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TWO-EDGED SWORD WELCOME MESSAGE

Welcome to the first-ever web edition of the Two-Edged Sword, the student newspaper at St. Paul High School. The Two-Edged Sword will cover News, Sports and Entertainment from a St. Paul perspective and be updated throughout the week.

 

There are many interesting and exciting things happening on campus and we look forward to providing the St. Paul community with a student perspective of these events.

Hernandez Named Homecoming Queen
 
By Ignacio Cervantes
The Two-Edged Sword
Who was going to be the next St. Paul Homecoming queen? That was the big            question in October as the senior class decided from the following candidates: Cristina Hernandez, Alyssa Frias, Keili Fontes, Alejandra Armenta and Samantha Palma.
The queen was selected on the traditional homecoming football game against Harvard-Westlake and students danced the night away the next day Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anaheim. The theme was, ``There's no place like homecoming.'' It was a memorable experience that no one forgot. 
   ``Being my last year, making the top 5 homecoming court was fantastic." Frias said. 
``Oh my God. This was so exciting, I could not believe I made the court.'' Hernandez said.  
During halftime of the game, Hernandez was named St. Paul's homecoming queen.


Swordsmen Marching Band Used New York Themed-Show In Finale
 
By Chantel Maulas and Helen Argondoña
The Two Edged Sword
 
St. Paul's Marching Swordsmen band enjoyed a successful season performing this year.
One of the band's best performances occurred at the final home football game against Chaminade with a New York-themed show to close out the season. The band opened with "I Love New York.''
The show also contained of selections from the musical "On the Town,'' "Harlem Nocturne,'' the theme from Mickey Spillane's ``Mike Hammer,'' and of course, the theme from ``New York, New York'' made famous by singer Frank Sinatra.
"I'm extremely glad we got to play most of our show for our fellow students," drum major, Lauren Sano said.
The Marching Swordsmen also competed in several field competitions throughout the year along with pep rallies, basketball games and the school's Open House for incoming students.

 


Students perform box-office hits at Swordsmen Showcase
 
By Amber Escobar and Chantel Maulas
The Two-Edged Sword
 
The St. Paul Swordsmen Showcase entertained and pleased the audience with  a "Music at the Movies" theme for the musical performance that took place at the First Christian Church in Uptown Whittier. It featured many talented students performing box-office hits from the 1960's to the present.

The annual St. Paul Swordsmen Showcase is a tradition of the performing arts dept. and specifically features members of the choral dept. It is a chance for students to perform songs in groups,  a duet or as a soloist.

"Showcase this year was a lot easier to put together than last year because the students were a great help and because of the great amount of time,"said Mr. Zach Simon, who is St. Paul's choral director. "It was a great success". 

The semi-casual event was fun if you were a performer or a spectator. The choir dept.  hoped to continue the tradition, learning from past experiences and creating new memories.


OPINION: More recycling needed for students

By Kassandra Cuellar
The Two-Edged Sword

Have you noticed the that we have yet to have any recycling bins on our campus? We only have recycle bins in our classrooms, which is inconvenient because we are not allowed to go into the hallways during lunch or break, let alone the classrooms.
During lunch is the time when recycling bins are most needed.  Everyone enjoys a refreshing drink once in awhile, especially when we have a random heat wave like we sometimes get during the school year.  By recycling, we are not only saving the environment, but also saving money for our school.
Please join us in the cause to save our environment by getting recycling bins put outside at lunch during our breaks.


Swordsmen golf team defeats Bishop Amat, enjoys successful season

By Emily Rivera 
Two-Edged Sword Writer

St. Paul High School gladly welcomed a new set of faces to the athletic program with the first girls’ golf team in school history last season. This year the fledgling program impressed everyone with record low scores and victories.

The Swordsmen defeated rivals Bishop Amat, 302-303, during the second round of league play as sophomore Allison Fonseca (54) along with seniors Brianne Gatewood (61) and Jasmine Villasenor (62) were clutch performers in St. Paul's narrow victory.

