Coach Billings shooting for a great season

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By:Kaylee Nelson

Q: What’s your opinion on coaching?

A: I’ve been out for two years and when I coach, I’m a better teacher.

Q: Do your expectations change from the court to the classroom?

A: My expectations don’t change from the classroom to the courts. I expect the same from my students as my players.

Q: Have you ever coached before?

A: Yeah, I’ve coached six years of track and cross country. I’ve won five divisional titles and I am proud to say that every year I have sent one student to college.

Q: What do you think about your teams?

A: My team is a whole. It’s my family and that counts for any team. It’s like my extended family.

Q: Have you ever coached Basketball?

A: I’ve never coached basketball before, but I do know the game.

Q: Any inspirations for your basketball coaching?

A: I grew up in Chicago so I am a Chicago Bulls fan… but only when Phil Jackson was with the bulls. I do watch Basketball on TV and was very upset about the basketball lockout this season.

Q: What is your goal for this season?

A: My goal is to be accomplished this season and to get back to coaching. I love coaching and hopefully can get fully back into it after my two year break.

Q: Do you like coaching?

A: Yeah, if I can do only three things in life, it would be writing, teaching, and coaching. Probably in that order, like I said when I coach it makes me a better teacher because I taught better when I coached. When I was out of coaching I felt dislocated from the school but hopefully this season will change all of this.

Q: What is your favorite thing about basketball?

A: My favorite thing is that it is very arrhythmic and relaxing.

Q: What do you have to offer as a coach in basketball?

A: For the most part it’s working with the students and the rhythm. I like basketball and the kids like me. I get the kids to work and to play and I get mad when I am let down by my team.

Q: What’s your idea to win?

A: As long as they practice and play winning should be easy and losing will be rare.

Q: Are you a touch coach?

A: I can be. Like I said I get mad when my team lets me down.

Q: Any last comments?

A: I am very excited to be coaching again. It’s be two years and that’s too long. I love coaching; it is one of my favorite things.

Categories: Feature

Clark soccer kicks off the season at the Anthem Hills tournament

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Kristin Hoag

The Las Vegas Kickoff at Anthem Hills Park is held December 2 and December 3. This preseason tournament gives high school teams an opportunity to play together and determine what needs to be improved on before the official season. The teams that participated in the Las Vegas Kickoff included: Clark, Foothill, Green Valley, Liberty (Calif.), Mingus (Ariz.), Palo Verde, Rancho, and Sierra Vista.

“I thought the tournament was really fun,” said Sarah Law, senior and captain of the girls’ varsity. “It allowed everyone on the team to get to know each other and have bonding time.”

According to a soccer parent, the tournament was well organized, and the fields that were played on were nice. Overall, it gave Clark’s girls a chance to see how they might do this year compared to other schools.

“I expected each game to be challenging, and they were, but I also expected that our team would still be learning how to play together rather than individually,” says Sarah Law. “Now that we have played four games in the last two days, I have high hopes for our team this season.”

At the Las Vegas Kickoff, teams were broken up into two pools and played twice a day. The first three games were to determine where a team was ranked in either Pool A or Pool B. The last game on day two was for overall placement to determine first, second, third, and fourth.

“The tournament was a good experience for the girls to have,” said Coach Case. “They were able to work together and determine what else they need to do to get better. I felt like they did well against the teams that they played, and I think that we’ll have a really good season.”

Two players to watch for are Azucena Bernal, as well as teammate Kealani Chaidez. They were a duo that played well together, and were a force to be reckoned with. During the tournament, the duo took approximately thirty shots on goal and worked well with the team.

“Every half, the team is getting better,” says Kim Withers, junior. “We’re going in the right direction. We dwell on all the positive stuff that we’ve done each game. Having several returners on the team has been big, even though we’re in the process of rebuilding our defense.”

The defense has really come together and is reading each other a lot better than before the tournament, according to Sarah Law. If the team learns from the mistakes they’ve made and continue to work hard at practice, then play-offs will be a goal within reach.

