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harbinger Hereford

Volume III Issue I

2013-2014 School Year

October Issue

Chemical weapons, Casa Mia’s opens, replaces Pioneer Pub are you Syriaous? By Mary Hall & Brooke Raines Casa Mia’s, a new eatery on York Road in the location of the previous Pioneer Pub, opened on Tuesday September 17. Casa Mia’s is part of a small chain of restaurants, which started as a family business 36 years ago. Co-owners and siblings Mark and Lia Nicholas have had an extended interest in the Hereford community and were eager to bring Casa Mia’s to Hereford. Mr. Nicholas was drawn to the “good community, nice families, and sporting events,” that would make Hereford a prime location for the low key and friendly restaurants they run. While the name “Casa Mia’s” may scream Italian cuisine, Mr. Nicholas assured that Casa Mia’s “does not cater to one type of food.” Diners can expect to see

Graphic by Hannah Pursley

By Amanda Battle

Photo by Will Wheatley Casa Mia’s owners post this sign after renevation of their resturuant began. Students and teachers alike will be able try out Casa Mia’s new menu. burgers, crab cakes, and other casual dining staples old fans of the Pioneer Pub savored. The name Casa Mia’s actually is more of a metaphor for the type of atmosphere the owners Mr. and Ms. Nicholas hope to create. “Casa Mia’s means my house. We are a family. We are a community,” said Mr. Nicholas. Mr. Nicholas’ enthusiastic and welcoming outlook on Casa Mia’s role in the Hereford community was met by a more than enthusiastic crowd eager to try their fresh menu at their grand opening. On opening night, September 17, Mark was expecting a crowd of about 100 but met a crowd of 300. As for the locals, people seem to be enthusiastic about the opening. Hereford students and teachers alike are eagerly waiting their first trip to Casa Mia’s. Casey Kotchenreuter (12) has yet to go to Casa Mia’s, but said that “it looks pretty good from the outside. [I’m] excited for the new food.” Kyle Patterson (12), a Hereford student who went to Casa Mia’s, had mixed feelings about the experience. Kyle’s experience was less than thrilling, as he waited “[about] two hours.” Kyle asked for his meal to be without toppings, but when it arrived they were on the dish. While he thought the food was decent and a reasonable price, he said the experience was “not that good.” Teachers at Hereford are also wondering how Casa Mia’s will replace their old watering hole. Ms. Kolette Moran, math teacher, happens to know the owners personally and is very excited about the new restaurant. She said she has to “check it out.” Mr. Rick Evans, a Hereford gym teacher and coach, said that Casa Mia’s “was a lot louder [than the Pioneer Pub]” and the atmosphere was “more concrete.” Mr. Evans praised the new parking lot, low prices on food, and Casa Mia’s family-friendly atmosphere.

In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk about Syria. Experts have concluded that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to kill its OWN people. If this is the first time you have heard this, or if you still don’t understand what exactly is going on— wipe that embarrassed look off of your face; we’ve got you covered. On pages eight and nine, your questions will be answered. First question: Is Syria even a country? (We knew you were wondering).

Zone principals develop anti-bullying campaign By Sarah Almony The principals in the Hereford Zone collaborated to stop bullying in elementary, middle, and high schools in the area. Principal Andrew Last and Assistant Principal Barbara Dorsey aim for this campaign to be a more “zonal” activity. Mr. Last said that instead of schools working independently, it is more effective for them to come together with a common goal to better the schools for the students. “About eight percent of a given population will bully people, and those who do bully do not usually feel empathy towards others,” said Mr. Last. Cyber-bullying has become a growing problem because it can be done online anonymously. Several freshmen said that not a lot of bullying is seen at school, but cyber-bullying is increasing as social media networks are allowing users to dictate comments towards others without them knowing who said it. “I don’t think that there’s a lot of bullying at Hereford; it’s generally a safe place,” said Caroline Peterson (9). Emily Endres (9) said that if students are being

bullied, they are less likely to go to a parent or a counselor on their own; it is more likely for students who have this problem to go to a trusted friend who can help them. Not a lot of bullying happens at Hereford,” said Joelle

Harris (9). “If it does happen, many people decide to keep it to themselves instead of asking for help.” Every school handles bullying differently. The administration at Hereford High is working with the theater department to develop small skits about bullying to be performed at the elementary and middle schools, since younger students look up to those in high schools. Some other ideas to help promote this campaign are posters that students can sign, thus pledging to do their part to stop bullying, or videos that can be created about the campaign and played on the morning announcements. The overall goal of the anti-bullying campaign is to have a decline of bullying in Hereford Zone schools. Although many think that bullying is not a large problem in our area, this campaign will teach students in the Hereford Zone how to act if they witness a bullying situation and what steps to take to prevent it from happening again. Look for posters throughout the school building!

Drawing by Sarah Almony

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1930s car unearthed during construction of new sports field By Rebecca Schmidt In the unbearably hot heat of mid-July, when students were either at the beach or swimming in their pools, the construction workers here at the high school were modifying the “maze” to make a new practice field. There, they discovered something very unusual. An old car was found buried underneath the ground. Dustin Nash, the construction worker who found the car said he originally “thought he hit a piece of pipe.” Officer Michael Snyder said, “I am guessing when [the maze] was private property, the owner just left it after it was no longer functional.” The car must have been there prior to the 1940’s because that is when the original grass stadium was built. The car is believed to have been manufactured in the 1930’s. Mr. Nash said he “found it about six and a half feet under the ground,” and at about the 50 yard line on the field. “This was extremely unexpected, especially for the construction on a school,” said Nash. Workers were unable to find out the model due to its poor condition, which consisted of an abundance of rust and discoloration. Being on a tight schedule, workers could not fully investigate this odd finding, but the car was taken to Penn Mar recycling in Shrewsbury which bought it for $110. Officer Snyder also said construction was not impacted and the cars history was not their main priority. “I was just hoping it wasn’t from an unsolved crime,” said Officer Snyder. Officer Snyder contacted his cold case squad to see if they had any information on car thefts from the 1930’s, but there was not any information. This is one mystery that may never be solved.

