Talent Show in review ... see page 5
Summer jobs... See RIPE
Is the new turf field a good idea? See page 3...
H a r r y P o t t e r storms theaters... See page 10
Kees to Success: the men’s volleyball season... See page 11
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Volume 30, No. 8
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Herman: 2009 Educator of the Year F o u r By Ali Schmelzle
Every year the Indian Post editorial board gathers to discuss the senior-nominated candidates for Educator of the Year. 2009’s selection process began months prior the Senior Awards Program on May 21, with seniors submitting their forms in favor of their favorite faculty members in April. Seniors, whose recommendation forms are reviewed by Indian Post editors, are asked to only submit teachers who they believe accurately represent the integrity of the graduating class and who meet the five required criteria: 1.) The teacher creates an atmosphere conducive to learning. 2.) The teacher is committed to helping students who do not understand. 3.) The teacher demonstrates interest in students’ thoughts
By Brittany Baumeister REPORTER
With 2008’s whirlwind of a presidential election over, it seems that it must be time for a break. Alas, Unionville High School is once again breaking out the Scantrons and getting back in the voting spirit with student council elections currently in process. This year’s executive board elections were held in a different manner than in years past. Instead of assemblies in the auditorium, the candidates broadcasted their speeches live over the school’s new television program. Due to the change in the presentation of the candidates’ speeches, an assembly schedule was no longer required. Instead, the election took place during two alpha homerooms. In the opinion of sophomore Cailin Hayes, the use of the equipment made the elections “more personable because we could actually see the person speaking and their facial expressions. It was easier to determine who was serious and who was doing it for fun.” Three students ran for president: Brian Kamelhar, Julie Moran, and Sonny Clark-Turner.
and ideas relating to course material. 4.) The teacher relates studies to events outside of the classroom.
submission, resulting in a pool of eligible, dedicated educators all worthy of the honor. After much deliberation, the Indian Post editorial board chose to honor
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5.) Students retain material after completion of the course. Winners from the past five years are not permitted for
Mr. Joseph Herman, making him the first athletics teacher to win the award. Mr. Herman, who has taught physical fitness to sophomores
Two—Stephen Bowen and Evan Ulatowski—ran for vicepresident, Stephanie Zhang and Tim Daly ran for treasurer/ parliamentarian, while Gerald Rothstein ran unopposed for
Brian Kamelhar, next year’s president, agreeing with Ms. Zhang, said, “I am glad that most of the positions had multiple people running for them. It shows that people want to make a difference in our
Brian Kamelhar will be 2009’s Student Council president. secretary. Stephanie Zhang, newly elected secretary/parliamentarian, said, “I’m glad that most of the positions had some competition this year. For the past two years, all the candidates ran unopposed, but with the competition this year, students were actually able to choose who they thought would be best for the positions.”
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school.” Despite this, Gerald Rothstein won his position running unopposed. He said, “I wish that my original opponent… did not drop out so I could make a speech and compete for the position.” It is the hope of the student council that the new technology will bring more candidates to the elections.
and seniors for the past five years at the high school, and who started in the building as a student teacher, was awarded with a plaque presented to him by former Indian Post editorsin-chief Jessie Modi and Nick McColey. The secret of the Indian Post’s selection was kept until the moment of the award’s presentation. Described Mr. Herman, “I was concentrating on what I was supposed to be reading next when they started talking about push-ups, and I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’” At the Senior Awards Ceremony in May, the former Indian Post editors-in-chief hinted at Mr. Herman’s win in their presentation of the award: “This teacher taught students how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. He’s known for improving Continued on Page 4
Mr. Rothstein later said when asked to comment: “I think having [the elections] over the TV makes more people want to run because they won’t be as afraid to make a speech.” With executive board elections at their end, class elections are to follow. Class officers, as well as the representatives, will be decided before the end of the year. In past years, students disregarded these elections, but the class officers are as necessary as the executive board, thus making it indispensible that the school remembers to vote for their class. Once all of the votes are tallied, Unionville High School will have its 2009-2010 student council in place. Current president Kevin Manning feels secure with next year’s leadership, expressing, “I’m confident that all those who have been elected for next year will work hard to make sure that student council runs effectively. “My advice to next year’s members would be to continue the strong traditions that Unionville has and always make every event enjoyable for everyone.”
compete for two seats in November By Jessica Long NEWS EDITOR
During the 2007 elections, the voters of Unionville Chadds Ford thwarted the passage of the referendum to renovate the High School. Opposing the referendum stood two men: Jeff Hellrung and Keith Knauss, who disseminated information that the funding was wasteful. Last month’s school board primaries failed to weed out any candidates in Region A, and among the people left in the running are these same men. Mr. Knauss and Mr. Hellrung will run on the Republican ballot for Region A against Democratic nominees Karen Halstead, an incumbent, and Vic Dupuis. Holly Manzone and Jeff Leiser will be on the November ballots for Region B, and both will inevitably be school board members for lack of opposition. During Meet the Candidates, held on May 13, the host, The League of Women Voters, opened questions to the audience. There was an abundance of questions about the referendum, the importance of academics, and solutions to students’ “risky behaviors.” The consensus among the candidates seemed to be that academics was the first priority for the school district, and that in order to route out risky behaviors, it would “take a village.” However, the candidates did not see things the same way regarding the referendum, which has been a contentious issue; in the opinion of Mr. Leiser, it has “polarized the community.” The significance of these elections is that the school board members are in partial control of the referendum. Mr. Knauss and Mr. Hellrung hold that there needs to be revisions before the project commences. Alternatively, Mrs. Halstead and Mr. Dupuis prefer that the referendum will Continued on Page 4
Student council elections pass, unnoticed So whom did you vote for for class officers? Did you even vote? The Student Council class elections were held on May 22, S.H.O.C Day. As a result, students who were participating in the S.H.O.C. program were unable to vote in the elections. Likewise, students promoting a club or sport during one of their lunches as part of the S.H.O.C Day Activity Fair were unable to vote as well. Additionally, the elections were not publicized. Many students eating lunch were oblivious to the elections taking place in the cafeteria. While it may be an egregious error on students’ behalf to allow a Student Council procedure to commence with virtually no student awareness, Student Council’s elections have improved since previous years. In the past, there have been people elected president of the Student Council executive board after running unopposed. Last year, the entire executive board was elected unopposed. This year, we had three candidates for president, two for vice president and two for treasurer, demonstrating the increased concern of members of the student body for their school. By using the television broadcasting system, Student Council was able to collate far more information about their candidates than in the past, particularly for the office of president. Allowing each candidate to present a speech and then following up the speeches by asking questions regarding each candidate’s qualifications, Student Council improved the election process. As a result, students were able to make an informed decision about who the better candidate was. Still, the office of secretary was uncontested this year.Without mass participation in elections, students cannot have their voices heard by the administration through Student Council. Every official should, and indeed must, be elected by the student body. It is the duty of student council to make sure that their elections are well-publicized and well-attended.
More reading, better quality learning School has lost the appeal it once had for high school students. Students with younger siblings can do nothing more than envy their carefree brother and sisters, who still have free time to play with their friends, to sleep normal hours, and to read. With the ever increasing demands of a global society, there is no feasible solution to a lack of free time or sleep. Students must constantly work harder and for longer hours. High school adminstrators may sympathize with their stressed students, but can do nothing to soothe their frantic minds - or can they? Bringing back the joy in learning through reading is an appropriate goal that high school faculty can facilitate. If the volume of literature read in such classes as English and History were increased at all grade levels, all students would benefit. Despite what some say, most students know of at least one genre they enjoy reading for pleasure. Students’ initial reactions would likely be horror if they learned they were required to read books in addition to those assigned for class. Their dismay might be assuaged, however, if teachers could only regulate what was read by affirming that it had some connection to the class, be it History, English, or the Arts. Students would be able to choose novels suited to their personalities that simultaneously instill in them a deeper understanding of their subject. The only prerequisites for choosing a book would be reading-level appropriateness and some pertinence to the subject of the class. No annotating or discussion of the books would be required, except for a once-a-marking-period informal conference with the teacher to talk about what the student had learned. Students who did not participate would not be penalized. The activity would serve as a forum for those students who long for the days when school contained an intrinsic joy, the days of picking up The Magic Tree House series and inadvertently learning about history, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the samurai of Japan; of checking out The Outsiders from the school library and suddenly recognizing the struggles of Ponyboy and his brothers in the drama of middle-school cliques. The possibilities for high school level equivalents of these novels include Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, and Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. Although some students are able to carry the tradition of self-enrichment into high school, others need to be emphatically reminded of the value of learning. Every student knows that school’s worth is greatly diminished if work is completed merely to earn a grade; instead, we, as students, must strive to achieve an education. True education originates in reading. It is the duty of the school to emphasize the merit of reading. In so doing, it will simultaneously underscore the genuine importance of learning.
