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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume 52, Issue 7

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

March 2016

Mr. Linganore 2016:

DeMember wins “trendsetting” crown

by Olivia DuBro Editor-In-Chief On March 5, the Linganore auditorium was a sea of laughter, warmth, pride, and community as the full house watched the 18th annual Mr. Linganore pageant– complete with wigs, tutus, “beach-ball ballet,” serenades, fake beards, some umbrellas, and even a poodle skirt or two. Just in case the talents didn’t excite quite enough giggling, the boys had to perform two dances. The first was the Hustle, which the

contestants completed with their dance partners. The second was performed at the end of the show before finalists were chosen. The boys and their escorts reigned over the stage as they danced to “It’s Raining Men–” kick line and all. The full house watched as Dillon Mitcham, Class of 2015 Mr. Linganore, handed over his crown to Matt DeMember. Matt Watson took second place, and Justin Knotts received third.

Lancer Media web editor Noah Ismael has been involved in Mr. LHS for four years. This year, he created and monitored a "tweet wall" in the auditorium Throughout the event, audience members sent tweets hashtagged #MrLing16. They were displayed, real-time, much to the delight of the crowd.

Staff wins annual spelling bee

courtesy of Natalie Rebetsky Mr. Jeremy Brown explains the rules of the spelling bee to members of the NEHS, academic team, and staff. The winning word of the night was "Bunyanesque"-meaning of or relating to, or resembling the legends about Paul Bunyan.

by Tory Spruill Reporter On March 9, members of the academic team, National English Honor Society (NEHS), and staff competed in the fourth annual spelling bee. All three teams struggled to spell the very difficult words chosen by Mr. Jeremy Brown, the afternoon’s spelling bee Master of Ceremony. The academic team members who competed included JD Ensor, Hugh Norko, and Leigh Rankin. NEHS members included Sam Buckman, Olivia DuBro, and Cassie Harris. The participating staff members include Ms.Cassidy, Mr.Kehne, Mr.McWilliams, and Ms.Murphy. The words ranged from “rechauffe”--a dish of warmed

up food left over from a previous meal, to “piolet”-- an ice axe. The event was organized by Ryan Stark, senior and president of the National English Honor Society.

courtesy of Natalie Rebetsky Murphy, Kehne, McWilliams, and Cassidy compete on the staff team.


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Maryland Politics: Do you know who represents you? by Elena Guardia Reporter

Poll Questions How many people represent Maryland in the House of Representatives? Who is the current Governor of Maryland? What Maryland Senator is retiring? Who is running for governor? Who is NOT in the House of Representatives for Maryland? There’s campaign ads on every channel; the news showing a constant coverage of politics; and everyone is preparing for April 26th, election day in Maryland! Did you know that there is more than one election? The Maryland primaries decide state offices, too. With all the buzz about the presidential election, there’s little to no focus on the candidates running to represent Maryland in Congress and local offices. How much do you know about the candidates who want to represent you? Lancer Media polled students with these questions to find out, and the results were surprising. Only 60.4% of students knew that our current governor is Larry Hogan, and 52% thought that this was a governor election year, which it is not. Among the respondents were many who will be eligible to vote in April, revealing that more education is needed. Senior Lexi Baughman feels that she does not know enough about Maryland politics because there is not as much attention as there should be. Baughman said, “I would be interested to learn about politics in Maryland. I think it’s important to know national politics and state politics.” Answers: 8, Larry Hogan, Barbara Minulski, Trick Question (not a governor election year), Boyd Rutherford


March 2016

Heroin use skyrockets:

What can we do to prevent addiction? by Hannah Haught Editor In recent years heroin use has spiked drastically, making it one of the most popular and deadly drugs. Heroin initially gained popularity among users due to the euphoric high it gives resembling that of prescription pain medication. Today, heroin has wrecked lives throughout the nation with heroin-related deaths quadrupling between the years of 2002-2013. Heroin is an opioid, a family of drugs that relive pain by reducing the intensity of pain signals within one’s central nervous system. Most heroin addictions start either by individuals going from “simpler” drugs such as alcohol or marijuana and looking for an increasing high, or from them getting hooked on pain medications such as oxycodone or morphine. In fact four out of five new heroin users admit that they began heroin use via the misuse of prescription painkillers. In 2014 there were 29,467 opioidrelated deaths, with around 35% due to heroin. Of course, gateway drugs such as marijuana have their influence as well. Jennifer Radil-Harris, transition education teacher and sibling of a brother with a heroin addiction, said, “Anybody who says ‘It’s just pot.’ or ‘It’s just alcohol.’ I know three 20-somethings who have died in the last 18 months from heroin related deaths. Three, and all of those twentyyear-olds started out drinking and smoking a little pot. I’m not saying that everyone who drinks or smokes underage is going to become a heroin addict, but I’ve witnessed in my own personal life people go from pot, to pills, speed, cocaine, heroin."

Pamela Knight, recovered drug addict, and member of the Frederick County chapter of Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates, adds, “It’s all the same; unfortunately, heroin is the lowest grade opium that is around. It’s cut with who knows what, every time these kids get a batch, they don’t know what’s in it. But they get it because it’s cheap.” Knight often provides help with Save Our Children, an organization for parents whose children are addicted to heroin. “So that was kind of like my thing. I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to give back.’ And it makes me feel good that I can help somebody. If I can get through to somebody, and there is a magic between someone who is an addict and someone that was an addict but is now clean,” said Knight. Knight also delivers presentation

on heroin addictions at meetings to spread awareness. “I did my rehab in Flordia, and I realized they were so advanced, and when I got up here I just started to see there wasn’t any awareness. There wasn’t the freeness to talk about it. It’s an epidemic and we have to deal with it or people are going to continue to die,” Knight said. Many people don’t wan’t to address complicated topics such as heroin use. It either makes them uncomfortable or they just don’t have someone to talk to about it. But it’s so important to talk about and become educated about so that we know how we can prevent and combat heroin addiction. We can be that person to talk to, the one to spur a conversation on it or just be there so someone else can. Recently, Classmates4Life made videos on drug awareness. Sophomore Alex Ismael placed first in the High School category for the contest. When asked what inspired him to make his video, he replied, “I was talking with my friend, texting her back and forth later in the evening, and we were talking about this idea, how all your friends and family represent a light. I just sort of took that idea and applied it to this contest, to show that using drugs will turn out your lights." When it comes down to it, heroin is a devastating drug, but by not giving up and nipping it in the bud to try to prevent people from using it in the first place, we can help reduce the string of deaths caused by it.

Irish American month sheds light on inequalities: Why not celebrate Syrian-American month? by Bridget Murphy Reporter March does not only dedicate one day to the Irish– St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th– but the whole month. During March, 44 million Irish Americans celebrate their ancestry by joining in parades, celebrating through Mass, dancing, and family gatherings. Without the Irish-Americans, there is no saying where our country would be today. Many Irish-Americans have made a lasting impact on America, including John F. Kennedy (civil rights activist and 35th president of the U.S.), Walt Disney (producer and entrepreneur), Eileen Collins (female astronaut), and Nellie Bly (journalist). When we think of the Irish today, most think of green, leprechauns, clovers, potatoes, and a big pot o’ gold, but the Irish were not always connected with warm thoughts and fun traditions. When the Irish first came to America, many people opposed their immigration. There were stereotypes held against the Irish. A majority of Americans shared a dislike for Catholicism at the time, the dominant religion of the Irish.

