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Volume VII Issue IV
Hereford High School, Parkton, Maryland
The voice of Hereford High
The Art of Science Art panels designed for science hallways
Illustrations by Caroline Devereaux
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has designed six art panels to be displayed in the science wings. These panels emulate the basic principles of science while bringing color to the halls. Featured above are designs for the panels representing astronomy, chemistry, and biology/earth science. Read more on page 12.
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Teen mindset contributes to drug epidemic In 2016... By Lily Cavallaro Reporter
By Nicole Burkoski Reporter
...116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses.
According to The Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore’s law department filed a lawsuit [recently] against opioid manufacturers and distributors over the marketing of addictive pain pills, adding the weight of the Maryland jurisdiction hardest hit by the overdose crisis to the legal campaign to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable.” In light of this, we present various aspects of the drug epidemic.
Companies paying their share:
According to the Baltimore Sun, taxpayers are currently at $193 billion of debt for the societal cost of opioid addiction and related deaths. Not having paid their debt to society, manufacturers are making billions of dollars in the process of drugs taking people’s lives. In this past year alone, 2,400 lives have been lost in Maryland alone due to the opioid pandemic.
...11.5 million people misused prescription opioids.
...42,249 people died from overdosing on opioids… more than any year on record.
...$504 million in economic costs due to opioids.
Statistics provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The problem with drug experimentation, especially at a young age, is that teens think they’re invincible and want to continue experimenting. “Kids don’t understand addiction, they don’t think anything will hurt them, “Katie McCabe, a licensed rehab therapist said. “The brain isn’t fully developed until you are 25-26 y/o and the last part to develop if the Frontal Lobe. This is the part of the brain that helps us make good decisions, sound judgments, and have inhibition.” Having a sense of awareness and strong understanding of oneself is key to maintaining control. Although someone may start with an innocent curiosity, throughout time, drug use progresses and people can lose the logical mindset that gives them control.
Injection facilities allow people who are already addicted to medication safely take supervised injections to prevent the hardships of withdrawal. Some may argue that this is detrimental and encourages addiction, however these facilities are intended to avoid overdose, prevent infection, and apply medication-assisted treatment, according to the Baltimore Sun. The rebuttal regarding these facilities, based on the opinion of the Amethyst Recovery Center, is that the federal government has no right to oversee the operations. Injection facilities can also be viewed as promotion for drug use, but it can be debated that the drug use is inevitable and these programs make it safer.
Levels of crisis:
When it comes to addressing opioid overdose, there are three different levels: upstream, midstream, and downstream, according to the Baltimore Sun. By attempting to decrease absurd amounts of prescriptions, upstream works to prevent the spiral into addiction. Midstream uses hands-on assistance to people already struggling with addiction. Distributing medication such as, suboxone and naltrexone, is a way they provide immediate help. Downstream focuses on the more severe cases that are solely trying to prevent overdose. Using technology and programs such as Uber, this level of urgency intervenes to save lives.
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By Maggie Parks Reporter
Former Penn State University fraternity brothers are charged with involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. The claims began when former pledge, Tim Piazza, was forced to drink 18 drinks in nearly 90 minutes and fell down a flight of stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house on Feb. 2, 2017. He was left to die after hitting his head repeatedly while coming in and out of consciousness. The brothers attempted to cover their tracks by deleting the video surveillance of the incident, but it was recently recovered and is now under rigorous investigation. “I have thrown up from [drinking] before and passed out and not remembered anything the next morning, it’s disgusting,” an anonymous junior girl said. “People don’t know their limits and go over the top.” If you’ve ever been to a school dance or party, you’ve probably noticed a few people who regularly become sick, break things, or pass out. The truth is that these students don’t want to push their bodies to the brink but, they feel the need to because they have no other way of compensating for their insecurities. “I think there’s more [pressure to drink as a boy],” an anonymous sophomore boy said. “Guys tend to take it really it’s like a competition.” It’s not surprising to hear that guys feel more pressure to binge drink. Fraternities are notorious for hazing, whereas it seems much less common for sororities. This is probably because drinking allows guys to prove their masculinity to their friends. I, in no way, think that I’m untouchable. I’m a normal teenager, I’ve made mistakes and continue to make mistakes. Underage drinking is a pressing issue that will never go away, no matter what, so there’s no point acting like teens don’t go out or drink with their friends on occasion. Although, drinking has a more dangerous meaning for some students. One reason students may exhibit extreme habits is that it’s in their DNA. Alcoholism is a widespread disorder that can be genetically passed on, so it is simply unfair to group these kids with others who actually do choose this lifestyle. I’m not an expert, so I can’t say who does or doesn’t have this disorder but I’m not undermining the struggles that those people have to go through every day. But what is to say about those who do have the choice? Although there is no excuse for those who choose the distressing behavior, there are often other people who pressure their “friends” into binge-drinking. The insinuators are just as, if not more, insecure than the victim, but they display their emotions in a crueler way. Feeling powerful gives these people fulfillment, even if that means seeing another suffer. Personally, I don’t find it amusing when I see someone upchucking in the corner, but many of the same people who pressure their friends to drink are the ones laughing at the disgusting scene. Maybe I have no sense of humor, but I’d rather not see a regurgitated piece of Michael’s pizza on someone’s Snapchat story. The people who make potentially fatal party behavior seem cool are the problem. This is the fundamental issue with hazing and this is the fundamental issue with high schoolers. We are so influenced and interested by what others are doing that we cannot focus on what is best for ourselves. Yes, the personal side effects of binge drinking can be extremely dangerous, but by harassing others, you are also putting them at risk. It’s proven that alcohol lowers inhibition; in other words, you’re unable to control your actions. This is why sexual assault, car accidents, and unsafe sex increase when people drink (according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). If you choose to drink, you have to be able to control yourself. Know your limit and stick by it. If you have a bad night or make a mistake, own up to it. Don’t blame it on the alcohol because, in the end, you were the one who chose to drink in the first place. It is in all of our best interests to look out for ourselves and our friends so that we never have to witness a tragedy like Piazza’s. If we continue to glamorize the negative impact of binge-drinking, we could become the next Beta Theta Pi brothers. I hope we choose otherwise.
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Heating issues tempered at Prettyboy By Will Amos Reporter
It’s been extra cold this winter, with many days below freezing. Unlike old fashioned school houses, Hereford schools have modern heating systems to keep students and faculty comfortable. Some schools in the zone had problems with air conditioning, but at least there are windows and a breeze. Recently however, Prettyboy Elementary School had four classrooms that had heating issues. “We had a few classrooms in which the heat was not regulating and were a little colder,” Prettyboy Elementary School Principal Nicole Norris stated in an email. “We are working with the county to diagnose the exact issue.” The issue began around the start of January, but was quickly acted upon by Norris and BCPS Office of Facilities. “The BCPS Office of Facilities was
made aware immediately and came out to meet with our Building Operations Supervisor and me to discuss the problem as well as possible solutions,” Norris stated. “They continue to monitor the classrooms to find the best solution.” Similar to the problems had at Prettyboy, many schools in Baltimore City Public Schools have had problems with their heating systems, causing students from kindergarten to twelfth grade to have to wear winter clothing inside due to low temperatures. Sixty city schools, almost one-third, have had problems from broken heating systems to bursting boilers to drafty windows. Many teachers and parents have called for a closing of the district until all schools are fixed. There have been many accounts of students having to wear winter coats,
gloves, and hats, classes having to combine because of classrooms being too cold, and even bathrooms not working. One mother of a city school student, @melissa_schober on Twitter, described her young daughters experience through a tweet. “[It was] so cold that she had to wear her coat and only one set of bathrooms was working. [My daughter] had to walk outside to another building to get to a working restroom; she’s 9.” For Prettyboy students, the discomfort was short-lived. “With no heat and more children in classrooms, I feel students were not learning properly,” Cassie Powers (’19) who has a younger sibling who goes to Prettyboy said. “I’m happy that the issue has been prioritized and is being fixed.”
