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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School

Volume 51, in Issue 2 hallways: How Holding the

October 2013

Hugging in the halls: How much is too much? No hair, don’t care: Olivia DuBro & Kate Mannarino Zink battles Alopicia Reporters Moe de La Viez & Ross Hayek Editor & Rerporter

photo courtesy of Ashley Zink

Ashley Zink: before, during, and after shaving her head. Imagine waking up every morning, looking in the mirror, and seeing that you’re bald. This is something junior Ashley Zink goes through on a daily basis. She is going through what only 2% of the population is experiencing. It’s not cancer: it’s Alopecia. Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss. There are three types: Areata, the most common, where the victim loses patches of hair on the head; Totalis, where the sufferer loses all of the hair on the head; Universalis, the most severe, causes the person to lose all hair on the body. This is the type Ashley has. It all began in 2011, Ashley’s freshman year. “I was scared at first. The doctor told me I was losing all my hair and there was no treatment,” said Zink. Read the full story at:

Who doesn’t love fall adventures?

Phoebe Kolessar and Theresa Bentz Reporters

photo by Olivia Goldstein

An elephant handler at the Maryland Renaissance Festival guided elephant rides for visitors. Read the full story at:

Ferguson, an LHS graduate and a teacher for over 30 years, says that in her time, there was also PDA, but the modesty level was much higher. “Kids had a higher level of courtesy for teachers back then. You didn’t do certain things at photos by Olivia school because you DuBro Junior Chaz Atchison were more respectful to teachers and staff,” kisses sophomore says Ferguson, Maggie Hall’s cheek Ferguson does in the cafeteria. support teacher become inconsiderate intervention. “I’ve interrupted to everyone around teens by standing them,” Valerie says. Although most uncomfortably close,” kids say PDA gets Ferguson says. “This on their nerves, not is not the time or many say they would place.” Ferguson believes be in favor of rules to that if there were moderate it. When asked rules about PDA, about PDA, ninth those rules would grade counselor, allow holding hands little kisses Ilana Blum, said and goodbye. They would not allow “entwined bodies” or standing in the way of others. “Hallway time is your social time, but there are limits on what is socially acceptable,” Ferguson says. “It’s no different than a work place.” Several entwined couples were not available for Juniors Jeffrey Lewis and Ashley Bodastain comment. hold hands at lunch time. Some students that in her experience say that PDA is a at other schools, PDA nuisance to other has always occurred, teens trying to especially in high maneuver around school. In terms of them. Sophomore discipline, Blum is not Valerie Becker says particularly in favor of that a lot of couples teacher involvement. tend to be unaware “It would be very of their environment uncomfortable,” says and the discomfort Blum, “not to say I of their peers. wouldn’t do it.” Blum “Couples who also says she hopes stand in the hall teens would be able make me hate PDA. to decipher what is It’s so hard to get appropriate and what Sophomores Wade around them and is not. Steiren and Elizabeth they don’t even listen Mrs. Barbara Coletti piggy back when you say ‘excuse Ferguson has a ride through the halls me’. They’re so into different view on to class. each other they handling PDA. “No, I love YOU more” “No, I love YOU more!” “Aw, babe, no I love you most!” We’ve all heard the couple that just can’t get enough of each other, but in public, when is enough enough? At Linganore High School, PDA rules are not very strict. Couples hold hands while they walk to class; other pairs make googlyeyes by the lockers; and sometimes, a lone couple is making out in an empty stairwell. Where are the boundaries? Sophomore, Chris Brown says he doesn’t mind public displays of affection. “If couples love each other, they love each other. Let them show it; it doesn’t affect my life,” Chris says.