History is now repeating itself. All of the current candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election have been faced with the question, “How do you plan to handle Syrian refugees?” This is a heavy-weighing factor, dividing voters. Many people do not want Syrian refugees, Syrian-Americans, or Muslim-Americans in the U.S. because they are scared of the potential violence that could accompany them. This is not justified. Recent Congressional hearings have debated the small number of refugees who may also have terrorist ties. Like the Irish, Muslim-Americans and Syrian refugees are stereotyped based on the actions of others who are of the same race or religion. Suspicion of Catholicism seems to have been

replaced by suspicion of Islam. The Irish’s only option was to come to America. Ireland was devastated when disease hit their homeland and destroyed the production of their most prized crop: potatoes. The potato famine caused approximately 1 million deaths in Ireland, and it caused approximately 2 million more to flee, according to the History channel. In the same way, more than 11 million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes. The amount of violence that has erupted recently in Syria is overwhelming. Surrounded by chemical weapons, war crimes, violent uprisings, and civil war, it is no wonder many Syrian citizens want to emigrate. Like the Irish, American culture would not be the same without Syrians whose families immigrated to the United States. Some famous Syrian Americans include Steve Jobs Jerry Seinfeld, and Paula Abdul.

March 2016


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Oh, the places you could go: If you need to leave, here’s where best option. Travel within the country you can live can be expensive because of this.

Kasal Smaha Reporter These days, it seems as if America is growing crazier by the week. For the average American hoping to flee to somewhere a little more sane, here are The Lance’s top three selections for expatriates. 1. Switzerland Positives: Switzerland has earned the top spot on this list. It is a beautiful Alpine country, a destination for any winter sport fan. Switzerland is a part of the Schengen Area, which is an agreement between European countries allowing travel without a visa, meaning that an expat in Switzerland can travel to almost any country in Europe. The country has a very low crime rate, and is internationally recognized as a neutral party in world politics. Negatives: The only serious barriers for any potential immigrant to Switzerland are the four widely-used official languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh. However, English is a primary alternate language in the country. 2. New Zealand Positives: Some know New Zealand as the country where the Lord of the Rings was filmed, but it is a great deal more than that. It is a collection of 33 islands that are mostly mountainous. The islands have a moderate climate, and are home to a great deal of open space. The government offers public healthcare, and the country as a whole boasts a high quality of life. Negatives: Since New Zealand has a low population density, it is difficult to maintain a public transit system outside of the cities, which means that, for long trips, a car is usually the

3. Sweden Positives: Sweden is one of the four Nordic countries, and is just as neutral in global politics as Switzerland. It is a natural paradise, with great forests and minimal human development in much of the country. It has an

Anne Cameron Reporter When Facebook began 12 years ago, it was the most popular social media site on the web. Even now, as Twitter and Instagram gain more users, it remains a fixed construct in our minds. “Friending” and “liking” is part of everyday conversation. You “like” photos on Instagram; you “like” tweets on Twitter, and it all started with the famous thumbs-up button. So why exactly is Facebook adding to the iconic “like?” Meet Facebook’s new reactions- emoticon symbols that, supposedly, give users a wider variety of emotional responses.

The reactions include love, haha, wow, sad, and angry. Bad move Facebook. They’re completely useless! One of the complaints Facebook received was how liking a post about death or hard times seemed insensitive. Does liking Rachel’s status of “my dog just died” make you a bad person? Are you liking the fact that her dog is dead? Of course not. Liking someone’s status doesn’t have any real significance whatsoever. Media Specialist Marsha Thompson said, “I don’t know if it matters. It depends on how much face value people give the ‘like’ button. Does it matter to me? No.”

courtesy of MCT Campus

Fuller House: Just as corny as the original-- and that's okay Tory Spruill Reporter

graphic by Kasal Smaha

incredibly high quality of living, and, despite it being incredibly difficult to enter into Swedish social life, there are plenty of other expatriates living in the country that may be an easier route. Negatives: Even though Sweden does not have English listed as an official language, 86% of the population speaks it as a second language. Sweden is also very cold come winter, which might be a deal-breaker for those who prefer a warmer climate. Regardless of whether or not these are the countries that you would seek asylum in, these are the most agreed upon best places for expatriates from around the world to live. If any of these match your personal preference, you may want to go!


