Thursday, May 17, 2012

Artisan Cheesemaking: Celebrating Cheese One Batch At A Time By Ruth N.

Nutty. Robust. Sharp. Delightful. Fruity. Creamy. Bold. Buttery. Rich. Three squares of cheese, one ounce exactly, are daintily placed on a wooden board with a few crostini and a small dish of mango chutney. The cheeses, one delicate, white and creamy, another hard, yellow and pungent, the next an ivory sheep’s milk cheese with evenly distributed holes, are the center of the masterpiece laid out by cheesemonger Steve Jones. Behind each cheese on the board is a story; written by artisan cheesemakers who care deeply for their product. Whether raw chévre dusted daintily with cocoa powder from Briar Rose Creamery, or aged Boerenkaas Gouda from Salem, Oregon’s Willamette Valley Creamery, each artisan cheesemaker has a unique relationship to his or her animals, methods, philosophy, and cheese.
Artisan cheesemaking is by no means a new phenomenon. Immigrants from Europe brought traditions of cheesemaking, and pioneers would make cheese as part of everyday life. Historically, because cheese was a perishable product, farmers would pool “their milk at a centralized location, usually in the same county” (Parr). This kept the cheese industry local, but with technology such as highways and refrigeration, the cheese industry became national and even global...

CSA Farming: It’s a Tricky Game By Hannah H.

        The name Lazy Parrot is not what one would expect of a fully operative, hard-working, and well run Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA), but that is just one of the many things which makes that farm special. According to farm operator and head farmer Alix Eastman, the land owner, Rick Leatherman, came up with the name because they live on Parrot Mountain. There’s a sign hanging in the barn that says ‘Lazy Parrot Ranch’ and “We just kinda liked the name!” Eastman says with a laugh while driving us out to her garden in her golf cart.
         When I arrived at Lazy Parrot on one of the first cold mornings of the year, Eastman greeted me already fully submerged in the morning’s work. She was dressed in clothes that were meant to get dirty: tough brown pants, thick coats, and rubber boots. Eastman, who looks to be in her mid twenties to early thirties, only started farming her CSA this year, but says she has been gardening for “three years in one shape or another...” She attended Princeton University where she majored in psychology and minored in the study of women and gender. “It’s kind of funny for a Princetonian to end up farming, but I love it!” she says with a laugh. When she graduated from college she was interested in the wine industry. “I like wine, I like business...[but] I wanted to grow more than just grapes so I thought why not try [CSA] on for size?” Eastman is very positive and low key; she loves talking and enjoyed having company in her garden, and almost every conversation returned to her reemphasizing her love of farming. Her passion and care that she puts into her work show a commitment to her farm. “I never want to give it up,” she says...

“Real Racing, Real Tracks, Real Drivers, Real Cheap Cars” By Sam L.

The sound of squealing breaks and broken mufflers filled the brisk morning air as I made my way to the bleachers next to a small chicane, or a bend, in the track.  This was clearly where the action was, and many drivers coming off the straightaway had a hard time maintaining control of their “crap cans” as they made the sharp curve.  Some drivers would forget about the turn altogether, and would skid through the cones with locked brakes, adding the smell of burning rubber to the aroma of wet pavement and spent gasoline.
I was ecstatic; for fifteen dollars I was able to spend the entire day watching cars purchased for under $500 race for 12 straight hours.  Talk about cheap entertainment!  This is the ChumpCar World Series, which highlights “a throw-back to the era when racing was fun and cheap… when Bondo beat carbon-fiber; when a crescent wrench was the most valuable tool in your box; when home-made engineering made everyone sit up and take notice; and when adding a little theme to your car didn’t get you laughed out of the pit” (ChumpCar). 
The crowd consisted of myself and other smiling people huddled together in small groups; we pointed and talked about the cars decorated with spray-paint and stickers.  Some of the cars displayed giant plastic Lego bricks, tailgating equipment, and bunny ears.  “Competitors are encouraged to get creative with their car decorations,” Jeff Zurschmeide wrote about the ChumpCar race, “and special prizes are awarded for the best-dressed race cars.”  One Firebird, with smoke trailing from its exhaust pipes, proudly displayed the name “Team Fire Chicken,” and had a picture of a chicken leg branded on the side.  Another team, “The Flying Lumber Jacks” from British Colombia, had built a huge model axe and secured it to the top of their “racecar.”  My personal favorite was a white Audi B2 with a disfigured front end and banners bragging about the all-wheel drive capabilities...

