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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume 53, Issue 4

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

“Warming the Lancer Spirit” giving tree by Kaylee Henry Editor

courtesy of NatalieRebetsky Sarah Zetts creates a pine centerpiece.

Horticulture classses embrace the holiday season with festive centerpieces by Hayley Barge Reporter

Horticulture students from Mr. Tom Hawthorne and Ms. Patricia Beachy’s classes worked on creating holiday arrangements over the course of last week. The students not only made arrangements themselves, but to sell at the nearby nearby Gaver’s Tree Farm. Each student provided at least one arrangement that would be sold at the farm. All of the proceeds will support the school’s agricultural department. “We do it to help support our program,” said Beachy. The Gaver family members are all graduates of LHS and were involved in Future Farmers of America. Ms. Beachy and Mr. Hawthorne’s class created over 50 pine centerpieces.

Teachers deck their doors

Where is Newsie the Elf hiding? by Lancer Media

The Character Counts Committee invites you to participate in “Warming the Lancer Spirit” Holiday Drive, which began November 30th and will end December 18th. Gloves, scarves, mittens, hats, socks and slippers for all ages can be donated and hung on the tree in the front office. These items will be donated to local families in need. This is Linganore’s fourth year of courtesy of Kaylee Henry the giving tree, beginning in 2012. “The Christmas tree was more a remembrance of the Sandy Hook tragedy,” said Character Counts Coordinator, Mrs. Dawn Aburto. The giving tree not only helps families from Linganore but also our feeder schools such as New Market Elementary and Middle. “The school guidance counselors call and tell me about, say, five girls in need, and then I go to the schools and drop off extra items after the collection,” said Mrs. Aburto.

Come by the front office, drop off some donations and even hang them on the tree yourself!

Snow falls on annual holiday concert by Emily Seth Reporter The evening of December 3rd was an exciting one for the band students: at least half of the performers were “snowed in” during the finale of the 2015 Holiday concert. This year’s holiday concert featured the Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir, Concert Band and Merry TubaChristmas. courtesy of Emily Seth The Guitar Ensemble played “Away in a Manger,” “Deck the Halls,” “Wassail Song” and “Blue Christmas.” The band members that were a part of Merry TubaChristmas played “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Sleep, O Holy Child of Mine” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The Percussion Ensemble played “The Friendly Beasts,” “Simple Gifts,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Christmas Time is Here.” The Concert Choir sang a total of 11 songs, which consisted of, but were not limited to, “Carol of the Bells,” “Mary, Did You Know?,” “Sivivon,” “Mary Had a Baby,” and “Let There Be Peace.” During “Let There Be Peace,” the choir payed tribute to their senior members by having them sing soli for parts of the song. The Concert Band played “I Saw Three Ships,” “Stille Nacht” (Which is German for Silent Night), “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival.” For the finale, the choir joined alumni to sing along to the band playing “White Christmas." Halfway through the song, fake snow started falling onto the band. “All of us who were on stage were trying to contain our excitement, waiting in anticipation for the "oo"s and "ah"s that came with measure 65 in ‘White Christmas,'” band student Avalon Gravley said.

Mrs. Dillon's door

Teachers participated in the annual door decorating contest to see who has the most holiday spirit. Currently, Ms. Dillon's door received has the highest student vote in a Lancer Media poll.

December 2015

Lancer Media’s friend, Newsie, is hiding somewhere in Linganore. If you can tell us where he is in the daily picture, you will be entered in a daily contest. If you win the daily contest, you will be entered in the weekly drawing for a gift card. Weekly raffle winners will be announced via Twitter on each Monday of the week. Contest Rules: 1) You must be a student or staff member at Linganore High School. 2) You must be following @LHS Journalism on Twitter (where both daily and weekly raffle winners will be announced.) 3) You must guess the correct location in order to be entered in the raffle. 4) Submissions to the daily contest must be entered by 11:59 p.m. on the day the photo was published. 5) Submissions must be entered via the Google Form found on The Lance. So far, Newsie has been found...

hiding among the stuffed animals in Mr.Hornbeck's room

hiding in Mr. Kraft's room.

hiding in Mrs. Beachy's room in the rabbit cage.

hiding in Mrs. Dillon's room with Bones the Skeleton.

courtesy of Emily Seth

courtesy of Emily Seth

There will be a photo published each day until December 19th. Don't forget to submit your guesses for your chance to win!


