The Wolf The Student News Site of Tualatin High School Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:54:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why no one is talking about Chinese concentration camps Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:54:05 +0000 I’m angry. No—scratch that—I’m infuriated.

For some reason, our society today has become so numb to the utter violence and tragedy occurring throughout the world that many are unable to offer a single ounce of genuine empathy to countless individuals who face the risk of death every day.

To elaborate,more than a million Muslims in China have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang Province and have been forced into “re-education” camps. According to Chinese officials, China has done this in order to eliminate the threat towards China’s government, population and territorial integrity, viewing Muslims, more specifically Uighurs (who make up the majority of those detained), as extremists that spread separatist views.Although there is little information about what goes on inside the camps, detainees who have fled from China have described harsh and prison-like conditions, according to reports from the Council on Foreign Relations. Within the camps, cameras and microphones monitor their every move and word they say. Many have stated they contemplate suicide or have witnessed another detainee kill themselves. Several women have recounted countless cases of sexual assault during their time as detainees; women have been subjected to contraceptive implants or abortion—both against their will. Others have described what they are forced to endure, including literal torture and sleep deprivation during investigations. Further contributing to the devastation, it’s been noted that millions of families are being separated in the process.

People know about this. I know they do. All throughout social media, posts are constantly being spread to increase awareness of the suffering currently occurring in China. Some of the most prominent social media platforms—such as Twitter, Instagram, and Tik Tok—have all circulated these posts, so I have a hard time believing that nobody knows about this.

However, many have simply dismissed this terrifying tragedy. Prominent media outlets refuse to cover the true horror occurring in these “re-education” camps. People refuse to acknowledge the severity of Chinese Muslims’ situation. Whether it’s the result of prejudice or apathy, this silence further contributes to the harm the Muslim community currently experiences, restrictng their opportunity to lead lives without the constant worry of violence and death.

The reason this leaves such a bad taste in my mouth is because it’s so reminiscent of history’s past mistakes. Whilst 6 million people died in WWII concentration camps as a result of the utter prejudice against their beliefs, much of the world sat in frightened silence for years until these people’s liberation. Whether their silence was rooted in prejudice or apathy, I don’t know. However, I do know that, without even naming this awful part of history, others will understand what I’m referencing.

All of this is hauntingly familiar, which is exactly why we must talk about it and continue to talk about it.

Please, do not turn your back on these people. Do not repeat such a devastating part of our history. Apathy is as dangerous as violence, so don’t stand idly by. Educate those around you. Advocate for those who don’t have a voice themselves.


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Taking steps towards the evolution of V-Day: celebrating self-love Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:45:11 +0000 For most people, Valentine’s Day is a day for couples to show their affection for each other through sweet gestures and thoughtful gifts, but for a single person like me, it’s easy to get tired of scrolling through hundreds of Instagram pictures of couples proudly displaying their relationships. Being surrounded by romance may only be a minor annoyance to me, but for many it can be quite a depressing and confidence-dashing experience.

Underneath those jokes about celebrating Valentine’s Day alone with ice cream and Netflix, many teens and adults may be dealing with loneliness and even low self-esteem in general. And while some manage to cope with these feelings by showing affection towards those they are close to, the holiday can still be painful for those that don’t have this option — such as those who lack close relationships with family or friends in the first place.

That’s not to say that Valentine’s Day hasn’t evolved at all for the better. With more and more positive celebrations of alternative definitions of romance and the introduction of traditions like ‘Galentine’s Day,’ the holiday is definitely broadening its meaning. However, maybe there’s more that needs to change. It’s about time that the holiday emphasizes another important type of love: self-love. It’s something that anyone can—and should—practice because how can you cultivate healthy relationships at all unless you love and respect yourself first?

