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Vol. 51, No. 6

The Student Newspaper of the Holton-Arms School

Friday, May 2, 2014 Senior Spirit Day

This Month Features - Page 6 APES Projects Encourage Environmentalism Senior Traditions News- Page 3 It’s Ac Team Makes it to City Championships

Advanced Placement Courses Offer Benefits for Prepared Students By Ashley Willard The college admissions process can be daunting and confusing. A student receives a variety of advice from parents, teachers, and counselors in her life, and she frequently faces decisions that could potentially determine whether or not she is accepted at the college of her choice. Advanced Placement courses (APs) can provide a student with the tools she needs for college as long as the student is ready for the class. Throughout the month of May, students will begin taking AP Exams, which are the culmination of months of hard, college-level work. In a survey of upper school students, approximately 49% of 100 respondents have taken an AP course, and 33% of students surveyed take or have taken three or more AP courses. Of AP stu-

dents, 85% were very interested in the subject, 79% wanted to stand out to college admissions officers, and 60% took the class in order to feel challenged. AP courses signal to admissions officers that students have pushed themselves academically and taken the most rigorous course load available to them at their high school. The AP exams themselves provide admissions officers a consistent measure of course difficulty across the high schools, districts, and states in America. While agreeing that colleges look for course rigor, Associate Director of College Counseling Elizabeth Poppi advised, “Students need to balance their curriculum appropriately so that they are able to succeed in their courses. Stacking on AP courses will not help if the student is not earning strong grades in those classes. Therefore, a student should only take AP classes in areas she knows

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Seniors (from L-R) Lia Downing, Julia Andreasen, and Milan Booker study for their APES Exam, which can count for college credit. she will enjoy and thrive in.” ized when compared to students Although rigorous AP classes at other schools taking more AP can make a student stand out, they classes,” explained Poppi, remindare by no means essential for col- ing students that a lack of AP lege admissions. Poppi explained, classes will not substantially affect “A big mistake we see is students success in the college admissions taking AP courses because they process. She continued, “Colleges think they have to and then not know and respect Holton and the performing well in them.” work our students do, which is “Colleges understand how why we are so successful in the challenging the Holton education college process.” is, so these students are not penalResults from AP exams are

most frequently used to qualify a student for placement or credit after a student has enrolled at the school of her choice. Over 90% of colleges across the country offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP exam scores. AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 5 representing the fact that a student is extremely well qualified for the course content and a score of 1 indicating that the student has a very poor grasp of the material. Placing out of a crowded introductory course allows a student to move directly to the upper-level classes that interest her. Credit and placement are generally awarded based on a score of 3 or above on an AP exam. Admissions officers consider self-reported information Continued APs page 3

Annual Fund Encourages Students Experimentation Leads to Success in Competition B N S to Give Back to Community y

By Maryam Gilanshah & Sejal Makheja

The student giving representatives from the Class of 2016 (left) managed to rally the sophomore class to reach 100% participation faster than the Class of 2014.

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The Student Giving Program provides a chance for students to give back to what many think of as their home away from home. The full tuition covers only 75% of all the amenities and programs. The other 25% necessary to fund Holton’s financial demands comes from endowments, donations, and other sources. Holton is a non-profit educational institution, and in order to keep the tuition as affordable as possible, the other 25% depends upon the additional generosity of those within the community. Along with the satisfaction of giving back to Holton, there was a competition among

the grades 9 through 12, and the grade that won the competition received the Student Cup. The highest achieving grade won by having the most amount of student participation in the form of donations. The minimum amount to donate was $1. This year, the sophomores and the seniors tied for 100% participation, but the cup went to the class of 2016, who reached 100% participation before the seniors. Director of Annual Giving Christine Kitzmiller said that the inter-grade competition “helps to give each class a collective goal and create a friendly competition Continued Giving page 3



The Chemathon team took the University of Maryland Chemathon Championship by storm on April 26. Holton won First Place in Division I, which featured 14 Honors students, and Division II, which included seven AP students. Individually, the Division I team placed in eight of the 10 events, and the Division II team placed in seven of its 10 events. This year, 41 schools put their Chemistry knowledge to the test in contests that involved trivia, titration, reduction-oxidation reactions, and the identification of mystery chemicals. Olivia Thomas ’16, who participated in Division I, shared, “At first, I was really nervous to compete against other well-known public schools, but [Coach Xu] Duan definitely prepared us more than any of the other teams, which gave us a huge advantage.” Thomas found the experience rewarding and informative, especially as a first time competitor. It taught her “how to use intuition to solve problems and how the smallest of particles can be so complex.” Mira Gill ’15, who completed

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The victorious Division I and Division II Teams at University of Maryland’s Annual Chemathon Competition pose with their trophies. Division II events in her first year at Chemathon, felt proud that “even though we are a smaller school, we could still beat competitive science schools.” Gill competed in events such as Beat the Clock, which entailed making a reaction occur in approximately seventy-three seconds. Johanna Garfinkle ’15, captain of the Division II team, stated, “It was definitely a bit harder than last year, and we had some difficulties. However, I'm so proud of everyone for doing their best and for pulling out on top.” Proud coach Duan commented, “It was an extraordinary achievement, and it showed how girls can work together and com-

plement each other amazingly.” On April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., members of the Robotics Club competed in the annual Botball competition at Mount Vernon High School. Students within the club worked all year to create robots P.O.M.B.O.T. and B.R.U.H. “We split the team into the builders and programmers,” explained Robotics Co-President Beverly Sihsobhon ’14. “After each meeting, we would write down a summary of our accomplishments of that day, the errors we made, and the ways in which we fixed the errors,” Sihsobhon said. Sihsobhon has participated Continued Competition page 3



