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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

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

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

Top 10 of 2016: Events that changed history Summer Etzler Reporter

January 2016 President Obama gave a speech proposing that background checks should be required to keep guns out of the wrong hands, increase mental health treatment, and provide funding so we can enforce these laws.

David Bowie influences all types of musical genres and broke gender roles. He was constantly recreating himself up until his death. He had liver cancer for eighteen months until he died. March 2016

Brock Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity house. He was sentenced to six months but only served three months for good behavior. The lenient decision inspired a bill in California that sex offenders should serve a mandatory prison time. April 2016

Prince taught us how to express ourselves without hesitation and also took fashion to a whole new level. His death was tragic for all. The Flint water crisis a water contamination problem that is ongoing in Flint, Michigan. The water has high levels of toxins and may lead to serious health problems. May 2016

Harambe was a gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo who

was killed by a zoo worker. The zoo worker was trying to save a child that wandered into the enclosure. Now Harambe is a meme that people love. June 2016

Distinguished Graduate Ceremony 2016 The Distinguished Graduate Ceremony took place on Tuesday, November 22, and allowed members of the Class of 2020 to hear about the success of former Linganore graduates who went on to do notable things in their lives. Congratulations to the Graduates!

Kathy Tobery’s teaching is artwork Elizabeth Anderson Reporter

This past June, there was a horrible mass shooting that occurred at a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. The shooting left 50 people dead and 53 people injured. August 2016

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Nominated as Distinguished Graduate in Academics, Kathy Tobery is a Class of ’91 LHS graduate who has been teaching students middle school through college, inspiring others through art. Currently she works at Oakdale Middle. Tobery was already taking AP art in her junior year, and in that year she also won first place in the Women’s Civic

Club art contest. In her senior year, Tobery helped to found a chapter of the National Art Honor Society at Linganore. Tobery’s favorite part about teaching art is that it provides people a critical outlet to express themselves. Her best advice to current Linganore students is, “There is something to glean from each experience if you are

open-minded and motivated to capitalize on it,” said Tobery.

Nick Fry, pursuing his life goals Kaycee Morris and Bailey Davis Reporters

There was a lot of hype in the media about how bad the Rio Olympics were going to be because of the area it was being held. The USA did well, but many medals were tarnished because of Ryan Lochte's false claims that he was robbed. September 2016

Nick Fry, who graduated from Linganore in 1996, is the 2016 Distinguished Graduate honoree in Arts & Humanities. Throughout his high school career, he favored and excelled in history, and now he works at the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library in UMSL, Fry attended UMBC and

a lot of turns, and you will go different directions, but eventually you’ll get there."

Ranjita Cornette means business Amanda Anderson Co-Editor-in-Chief

DAPL is an underground pipeline currently being built to transport crude oil. There have been many protests against this project, as it could lead to massive oil spills, other environmental concerns, and the use of land that is home to the Standing Rock Indian tribe. November 2016

Drexel University, where he ultimately earned a masters degree in history. Fry loves his job. He handles original source documents that had a huge impact on our nation. Fry’s advice for students is, “You need to have a plan of what you want to do with your life. You think it’s going to be a straight line, but its not. There’s going to be

Ranjita (Anji) Cornette graduated from Linganore in 1984, is the 2016 Distinguished Graduate honoree in Business. She is Vice President of Graphic Audio, an audiobook publisher. She also has a Christian rock band, HarvestBloom, that has had music featured on many television shows. Their song, “Let It Go”, reached Billboard’s new and active chart in September 2011. As well as this, she over-

sees and manages Potomac Talking Book Services, a company that records books for the blind and physically handicapped program for the Library of Congress. In high school, she performed in talent shows, ran sound for the school plays and for the talent shows, and was in choir. Her advice for students is, “Work hard with integrity in every thing you do. Be patient

and persevere as anything you want to achieve is worth it. Challenge yourself to try new opportunities and always remember to have fun.”