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News Briefs Varsity basketball season tipoff is a win

photo by Emily Reed

by Emily Reed Reporter After a successful season last year, the pressure was on the boys varsity basketball team to perform as well as they did in years past. Not shockingly, the Lancers surpassed expectations when they emerged victorious against South Carroll scoring 74-56. Throughout the entire game, Lancers dominated the court and led by a landslide. Lancers weaved through South Carroll’s defense with ease and scored many successful shots. South Carroll couldn’t penetrate Linganore’s strong defense to approach the basket. The Cavaliers were forced to attempt mainly perimeter and 3 point shots. A majority of these shots didn’t pass through the hoop. Read more at

‘Tis the Season for a bath, Pre-vet class washes dogs


December 2015

Participants ‘wow’ audience at 5th annual Poetry Out Loud contest by Abigail Montgomery Editor

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Linganore High School held their 5th annual Poetry Out Loud contest in the school auditorium. Junior Kate Cameron won first place. Junior Summer Etzler was second, and sophomore Shannon McGoey won third. Twenty-four students, chosen either by peers and teachers in their English classes or through personal audition, recited poems of their choice to an audience of students, teachers, parents, and, last but not least, the panel of judges. The brave competitors, representing all four grades, recited and performed a variety of poetry written by an array of authors. The Poetry Out Loud program rules dictate that all of the poetry must be selected from the hundreds available on its website. Sophomore Sarah Hall represented her English class in the competition by reciting the poem “Sweetness” by Stephen Dunn. “I was a little nervous that I would forget my poem, but I was excited to be on stage in front of people,” said Hall. “I love theater and dance, so I enjoy the performance part of Poetry Out Loud.” The panel of judges were volunteer staff members, including Cheryl Novotny, Marsha Thompson, Tracey Cassidy, Seth Roberts, and Joanne Freimuth. Each competitor was judged based on physical appearance and presentation, articulation, understanding of the poem, overall performance, and memorization. First place was awarded to junior Kate Cameron for her recitation of “Song of the Shattering Vessels” by Peter Cole. She earned $50, courtesy of the National English Honor Society, and the opportunity to represent Linganore in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition in February at the Delaplaine Arts Center. “When I found out I had won I was very surprised, but it was a very cool feeling,” said Cameron. “Everyone in my class started to congratulate me once we had realized they’d announced my name.” Cameron prepared for the Poetry Out Loud competition by first analyzing four different po-

photo courtesy of Noah Ismael Poetry Out Loud contestants pose for a group photo following the competition.

ems as an assignment for her English class. “I chose to recite ‘Song of the Shattering Vessels’ because I enjoyed the rhythm and repetition of the poem and felt like I could connect with it,” she explained. “I practiced reciting it over and over to myself, and I recited it in front of the mirror so I could figure out which words I wanted to stress and emphasize.” The two runners-up also earned prizes courtesy of the National English Honor Society. Second place went to junior Summer Etzler, who earned $25 for her recitation of the poem “Dear Reader” by Rita Mae Reese, and the honor of 3rd place and $10 was given to sophomore Shannon McGoey for her recitation of “The River of Bees” by W.S. Merwin. Though only three of the contestants walked away with prizes, all participants benefited from the experience. English teacher Laura Scuffins has organized and run Linganore’s Poetry Out Loud contest for the last two years. “Poetry Out Loud is an important event for students to participate in because it fulfills their speaking/listening requirement in the English curriculum and teaches them about literature, but also because it builds their self-confidence and encourages them to try something new,” said Scuffins. Read more at

Students went to World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions

courtesy of Garrett Wiehler

by Sianna King Reporter December 7-10, the pre-vet small animal class washed approximately 15 dogs. They are learning hands-on techniques like trimming nails, washing and grooming the dogs. The dogs were volunteered by teachers and community members and were kept in the greenhouse/horticulture area during the day. Blue, Mrs. Rebetsky’s dog, enjoyed his spa treatment; although, he didn’t like waiting for his bath. “I think he barked a lot, but he settled down after a while,” said Mrs. Rebetsky. “It was fun getting to know the dog’s different personalities,” said Ashley Abuelhawa, a student in the pre-vet class who took part in washing the dogs. The pre-vet class accepts donations for the dog-washing. After all the donations are collected, the class will make a donation to Frederick County Animal Control.

