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Volume 21, #5: February 18, 1983


Flags and Rifles are springing for the season


By Holly Wendt

Savanna's Tall Flag and Rifle Corps was formed last May when thirty girls were chosen to represent our school at the parades and field shows of the early season. But now that the new year has begun, the group has dwindled into the Wintergiiard, a top squad with 18 members. The Winterguard, led by Wendy Trevett and Alayne Rehm, is going for a new style with the new season. They are concentrating on a unique and different approach, with new routines, costumes, and equipment. Their new approach is basical ly New Wave in style. For example, their newest routine is being done to Oingo Boingo's "Only A Lad," and their new equipment includes rubber hoses.


In order to get ready for their upcoming performances, the corps has been practicing 3 hours a day. Said Wendy Trevett, "The girls are working hard, and they're easy to work with." The Winterguard will be attending many festivals this year; the first of which will be held on February 26 at Magnolia. They also have two festivals in March, one on the twelfth at Los Alamitos, the other on the nineteenth at Western. In April they also have two more festivals, one at Loara and one at Savanna.

After the end of the season, the girls will perform at The Music Olympics and at the Rebel Show. We can look forward to seeing and hearing about the Tall Flag and Rifle Corps for the remainder of the year.

National Guidance Week: Counseling is Caring

Mr. Purcell, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Nielsen, Mrs. Yawn, Richard Dohn

By Julie Serio

February seventh thru eleventh was National Guidance Week. It is one week a year in which we take time to honor our counselors. Our counselors work hard for us year round, so one week to appreciate them seems little in comparison.

Mr. Purcell is Savanna's career guidance counselor, he is also employed by the R.O.P. This is his 15th year at Savanna and his 22nd year in the district. Mr. Purcell is the coordinator of the G.A.T.E. and E.S.L. programs. He is the one to see if a student needs information on colleges or scholarships.

Mr. Roberts, Savanna's A-G counselor, has been here for 17 years and has spent 24 years in the district. His special duties at Savanna include: sponsoring the A.F.S. bond sale, putting on International Day and he is coordinator of the foreign exchange program.

Mrs. Yawn has only been a counselor for 12 years, 3 of which have been here at Savanna. She is in charge of the HO students and also has a private counseling practice. She is president of the counselors assoication, the differential aptitude testing coordinator and is in charge of the baby G.A.T.E. program. Mrs. Yawn says, "We have been able to have more group counseling and informational programs here and have been able to reach the classrooms individually." She thinks the students here are the most responsive to good counseling and following through.

Last comes P-Z with Mr. Nielsen, he has been at Savanna for six years and was at Western for 11 before here. He is in charge of the academic decathlon team and of the Newcomers club. Mr. Nielsen stated that Savanna is the best school he has ever been at.

Even though National Guidance Week is over, the theme, Counseling is Caring, continues on throughout the year and our counselors continue to live up to the theme.

ROP prepares students


It's never too early to begin your career planning. You can investigate different careers by enrolling in an ROP course. ROP can provide you with job-training that can help you get your perfect job. Contact the Career Guidance Specialist on your campus for information on how you can get elective credit for taking an ROP class. Spring session classes begin the week of January 31. Many classes can be entered throughout the semester.

Today's job market is a lot different than the one your parents entered. It's more complex and highly diversified. Some jobs are rapidly disappearing while others ar springing up in new fields.

The electronics revolution, which began 23 years ago with the miniature silicon chip, has created a "high technology" job market. Today, more and more workers perform their job with "high tech" tools such as computers and robots. People th marginal skills will face stiff competition when job-hunting.

In this brave new world, it pays to know what jobs wil be in demand. Health paraprofessionals (Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiologic Technician, etc.) are in demand more than ever before. By 1987, the country will need 54,750 new health technicians. The annual salary of experienced workers will reach $29,000.

Clerical occupations remain the single largest occupational group in the United States and will grow at least 19 percent by 1990. Good employment prospects include accountant, computer programmer, computer console operator, secretary, and word processor operator. Annual salaries in these fields range from $12,000-$20,000.

In Orange County, the food and leisure industries are large employers. Job openings for cooks are increasing at a faster rate than for all occupations combined. Jobs are also increasing for receptionists, waiter/waitresses, and cashiers.