Chinese Year of the Dog begins Feb. 16 By Paul Rapuzzi Community Editor
Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Feb. 16 by families across China and the world. Chinese New Year takes place between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20, occurring on the twenty third day of the twelfth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The holiday has been celebrated since at least the Shang Dynasty. Traditional New Year: Traditionally, New Year had been the most important festival on the calendar. The prime focus of every household was celebration. Business would come nearly to a halt and every household celebrated a healthy home and family. To prepare for the holiday, homes were thoroughly cleaned in an effort to rid the house of “Hui-Qi,” (huay-chee) or bad luck, which may have collected throughout the year. People also paid tributes of food and paper icons to the gods who would descend from heaven on the holiday. Scrolls with lucky messages would be posted at household gates and fireworks launched to ward off evil spirits. Red envelopes filled with money, or “Hong-Bao,” are given to children. The family feast was one of the most important events with a not to be eaten last course of fish meant to symbolize abundance and good fortune. Modern New Year: In 1912, Chinese New Year was recognized as an official holiday to be celebrated on Jan. 1 in accordance with the Gregorian calendar introduced by Christian missionaries in the 1500’s. In 1949, Mao Zedong forbade celebrating the traditional New Year following the lunar calendar and ordered it must follow the Gregorian calendar, a policy that would grow lax by the end of the century. By 1996, the Chinese government granted a mandatory week-long vacation during the holiday, now officially called “Spring Festival” or “Lunar New Year” to give families a chance to get together and travel. Today, Chinese families continue to celebrate with traditional symbols and food and enjoy the annual Gala, which features a variety of singers, dancers and magical performances. While the religious symbolism of the holiday has faded over time, people both in China and in the West pay special attention to the changing zodiac animals and what the traditional meaning behind that animal is. This year is the year of the dog. Attributes generally associated with people born in the year of the dog include the following. Lucky numbers of three, four and nine. Lucky colors of red, green and purple. Lucky flowers of the rose, cymbidium and orchid. And character traits of loyalty, honesty and stubbornness. New Year at Hereford: Students and staff can recall past celebrations of the Spring Festival at Hereford with drums and a dancing lion parading the
hallways. But this is not all that Chinese students have in store for this year’s celebration. “We’re going to host a New Year’s lunch and bring in some Chinese food,” Chinese Culture Club President Eddie Lee (’18) said. “We’re also probably going to have a presentation about it [New Year] and how it is celebrated around the world.” “One thing we’ve done is stream the live celebration from China,” Chinese Culture Club Secretary Ashley Thompson (’19) said. “I’m looking forward to eating some good Chinese food and making some traditional red lanterns,” Chinese Culture Club Vice President John Talbot (’18). “I remember in freshman year, someone brought in some dumplings and we made Brendan Matheny eat something like twenty dumplings which was pretty fun.” Chinese Teacher Shirley Koh is also excited for this year’s celebrations. “I usually celebrate [New Year] by eating out or having a hot-pot at home with friends and families and the Taiwanese community in Baltimore usually rents out a reception hall and hosts a dinner party,” Koh said. “This year, two friends from Taiwan are visiting and I am looking forward to spending the Lunar New Year with them.” Chinese students and club members are also excited for the coming celebrations. Many of them can recall past celebrations and activities that are bringing the enthusiastic spirit of the Spring Festival to Hereford. “I remember in seventh or eighth grade, we would all run around and shake our hands at each other and shout GongXiGongXi which would really annoy our teacher,” Daniel Weiss (’19) said. GongXi-GongXi (gong-shee) meaning “congratulations”, is a common New Year’s greeting. “I liked learning the greeting, GongXi-GongXi,” Justin Smith (’18) said. “You just clasp your hands together and shake em’, violently.” “I liked doing the dragon dance in the auditorium and the cafeteria,” Brady Ziegler (’18) said. Dragons are considered a symbol of luck in Chinese culture and thus the dragon dance is often performed during New Year festivities to bring good luck for the coming year. While for many people the holiday is simply a time to enjoy traditions and watch the festivities, the importance of the holiday various depending on where you are. “On the east coast the celebrations are rather simple, but in big cities on the west coast New Year is a much larger fanfare,” Koh said.
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HHS Radio wins first place in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest By Sarah Borton Reporter
Four students from the Radio and TV class took first place in the state along with a $25,000 technology package in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Jaden Weems (‘20), Ashley Thompson (‘19), Tyler Hillard (‘19), and Zach Lee (‘19) comprised the team that took home the state win. The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest pushes students to use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills to solve a local issue. The four students are working with the advanced engineering class to create a prototype for a portable tray for students to use on the bus when they have long bus rides. “The idea is to have it be stable, portable and have light,” Thompson said. “The end goal is to sell it to the school as a product that students are able to buy.” Tech Ed department chair Michael Doddo informed Radio and TV teacher, Weston Fellows about the contest and suggested that his class submit a proposal. The teachers applied in Sept. to Nov. and then, the 255 state finalists submitted their activity plan. From there, the 51 state winners (including the District of Columbia) will submit a project video, and then the ten national finalists are chosen and beginning social voting. In early April, the ten finalists will attend a pitch event for the winner announcement. The team is currently communicating their ideas to the engineering classes while the engineering classes
are in the process of brainstorming ideas for the design. After the engineering classes figure out a prototype design, they will present the idea back to the Radio and TV class. “Our job is basically just to create the idea, but [the advanced engineering classes] are going to design it,” Weems said. Hillard, Lee, Thompson, and Weems’ idea won at the county level and the state level. “Mr. Fellows was absent the day that we found out. We were all up in the TV studio getting ready to put on the morning announcements.” Thompson said. “The woman who was up there with us got an email and she told Jaden first and Jaden comes up to me with the biggest smile and he’s like ‘We won! We won!’ We were all so pumped up” They are now one of the 51 state winners. “It made my day,” Hillard said. Fellows said he was completely surprised and that he was elated. The team will now begin to work on their project video. “The next step is they will choose from the 51 state winners for each state plus the District of Columbia, there are going to be ten national finalists,” Radio and TV teacher, Weston Fellows said. “If we advance to the ten national finalists, that means there is a 50000-dollar Samsung technology package.” Fellows is hoping to win the next round and be one of the ten national champions.
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Ashley Thompson (‘19) watches her fellow anchors on the morning announcements. She competed in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The team took home a state win with a $25,000 technology package.
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IS BAD PUBLICITY GOOD FOR SPORTS?
Bad business is still business
By Brady McGee Reporter
Basketball is the second most popular sport in the world, right behind soccer, according to Pledge Sports. With over one billion fans worldwide, the reach of basketball has been growing every year. One man has taken advantage of this ever growing sport and created an international empire. Lavar Ball and his three sons— Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo— have encapsulated every aspect of the basketball world. All three children played on Lavar’s AAU team, the Big Ballers. All were highly recruited prospects in high school, playing for their hometown Chino Hills Huskies. All were committed play basketball at UCLA. Lonzo dominated the college scene, averaging 14.6 PPG, 7.6 APG, and 6.0 RPG leading his UCLA squad deep into the tournament. Then he was drafted by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, much to the liking of Lavar. After a criminal saga that involved LiAngelo being arrested on a team trip to China, Lavar decided to pull him out of UCLA and LaMelo out of Chino Hills. What would seem to be a major speed bump in Lavar’s path to success, turned out to be a silver lining. Lithuanian pro team, BC Vytautas, signed both brothers to play ball overseas. Although it isn’t UCLA or the Lakers, the Ball family has inserted themselves into the international basketball scene.