May 2, 2014

Happiness is Found in a Balanced Life

In this issue we discuss all the incredible things Holton girls do on a regular basis. Some students are experimenting to success in Chemathon one day, running in the Panther Scamper 5K the next, and heading to the Chorus concert that same afternoon. I do believe that it is very important to stay active and to stay busy. Oftentimes we are more productive and efficient when we have a full schedule. I believe, however, that there is a significant difference between a “full” schedule and an “overbooked” schedule. Everyone’s schedule needs to include time to relax. For some people that might mean a short nap, a chance to curl up with a book, or the opportunity to catch up on your Netflix guilty pleasure. But no matter how you spend it, downtime is important in order to lead a truly full life. In Scribbler we fill our pages with articles applauding extracurricular and academic excellence. Even the articles themselves are a testament to the girls who find time to work on the newspaper. As we note students who excel in their scholarly or athletic pursuits, it is important to remember that it is okay to not be involved in many different things. I do not think that is all right

to just come to school, fulfill your academic obligations, and then leave because I have found that some of the most meaningful educational experiences I have had have come from extracurriculars. That being said, it is important to remember that it is okay to not be amazing at everything. It sounds clichéd, but I think that the majority of us put more pressure on ourselves than we need to. The years we spend at Holton will have a powerful impact on us, but it is unlikely there will be much of a difference between whether or not you ever made president of that club or whether or not you made varsity your sophomore or junior year. Sometimes at Holton we place such an emphasis on being well-rounded that we forget that it’s okay to chill and take a breather. You can still take advantage of all Holton has to offer without feeling like weekend after weekend gets away from you. Oftentimes working hard at a few extracurriculars will be more successful than overextending yourself. At the end of the day, there is nothing wrong with normalcy because not a single Holton girl is “average” in the negative sense of the word. We all take part in an incredibly rewarding educa-

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It sounds clichéd, but I think that the majority of us put more pressure on ourselves than we need to. tion, and students give back in a myriad of ways on a daily basis. I believe that every Holton girl is unique and is leaving her impact on the school in her own way. In the same vein, just because attention is not drawn to the activities that we spend our time doing does not diminish their important. When Class Day rolls around, many of us will sit under the white tent awning without winning any awards. It sounds sad, but it actually is not because those awards are so small in the big picture. We do not need an award, a feature in Scribbler, or a shout-out in Morning Assembly to know

that we are serving the school and helping others. While we should remember to not allow our lives to fall out of balance, we also need to realize that we are doing a lot of good things, even if attention is not always drawn to them. We all serve each other and the world around us in different ways, and we do not need to be leaders of many clubs to leave an impact on our classmates or the Holton community. At the end of the day, all those different sports, clubs, or concerts do not mean anything if they do not leave us feeling happy and energized.

Modern Women of Science are Capable of Eliminating Harsh Gender Prejudices

Why aren’t women always considered to be as intelligent as men? In 2012, students at Yale conducted a study in which professors were provided the resumes of potential employees. The male and female applicants had comparable educations and previous experience. A vast majority of professors, both male and female, preferred the potential male applicant over the equally qualified female applicant, indicating that male hegemony of STEM still exists. Is this perception of female insufficiency justified? Of course not. Women who want to pursue a career in STEM must balance two seemingly irreconcilable demands: they must be feminine while also being professional. Without the former, a female scientist may not be accepted by the majority of society. Societal pressures seem to require that women act, dress, and behave in an “attractive” and “ladylike” manner

although a woman who fulfills these prerequisites for acceptance in society may be rejected in a work environment. Essentially, women may feel they must choose between acceptance in society and acceptance in the workplace. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” in regards to classically feminine behavior. Female scientists and mathematicians are indeed a burgeoning group and have recently gained more recognition and success as a result of STEM programs, but there still remains a pervading gender prejudice, as reflected in the Yale study. In our society, as in many societies around the globe, females are at times seen as members of the “inferior” gender. Teachers and counselors, especially at Holton-Arms, encourage female students to push against prejudice and prove misogynistic assumptions wrong. In


the 21st century, we, the young women who will run the world in a decade, have the opportunity to change these assumptions of female insufficiency. Holton students repeatedly prove their merit in academic competitions such as It’s Academic, Chemathon, and Model UN, often defeating male competitors. The Holton girls who participate in these competitions are undeniably at least the mental equals of, if not intelligently superior to, the boys against whom they compete. On Sat. April 26, the all-female Holton Chemathon team defeated the all-male, six-year reigning champion team, once again proving the feminine acumen. Although male chauvinism and societal pressure harm women’s success rate in fields of science, technology, and mathematics, the worst enemy of female achievement lurks in the shadowy recesses of doubt. Soci-

ety has ingrained into women a sense of inequality. Studies have shown that women are less confrontational and less aggressive in classroom situations, often preceding their comments with a self-deprecating remarks such as, “I’m not sure if this is correct,” indicating that women have less self-confidence than their male counterparts. A recent article published in The Atlantic explored the confidence gap between men and women in the workforce. The research revealed that women continually underestimate the quality of their work. Women truly have the same academic potential as men. Female students should not be deterred from pursuing a career in Physics or Chemistry because they believe that they are unqualified. The female students of today should push themselves to break down the barriers of gender

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stereotypes, to establish women as scientific forerunners, and to improve the female situation for future generations. Joseph Conrad accurately stated, “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.” Without a doubt, the women of today are capable of accomplishing this daunting challenge with dedication and perseverance. We have the power to establish ourselves as equal members of the elite scientific realm and render inconceivable the perception of women as the lesser gender.