As Valentines Day approaches, give yourself a valentine. Start thinking about what you're going to do with your life. Take some time during National Vocational Education Week, February 6-12, and explore career opportunities with your school career counselor.

Rebels speak out in contest


By Jennifer Griggs

Seven high school seniors from various schools, including two from Savanna, competed in the Ebell Club speech contest on January 21st. Dianna Veale and Elizabeth Beech were excused from school to match their speaking skills against others for a $400.00 drama scholar ship. Mrs. Harju, a newly acquired drama/speech teacher brought three students, including one from Katella High School (where she teaches from fourth through sixth periods) to strive for the winning spot.

Elizabeth read an excerpt from the play "The Silver Cord." Her reading lasted approximately five minutes, and she commented, "I was quite pleased with the outcome of my speech. I think I did fairly well." When asked for the main context of her speech she replied, "It's really all about a woman who's trying to get it through to her rather boyish husband that he is too reliant on his mother and she considers him to be a mama's boy."

A compilation from the book "The Three Faces Of Eve" was the topic chosen by Dianna. In her reading Miss Veale portrayed Eve White: a woman of southern heritage afflicted with multiple personalities. This game Dianna the opportunity to show the wide range of her dramatic abilities.

Due to a mix up in the preparations for the contest a second judging will be held. Schools that were not represented initially will have a chance to send contestants to the second competition. Anyone wishing to repeat her performance for a chance at a higher score may do so at that time. The results have not come in yet and it is doubtful that they will come in any earlier than March when the banquet for the competitors will be held.

The Ebell Club is a woman's organization that promotes scholarships in the field of cultural arts. Girls are encouraged in their pursuit of careers in music, both vocal and instrumental, creative writing, photography, drama, and art.

Mrs. Harju has also been asked to select some students to speak at a Lion's Club contest. Carmen Carpenter will be speaking at the Anaheim night competition on February 17. SYND, Snow will be competing in the Anaheim morning contest on February 22.


A lower minimum wage spells trouble


By Jennifer Griggs

On January 25th President Reagan gave his State of the Union Address; he spoke of lowering the minimum wage for teenagers. The plan Ronald Reagan discussed would affect teens in vocational training programs and would cut hourly wages to $2.50 an hour. His address contained this statement, "Our proposal will include new incentives for summer youth employment to help young people get a start in the job market." Slashing the minimum way is the incentive he speaks of. This may sound good; however, the President's plan is not without flaws for it seems he failed to see the disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages is quite obvious, with double digit unemployment this plan would lower job opportunities for older workers. There are people who depend on mimimum wage type jobs to help support their families.

Employers would be apt to hire teens at a lower cost than to pay more for an older person. Equal pay for equal work should apply to teens also.

It doesn't take an economist to realize that states are going broke. It takes tax dollars to run programs like Social Security, and cutting the taxable income in half hardly seems a solution.

Workers watch parade at taxpayer's expense

By James A. Ollinger

On Tuesday, February 2, President Reagan granted Federal employees in the Washington area two hours off to watch a victory parade when the Washington Redskins won the superbowl. Unfortunately, with the federal deficit as high as it is, and Reagan's speeches about lowering said deficit, this action seems to cause more harm than good.

Washington D.C. is where the federal employees number most. When all federal employees are granted time off with pay to attend a parade almost all work grinds to a halt. What good are employees watching a parade and getting paid to boot? Never do I recall a Union dispute asking for a parade clause if the home team should win a game. No one in L.A. got time off work with pay to see the Dodgers when they won the World Series.

Maybe if the federal deficit were down to a reasonable level or better yet, if Reagan paid for those two hours out of his own pocket, then the situation would be tolerable. Right now, however, taxes can be used for better things than paying non-working employees.

Californians win with lottery


By James A. Ollinger

In this day of double digit unemployment and deep recession, would anyone like to win some money, and help get the state out of a deficit at the same time? Certainly, and residents in fifteen state governments do it every year; they play the state lottery.

This year California also has a chance to approve a state lottery. By all means, the state lottery should be instituted to help California's growing financial worries and also give us a chance to win a few dollars on the side. Not too long ago, a couple in New York won five-million dollars in a jackpot lottery. The price: $1.00. Recently KNBC showed a winner of the Arizona State Lottery; she won $1000 dollars every week for the rest of her life. Not only that, but she won't have to pay state taxes on it either. Try to get that kind of deal on a game show. Also, if she died tomorrow, her benificiary will get one million dollars.

