LADUE PANORAMA NEWSPAPER
8.20.2018 VOLUME 67, ISSUE 1 LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL 1201 S. WARSON ROAD ST. LOUIS, MO 63124
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Meet the Panorama staff EDITORIAL STAFF
Editors-in-Chief: Hannah Suffian and Anya Tullman Managing Editor: Katie Shaw “Doctor Who.” Head Copy Editor: Adam Rush Design Editor: Felix Hu “Probably Friends.”
CONTRIBUTING STAFF Writers: Hieran Andeberhan, Daniel Chayet, Davina Lettau, Aman Rahman, Autumn Ryan, Hope Shimony and Cindy Wang Photographers: Faith Deddens, Rose Hauser,
Photographer-in-Chief: Zach Weller
Grace Hensley, Nicole Kalishman, Rahul Khanna,
In-Depth Editors: Anna Liner and Ande Siegel
Maggie Lochmoeller, Sunny Lu and Jillian Mann
News Editors: Connie Chen and Sydney Crump
Artists: Anna Cui, Jill Goldwasser, Allison Hsieh,
Features Editors: Katie Holland and Bradford Siwak “Vampire Diaries Sports Editors: Jackson Bry and Jacob Korn or New Girl. Opinions Editors: Cassie Beisheim and Alex Fu There’s too A&E Editors: Hugh Chan and Malavika Kumaran many.” Art Editors: Egret Jin and Jackie Zeng Panorama Photo Editor: Carolina Alisio Sports Photo Editor: Abbie Hoefer
Nathan Lu, Ale Pinon-Dickey, Louisia Yang and Michelle Zhou
Web Editors-in-Chief: Anik Jain and Will Minifie Business Manager: Stephen Bowen Social Media Editor: Sunny Lu Online Photo Editor: Burke Howe Adviser: Sarah Kirksey
Table of contents NEWS New staff
FEATURES ................................................................. 3
Kode With Klossy...................................................... 8 Model Karlie Kloss teaches six Ladue girls to code.
International Brain Bee .............................................. 9
Meet some of LHWHS’s new staff members. Calendar
Find out what’s going on the first month of school.
Senior places sixth at competition in Germany.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Astroworld review .................................................... 5
Cardinals Recap ....................................................... 10
Travis Scott released his third studio album Aug. 3.
The Cardinals are not living up to St. Louis’ high expectations. Find out why.
IN-DEPTH School map ......................................................... 6 & 7 Tour the greenhouse, teleconference room and more.
Impact Testing ......................................................... 11 Athletes are required to take a new concussion test.
Our policy Panorama is a monthly newspaper that strives to inform and entertain students, staff and community members and to uphold professional standards of accuracy and fairness. The publication hopes to engage the student body by eliciting dialogue among our readers. It aims to reflect the diversity of the population it serves and observe the journalistic principle of doing no harm. All surveys are completely anonymous. Panorama welcomes letters to the editors. Please bring signed letters to room 1311. Panorama reserves the right to revise submissions as long as original intent remains unaltered. Cover design by Hannah Suffian. Photo by Zach Weller. Table of contents design by Anya Tullman. Bylines display staff members’ Twitter handles. Panorama is produced 10 times per school year by the journalism class of Ladue Horton Watkins High School at 1201 S. Warson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63124. The publication lab is located in Room 1311, (314)-993-6447 ext. 5844. Read more stories online at laduelead.com. Follow @laduepublications on Instagram and @laduepanorama on Twitter.
with some of the new high school staff & QA CONNIE CHEN news editor | @iamconniechen
College Counselor Panorama: What is your favorite hobby? Chad Sisk: I have two children ages 6 and 4, and they take up most of my free time. I [also] enjoy playing basketball when I get the chance. P: What is something most people don’t know about you? CS: This early on in my days at [Ladue High School], most people don’t know anything about me. I think it’s important to note that I love chocolate, and I usually have a secret stash of it in my office.
Adam Durham Biology Teacher
Panorama: What do you love most about being a teacher? Adam Durham: I enjoy building relationships with the students to make the classroom a safe and engaging space for them to learn. P: What do you like about biology? AD: I enjoy teaching about how the human body is created and how it is such a well-engineered machine. P: Cats or dogs? AD: I have one of each. Please don’t make me choose.
