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North Harford High School

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Volume 48, Issue 1

November 31, 2016

Bye Bye Birdie says hello to theater goers;

Fall musical features fun for all ages KIERNAN FURNESS News Editor On November 11 and 12 the cast of Bye Bye Birdie took to the stage to perform the fun and energetic musical. The show was directed by drama teacher, Nancy Green, choreographed by science teacher Christine Jestel and student Abby Renzulli, and the musical aspects were covered by chorus teacher, Angela Jones. The director stated that the overall show was “outstanding.” Renzulli agreed, claiming, “Oh I was so proud of everyone. It was so great; we all had so much fun and even if somebody messed up a move it was all okay because everyone had so much fun.” Green admitted that if she could have changed one thing it would have been “to fill up the house all three shows.” Despite the fact that the auditorium was not completely packed, the student choreographer stated, “I don’t know if I would want to change anything because it was

so great.” The cast was significantly smaller this year in comparison to previous musicals. However, they used it to their advantage, and Green commented that this cast stood out because “their ensemble ethic was incredible.” Renzulli described the process of choreographing as requiring “hours of work.” “Over the summer I worked on it a little bit and I choreographed a lot. Like maybe a number or two, but then I had Mrs. Jestel help me and she fixed some things and then we taught it. Renzulli claims that work even had to be put in outside of school, “I would have to outside of school think of the moves, but then during school teach them and that just took a whole lot of time.” When asked how she came up with the dance moves used in the show, the junior answered “I just took anything that I knew fit well with the music, and I would play the music and then just whatever came out of my body- like I just

felt the music and then it just came to me. I don’t really know how it works.” When asked if she would participate in choreographing a similar event anytime in the future, Renzulli responded with “for sure.” In addition to the hours of work put in from the choreographers, musical director, and the director, effort also went into the show from behind the scenes. “We have a team of nine teachers and we have students from all walks of life and all different areas around the school: from the art guild to the stage crew to the tech crew to the performers to the kids in the pit who worked tirelessly for months and months to work and collaborate on one production. Which is what makes it so great because there’s so many people involved,” commented Green. The drama teacher concluded by saying, “It was way fun and it was a comedy when everybody needed to laugh.”

Junior Garrett Thomas, performs as Conrad Birdie, while the rest of the cast surrounds him, playing their part as adoring fans, throughout this high-energy song “Honestly Sincere”. Photo credit: Julia Birchfield

Hawks give back to honor former student KYLE RUSSELL SCC Editor

Erin Katherine Drumm passed away last year after a short battle with leukemia. Now NHHS is continuing to keep the memory of Erin alive and well.. Drama teacher Mrs. Nancy Green said the book drive that NH is hosting in partnership with the Drumm family is one way to honor Erin since “reading was one of her great passions.” “Mrs. Drumm approached me and asked me if we could do a holiday book drive and donate to students in hospitals who really need the gift of a good book and what is tremendously great about this is that all of our elementary and middle schoolers are also on board,” said Geen. The amount of people participating in this drive is immense according to Green. “You can just see the books piling up everywhere: in my room, at the middle school, elementary school, and in the office. So we

are just going to send these to the hospitals and shelters with truckloads of books. This is so great because it’s just a nice way to honor Erin.” Junior Abby Renzulli said, “Erin loved to read and I think all of the posters that say ‘Erin Drumm book drive’ will really spread her good character and keep the memory of her alive because I am taking them places. I took them to my dance studio and I have a whole box of books to bring in and I am just collecting them from everywhere because I know she would love it and her mom really appreciates it.” Green added, “I think one of the things that anyone can agree with the fact that in a difficult time or challenging time one thing that anyone can do is to pick up a good book and sort of escape whatever troubles that they are having.” Senior Hannah Herron agrees. “I think the book drive shows how much she loved books and reading. I just remember that she always had a new book

with her every single day. She would always recommend me books and I read most of them and they were really good.” Students and teachers agree that this is a really fitting way to remember Erin “because she was always wanting to talk about books.” In addition to the book drive, there are other memorials planned for Erin. “We have the beautiful book marks, so that everyone who wanted one can always remember her when they are reading. We also had a tribute for her in the program of Bye Bye Birdie and the orches-

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tra played “Think of Me” and our chorus sang that to open the musical on all three shows cause we really missed her,” said Green. “We really felt her in our hearts during the show and always.” The drama teacher also said that this spring they are continuing the Erin Drumm Leadership Award, “which will continue for as long as there is ITS and drama in this school,” A year since the passing of this good friend and teammate, some students still find it hard to accept that she is gone. Renzulli said “[it’s] Unreal. That’s really the only word for it, just super unreal; it just feels like she should be here or like she is just on a long vacation. I think about her a lot. It made it harder for me being swim season and play season because I’ve just really been thinking about her a lot, especially when the played the beautiful tribute in the beginning of the show It just made me think about everything that I appreciate and how much I miss her.” Herron

added. “It doesn’t seem real because I’ve known her since elementary school. We went to the same church, we did CCD together, we did lacrosse, basketball, soccer, swimming, the play literally everything and I feel like she is still on vacation and I’m going to see her on the pool deck. So she was in so many things and did so much for the musicals and swim team. I don’t think it makes it harder because it’s always been hard, but it just shows how much we miss her.” There are other opportunities coming up to remember Erin. On December 19 at Magnolia Middle, the swim team will be dedicating the meet to Erin. Herron says, “We encourage everyone to come out and help us remember a great friend.” “Think of Me” was Erin’s favorite song and at the students of North Harford are all thinking of her. “I think if we all contribute to it, then the memory of her will stay alive forever,” said Renzulli.

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Music contributes to academic achievement Support North Harford by Photo credit: Emily Rinaca HANNAH EYLER Columnist With many schools around the country facing budget cuts, music programs are often the first to go. Although music may seem like a pastime and otherwise unimportant to overall education, it is not the case. Music classes add a dynamic to education that other classes simply can’t offer. Being a member of a choir, band, or orchestra allows students to be part of a team with other kids who share similar interests and are working at the same goal. They’re put in an environment where everyone encourages and supports each other. After working for months on pieces of music

to prepare for a concert, the night finally comes when all their hard work pays off. It’s amazing what can be accomplished by a group and being a part of that group, you’re partially responsible for the remarkable outcome. This teaches kids the power people have when they stand together, an important factor to understand even beyond the classroom. According to The Arts Education Partnership, music is even known to benefit kids in their main courses like English, math, and science as it produces creative thinking. If a student is looking for what to write their English essay on or how to solve this tricky math problem, they’ll be able to think abnormally in order to find a creative solution that most students wouldn’t consider. Music is made to be interpreted and the same song could mean so many different things to different people. There is no “right” answer. A piece of music will never sound the same if a person listened to different recordings of it since everyone has their own interpretation. If everybody had the same thoughts we would never evolve as a society. Problems would never be solved be-

cause nobody would consider a different solution. This type of creative thinking is necessary to a progressive world. Many teenagers are insecure and lack the self-confidence needed for them to function at their highest potential. Through music, kids are given the opportunity to become more certain of themselves. When given a piece of music, it may be challenging or out of their comfort zone. If worked on day to day, they’ll become more and more familiar with it and eventually will perfect the piece. A once seemingly impossible task is mastered, showing kids their capability. This shows kids that no matter the challenge, it can be obtained through hard work and dedication. Associated with the performing aspect of music, many experience uneasiness about getting up on stage. Once they build up the courage and they’re able to share their creation or interpretation of a song and they see that others agree with the sounds they make, they’re reassured in their abilities. And that is worth every second of time, energy and resources that can be spent to ensure those moments can and should happen.

New, improved lifestyle of living healthy, feeling great VIEWPOINT In today’s world, the perfect body is desired. As a result, many people aspire to be skinny, to have abs, and to be fit because they believe that is the ticket to happiness and success. Many people do next to nothing to get the body that they want, and still expect to see results, but that is not the case. People do not realize that in order have what they consider the perfect body takes time and energy. Do not simply sit on a couch and eat junk food and expect to see results. According to the U.S. Department of Health, the obesity rate in America is 35.7 percent but rapidly growing. One out of every three kids is considered obese or overweight and

68.8 percent of adults are overweight, 35.7 percent are obese and 6.3 percent have extreme obesity. It is obvious that the epidemic of obesity continues to grow at an alarming rate. Though the desire to have the perfect body is present and encouraged by media, celebrities, and other avenues, not enough Americans are motivated to get moving to make that ideal a reality. And getting fit should not just be about looking good for the sake of vanity. If nothing else, getting healthy might just save someone’s life. Many obese people have high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and which often leads to having strokes. Not only that, according to the U.S. Department of Health,

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obesity attributes to 112,000 deaths in America per year. Is that enough to make the world want to stay healthy? Even if exercise is not an option, eating healthy is and that can help to reduce these medical conditions. Where do we start? How about joining a gym, avoiding snacking or binge eating, throwing away ALL of the junk food in the pantry, and buying healthy fresh food. Many people have had personal experiences where within 2 weeks of working out and eating healthy the results show. Even more importantly, people feel happy, healthy, and proud of their accomplishments. They can finally stop complaining and live their life without worrying about their body image.

News Editors: Kiernan Furness Bethany Birchfield Opinion/Editorial Editor: Marissa Ramsland Features Editor: Amanda Scarboro IDR Editor: Maria Kropkowski Society, Students & Culture Editor: Kyle Russell Copy Editor: Darby Hyde Video Manager: Emily Miller

supporting Cry of the Hawk If you find it much easier to be critical than constructive, take a minute to do a little soul searching and consider putting YOURSELF in our position. YOU haven’t accepted the challenge of working in the public eye day in and day out. YOU haven’t made the choice to bring your talent to this staff. YOU haven’t found a way to tell the stories that no one else knows. YOU have not exercised the courage it takes to write pieces that address topics in a meaningful (and sometimes controversial) ways. YOU haven’t interacted with some the most important and influential people in this school and this county. YOU haven’t had the opportunity to travel to interesting locations, listen to amazing speakers, attend brilliant workshops, and earn recognition from professionals in the field. And the bigger question is: Why not? My guess- you either don’t want to work that hard or you are afraid of putting yourself out there because you fear what other people might say. So that live broadcast you may criticize or that newspaper that you might carelessly throw awaythink twice about doing that. Everything you see and hear there is produced by students who have one thing in common: A passion for doing something bigger than themselves. And while your critiques and negative comments sometimes make us angry and frustrated, it also confirms what we already know: Some people are comfortable from the side lines; and then there’s us. We’re comfortable leading the way, even if means we weather bumps along the way and it gives us a great oppurtunity to expose outselves to different types of people. Whether or not you agree with what we do in journalism there is a spot for you on staff. We look for motivated and passionate people who want their voices to be heard. If you are one of these people stop by room D208 and give journalism a chance.

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JESSICA CARNIVALE Columnist North Harford High School comes out with a monthly newsproduces ten times a year. The purpose of the Cry of the Hawk is to spread news, feature students and staff, and share opinions on current events. The journalism staff works incredibly hard on newspaper and they take very personally their efforts and their reader’s reactions. If you have been reading the paper in the past or even this year, we hope that you have learned a thing or two that you might not have known otherwise. When we choose story ideas, we have YOU in mind. There are tons of wonderful events going on at North Harford and the journalism staff tries their best to cover all of them. Journalism is an embodiment of school spirit. We want everyone participating in every school event to be featured. We want those of you who have interesting hobbies to get noticed. We want to feature academic success and athletic accomplishments. While we appreciate the attention, gratitude, and support of so many of readers, we would encourage ALL students and staff to take a few minutes each month to check out what they’ve been missing. And if you miss us in print, you have no excuse to be uninformed; check us out online at or on Twitter @HAWKREPORTER. Not enough? We’re on Instagram too- HAWKSREPORTER. There are a large percentage of you who are reading the paper and discussing the topics we cover and we love it. We want to hear your feedback- in fact we encourage it and expect it. We want to understand what you find compelling and do more of it. That’s what good journalism does. Our message for you is this:

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New president elected; Trump wins White House America- the land of the free, home of the brave, where liberty and the American dream are basic rights for American citizens. President Barack Obama was elected for two four year terms, and in that time some people rejoiced and loved the fact that he was elected president, while others cried and said that was the worst possible thing that could have happened. Eight years later, the Republican party is still alive (and thriving, actually). Even if Republicans disagreed with Obama’s viewpoints, they still respected him as president without rioting after he was elected. It is no secret that this 2016 election has caused a lot of stress on many people after almost a year and a half of hard-fought politics. And most everyone is looking to take a long, long break from this election and the shenanigans that accompanied it. Regardless of where we cast our ballot, this election had its winner. Even if we don’t agree with the outcome, Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America. To all of those opposed to Mr. Trump, it is time to accept that he is our new president. There is a time to grieve, and it’s understandable for some people to be hurt and disappointed. But that anger and frustration

should not be our focus. The focus now should be on what happens next. Four years lay ahead and that’s a lot of time to make progress and to exact change. Regardless of who we voted for, we all ought to want to be better off in four years than we are right now. Let’s hope that the citizens of the US remember, we need for Donald Trump and his officials to be successful so that WE are successful. Expecting him to fail, expecting him to do harm is like taking the air out of the tire before going on a long trip. You are destined to end up in a dangerous situation on the side of the road watching the rest of the world move on by without any concern for or about you. The election is over and Trump won the electoral college. While Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote, it is not the first time a candidate has lost the election because of the electoral college. The system has been the same for centuries, so don’t say the system is unfair just because you don’t like the electing president who won because of it. The thing is, you can’t win them all... unless you are a republican. This year the GOP won control over the house, senate, and the presidency. This could be good for everyone, republican or demo-

crat, because it’s a shift of power. A lot of tremendous change can happen from this. Good, tremendous change. Speaking of change, it’s time for us to unite as a country. Using the hashtag ‘NOT MY PRESIDENT’ on social media is not only disrespectful, but it’s ineffective. Along with this hashtag, protests

people back with his views, being hateful right back to the man who is claimed to be very hateful is hypocritical and is not helping. The more rioting that occurs, the more dismantled this country will become. Many who hate Trump with a burning passion won’t even accept the fact that he was elected and are in denial that he won. If we can’t even accept our own president, how are we going to be able to accept anything else as a country? Our first step to make our country better has to be at least accepting that Trump is president whether you like it or not, because we can’t do anything until everyone has accepted reality. Even Hillary Clinton agrees and she even said, “We must accept these results and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” Obama also made similar remarks “[We, the American people] are all rooting for a success in uniting and leading the country.” Regardless of Trump being president, we can still make improve as a country if Americans came together and changed the country, specifically society, for

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have happened such as people blocking highway traffic with arms raised. Protesting isn’t bad, but blocking highway traffic isn’t exactly productive. Trump won, and it’s understandable that some don’t like him. Still, everyone has to get up in the morning and go to work. Rioting and being disrespectful won’t get the US anywhere as a nation, it will only set the American people back. Besides, protesting is not going to make Hillary Clinton president. Just like others may think that Trump will set the American

the better. Instead of spewing complaints about Trump on social media and setting American flags on fire, Americans could use his deemed hatred as encouragement to make the country better. Citizens can come together and prove to the world that regardless of who the American leader is and what his views are, Americans as a society are an accepting community that will not deny anyone based on skin color, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Although things Trump has said in the past have indicated that he is not as open-minded as the country should be, that does not mean Americans can’t rise above and overcome the hatred some have thought our country has been doomed to. Trump even said in his acceptance speech, “No dream is too big, no challenge is too great.” No one is asking Hillary supporters to fall in love with President elect Trump, but we do owe it to him to give him a chance just as we have with every previous president. Wanting or expecting him to fail is not going to change the fact that he is the person in charge. We must hope for the best from him because regardless of political affiliation, we all have ONE thing in common: The desire to live and prosper in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Changing world, internet;

Student’s spirits too high One step at a time about being under influence VIEWPOINT Breaking news: Students are making poor decisions because they have nothing better to do. Granted this is no new occurrence, and it is a topic that is relatable and current through the ages, but does that mean it’s a bright idea to drink and do drugs until dawn every weekend? No. No, it doesn’t. The after homecoming stories this year were “legendary”, and “wicked” according to the whispers and rumors in the hallways. Wait no, those weren’t whispers at all. They were rather excited and loud bragging voices. Monday was filled with students bragging about how smashed they got, how they ended up getting a chair on the roof of a house, and who they may or may not have “hooked up” with over the weekend because they just can’t seem to remember what happened. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention, “excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year.” Sure it may be true that one beer won’t kill you, but driving while under the influ-

ence of that one beer is a different story. At that point the abuser is not only putting themselves at risk but also the hundreds of people on the roads around them. That is no bragging matter. When under the influence of alcohol, decision making is impaired. One might think they would never in a million years make the decision of driving under the influence or experimenting with illegal drugs, but when someone is impaired the decision is not up to them. It is up to the influenced version of themselves. The decision that could end a person’s life in an instant is too often made by a delirious, and wasted teenager. Talk about a problem starter. When classmates tell the story of their crazy party night, it is not told with regret, guilt, or even a little bit of hesitation. When the all too pathetic story of their getting smashed is told, It is illustrated with pride and satisfaction as if drinking life away is the peak of their career as a human being. Congratulations to the classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 because apparently most of them have “peaked”! At least according to their posts on social media.

Are people forgetting that colleges, future bosses, and teachers can all see their posts? It doesn’t matter if the picture is on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, or vsco. That photo is always there and will always be accessible. So stop advertising it! Posting a picture of someone doing a keg stand on social media exploits that person, and creates a sense of pride in their bad decisions. It does not show colleges how smart, intelligent, or lucky they would be to have them attend their school. It instead shows how immature, dumb, and callous these students are. Drinking lives away may be a “fun” pastime activity for some fellow high school students, but for others it is merely what is popular for people who have no conscience, and nothing better to do than numb themselves to try to be a good time. Pull it together people. Find something you love. Get a life outside of the basement with a keg. Pet a puppy, get a job, take a hike. Do something other than using alcohol to try to be cooler than you really are. NEWS FLASH: It’s not working.


In the new world of cyberspace, it’s not uncommon for most social interactions to be executed through a screen; whether it’s talking with a friend, making a post, or even bullying. Bullying is not like it was in the early 2000 rom-coms that featured scenes of cafeteria fights or physical conflict. However, the problem is still very present and very real: only in a different way. When people can hide behind their keyboard and still have the power to write something that the entire world can see, they don’t always use that power wisely. It’s even more upsetting to see a joke gone wrong. Since when is it funny to put someone else down? With new fads like “roasting” people, the line can sometimes seem blurry between a harmless joke and bullying. But if someone’s feelings are getting hurt then it is no joke, and it is not okay. Society and the Internet are both in dire need of some positivity, but on the bright side any individual who wants to has the power to be that light and to go against the grain and work for

change. So this is a new challenge for anyone who reads this piece: radiate positivity. For every negative comment or snide remark seen, try to write something kind. Standing by while others are getting bullied is not okay, and with the power to write or say one thing that could make the victim feel better, it just seems like a waste not to use that power. To use the Internet, there’s a certain amount of responsibilities that come with the territory, but the web is open to anyone and not all users are qualified to make smart decisions online. The web is not all bad, though, there are countless examples of ways it has benefitted or has been a positive outlet for many, from blogs which allow individuals to share their opinions (hopefully in a respectful manner) to search engines which offer countless answers and research at one’s fingertips- the Internet was meant to be a tool. The problem is that this tool and the power of words have been abused countless times. And the solution? To be kind, to make caring cool, and by being responsible with the content one puts out into the world change can be made.

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Declaring war Moral vs. Legal: Facing problematic issues, differentiating consequences upon opinions VIEWPOINT Opinions. Everyone has them. Not everyone has the same opinion as you. But that’s the point, isn’t it? You’re allowed to disagree. However, when you insult, make fun of, or harm someone due to the simple fact that their opinion is different than yours, that’s when you cross the line. This needs to be said louder for the people in the back. Attacking someone due to their opinions is not cool, it’s not fun, it’s not nice. It’s is just disrespectful. By making them feel stupid because of what they believe, you’re not successfully changing their mind about anything except what they think of you as a person. Stop being so close minded. Stop assuming that you’re always right and everyone else is always wrong. and the biggest proponent of division is differing opinions. Hitler thought the Jewish were bad people. If Nazis came across anyone who disagreed, who was a “sympathizer”, they would be murdered, put in a camp, or worse. Wars have been started over opinions. Bonds have been broken over opinions. Can everyone just shut up, and accept the fact that there might be someone out there who disagrees with you?

There’s a lot of hatred and anger coming out of America right now. Believing that America is about to go down the toilet, don’t you think you should be bringing people together instead of tearing down bonds by condemning every person who doesn’t have the exact viewpoint as you? When you come across someone who has a different outlook on something than you, here’s a tip. Instead of going after someone who feels unlike you, fight for your opinion! Fight for your cause! Make a difference by following up on your ideas with action, not becoming an assailant against someone else’s. There is no right opinion. That’s what we learned in school. There’s facts, and there’s opinions. You can prove a fact is right. Let the Trump supporters rejoice in silence, let the Hillary supporters mourn in silence. Do what you can if you’re pro choice to make a difference. Do what you can if you’re pro-life to make a difference. Please just stop the verbal attacks, stop the outbursts, and stop telling everyone against your stance that you hate them. Stop the hate, especially at this point in time where there is so much of it. Respect people’s opinions. You’ll be doing everyone a favor.

Photo credit: Kyle Russell NATALIE BEYER Columnist In this day and age, it isn’t so far fetched to hear that a woman was sexualized by a group of men. It’s seen all around whether it be catcalling on the streets, writing a comment online about the body of a woman, or whatever it may be. Even at Harvard, one of the nation’s most elite colleges, this kind of behavior has drawn attention. The men’s soccer team this prestigious school was suspended for the season. According to news reports, the boys were caught “grading” the members of the women’s soccer team based on their appearance and then putting these grades up online. Their comments towards the women, who they called their friends, were allegedly quite sexual. When I first read this article, I was disgusted.

I do not support degrading women because of their appearance. I do not support the fact that they may have made some girls feel so confident in their appearance while making others feel completely insecure in walking out onto campus. I don’t believe anyone should lose an opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their goals because a few boys said they weren’t attractive enough to do so. While I do not condone their actions, these men did not do something illegal. Though they did do something that was morally wrong. Harvard showed their disapproval with such actions by cancelling the rest of the team’s season. University President Drew Faust stated, “The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community.” Alright, so they went against school values. Does that mean you ruin an entire team’s season because of the stupid actions of a few immature boys? The team had been in first place; they had so much potential going into the NCAA tournament with a chance to be the Ivy

League champions. The boys posted vulgar comments online; they did not gang raped the women’s soccer team. What does this punishment actually teach these men? Not to place their sexual opinions online. Unfortunately, what they said online could just as easily spread by mouth as it does online. Both men and women make comments about others based on appearance everyday. It wouldn’t be hard for me to go online somewhere and find some comment on some Instagram picture about how appealing someone looks and how attracted they are to them. Sure, it’s sad to say that the morals of this time have been trashed because of how easy it is to make a comment about someone’s appearance for the world to see, but what legal actions can really be taken to fix this issue? It’s something that people honestly have to learn to live with. People are going to make comments about you, whether it be how you’re dressed or how your hair either looks like a model’s or like a bird’s nest. There’s no avoiding that. You either make a big deal of it or you move on. People say horrible things; oh well. Morals can not be forced and words are not illegal. Punishment should be a product of action not someone taking into effect their first amendment right.

To all negative nellies: Swearing sweeps student section Don’t worry, be happy Photo credit: Marissa Ramsland


SAMANTHA STELTZER Columnist As the year closes, it’s safe to say that 2016 has been one heck of a ride. This mind-numbing year included a mind boggling election, the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, the Paris terror attacks, North Korea and nuclear weapons, all the moments that make you want to curl up and cry. At this point it might just be better give up and move to Canada, New Zealand, or heck, even Iceland like everyone else apparently wants to do. Clearly, it’s a bit hard to find

the positive things to come out of this year. With the media seeming like a dark hole of sadness in which you will never escape, the bright light of happiness is a distant thing. People feel full of hate and resentment and wonder why the world hates humanity so much. This Thanksgiving, families and friends may have gathered around the table feeling thankful for absolutely nothing or engaged in awkward, passive arguments about politics. I hope that’s wrong. In the midst of negative feelings, the world needs to come together and be thankful for the little, positive stream of things that have happened and will continue to happen, flowing slowly but steadily every day. People of the world need a bit of sunshine to let them know that people are still good and hope is still out there. The world may be icky but there is still goodness out there. So celebrate the small, happy victories in life that gives hope to the world.

Instead of becoming pessimistic, we need to remodel ourselves into optimists; even if we’re small ones. While the world wasn’t exploding or you were to busy wrapped up in hate, a little girl in California used Google Translate to ask a new student to sit with her at lunch. A soup shop in Melbourne, Australia gies free soup to homeless people. A new therapy developing in Israel could cure radiation sickness. 200 strangers attended the funeral of a homeless WW2 veteran with no family. This holiday season I hope you were thankful for the good things in life like funny videos on Youtube {Chewbacca Mom anyone?} or dessert foods or your pet. Martha Washington once said, “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” We can overcome anything with that thought in our hearts.

