Swimming Takes District Title

“Go!” Coach Jedow and the swimmers screamed at their teammates. “Go, go, go, go!”

It was hard to stay seated during finals on Jan 22, because the swimmers, the coaches and the parents in the stands were yelling, clapping, stomping their feet and waving their arms wildly above their heads. Not a single race lacked spirit from the sidelines, including the 500 free which, for those that don’t know, lasts anywhere from 5 to 6 minutes. While swimming is considered a purely individual sport, these Chargers are not just individuals when it comes to competition. They are a team.

Junior Austin Naranjo was awarded boy’s District Diver of the Year, placing first in the boy’s 1-meter dive with 335.20 points. Sophomore Evan Braeuler contributed to the boy’s overall score, placing third in the boy’s 1-meter dive and scoring 329.55 points, only 1.2 points away from second place.

Junior John Murray was named boy’s District Swimmer of the Year after winning both of his individual events, the 50 and 100 free. Junior Liam Lockwood also won both of his individual events after an amazing performance in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

The swimmers took home second place at districts, trailing behind Reagan by 32 points. The boy’s placed first with 158 points and the girls came in second with 141 points. The swimmers and divers are ready for their shot at the state title.

Congrats to all of our swimmers that made it regionals:


  • Liam Lockwood
  • Will Glasscock
  • Reid Aitken
  • David Bemporad
  • Cory Bolleter
  • Will Cheng
  • Baikal Komissarov
  • Ricardo Lopezlena
  • Garrett Mize
  • John Murray
  • Josh Murray
  • Austin Naranjo
  • Joel Schawe
  • Michael Talley


  • Kayla Aitken
  • Hannah Arnold
  • Davina Jaynes
  • Lee Norris
  • Aurelia O’Keefe
  • Rebekah Pauly
  • Megan Strickland
  • Julianna Torres
  • Bobbi Villarreal
  • Mackenzie Walsh

It’s All About the Commercials

Not everyone watches the Super Bowl for the sports; some tune in every year for the advertising campaigns, and companies know it. The cost of a Super Bowl commercial this year? Around 3 million dollars for 30 seconds of advertising air time.

Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne will be starring in a Best Buy commercial, which was filmed sometime in January at Universal Studios. Best Buy hopes the “odd pair” will “showcase creativity and humor” to Super Bowl viewers. This being Best Buy’s first Super Bowl commercial, the top U.S. consumer electronics retailer is shooting for perfection with Bieber and Osbourne as the new faces of the company.

Cars seem to be the main event, commercial wise, this year during the big game. Up to 30 percent of commercial air time will go to eight auto manufacturers, in addition to CarMax, Bridgestone and Cars.com. But even with such a large amount of money being spent on car and car related ads, these commercials are certainly not the most popular, as only two in the past 13 years have managed to break into the top 50 Super Bowl commercials. Volkswagen and KIA have gone the sci-fi route this year, with Volkswagen using a pint-sized Darth Vader and animated insects to convey its message and KIA suggesting that even aliens will    go to great lengths to get their hands (are they considered hands?) on a new 2011 Optima.

PepsiCo abandoned the opportunity to spend somewhere around $20 million on commercials during the sporting event last year and had since funneled the money towards the community by funding consumers’ ideas for local projects. But they’re back this year, planning to run at least six commercials. General Motors also plans to rejoin the other campaigning companies this year with five ads after two years, hoping to make a big debut after bankruptcy.

Motorola’s commercial (which has already been released to the internet) challenges the lack of options Apple provides and insists that their Xoom tablet is the better choice by using  a similar  commercial to the one Apple aired in1984 during the Super Bowl. It will be quite interesting to see how Apple chooses to react to the bold claims that Motorola is making, when the company clearly states in the commercial “one authority,” “one design,” “one way to work.”

Cars.com released both of their commercials to YouTube and some sites have hinted one of the commercials being similar to Pixar’s Cars, but the ad has a more realistic twist and also makes use of humans. While the animated cars could be considered “safe,” the witty innuendos are enough to make almost anyone smile.