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Open salad bars would Class Rings: Still Popular? Kyle Brodt improve school lunches reporter Next to a wedding ring, the high school class ring is often Kaycee Oland and Nicole Baye the most important (and sometimes the most expensive) piece reporters president of Real Food of jewelry that a person might own. The tradition of class What if the school for Kids, who supports rings began in 1835 when the idea was first introduced at put in a fruit/salad bar salad bars in schools. West Point Military Academy to signify their unity as soldiers. filled with different A salad bar could add Nowadays, rings give students a way to look back on their varieties of fruits, a variety of fruits and past and remember the good old days of high school, but teens lettuces, toppings, all kids could discover new aren’t as enthusiastic about buying rings as they used to be. fresh and delicious? tastes, something that According to Thomas Orme, Linganore’s representative at The cafeteria serves is difficult for picky Jostens, each year there is an average of about 60 ring orders. the basic kinds of fruits eaters. This is about 4% of the entire student body. The national and small side salads Some students are average for ring orders is about 22% of a school’s population. that are low in price. hesitant about a salad Peaches, oranges, bar. “It depends on the strawberries, and apples quality of the lettuce are a typical fruit served and how fresh it is,” in the cafeteria. Even sophomore Delaney though these fruits are Wagner said. great in nutrients and Having a salad good for the human bar introduced into body, not everybody the school also has likes these fruits. negatives. “Lettuce is a Instead of the small hard food to keep fresh. Courtesy of: Thomas Orme salad side that is a If it is sitting out in the requirement for school open, it is more prone to Junior Alex Graham says that he does not plan to order a lunches, teens could wilting and browning,” ring. He says, “I would not wear it around much.” He also says make a salad of their said Jessica Baye, a that the rings are “really expensive.” Graham said that if he liking. dietitian. were to get a class ring it would just be to “remember my high “The kids really Another problem school class.” can taste how fresh the is the consistency of Junior Eric McDowell is expecting to get a class ring for food is.” said JoAnne cleanliness and the 2015. He says that getting a class ring, “Is another way to show Hammermaster, the expectation of waste. that I went to Linganore.” He is also excited about designing the ring. “I will probably get a gold ring with a red gem in the Read the full story at middle, with baseball on one side, and track on the other.” Mr. Kehne says that when he was in school, students would get class rings because of “tradition.” His classmates would get them to “identify yourself with your school.” At some high schools and colleges around the country, class rings are a tradition carried on for generations. The schools have elaborate ring ceremonies where, often, class rings are handed down through a family which makes the ceremony very special to the participants. In contrast to 20 years ago, students can now personalize their own ring with options such as side designs, stone color, and engravings. Rings tend to start around $500 depending on courtesy of: Jessica Baye metal and gem choices, such as real gold or diamonds. The student salad bar could look something like Read the full story at this one established at the Sodexo Headquaters in Gaithersburg.

Travel Club: Expand Your Horizons

Abby Ryan reporter

“Travel expands your horizons. We can get so caught up in our own little worlds; traveling helps you see the ‘bigger picture’ of life,” said Mrs. Dawn Murphy social studies teacher in charge of the travel club. To date, Murphy has been on six trips with the club. She first went to Russia for about a month and ‘caught the bug’ for traveling and wanted to see new places and meet people from different cultures. The club’s upcoming

trip this summer is London, Ireland and Wales. Murphy is excited for this tour with the students. “They are going to get to experience so many new things; I enjoy sharing that with them. We will enjoy riding on a double decker bus, enjoy traditional ‘fish and chips’ dinner, go on the world’s largest Ferris wheel, ‘The London Eye,’ see the ancient city of Dublin, watch the border collies work the sheep in Ireland, and enjoy the wild North Sea by ferry to Wales.” Murphy has enjoyed all her trips but her favorite has to be Italy, which was this summer’s trip “Between the history of Venice and Rome, the art of Florence, the beaches of Capri and crystal blue

water, the food and sweet people, you can’t beat it!” Junior Alison Ryan went on her first international trip with Murphy to Italy. She said she went on the trip to “for the opportunity and experience to learn about another country’s culture.” She says learning about another country’s culture, history and customs makes a more well-rounded and worldly person, something she hopes to achieve. Ryan had some advice for any new jet-setters interested in traveling. She said to always be prepared and pack extra, be money conscious, and, most importantly, being a tourist one must be considerate of other people’s customs,

beliefs a n d daily life. According to Murphy when students travel, they can see new possibilities for their own lives they never considered before. One of her former members is studying abroad in college. Another student is also studying abroad and is planning to live in New York City after graduating college, something the student said she would have never considered before traveling. Read the full story at JgTiX

Martial arts more than k-a-r-a-tee

Brennan Nolan Reporter

Picture Spongebob doing KAR-A-TEE, The Karate Kid and the famous phrase “Wax on, wax off,” or Bruce Lee driving his head into a cinderblock. Although these pop culture references seem compelling, there’s more to martial arts than just “karate chops.” Martial arts involves the body, the mind, and commitment. “It’s not easy. You have to go through all 11 belts, white through red/black, for hapkido, and then prepare months in advance for your black belt test,” said black belt sophomore Patrick McNally. There are variations of martial arts that are practiced throughout the world, such as hapkido, budo tijitsu, Karate, and plenty more. “I started when I was nine years old,” said McNally. McNally practices the art hapkido which is described as a Korean martial art involving kicking and circular movements.