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Door Decorating 2016: What is the people's choice? Amanda Anderson Co-Editor-in-Chief

United States Election: This year’s election was definitely one of the craziest when Donald Trump took a surprising win over Hillary Clinton. There is a continued protest about the president-elect that will most likely continue into 2017. Read more at:

There are 24 doors through out the halls decorated by teachers including the two to the left. The teachers decorate their door every year to try in an attempt to win different awards. Lancer Media wants to know your favorite. VOTE NOW:http://lhslance. org/5g4mx

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The movie theater gets Strange with Marvel’s new film

Music Review: The Weeknd releases 80’s vibe new album, Starboy Alicia Nasto Editor-In-Chief I’ve been listening to The Weeknd’s last album, Beauty Behind the Madness, on repeat for months. Abel Tesfaye released the anticipated album, Starboy, on November 25, 2016. The upbeat 80’s vibe makes Starboy a different listening experience. Starboy is more on the pop spectrum of music due to its 1980’s Michael Jackson impression. Earlier this year in an interview with Vogue, The Weeknd said, “When I was born, that was the music my mother was listening to. Michael Jackson is a third parent to me.” There is no question The Weeknd

uses him as inspiration in the majority of his work. Regardless of his music style, the album is impressive. Starboy, the first single from the album released on September 22, made number 1 on Billboard’s Top Hits on October 8. When you get the standard holiday gift of an iTunes gift card, this album is a good way to spend the money. If you are ready to spend a little more, go see The Weeknd perform his Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour and get tickets here. He will be performing at the Verizon Center in D.C. on May 18, 2017.

Brandon Cooper Reporter Magic and action enter the theater as Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, comes in. This film perfectly mixed the classic Marvel action movie vibe with a twist of magic. The character development was great; seeing Strange go from an egotistical neurosurgeon to a hero who saves mankind was exciting. Being a fan of the past Marvel movies, I was skeptical when I first heard about Doctor Strange. In the recent extended Marvel Universe, every hero and villain had been science based with an explanation of exactly how their powers work. However Strange is one of the only characters who uses unexplained magic and powers from the universe. Compared to Captain America,

this movie, in my opinion, ranks equally high, but for other reasons. Doctor Strange is a more magical, mind-boggling movie full of a mix of modern and ancient themes. I would consider this movie one of my favorite Marvel films.


Quiz: Which Holiday Character Are You?


Moana: The beginning of an era

Beau Cameron Editor When I first heard of Moana, I was unsure of what to think. I was happy that Disney was finally having a more ethnically diverse princess, but I was nervous about if Disney would be able to portray the character without stereotyping. When the incident with Disney’s culturally insensitive Moana-themed costumes hit the news, I was tempted to avoid the movie completely. I saw it as a sign that everything would go wrong. Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, was an instantly lovable and relatable character. She dreamed of travelling the sea, but, as the chief’s daughter, she was expected to lead her people. In the most realistic character portrayal by Disney to date, Moana chose to put aside her own desires and devote herself to helping her island and its people. The animation was beautifully

graphic by Nicole Muller executed, with every tree, insect, and rock crafted with loving precision. Moana’s body type was ideal (slim and muscular) but believable- as are most human aspects of this movie. Moana’s hair got in her face; Maui’s magic didn’t always work as planned; and characters stumble and trip and don’t immediately know how to fight or sail. Even so, the movie may have been one of the best princess movies Disney has done so far. The soundtrack is beautiful; the story flowed well between scenes; the characters are relatable; and it was an overall good rendition of the classic princess archetype. Finally, Disney created a princess movie with not only a wellrounded and resourceful heroine, but also no love interest. This movie is the beginning of a new era for Disney: an era of diversity and representation. Good job Disney. Now make the next movie better.


