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New Front Entrance Promotes Brighter Holton Image By Jennifer Guo

On January 7th, students and faculty packed the front lobby and lined the staircase for the unveiling of Holton’s newly renovated front entrance. A major element of the school’s recent renovations, which began in June, the new entrance features not only stylistic changes but also structural ones to the old lobby. Tracey Fudge, director of Finance and Operations, said, “We honored the past and Mrs. Holton’s ‘Open Door’ tradition by recreating the S Street doorway, complete with decorative corbels, on either side of the entrance leading down hallways. We hope that the welcoming, bright, sun-lit space is enjoyed by all.” Walking through the front doors, visitors can see the reception desk, limestone floors, and

bright white wainscoting, a type of wall paneling. Large, arched windows cover the opposite walls while arched pillars help to separate the desk area from the inner lobby. Stepping through the pillars, visitors immediately see Holton’s motto, which is inscribed into the balcony above, as well as the crest placed in the center of the lobby. Long staircases flank each side of the space while skylights in the ceiling help to provide natural light. Red and blue furniture offers sitting areas for students and prospective families. These changes have long been part of a desire of the school to give the front entrance a facelift as administrators found the old lobby cramped and dated. “We decided to redo the lobby because it needed refreshing and updating,” said Head of School Susanna Jones. “We feel as

Afghan Songs of Strength and Hope Fill Lewis Theater By Susannah Bane

Imagine a world where music is hard to find, a world where during your own lifetime governments destroyed instruments and repressively censored all forms of music. Now imagine a community that finds the strength to risk restoring the sound of instruments playing and children singing and laughing, all in the name of peace. The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) has managed to bring the sound of music once again to the lives of the Afghan people. Holton received a glimpse of the history-making Institute when on Tuesday, February 5th ANIM’s Afghan Youth Orchestra gave a free, small concert to the community. The Orchestra is in the area during its American tour, for which members will grace such stages as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. When the Orchestra performed at the Kennedy Cen-

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The Orchestra performed at the Kennedy Center on February 7th.

ter on February 7th, they were joined by the Maryland Youth Orchestra, of which Junior Alice Sprinkle is a member. Sprinkle was struck by the power of ANIM’s story determination, and she worked with Mrs. Pence to allow for the Youth Orchestra to perform at Holton. ANIM was founded in 2009 by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, the only Afghan to ever receive a PhD in music. The school maintains the rule that one-third of its 141 students must be girls, and it accepts students of all ages. The students come from a diverse group of provinces. The Afghanistan Ministry of Education sanctions and Continued Songs page 3

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The school motto inscribed at the top of the staircase serves as a defining feature of the new lobby.

though the new design has much more light and is more indicative of the kind of school Holton is.” The original piping issues near the dining room that spurred other renovations throughout the school gave administrators the chance to finally revamp the entrance area. “When it became clear that

drainage problems had to be corrected, it was clear that this was the time to ‘correct’ other problems as well,” explained Mary Jane Pagenstecher, director of Fine and Performing Arts and member of the Aesthetics Committee. “The new design opens the space in a big way…[by]

remov[ing] several brick pillars that closed the space and constricted the traffic flow in and out of the building.” She continued, “The old reception was tucked under the floor above and felt like a dark bomb shelter…[but] has now moved out into the light.” Permit problems became a significant issue for school leaders during the renovation process and contributed largely to the delay in construction. “It is always difficult when you renovate a space because the building codes change (in this case over a course of 50 years), so it isn’t always clear exactly what needs to be done to comply with the current regulation,” said Jones. Students reacted to the appearance of the entrance. “I like how the new enContinued Entrance page 3

F-Day Flex Times Generate Mixed Responses B S B y



The 2012-2013 school year ushered in a wave of renovations and innovations. Though some were more physical changes, such as the front entrance and dining hall, others changed the structure and format of a typical school day. One of these schedule modifications included the addition of an “F-Day Flex Time,” a twoPhoto Courtesy Holton-Arms and-a-half hour block every F The Health and Wellness Department Day for unique learning opporhosted stress-buster activites, including yoga, tunities that do not fit into a typiduring one F Day Acadmeic Flex period. cal class period. Director of Upper School results indicated that though stuLisa Pence said, “With F-Day we dents had enjoyed some F-Days, wanted to give faculty an oppor- they were also unsatisfied. The F-Days have, however, tunity to explore ways to bring allowed for student leadership. initiative of the Strategic Plan One of the earliest F-Days cenalive.” tered on student-run studies of Students have experienced the upper school summer readnew learning opportunities, acing book The Immortal Life of cording to Pence, that have “testdriven a range of possible activi- Henrietta Lacks. The student-led Diversity ties.” These include the ninth Conference served as a largely graders’ hike to the Billy Goat well-liked activity. In this sceTrail and a Miss Representation menario, BSU organized a Diversity dia seminar. Conference facilitated by stuPence recently sent a survey dents. Though many may have to the Upper School to retrieve student opinions on the flex time been hesitant to talk at first, in activities thus far. The mixed the end students left the confer-

ence knowing more about their peers and the world around them. Facilitator Mary Sheers ’14 said, “It was a nice change of pace to discuss an issue we tend to avoid in our everyday lives.” Another popular F-Day was the Blackfriar’s performance of Twelfth Night. Junior Julia Andreasen enjoyed how “it provided a break from the typical school day and [students] were able to enjoy the play while not worrying about missing class time that [they] would have to make up later.” One F-Day granted students the freedom to pick one or two teacher-run seminars that included a range of activities from guitar to sign language. Junior Lia Downing, who participated in the guitar workshop with Pence, said it “was so much fun…and a good example of using the F-Day time effectively because [Downing] didn’t feel as though [her] time was being wasted.” Cecily Spindel ’14 enjoyed the “de-stress” F-Day sponsored by the Health and Wellness Department, which ofContinued Flex page 3



February 14, 2013

Class Ring to “Bond Girls to Each Other” The whole point of class rings is to show that you are a part of a group and that you all went through years at Holton together. But the various options for rings belie this purpose. Why get a class ring if everyone’s is going to be so different? When ordering a class ring, you get a form, which prompts discussions. “Which one are you getting? I’m getting gold.” “Oh, you’re not getting onyx? I am.” “My parents said I can get whatever I want, so I’m gonna get white gold with onyx.” Since class rings are a tradition, both at Holton and at pretty much every school, I think we should have a standard class

ring. Though one can argue the options allow for individuality and self-expression, I don’t think that’s really the point of this particular piece of jewelry. Some people will get one metal or stone because they like it. But I would bet there are a number of people who will get a ring because their friends are or they feel that they need to buy one of the expensive options. In my opinion, the roughly $200 price tag on the plain silver ring is already quite hefty, and the white gold with onyx ring that nears $1,000 is just mind boggling. Sure, you can justify the price by saying you’ll wear it every day for eternity, but if you were going to use a handbag or a coat very

frequently, would you pay in the thousands? Some people probably would, but if not, why would you possibly spend it on a coinsized piece of medal? Whether you want the piece of jewelry to glue to your ring finger or just stay in your jewelry box as a token of your prep school experience, I think the whole point of the ring is to commemorate the bond you shared with your classmates. So I believe we should move away from the order forms. They take away from the tradition. Each year, the seniors should decide which ring they want to get. Maybe instead of picking a more or less expensive medal, the class could inscribe something inside or put an extra symbol that


either means something to the class or has a message that only the graduating girls understand. This way there’s a school tradition and a class tradition. The ring will bond girls not only to the institution but also to each other in a unique and everlasting way. The people with whom you go to Holton share an experience with you that no one else can fully understand, and a uniform ring would symbolize that connection. When the rings are turned around after graduation, they will look out at the world together, truly telling the tale of the years the seniors spent together. Now that would be a class ring.