May 2, 2014 From APs Page 1 regarding AP scores during admissions, but a student must send the official AP score report to the college she wishes to attend in order to qualify for credit or placement. A student who takes an AP course is required to take the corresponding exam, and a charge of $90 is sent to her account. Each AP exam is composed of a multiple-choice section, scored by a computer, and essays and open-ended questions, part of a free-response section scored by AP graders. There is no longer a penalty for incorrect guessing. Each year, specifically appointed college professors and experienced AP teachers score the free-response portion of the exam at the annual AP Reading, which occurs during the first two weeks of June. The total scores from the multiple-choice and free-response sections combine to form the composite score, which is then converted onto a 5-point scale. Another benefit of rigorous AP courses is that they promote the skills required for success in college classes, specifically time management and study habits. Noelle Dayal ’15, a student currently taking AP Chemistry, said, “I like learning about Chemistry in a more detailed way. I like how taking AP classes makes me feel more prepared for college.” Regarding the Holton-Arms AP course options, Poppi said, “We offer 14 AP courses. Given our small student body that is a large number. We have to remem-

ber though that most girls’ schedules do not allow them 14 course options.” She mentioned that she would like to add Comparative Government and Computer Science to the list of potential AP course offerings and concluded, “Luckily we offer [Online School for Girl] OSG courses in those disciplines so that interested students can still consider those classes.” A student contemplating whether or not to take a certain AP course must consider the level of difficulty of the class, especially in comparison to the courses she has previously taken. Dayal shared, “AP classes require time and energy. Moving from regular Chemistry to AP was a hard transition, but meeting with teachers and working extra hard will make the course load manageable.” Some students find the jump from an Honors course to an AP feasible. Ellie Currie ’15, who is currently enrolled in AP Core, said, “I wouldn’t say that AP classes are a lot more difficult than Honors classes. At first the amount of work was a little disconcerting, but within the first week or so of school, it really didn’t feel any different from a regular class.” From Giving page 1

among the upper school classes.” Similar awards during Reunion Weekend went to the graduated class with the highest participation. Many students engage in the extra-curricular programs the school provides such as sports, orchestra, band, chorus, and the

arts, and therefore it is very important that students realize that giving back is not just giving back to the school as a whole but also helping the programs that students hold close. Although most associate the Annual Fund with donations from alumnae and parents of students, a large portion of the campaign focuses on upper school students. A committee of peers heads each grade. The members of this committee encourages their classmates to give, often promising them gifts at certain milestones. Kitzmiller uses the idea of “peer-to-peer solicitation” and likes the tactic because it is “‘people giving to people.” She elaborated that the process is particularly successful when the potential donor is a “peer whom they trust and with whom they have a strong relationship.” The peer-to-peer solicitation applies to every demographic of the Holton fund, from parents asking parents to alumna asking alumna. All money donated through the Holton Fund goes to “sustain daily activities, to support our excellent faculty, and to look toward the future,” said Kitzmiller. Students can choose to donate to a certain department of the school, ranging from the arts to financial aid to athletics. Or students can donate in honor or memory of a certain faculty member, which is a way of showing respect and appreciation, while still giving back to the school.

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in Robotics for all four years of Upper School and this year took AP Computer Science through the Online School for Girls. Her experience with Botball and the concepts she learned in the computer science course helped her in taking on a leadership role in the club. She taught new members how to program in C. Noelle Dayal ’15 elaborated on the techniques programmers employed to ensure the functionality of the robot. She said, “We used Link Robot Controllers, which are computer boxes that act like the brain of the robot. We would then write a program on the device so that the robot could grab or pick up items.” KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, the organization that runs Botball, requires each robot to perform specific tasks such as lifting or holding items. Co-President Julia Andreasen ’14 would “document the progress of the team to keep them on schedule and send details of the completed tasks to the Botball committee.” On the day of the tournament, Andreasen and Leatrice Bulls ’16 gave a presentation to the committee about the team’s accomplishments in the months leading up to the event. The Robotics Club ranked 12th among the 34 competing teams. Holton began participating in Botball in 2000, and since then, more girls have joined Robotics. “We would have just four or five students on the team, but this year we have thirteen,” commented the club advisor Christopher

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The annual Botball (above) includes D.C., Maryland, and Virginia schools which compete in competitions to test their robot’s skills. Lee. He credits the rise in the number of members to Robotics students spreading the word and new exposure to Robotics in Lower and Middle School. Over the years, the technology used in the tournament has become increasingly sophisticated, and Robotics as a field has become more popular. Students enjoy Robotics Club because it allows them to problem solve, overcome challenges in unique ways, take risks, and learn from each other. Dayal elaborated, “In some cases, while fixing errors in a short amount of time, we had to come up with completely new building and programming plans.” Christina Baca ’17, a programmer and newcomer to Robotics, said that the club increased her interest in the field. She stated, “I was very surprised at the amount of improvisation and guessing involved in such a systematic area.”

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Holton students, faculty, staff, family, and alumnae took to the track early in the morning on Sun., April 27 to participate in the annual Panther Scamper 5K and Fun Run. Senior Katie Bergamesca was fastest female runner in the 5K.

On Sat., April 26 Holton’s It’s Academic team of Kayla Moffett ’14, Megan Horey ’14, and Glenda Smerin ’14 buzzed to victory with a final score of 455 points. In a tense game, the three Holton girls maintained their composure to win the semi-finals, and they will return again to play in the City Championships.

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Holton’s final Boosters Induction occurred during the month of April. The freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who were inducted received the honor for their dedicated care and service for Holton. As always, current Booster members welcomed the new girls with clever poems ending in the girls’ names.

