freedomflyer Issue 6 No. 2
Friday, November 5
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Digital Damage strikes teenagers As technology advances, people’s knowledge does as well, specifically those with computers. This knowledge however, is often abused by people making poor decisions. Cyber bullying is a serious issue that is affecting both students and adults, potentially ruining a person’s life. In today’s society, 22 percent of young children from ages six to nine own a cell phone and have access to the Internet. About 60 percent of pre-teens from ages ten to 14 and 84 percent of teens ages 15 to 18 also have this privilege. Recent incidents, such as the 18 year-old Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roommate streamed a video of him in his room with another male, are displaying the severity of cyber bullying. Questions have stirred as to whether or not pictures and videos that could potentially do damage towards a person, purposely, should be illegal.
“[Pictures] should definitely be illegal,” freshman Shelly Walsh said. Most cases however, are not criminal and stop with threats such as Internet Service Provider blocking and deactivation of Instant Message accounts. “People think that if they say something online they won’t suffer consequences,” English teacher Brandon Wheelbarger said. In the worst cases lawyers are called, with defamation and hate crimes as the two accepted reasons for suing over cyber bullying. Such cases do not protect the first amendment rights of the offender. According to the Cyber Bullying Research Center, in 2010 about 20 percent of students in their conducted poll were victims of cyber bullying in their lifetime. This poll of 4,441 students, ranging from ages 10 to 18, was taken from large school districts in the Southern area of the United States.
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A New Chance for Survival
Breast cancer awareness is being raised all around the country, including at FHS. With new research being done and money being raised, those diagnosed with cancer or fighting cancer are being to have better chances for survival everyday. Asia Brown
Every year October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. This year FHS has done many things to support this cause. Many girls have bought pink extensions to show their support. To get the pink extension put in it costs ten dollars per extension and all the money received goes to help cancer research. “Having two relatives die from cancer and one survivor, I donate every chance I get because I know my chance of getting breast cancer is high and I would want the same support,” freshman Alexis James said. According to CDC-Breast Cancer Statistics, breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for women, besides skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death after lung cancer. Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with
the disease. According to Cancer Facts & Figures Main, two big factors of this disease are gender, usually women and age, chances increase as
did you know
Every 13 minutes someone dies from breast cancer. It is estimated that by the end of this year, there will be 36,410 cases in Virginia alone.
a person gets older. About one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with a form of breast
cancer throughout their lifetime. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump found in the breast. There can also be redness or discoloration around the breast area. If the disease is detected early it can be easier to treat and therefore, not fatal. “Women with breast cancer and who are going through treatment are very strong and courageous people, who give hope to other women,” junior Toni Fletcher said. Treatment for breast cancer includes chemotherapy, surgery to remove a lump, or radiation. The National Cancer Institute has done a clinical trial where women take letrozole, a kind of antibiotic administered to people with breast cancer, after five years of a treatment. This, so far, has reduced the chance of a reoccurrence of breast can-
cer happening again. With new findings and information being discovered about breast cancer, many women with the disease have higher hopes that they too can survive. Although many women have died from this disease, the survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer has increased over the past twenty years, and the treatment for people with this disease has steadily improved. Breast cancer rates have decreased two percent between 1998 and 2007. “One day there will be a cure, but right now people with the disease have to keep having faith and being strong,” said James. Breast cancer is a very serious disease that not only affects the women of the disease but the families of these women, and it will continue to do so if people PHOTO BY MARY GRIFFTH aren’t helping fight the dis- ABOVE: Junior Lauren Johnson supports the fight against breast cancer by wearing a pink hair extension. These extension can be ease. purchased for 10 dollars.
Is it Fact or Fiction? A Night of Fright and Terror
PHOTO BY JENNA FLANIGIN
ABOVE: It was rumored that skinny jeans, leggins, and jeggings would be banned from the school. This rumor turned out to be false.
staff writer With the many new changes this school has experienced this year, some students feel as though one of those changes is the dress code policy. “Nothing has been changed from the last school year, but the administration does review the policies during the second semester every year, and asks for student input during the process.” Principal Christine Forester said. Rumors have been spread recently that need to be cleared up. “Through word of
mouth the students heard that yoga pants, skinny jeans, and leggings were being banned,” senior Chamo Akeemmana said. Although girls are allowed to wear skinny jeans, leggings, and yoga pants, Forester feels that these items need to be appropriate and if girls decide to wear leggings they should wear a top that is long enough to cover their buttocks. The rumor about banning yoga pants, leggings, and skinny jeans, upset many girls. “The school is no longer a public school, where a student can express
themselves in the clothes they wear, but a private school where the administration strictly controls what stundent wear,” said Akeemmana. According to Akeemmana, even if they did ban these items it would not have an effect on the school because students would still wear them, and parents would begin to complain. “I’m relieved that it’s not happening because I like wearing leggings and skinny jeans,” junior Bria Toussant said. Many girls are relieved to know that the rumor they heard was completely untrue because every day many girls come to FHS wearing skinny jeans, leggings, yoga pants or even jeggings, which are leggings that show the appearance of jeans. Since they are not being banned, girls can freely wear skinny jeans, leggings and yoga pants as long as they are completely aware that along with their other clothes, these items should be school appropriate.
PHOTO BY ALICIA KLINKO
ABOVE: Sophomore Kyle Murphy shows a look of terror as he walks through the corn field at Cox Farms Fields of Fear. Murphy, along with many other FHS students, greatly enjoyed their night of fright.
Alicia Klinko staff writer When walking around FHS on Monday morning or Friday afternoon, students can be heard discussing Cox Farms Fields of Fear. Cox Farms is a recreation outdoor park that is located just off of Braddock road. For the month of October they are hosting their normal fall festival as well as a late night fright spectacular. This includes attractions such as a haunted hayride, a scary slide and a haunted corn maze. From 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in October, participants, including students from FHS, come multiple times for the price of fifteen dollars. Upon arrival people receive a wristband and ticket that
allows them to walk around Cox farms, and go through the different attractions. On the haunted hayride, employees drive a normal hay tractor with a hayfilled trailer throughout the grounds, while other employees dressed as scary creatures jump out at hayride riders. The employees make noise and use props, such as chain saws, to spook the riders. In some instances, they touch the riders sitting on the outer edge of the trailer. “We’re going to freak out!” juniors Kendal Ragosky and Samantha Redfern said. Redfern went further to say that the attraction that she was most looking forward to was “definitely the haunted hayride.” Sophomore Jesse Mizel
said that on a scale of one to ten, one being not very scary and ten being terrifying, he would give it an eight. “It was a really scary and fun time.” Mizel said Another sophomore, Tyler Sanchez gave it five his first time. Hannah Boone, another FHS sophomore, was there that night for her third Fields of Fear experience. “The first time was horrible and I would give it a nine, the second time a five, and this time I would probably give it a three,” Boone said. Even thought their numbers varied all of these FHS students said that they would definitely come back for a second or third time around.