Portland Micro-Distilleries: It’s Personal. By Alex M.

Portland. An independent city full of entrepreneurs who drive innovation. Or, as I like to put it: They make good stuff in small batches. From food to clothes, coffee to beer, Portland products are consistently well-received, and really only purchasable right around here. So, it’s not exactly surprising to learn about Portland’s burgeoning yet mostly local micro-distillery scene.
But, first, a little dash to the past. Alcohol was first mass produced when agriculture came around, and it hasn’t left since (“History of Beer”). Portland, though, has had quite a history with it. Though Oregon enacted Prohibition six years before the federal government, there were many speakeasies around Portland – at one point, around 100. Even after Prohibition was repealed, though, Governor Julius Meier made it illegal to sell distilled spirits anywhere but Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) stores, where prices were far higher. However, President Jimmy Carter made producing alcohol easier in 1979 by making it legal to brew homemade beer, kick-starting the micro-brewery revolution, especially visible in Portland, now the craft beer capital of North America (Coleman). By 1985, Oregon had a micro-distillery, inspired by the craft brewery movement. Now, micro-distilleries are having a huge growth boom (Coleman). Luckily, Tom Burkleaux, owner of New Deal Distillery, got in on the still’s ground floor...

Portland’s Mounted Patrol Unit: Humanizing the Cops By Hannah R.

          Law enforcement is a big part of urban society; traditionally, we envision a policeman racing down the street in his car with sirens that resonate throughout downtown. However, Portland streets also include police officers on motorcycles, bicycles, foot, and even horseback. Performing police duties from horseback sounds rather archaic, yet mounted police across the nation seem to retain a greater importance now than in previous centuries. Why is a seemingly old-fashioned occupation flourishing in the 21st  century? What types of jobs do these officers really carry out?
As a little girl, I remember going to Starbucks after school frequently, and being greeted outside by the warm presence of two police horses, Danny and Norman. The tall stature of the horses initially intimidated me, but I quickly learned that the police horses were very friendly. Years later, while participating in Race for the Cure, I passed by a building with “MPU” engraved on it. I learned that MPU stood for “Mounted Patrol Unit,” and memories of my previous encounters with Danny and Norman rushed back. On occasion, I would ask my dad to take me to the Mounted Patrol Unit to see the horses. The most beautiful scene to see was that of a policeman riding his horse. The officer in complete command of his horse as they cantered around the arena, the horse responding to every nudge of the officer’s heel in his side—the two together created a powerful and inspiring team...

Shelving Books? The Fate of Independent Bookstores and the Printed Word By Miranda R.

            Annie Bloom’s Books sits on a busy, narrow, one-way street in quaint, homey Multnomah Village, crammed between a curiosity shop and an Irish Café. Many people from the steady flow of passersby stop to browse through the bin of bargain books sitting on the pavement outside the red brick and tile exterior. A homemade window display advertises “14 Authors Continue the Stories: the Mystery Remains” and “Who is Harris Burdick? Find out on October 25th.”
A pair of wooden doors opens into a light, airy room with a teal carpet and white walls. As I walk in, a woman brushes past me, calling out to a cashier before she leaves, “Thanks for the help!”
            “No problem,” answers the cashier, one of three women of varying ages behind the counter. They keep up a constant chatter with themselves and the customers as they work. “That book is so popular with that age group,” one notes as she rings up a Warriors book for a woman and her son. Another listens politely as an eight-year old girl asks about a specific book on dogs; she knows the title (sort of), and thinks the author’s name starts with a T. Or maybe a G. The cashier begins searching...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Aidan T. for President

Aidan T.

This year, the role of StuCo is changing dramatically. Decisions that StuCo makes in the coming year will have a permanent effect on the structure of student government in the school, and greatly affect the dynamic of student representation. Recently, many of the policy changes that we’ve experienced have made students feel that their opinions and feelings have no bearing on the process of making and implementing school-wide policy decisions. Next year, when StuCo begins to amend the structure of student government, students will have an unprecedented opportunity to influence, for the better, the way in which their school runs. If I am elected as president, I’ll make it my utmost priority to make student’s opinions heard in meetings with faculty and division heads, and create more opportunities for students to voice their opinions in a way that enables them to be heard directly by those who run the school. Very simply, my candidacy isn’t just about me serving as president, but rather, I will work hard to make sure that the position of president serves as a voice for the many intelligent opinions and ideas that our student body has to offer. I hope you will all consider me for Upper School President.

