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Railroad tracks at Birkenau.

Lauren Deutsch

Guest Writer

This is the first post in a series of reflections from Milken seniors currently on March of the Living

A few days ago, I had the once in a lifetime chance to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the concentration camp that my grandma was forcefully taken to 72 years prior to that day. When we arrived, I looked out into the acres filled with chimneys, brick bunkers, and watch houses, and couldn’t help but imagine six million unique faces peering at me through the endless gates. I looked down at the grass, which was overflowing from the train tracks, and questioned how nature could grow and stem from a place that houses death and endings. The March of the Living has ultimately changed me and my appreciation for Judaism and its people’s inhibition and perseverance. We are still here and we are not going anywhere.

 

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Sophia Ghadoushi

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the Milken Dance Team performed a year’s worth of hard work and elegant choreography on stage before a live audience. This was goodbye for the two seniors, Isabel Bina ‘17 and Lila Hanish ‘17, and after attending the performance, The Roar created a list of highlights from the show:

In a performance titled “Mind Games” with choreography by Andrew Rincon, Isabel Bina ‘17 took control of the stage for her last solo as a part of the Milken Dance Team. In a sparkly black one piece, all eyes were on Bina throughout her beautiful twists and turns.  

Lila Hanish ‘17 had the second senior solo of the night in a performance titled “Near Light,” choreographed by Andrew Rincon and Lila Hanish. Her embroidered silver dress shimmered in the spotlight as she touched the audience with her sophisticated choreography.

After watching the girls’ senior spotlight videos (in between each of the dances), the show’s theme of self-love was evident. The junior officers of the dance team, in addition to Lila and Isabel, spoke about what self-love means to them, a pivotal topic to touch on. Responses included “be who you want to be” and “accepting yourself for your flaws.” Across the board, the varsity dancers exhibited how crucial it is to love yourself.

In addition to the beautiful senior and junior solos, there were incredible group performances. Some of the eye catching group dances included “Sway” performed by Isabel Bina ‘17, Sofie Bina ‘18, Lila Hanish ‘17, Talia Shakib ‘18, and Kayla Yedidsion ‘18. The upbeat performance, “Fembots,” performed by the whole dance team, grabbed the attention of the audience and elicited enthusiastic applause by the end.

The finale was flawless. The white flowy dress, chic mirrors, and vivid emotions moved the whole audience. These angels concluded the theme of self-love in a piece titled “I Am.” Thanks to the creative mind of Andrew Rincon and Neaz Kohani, and Brian Byrne for making ideas become reality, the show couldn’t have been better! Congratulations to the 2016-2017 dance team on an amazing year!

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Emily Vanek

Staff Writer

Have you ever wanted to be on a gameshow? Milken senior Alexandra Ashoori ‘17 did just that when she went on Wheel of Fortune and won $35,000. Wheel of Fortune is a game show that has been around for about 30 years now, so most teenagers have seen a few episodes or have at least heard about it. For readers who do not know how the game works, the contestants solve word puzzles to win cash and prizes. Ashoori and her best friend, Lexie Ravaei, auditioned for “Teen Best Friends Week” and were selected to be on the show. Surprisingly, Ashoori had never seen an episode of the show and did not know what she was in for. When Ravaei’s mother signed them up, the girls needed to decide how to prepare for their big moment. Looking for ways to research, Ashoori was soon able to get a taste of what to expect on the show by playing the Wheel of Fortune App.

Ashoori describes her experience as “so much fun” despite the lengthy filming. She was especially surprised that both the set and the audience were significantly smaller than how they appeared on television. Although Ashoori had never watched an episode of Wheel of Fortune, she still recognized the hosts of the show, Pat Sajak and Vanna White. “They were really nice and had a lot of funny jokes,” she said. When given the honor of spinning the wheel, Ashoori remembers it being extremely heavy: “I had to spin the wheel the whole time because my friend wasn’t able to do it.”

Despite some difficult words, Ashoori and Ravaei reached the final round. Unfortunately, they did not win the $100,000 prize because they guessed the final word incorrectly. However, they did win $35,000, a trip to Virginia, and a trip to Hawaii. When asked about what she plans on doing with her reward, Ashoori replied, “I plan on going shopping!”