SYDNEY CRUMP news editor | @sydneycrump4
Jessica Bitting Assistant Principal
Panorama: What is an interesting fact about you? Jessica Bitting: I was a firefighter before becoming a teacher. P: If you could give one piece of advice to a student, what would you say? JB: Be yourself and be relentless in pursuit of your passions. P: What is your greatest accomplishment? JB: Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician at 16 and volunteering in my community for the next six years.
Alicia Manders Chemistry Teacher
Panorama: If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Alicia Manders: Right in St. Louis. I grew up in the area, my family is still here and I love our city. P: What is your favorite food and why? AM: My favorite food is anything Italian, mostly because I love anything with carbs. I was called a “bread-a-tarian” as a child, and it still sticks. P: What is your favorite hobby? AM: I really enjoy participating in team sports and staying active.
CAROLINA ALISIO photo editor | @calisio30
Network Administrator Panorama: What is your favorite food? James Nahrgang: Does a Butterfinger candy bar count as food? P: What do you enjoy about technology? JN: The cool thing about technology is that if there’s a mundane or complicated task, you often can find ways to make technology do that task. P: What’s something you’d like people to know about you? JN: I’m married to a wonderful woman, and I have four really amazing kids.
D’Anté DuCassé Webmaster
Panorama: If you could give one piece of advice to a student, what would you say? D’Anté DuCassé: Think of what you love to do, and try to make a career out of it. P: What is your greatest accomplishment? DD: Graduating college. I am the first of several generations of my family to graduate with a college degree so for me that was a huge accomplishment. P: What are your hobbies? DD: I love to watch movies in my spare time. I enjoy all types of movies. There is not any type of movie that I won’t watch.
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ANDE SIEGEL in-depth editor | @andesiegel
Stay up-to-date on the first four weeks of sports, holidays and more.
20 Ram 21 Blue st Day of Freshmen and seniors get School laptops during
Freshman Parent Meeting @ PAC 6 p.m. and Open House @ 7 p.m.
Boys Varsity Football @ St. Louis University HS 7 p.m.
Girls Varsity Tennis @ Parkway Central HS 4:15 p.m.
Boys Varsity Soccer @ Parkway Central HS 6 p.m.
Girls Varsity Golf @ Clayton HS 3:45 p.m.
Sophomores and juniors get laptops during Seminar
Activity Fair during Seminar
Senior Kick Off Meeting @ PAC 7 p.m.
Boys Varsity Football @ Webster Groves HS 7 p.m.
SEPTEMBER Rosh Hashanah
Parent Coffee @ PAC 9:15 a.m.
Girls Varsity Softball @ St. Joseph's Academy 4:15 p.m.
Boys Varsity Swimming @ Lafayette HS 4:30 p.m.
What are you looking forward to this month?
Starting school senior year. I’m looking forward to my classes.
-Evan Mutic, 12
The new building opening and seeing what’s done.
-Cyon Sailor, 11
Getting into a new school, seeing new things [and] learning new things.
-John True, 9
What’s your favorite Tropical Moose flavor? ROSE HAUSER Photo editor | @rosehauser1
Molly Mullen (12) “I like fruity pebbles since it’s so refreshing. It’s a fun treat for the summer.”
Ron Weiss (10) “I like to get watermelon with nerds because I like watermelon everything.”
Lauren Cedergreen (11)
Lillian Ohlsen (12) “I get watermelon with ice cream in it. It’s quick and easy and delicious.”
“My favorite flavor is pink champagne fizz. Often I mix it with coconut.”
Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” is astronomical HUGH CHAN A&E editor | @hugheychan
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia)
w o years after his last album,
Travis Scott has released “Astroworld,” his third full-length solo studio album. As a successor to “Rodeo” and “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight,” albums beloved by both critics and fans alike, the anticipation towards “Astroworld” built up rapidly. Amidst heightened expectations, Scott has constructed a masterpiece that showcases his evolution both as an artist and as a producer. The album opens with “Stargazing,” a track that is almost guaranteed to be an instant hit. Both the hook and the verses have a catchy melody that
contains Scott’s signature ad libs, but it is his electronically altered falsetto chorus that makes the song stand out. When the track seems to be ending, the beat abruptly switches into a faster tempo with more bass, but the beats are intertwined well enough to keep both parts of the song smooth and enjoyable. “Stargazing” is the first of many tracks on the album to feature beat changes midway through; “Sicko Mode,” the third track, features not one but two beat changes. These rhythmic swerves serve as an indication of the production quality Scott and the rest of the producers maintain for this album. Similar to both of Scott’s previous full-length projects, the album heavily features a variety of other artists, but not all features strengthen the album. On “Carousel,” Frank Ocean is given a generous portion of the track, but his soft voice doesn’t fit with the momentum of the song and his talents are wasted. NAV’s brief 15-second verse on “Yosemite” is completely unnecessary and diminishes an otherwise outstanding track. Although there are no bad songs on “Astroworld,” “Carousel” and “Yosemite” are two tracks that would benefit from more of Scott’s talents and less time from featured artists such as Ocean and NAV.
Drake, 21 Savage and two-thirds of Migos contribute strong verses on the tracks “Sicko Mode,” “NC-17” and “Who? What?” respectively. “Stop Trying to be God” features Kid Cudi’s famous soul-healing humming, James Blake’s ethereal singing and even Stevie Wonder’s pipe-playing. The Weeknd supplies excellent vocals for “Skeletons” and “Wake Up,” two of the better tracks on the album. Scott’s fellow Houston native Don Toliver is the only feature to outshine Scott, with his melodic, high-pitched voice providing the foundation for “Can’t Say,” the album’s clear best song. With “Astroworld,” Scott has cemented his position as a top artist in this generation of music. Although still lyrically weaker than others, Scott’s sound and production has proven superior to the majority of his competition and helps make up the gap in lyrical prowess. Three solo albums into his career, Scott finally seems on the path to capture hard-earned Grammy-level stardom. v
Standout Tracks: “Stargazing,” “Skeleton,” “Wake Up,” “Can’t Say” Rating:
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whatâ€™s CASSIE BEISHEIM
opinions editor | @cassiebeisheim
in-depth editor | @liner_anna
Ladue students have spent the last two and a half years cramming into windowless classrooms and scurrying amongst the sawdust created by construction. Now, after enough inconvenience to gain students an extra minute of passing period, the student body and staff can finally experience the results: a brand new school. By placing emphasis on modernity as well as practicality, the
renovation has left the school brighter and more impressive than ever. There is so much to explore, from little perks like a coffee shop to classrooms without basketball hoops. Once instantly recognizable, Ladue is now a mystery to us all. Since new can sometimes be scary, here is a helpful guide pointing out some eye-catching features to relieve you of your understandable panic.
Featuring nine television screens at its front, the teleconference room is set up to mimic a college classroom. Elevated rows of blue chairs and podiums at the front of the class make it perfect for a lecture, discussion session or movie day for any time of the week.
With a day-to-day schedule t ing, spending time in the fres new classroom outside the b relieve stress and draw inspir
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Cafe Balcony Straight out of a high school movie, the cafeteria now features a balcony and staircase looking downward onto Ladue students.
From kindergarteners to seniors here at Ladue High, this new space will be utilized by all of the district to instill a love for biology like never before. Soon there will be a flourishing garden within these glass walls.
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h a day-to-day schedule that can feel overwhelmspending time in the fresh air is a must. With this classroom outside the breezeway, students can eve stress and draw inspiration for their art.