With one son playing in the NBA and two playing overseas, Lavar Ball is one of the most recognizable faces in the sports world. Some people see that as a bad thing; I don’t see how you can. He’s brash, he’s arrogant, and he has uttered some of the most outlandish things ever spoken. He’d beat Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players in NBA history, one-on-one? Most definitely not. Lonzo will be better than two-time MVP Steph Curry? Not very likely. Yet everyone is talking about him and his family. They have a reality show on Facebook that grabbed the attention of five million viewers for its first episode. LiAngelo’s and LaMelo’s Lithuanian jerseys sold out in one day. Lonzo, who is having a good not great rookie year on a mediocre team, is in the top 10 for All-Star voting. It is clear people are drawn to the Balls. All the ridiculous statements of confidence, the outrageously overpriced shoes, and the controversial treatment of his sons’ basketball future; it’s all part of an act. Lavar knows exactly what he’s doing, he’s a businessman. Everything he says gets people talking and that is preciously what he wants. This past NBA draft featured a lot of bright stars who have been playing well this year. How many of their fathers can you name and put a face to? How many of their fathers have made guest appearances on “SportsCenter?” Lavar may be hated, he may be loved, but if you follow sports at all, I bet you know his name.
There’s a right way and a wrong way
By Max Herbkersman Reporter
Can you afford $500 shoes? No? Then you’re not a big baller. Today sports are being taken over by outrageous icons such as Lavar Ball. For those who are not familiar with the man, he is the father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball (Zo), LiAngelo Ball (Gelo), as well as LaMelo Ball (Melo). Lavar has built a basketball empire fueled on outrageous exclamations and actions creating poor publicity for him and his family. Lavar, Ball has made numerous cocky exclamations that have left the sports world scratching their heads. In May of 2017 the Ball family released the first signature shoe for Lonzo Ball, the $495 “Big Baller Brand ZO2 Shoe”. After the release of the pricing Lavar Ball was under fire for the outrageous price, but he didn’t care. “If you can’t afford the ZO2’s you’re not a big baller,” Lavar said. Any man whose son is a guaranteed first round NBA draft pick and is guaranteed to make millions of dollars doesn’t need to sell $500 shoes and then tell young fans and players that they aren’t “Big Ballers” because they can’t afford the poorly made shoes. While Lavar and the Ball family have every right to sell $500 shoes, the message that it sends is poor for the game of basketball and its young fans.
Former NBA player Stephon Marbury was one of those little kids. Growing up Nike Air Jordan shoes were constantly being released, but were always too pricey. When Marbury made it to the league, and got a signature shoe deal he sold the $15 “Starbury” which was aimed to be a cheap alternative for young fans of the game. The Ball family’s antics don’t only cause problems off the court, but Lavar Ball’s comments have created tension within the Laker organization. “Lonzo’s fittin’ to step over Magic, to be the best guard ever,” Lavar said. Magic is the legendary Magic Johnson, who is also the current president of basketball operations for the Lakers. Halfway through Lonzo’s rookie season, he has been decent. Not bad, and not great. The young player shows great potential. He’s currently averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game through Jan. 18 2017. These are solid rookie numbers, but are they great enough to call him better than two time NBA champion and two time league MVP Steph Curry? No? Well Lavar thinks so. These often negative and outrageous headlines that surround the Ball family might be beneficial to their own family, and Lavar Ball’s scumbag Big Baller Brand business, but it hurts the integrity of the game, and turns away young fans who can’t reach the absurd standards for a “Big Baller”. The bottom line, Lavar Ball needs to stay in his lane.
Boys’ basketball hosts 25 and 50 year anniversary game By Maggy McGuigan Reporter
After 25 and 50 years, 2 of the most successful boys’ basketball teams the school has ever seen will return on Friday, Feb. 16 to watch the JV and varsity teams play their last regular season against Winters Mill, at home. The 1967-1968 team made it to the state-semifinals, and the 1992-1993 team made it to the state-finals, coincidentally, separating both returning teams and our current team by 25 years. Fifty years ago, the 1968 team made school history by becoming the first team to make it to the quarter finals. They traveled to the University of Maryland for their game against Henry E. Lackey High School. “We were all very excited to make the trip from Hereford to College Park,” said player Dennis Hendrix. “I think we were all intimidated by the size of the court and the size of the team we had to play when they came onto the court.” The change in venue wasn’t the only memorable part of the season for the team. “My favorite memories were how close we were as a team,” said player Tim Miller. “Coach Garner was a great and very positive influence for a young, developing person.” When the Hereford Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated, player Forry Buckingham was selected into the first group. “The reason I was there was the fact that I had the
best teammates anyone could imagine.” The returning players “are all very excited to return and celebrate 50 years of a truly memorable experience,” said Hendrix. Exactly 25 years later, their record was broken by the 1993 team who made it to the state finals. “The 1993 season was a magical one,” said head coach Steve Power. “We won 4 straight games to get to the state final in the last minute. [Going into the finals,] the feelings for the whole team were sky high. [Due to] a big snowstorm in March, the game was postponed to the following week. We were ready and played a great game against the Alleghany Campers. They tied the game in the last minute and won in overtime.” Power has been back several times to see Coach Rhoads’ teams. “He has done an excellent job; one of the assistants, Jon Capan, was one of the best players I ever coached.” Although he has seen some of the players that were inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame several years ago, Power “will enjoy
seeing the 1993 team again” and is “looking forward to returning for the game.” In order to keep the streak alive, our team would have to make it to the state finals and win to break the school record. “We’ve won all of the games were supposed to, except one,” said Grafton Griffey (‘19). “There’s always a chance.”
(Above) Photo provided by the 1993 Pioneer (Below) Photo provided by Rodney Regier
(Above) The 1993 team that made it to the state finals. “My favorite memories are always centered around the kids,” said Power. “I miss the preparation and adaption which was required to adjust to each teams abilities and talents.” (Below) The 1968 team that made it to the state semi-finals. “I feel very privileged to be a part of that team,” said Miller. “Sports gave me the opportunity to develop relationships with kids outside my classes.”
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Polo player Brennan Wells takes home national championship By Megan Lime Reporter
Brennan Wells (’18) has been riding horses ever since he can remember and he has grown up with polo being the center of his life. He started playing polo at age six. His mother is a horseback riding instructor and polo coach at their farm, Marlan Farm, which houses around 30 horses. Well’s father is also a polo coach and veterinarian. “[There’s an] understanding that the sport of polo is very expensive, but it’s much more affordable than people think,” Wells said. Taking polo lessons is relatively inexpensive, but leasing your own horse to ride makes it more expensive. “Buying and managing your own horse is a full commitment, which is not only expensive, but very time consuming,” Wells said. On their farm, Wells calls three out of the 30 horses on the farm his own, Ruby, Roscoe, and Napoleon. Wells not only takes care of his three horses but also helps his mother take care of the other 27 horses on the farm which is very time consuming. “I often find that I don’t have enough time to spend with friends or to take part in high school clubs,” Wells said. Despite this sport being very time consuming, Wells has been out of the country several times and traveled to India, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Guatemala. Wells practices polo and rides horses almost every day at his farm. He plays and competes on the Maryland Polo Club varsity team as a captain. There are two types of polo: indoor (interscholastic) and outdoor. There is an indoor arena at their farm, which is one of the reasons he plays indoor polo, but in the summer he plays outdoor polo at Ladew Gardens with friends and family. “The main tournament I have been competing to win since fifth grade is the Open National Interscholastic Championship,” Wells said. This is an indoor tournament where teams comprised of fifth through twelfth graders across the country compete for.
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Wells takes a neck shot during an outdoor match. He earned first place at the Southeast Regional All-Star competition.
Wells stares down an opponent during a match. He has competed nationally for several years.
“The tournament has a regular season then three stages of tournaments: Preliminaries, Regionals, and then finally, Nationals,” Wells said. This past year, Wells team won the 2017 Open National Interscholastic Championship which was held at Cornell University. Wells was personally awarded the first place National All-Star award at the tourna-
The indoor match lasts about two hours. Wells led his team to an undefeated 2017 season.
ment, and his team went undefeated in the 2017 season and have continued their streak this year. Some other awards wells has been awarded over the years are first place Southeast Regional All-Star, 2017, third place National All-Star, 2016, and second place Southeast Regional AllStar. Wells hopes to attend a top tier college that
also offers polo. He is currently being recruited by colleges such as University of Virginia, Cornell University, and Harvard University for polo. Wells has no clear front-runner but hopes to decide in the coming months.
