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Royal Farms proposes construction

so that’s a plus.” “I think [Royal Farms] is a good idea because Exxon By Lisabeth Stewart “I would probably go there because they have custom has outrageous gas prices,” said Ryan Pindale (9). “It might help Royal Farms has proposed construction of a store at 118 Mt. Carmel Road across from the PNC Bank. The building made sandwiches and fairly good coffee,” said English teacher drive them down.” Lisa Sopher. “The downside is the blight on the landscape.” “I would go to [Royal Farms] if the gas prices were will feature a convenience store as well as gasoline pumps. Other people have expressed concern with the new more competitive,” said English teacher Kim Willard. “We could “I love Royal Farms,” said Quinn Schiffer (10). “So use more gas competition in Hereford. The only other close place many people would go there after school; I’d go there after Royal Farms, such as Ken Bullen, Graul’s store manager. “I’m not real thrilled [about Royal Farms] because it’ll to get gas is in Hunt Valley.” school.” “[Royal farms] is where I’d get my gas if “I’m sure they’ll get a lot of business,” said it was cheaper,” said Cameron Ward (11). “The Maddie Brown (12). “The dynamic will change [in Exxon’s overpriced.” Hereford]. I don’t see a Royal Farms in Hereford.” “Like 30 cents overpriced,” said Lucas. Royal Farms Marketing Manager Ed “It’s good because it brings competition to Stronski stated, “absolutely,” they would embrace the area,” said Cameron. the hometown feeling of Hereford. “Hopefully Exxon will expand their opera “We embrace that hometown feeling in all tions to be competitive because that’s the theory of communities we come to,” he stated. the free market,” said Sopher. Currently, the closest Royal Farms is at A spokesperson for Meadowcroft Exxon was 3209 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton, Maryland. With unavailable for comment. the proposed building, all Hereford students would Royal Farms is privately owned and curbe within about a minute or two of a gas station, as rently has 155 stores in the mid-Atlantic region well as somewhere they could pick up food when (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia) they need to stay after school for sports or other acafter first opening in Baltimore, Maryland in 1959. tivities. Another new Royal Farms is under construction at “We have heard from many of our North11119 McCormick Road in Hunt Valley, Maryland ern Baltimore County customers that they wish they and Royal Farms has other plans to continue its had a store closer to home,” stated Stronski. growth. “We can get fried chicken [at Royal Royal Farms expects construction to begin Farms],” said Lucas Elliott (11). “And maybe Haloti in Hereford sometime in 2015. They will be prioriNgata will come too.” tizing safety for their customers and for the com “We could certainly ask Mr. Ngata [to atPhoto by Will Wheatley munity of Hereford. tend the grand opening],” stated Stronski. “The dif“Safety is of utmost importance for our ficult part is that he lives out of state during the off A Royal Farms chain store is under construction in Hunt Valley. Royal Farms has customers and employees.” stated Stronski. “We season and he has limited availability during the foot- begun to make arrangements to build another franchise in Hereford. construct our stores to a high standard, even exball season. So everything would depend on timing.” ceeding the requirements specified by [Maryland “I’m pretty sure no one else sells fried bring more traffic,” he said. “My main concern is a gas leak foul- Department of the Environment]. Employees undergo continuchicken that good,” said Addy O’Neill (10). ous training to ensure they understand all safety procedures.” “I think it’s a good idea because it’ll give more jobs ing the commercial businesses and residential wells.” “It just might steal business from Exxon,” said Quinn. “When we open stores we hold a ribbon cutting cerand it’ll give me another place I can get food at,” said Brenna “Some people have voiced opposition to the project,” emony and usually invite high school bands to perform and proLane (12). “I’d rather a Dairy Queen, but that’s okay.” Some students don’t think a new Royal Farms will stated Stronski. “However, there are many more who welcome us vide the school with a donation,” stated Stronski. and look forward to our opening.” While the Royal Farms grand opening may not be have much of an impact on their life. Other students and teachers realize the potential eco- happening for a while, it could still be something to be excited “I don’t think it will have a huge effect,” said Tristan Ferris (12). “I never really go to convenience stores, so it doesn’t nomic impact this new business could have on Hereford. Cur- about. affect me at all. They do have pretty good fried chicken though, rently, fuel in Maryland averages about $3.42 a gallon.

Hereford students fight to keep current schedule By Lisabeth Stewart Hereford Works is a group of concerned individuals in the Hereford Zone that opposes Baltimore County Public School Superintendant Dr. Dallas Dance’s schedule change decision for high schools. This group wishes for Hereford students to be able to continue with the current hybrid, a semester-block schedule. Hereford Works wants “an attempt to examine more closely, the mandate for a change to a yearlong A/B schedule for next year at Hereford High,” said Barbara Willette, the teacher liaison for the group. A group of parents started Hereford Works after a PTSA meeting in November 2013, where Principal Andrew Last shared some of the first concrete information about the new schedule change. Information about Hereford Works can also be found on their website, www.herefordworks.org. Students have begun advocating for change. Sara Adkins (12) and Derek Timlin (9) started a new club at Hereford this year: Student Voices. The club distributed a student survey to homerooms on December 19, 2013. The results were tabulated and reviewed to see how students reacted to the schedule change. The entire survey results will soon be available on the Hereford Works Facebook page. “The main thing [Student Voices] is trying to accomplish is that what we say matters and should influence [The Board

of Education’s] decisions,” said Sara. “I help Sara with ideas for [Student Voices],” said Abi Lightner (9). “If she has an idea, I help it out, like with the survey.”

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Graphic by Lisabeth Stewart A majority of students oppose the schedule change, as reflected by a survey conducted by the Student Voices club. The schedule debates have been a contentious topic among the Hereford community.