Haley J. for President

Haley J.

My name is Haley J., and I’m running for the office of Student Body President for the 2012-2013 school year. I’m a strong candidate for this position because of my prior and current leadership roles at Oregon Episcopal School. Aside from experience, I’m passionate and excited about the charge given to Student Council to rebuild its’ structure and mission, to become more transparent and better serve our student body.

My role as the Sophomore Class Representative last year was a great opportunity to learn and understand the format and structure of our current Student Council, and the role it plays in our community. Next year, I will work with the student body to help develop higher-level policies, while also maintaining an environment where students can also have fun.

I am currently one of four leaders for the Intercultural Students’ Association, where I strive to build an environment of communication and trust.  I love to help facilitate conversations where we; students from diverse backgrounds can express our thoughts and unique perspectives.

I know that my role as president will require time, dedication, and patience. My goal is to serve the best interests of the individuals who make up our community. I am eager, willing, and flexible to seriously hear and work to make our student voices heard in every facet of decision-making that directly affects us. Your voice is valuable and will shape OES to be truly a local and global force.

Vote Haley J. for Student Body President!

Nick O. for President

Nick O.

I am running for Student Body President because I want to give back to OES by leading Student Council’s reform. Since I first came here in sixth grade I have been accepted into the community by students, teachers, and parents. OES is a special place. When you look past the social dynamics, we are all united in the pursuit of knowledge. As far as ‘leadership experience’ goes, I have been a part of various sports teams, and championed discussions in class (even if my attempted use of SAT vocabulary in class has been a puerile failure). And don’t worry guys; I was the fourth grade class representative at Ainsworth Elementary School, so I know what I’m doing. In all seriousness, when I set my mind to something, I devote all of my effort to seeing it through. I believe I can effectively act as the collective voice of the students and encourage more communication between the administration and the students because, after all, OES is all about the students.
The opinion of the student body as a whole will be extremely important in the creation of a new school constitution and will require a leader that will collaborate and communicate with all of the interests of the student body. We have an incredible opportunity to shape the way Student Council is structured for years to come, and I look forward to continuing the great work that StuCo and the Leadership Team has done this year. I have some sweet ideas for next year, and though I will not promise unattainable things, I will pledge my honesty and dedication to seeing that Student Council makes OES a better place for everyone who walks through our doors.

Alexander C. for President

Alexander C.

It would be an honor to be elected as our student body president this year.  I believe I would be a great choice for the position because of all the different team and leadership experiences I have held in our school and throughout the community over the years.

As we have all heard, the president position in the near future is shifting to one more focused on policy and by-law updates, as well as assisting the Upper School in designing a new organization chart for student council while maintaining the current fun and excitement in the Upper School.  The most applicable work I have in this area would be the policy work I have done as an Urban Forest Commissioner in Vancouver the past year.  I was just re-elected for another term and have learned first hand what it takes to study, update and implement policy on an all-adult board within a government body.  This work is challenging and I am up to the task.  I value taking the time to hear opinions and not be rushed to conclusion when making important, long lasting changes.  I have direct experience from the Friends of Trees work I have done over the years managing budgets, running meetings with an agenda, and achieving goals on a specific timeline.

Team sports at OES, as well as in the community have taught me about working towards a common goal.  Varsity Track, Lacrosse, US Swimming, US Rowing and US Sailing events have all taught me that the intense practice and work up front has to be done to meet goals.  Student council has a lot of groundwork to do to meet the challenges ahead.

Leading gathering would be an honor each week, along with representing our school in the community.  I believe I would be an excellent representative in this regard and be able to build an incredible team to showcase our school’s strength and talents.

I know that every vote counts and experienced this first hand in last year’s junior class representative election.  Please vote for me.  I will work hard to ensure your voice is heard and that OES continues to be the greatest school in the Northwest.  

Aya T. for President

Aya T.

