The Boomerang

“Toledo High’s Incoming Freshmen: Class of 2020”

Toledo High’s Incoming Freshmen: Class of 2020

By Kacie Otis


The Class of 2020 posing after a bus evacuation drill.

The incoming freshmen have a lot to say about how the school year is going. Even though some were nervous about the first day of high school, many are enjoying the high school life. I’ve asked multiple questions to a variety of freshmen who have all been experiencing high school in different ways.

Toledo Jr high is in the same complex as the high school, which makes the transfer from eighth to ninth grade easier. They already know the building and the people.

“It wasn’t difficult transitioning from middle school to high school because we basically know everyone,” said Sarah Lancaster.

The five freshmen I talked to could speak for almost everyone in saying that high school has more freedom.

“High school has more free range, we aren’t treated like a little kid anymore,” commented Xitliali Mason.

“I enjoy high school more than middle school the teachers are nicer, and they aren’t as strict,” responded Caleb Moore.

They also agreed that many of the freshmen are liking high school much more than middle school.

A good majority of freshmen are taking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Many freshmen are getting a boost their first year due to the double credit they earn.

STEM is taught by Mr. Ewing and Mr. Lohonyay. With Mr. Ewing we are in the process of learning about buoyancy and how to change it. While with Mr. Lohonyay we learn about safety in the shop and how to do scaffolding.

STEM is the most challenging of all my classes, there’s a lot of note taking but I also enjoy it because I like to learn new things that aren’t just out of a text book,” stated freshmen Kaiya Loper.


Autum Tyler and Kaiya Loper busting some moves on the dance floor during the 2016 Homecoming dance.

Homecoming was the big talk around Toledo High since day one. Many freshmen were stoked for their first high school dance on October 8th. All the high school students nominated a prince and princess for each grade level. The freshmen nominated for this position were Hannah Poling and Santana Hutchinson. The Homecoming court was involved in all the Homecoming week assembles, they were required to dress up for the dress up days and participate in daily assemblies. They were introduced at the Homecoming football game against Gold Beach on October 7th. At the football game two people of the senior court were announced as king and queen. The winners of the senior class were Raeann Hogle and Sam Schneider.

“I’m really excited for my duties as freshmen princess,” said Poling.

“I’m really looking forward to homecoming because I’m ready to get freaky on the dance floor,” responded freshmen Tana’ya Barnhart.

Along with being excited about being involved in Homecoming, freshmen are also enthusiastic about the sports that Toledo High has to offer.

“I will be participating in Cheerleading, basketball and football season, cross country, and Track,” listed Poling.

Not only are freshmen playing sports they are also excited to cheer and support other athletic teams.

“I will be attending all the away football games that I can and I plan on going to all the home games,” said Barnhart.

All in all, freshmen are enjoying the high school life with the exciting dance and all the activities that are up and coming throughout the 2016-17 school year.


 Senior Bear Otis and junior Larry Hendrix holding freshmen Santana Hutchinson high in the air during the last home volleyball game.







“The Fish Swims Home to Toledo”

The Fish Swims Home to Toledo

By Rylee Richards


Lady Boomers huddling up after the last block of the game made by Kaycie Otis.

The “Fight for the Fish” game is a new tradition at Toledo High, and a big deal for all Toledo athletes. The prize that both schools are battling for is a rectangular plaque. On the left hand side is a four-leaf clover (representing Waldport) and on the right hand side is a boomer (representing Toledo). A fish is in the middle between the two. Once every sports season, whether it be fall, winter, or spring, Waldport and Toledo battle it out to win the plaque. Originally, the rivalry game was played between Newport and Toledo, but in 2014 the Boomers switched conferences, and dropped to a 2A school rather than 3A.

The “Fight for the Fish” game is expected to be a tradition for a long time, and every athlete is looking forward to being able to be involved in at least one of those games. On September 20th the volleyball teams of the two coastal towns battled it out for the fish. Waldport held the fish before the game was played, but they ended up having to hand it over after a loss to Toledo.

The Boomers came into the game focused, and with their attitudes at a ten. The Waldport Irish came into the game not knowing what to expect, but assuming they would have to put up a fight.

“The school who wins the fish every season decides what sport to bet on. This game could’ve gone either way. We knew we were going to have to battle because the Boomers have stepped up their game and bettered their program,” said Waldport’s middle blocker and hitter, Mekayla Land.


Varsity Coach Vicky Roller instructing senior Illeana Blacketer from the sidelines.