by Garrett Wiehler Reporter One hundred twenty questions, three debates, one essay and one Jeopardy match. This is what is involved in the World Scholar’s Cup, a competition between thousands of the world’s smartest students. Four of those students from attended the final round at Yale University November 13-16 Laura Glawe, Brendan McCann, Emily Barbagallo and Maleeha Coleburn all attended the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions. Glawe, McCann and Barbagallo made up one team of three, the required team size for World Scholar’s Cup, while Coleburn joined Burke Roberts from Tuscarora and Rebecca Pamel from

Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas. The two teams competed against 1,200 students from 27 countries. “My favorite part was meeting people from all over the world, like Kenya, and learning about other cultures,” Glawe said. Teams had to prepare for months before this event. The LHS team debated weekly and did their own multiple choice tests. The team had to also compete in regional finals in order to move on to the Tournament of Champions at Yale. Coleburn and her team took 12th in the world in the essay section and 7th in the world in the debate section. The entire group who went to Yale was very proud. The essays are set up such that a statement is given then the contestant responds to the statement, either agreeing or disagreeing. Coleburn’s essay statement was “Assimilation benefits immigrants.” Coleburn disagreed and her essay won 12th overall. Many students compete but fail to make it to the Tournament of Champions. The team won the regional competition which catapulted them to the World Scholars Cup. “It’s an accomplishment just to get there,” said Mr. Seth Roberts the club adviser. “World Scholar’s Cup is a great opportunity to learn about all sorts of different things, meeting people and traveling,” Glawe said.


Arts & Entertainment

Social Media Circus: Where is the truth behind the lies?

If Instagram didn’t have likes or followers, would we all still use it? We live in a world dictated by numbers, numbers of likes, followers, tweets, views and filters. How many of us are suffering from social media addiction? Is it a real illness? Addiction usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. If that’s the definition, we have a real problem. “Being liked is not the same as receiving likes” If you spend just two hours a day on social media, that’s a month of your year looking at a screen. Recently, Australian model Essena O’Neill who rose to fame on social media, quit all social media due to the fact that she realized social media isn’t real life. It’s only a distorted glimpse of someone’s life. “I’ve spent the majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status, and my physical appearance. Social media is contrived images and edited clips ranked against

each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation, in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self-absorbed judgement,” said Essena O’Neill on her website Lets Be Game Changers. Spending a few minutes a day updating an account is fine and completely normal, but spending hours on hours scrolling and comparing yourself to others is time you could have spent collaborating with people in real life. What is “likeable” about a person who is always on his/ her phone instead of interacting with others? Think of it this way, before social media, people actually talked to each other… So why is it so hard to do now? On O’Neill’s site Gary Turk produced a video that encourages people to Look Up. “Photoshop is not reality.” O’Neill says, “I say take a full week break from social media to understand just how much you do or don’t rely on it.” Read more at


REVIEW: 5 Seconds of Summer releases album,warms up winter by Krista Kelly Reporter

by Kaylee Henry & Jewliana Hendrickson Editors

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Once again, 5 Seconds of Summer has overwhelmed us with their newest album Sounds Good Feels Good which certainly lives up to its name. October 23rd came slowly for fans anxiously waiting for the next 5sos album to be released. With a hit single “She’s Kinda Hot” and a new music video for “Hey Everybody!” the fans were dying to see what else the band had in store. We had a “sneak peak” look with the “She’s Kinda Hot” EP and already released songs from the album such as “Money,” “Fly Away,” and “Jet Black Heart.” From this, the fans could figure out this album was going to courbe significantly different from the first one, which came out in 2014. This self-named album had more pop influence whereas ‘Sounds Good Feels Good has a more pop punk sound to it. Songs like “Permanent Vacation” and “Castaway” both display strong rock influenced guitar melodies and drum beats while more emotional songs such as “Broken Home” and “Invisible” both use violins at some time to express sentimental emotions. “Broken Home” is a perfect example of a tearjerker song. Because it’s a familiar story

and poetically describes a story it’s hard not to be able to grasp the intellectual meaning.

courtnesy of Capital Records

They would yell, they would scream, they were fighting it out She would hope, she would pray, she was waiting it out Holding onto a dream While she watches these walls fall down Anyone who comes from a broken family can easily relate to these lyrics which makes this song all the more emotional. If you are not a fan of 5 Seconds of Summer, you probably only know them from “The Underwear Song,” better known as “She Looks so Perfect.” Although some may argue that they are a boy band, they are slowly approaching a new pop punk sound and more of their songs are similar to songs of their idols, All Time Low.

