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NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Use of synthetic drugs, such as K2, has skyrocketed in recent months and even proven fatal to many teens in the Metro-Detroit area.
Erin Antonishen News Editor
The recent teen-family brutality that has been effecting the metro Detroit area in recent weeks raises flags that the use of synthetic drugs is peaking within today’s youth. K2, also known as spice, is a drug that has been fluctuating between legal boundaries for years within the state of Michigan. Known as the synthetic version of marijuana, spice is a mixture of herbs and spices that is sprayed with a chemical compound comparable to THC. However, dangers have arisen within the drug as information about its side effects, temporary and prolonged, are only now becoming available. Teenagers across the United States have been abusing this legal high and the dangers that coincide are becoming steadily clearer. Calling this drug “incense” softens the dangers of the substance, stripping it of its drug affiliation and giving it a more innocent appeal. This substance is marketed as a “safe”
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alternative to marijuana, however the package it is found in is labeled with the warning: “not for human consumption” in hopes to tell users otherwise. The abuse of K2 could be an issue of false advertising. Gas stations are selling K2 mindlessly, making revenue from drug thriving teens. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration considers the five active ingredients found in Spice/K2 as Schedule I controlled substances.These substances are illegal to buy and sell, but manufacturers are seeking loopholes and substituting slightly altered chemicals into this herb mixture to escape illegal territories. Within the Metro-Detroit area, violence has been reported as a result of the use of K2. Tucker Cipriano, 19 year old from Farmington Hills, recently bludgeoned his father to death and sent his mother and 17 year old brother into severe medical conditions in order to secure more money to fuel his spice
June 1 Last day of school for the graduating class of 2012. Congratulations seniors!
habits. Evidently, according to The Detroit Free Press, Cipriano had found himself dependent on spice in order to kill his family. As the twentieth century continues to pan out, teen drug use is on an ultimate uprise. Lahser’s health teacher, Kathy Abbot, comments, “Spice, as shown by the three deaths in Oakland County alone, causes rage and heart problems.” She continued, “Gas stations need to cut off their sales of these synthetic drugs.” In the case of Cipriano, it is clear that K2 can lead to highly dangerous side effects. Unlike other drugs, spice is relatively new. As more and more incidents involving synthetic drugs continue to occur, research is being done to expose the dangers Spice carries within its “not for human consumption” contents. The case of Tucker Cipriano has set precedent within the Oakland County area that spice is indeed a danger to the teen population and that it is not to be abused.
May 31-June 2 This year’s spring play Moon Over Buffalo opens in the auditorium May 31st, June 1st and 2nd.
June 10 Commencement for the class of 2012 at Oakland University.
The Food and Drug Administration insists that sale for human consumption is not advised. Physcological affects include panic attacks and giddiness. Some users abuse spice by making it into tea. Spice is sometimes referred to as Bombay Blue, Black Mamba, or Genie. The name “Spice” comes from the Frank Herbert Dune series of books.
June 15 Last day of school for grades 9-11. Have a nice summer!
Unification plan passes May 8th
Andover & Lahser set to combine as one unified high school in Fall of 2013 Julia Lee Staff Writer
BABY YOU’RE A FIREWORK Gov. Rick Snyder legalizes the use of giant firecrackers in the state of Michigan Courtney Eathorne News Editor Pyrotechnics rejoice: the crack is back! Giant firecrackers, that is. The summer of 2012 will without a doubt be one to remember, especially since Governor Rick Snyder passed a bill in December that took effect on January 1st to legalize the sale and use of major fireworks in the state of Michigan. In the past, Michiganders were forced to take a trip south of the border to Indiana or Ohio to satisfy their craving for above-the-ground fireworks; but not anymore. This bill not only pleases citizens, but will also stimulate Michigan’s hurting economy. Rep. Harold Haugh of Roseville, a key proponent of the bill, commented, “…it places Michi-
gan on an equal playing field and generates much-needed revenue and jobs to our state.” Residents no longer need a special permit to shoot fireworks high into the air and are no longer limited to your basic sparklers. A safety fee of 6% will be placed on the fireworks when purchased in addition to the state sales tax. Overall, this legislation is a great addition to the magic that is a Michigan summer and puts an end to the nonsense of illegal firework trafficing. State officials as well as police and fire departments are prepared for the damage that large-scale firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles can cause and urge residents to always take extreme caution when handling any explosive device.
Bloomfield Hills found middle ground with the exisitng 2012 plan. Some existing space of Andover will be used, Upon the conclusion of the contraver- while new spaces for academics, sial proposal for a unified Bloomfield arts, and sports will be built. The two Hills High School, May 8th, the bond schools will merge and function under was able to pass with a 61 percent mar- the one Bloomfield Hills High School gin. Bloomfield voters approved a $59 in the fall of 2013. million bond to unify the schools under Superintendent Robert Glass shared one roof by renovating and expandhis excitement for the future of Blooming the current Andover campus. With field Hills High School. “I think it will enrollment at both Lahser and Andover be one of the finest facilities in the below 975 students and continuing country. It will give the schools a lot on a downward trend, maintenance of flexibility, and the environment of costs have been increasing at the same the school will be student-centered to time. State funding, however, has been enable teachers and students to do their dwindling for the 50 year old schools best work.” in recent years, leaving the district With Bloomfield Hills High School with uprising financial troubles. The estimated to facilitate about 1,800 stupassed bond proposal aims to cure dents, supporters of the bond say that a these financial worries and increase the bigger high school will allow students to form a wider range of sports teams and activities that could not have I’m very excited for the been accommodated by the two small future of Bloomfield Hills. schools. However, opponents of the bond -Superintendent are concerned that a bigger school would not benefit students. Jamie Ryke Robert Glass voiced his disappointment with the results, “I don’t see why we need a new education within Bloomfield as a building, and I don’t look forward to district. paying more taxes.” Andrea Ford, a mother of a LahWith the bond passing, the issue ser student expresses her happiness of the schools merging appears to be with the result. “I’m relieved that the over. The focus for Bloomfield Hills proposal passed. This is a long-term will now be helping the students make investment for both our district and a smooth transition into the unified children.” Parents, students, and staff Bloomfield Hills High School. “We’ll alike are ecstatic about the passing have to work very hard to truly unify bond and see a bright future for the the school and the student body.” entire Black Hawk community. Superintendent Robert Glass said. “I’m Costing less than the two previous very excited for the future of Bloombonds that have been proposed, field Hills.”
