in this upcoming
happens to be in love with her best friend Hermia. play. Then, there were some other people who seem
3. To get the part, yes to have no specific part in the play. Like Ben. He is
4. "Macbeth" a guy who does stuff. I wonder what the writer felt
"Into the Woods" his character added to the play? Thanks to all the
5. Traumatizing people who took this seriously. And to the others, oh
well.
The next person was Rana, in twelveth grade. She

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A Tough Grade For Many
By: Salameh Massis

Ninth is one of the toughest grades in ninth grade. The ninth grade class of 97-98 is
almost all American Schools, and Colegio Maya very unique and special in many different ways.
is no exception. Ninth grade is the first year of Alon Cohen, an outstanding athlete in 9th grade,
high school and it is a little difficult to adapt. remarks, "It provides a unique environment
There is a big step between High School and where friends from different parts of the world
Middle School. For some ninth graders, Middle are united through friendship bonds." Most of
School is easier than High School, grading is these classmates have grown up together from
lower, and less complex work is done in all the several years ago, and they know each other very
classes. James W., a ninth grader, said, "Yes, it well. Ken Lee, and exceptional student in ninth
is hard to adapt to all the tests and all the hard grade, says, "In my opinion, it is a class designed
work of High School." High School is mainly to for people to work together as a group."
prepare you for college. First you have to make
the decision of what college you want to attend, From my point of view, the friendship
and then you must work towards that goal. that exists among the classmates of 2000 has
Depending on your grade point average, high helped to diminish the pressures and stress that
school can determine your success in your future can be found in the first grade of high school.
life. Ricardo Cortes, another ninth grader, said,
"I agree with the subject that we do get a lot
more work in high school, and it essentially
provides us with more worries, given the fact all
accumulative grades are recorded for college
applications." Mrs. Wever, a ninth grade Cul
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tures teacher concludes, "It's probably more
difficult to accept the idea that in ninth grade you
are accountable for your failures and your
successes which will be on your academic
record."

Besides being a tough grade for some


students, other students think ninth grade is no
big problem. Kevin Odle, a ninth grader, stated,
"Adapting to High School isn't very hard, as I
have always struggled to get good grades, and
show the best about myself." Maria Brady, a
hard working ninth grader, said, "It isn't that
difficult, because it is almost the same as middle
school, the work load is about the same."

Although there may be a lot of work


assigned and the grades are part of a permanent
record, there are some positive advantages about
being in high school, particularly in the present
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"Into The Woods"


A Play Review

On the dates of November 20, 21, and 22, thinks he lost his parents in a freak baking
Colegio Maya presented the play "Into The accident, when in actuality, his father is the
Woods". "Into The Woods" is the first of Mysterious Man (Asaf Mazar). When you
two plays being presented this year. The think about it, it's a little like a soap opera,
play starred all your favorite fairy tale char don't you think? The only way for the Baker
acters: Little Red Riding Hood (Rana and his wife to lift the spell is to get a cow as
Hamdy), Cinderella (Amanda Rhodes), white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as
Rapunzel (Paige Cunningham), and Jack yellow as corn, and a shoe of gold.
(Ricardo Cortez). There was also the Narra Meanwhile, Jack's cow, Milky, has
tor (Bobby Pierson), The Baker and his Wife not given milk in a week, so his mother (Lisa ■
(Javier Marquez and Alison Schwarz), Kahn) said Milky White had to be sold.
Granny (Ana Mercado), Jack's Mother (Lisa Therefore, Jack went into the woods to sell
Kahn), and many more. Milky for no less than 5 pounds. But, he
The play was basically about these exchanges the cow for magic beans to the
fairy tale characters going into the woods to Baker and his wife. This is very unfortunate
break spells, go to Granny's house, go to the for Jack because his mother, after tossing the
festival, sell a cow, and many other things. beans away, sends him to bed without sup
The Baker and his wife had a horrible spell per. Then, unbeknownst to either of them, a
put on them by the witch (Vanessa beanstalk grows.
Bergonzoli), so they couldn't have a child. At the same time Cinderella is in a
The witch put the spell on them because of predicament of her own. She wants to go to
something the Baker's father did. The Baker the festival, but, well you should know why.
So, she goes into the woods to ask her
mother's ghost (Cecille Ocasio) for a beauti
Art 6y giancarfo VcrfCe ful gown and slippers. Then she goes to the
festival and dances with the prince (Antonio
Bueso). After the ball is over, she runs away
from the prince, and he chases her for a
really long time. After falling more than a
few times, she trades shoes with the baker's
wife. So then the baker and his wife had two
of the items they need.
Now we come to Little Red Riding
Hood. She was on her way to Granny's
house when she met the Baker, who then
tried to take her cape, but she screamed, and
he gave it back. Little Red Riding Hood then
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Kwan). When she finally gets to Granny's nice if we could have heard them
house, she sees that she has been eaten by the moreclearly after all that work they did
wolf, etc., etc. Little Red Riding Hood gives though. That's the problem of working in a
the Baker her cape, and everyone is gym, not a theater.
happy...well, almost.
We can't forget Rapunzel, trapped up Hall of Fame
in that tower. Her "mother", the witch, Best Actress- Alison Schwarz
locked her in the tower. The only way to get Best Actor- (a tie) Ricardo Cortez &
in or out of the tower is to climb up or down JavierMarquez
Rapunzel's hair (that's gotta hurt!). Now, Best Supporting Actress- Ana Mercado
Rapunzel's prince (Pat Yoo) visits her often. Best Supporting Actor- Antonio Bueso
The Baker's wife knew this, so she pretended Best Comedic Performance- Maggie Rhodes
to be the prince, and pulled out some of and Robin Orlansky
Rapunzel's hair. So now, the Baker and his Best Dramatic Performance- Lisa Kahn
wife had everything they needed to lift the Best Villain- Vanessa Bergonzoli
spell. Best Portrayal of Character- Rana Hamdy
Unfortunately, when Jack climbed Best Stunt- Vanessa Bergonzolli (climbing
down the beanstalk he took some souvenirs tower)
home with him. Of course this made the Best Kiss- Antonio Bueso and Alison
Giant mad, so he chased Jack. The giant fell Schwarz
down out of the sky and into Jacks backyard, Best Song- "Agony"
and Jack's mother freaked. This made the Best Makeup- Asaf Mazar
Giantess (Sindy Chamorro) really mad. She Best Prop- Milky White (the cow)
came down and went on a rampage, destroy Best Scream- Paige Cunningham
ing everything in her sight. She was looking Best Solo- Amanda Rhodes
for Jack because she wanted revenge. The
characters were looking for someone to
sacrifice, and they decided to throw the JZrt By (jiancarlb VaCCe \
narrator to her. The Giantess, noticed the
difference, and was not pleased. Then, in
comes Jack's mother. She started yelling at
the Giantess, and everyone was afraid she
would anger the Giantess. So the prince's
steward (Reinier Spruijt) hit her on the head,
and killed her. The baker's wife was also
killed by the Giantess, but not before having
a little fling with Cinderella's prince. Finally
they all worked together and defeated the
Giantess, and everyone lived happily ever
after.
All the actors should pat themselves
on the backs. They did a wonderful job, and
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If
High-School Survey
by Gretchen Perkins & Katherine Gonzales

Art

Okay, we took down all your opinions VaCCe


about clothes,sports, movies, and other stuff and 2) Favorite sport?
wrapped it all up into this nice little article. -Basketball 32
Thank you for taking the time to fill out our -Soccer 41
questionnaire ( we know you were so mad when -American Football 14
you had to take time out of class!). Now you can -Baseball 16
see all the stuff you wrote right here in one -other 27
convenient place! You'll also be interested to
know that the results from the poll will appear in
The Revue. So *smile*, here it is! 3) Favorite food? cereal, bread, tacos,
applesauce, marshmallows, Italian food (9),
*Note-some people marked more than one Fried Chicken (3), crabs, pasta (9), nachos (2),
answer for some questions.* rice, spicy food, Chinese food (2), Pizza (14),
candy, spaghetti (4), mashed potatoes (2), lasa-
1) What type(s) of music do you listen to? gna (3), Butterfly Honey Lobster, Polio
-Alternative 54 Campero, meat, sea food, pudding, steak (7),
-Rap 45 Breyers French vanilla Ice cream, mango, Guate
-Ska 15 malan food, Japanese food, fruit (2), Macaroni &
-Punk 18 Cheese (2), chocolate (2), Frijoles con
-R&B 29 Chicharron, Tofu, pancakes, hamburgers, french
-Metal 21 fries, Thai food
-other 25

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4a) Do you think body piercing is acceptable? 9) Which movie did you like most?
-yes 61 -Titanic 62
-no 4 -007 Tomorrow Never Dies 12
-doesn't concern me 41 -The Devil's Advocate 34
-Flubber 0
4b) Do you think body piercing is acceptable in -Spice World 4
school? -other 15
-yes 46
-no 13 10) Do you think students should be able to skate
-doesn't concern me 47 on campus?
-yes 54
5) Do you think people should be able to express -no 15
themselves however they want through their -undecided 37
clothing?
-yes 75 11) Which shoes would you rather wear?
-no 7 -platform 11
-doesn't concern me 25 -skate shoes 18
-dress shoes 6
6) Has anyone ever pressured you do to some -anything that's in style 40
thing you didn't want to do? -other 31
-yes 47
-no 61 12) Would you cut your hair in the new style just
because it was trendy, even though it was really
7) Do you think there are enough safe places to ugly?
chill at night in Guatemala? -yes 3
-yes 42 -no 98
-no 60 -undecided 8
-if yes, where?
-"Anywhere, the problem is no one likes to 13) What do you do in your spare time?
"chill" at the dentist's office or the high-school -read 29
lobby or other safe places." -sleep 52
-"La Pradera, Los Proceres, bowling, theater, -party 52
etc..." -play sports 51
-"Cafe Oro, anywhere in Antigua or Panajachel" -watch TV 67
-"Magic Place, Yellow Submarine, La Pradera" -listen to music 73
-"No, not really, where's a safe place?" -other 31

8) What type of clothes do you wear? 14) What is more important to you?
-70's style (bell bottoms, flower shirts, etc..) 2 -being honest 54
-loose-fitting (loose-fitting jeans, loose t-shirts -getting a good grade 50
etc..) 45
-conservative (straight legged jeans, v-neck
sweaters, dress clothes, etc..) 10
-variety, all 55
-other 13

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Limp Bizkit-Band Review


by Javier Lacayo

Limp Bizkit, you say? Never heard of them?


songs. The third song, "Counterfeit", goes against
You will soon, the band is a new, hardcore band that
"fake" people who change themselves and their
will blow you away. They're a five man crew with
appearance to conform with a certain group of
low-end sounds and heavy lyrics.
people. The fourth track "Stuck", is a song about
The name Limp Bizkit came from the
people who are motivated solely by greed and
nickname of a friend of Fred Durst, the band's lead
money. "Nobody Loves Me " is a song about how
singer. The guys are all from Jacksonville, Florida,
society has no love for him and all he has is enemies.
and that's where everything got started.
"Sour", the sixth track, is about one of Fred's rela
The Limp Bizkit sound is powerful,
tionships that went sour, hence the name of the song.
hardcore, dark, and energetic. Their sound is innova
The seventh song is called "Stalemate" and it talks
tive with funky bass lines, deep percussions, rough
about another one of Fred's ex-girlfriends that broke
guitar riffs, lively turntable scratching, and groovy
his heart. The next song, "Clunk", is Fred telling
hip-hop rhymes. The vocals change from being angry some guy that he can't compete with Fred, but Fred
screams to that raps and soft spoken whispers.
doesn't want to hurt his feelings with his lyrics.
Limp Bizkit began in late 1994 when
The ninth track, "Faith" is a remake of George
vocalist Fred Durst got together with his childhood
Michael's' hit. This one has some heavy scratching at
friend and bass player, Sam Rivers. Rivers got his
the end. "Stinkfinger", goes against cops and modern
cousin, John Otto, to come in and play the drums.
uptight society. "Indigo Flow" is named after the
After a little search, Limp Bizkit found Wes Borland
Indigo Ranch, where Limp Bizkit recorded their
to play guitars, and the band was born.
album. The entire song is a "Thank You" to everyone
Limp Bizkit first break came when KoRn
who helped them. The twelfth track is called "Leech"
came down and played in Jacksonville. After the
and it's about Fred and his friends. The last track has
show, KoRn's bass player Fieldy and guitarist no lyrics but it's still cool, it's called "Everything".
Head, met up with Fred Durst and went back to his
Limp Bizkit is now writing new songs for
house to get a few tattoos ()Fred is not only a great
another album but they will be going on tour soon.
singer but also an awesome tattoo artist). They all
This summer, they'll be going on tour with KoRn,
became friends and the next time KoRn went to
Orgy, and another band to be named later. The tour
Jacksonville, they hooked up with Durst again and
will be called Family Values.
that's when Fred gave them a demo tape. They heard
the demo and passed it on to their producer, Ross Limp Bizkit is:
Robinson (Who also produces Sepultura). Robinson Fred Durst: Vocals Age:26
love it and he helped Limp Bizkit get a tour with
Singing style: Rhyming screams and some whispers.
House of Pain and another with the Deftones. After
Similar to Chino Moreno from the Deftones.
the tours, offers from record labels began pouring in
Wes Borland: Guitar Age:22
and they decided to sign with Flip Records, and
Playing style: Plays a seven-string Ibanez guitar like
independent label.
the boys from KoRn. He also plays another guitar
Three Dollar Bill, Y'all $, which came out
with three guitar strings and one bass string for heavy
in May of 1997, is the name of their debut album. It
riffs. He only uses this one for a few tracks.
was produced by Ross Robinson and House of
Sam Rivers: Bass Age: 19
Pain's former DJ, DJ Lethal who has now joined the
Playing style: Plays a five string bass and holds it
band. The album is very powerful, with hardcore upright like Fieldy from KoRn.
lyrics and low end caffeine beats. The songs talk to a
John Otto: Drums. Age:20
lot about what the band's true beliefs are. The Intro to
Drum setup: John's drums are setup sideways on
the CD is a preacher in church asking all the people
stage so people can see him play.
to tell "Hallelujah!". "Pollution" rages against people
DJ Lethal: Disc Jockey Age:24
who constantly criticize loud music and call it "noise
Style: Gives the band flavor with his mad scratching
pollution," people who don't listen to the lyrics of the skills.
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Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Many