Photo by Dustin Nash Construction workers level the ground of the maze, part of the former cross country course, near where they found an old car buried under the ground. Witnesses discovered no skeletons or no evidence of foul play.

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FRESH FACES By Kirsten Herman

This school year, Hereford has eleven new teachers. Here is a brief introduction: Ms. Janet Sovich teaches Concert Band, Orchestra, GT Wind Ensemble, GT Chamber Orchestra, and Intro and Advanced Piano. Ms. Sovich likes how the students look out for each other and work at high levels.

Ms. Jillian Jaffa teaches honors and standard Algebra 2, and honors College Algebra. Ms. Jaffa likes how encouraging the faculty is. Her hobbies are baking and cooking. When she attended Hereford, she loved, “being involved in academics and extra curriculars and making so many friends from [it].” Mr. Robert Powers teaches Latin 1 and 2, and honors Latin 3 and 4. In his spare time, he enjoys reading plays and eating his favorite food, Key Lime pie. Mr. Powers enjoyed high school because, “[he] had the opportunity to follow through on a four-year plan. Life’s plan is so much longer.”


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Ms. Kelsey Christensen teaches Nutrition and Foods, and likes how everyone is ready to lend a hand. When she was in high school, she played basketball.

Mrs. Connie Dean is a new administrator. She enjoys working with all the great students at Hereford. “As a former [alumnus] of Hereford High School, I enjoyed the culture and camaraderie of HHS that continues to be evident as I walk the halls each day,” she said.

Mrs. Jamie Higgins-Shaull teaches Economic and Public Issues, Juvenile Justice, and honors US History. Mrs. Higgins-Shaull loves how close the community is. She and her husband are currently anticipating their first baby.

Mr. Salvatore Sarcone teaches Marketing Essentials and Keyboarding & Application. Mr. Sarcone likes the small student population, and appreciates how responsible the students are. Mr. Sarcone enjoys sail boats, classic cars, and travel.

Mr. Geoffrey Grace teaches standard and GT Photography, and standard and honors Studio Independent. Mr. Grace notices how devoted classmates are to each other; he savors the time he spends with his new daughter.

Mrs. Leslie Perry is the new school nurse, and mother of three Hereford graduates. She thinks Hereford is a great school that is very involved with its community.

Ms. Schimica Gauldin teaches standard and honors English 11 and 12. She enjoys the strong school spirit at Hereford. When not teaching, she loves going to the movies and cooking.

Mr. David Sobel, the new choir teacher, appreciates how cooperative the students are because they make it a positive experience. Mr. Sobel enjoys playing classical guitar when he is not teaching. “What I liked about high school was the opportunity to pursue my interests seriously, and to be taken seriously,” he said while sitting in the band room surrounded by practicing musicians.

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American youth and politics: plain apathy or just ignorance?

By Erin Bartenfelder Political Participation among young people in the United States is declining at an alarming rate. According to the United States Census Bureau, only 17.4% of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 20 cast their ballots in 2010, a solely congressional election. This is nearly half of the numbers reported in 2008, a presidential election year, showing an epidemic of apathy towards local politics. Do you know your congressional representatives? The Hereford Zone is divided between two Congressional districts, the first and seventh districts. The Seventh District is represented by Democrat Elijah Cummings, a seventeen year veteran of the United States House of Representatives. The First District is represented by Republican Andy Harris, a newcomer elected in 2010 and then reelected in 2012. In addition, the state of Maryland is also represented by Senator Barbara Mikulski and Senator Ben Cardin. Who cares who these people are? “You should know your representative because if you have an issue with laws, legislation, or regulations passed, then you need to know who to contact,” said Annie Seaman (12). "For Representatives to do their jobs effectively, we need to hear from our constituents, and the voices of our youth are no exception," stated Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. "It is very important for young people to be actively involved in the political process. It sets a standard for civic engagement throughout their lives, and ensures the inclusion of their opinions in policy-making that often has a direct impact on them." Recently Congress has voted on issues such as gun control, student loans, abortion, national debt, and health care. Many Marylanders sit on prominent committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate: •Senator Barbra Mikulski- Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee •Senator Ben Cardin- Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe •Congressman Elijah Cummings- Oversight and Government Reform Committee •Congressman Andy Harris- House Committee on Appropriations


Photo by Maryland’s congressional districts following the 2012 elections divide the Hereford Zone and Baltimore County between the first and seventh districts. Incumbents, Elijah Cummings and Andy Harris, both had their districts moved, changing their constitutents for the 2014 election. Hereford students are taking initiative to correct ignorance towards local politics through clubs such as the Young Republicans and Young Liberals. Ms. Nancy Dinkins, the advisor of the Young Republicans, said that their goal is to “help [students] think deeper about

the issues, not just to have a knee-jerk reaction.” People ages 18 to 24 make up 13% of eligible voters in the United States, creating a large faction able to shape policy. Young voters are in a unique position have their voices heard.