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“Obla di Obla da, life goes on”

Having the flu during review and exam week in your junior year does not sound like the most inviting experience, but unfortunately, I was the host (of H3N2, that is). The Friday before exams, I began screaming on the floor of the Junior Lounge, unaware that my rising temperature was causing my delirium. But I absolutely had to push through Core II before thinking of leaving school early. Before I knew it, I was writhing from chills on the couch in the new front entrance. After my mother picked me up, it was straight to my pediatrician to get two cotton swabs stuck down my throat. At this point, I was hoping

to have strep so that I could get over it quickly with antibiotics. Sadly, I was fated to ten days with fever, congestion, and weakness. But I had to start studying during the last weekend before the exams! Okay, what is Grendel about? Who’s Grendel? What are the steps of mitotic cell division? Cell cycle? So that did not work out. My condition was not letting up, and it was clear I could not attend classes next week, let alone take the first two exams. It was not all bad at first. I had a chance to try out different herbal teas and catch up on TV shows I usually do not have time to watch.

Then came Thursday – the first exam day. I couldn’t sleep the night before, and I was not even taking the exam. As the day progressed, I became increasingly depressed. I felt frustrated, devastated, and guilty for not being at school when I could not even function properly. There was nothing I wanted more than to take a test that I would have otherwise loved to skip completely if I had been feeling healthy. But, to quote the Beatles, “Obla di Obla da, life goes on.” I realized that there some things in life you just cannot control, no matter how inconvenient the circumstance.

I can only do what I am able to and to the best of my ability, even it if means taking a make-up exam on the first day of second semester. So in this cold winter, when you feel a sickness coming on, don’t panic over lost class time or all of the homework you have to catch up on. Let it be.

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trance opens up a lot more space than last year,” said Courtney Wiegand ’13. “I think it’s really pretty and relaxing, but it seems like there’s too much white,” noted Johanna Garfinkel ’15. “I think it’s pretty, but I was disappointed by how long it took, and I’m worried it will just get dirty really quickly,” explained Sarina Dey ’14. The opening of the new entrance also led to a new tradition surrounding the crest inscribed in the center of the lobby floor. As Lexi Butler ’13, R.A. director, announced, the school initiated a tradition of not stepping on the crest in order to prevent the chance of rain on Commencement day. Senior Sachi Khemka said, “I really like the new tradition of not stepping on the crest! I think it makes our school a more cohesive and bonded community because such traditions instill unity in the school body.” Zoe Andris ’13 added, “The new crest looks too pretty to step on anyway!” While some students like the idea of the tradition, others have their reservations. “I know lots of universities have things like that, but just setting a tradition goes against the point,” commented Lucy Wilkinson ’13. “I feel like it’s just early to bring in a new tradition,” offered Katherine Castillo ’14. Ultimately, administrators aim for the new front entrance to help promote a fresh and open image for the school. As Jones asserted, “We hope that’s what the new design achieves: a front entrance more in keeping with the school’s character and distinction.” From Songs page 1

supports the Institute financially, but the school also relies on donations from foreign governments and private sponsors. At the school, the students learn both Western and traditional music and continue their studies in many core subjects. During the Holton concert, the students played a combination of traditional Afghan music as well as world-renowned classical pieces. As the younger children first took the stage, they blushed and giggled as they situated their traditional Afghan instruments, and then the kids filled the Lewis Theater with the robust sound of the Rabab and the pattering, rhythmic sound of the Tabla. Though some played



February 14, 2013 From Flex page 1

fered meditation. Not all F-Days have received glowing reviews, however, and Pence admitted that faculty and students alike were finding that the F-Days were too long. Though Maddie Krips ’14 said, “I liked the F-Day with the election panel because we got to hear the perspectives of women in journalism,” she also stated that it “could have been a shorter period because people started to run out of questions after a while.” For second semester, the initial F-Days have been modified so that the F-Day block of time is shortened, a period of studentteacher time has been added, and morning assembly and Get Yourself Together Time (GYTT) have been restored to the F-Day schedule. Junior Emma Raynor said, “It’s good to have student-teacher time, and it’s good that advisory is more spread out.” Some students would rather have last year’s schedule, especially as they prepare for exams and feel the crunch of two fewer study halls a cycle. Junior Sammi Stroman said that she “preferred last year’s schedule because with [her] various extracurricular activities it was helpful to have more time during the day to work.” Junior Cecily Spindel said, “I wish we could take more field trips because I want to see what we’re learning in action and I have yet to do that…A few classes have taken field trips, but I haven’t.” Pence recognizes how precious time is for a busy upper school student, and she said that plans are in the works for a modification of next year’s schedule that would allow for fewer blocks of time, which would be used toward activities catered to each grade level. simple parts, the music was full of the sound of culture, history and hope for the future. Junior Maddie Krips noted, “The young girls playing the drums caught my attention the most. Although they had a simple task, the music they created filled their faces with joy and a sense of importance.” When the group finished its first piece, the theater erupted into passionate applause and some of the younger girls humbly turned away from the attention, hiding beneath their matching head scarves while many of the boys broke into wide grins. After the younger children performed, the first ever Afghan string quartet played, an experience that Maya Sorini ’14 found “amazing because the only Afghan quartet in history played on

Australian Singers Exchange Music with Chorus By Saachi nangia

“It [gave] me great insight about another culture [and] the chance to look at where I live from someone else’s perspective,” recalled Sammi Stroman ’14 of the choral workshop. On January 13th, the Upper School Chorus hosted a choral exchange workshop with twentythree students from the Loreto Mandeville School, an all-girls Catholic school located in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The students, ages 13-18, from Loreto were on an eighteen-day singing tour of the United States, during which they visited New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Mary Jane Pagenstecher, director of Fine and Performing Arts, had been contacted by the woman in charge of organizing local engagements for the Loreto School, which “was specifically looking for an excellent young women’s choir to host an exchange/workshop experience,” explained Pagenstecher. The three-hour workshop was an opportunity for the Australian students to introduce themselves and their school as well as to share their singing techniques with the Upper School Chorus. The Loreto students described everything from their uniform code, which resembles Holton’s uniform rules in many ways, to their tradition of a senior class ring. As Pagenstecher noted, “[The workshop] was particularly fun since the girls come from a comparable school halfway around the world!” Holton girls also had time to interact with the Loreto students and compare cultures. President of Upper School Chorus Jazmyn our stage.” After the short concert, a question-and-answer session commenced in which one of the older male students articulated what music meant for all of the ANIM members. Amid supportive nods from his fellow students, he said they believe that “music is the best way to bring peace to Afghanistan again and stop the war.” He continued that music’s power lies in the fact that it is the only “international language” and it is a way for “the younger generation to bring a new vision to Afghanistan.” Audience members were struck by the contrasting natures between the boys and girls. Only a few of the younger girls spoke English, compared to the

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The girls from Loreto perform on the Lewis Theater stage during the workshop.