“I believe in a vote that determines how students act in school; students should be asked,” said club member Brandan Iversen (9). Student Voices “is a good way to get my voice out,” he said. “We hope to give students an educated voice,” said Student Voices co-founder Derek. The club was started “to give students facts about issues so they aren’t one sided.” As the advisor of Student Voices, Social Studies teacher Thomas Hanson helps students discuss and work on new issues within Hereford. “The schedule has been a hot button issue,” but they will still “compile a list of other issues and topics to discuss and debate,” said Hanson. One proposed topic for discussion is school saftety. Hanson suggested that safety can be improved in light of recent school shootings across the nation, such as the incident at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico. Both groups promote more community involvement and discussion of prevalent issues in the Hereford Zone, particulary decisions made by Baltimore County Public Schools. Hereford Works has its own motto, a play on words from the saying ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Willette said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t break it.” To see full results go to the Hereford Works Facebook page.

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March Madness discontinues; SADD seeks new fundraiser By Mary Hall Principal Andrew Last, science teacher Erin Czan, and members of SADD club have decided to discontinue March Madness at Hereford High School. The decision was made in response to a decline in high school student attendance over the past few years. Every year, fewer and fewer high school students attended the event that funded two senior class scholarships and raised awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence. SADD club advisor Erin Czan stated that “ninety percent of all ticket sales last year were from the middle school.” This figure was determined by a door count. Last year, Mr. Last mandated a larger chaperone presence in anticipation of potential behavioral problems posed by the younger audience. SADD club faced promotional difficulties; despite efforts, only 10% of the audience consisted of high school students. “We’ve had questionnaires and polls to see what would make the high schoolers want to come and they all say they don’t relate to it anymore since they don’t know who Taylor Cunningham or Joey Baseman were,” stated Czan. “They say it’s boring, and/or they would rather be doing something else on a Friday night.” Vice President of SADD club, Rachel Seitz (12) said, “It was a group decision between Mr. Last and Ms. Czan. Mr. Last didn’t really like that it wasn’t a high school event anymore

because all the middle schoolers came.” Participants of March Madness were shocked when they heard this news. Brady Kern (12) has participated in this event for three years. “I think it’s really fun, I was actually looking forward to it. My friends and I were actually just talking about it,” said Brady. “I think they will be upset to find out it is canceled. [It was] definitely something to look forward to.” Safety issues seem to be a major concern in organizing large events such as March Madness, especially with major construction going on this year. “The Administration and Ms. Czan were concerned about the construction work going on this year around the school,” Last stated. “There are parking issues and safety/ liability issues. The areas behind the school are now a construction zone and it is difficult to control middle school students who wander around the site.” When freshmen students were told that March Madness was canceled this year, they were upset because they wanted to participate in upcoming years. Jessica Rudy (9) said, “Maybe in my junior or senior year, not as a freshmen because it would be just like the pep rally.” Natalie Armbruster (9) was looking forward to watching the games. “People make fools of themselves and it is entertaining. I loved it and was looking forward to it,” she said. “I am upset I love watching it.”

Photo by Will Wheatley Students huddle before taking the court at March Madness last year. Teachers and students have mixed feelings about the discontinuation of the event. Rachel said, “It wasn’t really benefiting the high school anymore. So for SADD club it didn’t really make sense to keep going through that for nothing.” SADD club is trying to think of a new fundraiser this year to draw more high school students in to participate. Some ideas include:

a dance-a-thon, a color run, or an outdoor movie, but with construction it seems unlikely this year. SADD club meets every Tuesday in room 208. Stop by or contact an officer to pitch your fundraiser idea.

Oregon law lets moms take placentas home for cooking, decorating By Emma Reider Lasagna always helps to warm one up when coming inside on a cold and snowy February day. Now imagine biting into it and coming across bits and pieces of placenta. Yum. This is just one way women are using their placentas, thanks to a new law passed in Oregon as of January 1. This new law states that, after giving birth, mothers are now legally allowed to take their placentas out of the hospital and home with them. Placenta can become an ingredient in tasty snacks or be used for nutritional supplements in pill form. Some mothers

“That’s gross.” -Brock Turnbaugh (12) frame their placenta and hang it on their walls as a decoration. The placenta can also be buried, which was believed by Cambodian healers to protect the newborn babies. There have been no studies proving the placentas medical value, so whether the consumption of the organ is actually beneficial to the body remains an opinion. Some believe that it helps to ease post-partum depression and increase breast milk production.

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“I mean, I understand the whole health benefit to eating it but it’s kind of nasty in my opinion,” stated Jordan Keller (12), an AP Biology student. “It’s part of your body so I guess it’s yours, but why would you want to eat that?” “There’s nothing nutritive value in a placenta that you couldn’t get by eating a couple pieces of fresh fruit and avocado and some spinach,” stated AP Biology teacher, Jeremy Smith. If eating placentas do prove to be medically beneficial sometime in the near future, there is still the ick-factor to overcome. “The mental aspect is much stronger than any physical benefit,” stated Nicole Viscuso (12), an AP Biology student. “I think that, socially, people who ate their own placentas will be viewed as weird,” said Kate Bochicchio (9), a GT Biology student. Some people believe consuming your own placentas is cannibalism and morally wrong, while others are not bothered by the idea at the least. “On some level, if you’re eating your own tissue, wouldn’t you be a cannibal?” stated English teacher and mother, Michelle Vance. “You’re just eating yourself. I think of cannibalism as eating someone else,” said Sarah Walker (9), a GT Biology student. Currently, Oregon is the only US state that has this law; however, it could spread throughout the nation. If taking

home placentas becomes the new fad of the decade, we might all have to deal with the chance of going over to our friends houses and seeing placentas hanging on the wall. “While I would not do so myself, I feel that if it is their own placenta, i.e., a part of their own body, then they may do with it what they like. Even if they are going to eat it,” said Social Studies teacher Terri Trebilcock. “Other mammals do this—we had a cat that did; apparently, it is natural to them.”

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DOWN TO BUSINESS The FBLA is hosting a conference after school on Tuesday, February 11. Dave Schreiner, the sponsor of FBLA will have adults serve as judges for student competitions from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Schreiner said, “This competition is a Region 2 competition which encompassess all Baltimore County and City schools that have FBLA chapters. The kids compete against eachother in business tested areas and have the ability to qualify to compete at the state and national level.”