World Vision continues to support five-year-old Dorothy Atuzarirwe of Uganda By Katie Chase

Last September, Dorothy Atuzarirwe, a five year old girl from Uganda, began receiving clean water, nutritious foods, health care, an education, but most of all, lifelong friends from World Vision, a club at Hereford. “I am happy that you are my sponsors and my friends. Thank you so much for loving me,” she said in a letter to students. Dorothy is like any other young girl. She enjoys playing with dolls, loves singing and drawing, and is currently attending primary school. Dorothy lives with her parents, brother, and two sisters. In a recent letter from Dorothy, she said that her family is doing well and is “busy harvesting crops like maize since it is now the dry season.” “You make me so proud and feel loved. I really feel so special,” she said. Sadly, after hearing back from Dorothy this past month she claimed that she is “not well” and under treatment due to malaria. “Everyone was very empathetic and sad that she had contracted malaria. They were shocked but it was not unexpected,” said

Ms. Susan Slater, the teacher adviser for World Vision. Students in World Vision reacted by creating get-well cards for Dorothy and were eager to help in any way they could. “We all thought of ways to raise funds and we jump-started on sponsoring ideas because the more students involved in the club, the more children we can help support just like D o r o t h y, ” said the president of World Vision, Olivia Imhoff (12). Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria despite that this disease is entirely preventable and treatable. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide 85% of malaria deaths occur in children under five years of age. Malaria is transferred after being bitten by a mosquito infected with malaria parasites. “It’s so sad because we have been with her for so long and have been able to watch her grow,” said Mrs. Slater. The club meets every other Tuesday for both halves of enrichment. Watch out for future fundraisers from World Vision to help Dorothy fight towards recovery!

“Every sixty seconds a child dies from malaria despite that this disease is entirely preventable and treatable.”

Photo by: World Vision Uganda Dorothy Atuzarirwe, the young girl sponsored by World Vision, shows students that they can impact another person worldwide. You can help too even without being a part of World Vision, so be alert for future fundraisers!

NEWS BRIEFS PICTURE THIS The Yearbook staff is hosting a “Yearbook Distribution” party. The party will be in the front circle after pep rally at 2:20 p.m. on October 25th. Students who ordered yearbooks last year can pick them up. Food and drinks will be sold and a DJ will provide music. JUST MARRIED On Saturday, September 28, math teacher, Ms. Allison Sherwood, and Charles Zane were married in Harrisburg, PA. The couples dated for seven years prior to their engagement, and have been engaged since 2011. The honeymoon will be postponed for a few weeks, but will take place in Charleston, South Carolina. “[Charles is] very nervous, but I am very excited for the wedding,” said Ms. Sherwood last week. BON VOYAGE Friday, September 20, 2013 was the last day at Hereford High School for science teacher, Ms. Melinda Campbell’s l as she left to teach science in Hawaii, at Waianae High School. Ms. Campbell will be staying in Honolulu, but hopes to move to the main island. After living in Hawaii eight years ago, Ms. Campbell moved to Maryland to be with family and has been hoping to return to the island for a while. “I moved out there [at first] because I really love marine biology…and I’ve been trying to get back there ever since,” said Ms. Campbell.

Spud Launcher AP physics teacher Mr. Jeremy Smith launches potatoes out of a cannon as part of a class lesson. Students calculated launch velocities and maximum height of the potatoes. Photo and Logo by Joe Donatelli

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World Language teacher Ms. Peggy Kopp shares trilingual background

Photo by Becca Schmidt World Languages Department Chair Ms. Peggy Kopp teaches Spanish and French. At a press conference, Ms. Kopp admitted to Journalism students that she sometimes gets confused or muddled knowing three languages because so many words such as lunes and lundi, Spanish and French for Monday, are so similar.

By Lisabeth Stewart Every student knows the struggle of taking language classes, since a minimum of two consecutive years of language are required to graduate. The seemingly endless vocabulary, listening drills, and trying to ace tests you don’t understand the directions to can sometimes seem quite overwhelming! But for World Language Chairperson, Ms. Peggy Kopp, languages have always been a part of life. Ms. Kopp’s interest in French began in the fifth grade. While most fifth graders would be playing board games or running around with friends, Ms. Kopp begged her parents for a book to learn French. What started as a hobby soon became a career after she graduated with majors in French and Speech from Penn State. Afterwards, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to pursue as a career. Her mother had been a teacher though, and Ms. Kopp said, “I was always a really good student so [teaching] was comfortable for me.” Now, Ms. Kopp is tri lingual and teaches French as well as Spanish at Hereford High. She really is passionate about knowing three languages and said, “Number one, it’s really fun!” With Ms. Kopp casually sitting on a stool, surrounded by Introduction to Journalism students furiously taking notes on her responses, she replied honestly about her goals for the Hereford Foreign Language department by admitting that she asks herself, “How can I get my students to be 90% in the target language?” Ms. Kopp tries to en-

courage and help her students learn. “I like using a lot of visuals and images. I like to hook everything with images so students have a better sense in their head.” She also agreed that here in the United States we, as a culture, have a harder time learning a foreign language because, as opposed to Europe, we don’t have so many languages clustered so closely together, although “the Internet has opened up ways to get into that.” As part of her AP French V curriculum, Ms. Kopp has her students keep a listening log. Her students must listen to a certain amount of speaking in French from the Internet every week to improve their pronunciation and rate of speech of the French words within conversation. Like any Hereford teacher, Ms. Kopp wants to help each individual student to thrive. “I have lots of ideas,” she said in reference to her future plans with the Foreign Language Department of Hereford High School. Ms. Kopp glanced up quickly when a student asked if she would continue teaching and speaking French and Spanish. “Definitely! Definitely!” she said, with an affirmative nod of the head. As Ms. Kopp prepared to leave from her interview, she put on her glasses, which had been perched on her head, uncrossed her legs, and stood up from the stool she had been sitting on. Turning towards the door to leave, she said she was off to finish using her planning period to prepare lessons for Spanish 4. Ahhh, just a normal day as a Foreign Language teacher.