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Onslaught of exams leaves students feeling like no more than numbers Dear Editor, Our experiences throughout AP testing confirmed our doubts in Unionville High School’s moral compass: administrative policy allowed teachers to assign homework immediately before and during the exams; students had to remain at school for the entire school day despite having to sit through strenuous three-hour tests; pencils and pens were not provided; testing areas were over-crowded and uncomfortably hot. AP exams are helpful to the individuals that take them because they provide an opportunity to receive college credit as well as to demonstrate to universities student mastery of rigorous curricula. During these important examinations, the administration and faculty made minimal effort to ensure that students were as comfortable and as successful as possible. Curiously, the school took drastic
measures to make sure the junior class took the PSSAs under the most luxurious circumstances: juniors were allowed to sleep late, drive to school, and take their un-timed, fundamental level tests in small classroom settings without other grades in the building. Upon arrival, students were showered with a variety of pens, pencils, calculators, and a complimentary meal. PSSA tests offer the district an opportunity to bolster the school’s reputation. Though disappointing, this difference in administrative policy between the PSSA tests and the AP exams--benefiting the school and not individual students--came as no surprise. The governing mentality of Unionville High School has made a tradition of glorifying the school’s reputation and neglecting the welfare of the students who build that reputation.
The new finals policy solidifies this theory. Students who take AP exams or manage to maintain straight A’s and at least a B on the midterm in a given class used to be exempt from final exams, and for good reason. If they have proven successful in the course as well as in a cumulative exam, further testing is superfluous. Supporters of final exams argue that they prepare students for college; but high school is not college. High school students do not lead college student lives; they spend seven hours a day in school, often two or more in an after-school extracurricular activity, and then four to six more at home completing busy work, with little to no time left to spend with family or friends, let alone to prepare for cumulative exams. To maintain straight A’s or to be in an AP course is a challenge that demands hard work for which any student deserves the reward of finals
exemption. The administration now mandates that all students take final exams regardless of their work throughout the year; the only chance for exemption is a high PSSA score, which exempts only seniors, many of whom have not put in the work to earn that privilege. Students’ dissatisfaction with Unionville High School is no secret, and the administration has made an effort to communicate with students about this issue. The solution, known as “Pizza with the Principal,” is idealistically successful. In practice, however, Pizza with the Principal simply perpetuates the issue it seeks to resolve: the administration gives the impression of being a sensitive, sympathetic support system for their students, when in reality the meetings consist of a superficial agenda involving such trivial issues as the bus arrangement and Magic Johnson.
When real issues such as cell phone policies and parking passes are brought up by students, they are glossed over or dismissed; the administration again sacrifices student welfare for the sake of its reputation as a responsive, compassionate institution. Two years ago, Superintendent Parker addressed the student body and declared that a mask of scholastic success disguised an ugly truth in Unionville. Though indeed cyber-bullying was an issue, the mask of success conceals an even more disturbing truth: the governing bodies of the school care more about upholding the mask than worrying that one must exist. Sincerely,
Student ID Numbers 310287 and 310171 Class of 2010
New turf field - asset or liability?
Advantages of new field By Mally Burton REPORTER
Every year, when spring preseason rolls around, the same events unfold. Practices must either be moved indoors or delayed because of inclement weather. Meanwhile, league schools such as Avon Grove, Henderson, Kennett, Downingtown, and Rustin are conveniently plowing the snow off their turf fields and continuing their practices on schedule. Finally, as a result of the fervent efforts of the Unionville Sports Council (USC), the School Board motion to install a turf field at our high school passed with construction to begin in May. Those who are opposed to the decision to build the field should take the positive aspects of its addition into consideration. Injuries have been a substantial problem at Unionville in the past few years, with many players spraining ankles and even tearing ACL’s because of the ragged fields’ surfaces. When rain is scarce, the stadium field is rock hard. However, when a rainstorm ensues, the field dissolves into a mud-pit. To prevent the worst injuries, games must be shortened and countless time-outs added for sand to be applied to the worst patches of ground. The turf field will solve every one of these problems. First, the surface remains the same regardless of the weather; there is no need for constant adjusting. If an athlete does take a spill, his or her chances of standing up uninjured are greatly increased because turf’s surface reduces impact. As for the rain aspect, teams can play games directly through the rain, sleet, or snow. The turf field will have a drainage system to prevent flooding; mud problems will be eliminated. The school will save an immense amount of money on sand and those funds could in turn be diverted to other athletic projects. Weekly and yearly maintenance costs will dramatically decrease. The turf field will not require mowing, eradicating the necessity of re-lining it. The investment made on the turf will rapidly redeem itself and the level of play possible on the field will proportionally rise. Seasonal sports will all reap the rewards of the field, though some more than others. Field hockey has had to deal with their sloped grass field season after season. The game of field hockey cannot be played
effectively on a sloped field, especially while the ball is rolling into innumerable divots. The turf field will be level and resistant to the craters that so spoil the current playing surface of the grass field. Besides the improved surface, the need for the new field is based on the fact that every other high school in the areas boasts a turf surface. Unionville sports teams are currently at a major disadvantage traveling to away games. The turf has a different feeling than grass, one that requires time to become accustomed to. Practice on their own turf field will allow Unionville players to have the same quality of practice as their opponents. With the economy in a slump and the lack
Shortcomings of new field By Cailey Oehler REPORTER
Many students and parents in the district are enthusiastic about the decision to renovate the gym, weight room, and athletic fields. Supporters of the field are under the impression that the renovation will make school life more enjoyable, as well as heightening the physical fitness of our student body. Unfortunately, they are unaware of the many negative results that may be caused by the construction of the new turf field. First of all, the renovation will not have an immediate, positive effect on the majority of the student body. The students who will utilize
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of industry in the district, cost posed the most significant concern regarding the construction of the field. People opposed should also keep in mind the amount of money raised for the field by the USC. Although the district did supply funds to the project, the USC’s contribution significantly helped the project to be passed. The organization collected enough money to initiate the field’s construction with a preliminary donation of $100,000. The new turf field will surely reshape home field athletics. With luck, the project indicates the start of a string of improvements to the athletic program. Mally Burton is a member of the class of 2011
plastic in the world. It is a well-known fact that the production of plastic is harmful to the environment. While polyethylene is recyclable, it often winds up in already overflowing landfills, where it takes upwards of 700 years to degrade. The synthetically surfaced field will not need to be mowed or maintained with fertilizers or chemicals, but turf is not very resilient – it usually lasts five years, ten at best. The cost of resurfacing the field every few years cancels out any savings on chemicals and mowing equipment. Additionally, it would be a shame to see our new field, on which we have spent thousands of dollars, covered with graffiti created by students of Unionville or neighboring, rival high schools. Graffiti cannot be removed from turf; an entirely new layer would have to be installed. It would be especially inconvenient to have to pay for new turf if the process had been done only months prior. Speaking of cost, there is a conspicuous lack of funding for numerous departments in the building other than athletics. For example, our performing arts and music departments are in dire need of funding. Money being used to lay turf, build a new training area, and construct a new locker room could instead be used to purchase new music folders for the choir and band students, or replace some of the worn, decrepit seating in our auditorium. Better still, we could abandon the entire athletic renovation project and redirect the funds towards expanding and improving the auditorium and stage facilities. It would be incredibly satisfying to be able to fit the entire school in our auditorium for assemblies – that way we wouldn’t have to take away as much class time in order to ensure that all students have a chance to attend presentations. If the performing arts are not a priority, imagine a science wing with sufficient space at lab tables and safe ventilation systems. Imagine an air-conditioned A-Floor! While the athletic renovation may increase attendance at football games and make our weight room more presentable (slightly increasing property values, perhaps) there are many superior alternative uses for the funding.
our new facilities are already using those that currently exist. The numerous students who do not participate in sports will not suddenly become members of varsity teams, which would warrant the introduction of new exercise equipment. In addition, there is strong favoritism towards a few of our athletic organizations. Lesser-known, underappreciated teams, such as the rugby teams, would benefit greatly from the use of the new fields and gym space. Sadly, access to the turf field will likely be restricted to certain varsity teams. The same less publicized teams will not be granted permission to use the field, as they are currently denied access to the space available. Cailey Oehler is a member of the class Furthermore, the turf areas will be constructed of of 2011 polyethylene, the most commonly used consumer
L I N K ’s s e l e c t i o n p ro c e s s u n d e r m i n e s p o s i t i v e g o a l s Dear Editor, When I walk down the halls on the Monday after a LINK weekend, I can feel a difference in the school. Everyone wearing his or her t-shirts smiles at one another; people who never seemed to acknowledge each other before are suddenly the closest of friends. The unity of these students is symbolic of the lessons and skills they have acquired through the LINK program at our school. What a wonderful feeling for all of those students included. However, what about the students who are not a part of LINK? When interviewed a sophomore told me,“In one of my classes, me and three other students were the only ones not wearing shirts. If that was not enough to make me feel like an outcast, my teacher was wearing one too.” If this is how one student feels, it’s likely many other feel this way as well. LINK’s vision, as described to me by a member who recently attended one of their weekends, is, “A way to unify the student body, help eliminate cliques, and have everyone feel included.”