SCHOOL DAY In an effort to gain insight into some of the surprising, unexpected aspects of

beginning teaching, the sponsor of FEA , Tom Keller, has set up a shadow-day for his students on February 27. The FEA students will shadow teachers at 7th District Elementary to gain a first person perspective on teaching. The president of FEA, Nathaniel Whitely said, “The FEA students will shadow teachers at an elementary school and the teachers will give them tips on educationg itself.”

YOU GO DODD-O Engineering teacher Michael Dodd-O

received Teacher Excellence Award from the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland (TEEAM). Outside of his teaching job, Dodd-O spends hours each week on outside projects and clubs, one of which recently won a national competition in California. Dodd-O will be traveling to Florida in March to represent Maryland during the 2014 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference.

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Russia’s anti-gay stance prompts responses from GSA members By Hannah Pursley As the Sochi Winter Olympics draw near, the U.S. prepares to make a bold move: sending a delegation that includes openly gay athletes. Tennis Champion Billie Jean King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremony delegation as well as figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will lead the closing ceremony delegation, joined by McFaul, Olympic medalists Bonnie Blair, Catlin Cahow, and Eric Heiden. King and Cahow are both openly gay athletes. The U.S. is not only doing this to showcase its diversity, but to show disapproval of Russian anti-gay laws and a recently passed delegation banning “homosexual propaganda.” Art teacher Samuel Tillman, who advises the GSA, finds Russia’s recent legislation “disgusting and backwards.” He explained that the Olympics “always bring up a lot of issues and this isn’t the first time that people have had to make a decision about sending athletes for political reasons.” Tillman doesn’t hold much concern for the safety of American Olympians. “[My] concern is more for any Russian athletes who stand up for what they believe in or are out after the cameras leave and everybody goes home.” Vladimir Putin plans to use the Olympic Games as a showcase for modern Russia, while international human rights and L.G.B.T. activists intend to use the Games to raise awareness of Russia’s anti-gay policy and recent delegation.

“It’s scary. I wouldn’t want to be one of [the gay athletes], but they’ve worked their whole lives to go to the Olympics,” said Varsity basketball player Nicole Viscuso (12). Adding to the stigma, recent bombings in Volgograd pose a serious safety threat to the Winter Games. The threat of attack by Islamist militants from the North Caucuses region is

“Russia’s policies remind us it isn’t so great everywhere else in the world.” -Sara Adkins (12) the primary concern. Furthermore, Russia’s most wanted man, Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, has urged his fighters to target the Olympics in an effort to disrupt the Games. The Associated Press also recently reported that The U.S. Olympic Committee and several other countries have received emails regarding security threats at the Sochi Winter Games, further raising concerns about safety. “Obviously [the gay athletes] should compete; it’s their dream. They have freedoms here so that should carry over to Russia. Even if they’re afraid, they’ve gone through so much to get where they are and they shouldn’t let anything stop them,”

said Varsity soccer player Kelsey Anderson (12). To combat this potential attack, authorities are deploying more than 30,000 police and interior ministry troops and limiting access to the area to ensure full security. Russians also fear there could be further attacks outside of Sochi leading up to the Olympic Games. However, securing an entire country is extremely difficult, let alone an Olympic city. “I would still go. Being in the Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Varsity football player Malcolm Jonhston (11). Russian President Vladimir Putin recently explained that gay spectators should feel welcome at the Games but cautioned them against “any flamboyant displays that draw unnecessary attention to themselves.” Putin believes that the Olympics are “about the athletes.” He advised homosexuals against “flaunting their bodies in a way that is distracting, provocative, or arousing,” warning that “it will be frowned upon.” Despite Putin’s warnings, numerous Olympians plan to flaunt their pride at the Olympics Games by wearing rainbow nail polish, uniforms, and pins. “I think it’s a good thing that people are using the Olympics as a way to draw attention to the gay rights movement. We’ve had a lot of progress lately in the United States in terms of gay marriage, but Russia’s policies remind us it isn’t so great everywhere else in the world, stated GSA member Sara Adkins.

Jamal Cody breaks sprinting records By Alex Toma and Lisabeth Stewart At the F. I. T. Invitational track meet on Saturday, December 28, 2013, Jamal Cody (11) set the school record in the 55 meter hurdles at P.G. Sports and Learning Complex in Landover Maryland. Previously, he broke the 300 meter with a time of 36.39 seconds and was a part of the record breaking 4x200 meter team with Tyler Gee (12), Lucas Spencer (11) and Prince Eze (12) with a time of 1 minute, 36.89 seconds. “It’s been a long, long time [since a runner from Hereford has broken the 55 meter hurdles]”, said Boys Track and Field Coach Weston Fellows. “He’s one of the best athletes to come through here in a long time,” he said. “In fact he’s only a junior and he’s pretty amazing.” His teammates value his hard work as well. “When he gets in the zone, he can’t get out of it,” said teammate Tim Vandewater (12). “It’s fun out here with him,” said teammate Ethan Ace (12). “He makes it enjoyable.” “Whenever I run with him, I have to try to beat him, and he tries to beat me,” said teammate Shawn Gmurek (10). It’s “healthy competition” for the team members. The upcoming Track and Field event will be The Regional competition, which was held on Monday, February 3, 2014. Fellows is optimistic and looks forward to coaching Jamal next year as well. “He’s got a whole other year of training,” he said. “He’ll probably lower the record next year if he keeps training.”

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Photo by Kaity Lynch Hereford’s Varsity cheerleaders preformed their partner stunts during the Hereford Invitational. The girls strive for perfection as they are looked on by their fans and other cheerleaders.

