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Madison County High School March 2011

MCHS’s student newspaper

March 2011

First team

In this issue: Editorial: Distract me not.............................3 Relay for Life fundraising.............................3 Spring Tryouts............................................... 6 MCHS wrestler wins states...........................7 Surfer Blood bleeds quality indie music......8 Cover photo: Samantha McPeak/The Mountaineer


Students are taking on leadership roles at Madison County High School. Read more about the school’s emerging leaders on pages 4-5.

The Mountaineer

Chandler Gentry was named to the first team All-Bull Run District basketball team. Kathrine Johnson, girls head varsity coach, said Gentry “deserves to get the first team All-Bull Run District basketball team. She worked hard and played hard. She had the ability to get it.” John Berry/

On April 16, from 10:00am - 1:00pm student art work will be on display in the MCHS gym. Students can submit their art work for judging and win prizes! Submission is free. Please see Mrs. LaRoue, Ms. Goerge, Mr. Novack, or Mrs. Stell for more information. 2

Madison County High School 68 Mountaineer Lane Madison, VA 22727 Phone: (540) 948-3785 Email: Mission Statement The Madison Mountaineer’s purpose is to inform and educate our community as well as display our community spirit and virtues to the outside world. Policy We accept all submissions to the paper, but reserve the right to publish them based on content.

The Mountaineer Staff

Editor...................................................Maggie Vaillant Staff.............................Lindsey Aldridge, Kaiti Burger ............Jennifer Canavan, Ashley Dean, Jake Herrman .............................Keriann Ketterman, Kristen McPeak ..............................Samantha McPeak, Shawn Sudduth ................................Brittany Tasker, Kimberly Thomas Adviser....................................................Kate LaRoue March 2011 • The Mountaineer


Distract me not By Maggie Vaillant The Mountaineer Editor

How many high school students would rather do real research and write papers than do just about anything else? And what if that “anything else” involved things like taking advantage of technologies like computers, cell phones, and, of course, the all mighty Internet? As a high school senior, I know intimately the struggle faced by many, if not all, students between playing around on things like the computer and actually doing my work, whether it’s class work or homework. I face it every day, without fail. After all, the Internet alone has hundreds, if not thousands, of entertaining sites just waiting to suck up time and attention. And don’t forget the usually ever-present cell phone and, if you actually are at home, the television. With social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and, until a few years ago at least, MySpace, it’s easy to get caught multitasking while supposedly doing school work. Then there are the purely entertaining domains of YouTube and Hulu, where thousands of hours can be spent searching for and watching everything from Disney movies to TV show


clips. Of course, there are websites that specialize in games like Tetris, Pacman, and who knows what else. The point is that these days, the average teenager’s life is filled to the brim with distractions. There are millions of things besides actual assignments that everyone, myself included, would rather be doing. The problem is that the real world doesn’t nicely allow us to immerse ourselves in these distractions and forget what we should be doing forever. No, the world wants us all to actually do our work. Bummer, huh? There are many suggested ways to avoid the temptation of distractions. Most of them involve clearing off the workspace and removing all unnecessary items from the surroundings. However, as helpful as those things are, there is one thing that is much more helpful, and certainly more necessary: will power. This article was written in an hour, and it was all possible because I made the decision to pay attention to what I needed to do and not to what I wanted to do. You just have to figure out what should come first. Then, you have to do it.

“I am power teacher.” Perry McSherry MCHS English teacher

Relay For Life

Sweethearts for a Cure

Spaghetti dinner raises money for county efforts By Keriann Ketterman The Mountaineer

The Madison County Relay for Life held a spaghetti dinner Feb. 13 as part of its first chapter-wide fundraising event, with the theme of Lady and the Tramp and “Sweethearts For a Cure.” All money raised went to the Madison’s Relay For Life efforts. “This year our goal is to raise over $45,000 as a community,” said Lorrie Ketterman, Madison Relay for Life sponsorship chairman. They served over 60 meals, including carry out. “The Country Troubadours,” a band from Madison and Culpeper, provided entertainment. Teams were allowed to set up at the event to raise money in the name of their teams. The Social Butterflies were raffling off two gift baskets, and the Blazing Angels team did a 50/50 raffle. Sherry Cassity, team captain of the Pink Angels, was and is raffling off an Afghan blanket, whose winner will be chosen at the Searching and Soaring for a Cure event held Apr. 17. The organization hopes to make this an annual event that will continue to raise money. “Our ultimate goal is to create a world with more birthdays” Ketterman said.

