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March Issue

King George High School’s Place for News

The River Belongs to Everyone By: Nicole Josemans

The proposal for a new sand and gravel pit, Vulcan Materials construction, in Caroline County along the bank of King George’s very own Rappahannock River has created an outrage. Albert Wachtmeister has requested over 372.7 acres of the property known as Black Marsh Farm for the purposes of a sand and gravel extract. In the application request, Vulcan Mining stated that the site would have “…minimal impact on surrounding property…” and offers at least 14 jobs with a salary of $47,528. The suggestive annual income for the site is estimated to be at least $90,000-$100,000, but is still questionable, and would only support Vulcan Materials, not any of the affected surrounding areas. The site would have two barges. One barge port will be opening directly across Hopyard Farm’s property while the other leads straight across Berry Plains Landing’s estate. The mine would operate six days a week from six in the morning to six in the evening, an average of two times a day. Each of the barge loads would carry a minimum of 150 truckloads of gravel and sand using the river. The existing land wanted for mining has been previously used for agriculture. One side of the land is framed by the White Marsh Bird Sanctuary and Four Winds Campgrounds and Golf Course, and another by the marshland. The surrounding lands are also either

waterfront property or other agricultural preservations as well, and would be seriously affected by the wanted pit. “A zoned rural preservation with a resource sensitive overlay,” was the term used to describe the farm by Mayor Nancy Long. A previous meeting on Sunday, February 27, 2011 informed over 100 people about the suggested construction to Port Royal’s local fire station; one of them being Mayor Long

people stay informed and help express their feelings to the Board of Supervisors in Caroline County. Mr. Brooks said, “The members of the King George community, who live in the vicinity of Black Marsh Farm, are opposed to the mining proposal for several reasons: 1. Many people selected this part of King George County as their home, in part because of the Rappahannock River, its beauty and its wildlife. The noise, dust and barge traffic of a mine will turn what today is a beautiful amenity into a liability that will lower the values of our homes or farms. There will be a significant effect to the quality of life in the area. 2. The barge traffic will adversely impact recreational boating and fishing on the river. 3. The lower property values will cause a drop in tax revenue for King George County. It is important for everyone to make the members of the Board of Supervisors in both King George and Caroline Counties aware of their feelings, about the possibility of mining Black Marsh Farm.” One of the main concerns brought up at the meeting, by multiple speakers, other than wildlife destruction and endangerment, were property values. The total properties of King George add up to about $66 million, but the Commission of Revenue suspects that it is

of Port Royal. Along with many other speakers, Mayor Long mentioned noteworthy and significant points that need to be reviewed including the Black Marsh Farm itself, the river and factors involving it, and the surrounding areas like King George, Caroline, and Port Royal. Although the permit allowing the construction of the sand and gravel pit has not been given, Vulcan Mining’s

The proposed sight for the new sand and gravel pit

See Gravel Pit on Page 2.

By: Aubrey Brown

Most people know Mr. Cliff Conway, an administrator, as the assistant principal at KGHS. However, recently the school board of King George County Schools approved Mr. Conway as the permanent principal for the high school. It is a big position and even bigger responsibility but with his experience here so far, Mr.

“The way I work doesn’t change, just what I’m doing.”- Mr. Conway Conway is the guy to choose. His position officially became effective February 15, 2011, and Mr. Conway did not hesitate to get the job done. The staff and administrative team are more than pleased to have him hold this position. “I think it’s awesome that Mr. Conway is officially the principal of our school. I think that it’s about time that they saw what he can

achieve and finally saw his true colors,” stated Ms. Melissa Campbell, an English teacher. Mr. Conway is just as thrilled. “I am very excited for this. I have been doing the job for quite a while and I feel that I have the experience that is needed,” stated Mr. Conway. Everyone understands that not all schools are perfect, and there should be some problems fixed or taken better control of and Mr. Conway has some ideas in mind. “There are too many changes I have in mind to list, but only minor changes. What I’m mostly focused on is having others, like staff and students, input on what some changes they think are necessary,” said Mr. Conway. Many people could agree that the way he works will not change because he will still work just as hard, and Mr. Conway feels the exact same way. “The way I work doesn’t change, just what I’m doing. There is more pressure, but I enjoy that. There is more responsibility, but I also enjoy that,” Mr. Conway exclaimed. Being a principal does not seem or look easy and there are so many problems that he has

Principal Conway interacts with students. to take care of or fix. With this huge responsibility, does Mr. Conway feel pressured to do well and impress others with everything he does? He declared, “I want to do well regardless. It is not that I am pressured; I always and have always wanted to do well at everything. I guess I have always been the competitive type.” With that being said, Mr. Conway seems very thrilled to have this new position and is ready to take on whatever gets thrown at him. It seems like he has his work cut out for him and he is one-hundred and ten percent ready to meet the challenge.


New Position, New Responsibility

Congratulations to all of the winners at the DECA State Leadership Conference on their advancement to the International Competition in Orlando, Florida. The following competitors will be going to Orlando: seniors Ellen Brabo, Rachelle Jean, Charmaine Jackson and Emily Pelto, and juniors Cole Pates–Clift and Carrisa Jeffers. Also, congratulations to junior Carrisa Jeffers, who is now the new Region 3 Vice President, and a new member of the DECA State Action Team. DECA Adviser Mrs. Dee Strauss was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Adviser Award. King George DECA was recognized as a Platinum Chapter, and awarded the Blue Chip Award, which is the highest level in the state for its activities through the last 12 months.

