Written by students, for students.
The official newspaper of Crescent Valley High School.
March is a busy month here at CV! Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Although spring sports are already off and running, winter sports are still finishing strong. Basketball has their last game of the regular season on March 2nd, against Silverton @ 7pm, with girls home and boys away. Both games will be an intense way to finish the season. State will be held a week later this year, scheduled for the week of March 10-13.
Spring sports offered at CV for both boys and girls are tennis, track, softball, baseball, lacrosse, and golf. Keep updated on the sports schedule either through calendars around the school, or on the CV website to support your Raiders as they finish off the athletic year!
Raider Royalty has a few fundraisers this month that you don’t want to miss. The Spring Fling is a refreshing way to spend time with friends while dancing to lively music and playing games. This year it will be held on March 6th from 8-11pm at Crescent Valley. Parent Prom is held the next night on March 7th so let your parents know about the opportunity for a great night!
Crescent Valley Choir students have been working hard this year and will conclude their 2020 competition season in February. They have a performance at CV on March 17th at 7pm where you can hear the wonderful work that has been happening under Mrs. Gollmann's direction. Band also has a concert on March 5th
If this myriad of events is causing anxiety to stir, don’t worry… we end such a busy month with Spring break! This year it's from March 23rd to March 27th.
Don’t miss St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th!
Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day? A: Real rocks are too heavy!
- Sophia Fraser
This new semester here at Crescent Valley High School means new classes, exciting events, and a refresher as to the clubs offered at CV, run by your passionate peers! This month, we interviewed some of the leaders and attendees of these clubs, and received their take on clubs such as MUN, Zonta Club, Ted X Club, and Heartland Raiders Club.
One amazing club offered here at Crescent Valley is the MUN (Model United Nations) club. Students meet once a month to research and report on our school’s assigned country (this year CV will represent Portugal and The Holy See), and to prepare for a final conference in April. In speaking with Lillian Wu, the leader of the MUN club at CV, we gathered some information on details of the club, and what makes it especially unique. She says that this club integrates both social and academic aspects, and allows members to further explore and debate political and social aspects of the foreign country represented, simulated as it would be in the United Nations. This year, Crescent Valley will be representing both The Holy See and Portugal. Not only does this club allow members to research and familiarize themselves with their country and the processes of the United Nation, but it helps to build and enhance public speaking skills. By receiving speaking opportunities during club meeting times and at the conference held on April 9th through 11th, this club will better prepare anyone for public speaking. Other benefits include participating in Friday night festivities at the conference, and, as emphasized by Lillian, meeting people from all around Oregon who are just as passionate about global relations!
The Crescent Crier also spoke to Hope Humphreys, a frequent attendee of many clubs, including Zonta Club, Ted X Club, and Heartland Raiders Club! She was able to provide us with information about the club, and what it is like to be involved.
Zonta Club at Crescent Valley High School is a club that emphasizes women's empowerment, and is part of an international movement. Hope said that she was drawn to this club because it features speakers discussing the club’s monthly topic, it has further educated her on women's empowerment, and most importantly, it gives members the opportunity to put that knowledge into action here in the Corvallis community. Events such as auctions, work with the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), and affiliation with other women’s clubs at CV empower and inspire members and the student body alike. Another unique club at Crescent Valley is the Ted X Club. With multiple committees within the club to choose from, she has opportunities to fund and organize the TED talk hosted by Crescent Valley. This year, the talk will be on April 3rd. Hope said of the club, “When I heard there was a club such as this at our school, I knew I wanted to be a part of it, because of the fact that not many schools receive the chance to do something cool like this.” Because of the rarity of this club, it is definitely one worth checking out.
The final club in which we inquired about was the Heartland Raiders Club. This club not only provides volunteer opportunities for members at the Heartland Humane Society, but features volunteer coordinators and kittens every month! Every monthly meeting, members get the chance to play with kittens from the Humane Society here in Corvallis, and receive opportunities to volunteer at the Corvallis Heartland Humane Society.
As you can see, Crescent Valley offers a wide variety of unique, enriching, and entertaining clubs, all of which are constantly welcoming new members. Take these opportunities in high school to participate in all of these exceptional clubs; they allow you to further expand your knowledge, meet new people, and create amazing memories. A special thank you to Lillian Wu and Hope Humphreys for devoting their time to this interview - the Crescent Crier is deeply appreciative!
- Maya Schwartz
What is Redistricting?