McKoy ’13 recalled, “The shared interest in music between us and our ‘Aussie sisters’ initially brought us together. Later on, we sat around the dining hall tables laughing about how some of us called the chocolate chip treat in front of us a cookie and others called it a biscuit.” The workshop also allowed the two choral groups to exchange singing techniques and repertoire. The Upper School Chorus introduced several warm-ups and the traditional Irish song “Blessing,” which the Chorus performs at the annual spring concert and Commencement. The Loreto students shared some of their warm-ups. Pagenstecher revealed, “I loved it that they jumped right in and sang with us and for us. They even had a new version of the ‘My Bobby’ warm-up to share with us!” Finally, each group performed its repertoire in the Lewis Theater. Sophomore Mira Gill recalled, “I really enjoyed the performance by the girls from the Loreto School… It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between

our repertoire and theirs, both in terms of song choice and in terms of the sound that they produced.” Susan Darvishi ’15 added, “Their performance for us was amazing! It was a great bonding experience…and I loved their accents!” Several students also had the opportunity to host the Loreto students. Stroman said, “Hosting the Australian exchange students was a fun and enriching experience for me. I got the chance to learn from and about people who live on the other side of the world from us and yet are so similar to us…I miss my Australian sisters!” As senior Emily Lucas described, “it was a wonderful way to interact with girls of a similar age but from a different culture.” Pagenstecher added, “Anytime the Holton girls can sing with another group or hear another group of young women sing, they learn something… This was a great time to listen for a different treble sound and to hear repertoire by Australian composers.”

dozens of boys who said they did. When a question was directed to the girls, they immediately turned their back to their audience, blushing and shaking their head as the microphone came closer. Sorini said, “I thought it was sad how none of the girls wanted to speak. It shows me that women are so oppressed that these girls did not feel comfortable speaking in front a group of people who clearly supported them.” Krips shared a similar sentiment and said, “It was disheartening to learn only one or two of the girls spoke English in contrast to the many boys who did so.” Aside from the division of gender roles, violinist Margaux Villenvue ’14 stated that “watching the Afghan kids play reminded me of how lucky I am and

how much I take for granted. They don’t play music just because they have to…It’s part of who they are.” Sprinkle noted that the amount of progress made in only three years reveals their determination and said that “the fact that they are now performing at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the New England Conservatory of Music is truly unbelievable.” Though the future of the ANIM after all U.S. troops leave the country is unclear, for right now the Institute is breaking cultural boundaries and empowering students to find strength in music rather than violence. For more information, see the 2012 documentary Dr. Sarmast's Music School.

“Instead of Dividing us, Div Students, Faculty, and Families Create a “Mini world” at Mosaic By Noori Srivastava

On the evening of January 31st, students, faculty, and parents flocked to the gym and entered a mini world to celebrate the diversity of the HoltonArms community. The annual Mosaic featured delicious foods from thirty-six countries and performances from over eight cultures. Parents and students make this event possible through their collaborative effort to showcase their diverse cultures. This year, parents Kate Phillips Connolly and Gazelle Kimiavi co-chaired the event. Wendy Wilkinson, the country chairperson, stated, “Mosaic is one of the biggest events run by the Parent Association. More than 150 parents volunteer, doing everything from organizing the event to cooking food from cultures around the world.” “At least another 60 members of the Holton community, mostly students, perform during Mosaic. So altogether more than

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Lower School students perform Mali Lanban, a West African Dance, at Mosaic.

200 people come together to make Mosaic,” she added. The interaction of so many volunteers throughout all three divisions of the school “created more connections among people who might not otherwise know each other, enhancing Mosaic’s community building impact,” stated Head of School Susanna Jones. Dressed in national costume

and manning tables with representative pictures and artifacts from each country, students and parents depict the rich cultural stories of Holton girls. The performances this year ranged from African dance to Irish folk music to Korean martial arts. As participants began sampling an international smorgas-

bord, the sixth grade class entered under an Imperial Chinese Dragon costume, commencing the evening’s festivities. Later, the more than five hundred attendees crowded around the main stage to observe Bharatha Natyam, a classical dance from India; Mali Lanban, a dance that originated in West Africa; Solzaleh, a dance from Iran; and a fusion of Latin American dances. The faculty also participated in the presentations as history teacher Bob Tupper joined juniors Alice Sprinkle and Justine Hayward in playing Irish folk songs on the guitar. Presentations by the Chinese Exchange students added another feature to Mosaic. Kathy Liao, a tenth grader at the Chengdu Foreign Language School, performed a Red Fan Dance. Liao, though at first nervous to appear in front of the audience, enjoyed the overall expe-

rience. “[The concept of a Mosaic] is very new for me because we do not have such events in China,” explained Liao. “We can see performances from all over the world, and that is a very good experience.” “So many people in the community love this opportunity to celebrate our diversity…We build community through diversity. Instead of dividing us, diversity brings us together,” said Jones. Students loved the food and performances. “I think after all these years of going to Mosaic, I’ve learned where all my favorite foods are and how to navigate, so that helped. It’s also fun to hang out with friends to see all the tables,” shared Delancey Wu. “My favorite table was the England table because I love crumpets.” Mary Sheers ’14 commented, “I love going to the Mosaic year after year. I always try to get samoas from India and Irish coffee from Ireland.”

“What is Religion?” Course Teaches “Knowledge of Religious Literacy” Which was your favorite By Cheyenne Coote

The Crusades. The sixteenth century religious wars. Protestants. Catholics. Muslims. The most recent Arab Spring. All of these topics appear in the “What is Religion?” course, which covers the power of religion both nationally and abroad. Students have learned of an alternate form of diversity through religion and its role not only in mosques and pews but also in social and political events. Explaining that the course was proposed and approved by members of the History Department, “What is Religion?” teacher Elizabeth Buko said that the class has evolved into “an experiential study and interaction with the world’s major religions as they live and thrive in our global communities today.” Senior Bernardine Bruggen took the course last semester and described it as exposing her to a subject matter that was “completely different from what she expected. The class was a lot more free-going [and]

understanding-based [because] religion… would be a hard thing to be tested on.” Buko hopes that “arming students with the knowledge of religious literacy [will help them] navigate the ever-changing complex global landscape as they walk out their front doors.” In order to achieve this goal, students learn to “focus less on the history [of religions] and much more on the essential meanings of what it means to be a Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, etc. in the 21st century,” said Buko. Bruggen stated that Buko’s teaching style “taught [her] to be open and understanding of all religions because Ms. Buko presented the material in a good, unbiased yet understanding manner.” The class offers a variety of field trips, which ranged from visiting a Russian Orthodox Cathedral to observing a worship service at a local Hindu temple. Bruggen credited the field trips with bringing the different religions to life and giving a

more visual aspect to their study. Senior Amanda Meltzner said, “I really liked What is Religion? Our field trips were really fun and informative, and even though my particular class had a lot of clashing or differing opinions, we still managed to have a lot of good discussions.” Natiaha Hinnerichs ’13 said, “The course really taught me to be compassionate of others.” Citing ignorance as the “most dangerous weapon of mass destruction” and education as “our best and strongest defense,” Buko wanted to “expose and enlighten students to greater awareness and understanding.” For Bruggen, the class seems to have met this goal since she expressed, “My view [of religion] has significantly changed since taking this class.” Before, she believed “that no religion could apply me.” After “learning about different religions,” however, she realized that “some aspects of religion could be applied to anyone.”

table at Mosaic?