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Fine Arts Dept. Provides “Creative Outlet” and “Relaxing Escape” By Rinnie Hewlett and Clara Ferrari Have you ever considered taking an art class, major or minor? The Holton-Arms Art Department offers major and minor programs in the Upper School for ceramics, drawing and painting, and photography. Those students who take an art major meet four out of six class days while minors only meet twice in the cycle. Ben Ferry, the Drawing and Painting teacher, called the major program a “more intensive version” of the minor classes. As minors, students learn the basic procedures and methods involved in their art, whereas majors accomplish more sophisticated projects and have more freedom within their medium. Minoring in a visual art is a less time-consuming way to test out different art forms. As Photography teacher Donna Maclean explained, art majors are those students who “are very interested in their medium and want to spend time perfecting their art.” Many students have won

Maclean believes taking an art is important so that “one learns how to express herself through creative outlets.” Many art majors enjoy taking their courses as a way to de-stress from the rigorous school day. The work that students complete in art classes often helps when the time comes to apply to colleges. Maclean described the process, saying, Photo Courtesy Susannah Bane “Students can compile a portThe Art Studio provides an expansive space for students to draw and paint during folio of their work to submit their school day. with their college applications.” --awards this year for the visual ceramics, Sofia Amaro ’16, Haley arts. In photography, Frances Butler ’16, Julia Reisenfeld ’15, A student’s art Gichner ’16 won Fotoweek D.C. Emma Raynor ’14, and Maya SoriNature Category. Marissa Mi- ni ’14 all won Gold Key awards shows she “is interested chaels ’15 won the overall award while many others earned Silver in creating her own voice for Potomac, M.D. youth for her Keys and Honorable Mentions and way of seeing the photography, and Lauren Ahn ’14 in the Scholastic Competition. won first place in Fotoweek D.C., Raynor said she “enjoys world.” the Photographers Forum, and the relaxing escape that the the Congressional Art Exhibit. Art Department provides.” -Drawing & PaintAhn also won a Gold Key in Ferry agreed and said, “I also the Scholastic Art Competition. think making things is extremely ing Teacher Ben Ferry --Maddie Krips ’14, a Draw- meditative and allows us to step Faculty assist every year ing and Painting major, was a outside of the stresses and rigfinalist in the Maryland Con- ors of the other parts of our life with this process and advise gressional Art Competition. In and just live in the moment.” students on what to include.

Ferry explained how providing a portfolio helps to “show an admissions committee that a student is interested in creating her own voice and way of seeing the world.” The Art Department presents its students with many interesting courses and opportunities. Ferry said, “Very few art programs in the country have the opportunity to explore three different disciplines of making fine art in medium-specific studios with teachers that focus solely on that style of art-making.” Maclean added that “Holton’s Art Department expects students to produce a very high level of quality work. It has very high standards for a high school level art curriculum. Students have excellent faculty to help them pursue their work, and the faculty care deeply about each student.” In the words of Maclean and many other art majors, “I cannot imagine NOT taking some kind of art.”

Student-Designed Outfits Impress at PUNCH 2014 By Lana Levin Recently, Holton fashion designers and their models strutted down the catwalk, exhibiting the culmination of months of hard work. PUNCH (People United for New and Creative Hunches), which was held on April 11-12, is Holton’s annual fashion show. The $10 admission proceeds from the shows go to the D.C.-based Suited for Change Organization and the Dress-AGirl around the World Foundation. Suited for Change provides low-income women with professional clothing to increase their employment opportunities while the Dress-AGirl around the World Foundation sends dresses to young girls in developing countries. Members of PUNCH not only donated money to the Dress-A-Girl around the World Foundation but also donated their own creations. At two sewing workshops held earlier in the year, club members, led by PUNCH president Lia Downing

’14, sewed Dress-A-Girl dresses to send overseas. This year, PUNCH raised over $3,000 dollars and made 20 dresses to donate to the Dress-A-Girl Around the World Foundation. PUNCH members work all year to prepare for the fashion show. Starting in the fall, upper school students sign up to join PUNCH. Designers who want to get a taste of PUNCH without a huge time commitment can opt to design one outfit for the surprise line while seniors can design an outfit for the senior line. This year, the Surprise Line theme was “Floral” while the Senior Line theme was “Little Black Dress.” Girls who want to make PUNCH a major commitment can create a full or half line. Half lines consist of two to four outfits while full lines have five to eight outfits. An added perk for full line designers is the ability to choose their own music and lighting. All

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PUNCH President Lia Downing ’14 poses on the runway in her elegant, hand-made, violet gown. designers have complete creative control regarding what they design. Sophomore Jillian Lawler, a member of the PUNCH Executive Board and full line designer, explained, “To get ready for PUNCH this year I planned my theme over the summer and started sketching designs in July. I then started sew-

ing in August. I had two dresses made before school started, but the week before PUNCH I was still finishing the remaining two! Getting started sooner is always better than later.” So why is PUNCH so popular among Holton girls? Downing summarized the experience, saying, “I like PUNCH because it’s given me a creative outlet for all the crazy designs in my head.” Many upper school students think of it as one of their favorite Holton events to attend. The PUNCH outfits are one of a kind and runway worthy. Experienced seamstresses and hesitant first-timers alike can bring life to their ideas. Jamie Katz ’15, second year designer, created an outfit for the Surprise Line. She said, “I like designing for PUNCH because it gives me a chance to learn something new, and it is for a good cause. I love to model my clothes and show off what I have created.”

--“PUNCH gives me a creative outlet for all the crazy designs in my head.” -PUNCH President Lia Downing ’14 --Many girls who design for PUNCH have never even sewed before. PUNCH gives upper school students a reason to learn and experiment. The show allows a designer to transform lifeless, flat pieces of fabric into works of art, with the help of her models. PUNCH 2014 was home to many different themes, ranging from casual, everyday wear to mystical, fancy, and dreamlike fashion. The themes of the Executive Board members included sportswear, masquerade ball, pajamas, and a whimsical teal and purple color scheme.