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SHOULD JUNIORS AND SENIORS ATTEND THE SAME PROM? It’s a Senior Thing
Next year Lahser will see two proms- one for Juniors and one for Seniors. But should it?
The More the Merrier By Courtney Eathorne News Editor
By Erin Antonishen News Editor
Fact of life: juniors work harder in school than seniors. It’s just the way it is. One day In the movies, we see prom as a night full of smiles, streamers and happy high school juniors will become seniors and the work ethic will magically diminish, but for the time couples dancing the night away. Almost like a fairytale, the decadence and excitement that coincides with prom is something special, something that high school students being, 11th graders deserve a reward for all they have accomplished in high school thus should spend the duration of their high school days anticipating. Serving as one last far. Prom is a way to celebrate the year that has passed with one last hoorah before evhoorah for the senior class to come together and rejoice as one before their lives take them down new roads in college, prom night is a privilege. By bringing juniors into the eryone parts ways for the summer. Lahser is a relatively small school. Sure, schools picture and allowing them to participate in prom destroys the symbolic aspect that prom that boast 2000+ students may not have the means to book a venue for both juniors and seniors, Lahser’s student body stands at just fewer than 900; we carries with it. Who says juniors are privileged enough to join can certainly provide a prom for that number of students. in on this special night? They still have an entire Furthermore, having a small school also means that stuyear of high school to celebrate together. Sedents are more likely to date outside of their own grade. niors, however, do not. So why bring juniors If juniors were not given the opportunity to go to prom, into the picture? Prom, as cliche as it sounds, there would be many unhappy dual-grade couples out is a night to remember. A night for the enthere demanding a night with their loved one. Prom is tirety of the senior class to be together supposed to be fun and drama-free, and even though it’s in one place, celebrating the last four no secret that a drama-free prom is very rarely the case, years they spent together and to creallowing juniors to attend does resolve any problemsate final memories with their fellow it really just helps create more. classmates. And while speaking of drama, how up in arms Sure there are couples within will the Junior class be when their right to go to different grades, but that doesn’t prom with the Seniors is revoked? mean that the entire junior class Lahser has set a precedent of allowing should be given the privilege to Juniors to go to prom in addition to the Sea memorable night at prom. Juniors- something that simply seems silly niors and Seniors celebrating to take away in the school’s final year. prom together kills the idea of If at Bloomfield Hills High School prom. As seniors try to enjoy there are enough students to only have their final high school dance, a Senior prom then fine; but everyone they’re surrounded by juniors. seems to forget that we are not yet a Juniors who are only taking unified school and that we are still inaway from the significance that deed Lahser. prom night can carry with it. The Anyways, Lahser is one of the few way I see it, prom is a privilege. schools in the area which offers Prom Prom is a stepping stone on the path to Juniors- not even Andover allows it. towards graduation. Its the final stone Surely we want to keep something enbefore seniors put on their cap and gown tirely unique to out school which helps and walk across the stage to part ways with set it apart? their high school affiliation. The more the merrier! It’s true that Senior CaroWhy bring juniors into the picture when Homecoming and Sadie Hawkins’s dancline Eagan they have an entire year left of their high es are the most fun when a larger number and Junior school experience to long for prom? By of people attend. Prom is no different- the Brian making prom a senior only event, it makes more people there, the better the annual Keener the event that much more memorable. dance will be.
A Letter From the Principal
Mr. Hollerith addresses the Class of 2012 as they look to the future.
To the Class of 2012: How quickly four years comes to an end and the next phase of your life begins. From going through freshmen orientation to winning Knight Games, I hope your experience has been enriching. It has been rewarding to see your extraordinary accomplishments whether in the classroom, on stage or in the field of competition. In developing your own talents, you have enriched the quality of our school community and reaffirmed Lahser school pride and spirit through your leadership. Hopefully, many of you have found a passion or interest at Lahser which will guide you to further success at college or in a career. I hope Lahser has also been a place where many life-long friendships were made but also given you the self-confidence to forge future relationships. Your character, including you trust and loyalty, will continue to define you in the days ahead. Please make the most of your future opportunities remembering to not forget others who helped you along the way. I join the staff in congratulating you on a job well done and wishing you the best of luck in the days ahead. Go Knights! Sincerely, Mr. Charlie Hollerith Principal
A Farewell from Class Sponsor Ms. Scott
Media Specialist and Mentor for the Class of 2012 wishes the seniors good luck. To the Class of 2012: It has been a pleasure spending these last four years with you both as your media specialist and your class sponsor. I am confident that you will enter this next phase of your lives with not only purpose and determination but also compassion and caring. Before embarking on your next adventure, allow me to give you a bit of advice. Take risks! You will undoubtedly be presented with many options in the next few years, and some of them may take you out of your comfort zone. It’s important to extend yourself beyond what you already know. Some of the best life experiences will result from taking a leap of faith into the unknown. Meet new people and be open to new ideas. Getting to know new people will not only lead to new friendships but also to fresh experiences. You will befriend
people from all walks of life, and they will offer something unique that forms their identity and can influence yours. Successfully interacting and communicating with others, especially those that are different from you, is an invaluable skill that you will need for the rest of your lives. Embrace those similarities and differences, and celebrate your shared experiences. Balance work and play. It is important to make the most of your college experiences, and this means creating a good equilibrium between your studies and your social lives. Both aspects of college are essential in becoming a well-rounded graduate, but concentrating on one more than the other can lead to an imbalance. The knowledge that you gain is the foundation for your future success, and the social aspect will facilitate your ability to network, communicate, and work well with others. College is sup-
posed to be fun! But not too much fun… My final piece of advice is that you should always keep in mind what makes you happy. Throughout life, you will learn that prioritizing and compromising are required. Always remember what is most important to you, whether it’s family, friends, career, or travel. As long as you are making decisions that ultimately lead to your happiness, you should go with your gut. While everyone makes mistakes, the biggest mistake is regret. Take advantage of every opportunity in the near and distant future, and live your lives to the fullest. I wish you all the best of luck and congratulate you on a job well done! All the best, Ms. Scott
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THE INTERNET UNDER ATTACK
SOPA was merely the vanguard of the government’s strike against the internet; now more fearsome bills are to follow. By Chace Lauring Staff Writer Internet freedoms are under attack. Here in America and internationally laws are being pushed forward that limit citizen’s basic rights and disrupt free access to the internet. If you pay attention to news or social media at all you will remember the fierce protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act back in January, 2012. If passed, the bill would have allowed private companies to force internet service providers to remove websites without a court order, could possibly have destabilized the entire internet, and ironically would have had almost no effect on internet piracy. While that bill has been tabled for the moment, other bills both new and old have taken their place as threats to internet freedom. SOPA wwill act in the futre as a catalyst to show just how much the government can control our daily lives The Protect Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, also known as PIPCA, is another major threat cleverly
using the “protect the children” bandwagon mentality to shove through Congress. The name of the bill is merely a disguise, as no one wants to be the congressman that opposed protecting children. In reality, the bill imposes restrictions on internet users and gives police broad powers that have nothing to do with child predators. The act would require internet service providers to retain users IP addresses and “subscribers’ names, addresses, length of service, telephone numbers, and means and sources of payment for services”. The bill will also allow police to access this information without a warrant and without probable cause. More disturbing than any other bill is ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is an international bill with over thirty international signatories including the United States and the European Union. Under the terms of the agreement, internet service providers in all participating countries will be required to monitor everything that users download, and are required to report users for anything that
might be copyright infringement. They are also required to report internet users for anything that goes against the agreement and government policy. Under this act, internet service providers will monitor and store anything and everything that you do online. The bill also allows searches and investigation of the stored information without warrant or probable cause. Users do not have to be under suspicion of a crime to have their private information viewed. Nothing will ever be private again under the terms of this bill. The real threat of this bill is that it is being discussed and voted upon entirely in secrecy. Until documents were leaked, nothing was known about it. If citizens don’t know about the bill, then there can be no protests to stop it. Bills of this nature are introduced all the time, the only way to stop them is to be vigilant and protest. While protests worked with SOPA, with so many new versions being introduced it’s only a matter of time until one slips through the cracks and makes the internet a place without freedom.