Japan Table Morocco Table

Australia Table Peru Table (with Vania Canales-Canales ’14)

iversity Brings us Together” “Is Race Important?” Remains Unanswered in Admission Decisions By Zahra Husain

The debate over the importance of race in college admissions goes back to Regents v. Bakke in 1978, when the Supreme Court ruled minority quotas illegal but deemed the race factor fair. Colleges and Universities, students, and even courts remain divided about whether the schools should or can consider the diversity of their applicant pool in making admissions decisions. Following 1978, the Supreme Court reached a somewhat contradictory verdict in 1996’s Hopwood v. Texas when it stated that the University of Texas at Austin School of Law could not factor in race when admitting applicants. In 2003 the Supreme Court decided in Grutter v. Bollinger that the University of Michigan was not guilty of discrimination or violation of the fourteenth amendment. As a result, the University of Texas officially added race as a factor in its holistic admissions process. The holistic admissions process has become more common recently as schools look at applicants’ essays and extracurricular accomplishments as well as other factors in-

Fisher’s case and California was quick to defend

has allowed many to debate whether considering race in admission decisions is fair. Photo Courtesy

stead of deciding solely based on high school transcripts. In another case, Elizabeth Fisher, who is caucasian, grew up in Texas and aspired to attend the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004 the university denied her admission, and after graduating from Louisiana State University this spring, she reopened her case against the school for racial discrimination. Her academic record and extracurricular resume, she believed, should have gotten her into the school that both her father and sister called their alma mater. Fisher’s case reached the Supreme Court, and in a 5-4 ruling the Justices upheld that universities have the right to factor in race when admitting

students. In 2009, Fisher first sued the school for discrimination, but the Supreme Court sided with the university. In August of this year, the University of California submitted a brief in support of the University of Texas. In October, the final verdict was reached, and the University of Texas was allowed to continue using race as an admissions factor. The University of California system has faced a similar debate. Some of the schools in the system have used holistic admissions for years to ensure a diverse student body and a wide range of representation. The case against the University of Texas challenged this system,


I think it’s fair for minorities to be given a chance.” Ayesha Lilaoonwala ’13 said, “I think the most important things a school should look at are grades, scores, essays, and activities. Why should race really matter? If you’re qualified, you should get in, but just the number of applicants these days makes everything unpredictable.” Senior Isabel Cabezas countered, “I think considering race is fine if the school is trying to increase its percent of Hispanic students, per se. However, one will really never have the ability to know if certain race played a role in one’s admittance/rejection from a school.” Cabezas continued, “I feel like some people would think it’s unfair that I get the Hispanic scholar title from the College Board because I don’t look Hispanic or speak Spanish. It is fair, though, because I actually am Hispanic (I have Chilean citizenship), and that’s what matters. However, I understand that awards like the National Hispanic Scholar are probably meant to assist Hispanics whose families are struggling to pay for school, which I am lucky not to have as much of an issue with.”

The verdict has major implications for the admissions process at all schools. With the pressure to maintain a stellar academic record, participate in high profile extracurriculars, and produce unusual essays and applications, is race another factor that changes the odds? Since race is not something students have control over, is it a fair part of holistic admissions processes? Senior Danette Frederique said, “I think it’s perfectly fair, and the student shouldn’t blame her rejection on the fact that she’s white. I’m sure if she had stellar academics they wouldn’t have been able to reject her. Clearly, they didn’t see her making great contributions to the school, or they would have accepted her regardless of her race.” Malaika Simmons ’13 argued, “I’m sure that colleges take into account the different races of people that apply, but what they are mainly looking at is who the person is as an individual and how he or she would be able to contribute to the college. But the woman does not have a right to sue the college because she has no idea why they didn’t accept her. Even if race does play a factor in college admission, Facts Courtesy The New York Times October 8th, 2012

MLK Assembly Teaches Students to Lead by Serving By Tiffany Onyejiaka

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“We are not makers of history. We are made by P C S N history.” hoto




- Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love 1963

This past month, students and faculty have celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr Day and Black History Month with assemblies, including viewing a documentary. Students gathered to commemorate the efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr. to create a more equal society. In an assembly recognizing King’s life and legacy, several students volunteered to share some of his influential statements. Upper School Director Lisa Pence orchestrated the assembly with the help of Communications Director Angela Willingham and students Aimee JonesWilkerson, Kelsey Spencer, Cecily Spindel, and Elizabeth King. The presentation included videos, speeches, and news stories of King relating to his life and the struggles of the 1960s that still resonate in our society today. Spindel ’14 read King’s “The Purpose of Education,” in which

he talks about the importance of learning and applying knowledge for a purpose in the world. King ’16 read King’s “Loving Your Enemies,” a speech focusing on the importance of love for all. The speech reflected King’s view that change comes through peaceful action. Spencer ’13 concluded with a speech about the bombing of the 16th street church in Alabama. The students proceeded to play a short clip about King’s message of leading by serving. Following the video, Willingham spoke on the application of King’s message to our everyday lives. A video for John Legend’s “Pride in the Name of Love” followed, concluding the assembly. Afterward, the Upper School broke into advisor groups to discuss times when students felt that they had carried out King’s vision of serving others. Girls shared experiences of community service both nationally and abroad. Keara Scallan ’14 said, “The advisor talks really helped inten-

sify the impact of this assembly. Ev knows what a ‘typical’ leader eryone is like, but it was interesting to see how we have all led by serving others in our lives.” More recently in honor of Black History Month, Black Student Union President Antoinette Nwabunnia ’13 and Skyler Ford ’14 held another assembly focusing on a civil rights issue of modern day: segregated proms. The Upper School watched Prom Night in Mississippi. The documentary, featuring Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, focused on the small town of Charleston’s first integrated prom in 2008. This film also focused on Charleston’s big issues with racism, exposing us to a society very different from the DC area in which we live. Sachi Khemka ’13 said, “It was incredible to see that today, even when we have an African-American president, we still have segregated proms in some places.” Senior Zoe Andris stated, “The video proved to me that even today racism is still alive.”

Dear Holton,

Happy Vale Hey, Ginger!! Hope you're having a great Valentine's Day! Hope to see you soon! From, Logan A. Giles

To Sinclair Daniel, Roses are red Violets are blue Just wanted to say I like tofu From, Marcus Kindfuller and Sam Jones

Dear Mr. Sneathen, We are sending a cardioid your way this Valentine’s Day! Love, BC Calc

Its been a great ten years. Love you all! Love, Hailey Cayne


Dear Tom Hiddleston, You are amazing. I love your raptor impressions, your portrayal of loki, and your everything. Thank you for existing. A Hiddlestoner

From Luigi

To the Class of 2013,

Jenni, I love you.

Emily Lucas-Here's to our first Valentine's Day together. You brighten my life immeasurably, even when we are apart. I'm so happy we are together. I love you. Yours Forever, Alex Garner

Happy Valentine's Day, Mario!

Layla, Read this quickly because “don't you have to go?” I met you at your friend’s house. I don’t know if you remember me, but I like wearing overalls and taking you to the falls. I don’t like sleepovers...but I do like you. I tried to keep this as “casual” as possible because Rachel told me to (not pursuing her). “Anyways.....” Do you want to be my valentine? When you respond via text, hide your phone from Mrs. Keener. -Baker

entine’s Day! Love, The Scribbler Staff To my dearest Ian Keener, The way you sport your tool belt around the halls fills my day with joy. Thanks for being you.

Courtney, I wake up every day grateful that I have a girl as amazing as you in my life. You’ve truly given me a more meaningful outlook on life, and have taught me to appreciate the little things in it, such as your beautiful smile! I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day! I’ll see you soon! :) Love, Nick

Dear Mr. Darcy, I've had to re-read myself (and your letter) a couple of times, but I think I've decided that I like you, too. Lizzy

@harps_ichord @immahurlonyou happy valentine's day... I hope y'all don't mind driving me around the rest of high school becuase I'm never getting my license. #Yolo #noregrets #hashtag From, @bigHcudi

Dear Angelina, Will YOU be my Valentine? Lauryn Ahn

With all my love, Dina xoxoxo



I love you.

I love you too.

Allie Greenberg

Sir Nikolaus

To Augustus Waters, Okay? From, Hazel Grace To Emma Raynor, Roses are red Violets are blue I have your green headband From, Anonymous

Dearest Elizabeth and Ambria, We secretly fell in love with you on our long bus rides. Love, Bjendar and Sonu P.S. Call us maybe?