Our society is just beginning to realize the value of self-love and of finding happiness in independence, so the current message that Valentine’s Day is sending—that it takes admiration from someone else to truly feel special—seems rather outdated and contradictory. In fact, according to multiple sources, U.S. marriage rates are at their lowest in the last 150 years, which just goes to show that many people are simply beginning to chase their own goals and dreams before relationships. This makes it all the more important that self-love is something that we learn to prioritize as a community.

So what can each of us do to celebrate the idea of loving ourselves on Valentine’s Day? Well, it starts with something as simple as showing yourself as much care and appreciation as a loved one. Take time to do what makes you happy. Write down positive affirmations. Or simply treat yourself, instead of waiting for someone else to do so.

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The “J” Agenda: LGBT+ sex-education should be required to promote understanding reduce health risks Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:40:44 +0000 During my time at Tualatin High School, I have had a teacher approach me on multiple occasions to ask what the 10 letters in LGBTTQQIAAP stand for, which was my first sign that there was a severe lack of familiarity with the community as a whole by some members of our staff, though I could hardly blame them. I didn’t know the terms either. Upon researching them I was surprised by some of the terms I found: identities that I, a member of this community, had never heard of, especially not in a school setting.

According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network2013 National School Climate Survey, less than 5 percent of surveyed LGBT students stated that they attended health education classes that displayed a positive representation of same-sex relationships. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) goes as far as to report that a limited 12 percent of surveyed millennials in 2015 had sex-ed curriculum that even mentioned those who identify as queer.

By informing the youth of America of only one sexual behavior that is systematically approved by the school district not only endangers the mental health of closeted (or out) LGBT students, but can threaten their physical health as well due to a lack on information on topics as simple as STD-preventative contraception and methods of saying “no” to potential partners.

According to HRC, if current diagnosis rates of HIV continue, approximately 1 in 6 queer men in America will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, and this is largely due to a lack of knowledge on STD-preventative measures among youth.

Tualatin High School’s health curriculum does not inherently discriminate against LGBT students, as most of the topics are ambiguous. For example, discussion of what constitutes a healthy relationship is not stated to be between a man and a woman. However, the videos displayed discussing serious topics such as consent, in my experience, have only displayed heterosexual couples. Just because a program doesn’t state that your rights shouldn’t be protected in a same-sex relationship, it doesn’t mean that the program is promoting equality in subjects like consent. It’s just refusing to comment.

I don’t think that there should be separate curriculum from the graduation-required health classes, such as an elective class, either. Heterosexual students should be taught LGBT sex-education as well, just like men should be taught the reproductive process of women and vice versa. Individuals’ limited exposure to such topics breeds a lack of understanding in the future.

According to Kathy Hollamon, PE and health teacher, the school’s health curriculum has begun to include inclusive vocabulary, such as “gender identity” and “gender expression” as of September 2019. While this is a great start, I’d be curious to know how many individuals who have attended a sex-ed class in their freshman year can tell me what all the letters of LGBT+ stand for and what each term means. Hell, I don’t even know them by heart, but I was never taught that I should.

Tualatin High School is clearly making efforts to have an inclusive health class, and the curriculum is better than most, but it still leaves a lot to be desired by the young LGBT student seeking recognition.


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Parasite is biggest Oscar winner Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:36:25 +0000 It’s Oscar season, Wolves! So what kind of newspaper would we be if we didn’t backtrack to this extravagant night and review some of the biggest highlights from the show?

The night started off not surprising at all as Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In Pitt’s 45-second acceptance speech, he took the time to get political and roast the Senate for their latest decision on Trump’s impeachment.

Best Supporting Actress went to Laura Dern for her role in Marriage Story, and it was actually her birthday during the show, so what a great gift!

Now, of course, the Best Actress and Best Actor categories are always some of the hardest awards to predict for the night, but it was no surprise to anyone that Joaquin Phoenix took the win for his intense role in Jokerand Renée Zellweger won for her role in the movie Judy,an homage to the late actress Judy Garland.