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PAGE 2 NEWS Touring The Future of Education By: Cole Pates-Clift

For many students here at KGHS, the time has come to start thinking about college. Many students begin receiving countless pieces of mail from colleges saying, “Come to me! I have smiling students on my envelope just like the other schools’ and I’m better!” However, how do rising college students decide if a college is truly the right school for them? Both of the mentioned schools have their major, sport and activity, and all of their best friends are attending one, but their significant other is attending the other. How do they make the final decision? “You have to be comfortable and happy,” stated Mrs. Tamara LaPonte, a guidance counselor. A prospective student does not get the feel for a school until he or she has spent some time at that particular school and they have to make sure that they feel comfortable in that school’s environment. No matter what school a student chooses to go to, their happiness and comfort should come first when making the decision. A very important part is the feel of a campus. Senior Carley Hudson visited James Madison University. “It had a good vibe and I could actually see myself there,” she said. “You [a prospective college student] don’t get the full picture from a brochure or internet page,” stresses English Teacher, Mrs. Beth Dibble. Another option for students recommended by Mrs. Dibble, along with a tour, is spending a night at a college and even sitting through a class or two. Many colleges today actually require prospective

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due to the Farm, the property value is expected to deflate with the first sign of construction; affecting the county’s economy as well. Not only are many houses looking out over the water and land, but are observing the habitats of exotic birds that fly throughout the marshlands. After the construction, the Eagles and Blue Herons would no longer be there. The idea of building the Sand and Gravel Pit would contribute to other issues as well. The property itself is an easy floodplain and has been covered on more than one occasion from simply an overdose of rain. The river is also said to be narrow enough without a charter’s propellers pushing the silt back into channels and creating unnecessary traffic. Not to mention a limited amount of Black Marsh Farm acreage is to be set aside for a pond-a pond made of runoff to help the already existing issue with

students to spend a night at the school. This allows a student to see if they feel right at the school and if they would be comfortable spending four years there. Senior Connor Muncie wants “A place I can see myself living at for four years.” College lasts for four years or more; a student should be in a place

fit in with, and still allow a prospective student to thrive as an individual. What the school has to offer academically is also a very important aspect to look at. Academic programs, clubs, study abroad programs, co-ops and internships are only a few of the many options to look for

The DuPont Hall at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. that they would actually want to live in. When picturing a potential college, a student should be able to see themselves along side the other students, not just on the campus. Diversity of the student body plays an important part in the feel and mood of the campus. “I think one of the qualities that seniors should look for is the diversity of the student make-up at the school they are investigating,” responded Mrs. Dee Strauss, Marketing Teacher and DECA adviser. There should be plenty of other students to nitrogen. Another concern mentioned was the archaeological standpoint. The surrounding areas of King George and Caroline are famous for their history involving Indians, and artifacts from the past keep appearing all over. In Hopyard, ten acres alone of simple history is preserved from further destruction, along with many other historical sites. “The Rappahannock River belongs to all the counties through which it flows. The Port Royal Town Council has voted to write a resolution against the request by Vulcan and Black Marsh Farm. It is my hope that Caroline County Officials will uphold the spirit of the County’s Comprehensive Plan which repeats the words, ‘protect, preserve, resource sensitive, conservation’ and deny this request for a Special Use Permit,” said Mayor Long. There is an old saying, ‘If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!’ Same here…if you don’t speak up, you can’t complain.”

in a college. A student has to be able to thrive in their college environment. “I want a school that is competitive and will still allow me to excel,” responded senior Ellen Brabo. Instead of making a choice because ‘Dream School University’s’ school colors happen to be their favorite colors, a prospective student should consider touring one or more of their choice schools and asking a lot of questions while on the tour. Most colleges have tours available throughout the year. Tours may require scheduling

or daily tours may be offered. Information on tours will be on a college’s web page. Tours are an excellent way to get the feel of a school and to decide if a particular school is right for a particular student. Everyone has different expectations for their school. The size of the school, classes and area around the school are all key areas to look at when considering a school. A student has to think about what fits their personality in all of the best ways, not just by looking at the brochure. Mrs. Alyssa Jacobson of the Guidance Department stresses that students should visit a school “as soon as possible.” If a student plans on attending college, they should have several in mind that interest them. A tour should definitely be on a future college student’s agenda to get the feel for one or more of them before making such a monumental decision. Anyone seeking their dream school, or who would like to visit what they believe to be their dream school may consult the guidance office. There are copious amounts of information, web pages, and great advice regarding college visits, or choosing a college available there. Remember, the smiling students, immaculate looking campus and seemingly perfect learning and social environments on the brochure of a students “dream school” is only a piece of glossy paper designed to look good. There is no sense of what the real students, campus or classes will be like until a student has stepped on the actual campus of ‘Dream School University’.

Congratulations DECA

DECA members after the State Leadership Conference in Norfolk, Va

King George High School’s Place for News


Everyday is a Day for Love By: Breanna Hoskins

Around the world, people celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. However, there is a debate on whether or not Valentine’s Day is a real holiday or a Hallmark holiday. A Hallmark holiday is a holiday that exists mainly for commercial purposes, rather than to celebrate a “traditionally significant religious or secular event” according to “Is Valentine’s Day a Hallmark Holiday?” by Kate Krier ( The Hallmark Company directly benefits from those holidays with the sales of cards and other gifts. A lot of people think Valentine’s Day is not a ‘real’ holiday. In their opinion, the day is made by Hallmark and other stores so they can make money. “Approximately 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry-wide (not including packaged kids’ valentines for classroom ex-

changes),” indicated by As a result, Valentine’s Day is the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards, right after Christmas. Greeting cards factories are not the only ones who make a lot of money during the holiday.,“Chocolate and candy sales reach profits of $1,011 billion during Valentines Day,” as stated by Valentine’s Day Statistics (www.allbestides. Other people will argue that Valentine’s Day is a ‘real’ holiday. They think it is nice to have a day devoted to showing their significant others how much they care. On the other hand, there are anniversaries for that. People celebrate anniversaries; whether it is a wedding anniversary or the anniversary of when they first met or dated. People should always show their loved ones how much they care and love one

another. They should not need a day set aside to show it. Everyday should be special when

The obesity in young adults has increased in the past years. Not only has many studies, like the one article in the New York Times, proven that fact to be true, but you can simply just believe it by looking at any high school, middle school, or elementary school kids. It is an obvious result of extreme fast food and junk food eating. It does not help any that more fast food restaurants are on every street corner, or that schools support snack/soda machines. Kids are tempted with calorie-filled foods everywhere they go. Not to mention, cafeteria lunches are not always the healthiest foods. Of course every child has the option of some sort of fruit given to them from cafeteria manager, Anita Davis, and although they may take it, it does not necessarily conclude that they will eat it. It is a fact that most kids enjoy cookies and chips over an apple or banana. It is not a shocker when kids are munching on Skittles or sipping a Dr. Pepper that they purchased from the vending machine or greasy fries from

