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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School

Volume 51, Issue7

March 2014

12013 Old Annapolis Rd. Frederick, MD 21701

Musical mystery, Curtains opens April, stars Emily Cofer and Matt DeMember

Jane Sullivan Reporter

This year’s spring musical is the Broadway show, Curtains, directed by Mr. Damon Norko with the

assistance of middle school social studies teacher and LHS alumna, Ms. Amanda Venable and senior Carissa Gregory. Opening night is Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 pm. The shows continue Friday, April 4 at 7:00 pm, April 5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and April 6 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on sale in advance for $9.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. At the door, tickets will be $12.00. Based in February of 1959, the musical centers around a wacky cast of characters who are trying to put on a show, but something goes horribly

wrong and cast members start dying mysteriously. The musical contains songs such as, “Thinking of Him,” “Show People,” and “Thataway.” In the beginning, Jessica Cranshaw (Morgan Buchanan) collapses on stage and after some time in the hospital, is pronounced dead. Soon, detective Frank Cioffi (Matt DeMember) determines that she was murdered by a fellow cast member. Craziness ensues. “We are going to have to clean up some of the language as the show is a bit risqué. We will also need to build two different sets, one for the show that

the characters are doing and one for the theatre that they are in backstage. It is a show within a show. The characters are all actors who are stuck in the theatre they are working in until they find the killer,” says Lazarus about potential struggle with the set, which will be a Wild West town and backstage at a theatre. Sophomore Emily Cofer plays lead role, Niki Harris, a sweet and honest person who is later found with incriminating evidence. against her, Read the full story at

Linganore students Shiderly wins Mr. LHS 2014 participate in Cool Alyssa Mattison Reporter Schools Challenge Congratulations

to senior Mark Shiderly. Mr. LHS 2014! “It was so surreal. I didn’t realize it at first and I didn’t expect to win.” says Shiderly. For the competition, Shiderly was Woody from the Disney movie Toy photo courtesy of Jeremy Brown Story. “Growing up it was one of my favorite Will Foreman March day, with an movies. I think it Reporter air temperature of 36 really represented me On Wednesday, degrees and the water and my best friend March 5th, middle a frigid 33.Students (Hunter Simpson), and high school from both middle who was Buzz students from all over schools and high Lightyear.” Maryland screamed schools participated Different from his and ran into the in the ‘Cool Schools fellow contestants’ cold waters of the Challenge.’ talents, Shiderly’s Chesapeake Bay to talent was a puppet Read the full story at raise money for the show. “Before the Maryland Special show, the hardest Olympics. It was a cold

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part was to think of a talent, but during the competition it was getting over my nerves about doing my talent.” All of the contestants were asked the final question, “Whose happily ever after influenced you?” Shiderly answered,

“My parents because no matter how pouty, whiney or upset I get, they are always there for me and want to make our family happy. I want to grow up and be just like them.” Read the full story at http://lhslance. org/5SXFw

A. Hilton competes for Maryland in Voice of Democracy Andrea Huston Reporter

photo courtesy of Carmen Hilton Abagayle Hilton is escorted by Alan Yetter and an honor guard in Mount Airy VFW’s center on January 26th, 2014

At the Voice of Democracy competition in Washington, D.C. on March 1 – 3, Maryland representative, junior Abby Hilton won an additional $1,500. Hilton now has $3,200 for her college endeavors. After winning the local and Maryland contests, in the national competition Hilton won the award for the Department of Colorado and Auxiliary Scholarship with her

speech, “We the People.” The Voice of Democracy is funded and sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars and every year one student from 9th grade to 12th grade will win a $30,000 scholarship for his or her college endeavors. The national winner of the scholarship was Madison Haley, a senior at Mount Pulaski High School, Illinois. Hilton’s speech, “We the People” was written and recorded shortly after she entered the

competition in November 2013. Abby said, “I was not even sure how far I would get [in the competition].” Hilton’s favorite part of her speech is when she repeated the line saying “We the people.” In June all of the competitors will meet at Valley Forge, PA for a week-long leadership conference Read the full story at

News / Opinion Through CMMB, alumna McKinnon nurses in remote Tabaka, Africa Samantha Buckman Reporter

photo by Christina Turlick Owen Gamba, Jakob Connelly, and Mike Wilkerson collect recycling.

