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THE SAXON

Issue 1, Vol.48 Langley High School 6520 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22101

SCOPE SEPTEMBER 2012

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Langley shelves print textbooks, leaves students grasping for answers M&Ms... A not so sweet start for the mentor program Page 4

Global Outreach... Beyond Powder Puff... Langley students lend a hand in Freshman girl hits the turf Central America Page 10 Page 13 Page X

London calling... Langley senior views the Summer 2012 Olympics Page 15

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contents

September 2012

OPINION

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Tech problems

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Ponytails and helmets

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NEWS It’s a healthy girl

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Unsatisfied students

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After a long struggle with cancer, Gianna Hess is finally in remission

More and more students leave Langley each year for academic as well as social reasons

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Going for the gold Today’s students, tomorrow’s Olympians

Sophomore Connor Kianpour talks about his new book

New teachers, new styles Meet Langley’s newest teachers

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PHOTO BY KATHRYN KIANPOUR

FEATURE Published at 15

SPORTS

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LHS shelves print textbooks

Freshman girl joins the football team

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HESS FAMILY

Grasping for e-Books

GRAPHIC BY NA HE JEON

PHOTO BY TAYLOR SNYDER

Be prepared, the Tech Age has arrived

Turf vs. grass Is turf the better decision?

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THE SAXON

DEAR SAXONS,

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PHOTO BY AVANI HEGDE

Editors-in-Chief: Aimee Cho Cathy Kiess Executive Design Editor:

Na He Jeon

Executive News Editor:

Amirah Ahmad

Executive Feature Blair Purdy Editor: Executive Opinion Riley Cosgrove Editor:

Cathy Kiess Editor-in-Chief

Aimee Cho Editor-in-Chief

Executive Sports Editor:

Emily Flessas

Business Editor:

Veronica Smith

Managing Editor: Harris LaTeef

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER MCADAMS

elcome to another school year! As you’re settling into your classes, activities and sports, we think you’ll agree that a school is only as good as its teachers. We can say with pride that Langley is one of the best schools in the area, thanks to the wonderful faculty who work hard every day to make sure we get a good education. We kept that in mind as we were starting to plan this first issue over the summer, which is why we decided to dedicate our center spread (page 8) to this year’s new teachers. With over 40 years’ experience between all of them, their commitment to their students is unbelievably admirable. And that’s just the new staff! We’ve been learning first-hand how difficult a teachers’ job can be, through the new Peer Mentoring (M&M) program this year. As mentors to groups of three freshmen each, it was stressful making sure that our mentees learned everything they needed to about high school – and like us at the same time. If being responsible for a group of three students was hard, we can’t even imagine what having five classes of 20 or more students each would be like! Here’s to another great year with our fabulous teachers. As always, thanks for reading, Saxons!

The Saxon Scope staff of 6th and 7th period is made up of 45 members. All staffers report, take photos, and lay out pages for every issue, as the Saxon Scope is a solely student-run publication.

Copy Editors:

Neeka Eghbali Alex Krial Katherine Rohloff Matt Smith

Senior Staff Writers:

Li Chien Leila Raminpour Justin Speros

Staff Writers:

Ben Cross Sara Guglielmo Avani Hedge Daniel Levetown Billy Orme Tyler Secker Lizzy Weingast

Reporters:

Mana Afsari Brandon Arcari Brendan Coffey Ellie Cross Haley Curtis Alex De Thier Shrey Dua Ilene Goudarzi Micaela Grassi Sabir Hathiram Abdullah Jamil Susie Kim Joey Malpica Cayhan Movaghari Chris Name Olivia Salamone Nate Shafer Taylor Snyder Daniel Stone Bijan Todd Gabrielle Wantula

Adviser:

Jennifer McAdams

Also in this issue... Turning a New Page, Page 5: Students outraged at the requirement of online textbooks

Stars in the Making, Page 7: The story behind the novel Heavy and the TV show Panic

Summer Love...or Hate, Page 11: Students express their opinions on this year’s Langley Read

Going for the Gold: Page 15 Langley athletes strive for the Olympics

The Saxon Scope serves students, faculty, and the Langley High School community. Editorials express the opinions of the editorial board. All by-lined editorials reflect the opinions of the reporters and/ or artists. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit material for publication. The Saxon Scope, under the directions of the advisor, reserves the right to withhold or edit material submittedfor publication. The Saxon Scope will not print material found to be in poor taste or detrimental to one’s character. Names may be held upon request. Letters may be placed in the Saxon Scope box in the office or brought to room 114. The newspaper is published monthly. Newspaper reporting, typesetting, layout, photography, and computer graphics designs are done by the journalism classes at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101. (703)287-2797. FAX (703) 287-2797 or e-mail saxonscope2013@gmail.com & saxonscopeonline@gmail.com.


news

September 2012

GIANNA HESS: CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

SPECIAL SENIORS

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HESS FAMILY

PHOTO BY HARRIS LATEEF

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ianna Hess, daughter of Langley math teacher and head basketball coach Travis Hess, is officially in remission and back to being a happy and healthy baby. Gianna was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Hepablastoma in February 2012. She went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and frequently stayed overnight at the hospital. During this difficult time, the Langley community collected donations and planned fundraisers such as selling shoelaces and planning a 5K. Gianna still visits the hospital every six weeks for a checkup. But that’s all that remains of Gianna’s struggle for cancer. “I am extremely happy that Gianna is healthy again. I saw her and she seemed like a normal, bubbly baby,” said senior basketball player Nicky Guglielmo. Gianna is back to playing with her toys and running around, like any other little girl. “We are so thankful for all the people at school who helped Gianna, and are looking forward to life getting back to normal,” said teacher, coach, and father Mr. Hess.

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Gianna has made a full recovery after being diagnosed with cancer.

The senior parking spots were painted by Bre Della Corna (12). oing good deeds for others can pay off in the parking lot. Once a month, teachers will nominate senior students who show good character, help with community service, have lots of school spirit and act as positive role models. A small committee will meet to read the nominations and select two winners. These “Senior Saxons of the Month” will get the privilege of parking in two reserved spots adjacent to the main gate.