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A student takeover ...

For a day, seniors assume new roles By Samantha McPeak The Mountaineer

On Feb. 25, the senior class of 2011 took on the positions of teachers and administrators throughout the district as part of the Student Leadership Day events. The idea for a Student Leadership Day came from an activity that Gail Temple does with her freshmen seminar class where the underclassmen chose to shadow a teacher for a day, and Dr. Matthew Eberhardt, superintendent of Madison County Public Schools, asked that it be expanded into a county-wide event. The seniors were given a sheet to sign up for the top three classes, teachers, or administrators that they would like to take over or shadow for a whole school day. The students, after signing up, were placed by the school principals who determined which senior would be best suited for which position. “Although it was a quickly put together activity, we hoped it would be a great accomplishment” Josh Walton, vice principal of MCHS remarked. When asked how he felt about a student taking on his position, Social Studies teacher Casey Stanton responded, “I think its a wonderful opportunity for the student to be able to experience the rigors and rewards of the profession of teaching, in the eyes that we do everyday.” Even though everything ran smoothly the day of the event, there were some concerns from teach4

Sam Landolt gestures to the board, explaining displacement. He took over first year teacher Shane Conlon’s Physics and Principals of Engineering class on Student Leadership Day, Feb. 25. Samantha McPeak/The Mountaineer

ers around the school as the day approached. Some teachers at the high school were upset over how quickly the event was put together and wished they had received more information so as to be better able to plan for the seniors being in their classrooms. Another concern included one from health and nutrition teacher Jane Penn Hollar, “My concerns would be how the students are going to respond to having one of their fellow peers managing the classroom and possibly disciplining behavior.” When asked how would she handle a behavior issue if put in the situation, Sara Murray, a current senior who took the position of a second grade teacher at Madison County Primary School, replied, “I will take the necessary precautions that I need to, but usually with second graders it’s about talking to them and getting them to understand that they need to understand what is going to help them learn.” In order to make sure the seniors all understood their roles properly, the students had a meeting on Friday Feb-

ruary 18, prior to the Senior Leadership Day. In that meeting, they were not only assigned their educator; they also discussed plans for the special day. According to the handout the students were given, the week of the event Leadership Day started with greetings and refreshments in the cafeteria. The students then participated in the first Reality Store, held in the high school gym. The Reality Store is a “real world personal finance game,” as it was stated on the handout. The students were given a job, salary, etc, and then, throughout the event, they traveled to various booths to take care of essential life needs like insurance for a house, buying a car, etc. The purpose of the event was to give the seniors a taste of real-world jobs and responsibilities according to Walton. After the Reality Store, the seniors traveled to the classes they were involved with for the day. While in the class, depending on the educator, the See Leadership, page 5 March 2011 • The Mountaineer

... Senior Leadership Day

[left] Acting the part of P.E. teacher Ms.Johnson, Kyle Davis grades papers for the Drivers Ed. class. [top right] Cody Banks explains Geometry problems from a worksheet during Mrs. Wilson’s class. [bottom right] Dylan Kidwell shadowed Mr. Nobblit during his Agriculture class, one of Kidwell’s events for the day. Samantha McPeak/The Mountaineer

“It was a really great experience, and it was really cool to have my ideas listened to.”Nick Camillucci March 2011 • The Mountaineer

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seniors were told that they would be doing some of the following: shadowing the teacher or educator, assisting with students as the teacher saw fit, teaching a short lesson assigned by the teacher, or even teaching something from an area of their own expertise. The seniors spent the day doing some of the following: shadowing the teacher or educator, assisting with students as the teacher saw fit, teaching a short lesson assigned by the teacher, or even teaching something from an area of their own area of expertise. Taking on the role of Principal Mike Sisler, Nick Camillucci said “the role of administration from all the others is that you get first hand

experience of how the school runs, and how everything continues to be dealt with throughout the day.” Clare Moretz, who took on the role of Vice principal, states that if she could choose any other class to be in charge of, she would still pick administration. Overall, the first annual Student Leadership day was a success according to the everyone; the teachers, administrators, and especially the senior class of 2011. “I though it was a really great experience, and it was really cool to have my ideas listened to,” said Camillucci about the event. According to Walton, this will be something that they plan on doing in the future for the upcoming classes. 5