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first

William Foreman Reporter

The football rivalries between Linganore, Oakdale, and Urbana are intense and passionate. On Friday nights we paint up, we scream, and we bleed red and black. The real contest, though, is not football - it’s recycling. The Learning for Life students are going for the I-70 trophy of trash. They want LHS to be #1 in Frederick County. Because of Frederick County’s recycling initiative, FCPS records how much recycled material is picked up from each of its schools. Last year, Linganore recycled a measly 15,300 pounds of material - one of the lowest in the county among high schools - while rival school Urbana recycled 32,068 pounds. That’s not something to show Lancer Pride about, and the students in the Learning for Life program decided to do something about it. Earlier this year, assistant principal Mr. Jan Witt came to Mrs. Mary Cate Henry, special education teacher, and told her about Linganore’s recycling problem.They decided to take action. “A few times a week we go around and collect the recycling bins. There are a few places we go every time, like the gym hallway, the band hallway, and the office, but other than that, we go to any free classrooms,” said Henry. The good news is that they’re really impacting the totals. Through January, Linganore recycled 14,260 pounds, only 1040 pounds fewer than what was collected all of last year, which means that by now, last year’s total could already be passed. Not only are they doing a great job, but the students enjoy the work. “We have a lot of naturally hard workers,” Henry said. The students collect recyclables every few days. Read the full story at

Who is your #LHSHero? Olivia Goldstein Editor

With the stress that standardized tests put on students and teachers, sometimes it seems like book smarts are the only skills valued by schools. Stephanie Lavender Weber, a Georgia teacher, challenged that notion by starting a national trend with one simple tweet using the hashtag, “#evaluatethat.” The movement stresses the

importance of teachers who regularly go beyond the curriculum, recognizing good teaching that can’t be measured or tested. Many people have used the hashtag including one teacher who praised all teachers nationwide that looked after students during 9/11. The hashtag was also used by a parent to share a photograph of a teacher dressed in a princess costume reading to her class.

Inspired by Weber, I started a trend at Linganore High School. I challenge students to use #LHSHero and recognize a teacher(s) who has changed the way you look at learning. Teachers are unsung heroes. Ask not what your teacher can do for you but what you can do for your teacher. Read the full story at

she graduated. McKinnon’s blog is updated regularly, with both written entries and photographs about her experiences. There are photographs of the village she is in, Tabaka, as well as some of the patients she has encountered through nursing. McKinnon writes “I was transferred to the female surgical ward because of a ‘nursing shortage’. I laugh at the term nursing shortage because it implies that the other wards are adequately staffed. You walk into people’s lives. Some patients

“Go after the things you want and don’t let anyone or anything hold you back.” One Linganore Alumni has certainly heeded her own advice. After 50 years of graduating classes, Linganore alumni are spread all over the world. One recent graduate is now living in Tabaka, Kenya. B r e a n a McKinnon, 2009 graduate, is doing nursing work in a small village in the western part of Kenya, Nyanza Province, called Tabaka. She keeps in contact with people at home through her blog. McKinnon studied nursing at Salisbury University. After college she moved on to research different organizations that focused on global photo courtesy of Breana McKinnon healthcare. She found Breana McKinnon holds a the Catholic newborn infant in the clinic. Medical Mission bless you while others Board (CMMB), an slap you,” she wrote. organization that Also accessible shared her personal from her blog is a link goals for world health to the CMMB website, care. which goes directly She was given her to Breana’s personal initial orientation as donation page, which a nurse of the CMMB, helps to cover the and shortly thereafter costs of her board and was given her first travel in Kenya. assignment– a year of The blog entries nursing in Kenya. do not limit details Her experiences, to work only. It talks such as arrival in about the CMMB Africa and just what and some other nursing is like, are experiences she has detailed in her blog. had in Africa apart This was how her from nursing. Included former teacher, Mrs. are sightseeing Theresa Wiltrout, opportunities and discovered her restaurants that she accomplishments. has visited. Wiltrout first met McKinnon in her Read the full story at AP Biology class, but continued to keep contact with her once


Most teens know John Green best as the narrator of Crash Course, a YouTube video channel that gives short, humorous explanations of various points and time periods

in history. Green is also an author as well as a YouTube blogger, however, and his books(notably Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars) have won several awards. Recently, Green

Staley launches Beyond the Balcony

published a video detailing the top eighteen books that he thinks are worth reading. Several of these books are available at the LHS library. (See his YouTube review here.)

