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"Scotty McCreery, no longer an American Idol!"

By Jessica Wong

            Scotty McCreery has been a fan favorite ever since his “American Idol” season ten when he sang the popular line that he would soon be known for singing: “Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low.”

I followed him up until his victorious win. Many are shocked to learn that his deep voice belongs to such a baby face, being that he’s only seventeen. I only became interested in country music after watching him on “Idol”.

         The general tones of this album are infatuation and reminiscence, but it he also conveys his religious beliefs in “Dirty Dishes”, “Back On The Ground”, and “That Old King James.”

         Half of the songs on this album talk about girls and his feelings toward them. The album opens with “Out of Summertime,” where he repeatedly says “Oh she could’ve been mine, but we ran out of summertime.”

         I think he’s the bee’s knees and could make girls feel jealous of the girl that he’s singing about. In “I Love You This Big,” he says “I might not have too much experience, but I know love is real by the way my heart starts pounding when I look into your eyes,” lines that could definitely melt a girl’s heart.

         He has cute, flattering lyrics. I feel like I know his interests, hobbies and optimistic outlook on life through this album.

         One thing I didn’t like about it was the feeling of repetition in the music. I understand that he’s a country singer and that type of music works best to showcase his great voice, but the music itself sounded too similar in each song. When the songs changed from the end of one to the beginning of another, I hardly noticed a difference.

The songs contain the same instruments and although they played different beats, the music still sounded the same. It feels like déjà vu when I listen to his music.

I love him and I think his music is creative and very reflective of himself, but I don’t think his songs are catchy or memorable enough for me to find myself singing along with them.

Creative Writing Corner

"Thought"

 

by Dennis Chang

 

In this world

Of sight and touch

A magic known, in shrouds, dormant

Surrounding this world:

A thought

 

In this world

Of nostrils and mouths

A flavor

No whiff, no lick is its match

Within this world:

A thought

 

In this world

Of words and sounds

A thought

Un-thought, no translation

Throughout this world:

Thought.

 

 

"Magic Show"

 

by Millie Lei

 

Bright lights, magic show is about to start

Doves fly out from coats, rabbits pop from hats

What is this madness? Now it all goes dark

The act is done, moving on, don’t look back

Wishing this is real, maybe it is

A magic show or is it all a test?

It could be fake, after all it’s showbiz

Either way it’s trickery at its best

Do not question it, just watch what is shown

Enjoy the show before you just have fun

Let your mind wander let your mind be blown

I’m sure there’s a secret to the acts but

Watch closely now I’m sure you’ll be amazed

The game is to entertain not explain.

 
 
"A Poem About Tea"
by an Anonymous Sophomore
 

Dark leaves clump

Drowning in amber

The musk of earth and mountains

Found in coiling swirls.

 

Not bitter nor sweet

An ethereal taste

There one second and gone the next

But it was there among the leaves.

 

That box holds mountaintops

Foreign mist and summers

Or just dust and simple love

Of an afternoon cup of tea.

 

"Mrs. Julia Mollie Sayavong Ralston rocks the Mousetrap!"

By Kimberly Alvarado

Mollie Ralston, the female lead in Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”, is a perfect example of how every woman can be represented in life.  She is strong, willing, sweet, positive, and defensive. She hides secrets and keeps to herself most of the time, while trying to satisfy other people by reaching their standards.

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  Julia Sayavong, a sophomore who played Mrs. Ralston in “The Mousetrap”, is a funny and outgoing 15-year-old girl who started acting in Lincoln’s plays during her freshman year as a sentry (a messenger) in Antigone. Sayavong started her drama life in sixth grade at A.P. Giannini and when high school started she wanted to continue in what she loved doing. 

“I tried out thinking, ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ It was less serious in middle school though. We just played games and had a lot of fun with it, but this is all fun too. I love the atmosphere of our drama club and everyone in it,” Sayavong said.

At auditions, Sayavong was aiming to perform as the character of Mrs. Boyle, a very stern and formal old woman. In Lincoln’s spring play Arsenic and Old Lace, she played an old lady who was a very happy and jokey kind of woman named Aunt Abby Brewster. 

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“Since I had already acted like an old lady in the spring play I thought it would be much easier to play Mrs. Boyle in this play,” stated Sayavong. 

Only a couple days after auditions, Elaine Walenta, director of the drama club and the plays, casted Sayavong as Mollie Ralston. Sayavong saw this as a new challenge and enjoyed it. She worked on being the character every day after school, and on many Saturdays throughout the rehearsal period. When she is not at school practicing her lines, Sayavong is at home rehearsing them alone or with one of her friends, Hannah Creasman. 

“At times Mollie is happy and at times she is sad. I use situations in my life to be her. Things go wrong that you don’t plan and that’s what happens in life,” explains Sayavong. She doesn’t believe she has a close connection with Mollie or can relate to her too easily, but she uses her past to get into character and fit it all into the plot of the play.  

