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The spooky scoop on Halloween costumes. Page 6

Get the facts about texting and driving. Page 8

Feeling unloved? See B-Line’s dating tips. Page 11




The Barstow School Kansas City, MO Volume LX, Issue 3 November 2013



November 2013


Volume LX, Issue 3

T H E B - LI N E

The Barstow School 11511 State Line Road Kansas City, MO 64114

E D I TO R - I N- C H I EF Preston Schwartz

E X E CU T I VE E D ITOR Sophia Mauro


LAYOUT ED I TOR Valerie Mombello



Mahroosa Haideri


Daniel Kessler



Catching up with the Web The most picturesque time of year, fall catalyzes an uproar in social media. If you don’t believe this claim, check your preferred source—you’ll find cliché photos and captions about Starbucks drinks and the color of urban forestry. B-Line is once again connecting with the Internet as a result, but in a less trendy fashion. Expect to see hyper-linked articles and not published ones on our B-Line Website and Twitter Feed. If you want to publish your own work in the B-Line, please contact us at the email listed under submissions.

Katherine Grabowsky Arman Javaheri Chloe Ketchmark Emma Krasnopoler Shivani Lokre Libby Rohr Ellie Schneider Anish Vadlamani Sarah Xu

Preston Schwartz


With these enhancements, fall foliage and pumpkin-spice lattes comes, more importantly, the November issue of B-Line. In this edition, we introduce this year’s KU basketball lineup, offer suggestions for Halloween-esque activities with costumes and put you behind the wheel of NASCAR drivers. This issue also sheds light on a subject that has touched the hearts of Barstow families and countless others. In association with BTVN, we bring you an extension of the broadcast’s story on texting and driving. Enjoy the season, friends, and do not abuse the media; instead, check ours out.

Sophia Mauro

Executive Editor

An October Reflection


Nicolas Shump



QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUBMISSIONS? Send letters, suggestions or submissions to preston.schwartz@ We reserve the right to edit any submission. By Camille O’Leary

ASPA First Place Winner with Special Merit 2005-2013




November 2013

The Sport of NASCAR Is the Fastest Race a Sport?

NASCAR Does Not Require Athleticism

NASCAR Requires Athletic Ability

By Anirudh Vadlamani ‘16

By Daniel Kessler ‘15


NASCAR, an American tradition, began in 1948. Ever since the birth of automobiles, the idea to race vehicles appeals to a variety of people. With roaring crowds and an intense atmosphere, NASCAR races are as competitive as any other sport. Drivers are athletes. All drivers are usually strong mentally and physically and excel in handling the car’s wheels at top speeds. Furthermore, each driver loses approximately five to six pounds a race due to having to deal with 2.5 g’s of gravitational force.While racing the cars, temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The drivers must also train to cope with low levels of oxygen. NASCAR requires peak reflexes and hand-eye coordination. If a normal person was to step into the driver’s seat and race, they would be unable to cope with the speed and heat and probably crash the car or vomit during the

race. Drivers, similar to other professional athletes, must overcome numerous challenges to handle a car at overwhelming speeds. How are racers like Danica Patrick not athletes? They compete in 500 mile training regimen and compete against forty-two other drivers who want to win as fervently as they do every race. So if driving at two hundred miles per hour for five hundred miles isn’t a sport, then why should track and field be a sport? They both have a similar concept of going around a track. Some Americans may argue that events such as the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, massive 500 mile races, are even more important than the World Series or the Super Bowl. As an avid NASCAR supporter, I loathe Americans who compare racing to driving to school. NASCAR, like any other sport, requires skill and mental ability. You try to race at top speeds, make skilled turns, brave the heat and perform with low oxygen levels and see if it’s not physically and mentally draining.