These goals seem positive and beneficial to give all students an equal opportunity to attend Unionville. Yet, if these are the goals, why is it that their trips? many not invited to participate in LINK feel disSince the first days of high school, students united, ostracized, and excluded? It appears there walk in the doors knowing the qualifications they has been a new clique created; one that is chosen must meet to be in NHS or any other club. LINK and endorsed by staff members and peers. is the only club which does not specify what they “LINK is a wonderful program and I wish all are seeking in prospective candidates. students had the chance to go,” were the words of a Unlike a sports team, which makes cuts based on teacher who attendskill, LINK makes selections based Yet, if these are the goals, on the nebulous assertion that some ed the Spring 2009 LINK weekend. I make better candidates to why is it that many not students agree that LINK is become leaders on these trips. a “wonderful proinvited to participate in Why is it acceptable to have a gram” for those teacher or peer choose whether you who are granted the LINK feel disunited, ostra- are “good” enough to be a member opportunity to go cized, and excluded? LINK? and embrace it. Telling fact from fiction regarding Still, money regarding school-related trips has LINK is made more complicated by the secrecy become an understandable concern throughout involved. Students are unable to discern whether the district because of the slipping economy. they want to participate in LINK because none Students recognize that educational field trips of the events that occur on the LINK trips are are sometimes too expensive to organize. If so, permitted to be discussed. why is LINK the only organization that doesn’t As students, we should have an equal opportuni-
ty to say what we can and cannot participate in during our high school career; such mystery prohibits this freedom of choice. LINK has offered the opportunity to self-recommend without promising an opportunity to go on one of their weekend-long field-trips. The goal of this article is not to destroy LINK or put any single person down. My only goal is for all who read to see the club from a different point of view. LINK has many debatable aspects and students need to take a stand against the elements of the club with which they are uncomfortable. Exclusion in my eyes should not be tolerated. As a school we must work together to have all students feel equal,
challenged, and never uncomfortable in their own school. Sincerely, Stephanie Saran Class of 2011
Physical Education teacher earns honors Continued from Page 1
students’ physical fitness during class, notably by making students do push-ups for every imaginable infraction.” The former editors then revealed the Indian Post’s choice by further explaining, “He brought students the enthralling game of ‘Capture the Dodge ball Tag Run Fast’ and he always ensures that every student can find a way to enjoy himself or herself through class participation.” When asked about his personal teaching philosophy, Mr. Herman’s description of himself was similar to what the seniors had written: “I try to make physical activity as fun and interesting as it can.” Reflecting, Mr. Herman also said, “I was pretty surprised.
Definitely surprised. But my main reaction would be that it’s an honor for the people you serve to tell you that you’ve served them well.” Senior Caitlin Silver, who says
ability to involve students in class activities, regardless of their athletic ability or level of talent in a sport. Kate Kerntke, also a senior, said, “I think that Mr. Herman is a great teacher. I have only ever known him through gym class, but he is always really inclusive and nice to everyone. He makes everyone feel like they are part of the team, even when they’re bad at gym class- like me.” Along with the title “Educator of the Year,” Mr. Herman will be awarded use of the coveted Teacher of the Year parking space before the school, and as a representative of this year’s senior class, will have the honor of speaking at graduation on June 8.
News in Brief A thank you to Mrs. Carol Catanese
“It’s an honor for the people you serve to tell you that you’ve served them well.” - Mr. Herman she has “a reputation for being unathletic,” spoke highly of her experiences in Mr. Herman’s class: “It’s hard not to have fun in gym with Mr. Herman. He makes an effort to get everyone involved and having fun, and that steadfast, genuine effort makes each of his students try just as hard.” Those who nominated Mr. Herman for the award highlighted his understanding nature and
Dupuis, Halstead, Hellrung and Knauss to face off in November Continued from Page 1
promptly pass as it stands. Mr. Hellrung suggested that rather than using the current plan, which would cost about 65 or 70 million dollars, the project should be scaled down to about 40 million dollars. Both Mr. Hellrung and Mr. Knauss emphasized the need to represent the entire constituency, referring to members of the retirement communities and other residents. They have suggested that many provisions of the plans for the
renovation are extravagant. However, according to Mr. Dupuis, “With the changes to the gymnasium, it will still only be the tenth best in the area. I don’t think that is in any way excessive.” Mrs. Halstead wholeheartedly agreed that the conditions of the referendum are all necessary. She added that the high school building was built in the fifties, when regulations were far more lax, thus the school is much less safe than it should be, pointing
out the hazardous arrangement of the auditorium. In the elections, the votes were very close for the four nominees for Region A, with a range of only 43 votes among them. At this point, the election could go to any candidate. The future School Board members could easily depend on the turn-out from the families with students in the school district and the residents in the community without these children.
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Mrs. Catanese has been active in the UHS PTO for the past six years and has served as Co-President, Co-Vice President, Projects Coordinator, After Prom Steering Committee, and the Bridge Editor. Mrs. Catanese has also dedicated many hours to the Used Book Sale, the Art Gala, and the After Prom party. She always prepares and donates a dish to the teacher breakfasts and luncheons. In addition to being an extremely devoted parent and PTO member, Mrs. Catanese is an active member of the Unionville Chadds Ford Education Foundation, was a substitute teacher in the district and regularly attends school board meetings.
Track team reaches state level
Unionville sent four runners to compete at the state level on May 22 and 23. Jordan Close and Matt Fischer competed in the mile, Kelsey McDonald ran the 800 meter dash and Alica Minella raced in the 200 meter dash at Shippensburg University.
Seniors’ prank brings new life to old field By Liana Trigg News editor
Every year there are many signals indicating that our seniors’ time in the high school will soon be coming to an end. First come late SATs and college applications; shortly afterwards, the guidance office fills with seniors proudly displaying their acceptance letters on countless sheets of paper that will be tacked haphazardly to the walls. When students begin to realize they will actually be attending college the following year, they decide they no longer have to excel in their classes and “senioritis” begins to permeate the walls of Unionville. As though they have not already done enough, every year the graduating class leaves one final mark, a lasting memory for those still here at Unionville, known as the senior prank.
However, Senior Dan Gower In previous years, they have thing: a note signed “Ocean’s felt differently: “It is a great forked the lawns, covered the Seven.” Students of every walk had prank but the only problem is walls and piano in Vaseline, placed balloons in the toilets, opinions about this prank: “It that they forgot to decorate it. I mean, it’s left graffiti not Christon walls, mas without and even the decorastranded tions.” cows on the Senior roof. Kelly Peu This year, quet and our seniors sophomore chose a Emma van d i f f e r den Terrell ent route: expressed bringing favorable new life opinions: to an old “It’s a betfield. ter idea than In the last year – middle of almost a go the soon to green movebe turf field ment if you in the stadium, several S t u d e n t s o b s e r v e c l a s s o f 2 0 0 9 ’s p r a n k : a c o n i f e ro u s c a n p u t i t an o n y mo u s t r e e p l a n t e d i n t h e m i d d l e o f t h e f o o t b a l l f i e l d . l i k e t h a t . I hope they s e n i o r s don’t kill the planted a was pointless and the worst tree because that would really large pine tree. Apart from the tree, these senior prank ever,” sophomore defeat the purpose,” Emma van den Terrell reasoned. p r a n k s t e r s l e f t o n e m o r e Jonas Raider said.
Kelly Peuquet said that the tree was “a great improvement to the landscape of Unionville High School.” Students looked at the placement of the approximately fifteen-foot tall pine tree in many different respects. To some, the prank was inane; to others, it was glorious. Whether the tree was thought of as the addition of a holiday decoration, an expression of feelings towards the new turf field, or a movement by a bunch of tree-hugging seniors, the administration ultimately decided that it was unnecessary to add additional obstacles to our sporting events. Because of this decision, the tree was promptly uprooted by second period the same day it was planted. The prank, although temporary, did not leave any lasting damage to the stadium field, except a grassless patch to remind the underclassmen of the Class of 2009.
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Farewell, Jessie and Nick By Jessie Modi and Nick McColey columnists
Jessie: So, as I sat down to write this column, I realized that, oddly enough, this is the first time all year that I have taken a moment to reflect on my senior year or high school career as a whole. I wasn’t expecting any sentimental “awww” feelings, and they definitely did not come. There was no fear in me as I thought about the risks and obstacles ahead of me. So what exactly did my seemingly heartless self feel? Assurance. I’m not saying this in an overly confident or arrogant way; I simply feel content with many of the big decisions which I have made. One of these decisions was my choice to interview for Editor-in-Chief of this newspaper. When I came on board with only one year as an editor under my belt, I had big plans for the paper that I was helping to run. Even though not everything went according to plan, I learned more about responsibility and leadership from this job than from any inspirational speech or passage. Because I decided to take on such a huge endeavor as a senior, I am sure that, as a college student, I will have no problem taking on jobs with a great deal of responsibility. I now know how to handle many different situations. Responsibility can be a scary undertaking, but I am so thankful that I have had a year of practice that has prepared me for taking on bigger jobs as a college student. My college choice is also a reason why I am sure that I am prepared for the next big stage of my life. Even though I am not ecstatic about going to University of Virginia, I have faith that I will eventually end up somewhere where I will be happy. I am not scared of that last week in August when I officially become a UVA freshman. I am positive that, even in an odd student body, I’ll be able to maintain who I am and, if need be, make the decision to transfer. I know my values and morals and I’m ready to take on a completely unknown world. Of course I don’t have myself
all figured out at 17, but I feel prepared enough to live on my own without doubting who I am. Even though high school can be full of superficial people and shallow relationships, I encourage everyone to find the depth and authenticity in people. There are people who will challenge you and make you a better person, help to build you into yourself. Find them; spend time with them; these people have helped me prepare for stepping outside Unionville’s sheltered bubble. Nick: I, on the other hand, feel nothing is different. I’m not anxious about college, I’m not afraid to let go of high school, and it isn’t even a possibility that I won’t be happy with whatever happens (unless I get stabbed). I like to live life as a series of objectives, and the only thing to do is to complete them. Sometimes, if I feel like it, I’ll even put those objectives on hold and take a nap. What’s important for me is doing whatever I can with what’s presented to me. What’s presented is insignificant; the way I deal with things is what matters. Take right now, for example. It’s 1 AM, I’m writing the second half of this Beyond these Walls column, and all I want to do is go to sleep. Sounds like a pretty shoddy hand to be dealt, right? Well, the way I’ve chosen to deal with it is to just type without using my delete key, and then just not proofread at all. I’m getting it done twice as fast, and I barely have to use my brain, which has been at work all day so I won’t forget how to sell shoes and get fired from my part-time job. I’m going to the University of Pittsburgh next year, and since I’m doing the pre-dental program, I need to pick a random arts and sciences major. In regards to my philosophy, it is looking quite possible that I will major in anthropology. That way, if dental school somehow doesn’t work out, I can settle with being a treasure hunter. It’s like I’ve always never said: a good backup plan is one that’s wholly unrealistic. Without anything to fall back on, you either accomplish your dream or you’re done for. And in all honesty, I’d probably rather beg on the street than not be a dentist or treasure hunter. Unionville High School is what made me finally realize that.