Emma Wynkoop Reporter 1. The most annoying part of the holidays is… a. The busy stores b. The overbearing family time c. They're over too quickly d. The stress- all the baking and shopping and decorating you have to do! 2. At holiday parties you can be found… a. By the food b. Mingling and talking to everybody c. AWOL d. Handing out gifts 3. What’s your favorite snow day activity? a. Snowball fight b. Sledding c. Staying inside and baking cookies d. Building a fort 4. Where do you fall on Santa’s list? a. Definitely nice b. No comment c. Maybe naughty, but I had good reasons! d. I've been on the nice list every year of my life 5. What’s your favorite holiday movie? a. Elf b. It's a Wonderful Life c. Home Alone d. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

6. How is your home decorated for the holidays? a. Just a tree and stockings b. Top to bottom, extreme decorations c. Classic and classy decorations d. It's not. 7. You wake up, look outside, and see it snowed overnight. You… a. Groan and go back to sleep b. Go outside and make snowmen c. Spend the day by the fire with hot cocoa d. Have a snowball fight with your friends 8. You’d describe yourself as… a. Shy b. Excitable c. Helpful d. Determined 9. When you hear Christmas music you… a. Tolerate it b. Turn it off c. Do a full performance and dance to it d. Sing along 10. Best part of the holidays? a. The gifts b. Being with friends and family c. The feeling of Christmas spirit d. The time off school and work

(Calculate your results on page 6)


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Welcome to the Oval Office, President Trump of debt. One of Trump’s main goals in office is to help our economy and get us further out of debt.

New People in Office:

Bridget Murphy Editor All aboard the Trump Train. It is coming in at full speed and the final destination is the White House on January 20, 2017. After months of social media battles, jaw-dropping live debates and scandals, the fight is finally over. On November 8, 2016, all Americans over the age of 18 were given the choice: vote for one of the four candidates (including Donald Trump for the Republican Party and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party), or don’t vote at all. The final results of the election were 306 electoral votes in favor for Trump and 232 electoral votes for Clinton. With this Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, with Mike Pence as Vice President. Although, he didn’t win the popular vote, it may have been due to a combination of people who didn’t vote, and of course, the Hillary supporters who voted for her. Trump will be introducing new policies, hiring new people in office, and setting new goals. Recently, Trump was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2016. Currently, our country is very divided. I believe

that when people who aren’t Trump supporters accept that he WILL BE our President, he will be able to bring us all back together again. His plans for our country will improve America.

Trump emphasizes in his victory speech that he will be a President for ALL people. New Policies and Goals for America:

Trump wants to start a project of national growth and renewal. The unemployment rate is lower than it has been since 2010, but there are still many Americans unemployed. In his plans, the inner cities will be strengthened; the highways, schools, hospitals, bridges, tunnels and airports will be rebuilt; and these projects will create many jobs, calling upon the 7.9 million Americans who are unemployed. As of November 24, 2016, the United States government is in almost 20 trillion dollars

As the future 45th POTUS, Donald Trump has to appoint the members of the cabinet and replace some justices on the Supreme Court. There are 20 positions that require senate confirmation and three positions that do not require Senate confirmation. Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson, former neurosurgeon and 2016 Presidential Candidate, to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carson is a “Washington outsider” because he has no political experience, but he is fully prepared to lead HUD because of his childhood in Detroit and “his experience treating patients in the inner city as qualifications for the job,” reported New York Times. Elaine Chao was also chosen by Trump to be a member in the cabinet. She will be (with Senate approval) appointed as Secretary of Transportation. Chao is married to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. She has experience in politics due to her previously serving as the Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush. The New York Times reported that, “Ms. Chao has experience — politically and personally — in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital.” No matter the ethnicity or gender, if the person fits the job, that’s where Trump wants them. I hope you can join me in standing behind Donald Trump and help strengthen America as he steps into office as the leader of our nation.

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Celebrate your “Young Life” & make better choices in 2017 Kaycee Morris Reporter Each year on the first of January, people decide make new year’s resolutions to better their lives. Some common ones are to eat healthier, exercise more or curse less. Most people don’t follow these decisions after a couple of months. In high school, it’s tough keeping yourself on track and staying out of bad habits. Why not resolve to work on your relationship with God, while having fun with friends? Young Life is a free, weekly evening program that is for high school students who want to strengthen their religious beliefs in a safe environment. Open to everyone, Young Life is a non-denominational Christian organization that helps teach teens about Jesus Christ in understandable ways through personal relationships between leaders and teens. Young Life has weekly club meetings and fall and summer camps to attend. There is also a more Bible-focused group of Young Life that you could attend