A Game-Changing Election
November’s presidential race may decide the debate over Same-Sex Marriage. By Michael Gawlik Opinion Editor
On May 9th, Barack Obama made history as the first President in office to announce his support for the rights of same sex couples to marry. The next day allegations were brought against Republican nominee Mitt Romney about his days at Cranbrook spent bullying homosexual students. So as two polar opposite sides charge towards winning the White House in November, it’s clear that the a line will be drawn when America votes for its next president.
But, to be totally honest, the announcement should make little change to his proportion of supporters. Obama is the most liberal president to ever have been; if the American public was unable to infer his position on same sex marriage prior to now, our society really needs a reality check. Anybody who bases their vote on the homosexual rights probably won’t be swayed because of the announcement; whether for or against it, chances are people will have had their minds already made up beforehand. On the other hand, the recent news of Romney’s boyhood days of gay bashing
This is the first time same sex marriage will be made a public spectacle in a federal election; the issue, while relatively young, is gaining rapid attention from both supporters and opponents. Though historically a touchy issue which perfectly defines the traditional versus progressive debate so central to American politics, the two candidates recent stands on same sex rights have removed all bars which have previously prevented attention in a presidential election. Obama’s decision to announce his support for same sex couples will, obviously, guarantee him the vote of every equal rights supporter in America. However the move was also risky, as he may endanger his favorable position with less extreme liberals.
girl” at Lauber after he spoke. They also remember Romney never being punished. While such hate crimes themselves may have a negative impact on Romney’s campaign, what is even more disturbing is Romney’s claim to remember nothing. Sure, everyone makes mistakes, especially when they are young. But at least Romney could take a cue from his friends and be big enough to own up to his mistake and apologize. To make a mistake is one thing; to refuse that it ever happened, whether it be because of pride or shame or whatever, is something far worse. America likes to remember the bad more
could very much jeopardize his chance of gaining votes. On May 10th, the Washington Post released an article accusing Romney of bullying a student at Cranbrook School who was commonly thought to be homosexual. The student, John Lauber, returned from spring break one year with bleached blonde hair and an unorthodox haircut; Romney, who continuously mused over how much he hated the new trim, took it upon himself a week later to cut Lauber’s hair- by holding him to the ground with a gang of friends. While Romney claims to have no recollection of the event, five classmates of the young politician say they remember the day clearly. They also recall Romney mocking his victim in class, calling “Atta
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than the good; Romney’s actions will probably more prominent in the minds of voters than Obama’s act of support. Regardless of whom it is directed towards, Romney’s hate will certainly do him a disservice in the eyes of the nation. The way America votes may too determine the rights that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will have in coming years. An answer, whether good or bad, will soon come for them. An agenda has been set by both candidates; Obama’s made by conscious decision, Romney by a past come back to haunt him. America has been presented with two clear choices on the issue of same sex marriage. The time for neutrality is up; in November, people are going to have to make a decision.
A Farewell to Innocence
Young suicide brings to light the traumas of adolescence. By Michael Gawlik Opinion Editor
An unnamed Detroit boy recently was found by his sister with a belt around his neck, dead. He was seven. He was seven and he committed suicide. If that doesn’t say something about the state of our society, what does? As described by the Detroit city police chief, this event was “unfathomable”. The trouble, however, is that no matter how unbelievable and sad such a tragedy may be, it still happened. Few details have been released surrounding the case beyond that the boy suffered from bullying at schools and his parents were soon to be divorced. It’s also known that he suffered from depression and was seeing a local pastor for guidance. Although no comment is yet to be released from the boy’s family, it’s less than necessary to say that they are likely traumatized. Suicide, whomever it may take, is devastating. But taking a seven year old? Now that really is unbelievable. The last thing a second grader should be thinking about is hanging himself. It’s hard to imagine that the boy could even understand what it means to take a life, much less to take his own. How could anyone so young feel that there was no othr way out of his situation? Bullying has been cited as the main cause of the boy’s distress. While AntiBullying legislation has been passed in Lansing by Governor Rick Snyder, how much can a state law really do to help? Is a teacher really going to slap a pair of cuffs on a kid’s hands after he calls someone else a name? No, the kid is going to get told off (if that) and no one will ever hear about it again. The way to prevent tragedies like this in the future is much more simple than dealing with laws and misdemeanorswhy doesn’t everyone just be nicer to one another? Sure, it sounds corny as anything, but seriously, why does everyone always have to have something to say about someone else? If you don’t like that person keep it to yourself- parading around your hatred for them really just makes you look like an idiot. Yeah, this sounds like a glorified rant about being nice to other people but it’s true. People who commit suicide don’t just wake up one day and decide to do it. It’s a process, it builds up over time. How would you feel if you knew that you were the one who pushed someone over the edge? I hate to preach, but I would hate it more if someone from Lahser were to take their life as a result of bullying. For risk of sounding too angsty, being a teenager isn’t always that easy. And apparently, being a child isn’t always easy either. It seems so bizarre that an elementary school student would commit suicide, but it happens. It has happened. And we can’t let it continue to happen. And big laws aren’t going to do the job; it’s time that people begin to take responsiblity for their own actions and not let other people pick up the pieces. Bullying may have irrevesable consequences- ones which affect someone other than you. The unnamed boy who hanged himself in Detroit won’t- and shouldn’t- be forgotten. His death is a mark of the need for something new and crazy in our culture: kindness. It’s something which has been forgotten by parents and their children, something which needs to be reinstilled to prevent the suicides of future young people.