New Regulations For Drivers states already have these regulations and many
more are on the verge of making these laws.
Licenses
This is the direct result of the rise in deaths of
By: Peter Benson
teenagers in automobiles. The reason why the
deaths are so high is that the teens are not experi
"I hate these new drivers license laws.
enced enough. Putting the restrictions limits
Wow I'm sixteen but who cares. With this
teen traffic and the number of people that could
license I can hardly do anything. I can only have
be killed by the teens. This in turn means that
one passenger and it has to be an adult. Second,
there is less chance of teens dying. Also, the
I can't drive at night. And guess what else I
new time length encourages teens to drive better
can't move up until I go six months without an
so they can get their six and twelve months out
accident. With the way I performed in drivers
of the way quicker. In those states that have this
ed. It will be a whole year before six months
law already in effect, they have noticed a de
might start. Actually I'm lucky that I was able to
crease in teen automobile accidents. The regula
take drivers ed because most have dropped it as a
tions are though but I would rather wait a year
course. Okay I get the six months done it still
and a half than be killed in an accident.
does not really matter. Sure
now I can have more people
in the car but I still cannot
drive at night. But you
know what is worst, I have
twelve months to move up
this time! I better start
looking at state colleges
that I can be sure to get my
license. I think that two
years will go by before the
accident free year goes
begins. Then finally after
that I can get my license,
with no restriction on it.
Although that might not
happen until 21 or 22. I
better think about improv
ing my driving skills."
This may be the
story of a random sixteen
year old high school
student. But this is based
on a Washington Post
article from 1997. Every
year the restrictions get
tougher and tougher. In
fact not being able to drive
at night has already been
the law for a while in
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High School
Girls Basketball
by Christina Walsh

The Girls Basketball coach of the past


Mary Joe Lent (12)#6
two years has been Coach Smith. He
Elizabeth Luk(12)#7
coached the 1995 boys AASCA champions
Jamie Brown (11)#8
in the American School in Tegucigalpa,
Ana Lopez (10) #91
Honduras. Mr. Smith also played high
Maggie Rhodes (10)#33
school and college intermurals, has taken
Mariana Raskosky (10)#14
coaching courses and has four years of coach
AnaMercado(10)#ll
ing experience. He decided to coach basket
KyongHwaKim(9)#3
ball because, "I like the players and love the
Christina Walsh (9)#20
sport.". He says, "I feel they are an intelli
Ivy Chen (9)#5
gent and dedicated group of young athletes."
Coach Smith's expectations for the team were
Amanda Rhodes:
that they would work hard and have fun,
1. Basketball is my favorite sport, and no
basically the same expectations as the players
matter what I have fun.
had.
2. No, I have been playing since I was 5. I
I sent out five question interviews to
have been on the Maya team since ninth
all the girls playing Basketball about a week
grade.
before they left to go play in AASCA.The
3. As a senior, I first want to have a lot of fun
questions were:
and secondly, I really want to win AASCA.
1. Why did you choose to play B-Ball and
4. I think we have been doing great. We are
why do you enjoy playing?
all getting along and having a lot of fun.
2. Is this your first time playing B-Ball? If
5. There was a lot of running, but it was
no, where have you played and in what
definitely worth it.
grades?
3. What were your expectations for the team
Debra Walsh:
when the season started?
1. Because its fun
4. How has the team been doing, in your
2. No. Here- 10th and 11th.
opinion?
3. That we were going to be good.
5. Say something about your b-Ball experi
4. Really good.
ence this year.
5. I love scoring touchdowns.

1998 Colegio Maya Girl's Team:


Ana Teresa Mayrides:
Amanda Rhodes (12) #1
1. Because I like it and wanted to get in
Debra Walsh (12) #4
shape. I like playing because its fun.
Ana Teresa Mayrides (12)#10
2. No. I played for a team in Pakistan.

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3. To be better than last year. 3. I thought that the team was going to do
4. Very good. well when the season started. We had almost
5. It was fun. all our players coming back from last year
and also a lot of new athletic girls. We have
Elizabeth Luk: been doing well this season and I am not
1. Because I like and it is fun. surprised.
2. No, I have played Basketball since tenth 4. Our team has been doing really well.
grade, but only at Colegio Maya. With a second place in Copa Maya, and an
3. That we would do well. almost undefeated record I would say we are
4. I think that we have been doing very well doing great.
so far.
5. It is fun and I am really learning a lot.
Mariana Raskosky:
Jamie Brown: 1. I chose to play Basketball because I like
1. I don't remember why I chose to play, but sports and I wanted to do something after
it's a great sport because it's just one big school. Also all my friends are in it, so it's
chess game. There is no luck. A team is even better. Also, it keeps me in shape.
successful because its players know how to 2. Yes. I've never played B-Ball on a team
move and where to be when they need to be before.
there. 3. My expectations for the team were that we
2. No. I was on the varsity and AASCA were going to do well and win a lot.
teams last year at Maya, and played at a 4. The team, in my opinion, has been doing
basketball camp and another basketball great. We got second place in Copa Maya
college during the summer. and we've improved in many ways like
3. I expected our team this year to be far passing, team work, and most importantly
better than last, because we had nearly all of spirit, even on the bench.
our starters and several other players back for 5. It has been fun, I'm really glad I joined
their second, third or even their fourth season even though it was tough with all that run
at Maya. ning.
4. We've been doing really well. We took to
each other well. Ana Mercado:
5. Very fun. 1. I love the game and I enjoy playing it
because it is a good sport.
Maggie Rhodes: 2. Ninth
1. I chose to play basketball because its fun 3. I expected the team to be better than last
and it keeps me in shape. Its also my favorite year but I didn't think we'd be this good.
sport and I like watching it or playing it 4. Ten times better than last year.
whenever I can. 5. Pretty good.
2. This is not my first time playing. I have
played the last two years I have been here at Kyong Hwa Kim:
Maya and I played in Virginia before here 1. Because I like watching people play
and North Carolina before that. I have been basketball and I think it is an intense game.
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playing. That's why I like it. days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
2. Yes. In a team
Friday, and sometimes Saturday.
3. To play lots of challenging games and Weekday practices were after school from
expecting hard practices. three o'clock until five o'clock, some of the
4. I think that it has been good- above aver coach's favorite drills to torture us are The
age I suppose.
Knuckle drag or "Monkeys", Sweet Sixteens,
5. It was cool
Crazy Eights, Suicides and basically sprint
ing, jogging, and running until we dropped.
Ivy Chen:
We also spent about ten to fifteen minutes of
1. I choose to play basketball because I just each practice using the white board to learn
like it and I like doing sports. I enjoy it vital playing techniques. We learned most of
because its fun.
our defenses, offenses and pressing this way.
2. No, I played in 7th grade in the middle
school girl's B-Ball team here at Colegio The Colegio Maya girls Varsity bas
Maya.
ketball team started off their season with a
3. That I was gonna break a leg or loose a win against Jules Verne. They lost their
lung or something. second scrimmage game against CAG but
4. Pretty good, everyone is enthusiastic and avenged their loss in Copa Maya. The varsity
all
girls next played a great game in front of the
5. It has been a fun experience and I have whole school at the inauguration of Copa
learned a lot.
Maya. They beat Aleman with a whopping
score of 35-18. They breezed through the
Christina Walsh: rest of the Copa Maya tournament undefeated
1. Basketball is my favorite sport and I have which led up to the palm sweating, edge-of-
never played it on a team so I thought this your-seat championship thriller on Thursday
would be good practice for next year. February 26 against Inter Americano. Both
2. Yes
Maya and Inter were undefeated till the last
3. I thought that we would do really well. half of the game. The girls team played their
4. I think that the team has and will do great best and fought long and hard. To our disap
in AASCA. pointment, Inter Americano took first. The
5. I enjoyed it. final score was 28-19. Colegio Maya took
second place in both categories, boys and
That is basically what all of the girls think girls. After Copa Maya ended, the girls
about their basketball experience this year. played a series of scrimmage games against
several different schools. These games were
The first basketball practice for the to warm us up and keep us in shape for
interested girls was on January 12th, the AASCA.
second day of school back from Christmas Our next series of scrimmage games
break. Not as many people showed up as were on the week of March 9, 1998. Coach
Coach Smith expected and would have liked. Smith used these scrimmages so that the
Throughout the season the highest amount of more inexperienced players could get a
players was fourteen, not enough for a defi chance to play in a game, since there is no
nite A and B team. The practices ran four real divider between the A team and the B

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team. lit, with no ventilation. The school didn't
even provide the players water to drink
These gameswere to warm us up for during time outs. Our first game ended up
our upcoming AASCA tournament, which with the home team winning and the home
was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March crowd cheering them on. The next game was
19 until March 21. Only ten girls basketball after another game so we got plenty of time
players and nine boys were allowed to go.We to rest. This game was against MBS and we
were only playing in the smaller school won with a little bit of ease.
division so we would be playing at the same
level of competition. These smaller schools The next day was about the same
included The American International School schedule except that we took a bus to MBS
of Costa Rica, The International School of instead. That school was much more hospi
Panama, and The Marian Baker School. table. They gave us big tanks of gatorade,
orange slices; and frozen bags of gatorade at
The ten girls that formed the traveling the end. Our first game was against the
AASCA team were: Dolphins and the second was against MBS
Amanda Rhodes again. The next was our most important
game of the entire tournament. This was
Debra Walsh
against AIS for first place of the entire small
Ana Teresa Mayrides school division. We knew that the game was
not going to favor us the second our point
Mary Joe Lent
guard got ejected from the game. We knew
Jamie Brown that they had planned to play dirty and that
Maggie Rhodes we were not going to have a chance against a
team who sent people out just to take our star
Mariana Raskosky
players out. We took second place in the
Ana Mercado tournament and also picked up the Fair Play

Ivy Chen Award. Obviously the referees realized that


they had made a bad call.
Christina Walsh
The scores were:

We left on Wednesday March 18, AIS vrs. Maya --- 41-32


1998. We arrived there the same day and MBS vrs. Maya 25-41

were eager to retire in the hotel rooms they ISP Dolphins vrs. Maya— 17-44

had reserved in the Hotel Villa Tournon. We MBS vrs. Maya 15-35

went out to dinner to a quaint little place AIS vrs. Maya 24-19
called Lukas. The next day we left on a bus (championship)

at around seven thirty in the morning to go to


the Lincoln School. After a brief inaugura Overall, I think that the girls basket

tion ceremony, we waited for a bus to arrive ball season was enjoyable and successful. I

to go to AIS where we would play our first think that Coach Smith was impressed with

two games. We were shocked the second we the improvement of the team from last year.

entered the school gym. The gym was dimly

33
[^ Features

The Wallflowers
by Debra Walsh

The Wallflowers started playing together in the early Horse has gotten a lot of praise for the songs re
1990's. The Wallflowers began to share their music corded. There are ten songs on the CD. One Head
with their hometown, Los Angeles, where they light is the most famous song and deals with a death
played at local hangouts, delicatessens, and night of a friend. The lyrics are very catchy and the
clubs. In such places is where The Wallflowers' instruments used vary with guitar and organ. 6th
songs such as Ashes to Ashes, Sugar Foot, and Be Avenue Heartache has very good guitar play and the
Your Own Girl made the group's career take off. song is more mellow than the rest of the songs. It is
Their beautiful lyrics that are packed with human a song about everyday life and self discovery. The
feeling and capture everyday life and their distinct Difference has a very fast beat, there are various
talent. The group was praised by critics and they drum solos found, and the song is about how people
began to tour with major bands such as 10,000 stay the same. Josephine is a very sweet, tender and
Maniacs, The Spin Doctors, Cracker, and Toad plain song and it's a slow song about apologizing.
The Wet Sprocket. The Wallflowers' drummer God Don't Make Lonely Girls is more rock than the
then left the group to join 10,000 Maniacs. This left other songs on the CD. The theme of the song is the
Jakob Dylan (lead singer) and Rami Jaffee (pianos) title. Invisible City is a very sad song about looking
to find new members and a new record label. into the past. This song is Dylan's best lyric
Interscope soon picked the group up and the new wise:"imitation of good faith/is how you stumble
members were found: Michael Ward, Greg Richling, upon hate/it may have been the first of mistakes/
and Mario Calire. The five worked together on the when we held on too loosely/and let open the gates".
new album Bringing Down The Horse(l996) which / Wish I Felt Nothing is another melancholy song
was highly praised because of the songs such as The about someone falling out of love. Bleeders has a
Difference, One Headlight, 6th Avenue Heartache, light beat, also very good lyrics, the song is a story
and Three Marlenas. "Rolling Stone" called The about a man and his past. Laughing Out Loud has a
Wallflowers' new album "An impressive debut by a very fast beat, and the song is about situations, and
real rock and roll band." breaking away from a controlling person and also
The band is made up of five talented young revelation. Three Marlenas is a beautiful song. It is
men. Jakob Dylan is the lead singer and rhythm bittersweet and it was written as a tribute to Leo
guitarist. Jakob is also one of the founding members LeBlanc, who died after the recording of the album
of the group, and as most people now know is the son was done.
of legendary singer Bob Dylan. This fact caused The Wallflowers have received and been
Jakob a lot of trouble, having to prove to people he nominated for various titles and awards for Bringing
was a star in his own right and not caught in his Down The Horse. Their album has been nominated
father's shadow. Rami Jaffee is the groups for the Blockbuster Music Award for best CD. They
keyboardist but also plays the piano, B3, and vox were also nominated in the American Music Awards
continental. He also is the other founder of the for Favorite Band, Best New Artist, and best Album
group. Michael Ward is the lead guitarist. He also but they lost to the Spice Girls. The Wallflowers
played on the John Hiatt album Perfectly Good were voted 2nd best new artist in the "Rolling Stone"
Guitar. Greg Richling is The Wallflowers bassist. readers poll. Jakob was voted "Sexiest Male Artist"
Greg and Jakob went to high school together and and was third for Best Male Performer. They also
even played in the same garage band. When the performed at the 40th annual Grammy awards(which
group needed another bassist, Jakob and Greg were aired Feb. 25), where they were also nominated
reunited. Mario Calire is the groups' drummer and nominated for Best Rock Performance by a duo or
was the replacement for the drummer who left to play group for One Headlight and also for Best Rock
with 10,000 Maniacs. These men make up the Song. One Headlight is at the number one position
honest, soulful rock and roll band called The Wall on VH1 top 50 countdown of 1997. Bringing Down
flowers. The Horse was the seventh best selling album in
His newest album Bringing Down The 1997 with over four million copies sold.
34
Poetry

"A Day of A Hero"

What is going to happen today?