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ook outside the window during Spanish class, and you can probably catch a PE class volleying back and forth on the tennis courts. Or maybe during a math class, you can hear the hum of the buses as they pass by. But in four short years, these traditional sights and sounds of Langley will be no more. The construction process for Langley’s renovations will be starting in May 2014 and is expected to end around June 2017. The building will go from huge to humongous, with the new science wing reaching out all the way through the tennis courts. Each classroom will be expanding in size from 450 to 650 square feet and the band

and orchestra will have their own buildings. Classrooms won’t be the only expansion, however. Athletes will have their own locker room by the field. The buses will enter and exit on a route separate from the parking lot. And if that isn’t enough, the cafeteria will have counters and bar stools that look out into the courtyard. “It will be the finest school in Fairfax County. The students will be proud of Langley,” said an excited Mr. Tommy Meier about the upcoming renovations. -Li Chien, Senior Staff Writer

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he National Student Press Association recently recognized the design skills in your favorite newspaper- the Scope. In the category of newspaper page and spread, the Saxon Scope won an honorable mention. The design that won was a spread from Issue 1 of last year, which revealed the new design planned out for Langley’s renovation. The current editor-inchief Cathy Kiess and executive design editor Na He Jeon created the page. Some members from the Saxon Scope staff will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas in November to accept the award. -Avani Hegde, Staff Writer GRAPHIC BY THE SAXON SCOPE

revamping THE halls of langley


4 NEWS SEPTEMBER 2012

NOT SO SWEET REALITY OF M&M PROGRAM HITS HARD

Freshman take

HARRIS LATEEF MANAGING EDITOR inus the initial, always awkward introductions and name exchanges, conversation was supposed to be flowing at the first meeting of the Peer to Peer Mentoring Program. Although there were high hopes for the program, also known as M&M, the first meeting did not get great reviews from the freshman mentees. E a c h freshman is assigned to one of 156 junior and senior mentors, and meets with his or her mentor Clockwise from above: Mentors once a month. U p p e r c l a s s m a n Roxana Jahanbani (11), Julia mentors underwent Pierce (11) and Jackie Sammarco four hours of training (12) with their mentees during over the summer, their monthly meeting. and are each assigned three to four freshmen mentees. A thirteen-member meeting. “In the future, it’ll be better because mentor board, consisting of students nominated we’ll have scheduled activities,” said Sevila. Members of the board and coordinators by the Langley faculty, oversees the program. Many of the freshmen said they thought of the program, however, said it’s too soon to make that when they attended their first meeting, things any assumptions. “It was the first meeting; it’s not could have gone better. “It was awkward because going to be perfect. We have a lot of great ideas for we weren’t doing anything, and we were just sitting this year, so it’s only going to get better,” said senior there,” said freshman McKenna Day. Kerry Bush, Riley Cosgrove, a member of the mentoring board. Co-coordinators of M&M Ms. also a freshman, said that she “thought it was awkward because they didn’t have much to say.” Georgia McKain and Ms. Jennifer Baldesare, Some mentors also found that there agreed. “It’s a year-long process. It’s just the was nothing to talk about during the first beginning right now,” said Ms. McKain. Both counselors said they were aware meeting. “It was awkward because I was meeting a lot of new people all at once. We didn’t know of the potential “awkwardness” between mentors what we all had in common,” said junior and mentees. “With the first meeting, the students Jane Sevila, a mentor. However, mentors and are just touching base,” said Ms. Baldesare. Anything, however, is too soon to tell. mentees claim to have high hopes for their next

PHOTOS BY HARRIS LATEEF

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FRESHMAN SAXON SPEAK “I don’t think it’ll help that much unless you become friends with them.”

- Menual Saeed (9)

MANA AFSARI REPORTER

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fter living overseas for a year, I’ve moved back to America. And naturally, I was worried about reconnecting with my freshmen friends – let alone upperclassmen. So when I received my M&M packet, I guess you could say I was somewhat excited. But this story starts about a week before that. My orientation group was taking the senior-guided tour around the school when Otto, the school mascot, decided to join us. Just being a typical freshman, I decided to talk to my friends instead of paying attention – until Otto suddenly grabbed my hand. After a few minutes (minutes that seemed like years), I tried to casually slip my hand out of his. Friendly, but still embarrassing, comments like, “Oh, you dissed Otto!” followed, and my face grew redder by the second. Fast-forward to today. I walked into room 207 with the hope that I’d make a better impression on the upperclassmen, something most freshmen secretly yearn for. I felt on top of my game and queen of the world, until I saw that my mentor was my tour guide from orientation! Talk about awkward. Thankfully, my fellow mentee, my mentor, and I made some small talk despite the ever-present awkwardness in the air. But to the credit of my mentor Emma, we moved past it by the end of the session. She mentioned what happened at orientation, and we all just laughed at it, since by then it was a thing of the past. Now I’m actually kind of excited for our next meeting! For me, things are looking up in the M&M program, and I am so ready for Spirits continue to run high. “Statistics prove that these mentoring programs are successful,” said Ms. Baldesare. She also mentioned that they hoped to hold a “Mentor/Mentee Field Day.” -Executive News Editor Amirah Ahmad also contributed to this story

How do you feel about having an upperclassman mentor?

“It’s pretty cool, I know some seniors and they are all pretty nice.”

-Julia Peters (9)

“I’m fine with it. It’s helpful that there’s someone who isn’t an adult for you.” -Marcus Riddle (9)

“I feel like it’ll help students become a part of Langley much easier.” - Justin Rose (9)


SEPTEMBER 2012

eText

NEWS 5

: out of reach

Average cost of an online history textbook:

$79.04 $57.65

95% “

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out of 100 students disapprove of online textbooks

I think they should be optional. They’re just tedious. - Sierra Jeter (11)

By Aimee Cho and Neeka Eghbali, Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor How many online textbooks do you have?

One (75%)

Two (23%)

Three or more (2%)

How many hours do you spend using online textbooks?

One (60%)

Two (33%)

Three or more (7%)

Saxon Scope poll of 100 students

GRAPHIC BY NA HE JEON

Average cost of a print history textbook:

rom SmartBoards to laptops to online and even some Internet browsers can’t either,” said eyes,” said sophomore Sepideh Behestian. “They have obviously not addressed textbooks, Langley is constantly becom- senior Sid Venkatraman. ing more high-tech. But as the backlash Students weren’t the only ones unhappy pediatric ophthalmologists’ warnings about against the new online textbooks may with the shift to e-text. “Students weren’t the only the dangers of too much electronic screen time show, more technology isn’t always better. ones unhappy with the shift to e-text. It is shock- to your eyes,” added Ms. Cobb. Designed to make learning more con- ing that Fairfax County sends home forms to fill venient and interactive, the new online textbooks out if you are homeless or need free lunch, yet at Teacher response Teachers are acknowledging student appear to have made life harder-at least for some the same time requires the use of a computer and students. “I really don’t like the online textbooks. the Internet to access your textbooks,” said Lang- frustrations, and are doing their best to be supportive of students. “I understand how diffiI wish we had a choice,” said sophomore Tali ley parent Tina Cobb. Champney. Another common objection is the un- cult access is. Teachers will help students with The online textbooks are part of a reliability of the online textbooks. “Issues with any problems they face,” said History Departcounty-wide initiative by Fairfax County to “dif- logging in have somewhat hindered my learning ment Chair Steve Plunkett. “It is a change to get used to the ferentiate and enrich student learning, new textbooks,” added math teacher through highlighting, glossaries, videos and flashcards” according to the Fairfax County “How can a teacher expect me to focus Richard Whitehead. “We all just want be able to flip to the back of the book website. when it’s easier to turn to Facebook than to and check our answers.” to turn a page in my online textbook?” “I personally prefer to hold an acFrustrated and Distracted tual book in my hands,” said history One of the most common stu-Sean Herman (10) teacher Ryan Jackson. dent objections to the new online textbooks is the inconvenience caused by havWhat’s next? ing to sit at a computer to do homework. This can process this year,” said senior Zack Dailey. According to Principal Matt Rabe a hindrance for athletes, who are away from Junior Justin Yi noted that the online home for many hours each day. textbooks often fail to load, or end up crashing his gone, Langley is required to implement whatever online or hard copy texts the county ap “I do the majority of my homework at computer. practice or in the car. I find little time to use the The potential for increased distraction proves and purchases. Science will most likely computer,” said sophomore basketball player Ma- is yet another issue. “Facebook, Twitter and Tum- be the next subject to have online textbooks. “The county has told us they will hir Ahmed. blr are literally one click away,” said sophomore Junior Cori Ritchey added,“It’s not like Sean Herman. “How can a teacher expect me to probably never buy another hard copy,” said you can just take the online textbook with you.” focus when it’s easier to turn to Facebook than to Mr. Ragone. “My advice is to try to get used to this way of gaining information. Fortunately In addition, because the textbooks turn a page in my online textbook?” require Adobe Flash, they cannot be viewed on Finally, health can be a concern as or unfortunately, this is not going away.” many types of smart phones and tablets. well. “The textbooks give me a headache. I hate Additional reporting by Alex De Thier, Joey Mal “My phone can’t access the textbooks, the lights on the computer because they hurt my pica, and Justin Speros


6 NEWS SEPTEMBER 2012 ALEX KRIAL COPY EDITOR pparently, Langley isn’t for everyone. High school is a time for change, and many students over the years have realized one thing: Langley may not be the school for them. Mostly because it’s so darn big, and pretty hard too. Seniors Tyler Fritz and Mike McCormick, who now attend Bishop O’Connell, found that Langley was simply not the right fit for them. “I felt like another number. I wanted to be more of a leader than a follower,” he said. McCormick discovered that the curriculum was too challenging. “O’Connell is not nearly as hard as Langley,” he said. Senior Tiffany Newman, who now Would you want to leave Langley?

26%

Yes No

74%

*Out of 100 students

POLL BY JOEY MALPICA AND JUSTIN SPEROS

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attends Paul VI Catholic High School (PVI), realized that after being in small elementary and middle schools all her life, her freshman year at Langley was “a drastic change for me…and too big.” She feels that her new school’s small size helps to encourage a “strong sense of community.” Many transferees said that the organization at their new schools was also a drastic change. As many of them opted out of Langley in exchange for a private education, they were shocked by the smaller class sizes and greater one-on-one time with teachers. Senior Mac Trainor, who now attends Woodberry Forest, said that his new school is “not as stressful because the amount of work is significantly less and the teachers are helpful and involved.” Fritz mentioned that at O’Connell, he does not miss the public school environment, and he is extremely happy with his decision. “I can honestly say that O’Connell has given me numerous opportunities to lead the school at pep rallies, sporting events, and clubs,” he said. Regardless of the school swapping, there are many aspects of Saxon Country that past students miss. An anonymous senior who left Langley misses “the variety in classes. There were lots of interesting classes at Langley I wish I

PHOTO BY BIJAN TODD

to leave or not to leave LIFE WITHOUT LANGLEY: STUDENTS LEAVE AFTER THEIR FRESHMAN YEAR

Some students have found that Langley’s large student population and difficult academics are not for them. could take that are not offered at my new school.” Trainor noted that he missed Señora Behnke, Friday night games, cross country with Coach Krivak and weekends. “Socially, Woodberry Forest is not as fun as Langley just because there are no parties, and it is much smaller,” he said. McCormick and Newman said they were sad about leaving all of the friends they had made, and the anonymous senior commented that he does “miss the school spirit at Langley. It was fun to get a bunch of people at the football games.”

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feature

September 2012

HEAVY READING LANGLEY SOPHOMORE GETS PUBLISHED

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NEEKA EGHBALI COPY EDITOR

hen he was younger, he was just like most other kids: friendly, funny and well-behaved. However, there was one thing that set him apart - his weight. Sophomore Connor Kianpour has been overweight his entire life. However, instead of letting his embarrassment get the best of him, this summer he decided to write a memoir about it. “When I was younger I didn’t even realize that I was different until I was told that being overweight wasn’t a normal circumstance,” said Kianpour. “Naturally, this kind of realization at such a young age took a toll on me, but I feel that it was for the best.” With only weeks left of summer, Kianpour wanted to make an impact on others. “For summer reading, we had to read “The Glass Castle.” That book had made such an impact on me that I felt I could at least attempt to do the same. So I wrote “Heavy” with the hope that I could be as impressionable as Jeannette Walls was in her memoir,” he said. “Heavy” only took Kianpour about six weeks to complete. When writing, he made sure that his story was relatable to all readers. “I could have very easily written all of my life experiences and published my book. But my message would not be

SOMEBODY CALL 911 SENIOR MORGAN LADD STARS ON A&E

BLAIR PURDY EXECUTIVE FEATURE EDITOR s two children play on an icy reservoir, it starts to break. They both fall in and begin to drown. A 15-year-old girl frantically calls 911 and then rushes to save them. After her grandfather revives one of the little girls, both children barely survive. Langley senior Morgan Ladd will be playing the part of the teenage girl, on the new TV show “Panic” (which is based on a true story) on A&E. According to Ladd, the show “reenacts real 911 phone calls. Each episode, they feature different scenarios, playing the actual 911 phone calls in the background while actors reenact the situation.” The rising actress tells the Saxon Scope about her experiences so far and of what is yet to come.

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Saxon Scope: Who is your character on “Panic”? Morgan Ladd: For the episode I’m in, I play the lead part of a 15-year-old girl who calls the police after looking outside her window and seeing two little children drowning in the frozen over reservoir outside her house. (My little sister in real life got the role of one of the little girls who drowns!) I don’t ever speak in the episode, because the real 911 phone call of my character’s voice is playing in the background, but I act everything out.

