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Battlefield High School student news magazine

Vol. 1 Issue 3March/April 2014

Inside 15000 Our

A conversation with a JMU admissions counselor page 5

Spring

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Warm weather, spring break, going green, and more

Bobcats at the heart of Kuleyo's business

Celebrating youth art month

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Play hard, work... less?

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February CORRECTIONS: Asal Yusupova was not included on the staff list (page 3).

COMIC:

Angelo & Carter

Sabrina Drescher

This piece by sophomore Sabrina Drescher won the $800 grand prize at the Prince William County Water Authority Water Art Invitational.

Cover artwork: Victoria Hurlburt, senior Read more on page 9

Claire Capasso

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table of

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2013-14 Editors-in-chief: Jayne Ross William Winstead IV

Inside 15000 January 2014

Hallway

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Hallway

McKenna Roper April Cabanelas Celeste Chance

Going green.... page 4 Better know a Bobcat.... page 4 Spring Carnival.... page 4 The other side of the application pool.... page 5 Youth Art Month.... page 5

Sports

Alexis Swingle

Sports

Kendra Anderson Maggie Ashe Amanda Aveling Jacob Baker Gabe Beck Savannah Bednash Lauren Bennett Riley Beresford Danielle Boufford Kaitlyn Brown Regan Buckley Claire Capasso Shelby Cesario Kayla Crocker

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Bobcats at Kuleyo's.... page 8 Earth Day.... page 8 Poem: Happy Mothers' Day.... page 9 Bobcats break bad habits.... page 9 Water Art Invitiational... page 9

Andres Davila

COVER STORY

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From suffrage to sovereignty.... page 12 First day of spring.... page 13 Cliques: a high school killer.... page 13

Style

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On the outside looking in.... page 10 Poll: Bobcats in Scouts... page 10 Poem: “Scrumptious”.... page 11 Springing into Spring.... page 11

Opinion

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Work hard, play...less?.... page 14 Smashburger..... page 15

Opinion

Staff Writers:

Ice Cats skate into the spotlight.... page 6 Athletes vs. academics.... page 7

Keeping Current

Style

Lauren Ainslie Ashley Chapman Joshua Cooper Kelsey Ainslie Jenna Spedden Justin Michna

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Center

Editors: Center Keeping Current

Jacob Dedekind Allie Paoli Kristen Dezeeuw Zach Plaster Matthew Diefes Alexandra Plaugher Grant Donaldson Kiersten Plaugher Michael Dority Bryan Plonk Alyssa Estrellado Zack Raczynski Anya Idrizi Lauren Reece Lily Korpella Jordan Richardson Jessica Kronzer Madison Southwick Andrew Laverty Andrew Taylor Chris Marin Catie Villavicencio Blaise Michaux Megan Wagoner Courtney Milot Zach Whitsett Corrie Murray Dezmond Winston Alexander Neishell Asal Yusupova Ashley Osuna

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Better know a bobcat

Going

Green

www.cityoflawrence.org

Packing lunch A small change that makes a big difference By McKenna Roper Packing your own lunch and/or snacks in reusable containers makes a massive impact on the reduction of packaging waste. “A typical student generates about 67 pounds of packaging waste per school year,” according to environment.about.com. Not only does packing your lunch reduce the amount school lunch waste, it can also be more cost effective. The amount of money spent on plastic bags and pre-wrapped items can add up quickly. Here are a few simple ways to reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to packing lunch:

Reduce: Do not buy single-serving snacksBuying foods in larger quantities and packing them together in a reusable container reduces waste and spending costs.

Reuse: Use hard plastic containers, cloth napkins and silver Packing lunch items in washable containers and wrapping silverware in cloth napkins makes a huge difference in regards to the cutting out plastic items.

By Lily Korpella

Meet sophomore Dillon O’Brien, he’s outgoing, athletic, a talented rapper, and a hysterical comic. Dillon O’Brien is popularly known in the sophomore class, which may makes him somewhat intimidating to approach. Believe it or not, he is one of the nicest, least conceited students at Battlefield. “I’m extremely open to meeting new people,” O'Brien pauses and proceeds to say, “my friends range from the jocks to the more shy students.” Sophomore Michael Conrad says, “Dillon constantly uses humor to make others around him feel more comfortable, I’ve seen him make the most shy kids open up.” O'Brien aspires to be a rapper, but would like to stay out of the mainstream and keep himself on the the mainstream and keep

g n i r p S ival n r Ca

By Will Winstead IV

Recycle: Recycle and reuse plastic bags If transitioning to reusable containers seems to be too big of a step, try to rinse and reuse plastic bags and recycle them after a few days of use.