After losing the trophy to Waldport’s softball team last year, the Boomers regained the trophy, and become 7-1 for the season (1-1 in league play). Even better, they did it in straight sets, and the game ended with a stuff block by Kaycie Otis, and an ace served by Illeana Blacketer. Toledo had been looking forward to playing Waldport since the beginning of the season in the “Fight for the Fish” game, and when they did, they played to the best of their ability.


Senior Anita Duarte returning a kill towards the Waldport Irish.

“Survey: Preferred Car Brands”

Out of 100 Toledo High School students, Toyota was the clear winner.


—survey conducted by Clayton Tower—

“Students of the Month: September”

Toledo Jr./Sr. High Students of the Month

—September 2016—


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(Jr. High / 8th) Punky Gibson “I got stand out student because I’m bold and pay attention during class.”



(Sr. High / 12th) Sabrina King   “I have shown up to every one of my classes by making sure I’m here at school every day and I love to do everything to the best of my abilities.”




(Jr. High / 7th) Kyle Nicholson “I pay attention and I do my work in class everyday…. I actually have no clue.”




(Sr. High / 12th) Raeann Hogle “I believe I set a hard working example for the middle school kids and all of the lower classmen. I am also very hardworking in all of my classes.”



(Jr. High / 8th) Hannah Davis “I don’t know why I got most improved. Probably because I tried harder.”


(Sr. High / 9th) Caleb Moore “I am probably most improved because my mom threatened to take my phone away if I did not get my grades up. But honestly I try my hardest in class.”


—by Dylen Tolman & Cameron Rilatos—

“Local Pumpkin Patches”


Local Pumpkin Patches

by Kristen King  

It’s almost time for costumes, candy, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches. Halloween is coming up, and there is no place that is as much fun as going to a pumpkin patch. Pumpkin patches are great for spending time with family and getting in the festive spirit, so here are five pumpkin patches that are perfect for that.

First, there is Airlie Hills Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch. They have a huge corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid, trike racing, hay rides, pedal-carts, wheat box, farm animals, an indoor hay slide, and a dark maze! Activity wristbands are $7.00 (Monday through Friday), but pedal karts and the dark maze are closed. Saturday and Sunday activity bands are $9.00 and everything is open. There are special pricings, however, for seniors and military personnel: $1.00 off with cards; children 2 and under are free. Airlie Hills Harvest grows and sells over thirty different kinds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. They sell chips, kettle corn, hot cider, hot chocolate and coffee every day; however, on Saturdays and Sundays they also sell grilled sausages, hot dogs, lemon shakers, and caramel apples. It’s located in Monmouth which is 1 hour and sixteen minutes away.

Bose Family Farm is another great pumpkin patch. They are located in Albany which is 1 hour and sixteen minutes away. There is a corn maze, pumpkin patch, a play area for kids, mini disc golf, tractor rides, and a hay maze. The corn maze costs $7.00 per person, the hay maze is $3.00 per person, the mini disk golf is $2.00 per person, the hayride is $1.00 per person, the wristbands are $10.00, and children under five are free. Tiny pumpkins cost $0.50, small pumpkins are $2.00, medium pumpkins are $6.00, large pumpkins are $8.00, and giant pumpkins are twenty dollars. They are open Saturday 10/01/16 to Saturday 10/31/16. They are open from 10:00am-6:30pm Tuesday-Sunday, open to 9:00pm Friday and closed Mondays.

Another pumpkin patch is Lone Pine Farms. Lone Pine Farms is located in Junction City, one hour and twenty five minutes away. They have a huge corn maze they do every year. It’s usually a haunted corn maze, but they decided to not make it haunted this year for the children that come. They open on October 1st and are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm. They sell gourds and mini pumpkins for 99 cents each or three for $2.69, and sugar pumpkins are 39 cents a pound. They also sell a variety of different food. There is Bodacious Corn for 45 cents each or seven for $2.99 and Indian corn for $1.49 or 3 for 3.69. Many types of fruits are there like peaches for $1.99 a pound, plums for $2.99, seedless tiger watermelon for $0.59 a pound, seeded watermelon for 49 cents a pound, and pineapple for 2 for $5.00. Also they have tomatoes for $19.99 a box, grape tomatoes for $5.00 for two pints, portabella mushrooms for $5.99 a pound, snow white mushrooms for $2.99 a pound, winter squash for 79 cents a pound, banana squash and sweet meat squash for $0.49 cents a pound.