“Profanity, in any form, is not acceptable or permitted at any time on school grounds. Violations of this policy will be considered serious breaches of conduct and will lead to consequences.” Clearly stated in the Harford County Public School Handbook, the policy doesn’t get much obvious than that, does it? If the policy is so easy to comprehend, why do 90% students at Friday night football games downright ignore it? Do you enjoy making everyone in the stadium uncomfortable and embarrassed? This is not M&T Bank or Camden Yards; you are not watching Joe Flacco or Justin Tucker. Although the cheer team suggests that North Harford will win and students can cheer along with them as they yell Hfor Hawks; is that referee really an A****** or was that call really Bulls***? Ask football players and they will tell you that they love the cheering, but really they like the support from the crowd.

The team wants students to cheer and be engaged in the game but do it in the correct way. School spirit is shown by cheering with the cheerleaders, dressing up in Hawk’s gear, painting your face, making signs, etc, not by yelling profanity or fighting with other students . That’s not spirit, that’s stupidity. So many people in high school want to be treated as an adult, but for that to happen, you have to act like one. Adults don’t throw water bottles at people sitting in front of them or get up from their seat to ‘throw hands’. And if you decide it’s cool to get intoxicated or high before coming to a game, do the crowd a favor. Stay home. If you show up, all you will succeed in doing is disrupting the student section and creating problems with other students. Oh and if you were hoping to look really, really foolish in front of hundreds of students, staff, athletes and alumni, then you succeeded.

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Debating ways to assess students KIERNAN FURNESS News Editor

brought laptops and just really prepared our argument- we even used costumes and stuff Recently in Mrs. Dallam’s to get into our character and AP Literature classes a debate make it more realistic. Everywas held to test the student’s one put a lot of effort into it knowledge on the novel Heart and we won because we really of Darkness. The students were researched our side.” asked to prove or disprove Although the affirmative whether the author of the novwon in McGinty’s class, the el was racist, and to determine defense won during periods B3 whether or not the book should and A3. remain Student Wyatt eligible for ...We even used cosOrtman claimed students tumes and stuff to get that a debate is to read in a school setinto our character and better than othtesting methting. make it more realistic. er ods because it “I wantEveryone put a lot of encourages a ed to push deeper underon coleffort into it and we standing. “Well, laboration. won because we really you have to go I wanted deeper in depth, students to researched our side. and there’s not really work ~Cassidy McGinty definite answers together because the deto create a bate changes, you’re not quite better solution, to create a bet100% sure what the other side ter end product- something is going to say so you have to they could really be proud of,” prepare for a variety of things, the English teacher explained not just one area.” why she chose to test students Students agreed that the deby means of a class debate. bate was a new way of testing “Students went above and them and a majority claimed beyond and were very well they preferred it to standardprepared. They not only spoke ized testing or essays. Activiabout the prompt, but they ties like these are one reason were prepared for what their the AP Lit course stands out opponent might say. They anto students. Ortman added ticipated what their opponents “There’s a lot of socratic semimight say and prepared for nars and group discussions [in that. Even if their opponent Dallam’s class] which helps us did not use material they had look into deeper learning.” anticipated, they were still able Finally, Dallam was asked to use it later in the debate...” what other unique activities Senior Cassidy McGinty students had to look forward agreed, explaining how she to this year, and she commentand her team prepared for the ed “that will have to wait and debate. “We got together on be a surprise.” Friday and we sat down and

Maryland State FFA Association comes to The Nest: Hawks FFA honored with hosting privileges EMILY MILLER Video Manager

Every quarter, science teacher Brown assigns her physics students at every level a new project relating to the concepts of engineering. The whole quarter is given to create a slingshot or catapult design. For the first quarter, the class “had to produce a water balloon sling shot that could consistently hit targets that were over five meters away.” This gives plenty of time for construction, observations, testing, and fixing the errors of the project, according to Brown. The first quarter project, known as the Water Balloon Launch, has been a choice beginning with Brown, who joined the teaching staff here three years ago.

“The perfect catapult is one that has been tested and redesigned over and over again to make sure that they have worked out all of the bugs,” explains the physics teacher. The students will also be demonstrating hands-on learning through the many other projects that will be performed throughout the school year, including having to “design a vehicle to withstand a crash holding an egg,” and building “a boat out of cardboard and duct tape.” From this year’s launch, Brown has seen multiple well-designed and well-thought-out catapults. Both Alex Ford and Matt Erisman, juniors, had “awesome catapults.” Brown also complimented Sean

into these events!”Boling was one of the many members that stayed after many days putting their time into making the event run smoothly. Over the period of a month, organizers had to prepare every detail of the evening. On Thursday November 10, 2016, FFA Officers prepared the cafeteria by setting

chapter well!” Visitors were escorted throughout the Agriculture Education classrooms, greenhouse, and animal barns. Sponsors were fascinated with what students achieved at North Harford and took notes on what they could bring back to their companies. Many sponsors were amazed by the hydroponic sys-

Four years ago the Maryland FFA Association began a program that travels the state recognizing programs. This year the magnet program stood out to the acclaimed program leading them to choose North Harford as the best school to host the event. The event is called the Maryland FFA Foundation Sponsors Dinner. When chosen for this honor, our FFA Chapter must come together to entertain the Maryland FFA Sponsors and provide them dinner. Special guest speakers from the community such as Barry Glassman and Chad Shrodes also speak on behalf of the agriculture community and North Harford. Some sponsors include Farm Credit and the Alumni. Students and FFA members under the direction of their advisors Ms. Erika Edwards, Ms. Katie Andrews, Mrs. Aimee Densmore and Mr. Greg Murrell, came together to conquer this moMembers of the North Harford FFA join together with the Maryland mentous task of cleaning and FFA Officers to celebrate the nights achievements. preparing the North Harford Photo Credit: Ms. Erika Edwards campus and barns for our special guests. Freshman Emily Boling was an outstanding tables, making powerpoints and tem and new barns at North Harmember during the event. Bol- videos, preparing and serving ford. Sponsors can donate money ing states, “The best part about food, and greeting guests. from their companies to the Ms. Terrie Shenk, the the event was hearing the creed Hawks FFA chapter to help the head of the Maryland FFA Assoand all of the speeches!” When members of North Harford’s FFA ciation, stated: asked why she volunteered she achieve future goals. “These officers represent their declared, “I like to put my work

Physics class splashes into engineering EMMA MARLEY Entertainment Editor

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Feiss’ group, as well as David Harmon’s and Josh Blosser’s. Brown’s independent study class is going to be creating some fun games with a ‘Makie Makie’ and will also be doing some programming this year. A ‘Makie Makie’ is something that “hooks up to your computer and then you can make buttons out of anything. So, you could use bananas as buttons and then make bananas into a keyboard. Or, you could make stairs into buttons and you can make it play like a piano.” Explains Brown. The teacher’s goal is to “work on our engineering skills.” She believes that the purpose is to work on “what [they] know about science to create a project that actually does something.”

Get Involved!!! Future Farmers of America, advised by Mrs. Densmore, Mrs. Woodward, and Ms. Edwards is a national organization. We work with our community on education in agriculture and compete in agriculture events on state and national levels. Students may complete an application and pay $15.00 dues each year to participate.

French Club, advised by Madam Arist, celebrates French culture with holiday parties and trips to a restaurant in Baltimore and a film festival in Virginia. “We’re going to have a lot of different parties for holidays and a road clean up on 165” details president Elizabeth Eakes. See Madame Reynard in room D304 for more information.

Future Business Leaders of America, advised by Mrs. Bridges, will provide students with career preparations, leadership development, community service, friendship, fun, scholarships, challenging competitions, outstanding conferences and much more.

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FFA students leave for National Convention; Participants bring Bronze Award home to Nest MARIA KROPKOWSKI IDR Editor

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Students pose on FFA sign in Indianapolis. Participants took home Bronze Award in convention. Photo credit: Erika Edwards North Harford ag students recently participated in this year’s National FFA Convention, which took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. The students walked away with the Bronze Award in the Nursery Landscape career development event (CDE). In order to qualify, a student must be a junior or a senior that competes in a CDE, or if they’re not participating, they can go on the trip as delegates. The students who participated from North Harford this year in a CDE were, Olivia Davis, Kyle Maners, Katherine Miller, and alumni Parker

Hannah Shantz, and the Maryland Delegate was Sierra Martin. Last year when North Harford attended, “Sydney O’Dell was first place in the nation for Dairy Handling and Sarah Burton and Gabrielle Roeder competed in the Agriscience Fair with a project about our fistulated cow Gracie at school,” according to Agriculture teacher, Ms. Erika Edwards. This year, over 65,000 participants attended 89th annual National FFA Convention. “They competed in a very intensive two day CDE and spent the rest of their time at conven-

tion attending the expo networking with members from all over the country,” Edwards stated. She added that participants have the opportunity to interact with representatives from different businesses and organizations such as John Deere, Case, CAT, and Stihl. They’re also given the opportunity to learn about different “colleges that offer degrees in agriculture,” to inquire about a future with agriculture. In preparing for the convention, Maners looked forward to “just going to Indianapolis because [he’s] never been there,” and Davis was most looking forwards to “the concert because country singers Cole Swindell and Chris Young are performing,” and when the trip was over she recalled this as her favorite part. Miller said her favorite part of the trip was “meeting people from different states. There were people from literally every state there including Hawaii.” For Edwards, the best part was “being able to build stronger relationships with students and teachers as well as among each other. The whole experience really allowed them to bond.” She also stated she was “most proud of the participants making it to the national convention and being able to get the experience.”

Students get invested in new club ANDY MILLER Reporter

Plenty of clubs currently exist in North Harford and new ones are being formed throughout the year. The Stock and Investment club has been added as a means of focusing on providing knowledge of exchanging stocks and investing without being graded by acting in virtual investments. The new club is sponsored by business teacher Mr. Eugene Liebel and social studies teacher Melissa Winter. Senior and president of the club Robert Pekarek explains the club saying, “Each of us is going to be given a portfolio of virtual money to invest with in real stocks and then we’re going to track those stocks over time.” The activities and meetings the club will have will take place during Hawk Soar on Wednesdays. Senior and manager of social media, Khaled Abuhantash, explains that the activities they have planned include using a website called to compete against other schools and use fake money and use it in real stocks. “Whoever does better can compete and if you do good you can get scholarships,” said Abuhantash. The members will have lessons in financial literacy and how to invest. Leibel states the club will mainly be “student

driven lessons each meeting so we can prepare for being successful being in the stock market game and being successful in the financial challenge later on this year.” As president, Pekarek designates the members of the club and sets up social media accounts. He also coordinates with Liebel and Winter and trying to set up sponsorships with APGFCU. Vice president and senior Jacob Zdon works with Pekarek on most of the same jobs as well as trying to get new members and write official documents. As manager of social media, Abuhantash manages accounts like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and also must try to get people to join. As secretary, senior Cole Dickerson has to keep everyone’s information. This club can provide skills for life after high school. Win Berrell is parlimentarian of the new club and states, “They can use the skills that they learned from the stocks and investment club to find success in the real stock market.” Pekarek says this club will prepare students more than other clubs at North Harford for the real world. “Everybody’s gonna have to invest their money somewhere if they want to be financially well off.” This club will help students learn how to achieve financial security.

Journalism, yearbook students visit UMD for J-Day celebration MARISSA RAMSLAND Op/Ed Editor

Photo Credit: Jennifer Chandler

The journalism and yearbook department recently teamed up to attend University of Maryland’s annual J-Day; a day dedicated for high school journalism and yearbook programs. The itinerary for the event included a keynote address from Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Dana Priest and an introduction to University of Maryland’s journalism program. Students and advisors in attendance could have attend session which ranged from thinking of new design ideas for production, story ideas, to tours around the mass communication and journalism areas of the campus. Priest addressed the role of journalism in current times and featured an organization she coordinates called Uncuffed, where students bring attention to issue of freedom of press across the world. According to the website, “Dozens of journalists are imprisoned across the world for attempting to report the facts. Buy a bracelet and the proceeds will go to the Committee to protect journalists to help free the imprisoned and those in harm’s way. Wearing a bracelet is a daily reminder not to forget them and to celebrate their courage. If a journalist somewhere still wears a cuff, so will we.” Junior yearbook student Kaylee Callaghan stated that she really enjoyed her speech. “She was really impressive and just hearing what she’s done as a journalist and what she’s able to do and then what she’s been doing with her class [Uncuffed] is really impressive.” Students and advisors were then dismissed to attend their sessions. The first session included learning about yearbook design trends, quality photography shoots, creating videos worth watching, if one is truly cut out for journalism and tours of Merrill College of Journalism, Diamondback newspaper and WMUC radio station and Capitol News Service. Sophomore journalism one student Cassie Rickey enjoyed the tour the most because, “It was fun going around and look at all the broadcast equipment and they showed us what they do.” Session two featured classes about social media influence on yearbooks, using Adobe InDesign, how to make Snapchat stories stand out, sports journalism and more guided tours around campus. These classes allowed students to learn more in depth about journalism and yearbook techniques and trends beyond the high school classroom. What Callaghan learned from attending J-Day was, “to never give up and keep questioning and don’t let someone tell you no get in the way, just ignore that.” J-Day benefitted North Harford’s journalism and yearbook students and kept them informed of everything that they could bring back to The Nest. “I had a lot of fun just learning and we didn’t get to stay the entire day so there’s a lot more I could learn going back again,” said Callaghan. First-time attendee Cassidy Chandler also enjoyed her time more than she expected to and plans on attending again in the future. “I was surprised how much I enjoyed it because everybody was so nice and helpful,” said Chandler.

