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  • 27 February 2014 Cover 1

    ALTITUDEHanford High School | Richland, Wash. 99354 | Feb.27.2014

    volume fourteen issue five

    Controversy yields resultsIn response to the uproar over removal of the concrete let-ters at Fran Rish Stadium, Superintendent Rick Schulte has created a committee of interested parties, including school officials and students, to oversee future developments related to the issue.


    Season reviewMany teams and athletes did well this winter season. School records fell in boys swim and girls basketball. Swim, bowling, gymnastics and wrestling all went to the state competi-tion.


    Mama miaWheres the pizza? Whether you prefer sit-in or take-out, a page of A&E is dedicated to every-ones favorite Italian cuisine.


    Ordering the courtAP government students dust off their figurative suits and briefcases, arguing the importance of their chosen Supreme Court decisions before the highest tribunal in the school, their peers.


    Junior Sean Thompson takes a break at the DOE Regional

    Science Bowl. Thompson and Sathvik Ramanan were members of the first place team that won a trip

    to Washington, D.C., for the National Science Bowl

    at the end of April.

    Fever football players celebrate freshmen academic success with high-achieving students the morning of Feb. 18 in the Commons. Freshmen who earned a 3.0 or higher G.P.A. first semester were honored.

    photographersophie lin

    pages 7-9

    courtesy of melanie cushing

  • 27 February 2014News2

    In the Winter Olym-pics the American ring didnt light up.Madi Oldssenior

    Only four out of the five rings lit up at the opening ceremony on Feb. 7 when a technical glitch caused the fifth ring to fail to light up and open. In the closing ceremony, a dance routine acknowl-edged the glitch by recreating the scene with dancers.

    The Lego Movie came out, and I really want to go see it.Hunter Elmsfreshman

    The Lego Movie, a P.G. movie directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, came out on Feb. 7. In the movie, the 3-D character Emmet embarks on an epic quest to save the world. On rotten-tomatoes.com, the movie earned a 91 percent fresh rating from audience and a 96 percent fresh rating from critics.

    Venezuela is protest-ing against socialistic government.

    Cidney Longaneckerjunior

    President Nicholas Maduro has been trying to control anti-gov-ernment demonstrations, as inflation topped 56 percent last year, and crime rates soared. For weeks, anti-government Venezuelans have been marching to show their disapproval.


    On Feb. 22, Hanford Science Bowl teams claimed three of the five top spots in a regional competition at W.S.U. Tri-Cities. There were three teams of five members each, varying from sophomores to seniors. The Hanford 1 team made up of seniors Chenchen Li, Sathvik Ra-manan and Jonah Bartrand as well as junior Sean Thompson and sophomore An Wang won the competition and will be competing at the National Science Bowl held in Washington D.C. from April 24 to 28.

    Science teacher Brian Palmer has been the adviser for Science Bowl for 15 years now. I was very confident in our chances to win again, Palmer said, as this year four out of the five members of team one won regionals last year. The Science Bowl teams meet up every Tuesday after school to practice how the game is played and how the questions are phrased so the situa-

    tion becomes familiar at competition, accord-ing to Palmer.

    Senior Sathvik Ramanan has been in the club since his freshman year. To make it to region-als, you have to show up to science bowl prac-tice every week and show dedication, Ramanan said.

    Simply showing up to practices, however, is not enough to succeed. To do well, you need to make an individual effort to study on a wide variety of subjects over the year. As he will be graduating this spring, Ramanan expresses sad-ness. This will be one of the things I miss most about high school.

    Both individually and overall, Hanford per-formed well at the competition. Seniors Jonah Bartrand, Niraj Suresh and junior Peter Li each received an all-star award. Three out of six all-stars were awarded to Hanford students. Addi-tionally, the three teams came out of the double elimination tournament ranked 1st, 3rd and 5th.