Boy Proof: novel combines love story with intrigue

by Cecil Castellucci. Boy Proof is, at first glance (and the second, and the third) just another relatively unknown author’s attempt to jump on the YA fiction bandwagon and make money off of cliches. A nerdy girl is seated next to the new Jessica Steves boy (who is, of course, handsome and cool) Reporter and her life changes I decided to read when she meets him. Fortunately, one of these books, the story steadily and chose Boy Proof

gets better the further the reader progresses, and the seeming blandness of Boy Proof disappears as the characters emerge and begin playing in a setting atypical of the boy-meetsgirl-in-high-school cliche: Hollywood.

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Thirsty by M.T. Anderson—a bloody dose of reality

Kristina Baskin Reporter I decided to read one: Thirsty by M.T. Anderson. When most people think about vampire stories, they think of Twilight or, less commonly, the House of Night series. So when people hear of the book Thirsty by M.T. Anderson, they immediately think of other vampire novels and cast it aside.

But Thirsty, written in 1997 — ten years before the vampire craze even started — stands against the tide of contemporary vampire eroticism. Thirsty is a bloody dose of horror, suspense and reality; if you’re looking for a happily ever after or for romance, this isn’t the book for you. Thirsty tells the tale of a boy named Christopher, a teenager living in Clayton, Massachusetts, whose world is very different than our own. Creatures that we regard as fantasy are real, breathing, living things in the world of Thirsty — especially vampires, who are feared and hunted by humans. Vampires are killed by violent, bloody lynchings, which almost always

take place at a courthouse and involve holy water and a stake. Christopher is an awkward, shy teenage boy who immerses himself in daydreams and fantasies, gets into trouble with his friends Tom and Michael (nicknamed “Jerk”) and avoids his parents. He seems like an average Joe, who dreams of achieving his greatest fantasies — which lately included scoring a date with the popular girl Rebecca Schwartz. He is normal enough, until he discovers that he’s turning into a vampire, tipped off when he fails to see his own reflection in a body of water.

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Jane Sullivan Reporter Sophomore Luke Staley aspires to be a film critic. His blog “On the Balcony” will be broadcast weekly. In addition to his journalism interests, Luke is a striker for LHS soccer and FCFrederick, a local club team. Staley’s first episode gave him a chance to predict the Oscar winners. In the second episode, he ate a piece of pie, his winnings from Mrs. Brittney Garst, English teacher. Read the full story at:

Cutting increasing in national awareness; How to help?

Angelica Burr Reporter Self-harm: the act of deliberately harming the body, such as cutting or burning y o u r s e l f . Talking about it makes most people uncomfortable, but it’s a growing concern among teens. Katherine Becker,guidance counselor says, “There are a lot of supports out there to help people deal with whatever they are struggling with. School counselors are also available to help and support, but we are not therapists and cannot provide the individual with intense therapy. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to helping people who are struggling with selfharm, along with other things like mental illnesses. They encourage people to find help for themselves within their community. The Butterfly Project was also designed to help people who want to stop self-harming. The idea of the

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project is to draw a butterfly on places you want to selfharm. When the butterfly drawing fades away, it symbolizes that the butterfly has flown away and lived its life Support for someone who is self-harms is most important. Other things to can do besides selfharm: • Write a letter to someone but never send it. • Find someone else you can help. Do volunteer work. • Think about your ideal life. What do you have to do to get there? • Be with other people. • Suicide hotline: 1-800273 TALK (8255) Read the full story at:


Dan Beck signs to USMA for track/cross country

Kyle McFadden Reporter

March 12th, senior Dan Beck signed his letter of intent to run Division-1 track and cross country for the United States Military Academy. “It’s really exciting but at the same time I’m nervous. It’s a great honor and it’s going to be a really fun experience,” said Beck. With an 8.9% acceptance rate, only elite athletes can be accepted into West Point.

photo by Kyle McFadden Staff members A. Wright, D. Kehne, J. Brown and B. Eckard celebrate Dan Beck’s acheievment.

