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We Believe.

We Will Succeed.

The student newspaper of Linganore High School Volume LIV, Issue 1

12013 Old Annapolis Road Frederick, MD 21701

October 2017

The Headdress Debate

#Respect Native Americans

Community seeks a solution Devin Barge Editor

The PTSA will be forming a Heritage Committee that will partner with the Boosters, Alumni Association, administration and community. The purpose of this committee is to explore ways that will honor the traditions of Linganore High School. This is the result of six weeks of debate and commentary about the right to wear the Native American headdress. The protest was strong enough to lead to a large group making public comment at the September Board of Education meeting. Starting Wednesday, August 30, Principal Nancy Doll confirmed that students would not be able to wear headdresses at sporting events. Petitions swarmed social media as students tried to save their tradition. Petitions on the side for the permanent removal of the headdress began to surface, too. For years the Tribe has been a key part of sport outings as they lead their fellow students in cheering at athletic games. At the end of every year, the leader of the Tribe (@TheLHSTribe) for the following year, The Chief, is chosen through a voting campaign on Twitter. Although the students are divided, some at Linganore don’t believe that the use of the headdress is an insult to Native American culture. Senior and tribe leader Jacob Garwood said, “We take a lot of pride in this tradition, and it means a lot to us. While the headdress may be gone, students have the rare opportunity to start a new tradition. Read more at:

courtesy of Erick Stutz

A letter from the leadership Dear Linganore High School Parents and Students:

Our collective job now is to seek a unified path forward. We must also strive to remember and recognize that the way we present Linganore’s Indian/Native American heritage has evolved throughout the past nearly 56 years to accommodate changing times, desires, needs, and concerns. We must continue to work toward a means that accurately reflects our values while paying homage to our school’s Native American roots. LHS School Administration, the Linganore Alumni Association, and the PTSA Board have come to a united solution that we believe will honor our heritage and traditions. In recognition of the need to ensure that parent, student, and community perspectives are considered, your PTSA Board, with the support of the LHS administration, has approved the creation of a new “Linganore Heritage PTSA Chair” position that will lead a Heritage Committee. This committee is tasked with working collaboratively with the PTSA, Student Government Association, Linganore Alumni Association, various Linganore Boosters, School Administration, and, if possible, local Native American community leaders to create and implement an ongoing program that will honor the

#FreetheHeaddress Bridget Murphy Opinions Editor One of our first school-wide lessons this year was to watch a video that is about tolerance for everyone, John Cena as the star. Throughout the video, Cena asks you to picture the ‘average American,’ but you really can’t, because America is a melting pot of ethnicity and cultures. “Almost half the country belongs to minority groups and what’s more American than the freedom to celebrate the things that makes us us?” said Cena. If our school wants to promote this message of love for every American and this message of having the freedom to celebrate all races, why aren’t we allowed to show our love for Native Americans? A tradition our student section has carried along for decades has come to an abrupt halt. Something being a tradition or having geographical history doesn’t always make it right, I recognize that. The Native American headdress that is worn in the student

section of our football and basketball games was banned. The reasons we should keep the headdress in our student section are not because it has been a tradition for years or because it is ‘cool’ for our chief to wear it. We should keep the headdress with the chief of our student body because we wear it with pride, respect, and honor; we recognize the heritage of our school and community and we want to accept all cultures. For years ‘The Tribe’ has been a staple at sporting events. Some may argue that the wearing of the headdress by someone who is not of Native American culture is cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is, “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own without showing that you understand or respect this culture.” I argue that this is cultural blending or cultural reference. Any society open to cultural blending is a society that is open to new ways and is willing to accept all cultures. Thanks to the decision to make a committee (read letter above), the stu-

traditions of Linganore High School, while remaining respectful to the Native American cultures we also seek to honor. This committee will also be charged with strengthening the Linganore Lancer identity while collaboratively seeking, developing, and implementing creative solutions to ensure the Lancer Legacy continues. If you are interested in this position, or in serving on the committee, please contact PTSA President, Lisa Mathews, at LHSPTSAPresident@ If you wish to be involved with the LHS PTSA, please be sure to join. The membership form is located at lhs/PTSA. Any Linganore graduate who would like to be involved with the LHS Alumni Association, please contact Marty Burdette at We strive to be ONE TRIBE, ONE LINGANORE. GO LANCERS! Sincerely, Nancy Doll, LHS Principal Lisa Mathews, LHS PTSA Pres. Marty Burdette, LHS Alumni Association Pres.

dents will now be able to understand and respect the culture; therefore, it would not be cultural appropriation for the chief to wear the headdress; it would be part of the school-wide effort to appreciate Native American culture. Native Americans are not just ‘history’ lessons. There are issues that many Native Americans struggle with today. Although the headdress was banned, that has not stopped the students, the alumni and even some parents from fighting for it to be brought back. Our students, the LHS alumni, the parents and the rest of our community deserve a chance to prove that we love, respect and honor the wearing of the headdress. It isn’t just an object. It isn’t just ‘tradition’. It is pride, it is strength, it is Linganore. Read more at:

Beau Cameron Co-editor-in-chief When I went to my first Linganore football game, I loved The Tribe. I loved how excited the crowd got, the feeling of community and togetherness. However, that feeling didn’t come from the headdress. I understand that it is an important symbol, but if it can be taken as offensive, and its intention really is to be honorable, isn’t it better to respect that? Due to the laws and policies that were imposed on them by non-Indigenous governments, Native Americans have had little say over their own affairs, particularly over the use of the objects of their cultural heritage. As a result, misappropriation of Indigenous forms of expression has been particularly widespread and harmful. “We see feathers as gifts from the Creator,” said Juan Boston, vice chairman of the board of directors at the Baltimore American Indian Center in an interview with the Frederick News Post. “Receiving an eagle feather is seen as sacred, and one of the highest honors one can receive. To earn enough feathers to fill a headdress

“We see feathers as gifts from the Creator.” like the ones often seen in popular culture, one would have dedicated years of service and battle to the Native American community. “I’m 58, and in my life, I have received one eagle feather. When you see some people wearing a headdress jumping around like a monkey yelling like an idiot, it is disrespectful to our culture. It’s like if someone were to wear an Army general’s uniform and parade around jumping and yelling making a mockery of it. The outcry would be incredible,” said Boston. Native Americans are not speartoting, feather-wearing warriors to dress up as. When the emphasis on Native American tradition focuses solely on their past, then it fails to recognize their present. It makes it nearly impossible for their current issues to exist in the public mindset. If The Tribe really wants to honor Native American tradition, they need to find a different way to do it. Read more at:


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October 2017

Lily’s hope and incredible strength Bridget Murphy Opinions Editor

Caleb Needle excels on and off the field Jacob Bolger Editor

Caleb Needle, who has been playing soccer for over 13 years, is one of the most talented players on the boys soccer team. Needle has been a four year varsity starter. He is the team’s leading scorer, and is an incredible playmaker. This year, the varsity team is led by captains Caleb Needle, Jack Watsic, and Josh Watson, all of whom are members of The Class of 2017. In the 2015 season, Needle scored seven goals, and in the 2016 season he scored nine. So far, Needle has three goals in the 2017 season, but hopes to continue to improve his statistics every game. Alongside playing on the high school team, he now plays for Potomac Soccer Association, one of the most prestigious clubs in Maryland. Needle is a member of the 1999 team, which is expected to dominate in its league. Prior to Potomac, Needle played for Alliance Soccer Club for around six

courtesy of Scott Needle Needle dribbles the ball down the field during a game for the Potomac Soccer Alliance.

years. While playing for Alliance, he was coached by Mr. Tom Noonan, who he considers to be the best coach he’s ever had. He left Alliance Soccer Club for Potomac because he needed more opportunities to be scouted by college teams. Needle is looking to play soccer in college, and has recently met with the coaches of several schools. He is looking to play for a school with a pre med program, as he wants to pursue a career in the medical field. Fellow team captain Jack Watsic says, “Caleb is incredibly fast but maintains a soft touch on the ball, allowing him to easily keep the ball at his feet and making him nearly impossible to defend.” For any players looking to play, Needle says, “The most important part of any sport is practice. Never give up, be persistent, and remember that in the grand scheme of things, not every game matters.” Do you know any exceptional students, passionate leaders, dynamic teachers, or star athletes? If you would like to nominate a staff or student for Lancer of the Week, complete the form found on You will have to answer these questions. •Who are you nominating? •Which class (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018) is the student in? (N/A for staff •Why do you think they should be the Lancer of the Week? •Your name (name of nominator) •Your contact information (choice of phone number, Twitter, email address, etc.) You will be contacted for an interview if your nominee is chosen as the Lancer of the Week.

The Disney character Hercules once said, “A true hero isn’t measured by [her] strength, but by the strength of [her] heart.” These words, describe Lily Weaver, a 16 year old who is battling cancer for the second time. In 2016, The Truth 365 asked Lily to be a national spokesperson for their non-profit childhood cancer awareness foundation. She was then asked to speak at their CureFest event, and when the time came, Lily explained how unfair it is that childhood cancer only receives 4% of national research funds while the rest goes to adults. Lily also told the crowd about her own struggles with the rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, which grows in or on the tissue around the bones. When Lily was in fifth grade she fought cancer for almost a year. During the speech in 2016, she was cancer free. February 2017 marked her five years of remission. In July of Summer 2017, Lily received the devastating news that Ewing’s Sarcoma has made a reappearance on her ribs and spine. For the past three months, Lily has been in treatment, receiving chemotherapy. Her next step is a bone marrow transplant. Grace Weaver, 2017 LHS graduate, is a perfect match and will be the donor. This year, her speech at CureFest was different because now Lily was going to be speaking, with cancer. Along with her speech, Lily introduced Sabrina Carpenter to her perform. “She gives other children fighting cancer hope that you can still do so much even while you’re fighting this awful disease. Cancer can pick anyone at any time, and you never know if it will attack your family,” said Grace Weaver, Lily’s older sister who attends Hood College. In her 2017 speech, Lily wrote the words in the form of a letter to Cancer. She said, “I thought my fight was over. I thought I did my time. I thought I had seen my fill of hospitals and my fair share of IV’s. I thought I was on my way to being a normal kid again. . . I should’ve been worried about getting my license, my work schedule and the next sale at PacSun. Within two days, those worries were changed when I found out you, cancer, had revealed yourself for the

graphic by Bridget Murphy Lily Weaver and Bridget Murphy surprised Mrs. Rebetsky's journalism class on September 20th.