Maryland boys’ basketball opinion introduces shot clock Move over NFL: There’s a new king in town
By Sydney Powell Reporter
Quick possessions, high speed game play and even higher scoring games are what Maryland public school’s boys’ basketball fans have to look forward to this season. With the approval of the shot clock by the state’s athletic officials last May, boys’ basketball teams will now only have a 35-second possession period during high school games. The introduction of the shot clock into game play will result in teams having to get a shot off more quickly. “It will definitely make the game more fast paced,” Grafton Griffey (’19) said. “The offense will be required to shoot it faster.” Teams that would previously utilize strategies that would have the offense willingly hold the ball and wait for defense to come out of their line, will have to change their game plan to accommodate the ticking time clock. This will ultimately lead to faster play and higher scoring games during the season. “The shot clock forces teams to play faster because you only get 35 seconds per possession you can’t just stall,” David Staab (’18) said. “You have to make a play.” Coaches hope the change in high school games will help players to get more acclimated to a higher level of play. “I don’t think it changes too much,” Justin Capan (’20) said. “I think it just helps you prepare for a higher level of basketball.” Though the time limit is slightly less in college games, coaches believe the pressure of the limited possession time will give players a sense of what it’s like to play at a collegiate, or even possibly a higher, professional level.
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By Mark Suchy Sports Editor
One industry made an estimated $13.3 billion this past year, while the other industry “only” grossed $6 billion in 2017 according to Forbes. Based on the statistical output of both industries it would be silly not to assume that the 13 billion dollar industry is the most popular. But, this scenario is a statistical anomaly. The $13.3 billion industry is the mighty National Football League (NFL) headed by Roger Goodell and his band of rowdy 32 team owners. While the $6 billion industry is the quick rising National Basketball Association (NBA) taken charge of by Adam Silver and his laid-back, friendly 30 team owners. While the NFL has been cloaked in controversy and stadiums continue to display thousands of empty seats, the NBA’s popularity continues to rise. Silver recently negotiated a new television contract with Disney and Turner Sports worth a whopping $24 billion. This deal is perfect for numerous reasons, some more obvious than others. The revenue generated by this deal goes beyond the $24 billion paid upfront. It targets Millennials directly because of their ability to access hundreds of games and highlights at the tap of a finger. This accessibility allows the NBA to display their immense star power which is simply unmatched by every other sports and business industry in the United States. “It’s a very star-driven league that allows you to connect with the players. They are all very personable and cooperate with the media well,” avid basketball fan, Mason Greenspan (’19) said.
According to YouGov, the NBA is 17.5 percent more popular among Millennials than the NFL, and is by far more exciting to watch than any other sport. The NFL has realized how valuable and important this youth movement is and started to make last-second efforts to attract Millennials by making deals with Amazon and Yahoo for streaming rights. A key marketing ploy by commissioner Silver has been not limiting the Association to just the United States. Th-ere are about 100 international players currently in the NBA, not to mention front office positions like Toronto Raptors President of basketball operations, Masai Ujiri, who hails from Nigeria. Matt Brabants, the senior VP of global media distributions and business operations for the NBA, said that 114 countries, in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, have connectivity to view games and highlights on demand. The NBA is thriving in the virtual world as well. The sports video-game market has massive economic upside and “2k” (the basketball video game) is dominating in popularity. “I love playing ‘2k’ with my friends and crushing them with my boy, Lebron James,” frequent video-game player, Gavin Walter (’20) said. The NBA also can turn a larger profit than the NFL after paying player salaries as well. A normal NBA roster can only carry 15 players (with some exceptions), while an NFL roster contains more than 53 players. While the mighty NFL is caught up in a storm of bad publicity (and in some cases the subject of a rampage of angry tweets from the POTUS) the NBA is in a prime position to become the league of the future. Illustration by Daniel Stewart
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Athlete of the Month:
Center Brock Moritz, rebounds to help team secure winning record
By Emily McNicholas Reporter
Senior captain, Brock Moritz, has been working hard this season to take the boys varsity basketball team all the way. The team’s record 10-5 as of publication, and Brock says the team might only loose two more games. He has been playing basketball for eight years and has worked his way up to averaging around 10 points, five rebounds, and two blocks per game. “He does a lot with the offensive rebounding to give us more opportunities to score, and he really takes over the paint because of his height,” Teammate, Josh Wegrzyn (’18), said. “The paint” is exactly where Brock spends most of his time on the court. This year he took the center position. “My job is to be a back to the basket, scorer, and rebounder,” Brock said. “And on defense I’m basically just a rim protector.” Brock’s teammates, coaches, and supporters all seem to agree that he has “great post moves,” Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Jim Rhoads, said. “Brock has been one of our most consistent scorers this season,” Rhoads said. “One of his best games was when he scored 19 points in our comeback win versus Kenwood.” Mark Suchy (’19), a captain on varsity, plays closely with Brock during games and practices. “It’s fun to be a captain with Brock. We make some plays and have been winning games this year,” Suchy said. “He is definitely a part of that.” Practices normally zone into whatever will benefit the team to make them succeed. Brock said “player vs. player based practice” helps every player individually, so they can each improve in certain categories. “He is always talking at practice, leading drills, and supporting his teammates,” Rhoads said.
All photos by Emily McNicholas
Mortiz stays just outside of the paint as he tries to get open for a shot at the hoop. He shook the defender and made the easy basket.
Mortiz jumps up with his hand out in order to block the offenders shot. The team won the game 59-37 against Sparrows Point.
Brock has a twin brother, Dylan Moritz (’18), who has been playing by Brock’s side for years. The two contribute to the team by working off of each other. “I know what Brock is going to do on the court,” Dylan said. “Our chemistry makes it really easy. I take the wing, and he’s a center guy so we feed off of one another.” Standing at six-foot-six-inches, Brock’s height is an advantage on the court. His brother said, “He’s too big,” and Rhoads mentions that Brock is “very athletic for a big guy.” Brock has received offers from multiple colleges, and he said that wherever he ends up he will be playing basketball. The Basketball team celebrates parent night by giving their parents roses and hugs. The Mortiz family gathered at half-court to take a picture.
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REAL By Brady McGee Reporter
Max Herbkersman Reporter
Are science fiction and today’s society that far apart? As the world rapidly changes, new technology and societal norms are being developed daily, inching closer to once faroff fantasies. The popular Netflix show, “Black Mirror” dives into a near-future dystopian society that explores corrupt modern technology and taboo social norms. Each episode in the series has no plot connection, so episodes can be watched in any order. A common theme develops through the series: near future dystopian society that corrupts technology to affect characters’ lives. The show leaves the viewer with a strange, uncomfortable, disturbed feeling that is surprisingly pleasing. Some of the stories seem far-fetched, others seem as if they could occur over night, such as the episode about bees. Currently the bee population is rapidly declining in the world. A possible solution is to build miniature drones that are self-automated and mimic the pollination process that bees carry out. This is exactly what happens in an episode; however, a person hacks into the technology and uses the artificial
bees in a malicious manner. “Black Mirror” raises questions of what life will be like in 30 years, fueling common conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories didn’t crop up with “Black Mirror” though. They have long been a staple in our society, usually driven by the media. One of the first reported conspiracy theories stems from the attempted assassination of then president Andrew Jackson. The attempt was failed, but it was soon reported that witnesses saw the would-be killer at the home of one of Jackson’s political opponents. More reports came out, claiming Jackson staged the attempt to gain support. None of these were proven true, but thus began the conspiracy theory. American history has proven almost nine times out of 10, these theories are far-fetched and nowhere close to the truth. However, there are enough conspiracy theories floating around that maybe one out of 10 might just have some truth to them.