Accreditation passing rates in Virginia increase after the AYP lowers standards Brandon Lee
In 2007, LCPS as a whole was not able to meet the requirements that were necessitated by the No Child Left Behind act, signed by former United States President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. Virginia lowered the standards in 2008, and LCPS met the conditions for that year and in 2009 as well. The aforementioned act set in motion the Adequate Yearly Progress initiative, which requires all states to issue a standardized test for public schools in order to meet national guidelines. The AYP was proposed in efforts to determine how well a school’s faculty and administration performs, based on the results of standardized tests. The Virginia Department of Education issued the
Standards of Learning, or SOLs. If FHS’s students do not pass the SOLs, FHS does not meet the criteria needed for accreditation for AYP. If this occurs, the state government takes control of the reins and can make several modifications to the school. These changes include the replacement of the school’s staff, as well as the changing of the public school into a charter school. Charter schools are maintained and operated by an independent company hired by the state government. Attendance, graduation and participation are the criteria for AYP. In Loudoun County, students as a whole must attend their school for 96.5 percent of the time, 68 percent of the students must graduate, and 95 percent of the school must take a standardized test. Student achievement in
math and English must also be met in seven subgroups, which are: all students, white students, black students, Hispanic students, economically disadvantaged students, special education students, and limited-English-proficient students. FHS was unable to meet the requirements for special education performance in math. “We looked at the data, and we’ve put programs into place to help special education students be more successful,” FHS principal Christine Forester said. In 2008, 1355 of the 1834 public schools in Virginia met the necessary requirements. Loudoun County made a very similar ratio in 2007, with 49 of the 66 schools passing; approximately 74 percent passed and 26 percent did not. The requirements for passing rates have in-
New Planet: More room to work with
creased significantly. In the 2002-2003 school year, the necessary passing rate in English and math were 61 percent and 59 percent, respectively. Last year, it was 80 percent in both subjects. For the 2010-2011 school year, a 90 percent passing rate in both categories will be required by the school. By 2015, LCPS will expect a 100 percent passing rate in both math and English. The LCPS website suggested students take more challenging classes, such as Advanced Placement, honors and high-level languages, in order to improve performance on the standardized tests.
staff writer Just like FHS, Earth is on the verge of an overpopulation crisis. Fortunately, scientists have recently discovered the “Goldilocks Planet,” a planet that is neither too hot nor too cold, but just right enough to support life. According to the United States Census Bureau, by 2050, there will be almost 10 billion people on Earth. A lack of resources such as water, food, fossil fuels and other important energy sources could possibly ensue due to the high demand. With the growing problem, people have given a myriad of solutions to overpopulation, including using food rations, creating manmade land, and even engaging in extermination. Another proposal was to “move out” to another planet. With the discovery of the new “Goldilocks’ Planet”, this proposal has the potential of success in the future.
Unfortunately, we are destroying our planet at far too rapid a rate in order to survive by the time we can start to inhabit the new world.
did you know
The “Goldilocks” planet is close enough from its star that it could contain water. It is also the same size as earth, so it has the same gravity as we do.
Because this new planet, formerly known as Gliese 581, is very much capable of supporting life, people can move to “Earth II” and inhabit two worlds. This gives humans about 1.8 billion more square kilometers to work with. Such ideas only existed in science fiction a
few decades ago. At the rate Earth is being torn down, however, our planet may not last, at least until technology allows us to reach the new planet – floating 20 light years away (about 1.2 trillion miles) in the Constellation Libra. Every second, 1.5 acres of the rainforest alone is lost. If these rates of deforestation continue, half of the remaining rainforests will be gone by 2025; in 2060, none will be standing, and more than a quarter of the today’s plant and animal species will become extinct. Human expansion, at the cost of rapid destruction of our planet, may not be worth it. Not only will plants and animals be affected, but people will also; once Earth’s limited resources are used up, humans will reach carrying capacity, and begin to die out. “When I go on jogs, I see trash all around on the ground,” sophomore Matt McKinnon said. “If you live in a neighborhood, you should take pride in it and not throw trash everywhere.”
After Virginia lowered the standards of the AYP in 2008, many more schools recieved accreditation. Listed below is a comparison between the percentages of schools in Virginia that passed the AYP and recieved accreditation in 2008 and 2010.
2008: 74% Passed 26% Failed
2010: 98% Passed 2% Failed
Cyberbullying from page 1 Home Profile Friends Inbox
Now that earth has become polluted and destroyed, researchers are thinking of using this new planet to evetually become our home. Brandon Lee
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WTF!!!! WTH do you think you are! My BF is gonna kill u!
Information LOL!! Bring it! I can take girls!!!!!
Samantha Scolarici business manager In the previous 30 days when the Status: report was takRelationship en, 13.7 percent of those students said they experienced mean or hurtful comments, while 12.9 percent said they experienced rumors being spread. These were among the most popular answers given by the students. Approximately 17 percent of these students reported that they were victims of cyber bullying two or more times over the course of their lifetime. Students however, are not the only ones targeted when it comes to cyber bullying. Tampa Bay Networks:
Deputy Sheriff, Lisa Latimer, is being investigated after her ex husband posted pictures, on Facebook, of her in uniform holding a gun to her mouth. This split second decision may be the cause of her losing her job. What was intended to be between her and her husband is now being shared for all the public to see, which could potentially ruin her life. The question is, should this person lose her job for something that was not intended to be public? “A figure of authority should know better than to do something like that,” senior Chamo Akmeemana said.
In any case, cyber bullying can be very harmful towards people. Often times both the victim and the offender suffer some form of consequences. Cyber bullying is becoming a major form of harassment. Once something is posted online it becomes a public domain. Nothing online is private, and most people don’t take the proper precautions to check the severity of what they say online. Furthermore, people may not attempt to because they are hiding behind a screen.
4 Countdown to
Oct 26 Hallways
For the first time, each class knew that everyone had a chance to make the best out of their hallway and anyone could win. The themes, Haunted House (seniors), Carnival (juniors), Sports (sophomores) and Zoo (freshman), were ideas that everyone could easily do. All classes had a theme that they could have fun decorating with, and make into something that the judges would like. The most shocking thing about this year’s hallway decorations was that the seniors had competition. Many teachers knew this just by looking at the hallways in the morning. Usually, seniors win the hallway decorations but this year the juniors won.
Oct 25-29 Spirit Week
The spirit days consisted of ugly sweater day, theme day, tie-dye/neon day, toga day, and class color day. Many of the students were thrilled with the spirit days and showed their school spirit through outfits. Others however, chose to “change” some of the days into what they wanted. Facebook groups were created supporting new spirit days. This included jersey shore day instead of ugly sweater day and pajama day instead of toga day.
Oct 29 Pep Rally
The class of 2011 won the homecoming pep rally for the second straight year and their second straight pep rally win of 2010-2011. After they won, the seniors rushed out onto the court and celebrated their win in style. The pep rally consisted of a battle between the juniors and the seniors. The juniors won the hallway decoration contest, while the seniors won the tug of war. The juniors won the dance contest, while the seniors won the scavenger hunt. It all came down to the cheering and yelling at the end of the pep rally, which the seniors won.
Oct 29 Parade
Oct 29 Big Game
PHOTO BY AGRIMA POUDEL
Oct 30 Powderpuff
PHOTO BY JORDAN BREEDLOVE
ABOVE: Senior Jenna Abraham runs toward the endzone to score her second touchdown of the game. After a good fight, with the team in the lead changing ever so often, the seniors won at the end of the fourth quarter.
ABOVE: Junior Will Mclaughlin sets up, ready to prevent Loudoun County’s reciever from catching a pass.
Oct 30 The Dance
Let’s compare: vending machines vs. the Perch Kendall Bauer
PHOTO BY LUIZA PIRE
ABOVE: The library is a place where students can go to research, study quietly, read for enjoyment and recieve help on school work.
Helping students research and study. Joseph Cumins
staff writer During the month of October, the FHS library celebrated Teen Read Week. They also initiated a new program aimed at aiding students. Library Lab, was created by the FHS librarian staff this year in an attempt to give students more oneon-one time with them. “Library Lab is a place where students can get individual help on any research or information skills,” FHS librarian Christine Gentili said. “It gives students an opportunity to build a foundation, that research needs to be done properly.” Located on the door of
the Library’s office is a signup sheet, where students can sign up for Library Lab anytime during school hours. “When [students] sign up on the sheet, we’ll give a pass to their Eagles Connect teacher to let them come in,” Gentili said. Library Lab appointments also have set time slots. “Appointments last for 15 to 20 minutes, but we can take more time as [students] need it,” Librarian Elaine Nuzzaco said. Nuzzaco also recommended that students give the librarians information ahead of time.
“Giving us the information ahead of time allows us to save time,” Nuzzaco said. “It allows us to be more prepared, and gets [the students] better materials more quickly.” Using and working with information also has school and real life applications. “Locating, evaluating, and assessing information, and using it ethically, is the foundation for everything you do. You have to do it in history, math, science and life. Whether you’re getting a PHD or auto insurance it’s a fundamental skill,” Gentili said. “Our goal in the library is to make the library one of the most use-
able places in the school.” Along with the start of Library Lab the FHS library staff gave students the opportunity to participate in Teen Read Week. “Teen Read Week is another way to highlight what the library does, and how reading can be fun,” Gentili said. In coordination with the celebration, the library also had a used book and baked goods sale, in support of the library scholarship. The FHS librarian staff incorporated the baked goods sale with the celebration.