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Scroll Shares Students’ Creative Works with Community By Erin Davis After the Art Show Opening in late May, students will be able to pore over Scroll, the year-end product from Holton’s eldest club. The glossy color pages of the magazine contain paintings, ceramics, photographs, and creative writing from some of Upper School’s most imaginative thinkers. Founded by Miss Arms in 1905, the club is dedicated to “the reading, writing, and speaking of good English.” This past year Scroll, and its online sister Scrolling, achieved the Gold Award in the Columbia Scholastic Press Competition. This award is “offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media,” as stated on the group’s website. When presenting the award, the association gave special recognition to Scrolling because of its innovative nature in the arena

of high school publications. In English classrooms during the year, students work hard to analyze literature, understand nonfiction, and write term papers. Scroll offers students a creative literary outlet and makes sure students’ writing, which may or may not occur in the classroom, does not go unnoticed. Magazine co-editor Keara Scallan ’14 said, “I think it’s really important for Holton to have a magazine such as Scroll since students should have an outlet for creative writing and artwork they might not be able to fulfill in our regular classes. Also, it’s a great way to show the rest of the community the talents of their peers.” The final magazine is a result of many months of work. The members of Scroll collected writing throughout the school year at club meetings. During these meetings, the magazine

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The Scroll editors work in the Publications Room to get the creative magazine ready for the May unveiling, which will occur on the 21st. presidents Elizabeth Harris ’14 and Kerry DeLeon ’15 also led activities to help girls break through writer’s block and to facilitate the creation of powerful poetry or short stories. During March and April, Harris and DeLeon, along with magazine

Coffeehouse Remains a Blackbox Hit By Shea Sion Coffeehouse is a cherished event that happens once a year in the Beebee Black Box Theater. Held on April 11 this year, the event featured two separate showings, one in the evening and one in the afternoon, so that as many people as possible could attend the creative outpouring of original material by students and teachers. Coffeehouse is a chance for students to perform original works such as songs, stories, or remixes as the audience drinks freshly brewed coffee and eats various pastries. Begun as an idea to celebrate Holton’s Centennial, the first Coffeehouse took place during the Art Show in 1999. The next year, students helped organize it again, and the tradition of Coffeehouse has continued. This year offered unique acts that came to the stage, including a performance by some of the youngest Coffeehouse members ever. Fifth grader Jaimie Lwin wrote music based off the book Harriet the Spy and presented the original piece with her fellow classmate Alyssa Wang. Three upper schoolers also performed original songs, including Susannah Bane and Julia

Sophomore Lizi King (left) and senior Kayla Chernof performed an original arrangement of Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse.”

editors Scallan, Adia Robinson ’14, and Claire Moore ’14, asked for final submissions of artwork and writing. After returning from spring break, the club leaders, along with faculty advisor Melinda Salata and outside advisor Suzi Maybee, began to meet after school and on weekends to look over the submitted works. Harris shared, “We are always so impressed with the quality of work that gets submitted. We can never include everything, but it is incredible to see what students can produce.” After the initial read through, the staff chose what to publish in the magazine. Club members are currently working in the Publications Room to edit and format the works into the magazine’s template in order for the magazine to be ready for its unveiling at Holton’s Art Show Opening on Wed., May 21. In keeping with the creative

A Flowering of Artistic Course Options

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Andreasen, two seniors who brought the audience to tears with a song commemorating their years at Holton. Not only did students perform but also did Engineering Teacher Chris Lee and Technical Director Mark Robinson get up on stage. They gave a dramatic reading of the lyrics of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” Audience members laughed and hollered at the teachers’ serious expressions and theatrical voices. There were also three short plays performed this year. The first was by Drama Director

Elizabeth Zitelli, another was by a group of freshmen, and the third was written by senior Ashley Holder for her English class. Although many perform at Coffeehouse, they all brave the stage for one reason: to show off their creative talent. Freshman Meghan Hunter said she wanted to participate in Coffeehouse because she “likes to get on stage and perform for people, but [she] has stage fright so performing for a smaller crowd was exactly what [she] wanted.” Having a comfortable setting is essential for encouraging people to go before for large audiences.

nature of the writing and images that are inserted, the layout of the magazine is characterized by its attention to detail and its effort to pair artwork with complementary writing. Former Holton students Jenna Milstein ’12 and Delancy Wu ’13, along with Salata and Maybee, developed the website known as Scrolling, which allows club staff more opportunities to add items that one may not see every day. The online component of the magazine offers videos of events such as Coffeehouse as well as recordings from artists talking about their work. Having a piece published in Scroll or Scrolling give students a chance to show the hard work they put in all year. Freshman Mia Kimboko said, “I submitted something to Scroll for the first time this year, and I’m excited for the publication of the magazine!”

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May 2, 2014

Senior Traditions Help Students Say Goodbye By Elizabeth Harris

By Carlin Pappas Did you know that plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill? Or that 2.5 billion—one in three—people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation? These telling statistics are what inspired many students in Patty Carver and Lisa Craig’s AP Environmental Science (APES) classes to challenge the Holton community to take responsibility for its own sustainability. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, APES students created an interactive display pertaining to either Water Pollution or Municipal Solid Waste. The catch was students were limited to constructing something made out of 100% recycled materials. According to Carver, the objective of the assignment was to “educate the Holton community on their carbon footprint and convey the idea that the sum of individual action leads to change.” Over the course of the year, students have been studying issues surrounding sustainability. Seniors Emma Raynor and Ashley Holder chose to focus on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for their display. MSW, most commonly known as trash, consists of every-day items one throws away. After researching and learning plastic takes the longest to decompose, the two were shocked by the amount of plastic waste they discovered while rummaging through the trash bins at school.

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Seniors Emma Raynor and Ashley Holder constructed an interactive “dig” to highlight environmental problems.