APPLEGATE: FICTION FICTION TO TO FACT FACT APPLEGATE: Breaking news: New iPhone comes out, old ones begin to slow down. It is a dilemma countless users have faced, leading them to wonder if Apple is doing this on purpose. No longer left to wonder, Apple confirmed slowing older models. “Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.” Apple stated in a announcement released in December. That statement might confuse those not up-to-date on the technical jargon, but it is fairly simple. The batteries used to power iPhones eventually deteriorate and can lead to sudden shut downs. To combat this, Apple has decided that with new software updates, older phones will slow down significantly instead of shutting off. Faced with quite the situation, Apple picked what they assumed was the lesser of two evils in a lose-lose situation. What was once a conspiracy theory is now a resolved case. Apple, a company closing in on joining the trillion dollar club, was slowing down their older models without telling their consumers.
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“WE MAY MAY NOT NOT BE BE ALONE.” ALONE.” “WE What comes to mind when you hear the word aliens? Is it little green men in space suits coming down to Earth threatening life as we know it? Or is it large, oval headed, pale creatures beaming unsuspecting civilians into their ship to be probed? Maybe it is neither of those, or maybe you don’t believe at all. But the truth is out there. The first well-known UFO (unidentified flying object) sighting came in 1947, when a man claimed to see nine high-speed objects zoom through the sky near Mount Rainer in Washington. Since then, there have been thousands of reported UFO sightings, none coming to fruition. Despite the lack of evidence, people remain fascinated with the idea of aliens. The government has also given aliens a look, recently revealing there was a secret program running from 2007 to 2012 that was supposed to be a scientific look into UFOs. This isn’t the first government program looking into the possibility of visitors from another world. Former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo made headlines this past December when he implied his belief in aliens: “…we may not be alone.”
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This statement holds some weight as Elizondo is the former director of the Pentagon’s Aerospace ID Program. The government’s interest most likely stems from fear and paranoia that these UFOs were once “Soviet— or today, Russian or Chinese—aircraft,” Seth Shostak, a senior alien hunter at the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, said. Without undeniable proof of life from other worlds, aliens will continue to be nothing more than a theory, though rapper Lil Dicky puts it best in his song “Pillow Talking.” When faced with a female companion who doesn’t believe in aliens, he argues, “All of the life in the universe happens to be where you stand? What an enormous coincidence that…would be.”
REALITY REPLICATION Do you think you have control over your life? Every choice you make day in and day out is controlled by your brain. Or is it? Maybe everything in our lives and in this world is planned and out of our control. According to the multi-billionaire technology mogul, Elon Musk, there is a chance that this is the case. “There’s a billion to one chance that we’re living in base reality,” Musk said. According to Musk, technology has been developing extremely fast, and will continue to develop to the point that in 10,000 years humans will be able to simulate themselves. Musk argues that we are already simulated, and that this has already occurred. It’s often said that everything happens for a reason. Maybe that reason is that we are being controlled by higher beings. The modern theory was first introduced in 2003 by British philosopher, Nicholas Bostrom. Simply put, his theory states that there is a likelihood that future civilizations run simulations of life, similar to the way we play the “Sims” video game, but with more advanced technology. Is all of this nonsense, or is Elon Musk really Neo from the Matrix?
nection can give the government our whereabouts. Mark Zuckerberg, the young multi-billionaire Internet mogul responsible for the creation of Facebook, seems to be a believer in this conspiracy. In 2016 a photo of Zuckerberg went viral; behind him was his laptop with REC tape over the camera and microphone jack. It seems possible that a man with that much power, money, and experience with the Internet may know more about the government watching us than the average person. Or is he simply being paranoid? All graphics by Michael Purdie
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How to create the ideal Valentine’s Day Look
Violanti dresses to make dreams come true By Libby May Features Editor
By Sierra Webb Reporter
For the single ladies and taken ladies out there, Valentine’s Day is either the worst holiday of the year, or the best. This Valentine’s Day eye shadow look can be worn on a date night with your significant other, or a girl’s night out with all of your closest friends. A smoky, pink, and flirty eye shadow look is the perfect way to celebrate the romantic holiday. Starting off with a fresh face, I apply my Fresh Youth Preserve face cream and moisturize the product into my face. Then, I apply the Too Faced Hangover primer with a stippling brush to my pores and dry areas. Once my primer is set, I spritz the Mario Badescu aloe facial spray to my face to rejuvenate my skin. Going in with my holy grail Shape Tape concealer by Tarte, I apply the full coverage concealer to my eyelids. After blending the concealer to my eye lids I take my Laura Mercier translucent setting powder on a small powder brush and tap the powder on my eyelids. Once my eyelids are matte and the veins and purple discoloration is covered, I begin to apply eye shadow. Using the Modern Renaissance pallet by Anastasia Beverly Hills I take a Morphe blending brush and apply Golden Ochre to my crease. Then, with a fluffy blending brush I take Love Letter and blend it into my crease and outer lid. Once the pink is set, I go back in with Golden Ochre on a clean blending brush. To deepen the eyes I take Venetian Red on a small tapered brush and pack the product on my outer lid. Then I blend the red color with a clean blending brush from outer corner to inner corner. With my Too Faced glitter glue I squeeze out a little bit of the product on my index finger and apply it to my eyelid. Once my eyelid feels tacky, I take Primavera (a shimmery gold shade) on my index finger and pack the product onto my eyelid as neatly as possible. To bring the eye look together I apply a pair of Lilly Lashes in the style Miami, and using my Duo black lash glue, I apply the glue to the eye lash band and wait for the glue to dry. I take a pair of tweezers and apply the lashes as closely to my lash line as possible. Going in with my Born This Way foundation from Too Faced I bounce the product into my face using a damp Beauty Blender. I then place my Shape Tape concealer by Tarte under my eyes, forehead, chin, and nose to highlight those dark areas with a Beauty Blender. To set my face I take the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder and with a dry Beauty Blender apply the powder where I’ve concealed. Then, with a fluffy powder brush I wipe away the excess powder. With a Morphe contour brush, I use Benefit Cosmetics Hula bronzer and chisel out my cheekbones, nose, and forehead to give my face dimension while emphasizing my cheek bones. I then take my Ophra highlighter and apply the product to the high points of my face to give a natural makeup look. To finish off the Valentine’s Day look I take a simple nude lip stick by Urban Decay to my lips to keep the face and lips simple so that the attention is brought to my eyes.
Whether it be working at a grocery store, a farm, a retail store, or, let’s be honest, at The Milton Inn, many students have jobs to pay for gas and other expenses. But, not many can say that they earn gas money by transforming themselves into a Disney princess, entertaining children at birthday parties. Well, Carson Violanti (’18) can. Violanti began entertaining birthday parties, dressed head-to-toe in princess attire. She began this job in early June of 2017 after her mom tagged her in a post on the Nextdoor app. A woman posted a request for a princess impersonator for her daughter’s birthday party. Violanti jumped at the opportunity to have fun, make money, and catch that “rewarding feeling of bringing light to a child’s day,” she said. To get her name out to possible clients, Violanti posts ads on the Nextdoor app and on the Hereford Online Yard Sale on Facebook. Once contacted and informed about what kind of entertainment the client wants—a planned activity, singing, etc.—she puts on her costume and prepares her hair and makeup, which Violanti says she is familiar with from performing in the school musicals. Her costumes, which she requests clients pay for, are rented from a high-end costume shop called “Make Believin’” in York, Pennsylvania. Her two most popular costumes are Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” her favorite. Through the singing of songs and chats with the kids regarding everything about the princess, Violanti pulls off each cheerful character, according to Caroline Gutberlet (’18), who photographs the events. “Carson is very optimistic and enthusiastic [which helps] make her character believable and inviting for the children,” Gutberlet said. “I always watch the movie that the princess is from,” Violanti said. “I’ll make sure I know her story, everyone’s
name who’s in the movie, what they do, and what their relationship is to the princess.” Violanti explains that she performs this research in preparation for the questions she is asked by the children. “If I don’t know [what they ask] about the princess, they’ll know I’m not real,” she said. Although Violanti started this job initially to earn money, she now appreciates seeing the kids’ joyful faces when they see their beloved Disney princesses enter their palace-themed, glitter-filled homes. She appreciates this “feeling like no other” so much, that she recently volunteered at a hospital to visit sick children. Her Golden Retriever, Hollister, who is certified as a therapy dog, accompanied her. But, while impersonating Belle or Aurora or any other of Make Believin’s finest, Violanti must keep her identity hidden so her worlds don’t collide because, when she is not entertaining aspiring princesses, she works at Padonia Park Club as a camp counselor, where many of her clients spend their summers. After asking Violanti to sing to her and her campmates, one of her past clients said, “Miss Carson, you sound just like Princess Belle,” to which the double-lived Violanti simply replied, “Thank you.” The girl went on to tell Violanti how pretty Princess Belle was at a recent birthday party. “My heart melted,” Violanti said. Although she does enjoy this royal business and having a princess career would accomplish her six-year-old self’s life goal of living at Disney World, Violanti plans to pursue a career in psychiatry. “But if psychiatry doesn’t work out, you know where I’ll be,” she said.