TU running back Terrance West pursues NFL By Jason Ashwood Despite coming up just short, this year the Towson University football team made history by reaching their first NCAA FCS national championship game. As a seven seed, the Tigers were often an underdog and knocked off the two seed Eastern Washington, as well as the three seed Eastern Illinois. Much of their success can be attributed to junior running back Terrance West, who ran for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns. In their playoff win against Eastern Illinois, West singlehandedly carried the team rushing for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He also earned runner up for FCS player of the year as well as an unsatisfying third place for the Walter Payton

Photo by John Roemer GIRL’S INDOOR TRACK The girl’s indoor track team holds up eight fingers for winnig eight consecutive County Champtionships. They defeated tough rival Milford Mill by 11 points.

award. At 5’ 11’’ and 223 pounds, West had the perfect combination of speed and strength. He was often able to quickly find holes in the defensive line and also go through a few defenders when he had to. “He was definitely the best running back that I’ve ever played with. He’s one of the most explosive players I’ve ever seen,” said Brennan Butz, a former Hereford football player who’s now a freshman on the Towson football team. West is also just as good of a person off the field as he is as a player. The team participates in community service events on weekends where West was always first to volunteer.

Photo by Kaity Lynch BOY’S BASKETBALL During Hereford’s rec. night, the Boys Varsity team lost to Parkville by one point. The last game of the season is to take place on Wednesday, Febuary 19, 2014 at Owings Mills.

In the locker room, he was known generate a lot of laughs and to constantly help contribute to good team charisma and chemistry. The entire team, including many underclassmen, looked up to him. “He was always helping other players, usually the freshman. Sometimes I’d go to him for advice and I try to model myself off of him,” Butz said. In recent news, it has been said that West will declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, although there is some buzz that he was upset about this statement through the media. The strength of the running backs in the draft is not as strong as previous years so many believe that he will make waves.

Photo by Kim Willard ALLIED BOWLING Striking a pose, the Hereford Allied Bowling team captured a victory over Franklin at the Pikesville Lanes. The team practiced long and hard for the win.


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Understanding eating disorders By Alaina Wancowicz & Layne Litsinger

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change overnight, but Guidance has a good support system available,” said n today’s society, eating disorders are increasingly prevalent Guidance Counselor Ellen Fitzkee. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, among young adults. In recent studies, on average, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from eating disorders each year. The two most com- don’t hesitate to get help. Having an eating disorder is an on-going battle, mon forms of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. but with the right support and knowledge, we can fight eating disorders While these are the most well-known, there are other types of eating dis- and create a healthy lifestyle for everyone. Fitzkee said, “[The Guidance Office doesn’t] hear from the sufferorders. Such as binge eating, purging, and with EDNOS (Eating Disorders ing person because they are in denial of their potential eating disorder.” Not Otherwise Specified). If counselors know who to help then they can “reach out to the per Our guidance counselors offer a group called Healthy Choices, a confidential group which meets Thursday’s during both halves of Enrich- son struggling and be their extra support.” The group welcomes anyone, ment. It focuses on all aspects of life, including the responses to emotional and the people that attend vary each week. The counselors are available to all students to help with their emotional issues. If you ask for an appointand physical stresses. “It is hard to control an eating disorder once you start, and it can’t ment, the counselors can meet one-on-one that day or the following day. Abby Hess (12) has been struggling with an eating disorder since seventh grade. In an exclusive Hereford Harbinger interview she revealed her story. Interview with Abby Hess (12):

Why did it start?

I was always uncomfortable with myself, but what really started it was one day at school when my class was watching the movie Fat Albert and as I walked into class in front of this kid he said, “Hey, hey, hey. It’s fat Albert!” as he pointed at me. The entire class laughed while I sat there in tears. That night is when I stopped eating. When my parents grew suspicious, the bulimia started.

How did you cope? What did you do to get help?

At first I just went on with my daily routines like nothing was wrong. After a while, I grew weaker and extremely tired. I missed school more often, and the days that I did go to school, I’d go right home and sleep from 3-8, wake up, do my homework (if I woke up at all), then go back to sleep. After months of this, my mom got concerned and took me to the Eating Disorder Unit at Shepherd Pratt. When I first got there, the doctors drew my blood; then I spoke with a therapist. The next day, the hospital called my mom and told her I had to come back to the hospital right away. When we got there, the therapist I had

spoken with the day before told me I had messed up my body so much that at 12 years old, I could have a heart attack any day and [that] they were going to have to hospitalize me. The next day, on December 9, I was admitted into Shepherd Pratt for a month.

Who supported and helped you through your struggle?

I had a lot of support throughout the whole thing. Once I got into the hospital, I met so many people that helped me day-by-day and made recovery much easier. My cousin was the most amazing support I could have asked for. He was there for me from day one and he’s still there when I need him, especially when it comes to the anniversary of the day recovery started. My two best friends at the time also helped a tremendous amount; they came to visit me while I was in the hospital for that month and it really helped me want to recover knowing that people outside of the hospital cared about me and wanted me to come home healthy. When I got out of the hospital and went back to school, it was so nice seeing how everyone at school helped me transition back into the “real world.” That class that started it all was the hardest to go back to and knowing my friends in that class were there for me made it much easier going back into that hell that started it all.

What are the steps to recovery?

Before anyone can recover they must first admit that

they have a problem. I didn’t think I was sick and that didn’t help in the recovery process at all. Next, you must want that help from others. You must also be prepared to fight for the control of your life again. If you let an eating disorder control and you don’t try to fight for your health, recovery will not get easier. You must have a good support system too because without it, you will not be able to manage all the stresses recovery brings. Lastly, you must be patient with yourself and recovery. You don’t just recover from an eating disorder overnight. It’s a lifelong battle that you have to be strong and prepared to fight.

How has your life changed?

My eating disorder no longer controls my life. January 9 of this year marked my five year anniversary of being released from the hospital. I still struggle every day, and although I have relapsed multiple times in the past five years, I know that bulimia doesn’t control my life anymore. I am more in control than I used to be and every year I get stronger. I can now openly talk about the battle I fight every day because it’s no longer a personal struggle—it’s a battle that I’m winning and I want to help others win their battles too. My eating disorder isn’t something I am necessarily proud of, but I am proud of the person I have become. I am stronger and more of a fighter now than I used to be because I fight this battle every day.


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Fast Facts Binge Eating

Eating 3000-5000 calories in a short period of time.

Purging

Getting rid of any food taken in, in a small period of time like vomiting, over exercising or laxatives.

EDNOS

An eating disorder that does not completely fulfill the criteria for Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa These people have a fear of gaining weight along with food restriction, and excessive weight loss.