As the school year starts to wind down, the members of the senior class finds that their schedules reach their limit. Between senior projects, the senior video, alumnae activities, and parent receptions, it was amazing that the senior class was able to turn in their final English term papers on time. The Mother-Daughter Tea kicked off the senior events in March, and the Father-Daughter Dinner continued the farewell festivities in April. The MotherDaughter Tea was organized by many mothers, including those of Amy and Lauren DeFranco and Elizabeth Kitt. The tea included a photo slideshow of “Then-andNow” photos of mothers and daughters. The fathers of Alyssa Landow and Kellie Colgain organized the dinner, which occurred on April 6 at Normandie Farms. The evening was a mix of laughter and sentiment as the seniors got to view the mother-daughter slide show once more and also played an entertaining game of “Are You Smarter Than a Holton Fifth Grader.” “I think the father-daughter dinner was one of my favorite senior activities so far,” shared Jane McCurdy. “It was so fun to spend time with my friends and my dad as I could celebrate two different sides of my Holton experience.” The Alumnae Induction Brunch took place on April 26. The seniors sat mixed in with alumnae from many different classes. Julia Andreasen shared, “It was so cool to be able to see all the different

Plastic takes time to decompose since bacteria and other decomposers are unable to easily break the links of atoms that make up the material. Plastic is harmful for the soil because it blocks the water and nutrients. For their display, Raynor and Holder decided to put a pile of clay balls in a box and bury different items of solid waste. Students, faculty, and staff could dig out the trash and read about how long each item takes to decompose. Raynor concluded, “I hope our project will make people stop and think about what they are throwing away and try and make a conscious effort to recycle more.” Senior Anya Lilaoonwala looked at Water Pollution for her display. The most troubling fact she came across in her research was that more people in the world have access to cell phones than basic plumbing. Quoting a 2010 United Nations report, Lilaoonwala said,

“About half of India’s 1.2 billion residents are mobile subscribers; however, only 366 million people have access to toilets.” For her project she constructed a display resembling a roll of toilet paper. For the base she used cardboard and then wrapped newspaper with facts written on it around the cardboard to replicate toilet paper. She said, “I chose to focus on this topic because sanitation is something so basic here in the United States yet so unavailable in many parts of the developing world.” The APES Challenge was aimed not only at demonstrating support for environmental protection but also at raising awareness throughout the community about each individual’s part in preserving the environment. Reaffirming the necessity to recycle and the importance of clean water and air will make for a more sustainable future.

express your own artistic interests while working here? BF: Oh, absolutely. It is a wonderful environment to work in. JA: If you could pick anyone, with whom would you like to have lunch? BF: Funny enough I would always say Hannibal Lector because I was always taken by the Thomas Harris books series and I always thought he would be a fascinating character. I think you would probably learn a lot about yourself in the process of that, maybe too much, but I wouldn’t want you to creep anybody out with that answer! JA: You always play music during art class. What’s your favorite genre? BF: Good music. I think I have always gravitated more towards a British influence of music, but I also love southern rock. I love all kinds of music. Music artists are just like visual artists; we’re all thieves, so you’re still just taking

what was before you and turning it and changing it a little bit so it’s your own. JA: Do you play any instruments? BF: No, but I love to sing. I would love to get singing lessons, but I’m just a coward. JA: Aww, I’m sure if [Director of Fine and Performing Arts Mary Jane] Pagenstecher knew she would get you right into that. BF: Well, let’s make sure she doesn’t know. I think it would be fun to learn how to play the guitar or something like that, so I could sit around and entertain myself. JA: Do you have a favorite art period? BF: I really describe myself as an American artist, an American painter, because I like making art about America. JA: ’Murica. BF: Haha, yeah, ’Murica. I’ve always gravitated towards American painters, mostly 20th century, 19th

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Seniors Susannah Bane (left) and Julia Andreasen (right) chatted with alumna Sally Alexander during the Alumnae Induction Brunch. years of alumnae and how we are all so similar.” After the brunch, Head of School Susanna Jones read out the name of each senior so that she could receive the present of the year, a linked chain bracelet with a Holton Alumnae charm. The girls lined the outside of the dining room, forming a semicircle around the tables. The seniors sung the first verse of the Alma Mater, and then the alumnae joined in for the second verse, completing the transition from senior to alumnae status. “It’s my favorite part of the entire reunion weekend!” Alumnae Director Abigail Betts exclaimed. Most seniors agree that these events make saying goodbye to Holton easier but more sentimental. Vania Canales-Canales lamented, “These senior activities make me so sad to be leaving Holton after nine years. Although they do reminded me that I’ll always have a special connection to Holton.”

Teacher Feature: Drawing and Painting Teacher and Coach Ben Ferry By Julia Andreasen

JA: When were you first interested in art? BF: At a very early age I knew that I could naturally draw. There was a poster contest in elementary school, and the school disqualified me because they said that my parents had done the poster. But I think it was at that time that I was like you know what? Yeah, I enjoy doing this, and I’m good at it. JA: What made you want to be a teacher (at an all girls school)? BF: It was presented to me when I was at Walt Whitman High School. I had a very famous art teacher whose son is now the art teacher at Landon, Walt Bartmon. And I think that this was the first time I saw a model for a life that I could see myself living, which was having this steady job where you had the ability to have things like a family and then still at the same time having time to make your own art. JA: Do you have the time to

century painters. George Bellows, for example. I gravitate towards people who are able to flaunt their skillset but at the same time tell their own story. Art is about you; it’s about the individual; it’s about your opportunity to express yourself. JA: What was your most embarrassing moment (that you would want Holton to know)? BF: Aww, yeah, this is actually pretty funny. My freshman year at Whitman, I was on jv [soccer], but I was brought up to varsity for playoffs. It was the state semi-final game, and it was brutally cold. We were losing two nothing, so the coach started throwing all of these youngsters in. He called my name, and I was so excited that in taking off my track bottoms I caught everything and I... basically pantsed myself. Everyone got a great laugh out of it, but I was so excited about getting on the field that I was able to take it in stride. JA: Who has had the greatest