A farewell to Lahser’s finest
As Lahser English teachers Susan Neun and Maggy Zidar prepare for retirement, the KnightLife staff fondly remembers the great contributions both women had on the Lahser. Michael Gawlik Editior in Chief
Enjoys gardening in her spare time
Owns a condo in the Irish Hills
Has three beloved grandchildren
Graduate from the University of Pittsburgh
Co-founder of tenth grade english/social studies course Humanities
A stack of research papers sits on the corner desk in Room 105. Behind it is a dark blue pennant stylized with the name PITT, and on bulletin boards throughout the room, posters of Harlem Renaissance art and famous architecture are carefully tacked. Two half circles of desks open to a blackboard, where notes from a recent discussion are written in yellow chalk. At a lone table in the room's front sits Susan Neun, chin rested upon her hand, an undeniably regal demeanor present as she looks thoughtfully towards her students. "I have been in the classroom since I was in Kindergarten," she muses, "so leaving it will certainly be difficult." After her 30 years at Lahser, Mrs. Neun has decided that this will be her final year of teaching in Room 105. Though she has always taught English, many do not know that since arriving at Lahser since 1981, Neun has taught Forensics and Debate and has led teams from both to statewide competitions. In recent years, however, Neun has focused her wisdom on two courses: Humanities, the brainchild of her and Social Studies teacher Frank Laurinec offered exclusively to sophomores, and AP English. "Deciding when to leave has been hard because I become so connected to each class as they are sophomores in Humanities," she comments, "and I want to be able to work with them again as seniors. However, I knew I was ready for retirement. It's been 30 years, which is a nice, round number and what I figured would be a good place to finish off." Before beginning her time at Lahser, Neun worked in a school district in Ohio for eight years before taking a brief hiatus from teaching in order to raise her children. She then migrated north with a degree from her hometown's University of Pittsburgh and an accent far more proper than anything most Michiganders could hope for in tow. Since then Neun has proven herself to be a staple of Lahser culture; her classroom is not a place where Literature is simply taught, but rather a place where novels and poetry and short stories come
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alive. It is a place where Neun fosters students' writing into being something far superior to what it once was, whether she draw a complementary smiley face next to a sentence or circle a misused word and write her hallmark "awk". Her wisdom has revolutionized the way English is taught, her passion has influenced the academic and personal convictions of thousands of students, and her commitment has sealed her legacy as one of Lahser's greatest teachers. Any student of Neun can attest to the fact that her classes are by no means easy; in exchange for her knowledge and enthusiasm, she expects nothing less than a one's utmost effort. However, any student who has been in her class can too attest to how effective and unique her methods are; from discussions comparing 1950s films to writing prose requiring the author to capture his or her inner essence in an animal, no assignment is without point or potential for creating growth. In her retirement Neun looks forward to spending time with her grandchildren and family. She also plans on "reading a lot of books which I have wanted to read" as well as gardening and swimming. "I'm looking forward to a sort of 'personal study'," says Neun. "I've always tried to bring any life experiences into the classroom, so it will be odd at first not having a class to show those things. It will be much more personal. "The academic world has been a big part of my life for a long time," she continues. "What I'll miss the most about Lahser is the exhilaration bright students bring into the classroom every day." And while Neun may miss the Lahser community, the Lahser community will miss her just as much (if not even a teensy bit more). Her devotion to teaching and her students during her 30 years spent at Lahser will be matched by few and topped by none; her words of advice and wisdom have guided students to success both in and out of the classroom. While her time teaching will soon come to a close, Mrs. Neun's legacy will live on through her students of past and present; it will be quite some time before the effect she has made on the Lahser community will be forgotten.
At this year’s senior honor night, Maggy Zidar mounted the stage to captivate the crowd with her uncanny speaking skills one final time. To every face in the crowd, the color her words seemed to carry nearly brought the room into a new dimension. Those who know Maggy Zidar, and even those who don’t, are capable of grasping the pure passion her personality emanates through her presence alone. Planting her roots 38 years ago, Zidar began her career as an educator at Waterford Township High School. Inspired by two of her own former English teachers, Zidar embraced the language she loved and shared it with her newly acquired students. This influence is clear in Zidar’s teaching as she pours love into every drop of her classroom. Every one of her students can attest that Mrs. Zidar’s passion for teaching burns brighter than most, and this desire makes her classroom an incredibly irresistible home to learning. After 40 years at Lahser, Zidar plans to retire. The influence she has planted within Lahser’s English department is one that will carry over for many years to come. Walking into Room 102 A is like walking into a story book. The walls are lined with posters and memorabilia that each carry with them their own individual story. Every individual to ever walk through the doors of Lahser are aware that Zidar lives for Michigan State and her home country, Ireland. The green aura that fills her classroom is symbolic of her undying devotion for her heritage and college education. Zidar’s passion and diligence as a person is reinforced with her active lifestyle. After beginning her career as an endurance athlete in 1980, swimming and running marathons became an every day norm. Most would consider this exercise routine monotonous, but Zidar’s passion for the things she loves gives her enthusiasm unlike anyone else. “I call myself a "slave to routine,” says Zidar. This strenuous routine is comparable to the average person’s “morning cup of coffee.". This diligence and dedication to her passions speaks volumes about Zidar’s desire to better the lives of both her students and herself. The kindness that lives within every
Has ran in over 130 marathons
Bleeds green and white
Born in Ireland
Presented Ms. Vasile her senior honors night awards
bone of Maggy Zidar’s body is known by the entire Lahser student body, including students who were never a part of her thriving classroom environment. It is among her top priorities to get to know her pupils as individuals, not just students. She explains, “I've learned countless times the importance of listening. All of us need to be heard, genuinely heard. We're all encouraged to talk so much that true listeners are difficult to find.” The art of listening is something Zidar places on a high pedestal; without listening, words are stripped of meaning. She continued, emphasizing further the power listening can carry with it, “I've been both the perpetra
All of us need to be heard, genuinely heard. tor and the victim of ineffective listening, and I'll keep trying to improve...even after I retire.” The trait that seems to set Mrs. Zidar apart from most educators is, in fact, her ability to listen, and in turn her ability to adapt to changing situations. Her ability to find the light in even the darkest of situations is one of the strongest attributes to her warm optimistic persona. “The state of our world today seems overwhelmingly burdened by obstacles. The challenge for educators is to bring their unique talents to what might seem like a bleak situation,” states Zidar. Her truly charismatic nature coupled with her vast knowledge and understanding for the subjects she teaches has turned her into one of Lahser’s most fondly remembered staff members. May all of Maggy Zidar’s future endeavors encompass simply the best throughout the duration of her already influential life. As a teacher, she has branded her place into the memories of students present and past. Room 102 A, a place screaming with Michigan State Spartan pride and love for the land of the Irish, is a room that will forever carry with it the memory of Maggy Zidar. As one of the greatest teachers to ever bless the halls of Lahser High School, Maggy Zidar will be missed immensely.