On the extended Target version of Sounds Good Feels Good, two bonus tracks, ‘The Space Between a Rock And a Hard Place” and ‘The Story of Another Us’ are added. “The Space Between a Rock and a Hard Place” shares both a song title that All Time Low might name one of their songs, and similar sounding music. I have yet to listen to a 5 Seconds of Summer song I don’t enjoy. Of course some of the songs on Sounds Good Feels Good aren’t as compelling as others. Some of the weaker songs, in my opinion would have to be “Catch Fire” and “Vapor.” Although “Catch Fire” reminds me of a 2013 One Direction song, it has more pop influence, whereas, most of their album focuses on a more pop punk and rock genre. “Vapor,” however shows more repetition during the verses which is a disappointment considering how soothing the chorus is. I’ll take what you got, got, got I know it’s not a lot, lot, lot Cause I just need another hit You’re the thing that I can’t quit The verses aren’t as strong as they could be, but altogether the song is an easy listen. Read more

"The Ghost Writer:" Norko publishes para-normal story by Emily Reed Reporter

Are you surprised that your English teacher is also a published author? Mr. Damon Norko published his latest novel with Black Rose Publishing on November 5, 2015. “The Ghost Writer” is an unconventional tale that refuses to be bound by the stereotypes that bind all traditional ghost stories. The defining characteristic that sets “The Ghost Writer” apart from its predecessors is the inclusion of philosophical questions and the notion that ghosts are not a natural occurrence. The explanation provided

in “The Ghost Writer” for this phenomenon states that ghosts are merely products of science. Among these specters is Arnold, the bitter protagonist. After 64 tiresome years, Arnold met his human demise due to diabetic shock. While Arnold is not particularly distraught about his recent death, he is more upset that his family shares his sentiments. Arnold’s inner turmoil stems from his resentment of his apathetic family and the numbing sensation that nullifies all of his feeble attempts to care about his life after death. “There’s a certain comfort in oblivion,” says Arnold.

To Arnold’s dismay, Dr. Herbert and his prodigious Orpheum Corporation plan for Arnold to become the “first literary voice from beyond the grave.” Arnold complies to their demands and writes short stories inspired by memories made during his 64 years of living. Unfortunately, only a small fragment of Arnold’s experiences can be described as cheery. Because of this, Arnold believes that he will attract more readers if he alters his recollections slightly. Arnold does not fully realize the extent of his embellishments until his conscience speaks the words. “Is this why you write?

To edit and then revise your life?” In the middle of Arnold’s biggest pitfall yet, he meets his saving grace, Clarisse. As Arnold begins to befriend Clarisse, she suddenly vanishes. Suspense is created because this is where the book ends. What impressed me most about “The Ghost Writer” is the noticeable lack of frivolous detail. Not a single page of this novella is unnecessary, and all words were chosen meticulously for an exact purpose. Read more at


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Don’t know much about geography: Why Americans need crash course

The Starbucks red cup: So much over so little

By Abigail Montgomery Editor

Starbucks released its holiday cup on November 1st. Since 1997, the company has displayed holiday designs such as ornaments, snowmen, and ice skating on the disposable cups. This year, Starbucks has revealed its simple red cup with nothing other than the famous Starbucks mermaid logo on the front. Because of the new plain, red cup, some, who would like Starbucks to promote Christmas holiday more outwardly , now share on social media that “Starbucks hates Jesus.” This small group has even created the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks on Twitter. They ask that when you order coffee, you use “Merry Christmas” as your name in order to force the employees to incorporate Christmas into the design of the cup. Why all this outrage over a disposable cup? Fortunately, most see the red cup as a nonargument; however, much of society has gotten overly sensitive and delicate. This issue could be labeled with a new term known as microaggression. Microaggression is defined as “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults.” It is a small remark that has the potential to offend someone. whether it be intentional or not. What was once viewed as “micro” is now taken as a colossal gesture. A cup should not be the beacon of mas spirit, and the argument about the red cup is completely unnecessary.