SS: What was the audition process like? ML: I got a call from my agent about the audition, and drove up to the casting network’s headquarters in Silver Springs with my mom and my baby sister. First, I was put in front of a camera and a man asked me just to do facial expressions. Afterwards, I had to read lines from the actual 911 phone call (even though I wouldn’t actually be speaking at all in the episode) and act it out on camera. Finally, he filmed me just simply walking up and down a hallway. After that, my sister had her audition. They were looking for a pair of sisters, or girls that looked very similar to each other. The very next day, we got a call that we made it on the show. SS: What was your favorite part of filming the episode? ML: My favorite part of filming the episode was definitely getting to see how different things are on set from what it looks like on TV. We didn’t go to a real frozen reservoir of water. We actually just went to someone’s backyard pool in Arlington. We used Plexiglas as ice, and we used a brown tarp to make the water look dark. They threw some leaves and branches into the pool, and that was it! It looked so ridiculous, but when I watched the footage from the shoot, it looked so real. It was

universal, and I felt it was important for the reader to relate to my experience,” said Kianpour. “I liked the fact that he got personal, and wasn’t ashamed about his weight,” said sophomore Sarah Hague. More than anything, Kianpour wants his readers to understand that it’s okay to be different. “I’ve decided to make some changes in my life. And I felt that the only way I could feel good about making those changes is if I brought to light the reasons I came to make those changes in the first place.” “Heavy” is available for purchase on Amazon.com as an e-book and a paperback.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHRYN KIANPOUR

PHOTO COURTESY OF MORGAN LADD

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Morgan Ladd (12) sits on the set of the new TV show “Panic,” which will air on A&E around late October. so interesting to see how they really do things. It also shows you why you should never believe half of the things you see on TV. About 99% of the time, it’s all fake. SS: How do you feel about being a part of a show on such a well-known TV station? ML: It’s so nerve-wracking, but it’s such an amazing experience. It’ll be so weird watching myself on A&E, and knowing so many other people are watching me at the same time.


8 FEATURE SEPTEMBER 2012 Doug Martin Band “In my job, I get to share great music with people. That’s it in a nutshell.”

As Langley’s new band director arrives, new musical goals are being made. “I think the Langley band program’s best days are still ahead of it. It’s going to be exciting and fun to see how far we can go together.” Mr. Martin was the band director at Mount Vernon HS for four years and Stuart HS for nine years. He also taught part-time at Annandale HS while he was getting his master’s degree at GMU. Beginning his

SEPTEMBER 2012

FEATURE 9

Jillian Busath Math

The Saxon Scope reached out to teachers this summer to kickstart more regular coverage of the people who really set the tone for Langley-our teachers. This month we take a look at some of the newest faces you’ll see in the Saxon halls.

“I love working through a problem and finding the answer – it’s like a puzzle, and I think it’s really fun It’s true, I’m a nerd.” For Ms. Busath, being a part of that “aha” moment when a student finally understands a concept is the best of all. At first, she studied Physiology, but her love for math was too strong to ignore. She got a job at the math lab, helping people with questions on their homework. “No joke, one time in high school I was mad about something, and the only thing that calmed me down was doing my math homework.”

teaching career, he felt as if he didn’t have a choice in the matter to pursue any other career. “I was the

Ms. Busath decided to switch her major to Mathematics Education, and she has never looked back.

beneficiary of so much great musical education that it just became obvious that I had to do it too,” he

The mathematics enthusiast taught 7th grade at Washington Latin Public Charter School and at Duke

said. Aside from his musical career, Mr. Martin is the father of an almost-three-year-old. “In my job, I get

Ellington School of the Arts, both of which are in DC. When she is not busily calculating exciting new

to share great music with people. That’s it in a nutshell.”

problems, she loves to run and be outside as well as sew and do crafts. “Math just makes so much sense to me. I find it almost soothing. I love working through a problem and finding the answer – it’s like a puzzle, and I think it’s really fun. It’s true, I’m a nerd.”

Neeka Eghbali and Katherine Rohloff Copy Editors

Angie Eppard English “The most exciting aspect of teaching is the endless amount of possibilities that are present each day for growth and change.”

Joshua Henry History “I love staying up-to-date on what’s going on in our society and seeing the connections from history to our current events.”

“I started taking French in middle school and immediately fell in love.”

Rachael Nichols French

Kyle Laspe History “I hope at the end of my course my students will become more informed and engaged citizens.”

For Ms. Eppard, the most exciting aspect of teaching is the endless amount of possibilities that are present

Growing up in an environment around teacher role models, Mr. Henry wanted to follow in the footsteps

As a new French teacher at Langley, Madame Nichols is excited to be here. She “started taking French

Like many teachers, Mr. Laspe loves when students have epiphanies while learning lessons. He enjoys

each day for growth and change. She loves to discuss literature with her students and enjoys listening and

of his mother and grandfather. Before moving to Fairfax County, Mr. Henry taught at Indian Valley High

in middle school and immediately fell in love.” Although she had grown up around a family that spoke

teaching all types of history, although his favorite is public policy because it reveals how decisions of the

School in Pennsylvania for several years. Since relocating to FCPS, he has taught at Rachel Carson Middle

Italian, nothing could cease her love for French. Her favorite part about being a teacher is leaving an

past have impacted Americans today. His interest in teaching began in high school; he later taught at

School, Oakton High School and South Lakes High School. Mr. Henry is excited to work with students

impression on students. This summer, Madame Nichols was in line at Panera “when a boy in line started

T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina. “My style of teaching is student-

coming to Langley. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and watching sports, dancing and reading. “My

about history and politics, both of which he is very passionate about. Mr. Henry has also been coaching

talking to me in French. It took me a second to realize it, but this was a young man, 19 years old

oriented. I enjoy teaching about complex topics in Social Studies and making them relevant to each

students are always being changed by their experiences and interactions with me and each other; we are all

high school tennis for the past ten years and previously coached basketball. He loves “staying up-to-date

studying at a local university, who recognized me from when I taught him in 7th grade. He told me how

student’s life. I hope that at the end of my course, my students will become more informed and engaged

changed by the things we read and see and discuss in the classroom.” Ms. Eppard is looking forward to

on what’s going on in our society and seeing the connections from history on our current events.” Outside

my class inspired him and he went on to study French and remembered our class well.” In her free time,

citizens.” Mr. Laspe is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys reading about current politics. He also

of the classroom, Mr. Henry likes to read, travel and watch the Green Bay Packers.