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Participants far from crabby during recent dissection KATE MEAGHER Video Manager Every student in Mr.Doug Heeter, Mrs. Kim Harris, and Mr. Tim Dougherty’s marine science classes had the unique opportunity to dissect a crab right before Thanksgiving break. “We have several marine dissections… and we wanted to get also a little bit of a local feel as well because people eat crabs in Maryland and this area… Not to mention, they’re quite tasty,” Dougherty commented on the experience. “So this is the lab where they do their science and learn about an ocean creature at the same time, and you can also get to eat them.” Although this is a fun dissection of a classic food to those from Maryland, it also came with the benefit of learning a lot. “I hope that they gain a little more appreciation for the way that crabs, in this case, are adapted to live in their conditions and how amazingly complex and cool they

are as creatures of the ocean.” Dougherty added. This is the first time the marine science classes have ever done something such as dissect a Maryland blue crab, “This just

Heinze creates grief support group;

Grieving students learn to cope


adjusted each time basically based on what they’re looking for,” comments the guidance Statistics show that 7 out of counselor. 10 teachers have a student cur“There are students out rently in their classroom who there who have lost a parent is grieving. and they’re around so many This statistic also applies to other students who have not, so North Harford as “there are a they think that they’re the only number of students…who have ones out there and they feel experienced some extreme loss distant.” The main goal of the in their life and I think they group is for were reachthe students ing out for to share their help,” exThere are students out experiences plains guidthere who have lost a par- and learn of ance counent and they’re around so some coping selor Jeanne Heinze. many other students who mechanisms. “Some of In order to have not, so they think them have help these students, that they’re the only ones some good ones, some of Heinze is out there. them do not. creating a So just trying - Jeanne Heinze grief supto cope with port group. the loss and the grief and come “There are a lot of students who out being able to handle things are experiencing loss in their a little bit differently than some life of immediate family memof them are,” remarks Heinze. bers and it seems like each year One of the many ways the there are more and more that group will help these students experience that,” says Heinze. is from “learning from each The new group will be speother and knowing that they’re cific to student need. “I have not alone because that’s one of activities planned, but also the things some students who looking at the group itself; experience loss, they’re kind of sometimes they direct it with thinking they’re the only ones, what their needs are and what but there are others out there” their interests....I kind of have notes the counselor. a general idea, but then it’s

seemed like a no-brainer since we’re Maryland-ers, so why not dissect something that we have right here in this area?” Along with the teachers being excited for the dissection, the stu-

dents were as well. Junior Aaron Rodgers added, “This is very enjoyable. It’s very interesting how crabs are a part of Maryland culture and I’m dissecting one in a science class and learning more about them.” He commented on the fact that he has not ever done many science projects in the past, and this is one of the coolest projects he’s ever had the hands-on experience of doing. “The last dissection we did was a fish that stunk really bad, so this is a lot better,” Rogers commented. Another student, junior Joe Hadaway, had the chance to participate. “I think it’s a great learning experience for our school, since we are so close to the Chesapeake Bay.” Hadaway said. Although he is allergic to crabs, this was still a cool experience for him. “I love crabs. I used to be able to eat them, but now I cannot. So I think it’s great that other students get the Photo Credit: Bethany Birchfield opportunity to munch.”

Band, chorus explore country music capital ANDY MILLER Reporter

tar player Austin Wolf. After sightseein, the music students got to enter Photo Credit: BB King’s house of blues staff the Country Music Hall of Fame. For dinner they went to BB King’s House of Blues. There was live music being performed and the members of the chorus and band started dancing. Hemling described the music being played as North Harford’s band and chorus took on Nashville, the “soulful.” They finished off the city known for its country music. day with live entertainment in After an overnight bus ride, the the Grand Ole Opry. On the last day, students spent music students first visited the former estate of Andrew Jackson. time playing pool and foosball Junior band student Gabrielle Ro- while enjoying southern food in a eder enjoyed the museum despite Nashville restaurant. Senior choir member Grace Ducote thought “not being a history person.” NH students had the chance to the restaurant was fun because of receive lessons from teachers from the free line dance lessons. When lunch was over everyone Vanderbilt University. Senior chorus student Melanie Hemling split into groups and explored stated the chorus learned great more of the city of Nashville. The tips and the instructor, who groups entered many gift shops “pushed passion through us and and saw the sights. Ducote said each restaurant and bar had live believed what we were singing.” After the lessons they visited music playing. “I loved the city, the park and the Parthenon. They everyone is so nice, outgoing, and had time to look around the city has southern charm.” After enjoyof Nashville itself. “That was the ing some free time in the city, the first time I really felt like I was students loaded the bus back up in Nashville,” said senior gui- and headed home.

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Relatives attend school during American Ed Week SAMANTHA STELZER Production Manager American Education Week is celebrated each year on the week before Thanksgiving. First observed in 1921, the National Education Association states that the week presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor the individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives quality education. This year’s theme is “A Nation’s Commitment to Students and Educators.” Here in Harford County, the AMW is put on for three days, November the 14th through the 16th and invites hundreds of family members to participate. Mr. Edward Stevens, an assistant principal, believes that the week, “Is really an opportunity for the school community to come in and see what’s going on and see what kind of teaching is happening. While in elementary school there are certainly more parents wanting to see what their children do every day, high school has considerably less family members attending. Steven’s explanation for this difference is that in high school, parents must move around from classroom to classroom instead of staying in one spot like elementary school. Math teacher Time Pistel agrees. “I wish more parents would show up at the high school. We don’t have anything to hide and parents get to see their child’s teacher in action.” Still, North Harford High received around 50 to 60 guests during the third day period with a majority of the guests being grandparents. One student, junior Jacob Townsend, had his grandmother visit him for the day. Townsend says, “She came because I asked her to come and I thought she would enjoy seeing me in Drama class.” Townsend continues, “I liked having my grandmother here since I like spending time with her and hanging out with her.” The time to credit those who have helped you may have passed, it is never too late to truly thank the teacher that encourages and assists in the quest for a better learning.

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Alumni photojournalist comebacks to The Nest to in

Amnesia is one of the things them, where I was in my house, I many students cannot say they had no idea,” Ziegler stated. have experienced. But, sophoThere are still things that the more Toby Ziegler is one of the sophomore cannot remember to few people at this age who can this day. Some things are forgotsay they have been through the ten for a period of time and then struggle of this form of memory regained by the student months loss. later. “I did not remember Ziegler had his first enwhat had happened from counter with this mental December to March. I got state in 2013, his seventh that back in August of grade year. He then took 2014. It took me months.” on losing his memory once Ziegler states that Deagain in October and Nocember to mid January is vember of last year, still a foggy time to then once more in grasp. “It’s kind of December into mid a blur to me. It’s January of the just this piece of present year. your life that’s Ziegler exjust gone.” plains amnesia Ziegler to be “a lot of shares that it struggle, but does not afyou just take fect his day everything one to day life step at a time.” as much as Compiled by: Emma Marley He also stated people would that it is quite think. “It hapdifferent and at pens and you’re the time, “you don’t know what out of the loop for basically up to is happening.” There have been three months and then you just times where Ziegler said he kind of move on with your life.” didn’t know anything at all. Although it does not affect He said that for his family, Ziegler frequently, he noted that this journey coping with amneit does involve a lot of catching sia has been an extremely scary up with school work that has experience. “[I] ended up in the been missed. He added that it hospital for a few days. It took was also hard learning to get about three months the first back into the everyday routine time to get it back... They would that used to be followed. “But have to remember to tell me other than that, you kind of just who they were every time I saw jump back in”.

Blake’s recovery from scary accident

Alumni and now professional photojournalist Patrick Smith made a return to North Harford on October 31 to give a presentation to inspire current journalism and photography students. Smith shared his story on how he went from playing lacrosse and soccer at this very school to becoming a photographer for Getty Images. Smith began by applying to every newspaper he possibly could in the country. When only one called back, he packed his bags and moved to Utah to join a small and not too well paid staff. Smith explains that he received a stable income “almost immediately.” After a serious back injury Smith moved back east and has been working with Getty Images where he has been “hired full time for almost three years now.” Smith now takes action shots and portraits of many professional athletes, including the extremely famous Usain Bolt. Smith claims that “on any given assignment I’m shooting anywhere from about 1000 to 1500 [shots] per game.” “My favorite type of photo to take is any kind of photo that has a feel to it, emotion, something that will make the viewers laugh, smile, cry, they’re my favorite. But my style is more graphic in nature, something with a clean background, Compiled by: Kiernan Furness colorful. So if I can combine those two elements, something graphic and clean and compelling that also can evoke an emotion, that’s my favorite type of photo.” His career isn’t always glamorous. Smith explains some of the more difficult aspects: “Being hard on yourself, you want to make the greatest pictures everyday when you’re out there and you compare yourself a lot to others shooting different events. So you want the greatest picture- and it

Nearly 20 years ago, German teachBlake’s life, giving him a different outer, Russell Blake made a remarkable look. “My perspective has changed recovery after falling a great distance because I’m lucky I didn’t die in the from his ladder while trimming a tree. accident or was paralyzed,” he states. His recovery was so significant that Appreciative for his recovery, Blake most students wouldn’t ever suspect states “every day I think about how the teacher of belucky I am to be ing involved in such alive and to be a dangerous accion my two feet.” dent. Blake’s very proud Blake said, “It of many facets of was summertime his recovery, but and I was trimhe’s especially ming an oak tree in proud that he my backyard, I was is “able to walk 24-26 feet above around and still the ground and the function without branch hit my ladthe use of a wheelder and I fell.” As chair or anything.” expected, he sufMany people fered major injuries. when found in “I shattered my elhard situations bow and I broke my rely on the help hip,” explains the of others and that German teacher. was true to Blake’s His recovery took case. “In my realmost five months, covery I’m most Compiled by: Hannah Eyler six weeks of which thankful for the were spent in the support of my famhospital where he experienced other ily and friends,” he comments. Blake complications as well. During his long tells people found in similar situations recovery he was able to stay strong “don’t give up and try to stay positive.” mentally as he “did not get discourHe’s able to learn from his experience aged but kept thinking in a positive and he now knows to “always tie off manner.” your ladder if you’re climbing into a The accident significantly altered tree.”

doesn’t always happen, you do est game, you don’t always ha they’re not willing to be comp one.” Another demanding asp travel. “I’m away from my fam “On average I travel anywhere of the year,” and this doesn’t Baltimore, DC, or Philadelphi state trips. There are also some photo “Situations where you might f cally news type of events. New connected with the people aro different viewpoints, or a riot, cause you have to build a tru

these words and explains: “I th es a lot because different exper I take. But I try and use thos experience. There are a lot of fill in there [like] hard work a are all true, I just think that longer than anything else and you can’t take the risks that yo whole is about relationships.”

Positivity born out of heroin tragedy

Juniors Alayna Beck and Lainey Rives were featured in a public service announcement over the summer in relation to addiction. They participated in the PSA because addiction is a relevant topic within both of their families. Beck commented on why this PSA was an important thing for her. “Well, since overdoses happened in my family, my aunt started a fundraiser. It’s called Rage Against Addiction. My cousin died of a heroin overdose so we decided to do a public service announcement to tell others what happens and how it affects your life.” Beck explained the toll it took to talk about her cousin on camera. “To be in the public service announcement was very emotional and very sad because I had to talk about what actually happened, and it was like spotlight, camera, action.” Beck is content with her decision to speak on camera, and hopes it will help others. “It definitely helped my family cope.” The Rives family also has also been through addiction, and knows how much impact it has. Rives states, “It helped me by putting me through similar situations and helped me get my message about addiction to people.” Rives also commented, “I would like to tell the people suffering from an addiction that what you do affects everyone around you and your future, your family and friends only want to help and make sure you have a long and healthy life.” The girls’ PSA has played in local movie theaters around Harford County. Compiled by: Bethany Birchfield

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os that are difficult to take. feel uneasy, those are typiws photos where you’re not ound you, you might have , those are the hardest beust in a very short instant and a lot of times they don’t want their picture taken, so that’s the hardest photo to take.” Smith shared his philosophy and some advice with the students who attended his presentation, “You have to break away from the pack sometimes, you have to do your own thing,” he said. Smith’s motto is to gain experience, take risks, and build relationships. He lives by hink my philosophy changriences, and different risks se three words a lot in my different words you could and team player, and those experiences stay with you without those experiences ou need and journalism as a


House fires leads to road of recovery Families hope that they never have to experience house fires, but when they do they hope that they’ll be able to overcome it. Brothers Jake and Zack Helewicz were put in the position four years ago when, according Zack, “We (the family) were all on vacation and lightning struck. My aunt was the one staying at the house and let us know. We came home and saw that everything was destroyed so we had to live with our grandparents for a week.” After the fire consumed their house and left it in shambles, Jake continues, “I was pretty upset knowing that everything was destroyed but a lot of friends and families helped us out. It definitely made us happy again.” The Helewicz family rented a house for nine months while their father, a mason contractor, rebuilt the house to get the family back to normal life. Zack said that, “It was kinda tough moving to a new neighborhood and not living near your friends,” but adds, “It helped you grow up and mature and realize that life goes on.” Madison Welford, a senior at Harford Tech, also had her house catch fire. Last year, while the family was out, Welford’s brother

was sent home early because of a water break at the middle school. After a UPS man alerted him that he saw smoke coming from the sunroom, which didn’t have fire alarms, her brother managed to get out along with the family’s dogs. Welford states, “We wouldn’t have been able to come back without all the support from all of our friends and family who helped us and gave donations; churches also helped us out. Without everyone who helped us we probably would have struggled a lot more.” A Go Fund Me page was set up for the family and people donated bags of clothes and gift cards. “It was definitely difficult. You never expect it to happen to you. You see it on the news all the time but you never actually think it could happen to you. It makes you think differently about your life because you never know when it could be taken away,” Welford adds.