"My First Date"
Am I going on a journey?
No, you are going to fight a dragon.
Knocking on the door
Am I going to win?
with my heart pounding,
It is up to you.
I am so nervous.
Are you coming with me?
The feeling is incredible.
No, I have to work.
But I am afraid.
Is the dragon mean and strong?
What if she doesn't want
Yes, but he fears your sword.
me because of my glasses?
Can I go fight him now?
No, I have to think positively. .
Yes, of course my boy!

The door opens without


a noise and I see her.
By: Ken Lee
She is dressed better than ever.

We leave her house


without saying a word.
On the way to the movies,
I wonder what she is
thinking right now.
Am I having a good date? "Lost Sheep"
Is she?
I don't know. . . Nowhere to go
nowhere to stay.

No word comes out A lonely sheep lost its way

until the movie finished, Standing in the middle

nor on the way to her house. of the stone walled valley

Standing on the stairs, it cries for help.

she gives me a smile


before entering. The cry echoes
through the narrow valley.

An unknown feeling strikes The poor sheep follows

me, taking my mind away. its own cry, but finds nothing
but the frightening sound of itself.

By: Ken Lee


By: Ken Lee

36
Poetry

"Hollow" 'Love"

How many Days, how many Nights, Love is like a shadow of an island,
a light that burns the soul; Floating on top of the shinning dawn.
How many Prayers, how many Hopes Chase after the waves,
How can he find a way Move the boat slowly towards the island.
to touch her inner song?
It's not like a promise that happened,
Like a fiery blossom
But a promise that will happen.
that enlightens the soul,
No one will know about the island after the sun
Like a tender cares so soft
had fallen,
it sets his sail afloat.
Oh, if he could but only have
because it had disappeared.

the strength to go up front, It's just like a feeling that you really don't want
Oh, if he could but only let to let go.
the grinding tremor go;
If he would just approach her The word love crashes on the boat giving me the
and tell her how he feels, worst headache.
So simple in his mind; within Looking at the island after the sun had fallen
his heart this passion thrills! gave me a bump saying
Then Shyness comes upon him,
"what a lovely island".
the lightning brusquely strikes;
Love is also like a balloon;
Poor him who falls defeated;
you never know when it is going to pop.
Oh Darn it! He just can't!
Love can be small but can have control over
For she's.only too perfect
someone.
and he, hopelessly scared,
condemned to woeful sorrow, It's really good to love someone,
to be better left dead. and that there is someone to love, but love can
always break apart.
How she mocks and calls him worthless,
how she stamps his feeble dreams, By: Brian Jung
How he hates her yet still loves her,
So profoundly, out of reach;
Only now he cares no longer, "Love, Heart, and Forever"
his desires vanished are;
when he grows to become famous
then she'll come, then she'll come.
Forever, in a day, this love does
Only then will he be able
break my heart through and through.
with his fame and all his pride,
I need you now
With his hollow soul reminded
of great pain that he once had. and I miss you...
And with laughter he will holler It's unfair this way.
"Now she comes, NOW she comes!"
They try so hard to break.
when before she only thought of him\ To break the power that is!
whenever she would laugh I just can't let you go
For he never left forgotten I'll never let you go
this well-hidden thought afar,
never ever going to let you go.
of how once he wished for love
Let's stay together, Forever...
Upon his vain and useless Star.

By: Brian Jung


By: Ricardo Cortes P.

37
Poetry

"Freedom"

Something has left their life


and they don't know where it went to
Something has caused them strife,
"Solemnity"
and it's not what they are seeking

Understand the things I say,


Can't you see them, can't you hear them,
don't turn away from me
did you know they're standing there?
"Cause I spent my life out there
Why did you turn out the lights,
and you do not disagree
did you know that they were sleeping?
Did you see me standing there,
did you see me, did you see me?
Say a prayer for them, please
Does anyone care?
help them feel the strength that they need
Their identity, has it been taken?
Unhappiness, where when I was young
Are their hearts breaking?
and we didn't give a damn
'Cause I was raised,
All of their plans fell through their hands
to see life as fun and take it if we can
the torture demands
My mother, my father, did they like me?
The wonderful dreams, just to have one thing,
did they like me?
Only to be free.
Does anyone care?
Equally free.

Understand what I've become


By: Joe Rodriguez
it wasn't my design,
All 1 . t • 1

And people everywhere think


something better than I am,
"Feelings" But I miss them, I miss them
"cause I liked it, I liked it
—I have a place inside me, Did you know this, did you know this?
Where all my feelings are stored. you did not find me, you did not find me?
I have no way to let them out, Does anyone care?
So they stay in there,
Alone and ignored. My brother, my brother, did he hold me,
If only I could talk to someone, when I was out there,
And let my feelings fly. My sister, my sister, did she hold me?
Maybe I'd feel better, when I was out there
Maybe I wouldn't cry. Did you notice, did you notice?
My feelings for you are at the bottom. did you?
I try to bury them, Does anyone care?
But they just won't go away.
I hate myself for loving you, By: Joe Rodriguez
But I also hate myself for going astray.
But, most of all,
I hate you for making me
Feel this way.

By: Gretchen Perkins

38
Poetry

"We Are The Future"

Hey, everybody look at me.


We are stuck
In the world of grown ups.
We want to create our own world.
Don't tell us what to do,
The future is ours.
We have to follow your rules,
We can't do anything freely,
And we are tired of it. 'They Can't..."
Don't force us
To live similar lives like you. If they can't see
We will bring up our new world The hurt inside,
That is inside of our bodies. They can't possibly
Hey, hey don't mind Understand me.
Our own lives anymore. They can't understand why
We don't need you, and I do the things I do.
We don't wanna help you. They can't understand the message
And you adults don't need us either. I am trying to send.
So, we are going off of They don't understand that this isn't
Your world that is based on you guys. "Just a phase."
We will make our own world This is the real thing.
Until you guys will be concerned
About our opinion If they can't understand my mind,
For the world, because They can't possibly help me.
We are the future. Its not because of music,
And it's not because of
By: Byung Jun Kwon TV either.
It's no even my fault.
They're too ignorant
To figure it out for themselves.
They can't just look at me,
"Shhhh
Ollllllll... "
And see what's happening.
They need it all spelled out for them.

Shhhh, My little sister is sleeping


By: Gretchen Perkins
don't wake her up...
She's been crying
because she wanted a pup.
She is snoring.
She needs some sleep
and she looks very tired.

By: Brian Jung


Poetry

"Love"
"Chinese New Year"
Love, love, love
No one knows the exact The Chinese New Year
Meaning of it. Is a happy time to celebrate
It is different things to everyone. For the Chinese people.
Sometimes love hurts,
When breaking apart; The Lion Dance is important
When moving to another person. To scare away evil spirits
Sometimes love moves, And bring good luck for the New Year.
When moving to another person,
Sometimes love is happy, The people wear new clothes
When you love someone So the evil spirits do not recognize them.
Sometimes love is sad, It is a Chinese custom.
When giving up someone.
It takes lots of pain and Putting the cooked food in front of the altar
Everyone has or will have Honors all our ancestors.
Experience of love. Offering food and incense at an alter is a
Love is for everybody, Buddhist tradition.
Who knows about love and
Who doesn't know about love. There is a lot of food at the feast
That the people eat with their entire family.
By: Byung Jun Kwon That is a great opportunity to be with the entire
family

All through the night, you may relieve


Little red envelopes filled with money.
Red is good luck and you may recieve a lot of
"Roses" money each time a person gives one to
you.

Roses are flowers


that can be made into powder. At midnight there are a lot of firecrackers
Bees go through the roses, And the dancing lions go near them.
with their long noses. It is a very happy celebration to be in.
Roses are used for decoration,
And can be arranged using your imagination. The Chinese New Year is at the end of January
Roses can be given, Or the beginning of February.
for someone dead or living. It is not on a specific date.
Roses are given to someone you love
along with a beautiful white dove. The Chinese New Year
Roses are good for any occasions, Is a happy time to celebrate,
as long as you don't have any as possessions. For the Chinese people.

By: I-Hsuan Wu

By: I-Hsuan Wu

40
Poetry

"Outside"

It's hard to explain


Inherently it's just always been strange
Neither here nor there
Always somewhat out of place every where
Ambiguous
Without sense of belonging to touch
Somewhere halfway
"My Heart Will Go On"
Feeling there's no one completely the same

Early on, you face I sit by my window


The realization you don't Staring at the rain.
Have a space I feel so sad and forgotten,
Where you fit in I set my mind free
And recognize you To search through all the memories.
Were born to exist Everything is silent
Except for the sound of the falling rain.
Standing alone
My heart is hurt and torn apart,
Eager to just
Everything feels sore.
Believe it's good enough to be what
The past tortures me,
you really are
The silence burns me,
But in you heart
Uncertainty forever lies And the emptiness just sits there
And you'll always be Waiting patiently with me,
Somewhere on the Waiting for my decision.
Outside But there I am still
And will always be,
Irreversably Sitting by my window
Falling in between Staring at the rain,
And it's hard
Till I am healed and ready
And it's hard
To close the wound that bears my heart.
To be understood
Now emptiness abandons me
As you are As you are
Believing I will survive.
Oh, god knows
That you're standing on your own
Blind and unguided
Into a world divided
You're thrown By: Sindy Chamorro
Where you're never quite the same
Although you try-try and try
To tell yourself
You really are
But in your heart uncertainty forever lies
And you'll always be
somewhere on the outside
You'll always be
Somewhere on the outside

By: Giana Pipoli

41
Poetry

"Poor Federica"

There was a loony lady called Federica,


People say she was From Costa Rica.
She lived in strange house up in the hill,
And her only friend was a crippled dog, Bill.

She was an old lady with a hump on her back "Colors"

And wherever she'd go she would carry a sack.


On her walks to the mall, There are many kinds of colors

She would carelessly crash into frightening walls. Each special at heart
Some stand out a lot

Federica would always wear polka-dot dress, But some just do not.
Oh my gosh she looked like a mess!
Her frizzy gray hair would always stick out Blue is the color of a clear day
Or maybe a great big whale
And make innocent people cry and shout.
Water is also this color
And so is the skin of a smurf.
Poor Federica, what a shame,
It wasn't her fault for getting the blame
Another color named red
And had not one clue,
Can look yucky it's said
Of what in the world she was going to do.
But mostly it's yummy
because is the color of cherry.

By: Sindy Chamorro


Yellow is bright
Because it's the color of the sun
But it's sour
Because of lemon's flavor.
"Skater"
And here is the color green-
Skater, Skater very weird indeed
They all hate them it looks and tastes on the table
The police shout at them But it's nice in your wallet.
The neighbors yell at them
Everywhere they go the guards get steamed All of these colors are nice
And then eventually kick them all out But they don't even compare
People always complain that they are bad To the sight of a rainbow
But skaters will never be had In the soft Spring air.
They always grind on curbs
And slide on bars
Nobody likes it By: Ade Adamson
Especially the cars.
They ollie off drops and one eighty off stairs
And even when the skating is done
The skaters still think of the fun.

By: Ade Adamson

42
Poetry

"Trees"

I have seen many nice and tall trees,


but in order to climb them you need very good
knees.
Every tree gives answers to some different
mood:
This one helps you, that for the rest is good:
Time is never wasted, listening to the trees,
If heaven gives as grandly gifts are these.

The oak is a British tree, "WANNABE"


And not at all a skittish tree;
A rough tree, a tough tree Kathy the butterfly was sad,
a mighty tree, a blighty tree Because she didn't like what she had.
A hard tree to bruise She was tired of flying,
Because she felt she was dying.
The ceder tree is a Lebanese tree, She wanted again to become a caterpillar,
And not at all a fragile tree. Because she thought that was a thriller.
A ground tree, a thick tree She waited until noon,
A limber tree, a timber tree To wrap herself in a cocoon.
A tree to face a strong winter It was such a shame,
Kathy was still the same.
A pine tree is an American tree,
A grown tree, a cone tree By: Claudia Garcia
Tapering, straight, and high
A tree for mast and spar
A mountain tree, a fountain tree

The eucalyptus is an Australian tree,


A big tree, a water tree
A useful tree and an admirable tree
The kind of tree used to help dry the Everglades.