Bulimia Nervosa

These people stay slightly overweight or at a normal weight while eating a large amount of food at once, and then getting rid of the food in a short span of time.

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Photo by Mary Beth Stuller Shoppers stroll in front of the Abercrombie and Fitch store in Boston. “A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong,” said the owner of Abercrombie and Fitch, Mike Jeffries.

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By Kirsten Herman As soon as you hear the name Abercrombie & Fitch, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Cute clothes? Too expensive? Quality brand? What about prejudiced, discriminatory, biased? Because to me, these words seem more accurate. “[Mike Jeffries CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch] doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,” said Robin Lewis journalist and author of The New Rules of Retail. “He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’” Abercrombie &Fitch only offers up to a size ten, or a large in women’s; this is because they think that any size larger is too “fat,” and those women don’t deserve to wear their clothes. But in men’s sizes, they go up to XXL. Abercrombie said that this is only because it wants to appeal to larger, male athletes. Not only does Abercrombie discriminate against large people in general, it also has strict guidelines for people who work for them, calling them, “models,” trying to justify it by saying it is a marketing tactic. “We hire good-looking people in our stores, because goodlooking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,” said Mike Jeffries CEO, in a 2006 interview with Salon magazine. Tyler Hagan (11) said, “It is absurd. People are people and each person deserves the shot to show who they are. The CEO of this company [has] put labels on people they don’t care for. By doing this they have [put] a label on themselves as rude, judgmental, money-wanters.” “Size has nothing to do with beauty. Abercrombie & Fitch wants to market beautiful people and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They can’t decide who fits a ‘standard’ image of beauty,” said Taylor Tarnai (11). “[They are] discriminatory; I think they aren’t the only ones to do that, but it isn’t fair. I don’t agree with it,” said Dance teacher Erin Norton. Psychology teacher Robert Greenwood said, “[Mike Jeffries] sounds like a pompous creep, but he has every right to be.” "In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids," Jeffries said. "Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong.” I strongly doubt that he thinks certain people don’t belong in just his clothes; he probably means society as well. Now Mike Jeffries is comparing the real world to high school, which realistically cannot be done. Usually in high school people are living with, and are dependent on their parents. Teenagers aren’t fully developed emotionally, physically, and mentally, which is why they live with a parent or guardian; they can’t take care of themselves fully without them. He obviously has the right to have these opinions, but

what he is promoting is exactly the kind of prejudice that advocates for equality are trying to get rid of. Young girls today are only seeing these size two and under women and coming off with the impression that that is how they are supposed to be. This is why so many people dislike people who are plus size because all we see are skinny women who we are glorifying as the beauty ideal. In all of the classic paintings of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, is always represented as being a large, curvy woman, because the larger the woman the sexier, and more fertile she was considered. The 1920’s was the time of the flapper; this look was all about having a long, willowy frame, and meant many women were starting the extreme diet fad, even binding their breasts to get the proper “boyish” look. By the nineteen fifties the “buxom” image was back in again, and the average woman’s size was a twelve. Now many people can think about is dieting and losing weight to get to the “perfect” size. But does this mysterious size even exist? Many designer labels have models that are much too skinny and are photo-shopped to look healthier, and curvier. Abercrombie & Fitch does this as well, but, he makes it seem like this unattainable gift that only a few elect have because they are “cool.” Instead of making the models look healthier, why not use plus size models in the first place? They represent the average woman. In Europe the in look is to be wisp thin and borderline anorexic. Jennifer Lawrence, the actress famous for her role in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook and an outspoken advocate for being herself and a known hater of the word “fat,” was recently in a Dior add in which her body was photo-shopped. I’m a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, and when I saw the ad, I couldn’t believe it was her. Her arms were like tooth-picks and in one picture she didn’t even look like she had a chest! When Jennifer Lawrence saw the ad for the first time herself, she couldn’t believe what she saw. When an interviewer asked at an award show last year if it was photo-shopped, she said, “Of course it’s photo-[shopped]; people don’t look like that!” There is a stigma against plus size models because the modeling is mostly considered a “skinny” girls industry. Robyn Lawley, an absolutely stunning plus size model, has been getting hated on because she doesn’t have a “thigh gap.” A “thigh gap” is the space between a person’s thighs and for those girls who don’t have one, that is perfectly fine. Robyn takes all of the hater’s harsh words well and said on her food blog on tumblr, “I've got big hips and a big body. I'm double, triple the size of other models - and I embrace that, I own it." Being a size 14, I take Mike Jeffries opinions very personally. You can’t understand how much it hurts when people judge you because of your body before getting to know you as a person. When I was a child I never felt comfortable in my body. Even though my mother told me everyday how beautiful I was, I felt ugly and fat. It wasn’t until I came to Hereford and made some truly good friends that I realized that it doesn’t matter what other people think, but how you feel about yourself that counts. So don’t listen to jerks like Mike Jeffries, they are pulling the world into a black pit of hate. And maybe he should glance in the mirror; he looks like he’s undergone too much plastic surgery.

American Eagle’s new ad campaign rightly promotes authentic bodies

OPINION

By Olivia DiVenti I am tired of hearing that “if you are not skinny you are not beautiful” or “real women have curves.” Women are equally beautiful regaurdless of size. Girls now have different ways to tell if they are “skinny.” Some girls are aspiring to have a “thigh gap,” “bridges,” and passing the “pencil test.” I feel as though more girls this year are suffering from eating disorders then previous years. They are trying to eat “healthy”

but one thing leads to another and they end up getting sick. The media is a huge reason why we feel like we need to look a certain way. We are constantly having them throw “skinny” in our face. It truly annoys me that you have to look a certain way to model or be in a magazine. Advertisers should show women of all shapes and sizes. Clothes are made to be on everyone, so why can’t we have all body types advertising them? If the media would realize that they are the main reason that eating disorders are hap-

pening, then maybe they can change. They should stop airbrushing magazine covers and using body doubles in music videos. That is not helping anyone. The only thing that comes from that is a young girl or boy developing unhealthy habits striving for an unrealistic perfection. American Eagles “Aerie” has launched a new campaign showcasing real untouched girls. They want to promote more realistic body types. The campaign is now “challenging supermodel standards.” I think this is one of the best things a company has ever done.