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This year, students walked into FHS with the option of purchasing items from the school store or the new vending machines that were acquired over the summer. The school store, the Perch, has food items similar to some snacks in the vending machine. The purpose of the Perch is to serve as a real world example of small business management to Marketing students. I Because the school store has more variety of product, it earns a great deal of money annually, used to restock the school store and pay for DECA competitions. “Last year the school store had revenues of $25,266.00 which resulted in a profit of approximately $5000,” Marketing teacher Laura Smidt said. The vending machines on the other hand, bring in a much lower amount of money. Last year, the vending machines made $3334.56 in drink and snack sales. During this school year, the vending machines have yielded
by the numbers Number of class spirit shirts ordered.
“Yes, usually during midterms and fi nals.”
... Akansha Jam, 9
“Nope, because my friends and I just get disracted.”
...Anthony Escorza, 10
“Only if its a major test.”
... Nikki Tortorella, 11
“Yes, because sometimes when I dont understand something, my partners can help me”
... Tahnaz Mohama, 12
$604.30, while the Perch has much higher sales. “The school store has had revenues of approximately $11,000 dollars this year. It has also had $11,000 in expenditures to cover the costs of inventory. It is difficult to give a precise profit amount at this point because it would require a physical inventory to be taken and accounted for. The Perch typically prices items at a 20% profit margin,” Smidt said.Although students spend more money at the Perch, the new vending machines have captured their attention. “I really like the new vending machines with Arizona Iced Tea and soda. I see a lot more people buying things from the machines this year,” junior Molly Joesten said. Whichever specific people prefer, both are convenient for the student body of FHS.
Bringing the Wild West to FHS Nicole Norris
PHOTOS BY NICOLE NORRIS
ABOVE: Heroine Kate Thunder makes it clear to the slithery preacher Ephraim Smooth that she can be a lady whenever she had a mind to. Below: Jack Rover tries to lend a helping hand to Senorita Morales by giving her money to pay off her debts.
staff writer The FHS drama department brought the vintage western play of Wild Oats to life on October 21, 22 and 23. The tale was set in the Old West during the late 1800’s, complete with cowboys, bandits and a few surprises. It was a show that had the audience laughing throughout every fun-filled scene. Wild Oats was directed by Mark Rogers, who has previously worked or studied with accomplished actors like Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. “Wild Oats is a tribute to the Wild West,” Rogers said. “It takes cliché characters and pokes fun at them.” The plot stars the feisty Kate Thunder, played by senior Kaitlyn Vickers, who “owns the local saloon [and is] a tomboy looking for Mr. Right.”
Senior Bryan Kress played Jack Rover, the hero, a cowboy and a traveling actor performing Shakespeare. The villain Ike Gammon, played by junior James McCarthy, was an evil rancher who wanted to get rid of Jack Rover and overtake the town. These characters are thrown into a mess of drama that included love triangles, mistaken identities, gunfights and comical irony. “[This production] allows students to play characters who are larger than life and quirky and outlandish in their behavior, which I think all high school students love to do,” Rogers said. Rogers described Wild Oats as much like the “action and adventure films of today, but set in a different time period.” The cast and crew were happy with the final result of the production.
“I thought it turned out really well,” sophomore Monica Thapa said. Thapa played Corporal Crow, a Native American with a curious Irish accent. Crow makes a big mistake that results in much of the confusion between the characters. Members of the audience also thought the play went well. “The overall cowboy theme was great with really awesome costumes and cool accents,” freshman Anisha Kumar said. After working hard for weeks on the production, all of the cast and crew were sad to see it come to an end. “[My favorite part of working on Wild Oats was] being with everyone and doing something I enjoy,” Thapa said. “There is never enough time, to quote Shakespeare, ‘Time is the fire in which we all burn,’” Rogers said.
Creating clubs at FHS offer students new opportunities Mark Muhlenberg
staff writer Clubs are important to high schools because they get people involved in the clubs and school and give people the chance to express themselves. FHS has many new clubs this year including cancer awareness, ping pong and service clubs that expand the variety at FHS. Students against childhood cancer is a new club in FHS. SACC founder Carina Cavalheri saw the significance of childhood cancer in people’s lives that many others look over. “We fundraise and donate all the proceeds to childhood cancer foundations and raise awareness,” Cavalheri said.
Making a club is as simple as gathering up an idea for a club. All you have to do is find a sponsor that will support your club. Once you have this you must go to Activities Coordinator Calvin Adams and complete the new clubs form. Adams then considers whether or not to approve the form, or deny it if it does not meet requirements. If approved, Adams will send the form to Principal Christine Forester for her approval. Adams and Forester then come together and either approve the club or they will tell you that they will need additional information to approve the club. Getting support for new clubs from your principal is important.
“I like all of [the new clubs] and fully support them,” Forester said. There are many new clubs that are starting and many students are trying to get them approved. “We plan on combining all of these clubs to create one big club that will provide needs for everything,” Forester said. In the near future Forester is considering on combining some of the smaller the service clubs into one large service club that provides for all the little clubs. By creating new clubs at FHS, students have been able to get involved in a number of extra-curricular activites.
This month at FHS ... November 6 Girls’ Volleyball District Finals November 7 Daylight Savings Time Ends
news in brief SSR Contest In order to kick of Teen Read Week, the library held a silent sustained reading, contest for all Eagles Connect classes. The contest was to see how many pages in total an Eagles Connect class could read. L a u r a Wa l b e r t’s class won the SSR contest and recieved a party during their Eagles Connect block. Another SSR contest will be held next quarter n
Writing and Math Center
The math lab and writing center were recently opened, allowing students in study hall to get assistance from other students in math and English. Both centers are available in 605. Students must make an appointment in room 605. Those working in the math or writing center should bring other homework if they finish early. n
PHOTO BY CADENCE GROVES
ABOVE: Various students gathered after school to play ping pong. The ping pong club is just one of the many new clubs at FHS created within the past year.
November 13 The Big One - ANGC Indoor Rummage Sale and Cross Country States
November 15-17 Winter Sports’ Tryouts November 8 FBLA Officer Installation Ceremony November 17 NHS Induction Ceremony November 10 DECA Yankee Candle Fundraiser November 18 Student Forum with Principal Ends November 22-23 Employee Furlough Days November 11 Veteran’s Day and National SciNovember 24-26 Thanksgiving Holiday ence Honor Society Inductions November 25 Thanksgiving Day November 12 NHS Meeting
DECA officers from FHS and other schools met to work on leadership and marketing skills. They discussed how to better their abilities for a variety of topics. This meeting was held on October 6 and was attended by officers from all Loudoun County Public Schools. n
New Honor Society FHS has introduced the Science Honor Society (SHS) beginning this year. The SHS was cofounded by seniors Johnathan Maza and McKenzie Quinn. Members will help out with the science fair and assist FHS students with their science work. n
My Life is...
Websites such as TFLN, MLIA, and many more take the youth culture by storm Nadia Groome
web editor Recently websites such as My Life is Average (MLIA), FML.com, Texts from Last Night (TFLN) and My Life is Bro (MLIB) have become increasingly popular. The only websites that rival the amount of views that these forums are receiving are Facebook, Youtube and Google. These sites allow people to send in text messages that correspond to the website’s theme. Each website is titled to correspond to the types of submissions that it is focused on. The submitted text messages are then published on the website to be viewed and are meant to be entertaining or humorous. “I visit these sites once a month because when I’m bored they make me laugh,” freshman Jessie Feinstein said. The submissions that are published are selected by an algorithm, or a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, that is designed to pick the best stories, and
people can comment and vote on other people’s submissions. Most of the sites have categories for the best, the worst, and the random. People can vote thumbs up if they like the post or thumbs down if they do not. The first site was FML, which was an English version of a French website in which users submit brief anecdotes about the little things that mess with their day. “I visit FML maybe once or twice a week because reading people’s daily struggles makes me laugh,” senior Joy Antwi said. Since FML’s success there have been countless spinoffs created that all serve different purposes; for people to say how good their life is, how average it is, or how bad it is. The overall theme of these websites is for people to share moments in their day. These websites took the idea of blogging and put a spin on it. The websites are driven by the viewers, and they allow people to share the little moments in their day that had impact on them. These sites have captured the attention of people everywhere because everyone enjoys commenting on and relating to moments in other people’s lives.
