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TCP Students Create a Vote 16 Movement With Some Momentum

By Taylor Whittemore

Recently, the freshman class of Tri-City Prep has been working on a campaign to try to lower the voting age to sixteen in Arizona. Known as Vote16, Mr. Burgess’ classical literature English class has started a movement that they hope will make a difference. However, due to the fact that the class has to get back to literature, the meetings for Vote16 have been moved to first period Tuesdays.

When asked about why he chose the freshman class, Burgess said, “The freshman class has a lot more fire for these type of activates and I see a strong sense of responsibility in the freshman class and I thought the class would enjoy this type of political activism.”

The freshman class has created both a website for it, and a Facebook page for it. You can find the website at , and the Facebook page is titled “Vote 16 in AZ. We Change the Future, We Are the Future”.  The goal is to have 500 likes fairly soon.

“It sounds like an intriguing and educational project…” said Mrs. Milliken. “It’s just another reminder how initiative TCP students are.”

When asked about how far she thinks Vote16 will go, Milliken said, “I think that all just depends on the diligence and willingness of the students to follow through with it.”

Within the class, the students were split up into different groups. There was a policy group, which was responsible for message, research, argument, and taking points, and the public relations, which was involved with social media and grass roots support.

“I was and am the public relations leader,” said Alexis Lucas. “Our department works in bringing Vote16 to the public. We use social media as an endorsement, and call other organizations to ask if they are interested in joining us.”

When Cody Tegtman, a part of the research group, was asked about what he did in his department, he said, “We researched objections, reasons why it should be passed, previous similar ideas, etc.”

Bethany Pitman, a liaison for the group nicknamed the “Think Tank”, said the hardest part was “remembering what to tell everybody”. The liaisons were the communicators between different groups.

Emily Schulze, another liaison for the “Think Tank” said she “went back and forth between the Think Tank and the other group”.

Allegra Bodine, who was a part of a department in the “Think Tank” called policy, said that they “created answers and comebacks to what we thought would be frequently asked questions. We created the message that the legislative liaison would use and it would be put online as well.”


“I was in the media and we tried to get as many people as possible as we could to hear about it,” Elizabeth Wilcken said.

Another aspect of the media was “Grass Roots”, which Emily Chandler was a part of. They made logos, slogans, and flyers. She said the best part of “Grass Roots” was “the creativity everyone had.”

Though the class was all working together on this project, students still had independent beliefs about sixteen year olds voting. In fact, multiple students did not think sixteen year olds should be able to vote.

“I don’t think sixteen year olds should be able to vote because they don’t really care enough,” Wilcken responded when asked if sixteen-year-olds should be able to vote.

 “I really didn’t care and I still don’t really care,” Schulze commented, “which is probably why I won’t be continuing with this project.”

“My opinion has changed from where it started,” Tegtman said. “I used to think that it would be a stupid idea until I realized what we were losing by not voting.”

 “I think that the opportunity to have a teen’s opinion would change politics for the better,” Lucas said. “We are the future, we change the future… I have always wanted my voice to be heard!”

Because it is no longer part of the course of classical literature, the students have a choice in whether or not they would like to continue with Vote16.

When asked if she was going to continue with Vote16, Wilcken said, “I might just to see if we can get it passed.”

“I am meeting every Tuesday morning with the Vote16 committee, and pray that more people will become interested in helping us out!” Lucas said.

Tegtman said, “I will try to stay with it but I already have two first hours.” This proves to be a problem with many of the students.

Chandler also cannot continue due to scheduling conflicts.

Some students believe Vote16 has a fairly good chance of being passed, whereas other students see it as an impossible task.

When asked if she thought Vote16 is going to be passed, Chandler said, “Not sure. Yes, because there seems to be a lot of great ways to promote it. No, because the seniors (elderly) and other adults that don’t like the idea of teenagers voting.

Wilcken replied, “I don’t think it will be passed because adults don’t think that sixteen and seventeen year olds are mature enough and that they will just vote for random candidates.”


Pitman said, “Yes, we are putting a lot of work into this.”

Tegtman said, “Honestly, I don’t think it will be passed because adults are in control and they wouldn’t want to think of the idea of us deciding our future.”

“Absolutely!” Lucas said, “We can do anything we set our minds to and with hard work and support Vote16 can be a huge success.”

When asked the same question as his students, Burgess replied, “There is a long climb ahead. Many people don’t have faith in the younger generation and we need to work on changing that mindset.”