Photo courtesy of Asal Yusupova

himself on the down-low, producing for only those that can fully appreciate his music. O’Brien states, “I take my music seriously, and I like to keep my lyrics relatable for those who have gone through hardships in their life. I don’t just rap about getting money and girls, that’s not what I’m about.” A close friend of O’Brien, sophomore Oakley Herrewig, says, “Dillon is one of my best friends, we’ve been friends for years now, and I feel so comfortable around him. He makes the mood lighter, and never judges. Those that are his friends are beyond lucky.”

Photo courtesy of Lexi Jewell

2012 graduate Lexi Jewell pies Mrs. Peyton at the 2012 Spring Carnival

On Saturday, May 10th at 1:00 p.m. the annual Spring Carnival will be held by the Student Council Association. The Carnival will host numerous events such as the annual PowderPuff tournament featuring class v.s. class flag football action, a music festival with student performers, male cheerleader performances, and many other fun games and activities run by the various clubs of Battlefield. Admission will be $2. Be sure to come out and enjoy yourselves Bobcats!

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The other side of the application pool A conversation with a JMU admissions counselor By Jayne Ross For most seniors, the anxiety of college applications has passed, and all that is left for them to do is to beam at acceptance letters or wait with bated breath for the mail to contain one. But for juniors, and perhaps even some particularly ambitious underclassmen, the reality of the impending college application process is beginning to sink in. It is daunting, and often students find themselves spending many a late night stressing about the year to come. This stress, says James Madison University admissions counselor Roger Burke, does not help anyone-- but preparing early can. Harrisonburg University, which is one of the biggest and most popular in the state, sees thousands of applications roll into its offices every year. Burke oversees all of the applications from Prince William County high schools, and Battlefield often turns out one of the biggest pools of applicants. “I tend to read one school at a time,” he says. “So for example, I read all of the Battlefield's at once.” What, then, makes it possible for one student to stand out over another? “Good academic rigor, good grades, and good SATs,” says Burke, who worked as a gymnastics coach at James Madison before moving into the admissions department. “Students need to challenge themselves as much as they can and still do well.” These words are enough to make some students practically quake with fear. Achieving a straight-A grade point average, high SAT score, and diploma chock-full of Advanced Placement classes seems a near-

impossible feat of multitasking. Fortunately, Burke and his fellow counselors understand this. “Of course we all want to have those perfect scores,” he says. “But do most students have five APs? Probably not. [And] it’s okay to have a C, or two, or even three. For each person, it’s a balancing act. And some people are different from others.” Academics are not the only role players in a student’s application, either. Extracurricular activities also count for something. What is important to remember, says Burke, is that extracurricular activities are just that: extra. “They aren’t the difference,” he emphasizes. “Be as involved and engaged as you can, but responsibility and level of commitment won’t undo poor academics.” Another crucial thing to remember is something that most seem to overlook, according to Burke. When students plan to transfer to a four-year college from Northern Virginia Community College, better known as NOVA, many fail to take into account that guaranteed admissions are only guaranteed for those with solid grades. “If you weren’t competitive as a senior,” he says, “How can you be more competitive as a transfer?” The hardest blow for a student to be deal is the cruel letdown of a rejection letter, especially when he or she seems to fit all of the aforementioned criteria. Even admissions counselors' own children cannot escape the occasional disappointment. Burke’s son, a current senior, did not get into his dream school. And for any student struggling to stomach a similar rejection, Burke has the same

words of advice that he gave to his son.“Be upset for an hour or two. It’s disappointing. But keep soldiering on and do your best,” he says. “If it works out, great. If not, find a good fit. It’s just rolling the dice.” Photo courtesy of www.jmu.edu

Roger Burke, assistant director of admissions at J.M.U., can be reached at burkerj@jmu.edu.

James Madison University's assistant director of admissions, Roger Burke

Youth Art Month Celebrating student creativity

By Celeste Chance Art is a subject that can appeal to just about anyone. Whether it be on an album cover, a piece of clothing or a drawing, there is always a message to be said. March marks youth art month, and with a community that harbors so much culture and creativity, it is important to display the work of students to keep the arts alive. Over the years budget cuts have occurred in various schools across the nation that eliminated art based programs in the classroom. Having a month dedicated to showcasing student’s creativity and talent makes for a good opportunity to prove why the arts are important. Some people may not realize the impact art can have on a community. Artists such as Jacob Lawrence depicted the everyday life of the Harlem Renaissance after many African-Americans had migrated from the rural south to the urban north. Another well known artist, Andy Warhol created the style “pop art” which revolutionized the way people viewed everyday objects such as a can of Campbell’s soup. Art is everywhere and is often

incorporated into everyday life. Before they became artists, they must first become students. Photography teacher Mrs. Goetz tries to instill the basics in her students when it comes to creating art and build off of that to make a strong piece. “When they’re creating art, I want them to see what a strong composition looks like and how color theory plays into the viewers emotions.” Something as small as changing the color of an image can have a different impact on the viewer. Many students pride themselves on their art work that they put a lot of time and effort in to get the final look they want. Promising young artists including Sophomores Julia Burks, Emma Curley and Kyla Carte are figuring out just how much goes into creating a good piece. “It takes forever” says Curley who simply put that an enormous amount of time is needed in order to have a good outcome. Another student who has shown great achievement in art over the years is Senior Hope Martin. From winning the 10th and 11th District Congressional Art Competition to having her CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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Ice Cats