The Facts: based on FHS statistics SURVEY RESULTS SHOW WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES ARE THE MOST POPULAR, ALONG WITH WHICH GRADE VISITS THESE TYPE OF FORUMS THE MOST
Percentage of Students who visit the following websites
Which grade visits these type of website-forums the most?
Texts from Last Night (TFLN)- 11% My Life is Average (MLIA)- 12%
My Life is Bro (MLIB)- 12% FML.com- 33%
None of the above- 29% Other- 3%
by the numbers How often do FHS students text in school? (percentages from all grade levels)
All day Every day
In all, approximately 365 students were surveyed from all grade levels.
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FROM LAST PERIOD
Best Worst Random
Hey mom, can you call the school to let me leave early. I’m not feeling well...
Dude the teacher just tried to take my phone and I ran! I made it!
Good class (1024)
Bad class (191)
Good class (1500)
Bad class (272)
1. A 2. B 3. D 4. C 5. B 6.B 7. C 8. A 9. D 10. A........... (: hope you pass! lolll.
We were supposed to take notes in my APUSH class...but we watched Austrilian football instead.
Good class (2310)
Bad class (64)
Good class (1521)
Bad class (131)
A survey was given out to a set of randomly chosen classes throughout FHS which included all grade levels. The data compiled on this page was gathered by taking the average percentages from the survey responses. The “Texts from last period” responses shown above are made-up, fictional texts created by the students surveyed. All made-up texts will remain anonymous. The final four texts were chosen and voted on by members of the Freedom Flyer.
8 Chantilly High School
Chargers go above and beyond the call of spirit.
Just up route 50, students can find FHS’s neighbor, Chantilly High School. This school, which opened in 1972, is home to rich traditions and a strong sense of school pride. When Chantilly students do spirit, they do it with flair. Football games are a parade of people. Native Americans, masks, wigs a n d
even Batman capes are common appearances at games. Even away games are full of spirit, with the students bringing a boom box to cheer to. The school has its own song sung after every touchdown, the Chantilly Lace song. The homecoming parade, which winds through Greenbriar Neighborhood, is more than just a tradition. People have been gathering to watch the parade since their children went to CHS, ever since 1972. Like FHS’s pa-
rade, it consists of floats designed by the classes. However, the parade ends with a Taste of Chantilly, a carnival of sorts set up at the end of the parade. Clubs and community members set up stands with food while onlookers can enjoy getting their face painted or listening to a CHS band play. During every homecoming pep rally, CHS students can always expect some kind of ”Big Surprise.” In the past the principal has flown down in a helicopter or shown up in a hummer. Skydivers have
even floated down from the sky to wish the Chargers good luck on their homecoming game. “CHS pep rallies consist of more than just the typical “scream-off.” There are “drunk goggle” races. There are tricycle races. CHS has even done a scavenger hunt before, rewarding the first class to come up with items like a flipflop, earring, and ring with “Lance” points. Even the teachers at CHS go all out for homecoming week. During the spirit week for homecoming, teachers at CHS will sacrifice themselves for the enjoyment of
the student body. Students will pay a fee and then tape the teacher to the wall. By the end of the event, the teachers have so much tape on them that they actually stick to the wall. The CHS “Spirit Shack,” has always been covered in graffiti. At one point, the shack served to store sports equipment. However, CHS now uses the shack to
announce big upcoming events or to just paint something for the fun of it. An interesting fact: there are over 400 layers of paint on CHS’s shack.
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McLean High School
Highlanders live for school pride.
Founded in 1955, McLean High School has had plenty of time to build traditions that bring the students, faculty and staff closer together. They have successful sport’s teams, which seem to make the entire student body of 1,861, more spirited; their mascot, the Highlander, also helps. “Since I’ve been at the school, people have gotten more spirited. A lot more people dress up for spirit days now, and go to football games,” MHS
junior Rose Sommovigo said. “[Winning games] definitely has helped with this. It surprised me how much more spirited people got when we started winning.” Students at MHS go all out at football games and other sporting events. They get so into it, in fact, that sometimes you can barely recognize the person covered in red and silver paint. A common tradition to witness at the first pep rally each year is when all the seniors go out to the football field and stand on chairs to form a tunnel for the freshmen. The
freshmen walk through the tunnel while all the seniors throw water on them, not the nicest thing in the world, but in a school where freshmen are truly the bottom of the food chain, it fits. Because of complaints from freshmen, this year was the first year that this tradition was not carried out. “I was never really a big fan of that particular tradition so not having it anymore doesn’t really bother me. I know some of the seniors were bummed though,” Sommovigo said. Although the seniors couldn’t follow through with this particular tradition, the entire
school has remained spirited. “Not everybody dresses up for spirit days, but most of my friends do. I think that more people dress up than don’t,” Sommovigo said. Homecoming week spirit days don’t usually change at MHS; they stay the same year after year. Monday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Tacky Day, Wednesday is Sports Fan Day, Thursday is Theme Day, and Friday is Big Red Day where they dress in all red. Instead of having different colors for each class, Big Red Day promotes school unity. Theme day is similar to what FHS does; theirs this year was Pirate
Day. This year, in response to the recent spike in anti-gay bullying and the resulting suicides, MHS came together and decorated a rock outside of the school. Instead of MHS students decorating the rock with inspiring things about their school or to represent the spirit of a class, it is painted as a rainbow with the words “Be an ally” on it,
among others. This is just another example of the school unity felt at MHS. By getting pumped up for games, dressing crazy for spirit days, and joining together for a common good MHS proves that Northern Virginia high schools know how to be truly spirited.
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Thomas Jefferson High School
Colonials are not just known for academics.
Thomas Jefferson High School is a Northern Virginia high school known
for it’s math and science programs. What many do not know, however, is how spirited the high school is. “If I had to rate how spirited my school is, I would have to say an 11” TJHS senior Kate Shipman said. Students are covered from head to toe every foot ball game in all the TJHS gear and colors: blue, red and white. Even
though their football team may not be the best, they show the utmost dedication to their team. One of their cheers is the TJ Rumble, where when they score a touchdown, they sing the fight song and the cheerleaders do push-ups for the number of points the football team scores. Not only are football games widely attended at the school, but also so are their very popular Sock Hops after the game. Sock Hops are at every home game the football team has, which is why most people come
to the football games. Pep rallies are also a giant part of the TJHS spirit life. Unlike other schools, however, they only compete for class pride. Each class has their own bleacher; since the school is overcrowded, people are across the gym floor. During the pep rally the classes have spirit competitions. They yell, “We’ve got spirit! Yes, we do! We’ve got spirit! How about you?” back and forth at each other. Everyday during their homecoming week they have a
pep rally during their academic break. At the pep rallies there are competitions for best-dressed male and female and their last pep rally on homecoming Friday has competitions such as Musical Extravaganza. Members of each class sang along to choreographed dancing. There is also a float competition at the game. The winners of all these events are awarded points, and the class with the most points wins. The team
who usually wins is the seniors. Themes are normally phrases such as “What’s in and What’s Out,” “Me, Myself, and I,” and “Rhyme Time.” For TJHS, no costume is too unusual to wear, from Cactus outfits to Super Smash Bro characters. Academics aren’t all the school takes pride in. Spirit is a giant part of the school’s lifestyle.
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Around the World
School spirit in another hemisphere.
Across the ocean in distant lands you will find Americans and their traditions around the world.