“My goals going into West Point are to be on the travel cross country team, excel in all of my classes and

make some new friends,” Beck stated. “I’ve worked with Dan now for four years being his varsity cross country coach and it’s always been a pleasure,” says Coach Andres Wright. Dan is the SGA President and has been a captain on the cross country team for two years and came third in the 2014 Mr. Linganore competition. His fellow peers have no doubt that he can succeed at the highest levels.

Soph guard Staub reflects on season Kyle McFadden Reporter

Frustration, scrutiny and dissatisfaction are just some of the words that could describe the Lancers’ 20132014 basketball season. Not many sophomore basketball players are asked to carry a team on a nightly basis. Then there’s Jack Staub, who averaged 17 points a game, including a 29point performance against Westminster earlier this year. Jack is one of the top offensive threats in Frederick County. The future of LHS basketball rests with Staub and the sophomore class. “He’s a talented offensive player and an above average ball handler. He see’s the court very well,” says head coach Tom Kraft. “Jack’s a high-level basketball player that takes it to the rim strong. He finds

open teammates cutting and he can also shoot the threeball very well,” said senior forward Josh Slaughter. “I’ve been able to score my whole life, but I like to do everything. I like playing defense, getting rebounds and getting the ball to my open teammates,” said Staub. The young Lancer squad finished their season with a 4-17 record, losing in the first round of the playoffs but 10 of their 17 losses were by fewer than 10 points. “This was a rough season in the win column this year. Our record does not show how hard we work and how talented we are. Every single game we were right there, we just couldn’t find a way to get through it,” said Staub. The heart that lies in the Lancer basketball organization is in the

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Reporters Kristina Baskin Samantha Buckman Angelica Burr Rebecca Downs Will Foreman Andrea Huston Isabella Marcellino Alyssa Mattison Kyle McFadden Julia Peigh Jack Rammling Jessica Steves Janie Sullivan The Frederick County Public School system does not discriminate in the admission, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion or disability.

“Dan is one of my closest friends. He’s going to make us all proud here at back home by serving our country. I have full respect for Dan and he’s going to do amazing.” said senior Jack Garabedian. There is no question that Dan Beck has one of the brightest futures coming out of the Class of 2014 here at LHS as he moves on to West Point next year. Read the full story at

Conner inducted to MD Coaching Hall of Fame Here’s the coach by the numbers:

12 LHS.

# of seasons Conner has coached at

77.6 photo courtesy of Pete Austin Jack Staub takes the ball baseline against Oakdale’s Zach Thomas.

sophomore class and it’s no secret that Linganore basketball is built for the future. This past season’s team team that had four sophomores and six juniors were one of the youngest teams in the area. The sophomore class that features Keegan Lane, Thomas Lang, Carter Schmidt, Jack Staub and even this past year’s JVstandouts Tyler Fleagle and Jake France will be a force to be reckoned with two years down the road. Staub, who stands at 6’2’’ and weighs in at 205 pounds, has the physicality every coach desires. “He’s very physically strong; and he’s tough to stop inside,” says Kraft. “His aggressiveness brought another dimension to our team. He has the ability to finish when he gets to the rim,” said Slaughter. “Being physical is something I like to do. I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team out,” says Staub. With a combined record of 8-34 the past two seasons, Linganore basketball’s key to success is with Staub and the sophomore class as they look to next season. Read the full story at

W i n n i n g percentage.


# of wins as the head football coach of the Lancers.


A v e r a g e points per game of the 2013 season.


The 2009 t e a m went 14-0, winning the state championship and outscored their opponents by an average of 30.9.


Conner’s 2009 team was ranked 34th in the nation


With only one losing season in 2012, Conner has had 11 seasons with a winning record.


Rick Conner’s team has appeared in the state championship 5 out of his 12 seasons.


Number of state championships won, 2003 and in 2009. Read the full story at

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The Lance- Issue 7 March 2014  

Issue 7 of The Lance, Linganore High School's student newspaper.

The Lance- Issue 7 March 2014  

Issue 7 of The Lance, Linganore High School's student newspaper.