However, this year’s Super Bowl commercials aren’t just about the commercials. Social media is being implemented as well. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are being used by Mercedes-Benz, Budweiser, KIA, Volkswagen and Audi as social tie-ins. This allows these companies to get more bang for their buck, as well catch the eye of those anti-sports fans.

Not even willing to tune into the Super Bowl to watch the commercials? Under the impression that the Super Bowl can’t be watched without cable? All of these remarkable ads will be online as soon as the next day, and many will continue to air throughout the year.


TISCA Qualifiers

Swimmers with qualifying times for TISCA are:


Kayla Aitken
Hannah Arnold
Kristina Gonzalez
Davina Jaynes
Lee Norris
Aurelia O’Keefe
Rebekah Pauly
Megan Strickland
Julianna Torres
Diane-Claire Villarreal
Mackenzie Walsh


Reid Aitken
Cory Bolleter
Evan Braeuler
Shu Cheng
William Glasscock
Baikal Komissarov
Liam Lockwood
John Murray
Joshua Murray
Austin Naranjo
Joel Schawe
Zach Steadman
Congrats Chargers!


The Real Gunter Ghost Story

“I can’t; they’ve forbidden us to,” the concierge said, in response to  reporters when they asked about the Sheraton Gunter Hotel’s history. “Apparently someone was having trouble sleeping and it got around to the boss. I’m sure the internet  can tell you most of the facts, especially the meat grinder part.”

The internet did indeed include the “meat grinder” part as the concierge had mentioned.

On February 6, 1965 a man checked into the hotel under the alias “Albert Knox” and was given  room 636.
Two days later on February 8, the maid, Maria Guerra, opened the door to room 636, ignoring the “Do Not Disturb” sign and let out a blood-curdling scream.Blood covered the sheets, railed across the floors, and coated the walls, accompanied by a bullet hole through one of the chairs. A man standing in the middle of the room, believed to be “Knox,” pressed his index finger to his lips and shushed the maid before grabbing a bloody bundle and disappearing down the hall.
It took nearly an hour before the police were notified.

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“Excuse me, ma’am? Can we see the room? Room 636?” asked the reporters. The maid looked up from her cleaning supplies and blinked at the two newspaper staffers who had hesitantly asked to see the haunted room.
“Sure, but you have to tell me something, why is everyone asking to look into this room?” she asked.

The newspaper students exchanged glances.”Because its the room where the woman was murdered 45 years ago.” The woman’s eyes widened as the students told her the story they had read online.

“Nobody ever told me that story, they just keep asking to see the room,” the maid answered.  “I’m going to have to look that up now, y’all make me curious. But I’ve cleaned that room plenty of times and nothing scary ever happens in that room. Room 623, maybe, but not room 636.”

What did she mean? After research, we found that rooms 623 and 624 used to be a suite, and the rooms above them are still suites on the 10th, 11th, and 12th floors.

“I’ll be cleaning one of those rooms and something will fall, and I’ll think to myself ‘I know I didn’t drop that.’ Sometimes the TV will turn on and off or the doors will slam shut. If any rooms in this hotel are haunted, it’s those rooms,” she said.

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A few days later and a man tried to check into room 636 of the St. Anthony hotel. After being told that room 636 was occupied, he took room 536.
Days went by, the man in room 536 had not allowed the maid to clean his room. Both hotel security and the police were notified.
The security guard, who was accompanied by Detective Frank Castillon, jingled his keys against the door, not wanting to disturb the man hiding inside the room. A shot rang out and both the guard and detective burst through the room.
The man was “Knox.” He choked on his own blood as Castillon tried to question him, but it was too late. “Knox” successfully killed himself in room 536, leaving the police with no other leads. They could only guess what happened to the woman that accompanied him while he was staying at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel.

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The reports of paranormal activity at the hotel have died down since the 90’s and while we’ve found that some employees avoid the floor, or fear the room, no one could confirm that many employees quit after cleaning the room.

But there is no reason to go home tonight and have trouble sleeping. Some words of wisdom: “I’m not afraid of the dead,” the maid said. “I’m more afraid of the living.”