My name is Aya T. and I would love to be your 2012-2013 student body president. This coming year is going to be all about policy level decisions, and of course, making the year fun for everyone! Through being the Junior Class Representative, I got the experience of balancing both of these aspects when planning fun events like prom, and also dealing with the student Leadership proposal.  As we will be focusing more heavily on the proposal, I believe that my involvement in StuCo and the proposal this year makes me a highly qualified candidate to continue the process next year. What I loved about this year at OES was the growth of student opinion and voices due to the proposal. For the first time, I heard a huge wave of enthusiastic student opinions, which were finally being heard and considered by the faculty and administration! I aspire to foster this increasing power of the student voice next year through better communication throughout the upper school. Lastly,  I really enjoy getting to know people and serving them to the best of my ability as a mentor, friend, and reliable leader. The success of a fun and awesome year starts with all of you! So please stop me in the hallways or shoot me an email if you have any questions, and I look forward to hosting lunch meetings so you can get to know me before the elections, and more importantly, so I can get to know you.

Jordan F. for President

Jordan F.

To the OES Upper School Student Body:

The 2012-2013 school year is a critical period for the OES high school. We are at a point where we must re-imagine and re-interpret the function and responsibility of student representation; we must make important decisions. Together, we will blaze a new trail and establish a legacy for Student Council.  Next year's Student Council will need to be dynamic, passionate, and creative. Specifically, the President must have a vision to guide the future of student government.

Here is my vision, in one word: empowerment. I believe in a student body that is empowered to voice its input and make changes in school policies. I believe in a Student Council that is empowered to honestly and actively represent the interests of the students to the administration, as well as further its reach to different decision-making groups within the School. This vision is the most important element of leadership for next year. It will not only impact the restructuring of Student Council, but also the overall OES experience of students for many generations.

With this vision in mind, as President, I will be flexible, in order to adequately represent the whole student body on all of the issues that Student Council will face over the course of the next year. I am connected to the many diverse segments of the OES student population through strong and consistent involvement in various extra-curricular activities as well as personal outreach; this depth of interaction gives me a very clear understanding of the character of the School, and the collective desires of the Student Body.

The other key component of executive leadership is leadership experience. I have served on my Class Board every year, efficiently and passionately vocalizing the opinions of my classmates to produce both short and long-term benefits to our grade. In addition, I have organizational management experience as the captain of the OES Mock Trial Team, a demanding task which required negotiation and logistics-planning skills. Furthermore, as a 3rd year member of the Winterim Committee and 5th year MUN delegate, I have developed exceptional lobbying, consensus building, and creative problem solving strategies.

Overall, the role of the President is not just to lead, but to serve. My vision and leadership training qualify my candidacy, but my motivation is my desire to serve YOU.

Jordan F.
Class of 2013

Claire S. for Vice President

Claire S.

This year Student Council is focusing more on policy than social event planning, which means that the decisions made by Student Council are going to affect everyone in the Upper School at a very fundamental level. I want to be Vice President to protect the interests of the students as these changes are being implemented. I firmly believe that change in student governmental structure should be based on ideas that originate from the students and that are approved by the students. I will make myself open to feedback and ideas from the student body throughout this process. On a less serious note, I really want to make sure that despite the big changes being made and the issues being grappled with that people still have a great time next year. I want to bring back some classic mystery Fridays and add new exciting ones as well. Prom and Semi, although not directly under StuCo control, should be a fun and exciting time for the whole student body to come together, so I would make sure that the class boards and StuCo are communicating and working together to facilitate the most awesome experience for everyone.

My Previous Leadership experience Includes:

·      Freshman StuCo representative
·      Member of the Sophomore class board
·      Midwinter Madness committee member
·      Winterim committee member

Chris Elliott for Vice President

Chris E.

Hello All!

My name is Chris E. and I am running for the Vice President position of StuCo. Just a quick overview of why I could be a great VP. Since coming to OES in the 5th grade, I have loved how close the OES community is, and would love the opportunity to give back. I feel that I would be able to plan many fun activities (dances, game/movie nights, fun mystery Fridays,) and I believe that I can help solve problems that are in the student body, mainly defining and reforming the role of StuCo to accurately reflect the student body’s values. Finally I feel that I involve myself with every grade, not just my own, which will effectively help me lead the community in the vice presidential role. I believe that I could make a great Vice President and I would be honored if I were elected.

Cammie O-F. for Vice President

Cammie O-F.

I’m Cammie O-F. and I would love to be your 2012-2013 Vice-President. I’ve been at OES since 6th grade and want to continue being actively involved in this amazing community. For the past several years, I’ve participated in a wide variety of activities, including my support for and involvement in sports, specifically my contribution in soccer and basketball, which I’ve been the co-captain of since sophomore year. I’ve also participated in MUN since 8th grade and was elected to Class Board in 9th grade. I’m a member of the OES Green Team, the Contemporary Issues Club, and have been a role model and tutor for others through the participation of Lower School Interns and AASK.