Madame Nichols is very active in the lives of her two sons, Logan and Hayden, and enjoys photography.

enjoys spending time with his twin brother and friends.

giving advice to her student’s perceptions about different texts. “I love discussing literature the most-giving and gaining insights about different texts with students.” Ms. Eppard decided in her sophomore year of college that she wanted to become a teacher. She taught at Chantilly HS for six years before

the challenge of teaching at a new place.

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Here and there, langley HAS gone everywhere Guatemala

The youth group at Great Falls United Methodist traveled to Guatemala this summer to an inland village, in order to construct 16 cinder block stoves for families in the outlying areas of the capital city. The team spent time planting trees, and “interacting with the natives; learning about Guatemalan culture,” according to senior Zack Dailey.“The stoves really changed these women’s lives because cooking over open flames is unhealthy and really unsafe,” said Dominican Republic “I had never seen eight-year- junior Olivia Brodnax. Senior Jessica Weaver old children acting as caretak- H o w e v e r , had a similar experience, traveling the Guatemalans’ ers for an infant.” with her church, McLean Bible, lives were not the -Jessica Weaver (12) to Santo Domingo, the capital only ones changed. of the Dominican Republic. Their Brodnax said that her goal was to share the Bible with the children world view was altered, as she witnessed the there, in both orphanages and schools. lives of those in developing countries and “how “I had never been inside a home little they have compared to us.” She added, where a family lived on dirt and, if they “They are not constantly complaining about were lucky, had some walls and a tattered what they do not have, but are very happy mattress to share for an entire family. I had when they receive something so life changing.” never seen eight-year-old children acting For Dailey, the most meaningful part as caretakers for an infant,” Weaver said. about the trip “knowing that we really made a Taking a little bit of the Dominican lasting impact on the lives of the Guatemalan Republic back with her, she was given the families we visited with the stoves we constructed.” opportunity to sponsor an eight-year-old girl. “I “I would do it all again in a

Jessica Weaver (12) worked in schools and orphanages in the Dominican Republic.

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am so excited to welcome her into my family and to be able to write to her and pay for her needs.”

Olivia Brodnax (11) and Emma Digiammarino (11) helped plant trees and construct cooking stoves in Guatemala. heartbeat; I walked away from this summer with a true sense of accomplishment and purpose in my life,” said senior A.J. Scalia.

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CATHY KIESS AND CAYHAN MOVAGHARI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND REPORTER his summer, I traveled to El Salvador for a week’s worth of work with orphans and the homeless. It was easily one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Our youth pastor called the effect the trip would have on us “heart surgery.” Though I found this a bit dramatic at first, in the end my team emerged with our emotions slapped across our faces. In a land of plenty, it is easy for us to isolate ourselves from the poverty and need that is so apparent in today’s world. But this summer, Langley students took the road less traveled


opinion

September 2012

Faults in the fault in our stars?

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hen done badly or awkwardly, a love story can make you so confused you don’t even know what to feel. The major problem with TFIOS isn’t that it’s poorly written. The problem is that hardly anyone at Langley can relate to Hazel Grace or Augustus Waters. Augustus Waters and Hazel fall in love with each other at first sight. This doesn’t happen in the real world. Did you fall in love with that girl/guy in your math class immediately after you saw them? Chances are you didn’t. Second, the many complicated exchanges of words between the two lovebirds are also unrealistic. The point of a Langley Read is to have students read a book over the summer that they’ll still be talking about until next June. Take “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand, last y e a r’s Langley Read, for example. Teachers were putting up posters on their doors with inspirational quotes from the book, and the assembly last December about the wounded soldier sparked a connection between the students and the soldier standing up on stage. With the “Fault in Our Stars”, however, all I’ve heard was that it was a good book. Nothing else. There are countless books that are “good,” but few that can inspire. Langley Reads need to be the ones that inspire.

Amirah Ahmad

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he fault in “The Fault in Our Stars” was evident as soon as I finished the first chapter. The book was obviously written for female readers. From the moment Augustus walked into the support group and Green described him as a “hot guy,” I could tell where this was headed. Of course Hazel and Augustus were going to wind up together, of course they would get the trip of their dreams, and of course one of them would die, only to leave behind a note just for their loved one. That’s the predictable genre of romance, with all of its sappy kisses and hugs. I don’t have a problem with a little romance seeping in, but I couldn’t stand an entire 313 pages of a rewritten Cinderella. I also felt that the author could’ve gone more into the struggle with cancer and how it affected Hazel’s life, or at least another topic that’s appealing to both boys and girls. I appreciated his attempt to draw guys with few pages about video games, but in the end, when everyone was sobbing their eyes out, his effort was to no avail. I’m not a heartless monster, but it was predictable in the sense that I might as have started tearing up right when Brendan Coffey well Augustus was introduced into the story.

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urrounded by a sea of used tissues and ice cream, I finished the Langley read, John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”. I cried for Hazel and Augustus and for myself because of how perfect and fictional the character of Augustus Waters is. Will my Prince Charming come running (er, limping) to sweep me off my feet? No. Would I be able to live normally and accept the reality of death as a teenager? No. At first glance, Hazel and Augustus seem to be impossibly fictiRiley Cosgrove tious characters. But as I have not had to face death or to deal with a terminal illness, who am I to judge whether these characters are unrealistic when I do not know what realistic in these circumstances is? The plot of the Langley Read does not need to directly relate to the student body. Who among us has ever been lost at sea for months like Louis Zamperini in “Unbroken”? However, the message within the novel does need to relate in some way to all of us, and I think it does. The main idea in the novel is that we are all dealt a specific hand of cards in life, some good, some bad. What you do with the cards you are dealt is your choice, but the dealing is absolute. I think all of us at Langley can relate to this message of being cursed, or blessed, with certain challenges, and being forced to make a decision: to live the life you’ve been given, or to fight it unsuccessfully.

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am not a huge reader. I can prove this to you by admitting, honestly, that TFIOS is the only Langley read I have read. Before I abandoned ship on “Unbroken,” last year’s Langley Read, I struggled page by page much like Louis Zamperini struggled during his time as a Japanese POW (I Googled this). However, TFIOS was a different experience for me. First off, Abdullah Jamil John Green writes for a teenage audience. Green uses slang, curse words and popular culture references that make me feel like the book was written for me to actually want to read it. I’m not saying that I enjoyed the book just to pick up chicks (but if anyone wants my number, you can find me in room 114 sixth period). I actually think that there is a lot to be learned from the story and from the way that Green writes. Despite cancer, Hazel and Augustus are still normal teenagers. Challenges come up in life that cannot be overcome sometimes, and the main characters accept this. I know a lot of guys didn’t read the book, and I get it. But I think that aside from the girly romance parts, it is a good book. And it will help you pick up chicks. Mention the name Augustus and you’re set.