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My first exposure to NASCAR began with my obsession with tires. Without ever seeing a race on television, I called myself an avid NASCAR supporter. I put up NASCAR wallpaper liners on my ceiling and collected an arsenal of official NASCAR Hot Wheels. Unfortunately, one day while switching through channels, I committed myself to watching a race. My enthusiasm for the sport turned into disappointment as it became increasingly difficult to follow cars going around a track multiple times. I was puzzled. So is NASCAR a sport? After sitting in on multiple races, I have come to the conclusion that NASCAR does not qualify as a sport. Its status as an object of parody and satire in pop culture leads me to ponder the validity of the “sport.” In my opinion drivers are not athletes. They could be any average Joe off the street with a driver’s license. Most students at Barstow fit the physical requirements for driving, as most of them drive

to school each day. In fact, students who walk to school would be in significantly better shape than their driving counterparts. The most difficult part of the course is a gentle veer to the left on the race track. Most students take sharper turns in their daily commute than NASCAR drivers. With my aptitude at taking sharp turns, I would gladly enter a race and do as well as a professional driver. The races are dreadfully boring. I would describe the competition as mind numbing. The racing consists of cars driving 500 miles around a circular track, which is a dreadfully boring waste of time. To me, a sport is anything that involves physical exertion, skill and exciting competition. NASCAR’s a great source of competition, but the driver does little more than push a few pedals and steer to the left. If NASCAR was to be considered a sport, then anyone could be a professional athlete with a road crew and a speedy car.

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If NASCAR is a sport, then getting in a car and driving should be exercise. -Collin Hawley ‘16

If bowling is a sport and billiards is a sport then, like those activities, NASCAR requires a similar set of skills. -Angela Guldin

NASCAR is a sport because it requires physical endurance. -Mitch Mueller ‘15



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Going Beyond School Colors Green and black have decorated the armor of the infamous Barstow Knight for decades. Solar panels and iPads have made our knight more metaphorically green in the past years. Now, reusable bottles boost Barstow’s ecologically conscious image even more. Today’s population spends nearly $100 billion dollars on bottled water each year, only to pollute landfills with the containment units of a free resource. These plastic bottles contain a superfluous amount of oil, hence their inability to decompose. They also have harmful amounts of BPA—a chemical used to

harden plastics, which can cause cancers and hormonal problems. A large majority don’t have access to reusable bottles, let alone clean water itself, but a more ecologically conscious era approaches, as seen with Barstow’s latest adoption of reusable bottles. My sophomore year inception, the project has finally become tangible thanks to the help of Lindsay Zimmerman, Julie Fullbright and Liz Bartow. Over the past months, the Green Team, as I have labeled the team of faculty assisting me in this endeavor, has been working efficiently to bring the Upper School student body aluminum reusable bottles to sustain

us for the remainder of our high school careers. Our goals span beyond a simple dissemination of bottles to nearly 250 students. Soon, we hope to give the middle and lower schoolers, as well as faculty, bottles so they can join the trend, too. As the high school students know, and younger students and faculty will soon learn, filling the bottles with our current fountains doesn’t work well. So, the Green Team plans to introduce newer, more energy efficient fountains to the school that support refilling this type of bottle. These eco-friendly enhancements hopefully have done more than construct a hippie image for myself. So

please, stay involved in the Green Trend and continue to resist plastic bottles and remain ecologically cognizant.

I like helping the environment and supporting my friend by solely drinking from a provided bottle. I also think that the bottles have set the foundation for an eco-friendly trend, which is going to take off soon. -Luke Gerson ‘15

By Preston Schwartz ‘15

It takes 1 liter of water to produce 10 caps. By reusing the same bottle cap, you’re reducing tons of carbon dioxide production and saving water. It takes 3.4 megajoules of energy to produce a single bottle of water. This aluminum body, though requiring more energy, is reusable, thus reducing the amount of plastic bottles purchased.

Energy is needed to construct plastic bottles, distribute them to stores, refrigerate the product, then recycle and compost the bottles. A reusable bottle reduces such energy.


The Barstow School willingly adopted this project, meaning further ecological ideas will always be considered. So, get to work and do your part.

Plastic Bottles Reusable

November 2013



Celebrating World Culture In 1851, the first World Fair was held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London. People gathered from various countries to celebrate different cultures and present their latest innovations in art, science and technology. Inspired by this tradition, Barstow held its first annual World’s Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, to encourage students to learn about other countries and develop a better understanding of cultures. Before the big day, Barstow students worked together within their designated family groups in order to prepare centerpieces for the World’s Fair event. Within the 33 family groups, each family was assigned a particular country and students researched their country’s history, language, economy, geography and culture to create a pot, which held details, maps, flags and images embodying their country. In total, 50 pots were displayed at the event. Also, seventh grader, NaYoung Kwon put in tremendous time and effort to create the beautiful art cover for the World’s Fair.