Heiser Farms Pumpkin Patch is another great pumpkin patch for children and families to have fun at. They are located in Dayton, 1hour and 56 minutes away but are worth the drive. 10:00 am is when they open and they close at 5:00pm for the whole month of October. The pumpkins cost 35 cents a pound on the weekends and $0.25 a pound on the weekdays. Hay rides, the Petting Zoo, Pedal Tractors, Hay Pyramid/slide, Farmerville, and Pumpkin Cannon Viewing are all free!!! On the weekends they have an Inflated Giant Pumpkin, Fire Engine Ride, Pony Rides, Grand Island Railroad’s, and  Pumpkin Cannon Firing; each attraction is $3.50 and kids two or younger are free with a paid adult. They also sell food in case you get hungry. They have hamburgers ($6.00), hot dogs ($4.00), polish dogs ($5:00), nachos ($3.50), a frito boat ($4.50), apple dippers ($2.50), cookies ($2.00), popcorn ($1.00), chips ($1.00), kettle corn ($6.00), caramel corn ($8.00), pie ($3.00), and muffins ($2.50). The drinks they have are hot chocolate ($1.50), coffee ($1.50), hot cider and cold cider ($1.50), soda ($1.50), and bottled water ($1.50).

The last pumpkin patch I found in the area is Mahaffy Ranch which is in Coos Bay, 2 hours and twenty five minutes away. They are open from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday through Thursday), but the only activities open on those days are the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and the gift shop. Friday through Sunday they open from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm, and all the activities are open including the corn maze, the corn cannon, the hay rides, barbecue, the pumpkin patch, and the gift shop, all of which are open till October 31st. Carver pumpkins cost $0.30 a pound, the specialty pumpkins are $0.45 a pound, and squashes are $0.89 a pound. One Hayride, an unlimited Corn Maze, an unlimited Mine Shaft Slide, and 2 shots for the Corn Cannon are $9 per person; for groups with twenty or more people the cost is $8.00 and must be paid in one transaction. Prices for individual activities are $2.00 for the Hayride, $3.00 for the Corn Maze, $1.00 for two shots for the Corn Cannon, and the Mine Shaft Slide is $3.00. Everything there is wheelchair accessible, including the Hayride!!!

“Local Haunted Houses” (article)

Local Haunted Houses

By Hailey Childs

_DSC0759.JPGCandy, costumes and terror—who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s a time for pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and haunted houses. Here in Oregon we have seven popular haunted houses.

The House of Shadows

The House of Shadows is a full contact haunted house. They have everything from crazy hillbillies to chainsaw killers. It is located in Gresham, Oregon.

13 Door Haunted House

13 Door Haunted House is Oregon’s oldest haunted house. This house contains highly detailed sets, animated creatures, and theatrical actors. It is located in Beaverton, Oregon.

Milburn’s Haunted Manor

Milburn’s Haunted Manor includes a free pumpkin per family or group and brain eating zombie chases. It is located in Hubbard, Oregon.

The Fear PDX

The Fear PDX is four haunted houses in one location. All you have to do is buy one ticket. It is located in Portland, Oregon. The fear PDX contains clowns, lots of machine-run decorations, and very talented actors and actresses with real weapons.

Spooky Lane

Spooky Lane has haunted corn mazes, zombie shootouts, and safe trick or treating. It is located in Nyssa, Oregon.

The Witch’s Castle

In The Witch’s Castle assistants take people on hikes that lead up to an actual castle that is claimed to be haunted. It is located in Portland, Oregon.

Ghost Town

The Ghost Town haunted house has extreme lights, sounds, props and actors. It is located in Portland, Oregon.

These haunted houses are a great idea for anyone with a family, or people just looking for a scare, and are well worth the drive.

Newport, Oregon’s most famous haunted location is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built in 1873. This particular lighthouse is said to be one of the most haunted places in Oregon. There are many stories that go with it but here is the most famous one: “The Haunted Light at Newport by the Sea.”

In it, Lischen M. Miller weaves a gripping story about a mysterious young woman left at a Newport hotel by her seafaring father who plans to pick her up in two weeks. She takes up with a group of tourists from the valley, who are camping nearby. One day, the group of them decides to explore the old Yaquina Bay Lighthouse — a small structure built in an unfortunate spot in 1871 and shut down for good just three years later, only to be replaced by the Yaquina Head Lighthouse a few miles north. Once inside, the adventurers find a secret door leading to a shaft that apparently runs all the way down to the sea.  A chill fog moves in and the explorers decide to go, leaving the secret door open behind them. As she is about to leave, the girl realizes she has left her handkerchief in the lighthouse and goes back to get it. Shortly thereafter, screams are heard and the party races back to the house and finds the secret door closed and locked, and no sign of Muriel. Just a pool of warm blood.