Linganore High School E-Waste Drive Victoria Rock Reporter What is one of the main causes of climate change? If you said, “electric power,” you are correct. Just think about how many devices you have at home, even the ones you don’t use. Then, when you throw these devices away, they go to the landfill. At the landfill they aren’t recycled, and they cause environmental disruption. When companies destroy the e-waste the improper way, the com Obviously this pollution needs to stop… but how? We all know how to recycle paper, glass and plastic, but recycling e-waste is just as important! Recycling e-waste is critical and that’s why here at our school Lancer Media is sponsoring an E-Waste Drive. This drive will start December 15, 2016 and end January 15, 2017. Read more at

called Campaigners. Local club meetings are free and are held on Monday nights at 7:30 pm in students’ homes Mt. Airy. The specific location is sometimes different, so you can find that out on Twitter if you follow their page @LinganoreYL. There are four leaders who run Young Life in Mt. Airy; Katie Shoemaker and Katie and Chris Eckard. At the beginning of the club meeting, we play a group game, have an activity, sing songs, or act out skits. During club, the leaders take turns reading a Bible script and add in a real life story that connects to that. We end club with prayer and then meet up at a local restaurant to grab a bite to eat and talk to friends. (The restaurant costs money, but it’s optional.) Chris and Katie Eckard and Katie Shoemaker strive to help teach us to make choices based upon God’s love for us and that He can make a difference to our futures. If you’re thinking about making a life change for the beginning of the 2017 year, give Young Life a chance and let God become a part of your life.



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Year in Review

December 2016

Top 10 of 2016: My favorite hip hop albums

by Jacob Bolger Reporter

Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World by Lil Uzi Vert Released on May 27th, 2016

Among other genres, hip hop is on of the most popular types of music in modern society. According to studies, rock music is the most popular genre in North America, with hip hop coming in a close second. Among younger people, hip hop is the most popular genre. These 10 albums feature some of the best hip hop songs released so far in 2016.

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott Released on September 2nd, 2016

4 Your Eyez Only by J. Cole Released on December 9th, 2016

Untitled Unmastered by Kendrick Lamar Released on March 4th, 2016

Starboy by The Weeknd Released on November 25th, 2016 Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper Released on May 12th, 2016

SremmLife 2 by Rae Stremmurd Released on August 12th, 2016

Bobby Tarantino by Logic Released on July 1st, 2016

The Life of Pablo by Kanye West Released on February 14th, 2016

Views by Drake Released on April 29th, 2016

Top Ten of 2016: Make or break fashion trends

by Emily Sherwood Reporter

Throughout 2016, I have seen many questionable fashion trends, some questionably good, and some questionably bad. However, there are ten trends that have stuck out the most this year, not just in school but on social media also.

Two-piece Matching Alex and Ani: Boots: These one-charmed bracelets Although Uggs are still in, Outfits: are very popular. They are usu- there are hundreds of styles of In these outfits, the top and bottom are both the same color as each other and they can come in the form of pants and a crop-top, or a skirt and a crop-top. The best part of these

ally worn in a group of three, four or more bracelets, and if you look around your school, you’re sure to see at least a few girls wearing them. The charms on these bracelets are there to represent a certain aspect of

boots, all popular among girls and guys. The most popular are Timberland, equestrian boots, ankle booties, and thigh-high

Whether it be Nike’s or Converse, someone’s life. both girls and guys are sporting this trend. Along with Nike socks, these Teenage girls seem to adore the extra shoes are worn in many different addition to their outfits and these can ways. They can be worn to pull off be worn in many styles, which is why a cute, athletic look, or a comfy & girls love them so much. There are preppy look. a variety of them to choose from, which includes all black, ones with charms, and even velvet ones. The fabric is adored by many teenage girls. It is worn in the form of graphic by Emily Sherwood dresses, shirts, two-pieces, and many No, no, not the marker. The notmore. Most fashion stores sell them so-new fashion trend is loved by now, and they are popular during makeup finatics everywhere. It You can't just have one. Makeup gu- the colder season. Looking back comes in all different colors and rus love these lipsticks, and they usu- on 2016, you’re sure to see velvet it adds an extra “pop” to people’s ally have one to match everything. everywhere this season. daily makeup routine.