This young American generation living abroad has created a vast international school community where American expatriates go to school with local students in an Ameri can environment. This mixes local traditions with those from
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America. With groups of American teenagers overseas, international spirit weeks emerged, every culture adding their own flare. Other countries have taken this idea and added their own international flavor. All over the world high school students are celebrating their schools in diverse ways. “In Sudan we got henna and had camel rides during Sudan week, but had the same basic things like pajama day,” former Sudan resident, junior Lucy Ramsis said. Depending on where you are in the
world, the festivities may be more or less influenced by the culture of the host nation. “Spirit week at school is very western. We dress up in different costumes and outfits all week and have a huge pep rally with games. We have a spirit stick as a grand prize,” Principal of International Community School Singapore Gretchen Schlie said. Countries in the SouthAsian Pacific have western traditions as well. “Every class section got a theme, that had to do with the
history of our school or founders, and had to choreograph their own moves for a dance competition that we preformed,” former Philippines resident, junior Arielle Balderama said. American high schools have comparable dance and drama competitions for spirit week. “Each class gets a theme and then we create a skit or dance that we perform! We have judges and it’s like a competition!” Yevette Teladano of Vermont said. This is just one example
of the similarities between American traditions during spirit week and the traditions of international schools spirit weeks. Culture plays a role in certain traditions and every school in unique, but the base of every spirit week is the same; themed days, competitions, decorations and spirited fun that create memories to last a lifetime. the head except for the eyes.
Breast Cancer bracelets banned in certain public school districts The “I heart boobies” fad has exploded in the past year, leaving most school districts with no choice but to ban the colorful rubber bracelets. This popular new accessory supports the Susan B. Coleman Breast Cancer Foundation, as each bracelet costs four dollars and goes directly to the fund to find a cure for breast cancer. However, school districts in South Dakota, Minnesota, California, Colorado, Indiana, Florida and Wisconsin have found the bracelets to be offensive and inappropriate for a school environment. Schools first tried hiding the words by telling students to turn their bracelets inside out, but when that didn’t work, they banned the bracelets all together. As students continued to wear them in support of the disease, they were suspended and some expelled. While some would argue
that there are different ways to spread the word about finding a cure, others don’t see the bracelet as disrespectful. “The whole idea behind them is to get people to talk about them,” Shaney Jo Darden said, according to USA Today. Shaney Jo Darden is the founder of “Keep a Breast Foundation,” a non-profit organization created to bring about awareness of the severity of Breast Cancer, and why it is so important and crucial to support finding a cure. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women over 40. The bracelets not only catch people’s attention, but tempt almost everyone who sees them to buy one, allowing for more money to go towards research. The bracelets are a constant reminder for women to stay aware of their bodies, and it also promotes women’s health in general. n Sarah Perrett -staff writer -senior
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unsigned Anticipation was building. It was FHS’s first Friday night home football game of the year, and Eagles were taking on their rivals from BWHS. The stands were packed as the team sprinted out onto the field through the fan-made tunnel. As members of the team looked towards the student section, they saw something new, something different—school spirit. Students from all grade levels had met up before arriving at the September 24 game and painted their arms, legs, faces, stomachs and torsos in black and gold. This was the biggest display of school spirit at a football game that FHS had ever seen. The students were excited, the parents seemed excited, and the fans seemed excited. However, one group of people in attendance did not look pleased—the administration and faculty of FHS. “It’s a dress code issue,” FHS principal Christine Forester said. “I do not think it is appropriate to show young men’s bare chests or young women’s stomachs with sport bras.” Forester, like some other principals in LCPS, supports body paint as long as it just includes painting one’s arms, legs, or face, but not bare chests, stomachs or torsos. Another school which follows FHS’s same policy is Loudoun County High School. While there is no specific LCPS policy on body paint, principals such as Forester and William Oblas from LCHS choose to follow this policy on body paint at their specific schools. However, many other principals disagree and choose to follow other policies at their schools. Along with many Fairfax County Public schools, other schools in LCPS allow body paint of bare chests, stomachs, torsos, and support this form of school spirit; two examples being
Broad Run and Potomac Falls High Schools. High Schools in FCPS such as Westfield, Chantilly, Oakton and Lake Braddock also follow this same policy. After seeing the tremendous school spirit exhibited at schools such as Oakton, Westfield, Chantilly and even Broad Run, it makes many members of the FHS community wonder why the painting of bare chests, stomachs and torsos are not allowed at FHS. “It’s not fair that some schools are allowed to while others are not because we are all the same age group,” junior Richard Forgette said. “It’s strange to put restrictions on students at a certain school and not on other students at neighboring or local schools.” Many other students share in Forgette’s frustrations. “It’s showing parts of our bodies that the community sees all summer long at the pools,” Senior Abby McMullan said. “If our parents are okay
with it and no one is complaining, I don’t see what the problem is.” Along with FHS students, many FHS parents are angry about this restriction on school spirit as well. “I am always an advocate for teens being able to have some fun as long as they are not breaking any laws or hurting anyone,” senior parent Lundi Denfeld said. “Painting one’s body in spirit colors seems to fulfill those two principles. It seems like a harmless way to be a little crazy while showing support for their favorite team. Seeing students go all-out made me smile and laugh; it made me feel that they loved and were proud to be associated with their team.” In years to come FHS will continue to build traditions and come up with new, innovative ways to have school spirit. However, when restraints are put on school spirit it causes many members of the student body to ask themselves, ‘Why even bother?’n
New rules aim to prevent childhood obesity According to “Fighting Obesity in the Public Schools,” a policy brief, the Federal Government is recognizing the need to control child obesity because it has tripled over the past three years. In 2004, 16 percent of Americans rated it the most important health issue of America. Obesity can lead to future diabetes, heart disease, renal failure and hypertension. In addition, in a study of 11,192 kindergarteners, overweight children had lower math and reading test scores. According to “Fighting Obesity in the Public Schools,” Schools have the biggest influence on a child’s health. A study in the United States Department of Agriculture showed that nearly every school failed to meet nutrition guidelines for fat and saturated fat. Consequently, President Barrack Obama wants to improve child nutrition by ridding schools of the junk
in vending machines which could steadily improve child health. “I believe that so many people buy from the vending machines is that they wish to utilize them. They see these snacks and think, ‘Why not [eat them]?’” sophomore Raya Iqbal said. If the Federal Government didn’t give schools with vending machines money for lunch programs, they would disappear. Furthermore, some schools like the Christian Heritage School in Utah allow outside vendors to sell in their cafeterias. “I don’t believe fast food should be served in the cafeteria. Most likely students would purchase this fast food everyday for lunch, and it would be seriously detrimental to their health. Also, their performance in school would decrease,” Iqbal said. Fortunately, 28 schools have taken actions to ban this in the United States.
One of Congress’s new laws contained incentives for schools to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and bread from local farmers. “Making fruits and vegetables free could push [students] to eat healthier,” senior Morgan Denfeld said. Some schools have even begun to restrict what is sold in their cafeterias and in school zones. For example, in California, public schools are prohibited from serving any food containing artificial trans fat in school menus. In New York City, bake sales, soft drinks, sweet snacks and candy are banned. In January 2004, Arkansas banned vending
machines in elementary schools. At Pinebook, we watch our menu for lunch and we don’t have a lot of the extra food that can be bought during lunch time,” Pinebrook Elementary School Principal Dawn Haddock said. However, government banning food sold in schools can take away the rights of a student to eat as they please. Even if measures were taken in schools to prevent child obesity, it would take several decades for changes to occur. “It would be great to see vending machines with healthy choices,” Haddock said.n Aastha Batra -staff writer -sophomore
Digital classrooms taking over Working with students in and out of the classroom
Teachers and students at FHS use the new internet tool VISION to communicate with their students or classmates through blogs and postings. VISION can be used by teachers to post homework, notes and other updates for the class. Students who may have been absent during one class period are able to check their class’ page for assignments they missed that day. “I use VISION for homework updates and activities,” freshman Jenny Weetman said. VISION is very useful for students who are absent or from class, or students who forget any assignments. The internet tool is a necessity in the classroom, and it can be used to everyone’s advantage. “If you’re absent and your teacher uses VISION, you can access your assignments and notes so you can keep up with the class,” sophomore Alyssa Gardner said. The website is quick and easy to use. It’s free, and a student I.D. is all that is needed to log in. It is a good source of communication between teachers and students by giving everyone the chance to send private messages or posting blogs. “VISION allows teachers to give information to students. They can set up blogs and communicate directly with students,” prin-
cipal Christine Forester said, “But it should not take place of communication.” VISION allows teachers to give instruction to absent students through postings and news updates. It is a simple website and it is easy to navigate through. The website is expected to have new components coming soon. “There are so many features that are still in the testing process that have yet to be rolled out to teachers and students… so VISION is by no means complete,” VISION administrator Mike Speidel said. While on VISION, students may message each other privately. This is useful and can be used to everyone’s advantage. “Every person will use VISION in a different way... While VISION cannot be everything for everybody it is by far the simplest to use and is [an] open source which makes it highly customizable,” Speidel said. VISION was a follow-up to a system called Blackboard, which was a Course Management System used by LCPS last year. The websites are very similar, but VISION is a bigger and better program used by FHS now. Students and teachers at FHS use VISION as a very positive tool and it is a necessity in the classroom.