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By Kayla Crocker

Kayla Crocker

“My mom said the first night I came back from the hospital I watched a hockey game with my dad. I was on the ice practically as soon as I could walk,” said senior Brian (Buzzy) Ganow. A moment on the ice is what these boys live for; it has given them a passion and a drive to be the best. The Battlefield High School Hockey Team known as the Ice Cats are a part of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL). This league is a non-associated high school ice hockey league separated into six teams; the Norris, Adams, Smythe, and Patrick

division and also the Junior Varsity and Middle School Division. The Battlefield team participates in the Norris Division along side with Chantilly, Freedom, Patriot, and Stone Bridge High Schools. “The team is a good group of guys they are fun to hang around, almost like brothers” said Nick Ludeman. Their love of hockey started at a young age. “I started playing at four because my friend played and I thought it was cool” said Andrew Gorny. “I’d play street hockey from dawn until dark with my buddies” said Buzzy. Hockey has given these players an opportunity to grow, Tim Spaulding said

2013-14 Ice Hockey Roster John Litscher #91 Andrew Gorny #16 Nick Ludeman #55 Matt Shellberg #3 Gabriel Irizarry #28 Brian Ganow #24 Tyler Ramos #85 Nelson Demarest #19

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Tim Spaulding #9 Michael DeJesus #29 Sean Hogan #14 Ethan highfill #71 Bryan Bruggeworth#11 Colin Cunningham #98 Kyle Henderson #35 Alex Hollinger #15

IceCat players (left to right) Kyle Henderson [Goalie] and Buzzy Ganow try to defend an O'Connel winger from scoring.

that, “Hockey has impacted my life because I have been able to meet a [diverse group] of people through it from places like Canada, Alaska, and all around the U.S.” According to Ludeman the best part of hockey is, “The competitive nature of it, I like to win and we win.” Ganow chimed in saying, “Hockey has always been and always will be my passion and I plan on playing it for the rest of my life.” Gorny said, “Hockey has impacted in helping me learn to play as a team, it has also lead to many medical issues.” The game does not come without risk of injury. According to expertmedicalcare.com concussions happen way too often nearly 15 percent of hockey players get concussions every year, but there is an increasing awareness for prevention. Ludeman, said “One of the worst things that has happened to me in a game is a concussion, I was knocked out.”

Their second playoff game, February 24th, started at 6:15 against the O’Connel Knights. The game was a close call the entire game at the the end of a chilly first period the Battlefield Ice Cats were down 2 an 0. In the second period they found a fighting spirit and were able to make two goals their first point completed by juniors Ludeman and assisted by John Litscher. By the the end of the second period the score stood at 2-3 with O’Connel in the lead. The third final is what it really came down to, with everyone tired but still willing to push on. The Knights were eventually able to sneak by and and get another goal but the Ice Cats did not go without a fight and also scored leaving the ice as losers with a 4-3 score finishing off their season at 7-3. “They are good competition, we should have won we played well skill wise, but we did make mistakes” said Gorny.

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Athletes vs. Academics Double the stress for student athletes

By Kiersten Plaugher, Lauren Reece, & Jordan Richardson worksheet is not usually what students want to do after a big game or a tough practice. Not only do they have to go to a two to three hour

and all the sports-related outings, coaches also tell the players to get a lot of sleep before the big game which is next to impossible when coming home to four

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On Twitter, student athletes commonly complain about too much homework, and too little time to do it. Is it really necessary for student athletes to have the same amount of homework? By playing sports and winning games their helping the overall well being of the school anyway. According to U.S. News, “More than 7.6 million students play high school sports.” This also means that 7.6 million students have struggled with completing essays or homework before they go off to practice or a big game. What if a law was passed that would ie help athletes, a law that would allow in-season athletes to have less, or even no, homework. Would it be fair for everyone? Junior Josh Martin says, “It's harder to do deal with the homework load when you're in season because of practice and games. Although dismissing it would help relieve stress and could raise grades.” Coming home to finish an essay and math

hours worth of home work. Freshman Ashley Marchand states, “It’s not fair, because we still need to learn. You’re a student first, athlete second.” Most people would