second time. While you’ve taken away so many things, there are things I will never allow you to take. One of the biggest being my personality, as I will always stay my bubbly, happy-self through treatment and the tough days.” The Linganore community is fighting to raise awareness with Lily. On September 22, 2017 the LHS student section sported yellow at the football game. The ribbon for childhood cancer awareness is yellow. The opposing student section, Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, wore yellow ribbons to show their support for Lily and all other children with cancer, as well. “Lily’s personality draws people in. Despite all she has been through she still looks for the rainbow each day,” said Amy Weaver, Lily’s mother. On Sunday, November 12th at the West Winds Tennis and Fitness Center there will be a 5K run/walk for Lily. There is registration online. It costs $27.50 total to be an individual runner. If you aren’t able to attend the 5K, donations online are always welcome. “My motivation through this process is that even though I have relapsed, I know there are people out there especially other kids, who have it harder than me. I 100% look up to them because they are truly inspiring,” said Lily Weaver. Read more at

Crisis hotline on ID raises awareness Emily Reed Co-editor-in-chief From year to year, the process of taking underclassmen pictures stays mostly the same. However, this year students were greeted with a surprise on the back of their ID cards: 1-800-422-0009, the suicide hotline number . This decision to put the suicide hotline number on the back of the ID cards is bigger than Victor O’Neill Studios, the company that prints Linganore’s ID cards. J.R., a manager at Victor O’Neill Studios, said, “Adding the suicide hotline to the back of Linganore’s students IDs was done because of Maryland state law.” In the 2010 Maryland Code, law 7-431 was passed requiring each county board to provide every student with the Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline by either printing it visibly in the school’s handbook or on the back of student ID cards. Ms. Janet Shipman, Coordinator of School Counseling and Student Support for FCPS, made sure the law was noticed. She said, “I’m a part of a community committee where this issue was brought to our attention, and we made sure the high school principals had the information to make a change.” Suzi Borg, Division Director of Community Support Services at the Mental Health Association of Frederick, added, “FCPS now knows better so they want to do better.” Although the hotline

is published in the calendar handbook, the ID’s are much more visible, which is what matters in a crisis. Linganore decided to put the hotline on the back of student IDs, so it’s more readily accessible to students than a notebook. Student IDs are used during school and to get into games. Shipman said, “Anywhere we can put the hotline, the better.” For Linganore, there are no disadvantages to putting the suicide hotline on the back of student ID cards. J.R. said, “Cost to Victor O’Neill Studios is minimal, and the schools requiring the hotline on the back of the cards will not be charged extra.” Shipman adds, “Sometimes it’s easier for teenagers to talk to an adult they don’t know when they’re feeling down and need someone to listen because the adults won’t be judgmental. The hotline is always here so students can get help before it’s too late.” Borg explained that the Maryland suicide hotlines aren’t advertised widely but they are available on state-run-websites. Also, by using the district specific number on the IDs, students can get help faster. The state wishes to increase familiarity with the hotline so when students are feeling down, they won’t hesitate to get help.


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October 2017

New Teachers

Lancer Media highlighted the arrival of these four teachers through a series of profiles

Get to know the new LHS teachers Kenneth Halter by Jason Byrd Reporter

photo by Jason Byrd

Halter teaches his geometry class. The math department welcomes Mr. Kenneth Halter, a new geometry and Algebra teacher who marches to the beat of his own drum. An Urbana high school graduate, he has shed his blue and silver for his true colors, red and black. Halter began his career student teaching at River Hill High School in Howard County and is now starting his first year of teaching. He says he feels the support from his fellow teachers and students. In high school, he thought his destiny was to be an architect. After taking a few architecture classes, he realized that wasn’t the path he should decide. He then looked for guidance from his calculus teacher. This teacher told Halter about how he switched from engineering to teaching. This inspired Halter to do what he was passionate about, math. He went to University of Maryland and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a oneyear master’s degree in education. A huge part of teaching for Halter is that he wants to be a resource, someone a student feels is approachable. He wants to reach out to students by relating to them and making them feel comfortable. He says being a teacher is often a, “thankless job.” He loves what he does and where he’s doing it. “There’s no satisfaction in doing something you don’t want to do,” stated Halter. In high school, Halter was a part marching band his senior year and all four years in college. It only made sense that he wanted to help with the LHS marching band. Halter said he wished he had gotten more involved in his high school. His advice to students are, “if you have any interest in something, give it a shot. Take a risk. The worst that can happen is that you decide you’re not interested.” In his free time, he plays the drums and loves all types of music, his favorite being jazz. He supports the UMD sports teams and Baltimore teams. Halter is adventurous so he enjoys the thrills in rock climbing, skiing, and ropes courses. Mrs Jessica Brunnet said, “Mr. Halter is a great addition to LHS."” Read more at