Athletes spring into tryouts By Lindsey Aldridge and Brittany Tasker The Mountaineer

Boys soccer tryouts were held Monday through Friday, with head coach Jacob Martens and assistant coach Tim Bostic focusing on conditioning on the first day of tryouts. On the second day, the coaches focused on basic skills and on the third day, they split up the prospective players into varsity and junior varsity teams. The players scrimmaged each other on the final day. “After all that week of tryouts, hopefully we will make it to states or regionals,” Daniel Adams told The Mountaineer. The Mountaineers’ boys soccer team plays its first game, at home, against Orange March 17 at 5:30 p.m. Baseball tryouts took place Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. During the tryouts head coach Tom Butterworth, along with assistants Drew Eanes, Billy Mitchell and David Londry, had players running, batting, fielding ground balls.

This year’s team has just three seniors. “I am excited because we are going to work very hard all year to be able to win districts and move onto regionals,” said Collin Tucker. “By working hard this year, it will prepare us to be a better team next year.” To start the regular season off, the varsity boys will be playing at home March 14 at 7:00 p.m. Track practices started Feb. 22 and were to continue until Feb. 28. The first week of practice was primarily for more experienced team members expected to contend for regional and state berths. Junior Kaitlyn Mallory said she enjoys being a part of the team. “I like track because I can improve on my throwing, and I can hang with my friends,” Mallory said. Madison’s first meet is March 23 at home against Orange and William Monroe.

In response to a survey by The Mountaineer, spring athletes called this year’s tryouts challenging, though answers ranged widely from easy to hard, competitive to challenging and stressful to boring. Spring athletes at Madison had tryouts from Feb. 21 through Feb. 25, except for track, which had tryouts a day later, with cuts expected to take place for varsity and junior varsity teams this week. Anna Kelliher, who made the varsity softball team, said tryouts were intense and cold. “Since I have been to three previous softball tryouts before this season, I am used to how tryouts work,” Kelliher said. “The toughest thing for most people is the running.” The softball tryouts lasted from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, and included running, batting and fielding ground balls. With head coach Jesse Yowell and assistant coach Jimmy Aylor, the varsity softball team is preparing for this upcoming season. To start off the regular season, the varsity softball team will be playing Warren County at home on March 14 at 7 p.m. Girls soccer tryouts were held Monday through Wednesday, and the varsity and junior varsity teams were selected. The first day of tryouts was skills-based and the other two days conditioning. For junior varsity, the new head coach is Corey Hinckley. “I am excited because I am with all my friends,” said Abby Bowman, who made the JV team. “I love soccer very much and this season will be amazing.” The varsity girls soccer head coach is Danny Crigler and the assistant coach is Devon Milbourne. On March 7 the varsity girls and boys will be Coach Martens and assistant coach Bostic watch the varsity boys soccer tryouts Friday. traveling to Fluvanna for a scrimmage. LaRoue/The Mountaineer 6

March 2011 • The Mountaineer

Madison wrestlers do well at states Jewett wins Group A state title in Salem By Jennifer Canavan The Mountaineer

On February 19, 2011, four Madison County High School students competed in the Group A wrestling state championship in Salem, Virginia. Senior Ethan O’Connell, belonging to the 130 pound weight class, placed third. O’Connell had a personal record of 33-3 this particular season. O’Connell placed all four years of high school, placing second last year at states. He is Madison’s leader with 181 wins, and 146 pins. Senior, Danny Camunas, part of the 145 pound weight class, placed seventh with a personal record of 30-11. This was his first trip to states. Camunas beat a Strasburg wrestler twice, whom he had never beaten before. “He [Camunas] had an outstanding senior year," head coachMike Sacra, wrote in an email. Jacob Welch, became the third freshman to make states, keeping a personal record of 26-15 throughout the season. Junior Anthony Jewett, competing in the 160 pound weight class, became number one in the state, winning the VHSL Group A state championship. Jewett’s personal record all season is 39-2. Jewett feels great about his recent accomplishment; he enjoys all the excitement and congratulations. To prepare for wrestling season; he worked out, lifted weights, and March 2011 • The Mountaineer