This dress can be worn in just about any season, and styled in any way because it’s just a t-shirt, which is what makes it so popular. Girls can dress it up by wearing boots or heels, or they can dress it down by wearing Converse or flip-flops

outfits? You can mix & match.

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If you see girls going to get their nails done, they’ll probably walk out of the salon with claws. They are a trend that can be seen in all four seasons. If you’re looking for a gift for your fashionista friend, a gift certificate to your local nail salon would do just the job.

Hallmark Christmas movies to make you laugh… and cry

by Grace Gaydosh Reporter

Nothing is better than cuddling up on your couch with a cozy blanket and watching a movie on a cold winter night. But you’re not just watching any movie… you’re watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. Here are my top 10 Hallmark movies that I recommend everyone watch.

A Wish For Christmas (2016): When Sara Thomas’ idea for a Christmas project at work gets stolen, she makes a wish to Santa that she will become more confident and able to stand up for herself.

A Dream of Christmas (2016):

A married woman with children wishes she had never married her husband because she gave up an executive business life. The “new” life turns out to be the opposite of her expectations.

A Christmas Detour (2015): When Sara Thomas’ idea for a Christmas project at work gets stolen, she makes a wish to Santa that she will become more confident and able to stand up for herself.

A Royal Christmas (2014):

In this rags-to-riches movie, Emily Taylor, a girl from Philadelphia falls in love with a real prince. Right away, his mother does not approve. She wants her son to marry a duchess who is suitable for the throne.

A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013):

A woman travels to the wrong house for Christmas and meets a guy she never thought she would fall for. The downside is that she is engaged to another man.

Christmas Under Wraps (2014):

When a doctor doesn’t get the position she wanted, she moves to Alaska to be a veterinarian. She doesn’t expect to find love, happiness, and a big secret. Of course, there are reindeer and a great Santa. To find out the other five Hallmark Christmas movies go to: To read more Top 10 stories, go to: http://lhslance.

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20 under 20: Unique gifts for Baking cookies with grandma: the sweetest gift Reed your favorite fangirl (or fanboy) Emily Editor electronics, Starbucks gift ries of her mother staying up Elizabeth Anderson Reporter

If you’re struggling to find a holiday present for that one person you love to death but won’t be satisfied with a simple t-shirt or gift card to Barnes and Noble? That one person who just so happens to be obsessed with some terrifying television show or book series that doesn’t seem to end? Look no furtherhere’s a list that’ll give you easy access to gift ideas in any fandom your character maniac is a part of (well, not every one is included here, but I can’t write a thousand-fandom list here), and to make it even better, all of these items are $20 or less (plus shipping and tax).

If you’re shopping for someone with a sweet tooth (for sugar or Benedict Cumberbatch), how about giving this BBC Sherlock Portraits Cookie Cutter Set? Not only will it provide a reminder of their favorite television show during the holidays, maybe they’ll give you some of the cookies, too! Get these from

A great wintery item to get is a Star Wars Ugly Sweater Mug. Keeping their hot cocoa and their heart warm with thoughts of their favorite Star Wars characters, either of these red or green ceramic mugs–the green one featuring Yoda and the red Darth Vader. You can find these on for $12.99.

courtesy of Jennifer Reed Grandma and Emily make peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's Kiss in the center.