Favorite Verbal Comebacks Compiled by: Kate Meagher

“You may say that about me, but I’m going to be saying that about you in another three years.” -Alexander Brown, freshman

“I was walking, and a kid goes ‘You’re always so mean to me,’ and the girl goes ‘You’ve always been a disappointment.’” -Asia Ulbright, freshman

“One time someone called me stupid, I said they’re stupider.” -Kirsten Huber, sophomore

Compiled by: Samantha Steltzer

Inspirational individual comes back from surgery all that and then I practiced dribbling and all that During a routine pediatrician checkup in October stuff”. 2015, varsity athlete Lauren Palmieri’s nurse heard a In August, Palmieri tried out and made the varheart murmur and sent the patient for a routine carsity soccer squad. diologist appointment. Senior Lauren O’Sullivan said, “She is an inspiraShortly after, doctors found that the sophomore tion because she had such a hard surgery and she had two holes in her heart and two defective valves came back and made varsity so it just shows that causing an enlargement of her heart, a condition they anyone can do anything if they put their minds to believe she was born with. it.” Her family reports that Lauren underwent at Johns In the past couple of months Palmeri said she Hopkins Children’s Center in May 2016. “I was very has had a lot of obstacles to overcome “I have had scared, and really nervous because I have a really big to overcome the feeling of wanting to stop running fear of hospitals and I was not looking forward to it,” and not to think about what has happened in the said the sophomore. “Before the procedure I was repast and just to stay confident. The biggest ally nervous but I had a lot of friends and family texchallenge is trying to stay safe and sound ting me the night before and the morning of it I was around the chest area and letting myself pretty confident when I went into it because I had heal.” a lot of support and then after the procedure I was “I have really enjoyed having Lauren just really sore.” as a part of our team. She is so sweet to Palmieri’s recovery lasted quite a while. “I was everyone on the team and always supin the hospital for a week then I came home and I ports us through games and practices,” was just very sore, I needed a lot of help walking. said senior soccer player Natalie So I just stayed home for a couple of months Beyer. “I have the utmost respect and I couldn’t go to school either. It made me for her because I feel that if I had feel tired and very bored in the house,” said been in her situation I would not Palmeri. have been able to come back as The sophomore said that despite her surquick or as strong as she did. gery, she was determined to get back into She never made her surgery like sports as soon as she could. “I wanted to a big deal or anything. She just start training for soccer again so quickly went out there and did what because I love soccer and I have been playthe rest of the team did. I have ing it since I was four so I just really wanted enjoyed watching Lauren grow to get back into it.” She continued “I was as a player this season and am cleared to play one and a half weeks before very impressed with how far she tryouts, so I just started running every other Compiled by: Kyle Russell has come.” day just to try to build up, conditioning and

“Well, you’re very nice. Thank you for your feedback.” -Sully Ploughman, freshman

“If someone tries to come at me or something, I’ll just be nice to them still. I know my place, and they know their place.” -Jessica Joos, senior

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Selfe sings, serenades social studies students; History teacher takes break from performing publicly LIRA BARBALATE Reporter For over 10 years, history teacher Mr. Charles Selfe independently wrote a series of songs in his free time. In 2002, he had decided to compile his own music into a single album, which he published through a recording studio in Bel Air. Though Selfe is found singing his “current event song” in class, his published album has little to do with history lessons, and even had said, “Oh god, no,” followed by a laugh from fellow history teacher Michael Auth. Although, Selfe claims that there may be “things for students to learn about donut girls at four in the morning.” The album has since been open to listeners through Amazon and iTunes at a cheap price. Despite being a small-town producer, Selfe has received the occasional check from Amazon or iTunes when a purchase had been made. The album had been recorded in a time when CD’s were more popular, as opposed to today’s alldigital downloads. Due to lack of buyers, he had recycled many CD’s giving them the opportunity to become “lovely coasters in third world countries.” Despite a passion for the creation of music, the teacher has no further plans to continue producing it currently. However, he may pick it back up once his three children have come to their time to graduate from high school. Selfe predicts he may have the opportunity to record music again in five years’ time. And he was not alone. Despite doing 90% of guitar work and around half of the work with bass, he had brought in some outside sources to assist in his music. He has gotten the assistance of a skilled drummer, who Selfe said he played music with for 30 years and who is now out on his own musical tours as a “fantastic drummer.”

Costumers help musical actors look like “cool cats” SAMANTHA STELZER Production Manager Though the actors and actresses are the most obvious parts of the fall musical, they are only a small part of the team of people who make such a huge production possible. The costume department, coordinated by community member Mrs. Marta Noe, is assisted by seniors Jamie McBain, Hannah Herron, Amy Hyman, Johannah Cooper, Maddie Poteet, and Katie Poteet. The costumers stay after school once a week, picking out costumes for each scene, and helping every cast member get fitted for their outfit. The crew also figures out the right hair and jewelry for the overall look. During the show, the girls assist everyone with costume changes, which must be done very quickly because it is in between a single scene. McBain, a four year old veteran in the department, reveals that, “We do a little bit of everything. Usually the girls will come in and go to Goodwill to try and buy stuff. We actually have a huge amount of clothes in our [costume] closet which we use from

different shows and some years as authentic as possible when we’ve borrowed clothes from picking out costumes. For example, there are these poodle skirts other schools. Mrs. Noe does a great deal of that has to be a full circle when the sewing and she fixes up the you lay it out or else it’s not an aucostumes; this year we’ve done thentic ‘50s skirt.” McBain added a lot sewing for the skirts this that there are, “lots of sweaters for women and cool hats and year.” She adds, “I think that’s it im- suits for the guys.” Cooper’s favorite part about portant to the play because the story is really important but just working in the costume departseeing how they dress really pulls ment is, “being able to be a part of it all together and definitely helps see the timeline and differentiate I think that’s it important to the characters.” the play because the story is reCooper echoes the sentiment ally important but just seeing saying, “The how they dress really pulls it all costume departtogether and definitely helps see ment is really important because the timeline and differentiate the it ties the whole characters. show together.” For this year’s - Jamie McBain musical, Bye, Bye Birdie, set in the 1950s, Hyman gave details about the how without actually having the process of staying to true to to perform onstage. You are also the look of the era explaining, able to make and be friends with “We had a sheet of paper that we everyone.” When asked why she chose to looked at for what they wore in the 1950s, which is when Bye-Bye be in the costume department, Birdie is set, and we wanted to be McBain said that she joined be-

cause, “[she] had a friend when I was in eighth grade and she was a freshman who literally forced me to do it, and I’m so thankful for it because it’s been the best decision ever.” Maddie Poteet was convinced by McBain in her sophomore year to join. She says that, “I like being involved with the musical and seeing all the work that goes into it beforehand.” In turn, Poteet persuaded her friend Amy Hyman to participate during their sophomore year. Hyman states, “I joined it because Katie and Maddie [Poteet] were doing it since freshman year and they told me it was really fun so I joined last year for Sound of Music. I continued with it this year since it was so much fun.” Hyman continues, “People should think about doing it because it’s a lot of fun and it’s only once a week until the show happens. It’s totally worth it; you get to experience what goes on because when you see a play you never really realize what’s going on behind the scenes.” Poteet ends, asking viewers, “When you watch the play keep in mind all the work the costumers put in.”

Student grapples with graffiti art; explores fonts, styles, technique KIERNAN FURNESS News Editor Art is nothing new to the Hawk’s Nest, but Nick Peterson puts a unique spin on the classic drawing and painting talent. Peterson uses graffiti spray paint and experiments with fonts and characters to bring a different style to the paper. “I used to draw cars when I was a kid and started drawing my name in different fonts and thought it was cool, then I started drawing my family’s names,” the junior explains. Peterson also takes requests sometimes from his friends and peers, “I draw people’s requests and usually put their favorite animal next to their name in different fonts.” He’s even sketched portraits for those who have requested it and some of his work is displayed on his social media accounts. “What’s unique [about graffiti] is most of the time it is drawn with paint or marker pens and drawn directly on walls. It has existed since the Egyptians, back to the Roman Empire when they used to carve in walls.” said the artist comparing the different arts. However, Peterson chooses to use paper or posterboard to capture the style of graffiti instead of actually painting on walls or public property. Peterson explains that his favorite piece so far is one he created a few years ago, “The favorite piece I have done is graffiti for my friend Seth because it was the first time I ever put characters next to the name and the first time I really go into it which was 2012.” Peterson is interested in many art forms and sometimes combines what he knows about graffiti to create other forms. He learned to use graffiti paint in New York. After graduating, Peterson would like to major in Graphic Design.

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SAMANTHA STELZER Production Manager

Maggie Walden

Usually when one gets a hole in their shirt or grows out of their favorite pair of pants, they replace them with new ones. Madelyn Dayton, however, restores those garments to their former glory. “I learned to sew in middle school in FACS class, and I started [making clothes] around three years ago because I liked the DIY videos, and it kind of escalated from there.” Dayton takes a combination of low costing clothes and old ones that she doesn’t wear anymore and uses them to make new outfits that the designer can sport. “I take them apart, find the pieces that are good and that [I] can use. After that all that’s left is really just putting them together.” This is such an effective meth-

od that Dayton spends barely any money on her creations. “We saved all of our kid’s clothes so I use those fabrics.” To date, the tailor’s favorite restoration is “a vintage dress. I corseted the back, cut it shorter, and added a slit up the side. It was originally very elegant, but now it’s edgy-elegant.” From being her own personal designer, Dayton has learned from teaching herself and from Youtube tutorials. “You can slash clothing, you can do the classic cut and stitch, you can cross, you can loop. You can net, where you slash and then you loop it.” Dayton said about only some of the techniques she uses. She’s learned this in only the past three years she’s been doing it, which has presented her with a much better closet selection.

Creativity counts for aspiring artist

Clothes designed by Madelyn Dayton

Dayton designs DIY clothing; Using online tutorials to taylor

Renzulli dances way into spotlight

Sophomore starts on high note; Aspiring singer makes music EMILY MILLER Video Manager

Jacob Thompson

Junior Abby Renzulli was the student choreographer for this year’s musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Renzulli says that she got her start in dancing when she was three years old. Renzulli says, “I dance a little bit of everything but my main styles of dancing are ballet, modern, jazz and stuff like that.” Renzulli wasn’t always the choreographer for the musicals; Madam Arist was the choreographer in previous years.”Madam Arist was having a baby and she was the choreographer in previous years so they were short on that position and I was like, ‘oh gosh I know how to dance! I can do that!’ And Mrs. Green also asked me to help, so I was totally willing to do it because I love to dance.” While other students in the past have helped teach the dances to the cast, Renzulli is the first

full time student choreographer. She says, “It’s stressful being the first actual student choreographer because I don’t have another student to ask or to look to for advice. But I do have Mrs. Jestel who helps me choreograph when I need help. It’s a big honor and a huge role but I enjoy it a lot!” The junior states that this is a learning experience for her and the actors. “I am very used to working with people with a lot of experience with dance and going from that kind of environment to people with little to no experience at all was a little bit difficult but this process has allowed me to learn how to teach different levels of dancers. It’s so much fun and I love it so much.” The future is unknown for the junior but she says, “I am not going to do anything with dance in college other than maybe being on a dance team but nothing along the lines of majoring or minoring.”