argue that student athletes need to learn how to balance the workload, that they need to know what they are putting themselves through, before they commit to the team. Most students agree that once their grades dip it is almost impossible to bring them back up. It also requires a lot of extra time before and after school with teachers to get them up once again. Sophomore, Veronica Stalker says, “They signed up for the sport, they need to accept the responsibility.” Not only is the student balancing schoolwork and sports, but what about family time? It is tough for an athlete to complete everything needed and to be an excellent student, a loving child, and a promising athlete. Adam Parker, a senior, says “It’s not really fair for kids who aren’t playing a sport to have more homework because they may have other clubs or activities.” Whether a law gets passed or not, student athletes should be applauded for their hard work and dedication to the school, and

practices, they may also have to attend team dinners, or mandatory meetings. On top of that, most games end too late for the athlete to do anything other than coming home and sleeping. Hayley Gibson takes a break from her studies after a hard track Adding to the stress workout.

Anti-homework “petitions” like this one for athletes are popular on Twitter. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Plaugher

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Kuleyo's: “There is a difference” A business loved by Bobcats By William Winstead IV Our community has always been place in which everyone looks out for one another, from the neighborhood mom who ensures the safety of the neighborhood kids horsing around to the business owner’s who give discounts to the local school’s sports teams. Everyone works together to create an environment in which all people are cared for. Kuleyo’s is no exception. The owner of Kuleyo’s, Fadia Kuley Gobbi emphasized this point stating “We’re here for the community. We’ve held numerous events and fundraisers to help support Battlefield, and the neighboring communities of Dominion Valley, Piedmont, Evergreen, etc. We are glad to help out the community.”

As one can expect, Kuleyo’s has drawn a large following from the students at Battlefield and has recently become she believed the team deserved it. Only further proving how great the rapport is between the store of Kuleyo’s and Battlefield. In another case, the Kuleyo’s owner helped contribute to the Battlefield lacrosse team’s mulch fundraiser. Kuleyo’s, established in October of 2012, is located in the Market Square across from the Dominion Valley complex. The family owned business is run by the owner, Fadia Kuley Gobbi, who also works as a substitute teacher at Battlefield. “I actually met the owner during my freshman year here. She had been my

sub for Sports Marketing class early that year.” mentioned Challberg. Gobbi is originally from the city of Annandale. Where her parents ran a local pizza shop called Andy’s Homemade Pizza. As an aside Gobbi recounted the influence of her parents on the community in which they were located, stating “My dad used to cook the football team's meals there.” Gobbi stated “I opened up out here for two reasons, I wanted to open a business similar to that of my parents and I had already learned of the fantastic community located here.” Hopefully, Battlefield can prove to make this community even better.

Photo courtesy ofFadia Kuley Gobbi

Senior Jamison Glover and other members of the varsity basketball team enjoy a quick treat before practice.

Earth Day: the initiation of Spring Time

From origin to now

By Jacob Baker It’s finally spring. The cold is gone, and it is finally nice out. Flowers begin to bloom and the birds are singing. People can finally appreciate the weather again. and with spring, comes Earth Day, April 22. A day where the planet can finally get the care it deserves The modern environmentalist movement began in April 1970. During that year, most Americans were more concerned with the war in Vietnam and protesting than saving the environment. In the years before that, Americans did not pay much attention to the environment. However

after U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed a 1969 oil spill in California, he decided something must be done about the environmental problems. Using the anti-war movement as a platform, he raised public awareness about the environmental problems. On April 22 1970, Americans of all ages participated in rallies across the nation to show they all cared for Earth. Ever since then, people have been celebrating Earth Day. Freshman Ryan Stevenson recalls Earth Day last year. “Me and a friend went around the neighborhood

and picked up a ton of trash and litter. We filled up several trash bags full.” He laughed as he recalled the memory. “I’m excited to do something similar this year.” Though many people enjoy Earth day, they believe it is not as well respected as it should be. Junior Emma Pointer says “I wish more people cared about Earth day. It’s a wonderful idea, but it seems not a lot of people participate in it.” This is partly true. Holidays like Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving are mentioned a lot, but Earth day is rarely if ever mentioned with these.

Pointer is right in the fact that Earth day should be more celebrated. Senior Connor Booth says, “Earth Day is awesome! It’s a wonderful time where people can come together and show they care.” He also said he really liked the natural beauty of Earth. There are many events going on in northern Virginia in celebration of Earth Day. One example is the Earth Day parade in Haymarket on April 13. There are also many ways you can help out at home. Bobcats should show their pride this Earth day and try going green.