Has incredibly unique calligraphy-esque handwriting
Eighth graders take Lahser by storm
The incoming freshmen for the Fall of 2012 take a trip to the halls of Lahser, sharing their thoughts and anticipations on their high school years to come. Kevin Barnett and Megan Sack Guest Writers It was a chaotic day at Lahser High school as upcoming 9th graders were given a glimpse of their future years as Blackhawks. Student council warmly welcomed these future Blackhawks by introducing them to teachers and students and making the halls of Lahser begin to feel a little bit like home. Students shared their fears, questions, and excitements towards dipping their feet into the high school scene. Incoming freshman Max Miley shared his fears, “My
biggest fear of coming into high school is the seniors”. However, 8th graders Madison Sambor, Alyssa Robinson, and Lindsay Dauch seemed eager for the Fall of
My biggest fear of coming into high school is the seniors. 2012 to come, “We are most excited about meeting new friends and people.” A common question seemed prevalent amongst the bunch: “how do high school students keep up with the rigorous work load while
still managing to keep a social life and be involved in sports”. Lahser students were more than willing to lend a hand and show the current 8th graders the ropes of high school. Along with learning about Lahser, students were given the chance to meet future classmates and mentors. Student Council provided ice-breaking games to give the 8th graders the opportunity to reach out and make new friends, and make them comfortable with their future school. The 8th graders were all gathered inside the auditorium where future student
council members within their incoming class were voted on and announced. The winners chosen to represent the class of 2016 include Daniel Settecerri, Tess Garcia, Susie Pilibosian, Nick Lucci, Jay Cooke, Ila Sayed, and Grant Haefner. Mr. Hollerith expressed his excitement for the incoming class: “We are very excited for the incoming freshmen. With nothing but great remarks from the middle school administration, one can only be thrilled to have the opportunity to teach these young men and women the education needed for a successful future”.
A STARRY KNIGHT
A group of Senior girls... And their dates
Junior Margaret Metzger and Senior Keegan Kelly
By Mike Lucci Web Editor On a starry night, Lahser Juniors and Seniors along with their dates, arrived at Knollwood Country Club for a special night. The students dressed in tuxedos and long dresses posed for pictures, socialized, ate a delicious dinner and then danced the night away. Prom is the last opportunity for seniors to be together as a group. It is a night to be remembered as it is the end of one chapter in a student’s life and the beginning of an exciting new journey. I will always remember the laughter in the limo, a group of good friends, my beautiful date and tearing up the dance floor. While we all promised to stay in touch forever, most realize life’s path will take us in different directions. Prom 2012 was a huge success.
SENIORS SAY THEIR FINAL GOODBYES WITH QUOTES, MEMORIES AND ADVICE Rachel Barton “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” My advice to undergraduates is not to sweat the small things.”
Morgan Parr “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” My favorite memory was my last theater performance.
Mary Catherine Moeller “To be irreplaceable one must always be different. My favorite memory is all oft the half times I marched in.
Sarah Bailey “I never thought I was normal, I never tried to be normal.” My advice to the underclassmen is to take classes you’re interested in.
AB Allam “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” I’ll miss good times with friends and teammates.
Scott Brent “Don’t let people define you by your physical composition, but rather by the strength of your inner self.” See ya Lahser!
Julia Long “Are you the dreamer or merely part of someone’s dream?” My favorite class was newspaper and I will miss being the editor-in-chief.
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
I loved Yearbook class.
Underclassmen, live in the moment. Time passes by too fast.
I’m going to miss my friends the most.
My favorite class was AP Government with Jenvey
arts |june 2012
TOP DIY CUPCAKE MIXES
BATTLE OF THE
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe
By Julia Lee Staff Writer
This $1 mix makes for twelve sweet, creamy treats. Its name is no lie: these cupcakes are beyond moist.
Betty Crocker Fun Da-middles It’s what’s inside that matters! These delicious little morsels are made even tastier with a rich, creamy filling.
As I walked into the Cupcake Station, the smell of vanilla and icing stimulated my appetite. The colorful cupcakes were lined up neatly, and they glimmered with sprinkles and icing. Wild flavors ranged from Bump-alicious (a dark chocolate cupcake with smooth buttercream bumps) to Vabulous Chocoalte Vegan (a vegan chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting). Taking bites out of Bump-a-licious and Party Time, I tasted moist cake and rich cream.
By Jacobi Johnson Staff Writer
The Somatic Defilement by Whitechapel
Laura Allen plays his wife Hannah, and newcomer Dylan Minnette stars as his 15 year old son, Rex. The rest of the cast are just as great, and I think each actor/ actress paints the picture of their character perfectly. As far as the plot, I think it’s very promising and could be pulled out into multiple seasons with ease. It’s very interesting, albeit scary, to think about the possibility of your brain creating “dual realities”.
Barefoot Contessa Red Velvet This sophisticated box of batter is possibly the classiest cupcake mix of all time. If you’re looking to make some fancy, gorgeous red velvet treats, look no further.