“What do you want for Christmas?” is the question I dread being asked every holiday season. When I was younger, this question was easier to answer. I’d simply hand my parents a Toys “R” Us catalog that had the toys I wanted circled in red pen and starred for emphasis. Now that I’m older, I find that making my list is much more difficult. Sure, I could fill my list with wishes for

Are you buying a present for a Star Trek and dog lover? Here’s the perfect accessory–a Star Trek Dog Spock Hoodie that may or may not be more of a gift for the Star Trek fan themselves than for the dog who wears it. This is on for $16.29. Another great gift is this Handmade Marvel Comic Print Bow Tie, an in-style, trendy way to spice up an outfit or show off their love for comics galore. This colorful accessory is on These Doctor Who TARDIS String Lights are perfect for any true Whovian, and will bring light into their heart and their home. Get this luminescent decoration at for $19.99. To satisfy the most obsessed Pokémon aficionado, then treat them to getting to wake up with their favorite animation every morning! You can get this Pokémon Alarm Clock at Hot Topic.

all night to make sugar cookies because, back then, they didn’t have Kitchenaid mixers. She reminisced about the smell of sugar cookies that perfumed the entire house during the holiday season. Her descriptions were so vivid that I felt I was right there with her in the 1950’s. The time I spent with my grandma was so precious to me because who knows how much of it I’ll have left. In two years, I’ll be going off to college, definitely in another state, and, perhaps, in another country. Sure, we’ll able to call each other, but that’s not the same as four busy hands in oven mits. The opportunities we’ll have to chat will be few and far between. These special moments serve as a reminder that our relationship is strong no matter where she’s is or I am. And if I ever feel homesick, all I’ll have to do is bake a batch of sugar cookies.

Handling an emotionally hectic holiday? Words of advice about family dynamics Tyler Roman Reporter

Your favorite Harry Potter fan will laugh when you gift them this Ministry Of Magic Toilet Decal Sticker. Maybe it’ll prove to be enchanted and they’ll actually be able to transport themselves to the Ministry! You never know where magic’s going to pop up. This is on for $5.95.

cards, and fancy clothes… but do I really need anything on that list? This year I was spared the trouble of a list because the gift I needed, but, wasn’t looking for, came to me during the first week of December in the form of spending time with my grandmother. When I learned that my grandma was coming up to visit me, I was shocked that she would put in the effort to drive all the way from Florida. Thirteen hours is an awfully long drive which is why she decided to stay for a week. To entertain ourselves, my grandma and I indulged in one of our favorite hobbies, baking. Even though we baked over 450 cookies, the fun wasn’t in the cinnamon sugar. The best part of our time together was the conversations we had while waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven. She regaled me with sto-

The holiday season is usually a happy time when families get together to celebrate. For as many as half of the students, there are families who don’t come together during this cheery time of year. The stress of having a split family can be overwhelming at times, especially during the holiday season. It’s not my goal to tell you how to handle the holidays: everyone thinks differently, and no situation is the same. My goal is to suggest some approaches and attitudes you could have to make the holidays better. For starters, think of the positives. Granted, it’s super cliche, but it’s still important. If you only think of the negative circumstances and wallow in your troubles, you’ll ultimately be a miserable person, even if you pretend to be happy. Next, would be avoid politics. Not everyone has the same viewpoints, and the recent election has stirred up drama. A surefire way to start an argument that puts everyone in a bad mood would be to start talking about politics. When people start talking about who’s right and who’s wrong, you’ll notice they get very defensive and offended at the same time. Do everyone a favor and steer clear of discussing politics at the dinner table. Shape Magazine has good advice about how to express how you feel about politics without driving your family away. The same goes for family politics. In a situation where parents divorce, one of them usually has full custody of the children. If both parents

want the kids but don’t want to start a legal situation, they agree to share custody of the children. Whatever the setup may be, it can’t fully compensate for a nuclear family setup, which would be the parents and the kids all in one household. I would know, as whenever we’re at my dad’s house, my younger siblings behave very differently than they do when we are with my mom. With Christmas right

around the corner, now is not the time to complain to your parents about your possible distaste for the current setup of who goes with who and for how long. Your parents are going out of their way to make this holiday happen. It’s probably driving them nuts financially and emotionally– parents are people, too! Telling your parents you don’t like how things are during the holidays will sap away what joy they’ve managed to collect by trying to make you happy. There’s plenty of advice for parents at the holidays–about not putting children in a “loyalty bind”–that works for the children, too. Another thing you could do, if you have siblings, is try to interact during the holiday season beyond video games and electronics. Your relationship with your siblings can be improved by playing board