Photo provided by Caroline Gutberlet
Violanti entertains a birthday party dressed as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” She sings a song from the Disney movie to the aspiring princesses.
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How to cope with being single on Valentine’s Day By Emma Charles Reporter
of you and no one Valentine’s Day in high in a relationship,” Tony Hagan (‘20) said. school is worth being sad over.” This Valentine’s Day falls on a Hike to a spot with a nice view (if Wednesday, so singles will not miss anythe ever-changing Maryland weather per- thing more than maybe a dinner or hangmits it), get yourself a coffee at Dunkin’, ing out for a few hours after school and cook yourself your favorite dinner, buy sports practices. yourself some flowers. There’s no shame “Honestly, I’m not too worried about in that, almost 18 percent of women send not having a date,” Kelsey Fowler (‘21) themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day said. “Between school, track, and Pipeline anyway. practice, I wouldn’t really have time anyIt doesn’t have to be a big deal either. way.” Whatever your favorite me-time acBut if you do start to feel down, retivities are, take some of your night to member it’s only one day out of 365 and relax and do that. Whether it be watching couples’ pictures will be off of your In“Grey’s Anatomy” stagram feed in no like Garcia, or time. taking a nice long Think of the bath like Anzalone, Take yourself out, do some of your positives: not beor going on a run, favorite things, no need for some- ing in a relationdoing something one else to do it for you. ship means not that makes you feel having to throw good will help ease away money on your mind. flowers that will Not having someone isn’t the end of just wilt eventually, buying a hundred the world, take it from Potter. chocolates for someone else, or splurging “Despite having a pretty serious re- on a nice dinner, when we all know you’d lationship, I was not asked to do anything rather being going to the Chipotle in Hunt [last Valentine’s Day], so I stayed home Valley. and did nothing that night,” Potter said. “I’m used to [being single] at this “All my girl friends and I brought snacks point,” Cale McMurdy (‘18) said. “More and desserts to eat in the morning together chocolate for me.” though. To say the least, I had more fun Let’s be real, most high schoolers with my best friends than my boyfriend. have minimum wage jobs, and would Should’ve known!” much rather save money for more imSometimes just enjoying the simple portant things like gas. Not to mention, pleasures of being independent is more along with money, you’re saving your fun. own precious time and the anxiety attack “The main reason I like being single that would come along with planning the is because I’m in high school, and I’m try- perfect day. ing to enjoy it while it lasts And don’t pity yourself too much, and not have to wor- because your day definitely can’t be much ry about some of worse than Garcia’s last year, whose the drama that brother puked on her. comes along with being
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alentine’s Day: For the high schoolers lucky enough to be in a relationship, this can be a day to look forward to. But what about the single students? It seems like there’s only three options for this day. Option one: Be single, bitter and alone. Watch a sad movie, eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s, and keep the tissue box close. “I’ll probably just be sitting somewhere contemplating life,” Ben Caputo (‘20), who isn’t currently in relationship, said. Option two: Ignore the day completely. You’re not into that cheesy stuff. “This Valentine’s day I will be doing nothing but just going on about my day as if it were any other regular day,” Val Garcia (‘19), who is “done with boys,” said. But this year, if you’re flying solo, how about proposing a third option: Take yourself out, do some of your favorite things, no need for someone else to do it for you. “If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, don’t beat yourself up because there are plenty of other single people like us, and we’re saving time, money, and stress,” said Megan Anzalone (‘19), who has had a few serious relationships. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the day with the people you love, even if you don’t happen to be in a relationship. “Set up something with all your friends! Have a secret Valentine or just a little Enrichment party where no one has to worry about feeling lonely,” Lily Potter (‘20) said. “And if you do feel lonely, remember that you have your whole life ahead
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Art Society creates six panels for science wing
By Anna DeLibro Reporter
he National Art Honors Society (NAHS) is currently developing art panels to be displayed in the science wing. Art and science are fusing in an abstract way to represent six branches of science: anatomy, astronomy, biology/ earth science, chemistry, physics, and social science. “If you walk through the science wing, you’ll notice that it is very bland, and we don’t really have any artwork in the school,” Caroline Bierly (’18), co-president of the NAHS, said, “Each panel is inspired by something, so for one of the panels it’s a shell, to represent biology, it’s abstractly based on fossils and stuff like that.” NAHS members have started tracing and painting the panels, but are still in the process. The idea for this project came from art teacher and NAHS advisor, Sam Tillman, and artist-in-residence, Caroline Devereaux, whom Tillman has been working with since last spring. “We thought about the placement very carefully in terms of where in the school we thought they would get a lot of exposure,” Tillman said, “Then [we thought about] what kind of imagery would be interesting for students and would stay on the test of time.” The panels feature complex shapes and colors, to provoke thought and reflection as students pass by. “We wanted them to be representational enough that you could see a scientific area represented, but not too
detailed, because it would be impossible to pull it off,” Tillman said, “We needed something that was simple enough that many students could work on without it looking like a hodge-podge of different styles.” Science and art may seem worlds apart, but the goal of this project is to connect these two separate worlds, and to show that art appears in many aspects of life. “I want people to appreciate art more, I think the art program is kind of forgotten at Hereford, since we have such strong academics,” Bierly said. “So I want people to remember that the art program is still here and doing cool stuff.” Tillman agrees with Bierly, he believes that students should look for art in places where it would not be expected. “I hope students can see that art can be used to represent areas of study that we don’t associate with art-making. I also hope that students will appreciate art as they walk through the hallway,” Tillman said. “I think the school aesthetic can be kind of boring or monotonous, and we wanted to kind of break that up a little bit with colors [in the hallways].” The NAHS, with help from Tillman and Devereaux, hopes to have this project completed by the end of the school year. They have held one after school studio session, in order to paint the panels, and it could take many more until they are finished. “We have started tracing and we started painting the panels, but we’re still in the process,” Bierly said. “This will probably take the rest of the year, since the
panels are 3x6, they are pretty big,” Bierly said. “They will probably be done by the end of the year, and maybe some into next year.” The NAHS are hoping to make this an annual project, eventually having artwork covering every hallway. “I think we’re trying to make this something we do every year, to add more art to this school,” Bierly said. Tillman believes that having more art in the hallways will benefit students as well, even if they don’t realize it. “Maybe it’s not obvious the way it affects students but I think there is a cumulative effect of seeing this stuff every day,” Tillman said.
Members of the National Art Honors Society begin to fill the shapes with green paint. The finished panel was portrayed to represent a shell, to embody Biology.
Photos by Anna Delibro
Ndya Howard (‘19) and Emma Slyker (‘18) work on one of the seven panels. They used bright, warm, colors to fill in the abstract shapes that represent chemistry.