On February 26, Netflix released the first season, 13 episodes, of the program Fuller House. The cast consists of the same actors from the 1980’s hit show, Full House, with the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Fuller House takes place 29 years after the final season of the beloved family program, when all the girls are grown up and living their own lives. Danny Tanner and Rebecca Katsopolis host a national morning show: Jesse Katsopolis is a producer, and Joey Gladstone is comedian. DJ Tanner, played by Candace Cameron-Bure, is now a single mom who lives at home with her three sons and finds herself overwhelmed with all the work she has to do as a single parent. So, Stephanie Tanner, her sister, and Kimmy Gibbler, an overzealous neighbor, move in with DJ to help her with the work load. Essentially, Fuller House carries the exact same plot line as the original broadcast, consisting of the same personalities and characteristics. In the new edition, Stephanie, cast as Jodie Sweetin, takes the role of the social butterfly, settling down to help her sister, just as Jesse did for his brother in Full House. Similarly, Kimmy, played by Andrea Barber, is the fun-loving and crazy friend that

Joey provided years before. It’s obvious the show is an attempt to recapture the cheesy, yet timely, essence of a family and their wholesome values. However, this is a paradox, because what we loved is also what is wrong with the new version. The music introduction to each episode features transformations through the character development of Full House to their now adult roles in Fuller House. One of the controversies is whether or not Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would return to play the youngest Tanner sister, Michelle. The twins are 29, and it makes sense that their lives can’t be all about Full House. Yet, that doesn’t stop the cast from making playful digs about the girls. According to an interview with People Magazine, Ashley Olsen said, “I have not been in front of a camera since I was 17, and I don’t feel comfortable acting.” The show did well without the Olsen twins, but the references written into the script are were unnecessary and extensive. Fuller House definitely isn’t up to all the hype, but worth the watch if Full House was a regular program in the household.


Cameron makes an aggravated response to Facebook’s new reactions You don’t need a sad emoticon to express how bad you feel for someone. If users find that simply liking a sad status isn’t appropriate, then how is a teary-eyed face any better? Of course, if you aren’t willing to take the time to comment how sorry you are for Rachel’s loss, did you care that much in the first place? Probably not. Overall, Facebook users range from completely annoyed to mildly amused. Now there is a whole new side to Facebook. Should users love a post? Should they “like” a post? Which one is appropriate?

Sites and blogs have actually gone so far as to post guidelines to help people determine which reactions to use and when. Things were simpler when you could “like” a post and go on with your life. Now, we are burdened with the complex system of reactions- forced to constantly consider our every click to assure that we won’t accidentally offend anyone. If you’re on Facebook, use the reactions as you please. Although don’t stress about the appropriate way to react. At the end of the day, it is just an emoji.


March 2016


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Life after injury: What is the next step after your dreams don’t come true?

by Alyse Montgomery Injured Reporter Imagine this. Ever since you were little, you’ve dreamed of being a professional athlete. After all the years of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, you’ve finally made it. You step out on the field and within a split second, your whole career is over. One blow to the knee. One tackle. It’s all over. What do you do next?

courtesy of Amanda Gonzalez For me, it was one wrong jump on beam. After the injury that ended my time as a gymnast, I had a lot more to deal with than just the physical aspect. I had to wrap my head around the idea I would no longer be able to compete in the sport I loved. What would life be without gymnastics? Today, I’m two years into my recovery with surgery on the horizon. Some of the world’s most renowned athletes are victims of career ending injuries. Former Olympic gold medalist, gymnast Shawn Johnson was someone I had looked up to my whole life. Johnson’s career came to an end, due to a knee injury in 2010. Ironically, Johnson did not receive her career ending injury during the sport that made her world renowned, but instead during a pastime–skiing. Johnson was more determined than ever to make the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team after tearing her ACL, MCL, meniscus, and hamstring during the 2010 skiing accident. However, her knee had different ideas. Unfortunately, Johnson was forced to retire from the sport of gymnastics entirely June 3, 2012 after a proud attempt at a comeback. Current Class of 2017 student, Liz Hovis, had to make a lifestyle change after tearing her