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Bobcats

POEM

A sincere

Happy Mothers' Day By Kendra Anderson

Mothers are the sweetest, the most delicate of all they know more of paradise and will pick anyone up when they fall they are full of compassionate thoughts and fully pure actions actions that appear in a heartbeat even when you call Mothers are the caregivers the friend, companion, full of loyalty they’re the person you can confide in and shows no signs of cruelty Mothers only wants what’s best no matter how much it hurts they put their dreams aside and focus on your passions first So mothers are the sweetest, t he most delicate of all they deserve all the adoration as they stand proud and tall they’ve molded us into exquisite potteries that were first just chunks of clay but now we have the chance to say “I love you” and show our appreciation on Mother’s day!

break bad habits

By Jordan Richardson & Lauren Reece Everyone picks up bad, pesky habits. Luckily these ideas should help the students of Battlefield break these habits. Chase Healey, a senior, said, “I have always had a hard time with little habits that I have picked up, and I would love to know a quick and easy way to break them.” According to forbes.com, the best way to break a habit is to first have social acceptance and defiance. That will help the person to understand that having a habit is bad, and to realize that they need to quit. Emily Sorace, a freshman, says, “I used to have a really bad habit of biting my nails, but I decided to get fake nails for homecoming and that helped me to stop.” According to Web MD, every single habit can be broken. If it is possible to notice what habit the person has and under what circumstances and what they are doing, it is possible to find the feelings behind it, then being able to figure out why its being done. If someone is a nail biter, then they should try

gum. If they are knuckle crackers, then they should try to keep their hands busy whenever they feel the urge to crack them. Veronica Stalker, a sophomore, says, “I have never had a habit that was too bad, so my advice to anyone that has one is to just gradually break free from it.” Research suggest that sometimes the environment can cause us to have certain behaviors. So an important step for someone trying to break a habit should change their perspective on life, and try to notice if certain places or people cause them to continue with their habit. Kila Lampert, a junior said, “I understand that having bad habits must be so difficult, but I really believe that if someone really wants to stop, that they will be able to, and they will have the willpower to break it. There are many habits that a person can have, and they are all difficult to break, but with time and strength, every person is capable of breaking their habit. Cover Story

Senior shines at 2014 Prince William County Water Art Invitational By Jayne Ross Each year, the Prince William County Service Authority invites the county's students to create and submit artwork that conveys the message that “Water is life. Water is precious.” For a Battlefield senior who took home one of their biggest prizes, the

competition was simply another reason to express herself through her favorite medium– not that she needed any more. Victoria Hurlburt, whose piece (featured on the cover) won first place in the “traditional” category at this year's Water Art Invitational, has been passionate about art since she was in grade school,

getting more serious around fourth or fifth grade. “I like the idea of making something whimsical out of a real thing,” says Hurlburt of her art style. Her prizewinning piece depicts a series of floating islands, all connected by streams of water falling from various pipes and puddles. “I like making things look like they

came from a storybook, but still realistic. Like an observation that's skewed.” For Hurlburt, art is the best kind of reality anyway. “Unlike how most people express themselves through talking,” she says, “art is how I speak. It's how I express myself.”

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From suffrage to sovereignty Celebrating the women who changed history By Maggie Ashe, Claire Capasso, and Alyssa Estrellado March is dedicated solely to the amazing history of women who have fought for their dreams and goals to be fulfilled. The month honors beautiful and courageous women such as Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride, and Susan B. Anthony. Nowadays it does not seem like a big day to celebrate, however if you look back you will see exactly how far women have come. Patricia Davila, a secretary at the front office, explains,

“Women’s History Month is important because young girls need to know they can

rights? Susan B. Anthony was an important player in

Women can do anything if they put their minds to it. be anything they want to be. They need to be empowered.” Back in the 1800’s, women could not vote, take place in office, or even walk to certain places on Sundays. How did women gain these

1821: Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to get a medical degree and also advocated for the education of medicine for women.

women's suffrage. Now women can do almost anything a man can do. “I’ve admired the first women’s Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. I got to interview her in high school because I was on the

school newspaper staff. She was encouraging. Even back in the 80’s, she was already telling young girls you can be anything you want to be. It’s great to a be a stay at home mom or the President. Be what you want to be.” Davila states. The history of women’s rights is quite a story. With such a long back story, it’s no wonder that women have such a role in life today. Women can do anything if they put their minds to it.

1951: Sally Ride was the first American woman in space and flew twice on the Challenger.

1972: Mia Hamm was the youngest person to make the U.S. women's soccer team.

1897: Amelia Earhart was is the first female to fly solo and around the Atlantic Ocean

1820: Harriet Tubman was a union spy during the civil war and helped rescue 300 slaves through the underground railraod

“Young girls need to know they can be anything they want to be. They need to be empowered.”