Changing Classes Takes a Toll on Education A new semester has begun and so have new classes. The new semester brings new teachers, new classes, new faces and getting lost in finding your new classrooms. Changing classes in the middle of the year can have a toll on education. Taking a class that would usually take a whole year to finish in only a semester could limit what students benefit from the class. Even though students probably have the same amount of desk time, spreading it out throughout the year gives students more time to take it all in. When students finish a class half way through the year and then start a completely different set of classes, they may not always remember most of what they learned in the class. Even though students may not remember everything that they learn in a year, having a longer time to learn the material instead of half a year gives students a better chance of remembering what they have learned. In classes with SOL requirements, teachers have to plan their class so they are able to

get everything from the SOL covered in the short time that they have. This limits teachers to only what is on the test and not what they would like to teach the class. Especially in math classes, teachers often have to teach two lessons in one day, giving students twice the amount of work each night and sometimes a chapter test each week. Even though longer blocks give students more time to finish all of their work and not have to worry about taking any home, most teachers will still have to assign homework because the whole block was spent teaching two lessons instead of just one. Semester changes also leave large windows of time where a student is not taking a subject. Sometimes a student could have geometry the first semester of their freshmen year, and then not take another math until the second semester of their sophomore year. “I don’t think that it gives the students justice when they have large gaps when they aren’t taking a subject,” says math teacher Evie Pulkownik, “It affects their memory.” The same four classes every day for an hour and a


someone is with his or her sweetheart. Everyday is a day for love.

Obesity Will Rule The World By: Nicole Josemans

By: Maure Buckley

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half is very boring, especially if all of the student’s classes are core classes. The semester schedule makes each day slow and repetitive where students grow to really hate their classes because they are just so tired of them. “I miss my classes from first semester,” said freshmen Lucy Shippe. It is important that students have a class that gives them a break during the day, such as gym or art. If someone’s schedule is history, spanish, science and english, they will always be in a desk and will not be able to have any mental breaks during the day. Having an A-B or X-Y schedule where students have two different class schedules where they switch off every other day can keep it new for students and keep them from getting bored of their classes. Having every class every other day can make the day go by faster and the shorter classes will keep students from getting board. Even if the classes are just as long, only having them every other day gives students a break from the same old classes every day.

McDonalds. After you eat an extreme amount of fattening food on a daily occasion, it is no surprise your doctor will tell you you are obese. The effects of life decisions now will have an effect on the future. If children are becoming more overweight today, then it will be an even bigger issus of tommorrow. The excessive eating of unhealthy food needs to have a response from the kids themselves and the adults in charge. What good is

Many studies have proven that the obesity in young adults had increased in the past years. a salad when you are drenching it in Ranch? Or what good is grapefruit when you follow it with a cookie? All the little things we so commonly use over our healthy food assist in creating a bigger issue. It is just a small act of saying no that can make a big difference with the unhealthy food choices, or the sides to your meal. No, I do not want the gallon of ice cream, no I do not want a cookie, and no I do not want grease covered chicken. People need to have their children start saying yes to the right food choices. Not only is eating healthy food going to attribute to a better future, but also exercising. Sports are an easy, fun way common among young adults to stay in shape. But sports are not going to help any if you eat a box of Girl Scout cookies before-hand or a twelve inch sub. Just visiting the gym with a few buddies every other day is just one of the great, easy ways to help burn off that extra fat. A lot of illnesses also come from obesity. It is much easier to avoid the trouble of challenges all together by eating vegetables and kicking a soccer ball every now and then. Schools, not just kids, also need to take a stand in setting a healthy environment for the future. The stuff called “school lunches,” can also be assistance in obesity if all students get is the unhealty food. Instead of just frying chicken in grease, there are ways to serve something healthier for maybe just a little more money that will go a long way.

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Coach’s Corner Joshua Luzier with

By: Jaylen Brinson What made you pick the players you picked? Athleticism; everyone can dribble and handle the ball. How long have you coached basketball? I have been coaching for 5 years since I left college, 3 years with Chancellor, and 2 with KG. How long do you plan on coaching? Until I stop loving the game of basketball. I’d like to see my kids come up to the varsity level one day and have the chance to coach them, maybe for another 50 years. Which position do you think is the most important? Point guard, they are supposed to be the coach on the floor. Have you ever coached another sport? Baseball, middle school football in Spotsylvania and I coached KG varsity football for the first time this past fall. What does it take to win a championship? The players playing as a team. You can’t win with just one guy, it also takes heart. What are your chances of winning states near year? I think we have a 50/50 chance of going to states next year. I also think we have a 100% chance of winning districts next year and an 80% chance of winning regionals. How do you feel about being named regional coach of the year? It is a nice honor to be named regional coach of the year, but I wouldn’t have been able to get that award if it wasn’t for my players. When the seniors leave, how much does it affect the team for next year? A lot. losing 4 out of the 5 starters on the team is really tough, but we have guys like LJ and Damien and guys coming up from junior varsity next year to lead the way. What were your emotions like during the State game? I was excited, the team had a good experience and they weren’t really nervous when we got there; they were also excited about going into VCU’s locker room. It was tiring as well, especially since we went into triple overtime, but it was disappointing the way it ended. Overall, what do you think about how the season went? Great, I think they really grew as the season went on. They learned how to play organized basketball rather than just playing pick-up games. I feel like we’ll double the improvement however next year.


