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Albemarle High School 2775 Hydraulic Road C-ville, VA 22901 November 25, 2008 Volume 6 Issue 3



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See winter forecast ... pg. 2

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Meet Ms. Williams and Mr. McGraw... pg. 3

Get to know star player Cameron Anderson... pg. 4

Emily Strauss. “I have a really good base of captains,” Ragland said. “They do a nice job of keeping team moral up and encouraging the other players.” Strauss has a positive outlook on the team’s championship run. “It’s been a very strong season for us,” she said. “We knew this year was going to be a dominant year.” Being able to have fun everyday at practices and games is important for every sport, and volleyball is no different. “The atmosphere is a mix of fun and seriousness,” Hendrix said. “Our team really likes to go out and have fun and all that, but right before a big game we are each thinking to ourselves what we have to get done during that game.” Strauss agreed. “Volleyball has always been a really spirited sport,” she said. She also added that the squad is just “one big team” that likes to have fun and joke around. Fan support has also been a key factor in the Patriots’ season. “The fans are a huge part of our success,” Elder said. “We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for them. Hearing our fans screaming for us is the ultimate pick me up… We are so thankful for all they have done.” This fan support was evident during one of the team’s biggest wins of the season - beating Colonial Forge here at home. “The Colonial Forge game at

The volleyball team dominated the 2008 season to win the AAA State Title. Their road to winning the state championship included winning the Regional Title as well as finishing runner-up for the Commonwealth District regular season and tournament titles. The ‘08 squad completed the regular season with an overall record of 19 wins and 2 losses. They completed district competition with a record of 13-2. The team fell to rival Colonial Forge in the District Tournament final, but still earned a spot in the Regional Tournament, where they defeated Loudon Valley High School on Nov. 8 to become Regional Champions. Coach Mark Ragland is in his 21st season at the head of the varsity team. He leads all active Virginia volleyball coaches in wins with over 400 victories. “[It] doesn’t surprise me where we are record-wise,” Ragland said. He noted how the team won the Albemarle Invitational and beat local rival Western Albemarle High School. Junior Abby Hendrix is a key player on the team. “[Coach Ragland] really believes in our team,” she said. “Even when he shows signs of frustration, we know it’s just because he knows how good we are, and that we can surpass the level of play that we are playing at.” Senior Kara Elder, one of the team’s captains, agreed with her teammate. “There are so many things that got us to where we are now, but one main thing is our coaching staff,” she said. “Coach Ragland and Coach [Courtney] Wilson push us everyday in practice because they know how good we can be. We are very thankful for all they have done for us as a team and personally.” Along with Ragland’s leadership, five senior captains anchor the Junior Abby Hendrix squad - Elder, Laura Gomez, Katie looks to serve at a recent Mastropaolo, Brittany Parnell, and home game.

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Proposed New School.......2 Random Freshman..............3 Cheerleaders, Patriettes....4 XC Season Recap................5 Winter Sports Preview......5 Afr. Am. Student Union.....6 Taylor Swift CD Review.....7

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Volleyball captures state title

What’s Inside?

The volleyball team captured AHS’s first ever state championship in the sport with a win over Westfield. home was unlike any game I’ve ever played in,” Hendrix said. “I was so proud of our team that night because the whole time we kept our energy up, we had fun, and we never let Colonial Forge intimidate us,” she said. “We played with so much heart that night.” Juniors Meg Carpenter, Hannah Lawson, and Katie Weatherill, along with senior Sarah Deal, are instrumental members of the team. They have helped to fill holes left by former captains Katie Tubridy and Jessi Bell, who both graduated last year. Three sophomores add a new dynamic to the squad. “[The sophomores are] starting to hit their stride,” Ragland said, despite the big jump from JV to varsity. This transition hasn’t seemed to bother Megan Napolitano, Stephanie Strauss, and Sarah Terlesky too much throughout the season. “It’s been a great group of girls to work with,” Ragland said. “It’s just

amazing to see them transform during the season.” He also added that he enjoys watching the players grow not only as athletes, but also as people. To conclude the regular season the team lost to Colonial Forge three games to two, in a tie-breaking game to determine the regular season district champions on Oct. 23. After losing the first two games, the girls rallied to tie the match at two games, but fell 15-8 in the final game. The loss landed them the number two seed in the district tournament. After defeating Stafford and Riverbend, the Patriots fell to Colonial Forge in the championship match to finish second in the district tournament. Even with the loss, they still advanced to the regional tournament. With these two losses, the team also fell short of achieving one of their season goals - putting an ‘08


Marching Band rocks ‘08 season Wikipedia: yay or nay? TOMMY LOPEZ managing editor

shows at home football games, the band participated in frequent Saturday competitions, where they matched up against bands of other high schools and were simultaneously judged on their performance. The band kicked off the fall season in dominating fashion, beating 43 out of the first 45 bands they saw, claiming first place at the Amherst Tournament and receiving runnerup in a competition at Charlottesville High School. Still, even with this success, there were obvious challenges to overcome. Three new drum majors took their places on the podiums this year. Seniors Kiara Franco, Sarah Johnson, and Maddie Hennicke all stepped into the role in order to help direct the performances. “We had a lot more responsibil-

ity, but it was good responsibility,” Franco said, admitting that this new position was “a big adjustment.” The trio were all leaders in their respective sections last year but admit that the new role came with an obvious transition period. “It’s a lot more to handle the band as a whole,” Franco explained. Despite the challenges that came with such a big new role, Thomas felt that the three made a smooth adjustment. “I was really impressed with their growth,” he said. One thing that helped the band this fall was a plethora of experience. “There were a lot of [seniors] in this class; we were driven by the them this year,” senior mellophone

In the midst of an epic fall sports season that has seen the volleyball team pull off a historic championship run and the cross country team silence doubts with an unprecedented second-place finish at the state meet, another team has slyly-but by no means silently-established themselves as one of the school’s truly elite group of competitors. The marching band featured a new arsenal of material this fall, which director Greg Thomas and See MARCHING BAND pg 4 the rest of the Marching Patriots felt to be more challenging than in past years. “This year we picked music that we thought was real challenging and unique,” Thomas said. He explained, however, that the increased difficulty seemed to further motivate the band. “The harder I make the project, the more the band gets into it,” he said. Perhaps the band members’ drive to succeed comes in part from Thomas’ unique policy that does not require students from all of the school’s bands to participate in marching band. He is the only director in the area who does this. “With the marching band, we have people that choose to be there,” The Marching Patriots’ Drumline became a more Thomas said. Aside from their elegant halftime tightly-knit group during the successful 2008 season.

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SEAN CUDAHY managing editor

BEN O’ GRADY staff reporter In an episode of The Office, main character Michael Scott says, “Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.” Although many students at Albemarle agree with the fictional icon, the website is starting to cause problems. With so many students using the quick and easy tool in order to get information, teachers are starting to ban it from classrooms. “I can see the appeal of it,” English teacher Tracy Aglio said. “I think it is interesting to look at but since anyone can post it is not always a guarantee that the information will be accurate.” Despite Scott’s view on the ability to access the site as a positive, for many people it can cause a lack of credible information. “It’s good to use a preliminary intro but it’s not reliable because anyone can access it,” senior Walker McKusick said. Teachers do not allow Wikipedia to be counted as a credible source to be cited at the end of a paper in the bibliography, but can students use it as a starting ground. “I have used it before to research for my English paper but it was not my only source,” senior Josh Smith said. “My teacher didn’t want me to

use it so I just made sure I checked what I saw.” Wikipedia provides easy access on certain pop culture information and a way to use to the site as a way to branch off into different topics. Students can quickly find reliable links to other sites that relate to the topic at the bottom of the web page. “I have seen teachers use it to look up something quickly but some of my teachers adamantly opposed it,” McKusick said. “The links at the bottom are useful and can be credible sources.” A student’s information on Wikipedia is just as reliable as many web sites that a person can access. Anyone can create a web site just like a person can edit a Wikipedia page. Students should always double check and confirm information from an online source and Wikipedia can be a good starting point. “The possibility is there for a student to use it as a springboard into other topics but there are better ways to narrow your search,” Aglio said. The views of students and teachers at Albemarle on Wikipedia differ but the reasons are the same. The easy access and wide range on information is an easy draw for students but the lack of reliability creates a possibility of using incorrect research. The struggle between students and teachers will continue as long as Wikipedia is still available.