After two years of celebrating the Shakespeare Festival with the aid of Barstow’s English and Fine Arts departments, a new concept of holding a World’s Fair was

American culture. Mrs. Jennifer Padberg, sixth grade Geography teacher, said, “The World’s Fair seemed like the perfect fit with Barstow’s global

Photo by Ellie Schneider

By Shivani Lokre ‘16

Family groups consist of third through twelfth graders and create bonds between grade levels. Coventry and McNickle’s family group poses for their family picture.

proposed, which would follow the same format. Barstow originally planned to schedule the event last April, however, it was postponed to coincide with the visit from the Amaki School so that students could take part in the event while learning more about

education initiative and the perfect opportunity to highlight the skills used in math, science, history and language classes. Students walked away from the World’s Fair with more understanding of different cultures outside of the United States, as well as the life experi-

ences of working with others and imagining the potential for their own future careers.” The event brought the whole school together for a jam-packed day full of culture and history. Throughout the day, students participated in activities such as the Italian game of bocce ball and the French waiter’s race, acted out international folk tales, learned global dance moves, drew Indian henna tattoos, went on a scavenger hunt, built towers and constructed boats. Barstow also worked with the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Greater Kansas City and Cineblade Aerial Imaging in order to present students with culture booths, musical performances in the styles of 12 different countries and presentations describing Thai Art, Mexican culture and Japanese crafts. Mrs. Padberg and Mr. Pepin worked diligently to bring a wonderful experience to Barstow. The World’s Fair honored the diverse student body and the rich cultural heritage of the families at Barstow.

Venturing “Into The Woods” Once upon a time, The Barstow School prepared for yet another successful musical. “Into the Woods”, directed by Bob Kohler and narrated by Mark Luce, takes you into the world of fairy tales. “Into the Woods” ties together five classic stories into one exciting production. Rapunzel, Jack, the Baker and his wife, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella join together in one fantastical production with fused storylines. The witch, played by Tess Phillips, intermingles with every story and creates different plot twists and disasters. Cast member Mitch Mueller, playing the Baker, explains “the whole process of getting to this

point was very difficult and stressful. It was all very fun and worth it and it has turned out to be a great show. I can’t wait for everyone to come and watch it.” Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and James Lapine wrote the book for this musical. This production was first shown in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986. It made its way to Broadway in 1987, winning several Tony awards such as Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Musical and even dominated the “Phantom of the Opera”. Barstow’s productions always aim to be very popular and leave the crowds anxious for the shows to come like “Into the Woods” did during its first performances. All the students have worked long

nights and would love all the support they can get. We hope you watched your fellow classmates rock the stage and take you back to the memories of your fantastical childhoods.

~SHOW DATES~ October 24 at 7:00 pm October 25 at 7:00 pm October 26 at 7:00 pm

Photo by Ellie Schneider

By Mahroosa Haideri ‘15


November 2013


ARTS & E NT E RTAI NMENT Creepy Culture in Columns

Photos by Mahroosa Haideri

Barstow Halloween Parade

In an annual Barstow Halloween tradition, lower schoolers parade the hallways of the school wearing their creative, cute, or scary costumes.

Powell Pumpkin Patch Filled with on-the-vine pumpkins, this Louisburg patch offers families an interactive experience. The location also offers a corn maze, playground and hayrides. Many varieties of pumpkins are available. This patch is a perfect idea for a fall outing with family or friends. Get carving!


Photos by Todd Race


Dress up as this powerful superhero and show off your strength! Go to Build-a-Bear to buy a matching outfit for your furry companion.

This stunning ballgown is perfect for a lovely evening out with your prince. Add a wand and a crown to ensure that all your wishes come true.

This cold blooded costume will surely stand out at any Halloween party. Show your fangs and don’t forget to drink the punch.

November 2013


Artwork by Camille O’Leary



THE PERFECT HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell Thriller Michael Jackson Supernatural

Photo by


The Beast


Insidious A boy runs off into a haunted world that he must escape before he puts his family in danger.

Monster Mash Bobby Pickett Tiptoe Through The Tulips Tiny Tim Tubulur Bells Mike Oldfield Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.