influence on your life? BF: Again I would say there have been certain people, but Walt Bartmon was very influential to me in high school, and then I had a club team soccer coach, Sonny Askew. He taught me what it meant to really truly be passionate about what it is you choose to do. I also had a mentor in college, William Woodward, and while I had injuries through sports, he made being an artist something safe and comfortable and confident for me. JA: So after high school did you know that you wanted to be an artist? BF: I wanted to be a pro soccer player, and my parents were very supportive. They knew that I was talented, and they basically said that you have a small, little window to be a great athlete. I knew that I was always going to be able to make art, but you never know how long your body is going to hold up and rightfully so.

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Lia’s Offers An Authentic Taste of Italy By Kate Young Lia’s, a superb Italian restaurant located in Chevy Chase, serves delicious Italian dishes to hungry customers from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. With a prime location in the heart of Chevy Chase, Lia’s caters to a wide variety of clientele—families, businessmen and women, couples on dates, and people coming in for a meal after an afternoon of shopping at the nearby stores (Anthropoglie, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, and Neiman Marcus to name a few). During the warmer months, Lia’s employs a beautiful patio/ porch space with cheerful, red umbrellas that provide shade for large, round tables. Customers can sit outside and enjoy the warm weather while gazing out onto Willard Avenue or watching kids throw coins into a nearby fountain. If you prefer indoor dining, however, Lia’s also has a spacious indoor seating area for the winter months. The menu is authentic and diverse; there is truly something for everyone! The restaurant has a variety of appetizers and antipasti, which are sorted conveniently into three categories: meat and fish, cheese, and vegetables. We tried the warm brie and the Tunisian olives. Both were fantastic. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous than we were, perhaps you might order the housemade rabbit sausage or the

Spring Chorus Concert Remains Seniors’ Swan Song By Susannah Bane The Upper School Chorus held its spring concert on April 27. It was the last choral performance for the Class of 2014. Photo Courtesy Wendy Merriman

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Lia’s in Chevy Chase offers a wide variety of Italian cuisine options and allows for indoor and outdoor seating. grilled baby octopus. Not to worry, though, Lia’s has several tamer appetizer options for non-exploratory eaters, such as hummus, cauliflower, ham, various cheeses, and many salads. In terms of entrées, Lia’s serves (entrée) salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and “dinner features,” which include pastas, seafood, and meats. I had the Fattoush salad, essentially a Mediterranean salad made of romaine lettuce, red peppers, roasted pita bread, olives, feta cheese, and banana peppers. The portion size was perfect, and the salad was well dressed— not over or under done. Another member of our group had the roasted salmon, which he de-

clared scrumptious. From our experience, all of the entrées were thoughtfully sized and carefully prepared. For those who like pizza, I would recommend the Prosciutto pizza, consisting of tomato sauce with buffalo mozzarella and arugula. If you like sandwiches or burgers, I would recommend the basil chicken sandwich. For dessert, if you still have room, Lia’s has an elaborate (and delicious!) dessert menu. The tirimasu was excellent as was the flourless chocolate cake. The service was polite and not bothersome. Lia’s was a fantastic dining experience, and I would highly recommend it if you are in the neighborhood. Lia’s is located at 4435 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, M.D.

The Lewis Theater rang out with songs ranging from the African dialectic “clicks” to the rhythmic patterns of Hindi music during the spring Chorus concert on Sun., April 27. The concert began with the Chamber Singers and Swing Choir’s Galaxy Medley, which contained songs with a “space” theme from a variety of decades. Chamber Singer Annie Smith ’15 shared, “My favorite song that we got to sing with Chamber was Train’s ‘Drops of Jupiter’ because I have always loved that song and it was cool to be able to sing it in parts and with some simple choreography.” After Chamber and Swing left the stage, the entire Upper School Chorus, fully decked out in trademark blue gowns, boarded the risers to begin its portion of the program. The Chorus started with the song “Bawo Tixo Somandla,” which was dedicated to Nelson

Mandela and all the victims of apartheid in South Africa. Continuing on the cultural theme, the Chorus sang the Hindi song “Barso Re,” which was from the Bollywood movie Guru. “Barso Re” tied into the overarching Chorus theme, which was water and all of its healing and powerful qualities. The Women in Blue then performed “Rorate Caeli,” a Gregorian chant, and “Seal Lullaby.” The penultimate piece was the celebratory “This is the Day,” which included group solos from a senior semichorus. After that song, Fine and Performing Arts Director Mary Jane Pagenstecher welcomed each of the seniors to the front of the stage to receive her traditional peach rose. The tearful seniors then returned to the risers to perform the final song “Blessing,” which will be heard again at Graduation.