Reflections on Freshman perspective By Neil Ulatowski reporter
If anyone ever tells you freshman year is easy, he’s lying. The beginning of ninth grade might be the most insane and confusing part of your high school career. The transition from middle school to high school is tough, as the homework is something you have never even seen before. There is homework in almost every class, nearly every night, and you will feel the pressure to get it all done. All the new expectations were overwhelming, but gradually I adapted to the workload. Time management has probably been my most useful skill this year due to all the assignments, tests, and quizzes. Good time management is essential when it comes to your social life; with pain, I remember all the times I had to cancel plans with friends to stay home and study during my weekends. I’ve learned that you can’t keep up with as many friends as you could in middle school or do as much on your weekend. Though freshman year was difficult for me at first, after I got into the swing of things, I learned to appreciate the fun side of it. School sports, time in the cafeteria, and even teachers took on a completely new light. I found that you really bond with your high school teams through meets and dinners or parties. I also made many more friends than I thought I would ever have. Time in the cafeteria probably made my year because I was allowed to listen to my iPod without being reprimanded by any teacher. I was also able to use my iPod in study halls and even in class, which completely blew my mind. In the middle school, they wouldn’t even allow them! However, my freshman year couldn’t have been this good without my teachers. Throughout middle school, I was told that the high school teachers would not care if you didn’t hand in a homework assignment or if you did badly on tests or quizzes. I soon figured out the invalidity of that statement. The teachers really do care. If I do badly or if I make a mistake, many teachers are there for support. Though freshman year was one big rollercoaster, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It definitely has shaped who I will be for the rest of my high school career.
Sophomore perspective By Jude Nalls reporter
Sophomore year has its pros and cons. The horrible and devastating
title “FRESHMAN” is gone at last, but has anything really changed? Walking in on the first day of sophomore year, you may think you might finally get a slice of the respect reserved for non-freshmen; but in reality, you still feel just the same as you did a year ago. Most are not able to drive yet, and although you are no longer dirt, you’re still left with the label “underclassman.” Despite these hardships, sophomore year can also be the best year of your high school career. You’ve moved up in the world in one sense and, plus, you get to relax a little. It’s too early to worry about college and AP classes—what are those? Sophomore year is a transition between freshman and junior year. The second year of high school is like a Tuesday - better than Monday but there is still a long way to go until Friday. A major part of this transition is the completion of a Make a Difference project for those sophomores in Honors English.
Make a Difference—also known as MAD—consumes the second semester. But once it has passed, there is a period of relief before the reality of the upcoming junior year sets in. Sophomore year is the year to blend in. The stress level is high at times, but school is school. Coming back as a big, bad junior may seem exciting now, but you just might miss your days as a sophomore.
Junior perspective By Jon Wang
Quite frankly, junior year is wretched. Junior year is probably the most crucial year of high school, and with it comes more pressure. The freshmen frolic in the fields of fun belonging to the high school; the sophomores enjoy learning to drive and all those sweet 16 parties; and the seniors really don’t do anything at all because, uhm, THEY ARE SENIORS. Juniors have to make sure that they get the best grades for college while taking numerous standardized tests. Although there are sprinklings of fun in the form of prom and a new batch of freshman lives to ruin, there is no real joy in junior year. Although my home experi-
ence is slightly different than the average American’s (forty lashes with some home-grown bamboo for a B…welcome to life as an Asian), I think it’s safe to say that all juniors face pressure from parents who constantly compare them to their perfect, top 1%, valedictorian, smarter, more loved siblings. Or maybe that’s just me. No matter what, junior year is brutal. It’s all business, little fun, and a whole lot of pressure. Enjoy it next year, sophomores.
Senior perspective By Brian Walsh StafF writer
After eleven years of hard work and dedication to the betterment of education, every student faces a huge challenge: senior year. With senior year comes a boatload of new responsibilities brought on by parents, faculty, and peers. You are the leaders of the school, paving the way for the underclassmen. Te a c h e r s look to you to give hope to younger students, to share experiences, and to be model students who work hard. However, with six days left in senior year, I am tired of these responsibilities; I’m ready to graduate. There are always the few teachers who do not signal defeat in the month of June and continue to pound knowledge into our heads that will most definitely be lost the moment we step beyond these walls. Trivial details from lessons can no longer hold my attention. While some teachers ignore the unenthusiastic attitudes of the seniors, others give way to the highly contagious disease known as senioritis in the last month of the school year. In some classes, we have guest speakers and watch movies—these activities are much more appropriate for people who have been working diligently for the past eleven years of their life. Overall, senior year has been the best year of my educational career. But at this point—and I think I can speak for the rest of my class as well—I am ready for it to end. The first half of senior year is dominated by the stress of getting into college and the anxiety of midyear reports looming in the near future. But after that, we’re just waiting for our diplomas. Our plans are set for next year. Seniors are primarily concerned about getting into college, and once you’re in it’s all fun and games. Just don’t take it too far.
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New-Age Treasure Hunting By Lauren Lang REPORTER
I watched my feet continue to walk down a narrow path on the bank of a West Virginian river, never dreaming that the day would end successfully. Hope dwindling, I eventually reached a wooded area. Just as I was about to give up and turn back to the car parked miles behind me, a bridge appeared. It seemed that no one had traversed this swinging bridge since the new millennium, but curiosity and courage brought me to the other side. After crossing the thirty-foot river, I spotted it. A green plastic container was lying beneath the roots of a tree. I had found the geocache and the day’s journey was complete. You may be asking yourself, what in the world is a geocache? It is an item that you look for, a little box, which contains a log book and several items. The rule of thumb is “take an item, leave an item, and write in the log book.” Modern-day treasure hunting, geocaching, is possibly the greatest choice of summer activity. With currently 801,490 active geocaches, this activity is possible in every corner of the country, and even the world. You will discover places you have never known before while roaming the great outdoors looking for various sized containers placed strategically in nature by other players. All you need is a GPS device and you are set; the online program is completely free. Once signed up, players type in the zip code or address of the desired geocaching location. There are 1,480 within just a twenty-five-mile radius of this school. Pick the geocache that sounds appealing to you, put the coordinates in your GPS, and away you go! With many types of geocaches, this activity is suitable for any type of person, offering mystery caches, earth caches, and high-tech caches. Mystery caches are for those who enjoy a challenge; they require the player to solve complicated puzzles to determine the coordinates. Earth caches for geoscience fans show how geological processes have shaped the earth, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth. High-tech geocachers can enjoy webcam caches that use existing web cameras placed by individuals or agencies that monitor various areas like parks or road conditions. Instead of finding a container, the goal is to position yourself in front of the camera, call a friend to locate the site displaying the image, and save the picture. Depending on how active you are, you can choose caches that require miles of hiking from the nearest road, or others barely even require you to get out of your car. Other types of geocaches include virtual caches, reverse caches, and many more. After locating any of these types of geocaches, users can log onto their accounts on the geocaching website to write about their experience and read about others who have also found the geocache. Items such as “travel bugs” and “geocoins” placed by geocachers keep the game interesting. Different geocachers move them from place to place, allowing you to pick up stories along the way. Once you are experienced with the game, you can create geocaches of your own for other players to find. And for those of you who are just crazy about the environment, Cache in Trash Out Events are hosted throughout the year by Groundspeak, the company that sponsors geocaching, to clean up litter while on cache hunts. Overall, geocaching is enjoyable to anyone who loves experiencing the outdoors and learning about their surroundings. For more information on Geocaching, visit http://www.geocaching.com/
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A Day on the Brandywine By Diana Biggs REPORTER
On the hottest days of the summer, the unanimous conclusion for the place to be is the Brandywine rope swing.With the overlooking trees creating the perfect compromise of shade and sun, it’s an ideal place for everyone. Pass the Brandywine Picnic Park, drive another five miles up the road, turn left into a gravel parking lot, and you have arrived in paradise. Towel and cooler in hand, you and your friends head off to pick your own special out cove on the river. Instead of being a huge park, the trees lining the Brandywine River provide a more intimate setting, which allows you to choose your own private section. Pick a spot, lay down the towels, and let yourself unwind. Draw out the afternoon by packing drinks and snacks for lunch. Trees overlooking the river have strategically placed ropes to swing off into the river. There is an activity on the Brandywine for every type of person. Rope swings for the adventurous one, flat ground to lie on for the sun bathing beauty, and plenty of other river dwellers for the socialite looking to make some new friends. On the hotter afternoons, the clean river is an ideal place to cool off. Escape the summer heat by relaxing in the shade and going in for a dip.The best part about spending an afternoon at the Brandywine rope swing is that it will cost absolutely nothing. It’s local, unique, and the memories made are priceless. From rope trick competitions, to knocking out your summer reading, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than on the banks of Unionville’s infamous Brandywine River.