November 25, 2008

County ponders potential of new school Six years after Baker-Butler Elementary School joined the Albemarle County District, school board officials are exploring the possibility of building a new facility that would potentially house students from three elementary schools in the southern feeder pattern of the district. These officials will be investigating whether it would be more cost and “learning” efficient to renovate the county’s three smallest schoolsYancey, Scottsville and Red Hill-or to build a new school altogether. “The school board doesn’t know how this is going to turn out,” school board chair Brian Wheeler said at an informational session on Oct. 29 at Monticello High School, when board officials presented numerous statistics that will help provide an idea of what direction the county should go in. Much of the information the

school board is basing their investigation on is the results of a resource utilization study that an outside source conducted on the three southern elementary schools last year. Albemarle County Building Services director Joe Letteri explained that the cost of renovating the three schools would amount to approximately $15 million. However, a brand new building would equal around $24 million. Board officials hope to have this decision made by May of 2009, at which point they, ideally, will have gone through an extensive study on how the situation should best be approached. Wheeler said that during the time of the study there will be a “fresh look” taken on several underlying features concerning the efficiency of the three elementary schools, including capacity, enrollment, and development of the surrounding area. However, he emphasized that all decisions will ultimately relate back to “what is best for our students.”

needs to be conducted,” Letteri said. The board used the Oct. 30 meeting to listen to the questions, concerns, and suggestions of community

“I want whatever comes out of this process to be a win-win,” Wheeler said, citing students, staff, community members, and taxpay-

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SEAN CUDAHY managing editor

If built, the school would be a replica of Baker-Butler. members-something they emphasize will be heavily used in making the ultimate decision of whether to renovate or build a new facility. Superintendent Pam Moran explained that this feedback-heavy approach to the process is unique to

Almanac says cold winter, more snow


BRANDON AGEE design editor Many Charlottesville residents were disappointed with last year’s incredibly mild winter and lack of snow. The winter’s overall temperature was above average with few winter storms. Despite global warming, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a hard winter. The Almanac calls for a winter with an average temperature of about two degrees below normal. The coldest temperatures will occur in mid-December, early and late January and again in mid-February. The biggest snowstorm will occur in early January, which could mean an extended winter break. For seniors this is a good thing because they do not have to make up any snow days. The rest of the school will unfortunately have to make up the days in the summer, unless an excessive




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amount of days are missed in which some snow days will be forgiven. The staff has a contest in which they all guess when the first closing or delay due to snow will be. Attendance secretary Brenda Hair placed third in the contest last year. “When I looked at the calendar the only day left was Dec. 5th and

that is my cousin’s birthday, so I went with it,” Hair said. Hair does not like snow days because they make her summer longer no matter what. “I am going to stick with Dec. 5th because it worked for me last year,” Hair said. Other teachers have different predictions for the first snow. “With the way the temperatures are now I do not think it is going to snow until at least Christmas,” World History teacher Richard Lindsay said. Senior Chloe Fusselman agrees with the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s thinking that winter will hit Central Virginia early. “I think it will snow on Nov. 30th because it is not too early but we won’t be in December yet,” Fusselman said. The current fall season is deceiving towards the hard winter ahead because October and November’s typical temperatures were above average. Despite the warm spell through these months, there will be a sharp decrease in temperature in the next week or two. During the end of last November, temperatures were still around the mid to upper 40s, which was clearly not cold enough for snow. This year, however, light snow fell overnight on Nov. 17. Multiple snowstorms are predicted for December and mid-February. With all of the changing winter weather, there could be many missed school days leading to a shorter summer. The ‘08-’09 winter could prove to be either the best or the worst in quite a few years -- depending on your point of view.

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ers as those who will be kept in mind in trying to accomplish this feat. One way the board plans to do this is by receiving community feedback. “We want this study conducted the way you (the community) feels it

...continued from pg. 1 on the volleyball banner in the big gym. They had one more chance to do so, however, in the regional tournament. The team beat Loudon Valley in a close five-game match to claim the Regional Championship crown. “We were down the first two games and then came back to win the final three,” Elder said. “The atmosphere was crazy; the opposing fans were non-stop screaming. We could barely hear ourselves on the court, but we gave it all we [had and] all our heart and came out with a victory. We finally got that ‘08!” This win earned the team not only their desired ‘08, but also home-court advantage in the state tournament. “As soon as our team was decided at the beginning [of the season] we knew that we had a great chance of making it to states,” Deal said. “The whole team has just come together so much throughout the season.” The Patriots used their homecourt advantage to defeat Frank W. Cox High School in four games on

any other that the school system has gone through in the past. In other projects that have taken place, the school board has, more or less, kept information quiet until they were ready to make an announcement. This time around, they are consulting with the community first. If the board does decide to go through with a new school, the building design would be immensely similar to that of the aforementioned Baker-Butler Elementary School. However, there would be a “green” focus, with many aspects of the school being built with the intention of acting environmentally friendly. This process, remains at the moment, strictly in its preliminary stages. This school year will bring about intense scrutiny and research on the part of the board. But it could bring about some dramatic changes in Albemarle County in just a few years. Whatever happens, Moran hopes to “keep student learning at the center of every decision [they] make.”

Tues., Nov. 11 in the state quarterfinals. With that win, they clinched a spot in the AAA State Final Four at the Seigel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The squad took a quick two game lead over Chantilly in the semifinal match Thurs., Nov. 13. The Chargers of Chantilly rallied to tie the match at two games a piece to force a deciding fifth game where the Patriots prevailed, winning 15-13 to advance to the State Championship match. “We’re so excited,” Gomez said following the team’s semifinal win. “We’re so blessed for how far we’ve come.” The excitement was evident with Hendrix as well. “I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m really proud of our team… and how we’ve been playing.” On Sat., Nov. 15, the Patriots captured the school’s first ever volleyball state title by defeating Westfield High School three games to one. Deal knocked down the match point to solidify the Patriots 25-22 fourth game victory and the AAA State Title. “It came to match point time and everybody on the bench was holding hands and on the edge of their seats,” Strauss said. “It was a breathtaking moment... and a moment I will always remember.”

November 25, 2008

Ahead of the curve:

Jones steps into her freshman year

staff reporter

“It’s not too hard,” Zhang said. “The class is pretty easy.” Krouse has a similar viewpoint on the situation. “It’s actually really easy,” she said. “And it only gives me a little more homework to do.” Even by only taking just one course at Albemarle, the two already see a big difference between the middle and high school.

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If you can think back to your eighth grade year, you would most likely think of it as one more year in your comfort zone before entering the scary world of high school. But for these eighth graders, their the high school days start earlier than most. For many years now, the elite math students at surrounding middle s c h o o l s (Sutherland and Jack Jouett) have traveled to Albemarle to take the Algebra II class. Two of these students are 7th grader Laura Ungar works on Algebra John Zhang II homework for Mr. Prillaman. and Claire Krouse from Sutherland Middle “The main difference is the school School. Every other day starts out size,” Krouse said. “There are five differently than their fellow peers. times more students at Albemarle.” “I get a ride to Albemarle every After the bell rings for the end other day with my sister,” Krouse of second period and the rest of the school heads to the breezeway or to said. Zhang, like Krouse, also gets class, Krouse and Zhang pack up to dropped off at Albemarle where go back to Sutherland. they attend their Algebra II class “I get on the bus that takes me back to Sutherland and then go to with Jeff Prillaman. Obviously the jump from middle the rest of my classes like normal,” school to high school is hard, but Krouse said. balancing the two at once can be Even though Albemarle might seen as a daunting task. Surprising- not be their true school, they find it ly, Zhang and Krouse have viewed to be a welcoming environment and the situation as a completely man- have made many friends with upageable one. perclassmen.