“My excuse is that my dog Tillie ate it.” Karly Hickman 9
“My excuse is that I worked on it but I left it in my room.” Dylan Smith 12
“My excuse is that I lost it.” Samantha Redfern 11
Any tool is only as good as the person using it
If ever you had to ask your teacher a question after school hours, you would send an email. Now we have Loudoun VISION, a growing site full of chatrooms, forums and areas where your teachers can show information on. It sounds very attractive indeed, a real contender and possibly a replacement for just e-mailing your teacher. The truth is that VISION isn’t a viable replacement to the classroom for many reasons; one reason being that VISION isn’t even in its final stages. “There are many features that are still in the testing process that have yet to be rolled out to teachers and students,” VISION administrator Michael Speidel said, “so VISION is by no means complete.” In its current state, VISION is a site that works most of the time for a slight majority of people yet many students have reported speed problems and bugs accessing while using VISION. In the world of the Apple iPhone and minimalistic designs, an interface is everything and VISION’s interface could be described as dull, confusing and cluttered. Perhaps to increase the appeal VISION has among its users, a new interface could be designed using the opinions and requirements the students might have.
Allison Fusaro -staff writer -sophomore
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A+: ‘Wild Oats’ “Wild Oats” proved to be a wonderful way to spend an evening with its mature comedy focused in a setting that is alread fun and wild itself, the American Old West.
F: ‘Sister Wives’
The polygomist lifestyle of one family that is being broadcasted on TLC is not only shocking but extremely distasteful.
The growing interest in VISION among teachers has the potential to grow into a difficult method of spreading information because it is the Internet; some students still have unstable internet connections and this may lead to problems accessing VISION, being a high-bandwidth site. “Sometimes when a teacher tells you an assignment is due and you submit it through VISION, it doesn’t go through all the way. You get points taken off for something that was out of your control,” freshman Jenni Tang says. But the most frightening aspect of VISION is how some teachers use it to assign work without communicating about it in class. Since not all students can access VISION effectively and the vast majority do not visit VISION every day; this causes problems the next class when the assignment that almost no one knew about is due. “VISION should not take the place of communicating in class” Principal Christine Forester said. This reinforces the idea that VISION is a tool to excel learning and teaching in the classroom, not to replace it.
Shishir Tandale -staff writer -sophomore
Alleged bomb threat strikes FHS homecoming week once again
It may be taken as outrageous how an attentiondesperate student at FHS thinks that writing “boom boom,” on a bathroom stall is humorous. This is the second year that FHS has experienced a bomb threat during homecoming week. The cause of these alleged threats remains unknown, but one question remains: what are those writing the threats trying to achieve? The first time this bomb threat incident happened about a year ago, on October 9, 2009. It came as quite a shock at first, mainly because it was unexpected. Some students decided to stay home on the day the bomb was supposed to go off.
Nevertheless, many students and faculty knew from the start that it was merely a hoax. Now that another has been written it’s not being taken as seriously by students. All that this person is trying to do is cause chaos. He wants a full-fledged investigation at our school to induce fear and paranoia in the hallways. Students that are frightened give the perpetrator a sense of accomplishment. Just remain calm, there is nothing to freak out about. Rest assured, if there really was a true, legitimate threat to the safety of our school, nobody would be allowed to come to school. For all anyone knows, it
could’ve been a meager, innocent little freshman who was only trying to write the lyrics of the Black Eyed Peas song, but the bell rang before he could finish writing “Pow.” The administration should not be taking this threat as seriously as they are. Police officers are patrolling the building after-hours, checking every classroom for suspicious items. Doors are required
to be locked, and trash bins must be placed outside. All of these searches make the problem seem far worse than what it really is; it’s vandalism, not terrorism. However, praise should go towards the faculty and the Loudoun County Sheriff Department in their rapid, immediate initiation of an investigation on the matter.
Brandon Lee -staff writer -sophomore
12 What makes the cut? freedomsports 11.05.10
sport;n an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature
“No, [students don’t have a say in determining what a sport is]. The VHSL is who determines whether something is a sport or not,” FHS Principal Christine Forester said. During the past couple of years many FHS students have requested that Forester consider certain clubs or groups as a sport, however, she has no authority over that.
According to Forester, If FHS wanted to add a sport to the school board sponsored sports, they would have to petition the school board. Also, the support from other high schools would be needed to convince the school board. But because of the budget cuts and lack of sponsors the school board is not considering adding any sports to the program. Last year many members of the dance team urged Forester to make the petition but it never happened. Because the VHSL does not consider dance team a sport they do not get funded. They do not get buses to their competitions and the athletes do not get recognition for their contributions to the dance team. If further budget cuts are proposed, the school board will have no other choice but to start to cut smaller sports and focus on the major ones, like basketball, soccer, and football.
44 percent of students voted that golf be removed from the Olympics.
sports editor People from all over the world enjoy watching, playing, and following sports. But over the year the term sport has evolved. What is a sport? Many people have argued, discussed, and fought over the meaning but no result has been seen. People are still disputing and the term sport is still being used as a lose term. No specific thing can be called a sport. Generally, something that is considered a legitimate sport is included in either the summer Olympics or the winter Olympics. Many people argue as to which sports should be included in the Olympics. American Football, being a major sport in America and some other countries, is not included in the Olympics. Soccer, known as football in the rest of the world, is part of the Olympics. After every few years the
Olympic board meets to decide what sports to add to the program and what sports to remove. American Football has been brought up every time, but has been put down because not many countries play the sport, and it doesn’t meet the requirements set up by the Olympic board.
Inspiration: Steve Prefontaine is my inspiration.
19 percent of people voted that American Football be added to the Olympics.
29 percent of students voted that Handball be removed from the Olympics.
Inspiration: A lot of my friends were doing it, so I decided to do it.
Lacrosse orginiated in America and was played by the Native Americans. The Europeans made the modern day Lacrosse stick. The first game of football was made in 1879 and the football has evolved over the years.
The modern day hockey stick was made in Northern Canada but the exact time it was made is unknown.