Amber Patterson Cory Matheny by Yesenia Montenegro Reporter Mrs. Amber Patterson is the new Environmental Science and Physics of Earth and Space science teacher. Before coming to Linganore, Patterson taught at Crestwood Middle School and Frederick High School. She says she will definitely want to keep teaching for many more years. Thirteen is a scientifically lucky number for Amber Patterson. After teaching for thirteen years, she still enjoys teaching and science.

photo by Yesenia Montenegro Patterson helps her environmental science students.

Patterson describes herself as very studious in high school. She was the vice-president of the National Honor Society and a part of the environmental club. She also enjoyed playing sports at school. She was on the track and field team, cross country team, and swim team. Her advice about high school is to have a group of close friends that you can trust and have fun with. Mrs. Patterson went to Seton Hill University, a liberal arts school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She majored in biology. Before becoming a teacher she she was a research scientist for two years. After that she earned her masters in teaching and started her career as a teacher. She has always enjoyed science, even as a child. Science was her favorite subject in school, especially biology. Mrs. Patterson prefers to teach older teens because the science is more advanced and interesting. She has taught middle and high school levels at her two previous schools. “I really like that each student is unique and that I get to know so many different individuals,” she said. “Everyone is nice and the students are so friendly, even to each other. I have witnessed very little bullying with the students,” she said. Mrs. Patterson is a part-time teacher, only at LHS for the first semester. Patterson wants to get her students interested in learning more about science and wants to encourage them to continue to take science classes. Read more at

by Jacob Blue Reporter

photo by Jacob Blue Matheny works with his first block English class.

Elizabeth VanHorn by Linsey Russo Reporter Elizabeth Van Horn wants to show her students the meaning in photography. Mrs. Elizabeth Van Horn is the new photography teacher. She went to the University of Delaware for graphic design and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She’s been a teacher for six years and enjoys her job. She wanted to teach photography

English teacher, Cory Matheny, transferred from a position at Boonsboro High in Washington County where he taught AP World History and English. Although he is new to the school, he feels welcomed by his students. As a high school student, Matheny focused on soccer, English, and history. If he could go back in time and speak to his younger adolescent self, he would tell himself and students to, “do more,” meaning participating in student government, theater, and photo by Yesenia Montenegro taking all classes more seriously. Van Horn helps Mark Chaney with his Pieces of literature and cinemapottery project. tography which have influenced him include A Prayer for Owen Meany by because she has experience in photo John Irving, The Wire created by Da- editing and she used to work for Urvid Simon, and City Of God directed by banite Magazine in Baltimore. She Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. would help the art director and would As a junior and senior in high come up with ideas for the magazine school and a freshman in college, at Quince Orchard High School in Matheny started to help coach at soc- Gaithersburg, MD. cer camps. Matheny really enjoyed She is also the teacher for ceraminteracting with the kids and teachics, and they’re working on projects ing them how to operate on the field. like glazing a tile and making their As a boy, Matheny’s father believed that he should be a teacher, tea bowls. When Van Horn was in high but, just like every other 15-year-old boy, Matheny wanted to do the op- school she was the captain of the swim posite of what his dad told him. team, a journalism student and was However, while in college, Matheny involved in many clubs like the Art had many professors who showed him Honor Society and the newspaper. that being a teacher could be a totally She enjoys swimming, skiing and dodifferent experience compared to what ing yoga. he had seen. Dr. Jared Miller was one One of her students, Fatima Roof the men who showed Matheny the sas, “She teaches us to make our art potential of teaching and how it allows better and guides us along the process for people to interact with one another. Matheny received his under- so we can improve our work.” This is her first FCPS high school graduate at Salisbury university, a graduate degree from Loyola niver- position. She taught general art to sity and University of Baltimore. elementary school students. She likes Along with that, Matheny is cur- high school students because they are rently going to Hood College to get mature, and she likes engaging with his second graduate degree in Educa- them. tional Leadership (Administration). Van Horn said, “The most imporMatheny is married to Mrs. Elizatant thing I learned in high school beth Matheny, an English teacher new to Fredrick High. They have a would be to maintain a balance with baby boy, a cat, and a dog. Before your schedule and use your time he had the baby, the couple used to wisely by managing it and students travel cross-country almost every should get involved because high summer. Now he just likes to sit school is only four years so they have outside in silence and read or think. to make it worth it.” Matheny wants to be able to Van Horn likes Linganore because make his class interesting but also the students are willing to be chalbe able to help everyone to further lenged, and it’s a nice environment. themselves in whatever they choose. Read more at