Of course a lottery also generates money into the state. Since in many states only about half goes out in prizes, State governments can still net into the hundreds of millions of dollars. New York, for instance, sells in excess of 200 million dollars worth of tickets annually, and keeps about half. According to U.S. News & World Report, the profit goes to education. One Hundred million dollars will buy a lot of biology lab frogs (or fish) and quite a few books. Of course, the money could go into cities so we can bring business (and bring more jobs) to this State. Maybe the money could help widen the Santa Ana Freeway where it bottlenecks just South of here, or maybe get Caltrans running again. How about San Francisco's Cable Cars? How about mosquito abaitment? A lottery wouldn't cure all of our ills, but it would certainly made a dent in them.

Of course, some people are morally against gambling. No one is forcing anyone to play the lottery. People don't want others to bet on a lottery, yet anyone can go to Hollywood Park and play the pick-six anytime he wants.

Simply, the lottery is to gambling what the rubber band is to radial tires. The lottery's advantages more than outweigh the disadvantages. It's time the world came out of its Victorian shell and realized that the lottery is good, not evil.


Is Valentine's Day expressed by hearts, roses, and cupids?

Valentine graphic

Brian "Cupid" Geisel

Every year on the fourteenth of February, we all intend to be kind to one another as well as express our true feelings. We not only want to give our loving thoughts, but also words that are expressed through pretty little tokens such as candy, cards, flowers, and many other things.

This most magic day is named after Saint Valentine. Very little is known of this man except that he was a bishop and he lived in Rome 300 years after the birth of Christ. St. Valentine was believed to be a martyr who was put to death by the Romans because he admitted he was a Christian. Saint Valentine did not set the present custom of sending Valentines, but if he were living to day, he might not object to this popular custom.

One of the customs on Valentine's Day is to send a loved one a love token. Primary colors for this day are red and white which signifies the true pageantry of this memorable day. Saint Valentine was distantly related with the act of drawing names from a box. On this day, two boxes were filled with names of boys and girls. These names were drawn and the person whose name appeared on the paper was that person's Valentine for the year.

Another ritual re-enacted throughout England was when a person woke up in the morning, the first person he or she saw would bid the person, "Good Morning, tis Valentine's Day." The one who succeeded in saying this first, expected to receive a gift from whom the phrase was directed.

Sending out messages for remembrance, was started when the priests of England would write the names of saints, dead or alive, and put them in a box. Townspeople would then draw a name from the box and imitate that saint throughout the year, but this custom gradually changed. The number of names was decreased to those of living saints at the time, and these became "Valentines."

In conclusion, we must have knowledge of the fact that Valentine's Day means more than love; it brings out the affection and sentimentality in all of us. Also, we shouldn't forget the spiritual aspect that is associated with this religious as well as prestigious day. So as we look back on this memorable day, we should all remember that love makes the world go round.

"Let's Spend the Night Together": Stones Rock Movie Goers

Mick Jagger

By Jennifer Yocky

On Friday, February 11, "Let's Spend the Night Together" opened in theaters and is already being highly acclaimed by music fans. The film stars the Rolling Stones and features footage from their most recent concert tour in Los Angeles and New York.

The film was released by Embassy Pictures and was directed by Hal Ashby. Directors of Photography, Caleb Deschandel, and Gerald Feil did an outstanding job. Camera angles were set up to give the viewer the feeling of being right on top of the group. Also, "Let's Spend the Night Together" was recorded in Dolby stereo so the viewer is literally blasted right out of his seat.

Lead vocalist Mick Jagger displays his abundant energy while performing for screaming fans by jumping up and down and even attempting to run through the audience as hysterical fans try to touch their idol. While Jagger is running around, guitar players Keith Richards and Ron Wood are picking out an energetic tune and bass player Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts seem to look on in disbelief.

"Let's Spend the Night Together" begins with the group performing "Under My Thumb" and continues with the songs from their most recent concert. If one had seen the Rolling Stones last year, he has seen most of t.hp movie. However, it does run a few film clios of the hand from the late sixties and early seventies while they perfrom "Time is on My Side." Also, the film shows the crews building the stage and preparing the lights while the Stones play "Going to a Go-Go." The only other scene in the movie that one may not have already witnessed is the makeup man preparing Ron Wood for the concert.