The Sixth Sense The Ring A boy starts to see the dead and recieves help from a local therapist, who unveils a secret of his own.

Local scientists try to discover the viral video causing many deaths around the town.



A young boy and his family travel to a abandoned hotel to discover they are not the only ones stranded there.

A scientist attempts to create life, but his plans fail and unexpected situations seem to take over his new experiment.



November 2013

Keep Your Eyes On The Road Don’t Wait For It To Load BY THE NUMBERS

Arm yourself with statistics and fast facts to prevent bad decisions while on the road.


of drivers ages 15-19 involved in a fatal car crash were using their cell phone while driving.

4.6 seconds are wasted every time you look at a text while driving, which is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blind.


A comparison of distractions and their influence on braking ability. Texting and driving’s impact on cognitive, visual, and manual functions of your brain cause accidents and poor driving.


Legally Drunk 4 feet

Reading Email

Sending Text

38 feet 70 feet

Sources: Understanding the Distracted Brain, National Safety Council;


drivers are using cell phones while driving in the United States at a time.

171,300,000,000 text messages sent in the U.S. each month

November 2013



States with laws agains t texting and driving States witho ut laws against texti ng and driving Only 39 of 5 0 states in th e US have passed laws that ba n all drivers from texting while on the road. Of the 11 state s that don’t have a full ban, som e only ban you ng drivers fr o m texting while driving.

Don’t Text if You Want to Arrive Alive Unintended Repercussions of Teenage Texting and Driving By Preston Schwartz ‘15 We have adopted cellphones as a part of us, an inorganic appendage that remains attached to our bodies. The human-machine relationship is addictive enough to steal one’s attention at the most inappropriate times. The most common example, also the most deadly, takes nearly eleven teen lives a day on the road. As high school students, you most likely carry around a mobile device which you use to connect to social media and talk to your loved ones via SMS (Standardized Messaging Service). As a result of being able to communicate with someone without his or her self being present, it is likely to receive a message

during a time which you would otherwise be completely focused on a task. Specifically, with two hands on a wheel, one on the shifter if you prefer such transmission, a ding would cause you to subconsciously reach for your phone in order to receive a message. It is this instinctive action caused by our constant usage and attachment to our phones that takes lives unnecessarily. Some preventative measures, such as texting laws and lanes, have been put into place, though as with all laws, they will most likely be broken. So the B-Line staff offers a prescription to our age-group’s folly by giving you daunting facts about the ramifications of sending a simple “hello.” Stay safe and resist the fatal urge.