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Flipboard organizes social media accounts, simplifies apps By Jaxon Fraiser Flipboard is a magazine based app created by Flipboard, Inc. founded by Mike McCue a former senior engineer at Apple and former CEO of Tellme. The company is based in Palo Alto, California Flipboard was released in December, 2010 for the iPad. It has since been updated to be used on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android. You can search anything that interests you, people, topics, hashtags, and favorite websites, and see if there is a “magazine” for it. A magazine is a collaboration of articles, pictures and anything else that has to do with the title of that “magazine.” Each time you “flip” the page a new article, picture, tweet, or video comes up. It was designed to give the user a simple and attractive way to view all of your social network accounts. The app is very nicely laid out and the flipping motions are very smooth. You can keep track of the latest news, sports scores and news,

and tweets by bookmarking the “magazines” you want. Flipboard puts Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram into one app so you don’t have go back and forth between apps. While you are flipping through a magazine every so often a page pops up that features different “magazines” that other users have read. It is very easy to use. There is a little red tab in the top right corner on the front page that takes you to the content page where you can search for more “magazines”. When asked what he likes about Flipboard, Alexander Feeney (11) said, “I like how it combines Facebook, Twitter, and all the sports news that you want.” Ryley Ziegler (11) said, “I think my favorite part about Flipboard is how you can create your own magazine. That way you can sift through various articles or photos and bookmark the ones you want to go back to. It makes it really easy to personalize your own magazine to your liking.”

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There are a few bad things about it. Some “magazines” don’t get updated very often. You could have a magazine that won’t be updated for a few days which gets frustrating at times. For example, I have a “magazine” about the Ravens that gets updated probably once every day or two. Also, sometimes pages are blurry which gets extremely annoying. You can’t read the text in the articles because of the blurriness. Alexander said, “I don’t like how long things take to load, and how the sections aren’t updated but I guess that isn’t Flipboard’s fault.” Ryley said, “I have noticed a few small problems such as blurry words while flipping. Also maybe it's just my wifi, but sometimes the articles take a while to load. One thing I would add to the app would be an option to follow someone else's magazine.” Overall I would give this app a 4/5 due to the minor glitches, and blurriness. prompts teens to ask and answer questions anonymously By Mckenna Porter Middle and high school teens across the nation are plagued by the latest and greatest social media forum. *67 just doesn't cut it anymore; there's a new sheriff in town, and it's not called Formspring 2.0. has become the current and most popular anonymous question-asking website. The answer to any question from your peers is at the tip of your fingertips, literally. By logging in, you can type and post any sort of question or comment on someone's profile, only hoping that they give you the response you are looking for. Natalie Keznor (12) said, “It’s creepy. I don’t know why you would want one.” So what questions have become the regulars at the bar? The ultimate favorite seems to be "Who do u like?" Yes teenage boy, who do you like? Stacey wants to know, anonymously. But of course this 13 year old fella isn't going to tell the ask. fm community who he reallyyy likes... The typical response? "Ur mom."

Of course. Your mom. After all, Stacey's mom has got it going on, you blame him? Joel Watts (11) said “It’s hilarious. People have really clever questions and answers.” Most questions are harmless and can be humorous, but some have a negative intent. Many students have complained about rude and unnecessary comments on such as “You’re ugly” or “I hate you.” But some don’t mind the negativity. Lauren Litsinger (9) said, “Sometimes things can be hurtful, but that’s teenagers and I don’t let it bother me.” Will the mania of last much longer, or will it become the next MySpace? What’s next in line for the various rude, inappropriate, or strange questions asked anonymously? This social media attraction is on the rise, so be prepared for the drama of and all of the unexpected events that may come with it.

“The ultimate favorite [question] seems to be ‘Who do u like?’ Yes teenage boy, who do you like? Stacey wants to know, anonymously.”


Photo by Will Wheatley By Layne Litsinger As the beginning of school arrives, most boys wear a typical t-shirt and colored shorts, or athletic wear. One who stands out among the crowd is Paul Leung (10). He describes his outfits of choice as “preppy.” Paul does most of his shopping at Cohen’s, and specified his outfit as a “checkered navy blue, maroon, and white button down, khaki pants, navy blue Sperry’s, and a leather braided belt.” His daily outfits are anything but ordinary. Paul’s goal for each day is to “look nice.” Cartoon by Joe Donatelli


12 Questions

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You were afraid to ask about Syria

By Amanda Battle


Is Syria a country?


Where’s Syria?


Who’s the leader?


Why do we care?


What’s up with chemical weapons?

Yes. It was created after World War I and put under French colonial mandate until it transitioned to independence in the 1960s. Syria has been under full military regime since 1961. Syria is in the Middle East. It’s to the south of Turkey, to the northeast of Israel and Lebanon, to the west of Iraq and north of Jordan. If you’re looking at a map—find the Mediterranean Sea, and look to the east.

Bashar Al-Assad, the President of Syria, took power in 2000 following the death of his father, Hafiz Al-Assad, who was in office from 1970-2000. Well, Syria is in the middle of a huge civil war. It started around April of 2011. A Syrian group peacefully protested for democracy, a movement known as the Arab Spring; things went downhill from there. The government started attacking and killing protesters, and the protestors stood up and fought back. Over 100,000 people have died fighting in the civil war. As the fighting escalated, the Assad Regime accessed their supply of chemical weapons and experts conclude the weapons were used against their OWN people. The government used these chemical weapons to kill MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN. About 1,000 civilians—innocent, some barely five years old—have been killed.

6. Why do these 1,000 lives matter more than the other 100,000?

Syrian images (clockwise): President Barack Oba and lives; a refugee camp Syrian advocates for p against the actions of President Bashar Assad.


So why are we still tal

Well, the US doesn’t have the strong the Cold War?). Since Syria is allies w tion is unsure of the strength of the agreement is to “trust, but verify,” Ronald Reagan during the Cold War

The US cares about the usage of chemical weapons because the Geneva Protocol treaty, which we signed after WWI in 1925 along with many other countries, banned chemical weapons. Guns and warfare were not banned.