Soccer Kicks off the Season

By: Nicole Josemans

KGHS varsity soccer team took on Quantico’s Warriors Friday, March 18th at the Pit, and dominated the field with an 8-0 score. The first half was opened with a goal from team captain senior Steven Cocke with an assist from sophomore Javan Haas. It was only a few minutes later when junior Hunter Josemans passed to Cocke, who also took the second point leading the game 2-0. Junior Andrew Cloud juked the opponent’s goalie and took the third point while senior Joel Morrisett, and sophomores Matt Walseman, and Leon Mueller also attempted for goals. Haas dribbled down the field and passed to junior Alex Kendrick who grabbed the fourth goal before Haas crossed the ball to Walseman who helped Cocke head it to the goalie in another goal attempt. Walseman passed perfectly to Kendrick who scored the fifth goal of the first half, still conquering the field at half time with a score of 5-0. The second half barely started when Josemans, Walseman, and Haas continued give-and-goes down the field before passing to Cocke, who then took the sixth point during the first minute. Shortly after, Morrisett

did an amazing throw-in that Walseman headed for the seventh point. He then, with an assist from Kendrick, volleyed the ball for the eighth point. With junior goalie David Wagner out of the goalie while junior D’angelo Veney took his place, the score never changed for the opponents. The game ended early with the slaughter rule in play, leaving the score 8-0. Coach Jeff Butler and Assistant Coach Ryan Marascio

were watching from the sidelines with utter pride. “Everything we’ve been working on during practice was shown. The win feels good,” said Butler. “It was a good way to start the season.” “I thought we did well, passed well, good finishes on top. KG Soccer is going to be the next big thing,” said Walseman simply, while Josemans agreed. As a tradition after any game or practice, the team huddled together and shouted “family” before leaving.

Sophomore Matt Walseman scores a goal.

KGHS Teachers Ball Hard By: Lane Ward

The high school hosted the faculty and staff basketball tournament Wednesday, March 23rd. The tournament included King George High School, Potomac Elementary School, King George Middle School and the school board office. All four teams came out on the court fired up as they all had one goal; to make it to the championship game and win. King George High School and Potomac Elementary School opened up the first game of the tournament. Coach Luzier, Mr. Golden, Coach Lyburn and Mr. Fisher led KGHS to its first victory over PES. Luzier put the first points up on the board for KGHS after puting up a lay-up after picking up a turnover by Mr. Whitmoyer of PES. Potomac quickly recovered, tying the game with a lay-up. Mr. Fisher and Mr. Conway also contributed to the victory with Conway picking up six points with assists by Luzier and Fisher. Fisher also had a hot streak going into halftime as he led the team with an assist as Luzier drove the ball to the net over and over again with PES not being able to keep up with the fast pace. Mr. Whitmoyer opened up the second half with an attempted threepointer but failed as Coach Lyburn picked up the rebound. Luzier showed off his moves down the court as he had several no-look passes to Mr. Golden, who put the ball up for eight points. Leading scorers for Potomac were Ms. Rittenhouse as she pounded the 3-point line as Fisher failed to guard her as she moved the ball around the court. Although both played a good game, KGHS came out on top 22-23. The second game was King George Middle School and King George Elementary School. Simmons opened up the game with a missed lay-up attempt after recovering the tip-off. Neither school could seem to find their shot the first five minutes of the game. Just as it seemed like neither school could score, Simmons got the team fired up with a fade away 3-pointer. With about two seconds left on the clock until the half-time buzzer, Simmons got the two point lay-up over Coach Davis. Going into half time the score was close, 9-10 with

KGES being in the lead. The second half was filled with fast breaks and 3pointers from both teams. Estes had a 3-pointer beginning the second half. Simmons tried to respond with the drive to the basket but could not find it as it was rebounded by Davis. With 3:42 left on the clock, KGMS called a timeout following a turnover on a failed pass to Estes. KGMS played it smart the last minute and a half of the game by swinging it around the court, lowering the chance for KGES to catch up. The elementary school put up four points in the last minute of the game but it was still not enough to catch up to the strong six point lead by the middle school. At the end of the second game, the score was 25-17 with the middle school taking the win. The third game of the tournament was between the School Board Office (SBO)

KGHS Staff show their pride after the game. and King George High School. SBO opened up the game with a failed lay-up attempt, which was rebounded by Fisher. Fisher then passed it down court to Luzier who drained the 3-pointer. This was just the beginning of Luzier’s hot streak as he followed up with another 3-pointer and an assisted lay-up by Lyburn. KGHS took full advantage of SBO’s failed shots as Golden started his hot streak with a 3-pointer outside the paint. Going into half time KGHS had a very strong 19-3 lead. Mr. Golden and Coach Lyburn opened up the second half with a lay-up by Golden, which was assisted by Lyburn.

Luzier then had a no look pass to Golden, which was put up for two. Mr. Hall of SBO got the next no look pass from Luzier but failed to shoot the 3-pointer after showing off his dribbling skills down the court. Mr. Butler of SBO put up a layup following Hall’s 3-point attempt that put the game at 24-7. Mr. Golden stayed hot at the end of the second half with two 3-pointers, which piled onto KGHS’ 31-15 lead at the end of the game. With all the teams playing in the tournament, the only ones remaining at the end were KGHS and KGMS. The championship game between the two teams was a battle until the last second of the game. The game was opened up with a lay-up by Conway which was assisted by Luzier. Davis of KGMS fired back with a 3-pointer at least a foot outside the line. Golden also stayed hot on the court as he shot a fade away 3-pointer, this shot put the game at 13-5, with KGHS in the lead. At half time the score was 15-14 with the High School leading the game. Luzier picked up the turn over by Rosner but was packed by Davis while attempting to put up the 2 pointer. Golden continued his hot streak as he put up a 3-pointer and a lay up. Luzier had a behind the back pass to Golden who again, put the ball up for two. Although the middle school tried its best, the most we could give them was an “A for effort” as the high school took the win with a 31-22 lead. Mr. Golden was awarded the MVP of the tournament. Golden played point guard in High School and was out practicing Sunday for the tournament. He was very happy about being awarded the MVP of the night. When asked to comment on his basketball skills he quoted, “God is great” with nothing but a big smile. When Coach Estes was asked to comment on his playing time in the championship game he said, “He played the game old and smart.” Also adding that, “He hoped he would get his knee replacement surgery soon.” At the end of the night there was nothing but smiles from all the teams as they all enjoyed being able to participate in the tournament.