In May 2018, the Corvallis School District received a bond of $199,916,925 for construction. Currently, they are using a portion of the money for redistricting (a process that will change the boundaries of our local schools). Part of this process includes working on a boundary review. Thus far, with the help of a facilitator, FLO Analytics, they have come up with some maps showing preliminary boundaries proposed by the Boundary Review Task Force. The Boundary Review will be concluded in March 2020 and will go into effect in the 2020-21 school year.
Why Are We Redistricting?
The purpose of redistricting is to balance out the number of students coming into Crescent Valley High School and Corvallis High School through the feeder schools. It will also fix issues with certain schools being over capacity by balancing the number of students attending each school.
Who Will This Affect and How?
None of this means you will be moved from CVHS to CHS in the upcoming years. Students who are already going to a school will stay in that school until they reach the top grade. For example, if you have a sibling in elementary school/middle school, this might impact which middle school/high school they attend.
How to Stay Informed and/or Get Involved
To stay informed, you can go to the following events:
February 11th from 6-8 pm there will be a Task Force meeting, which are all open to community members
February 18th from 6-8 pm there will be a Boundary Review Open House at Linus Pauling Middle School
March 3rd from 6-8 pm there will be another Task Force meeting
At a currently unknown date in April, from 6:30 – 9 pm there will be a School Board Meeting where the Boundary Adjustment recommendation will be presented to the Corvallis School Board.
Additionally, you can visit the Corvallis School District website and monitor it for more news on the Boundary Review.
- Kristen Scarborough
Around this time of year, all the holiday decor and candy in stores are rushedly replaced with bright pink and red, meant to enable all shoppers to declare their love to their sweethearts. Elementary schoolers excitedly exchange candies with their entire class, and letters and texts are sent this way and that declaring, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” But why February fourteenth, of all days? Why Saint Valentine? Where did this all get started?
Valentine’s Day is perhaps the least obvious holiday in terms of origins: Christmas, the Fourth of July, and even Halloween are widely explained. But Valentine’s Day seems to keep to itself - and maybe for good reason, because its origins are convoluted, bloody on a few different levels, and steeped in years of history.
For one thing, Saint Valentine isn’t just one person. It likely refers to a priest, but at least two other saints were named Valentine, and all three of them were executed by the Romans. That priest allegedly signed a letter with ‘from your Valentine,’ contributing to the later holiday’s traditions. The funny thing about those martyrs is that not one of them was clearly associated with love or romance, save for the fact that one may have married couples in secret. Two of those Valentines were executed on February 14th, leading to the Catholic Church declaring it St. Valentine’s Day.
The legends around ‘Valentine’ have become associated with Valentine’s day, but the holiday was in many ways also adopted from the Romans. Lupercalia was a Roman feast of fertility and matchmaking with its own rather wild and bloody traditions; later, the Catholic Church combined St. Valentine’s day with Lupercalia and toned down the festivities, marking the beginning of Valentine’s Day as we know it today.
Modern traditions of the holiday have been added over the years; the pet name ‘Valentine’ is referenced in Shakespeare, and Cupid (the Roman god of love) became attached to the day in Victorian times. It was thought that birds begin their mating season in February, and so since the 1400s Valentine’s Day has been associated with birds. Because hearts are, of course, the leaders of love, they’ve come to find themselves everywhere around Valentine’s day. Ever since Industrialization, cards, chocolates and trinkets have flooded the markets, bearing romantic slogans and all kinds of symbols of love.
Valentine’s Day may have a confusing and long-winded history, but today it’s celebrated around the world. For this century, candies and cards generally suffice for Valentine’s Day paraphernalia. The day provides people with an opportunity to confess their true feelings - or just buy candy for their friends. Either way, happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers!
Sources: The Smithsonian Magazine, Feb. 14 2018; Encyclopedia Britannica, ‘Valentine’s Day”; NPR, Feb. 13, 2011
- Kate Voltz
Congratulations to this year's talent show winners, Sophia Fraser, Madison Cloutier, Kosette Slader, and Sage Barlow (see picture below)! They wowed the audience with an acapella performance of "White Winter Hymnal," complete with choreography, by Pentatonix. It was an exciting night, filled with singing, piano, guitar, instrumental groups, short films, and even exciting choreographed dances featuring the announcers and organizers. Other awards were given out as well: Ray Bourke won the Zach Peters award, Joshua Lembke won the short film award with “Teens of Style”, and Hazel Moses and Caleb Reimer won the ad film award with “Converse”. During intermission, the audience got the chance to vote on their favorites in an art exhibit. Jacob Mathison won the photography award, Joy Han won the drawing and painting award, Jasper Pollock won the sculpture award, and Afon Blinov won the woodworking award. Filled with music and laughter, it was a night to remember, and not one to miss!