 

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Justin Leff

Editor-in-Chief

Milken junior Jordan Pardo ’18 didn’t expect to become a viral hit when he attempted to follow the senior class in their Heely shoe revolution. For those not familiar with Heelys, they are a shoe company that makes shoes with wheels, allowing users the option to roll instead of walk. While the trend was popular in 2005, Milken seniors have brought it back to Milken in 2017 by wearing Heelys on Fridays.

Now whether it was bad juju for reaching above his class and infringing on a senior tradition that brought Pardo to the ground, or just poor coordination, you can watch the original video below to decide for yourself. Below the original video, you can find the meme that is going viral, made by former Milken student Jeremy Becker. The fall has become a huge hit at Milken and has drawn the attention of the famous comedy Instagram account Hoodclips and the Youtube channel The Best Fails. An interview with Pardo on this whole experience follows the videos.

What motivated you to go heeling?

Well, I’ve always seen people wear them and I wanted to give it a shot. I asked Adam Krekorian for his and he gave them to me. You know everyone makes it look so easy, so I thought I could do it. [Jordan] Kalman ’18 told me not to do it because they are hard to ride which motivated me to do it even more. I always love to prove the haters wrong. So I took a shot and it clearly failed.

Did it hurt?

It did for a second, but I have experienced worse hits than that.

When did you realize this had the potential to become viral with meme videos?

I knew this was gonna be big right when Kalman got it on video.

Do you like the meme videos being made?

At the end of the day people can make whatever they want. I like them because they are funny and even if it wasn’t me, I’d still laugh. It’s all sh*** and giggles. From what I understand people aren’t laughing at me, they are laughing with me.

What have you learned from this experience?

Believe it or not, when I fail I always try again. I never give up on something and right here is the perfect example of me not giving up. I have been working on it and will soon be able to do it. The major thing I take away is safety. I know we are able to laugh about this now, but I easily could have fallen on my head and cracked it open. I have to be more careful and try to not put myself in danger. I’m glad this was able to be very funny and everyone is having a good laugh. We need to be able to laugh and have a good time. One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Valvano: “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.” We should build off this and incorporate it into our lives.

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Michael Schulman

Staff Writer 

Every generation has a coming-of-age movie: the 80’s has The Breakfast Club, the 90’s has Clueless and my generation…we have High School Musical. Growing up as a Disney kid, High School Musical greatly influenced my idea of what high school would be. No, I did not think the entire student body was going to break out into song and dance at lunch time, but I expected that the social dynamics of West High School would be similar to Milken’s. However, to my delight, I was wrong. My high school experience was better than any stereotypical Hollywood movie because it was unique to me and my class.

For those of you who have not seen the cinematic masterpiece High School Musical, it centers around popular basketball “it-man” Troy Bolton, played by my boy Zac Efron, and his quest to break from the social stigmas of high school. The film cleverly comments on how no one is bound to the norms of their clique, as Troy longs to sing in the school musical, an act which would be looked down upon by his team.

No, I did not think the cliques at Milken would be that extreme, but I definitely thought they would be exclusive like they were in Hollywood films. Yes, I have my “squad,” and everyone at Milken kind of has their group, but the people at Milken have always been welcoming even if I was not that close to them. That is the other thing the movie got wrong, friend groups at Milken are not so strictly organized like they are in pop-culture. People are usually friends with those who share similar interests, but the people who I have met in high school are far more unique. The reality is that we are all different: we are not just athletes, student leaders or artists. We are much more. This place has not just been a school, it has been the place where we discovered who we truly are. Not only did I learn that I love being a student leader, but I learned that I have the ability to make people laugh. Whether laughing at me or laughing with me, I found joy in making my teachers and peers smile.

I am proud to have gone to a school with warm, kind people who have made me feel part of a family. Every movie about high school views the experience as a “job,” and just a stage in your life that you have to get through. High School was not a smooth road, but when I look back on this experience I will not remember the stressful study sessions or the up-hill climb that is the college process. Rather, I will remember the incredible people who endured and experienced it with me. This place has given me a safe space to fail and grow. I can now enter the world confident in my abilities. Every student every day entered Zeldin’s Way with the goal of being better. Even though it was a short amount of time in the grand scheme of our lives, we were “all in this together.” And for that I am forever grateful.