Many of the students were also prompted with the question if they would vote at sixteen if given the opportunity.

 “Yes,” Pitman said. “It would be my little contribution to society.”

Tegtman said, “I can honestly say I would vote and become interested in politics if I had a reason to be but right now I don’t.”

 “Yes,” Lucas said, “and I would be willing to put in the time and effort into making this huge decision of voting.”

Sydney Keller, a sophomore, was asked about her knowledge of Vote16. She asserted that she had heard of the concept.

 “It might not be the best idea to allow sixteen year olds to vote…” she said when asked about her personal opinion on the matter. “You would have to let all sixteen year olds vote and a lot of the time they aren’t that interested in politics. Because of that they would either not vote at all or they would be uneducated voters, which kind of defeats the purpose of letting them vote.”

However, Keller also mentions she “might (vote if Vote16 was passed) because voting is a pretty important thing, especially in this country.”

Keller also mentioned she might like to get involved with Vote16.

“Progress has been slow, but the ideas are strong. It is like a snowball that’s slowly rolling gathering momentum,” said Burgess. If you are interested in becoming more involved in Vote16, please consider attending the Tuesday morning meetings.


TCP Students to Audition for the Northern Arizona Regional Orchestra

The 2011 Regionals Orchestra performance at NAU. Photo courtesy of the Daily Courier

By: Alexes Niekamp

There are many talented young students at Tri-City College Prep High School who are involved in our fine arts program. Regionals orchestra auditions are coming up very soon. Mrs. Terauchi our school’s music teacher said, “Regionals orchestra is when students get the chance to go audition for ensembles that all Northern Arizona high school students come together for three days to learn music. The students try out and judges choose the best of the students and with those students create a band/orchestra. They work very hard, once they are picked they have to rehearse with their band/orchestra three days a week Thursday night, Friday night and all day Saturday. Most of the time, the orchestras and bands that the judges have are one hundred students from all over Northern Arizona. Anybody is allowed to audition, but tryouts are a very rigorous process. Regionals Orchestra takes place in Kingman, Arizona at Kingman High School, this Saturday January 28th. We have four very talented students who have the courage and strength to try out for regionals orchestra.”

            “I am auditioning with the violin. The violins were given three different pieces to practice: Overture from “Prometheus” by Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 by Franz Schubert, and Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov. They are very challenging pieces but it’s been a lot of fun to learn them and it’s an amazing experience to be able to audition for regionals in Kingman.” Said Amanda Romaine, a senior, auditioned last year and made it.

Jacob Levin, a junior, is looking forward to the opportunity and is extremely “excited to audition for regionals.”

Stephanie Worstein, a sophomore, also auditioned last year and made it said, “I am playing violin and am doing the regular tryout sheet music. I am excited because I was in it last year so I will get to see all of my friends that were in it with me.”

Anna Flurry, a junior, said, “I am playing the viola and David, a volunteer has been coming in to help us with our pieces, which has been very helpful.”

Mrs. Terauchi said, “Auditions are this Saturday, January 28th and we will just have to see how it goes.”

Let’s wish these very talented students luck on their auditions and trips to and from Kingman this weekend.

The Arts Thrive at TCP

By Anna Flurry

Thursday, January 12th was a busy evening for students at Tri-City Prep when both the Tri-M induction and an Honors Art Show happened.

Twelve people were inducted into Tri-M, and Dr. Brieling traveled from Yavapai College to give a speech at the event, urging students to enjoy music and the opportunities it provides.

“It was great to see my sister inducted,” said Joe Winters, a sophomore. He also said that Rachel Winters was very excited about the opportunity.

In the upcoming semester, music students will be involved in a variety of activities. Auditions to get into Regional Band as well as the Solo and Ensemble festival is coming up soon. Also, Tri-M is sponsoring Music Memory mentors for the local elementary schools in the upcoming months.

The art show was also a great achievement. 51 art students attended the function, as well as one or two dozen people not enrolled in a class.

“My overall feeling is that this was a success,” said Mr. Terauchi.

“Art honors was very prepared and excited for this event,” said Sarah Cramer, a junior, “and…it was a great success.”

The art shows have also grown since when they first began.

“When I first started teaching, I spent hours setting up the show… I started to run fevers, only to have 2 to 6 people show up,” says Mr. Terauchi. “Now students are motivated to come see the art. Students from previous years even show up to help.”

Students in art classes are also required to visit three art shows, two of which can be school functions.