My involvement at OES demonstrates my many interests and dedication to this community. I’ve also had the opportunity to get to know a lot of students through these activities, making me a very approachable person. I have the deepest respect for OES and its future, especially since I have a freshman sister who will be at OES for the next three years. Therefore, I believe after all my experience, it is time for me to step up and hold a position that will demonstrate my hard work and commitment. As Vice-President, I promise to be a good listener and represent the student body in a devoted manner. I will do my best to make everyone’s individual voice heard and valued to help restructure and evolve our Student Council for the years to come. And while all of this is important, I will not lose sight of making sure that next year is fun and incredible.

Paul Marshall K. for Treasurer

Paul Marshall K.

Hello my name Paul Marshall K. and I think I would be an excellent Treasurer next year because I care about the needs and the nutritional well being of the student body. I will make sure students next year are happy with the changes being made so the year runs as smoothly as possible. The rest of next year’s STUCO and I will ensure that we have a long term working strategy for elections, the future STUCO, and the role of students in government. Many of the students that I have talked to are unhappy about one of these things, and many feel that they do not have enough say to change anything. I have felt the same way at times, but I would like to change how these students feel by guaranteeing that every single student has a say about the future of the school, by making policies with STUCO that the student body is proud of, and policies that the student body is happy to be a part of. And of course I will still be continuing the role of the student store manager, I have a lot of ideas for some new cuisine, and I will stock surpluses of the popular items so restocking is less of an issue. I’m also like a ring-leader, I call the shots, so I will keep the hooligans that work the store in line. So vote Paul 2012 if you want a government you can be proud of and an almost world-class restaurant in your school.

Sean J. for Treasurer

Sean J.

I, Sean J., am running for student body treasurer for the 2012-2013 school year. Not only is the treasurer assigned the duty of keeping your stomachs satisfied through the student store, but also next year StuCo will have the unique duty of crafting a new way to run itself in a productive, efficient way in the future. I believe that if elected treasurer, I could not only help create a new way of running StuCo along with all the other positions, but I could also bring new and different ideas to improve the student store while keeping the prices low. Being a frequent store customer, good friends with past treasurers, and former employee, I know what needs to be done in order to improve the store to work an in effective way. If elected, I would make sure that the student store is not only properly stocked, but properly staffed so that you can buy goods from it.

I have been at OES for only three years, but in those three years the community has made a lasting impression on me. That being said, I want a chance to leave the upper school set up with an effective student council that can be used by future generations of Oesians. I am passionate about this topic, because I believe that it affects everyone in the school.

Max A. for Treasurer

Max A.

My name is Max A. - thank you for reading my explanation as to why I would be a strong choice for treasurer. For me, a qualified treasurer emphasizes staying organized, being open to suggestions, having ample time to dedicate to the position, and running an enjoyable student store. I have previously created organized budgets for the Robotics activity for the past two years, as well as for many side projects such as the Jewish Union club during lunch, and science research. Outside of school, I have helped guide OES students, as well as participated in internships at large companies, such as NUVEL, a publically traded networking company, to improve my leadership and management skills. I am open to discussion on many different ranging from in person to electronic conversation. I am a responsible and approachable individual who listens to your suggestions. I also hope to use my technological skills to create locations where other students can give up to date feedback on the student store. My knowledge of technology would also allow community members to check the student store inventory online in real time. You would no longer need to walk to the student store to find out your favorite muffin is out of stock. I have both the time and the motivation to create actuate weekly reports, as well as a detailed budget for the year. In addition, I could make numerous trips to store in order to keep the stock of the student store plentiful (not simply limited to the end of the week). Please invest your vote in me for 2012-2013 treasurer!

Sara E. for Treasurer

Sara E.

I believe that I would be a good fit for the position of treasurer and I have a lot of experience in various forms of leadership roles. I was on class board freshman year and the homeroom rep my sophomore year in England. I’m involved in Green Team, SLAC, Invent Team, and the Contemporary Issues Club, which demonstrates my participation, as well as my diverse interests. I started and head the Economic Club, which illustrates both leadership and an interest in the more fiscal aspect of student government. I am an extremely organized person. This allows me to keep track of everything and better manage my many activities. I have friends in every grade, which means I will be able to not only represent the rising senior class, but the whole upper school. I love coming to OES sporting events and supporting teams as well as participating on the girls’ soccer team, which has been an amazing way to get to know a wonderful group of girls and a way to develop teamwork skills. I also have a number of ideas for ways to better improve the student store and incorporate student opinions.  