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Leveling the virtual playing field Bradford Siwak
features editor | @bradfordsiwak
ix Ladue girls make their way to Webster University’s downtown campus in the middle of June, ready to code. When their fingers meet the keys, everything clicks. Our society is driven by technology; this program encourages women to take a turn at the reins. Kode with Klossy, orchestrated by supermodel and St. Louis native Karlie Kloss, empowers teenage girls to learn code and pursue careers in technology. It is a free, two-week camp exclusively for teenage girls. New students are taught to code in Ruby and HTML/CSS programming languages. Returning campers move on to other coding languages. Many of Kode with Klossy’s girls are typically instructed not to pursue technological interests like coding, with adults subconsciously pushing social norms, in favor of more “female-friendly” hobbies. The camp also motivates teenagers who are not sure of their interests to broaden their knowledge in a booming industry. “I feel like this program really strengthened my incentive to learn more about coding,” Junior Christine Oyalo, a first-time camper, said. “I’m actually thinking about taking AP Computer Science. I don’t think I would’ve ever thought I could do it without this program. I’m interested to see where coding takes me.” In the future, Oyalo said she would rather apply to women’s coding programs than co-ed ones. She thinks communities of women are valuable in an industry that is frequently not welcoming to them. “There’s something about being around all girls and trying to pursue the same thing and [having] the
Party with karlie On a camp visit, Kloss
takes a selfie with each individual. The girls met Kloss twice “[Meeting Kloss] was weird because you’re so used to seeing her on your phone, through social media,” Oyalo said. (Photo curtosy of Christine Oyalo)
same type of ambition,” Oyalo said. “So I think that a general coding program wouldn’t serve to me as much as this program did.” Oyalo’s beleif that the camp’s gendered focus is essential is not an uncommon one. Kennedy Morganfield, a teaching assistant and threeyear staff member, agrees. “We became so close so quickly because we are united as an underrepresented population in the worlds of tech and STEM,” Morganfield said. “I can’t think of a more positive, supportive, empowering place to learn to code than the Kode with Klossy classroom.” Like all the campers, Oyalo was unable to spend an extensive amount of time with Kloss. However, she noted Kloss’ passion and genuine intentions, displayed by the program’s features. “I can tell her heart goes into this program,” Oyalo said. The instructors and the [teaching assistants] are very well picked... I felt like you really had to get to know them to know that they’re [really] good and everything was taken care of... She’s not in this for the money. She’s in this to empower young women and to help them with coding.” Morganfield, the aforementioned teaching assistant, provides some insight as to why some Ladue campers
wish to become staff members. “Volunteering was as much fun for me as learning—and I actually gained a better understanding of the programming languages by explaining them to someone else,” Morganfield said. “Participating in Kode With Klossy changed the trajectory of my career, my future, and my entire life.” The first-year campers were split in two groups with separate instructors and lessons. Senior Alice Breternitz was a member of the self-proclaimed “Bok Choy Koders.” The name originated from when two students did not know what the vegetable looked like. The class’ “obsession” grew from there. “People [asked] me if I had joined a camp or a cult,” Breternitz said. “We coded the board to just say bok choy over and over, we brought in bok choy and named it... Because of this inside joke that makes us sound insane to everyone else, we all became great friends.” After learning a few different programming languages, the campers started their final projects: their own websites. The campers were allowed to make any website they could conceptualize and develop during a three day period. Their projects ranged from a travel website to a digital jukebox. “My group built a website called ‘Hobby Hub,’ which was dedicated to helping people discover a hobby,” Breternitz said. “We explained the importance of a hobby, the many different types of hobbies, how someone can profit from one, and we added a quiz to help people find their ideal hobby.” Unlike Oyalo, Breternitz has always been interested in computer coding. She strongly recommends Kode with Klossy to all girls at Ladue who are even slightyly intrigued by STEM. “For me, [the camp] was life-changing,” Breternitz said. “This camp gave me so much more insight on what it’s like to actually have a career in coding.” v
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At the bee, no brain means no game
Senior Akhil Kondepudi places sixth in the International Brain Bee Championship KATIE SHAW managing editor | @katies1127
