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We Believe.


We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LIII, Issue 5

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

February 2017

Mr. Linganore 2017: A Royal Affair The 19th annual Mr. Linganore competition, held by organizers Mr. Jeremy Brown and Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky, will be held on March 4th at 7 p.m. The participants raise money for the Acadmic Awards Program. The contestants below will compete at lunch, on March 2, and complete tasks in attempt to take home the title of Mr. Linganore. Tickets are $10. See a contestant.

Kyle Austin

Kyle Austin is going to be portraying King Tut. He will be escorted by Faith Nalepa and his dance partner is Taylor Thomas. “I wanted to be King Tut because like me, he was showered in women and treated like a god,” said Austin.

Andrew Livioco Anthony Sparacino Andrew Livioco is going to be portraying Prince Eric from the The Little Mermaid. He will be escorted by Emily Barbagallo. “I wanted to be Prince Eric because he loves animals, is courageous, and is very determined person,” said Livioco.

Nick Bennett Jac Medve Nick Bennett is going to be portraying Thor. He will be escorted by Ally Dongarra. Bennett's a varsity football player and plays running back. He likes to be referred by the name of "Burd."

Patrick Finch Patrick Finch is going to be portraying Darth Vader. He will be escorted by Meghan Adams. Finch chose Darth Vader because he "wanted to chose something fun and represented" him. His favorite part so far has been coming up with his talent, going to practices, and attending Uno's night.

Jacob Frey Jacob Frey is going to be portraying Prince Adam from Beauty and the Beast. He will be escorted by Ines Garofolo. So far, Frey’s favorite part of the competition has been practicing the waltz. “I like to see everyone try and learn it together,” said Frey. To prepare for the competition, Frey has been practicing his routine for the talent part. He has been getting help from willing aunts and friends.


Jac Medve is going to be portraying King Neptune. He will be escorted by Caitlin Caffery. “I chose this character because I love to swim, and I work at a pool as a lifeguard, ” said Medve. Medve’s favorite part of the competition has been laughing at the other contestants and himself for trying to learn the dances.

Harry Rasmussen

Harry Rasmussen is going to portray Mufasa from The Lion King. He will be escorted by Marin Sheehy. Rasmussen has participated in mutliple performances in previous Mr. Linganore competitions, and knows how to han-

dle the crowd. "It's a big tradition at Linganore," he said, "It's a lot of fun."

Lincoln Robisch Lincoln Robisch will be portraying a T-Rex, king of the dinosaurs. He will be escorted by Eileen Rich. "The Tyrannosaurus Rex has the perserverance required to deal with small arms, and it makes him the most noble figure out there," said Robisch.

Anthony Sparacino is going to portray Prince Charming. He will be escorted by Ashley Yurich. "He's a good looking guy, and I strive to be like him," he said, "I wish I was as attractive as he is."

Tyson Tregoning Tyson Tregoning is going to be portraying Lord Farquaad from Dreamworks Animations movie Shrek. He will be escorted by Ally Graziano. Tregoning’s favorite part of the competition so far has been having fun with the other Mr. Linganore contestants. He is excited for everyone’s talent.

Garrett Wiehler Wiehler is going to be portraying King Henry VIII. He will be escorted by Morgan Eisenhauer. So far Wiehler’s favorite part of the competition has been watching co-coordinator Mrs. Natalie Rebetsky try to choreograph the "It’s Raining Men" dance. He looks forward to the helping and seeing everyone’s talent.

Spencer Young

Spencer Young is going to be portraying Prince Ali from the Disney movie Aladdin. He will be escorted by Mackenzie Domroe. Young’s favorite part of the competition has been practicing the ‘It’s Raining Men’ dance with the other Mr. Linganore contestants. He is excited to see everyone’s talent. He has been preparing for the competition by having multiple practices for the talent portion.


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February 2017


Black History Month–Check out these superheroes Justice League of Avengers Blog #1 Mason Eddins Reporter

I think that diversity is important. What’s good is that both Marvel Comics and Detective Comics (DC) have recognized this. The first African american character introduced into comics was Black Panther of Marvel (1966). While Marvel was working on Black Panther comics, DC created their first black superhero, Black Lightning (1977). There are other notable black Marvel heroes like Luke Cage, War Machine, Blade, Storm, Nick Fury, Miles Morales, and Captain America (Falcon).