Sayavong works very hard in every play she’s in. She loves drama and is a very talented actress. She puts her all into it, putting the best of herself out there on stage. She contributes greatly to everyone in drama by helping them in any way possible whenever she can. She gave me four important pieces of advice to take when wanting to start drama, “You just need to listen to Ms. Wall-E, try your best, be your character, and be yourself and just go with the flow.”

"A Deathly Ending"

 

By Michelle Tran

 

Harry Potter and the gang will be the last in theaters. J.K. Rolling’s bestseller was not only a movie brought on screen, but a phenomenon. It has been 11 long years, since 2001’s “Sorcerer’s Stone” to 2011’s “Deathly Hallows Part -2.” The Movie of our generation comes to an end. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –Part 2” directed by Daniel Yates is the most outstanding movie out of all eight. At least that is what others say…

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –Part2” was not what many had expected as the finale and last ending of the series. Almost everyone agree that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –Part2” was spectacular, but the only reason for that may be because it was the last making of the Harry Potter  movies. In my perspective the movie in general did not reach my expectations of what I imagined it to be. Partially because the movie was way too short compared to the last seven movies, which lasted about two hours. wendy reading hArry potter gray.jpg

Although the movie had many cons, there are some pros to it. For instance, the actors portray the characters exactly the way many have pictured, if not better. Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger were amazing throughout all eight movies, even though the eighth was a bit cliché and overly dramatic. Character-wise, the movie was good enough to have fans suspense.

Overall “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part -2” was not the best movie of the summer. Many may still want to buy the combo pack of the entire Harry Potter movie series, and that is what I consider, rather than buy the last disappointment of the series alone. 

"Theater Tech: Who really runs the show?"

By Saul Reyes

Here at Lincoln we are provided with many extra curricular activities and miscellaneous events such as spirit week and plays.  They are great for the school and give our students a chance to be a part of things that they are good at.  The outcome is, more often than not, successful. Students do not really wonder how events get done around the school. At the end of the day the clubs, teams, and teachers get most, if not all, the credit.

What many students do not realize is the hard work that gets put in by this group of students in theater tech.  I am talking about the people that go under the radar during opening night of the play. They are people who do not get mentioned for their hard work getting the Bell Game Rally to happen. I am talking about all the hard work that gets put in from the students of Technical Theater.  

Technical Theater is a class of students that make the events that occur possible.  Without Tech school would not operate like it does today.  Technical Theater is essential to the art of drama all over the world.  Here at Lincoln it is a vital part of Lincoln’s Drama Program, which is run by Ms.Walenta, who runs the Technical Theater program as well. 

Second year advanced senior tech student Phillip Burket described the class as “A chance to experience new things such as running lights for a play and how to build a set it gives a chance to make people happy like the audience for a play or B.S.A, get to make them laugh”.  Phillip mentioned that theater tech “is basically all the elements you need to run a play”. When asked why Theater Tech is important to Lincoln, he replied, “It is important because without it we wouldn’t be able to have the Bell Game Rally; we wouldn’t be able to run the BSA, we wouldn’t have the fall and spring plays, basically all the things that people get excited for.” 

There are downsides to being a “Techie” (short name for technical students) as Philip describes his least favorite part of the class, “The late hours and coming in on Saturdays from 9AM to 6PM… probably the only thing I dislike about the class.” Technical Theater is just not a wide-known class, and students do not really know about it, “Not many people do, the only people are the staff and the drama club everyone else doesn’t really think about the show I was like that too never thought about how the plays were run until I got into tech… a lot of people do take us for granted plus we are required to dress in black so we’re sort of invisible… not many people know, but we are still important.” 

Compared to last year’s nine, students, this year’s Theater Tech class has doubled in the number of techies, albeit beginners nevertheless welcomed by the veterans in the class. With all the beginners in the class Phillip, being an advanced technical student, had to teach the basics, along with two other second year students, how to become a techie.  It was harder this year because of number of students in the class to teach everyone the basics.

Beginner techie Danny Barrera gives an example why Technical Theater is so important. “We have to work as a team to get stuff done or else the show doesn’t run because we run the show,” Danny agreed with Philip of the importance of theater tech to Lincoln and about all the events that take place for the students.  

Technical Theater class has been around since before the arrival of the current drama teacher Ms.Wallenta.  In the past, however, the class was used mainly for the lighting for the orchestra class. When Ms.Wallenta took over the class, about eight years ago, she used the elements of technical theater to enhance the drama program at Lincoln. Over the years Ms.Wallenta’s Technical Theater class has been more hands-on for her students.  In contrast to working solely on lights, Ms.Wallents has expanded the class by teaching to build sets for plays, work lights, and sounds. “The Technical Theater class is very important to Lincoln”, was the bottom line for Ms. Walenta.