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The first day of spring By Kendra Anderson Spring has officially begun! Even though the winter snow hasn't left. “I am absolutely done with the snow and am ready for the spring and summer. The snow is just getting really annoying now,” says junior Samantha Perara. It shouldn't be long before the air warms up and the beautiful flowers start to bloom though. With the way that the weather has been, the arrival of the warm spring air will simply be later this year. The spring season is full of many transformations. The temperature rises to a much more bearable degree, as opposed to mother nature’s last few months of absolute freezing surrond-

ings. According to almanac.com, “spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20 at 12:57pm.” “I honestly did not know when the spring season officially started,” says junior Rachel Antonious. A trend true for most BHS students. As it is true that some people celebrate the first day of spring on March 21st, “the spring season starts one day earlier, March 20th, in all time zones in North America,” according to huffingtonpost.com. The question that many people might have going through their heads is why do people celebrate spring on March 21 when the first day is March 20? It appears to be a tradition throughout some parts of America. “To be honest, I always thought that spring started on the 20th,

but, that’s only because I honestly just like even numbers better than odd,” says junior Sara Roselius. People celebrate spring in many ways. Some celebrate it by throwing a small party at a lake, enjoying a nice day outside in the sun. Whether it is having a meal or taking comfort in the sun with people, it all means the same thing which is enjoying the warm weather that has finally come. When the season of spring comes around, the lovely flowers start to bloom, the colorful birds come into view, the areas of small ponds unfreeze from the cold precipitation and starts to flow a beautiful color of dark blue. “Usually, when the word spring comes to my mind, I

often think of butterflies, grass and the sun, rolling down hills, like in those enchanted movies,” says Antonious. The word spring can bring on many imaginations along with those that eliminates the cold bitter atmosphere that pollutes the air in the winter. However, for those with allergies, spring is a definite wake up call for immune systems. The excess pollen leaves allergic people with running noses, watery, irritated eyes and even sore throats. People, spring could be a time for loading up on vitamins and eyedrops. Spring may have its drawbacks to health with a shift in allergies, but primarily it is a positive season of new beginnings and growth of nature.

Cliques: the killer of high school By Savannah Bednash Cliques: an everyday part of high school. All through elementary, middle, and high school, students sit through anti-bullying assemblies, hearing about how cliques are detrimental to everyones emotional well being. It is a proven fact that the formation of cliques during middle and high school years are a major cause of bullying, as cliques cause the exclusion of people who do not fit into that certain group. Cliques can also lead to unfavorable activities. People argue that cliques are the sole cause of bullying, yet kids still hang out with a particular group, ignoring the warnings. No one thinks to themselves, “I’m only going to hang out with these people and I will purposely

exclude the rest.” Students are going to naturally gravitate towards one group that they fit in with. “I just sort of fall into place with a certain group. I think we all do,” says sophomore Nicole Ganow. “I would say there are a lot of them at our school,” Ganow continues in reference to cliques. Yes, the formation of cliques is known to cause bullying. On the other hand, can there also be some positives to the “oh so bad” clique? Psych Central’s website says that teenagers, “turn to their peers for guidance, acceptance, and security.” Teenagers will go to the group that will help them get through the tough and sometimes stressful high school years. “I

turn to my friends for help with pretty much anything,” says sophomore Mary Alice Patsolasaviss. While there may be a few kids that are excluded, almost all kids will fit into a group somewhere. This group will have the same interests and provides a space where they do not feel insecure. “Cliques can make people feel involved with their friends,” remarks sophomore Paris Casey. Although cliques are typically seen as the thing that causes so much emotional distress for teenagers, are they also a stress reliever? A group of friends can most definitely get a teenager through a day of school. “They [friends] are very important in my life. They bring me up when I’m feeling

down,” explains sophomore Sam Mosle. Cliques can be benefit kids, but only on a few conditions. “Cliques are not bad if they are not exclusive,” says sophomore Kyla Carte. It is perfectly normal to have a group of friends, but the problem with the common high school clique is that so many students end up with hurt feelings and low self esteem. “I don’t mind cliques when I am incorporated in them. Otherwise, cliques come off as exclusive, even when the people in them do not mean it that way,” says Casey. The problem with cliques it the people who do not accept others into the clique, not the clique itself.

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On the outside looking in

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By Kendra Anderson I could see her, but I have no clue what she was thinking. She sat there, reading the book in her hand. I don't know her, but to me, it seems as if her life is perfect. Perfect grades - from what I know - she sits right behind me in AP English. She has a good amount of friends that she is always laughing with, and she sure is pretty and is always smiling. But what if that’s just an image? After all, I am on the outside looking in. There are many smiling students walking in the hallways, talking at lunch, and laughing in classrooms. Sometimes it seems as if no one is sad, or is going through troubled times. Nearly every day, mondays through fridays,

the building is filled with talking, and laughter. There seems to not be a quiet area in the school, as if absolutely every staff member and students is filled with happiness. “There seems to be a lot of happy people around in this school,” says senior Brooke Ganet. However, as we all know, that is not the case. We never really know what is truly going on in someone's life unless they tell us themselves. In some cases, we never know if someone is having a bad day just by appearance. It is just a show being put on for the six hours that we have in school. Not knowing the hardships of others, technically is not our business, however we can affect the situation either