- Hope Humphreys
If you’ve been to a football or basketball game, chances are you’ve seen the CV cheerleaders, but many have never been to a cheer competition. Some have never even heard of it. That changed for some students when South Albany High School held their annual Redhawk Rumble in our gym. Our varsity cheer team is undefeated this year, taking home first place trophies from every competition so far. The JV team also took home a trophy from each competition and won first place here at CV. The cheerleading state championships are coming up fast, so if you see a CV cheerleader in the hall, wish them luck!
- Hope Humphreys
Throughout our lives we will all struggle with tragedy, stress, and pain. At times it may feel like the world is ending--and that’s okay. All life goes through ups and downs, from the animals struggling through winter to the plants that bloom and flourish in springtime. We are all part of a cycle greater than ourselves. But what if the world -- as we know it -- really was ending? All around us the problems climate change presents are closing in. Australia is on fire, the poles are melting, and animals are dying out like never before. It’s only a matter of time before we have to face the effects firsthand and our species starts being hit hard by it.
Australian Bush Fires
In Australia this is already happening. Thousands have had to evacuate their homes, and at least 33 people have died. 11 million hectares of land have burned, including thousands of homes, both of humans and animals. Because so much land is being lost experts are worried about the endangered animals living in Australia; 25,000 koalas have died on Kangaroo Island alone. Australia is on fire, and some people are worried it's only going to get worse. Air quality has become so bad in some areas that it's not just affecting Australia; the smoke has travelled over 7,000 miles, reaching areas as far away as New Zealand. This smoke can cause various health problems, such as inflammation or respiratory disease. Over the past few years temperatures in Australia--and all around the world--have risen, leading to drier climates and drought conditions in some areas. This sort of climate is perfect for fires to spread in, as it provides lots of dry brush.
Why is This Happening?
There is a phenomenon called a positive Indian Ocean Dipole, where the ocean is warmer in one area and colder in the other. Currently there is a dramatic difference between the temperature of the two, which means the West will be wetter, while the East will be drier, and Australia is being heavily affected by this.
But in a broader sense, a large part of why this all happening is due to the greed and pollution of large corporations. As individuals we can make some impact by limiting our use of plastics and consumption of carbon, but the only way this is going to get better is if large companies stop damaging the environment. The damage they incur is only going to get worse, and it will affect all of us.
Imagine if every one of us were to rise up and combat climate change; what a difference that would make. We could lead each other to a brighter future. So please, encourage your friends and family to donate, to educate, and to engage in activities that combat climate change. Work against large corporations that would pollute our rivers and encourage our local, state, and federal government to do more to fight this threat.
- Kristen Scarborough
Here at CV, we have many amazing resources for all kinds of activities and academic disciplines, including the career center and the math center, among others. One that most Raiders have experienced at some point is the Writing Center, which is in the library. Jill has helped both this editor and many CV students to hone their writing craft. If you're interested in creative writing, go find the Writing Center! It's not just for academic writing; it's for all writing, and all writers, regardless of skill level.
Our school has many resources for writers; the writing center is just one of many. Lit teachers are also excellent people to reach out to for help, and writing essays for class (or for colleges) isn't the only way to express yourself in writing. The editor encourages Raider to reach out to those who can help you improve, and to express themselves through their medium of preference - whether that's music, writing, art, or something else entirely! Happy writing, Raiders!
- Kate Voltz
Far out to the left of the highway, there is a house that looks like a remnant from when there were castles. I pass her every day on my way to school. She sits atop a hill, looking down on the green fields below like a queen surveying her lands. Out to her left, a wall of thorns and dying plants marks the end of her territory, and if I move too far to the right, another thorny barrier hides her from view. Sometimes it is foggy in the morning and then she is shrouded in mist, standing alone above the veil that covers her hill and her field. On those days I see her and imagine stories of an enchanted house on a hilltop, maybe full of dragons and heroes and magic spells, all hidden from the view of people passing by. Maybe she is the highest tower of a castle buried beneath the ground and that is why there is a hill there, because someone had to cover the castle long ago. Maybe she is simply a house on a hill. I don’t know. She isn’t my house. But every time I see her, I smile inside, for it is she who keeps my spirit of adventure alive.
- Valerie Delos-Reyes