Now I know what you’re thinking: “But Captain America’s white.” Here’s the thing. Marvel decided to, at one point, kill off the Steve Rogers Captain America. When that happened, Falcon, another black Marvel hero, took up the Captain America mantle for while. Because this is the comic world, and not everything bends to the rules of reality, Steve Rogers “revived” and returned to take up the Captain America title again. I’m excited to see the live-action Black Panther movie when it comes out February 2018 starring Chadwick Boseman. A few African American DC heroes are Azrael, Batwing, Aqualad, and John Stewart Green Lantern. Yeah, there’s far more than just one Green Lantern. There’s nine corps of them, but the Lantern Corps are a story for another blog. It looks like there are more Marvel black heroes than black DC heroes, but that’s not true. It’s just that the

Sydney Rossman and Madison Reeley Editor and Reporter

black DC heroes aren’t as mainstream as the black Marvel heroes. It’s important to have these characters so that young people of all kinds can see themselves as having the power to do great things. Having diversity can help get business. Also having a more diverse cast of characters can inspire Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse write more stories and generate more interest worldwide. Comments and suggestions about future blog posts are welcome. Email Mason at

Surviving Cancer: Why only 4%? Lily Weaver Editor This summer I contacted a page on Instagram called DanceHopeCure that raises more awareness for childhood cancer. (They also have a Facebook page and a website.) I thanked them for all they have done for the fighters and survivors. As a former patient, now a 5-year survivor, it means a lot to me that someone cares about childhood cancer. Fast forward six months, I am now a spokesperson for Truth 365 (Truth 365 is the founder of Dance Hope Cure.), demanding more funding to research cures for children like me. Throughout these six months, I have done many photo shoots, interviews and even spoke on the Ellipse in front of the White House. Although childhood cancer only gets 4% of research funding, the money is well-spent, curing many, including me. Statistically, I shouldn’t be here. And that’s my point. Without the incredible human talent, backed by funding, I would be a statistic. If I could go back in time and be a 10-year-old with a clean bill of health, I wouldn’t. This is my fight. Every day, 42 kids are diagnosed and seven die. Why is this? Although many childhood cancers have good survival rates, it’s not enough. The first campaign for childhood cancer was in 1947 by Sidney Farber. The campaign was to find a cure for

leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, and Farber used chemotherapy for the first time. Before that, children were just made comfortable (palliative care) as their disease progressed. Both Farber and the Variety Club started raising money for childhood cancer and named the foundation The Jimmy Fund. The Dana-Farber Treatment Center was created for patients who need care or help with treatment options. The Variety Club helps kids with disabilities and mental illnesses build selfconfidence. The 4% funding equation may seem fair because only childhood cancers make up just 1% of the population each year. But if you think about it, these kids are our future. So why is it that we are running out of treatment options? However, consider that when a child is diagnosed, the entire family must cope with the diagnosis.

Lancer Media hacks the life hacks

For my family, my mother took a year off work to take care of me in the hospital. My dad would take off works some days to come spend time with me as well since we needed one person working to pay off the medical bills. Not only did it affect my parents, but my siblings too. My older sister, Grace, became the mom of the house when my parents weren’t t h e r e . Both her and my grandparents took care of my brother and themselves. My family would try to visit me as many times as they could while I was in the hospital. For me, this fight will never be over. We will always be fighting for more funding and fighting for a cure. This fight will be with me forever, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