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Foxes Fall in Extra Innings

By: Nicole Josemans

It was in the first inning when King George’s junior Damion Carroll walked, stole second and grabbed the first run of the home game against Washington and Lee (W&L) High School Tuesday, March 15th. Junior third basemen Dylan Dombrowskas also walked before stealing second and third and taking the second run for King George, leading the game 20. In addition, senior second basemen Troy Thompson hit a double in the second inning and hit a single fourth inning, while junior catcher Tyler Truslow hit a single in the third. During the later innings, W&L tried to return but Carroll’s pitching did not give way to any runs. It was not until later in the game when W&L managed to snag two runs in the sixth inning, tying the game 2-2. Pressure was on during the seventh inning when Carroll switched positions

Senior Kyle King gets ready to bat.

with Junior Lexington Estes, who continued the outstanding pitching but gave no further runs. The game led into two extra innings when W&L emerged and took the third run in the ninth inning. King George was up and with the bases loaded, did not manage to tie the game enabling W&L to win the first game of King George’s season, setting their record to 0-1. After the game, coach Thad Reviello said, “We gave it to them. The potential and expectations to do well are still there. We have to do better and remain focused.” “I feel as if we should have changed our attitude and took the game a lot more seriously,” junior Dombrowskas agreed, referring to his team. “But both of our pitchers threw very well.” Shortstop senior Theo Klopsis said, “We need to learn from our mistakes and build on it so we can do better in the next one.”

Winter KG Track Attacks at States the same way about the seniors, claiming, “Our team is amazing and I’m really going to miss the seniors that graduate this year.” During the hurdle competition, Senior Brittney Kersey placed second in the high jump, with a height of 5 ft. and 4 in. Lindsey Armentrout placed 5th in the pole vault, clearing 9 ft and 6 in, and also setting a new school record. Senior Shearl Levere placed 7th in the triple jump, with a height of 34 ft and 9.25 in. “It feels really cool to be known as the fifth fastest in the state, especially when the higher ranks are seniors,” stated junior Corey Rodriguez, the only boy frokm KG to place at the competition. Rodriguez placed 5th in the 500 M with a time of 1

By: Sarah Davis

Sophomore Mia Meyer hands off to senior Zuri Polk All the hard work and talent throughout the season paid off as King George High School traveled to the State Track and Field Meet at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia, on February 26. During this meet, senior Amethyst Polk placed third in the 300 M with a time of 42.15 seconds, setting a new school record, and placed 4th in the state in the long jump, with a height of 16 ft. and 11

“Win or lose, we’ll always be a team. I’ll never forget such an amazing team and I’l miss everybody so much!” -Zuri Polk

in. Amethyst also placed 6th in the triple jump with a height of 34 ft. and 10.5 in. The girls’ 800 M relay consisting of seniors Zuri Polk and Amethyst Polk, junior Imani Murray, and sophomore Mia Meyer placed 8th in the competition with a time of 1 min. and 49.82 seconds. Win or lose, we’ll always be a team. I’ll never forget such an amazing team and I’ll miss everybody so much!” said Zuri Polk. Sophomore Lindsey Armentrout feels

“[We] did as best as we could possibly do. It was the best season ever.”-Coach Pekarek min. and 8.74 seconds. Next track season, Rodriguez will compete to be known as the fastest runner in the state. “[We] did as best as we could possibly do. It was the best season ever,” said coach Rudolph Pekarek, simply. “It’s not all about winning. Just to know they are doing their very take a lot of pride in that.”

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Chris Gummer

By: Sarah Davis Name: Christopher Gummer Age: 18 Height: 5’9” Grade: 12

Soccer Teams: King George High School Varsity, and Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association (FASA) Premier Rebels Position: Forward Number: 20

How long have you been playing soccer? I have been playing for 15 years. What was your greatest soccer memory? The day we beat Eastern View 9-1, for Steven’s mom. What do you do to prepare for a game? I listen to music, and sometimes chill in the hot tub. Do you plan on playing soccer outside of high school? Yes. I want to play in college, and then become pro in two years. What do you expect out of this season? I expect to go really far, and win alot this season Why do you play soccer? I play soccer because I was born to play it, I love it, and I am going to go pro one day Who is your favorite pro soccer player? Christiano Ronoldo

Sophomore Lindsey Armentrout makes pole vaulting look easy.

Academic Team: The ‘Smart Sport’ By: Christian Jones

KGHS was a powerhouse in sports during the 70s, with a basketball team that made it to states and won the battlefield district in 1970. The football team was amazing during this time as well. Though many things have changed since the 1970s, King George is still on the prowl. After the past year, King George has bounced back from its recent athletic struggles. With a district championship from the foxes JV basketball team as the most recent

athletic success, it is hard for King George’s most successful team to shine. Eight years ago Mr. William Cowne was the new teacher on the block and was looking to get involved early. What most people do not know is that Mr. Cowne started the academic team his first year here and was successful during his first season. The academic team is arguably the most successful team at King George High School. They have gone undefeated this season and have a district champi-

onship title to show for it. “The teachers teach students information that they couldn‘t learn elsewhere” said Mr. Cowne. So it might be safe to say that King George is one of the smartest schools in the district. New members of the academic team are molded every season through a unique system of player placement. The Foxes’ academic team is split into two teams, an A team and a B team. This separation in teams does not signify

a substantial differential in skill set, but instead a separation in age and experience. Thus if the academic team is winning and decide to go with their B team for the remainder of the match, it does not mean they are throwing in the subs. It simply means they want to give the B team some experience. This system has led the Foxes to winning the district title and a perfect season, going undefeated in competition. In fact, the foxes

won every game by a margin of 100 points or more. This year the KGHS Academic team was lead by an all-senior lineup and it is hard to imagine that all of these star scholars are leaving for college or other aspirations beyond the walls of the highschool. Mr. Cowne expects his team to make it to the regional stage of competition this year. Cowne also says that even though he has a lack of upperclassmen he still expects great things.

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Sleep is Food for the Brain

Sleep is like food for the brain. People need it for everything they do, even driving. If people do not get enough sleep, they will not be able to function especially when they are behind the wheel, which is very dangerous. Sleep is what keeps a person’s body going through the day and if he or she cannot get the sleeping hours they need, it will make their day miserable. Teens need about 9 ¼ hours of sleep a night according to the National Sleep Foundation ( This obviously is very hard for teens to get that amount of sleep, because they stay up chatting with their friends, doing homework, or just getting home late from after school activities. Waking up and having to be at school at around 7 a.m. really affects the amount of hours of sleep teens need. The lack of sleep can limit ones ability to learn, concentrate, and listen. A fact about the lack of sleep is it can also make people more prone to pimples, acne, and other skin damage. The NSF also says that it can lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior, or even becoming impatient with other people. With the lack of sleep, teens have the urge to drink energy drinks.