Nov. 13. “I wasn’t that nervous,” Jones said after the show. Jones is the younger sister of se After 8th grade graduation, for- nior Bryant Jones. mer Jouett student Mahassa Jones “My brother and I are very close,” she said. was ecstatic about high school. She enjoyed her summer hang- When Jones is bored, she logs on to her Chris Brown-covered ing out with her friends. “My best friend is [freshman] Naundi Cook,” Jones said. “We’ve known each other forever.” “Mahassa is a really nice person,” Cook said. Jones is one of her best friends. Jones experienced the usual feeling of summertime boredom, so when it was time for school she was not mad or sad but rather excited. She was happy to reunite with friends and meet new people. “The work the teachers assign is different than middle school,” Jones explained. Jones’s favorite class is Earth Science. “Mahassa comes into the class with a smile,” her [Earth Science] teacher, Dan Parks, said. “She is a very hardworking student.” Other than academics, Jones is a member of the JV AHS/MHS step team. Their first show was Freshman Mahassa Jones

(right) and Eboni Blakey (left) chat in the breezeway in between their classes.

Flavor from Lane Stadium migrates up I-81 DREW COLLIER staff reporter “You know it’s that song. That one song, like the one from that movie!” That’s how senior Frank Busofsky described the drumline’s most popular and well liked hit, known for its rhythmic beat. Busofsky’s thoughts on the song probably mirror those of most students at Albemarle. Little do they know that this song is actually the tune to Virginia Tech’s infamous former football game chant, “Stick It In.” After the fall 2006 football season, “Stick It In” was banned from being played at the college because the innuendo that accompanied the song was deemed inappropriate.

From the desk to the front of the class A love for education and working with young adults has brought student teachers Michael McGraw and Khandice Williams to Albemarle. McGraw grew up in Alexandria, VA until moving to Charlottesville to attend University of Virginia. “I have attended UVA now for six years: four as an undergraduate and two in graduate school. I decided to go there because it was a great in-state school and had competitive sports teams,” McGraw said. He has been working with U.S. Government teacher Julie Strong. “Ms. Strong has helped me develop as a teacher in countless ways. She does a great job incorporating a wide variety of teaching methods into her classroom,” McGraw said. “In observing her instruction, you can tell that her students have a great deal of respect for her and are always interested and engaged. She has been a great model for my progression as a teacher.” He is working towards a Masters in teaching after receiving a B.A. in American Government and a minor in U.S. History. “I have always enjoyed working with young adults and teenagers. I coached softball and basketball during my high school years and have learned a great deal from these experiences,” McGraw said. “Additionally, my social studies teachers in high school really got me interested in history and politics. As a teacher I hope to get students equally excited about these subjects as I was.” Williams, who grew up in Virginia Beach and works with English teacher Teresa Tyler, also attends UVA. “When it came time to choose a university, I visited UVA. The student life and beauty of UVA took

my breath away,” Williams said. able for both. McGraw’s passion She shares the same love and en- for politics has grown and Wilthusiasm for teaching and the chal- liams has become comfortable with humanities. lenges that come with it. “What other profession allows “I love AHS. I love my freedom one to experience and observe in humanities. Humanities settled growth of adolescents who have in perfectly with me because I took struggled or strived to improve AP Art History in high school and themselves within the school?” Wil- love history,” Williams said. liams said. “I believe my admiration McGraw is now in his second for teaching to be a combination of year of teaching at AHS. being born into a family full of edu- “I worked as a teaching ascators and being inspired and influ- sistant to Mr. Giordano last year enced by teachers throughout my which was a great learning experiacademic career.” ence. I am continually amazed by For McGraw, an ideal teacher the strong community environmust have a passion for teaching ment at the school, both with stuto make learning enjoyable and rel- dents and faculty, which has been great to witness,” McGraw said. evant. “My favorite teachers in high Aside from teaching, both Mcschool were able to make the information we were studying seem important to my daily life. This is how I approach teaching government to my classes,” McGraw said. “It has been great teaching g o v e r n m e n t Student teacher Michael McGraw grades. classes during an election year because there has Graw and Williams enjoy doing a been a news story to discuss in class variety of things such as playing every day.” sports, hanging out with friends McGraw’s sense of humor make and spending time with family. him popular with students. “I play lots of sports such as “He’s very professional with his basketball, golf and tennis. I also presentations and does them with enjoy running, hiking, hanging out humor,” senior Walker McKusick with friends and watching movies. Recently, I have also started learnsaid. Teachers must embody a sense ing how to play the guitar,” Mcof energy and creativity, according Graw said. to Williams. In the end it is about seeing “The ideal teacher has to be students strive to achieve their open-minded, energetic and patient goals that keep their jobs interestto start with three traits. Creativity ing and worth while. seems to help me a lot,” Williams “Seeing engaged and motivated students keeps me going each and said. The experience has been enjoy- every day,” Williams said.

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SOHAIL AHMAD staff reporter

MySpace. “I love Chris Brown,” she laughed. “I have loved him since his first single.” She claims that she can sing or name every Chris Brown song if asked. Jones loves high school so far and hopes to enjoy the next three years here with her friends. Photo by Courtney Bryant.

COURTNEY BRYANT staff reporter

Middle schoolers head to high school hallways SHANNON BISSELINK



“It really gets the crowd going,” senior Aaron Mackey said of the song. In his fourth year on the drumline, Mackey plays the Toms, a kind of “drum belt” that is made up of multiple drums that sit around the waist, like a belt. On the drumline, Mackey is joined by nine others: seniors Michael Koenig, Kasondra Donerlson, juniors Graham Doby and Alex Kirst, sophomores Jon Pavlosky and Bryant Douis, and freshmen J.T. Micucci, Ryan Baker, and James Villiem. Mackey dismissed any insinuation that might be implied by the words “stick it in”, saying that the phrase refers only to the football. Greg Thomas, AHS band director, taught the song to the drumline and stands by his decision. Thomas reasoned that virtually any random group of words thrown together into a sentence could be twisted into an innuendo. He suggested that in order to avoid any possible double-entendre, the song would have to say something like “maneuver the oblong projectile past the opponent’s strategy barrier,” which would almost certainly ruin the rhythm of the chant. “We may need to officially change the words to ‘do the required reading!’” Thomas said. Hal Hankins, a Government teacher and nearly religious Tech fan, expressed his disappointment

over the cheer being banned in the first place. “It started out innocently.” Hankins said, “It was only after people found out that they were shouting a double-entendre that it became inappropriate.” As of yet, Albemarle fans have not yet chanted the words to the song when played, possibly because, so far, they have not realized its origins. Even Hankins, whose classroom in the basement is absolutely bursting with Hokie merchandise, did not recognize the song for what it was. There is, however, reason to believe that should the ambiguous chant arise again in the Patriot stadium, the song might just as easily be banned from the high school. “High school is an even more sensitive place than college, because you’re dealing with tax-payers and parents, as well as much younger students,” Hankins said, “but the drumline just plays the music, and there isn’t anything insinuated in the music itself. As long as it stays that way, there shouldn’t be any problems.” Mackey, on the other hand, continue to deny that the chant contains any innuendo at all. “The song,” Mackey said, “isn’t about anything sexual, it’s about digging in your cleats and taking it hard in the end zone, no matter how bad it hurts.”

Move from Nepal smooth for Dahal KERRY GIRARD staff reporter Transitions into high school are difficult, but moving from a foreign country into an American high school are worse. Freshman Durga Dahal moved from Nepal this past year. Dahal was part of a refugee organization that transferred over 60,000 people to different cities in the United States. “In my country we didn’t have citizenship,” Dahal said. According to Dahal, it’s nice to have teachers that care about their students. “In Nepal the teacher didn’t care,” Dahal said. “There is a lot more homework there and we didn’t have enough time to do it,” she said. Not only is she in a completely

new culture, Dahal is also in a country with a different language. “[English] is not that difficult for me because I learned some when I was in Nepal,” Dahal said. “It’s difficult to understand the tongue [of English]. The pronunciation is different,” she said. Life was very different for in Nepal. “We didn’t have sports like volleyball, basketball, soccer. There were no computers there, they cost a lot more,” Dahal said. After the move, Dahal has begun finding new things to do for fun. “I like to play on the computer and with my friends. I like math and science,” she said. “We’re playing badminton and tennis in gym, I really like it,” Dahal said. Overall, she is happy in the United States with her new life. “I feel very welcomed. I’m so happy here.”

CORRECTIONS from the Oct. 24 issue *The crossword on pg. 10 is unable to be completed. *“Pittsburgh” on pg. 8 in the Landon Hatfield speed skat-

ing article is misspelled. *The name of freshman Channon Feggans is misspelled on pg. 7.