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Lauren Mokhtarzadeh and Sophia Ghadoushi
Wildlife Editor and Social Media Director

We’re back!

Below is an updated list of the best places to grab a bite in The Valley. What makes these restaurants special? Not only are they exclusive to The Valley, but each entry on this list is unique and serves many interesting dishes. Do yourself a favor, and check these restaurants out soon!

1. Wanderlust

Address: 18511 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Attention everyone! The Valley has opened an artisanal ice cream shop. This is no ordinary ice cream shop, for all of their creative flavors are either locally or globally inspired. They have their signature flavors (which are not the typical chocolate and vanilla), and also create seasonal flavors monthly. Some unique flavors that they serve include: Sticky Rice + Mango, Tonka Bean, and Abuelita Malted Crunch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2. Slawdogs

Address:  Westfield Topanga, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd #9080, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

If you are craving a fulfilling breakfast burrito at any time of the day, Slawdogs is the place to be. And, to top it all off, you can add crispy tater tots inside your burrito. Did your stomach just growl? Our’s did. Slawdogs not only has breakfast burritos, but they also have hot dogs (in case that wasn’t obvious), burgers, salads, and several finger food choices. Just to name a few of their mouth-watering options: Oktoberfest Pretzel, Mini Corn Dogs, and K-Town Popcorn Chicken. All we can say is YUM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Sloan’s Ice Cream

Address: Westfield Topanga, 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1560, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

This dessert paradise is not only sweet in taste, but also in its location at The Topanga Village. The heavenly smells will guide your nose to the doors of Sloan’s, making it impossible to resist. With the endless selection of homemade brownies, ice-cream, cookies, and doughnuts, your mouth will be watering as you order. With sweet treats everywhere in sight, you will never want to leave!

P.S. If you are not in the mood for ice cream (impossible, we know), at least stop by their bathroom (you’ll see why).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Happy Days Cafe

Address:  14552 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

In two words: too cute. Happy Days is the perfect place to grab a treat – from ice cream to stuffed churros to churro donuts – with friends. Their specialty drinks are great as well (the Minty Coffee especially). If you stop by at night there is great live music to enjoy, along with some Insta-worthy wall art in the back.

If you are worried about the calories, we say treat yourself to some fresh nutella-stuffed churros!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Cho Cho San

Address:  4928 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

A Valley resident favorite! Some popular dishes include garlic edamame, enormous spicy tuna on crispy rice, and the 911 roll, which is
a must for spicy lovers. With so many rolls to choose from, you will be leaving in a food coma as you walk out the door. Depending on the time of day, this restaurant can fill up fast. Going for an early dinner is your best bet. It’s open all day long, so you can satisfy your mid-day sushi craving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Blue Dog Beer Tavern

Address: 4524 Saugus Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

As a true Valley kid (aka Justin Leff ‘17) once said, “Blue Dog just gives off this warm, friendly feeling, with pictures of customers’ dogs covering the wall.” Their mac and cheese is a valley favorite. If you’re in search of a casual hole-in-the-wall, go grab a burger here- you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. The Bellwether

Address: 13251 Ventura Blvd a, Studio City, CA 91604

The Bellwether has been described as a relaxed, yet happening place to go out with friends. Whether you decide to have a girls’ night out or a casual meal with friends, you will not be disappointed by these tapas-style dishes. Some of the most popular dinner dishes include the meatballs, tempura cauliflower, and the truffled potato salad. In addition to their dinner, the Bellwether is also popular for weekend brunch, specifically their brioche french toast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8. La Cava

Address: 13565 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

This place is perfect for a night out on the town (if your town is near Ventura Blvd.). Dress up and go indulge in authentic Italian food. All of the food is bursting with flavor, so it is impossible to go wrong. Some favorites amongst Valley kids are the pesto gnocchi, the gorgonzola cheese pizza, and the spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli. If you ever wish for food straight from Rome, head on over to La Cava for the old school Italian feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9. Tel Aviv Grill