Picnic at the Laurels By Paige Jarmuz REPORTER
During the monotonous days of summer, my favorite place to go to is the Laurels Preserve, owned by the Brandywine Conservancy. Located right off Route 82 (about four miles past the URA fields) on Apple Grove Road, the preserve contains nearly 500 acres of expansive woodlands, streams, and trails. An outing to the Laurels is perfect for any artist or photographer in need of inspiration. During the sunny summer afternoons, the leaves seem to glow bright green and the sun glistens off the running water of the streams. The grassy fields move in the breeze and there are seemingly endless bicycling couples with friendly dogs. There are two covered bridges crossing the streams, which provide shade on a hot day and are great for photos. If you are not so artistic and simply want to enjoy the great outdoors, the Laurels is a great place to unwind and leave your worries behind. Gargantuan boulders line the trail, providing an ideal place to rest and eat lunch. Find a place along the river to swim, or just lie out on the bank and soak in some good old vitamin D. This area is known for its beautiful, natural scenery so embrace it and spend your summer making the most of what picturesque aesthetics the Laurels has to offer. Each Friday afternoon in Kennett, there is a farmer’s market with great fresh bread, fruit, yummy baked goods, and other great local foods. Pick up some of your favorite food and head to the Laurels with some friends for a picnic. Not only will you be supporting the local economy with your eager consumerism, but also you will have the opportunity to dine in one of the most beautiful places in Unionville. Whether you are looking for a place to cool off besides the local crowded country club, or looking for artistic inspiration, the Laurels is the perfect summer getaway.
For more information, visit http://www. brandywineconservancy.org/laurelsPreserve.html
Shady Maple: Food Lover’s Paradise By Shane Austin REPORTER
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Having eaten there many times, I am a self-proclaimed expert when it comes to the Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Shady Maple is basically a giant buffet in Lancaster about the length of a football field. It is incredibly popular with the elderly, the morbidly obese, and most importantly, high school students. It is a great summer getaway for you food-lovers out there. Shady Maple’s food is the sole reason for its widespread popularity. The Smorgasbord offers both breakfast and dinner, both of which rival the best meals I have ever had, not including my own mother’s cooking. Pennsylvania’s Amish, who are known for their impeccable way with food, prepare the food fresh daily. Everything imaginable is available for dinner, including seafood, beef, and anything served at a Thanksgiving dinner. Several “Custom-Ordered-Food” lines adjacent to the buffet offer made-to-order food. Here, you can order steaks cooked to perfection, pancakes or waffles complete with fresh fruit, and any other food you can dream up. Whoever concocted the idea of a Shady Maple breakfast deserves a shiny gold sticker and a cookie. Anything that can be considered breakfast food can be found here from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Any breakfast food you have and will ever desire is available for consumption: pancakes, waffles, hash brown potatoes with the heavenly option to include or forgo cheese, sausage, biscuits, puttins’ (ask Mr. Berk), bacon, and everyone’s favorite fried dough in the shape of an inner tube, also known as the doughnut, just to name a few. Whether you decide to immerse yourself in a mountainous pile of pancakes or just to try a little bit of everything, I can guarantee that you will never leave unsatisfied. For more information, visit http://www.shady-maple.com/smorgasbord
U n i o n v i l l e ’s By Pamela Gramlich reporter
When I think talent show, I think of Superstar’s Mary Catharine Gallagher frolicking across the stage singing show tunes, wearing a red sequined vest and a matching skirt. However, Unionville is not a Catholic School; therefore, this occurrence is out of the realm of possibility. Our talent show consists mainly of live music, dance, and the occasional magic show. Although these acts are traditional, the talent is undeniable. The show began on a high note as Megan Fraser sang the well-known Phil Collins song “You’ll Be In My heart,” from the Disney movie Tarzan. Sarah Hoopes elegantly accompanied her on the piano. Andrea Ryckman and Karin Manley followed Megan and Sarah with the song “For Good” from the musical Wicked. Andrea’s voice filled the auditorium as she sang the part of Glinda, and Karin successfully sang Elphaba’s part. The two voices harmonized nicely throughout the song. After Andrea and Karin, Claire Illiff and Jon Cohen performed a remarkable female vocal and guitar cover of “Good Time” by Leroy. The flawless combination of Claire’s riveting voice and Jon’s guitar took the audience by complete surprise and left viewers wanting more. Kevin “Magical” Manning tied with the Joseph Brothers for second place. The audience sat in awe as he cut a solid rope and put it back
together without a seam or any other sign of destruction. His performance was not only a magic show, but a comedy act as well. Kevin cracked witty jokes throughout the cabaret to accompany his trickery. Alex and Andy Joseph performed a refreshing rendition of Jamie Lidell’s lively tune “Multiply.” Andy’s powerful voice and bongo drums charmed the crowd while Alex strummed away effortlessly on his acoustic guitar. The brothers played the melody with a relaxed feel, impressing all members of the audience. Next up were Natalie Dupuis and Kristen Litzenberg. Their beautiful voices fit together flawlessly as they performed the song “What is this Feeling” from Wicked. Their performance was polished, spellbinding, and appealing to the ear. Despite technical difficulties, Sarah Quigley prevailed with beauty and grace as she sang a lovely cover of The Judds’ “Grandpa.” Marco Sordi’s sweet melodies are always a crowd favorite, and his performance this year was no different. Marco’s unique voice accompanying the vivid acoustics of Neil Young’s admired song “Heart of Gold” captivated listeners. Shaelyn Ruddy sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Her untainted voice
What You By Audrey Kang and Hope McLaughlin FeatURES EDITORS
This spring, nearly every conversation among Unionville students was about one of two topics: prom, or the swine flu. At this point, both have passed, and one may be wondering what else there is to say about the p-word. This year, instead of having a student reflect on the ups and downs of prom, we decided to take a fresh approach to the post-prom analysis. Have you ever been curious about how the teachers feel about this milestone in our lives? If so, your questions are about to be answered by Unionville’s own on-staff prom aficionado: Mr. Mark Lacianca. IP: Lac! Thank you for joining us today. First and foremost, what is your favorite aspect of the prom season? Rumor has it it’s your fa-
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demanded the attention of the audience and released an emotional vibe into the air. Allison Landon and Haley Janczuk sang a fascinating duet of the song “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse. Their contrasting voices complemented each other well. Jon Cohen, Sean Patton, Mike Cole, Nick Rzepski and Cameron Seidel performed an entrancing cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House.” Although there were fewer vocals than the original, the powerful solos filled the void and left everyone amazed. . Let’s not forget Kasey Stewart’s impromptu crimps that had the audience laughing hysterically while acts were changing behind the scenes. Next came Dogo Wazo—a band consisting of Alex Claffy, Max Willhaeur, Will Berry, Jay Matthews, and Matt Block. Their original song “Journey into Shadowland” had a jazzy rhythm punctuated with syncopations and many solos. And finally, the winners of the 2009 talent show: Mike Cole, Cameron Seidel, and Tyler Lindblade. Their act was truly mesmerizing. Together, they performed a self-crafted mix of original beats and classic Nintendo themes. Their drum performance was perfectly coordinated, easily making it the most memorable production of the night. What at first seemed to be a crew of quirky kids proved to be a talented group of individuals.
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vorite time of year. Lac: I enjoy every time of the year. I enjoy the people who think that they are potential matchmakers, and where the young men and women end up in their relationships. IP: And what are your thoughts on prom-askings? Lac: I think it has gotten a little over the top, and I would be in trouble in this day and age. But it’s cute. IP: That’s a fair analysis. What did you think of prom this year? Lac: I thought the music was surprisingly pretty good!
For the half hour I was there I thought there was a wide range
Sunlight By Veda Sun Columnist
Guilt is a funny thing—it invades the minds of some students and barely affects others. When asked to describe this feeling, a fellow classmate replies, “Guilt is like a piranha; it eats away at you until you’re skin and bone.” Quite right. Guilt is very common, especially at this time of year w h e n t e a c h e r s a r e a s s i g ning projects and dishing out homework to fill the end-ofthe-year void. How often is a student guilty for dozing off in class or not finishing his assignment? But guilt can also empower; the hard-working student is often fueled by guilt, the obligation to do what is expected of him. The pressure that often causes guilt has many other intriguing side effects, including insomnia, binge eating, and hallucinating. Sometimes, guilt and procrastination go hand in hand. Many students procrastinate to have a short relief from guilt while many others feel guilty because they are procrastinating. P e r s o n a l l y, I a v o i d t h e dreaded feeling of unfinished work by eating anything from tasty-cakes to iceberg lettuce—or if my mom yells at me to clean my room, I willingly oblige. Sadly, in the end, guilt always wins and every night, I end up racing time to finish my homework before I collapse from exhaustion. All this creates a cruel cycle of school-guilt-procrastinateimpressed. IP: And did you by chance try the food? Lac: Not for dinner. My daughter Kara did get a glass of water, and we got the keychain. IP: So did you and Kara dance at the prom, or did you stay away from that? Lac: We did not dance at the prom; we keep it G-rated.
