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Becca Trombler Senior Portfolio 2010

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S: Becca Trombler Senior Portfolio

FC: Becca Trombler 2010

1: I would like to dedicate this book to my close group of friends. You have been there for me throughout high school and before; you have gotten me through this journey and I will never forget you.

2: Through means of this book I hope to convey a sense of who I am, what I've experienced, and who I plan to be. It follows me throughout high school, and even before, showing who I have become at the end of my thirteen year stretch. You, as the reader, will see photos and read excerpts that put my life and dreams into a solid form.

3: Hell is empty, All the devils are here. -William Shakespeare | Senior Quote

4: Table of Contents Dedication.....................................................................................1 Introduction.................................................................................2 Senior Quote.................................................................................3 School Photos...............................................................................5 Timeline 2006-2010....................................................................6-9 Dreams and Aspirations.............................................................10 Subject pages..........................................................................11-13 Activities pages......................................................................14-15 High School Soundtrack............................................................16 Friends........................................................................................17 Memorabilia................................................................................18 Travel Page..................................................................................19 Annotated Bibliography.........................................................20-22 Accomplishments.........................................................................23 Thank You's.................................................................................24 Closing Quote...............................................................................25

6: January 15 2006- After seven year cruising the solar system, NASA’s Stardust spacecraft returns to give the world a look at dust from outer space. May 1 2006- In cities all over the U.S., Hispanics show what it would be like if immigrants didn't work, shop or go to school during the Day without an Immigrant. July 31 2006- Cuban President Fidel Castro transfers power indefinitely to younger brother Raul, causing all sorts of rumors about the fate of Castro and the Communist island. August 24 2006- For over 70 years, we've known that there are nine planets in the solar system. Now, there are only eight. Pluto gets demoted to “dwarf planet”, along with other tiny, icy objects. September 12 2006- With its release of iTunes 7, Apple announces that people have bought over 1.5 billion songs in three years. October 9 2006- A few months after test firing missiles, North Korea announces it tested its first nuclear weapon. The United Nations are not happy. October 17 2006- 300 millionth resident of the U.S. is born (based on the Census's best guess). | 2006

7: January 4 2007- California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman speaker of the House and will preside over the 100th Congress. January 10 2007- President Bush announces that a surge of an additional 20,000 troops will be deployed to Baghdad to try to stem the sectarian fighting. April 2 2007- Supreme Court rules, 5–4, that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate automobile emissions of heat-trapping gases. June 7 2007- President Bush vetoes legislation, passed by Congress, that eases restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. July 24 2007- The minimum wage increases to $5.85, up from $5.15. It's the first increase in 10 years. August 5 2007- President Bush signs law that legalizes government eavesdropping of telephone conversations and emails of American citizens and people overseas without a warrant as long as there is "reasonable cause." December19 2007- President Bush signs an energy bill that requires passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. to have fuel economy standards of 35 mpg by 2020. | 2007

8: Jan. 3- The presidential primary season begins with Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee. March 8- President George W. Bush, saying intelligence officials must have "all the tools they need to stop the terrorists," vetoes legislation that would have outlawed all methods of interrogation that are banned in the Army Field Manual, which prohibits waterboarding and other harsh techniques that have been used by the CIA. March 11- The government begins to intervene in the U.S. financial system to avoid a crisis. The Federal Reserve outlines a $200 billion loan program for banks. May 15- California's Supreme Court rules, 4 to 3, that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Aug. 28- Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first African American to be selected by a major party as its nominee for president. Sep. 4- Sen. John McCain accepts the the Republican presidential nomination. Oct. 1- The U.S. Senate ratifies an agreement that allows India to buy nuclear fuel on the world market for its reactors as long as it uses the fuel for civilian purposes only. Oct. 10- Connecticut's Supreme Court rules that a state law that limits marriage to heterosexual couples and a civil union law that protects gay couples violate equal protection rights guaranteed by the constitution. Nov. 4- Democratic senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election against Sen. John McCain, taking 338 electoral votes to McCain's 161. Obama becomes the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Nov. 4- Voters in California narrowly pass a ballot measure, Proposition 8, that overturns the May 15, 2008, California Supreme Court decision that said same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Dec. 19: President George W. Bush announces plans to lend General Motors and Chrysler $17.4 billion to survive the next three months. | 2008

