City water regulations challenging

By Cheyenne Little

Due to the drought in California many water restrictions have been put in place as of July 15. These new laws have affected the students of LHS as well as the school’s agriculture program. The City of Loyalton has restricted outside watering to only before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. – and not at all on Mondays.

The school’s sprinkler systems are on timers, which help make it an easier task.

Mrs. Stock said, “I have not noticed changes.”

Students, however, have responded that the water restrictions have affected them outside of school.

Jimmy Morrison said, “I’m not allowed to wash my dirt bike because of the restrictions.”

Car wash fundraisers would not be possible.

Temporary measures also include the following. Sidewalks or driveways cannot be washed off. Hoses must have a shutoff nozzle to wash cars. If neighbors believe someone is not following the law, they can report the offense, and the transgressor may have to pay a $500 fine.

The school’s agriculture class can only water during the time frame. In fact, the school received a complaint that it was watering “weeds.” The field being watered, however, is planted in alfalfa and needs to get established before the temperature drops to freezing.

Andrew Kielak, FFA president, said that no problems have occurred yet, but the large field in the back of the school needs to be kept watered or it may start to see harmful affects from the lack of water.

No restrictions on water animals have been made yet.

Other areas have asked people to shorten the lengths of their showers and if possible give up watering their lawns. The lawn in front of the Capitol Building in Sacramento is currently sporting a brown lawn.

With winter coming Californians are hopeful for snow to help reverse the drought.


FFA camp offers camaraderie for LHS officers

By James Morrison

Loyalton High School Future Farmers of America officers attended the California Officer Leadership Camp last Thursday and Friday in Shingletown.

Community volunteer Jane Roberti chaperoned the FFA officer team in advisor Cali Griffin’s absence.

FFA president Andrew Kielak said that COLC was a lot of fun and contained activities for the officers to help build their leadership skills as well as help bond the whole officer team together so they could work more efficiently and effectively.

He said that he thinks they brought back a strong sense of leadership. Kielak also commented that the officers will be able to work harder together with a more positive attitude to get their goals accomplished for the year.

Hayden Ketchum said, “We did team building exercises with Chico State University. These activities made our team come together as a whole. “We will be able to work effectively and efficiently with the goals we have set for the year community and our chapter.”

Ketchum also said that she had great fun with her fellow officers and learned a lot. She said she was pretty excited when they almost won the softball tournament–and that she thinks they almost won, because her team was working very well together.

LHS clubs offer variety

By Madison Hood

LHS clubs have elected officers and are getting ready organized with fundraisers and activities

Future Famers of America (FFA) officers for 2014-15 are Andrew Kielak as president, Gracie Little as vice president, Hayden Ketchum as secretary, Bret Colberg as treasurer, Bryant Doyle as parliamentarian, Sami Guidotti as reporter, Sam Hall-Fenstermaker as historian and Jade Leddy as sentinel. This club promotes the future of farming in America

Upcoming activities they have planned are the UC Davis field trip on Oct. 10, Shasta Field Day on Oct. 16, Advanced Leadership academy (ALA) and Made for Excellence (MFE) and Nationals conference from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4.

One of the fundraisers for FFA is the cookbook, organized by Colberg, Doyle, and Laural Colberg. Cookbooks will be sold before Thanksgiving and Christmas, and members are hoping to raise about $2,000.

California Scholarship Federation is an organization that recognizes students who achieve in academic subjects. CSF officers are Bella Campbell as president, Jonathan Cabrera and Ali Bennet as co-vice presidents, Sami Guidotti as secretary and Hayden Ketchum as treasurer.

CSF offers peer tutoring every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in room 100.

Students can become a member after their first semester in their sophomore year if they achieve the CSF 10 points required. If they achieve four more semesters of membership, including one in their senior year, they can qualify for gold graduation honors.

Drama Club officers are Gavin Whitley as president, Sage Sayers as vice president, Sam Hall-Fenstermaker as secretary, Kylie McGee as treasurer and Gracie Little as historian.

They will start having meetings hopefully in November after school and might have activities, but they aren’t sure yet. This club exists so as to promote theater events and collect funds for drama expenses.

Culture Club officers are Sage Sayers and Bella Campbell as president, Rachel Peterman as vice president, Bryant Doyle as secretary, Edgar Baeza as treasurer and Grace Meschery as historian. One activity this year will be Oscar Night when students dress up as actors and actresses and watch the Oscar Awards on television. This event is a fundraiser. The Culture Club will also sell t-shirts.

Advisor Megan Meschery said that students of Loyalton High are isolated, so this club tries to get kids out to try different things to expose them to a richer cultural environment and to give them an urban experience so as not be scared of city life.

Time for college planning

By Bella Campbell

Last year, a senior asked me if I knew what college I wanted to attend. I said I had no idea.