Ashley Morefield, you are all around an amazing person and an even better friend. I can't thank you enough! Happy Valentine's day! Sincerely, Malachi Bostic - Wattley

Ensign’s Log, Stardate 66589.5 We were unable to believe our eyes. A pod of space whales! These elusive creatures were majestic against the purple and magenta hues of the nebula. We attempted to formulate a short note to put in the Terrestrial periodical in order to document this magnificent ordeal, when we noticed the date. The ancient Earth tradition of Valentine’s Day resonated within our ranks. We enter today’s log in honour of our Captain. Til next time, Ensigns Bohannon, Connolly, Hsieh, Meltsner, and Wilkinson.

To Karl, You go, Karl! From the “Incrediband" (Wind Ensemble)

Tia, Audrey Hepburn once said, “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.” Well, thank you for being my valentine and making me happy. Happy Valentine's Day! From the heart, Malachi Bostic - Wattley

Marissa, I just wanted to tell you that you're the most amazing girl I know. I don't know how you do it, but for me you brighten every single day. So I just have one question: will you be my valentine? Happy Valentine's Day! -Luke Maddie, Improv, Duan's class and skating fine Menorahs, beagles and RTC Dine Morning swimming Chamber singing I'm glad that you're my valentine. -Robbie

Dear Becca, Can you believe it’s our third Valentine’s Day? I guess I can, but I still can’t believe just how incredible you are. HEY EVERYBODY! BECCA’S THE BEST! But actually. You make me super duper happy and I love you a lot. I hope you have a great day! -John

Roses are red, violets are white, when you came into my life, Sue, you made everything bright xoxox P.S. Thor can crush Iron Man any day

Sweets & Treats Hershey’s Story Reveals More Than Just Chocolate By Isabel Cabezas

Every Monday and Wednesday, upper school students battle for Cookies N’ Cream bars, Mr. Goodbars, and mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in Class Dean Chris Lynch’s office. Students rave about the Hershey’s chocolate syrup at the ice cream bar for Happy Birthday HoltonArms, and students enjoy giving Kit Kats as a popular Secret Psyche gift. The man who started it all was Milton Hershey, who enjoyed making candies from a young age and thus began his own candy business in Philadelphia in 1876. In 1894, he established the Lancaster Caramel Company, which catered to customers all over America and Europe ( Hershey began using chocolate after the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He bought some German machinery and coated his caramels with chocolates. The next year, on February 9th, Hershey established the Hershey Chocolate Company after realizing how large the demand for chocolate was. He worked to perfect a milk chocolate recipe, which the Swiss had kept under wraps, and in 1900 he started selling his milk chocolate bars ( In 1907, the company prodcued its first kisses, named for the kissing sound the machine made when it dropped the chocolate onto the conveyor belt. When asked what candy she first thinks of when hearing “Hershey,” sophomore Emily Jones replied, “Kisses.” Senior

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class Vice President Alison Cohen sometimes ends her lengthy class update emails with the promise of a Hershey’s Kiss. She once wrote, “If you managed to get to the bottom of this lonnnnnggg e-mail, I will bring you a Hershey’s Kiss if you email me back. Look for it in your mailbox!” During the decades following 1907, Hershey started making more products, including Mr. Goodbar (1928) and Krackel (1938). According to the Hershey Company website, “Despite the Great Depression of the 1930s, these products helped the newly incorporated Hershey Chocolate Corporation maintain its profitability and avoid any worker layoffs.” But Holton connections with Hershey’s remain deeper than students clamoring for midday snacks. The great-grandfather of alumna Elizabeth Vary ’98 developed Mr. Goodbar in the 20s and served as president of Hershey’s from 1908 to 1947. While he worked as sales manager in 1908, he made relations with the Mars family of Mars Candy Company.

Shortly before World War II, Forrest Mars, son of the owner of Mars Candy Company, anticipated a chocolate shortage during the war. In 1941 he collaborated with Murrie’s son Richard to ensure there would be enough chocolate for a product they had thought of. “M&Ms stands for Mars and Murrie, I’ve been told, which was a joint venture between the two,” said Vary. Vary continued, “As you can imagine with any consumer good, there existed intense rivalries. I grew up to hate Nestlé as the enemy, and when I was stationed with the military in the UK, the Terry family (Terry’s Chocolate Orange) took me under their wing.” In America, Hershey’s accounts for 42.5% of the American chocolate market ( Across the Atlantic, however, Hershey’s is not as popular when in competition with German, Swiss, and Belgian chocolates. Last year’s exchange student Hannah de Goederen ’13 said, “I don’t think that they sell Hershey chocolate in Europe, at least not in Austria. I did not know Hershey’s before I came to the U.S.” But as Valentine’s Day approaches in the United States, more and more people flock to nearby grocery stores to buy the all-American chocolates. Under the sweet tasting candy, however, lies a bitter story. Since 2001, Hershey has been accused of selling cocoa produced under “harmful conditions, including forced labor,

When one thinks of Valentine’s day, sweets come to mind! Some key sweet treats include the pink and red cupcakes, cookies, and the famous Sweetheart’s Candy Hearts. When one hundred upper school students were polled, only 4% thought of the Candy Hearts as their favorite treat. A

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human trafficking, and abusive child labor” ( In September 2010, Green America started a campaign called “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” to increase awareness about the alleged unjust practices of the popular company. Hershey’s also “greenwashes,” or publicizes its donations, to charities in America and West Africa, but it maintains no policies to verify that the cocoa is grown in an area with unfair labor. This decision, in conjunction with the protesting and petition-signing of over

Sugar Cookies Provide Perfect Treat for a Day of Sweets B S B y



For a sweet Valentine’s Day treat, shake up the traditional sugar cookie recipe by adding red berries and pink food coloring! This recipe makes two dozen cookies. But for an easier task, use pre-made sugar cookie mix and add the food coloring and berries.

Ingredients:  1 1/3 cup of flour  1/4 teaspoon of baking soda  1/2 teaspoon of baking soda  1/4 teaspoon of baking powder  1/2 cup butter, softened  3/4 cups white sugar  ½ an egg  ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

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 red food coloring  ½ cup of craisins  ½ cup of dried cher-

much more popular option was delicious cupcakes and heart-shaped chocolates, which almost tied for first though the festive chocolates won. As Valentine’s Day is also “Happy Birthday Holton,” students will get to enjoy cupcakes as they celebrate the birthday of Holton and the holiday of love!

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

150,000, prompted Hershey’s to release a statement on October 3rd, saying that the company promises to “source 100 percent certified cocoa for its global chocolate product lines by 2020 and accelerate its programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa regions of West Africa” ( The statement claims that Hershey’s will support projects such as “village school construction, mobile phone farmer messaging, literacy and health programs, and training in modern farming techniques” (

2. In a separate, large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla, and mix. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. 3. Add in craisins and dried cherries and two to three drops of red food coloring (or until you reach desired shade). 4. Roll dough into round balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. 5. Bake for eight to ten minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

FEATURES 10 Independent School String Festival to Expose Recommended HALS Books

February 14, 2013

Provide Love, Suspense, and Mystery B A L

Students to Varying Musical Styles


By Isabel Cabezas

For the past two years, the Holton and Landon upper school orchestras have collaborated in mid-March for a string music festival. This year, at the Invitational String Orchestra Festival (ISOF) on March 12th, all Holton string musicians will play with the top string musicians from independent schools in the Washington, D.C. area. Jon Hansen, the Holton strings Conductor, said that “the idea is to create an opportunity for talented student musicians to perform side by side with professionals from the Baltimore Symphony (BSO).” The BSO’s associate principal cellist Chang Woo Lee will solo with oboist Michael Lisicky, also of the BSO, on Ennino Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the movie The Mission. Lee has guest-conducted Holton’s Chamber Orchestra three times in the last two years. Through Holton’s connection with the BSO, associate concertmaster Madeline Adkins soloed with Rhea Chung ’12 in Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” in D Minor in last year’s festival. Orchestra directors from local independent schools will nominate their most advanced