November 25, 2008

Cheerleading vs. Dance Team

Teams have different styles, similar goal Cheerleading is a two-season sport; the team cheers during both football and basketball season. Although they cheer at every game They’re the people that pump for both sports, they have more us up during the football and bas- practices during the fall football ketball games. They’re the ones we season. look forward to during pep rallies “We have practice every single to dazzle us with an amazing rou- day for football season because we tine. Although at a quick glance need to practice a lot for competition,” Phillips said. On top of cheering at from the start of the game until the final whistle, the cheerleading squad also enters in two competitions. The most recent was the District Competition at Colonial Forge on October 21. The team has achieved a lot The cheerleaders entertain and pump of improvement up fans at athletic competitions. from prior years, the cheerleading squad and dance but there still was a huge asset team may seem very similar, there missing at the competition: the are more differences than what fans. meets the eye. “While some schools had close The cheerleading squad is com- to 100 fans, we had around ten,” posed of 13 girls 12 of which cheer Phillips said. “It was hard to get in competitions with coach Jen the crowd pumped with such a Kreitzman. The two co-captains small fan section.” for the varsity squad are senior In order to fix the problem, a Brittany Vargas and junior Jessie potential “fan bus” could be availPhillips. able for students to take to see Photo courtesy of Jessie Phillips.

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their cheerleaders compete next and the cheerleading squad in- Former cheerleader Jessie Noel year. corporates dance into cheers and joined the dance team this year “Students would pay a small stunts. when her sister, a former captain fee to get on the bus and in return The dance team also know as of the team, finally convinced her. would receive a meal,” Phillips the “Patriettes” are a recent ad- “I have been dancing since I was said. “Then they could buy their dition to Albemarle sports. Ever three years old and always enjoyed ticket when they arrived at the since though, they’ve been danc- it,” Noel said. “After watching the competition.” ing up a storm during pep rallies, team preform the past two years I Through the highs thought it looked pretand lows of the seaty fun.” son, the cheerleading The dance team squad has come out practices twice a week strong and smiling. and during that time, “We’re all like sisworks on their individters,” junior Queenie ual skills such as leaps Rush said. “There is a and also on they’re really strong bond.” routines which are Rumors thrown mostly made up by a around school may team member. suggest that there is Last year, the some sort of “tension” team danced in their or intense competition first competition and between the cheerleadwas planning to coning and dance team, tinue this year until but in reality, there is they encountered some mutual support be- The dance team dazzles crowds at sporting difficulties. events with their flashy, innovative moves. tween both teams. “We were sched “We really appreciuled for one in Noate the dance team for vember, but it was cansitting in front of us during the during half time at football and at celled due to scheduling conflicts first quarter of all football games some basketball games and com- with the school it was held at,” and helping us get the crowd in- petitions. Noel said. “We plan to compete volved,” Phillips said. The dance team consist of 12 again next year.” The two teams do similar things girls two of which are alternates Both teams would agree that if such as participating in compe- and are coached by Annissa Lu- one were to try and compare the titions, pumping up the crowds cas, a former dance team member. two teams, it’d be like comparing during games and performing in The captains are seniors Christine apples to oranges. They do two pep rallies. The main difference Aker and Laetita Biscos and both completely different things and between the two is that the dance have three years of experience on are both very happy with what team focuses mainly on dance the dance team. they do. Photo courtesy of Jessica Noel.


Anderson takes big strides on, off court

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Andrew Pericak said. “I enjoyed the leadership, it was the job of everyone to be their own leader and it was inspiring to see how everyone stepped up.” Members of this year’s marching band see the “group chemistry” as something that was significantly improved from past years. “Once the chemistry is developed between band members everyone drives together with the exact same effort,” Pericak’s fellow senior baritone John Lloyd said His director feels similarly. “It’s the most collaborative thing there is,” Thomas said.

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Standing at six-feet six-inches tall with a size-15 shoe, junior Cameron Anderson can appear intimidating to both fellow students and opposing players on the basketball court from his low post position. However, senior Laura Gomez said that his intimidation only exists in basketball games. “Cameron is one of the most kind-hearted, nicest guys you will ever meet. He’s so unselfish he’s a great guy and a great athlete,” she said. When Anderson is not in school, he spends his time in many different ways. “I like getting homework over with,” he said. “I chill with my friends, play sports and video games and I like to eat a lot.” Anderson also enjoys participating in sports outside of school. “I like a lot of different sports. I try to play lacrosse and I like to watch hockey and baseball,” Anderson said. Junior teammate Andre Roberts said that Anderson’s determination makes him a fun person to spend time with. “We are together just about every weekend playing basketball,” Roberts said. “We’re always arguing and trying to make

each other better at what we do Maynard realizes the maturity I’ve learned that just having my and that just makes him a great of his star post player. “He has the hand up can bother shooters,” Anperson to be around.” experience of starting under his derson said. Anderson played on the fresh- belt,” he said. Last season Anderson scored man basketball in double digits in team in ninth numerous games grade but ended but the Patriots up seeing time at will be looking to the varsity level benefit from even at the end of more offensive outthe season. Anput from him this derson was able year. “We’re hopto learn from ing he will become players such as a dependable scorer Mickey White and be more conand Dominique sistent,” Maynard Turner dursaid. ing that year. Anderson was a “I learned to be second team Allmore physical Commonwealth and I saw that District performer the game was and a second team faster,” AnderAll-Central Virginia son said. member last sea Head coach At six-foot-six, junior post-player Anderson looms son. Greg Maynard over opponents, but is well-liked by schoolmates. Anderson elected believed Anderto not play football son gained valuable experience by Maynard said Anderson’s de- this season after playing the previplaying with the varsity team. “He fensive abilities are critical to the ous two years for the Patriots. “It saw what varsity was all about,” Patriots’ success. “He gives us a was a tough decision,” Anderson Maynard said. really good defensive presence,” said. “I love playing football.” Anderson started on the varsity Maynard said. “He has long arms Anderson believes that his exteam as a sophomore. “I was ner- and he does a really good job with tended off-season allowed him vous in the beginning [of my soph- blocking shots.” to have quality time to focus on omore year],” Anderson said. “I’ve Anderson’s shot blocking abili- basketball. “Over the summer I gotten a lot smarter since then and ties have grown in the last two worked a lot on shooting and dribmy love for the game has grown.” seasons. “I like blocking shots and bling and since our final game last

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talking to members of the marching band for this issue’s article, Revolution writers Sean Cudahy and Tommy Lopez were inspired by senior trumpet Rick Peng’s definition of intensity:

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“Intensity” is simply expecting a lot of yourself and then doing everything in your power to meet and exceed those expectations. Basically, it is attacking the mental and physical demands of rehearsal with an energized, perfectionist mind set. This could mean staying focused, running from set to set between repetitions, and other things that optimize the efficiency of the rehearsal both on a personal as well as a group level. Being intense also requires self-discipline in the form of timeliness, diligence, being prepared, and etc.

season I think I’ve gotten a lot better,” he said. Maynard said that the team needs Anderson to be a leader this season. “We’re looking for leadership from him,” Maynard said. “He’s a veteran coming back and he’s worked hard this off-season.” Fellow teammate senior Adam Utz spoke highly of Anderson’s presence on the court. “He makes a big impact and opens up opportunities on the inside,” Utz said. “He has a good attitude and he works hard.” Maynard believed Anderson’s upside makes him a crucial asset to the team. “Anderson has tremendous potential. He had a good year last year, and he has improved this summer,” Maynard said. “Cameron is really dedicated to basketball. He could be in a position to get a college scholarship in the future.” Anderson has already received interest from Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Navy, Western Carolina, American College, James Madison University, Maryland and East Carolina. “I really want to play basketball in college,” Anderson said. Until then, the Patriots will have the privilege of his services on the court for two more seasons; the first of which begins against Monticello on Nov. 29.


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Cross country team sprints to States season injured. “I was especially impressed by the third runner Nathan Rouse, who started this season with stress fractures and worked hard enough to be in the top fifteen in the Region which was quite an accomplishment for him,” senior girls’ captain Liz Barclay said. For captain Noble, Male’s leadership has been a life changing experience.

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Senior Liz Barclay and junior Anthony Kostelac run the last mile in the Regional meet at Panorama Farms.