I have a unique position in that I have been in a high school very different from OES. At my school in London, the faculty and student body were not nearly as committed as students and faculty are here. I used to make fun of how much OES goes on about ‘community’ but it’s true that we have an amazing thing here and I feel like I have a really strong appreciation for that now. When it comes to the student proposals, I know that many of you have a strong opinion, and I can pass on your voice to the faculty and do my best to ensure that students have a say in any changes made.

Galen P. for Secretary

Galen P.

Hi, my name is Galen and I am running for Secretary for the 2012-2013 school year. I feel like I meet the qualifications to be Secretary on the Student Council. One of the main aspects of the position is taking notes in fast-paced environments, such as Gathering and Student Council meetings. I feel like courses such as APUSH have allowed me to take notes quickly and articulately, so that my notes are clear when somebody comes back to read them, months later. A big part of student government next year will be formulating the structure for the new leadership proposal. The leadership proposal will have a lasting impact on the school. I’ve been here a long time: I heard my first opening day commencement speech as an awkward first grader, and through my years, I have seen what works well in the school and what doesn’t. I believe this experience will allow me to bring good ideas before the leadership proposal. I want to help shape a place where I have spent two-thirds of my life, a place that I love. I hope to make the future student government as streamlined and efficient as possible, something that will be useful and appealing to the faculty, but more importantly satisfactory to the students that come after us.

Grace S. for Secretary

Grace S.

I am running for the position of Secretary. Since arriving at OES in 7th grade, I have participated in various activities such as InvenTeam, Contemporary Issues Club, Economics Club, Mock Trial, different sports, and was a member of the Class Board my freshman year. OES has helped shape me into the individual I am today and will have a lasting impression on my life, and for that I want to make a difference in the OES community that lasts beyond myself. I am very interested in and passionate about the issues StuCo will be focused on in the coming year (purpose and role of StuCo, election process, policy and bylaws, ect). I believe that I can be an effective liaison between all members of Student Council and student body. I consider myself to be a diligent scribe and trust that I can take clear and organized notes during every Council meeting and Gathering (because I’m rarely ever absent). I am confident in my communicative skills and would love to be the Secretary for the coming year of 2012-2013.

Kyle S. for Secretary

Kyle S.
Each student representative is elected not only to fulfill the role of
policy making, but also to fulfill a secondary role.

So what is the secretary's strength supposed to be?

Currently, the conversation between Student Council and the student
body is one-sided. The secretary's job is to communicate the Student
Council's ideas to the student body through note taking during
Gathering and Student Council meetings.

As we move forward towards a new era of student empowerment, increased
student awareness and understanding of issues discussed by Student
Council are necessary. In order for this to happen, I believe that
improved communication is essential to the success of the Student

The most important aspect of communication is listening. This is my
strongest quality. I understand what people are trying to say and am
able to effectively process and communicate their ideas to others.
Instead of waiting for students to come to me, I will proactively seek
student input on every issue.

Next year, as Secretary, I will take on new responsibilities and work
for you, the student body.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

OMG Victory

They Need Everything Like We Do by Elanie F.

The OES Annual Neighborhood House Food and Hygiene Drive (AKA Project Second Wind) ends May 9th this year. It is part of a project called Emergency Food Box under the non-profit organization Neighborhood House. Some returning students and faculty may have recognized that the name of the event has changed from “Food Drive” to “Food and Hygiene Drive” with an emphasis especially on diapers, shampoos and toilet paper.

Question: Why hygiene?
Answer: Because it’s needed daily and isn’t covered by food stamps!        

Just like food is essential for survival, hygiene items are a daily necessity as well. For example, little babies do not know how to control their excretory system yet––are you asking the families to wash fabric diapers five times a day? When an unemployed young man is trying to get a job, what will he do if he does not have any deodorant to make himself smell better? The lack of hygiene items may have just prevented him from getting a job and using his own power to change his situation! And no one wants to see a lack of toilet paper in their bathroom at home––it’s the same with neighborhood house families. On a daily basis, people who have no food will go hungry; people who have no hygiene items will struggle without the ability to stay healthy and care for their personal needs...