Racism remains a conversation among students By Anna Jerrems Reporter
beliefs,” Erin Feeney (’18) said. white students treat other races gives [AfSome believe that being exposed to rican Americans] the idea that white peoonly certain groups of people leads to a ple in this area don’t respect them. When narrow-minded mentality. the white people get this vibe, they think, “It’s a mono-cultural environment. ‘Well they don’t like me so why should I It’s not diverse and when there is a lack of be accepting?’” Moore said. plurality of ways of being, thinking, and The controversy over whether or not doing things, it leads to not being accept- “reverse racism” is a plausible matter of ed and to group-think,” Moore said. “It contention depends on personal opinion leads to closed mindedness.” and experience. There is a delicate line between good “Reverse racism is a problem. Just humored and mean-spirited jokes when because you’re not white doesn’t mean making comments towards minorities. you can be racist. To be honest, it’s always What one person been a problem,” may perceive as Smith said. funny, another Reverse racism is a problem. Just because A tumulmay find deroga- you’re not white doesn’t mean you can be rac- tuous year in the ist. To be honest, it’s always been a problem. tory. world of politics
“Some kids in the school always make racist jokes to me and I don’t find them offensive but [they are] not funny either,” Justin Smith, (’18) said. The Oxford Dictionary defines reverse racism as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism on the basis of race directed against a member of a dominant or privileged racial group. “I don’t think reverse racism is a problem; I think that concept is a myth,” Moore said. “However, the way that some
Photo by Anna Jerrems
Eve Moore (‘18) and Justin Smith (‘18) share a laugh during Enrichment. Both students felt that racism is a problem at Hereford.
Discussion of racial progress becomes a national conversation throughout Black History Month. However, due to a turbulent political year, the common belief is that a pervasive amount of work is needed to be done in order to mend racial tensions and the social issues they’ve caused: police brutality, “reverse racism,” and an overall lack of trust and respect towards government. How does this national issue influence students? “I definitely think racism is a problem [here]. Being a predominantly white school, children raised in this community for their whole lives think it is okay to say derogatory things towards black people and just not accept them,” Eve Moore, (’18) who has strong thoughts on the matter, said. “I find this extremely shocking seeing as we live 25 minutes away from Baltimore City.” The psychological debate over whether or not nature or nurture influences one’s attitudes towards differing races comes into play when questioning if living in Hereford predisposes children to repeating racist tendencies. “I don’t believe anybody is innately racist. It just depends on how you were raised and the kind of people you hang out with, that is the biggest influencer of your
-Justin Smith (’18)
can misconstrue the morality of racism. “Some people think that Trump being in office has given them this false thought of racism being okay because they see him being racist,” Smith said. Although there is always a need for societal improvement, especially in regards to racial injustices, the progress made over the course of hundreds of years will never be undermined as long as the conversation persists.
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For years we have been told that school’s objective is to prepare us On Nov. 10, Robert Greenwood, social studies teacher and For Our for the future. We sit in our classrooms, listening to teachers lecture five Troops adviser, took a group of students to read names off of the Vietnam days a week. Can one or two days out of the school year be spent learning Veterans Memorial Wall. Learning about the Vietnam Wall is one thing, outside the classroom? but getting to experience in person the way this war affected the United Experiences outside of the classroom, such as field trips, are what are States is learning on a whole different level. going to have the biggest impact on us but unfortunately, these opportuni“We were participating in an activity, [reading] names off the wall,” ties for students are lacking. Field trips are a thing Greenwood said. “Actually being there has a of a past for some unlucky and unfair reasons. bigger impact, they get to experience it.” Field trips are something that may trigger Greenwood agrees that more field trips memories from elementary and middle school. I think field trips could be bene- would benefit students; experiences can eduIt’s fairly easy to remember at least two trips we ficial because they can let you see cate just as much as out of a textbook. would go on in each grade. In high school, these Some classes get the chance to go on an things first hand which can help annual field trip such as students in AP Enviadventures to see the cultural, environmental, and social aspects of our society have come to a halt. ronmental Science and Art and Music classes. retain information easier. Many students will never get to experience a field But, students that don’t take classes like these Isabella Peterson (’19) trip in high school and there are people to blame may never get a chance to go on a field trip for this unfortunate circumstance. during their four years in high school. An article on educationnext.org stated, “I think field trips could be beneficial be“Greater focus on raising student performance on math and reading stan- cause they can let you see things first hand which can help retain infordardized tests may also lead schools to cut field trips.” mation easier,” Isabella Peterson (’19), who has never attended a field trip We understand the pressures teachers face when it comes to com- in high school, said. pleting the curriculum and preparing students for the (what seems to be All we ask is that each student get an opportunity to go on a field trip monthly) standardized tests, but will one day make a dramatic difference outside of school. Could less standardized test prep and some eagerness on our grades and scores? to get students to gain new experiences be the answer to this lack of field We are forced to read PSAT passages about Chinese art and women’s trips? suffrage, why not learn about it through a trip to museum rather than an excerpt followed with questions that everyone dreads.
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My drive to school used to be a relaxed sick and tired of watching you and your parent do time, accompanied with my Spotify and an oc- a little dance in front of your car each morning. I casional cup of coffee. I would look forward to am sure you feel as if you are being considerate 12 minutes alone before a day at good ole Here- when pulling to the side, but one thing I learned ford High. Now I find myself resisting the urge in drivers-ed is taking up three spots isn’t how to hit my horn, tailgate student drivers, and pass you stay out of peoples way. every bus in my path. Unspoken traffic rules Many can agree that your nervous pumparound the school have become nonexistent and ing of the brakes around each turn before arrivit is frustrating to say ing at the school is obthe least. noxious and unneeded. At the start of the There are other times Unspoken traffic rules around to drive, like when hunyear, a sign stating that the back of the school the school have become nonex- dreds of people aren’t in is a “no passing zone” the same place at once. istent and it is frustrating to say was put up. I wouldn’t I think many must the least. feel the need to pass not know the value of any cars if parents “beating” the buses at could realize that dithe end of the day. Not rectly in front of the knowing is the only cafeteria doors isn’t the only place their kid explanation for so many parents to drive so incan get dropped off. I know it may sound crazy competently. If you don’t beat the buses you run but your child does have legs and is capable of the risk of being late to sports or suffer from walking 50 yards from your car to the school. a ride home that is almost double the amount I cannot explain how infuriating it is to have of time, because of the 30 mph barrier that bus three cars in front of you, all taking a separate drivers can’t seem to break and the dozen stops stop under the breezeway. they make in a three mile stretch. Student drivers, just stop driving to school I think we can all agree there isn’t anything in general. I am sure you are getting tons of valu- worse than driving within a mile radius of a bus. able practice that will make you a Grade A driver I have nothing but respect for their occupation, but I don’t really care. I, along with many, are but dear lord you don’t own the road. Don’t
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even get me started on those stupid blinking stop signs. We all know BCPS is too prude to have a student cross the road at their bus stop so why must we sit and watch a middle schooler go hug their mom after a long day with Mrs. Thompson? I would encourage parents to pick up their kids on the road in front of the school where it used to always be done. Not only are they clogging traffic for those in the student lot but many don’t understand that letting 50 kids cross at the crosswalk doesn’t help the situation. Pedestrians don’t have the right away when you are trying to dodge and weave the parent pick up. I come to school from the south but am always sure to let in a car or two coming from the north. If you don’t have the decency to do this, you, my friend, are one of the most selfish people to walk the earth, and let me explain why. Each morning at any time ranging from 7:00 to 7:15 in the morning the traffic light at the back end from school goes from blinking yellow to full green and red mode. This inconsistent piece of garbage creates a huge clog all the way back to Hillbilly Beach. So next time you come in from the south let a fellow student in, us “southerners” don’t own the world.