“My boyfriend and I went to look at art galleries to fit one of my requirements in art class,” said one student when asked about the impact that the art program has had on her. “It was only supposed to be a quick in-and-out… But after the first art gallery, we found out that we were really enjoying ourselves. So we spent the rest of the afternoon… looking at different art galleries.”

Overall, it seems that the art and music programs at TCP have made a huge difference.

TCP Students Show off their Noodle Skills for “Use Your Noodle Day”


Mr. Pasterion supervises the Seniors vs Juniors Noodle Fight in the Gym at Lunch

By Anna Flurry

 Tuesday, November 22, was Tri-City Prep’s first Noodle Day ever! Kids used their noodles, both literally and metaphorically, to eat food and play games involving spaghetti and pool floaties.

 Mu Alpha Theta and Math Honors combined forces to provide food and volunteer work for the activities offered during Noodle Day.

 “I was really overwhelmed with how the math honors kids participated,” said Mrs. Winters. “Everybody… did what they were supposed to do and participated well.”

 Throughout the day, a variety of activities transpired.  Math problems were passed out during second period, and the first student in every class to finish with the correct answer received a coupon for a free muffin.

 During lunch, students participated in a noodle race where they had to lift penne noodles with dry spaghetti into a cup without using any hands. After that, a noodle war raged in the gym as teams from each class tried to knock off “meatballs” balanced on other students’ hands with their pool noodles.

 “I just watched,” said Danielle Freeman (freshman). “I liked Kevin’s ‘death’ [during the Noodle war].”

 “I think it was fun to watch the kids in the quad just kind of mess around and have people rally around them,” said Mrs. Winters.

 After a twenty minute extended lunch break, kids returned to class.

 “Noodle Day was a fun way to unwind before break,” said Dylan Solon (junior). “We got to play games, eat good food, and hit each-other with Styrofoam noodles.”

 Next year, Mrs. Winters hopes to improve Noodle Day even more. “Personally I’d like to see more cognitive next year.” She also wants to talk to the staff and her math students about how else to improve Noodle Day.

 More math-related activities are also planned for the rest of the school year.

 “First semester we came up with Noodle Day, and then we’re going to do… the college bowl type assembly the last day of the year,” said Mrs. Winters. “Next semester we’ll have pi day, and then we’ll go ahead and have another activity… I’m thinking of a math and science day like we did several years ago.”

 Tri-City Prep has a fun year ahead

School-Wide Food Drive: Making a Difference in Our Community

By Anna Flurry

 For the past few weeks, Tri-M and Mu Alpha Theta have been raising canned food and money for the hungry. Fourth-hour classes competed for a pizza or cupcake party, with the minimum requirement of 200 lbs of food in their bin to be a winner.

 According to, 32% of Yavapai County is made up of the working poor, or those who are below the poverty line. The statistics show that these 67,700 people miss 23% of their meals every year, simply because they cannot afford them. 32% of their meals are provided by private or public food programs.

 This is where Tri-City comes in. The contributions that students, parents, and teachers have been donating will help to supplement the 23% of meals needed by the working poor in the Yavapai area.

 “The needs of the Yavapai Food Bank are very extensive with the current economic situation,” Mrs. Terauchi said, “but I think we did a pretty phenomenal job for such a small school.”

 “It’s great for charity,” said Sarah Cramer (junior).

 In the meantime, competition between classes was fierce as usual. According to Amanda Barry, Zach Keenan, and Sarah Cramer, the most competitive teachers were Mrs. Terauchi, Mrs. Winters, and Mrs. Milliken.

 “My 4th period choir students were really excited and they even went around the other classrooms to “spy” and see how much food other classes had,” Mrs. Terauchi also said.

 As it turned out, Mrs. Milliken’s Shakespeare class won the drive with 104 lbs of canned food, and Mrs. Terauchi’s Choir came in second with 88 lbs. Since neither class reached the minimum of 200 lbs, lesser awards are being considered, such as a cookie or ice cream party.

 At the Fall Concert on November 17th, baskets were also passed around to the parents in the crowd in an effort to gain more contributions for the Yavapai Food Bank. This year’s proceeds have yet to be totaled, but last year, hundreds were raised, so Tri-M and Mu Alpha Theta are hoping for the best.

 “The food drive was a great success and we were able to bring in more food by joining forces with Mu Alpha Theta and doing it as a school-wide event,” said Mrs. Terauchi.