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“When Buz came he worked with me and the rest of the team. Since then I’ve dropped minutes. He’s changed me because I plan to run in college, and I wouldn’t know what I’d be doing without him,” Noble said. The team placed second at states, the best in school history and is set to go to Cury, North Carolina for the Nike South East Nationals on Nov. 29. The top two teams will advance to Beaverton, Oregon for the Nike Team National Championship on Dec. 13. “I think it’s awesome that [Luke and Anthony] are so close not only as friends but also as competitors,” Barclay said. “They are able to use each other to train which is such an

that could advance all the way to the State meet. I knew we had a good a nucleus of runners like seniors Liz Barclay, Rachel Hopkins, Lena Shi, sophomore Elizabeth Sinclair and junior Emma Spano,” Weisend said. “I also was hoping that some new faces would arrive to give us even more depth. What developed really exceeded my expectations.” A chance at States meant a required finish in the top four at Regionals. “The Regional meet went as well as we could have hoped. Liz Barclay, racing for the first time since early in the season, led Elizabeth Sinclair and Lauren Brady to All-Region honors, placing 8th, 9th and 11th respectively,” Weisend said. “They

team. The captains bore the burden of keeping everyone connected and positive,” Weisend said. It is further due to the caring nature of coach Weisend in understanding his runners. “Weisend is amazing! You know that he cares so much about his athletes and that makes it easy to respect him and want to do your best as a team and an individual,” Barclay said. Progressing into the season, Districts came across as being the toughest obstacle the girls would have to overcome. “We had to place in the top four teams to advance, and our district is very competitive. We were the only team that had to travel to get there,” Weisend said. Despite missing Barclay, Spano and Wood, the girls picked it up with Sinclair and Brady who finished 3rd and 4th. It was the first time the team would advance to States. “The team finished 10th in the State meet which was our goal going in, and we also beat all but one team from our Region. It was also exciting to see that four of our top five finishers in the race were underclassmen,” Weisend said. These expectations are possible with the potential of future leaders Sinclair, Spano, Shepherd, Brady, Stokes and sophomores Abby Lesnoff, Caitlyn Leary and Laura Kwiatkowski. “[The underclassman] have shown that they have the discipline to train and the courage to race. We have a lot of other girls right behind them,” Weisend said. This 2008 team will be one to remember for Noble. “I will miss the guys on the team and especially my coach. We’ve bonded as brothers over the years,” Noble said. “We also hope that as other students see how successful our program is and how much fun the team has, that they will join us,” Weisend said. “I know that there are girls and boys with physical talent to be State champions, and it is our goal and mission to find them and get them running.”

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Girls’ Indoor Track Coach: Buz Male Key Returning Players: SRs Liz Barclay, Rachel Hopkins; SO Elizabeth Sinclair Quote: “We have some really good young talent that is going to carry over from the cross country season. We are looking pretty good,” Hopkins said. Season Outlook: Barclay will once again be the centerpiece of the track team. After an impressive showing last year, the 4 X 800 meter relay is prized for another strong season. Girls’ Basketball Coach: Anita Field events will also play a pivotal Jenkins role in the group’s success. Key Players Lost: Katie Tubridy, Sarah Eiden Key Players Returning: SRs Boys’ Indoor Track Coach: Buz Laura Gomez, Katie Mastropaolo, Male Kara Elder; JRs C.J. Jackson, Abby Key Returning Players: SRs Hendrix Luke Noble, Garrett Bradley, Nathan Quote: “Last year we made it to the Rouse, John Barclay, Zach Vrhovac. district finals. A realistic goal would JRs Anthony Kostelac, Jordan Hill be to get to that district final and on Quote: “I think we have a decent to regional play,” Jenkins said. shot at being top three at states be- Season Outlook: Speed and cause our 4 x 800 meter relay was quickness will again be the two 2nd at nationals and won states. most important components on Jordan Hill also went to states last this year’s basketball team. With a year in six events,” junior Matt An- strong nucleus of returning playderson said. ers the Patriots look to return to Season Outlook: The dream team that coveted district final. The only of indoor track is returning this year. things that appear to stand in the Bradley, Kostelac, Noble and Vrho- way of the team’s goal is reboundvac will take to the track in search ing and turnovers. If they want to of not just a state title but also a na- advance in the post-season they will Junior C.J. Jackson runs point guard in a key game. tional one in the 4 X 800. need to win close games.

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Boys’ Basketball Coach: Greg Maynard Key Players Lost: Jake Hochstetler, Kelvin Carter, Zach Vrhovac Key Returning Players: SRs Adam Utz, Taylor Knight; JR Cameron Anderson Quote: “[We need] to play tough, physical basketball. We have good athletes who need to play tougher. We need to replace Jake Hochstetler’s toughness,” Maynard said. Season Outlook: A plethora of key athletes will take the court again. Anderson should provide solid post play. The team will be searching for some help at the point guard slot with the departure of Vrhovac to focus on track. Look for Knight to step up alongside Utz to form a formidable guard combo. The squad should be very competitive with common- Utz shoots from behind the wealth district elites such as Moun- arc in a game last season. tain View and Brooke Point.

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NEILL DILLON staff reporter

Senior Rachel Hopkins speeds ahead of the pack.

were followed closely by Rachel Hopkins, Summer Shepherd and Ane Sofie Bjourgul to give the girls’ team their highest Regional finish since the early 1980s.” The depth required is exactly what the team received from freshmen Alexandra Stokes and Lauren Brady who made an impact on the varsity squad, in addition to transfers freshman Ane Sofie from Norway and sophomore Summer Shepherd of Florida. Another major part of the team was first time runner senior Mason Wood, who made an immediate impact on the top group. With the combined efforts of these runners, the team placed second at Districts, second at Regionals and tenth at States. “What was most impressive to me was how the team adjusted to adversity. Our top runner Liz Barclay went down early in the season with an ankle injury, and Emma Spano, who had consistently been our number two runner, developed anemia,” Weisend said. Barclay’s time off the field was shared by close friends and seniors Caitlyn Suhler and Lindsay Goodrich. “Caitlyn was phenomenal, she was so supportive of me especially because she knew how I must be feeling considering she was out the entire season,” Barclay said. “I’m so amazed by her dedication though and I’m thankful for those stationary bike practices I got to share with her and Lindsay.” Despite the loss of the top runners the team was able to compete. “We didn’t win races because of the top three runners on our team, but rather with the last four runners, and how close they finished to the leaders,” Weisend said. The success of the team was due in large part to the attitude and leadership that its captains brought on a daily basis. “Our captains did a fantastic job in keeping an eye on everyone. When Liz Barclay and Lena Shi were out of commission with injuries, seniors Laura Hedger and Rachel Hopkins both stepped up to lead the

Boys’ Swimming Coach: Jake Shrum Key Players Lost: Paul Boucher, Luke Robbins Key Returning Players: SRs Andrew Starr, Ian Joyce, Roger Fan, Jack McHugh, C.J. Trachta; JRs Ryan McGhee, Sean Cudahy Quote: “We lost some fairly strong swimmers but we’ve made a lot of off-season improvements. We are going to be banking on the fact that a lot of the other teams have lost a lot of good seniors,” Starr said. Season Outlook: An 11-time AllAmerican who recently signed with Purdue University, Starr will be a leader on this year’s squad. McHugh and Fan will also provide solid depth as the squad looks to return to the state meet. The patriots will have anther year with extremely fast relays that will put up some quick points on the board.