Energy drinks such as Monster, Amp, and Red Bull are not the drinks to be drinking especially for young teens. “I drink one energy drink a day. I’m addicted!” says sophomore Lauren Jones. Since they contain so much caffeine, they can cause heart attacks, strokes, brain damage, cancer, seizers, anxiety attacks, and high blood pressure. Caffeine can increase heart rate and body temperature. Too much of this can cause irregular heart beat, excessive sweating, jitters, and anxiousness stated by NSF. Energy drinks are not what someone would call “energy drinks,” they actually make some people tired. They run them down and come with side effects that are dangerous to their body according to “Energy Drinks: A Healthy Buzz?” (www. People do not realize how dangerous it is to consume them. When a person starts off drinking energy drinks, he or she would not think or pay mind to what it could do to them, until it is too late. When teens are tired, the first thing that comes to their minds is energy drinks because they “need energy”. They are not

Statistics collected from the National Sleep Foundation website.

KGHS Members Show Off Their Talents By: Maure Buckley

The 2011 King George Variety Show featured 26 acts of students and teachers. The show had talented singers, dancers, poets and musicians. The show was put on by the KGHS music department and was held in the school auditorium March 18 and 19. The show was hosted by the “Masters of Ceremony,” sophomores Jake Spivak and Nathan Falger, and senior Travis Herman. They kept the show interesting between acts by having their own little performances by playing red-light green-light with the lights guy and asking the performers questions. Their humorous personalities kept the audience amused in a way that only the best of hosts can do. The show opened up with the KGHS Jazz Ensemble performing the song, “The Chicken.” The first act of the show featured thirteen other acts of mostly singers and

bands. Some of the most interesting and original acts were the drum-off of sophomore Dallas Ledger and his uncle George Werbacher and the one-man band of sophomore Marc Miller who played the guitar and drums while singing “Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot.” The few dance acts were as entertaining as the singers. The dancers of the night were senior David Deegan dancing to a variation from Sleeping Beauty, sophomore Virginia Melton performing to “Black and Gold,” and a dance duet of freshmen Tori Bail and junior Mariah Mitchell to “The Dog Days Are Over.” The show featured one poet, senior Donald Smith reciting his poem, “Taking a Stand.” Although he forgot some of his lines the first night, his ease on stage and the words of his poem saved his performance and he was able to captivate the audience as though it had never happened.

Although the show was mostly singers and musicians, it was still an enjoyably show. Every performance was stage worthy and each student certainly had the talent to have a spot in the show.

What subjects do you teach? English 9 and Creative Writing

Senior David Deegan dancing to a variation from Sleeping Beauty.

By: Allison Trainum

The brothers decide that Zuckerburg will help to create The Harvard Connect, a social network for fellow Harvard students. With ideas for the website already created, Zuckerburg only had to put the site into action. Instead, Mark decides to make his own website-Thefacebook. After several e-mails, phone calls, and text messages exchanged to Mark from the Winklevosses, they start to realize what Zuckerburg has done. After Thefacebook becomes popular, Zuckerburg and Saverin discuss whether the website should start advertisements when the founder of Napster, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) meets with the boys for other tactics in improving the website, like changing the name to just Facebook. While Zuckerburg agrees with Parker’s ideas, Saverin fades not only as Zuckerburg’s best friend, but as a business partner. Parker and Zuckerburg move to California and when Saverin realizes that Parker now lives with Zuckerburg, he freezes Facebook’s banking account.

Christina Hand By: Elenie Johnson

The Social Network : Making of Facebook How did Facebook become the largest social networking website? Well, director David Fincher’s The Social Network takes viewers on the journey to explain the making of Facebook. Finch has directed a good movie about how Facebook was started. The storyline starts off slow and at times hard to follow, but in the end, it turns out to be an interesting movie to watch. When watching the movie, make sure there are no distractions because this movie needs the viewer’s full attention to be understood. The movie starts when Mark Zuckerburg (Jesse Eisenberg) comes home to his dorm from an unsuccessful date with girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) and decides to make a “Which Girl is Hotter?” page to send around campus with friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). Within hours, the website has been viewed by hundreds of students and eventually falls under the eyes of two Harvard students, Cameron and twin Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer).

help them a lot during their day because they would have more energy and be able to focus more.

going to just think, oh I can’t drink this, and it’s dangerous. People, especially teens, need to get more sleep. It would

Teacher Spotlight

By: Aylssa Newman

Saverin is later apologized to and signs the contract for his share of the company (34%), with Mark owning 51% and Sean 7%, not realizing that this will become a problem. Before long, Saverin’s share of the company is practically nonexistent when he is asked to sign papers. Six years go by and with over 500 million Facebookers, Zuckerberg is in two legal battles against Saverin brothers from Harvard. In the end, the Winklevosses win 65 million dollars and Saverin gets an undisclosed amount of his share back and is reinstated as the Facebook cofounder. As for Zuckerburg, he becomes the youngest billionaire in history. In its opening week, The Social Network grossed $22.4 million in 2,771 theaters. It debuted as #1. In its second week, it remained at number one only dropping 31.2%.The Social Network received four out of five stars and has grossed a worldwide total of $220,961,293 as of February 27, 2011, becoming a must see movie.

What college did you attand? The University of Mary Washington What did you major in? I majored in English and minored in Education. How long did you attend college? I was in college for seven semesters and did student teaching during my last semester. How long have you been teaching at KGHS? This is my fourth year at KGHS. Why do you enjoy teaching at KGHS? I love the curriculum I get to teach. I enjoy the many different personalities my students have and I get to give back to our community through the Octagon Club.

What are some of your hobbies? In my spare time I write, read, bake and watch marathons of British TV.

What do you do when you are not teaching? When I’m not at work, I’m usually grading papers. When I finish grading, I clean my house, play with my pets, and hang out with friends and family.