IP: How about your prom? What was it like in comparison photo by hope mclaughlin to our prom? Lac: My prom was and I thought it was pretty good, three dollars, it was in our high pretty positive. It seemed like people had a good time—I was school cafeteria, and my tux was
guilt-work-eat-guilt-workdead. Most days, I blame this relentless cycle of guilt for my insane and delusional manner in school, which is not surprising. But I shouldn’t underestimate the power of guilt; it can turn into a strange but unstoppable motivation. One of my friends simply cannot stand leaving work unfinished. She will go to sleep extremely late, but still wake up at four in the morning to continue her quest to complete all schoolwork. I often feel envy for her guilt-driven madness, and am constantly trying to learn her secret. How has she transformed this negative feeling of guilt into some strange form of extreme self-motivation? In some way or another, I understand her drive—what some perceive as overachievement this time of year can actually be a desire to uphold personal perfectionism. Many times, I complete school work to obliterate guilt altogether; when you hang out with friends or eat a cupcake, you do not want guilt to be creeping around you reminding you of your uncompleted Chemistry lab. You just simply want to enjoy being with your friends or experiencing the full effects of that delicious cupcake. We are so close to the end of the year. I am certain that most of us can guilt-trip our way through these last few weeks with the knowledge that when summer comes, we will surely be enjoying months of sweet, guilt-free bliss. straight out of There’s Something About Mary. IP: So it was not quite as upscale and inflated as our prom? Lac: No. But we did dress up well, and I did dance. IP: Thank your for your insight and perspective Lac. There you have it, Unionville. Though our prom is a lot more extravagant than the proms our teachers attended when they were our age, the 2009 prom was considered a success by students and staff members alike. Before closing, we would like to clear up a rumor. Last year, someone announced that Lac had a prom journal, and the news spread like wildfire. This theory should be considered false until proven true.
Arts & Entertainment Public Art visits “Tick Tock” By Peter Galer Reporter
Tick Tock Early Learning Center in Avon Grove is undergoing a major transformation thanks in part to the efforts of students in the Public Art Club. This year members are helping to complete a mosaic that covers the front of the Tick Tock building. Last year, Public Art students and girls from the shelter at the Juvenile Detention Center in Pocopson helped create an outdoor fence full of brightly painted wooden cut out flowers. Local volunteers from the boy scout troop attached the flowers to the outdoor fence. Thanks to the combined efforts of this diverse group of volunteers, the Tick Tock Early Learning Center’s appearance reflects its respected position in educating children. Tick Tock Early Learning Center is a preschool that serves the Kennett and Avon Grove area children. The students are mostly from immigrant families who are new to the area and the country. The Center helps teach the children English and gets them fully prepared to enter public school kindergarten. Tick Tock also serves as a community center, integrating
the new families to the community and introducing them to the variety of special services that exist to simplify their transition. Many parents are involved in fundraising efforts for the school as well as the United Way of Southern Chester County’s Days of Caring, which brings large groups to tidy up and beautify the edifice for the children and staff. This year’s mammoth mo-
Art Club, the mosaic has steadily grown in length and breadth. Eventually, the entire exterior surface of the Center will be covered with a mosaic garden of huge flowers and butterflies. Completion is slated for mid-summer. Because of the massive project Public Art in embarking on, when children see the Tick Tock Learning Center for the first time, they see opportunity and know they are in a safe, welcoming environment. Knowing they can trust their educators helps the students adjust to the program. The Public Art Club has been in existence for three years, and meets every Friday after school. Once this project is completed, The Public Art Club hopes to do another large mosaic on the exterior of the Kennett Food Cupphoto COURTESY OF LELE GALER board, and smaller panels for local Sesaic project was kicked off by nior Centers. a huge campaign to gather old In the past, the Public Art Club ceramics and tiles. Mrs. Jackie has completed a huge painted mural Maas, a parent and the Execu- in the UHS Library, many glass motive Director of Tick Tock, sent saic icons of famous people, also out the word to all her parents for the Library, and has helped out and local businesses that Tick in the Art Gala and Art on the Side Tock needed brightly colored exhibitions and workshops. ceramics. If you would like to see examples Every sort of ceramic dish, of other terrific mosaic projects mug, planter and tile was col- in the District, please check out lected from the community and the cafeteria and main hallway in then sorted into color bins for Unionville Elementary, the main application onto the exterior hallway at Pocopson Elementary, walls. Under the design and the Library entrance at Chadds guidance of Mrs. Lele Galer, Ford Elementary and the mosaic dithe parent mentor to the Public nosaur at Hillendale Elementary.
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Tia Varassee: Covert Fashionista By Katherine Long
arts & entertainment editor
What areas of art are you interested in? I would really like to go into fashion design. I am constantly drawing and painting, but mostly my sketchbook is full of fashion sketches. When did these interests develop? I’ve wanted to be a fashion designer since I was little. I’d say it started around 5th grade when I used to watch fashion shows on TV and realized it was a career. I’ve been building toward it ever since. What career do you hope to pursue? Although I would love to have my own line, it is very difficult
and expensive to start one and keep it going, so being realistic, I’m shooting for designing for a pre-existing line or company. How do you feel your inter-
I feel like I sound pretentious. You don’t. Okay.
Whom do you consider your greatest influences? All designers and artists are influential to me in different ways. I could never choose a favorite designer, but some designers I’m interested in right now are Luella Bartley, Phillip Lim, the designers at Rodarte and Rag and Bone, and,of course, Marc Jacobs.
What does “art” mean to you? photo by Katherine Long Art doesn’t really mean ests in different areas of art anything to me specifically; I just relate to each other? see it as an expressive way to create In art, like fashion, one’s per- beautiful new aesthetics. sonal style and aesthetic influence what they create. Also, my Tia will be attending The Art inspiration spills over into all Institute of Philadelphia for aspects of art. fashion design next semester.
By Ali Schmelzle
Years ago, I had the experience of reading Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code during the height of its popularity. It was easy for me to understand the hype surrounding the novel since, at the time, I found it as enthralling every other reader across the globe. What I didn’t know at the time was that The Da Vinci Code, a novel I had come to love, had an often unrecognized older brother, an even more impactful thriller that took place long before the man behind the Mona Lisa began leaving clues for Brown’s famed protagonist Robert Langdon: Angels & Demons. Robert Langdon is a character who is easy to admire. A religious symbologist for Harvard University, he is intelligent, quick-thinking, and attractive, beloved by both his colleagues and peers, and worldrenowned for his work. Eventually, his talents in his field attract the attention of Maximilian Kohler, the leader of CERN, a community of scientists in Switzerland where a murder has just taken place. The victim, Leonardo Vetra, was one of CERN’s most prominent members, but also its most controversial. As a Catholic priest, his desire to prove a connection between science and religion not only earned him a few odd looks, but several enemies as well. Hoping to solve his colleague’s murder before the police, Kohler calls Langdon out to the Genevabased scientific compound for input. At first, Langdon is confused, and rightfully so.
So far, the professor has had no experience as a Hardy Boy; at the time of the novel’s beginning, he is merely an educator with a specialty in religious symbols. But when a satanic cult, the Illuminati, comes out of hiding to brand its religious victims with ancient signs, Robert becomes Kohler’s key to solving the mystery involving Leonardo Vetra and the Illuminati. Once teamed with Vetra’s adopted daughter Vittoria, Langdon sets out on a scholarly scavenger hunt centuries in the making to save four potential popes targeted by the group, all before the Vatican becomes the target for the largest terrorist plot in history. History is an important part of Angels & Demons, even though the work is one of fiction. Brown relies on historical events, places, and practices to fuel his plot effectively. Dan Brown paints a spectacular picture of Rome in this novel, one that goes beyond history books and guided tours, taking readers down back roads and through secret passageways to uncover the identity of a killer. The author’s style of unraveling his mystery is simple, almost middle-school-grade, but the adrenaline-fused prose makes for a heart-pounding adventure where mechanics and convention are abandoned and hardly missed, perfect for summer reading. Once Brown’s plot gets underway, very little is left in the mind of the reader except “what will happen next?” A clear pageturner, Angels and Demons is an exciting novel that is impossible to put down and easy to enjoy.
For a local divertissement Longwood
T h i s s u m m e r, Longwood Gardens is holding concerts and performances from June to August. Though admission to Longwood Gardens is not free, nor are the tickets to most of the shows, all concerts are very conveniently located right here in sunny Kennett
Gardens: S q u a r e . P e rfromances include Rufus Wa i n w r i g h t , Etta James, and the popular children’s band Milkshake. For more information about Garden Grooves, visit L o n g w o o d ’s website.
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Cappies nominate fall play By Emily Coons reporter
In the fall of 2008, a group of talented students came together and put on The Man Who Came To Dinner, a play by George S. Kaufman. On the last performance of the show a group of critics from the organization known as the Cappies came to review the play. The Cappies is a region-based program in which trained high school students review regional theatrical productionsand give out awards such in categories such as “Best Lead Actor” or “Best Set.” This award show is similar to better known award shows such as the Oscars or the Emmys. The wonderful comedy is about an egomaniac named Sheridan Whiteside, played by Dan Woislaw, who allegedly breaks his leg, confining him to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, played by Markbradley Kitay and Sarah
Hoopes, respecively. During his stay, it becomes apparent that Mr. Whiteside has the gift of driving all of his companons to a deep dismay, as he meddles in their lives and creates endless problems for the. This year, Unionville was nominated for seven Cappie awards. Being nominated for any Cappie award is an honor, especially considering Unionville was competeing with 35 other schools within the Greater Philadelphia area. The Cappies’ award ceremony this year was held on May 17th at the Upper Darby High School. The decorations for this event were incredible, enough to be caught on air by a local television station. Unfortunately, Unionville did not take home any awards this year, but getting nominated for a Cappie is an extremely high achievement, and any student who was nominated this year should be applauded for his or her hard work, dedication, and talent.