It is about time that we lose the “perfection” standard and flaunt the “real sexy you.” This will show teenage girls who are struggling with body image that everyone has flaws and we just need to embrace them. We are all in this world for a reason and we all have a purpose. The most important thing is to love yourself and know that you are special and unique. There is only one “you” so embrace yourself and love who you are.


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Pulse Health and Fitness celebrates ten year anniversary By Adam Ceribelli It is the tenth anniversary of Pulse Fitness in Sparks, Maryland. Pulse is the primary gym for the Hereford community with members aging from teenagers to adults to senior citizens. “Pulse is easy to access being that it is not far from my house,” said Dom Patti (12), “It’s [a] great alternative for when our high school weight room is closed.” Pulse owner Robert Gaffney grew up in Bel Air, Maryland and attended Towson University. He had a personal training business while he was there with about 52 clients. His clients included Art Modell, the previous owner of the Baltimore Ravens, CEO’s of businesses, and some business men. “I realized that I couldn’t have a fam-

ily and work ninety hours a week, so I decided to open a fitness center,” said Pulse owner Robert Gaffney. “[Pulse] was the result of a third opportunity, so here we are ten years later.” After graduating from Towson in 1998 and working as a trainer for a few more years, Gaffney opened Pulse in January of 2003. Being married to a marathon runner and having three active kids, Gaffney is constantly surrounded by fitness. His father loves to run and his mother works out regularly. Only about seventeen percent of all U.S. households go to fitness clubs, so Pulse’s goal is to attract more people than other clubs. “We strongly believe in personal relationships with our members,” said Gaffney. “One benefit to having a smaller club is that we get to know everyone on a personal basis.”

Cory Williams, father of Connor Williams (12), has been a member of Pulse for the past ten years and has thoroughly enjoyed it. “I couldn’t ask for a better place to work out,” said Williams. “It’s almost like I’m a part of the Pulse family.” “Being that it’s our tenth-year anniversary, we are always looking to expand, always looking to find other opportunities to grow the business or turn it into a multitude of businesses.” said Gaffney. “Sparks is just a wonderful community, the people here are fantastic. We have yet to see an opportunity to move or make it bigger; we haven’t really felt the need to do it because this is just like a big family.”

Photo by Amanda Battle This year, Pulse celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary. Pulse has mantained personal relationships with many families in the community.

Shoobop Sha Wadda Wadda Yippity Boom De Boom By Alaina McCleary The famous musical Grease is being performed by theater students this February. The musical is known for its portrayal of 1950s teenagers, otherwise known as “Greasers.” Set in 1959, the musical follows ten high school students as they work out their love lives. The musical incorporates a combination of acting and singing, with upbeat songs and spunky costumes. This musical is unlike any other performed at Hereford. “It’s a more fun and modern play,” said Courtney Bollinger (12), playing the role of Rizzo. The musical has many characters, and Kelsey Brush (10) won the female lead role of Sandy Olsson, with her audition song, “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Sandy‘s character is a well-raised school girl who transforms into a “Greaser” to impress her boyfriend Danny Zuko, who is played by Ben Mann (12). “I’m excited to play a character with two different sides,” said Kelsey. She is hoping to nail Sandy’s character portrayal along with her most famous song in the musical, “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Courtney’s character Rizzo, on the other hand, is tough and outspoken, unlike sweet, innocent Sandy.

Photo by Claire Hunt Lead actors Ben Mann (12), Sophia Skala (12), Sam Boelens (10), Noah Konkus (12), Tyler Griffith (12), and Veronica Brown (12) are “Hopelessly Devoted” to the upcoming musical: Grease. They practiced their lines with precision.

“I’m excited to play a spunky character,” said Courtney. Ben won the lead male role of Danny Zuko with his audition song “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. Danny is another hard role to play, but Ben doesn’t have the least bit of stage fright. “I’m not that nervous,” said Ben, “I’m just excited to sing and dance with all my friends and do what I do best.” Although Ben isn’t at all worried, Courtney said she’s nervous about memorizing her lines. Kelsey said the time limit is what makes her the most nervous. School plays take a lot of time and hard work to organize and perform, so the multiple school closings due to inclement weather have stressed the cast and crew. “It’s difficult to make up time, so we are hoping for no more closings,” said Noah Konkus (12), who is playing Sonny. “Delays don’t affect us.” The musical is set to be performed during the last week of February and the first week of March. “We’re going to blow Phantom out of the water,” said Ben.

Kelly Stucko (12) performs her dance to the song “Hallelujah.” Kelly won the school PTA Reflections Competition for this piece. Photos by Will Wheatley

Kelly Strucko (12) wins first position in school competition; moves on to county level contest By Brooke Raines The Hereford Dance Company is a fairly new addition to Hereford’s Art Department, but that has not stopped its dancers from accomplishing outstanding things. This past month, Kelly Strucko (12) submitted a dance that she individually choreographed for the PTA Reflections Competition, winning at the school level and advancing on to the county level competition. The PTA Reflections competition asks students to interpret each year’s theme; this year’s theme is “Believe, Dream, and Inspire.” The Students were instructed to create a poem, dance, song, or short story that they believe embodies it. “My dance was composed to ‘Hallelujah’ by Brady Carlile and was about a lot of things that have happened to me in the past; injury-wise and coming back from them,” said Kelly. Suffering from degenerative-joint disease in her spine, Kelly had surgery on her knee this past year, making her dance an accumulation of her triumph over this setback. She did not let the injury stop her. “I’m going to be eighteen in two months and I have been dancing since I was two, so I’ve been dancing for sixteen years and been competing for fourteen,” said Kelly. “Kelly is a truly amazing and talented dancer [who] dances in a way that no one else can,” said co-dancer Olivia Herbkersman (10). Herbkersman was very proud that a fellow member of Hereford’s Dance Company won the school PTA Reflections Competition. “We were all confident in her solo piece that she submitted,” she said. Not only was the dance company confident in Kelly’s talent and proud of her victory, but so was Principal Andrew Last.