Address: 19014 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

We saved the best for last since Israeli food holds a special place in our heart. This is the most authentic Israeli food that has opened in The Valley- or possibly all of LA. Not only is the food A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but the staff and atmosphere is as close to Tel Aviv as it gets- loud music, great food, and oh so many Israelis. What’s not to love? The staff always makes sure that your food is top notch while they jam out to Israeli music and give out free falafel. It gets better. The fact that you can add falafel balls to your order for just .50 cents per ball is pretty amazing, if you ask us. The staff is very generous with food quantities- imagine all the humus, falafel, fresh pita, and french fries you can eat. The owners are observant Jews so expect them to be closed on  most Jewish holidays, including Shabbat. Otherwise, there is a line out the door- literally.

We have one piece of advice: go to Tel Aviv Grill. Now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay hungry!

Love,
Valley Girls

Leave comments below! Let us know if you’ve visited any of these restaurants, what your favorites are, or if there are any other great Valley restaurants.

 

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Sara Stolzenberg-Myers

Staff Writer

What used to be the Milken Amphitheater (also known as the Senior area), has now become the new hot spot for a quick and casual game of beach volleyball. Student Body President, Justin Leff ‘17, has recently made it his duty to convert our regular campus into a more exciting and inviting “pad.” Students no longer dread walking into school everyday because with Leff’s new area takeover, each designated grade area will be supplied with activities and games to keep freshmen through seniors engaged and active.

If all goes according to plan, the freshmen, sophomore, and junior areas will soon be equipped with smash ball, bowling, and yard pong, respectively. Along with the upgraded areas, a new hammock is set to appear in the zen garden within the next few months. Meanwhile, the underclassmen are anxiously waiting for their own activities to arrive based off of the positive feedback coming from the seniors. Michael Bolour ‘17 happily reported that since the volleyball net has arrived, a significant amount of bonding time has opened up to the class of 2017. During his free period, Bolour no longer feels drawn to his computer. Instead, he feels happy to participate in a game of volleyball with his peers. The net encourages him and fellow students to step aside from technology, and engage in a more active lifestyle.

As Leff wraps up his presidential term and final year at Milken, he continues to make his last efforts at making campus a more wholesome and beneficial environment for the students. When asked what the intentions behind the games and activities were, he replied, “I think it’s important to have a campus in which we do not only worry about academics, but a place in which we have opportunities to be outside, get some fresh air, and do something fun with friends.” Rather than encouraging the high-stress, high-pressure, competitive environment that many high schools have been burdened with, Leff wants to do just the opposite. With these casual, pleasant, and grade-bonding activities, he hopes to bring together the school and cultivate a relaxing and stress-free setting for all.

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Evan Satlin

Staff Writer

 

As Americans, we are now in an awkward period where the president has been elected and inaugurated, and we are waiting to see how his legislative actions will affect the world. We wait patiently because we want to know if President Donald Trump is going to be the president America needs. However, this does not stop the public from sharing opinions that are often not based on facts. Although I support the right for people to publicly express their beliefs, I prefer for such opinions to be backed with research and facts.

 

I have spoken with people and have seen countless posts on Facebook from friends who voice their opinion with inaccurate information, and frankly, it sounds like nails on a chalkboard. “Obama was the worst president in American history.” “Women should not complain about their rights.” “Donald Trump deserves to be dead.” “Why do old people vote? The election isn’t for them.” Hearing opinions like these without factual evidence makes me sad as an American. We now live in a time where articles, information and facts are right at our fingertips, yet people still refuse to do a quick Google search before blabbering about why they are right about a certain subject. Granted, looking at a few articles may actually confirm your biases, with all of the fake news and “alternative facts” available

 

I took Race, Class and Gender (RCG), which is probably from where my intolerance towards opinions made without evidence stems. On multiple occasions, my teacher, Dr. Nick Holton, has said “Assumptions make an ass out of you and me.” He makes a point to teach all of his RCG students that they should not assume that they know something without actually taking the time to research or learn about it.  