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positively or negatively, just by doing one single act. “I feel really good when someo-ne is nice to me on a bad day, because honestly, it seems as if I always have bad days,” says junior Ophelia Anwah. Doing one kind act to someone can really turn their day around. It can be as small as just saying “hi” to them in the hallways and asking them how their day is going, even if we do not know them. It does indeed make a huge difference. “When I see someone having a bad day or when I’m just nice to them and not aware of their bad day until they tell me, I feel like a good citizen. It makes me feel really good, just to know that I made their day a tad bit better than

Scouting, Yes or No?

By Ashley Chapman & Jenna Spedden

March 12th is National Girl Scouts Day. Girl Scout Week is also celebrated in early March. “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” according to the Girl Scouts website. They

before,” says Ganet. One act can really make an impact and not only on students, but adults also. According to Oprah.com “one small thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day.” It wasn't until I knew her that I realized that everything was not always perfect for her. Besides the fact that she knew how to hide her hardships, I was happy to know that I had made some of her days more bearable and now I realize that there is a whole lot more that a person is feeling than just their appearance for those six hours in school.

strive to reach their full potential while developing values and life skills. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts, and more than 59 million American women have enjoyed Girl Scouting to this day.

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Scrumptious In honor of National School Breakfast Week By Riley Beresford

Pink, sprinkled, filled and glazed prepare to be amazed, beautiful golden brown square, pour the syrup with care, milk filled to the rim of a cup, eggs cooked sunny side up, pancakes fluffy and rich, a side of crumbling danish, a spiral, warm, toasty and dribbling cream, cinnamon rolls bring to the smile a great wide beam, but never forget the food that has you awaken' the good ol' smell of delicious bacon.

Springing into Spring By Kelsey Ainslie & Jessica Kronzer Cruises, college tours, road trips and many more! High schoolers go on exciting adventures during their spring breaks. Some of these adventures include college tours, cruises, and even trips to Europe. Freshman Dana Parker is not planning on going on a crazy adventurous trip this spring break, but said “My favorite [spring break] was in 2012 when I went to Bermuda because I got to swim with dolphins.” Parker went on an exotic cruise to Bermuda and had lots of fun playing with dolphins. Parker has future plans for spring break saying “I want to go to Paris.” Many students dream of visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris,France. Sophomore ,Kyla Carte, shared her plans for spring break this year, “I’m going on a cruise to the Bahamas.”

As far as her favorite memory from spring break, Carte thought for a moment before she answered, “Going to Key West; that was awesome.” Even after a few exotic trips, Carte wants to explore the world in future spring breaks. She wants to “go Italy and go to Ireland.” Spring break is a great time to explore the world and other cultures. Sophomore, Hayley Gibson, explained her plans, “I’m going to the Bahamas on a cruise with three of my friends.” The Bahamas is a popular destination for teens on spring break. She opened up about her favorite spring break memory, “The coolest thing I’ve done is probably camping.” Camping is also a common way to enjoy spring break in the outdoors. Kelly Isbell, a freshman, shared about her adventure during spring break last year, “The coolest thing I’ve ever done for spring break

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was visit Paris.” Isbell said “I’ve always wanted to go skiing outside of the Eastern U.S.” This year Kelly Isbell said she will be “going on some college tours.” College tours are a popular way to spend spring break and plan ahead for the future. Even after exciting life changing trips, when asked about her favorite spring break memory,

Isbell answered “even though it was a little bit after the break, it was getting my dog, Angel.” Spring break is an exciting time for teenagers and their families or friends, to explore new things and make good memories. This year people have many plans for spring break but also have hopes for future years.

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Play hard, work... less? Putting more focus on creativity in schools By Alyssa Estrellado Do adults even use Physics or Trigonometry in their daily lives? Less work and more play is exactly what children need. Playing and creativity are things no school can teach a child. These things are the solutions that all of us will face when we enter adulthood. When it comes down to it, do we even really need most of our higher level education for our day-today problems? Jada Ho, freshman, says ”I think basic math will be needed, but unless you are going into a technical field in math or sciences the you probably won’t need it.” When you look back on past generations in America, the amount of freedom they had surpasses far more than the amount we have had. Our parent's generation did not wear seatbelts and stayed out till it got dark, and no one really cared. They could go out and do whatever they wanted even at the youngest of ages. Even further back in the 50s specifically, their school lasted six hours and consisted of two half-hour recesses and a one hour lunch break. Our generation has never had the amount of freedom that so many before us have. We couldn’t go out and play all day and night without being supervised by that one neighborhood mom. Our parents have raised us away from harm so that we’ll never get hurt. We could be sheltered, because all the bad things of societies have finally been exposed such as abduction, but also because we are facing new unknown things that our parents didn’t have much of… technology. The point is we have been so sheltered that none of us can actually say were prepared for adulthood. Amalia Estrellado, a

