Issue 11 final stretch

Land acknowledgment

Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.

In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.

During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.

Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.

We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.

Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.

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Ap Test Schedule

Monday, May 2nd: AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Chemistry, AP Japanese Language

Tuesday, May 3rd: AP Psychology

Wednesday, May 4th: AP English Literature, AP Comparative Gov. & Politics

Thursday, May 5th: AP Statistics

Friday, May 6th: AP U.S. History

Monday, May 9th: AP Calculus, AP Computer Science Principles

Tuesday, May 10th: AP English Language

Wednesday, May 11th: AP Spanish Language, AP Chinese Language, AP Biology

Thursday, May 12th: AP French Language, AP World History, AP Physics 1

Friday, May 13th: AP Physics 2

All exams (except one) will be administered at of the exams at the First Congregational Church (FCC) at 24th and Harris. The door to enter the church faces 24th Street and there will be signs.

We will be administrating the AP World History exam at SEHS in the 700 hall.

The link to the full AP schedule can be found here.


A physical Senior To Do List can be found in the Counseling Center. Image courtesy of Editors.

Senior to do list

By Mira Ciccarello and Sophie Anjum

Graduating high school is a lot more complicated than just picking up a diploma and walking across a stage. With only six weeks of school left – five for seniors – there are a lot of things to wrap up beforehand to make graduation possible; these include paying fees, returning books/computers, senior interviews (which you are still able to do through this link at the South Counselor website), and ordering caps and gowns for the big day.

Fortunately, there are two separate to-do lists available to seniors to help keep all the tasks organized. One of the lists must be completed before collecting your graduation tickets, the other must be completed before you can pick up your cap and gown. You can find both these checklists and much more information under the Graduation tab on the school website.

In addition, seniors should make a final check that they are not missing any graduation requirements by reviewing their current year-long schedules. You can also go under the Graduation Status tab in StudentVue. If students do find a requirement missing, contact the Counseling Department during their drop-in times or reach out to the Scheduling Office for more information. Seniors who have not yet met the graduation requirements may still be able to walk in the ceremony, but they are not able to receive their diploma until all requirements are met.

Senior Timeline 4.25.22.pdf

ROOKIE stories

Club Spotlight: Earth Guardians 350

By Brennan Adams

Students meet every Wednesday at lunch for Earth Guardians 350, a club that seeks to promote environmentally friendly practices at South Eugene High School and the community beyond.

They strive to provide all school associates with access to environmentally conscious strategies, as well as a time to discuss climate events and spend time outside.

“I joined my freshmen year, and I joined because I knew I was really interested in environmental work and this was the only environmentally focused club at South.”, South senior and club leader Sahara Valentine said. “So I figured I would join and see what it’s about.”

Students trickle in slowly, and sit together in the center of the room to discuss projects, and possible upcoming events organized by the club.

“We are just finishing a project right now. We just made a short video on the food waste system that we implemented. We made it because we implemented the system, we put out information about it, and students are still using the bins incorrectly,” Valentine said.

EG 350 has put together an astonishing amount of progressive events this year, including a student walk out in February.

“The climate walkout back in February was definitely a highlight.” South student and club member Nora Black said. “Students from multiple different high schools met and marched to Washburn Park, chanting and holding up signs to prove the importance of caring about climate change. People wore fabric squares with a design that a club member screen printed; it was cool to be a part of, and I hope to be more involved with participating in years to come.”

Leaders in this club do their best to promote an atmosphere where everyone feels engaged in issues, no matter age, or time spent at the club.

“I want this to be a very community based club with less of a top down structure, and more like we are all educating each other on issues. I like to have this club be a mix of putting on events and just spending time out in nature and appreciating it that way too,” Valentine said.

Members of the club agree. Many enjoy the relaxed system, and are able participate on an individualized level.

“[Black] It’s a small and chill group. New people frequently stop by and come and go at different meetings, it’s casual and welcoming for anyone who wants to join. Everyone’s really nice, it’s not intimidating to speak up and share thoughts but there’s no pressure to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. You can really come and just eat your lunch and observe to see what it’s like.”

This club has been a space for many students to come and express their passion for environmental science.

“[Black] There are often a few small groups focusing on different current projects, led by the seniors who have been part of the club for the past couple years. Everyone talks, shares ideas, and works collaboratively so you can really participate and get involved as much as you feel comfortable with.” Black said.

This community is here to promote climate activism on an attainable level that encourages students to take part.

“I think this club is really unique in that the things that we work on are things we put energy and effort into, and really cool things come out of that. We really care about protecting the environment and doing what we can. We can’t vote but we are students and we have a voice.” Valentine said.

The club is always welcoming new members into the community, and would love to have you join them next week!

“[Valentine] We meet Wednesdays at lunch in the Positive Change Courtyard, or when the weather isn’t nice, room 418."

Olympian and Youtuber Nick Symmonds at South

By Abby Keiper

On Wednesday, Apr. 27, former Olympic medal-winner and track athlete Nick Symmonds came to South Eugene High School with his speed radar sign for any and everyone who wanted to run at it.

Symmonds ran track for Willamette University and ran in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012. He announced his retirement in 2017 and has since been known for making lighthearted Youtube videos featuring community running challenges. Symonds has gained more than 650,000 subscribers. When he announced that he would be coming to South on Instagram, the post gained more than 3,000 likes, many of which came from South students. The speed radar event took place at 6 p.m. right after South’s track and field practice; many other student-athletes were still at school, ready to run.

Holding the challenge at a school track was the suggestion of one of Symmonds’ subscribers. Symmonds has a history with the South track, and selecting it as the location for his challenge was an easy choice.

“I really like this track,” Symmonds said. “It’s where I used to train as a pro. We did almost all of our workouts on this track, so it feels like home. I love that it’s open to the public; some tracks in this town are really hard to get access to.”

Symmonds even knows South's head track coach, Steve Richards.

“He’s really cool about me doing my silly stunts out here,” Symmonds explained. “I called him and checked with him to make sure that the team would be off the track by the time we came out.”

Now Symmonds is bringing South into the mix. South students and community members got the chance to be one of the featured runners in a video for his youtube channel. South sophomore Ari Yamada-Levy was one one of the first people to arrive at the track.

“I heard about the event through some friends,” Yamada-Levy said. “I also saw the post on Instagram. I was already at school around 5:30 p.m., so I decided to just stay for the fun. There ended up being a good amount of people. There were college students and even a 5-year-old there.”

Symmonds and his team were filming two different Youtube videos. The camera was set up at the finish line with the speedometer.

“Nick had his speedometer out on the track,” Yamada-Levi said. “The challenge was running to see if we could beat his top speed. If we did, we would win $100. I personally ran 18 mph, and the top speed that was run was 21 mph, and that guy won $100. Overall, it was a really fun time, and Nick was a really nice guy!”

These types of challenges bring a lot of people joy, including Symmonds himself. Combining his love for entertainment and exercise is his passion.

“When I was a pro runner, I just loved entertaining people,” Symmonds explained. “I knew I could stay fit after I retired, I knew I could find ways to make money after I retired, but I really didn’t know how I was going to continue to have that interaction with the fans. At my wife’s suggestion, I created a Youtube channel.”

The Youtube channel has been growing very naturally ever since its start. Symmonds has four or five people all working on his videos.

“These videos have become really fun, motivational, inspirational videos,” Symmonds said. “I just want to show people that you don’t have to dread your workouts. There’s a million ways to workout and everyone can find one way to workout that they absolutely love!