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October 2017

Tunneling under Capitol Hill: My adventure interning for Congressman Alcee Hastings Kelsey Ward Editor

graphic by Hannah Haught

Renata Farrell Reporter

The Class of 2021 just started their high school journey a short five weeks ago, but, before they know it, in less than three short years, they will be seniors frantically filling out and turning in college applications. Here are some tips for the class of 2021: 1. Get involved! Join clubs and other groups that interest you. (Blum) 2.Use prep! It is a great time to get work done and ask questions. (Mrs. Ilana Blum, Student Services) 4. Check your grades two times a week. Do not obsess over your grades. (Blum) 5. Do your homework, even if the teacher says it is not mandatory, it will help. (Blum) 6. Self advocate. Ask questions, if you need something, just ask. It is better to learn how to ask questions now in high school rather than at your first job. (Blum) 7. Classes are free, try new things! (Blum) 8. Challenge yourself, take harder classes. You will surprise yourself. When students challenge themselves, they will excel. (Blum) 9. If in doubt, follow J.M. Barrie’s, author of Peter Pan, advice, “Always be a little kinder than necessary.” (Blum) 10. Take classes that interest you (Blum) 11. Time management is key. (Lexi Cioffi, member of the Class of 2021) 12. Make friends in all grades. (Katie Brengel, member of the Class of 2020) 13, Take gym freshman year. (Ben Rose, member of the Class of 2019) 14. When it comes to applying to college, get your applications started in the summer. (Sarah Hall, member of the Class of 2018)

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batches. The batches are assigned to different staff members based on the topic of the email. The staff Do you think that the government doesn’t member then writes a response to mail to the conwork? It is very easy to believe this with the head- stituent Like many government leaders, all the staff lines that appear in the news every day. However, I think that I might have a solution for you… be- members deal with different topics of interest. One woman dealt with scheduling everything for come an intern in a congressional office! I am sure that you’re thinking that you can’t Congressman Hastings and the overall flow of the be an intern for the government while still being office. The rest of the staff members replied to conin high school, but you can! This summer I had the stituent letters and did research about upcoming opportunity to be an intern on Capitol Hill for a bills. Everyone working in the office was very nice and always ready to answer any question that I week. had. From August 14-18, I Unfortunately, my worked in Congressman internship was in AuAlcee Hastings office. gust and congress was Hastings is a representaout of session, so I did tive from Florida’s 20th not get to meet Condistrict. Hastings’ office gressman Hastings. is in the Rayburn House However, I did talk to Office Building, which is him on the phone when to the right of the Capihe called the office. tol building. My jobs were simiI have never been lar to a receptionist, extremely interested in like Pam from The Ofcurrent events, so I was fice. Everyday, I annervous going into this swered phones, sorted internship. My voice was faxes and mail, folded shaky when I talked and and stuffed letters to I had butterflies in my constituents, and filed stomach and it was intimidating walking into courtesy of Laurie Ward paperwork. I was nerthe Rayburn House OfKelsey Ward stands in front of The Capitol building. vous about answering the phones because I fice Building as a soondidn’t want to tell the to-be senior. The building had tall marble pillars, long windows. It also had caller the wrong information. Most of the time I two 10-foot tall statues on either side of the main would just put the caller on hold and go talk to the staffer they were trying to reach. entrance to the building. I was in office right after the events in CharlotSome people think that their senator or representatives have the power to change a problem with tesville occurred. One staff member asked me to just the snap of their fingers. Others think that one do research for him about what Republicans said person asking their congressmen to change some- in response to the attack. I had to look on twitthing one time will make them change their mind ter and at interviews with the different members on the issue. I learned that this isn’t exactly how of congress and get direct quotes about what they were saying. it works. I attended a staff briefing and getting there Constituents write to their congressmen about a number of different topics. People could be thank- was the fun part! There are underground tunnels ing them for what they do, asking them to co-sign that connect all of the buildings on Capitol Hill, so a bill, or urging them to vote against another bill. that is how we got from Rayburn to Russell. Even Many times, there would be form emails sent from with signs, we felt lost in the maze. different people, and most of these people came Read more at: from outside of Hastings’ district. The emails that are sent to the office are sorted into groups, called

This is IT, King's horror triumph of the year Nick Stephan Reporter

The 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s classic blood-soaked thriller novel It hit theaters on September 8th, its opening day box office record, devouring even Deadpool’s for an R-rated movie. As a young child, I was always fascinated by book’s like King’s. It follows seven kids in the Losers Club as they try and thwart an evil clownshaped entity within the small town of Derry, Maine. In spite of being a fantastic film, it isn’t perfect, which is understandable. It also isn’t often a film like this has so much hype behind it. However, the film as a whole was outstanding, ranking ‘certified fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes with a solid 85%. One word. Pennywise. Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal as Pennywise the Dancing Clown was more than expected, and freakishly terrifying. From all the tiny quirky nuances that he had, such as the wandering eye that Skarsgård improvised, you’d have to see for yourself. Just the way he uses his vocal tones to body language. It was a fantastic, layered performance, and arguably award worthy, that will definitely make some lose sleep once they see this film, and will leave others wanting more at the same time. Not many horror villains can do that, but this one did. An additional aspect of the film that aids ‘It’ in holding its audience in its grip of fear is the phe-