By: Erez Cohen


Poetry

"If The Skies Never Fall"

Something has left my life


Now all there is, is emptiness
Now all I hear is silence
I fear, I fear being alone
It seems like the skies will fall
And I will fall with them
I don't know what's left of me
I don't know how it left me
I don't know where it went
I don't know how it left me
But I know I'll see it again
If the skies never fall.

I scream aloud until it hurts


But nobody hears me
I run far away until I'm tired
But I don't get anywhere
I cry until I'm red
But nobody sees me
It seems that nobody can see me
And I'm all alone
I don't know what has left me
But I wish it would come back
If the skies never fall.

Why do I feel a hole inside of me?


Why does my heart feel awful pain?
I don't know how to answer these questions
Why does it hurt when I breathe?
I can I feel myself?
It seems that I am a victim of my own loneliness
And I can't get out of it
I wish this were a dream
But it all seems so real
I know I'll see whatever left me
If the skies never fall.

By: Ximena Lopez

44
Poetry

"Annie's Past Life"


"Fate's Toy"
"Do you believe in past lives?"
Annie asked on a sunny afternoon Once there was a boy.
"Urn, I don't know...probably."
He was agile and clever.
I didn't pay much attention to her.
"I do...there were many times that I have this dream...
He though nothing could go wrong.
the girl in there could be the girl I was centuries ago." Then one day he realized his life.
She looked serious, so she cuaght my attention.
Annie got a far away look in her eyes, and started dreamily:
He though and thought and said "I'm just a toy."
"The sky was a beautiful pink, like the color of first love,
He paused and then said "I'll be fate's toy forever."
I was walking along the beach to my old house. He devised a plan which was quite long.
I picked up a box that held my childhood memories, He gathered all he could, even a knife.
I was so sad, why did I leave it behind?
Now it's all rusted and dirty...
Inside were my ballet shoes from 'Romeo and Juliet', Then fate noticed his doings.
a diary I can't really understand, It wondered why.
and a glass bottle filled with marbles... Then it pondered how to stop him.
it was given to me by the boy next door.
He decided to let him learn a lesson by himself.
He had said to me:
'Annie, when I grow up you'll be my bride,
I'll protect you.' The boy wanted to leave fate in ruins.
He was so sweet...and tears trickled down my cheeks. His plan was to do what he wanted and tell fate bye.
He tried to fly and made his life go dim.
She walked in, the girl in that beautiful dress,
I was stunned by her elegance. as he came to he realized that he hadn't the mechanics nor
She stood there, head tilted, staring at me. the stealth.
The girl spoke, her voice like a singing bird's:
'You're crying, why? Why are you here?
He tried one thing after another.
and where did this house come from?'
All the questions confused me, He had no success. He though the next thing he did he
'This is my house from when I was small.' would achieve.
But we both noticed something strange. But as cruel fate knew there wasn't a chance.
'You look so much like me, who are you?'
We said to each other,
'I'm Annie, 'I'm Juliet., Fate then said "He's a brother."
We said at the same time, "In my work he is an excess."
our voices echoed in the house. "Time for him to accept and recieve."
I was more surprised than her,
Fate told him to take his last stance.
Juliet? The one from the storybooks?

She asked, 'Where's my Romeo? The boy accepted and then went away plotting.
I'm supposed to meet him here' So he plotted and plotted.
Oh my goodness, it really was her!
He gathered all his tools.
'But didn't he die?' 1 whispered.
She heard me. You should have seen, Then he left with hjs feet at a rattle.
that solemn expression,
that overcame her emotions. The boy came in with his horse trotting.
'Died? No, how could that be?'
He saw fate and nodded.
She cried to herself, unable to believe it.
Tears laid on her rosy cheeks. They both knew they had to break the rules.
She stood there stiffly, shocked. Then they began their battle.
And suddenly, her figure started to disappear.
I tried to grab her, but couldn't.
The boy tried with all his might.
I would never forget that moment,
it was like the world ended. Fate also tried its best.
It was the dream that ended. The boy knew his need.
But it was only a dream." So he threw a rage and was victorious.

Annie let out a long sigh,


a foggy look came upon her face. Could he have won such a fight?
I looked up at the sky, No, as Fate explained that, he had lost his quest.
the day was beatiful, It was all Fate's plan for the boy to be decieved.
like the color of first love- pink...
and Annie? All the boy could do was leave furious.

She could swear, she did have that dream...

By: Cristian Cseh


By: Ivy Chen

45
Poetry

"Rome"

A great city not like others,


When you get there it's like a dream.
Oh Rome, Rome! With its joyful springs
Unfortunately now we can only see rings.
Rome, Rome, the Spagna square,
With all its steps they are all aware!

The Tiber river, The Coliseum,


All the rest of a great empire,
That once ruled and lighted our fire.
The large avenues where you shop all day,
And you spend a lot but not in May.

Ehi! The Vatican how can I forget,


The Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Square
The Pope is there, reigning forever
in our beautiful Rome.

There is this legend the most important one,


And if I don't say this I will not be done.
Of a fountain called Trevi,
Where the whole world gets together,
Says that if you drop a coin there
You may travel around the world everywhere,
But again in your life you will go back someday,
Destiny will bring you there, maybe in may.
In the Rome of the dreams and shops,
Rome the eternal city.

Rings : a Rome's highway that circles the the city it's called the "big ring"

But not in May : May is the month of the sales in Rome where you can get good stuff at low prices

By: Antonio Luzzi

"Happiness"

There is a bee
That flies in the center of a rose
She sucks the nectar
And flies away
For all, happiness is such a modest thing.

By: Antonio Luzzi

46
Poetry

"PIGS CAN'T FLY!"

Once there was a pig that tried to fly,


So it jumped right into the sky.
"SILLY, SILLY BEE"
He started to fall down,
And crashed into the ground.
There was a stingy bee,
And he still thought he could fly.
Who didn't want to work for free.
So he got in a balloon,
The Queen bee thought he was crazy,
And jumped out of it real soon.
And sent him to get pollen from a daisy.
He again fell to the floor
On his way he stung a man.
And decided to try even more.
He was caught and put in a can.
He got on a plane,
He tipped the can over,
Everyone thought he was insane.
He was lucky, he was alive.
When he dove into the air,
He didn't mind working for free.
No one showed they cared,
Life is more important, you see.
When they saw him lying on his back,
Knowing he had gotten a heart attack.
By: Claudia Garcia
The lesson here is that pigs can't fly,
Because they aren't meant to be up in the sky.

By: Claudia Garcia

"Andre Agassi"

Andre Agassi is not like you and I


He sees things we don't see. He gets places we can't get to.
He hits things we can't hit.
We could wheel a cannon out to the baseline, point
is across the net, fire, and Andre would hit a sharp, low dipping return.
Andre wears the Air Zoom Pounce.
With Zoom Air in the forefoot and a low profile midsoie, it helps him
get a jump on the ball.
Genetics, practice and practice take care of the rest.
They said the big serve would dominate and ultimately ruin tennis.
Andre is the reason it won't,
Andre's solid weapon is his forehand.
No wall or obstacle can prevent the ball from piercing its way through.
Andre Agassi is twenty eight years old old
but once he is on the court he can never get cold.
He used to be the world's number one
and today some of his fans say he's gone.
But it is said you should never lose faith,
because Andre said that this year he will be back.

By: Erez Cohen

47
Poetry

"The Prayer for Spring"

In this spring,
let the frozen dark in my bones
thaw.
Silence of the winter
that those tree branches keep their warmth with
let there be blue eyes in them
-Fly"
And deep in the ground
let even the bugs open their eyes...
Look where they are
So that they can see the new world.
up in the sky. The white nomads in the sky,
But when snow comes move out to search a place of winter.
no one can see them at all. The scream of the hills
heard by a boy through the breeze
I tried to catch one Turning my blood circle up side down,
but suddenly it fell in my hand and the bird's noise and the water's current

I don't know what was wrong passes through.


The flowers' fragrance
what was going on?
making my nose wake.
Winter...
Instantly I saw
Near death was I
the pain in her face
In this spring.
but I thought it would Make bloom
just go and fly to energy in these eyes and love in my heart.
another place.

By: KyongHwaKim
Suddenly
I saw that I was lying
down in my bed
and completely silent
I was there. "Flowers"

I just wished When a flower blooms it gives joy to


that butterfly could our world. They are a colorful prospective
be my friend, that blends in with nature. When nature
but it was too late. develops, flowers are an important part
to say goodbye, to late in the different things nature has.
to let her fly again. Flowers
come

and
go
By: Adriana Olivares
but
when
they
come they are unique and very beautiful.
Love and beauty is what they bring to human
life. Different sizes, colors, and time make
these flowers different and beautiful.

By: Eduardo Santella

50
Poetry

"School Memories"

School Memories
The 9 years have gone fast since I started in Japanese
School
I feel as if it was long but it was short
I have met with many friends and teachers
I have experienced a lot of things

"What I..." School Memories


One of them is operetta
It was hard for me
I am exhausted of what the world has given me.
Because I was very small
It wasn't what I wanted. I learned a lot of Japanese pronunciation
But people say that that is the world.
School Memories
Remembering 4th grade
It is just a fatigue that the world spins around.
I had my first boy classmate
Scientist say that it will never stop
I felt really strange
and I am dizzied already. But it was funny

I hate when my loved ones have to leave me. School Memories


Every lunch time
"There are Good-Bye's along the way"
We ate with all the students and teachers
This is what They say.
We talked about many things
It was interesting and funny
I want to get rid of many things.
"You are not Superman" School Memories
Living the usual days
This is what everyone says.
I chatted and laughed with them
The teachers scolded me many times
It is just depressing. We played with them,too
The world hasn't changed.
We have changed it. School Memories
There have been many
Because of these
I am afraid I have a lot of friends and teachers that
That there won't be... Hike
A light at the end of the tunnel.
School Memories
I have just come to Colegio Maya
By Kyong Hwa Kim
So I still do not have lots of memories
I will only stay here 3 years
It is short

School Memories
In the 3 years
I want to have a lot of memories
Here in Colegio Maya
As good as I had in the Japanese School.

By Mutsumi Nishii

51
Poetry

"Emotions"

Emotion is a part of life.


That is what people think and feel.
Life wouldn't mean anything without it.
Everyone has emotions,
Even animals have emotions.
Some emotions are deep but some aren't.
It sometimes makes you cry or it makes you happy.
For instance, when you are happy you are in love,
When you are sad you despise everyone.
Everyday you have a different emotion.
I feel that I don't want to do anything.
Something happened to me but I don't know what it is.
Some people think I am in love
But that's not it, I'm sure,
But life keeps going.
Today I got up,
I was thanking God for giving me another day of life,
For giving me food and a place to live.
I think God is an emotion.
Without him we wouldn't be here.

By: Jihan Jweile

"Life"

I have a beautiful chair


But my sister has it so it's not fair
I've been in my house
Waiting for my friend who is a mouse
My friend said that he was coming but that was a
lie
So I just waited for him looking at the sky.
The time passed,
I got bored so I went to sleep.
I fell down into a dream so deep.
The next day
I bought something and I had to pay.
I got home and I started to write.
The night came so I turned on the light.
Then I said good night.

By: Jihan Jweiles

52
Poetry

''Quake"

Thundering sounds clog your senses.


A one man army against a world of monsters You wonder, can someone
survive the supremacy of Satan?
Can you do what no an has done?

Will you have the honor to fight Shub - Niggurath,


Or will the evil minions of Quake relinquish before you do so?
Will you have the honor to fight in the land of the dead,
Or will the zombies burn you before the Death Knight can have a swing?
Will you be the one to vanquish Quake,
Or will the one you believe in let you down for fear of its opposite self?

You climb the stone stairs of the Ogre Citadel,


facing live freaks.
You fly through the skies of Ziggurat Vertigo, feeling endless pain.
You walk over the bones of fellow men if the Crypt of Decay,
seeing what is to become of you.
You swim through the dark waters of the Ebon Fortress,
wondering what lays ahead.
You merge with the mists with the magic in the Wizards Manse,
gathering mystical powers.
You discover the secrets of the Dismal Oubliette,
wishing they were kept a secret.
You drool over the splendor of Satan's Dark Delight,
trapped in its power.
You soar with the wind in the Wind Tunnels,
enjoying the breeze in you face.
You are anguished in the Chambers of Torment,
crying for mercy.
You kneel in the halls of Hell's Atrium,
praying to god so far away.
You blind your eyes with the colors of Azure Agony,
seeing nothing but blue.

Thundering sounds clog your senses,


A one man army against a world of monsters.
You wonder, can one survive the supremacy of Satan?
Can you do what no man has done?
Or will the one you believe in let you down for fear of its opposite self?

By: Siddarth Thazhathu

53
Poetry

"In Our Life There Are Many Decisions to Make"

In our life there are many decisions to make


But whether we decide to make them, is our choice
Even with the right path, our desires can break
Along those paths there are many encounters with things
that are Right or Wrong.

Don't let your fears overcome you


But whether we decide to listen is our choice
No one can tell us how to live
A Joyous Life
But we must take advice, or arrogance fills our heart!
With such emotions new paths can't be open for us to take
But whether or not we decide to take it is our choice.
We may things our heart desires.
The decisions or paths determine the person we want to be
Right or wrong has no say if we are
a Better Person!
We must try to achieve that path of happiness
Only the decisions that are chosen will lead
To a higher acceptance of life
or Sometimes Not!
Don't let the surface of your egotistical side
overcome You!
You won't be steered wrong on the choices
Only we can decide what we want to achieve.
Either way we are all better people,
But happiness is the better path
for the Soul and Inner Desires!