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The girls and boys cross country teams took the course once more under the leadership of coaches Lance Weisend and Buz Male respectively this fall. “Buz has been coaching for over 30 years, he knows what he’s doing and you can see how passionate he is about it. He is a lot of fun,” senior Nathan Rouse said. Success has come both at the AHS Invitational and Districts. “We ran really well at our AHS Invite. Although we placed second, we ran well as a team. We also had a lot of people do well in Districts,” Rouse said. Although the team placed third at Districts they still qualified for Regionals. The major goals of the squad were to win Regionals and be top three in the state. Both teams placed second in Regionals and advanced on to States. “I was very happy to take second in States seeing as many people around the state said we couldn’t do better than 8th,” Male said. On the boys team key runners were freshman Ben Deal, juniors Anthony Kostelac and Evan Karweik, and seniors Luke Noble, John Barclay, Rouse, Garrett Bradley and Zach Vrhovac. “The team as a whole has been setting personal bests all season long,” Rouse said. “The JV runners have been improving a lot. The future of the team looks bright.” Leadership from the seniors has been a major part of the team’s success. “It’s awesome. This year Garrett, John, Nathan and I will run all three seasons and it makes it a lot easier to communicate,” Noble said. “Last year was different. This year the captains are leading from the front. The guys are good and we have a lot of potential.” “They are the best captains I have ever had since 1982,” Male said. The year however presented a challenge as Rouse came into the

advantage, and in the races they are going to race but it doesn’t change how they are off the course no matter who beats who.” On the girls’ side, expectations were high coming into the season with the theme of the year being “The Pack Attack”. The ultimate goal was to make it to the State meet. “Coming into this season I hoped that we could put together a team

Junior Dyrell Carr stares down the competition. Wrestling Coach: Donell Hopkins Key Players Lost: Brian Waller Key Returning Players: SRs Tyler Carpenter, Ari Elgort, James Wittwer, Patrick Tobin; JR Matthew Young; SO Zachary Morris Quote: “Every single wrestler needs to step up. We are in the best district so doing well in the district will help us go far,” Elgort said. Season Outlook: With 40 athletes coming out for the team this year, the wrestling team will certainly have a boatload of depth. The squad has a substantial number of strong wrestlers in the lower weight classes. Elgort should replace Brian Waller at the 135 lb division. Morris will also return after an impressive freshman year where he made it to the regional tournament. In the heavyweight division senior Scotty Schuett and junior Ken Marshall will be the key point scorers. A solid regular season could spell post season accolades for the team.

Girls’ Swimming Coach: Jake Shrum Key Players Lost: Abby Deal, Allie Beckenstein, Whitney Friend Key Returning Players: SR Hannah Cohoon; JRs Katie Roddy, Kathleen Kines Quote: “I think we’re going to be strong because we have a really strong freshman class coming in this year,” Roddy said. Season Outlook: The athlete to look out for this year is freshman Holly Harper, who will play a major role on the team. Harper’s summer practices have improved her times and she has easily placed herself at the top of the rankings. Look for a strong group of relay swimmers and sprinters. The middle distance events may prove to be this year’s Achilles heel. Look for the ‘08 squad to win districts and advance to the Strong relays will propel the swim team to states. regional meet.

Photo by Jim Cudahy.

SOHAIL AHMAD staff reporter


features 6 AASU celebrates third anniversary THE REVOLUTION

JORDAN PYE copy editor This year marks the third anniversary of one of Albemarle High School’s most prominent organizations, the African-American Student Union. The club, founded in January of 2007 by now-senior Monique Smith, grew from a need she saw for an organization to support the school’s African-American population, an important facet of the student body’s diversity. “I was in a school assembly about college and our future,” Smith said, “and I heard an African-American boy say, ‘Why are we here? No one’s going to college – at least not us black kids.’ And I thought, there needs to be a place where African-American students can come and talk and try to aspire to bigger things.” Inspired to provide her fellow students with the outlet she felt they needed, Smith sought to form a new club. “I went to a friend of mine, [2007 graduate] Reikus Williams,” Smith said. “I was in tenth grade and I needed an upperclassman to get a sponsor.” With William’s help Smith was able to recruit guidance counselor James Bryant as the club’s first sponsor, and the African American Student Union was born.

“Our first meeting had about 25 to 30 kids,” Smith said, considering this to be an impressive amount of student interest in the club. “The majority were seniors, but it was a good group of people. We discussed what we were about, and what we wanted to do.” Smith served as the club’s president for its first two years of operation, and this year she shares the position with sophomore Trey Cook. “I started volunteering with the club last year and I really liked it,” Cook said of his rise to power, “so Monique suggested I run for copresident with her and I won.” Cook describes his role as producing ideas for the club’s improvement, as well as managing its activities, such as this year’s pre-Homecoming football game tailgate. He enjoys being part of a group that he feels is valuable to the school community. “I think it gives African-Americans a place where we can discuss issues that affect us and our society without anyone being offended,” Cook said, using as an example a talk the group had about why they felt it important to support Sen. Barack Obama for president, other than the fact that he is an AfricanAmerican. The club also has hosted visits from colleges and African-American doctors and athletes from the University of Virginia.

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 40 or 22 Minutes Ready In: 55 or 37 Minutes Yields: 9 servings

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DIRECTIONS: 1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in cranberries. 2. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Or, to make cornbread muffins, grease or line a muffin tray and fill each about 2/3 of the way baking at 400 degrees for about 22 minutes.

SWEET POTATO SOUP I originally made this soup under the impression that it would feed four people—I found that it could feed upwards of twenty. Rather annoyed by this, I prayed that my time hadn’t been wasted and that the soup actually tasted good. Thankfully, it is delicious. Hearty and perfect for fall, this puree is sure to satisfy. INGREDIENTS: 2 sweet potatoes 2 white potatoes 1 yam 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 6 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons butter or margarine salt to taste ground black pepper to taste

Co-president Monique Smith and staff sponsor Michelle Berry facilitate a discussion among the AASU. This is also math teacher Michelle Berry’s first year acting as the AASU’s sponsor, as well as her first year of involvement in the club. “In terms of it being for African-American students, I know the school is limited for African-American staff, so when they asked me I said yes,” Berry said of her motive to support the organization. She feels the club provides African-American students with a place

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to fit in and feel unified, “especially in this school, where the percentage of African-Americans is so small there may only be three or four kids in a class,” Berry said. Junior Daphne Bull, a member of the AASU for two years, agrees that the club is an enlightening pathway for many of its members. “I think the purpose is to inform African-Americans of their culture and to show how there are things to

do outside of high school, like having a career or going to college.” However, Bull finds the club’s social aspect the most rewarding and said, “I like best interacting with the members.” Bull also participated in last year’s production “A Raisin in the Sun,” a play sponsored by the African-American Studies class and supported by the AASU. Cook has big goals for the AASU that he intends to bring about during his term. “I really want the club to be more than a school thing – I want to give back to the community,” Cook said. “Our African-American society in Charlottesville doesn’t do much but has the potential to; we want to involve other schools and let people know they can do something instead of come to school and not want to learn.” Berry said that under her guidance she plans for the AASU to maintain a balance between, “fun activities and also things geared toward college, and looking beyond high school – we try to keep an academic focus.” Berry also emphasizes that the purpose of the AASU is not just to offer sanctuary to African-American students, but for all groups and ethnicities. “Our club is open to anyone who would like to join,” Berry said.

Students cope with stress BETSY HAUGH business editor

CRANBERRY CORNBREAD I cannot get enough of this cornbread. It is less crumbly than the kind you would buy at the store yielding something almost cakelike. Also, it makes a great addition to the sweet potato soup if you’re looking to make a meal. Sweet, paired with the bite of the cranberries, this is not your average cornbread. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup cornmeal 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1 cup cranberries, halved

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November 25, 2008

The second quarter, packed with term papers, midterms, and deadlines, is known for bringing immense levels of stress upon students. Having to balance the many activities in their lives leaves students staying up into the wee hours of the morning trying to get all their work done. Dr. Chris Love, school psychologist of about 20 years, sees students every day who are stressed out, particularly over issues such as academic pressure, friendships, breakups and depression. Love noted that it is important for students to realize that “stress comes with pursuing your goals.” “Stress can be good,” he said, adding that a little stress is important to get students moving and to school every morning. Gifted Resources teacher and Independent Studies Coordinator Lenore Savage agreed. “[Stress] propels you forward to get things accomplished,” she said. Junior Ginny Gazewood experiences stress and is taking a heavy course load this year. “I’m taking three AP classes, two honors classes, and wind ensemble,” she said. “On a scale of one to ten, I’m a stress level of seven.” Gazewood added that she normally spends anywhere from three to four hours a night doing homework. “I manage my time by making schedules and setting aside a specific amount of time to do my homework. That way I have the rest of my time to spend with my friends and do other activities I want to do,” she said. “I also take breaks when I’m doing homework, whether it is getting something to eat or going to a dance class, so when I come back to do my homework I’m ready to focus and finish.” Savage added that making schedules and breaking long-term assignments down into “manageable parts” helps with meeting deadlines. “[Organization is one of the] central things you have to have in place,” Savage said. “[It’s] critical to getting things done.” Love said that students need to find someone with experience