“Knowing that she wrote the whole dance herself, I was very impressed,” said Last. “I think it takes a lot of courage to go out on stage and peform in front of an audience.” Along with the prestige Kelly’s victory brings the company, it also brings recognition to dance as a growing program throughout Baltimore County. “Our program is new but constantly getting bigger thanks to Ms. Erin Norton, who provides all the out-of-school opportunities for us,” said Olivia. Not only has Kelly been a member of a multitude of these outof-school opportunities, including choreographing dances for Stevenson University, she has also inspired and motivated the Hereford Dance Company. “Kelly has been a gift to our program from the day that we were established. In her four years, she has been an All-County dancer, a student choreographer, and a featured performer. She has represented us locally, statewide, and even internationally, when she traveled to England two summers ago with the BCPS Honors Ensemble,” said Dance Company Instrutor Erin Norton. This is the first year a Hereford Dance student has won this and will advance onto the county level.


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Political issues: minimum wage, State of the Union By Erin Bartenfelder Mo’ money, mo’ problems The minimum wage debate is on the top issue for the 2014 Maryland General Assembly. Maryland is one of thirty states that has a minimum wage equal to the federal limit of $7.25. The minimum wage debate began with its inception in 1938 with the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed into to law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. The original minimum wage was $0.25 and has been raised several times over the year. It was last raised in 2009. The minimum wage for tipped workers in the state of Maryland is $3.63, which is significantly higher than the surrounding states. Tipped workers are paid a higher wage if their tips do not equate with the state minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13. Delegate Dereck E. Davis is the Chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, will be the leading the charge for the increase of minimum wage. If the proposed raise passes, Maryland will join 21 other states and the District of Columbia as the states above the federal minimum wage. The debate is derived from the argument that minimum wage is too low which keeps people in poverty and is not a living wage and continues the cycle of poverty. Others argue that the raise in minimum wage will force companies to reduce the number of employees in the long run because they will have to pay some employees more. According to

George Mankiws’ textbook, Principles of Economics, the minimum wage has its greatest impact on the teenage labor because they are among the least skilled and least experienced members of the labor force. Teenagers are generally not the primary wage earners for their families. According to the United States Department of Labor,

It is not for the government to decide what a business can afford. roughly half, 49%, of minimum wage workers are teenagers or young adults aged 24 or under, which only 16.8% are members of families living below the poverty line. The unemployment rate will continue to rise which is considered one of the top indicators for economic health. The current unemployment rate sits at 6.7% which is significantly higher than the 4.4% in 2006. A raise of the minimum wage to the proposed $10.10 will force small business owners to reduce the number of employees and the hours given to those employees. Some business owners suggest that higher wages improve the quality of work by employees, thus making the extra cash worth it. Based on the state of Maryland’s less than stellar repu-

tation for money management, the state government should not be suggesting to business owners what they can or cannot afford. The state of Maryland has a difficult time balancing the state budget, and the federal government is plagued by the same issues. Business owners cannot operate with a $17,291,696,429,863.18 deficit (as of January 1), and it is not for the government to decide what a business can afford. The government should not raise minimum wage and hinder the resurgence of small businesses with a rise in minimum wage. State of the Union On January 28, President Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union Address. The Hereford Harbinger surveyed the student body, asking how much or little of the Address they watched. Of the students surveyed, 47.7% are eligible to vote this year. The surveyed revealed ironic results: the disenfranchised students watched the most of the State of the Union Address, whereas the enfranchised watched the least. Hereford students appear to be as apathetic regarding political activism as the nation’s young voters. Our results are concurrent with the findings of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement regarding voter apathy; The Center found that only 45% of eligible young voters (18-29 years old) voted in the 2012 presidential election.

To view the rest of the results, visit our website at herefordharbinger.org!

Wolf of Wall Street: cinematic art or soft pornography? By Jaxon Fraiser and McKenna Porter “There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man and I’ve been a rich man. I choose rich every f—king time,” said stockbroker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) after climbing to the epitome of wealth. Set in the late 1980s, The Wolf of Wall Street portrays the real-life events of a man, Belfort, a former stockbroker on Wall Street who managed to illegally acquire over 100 million dollars through his company’s fraudulent penny stock-selling actions. “They didn’t really care about people; they just cared about themselves,” said Lauren Litwak (12). “The wolf is a character you love to hate as he puffs his way through Wall Street,” said Zach Keithley (12). As the 2 hour and 59 minute film came to a close, our hearts resonated with disappointment. Not one moment in those 179 minutes did actor Leonardo DiCaprio mouth the words, “old sport.” But, not to worry, Leo’s character found a new catchphrase. Breaking the record for the most f-bombs spoken in the

duration of a film, the curse word was uttered 500 times. “It’s very disturbing. But at the same time, it’s fantastic,” said Noah Konkus (12). Many high school viewers have been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of drug use shown in the film. Some have even taken the movie as a type of encouragement to try drugs. “A lot of my friends said it made them just want to go and do coke after they saw the movie,” said Hugh Huppman (12). The Wolf of Wall Street is full of sex and scandal. Don’t even get us started with the nudity. “Like I’ve never seen so many boobs, like, including the times I’ve looked at my own boobs,” said an anonymous source. That’s a lot of boobs. With inappropriateness aside, The Wolf of Wall Street has maintained its “high” ratings. Producers needed the “high” budget of $100 million for all the cars, boats, and, of course, “high”-end strippers. Nothing less for good ol’ Leo.

Have an opinion? Write a letter to the editor! Drop off submissions to room 207 or email them to hhsharbinger@bcps.org. All letters are subject to grammar and spelling improvement.

Starting with betrayal and ending in benevolence, we think you need to see The Wolf of Wall Street for yourself. And when you do, make sure it’s not with your parents.