As the one of the richest and most powerful countries, I believe the United States has a responsibility to use its wealth and influence to better the world. We, as Americans, like to think that we always know what’s best, but the reality is that our nation, by virtue of its bossiness, often displays ignorance instead. A key problem is that our citizens choose to insulate ourselves and refuse to learn about others. This fact poses a huge problem: how is our nation supposed to uphold its responsibilities when we know so little about the rest of the world? Furthermore, even if you don’t agree about our responsibility to others, I think most will join me in my conviction that to remain a world power, Americans need to understand how and where others live. That means, we need to know geography as much as we know reading and writing. Compared to people of other countries, Americans tend to be more ignorant of, and even uninterested in, other cultures. This behavior is demonstrated by the fact that only 36% of Americans own passports, as opposed to 70% of Brits and Australians. Most Americans aren’t traveling to other countries in order to learn about them. They are not taking the initiative to learn about other cultures in schools, either. Acording to scholars in residadence at Georgetown University

courtesy of Brennan Nolan

and former president of Goucher College in an article for Inside Higher Ed, Sanford J. Ungar, “Whether motivated by exceptionalism, isolationism, triumphalism or sheer indifference — probably some of each over time — the United States has somehow failed to equip a significant percentage of its citizenry with the basic information necessary to follow international events.” Contributing to this failure is our education system. In a technology-centered world, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects are taking over school curricula in order to prepare children for careers using science and math. Other subjects, however, are being compromised by this STEM revolution, including social studies and world language. At LHS, where we have more than 15 choices for social studies education, that compromise should not be true; however, in all of those choices, where is geography?

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Test your geography skills 1. If you were in Savannah, GA, on what coast are you located on? A. East Coast B. South Coast

By Alicia Nasto Editor


This incident has only been one of many minor “outrages” forming from hypersensitivity, proving how divided we are. Everyone is reacting to these possible sensitivity-inducing actions and remarks as if they are directly targeting others, creating a victim culture. Another example of victimization is the OCD sweater at Target. Target used OCD to stand for Obsessive Christmas Disorder, illustrating how people are often well into the Christmas mindset months before December. Target’s intention was to show this in a cute and humorous way, however some people who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder went to the extreme and accused Target of being insensitive. They have even started a boycott to get the sweater off Target’s shelves. Microaggressions are inevitable. They are due mostly to poor word choice and are completely unintentional. Instead of lashing out every time we encounter a microaggression, we can try to understand it is not always an attack. Because of the polarized society we live in, we have all been on both sides of microaggression. Don’t be a hypocrite and be too hard on someone when they accidentally make a remark that offends you or someone else. Please, take the higher road and ignore it. Read more at:

2. What country controls the islands of Greenland? A. Norway B. Denmark 3. What is the state through which most of the Snake River travels? A. Idaho B. Ohio 4. What is the capital of Nevada? A. Carson City B. Las Vegas

Editor in Chief Noah Ismael Olivia DuBro

5. What lake forms part of Kenya's border? A. Lake Victoria B. Lake Kyoga 6. The large country that borders France to the South is Spain. A. True B. False 7. On which continent is Lebannon located? A. Asia B. Africa 8. What river flows along the border of Washington and Oregon? A. Platte River B. Columbia River 9. What part of the US is the most mountainous? A. Western B. Eastern Answers: A, B, A, A, A, A,A, B, A


Advisor Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky

Editors Amanda Anderson Jeweliana Hendrickson Kaylee Henry Gail Montgomery Alicia Nasto Brennan Nolan Sydney Rossman Disclaimer: The Lance is an independent student newspaper. The FCPS 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 orgin, religion, or disability.

Lancer Media Reporters Haley Barge Ryan Bond Riley Faulconer Rose Fiore Krista Kelly Olivia King Sianna King Katie Lehman Sarah Molineu

Katherine Montgomery

Emily Reed Kayley Russell Emily Seth Garrett Wiehler

graphic by Emily Seth

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December 2015  

Volume 53, Issue 4

December 2015  

Volume 53, Issue 4