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Anime culture thrives Ryan Stark Reporter

Anime is a Japanese style of animation featuring simple lines, minimalistic frames of animation, distinctive facial features,

Alexi Day draws in an anime style. photo by Olivia Goldstein

and very long and involved storylines. With more than four dozen members, the Anime Club continues to grow. Contrary to expectation, anime

enthusiasts enjoy watching shows in a foreign language with foreign concepts and voices. “I started [watching anime] when I was 7,” said senior Kennedy King. “I got into it pretty early.” A n i m e s t a r t e d developing in Japan in the early 1900’s, and modern anime took form in the 1960’s from the work of Osama Tezuka. Popularity started in the United States in the 90’s and early 2000’s with the invention of the internet. M a r s h a Thompson, the media specialist, is the advisor of the anime club.,

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Tattoos are a creative, yet permanent form of self-expression for students

Tommy, a tattoo artist at Bullets Ink in Mount Airy, showing off his “sleeve.” photo by Max Mullen Elspeth Barnhart and Max Mullen Reporters

Piercings and tattoos are body decorations that are rapidly gaining popularity among teenagers. Piercings are holes made in a person’s skin, so that jewelry can be worn. Tattoos are puncture wounds filled with ink that create designs deep in a person’s skin. Tommy, a tattoo artist at Bullett’s Ink in Mt. Airy, describes tattoos as “a form of permanent art.” Some teens will get pierced and tattooed because they’re t h o u g h t of as cool among their friends, while others will get them because they have significant meaning or they grew up around people with tattoos and piercings. LHS graduate Alyson Barnhart, who is studying cosmetology, got the first of her five tattoos at the age of 18. She says, “each tattoo has a different meaning behind it. Each thing tells a little story about myself, my life, and what I’ve experienced.” Tommy says, “they usually have lots of meaning, like little memories.” It’s hard to tell who will and won’t regret the tattoos or piercings that they get as teenagers. Tyler Fafuri, age

17, has had gauges for two years and doesn’t regret getting them, yet. KC Mallory, age 27, has 16 tattoos and regrets only one of them because her relationship changed. Kenneth Barnhart, age 80, has one tattoo that he got at 19 and regrets it. Actress Angelina Jolie, who currently has 13 known tattoos, has also had tattoos from her prior relationships. The most well-known of her past tattoos is one that she got while married to Billy Bob Thornton. After separating, Jolie got the tattoo removed by getting laser surgery. It took 5 trips to the removal clinic to get it erased, but it’s still a bit visible. K e n n e t h Barnhart says, “body art is not to be in my opinion. It covers up what was given to you.” He believes that getting his tattoo was one of the many mistakes he made in his life. Permanent b o d y modification, as well as everything else in the world, has its positives and negatives. Tattoos can be looked back on and be a reminder

of the events of one’s life, but as time goes on, those tattoos that were once colorful and perfect could become faded and misshapen. Also, gauges may be cool looking at first, but there could be problems when trying to achieve the size wanted and once that size is achieved, it surgery is required to reverse it if the outcome isn’t what was intended. “I almost had a blowout when trying to get my gauges. I was going up sizes too fast, and my body couldn’t handle it,” says Alyson Barnhart. Tommy views his tattoos, however, as “little memories that make up a timeline on the body.” Tattoo and piercing parlors like Bullett’s Ink give teens and adults the ability to personalize themselves more.

Alyson Barnhart’s cancer awareness tattoo on her right arm. photo by Elspeth Barnhart

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Field Hockey, volleyball working toward state with Tuscarora. The volleyball team couldn’t have brought home their wins without their core Last year, the leading defensive volleyball team made players Hannah it to the regional Laughter and finals with a record of Melissa Kolick and 10 and 4 and the field their group of strong hockey team made it offensive hitters to semi-finals with a Leeanna Barnes, record of 8 and 2. Brooke Hayden, As of October 1st, Taylor Lohneis, and the varsity volleyball Abby Graham, with team standings the team’s setter Amanda Tapscott, Caitlin Denny, Erin Formulak, Kelly Angeletti Reporters

are 5-2, beating Westminster, FSK, Frederick, Oakdale, and Urbana but losing a close match to North Hagerstown and an intense battle pushed to five games

photo courtesy of Neal Shleimer Senior Karin Shleimer sets senior Taylor Lohneis for a kill at the Linganore vs. Oakdale game on Thursday, September 19th