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nomenal attention to detail. Andrés Muschietti, the film’s director, has a real eye for specific elements. During the Losers Club’s first visit to the old well house at 28 Neibolt Street, three of the boys, Bill, Eddie, and Richie, get separated, and the latter finds himself locked in a room and surrounded by clown dolls. Just to the left of the spot where Pennywise pops out, stands a figure that may look familiar to those who’ve seen the original miniseries, a doll resembling the likes of the first Pennywise as portrayed by Tim Curry. This factor must have been challenging, because Muschietti essentially had to make a movie for fans of King as well as a movie that casual horror fans, who know next to nothing about the novel, can enjoy as well. He walked this line, adding in

many references to King’s other works that would please any fan. Those who’ve read King’s 1983 novel Christine may have given a silent cheer in theaters when they noticed Eddie wearing a shirt sporting the titular Plymouth Fury. Another particular facet the film has going for it is the humor. This movie will have you cracking up several times throughout, which is one feature that actually draws comparison to another horror film, ‘Gremlins’, as both movies will have you cackling with delight one moment and cowering in fear the next. (Fun fact: both posters for Gremlins and Beetlejuice can be seen on one of the children’s walls during the film). This film does not hold back. To say this bigscreen adaptation is nothing like the Tommy Lee Wallace miniseries from 1990, is not hyperbole. Andrés Muschietti was not messing around with his film version of the 1986 classic book. If you aren’t cool with seeing children harmed, or worse, this may not be the summer blockbuster for you. Just in time for Halloween 2017, his film is a marvel for horror. In an age where most modern films in the genre are lackluster at best, It delivers an astonishing, thrilling, and well-acted production, one which any fan of horror, or just someone in the need to see a good flick, will be unable to escape.

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October 2017

Sports Features Got Fans? Wishful thinking: Boys and girls sports should play on different days

BOYS FAN SECTION photo by Grace Brooks

Tommy Moyer Reporter It isn’t fair that no one on the girls basketball team got to see class of 2018 member Rafael Rios’s winning half court shot against Urbana in his freshman year or that the boys team didn’t get to see the girls basketball team win on free throws in the final seconds against Oakdale last year. The same holds true for all the moments missed by the soccer teams and lacrosse teams, who share the same issue of scheduling that basketball has. In Frederick County, boys and girls sports play on the same day to facilitate scheduling of athletic events. By scheduling games against the same school, the problem of only having one stadium or main gym per school is solved by having one team play “home” and the other

“away”. This system makes it impossible for players or spectators to watch both events. With a limited fan base, fans are forced to choose between both games. Many members of the school teams wish they could watch more of the other teams. Class of 2018 member Drew Twillman (boys basketball, golf, and lacrosse teams) said,”I would go to the games to show my school spirit, support my friends that are playing, and give them more fan support.” Class of 2019 basketball player Shay Arneson echoed Twillman’s thoughts. “It would be awesome to support the boys team and have them support us to show school unity,” said Arneson. According to Athletic Director Mr. Sonny Joseph, the

schedules are determined by a committee representing Frederick and Washington counties. They are made in a two-year cycle. Playing girls and boys sports on the same day is the easiest way to accommodate all schools’ schedules because some schools have limited uses of facilities. For example, Middletown doesn’t have an auxiliary gym, so balancing wrestling and basketball events becomes a challenge. Wishes can’t come true in this case. The schedule is as fair as it can possibly be. The practice and game times are exactly equal, as well as the price for admission. Although fan attendance is often skewed towards one game, there is no way that the school can improve this area. Joseph explained that each school can put in specific requests to play some games on different days. He said that


he tries to make the Urbana basketball games on different days each year so that more people can attend them. He also said he realizes it is an inconvenience for parents who have sons and daughters who play the same sport, but it is out of his hands to completely revamp the schedule for that small group. Since the schedule is designed with the interests of two counties worth of schools in mind, it would be foolish to suggest that every game could be played on different days. In fact, Joseph said no school in either county plays all of their sports on different days. While it would be great for students to be able to go to

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whatever games they wished, it wouldn’t be at all feasible. For example, both JV teams could play at the same facility, and both varsity teams could play at the other facility. This situation has the drawback of forcing one team to play at the less desirable 5:30 time slot, and it denies the JV teams the ability to watch the varsity games. Any way the schedule is configured, there will be one team who feels like they got a worse deal than the others. Students should pack the stadiums on the rare games that don’t conflict with others, or try going to games they might not know much about. All of the games are a lot of fun.