By: Michelle Flores

54
Poetry

"As I Watched My Opponent Take Her Place"

As I watched my opponent take her place


I observed every movement she made with such jealousy
even though I knew she was good at what she did.
I watched every move, every thing she did right
hoping she would make a mistake.
when I saw the score, a score I could not compete with
a terrible rage had taken over my body
A eagerness to win and beat her and take home the blue.
I suddenly got this devious thought in my head.
I had switched a certain part of the gear,
making her unable to complete the second round.
She has lost all the points from the first round.
and sat there smiling with my smile big and wide.
I took my second turn and did it with such pleasure,
knowing I could win
Which I did, I Won, I Won, I Won!
I had finally beat her and I was to take home the blue,
but no one applauded or clapped for my great deed.
I came to find out my parents knew of my acts.
I was left to make the right choice or.
drown in my own happiness!
Having the blue wasn't that important,
once I didn't have anyone to share the thought with.
Once i got up the courage I returned the ribbon,
Heft in shame feeling guilty more than happy!
Now, let this be a lesson for me
if I chose to learn from it!

"Diary"
By: Michelle Flores

There is a certain something


that knows all my secrets
It knows when I make
the right decisions
or when I'm headed
the wrong way
It knows all my favorites
and the problems I go through
It knows if I've had a good day
or if I'm feeling blue
I trust it with my feelings
and it will never tell
yet if someone dares to read it
it will burn in hell.

By: Cecille Ocasio

55
Poetry

"I've gotta go4'

"I've gotta go
These words make you free
These give you rest
These words give you a peace
"Summer"
Like when your mother strokes your head

When I look out my window


"I've gotta go"
I see the clouds making a flower
You are chicken
A dog suddenly changing into a whale,
You have to struggle
And a mans screaming face
You can do it
Disappears with the wind.
Be alive in you

When I look out my window


"I've gotta go"
I see garden flowers dancing with the wind
You can't stand it
Hoping that summer will came soon
You feel lonely
They are waving at me
You need to cry
And I wave bake from inside a house.
You want to go away

when I look inside the house,


This is your life
my eyes full of color
You chose this way
of what they have just seen,
You have to endure
and then I realize that inside
No one help you
there is no color, no life
You are the only one who can change it
but outside it is infinite.

"I've gotta go!"


when I look outside again
I hate these words
I see clouds making a flower,
You hate them,too
And a dog changing into a whale,
But you need to say
I see a mans screaming face
Because you are not strong
Disappearing with the wind.

"I've gotta go!" When I look out the window


Change your life I see my hope turning into a flower,
Change the meaning A garden flower
Change your personality Waiting for summer to come.
You can do it

By: Sebastian Castrillo


"I've gotta go!"
They are simple words

By: Miyuki Nakadoi

56
Poetry

"Travel Wise"

An hour of time standing in line.


Inch by miserable inch closer
To the roars and the screams that dare my mind.
Shivers, not from the frigid morning wind,
But one of my powerlessness.
I walk towards it, intimidation obliterated.
I accept the challenge.
Seated on the hanging chair,
Staring at the height of my rival.
Reaching from behind,
He locked his cold impregnable iron arms
"You Don't Need Wings"
Across my vulnerable chest.
Forcefully he charged with a confident pace.
You don't need wings
So high he carried me in his crushing arms,
to make a dream come true
No longer were we, rivals, on earth,
hands are enough
But far in the air, where water watched the event
legs are enough
In nervous dark clouds all around us.
heart is enough
He was the fire, the glory, the power,
That pushed our anger to the peak of percipce.
You don't need wings
A moments hesitation as if to
to grow beautiful
Say, "Any last words?"
what you put into your mind is enough
We dropped out of the clouds.
I will help those with less luck
He pulled me into the unpredictable.
and tell them to follow their dreams
His iron fist grabbed and tore at my stomach.
and hope they come true.
I fought, lurching forwards, trying to
Tame his overwhelming soul.
You don't need wings to fly
The frozen wind he blew at me
where ever you want to go
Distorted my straining face.
you don't need wings to fly
He strived to rid himself of me.
you can do it yourself
He spun me intended to
Fling me to the ground.
By: Sebastian Castrillo
Still falling, falling, we hit earth
No, wait. It was a tunnel to the Underworld.
We rose into the air in fury
Only to plunge back through the earth in madness.
But my white knuckles froze to his equally icy arms.
We bonded. We were one. The quarrel was over.
His anger slowed. We ceased.
We forgave, and he lifted his arms off my chest.
I stood up and walked away contentedly.
Montu at Bush Gardens, Tampa Bay
Tickets sold separately.

By: Kevin Odle

57
Poetry

"Looking Out My Window"

Looking out my window, I see the world:


Tamed by structure and chaos.
Nature capture by the dreadful disaster of human creation.
I see death and evil creeping upon the scarce trees that give life.
I feel guilty when I see what we have done to the only habitat we have.
We are destroying ourselves because of our greedy domination of the earth:
I see the world, looking out my window.

By: Nieve Pizzatti

"The Power of Love"

Love is the two-sided traitor of oneself:


Love blinds a man with its silent tentacles.
It can be sweet harmony and joy,
But it can also be deceiving.
Love can be bitter-sweet agony;
It can dominate a person's life and thought.
It is love's true play that engulfs the hearts.
Love is a potent potion so be careful and don't be careless...;
without knowing it, you could be taken under its grasp.
But please don't be afraid, every thing deserves a chance...
and perhaps...,
You might be the lucky one to conquer love's agony...
and live its harmony.

By: Nieve Pizzatti

58
Poetry

"Snow"

Tender snowflakes are falling on the crisp grass,


while adorning the plain ground with its great mass.
Silent be the feathered flakes that so gently glide;
That with that still breeze, they sway with the tide.
Harmoniously the crystals of beauty sway;
That with no sense of direction follow their way.
So thin and weak the snow is like lace,
Laying down with wonderful grace.
And while everyone is still inside,
No one admires what is beside.
For we are too caught up with other things;
To see how our sky, the vast immense, sings.

By: Nieve Pizzatti

"Rain"

Clear drops of rain fall on the meadows;


Bringing joy to every flower and blade.
Splashes of water upon the still pond;
Smooth and clear reflection made.
Light weighed drizzles quenching weeds' thirst;
bringing life to the dead earth.
rain, the silent savior and giver of hope;
That brings sweet scent of rebirth.

By: Nieve Pizzatti

59
Poetry

"JUST ANOTHER DREAM"

I woke up last night scared half to death,


scared that I would stop breathing.
I felt it all...
the pain that ran thought her veins, the confusion in her mind,
and the sound of her last heartbeats,
I felt it all.

Suddenly we became one.


(I became her)
I could hear the screaming..." stop the car,"
but she wouldn't.
I'd like to believe that she couldn't.
so I took hold of the steering wheel....
as we both struggled to overpower one another,
crash.... we hit a pole.

The beeping sound of the horn kept going,


my brothers face just lay there,
and as I heard and saw this suddenly thought,
everything and everybody I lived for would soon vanish....
they sweetly vanished with the sound, of the sirens,
and with the tears on my brothers face....
she wouldn't stop crying,
I believe she too forgot how to breathe.

As I saw the image of her fading,


I felt sorry for her,
sorry she watched me die in a puddle of my own blood,
blood that flowed so naturally it was soothing,
and I bathed in it.
I knew she could feel what I was feeling,
mothers tend to know.
My stomach ached so much,
and my head, my head felt it so hollow,
but I felt tranquility,
I felt a light that warmed me so
and I didn't want to return.

It is he the one who stayed and I the one that returned,


But as I woke from what seemed to be a nightmare,
I soon felt an inner peace,
and the need to let go, to let go of the one I love so.

By: Joseph Tally

60
Poetry

"Gracias quiero dar a Dios"

"El Mares..."
Gracias quiero dar a Dios
por la naturaleza,
El mar es lindo,
por los verdes arboles y los poderosos
salado,
rios
profundo.
por el brillante e inmenso sol, que dia
a dia me da la luz para poder
El mar es salado,
observar la belleza de este mundo.
profundo,
Por la luna. Porque
bonito
ella es la reina que en las noches
baila con sus ayudantes.
El mar es profundo,
Por las montaque hacen
bonito
que las metas tengan sentido
hermoso
Por los, bosques que estan llenos
de misterio y sabiduria.
El mar es bonito,
Por tener la oportunidad de vivir.
hermoso
Por poder dehar mi hueya en el mundo
Por tener todo lo que tengo.
Por poder tener la opotunidad de entender,
El mar es hermoso,
de sonar, de aprender y de usar todo lo que se
nrecioso
para tener una mejor vida.
como oso.
Por ser como soy, por ser quien soy
por el valor, la felicidad, la tristeza
By: Hyun Jin Seo
y el orgullo de seguir adelante.

By: Ana Garcia

"Poema de los Dones"

Gracias por las personas que me aman, y la alegria que me han dado
por las tardes rojas de verano pasados,
por el dulce olor de la rutina en mi hogar,
por la seguridad que me envuelve y la libertad que tendre,
por las flores despues de la tormenta,
por la tranquilidad y alegria que de alguna forma tengo pero todavia anhelo.

By: Adriana Lopez

61
Poetry

'To Someone Loved"

What inspired me to write this poem was the


memories I had of a dear friend to me that
passed away last year. Writing this poem helps
me get most of my feelings out although he still
lives inside my heart.

Depp down and clear, you are still here.


When in trouble, you are near.

Since we met we got off on a honorable start;


And now I have memories to retain in my heart.

Being best friends and joking around all day,


I wish God could have let you stay.

Questions keep pouring into my mind,


And when God took you he left me blind.

Blind to why he took someone like you,


-Why?"
But when angles are needed, we pay God's dues.

What inspired me to write this poem is the fact


By: Valerio De Meo
that we all live together on this planet yet every
one including myself are clueless to the meaning
of life or why we do certain things.

Why are we the way we are?


Sometimes we are so proud,
Other times we run so far;
Far from that dark black cloud.

Living to keep the cycle they say;


But not having a single thrill or joy.
Living to see another day
And to be someone's toy.

We all love and care,


But everyone has some evil inside.
To speak the truth no one dares,
So we all try to hid.

Yet here we all stand,


Enclosed in this world
Worshiping and venerating this land.

By: Valerio De Meo

62
Poetry

"Smile"
"A Memory"
Smile I say,
A failing memory, Smile I say, be glad you live,
A forgotten place, Be glad you're young,
A picture you remember, Be glad you're well,
An expression on a face. Be glad you're still got stories to tell.
A very small moment
That is captured in time, Smile I say,
It stays with your heart And look around.
But it can fade from your mind. There are still many treasures to be found.
An emotion you felt, Look for happiness, look for gold,
A story recalled, Look for someone to have and hold.
A moment of happiness,
A person who you say now, Smile I say,
They stayed with you then. Raise you're head
You'll never forget Do not dwell before the dead.
Now, where and when. Do not sob, Do not cry,
Everyone living has to die.
By: Ana Teresa Mayrides.
By: Ana Teresa Mayrides

"Hidden"

A thought, a dream
An idea that gleams,
"Forget the past..."
A question, an answer.
The moves of a graceful dancer,
Our lives have so many backward glances
The sunset and sunrise,
In them, don't they?
The sadness of all good-byes,
We can think back to how things were
The howling of the wind
And how things could have been.
When the rain splatters down.
The past should be forgotten
A beautiful lady in her bright satin gown,
But tomorrow will be remembered forever,
A comforting hand to hold tight.
Or at least until the next day comes.
A twinkling star in the sky
There won't be a day that goes by,
Of night.
That I will think if you
A world full of things like these,
Love will live or die.
It's up to us, to find where
They're hidden.
By: Ana Teresa Mayrides.

by: Ana Teresa Mayrides.

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Ficfeic^rt
Fiction

I was grinning ear to ear when everything had awakened and were standing in the far
was over.
corner of the bedroom. Most of the roof had
"Kate, can I talk to you?" fallen in. They were both babbling about their
"Sure Jack." concern for Carmen. I reassured them she was
He got down on one knee and grabbed my not in the house, however, lost within the de
left hand. struction.
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Kate Bellemy, will you marry me?" he In panic, they too, joined me in the
asked as he slipped a ring on my finger. search for Carmencita. As we walked toward the
"Oh my God. Yes, yes, a million times central plaza, hollering and looking for Carmen,
yes!!!!!!" we met with others who had experienced the
I threw myself in his arms. We got married same thing event. A wave of destruction swept
the next day at the base and the president gave it's way across our meager village, leaving cries,
me away since my dad wasn't alive to do it. fear, and destruction. Dirt to dirt, buildings to
Both my husband and I got leave for three rubble. The church where the old bell tower once
months so we could go on our honeymoon. stood was now a pile of adobe dust.