There are tips and tricks all over the internet that claim to make people’s lives simpler and easier. We, Sydney Rossman and Madison Reeley, decided to test some of these tricks to see if they work. Life Hack #1: Stop Clock For all the iPhone users we have a hack for you! What you need: iPhone that has the newest update For this to work you need to start playing your music. Once you selected your music of choice, go to your Clock app. Go to your timer. Select how long you want to listen to the music. Go to “When Timer Ends.” Scroll all the way to the bottom and hit “Stop Playing” and then set it. This is proper one of the coolest feature on the iPhone because you can fall to sleep to music and not wake up to it. If you are exercising, you can have the music stop for when it is break time or even switch to a workout. There are endless possibilities for reason why you need to use this cool hack. Life Hack #2: Perfect Manicure: Sometimes you have to do your nails yourself. The problem is, not everyone is a nail artist. Sometimes once you finish, you are left with just as much polish on your skin as on your nails. This next hack is a simple way to keep your skin clean and your nails pretty. What you need: Nail polish and white school glue. Painting your nails: 1. Use the liquid school glue to trace the border around your nail. Be sure to wipe off any excess glue that gets on your nail. 2. Wait for the glue to dry, which takes about 6 minutes. 3. Paint your nail as you normally would. 4. Peel of the glue surrounding your nails to reveal your perfect manicure. When we tried this hack, it worked perfectly. For this experiment, we got a little messy with our manicures. As soon as we pulled away the dried glue, it looked like we spent hours to make our nails perfect, but in reality we only spent about 5 minutes for the nails. Not only is this hack practical, but it’s fun, too.



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February 2017

Can you predict Best Picture? Win a prize from Lancer Media! On February 26th, the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be aired across national television. Lancer Media reviewed the nominations for best picture, and now it's your turn to decide who should win. Scan the QR code to vote

for your pick of Best Picture, and if you're correct, you will be entered to win! The winner will be announced via Twitter (@LHSJournalism) on February 27th. Read the complete reviews at tag/oscars-2017/

Vote here! The short URL is:

Oscar graphics by Tory Spruill

Beau Cameron Managing Editor Arrival is not your average alien-invasion thriller. It’s a great movie, but it doesn’t deserve the Best Picture Oscar. For starters, the aliens, known as Heptapods, don’t attack anyone. They land their 12 ships in seemingly random locations and wait for the humans to come to them.

Emily Reed Managing Editor This movie’s strengths lie in the script that effectively blurs the line between right and wrong and manipulates the viewer into feeling sorry for the criminals. Even though I don’t think it should win the best picture award, it’s worth a watch but wait for Netflix.

Sydney Rossman Managing Editor One thing that caught me off guard was the fact that the film is in three different languages. The first part is in Hindi, then Bengali, and the last part of the film is in English. I thought adding the different languages was a very neat aspect to the film.

Devin Barge Editor The movie Fences tells the life of a an who is angry at his past, his present, and his future. Written by August Wilson, his play Fences was a Pulitzer Prize winner. Following Wilson's death in 2005, Denzel Washington starred in and directed in the 2016 movie version.

Alex Ismael Reporter Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi is a historical drama based on the true story of three African American women who worked at NASA as human computers. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Mallory Maher Reporter Your life can be uprooted in just one night, from one single action. We hear it all of the time on the news, shootings, car crashes, kidnapping, and illness. Manchester by the Sea properly and effectively displays the aftermath of such an action, capturing the mix of emotions that come along with a tragedy.

Ethan Hart Reporter Hacksaw Ridge is a WWII drama about a medic, Desmond Doss, who is conscientious objector, refusing to carry weapons. Directed by Mel Gibson, it has been nominated for six Oscars. It's no surprise, in this polarized gun culture that Hollywood has produced a movie that asks viewers to think about modern violence.

Emily Reed Managing Editor La La Land is the musical sweeping the nation off its feet this award season. It’s been nominated for 204 awards and has won 153 of them and counting. While this movie has fared well this awards season, but how will it perform at the Oscars?

Garrett Wiehler Editor With poetic eloquence, Moonlight tackles the topics of sexuality, masculinity, and youth that leaves the viewer stunned. Split into three acts, Moonlight tells the tale of Chirone, a young black man growing up in Miami, and his struggles finding himself in the whirlwind of negative cultural norms imposed upon poor African Americans.



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It’s time to teach Grayson Allen a lesson Matthew Gelhard Reporter

Grayson Allen, a sophomore basketball player at Duke University, has been caught using foul play in his first two years. He has been accused of changing tempos and outcomes in games by engaging in heated shouting matches and even physical altercation such as tripping and grabbing of other players. Duke Basketball removed Allen from his captaincy and suspended him for one game. Even one trip or rule violation is magnified on social media and television thousands of times over and over, imprinting into the minds of viewers. The rapid spread of dirty play, and irregular acts are introduced and then imitated by other basketball players. There is always the possibility of causing permanent harm or potentially career ending injury. This event is just another example of the constant problem in many sports, not just in basketball and not just Grayson Allen. In American football, there are incidents like aiming for the head and targeting other players just for beef. In baseball, there is cleating while one is sliding into a base or even the pitcher aiming for the batter.