Drum roll please....LITTLE WOMEN! By Sophie L.

There have been a lot of rumors that the OES Upper School musical Little Women was pulled together at the last minute. Yes, it is true—the cast and the orchestra did not have much time to rehearse for various reasons. However, as a member of the pit orchestra, the musical sounds fabulous! Actors and actresses sing amazingly well, and the musicians play fantastically! Since the setting of this play is during Civil War, there are a lot of sad moments, but, to be honest, the play is hilarious. Come to the play and enjoy your evening! You will NEVER regret it!

Chrono Trigger by Chad D.

This is it.  This is the classic Japanese RPG (Role Playing Game) that has captured the hearts of thousands of video game fanatics, including me.  Chrono Trigger was developed and published by Square Enix in 1995 for the Nintendo SNES, but a remake of the game was released in 2009, creating the opportunity for a new generation to play and fall in love with it.

Chrono Trigger is without a doubt the best game I’ve ever played, and based on my history with video games, such a statement is saying a lot.  For me, the most important aspects of a game are story and gameplay, and Chrono Trigger delivers both in spades.  The basic premise of the game is that a group of friends accidentally fall into a time portal, and after various escapades in the medieval era wind up in 2300 A.D., and witness the world in ruins, with the few remaining human survivors holed up in a ruined bunker constantly under attack by robots.  The group decides to find out what sort of things led up to the destruction of the Earth, and thus the time-travelling adventure begins...

Melvin the Mini Machine--A Rube Goldberg Machine in a Suitcase

Word on the Street by Grace C.

So I heard that there are at least nine people in the Junior class who want to run for President of StuCo.

If there are nine (possibly more) people running for president, there will still be a winner, however it’ll most likely have to go into a run-off between two candidates again. 

As I was talking to Aya this morning (one of the candidates running for the “big chair”). She brought up a good point. She noted that many of the grade’s top leaders are running for the position of president, however, in the end, the remaining candidates that do not get chosen will not have the chance to run for a VP, Secretary, or Treasurer (the other three big roles in the Student Counsel)...

Tennis and Rachel N. by Sophia T.

Rachael N., who won last year’s Women’s Singles Tennis State Championship, now has her name on the banner at SPARC. Last year’s state finals match against Kate R. from Catlin was very intense, and Rachael said it was the most exciting match that she had ever played.

Rachel’s physical agility is also shown in the world of speed stacking. She holds world records in that sport. Though Rachael said she didn’t do as well as she probably could have during her recent trip to Germany, she still did an amazing job!  She got ‘The fastest girl in the United States,’ ‘The fastest 16-year-old girl in the World,’ ‘5th fastest female in the world,’ and she set a new State record for the ‘3-3-3’. She said the best part of the trip was meeting other stackers from all around the world.

Rachael said she doesn’t favor tennis over cup-stacking or vice versa.  She replied that the two sports are very different, and she loves both equally. However, she does have a favorite coach—OES’s very own Coleen Davis.  Rachael described her as “a super awesome and always cheery mentor :D” Rachael’s next match is Districts, this Friday, May 4th, at THPRD. She would love to have some fans cheer her on!

The Art of the DJ by Kristin Q

What is DJing? Well, the person with the most information on that topic at OES would be Sam L. ‘13. Sam has DJ’ed for the last two OES dances, so you’ve probably seen him around. While waiting for Sam to respond to a few questions I sent along in an email, I spoke with some of my classmates in my French Culture and Communication class. One of them said, “No matter what you do, if you talk to Sam about DJing, he’s just going to say: I’m a DJ. I’m awesome.”

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It’s All About Politics By Janine K.

For the past few weeks the Upper School has turned inward to concentrate on the Student Leadership Proposal; however, there have been many students who have been keeping their eye on a much greater political party. The big 2012 is here, the year of the apocalypse, the 2012 summer Olympics, and the next Presidential election. Wait, what? There are many students who are keeping their minds on the big issues. But what are the big issues that are of concern to this generation?

If I were to ask a random high school student what his or her political views are, I would receive a short answer. Democrat. Republican. But what often comes next are seven little words. “At least that’s what my parents are.” I have noticed this trend over the past few years, and the past few conversations that I have had with students my age about politics. This has drawn me to be inspired to write about how the parties feel about the issues that our generation thinks are the most threatening. Though I agree that listening to ones parents is critical, does politics have to be a genetic trait? I’ll leave that to you...