ON THE JUNIORS “What’s your favorite song?”
Awake is a compelling TV drama in which Detective Michael Britten finds himself torn between two realities. Following a tragic car crash, Britten finds himself in one of two worlds: one in which his son died in the crash and his wife survived, or one in which his wife died and his son survived. Each seems equally real to him and he struggles to balance these dueling realms. Attempting to create a sense of normalcy, Britten returns to his detective work. He soon learns that the two worlds provide a priceless incentive- he begins to solve seemingly impossible cases by using his two realities to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross over from world to world. The cast is very well put together- Jason Isaacs, best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, stars as Detective Britten. The stunning
Bonfire By Childish Gambino
The British national anthem!
A W A K E
Ironically, the Just Baked cupcakes do not taste “just baked.” Taking my first bite out of their version of Bump-a-licious (called Grumpy Cake), I realized that it tasted a bit salty and not very moist. The store was colorful and fun, perhaps better decorated than The Cupcake Station, but it had no warmth and it was too spacious. Over all, my experience at Just Baked was sub par. I would, however, highly recommend their creamfilled vanilla cupcakes.
Some people may find this show confusing, so if you are not able to understand complex, often changing situations I wouldn’t recommend this show. However, I would highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys complicated psychological dramas or anyone who simply loves a good crime show with a twist. Tune in to watch Awake on NBC on Thursdays at 10pm.
Last chance to buy your 2012 Lahser Accolade Yearbook! *Memories that last a lifetime *One of the final yearbooks for LHS On sale through June 15th. Bring a check for $80 made out to BHSD to room 107.
sports june 2012
Senior Star Heads for Spartandom By Austin Burchill Staff Writer
Varsity Baseball Captain Neal Krentz talks about his his future at Case Western Reserve
Whether it’s acing an exam or pitching a complete game, Senior Neal Krentz has impressed throughout his time at Lahser High School. Krentz has dreamed of playing college baseball his entire life and this fall, his dream will become reality. Krentz recently signed with Case Western Reserve to play for their Division 3 baseball program. He received offers from a few Division 1 schools including Lafayette University, a member of the Patriot League. Case Western’s academic standard is far above that of the other schools who gave Krentz offers. Also, Case Western has an exceptional biomedical engineering program. He looks to pursue this degree while attending Case Western. The Knight Life was able to get an exclusive interview with the soon to be Spartan on the many new adventures and journey life will soon bring. While sitting down with Krentz, Knight Life asked him what made him want to pursue a biomedical degree. Krentz responded causally saying “I’ve always wanted to do something in the medical field. Becoming a doctor to me though is too risky and there are no guarantees on if you will succeed in such a
Neal Krentz and Reilly Manz before pre-game warm-ups
Opening Day Experierience
field. For that reason I choose biomedical engineering. I will still be learning about the medical field, but rather than using the tools I will be making them.”
By Austin Burchill Staff Writer
Interested in also the athletic angle of Krentz, Knight Life talked to him about his new opportunity of becoming a prominent pitcher for the Case Western Spartans. When asked about his opportunity
There’s nothing like it. The fresh cut grass, the smell of peanuts in the spring air, and the crack of the wood bats. Detroit Tigers baseball has been around since 1902. This team has brought families and one booming city together for the past 110 years. Comerica Park is home to these Tigers, and is known as one of the most beautiiful ballparks in all of the Major League Baseball. Comerica serves almost 40,000 fans per game. Like many families throughout the country, Opening Day is an annual event for me and my family. Every year I head down to the ballpark with my dad, my grandpa, and my brother. It’s a boys day out seeing the game that has been played for over 100 years. Getting down to the stadium starts our day. The 35 minute drive to the ballpark is always shortened into a 25 minute trip due to my dad’s reckless driving. Although this may be true, we always make it to the stadium an hour before game time to see the players warmup. Once at our seats, my brother starts his bickering about how the Tigers aren’t very good and how it’s too hot outside to watch a baseball game. Like he knows better. The game starts at 1:05 and this year we were able to see a flyover. The jets zoomed right over top of the stadium as all the fans covered their ears. Crack, the game starts with an Austin Jackson base hit. The fans go crazy. The atmosphere in the crowd is second to none. You can’t help but have a great time at the ballpark. For the people who were there to watch baseball, they were treated with an amazing walk-off win by tigers lead-off hitter Austin Jackson, making the start of the 2012 season one to remember.
Krentz jumped right in saying “I asked the coach what I must do to be a good to pitcher on the team as a freshman. He told me be able to locate your two top pitches anywhere in the strike zone.” Due to this statement by head coach Mark Englander, Krentz has focused all season on locating his two top pitches; his rocket like fastball and his absolutely filthy curveball.
Before Krentz goes off to the big show, he’s still very much focused on win a title in high school. His four years at Lahser came and went without very much team success. The Knights this year a looking strong and soon will trying an make a run at the district championship in late may under the leadership of their Senior captain Neal Krentz.
Big League Dreams Lahser Knights take the field in Comerica Park against rival Andover By Reilly Manz Sports Editor
times before with family and friends, but not once did it ever look as beautiful to me as it did that day. After passing through the security checkpoint, the team filed down one by one to the field entrance; our one-day of fabricated celebrity was about to begin. As we stepped onto the field, not a single player or coach did not wear a smile that stretched from ear to ear, an overwhelming sense of genuine awe filled the small part of the stadium we occupied.
When it was announced to the team that we would have the opportunity to play a game of baseball in Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, against our cross-town rival’s, we were immediately filled with excitement that could barely fit in our small cafeteria. For nearly every baseball player, the dream of playing on a big league field is one that is held most dear; so when we were granted with this once in a lifetime chance, we jumped at it. On the 23rd of May 2012 it was a balmy 80 degrees and clear skies at 12 o’clock mid-day as our modest yellow school bus came to a stop in front of the ballpark. I had been to Comerica many
Through our usual pre-game warm-ups and throwing routines, the team was electrified by the thought of sharing a field with the countless baseball greats that had been there in the past.
Knights in their dugout before the game
Surrounded by the classic Detroit skyline and all of its history, our team of teenage dreamers began to realize what they were truly about to experience.