Nothing is set in stone, but the Obam go back to the original plan—to attac

So, what’s our plan?

At first, the Obama Administration sought congressional approval for military action as a punitive measure against the Assad Regime. Before congressional voting took place, Putin (the Russian president) reached an agreement with Assad to turn over all chemical weapons to the international community. The United Nations did not dictate this.

What will we do if the confiscated?


What if we attack?

If we attack Syria, relations with Rus retaliate and attack Israel—one of ou


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Photos by usa.govt ama completes an interview with a CBS anchor Scott Pelley to discuss the US plan of action with Syria; civilians mourn the destruction of buildings peace; the Syrian flag; Syrian President Bashar Assad; United Nations provides humanitarian relief and support in Syria; Syrian civilians protest

lking about this?

gest relationship Russia (Remember with Russia, the Obama Administraagreement. Obama’s outlook on the a saying used by former President r. Pretty ironic, right?

e chemical weapons aren’t

ma Administration would most likely ck Syria as a punitive measure.

ssia may deteriorate. Also, Syria may ur allies— or even the US.


How much would it cost taxpayers?


Wait, are we going to war with Syria?

There’s no way to know of an exact cost, but to put things into perspective, one Tomahawk Cruise Missile would cost approximately $1.5 million. As of now, no. The international community is hopeful that all of the chemical weapons will be put under international control. If this fails to occur, congressional approval will be sought for US military action. The Obama Administration holds that any military action will just be a punishment and that no troops will be sent to Syria.

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XC runners mourn the loss Meghan Anderson suffers season-hampering hip flexor injury By Jason Ashwood Anderson of the legendary Bull Run (11), namedMeghan a 2013 girls cross

Photo by John Roemer Cross Country competes on the former legendary Bull Run course. The event has been cancelled this year due to construction. By Alaina McCleary This year, the annual Bull Run Cross Country Race was cancelled. Evident by the construction, Hereford is going through many renovations in the 2013-2014 school years. Controversy has developed within the school board, the students, and the parents over the construction’s interference with sports. And one of the most talked about interferences is the cancellation of many cross country races. The Bull Run is a race that takes place on Hereford’s home cross country course. The course itself is known for its rigorous hills such as the famous “dip,” “the cornfield,” and “the maze.” These parts of the course are what make it one of the most challenging cross country courses on the east coast; runners from near and far come to Hereford to take on the course. Other than hosting the Bull Run, Hereford also hosts States. Even though the Bull Run is arguably the most fun race of the year, States is without a doubt the most important race, and Hereford hosted both of them. This past summer, when most of the construction was undergone, the cross country athletes got a devastating email from their coach, Mr. John Roemer, that the Bull Run and States would not be hosted at Hereford this fall. This is the first time since 1908, except for in 1991 and 1992 that the Bull Run would be cancelled and States would be rescheduled due to construction in those years. The course changed drastically. One of the most important parts of the course, which takes up most of the second mile, is “the maze.” It has been completely destroyed due to the construction of a new practice field. This makes the course impossible to train on, let alone host any competitive races on. “I liked the Bull Run because teams from all over come to run at our course; there is always a lot of competition,” said Erin. Erin Causey (12), the number one Hereford senior girl runner on the team and winner of the 2010 cross country States said “Not being able to run the Bull Run my senior year isn’t ideal but we have the opportunity to go to a race in Oatlands Virginia instead.” As for the rigor of the new course, Coach John Roemer said it might be almost as difficult if we have access to the maze−that will determine the course’s difficulty. Roemer said, “If the new course is slightly easier, it may quell perennial complaints that the old course was too hard.” The loss of the Bull Run does not only affect the cross country team, however. Many other sports teams helped out at the Bull Run and the school will lose the profit because the Bull Run was a significant fundraiser for the school. At the Bull Run, the school sold food, parking spaces, and T-Shirts to acquire money for the rest of the school year. Considering the money spent on construction, the athletic department would have benefited from the profit. “I’m told that the Bull Run and the State meet will bolster the athletic department’s budget quite a bit,” said Roemer. Erin said, “The Bull Run raised a lot of money for our school, and we won’t be getting any of that money this year.” Hereford received recognition from all over the east coast; it was considered the hardest race to run, and consequentially of the most competitive races of the year. Erin said, “I don’t think the course will ever be the same.”

country runner to watch by the Baltimore Sun, did not have the preparation for the beginning of the season that an avid runner would like. The 2012 second team All-Metro athlete has been hindered by an over-used strained hip flexor which has affected her practicing and preparation for the approaching fall season, in which she was expected to be a major part of. Last year, Meghan placed 4th in the Bull Run Invitational, 2nd in the Baltimore County Championship, and 1st in the girls 3A North Regional Championship. “It’s been a month now since I’ve actually been able to do a ten mile run,” Meghan Said. Her absence from the starting group of runners will definitely lower the team’s overall muscle, but seniors Morgan Oakley and Erin Causey, both also listed as runners to watch, will continue to add big points during the season races. Though, without Anderson, it will be much harder for the team to achieve the state championship that they have high hopes for. On the positive side, she has been able to keep up her

Photo by John Roemer Meghan Anderson (11) runs the Briarwood Invitational in September 2012, where she placed second. This year, she suffered a hip injury that prevented her from running any varsity races so far. cardio by cross training, swimming, and biking, and has been waking up at 5:00 a.m. three days a week to go to physical therapy. The team is hoping for a healthy and speedy recovery for Meghan, so they can better last year’s fifth place performance in the state

championship. “It would definitely be bad for states if she wasn’t there, but I think she’ll be back for the end of the season,” teammate Erin Causey said.