The sun was now making its way across


Lost in Destruction what was once the plaza. "Where Oh, where
By: Alon Cohen could Carmen be?" my mother asked with
anxiety. I felt cleaved to pieces and radically
In a small village outside of useless. My sister was missing and there was
Quetzaltenango my family and I make our living nothing I could feasibly do. I thought, where in
raising artichokes. The oil lamps were still the world could she be. I tried so hard to keep
blazing in the kitchen as I was counting my calm. My grandfather once told me, "If a prob
money, earned from the sales of the day. My lem could be solved then why worry;, if it can't
father and mother had gone to bed shortly after be solved there is no use worrying about it." I
10:00 p.m. My three year old sister, Carmen, grasped my mother's hand and bellowed, "there,
scooping up her raggedy Rigoberta Menchu doll there," that's the way. A feeling arose within my
under her arm, had gone to bed by 7:00 p.m. soul and I ran towards the goal my ambition
While tightening the string of my money pouch indicated.
and placing it in my pocket, I decided to stop by
and check on my little sister on my way to bed. In the distance I could see the ruins that
As I entered her room, I saw her bed rumpled but the earthquake had hungrily swallowed. And
empty. She was nowhere to be found in the there, right beneath my feet I saw Rigoberta, the
room... and neither was her doll. doll. My mother yelled. When she saw the deep
ditch made by the horrendous monster that
Not alarming my parents, I went down to pulverized our homes and village. I grabbed
check the patio and search through the garden, Rigoberta and held her so tight I could feel the
quietly calling her name, " Carmen.., tears on the other side of my fingers. My mind
Carmencita." Receiving no answer, I went was paralyzed and I couldn't move as I peered
through the laundry room, passing the pila, and into the deep trench, wandering what I would
went out the gate to the street. Abruptly, the discover there. But, when I finally came to mind,
ground beneath my sandaled feet began to quiver it was father screaming out in joy, "Pedro,
and flutter with undulating persistence. Hearing Pedro."

the clamor and roar of the falling tile roof, I


rapidly went back to find my parents. They both I glanced with blurry sight as he pointed

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at something. I turned and saw a fair-skinned, my favorite sport, it is dangerous but I love to
black-bearded man running towards us with no wrestle, and I think is a cool thing to do. I hated
less than our valuable Carmen rapped in his when my friends were talking about government
arms. It was then I knew that it wasn't all over, and politics, society and more; I was never
life had played a trick on me. Would life treat me talking about those things. Who cares about
fairly? Would I find my little sister crouching government, and other things about society and
within the confines of the voracious pit? politics, it was important too, but I didn't care
too much, but I agree with the constitution,
I became aware that someone was everybody has rights to do something that can
tapping me, shaking me, calling, "Pedro, Pedro, make them happy and comfortable. That was
wake up and come to bed, it's very late. Don't right, and I wish mom could understand me.
forget, you have a long day tomorrow, selling
artichokes in the market." "Are you playing games again?" that's
what my mother tells me every day. I'm the
unluckiest guy in the whole world, when I'm
studying mom is gone to the store and when I'm
"My Dream Is Different" having my free time she's back.

Doctor? Judge? Scientist?


"Can you study better than that?" she
By: Jenny Seo
wants me to be a total nerd, but I don't want to
be a nerd! Every mom wants their children to be
"Oh, my boy will be a doctor." my mom
the best, but nobody can be the best, only God
said, like always.
is. Anyway, I'm in first honor roll always, but
"Well, my girl will be a great judge."
mom doesn't understand that I always try my
"No, my boy will be a greater scientist
best. And who would like to be a nerd, every kid
than other ones." All mothers were the same,
wants to be a normal kid.
every children had to do what mom says. As
always, study is the best, and then you can worry
"Tony, if you want to be a good doctor,
about your life or other things. But I was always
you are going to have to study more than that."
on the opposite side, I didn't care if my mom
mom said quietly. I couldn't resist anymore,
wanted me to be a doctor, because I had my own
"Mom, I'm really sorry but you have to under
dream, and nobody could stop it.
stand me, I don't want to be a doctor, I want to
be a wrestler!" I said to mom. Mom started to get
" Hi! my name is Tony and I'm fourteen
mad and she almost hit me, I just ran toward my
years old." I was already fourteen, but still in
room and and shut the door. I was scared and
moms hand, like she tells me something to do,
proud at the same time. I never had told mom
and I had to do it. I wanted to do what I wanted
like that. But I was feeling stronger now, and I
to do, but my mom is really tough, and she gets
was ready to convince mom.
mad when I disobey her.
I hated mom a lot. My mother is expecting me to
I started to think about wrestling and
be a doctor, but I hated doctors, but sometimes
other things about mom had told me. I knew that
when I see on TV those poor sick guys, that's the
wrestling is a dangerous and it has much vio
time when I want to be a doctor to help them, but
lence, but I had to be a wrestler. My dad was on
otherwise not.
my side always, and he always will be. My dad
was a hero, because he always understood me
My friends in school wants to be a doctor
and he taught me a lot of things, except one thing
or a lawyer, but I prefer to be a wrestler, that's
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hated her so much, that I couldn't stop shouting refreshed enough to go take a nap in his ham
at her. mock.
Burt was very fond of listening to the
I laid on my bed and started thinking radio. For example, he would attempt to hum
about other things, like why can't mothers along to whatever was playing on the radio in his
understand their only and lovely child. Why? bath, he had to work very hard at this since he
Tony needed an answer, he needed his dad to was severely tone deaf. To hear the radio play
answer him that question. Tony was thinking ing, Burt had to turn off the shower. Showers
about convincing mom about his future. But it took a long time, especially when Burt didn't
never worked out for weeks and weeks, mom know the song or had forgot it. He would be
was really a tough lady. I don't know why but humming along to what he though was the
she really was. My dad wasn't tough, he was chorus, would realize he was offbeat again,
sweet and nice, not like mom. Tony told his would have to trun off the shower, go back to his
mom about good things about wrestling, but he tiny room outside dripping wet, and lsiten to the
couldn't convince her. Tony expressed his song. Of course by that time the song would be
feelings and how he felt about it, but forget it, almost over and another one would have begun,
it'll never worked out. I guess I have to prepare so he would repeat the process. It took him
to be a doctor. roughly 3 1/2 hours to shower most of the time,
and that was only after he learned not to soap as
Sometimes I think that my grandma told often (one of the few lessons he learned during a
me what my mother wanted to be, first grandma short stay in prison...).
disagreed with it, but then she realized that the Burt didn't feel like getting up today, but
future is hers and not grandma's I wish mom he did so anyway because the bills weren't going
could realize too, just like grandma. I just don't to pay themselves. Burt got back from the blood
get it, why can't mom let me be what I wanted to bank around noon and was very hngry. He put a
be... a great... wrestler, and make my self cube of SPAM on the skillet and prepared some
comfortable. eggs, scrambled and smuthered in ketchup and
relish. After a hearty meal, he decided to get a
dog, because he felt like walking one. He got on
his banana seat bicycle and rode off into the
sunset, which happened to be the way to the

Burt animal shelter. Once there, he picked out a


crossbreed. The dog had one bad eye which he
By: Carlos Mercado
wore an eyepatch over, giving him a comical (on
a dog) pirate look. It was white with brown spots
and was very small in size. It had a stubby 4 inch
Burt woke up to hear the sounds of birds,
tail which quivered upright, due to some kind of
they were just his imagination. But anyway, Burt
allergic reaction to dog hair, any dog hair, even
was badly hung over from last night's clam juice
his. It was male and had already been nuetered.
binge and needed a shave. It was only 5AM and
Twice. Somehow, the first veterinarian managed
he had an appointment with the Japanese ambas
to botch the operation (supposedly under the
sador. Of course, he didn't really have an ap
influence) and the poor furball had to endure the
pointment with the ambassador, it was all in his
painful procedure again.
head.
The two made quite a pair, riding down
Burt lived by a rigid schedule which he
the street to Burt's shoddy apartment, the dog in
never payed any attention to. The schedule
the bike's basket. He named it Burt Jr., and one
involved sleeping in for several hours before
day told his first son, Rover, stories of all the
waking up in a cold sweat. Only then did he feel
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great adventures that they had. But that, as they we have to rob. Everyone in this town knows
say, is another tale. what we look like, they know what we are like.
They are just waiting patiently for some substan
tial evidence that can put us away. We could
The "Criminals" never get a regular job and never be regular
people. The only ways to stop would be to turn
By: Christina Walsh
ourselves in or get caught."

"If you turned yourself in, you'd be put


As Tim fled from the silent 7-11, he
on trial."
thought deeply about what he had just done, the
money he had almost stolen, and the man he had
"Then the prosecutors would feed the 12
just murdered. He jumped into the getaway car,
incompetent non-newspaper reading jurors
an extremely beat up VW Beetle. His brother
thoughts about how evil I was. Then they would
Luke was in the driver's seat, waiting impa
brainwash them into thinking that I deserved that
tiently.
whole idea of the death penalty. Next I would be
put in jail or be killed and have no life."
"Did you get the cash?" was Luke's first
question.
"Let's talk about society again. Isn't it
society's job to feed on man, waiting for people
"No. I just couldn't do it. Please don't
to mess up? Wouldn't society like to see their
be mad. The owner had just called the police
fellow man ridiculed and massacred like in the
and I panicked. My first instinct was to grab my
olden days? Is that what you were saying be
gun and shoot him. Then I just couldn't bring
fore?"
myself to take the money."

"Yeah. I guess so. The garage door


"What were you thinking? What were
opener is in the glove compartment. I guess
the exact thoughts that we running through your
stereotypes are needed for us to survive. If we
mind?"
can't label others, we feel insecure about our
selves. You and me stereotype too. All the cops
"Actually, as soon as I pulled the trigger,
are bloodthirsty fools if you ask me."
I was thinking about how society has created
'the criminal'. I mean, well, whether it be a
They laughed for a few seconds, savoring
murderer, a kidnapper, or a pair of serial conve
the last time they would ever see each other
nient store robbers, society created it. The
again. Inside the house, like a surprise party, a
Criminal' is a bad person with a gray heart and
team of cops waited to prance. Tim and Luke
no feelings, who does these things just because
got shot down in a bloody pool on the hard tile
they want to. Wouldn't you quit robbing if you
floor. They were stopped dead in their tracks,
could?"
not really surprised by their guests.

"Why can't we? It wouldn't be that hard


to stop."
Computer Error
"Yes it would. Don't you see that we By: Maria Brady
have to steal? Our parents made a living steal
ing. So we never had a successful family busi
ness to fall back upon or a descent pair of foot Serena was standing guard in front of a
steps to follow. If we want to raise our children, building. Her friends had broken into the main

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computer at school, and were changing their The bell rang, and everyone scrambled into their
grades. At first, she was sort of tentative about seats. The principal addressed the class...
the whole thing, but she got used to the idea
well, it was the turn of the century... the 25th "Hello students, I have just discovered an
century. Scientists had created robots to run the error in our main computer. As you all know, we
world. Now there were no human teachers. have an academically challenging class for our
Robots taught class. They recorded the grades in gifted students: And everyone who maintains an
the main computer as soon as they took them A+ average for at least two years is moved into
down. Lucky for Kayla and Josh no one took that class. I am sorry to say that our computers
care of the school on weekends. This must have have overlooked three or our finest students who
been the first time in history that anyone had have been getting A+ averages since 1st grade.
tried to fix their grades. At least that's what they Would Kayla Johnson, Joshua Silverbrug, and
thought. Usually, the school was completely Serena Christopher please come to the front of
peaceful. And no one really disobeyed. But still the room?" The class stared at Serena, Kayla,
it was all the same to Serena any ways, she and Josh as they gathered up their books and
didn't really pay attention. Lucky for her, she walked to the front. They could feel everyone's
was naturally smart. Well, back to the subject... eye's boring into the back of their heads. The
it was Saturday night, and when they should principal lead them down the hall and to a door
have been out having fun, they were sneaking on the right. They walked in and sat down
around school instead. In a way it was kind of together, they glanced at the people there. 4Oh
ironic. Serena never thought she'd spend Satur no,' Serena though ... 'I don't even know these
day night at school. people. They are very snobby and stick to
themselves. Oh well, at least I have Kayla and
"We did it!! I now have an A average!" Josh.' Kayla and Josh met Serena at the mall
Kayla was jumping up and down in excitement. after school. They were going on and on about
"And no one will ever know!" Well, it was the how they were in the honor classes now, and
start of a great Saturday night for Serena. Now how everyone was jealous when they left the
she had a straight A average. And Kayla was room. But then Serena burst into the conversa
right, no one would ever know! But now the tion.
question of what to do and where to go... the
night was young, and they were bored. And "Don't you realize what happened? We
Serena had to get going because if she wasn't were promoted because of what we did on
home by ten thirty, her dad would lock the doors. Saturday! How are we gonna survive that class?
(That was a safety precaution.) Then she'd have We couldn't even get a B in Algebra!" As
to ring the doorbell. Serena was talking, Josh and Kayla grew pan
icky.
The next day at school, everyone was
bustling about as usual, and no one noticed "Oh no! How are we going to get out of
anything out of the ordinary. The hall monitors this mess? I am going to be in so much trouble.
were keeping everyone moving so there What are we going to do?" They decided on a
wouldn't be a crowd. Kayla, Josh, and Serena plan. It would work, but not until the weekend.
were all in the same first class, and they always As the three friends struggled through the classes
hung out together because they were so alike. during the week, they all looked forward to
As they rushed to class, they were talking about Friday night when they were gonna put their
how smart and clever they were to think of such plan into action. Finally... Friday came... and
and ingenious plot. When they got to class, the they all gathered at school at 10:30 pm. Kayla
principal was talking to their Robot Teacher. and Josh sneaked back into the school and