Abby Renzulli


For junior Maggie Walden, art has been something she loved for as long as she can remember. Her earliest memory with art was, in her words, “finger painting on huge easels at age five.” Fast forward eleven years, she is now using paint brushes and charcoal pencils instead of hands, to express her creativity. Walden cites her mother as her inspiration and motivation for her work stating, “She was a very good artist and I just wanted to follow in her footsteps. My cousin Sadie {Niles} is also a part of my motivation because we work hard together on getting better at art and pushing each other to continue even if we fail.” Her mother’s paintings are among some of Walden’s favorites who says, “She did these couple pieces on carousel horses on really big canvases and they’re beautiful.”

The artists’ creativity continues after school hours through her Instagram account, @Margarettsart, which is dedicated solely to art and likes to post anything that, “[she] finds interesting and it’s a way to keep all my art together and for people to follow me and see what I’ve been doing.” After hoping to go to college to study art, Walden plans on taking over her father’s graphic design business, Main Street Design, but, “isn’t quite sure yet.” Comparing art to athletes, she finishes, “art is very important. Even if one thinks that they aren’t “talented,” they still need the basic aspects of art and creation to get through life.” She continues stating, “in a way, art is athleticism of the mind. Athletes and artists go through the same process.” “That’s why it’s important that it doesn’t get cut out of school systems. Art is needed to create a well rounded student.”

“Never let the light shine down.” These lyrics are from a song Jacob Thompson wrote. The sophomore has always had a passion for singing, but began expressing it in front of an audience in eighth grade. The performer began his singing and songwriting career in his freshman year at North Harford. We all have those moments of singing as loudly in the car to a favorite song, but for Thompson singing had a much deeper meaning, “I started singing to take my mind off of stressful times and I started songwriting to put my own emotions into words to express how I feel.” The performer’s inspira-

tion for his songs comes from his deepest feelings, “When I’m writing a song I feel pain and discomfort.” Many singers are in this situation, like the singer that has inspired him to express himself, Shawn Mendes. Thompson has branched out into the singing community by posting his originals on social media and recording his first single. He commented that he is also recording his first music video. Thompson has also participated in the NHHS chorus participating in solos and many other events. The aspiring singer has also sung for competitions and in a restaurant in South Carolina. According to him, he has no fear when it comes to performing for crowds.

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*JOIN JOURNALISM * Cry of the Hawk edition If you are interested in taking Journalism next year, here are some of the things you do as a journalist: - Interview, write, edit interesting articles -Design pages (graphic design) -Run the morning announcements - Create, edit videos -Attend Maryland Scholastic Press Association HS J-Day -Interact with professionals in the field -Host Mr. North Harford and the student teacher B-Ball game. -Develop new friendships and participate in staff activies like Senior Dinner, Secret Santa, staff excursions, and more

If this interests you, talk to a journalism student or Mrs. Chandler and listen for when applications are due.

Sports Editor HANNAH EYLER Reporter Junior Jessica Carnivale and senior Brett Friedel, sports editors of Cry of the Hawk, dedicate their time to designing, editing, and making the sports section the best it can be. The editors each have their own favorite part about their job. “What I like most about the sports section is all the interesting stories about North Harford athletes. I also enjoy hearing about how North Harford faculty is involved in athletics,” says Carnivale. Friedel’s favorite part about being sports editor is designing, despite it being the most challenging part. When choosing which articles to publish in their section they have to consider a few factors. Friedel keeps in mind how long each article is. “I consider how relevant they are going to be when they paper comes out. I also consider how much they relate to North Harford and if the students will be interested in them” comments Carnivale. With the position come challenges, including “getting all the articles placed in the paper on time. “This is because in the sports section we try to keep the articles as current as possible, so the deadline for sports articles is very close to the day the paper goes to press. Although, this allows us to have relevant articles, but makes for a stressful class period,” states Carnivale. After all the hard work is done, the editors hope they achieve their main goal “to inform the students and faculty of current sports related news and spread interesting things that North Harford is doing related to sports” says Carnivale. While Friedel aims to “get at least a few issues where people don’t find any errors and make my last issue of high school perfect.”

SSC Editor


Kyle Russell is the editor for the Students, Society, and Culture section of the newspaper. This “hodge-podge” of a section makes up two pages of the newspaper that reflects on the student body as a whole. “It’s about recognizing things you wouldn’t normally see in a newspaper, people who normally wouldn’t get in a newspaper”, says Russell. His goal is to make an interesting layout that shows off people who do cool things and people who you would want to be friends with. Students, Society, and Culture, being a new section that came about in the 2016-2017 school year, gives Russell the opportunity to make it a fun and interesting. “It’s not just one central theme, it’s not just a bunch of articles either.” Russell’s favorite thing about his section is the fact that he is given tons of room to work with in his section. He also enjoys that the whole feel of his pages is not like a basic newspaper but rather a magazine. Being a new and very broad section, Russell does face challenges when building his pages. The other staff members seem to struggle in finding story ideas for this section making Russell’s overall job much harder. “When I do get story ideas that aren’t that good, I end up having to go online to like to look at ideas and try to find what I think could go on my page.”

Features Editor

EMILY RINACA Reporter Senior features editor Amanda Scarboro works tirelessly to create an amazing center layout for the newspaper. Features section is a unique section because it is the only section, other than the back and front page, that gets to use color. “I like incorporating color into my pages because it makes it more visually appealing. I also like how the themes for features can be so diverse every month and I do not have to stick with a central theme” said Scarboro. “The biggest challenge is probably making my page visually appealing and creative. Also, making sure my reporters write interesting information that people want to read” said section editor. Another struggle is coming up with a theme “because you have to come up with a idea that features students from every part of the school and is still an interesting topic that students will actually care about reading” said senior. Features section is easy to write about at the beginning and end of the year due to the amount of activities going on around the school, but in the middle of the year it is most difficult because students and clubs aren’t doing much. Even with some difficulties, Scarboro continues to create an fascinating section that encourages students to read the newspaper. Scarboro’s favorite thing about being on staff is that “it opens up a lot of other opportunities for me to participate in and our staff is like a family.”

News Editors JESSICA CARNIVALE Sports Editor The news section in the Cry of the Hawk is led by junior Bethany Birchfield and senior Kiernan Furness. First year news editor Birchfield claims her role “makes me feel like I have a real life job. I like it because better prepares me for college and I have confidence that I could get a job in the journalism field.” Furness says that her favorite aspect of being a news editor is, “seeing the finished work, and for news especially I think it’s really cool that I get to design the front page which is the first thing everyone sees. Although sometimes that can be stressful because if you make a mistake or spell something wrong, which is inevitable at some point, everyone sees it.” Although they both enjoy the responsibility of their job it seems there are some challenges. Birchfield claims that the downside to

bei n g the news editor is “the stress, I want to keep my hair the color it is.” A similar claim was made by Furness, stating she manages her stress by “depending on my co-editor, Bethany. We were both new to this editor position this year and we’ve grown extremely close, so whenever we’re stressed about our pages it’s nice to have someone who completely understands and relates. Sometimes we even stay after school and eat snacks together while we catch up on our journalism work; it’s still stressful, but it’s nice to not have to handle everything

alone and to get a second opinion on article and layout ideas.” Even though both editors state that their position is stressful but they both care immensely about their section and want it to be the best it can be. Even the little things like choosing stories ideas thrill the editors. Furness states, “I love when we share story ideas and someone’s hand flies up because they genuinely want to write that article. I wish everyone got this excited about every article, but when it does happen it feels really good and always turns out to have great content.”

Opinion Editorial Editor DARBY HYDE Copy Editor There are many sections in the newspaper; news, sports, entertainment, and more. What all of those sections share, besides reviews, is that there can be no opinion. The Op/Ed section is the one that subverts this rule. According to opinion/editorial editor, senior Marissa Ramsland, “Op/ Ed is a place where all the staff on the newspaper can write an article about something they have an opinion about.” This section is much different from all the others in terms of layout and process. “You have to get enough content and you have to fit it on the page, because Op/Ed is kinda the place where people go on their own with the word count, since it’s their opinion. It’s really a struggle to get everything to fit perfectly and to get everything lined up, and I have to deal with it by really having to get on the writers about writing more or less, or getting another picture.” The fact that Op/Ed is unique can make for some surprises and pleasures. Ramsland says, “I always think it’s really cool to see how they (the readers) react, because there’s always reaction, both positive and negative. It’s kinda fun seeing all the backlash, and having to deal with it.” Ramsland, however, has something to say to all of those critiques at the school. “It is called the opinion section for a reason. Do not expect to agree with everything you read there. I have to read all of those articles to edit them and you don’t see me causing a riot because I don’t agree with an article. And if you don’t like reading opinions you don’t agree upon, there are six other sections to read from with no opinion in it.”

Entertainment Editor

KATE MEAGHER Video Manager

Emma Marley, junior, is editor and chief of the entertainment section on the newspaper staff, working hard every month to ensure the entertainment section is the best it can be. “[The staff] gives me ideas and I have to, obviously, lay it out how I’d like it on paper…” Marley added about her position, “My favorite part is definitely the content, because I get a lot of different things. I get all the talented people in the school, to featuring teachers, and musicals and everything like that so it’s just a good variety.” Although, being entertainment editor does come with its perks. Every year, the entertainment editor and a few staff members are invited to attend a free night at Field of Screams to be reviewed and featured in our schools’ newspaper. “My favorite article that I wrote definitely was the field of screams article featuring Jim Schopf and it was just really cool because you just got to hear about everything in his life that led up to Field of Screams…” Marley commented. Being entertainment editor is not all about working on the paper, but the staff also has the opportunity to attend a journalism day, called J-Day, at University of Maryland College Park every year. “My favorite memory is definitely last year when I went to the J-day at UMD and this year I did it again, so it’s just a cool experience.”

Behind the scenes


Copy editor and web manager Darby Hyde is responsible for reading and editing all of the newspaper articles and managing the social media accounts and Cry of the Hawk website. “After each [article] deadline when all the stories are put in, I have to go back and edit them, check for spelling and grammar errors and if anything just sounds off, like I sense would sound better, I’ll change it or add suggestions, like fix this headline or get more about this aspect of the subject.” Hyde continues, “ I’m also the web manager which means that I have access to the Twitter and the Instagram and I have to upload stories to the website so other people can see them on the Internet.” Mrs Chandler is the Journalism advisor. “In this particular class, I think that my role is more as a coach. I sort of see myself as being more as an advisor than a teacher. I really do see the journalism students as a team. If one part of the paper fails or one aspect of a paper is dysfunctional, then the whole things fails. So if we don’t each do our part well, including me, then everything kind of falls apart.” “With my editors, I’m working with making good editorial choices about where to put things on pages, what designs look good, cleaning up pages so that we don’t have sloppy mistakes or we work with our consistency. So I would say that really, my job is really less important than the individual jobs of the people who are editors and reporters.” “It’s always tricky to find the blend of personalities on a staff that most works. I want the most diverse staff I can have. That doesn’t always works out; we have all girls and two boys on our staff [this year]. That makes it kind of tricky, so I would say that balance is kind of hard. According to the veteran teacher, the hardest thing is being able to “shoulder the burden of public reaction. I used to have really thin skin and I used to take it really personally when people would be critical. But I have learned (and so have my students) that you can’t shoulder that burden. You have to remember that it is way easier to be critical than it is to be constructive.” The journalism advisor tells her students that is their job is to cover everything. “Sometimes what we’re covering is not positive and that’s not your [journalists] fault, but your job is to let people know what’s happening in a fair and balanced way. And at the same we, the staff actively seeks out the stories that no one else knows about- students, staff, clubs, teams, and classes are featured regularly so that we highlight a wide variety of things happening at our school.” Samantha Stelzer obtained the role of business manager, production manager and assistant copy editor for the production of the school newspaper and announcements. “I make sure that all the ads are in the paper for each month and I am in charge of the school newspaper’s finances. I am responsible for making sure we have enough money to print all the issues and we have enough money to pay future issues. I will also take part in editing the articles and making sure that they’re all good,” explained Steltzer.

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Video Editors LIRA BARBALATE Reporter Time and time again videos have been played across the morning announcements without credit to the creators. Just who exactly is the editor behind these clips? Juniors Emily Miller and Kate Meagher can be seen around the school speaking with teachers, snapping pictures, and filming videos left and right. Meagher had, in her words, quite a “sad start” to video editing. When asked about a 12 year birthday gift, she simply asked for a camcorder from her grandmother. Though Meagher spends an amount of her time editing, she can still dislike her own work. A rough draft required for a book trailer project in the 2015-16 school year was “the worst thing I’ve ever done to this day.” When editing isn’t on her mind, the junior spends her time with friends, writing, or listening to music. Miller, another young video editor, was inspired by watching videos of others and their editing work. Recently, her most difficult task was the teacher videos that were played daily through the announcement studio. Depending on the video length, Miller can spend up to a half an hour getting content, and even longer putting it together successfully. Also a big participator in FFA and 4-H, the junior keeps herself busy when editing isn’t on her mind. With her most enjoyed assignment being the “You inspire me” video projects, Miller described the short clips as “really powerful with a lot of emotion.”