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Big dreams for small town Alum Adam Yates pursures NFL aspiration with Jaguars By Nicky Salitino Tippy-tippy-tat-boom! That was the sound you’d hear after 6’1’’, 196 pound kicker, Adam Yates kicked a field goal. Yates was recently signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the few Hereford players to ever reach the NFL. He is considered one of Hereford’s best kickers. In 2007 he led his team to the 3A Maryland State Championship game, after only playing two years of organized high school football. Previously, Yates played soccer for Hereford. Not only did he reach a state championship, he was named All-County, All-District, All-Metro, All-Examiner, and All-State his senior year in 2007. He also set a Maryland record for the most extra points in a season: 78 of 80. When the ex-soccer player told his parents that he wanted to play football, they said, they were “fine” with it. In fact, one of the first things Mr. Ulysses Yates did was drive down to Dick’s Sporting Goods and purchase a bunch of footballs. Yates’s father played a large role in supporting his son in his transition to football and growth as a kicker. Mr. Yates would take his

son to Hereford Middle School to kick field goals. But one of the most important contributions he made was discovering kicking coach Paul Woodside in Virginia. Mr. Yates took his son to a kicking camp run by Mr. Woodside in West Springfield Virginia. The two men stood back and watched Adam kick. “Thud,” it was good. Another “thud,” it was good. A third “thud…” it was good. Yates made all three field goals in front of his father and Mr. Woodside. “You have no idea how good he can be. He’s big, strong, and has great leg speed,” said Mr. Woodside. That’s when Mr. Yates knew his son was going to be something special, since even a kicking guru recognized the incredible talent in Yates’s right leg. The first time Mr. Joe Bosley, the Hereford special teams coach, saw Adam kick, he

said, “This kid has a strong leg.” Yates joined the team his junior year in 2006, after his soccer season ended. Bosley immediately recognized Yates’s incredible leg strength, but his inexperience showed. “His footwork was shaky,” said Bosley. “He had a unique stutter-step approach.” But this problem did not last long. The summer before his senior year, Yates attended many kicking camps over the summer to address his footwork. These included camps at University of Michigan and University of Notre Dame. But Yates’s recruiting situation was a precarious one. “Kicking is strange for recruiting, you have to market yourself. Schools rarely offer kickers scholarships,” said his father. “You have to look at what teams need a kicker. Schools won’t recruit a kicker if they already have one or two.” But the ex-Hereford kicker found a way to continue his career and play at the collegiate level. His contact with Mr. Ray Rychleski, former University of Maryland Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach from 2001-200, allowed him to further his career. Mr. Rychleski heard of Adam through recruiting in the Maryland area while at UMD. But Mr. Rychleski was hired as the Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach at University of South Carolina. He asked Yates for a highlight film and was impressed. Yates displayed his interest in the SEC team and Mr. Rychleski promised him a spot as a guaranteed walk-on. The two year high school football star was now a blue chip kicking recruit, about to kick for the University of South Carolina-- one of the best football programs in the nation. During his senior year at South Carolina, he was both the place kicker and field goal kicker, leading his team to a No. 8 national ranking in 2012. He was named the Most Improved Kicker at the 2012 Garnet and Black Game. Additionally, Yates kicked a career long 51-yard field goal and tied for the ninth-longest field goal in school history. In this same season, Yates was 49-for-49 in extra points. But the most important kick of his career was his 42-yarder midway through preseason camp, earning a scholarship. Yates was just as successful off the field as he was on the field. He earned a spot on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll all four years during his time at South Carolina. He was then invited to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, an all-star game which is comprised of the elite seniors in college football. But Yates wasn’t just happy to be invited; he wanted to make an impact. Yates kicked two field goals of 40 and 41 yards. But his journey was not finished. As an undrafted free agent, Yates was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He reached one of the pinnacles of any football player’s career; making it into the NFL. Yates was one of the first ever Hereford players to sign with an NFL team, making his school, community, and family incredibly proud. Despite being recently cut by the Jaguars, Yates is still pursuing his dream of being an NFL kicker.

Cartoon by Joe Donatelli

Andrew Depaola (’05) achieves dream of NFL with Buccaneers

Photo by Associated Press Football dreams came alive when Hereford alumni, Andrew Depaola, became a part of NFL football this year. Very different from his first love of baseball, on the football field is where Andrew Depaola will be remembered by Hereford students to come.

By Adam Ceribelli The lights are shining bright, the smell of concession food in the air; the stadium is packed with a couple thousand fans: it’s football season in Hereford. In our small, quaint town, one thing that most people look forward to every fall is football season. Every Friday night, thousands of fans sit on top of the hill and walk throughout the bleachers at the Hereford Bulls Stadium. The community takes pride in the football program, including some of its alma mater. In the fall of 2001, Andrew Depaola walked the halls of Hereford High as a freshman. He came with a natural love for baseball, but that quickly changed when he experienced the program that head football coach Steve Turnbaugh was running. Andrew’s career took him to Rutgers and eventually was invited to try out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a long snapper. Greg Schiano, Andrew’s previous coach at Rutgers, was the new head coach of the Bucs. “I always wanted to be a professional baseball player growing up, it was my first love. But when high school football came, all of the things that Coach Turnbaugh instilled in me, toughness, hard-work, intrigued me,” said Andrew. Andrew was pulled up to varsity his sophomore year and lead the

bulls to a 2A state championship crown. Two years later, in his senior year, he went to the state championship again but lost. Andrew received all-Metro and All-State (small Schools) honors as a senior. He was named The Baltimore County Offensive Player of the Year by The Baltimore Sun. Andrew finished his senior year passing with a 68% completion average, 2,092 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and only 7 interceptions. “My entire life I grew up watching [Andrew] compete and saw him as my role model. My other brother Nick and I both knew we wanted to be as great as he was so we tried to follow in his footsteps working to be better than him,” said Vince Depaola, Andrew’s younger brother, who is on the football team at Towson University, “I always admired his work ethic and attitude. There was not a single person on the field that was going to be better than him or out work him.” From high school, he went onto the collegiate level at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He was redshirted his freshmen year as a quarterback. His next year he was the third string quarterback and helped the team prepare in practice throughout the season. His third year, Andrew served at the holder on field goals and did not drop one snap all year. He made it onto Sportscenter on ESPN for a fake field goal where he