Anthony Jewett takes down one of his opponents at the Group A state meet in Salem. Jewett won the state title in the 160 pound weight class. John Berry/

ran. Sacra said, “The boys will take a month off then they will start up doing some off-season wrestling; one or two days a week of conditioning. Some of the boys also do other active sports such as cross country and football.” Sacra recommends foods and beverages such as fruits, vegetables, pasta, a peanut butter sandwich, water, and Gatorade. Sacra said, “Some of the boys have to reduce calorie intake.” However, Jewett’s eating habits don’t vary much during the season, he just tries to eat a little less, and he also tries to eat pasta the two previous days before a match. This season, Jewett tried harder to work with the team as a whole. To prepare for his matches during states he stretched, and warmed up, and he also typically tries to map out the matches in his head. Sacra recommends that they plan out every match as if its a state match, to keep the boys on their feet. “I thank one of my best friends for helping prepare me for many matches. We go out and do something similar to wrestling, and he beats on me to get me prepared,” Jewett explained. Jewett, commenting on his final match said, “Oddly enough I felt

calm, I was mostly nervous for the match before that actually.” When asked about his opponent he described him as “tall, strong, and fast. I was thinking if I can keep up with him, I may be able to wear him out, he didn’t have very good conditioning, and I just tried to outlast him.” During that final match Sacra was anxious. He said that “since Jewett is a junior he now has the chance to become a two-time state champion.” Sacra said about Jewett’s strengths that, “He’s good on the bottom and top, and not many people can keep him on the mat. He lacks confidence in his take down, he’s better on the mat then on his feet.” When asked the same question, Shane Conlon, the assistant coach; said, “He’s very level headed. He’s generally happy and he doesn’t get too down over his loses.” According to Conlon, “Scorpion [Jewett] lived up to his potential.” During the off-season Sacra recommends that the wrestlers attend “camps and clinics.” Sacra said, “Jewett will have to work harder next See Wrestling, page 8 7

Surfer Blood bleeds quality indie music By Shawn Sudduth The Mountaineer

Don't let their name fool you. Surfer Blood isn't some hardcore metal band. In fact it’s far from it. The group’s songs sound more like surfer rock with some indie rock mixed in. The sound can be compared to Weezer, another rock band who is famous for the song “Beverly Hills,” and according to, Surfer Blood is “every bit as easy and fun to air guitar with as it is to sing along to.” Its debut single, “Swim (to reach the end)”, was produced through Pitchfork Media and, according to, ended at number 37 in Pitchfork’s top 100 songs of 2009. According to Aol Music, the band originally consisted of Jason Paul Pitts and his friend, Tyler Schwarz. Pitts sang and played guitar, while Schwarz beat the drums and together, they played their way through high school. Eventually they became Surfer Blood in

2009, after uniting with bassist Brian Black, percussionist Marcos Marchesani and guitarist Thomas Fekete. Unlike a lot of bands who are just starting off, Surfer Blood began recording and touring rather quickly. Aol Music notes that the group became more popular after its performance at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn. Then it began touring with bands like Art Brut and Japandroids, and soon after released their debut album, “Astro Coast” in 2010. Surfer Blood has released ten tracks, including “Swim,” “Floating Vibes,” “Harmonix” and “Take It Easy.” “Swim,” according to, is even going to appear as a playable song in the upcoming video game, “Power Gig: Rise of the SixString. The group’s songs are not instantly recognizable, but then, much of indie music is like that. However, Surfer Blood, with a good listen, has the potential to reach greatness.


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During the off-season Sacra recommends that the wrestlers attend “camps and clinics.” Sacra said, “Jewett will have to work harder next season, because now he’s got a bulls-eye on his back.” Sacra plans to focus on getting more film for next year. When asked if he thinks the wrestling team will be as successful next year as they were this past season he replied, “It’s too early to tell. We’ll have to add numbers to the team, but anything can happen.” When asked what his overall opinion was about this season, Conlon said, “It was very good, I was pleased to take four students to states and have three place.” Sacra explained, “There are always ups and downs, we’ll get Anthony Jewett and Jacob Welch back, but we’ll lose seniors such as Ethan O’Connell and Danny Camunas, that we'd like to keep around.” 8

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