It was all given a very surreal feeling as we took the field for the first time, as if we were playing it out like we all had in our heads a thousand times before. Looking out at the endless sea of fairway grass in the outfield, abruptly cut short by the horizon of a perfectly groomed clay infield, our dreams had finally become our reality. And after our student fans had left, and our families had stopped taking pictures, we were left with nothing but the memories. But despite our victorious outcome, the memories that will remain with us for the longest time will be those of our opportunity to truly live out our childhood dreams of playing in the big leagues.
MAN IN NATURE 2012 By Mike Lucci
On May 5th, 2012, thirty-five adventurous Lahser and Andover seniors accompanied by sixteen team leaders set out for Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. We left at five in the morning while most of our Lahser community was still asleep. The students on the nine hour bus ride to Killarney were excited but a little apprehensive of the week long journey into the unknown. Just as our Man in Nature leader, Mr. Barry, says, “I feel that Man in Nature is a unique opportunity for seniors to go outside of their comfort zone and gain a sense of confidence.” As we arrived at Killarney, one by one the groups embarked on the journey of their lives. Senior, Spencer Schredder, sums it up best, “past participants say Man In Nature is an amazing experience and a life changer.” I did not fully understand that until I went to Killarney. I will be the first to tell you, I had the time of my life. From day one until we arrived back at George Lake Base Camp, it was one new experience after the next. I was fortunate enough to be placed in Interior West, known as the IW route. I could not have asked for a better team, Katie Boyer, Isabel Fontana, Alex Gaggino, Kadie Koolwick, Wally Pelton and our team leaders, Mr. Barry assisted by Lahser Alumni Alex Galaraza set out from George Lake on our journey late in the afternoon on May 5th. We canoed in lakes, rivers and streams, through marshlands, and over beaver dams. Our group jumped off a cliff into
a chilly lake, went down a natural waterslides and climbed to the highest point in the park, Silver Peak. On one of our daily hikes, we crossed within fifteen yards from a full grown moose. Late one special night, we even got a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The campfire at night was a time to rest our tired feet, share stories and laughs while enjoying the beauty of the starry night sky. We enjoyed our time off the grid, out of society and away from the comfort of our daily lives. My personal experience in Killarney could not have been more rewarding. Besides for a few bumps and bruises it was unreal. The beauty of Killarney speaks for itself, its crystal clear blue water, scenic mountains and views are something out of a novel. One of my teammates, Wally Pelton couldn’t agree more, “Killarney is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.” I enjoyed the stillness and quietness, during the day and late into the night all that could be heard were the sounds of flowing water and an occasional animal. It was humbling to be out of society and truly understand the wilderness. I encourage all future seniors of Lahser and the soon to be Bloomfield Hills High School to take Man In Nature. It is a once in a lifetime experience. It is the perfect end to your high school career and bridges you into the next chapter in your life. Man In Nature 2012 came and went too quickly, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Kadie Koolwick and Isabel Fontana
A night in Killarney
A crew walks through the woods
The entire Lahser team reunites
Carrying a canoe The Interior West team on a rock formation
The Interior West team canoes
arts june 2012
M O OoverN Buffalo
sports june 2012
Blackhawk Sport’s Look Towards the Future By Ryan Moonka Staff Writer
coaches can pick the best of the best.” As for his projections for the tennis team in 2013-14, “I think we will be very good, and I predict that we will be top three in the state for division two.” Sinha’s prediction is similar to predictions in many other sports. Lahser athletes need to just look at both lacrosse teams for hints as to how their teams will look in just two years. For students worried about getting along with peers who have, until know, been considered rivals, just keep in mind we have more similarities than differences. And though tryouts will be more competitive, finalized rosters will contain the most skilled athletes in Bloomfield’s population.
Students love the famous Sausage Stroke, the menacing yet comical smack talk against rival schools at athletic events, and most of all, just simply enjoying all of Lahser’s sporting ventures. What will happen to the teams we have built once the schools consolidate, which by the way is inevitable at this point? Sports will forever be different in Bloomfield Hills beginning in the 2013-14 school year when all teams are merged. Yet both Men’s and Women’s Varsity Lacrosse teams are already consolidated, as they always have been according to Andy Reed, coach of the lady’s team. The lacrosse teams are an excellent precedent for the future of sports in Bloomfield Hills. Ever since lacrosse was introduced as a sport in Bloomfield Hills, the teams have been combined. It has created the perfect opportunity for students from the different schools to get to meet each other,
Sr. Nick DiMaggio takes a face off
Knights defense race for the ball especially in the wake of consolidation in 2013. “I like it. I like the people. There are four Andover girls on the team and they fill in important spots on the field,” explained Fr. Paige Tornow. Adds Soph. Maria D’Angelo, “I actually enjoy them [Andover students]. I like the diversity. They’re fun. They’re good people.” As for the men’s team, Andover players make up nearly half of the team, meaning their presence is very important. And the players get along just fine, so for future Bloomfield Hills High School students: there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Considering the lacrosse teams are the collective best from Andover and
Lahser, both teams arguably play better together than they could alone. Soph. Mark McDonald describes, “It’s actually better having the students from both schools because Andover kids fill in key positions.” He continued, “If I had to choose between an all Lahser team and a combined team, I’d stick with what we have now,” an opinion shared by many members of the girl’s team. While tryouts and making the Varsity cut will be harder for all teams once they combine, overall, each team should expect to improve. Soph. Rohan Sinha, on the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team, explains, “Sports teams are going to be a lot better because more kids means more talent and
Fr. Jimmy Montgomery passes the ball
Knights Speed Towards States By Kevin Mezey Staff Writer By
he practices “5 days a week, 5-8 miles a day, with some meets on the weekends.” When thinking about states, Allarkhia says that he is not stressed just yet. “I probably won’t get stressed until the day of the meet, if I make it.” However, if he does end up making it, he may have a slight advantage. “I have been to the states for cross country” says Allarkhia, “and that will probably help me understand how states are conducted if I make it.”
“I probably won’t get stressed until the day of the meet, if I make it.” The roaring sound of over one hundred pairs of cleats is an exciting one, and that sound will be quite constant at the fierce competition that will be beginning on June 2nd at the State Track & Field Finals. Starting on the 18th of May, students attempting to qualify for the States will meet at the district regional meet, and try their hardest to earn a spot in the state competition. Lahser’s track & field team has been practicing and training since the beginning of the spring season, primarily for this one final competition.
Emery and Jrs. Alana O’Mara and Zahir Allarkhia. “They’re all really good runners, but I think Nate Emery is probably not going to be able to come because he is injured” says Gawlik. Emery injured himself in football class earlier this April.