New Coach, new team; how does it work? Shelby Stein
staff writer For back to back state champions, there is no such thing as an off season. After the resignation of head coach Jason Eldredge and four senior players graduating onto college, many students at FHS were concerned that changes to the team would cause changes in success and performance. “I think this year is definitely going to be a challenge for us because we don’t have the height we that we used to, but we still have returning players that are talented and have been with the program for a while,” junior Victoria Williams said. After Elredge resigned on Monday, April 12 of 2010, many steps were taken in order to select a new coach. “We advertised the opening, reviewed the applicants, which were then
interviewed by a panel which included a parent, Mr. Oblas, myself and the head of LCPS Athletics,” FHS principal Christine Forester said. “The recommendation was made to the superintendant, and finally it went to the school board for approval.” The panel chose Joe Crawford to be the new head coach. He has been the assistant coach for the last five years of the varsity girls basketball team. “My plans for this season are to play hard, and win as many games as possible,” Crawford said. “Everyone has their own coaching style, but since we know Coach Crawford so well, the transition hasn’t been as hard,” Williams said. Starting in mid-July, for the 2010-2011 season, Crawford continued the use of open gym, which
gives returning players and hopefuls a chance to train and condition to get ready for the winter season. Three times a week, the girls train in the weight room and then move to the gym where trainers from True Athletic Performance come to work with them. The workouts the trainers provide work on speed and agility, resistance running, abdominal strength, lunges and squat jumps. The trainers also encouraged the players and kept pushing them to keep going. To finish out the evening, the girls play a small game where they show off their skills in passing, interference and scoring baskets. “It seems we have the most turn out we have ever had for the pre-season practices. Before the average attendants would be about five, but now we have twenty girls coming out.
Name: Mansukh Saini Year: 11 Sport: Cross Country
Reason for joining: I love running, and it helps me get in shape
History of sports equipment Cleats were introduced by King Henry VIII in 1526, FIFA incorprated them in the early 17th Century
Name: Thope Lichtenberg Year: 11 Sport: Cross Country Reason for joining: People in Cross country make it fun
Name: Daniel Garbus Year: 11 Sport: Cross Country
Reason for joining: It helps me get in shape for wrestling season
Inspiration: It pushes me and I like the feeling.
PHOTO BY SHELBY STEIN
ABOVE: Juniors Kendall Schneider and Victoria Williams get ready to work on resistance running across the gym. One of the many workout the Basketball team does at their conditioning.
It‘s about tradition, the girls know how we have done in the past and they want to do well too,” Crawford said. These conditioning practices will continue one week before tryouts begin on November 15 at 7:45 p.m. at
FHS. Once the teams are set, practices will be every day after school. The Varsity team’s first official game is away against Tuscarora High School on December 7.
Name: Stephen Sonnon Year: 11 Sport: Cross Country Reason for joining: Team dinner
Inspiration: I want to lose some weight, and be physically fit.
To states and back again Joseph Cumins
The FHS golf team walked onto South Riding Golf Course on October 5, 2010, to compete in the regional competition. After placing second in the district, the entire team qualified for regionals, a first for FHS. The golf team finished seventh in regionals, and had a best regional score of 319 in their match against Potomac Falls High School. All the coaches and the members of the team were extremely proud of the teams accomplishments. And the coaches feel optimistic about future seasons and hopes that the golf team continues to grow as it did during this season. Regionals was held at the team’s home course in South Riding. Senior Chelsea Kim qualified for state-level competition. “I am really excited for states because it will be my last time in high school that
I get to compete against girls that have similar talent and ability as me,” Kim said. Kim has been on the golf team for 3 seasons now, and is used to the pressure and practices. “We practice Monday through Friday every week, beginning in August. Everyone has been working really hard. For states, I’m working with Coach [David Ingalls] on my weakest areas. Things like my short games and putting,” Kim said. Ingalls, a new coach for FHS this season, has also made a large impact on the team. “Coach Ingalls makes us work harder, and we had more practices and off-seasoning conditioning. He gives us good information on golf, and when things are going well, he loves to help us work on improving them,” Kim said. This isn’t the first time that Kim has competed at the state level. She competed previously in the 2009-2010 season.
The FHS cross country team has been performing outstandingly throughout the season. With some of the runners going on to regionals and states FHS is looking for a very successful season.
Volleyball: 10-5 The varsity volleyball team are having an outstanding season. Theey are currently tied with Briar Woods for 3rd place. Even though, they lost to Broad Run, they are on a roll. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM TATE
ABOVE: Chelsea Kim practices her swing at South Riding Golf Course for the State competition. Chelsea Kim is the only one from the FHS Golf team that qualified for the State competition. This is Kim’s last year at FHS and she wants to do her best.
“I went last year to states and didn’t get the score I wanted. But this year I have made a lot of improvements and my games have gotten better. I’m shooting for the top ten overall this year,”
PHOTO BY JOSEPH CUMINS
ABOVE: The FHS Hockey team goes head to head against Oakton HS, their league rival. After a thrilling encounter, the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
all in all great,” Jones said. Anderson also has done more for the team than just coaching. FHS inline hockey also has faced problems of building up a team. “We’ve lost seniors before we could build chemistry, but now we are getting a solid team, since we’ve been playing together for a few years,” Jones said. This is demonstrated in how much improvement FHS has made since last year’s seven losses and ten wins. “My favorite part has been being part of a fun, successful team,” Jones said. Like some other sports
Boys: 3rd; Girls: 1st
FHS hockey club, good enough to be a team? staff writer As other sports this fall suit up for practice and competition, FHS’s inline hockey club will do the same. The FHS hockey team are 8-1-1 for the season. Though formally known in the FHS community as a club, the inline team has begun to resemble a real sports team. With tough competition, a winning record, and a new coach, this has been a defining season for the Eagles. “Inline has two games a week,” sophomore rightwing Griffin Jones said “It’s like a real school team since we play a lot of other high schools, and get along like a team should.” The hockey team plays teams from both Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. Teams from such schools as Stone Bridge, Loudoun County and Briar Woods from LCPS and Oakton, Robinson, T.C. Williams and Lake Braddock from FCPS. The team’s new coach is making an impact this year. English teacher Tyler Anderson took up the position as a first year FHS teacher. “[Anderson] is pretty relaxed, but will get in our faces if we mess around, but
the FHS hockey team can’t play their sport on school grounds. But they play locally at “The Box” in Chantilly, Virginia. “The Box” is a local indoor inline arena that will host most of the Eagles games this season. It’s a fifteen minute drive from the FHS grounds. “People should come out and support our team because it’s a fun event that all can enjoy. We are a successful team, and people would have a blast seeing games because it’s an interesting sport,” Jones said. Directions and schedules can be found at http:// www.potomachockey.com.
Kim said. The girls’ golf states competition was held in Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 25 and 26, at Red Wing Golf Course. The entire golf team is
very proud of Kim’s accomplishments and hope she does well at states.
The varsity football team is currently having their best season since the program started. They made it to the Dulles Districts, and are currently competing aginst other high schools to win Districts.
Sports Budget Cuts 2010-11 Mary Grifith
This year the LCPS Board made further cuts to the sports budget across the county, along with keeping the $100 participation fee instituted last year. The biggest of these cuts was a 33 percent slash in transportation funding. This means that there is less available transportation for students traveling to and from games and practices. “We’ve had to look at our scheduling. When we do travel, we have to travel as efficiently as we can,” Principal Christine Forester said. For example, the cross country team can no longer take the whole team to invitationals. To some, this isn’t such a bad thing. “I’m happy because if I don’t get chosen to run then I don’t have to wake up early,” sophomore Shappi Hira said. So far, the reduced funding has not been a major problem. “What teams need to be successful, we’ve been able to provide,” athletic director Matt Oblas said. FHS is trying to raise money to fill these deficits, in a good part through the athletic booster club. They are in charge of the concession stand. However, these sales have not changed, while the budget has. This creates a continual problem. “We’re going to notice [the cuts] in June when the transportation bill comes to us. [And] we’ll be going through the same thing again next year,” Oblas said. These cuts are admittedly hard to bear. They force students, parents and coaches to work even harder in an already rough economy. Yet, while it is hard to see, Oblas can recognize at least one positive. “It helps us appreciate what we’ve always had,” Oblas said.
Sport Budget Changes Crosby-Ironton High School, Minnesota: $230 per season
Mansfield High School, Massachusetts $125 per season $400 cap Brighton High School, Michigan $175 a sport Grove City High School, Ohio: $150 per season
East Side Union District, California: $200 fee
Lake Havasu High School, Arizona: $250 to $400 per athlete No cap
South Pointe High School, South Carolina $50 pay to play
North Smithfield High School, Rhode Island $175 per season $600 family cap
SOURCE: ESPN, PENNLIVE AND USA TODAY.