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King George’s Theater Takes on Charlie Brown By: Nicole Josemans

“We’re one big theater family!” Junior Reagan Andersen, who plays Patty, exclaimed to her fellow theater peers before opening night of You’re a good man Charlie Brown. Andersen was only one of the many talented students who had participated in the play for King George High School. Opening night was Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. and $4,000 worth of tickets were raised for many different shelters, including Micah Ministries, The Hope House, The Thurman Brisben Shelter, and The Haven. All of Wednesday night’s proceeds went to the people who live in shelters, while Thursday’s, Friday’s, and Saturday’s money were given to support the theater club for future performances. This year’s children’s play centered on the simpler days where a kid’s only concern was a simple thing like getting a Valentine’s Day card from their crush, or attempting to fly a kite on a clear day, as Charlie Brown did. Times when all the kids joined together to play baseball against each other, or were convinced that a Fir tree grows actual fur for coats. Times when little girls only cared about becoming a future queen and being just like the cool kids or even when a blanket was a person’s best friend. The play brought out the silly, carelessness of all the children in the wellknown show, The Peanuts, and with the help of the cast members, portrayed it in a manner that tickles the crowd as they flashed back to when they used to be an adolescent. Senior Erin Duncan, director, succeeded in bringing out the naïve and innocent ways of the characters in You’re a good man Charlie Brown, making it a

family fun event to watch. Sophomore Nicole Wood went with friends, and agreed, “The play was very nice, I liked it.” In the play, Charlie Brown, himself, (junior David Flickinger) struggles with a crush on the Little Redheaded Girl (senior Kasey Tyson) but like every young boy, he cannot find the

ball game but only to have Charlie Brown strike out when the Little Redheaded Girl was spotted in the stands, losing the game for his friends. Even Snoopy (sophomore Emily Hall) got exercise with Patty (Reagan Andersen) when they went on a rabbit hunt, both of them completely impervious to the fact that the rabbits

DiRageo-Duncan, agreed, saying, “It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work cause my sister is directing it and so, you know, sisters, we kind of clash sometimes. But we always get through it.” She also added, “And every time someone messes up, Richards goes, ‘Thank you for the opportunity’ and it’s a learning experience. That’s pretty much what it means, we learn from our mistakes.”

“The play was very nice, I liked it.”-Nicole Wood

Members of the play prepare fot the show. courage to speak to her. Lucy Van Pelt (junior Ray Celeste Tanner) was being rejected by her own love, Schroeder (junior Shako Iosava) but was too obliviously involved in her dream of becoming Queen and playing psychiatrist to notice he does not like her. Sally Brown (sophomore Tabitha Connor) began to fail her classes because of the obsession she has to be just like Lucy while Linus Van Pelt (junior Trenton Fines) remained hopelessly attached to his blanket. In one scene, the entire group gathered for a base-

were in the opposite direction that Snoopy and Patty were running. Laughter was heard in the crowds among people of all ages as the cast members perfected their roles, bringing the show’s characters to life. Relationships between siblings and friends were made real on stage, but in the end the cast remained even closer than before. “It’s very stressful,” as junior David Flickinger said, “but in the end it all pays off and you feel great.” Assistant director and stage manager, sophomore Lauren

The cast had previously preformed the night before Wednesday at a dress rehearsal to over eighty people without homes, including children. Everyone loved it, cast members said. “Toothpaste, along with other items had already been collected [for donation],” said David Richards, theater teacher. “I mean I feel good about it, I guess. It’s not just my production; it’s everybody’s. I’ve only ever called this my play once, because it’s not my play. I think for what we had with Richards staying out of the room at all times, we did a pretty good job,” director Duncan said afterwards. “It’s got some work, but it’s opening night.” A lot of effort was not only put into the play itself, but the scenery and stage work as well. One of the scenic artists for You’re a good man Charlie Brown, senior Erika Higgins, is among many other students who assisted in the construction of the play. “I’m a scenic artist. I put my input on the set but I didn’t actually design it; It was all Richards.”

Luray Caverns: Discover “Discover the beauty. Discover the wonder. Discover the fun. Discover the scenery. Discover the extraordinary,” is the theme stated on the Luray Caverns website ( There is so much scenery to explore in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, including the famous Luray Caverns. The caverns are located in Luray, VA, about 95 miles from King George. Attractions include the caverns, the Luray Village Museum, the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and the Garden Maze. While exploring the caverns, people wear headphones to listen to the history of the caverns. The tour of the caverns is about an hour long. At each section, there is a sign with a number on it. The tourist punches in the number and learns about the section. For example, when people get to the Dream Lake, the audio says, “Dream Lake is the largest body of water in the caverns. This sparkling

lake reflects a myriad of fantastic forms and creates a mirror image of the abundant stalactites hanging from the ceiling.” Near the end of the tour, tourists will see the Great Stalacpipe Organ, located in the Cathedral. The Great Stalacpipe Organ is the world’s largest musical instrument. Also near the end of the tour is the Wishing Well. Just like any other wishing well, people toss coins in the water and make a wish. Every year, the pool is drained and the money is donated for medical research, educational grants, and to other worthy charitable and nonprofit organizations. For example, they have donated the money to the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in previous years. The first year they drained the pool was in 1954 and they collected $1,700. In 2010, $144,194 was collected. Since they started to drain the pool, $897,933.32 has been tossed in the Wishing Well The Luray Village Museum is across the street from the

caverns. The museum presents the early culture of the Shenandoah Valley. It displays items from pre-contact native peoples to life in the 1920s. The centerpiece of the collection is a Swiss bible in the German vernacular from 1356, which connects the valley’s history and development of the European immigrants who settled there. Next is the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, located by the caverns. The museum presents restored cars, carriages, coaches, and customs ranging from the 1720s to the 1940s. Some highlights of the collections are the 1892 Benz, 1840

See Attractions on Page 8.

A few of the Antique Cars at the Car and Carriage Museum

Most Annoying Facebookers

By: Breanna Hoskins

1. The Gamer - The invites and updates never stop. (Insert name here) just reached level 60 on Mafia Wars! (No one cares.) 2. The Event Coordinator - They invite everyone to everything. Random girl who I do not know, or have even heard of for that matter, no I do not want to attend your Sweet 16.

3. The Desperate Marketer- Their idea of marketing Facebook is to spam all their friends with a “become a fan of ____” requests. “Would you like to become a fan of a website that you have never visited to make me look cool and publicized?” No, I would not.