Now let’s honor the biggest movie of the night,Parasite. Parasite made history. The South Korean film was the first-ever film not in the English language to win the prestigious Best Picture Award. It also took home three other awards, including one for Best Director for Bong Joon-ho.

Before we wrap this review up, let’s not forget that Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing Little Women,and there were only male nominees for the Best Director category. Also, we need to give a little shoutout to 1917 because it was an amazing film and it was the favorite to win Best Picture, yet it lost toParasite.

This year had an amazing list of winners. Now we wait again for next year’s Oscars, where one would hope we will have more women nominees and, overall, more diversity.


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In NFL Super Bowl LIV upset, Chiefs win 31-20 against 49ers Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:32:43 +0000 The Super Bowl, the most hallowed ground in all of sports, took place on Feb. 2, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl by the score of 31-20. The 49ers were ahead of the Chiefs for the majority of the game, taking a 10-point lead at one point. During the 4th quarter of the game, the Chiefs mounted a comeback of 10 points and came back to win by 11.

The Super Bowl rarely has games that fail to exceed our expectations from most years. Super Bowl 47: The lights went out during play between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl 49: Malcolm Butler had the game winning interception between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, Patriots winning 28-24. Super Bowl 53 was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history, between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, the final score being 13-3.

This year, for the first time in eight years, the number one seed Baltimore Ravens from the AFC were knocked out in the Divisional round of the playoffs by the 6-seed Tennessee Titans, 28-12. The Kansas City Chiefs have had an exceptional season as well, dominating the playoffs as the number two seed. The San Francisco 49ers have dominated the whole league, taking down the divisional giants and other huge teams from other divisions and having the huge games against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers are also the number one seed in the NFC.

Every year, one of the conferences between the AFC and the NFC is lopsided and very stacked with the best teams in the league. This year, the NFC has absolutely dominated. Although the AFC had the number one seed overall in the league, the Baltimore Ravens, who are 14-2, the NFC has had more teams with winning records and more wins.

Other important news includes the awards that were given for some of the most premiere players in the league. Lamar Jackson, quarterback for Ravens, won the MVP Award unanimously. This award was much deserved for Jackson. The Art Rooney Award is given to the player who shows the best sportsmanship on and off the field; it was given to Adrian Peterson, halfback for Washington Redskins. The Defensive Player of the Year Award is given to the most outstanding player on defense. This year, it went to Nick Bosa, defensive end for the 49ers.

Another huge deal in the NFL includes the ending of the dynasty most people call the “New England Patriots.” Snooze Fest, that’s what it is. Tom Brady’s contract is over, and no one knows where he will end up. He could go to another team, or maybe even retire. This is also the first year that the Patriots have been eliminated in the Wild Card game in many years. So where will Brady go? No one knows. A lot of people have also speculated a new dynasty – the Chiefs – is starting to arise. This Bowl win could be the start of something amazing for them.

Overall, it was a great season, and an even better playoff month.



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8 other lives lost on helicopter crash Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:31:04 +0000 On Jan. 26, at approximately 9:47 a.m., a 9-1-1 call was issued concerning a Calabasas helicopter crash carrying nine victims, one of whom was a Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. All nine aboard the helicopter were pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma. The matter was certified as an accident by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner three days later.

According to CNN, “in addition to Bryant, 41, and his daughter, 13, the crash claimed the lives of Payton Chester, 13; Sarah Chester, 45; Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Keri Altobelli, 46; John Altobelli, 56; Christina Mauser, 38; and the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50.”

Before crashing, the aircraft was en route to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where the group was expected for a youth basketball game.

“I’m not even gonna say prayers and condolences because I don’t even know how to capture this moment,” said a tearful Jay Williams, basketball analyst on ESPN.

Although not much was known about the “others” in the crash, one thing is for sure: their names will not be forgotten. Countless sports teams, celebrities and individuals around the world have taken the time to pay their respects to these individuals lost in the tragedy. LeBron James gave recognition to and mourned all the victims who passed in the crash before embarking on an emotional pregame speech about his former friend Kobe at the Lakers’ first game back since the incident.