12 OPINION SEPTEMBER 2012 BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DEVICES TYLER SECKAR STAFF WRITER

folder, pencil pouch and a three subject notebook. Carrying a computer or iPad is just going to add unnecessary weight to my daily load. Gym ended for me last year-- I’m not he Bring Your Own Device program lets looking for a workout from Science to English. Theft can also be an issue. Bringing a Langley students use their computers, iPads computer to school is and Kindles in class if going to give someone the teacher allows it. Would you like to use your own device? a good motive to Although search through your bringing in 5% backpack when technology can be Yes you’re not looking. useful if you’re staying No I would also say after school and want that my backpack to get a head start on *Out of 100 students gets jostled around homework, or you approximately 20 want to take notes times a day, stepped faster in class, there are 95% on by passing more negatives than teachers in all my positives to the policy. classes and slammed Ask yourself down on the floor. this question before Adding a you consider carrying computer or a computer around school – How much does your backpack currently another expensive device into the equation weigh? I carry approximately three binders, a is just going to equal a shattered mess. Is

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BACK TO THE BASICS

THE POLICY

- Students may use laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc. during the school day, with teacher permission - Students must register their devices with the school - Devices can be used for research, activities, homework and collaboration - FCPS is not responsible for broken or stolen devices -BYOD is an optional program; students are not required to use devices

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the risk of having to replace your damaged technology worth bringing it to school? Having a computer at school to take notes may sound like a good idea, but it takes away from the learning atmosphere that is experienced when coming to school. The same kind of hands-on learning that paper notes provide isn’t quite the same as typing notes into a computer. While this new program has good intentions and opens opportunities for students, I think it creates more problems than solutions. We need to hit “backspace” on the Bring Your Own Device program and return to last year’s policy.

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have been using print textbooks ever since I was seven. So when I was informed that I would only be getting online textbooks for US World History and Pre-Calculus this year, I was not happy. These two subjects are both challenging courses that require us to depend on the textbook, which forces me to sit at a computer with Internet in order to do my homework. For math, I have to look at the screen, put the problem on loose leaf paper, do it, then start another problem. History is even more difficult because I have to type my homework, which means I have to keep clicking back and forth between Microsoft Word and the Internet. Some people believe this technological alteration is a step towards the future. They see the benefits of increased accessibility from all types of technology (such as cell phones and tablets). It seems that the kids at Langley are very technologically advanced, but that does not mean we need online textbooks. While some people may see online textbooks as more accessible than print books, I disagree. I have tried to access both of my online textbooks from my phone and iPad and it hasn’t

worked. You need to have certain software on your tablet/phone that allows you to access the actual text. I play field hockey and lacrosse for Langley, and I often have games that run to nine P.M., which is why I often bring schoolwork and textbooks to do when I have time to kill before and after the games. With the online textbook I would have to bring my laptop, which could get damaged during the school day or on the bus to away games. Other people say you can print out the pages to complete the homework. Do they know how much ink costs? (I’ll give you a hint: a lot). One black ink cartridge costs upwards of twenty-five dollars. I also have a brother who uses online textbooks, which means my family would go through ink cartridges twice as fast. Though online textbooks are advanced, their in My generation spends compatibility with devices like the iPad and iPhone enough time watching TV, makes them difficult to use. going on Facebook and Twitter and playing on their phones or tablets. technologically advanced, and usually I’m all for I spend enough time looking at the next best and fastest thing, but not when it screens during school and in my free time, comes to my schoolwork. I don’t like to study, but now I will be forced to look at a screen but given the choice, I’d much sooner pore over for at least seven more hours per week. a print textbook than squint over one online. Online textbooks may be more PHOTO BY AIMEE CHO

SARA GUGLIELMO STAFF WRITER


SEPTEMBER 2012

greatest show on turf

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SAXONS SUR[PASSING] THE COMPETITION

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t has been the same game plan for many years for the Saxon football team: a run-heavy, smash-mouth type of game led by Head coach John Howerton. Injuries caused an eventual shift in game plan last year that in turn was needed. The change from a mobile quarterback to more of a pocket passer occurred when Austin Vasiliadis went down due to injury and sophomore Nick

PHOTO BY BIJAN TODD

The idea of all run, no pass, was not good enough last season.

Above: The Langley varsity football team defeated the Marshall High School Statesmen. Top right: The Saxons face off against Chantilly High School.

and anxious for more this season. Off to a 3-1 start after dismantling both Herndon and Marshall, the highly potent offense seems to be unstoppable. Not to mention that their one loss came at the hands of football power house Chantilly, off a botched extra point that left the Saxons upset but optimistic about the game. The sheer talent is on both sides of the ball this season. Senior Phil Novacki makes an impact whenever he is on the field. Whether on offense or defense, his presence is felt all across

PHOTO BY HARRIS LATEEF

Cayhan Movaghari REPORTER

Casso was called into the spotlight. In order to win games you need to score points, and an unsuccessful run game was not good enough to win down the stretch last year. Constant running up the gut of the defense was not ideal and did not work against the stronger teams in our region. The idea of all run, no pass was not good enough and proved so after an early playoff dismissal left the Saxons bitter

the board. With a star-studded line backing corps, the Saxon defense is always penetrating the offense as well as making plays in the secondary. With a high flying offense and a starstudded defense, the Saxons hope to win out the regular season and head into the playoffs with great momentum and hopefully an eventual district title. With a lot of seniors on the team this year this may be our best chance at a title. With no title many would be walking away empty handed leaving a dissappointed senior class and a football team as a whole. More dissappointing seasons like last year may leave some coaches on the hot seat because no one’s job is safe in any sport.

Glamor on the field GIRL PROVES THAT FOOTBALL ISN’T JUST FOR GUYS

PHOTO COURTESY OF TAYLOR SNYDER

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hen you go to the freshmen football games this year you might notice a long blonde ponytail sticking out of a helmet. That long blonde hair belongs to ninth grader Mollie Schuleman who is kicker for the Langley 2012-2013 freshman football team. Many might be asking “Why”, “Why would a girl want to play football?” But after years of being the only girl on the Langley boys hockey team, I have an answer. Schulman doesn’t really care what other people think. Schulman has been playing soccer since she was three. One day, she decided to kick a football, which caused her to consider trying out for the football team. Not only does it take guts to try out for a team with fifty boys, but it also takes an extreme amount of dedication. From training with her father to working out in the gym, Schulman spent most of her summer perfecting her kick. I know firsthand that being part of a team full of boys is easier said then done.