EMILY MILLER Video Manager

IDR Editor

IDR editor, junior Maria Kropkowski, is tasked with the job of reporting and designing the pages that gives the students the opportunity to have their work featured. The junior states, “The job of an IDR editor is to design pages with a theme that interests students and adds their input using lots of numbers and graphs.” From reporting the favorite T.V. shows of the student body to the percentage of students voting for Donald Trump, Kropkowski covers it all. A great deal of time and effort goes into being an IDR editor, “The most difficult part of being an IDR editor is finding a theme that can incorporate numbers and graphs, and this goes for any editor, but also having time to not only write articles, but design pages.” There is no time to rest when being an editor. Once, one newspaper is published, the next is underway! Sometimes ideas for page themes aren’t always obvious or easy to think of. This is what runs through the mind of Maria when choosing the perfect theme for the month, “I try to think of something that’ll grab people’s attention and keep them interested.” The junior said she always puts the student reader’s opinions before her own, “When people read my section I hope they gain an interest in the topic and enjoy my section.” Kroplowski has been involved in journalism since her sophomore year. When asked what she aspires to achieve, she states, “the best part of being the IDR editor is that everything in my section has the same theme so the section flows through both pages. Also, there’s a lot of freedom with what I can do since it’s not article based, it’s based on students and teachers.”

EMMA MARLEY Entertainment Editor


December 1, 2016

So many students are featured in North Harford’s Cry of the Hawk for a variety of reasons each month. For the first time, in the 2016 November issue, the journalism staff is a focal point. Here is a brief look in the eyes of a journalist to help understand what happens when someone receives the opportunity to become a reporter. Story ideas are the first thing to be addressed in the newsroom, a task that requires staff members to be aware about everything going on at school and in the community. Junior reporter Lira Barbalate states that, “everyone on staff knows how difficult it can be to come up with story ideas.” Junior reporter Katie Kettell explains “I just try to think of something that’s relevant and something that I would be interested in reading if it was an article in a different newspaper.” After being assigned an article, reporters begin gathering up information by interviews and starting the writing process soon after. Kettell informs that “each section has different requirements. It depends what you’re writing for. Sometimes you need a picture, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you need a caption, sometimes you don’t...” What happens when an introvert has to interview students they have never seen or talked to before? Barbalate states that “some people think interviewing is easy. But for people like me, that can be really nervous… talking to people. It’s definitely one of the hardest parts.” Senior reporter Andy Miller shared that he likes being a reporter because it gives him the opportunity to interact with others that he normally would not come in contact with. “It also is way more fun to go on interviews than sit in a normal classroom.” Barbalate states that she also enjoys writing for the newspaper and that it makes her feel like she is a part of something great. Something that Miller shared that he wanted students to be informed about was “being a reporter is a great way to build up people and writing skills which is something that not a lot of classes do in my opinion.”

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y l i m a f e h t n All i

Birth order determines traits among siblings How many siblings do students have?


be surrogate parents with other siblings, bringing out their responsible nature. The middle child tends to be the fairness-obsessed social butterfly, but they can also serve as the peacekeeper of the family. “Middle-borns don’t have the rights of the oldest or the privileges of the youngest,” says Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., a coauthor of The Secret Power of Middle Children. Middle children become experts of compromise and negotiation. They tend to lean heavily on a group of friends, as the attention of the parents focuses on the youngest and oldest child. The youngest of the family is more of a risk-taker, with

It’s well-known that siblings born at different times from each other come with different personalities. But does this behavior come at random, or is it typical of a certain sibling to act a certain way? The firstborn child is typically a leader with an ambitious personality. The oldest, or only, child is expected to satisfy their parents, and they are held with much more potential than other siblings. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book. First-borns also tend to

a charming free spirit. Parents tend to be less cautious from experience, and these children get more leeway with lenient parents. “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. Youngest siblings can throw off the power triangle with their expectations for the same amount of respect that may be given to an elder child. No matter the age, all siblings work together to create harmony within a household (even though it can mostly be chaos,) and without siblings, house life would include a lot more chores.

COMPILED BY Brett Friedel Sports Editor

How well do you know your twin?

What’s your twins favorite movie genre? Jeffrey & Jordan Tidey, freshman

Jeffrey’s favorite genre is comedy.

Jordan’s favorite genre is comedy.

What’s your twins favorite subject? Riley & Ryder Deacon, sophomores

Riley’s favorite subject is gym.

Ryder’s favorite subject is history.

Jordan’s guess: Jeffrey’s favorite movie genre is

Ryder’s guess: Riley’s favorite subject is

Jeffrey’s guess: Jordan’s favorite movie genre is

Riley’s guess: Ryder’s favorite subject is


Romantic Comedy

History Gym

What’s your twins favorite music genre? Autumn & Austin Young, juniors

Austin’s guess: Autumn’s favorite genre is


Autumn’s guess: Austin’s favorite genre is


Autumn’s favorite genre is country

Austin’s favorite genre is country

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Next to the spotlight

Solange Knowles- An American R&B singersongwriter and the younger sister of performer Beyoncé. Solange made a name for herself in both the music and fashion industries as a singer, dancer and a model. In 2013, she launched her own record label, Saint Records.

Austin Swift- Austin is about two years younger than his older sister, Taylor Swift. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2015. Austin is into acting, at Notre Dame, he performed in plays including Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Celebrity siblings

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Frankie J. Grande- is an American dancer, actor, singer, producer, television host, and YouTube personality. He is the older half-brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande. He performed on Broadway as Franz in the musical Rock of Ages (2014–2015) and in Mamma Mia! (2007–2010) .

Tom Franco- An American actor and artist. Tom Franco is the brother of actors James Franco and Dave Franco. Tom Franco started acting professionally in the comedy horror film Basket Case 2 (1990). He subsequently appeared in APeace of History (2005) and The Devil Wears a Toupee (2007).

Sibling rivalries Gabrielle Roeder, junior Kyle Roeder, sophomore

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Gabrielle says: “We had to share things like the couch, remote, swing, and sink. My Ipad has been missing for 10+ years and he is the culprit for stealing it. Also, one time I thought he would steal my quarters so I hid them behind the night light while it was on and I got electrocuted. It made me feel betrayed and sad because I was near death.”

u o y d i D know?

The average American household earns $51,100 after taxes: ○$9,004 on transportation ○$6,602 on food ($2,625 spent at restaurants and $3,977 spent on food eaten at home)

Kyle says: “We had to share toys, clothes, and friends since we’re close in age. She took my gameboy and it made me angry because I couldn’t play it.”

○$5,528 on insurance and pensions Matt Tikiob, senior Will Tikiob, freshman Matt says: “We share a lot of food from the kitchen. We share apple juice, I take his cologne, and his deodorant. The best thing about having a brother is he always keeps me company and tells me about his feelings. The worst thing is I always wanted a sister, and instead I got this dude.” Will says: “I like having him as a brother because he takes me places but it annoys me because he always takes my cologne and money without asking.”

○$1,604 on clothes ○$2,482 on entertainment ○$17,148 on housing ○$3,631 on health care ○$1,834 on cash contributions (donations and legally required spousal and child support) ○$3,267 on other expenditures. COMPILED BY Marissa Ramsland Op/Ed Editor

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Seniors take down juniors in filly football MARIA KROPKOWSKI IDR Editor

they racked up some points with two touchdowns in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter both the juniors and the seniors

Filly Football has been a long standing tradition among many high schools across the country for decades. Here at Photo Credit: Krista Hiser North Harford the tradition continued this year on Monday, November 14, when the junior girls took on the senior girls for the battle. The participants had three days of practice preceding the game. Junior Jasmine Coates recalls the practices consisted of “practicing a few trick plays on offense and defense,” and senior Margot Guston says they “practiced throwing, catching, and going over plays.” Participating in filly football drew the attention of many upperclass girls. Junior Samantha Brooks chose to participate in filly football because she “thought it would be fun to play something made a touchdown finalizing the with friends, and also to have a score at 28-21, the seniors taking good time with [her] High School the win. Senior Courtney Klapka’s faclass.” This year was the only opportunity the current seniors vorite part of the game was “behad to partake in the game since ing surrounded by [her] friends there was no game last year. Se- and having a good time,” as well nior Cami Davis decided to be a as winning. With teamwork and part of the fun because “all [her] contributions from every player, friends were doing it,” and since each team has something to be she didn’t get to do it last year she proud of. Jocee Sevilla, a junior participant states that she was was excited to do it this year. The seniors took an early lead most proud of “how hard the juin the competition by getting niors fought the whole time and three touchdowns in the first half. being good sports even though With the juniors trailing behind, [they] lost.” Senior Cameron De-

Voe recalls her favorite part being how “ [her] and Rachel Ator both had the longest touchdown passes.” Davis also mentioned

Ator when she said she was “most proud of Rachel for being the quarterback and for controlling the game.” As far as the juniors’ loss goes, the senior have some advice. DeVoe advises them to “work on their throws and footwork, and Davis suggests they “shouldn’t get too confident.” Sevilla wants to “Congratulate the seniors on their win,” and says it “was a good game.” Brooks also wanted to tell the seniors “good game, but [she] still thinks the referees were paid off.”

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From 3.14 to 13.1:

Running a marathon is a piece of pie HANNAH EYLER Reporter On November 5, 2016, one of North Harford’s new teachers this school year, Alison Austin, traveled to Orlando, Florida to complete another half marathon to add to her growing list of races. Austin is not new to the sport as she’s ran “probably at this point, about 10 half marathons, probably around 30-40 5k’s, and around 25 10k’s” she comments. The math teacher is already registered to run more half marathons. “I am running another one in January, that’s my next one, and then another one in April” she says. In order to complete her races, Austin had to stick to a training schedule. “First I started training for 5k’s so I used an app called couch to 5k’s…and then once I finished that training program I moved on to the couch to 10k program.” After completing that program, Austin, “started following his (Jeff Galloway) training program so you pretty much run three days a week a certain amount of miles and then you rest two days. Then the other two days you do some type of cross training, so some other type of sport like swimming, treadmill, kickboxing, or crossfit,” she explains. Due to

this training schedule Austin was able to stay healthy as she comments, “I don’t have very good knees so swimming helped me a lot when I was able to go to the gym and go swimming.” The math teacher suggests people who are training for a race to “make sure you have enough time set aside when you register for the race. If you get a little ambitious, and you don’t train properly for it, you’re going to hurt yourself.” But even when properly trained there still exist other factors to be nervous about, “especially when you’re going to Florida, it’s a lot warmer there, so last November I did this same race but it was at night and it was 80 plus degrees. It did not go very well because I was severely dehydrated so when it’s warmer out, that’s what you get really anxious about” she explains. The most valuable thing Austin learned from her running experiences is “don’t over-do it. If you over-do it that’s when you’re going to start getting injuries.” Austin loves the marathons claims the most rewarding part is, “when you cross the finish line and you are done running.”

Dickerson “carries” himself to top during season NATALIE BEYER Reporter Students break school records here and there, but what student can really say they hold a state record? Senior Cole Dickerson holds the record for the most carries in a single high school football game in the state of Maryland as of October 14, 2016. Most were in attendance at the Homecoming game to watch as Dickerson scored four of the five touchdowns for the Hawks. What most don’t realize though is that Dickerson carried the ball 56 times to add up a total of 261 yards just in that night. Dickerson found out he had tied the original state record the Monday after the game. “I was shocked because I realized that 56 was such a high number,” said

Dickerson. He also says that reaching any record was never his goal, rather he was focused on getting the win for his team. Dickerson gives some of his record credit to his leading blockers, senior fullback Jack Stinar and senior lineman Parker Bigelow. Coach Liebel was also both shocked and proud that Dickerson had achieved such an honor. During the game, Liebel had no idea Dickerson was anywhere near the record. “You keep going with what works,” Liebel stated who commented Dickerson had been making huge gains and scoring touchdowns. Being both a captain and now record holder, Dickerson has become a highly respected player on the team, especially to the

younger players. Junior running back Daniel Goettel looks up to Dickerson as an example, being that they play the same position. “Next year would be very special for me if I’m even considered to be in the same ballpark as Cole.” Goettel says what he thinks sets Dickerson apart from other players is his vision on the field. “Cole can hit the smallest of holes, that no one else would even see, at full speed and turn what would be a one or two yard gain into a 50 yard touchdown,” Goettel finishes.