A Dog’s Purpose: What do you know about animal actors in movies? Actors on the set reported mixed emotions. Josh Gad, a narrator for the German Shepherd, tweeted out On In modern film, Hollywood that he is “shaken and sad to see any animal welfare standards have animal put in a situation against its gone to the dogs. will.” The film A Dog’s Purpose has Third party investigators, such received backlash from the public as the Animal Humane Association after a disturbing video of a dog be- (AHA), have released statements ing unwillingly pushed into a mov- that representatives and experts ing body of water was leaked the were on set for the filming of the week of the movie’s release. movie. The results were that “no The featured animals were German Shepharmed in those herd, Hercules, scenes, and nuclearly resists merous prevengoing into the tative safety water but is conmeasures were stantly forced by in place”.The an assisting hanAHA does recdler on the set. ognize that “The At one point, the handling of the dog attempts to dog in the first run away and is scene in the video picked up by the Still image from the TMZ video of should have been handler. The man German Shepherd Hercules being gentler and signs tries to drop the forced into a body of water on the set of stress recogdog into the water, of the production of "A Dog’s Purnized earlier.” but the dog resists They gave the and clings to the movie their stamp of approval, in wall. The dog is eventually dropped the form of their No Animals were into the rushing water. Harmed label in the closing credits. The unsettling video has angered many animal rights activTo read more about ists, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called for a boycott of the film.

Ethan Hart Reporter

Tory Spruill

This adds politics, aggression, and stress to sports. By the time that the chaos is over, players forget what sporting is. The word “Sport” comes from the Old French word “desport” meaning “leisure”. This is a relaxing activity to entertain the participants and observers. Another definition is a person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation. The games are peaceful competitions to seek a winner. However, some use other methods to become a winner of the game, while they lose the purpose of trying to win. Working hard to be talented enough to play at the highest level of competitive sports also makes one take on many responsibilities.

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Get off the bandwagon: Throw the “backpack challenge” away

Whether it’s juggling knives or drinking vinegar, these challenges all have one thing in common: no one Remember the cinnamon chal- performs them alone. Completing the lenge in 2011-2012? We tried to eat challenges has been equated with a spoonful of throat-drying oxygen- popularity and acceptance. They are impairing cinnamon with no water. proof of our reliance on community We all did it (I certainly did), and we and the lengths we are willing to go all laughed as our peers choked and to be part of the “in-crowd.” coughed. Our willingness to perform risky and potentially fatal tasks isn’t a new development. Throughout all societies, including Native American tribes, African and Middle Eastern clans, and ancient Mediterranean groups, carving symbols in one’s skin was a common system of initiation, proving loyalty to the group. These aspects of ancient cultures continue in our modern world through the dangerous challenges. While we may not be carving our clan symbols into our skin, millions of teens and young adults are more than willing to graphic by Jade Pack almost suffocate, choke, or be repeatedly beaten for The newest of these high-risk the sake of proving their worth. Just challenges is the backpack challenge. think of the “hazing” commonly done The challenge involves a person be- to fraternity or sorority pledges. Aling surrounded on either side by most all U.S. states have gone so far people with obscenely full backpacks as to outlaw this behavior. who then throw their packs at the Don’t be the next casualty for challenger until the victim runs the the sake of a snapchat about your gauntlet or falls to the ground. strength or status because you had The most popular video of this backpacks thrown at you. challenge shows a 14-year-old boy who has to be hospitalized. Fun, To read more about right? Beau Cameron Managing Editor

February 2017

Lancer Media Staff Advisior

Editors in Chief

Natalie Rebetsky

Tory Spruill Grace Weaver

Managing Editors Beau Cameron Hannah Haught Emily Reed Sydney Rossman

Editors Devin Barge Brandon Cooper Rose Fiore Katie Lehman Lily Weaver Garrett Wiehler

Video Editor Alex Ismael

Reporters Grace Brooks Mason Eddins Matthew Gelhard Ethan Hart Lourdes Jack Mallory Maher Christian Nolan Madison Reeley Cindy Zheng

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