khil Kondepudi knows that this is no ordinary exam. Students from around the world have gathered in a room in Berlin, Germany for the experience of a lifetime. Palpable tension fills the space, heavier than humid air on a hot summer day. Everything has led up to this moment, and only those who have truly prepared will come out satisfied. Among a crowd of students, Kondepudi waits as the representative of the United States in the International Brain Bee Championship. The Brain Bee is a competition that tests students on their knowledge of different areas in neuroscience, such as intelligence, emotions and various diseases. The Brain Bee strives to incorporate many interactive elements. In addition to its multiple choice section, the exam includes live judging by a panel of neuroscientists, a patient diagnosis and a neuroanatomy practical exam. To advance forward, a student must receive first place at each level of the Brain Bee. Kondepudi won first place at the regional and national levels before placing sixth at the International Brain Bee. “First, I was surprised, as I didn’t expect to win [at the national level],” Kondepudi said. “Later, I felt excited because I was going to the International Brain Bee. Even
GOT BRAINS? Senior Akhil Kondepudi celebrates his hard work in the International Brain Bee with his sixth place trophy. He prepared for two years before the competition. “There isn’t a better way to get exposed to neuroscience than through the Brain Bee,” Kondepudi said. (Photo courtesy of Akhil Kondepudi)
though it really didn’t feel like I was representing the United States of America, I was definitely honored to be doing so.” Kondepudi prepared for this competition for the past two years. In 2017, he competed at the regional level but placed second and was unable to compete at the National Brain Bee that year. However, he chose to continue training, dedicating himself to winning the competition. “I was very proud of him,” Prasanna Kondepudi, Akhil’s mom, said. “Akhil is very hard-working.” Junior Shelei Pan is a friend of Kondepudi’s and worked with him on Science
Olympiad, another science-based competition. Pan has competed in the competition before and was surprised to discover that Kondepudi only placed sixth at the international level. “I honestly thought he was going to win, but it’s [the International Brain Bee],” Pan said. “Luck plays a small factor so you can’t really expect anything.” Kondepudi will not get a chance to compete in the Brain Bee again. Since he made it to the international level, the senior will not be allowed to participate during his final year of high school. Nevertheless, he feels lucky for being able to take part in the Brain Bee. “My appreciation of neuroscience has grown a lot after competing in the Brain Bee,” Kondepudi said. “So majoring in neuroscience is now a definite prospect for me.” All the hours Kondepudi spent studying from countless textbooks is what he said carried him this far. From competing at the Brain Bee, he gained knowledge, a potential job interest and a few medals and trophies. But, perhaps most importantly, he also gained inspiration from other competitors. “The passion that all of them had for neuroscience was really eye-opening,” Kondepudi said. “Where else can you meet a 14-year-old who knows as much about the brain as some neuroscience Ph.D.s?” v
Freshman class strikes a T-pose
KATIE HOLLAND features editor | @katiieholland
Panorama sits down with two freshman girls to try and figure out the grade’s obsession with T-posing
Panorama: What is T-posing? Izzy Bernickus: T-posing is a pose that is commonly used in creating 3D characters, since it is a pose in which the full body can be seen. The pose was later used to show your dominance and a funny meme. P: Why do you think this is such a popular meme? IB: I think because it’s so universal, anyone can do it.
Caroline Edgar: It’s definitely popular because everyone can do it, and there’s no way it can be offensive so everyone can find it funny. No controversy, no dialogue, just standing in a simple way. P: What makes this meme so funny? CE: It just looks really dumb because nobody does that pose in a normal setting, so it’s ridiculous to a point where its funny but not to a point where its weird.
QUICK PIC Freshmen Izzy Bernickus, Nora Fister, Tanuja Gunapooti, Bronte King-Levine and Jiya Singh pose for a picture at the outstanding citizenship ceremony at Ladue Middle School. (Photo courtesy of Bronte King-Levine)
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(Photo illustration by Zach Weller)
Hopes for a Red October fade
aseball optimists everywhere regularly call upon the famous Alexander Pope quote “hope springs eternal” at the beginning of a new year. Unfortunately for St. Louis, this season has left very little room for any hope. Things often look bright and hopeful at the beginning of a new season – well, baseball season that is. Cardinals’ fans tend to share a cautious optimism because of the franchise’s storied history and remarkable narrative of winning. The team has won 11 World Championships, only second to the New York Yankees, who have a baffling 27 World Series Titles. While other teams dream of playing in the postseason, Cardinals’ fans have come to expect a Red October year after year. Former manager Mike Matheny is one of the main reasons for the team’s struggles so far. Although he took the team to the brink of victory in the