November 2013

SYRIA What You Need to Know



By Emma Krasnopoler ‘15

Although American media has only been covering it for the past few months, trouble in Syria has been brewing since 2011, when government militia disrupted peaceful protests and brutally killed activists of population is Muslim and bystanders. Since then, rebel groups have ravaged the country with attacks on the equally-violent Syrian government. The rebel groups Sunni Muslims Other sects push for the resignation of President Assad and the reformation of the government. The government retaliation against the opposition and innocent citizens alike has ignited an on-going civil war. Recently, however, the Syrian militia has turned to illegal chemical weapons as a form of mass murder, catching the attention of outside nations who finally realize the urgency of the conflict in Syria. The Syrian crisis has become the center of attention for powerful nations such as Britain, France, Russia and the United million people in Syria States. The consequences of the crisis, such as refugees and security threats, have directly affected neighboring nations as well. DAMASCUS President Barack Obama has spoken out against President Bashar Assad and in a speech to the American public on September 11, states, “It is in the National JORDAN Security interests of the United States to respond to 538,839 the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a refugees targeted military strike.” Obama believes that American forces should attack Syria to punish Assad for his use of LEBANON chemical weapons and mistreatment of the Syrian people 784,878 and set an example for other nations to stand up against EGYPT refugees the illegal and inhumane actions of Assad. Russian PresiPresident Bashar al125,701 dent Vladimir Putin, however, has decided to side with Assad refugees Assad’s regime for economic reasons since Russia holds power in the Syrian arms market. Russia also considers Syria an ally because Assad’s army is killing extreme TIMELINE: Civil War in Syria Islamist rebels who also pose threats to the Russian Riots in Syria over political prisoners progressed to a full-fledged civil war within two years. regime. Although Syria and Russia have denied the use of Follow a timeline of the events leading up to the use of chemical weapons. chemical weapons in the current civil war, when threatened by American military action, the nations reached a compromise on the matter. Syria agreed to join the ChemMarch: Protests in ical Weapons Convention, which will satisfy Obama’s wish May: The government Damascus demand uses heavy weaponry to end the use of chemical weapons in Syria for now and the release of political October: President to kill civilians, straining January: The conflict in deter future nations use of them as well. prisoners. Security forces relations with France, Syria displaces millions Assad reaches Chemical analysts and specialists from the Organizakill many people in agreement with the U.S. U.S., U.K., Germany, of people, who turn Daraa, triggering violent and Russia to confiscate tion for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will inspect Italy, Spain, Canada to Jordan, Turkey and nationwide unrest. the chemical weapons and Australia. Lebanon for refuge. and demolish Assad’s arsenal of illegal chemical and biological weapons, hopefully ending this longstanding criminal activity. Even when the fighting in Syria ends, the Syrian people will potentially face decades of poverty, political unrest and social unbalance. This civil war has torn the fabric of Syrian society apart and it will take time, money May: Army tanks enter July: The Free Syria September: U.S. and and outside intervention to repair the damage. More than suburban areas in Army seizes Aleppo and Britain conclude after four million Syrian citizens have been rendered homeless an effort to crush unleashes bombs in an investigation that during the course of the war, while another two million protests. Damascus. chemical weapons were have fled the country entirely. Although recent progress used in an attack that killed about 300 people. has been made, neither the rebel groups nor Syrian militia show signs of giving up, and no peaceful or simple solutions seem to exist. There is no way to predict how or when the conflict in Syria will end, but consequential political and social changes are inevitable.

502,827 refugees

74% 16%


Photo by Khaled Hariri







November 2013

A Month Ahead November

28 29 31 5 6 7 8 14 15 12 20 18 25 26 monday

wednesday Blood Drive. Due to a blood



friday Parent Teacher Conferences. No school.

shortage in the local Kansas City area, Barstow students and faculty are encouraged to donate their blood.

Have events to add? Contact preston.schwartz@

Embry Gallery Exhibit.

Healthy Hip Hop.

On Saturday, the BPA will sponsor Rappin’ Roy and Reggie Regg as they compose interactive entertainment about health and exercise from 10:30 am-12 pm.

Brady Legler, Barstow alumnus from the class of 2007, will display his paintings in the Embry Gallery till November 15th.

Veterans Day Assembly.

National Honor Society Induction. Barstow students

Barstow will honor veterans in the Kansas City area and within the Barstow community for their service in the Army, Navy and Air Force with speeches and gifts.

will be inducted for their achievements in academics, community service, leadership and character development.

Varsity Night. As the fall athletics season comes to a close, Barstow honors its fall student athletes with honors and awards.

Money Management Field Trip. The elective that

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program.

Thanksgiving Break. school.


teaches middle schoolers about business and finance will take a field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

BPA Meeting. Join Sean Holmes as he follows up with the progress of digital literacy and provides an opportunity to tour the new Barstow Broadcasting Center.

Thanksgiving Break.

Thanksgiving Break.





In this long standing tradition, Barstow kindergarteners perform songs and for their families and friends.

Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

All School


Embry Gallery Exhibit: Alumnus Brady Legler ‘07 From October 18 to November 15, Barstow alumnus Brady Legler ‘07 will display an exhibition of paintings in the Embry Gallery. Learn about the artist, his influences and successes.

Blue Orchard



Wild Poppy

Along the Way

Breaking Waves



Brady Legler, a highly praised artist native to Kansas City, will be displaying his work in his hometown this month. He graduated from Barstow in 2007 and became a student at Parsons New School of Design in New York. He specializes in painting and jewelry. His paintings come to life right before your eyes with the use of bright colors and vivid designs. His career enables him to “work with some of the most talented artists and designers from all over the world, they inspire [him] everyday.” When asked about art that has had the most influence on his work, he replied “Street art has also been a huge inspiration for me, as there is talent around every corner.” Unsurprisingly, Legler enjoyed art class at Barstow the most. Legler remembers many teachers that impacted him, including Mallory Hilvitz, Mark Luce, Scott Huppe, Doc Brayman, Ms. Karen Dyer and Mr. Mitch Hall. As of now, Brady has sold about 15 paintings ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and he continues to achieve success in the art world. Make sure to visit his exhibit in the Embry Gallery October 18 through November 15.