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changed their averages back to the correct ing trying to ignore what he had seen, but kept
numbers. As Serena stood guard again, she on seeing more strange things. The world
wondered what had possessed them to do some seemed unreal, as if Mohamed were in a dream.
thing so stupid. But it was all right now. At The only problem was that every thing was so
school the following Monday, the principal came concretely real. He stared things about the
again and apologized for the mistake they had possibilities of engaging in his hobby in this
made. He said that Kayla, Josh, and Serena corrupt world. He could eat human flesh when
didn't belong in the honor class at all. So in that ever he wanted to! Mohamed felt free and
small way, their lives went back to normal. without limits, he felt like he could kill anybody
he want to, and so he did.
The day past, and he kept on killing until
it became a boring routine. The meat started
Backwards tasting plain, and he did not get the same plea
Teresa Membreno surable feeling anymore. He was just like every
body else; he wasn't any different. He figured
that he did not get the same thrill from cannibal
Mohamed was a meat-eater; not a ism that he did before. Mohamed did not know
regular meat-eater but a human meat-eater.He what to do to pleasure himself and he did not
had killed and feasted on twelve people. I guess understand what was wrong with his old self
you could say gourmet cooking was his hobby. now that he could do what he loved and freely.
After getting home from his twelfth murder, in Yet he didn't feel satisfied.
his gross and wretched apartment, Mohamed lay
still on his bed worrying about the possibilities Feasting on human flesh was fun. It was what
of being discovered. He could not find his made him different from everybody else. But
glasses, and he thought he might have left them everything had changed - the world, and with
at his last victim's house. He feared for his future the world, his whole self. This changed worried
and life, but took comfort from the fact that he Mohamed when he realized that he never was his
had already gotten away with twelve murders. real self, just a phony. He knew that the reason
He wished that murder wasn't crime. for his being a cannibal was not that he loved
human flesh, but he loved to be different. This
Mohamed's thoughts started to wander, new horrid world had opened his eyes to see his
he thought about how the world would be if true self. The world was backwards and so was
murder, and other crimes, were not considered his personality.
crimes. The next morning he followed his every
day routine but something seemed strange. When
he turned on the morning news there was no talk He became a vegetarian.
about murders or other similar occurrence. This
didn't really bother him until he turned off the
TV and went out to breakfast. While he was
walking to the small cafe where he always had
Joey
breakfast, Mohamed noticed something differ John Song

ent. Something was wrong. The world seemed


to be breakfast.
Joey was 13 year old boy who wore thick-
rimmed glasses. He was very unpopular and
He saw a man stealing and nobody said
anything. He saw two men beating each other had few friends. He found it difficult to speak

and nobody tried to interfere. He kept on walk and spoke with a stutter.One day it was the day

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Broken Heart
by: Pong Lin-Chie

Diana is a student at Peterson High. She is a time. She can't speak even a word. Fifteen
senior and a very talented young woman. She's a minutes later, he stopped, and asked her to leave
leader and a cheerleader. She's gorgeous and the car. She started to cry and left the car imme
nice. She likes to hang out with guys. Tom is diately.
also a student at Peterson High. He's also a When she got home, she did not tell
senior and a good athlete. He is the most popular anyone even her parents, because she was
guy in school. He plays basketball and football. scared, ever since she was raped, no one knows
He's the kind of guy that people always want to why they broke up. And no one knows why she's
hang out with. acting weird lately.
Diana and Tom are good friends. They A few weeks after her graduation, she
have known each other for four years, since they starts taking college courses at a community
were freshman in High School. Just a few weeks college. Diana later met this handsome guy
before their graduation, Tom asks Diana out as named John at a fraternity party. They become
they walked home. She was shocked, because no good friends, and they became couple. He seems
one in this school had ever ask her. It's not to be a nice guy, because he always led Diana
because she's ugly, but it's because she's still a made her first movie. He never kisses her unless
virgin. Diana was surprised, and she said it she wants to. Two weeks later, they have a
directly, "I'd love to go out with you." romantic dinner at the most expensive restaurant
The next day, as Diana and Tom went in town, because there is something really
out, they were surprised to see such a big rain in important that John wants to tell Diana. He
this time of the month. But since it was their first brought this gold ring for her and asked her for
date, they really wanted to be special. So he took marriage.
her somewhere romantic where they had their
first kiss. The same right, Tom asked her about Ten days later after their marriage, Diana
the Prom. Of course, she was excited, and she got sick. Everyday, she's feeling weaker and
had never been so happy ever in her life. weaker. She's having nausea and diarrhea all the
The day of the Prom, Tom picked her up time. John was worried, and doesn't know what
with his Dodge Viper. When they entered the to do. So he took her to the nearest hospital he
room, they were holding hands. They were such could find. When they got there, she got checked
a good couple compared to others. They were by a doctor, and she found out that she was
dancing and talking the whole night. Four hours pregnant. She was shocked, now she is worried.
had passed, Diana almost forgot that she had a She's not sure if the baby belongs to Tom or
curfew. She had to get home by midnight. She John. She's still worried, because she didn't tell
told him that, and he offered her a ride. her husband about the rape. She doesn't know
As she got on the car, Tom immediately what to do.
closed the door, and ran the car. Half way home, When they got home, John feels happy.
Tom stopped the car and kissed Diana's cheek He had never been happier ever in his life. He
and started to touch her. he told her to take her knows that she's pregnant, but he still doesn't
cloths off, but Diana refused. Tom got mad, and know about the rape. Ten months later, she found
ripped her cloths off. She tried to say, "Please, out that the baby belongs to John. She finally
don't do this to me!", but it was too late, Tom feels relieved, but she's still feeling bad for not
had already gone too far. She was scared at the telling her husband the truth.
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Stay Away From The Old School-


house
by Maria Brady

It was almost nine, and Karen wasn't home demned, Stay out!". They had ruined her beautiful
yet. She was at the schoolhouse again. Her parents schoolhouse! She set to work immediately taking
kept telling her not to go there because it wasn't safe. down the tape. She wadded it up in a ball and threw
There was a river right next to it and she might fall it over the little wooden fence into the river. Then,
in. But, she loved it there. Her parents didn't seem she went in, and sat in the desk in the front of the
to understand that she didn't go there on purpose, it room. It was her favorite seat in the whole class. It
was like it called out to her. She ran home, and sure made her feel like she was in the class, one of the
enough, her parents were all worked up about where students. When she was younger, she used to play
she'd been. She told them she'd been walking school there. But now, all she did was sit and think.
around the neighborhood, but they saw right through Sometimes she'd draw or read, too. But this time,
her lie. They seemed to know she had been at the something felt wrong. As she sat in the seat, she felt
schoolhouse... like something was watching her. She turned around,
and right behind her was a teacher. "Oh my god,"
"You've been over there again, at the school- she thought. "It's the ghost!"
house haven't you?" She shrank away from her She turned to run out the door, but it was
father's voice. gone. "Oh, I'm such an idiot, the door is on the other
side!". She ran out the door over to the bench that
"How many times do we have to tell you not was next to the fence. She grabbed her backpack and
to go there? It's not safe," her mom said, more turned around, only to see that the guy was right in
politely. Then her father said, "The mayor con front of her. She had forgotten one important part of
demned it today, it could fall in at any time, and he the legend, the teacher had really bad breath. That
doesn't want anyone to get hurt. It's too old." Karen was how you could tell if it was the real ghost or not.
reacted as if she'd been slapped. "You mean you Well, it was him all right. He backed her up against
didn't try to save it? It's a historical landmark. It's the fence, and raised an axe over his head. But just
my favorite place." And with that, she ran out of the then, the fence cracked, and she fell into the river.
house. The last thing she thought before she went under
was, "I should have listened to my parents..."
While Karen was running, she thought about
the schoolhouse. There was an old legend about it. Karen's parents figured out what happened to
Some teacher was a little crazy, and the students were her when they saw the cracked fence, and they found
all terrified of him. Then, one day he snapped, and her backpack washed up on the riverbed the next day.
he murdered the students, and threw them into the The schoolhouse was kept open in memory of Karen.
river. Since then, people have been afraid to go near Usually, if you go inside the schoolhouse, you'll see
the old schoolhouse, because they were afraid that it a girl sitting at the front desk. And sometimes, if you
was haunted. Karen was fascinated by the legend, walk around to the front of the schoolhouse, you can
and had always wanted to see the ghost of the see a girl sitting on the bench with her backpack next
teacher. Because after all, a ghost couldn't hurt you, to her; sometimes, she'll be reading a book, or
could it? Karen wasn't sure. The drawing a picture. When you walk closer, you'll hear
schoolhouse was her favorite spot because it was so her whisper, "Stay away from the old schoolhouse."
secluded, and she liked to go there and think. She
thought mostly about the legend and about ghosts
(whether or not they were real). Karen got to the
schoolhouse, and stopped in her tracks. The school-
house was covered with police tape that said, "Con
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Catastrophe
By: Li Tsai Chen

In 2510 AD. the biggest catastrophe of important theory. Eric decided to find out from
Earth began, and all the planet was to be de the past investigation where the most brilliant
stroyed. People were just a tool for war. All the scientists worked. But the problem with that was
continents, and all the countries would fight that all the information was saved in a in a
among each other, without knowing that the computer hard-drive, in a very safe place. Eric
Earth was going to be destroyed, after two years, worked day and night with the group he formed
But a small group of people were aware of that to finish his investigation. They tried to find out
disaster, so they decided to start the time opera the password of that computer to enter it and
tion. This was a time machine where people take out the information they needed. It was hard
would travel back and forth throughout time. for them to find out the password, and once they
This investigation had started since before, but did, they never thought that the computer had
after a certain period of time the most brilliant another security password, which when activated
scientists stopped it, because they thought that it by the first one, would search the origin of the _
was completely impossible that people could user place. If another computer was connected
travel through time. But in that group of scien with it, the government would be advised. So the
tists one man named Eric still thought that it was government knew that somebody else was
possible to make a machine that could travel looking for something confidential, and they
through time. His theories were totally different decided to make those people pay for the crime
from those of other scientists, and this why they made.
nobody wanted to listen to him. Because of this, On the other hand Eric found from the
the rest of the scientists believed that Eric should old documents and information the answer that
not be in the research group. So Eric was forced he needed. It was a simple rule; every part of the
to leave the investigation center. After one year time machine needed to be separated and should
the investigation of time operation stopped, and work in their own way. With this information,
all the information about the investigation was Eric knew that negative charge and positive
archived. But Eric formed a group where they charge of time should be separated and make it
continued the time operation (in secret, of just work on the negative charge or positive
course) because the government had already charge.
canceled it, and it was prohibited to keep doing Without wasting any time Eric's secret
it. group started to work on the time machine.
Now as the biggest catastrophe of Earth Eric's concentration was all in that machine, and
began, Eric thought that he should finish the he never realized that the government was trying
machine fast and correct all the errors that to arrest him. After several days the machine was
people had made in the past. But his theory of almost done, and it just need to be tried to see it
the time machine was missing something. He if it really worked. While on this, the govern
knew what the problem was, but he didn't know ment found them. Eric was surprised by the
how to solve it. His theory was simple: time persecution the government had on him, so
means dimension, where everything has its without testing the time machine, he used it to go
opposite charge. The present time is a positive back through time and tried to change all the
charge, so if the machine could inverse that errors that people made in controlling the ammo
charge, it could be decided where in time to stop, for power, which led to today's, catastrophe!
which meant that the time travel machine would But the only problem with this project
work. was that they did not know if it was going to
But he missed another very easy, but very work, because if it didn't work, nobody would
Fiction

know exactly what happens to the people who went to steal the weapon control; he found the
use it. Eric predicted that maybe it will take you place where they were hidden. He went to that
to another dimension, or it would destroy all place but the guards who were protecting that
parts of your body. Still, Eric tried it because if place made an excellent job with its security.
he didn't do it at the moment, he knew that he Fortunately, before Eric became a brilliant
was never going to have any other chance. So scientist, he got training in a spying school, so it
Eric walked to the portal of time as his assistants was a piece of cake for him. Eric was already in
began to enter all the password to start the the laboratory of the control building, because
process of time traveling. Eric was afraid be the weapons were already finished and sent to
cause he knew that to return would be impos space as a satellite. After waiting for few hours
sible, even if he changed the past into a peaceful Eric saw a chance to steal the control of the
future. Because after he changed the past, the mortal weapons. But he never suspected that the
future would be different, and he would vanish laboratory had an alarm system, which was
in the past. But Eric knew that he needed to automatically activated when the person did not
sacrifice himself for a better future. identify himself.
The the procedure of time traveling This did not stop Eric's plan of stealing
began. He set the machine to travel two hundred the control. On the way out of that dangerous
years to the past because that time was the time place, he saw the man who had made all the
in which people from all the nations started to catastrophe in the future. Without thinking about
fight for power. After few seconds, Eric felt a it twice, Eric took a laser gun out of his pocket,
strange sensation in his body, which made all his and shot him. Eric killed him, but also received a
atoms separate, and took him to another place. In lot of laser shots. Then in the most dangerous
that process Eric fainted. moment of the escape, Eric saw the best way to
After he recuperated his conscience, he escape. He was a parachute and a rocket. He put
was in another place, a unknown and strange the parachute on his back and held the rocket
would for him. Eric saw a city where the build which elevated him into the sky.
ings and all the things around him were in After the shot, Eric opened his parachute
perfect condition (really different from the place and escaped all the danger he was confronting.
he came). With all the things he had seen, he He took the control to the TV station and as the
knew that the time machine worked. The best brilliant technologist he is, he connected all the
proof for this was that the actual date in the networks of the world into one camera. He told
newspaper was 2310 AD. Without wasting any to everybody his mission to save the future of
time, Eric began to work on the reason why he Earth, and of course, nobody believed him. But
came to the past. To begin, he knew that no one with the proofs that the weapons existed, and the
would believe that he was from the future. So he thing he took from future, everybody believed
needed to work with intelligence, which was the him. With the death of the man who supposedly
best thing to start with, to search for the bad started all the disaster on the future, the destruc
source of the future disaster. He found out that tion of the mortal weapons, and the wish of
all the bad sources of the future disaster began people for the peace of all the nations, Eric
from the scientists who constructed a nuclear finally completed his mission, changing the past
weapon that could destroy an entire city just by and giving the people on it, a lot of new knowl
pressing a button. The man who supported that edge to protect Earth. His last speech for every
project was the one who started all the wars on body in this present was: 'Today's act is what
Earth. Then, he knew that he should let all the the future will be, so lets set harmony in the
people around the world know about the pur present times, for a peaceful future place to live
poses of the evil man. for our generations."
First he needed to have proof for all the Eric knew that his job was completed
people around the world to believe him. So he when he vanished for ever!!!
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Obsession
by Maria Brady