9: January 15 2009- Federal Intelligence Court Rules Government Wiretapping Legal. January 15 2009- The Senate votes to release the second half of the Federal bailout money, $350 million, to aid President-elect Obama's economic plan. January 20 2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States. January 22 2009- President Obama signed executive orders closing all secret prisons and detention camps run by the CIA—including the infamous Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba—and banning coercive interrogation methods. January 27 2009- A California woman gave birth to eight babies in California; they are only the second set of octuplets ever to be born alive in America. February 27 2009- In front of a crowd of Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, President Obama announced his intention to withdraw most American troops out of Iraq by August 31, 2010. April 7 2009- Vermont becomes the fourth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, just days after Iowa becomes the third. April 26 2009- U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu Outbreak. May 18 2009- President Obama announces new, stricter regulations on auto emissions and mileage standards, which will go into effect beginning in 2012. The regulations are similar to the ones currently in place in California. May 28 2009- California Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage. June 17 2009- President Obama will sign a referendum allowing the same-sex partners of federal employees to receive benefits. They will not be allowed full health coverage, however. June 25 2009- Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Dies. August 6 2009- The Senate approves, 68 to 31, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. October 1 2009- Texting While Driving Banned for Federal Employees. October 15 2009- Stimulus Created 30,000 Jobs So Far. October 19 2009- The federal government announces it will no longer prosecute those who use or sell marijuana for medical reasons, if they are complying with state law. February 2 2010- Defense Officials Seek End to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." March 10 2010- A panel of educators reveals a set of national standards for math and English courses in U.S. public schools. April 1 2010- The Environmental Protection Agency issues formal guidelines for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions cars will be able to produce. April 5 2010- President Obama announces a revised American nuclear strategy that will limit the instances in which the U.S. will use nuclear weapons. May 10 2010- President Obama selects Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his nominee for the Supreme Court Justice. May 17 2010- The U.S. Supreme Court votes 5–4 against life sentences for juveniles who commit crimes other than murder | 2009-2010

10: Through undergraduate school i plan to major in biology and minor in psychology. As a continuation of that, I plan on going to graduate school to study biopsychology and neurosciences. The way the physiological and psychological come together inside an individual has always fascinated me. Using my education, i plan to become a neuroscientist in the research field. Possibly, through future research we can create new ways of approaching and mediating psychological disease. On top of my scientific endeavors, i hope to continue to improve myself as a photographer as well as a makeup artist. Photography has become a passion of mine throughout high school and i would like to continue it as a hobby, and possibly a second career. To accompany my skills as a photographer, I would like to further hone my skill as a makeup artist. All the portraits I take include all me own makeup work, and as my photography improves I hope to reach a new level in my cosmetologist artistry. | Aspirations

11: I love books! I love reading, and have been an avid reader ever since i was young. Although i have not always enjoyed the selection of books chosen for classroom reading, the majority of them were memorable and worth while. It's exciting for me to strip a story down, analyze its hidden meaning and extract a greater purpose. I have thoroughly enjoyed being taught how to analyze books in new ways; it has definitely helped me grasp the true meanings behind books and furthered my intelligence on a more enlightened level. The most interesting part of reading to me is seeing something through another's' eyes, and reflecting on yourself in return. | LITERATURE

12: Biology/& Neuroscience | Biology has always been a passion of mine, ever since I can remember. Up until the last few years of high school I have been interested in epidemiology (the study of disease). This spurred from a disease project I did in the 7th grade, where I learned about CIPA (Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhydrosis). Learning about a young girl who went through life without feeling pain astounded me, and from that day forward I was always striving to learn more. However, during my last two years of high school I have become increasingly interested in Neuroscience and Biopsychology. The way the brain works is so intriguing and it seems that I have been hooked into this field os science as well. Particularly so, I am quite interested in learning how physiological functions intermingle with the psychological part of the brain. Analyzing the way these two parts of the brain work together captures my attention for hours.