By just listening to a description of the film, music fans would be cheating themselves. Sitting in the theater while the huge speakers blast out all the hits of the Rolling Stones and watching Mick Jagger sing and dance with such energy, makes one want to jump up and sing along. Because "Let's Spend the Night Together" is so full of music and energy, it should be very popular with music fans for a long time to come.

Music lovers discover Duran Duran

By Linda Dodge

Duran Duran is one of the best new groups out. Their debut album Rio and its most popular release, "Hungry Like the Wolf," are hitting the tops of the music charts even though it was released only a few months ago.

This exciting new group was formed in England where Rio became popular almost immediately. Their popularity sailed over-seas to America and picked up even more recognition.

Duran Duran is made up of five vocalist: Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Andy Taylor whose voices flow together to made one awesome sound.

Duran Duran's Rio is made up of nine songs including the title track. This song is following closely behind the hit song "Hungry Like the Wolf" on the charts. The album took almost five years to put together with the oldest cut off the ablbum being "The Chauffer" which was written in 1978, and the newest "Rio" was written in 1982.

All of the songs off of the album are consistantly mellow and slow, but there are some that have a nice jumpy rhythm to them which adds to another phase of their popularity.

"Save a Prayer Til the Morning After" is the slowest tune on the album; it is smooth and has a steady beat. "New Religion," in the beginning, gives the impression of being in a cathedral because of the pipe organ in the background; however, the beat soon picks up and starts into a reggae beat with rounds of verses. It is an interesting and very new kind of music.

Just describing the music is not enough. One must listen to the album to understand the music of Duran Duran. They are a fantastic new discovery and music lovers should discover Duran Duran themselves.

Dale and Donna


Rebels win Orange Crown

Tim Pittmen

By Chris Makimoto

Spectators at Savanna's season-ending basketball game here at Savanna witness perhaps the best pre-game show all year. In the almost luminous light of the Savanna gym, both teams gave the crowd an exciting prelude to an awesome contest that the Rebs won, 67-47. Before either of the game's referees arrived, both Colonist and Rebel players slam-dunked the ball a number of times to the delight of the partisan crowd.

The Rebels ended the season on a winning note, taking two out of their three final games, climaxing in their impressive win over the Colonist. Except for a 2-2 tie midway through the first quarter, the Rebs kept the lead throughout the game.

At home, the Rebs forgot about their previous loss, and went all out to end the season memorably. After the game, the players were jubilant, and as a victory celebration proceeded to give both coaches and an unsuspecting reporter showers.

To gain access into the CIF elimination rounds, the Rebs won their last 3-4. In the first of the five game streak, Savanna's tenacious defense held Brea to 15 points in the first quarter as the offense poured in 16 of their own during that span to defeat Brea 67-64.

This year's team is perhaps the best in Savanna's history. Faced with much leadership at the beginning of the year, the Rebs encouraged each other to improve and be the best that they could be. "We're the ones that pulled it together to go this far," said a Varsity team member.

The disgruntled Savanna fan may be wondering, "but will the games be exciting to watch?" the crowd-pleaser is of course, the slam-dunk, but high school basketball is rarely blessed with such awesome feats of skill. "One thing is for certian," said a vivid fan, "they won't be boring to watch."

Their first game will be held tonight, in our gym at 7:30 p.m.

Test your knowledge on basketball

Keith Watanabe

By Brian Geisel

  1. When did the 24 second shot clock take effect in the N.B.A.?
  2. What was the most points scored by a losing N.B.A. team?
  3. What N.B.A. player holds the record for the most points scored by free throws?
  4. What was the highest scoring game ever in the history of pro basketball?
  5. What was the lowest scoring game in pro basketball?
  6. Where have the Boston Celtics held all their home games in their history?
  7. What player has scored the most points in one game?
  8. What year did the Milwaukee Bucks join the N.B.A.?
  9. What is the average salary per player in the N.B.A.?
  10. Who was the first black coach of an N.B.A. team?
  11. When was the rule put in effect that six personal fouls were allowed per game?
  12. Who holds the record for most rebounds in one game?
  13. When was the three point basket put in effect?
  14. What team has won the most championships in pro basketball?
  15. Who is the all time winningest coach of basketball?