whom they can talk to, whether it be a teacher, counselor, or tutor. “[You’ve] got to have somebody in your corner,” he said. He also added that when talking about your problems and hearing people say them back to you, “sometimes you hear it for the first time.” Savage is available for everyone in the school, not just the “gifted” students. She helps students with the college application process, from those just starting and trying to get ideas about what they want to do after high school to those who are ready to polish off their college application essays. “The main goal is to help students,” Savage said. While students of all ages are stressed out, seniors and juniors appear to be the most. Love pointed out that each grade seems to be faced with certain stresses. In his opinion, the freshmen are concerned with fitting in, and sophomores are mostly stressed about relationships. Juniors are

worried about the pressure that comes with applying to and getting prepared for college, including the SATs and AP courses, while the seniors often don’t seem to be quite ready to leave home. Sophomore Lucy Dabney is also dealing with her share of stress this year while trying to balance sports (volleyball and indoor track), school, friends and family. “I try to get my work done, but sometimes it’s hard when you have other activities,” she

said. “It’s easy to get behind.” For freshmen, the transition into high school is sometimes insanely challenging. Dabney said the transition from freshman to sophomore year is easier. “I didn’t have to worry about going into high school, so I’ve just been focusing on doing well in classes.” Gazewood plans to attend a fouryear college after graduation and to pursue a degree in education. As far as preparing for college goes, she feels she is at a good place right now. “I feel I am prepared to the extent I should be halfway through my first semester of junior year because I’ve managed to keep up with my work load and perform well on my assignments,” she said. For seniors, “[the stress] runs the whole spectrum,” Love said. “[Now is] definitely a time that they have to make those concrete steps [to get ready to leave high school],” he said. Love added that some seniors aren’t sure where to begin with the entire college preparation procedure, while others are stressed about finding the right school and being uncertain whether they are even ready to leave home in the first place. Love labeled the college process as “exciting,” because “[seniors] are looking at a place [they] are going to live and grow for the next four years.” He also added that while it is augh. a frightening H y ts by Be Photo process, there is still plenty of time to prepare. Dabney recommends that other students try to “stay on top of their schoolwork and find a way to balance their schedule while still having fun.” Whatever the cause, there is no doubt students are stressed. There is help, however, and students are always encouraged to find some one to talk to and help them through the stress and tough times they are dealing with throughout their time in high school.

November 25, 2008

Taylor Swift disappoints

Drama wins state award

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December brings a new drama production to the fine arts scene. “She Stoops to Conquer” is an 18th century British comedy. “In the play there are a lot of identity miscommunications and trickery,” senior Morgan Meadows said. Senior Paige Goodloe plays Kate Hardcastle, the most important character. “She drives the action of the plot; every element of the play twists around her,” Goodloe said. Two notable gentlemen also play essential roles. Senior Nick Berkin plays Sir Charles Marlo and senior Grant Collins plays his son, Charles. Sir Charles Marlo has an ironic relationship to Kate Hardcastle. Charles Marlo is an aristocrat who is unlucky with love. Meadows plays Mrs. Hardcastle, Kate’s mother. Her role as the antagonist adds humor. “My character is a middle-aged woman who is pretentious, selfabsorbed and hilarious,” Meadows said. The drama club took this performance to the Virginia Theater Association (VTA) competition, where they have dominated in previous years. The group was successful again this year; receiving all “Superior” ratings and an Honorable Mention trophy at the competition in October. “Because this is a competition for our [drama] III/IV class, they can pull off comedy really well,” student assistant director senior Felisha Nguyen said. Many advanced drama students also performed well and won individual awards. Meadows and sophomore Jeremy Weiss won Best Actor, junior Brandon Blake won a playwriting award, and junior Kim Schwaner won a scene design award. The Off the Cuff improv team, comprised of seniors Daniel Prillaman, Collins, Goodloe, Meadows and Berkin won the Best Improv Team award. The drama club wants to stray away from the lewd humor prevalent in popular culture. “This is a restoration comedy. I want them to laugh at something that is actually funny,” Nguyen said. “Most of today’s comedy is just sex jokes.” The main goal of the performance is to make the audience laugh. “We want them to come and appreciate how hard the department has worked,” Meadows said. The play’s success will be celebrated at the AHS Fine Arts Winter Festival, “Be Restored: A Night of the Arts.” The festival will highlight art, film, dance, music and drama. The Festival will begin in the auditorium at 8:00 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 12. Tickets are $5.

blatant mimicry of “That’s What You Get” by Paramore, moved into a different key. Worse yet is “Breathe,” cowritten by singer Colbie Caillat and resulting in something sad that sounds exactly like Caillat’s “Realize.” The energetic fiddle intro to “Tell Me Why” hearkens back to Swift’s past single “Picture to Burn,” with a country beat backing her confident declaration that she won’t tolerate mistreatment from a boy, even one she needs “like a heartbeat.” The slower following track “You’re Not Sorry” has the same idea, but lets

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Give thanks for new movies This holiday season is packed with new movie releases from a variety of genres. From action to animation to horror, this November and December’s cinema lineup has a movie for everyone. Below are just a few of the movie releases that are predicted to be blockbuster hits this winter. Soul Men Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac, Soul Men has attracted a lot of attention. The movie follows two African American men who used to be back-up soul singers. Louis (Jackson) and Floyd (Mac) travel across the U.S., performing a tribute concert to their former band leader. Although the men have not talked in 20 years, they agree that the concert is important. Packed with comedy and music, Soul Men will undoubtedly be a big hit in theaters. Due to Mac’s recent death, the movie is very meaningful. His comedy lives on through Soul Men. Great music is also present throughout, taking the viewer through the progression of blues music into modern times. Director Malcolm Lee has declared the movie in honor of not only Mac, but also long time “soul man” Isaac Hayes, who died one day after Mac. Quantum of Solace The next installment into the famous James Bond series, Quantum of Solace leaves off where Bond finished in prior movie Casino Royal. On his latest mission, Bond is betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loves. He goes on a quest to discover the organization that blackmailed Vesper into betraying him, leading him to the head of the infamous organization, Dominic Greene. In an action-packed adventure that leads Bond through Austria, Italy,

and South America, he tries to find Greene and uncover the secret behind the dangerous organization. Starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, this newest chapter in the Bond series is destined to be a blockbuster hit. If you are a fan of the previous Bond movies, this movie will not disappoint. With traditional Bond action scenes combined with a new romance and great plot line, you will be on the edge of your seat the entire movie. Bolt The newest Disney produced motion picture, the animated comedy Bolt looks to excite and amuse viewers in late November. The movie involves a dog (voice provided by John Travolta) who is the star of a television series where he has super powers. When he is accidentally shipped to New York City, Bolt starts his highly comical adventure back to his owner, Penny (voice provided by Miley Cyrus.) He is accompanied by two unique characters on his adventure home, one being an abandoned cat named Mittens, and the other a hamster named Rhino. This unusual adventure takes Bolt on a journey of self-awareness, where he learns that super powers are not necessary to survive. If you are a fan of other Disney animated films such as Lilo and Stitch and Meet the Robinsons, you will love Bolt. The movie has usual Disney attributes, most notably a simple plot line and an inviting main character that audiences will instantly fall in love with. Anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted movie should go see this new animated film touched by the magic of Disney. The Day the Earth Stood Still A recreation of the classic 1951 version, The Day the Earth Stood Still gives us an interpretation as to how our planet would react to extraterrestrial life. An alien by the name

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of Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) arrives on Earth in modern times and instantly causes global havoc. Scientists frantically work at unraveling the mystery behind the alien’s emergence. Meanwhile, a woman named Helen (Jennifer Connelly) and her child form a relationship with Klaatu and discover he is friendly. The government soon becomes suspicious of the new invader after he explains he is part of a superior robot race sent to maintain peace within the galaxy, and begin pursuing the alien. The story follows this alien hunt as well as the relationship he develops with Helen. Starring such big names as Reeves and Connelly, The Day the Earth Stood Still will be yet another blockbuster that will rake in millions in the first week. The newly improved account of the 1951 movie is similar to the original’s plot line, with a few upgrades in alien artillery and SFX animation. With great acting and a thrilling plot line, this sci-fi thriller should please audiences seeking a dramatic action based movie. Photo courtesy of

BEN COFFEY staff reporter

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Bond embarks on another thrilling adventure through Europe this November.