March Madness Inspires Energetic Fan Response and Includes Alum Player By Ksenia Ovcharenko and Emily King March Madness is a major college basketball tournament that occurs every year during the spring. The NCAA men’s and women’s divisions have their own tournaments where they strive to defeat other competitive colleges. The Men’s 2014 March Madness Tournament started on March 20, when Florida played Albany. Florida won and advanced from the Round of 64 to the Round of 32. The Elite Eight this year included Michigan, Arizona, Kentucky, and Florida. The season was characterized by some close and intense games. Arizona’s loss by one point to Wisconsin resulted in a riot because the team could not advance to the National Championships. The final men’s match was between the Connecticut Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats. The Huskies scored a winning 60 points while the Wildcats were left with a close 54 points. The Women’s basketball games were equally exciting this season. Stanford, Notre Dame, Maryland, and Connecticut competed in hopes to progress to the Final Championship. In the end, Connecticut managed a winning score of 69 in comparison to Notre Dame’s score of 33. Holton-Arms alumna and University of Maryland senior Sequoia Austin ’10 was part of the Maryland

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Sequoia Austin ’10 was a member of the University of Maryland Women’s Basketball team, which made it to the final four. team in the Women’s Basketball Championship. In Austin’s final year of Holton basketball, an injury prevented her from playing to the best of her ability. When she attended Maryland, she tried out for a rare walk-on spot and made the cut in her freshman year. Although Maryland did not win the final game, the team exceeded expectations by reaching the National Championship. The March Madness tournament gathers college fans and basketball fans from all over the country. Collectively, the tournament averages a total of 140 million viewers, which is more than the 111.5 million viewers of this past Super Bowl.

May 2, 2014

Students Compare Benefits of Indoor and Outdoor Exercise By Claire Huther Some people rely on the convenience and predictability of a gym. Others cannot wait for the numerous opportunities that spring’s warmth will provide. Everyone has her preference, but emerging research from the New York Times and a Scottish Health Survey conducted by Glasgow University suggests that outdoor exercise provides more health benefits than a trip to the air conditioned gym. In a poll of Holton’s upper school student body, 69% of 85 students stated that they prefer exercising outdoors while the other 31% reported that they would rather exercise inside. The majority of those who prefer outdoor exercise said that they found nature’s changing scenery exciting and the fresh air invigorating. On the other hand, those who chose indoor exercise said that the climate-controlled environment of a gym is more appealing. While there are pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor exercise, recent studies have shown that outdoor exercise provides more physiological and psychological benefits. Research comparing the effects of treadmill running to the strain of outdoor running has found that treadmill runners exert less energy to cover the same distance as those striding across concrete or outdoor trials. This discrepancy is primarily due to the fact that treadmill

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The crew team members spend the winter indoors preparing on the rowing machines, but in the spring they head outdoors to the water, a practice that offers many benefits. runners do not experience wind Senior Susannah Bane said, resistance or changes in terrain. “I always prefer running outside Furthermore, additional research because the times goes by faster has consistently shown that out- due to all the people and scenery.” door exercise tends to be more Kate Young ’14 shared she strenuous than the indoor version. “enjoys outdoor exercise” but Scientific studies have also often opts “for the indoor opindicated that outdoor exercise tion because of the way maboosts mental health. In one ex- chines share distance travperiment, participants completed elled and calories burned.” two equal walks, one inside and Now that winter is beone outdoors. In nearly all of hind us and spring is in the air, the studies, subjects involved re- what better time to get some ported experiencing increased fresh air and break a sweat. feelings of revitalization, enthuSo take your dog for a walk, siasm, pleasure, and self-esteem explore a new hiking trail, or go together with decreases in ten- for a run. Just five minutes of sion, confusion, anger, and de- outdoor exercise can improve pression after walking outside. you mood and self-esteem. So Further studies have con- what are you waiting for? Lace up firmed the experiment above, your sneakers, and get out there! finding that outdoor exercise pro[Sources: “Benefits of Exerduces an improvement in men- cising Outdoors” from NYT and tal well-being that the confined “Outdoor Exercise Health Benspaces of a gym cannot replicate. efits” from the Huffington Post ]

Washington Capitals Frustrate Fans with a Disappointing Season By Emma Huther For the first time since 2007, the Washington Capitals failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Capitals fans have been left disappointed and attempting to identify why the team had such a bleak season. With the team reaching a total of only 89 points, many Caps fans argue that changes are necessary. Regardless of whether the players, management, or coaching should receive blame, with the mediocre record of 38-31-13, it is clear that changes are crucial for a more successful 2014-2015 season. Some fans have blamed general manager George McPhee for the team’s lack of success. McPhee has served as general manager for the past 17 years, and the team has not made it past the second round of the playoffs, even with talented stars such as Alexander Ovechkin. Other fans vindicate McPhee by arguing that he does not lace up and skate each night, so he does not deserve criticism. McPhee also has

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The Washington Capitals have had a lackluster season, and fans are worried about what next year might bring. been censured for making the executive decision to hire Coach Adam Oats. Many have faulted Oats for his philosophies and strategies, arguing for the replacement of McPhee and him. Oats places a high importance on playing players on their stick-shooting side. This philosophy makes it even more difficult to build a full line up for games because Jason Chi-

mera is the Capitals’ only natural left wing. Another subject of criticism is the Capitals’ weak defense lineup. The Capitals lack a top four defensive line up, an issue they have been trying to correct all season. The problems within the team’s roster itself prove that even new faces in coaching and management won’t be enough to

guarantee success next season. The Washington Capitals certainly do not lack talent. The team does, however, lack cohesion, the more pressing issue. Three Washington Capitals players publicly asked to be traded this season, affirming the team’s need for unity both on and off the ice. Despite this season’s achievements, including captain Ovechkin reaching his fifth fifty-goal season and leading the league in number of individual goals, the team repeatedly failed to perform on a consistent basis. Many games went into overtime and shoot outs, giving points away to opponents unnecessarily. Junior Zoey Pellowitz shared, “I think the Caps disappointed everyone this season, but they are still a really talented team and need to be recognized for that. They got into a slump and had a really hard time getting out of it, and in the NHL once you are down, it is really hard to rise up again.”

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Some fans have pointed fingers at general manager George McPhee for the season’s failures.

“Next year will be better because they have a lot of new young guns that will definitely help them out and make them a stronger team. They just need to let the season go and start focusing on next year.” Junior Megan Barpoulis agreed, saying, “There are so many great players, and they proved they could beat even the best teams. The Caps were just too inconsistent.” [Source:]

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