Adviser Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky

rotator cuff muscle in her shoulder during swim practice. After a life of swimming, 13-year-old Hovis says, “When I found out I couldn’t swim, I was crushed. I felt like I wasn’t good at anything in life, almost useless. Swimming was all I had ever done and all I ever knew and I was lost without it. I wasn’t sure what to do with my life when it ended because it was my whole life.” Rather than giving up entirely, Hovis says, “I got over the initial shock of not being able to swim by throwing myself in another sport and getting involved. I just focused on something else until I discovered something I liked to do.” Despite not being able to see where her potential would take her in swimming, Hovis says she does not regret having to quit swim after her injury, as track has had such a positive impact on her life. Sport injury statistics 3.5 million year.



1/3 od childhood injuries are sports related. 62% of sports related injuries occur during practice. Football is the source of most sports injuries. The majority of head injuries occur during bicycling, skateboarding, and skating. Severity of sports-realted injuries increases with age.

“With track, I’ve met some new, wonderful people and made new lifetime friends. It’s also a sport I can do for the rest of my life and forever be healthy.” Read more at:

courtesy of Andrea Poffinberger

Softball team swings for the 2016 state champion fence

by Kennedi Ambush Reporter Fans and parents are expecting a lot out of this 2016 team, and the girls are ready for the challenge. Three out of the past four years, the softball team has made it to the state tournament, twice to the state championship, and once to the state semi-finals. In three state games, they have been defeated by the same team, Northern Calvert Patriots. The Northern Calvert Lady Patriots have been Class 3A softball state champions for eight years in a row. And they are lead by Coach Robert Earl Radford. Lauryn Lovewell, returning captain, says, “Losing to the same team three years in a row is rough, but it makes us work harder to get back and see them again in the end.” Despite what the end of the season looks like, the ladies are ready for the year. The team’s roster contains 9 returning players from last year and five new additions. Returning players from last year include Frederick News Post recognized players: First Team All Area, third baseman junior, Lauryn Lovewell; First Team All Area center fielder junior, Kennedi Ambush; All Area Honorable Mention left fielder junior Shylo Arneson; and Second Team All Area pitcher senior Kayleigh Day. Joining these four are five experienced players: right fielder senior Tanner Ridgley, first baseman junior

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Managing Editors

Erika Kosar, shortstop sophomore Cailyn Barthlow, outfielder/first baseman junior Shelby Iager, and catcher sophomore Jordan Specht.

This year, Lancers plan to be unpatriotic. They are prepared for


Five new additions to the team include speedy second baseman sophomore Jordan Nicolet; third baseman junior Donna Pizzi; outfielder junior Maya Hannon; freshman short stop Paige Wilhelm; and senior second baseman Bailey Clum. These players will take on this softball season one win at a time, alongside Coach Andrea Poffinberger and her assistant Coach Rachel Teti. Teti is a 2012 alumni from Linganore. She played Varsity high school softball as a catcher for four years. When she graduated, she continued her softball career at Division 1 softball program, Mount Saint Mary’s, majoring in Elementary and Special Education. As the chosen 14 take the field every game this season, they have to stay as one unit. They have to be a family on and off the field because team chemistry carries a team far, and that is what is needed if they want to come home with a state title. Read more at:

Web Editor Noah Ismael


Olivia DuBro

Kennedi Ambush

Abigail Montgomery

Avery Apau

Video Editor

Devin Barge

Alex Ismael

Anne Cameron


Ethan Dye

Amanda Anderson Emily Gorham Hannah Haught Alyssa Mattison Grace Weaver

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