She smiled and said that she had been the same way, although the smile quickly disappeared. She stressed the importance of figuring it out before I start applying, ideally before summer ended.

But do young people ever take their elders’ words seriously? II  still don’t know, and people are asking me the same question, expecting a serious answer now, and I don’t know.

So, if you find yourself not knowing where you want to go to college or what you want to do with your life, in the midst of self-assured people, then we are in the same boat, my friends.

It’s college application season, and another generation of seniors is gearing up for the task of applying for scholarships and colleges.

Come one, come all— let’s get our activity resumes together.

Let’s gather our introspective essays and personal statements and application fee waivers.

A lot goes into college applications so think of this editorial as a sarcastic, magnificently condensed version of Janet McHenry’s Senior Issues class.

First, in getting ready for college, you should really take challenging classes like Advanced Placement courses. These classes give you an idea of the college rigor and what is expected. These classes also look very good on college applications and could potentially gain you college credit if you pass the College Board exams in May.

Next, take the PSAT. It’s a test that is designed to mimic the SAT, getting students used to the format and the types of questions expected on the SAT, only on a smaller scale. It’s important that you take the PSAT in the fall of your junior year and the SAT in the spring. Taking the SAT in the spring of your junior year allows you the chance to retake it in the fall of your senior year if you’re not happy with your scores.

Get educated about the academic requirements for admissions to colleges or universities you are thinking about applying to. For California public universities, it’s required to have two years of history, four years of English, three years of college prep math but four years recommended, two years of lab science but three recommended, two years of non-English language, one year of fine arts. California State Universities (CSU) and Universities of California (UC) usually require SAT Reasoning test and a 3.0 GPA in the a-g requirements only.

Next comes the application process. One or more of the following are required for most colleges: the formal application form, standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT scores, a current transcript, letter(s) of recommendation, essay(s) and an activities resume.

There are different options for applications.  Regular Decision is the traditional set deadline for the school. All acceptances are sent out after all applications are received and there is no obligation to attend. With Rolling Admission, the deadline for applications may continue through the winter until slots are filled. Decisions about acceptances are generally sent out within four to six weeks of getting the application. There is no obligation to attend if you get accepted. Early Decision is obligatory if you get accepted. The application date is earlier than that of Regular Decision. You can only apply to your top-choice school through Early Decision, because offers of admission are binding.  Early Action, on the other hand, is not a binding contract. You can change your mind and go to another school if you want. The deadlines are earlier, but you can apply to other schools through Early Action.

All colleges require your transcript. The transcript may be needed after your January semester grades and always after your June semester grades.

Private colleges require letters of recommendation. Only ask nonrelatives for letters of recommendations, such as a teacher, a mentor, a coach or a boss.

Ask at least a week in advance and consider any mailing time needed. Also, provide the person writing the letter with a copy of the portion of the application that requests the letter, your activities resume and an envelope with the address to where it’s supposed to be mailed.

Most private colleges and the University of California require essays. Keep the focus of your essay narrow and personal, but write about something that cannot be found somewhere else in the application. Be sure to proofread and have another person also proofread.

An activities resume is required by some private colleges. Activities resumes list high school awards, volunteer work, leadership/club activities, sports and work experience.

College visits can be very helpful in making an informed decision about what college to attend. By visiting a college campus you may be able to pick up free materials at the Prospective Students office, get a tour of the campus, visit classes in session, meet a financial aid officer there, and ultimately get a feel for community and opportunities.

It’s important for seniors to get started and avoid later last-minute stress. If you are not a senior, be thankful, but seriously start thinking about college.

Loyalton Grizzly volleyball starts with three losses

The Lady Grizz huddle up.

The Lady Grizz huddle up.

By Chase Grandi

The Loyalton volleyball team lost two pre-season games last week—both against Herlong—and lost a third game away at Providence Thursday.

In an away game at Herlong Sept. 16 the Grizzlies lost the first set 25-12. The second set was a close one, but still a Herlong victory, 25-22. The third and final set was also a loss, 25-14.

The Sept. 18 game against Herlong was at home.  The Grizzlies served first but couldn’t pull off the set win, with a 25-11 score. The second set was also a loss, 25-12.

The third set was closer, with the Grizzlies pulling within 4 points of the Vikings, 25-21. Coach Judy Guidotti said that the first two games of the season went well and that “the girls are working hard.”

She said the team has improved from last year by recognizing the importance of teamwork.   “The team is almost ready for the real season. The girls need to improve on working harder on their serving and they need to have more communication on the court.”

The girls lost all three sets in the game against Providence Thursday, with scores of 25-16, 25-8 and 25-10.

Sophomore Sequoia Bergstrom  said, “We are learning step- by – step and we are having a lot of fun.”

Grizzlies win one

By Kennedy Hood  

The Grizzlies went 1-1 in the past two games.