Dickerson hits the hole and breaks through the lines of the defense to rush for a touchdown. Dickerson tied the state record with 56 carries in the game against Fallston. Photo Credit: Ruth Jacobs-Hoskins

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Football fights its way through playoffs, tackles tough opponents


offs, so we all played our hearts out. We are so happy it paid off,” stated senior Matt Johnson. One downside to making it

teams across the county; last place seats play the first place seats. The team occupying the first place bracket was Milford Mill

Playoffs for most fall sports began the beginning of November. Qualification was difficult, and most North Harford Photo Credit: Ruth Jacobs-Hoskins sports fell flat during their first playoff game. However, varsity football was a different story. The North Harford Hawks football team had a solid record of 7 to 3. The last game of the season was at Aberdeen on November 4. What little people know though, is that this game was crucial in qualifying for playoffs. “If we won against Aberdeen, we would’ve went to the playoffs, if we lost, they would’ve went [to playoffs],” said junior Brad Ryan. North Harford had its first shutout game against Aberdeen into playoffs was which seat Academy, a public school in Balthat day, winning 21-0 on the our football team got to occupy. timore County. North Harford Eagle’s home turf. “The game Since they were right on the cusp, prepared as best as they could was so exciting. We knew that North Harford took up last place; for the match. “We worked we needed this dub [win] to the final seat. That means ex- hard all week during practice be able to participate in play- actly what it’s meant for multiple to prepare for a tough game,”

said junior Robert Brown. The boys started off okay, but things quickly went south. “The first couple of drives were solid but after that everything just kind of fell apart,” stated Ryan. For some players, they had no idea what to expect going into this game. “I never watched film on them, so I only thought they were fast. So I thought oh we are just going to have to beat them up front. But once we got into the game I was like oh crap,” said Johnson. “I got squashed by a 6’9”, 300 pound kid, and their running back was just as big. He played defense, and once he came off the

line, it looked like I never played football before,” stated Johnson. The Hawks suffered a 45-0 loss against Milford Mill, ending their playoff run.”Our defense played well at the very beginning and offensively we couldn’t get anything going. We knew going in, to have a chance our offensive line would have to carry us like they have all year and it just wasn’t happening for us,” said head coach Eugene Liebel. “We are going to learn what we can from this game, and become better for next year,” said Ben Sexton, junior, “We are going to use this to improve and do better next year.” North Harford football will start again at the beginning of next school year. The team is already setting high goals for themselves.” We were physically and mentally unprepared but we will work to get better,” said Ryan, “We are going to States next year, I’m saying it now.”

Indians blow 3-1 lead Teacher shares sports experiences; Photo Credit: Ann Marie Alcantara

D1 athlete encourages students to be versatile EMILY RINACA Reporter

BRETT FRIEDEL Sports Editor The 2016 MLB World Series was one for the record books. The Chicago Cubs took on the Cleveland Indians in a seven game series. Cleveland started off the first the game winning six to zero. Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta laid down the heat in game two, Arrieta managed a no hitter in the first five innings. Game two ended in the Cubs winning five to one. Game three was a bit different and low scoring. The score at the end of the third game ended one to zero in the Indians’ favor. Both teams seemed evenly matched. In game 4, Cleveland walked away with a win giving them a two game winning streak with a score of seven to two. Carlos Santana hyped the Indians up with the first run of the game with a homerun. Following up

Santana’s home run a few innings later was another home run by Jason Kipnis. Heading into game five, the Indians fell to the Cubs two to three. The Indians just couldn’t quite hold onto their streak and the Cubs took advantage of that and took the win. The Cubs had Arrieta pitching again and he had another strong game. Cleveland thought they were ready for game six. But, the Cubs beat the Indians 9-3. The series was three and three for both the Cubs and the Indians. Heading into the final game, the series was all tied up at three to three and it was a nail biter. The World Series doesn’t see many full seven game series but the Cubs and Indians made it happen. The Cubs held off the Indians for a 8-7 win in the 10 inning giving them there first world series title in 108 years.

Before joining teaching staff at NHHS as an agriculture sciences teacher, Ms. Katie Andrews was a student-athlete at The Pennsylvania State University where she played field hockey. Penn State is a Division one (D1) school; Most D1 athletes are recruited, which means that the coach of the team has seen the potential athlete play and believes that they have the skill to play at the level of D1 college or University. According to Andrews, a good way to get noticed by a D1 coach is “to play on a club team; definitely play for your high school because it’s always great to understand the tradition and legacy because all of those will carry over to a university or college. If you are really serious about your sport, you want to play externally.” said Andrews. She added, “You don’t want to be a one sport athlete. When your coaches meet you on recruiting trips, they want to know you. If you’re just a one sport athlete they’re not going to feel as strongly about you as a recruit. You definitely want to be well versed in your activities, personality and of course

carry over those characteristics of hard work, organization...” Andrews was also a basketball player and “got recruited for basketball and ended up with field hockey and absolutely enjoyed every second...” According to Andrews, may D1 athletes are recruited as early as their sophomore and junior year and they commit to a school, so, tryouts don’t really happen. “It was more of getting on the field and trying to get that starting position which is very intense,” said the former D1 athlete. Also, going into the season it differs from high school because “You play with teammates that every single one of them choose to be there. So you always have a different mindset. You’re working around 23 other teammates that all want to be there and all want to be on the field so that is definitely a big difference,” said Andrews. Many collegebound athletes think the biggest challenge will be keeping up with schoolwork and maintaining a good academic standing. However, Andrews said that was not the case because “being involved in hockey actually made me do better in school. I’m someone that the busier

you are the more you are going to get done verse having more time you are going to procrastinate more. So, when we were in season in the fall that was typically when I carried the most credits and when I did the best. You are forced to do well and you also are around teammates and other student athletes that push you to do better. If you have a school with a standard student athlete graduation rate you are going to get pushed and motivated... ” Additionally, “when you go to college you are considered a student athlete so typically your student is always emphasized first and you have a lot of academic support. I know that at Penn State we had a academic advisor for our major as well as a athletic academic advisor to make sure that eligibility is up,” said Andrews. The athlete said D1 athletes have required study hall; for freshman, it is eight hours a week and athletes can graduate from that. “You also have to maintain a certain GPA to be eligible. Knowing that you have all of those expectations you have to prioritize and time manage very well to make sure you are successful on and off the field,” said Andrews.

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Hawks Winter Sports Diving into swim season KYLE RUSSELL SSC Editor After last year’s season, the swim team was extremely successful with many swimmers who set Of course, I am looking personal records at regionals and states. While participating in these meets is a big deal, some swimforward to going back mers are excited about other things. “Of course, I to states. I want us as a am looking forward to going back to states, I want as a team to beat Bel Air or CMW” said junior team to beat Bel Air or us Grant Badders. CMW Second year swim coach and band teacher Ms. Sabrina Fellenbaum agrees. “I’m looking forward -Grant Badders to seeing everyone again because I really like everyone. I just really like swimming.” New swimmer to the Hawks team, sophomore Hunter Meisz, said, “I am excited to be on the team because I am going to have a lot of friends on the team and the team dinners are going to be fun.” Meisz continued, “I am excited to make new friends and to get fast times.” Badders also said his goal for the year is “to make it to states for the 100 backstroke.” Sophomore Emmie Catrambone states, “I had so much fun last year and I love the team aspect. Last year swimming was a really close tight knit group and it was a lot of fun so I just can’t wait, I would like our team to do well at counties... We should aim to get top three I think that’s reasonable. I would like to make states in as many events as I did last year and score points for my team,” said Catrambone. While other swimmers joined for fun, senior Kiel Brown said, “I joined swimming because I am going into the military, and I want to get better at swimming.” Returning member to the swim team senior Joon Oh said that “I want to make it to states this year because I didn’t last year and I am kind of disappointed in that and I want as many people to go to states as possible because I want all of us to stay together.” New math teacher Ms. Hillary Stanmeyer is also joining the swim team in a coaching capacity. “I am really excited to be the swim coach, I am excited to get to know the swimmers, and to see what potential they have. One goal I would say is that everyone on the team gets a best time and makes progress,” said Stanmeyer.

Rebuilding basketball team;

Girls shoot for more wins NATALIE BEYER Reporter After the loss of eleven seniors from last years Photo Credit: Lisa Jones 15 player team, the Hawks are looking to rebuild the team. The girls will have their first scrimmage on November 22, 2016 and having two of their toughest games in the following two weeks. With the addition of two new assistant coaches, the girls hope to progress more this season. Just with any season, the girls will have many goals they would like to accomplish whether it be for themselves or for the team as a whole. Sophomore Hannah Garrett has high hopes to make varsity after coming off of an injury which occurred during soccer season. “I’m excited to meet new friends and learn to play the game better in general.” Returning varsity player sophomore Alison Bufano hopes to improve her own game while gaining a lasting starting spot on the team. Junior Kayla Mangin wants the team to grow together to be able to win many games especially the game against Bel Air. Some girls also hope to overcome the challenges they have concerning their individual skills. “I hope to overcome the trouble I have with making 3-point shots,” says sophomore Olivia Becker. The team will consist of mostly underclassmen due to the loss of a large senior class. “The team is gonna be new and we are to find a way to quickly “create” our team,” stated Bufano. Garrett knows there will be a struggle in bringing the team together quickly with the early games of the season. Freshman Jessica Scrof is still waiting to hear if she made JV, but she states, “I’m excited to have fun and make friends with a whole different group of people. A challenge I plan to overcome is not freaking myself out in the game and also before the game. I hope to be a player who can win in any game situation.”

Cheerleading team prepares for new season AMANDA SCARBORO Features Editor

Cheerleading wrapped up the fall season by doing well at counties but placed only a couple places under what they needed to qualify for semi-finals. “We did great at our last competition! Everyone hit their stunts and the energy was high,” senior captain Megan Calhoun exclaims. But the team is super excited for the winter season where more competition opportunities will come. “I am looking forward to working hard at practice to hopefully place in competitions and my goal for the winter season is to grow as a team and make it to states,” senior captain Danielle Galbraith comments. Another senior captain on the team, Regan Kendzierski says, “My goal for this season is to finally have our hard work pay off by accomplishing our goal of making it to states but most importantly to have fun!” In winter the team cheers for sports such as basketball and wrestling. “In winter you already have a close bond with the team (since the winter team is mostly the same as the fall) and we just get closer and invite new people into our team.” Galbraith claims. Kendzierski also adds “Winter is different because the season is longer, and there are some girls on the team who were on it during fall and some who weren’t and it’s fun to get to form bonds with new members all over again.” Cheerleading is planning to work really hard to try to do great at their next big competition, which is scheduled for January 25. “To prepare for winter competitions, we will be working much, much harder and starting to work on our routine stunts earlier,” Calhoun says. This process will require a lot of dedication and hard work but according to Kendzierski it also contains a lot of fun, exciting moments, “I am looking forward to stunting, each season we try something new and it’s Photo Credit: Amanda Scarboro always fun to see which stunt groups work and which ones don’t and it is an amazing feeling when you hit the stunt” she says. As the captains Calhoun, Galbraith, and Kendzierski have a big role in making sure the team is motivated. Galbraith says to encourage her team she “just reminds them the feeling of placing at competitions”, Kendzierski says “I try to make it clear that we are a team and everything we do is as a team. We all need each other to succeed and everyone is important.” Calhoun claims “I would like to tell them that I am so proud of how we did last season. Since we didn’t make it to semi-finals, we should use that to motivate us to work even harder so we can make it. I am so excited to compete with everyone.”

Boys basketball dribble into new season MARIA KROPKOWSKI IDR Editor

of this season “to improve from practice to practice and to have some success.” As the fall He says he’s most sports season looking forwards to ... to improve from closes, the “having more sucpractice to practice cess this year since winter season begins, and and to have some suc- [they] didn’t have basketball much success last cess. started up year, and that this while tryouts -Coach Burrows motivates [him].” took place. The team has their Tryouts for first two scrimmages this year’s at the end of the month, at Kenteam started November 15 and nard-Dale High School on the lasted three days. The coaches 28th, and at home against Kenthis year are Coach Jeffrey Bur- wood High school on the 30th. rows and Coach Billie Taylor. The regular season begins on DeBurrows is setting the goal cember 7.

Wrestlers grapple with upcoming season;

Alumni return to coach Hawks JESS CARNIVALE Sports Editor Rob Knox, Scott Angstadt Sr., and Mary Angstadt have accepted the responsibility of coaching this year’s wrestling team. They agree that they all have one specific hope: to “accomplish success” in their season, according to Coach Knox. Although Knox is a first year head coach, his experience with the sports comes from his handson experience at North Harford High School. Knox wrestled for the Hawks from the years 1977

to 1980 while he was a student Coach Knox is looking to ensure here. the Hawks conTo keep tinue to be a force the team in Harford County, I just wanted to competitive “I just wanted to he hopes make sure they had make sure they had to keep a team,’ stated the a team... the wrescoach. -Coach Knox tlers match With the help of ready by the returning let“conditionterman the season ing them looks promising and getting them in better shape, and the wrestlers are ready to while teaching them the basics of reach coach’s goal of “the team wrestling.” doing well, and better on previAfter last year’s small team,, ous events.”