4. The Horrible Photo Tagger - They will tag you in ANYTHING, despite whether it is something that you would want your family members or co-workers to see or not. This is aimed to all those party animals that got a little camera happy at that crazy party last weekend.

The Dream Lake, where the water plays illusions on people’s minds

5. The Annoying One a.k.a The Rash - This person will follow you around Facebook and comment on everything you do.

(Insert name here) likes your status, your picture, your comment, etc. 6. The Quiz Meister - This person constantly posts the results of the new quiz they took. No one cares what season you are, or if you were a color, what you would be. 7. The Drama Queen - They update their status to something directed to one person and the problem they have with them. While quite entertaining, you should try to confront the person face to face. Confrontation is good, plus, you just make yourself look dramatic all the time. 8. The Animal Profile - They have no pictures of themselves, just their animals. As cute as your cat Fluffy is, she is not you, so people will have a hard time identifying you. 9. The Filterless - They will post updates about everything, even when it is something you would never, ever want to know. This is pretty self explanatory. Keep it to yourself.

By: Sarah Davis

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PAGE 8 FEATURE Guess That Senior By: Kyra Bacon

This senior was born in Panama City, FL, but raised in KG since she was 2! She wants a 1956 candy apple red Dodge Coronet, however her favorite color is green. Boston and Maggie are her two dogs; she also has a couple cats. Kati Bulluck is her best friend. Her middle name is Elizabeth and she likes to watch baseball. “I like to act and plan on becoming rather famous!”

Born and raised in Maryland, this senior loves boxing and the color red. He plans to go to college for criminal justice, and was best friends with Anthony Feather. He has lived in King George since the end of his 6th grade year and has one mean dog! His middle name is Donnel and he wants a Bugatti car.


Why Teachers Teach: It Is Not All About Money Janet Petit

Cont. from Page 7 Conestoga Wagon, 1908 Baker Electric, 1913 Stanley Streamer, and Rudolph Valentino’s 1925 Rolls Royce. Beside the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum is the Garden Maze. When entering the maze, people are handed a slip of paper. The slip of paper has four boxes. For the four boxes, there are four goals which have stamps. Once a person finds a goal, he or she stamps the box that goes with the goal. Once the person finds the four goals, they reveal a message. The message is the theme of the maze.

Statistics collected from Virginia’s Department of Education website. be able to live on what I make,” stated Mrs. Campbell. To add onto that, Mr. Jim Moyer, an Earth Science also an Astronomy teacher, exclaimed, “I have been working for such a long time, I have come to realize that kids make me want to stay and continue my job.” Some people even believe that money is the reason to leave the profession, but Mrs. Campbell could disagree, “I could never stop teaching.” But what about the low salary? Little do people know, Ms. Campbell also works a part time job to make up for the lost money over the 4 years. “I will just continue a part time job if that is what it takes.” Also, a surprising fact is that some teachers spend money on students; not the school’s money but their own. Out of pocket expenses are on them just to provide for the students, although it is not an expectation to do so, some teachers feel what

Halfway through the maze, there is a platform which is high enough to show the whole maze. Some people might use this to find their way out while others do not pay attention and keep on going. The maze can be confusing and frustrating, but fun at the same time. Luray Caverns is a great place to visit. It is in the mountains, so people who love nature and mountain scenery will love Luray. Luray is also for people who love to hear about history and how beautiful things, such as the caverns, are created and founded.

they use in class can affect students learning techniques.“We teachers put in an incredible amount of time and never take breaks,” Ms. Campbell says as she agrees that teachers should earn more. The question that people wonder the most is what makes them want to stay so badly? If a person has a low salary, why not quit and move on? The truth is teachers have more to them than students really see. Behind all of that yelling and work they are assigning, they really do care for the students. Ms. Campbell stated, “Honestly, the kids make me want to stay. I could never imagine leaving my job because I love opening up kids’ eyes and showing them what they can learn and what is possible.” So, before students think teachers are just mean grownups who have nothing better to do than ruin their lives, the truth is teachers do care for students and they are part of the reason that they stay.

TheWishingWell, where a total of $897,933.32 has been collected since 1954.



Everyone knows what teachers have to put up with, and it is not easy. They have to keep kids in line and teach us the education we need; without them, students would not be where they are now. The question is, do they get paid enough? Is their salary really acceptable when they influence the future of our country? Most people know the low salary that teachers earn, but have they ever gotten a raise working in King George? Ms. Melissa Campbell, a ninth grade English teacher, exclaimed, “We as teachers have not gotten any increase in payment for 4 years which means we have not gotten an increase in money. It would be easier to accept if the same zero raised salary went across the whole school community rather than everyone having different salaries.” Mrs. Jennifer Collins, an administrator, also knows it is hard to not have a raise for a while when she was in that same situation at one point. “It is a touchy subject, but every situation is different and it is difficult not having that raise, it goes around every state and it is not just us that are having that problem.” Although it is apparent that teachers do not earn as much as they should, there are still many opinions about their job. “Teaching is not for the money, we earn all the money we get because we work. You have to do what you have to do to get money and you have to raise your family and be able to live with what you have. Making money is not the reason why we’re here,” stated Mrs. Collins, trying to show that they are all there to do what they have to do. “I love my job and what I do. I did not go into teaching to make money, but I still need to


By: Aubrey Brown

By: Allison Trainum Who’s your favorite KGHS teacher? Mr. Richards What was your favorite subject during high school, and why? Science, because you get to learn about the world around you, what makes it up, and you get to dissect things, that’s the awesome part. What’s your most memorable moment of your high school years? Playing softball and the lovely adventures with Sarah Davis. What sports have you played? I did winter track for half a year, and let’s just say it’s too cold, and softball of course. What high school clubs were you apart of? Octagon Club, French Club, and Future Educator’s Association. What college are you attending? I will be attending Randolph-Macon College. What are you going to major in? I plan on double majoring in Elementary Education and Biology; a weird combination, but without science, I think I would be bored. Do you plan to live in KG after college? I think that living in King George would work for me; I like it here, for the most part. I’ve lived in a lot of places, and I kind of don’t feel like moving anymore. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I see myself wherever life may take me.

Fox Fire Student Newspaper - Issue 3  

The third issue in the 2010-2011 school year for King George High School's student newspaper.

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