Harry Potter hits screens By Calla McLaughlin reporter
On July 15 the darkest hour falls as Potter fans enter once more into the wonderful world of wizarding. As Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince returns for the sixth time. The quickly approaching day when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are reunited on the big screen, spectators young and old find themselves extremely eager for the long anticipated film that was intended to charm and enchant audiences in November, 2008 David Yates, the director of the Potter films for the past few years, and an Emmy award winner, has earned the utmost respect for his everlasting dedication and outstanding leadership abilities. Some aficionados were disconcerted with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, because they believed that too much information was left out and important pieces of the plot were missing.
from books to movies, not much similarity was lost and the Harry Potter movies remain true to the novels. Excited sophomore and Potter disciple Norbert Sax said, “Although the movies have proved to be enthralling over
the years, they will never be quite as magical as reading the book itself. “However, depending on how accurate the film is, I think it is safe to say Half-Blood Prince will be an instant classic!” So why exactly are people bouncing in their seats waiting for a film over which so many fans are so divided? Not only does it have a combination of brilliant British actors, but furthermore there is the accurate interpretation of the novels, luminous special effects, fast-paced action, and suspense, and above all the mystifying and charming story written by J.K. Rowling. Her imagination breaks into life with assistance from Steve Kloves, the treasured screenwriter. Spectators going to HalfBlood Prince should expect keen detail, edgy humor, and romance are all pieced together in such a tremendous sequence that they will be left breathless. So be prepared to experience magic, wit, and exhilaration like never before.
to promote their recently released album 21st Century Breakdown. This show will be good to see if you are an avid Green Day fan, or you just want to feel a sense of euphoria. By early August the All Points West Music & Arts Festival will take place at Liberty State Park of New Jersey. There are over 65 artists scheduled to play at the 3-day festival, including popular groups such as Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, MGMT, Silver Sun Pickups,
and Beastie Boys. As the 2009 summer comes to a close, there is one more act that many will find essential to attend. It is none other than the recently reunited Blink 182. This pop-punk super-group will surely attract the attention of post-90’s youth. Blink 182’s 50-date tour kicks off July 24 and ticket prices vary, so be on the lookout for a show near here! As sunburn sets in, open your ears for more music festivals to spice up the summer.
But others argue that it is next to impossible to include all the extraneous and deep details of this 896 page masterpiece. However, most would agree that through the translation process
S u n b u r n t s o u n d t r a c k e n l i v e n s S u m m e r, 2 0 0 9 By Hilary Waller reporter
Summer of 2009 has finally arrived and that means there will be plenty of music. From festivals to concerts, there are some great acts that you don’t want to miss. As the summer kicks off in early June, Jenny Lewis, front-woman of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, will be playing a show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. In addition to this headline tour,
Lewis will also be performing at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festivals, as well as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. There will certainly be plenty of opportunities to see her perform. Those who are more interested in the folk or alternative-country genre of music may want to check out Old 97’s who will be playing a show at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia this June. The tour also consists of solo perfor-
mances by member Rhett Miller. Upcoming July will bring Bright Eyes former lead singer, Conor Oberst performing with his recently formed Mystic Valley Band, in a series of shows promoting their new album Outer South with indie-folk veterans Wilco. The tour will make a stop in Wilmington, Delaware, and is guaranteed to be a fantastic show. In mid July, punk rock act Green Day will be stopping in Philadelphia on their headline tour
Kathleen Insetta: Perfect Example By Alex Ferraro Reporter
Recently, Kathleen Insetta, one of the high school’s top athletes, received the Philly Lacrosse Underclassmen Honor Roll award for her on the field and off the field success. IP: How do you find the time to balance sports, school, music and your community activities? Kathleen: I’m really busy all the time, but because I enjoy doing all of it, I don’t feel like it’s a burden; it’s more like I want to do it. IP: Which sport takes up more of your time: lacrosse or cross country? Kathleen: Lacrosse is more schedule-oriented and has specific times that I need to attend, whereas running is more of a hobby and I can work my way around it better. IP: When did you first start playing lacrosse? Kathleen: I fist started when I was in third grade for URA. IP: Will you pursue a collegiate career in either cross country or lacrosse? Kathleen: As of now, I just do them for fun, but in the future, if the opportunity presents itself, I would definitely like to compete in either one of them. IP: When you’re playing in a game and you know there are scouts watching, how are you able to keep your com-
Dodgeball By Hayden White Staff Writer
Last week, Unionville High School hosted a never before seen spectacular event: the rubber dodgeball tournament. Unlike the previous dodgeball extravaganza this year, the tournament used the classic rubber dodge balls instead of the gator balls that have been the popular balls of choice due to safety concerns. The rubber dodge ball has been on the blacklist in gym classes since elementary school, and this event marks its epic return. The real gunslingers in the school were able to expose their true talents of punishing any opposition that stood between themselves and the glory of winning. The gator ball has only confined true dodge ball champs in their quest to experience pain en route to a championship title. The overwhelming favorite to win the tournament was team Balchunez. They were lead by the extremely strong powered and versatile Dan Wing, who may very well be the pick for MVP. He single handedly has the impact to make any team a
Kathleen: You get used to it. During my summer league games there are always scouts there; I just try to tune them out and stay focused on the game.
Roll, which I’m very glad to have received. IP: What are your expectations for the lacrosse team and for yourself next year?
Ta k o u s h i a n Av i s o n t a k e badminton trophy
By Charlie Dulik Staff Writer
Kathleen: We’re a young After school on May 8th, students team with a lot of returning IP: How is this year’s girl’s starters. We’re expecting to be arrived at the Gymnasium to participate in the Young Life Badminton lacrosse team? really good next year. tournament to benefit the Young Life Kathleen: We’re amazing! IP: Do you find it more chal- summer trips. Young Life, led by We didn’t have the highest of lenging to run or play lacrosse at Chad Weldon, used the tournament to increase the involvement of participaexpectations. A lot of starters a high level of competition? tion in the organization, in addition to Kathleen: It’s definitely funding the costs of the trip. There were forty-two doubles teams harder to run, even though lacrosse is hard too. Playing participating in the tournament, with lacrosse you work more to- seven pools, each comprised six gether as a team more, whereas teams. Teams played in a round robin in cross country it’s still a style of play. Based on their record, team, but more individual three of seven teams advanced to the than lacrosse, which makes it final bracket to fight for the championship. harder. This round robin style allowed all IP: Do you find it more teams to participate in a minimum of rewarding to win a lacrosse six matches. Matches consisted of game or run a PR (personal rally scoring to seven points, winning by two. Mahjub Hammond thought record)? this style of play granted “an excelKathleen: To run a PR be- lent opportunity for students to come cause the obvious improvement out and have fun.” Dave McClaskey has helped me to realize that agreed, saying the tournament was my hard work has paid off; it’s “good fun.” A number of teams stood out as a better representation than winning a game,although that’s favorites to win the coveted badminton Kathleen Insetta on the attack against fun too. trophies. Among these were Seniors West Chester East. Joe Lisicky and Jon Gill, Juniors Mac Photo courtesy of Kathleen Insetta IP: Which sport do you McCann and Zack Lawson, Juniors like better: lacrosse or cross Ronnie Brittingham and Ricky Ferree, and the Junior-Senior pair of Danny graduated, but we have a hard country? Takoushian and Brian Avison. working group. We’re able to As each pool finished its last match, work well together and that Kathleen: It depends what chemistry has helped us make season I am in. They’re really it seemed all the predicted teams states. different sports, but if I’m focus- proceeded into the championship bracket. Many players noticed that the ing on one, I like it better. pool containing the McCann/Lawson IP: How has your season been? Have you completed any IP: My guess is that you said and Takoushian/Avison had the most individual achievements? that not to hurt either of your intense matches. Fortunately for the other teams coach’s feelings. Thanks for Kathleen: It’s going well. the interview, Kathleen, and advancing, Takoushian/Avison and I was named to the Philly La- good luck in the lacrosse state McCann/Lawson matched up in the first round of the bracket. The Mccrosse Underclassmen Honor competition. Cann/Lawson duo had the edge due
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contender. They went on to win the tournament with ease. Another team who was at the top of the bracket is Ton of Fun. These big boys were done with the joking during the gator ball tournament and were ready to play. With the addition of Joe Fran the team brought much success into the dodge ball arena.