 

Just the other day, I had a very civil and educated debate with a good friend of mine about America’s financial status, and which candidate would have made the greatest impact on immigration, the economy and social affairs. It was one of the most productive conversations I have had in a long time because we agreed on some opinions, disagreed on others, but in the end we stayed civil and did not get heated…in fact, our friendship grew even stronger. As Americans I feel we should not just make it our civic right to be able to vote, but our duty to research all of the candidates, and vote for who we most agree with and can be most comfortable with running our country. This election, only about 50% of Americans voted. If we want change, we need to put in the time to pursue that change.

Looking at even more current events (wiretapping, editing the immigrant ban, terrible voter turnouts in local elections), it is important to not only consider multiple sources, but it is equally as important to know what those sources are. If you are looking at a biased article, look at another one favoring the other side. As I’ve stated before, the best opinions are those that are completely thought out and well-researched, but they can be hard to distinguish without research of your own. With all of these opinions going around (especially in the political world), it is important to listen to all of them and filter out the ones that you think are best. We are the future of our country. Let’s represent the United States as best we can.

 

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Ben Chasen

Staff Writer

There was something special to this year’s Milken Student Government Elections. Sure, the typical campaign posters were put up all around Milken’s brick-clad campus. Students asked each other who they were planning on voting for and friends campaigned for each other. But something was definitely different. This year’s presidential race had some flash to it. Student Government member and All-CIF point guard Aaron Harouni ‘18 used his connections to get a campaign video cameo from triple-platinum recording artist Post Malone. Current Student Body Vice President Brandon Pourmorady ‘18 gave a campaign speech with a Daft Punk parody, rap performance, and even an appearance by members of the Milken Dance Team. And, of course, Noah Cohen ‘18 made the long expected revelation to the public that he was the student mastermind behind the infamous @m1lkenmemes_2.0 Instagram account. As the campaign Town Meeting concluded, there was anticipation around Milken about who would become the next leader of the student body.

The ballots were cast, and the students spoke. In doing so, they chose to elect the former meme king, Noah Cohen as the next Student Body President of Milken Community High School. The man who led the account that once drew negative attention from the Milken administration found his way onto the ballots and into the highest ranking student office at Milken.

The Roar also found out some of the other students soon-to-be President Cohen will be working on student government. Clara Pitt ‘18 used a creative video and the campaign slogan “CP for VP” to win her new title of Vice President, while Josh Afshani ‘18 won the race for Treasurer after promising the student body that he would represent their best interests. Despite their campaign video being censored by the school and not shown at the campaign Town Meeting, Aaron Farahnik ‘18 and Eli Novian ‘18 promised that they would stand up for students’ rights to speech and won the joint office of Social Chair. Last of the schoolwide offices, Hannah Lande ‘18 and Avi Bernat- Kunin ‘18 were both elected for a second term as Mazkirim.

While the 11th grade representatives have not been elected due to issues collecting votes from students in Israel on Tiferet, the 10th and 12th grade reps were also determined. In the 10th grade, Dani Kashfian ‘20 & Adam Kingsley ‘20 were the victorious candidates, while Stephanie Afari ‘18 & Lauren Halimi ‘18 were the winning candidates in the race to represent the 12th grade in student government.

Election Day also had one other important event: Student Body President Justin Leff ‘17 gave his final address to the student body speaking fondly of the year he has spent at the helm of Milken’s student government. Leff recapped his proudest accomplishments as President, including: running the most successful Winter Formal in Milken history, establishing KMSR (the Milken student radio network), lowering the price of Friday afternoon pizza and adding pizza options, and enriching grade areas with beach-themed games.

Now, it is up to Cohen and the rest of the newly-elected student government to build upon the successes of the Leff administration.

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President: Noah Cohen
Vice President: Clara Pitt
Treasurer: Josh Afshani
Social Chair: Aaron Farahnik and Eli Novian
Mazkir(a): Avi B-K and Hannah Lande
10th Grade Reps: Dani Kashfian & Adam Kingsley
11th Grade Reps: (waiting for tiferet, sorry for the suspense)
12th Grade Reps: Stephanie Afari & Lauren Halimi
Congrats to the new 2017-2018 student government!