rolled out and threw a 15 yard touchdown pass. Andrew went into his fourth year (third year of eligibility) at a new position. He switched to wide receiver and did his best to help the team. Later in the year he became a long snapper after the starting snapper suffered an injury. “It was just something that I could always do, so I figured I would give it a shot,” said Andrew. Andrew was the backup long snapper before he took over the starting job in his last 4 games of that year. He started at long snapper his fifth year (fourth year of eligibility) and played in every game. In January 2012, Rutgers previous coach, Greg Schiano, took the head coaching job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Andrew got an invite this past year, 2013, to try out for the team. “It felt great to get an invite with some of the guys that I knew from college,” said Andrew. “It was definitely humbling just to try out for an NFL team.” Andrew reached his goal, getting a chance to try out and play with the best players in football. The small town, Hereford Grad has made his town and family proud.

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College football players deserve compensation

By Jaxon Frasier The question of if college football players should get paid has been asked since the players started accepting money from sports boosters and college alumnae. I think they should get paid. I’m not saying they should be paid a lot, but they should get some sort of payment for being the face of a university. College football has signed contracts with networks worth millions of dollars. Sure they get their schooling, books, room and board paid for but they dedicate an incredible amount of hours to their teams, so they don’t even have an opportunity to make money elsewhere. Some say that paying college athletes takes away the spirit of amateurism but they are the ones who make the events possible. The cheapest seat at an Ohio State Football game costs about $100. That $100 seat is all the way at the top of the stadium, and according to Ohio State’s official website the stadium holds 102,329 people. That’s a lot of money from one game. NCAA President Mark Emmert proposed a $2,000 stipend for all athletes no matter if they need the money or not. From what I’ve heard, a college kid’s diet is pretty terrible. That extra $2,000 means that they Photo by Mckenna Porter wouldn’t have to live off of Ramen noodles Robert Shapiro, also known as Hereford’s number one fan, poses above with his most treasured sports memorabilia — the lacrosse stick he and frozen pizzas. used at Pikesville High School in the 1970s and a University of Maryland Magazine featuring a former Hereford player who went D1. Keep Hundreds of athletes have accepted money from boosters, preventing posted for an upcoming documentary about Robert’s involvement with Hereford, soon to be posted on the Harbinger’s website. their schools from going to bowl games which are another large source of income for schools. I don’t understand why athletes can’t make a little money on the side. The recent scandal involving Johnny Manziel signing autographs for money has been a major story since the end of the summer. He was photographed signing pictures of himself. According to ESPN he signed 1,100 pictures. There was no evidence that proves that Manziel received money from the pictures, but he was unable to play in the first half of Texas A&M’s season opener versus Rice. He comes from a wealthy family so he probably didn’t need the money, but I’m sure other players who needed the money have done the same thing and the money probably helped those players out. The money the player makes from the autographs doesn’t have anything to do with the school besides the fact that the player is wearing the school’s jersey in the picture. There’s nothing wrong with a student trying Photo by Amanda Battle to make a little money on the side. It probThe girls varsity soccer team displays field dominance with Anna Packy (11) at the helm. The team beat rival Eastern Tech 4-1 ably makes him happy to know that people earlier this season. would pay for a signed picture of him.

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She Can’t Stop Our view: Students need to develop views on politics From Amanda to Miley, Demi to Selena, everyone’s favorite child star isn’t so kid friendly anymore. By Maddie McGee I can safely say that the majority of students in this school have seen an episode of Hannah Montana. In elementary school, it was a common occurrence to hear someone belting out “Best of Both Worlds” on the playground. So, Miley Cyrus’s controversial VMAs performance was clearly a departure from her old Hannah days. The twerk-fest, complete with a foam finger, was heavily criticized, with many people taking to social media to voice their opinions. The general public isn’t the only enraged and disgusted group. Everyone from her family to her former co-stars are wary of her behavior. She used to be attached at the hip to her father, but now they haven’t been seen in public together in ages. Liam Hemsworth, her former fiancé has had enough of her behavior. They recently ended their engagement and Miley announced it in the only way she knows how: she unfollowed him on Twitter. Miley Cyrus is only one of the many child stars who have recently shed their Disney Channel image. Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Selena Gomez starred in the raunchy film Spring Breakers and Demi Lovato has publicized her struggles with bulimia and self-harming. Surely this is not what Walt Disney would have wanted! But perhaps the most upsetting child star breakdown is that of Amanda Bynes. With her crazy tweets and puzzling obsession with the rapper Drake, people who grew up with The Amanda Show are now watching one of their former idols going in and out of mental hospitals and throwing bongs out of windows. Bynes was placed on an indefinite psychiatric hold after setting a small fire in a random person’s driveway and rumors are swirling that she exhibits signs of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! So why does everybody’s favorite child star have a mug shot and a starring role on Celebrity Rehab? Amanda Bynes could easily have been starring in movies to this day. I mean, have you seen She’s the Man or Hairspray? She’s “retired” from acting multiple times, only to announce that she’s had a change of heart. In 2012, she announced that she was focusing on becoming a rapper. Sure, one could argue that these stars want an image change. But I’m pretty sure swinging naked on a wrecking ball is not the way to deviate from one’s Disney days. Of course the majority of the general public understands that these girls do not want to be seen as pop stars living double lives and teenage wizards who work in a sub shop for the rest of their lives. So Miley, stop twerking on Robin Thicke, it makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Selena Gomez, I don’t know if you’re dating Justin Bieber or what, but he’s ruining your image. I mean, the boy’s trying to bring hammer pants back! And for the love of God, somebody please take Amanda Bynes’ cell phone away!