Varsity football team kicks off the season Adam Cooper Reporter September 28, Linganore vs. Walkersville The game against Walkersville was on September 28. The Lancers had a hard fight against the previous 2A state champions but could not pull out a win. The score by the end of the first half was 26-10. The Lancers could not stop the Lions offense and the Lancers offense couldn’t get started. The final score of the game was 40-10. September 22, Linganore vs. Thomas Johnson The Lancers came in with a hard start with no team scoring for the majority of the first quarter. In courtesy of Rob Leyh the second quarter, the Lancers came back with some Joey Felton returns a kick for Lancers heat and started running up the score ending the first while Jackson Ambush makes a key half at 34-0. They finished the game with a running block. clock 41-0. Since varsity knew that the following week to the next game would be a shorter week to prepare, the team started early to strategize against Walkersville. “Each week we try to reach a certain standard of excellence in how we prepare and work in practice so Friday night takes care of itself,” said Coach Conner about getting prepared for Friday night. September 15, Linganore vs. Westminster The Lancers soared to the top of 3A after deliberate battle to beat Westminster. Westminster was the number one seed of 3A before the match up. In the first half it was a slow start for the Lancers scoring only 32-14. In the second half, Lancers brought the intensity and finished out the game with a score of 50-28. Leading up to this game, the team put in maximum effort, including an extra 30 minutes of practice each day. This extra time allowed the team to sharpen their skills to be ready for the big game. The team was not worried about the ranking of Westminster before the game. “I don’t care about rankings one bit – it’s someone else’s opinion about us – not interested,” said Coach Conner. September 8, Linganore vs. Edgewood The second game of the season for Linganore football was against Edgewood. The Linganore team went to foreign Baltimore county and brought that Frederick county intensity to their turf. Edgewood showcased a few great plays but, for Edgewood, it wasn’t enough. The Lancers won 36-0. The team noticed the Lancers aggression during the game. “They were a lot more aggressive, plain and simple a lot more aggressive,” said the Edgewood head coach, Charles Johnson, reported by The Baltimore Sun. September 1, Linganore vs. Archbishop Curley The first game of the season was against Archbishop Curley. The Lancers dominated the game crushing them 64-6. Though this game was before school started, attendance was still high as everyone craved some Linganore football. This was certainly a great start for the season and raised everyone’s hopes for the season. “We came out strong and did the job that coach wanted us to do,” said Class of 2019 member, Jackson Ambush.

Meet the Tribe

Katie Gallagher Reporter Jacob Garwood, Chief Garwood works at Lighthouse Seafood and Deli and plays varsity lacrosse. Garwood believes one of his most important jobs is to represent the Tribe positively to the staff, student body, and community news outlets.

Andrew Calder Calder feels honored to be a part of such a cool tradition that runs in his family. In 2015, Calder’s brother, Joe, was the chief of the Tribe. “I believe that without the Tribe, Linganore would have much less school spirit and would not be as united within the school and community,” stated Calder. Patrick Coggins Pat works at Jersey Mike’s in Mt. Airy and plays on the varsity lacrosse team. As a former Lancer football player, Coggins understands how important it is to hear the crowd rallying behind their team. Tristan Drenner Drenner is active within the sports scene. He is a starting lacrosse player. Drenner believes that the Tribe is just as loud and effective as they were last year even though they have a smaller group. Luke Fay Fay keeps himself busy taking AP and FCC courses, along with working at Gaver Tree Farm. He loves tailgating and getting painted up before each game. Fay said “camo-outs” are his favorite theme. Levi Johnson

Johnson works at Cryin’ Johnnies and enjoys riding dirt bikes. Before the game he loves hanging out with the Tribe on Friday nights. Arne Lassen Over the summer, Arne works full time in Ocean City, Maryland, but during the school year, he’s fully dedicated to the Tribe. Tyler Soper Soper, a future Marine, enjoys “American outs" and believes that this year’s Tribe is much louder than years past, and is more passionate about their legacy. Erick Stutz Stutz works at Gaver Tree Farm as a manager in the kitchen. He also plays varsity lacrosse and is on the golf team. “With every Tribe there needs to be a group of guys who are really close, and who aren’t afraid to get crazy. I also think the Lady Tribe goes along with having a successful Tribe,” said Stutz, a former football player. Jordan Swoyer He is on the golf team and plays varsity lacrosse. Representing Linganore positively is important to Swoyer. The Halloween costumegame is his favorite because everyone can dress up. Thomas Winter Winter works at JT Motorsports on the family tradition. Rob Winter, Thomas’s brother, was a former Learn more about the tribe at:

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Golf has a long drive fore Counties

courtesy of Sarah Twigg Charlie Rasmussen perfects his swing.

Grace Brooks Editor The golf team, coached by Ed Coyle, is a rising phenomenon. Last year the team won the district tournament which qualified them for states.The golf team also had the best record in the county last season. They repeated their sucsess from last year and placed third in Counties. The success of the team last year sparked an interest for Sarah Twigg and Patrick Coggins and motivated them to join the team. Twigg, a member of the Class of 2018, is a first time golfer on the team. Her father works at a golf range and she has always had a connection to the sport. “It am used to being on a girls only team, so I was definitely intimidated on the first day when I was one of only two girls on the team. It took some getting used to that’s for sure,”