``At first, I couldn't believe we beat Amat,’’ senior Taylour Bretoi said. ``Coach Governale even asked me to add up the scores one more time just to make sure.’’

The unbelievable win against Bishop Amat is by far the most remarkable match for the Lady Swordsmen. With a large contingent of new girls still learning golf, many supporters are proud of what they accomplished in only two seasons

During the teams’ first meeting in early September at the Swordsmen’s home course, Whittier Narrows, senior Emily Rivera (55) and Fonseca (62) led the team with low scores. However the Swordsmen fell short, 289-311.

The Swordsmen are currently 5-4 and aiming for a second-place title with a victory over Bishop Connelly in the last league match. Once league play ends, the top seven girls advanced to the league prelims held at Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia.



Swordsmen on the street

By Frank Andrade
Two-Edged Sword

The Swordsmen football team is 6-1 record and ranked No. 2 in the Western Division. Many agree that they have a chance to win the CIF championship. The Two-Edged Sword asked students what they thought:

What is your opinion of the football team?

Brandon Cárdenas: ``They have a very competitive team, a lot of heart and have a family type of atmosphere.’’

Andre Salazar: ``They are a very good team, skilled and young. They have potential for greatness and a shot at the championship.’’

Jaime Arce: ``I think they are good so far.’’

Who do you think is a good player?

Brandon Cárdenas: ``I think Adam Sarmiento, Tom Medina and Paul Governale are good players.’’

Andre Salazar: ``I think Michael Ortega, Marcus Garcia and Paul Telles are good players.’’

Jaime Arce: ``I think Michael Ortega, Joshua Salazar and Tyler Carrillo are good players.’’



NEWS: Different opinions on opportunities for success

By Josh Olea
Two-Edged Sword

Opportunities for success was designed for students to talk to teachers and do their homework. This idea did not work out as well as originally envisioned so the program was eliminated this year.

Some students liked it because they said it was a second lunch period. Other students said they liked OFS because it got them out of class. But many students were not in favor of the program because they saw it as a waste of a day. Senior student Derek Mulcahey said it was ``dumb how we had to wait an hour and do nothing.’’

The teachers noticed it was not working as intended and removed it from the schedule.



SPORTS: Captains feel responsibility of leading Swordsmen

By Bridget Ybarra
Two-Edged Sword

One of the biggest honors for a St. Paul football player is to be named team captain. Defensive tackle Joshua Salazar and offensive guard Eric Sanchez were named captains this season.

Eric and Josh offered their perspective on being a football captain.

“I like being captain because I feel like a leader of my team,” Josh said.

``I feel very honored and nervous being in charge of the team,’’ Eric added.

Both of these players played their hearts out as the Swordsmen won six of its first seven games and feel privileged to be captains for the remainder of the season.



JV volleyball works together on-and-off court

By Briana Garcia 
Two-Edged Sword

As the girls’ junior varsity volleyball team nears the end of its season, it showed improvement and signs of reaching its potential. The team and Coach Katie Savedra worked hard to make this season a good one.One of the most positive aspects of the team was its ability to work together on-and-off the court. Whether the team had a good day or bad day they always picked each other up.

When asked what qualities she saw in the team, Savedra said ``mental toughness and good athleticism.’’Savedra expects her team ``to play hard and to better themselves physically and mentally.’’



Confidence runs high for cross country team

By Josh Jaurigue
Two-Edged Sword

The Swordsmen girls’ varsity cross country team got off to a good start this season as won its first meet in August. The team is made up of fast runners from all different grades. The runners believed Coach Adam Padilla is doing a good job leading the team with his unique and helpful coaching skills.

Junior varsity runners Jackie Scott and Nicole Bailey said the team’s confidence was high during the season.

``The season is off to a good start and it’s going to be a good one,’’ Scott said. ``All of the runners are striving to lead their team to league.’’

The team believed a league title is within reach. ``This team could be the best in 10 years,’’ Bailey said.

Scott and Bailey said, ``Coach Padilla knows what he’s talking about and knows what he’s doing.’’