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The young team “only the best team you wish you knew” had a serious run for the title. With the starting varsity quarterback Connor Gades, baseball phenomenon Connor Wing, soccer stud Andrew Carlino, and leading lacrosse player Richard Kaiser, this team was the
most athletic team all around. This team had a lot of potential for greatness but their immaturity got in the way when times get tough against strong competitors. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the true champions coming into the tournament, which was Border Patrol. They established dominance in the last games of the previous tournament. With the tremendous talent of Greg Carroll, who is the team’s MVP, and the finesse of Ricky Ferree this team prevailed virtually unchallenged. In their minds risking the title isn’t in their best interest. Why prove twice that you’re the best? Gone are the glory days we remember as elementary schoolers where recess dodge ball with the rubber balls was where legends were made. We can all experience for one night only a childhood pastime that was taken away by the school circa sixth grade. Since then low quality foam balls have replaced the smooth feel of rubber that our hands yearn for so badly. But lost no more is the true sport of dodge ball, and for now all can temporarily enjoy the game the way it was intended to be played.
to superior skills that transferred over from their participation on the varsity tennis team. However, not only is Mr. Avison a member of the varsity tennis team, but he is also its second best player. This, in addition to a solid performance from Mr. Takoushian, helps explain why Takoushian/Avison was able to take down such a highly rated team. Before the match was played, most fans didn’t give McClaskey/ Dulik a chance. Lisicky has proven his skill on the badminton court by besting the renowned semi-pro player Mr. Meredith on numerous occasions. However, McClaskey/ Dulik pulled off a stellar upset and advanced into the final four. McClaskey attributed the win to “the front back formation we used and executed flawlessly.” As the bracket progressed, many noticed the highly underrated team of Jay Larson and Tommy Apruzzese. With tenacity and hard work, they ousted their opponents and advanced to the finals. Larson/Apruzzese competed in the finals against the Takoushian/Avison team. As the match went on, Avison demonstrated his dominance by delivering smash after smash with no return from his opponents. This proved to be too much for the Larson/Apruzzese team, which went down without much of a fight. After the match, Larson said, “We exceeded my expectations by making it as far as we did.” He was quite pleased with the gift cards they received in addition to their badminton trophy. Due to its great success, students hope for another badminton tournament later in the school year because of the spirit and enthusiasm it fostered in the student body.
NBA Playoff Predictions By Shiv Bery and John DiNapoli Sports Editors
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, wait, It’s superman! Dwight Howard a.k.a SuperMan has led the Orlando Magic to the conference finals, and after three dominant wins over Cleveland, we predict a finals berth. The newest and most dominant big man in the league, Dwight Howard led the league in rebounds and blocks, and was also the Defensive player of the year. The Orlando Magic haven’t been to the Finals since the first Floridian superman, Shaquille O’Neal. On the other side of the bracket, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant, had the second best record in the NBA. The Lakers breezed past the Utah Jazz, and grinded out the series win against the Houston Rockets in a pivotal game seven. Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza have improved over the past two series, giving Kobe much needed help. Now in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers matchup with the Denver Nuggets who are currently playing their best basketball. Game seven seems to be inevitable, and we predict a Lakers win, giving Kobe a chance to win his first title without the help of Shaquille O’Neal. Anticipated by most of basketball’s fans, this matchup between the Lakers and the Magic will most certainly be an entertaining and a hard fought series. Most basketball analysts see the teams as equal. Despite the Lakers better supporting cast, we imagine a Orlando victory in six games, ushering in the Dwight era, and the decline of Kobe’s dominance of the league.
Sports Te n n i s
By Mahjub Hammond
By Tyler Keesling Columnist
C o n c l u d i n g t h e i n a u g ural first season, the men’s volleyball team had a lackluster record of 0-1. Don’t be fooled, in a best of five series, we (speaking for the team, which I was on) managed to pull out a, courtesy of a Travis Winter ’s gamepoint ace, 25-23 upset in one game versus the veteran Avon Grove Varsity squad which has been playing for roughly four years. Th e Var s ity s q u ad u ltimately lost the match 3-1, but in our hearts, we knew we had accomplished something unheard of in the high school’s men’s sports, and that is create a new legacy. The team, coached by none other than Clee “Big Boss” Brun and Andrew “Made of Muscle” Moister, and with the help of members of the girl’s varsity squad, got a late start to the season due to lack of gym space. Practice didn’t begin until two weeks after the spring PIAA season opened up. In addition to a late start, practice only ran Tuesday through Thursday, not including rain days when the gym was being used by other varsity teams. Pfft. I laugh in the face of the Athletic Directors office. For a bunch of newbies getting a third the amount of court time as other teams to steal a game away from an established program is a feat worthy of varsity status itself. This is where I am making the initiative for the School Board to make the Men’s Club Volleyball becomes the Men’s Varsity Volleyball for the upcoming season. Practices were fun. If I
were to compare them to other p r a c t i c e s , i t ’s l i k e h a v i n g your significant other over while your parents are out of the house versus having your significant other over while your parents are in the same room. I am only solely speaking of the amusement factor here, not the coaching style. I extol Mr. Brun and Mr. Moister for bringing us together as a team. “Alone, each men’s volleyball athlete is absolutely worthless but when we come together… the magic happens,” Co-Captain Tim Daly said. The duo knew how to train us. After we had established our volleyball basics, they did what other coaches have repeatedly failed to do: have fun with the game. For the many of you that have experienced Mr. Brun’s crazy test ripping antics during chemistry class, you can only imagine what he’s like in spandex (I’m kidding, he doesn’t wear spandex,) Mr. Moister, on the other hand, stays cool and collected all the while pounding balls on the ten-foot line. Classy man, Moist. Classy man. We enjoyed almost every minute of this season, even after getting decimated by the faculty squad which featured a guest appearance by who else than T2, Mr. Trevor Tredway. I encourage anyone, well, any male, to come and join the team next year. Travis Winter ’s declared, “It only takes some boys to knock around some balls during gym class, but it takes real men to come together as a team and form a bond that will never be broken.” Help this new volleyball team become a dominant force and make some noise in the Ches-Mont League.
Question of the Month In MLB baseball, the statisical reward dubbed “The Triple Crown” is awarded if a player leads in runs batted in (RBI), home runs, and batting average by the end of the season. If the player is a pitcher, the three categories are earned run average (ERA), wins, and strikeouts. Local Philadelphia Phillie Raul Ibanez is currently in contention for the triple crown.
Sports Question: Who was the last player, either pitcher or batter, to win the MLB’s triple crown? Answers should be submitted to Dinap183@gmail.com. Winners will be based on time of answer and correctness. The winner will be displayed in the next issue.
team’s success can be attributed to all the players’ hard work. However, junior Brian Chang Three weeks ago the high also notes, “Our season was so school Boys Tennis season came successful because of the great to a close after a 5-0 lost against chemistry between teammates. Lower Merion in the district All in all, it was without a doubt playoffs, bringing the team’s quite spectacular.” final record to an astounding 14 The team’s wins and only chemistry 3 losses. Coach was even reSharon Largent flected in the and manager Alplayers’ decilie Largent led sion to hold a both Varsity and rally for pink Junior Varsity this season in teams through a which players very successful donned pink season; the Junior shirts in supVarsity team had port of breast an undefeated cancer reseason. search. T h e Va r s i t y Spectators team was made paid either a up of twelve stuflat fee or at dents: senior and a money-percaptain Brian stroke rate to Avison, sophoBoys Tennis had a successful season with only three losses in total. raise money more Michael Photo Courtesy of Ed lawson for the event. Wu, sophomore Their hard work during Before their loss against Lower Ryan Collins, sophomore Matt the season culminated with a Sokoloff, junior Brian Chang, Merion in the district playoffs, district berth. Doubles team senior Bill Morris, junior Josh the Boys Tennis team had only Michael Furr and Michael Knight, junior John Noss, junior two losses, both against Great Wu competed in the District Andrew Bagwell, junior Mac Valley—the first, a 5-2 loss; the doubles tournament, after McCann, junior Zach Lawson, second, a close 4-3 loss. The latter winning the League Doubles and freshman star player Michael kept the team from winning the Tournament. Southern Chester County league Furr. Michael Furr also competed Freshman Michael Furr stepped title. The team did, however, in the district singles tournaup his first year at the high school manage to win all eight home ment and was one win away as the best player on the tennis games. from a berth into the statewide Since about the second week of team. Furr led the team as he tournament. matched the team’s record for March, the team had been practicUnionville expects great the season, 14-3. He was ranked ing on the tennis courts between things from these two, and all second in league singles and, with UHS and CFPMS each day after the tennis team next season. sophomore Michael Wu, first in school until about 5:00. Thus, the Staff Writer
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league doubles. As the current best tennis player in the league from Great Valley, senior Mark Milbrandt, is graduating, he will be playing for the University of Pennsylvania’s tennis team next year, and it is likely Furr will rise to the top spot.
Girl’s Rugby By Shiv Bery
sports editor Artwork by Nicole Bubes
May 30, 2009 Hillendale Elementary School
What do most girls do with dresses that they find horribly ugly? Starting last year, the girls rugby club began an annual rugby game where the girls on the team wear old prom dresses, which are atrocious. Some girls get their dresses from sale racks at the mall, while others wear their aunt’s old high school prom dresses. After the game, the teams have contests for fluffiest dress, dress with the most sequins, and even name a Prom Queen. Last year, the event was in its infant stage; thus it was relatively small, but this year the team expects for the event to be at least double in size. The high school’s team will face two teams from Morris, New Jersey and from Nothern Delaware. In this all-out brawl, viewers can expect torn dresses, battle cries, and fierce attitudes. Opponents must watch out for the crazy, ferocious, blood-thirsty girls’ rugby players. Prediction Time: Unionville girls in Prom Dresses? Get ready for a blood bath. Score: 30-7 Pink and Red Dress Team