Jumping the Pacific: music in the western hemisphere
FHS goes international “I really like their vocals and I like how the beats and music itself is different from American music.” Avni Bhatia 10
“The songs are part of the Hindi movies that I watch.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF CARSON ALLEN
ABOVE: South Korean pop artist Bi Rain is seen signing autographs in Seoul for an American fan.
Over the years it has become apparent that Western music has influence upon the Asian music industry. In current times many genres of Asian music, pop and rap in particular, have Westernized in hopes of pushing out into an international fan base. This is evident due to the rising trend of well-known Asian stars singing lyrics in English, synthesizing their voices, and having rap interludes in the song more often. JYJ is a South Korean subgroup of the famous DBSK, and has recently dropped a global album The Beginning with help from American A-list producers Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins. Their song “Ayyy Girl” featured Kanye rapping his part while JYJ sang all-English lyrics. Another South Korean sensation is Choi DongWook, mostly known to his fans as Se7en. He broke
out into the Western world back in 2008 with his song “Them Girls” feat Lil’ Kim. Se7en’s U.S. debut single led to tours from Seattle to New York to Atlanta. Korean pop has grabbed many of the top hits on the Oricon charts, Chinese pop has made contributions to the hit lists as well. Ho Yeow Sun is a Singaporean female artist who sings Mandarin pop. Although Sun has collaborated with the likes of Wyclef Jean and has had three number one hits on the U.S Billboard, she is not very well known in the Western hemisphere. Nonetheless, she has branched out to the international market on a larger scale than other Asian artists can claim. Although the West has influenced Asia’s music industry, not all Asian stars sing in English, rap or use auto tune. Most bands are happy to cater a smaller fan base rather than branch out into the international market and risk failure.
About as much fun as a ball of yarn
Lifestyles Kirby’s Epic Yarn is the titular character’s first console excursion in over a decade and Nintendo’s signature pink puffball has obviously been taking notes from current platformers. In Kirby’s Epic Yarn Kirby is transformed into yarn after falling into an evil wizard’s magic sock and now he must stitch the world inside that sock back together. Keeping true to form this game makes absolutely no sense, but that isn’t really the point. The story of the game is only a window by which HAL Laboratory spins its platformer magic.
“Western [music] is all about partying while international music is more meaningful.” Jin Kim 10
Sakshi Chiney 9
by Clinton Cerelo
2. “I’m Busy”
3. “Uff teri adaa”
by Shankar Mahadevan
by DJ Sarwieshko
by Brown Eyed Girls It is this visual aesthetic that is easily the strongest part of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Everything in the game world is made out of handy-crafts like pipe cleaners, buttons, felt, and of course yarn. This rendition of Kirby has obviously been influenced by the likes of other games such as the Paper Mario series and Little Big Planet. Like Paper Mario the aesthetic is blended into a part of the game-play; buttons and tags in the world can be latched onto and pulled to reveal objects hiding in the background. This serves as a major element of the platforming as certain paths can only be revealed by scrunching up walls and hanging
6. “Stereo Love”
by Edward Maya
7. “Mere Bina”
by Die Prinzen
9. “Pehli Nazar Mein”
by Atif Aslam
10. “Bora Bora”
by Arash from buttons. In particular swinging from the mouths of googly eyed frogs is both immensely adorable and productive. Still there is something hollow in the game, a lack of soul and spirit traditionally found in the series. The main contributor to this dilemma is the radical change to Kirby’s abilities. Most people have come to recognize Kirby for two things: his cuddly appearance and his power to suck up enemies to replicate their unique skills. For instance sword Kirby, with his green hat and sword reminiscent of Link from The Legend of Zelda, is an iconic staple of the series to longtime fans. Unfortunate-
Others such as freshman Sakshi Chiney and sophomore Avni Bhatia were introduced to international music by their parents. “My parents introduce me to Bollywood, since they’re from India and all,” Bhatia said. Yet, the biggest influence seems to be from peers themselves. “I hear music from other countries by the people I’m surrounded by,” Roy said. Most students like the variety of the music and the difference in the sounds. “International music is glorious and different,” sophomore Taylor Del Vecchio said. Others such as freshman Alexis Vanessa James find the songs to be “funny and [have a] fast beat.”
ly for fans expecting more of the same, sucking things in is eschewed in favor of yarnbased weaponry. Kirby’s new primary mode of battle is to sling a stringy arm at his opponents, thus converting them into balls that can be subsequently thrown at other enemies. In practice this works exactly the same as Kirby’s inhaling and exhaling, so in a way it is almost a callback to older members of the series that lacked the trademark power copying. Sadly, however, it seems like the series is losing what progress it has made over the years. To offset the repetitive nature of the core game, Kirby has been given several forms
that are forcibly activated after reaching certain parts of levels. The problem is that some of these sections are more fun than others; the fast paced skateboarding sessions easily outshine the clunky and slow fire-truck. Overall the game proves to be tedious and with very few reasons to continue playing, Kirby’s Epic Yarn lacks the unique spirit expected from the series.
staff writer Because FHS is so culturally diverse, more students are gaining an interest in international artists and songs. The music of East Asia, Finland, Holland, Germany, Spain and India are among the favorites of FHS students. Most students discovered the international genres through popular music-streaming sites such as YouTube and iTunes. “I was introduced to Korean music through YouTube,” junior Kiana Burns said. Students like freshman Miranda Scoggin and sophomore Raima Roy were introduced to international music through foreign language classes at school. “I was introduced to German music in [German] class,” Roy said.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn Developer: HAL Laboratory Publisher: Nintendo
Pumkin Pie Tasting
On October 19, 2010, the FHS Newspaper staff taste tested four pumpkin pies, and rated them without knowing which pie was which. The prices and ingredients varied; however, our results proved that the more expensive pies were not as tasty. The ratings were on a scale of 1-4, and every three students wrote a description of a specific pie. These results are from a pool of 12 students, and are simply suggestions of which pies to buy during this Thanksgiving Holiday season.
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Description: Has Cinnamon flavor to it, crust was nice which left good taste.
Description: The pie filling taste is the perfect blend of sweet and spice, the crust was amazing and not crumbly at all.
Moms Applepie Bakery Price: $14.34
Healthy Homemade Price: $28.35
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Description: Tastes so good, however burnt crust was bad. No crust is better than burnt crust.
Description: The overall taste was good, however there was no crust and the texture was smushy.
Blast from the Past Samatha Huynh
staff writer The festive holiday of Thanksgiving now revolves around elastic pants and a mission to find the best turkey, but how did it originate? Every elementary school child has the opportunity to learn about the friendly interaction between Pilgrims and Native Americans, this was not the original Thanksgiving tradition. The holiday began as a religious day without any feasting, however, it has progressed since then. Years later, the well known Thanksgiving theory actually happened; as another separate group of settlers decided to honor the help received from their Native American friends with a harvest festival. This tradition has carried on for years and, for many, the holiday still serves as a day where everyone can come together. “When we lived in Florida, we had dinner with our neighbors and family; we
[always] have to get extra tables,” sophomore Chantel Bass said. Subsequent years showed a lack of interest in the holiday, but it was finally revived. The meaning went through a transformation – thanksgiving for the help of Native Americans, thanksgiving for the victory against the Native Americans, thanksgiving for God, and thanksgiving for the victory in the American Revolutionary War. Currently it has now developed into a much broader topic – a time to gather, to give thanks for all the good in one’s life, divine or perfectly average, and of course, an opportunity to embrace the massive food craze of the season. Thanksgiving embodies enough of a spirit or at the very least, concept, to substantiate enough of a reason to be a bank holiday. It’s a marker for stores to start taking out the candy canes and Christmas decorations in stores, a signal that the colorful leaves are on their
way out, autumn is ending, and it’s time to get a bit greedier with the mindset of gifts and not the mindset of giving. Despite its great benefit to multiple industries, Thanksgiving has honest roots, and still serves as a single day of the year when you have a spare moment between stuffing your face, reaching for more to have a second thought about the glorious food, and all the other things you take for granted all the other days.
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Dark meat turkey
Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping
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