Jr. Zahir Allarkhia, who runs the mile, says “I don’t expect to make it to states, but I’ll be trying my best.” In order for him to make it to states, Allarkhia will have to run the mile in 4 minutes 31 seconds, or place in the top 2 at regionals. There is no doubt that running a mile in that little time is impressive, but when Jr. Michael Gawlik, the Lahser Track & Field team captain, thinks that competing against countless other runners, it may be difficult to keep a pace, several people on the Lahser team have a chance at making it to states. The first few making it much harder than it would be if people that came to his mind were Fr. Nate he was running alone. Allarkhia says that
Jr. Alana O’Mara runs both the mile and the 800 meter, and believes that she has a pretty good chance at making it to states. She has to run the mile in 5:22, and the 800m in 2:26. O’Mara says “I’ve made that time [the mile] before, but it was a really good day for me,” and for the 800m she says “I’ll have to use the little amount of energy I’ll have left over for the mile for the 800m, and that may be a problem.” O’Mara says that she is not stressed or anxious at all, but instead, “excited.” “I’ve made it to states before in my freshman year, so that gives me an idea of how it’s run and how competitive it is.” Recalling from her experience at states when she was a freshman, where she was left in the dust, O’Mara says “This time I’ll know how to pace myself.”
Oh, the places we’ll go! Seniors share their ambitions for the years ahead. Whether in college, abroad or in carving their own paths, the future looks bright for Lahser grads.
“Going into the Army has always been something I wanted to do. It pays the bills for an education. I am very nervous, but very excited to serve my country.”
“I love the campus in Nashville and it is so different. I am excited to see my family who lives in the area who I usually do not get to see. I can’t wait to go and start practicing with the dance team!”
“I am excited to go to a great art school that’s not in Michigan. I think it is going to be a great experience in a beautiful town, I can’t wait to go into game design.”
Lindsey Ferguson “I’m so excited to be going to Washington D.C., especially because I’ll be there with my cousin, Ellyce.”
Congratulations Class of 2012 Continued on page 12
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Audrey Aavik AB Allam Samantha Bordener Katherine Boyer Allison Brzezinski Caroline Dailey Breah Dean Miriam Dow Michael Duric Robbie Emmitt Kathleen Fry Alex Gaggino Kristina Gam Abby Kuohn John Roberts Max Scher Hunter Toomajian Rania Tootla
Keturah Bell Michelle Dawes Jessica Wozniak Chania Townsend Mirranda Tracey Ryan Samosiuk Dan Murray Erik Kelly Ryan Foell
McKenzie Cummings-Brown Katherine Gerard Jessica Oster Megan Shea
Oakland Gerrit Chota Aminah Davis Nicole Duhaime Claudia Fenzi Daniel Flynn Alexandra Gardner Ali Jawad Dennis Lin Brandon McAlister Mary Catherine Moeller Morgan Parr Andrew Przybylski Natalya Sana Cathryn Scott Wendell Smith
Northern Soleil Cooney-Colone Charles Costintino Ana Lucia Fernandez Lindsey Luyckx Keely Moriarty Bryce Samuel
Sukhwinder Ajimal Majd Effendi Amer Ghalawanji Tim Millerman Imran Nahin Narjis Naqvi Ila Nichols
Eastern Eastern Michigan Joseph Bujold Clenton Weston Antoine Parham
Christopher Bourgeois William Cooper Amber Haliburton Evan Henry Kevin Hypes Donika Ivezaj Lauren Severance Donovan Smith Victor Williams
Grand Valley Sarah Bailey Nate Cole Kelsey Favier Bri Neff Stephanie Scheidemantel Kirsten Ulrich
DePaul Andrea Copses Collin Malcolm Anna Ortisi
South Florida Bryan Rohloff
Texas Christan David Adams
School Craft Adonis Bryant
Xavier Dan Allen
Mike Lucci Grand Valley Florida A&M Tom Peterlin Tre Hammonds Howard Rachel Branham Ellyce Ferguson Lindsey Ferguson
Kalamazoo Scott Brent
Bluffton Kyle Binion
Spring Arbor Caroline Eagan
Let the Games Top Picks Continue For some seniors, athletics will continue beyond Lahser’s fields.
Western Michigan “I am very excited to be attending Western and am looking forward to the Aviation Program.”
Caroline Eagan Spring Arbor
“I didn’t want to play in the NCAA, so I decided to go to a smaller school with respectable academics. I am excited to go into the school year with twenty two new friends.”
“I feel exuberant about going to Oakland University! I am anxious as well, yet very excited to be headed down a new path.”
“I am excited to go to a new place, with new people where everyone is a little more layed-back and relaxed.”
University Of Main “I have been playing baseball my whole life and it is really something that I love. I’m looking forward to Maine’s cool environment, good seafood and playing baseball.”
Lindsey Burwell Michigan State
“I can’t wait to go to a new place with so many new people. But I’m happy that a lot of my friends are going to be there as well. I’m also really looking forward to football games!”
Isabel Fontana Albian
“I can’t wait to meet new people. I have always loved to run and I just thought running would make college an even better experience for me. I am excited to meet the team.
Narjis Naqvi Wayne State
“I am excited to start a new journey. It will be fun to get out of high school and meet new people. Plus, I can’t wait to start the med. program.”
Neal Krentz Case Western
“I asked the coach what I had to do be a pitcher on the team as a freshman. I had to locate my top two pitches anywhere in the strike zone.”
James Lehman Joseph Lehman
Vanderbilt Meena Heberling
Missouri Shannon McAvoy
Study Korea Ik Sun Yoo
Illinois Yun Lee
Nick DiMaggio Isabel Fontana Abbey Haji-Sheikh Cranny Jones Kadie Koolwick
Case Western Chauncey Costello Neal Krentz
Rochester Preston Watkins
Mitchell Gall Daniel Terlecky
Toledo Zach Till
Ohio State Arun Rao
Ferris State Alex Drogs
Wyoming William Weber
Bowling Green Taylor Wildman
Syracuse Hannah Wagner
Gallaudet Michaela Jitaru
Alex Gaggino Michigan
“I love how progressive the city of Ann Arbor is and it’s great to be in a place with kids all your age. Plus I’m pumped to play on U of M’s ultimate team.”
Good Indiana Lawrence Tech work George Mason Knights! Continue the great success. You will be missed. Quincy Washington