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Senior Isabel Cabezas, principal second violinist and co-president of orchestra, uses the annual string and band winter concert to practice for the ISOF.

students to perform. Vania Canales-Canales ’14 said that “it will be interesting to work with conductors from other schools since I’m only used to learning from Mr. Hansen.” She continued, “It’s pretty exciting to be able to learn about different conducting styles and how that influences the outcome of the pieces that we play.” Senior Vivian Yu said, “I’m most looking forward to getting the chance to collaborate with all of the talented musicians from other private schools in this area, and I’m very excited to see how the pieces will sound once we perform them together!” Holton musicians will practice with the other local student musicians in two rehearsals lasting about two hours each, on


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March 3rd and 12th. In addition to “Gabriel’s Oboe,” the Upper School Orchestra will play “Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia IX” and “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” (arr. by Hoffman). The Middle School will perform the first movement of Mozart’s “Ein Kleine Nacht Musik,” “Albinoni Adagio,” and Leroy Anderson’s “Bulger’s Holiday.” Senior Sam Coronel said, “ISOF will be a good bonding experience with not only everyone in the Holton orchestra but also with students from other orchestras.” Take note on your calendar, as Maestro Hansen would say, and enjoy a night of fine music on March 12th in the Lewis Theater at 7:30 pm.

Holton Arms Literary Society (HALS) recommended four books for students and faculty to read over winter break. If you did not get a chance to read them, now is the time to do so! The books are Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan; Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle; The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie; and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Written from two different points of view, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares provides insight into the lives of two teenagers. The reader learns about Dash, a book-loving boy who would prefer to be alone for the winter holidays. His personality contrasts with the jarring Lily, who wants nothing more than a perfect holiday with her whole family together. In the novel, Dash and Lily learn from each other. Along the way, they find new, daring ways to appreciate the holidays. Also serving as a novel with several stories woven into one, Let it Snow takes place at a Waffle House in Gracetown, North Carolina. The interconnecting work follows Jeb, a Gracetown local; Jubilee, whose parents are in jail; and fourteen cheerleaders, who were all riding the same train that broke down in front

of the Waffle House in the small town. Providing a more chilling tale, The Body in the Library centers around two seemingly unrelated deaths. The body of a woman is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry. Soon afterward, a woman is also discovered dead in a broken-down car. The mystery investigates the origins and connection between the two deaths. The Hobbit was especially popular for students because the movie came out on December 14th. The book was written in 1937, and it is a prelude to the “Lord of the Rings.” The novel centers on a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who leads a boring life until a wizard and a group of dwarves take him on an adventure. Tolkien coined the word “hobbit” to describe an imaginary creature resembling a human being. Hobbits live in underground holes and are “characterized by their good nature, diminutive size, and hairy feet.” According to junior Carolina Wetzler, “[The Hobbit] was like reading a lighter and more fun version of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I really enjoyed being able to watch the movie afterwards (which surprisingly wasn’t too different from the book). I definitely recommend both!”

Special Foods and Traditions of Chinese New Year Symbolize Hope for the Future By Ashley Willard and Johanna Garfinkel

According to ancient Chinese legend (and, every year on the eve of the New Year, a wild beast named Nian would emerge and devour hundreds of people. One year, an old beggar approached a young woman and insisted that he could scare away the monster in exchange for shelter in her home. Through hanging bright red signs above doors and lighting fireworks, he frightened the beast, who was afraid of the color red and loud noises, and he convinced Nian to ignore the humans and to challenge worthier opponents, specifically other beasts. The old man, who was also an immortal god, disappeared on the back of Nian. To keep the beast at bay, people placed red paper decorations around their homes. From then on, Chinese citizens celebrated his conquest by continuing to put up red paper and by setting off fire-crackers to scare away the morbid beast.

“On New Year’s Eve everyone stays up all the way to midnight, and at midnight everyone goes out and lights firecrackers to expel the evils,” explained Chemistry teacher Xu Duan. The festival of Chinese New Year lasts for fifteen days and begins on the first day of the first Chinese lunar month. This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 10 and ends with the Lantern Festival on February 24. The Lantern Festival marks the beginning of the New Year, which is currently the Year of the Snake. “The holiday means a new beginning and the chance to start fresh,” commented Jasmine Zhu ’14. “During the Lantern Festival, cities have grand lantern displays, and children make their own paper lanterns. The festival is celebrated with Yuanxiao Dumplings (sticky rice dumplings with sweet or savory fillings).” Senior Angelina DiPaolo, copresident of the Chinese club, said, “We had an in-depth unit

about Chinese New Year in AP Chinese this winter. Aside from eating Yuanxiao dumplings, the Chinese often eat fish on New Year’s Eve because in Chinese, ‘fish’ is pronounced as yu, and the word ‘surplus’ also has the same pronunciation, yu, in Chinese. Therefore, leaving leftover fish at the New Year’s Eve dinner table symbolizes that the Chinese hope to have a surplus of wealth and fortune in the coming year.” To also prepare for the holiday, homes are cleansed of evil spirits to please the gods. The season is the time for venerating ancestors and gods by offering sacrifices of food and paper icons. Jenni Jung ’13 said, “My family is Korean, so all my cousins and aunts and uncles go to my grandparents’ house, and we do this Korean tradition where we bow to our grandparents and our elders, wish them a happy and lucky new year, and then we receive money for the New Year. When we’re bowing, we wear tra-

ditional Korean dresses.” Many of the rituals performed during Chinese New Year are also meant to bring good luck to the household and long life to the family. For example, parents and relatives tend to give children money in red paper envelopes called hong bao. “It is tradition to have the children receive money from the elders, not the other way around. The best part of Chinese New Year is feasting. People in the north eat dumplings, but people in the south eat a variety of dishes,” said Christina Stevens ’15. Each family has its own variation on the traditional feast. “We usually eat nián gao. It’s this sticky rice thing that’s like a cake,” stated Jennifer Guo ’14. Respecting elders is essential when eating. “We let the elderly go first and the youngest go last. You serve food to the oldest generations first,” explained Grace Tung ’16. The Asia Club plans to edu-

cate the Upper School more about Chinese New Year in a morning assembly this month in order to give students a greater understanding of the holiday’s traditions and rituals. Asia Club President Abby Hsieh said, “We know that not too many people know a lot about the Lunar New Year. People have certainly heard of Chinese New Year, but we also plan on presenting festivities in other Asian countries, so the continent is represented as a whole and to inform people about the ways other countries besides China celebrate the new year.” She continued, “Some of the most important things about the Lunar New Year are the traditions that are carried out because they are rooted very deeply within each culture.” In America, Chinese New Year has somewhat lost its emphasis on tradition, but as Duan shared, “It is really a time for family to get together with relatives and just eat and rejoice.”