Categories: Sports

Persist to resist WABS

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Craig Grant

There are many outbreaks of sicknesses during the school year. Spring is a time for flowers and allergies, summer is a time for sun and senioritis, and winter is a time for holidays and Winter Apprehension for Break Syndrome (WABS).

The most common symptoms of WABS are plummeting of grades, lack of attentiveness, and fatigue (commonly expressed during classes at the end of the day).

64.51% of all students will contract WABS, and simply washing of hands and dressing warmly won’t prevent them from feeling so eager for winter break to arrive that they ignore homework, tests, and the other things that endear them to school.

The annual outbreak of WABS typically begins around Thanksgiving time, but for some, symptoms can appear as early as Halloween (or rarely Labor Day).

Living with the disease is a struggle that is difficult for many people to overcome.

Junior, John Garcia, said, “It has been hard focusing in class because I just want break to come already.”

WABS is not the typical fever that one can recover from quickly through ibuprofen and rest (and cowbell). It cannot be prevented by spreading joy rather than disease during the holidays. There is no cure for WABS. Still, symptoms can be managed.

1. Set a phone alarm if you feel yourself dozing off in class (not the best prescription).

2. Don’t count off the days until winter break (most patients need a calculator to do the


3. Do five minutes of homework whenever winter break pops into your head (or

whenever you lose THE GAME).

4. Write your essays about winter break.

5. Don’t go to school. Say your sick with WABS (or small pox).

Consult with your physician before starting any of these treatments. If you’re over 65 and still in school, Medicare can help (or a private tutor).

Freshman, Julian Gomes, said, “Nothing can stop me from wanting winter break.”

There is no shame or discrimination against students that are eager for winter break, and there are plenty of good citizens out there that can help them with their struggles during and after the illness strikes.

Those who suffer from WABS typically experience a period of euphoria during winter break followed by a period of depression once school resumes. It may cheer victims up at this time that midterms are close to commencing, and they should be warned that if the depression continues, it will most likely lead to the summer break form of the disease, SABS.

Categories: Humor

The Locktree: Turns out metal grows on trees

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Kevin Zhang

Now before you come off of your seat thinking “the ‘locktree’? I don’t like video games,” think further. Where else is something likely to be called a “locktree?” If nothing occurs, think outside the Clark cafeteria. And if you’ve seen that tree and thought “no big deal,” look closer; specifically at the branches. You’ll start to notice some brightly colored things that aren’t leaves. Those are called locks.

Now I’m sure that your teachers and parents have told you that money doesn’t grow on trees, and you’ve probably realized, by now, that metal doesn’t, either. This, however, turns out to be untrue. That tree outside of our cafeteria is part of a rare family of trees called “metaltrees.”

This family was initially thought to be a hoax set up by an unidentified Englishman to make a quick buck off the king of France in 1723. The pedigree of the metaltree family seemed fishy. After years of alternating study and ignorance, however, scientists concluded that the family really was a hoax.

This is not the case, however. A desperate Hungarian scientist who was going broke for his studies had always thought that these trees were real. His Italian friend had been conducting a few tests on a tree that was unidentified, but none of the tests had been successful, so he handed over the tree to this Hungarian scientist.

He found that the leaves had an odd shimmer. It wasn’t much more than a subtle shimmer that his Italian friend had not noticed, but that seemed queer to this scientist. He took a leaf, and ran it under a metal detector. As it turns out, the leaf caused the detector to beep. It was metal. He recorded all of his findings: the fact that the leaves of the tree were made out of the iron, the trunk being a copper-wood alloy.

He found even that the remaining trees of the family were real trees. However, his recordings and research were destroyed when his lab went up in flames. The proof of the locktree being existent was lost.

Of course, many think that the locks are put on by people and that there is no way that a tree could have grown locks. This, however, makes little logical sense. What person in their right mind would put a perfectly good lock on a tree that probably won’t ever use it? That’s foolish, and it’s a waste of a lock. Not only that, but nobody would ever waste their time simply to put a lock on a tree.