    A REASON TO CELEBRATE...Feb. 27-Polar Bear DayFeb. 28-Tooth Fairy DayMarch 1-National Pig DayMarch 2-Old Stuff DayMarch 4-Poundcake Day

    March 8-Be Nasty DayMarch 9-Panic DayMarch 13-Earmuff DayMarch 14-Pi DayMarch 15-Ides of March

    March 17-St. Patricks DayMarch 20-Spring EquinoxMarch 22-Goof-off DayMarch 23-Toast DayMarch 25-Waffle Day

    Science Bowl com-petitors re-view science concepts during a lunch break. All three Hanford teams suc-cessfully came out at the top of their respective divisions to enter the final double elimination bracket.Not so Bohr-ing

    Some of these fun and crazy holidays may look familiar to you. Others, not so much.

    C.B.C. Art Show Robin HoodBlood DriveStatus: Completed Status: In Progress Status: In Progress


    Showtimes: Auditions


    pints of blood were collected,

    volunteers helped run the blood drive. One such volunteer was junior

    19 more than the goal of 60.

    I got a free shirt. And then it was one free sad-

    wich at lunch.

    caleb greer-short

    When it finally arrives every-ones in a frenzy. . .excited to

    see who got awards.

    katie smith

    I am most looking forward to making a horse head and

    putting it on someones head.

    zach harper

    The show runs from Feb. 24 to March 7. Exhibits are open weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    for Robin Hood occurred on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20.

    The art can be viewed at C.B.C.s Gjerde Center. Participants include junior

    cast and crew members are working to make Robin Hood a success. One such diligent person is head costumer and sophomore

    photographeran wang

  • 27 February 2014 News 3

    At the school board meeting on Jan. 29, board members discussed the removal of the concrete letters at Fran Rish Stadium and Carmichael Middle School.

    On Jan. 9, the iconic R and H at Fran Rish Stadium were removed as part of a renovation effort on the visitors side of the field. In order to replace the bleachers, which were a safety haz-ard, the letters had to come out too. The events leading up to the decision are a bit murky, with Superintendent Rick Schulte saying that the director of facilities told the contractor to go ahead with removal. He thought that he was act-ing on the will of a group of people, a group that Principal Ken Gosney was part of.

    However, according to Gosney, removal of the letters was never on his agenda. I never made any request to remove the letters, he said. Were there essentially five nights a year, and any issue surrounding them was nowhere on my priority list. Gosney conceded, however, that he isnt too concerned about it. It appears that they were going to come out anyway due to construc-tion, he said, so I didnt worry about it when I heard they had been removed.

    The board had no prior knowledge of the removal. Schulte said that if he had to pinpoint a single area where the blame should fall, it was in the fact that a formal work order was never placed. Board member Rick Donahoe pointed out, however, that that type of work is not done through work orders.

    Following the controversial removal of the letters, Schulte has formed a committee of alumni, students, staff and community members to discuss future actions that should be taken in regard to this situation. Gosney and Executive Council members Evan Foraker and Marissa Savitch are on the committee representing Han-ford. When I first heard about it, Savitch said, I was a little disappointed. I wanted to help as much as I could. The committee has met only once so far, but Savitch feels like they are mov-ing in a positive direction. The letters are not only important to me but I feel like most of the district, she said. It represents both Hanford and Richland, so its important that we have the symbol of both at our home field.

    The baseball and soccer facilities are far removed from Hanfords main buildings, which poses a problem for spectators. Sitting in the stands can become a miserable ordeal when the nearest restroom is inside the far-off main buildings, or even worse, a Port-A-Potty.

    Fortunately, a saving grace has arrived.The district supported the idea of having

    water and sewer taken out to areas near our fast-pitch fields and our soccer field, Athletic Direc-tor Eric Davis said. The idea is that the Booster Club, in conjunction with our athletic program, will build a building at each site.

    The new facilities are to be built to provide sports spectators with a more comfortable and convenient experience. Each building would have a concession stand, restrooms, and stor-

    age for the teams that are using the fields, Davis said.

    Junior baseball player Jacob Anderson said, The improvements will make the baseball field a better environment for both the players to play and fans to watch and hang out.

    Theres been some controversy on the topic among many of the baseball and softball players, but to Anderson, its a good project from start to end. I definitely support it because anything that makes our facilities better is worth it, An-derson said. The team and crowd would benefit from improved facilities. The better the field and equipment, the more people become interested. These improvements will encourage the contin-ued interest of spectators, who in turn will boost the players morale.

    However, these new luxuries wont be ready un