Friends take photos of each other and post then on Instagram; they sit together at lunch; and they call each other to complain about their problems. For one group of students, friendship comes less easily. The Buddy Program is a program that gives students a chance to mentor a special needs student. “Teachers select kids that are qualified for the buddy program and they get assigned to a buddy. We get to know them and we go on different field trips throughout the year,” senior and big buddy Joe Schiller said. The mentor students are selected by coaches, teachers, and advisors because

the teacher believes them to have good leadership and social skills. This past year, 50 students were recommended, and 19 people were chosen to be mentors. The mentors are paired with a buddy according to their shared interests. Mentors go on field trips with their buddies to places such as corn mazes or a Key’s game.

“I really think it has an impact on them because they have someone to look to in the hallways and say ‘Hi’ and just talk to them. I see my buddy once a day,”

-Andrew Schiller

Hannah Jaffe

Reporter Although I was a Karin Shleimer. toddler when Eminem As of October first began making 1st, the varsity music, I have been field hockey team listening to him since standings are 5-2, middle school. I love beating Walkersville, his music and he is by Tuscarora, North far my favorite rapper. Carroll, Middletown, His creative style and and Catoctin, but honest lyrics drawing losing to Century and from his troubled Westminster. The past are what make leading defensive him unique amongst players for the team all of the other hip are Alayna Segwick hop artists out there; and Hannah Belski most of whom focus along with mid- on money, sex, and fielders McKenzie drugs. Although he is Ridgley, Tanner a very explicit artist he Ridgley, and Casey is someone to admire, Golombieski. The seeing as he came team’s solid starting from the roughest front line includes part of Detroit and Bailey Tregoning, used sheer talent Caely O’Donnell, and perseverance to Sydney Cline, and become the star he is Mackenzie Nalepa. today. Marshall Mathers “You can do anything you set aka Eminem or Slim has been your mind to and Shady I think about that causing controversy almost every single since his first album Infinite released day,” said Kate in 1996. Taking a Russo. , Frederick break for over a year County field hockey from music following defensive player of his last album Mad 2012. Kate was the Meets Evil, he has goalie for the varsity finally released the Read the full story at first single off of his upcoming album Marshall Mathers h6za2 LP 2, a throwback to his original Marshall Mathers LP album from 2000. His new single “Berzerk” The program released August 27th started six years ago, about the same time teachers and students left the old Linganore Advisor building. Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky “We had some Editors/Layout* parents of special needs kids that came *Morgan Buchanan to us and shared with Moe de La Viez us some experiences *Olivia Goldstein their kids had in *Izzy Peterson Erin Stewart another informal mentoring program. Editor/ Webmaster: They approached our school improvement Noah Ismael team and wanted us to see if there was Page Design some way we could Olivia Dubro (1) formalize a program,” Moe de La Viez (2) said Mr. Brown, a Phoebe Kolesar (2) co-organizer of the Amanda Tapscott (3) Nicole Baye (4) Buddy Program. There are many The Frederick County national programs Public School system that give tips on does not discriminate in how to structure the admission, access, the program, but treatment, or employLHS took a different ment in its programs and activities on the basis of approach. race, color, gender, age, Read the full story at national origin, religion or http://lhslance. disability. org/9bAml

Buddy Program: Provides needed mentors, friendships Erin Stewart Kobi Azoulay Reporters

Eminem returns to the top

and features his classic comical and insulting style. While it is refreshing to finally have a new song released by Eminem, the single Berzerk didn’t measure up to expectations. The flow of this song compares to earlier albums such as The Slim Shady LP and The Eminem Show, both of which released towards the

beginning of his career before he matured as an artist. It is unusual that he has reverted back to his old nonsensical and meaningless lyrical ways. Rather than touching on serious topics as Recovery (his Grammy Award winning album) did, the lyrics of “Berzerk” focused on taunting celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and fellow artist Birdman. Read the full story at b1C16

The Lance Staff Reporters Kelly Angeletti Kobi Azoulay Elspeth Barnhardt Nicole Baye Theresa Bentz Kyle Brodt Olivia DuBro Caitlin Denny Erin Formulak Ross Hayek Hannah Jaffe Phoebe Kolesar Max Mullen Brennan Nolan Hugh Norko Kaycee Oland Abby Ryan Ryan Stark Amanda Tapscott

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Issue two of Linganore High School's student newspaper, The Lance Fall 2013

Fall 2013 issue 2  

Issue two of Linganore High School's student newspaper, The Lance Fall 2013