Girls' team is dribbling their way to first place

Nancy Williams

By Chris Makimoto

Establishing an Orange League title, the Varsity Girls' Basketball team had an awesome season record of 9-1. Thursday night in Savanna's gym the Rebel girls ended their season with a defound victory over the Anaheim Colonists with a score of 57-51.

Both teams started out at a turtles-pace on the floor with many turnovers and terrible shot selections; but soon the fire began to roar and the first half ended with a tie score of 26-26. The Colonists boast with All-League player Salina Walton as a powerful ball-handler and big man. She took many rebounds and points away from the Rebels, but with the combination of Darlene Trenary and Becky Rediess shooting and Cheryl Cristofaro at top handling the ball how can the team miss? The half time period ended and the jump ball was up in the air and coming down with the first possession of the second half was Trenary for the Rebs. The team picked up their tempo and basket after basket fell in for the Rebels. Ticking off the final seconds of the clock the Rebels won 57-51. Walton scored 17 pts. for the Colonists while the game high went to Rediess with 30 pts., also Trenary and Cristofaro contributed 15 and 8 pts. respectively.

The long waited CIF birth is here and being a first place team the first game will be on Savanna's own territory. Finishing the season the Girls' will be losing four starting seniors three who are three year Varisty players. This is the long awaiting chance for a first class Varsity team and they suceeded in that with ease in league their only focus now is doing well in CIF play.

Grapplers prepare themselves for upcoming competition

By Ellen Jeana Lipuma

Season dwindled down for the 1983 Wrestling team with an Orange League record of 1-4.

Finishing the 1983 wrestling season the boys lost to a score of 16-53. Being on home territory the boys who scored for the Rebels were: Robert Paqua in the 108 pound division; Joey Gillis pinned his opponent in the 148 pound division; and Pete Poching in the heavyweight division.

Van Champion gave his opinion on the team and their 1983 season," We had some injuries, but the season turned out respectable."

Taking their second to the last match the boys lost to Valencia with a score of 24-33. The wrestlers that scored points for the Rebels were: Paqua pinning his opponent in the 114 pound division; Billy Arrendell also pinned his opponent in the 114 pound division; Champion in the 121 pound division; Scott Schade in the 128 pound division pinned his opponent also; Gillis in the 147 pound division and Poching in the heavyweight division.

Coach Dennis Joslyne commented on how well the boys did and expectations for league and CIF, "The Varsity team has not wrestled as well as I'd hoped they would do at the start of the season. I can see four or five wrestlers placing first or second in league finals and advance to CIF finals February 19th at Harvard High School in North Hollywood."

Wrestling against Western the Rebels lost to a score of 3-63. Poching was the only wrestler that scored for the Rebels in the heavyweight division.

Gillis being the only freshman on the varsity squad has accomplished an overall record of 21-4. Joey participated in several tournaments and placed in all them. In the Brea Tournament he placed third; in the Corona del Mar Tournament he placed first; in the Valencia Tournament he placed first and received a trophy for the quickest pin of the tournament: his time was :35.

Wrestling against the Wild Cats on home territory the boys lost to a score of 16-46. The wrestlers that scored for the Rebels were: Martin Parks in the 121 pound division; Steve Mendoza in the 128 pound division tied; Joel Jacoby pinned his opponent in the 147 pound division and Poching in the heavyweight division.

The wrestlers having fantastic overall records were: Arendell 16-8; Champion 20-8; Schade 12-11; Gillis 21-4; and Poching in the heavyweight remained undefeated throughout the season.

Their Orange League Finals will be held on Thursday the 10th. The 2-A CIF Tournament will be held at Harvard High on Saturday the 19th.

Answers to Basketball Quiz above

  1. April 24, 1954
  2. 136 by the Syracuse Nationals
  3. 29 points by George Yardley of the Detroit Pistons
  4. 173-139 Celtics vs. Lakers 1959
  5. Detroit vs. Los Angles 1958, 19-18
  6. Madison Square Garden
  7. Wilt Chamberlain with 100 points
  8. January, 1968
  9. 350,000-750,000
  10. Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics
  11. October 30, 1947
  12. Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics with 49
  13. June 6, 1961
  14. The Boston Celtics with 13
  15. John Wooden
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