The Grizzlies suffered from another defeat to Redding Christian, 38-12, Sept. 13 at home.The boys managed to score the first touchdown of the game but quickly lost the lead and went into halftime with a score of 26-12.

Luke Campbell, Parker Wilson, and Tyler Lake each obtained one touchdown for the Grizzlies. Wilson also gained the most yards for the team with 117 yards total. Sam Beard got the most tackles of the game with 10 overall and Wilson not far behind with 9 tackles overall.

When asked about the game, players remained optimistic. Gavin Whitley and AustinSchwary said they felt that the team played very well in the game, while Wilson said he felt that it was the best game they had played so far. Those interviewed said the defense could be better and that the focus and intensity needed to go up.

The boys won their first game against Westwood, 79-40, in an away game in Westwood. The Grizzlies managed to take the lead quickly and maintained that lead throughout the entire game. Campbell, Lake and Schwary scored 2 touchdowns each for the team. Lake obtained the most yards of the game, 182 yards. The top tackler of the game was Damon Berry with 10 tackles overall with Ryan Tidwell and Beard obtaining 8 tackles each.

The boys will play again against Elk Creek on Saturday at 1 pm.


Grizzly Football

Junior Tyler Lake

Junior Tyler Lake

Junior Parker Wilson

Junior Parker Wilson

Volleyball season begins next week

By Chase Grandi

Sports Reporter

The first volleyball game will be on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Herlong.

Assistant coach Elizabeth Elorza said that the team is doing well. She said that earlier in the season she and the head coach had been weighing if there should be one or two teams.

Head coach Judy Guidotti said, however, that they had decided to combine the teams and would finalize the details with athletic director Katie Campbell and principal Marla Stock.

Elorza said that the players on the team need to commit to the team so they can start putting players in the positions where they are needed.

Principal Marla Stock said that sports are positive and encourage the students to be active and keep their grades up.

“They keep the kids physically active and improve their mental abilities,” she said.

Head coach Judy Guidotti said the girls are prepared for a good game against Herlong.

“They are looking forward to the challenge,” Guidotti said.

The Loyalton volleyball team has a 14-game schedule this year, with six games at home and lots of travel time–to Providence, Elk Creek, Westwood, and Core Butte.

There are 12 girls on the team this year.

LHS football season starts disappointingly

By Kennedy Hood 

Sports Reporter

The Grizzlies took two losses to start out the football season.

The Grizzlies lost to Whittell, 50-36, Aug. 29 in an away game in South Lake Tahoe.

The Grizzlies played well in the first and second quarters but then became tired in the second half.

The boys struggled with holding back the Warriors but managed to do so fairly well, putting quite a few points up on the scoreboard.

Tyler Lake was the top scorer of this game with two touchdowns. Gus Driscoll was the best tackler of the game with 14 tackles overall and Andrew Kielak not far behind with 13. Lake and Parker Wilson obtained the most yardage of the game with Lake at 151 yards and Wilson at 155 yards.

Although the Grizzlies lost, coach Brad Campbell, remained optimistic, saying they did well for the first game of the year and that they played hard the entire time.

He also said the team would work on their defense for the next game.

However the Grizzlies lost that game also to Big Valley, 38-6, Sept. 6 at home.

The boys had a rough start to the game, but managed to hold the Cardinals in the final quarter.

Parker Wilson was the top scorer of the game with one touchdown and Wilson obtained the most yardage as well with 181 yards. The best tackler of the game was Sam Beard with six tackles overall in the game.

The Grizzlies will have their next home game tomorrow starting at 1 pm.

Freshmen inspired at retreat

By Jimmy Morrison

 Roar Reporter 

The freshman retreat was held at the Grizzly Creek Resort near Beckworth last week.

There were a lot of fun activities such as a ropes course, hiking and a bonfire.

The freshman came back very tired on Wednesday because they had had two days packed with activities that were full of mentally challenging and physically challenging obstacles.

Many of the freshman said that the retreat was a lot of fun. Most of their favorite parts were the ropes course activities.

Caleb Bradley said that his favorite part was the flying squirrel. He also said that this trip helped him gain better leadership skills. He thinks that because of this trip, his class will not fight as much and will work together better. He thinks that the school should continue on with this trip because it gets the freshman out of school.

Madeline Williams said she learned how to climb ropes and become a better leader. Her favorite part of the retreat was the alpine tower. She said that the skills she learned at the retreat will help work better with people.

Williams said she thinks that the trip brought her class more closely together. She also thinks that she school should continue with this trip because it will help bond the class.

The trip was funded by the TRiO and Education Talent search programs at Feather River College in Quincy.  These programs have been providing funding for events that will build leadership skills and confidence.

Freshman climb the 80 foot Alpine Tower

Freshman climb the 80 foot Alpine Tower