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Miss Judy is a member of B-Line. She enjoys knitting, time with her cats and watching soap operas. In her isolation, she tackles your questions, as she was once a high schooler, like you. Well, sort of.


I really want to play basketball, but I’m scared to try out. What if I’m not good enough? When I was growing up, I played the sport that Mayans of ancient Central America played. Participants shot a ball into a hoop, much like the modern sport basketball, except the winners of the game were given a feast, and the losers were put to death. I’ve heard that the modern rendition is far less severe. My point? You have nothing to lose! Basketball is fun to play and being on a team can make the experience even better. No matter how many years of practice you have, sports are something anyone can participate in, and teams always appreciate extra players. You don’t have to be the best player to play your best, why not try something new?

What do you think is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving? I have always loved to celebrate the holiday. Every year we would gather together, eat a great feast and tell stories of the days before the Pilgrims. What a silly time. These days, you can’t go wrong when feasting with your family and dressing like your ancestors. If anyone needs to borrow clothes, my closet is full of Pilgrim garb (although I have bought some new sweaters since the 1700s). Gather roots and berries from the wilderness and cook your turkeys over an open fire for an authentic feel. Thanksgiving is a time for food and family. Join me at home if you want to have a really memorable time.

Movie 101

The students’ opinions on the absolute best and worst movies.


Disaster “Rubber”

Long Documentaries

“Angels in the Outfield”

Kieran McMann

E-Beth Leach

Jack Petty

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”

“Forrest Gump”


“Olympus Has Fallen”

Isabel Thomas

“The Dark Knight” or “The Breakfast Club”


Savannah Hubbard

“The Avengers”


Megan Gannon




November 2013

Unique Pumpkin Pickin’ Grace McGowan

Collin Hawley

Josh Smith

Lissa Leibson

What is a Halloween?

One year, I trick-or-treated at every single house in my neighborhood

A Werewolf

Josh Smith

I had an awesome glow in the dark Batgirl Halloween costume


Milky Way

Depends on my mood

The pencils or apples, they suck

Almond Joy

Kit Kat

What is your favorite Halloween memory? One year, my friends and I went to a nursing home and talked to the people there

This guy handed me a giant pillowcase of candy

What is your favorite Halloween costume? An inflatable cowboy costume

What is your favorite candy? 3 Musketeers

What is your least favorite candy? Almond Joy

What is your favorite scary movie? The Orphan

I hate scary movies with a passion

They pollute my mind




What’s a Halloween?

Pumpkin carving

“Monster Mash”

I didn’t even know there were Halloween songs

I’ve never seen a scary movie

Dracula or Frankenstein? Dracula

What is your favorite Halloween activity? Picking out the costume

Tormenting the poor souls that happen to visit my house

What is your favorite Halloween song? What are Halloween songs?




November 2013

KU Scores with New Recruits By Katherine Grabowsky ‘16

Andrew Wiggins

Freshman Recruits


Wayne Selden Jr. #1


Brannen Greene

Height: 6’7” Weight: 190 lbs Graduated from: Huntington Prep in Huntington, West Virginia Position: Small Forward

Conner Frankamp

Height: 6’5” Weight: 225 lbs Graduated from: Tilton Prep in Roxbury, Massachusetts Position: Shooting Guard

Height: 6’0” Weight: 160 lbs Graduated from: Wichita North in Wichita, Kansas Position: Shooting Guard

Frank Mason


Height: 6’7” Weight: 215 lbs Graduated from: Mary Persons in Forsyth, Georgia Position: Forward


Joel Embiid

Height: 5’11” Weight: 200 lbs Graduated from: Massanutten Military Academy in Petersburg, Virginia Position: Point Guard


Height: 7’0” Weight: 250 lbs Graduated from: The Rock in Gainesville, Florida Position: Center

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Boys’ Basketball Begins boys play purely to have fun. This brings a different approach to practice and games. As seniors get ready to head off to college, eager freshman join the team. Alex Acuff, Joey Penn, Cole Childers and Jay Gillen plan to set examples for the underclassmen and work hard