Graphic by Hannah Pursley


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11 MADDIE’S MUSING #TeamBCPS says #DownWithDallas By Maddie McGee “DownWithDallas.” “Dallas Dance aka Satan.” “DALLAS DANCE I OFFICIALLY HATE YOU.” Dallas Dance should have been expecting this the second he clicked “Create New Account.” The past few weeks have been full of inclement weather, so naturally, high school students all over the county expect the snow closures and delays. However, Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance refuses to give us what we want, or waits until the last minute to swoop in and save the day. In response to these treks to school in sub-zero temperatures, students have taken to Twitter to tell Dallas how they really feel. On Sunday, December 8, 2013, a snowstorm swept Baltimore, bringing about 6 inches of snow. Later that day, after other school districts closed for the following day, Dance announced a two-hour delay in the best way he knows how: Twitter. He really should have known about the backlash that was to come. Some students proclaimed that BCPS should bring former Superintendent Dr. Joe Hairston back, while others tried to get #DownWithDallas trending. Dance was called Satan a couple hundred times, and a few students used colorful language to tell their followers how they really felt. Some people even took the risk of tweeting at Dr. Dance, which could easily have come with consequence. We did end up having off on both December 9 and December 10. However, when it was announced that schools would be operating on a normal schedule on December 11, students once again did not hesitate to tell Dallas what they thought about his executive decision. The tweets have even expanded outside of the Hereford Zone. Students who attend private schools that follow the BCPS closing/delay schedule have been voicing their opinions via Twitter as well. Flash forward to January 6, the day the infamous “polar vortex” began swirling around the entire country. Baltimore was expected to reach record lows for both January 6 and 7. Then, January 7, everyone in the Baltimore area woke up to temperatures below zero, and a two hour delay. Some students were grateful for the extra sleep, even thanking Dallas Dance for his decision. Others were furious, citing the safety of students standing outside at bus stops as a reason for their rage. Dallas Dance really brought all of this upon himself. Most counties in Maryland have Twitter accounts. However, those accounts don’t have a person’s name and face linked to them; they are general. By putting a name and face on a Twitter account, a person is putting himself and his thoughts out for public consumption. People will judge. I guarantee that in other counties most students don’t know the name of their superintendent. But you’d be hard pressed to find a student in this school who couldn’t name Dr. Dallas Dance as the Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent. Dallas Dance shouldn’t be encouraging followers on Twitter and students are taking a huge risk when they tweet rude things at him. If he can see and retweet pictures of you in your favorite blue shirt, (because you just love being a part of #TeamBCPS!) then he can definitely see those expletives you’re tweeting at him. He can see that you’re “gonna burn his house down unless he gives us a day off!” He can see those gun emojis next to his name. I’m pretty sure #DownWithDallas just repeats over and over in his head every time a dusting of snow hits Baltimore. But I don’t pity him, and neither should any students or faculty members. After all, he brought this on himself. Incidentally, he has now stopped tweeting about snow days.

February 2014

Our view: The Zone deserves delays This year we have had an abundance of snow days and delays, but none explicit for the Hereford Zone. There’s a reason there is a Hereford Zone. There are seven schools within the Zone: Fifth District Elementary, Jacksonville Elementary, Prettyboy Elementary, Seventh District Elementary, Sparks Elementary, Hereford Middle. They represent over 3,000 students. What’s significant about these school is that the students that attend them primarily arrive by bus, unlike suburban schools where a significant portion of students walk to their neighborhood school. Hereford Zone students must wait often an hour before school starts in sub-zero temperatures to ride the bus, which carries them for sometimes over a dozen miles. Students have reported busses skidding, sliding, and being unable to get up hills on small, windy back roads. Consequently, many high school students, in order to avoid the long bus ride, drive themselves to school along unlined streets, curbless roads, with ne’r a lamp post in sight. Many students spend homeroom discussing how their cars’ dashboards blink,“Warning! Ice!” Parents have also become outraged and upset, crying “How will Dr. Dallas Dance replace my children if they are killed in a bus crash?” Walking towards the bus is nearly an Olympic sport in Sochi…. Avoid the ice patches; don’t let your shoes slip on the sidewalks; don’t trip on the piles of salt and all the while balance the piles of textbooks; hold onto your basketball uniform and don’t forget to grab your gloves before braving the outdoors.

The schools are in a separate climate, proven again and again when the weather is generally more severe, bringing a colder temperature and more precipitation than to our southern neighbors. Watching any weather forcast reveals this. While the beltway region may be predicted to receive one to two inches of precipitation, the Zone may receive three to five inches. Even on a summer day, once north of Hunt Valley, the temperature plummets. Obviously, this is indicative of the unique geography and meteorology of the region. What is Dr. Dallas Dance doing to keep students safe? Is this school represented well enough to ensure the safety of our roads before the students leave home? Would it take a loss of life, such as the one in Carroll County last year when a male math teacher was killed in a weather related motor-vehicle accident on the way to school? Dance’s office in the Greenwood administration buildings in Towson needs to seek a representative from the Zone to determine when we are in need of a delay outside of what the rest of the county is doing. Looking out a Towson window at the weather is hardly a good method of determining whether the Hereford Zone schools should be closed or delayed. Even Harford County, which does not have the same extreme climate as the Zone, seems more catious regarding closings and delays. Perhaps BCPS should take note. There’s a reason for the Hereford Zone. Dr. Dance needs to realize it. And use it.

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THE HEREFORD HARBINGER Informing and entertaining the Hereford Zone Hereford High School 17301 York Road Parkton, MD 21120 hhsharbinger@bcps.org 410-887-1905 Volume 3 Issue 4 herefordharbinger.org @H_Harbinger Find us on Facebook

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By William Wheatley

As predicted by the Farmer’s Almanac, this year’s winter is considered to be the worst winter since 1947. The trees are constantly covered in snow; the ground is frozen; the sidewalks around the school are inundated with salt; the trailers are sporting new icicles; and the parking lot hoards piles of plowed snow. Some adults might say they’re tired of it and ready for the warm weather, but us students say bring it on. For us, the more snow accumulation, the happier we are. As of press time, Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance has cancelled school “due to inclement weather” a total of four days and granted us a two-hour delay four times. Seniors are especially happy because they don’t have to make up any of these days.

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