UConn’s women’s basketball team paid tribute to Gianna Bryant, who was following in her father’s footsteps as a star on the basketball court, by resting her jersey above a courtside seat with white flowers.

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Accusations complicate star’s legacy Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:29:48 +0000 With the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, the usual cascade of emotion has set in: disbelief, shock, sadness and, for some, anger. That last emotion might be surprising for some, as Bryant has been consistently depicted as a hero, basketball star, doting father to four girls and a women’s sports advocate. However, in the midst of his many accomplishments, Bryant was accused of something horrific.

In July of 2003, when Bryant was 24 years old, he was charged with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. When questioned by police, Bryant initially denied having intercourse with the woman, but then later said they had consensual sex. The woman, who was an employee of the hotel where Bryant was staying, told police Bryant raped her. According to court documents, an examination of the woman at a hospital revealed she had “a small bruise on her left jaw line.” Examiners also found “blood excretions” on Bryant’s T-shirt “to about the waistline.” According to court documents the woman had other injuries that were consistent with sexual assault. A year after Bryant was charged — in August 2004 — the charges were dropped after the woman refused to testify. Bryant issued an apology to the woman that included this sentence: “After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.” The woman filed a civil suit against Bryant and settled for an undisclosed amount of money.

Later in his life, with the accusation in the past, Bryant became an advocate for women in sports, striving for them to have just as much recognition as men. Bryant found a new love for basketball through his daughter, Gianna Bryant, by coaching her and watching her grow as a player. Many of the reports about his legacy in recent days have focused on his roles as a loving father and positive role model.

Critics say that it is wrong to brush over the accusation against Bryant, but many also concede it is wrong to concentrate solely on this action when reflecting on his life and death. The national conversation about Bryant’s legacy has inspired many to consider that it can be harmful to categorize a person as completely good or bad based on isolated choices.

“A lot of us have rough spaces in our life and maybe we make choices that are not choices we want to make according to our character but we really mess up, and how you handle and respond to that mess-up and who you choose to become as a result of those mistakes and how you respond to those, I think, are defining moments,” said UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close. “It doesn’t diminish the mistakes and the consequences that come from those mistakes, but I sure think it’s a part of his legacy of how he responded in the public light.”



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Bryant inspired generation Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:28:30 +0000 “A 6-6 guard from Lower Merion High School in his 20th season, No. 24, Kobe Bryant!”

There will never be enough words to express the greatness of Kobe Bryant and the legacy he left for the world.

Bryant was the definition of determination and hard work. Throughout his life, basketball was his passion. It was what he was around his whole life, especially as the son of a professional basketball player. He immediately became a star at Lower Merion High School and made a name for himself. His play on the court caught the eyes of the nation and brought enough attention for everybody to notice how special he was about to become.

In 1996, he chose to enter the NBA draft and forgo college to pursue his dream in the NBA. After being selected by the Charlotte Hornets and getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, his legacy began to unfold.

His career was phenomenal – one of the greatest, period.

He reached monumental achievements that other players could only dream of. To list a few, Bryant won five championships, earned an NBA-record 15 selections for All-NBA teams and 12 for All-Defensive teams. The man was a Laker legend who bled purple and gold.

Yet throughout everything he achieved on the court, his accomplishments off the court were perhaps the largest impact he made. Throughout his life, he developed this idea of what is iconically known as the “Mamba Mentality.” With this, he captivated the minds of his generation and the next, as they reached to be the best they possibly could be in every aspect of their lives. Bryant embodied the idea of hard work and how enough really is never enough. He inspired the minds of his fans to be determined at what they do and to outwork their competition.

Kobe Bryant and his impact go beyond the measures of basketball, and his legacy will live on forever.