2013 World Series and deep into the playoffs in seasons past, the team has underperformed the last two years of Matheny’s tenure. The Cardinals failed to reach the playoffs last year by one game, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be back this year. That should be considered unacceptable of the 11-time world champions. Matheny had to go. However, Matheny is not alone in shouldering the blame for the Cardinals’ poor showing. The players must be held accountable for their failings in the 2018 season. The Cardinals’ big offseason acquisition of Marcell Ozuna – who batted .312 with 37 home runs last year – is batting only .272 with 13 home runs in the 2018 campaign. Similarly, Dexter Fowler, who signed a contract worth $82.5 million, is batting a horrific .180 so far this season. Besides the individual performances from the players, the Cardinals as a whole have failed to live up to their past standards. The Redbirds were once known for their defensive prowess. This season, however, the
Blast from the past Quick facts about the Cardinals’ franchise history
Sources: ESPN Fox Sports Midwest
days since the Cardinals were in first place National League Central
the last time the Cardinals failed to make the playoffs three years in a row
Cards failed to make the postseason once during this time period
Jacob Korn sports editor | @jacobkorn13
Cardinals have been a defensive disaster, committing a Major League high 88 errors. Errors consistently lead to losses, and there should be no doubt the Cardinals have lost many games because of their defense. It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, the Cardinals had one of the best bullpens in the league with a team earned run average of 2.82. Since then, they have only gotten worse. Currently, the Cardinals have the sixthworst bullpen in baseball with a very disappointing 4.32 earned run average. Since Interim Manager Mike Shildt took over the club in mid-July, the Cardinals have had an overall winning record and have been playing with a spring in their step. For much of this season, the Cardinals were a deflated team that struggled to win. Now, they are a team that actually believes they can make it to the playoffs, and hopefully, they can salvage this dissapointing season and emerge victorious by the start of postseason. v Stats as of Aug. 10*
Cardinals reached the world Series three times: 1982, 1985, 1987
The Cards have won
past seasons the Cards have made the playoffs
Newly Ladue mandated test
student athletes Jackson Bry sports editor | @jbry422
ImPACT testing is a concussion baseline test that Ladue now requires for student athletes. Fall sport athletes had to come in over the summer to take the 45-minute test. Testing consists of memory challenges using different patterns, numbers and shapes. The goal is that after an athlete has suffered head trauma playing their sport, they take the test again. If their score goes down significantly, they enter the concussion protocol, which sidelines them for an indefinite period of time. “In years past, imPACT testing was an optional exercise for our kids, and if they wanted to take it they had to pay for it themselves,” Director of Activities Nick Gianino said. “We decided as a school district, in the best interest of our students’ safety, that we would pay for all of our students.” v
of Ladue students will partake in impact testing
Source: Nick Gianino
of the month Each month, Panorama picks a coveted athlete. This month’s featured athlete is senior rower Ainsley Watkins.
ROW YOUR BOAT Senior Ainsley Watkins takes
an oar down from the rack Aug. 8 at St. Louis Rowing Club’s boathouse located at Creve Coeur Lake. In season, Watkins spend hours at the boathouse almost every day. (Photo by Rose Hauser)
Panorama: What has been your favorite memory of rowing for St. Louis Rowing Club? Ainsley Watkins: My novice year at our regional championships we were rigging the boats, and we were standing there when a huge storm blew in out of nowhere. It started raining, and there was this crazy wind that blew one of the trailers over on its side, and we lost a lot of our boats. It was a crazy experience and it was a very vivid memory of mine. It was nuts. P: Can you tell me about some of your biggest accomplishments over the years? AW: This past year, I won a regional championship in the lightweight eight with my teammates. Then we went to nationals and got eighth overall. At the end of my sophomore year, we took second in regionals and third in the nation. This summer, I competed in the Philadelphia Penn AC Rowing Association as a member of their junior team.
USE YOUR HEAD Freshman Bernhard Von Ruecker, junior Dylann
Metheney, senior Lilly Ohlsen and sophomore Bella Kolf take the imPACT concussion baseline test Aug. 9. Fall athletes had to come in during summer in order to take the test. “The test is a baseline of cognitive ability that we’ll be able to go back and access if there is an issue throughout the season,” Gianino said. “In the long-term, it’s going to allow us to make informed decisions based on if students should be playing.” (Photo by Rose Hauser)
P: Do you have any former or present teammates that have inspired you? AW: My older brother, [Shawe Watkins], was always an inspiration to me because he is two years older than me and is kind of the reason why I got started rowing.