The phone rang jolting Meg back from like a blur. Meg started to wear really baggy
her daydream, she picked it up... and there was clothes to hide her weight. And she started
only the dial tone, 'oh well,' she thought, eating only water and crackers during the day.
'Must've been a prank.' She sighed as she At night she would pretend that she wasn't
thought over the events from the day. It had hungry because she had eaten a big lunch. And
started out perfectly normal like any day, but her parents didn't suspect anything, they just
then it took a turn for the worse. In the cafeteria, figured that she was wearing baggy clothes
she had been in line to pay for her lunch, and she because they were in style. And then... she
overheard some girls behind her, talking. started to fall asleep during her classes. Ashley
started to suspect that something was wrong with
"Look at her lunch! She is so fat, and she Meg. All she ever talked about now was how fat
shouldn't be eating so much!" Then there was she was. and how she needed to lose weight.
lots of giggling. Meg looked at her lunch, and And every time they went to the movies or out to
turned red. She was eating a lot! She sat down eat, Meg would just get a small soda and some
to eat with her friends, and examined their fries, or popcorn with no butter or salt. She'd
lunches. All they were eating was crackers and say that she didn't like fast food or junk food
orange juice. But then she remembered that they that much. She was always ready with an ex
had eaten a really big snack during first period. cuse. All this time, as Meg's clothes got baggier
So she felt a little better, an enjoyed her and baggier, her weight dropped steadily. It was
lunch. Then as she was walking to her next class like she was dying. All of her friends wanted to
with her best friend Ashley, she heard some more help her, but they didn't know how, and they
people talking in the hall about how fat 'that girl' were all really helpless because they didn't know
was. Meg didn't realize that they weren't talking what to do. Even Meg's parent's were getting
about her. And during the rest of the day, she worried.
walked around feeling really self conscious.
When she got out of school, she decided to walk They all decided to have an interven
home, so that she could burn off all the calories tion... but it didn't work out, because she fainted
from her lunch. And as the cars passed her on as she walked in the door. So they all rushed her
the street, she felt like they were all laughing at to the hospital and she was put in the I.C. unit.
her. Slowly Meg started to recuperate, and her weight
came back up to normal. Meg told her parents
Later, when she got home, she weighed what had happened to make her so obsessed
herself on the scale, and realized what a fool about her weight. The said that she had become
she'd been. She was just a little below average paranoid, and everywhere she went, she thought
for her height, so she'd been all worried for people were laughing at her and how fat she was.
nothing. and that each time she looked in the mirror, all
she could see was a fat slob, so she decided to
The next day, Meg knew she had been diet, and it got way out of hand to the point that
wrong about not being worried. Everywhere she it made her stomach hurt to look at food. But
went, there were people making comments about alls well that ends well, and Meg turned out fine.
her appearance. So the next few weeks passed
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SIX
By Debra Walsh

Marie was a quiet girl. She never really traitor to her own. Marie didn't understand.
had any friends because she always was chang Weren't these people friends with Francis just
ing schools. You see, her father worked for the the week before?And what had they meant that
government so Marie never stayed any where she was traitor to her own? Marie didn't know
long enough to make any real friends. Marie what to do, so to avoid conflict she agreed with
spent most of her seventeen years in her room, the rest of the group. Sarah then said that they
until one day her father told Marie that they should get rid of Francis or her on a very long
would be moving to Mexico. The school was trip. Marie thought to herself she didn't want
like any other school Marie had been to on the Francis to be kicked out; Francis had always
outside but the people inside were nothing Marie been so nice to her.
had ever come across, The students were so The next day at school Marie was walk
friendly towards her; maybe a little to friendly. ing to class when a girl stopped her and said
Weeks went by and Marie began to hang "Get out while you still can, before you become
out with one of the most popular groups in one of them." Marie thought nothing of it. The
school. The group consisted of six members: girl probably was jealous. Marie kept walking
Sarah, Matthew, Larah, Todd, Brad and Francis. and then run into Sarah in the hall.
Francis was the nicest of the group. Marie and "I guess you heard about Francis huh?" Sarah
Francis got along really well. They talked to said
each other on the phone all the time, wrote each "No, what about her?" Marie inquired.
other notes, had sleep overs; they just really "Well she somehow tipped and fell out of sixteen
clicked. The group was like a family that story building last night" Sarah answered.
adopted Marie in that they did everything to "What, oh my God, Francis is she dea...dead!"
gether Marie really enjoyed hanging out with Marie squeaked.
them. In just a few weeks her social life had "Yup, it kind of funny don't you think?" Sarah
gone from zero to having something to do every laughed.
day. "No, I don't what's wrong with you Sarah,
Every weekend the group would hang out Francis is dead!" angrily replied Marie.
at this gothic club called the Scribe . The whole "Oh, you're right, boo,hoo."Sarah said sarcasti
place was dark and lit only candle light, the cally.
couches were black velvet the walls painted Sarah then went on her way. Marie thought to
maroon, and the floor was bare. At first Marie herself how could Sarah have been laughing at
had found the place a bit spooky but then such a serious situation? Marie didn't want to
thought of it as her second home, Marie and the have anything to do with someone like that,
rest of the group would always talk about school someone who could be so cruel, so mean.
and the people they didn't like, and they would The weekend came and once again The
go home around 12 pm. They did for weeks, at group went to the Scribe . No one seemed to
the same place with the same people. Then one even care about what had happened to Francis.
weekend Francis was not there and they were an Everyone was acting as if nothing had happened
even six. The group leader Sarah asked everyone at all. "Don't any of you care about Francis?
"What they thought of Francis". All of them How can you sit here and act like it never hap
replied that they hated her and that Francis was a pened?." yelled Marie.
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"What are you talking about? I'm fine." replied


Francis' voice from across the room.
"What, Francis , I thought you were dead!" said
My precious
Marie.
"Yes I still am. We all are." replied Francis.
"I don't understand?"what about the building,
brother
what do you mean you all are dead!" Marie by: Young Jin Kang
asked.
"We are Vampires, why do you think we hang
out here at the Scribe, the candlelight, only six of There was nothing I could do. Jack was dead. My
us? Marie, I thought you were smarter than that. best friend Jack was dead. My big brother Jack was
And I am really hurt you betrayed me after all dead. But maybe there was one thing I could do.
the nice things I have done for you." replied Revenge! Kill those bastards...! As all the thoughts
Francis. went through my mind, I felt a soft wind passing

"Sarah is the one who wanted to get rid of you, through my body. I turned back from the grave and
started walking. I removed my sunglasses from my
not me! I just wanted to be part of the group."
face and a intense sunlight stabbed my furious eyes. I
Marie nervously said.
looked back one more time.
"Kill her!" yelled Francis.
I went straight home and started packing. A
Marie turned to look at her friends. Their faces few clothes and a picture were only thing I needed to
contorted, their eyes bulged and became blood carry. I tried to stay as calm as possible, but I couldn't
shot, and turned from a healthy glow into a dead resist the pounding heart-beats that kept making me
pale white their mouths opened to reveal nervous. Yes, I was nervous, but at the same time, I
dagger sharp fangs. Like a group of rabid dogs was also desperate. I was going to kill those bastards.
they surrounded Marie and corned her. Sarah So, I left my house.

inched closer, opened her mouth, tilted her head As I was half way to the destination by my

and then Boyce Boyce car, it started to rain. It was also getting dark, so I
searched for a small inn to spend the night. I could
Marie jumped out of her bed looked at
find a inn very easily. I thought it was quiet strange
her alarm clock. The clock read 7:45. Great! Her
that I was able to find a inn that soon on such a
first day at a new school and she was going to be
deadly looking street, but, I decided to put all those
late! She quickly jumped into her faded blue unnecessary thoughts aside. The very kindly inn
jeans, pulled on her favorite navy blue shirt with keeper led me to my room and told me that I should
the white stripe down the sleeves, and quickly feel like I am at home or something like that. As soon
gave herself a look in the mirror and rushed out as the innkeeper closed the door for me, I made
the door just in time to catch the bus. myself comfortable on the bed. I took out the picture
Marie went to her first period class, from my bag. I glared at the picture and the tears

homeroom, met some people, got her schedule, were already there on my eyes. It was a picture of a
person who was no longer with me. The memories
and headed to her next class. As she was walking
were the only thing that remained with me. The
out the door two girls stopped and said "We'll
memories...
show you to your next class."
I was sitting down on long bench and guess I
"Thanks, my name is Marie." was staring at the sunset. I was thirteen and it was the
"Yea, I know my name is Francis and this is age when I first felt some kind of connection with
Sarah." the girl replied. nature. Suddenly, I heard someone's slow footsteps
For some strange reason Marie felt as if she had behind my back. It was my brother Jack. He sat next
already met them someplace to me. He took off his jacket and put it around my
THE END shoulder. He asked, "You cold, right?" I couldn't
stop the tears falling down my face. I wanted to look
at his face and say something, but all the words in my

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mind became tears. He understood what I wanted to bastard! Die! Die!" He did. He probably died when
say and said "Don't cry. I'm not leaving you forever. first hit him on the head, but I kept hitting him. "You
It will be just for a while." I leaned toward his bastard! You killed my brother! You killed my
shoulder and he put his arms around me. He hugged b..ro..ther...! My bro...My brother..." I was shaking.
me real tight. Was he crying too? I really wanted to In a second, I was down on my knees and crying. It
say something, but I didn't, because there was a wasn't over yet. There were still one more person and
different language to communicate between us at that he was another one who had to kill for revenge. But I
moment. I turned my head slowly to see the sunset couldn't move. I knew that he was somewhere in this
and I dropped the last drop of tears. house alive, but I just kept crying. Suddenly, some
I woke up at the sun rose on the window of one approached my back while I was crying beside
the room and the sunlight shined smoothly on my the dead man. "So, you're that little brother of Jack?
face. I woke up with no hesitation and went out the I heard a lot about you from your brother when he
door with my little bag. I didn't need to dress, be was one of our friends. You know, he really was a
cause I already was dressed. As I began to start the good thief. I knew he was a good dog from the first
engine in my car, I realized that I left the picture on time I saw him. So, I fed him and gave him lots of
top of the drawl beside the bed. "Stupid! Stupid!" I money. But he betrayed me. He told me that he didn't
ran in as quickly as possible back into the inn and up want to steal anymore. So, I killed him. He resisted,
to the stairs. When I entered the hall, I saw a women, but I was stronger." I turned my head and stared at
who looked like a cleaning lady, coming out of the him. He pointed a gun on me. "Are all orphans like
room that I was in. I ran quickly into the room and I you brothers? You're only what, eighteen years old?
noticed that the window was open. Then, I looked at You made my house a mess." My body was no longer
the drawer to find my picture, and it was still there shaking, but instead, my fits were tightening. I said "
safely. "Thank God!" I shouted as I ran to the drawl I am an orphan. I don't have parents, but he's my
to pick up the picture. I took a deep breath when I brother and you killed him." With a tiny smile on his
was able to see Jack in the picture. Then, I raised my face, he replied " So you want to kill me. Is that what
arm to pick it up. But a blowing wind came right you came here for?" I couldn't hold on to my anger
through the open window and carried the picture any more. I shouted "YOU KILLED HIM!" and ran
away. I was really surprised for a little moment. But, towards him. Two steps and I fell down. I fell down
I didn't wait until the picture landed somewhere. I right beside the man I killed. There was blood on my
caught it in the air and placed in my pocket immedi left chest. I was shot. "You are just like your brother
ately. Then, I went back to my car to start get going. Jack. You two are the exact same fools. Ha ha ha!
When I got there and saw the house from a One gets killed by trying to revenge his mother's
safe distance, I could feel all nature around me death, and the other gets killed by trying to revenge
shaking from my fury. "I will kill you! I will kill you! the death of his brother. Ha ha ha!" Mother...? My
I will kill you!" I have never felt myself with such brother never told me anything about mother. I don't
furious anger. It was like as if my life entire body even know what she looks like. I was going uncon
was caught on fire. I ran inside and shouted "Bastard! scious and things started to look very unclear. Right
Where are you! I'm gonna kill you!" I grabbed beside my head I could see a gun inside the dead
everything in my sight and threw it against any walls man's pocket. Why didn't he use the gun when I was
or floors as hard as I could, and I kept shouting attacking him or frightening him? Everything was so
"Bastard! Come here! I will kill you today!" As I was unclear. I took out the gun from the dead man's
about to spit out the most disgusting words out my pocket anyway and aimed it at that bastard's back,
mouth, a man with long hair and ugly face appeared who was now walking away. I shot him right in the
in my sight. He looked like he understood the situa head. Then, I dropped the gun on the floor. I was
tion and tried to maintain calmness. I ran right into getting powerless but my life was meaningful. I had a
his face and grabbed his throat as tight as I could. brother who I loved with all my heart. My brother.
"You killed my brother! You killed my brother! You He was my best friend and only friend. I slowly
killed my brother!" I grabbed some kind of bat- closed my eyes. The revenge was completed.
looking object from the floor and hit the guy hard on
the head. He went down on the floor. I hit him and hit
him as hard as possible. I didn't stop. "Die, you

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