And one important thing to understand is that Schulman had to actually become a member of the team. She is on the roster, she is in the team picture, and she will wear her jersey to school on game days, but that alone doesn’t build a bond with her teammates. Schulman says that at first it was awkward, but gradually over time she started to feel like any other football player. Schulman insists that she is part of the team, and even thinks that if a player from another team hit her, her own teammates would definitely stand up for her. Many other girls out there like Schulman and I are not playing on all -boy teams for the attention or for the looks we get when we strap on the pads. We are playing these sports for the pure love of the game. Schulman thinks that trying out for football is one of the best decisions she had ever made. She went through grueling summer tryouts, and hard practices not to be known as “the girl on the football team,” but rather because she loves to play football. Schulman has big dreams of playing varsity when she is older, and she doesn’t care if you approve of this or not. And more power to her.

Mollie Schulman might be the only girl on the Langley football team, but she practices just like one of the boys.


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Three classes at once? Advanced classes suffer from chronic schedule conflicts have a schedule conflict when someone is taking popular classes like Biology 1 or AP US History. But there are the so called “singleton” classes, classes which have only one or two class periods.        Usually those “singleton” classes are was having a great time with my family AP courses like AP Economics, AP Calculus over the summer in the Rocky Mountains BC or AP Chemistry. Few people take them, so when I got a call from my counselor only one or two periods are assigned to the class. telling me that I had a schedule conflict.         Basically, kids who take a lot of According to her, I had absolutely no advanced courses are the ones who end up with the most schedule conflicts. chance of taking my Latin And when they have those class. I later found out that my AP humanities classes Basically, kids who take a lot of conflicts, they cannot erase are split as well, which advanced courses are the ones the idea that the school system as a whole disapproves means I won’t be able to who end up with the most schedule a rigorous course load. fully enjoy the perks of a conflicts.         Since we are linked humanities system. not in Harry Potter with         Unfortunately, I am not the only one with schedule conflicts. Hermione’s magic hourglass, we turn to technology Jason Cui, the Junior Class President for help. But technology isn’t so helpful either. Whenever a student has a schedule found out that Leadership, Band, and         Multivariable Calculus were all in 6th period. conflict, they look up the online campus. He had played Band for two years. He However, the prospect is bleak; the student wants has to be in Leadership as a class president. The to take an advanced singleton class online, but only way to physically take Multivariable Calculus the FCPS online campus doesn’t offer them. The highest math course offered online other than in 6th period was to drive to Mclean is AP Calculus AB, and Precalculus Honors is not High School every other morning. The episodes I just mentioned are just a few of the even offered. AP Physics C, AP Environmental countless schedule conflict cases. It is not likely to Science, and AP Biology are all absent. The NA HE JEON Executive Design Editor

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only world language classes online are Korean and Spanish. Now what are we supposed to do?        Jason Cui decided to drop Band and take Multivariable Calculus through a different online program (which is very expensive). My Latin teacher thankfully decided to tutor me at the Latin 3 level during an AP Latin class. And split humanities is fun in its own way. However, it would be better to have a solution where students don’t have to put up with these issues.

THE FACTS -No elective course change requests will be accepted -Core courses that can be changed include AP classes, World Languages, Math, Science, English 9-12, WH1, WH2, US History, and Government -Schedule change packets became available on the LHS website on Sep. 24 -Course change requests will be accepted starting Sep. 28

airbrush me beautiful WHEN IN DOUBT, PHOTOSHOP IT OUT RILEY COSGROVE EXECUTIVE OPINION EDITOR

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f I were on the cover of Seventeen magazine, full of edited photos. I think this is chiefly beI would want to be photoshopped. Photo- cause I read magazines fully aware of how unshop is God’s way of apologizing for giving real the photos are. I don’t see a picture of Kim some of us some awful looks or imperfections. Kardashian with a small behind (euphemism for How can we ignore this gift bestowed upon us? “donk”) and slim hips and believe that’s exactly In this age of “everyone is beautiful” what she looks like in person. and “born this way” Instead of attempting the Gaga-isms, magazines Photoshop is God’s way of impossible and ultimately useare being attacked by goal of forcing large magaapologizing for giving some of less progressive girls for too zines to stop photoshopping, much photoshopping us some awful looks. How can why not teach young girls how of models and cover we ignore this gift bestowed prevalent it is in public photos? stars. One in particular, Comparing myself to celebrities upon us? Julia Bluhm, a teenand models is futile, and I acager from small town cept that no matter how much Maine, started a petition for Seventeen magazine I want to look like a Sports Illustrated model, I to stop using photoshop on a portion of its images. can’t, because these women aren’t real, and I am. Her petition soared in popularity That said, you can sign MY petition to and has, of late, gained over 75,000 signatures. put me on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Who are these 75,000 people, I have to wonder? swimsuit edition. And always remember, girls, ev Speaking for myself, I am not in any eryone is beautiful...with Photoshop. way emotionally damaged by seeing magazines

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Jessica Stewart (12) in front of the 2012 London Olympic Track and Field arena.

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s millions of Americans watched the 2012 Summer Olympics from their living rooms, senior Jessica Stewart was in the stands in London, watching several track and field events live. In the same large venue as the opening ceremonies, Stewart saw women’s pole vault, shot put, 200-meter sprints, steeplechase and 400 meter hurdles take place, as well as men’s 400-meter hurdles. The Scope took a deeper look at her unique perspective on the games. Saxon Scope: What was your favorite event? Jessica Stewart: The hurdles were definitely my favorite event since I compete in them myself, so I was able to see the best of the best. SS: Did you see any world or Olympic records made? Did you get to go to any finals? JS: I didn’t see any records broken but I saw the finals of women’s pole vault, which the USA won, and the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The male hurdler from the Dominican Republic was bawling after winning gold and the crowd went crazy for him.

FUTURE OLYMPIANS STAR SENIORS PARTICIPATE IN OLYMPIC STYLE EVENTS

AIMEE CHO AND EMILY FLESSAS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND EXECUTIVE SPORTS EDITOR

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or most Langley students, the 2012 London Olympics were simply a summer highlight. Several Langley athletes, however, are training to compete in the games someday themselves.

Jessica Miles A track and cross country senior, Jessica Miles’ ultimate dream is to make it to the Olympics. “I have always wanted to run in the Olympics ever since I was little; so running in Rio would be amazing,” Miles said. She will continue both her cross country and track and field careers through college by participating in “a program that will give me the best opportunities,” she said. This summer, Miles competed and placed in the Track and Field Junior Olympic Nationals. Her 1500-meter race time of 4:54.20 earned her third place overall and All-American Honors. Miles has several Olympian role models including Jim Thorpe, a 10K runner and football star, and Billy Mills, a Native American athlete who overcame many obstacles. “I’m looking forward to watching Jessica in the Olympics in 2016. Her running career will definitely take her far,” said senior cross country teammate Becky Powell.