If you think the things you’ve read about in this article are scary, or if you’re interested in haunted houses, then you should check out Toledo Jr./Sr. High School’s haunted house on Halloween weekend. It will be held at Toledo Jr./Sr. High School. Our very own students from Toledo high school’s shop class will be building the entire haunted house under the supervision of Peter Lohanyay, the school’s shop and STEM teacher. The students will also participate in the haunted house. Last year, students dressed up and scared the visitors. Who knows what this year’s haunted house will entail. Times and further details are to be announced.


“What’s Goin’ On?” (upcoming events)

What’s Goin’ On?

—Upcoming events around Toledo, Newport,

and the greater state of Oregon—

By David Francisco (with Chase Mix & Rachel Metcalf)


Let’s start with the Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con. It took place in the Rose City Community Center. I was able to attend this year’s 5th annual. Next year it will be held at the same facility. This year, it was held from September 10th (Saturday) to September 11th. Tickets were $35 per person ($65 for a two-day pass). It only cost $15 for children and the elderly to attend.

There were numerous famous people in attendance. For example, Stan Lee, the creator of the Marvel universe, was there. I was able to meet him and express to him how big a fan both me and my family are of his work. He gave me a thumbs-up and then gave me some life advice. Mr. Lee told me that “if people make fun of you because you have your life planned out and they don’t, then that just means they’re jealous.”

Overall, the Portland Comic Con was really fun. I might go next year with a friend; it would fun to be there with good friends because we could dress up and pretend to fight. Next year’s Comic Con is supposed to have game-testing and competitions for the best players, and there’s also supposed to be plays that will be put on for kids like. They’d get to dress as  superheroes and role play. The plays in general are rather cheesy, but adorable. I saw one of the plays from a distance this year, and they actually dressed up really well, but the acting was really bad because, well, they were kids.


In February (17-19th), Portland will also host Wizard World. It’s similar to Comic Con, however, it will host rock stars, actors, writers, and magicians.

One of the band members from the famous band KISS is going to be there and do signings. Voice actors will also be there, and they will be waiting. So don’t keep them waiting! Check it out.

“VR: Future or Fad?” (Opinion)

VR: Future or Fad?

By Seth Houck

vive-1-1460470510-5ylD-column-width-inline.jpgVirtual Reality has been around in films and literature since as early as 1935. Though it has had a long screen time, only recently has the idea of reasonably priced VR (Virtual Reality) experience been achievable. Even though it is a technological breakthrough people have been wishing to achieve since its inception, one question remains: why have people not been raving over it?

In 1995 Nintendo released the Virtual Boy, a 32 bit headset console that was able to display simulated 3D (three dimensional) graphics within a headset-like screen. It was revolutionary for being a commercial VR headset, but it was a complete failure. Most people blame it on the horrible marketing campaign, the high price for what was given, as well as it being an uncomfortable experience due to its bulkiness.

But recently we have seen new VR devices that fill all the holes that the Virtual Boy had failed to plug. Modern VR headsets can display 3D graphics in HD (High Definition) resolutions and also have hand input using controllers. Though the new headsets have few fully VR games, 3D headsets have other uses than gaming.

VR has been used in multiple therapeutic applications to treat phobias and depression alike. One notable usage for VR therapy is treating cases of PTSD from military service mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan. The program can recreate scenarios such as IED explosions to roadside ambushes using exact details to create accurate situations that tailor to each individual. So far, these tactics of VR therapy have worked for targeting the problems that patients suffer from.

Besides therapy and gaming, VR has served another purpose: training. In 1982, the United States Air Force developed the first VR cockpit training simulator for pilots. Being the first of its kind, it would soon develop further with better graphics and control. Paramedics can also use VR to perform a wider range of operations than with normal training. VR has also been used to train Belgian firefighters how to drive in order to reduce damage to roads.

But with all of its advancements, will VR stay? My answer is yes and no. VR has multiple uses for training and education that cannot be given with normal instruction. But for gaming, something has to change. VR for gaming is too expensive for the common user reaching up to $800 and only offering a small amount of fully VR games. Until something changes, VR gaming may just be a fad.




“Space In Between Space” (poem)


Space In Between Space

By Andrew McCallum


Let the precipice of the old

vanquish the dead

Typhoon will start the



Can’t be turned

The stones may still turn

No they can’t…


Wake the dead only to find a new coffin for you


The monster has consumed you


…Stop giggling…

Why can’t I destroy these stones?


Hermes runs another message for

those who had mistakes forced upon them

The dark shall rest in your eyes

The stones left



Did you break the stones?


The sword was raised but never touched the stones

Windows showed me all

Time will prevail as long as it exists


Hide once again

with the everlasting



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