Assuming that someone does put locks on it, I need to know what motive they had for putting a lock there. Perhaps they were afraid that the tree would leave its position? This may be a legitimate concern, but I doubt that several locks would do anything to keep the tree in place during a windstorm, much less a single lock.

Another possible theory is in the name of art. Modern art is fairly odd, especially considering that if you spill paint, you can wipe up the excess and sell the whole thing, including the paper towel, for half a million dollars. However, because the tree is not in a museum, it cannot possibly be art.

Thus, the only possible reasoning for the locks appearing on the tree’s branches is that the tree is a locktree, and grows locks on its branches. The company Master must have dozens of trees for their commercial use. Why they would not share the fact that they do have these trees, however, remains a mystery.

Scientifically, they would have been ridiculed, but it would have been worth the glory if a scientist had confirmed that the trees were, indeed, real. Not only would this have brought fame, glory, and money, but also quite a few new metal-working jobs. We would be able to employ blacksmiths again, make armor, swords, and lances. We could make horseshoes for horses, and even have jousting matches.

Truly, the rediscovery and reimplementation of locktrees would bring joy to the world. We would be able to have the glorious Middle Ages again.

Categories: Humor

The Winter Carnival: Striving to put smiles on children’s faces

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Shailey Patel

This holiday season Clark is hosting a Winter Carnival for the less fortunate children in our neighborhood. This carnival is on December 15 from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m, invitation only. The community based KEEN (Keeping Everyone’s Eyes on the Neighborhood) organization has come together with many other organizations to put on this huge event.

This event is designed to help out the families that are especially needy during the holiday season. This event is geared towards giving the younger children in the families a happy and fun holiday experience.

Some of the major organizations that will be in partnership with KEEN are Anderson Dairy, Las Vegas City of Commerce, Toys 4 Tots, and Las Vegas Metro Police.

There are going to be many activities that will be occurring throughout the night. One of the major attractions of the carnival is the game booths that various Clark clubs, such as Student Council, Key Club, and National Honor Society, are going to be running. The children are going to be receiving prizes for playing the games as well.

In addition to this, Toys 4 Tots is providing free toys for the children participating in the carnival. There is going to a tree set up which will be decorated with colorful lights and ornaments. There is also going to be a milk and cookies station that Anderson Dairy is sponsoring.

The Winter Carnival is going to have professional lighting and music; both of which are being sponsored by Las Vegas Metro Police. No holiday carnival is complete without a picture with Santa. That’s right. At this carnival the children will have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa and take a print out of the picture home without any extra charge.

As mentioned before this is an invitation only event. Since KEEN is a community based organization the invitations will only be passed out to families in the immediate neighborhood. The managers of the apartment complexes will be in charge of handing out the passes to families that would benefit that greatest from this event. At least 400 children are expected to attend the carnival.

According to Ms. Okelberry, assistant principle, a community based event, such as this carnival, not only helps out the community but also promotes a positive image for Clark though out the district.

The Winter Carnival has one main goal, to help ease the burden of the holidays on families, and that is exactly what this event does.

Categories: News

It’s beginning to look at a lot like Sadies

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Ryan Lim

Walking the halls of Clark, one can feel two disturbances in the atmosphere: the need for winter break, and the anticipation for the ever-nearing Sadie’s Dance.

With dance festivities, date proposals, and decoration already underway, the mood for this year’s dance has been set.

“It’s called ‘A Sock Hop Sadies’,” said Emily Strickler, senior class president.

This means the theme, in an essence, is the 50’s era. This entails big hair, Chuck Taylors, poodle skirts, and old fashioned diners. Daniela Gonzales, the creative mind behind the theme, describes it as “going back to the time of the movie Grease.

Although the theme is of a decade, the spirit of it all has been condensed into a four-day spirit week.