games that take some time (like Scrabble, or, if you’re crazy, RatRace). Making sure you have a good relationship with the family you still have is important, as they’re the people you’re around the most. In the case that you’re the only kid in the house, try to get closer with friends. Humans are social animals, so go socialize. One thing I’ve come to learn from others who have lost people in their lives is that you should cherish life while its still here, because once someone’s gone, they’re gone for good. Baking cookies is a fun way to get into more of a cheery atmosphere. The aroma of sugar cookies fresh out of the oven tends to make people smile. For a more fun approach, attempt using a cookie cutter to make some interesting shapes. If you’re feeling creative, try using a butter knife to cut out a shape before baking the cookies. I’m not a baker, but I appreciate eating sugar cookies. Aim to be cheery this year, and your attitude will go a long way to creating the real thing, joy. If you don’t actually do anything to fix the problems in your life, they’ll only get worse. Take a positive approach. If it snowstorms and you have to clear the driveway, go out there and enjoy the workout, or maybe the lush quiet of the vast blanket of snow, or both. There’s a bright side to every bad situation, but you need the right motivation to find it.

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X-mas Trivia

December 2016

What's in Santa's Beard?

1. St. Nicholas orignially belongs to Turkey. 2. The four main food groups of an elf are: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. 3. Yukon Cornelius, a famous miner, is in charge of organizing the placing of the star on top of the Christmas tree in the North Pole every year. 4. Frosty the Snowman cannot smell through his carrot nose. 5. Buzz McCallister's tarantula's name is Axl. 6. Neither of the Grinch's parents were present at his birth. 7. Frosty the Snowman claims that he has a "jolly happy soul." 8. All of the gifts in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" would equal 364 gifts. 9. The world's largest stocking weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 stockings. 10. Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United States. 11. President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901.

Elfie and his selfies: The matching game













1. ______ The Gymnasium

5. ______ Guidance Office

9. ______ Ms. Freimuth's

2. ______ Ms. Partner's Room

6. ______ Ms. Doll's Office

3. ______ Ms. Newcomb's

7. ______ Ms. Digg's Room

10. ______ Mr. Lastova's 11. ______ Ms. Beachy's Room

4. ______ The Sound Booth

8. ______ Ms. Riley's Room

12. ______ Mr. Snow's Room

Which holiday character are you? Answers from page 4 Count up your points! QUESTION 1: A- 2 points B- 1 point C- 3 points D- 4 points

QUESTION 2: A- 2 points B- 4 points C- 1 point D- 3 points QUESTION 3: QUESTION 4: A- 3 points A- 3 points B- 1 point B- 2 points C- 2 points C- 4 points D- 4 points D- 1 point QUESTION 5: A- 3 points B- 4 points C- 2 points D- 1 point

QUESTION 9: A- 2 points B- 1 point C- 3 points D- 4 points QUESTION 10: A- 2 points B- 4 points C- 3 points D- 1 point

17-24 Ralphie Parker (A Christmas Story): You have a lot of big dreams, and they all come out during the holiday season. 25-32 Buddy the Elf: No one can compare to the amount of pure Christmas spirit you have. 33-40 Mrs Claus: Your caring nature and willingness to please those you love makes you the go-to for the best gifts and warm cookies during the holiday season.

QUESTION 6: A- 2 points B- 3 points RESULTS C- 4 points If you got a score D- 1 point Elfie and his selfies: between… answers QUESTION 7: QUESTION 8: 10-16 1. E A- 1 point 7. F A- 1 point 2. B The Grinch: You’d enjoy 8. I B- 3 points B- 3 points 3. J 9. L some peace and quiet C- 4 points C- 4 points 4. G 10. K instead of the hustle and D- 2 points D- 2 points 5. A 11. D bustle of the holidays. 6. C

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The Lance: December 2016 Issue  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2016-2017 School Year, December Issue.

The Lance: December 2016 Issue  

The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2016-2017 School Year, December Issue.