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We are the change we need
Illustration by Daniel Stewart
By Michael Purdie Editor-in-chief
It’s time for change to happen to us, the American youth. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by somebody’s actions because of a “joke?” I think we can agree that most people have gone through this before. It’s time we put an end to the toxic hyper-masculine culture in high school. Some boys, who don’t deserve to be called men, who live by the idea of maltreating others as a joke, are simply infuriating. When people bully others as a “joke” it is far from funny. They don’t think about how their current actions will affect the victims, how this situation will result in consequences. They think about the fact they’ll receive undeserved validation in the moment. Laughter may be a mighty motivator, but high school is not our whole lives. Let’s not act as if one moment of confirmation is going to make us feel secure for the remainder of our lives. This concept of damaging others self-esteem needs to be eradicated immediately. After events like these, we always tell ourselves, “It’s fine; I’ll be fine.” Sometimes it’s OK to just say, “No, it’s not fine,” because we shouldn’t have to allow this to continue due to the fear of retaliation for standing up for yourself. And if we finally admit that it’s not fine, then we can finally do something to fix it. If we’re immature in our own communities, how can we be respected on a national scale? Start small – fix the problems in your community, then, we can make a difference nationwide. For example, stand up to that bully. Make a difference in student council. It’s time for change to happen because of us, the American youth. We are more powerful than we think we are. Adults always try to put our generation down and make fun of our principles, but sometimes it’s because they’re too stubborn or fearful of progress. The truth is, we are the generation of change. Seniors, this year you will most likely be turning 18-yearsold, if you’re not already. That means you can legally vote. The midterm elections are only a few short months away. We have the power to make the change that we want with our most democratic right. And if you vote, and you don’t like the outcome, or if you can’t vote yet, then you can use our second most democratic right: protesting. Unfortunately, the word “protest” has put a foul taste in the mouths of many Americans. But let’s not forgot that our country was built on this fundamental right, so implement it now as well. Voting and protesting may not fix bullying in schools, but it can help fix social harassment. Our country has made incredible developments over the past few centuries, and we have done nothing but advance socially. As 1918 marked the beginning of the feminist movement in the twentieth-century, let 2018 mark the beginning of youth action in the twenty-first-century. It saddens me when people say, “I wish things would go back to the way they were in 1950s,” and the like. Comments like these highlight political blindness, white privilege, and even misogyny. Why would someone wish to go back to a time of segregation and discrimination? We should be proud to be alive in the time we are in. Our society may have its downfalls, but we are closer to true equality and advancement than ever. Whether you’re standing up to a fellow classmate for bulling you or someone else, or you’re marching on the streets of Washington D.C., at least you can notice the impurities in the world and you’re attempting to fix them. It’s time to accept change, and we are the change we need.
Why tax tampons? They are a necessity By Sierra Webb Reporter
The overwhelming cramps that cause women to crawl out of bed in the morning, the immense amount of blood, and the irritable mood swings throughout the day: the signs indicate the beginning of a woman’s period. Every woman and teen going through their menstrual cycle needs tampons and pads, but they’re not the most affordable items. Many homeless teens and adults don’t have access to or can’t afford feminine hygiene products. Some women are so desperate that they’ll take a bus ride to shelters that might offer feminine products. Some women can’t afford tampons or pads, so they’ll resort to old rags, toilet paper, paper towels, and dirty socks. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Homeless Assessment Report, shelters state that tampons and pads are some of the most requested, yet least donated products. These women are prone to infection, making this situation a health and human rights issue. Anne Rios, the executive director of Think Dignity, states that in most cases women will choose to eat instead of pay for tampons and pads because the costs are prohibitive. Tampons do not fall under the necessities category such as food and medical supplies, which are exempt along with other products such as Chapstick, anti-dandruff shampoo, Rogaine, and Viagra. Rogaine (Minoxidil) is a medication used to promote hair growth on the scalp. The majority of the people who use this product are male; only 5 percent of users are female. This product may cause light-
headedness, lowered blood pressure, and allergic skin reactions with women. I’m sure that Rogaine works wonders for men who are balding, but it is not a necessity. It’s a luxury. Similar to Rogaine is anti-dandruff shampoo. I get it, nobody can control how much dandruff is roaming around in their hair, but if this is considered a “necessity” then why are tampons labeled as a “luxury” product for a bodily function that women can’t control? Another male based product that’s not taxed is Viagra. According to GoodRx website, Viagra is a “moderately priced drug used to treat erection problems in men.” Essentially, there’s no tax on a medication that allows men to get their parts working again. For Chapstick to be exempt is ridiculous. According to the Chapstick website, the brand Chapstick is a brand that sells different flavors of chap stick in order “to prevent moisture loss and to protect lips from drying effects of cold weather and wind.” People who think that Chapstick is a necessity, but tampons are not, needs a reality check. Wake up! It’s 2018 and tampons are still being taxed in 45 states. I wonder which gender voted for that as a “necessity.” But state governments frequently exempt many “necessary” goods from sales tax, such as prescription drugs, groceries, and some medications. Only five states have chosen not to exempt tampons: Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Clearly, only these states understand that tampons are a necessity. Women spend nearly $84 per year paying for tampons and pads. Multiply that by about 40 years (before women reach menopause), add it to increasing prices, and evidently it’s expensive to be a women.
This situation is more than a dollar amount. Women and teens cannot naturally control whether or not they get their period, how long they have it for, the cramps that come with it, and the flow. So why should women have to pay $12 for a box of tampons every other month for something they can’t control? Sexism. According to Google dictionary: “sexism is prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.” The tax on tampons is not only hurting women financially but it disregards women’s bodies. Clearly there were no women sitting at the table while the “Tampon Tax” was being discussed, because frankly what women would want to have a tax on something that’s out of their control. But there is hope for the Tampon Tax to be exempt. It started with Nadya Okamoto, a freshman at Harvard University. Okamoto was inspired to start the Period Movement after talking to homeless women on her two hour commute from home to school. After hearing their stories about using Trader Joe’s paper bags, toilet paper, and old clothing, to prevent their period from leaking, Okamoto was inspired to co-fund a program with her friend called Camions of Care. Camions of Care has distributed feminine hygiene products to homeless women. This non-profit organization shipped up to 22,000 packages to 17 different states. Okomoto founded another non-profit organization called, “Period. The Menstrual Movement.” Period is run by a group of young activists hoping to change the conversation around periods and provide care to those who need feminine hygiene products. With the help of Okomoto and young activists hoping to make a difference in the conservative discussion around periods, we can turn this “luxury” into a necessity.
White privilege: “a racist, fictitious concept”
By Spencer Stout Reporter
For those of you who have managed to stay away from leftist news agencies such as Huffington Post or those who haven’t read the Facebook posts of condescending college students that
usually end with one-liners like “check your privilege,” you may be asking: What is white privilege? According to tolerance. org, “white skin privilege is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society... and provides white people with ‘perks’ that we do not earn and that people of color do not enjoy.” For those who understand that being well-off and being white are two completely separate things, the definition should
read “white privilege is a racist, fictitious concept invented by leftists in order to ignore the issues facing the black community in favor of blaming whites for the inequity in black communities.” Liberals and Conservatives would both agree that it’s wrong for someone to make sweeping generalizations about black people, because that’s racism. But why then is it suddenly acceptable to label whites with the blanket assumption that all whites are
beneficiaries of an intangible rewards program that you’re instantly entitled to purely by being born white? Even if white privilege were real, even if your skin color was a bigger determinant for success over life choices, what good does it do to just cry white privilege? Who actually benefits from accusing someone of benefiting from it? Read the rest of this article online at www.herefordharbinger.org
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Burney recently went on a trip to New York with her aunt and uncle. While she was there, she attended a data science conference. Burney also took a business etiquette course at The Plaza Hotel. She dedicates her time to clubs and programs that will lead her to success, “The desire to succeed is what motivates me, and my parents both want me to do well, better than them,” Burney said.
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Medical school-bound Sarah Burney (’18) strives for greatness in and out of the classroom. She said her parents have pushed her to excel in everything that she does, which will lead her to graduate two years early. Burney is involved in Mock Trial and The Future Physicians club. When Burney graduates high school at the age of 15 she plans to enter the medical field where she will study ophthalmology or cardiology.
Burney competes in the regional debate tournament in McLean, VA. She competes nationally for the The Capital Debate Team. Her passion for debate influenced her to start a debate team for elementary schoolers at Sparks Elementary School.
Burney attended the Chanel opening at Bergdorfs. She also went to the Brooks Brothers spring collection launch. “I like fashion to some extent, I like going to fashion week and different launches and such,” Burney said.