parent in the community, says, “I was a ‘latchkey’ which

“School is supposed to prepare us for the big wide world out there but there are some things that school education can’t fix in life.” is where your parents worked at the same time. My brother and I came home to an empty house, so we’d go play in the neighborhood, climb trees, and play tag.” “I have a good amount of freedom to make choices for myself, but on certain things my life is structured by my parents simply because I am not old enough to make decisions.” freshman Andrew Boyd says. Our education system is based purely on academics and not creativity. In fact, all over the world education systems are based on academia. Academics help with basic skills, and prepare us for our jobs. We have to be well rounded and aware, but creativity and the ability to be unique to stand out seem more important for our day to day lives in adulthood. School is supposed to prepare us for the big wide world out there but there are some things that school education can’t fix in life. Those things can’t fix an argument with the in-laws, how to work a dishwasher or a washing machine, or parenthood. Good judgement, past experience, creativity, and wisdom are skills that every teenager needs to move

forward into adulthood. More schools are adding a surplus of hours in schools, and are hoping test scores will go up. However, with all of this hard work studying, doing homework, and ensuring good grades, there’s no room for kids to be kids and to find themselves and their passion. School is preventing children to build and develop skills they’re actually going to carry into their future lives. For example, an author will probably never use Calculus or Physics for their job. However, they will use their experiences from their life to help write a novel and create characters and their stories. Creativity is everything and anything. Creativity can’t be taught and can’t be implanted.

However creativity can be killed and destroyed. When kids are young they imagine complex stories of dragons, fairies, and anything as, magical. Schools don’t focus enough on the arts or innovative subjects as they should. Are music and art programs funded as heavily as the sports team in every high school? Probably not, in fact music programs are disappearing one by one. They shouldn’t be though music to the brain is the equivalent of physical exercise for the body. This is why schools need more creativity, less hours, and less work.

YOUTH ART MONTH Continued from page 5 work displayed in the Capitol, no feat is too great for her. “ Many of my pieces are portraits, and I always try to portray genuine emotion in my work. I want the viewer to look at my drawing and see pain, sorrow, happiness, fear etc.” says Martin. “I want to capture every aspect of that person and that is why I invest so much time into my pieces and make sure they are extremely detailed.” According to Martin she can spend anywhere from six to eight hours on one piece. It is her determination and passion that has brought her so much success. As far as arts in the schools go, it is important to educate students about it for those wishing to pursue it and others who can learn to recognize it. “I wish every student would take an art class because art allows us to step away from our regular classes like math and English and channel our creativity,” says Martin. Art can help many students who may get overwhelmed with the stress of school work and need a class where they can channel those emotions.

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Smashburger... the new kid in town By Justin Michna & Andres Davila Just over in Gainesville, the restaurant hot spot for this area, is a new burger place that is trying to smash the other competitors from the start. Smashburger is a chain that has been found mostly on the West Coast but is slowly creeping its way into this side of the country, now in close competition with its local neighbor, Five Guys. The restaurant is a fast food eatery with classic American style food like burgers.The line to order is similar to another local place to eat, Qdoba, where people stand in a sectioned off area with booths backing up to them. The ordering experience is a very modern one to say the least. Freshman Nelson Ulloa said “I like the different features that

Smashburger has to offer and how they have a very successful and pleasant service.” The menu is shown on various digital screens with specials rotating on several slots. When ordering, the selected items are shown on a smaller screen attached to the cash register, making it easier to make sure the order is correct and seeing the prices clearly marked. The menu consists of various styles of burgers, chicken, salads and the usual sides. Sophomore Evan Snyder stated “I like the variety that Smashburger has to offer and how each has its different taste.”The burgers range from ones like the Classic Smash or the choice to create your own, to specialties like the local Capital burger. The chicken sandwiches have the exact same styles and

customization options. The salads are mixed with a multitude of veggies and can be added with chicken. The sides include french fries, Smashfries which are tossed with rosemary, garlic and olive oil. Also, there is fried onions, sweet potato fries and flash fried veggies. These options and a variety of special burgers give Smashburger an edge above the food options at Five Guys and other burger joints in the area. In partnership with Smashburger, Haagen-Dazs has created some delicious milkshakes, like Oreo and Butterfinger, and the chain now also offers root beer floats. These unique desserts add to

Smashburger's advantage. The food and the atmosphere scream “local hangout” for students and families alike. With its prime location and the availability of choices, Smashburger is overtaking Five Guys for the best mainly-burger joint in the Gainesville-Haymarket area.

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