13: Psychology | In the last two years I have become more attuned to the highly psychoanalytical aspects of my personality. Throughout my life I have always been empathetic to those around me, and been able to help them approach dilemmas in their own life. Because of this, the relationships I form with people are usually very deep and lasting. This closeness I share with my friends has enabled me to keep a close-knit group of friends around me, which have become like a second family. I plan to minor in psychology in college, hopefully gaining more knowledge of a subject that I already feel comes so naturally to me. Because I am already interested in the more scientific study of the brain, incorporating knowledge from another area of a similar discipline will give me a more rounded understanding of how the brain works.

14: Press on. East West Karate 1999-2010

15: “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange

16: My-Tunes | Riot-Three Days Grace Supermassive Black Hole- Muse Dance with the Devil- Breaking Benjamin Awaken- Disturbed Victim- Trapt The Crow & the Butterfly- Shinedown Right Where it Belongs- Nine Inch Nails Becoming the Bull- Atreyu Fake It- Seether Getting Away with Murder- Papa Roach

17: A Family Of Friends Author Unknown You'll find there's a family of friends living here, a small group of minds, and hearts; With some of us clever and some of us not, At times you can't tell us apart. There's one who is cranky, and one who is shy, And one who is really uncouth; And just when you think you have discovered who's who, You'll really uncover the truth. The truth that we're all just a little of each, A group of imperfects are we And sometimes I might criticize them to you, But don't ever knock them to me. 'Cause the one thing that ties us together for life- no matter how far we're apart, Is love for each other, a family of friends A small group of minds, and of hearts.

18: Memorabilia

19: España | Itinerary: Barcelona Seville Madrid | Summer 2010! | Travelers: Becca Trombler Lisa Elsonbaty

20: Bibliography | Brooks, Kevin. Being. New York: Scholastic, 2007. Print. | A lonely teen, Robert Smith finds himself involved in events totally out of his control. A foster kid with a stomachache, he arrives at the hospital alone for a routine endoscopy. Not fully anesthetized, he hears the doctors claim that his insides aren't human. Unidentified men with guns swarm in, Robert bolts, and finds himself on the front page of the newspaper accused of stabbing one of the doctors. Conveniently the one people Robert runs into, Eddi, the ex-girl of an acquaintance's brother, not only takes him in but is an expert in creating fake IDs. With a duffel full of cash from her business, they escape England to her house in Spain. In Tejeda, the young people find love and begin a "normal" life together until the men in suits show up and destroy it all. Scattered throughout the novel are Robert's existential questions, "How do I know anything is real?" This is surreal science fiction with a dismal ending. The ending is open: the reader is not told of Robert's true identity or the identity of the men after him. Anyone who likes a good sci-fi thriller would like this book. | Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. New York: M.K. McElderry, 2007. Print. | The story follows a young 16 year old girl called Clary Fray who lives in New York with her mother. He father died before she was born in a car accident . When her mother goes missing she discovers the world she lived in doesn't really exist as she thought and even she isn't who she thought she was and neither is her family. This book includes all you basic fantasy creatures: vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and shadow hunters, but the adventure it depicts is not basic at all. A convoluted family secret unfolds amidst general chaos. I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a fun read. Although not written with the most eloquence it keeps you on your toes and wanting more. | Hopkins, Ellen. Burned. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2006. Print. | Hopkins tells the story of a mormon girl living with an abusive father and ignorant mother. Tired of years of rebellion, she is sent by her family to live with her Aunt as punishment. However, here on the farm she finds love and acceptance. She falls in love with a boy named Eathan, and upon returning home finds out she will have his baby. The story is concluded tragically with a depressing theme. This is an easy read but full of powerful emotion and tragedy. It puts into light the unfortunate situations many youth are forced to grow up in.