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Athletes sign with colleges Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:26:42 +0000 As the year winds down and people start deciding their plans for the future, The Wolfstopped to chat with some high school athletes who have committed to play in college.


John Miller: Oregon State University, Football

How long have you been playing your sport?

Since fifth grade.

Did your plan for college always include being a college athlete?

No, it really didn’t. I was a basketball player when I was young, so I didn’t really think football could be a thing until I got to high school. I realized I really loved it and that kind of changed my whole mindset. Sophomore year I started playing varsity, and at the end of the season I got my first offer, and that was when I really realized that I could go to school for free with this.

Did you have a hard time deciding where you wanted to go, or was it pretty easy to determine?

No, it was pretty easy. This was the only place I got an offer from so it was the only place I would have ever gone.

What are you the most excited for?

Actually, all the academics, academic help and resources they have there.  That really excites me, to go to school and do everything I can do to be eligible and be the best person I can be.

What are you the most nervous for?

Knowing if I’m going to get on the field the first year. That’s probably the most nerve-wracking thing. Also learning the playbook and workouts.


Kaitlyn Gearin: Southern Methodist University, Cross Country

How long have you been playing your sport?

I’ve been running track since my freshman yeae and cross country since sophomore year.

Did your plan for college always include being a college athlete?

No, but by the end of my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to run in college.

Did you have a hard time deciding where you wanted to go or was it pretty easy to determine?

It was a long process, but in the end it was a clear decision.

What are you the most excited for?

Having a group of friends immediately and continuing to train and get better while competing at the next level.

What are you the most nervous for?

I’m nervous about being in a totally different environment, but I think it’ll be fun to meet many new people!


Kainoa Sayre: Air Force Academy, Football

How long have you been playing your sport?

My first year was first grade, so I was six years old.

Did your plan for college always include being a college athlete?

Yeah, pretty much since I first started, it has been a dream of mine.

Did you have a hard time deciding where you wanted to go or was it pretty easy to determine?

It was pretty easy.  I was kind of hoping to get more offers after senior season, but I didn’t. Yeah, I guess it ended up being pretty easy.

What are you the most excited for?

I’m just excited to go out and compete at that level.

What are you the most nervous for?

Leaving home and being away from my family.


Sophie Gratchner: Fresno State University, Equestrian Team

How long have you been riding horses?

I’ve been riding horses for probably about 10 years now.

Did your plan for college always include being a college athlete?

I’ve always wanted my college experience to include it, but I didn’t really think it would happen.

Did you have a hard time deciding where you wanted to go or was it pretty easy to determine?

Once I visited there and met the team, it was really easy to make the decision to go there.

What are you the most excited for?

I’m excited for the sunshine, a change of scenery and to continue doing what I love next year.

What are you the most nervous for?

Moving away from home and starting with a new team and new coaches.


Luke Marion: Utah State University, Football

How long have you been playing your sport?

I’ve been playing since I was seven or eight years old.

Did your plan for college always include being a college athlete?


Did you have a hard time deciding where you wanted to go or was it pretty easy to determine?

I would say it was a pretty easy decision after I took a visit to Utah State.

What are you the most excited for?

I’m excited to be a part of the college competition.

What are you the most nervous for?

I’m not really nervous for anything. I’m just excited really.



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February Sports Calendar Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:25:16 +0000 BOYS B-BALL

February 14 West Linn vs. Tualatin


February 18 Oregon City vs. Tualatin


February 22 Canby vs. Tualatin (@Canby)


February 28 Lakeridge vs. Tualatin



February 14 West Linn vs. Tualatin


February 18 Oregon City vs. Tualatin


February 22 Canby vs. Tualatin (@Canby)


February 28 Lakeridge vs. Tualatin (@Lakeridge)



Districts February 14, @Mount Hood Community College

State on February 22



Districts on February 14, @Canby High School

State on February 28 @Memorial Coliseum







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