February 14, 2013

Les Misérables: Not so Miserable to Watch By Nikky Grover

The film Les Misérables captured viewers’ hearts with unforgettable songs and a story with many plot twists and turns. The moving emotions of the actors and actresses also contributed to landing the movie the musical or comedy best picture award at the 2013 Golden Globes. College Counselor Tish Peterson said, “The sets on stage were fantastic, and live theater is always fun, but the songs didn’t stick with me until I saw the movie.” She continued, “It was much easier to appreciate them when I saw them sung in close-ups on the movie screen.” Based off of Victor Hugo’s novel about French history (from 1815 to the June Rebellion in Paris), French politics, and justice, the movie opens with a character named Jean Valjean as he attempts to steal valuable goblets when homeless. A confrontation with the priest who owns the items turns him into an honest man as the priest teaches him how to forgive. Under his new identity, he becomes Mayor of Montreuilsur-Mer and owns a factory. He comes across his parole officer, Javert. Javert comes on behalf of Fantine, whom Valjean fired for sending money to her daughter. Fantine has resorted to prostitution. Valjean escapes from Javert and adopts Fantine’s daughter, Cossette, who will later on fall in love with a boy named Marius. But a woman named Eponine

11 One-Acts Present an “Easygoing


also loves Marius. Along with the love triangle, Valjean encounters Javert again during a student-driven revolution in Paris and must fight his demons. Alex Bohannon ’13 stated, “My favorite [character] is probably Samantha Barks as Eponine. She played Eponine in the 25th Anniversary show at the O2 Arena in London as well as theater productions around London. She’s been through so much with the character, and in the movie she plays...flawlessly her heartbreak and despair for never finding her happy ending with Marius.” Senior Aine Connolly agreed, “She’s incredibly brave and courageous, and she sacrifices herself for love.” English Teacher Maggie Spak, on the other hand, said, “My favorite character was Javert (played by the always superb Russell Crowe) because I appreciated his evolution throughout the story.” Peterson said, “I loved Hugh Jackman! What a man!” Bohannon appreciated the director’s bold move to have the actors sing live in the studio. She said, “Its effect of pure raw emotion really played across well.” Julia Peiperl ’13 stated, “I was a little worried that they were going to turn a lot of the sung dialogue into speech... They sung through the entire thing, and it was amazing.” She continued, “I also loved what the director did with some of the sadder solos

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(“I Dreamed a Dream,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” By Lindsay Cayne etc.). He kept the focus on the While many Holton students character’s face, and in Anne rehearse for the Holton Winter Play Hathaway’s case the whole song was one take. That was abso- every year, Landon holds a special selutely captivating, and it’s nice ries of One-Act Plays, which are mini since that’s something, like a scenes both directed and performed giant computer-generated ship by Holton and Landon students. With some students choosing to and ranks of marching soldiers write their own original scripts, Oneand gunfire and the Seine, that Photo Courtesy Lindsay Cayne Acts provide a student-based, casual Senior Lindsay Cayne (left) participated in you can’t have in a staged proapproach to acting. the One-Act directed by Landon senior John duction.” Most directors choose humor- Bair. Angelina DiPaolo ’13 said, “My favorite scene was ous acts that do, however, require of goofballs looking for a good time when Anne Hathaway belted ‘I a reasonable number of rehearsals and hoping to get a couple good Dreamed a Dream.’ The song before the opening show. This year, laughs out of everyone else.” John Bair, a senior at Landon, diitself was heart-wrenching, but the One-Acts were held on Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30 in Landon’s rected Controlling Interests, which was the way that she was filmed Mondzac Performing Arts Center. about four eight-year-old boys who made it even more dramatic.” Holton seniors Isabel Cabe- begin to consider liking girls. Senior Natalie George, “I like directing because I like said, “The movie was good, but zas and Caitlin Murphy directed the One-Act Play A Minute to Win it. telling people what to do,” Bair comnothing beats watching the muCabezas said, “Caitlin and I both mented. “It gives me an ego trip. sical Les Misérables in a live perparticipated in the One-Acts last More seriously, though, I like that the formance. Seeing Les Misérables live is truly an indescribable ex- year. We wanted to stay involved with One-Acts are very low-key and chill. them but take on a new role, so we They’re tons of fun.” perience.” Landon junior Marcus KindConnolly agreed and said, chose to direct a play.” Their play, A Minute to Win it, fuller was cast in Bair’s One-Act as “I liked the musical better. I “chronicles a few one-minute dates well as senior Polly Feldman’s play, think that a lot of the pieces that a girl, Betty (Clare Specht ’14), which is called Who Wants to Be an Orthat happen at the same time, goes on,” Cabezas explained. gan Donor? or where two people are singing The actors took on the roles of Kindfuller added, “One-Acts are at the same time but in different places, work better when it “a Steve Urkel-like nerd, an egotisti- amazing because I get to meet people is on a stage; each part of the cal Texan, a palm reader, a Latin man from Holton, and I only have to atstage can be a different loca- (imagine Esteban from Suite Life), tend practices only once or twice a tion. There’s more to the imag- and a player from the Bronx. Their week, which is very manageable.” Also directing a One-Act this ination in a live performance. mannerisms and accents were hilarious, so Caitlin and I were always year were seniors Sarah Lossing and Also, I feel that I connect to Morgan McNair. characters more on stage than I laughing.” Jeannette Litchewski ’13 and Landon senior Stephen Bauer do in a film.” Isaiah Edwards, a senior at Landon, was in their play The Elf Rebellion Ashley Morefield ’14 adddirected a play with a similar theme. and also appeared in A Minute to ed, Les Misérables is “definitely a Their play, Disaster Dates, features Win. Bauer liked “how the One-Acts must-see, either on stage or in eight awkward dates gone completely are student-directed. The rehearsals the movie theater...especially if aren’t so strict and scheduled. They you have experienced learning wrong. Litchewski mentioned, “One- are very easygoing yet at the same about the French Revolution in Acts are about the people—a bunch time productive.” Core!”

Co Co Sala Serves as a Chocoholic Heaven that Brings Sweetness in Bitter Winter By Isabel Cabezas

Valentine’s Day drowns us in heaps of sugar and more chocolate than we would ever want to eat. Co Co Sala, located in Penn Quarter, however, creates elegant and sophisticated dishes, most of which have a slight chocolate infusion rather than a chocolate overload. After spotting the shiny tile and gold curtain decorations throughout the lounge, travel to the back and peer through the glass windows into the kitchen. You will see expert chefs preparing your meal and trained chocolatiers crafting fresh chocolate by hand. Dishes on the weekend brunch menu such as hotcakes, citrus ricotta pancakes, breakfast flatbread, and pesto flatbread adorned with roasted to-

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matoes and crispy bacon will make you salivate. The french toast s’mores are also a hit with pieces of cinnamon brioche cut into triangles stuffed with a house-made marshmallow and drizzled with a dark chocolate sauce. The bread has a slight crunch, but the chocolate sauce softens it. Warm slices of banana sit on the other side of the place with a light

graham cracker with chocolate dots in the middle. But those who don’t eat chocolate should not be turned off by the restaurant’s name; dishes without chocolate do exist for non-chocoholics. They can enjoy the crispy creole crabcake with mango salsa, a Chipotle chocolate tomato glaze, an avocado cilantro emulsion, or the cheese magic. The twice baked cheese

soufflé arrives at your place setting with leek sauce and tomato marmalade on top, along with a salad with pears, walnuts, and bleu cheese. Strings of cheese drip down from your fork after you plunge into the dish to take a bite. Even in summer, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to order a “hot co co.” The rich drink isn’t blazing hot but rather a perfect warm temperature, complete with two homemade marshmallows. The innovative restaurant provides typical flavors such as dark chocolate, milk, and salted caramel, but you should be more adventurous and sip the PB & co., Chipotle co co., or pumpkin spice co co. If you don’t want something hot, you can order a frozen co co. If you’re not hungry enough

for a full meal, stop by the boutique, located right next to the restaurant, and pick up a small chocolate treat. You can make a custom box of assorted chocolates or try something unusual like the some more bar, a graham cracker and marshmallow covered in chocolate. Another interesting treat is the hot co co. pop, a chocolate bar on a stick. When stirred in boiling milk, the chocolate dissolves, and you are left to enjoy a hot chocolate. No matter what you order, at the lounge or at the boutique, you will savor every bite as you clean your plate and want to come back the very next day. Co Co Sala is located at 929 F St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.