said Twigg. Class of 2018 member, Coggins, is also enjoying his season. It is his senior year and his last chance to be on the team. Coggins loves the sport because it has no age limit. “I love it. Whether you’re 9 or 99, you can play,” said Coggins. Jordan Swoyer, a class of 2018 member, is playing on the team as a four-year veteran. This is his second year as a starter. His score gradually improved throughout the season which has led him to become one of the top players on the team. Swoyer played in Districts and will be playing in the County Championship. In golf, the top 6 on the team play in tournaments. Scorers keep the top 4 scores and add them together. The success from last year is spilling over into this year. “Linganore golf is really good. We hadn’t lost a game since my freshman year, and this year we lost against Urbana. It was a crushing loss for us,” said member of the Class of 2019, Ryan McFadden. Last year, McFadden had a district win and made the cut at state. This year Mcfadden shot a 77 and made it in the top 10. At Counties, Payton Smith, Member of the Class of 2019, shot 78 making her the first female in Linganore's history to win the Frederick County Golf Championship Individual Medalist.

October 2017

Volleyball sets up for a . successful season Grace Corbitt Reporter

courtesy of Wayne Auburtins Varsity volleyball huddles before the North Hagerstown game.

Varsity volleyball had a win against North Hagerstown on September 19th. Prior to the North Hagerstown game, varsity player, Reagan Walsh anticipated a close match, “North Hagerstown is a tough team and it’s going to be an exciting game.” Varsity was able to win three out of the five sets. Toward the end of the first set the game was close, with Linganore up by four points. Although the first set was tight, Linganore was able to finish on top. Lancers continued to hold their own but unfortunately lost the second set. At the end of the third set,the Lancers were up 24-20. With one more point to win, defensive specialist,Jordan Nicolet, took the

Feet first: Girls soccer on winning streak Emily Webb Reporter

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The girls Varsity and JV soccer teams have kicked off the fall season with an outstanding start. Although they are only midway through the season, the girls are already proving to be a major threat to opposing teams. Varsity The Varsity team has played 11 games, all of which they have either won or tied (7-0-4). The girls are confident in the team and hope to continue their undefeated streak.

Girls field hockey improving one game at a time

“I think we’re surprising a lot of people,” said junior captain Abby Rieland. Currently, the varsity team is ranked 7th in the state according to MaxPreps. The team is really competitive when it comes to their games and practices, and they hope to improve a lot over the season. Senior Haley Barge is the varsity team’s top scorer with ten goals under her belt. Additionally, goalie Madelyn Cunning-

ham has already won MaxPreps’s Player of the Week for the state of Maryland. Cunningham has made 33 saves over the course of the 11 games the teams have played so far. Junior captain Fiona Rowan said, “I think we have a lot of potential to get better. We are kind of underestimated, so we’re trying to change people’s expectations.” Rieland. This year’s varsity captains are Ashley Yurich, Fiona Rowan, and Abby Rieland.

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Kaycee Morris Editor

With a record of 2-3, varsity field hockey girls are taking more swings to win more games. Varsity had a slow start and a young team, but are now learning quickly to work and play better by pulling together to defeat some of the stronger and more experienced teams. On September 18th, varsity had a strong win against Oakdale. With a score of 2-1. That sent a message that shows what the outcome of pure team work can bring. JV Field Hockey Report: JV field hockey has a record of 1-3, with three captains, Shayna Clark, Jordan Webb, and Megan Plazinski. Learning how to take their skills up to the next level, “ Our goal as JV is to play our best, and to learn how to work as a team” said sophomore team captain, Megan Plazinski. Ms. Jessica Baker is the head coach for JV girls field hockey along with the assistant coach, Lindsay Seal. Baker has been coaching for four years, and Seal has been the assistant coach for two years. Baker has also been assistant coach for the softball JV team for the past five years.

final serve of the set and gave Linganore the final point to win the match. Although it was tough, Linganore was able to take home a very impressive win. Varsity coach Andrea Poffinberger said, ¨Beating volleyball powerhouses like North Hagerstown is awesome.¨ Coach Poff coached JV, prior to taking over the varsity team, for 12 years. She said,¨The energy and fast pace of the sport kept me coming back year after year.¨ Coach Poff explained that varsity’s greatest strength is the great character that all of the players possess. All of the girls on the team get along and are positive towards one another. As of October, Linganore has won four games and lost two and there are eight games until playoffs. They also had a semi-final appearance in a tournament, which they lost to champion Chambersburg. Linganore is on a promising track toward success in the playoffs. The girls made it to the playoffs last year and are hoping to do it again. On September 25th, Linganore played an away game against Oakdale and lost, unfortunately. Last year varsity played away at Oakdale and lost 3-1. Varsity has a solid team of hitters all the way around at every position.

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courtesy of Shane Rossman Varsity field hockey gathers together before a game.

Support Field Hockey at Future Games: Senior night for girls field hockey will be on Monday, October 2nd. They will take on TJ High School at 7 pm. It will be a home game. JV will also play TJ at 5:30 pm. There will be a “pink-out” game, Monday, October 16th in support of national breast cancer awareness month. Read more at

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The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2017-2018 School Year, October Issue.

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The Lance is the student newspaper of Linganore High School. 2017-2018 School Year, October Issue.