Write a letter to the editor and submit it to room 207. Letters may be edited for length and punctuation.

Walking through the halls, one will overhear an assortment of conversations amongst students-ranging from Web-Assign, to the latest episode of Breaking Bad, to “so-andso’s” Instagram. Ask a student about Syria, and nothing. The fact of the matter is most students are not interested in domestic politics, let alone international politics. As the future of this country, the students’ apathy towards politics is alarming. A recent poll conducted by Qualcomm shows that 37% of people check their phones every 30 minutes or less. These phones are great resources for information which can be used to enrich their knowledge of the international community. Students spend so much time on their phones tweeting, texting, and gaming that they seem to forget that there are apps for news. Why should we care? We live in ‘Murica! International politics are the basis for the United States’ relationship with other countries. One cannot understand domestic politics without understanding the actions our government takes to affect global politics. The complexities of global relations make it difficult for people to grasp the entirety of the issue by skimming headlines and watching what is trending on Twitter. The United States is different from any other nation in the world. It is one of a select few nations in the world with a truly free press. This means the government has no power to restrict the news, unless it threatens national security or is libel. Citizens of the US take their freedoms for granted, especially their right to have news presented to them from a variety of independent

sources. Recently CNN has improved their website in order to make it easier to read and navigate, simplifying the process to find news one wants to read. Many papers in major cities have also joined the movement to websites to give the children of the digital age a way to get informed.

As young citizens, many of the issues being debated and discussed now will continue to affect us throughout our lives. Some students will be of voting age by the 2016 election, the issues currently under discussion will continue to be points of contention among the candidates. Issues such as healthcare reform, the national debt, and the

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An invitation: Voice your concerns to student board member By Jon Galla

You have a lot more say in your education than you would expect. Sure, you might not be able to phone a friend during one of Mr. Imhoff's World History tests or park in Mr. Jira's spot when you're having a bad day, but some of the decisions made at the highest levels of Baltimore County Public Schools are heavily influenced by students. It may sound far-fetched – it seems like we're surrounded by rules made by people at least twice our age. But in Baltimore County, things are a bit different: we have a student member of the Board of Education. While this Board member does not have full voting rights, he or she attends all meetings and votes on all policy items. Even when the student member cannot vote on an issue, he or she often issues a statement to the Board, and other Board

members take this very seriously. Look at our superintendent: one of the main advocates for his selection was Logan McNaney, the student member from two years ago. Maryland has such great schools for this reason: students are involved in decision-making at the highest levels. Each year, the governor appoints a student to serve on the Baltimore County Board of Education; however, the selection process is run by a committee. I was nominated by Mr. Last to apply, and submitted my application. Soon after I was offered a semifinalist interview by the selection committee. It was a bit intimidating – I was surrounded by four administrators, four student council advisers, and two students in a large conference room for half an hour. Finding out that eight others were semifinalists didn't help either. But to my surprise, I was invited for a finalist interview, and received a letter a couple days later saying I got the job! Today, I'm a member of the Board of Education, and I have the responsibility to voice student's concerns and make sure decisions are made with students in mind. Which I why I reach out to you, readers of the Hereford

THE HEREFORD HARBINGER Informing and entertaining the Hereford Zone Hereford High School 17301 York Road Parkton, MD 21120 410-887-1905 Volume 3 Issue 1 @H_Harbinger Find us on Facebook

Harbinger: I want you to exercise your rights to representation. I hope to accomplish a lot in this pivotal year. We are creating a digital curriculum and are working to provide each student a tablet for school. Additionally, the Board is striving to encourage technology in schools, not discourage it with strict sets of rules. In short, we aim to provide all students with a 21st century education, one that is globally-competitive. But this cannot be done without the feedback of students. When I attend Board of Education meetings or meet with Superintendent Dance and staff, I think about my own experiences as a student and think critically about how I would change them. I don't want to rely solely on my own perspective, so I will write regularly in the Harbinger about issues facing BCPS and how your voice can be heard. Don't be afraid to come up to me with comments or questions. Plato couldn't have said it better: “If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.” If something isn't working, it should be fixed – education is no exception. Let's work together to fix it.

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In Focus

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Jeff Lapp, project superintendent, reviews his designs.

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Caution signs prevent student traffic through dangerous zones.

How much can $51.1 million buy?

By Will Wheatley

Many would argue that a new high school was considered a necessity. Unfortunately, due to land restrictions, this aspiration would not be possible without relocating all the students and demolishing the current building. Instead, with the help of 51.1 million dollars, Hereford has contracted out two separate construction companies, CAM Construction in Timonium and TMI to tackle the task of revamping Hereford High School. Some of the notable finished additions include: 730 auditorium seats and new digital light and sound system, new gym elevator, new gym floor, bleachers and lights, completely redone gym locker rooms, and a 150 space parking lot. The main unfinished addition that we will start to see in the near future is the new 44,440 square foot three story building with science labs, a new cafeteria, and school store. It is projected to be finished in October of 2014. Another exciting addition that is days away from being finished is the new multipurpose athletic field next to the stadium. Most students should appreciate the renovation of the current classrooms.

CAM Construction workers lay foundation for a new building to be finished in October 2014.

All photos by Chief Photographer, William Wheatley

“The updates will include state of the art classrooms with new floors, ceilings, countertops, windows and air conditioning,” Jeff Lapp, the Project Superintendant. The gym now has a new floor, lights, bleachers and air conditioning. Signs cover the walls and doors of the new gym. They were put up as soon as construction began.

The redesigned girls locker room includes loud speakers to create an exhilarating pregame experience for the Lady Bulls’ soccer team.

The new maroon locker room provides students with plenty of space for their belongings.

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