21: Huxley, Aldous. Island. New York:Perennial, 2002. Print. | Huxley's Island follows a young man on a journey to the island of Pala, where his life will change forever. On a mission from his superiors, he is supposed to make a deal with the leader of Pala regarding oil. However, upon immersion into the culture he learns things about himself and the world he never could've expected. As the reader, we are shown how although perfection is attainable, people in power attempt to exterminate it due to the danger it could cause them. This is by far one of my favorite books and I am SO GLAD that I chose to read it for Lit. this year. The ideas presented at the end of the book literally blow your mind. I consumed this novel in a day but contemplated its themes for weeks to come. | Meyer, Stephenie. The Host: a Novel. New York: Little, Brown and, 2008. Print. | The novel introduces an alien race, called souls, who take over Earth and its inhabitants. The book describes one soul's predicament when the mind of its human host refuses to cooperate with her takeover. The soul, known as Wanda is overcome by the power in the host's emotions. Mel's mind refuses to be taken over completely and Wanda is forced to become joined with Mel. Despite the fact this is is written by Stephenie Meyer, this is a GREAT book. Targeted for an older age group, namely adults, the book has a sophisticated writing style and gripping, emotional plotline. | The story of You Suck continues directly from the previous novel, Bloodsucking Friends. Jody, a newly minted vampire, has remained in San Francisco despite her promise to the police to move away after the previous incidents. Tommy, her boyfriend, is shocked at the beginning of the sequel to discover that Jody has "turned" him , although she explains that she did it so that they could be together forever. They struggle to survive and to maintain their relationship despite the efforts of others to eliminate them. Despite the fact that describing the plot on paper sounds rather bad, this book is hilarious and made me want to read the whole series. Anybody that likes vampires and laugh-out-load books should read this. | Moore, Christopher. You Suck: a Love Story. New York: William Morrow, 2007. Print.

22: Orwell, George. 1984. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. Print. | 1984 explores a world of the future where the government controls every aspect of life. Families are traitors to each other, friends do not exist, there is absolutely no individualism; it is a world without life. The main character Winston fights to find himself in this distorted world. But, when he tries to rebel against the government he suffers a dreadful fate. The themes of hopelessness at the end of this novel are chilling. They foreshadow a world that is soon to come, and warn the reader to take caution. This was an absolutely amazing read and full of thought-provoking intellect. I thoroughly enjoyed it an it will remain one of my favorite books of all time; it's a classic that everybody should read. I would recommend this to anybody that like Utopian literature. | Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Print. | A young boy, Eragon, finds a dragon egg in the forest and from that day forward is trust into a world of adventure. He must learn to become one with his dragon when he learns that the evil king covets her for his army. He meets many friends along the way and discovers deep family secrets. This is a thrilling ride from the beginning and is only the first in an exciting trilogy. I would recommend it to any fantasy lover. The movie, however, is horrible so don't even bother! :) | Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2007. Print. | Set in the future, the second civil war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called "unwinding." Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part of their bodies harvested to be "donated" to another person so, technically, they don't really die. The complex and compelling plot follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on their way to the harvest camps. A thought-provoking adventure -- I would recommend it to thriller lovers. | Wicklund, Susan, and Alan S. Kesselheim. This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor. New York: Public Affairs, 2007. Print. | Wicklund recounts horrifying and heart-wrenching stories from her experience as an abortion doctor. This is a very controversial topic, but the way it is presented is not overly biased. The emotion in her words and passion in her job is unmatchable in anything I've ever read. I don't particularly like biographies but the way Wicklund shares her life with the reader kept my attention completely. Anybody that is looking for a way to get to know the "other side" of the abortion industry should read this book. It seems to me that everything that is put out into the media is negative, and this was a nice contrast to that.

23: Accomplishments | Class of 2014! | Receive Blackbelt Friday 28th, May 2010

24: Thank You's | I would first like to start with my friends, for they have been an irreplaceable support system throughout my life. Although I have made and lost many friends you have remained there for me; Kunthea, Avalon, Lisa, and Peyton, I cannot imagine my life without you and will never forget you as I continue forward with my adult life. What we have is so different and special compared to many groups of friends and I fear I will not find it again. I love you guys. As a newer addition to the group, Irina, I hope to continue our formed friendship as we both move to SO CAL for college. | Mom, Dad, Bear and Eden, thank you for always supporting me in my academic and extra-curricular endeavors. Together we have been through the good and the bad and supported each other despite hardship. I love you. | Having my karate family has been like no other relationship you can experience outside the dojo. Ms. Stempien, Ms.Cisternos, Sky, Forest, Kenny, Malena, Liam, Molly, Cynthia, Connor, Eric, Shaolin thank you for pushing me to be my very best. I love you and will never forget the good and bad times we've had. | These two people shall remain nameless, but their presence in my life has been immense. To the first: although tragic, our time together was a great learning experience. I thank you for helping me to find myself and wish you the best in life. To the second: you helped me find love when I doubted I would experience the full power of its strength again. I will not forget you.

25: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." By Steve Jobs

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