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also appears in “Breathe.” Reusing common themes, topics, or even key words is acceptable for songwriters, but obvious repetition is hard to ignore. It is endearing, however, that Swift continues her unique habit of While Taylor Swift’s second renaming in her lyrics the boys who lease, Fearless, isn’t exactly a letinspired her heartbreaks, a tradition down for fans, the greatly-anticithat began most notably with Drew pated album doesn’t provide much in “Teardrops on My Guitar.” evidence that Swift has matured “Change,” which was the album’s musically or grown as a songwriter since her 2006 debut. first single, ends the track list with Highlights include hit single an optimistic and crowd-rousing “Love Story,” which takes Shakeanthem for young people to use their power to better the world (perspeare’s Romeo and Juliet, mashed up with lots of hopeless-romantichaps with political connotations, teen-angst, to create the since it was released a ultimate self-insertion few months before the fantasy with a perfect endpresidential election). Swift’s distincting, in which “You can be the prince and I’ll be the ness is not as strong on princess / It’s a love story, this album as on her baby just say yes.” It’s first, and she has a bad wish fulfillment, in musihabit of letting her influcal form. ences take over. When Then we see a stark she co-writes her songs contrast with the heartwith others, they tend to wrenching ballad of drown out her country “White Horse,” where in roots and drag her into the aftermath of this disila generic realm of pop, and usually overwhelm lusionment Swift croons, her unique talent. Swift’s “I’m not a princess, this strongest songs - both in ain’t a fairytale,” and music, lyrics, and subblames herself for believing all of Romeo’s sweetject - tend to be the ones she writes herself or with talk. the help of Liz Rose, who In “Fifteen,” Swift offers a glimpse into the ups “Fearless” showed little lyrical improvement. participated on the first and downs of her unpleasalbum. ant high school experience, a topic the bruises of disappointment show Overall Swift has matured, but most any teen girl can appreciate. through Swift’s decision that she her lyric writing is the same. She’s This pairs well with nostalgic “The won’t be fooled by empty promises still developing her sound, but she stood much further apart from othBest Day,” a sweet, acoustic dedi- like she was in the past. cation to Swift’s mother, who Swift “The Way I Loved You” has a er female singers when she was dishas said played a dual role as both decent tune and a cute sentiment tinctly a country artist. Her songs her parent and best friend during of missing a chaotic past romance are still relatable to her target auher difficult high school years. despite having an “ideal” new flame, dience of teenage girls, but that’s “You Belong With Me” is, lyri- but the song mainly highlights mostly because the Fearless songs cally, a recreation of the song “Girl Swift’s blatant recycling of lines have most of the exact same topics Next Door” by Saving Jane, where and ideas even within the same al- as the first album’s songs. The title Swift’s lyrics of “She wears short bum. Both this song and “Hey Ste- hardly feels appropriate because it skirts, I wear t-shirts / She’s cheer phen” (the almost exact equivalent doesn’t seem Swift has really tried captain and I’m on the bleachers,” to “Stay Beautiful” from the debut to conquer anything new. But acborder on copyright infringement. album) have a line in the chorus cording to record sales, this works In addition, the vocal melody of about “kissing in the rain,” as well for her. And as they say in Nashfiller track “Forever and Always” is a as sharing a reference to 2 a.m. that ville, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

NEILL DILLON staff reporter

“Bolt” brings classic Disney fun to the theater with voices by Travolta and Cyrus.





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October 24, 2008

Administration says “Yes We Can”: New chairs offer a change we can believe in BEN O’ GRADY blue man #1 BEN COFFEY blue man #2

Photo by Ben O’Grady.

There has been an invasion. Blue, four-legged unidentified creatures have taken over the cafeteria. These aren’t like the friendly blue aliens from “Lilo and Stitch”, they are more like the blue monsters from “Independence Day” set out to defeat the Fresh Prince, formally known as Will Smith. Of course we are speaking of the new chairs that mysteriously appeared in the cafeteria on Oct. 28. Due to the connection between the blue chairs and the 28th being a blue day, this date will

As election day grew closer the chairs started to show their true colors .

now be referred to as Blue Tuesday. We couldn’t help but make a connection of the new blue chairs with the current presidential race. Is the shift from red to blue chairs a subliminal message of Virginia’s shift in voting tendencies from Republican to Democratic? Coincidence? Yes, but we decided to write about it anyway. We believe the Democratic Party implanted these chairs to subconsciously keep Obama in the minds of senior voters and the mistake of Democratic Representatives believing AHS to be a retirement home following their visit to AHS on “50 Years From Now Day” during Spirit Week. The Democratic Chairman, pun intended, has confirmed our suspicions and has said that the entire thing was funded by a Mr. Obama, no relation to Barack. Students have started to complain about the discomfort they feel when sitting on the chairs. Although the chairs have promised a “change we can believe in,” the students have hope that some maverick will come along and bring back the old red chairs to which we are accustomed. As election day came closer the chairs started to show their true feelings. When a student in a McCain shirt tried to sit down, the chair slid out of the way and caused the kid to fall down. At lunch the TVs have frequently been changed to MSNBC, a liberal network, which can only mean the chairs have developed a way to control the TVs. This is only one of many political influences currently located in our school. If you guys haven’t noticed, the school newspaper has also gone blue. The switch from red was made by our design editor, Brandon Agee. He said that the change occurred

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because blue makes the paper more appealing. This may seem logical at first glance, but after further investigation, we believe Brandon is being bribed by the Democrats to keep Albemarle thinking blue. After confronting Brandon with this research, he responded, “I’m not a crook.” This response seems vaguely familiar to another political scandal that we like to call “H2O-Gate.” The Democratic Party recently informed The Revolution that 12% of voters believe that Obama is a secret Muslim. To discourage these rumors we were told to conduct a similar poll at the school to show how this is an irrelevant statistic. According to our poll, 12% of Albemarle students believe the Patriot mascot is secretly a broom in a horse in a person’s body. We would also like to point out that 99% of all statistics are made up so you can decide for yourself what is true or not. As you may recall, last issue we featured a pro/con on Sarah Palin. Although the article had both a positive and negative opinion, we would like to point out that the con on the Republican VP nominee is 35 words longer than the pro. Also, if by some odd chance you did not skip directly to the backpage last issue, you may have gotten the “lowdown” on the candidates. Obama’s coverage was clearly more comprehensive and the Obama supporter is wearing a toga, which represents Greek columns and democracy. As we looked further in depth, we see McCain is leaning up against a column in the picture the newspaper staff chose, thus implying McCain is an avid supporter of Obama, and undoubtedly voted for him in the general election. A third, but not final, political influence at AHS is the “A” in the front lobby of the school that was

DEAR ROBERT: An Advice Column Dear Robert, On Thanksgiving I always have trouble balancing out my time between family, football, and food. What would you recommend so that I can do everything I have planned? - Tony Romo Dear Tony, In order to maximize your time, you may need to multi-task throughout the day. You should eat a little before you play, but I would advise waiting twenty minutes before you start the game. Twenty minutes is suggested before a game of flag football, but judging by your name, it seems like you would be involved in a tackle game with some of the neighborhood cowboys. To maximize time, eat during time outs and even on the field. Make sure the food you eat contains butter, because you will be on a roll. Just remember to have fun and try not to hurt your pinky during the game because it will affect the meal. Best of luck,


covered by The Revolution staff last year. Since Albemarle’s main color is red, one would presume our symbol should consist of only that color. This is not the case, and the Democrats have struck again. The implication of blue into the “A” last year was an effort by the Democrats to foreshadow the upcoming shift in political preference that is occurring as we speak. The Republican party has tried to join in on the campaigning at Albemarle as well but since the Democrats have been in control for months they were unsuccessful.

A portrait of McCain was donated to the school a few weeks ago, but Democrats have hidden the painting, making it harder to find than Waldo in a copy of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The painting will soon be featured in the popular segment of “Where in the school is...?” When we first walked into the cafeteria, the chairs “blue” our minds. The campaign strategy of Obama helped turn Virginia blue and left many of the Albemarle students singing, “I’m blue da ba dee da ba dye.”

Revolution 10/25/08