As classes resume from winter break on Tuesday, expect to see a whole lot of teasing – and gelling. Tuesday’s spirit day theme is “Big Hair Day.” Wednesday is a battle of the ages: “Pink Ladies vs. Thunderbirds” – girls are to wear pink while guys are to wear black. Thursday channels good ‘ol fashioned American classic diners with “Checkered Day.” Finally, in Charger tradition, Friday is Black and Gold Day.

Also in Charger tradition, the annual Mr. Chargertastic competition is to be held during the Sadies spirit week. Many senior boys will be partaking in this year’s competition being held on Thursday, Jasnuary 5th. The winner will be crowned this year’s Mr. Chargertastic and receive a free ticket to Sadies, Prom, and Aloha.

As the guys prepare their talent acts and their model walks, the girls aren’t forgetting what the Sadies dance is all about – girls asking guys.

The dance is named after a comic strip character, Sadie Hawkins. In the comic, which ran in November 1937, the unmarried women were free to chase the bachelors of the town and marry whichever man they captured. This inspired the girls’ choice tradition.

“I personally think it’s a cool idea… but asking someone could be hard,” said Gonzales.

Not only does this dance allow girls to ask their dates, but it also shows them the troubles and anxiety guys face when asking a date to any other dance. With less than two school weeks before the dance, expect to see plenty of balloons, proposal signs, and public proposals.

Also coming up within the next few days will be the hall decorations Clark’s Stuco is known for. Strickler hints at seeing many diner elements and a few greasers from the 50’s era.

Categories: Life

Key Club winter inductions are a hit

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Brent Mayfield

Last Friday Key Club hosted their Winter Induction Ceremony. At this ceremony, over 140 Key Club members were inducted last night after meeting certain requirements. During this ceremony there were guest speakers, food, and of course the actual installation of members into Key Club.

In order to get inducted into Key Club, members must have met certain requirements. Each member had to receive 25 hours in a three month period. Now this was especially difficult for freshman members. When asked how difficult it was for her to meet the requirements, freshman member Catherine Cheng said, “It was pretty hard. I mean I had to first explain what Key Club was to my parents, beg them to allow me to go to Fall Rally, and take me to all the events.”

The ceremony started about twenty minutes late to some officer mishaps. When asked Vice President Carl Lai said, “Yeah the cake was late and almost nothing was prepared until the very last minute, but somehow we still pulled everything together.”

After the long process of casting members into lines alphabetically, I welcomed parents and called the ceremony to order. Members then began the “Candlelight” Procession and started to file in the room. I gave some heart felt, but cliche reasoning about the importance of the candles. About members lighting up the future with the service that they provide to the rest of the community.

After the main formalities of the evening had ended, I gave my address to the club. In the address I told members about how proud I was of them and of their service. I reflected on my own past and experiences with the club: all of the trips we have taken, all the mistakes we have made, and all of the good times in between. It was an okay speech I guess.

There were mixed reviews. Advisor Mrs. Evers said, “It didn’t suck, and I did like this one part in it.”

Freshman Winna Pham said, “I almost cried during the speech, it was very heartfelt.”

Afterwards our two Keynote speakers gave their addresses to the club. The first was Evie Cronan, President of the Las Vegas Strip Kiwanis Club, which happens to be Clark’s sponsoring club. In her speech Ms. Cronan talked about the importance of service and how we can better our future with scholarships that go unused. She conveyed a sense of respect in the work that we have done, and stressed future cooperation.

The second speaker was Kiwanis Governor Olmstead of the Cali-Nev-Ha District. Due to the fact that he lives in California, Governor Olmstead sent in a video. In his address he talked about the different factions of Kiwanis and gave his high respects to the rest of the club.

The long induction process came next where Vice President Carl Lai and Treasurer Deric Pang read the names of all the inductees. Some of the names were butchered, but members didn’t seem to mine. It added some humor in the long reading of names.

After the inductions were closed, members celebrated with cake and lemonade. We took pictures made jokes and some members like freshman member Andrew Cruz took something from this experience. When asked he said, “This induction has re inspired me to stay with this great club all throughout high school.”

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