February 14, 2013

Swim Team Has “Got It All” in Championships

NHL Returns with Magnified Anticipation

“Holton swimmers may actually be my favorite people on this planet,” said junior Emma Raynor, a member of the swim team. “I’ve learned that my peers on the swim team aren’t only my teammates; we have all bonded to the extent that we’ve become a close group of friends.” With many students naming the swim team as one of the most close-knit and driven teams at Holton, the group has used its cohesiveness to come in a close second in the Independent School League (ISL) Championships and to win the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League (WMPSSDL) Championships. On January 26th, the Holton-Arms swim team faced off with the rest of the ISL in a battle on the Madeira School campus. Before the championship, the team had swum against ISL rivals NCS, Visitation, Stone Ridge, Sidwell, Bullis, and Madiera. The panthers had lost the dual meet against Stone Ridge by only a small margin of four points, making the Holton team hungry for retaliation. The swim team created a theme to foster their spirit. This year, the theme took the name of “One Tribe” as swimmers decked themselves in war paint. Head coach Graham Westerberg and senior captains Anabel Kelso, Alison Cohen, and Anisa LaRochelle donned AmericanIndian headdresses. After the team’s strong warm

After 635 regular-season games passed by and 113 days of negotiations occurred, finally around 5 a.m. on January 6 the National Hockey League (NHL) lockout ended. Many issues surrounded both the event and tension between the NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). The problems ranged from a pension plan to maximum lengths of player contracts to a salary cap for the 2013-14 season. Although the wait was long, it seemed to be worth it to Sydney Poretsky ’14. She said, “I’m so excited, I cannot even put it into words. Hockey is by far one of my favorite sports to watch, and it just has not been the same without the NHL this year!” Amanda Meltsner ’13 is another one of the many hockey fans ecstatic about the return of the sport. “I’ve been missing hockey since October and had to resort to watching football. Now that the NHL is back, I’m definitely going to be watching. I just wish it had not taken them this long to sort out the lockout; it was kind of a stupid issue and could have been easily solved if they actually talked to each other.” It was the fourth time in twenty years that labor issues affected a season, and just eight years ago the lockout caused the season to be canceled completely (that was the first time the Stanley Cup wasn’t awarded to a team since 1919). The lockout eight years ago benefited the nego-

tiations on the players’ side this season because the NHL did not want the season to go completely unplayed. The NHL and NHLPA ultimately agreed on a $64.3 million salary cap for the season. While the lockout took up over half the season, senior Abby Hsieh said, “I’ve really missed watching hockey (basketball and football just aren’t enough).” She continued, “I’m glad that a deal was finally reached because I felt like the hockey franchise just got back on its feet again from the last lockout, and another lockout is the last thing that the sport needs. Especially in the case of the Washington Caps, I think that the fanbase has grown, so having a season, no matter how short, is a great thing.” Although this is the second lockout in a decade, the Capitals are predicted to retain all their fans. In the 2011-12 season, the Verizon Center was filled to a 101.3% capacity and finished 12 out of 30 teams in overall fan attendance. “I can’t wait! Not sure what I would have done once football is over. I sure wasn’t going to watch NBA basketball!” said swim team coach Graham Westerberg. Junior Claire Huther stated, “I have really missed watching hockey, so I am super excited that the NHL is back. I am a huge Caps fan, and I am looking forward to finally getting to see some games this year!”

ed, “Although I understand why the coach wanted to put RGIII in, after the first fall he took, he should have been taken out. He’s a good quarterback, but in that situation it would have been better to just have kept him out instead of risking injury and now leaving him requiring surgery.” She continued, “The backup quarterback, if given time, could have held the game together, but DC wanted RGIII, so that’s what we were given.” Sally Huizinga ’14 said, “We had a good back up that we could have relied on, but instead we possibly messed up one of our best players in years...But there’s always next year, and hopefully RGIII will be back then!” Brooke Neal ’13 stated, “RGIII is a great player; we as the fans know that, and I’m sure the coaches know as well. There’s controversy over the decision to put him in that game, but honestly someone is always going to be mad. If we didn’t put

him in and lost, we would blame the coaches, and because he got injured, people got mad that we played him.” She continued, “The coaches made a calculated decision, and we have to respect that. I love the Redskins and cannot wait for RGIII to come back next year stronger than ever.” Senior Claire Baker said, “I thought that he came back from recovery too quickly. I think they should have taken him out around the middle of the game once it was clear that he was still injured and in pain.” RGIII had successful knee surgery the morning of January 9th. He had his LCL repaired and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction. RGIII’s recovery is approximated to take six to nine months (, so Redskins fans have hope that he will suit up for the season opener.

By Anisa LaRochelle

Photos Courtesy Saachi Nangia

(Left) Harper Garfinkle ’14 swims the breastroke leg of the 200 meter Medley and (Right) the Holton team gathers to cheer on the winning 400 meter Free Relay.

up and some quick changes into fastskin swimsuits, Holton’s cheers rang through each event. The swimmers performed what they called their “traditional” cheers of “Ungawuh,” “Victory,” and “Superbad” as well as some new tribal chants such as “Tiki-tiki Tawuh” to match their theme. In many events, a Holton swimmer swam personal best times, an unbelievable feat in such a competitive atmosphere. Freshman Sydney Ruder described the team as having “hearts the size of champions and voices even louder.” But the final relay event displayed a particular unleashing of Holton spirit against its main rival throughout the winter season, Stone Ridge. Holton swimmers were assigned lane 4 versus Stone Ridge’s team in lane 3. The Holton relay consisted of Alexis LeMone ’16, Nina Cohen ’13, Isabelle Jubin ’15, and Emma Raynor ’14 while Stone Ridge’s team had three swimmers with Katie Ledecky, the Olympic gold

medalist, anchoring. Cohen, Jubin, and LeMone began with gaining a sizeable lead over the competition so that not even the final Stone Ridge swimmer, Ledecky, could salvage the first place position. Kellie Colgain said, “I give a shoutout to Emma, Jubes, Nina, and Alexis on the last relay! They were truly amazing and a swim I will never forget.” Sophomore Annie Smith stated that “every time [she] thinks about those last seconds of the meet, [she] loves [her] team a little bit more.” Though placing a close second to Stone Ridge in the ISL Championships, the Holton swim team won the WMPSDDL title on February 2nd, a tournament also including schools in the ISL and in the metropolitan area. With this first feat in Holton history, the swim team shows promise for meets in the coming years. As Harper Garfinkle said, “If you need some heart, come find the Holton swim team. We’ve got it all!”

Robert Griffin III: To Play or Not to Play? Redskins football player Robert Griffin III injured his knee and now faces a recovery period of about six to nine months.

By Hailey Cayne

Toward the end of this season, Robert Griffin III, better known as RGIII, suffered a knee injury during Washington’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Washington Redskin’s quarterback set records for the 40-yard dash and lateral jump at combine, exceeded all expectations since starting his first game as a rookie, and won the coveted Rookie of the Year Award (www. After guiding Washington to its first playoff game in five years, he, many would agree, was the primary reason the Redskins had such a successful season (10-7), and many understand that a knee injury to such a crucial player presents setbacks. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, another rookie, replaced RGIII at the end of the playoff game and succeeded in tying the game as time ran out before win-

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ning it in over time. Cousins led the Redskins to another victory the next week when RGIII sat out due to injury. RGIII reinjured his knee in the first quarter of the following week’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks but continued to play for a majority of the game despite his pain. The decision is a stark contrast to a similar situation in the 2010 postseason. Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Culter also injured his knee and chose to sit out sometime during the second quarter.

After a loss that cost the team a chance to go to the Super Bowl, Bears fans, NFL players, and the media heavily criticized the decision. This year, Cousins replaced RGIII with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for him to mount a comeback. Mike Shanahan’s decision to keep RGIII in the game caused controversy among Redskins fans (, some of whom belong to the Holton community. Tia Hinnerichs ’13 comment-

By Samantha Beaulieu

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