-Blair Purdy and Daniel Levetown, Executive Feature Editor and Staff Writer

PHOTO COURTESY OF ED LULL

SS: Did you like watching events live better than just watching at home? How was the experience different? JS: Watching the events live was so much better than watching them on the TV because the crowd is so enthusiastic for every athlete regardless of the country. SS: Was there anything you saw that surprised you that you don’t see on TV? JS: I later found out that the gold medalist for the women’s shot put was stripped of her medal because of steroid doping, which really surprised me.

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Jessica Miles (12) competes at the Burke Lake Invitational in August.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ABI SPEERS

PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA STEWART

Hurdling to london

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Abi Speers (12) embraces her mother after swimming the 50 meter freestyle.

Abi Speers Senior Abi Speers has never been one to follow expectations. Going into a qualifying meet for the US Olympic Swim Trials, she needed to drop 0.07 seconds – a huge amount of time in swimming. Against all odds, she made the time with 0.18 seconds to spare, earning herself a spot at the Olympic Trials. Much of Speers’ success is due to her determination and work ethic. “I’ve never liked being told I can’t do something,” she said. A freestyler who specializes in the 50-meter, she wakes up daily at 3:50 so she can practice before school. After school, she attends two more practices, for a total of 20 hours per week. Speers described the Olympic Trials as “truly incredible.” The weeklong event was held in Omaha, Nebraska and was attended by about 17,000 people. “It was amazing to see swimmers and fans from all over the country show up to support the Olympic hopefuls,” said Speers. Of course, the trials weren’t all fun and games. “Competing was very stressful,” said Speers. “But I think in the end, my excitement outweighed my feelings of panic. I also knew I had so much support at home, which helped a lot.” While she didn’t make it to London this time, Speers remains optimistic for the years ahead. She is currently looking at college swim teams to find one that will be a good fit. “My plan is to work as hard as I can and see how far I can go,” she said.


Goodbye Grass, Hello Turf STUDENTS VOICE THEIR OPINION ON THE NEW TURF BEN CROSS STAFF WRITER

Cayhan and abdullah talk sports: RGIII V.S Andrew Luck

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Freshman students enjoy the new turf field during 7th block gym class.

FRESHMAN SAXON SPEAK “It’ll be easier to play sports.” - Nora Riley (9)

*Out of 100 students

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the players went on with without any problem. That game would not have happened last year.” The turf field has also been surrounded by talk about which teams will be scheduled to use the field during practices and when. As they are scheduled now and for the rest of the year, teams will alternate every other day unless the other team happens to have a game the next day, in which case a team will use their normal practice field. Despite the general approval by many students, some don’t like the new change. “While it’s nice to know that the

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turf will always be in the same condition, the t has been a long time coming, but the turf old field just felt a lot better to play on,” said field is now open for competition and a new sophomore soccer player Patrick McCarthy. era of Langley athletics begins. First came the “It’s great that we got a controversy, then the fundraising, then the new field but from a dancer’s installment, and finally, the perspective, the old field was unveiling. The new turf “I think most of the students just a much better surface. field, once a large 100-yard will love it by the end of the It’ll take some getting used to, Bermuda grass field, is now the but I think most of the school year.” center of excitement for many will love it by the end of the -Kylie Davidson (10) Langley athletes and coaches. year,” said sophomore dance “I’ve been around team member Kylie Davidson. watching some of the games, and the players seem to love it,” said Athletic Director, Jeff Noto. “There was an absolute downpour at Do you likeDo the new turf? like the new turf? you the JV field hockey game against Oakton and

Cayhan: This off season, a hot topic is the rookie situations regarding Andrew Luck and RGIII. Abdullah, if you were a NFL team with the first overall pick, who would you take? Abdullah: RGIII, without a doubt! He’s an explosive player and is a wise late round fantasy pick. In regards to fantasy, he will not only pick up points in the air, but also on the ground with his quick and mobile athleticism. I think he has the potential to be one of the best out of the pocket quarterbacks this league has ever seen. Cayhan: You’re being ridiculous, Andrew Luck is a much better quarterback overall and has perhaps the highest NFL IQ of a rookie quarterback ever. With a solid O-line he is far less prone to injury than the run and gun tactics of RGIII. In my mind, Andrew Luck is the most NFL ready quarterback in recent years, since John Elway of the mid 1970’s. Abdullah: I still think RGIII will have a far more productive year with many more to come. Once he gets a decent running back to cover for him, he can really flourish into his own with an already above average receiving core. Cayhan: Luck is the more reliable choice that will help the organization for not only this year, but in the future too. In my mind, there is no better player to fill the shoes of the great quarterback who came before him, Peyton Manning. Luck has great vision down the field as well as phenomenal accuracy to accompany his nearly flawless footwork. Abdullah: All these things are true, but without a good team around him, all his talent is going to waste. RGIII may not set as many records, but I believe he can lead the once great Redskins back to the playoffs and eventually send them to the greatest stage of all, the Super Bowl.

What do you think about the new turf field?

“I probably won’ t use it.” - Ryan Riddle (9)

“I like it because turf is cool.” - Katie Sissler (9)

“I think it’s nice because it’s less work and nicer to play on.” - Abby Sprin (9)


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The Shaw Family The Mushtaq Family The Malpede Family The LaTeef Family The Weingast Family The Welch Family The Rainey Family

Gold $200: • • • • • •

The Bollinger Family The Talalay/Mora Family The Dotson Family The Aulisi Family The Krial Family The Todd Family

Silver $100: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The Guglielmo Family The Albright Family The Kiess Family The McCausland Family The Flessas Family The Tucker Family The Arcari Family The Deese Family The Eghbali Family The McBride Family The Cho Family The Masters Family The Nimick Family The Dareikia Family The Hodge Family The Curtis Family The Hielbrunn Family The Bailey Family The Kashani Family

Bronze $75: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The Gray Family The Smith Family The Devlin Family The Novak Family The Sterling Family The McAuliffe Family The Rohloff Family The Sasser Family The Davis Family The Grems Family The Kearney Family The Bucy Family The Mahoney Family The Haupti Family The Officer Family The Abravanel Family The Pungello Family


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Saxon Scope issue 1  

First issue of the 2012-2013 Saxon Scope, the monthly newsmagazine of Langley High School