The boys jump in excitment as the team scores a basket.

above all others.” The only difference between the KU team and the Barstow team, according to Billy Thomas, seems to be the caliber of the players, because in college, players are recruited whereas in high school, many

Photo by Annie Grabowsky

The Barstow Basketball team’s first practice began on Monday, November 4th from 3:30-5:30 P.M. From then on the team has a challenging practice schedule to prepare for their first game of the season against Central KC on November 25th. The team has informally been practicing twice a week and working in the weight room in order to stay in shape for the season. Billy Thomas hopes to take the team far, and possibly advance to State. During practice, he plans to focus on defense and teamwork, stating, “A big weakness can be team chemistry, but I think the boys actually are starting to figure that part out. This year’s team will be the deepest team we’ve had in the past four years.” As a former member of the University of Kansas basketball team, Billy Thomas runs similar plays as former University of Kansas coach, Roy Williams. Williams’s transition and free

throw plays also became part of Barstow’s practices. The University has had a large impact on the way Billy Thomas runs his practice. Sophmore Shea Rush observes, “Mark my words. We are State Bound. Against the winds and all further odds. Count on The Stow to prevail

during their final year of high school basketball. Freshman Spencer Walz, Ross Fitzpatrick, Rangel Lin, Jeff Hollis, Khamaren Washington, Jacob Gilyard, Eli Pearce and Jonathan Felton work hard in order to live up to

the high expectations of the team’s seniors. Billy Thomas hopes to train the freshman to one day be as successful as the exiting seniors. Last year, the team had mostly a rebuilding year, due to the overwhelming majority of new freshman. This year, the sophmores anticipate a great season by taking the skills they learned last year into account. Billy Thomas recounts that he is, “Excited to see our young players who got invaluable experience playing last year, coupled with four returning seniors, come together and play for each other.” The boys look forward to the support by their biggest fans, the Barstow students, so make sure to cheer loudly.

By Katherine Grabowsky ‘16

Mark my words. We are State Bound. Against the winds and all further odds. Count on The Stow to prevail above all others. -Shea Rush



November 2013

Madison Coker

Nargiza Muraeva

Drew Bierwirth

Megan Pickard

Gracie Coker

Kennedy Price

Sarah Elyachar

Michaela Roxas

Photo by Annie Grabowsky

Barstow Cheer Team Expands

Photo by Annie Grabowsky

By Chloe Ketchmark ‘16

Barstow Dance

The Barstow Cheerleaders look to take this year by storm with the recent expansion to the team. With six new people, they are expecting a great season ahead with lots of competing and supporting the winter sports. Coach Mallory Hilvitz is dedicated to improve the team and make the Barstow cheerleads a considerable component in Barstow spirit. Captains

Sarah Elyachar and Madison Coker also hope to have a successful season in competition. Since the size of the team has increased, the team is able to experiment with different setups and routines. Coach Mallory Hilvitz says, “The girls are working to be able to do stunts. They are starting to lift weights to be able to do more difficult stunts. They are awesome.” Make sure to come out to support the Barstow cheerleaders this year.

Taryn Blankenship Kennedy Dockhorn

Photo by Annie Grabowsky

Natalie Dockhorn

We are putting in a lot of work in the mornings to make this season successful. I love all the girls on the team. We are truly a family.

- Maggie Kanan

By Chloe Ketchmark ‘16

The dance team is back and expecting a great season of entertainment and competition. With a total of eleven dedicated girls, the team hopes to have another extraordinary season. Captain Natalie Dockhorn and officers Taryn Blankenship and Kelsey Thorp have been working

hard to choreograph congenial routines. “We are putting in a lot of work in the mornings to make this season successful,” says sophomore Maggie Kanan. The dance team expects an exceptional year. Look forward to their performances at pep ralleys and basketball games, and make sure to come support these hard working girls.

MaGGIE Kanan Katherine McCreight hELEN Myers Samantha Polese Kelsey Thorp Emilie Tranin Madeline Vasquez Clara Wencker



The World’s Fair

Photos by Ellie Schnieder

November 2013

B-Line Issue 3: November 2013  
B-Line Issue 3: November 2013